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We had our first House Event of the year on Tuesday 22nd September. It was a dodgeball tournament held at lunch time in the Sports Hall. One member from each class took part on behalf of their house. Each house played two matches, the Tamarins won both of their matches and were awarded the prize of 50 house points. Great enthusiasm was shown especially by our first years. Lots of girls from different year groups came and supported their house. Well done for showing great school spirit.
Laoise Beatty 6B Head of House Committee
IMPORTANT! Schedule of Talks and Activities for Sixth Years When Not Attending Retreat to Lough Derg
The Sixth Year Retreat to Lough Derg has been divided into two Groups. On Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September 6B and 6T will be travelling to Lough Derg and on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October 6G and 6M will be travelling to Lough Derg. For the two days the girls are not travelling, our Career Guidance Councillor has organised various talks and activities, which should be of great benefit to the girls. The Schedule of these activities is set out below.
1st Year Group 2 v Mt. Temple Venue: YMCA Time: 10am
1st Year Group 4 v Mt. Anville Venue: Mt. Anville Time: 9am
1st Year Group 1 and 3 v Mt. Anville Venue: Mt. Anville Time: 10am
2nd Year B v Bray Venue: Loreto Bray Time: 10am
1st Year B v Bray Venue: Loreto Bray Time: 11am
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
1st Year B v Mt Anville @ 10am. HOME
2nd Year B v Mt. Anville @ 11am. HOME
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
Last February we were delighted to announce that three of our pupils (Niamh Ryan, Sarah Duffy and Aishling Kinsella) had been selected for inclusion in the Irish World Schools Debating Team. The five person team competed with great distinction in Stuttgart as they progressed into the knockout rounds, where they eventually suffered a very narrow defeat to a strong Australian team. Over the last two months the selection process for this year’s team has been under way with trials held around the country. Undoubtedly the standard at the trials was very high as Ireland's best debaters competed for a place on the team.
We are really proud to be able to announce that, once again, three of the five spots on the team were awarded to pupils from our school. Sarah Duffy has been selected for the third year in a row (a fantastic achievement, well done Sarah) and this year she will be joined on the team by transition year students Caoilainn Carey and Sophie Bannon. This is a great achievement for two girls who have put a huge amount of time and effort into debating over the last three and a half years here in The Green. The three girls and their teammates, Ronan Daly from Rochestown College and Aislinn Carty from Loreto Beaufort, will now be busy preparing for the World Schools Debating Championships 2017 in Bali.
We wish all of the team and their coaches the best of luck as they head to Bali next August to compete against the best in the world. Come on Ireland!!!
On Tuesday 13th December the 4M class visited the Aviva Stadium for their PE class. The girls covered Tag Rugby in PE and were delighted to have a trip as a concluding activity. They saw the excellent facilities available at the Aviva Stadium. The tour included a visit to the home dressing room, the players tunnel, pitch side and the press room.
It was a very interesting tour and the girls thoroughly enjoyed it.
Senior 2 Hockey v Foxrock Venue: YMCA Time: 9am
Senior 3 Hockey v Muckross Venue: YMCA Time: 10am
Social Hockey Team v Foxrock Venue: YMCA Time: 11am
Junior A v Rathdown Venue: Rathdown Time: 9am
Junior C v Rathdown Venue: Rathdown Time: 10am
Junior D v Alex Venue: Alex Time: 9am
Minor B v Alex Venue: Alex Time: 10.15am
Cadette A v Foxrock Loreto ½ Final Venue: Foxrock Time: 9.30am
Cadette B v Foxrock Loreto ½ Final Venue: Foxrock Time: 10.30am
Senior B v Foxrock Loreto ½ Final Venue: Foxrock Time: 11.30am
There is no 1st or 2nd Year Basketball training on Saturday.
The November House Event took place on Friday 18th November. The event was a cross curricular quiz. It was organised in conjunction with Geography Awareness week and Science week and took place in the Assembly Hall. Each class had one representative for their House. It was competitive but great fun with the Tamarins winning in the end.
Thank you to both subject departments for organising the quiz and providing the winners with lovely vouchers and 50 house points.