Congratulations to Senior B Camogie Shield Champions!

Congratulations to Senior B Camogie Shield Champions!

Loreto Senior Camogie team wins Dublin B Shield

The Senior Camogie team showed a great fighting spirit to win the Dublin Post Primary Schools Senior B Shield on January 20th..  After our quarter final got postponed due to bad weather before Christmas the girls faced a tough game against Jesus and Mary Goatstown straight after our return to school.  We got a great start to this game when an interception by Sophie Nugent led to a great goal by Orlaith Martin.  With Orla Buggy and Aoife Graham dominating at the back and Emma Deeley and Mikaela Griffin winning the midfield battle, we continued to create chances and points from Leah O'Reilly, Mikaela Griffin and Aine Purtill-Kalk with another Martin goal giving us a good lead at the break.  Unfortunately, we didn't start the second half as well and Goatstown fought back with 3 goals without reply.  This left the game in the balance as we headed into the last 15 minutes.  However, Loreto finished strongly with an Emma Deeley point allowing us to retake the lead.  Another Loreto goal followed by a Leah O'Reilly point meant we won on a scoreline of Loreto College 3-5 Jesus and Mary Goatstown 3-0.  
In the Semi we were drawn away to St Colmcilles.  We again had a good start with Carolyn McCarthy getting a point from our first attack.  The game was closely contested throughout and scores were hard to come by.  With Maeve O'Regan and Ruth Redmond winning lots of possession for Loreto, an Emma Deeley goal gave Loreto the edge at the break.  In the second half both sides traded scores as Siobhan McCluskey and Aoibh McIntyre got points for Loreto.  St Colmcilles struck for a goal to bring them back level but a Carolyn McCarthy goal restored the lead and she followed it up with the insurance point to give us a victory on a scoreline of Loreto College 2-4 St Colmcilles 1-3.
This meant that Loreto College would get the chance to take on Scoil Dara Kilcock in the Shield final.  Once again the game was tightly contested throughout.  With Leah O'Reilly and Ruth Redmond prominent at the back for Loreto College and Mikaela Griffin and Emma Deeley once again getting through a huge amount of work in the middle of the field, we began to create chances.  Carolyn McCarthy struck 3 first half points before Orlaith Martin added a goal.  Kilcock hit back with points of their own before Emma Deeley added a point to leave Loreto up by 2 points at the break.  Shortly after the break Orla Buggy set up Aine Purtill-Kalk for another goal which was soon cancelled out by a Kilcock goal.  The sides traded points with Carolyn McCarthy on the scoresheet for Loreto.  This left us with a dangerous two point lead as we headed into the final few minutes.  Kilcock kept piling on the pressure but a few great catches by Loreto goalkeeper Julie Donnelly kept them at bay and we held on to win on a scoreline of Loreto College 2-6 Scoil Dara Kilcock 1-7.  This was a great victory for the Green as the girls worked really hard throughout the match and I lost count of how many times we made crucial hooks and blocks.  The girls showed a great team spirit and it was great to see them getting their just reward for a series of impressive performances.
Loreto Senior Camogie 2017: Julie Donnelly, Orlaith Freaney, Elizabeth Murchan, Maeve O'Regan, Leah O'Reilly, Aoife Graham, Ruth Redmond, Mikaela Griffin, Emma Deeley, Aoibh McIntyre, Orlaith Martin, Siobhan McCluskey, Aine Purtill-Kalk, Carolyn McCarthy, Sophie Nugent, Orla Buggy, Caoimhe O'Reilly, Laura Furlong, Rebecca Noone, Ruth Allen, Clodagh Cullen, Kate Lanigan, Lauren Murphy.  
 

Saturday Sports Fixtures

Hockey

1st year Group 2 v Mt. Sackville @ 8.45am. YMCA
Minor A v Dalkey @ 10am. YMCA
Minor C v Dalkey @ 11am. YMCA
Junior B v Dalkey @ 12pm. YMCA

Basketball

1st Year B v Mt Anville @ 10am. HOME
2nd Year B v Mt. Anville @ 11am. HOME
 

Mary Ward Week 2017

Mary Ward Week

23rd-30th of January 2017

Mary Ward Week 2017

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 centred 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.

Amen.

 

BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2017!

BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2017!

On the 13th of January we visited the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. The event was held in the RDS, with hundreds of projects on display. These projects were carried out by students all across the country, each had its own certain flair, and each with an individual idea. We were lucky to have a few of our very own Loreto students accepted.

The first group to mention is Asha Rait and Saoirse Lynch, two first years. They explored the idea that your blood type could determine whether you are prone to head lice or not. They found there might be a connection, after one of the girl's family members had a case of head lice,  while it travelled to some members of the family, others were left unaffected. They investigated deeper into this, and found that those with blood types B and AB are most likely to be affected by head lice. The girls found these results by carrying out surveys.  This was a small part of the ample amount of background research they studied and further used to backup their experiment.

The second project was an individual project carried out by Hana Gallagher. Through this project, she looked closer at something most of us do not usually inspect too closely. Hana was talking to her sister and found that they thought of the word, mouse, as two different things. Because of the integration of technology into our everyday lives, the words we use to describe technology have replaced others. A simple example of this would be the word windows, while some think of a physical window others think of the computer operating system. It is something very interesting and relevant to our current era. Hana wondered if this phenomenon could be unique to each age group. Hana surveyed people of different ages to find that the linguistics of those aged between 19 and 39 had been most affected due to their prolonged exposure to technology throughout their life. Well done to Hana whose project was highly commended by the judges. 

The third group from our school consisted of Hannah Burgess, Sadhbh O’Neill and Grainne Brennan. Their project title ‘Lying is wrong, Except when it isn't’, was inspired by a documentary on Netflix called Dishonesty: The Truth about Lies. The girls  discovered a number of things including, you are less likely to lie as you get older and that you are more likely to lie if an incentive is being offered to you. The girls carried out tests with different age groups and offered incentives. When not offered an incentive the girls found that the tendency to lie was much smaller.

Overall we were fascinated by all the projects at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition with a special congratulations to the wonderful projects carried out by all the girls from Loreto.

Grace Coughlin and Julia Chartienitz

Junior and Senior Irish Debating Teams

Congratulations to the Junior Irish debating team after a well deserved victory in the Comórtas an Phíarsaigh debating competition.  The team of Aoileann NíMhurchú, Saoirse Darby and Aoibheann Dillon-Kelly were superb and have deservedly advance to the fourth round of the competition.

Hard luck to the Senior Irish debating team, Maura Flinn, Kate Murray and Carolyn McCarthy  who showed amazing team spirit, but were narrowly defeated last night in the third round of the Gael Linn debating competition.

Fixtures Sat 14th January 2017

Hockey

Senior 2 v Alex Venue:  Alex Time:  9am
Senior 3 v OLT Venue:  Our Ladys Templeogue Time:  11am
Junior A v Mt. Sackville Venue:  Mt. Sackville Time:  9am
Minor A v Mt. Sackville Venue:  Mt. Sackville Time:  10am
Junior D v Alex Venue:  Alex Time:  10.15am
Minor B v Alex Venue:  Alex Time:  11.30am
1st Year Group 4 v Mt. Temple Venue:  YMCA Time:  9am
1st Year Group 2 v Mt. Temple Venue:  YMCA Time:  10am
Minor C v Mt. Temple Venue:  YMCA Time:  11am

Basketball

2nd Year Training @ 12.30

1st Year Training @ 1.30