Book Club for 1st and 2nd Years

The Book Club met on 21 January and the following 4 books were selected for reading before the next meeting:

I am David   by Anne Holm
Written in 1963, tells the story of a young boy who, with the help of a prison guard, escapes from a concentration camp in an unnamed Eastern European country and flees to Denmark.  He is utterly alone – who can he trust ? (Voted one of the best children’s books of the 20th century in the Keith Barker Millennium Awards.)
Paper Towns   by John Green
Quentin Jacobson has always loved Margo from afar.  So when she climbs through his window to summon him on an all-night road trip of revenge, he cannot help but follow.  But next morning, Q turns up at school and Margo doesn’t.  She has left clues like a trail of breadcrumbs for Q to follow.
After Tomorrow   by Gillian Cross
In this new Britain families either go hungry or live in fear of armed raiders carrying off what food they have.  What if you woke up tomorrow and everything had changed?  Money is worthless.  Your friends are gone.  Armed robbers roam the streets.  No one is safe.  For Matt and his little brother Taco that nightmare is a reality.
We were Liars  by E. Lockhart
A mystery involving privileged families at their Summer retreat near Martha’s Vineyard.  A tale of love and romance.  A tale of tragedy.  Which are lies?  Which are truth?  You decide.

January House Event

On Friday, 23 January we held our monthly Inter House event.  This month it was a Brain Teaser.  It was a great success with some rather challenging puzzles!
Well done to the Tamarins led by Sophie Dolan (3T) who came first and won 50 House Points.  Well done also to the Gazelle House who gained 20 points for winning the mini puzzle.
Thank you to Ms. Crinion for sourcing the fun puzzles and to everyone who participated.

Claudia Murphy
Asst. Head Girl

Three Girls Qualify for Oxford and Cambridge Debating Finals Day

Three Girls Qualify for Oxford and Cambridge Debating Finals Day

In the last few weeks the Irish round of both the Oxford and Cambridge schools senior debating competition has taken place.  We are pleased to announce that Aishling Kinsella and Niamh Ryan have qualified to compete in Oxford finals day while Niamh Ryan and Rachel Mullally have qualified to compete in Cambridge finals day.  This is a fantastic achievement and we wish the girls the best of luck as they travel to the UK to go up against some of the best debaters in the world.


Economics Bond Trading Game

Economics Bond Trading Game

I and four other girls went to a Trade Bond Game in the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday 20th January. There were many different schools there.  We started off by getting a tour of the Aviva Stadium, going into the changing rooms and seeing the pitch. At first we didn't know much about trade bonding, but we were given a presentation about it so we had an idea. During the game we got to buy and sell bonds, cash and shares. It was interesting and great fun  and we all felt that we learned a lot by the end of it. We talked to different employees who worked at Bank of Ireland and learnt a bit about working there. We even got to meet Henry Shefflin!  Overall it was a very good experience.

Flora Piquet - 5th Year Economics

Dublin Post Primary Senior C Camogie Championship Final Report

Dublin Post Primary Senior C Camogie Championship Final Report

Loreto finish strong to claim the Senior Camogie Title

Loreto College, St. Stephen’s  Green  just edged out Scoil Mhuire, Clane in a thrilling Dublin Post Primary Schools Camogie ‘C’  final played in Clanna Gael.  The game was well contested from the start with chances at a premium.  Clane opened the scoring with a well taken point and could have had an early goal if it wasn’t for a fine save by Orlaith Freaney in the Loreto goal.  A long range point from Alex Griffin levelled the game.  Clane responded with a well taken team point before Alex Griffin levelled the game once again.  Clane were on top at this stage and made this count when they finished a ball to the net after good approach play from their midfield.  Loreto finished the half the stronger with their defence, well marshalled by Ciara Griffin, getting on top.  This allowed them to take advantage of the wind and get more ball into their full forward line.  This paid off as Caoilainn McDaid struck for two goals before the break to put Loreto ahead. 

An Alex Griffin point opened the second half before Clane responded with two points of their own.  Both teams had chances before a free from Alex Griffin put three between the teams once again.  Then a long ball out of defence from Leah O’Reilly was caught by Alex Griffin who finished to the net to give Loreto a two goal cushion.  However Clane kept fighting and were using the wind to move quick ball into their forwards.  They got their reward when they scored their second goal of the game before they levelled the game with another goal.  The teams were level as we entered the final  five minutes.  The Loreto defence held firm and a long clearance found Carolyn McCarthy who turned her player and was brought down as she headed towards the goal.  Alex Griffin fired the ball into the roof of the net from the resulting free to regain the momentum for Loreto.  She followed that up with a point before Carolyn McCarthy got the score of the game as she powered a shot on the turn into the top corner of the net.  This secured the victory for Loreto College  on a scoreline of Loreto College 5-5 Clane 3-4.

Thanks to all the 5th years that came along and provided such great vocal encouragement for the players throughout the game.

Loreto College: Orlaith Freaney, Emily Lacey, Leah O’Reilly, Ellen McCarville, Kate Lynch, Ciara Griffin, Laura Browne, Alex Griffin, Emma Deeley, Ciara Redmond, Anna Woods (C), Caoilainn McDaid, Zoe Murray, Carolyn McCarthy, Flora Piquet, Corinne Henry-Bezy, Lisa Fay, Amy Fay, Emer McEntee, Aoife McCluskey, Eimear Dignam, Mikaela Griffin.

Mary Ward Week 23rd-30th of January 2015

Mary Ward Week 23rd-30th of January 2015

The sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, popularly known as Loreto have as their founder Mary Ward.  In a male dominated society and church, she believed that women in time to come would do much.  She established foundations in six European countries but what she desired at the time was considered ‘outrageous’ and her houses were suppressed.
While Mary Ward died with few followers, she did inspire these to remain loyal to the church.  Her spirituality is centered on Jesus and in the Gospel values.  She attempted to initiate an apostolic way of life and active ministry based on the spirituality and constitutions of St. Ignatius.  From the 23rd to the 30th of January we are celebrating Mary Ward Week. 

Mary Ward Prayer
Lord, you helped Mary Ward
to find her way.
You always gave her the strength
to do the right thing.
We ask you to now guide us
along our way.
and give us the strength
to be who we want to be.
May all the saints of heaven
guide us on our way
and send your angels to
protect us day by day.

DCU Invitational Cross Country

Congratulations to all those who took part in the DCU Invitational on 20 January.  A special well done to Suzanne Masterson, Amy Fay, Eliza Ní Thighearnaigh and Lauren Devitt who took 3rd place in the team even.

Camogie - Senior Champions!

Well done to the Senior Camogie team who defeated Clane in a hard fought Dublin Championship final last Friday, 16 January.  The scores were level with four minutes to go but we scored 2 – 1 in the last few minutes to claim victory by 5 – 5 to 3 – 4.  Thanks to all the vocal support offered by the 5th Years.  It was really appreciated.  We are Senior Champions for the first time since the 1930’s.  Well done girls !

Debating Update

Last Saturday 17 January, between Junior and Senior Debating, we had 12 teams debating in different competitions.  Well done to all of them as they competed very well.  Congratulations to Sarah Duffy and Kate Conway who made the semi-finals of the Phil Speaks competition in Trinity and also to Julie O’Brien and Elizabeth Bolger who qualified for the final.  Thanks to all the 5th Years who helped organise the Irish round of the Cambridge Schools Debating competition.  We had two teams in the final, so well done to Aoife Gunning, Zara Khan, Rachael Mullally and Niamh Ryan.  Niamh and Rachael won the final and will now represent Ireland at the Cambridge Finals Day next month.

Annual Junior Certificate Business Studies Awards

Annual Junior Certificate Business Studies Awards

Recognising Dublin’s top performers in Junior Certificate Business

DCU Business School’s annual awards scheme, founded in 2010, recognises the achievements of the top 50 performers in Junior Certificate Business Studies each year.  Following the outstanding results in Junior Cert Business by our present 4th years, we were delighted to have three students receiving awards this year. The ceremony took place on Thursday the 15th January in DCU Business school and was attended by the students together with their parents and teachers.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bolger, Sarah Duffy and Ciara O’Brien on their wonderful achievement and to their teachers Ms Jane Kelly and Ms Niamh Bradbury. In particular we would like to congratulate Elizabeth Bolger who received an additional award for achieving 1st place in Dublin in her Junior Certificate Business Studies.