Summer Examinations 2014

The timetable of the Summer Examinations is now available to your daughter and may be viewed below.  For 1st and 2nd years, the 8 compulsory subjects are in the mornings. If your daughter does not have an afternoon exam, she is expected to go directly home and use the afternoon for productive study.
All morning exams for 1st, 2nd and 4th years begin at 8.55 a.m., with one exception for both 1st and 2nd years. 2nd years do not have class on Thursday 22nd May, but for those who study Spanish or German, they must be in school at 1.10 p.m. that day for their exam which begins at 1.20 p.m.  1st years do not have class on Friday 23rd May, but for those who study Spanish, German or Latin, they must be in school at 1.10 p.m. that day for their exam which begins at 1.20 p.m.
5th years are required to be in the exam centre 10 minutes before the start of each paper.
Students are not permitted to leave the exam centre early.
When the exams are imminent, students will be given instructions with regard to exam procedure.
If you have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Ann Marie Smith
Examinations Secretary

Debating Update

Debating Update

Junior Debating National Mace Final:
On the 5th of April last the top 80 Junior debaters in the country gathered in UCD for the national final of the Junior National Mace Debating Competition.  We were delighted that among those 80 were 7 speakers from Loreto College (Sarah Duffy, Grace Given, Julie O'Brien, Elizabeth Bolger, Kate Conway, Amber Jones-Brangan and Lucy Alvarez O'Neill).  The speakers had to engage with topics such as "Compulsory Provision of Childcare" and "The current state of play in North Korea".  All of our speakers tackled these difficult issues well with Grace Given and Sarah Duffy both progressing to the semi-finals on the day.  Both Grace and Sarah competed excellently with Sarah making it through to the final.  The motion for the final was that “This House would run for public office” with Sarah speaking first for the opposition.  Sarah gave a great speech and while she didn't win, she can be very proud of how well she competed throughout this year's competition.

Junior Schools Leinster Debating Final:
On the 3rd of April in UCD the semi-finals of the Junior Leinster Schools Debating Competition took place.  The semi-finals are a notoriously difficult round of the competition as only one team from each of the semi-finals can progress to the final.   We had teams competing in two of the semi-finals. As Julie O'Brien and Elizabeth Bolger were proposing the motion that “This House would make voting compulsory” Sarah Duffy and Grace Given opposed the motion that “This House would require politicians to score highly in an IQ test before acceding to office”.  The standard was high (as it has been throughout this year's competition) but all four of our speakers spoke excellently on the night.  We were delighted when it was announced that both Loreto teams had won their semi-finals and would be taking part in the final.  This time Elizabeth and Julie would be proposing the motion that “This House believes that violence is a legitimate form of protest” while Sarah and Grace would be one of the teams opposing the motion.  After a week of preparation marked by some in school friendly rivalry it was back to UCD for the final.  Once again all four of our speakers spoke excellently as did the other teams from Coláiste na Hinse and Belvedere.  Many spectators commented that the judges faced a very difficult decision as any of the teams would be worthy winners of the competition.  While the decision did not go our way on the night that does not take away from how well Elizabeth, Julie, Sarah and Grace represented themselves and their school in the final.  We are all very proud of them.   Also the girls would like to say thank you to all the parents, siblings, current and past pupils who came along to offer such fantastic support on the night.  It was much appreciated.

Aoife Begley Debating Competition 
Over the last two weeks the semi-finals of the Aoife Begley Memorial Debating Competition has been taking place in NUI Maynooth.  We had four teams competing for a spot in the final.  Once again all our speakers spoke well with Hannah Lynch and Alex Kilmartin qualifying for the final.  The final will take place in NUI Maynooth on Thursday the 1st of May and we would encourage supporters to come along and support the girls.



On the 26th of April, the girls from 4th year who didn't go on the Gaisce hike went on a trip to Corcaigh Park to take part in the first Inter Loreto Orienteering Event. When we got there, we were put into teams of six.  Two of the girls from each Loreto school represented their teams and the aim of the day was to build stronger links between the schools and learn about Orienteering. 

We all got a pack which contained maps, coloured name tags and finger tags which we used to scan in at the boxes on the marked points on the map.  It was a challenging task working together and learning how to read a map the right way!! 

Well done to Sophie Fagan (4M) and Shona Meagher (4M) who were part of the winning team.  It was a very successful day and brought us closer together as friends. 

A huge thank you to Ms.Crinion for organising the whole day for us and thanks to Chris for accompanying us on the day out.  It was a very enjoyable day overall!!

Parents Association Monthly Update - April 2014

Parents Association Monthly Update - April 2014The following items were discussed at our most recent monthly meeting

  • The P.A. strongly supports the schools review of the food on sale in canteen, with healthier options due to be introduced.
  • The BOM representative outlined a process they are undergoing to frame a new 3 year strategic plan for the school.
  • Gillian O'Brien of HeadStrong contacted the P.A. to advise of a talk they are doing in UCD entitled ‘One Good Adult’ on 30th April at 7:30pm in the Fitzgerald Debating Chamber, UCD Student Centre, UCD, Belfield.   We agreed to advise the parent body as her talk at a recent AGM was excellent.
  • Maria Beatty and her team were again congratulated on a wonderful fundraising event.   We also thank all sponsors who will be contacted after the presentation of the cheque has been made to Heart Children Ireland.
  • Reminder that the Maytime Music is taking place in the NCH this year and funds raised will go to Crumlin Cardiac Unit
  • Production of next GreenScene is well underway 

Junk Kouture Grand Final

Junk Kouture Grand Final

The Junk Kouture Grand Final will be held in the 02 Arena on Friday 2nd May with Orla Comerford, Elizabeth Fagan & Emma Meehan's dress 'Plugged' competing for the winning spot. Online voting will take place from 9 a.m. 14th April until midnight on 25th April.

Orla, Elizabeth and Emma would be very grateful if you would take the time to vote for 'Plugged' by going to the ERP Facebook page.

Thank you for your support!

Pop Up Art

Pop Up Art

The Fifth Year Art Co-ordinators organised a Pop Up Art Workshop on 7 April for First Year students to create an Easter sweet container.   The 1st & 5th years had a great time making their creations and eating the sweets afterwards!   Thank you to Robyn Parker and Emily Noonan for organising the fun event.



German Exchange Visit

German Exchange Visit

Herzlich Willkommen to the German exchange group from St. Agnes Gynmasium in Stuttgart!   The students are staying with their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year exchange partners and are enjoying a busy programme of school attendance and cultural visits.   The Loreto group will travel to Stuttgart at the end of June.

Junior Book Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Junior Book Club (open to all First and Second Years) will take place in the Library following the Easter holidays on Wednesday 30th April at 12.50p.m.

The books for discussion are:
Noughts & Crosses          by Malorie Blackman
Distant Waves                    by Suzanne Weyn
Unwind                                 by Neal Shusterman

All First and Second years are welcome to attend. The Easter holidays are a great opportunity to read.  You can read one, two or even three of the books.  If it is your first time to attend the book club and you haven’t read the books please come along anyway.

Ms. Winters and Ms. Doran would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter.

French Debating 2014

French Debating 2014

Pour la 3eme fois de suite, l’équipe de débats de Loreto College s’est présentée à la Bibliothèque Nationale pour la Finale des Joutes oratoires organisées par l’Alliance Française.

Loreto won the Final round of debates in 2012, and again this year, against King’s Hospital, after an impressive and heated debate on the topic of Emigration.

Félicitations à toute l’équipe: Ellen Kelly ( 5th year, Captain ), Anna Rose Fullen and Jessica Fitzpatrick ( 6th year ) , Aoife Gunning ( 5th year ), Tillie Keogh ( active sub, 6th year ) and Mme Soudry (coordinator )

All the best speakers of the tournament (including Ellen Kelly and Anna Rose Fullen) received their trophies, before the results were announced and the Loreto team was presented with the cup.

Ellen Kelly is now part of the national team, due to debate against French students in Paris in January 2015. Nous lui souhaitons bonne chance!

House Points - Monday 7th April

Bees:                          800

Gazelles:                    855

Macaws:                     905

Tamarins:                  850

It is getting much closer in points!!

Happy Easter to everyone