The first and second years had the privilege of dancing to "It's Your Move", which is part of the Operation Transformation Programme, with Isabel Joyce - Irish Cricket Player and Jenny Claffey - Irish Tennis Player.

Thanks to all the Staff who cheered on the girls from the balcony and to the great fifth year helpers.

It was a huge success!

Click below and watch the movie. 

English & Irish January Debating Update!

English & Irish January Debating Update!

We've had a very busy few weeks of debating in the school, in UCD, Institute of Education and St Enda's Rathfarnham.

Ella McLoughlin, Elizabeth Bolger and Aoibheann Dillon-Kelly describe the debates;

Oxford Schools Debating Competition  

On Friday 14th January, Loreto on the Green welcomed teams from all over Leinster and beyond to compete in the annual Oxford Schools Debating Competition.  Three teams represented the school, with Sarah Duffy, Grace Given, Aishling Kinsella, Ella McLoughlin, Julie O'Brien and Elizabeth Bolger all taking part. The debates took place over two rounds, discussing banning private schools and the dependence of aid provision on a country's record with LGBT individuals. Both debates were engaging and interesting, and all speakers spoke very well on behalf of their sides.

After a few cups of tea and much deliberation from the Judges, it was decided that Aishling and Ella and  Sarah and Grace would go on as two of three teams to represent Ireland at Final's Day in March, hosted by the Oxford Union.

Ella McLoughlin describes the Irish Qualifying Round for the Cambridge Senior Schools Debating Finals Day

On Saturday 16th January, the Irish Qualifying Round was held for the Cambridge Senior Schools Debating Finals Day.  The competition took place in the Institute of Education and a total of 9 teams competed. The day began at 10:30 when we were given 15 minutes to prepare the first motion which was ' This House believes that the Government should not fund the reconstruction of buildings in areas prone to disaster'.  After an interesting start to the day and an enjoyable lunch, the second round began with the motion 'This House would destroy all art by artists who committed grossly immoral acts'.
There was a draw to the final in which four teams debated.  The motion read 'The House would place a limit on the replacement of human labour by machinery'.  A team from Belvedere, a team from the Institute of Education and two teams from Loreto on the Green qualified. Grace Given and Rachael Mulally opposed the motion and Julie O'Brien and Elizabeth Bolger were on side proposition.  After a very engaging debate by all teams, the judges deliberated and chose Julie and Elizabeth as the team to represent Ireland at Cambridge on February 28th.

Elizabeth Bolger describes Comórtas an Phiarsaigh Regional Final in St Enda's Rathfarnham.

The Regional final took place in the Halla Mór in the Pearse Museum (formerly Scoil Éanna-the Gaelscoil which Padraig Mac Piarais founded), so the girls had an opportunity to soak up a bit of local history in the museum before the debate began.  The team of Áine Kennedy, Isabelle Healy and Aoibheann Dillon-Kelly spoke excellently and really did the school proud, but were unfortunately defeated by De La Salle College, Dundalk who will now proceed to the All Ireland Finals.
Comhghairdeas leis an bhfoireann!!