Recent News

News Update, Jan 17th, 2020

• Congratulations to all our students who took part in BTYS. Great innovation, imagination and excellent research skills were just some of the judges comments in the RDS last weekend. In particular we would like to congratulate our students who were placed in the various categories.
2nd Place Senior Chemical & Mathematical Sciences: Using chitosan to create a biodegradable antimicrobial plastic alternative to aid in the reduction of plastic waste in hospitals.
1st Place Social and Behavioural: Girls confidence in Maths and STEM careers. Robyn Bagely, Ella Markey and Ella Walsh.
3rd Place Intermediate Chemical and Mathematical Sciences:An investigation into the components of Picea Sitchensis Sap and its antibacterial properties. Jennifer Bura and Alanna Foy- Nicolleau. Jennifer and Alanna were also awarded the Science Foundation Ireland Award.
3rd Place Junior Biological &Ecological: Can chitosan reduce fungal growth in a garden herb. Abigail
O’Brien Murray, Erica O’Brien Murray and Olivia O’Shea.


• 6th year and 3rd year students have been working very hard in preparation for their mock exams
which begin on Friday 31st of January for 6th years and Monday 3rd of February for 3rd years. A
reminder that Friday 17th is the deadline for payment of mock exams. Payment can be made
through easy payments on the website.

• All TY students spent this week finalising their work experience placements which will commence
on Monday 27th January.

• Congratulations to our U16 Gaelic Football team who won their Leinster Semi Final today. A brilliant
performance from the girls.

• Well done to all the girls who competed today in the Drogheda & District Cross Country event. A
special congratulations to Grace Anderson who was 3rd in the Junior 2000m race.


• Well done to our Senior Camogie team who won their semi-final of Leinster Shield yesterday! They will now face Our Lady’s Terenure in Naomh Mearnóg today in the final- throw in at 1.30pm.

senior camogie


News Update, Jan 10th, 2020

• Congratulations to all our students who participated in the 56th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (pictured below on day one) which takes place this week in the RDS Dublin from the 8th - 11th January. The students and their projects are as follows:

  • Sinead Clarke and Eabha McLoughlin; Do some insulin pump infusion sites have a better impact on blood glucose levels or movement and confidence levels in teenagers?
  • Ella Walsh, Robyn Bagley and Ella Markey; Does self-efficacy in mathematical ability have an effect on the number of women pursuing STEM careers? (1st Prize, Social and Behavioural Science - Intermediate)
  • Zainab and Mizna Shahid; Using chitosan to create a biodegradable, antimicrobial plastic alternative to aid in the reduction of plastic waste in hospitals (2nd Prize, Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Science - Senior).
  • Sophie O'Sullivan, Grace Kodia and Hannah Cullen; Does outdoor learning improve the quality of education?
  • Abigail O'Brien Murray, Erica O'Brien Murray and Olivia O'Shea; Can chitosan prevent or reduce fungal growth in a garden herb? (3rd Prize, Biological and Ecological Science - Junior)
  • Katie Moroney, Leah Leonard and Muirne O'Connor; An analysis of the effects of natural characteristics and trash talking on the performance of an esports player.
  • Jennifer Bura and Alana Foy-Nicolleau; An investigation into the components of Picea Sitchensis and Pinus Radiata sap and their antibacterial properties. (3rd Prize, Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Science - Junior, and the Science Foundation Ireland Special Award)


• On Monday 6th year Irish students enjoyed a drama workshop in the school, based on the sraith pictiúr which form part of their Leaving Cert. oral exam. Students had a chance to participate and practice their Irish, while also seeing the sraith pictiúr brought to life in an entertaining way!


• The JPIC volunteer group have designed and produced a poster for each classroom called "Create Less Waste ". It encourages recycling and attempts to promote responsible consumption in creative and interesting ways.

jpic poster

News Update, Dec 19th, 2019

• On Thursday we held our annual Carol Service. It was an opportunity for all students get a chance to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  The theme of this years’ service was Light to Guide You Home.......... During this Christmas period, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus let us pause reflect and pray for all those in our community and across the world who through no fault of their own are not at home this Christmas.

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

Supervised Study

• Supervised study will be available to 6th, 3rd and 5th Year students on Monday Dec 30th, Tuesday Dec 31st, Thursday January 2nd and Friday January 3rd. The cost is €3 per day or part thereof. The times are as follows: 9.10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4pm.  There will be a break from 11.10 - 11.30am and from 2.45 - 3pm. We would ask that students arrive on time and leave at designated break times so as not to disrupt. 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 6th January for all years at 9.10am.

Notices for the New Year

• 2nd Year Parent/Teacher Meeting will take place on Thursday 9th January 4.15-6.45pm. All students will finish school at 3.45pm

• On Friday January 10th the school will be closed for students to facilitate staff training for the new Junior Cycle Programme

carol service

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

News Update, Dec 12th, 2019

• 3rd Year Students have now completed CBAs in Business, English, Irish and PE.

• 5th year Home Economics students visited Butlers Chocolate factory on Monday.

• Many thanks to the student council for organising the annual St. Vincent de Paul food drive on Wednesday Thank you to all who donated and joined in the festive fun by wearing their Christmas jumpers. (Pic at bottom).

• On Tuesday and Wednesday night the TY students again surpassed themselves with their wonderful creations for the Junk Kouture Fashion Show. The students will now enter their costumes to qualify for the regional heats of the competition which will be held after Christmas.


• Thirteen lucky TY students attended the City Jet Santa Flight for children from Temple St Hospital on Thursday. The students got the atmosphere going at T1 with a lively performance of Christmas songs. Children, parents and crew all joined in the singing and even some dancing! Once aboard the flight the students worked as Santa's helpers mingling with the children doing face painting, singing, chatting, telling stories and being part of the Christmas magic. Santa boarded the flight and had a chat with each family - the excitement was electric. On landing the group arrived at Santa's grotto at Platinum services for goodies, presents and photos with Santa. Both City Jet and Temple St. Hospital were extremely complimentary of our students for their excellent singing and for creating a joyous atmosphere throughout the day.

santa flight

• A group of JPIC module students travelled in to the Irish Aid office of the Dept of Foreign Affairs in Dublin where they learned about our overseas aid budget, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and our partner countries for bilateral aid. It was very enjoyable and informative including a giant game of Snakes and Ladders about Development and recycling.


• Well done to the Amber Flag Committee who sold hot chocolate on Thursday to raise awareness about the importance of positive mental health. They successfully fundraised €400 with all proceeds being donated to Jigsaw, the national centre that supports young people's mental health.

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

• Business students held their Annual Market Day on Friday. The event was opened by Luke Coffey and Paula Ianus founders of award winning “The Chia Collective” range. This year over 30 stalls exhibited their products. Once again students excelled themselves with their new and innovative ideas.

market day

• On Wednesday, after school the staff enjoyed decorating their Christmas cakes under the expert supervision of Ms. Ryan, Ms. Curley, Ms Purcell and Ms Grimes. Visitors to the school last Wednesday might have thought that an episode of the Great Irish Bake Off was being filmed in the Atrium such was the creativity and competitiveness.

bake off

• Congratulations to our past pupil, Lauren Cusack, who has been commissioned into the Irish Air Corps. Lauren is the first female Irish Air Corps pilot for 15 years, and becomes the sole commissioned female pilot serving in the organisation. Congratulations to our other past pupil Aoife Duff, First Officer with Aer Lingus and her Dad Captain Gerry Duff who co-piloted a flight together to Seattle recently.

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Food drive ...

food drive

News Update, Dec 5th, 2019

• The 6th Year students attended a Hamlet workshop on Wednesday.

• 5th Year study skills programme continued this week.

• 3rd Year student Aoibhe Hegarty contributed to the Gate production of ‘Changing Tides’. Aoibhe was working with the ‘Fighting Words’ company and wrote a monologue and a scene for the play. The play has powerful message about ending child violence. The play opened on Friday in the Gate theatre.

• On Tuesday 2nd year students Roisin McCormack, Ana Mai Whelan, Rebecca Lyons and Sophia Foley  competed in the Inter-Loreto debates. Motions included ‘This house believes that digital technology is making children’s live better’ ‘This house believes that it is better to be a teacher than a pupil’ and ‘This house would ban Christmas’ All four debaters spoke extremely well having prepared really interesting speeches, something which adjudicators noted with them at the end of the competition.


• ‘Junk Kouture’ fashion show will take place in the school hall on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th of December. Tickets available in the school.

• A number of students participated in the Inter-Loreto Swimming Gala on Monday in the National Aquatic Centre.


Ruth Barrett came 1st in the U16 Breaststroke
Emma Fagan came 2nd in the O16 Butterfly 
Lauren Bryce came 3rd in the U14 Butterfly 

• The O16 relay team came third consisting of Olivia Ennis, Emma Fagan, Ruth Barrett and Roisin Wearen came third. Loreto Balbriggan was placed 3rd overall.

• The Annual Christmas Gala Evening will take place next Thursday 12th December at 7.30pm. Tickets will be on sale at both lunchtimes €7 adult €5 Loreto students children under 12 and OAPs.

News Update, Nov 29th, 2019

• The national SciFest finals were held in Marino College on Friday 22nd. Over ten thousand students entered the competition originally and two hundred made it through the initial stages to present their projects on the day. Ella Shanahan, Willemijn Bosschaert and Eva Connolly were placed second overall out in the competition. They won the Berlin Long Night of Science Award for their project on making biodegradable fabric. As part of their prize the girls won a trip for themselves and their teacher Mr. Brian Higgins to attend the Long Night of Science in Berlin in June 2020. Eve Mathews and Katie Caffrey submitted a project on the effect of umami flavour on your sensitivity to saltiness and sweetness, which won a Science Foundation Ireland Excellence in STEM award. Congratulations to all the girls on their achievements.


• Congratulations to Aoife Conroy who was awarded an entrance scholarship to Trinity on her excellent leaving certificate results.


• On Thursday night Rachel Smyth, Marie Louise Gelera, Tami Adeleke and Eva Connolly were debating in the Alliance Française. Rachel Smyth was named ‘Best Speaker’ of the debate and was commended by the judges for her fluency and debating skills.


• 6th Year Art students enjoyed a visit to the National Art Gallery on Friday.

• Congratulations to Marianne Casey, Claire Johnson, Adriana Ciot, Nikolet Serbezova, Sophia Foley and Roisin McCormack who competed in UCD as part of the Junior Schools Debating competition on Thursday evening.

• Senior Politics and Society students had the opportunity to participate in an interesting Q&A session when Cllrs Joe O’Brien and Dean Mulligan visited the school this week.


• All Art students have been very busy this week putting the finishing touches to their ‘Junk Kouture’ costumes. The annual ’Junk Kouture’ fashion show will take place in the school on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th of December. Tickets are on sale now at lunch times in the school.

• Congratulations to the senior equestrian team who were placed 3rd, and the junior team who placed 5th in last week's Killossery inter-schools' competition! The next leg takes place on the 8th December.


Reminder that school will finish at 2.40pm on Monday 2nd and Thursday 5th to facilitate essential meetings.

News Update, Nov 22nd, 2019

• Five 5th Year students took part in the national SciFest finals on Friday in Marino College. Eve Mathews and Katie Caffrey’s submitted a project on the effect of umami flavour on your sensitivity to saltiness and sweetness, which won a Science Foundation Ireland Excellence in STEM award. Ella Shanahan, Willemijn Bosschaert and Eva Connolly were placed second overall out of the ten thousand entrants in the competition. They won the Berlin Long Night of Science Award for their project on making biodegradable fabric. As part of their prize the girls won a trip for themselves and their teacher Mr. Brian Higgins to attend the Long Night of Science in Berlin in June 2020. Well done to all on their achivements.


• Congratulations to Aoife Conroy who was awarded an entrance scholarship to Trinity on her excellent leaving certificate results.

• 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.

• 3B had the opportunity to visit and get a tour of Leinster House on Monday. Many thanks to Darragh O’Brien T.D. for his kind invitation.

leinster house trip

• 40 Art students visited IADT open day in Dun Laoghaire on Friday.

• Research has shown attending school is very important as research has shown that students are more likely to succeed academically when they attend school consistently. To highlight excellent attendance some students were randomly selected who have 100% attendance since the beginning of the school year. This is a great achievement and we believe that it should not go unnoticed. Congratulations to Aishling Rodgers 1A, Naomi Weakliam1J, Yasmin Rasheed 2B, Holly Lambert 2B, Sarah Vickers 3A, Nicole Forde 3C, Síofra Murphy 4J, Jemma Carey 5C and Victoria Porgorila 6A. We would like to highlight one sixth year student, Emily O’Sullivan 6G, who has not missed any day in the last sixth years in the school, which is a phenomenal achievement. Congratulations to 1A who were best attending class for this term.


• Last year’s Run-a-Mile champion Rachel Smyth, hands over the trophy to this year’s champion, Emma Fagan

run a mile

News Update, Nov 15th, 2019

• This week was National Science Week and our students enjoyed a host of activities throughout the week, some of which included: 5th year Chemistry students attended “ Careers in Chemistry “ talks hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry and Trinity college. Our Science Captains presented a selection of demonstration experiments around the theme of Climate Change to some 1st year classes. Two teams of 6th Year students took part in the ISTA Senior Science Quiz in Trinity College on Thursday evening. All 1st year students were given the opportunity to experience the Big Bear Planetarium on Friday. Students observed the wonders and opportunities of space travel without having to leave the school hall!


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• Congratulations ot Frances Mulholland and Alice Morgan who were awarded entrance scholarships on Thursday by UCD on the basis of their excellent Leaving Crtificate results.


• On Monday, TY Community Links students were out and about with Balbriggan Tidy Towns planting trees in an effort to combat climate change. The girls planted native trees around the town to help counteract carbon emissions. This initiative was kindly facilitated by and Coillte.

• Congratulations to Doireann Comiskey, Éabha McLoughlin, Aisling Comiskey and Niamh Ward O’Brien who all qualified for the next round of the Leinster Schools Debating Competition in UCD this week.


• 4E participated in a workshop on Wednesday designed to encourage students to think about and get involved in Action Projects for the Young Environmentalist of the Year competition. Many thanks to Kieran from Eco UNESCO who facilitated the day.

• Seven TY students attended a Trocaire Cluster meeting in Clonliffe College on Thursday. Along with five other schools they attended workshops on issues of Justice & Human Rights. Interactive games on climate change and role playing the journey of a refugee proved popular. The group tested out a new game on climate justice and oil exploration.


• Our annual Remembrance Evening took place on Tuesday evening in the hall. It was an evening of poetry, music and reflection as we remember all those who have died in our Loreto community.

• On Thursday evening Dr. Siobhan O’Higgins and Sinead McGrath from NUI Galway gave a presentation to 6th Year parents on the SMART Consent programme. Smart Consent Workshops were developed at the School of Psychology, NUI, Galway, as a response to student survey results during 2015. It allows participants to explore in a safe, peer-supported environment, what consent means in the context of human sexuality. Participants are guided through interactive, participatory exercises. This includes, at the outset, a definition of consent being produced by the group, as well as suggestions for what helps and the barriers in communicating consent; that is revisited then at the end, enabling a reworking of initial concepts. 6th year students will take part in the workshops in December. The School of Psychology is currently doing research to develop SMART Consent workshops for senior second level students.

• Well done to our second and third year debaters who competed in UCD Junior Schools Debating Competition last night. All participants debated to a very high standard and were highly commended by the judges.  Special congratulations to Roisin Mc Cormack and Sophia Foley (2nd year) who placed first in their debate.

• Congratulations to all of our students who competed in the final of ‘School Stars Performers’ in Drogheda on Wednesday night. The sign language choir won ‘Best Choir’ category, while ‘Most Creative Act’ was awarded to Unite Dance Crew.

school stars

• Well done to our Senior Gaelic team who beat Mullingar in the Leinster Championship. They will now play Ballymahon in their final group game.

senior gaelic team

• This week was Stand Up Awareness week, which promoted inclusivity in our school for LGBTI+ students. Well done to all our colorful students, in particular those with the rainbow wigs/accessories on Friday.

• Due to staff training in the school next Tuesday 19th Nov, students will have no classes.

• 3rd Year Parent Teacher meeting will take place next Thursday 21st Nov, students will finish classes at 2.40pm.

News Update, Nov 9th, 2019

• 5th year students Sawira Bibi, Louise O’Boyle, Amy Kestell, Ally Gormley and Ella Power represented the school at the Comhairle na nÓg conference on Tuesday.  The conference was organised by Fingal County Council.

• Congratulations to past pupil Ciara Daly who won a scholarship for establishing the college’s first ladies Gaelic football team, having honed her skills at Loreto and at St. Colmcille’s in Bettystown.

• Fourth Year and Second Year students were on retreat this week. Many thanks to Gerry Keegan for facilitating.


• 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.

forensics workshop

• Congratulations to Fiona Tolan, Katie Caffrey, Sarah Jane McNally who qualified for the ILGU under 18 All Ireland Junior medal final in Seapoint.  

• Venerable Mary Ward, our foundress’ vision was that ’women in time to come will do much’ and in that spirit we recently welcomed back past pupil, Rachel Collier who co-founded Young Social Innovators with Sr. Stan in 2001. Rachel, a Communications graduate, has worked with Sr. Stan for years and, with her, established Focus Point in 1985. Rachel gave an inspirational talk to 5th year students.

• Comhghairdeas le Yasmin Rasheed, Isabella Oakes agus Adriana Ciot, who successfully debated an rún: Laethanta scoile na laethanta is fearr dár saol. The team will be going ahead to the next round of Díospóireacht an Phiarsaigh.

News Update, Oct 25th, 2019

• Congratulations to Alice Coady who was awarded an entrance scholarship to Maynooth University this week on the basis of her excellent results.


• Congratulations to the seven groups who have successfully qualified to compete at the BT Young Scientist Competition next January. The girls worked very hard on their proposals and we look forward to seeing their projects on display in the RDS. The successful students are Abigail O’Brien Murray, Erica O’Brien Murray, Olivia O’Shea, Eabha McLoughlin, Sinead Clarke, Muirne O’Connor, Leah Leonard, Katie Moroney, Grace Kodia, Hannah Cullen, Sophie O’Sullivan, Mizna Shahid, Zainab Shahid, Robyn Bagley, Ella Markey, Ella Walsh, Jennifer Bura and Alana Foy-Nicolleau.

young scientists

• A number of  students competed in the Poetry Aloud Competition on Thursday in the National Library. Congratulations to 5th Year student Adesuwa Ugiagbe who is now through to the semi final.

• 5th Year students were on retreat this week. Many thanks to Sr Ann, Siobhán, Colette and Felicity for facilitating.

• On Tuesday 5th year students received awards from the central statistics office for their posters to promote statistical literacy. The award ceremony was held in the National concert hall.


• 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 and junior choirs, guest performers, trad group and in class performances.

• This week TY students organised a clothes swap during lunch time as part of their JPIC module. The clothes swap was organised to raise awareness about the fast fashion industry’s negative impact on our planet and to encourage students to shop second hand.

clothes swap

• Congratulations to our newly elected TY prefects who received their prefect badges during an assembly earlier this week.

• A group of TY students attended a photography course with Tim Durham.

• Congratulations to Ellie-May Fitzgerald on winning the Positive Pumkins competition.


• Congratulations to Fiona Tolan, Katie Caffrey and Sarah Jane McNally who qualified for the ILGU Junior Medal in golf this week.

• Well done to the Senior Basketball team who won against Ashbourne this week

• On Friday as part of our ‘School Spirit Day’ we celebrated 410 years of Loreto Education. Loreto Balbriggan is a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, founded by the Venerable Mary Ward. 'A Mary Ward school today promotes not only the traditional values in which it is rooted but also those values needed for education that is responsive and relevant to the present reality and to the future’. (cf KG pp 1&7)

News Update, Oct 18th, 2019

• On Monday, sixty 5th year students attended the Irish play ‘An Triail’ in the Axis theatre in Dublin.

• On Tuesday 6th years attended a talk in the school given by the National College of Ireland regarding courses available.

• Our 24th Annual Art Exhibition on took place Tuesday evening. Congratulations to all the artistic exhibitors. Thank you to the teachers from the ART Department and Art captains who worked extremely hard in preparation for this event. Much of the displayed work was Junior Cycle work for 2019. Yet again the results achieved by the students were well above the national average.

art exhibition

• On Monday, multinational companies Dell and Microsoft visited the school and spoke to the students regarding careers in STEM.

• French Theatre for Schools also visited the school on Monday, where they performed a play for all French students. Some students even got the chance to perform on stage with the cast.German students were not forgotten and went to see a German film.


• On Thursday a group of 5th and 6th year Business students along with their teachers headed to Barcelona. The girls visited the Borsa de Barcelona (Stock Exchange), Torres Winery, the Estrella Damm brewery and an olive oil co-operative. The group had the opportunity, while visiting the companies to engage in and understand the many stages involved in creating something from its initial idea to the finished product.

business trip

• Heather McGloughlin, Ciara Culleton,Ella Walsh, Rebecca Fischer and Sive Connell competed in the Inter Loreto Sailing Competition on Friday. Congratulations to Heather McGloughlin who came 1st in the silver fleet category. The team was placed 3rd overall.

• Well done to the senior hockey team who competed in the Loreto All Ireland Senior Hockey Championships on Friday in Loreto Foxrock.





• The school would like to thank and acknowledge Lidl for their continued support, sponsoring a new set of jerseys for our ladies Gaelic football team. They also supplied footballs, bibs, cones, water bottles and a flag.


lidl sponsorship

• Well done to the senior hockey team who competed in the Loreto All Ireland Senior Hockey Championships today in Loreto Foxrock.

• Well done to the U16 Camogie team who won against Dominican College.

• Congratulations to Unite Dance Crew, One Voice Choir and Aisling Leahy on reaching the final of the school stars competition in the TLT Drogheda on Tuesday evening. The girls will now perform in front of head judge Jake Carter in November.

danc crew

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.

Darragh O'Brien

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).


• 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. 


• 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!

french students visit

• 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. 

game changers

• 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 .

physics trip

• 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.

garda talk

• 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.

TY tripty trip

• 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.


• 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.

Evening Study 2019 Download

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

More info download

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. 


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