Sailing on the Green

Sailing on the Green

It was a fantastic weekend for the school sailors.

Ella Hemeryck (1B) finished 1st overall in the Inter Schools Sailing Regatta in Sutton Dinghy Club in the Optimist class.  This is the first time the school has won this category.

Further afield in Kinsale, Gemma McDowell (3M), won the Junior All Ireland Ladies Championship. 

Both girls sailed fantastically and we are looking forward to the upcoming Inter Loreto Sailing Competition next week.

Lourdes 2014

Lourdes 2014

Niamh Lawlor, Ruth Keating, Clodagh O’Regan, Aoife Corcoran, Hannah Byrne and Niamh Kyne all from 6th Year along with their teacher Mrs Moran flew to Lourdes on Sunday 7th September for 5 days with 21 other school groups from the Dublin area to assist pilgrims on the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage.

Together they acted as helpers to the pilgrims, with the aim of making the pilgrimage as enjoyable as possible for the VIPs. They escorted them to religious ceremonies, acted as companions and ensured all their needs were fulfilled. The hours were long and tiring although no one complained as it was an extremely rewarding and gratifying experience for all those involved.

Parent Association Events

Please note the following dates for upcoming Parent Association Events

• PA AGM  on Monday 29th September at  7.30pm  ( NOT  8pm as mistakenly advised in the letter)
• PA Social Event - Sunday 5th October, Parent/Guardian walk on Tara Hill, at 10.30 am.
• PA Pre-Debs reception, Tuesday 7th October, 6 - 7.30pm

 

4B and 4M   P.E. Trip to Achill Adventure Centre       1st-3rd September 2014

4B and 4M    P.E. Trip to Achill Adventure Centre           1st-3rd September 2014

On Monday the 1st of September 4B and 4M were accompanied by Mr Bain, Ms Clarke and Ms Moynihan on our 3 Day Transition Year Adventure Trip to Achill Island, County Mayo.

We arrived after a 5 hour bus journey and began our first activity after lunch. There were many activities available in the centre. These included canoeing, surfing, rock climbing, coasteering and mountain boarding. We were split into sports groups upon arrival, this meant that each group got a chance to try out every activity. Many of these activities were new to us so we had great fun experiencing new things. We also learned archery and played some fun team games. The instructors were very funny and helpful and made our trip all the more fun.

The trip was a huge success and everyone immensely enjoyed our 3 days in Achill. We all made new friends and experienced new things. We were all very sad to be returning back to Dublin to begin school the next day. Everyone in 4B and 4M would like to thank Mr Bain, Ms Clarke and Ms Moynihan who gave up a huge amount of their free time to accompany us on the trip, and without whom it would not have been possible.

Grace Given 4M

4G and 4T     P.E. Trip to Donegal Adventure Centre         1st-3rd September 2014

4G and 4T        P.E. Trip to Donegal Adventure Centre            1st-3rd September 2014

 

On the 1st of September 4G and 4T set out on the bus to Bundoran. The trip was packed full of teamwork, class-bonding and trust exercises as well as developing personal skills and pushing ourselves physically. We were split into 3 teams; Alpha, Bravo and Charlie which allowed us to mix with both classes and gave a competitive aspect to all the challenges.

After a 3 hour trip and hurried lunch the first activity was an adventure challenge where we had to work as a team to complete seemingly impossible tasks such as climbing a 10ft wall with no harness and nothing to pull ourselves up with. We learned to work as a group by giving each other boosts and pulling members up from the top.
 
Other activities included abseiling and a climbing wall which proved nerve-racking and rewarding. Local lakes provided picturesque scenery for kayaking. Surfing took place at the local world-renowned surfing beaches where we all gave catching some waves and standing up on our boards a try. With the help of the instructors we were managing the large waves quite well excluding the occasional nose dive which the instructors found all too funny. After building rafts from barrels, wood and ropes on the beach we put them in the water and competed in a race. Highly competitive was an under statement for the determination the teams had. The extra members of each team ended up in the water splashing the other team’s boat and distracting the paddlers. This along with the fact that our boats were falling apart under us added to the hilarious race.

The activities were great fun but we also had lots of fun singing on the bus, relaxing during our free time in the hostel and at meals.  We kept ourselves busy in between activities by chatting to the instructors and having a sing song with a guitar which was great fun.

This trip would not have been possible without the company of the three teachers who sacrificed their time to come with us. Therefore we are all very grateful to Ms. Crinion, Ms. McCaul and Ms. Galligan for accompanying us.  Overall the trip definitely brought us together as a group, pushed us outside our comfort zones and made for a fantastic start to the great year ahead.

Julie O'Brien
            


 

First Days

First Days

Our first few days in Loreto on the Green were full of sports and games. It really helped us get to know our class better. Ms. Crinion and all the teachers were extremely encouraging and helpful. We played lots of team sports and they included: rounders, dodgeball, uni-hoc, basketball, badminton and soccer! One of our favourite sports that we played was basketball. We played an interhouse basketball tournament. On Wednesday morning we played a really fun warm-up game with swiss balls. Each class worked as a team. We cheered on our houses and even got some house points. It was easy to see that we were happy here. It was a great start to our six years in Loreto.

Aoife Wallace, Tara O’Sullivan and Sarah Miley 1M
 

Ice Bucket Challenge

 

 

40 valiant staff volunteered to take the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association on Friday, 5 September.  The girls paid €5 for the pleasure of dropping the ice bucket on a staff member and those who viewed the spectacle paid €2 each.   Just over €1,000 was raised for this very worthy charity.   Well done to all who participated!

Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green now nominates Loreto Abbey, Dalkey to complete the challenge by Tuesday, 9th September and make a donation to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. Good Luck!