Hallowe’en Competitions in the Library

Scary Short Story Competition
First Place:           Franzel Cabantac  1G
Second Place:      Freya Daughton 1B

Halloween Poetry Competition
Winner:          Síofra Brady 3G

The standard of entry in both of these competitions was very high and the judges had a difficult job to pick out the winners – so congratulations to everyone who took part.

There was a very big entry in all the other competitions during the week, so the winners were drawn from a hat :
Monday, Spider Crossword
Jenny Zhang 3B,  Maeve Bruen 2G.
Tuesday, Harry Potter Wizard Challenge
No-one got all 14 correct answers, but 8 people got 13 correct and their names were put in a hat.
Amanda Lynch 1M,  Alice Cahir  2M,  Ella Hemeryck  1B
Wednesday,  Scrambled Halloween
Eleanor Cripwell 2T,   Aoife Wallace  1M,    Eva Kearney  1G
Thursday,  Halloween Maze
Ciara Monks 1B,   Megan Ross 1G.

Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween!

Gael Linn Debating Competition

Comhghairdeas mór  to the Senior Irish debating team who advanced to the next round of the Gael Linn debating competition.  Team members Laura Browne, Hannah Lynch and Katie Conaty gave an excellent performance in what was a very competitive round at Wesley College last night.

Maith sibh a chailíní !


Congratulations to the Senior A Basketball team and Ms. Woods who had a great win in the first round of the All Ireland Cup held on 22 October in Belfast.

Congratulations also to Lauren Devitt who has been selected for the East of Ireland Basketball team.

Tribute to Mrs Mary Tierney

Tribute to Mrs Mary Tierney

It is with deep sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of our former colleague and friend Mrs Mary Tierney.  When Mary retired in May 2011 we wished her long years of health and happiness, to enjoy with her beloved Shay, Mick and Annie but sadly this was not to be.  She has been taken from them and from her wide circle of friends far too early. 

For those of us privileged enough to have worked with Mary, her giftedness was immediately evident.  Needless to remark she was a stunning mathematician and shared her passion for her subject with generations of students here at the Green.  However her talents extended way beyond her subject.  Mary was an authority on the arts, with an enviable knowledge of poetry and an innate talent for finding the perfect poem for every occasion, often from the most obscure international poets.  She was a talented musician and a simply amazing craftsperson.  All in all Mary was special.  She will be missed more than any words here can say.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

Tribute to Mrs Mary Tierney

Tríona Barrett

Birthday Surprise for Emma Meehan 5T

Birthday Surprise for Emma Meehan 5T

In history class we were studying the United States and the World (1945-1989) and studied the Presidents of the United States.  We were all very impressed by President Jimmy Carter’s work.

I (Emily Feeney) decided to e-mail The Carter Center to ask for a birthday message for Emma who is a particularly big fan of President Carter.  We received a reply containing a signed birthday message and a signed photograph of Jimmy Carter.  We brought them into history class and Ms. Barrett was very impressed.  The class e-mailed The Carter Center to say thank you and are eagerly awaiting a reply. (Emily Feeney 5G and Emma Meehan 5T)

Loreto St. Stephen’s Green win Sr. Hildegarde Shield

Loreto St. Stephen’s Green  win Sr. Hildegarde Shield

On Friday 10th October, the inaugural inter Loreto Sailing Regatta was held in Malahide Yacht Club. All Loreto Schools were invited and a total of 34 students from 7 schools took to the water. Cara Mc Dowell (Portmarnock Community School) sailed an extremely consistent series to win the individual title.

With school honours at stake, the team event was hotly contested with every place counting. Lots of calculations were done on the water by the girls, to figure out who needed to beat who. At the conclusion of racing, the first winner of the Sr. Hildegarde Shield was Loreto St. Stephen's Green, closely followed by Loreto Balbriggan in 2nd place. Congratulation to our victorious sailing team Nicole Hemeyck, Eilis O'Reilly, Gemma McDowell, Nell Staunton and Ella Hemeyck. Congratulations also to Nicole Hemeryck who was narrowly beaten into 2nd place in the individual event.

Finally, a huge thank you to Ms. Ciara Peelo for her vision and incredible hard work in coordinating the event. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and the girls are already looking forward to defending the title next year!

Maths Week

Maths Week

Maths Week on the Green was a huge success. Each morning the girls were greeted with a new 'Puzzle of the Day'. There were 3 puzzles each day of varying degrees of difficulty. We had a huge number of correct answers each day.

The daily winners were:
Brigid Etchingham-Coll -1B
Tara O'Sullivan - 1M
Emily Doyle - 2G
Eve Fitzgerald - 2G
Louise Kelly - 2G
Ciara Barry - 3M
Aisling Byrne - 3T
Dervla Farrell - 5B
Jenny Harrington - 6T

Throughout the course of the week the First Year girls competed in a Maths Eye Poster Competition.  Many believe that the real world mathematics they can do in life and work is just 'common sense' and that the real world mathematics they can't do is mathematics.  With maths eyes people see that the mathematics they do everyday becoming real and meaningful.  This Maths Eyes winners on the Green this week were:
Ellen Vahey - 1B
Sarah Sheridan - 1M
Anna-May Daughton -1T

To finish up on Friday we held a 'Pi Day'.  'Pi Day' involved the girls baking a maths themed cake.  The creativity on display was fantastic.  The girls really embraced the task and the judges found it exceptionally difficult to chose the winners.  After much deliberation the winners chosen were:

Emily Plant - 1B
Claire Gregg - 1M
Constanza Meade - 1M
Hana Gallagher - 2M
Sophie Bannon - 2T
Kate Fullen - 5M

All the cakes were then sold at a lunchtime bake sale, with the proceeds going towards the Loreto Schools in Kolkata.

Book Club for 1st and 2nd Years

Book Club for 1st and 2nd Years

The first meeting of the Book Club for 1st and 2nd years took place on Wednesday, 15 October.  Ms. Anne-Marie Ryan, a member of the English Department, has just published a book called 16 Dead Men The Easter Rising Executions  and Ms. Ryan came along to the first meeting to talk about her book.  The girls were very interested and decided to choose it as one of the books to read for the next meeting.   The other books chosen are The Wind Singer by William Nicholson, The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay and Clockwork Angel  by Cassandra Clare.  The next meeting of this Book Club will take place in November.

CIMA Business Quiz

CIMA Business QuizThe school stage of the annual CIMA Business Quiz was held on Wednesday 8th October.

All the 3rd year business students took part. Congratulations to Kate Murray, Maeve Sullivan, Michelle Coghlan and Alex Deasy who came second and to the winners Caoimhe Corcoran, Alex Byrne, Ciara Barry and Sophie Doyle. Both teams will represent the school in the regional finals on Wednesday the 22nd October in IT Tallaght

SciFest at School - Friday 10th October:

SciFest at School - Friday 10th October:

All Transition Year students took part in SciFest at School last Friday, 10th October. SciFest is a series of one day science fairs for second-level students hosted locally in schools and regionally in the Institutes of Technology. SciFest aims to encourage a love of science, technology and maths through active, collaborative, enquiry-based learning. This year was the third year of SciFest at School in Loreto, where it has become an integral part of the transition year science course. All students in the year group worked as individuals or in small groups to conduct a scientific investigation of their choice.

The girls had been working hard all term conducting scientific research, gathering and analysing data and displaying their findings in a report book and on a poster. The competition took place in the Assembly Hall, which was filled with all their very impressive work for the day on Friday. Seven external judges came in to speak with the girls and to make the very difficult decisions on the category prize winners and overall best project. They were extremely impressed with the work that had been done and how well all the students communicated with them.

Huge congratulations to all the girls who won prizes in their categories and especially to Jessica Commins who won Overall Best Project for her study "When I grow up... A study into whether personality or environmental factors affect career choice