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The school has a great reputation in the community.  (Parent Survey 2018)

Brighton Festival Children’s Parade May 4th 2019

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we start to prepare for the parade! The overall theme for this year’s parade is folk tales from around the world. Our Lady of Lourdes School has a traditional Zulu story called ‘The cheetah and the lazy hunter.’

Here are some photos from our workshop where we worked together with parents, children and staff to prepare our costumes.

“Let’s Dance” at The Dome 14 March 2019

40 children from Years 3 and 4 performed in a dance at the Brighton Dome as part of the annual Lets Dance celebrations. The children had worked incredibly hard in our rehearsals and as always, rose to the occasion on the night, with a truly outstanding performance. We were extremely proud of them! We also need to say a huge thank you to Helen Snow for choreographing the dance and giving up her free time to come and help the children practise. Thank you also to the parents for providing wonderful costumes and make up! It was a great evening! Thank you also to Miss Cordell and Mrs Philbrook.

Roar Competition

OLOL entered a competition held by 7billion ideas and Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions called ROAR 2018.  We competed with over 50 schools from around Sussex and Kent. We had to think big, dream big and come up with an idea to change the world. The children were asked to test their imaginations and in groups of 3 or 4 they had to promote and pitch their product/idea to change the world; this included:

– creating a poster
– creating a model made from recyclable materials
– creating a story
– creating a jingle and a slogan

On Thursday 6th December our winning team from Year 6 went to Wakehurst Place to compete and were judged the overall winners!  This is the winning team’s idea:

Team S.T.E’s idea, as told by Nethmi:

“Our idea for ROAR is an ice generator that is powered by plastic. The life changing idea behind B.E.N (Breakthrough, Ecology, Network) is to reduce plastic in the world without taking salesman and saleswomen, who sell plastic bottles, out of business, and in addition, to obviously add more ice to Antarctica and The Arctic to save all arctic and antarctic animals/wildlife. At the very top of Ben there is a small chute, where you insert the plastic, which has been thrown into the sea or other reserves. Once that is done you must turn the dials, depending on whether you want snow or ice; one dial to choose how much snow comes out and one dial to choose which direction the snow/ice comes out from.”

Lions PR Bulletin ROAR 2018

Autumn Extravaganza

On 5 November, we celebrated our annual Autumn Extravaganza – an event, including firework display, organised by the Friends of Our Lady of Lourdes.  This was a great celebration for the whole school and well attended by the wider community of Rottingdean and surrounding areas.

“Into the Woods” Schools’ Arts Exhibition

From 2 – 14 October 2018, Our Lady of Lourdes, together with three other local schools participated in an ambitious and unique exhibition at The Grange Art Gallery.

Pupils of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, St. Margarets Church of England Primary School, Longhill High School and Downsview Link College, contributed 2 – 3 dimensional art work with the theme “Into The Woods” .

“Two years earlier, Our Lady of Lourdes School exhibited pupils’ art work here at the Grange,” said Rob Upward (retired head teacher and Rottingdean Preservation Society committee member). “I was surprised by the degree of interest shown by the children exhibiting their work and by their parents. So, from this came the idea of holding a schools’ exhibition.”

The Grange Gallery responded to this innovative idea by inviting the four schools to take part; with the hope that students, by engaging with the concept of “Into The Woods”, would develop and draw out their artistic potential, become aware of and involved with today’s multi-layered art scene; and perhaps realise that art galleries are not elitist, but accessible to all.