Junior Debating National Mace Finals Day

Junior Debating National Mace Finals Day

The top 56 junior debaters in Ireland headed to Holy Child secondary school in Killiney last Saturday 23rd February for the finals day of the Matheson Junior Debating National Mace.  We were delighted to have five students from Loreto College, Saoirse Kilgarriff, Niamh Ryan, Sarah Duffy, Grace Given and Ella McLoughlin who had qualified to compete in this event. 

Students were randomly paired with a different competitor for each of the four debates that they took part in.  Topics ranged from “Paying one parent to stay at home” to “Governments lying to its people in the national interest”.  As you would expect the standard was incredibly high as students competed for a place in the top 8 and a chance to speak in the grand final in two weeks. 

We are delighted to announce that Niamh Ryan and Saoirse Kilgarriff both finished in the top 8 and as such will compete in the grand final on Saturday the 9th of March.  Well done to all concerned.

The Loreto Mace Debates - Junior and Senior Semi-Finals and Finals

The Loreto Mace Debates - Junior and Senior Semi-Finals and Finals

The Junior and Senior semi-finals and finals of The Loreto Mace Debates took place on Friday 22nd February, hosted by Loreto Balbriggan.  Eight of our students battled it out for a place in the finals.

Grace Given and Síofra Collins found themselves against Julie O’ Brien and Elizabeth Bolger in the semi-finals. Both teams performed excellently and secured a spot in the Junior final. Doireann O’Brien and Abbie O’Neill spoke about arming the Gardaí and they too moved forward to the Senior final. Amy O’Sullivan and Aoife Gregg also debated on arming the Gardaí and both students performed to a very high standard. After two challenging and stimulating finals, Julie and Elizabeth took second place in the Junior final.

Well done to all of the students involved and to the wonderful supporters who made the day.

U14 Camogie - Loreto College defeat Coláiste Chilliain

Final Score:  Loreto College 4-4 Coláiste Chilliain 2-0.
The Under 14 Camogie team registered their first win of the campaign as they defeated Coláiste Chilliain last Thursday (21/2).  The foundations for the victory were laid in the first half as Loreto dominated possession and kept Coláiste Chilliain scoreless.  Anna Miley opened the scoring with two excellent points from out the field.  With Carolyn McCarthy and Emma Deeley playing well in midfield, Loreto continued to create chances and got their reward when Caoilainn McDaid scored a goal.  Two further first half goals from Aoife McCluskey left Loreto ahead at the break 3-2 to 0-0. 

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Junk Kouture

Junk Kouture

Congratulations to the nine TY art students who have made it through to the Junk Kouture semi final in the Helix on March 11th.

Junk Kouture in association with the European Recycling Platform is a national competition for second level students which challenges teenagers to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin.  Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste for the good of the planet. In the last two years,  Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland.

The students involved are Mika Egan, Emily Noonan, Caitlan Brownlow, Sarah Quinn, Siún Tisdall, Darcy Barrett, Alyce Grant, Annemarie Farren and Fiona Gallagher and they have submitted three entries.   The girls will be taking part in a catwalk show in The Helix on 11 March at 7pm but online voting counts towards 10% of the final vote.

The TY Craft class would greatly appreciate if you would log onto the website and cast a vote.   Everyone can vote once a day.  Instruction for voting are outlined below.   Thank you in advance for your support!

1.  Visit  www.junkkouture.com. 
2.  Select region 'EAST'
3.  Scroll along until you find our entries:  Fan-TasyDress, The Chatterbox & Reflection
4.  Select ....VOTE and enter your email address
5.  You will be emailed a link to confirm your vote.

Remember you can vote every day this week!



Equestrian Club - Interschool Show Jumping

Equestrian Club - Interschool Show Jumping

Our last show jumping interschool, was a good one.  In the individuals Abby Coakley and Doireann Boylan had a clear round.  Kate Madden and Zoe had an unfortunate 4 faults and Fiona Carey was eliminated.  In the teams Doireann was clear, Kate and Fiona had 4 faults and Abby had 8 faults.  However, we still managed to come 5th in the league.  Every interschool was great.  Everyone did excellently at each one particularly Doireann who was consistent throughout all of the competitions.  She rarely didn't have a clear round.  We all really enjoyed the competitions and we can't wait for next year.

Ladies Gaelic Football Schools Interprovincial Tournament

Ladies Gaelic Football Schools Interprovincial Tournament

The annual Schools Interprovincial Gaelic Football tournament took place on the 26th of January. Last December a large number of players in Leinster were invited for trials with the best players going on to represent their province in the competition.  We were delighted to have two representatives on the Leinster team this year.  While Leinster didn’t win the interprovincial we want to congratulate Deirdre Murphy and Emma Colgan on their selection and on their performance in the games.  Well done girls.

Junior Debating Update

Since the start of the school year a large amount of Junior Debating has taken place.  100 teams competed in three rounds of debating in the Leinster Junior Schools Competition in UCD.  The top 32 teams and 32 speakers progress to the knockout stage.  We are pleased to announce that 3 Loreto teams have qualified for this knockout phase.  Saoirse Kilgarriff and Niamh Ryan, Grace Given and Sarah Duffy, and Sally Bergin and Ella McLoughln all qualified.  In addition to this Julie O’Brien and Elizabeth Bolger have qualified for the knockout stage as individuals.   

At the same time the Leinster rounds of the National Junior Mace took place in schools around the province.  The top individual speakers from each province will take part in the National Finals Day on the 23rdof February.  Nearly 250 students competed in Leinster with only 30 places in the final up for grabs.  We are pleased to announce that 5 Loreto Students have qualified with Saoirse Kilgarriff, Niamh Ryan, Sarah Duffy, Grace Given and Ella McLoughlin all finishing in the top 30. 

Well done girls.

Loreto Student Tops the Tab at Gonzaga Mace

Loreto Student Tops the Tab at Gonzaga Mace

The Gonzaga Junior Mace Debating Competition took place on Saturday the 26th of January.  Six students Aishling Kinsella, Ella McLoughlin, Kate Conway, Síofra Collins, Aoife Martin and Ciara O’Brien from Loreto College took part.  They all argued extremely well with Aishling winning a prize as the best speaker over the three rounds of debating.  Well done 

Parent Association Monthly Update

After the success of our various Christmas social evenings for the separate year groups, we are considering options for holding a schoolwide social event, ideally one that might involve parents and girls.
We have a few ideas under consideration,  one idea was a hill walk.  We would very much welcome any thoughts/ideas you might have.

Please take the time to propose your idea by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

In response to queries received please note:

  • Lynchs uniform supplier now also stocks school tights
  • Information for parents of the school cyberbullying policy can be found in your daughter's journal

Book Club for First Years

The next meeting of the Book Club will take place in the Library on Wednesday 27th February at 3.30p.m.  If you were not available to come to the first meeting we would be delighted if you would join us on the 27th. All First Years are  welcome to join.

The books we are reading are

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time    by Mark Haddon

Waving not Drowning                                                                by Rosie Rushton

A Monster Calls                                                                             by Patrick Ness



Book Club for First Years

The first meeting of the Book Club took place on Thursday, 7 February and the books we are reading for the next meeting  are:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, Waving not Drowning by Rosie Rushton and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

Please try to read one of these books before the next meeting so that you an come along and talk about it.   If you can read two, or even all three, that would be even better.  The meeting will be held at the end of February and the date will be confirmed after the mid-term break.

All First Years are welcome to come to the Book Club.