Hampers - Thanks to Parents

Hampers - Thanks to Parents

At our monthly PA meeting on Tuesday last, 13th January, the Deputy Vice-Principal, Ms. Maria O'Leary expressed her sincere thanks to the parents for your wonderful generosity in the Christmas Hamper collection. So plentiful were the donations that extra hampers were created.

Well done and thanks to all who so kindly donated!

The Parents' Association

Loreto PA Activities - September-December 2014

• First Year Parents’ Introduction Evening, hosted by the PA for the incoming First year parents, last September, followed by light refreshments.
• AGM held at the end of September, including our Guest Speaker, Ms Caroline Spillane, CEO of the Medical Council of Ireland, who gave a thought-provoking and most interesting talk on ‘Work-Life and Parenting Balance’.
• Social Event – Parents’/ Guardians’ and Daughters’  Guided Walk on the Hill of Tara in early October.
• Pre-Debs Reception for the Class of 2014, their Partners and Parents, hosted by the PA in the School in October.
• Careers Information Evening organised by the PA in November for the 4th, 5th and 6th year students, in an informal ‘Learning about the Day in the Life of a wide variety of Careers’ format.
• Social Get-Togethers organised by the Parent PA Reps of each year, with, to date, only the Fourth year parent get-together yet to happen.
• GreenScene – Christmas term edition published in December 2014.
• DVD – the production of the DVD for the Class of 2015 continues in liaison with the Sixth Year Students.


Fun Basketball Day 2014

Fun Basketball Day 2014

On the 13th December 2014, the annual Parents versus Students Basketball Fun Day took place.

Every girl played with her year against an amazing ensemble of enthusiastic parents and teachers. The day had an extra something with everyone wearing their festive jumpers.  Each match was exciting and spectacular to watch with the Parents and Teachers narrowly holding onto their unbeaten record.

We would like to thank everybody who was involved in the day - the girls, their parents and the teachers and Mr. O'Riordan for organising the event. We look forward to seeing the great tradition of Basketball on the Green thriving from year to year.

Jenny Lambe 5T and Saoirse O’Dwyer 5G
Basketball Committee



December House Event - Talent Show

December House Event - Talent Show

The day of The Talent Show arrived and with it came a wave of excitement, a little hint of nervousness and definitely a lot of noise and colourful costumes! The Talent Show is a tradition here on the Green and is held every year just before Christmas holidays. It’s an excellent opportunity for students and teachers alike to showcase and witness the cooperation and many hidden talents of each pupil here on the green. Each class group was tasked with having to make up a 3 minute long dance routine or act which fitted their pre assigned category. This year it was up to the first years to take on the theme of ‘Modern Fairy Tales’, the second years ‘Dr. Suess’, the third years ‘80’s’, the forth years ‘Christmas’ and the fifth years ‘Musicals’. Meanwhile the sixth year group would present a unique myriad of skits, funny videos and a dance routine to wow the younger years with and hopefully provide a great deal of humour along the way!

With everyone piled into the sports hall and a definite sense of competitive House spirit hanging in the air, the talent show was ready to go. After the sixth years made their entrance with their very own rendition of High Schools Musical’s ‘Stick to the status quo’ it was the Bee House who was first up, as introduced by our fabulously funny M.C’s for the day, Aisling Stokes and Judith Umesi. The first year Bees kicked off the afternoon with a brilliant twist on an old fashioned fairy tale until it was time for the 2nd year Bee class to take the stage. After some interesting and hilarious dance routines and acting scenes, it was time for each Gazelle class group from first to fifth year to impress the 3 judges, Mr. Bain, Mr. Mulligan and Ms. Prendergast who were carefully keeping tabs on the performances on their score sheets.

The Gazelle House from first year through to fifth year definitely got the crowd going with their various takes on the themes mentioned like Dr. Seuss and Christmas. The Macaws took to the stage next definitely giving the Gazelles and the Bees a run for their money! Once again, each Macaw class group from first up to fifth year impressed us with their individual performances and routines. The final house to go was the Tamarins and it was definitely a case of last but not least. The Tamarin’s individual class performances were enjoyed by all. In between each House group performances, the sixth years treated the rest of the school to some pre-filmed skits that they had recorded during lunchtime in school. The videos featured a range of re-enacted ‘viral videos’ and special renditions of Frozen’s  ‘Let it go’. The teachers helped out with these videos with Mr. Griffin even filling the role of Elsa and trying his hand at singing ‘Let it go’!  Also thank you to the teachers who performed a fun dance routine.

While the judges totted up their scores the sixth years closed the show with a dance routine with the whole year group. This year, the sixth years took on two Beyoncé songs to try their hand at busting some moves to!  The moment of truth came and the winners were announced.

1st Place 5B
2nd Place 1M
3rd Place 1T and 4G

Gillian Fitzgibbon 6G Head Girl

Success at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Success at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Congratulations to all the girls who displayed their hard work at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in the RDS last week. The school had a very impressive eight projects on display this year and the quality of work was extremely high.

Special congratulations to: 

Susie Gill, Sarah Kelly and Rachel Lynch from 1st year who won a Highly Commended award for their project "Investigating the weight change of 1st year bags due to iPads".

Anna Clarke, Hannah Mulgrew and Alex Phelan from first year, who also won a Highly Commended award for their "Investigation into the use of helmets on Dublin Bikes".

Hana Gallagher from 2nd year who won a Display Award for her very creative presentation.

Kate and Annie Madden, from 1st and 3rd year, who won 2nd in the Intermediate Biological Sciences category for their " Investigation into adding flavours to horse feeds".

And to Claire Gregg 1st year, who won 1st place in her category (Junior Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences) and also won the Google Best Female award for her work on "Investigating the spread of Ebola using agent-based modelling".

Again, congratulations to the students and to their teachers for the wonderful work and for representing the school so well in the RDS   - you did us all proud!

Debating Update January 2015

Debating Update January 2015

The first term of the year has been very successful for debating in Loreto on the Green with both senior and junior students taking part in a variety of competitions.

Congratulations to Niamh Ryan and Sarah Duffy who have both qualified for a place on the Irish World Schools Debating Team. This is a huge achievement and we wish the girls all the best competing in Singapore next August.

Well done to all who took part in the Aoife Begley Debating Competition; Julia Purcell, Ruth Harpur, Aishling Kinsella, Ella McLoughlin, Lia Bennett, Amber Jones-Brangan, Katie Havel, Helen Carroll, Hannah Lynch, Niamh Ryan, Kate Conway, Julie O’Brien, Rachel Mullally, Deirbhle Kearney and Sorcha O’Tighnearaigh. Good luck to Katie, Helen, Hannah, Niamh, Kate, Julie, Rachel, Deirbhle and Sorcha, who will all be competing in the semi-finals in the New Year. 

Well done to Sophie Bannon and Caoilainn Carey, Grace Coughlin and Siofra Brady, Deirbhle Fergus and Eva Fullen and Ellen McKimm and Emily Mansfield who have taken part in 3 rounds of the UCD L&H Junior Mace. This was the first time that any of these students had taken part in this competition.  All girls spoke excellently with every team winning at least one round.

A team of Sally Bergin, Aishling Kinsella and Aodhnait O’Brien took part in the prestigious St Columbanus Public Speaking Competition where they were successful in the first round against Our Lady of Mercy Dublin and have now progressed to the Leinster Finals. Good luck to the girls in the next round and thanks to the 5th year volunteers for their help and support with hosting the competition.

Well done to all who took part in the Leinster Senior Debating Competition. All girls argued very well and good luck in round 2 to Ming Flannelly and Deribhile Kearney, Aishling Kinsella and Ella McLoughlin, Niamh Ryan and Sarah Duffy, Sorcha O’Tighearnaigh and Rachel Mullally and Kate Conway.

Congratulations to Grace Given and Sarah Duffy who were semi-finalists and 4th on the tab at the UCD mace, which was their first senior mace. This was a great achievement and both girls spoke excellently.

Well done to all the TYs who have taken part in the Concern Debates over the past 4 months; Grace Given, Elizabeth Bolger, Lucy Alvarez-O’Neill, Helen Russell, Sarah Duffy, Lia Bennett, Amber Jones-Brangan and Kate Conway.

And a big well done to all the students who have taken part in junior maces so far; Ciara Barry, Anna Bourguignon, Alex Byrne, Ellie Deavy, Sophie Bannon, Caoilainn Carey, Amy Collins, Isobel Healy, Sarah Lawlor, Maeve Bruen and Sophie Dolan.

Every Monday we have a Junior Debating meeting where different students from 1st to 3rd year take turns doing debates. This is a great opportunity for new debaters to gain some experience and its great to see the talent and enthusiasm among the junior students.

Aishling Kinsella & Niamh Ryan

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

Today January 6th, Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord,  Fr. Paddy Boyle said Mass for the Junior and Senior Schools in the Sports Hall at 11.00a.m.  It was a really lovely occasion enhanced by the beautiful singing of Ceiliúr.