Annual Transition Year Basketball Match against Belevedere College

Annual Transition Year Basketball Match against Belevedere College

On Friday 16th May the annual TY basketball match was held in the Sports Hall in aid of the Blue Ribbon Fund. It was a euro in for each student and we raised over €350 on the day which was great. While next year’s fourth years sat on the side line and gathered tactics, both teams gave it their all and unfortunately on the day the Belvedere team defeated us narrowly in the very last minute, by one basket. It was a fantastic day for both teams and a great opportunity to raise money for a very important cause.   
Emily Lacey 4B

Camino Walk

From Tuesday June 3rd  to Saturday June 7th, sixteen 5th Years, two 4th Years  together with three teachers Mr. Fitzgerald, Madame Soudry and Ms. McGarry will walk the Camino.

1st   Stage:  Puente La Reina to Estella

2nd Stage:   Estella to Los Arcos

3rd Stage:    Los Arcos to Viana

Follow our travels on our Blog

Book Club - Summer Reading

At our Junior Book Club meeting,  the following books were recommended for reading during the Summer Holidays.

  • More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
  • Looking for J.J. by Anne Cassidy
  • Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver
  • The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Dead by Charlie Higson
  • The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John

The next meeting of the Book Club will be in September.

Ms. Winters and Ms. Doran hope everyone has a lovely Summer holiday and enjoy your reading.

Guide Dog Clive and Murray’s Visit to Loreto on the Green

Guide Dog Clive and Murray’s Visit to Loreto on the Green

On Tuesday the 20th of May, 1B and 1M took part in a Skipathon in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs. The girls and I had great fun skipping solo, in pairs and all together with the big skipping rope.
The next day we had a lovely surprise! Fiona Whooley and her son Murray surprised us with their guide dog Clive. Murray is 15 years old and has Autism. Clive has been a tremendous help in allowing Murray to live a normal life. Fiona explained to us how Clive helps on a daily basis, and how he is a part of their family. Fiona told us that it costs €35,000 to train a guide dog. It was lovely to see how close Clive and Murray are.
Fiona, Murray and Clive enlightened us on how much a guide dog can benefit people with disabilities. We raised €300 for the charity by taking part in the Skipathon, and it is marvellous to know that it is going to such a devoted, hardworking charity.

Caitlin Murphy, 1M

Debating Update

Debating Update

Well done to Julie O'Brien, Elizabeth Bolger, Sarah Duffy and Grace Given who competed excellently in the Oxford Schools debating competition on Saturday the 3rd of May.  The best junior debaters from around the world were competing so the standard was exceptionally high.  The girls debated topics such as corporal punishment, responsibility for global warming and boycotting artists who live unethical private lives.  They argued excellently throughout the day and finished in 8th and 13th place respectively.  This was a fantastic result.  Well done girls.

On the same day the annual Loreto College Junior Mace Debating Competition took place.  40 teams took part and the standard was very impressive.  The day was excellently organised by the 5th year debaters led by Aoife Gunning and Katie Havel under the careful supervision of our debating chairperson Dearbhla Murphy.  We were delighted that so many senior cycle students volunteered to come in and judge including a number of past pupils.  Four very talented teams made the final with the team of Grace Pender and Orlaith Barry from Loreto Beaufort emerging victorious along with Killian Farrelly from Clonkeen College who won the individual speaker award. Well done to all involved.  We would like to say big thank you to Aoife, Katie and Dearbhla who have done a great job in organising debating this year in Loreto College.  

The debating year ended on a very successful note with the final of the Aoife Begley Memorial Debating Competition in NUI Maynooth.  Hannah Lynch and Alex Kilmartin were opposing the motion that this house would support humanitarian intervention in Crimea.  They both spoke excellently as they developed a number of well thought out arguments against the motion.  As per usual the standard in the final was very high but the girls did enough to earn the victory.  It was a great way to finish off the year for Debating in Loreto College.   

Sports Day

Sports Day

On Sunday 11th May 2014 the House Sports Day took place.  This was the biggest house event to complete this year, full of great spirit and a sense of community.

All four houses received points for attending.  The best attendance in each year was 1G/2M/3M & 3T (joint)/4B/5G/6G.  Best Overall Spirit with 19 students present was 1G who received a bonus of 20 points.  Best Overall House Attendance went to the Gazelle House who also got 20 points.

The winning house of the Sports Day Races was the Bees who narrowly saw off stiff competition from the other houses.

Thanks to all the super teachers and 4th and 5th year helpers who made the day such a success.  

Finally, the whole school would like to say a huge thank you to Ms. Crinion for her hard work and infectious enthusiasm which ensured that the day ran so smoothly and efficiently.  It certainly was a day to remember.

Aoife Kelly, Aisling Byrne and Catherine Martin


Final House Points

1st:          Tamarins            1233

2nd:         Macaws              1205

3rd:          Bees                   1107

4th:          Gazelles             1067

Well done to everyone on great school spirit this year.    Have a lovely summer !   

Sports Day - Change of Time

Due to traffic diversions and to allow everyone to see Giro d'Italia the Sports Day will commence at the earlier time of 11.00a.m. and finish at 1.00 p.m.

Venue:  Iveagh Gardens (behind the right hand side of the National Concert Hall).

Date:  Sunday 11th May

Looking forward to a great fun day and we will even provide the potato and spoon!

4B and 4T Grandparents’ Mass

4B and 4T Grandparents’ Mass

On Monday 7th April and Friday 2nd May, 4B and 4T celebrated their Grandparents' Mass prepared in religion class with Ms Travers and Ms McCaul. Fr Jim Noonan was the celebrant and all who attended agreed that they were at a joyous and moving occasion.  Many thanks to all the Grandparents who joined students, many of whom travelled long distances to be with their granddaughters.


House System - Points Update 6th May

Bees:             -     850

Gazelles:      -     895

Macaws:       -     965

Tamarins:    -     955

Macaws are back in the lead by 10 points!!

Second Year P.E Trip to Carlingford

Second Year P.E Trip to Carlingford

On April 1st 2014, all Second Years headed up to Carlingford Adventure Centre in Co. Louth. This was a highly anticipated occasion as some of us had heard beforehand from other students that it was a fantastic trip.
When we arrived, our two activities for the day were Canadian Canoeing and Laser Tag. Fortunately, we had the weather to do these activities. In order for us to participate in Laser Tag, we had to put on camouflage suits and collect our guns, while the other group spent the morning in the water, canoeing, trampolining and pier jumping. As we undertook these tasks, we learned the important values of team work and strategy.
After our busy morning, the teams gathered in the visitor centre and ate a delicious lunch. Afterwards, both groups switched activities.
After a long and fun-filled day of ice cold water and khaki jump suits, we returned to the coaches and began our journey back to Dublin in great spirits. It was a wonderful day out that the Second Years will never forget. We thank Ms. Crinion for organising a great day and Ms. Prendergast, Mr. Bain and Ms. Joyce for accompanying us and for making our day so memorable.
Sarah Waldron 2G and Kate Murray 2T