Mission Possible, the Junior social justice group in our school, have been busy all week collecting Easter eggs. Everyone has been so generous in contributing to this collection. The eggs will be brought to the SVP head office and then distributed to deserving children around the city. SVP hope to collect a total of 5,000 Easter eggs during this campaign and our staff and students have certainly helped to meet that target.
The school had a surprise visitor on Monday as Henry Shefflin arrived to present the Senior Camogie team with their Dublin Championship winners medals. He received a warm reception from the students. After being welcomed to the school by Ciara Griffin, Henry addressed the girls about the benefits of participation in sport. He then presented our victorious Senior Camogie panel with their Championship medals and was happy to pose for some photographs and sign autographs. We would like to thank him for coming along and helping to make the medal presentation such a special occasion. Thanks also to Bank of Ireland for arranging his visit.
This year over 300 students entered the prestigious Leinster Schools Debating Championship. Last night the final 12 took part in an excellent debate on whether the state should recognise any marriage. As they have done throughout the competition, Sarah Duffy and Niamh Ryan argued excellently as they made a very convincing case for the state to refuse to recognise any marriages. They were awarded a well-deserved victory after a year of exceptional performances.
We would like to thank all the supporters who came to Trinity to cheer them on including an appearance by Leo the Loreto mascot! With four Loreto College teams having made the semi-finals and Sarah and Niamh winning the title, it is fair to say that this has been a fantastic year for debating in the Green. Well done to all involved.
As the end of Lent approaches and we prepare for the season of Easter it is a good time to pause and reflect.
First year students had the opportunity to participate in the Stations of the Cross, a traditional Lenten prayer, in a new way. Armed with their iPads students embarked on a journey throughout the school to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. At each point on the journey there was a poster describing the station along with a QR code that students scanned to link to a video reflection. Students journeyed together in small groups discovering that the final steps of Jesus can have a deep meaning for our lives today.
The afternoon finished with time for prayer in the Oratory. Thanks to all who helped make this a memorable and engaging experience.
Tuesday the 10th of March saw the Junior team take on their nemesis, Teresians in a bid to claim the Junior 1 Leinster league title for the first time in history here on the Green.
Having suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of this skilful Teresians side during the season, the Junior team came out looking for nothing but victory and certainly took the Teresian side by surprise with their strength and agility.
Busloads of Loreto supporters bounded into Three Rock Rovers, lining the side of the pitch, face paint and banners at the ready for the one o’clock tip off. Spirits were high and excitement grew as the junior team put up a fantastic performance in the first half. A strong defence line was held with the help of the powerful strike of Lauren Murphy, firing the ball the length of the pitch to her forwards. The work rate of both Loreto and Teresians was high and the skilful Sophie Dolan created many opportunities for her team but they were defended with strength as the forwards made every effort to make a dent in the score line before the halftime whistle.
The match remained scoreless at half time but after a confident word from coaches Kate and Cillian, the junior team returned to the pitch to embark on the second half of their challenge. Captain Sarah Torrans, unfortunately out of action due to injury, urged her team on from the side-lines and watched as her younger sister Nicola Torrans stepped in on the right wing using her speed to drive the ball up the line. Short corners were awarded in our favour yet despite all efforts the tough second half came to an end with the score remaining nil all.
Following two scoreless extra-time five minute halves the match resorted to penalties. A quiet confidence crept in throughout the Loreto supporters and team as we looked to our goalkeeper, Eibhinn Linehan to take us over the final hurdle. With such an experienced and confident goalie on our side and five extremely capable penalty takers selected hopes were high. Supporters fell silent and tension grew as the penalties got underway.
Goals were converted by Sophie Dolan and amazingly, first year player, Katie-Rose Barry, leading The Green to a truly unbelievable victory!
This incredibly achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of coach Kate Collins-Smith and sports Co-ordinator Cillian O’Riordan, to whom we are extremely grateful.
The entire school community are overjoyed and immensely proud of our Junior 1 panel. It is certainly a match which will go down in history.
A huge congratulations to the entire team:
Sarah Torrans (Captain), Lauren Murphy (Vice Captain), Eibhinn Linehan, Eva Fullen, Sophie Dolan, Sarah Murray, Eimear O’Connor, Leah O’Reilly, Claire Whelan, Katie-Rose Barry, Nicola Torrans, Rachel Lynch, Emma Deeley, Suzanne Masterson and Abby Coakley.
Kate Fullan 5M
Well done to Rachael Mullally, Niamh Ryan and Aishling Kinsella who competed excellently in the recent Cambridge and Oxford Schools Debating Finals Days. Both teams were very close to breaking into the semi finals, having argued excellently throughout four tough debates. The standard was incredibly high and the girls can be very proud of how well they performed.
Kate and Annie Madden (3rd and 1st Year) will be travelling to Germany to the Equitana Trade Fair this weekend with Enterprise Ireland and Connolly’s Red Mills to meet with distributors from all around Europe – and even Dubai! They will be promoting their product FenuHealth which adds flavour to horse feed and which was their entry for the BT Young Scientist competition this year. We congratulate them on an excellent interview on RTE and wish them the best of luck in Germany. The interview was on the Six One news on Wednesday 11th March and can be viewed on RTE player (34 mins).
Well done to Niamh McAdam and Aoife Corcoran, both in 6th Year, who took part in the Chemistry Olympiad in DCU on Saturday, 7 March. Both girls performed very well in a very challenging competition.
Well done to Sarah Duffy, Niamh Ryan, Sorcha O Tighnearnaigh, Rachael Mullally, Deirbhile Kearney, Ella McLoughlin and Aishling Kinsella who all spoke excellently in the Semi-finals of the Leinster Schools Debating competition. Sarah and Niamh have qualified for the Final. A big thank you to all the supporters who gave up their evening to go along and support our speakers. It was much appreciated.
Good luck to Niamh Ryan and Aishling Kinsella who travel to Oxford this weekend to compete in the Finals Day of the Oxford Schools Debating competition.
Last night (12 March) was the Final of the Aoife Begley Memorial Debating competition in NUI Maynooth with two Loreto speakers among the 12 finalists. We are delighted to announce that they finished 1st and 2nd overall. Congratulations to Rachael Mullally who came runner-up and to Deirbhile Kearney who won the competition. Well done girls !
On Thursday, 5 March, the Senior 1 Hockey team were in the Leinster League Final against Newpark. The whole school, students and teachers alike, headed out to Three Rock at one o’ clock for the big game. There was great excitement in the air as the chanting got underway before the match had even begun! The team, captained by Anna Woods, had been training hard all season and had played very well but were unlucky to be defeated by Alexandra College in the Cup semi-final.
From the very first whistle, Loreto worked extremely hard and played their hearts out. Unfortunately Sarah Torrans, a fantastic player, was injured and had to be taken off. However, even with this major throwback Loreto still continued to fight hard. At halftime the score was 0-0 and everyone was nervous about what way the score might go. It was with just 10 minutes to go that Sophie Dolan scored a great goal which put Loreto ahead by one. Right until the very end each and every player played their hearts out to ensure that Newpark didn’t score a goal. Eibhinn Linehan, the team’s goalie, made some great saves throughout the match. The whistle finally blew and Loreto had won the Senior 1 Leinster League final for the first time in history! There was a great sense of school spirit as everybody rushed out onto the pitch to congratulate the team and celebrate the victory.
Congratulations to everyone on the team: Anna Woods(Captain), Ellie Wilde(Vice-Captain), Katie Conaty, Aoife Corcoran, Ciara Griffin, Alex Griffin, Ciara Deevy, Sophie Dolan, Jenny Lambe, Eibhinn Linehan, Kate Fullen, Emma Horan, Corinne Henry- Bezy and Sarah Torrans. Many thanks to their coaches, Deirdre Duke and Ms. Kelly, for all the hard work they put into training them throughout the season. Many thanks also to Cillian O’ Riordan for organising all the matches throughout the year. We are truly proud of our Senior 1 Hockey team and this is definitely a match that will never be forgotten!
Laura Browne 5T
To celebrate World Book Day on 5 March, competitions were run in the Library all week. Congratulations to all who took part. The following are the winners:
Three winners are – Andreea Anghel 1G, Eva Thompson 2G and Nell Staunton 2G.
The Book Thief competition
Winner - Tamsin Carolan 2T.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas competition
Winner – Brigid Ethingham-Coll 1T.
The Hunger Games competition
Winners are – Anna-Mae Daughton 1T and Ella Hemeryck 1B.
Winner – Aoife Wallace 1M.
Two Book Clubs met during the first week of March.
The 2nd Year Book Club met on 3 March and selected the following books to read before the next meeting:
• Ingo by Helen Dunmore
• If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
• Gone by Michael Grant
• Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
• Dark Secrets 1 by Elizabeth Chandler.
The lst Year Book Club met on 4 March and the following books were recommended:
• The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
• After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross
• The Day I met Suzie by Chris Higgins
• The Maze Runner by James Dashner
• Primperfect by Deirdre Sullivan.
A short summary of the plot of each book is displayed on the Library Notice Board.
The next meetings of both Book Clubs will take place during the week after the Easter Break so do try to read at least one of these books during the holidays and come along to the next meeting. All are welcome.