Loreto Swimming Gala 2018

Loreto Swimming Gala 2018

On Thursday the 29th of November we attended the Loreto Swimming Gala at the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown.  We went with a team of mostly first and second years.  We had great representation for the competition.  We had lots of individual events and of the swimmers who competed, three made it into a final and one went on to get third place in her event. We also had two relays, one in the U14 age group and another in the U16 age group. The U14 team made it into the final. We were ranked first going in but we knew we would have to put a Personal Best on the board if we wanted to beat the other teams.  After a great race we came out on top and became the U14 relay champions. We were thrilled.  We got a plaque and we all got medals. The day was full of excitement and school spirit and it was a great day out of competition and fun.

Thank you to Ms. Hoffman for organising the day for us and to Ms. Kinkaid and Ms. Crinion for accompanying us.

Emma Mc Evoy (2G)

November House Event - Kahoot Language Quiz

November House Event - Kahoot Language Quiz

On the 8th of November, the Language Department organised a Language Quiz as part of Language Week. Thank you to Faolan Mac Eoin (5T) and Aoibheann Dillon Kelly (5M) who organised the Kahoot questions. This event  took place in the Assembly Hall.  Each House team, B, G, M and T, consisted of a representative from every year group.  The teams answered a variety of questions regarding all the languages spoken around the world.  The B’s won.  All participants enjoyed treats at the end and the Bee House won an extra 50 House Points.  The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was a great way to celebrate Languages week.

Thank you to the Language teachers for a great event.

(Jamie Lee Ayeva- House Committee)
 

October House Event - Pumpkin Decorating Competition

October House Event - Pumpkin Decorating Competition

On Thursday the 25th of October we had the October House Event. The four Houses had a representative from each year to take part in the Inter House Pumpkin Decorating Competition.  Every team showed great creativity and there was huge support for all the Houses. After a very tough decision by the judges the Macaws and Tamarins were awarded 50 house points.

Laura Furlong
Head of House Committee

Anti-Bullying Guidelines for Parents

Anti-Bullying Guidelines for Parents

Following a number of incidents over the course of the past two years it has come to my attention that parents are unaware of their obligations under the current Anti-Bullying policy and DES guidelines and the school’s own Code of Behaviour and Complaints Procedure. This week as we begin our Anti-Bullying Week we issue this reminder to all parents about their responsibilities to the whole school community.

Definition of Bullying:
Bullying is repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical conducted by an individual or group against others.
Isolated incidents of aggressive behaviour, which should not be condoned, can scarcely be described as bullying. However, when the behaviour is systematic and ongoing it is bullying.
(Dept. of Education and Science Guidelines on Bullying, 1993)

Types of Bullying Behaviour:
The following list was compiled in consultation with students and as a result of a specially designated Staff Day. The school community presents these as examples of unacceptable bullying behaviour aware that the list is not exhaustive.
• Humiliation -including name-calling, reference to academic ability, special leaning difficulties etc.
• Identity–based bullying such as homophobic bullying, racist bullying or bullying towards a person with a disability.
• Intimidation- including aggressive use of body language.
• Verbal abuse, anonymous or otherwise.
• Physical abuse or threatened abuse.
• Aggressive or obscene language.
• Offensive joke, whether spoken or by e-mail, messaging etc.
• Victimisation; including very personal remarks.
• Deliberate exclusion and isolation.
• Malicious gossip and other forms of relational bullying.
• Intrusion through interfering with personal possessions or locker.
• An attack by rumour, gossip, innuendo or ridicule on any individual’s reputation.
• Cyber-bullying- unwanted or nasty comments, harassment or intimidation on social media or by phone.

Guidelines for parents:

If a parent feels that their child is being victimised or is involved in bullying behaviour they should approach the school.

If a parents wishes to make a complaint about a teacher or another student they must contact the school and use the appropriate Complaints Procedure.

All complaints about bullying or other discipline issues should be kept discreet and confidential. It is essential that parents do not discuss the issues with anyone other than the school authorities.

Cases of bullying or indiscipline will be dealt with by the school. Once a sanction has been issued and completed the matter is considered closed.  As a Loreto school students are always afforded the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and move on. All students are given a clean slate. It is vital that everyone in the school community accepts this as fundamental to our ethos.

Parents should not approach any child to discuss any discipline matter.

Parents should not engage with any other parent about discipline or other matters involving the school.

Parents should not engage in gossip or rumour about any child or adult in the school community.

Parents should not engage in gossip or rumour about any child or adult in the school community via social media e.g. Whats App or other social media platforms.

Parents should allow the school to deal with all matters of bad behaviour in a confidential manner.

The school has a duty of care to all students and staff. The school should be afforded the time and space to deal with issues in a respectful and sensitive manner.
Gossip and rumour only adds to an already difficult situation.

All parents need to be mindful that we are dealing with children who are entitled to make mistakes, accept the consequences of their actions, learn from their mistakes and then move on without the parent body judging them.

All decisions made by the school are final.

First Days

First Days

On Friday 24th August we had our Sports Induction Day.  It was very enjoyable and we had a range of activities throughout the day.   These included gymnastics, basketball, rounders and team games.
First we did gymnastics with Ms.Vavasseur.  We went on the trampette and performed a few jumps including tuck jump, straight jump and box jump. We rotated so that every class (B, G, M, T) got a chance to try each activity.   
Next we did basketball with Jenny.  It was great to play matches with our new class mates.  Ms. Fusciardi did a team bonding exercise with us called the “Human Knot” where we had to untangle ourselves in groups while continuing to hold hands.  The first group to finish won. 
We learned a lot about the House System from Ms. Crinion and we had a really fun game of rounders on the pitch.
We made the shape of our class letter with our bodies and played a competitive House dodgeball match at the end of the morning activities. 
Overall, the day helped us to settle into the school, learn the names of our class and have fun in an active way.
Thank you to Ms. Crinion for organising this for us.

Clodagh Murphy (1G) and Emma Jane Kennedy (1G)