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December 8th 2017 First draft of Lent Term 2018 calendar:





Week 1 Cycle A


Tuesday 2nd

Staff training day

Non pupil day


Wednesday 3rd

Breakfast Club recommences 7.15 p.m.

Pupils return 8.30 a.m. 

No choir after school

After School Club commences 3.15 p.m.

Homework Club commences 3.15 p.m.

Thursday 4th

Elements swimming commences

Weekly business staff meetings commence 8.15 a.m.

Saturday 6th

Chigwell 11+ Scholarship and Entrance Examinations

Feast of the Epiphany

Week 2 Cycle B


Monday 8th

Figures and Rudiments French commences

Under 9 soccer squad training recommences 3.15 p.m.

Tuesday 9th

String Orchestra commences 8.30 a.m.

Schola commences 3.15 p.m.

Weekly staff curriculum meetings commence 3.15 p.m (mission statement)

Wednesday 10th

Rudiments led mass with Fr Selvini 10.45 a.m.  

Elements and Prep French commences

Choir commences 3.15 a.m

P.T.A. Meeting 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 11th

Under 11 rugby training commences

Pre-Prep 2 soccer recommences

Friday 12th

Under 11 rugby v Brentwood

Under 11 soccer squad training begins

Saturday 13th

Forest 11+ Scholarship and Entrance Examinations

Week 3 Cycle C


Monday 15th

City of London Boys 11+ Scholarship and Entrance Examinations

Mrs Payne attending English as an Additional Language course

Governors’ Meeting 7.30 p.m.

Tuesday 16th

Interschool Swimming Gala – Forest School  4p.m.

Wednesday 17th

Mr Nicholson attending Catholic Independent Schools Conference in Liverpool

Figures led mass with Fr Page 10.30 a.m.  

Staff Meeting (Mission Statement) 3.15 p.m

Thursday 18th

Mr Nicholson attending Catholic Independent Schools D.F.E. and I.J.C. Census Day

Under 9 and Under 8 rugby v St Edmund’s

Friday 19th

Mr Nicholson attending Catholic Independent Schools Conference in Liverpool

Elements rugby commences 3.15 p.m.

Saturday 20th

Bancroft’s 11+ Scholarship and Entrance Examinations

Week 4 Cycle A


Monday 22nd

St Edmund’s 11+ Scholarship and Entrance Examinations

Tuesday 23rd

Rudiments Badminton and Trampoline training commences 8.45 a.m.

Staff meeting 3.15 p.m. School trips and risk assessments

Mr Nicholson inspecting as ISI Team Inspector

Wednesday 24th

Mr Nicholson inspecting as ISI Team Inspector

Elements led mass with Fr Bossy 9.30 a.m.  

Thursday 25th

Mr Nicholson inspecting as ISI Team Inspector

Figures rugby training.  

Friday 26th

Under 9 soccer v. Chigwell

No Under 11 soccer squad training

Prep rugby training recommences

Week 5 Cycle B


Wednesday 31st

Prep led mass with Fr Selvini 10.45 a.m.  

Under 10 rugby v Widford Lodge



Thursday 1st

Last Under 11 rugby training of the year

Friday 2nd  

Candlemas Day

Under 8 and 9 Rugby v Forest

General Subject reports to be filed for Mr Nicholson

Week 6 Cycle C


Monday 5th

7+ Open Morning 9.30 – 11.00 a.m.

Staff Appraisals p.m.

Tuesday 6th

Staff Appraisals

Wednesday 7th

Pre-Prep 2 led mass with Fr George 10.30 a.m.  

Thursday 8th

Under 9 rugby v St Aubyn’s

Friday 9th

Under 10 and11 rugby v. St Aubyn’s

General reports issued (Reception – Figures)

Half Term commences 3.15 p.m.

Wednesday 14th

Ash Wednesday

Friday 16th

Issue of local entrance examination and scholarship results

Week 7 Cycle A


Monday 19th

Half Term ends 8.30 a.m.

7+ entrance exams

Tuesday 20th

Staff Meeting – Understanding Children’s Anxiety 3.30 p.m.

Wednesday 21st

Rudiments led mass with Fr Bossy 9.30 a.m.  

Governors’ Visitation Day (tbc)

Thursday 22nd

Under 9 rugby v Brentwood

Friday 23rd

Under 11 rugby v St Edmund’s

Week 8 Cycle B


Tuesday 27th

Staff Meeting – Understanding Children’s Anxiety 3.30 p.m.

Wednesday 28th

Owen House led mass with Fr Waller 10.45 a.m.   



Thursday 1st

Coopersale Hall Cross Country

Friday 2nd

Under 10 soccer v. Brentwood from 10.30 a.m.

Elements rugby training concludes for the year

Week 9 Cycle C


Monday 5th

Governors Finance Meeting 7.30 p.m.

Tuesday 6th

Staff Meeting – Formation of Fine Motor Skills and Handwriting

Wednesday 7th

Figures led mass with Frs George and Michael 10.30 a.m.  

Parents Evening re Ski Trip 6.00 p.m.

Thursday 8th

Kinetic Theatre Company Down to Earth – performances 9.15; 1.30 p.m.

Under 9 rugby – St Aubyn’s Tournament 2.30 p.m.

Mrs Ferrari Memorial Concert All Saints Woodford -  time tbc (but evening)

Friday 9th

Under 10 soccer and chess v Brentwood

Prep rugby training concludes

P.T.A. Quiz Night

Week 10 Cycle B


Wednesday 14th

Elements led mass with Fr Waller 10.45 a.m.  

Tbc Spring Music Concert 7.00 p.m.

Thursday 15th

Under 11 cricket trials 3.20 p.m.

Friday 16th

St Patrick’s Day

Under 9 soccer – Forest Tournament

Saturday 17th

Ski trip departs

Week 11 Cycle C


Monday 19th

St Joseph’s Day

Trustee Meeting 7.30 p.m.

Wednesday 21st


Prep led mass with Fr Page 10.30 a.m.  

Young Shakespeare Company performing to Upper School

Saturday 24th

Ski trip returns

Week 12 Cycle A


Monday 26th

Interhouse Soccer from 1.00 p.m.

Tuesday 27th

Staff Meeting – to update data inputs 3.15 p.m.

Wednesday 28th

Dramatisation of the Passion of Christ 10.30 a.m.

Rudiments General Subject Reports issued

Term ends 3.15 p.m.



Wednesday 18th

Pupils return for Whitsun Term 8.30 a.m.

December 8th 2017  Chair of Governors Mrs Fox received a letter formally to congratulate Loyola for again being listed as one of the top 100 schools in the Sunday Times Schools Guide 2018.

December 7th 2017  Football teams score 42 goals in a week:

Under 11s: Loyola A 7 Chigwell A 0; Loyola B 20 Chigwell B 0 (Regan 3, Gabriel 2, Josh 5, Christian 5, Arthur 6, Alfie 3, Aaron 1, Lucas 1)

Under 10s (playing Under 11 opposition); Loyola A 1 Forest A 1; Loyola B 1 Chigwell A 3; Loyola B 2 Forest B 1; Loyola B 0 Forest A 3; Loyola A 2 Chigwell A 1 ( Artie 2, Josh 3, Frederick 1)

Under 9s Loyola A 7 St Aubyn's A 0; Loyola B 2 St Aubyn's B 0 ((Arty 2, Zareb 3, James 2, Bieant 1, Chase 1)

November 29th 2017 Programme and service sheet for Concert and Carol Service on December 5th:

Loyola Preparatory School – Concert of Christmas Music

1.      Choir (Head choristers: Tami Unuefa, Aaron Huang)


2.     String Ensemble (led by Thierno Diallo)


3.     Choir

Carol Service

1.       Opening Prayer (Mrs. Tidmarsh)

2.       Lighting of Advent Wreath by Raymond Ezihe

3.       CAROL: Light the Advent Wreath 366

4.       CAROL: (577) Once In Royal David’s City(Verse 1: Solo – Tami Unuefa and Aaron Huang)             

5.       First reading – The Annunciation (Arthur Johnson)

6.       CHOIR: Ave Maria Most Favoured One

7.        Second Reading: The Birth of Jesus (Thomas Conlon Murphy)

8.       CAROL: Stille Nacht / Silent Night 643 (Verse 1 sung in German by Choir)

9.       Third Reading: The Shepherds (Josh Mackaill)

10.     CHOIR: Do You Hear What I hear?

11.     Fourth reading: The Magi (Jamie Evans)        

12.     CAROL: The First Noel 692

13.     The birthday of Jesus (Mr Nicholson)

14.     CAROL: I saw a star 282

15.     CAROL: (643) Adeste Fidelis/O Come All You faithful (Verse 1 sung in Latin by Choir; verses 2 and 3 in English by all)

November 24th 2017Extracts from letters received today:

1. From Mr. Andrew Wright, master of Music at Brentwood Cathedral -

"I am writing to you to thank you enormously for kindly allowing the choristers from Loyola Preparatory School to sing for the  Mass at St Edmunds, Ware.  They were absolutely superb and please can you thank them from us all here.  It was a wonderful conclusion to the Centenary and a very special venue.  The music went beautifully ....  You must have been very proud of their singing.  We received a very large number of appreciative comments from both the clergy and Cathedral House staff who were there."

2. From Fr Stephen Myers, Episcopal Vicar for Eduction, the Diocese of Brentwood -

"I feel that I should write to you regarding the involvement of the pupils and staff of your school at the recent celebration to mark the end of the Brentwood Diocese Centenary.   Not wishing to overstate the superlatives I must state that I found the singing of the pupils wonderful, their behaviour impeccable and their engagement in the Mass exemplary ... I feel that they are a credit to the school, their families and themselves."

 November 24th 2017 Recent sports results:

Under 11 soccer:  Loyola A 13 Forest 2; (Gabriel Mehlman 4, Lucas Le Voir 4, Regan Creasy 3) Loyola B: 9 Forest B 1

Under 10 soccer (St Aubyn's Tournament 10th November): Loyola 4 St Aubyns's B 0; Loyola 2 Woodford Green Prep 0; Loyola 2 Bancroft's 0; Loyola 4 Avon House 0; Semi Final: Loyola 1 Bancroft's 0; Fina:l Loyola 2 St Aubyn's A:0  Loyola Champions.  (Lucas Le Voir scored 11 goals; Massimo Giordano in goal did not concede a single goal)

21st November: Loyola A 5 Woodford Green Prep 0 (Alfie Brennan 3) Loyola B 11 WGPS 2 (Josh Mackaill; 3; Frederick Robinson 4)

Under 9 soccer: 15th November: Loyola A 4 Ursuline Prep School Ilford 0; Loyola B 3 UPSI 4; Loyola C 0 UPSI 4.

Under 11 rugby: 22nd November: Loyola 30 Widford Lodge 36 (5 tries to 6). Loyola fought back from being one try to five down in a dramatic and entertaining match Gabriel Mehlman (2), Arthur Johnson and Tami Unuefa (2) all scored tries.

Under 9 rugby: 17th November: Loyola A 9 tries (45 points) New Hall; 1 try (5 points) (Ciaran Brett 5);  Loyola B 9 New Hall 4 (45-20 points)

November 3rd 2017  Recent sports results :

Under 11 soccer: Essex Small Schools tournament (19th October): Loyola 0 Great Waltham 0; Loyola 3 West Horden 0; Loyola 6 White Notley 0; Loyola 4 Great Easton 0; Loyola 2 Little Hallingbury 1; Final: Loyola 1 Great Waltham 0 Loyola champions

(13th October): Loyola B 10 St Aubyn's 1;

Under 10s soccer: St Edmund's Tournament (7th October) : Loyola 1 St Edmund's A 0; Loyola 0 Duncombe 0; Loyola 2 Avon House 0; Loyola 0 St Josephs in the Park 1; Loyola 2 St Aubyn's 1 (after penalties) ; Loyola 3 St Joseph's 1 (after penalties) Loyola champions  3rd October: Loyola A 4 St Aubyn's 0; Loyola B 2 St Aubyn's 0.

Under 11 rugby New Hall Tournament (8th October): Loyola 0 Bedford 2; Loyola 0 Felsted 5; Loyola 0 St faith's A 3; Loyola 1 Bishop Stortsford College 6; Loyola ) Belmont 5; Loyiola 1 New Hall 1; Loyola 1 St Paul's 1.  20th October: Loyola A 4 New Hall 0; Loyola B 1 New Hall 3.

Under 10 rugby (10th October) Loyola 4 Bancroft's 6

Under 9 soccer  (12th October) Loyola A 1 St Edmund's 3; Loyola B 4 St Edmund's 2

September 18th 2017 The Under 11s, starting the season as current National Small Schools Champions, began with significant success at the Chigwell Tournament - they played six, won five, drew one, lost none, scored twelve and conceded nil.

September 3rd Final Version of Christmas Term Calendar including revised dates for parent teacher meetings





Week 1 Cycle A


Monday 4th

Non Pupil Day; Staff Training Day: 9.30 a.m. Training for EYFS and KS 1 with Diabetic School Nurse

Tuesday 5th

Pupils return 8.30 a.m.

Breakfast Club commences 7.30 a.m.

After School Club commences 3.00 p.m.

Supervised homework commences 3.15 p.m.

No Schola after school

Wednesday  6th

Mr Nicholson led Collective Worship 10.30

Choir commences after school

Thursday 7th

Weekly Staff Business Meetings commence 8.15 a.m.

Elements swimming commences

Under 11 rugby bi weekly training commences 3.15 p.m.

Pre-Prep 2 soccer training commences 3.15 p.m.

Figures Parents’ Meeting 7.00 p.m including Kingswood

Friday 8th

Under 11 soccer v. Avon House 2.15 p.m.

Bi weekly Elements rugby begins 3.15 p.m.

Week 2 Cycle B


Monday 11th

Prep and Figures French commences

Rudiments Imagineering commences 12.20-1.00 p.m.

Prep and Elements squad soccer commences

Get Creative Club commences after school

Tuesday 12th

“Dahlicious Day”: Non Uniform Day

String orchestra commences 8.00 a.m.

Violin commences

Under 9 A and B soccer v Brentwood 2.15 p.m.

Schola commences 3.15 p.m.

PTA  meeting 7.15 p.m.

Wednesday 13th

Staff led liturgy

Lunch time Sketch Club commences

Rudiments and Elements French commences

Pre-Prep 2 Parents’ Meeting 6.00 p.m.

Thursday 14th

Upper School Lunch Chess Club commences

Under 10 bi-weekly rugby commences 3.15 p.m.

Art Club commences 3.15 p.m.

P.T.A. Books, cake and Uniform Sale 3.00 p.m.

Weekly staff special needs and curriculum meetings commence 3.20 p.m. (until 4.30 p.m.)


Friday 15th

P.T.A. Book and Uniform sale 8.00 a.m. Figures/Rudiments Squad Soccer begins 3.15 p.m.

Bi-weekly Prep rugby commences 3.15 p.m

Pre-Prep After School Activities with Mr Nicholson commences

Saturday 17th

Under 11 Chigwell Soccer Tournament from 8.30 a.m.

Week 3 Cycle C


Sunday 17th

Figures depart for Kingswood Centre, North Cromer 10.30 a.m.

Monday 18th

Elements Parents’ Meeting 6.00 p.m.

Wednesday 20th

Rudiments led liturgy

Figures return from Kingswood

Pre-Prep 1 Parents’ Meeting 6.00 p.m.

Friday 22nd

Under 9 soccer v. Woodlands 2.15 p.m.

Saturday 23rd

Under 11 soccer Forest Tournament 8.15 a.m.

Week 4 Cycle A


Monday 25th

Elements Tennis at Woodford Wells 9-10.00 a.m.

Prep Parents’ Meeting 6.00 p.m.

Tuesday 26th

Mr Nicholson attending I.A.P.S. Conference in Edinburgh for the rest of the week

Wednesday 27th

Figures led liturgy

Under 10 A and B Soccer v St Edmund’s Prep

Friday 29th

Mrs Payne attending SEN course



Week 5 Cycle B


Monday 2nd

Mr Nicholson returned from Edinburgh

Tuesday 3rd

Individual pupil photos from 9.00 a.m.

Under 10 A and B Soccer v. St Aubyn’s 2.15 p.m.

Staff curricular and SEM meetings commence 3.15 p.m.

Wednesday 4th

Elements led liturgy in honour of St Francis of Assisi

Rudiments individual parent teacher meeting to discuss secondary transfer 4.00 – 8.00 p.m.

Thursday 5th

Headteacher interviews due

Rudiments individual parent teacher meeting to discuss secondary transfer 4.00 – 8.00 p.m.

Friday 6th

Headteacher interviews due

Poet visiting the school in anticipation of National Poetry Day on 7th

Saturday 7th

Under 10 St Edmund’s Prep Soccer Tournament from 8.30 a.m.

Sunday 8th

Under 11 New Hall Rugby Festival 11 a.m. – 3.45 p.m.

Week 6 Cycle C


Monday 9th

Proposed Elements and Prep visit to Windsor Castle

Tuesday 10th

Pre-Prep 2 trip to Royal Gunpowder Mills


Wednesday 11th

Prep led liturgy

Presentation of Prep Bibles

Thursday 12th

Under 9 A and B Soccer v St Edmund’s College

Rudiments taster day at St Edmund’s College


Friday 13th

Under 11 A and B Soccer v St Aubyn’s

Week  7 Cycle A


Monday 16th

Pre-Prep 1 trip to Royal Gunpowder Mills

Wednesday 18th

Pre-Prep 2 led liturgy

Thursday 19th

England Schools Football Association Small Schools’ Local Tournament from 8.15 a.m.

Friday 20th

Under 11A Rugby v. New Hall 2.00 p.m.

Half Term commences 3.05 p.m.

Week 8 Cycle B


Monday 30th

Half Term ends 8.30 a.m.

Tuesday 31st

Staff attending Classroom Monitor training 3.15 -4.45 p.m.



Wednesday 1st

All Saints Day (All Hallows)

Rudiments led liturgy

Thursday 2nd

All Souls Day

‘Flu Immunisations during the morning

Friday 3rd

Under 11 A and B Soccer v. St Edmund’s Prep 2.00 p.m.

Week 9 Cycle C


Monday 6th

Whole School Literacy Day – creative writing

Tuesday 7th

Under 9 A Soccer Tournament at North Weald fro, 11.30 a.m.

Wednesday 8th

Figures led liturgy

St Aubyns Under 10 Soccer Tournament from 1.00 p.m.

Friday 10th

Anticipation of Remembrance Day 10.00 a.m.

Under 11 A and B  Soccer v. Forest 2.15 p.m.

Provisional date of Panis Angelicus Memorial Concert in tribute to Mrs Ferrari (Tbc)

English/maths reports issued Reception – Figures

Week 10 Cycle A


Monday 13th

New Hall entrance exams during this week

Governors’ Meeting 7.30 p.m.

Tuesday 14th

Open Morning for current and prospective parents 9.30-11.30 a.m.

Pre-Prep I – Figures Parents’ Consultations 3.30-6.30 p.m.

Wednesday 15th

Eve of Feast of St Edmund of Canterbury

Elements led liturgy.

Under 9 soccer v Ursuline Prep School Ilford Home 2.00 p.m.

Reception – Figures Parents’ Consultations 3.30-6.30 p.m.

Thursday 16th

Schola members attending celebration of centenary of Brentwood Diocese at St Edmund’s College

Friday 17th

Under  A and B Rugby v New Hall (Home) 2.00 p.m.

Week 11 Cycle B


Tuesday 21st

Under 10 A and B Soccer v. WGPS

Wednesday 22nd

St Cecilia’s Day

Prep led liturgy

Instrumental and Choral Concert for St Cecilia’s Day 7.00 p.m. (Rehearsal 1.00 - 2.00 p.m.)


Thrusday 23rd

Mr Nicholson attending Local Heads’ Meeting at Forest School from 5.30 p.m.

Friday 24th

Under 11 A and B Soccer v Chigwell 2.15 p.m.

Sunday 26th

PTA Christmas Bazaar 12.p.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Week 12 Cycle C


Wednesday 29th

Pre-Prep 2 led liturgy in honour of St Andrew and St Edmund Campion

Thursday 30th

St Andrew’s Day

Under 9 A and B Soccer v St Aubyn’s 2.30



Friday 1st

Feast of St Edmund Campion

African Mask Making Day

Under 10 A and B Soccer v. Chigwell’s 2.15 p.m.

Saturday 2nd

Felsted 11+ exams

Week 13 Cycle A


Monday 4th

Rudiments English and maths reports issued

Tuesday 5th

School Christmas Lunch

School Carol Service 7.00 p.m.

Wednesday 6th

Schola led liturgy in honour of St Nicholas and the Immaculate Conception

Thursday 7th

Lower School Nativity Dress Rehearsal

Friday 8th

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

Public performance of Nativity 11 a.m.

Christmas Term ends 12 p.m.