Maytime Music

Maytime Music will take place on Monday, 13th May 2013 at 7:30pm. If you would like a maximum of two tickets for the concert there will be a sign-up sheet on the Music Noticeboard Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. Tickets will be assigned on a lottery basis for those who have registered. The lottery will take place next Tuesday, 7th May 2013.

Priority will be given to Ceiliúr, ensemble performers and soloists as space is very limited.

Visit of Author Siobhán Parkinson

The Award winning author Siobhán Parkinson will visit 1T and 1B on Wednesday morning May 1st.  Siobhán writes fiction for children and young people (and occasionally for adults).  She has published more than twenty books since 1992 and her work has been translated into as many languages.

She has been shortlisted nine times for the Bisto Book of the Year award, which she won on one occasion; she has received Bisto Merit and Honour Book awards four times as well as two IBBY Honours and several White Ravens.  She also won an Oireachtas award.

Siobhán served as Ireland’s first ever laureate for children’s literature (Laureate na nÓg) from May 2010 to May 2012.

She is an editor by profession and is currently commissioning editor and publisher with Little Island.  She is also a translator from German and she writes in Irish as well as in English.

She studied English literature and German in Trinity and took her PhD (on the poetry of Dylan Thomas) in 1981.

She lives in Dublin.

A Selection of Books by Siobhán 
Amelia
No Peace for Amelia
Breaking the Wishbone
Call of the Whales
Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (Maybe)
The Love Bean
The Moon King
Sisters No Way
Something Invisible

 

Loreto Athletics Day

Loreto  Athletics  Day

Congratulations to all the athletes who participated in the Loreto Athletics Day on 18 April, making it such an enjoyable and exciting day for all.  Winning Second Place overall was a great achievement.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations

In the first week of the Easter Holidays in March, a group of students travelled out to Dun Laoghaire for an international Model United Nations Conference hosted in The Royal Marine Hotel by St Andrews College.   These students were among hundreds from all over the world gathering in Dublin to debate world issues.

This MUN takes place every year and the participants are students from all over the world.  The students of our school are always particularly enthusiastic for MUN.  This year we sent almost forty students, representing seven different countries; Azerbaijan, Fiji, Paraguay, Lesotho, Ghana, Swaziland and Mongolia.  Every student gets to learn about the country they are assigned to represent.  This is a particularly fascinating area of MUN, as it allows the student to see the perspectives of other countries on world issues, as well as different political systems.   Throughout the conference the student also gains a deep insight into how the UN works.

MUN is a very unique opportunity. Every student who attends the conference is guaranteed to come away more educated on pressing world issues.  Each girl picked an area or committee on which to focus specifically. These included Human Rights, Ecology & Environment, Health & Youth, Political, Economic & Social and Disarmament.   A variety of topical issues would be discussed in each committee, with topics like Marriage Rights in the LGBT Community being discussed in the Human Rights Committee, and Child Trafficking being discussed in the Health and Youth Committee as well as the Security Council discussing the conflict in Sudan and South Sudan.  A student is then invited to write a resolution on an issue, discussing the best way to bring the issue closer to a solution. These resolutions are debated during the conference. Students are invited to merge their resolutions with others.   MUN is also a social opportunity and all students meet new people from Ireland and so many other countries.

The whole point behind the conference is to get young people to speak out on world issues, and submit their own ideas on how to solve them. The focus is on participation and on using the voice of the individual, to represent their own unique ideas and speak on behalf of others, in order to work towards the common human aim of creating a safer world.  While Model United Nations is purely hypothetical, it gives young people the confidence to express themselves and it has the potential to spark ideas in students and get them thinking about all of the important world issues that we are constantly facing.

Overall Model United Nations is a great experience, which is why our school has such an enthusiastic response, sending large numbers of students year after year, to contribute in the conferences.  MUN is such a unique experience. There are also all the entertaining aspects, of meeting new people and the novelty of dressing formally. This year eight students completed their second conference, taking on special roles as ambassadors and over thirty got involved for the first time. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Evergreen Concert - 26th April 2013

Evergreen Concert - 26th April 2013

The Green Past Pupils' Association (GPPA) are delighted to announce the line-up of artists performing at the Evergreen Past Pupils' Concert on Friday!

Sarah Lane (Violin) Gemma Doorly (Actress, of Fair City fame)
Sarah Lucey (Vocal) Ailbhe & Orla Mc Donagh (Piano & Cello)
Helen Ní Chearbhaill (Contemporary Dance) Lucy Kavanagh (Piano & Vocals)
Máire Ní Chearbhaill (Piano) The Stauntons (Trad. Irish Group)
Jane Kelly (Vocal) The Green Past Pupils' Choir, Verdi 53

A night not to be missed!!

Tickets still available. Please click here to buy.

 

 

First Year’s Book Club

The next meeting of the First Year Book Club will take place on Wednesday 15th May at 3.30p.m. in the Library.

The books we are reading are: 

Midnight Palace                        by   Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Chalkline                                      by   Jane Mitchell

Across the Barricades             by   Joan Lingard

Cherry Crush                              by   Cathy Cassidy

You can pick up a short summary of each book from the Librarian.  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.

 

Third Year Home Economics Cookery Exams

Third Year Home Economics Cookery Exams

The 3rd year Home Economics Cookery exams took place between the 17th and 19th of April.  The tasks this year included main course dishes for a lacto-vegetarian, cultural dishes, high fibre main courses, iced celebration cakes, soups, smoothies, crumbles, scones and muffins.  After much practice the girls executed their dishes with great flair and competence and congratulations go to all concerned.  

Maytime Music

Please note that there is a change of date for the Maytime Music Concert.

The concert will now take place on Monday 13th May 2013 at 7.30pm.

Details regarding tickets will follow shortly. 

Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green Mace 2013

Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green Mace 2013

The third annual Loreto College St Stephen’s Green Junior Mace debating competition took place last Saturday (13/4).  Forty five teams from a variety of schools took part in 3 rounds of debating with the top 4 teams breaking to the final.  As has been the case with all the Junior Mace competitions this year, the standard was very high as students dealt well with topics such as arming the gardaí, compulsory military service and the question of whether people who live below the poverty line should be prosecuted for stealing.  Teams representing St Wolstans, Wesley College, Belvedere College and St Conleths qualified for the final.  The motion for the final was that this house would place a legal obligation for adults to provide care for their elderly parents.  All the speakers in the final spoke excellently and the judges (including the co-founders of this competition) had a tough decision to make.  The team of Philip O’Hanrahan and Daniel Gilligan (St Conleths) emerged the winners with Melissa Barnes (St Wolstans) receiving the best speaker in the final award.
 
We would like to thank all the speakers who came along and made the competition the fun day that it was.  We would also like to thank all the people who gave up part of their weekend to come along and help judge the competition.  Special praise must go to Alex Kilmartin, Aoife Gregg and all the fifth years who worked tirelessly before, during and after the competition to make sure that everything ran smoothly.  It was much appreciated.    

Latin Department Inspection

Just after Christmas the Latin Department underwent an inspection from the Department of Education. The report which followed has made us all very proud of the extraordinary work done in the department and makes for great reading. Enjoy!



Tríona Barrett
Principal

           Click here to view the Report