Anti-Bullying Awareness Week 11th - 15th March

The Student Council would like to thank everyone for their participation in last week’s Anti-Bullying Awareness Campaign.   A special thanks to all the students who submitted a poem for the Anti-Bullying Poetry Competition.   The poems were well written and extremely powerful, so deciding on winners  was extremely difficult.   Congratulations to Amy O’Sullivan 5B and Katie McKimm 1B who were selected for a prize.   

Debating

Well done to Hilary Hogan and Niamh Ní Leathlobhair who competed in the Grand Final of the Leinster Schools Debating Competition in UCD.   Niamh and Hilary put forward a powerful argument which supported the right to bear arms.   The girls secured the runner-up position as a team which is a remarkable achievement.   Well done to Niamh who also secured a place as an individual speaker in the All Ireland Final.
Congratulations also to Grace Given, Sarah Duffy, Elizabeth Bolger, Julie O’Brien, Niamh Ryan and Saoirse Kilfarriff who competed in the semi-finals of the Junior Schools Debating Competition in UCD.   The students spoke on topics such as entrapment, an independent Scotland, Syria and assassinating Kim Jong Un.   The standard was exceptionally high and the girls spoke extremely well.   Congratulations to Saoirse who is through to the final.

Student Enterprise Awards Dublin City Final

Student Enterprise Awards Dublin City Final

Well done to all the companies that represented the school in the finals.
We had two companies in the senior category – CLOSET: Niamh McAdam, Ciara Barry, Marguerite Mullen and Lauren Healy and SWAP n SELL: Anna Fitzpatrick, Aoife McLoughlin and Katie McGuinness.
In the Junior category we had BOOKBANDS: Sarah Norgrove, Sorcha McCahill, Lauren Murphy, Meabh Kelly and Dearbhla Swintan and A-Z JEWELLERY: Maeve Sulllivan, Céline O’Donoghue and Isabella Merrigan.
Well done to all the girls who took part, they had put tremendous effort into their presentations and produced excellent displays. Congratulations to BOOKBANDS who were Runners Up in the Junior Category, a great achievement, well done.
A big thank you to the teachers in the Business Dept. for all their help preparing the students and to all the parents for their invaluable input.
 

Junk Kouture Fashion Competition

Junk Kouture Fashion Competition

 

Last Monday March 8th nine students from the Transition Year Craft Class took part in the regional semi- final of the Junk Kouture Fashion Competition. Junk Kouture, in association with the European Recycling Platform, is a national competition for second level students which challenge teenagers to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk.

 

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 submitted three entries. The girls took part in a catwalk show displaying dresses made from unused paper, obsolete CDs and magazine pages. The students did a fantastic job on stage and showed wonderful work ethic and team spirit throughout the whole competition. Unfortunately the students will not be continuing on to the final but thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

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First Year’s Book Club

The next meeting of the Book Club will take place in the Library on Wednesday 10th April at 3.30p.m.

The Books we are reading are

Waving not Drowning                by Rosie Rushton

A Monster Calls                            by Patrick Ness

Divine Freaks                                by Fiona Dunbar

Gone                                                 by Michael Grant

Please try to read one or two of these books before the next meeting so that you can come along and join in the discussion.  If you can read all four, that would be even better.

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

Parent Association Talk - Supporting Young People’s Mental Health - Thursday April 11th,  7:30

The Parents' Association invites you to a talk by Gillian O’Brien of Headstrong Ireland.

Gillian’s talk will address :
• Key issues impacting on the mental health and well-being of young people (from Headstrong’s My World Survey, 2012)
• The building blocks of mental health
• The 5-a-day for promoting positive mental health in young people
• Signs of mental health difficulty
• One Good Adult: the value of listening as a way of supporting youth mental health

Gillian holds the position of Director of Education and Training with HeadStrong.
Headstrong is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health - a non-profit organisation supporting young people's mental health in Ireland.

Loreto defeated in Camogie Shield Final

Loreto defeated in Camogie Shield Final

The Loreto Senior Camogie team learned the hard way that the old adage that goals win games is still true as they were defeated in the Dublin Schools Senior Camogie Shield final.  The final between Loreto College and Holy Faith Clontarf took place last Wednesday (6/3) in Clontarf.  The game was a close contest throughout as both sides played some fantastic Camogie.  Loreto started the brighter as points from Alex Griffin (3) and Kate O’Dwyer gave Loreto an early lead.  Unfortunately we couldn’t add to that tally as the Holy Faith keeper made some great saves and a thunderous shot from Kate O’Dwyer came back off the crossbar.  Holy Faith looked very dangerous on the counter attack and they took advantage of their chances to score 3-1 in the later stages of the first half.  This left Loreto behind by five points at the break.  The second half was a great battle as Loreto tried hard to reduce the deficit while Holy Faith still looked dangerous when they attacked.  With Ciara Griffin, Anna Woods and Alex Griffin playing exceptionally well, Loreto began to reduce the deficit.  While Holy Faith added a goal and a point to their tally, Loreto managed to reduce the gap thanks to scores from Alex Griffin (1-3), Kate O’Dwyer, Anna Woods and Deirdre Murphy.  This meant that there was only one point between the sides as the game entered the final few minutes.  Unfortunately Holy Faith finished the stronger and hit the final goal and point of the game to secure the win on a scoreline of Loreto College 1-10 Holy Faith 5-3.  This was a great game of Camogie to watch and both teams can be very proud of how they performed.  We would also like to thank the 6th years who came along and provided such vocal support for the girls throughout the match.     

Oxford Schools Debating

Oxford Schools Debating

The Oxford Schools Debating Competition took place last Saturday (9 March).  As frequent readers of our website are aware, we had two teams who had qualified to take part.  All four students spoke well throughout the day and enjoyed the experience of debating in Oxford.  We want to say well done to Gráinne Lowney, Niamh Ní Leathlobhair, Hilary Hogan and Rachael O’Byrne.  

Sixth Year Trip to Poland

Sixth Year Trip to Poland

After a very early start and a long journey we finally arrived in Krakow. With very little time to spare, we set out on our walking tour of the historic city. The snow was in abundance and despite our best efforts to stay warm, some of us were left freezing! We were shown around the Jewish Quarter and some of the older parts of the city. We had lunch in a cafe at the King’s Palace and after a quick snowball fight we finished off our tour and began our retreat back to our hotel. Although we had planned to go to the cinema, there was a slight mishap and whilst some students still went, the vast majority decided that getting a hot chocolate in a nearby restaurant was a better option.

The next day we had an early start as we travelled to Auchwitz-Birkenau. This was what I can only describe as a surreal experience for all of us. We started with a tour of Auchwitz One, where we saw the famous gateway as well as visiting different compounds in the camp where we saw different items that were left behind in the camp. We had a short break and then went on to visit Auchwitz Two. Here we saw the vast landscape of the camp as well as the infamous train tracks leading to the gas chambers. We had the opportunity to read about some of the families that were detained in the camp. Although this was an emotional and difficult day for all of us it was definitely a worthwhile experience. That evening we went bowling which everyone found enjoyable!

Our last day in Poland was extremely busy as we tried to fit as much in as possible before going home. It was a very early start for us as we travelled to the Salt Mines for a full tour. Many of us found it hard to believe that we were 70 metres below the earth’s surface, and our legs turned to jelly as we walked down hundreds and hundreds of steps into the mines. The mines were incredible, it was hard to believe that the beautiful chapels, and rooms had been carved from salt all those centuries ago. We visited the main chapel where people still get married to this day, the beautiful high ceiling and walls were covered in intricate carvings and the rooms was filled with delicate salt statues, we had a chance to see how the miners worked as we saw examples of the tools and machine structures they used to go about their work. Most of us made sure to buy salt souvenirs in the gift shop before we left, thankfully there was a lift back to the surface so we didn't have to face all the stairs again!

After this the group had some free time to grab lunch and shop in Krakow’s largest shopping centre. After a few short hours when our supply of zlotty was running low and we were laden down with all our shopping bags, we made our way by tram to the Oscar Schindler factory/ museum. Here, we enjoyed a full tour of the museum and had a chance to view some of the rooms preserved exactly as they were during the war including Schindler’s office. Many of us were able to recognise some of the things we had seen from the film ‘Schindler’s List’. This experience was amazing as we had a chance to read some letters and diary entries of the Jewish people living in the Ghettos that had been recovered from the war years and displayed in the museum. That night we dined in a Polish restaurant where we enjoyed delicious Polish cuisine, the perfect way to end a wonderful trip. All the girls are extremely grateful to Mr. Mulligan for organising the whole trip, and to Ms. Fynes and Ms. McTaggart for accompanying us.

Niamh Freaney 6T
Katie Gibson 6G

 

Loreto Student wins National Junior Mace Grand Final

Loreto Student wins National Junior Mace Grand Final

The Grand Final of the National Junior Mace debating competition took place in St Enda’s last Saturday (9 March).  After taking part in numerous qualifying rounds and a finals day, the top eight junior mace debaters in Ireland were selected to take part in the grand final.  We were delighted that two Loreto students were among them.  Both Saoirse Kilgarriff and Niamh Ryan had qualified for the final.  The motion was that “This house believes that life in prison should mean life in prison”.  The speakers were randomly drawn into teams of two with Niamh and Saoirse actually paired together in opposition to the motion.  As this was a debate between the best eight speakers in Ireland, the standard was very high.  Both Niamh and Saoirse spoke excellently and we are delighted to announce that Saoirse Kilgarriff was unanimously declared the winner.  This is a fantastic achievement.  Congratulations Saoirse.  

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

On the 25th January 2013 the second year students were visited by two very special brothers- Clive and Clint, working dogs for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. These dogs assist people who are blind or visually impaired and the families of children with autism enjoy greater mobility and independence. Clive and Clint are beautiful Labradoodles and were a big hit with all the girls!
Murray, who has autism, and is the owner of Clive together with Rosemary, who is visually impaired, and is the owner of Clint both explained how helpful the dogs had been to them in their daily lives.
It was really great to see that the money Loreto students had raised in the annual Skipathon had made such a positive difference to others.

Dervla Brennan 2G