Recent News

News Update, June 17th, 2016

Congratulations to our Young Scientists who had great achievements at the Northern Ireland Young Innovators in Jordanstown.

• Renuka Chintapalli – Overall Young Scientist winner

• Khadija Gull & Emily Tierney O’Hanlon won the Senior Category and the First Derivative Special Award

• Laura Cody & Tess O’Neill came runner up in the Senior Category

• Kate O’Driscoll, Jessica Conway McLaughlin and Aoife Kenny – won the Junior Young Scientists Category

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Ruth Guildea has also won the Poetry Ireland PDST award.

News Update, June 3rd, 2016

• We wish all our students the very best in their examinations.

• Mr. Fynes offers his thanks and gratitude to all students and parents for their kindness and generous gifts.

• Congratulations to all our prizewinners at Junior, Transition Year and Senior Prizegiving. They included;

Senior Students of the Year :
Senior Science Students of the Year: 
Sports Person of the Year:
Music Student of the Year:
Mary Ward Person of the Year:
Junior Student of the Year: 
Junior Sports Person of the Year:
Junior Music Student of the Year:
Mary Ward Person of the Year:
TY Students of the Year:
Mary Ward Student of the Year:
Junk Kouture Award:
TY Science Student of the Year:
TY Business Student of the Year:
Local History Winner:
Julie O’Connor & Megan Wilson Griffin.
Aoife M. Doyle & Cliodhna Redmond
Laura Brown
Saibhin O’Sullivan
Katie Howard (Senior)
Anna Sowray
Katelyn O’Brien
Dearbhla Mulligan
Claudia Andrea (Junior)
Ruth Guildea, Diara Bura, Marie Louise Fufezan.
Sarah Ryan (TY)
Dagmara Dobkowska
Diana Bura, Maria Louise Fufezan
Niamh Corry
Shivanee Cottacoopen

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News Update, May 20th, 2016

• A brilliant Ceol Loreto Gig saw an array of fantastic talent on Thursday night. The audience enjoyed a great variety – choirs, dance, duets and individual solos. The outgoing Music captains were thanked for their wonderful contribution. They are Megan Laverty, Fiona Bolton, Molly Downey and Niamh Rothwell. The incoming Music captains were introduced. They were wished well for the year ahead. They are Sarah Kearney, Saoirse Ni Mhaolain Peadar, Aoife Kelly, Rebecca Hughes Moore & Kate Brillantes.

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• Well done to our U.15 Soccer team who were narrowly beaten in the Leinster Final

News Update, May 13th, 2016

• Congratulations to our Head Girl team for the 2016-17 academic year. They are

Ruth Moore, Head Girl,
Sinead Farrelly, Deputy Head,
Renuka Chintapalli, Deputy Head,
Caoimhe Mackey, Deputy Head and
Meaghan Dinsmore, Deputy Head.

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• Congratulations to Lauren Murphy (pictured earlier today with her teacher Ms. McNally in Phoenix) on her immense achievement at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Arizona. Lauren took third prize in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Grand Awards ceremony. We are all extremely proud of how she represented the school, and her country (More pics).

• Congratulations to our Music students involved in the Walton Music Competition in Limerick. They performed three pieces and were highly praised.

• Leaving Certificate Practical Art exams took place this week.

• Well done to our tennis and camogie teams on their excellent performances in the past week.

• Four First year students did really well at the Salters Festival of Chemistry on Saturday last. They are Zainab Shahid, Rachel Gough, Eva Connolly & Ella Shanahan.

• Well done to our Transition Year students on the Ember Programme. They are Lauren Butterly, Melanie Fidel, Ruth Guildea, Orla Hoey, Sarah Mollahan, Elizabeth Murphy, Katie Phelan and Sarah Ryan.The girls will guide and support the community of any faith.

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• Congratulations to the winners of the Irish, French & German language scholarships. They are
Lubna Arzal – German;
Sarah Kearney – Irish;
Kelly Murphy – French.


News Update, May 6th, 2016

• Well done to all our entrants in SciFest in the past week. They are Willemijn Bosschaert, Erinn Campbell, Alina Gull, Cidona Melke, Daisy Lally, Laura Masterson, Eve Mathews, Sarah Morris, Caoilfhionn Ni Mhadagain & Ella Shanahan from first year. Second year contestants (DCU) were Shelly Johnson, Saibh Quinn Hegarty, Ella Cooper, Aoife Kenny, Kate O’Driscoll and Jessica Conway-McLaughlin. Aoife, Jessica and Kate took top prize for Maths content with their project. Congratulations to Daisy Lally & Alina Gull on winning the Discover Space Award, and to Cidona Mielke and Caoilfhionn Ni Mhadagain on winning the Life Science Award.

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• Best wishes to Lauren Murphy (right) who is participating in the world’s biggest Science Fair in Arizona, sponsored by Intel, as a consequence of her win in the 2015 Northern Ireland Sentinus Young Scientist Competition.

• Alicia Oriel was one of the finalists in the National Final of “Poem for Ireland” on Friday. She was particularly praised by the judges.

• First Years had a brilliant afternoon’s fun for their Sports Day. Well done to the Transition Year Sports Committee and our excellent P.E. Department.

• The Sports Committee were equally busy on the previous day in organising the Loreto Orienteering Competition in the grounds of Malahide Castle.

• Junior Certificate Drawing took place during the week.

• Loreto Public Speaking finals took place during the week. Well done to Manny Choudhry & Emily O’Sullivan on their respective speeches

• T.Y. students visited Causey Farm for a wonderful day’s activities on Friday.

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• T.Y. students visited Causey Farm for a wonderful day’s activities on Friday.

• Loreto Public Speaking finals took place during the week. Well done to Manny Choudhry & Emily O’Sullivan on their respective speeches

• Student Leadership interviews took place during the week. As always our applicants were of the very highest standard.

• Congratulations to Ella Shanahan, Willemijn Bosschaert, Emma Fagan and Orla Young for their performance in the Junior Maths competition. Orla came third overall. A great achievement.

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News Update, April 22nd, 2016

Letter from Mr. Fynes

Letter from Chairperson, Board of Management

• Well done to our Transition Years on their wonderful production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”. Excellent acting, singing and dancing ensured the audiences over four nights had great entertainment. Congratulations also to the teachers involved for their super work.

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• Congratulations to our First Year Senior Prefects on organising a superb First Year Talent Show. The results are as follows: 1st – Andrea Hickey 2nd – Tegra Alphonsine-Kiaku 3rd – Caoimhe Ni Mhadagain

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• Well done to our athletes who won a wide range of medals. Details to follow.

• Congratulations to our various sports team on excellent performances this week. There was tennis, soccer, Gaelic and camogie matches.

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• Well done to our Third Years in the School Science Quiz.

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• Especial congratulations to Wiktoria Witkowska (below left) on winning her category prize in the Texaco Art Competition. Wiktoria’s piece was superb.

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• Well done to Niamh Corry (above right) who represented Fingal in the national finals of Enterprise Awards. Niamh was also interviewed on “Morning Ireland”.

• Practicals and Orals were completed this week.

• Well done to our Mock Trial team who performed superbly at the “Mock Trials” on Saturday last. Especial congratulations to Grace O’Driscoll on winning the Photography competition.

• HPV vaccinations were administered in the school during the week.

News Update, April 15th, 2016

• Congratulations to our two past pupils, Orlaith Darling and Sophie Donnelly on their wonderful achievement of becoming Trinity Scholars.

• Once again congratulations to Alisa Oriol. Her poem which won the Fingal Regional final has been chosen as one the eight national finalists.

• Huge congratulations to Dagmara Dobkowska on her performance in the Junk Kouture finals in the 3 Arena. Dagmara won the best hair and make up award. (Photo below)

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• Best wishes to Laura Cody who will represent Ireland in the U-18 international golf competition on Friday. (Photo above)

• Rehearsals for the musical continue. “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” opens on Tuesday night.

• Well done to all our sports teams this week. There were camogie, soccer and basketball matches. The First Year Basketball team won their final.

• Loreto Athletics took place in Santry Stadium on Thursday. Congratulations to Lauren O’Keeffe on winning the shot putt and hammer throw. Lauren achieved a personal best in the shot putt. Well done also to our P.E. Department who organised the event.


• Orals/Praticals began this week and will continue next week.

• There were a number of career talks on this week.

• Best wishes to our Mock Trial team in the finals tomorrow. Mr. Materese , co-founder & President of the Empire Mock Trial Competition, visited the school and met last year’s team.

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• Congratulations to four of our First Year students who got into the final of the Junior Maths Competition. They are Orla Young, Ella Shanahan, Emma Fagan and Willemijn Bosschaert.

News Update, April 8th, 2016

• Congratulations to our students who reached the final of the Fingal section of the Poem from Ireland Competition. They are Erin Campbell, Alisa Oriol, Rachel Sweetman, Shelley O’Connor, Aoife Kelly & Shauna Byrne. Especial congratulations to Alisa Oriol who was the overall winner of the competition. Her poem is printed below. Well done also to our English Captains on organising the competition in the school. They are Rosin Doyle Bakare & Naoise Guinan.

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• Best wishes to our students who are participating in the Dublin Schoolgirls Golf competition on Friday, 8th.

• Well done to all our sports teams on their excellent performances this week.

• The annual Intercultural Day took place on Friday, 8th April. It included displays of food from the various nationalities in the school, a fashion show and a Samba performance. Well done to all involved especially Intercultural Captain, Onyige Oyude.

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• Well done to Marie Louise Fufezan on winning a German scholarship based on her Junior Certificate results. Marie Louise will attend a workshop in Germany over the summer.

• The musical rehearsals are continuing in preparation for the opening on the 19th April.

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A poem by Alisa Oriol

They’d sit in the shadows of fathers drunk on depression
Sift with grass – stained fingertips through
Muddy crumbs of earth
Trying to salvage what’s left
Of what it’s worth
With hope so dull you could write with it
They dug
But their fruits of labour didn’t feed.
After all, there’s no need –
They were fine.
A word that walks lines
From the soft swear on the lips that births it
To the breath that shoves it out the door
Wobbles on the verge of truth
But falls back onto the floor
Here’s another.
As in
Nobody argued when
They shot a man for
Thinking otherwise, because
He put lead to heart hoping for it not to hurt
And cradled the same amount of what it’s worth
Between fingers too young to hold a gun with ease.
Composing screams into white noise
So it was easier not to listen to
Choruses of lowered gazes when told
That a spark as bright and big as civilisation
Won’t survive an old timber
When the candle’s been lost
You won’t light it with your fingers;
They were ill on lingering fumes
But when their stories, carved in blood
Became a list of things they did wrong
When songs failed to detach
From the stagnance of their tongues
The word was more warped than a room with walls
Of rippling water.
They forgot what and where was home meant to be
Without the longing they were just
Sometimes, though
Someone gleams
Those had an addiction to concepts like freedom
Smoked free speech on the backs of streets
Had ambition lost in famished crowd
And no candle.
So they used their fingers
And prayed for it to light
It didn’t.
While building bridges to the future
With no structure
They only built indifference
Until they realised that reality was catching up
They took a final leap to save their nation
Leaving the nation to save their fall.
When the rebels were captured, they were met with
Enough blood and spit and tears
To quench their thirst for what could be
Not out of spite but out of
Submissiveness that grows from fear
Stemming down, roots, whispering
Sweet promises that hooked their high
But never guaranteed
Security shattered by threat and left in the hands of
Brokers to own off as they pleased
Sometimes it was easier to see
The puppeteer as just the guy who’s helping you move
For him and his supplies
They had to look
They wanted to forget
Then they shot the rebels.
Handed pistols to brothers and neighbours
Chuckled at cheap propaganda
Disguised as terrorism
Advertised the world’s greatest magic trick
That could make hope disappear
And fired
In that moment
The people saw a glimpse of struggle glimmer
Ran as it squirmed inside organs of ordinary men
Forcing through wounded flesh and skin
Before vanishing in a gun shot.
It wasn’t hard to see
The pain they were mass producing
Feeding messages that
Clanked around the skull weighing down
Giving truth to the illusion
They thought they would forget.
They met floods
Hurt in gallons breaking down
Words so sharp
Treating every syllable like a knife they would return to someone’s back
For everything that could have been
They began to scream
For oppression to no longer be a word
To describe a mutual relationship between people
Separated by a few stories and some water in between.
Ireland was tired
But eventually
It grew tired of forgetting
It grew tired of sometimes
It grew tired
So it remembered

News Update, March 16th, 2016

• Congratulations on two fabulous victories for our 2nd and 3rd Year hockey teams in the finals of the North Dublin League. Both teams won 3 – 0 against St. Dominics, Cabra. Excellent performances from both teams ensured success. Well done to the girls and their coaches, Ms. O’Loughlin, Ms. Meighan and Ms. Delany. Photos to follow after Easter.

• Congratulations to Emma Morkeliunaite and Emily O’Sullivan who won the Loreto Junior Mace Debates on Monday, 14th.

• Well done to the other contestants also, Sarah McKenna, Jessica Conway McLaughlin in the Junior Section and Megan Dinsmore and Ruth Moore in the Senior Section.

• Congratulations to the students who have qualified for the Walton Music for Schools Competition. It is a Super Group of the various music groups within the school – Senior and Junior Choir, Ukulele group, Trad group, Samba players and the orchestra. The final is in the University of Limerick on May 10th.

• The schools BT Young Scientists for this year and last year have attended the Faculty of Medicine and Life Science Outreach event in Queen’s University, Belfast. The girls had a wide variety of talks on cancer treatment and global food security as well as presenting some of their own projects.

• Well done to our sport teams on their excellent performance this week. Soccer, Gaelic, basketball and water polo teams all played matches.

• Brian Gregan, Irish 400m sprinter and Olympian, visited the school to give Fifth Year students a motivational talk.

• Best wishes to students who are going to Florence for Art and Barcelona for Geography trips.

• We wish all the school community an enjoyable Easter break.


News Update, March 11th, 2016

• The school had a wonderful History week this week. A wide variety of events occurred ranging from accepting the tricolour in Croke Park on Monday, talks from a local historian, John Bruton and Eamon O’Cuiv. There were also history tours and a history fancy dress for first years. A reenactment of 1916 was also most impressive – a great week for all.

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• The school community were delighted to have the overall winner, Niamh Corry at the Fingal Enterprise Awards and the Junior Runner Ups, Ciara O’Reilly & Emma Finnegan. Niamh’s mini company was SkimetQuid which developed educational playing and revision cards. Niamh custom designed the cards in a range of topics and subjects. Niamh has won a trip to Barcelona and will represent Fingal in the national final in April. Ciara & Emma developed Real Aids that keep the wires of chargers unravelled. Congratulations to both.

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• Well done to Caoilfhionn Ni Mhadagain who won the U.15 Singing competition in the Feis Ceoil. A marvellous achievement. (Photo below left)

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• Congratulations to Maria Wyzykowska who won the category award in the PE Expo and will now present her project in the University of Limerick. (Photo above right)

• Third Year Junior Certificate Oral examinations took place this week.

• Sixth Year Mock Orals also took place.

• First Years went to London for a Harry Potter trip. A most exciting day was had by all.


• The T.Y. Film Studies group completed a week filming today. A range of filming techniques were learned during the week.

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• Mock Interviews for Fifth Years took place this week.

• Well done to the sports teams on their performances this week in hockey, soccer and basketball. Particular congratulations to the Junior A who won a semi final play-off against Skerries Community College. Ruby Perrier and Cathy Coleman scored the winning goals.

News Update, March 4th, 2016

The school was delighted to welcome back Head Girl 2004-05, Lieutenant Sinead Hunt to read the 1916 Proclamation as part of the 1916 centenary celebration. Lieutenant Hunt was part of the recent expedition to retrace the rescue of Shackleton in the South Pole.

The girls also saw a short film on “Being Irish” made by Amy Hall and Jordan Kane. A range of event for History week, next week, has been organised.

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Our Senior Choir sang in the Emmanuel Concert in the Helix on Wednesday evening.

First Year students had a wonderful day visit to the Harry Potter studios in London.

Particular congratulations to Khadija Gull on being part of the winning team in the prestigious Science Boot camp during the week. Khadija also had great success with Emily Tierney for her project in the BT Young Scientist competition.

Junior Certificate Science Practicals are ongoing this week.

A Transition Year Senior Options evening took place during the week for Third Year students and their parents. The students also had talks on the following day from teachers of particular subjects. They also had the opportunity on Thursday to meet 5th Year students to discuss the subjects from a student’s perspective. Well done to the 3rd Year senior prefects for the latter initative.

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A wide range of sports took place during the week. Well done to hockey, basketball, soccer and badminton teams.

An evening for First Year parents on the challenges of first year took place on Monday evening.

The Transition Year sign language class are participating in the Six Schools One Language Initiative. The girls visited the school for the deaf to rehearse during the week.

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The Transition Year Parent/Teacher meeting took place on Thursday evening.

Accord talks on Relationship and Sexuality took place for Second Years.

A Teacher vs. Student rounders match took place at lunchtime on Thursday to raise funds for the Donal Walsh Live Life charity.

News Update, Feb 26th, 2016

• Congratulations to Manny Choudry who won the regional final of the Soroptimists competition before mid term. Manny will now speak in the national final in the Mansion House on the 5th March.

• The Young Scientists had a fascinating day visiting the labs in the Royal College of Surgeons. The day ended with Renuka Chintapalli, who won the R.C.S.I. award, giving an account of her project to a packed lecture hall of senior researchers, students and lecturers. Her input was rewarded with a prolonged and standing ovation.


• There were a wide variety of career guidance talks for the various colleges this week.

• Well done to all our sports teams on their performances. There were matches in basketball, hockey and water polo.

• The Fifth Year Parent/Teacher meeting took place mid week.

• The High Achievers class for First Years on App Design began on Thursday.

• The First Year Retreat took place on Friday, 26th February. The theme was “Friendship”.


News update, Feb 12th, 2016

• Congratulations to Sarah Ryan, Manny Choudry and Maria Louise Fufezan on their award from N.U.I., Maynooth based on their excellent Business mark in the Junior Certificate. They were accompanied by their teacher, Ms. Lynch.

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• Best wishes to our camogie team in their All Ireland semi final tomorrow, Saturday at 1.30 p.m., in St. Maloga's all-weather pitch. All support is welcome.

• Diana Bura and Maria Louise Fufezan along with their parents, Ms. McNally and Mr. Fynes attended a reception in the Romanian Embassy in recognition of their Young Scientist success.

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• Well done to all our sports teams during the week. There were excellent performances in hockey, basketball, Gaelic and Athletics. Ruby Pereira has qualified for the North Leinster Finals later in the year.

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• Brian Gregan Irish 400 medal Olympics gave a motivational talk to Fifth Years as part of the Sky Sports.


• Congratulations to Leah Fleming who came second overall in the Donal Walsh Live Life Awards for her short film. A great achievement for Leah.

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• Mock Examinations continue and were completed this week.

• Transition Year Work Experience continues this week.

• Best wishes to Manny Choudry and Mia Doran in the regional final of the Soroptimists on Saturday, 13th.

• We wish a safe journey to the Fifth Year group going on a ski trip over the mid term.

• Best wishes to all our students for the mid term.


News Update, Feb 5th, 2016

• All our Young Scientists enjoyed a wonderful reception in the Bracken Court on Wednesday evening organised by Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce. Each of the girls gave a brief presentation on their project before being presented with a gift by Mr. Luke Moriarity, President of the Chamber of Commerce.

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• Mock Examinations continue this week.

• Well done to our sports teams on their great performances this week.

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• Well done to Ms. White’s 2nd Year Art class on their “Art Mooseum”.


• A Harry Potter evening was organised by Ms. Davis & Ms. Gaughan. Great fun was had by all.

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• Well done to Leah Fleming on reaching the final of the Donal Walsh Video Competition, 2016. Leah will attend the awards ceremony next week. The video can be accessed on YouTube.

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• Transition Year Work Experience continues this week.


News Update, Jan 21st, 2016

• Congratulations to our Senior debating team who were in the Loreto Mace Debates semi finals during the week. They spoke on three topics. The girls are Ruth Moore, Meaghan Dinsmore, Aimeerose Lumdsen and Saoirse Delaney. Ruth and Meaghan have qualified for the final.


• Well done to our teams in a wide variety of sports during the week. Excellent performances were forthcoming from soccer, basketball and hockey teams.

• Transition Years are on their first week of work experience placement.

• Mock Examinations have begun.

• This week was French week in our school, we enjoyed different activities to celebrate French language and culture. School wide competitions included finding English equivalents of French proverbs and creating posters. All 1st year French students had a fantastic French breakfast, 2nd year students got competitive in some serious bingo and 5th year students were challenged with a French quiz!

• An Information Evening for students on the mid term ski trip took place during the week.

• Excellent talks from both D.C.U. and U.C.D. were given during the week to Fifth Years

• Mrs. Meighan’s Second Year English class presented an excellent adaptation of Twelve Angry

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• Congratulations to our Senior Camogie team on winning the Leinster Final today. The girls defeated Holy Faith Clontarf by six points. Well done to the team and their coaches Ms. Ferris & Mr. Brennan. They now go on to play in the All Ireland Semi Final.)

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• Well done to our senior athletics cross country team of Ruby Pereira, Mairead Ni Chleirigh, Lauren Murphy, Orla Thompson, Eibhlin McCarthy, Zainab Odusanya, Dearlyn Gondokondo & Adele Rooney.

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• There were a range of excellent performances in a variety of other sports this week, notably hockey, basketball and soccer.

• Fifth Year students had a French workshop in Alliance Francaise.

• Transition Year Examinations took place this week. The Transition Year girls will now go on three weeks work experience. The school endeavours to ensure all students receive a visit from school personnel during their work experience.

• Our BT Young Scientist contestants have been invited to “Women in Science” reception in Aras an Uachtarain at the end of the month.


News Update, Jan 14th, 2016

• Staff and students are most thankful for the avalanche of good wishes on the wonderful successes in the Young Scientist Competition.
  • A wide number of invitations have been offered to the girls to participate in scientific events.
  • Maria Louise & Diana will now participate in the European Young Scientist in September.
  • The girls were delighted to be invited to a reception in Fingal County Council Offices by Lord Mayor David O’Connor.
  • Presentations were made by a variety of local groups including Supervalu.

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• The P.E. Department in association with O’Dwyer’s brought Sam Maguire to the school on Tuesday.

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• Well done to our sports teams during the week especially our Cadette Basketball team who beat Loreto Foxrock in the Loreto Final 44-33.

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• Anti Bullying workshops took place during this week.


News Update, Jan 8th, 2016

Congratulations to our students on their outstanding success in the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, in particular to the Overall Competition Winners, Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura for their project 'An Investigation into the Effects of Enzymes used in Animal Feed Additives on the Lifespan of Caenorhabditis Elegans', and to Renuka Chintapalli who took the award for Individual Runner-up for her project 'Developing a predictive tool for identifying FLNc-associated biomarkers of oesophageal cancer metastasis'. All of our four projects that gained entry to the competition won prizes. As well as winning the two of the top four prizes above, Khadija Gull and Emily Tierney won first prize in the Biological and Ecological Sciences, Senior (Group) section, for their project 'Identification of alterations in members of the Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase (PTP's) gene family as novel therapeutic options for the treatment of Pancreatic Cancer'. Maria Wyzykowska won third prize in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Senior (Individual) section, for her project 'The effects of high intensity interval training on cognition and academic performance in female Leaving Certificate students'.

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In addition to the BTYSTE prizes, the following Special Awards were won:

  • NAPD award Best Republic of Ireland School; Loreto Secondary School - Accepted by Dr. McNally.
  • Health Research Board Award; Khadija Gull and Emily Tierney.
  • Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) Award; Renuka Chintapalli.
  • Student Travel Award; Renuka Chintapalli.

Well done to all on their hard work and tremendous achievement.


Christmas Study

This year Christmas Study is available on the 30th, 31st December and the 4th, 5th & 6th January.
Times: 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 - 4 p.m.

Price: €3 per day or part of the day thereof


News Update, Dec 18th, 2015

• A busy week in the school began with two wonderful nights of Junk Kouture. The girls created fantastic costumes from recycled material.

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• A packed Ceol Loreto Gig on Thursday, 17th witnessed superb performances for a wide range of acts – solos, duets, dance, orchestra, Junior & Senior Choirs.

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• Well done to our hockey and soccer teams on their matches this week. Our U-15 soccer team have qualified for the Leinster semi-final.

• Rehearsals for Monday’s Carol Service are continuing. It is always a beautiful occasion.

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• Congratulations to the winners of the Junior & Senior Poetry Competition run by our very active English Captains, Roisin Doyle Bakare, Naoise Guinan and Hilary McCormack George.

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• The Home Economics Captains, Chloe Flanagan, Naoise Saleh and Alaoise Dunne organised a Christmas Bake Off. Well done to the winners on their great creations. 1st place – Jessica Murray, 2nd place – Ally Gormley, 3rd place – Roisin Wearen and Highly commended – Holly McCarney. Also, Ms Ryan's and Ms Ward's classes participated in a Christmas cookery workshop this week. The girls made a Christmas Cake in the shape of an igloo complete with mini Penguins.

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• E.A.L. students completed their term module

• There were also Accord Talks for Sixth Years.

• Sixth Year Art students attended IMMA as part of their Leaving Certificate programme

• Best wishes to our four projects in the BT Young Scientist Competition in early January. They are:

  • Renuka Chintapelli who has carried out research on a predictive tool for the spread of oesophageal cancer.
  • Khadija Gull and Emily Tierney also targeted cancer research. Their project aims to identify mutation in members of the “Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase”.
  • Maria Wyzykowska has researched the effects of high intensity interval training on cognition and academic performance in female Leaving Certificate students.
  • Maria Fufezan and Diana Bura focused on the enzymes which are added to animal feed. They researched the impact these enzymes have on micro organisms and in turn soil fertility.
  • Best of luck to the girls in the competition.

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• The school wishes a happy Christmas to staff, students, parents and all associated with Loreto.

News Update, Dec 11th, 2015

• The school’s Business Department - teachers and students alike – held a fantastic Market Day on Monday. Lots of stalls from a wide variety of mini-companies were on show. Business students were also addressed by Roisin Hogan, Hiro Foods. Roisin gave a riveting account of her time on the BBC’s “Apprentice”. She also provided an account of the challenges of starting a business. (Photos below).

• The Transition Year students took part as helpers on the Temple Street Santa Flight. The girls were delighted to work with the children. Great fun was had by all.

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• Well done to our sports teams during the week. There were camogie, hockey and basketball matches.

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• The First Year Parent Teacher meeting took place on Wednesday, 9th December.

• The Music Trip to London Information Evening took place on 9th December

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News Update, Dec 4th, 2015

• Congratulations to Lisa Flynn who won a medal at the All Ireland Schools Judo Competition. Lisa won a Gold at 63 kg and a Bronze at Open Weight. A great achievement.

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• Congratulations to the following students who represented the school and won awards at the Balbriggan Town Awards. They are Eibhlin Mallon for her project, Folklore School Scheme, Holly Keogh for her project, Jacob’s Biscuits and Lubna Arzal for her project, Gormanston Camp and Airfield.

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• Well done to all our sports teams this week with wonderful performances in basketball, hockey, soccer and camogie. Our school sailors were also presented with the Loreto Sailing Trophy won earlier in the year.


• The school were delighted to host the Loreto Spike Ball competition. Well done to Ms. O’Reilly and her T.Y. Sports Committee.

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• Transition Year classes were involved in a number of Celtic Spirituality workshops during the week.

• Junk Kouture rehearsals started on Friday, 4th December. The girls are complimented on their wonderful creations.

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News Update, Nov 27th, 2015

• Loreto Balbriggan Annual Market Day - Monday 7th December: Transition year and 2nd year Mini Companies will be selling their products during both lunches. Please support our young Entrepreneurs. You will find lots of great Christmas and Gift Ideas at great prices .... so raid your piggy banks and don't be short on the day :)

• All Year Groups, except Transition Year, had a week of tests.

• The Third Year Parent Teacher meeting was held on Thursday, 26th November.

• Well done to the Cadette Basketball team who won a close quarter final match against Rochford Manor.

• Congratulations to our Junior Mace Debating on their performances in the Loreto Debates. They are Laura Darcy & Ailbhe Rogers; Sarah McKenna & Jessica Conway McLaughlin; Emma Morkeliunaite and Emily O’Sullivan. The latter two teams qualified for the final

News Update, Nov 20th, 2015

• Loreto Balbriggan Annual Market Day - Monday 7th December: Transition year and 2nd year Mini Companies will be selling their products during both lunches. Please support our young Entrepreneurs. You will find lots of great Christmas and Gift Ideas at great prices .... so raid your piggy banks and don't be short on the day :)

• A beautiful Remembrance Evening was held in the school on Thursday evening. Friends and relatives who have passed away were remembered. The Senior Choir, poetry and scripture readings contributed to a most contemplative evening.

• Transition Year students are participating in the Public Access to Law programme. This programme which is facilitated by practising barristers is in its 12th year in the school.

• Congratulations to our students who participated in the Soroptimist Competition. They are Mia Doran, Manny Choudhry, Katelyn Conway McLaughlin and Orla Thompson. Mia and Manny were winners, while Katelyn was a runner up. Mia, Manny & Katelyn have qualified for the National Final.


• Congratulations to our various sports teams on some marvellous performances this week. Matches took place in soccer, Gaelic, hockey, basketball and camogie.

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• Well done to the school’s swimming team at the Loreto Swimming Gala held at the National Aquatic Centre on 19th November. The team was superbly captained by Erin O’Hanlon. Kate Barrett won a silver medal in the U. 14 breaststroke and Rosin Wearen won silver in U.14 backstroke. At U.16 Maeve Cope won a breaststroke bronze, Alannah McCann a backstroke bronze and Adrianna Armstrong a freestyle bronze. The U.16 relay team also won silver. They are Kate Barrett, Roisin Wearen, Maeve Cope and Allanah McCann.

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• There was a Third Year Parent/Teacher meeting on Wednesday.

• Congratulations to four of our students who won the prestigious Entrance Exhibition Scholarships in Trinity College based on their Leaving Certificate. They are Roisin Lacey, Cliona Farrell, Nell Garvey and Emma Currivan.


• Deceased students and members of staff will be remembered at the Balbriggan parish Mass on Saturday evening

News Update, Nov 13th, 2015

• The school had a wide range of events for Mental Well Being week. They included talks from Jigsaw and Ms. Fidelma Walsh (Donal’s mother). Other activities included a breakfast morning, Bowka and Art. Well done to the Mental Well Being Captains & Prefects and staff for the organisation of the week. The Captains are Anna Lattimore, Hannah Morrison and Rachel Monahan.

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• A group of Third Year students are on a visit to Stratford on Avon this weekend.

• Congratulations to the following students who have major parts in the Transition Year musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”: The seven brides are played by Katie Phelan as Millie, Mia Doran as Alice, Aoife Noonan as Dorcas, Leah Burke as Ruth, Katie Dinsmore as Liza, Precious Aderinwale as Martha and Eadaoin McDonough as Sarah. The seven brothers are played by Niamh Price as Adam, Georgia Mooney as Gideon, Alanna Simpson as Benjamin, Eibhlin McCarthy as Caleb, Nell Harding as Daniel, Maille Hopkins as Ephraim, Katie Connell as Frank. The other main characters are played by Niamh Corry as Mr. Hoallum, Amethyst Saudan as Mrs. Hoallum, Chloe Tap as Preacher, Lisa Minogue as Mr. Sanders and Laura McMahon as Mrs. Sanders.

• First Year Home Economics students attended the Knitting & Sewing Show in the R.D.S.

• Well done to our soccer, volleyball and basketball teams on their performance this week.

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• 6th Year Irish students attended “An Triail” in O’Reilly Theatre as part of their Leaving Certificate course.

• Well done to our Science Captains on participating in the ISTA Schools Competition

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News Update, Nov 6th, 2015

• Well done to all our sports teams on their brilliant performances and many victories during the week. There were camogie, hockey, basketball and Futsal matches.

• An information meeting for the trip to Stratford on Avon took place on Thursday evening.

• The Sixth Year Parent/Teacher meeting took place on Tuesday evening.

• Well done to all the students who were upgraded on their Junior Certificate appeals.

• Congratulations to Saoirse Lambe on winning the annual Loreto Golf competition. Saoirse who is a junior member of Rush Golf Club had a great score on the day.

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• Katalin Ivory, on behalf of her grandfather, Mr. Tom Seaver, presented the school with a copy of his first novel “A 1916 Fingallian Rebel” which essentially tells the story of his father, Tommie, who was involved in the 1916 Rising. Tom is the husband of the late Maureen Seaver, who was a vice principal in the school.


• Gerry Keegan gave a wonderful retreat to 2nd and Transition Years.


• Congratulations to Sarah Furlong and Elin Ceban who have been chosen as the school’s representatives in the Pan American Spirit of Community Awards.

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News update, Oct 23rd, 2015

• A wide range of events and activities took place in this, the last week of term.

• On Monday the school was delighted to welcome two Olympians, Dave Matthews and Sonia O’Sullivan. Sonia gave an inspirational talk to our sports players and the Fifth Year group. A workshop for the athletes was also a highlight of the visit. (Photos below)

• School Spirit Day on Friday, 23rd October raised funds for Jigsaw and our sister school in Loreto Rumbek, South Sudan. Fancy dress, dancing, gifts and general fun raised the spirit of the school community.

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• A wonderful Ceol Loreto Gig took place on Thursday, 22nd October. A wide range of acts showcased the great talent in the school. Well done to all involved.


• The school continues its great tradition of involvement in the BT Young Scientists competition. The following exceptional projects have been accepted into the competition in January

  • Maria Louise Fufezan & Diana Bura with the project “An investigation into the Effects of Enzymes used in Animal Feed Additives on the Lifespan of Caenorhabditis Elegans”
  • Renuka Chintapalli with the project “Developing a predictive tool for identifying FLNc-associated biomarkers of oesophageal cancer metastasis”.
  • Maria Wyzykoska with the project “The effects of high intensity Interval training on cognition and academic performance of female leaving certificate students”.
  • Khadija Gull and Emily Tierney O Hanlon with the project "Identification of alterations in members of the ‘Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase’ (PTPs) gene family as novel therapeutic options for the treatment of Pancreatic Cancer"

Well done also to the students whose projects did not get through but will continue to work on their projects for Sci-Fest and the Northern Ireland Young Scientists.

• Well done to the St. Vincent de Paul group on their fundraising, especially the Toffee Apple Sale.

• Best wishes to all the school community for the mid-term break. School re-opens on Monday, 2nd November.

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News update, Oct 16th, 2015

• Congratulations to all our students in their success in the John Hooper Medal for Statistics 2015. The goal of the competition is to improve students’ abilities to describe their environment with the help of statistics and to use statistics as a tool for making sense of daily life. Renuka Chintapalli and Emily Tierney (5th Year) won 3rd place overall in the National Competition. Ruth Moore and Khadija Gull, 5th Year and Hannah Rudden, Anna Sowray & Kelsey Wilson, 3rd Year, received Orders of Merit. The poster created by Aoife Conroy, Lauren Murphy and Jessica Barbulescu entitle “The effects of meditation and positivity training on school community members” also received an order of merit and went on to represent Ireland in the Junior International statistical literacy poster competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the 60th International Statistics Institute World Statistics Congress 2015 where it came third. The pictures below are of the girls receiving their awards from the Minister of State with special responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English.

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• Well done to our two Maths captains, Shauna Duffy and Cliodhna Redmond and all the Maths teachers for a brilliant array of events for Maths week. Emily Bell and Diana Bura won the “Prism” Award.

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• TY students took their DATs tests on Tuesday.

• Well done to our students on sporting performances during the week. Many teams were in action – hockey, basketball, soccer, gaelic and camogie.

• Senior students attended a showing of King Lear.

• Geography students were on their Leaving Certificate Field trip.

• This weekend Business students are on a Business trip to Italy.

• The Student Council members attended a Loreto Student Council Day in Croke Park on Wednesday.

News update, Oct 9th, 2015

• The school hosted a wonderful Art Exhibition on Tuesday evening. Most of the exhibition focused on the Third Year projects but there was also excellent work from all year groups. The girls and their teachers are to be congratulated.

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• Ms. McNally (Chaplain) organised a blessing of the school on Friday. First Year students and Ms. McNally blessed all parts of the school.


• Student Council elections took place on Friday. A full list of the Student Council will follow.

• Well done to our various sports teams this week. Hockey, volleyball, basketball, camogie and sailing teams were in action.


• TY Business students visited the Fingal Business Enterprise Exhibition.


• Balbriggan Business Expo showcased local businesses in the school on Friday evening

• TY students also had a photography course with Tim Durham

• Well done to Adele Rooney on winning the annual 5th Year Run a Mile competition. Adele plays Gaelic Football with Clann Mhuire in the Naul.

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• Our Transition Year Junk Kouture winners from last year launched, with other winners and Louis Walsh this year’s competition.

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• TY students also partook in a day of Ignatian Spiritual workshops.


News update, Oct 2nd, 2015

• Third Years are in the Burren this weekend on a Geography Field Trip.

• Well done to both our basketball and Gaelic teams this week on their excellent performances and victories.

• Sixth Years were on a Geography field trip to Kippure. This is an important part of their Leaving Certificate work.

• TY students took a photography class with Tim Durham this week.

• Well done to Ruth Guildea on being highly commended in the PDST Poetry competition.

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Random Selection

Please note there will be no Random Selection meeting in this academic year.

News Update, Sept 18th, 2015

• A Mass for the opening of the school year was held in the parish church on Friday, 18th September. The theme of the mass is “To live our dream, come hail, rain or shine”.

• Transition Year students were on a two day trip to the Kippure Adventure Centre (picture below)

• Well done to Lauren O’Keefe (below left) on coming seventh in the World Youth Olympics in Georgia. She also achieved a personal best for her hammer throw.

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• Well done to Grainne Conway (above right) who has been chosen for the Eastern Region Girls U15 Basketball team. Grainne will be involved in a school’s Inter Regional tournament in mid October.

• Deaf Ireland gave a presentation and workshop with the student assessing safe levels of sound on their music devices.

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• First Years & Fifth Years enjoyed their twinning lunch on Thursday.




News Update, Sept 11, 2015

• Congratulations to all our Junior Certificate students on their wonderful Junior Certificate results. Particular congratulations to Maria Louise Fufezan on achieving 10 A’s. A brilliant achievement. Well done to Maria Louise.

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• Information Evenings for all incoming students, September 2016 were held during the week. The Applications will be taken on Wednesday, 16th September between 2 and 4 p.m. and 7 and 8 p.m.

• Training for all extra curricular sports has begun. Matches are scheduled for the week ahead.

Finally, some pics from Junior Cert results day ....

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Incoming First Years, September 2016

Information Meetings for 6th Class students who wish to attend Loreto, Balbriggan in September 2016 are as follows:

• Monday, 7th September: Surname: A – L:

• Tuesday, 8th September: Surname: M – Z:

The meetings begin at 7.30 p.m. sharp.
The school will be open from 6.30 p.m. to facilitate a tour of the building.

News update, Sept 4th, 2015

• Welcome back to all our students and staff. An especially warm welcome to our First Year students and new staff.
• Transition Years had a Sports Taster Day on Tuesday, 2nd September
• First Years enjoyed a Sports Taster Day on Friday, 4th September.