Recent News

News update, June 25th, 2019

Congratulations to Zainab Shahid and Cleo Gallen who yesterday, at the NI Sentinus Young Innovators Competition, were selected to represent Northern Ireland at the International Science & Engineering Fair, ISEF, which will take place in Anaheim California from the 10th - 15th May, 2020. Congratulations also to Katie Caffrey and Eve Mathews who were the the overall Northern Ireland young scientists. Zainib and Cleo also won the Queens University Prize for Mathematics. The participants are pictured below with their teacher, Ms. McNally.

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News update, June 8th, 2019

The school community are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of past pupil Fiona Geraghty. Our thoughts and prayers are with Fiona's parents, brothers, partner, extended family and the staff and students of St Mologa's National School. May she rest in eternal peace.

 

News update, May 25th, 2019

• 5th, 2nd and 1st year students commenced their summer exams this week.

• There were two Prize Giving ceremonies this week. The ceremonies are an important part of the school calendar where the school recognises the work, commitment and contribution of students to school life. Congratulations to the following students:
Senior Student of the Year: Sydney Sterio.
Mary Ward Award: Leah Jones, Sinead Oshokoya.
Senior Business Award: Lucy Cronin.
Senior Science Award: Anna Sowray, Sophie Weldon
Senior Music Award: Caoimhe Ní Mhadagáin
Senior Sports Person: Katelyn O’Brien,
Outstanding Academic Achievement, 6th Year: Coleen Conlon, Sophie Weldon, Anna Sowray, Mairéad Ní Chléirigh.
Outstanding Academic Achievement 5th Year: Naomi Folaji, Caoimhe Davis, Emily O Sullivan, Rachel Smyth.

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Junior Student of the Year: Mizna Shahid.
Junior Sports Person Award: Heather McGloughlin.
Junior Mary Ward Award: Kate Leahy, Carla Cervi.
Junior Music Student Award: Sarah El Shamy, Bairbre Logue.
Outstanding Academic Achievement 3rd Year: Mizna Shahid, Ailbhe Beggs, Caoimhe Young, Ella McCarthy.
Outstanding Academic Achievement 2nd Year: Lily Anderson, Marianne Casey, Ruth Akinola, Amy O'Connell.
Outstanding Academic Achievement 1st Year: Yasmin Rasheed, Enya Kelly, Laoise Stapleton, Samia Baloch, Áine Daughton.

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• Transition Year Students completed their summer exams last week and had their graduation ceremony. Along with parents and staff, the girls celebrated all the many events and activities that they had participated in to make their year truly memorable. Among the awards presented on the night were -
TY Students of the Year: Laura Masterson & Zainab Shahid.
Outstanding Academic Achievement: Ella O’Rourke, Alina Gull &Selina Xu.
TY Sports Persons Award: Meg Sowray & Ally Gormley.
TY Mary Ward Award: Molly Egan.

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• We said good bye to our 6th years this week. On Tuesday we had the annual dress up day. Yet again the students and staff were entertained by all the wonderful costumes created by the students.  Cardi B, Lil Wayne,  Roman Gods, the ‘pesky’ kids from Scooby-Doo, all the characters from Mario Cart, Destiny’s Child, Oreo Biscuits, ‘a Day at the beach’ and many, many more made an appearance on the day. On Tuesday evening we had the 6th year graduation ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony where the students along with their families reminisced and celebrated six wonderful years in Loreto Balbriggan. Thank you to Father Brendan who celebrated Mass and to the Parents Association who provided light refreshments afterwards. We are very proud of all the mature, confident young women who graduated on Tuesday and would like to wish everyone the very best of luck in their exams.

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• Congratulations to Sarah McKenna who was elected Head Girl for 2019/2020. The deputy head girls are Benedit Akemba, Shauna Martin and Ruby Pereira. We would like to wish all the girls the very best for the coming year in their new leadership roles.

• 1st year students  Olivia O’Shea, Eiman Khan, Abigail O’Brien and Erica O’Brien took part in the Salter’s Festival of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin. The girls analysed the evidence at a crime scene and took the rainbow colour challenge in the afternoon. The girls really enjoyed the experience and wear awarded 1st place in the Salter’s Challenge.

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• As we approach the State Exams we will keep in our prayers the third and sixth years.  For the third years, the Junior Cert marks the end of their time as junior students in the school,  while for the 6th years the Leaving Cert is the stepping stone to their chosen career.  We know that his time of year can be a very stressful and anxious, so we hope that the following prayer is a source of encouragement and comfort to all students sitting exams during the next few challenging weeks.

Dear God, I know you are with me and love me.
Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this time of study.
Help me to focus on my books and notes.
Keep me free from all distractions so that I will make
the best use of this time that is available to me.
Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying,
and help me to remember it when the time comes.
Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study
and for the many gifts and talents you have given me.
With your help, I will be focused and calm, confident and firm
in the knowledge that you are with me today and always.
Amen

 

Return to school dates, August 2019

Wednesday, 21st August All staff return.
Registration for First Years.
Thursday, 22nd August  1st / 2nd / 3rd Years return at 9.10 a.m.
Friday, 23rd August 1st / 5th / 6th Years return at 9.10 a.m.
Monday, 26th August All students except 4th Years for full day.
Classes as per timetable.
Monday, 2nd September     4th Years return for a full day of class
   

News update, May 18th, 2019

• Congratulations to Lucy Edgeworth, Eve Mathews, Jaia Kavanagh, Molly Egan, Laura Masterson, Ellen Kearney and Willemijn Bosscheart, members of the Transition Year ‘Trócaire Game Changers’ group who won the overall prize at the inaugural game design competition in the Helix on Wednesday. Twenty Two schools who were short listed showcased their games and voting from judges and participants were combined to pick the game that was not only educational but also good fun to play.  
Loreto Balbriggan's entry was a board game called ‘The Hunt for Human Rights’ which the students had designed and developed over the year. It was praised for its innovation, creativity and empathy. The CEO from Trócaire, Caoimhe de Barra, who presented the prizes praised the very high standard of all the entries and reminded students of the difference they can make in the world in the fight for Justice.
The group will go forward to represent Trócaire and Ireland at the 7th International Educational Games Competition in Odense, Denmark in October. The school is very proud of the girls’ wonderful achievement.

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prosper Fingal • The TY Prosper Fingal 'Make a Difference' award is presented to students who have made a difference to others within our school life. This is a peer group vote. The TY’s nominated their fellow students outlining their reasons for nomination. This year’s voting was a tie between two students whose peers acknowledge “Make a Difference”.  Both have been described as kind, helpful, cheerful, optimistic, friendly, positive and go out of their way to include everyone. Congratulations Clodagh Finnegan and Tegra Alphonsine-Kiaku who received their award at last night's TY end of year celebration.

• This week members of our Amber Flag committee presented €590 to Brian McEvoy from Pieta House, which was raised during Amber events this month. The School has been awarded an Amber flag for this year for its conscious effort to promote mental wellbeing among students and staff alike. Well done to all committee members, Lauren Farrell, Aoife O’Connor, Nadine Patterson, Sarah O’Connell, Fiona Redmond, Zara Stafford, Katie Caffrey and Clodagh Mulligan and Megan O’Neill for all their hard work.

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• 2nd years Elizabeth Foley, Natalie Arachchjige & Sophie O’Leary attended a workshop in Woodquay with the Globe Program as a follow up to their air quality investigation.  The girls gave a presentation on air pollution/ quality in the school. Through engagement with scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency Ireland they explored the idea of Citizen Science. globe program

• The Annual Loreto Girls Golf tournament took place on Wednesday in Balbriggan Golf Club in glorious sunshine. Congratulations to Emma Butterly who was the winner and to Kim Dalton who came second. Many thanks to Evelyn Tolan, Junior Convenor for Girls Golf for organising the event.

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• Hard luck to the u15 soccer team who narrowly lost against Rochfortbridge in the Leinster semi- final.

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• Congratulations to sisters Caoimhe and Caoilfhionn Ní Mhadagáin on their outstanding success at last weekend's Dublin Fleadh Cheoil. Caoimhe won 1st place in Harp (slow air) and Fiddle (slow air), 2nd place in Harp solo and 3rd place in Harp accompaniment. Caoilfhionn won 1st place in English singing and Céilí drum solo and 3rd place in Irish singing. Together with their groups they won 1st place in both the Grúpa Cheoil and Céilí Band competitions.

 

• Saturday study continues tomorrow. The cost is €3. 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students will finish at 12.45pm on Monday to facilitate senior prizegiving

News update, May 11th, 2019

• 6th and 3rd Year Art students completed their still life practical exam on Tuesday and Wednesday.

• TY students and fifth year students competed at the SciFest competition on Wednesday, Congratulations to all the girls on their fantastic achievements.

  • Ella Shanahan, Eva Connolly and Willemijn Bosschaert who won Science Foundation Ireland Best Project Award.
  • Eve Mathews and Katie Caffrey who were runners-up in Abbott Best Project Award and Newstalk Best Communicator Award.
  • Selina Xu who won the ‘ Making  a  Difference’ award and came 2nd in Intermediate Category.
  • Ailís Odell and Anna Moroz, who came 2nd in Senior Category.
  • Willemijn, Eva and Ella will now go forward to the national finals in November.

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• 6th Year students were inaugurated as Eucharistic Ministers on Friday.The girls will assist at their Graduation Mass on Tuesday 21st May.

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• Congratulations to the Ember Team who received their graduation certificates from the Dublin Diocese for completeing the Ember Training Programme this week. Their graduation day was filled with energy and enthusiasm. The morning consisted of a workshop and input from Gerry Keegan on ‘Awareness of the Spirit.’ In the afternoon they went on a pilgrim walk in the Botanic gardens in Glasnevin which was followed by their graduation ceremony in the Margaret Alyward Centre. The students have been excellent faith leaders in the school. We would like to thank everyone for all their hard work.

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• All TY students visited Causey Farm on Tuesday. The girls enjoyed an action packed day of fun and entertainment. It was a really enjoyable way to finish what has been a truly memorable year for all.

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Congratulations to all the students who completed their bronze and silver Gaisce awards last weekend In Carlingford.

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• TY graduation ceremony will take place in the sports hall on Thursday May 16th at 7.30pm. The students will receive their certificates and celebrate all that they have achieved this year. Due to limited space only two adults per student should attend the ceremony.

• Congratulations to the U14 GAA team who won their match on Friday and are now through to the Leinster final. 

• Well done to all the students who participated in the Loreto Schools Athletics in Santry stadium on Thursday. The girls had a very successful day bringing 11 medals back to Balbriggan.

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• The final Gala Evening Of Music for this academic year took place on Thursday Twenty six acts, entertained the delighted audience. On a sad note it was the last performance for many of our 6th years. Many thanks to the Music captains who organised a wonderful evening of music, song and dance.

 

News update, May 3rd, 2019

• Over the coming weeks second year students will be busy preparing for CBAs in French, German and Art.

• This week fifth years completed their oral Irish exam as part of their summer assessment. The exam also gives students the opportunity to practice for their LC oral exam which is worth 40%.

• A group of second years attended the Student Business Awards National Final in Croke Park on Friday. They were competing with their ‘Page Keepers’ business idea.

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• Congratulations to Sarah McKenna who came in first place in the senior section of the Inter-Loreto Debating Competition on Friday and to Zara Stafford who represented Loreto Balbriggan in the junior final.

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•A group of TY and third year students enjoyed a home stay trip to Paris during the Easter holidays. The girls soaked up the French culture during the evenings and marvelled at the sites during the day - Eiffel Tour, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Sacré Coeur, Montmartre. The group also visited Notre Dame Cathedral on the morning of the infamous fire. The trip ended with an action packed day in Eurodisney!

•A number of students competed in the first day of the North Leinster Track and Field Events today. Congratulations to Lauren Murphy (1st in the Senior1500m), Ornela Lotsi (2nd in Senior Discus) and Caoilfhionn Ní Mhadagáin (2nd in the Intermediate Pole Vault)

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• This week the Amber Flag team organised many events to promote positive mental wellbeing in the school. On Monday the TY students watched ‘Wonder’, on Wednesday there was a picnic for first years where they enjoyed the sunshine and outdoor games, on Friday there was another picnic for third year students. Throughout the week there was a positive selfie photo booth where the senior students shared a positive message and a smile. All proceeds raised throughout the week will be donated to Pieta House and all activities will help the school achieve its first ever Amber Flag for positive mental wellbeing.

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• Seven 5th Year students completed their Silver Gaisce Award Tasks on Thursday.

• Sports Day for all  first year students took place on Wednesday. The girls had lots of fun taking part in many different fun events.

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•The TY JPIC group achieved great success this week. They created a Human Rights board game and it was chosen to be part of the national final of the Trócaire Game Changers competition. On May 15th they will showcase their game along with nine other schools in The Helix. The winner will have their game represent Ireland at the International Development Education Gathering in Denmark in September. The Trócaire judges were very impressed with the girls’ game and awarded them full marks.

•TY Gaisce students set off for Carlingford on Friday to complete their Bronze Award tasks which included an overnight stay and a hike in the Mournes on Saturday.

• All TYs participated in the annual ‘Colour Run’on Wednesday. Congratulations to Ella O’Rourke (1st), Emma Fagan(2nd) and Meg Sowray(3rd).

•Students Ella O’Rourke (Meath) and Sarah Willis (Dublin) who played against each other in the (16) Leinster Final with Meath winning for the first time in ten years.

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•The Volunteering For All Award was presented to our school today. It was awarded by Localise Youth Volunteering, an organisation that promotes helping others and celebrates diversity.

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It is a whole-school award based on the volunteerism across all of our students and staff. The TY Volunteer For All Committee carried out a survey which achieved almost an 80% response rate from students and teachers. The TY V.F.A. Committee have drawn up a Volunteer Charter for our school which will be presented to all other year groups and displayed throughout the school. Sean Mc Ewan from Localise and Denis Barry from S.V.P were the invited guests on the day.

•German TY students attended a play performed by a visiting drama troupe on Monday.

•Some of our incoming first years attended a hockey camp over Easter. It was a great opportunity to learn about a great sport and meet some of the girls who will be in their year group.

•Please click on the link below for information and advice regarding the symptoms and treatment of mumps as advised by the HSE.

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•There will be no supervised study on Saturday 4th May.

•School will be closed on Monday 6th May and will reopen on Tuesday 7th May.

• A 6th class hockey camp took place over the Easter break

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News update, Apr 13th, 2019

• This week we were all transported back in time to 1960s America as TY students performed ‘Hairspray’ to a packed house each night. The audiences were thoroughly entertained by the wonderful acting and singing. The students designed the set, sourced costumes and props all of which added to the spectacle. Each night the audience was looked after by the very capable PR team who ran ‘front of house’ and refreshments.  Yet again the students rose to the challenge and produced another memorable TY musical.

• TY students also completed their end of year interviews. The students had the opportunity to showcase various projects, activities and assignments that they completed throughout their very busy year. The interviews form part of the assessment that will go towards their final grade, when they graduate in May.

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• Best of luck to this year’s TY mock trial team who are competing on Saturday in the annual National Mock Trial Competition. The competition is organised by Public Access to Law and will take place in the Criminal Courts of Justice.

• All 2nd year students went orienteering in Ardgillen on Thursday. They had the opportunity to use their navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate their way around the beautiful demesne.

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• This week we celebrated Intercultural week. We are very proud of the cultural diversity in our school community. At present we have 42 countries represented in our student body all of which add to the special atmosphere in Loreto Balbriggan. Many activities were organised during the week. On Friday the gym was host to a wide variety of stalls exhibiting   many delicious foods from all over the world. Afterwards the students were entertained by a global fashion show and ethnic dancing. The winner of our Intercultural world cup soccer was team Nigeria.

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• Many thanks to the music captains who organised the annual first year talent show on Friday.  It was a delight to see such fabulous acts. The winner was Isobel Daguman.

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• Congratulations to the senior tennis team who competed in the Loreto League on Thursday.

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• Easter holidays will begin this weekend. There will be no Saturday study this week (13th). Study will resume from Tuesday 23rd-Saturday 27th inclusive. The cost is €3 per day.

• The school will reopen Monday 29th at 9.10am.

 

News update, Apr 6th, 2019

• Leaving Cert modern languages’ oral exams as well as music practical exams concluded this week for 6th year students as did 3rd Year Home Economics.  

• We welcomed students from Loreto Ballarat in Australia to the school on Thursday. Twenty four students and four teachers visited Ireland as part of their 2019 Ireland and UK Pilgrimage. The students had a two night homestay with 5th year students. While at the school the girls attended classes and were entertained by the traditional music group and dancers. On Saturday the group visited Belfast and the Titanic centre. On leaving Ireland the group will travel to Scotland and England where they will visit Yorkshire, the birthplace of our foundress Venerable Mary Ward. The final part of their journey will take them to London. We wish them well with the remainder of their travels. We would like to thank all the fifth year students and their families for their generous hospitality.

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• Geography students can begin to record weather data daily as a new Stevenson’s screen has been installed at the school. Atmospheric pressure, rainfall and temperature readings will now be readily available. A wind vane and anemometer will be installed shortly, which will record wind direction and wind speed respectively. The daily recording of data is part of the international GLOBE Program.

• All 2nd years are taking part in a Guidance initiative “The Sleep Programme” to enforce healthy sleeping habits as sleep has a huge impact on learning, memory, health and wellbeing.

• Best of Luck to Giada Simeone who will perform in ’Ireland’s Got Talent’ on Sunday.

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• The cast and crew were extremely busy this week rehearsing for the musical ‘Hairspray’. Opening night is Tuesday 9th. The show will run until Friday 12th.

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• Congratulations to Holly Fitzsimons-Mulhall, 1A, who was placed 3rd in her category in Kyokushinkai Karate at the International Pilatus Cup, Switzerland, recently.

 

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• 2E held a cake sale on Friday in aid of “Make A Wish”

 

• Congratulations to the U14 Gaelic team who beat Holy Faith Clontarf during the week.

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• Intercultural week commences on Monday 8th which will celebrate the many cultures that make our school community here in Loreto so special.

• Saturday study will continue for 3rd and 6th years each Saturday. The cost is €3.

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News update, Mar 29th, 2019

• 6th year students completed their oral Irish exam this week. The examiners praised the hard work of the students in preparation for the exam. Maith sibh, a chailíní. The girls will now have to complete their modern languages’ oral exam next week.

• 3rd year students have been very busy this week with Junior Cert practicals in both Music and Home Economics. Home Economics’ practicals continue next week.

• On Tuesday all 3rd year students had the opportunity to attend History workshops which were held in the school library.

• First Year classes visited Newgrange, Monasterboice and Mellifont Abbey during the week as part of
their history class curriculum. A different class attended each day and there will be two more trips next
week. All of the students enjoyed their trip to visit our ancient heritage sites.

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• Seven senior JPIC students represented the school at the Loreto Development Education Expo in Mullingar on Tuesday. The students showcased all their work on Justice & Peace during the year. This ranged from working for a Homeless charity to celebrating International Women’s Day. They shared ideas with other Loreto schools. Their presentation was powerful, a testament to the students’ enthusiasm and commitment to making a difference in the world. 

• Claire Johnson (2B), Marianne Casey (2A), Emily O’Sullivan (5G), Alessandra Grosariu (5G), Emma
Morkeliunaite (5A), and Adesuwa Ugiagbe (4C) participated in the Inter-Loreto debating semi finals in
St. Stephens Green College on Monday. Congratulations to Emily O’ Sullivan and Alessandra Grosariu (below)
who reached the senior final and were highly commended by adjudicators.

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• The school is very proud of 4th yr student Emma Ring (above) who has been chosen to play U16 soccer for Ireland. Emma will represent her country travelling to Belgium on Thursday, April 4 th .

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• TY Politics and Society students Alina Gull and Ella Power were invited to a reception at the Department of Justice and Equality on Wednesday. Earlier this year, the girls were nominated in a competition organized by the Department, ‘Why Politics Needs Women’. The girls made a video about the importance of women getting involved in politics and the video was screened during the reception. Afterwards they were brought on a tour of the Dáil hosted by Senator Ivana Bacik.

 

• All day rehearsals began this week for the cast and crew of ‘Hairspray’. The rehearsals will continue next week. Opening night is Tuesday 9th and the show will run until Friday 12 th . Tickets are on sale at the moment in the school at both lunchtimes. Tickets can also be bought through 086 0438321 from 9.10 - 4pm and Wednesday 9.10-3.20pm or email [email protected]

 

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• Congratulations to first year student Holly Fitzsimons Mulhall who travelled to Switzerland last week to compete in the Pilateus Cup for Karate and came third.

• On Thursday two of our Badminton teams travelled to Bray to compete in the Inter Loreto Badminton competition. Both teams came third in U16 and U19 sections. Congratulations to both teams.

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• Saturday study is available for 3rd and 6th years each Saturday 9am - 4pm. The cost is €3.

News update, Mar 23rd, 2019

• Sr. Orla Tracey, Principal of Loreto  Rumbek is a guest on the Marian Finucane show tomorrow Saturday 23rd March.  Sr. Orla was recently awarded International Women of Courage Award at the State Department in Washington. It was presented to her today by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and US First Lady Melania Trump

• LC oral Irish exam will commence on Monday 25th March and continue until Friday 29th.

• Mindfulness talks and how to manage exam stress continued for 6th years this week.

• A number of 1st, 2nd and TY students competed in the Fingal County Student Enterprise Competition on Thursday. In the Intermediate section, the company ‘Pagekeepers’ was awarded first place , while “Kafoodles” came second. The girls also won best display. In the Junior section the company “Gifted” was awarded second place. Congratulations to all the participants on their achievements.

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• The Road Safety Interactive Unit (Shuttle) visited the school on Thursday and Friday. TY students had the opportunity to visit the unit. The girls enjoyed a fully interactive road safety experience in the shuttle, from practising their driving and cycling skills to experiencing simulated virtual situations.

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• 4E attended a very informative workshop on climate change on Tuesday.

• TY students exhibited their literary projects on Wednesday in the atrium.

• Congratulations to our four 2019 Golf Captains Kim Dalton (Balbriggan) Sarah Jane McNally (Skerries) Tegan Gordon (Laytown/Bettystown) Laura Clarke (Rush).

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• Today was Daffodil Day. The annual coffee morning took place in the staff room. TY students on the fundraising committee have been busy all week selling daffodils, while today all students had the opportunity to have their face painted all of which raised much needed funds for this worthy cause. The amount raised was €1,212.

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• Saturday study is available for 3rd and 6th years each Saturday 9am-4pm. The cost is €3.

News update, Mar 14th, 2019

• A number of 6th Years attended a mindfulness talk and how to manage exam stress. The talk will continue for the rest of the year group next week.

• All third year students attended a senior cycle subject options seminar and fair on Friday 8th . The girls learned about all the subjects available to them in senior cycle as they explore their future career options. All 3rd year parents were invited to attend a TY/ senior cycle information evening on Monday, 11th. Along with the various aspects of TY, parents were informed about the many subjects that are available to the students in senior cycle.

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• Bhí ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ againn an seachtain seo. Bhí neart mór imeachtaí ar siúl....ó comórtas seanfhocail agus cluichí boird go tóraíocht taisce agus céilí fiú. Dé hAoine bhí comórtas cáca. Bhí sé an deacair buateoir a fháil toisc go raibh an chaighdeán chomh h-ard. Shein an grúpa ceol traidisiúnta do fhoireann na scoile am sosa chomh maith. Bhí seachtain den scoth ag na cailíní go léir.

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• 31 third years attended a Shakespeare workshop on Tuesday.

• Four third year students took part in the BSTAI table quiz in the Quinn School of Business UCD, on Wednesday.

• 72 students attended a driving course with the Driving Academy in Mondello Park on Tuesday

• This week was another successful week for the hockey teams in the North Side League. The minor premier and minor 2 beating Santa Sabina and St Wolstons respectrively in their finals. The beginner hockey team also enjoyed success in their final, eventually beating St Wolstons in an exciting penalty shoot out. The senior premier were narrowly defeated in their final 1:0 by Santa Sabina.

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• Congratulations to Lauren Murphy who was 6th in the All Ireland Schools Cross Country on Sunday.

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• TY students, Caoilfhionn Ní Mhadagáin and Grace McKenna travelled to an impoverished area of Lesotho in Africa with 54 students from Portmarnock Community School and Action Ireland Trust. They taught in the schools in the morning and helped to upgrade buildings in the afternoon. Both girls agreed that the whole experience was indeed life changing.

 

• Congratulations to Kim Dalton (Balbriggan Golf Club) Tegan Gordon (Laytown/Bettystown Golf Club) and Laura Clarke (Rush Golf Club) who were appointed Junior Girls’ Golf Captains 2019. We wish all the girls the very best for the coming year in their new role.

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• The school will be closed on Friday 15th and Monday 18th Arch. The school will re-open on Tuesday March 19 th at 9.10am

 

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News update, Mar 8th, 2019

• We are delighted to share the news that Sr Orla Treacy (Principal of Loreto Rumbek) has received the International Women of Courage Award at the State Department in Washington. It was presented to her yesterday by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US First Lady Melania Trump. The award honours "women around the world who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to bring positive change to their societies, often at great personal risk and sacrifice"; This sentence describes so well Sr. Orla and all she does and is for Rumbek (pic below)

• Congratulations to our Junior Hockey team who became Leinster Junior Champions beating Loreto Bray 2-0 in the final on Friday.

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• All third year Irish students completed their Oral Irish exam this week, it is a very important part of their Junior Cert exam as it accounts for 40% of their overall result. Maith sibh a chailíní.

• Mock orals in Irish, German and French continued this week for 6 th Years.

• Congratulations to all students on their performances in the Junk Kouture semi-finals in The Helix last Tuesday night. Well done to Tara White on reaching the final with her creation “ Valhalla “ We wish Tara the very best of luck in the final which will take place in the Three Arena on the 2nd May.

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• A number of students took part in a Radio workshop on Tuesday.

• Forty students attended PEXPO on Wednesday in DCU. Caitlin Stewart TY entered her project and was given very positive feedback. Third year students also made a presentation on 20+20, a campaign to highlight “women in sport”. Ten first year students performed a gymnastics routine.

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• Loreto Balbriggan Student Enterprise groups were busy selling at their Pop Up Market in Millfield Shopping Centre on Thursday.

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• Some first and second year students took part in a Taekwondo workshop on Wednesday.

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• On Friday we celebrated International Women’s Day. The students were encouraged to reflect and think about women who have inspired them in their lives. Emmeline Pankhurst, Bessie Coleman, Maria Montessori, Wangari Maathai were among the inspirational names who made the list.

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News update, Mar 1st, 2019

• Junior Cert students began their Irish oral exam on Friday 1st. The exam will continue until Friday 8th of March. This is a compulsory part of the JC exam and accounts for 40% of the total marks allotted.

• Mock Irish, German and French orals started this week, after school for Leaving Certificate students.

• Twenty seven senior Geography students spent the midterm exploring Iceland. The girls visited the Blue Lagoon, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Gullfoss waterfalls. Other activities included trekking along the Keryd volcanic  crater, visiting the Pingvellir national park and walking along the course of one of the largest glaciers in Iceland. The girls also saw the northern lights. The students were complemented about their excellent behaviour and how well they represented their school and country abroad.

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• A group of 5th year students travelled to Canada for the annual Ski trip during the mid-term. They took in the sights of Niagara Falls before heading to the resort of Blue Mountain, located north of Toronto.

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• Congratulations to the senior choir who performed in the Emmanuel concert, which took place in the Helix on Wednesday evening. Aoife Kenny, Maeve Cope, Alice Morgan, Sydney Sterio and Gwen Samuel sang solo pieces as well as being part of the 500 strong choir.  Gwen’s rendition of Amazing Grace was so special she was invited back to perform the following evening for the closing night of Emmanuel 2019. More than 2500 students from 70 different schools performed this week in a series of concerts celebrating liturgical music in schools. This annual event is organised by the Archdiocese of Dublin.

• All 4th year students attended a workshop run by “Develop Me” group. This workshop enabled the class to develop the skills of problem solving, planning and communication while working together as a team. It provided to be a very enjoyable and educational whole class activity.

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IFI • A number of TY Film Studies students visited the Irish Film Institute on Thursday for a 'Careers in Screen' Day. Students enjoyed a number of seminars, including those on how to pursue careers in cinematography, acting, animation and many more.

News update, Feb 15th, 2019

• Congratulations to the school equestrian team who won the Killossery Interschool League on Sunday. The girls have worked tirelessly since September, giving up their Sundays to compete. Members of the senior team include Meghan Rogers, Kate Barrett, Ruth Barrett, Ally Gormley, Shauna Davis, and Laura Andrews. (Pic below)

• Seventy five 5th year students will leave on Sunday 17th to travel to Blue Mountain, Toronto on the annual ski trip.

• Twenty seven senior Geography students will visit Iceland during the midterm break. The trip includes visiting the Blue Lagoon, the Great Geyser Strokkur and the Pingvellir National Park as well many other attractions. The group will stay in Reykjavik. The trip is an amazing opportunity for the girls to see in reality many features that they are studying in preparation for the LC.

• Congratulations to Lauren Murphy, Stephanie Olayia and Rachel Smith who competed in the Leinster Schools’ Cross Country Competition on Wedenesday.

• Students completed their 3 week work placement programme on Friday. The students were visited by members of staff in their various work settings and received very positive feedback from all the employers. Once again the girlsfound the whole experience to be interesting and worthwhile.

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• Voting is now open to the public for Junk Kouture entries. Check Junk Kouture website for details.

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• The 5th Year parent teacher meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 26th, 4.15-6.45pm. Students will finish classes at 2.45pm.

• The school will be closed for midterm break from Monday 18th - Friday 22nd and will reopen on Monday 25th at 9.10am.

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News update, Feb 8th, 2019

• Fourteen teams have reached the East regional finals of the Junk Kouture competition. For the second year running Loreto Balbriggan is the only school in the country with such a large number of costumes in the regional finals.

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• TY students were acknowledged by Maynooth University for their academic excellence in Business Studies. Ten of our students achieved A grades in their Junior Certificate. Pictured below is Nessa Bollard who accepted the award on the school’s behalf.

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• Mock exams continued this week for 3rd and 6th year students and will finish on Friday 15th February.

• 240 students took their first steps on their journey through secondary school when they sat their entrance exam on Friday. We look forward to welcoming the girls in August.

• 5th Year Parent Teacher meeting will take place on Tuesday February 26th 4.15-6.45pm. Students will finish classes at 2.45pm.

News update, Feb 1st, 2019

• TY students have completed week 1 of the three week work experience programme. Students have secured work placements in a wide area of disciplines from An Garda Síochána, Law Firms, Nursing Homes to Primary Schools. The programme offers the girls an opportunity to experience working in their preferred field and seeing first-hand the day to day activities involved in their potential career choice.

• We celebrated Catholic schools week this. The theme was ‘Celebrating Diversity in our Catholic School’.

• On Thursday, 3rd years went on a CSPE tour to Dublin. The girls visited the Natural History Museum and Dáil Eireann. The tour of Leinster House finished with a Q&A session with TD Darragh O’Brien.

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• On a fete une semaine de la francophonie cette semaine. Many of the activities for the week included a french proverb quiz,  ‘petie déjeuner’ for 1st years while 2nd years attended a French film in Drogheda Arts’ Centre.

News update, Jan 25th, 2019

• Transition Year students Orla Young, Aoife Sweetman, Zainab Shahid, Sadhbh Mackey, Iman Khan, Andrea Hickey, Nessa Bollard, Hazel Austin, Cleo Gallen and Ella Shanahan, attended a ceremony in the Lochlann Quinn School of Business in UCD on Wednesday 16th, January. The girls were invited to the ‘Celebration of Business A Grades’ which acknowledged  their outstanding JC results in business studies.

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• 6th Year Music students attended Tchaikovshy’s Romeo and Juliette’s fantasy overture in the NCH on Tuesday

• On Wednesday JC Music students went to the NCH to hear a rendition of their set works performed by RTÉ’s National Concert Orchestra

• This week  we celebrated the  birth of Venerable Mary Ward, our foundress. 1st and 6th year students attended assembles based on her five values of truth freedom, sincerity, justice and joy. Each morning started with a special thought for the day. The students learned more about Mary ward’s life in Religion classes. 2019 celebrates 500 years of Loreto education.

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• Congratulations to Eabha McLoughlin and Doireann Comiskey for progressing through to the quarter finals of the UCD Junior Debate on 24th January.

• Best wishes to all our TY students who are starting their three week work experience next Monday.

 

• Congratulations to Lauren Murphy who came first in the North Leinster Cross Country competition in the Phoenix Park. Lauren recently represented Ireland in the U20’s 4000m cross country competition in Belfast. Congratulations to the Senior team who came second.

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News update, Jan 19th, 2019

• We are the latest school in the country to be presented with the Health Promoting Schools’ Flag’ by the HSE as an acknowledgement of our efforts in improving the health of the school community. The Health Promoting Schools programme supports schools in focusing on health and wellbeing and involves all members of the school community. Monica Mc Crory presented the Flag on Thursday. As part of our healthy living week a number of invited guests spoke to the students. They included Caoimhe Rudden, Irish Heart Foundation, Adrienne Foley, HSE Oral health Promoter, Anna Ryan, Nutritional Therapist and Edel McNamara, Senior Community Dietician.

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• Congratulations to Emily O’ Sullivan (5G), Alessandra Grosariu (5G), Emma Morkeliunaite (5A) and Adesuwa Ugiagbe (4C) who competed in the Senior Loreto Mace Debating competition this week in Loreto Clonmel. Both Loreto Balbriggan teams performed to an extremely high standard and progressed to the final stages.

• 30 sixth year students attended a Shakespeare workshop in Balbriggan library on Monday.

• All TY students attended a talk on social anxiety on Monday.

• TY students are busy preparing to go on work experience starting Monday, 28th January.

• On Thursday the Ember group attended an Ember reunion in All Hallows College. The team presented a symbol that represents their work as Ember leaders and they had the opportunity to reflect on their work to date.

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• Best of luck to sixth year student Lauren Murphy who will represent Ireland in the Under 20's, 4000 m cross country this Saturday in Belfast.

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News update, Jan 12th, 2019

• Congratulations to all of our students participating in this year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS, in particular Cleo and Zainab who took first prize in their category, Intermediate Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Science, as well as the special award from the EPA, Environmental Protection Agency. Four of the Loreto Balbriggan projects were highly commended, a reflection of all the hard work put in by students and their teachers. Cleo and Zainab have been invited to take part in the BT Business Bootcamp 2019. All the competitors have been invited by the Mayor of Fingal to a reception to celebrate their success in the Council’s offices on February 11th. Congratulations also to Skerries Community College on the work of the overall winner, Adam Kelly. The titles of the projects we had accepted into the exhibition this year are listed below. Hover over the title to read the abstract.

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  • The Impact of Exposure to Ethnic Music on Cultural Attitudes - Delia Istoc & Kate O’Driscoll.
  • An Investigation into the Growth Response of the Pisum Sativum’s Roots Towards Different Acoustics - Iman Khan.
  • Can we make biodegradable clothes effectively? - Eva Connolly, Ella Shanahan & Willemijn  Bosschaert.
  • Does umami affect your perception of taste? An investigation into the effects of monosodium glutamate on our perception of sweetness and saltiness. - Katie Caffrey & Eve Mathews.
  • Replacement of Polyethylene Microbeads with Sustainable Biodegradable Alternatives - Cleo Gallen & Zainab Shahid.
  • An Investigation Into the Effect of a Farmer’s Attitude Towards Nature Preservation and Ecology on the Biodiversity of the Soil on their Farms - Selina Xu.

• 15 Students studying Politics and Society will be in the audience of  the ‘Claire Byrne Live’ show on Monday evening.

• Congratulations to Hannah Cullen, Alana Foy-Nicolleau, Mizna Shahid, Jennifer Bura, Éabha McLoughlin and Doireann Comiskey who competed in the Junior Schools’ debating competition in UCD. Out of 182 teams who competed, Éabha and Doireann were one of the 32 teams who progressed to the final stages.

• Well done to Adriana Ciot, Claire Johnson, Nikolet Serbezova and Marianne Casey on competing in the annual Inter-Loreto Mace debate on Friday, 11th January in Loreto Crumlin. Great support was given from their first and second year school mates. Congratulations to Marianne and Claire for making it through to the semi final.

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• 6th Year student and Irish international cricketer Lara Maritz has been nominated as ‘Fingal’s Sports Star of the year 2018 . It is a public vote, so please give Lara your support here http://www.fingal-independent.ie/sportstar

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News update, Jan 7th, 2019

• Welcome back to all our students and we hope it was an enjoyable Christmas break.

• 2nd Year Parent/Teacher Meeting will take place on Thursday 10th January 3.15-6.45pm.

• Evening study is offered to all students for free this week. Details re. evening study for the remainder of the year will be posted shortly.

• Best wishes to all of our students participating in this year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS. The students are presently putting the final touches to their projects, dotting all their i's and crossing their t's, to complete what has been a tremendous effort over the last few weeks and months. The titles of the six projects we had accepted into the exhibition this year are listed below. Hover over the title to read the abstract.

• Congratulations to Zainab Shahid and Ella Shanahan on receiving upgrades to their Junior Certificate results. This brings to five the number of students that received straight A's in the exam. Well done girls.

 

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BTYSTE contestants 2019, with their teachers, Ms. McNally and Mr. Higgins

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  • The Impact of Exposure to Ethnic Music on Cultural Attitudes - Delia Istoc & Kate O’Driscoll.
  • An Investigation into the Growth Response of the Pisum Sativum’s Roots Towards Different Acoustics - Iman Khan.
  • Can we make biodegradable clothes effectively? - Eva Connolly, Ella Shanahan & Willemijn  Bosschaert.
  • Does umami affect your perception of taste? An investigation into the effects of monosodium glutamate on our perception of sweetness and saltiness. - Katie Caffrey & Eve Mathews.
  • Replacement of Polyethylene Microbeads with Sustainable Biodegradable Alternatives - Cleo Gallen & Zainab Shahid.
  • An Investigation Into the Effect of a Farmer’s Attitude Towards Nature Preservation and Ecology on the Biodiversity of the Soil on their Farms - Selina Xu.

News update, Dec 21st, 2018

• On Thursday we had our annual Carol Service. The theme this year was ‘Celebrating Family’ as we all know there are many different types of family. In this busy world that seems to demand a lot more from us we often find we have less time to spend with our loved ones. During this Christmas period let us pause and reflect on the importance of those loved ones, sometimes friends, often family. Developing a strong relationship with our loved ones takes time and effort. Building strong bonds based on love, respect and kindness helps us all to grow and mature. So as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, born into his own special family let us celebrate our own family be grateful that they are in our lives and cherish them.

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• Congratulations to the 6th Years who yet again produced another hilarious teachers’ show

• We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

• 2nd Year Parent/Teacher Meeting will take place on Thursday 10th January 3.15-6.45pm.

• Supervised study will be available to 6th and 3rd Year students on DEC 28th, Dec 31st and January 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The cost is €3 per day. The times are as follows: 9.10am -12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm. Students in the past have found this to be of great benefit and we would encourage the girls to participate.

• School reopens after Christmas on Monday 7th January for all years at 9.10am

News update, Dec 14th, 2018

• This week all 3rd Year students attended a study skills programme.

• Stress buster workshops run by Jigsaw were held for 5th years on Tuesday.

• Business students held their Annual Market Day on Friday. The event was opened by Evelyn Garland, past pupil and owner of ‘Fit Food’. Evelyn who has appeared on ‘Dragons’ Den’ with her product also spoke to 5th and 6th Business students. This year over 30 stalls exhibited their products. Once again students excelled themselves with their new and innovative ideas.

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• The festive season got off to a wonderful start with a gala evening of music on Thursday. All present were entertained by the musical talents of the many students who performed seasonal pieces and created such a wonderful atmosphere.

• The TY Junk Kouture fashion show was held in the school on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Once again the students surpassed themselves with their wonderful creations. The students will now go forward to the National Junk Kouture Competition .

• On Wednesday the TY St. Vincent de Paul Committee along with the Student Council organised the annual food drive. Many thanks to all the pupils and staff who kindly donated to this very worthy cause. The spirit of Christmas is well and truly alive in Loreto Balbriggan.

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• Chuaigh ceithre dhuine dhéag cáilín go dtí an chúrsa cumarsáide í nGael Linn an tseachtain seo caite.

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• TY students organised Weinachfest for junior students on Thursday morning.It was a great opportunity for the girls to learn about Christmas traditions in Germany and Austria.

• All staff attended Junior Cycle training day on Friday.

• On Wednesday after school the staff enjoyed decorating their Christmas cakes under the expert supervision of Ms. Ryan, Ms. Curley and Ms Grimes. Creativity and competitiveness were very much apparent!

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News update, Dec 7th, 2018

• Business students held their Annual Market Day on Friday. The event was opened by Evelyn Garland, past pupil and owner of ‘Fit Food’. Evelyn   who has appeared on ‘Dragons’ Den’ with her product also spoke to 5th and 6th Business students. This year over 30 stalls exhibited their products. Once again students excelled themselves with their new and innovative ideas. (Pic below)

• Our annual St. Vincent de Paul food drive will take place on Wednesday 12th December in the hall from 8am-10am. Help us to fight poverty in Ireland by donating non-perishable foods such as boxes of sweets, biscuits and tinned foods. All students who donate can wear their Christmas jumper to school. There will be a prize for the best jumper. Please donate and give the gift of kindness in this season of good will.

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• 6th Year Art students visited the National Art Gallery on Tuesday.

• Congratulations to Emilie Molloy 2nd yr and Marie Weldon 5th yr. Both qualified for the Jigsaw Christmas Card competition. Emilie came 1st in the Junior Category and Marie came 3rd in the senior category. Their cards are now being printed and will be sold by Jigsaw to raise funds for the local Mental Health agency.

 

 

 

 

• TY students Khadija Fasetire, Ella O’Rourke, Cleo Gallen and Tegra Alphonsine-Kaiku attended a training afternoon in Prosper Fingal in Skerries on Tuesday as part of the “Make a Difference” programme this year. As ambassadors, they will present to their peers on the importance of recognising and including all members of our community.

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• The JPIC group attended an inspiring talk given by Mary Kilgarriff on the outreach program for the Homeless in inner city Dublin. The students collected hats, scarfs and gloves for the homeless which they presented to Mary. They gained many insights into the difficulties of life on the streets and the scant provision of services available.

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• Art students were busy this week rehearsing and adding the finishing touches to their creations for the Junk Kouture fashion show which take place on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th of December The show will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets to this creative extravaganza will be on sale in the foyer at lunchtimes.

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Rumbek Day 2018

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Reminder: The school will be closed to students, on Monday 10th December as per school calendar and also on Friday 14th December for staff development and training.

News update, Nov 30th, 2018

• 1st, 5th and 6th year Christmas exams concluded this week. 2nd and 3rd year students continued to prepare for their CBAs which will take place in December.

• Katie Caffrey, Aoife Kelly, Shauna McAuley and Emma Fagan from 4H took part in St. Vincent de Paul’s ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’ initiative. As newly certified Peer Educators, the girls will be informing fellow Transition Year students about how they can help reduce poverty in Ireland (pic below)

• Congratulations to our Senior Choir who along with the Senior Choir  from Loreto Bray performed for the Loreto Education Network conference in Killashee Hotel on Saturday 24th November. They performed two songs and a samba piece.

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• Represenatives from the Guide Dogs Assoc. gave a talk to students about their work with the visually impaired. During December there will be Christmas cards, calendars and teddies on sale in the school to support this worthy cause.

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• A number of TY students were invited by Fingal CoCo on Friday to take part in an iniative regarding future development plans for Balbriggan.

• Congratulations to Ally Gormley, Meghan Rogers, Kate Barrett and Ruth Barrett  all members of the Equestrian Team who came first last weekend in the Inter Schools League.

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• 1st Year Parent Teacher Meeting takes place next Monday 3rd Dec from 4.15-6.45pm, students will finish at 3.45pm.

• Reminder: The school will be closed to students, on Monday 10th December as per school calendar and also on Friday 14th December for staff development and training.

• Best Wishes to to Ishbel Daguman, 1st year, who will be appearing on the Late Late Toy Show tonight.

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It's decorating time again ...

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News update, Nov 24th, 2018

• Congratulations to Ellen O’Driscoll who was recognised at the Trinity’s Entrance Scholars’ Awards for her high achievement in the Leaving Certificate examination.

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• 1st, 5th and 6th Year students began their Christmas exams this week. Exams will continue until Wednesday 28th.

• 2nd and 3rd year students are preparing for their CBAs which will take place during December.

• Zara Stafford competed in the semi-final of the national poetry competition ‘Poetry Aloud’ at the National Library of Ireland.

• 20  TY students took part in a “Volunteer For All’ committee workshop on Friday.

• 27 TY  students took part in a Public Access to Law course on Tuesday.

• Fundraising continued for Rumbek on Friday and Saturday where a number of TY students helped with bag packing in SuperValu. The final amount raised will be announced next week.

• Congratulations to Carla Wardell who came 13th in the Leinster Irish Dancing Championships.

• The equestrian team continued their success in the Killossery League on Sunday. The senior team came 2nd and the league continues this coming weekend.

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• Our annual Remembrance Evening will take place on Thursday at 7.30pm in the hall. It will be an evening of poetry, music and reflection as we remember all those who have died in our Loreto community. All welcome.

• The school will be closed to students next Tuesday, 27th, for staff training.

News update, Nov 16th, 2018

• Throughout the week the students attended various events as part of Science week . They also carried out experiments and observed dissections in their science classes. On Tuesday, 2nd years attended a talk in DIT for a talk on ‘Plastics and the Ocean’. TY students attended a talk on the “Physics of Martial Arts” in the Science Gallery. On Wednesday, students attended a lecture on ’ Careers in Chemistry’ hosted by the Royal Chemistry Society. Two 2nd year groups attended a talk in DIT on the Zoological discoveries of Thomas Parke, the first Irish man to cross Africa. On Thursday, 6th year students represented the school at the ISTA Regional Senior Science Quiz in TCD and came seventh place out of 50 schools. The week drew to an exciting conclusion when all 1st year students visited the Big Bear Planetarium.

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• 6th students attended a careers talk on course choices in UCD.

• On Monday, 54 6th Years commenced their investigations on a field trip for their Leaving Cert Geography Field Study.

• All year groups and staff took part in Gaeilge 24, a Gael Linn initiative to promote speaking Irish in everyday life. Bhain na daltaí an-taitneamh as, nuair a labhair said as Gaeilge don lá af fad.

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• Third years attended a Jigsaw workshop on Monday.

• All TY students attended a French play performed by a travelling French troupe.

• Seven TY students attended a Trócaire workshop on land rights in Clonliffe College.

• On Tuesday, guest speaker Nurse Adrienne McCleary spoke to all TY students on the importance of good breast health.

• 46 students participated in a First Aid course on Thursday and Friday.

• Past Pupil, Carla Rowe, Senior Ladies’ Dublin footballer and All star visited the school on Friday with the Brendan Martin Cup.

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• On Friday November 10th, the U16 Basketball Team competed in the East Regional Girls’ competition where they were narrowly defeated by Portmarnock C.S.

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• Exam Week will commence on November 20th and continue until November 28th.

• 3rd Year Parent Teacher Meeting takes place next Thursday 22nd November 3.15-6.45pm.

 

News update, Nov 9th, 2018

• On Friday 26th October we celebrated School Spirit Day in aid of our sister school in Rumbek South Sudan.  It was a great day of celebration, and raised significant funds for a very worthy cause. There were competitions, musical recitals, dance performances and many fun activities.  There were whole school and year group and class events to mark the day.  Many thanks to the students and staff for engaging so fully and wholeheartedly in the celebrations on the day.

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• On Wednesday we had huge numbers at our Careers Evening for all senior students. All the major Colleges and Institutions were present. The students had the opportunity to speak to people involved in a variety of professions and found it a very informative and helpful evening. Many thanks to all those who contributed to this very successful event.

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• Students Cleo Gallen and Hazel Austin represented the school in the Irish EU Science Olympiad in DCU. The girls were invited to compete due to their excellent Maths results in their Junior Cert.

• Chloe Johnson and Tara Kelly were finalists in the SciFest National Competition on Friday with their project on  Is the number of canoeists not disinfecting their gear after use, contributing to the spread of Aphanomyces astaci in Irish waters?  They received an excellence in Stem award for their project.

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• The school orchestra visited St Molaga’s Primary School The students spoke about their instruments and performed “Galloping Home” from Black Beauty.

• The JPIC team provided afternoon tea and Fair Trade coffee to sixth years on Thursday.

 

News update, Oct 26th, 2018

• There are six projects through to the BT Young Scientist Compoetition. Three  Biological and Ecological, two Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Science and one in Social and  Behavioural Science. Five of the projects are from fourth year and one from fifth year. Six is one of our highest number of entries in one year. 

• On Wednesday Ms. Ryan’s 6th year history class visited the new Seamus Heaney exhibition at the National Library of Ireland, Kilmainham Gaol. They also  visited an exhibition of photographs about the civil rights movement of Northern Ireland at the Gallery of Photography. 

• The  French debating  team Aoife Conroy, Emma-Jane Power, Rachel Smyth and Alessandra Grosariu  won their debate in the Alliance Française on Monday night.

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• Chuaigh scolairí ón gcúigiú bliain go dtí an drama ‘An Triail’ ar an Deardaoin.

• 4A visited  Balbriggan harbour to look at the new dome that was recently installed in the lighthouse.  

 

• 5th Year students  presented their local history  projects to the members of Balbriggan and District Historical Society on Wednesday evening. The projects were based on the sack of Balbriggan.

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• This week we celebrated Music week .There was a series of  pop up concerts and workshops in the school. The students enjoyed recitals by the Senior choir, Ukelele group ,Trad group and in class performances.

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• On Wednesday we had the privilege to welcome Sr. Orla Tracey, Principal, and Sr. Pnina from Loreto Rumbek. The Sisters spoke to each year group about the wonderful work that they are doing for the people of South Sudan. Our annual Rumbek day took place on Friday. Each year group took part wholeheartedly in all the fun activities that were organised throughout the day. All money raised will go to Loreto Rumbek in South Sudan. Full details and photos will be posted on our return to school after mid term.

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• On Tuesday and Wednesday TY students took part in a forensics workshop “Science2 Life” The girls found the experience to be very interesting and informative.

• TY students had their end of term showcase assembly on Wednesday. Various student committees and groups had the opportunity to speak  and perform. Students were advised on the careers portal website and how to access information specific to work experience. The samba group also performed.

 

• There was a  Cheerios Childline Breakfast on Wednesday morning with all 1st year students. Many thanks to Cheerios, Strathroy Dairies, Brennan’s Bread and Lidl  who sponsored the event.

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• Best wishes to Lara Maritz who travels to the West Indies this weekend to represent Ireland in cricket.

• The Leinster Development officer and former Irish international player Kenny Carroll visited the school this week for a coaching session. Some first years travelled to play in a hockey tournament in Loreto Foxrock on Wednesday.

• Emma Fagan, 4H, competed  won the girls U15-16yr 100m backstroke and came 2nd in the 100m fly in the Leinster Schools’ Championships. Emma goes forward to represent the school in the Irish Inter pro schools finals next March (right).

• 1C were the winners of the First Year Gaelic interclass blitz.

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• There will be a careers fair on Wednesday 7th November 7pm-9pm. All the major universities, colleges and Institutes will be present on the night. With that in mind we are looking for people to help promote various careers. If you feel that you are in a position to help, please contact [email protected]. Furthermore if you are a past pupil and would like to promote your career could you contact us at [email protected]. In the email could you please put the year you left the school. Many thanks in advance for your help.

• Reminder:  6th Year Parent Teacher Meeting will  take place on Monday 5th November from 4.15pm to 6.45pm.

• The school will be closed from Monday 29th October and reopen on Monday 5th November.

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News update, Oct 19th, 2018

• On Wednesday 5th Years Chloe Johnson, and Tara Kelly and Third years Mizna Shahid, Jennifer Bura and Alana Foy-Nicolleau  received Order of Merit awards at a prize giving ceremony for the John Hooper Statistics Medal in The National Concert Hall. The Central Statistics Office runs this competition and the award ceremony coincides with Maths week.

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• 3rd years  competed in the UCD Junior Schools debating competition last week. Congratulations to Doireann Comiskey and Éabha McLoughlin who came second in their debate. The competition will continue over the coming weeks.

• Maths week took place this week. Students had the opportunity to explore Maths in a fun and interesting way by taking part in the various activities that were organised throughout the week.

• Congratulations to Jaia Kavanagh who presented her PEXPO winning project to 280 PE teachers last weekend at the National PE conference.

 

 

• A group of students took part in a hockey umpiring course in Loreto Foxrock this week

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• Fundraising Committee took part in Face Painting on Friday in aid of Temple Street Hospital.

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• First year class 1C have written this month’s edition of the “Geography in the News” . Their news included Storm Michael, Storm Callum and the Indonesian Earthquake.

• First year senior prefects organised a Halloween quiz as the first event of the year for all the 1st Years on Tuesday. The winning team were 1B “Ghosts” and 1G pumpkins.

• On Tuesday our first year Futsal team won the Fingal and North Dublin Regional final. They will go on  to play in the Dublin final in November.

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• Students getting ready to distribute the Rumbek t shirts to all classes for Rumbek day next Friday.

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• There will be a careers fair on Wednesday 7th November 7pm-9pm. All the major universities, colleges and Institutes will be present on the night. With that in mind we are looking for people to help promote various careers. If you feel that you are in a position to help, please contact [email protected]. Furthermore if you are a past pupil and would like to promote your career could you contact us at [email protected]. In the email could you please put the year you left the school. Many thanks in advance for your help.

News update, Oct 12th, 2018

• Congratulations to Eibhlin McCarthy who was awarded an upgrade in her LC Mathematics results. Eibhlin is the second student along with Marie Louise Fufezan to achieve over 600 points.

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• Many thanks to Sr Ann Farron and her team for facilitating the 5th Year retreat. The focus of the retreat was Ignation Spirituality.

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

• 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th years  were trained this week in CPR compressions by members of the Order of Malta.

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• Ms Briscoe’s 2nd year English class was the first group to avail of the new set of chrome books . The new technology will be an excellent educational resource in helping the students prepare for the JC.

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• TY JPIC module visited local supermarkets on Tuesday to source Fair Trade products and to research the country of origin of many popular products.

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• 4th year Local History students visited the local harbour to see new dome on the Balbriggan lighthouse.

• There will be careers fair on Wednesday 7th November 7pm-9pm. All the major universities, colleges and Institutes will be present on the night. With that in mind we are looking for people to help promote various careers. If you feel that you are in a position to help, please contact [email protected]. Furthermore if you are a past pupil and would like to promote your career could you contact us at [email protected]. In the email could you please put the year you left the school. Many thanks in advance for your help.

• October is Breast Cancer Awareness month; many staff members wore pink today in an effort to raise awareness.

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• Reminder that all first year acceptances for September 2018 must be returned to the school by October 21st.

News update, Oct 5th, 2018

• Congratulations to Cleo Gallen and Hazel Austin who, based on their excellent Junior Certificate results, were invited to participate in the Irish Science Olympiad which will take place in DCU in November.

• Our 23rd Annual Art Exhibition on Tuesday evening was a great success. Congratulations to all the exhibitors and a special thank you to the Art teachers and Art captains who worked extremely hard in preparation for this event. Much of the displayed work was JC work for 2018. Congratulations to the 79% of these students who achieved ‘A’ grade at Junior Cycle, a remarkable achievement.

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• On Monday two TY JPIC module groups visited the Department of Foreign Affairs Irish Aid Offices. They participated in lively workshops exploring the impact of poverty on Malawi , an Irish Aid partner country. Topics such as Climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals and the positive influence of the Irish Aid programme were also explored. The TYs also engaged in a treasure hunt of  Social Justice issues on Grafton Street and finished the day with a picnic in the Iveagh Gardens. 

• One hundred and thirty 3rd year students left on Thursday for the Geography Department’s annual trip to the Burren. The group visited Bunratty Castle, the Aillwee Caves and The Cliffs of Moher.

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• Mizna Shahid, Jennifer Bura, Alana Foy-Nicolleau, Chloe Johnson and Tara Kelly achieved Orders of Merit in the 2018 John Hooper Medal for Statistics poster competition for their posters "Investigating the Effect of Silver Nanoparticles on Probiotics" and "Are the Number of Canoeists not Disinfecting their Gear After Use Contributing to the Spread of Aphanomyces Astaci in Irish Waters?". An award ceremony will take place in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Wednesday, 17 October 2018.

• Congratulations to the following students on their election to the Student Council: 1st Year - Emma Parkes, Grace El Shamy, Aisha El Said; 3rd Years - Favour Odum, Sarah Willis, Stephanie Lawani; 5th Years - Nadine Patterson, Shauna Martin, Ciara O’Reilly.

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• A Run-a-Mile challenge was held for all 5th Year students on Thursday. Participation levels were extremely high and the "elite" race, which is for the better runners, was run at an extremely fast pace. Well done to the winner Rachel Smyth who ran the race in 5.53sec.

• Well done to the Senior Camogie team who played their first match of the 2018-2019 season on Tuesday. The team is taking part in the Senior 'A' competition this year. They played Dominican College, Griffith Avenue, in a very entertaining game. The full time score was 5-6 to 4-9. Well done to all girls involved. 

• The past week was a busy time for our senior hockey teams. Our senior A team played Skerries Community College which ended in a draw. Monday saw the first of our Leinster Division 1A matches take place and resulted in a win against Teresians. The team went top of Leinster Division 1A on Wednesday with a win against Mount Temple.

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• Congratulations to both junior and senior equestrian teams who competed in the first leg of the Killossery Interschools’ competition yesterday, particularly to the senior team who placed third.

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• There will be a careers fair on Wednesday 7th November 7pm- 9pm. All the major Universities, Colleges and Institutes will be present on the night. With that in mind we are looking for people to help promote various careers. If you feel that you are in a position to help, please contact [email protected] Furthermore, if you are a past pupil and would like to promote your career could you contact us at [email protected] In the email could you please put the year you left the school. Many thanks in advance for your help.

 

News update, Sept 29th, 2018

• On Tuesday an information meeting was held here in the school regarding the new Junior Cycle Programme. Many thanks to Mr. Garvey and Ms. Synnott for organising a very informative evening.

• On Wednesday a group of First year students attended a STEM event in Drogheda Grammer school. Activities included designing a parachute for dropping an egg 3 metres, 3-D printing, creating bath bombs and solving mathematical problems using logic.  Women who have carved paths into different science careers spoke about why and how they got into their chosen career. These careers included chemical engineering, coding/3-D printing, electronics research, materials science (developing tiles from Moon soil for habitats on the Moon)

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• The launch of the 2019 Junk Kouture competition took place on Wednesday and congratulations to
Hannah McKenzie whose photo features in the brochure.

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• 9 TY students have commenced the School link programme. This involves TY students assisting teachers in two of the local primary schools every Thursday morning for two hours. We are very grateful to the primary schools who offer this wonderful opportunity to the students. The programme has proven to be very successful and worthwhile over the years.

• Transition Year road safety module students learned the dangers of driving with alcohol by trying simple tasks while wearing goggles that distort their vision.

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• A group of English students that are reading Wuthering Heights went to Haworth in Yorkshire last Thursday.
They visited the Bronte parsonage and had a guided tour of the moors and village.

• We are delighted to announce that there will be a careers fair on Wednesday 7 th November 7pm-9pm. All the major universities, colleges and Institutes will be present on the night. With that in mind we are
looking for people to help promote various careers. If you feel that you are in a position to help, please
contact [email protected] . Furthermore, if you are a past pupil and would like to promote
your career could you contact us at [email protected] . In the email could you please put
the year you left the school. Many thanks in advance for your help.

• Twenty eight 2nd and 3rd year students attended an action-packed sports taster day in the National Sports
Campus on Tuesday. The event “Exercise Energise” was hosted and funded by Fingal County Council and is
part of an initiative to promote sports among young women. The girls had a wonderful time and were
delighted to have the opportunity to take part in the various activities and visit this fabulous national amenity.

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• Twinning meetings between 1st and 5th Year students are ongoing each week at lunchtimes.

• On Wednesday the u16 and u19 Basketball teams played against Ashbourne Community School in the opening games of the East Regional League. Congratulations to the u19 team on their excellent win. Well done to all who participated.

• Well done to our students Fiona Tolan and Kim Dalton who took part in the Irish Schools Golf Championships in Clontarf Golf Club.

• Our Annual Art Exhibition will be held next Tuesday 2nd October in the Atrium. Work from all year
groups will be displayed. Not to be missed and all are welcome.

News update, Sept 22nd, 2018

• 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.

• A group of our science students went to the 30th EU Young Scientist Competition hosted in Dublin in the RDS. The girls got to learn about research carried out by second level students from around Europe and USA as well enjoying the science shows that were put on. The girls got to meet past pupils Diana Bura, Khadija Gulla, Rhenunka Chintapalli and Maria Louise Fufezan who volunteered to help out at the event.

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• On Friday 5th year and 3rd year students took part in the NCCA Senior Cycle Review. Loreto Balbriggan is one of 41 schools chosen to take part in this very important study.

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• We are proud to say that our past pupils Carla Rowe and Oonagh Whyte were part of the winning Ladies’ Gaelic Team who won the Brendan Martin Cup last Sunday in Croke Park. Congratulations to Carla who was awarded “Player of the Match”. Well done girls you are both great role models and we are very proud of you.

• TY students completed their DATS tests on Monday.

• 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!

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• Another TY group was lucky enough to head to the National Ploughing Championships, where they were not so lucky with the weather.

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• On Friday a group of TY students enjoyed a day full of activities from a quiz and pizza making in the morning to a film in the afternoon. Thanks to all the staff  who made the day so enjoyable for the girls.

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• The AGM of the Parents Association was held on Tuesday Evening. The guest speaker was Dr Harry Barry, who spoke on “The Anxious Adolescent”. Many thanks  to Dr Barry who delivered a very informative and interesting talk.

• We are delighted to announce that there will be a  careers fair on Wednesday 7th November 7pm-9pm. All the major universities, colleges and Institutes will be present on the night. With that in mind we are looking for people to help promote various careers. If you feel that you are in a position to help, please contact [email protected]. Furthermore if you are a past pupil and would like to promote your career could you contact us at [email protected]. In the email could you please put the year you left the school. Many thanks in advance for your help.

 

Please note the school will be closed next Friday, 28th September.

News update, Sept 15th, 2018

• On Wednesday our students received their Junior Cert results. We are very proud of all the girls who worked so hard to achieve such success. Congratulations to Eva Connolly, Cleo Gallen and Willemijn Bosscahaert who achieved all “A” grades in their Junior Certificate Examinations.

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• Our Annual school Mass will take place next Tuesday at 1.45pm in St Peter and Paul’s parish church. This is an important liturgical event in our school calendar and all students with the exception of TY students are expected to attend.

• Twinning lunches are taking place between 5th and 1st Years in the Hall over the next two weeks.

• DATS tests will take place on Monday 17th from 9.10am – 1.20pm for TY students. They have already received an information sheet.

• On Tuesday 18th September we will hold our Parents’ Association AGM. Our speaker on the night will be Dr. Harry Barry who will talk on “The Anxious Adolescent”. Keep this date in your diary.  

• We are delighted to announce that there will be a careers fair on Wednesday 7th November, 7-9pm. All the major universities, colleges and institutes will be present on the night. With that in mind we are looking for people to help promote various careers. If you feel that you are in a position to help, please contact [email protected]. Furthermore if you are a past pupil and would like to promote your career could you contact us at [email protected]. In the email could you please put the year you left the school. Many thanks in advance for your help.

• All applications to enrol first year students for 2019 must be returned to the school office no later than 8pm on Wednesday 19th. To facilitate processing applications, the school will be open 2-4pm and 7-8pm.

 

News update, Sept 7th, 2018

• The information evenings for new incoming First Years will be held on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th of September. Students whose surnames begin with A-L should attend on Monday and those students from M-Z should attend on Tuesday. The meeting itself starts at 7.30pm, however students are invited along with their parents and can come along at 6.15 for a tour of the school. The information evening is for 6TH class ONLY. We cannot accommodate small children or buggies - apologies for the inconvenience

• On Tuesday 18th September we will hold our Parents’ Association AGM. Our speaker on the night will be Dr. Harry Barry who will talk on “The Anxious Adolescent”. Keep this date in your diary.  

• Congratulation to our Senior Prefects, Captains, Co-ordinators, Head Girl and Deputy Head Girls who all received their leadership badges on Thursday.

• A number of sixth year students completed their training to become a Eucharist Minister.

• Eight fifth year students attended training for The Ember Programme in Ovoca Manor this week. The programme is co-ordinated by the Archdiocese of Dublin Education Secretariat. The students were given the opportunity for faith reflection and to develop their communication skills, listening skills and planning skills. It was a very enjoyable three days of training. Congratulations girls on receiving your certificates and Ember badges. 

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• On Thursday the first years met their fifth year twin. The programme establishes a support link between 5th and 1st year students to help with first year induction into the school.

• There was great excitement in the hall on Thursday morning when the TY Musical was announced. This year Loreto Balbriggan will perform ‘Hairspray, This will be Loreto Balbriggan’s 23rd Production.  A number of TY students will participate in the school link programme again this year.

• Sports Taster Day was held on Monday for Transition Year students to sample activities in which they might like to participate. Many thanks to the Senior Sports Captains who helped out on the day.

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• We are delighted to announce that there will be a careers fair on Wednesday 7th November 7pm-9pm. All the major universities, colleges and Institutes will be present on the night. With that in mind we are looking for people to help promote various careers. If you feel that you are in a position to help, please contact [email protected]. Furthermore if you are a past pupil and would like to promote your career could you contact us at [email protected]. In the email could you please put the year you left the school. Many thanks in advance for your help.

 

News update, Aug 31st, 2018

• We would like to welcome everyone back to Loreto Balbriggan. There is a great energy around the school as students begin the new academic year. We look forward to a year of commitment, achievement, success and above all joy.

• Congratulations to all our 6th Year students on their wonderful Leaving Cert results. Almost 20% of the girls achieved over 500 points with 50% achieving over 400 points. We are very proud of the girls as we know how hard everyone worked and it certainly paid off. Our very best wishes go to all the girls as they begin a new chapter in their lives. What exciting times lie ahead!

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• While we said a final goodbye to our 6th Years we said hello to a very special group of students....our new 1st Years.  On Friday 24th, 210 very excited young ladies arrived for their first day of secondary school. We are delighted to have the girls with us in Loreto and we look forward to six wonderful years with them.

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• While the majority of students were on holidays, a group of  5th and 6th year students were busy participating in the DCU/Berklee Summer Groove School from the 1st-3rd August. These students were hugely privileged to receive music tuition from some of the top jazz teachers from Berklee College of Music, Boston. The 3-day course was attended by a very talented group of young musicians from across the Fingal area and culminated in a wonderful concert performance in the Bracken Court Hotel. The students formed a variety of different line-ups and performed a number of jazz, funk and soul standards such as Lady Bird, Cissy Strut and Mr Clean. Particular congratulations go to the musical contributions of Sydney Sterio who was awarded a certificate of outstanding musicianship and Kate O'Kelly who was presented with a highly regarded Berklee Online course. Best wishes also to Gwen Samuel and Hazel Lattimore who were both invited to audition to attend Berklee for undergraduate study.

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• Sports Taster Day was held on Friday for First Year students to sample activities in which they like to participate during their time here. Many thanks to the Senior Sports Captains who helped out on the day.

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• The Loreto All Ireland Hockey Championships will take place in mid September. In preparation for the competition Ms Moore held a number pre season training sessions. The dedication of all involved is to be admired.  The very best of luck girls.

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• The information evenings for new incoming First Years will be held on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th of September. Those students whose surnames begin with A-L should attend on Monday and those students from M-Z should attend on Tuesday. The meeting itself starts at 7.30pm, however students are invited along with their parents can come along at 6.15 for a tour of the school. The information evening is for 6TH class ONLY. (We cannot accommodate small children or buggies, apologies for the inconvenience)

• On Tuesday 18th September we will have our Parents’ Association AGM. The speaker on the night will be Dr. Harry Barry and he will about “Emotional Resilience”.  Please save the date in your diary. More information to follow.

 

News update, Aug 23rd, 2018

Well done to all our leaving certificate students for their fantastic results last Wednesday.

Almost 20% of the students achieved over 500 points and a phenomenal 50% or more passed the 400 point mark.  The school are extremely proud of the students who worked so hard to achieve these results. We wish to acknowledge the dedicated work of the teachers in preparing the girls for this exam. It goes without saying that the strong foundation provided at home is at the root of this success.

As the cycle begins again we welcome all our new first years who began their orientation programme this Thursday morning at 9.20.

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