Recent News

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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