Feb 10th / Every year Loreto pupils do a super job of raising money for worthy causes during Lent. Here is a summary of their plans for this year …
We are raising money for the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary to help rebuild Loreto schools in Nepal and Northern India after two recent earthquakes. For more information about the educational work of the IBVM, click here.
We have loads of fabulous activities lined up, themed around the principle of using the learning at our Loreto school to help girls to learn in their Loreto schools.
- We will dress up as our favourite book characters on World Book day – 3rd March. In return for the enjoyment of doing this, we will each contribute £2 to our charity.
- Mrs Parkin has organised a competition for us to either write a book review for the whole school read or design a new front cover for the whole school read (see here for details of the whole school read). Entries are £1 and we can enter either competition, or both. There are great prizes for both the costumes and the competition.
- We are having a sponsored spell: spelling lists and sponsor forms will be distributed shortly!
- The best spellers from every form will take part in our Spelling Bee. There will be an admission charge to come and watch.
- Each form is also responsible for its own fundraising; we have been encouraged to raise as much money as possible outside of school!
We are raising money for the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster). Founded in 1859, this is one of the oldest charities supporting disadvantaged children and families in the UK. It works with people of all faiths and none, drawing inspiration from Christian values derived from the Gospels and the teaching of the Catholic Church. To learn more about this work, please click here.
To raise a lot of money for this worthy cause, we are undertaking a variety of activities:
- We will be taking part in the Sponsored Loreto Mile Run/Walk: we will try to get sponsorship for every mile we walk or run during lunch. Every mile completed is recorded.
- We are also taking part in a Recycled Fashion Show on Wednesday 16th March at 1.30pm in the hall. We have been challenged to create exciting outfits from cast-off materials. Prizes will be given for the most creative responses to this. All other Loreto students are invited to watch the show, and money is raised from their entry fees.
- We are also holding a Money Bucket Challenge: all forms try to fill a bucket of coins by the end of Lent.
- there will be a CCS Raffle on 22nd March in our Year 8 Assembly. We will contribute the prizes for this.
We are raising money for Unique, the Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group. We suggested a variety of charities we would like to support, and this one received the most support across the year as a whole. Our choice was partly motivated by the fact that one of the teacher’s sons suffers from a rare chromosome disorder and we felt it was really important that this small charity should be able to maintain its support for him and others like him. For more about their work, please click here.
We are undertaking several activities:
- Loreto’s Got Talent will take place on Wednesday 9th March at 1:30pm in the Workshop, and all lower school students are encouraged to showcase their talents. Those who wish to take part need to collect an audition form from Miss Guy and hand it back in at the beginning of the week after half term (w/c: 22nd February). Students will then take part in auditions w/c: 29th February before being selected for the final show. Tickets to the show will cost £1 and can be bought from students either around school or situated in the Foyer/Reception area.
- We will create a coin trail one lunchtime. The idea is that everyone donates coins to make a giant pattern on the floor of the tennis courts or the Mary Ward studio (depending on the weather).
- 9T have organised a raffle and have bought a prize and are selling tickets around school.
- Guess how many buttons in the jar.
- Staff car wash.
This year we suggested 8 different charities that we wanted to support, but eventually settled on the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, which various members of our community have benefitted from over the years. For more about its work, please click here.
All the students are keen to support GOSH, and the form captains are doing a brilliant job of coordinating the proposed activities. These include:
- Bake sales at Church
- Bag packing at a local supermarket
- Raffles and prize draws
- A sponsored bounce
- Donating money they would normally spend on crisps, chocolate, etc.
Our Year 11 form reps promoted various charities in assembly and then we held a vote. Two girls had spoken movingly about how their families had benefitted from the work of certain charities, and the final vote was split between them, so we are supporting them both.
Current proposals for fundraising include:
- Sponsored bounce
- Sponsored row
- Sponsored run
- Coffee morning
Years 12 & 13
The Sixth Form are raising money for Mind in Mid Herts. This charity was chosen by the students after considering a number of different charities suggested by various Sixth Form students. They believe that it is an important local charity which would benefit from our support.
Mind in Mid Herts offers support to individuals who are suffering or have suffered from mental and emotional distress. They have a positive and holistic approach to promoting mental well-being. For more information about their work, click here.
The Sixth Form students are going to be encouraging their teachers to take part in a variety of tournaments and will themselves be sacrificing a variety of things during Lent! They will also be working with the younger students to encourage them to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charities.