Recent News

News update, Nov 10th, 2017

• Best Wishes in the SciFest Final to, Kelsey Wilson, Savannah-Rose McAuley and Anna Sowray with their project  “A statistical analysis of the short term effects of the HPV vaccinations"

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• Congratulations to the Irish debating team of Zainab Shahid, Muirne O Connor, Eileen Foley, Mizna Shahid, Reward Akhigbe and Kirsty Burns who won the first round of the Gael Linn Irish debating competition in Belvedere College on Tuesday evening. Comhghairdeas a chailíní.

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• Congratulations to the students who were chosen for lead in this year's musical “High School Musical”. The standard was extremely high and well done to all who auditioned. We are sure that there will be a role for everybody and look forward to the production next March.

• The school would like to thank Neil Gallagher from CCT College Dublin who very generously donated two defibrillators to the school.   

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• This week the 4th and 2nd Year students went on retreat. The girls experienced some quiet reflection time and found the whole experience worthwhile.     

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• On Thursday and Friday sixth year Geography students headed off to Portrane to gather information for their Leaving Certificate field study project.

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• Welcome back to the students from a very successful and interesting trip to Berlin. You can read about it here.

• 6th Year Parent Teacher Meeting took place on Tuesday. The next Parent Teacher Meeting will take place for 3rd Years on Thursday November 23rd @ 4.15-6.45pm.

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Sports News

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• Congratulations to third year Emma Ring who was selected to play for the Leinster U15 soccer squad. This is a huge achievement and the school would like to wish Emma the very best of luck in the upcoming interprovincial tournament. The tournament will take place on the AUL pitches by the Airport on the weekend of the 17th-18th of November for those wishing to support. 

• Our U17 Soccer Team had a great win against Loreto Kilkenny on Tuesday. Many thanks to Michael O’Regan and Fingal County Council who facilitate our home matches in St. Molagas.

• Congratulations to the U16 Swimming Team, Roisin Wearen, Emma Fagan, Kate Barrett and Ruby Markey who were placed second , winning  Silver, in the Leinster Senior Schools Championships . The school would also like to congratulate Emma who won a Silver medal in the 100m Backstroke in the 15-16 age group. The school is very proud of you all.

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• Well done to our 1st and 2nd Year Spikeball teams who competed in Mercy Coolock on Wednesday. 1st Year team won six out of seven games and the 2nd Year team won all their games. Both have qualified for next round. Well done girls.

• Hard Luck to the Senior Soccer team who played against Marist College.

News update, Oct 27th, 2017

• Where words fail Music Speaks....

The corridors were alive this week with the sound of music with pop up concerts, recitals, choirs and many other musical delights. The amazing musical talents of the students lifted our spirits. We are so lucky to have such talent in our school. However the musical tables were turned on the students when the Staff Choir made their debut performance. During a busy break time they emerged from the crowd in true “La La Land” fashion to give their rendition of “City of Stars”.

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• We had a very successful Cheerios Childline Breakfast on Wednesday morning with all 1st year students. The students were given Cheerios, fruits, pastries and yoghurts all sponsored by local shops and businesses. A huge thanks to Kerrigans Fruit Suppliers, Super Valu Balbriggan and Dunnes Stores Balbriggan for supplying the food. The students raised over €400 for a fantastic cause.

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• On Wednesday  representatives from Loreto Balbriggan attended the launch of the publication  "Learning for a Just World", a new Development Education Resource in Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green.  This exciting new resource combines the philosophy of all Loreto Schools to be “Seekers of Truth and Doers of Justice” along with the skills and focus of the new Junior Cert Programme. The publication is a joint venture between the Loreto Education Office, Irish Aid/Dept Foreign Affairs and Trocaire.  The Minister for Irish Aid, Ciaran Cannon and the Chief Executive of Trocaire Eamon Meehan praised the work of Loreto schools in making Justice a core part of school life. (Below - TY students Dion Atete, Aoife Butler and Rebekah Dooley with Trocaire Education Officer Stephen Farrelly at the launch of the new Development Education Resouce, in Loreto St Stephens Green.)

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• A huge congratulations to the school equestrian team who placed 1st out of 17 teams in yesterday's interschools' league. Congratulations also to Ally Gormley who placed 6th in the individuals jumping out of 55 competitors.

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• The 2017 Business Studies Trip to Italy was a resounding success this year. Forty four Senior Cycle Business Studies, Economics and Accounting students enjoyed four days of Italian commerce and culture. The students visited several Businesses including a micro coffee roastery, San Pellegrino the bottled water company, a leading ice-cream machine producer Carpigiani and the luxury car manufacturer Ferrari. Each business offered their unique insight into modern day business in action. Opportunities also presented themselves for the students to put their own skills to test when they were tasked with making their own Gelato. It wasn’t all work and no play as the students also enjoyed day trips to Garda Land Theme Park and Verona city. The girls were commended by many who they encountered on the trip for their outstanding behaviour, impeccable manners and enthusiasm.  Read Anna Quinn's account of the trip anna quinn account.

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• Students enjoying a great day at Poetry Aloud Competition which was held in the National Library. Congratulations to Emma Morkelunaite who has made it through to the semi finals.

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• Ms. Briscoe’s 2nd year Irish class hosted some of their grandparents this morning in the school library. The students entertained their guests with songs, dances and also baked all the goodies for the coffee morning. Some of the teachers also came in for a chat and a tune, a special thanks to Ms. Davey, Mr. Brennan and Mr. McCarthy and also to the various musicians from across the school. At break time our special guests were invited to the hall to watch the senior choir perform the final act of Music Week. The students ended the morning by escorting their grandparents around the school.

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• Congratulations to the French Debating Team who won their debate on Wednesday night and are now through to the second round.  Well done to Aoife Conroy who was named “Best Speaker”

• Congratulations to Holly Behan who came 2nd in the Tae Kwon Do World Championship.                

Sports News

• This has been an extremely busy sporting week as many competition seasons are now in full swing.

• Monday, Senior Gaelic team played.

• Tuesday, saw the first fixture for the Cadette Volleyball team against Colaiste Bríde in Clondalkin . Our 1st Years took part in a Futsal (type of indoor soccer) tournament in the FAI headquarters in Abbotsville. Many thanks to Paul Keogh FAI for all his support. The Senior Camogie team won their match. Many  thanks to Dick Burke and all in O’Dwyers for their continued help.

• Thursday Senior Volleyball players who took on Grange Community College.

• Friday saw the annual participation of our 1st Year Hockey players in the inter Loreto Hockey Blitz. The Senior and Cadette Basketball teams were in action against Loreto Foxrock.  Well done to all and a special thanks to staff and TY Sports Committee members for the involvement.

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• The senior first team played Sutton Park on Monday and won 3-0. An excellent start to our senior 1 campaign. The first years played a blitz in Loreto Beaufort on Wednesday against Loreto Dalkey, Foxrock and Loreto on The Green. On Friday 1st years travelled to Loreto Mullingar to play a beginners tournament. All events were very successful. Two teams making the finals. Many thanks to all transition year students for umpiring and coaching the games. 

• Gute Reise to all the students travelling to Berlin this weekend.

• Happy Halloween to all, enjoy the break, school will reopen on Monday 6th November

News update, Oct 20th, 2017

• Maths Week was well and truly underway in Loreto this week! Although storm Ophelia put a dampener on activities organised for senior students, junior students enjoyed a wide variety of fun events giving them all a chance to explore maths in a fun and interesting way! The winner of a 1st year maths poster competition was Shauna Farrell from 1A. Winners of the Maths Competition in 3rd Yr is Ms. Monks class.

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Junior students were running around investigating a school maths trail, second years entertained us all with their maths rap competition and 3rd year students had fun finding the bomb located in the school using coordinate geometry. Well done to all of our budding mathematicians! 

• Emma Jane Power receiving her trophy for best Junior Certificate results in Music at the Music Teachers Association conference in Mullingar on Saturday, 7th October.

• Congratulations to Ella May and Emily O’Sullivan, based on their exceptional Junior Certificate results in Maths and Science they have been invited to compete in the National Science Olympiad in D.C.U. at the end of the month. The very best of luck to both students.

• Pat McKenna, from Childwatch, visited the school on Wednesday, 18th & Thursday, 19th October and spoke to all year groups on the importance of internet safety. His speech was informative, engaging and very relevant to young women growing up in the world of social media.

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Sports

• Despite Storm Ophelia sport continued this week in Loreto, Balbriggan. There was great disappointment on Wednesday that the orienteering for 2nd Years was postponed but it will go ahead after Easter.

• The third of our Judo sessions was held on Wednesday and girls are now starting to look towards the upcoming competition with other schools in November.

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• TY students from the Sports Committee took part in a skills session facilitated by the Volleyball Association of Ireland. These girls will go on to coach younger students thus developing their own leadership skills and helping juniors at the same time.

• Our Basketball teams again did really well in their games against Lusk Seniors and the cadette teams are going from strength to strength.

News update, Oct 14th, 2017

• We were very privileged this week to welcome Sr. Igora Pinto and Sr.Macarena Fdz. de Bobadilla who visited us from the General Council in Rome. Sr. Igora and Sr. Macarena spent a very busy and enjoyable day with us. Loreto Balbriggan gave the visiting sisters a very warm welcome and the two sisters commented on the "wonderful school spirit" that exists in Loreto Balbriggan, the same spirit that exists in every Loreto school worldwide.  They were both truly impressed by the quality of education provided in Loreto Balbriggan. Sr. Ingora and Sr. Macarena complimented the staff on all their wonderful work in keeping Mary Ward's vision alive.

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• Congratulations to Emma Jane Power who achieved the highest points in Ireland in her Junior Certificate Music Examination. Emma was presented with her trophy at the Music Teachers' Association Annual Conference in  Mullingar on Saturday 7th. Well done Emma, a superb achievement.

• On Friday 13th Loreto Balbriggan was delighted to show an exhibition on Kenya from the Irish Embassy based in Nairobi. The exhibition highlighted the many links between Ireland and Kenya, in particular the inspirational work carried out by missionaries, NGOs and the Irish Government. Sr. Stephanie and Sr. Germain, two Loreto nuns who worked in Kenya for more than 40 years came to speak to students today. They spoke movingly to the JPIC modules and groups of their work in Kenya. The sisters were delighted to meet  students with Kenyan heritage.

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• A group of TY students enjoyed participating in a Photography Course with Tim Durham this week and we look forward to seeing the results.

• Second years enjoyed a passover meal this week.

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• Here is another photo from the Burren Trip last week which was a great success. All the teachers involved would like to compliment the students on their impeccable behaviour, they were great ambassadors for their school.

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• This was Mental Well Being Week. Many thanks to all the Mental Well Being Captains for all their hard work in making this week such a success.

• Well done to the school's Equestrian Team who were placed 6th in the opening leg of the interschools’  League. Congratulations also to team captain, Chloe Rogers, who was placed 5th in the individuals jumping. The second leg of the competition is due to take place on the 22nd of October, best of luck girls!

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• Best wishes to Holly Behan who is participating in the Tae Kwon Do World Championships in Dublin this week. We wish her the best of luck and will keep you posted.

• A basketball match was played against Gaelcholáiste Reachrann  at home. The players are continuing to improve and great results are following. Well done girls on two great wins.

• The second session of Judo was held for 2nd Years from 3.30-4.30pm. This initative is designed to encourage girls to take up a physical activity if they have not already done so by the age of 14. The program entitled “Exercise Energise” is funded and promoted by Fingal County Council and we are very grateful for their continued co-operation and support.

• Hard luck to the girls who played in the U16 Gaelic match against Eureka Kells.

• Congratulations to all players, especially those in 4th Year who  have started new activities.

• October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, many staff members wore pink today in an effort  to encourage everyone to be more aware.

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News update, Oct 6th, 2017

• The Fifth Year JPIC group held a Fair Trade hot chocolate morning for Fifth Years on Monday in the hall. This was a chance to promote Fair Trade products and for the Fifth years to enjoy a chat and a cuppa. A good time was had by all.

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• Transition years made St Brigid's Crosses as part of their Celtic Spirituality module.

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• The JPIC group had lunch in the Iveagh Gardens after visiting the Irish Aid office on Fri 6 the Oct.

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• The TY fundraising committee held a fundraiser today for Special Olympics Ireland.

• Students from all years had their faces painted in festival designs and €427 was raised. Thanks to the committee for all their hard work.

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• Once again our Annual Art Exhibition on Tuesday evening was a great a success. Congratulations  to all the artistic exhibitors your results were truly appreciated.

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• 120 of our 3rd year students set off on Thursday for the Geography Department’s Annual trip to the Burren. The group visited  Bunratty Castle, The Alwee Caves and The Cliffs of Moher. What a great way to spend the weekend.

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• Well done to Camogie players on their great win and many thanks to O’Dwyer’s for their continued and much appreciated support. 

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• 4th Year Tag Rugby teams participated in a blitz in St. Mary's. The girls performed really well and had a very enjoyable experience.

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• Last Friday we were too late for our Sailing Team update. They took part in the Loreto Sailing Event in Dun Laoghaire. We won 4 medals and a great day was has by all.

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• There were excellent performances by our basketball teams against Larkin College including a very exciting come back from 10 baskets down to win the match.

• 54 TY students, all members of the Sport Committee took part in a First Aid/CPK course. These girls will be attending many sporting events throughout the year and have now learned skills which will increase their confidence in all situations. The girls were also trained in the use of a defibrillator.

• Run-a-Mile challenge was held for all 5th Year students on Wednesday. Participation levels were extremely high and the "elite" race which is for the better runners was run at an extremely fast pace. The previous record of 5mins 42 sec was broken and this year's winner is Lauren Murphy who won in 5mins 21sec.

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• Finally the staff are grateful for the overwhelming show of support and gratitude from parents and students. Your gestures were truly appreciated and go to show that we are indeed a great school. We are Loreto in the Mary Ward tradition where the aims are "to seek truth...to love what is good...to strive for excellence"

News update, Sept 29th, 2017

• 2nd Year and TY students enjoyed two fantastic French plays this week performed by FTFS (French Theatre For Schools). Several students showed off their French skills with parts in the plays! Bravo les filles!

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• Best of luck to the 10 students who travelled to Dun Laoghaire Sailing Club today, Friday, to participate in a Sailing Regatta.

• We are proud to say that our past pupils Carla Rowe and Aoife Curran were part of Dublin Ladies’ Gaelic Team who won the Brendan Martin Cup last Sunday in Croke Park. Well done girls. You are both great role models and we are very proud of you.

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• All Transition Year students attended a Road Safety Talk given by Garda David Barron.

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• On Thursday the senior hockey team travelled to Kilkenny for a Loreto All Ireland senior schools tournament. The girls played three games over the course of the day, against Loreto Foxrock, Dalkey and Loreto on the Green. All matches were highly competitive. The positivity and enthusiasm between the girls was noteworthy throughout the day in true Loreto spirit.

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• On Wednesday a group of 1st Years travelled to Drogheda Grammar School to take part in 'STEM for girls' - an event designed to engage and encourage girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. The students had a fantastic day, and really enjoyed hearing from inspiring women working in STEM and taking part in workshops such as the egg drop challenge.

• Parents are invited to attend the Parents Association A.G.M. @ 7.30pm next Monday 2nd October. We are pleased to have Kate Motherway as our guest speaker. The title of her talk is “Talking to your teenager - the neuroscience behind tears, tantrums and effective communication.” Looking forward to meeting you then.

• Our Annual Art Exhibition is on next Tuesday 3rd @ 7.30pm in the Atrium. Not to be missed. All welcome

News update, Sept 22nd, 2017

• “A” Hat Trick. Congratulations to Ella May, Emily O’Sullivan and Ruby Pereira who achieved all “A” grades in their Junior Certificate Examinations. Congratulations also to all the girls who achieved 6 “A’s” or more, in their Junior Certificate.   j cert
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mr. daly • Science News: As mentioned last week Mr. Daly’s and Mr. Higgins’s Science club is up and running and has proved to be a great success. This week the enthusiastic 2nd year students participated in some real interesting experiments. They were investigating the effects of refraction: how to hide a coin under a glass of water, make arrows pointing the opposite directions by looking at them through a glass of water and to hide objects in a glass using vegetable oil. They also explored some optical illusions and demonstrated methane bubbles, setting them on fire.
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• Congratulations to Eve Cottell (1C) who was the overall winner of the “Bleeding Pig Festival in Donabate. Roddy Doyle was involved in the running of this competition and praised Eve highly for her impressive writing skills.

• Locals in Balbriggan were puzzled by the amount of Loreto students walking through the town last Tuesday afternoon. The answer was simple, all students and staff were going to the Church to celebrate the start of our new school year with our annual School Mass.

• Parents Reminder: A.G.M. will take place on Monday October 2nd @ 7.30pm further information to follow.

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fiona tolan • Many thanks to Fiona Tolan, 2C, for bringing her Great Grandmothers "Indian Club Drill" medal into the school for us to see. Her Great Grandmother, Evelyn McKeown, was a student in Loreto in 1917, and her medal is a delightful historical curiosity - you can just picture the girls going through the military style drills that were very popular at the time. medalmedal

• Transition Year News: There was great excitement this week as the TY students and teachers headed off to Kippure for their annual Outdoor Pursuits Trip. Hopefully they did not get too wet!
Another TY group were lucky enough to head to the National Ploughing Championships, where they were not so lucky with the weather.

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• Sport News: The U14 Gaelic football team enjoyed a football blitz with schools from the local area.

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News update, Sept 15th, 2017

• A big congratulations to all our Junior Certificate students who did so well in their exams. The results were remarkable. We are proud of each and every student who achieved their personal best. Well done girls. A special congratulations to Ruby Pereira, Emily O’Sullivan and Ella May for their outstanding results. Watch out for more details on this page next week.

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• 28 First Years participated in Mr. Higgins and Mr. Daly’s  Science club at lunch time on Thursday. Lots of fun was had investigating Centre of Gravity and watching the teachers carry out science tricks. The club will continue throughout the year for both 1st and 2nd Years.

• The first year students had an enjoyable day in school on Friday when they participated in a Sports Taster programme. They got the opportunity to experience a different variety of activities, most of which are offered on our extra-curricular programme.

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• Twenty four students attended the TY Expo in Punchestown on Monday. They had a great day exploring the various stands and getting a taste of what is on offer for them in the future.

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• Congratulations to our U.16 Gaelic team who played their first match of the season against Sacred Heart last Tuesday. They won by 1 point. Well done girls and best of luck for the remainder of the season.

• Ms. Moore gave some of her students a great workout on the beach on Tuesday.

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• Congratulations to Eve Cottell (1C) who was the overall winner of the “Bleeding pig" festival in Donabate. Roddy Doyle was involved in the running of this competition and praised Eve highly for her impressive writing skills.

News update, Sept 8th, 2017

• Twinning lunches took place on Wednesday & Thursday this week. First Year students were delighted to meet and chat with senior girls who so well remember the trials and tribulations of these first few weeks.

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• Congratulations to Eibhlin McCarthy who was awarded a bursary for the Med Entry HPat preparation course. This award was given on the grounds of Eibhlin’s excellent record in all areas of school life.

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• Well done to Lauren Flynn, 4G, who over the summer, worked with Balbriggan Tidy Towns and painted a wall mural presenting scenes from around Balbriggan. It enhances the walkway on the front beach.

• Sports Taster Day was held on Thursday for First Year students to sample activities in which they would like to participate during their time here. Many thanks to last year’s T.Y. Sports Co-Ordinators who helped out on the day.

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• A blessing was held in the main hall on Friday for Transition Year students as they begin the academic year.

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Mary Ward (1585 - 1645)

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• Congratulations to Renuka Chintapalli on receiving an outstanding All H1’s in her Leaving Certificate results. Renuka was away on the day the results were given out in the school.

 

News update, Sept 1st, 2017

Well done to our first year students on completing their first week of secondary school. We hope it wasn't too daunting an experience for them!

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News update, Aug 25th, 2017

Welcome back to all our students that returned to school this week. A special welcome to our first years as they begin the transition from primary to secondary education; we hope that it is a smooth and happy changeover. We look forward to seeing our Transition Year students on Tuesday.

 

News update, Aug 18th, 2017

Welcome back to our weekly news update. We hope everybody had a good holiday and is feeling refreshed and ready for a new school year.  Particular good wishes to our incoming first years.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming you into our school community next week.  Details regarding the schedule over the first few days are available above.
On Wednesday the Leaving Certificate Students of 2017 received their results. They were remarkable with almost 20% of our students getting over 500 points and nearly 40% over 400 points.  Huge congratulations to each and every student who worked hard and reached her personal best.  Particular mention here to our two students Tess O Neill and Renuka Chintapalli who were awarded all H1s.  They were two out of only 63 countrywide.  Well done too to Khadija Gull on achieving over 600 points. 
We wish each and every outgoing student all the very best in the future.  Don’t be afraid to come back and see us.  You are always welcome in Loreto Balbriggan.

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w witkowska Well done to Wiktoria Witkowska, whose winning entry in the Texaco Art exhibition entitled ‘The Face’ was chosen to feature in an exhibition in one of Japan’s most highly regarded galleries.  400 artworks were chosen from a total of 11,000 pieces submitted.  The exhibition is running from Wednesday 9th August to Sunday 20th August.

News update, Aug 25th, 2017

Welcome back to all our students that returned to school this week. A special welcome to our first years as they begin the transition from primary to secondary education; we hope that it is a smooth and happy changeover. We look forward to seeing our Transition Year students on Tuesday.

 

News update, Aug 18th, 2017

Welcome back to our weekly news update. We hope everybody had a good holiday and is feeling refreshed and ready for a new school year.  Particular good wishes to our incoming first years.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming you into our school community next week.  Details regarding the schedule over the first few days are available above.
On Wednesday the Leaving Certificate Students of 2017 received their results. They were remarkable with almost 20% of our students getting over 500 points and nearly 40% over 400 points.  Huge congratulations to each and every student who worked hard and reached her personal best.  Particular mention here to our two students Tess O Neill and Renuka Chintapalli who were awarded all H1s.  They were two out of only 63 countrywide.  Well done too to Khadija Gull on achieving over 600 points. 
We wish each and every outgoing student all the very best in the future.  Don’t be afraid to come back and see us.  You are always welcome in Loreto Balbriggan.

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w witkowska Well done to Wiktoria Witkowska, whose winning entry in the Texaco Art exhibition entitled ‘The Face’ was chosen to feature in an exhibition in one of Japan’s most highly regarded galleries.  400 artworks were chosen from a total of 11,000 pieces submitted.  The exhibition is running from Wednesday 9th August to Sunday 20th August.

 

Leaving Certificate Results 2017

As you know, this year's Leaving Certificate results will be released tomorrow, Wednesday, 16th August.
Results will be available in the school from 10 a.m. and online from 12 noon.
Click this link for an extremely useful guide, published by the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.  It is an excellent resource for students and parents.
This year sees the rolling out of the new points system for the first time. Careers Portal has an excellent free Points Calculator tool, available for download on their website, when accessing the new system. Follow this link to download.
Students are entitled to view their Leaving Certificate scripts on 1st & 2nd of Sept, before deciding on whether or not to apply for a recheck. More details and guidelines can be found on the Department webpage.
We wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you tomorrow.