“Guess Who” Competition for World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day on March 6th the Literacy Core Team and the Library are running a competition called Guess Who?  See poster below.  There are 3 of these posters around the school with the faces of nine staff members, whose faces are covered by a book they are currently reading. 

To enter, simply collect an entry form from the Library and write the staff member's name beside the title of the book. All completed forms can be returned to the box in the library.

There are book tokens and house points for the top 5 winning entries. All entries must be returned by Friday 14th March.

Parents Association Monthly Update - Feb. 2014

Our February meeting was very busy with a number of activities we are organising, details of which will follow.  See below for highlights of the meeting

- The committee was brought on a tour of the new school extension.  We viewed the newly kitted out science labs,  the new art rooms,  new music rooms and new class room.  We were hugely impressed with the new state of the art facilities, all completed to the highest standards.  Huge congratulations to Ms. Barrett and her staff and all involved in the completion of such an impressive addition to the school.  
- Plans going very well for the Fund Raising quiz night.  It promises to be a great success, so book your table early to avoid disappointment.
- Once again we have had a great response to our call for Parental involvement in the Career Night, and all 4th and 5th year girls will benefit from first hand information on a wide variety of careers.
- We are planning a walk again this year for Parents and girls.  Details to follow once date has been confirmed.
- First edition of the GreenScene for this year has been published and plans are already underway for the next edition.
- Plans for the 6th year DVD production have commenced and are going well.
- Representatives will be planning a second social event for their year group later in term.  If you have any suggestions, please email your Class Rep. as we would welcome same. 

Gymnastics Trip to Ballina

Gymnastics Trip to Ballina

On Saturday the 25th January 2014  the Gym Club made their annual trip to Ballina to compete in a friendly competition against Skerries Gym Club and Nadia Gym Club.

On Saturday morning it was a bright and early start for everyone. The girls gathered at Heuston Station in their school tracksuits for their first experience to Ballina. When the time came to board the train the excitement was amazing.  Our journey was just beginning and we all had great fun on the train.

Once we arrived to Ballina, we all collected our cases and started walking in the wind and rain all the way to the cinema. Nobody noticed the weather as everyone was too distracted with what was ahead. After the cinema the girls were so excited as they got ready to go for a lovely swim in the hotel swimming pool.  After their refreshing swim they headed straight to Nadia Gym Club for their training session and competition. The facilities at the gym were really fantastic.

Once the competition began, the girls were so focused and the facilities made it even better for them to compete. They performed excellently.  We attended Mass later that evening.  It was a long day and we all truly deserved a lovely meal and a  good night’s sleep.

We woke up bright and early on Sunday morning and headed back to the gym. The girls were so excited to be back in the Nadia Gym Club to do their last routines.  Each of them came home with a medal. A special congratulations was given to Hannah Flood who competed extremely well and was awarded a lovely trophy that was very well deserved.

It was now time to head back to Dublin. For me it was such a pleasure to be part of this wonderful experience.  The gymnasts were so well behaved and they did Loreto College, St. Stephen’s Green proud.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers who accompanied us for the weekend especially Ms. Cunningham, Ms. Crinion and Ms. Vavasseur

Emily Hughes,
Gymnastic Secretary

Debating Update

So far, this has been an incredibly successful year for both senior and junior debating alike.  Starting with seniors, congratulations to Doireann O’Brien and Dearbhla Murphy who spoke excellently at the Irish trials of the Oxford Schools Debating competition.  They will travel to Oxford later in the year to compete in the finals. 
Hard luck to Amy O’Sullivan and Aoife Gregg who narrowly missed out on a place at the Cambridge finals day, but congratulations to Aoife Gregg who was placed top of the tab. 
Well done to Alex Kilmartin, Hannah Lynch, Amy O’Sullivan and Aoife Gregg who have all reached the quarter finals of the Leinster Senior Schools debating competition and good luck to them in the next round. 
Congratulations to Niamh Ryan and Saoirse Kilgariff who were placed top of the tab at the UCD Mace debating competition.  Niamh and Saoirse also won the Phil Speaks debating competition in Trinity in January. 
Well done to Aisling Byrne who was placed third at the Soroptomist public speaking competition.  Congratulations to Zara Khan and Helen Carroll who won the Senior Inter-Loreto Mace debating competition. 
Well done to all five teams who have reached the second round of the NUI Maynooth Aoife Begley debating competition.  The teams, comprising of Alex Kilmartin and Hannah Lynch, Aoife Gunning and Katie Havel, Katie Bolger and Catherine Martin, Roslyn Colgan and Dearbhla Murphy and Helen Carroll and Doireann O’Brien all spoke excellently in the first round and we wish them luck in the next round.
Congratulations to Niamh Ryan who has been selected as one of five students to represent Ireland in the world schools debating competition in Bangkok next August. 
On the junior side, Good Luck to all four teams who have made it through to the third round of the Leinster Junior Schools Debating competition. The teams, consisting of Elizabeth Bolger and Julie O’Brien, Grace Given and Sarah Duffy, Kate Conway and Lucy Alvarez O’Neill and Amber Jones Brangan and Lia Bennett are now all in contention for a place in the quarter finals.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Bolger and Julie O’Brien who were finalists at the Belvedere Junior Mace. Well done also to Sarah Duffy and Grace Given who were finalists at the CCC Mace and to Sarah who was top of the tab.  Grace and Sarah also made the final of the St Conleth’s Mace, where they finished as winners.
Well done to all concerned.

Aoife Gunning, 5M

East Leinster Cross Country Championships

East Leinster Cross Country Championships

We would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the East Leinster competition in Avondale Co. Wicklow on the 6th of February. They all placed excellently with Mikaela Griffin and Aoife O'Reilly going on to qualify for the Leinsters.  We all wish them all the best of luck.

Lauren Devitt 2M

 

Monster Table Quiz in Aid of ‘The Blue Ribbon Fund’  March 27th 2014 at 8pm

The Parents' Association is organising a fun Monster Table Quiz in aid of ‘The Blue Ribbon Fund’ established in memory of Elaine Moran and run in conjunction with Heart Children Ireland, to provide practical support to Heart Transplant families.  

Venue:  School Sports Hall.

You can help us in a number of ways:

  • Bar sponsorship,   
  • Round sponsorship (your company logo will be displayed on the night),
  • Donations of a Spot Prize,  
  • Book a Table

Table bookings will be managed in advance by flyer to be issued in due course.
For all other issues contact Maria Beatty on 086-236-0053 or via email derek@beatty.ie     

 

House System - Points Update 10th February

Bees                               -                  605

Gazelles                         -                 625

Macaws                         -                  755

Tamarins                      -                  705

Young Scientist - January 2014

Young Scientist - January 2014

Four projects represented Loreto College in the Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS this year and all of the girls did a great job chatting to the judges and public alike, not to mention the media!  The girls had a great time and made lots of new friends and showed off some great scientific research.

Clodagh Cullen from first year carried out an investigation into the pastimes of Dublin teenagers. With her 'Study of Blue'. Clodagh wished to find out what students do with their spare time and whether or not adults have a good appreciation for what teenagers actually spend their time on. Clodagh found that adults overestimate the amount of time teenagers spend watching TV and social networking and that adults actually spend a lot more time watching television than teenagers do!

Kate Madden from second year investigated whether Mars Bars make a pony run faster. With the help of her sisters she compared the speed of her two galloping ponies over a series of trials and found that the Mars Bars did not have a positive effect on the speed of the ponies. Kate received great attention with a mention in the opening ceremony from the President plus a visit from the President together with various mentions in news articles and radio interviews!

Here are a number of Kate's media appearances

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/president-opens-young-scientist-exhibition-1.1648514:

Orla Sherlock and Jane Kavanagh, also in second year, conducted a study into the advantages of being left handed and found left handers had better multi-tasking skills and are faster typists along with having a tendency towards being artistic and musical! There was a lovely photo of the two girls published in The Irish Independent:

http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/education/bt-young-scientist-of-the-year/from-hitech-to-high-jinks-as-titan-steals-the-show-at-bt-young-scientists-show-29903986.html (go to second picture).

Fiona Carey and Saoirse O'Dwyer’s project was a chemistry investigation comparing the solubility of various painkillers. They carried out a great study, developing their school SciFest project and did a wonderful job of presenting their findings.

Doodle 4 Google Competition

Doodle 4 Google Competition

Congratulations to Iseult Mullan in 1st Year who has progressed to the semi final of the Doodle 4 Google competition. This year Google asked students to create their doodles based on the theme “My adventure..." The winner will have his or her artwork displayed on the Google Ireland homepage for 24 hours in March 2014. We wish Iseult the best of luck in this exciting competition!
 

Update on School Literacy

Update on School Literacy

Literacy - What is literacy?
‘Literacy includes the ability to use and understand spoken language, print, writing and digital media.’
(Source—Department of Education and Skills—‘Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life 2011)

Literacy is the focus of our School’s Self-Evaluation Plan for 2013-2014.  This is a plan which all schools are required to carry out under the Department of Education and Skills(DES) Guidelines. As a key literacy target for the year, teachers have been working on the spelling of keywords with all students, with a special emphasis on 1st and 2nd Years.                                  

We have introduced the following initiatives as part of this plan.
▪  A literacy core team has been established to coordinate the strategy.
▪  Each subject department has included recommended DES literacy strategies in their  subject area.
▪  Students are offered regular reading time through our DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) initiative.  We plan to extend the reading time offered.
▪  Students have been encouraged to use key vocabulary terms in their classwork and homework.
▪  The Library has created a Book Box Initiative,  wherein all 1st and 2nd Year classrooms have been provided with a box of 50 novels, suitable to their particular age group. Students can use these books during a free class or during a Drop Everything And Read period. We hope to extend this initiative to other year groups.

Kids who read succeed!
We are eager to involve Parents in our literacy initiative. To help make this a successful one we ask Parents to:
▪  encourage your child to continue to be an active user of the School Library
▪  encourage your child to join the Book Club
▪  ensure that there is a place at home to read and a time to do it
▪  check your daughter’s spellings of key terms and encourage her to recheck all of her written assignments, before submitting homework.
A useful way to do this is by using the acronym—
CUPS (Capitals, Understanding, Punctuation, Spelling).

If you have any queries or suggestions to make regarding this initiative, please e-mail d.fitzgerald@loretothegreen.ie.

Ceiliúr sang for The Black Santa Appeal (St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street).

Ceiliúr sang for The  Black Santa Appeal (St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street).

Before Christmas, Ceiliúr helped the Black Santa Appeal to raise over €27,500 for Irish Charities.  The following charities will receive funds from the Black Santa - Bishops Appeal, Protestant Aid, St. Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, Trust, Laura Lynn Foundation, Samaritan, Church of Ireland Discovery Committee, Pact, Barnardos, Dublin Simon Community, Merchants Quay and the Solas Project.  The charities will receive their funds at a special service in St. Ann's Church on Sunday 2nd March.

House System - Points update 3rd February

This week all houses have again added to their points  Congratulations girls.

Bees                   -                 605

Gazelles            -                  620

Macaws             -                  750

Tamarins          -                  680