Recent News

News Update, Oct 11th, 2019

• A number of 6th Year students had the opportunity to attend a guided prayer week, from Monday. Many thanks to Sr Marie Brady and Siobhán Murphy for facilitating.

• The students of our school decided to attend classes on the day of the Climate Action and they each participated in a thumbs up for Climate Action by placing their thumbprints on cards. The cards were then presented to the local politicians asking them to work on our behalf, to support Climate Action and save our vulnerable planet.
Mr. Darragh o’Brien, T.D. called to the school, met the girls and accepted the cards. He promised to take the issue to government and be a voice for our concerns. The whole school community who participated are very grateful for this opportunity to have our voice heard politically.

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Thumbs up to Climate Action!

• On Thursday 5th Year students competed in the ‘Run A Mile’ challenge. Congratulations to Emma Fagan who won in a time of 5:58, closely followed by Sallyann Leonard (2nd) and Sadhbh Mackey (3rd).

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• On Thursday 6 students from 2nd and 3rd year participated in the UCD Junior schools debating competition on Thursday evening. They were well supported by a range of junior students. Well done to all who spoke brilliantly and special congratulations to Adriana Ciot and Nikolet Serbezova who placed second in their debate. 

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• A group of 4th years attended the Loreto Rowing event on Tuesday in Islandbridge, along with other Loreto schools. The event provided a great opportunity for the girls to meet other Loreto students and to learn about the sport of rowing.

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

• Congratulations to the following students on their election to the Student Council: 1st Year: Lucy Rooney, Isobel Farrell, Sive Connell. 2nd Year: Grace El Shamy, Emma Parkes, Aisha El Said. 3rd Year: Ciara McGowan. Robymn Kelly, Hannah O’Connor. 4th Year Favor Odum, Stephanie Lawani, Sarah Willis. 5th Year: Zainab Shahid, Tegra Alphonsine-Kiaku, Andrea Hickey 6 th Year: Ciara O’Reilly, Shauna Martin, Nadine Patterson, Sarah McKenna.

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

• Today some of our TY students welcomed 18 French Students from Lycée Jacques de Vaucauson in Tours for conversation and activities. Lots of French fun had by all!

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• Loreto Annual Art Exhibition takes place next Tues @ 7.30pm. All welcome. Artworks from all years om display as well as portfolios for college applications.

• Reminder that all first year acceptances for September 2020 must be returned to the school by October 18th at 4pm.

News Update, Oct 4th, 2019

• Transition year students received their Junior Certificate results in the school this Friday.  The results were excellent overall with some exceptional grades.  We are proud of each and every student who achieved her personal best.  These students, now in Transition Year, have an exciting and interesting year ahead.  Details of all that happens in Transition Year can be accessed by clicking the link below. This TY newsletter will be issued periodically and parents of TY students will receive notification of its release by email and through the Compass portal.

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• Congratulations to 5th Year students Lucy Edgeworth, Eve Mathews, Jaia Kavanagh, Molly Egan, Laura Masterson, Ellen Kearney and Willemijn Bosscheart, members of‘Trócaire Game Changers’ group who represented Trócaire and Ireland at the 13th International Conference on Game Based Learning in Odense, Denmark on Thursday. Their entry was a board game called ‘The Hunt for Human Rights’ which the students had designed and developed during TY. The girls were participating in the student section where all the other entrants were either Masters or PhD students. The game was praised for its innovation, creativity and empathy. The girls were placed 2nd overall and will receive their certificates and award in Trócaire’s headquarters in Dublin later this month. 

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• On Tuesday 6th Year Geography students commenced work on their coastal field study. The students were investigating coastal deposition. The field study accounts for 20% of their overall LC result.

• On Friday TY students received their JC results. The results overall were excellent. The school acknowledges and is very proud of all the hard work that the students have put into their studies to achieve such wonderful success.

• This week 1st years participated in the ‘Transition to Secondary School’ programme which focuses on making new friends becoming part of and settling in to their new school. The programme is a continuation of the orientation programme that all students took part in during their first two days.

News Update, Sept 27th, 2019

• Maynooth University visited the school this week to inform the 6th years about the various courses available on campus.

• On Tuesday 34 year students attended a sports taster day in the National Sports Campus. The event “Exercise Energise” was hosted and funded by Fingal County Council as part of an initiative to promote sports among young women.

• On Wednesday, 6th year Physics students attended a talk "Exploring the Universe" in the RDS given by one of the most recognisable faces in science, Professor Brian Cox .

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• On Monday all 4th year students completed DATs tests. Scores on these tests can be used to produce a profile showing a student’s strengths and weaknesses. This information can be used in subject choice selection, course and career choice.

• On Wednesday a guest speaker from Bank of Ireland spoke to Business students regarding their mini company ideas.

• On Thursday, An Garda Síochána spoke to all TY students on the importance of road safety awareness, whether they are drivers, cyclists or pedestrians.

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• On Friday all TY students participated in the ‘Develop Me’ workshop. The workshop specialises in bringing the highest quality experiential learning training to students allowing them to develop their project management and teamwork skills.

• This week 1st years participated in the ‘Transition to Secondary School’ programme which focuses on making new friends becoming part of and settling in to their new school. The programme is a continuation of the orientation programme that all students took part in during their first two days.

• Twinning lunches between 1st and 5th Year students continued this week.

• On Wednesday a group of 1st year students attended a STEM fair in Drogheda. 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 at the event about why and how they got into their chosen career in the various scientific fields.

• Congratulations Fiona Tolan, Kim Dalton, Katie Caffrey and Emma Tracey who represented the school in the Irish Schools Golf Championships in Clontarf Golf Club on Tuesday.

• School will be closed next Monday 30th September and will reopen as normal on Tuesday 1st Oct at 9.10am

News Update, Sept 20th, 2019

• We are all very aware that Friday was an international day of Action against Climate Change. Loreto Balbriggan passionately supports the message delivered by the thousands of students who chose to march. Student council members, the Head Girls and the JPIC group, led the school in support of the protestors, by raising awareness throughout the day of the actions we can take in our daily lives to safeguard the future of the planet.

• On Thursday Declan Coyle of Andec Communications gave a presentation to the sixth years and the Parents’ Association on the benefits of living a positive life on the Green Platform. Declan gave an inspiring and uplifting talk both groups. His book The Green Platform is available from the school office for €15. All proceeds go to St Catherine’s special school in Bray.

• On Wednesday 160 TY students set off on the annual P.E. trip to Kippure adventure centre. The girls participated in many activities which included kayaking, high ropes, bush trial, orienteering, field golf, team games and much more.

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• On Thursday 52 TY students went to the Ploughing Championships in Co Carlow. The girls enjoyed the many attractions and featured events on the day. Other activities for the students over the three days included a scavenger hunt, cookery classes and a trip to the cinema.

News Update, Sept 13th, 2019

• On Tuesday we celebrated our Opening Year Mass. Thanks to Fr Dónal Toal who was the celebrant. The theme of the mass was ‘The future in our hands’.  Education is important in guiding us to be the best that we can be. Each new school year we are given the opportunity to grow. We pray that this year, the lessons we learn, the wisdom we receive and the friendships we make, shape and determine our future.

• On Friday we had ‘Wear Your Jersey to School Day’. It was a fund raising day to raise funds for O’Dwyers • GAA club in Balbriggan, who very generously allow the school to use their facilities, for which we are very grateful. In the afternoon there was a special surprise for everyone when up and coming boy band New Rules entertained the students. The band are touring at the moment and are eager to promote positive mental health amongst young people The band is managed by the team behind, One Direction, Olly Murs and 5 Seconds of Summer and we wish them every success for the future.

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• Twinning lunches continued this week between 5th and 1st year students.

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• The HSE will be in the school on Monday 16th to administer the HPV vaccine to 1st years as part of the school immunisation programme.  It is advised that the students wear a t-shirt under their school blouse on the day.  

• Important notice for 2020 first year student enrolment. All applications must be returned to the school office no later than 8pm on Wednesday 18th. To facilitate processing applications the school will be open 2-4pm and 7-8pm on this date.

• Best of luck to past pupils Carla Rowe and Oonagh Whyte playing for Dublin on Sunday in the All Ireland Final against Galway.

News update, Sept 7th, 2019

The information evening for new incoming First Years will be held on Monday 9th of September. The meeting itself starts at 7.30pm, however students are invited along with their parents for a tour of the school. The tours will commence every 5 minutes from 6pm. The information evening is for 6th class only. We cannot accommodate small children or buggies, apologies for the inconvenience.

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Our Annual school Mass will take place on Tuesday 10th of September. It is an important school event in the liturgical year.

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Thursday, September 19th
Parents’ Association AGM
7.30 pm. - School Hall
Guest Speaker : Declan Coyle Author of The Green Platform

Declan Coyle is an internationally renowned speaker on motivation and positive mental attitude.
All Welcome
Admission Free

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

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, listening and planning skills. It was a very enjoyable three days. Congratulations girls on receiving your certificates and Ember badges. 

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On Friday afternoon 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. 

The TY blessing was held in the hall on Thursday. The TY team and students look forward to a very fulfilling and rewarding year as they embark on new experiences as they begin senior cycle.

There was great excitement in the hall on Thursday morning when the TY Musical was announced. This year Loreto Balbriggan will perform ‘The Adams Family’ This will be Loreto Balbriggan’s 24th Production.

As part of the Thursday morning module a group of TY students will have the opportunity to take part in the GAA  “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme”, a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. As part of the programme pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Blitz or set up a Super Games Centre for younger students and/or support coaching of younger players in their school or community.

 A number of TY students will participate in the school link programme again this year. Each Thursday morning the girls will assist teachers in their classrooms in some of the local primary schools. The programme has been running for a number of years giving the TY students some valuable insight into our primary education system.

Sports Taster Day was held on Thursday for 1st years and on Friday for Transition Year students, to sample the many sports which are available to them during their time here. Many thanks to the Senior Sports Captains who helped out on the day. 

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News update, Aug 30th, 2019

We would like to welcome staff and students  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 full of achievement, success and above all joy. 

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 Thursday, August 24th 240 very excited students arrived for their first day of secondary school. It is a pleasure  to have the girls  with us in Loreto and we look forward to six wonderful years with them.

The school will be closed for students on Friday 30th of August to facilitate whole staff planning.  

The information evening for new incoming First Years will be held on Monday 9th of September. The meeting itself starts at 7.30pm, however students are invited along with their parents can come  for a tour of the school. The tours will commence every 5 minutes from 6pm The information evening is for 6TH class ONLY. We cannot accommodate small children or buggies, apologies for the inconvenience.

Our Annual school Mass will take place on Tuesday 10th of September. It is an important school event in the liturgical year and all students are expected to attend. 

On Thursday 19th of September we will have the AGM of our Parents’ Association The speaker on the night will be Declan Coyle author of ‘The Green Platform’ and he will talk about positive mental wellbeing with the challenges of the modern world.

 

News update, Aug 14th, 2019

Congratulations to our Leaving Certificate students who were hugely successful in their results yesterday. Three students hit over the 600 point mark with over 25%  scoring above 500 points .  There was an excellent set of results overall from a year group who worked hard over the past six years.  Almost all achieved their personal best and are well within the margins of their chosen college courses.
Pictured below with Miss Mc Donough are a large number of the students who got over 500 points and Frances Mulholland, Aoife Conroy and Kelsey Wilson, who were awarded over 600 points.
Well done to all involved.

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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