Recent News

News update, May 25th, 2018

1st, 2nd and 5th years began their summer exams this week.

• 3rd years will have block classes Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

• On Tuesday 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 Eugene 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 all the girls  the very best of luck in their exams.

There were three 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: Niamh Kirby Sullivan, Sarah Ryan
Senior Mary Ward Award: Melanie Fidel, Hannah O’Neill
Senior Business Award: Sarah Ryan.
Senior Science Award: Eibhlin McCarthy, Kimia Esmaeilzadeh, Diana Bura & Maria Louise Fufezan.
Senior Music Award: Ellen O Driscoll.
Outstanding Academic Achievement, 6th Year: Chloe Tap, Manny Choudhry, Maria Louise Fufezan.
Senior Sports Person: Alix Buckley, Eibhlin McCarthy, Erin Healy.
Outstanding Academic Achievement, 5th Year: Anna Sowray, Aoife Conroy, Zarmeen Gull, Kelsey Wilson, Hannah Rudden, Julia Okoye

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TY Student of the Year: Emma Dolan & Aoibha Mulhall
Outstanding Academic Achievement TY: Emily O’Sullivan, Sarah McKenna, Ailbhe Rogers, Caoimhe Davis, Rachel Durnan, Chloe Johnson
TY Sports Person Award: Amy Dowler, Nadine Patterson, Gráinne Skelton
TY Mary Ward Award: Benedicte Akemba.

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Junior Student of the Year: Sadhbh Mackey
Junior Sports Person of the Year: Tegan Gordon & Julia Szewczuk.
Junior Mary Ward Award: Molly Egan & Clodagh Finnegan.
Junior Music Student of the Year: Shauna Carroll & Caoilfhionn Ní Mhadagáin
Outstanding Academic Achievement, 3rd Year: Cleo Gallen, Hazel Austin, Willemijn Bosschaert, Zainab Shahid, Ella Shanahan.
Outstanding  Academic Achievement, 2nd Year: Ailbhe Horan, Ella McCarthy, Mizna Shahid, Doireann McCauley, Caoimhe Young, Sarah El Shamy.
Outstanding Academic Achievement, 1st Year: Marianne Casey, Katie Jones, Amy O’Connell, Hannah O’Connor, Olivia Brennan.

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Congratulations to the U14 GAA Team who beat Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, in the final of the Leinster League and are very worthy champions.

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Congratulations to Katelyn O Brien who was elected Head Girl for 2018/2019. The deputy head girls are Emma Kleiser-Byrne, Alice Morgan and Anna Sowray. We would like to wish all the girls the very best for the coming year in their new leadership roles.

 

News update, May 18th, 2018

• Second year students continued with DOTS test this week.

• Science CBAs continued this week.

 • Ms McDonough presented certificates to our 6th year Eucharistic Ministers team on Friday. The students completed a training programme last September and have distributed communion during important school masses since. They will also be involved in their Graduation Mass next Tuesday night. The Religion Team would like to thank the girls for their service and dedication over the past year.

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• Student members of the Tidy Towns Committee went to Balbriggan Train Station on Wednesday and Thursday to transform a patch of abandoned wasteland into a flourishing riot of colour. The students thoroughly enjoyed the project and are looking forward to continuing Tidy Towns work in the future.

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• The music captains, Maya Brezing, Aoife Bowers, Katie Dinsmore, Alma Grimes, Eadaoin McDonough, Ellen O’Driscoll, Katie Phelan and Anna Quinn organised a very entertaining ‘pop up’ concert on Thursday over both lunch times. The students showcased all their wonderful talent and the staff choir also performed. It was a lovely musical interlude to a very busy day.

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• 1E enjoyed a field trip to the beach as part of their geography course. They also collected plastic rubbish and disposed of it.

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• Congratulations to the U14 GAA team who beat Pormarnock on Wednesday and are now through to the Leinster Final.

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• The Senior Hockey would like to thank Country Crest for sponsoring the team’s navy sports jumpers. 

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• Congratulations to our Senior Tennis Team who finished 3rd in the Loreto All Ireland Tennis Championships. The team is also through to the Leinster League Final final on Monday.

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• Congratulations to all who participated in athletics events and training sessions.

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• Students took part in their last athletics training for the year on Monday. They participated in some novelty races, such as the “spud and spoon relay”, three legged races and bean bag toss. Best of luck to Lauren Murphy in Fifth year who will compete in the Leinster track finals in Santry on Saturday.

• The Annual Loreto Girls Golf tournament was held on Wednesday in Balbriggan Golf Club in glorious sunshine. Congratulations to Fiona Tolan who won and Emma Butterly who came second.

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News update, May 11th, 2018

• Well done to the two Junior Science students that took part in the ISTA Eureka Science Quiz at Belvedere College on Thursday Aoife Hickey, Ella Shanahan, Hazel Austin, Willemijn Bosschaert, Cleo Gallen, Clodagh Leavy and Erin Campbell.

• 6th Years sat their Life Drawing/Still Life Art exam on Tuesday.

• An Garda Síochána visited the school on Tuesday where they gave a talk to all first years classes on internet safety.

• The end of year TY interviews finished this week. The students had the opportunity to present all the fabulous work they have completed during the year. Well done to all with their wonderful impressive portfolios and for communicating their experience of the year so effectively.

• All Transition Years attended a talk on “Women in Science” given by Dr. Amanda Barry (President of the Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine) on Friday.

• 2A and 2J sat their DOTS test on Tuesday

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

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• First years enjoyed a great day of spórt agus spraoi on Thursday in brilliant sunshine. Everyone in the year participated in running, throwing and jumping events as well as novelty races such as egg and spoon, sack race and tug-o-war. An energetic day for all involved !

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• In tennis news this week, we enjoyed success in the group matches. The senior team beat Loreto Dalkey and  Mount Anville,  the minor team beat St. Conleth’s College and Sandford Park  while  the  junior team beat Kings Hospital and Mount Anville. Both the minor and junior teams are now through to through to the play offs of their respective Leinster Leagues. The senior team will represent the school in the Loreto All Ireland Championships.

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• Well done to the Under 14 Gaelic Football team who put in a fantastic performance to narrowly beat Greenhills, Drogheda in the Leinster Quarter Final on Friday. The girls were down eight points at half-time, and with a couple of injuries, things were looking ominous when Greenhills scored a further two goals at the beginning of the second half. Best of luck to the girls next week as they take on Portmarnock in the Semi-Final.

• Congratulations to Erin Healy, Jessica Kelly and Katelyn O’Brien. The three girls were part of the Dublin Minor Football panel who were crowned Leinster Champions at the weekend.

• Congratulations to past pupil Emma Harper who has been awarded the Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award of the Year 2018. Emma is at present completing her PhD in DCU. Claire O’Connell, another past pupil has been a former recipient.

• The Irish Times has a number of upcoming supplements and resources which maybe useful to students, parents and guardians. Tuesday May15th includes: CAO change of mind, STEM, teaching, legal, medical courses and PLC courses. Dr John Sharry offers advice at helping teens through exam stress in his Health and Family parenting column.

• Congratulations to  Caitlin Sweeney, Amy O’Hanlon and Sarah O’Connell  who will meet the Lord Mayor of Dublin Micheál MacDonncha  who is hosting a party, in the Mansion House,on May 11th to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Dublin All Stars Marching Band.

• Good luck to our Mock Trial students tomorrow.

 

News update, May 5th, 2018

• 2nd year students were busy completing CBA's in English and Science. They also took part in DOTS assessments.

 • 3rd year students had their ‘still life/ drawing’ art exam on Thursday which is part of their Junior Certificate.

 • 5th Years completed their Irish Orals

 • 2nd, 4th and 5th year students competed in Scifest in Dundalk IT on Wednesday. The competition was of a high standard and we are very proud of how the students presented their projects to the judges. Well done to all involved.

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 • All 2nd Year students enjoyed a day of orienteering in Ardgillen on Tuesday. The girls had lots of fun completing all the tasks and activities on the day. Thank you to all the TY sports’ committee who helped co-ordinate the event.

 • A group of 5th yr students completed their Silver Gaisce award on Thursday in Carlingford. Congratulations to everyone.

 • The Senior Choir attended the Helix for the Emmanuel Concert on Wednesday.

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• Tegan Byrne and Zara Stafford of ‘Barky Bandanas’ Junior Enterprise enjoyed a fantastic day at the National Enterprise Final in Croke Park on Wednesday. The girls have worked tirelessly since September to develop their idea into a successful business venture.’ Barky Bandanas ‘was award first place in the Junior Category at the Fingal Enterprise Competition in March. We are really proud of how the girls represented Loreto Balbriggan. Zara subsequently appeared on TV3’s Ireland Am on Thursday morning for further promote their business.

 

 • The JPIC group were active this week collecting socks and t-shirts which they are sending to Dublin Homeless Charity DCM  and a Children’s Education Project in Malawai. As the end of the school year approaches the JPIC group are proud of the work that they have done raising awareness about many issues. They look forward to continuing their good work next year. We are very proud of the group’s commitment to JPIC (below)

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 TY News

• TY interviews continued this week.

• The TY peer educators group continued their work on ‘Mental Health Awareness’. The group delivered their presentation to classes on Monday.

• 4B and 4th year Technology visited the W5 on Monday in Belfast. All the girls really enjoyed the trip.

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• A group of TY students went to Carlingford on Friday to complete their Bronze Gaisce award. Congratulations to all.

• On Friday a group of lucky TY students visited the Butler’s Chocolate Factory in Dublin.

 • Chuaigh grúpa scoláirí  ón idir bhliain go Dúnlaoighre ar an Aoine chun páirt a ghlacadh sa chúrsa ‘Moontour’. Bhain na cailíní an spraoi agus sult as an lá. Chaith na cailíní an lá ar an uisce agus ag déanamh eachtrái le chéile. On Friday a group of TY students spent a fantastic day out on the water in Dunlaoighre. The girls were taking part in the ‘Moontour’ course, run by  an outdoor pursuits company, where all activities are carried out through Irish.

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 • A wonderful event occurred this week in Lab6 when 5 chics hatched! The eggs were in the school as part of the Wolly Ward’s animal care unit project in conjunction with Ms Woodlock’s TY Biology. The new celebrities caused quite a stir and were visited by all of students and staff. The chics will now return to Wolly Ward’s Farm and when reared the chics will then be used as therapy hens in nursing homes.

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 • Congratulations to the TY fundraising committee students who raised an amazing €920 for the Irish Cancer Society on Daffodil Day. Special thanks to Emma Dolan who single handily organised the campaign in school. A representative from the Irish Cancer Society visited the school this week to receive the cheque and to give a talk on the charity’s work throughout Ireland.

 • It was a very busy week for sport in the school with various teams attending a myriad of events. Students were involved in Athletics, Camogie, Gaelic, Tag Rugby and Tennis.  

News update, Apr 27th, 2018

• Congratulations to four of our 1st Year Students who are through to the Regional Finals of the IMTA's Junior Maths Competition. Marianne Casey, Shauna Farrell, Rebecca Gough and Sinead Rogers will represent Loreto Balbriggan at the competition this Friday, 27th April, in Castleknock College. 

We wish the girls the best of luck!

 • Congratulations to our students on their Scifest success in DCU during the week. The Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award went to Chloe Johnston and Tara Kelly for their project on “Are the number of people canoeing in Irish rivers contributing to the spread of Aphanomyces astaci in the water?”. Ella Cooper and Emma Finnegan won the Maths in Science prize for their project on the Physics of Amusement Parks. The Environmental award went to Ailís Odell for her project, "Microplastics in seawater and their effect on marine organisms". Jennifer Bura, Mizna Shahid, Alana Foy-Nicolleau won the DCU Life Sciences Award for "Investigating the Effect of Silver Nanoparticles on Probiotics". Also, Mizna, Jennifer, Alana, Chloe and Tara who achieved Orders of Merit for their posters in the 2018 John Hooper Medal for Statistics poster competition. 

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• Congratulations to our TY Mock Trial team who came second overall in the National Finals which took place in the Central Criminal Courts On Saturday 21st April. The team will now progress to the final four competition to decide the overall winner. The final will take place on May 12th. We are very proud of all the students who represented the school so well in this fiercely fought competition.

• 2nd and 5th Year English students competed in the Loreto Debating competition on Thursday. The competition took place in Loreto St Stephen’s Green. Well done to all the students who competed so well, representing Loreto Balbriggan.

• 1st Year retreats continued this week. The theme was ‘Friendship’ .

• On Monday and Tuesday TY students attended a driving course. The programme included an interactive classroom session with presentations and discussions on all aspects of road safety and demonstrations and practical tips on car maintenance. The highlight was the opportunity for all students to get behind the wheel and drive on the road network at the venue. It was a very enjoyable and informative day for all.

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• On Thursday, Loreto Balbriggan hosted the Loreto athletics day in Santry stadium.  It was a wonderful event and the TY sports committee helped to run the day.  Well done to all the athletes who competed.

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• The end of year TY interviews began this week. TY students had the opportunity to present all the wonderful work they have completed and speak about all their experiences during the year. Well done to all, with their impressive portfolios and for communicating their experience of the year so effectively.

• 5th Year student leadership interviews took place this week.

• The HSC visited the school this week and administered the second HPV vaccination to all 1st years.

• Congratulations to our senior soccer team who are the Leinster U19 Champions beating Naomh Chiaráin, Clara, Co. Offaly. 5:1 was the final score. Well done to all.

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• On Friday we celebrated our annual Intercultural Day. The school was transported across the globe visiting over 42 countries. We enjoyed the food and the culture of all the participating countries culminating in a spectacular fashion show where students modelled their national dress.

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• 2A class organised a “Funky Shoe” day for 1st years  on Wednesday. They raised over €200 for Focus Ireland. Well done girls.

 

News update, Apr 20th, 2018

• This week 6th Years completed their language orals and music practicals and 3rd Years completed their Home Economics practical exams.

• Congratulations to all the second year Home Economics students who created such wonderful craft projects.

• Zara Stafford and Tegan Byrne attended the launch of the National Student Enterprise awards programme in Croke Park . The final of the competition will take place on May 2nd and the girls are busy preparing their business “Barky Bandanas”. We are very proud of their achievement and wish them all the very best of luck.

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• We wish Kate O’Driscoll the very best of luck as she represents herself and the school in the National Bebras Challenge Finals being held in Maynooth University on Saturday 21st April 2018. This is an International Computational Thinking Challenge and it is only the second year that Ireland has participated. Good luck Kate

• TY students attended a course in Gael Linn this week and also had a presentation by the Jigsaw Peer Educators “Its Time to Start Talking”.

• All TY students attended a workshop on interview preparation and building confidence on Tuesday. Caoimhe O’Grady from The Confidence Clinic facilitated the workshop. Students will be able to put all they learned into practice when their interviews begin next Monday.

• On Wednesday TYs showcased their ‘Literary Journals’ . Marks obtained will go towards their final result at the end of the year

• The 5k Colour Run was held on Thursday which was won by Kate Barrett. All the competitors really enjoyed a great fun event in glorious sunshine.

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• On Friday TY Students Niamh Richardson, Stephanie Olaiya, Grace Odunlade and Cliodhna Bowers went to the offices of Prosper Fingal to view a short film about the history of the organisitation as it marks its 40th anniversary this month. We look forward to working on some new initiatives with Prosper Fingal in the future.

• The National Finals of the Junk Kouture competition took place on Thursday night in the 3 arena. We are very proud of all our finalists who represented Loreto Balbriggan so well on the night.

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• Our Junior hockey team lost 0-1 in the North Side League final to St. Joseph's Lucan

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• Kate Barrett represented Ireland when she qualified for and competed at the UIPM U19 World Championship in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal which ran from the 8th-12th of April. The UIPM is the international union of modern pentathlon, a multi-discipline sport which consists of a combined laser-run event, swimming, fencing and horse riding. Congratulations to Kate and we wish her luck as she continues on her journey towards qualification for the Youth Olympic Games later this year.  Kate Barrett

• Our senior students have enjoyed early morning fitness sessions on the beach. A great way to start the day.

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News update, Apr 13th, 2018

Welcome back everyone to the final term!

 • This week the JPIC group celebrated the 10th anniversary of the foundation of our newest school Loreto Rumbek in South Sudan. We congratulate Sister Orla Tracey and her staff on all their wonderful work so far. In an area where secondary school education was not an option for girls the Loreto sisters have brought light and liberation to Rumbek’s  teenage girls. We wish God’s blessing on their continued good work which truly is in the spirit of Mary Ward.

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• Bhí an scrúdú béil ar siúl sa scoil i rith na seachtaine. Mhol na scrúdaitheoirí na scoláirí agus na múinteoirí as an sár obair a bhí déanta ag chuile dhuine. The oral Irish exams took place in the school this week. The examiners praised the hard work of both students and staff in preparation for the exam. Russian language students also did their oral exam this week.

• French and German orals will commence next Monday, April16th.

• 3rd Year Home Economics and Music students were very busy this week completing their practical exams for their Junior Cert Exam. All the preparation and hard work both by staff and students certainly paid off on the day.

3rd Years completed their Course Work B in Science, which is part of their Junior Certificate Exam.

2nd years completed their CBA, Business on Monday and their CBA in English on Friday.

PISA Assessment took place on Friday. Loreto Balbriggan is delighted to be one of the 157 schools who have been selected to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment.

• 3rd Years attended an assembly on Tuesday. The assembly was hosted by the Transition Year Team. The students were given information about our Transition Year Programme. The students were inspired by all the opportunities and experiences available to them during Transition Year.

• Transition years enjoyed a visit from the RSA road safety shuttle on Monday with its driving simulators and roll over simulator. The event was planned by the Road Safety Module class.

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• TYs were also busy this week auditioning for the national ‘Mock Trials’ competition in conjunction with the Public Access to Law course. The national competition will take place later in the year in the Law Courts.

• On Friday a group of TY students completed a first aid course, AED (defibrillator use)

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• Well done to the U19 Soccer Squad on their 4-1 Leinster league semi final win against Selskar College this week.

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The 5th Year students who went on the ski trip to Norway had a wonderful time. The girls were complemented on their excellent behaviour and great humour throughout the trip. All the teachers involved are very proud of the girls on how they conducted themselves and represented their school while abroad.

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News update, Mar 23rd, 2018

• Our students had a very successful day at the Fingal Student Enterprise Awards which were held on Thursday. In the Junior Category, Tegan Byrne and Zara Stafford were awarded first place with their quirky, dog bandana company, "Barky Bandanas". Second place in the same category was awarded to Isabelle Grey, Helen Byrne, Amy O’Connell and Eliza Monaghan for their innovative earphone untangler company "Untanglerz". In the Intermediate category Maeve Joyce and Ella Walsh were awarded second place for their luxurious handmade soap company, "Savon Soaps". “Barky Bandanas” will now proceed to the National Final in Croke Park in May. Congratulations to all the girls on their fantastic achievement.  

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Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Loreto Mace Debates. 4th years. Alessandra Grossariu and Emily O’Sullivan went through to the final round and were runners up. 5th years Aoife Conroy and Kate O’Kelly got through to the semi-final as did 2nd years Aisling Comiskey, Claire Liu, Éabha McLoughlin, and Sophie O’Sullivan. Well done girls.

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On Wednesday our Jigsaw Peer Educators (above) attended the launch of the “Read Your Mind” book project at Blanchardstown Library. The HSE, Jigsaw and Fingal libraries have developed this project which centres on raising Mental Health awareness. This project is aimed at supporting young people in addressing challenges. It is a wonderful resource to have available locally.

Congratulations to all the girls involved in the school production of “High School Musical”. All the hard work of the previous few months certainly paid off and was very evident in all the performances this week. It certainly was a case of “we are all in this together”.

We celebrated French week this week with lots of fun activities, including a French breakfast.

C’était la journée de la Francophonie mardi et on l,a bien fetée dans l'école. Il y avait un tas d’activités organises  pendant toute la semaine y compris le petit déjeuner pour les premieres! On s’est tres bien amuse.

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• Congratulations to the U17 soccer team who have progressed to the semi-final of their competition.

Bon Voyage to all our 5th year students who are going on the ski trip to Norway over the Easter holidays.

Today we said ‘Au Revoir’ to a very valued member of staff, Mary Wylie, who retired. Mary has looked after the staff for the past seventeen years. We will miss Mary’s cheerfulness and joie de vivre. We would like to wish Mary a very happy retirement and all the very best for the future which we know will be full of fun and adventure.

Today was Daffodil Day, the annual coffee morning in the staff room was held and also TY students held collections during the TY musical to raise much needed funds for this worthy cause. The total raised so far is €740.00.

Some wonderful talent was on display today during the first year talent show (below). It was a delight to see such fabulous acts. The winner was Katie Tancock. Well done everyone.

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• The school will close today for the Easter holidays and will reopen on Monday 9th April @ 9.10am.

• We would like to wish you all a happy Easter.

 

News update, Mar 16th, 2018

• Congratulations to Robert Bell who presented the results of a project entitled "Can we try eliminating human error in recycling?” He and his group "e-Trash" had been working on the project over many Saturdays as part of the Trinity Walton Club in Trinity College Dublin. Trinity Walton Club is a STEM project for secondary school students run by the School of Physics in Trinity College Dublin on Saturdays.

• This week we celebrated “Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí a lán eachtraí ar siúl i rith na seachtaine. Lots  of fun activities were organised and there was plenty of “ceol agus craic”. Many students took part in the bake off and Rithika Gill was deemed the winner. Maith thú Rithika.

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• Congratulations to the Jigsaw Peer Educators who received their certificates of participation in the “It’s time to start talking" training programme. The students will deliver a presentation based on raising the awareness of mental health to their peers over the coming weeks.

• Well done to our 5th Year Students and their teachers who had a great day last Saturday working together to complete the Run-A-Muck  challenge.

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• On Thursday, 24 TY students assisted our local Balbriggan Tidy Towns committee and spent their day preparing some areas at the train station for flower planting as well as picking up the litter throughout the town. The volunteers were full of energy and enthusiasm and really made a difference to our local area. Well done girls and watch this website for more initiatives from the teams in the coming weeks.

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• It was a very busy week for our hockey teams. Four of our hockey teams played in the North Side league this Wednesday in Trinity sports grounds in torrential conditions. Our Minor Bs and Senior As won gold and the Senior Bs and First year team won silver medals. It was a fantastic achievement for all teams to get into the final, long may this success continue.

The senior A team played in the Leinster final on Thursday in Three Rock Rovers. It was a thrilling encounter against Sutton Park. The girls went 2-0 down in the first half but came back in the second half with 5 minutes to go to equalise with two magical goals. It was a thrilling spectacle and shows the girls appetite to win. 2-2 was the final score. The game went to penalties and yet another 2-2 draw.  Nothing was separating the sides and the game continued to sudden death penalties. 1-1 in the first round, the game finished with 1-0 in the last sudden death with our goal crossing the line a millisecond too late. Congratulations to our entire Senior A hockey panel, all 20 players. It was a fantastic achievement to get to a Leinster final as it was 14 years ago since the school has progressed to this stage. All the coaches are extremely proud of the girls and couldn't have asked for more of them throughout the year. We will now compete in Leinster 1A next year, a promotion we all welcome and will look forward to the challenge.

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• The Class of 1998 will hold their reunion on Friday 28th September 2018 in the Bracken Court Hotel. Tickets will be approx. €20. Further details will follow.

• Congratulations to Kate O’Kelly, Aoife Conroy, Allesandra Grosariu and Emily O’Sullivan who have made it through to the finals of the Mace Debates final next Thursday, 22nd March in Loreto Navan.

• Congratulations to the Water Polo Team who came second  in their event.

• Congratulations to third year student Sorcha Murphy has been named Junior Girls Captain of Balbriggan Golf Club.

• We would like to wish all the best to our TY students as they take to the stage next week with their fabulous production of High School Musical.

• Reminder that the school will be closed next Monday 19th March and will reopen Tuesday 20th at the usual time.

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• Lá Féile Phaidraig Dhaoibh Go Léir.

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News update, Mar 9th, 2018

• A reminder that the entrance test for incoming first years 2018 will take place on Saturday 10th March 9am-1pm.

• Congratulations to Jaia Kavanagh in third year on her great success at the PExpo in DCU.  The exhibition encourages second level students to demonstrate their knowledge of sport. Jaia’s project was in the sports psychology section called “ The effect of positive reinforcement on performance in sport”. Jaia came home with three awards, the Junior Peer Award, Junior Category Award and overall Junior winner of the PExpo. We are very proud of Jaia’s fantastic achievement.

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• Congratulations to all students on their performances in the Kouture semi-finals in The Helix. Well done to 3 of our costumes on reaching the Final : “ Tyred “  “Angel of the Night” “ "The Dutchess". We wish the finalists the very best of luck in the final which will take place in the Three Arena on the 19th April.

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• On Thursday five TY students attended the Foróige Youth Committee Cross Generation event. The project involved inviting members of the younger and older generations from the local Balbriggan community to gather together and share their views and stories of their lives. The students really enjoyed the morning which gave them an insight into what life was like in the past as well as informing them of challenges that older generations face today.

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• All third year students had 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.

• Day 2 of Ms. Woodlock’s animal care course with Wooly Ward’s Farm this week saw time for the larger animals.

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• This week we celebrated International Women’s Day, a day which drew attention to women’s rights. The students were encouraged to reflect and think about women who have inspired them in their lives. Mary Ward, Malalla, Béyonce, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parkes, Ellen de Generes and Katie Taylor were among the inspirational names who made the list. The JPIC group celebrated International women’s day by creating a graffiti poster of women role models.

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• Congratulations to the Minor (1st year) basketball team who won their quarter final on Thursday against Loreto Dalkey in the Leinster League.They now progress onto the semi-final next week against Alexandria College, best of luck girls!

• Well done to our Soccer squads on their hard fought wins this week.

• The U19's progressed to the Leinster Semi Final with a win over Dominican College. A solid all round team performance with the stand out player being hat trick hero Aimee Dowler who is on a mission to retain the Loreto Balbriggan Golden Boot Award.  A fine strike from Alex Tyrell secured our 4-0 victory.

• This week was a very successful week for many of our Hockey teams. Our 1st Year beginner teams made the play off for the hockey north side league. Our Senior A, Senior B and Minor B teams all made it to the north side league trial next Wednesday. The Leinster Senior A semi final will take place in Wolstans Community College next Monday 12th.

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• The U17 team also progressed to the Leinster Quarter Final this week with a tense victory over St. Peter's Dunboyne. The final score of 3-0 does not represent the concentration, grit and sheer effort the eleven girls put in to see themselves though to the next round to meet either GC na Mara or Colaite Chiarain. The best of luck to both teams.

• The Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) for 2nd Year Business students will take place from Monday 12th March - Friday 20th April. Attendance is very important during this period.

• Rehearsals for the upcoming TY musical “High School Musical” were in full swing this week. The girls have been working very hard and everyone is looking forward to the show on March 20-23rd. Tickets are on sale each day during lunchtime.  €7 Adult - €5 Child/Student - €20 Family of 4

 

News update, Feb 24th, 2018

• Táimid go léir an-bhródúil as an bhfoireann  díospóreachta a ghlac páirt i gcraobh Laighin inné i bhFóras na Gaeilge.  We are all very proud of our Irish debating team who took part in the Leinster Final on Thursday in Fóras na Gaeilge. The girls were praised by all the judges for their very high standard of debating and caighdeán ard Gaeilige.  The girls were narrowly beaten by Sandford Park School. Maith sibh a chailíní.

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• Huge congratulations to the Elite Dance Group who won “Best Dance Group” at the School Stars Show judged by Louis Walsh in the TLT Drogheda

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• As a result of their meeting  at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, entrants Ella Cooper, Emma Finnegen, Ella May and Niamh Richardson were invited by TD Darragh O’Brien to a tour of Leinster House last Wednesday.

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• The TYs returned to school this week after three weeks work experience. The experience enabled the girls to develop new skills, grow in maturity and has given them a taste of the working world. They received glowing reports from their employers and the school would like to express our thanks and appreciation to the employers in the local and wider community for facilitating all the girls.

• Seven TY students are assisting the charity Third Age with its’ Digital Skills Programme this week in Balbriggan Library. The programme aims to provide people in the local community who have never used the Internet with the confidence, motivation and skills to reap the benefits of participating in today’s digital world. We wish all participants well, over the next five weeks.

• The 4E form class took part in a ‘Fashion Focus’ workshop on Wednesday morning facilitated by Eco-UNESCO. They engaged in activities which discussed and challenged their ideas on fashion, the ‘fashion life cycle’ and the environmental impact of the textile industry. They finished off the workshop by learning some upcycling skills. The students made some throw bags from old t-shirts and also created some other new fashion items from old shirts and t-shirts they had in their wardrobe.

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• 4A  attended a workshop given by Mr. Gerard O’Shea of Develop Me. 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.

• The JPIC group attended a presentation and workshop on homelessness today. Mary Kilgarriff from the Dublin Central Mission in Abbey St. , Dublin , gave the group an inspiring insight into the life of rough sleepers , the limitations of services available  and the causes of homelessness. The group also packed toiletry bags for homeless girls and women and presented the charity with 200 euro they had raised and supplies of sanitary ware that they had collected over the past weeks. The workshop was hugely informative and motivating and it has inspired the students to maintain links with the homeless charity and continue to work towards understanding & changing the homeless crisis.

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• Chuaigh scoláirí ón idir bhliain go Gael Linn an seachtain seo. Ghlac said páirt in imeachtaí eagsúla. Bhian siad ard taitneamh as an gcúrsa. TY students attended  Gael Linn this week where they took part in a lot of activities all through Irish. They really enjoyed the week.

• High School Musical tickets are on sale each day during lunchtimes.  €7 Adult - €5 Child/Student - €20 Family of 4

• Ms. Woodlock’s TY Biology class attended day 1 of “Wooly Ward’s Farm animal care course.

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• Each of the first year groups visited Newgrange this week as part of their History course.

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• The Parents Association would like to thank all who contributed to the Clothes Recycling Drive. It was a huge success with a total of €1325.00 raised. The school can now purchase 3 Visualisers which will greatly enhance the students’  learning.

 

News update, Feb 10th, 2018

• Well done to all students who sat their Mock exams over the past two weeks.

• There was great excitement this week amongst our first years who had the opportunity to visit the Harry Potter Studios in London and the Roman Theatre and Museum in St. Albans.  Everybody had a great time and their exemplary behaviour was commented on by members of the public (Pics below)

• Congratulations to the school equestrian team who finished in 2nd place in the Killossery Interschools' league final. A big thank you also to ”White's Agri” in Lusk who sponsored the girls' beautiful jackets and to all members of the team whose dedication and commitment has paid off.

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• Congratulations to all twelve teams from the school that reached the semi finals of the Junk Kouture competition.

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We are the only school in the country with such a huge number of costumes in the semi finals! The students have learned a lot while making their costumes. Teamwork, problem solving and creativity were all very necessary components of a successful working group.

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Commiserations to the teams that didn't get through, let's all try our best to send one more Loreto team to the semis by voting on the Junk Kouture website for the wildcard entry.

• Best of luck again to Elite Dance Crew who will be taking part in the Final of School Stars 2018. The girls qualified in the top six acts in their heat and will now be judged by Louis Walsh on Wednesday 21st February in the TLT Drogheda.

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• Congratulations to Sophie Callender, Aoife Gleeson, Roisin Smyth and Rachel Smyth  who represented Loreto Balbriggan in the Leinster Schools’ Lifesaving Championships. Best of luck to Sophie who will be competing in the Speed Lifesaving Competition in Glasgow next month with members of her club. 

• Commiserations to our Junior Camogie Teamon on their defeat against Naomh Cormac in the All Ireland quarter final last Sunday . We are all very proud of your valiant efforts.

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• 5th Year Parent Teacher Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 20th, 4.15-6.45pm.

• Reminder that the school is closed for midterm break from 4pm Friday 9th to Monday 19th. We hope that everybody enjoys their well earned rest and school will reopen on Monday 19th at 9.10am.

 

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News update, Feb 3rd, 2018

 • Congratulation to the Principal, staff and students of our sister school in South Sudan, Loreto Rumbek.  The school, under the careful watch of the Principal Sr. Orla Tracey has gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years. Sr Orla’s fabulous work was recently reported on the Today Show with Maura and Dáithí, and the Irish Times. Clink on this link for more details.

• On Monday some of our TY and 5th year students travelled to the RDS to attend the I WISH (Inspiring Women in STEM) conference. Here they listened to inspirational women who have forged careers in science and technology. To end the day they had the opportunity to visit exhibits from Trinity College Dublin, DCU and companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Google and Amgen.

• Kate Barrett accepted an award for Excellence in Junior Certificate Business Studies from Maynooth University on Tuesday evening last. Kate along with Aisling Allen, Olivia Cody, Ella May, Ailbhe Rogers, Ella Cooper and Emily O’Sullivan were acknowledged for their excellence.

• We wish all the first year students going on the Harry Potter trip a safe and happy journey.

• Junior and Leaving Certificate students had a busy week as the Mock Examinations began. A lot of hard work and study for all. Mock Exams will continue and finish next Friday.

• Work Experience continued this week for our Transition Year students and staff visited some of the students in their work places to see how they were getting on.

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• Our U16 Camogie Team are playing in the All Ireland quarter final this Sunday against Kilcormack, Offaly or Schoil Mhuire, Trim which will be decided tomorrow. Supporters’ bus will leave the school at 11.00am on Sunday morning. It would be great to see plenty of supporters on the day to come out and shout for our team. We are very proud of the team who have shown great commitment.

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Sports News

Hockey: First years won 1-0 against Mount Temple and Drew 0-0 against St. Dominic’s Cabra. Second Years won 2-0 against St. Marys Glasnevin on Friday. Second years also lost 3-2 against Mount Anville and lost 2-1 against Mount Temple. A date for the diary - our Senior A Leinster quarter final is 22/02/18.

Our Equestrian Team are through to the final next Sunday and are at the moment joint first with Belvedere College and Loreto St. Stephen’s Green. Good luck girls.

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News update, Jan 27th, 2018

• This week we celebrated the birth of our foundress Mary Ward, a remarkable woman who pioneered the higher education of catholic women. During her lifetime she established schools all over Europe. At the present day, her Institute is spread over the five continents. Loreto Balbriggan was established in 1857. On the 19th December, 2009, His Holiness Benedict XVI formally conferred the title “Venerable” on Mary Ward for all her heroic work. This week we celebrated  Mary Ward week. The sacred space focused on Mary Ward’s value of joy and the students were able to reflect on what brings joy to their lives.

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Teachers brought their classes to the sacred space to reflect on Mary Ward’s values.  Themed assemblies were held to acknowledge her influence in our school and in our lives.

• This week the whole school embraced ‘Healthy Living Week’ . Our Healthy Living week co-ordinators are pictured below

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On Monday we welcomed Adrienne Foley, Oral Health Promoter with the HSE. She ran an excellent workshop with a first , second  and fifth year class group.

On Tuesday Edel Mc Namara, Community Dietitican from the HSE spoke to all fifth years about nutrition and healthy eating.

Sinead Shanley and Laura Hickey from the Irish Heart Foundation worked with a first and second year class group helping the students to discover more about the Food Pyramid.

First year students got very competitive on Wednesday with some healthy living styled activities including the ‘Weetabix Challenge’ !  1J were crowned winners.

Each day this week students are going back to their early years by playing school yard games during their lunchtimes.

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• Ms. White’s and Ms. Jacob's 2nd Year English class enjoyed a fantastic two hour creative writing workshop on Thursday, 17th January. The girls worked  with the team from the renowned ‘ Fighting Words’, founded by the well known writer Roddy Doyle. The girls created wonderful stories on the day, surprising themselves with the emergence of their imaginative and creative flair. The students developed their skills in team work, oral expression and narrative expression in a fun, inclusive and welcoming environment. We may just have unearthed some budding novelists of the future.

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Sports News

• Congratulations to our Junior Camogie team who won the Leinster Final today against St.Colmcille’s, Ballyboden. The girls won by 3 points in a very tight match. They are now through to the All-Ireland semi-finals.

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• We are very proud of our Senior Gaelic  team who were beaten in the semi final of the Leinster League on Wednesday. Unfortunately our Senior B Hockey team lost to Muckross in a very hard fought game. The second year basketball team also lost their match against Loreto Bray.

• This week’s senior morning fitness had a record attendance. A great workout was had ahead of our healthy living week. The fifth year students involved are training for the 'run and muck' challenge.

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• Congratulations to Elite Dance Crew who have qualified for the Final of School Stars 2018. The girls received the judge’s vote and qualified as one of the top 6 acts. They will perform again on 21st February in the TLT Drogheda and will be judged by Louis Walsh.

 

News update, Jan 19th, 2018

• Congratulations to all the students who took part in the BT Young Scientist Competition in the RDS last weekend. Our fourth years Ella Cooper and Emma Finnegan were highly commended for the program they designed to use real time physics readings from rides in Tayto park to interact with the Junior and Senior Cycle physics course. They were also highly praised and offered funding to take the project further with funds for women in Physics. The second years Mizna Shahid, Jennifer Bura and Alana Foy-Nicolleau were also highly commended at the competition. All the students from Loreto Balbriggan were praised for the high standard of their work and their presentation to the judges. Well done girls.

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• Well done to the junior Irish debating team who successfully progressed to the regional final of the Gael Linn Irish debates this week. Comhghairdeas  agus maith sibh a chailíní! We are very proud of you all.

• The JPIC group hosted a Fair Trade coffee morning for Sixth Years on Wednesday, to promote awareness of farmers who are often exploited in the developing world. These farmers produce tea, coffee and cocoa. Fair Trade guarantees fair wages and essential safe working conditions for all.

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• In Science club this week the students explored a non-Newtonian fluid called Oobleck that could be hit with a hammer but flows like a liquid when picked up slowly. Just mix cornflour with water until a smooth paste is formed and get stuck in!

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• From Monday 22nd of January-Friday 9th of February all TY students are going out for their three weeks work experience. The girls have secured work placements in various companies, schools and organisations. We wish them well as they embark on this very exciting part of fourth year.

• The Parents Association would like to everyone who contributed to the clothes drive. The response was fantastic and helped raise much needed funds for the school. We will find out how much money was raised in the coming weeks .

• Past pupil, Erika O’Neill returned to Loreto for a Skin and Makeup demo for Ms. Briscoe’s TY module. She was joined on the day by her colleague Fiona from Monica Tolan Beauty Salon. A great afternoon was had by all. 

• As part of developing a deeper awareness and cultural appreciation for cinema as an art form, the first ever TY Film Studies ‘Oscar Week’ took place on January 15th. 2018.

Many different events took place throughout the school week and included the following:

A 10 minute a capella ‘riff-off’ inspired from the film ‘Pitch Perfect’.

Piano performances and a choral piece inspired from a variety of musicals, pop up student acting of ‘Famous Film Moments’.

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A whole-school competition on writing the ‘Best Oscar Speech’  The week was a resounding success and will hopefully inspire a new generation of enthusiastic TY Film students.  

• Congratulations to Elite Dance Crew who have qualified for the Semi Final of School Stars in the TLT. The girls will perform next Thursday, tickets available from Ms. Ryan at a cost of €15 per ticket. Best of Luck in the next round.

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• The U 17 Soccer team had very convincing win in the Leinster League this week and hope to progress to the next round.

• Senior B Hockey and the Junior Hockey teams unfortunately lost their games this week.  Our Basketball team lost to Loreto Dalkey.

• Senior students have been enjoying morning fitness classes before school this week with Ms. Moore.

• Healthy Eating Week commences next Monday we would advise all students to make a conscious effort to choose a healthier option next week.

• Reminder mock exam fees can now be paid online or by cheque/postal; €90 Leaving Cert, €95 Junior Cert.

News update, Jan 12th, 2018

• We are very proud of all the students who got through to the finals of the BT Young Scientist Competition in the RDS this week. The girls, along with their teachers have worked extremely hard in preparation for the competition. We would like to wish Ailís Odell, Adriana Armstrong, Ella Cooper, Emma Finnegan, Delia Istoc, Anna Moroz, Niamh Richardson, Sadhbh Culleton, Ella May, Chloe Johnson, Tara Kelly, Mizna Shahid and Jennifer Bura  all the very best of luck with their projects. 

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All the first Years and 50 fourth years travelled to the RDS to give our competitors plenty of support and a great day was had by all.

The 4th Years have been very busy this week, preparing to go out on work experience from Monday 22nd January to Friday 9th February. All students attended an assembly on Thursday, where they received their work experience journal.

• Thursday and Friday of this week TY students had the opportunity to attend a photography workshop given by professional photographer Tim Durham.

• Monday 15th all students will attend the TY Assembly Showcase of their work from Module 2 in the Hall.

• Friday 19th DATS tests for all TY students will take place from 9.10-1.20pm. It is very important that all students attend.

• Congratulations to the Senior Gaelic team who successfully beat Dunshaughlin 3:5 to 2:4 and are now through to the Semi Final of the Leinster Championship.

• The Senior B hockey team beat Castleknock 3-1 and the First Year hockey team beat Castleknock  2-0 in the North Dublin League. Unfortunately the Junior Hockey team lost against Lucan. Well done to players for their continuing commitment.

• Reminder from the Parent’s Association the Library will be open Saturday 13th, 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. and Monday 15th, 9.10 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. to facilitate the clothing recycling drive in aid of the school. Please donate all your clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, belts and bags. All items are to be placed in black plastic sacks. Unfortunately we cannot accept mobile phones, dirty or wet clothing, laptops, mats, duvets, pillows, carpets or books. Collection of items will be on Tuesday 16th @ 11.00am. Thank you for your continuing support.

 

News update, Dec 22nd, 2017

• All Third Year students completed their CBA assessment on Tuesday. The assessment is important as it is worth 10% towards the students’ final result.

Supervised study will be available to 6th and 3rd Year students from January 2nd. The cost is €3 per day, or part thereof. The times are as follows: 9.15am -1pm and 2pm-4pm. Students in the past have found this to be of great benefit and we would encourage the girls to participate.

• On Thursday we had our annual Carol Service. The theme this year was ‘Be the Guiding Light’. The aim was to focus on how we, as a community can be a guiding light for others in their time of need.

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• Best wishes to our Business and Maths teacher, Ms. Eadaoin McGuinness, who is in contention for the Fingal Sports Star of the Year Award. You can vote for Ms. McGuinness by clicking here.

• On Monday, some of our 6th year students went Christmas Carolling, with the organisation "Hope for the Homeless", at the GPO.  The girls wanted to bring a little bit of Christmas cheer into the lives of those who are homeless this Christmas.

• Well done to Katie Birney in 1st year who won the Christmas Cookie Challenge in Ms Doyle’s Home Economics class. Well done to all who participated.

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

• Notice from the Parents’ Association: The will be a clothing recycling drive in aid of the school after Christmas. Please donate all your clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, belts and bags. All items are to be placed in black plastic sacks. The Library will be open From Monday 8th- Friday 12th January, 9am -10.30am and 9am-5pm Saturday 13th January. Unfortunately we cannot accept mobile phones, dirty or wet clothing, laptops, mats, duvets, pillows, carpets or books. Thank you for your continuing support.

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• This week we were all transported back in time as we celebrated History week. Loreto Balbriggan was established in1857. We all enjoyed the many photographs chronicling the school’s 160 years of excellence. As part of our celebration retired members of staff were invited to the carol service followed by lunch and an exhibition of memorabilia.

• Congratulations to our Mental Well Being captains for all their hard work and dedication so far this year. The mental well being area in Gracefield house has been a great success and support to all.

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• Since September the Student Council have been meeting regularly every Wednesday.  Activities have included, the annual St. Vincent DePaul food drive, the best “Christmas Jumper” competition.  Currently they are planning a healthy eating week.  Please leave your suggestions in the box provided in the foyer.

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

• School reopens after Christmas on Monday 8th January for all years at 9.10am

News update, Dec 16th, 2017

• Reminder: Students will complete their JC English Assessment Task next Tuesday, 19th Dec. All students must be present as it is worth 10% of final result.

• Congratulations to the 2nd Year Irish Debating Team who won the second round of the Gael Linn Irish school debates. Maith sibh, a chailíní.

• 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 worthwhile event. The spirit of Christmas is well and truly alive in Loreto Balbriggan.

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• 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 go forward to the National Junk Kouture Competition. We wish everyone involved  the best of luck going forward.

• The Business students held their Annual Market Day on Friday. This year over 30 stalls exhibited their products. Once again students excelled themselves with their new and innovative ideas. Senior Cycle Business students were also treated to an enthralling presentation from budding Irish entrepreneur Caolan Cullen of Arctic Stone, Ireland’s first rolled ice-cream company.

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• On Friday a group of Transition Year students went on the City Jet Santa Flight. On board the girls entertained a very special group of passengers from Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Fun and games were had by all and the excitement rose to fever pitch when they all met Santa at 30,000 feet.

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• The hall was again alive with the sound of music on Thursday night when students, staff and parents enjoyed the Christmas Ceol Loreto Gig. How lucky we are to have such wonderful talent in our school!

• Congratulations to Lauryn Flynn 4G, who was presented with a Balbriggan Town Council Award for her mural at Balbriggan Beach Seabanks as part of the Balbriggan Tidy Towns Initiative.

• Well done to our Senior 1 hockey team who won against St. Raphaels Stillorgan. They are still unbeaten and progress now to the next stage or the Leinster League.

• Congratulations to Eadaoin McGuinness staff member and past pupil who has been selected onto the GAA Senior Club All Stars for 2017.

• Well done to the students who participated in the after school Christmas cake decorating classes each week since the beginning of November. It was wonderful to see such creativity.

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• Visitors to the school last Wednesday might have thought that an episode of the Great Irish Bake Off was being filmed in the Atrium. After school the staff enjoyed decorating their Christmas cakes under the expert supervision of Ms. Ryan, Ms. Doyle and Ms. Purcell. Creativity and competitiveness were very much apparent! Congratulations to Ms. M. White who was deemed the overall winner.

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News update, Dec 6th, 2017

• DCU Academic Scholarship Awards  2017: Congratulations to Niamh Green and  Áine McKeown who were  recognised for their high achievements in their  Leaving Cert results at a ceremony in DCU last Wednesday.

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• On Monday 4th the teachers participated in an all day workshop.  It was a very successful day in  which the staff engaged in continual professional development in preparation for the implementation of the new Junior Cycle Programme.    

• 5th Year Irish students attended a production of “An Triail” in the Axis Theatre in Ballymun.  “An Triail” is part of the Leaving Certificate course. The girls found this production very entertaining and interesting .       

• The Fifth year JPIC group (below) celebrated Worlds Aids Day by visting fifth year classes and raising awareness about the impact of HIV Aids particularly on the poorest communities of the world. They painted the red ribbon symbol on faces and hands to help combat prejudice & promote a spirit of justice & compassion for those affected by HIV.

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• 3rd Year English students enjoyed a fantastic trip to London/Stratford-upon-Avon last weekend. It was an action packed few days with visits to The Globe Theatre, The Imperial War Museum and a walking tour of Oxford. On Saturday the girls visited Shakespeare’s house and Anne Hathaway’s cottage. On Saturday evening the girls enjoyed the RSC production of “A Christmas Carol”        

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• Chuaigh scoláirí ón idir bhliain  go Gael Linn an seachtain seo. Ghlac said páirt in imeachtaí eagsúla. Bhain siad ard taitneamh as an gcúrsa.       

• The annual Christmas “Ceol Loreto Gig” will take place on Thursday 14th December commencing at  7.30pm. Tickets for this ever popular show sell out fast and will be available from the school at lunchtimes in the foyer.

• There were strange and wonderful creations floating about the hall this week. The reason being that fourth year students were rehearsing for the Junk Kouture fashion show that will take place on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th. Tickets will available next week.

• In our sports news this week the Minor Camogie team had a great win against Loreto Swords. Our Basketball Senior team lost to Setanta in the East Regional semi final. 1st and 2nd year teams won their first matches of the year. In Soccer our 2nd year team had a great 3-0 win against Lusk Community College today. Well done to all.

• Next Wednesday the school is having its Annual St. Vincent de Paul Christmas food appeal. Please bring any non perishable food items to the school Hall @ 9.10am. Students may wear their Christmas jumpers on the day.

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News update, Dec 1st, 2017

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

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• On Thursday and Friday TY students volunteered to bag pack in Super Valu, fund raising for Balbriggan Tidy Towns.

• On Tuesday students participated in the annual “Public Access to Law” course. This programme gives a unique insight into law as seen through the eyes of a practising barrister and also provides them with a platform to develop their research and presentation skills. We would like to thank to Ms. Mary Bunyan B.L. who facilitated on the day.

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• Our Annual Mental Well Being Breakfast was held on Friday. Funds raised will go to Jigsaw Balbriggan who offers support services to young people. Many thanks to the Mental Wellbeing Captains and Senior Prefects for organising a wonderful event.

• Today a group of Art students enjoyed a trip to National Art Gallery and the National History Museum.

• JPIC students from TY and 5th year participated in workshops in Clonliffe college on Climate Justice with other Dublin schools. The day was facilitated by Trócaire and raised awareness about the urgency of action to halt climate change which most adversely affects extremely vulnerable communities of the world.  

• The Christmas season started in earnest this Friday when two Christmas trees were delivered to the school. A big thank you to Mr. John McLoughlin who kindly donated the tree in the Atrium. Many thanks to some of the TY students and 6th Years who enjoyed decorating the school.

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• We were delighted to welcome members of the All-Ireland winning Dublin Ladies’ Gaelic Football team to the school this week with the Brendan Martin trophy. We are particularly proud of our past pupils Carla Rowe and Aoife Curran who are members of the squad.

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• On Wednesday TY hockey students participated in an umpiring course.

• Hard luck to our under 16 Gaelic Football team who put in a fantastic performance on Thursday against Mercy, Navan in their championship.  The girls played with determination and showed great character throughout. They were very unlucky to lose the game with the last kick of the ball. Well done on a great performance.

• 1st Year Parent Teacher Meeting takes place next Tuesday 5th from 3.15 to 6.45pm

Reminder: The school will be closed to students, on Monday 4th December for staff development and training and also Thursday and Friday 7th/8th December as per school calendar. Click on this link for details.

News update, Nov 24th, 2017

• On Tuesday guest speaker Nurse Adrienne McCleery spoke to all the Transition Year students on “Breast Health your Wealth”, a programme aimed at TY students. The aim of the talk was to educate young women on the importance of breast health. Students were advised how to check for symptoms and to use the new app launched by the programme. It was a very important and informative talk.

• The fifth year JPIC group celebrated International Children's Day on 20th November. After raising awareness of those children in the world who are denied both an education and a childhood, they gathered fifth year students together to play children's games to celebrate and remember their own childhood. The students had great fun with old fashioned games such as hopscotch, skipping, statues and penalty shoot out!

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• Congratulations to Julie O’Connor who was recognised at Trinity’s Entrance Scholars Awards for her high achievement in her Leaving Certificate. joc

• Many thanks to hurling legend Tommy Walsh and fellow All-Ireland winner Grace Walsh who came to do a training session and passed on valuable advice to the school Camogie team. 

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• Science Club News:The girls have been competing in engineering challenges. The first challenge was to build the highest tower using only maltesers, straws and cellotape. The second was to build a craft from aluminium foil, the challenge being, to see which design would hold the most objects before sinking.

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• On Monday and Tuesday, over 120 junior and senior music students made their way to the National Concert Hall in Dublin. The girls enjoyed a concert of their set works and a variety of other orchestral treats performed by the wonderful National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. A wonderful day was had by all.

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• Congratulations to the following 2nd year students: Aisling Comiskey, Claire Liu, Éabha McLoughlin and Sophie O'Sullivan who participated in the Inter-Loreto Mace debates in Loreto Crumlin on Monday, 20th November. The girls spoke wonderfully in all three of their debates and have qualified for the final rounds of the competition.

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• There was a quieter atmosphere around the school this week as the students focused on their Christmas exams.

Sports News

• The Senior 1 hockey team remain undefeated and are now leading their Lenister 1 group.

• The Senior 2 hockey team have been very unlucky and have narrowly lost two games. We feel a more successful second half of the league is in store for these committed players.

• The first and second year hockey teams have begun their league campaigns.

• The transition years have registered to complete their Leinster umpiring course with fellow Loreto schools and we look forward to having their expertise on board.

• The 1st year Gaelic Teams competed in the Loreto Blitz. Well done to all the girls who performed very well on the day.

• Hard luck to the under 16 Gaelic team who played against Clontarf on Monday. The girls have one group game remaining, which will take place next Thursday against Navan. Best of luck girls.

• Congratulations to Lara Maritz who won the All Ireland Female Cricket Academy Player of the Year. Lara has travelled to Dubai and South Africa with the Ireland women’s squad.

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In Remembrance

We wish to acknowledge the passing of our much loved former Deputy Principal, teacher, colleague and friend, Mr. Stephen Cullen.

Stephen Cullen worked in Loreto, Balbriggan from 1971 to 2009. He served as Deputy Principal for the last 17 years of his time here.

He is fondly remembered by the school community, his many past pupils and all who knew him.

Eternal rest grant unto his soul, O Lord. May he rest in eternal peace.

Funeral arrangements as follows:

  • Reposing at McNally's Funeral Home, Balbriggan on Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Removal on Wednesday morning to S.S. Peter & Paul's Church, Balbriggan arriving for Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. – followed by burial in Flemington Cemetery.

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Tomorrow's arrangements for Transition Year students are detailed here download

 

News update, Nov 17th, 2017

• UCD Entrance Scholars 2017:  Congratulations to Cara Devlin, Khadija Gull, Sarah Kearney and Tess O’Neill who were recognised at UCD’s Entrance Scholars Awards for their high achievements in Leaving Cert points.

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• Science Week: This week was Science Week and our students enjoyed a host of events throughout the week.

  • Monday: Mr Daly and Ms Gillen's 2nd Year Science classes visited DIT for a talk on nutrition titled 'Eating Smart'.
  • Tuesday: Ms Gillen's TY Biology enjoyed a trip to DIT for a discussion on the genetics revolution.
  • Wednesday: Dr Niamh Shaw, a STEM artist and enthusiast, and Naoise Gaffney, an engineer and patent attorney, came to speak to our sixth year students about the diversity of careers available after an undergraduate degree in science.
  • Thursday: Ms Beegan and Ms Sheridan's TY Chemistry classes experienced a talk on the link between tales of vampires and chemistry! Mr Higgins' TY physics class also visited DIT for a talk on physics in action. Congratulations to Eiblin McCarthy, Maria Louise Fufezan, Kimia Esmaeilzadeh, Mia Doran, Diana Bura and Orlagh Beggs who performed superbly in the regional finals of the ISTA Senior Science Quiz on Thursday evening in Trinity College.
  • Friday: All 1st year students were lucky enough to experience the Big Bear Planetarium right here in school. Students observed the wonders and opportunities of space travel. 

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• Three Transition Year groups visited Butlers Chocolate Factory in Clonshaugh. They had a tour of the factory, sampled chocolate and decorated a chocolate mould.

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• Our Annual Remembrance Evening took place on Thursday night. It was an evening of poetry, song and reflection where we remember all who have passed away in our Loreto Community. 

Sports News:This has been a very busy week.

• Monday saw matches in Camogie/Soccer and Basketball. All teams performed very well.

• Wednesday we hosted a mini-tournament for Senior Volleyball teams. The games were very close and competitive. Well done to all the girls who participated. We also played hockey matches at home to St. Andrews Booterstown providing the opposition.

• Thursday the Senior Gaelic staged a dramatic comeback to win in Terenure. Well done.

• Friday was a busy day of fixtures with Camogie/Soccer/Hockey/Basketball and Gaelic matches all being played. The TY Sports Committee must be recognised for their great work this week. These girls help in so many ways.

 

News update, Nov 10th, 2017

• Best Wishes in the SciFest Final to, Kelsey Wilson, Savannah-Rose McAuley and Anna Sowray with their project  “A statistical analysis of the short term effects of the HPV vaccinations"

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• Congratulations to the Irish debating team of Zainab Shahid, Muirne O Connor, Eileen Foley, Mizna Shahid, Reward Akhigbe and Kirsty Burns who won the first round of the Gael Linn Irish debating competition in Belvedere College on Tuesday evening. Comhghairdeas a chailíní.

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• Congratulations to the students who were chosen for lead in this year's musical “High School Musical”. The standard was extremely high and well done to all who auditioned. We are sure that there will be a role for everybody and look forward to the production next March.

• The school would like to thank Neil Gallagher from CCT College Dublin who very generously donated two defibrillators to the school.   

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• This week the 4th and 2nd Year students went on retreat. The girls experienced some quiet reflection time and found the whole experience worthwhile.     

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• On Thursday and Friday sixth year Geography students headed off to Portrane to gather information for their Leaving Certificate field study project.

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• Welcome back to the students from a very successful and interesting trip to Berlin. You can read about it here.

• 6th Year Parent Teacher Meeting took place on Tuesday. The next Parent Teacher Meeting will take place for 3rd Years on Thursday November 23rd @ 4.15-6.45pm.

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Sports News

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• Congratulations to third year Emma Ring who was selected to play for the Leinster U15 soccer squad. This is a huge achievement and the school would like to wish Emma the very best of luck in the upcoming interprovincial tournament. The tournament will take place on the AUL pitches by the Airport on the weekend of the 17th-18th of November for those wishing to support. 

• Our U17 Soccer Team had a great win against Loreto Kilkenny on Tuesday. Many thanks to Michael O’Regan and Fingal County Council who facilitate our home matches in St. Molagas.

• Congratulations to the U16 Swimming Team, Roisin Wearen, Emma Fagan, Kate Barrett and Ruby Markey who were placed second , winning  Silver, in the Leinster Senior Schools Championships . The school would also like to congratulate Emma who won a Silver medal in the 100m Backstroke in the 15-16 age group. The school is very proud of you all.

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• Well done to our 1st and 2nd Year Spikeball teams who competed in Mercy Coolock on Wednesday. 1st Year team won six out of seven games and the 2nd Year team won all their games. Both have qualified for next round. Well done girls.

• Hard Luck to the Senior Soccer team who played against Marist College.

News update, Oct 27th, 2017

• Where words fail Music Speaks....

The corridors were alive this week with the sound of music with pop up concerts, recitals, choirs and many other musical delights. The amazing musical talents of the students lifted our spirits. We are so lucky to have such talent in our school. However the musical tables were turned on the students when the Staff Choir made their debut performance. During a busy break time they emerged from the crowd in true “La La Land” fashion to give their rendition of “City of Stars”.

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• We had a very successful Cheerios Childline Breakfast on Wednesday morning with all 1st year students. The students were given Cheerios, fruits, pastries and yoghurts all sponsored by local shops and businesses. A huge thanks to Kerrigans Fruit Suppliers, Super Valu Balbriggan and Dunnes Stores Balbriggan for supplying the food. The students raised over €400 for a fantastic cause.

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• On Wednesday  representatives from Loreto Balbriggan attended the launch of the publication  "Learning for a Just World", a new Development Education Resource in Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green.  This exciting new resource combines the philosophy of all Loreto Schools to be “Seekers of Truth and Doers of Justice” along with the skills and focus of the new Junior Cert Programme. The publication is a joint venture between the Loreto Education Office, Irish Aid/Dept Foreign Affairs and Trocaire.  The Minister for Irish Aid, Ciaran Cannon and the Chief Executive of Trocaire Eamon Meehan praised the work of Loreto schools in making Justice a core part of school life. (Below - TY students Dion Atete, Aoife Butler and Rebekah Dooley with Trocaire Education Officer Stephen Farrelly at the launch of the new Development Education Resouce, in Loreto St Stephens Green.)

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• A huge congratulations to the school equestrian team who placed 1st out of 17 teams in yesterday's interschools' league. Congratulations also to Ally Gormley who placed 6th in the individuals jumping out of 55 competitors.

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• The 2017 Business Studies Trip to Italy was a resounding success this year. Forty four Senior Cycle Business Studies, Economics and Accounting students enjoyed four days of Italian commerce and culture. The students visited several Businesses including a micro coffee roastery, San Pellegrino the bottled water company, a leading ice-cream machine producer Carpigiani and the luxury car manufacturer Ferrari. Each business offered their unique insight into modern day business in action. Opportunities also presented themselves for the students to put their own skills to test when they were tasked with making their own Gelato. It wasn’t all work and no play as the students also enjoyed day trips to Garda Land Theme Park and Verona city. The girls were commended by many who they encountered on the trip for their outstanding behaviour, impeccable manners and enthusiasm.  Read Anna Quinn's account of the trip anna quinn account.

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• Students enjoying a great day at Poetry Aloud Competition which was held in the National Library. Congratulations to Emma Morkelunaite who has made it through to the semi finals.

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• Ms. Briscoe’s 2nd year Irish class hosted some of their grandparents this morning in the school library. The students entertained their guests with songs, dances and also baked all the goodies for the coffee morning. Some of the teachers also came in for a chat and a tune, a special thanks to Ms. Davey, Mr. Brennan and Mr. McCarthy and also to the various musicians from across the school. At break time our special guests were invited to the hall to watch the senior choir perform the final act of Music Week. The students ended the morning by escorting their grandparents around the school.

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• Congratulations to the French Debating Team who won their debate on Wednesday night and are now through to the second round.  Well done to Aoife Conroy who was named “Best Speaker”

• Congratulations to Holly Behan who came 2nd in the Tae Kwon Do World Championship.                

Sports News

• This has been an extremely busy sporting week as many competition seasons are now in full swing.

• Monday, Senior Gaelic team played.

• Tuesday, saw the first fixture for the Cadette Volleyball team against Colaiste Bríde in Clondalkin . Our 1st Years took part in a Futsal (type of indoor soccer) tournament in the FAI headquarters in Abbotsville. Many thanks to Paul Keogh FAI for all his support. The Senior Camogie team won their match. Many  thanks to Dick Burke and all in O’Dwyers for their continued help.

• Thursday Senior Volleyball players who took on Grange Community College.

• Friday saw the annual participation of our 1st Year Hockey players in the inter Loreto Hockey Blitz. The Senior and Cadette Basketball teams were in action against Loreto Foxrock.  Well done to all and a special thanks to staff and TY Sports Committee members for the involvement.

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• The senior first team played Sutton Park on Monday and won 3-0. An excellent start to our senior 1 campaign. The first years played a blitz in Loreto Beaufort on Wednesday against Loreto Dalkey, Foxrock and Loreto on The Green. On Friday 1st years travelled to Loreto Mullingar to play a beginners tournament. All events were very successful. Two teams making the finals. Many thanks to all transition year students for umpiring and coaching the games. 

• Gute Reise to all the students travelling to Berlin this weekend.

• Happy Halloween to all, enjoy the break, school will reopen on Monday 6th November

News update, Oct 20th, 2017

• Maths Week was well and truly underway in Loreto this week! Although storm Ophelia put a dampener on activities organised for senior students, junior students enjoyed a wide variety of fun events giving them all a chance to explore maths in a fun and interesting way! The winner of a 1st year maths poster competition was Shauna Farrell from 1A. Winners of the Maths Competition in 3rd Yr is Ms. Monks class.

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Junior students were running around investigating a school maths trail, second years entertained us all with their maths rap competition and 3rd year students had fun finding the bomb located in the school using coordinate geometry. Well done to all of our budding mathematicians! 

• Emma Jane Power receiving her trophy for best Junior Certificate results in Music at the Music Teachers Association conference in Mullingar on Saturday, 7th October.

• Congratulations to Ella May and Emily O’Sullivan, based on their exceptional Junior Certificate results in Maths and Science they have been invited to compete in the National Science Olympiad in D.C.U. at the end of the month. The very best of luck to both students.

• Pat McKenna, from Childwatch, visited the school on Wednesday, 18th & Thursday, 19th October and spoke to all year groups on the importance of internet safety. His speech was informative, engaging and very relevant to young women growing up in the world of social media.

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Sports

• Despite Storm Ophelia sport continued this week in Loreto, Balbriggan. There was great disappointment on Wednesday that the orienteering for 2nd Years was postponed but it will go ahead after Easter.

• The third of our Judo sessions was held on Wednesday and girls are now starting to look towards the upcoming competition with other schools in November.

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• TY students from the Sports Committee took part in a skills session facilitated by the Volleyball Association of Ireland. These girls will go on to coach younger students thus developing their own leadership skills and helping juniors at the same time.

• Our Basketball teams again did really well in their games against Lusk Seniors and the cadette teams are going from strength to strength.

News update, Oct 14th, 2017

• We were very privileged this week to welcome Sr. Igora Pinto and Sr.Macarena Fdz. de Bobadilla who visited us from the General Council in Rome. Sr. Igora and Sr. Macarena spent a very busy and enjoyable day with us. Loreto Balbriggan gave the visiting sisters a very warm welcome and the two sisters commented on the "wonderful school spirit" that exists in Loreto Balbriggan, the same spirit that exists in every Loreto school worldwide.  They were both truly impressed by the quality of education provided in Loreto Balbriggan. Sr. Ingora and Sr. Macarena complimented the staff on all their wonderful work in keeping Mary Ward's vision alive.

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• Congratulations to Emma Jane Power who achieved the highest points in Ireland in her Junior Certificate Music Examination. Emma was presented with her trophy at the Music Teachers' Association Annual Conference in  Mullingar on Saturday 7th. Well done Emma, a superb achievement.

• On Friday 13th Loreto Balbriggan was delighted to show an exhibition on Kenya from the Irish Embassy based in Nairobi. The exhibition highlighted the many links between Ireland and Kenya, in particular the inspirational work carried out by missionaries, NGOs and the Irish Government. Sr. Stephanie and Sr. Germain, two Loreto nuns who worked in Kenya for more than 40 years came to speak to students today. They spoke movingly to the JPIC modules and groups of their work in Kenya. The sisters were delighted to meet  students with Kenyan heritage.

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

• Second years enjoyed a passover meal this week.

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• Here is another photo from the Burren Trip last week which was a great success. All the teachers involved would like to compliment the students on their impeccable behaviour, they were great ambassadors for their school.

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• This was Mental Well Being Week. Many thanks to all the Mental Well Being Captains for all their hard work in making this week such a success.

• Well done to the school's Equestrian Team who were placed 6th in the opening leg of the interschools’  League. Congratulations also to team captain, Chloe Rogers, who was placed 5th in the individuals jumping. The second leg of the competition is due to take place on the 22nd of October, best of luck girls!

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• Best wishes to Holly Behan who is participating in the Tae Kwon Do World Championships in Dublin this week. We wish her the best of luck and will keep you posted.

• A basketball match was played against Gaelcholáiste Reachrann  at home. The players are continuing to improve and great results are following. Well done girls on two great wins.

• The second session of Judo was held for 2nd Years from 3.30-4.30pm. This initative is designed to encourage girls to take up a physical activity if they have not already done so by the age of 14. The program entitled “Exercise Energise” is funded and promoted by Fingal County Council and we are very grateful for their continued co-operation and support.

• Hard luck to the girls who played in the U16 Gaelic match against Eureka Kells.

• Congratulations to all players, especially those in 4th Year who  have started new activities.

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

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News update, Oct 6th, 2017

• The Fifth Year JPIC group held a Fair Trade hot chocolate morning for Fifth Years on Monday in the hall. This was a chance to promote Fair Trade products and for the Fifth years to enjoy a chat and a cuppa. A good time was had by all.

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• Transition years made St Brigid's Crosses as part of their Celtic Spirituality module.

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• The JPIC group had lunch in the Iveagh Gardens after visiting the Irish Aid office on Fri 6 the Oct.

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• The TY fundraising committee held a fundraiser today for Special Olympics Ireland.

• Students from all years had their faces painted in festival designs and €427 was raised. Thanks to the committee for all their hard work.

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• Once again our Annual Art Exhibition on Tuesday evening was a great a success. Congratulations  to all the artistic exhibitors your results were truly appreciated.

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• 120 of our 3rd year students set off on Thursday for the Geography Department’s Annual trip to the Burren. The group visited  Bunratty Castle, The Alwee Caves and The Cliffs of Moher. What a great way to spend the weekend.

burren trip

• Well done to Camogie players on their great win and many thanks to O’Dwyer’s for their continued and much appreciated support. 

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• 4th Year Tag Rugby teams participated in a blitz in St. Mary's. The girls performed really well and had a very enjoyable experience.

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• Last Friday we were too late for our Sailing Team update. They took part in the Loreto Sailing Event in Dun Laoghaire. We won 4 medals and a great day was has by all.

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• There were excellent performances by our basketball teams against Larkin College including a very exciting come back from 10 baskets down to win the match.

• 54 TY students, all members of the Sport Committee took part in a First Aid/CPK course. These girls will be attending many sporting events throughout the year and have now learned skills which will increase their confidence in all situations. The girls were also trained in the use of a defibrillator.

• Run-a-Mile challenge was held for all 5th Year students on Wednesday. Participation levels were extremely high and the "elite" race which is for the better runners was run at an extremely fast pace. The previous record of 5mins 42 sec was broken and this year's winner is Lauren Murphy who won in 5mins 21sec.

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• Finally the staff are grateful for the overwhelming show of support and gratitude from parents and students. Your gestures were truly appreciated and go to show that we are indeed a great school. We are Loreto in the Mary Ward tradition where the aims are "to seek truth...to love what is good...to strive for excellence"

News update, Sept 29th, 2017

• 2nd Year and TY students enjoyed two fantastic French plays this week performed by FTFS (French Theatre For Schools). Several students showed off their French skills with parts in the plays! Bravo les filles!

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• Best of luck to the 10 students who travelled to Dun Laoghaire Sailing Club today, Friday, to participate in a Sailing Regatta.

• We are proud to say that our past pupils Carla Rowe and Aoife Curran were part of Dublin Ladies’ Gaelic Team who won the Brendan Martin Cup last Sunday in Croke Park. Well done girls. You are both great role models and we are very proud of you.

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• All Transition Year students attended a Road Safety Talk given by Garda David Barron.

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• On Thursday the senior hockey team travelled to Kilkenny for a Loreto All Ireland senior schools tournament. The girls played three games over the course of the day, against Loreto Foxrock, Dalkey and Loreto on the Green. All matches were highly competitive. The positivity and enthusiasm between the girls was noteworthy throughout the day in true Loreto spirit.

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• On Wednesday a group of 1st Years travelled to Drogheda Grammar School to take part in 'STEM for girls' - an event designed to engage and encourage girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. The students had a fantastic day, and really enjoyed hearing from inspiring women working in STEM and taking part in workshops such as the egg drop challenge.

• Parents are invited to attend the Parents Association A.G.M. @ 7.30pm next Monday 2nd October. We are pleased to have Kate Motherway as our guest speaker. The title of her talk is “Talking to your teenager - the neuroscience behind tears, tantrums and effective communication.” Looking forward to meeting you then.

• Our Annual Art Exhibition is on next Tuesday 3rd @ 7.30pm in the Atrium. Not to be missed. All welcome

News update, Sept 22nd, 2017

• “A” Hat Trick. Congratulations to Ella May, Emily O’Sullivan and Ruby Pereira who achieved all “A” grades in their Junior Certificate Examinations. Congratulations also to all the girls who achieved 6 “A’s” or more, in their Junior Certificate.   j cert
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mr. daly • Science News: As mentioned last week Mr. Daly’s and Mr. Higgins’s Science club is up and running and has proved to be a great success. This week the enthusiastic 2nd year students participated in some real interesting experiments. They were investigating the effects of refraction: how to hide a coin under a glass of water, make arrows pointing the opposite directions by looking at them through a glass of water and to hide objects in a glass using vegetable oil. They also explored some optical illusions and demonstrated methane bubbles, setting them on fire.
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• Congratulations to Eve Cottell (1C) who was the overall winner of the “Bleeding Pig Festival in Donabate. Roddy Doyle was involved in the running of this competition and praised Eve highly for her impressive writing skills.

• 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.

• Parents Reminder: A.G.M. will take place on Monday October 2nd @ 7.30pm further information to follow.

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fiona tolan • Many thanks to Fiona Tolan, 2C, for bringing her Great Grandmothers "Indian Club Drill" medal into the school for us to see. Her Great Grandmother, Evelyn McKeown, was a student in Loreto in 1917, and her medal is a delightful historical curiosity - you can just picture the girls going through the military style drills that were very popular at the time. medalmedal

• Transition Year News: 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!
Another TY group were lucky enough to head to the National Ploughing Championships, where they were not so lucky with the weather.

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• Sport News: The U14 Gaelic football team enjoyed a football blitz with schools from the local area.

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News update, Sept 15th, 2017

• A big congratulations to all our Junior Certificate students who did so well in their exams. The results were remarkable. We are proud of each and every student who achieved their personal best. Well done girls. A special congratulations to Ruby Pereira, Emily O’Sullivan and Ella May for their outstanding results. Watch out for more details on this page next week.

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• 28 First Years participated in Mr. Higgins and Mr. Daly’s  Science club at lunch time on Thursday. Lots of fun was had investigating Centre of Gravity and watching the teachers carry out science tricks. The club will continue throughout the year for both 1st and 2nd Years.

• The first year students had an enjoyable day in school on Friday when they participated in a Sports Taster programme. They got the opportunity to experience a different variety of activities, most of which are offered on our extra-curricular programme.

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• Twenty four students attended the TY Expo in Punchestown on Monday. They had a great day exploring the various stands and getting a taste of what is on offer for them in the future.

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• Congratulations to our U.16 Gaelic team who played their first match of the season against Sacred Heart last Tuesday. They won by 1 point. Well done girls and best of luck for the remainder of the season.

• Ms. Moore gave some of her students a great workout on the beach on Tuesday.

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• Congratulations to Eve Cottell (1C) who was the overall winner of the “Bleeding pig" festival in Donabate. Roddy Doyle was involved in the running of this competition and praised Eve highly for her impressive writing skills.

News update, Sept 8th, 2017

• Twinning lunches took place on Wednesday & Thursday this week. First Year students were delighted to meet and chat with senior girls who so well remember the trials and tribulations of these first few weeks.

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• Congratulations to Eibhlin McCarthy who was awarded a bursary for the Med Entry HPat preparation course. This award was given on the grounds of Eibhlin’s excellent record in all areas of school life.

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• Well done to Lauren Flynn, 4G, who over the summer, worked with Balbriggan Tidy Towns and painted a wall mural presenting scenes from around Balbriggan. It enhances the walkway on the front beach.

• Sports Taster Day was held on Thursday for First Year students to sample activities in which they would like to participate during their time here. Many thanks to last year’s T.Y. Sports Co-Ordinators who helped out on the day.

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• A blessing was held in the main hall on Friday for Transition Year students as they begin the academic year.

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Mary Ward (1585 - 1645)

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• Congratulations to Renuka Chintapalli on receiving an outstanding All H1’s in her Leaving Certificate results. Renuka was away on the day the results were given out in the school.

 

News update, Sept 1st, 2017

Well done to our first year students on completing their first week of secondary school. We hope it wasn't too daunting an experience for them!

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News update, Aug 25th, 2017

Welcome back to all our students that returned to school this week. A special welcome to our first years as they begin the transition from primary to secondary education; we hope that it is a smooth and happy changeover. We look forward to seeing our Transition Year students on Tuesday.

 

News update, Aug 18th, 2017

Welcome back to our weekly news update. We hope everybody had a good holiday and is feeling refreshed and ready for a new school year.  Particular good wishes to our incoming first years.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming you into our school community next week.  Details regarding the schedule over the first few days are available above.
On Wednesday the Leaving Certificate Students of 2017 received their results. They were remarkable with almost 20% of our students getting over 500 points and nearly 40% over 400 points.  Huge congratulations to each and every student who worked hard and reached her personal best.  Particular mention here to our two students Tess O Neill and Renuka Chintapalli who were awarded all H1s.  They were two out of only 63 countrywide.  Well done too to Khadija Gull on achieving over 600 points. 
We wish each and every outgoing student all the very best in the future.  Don’t be afraid to come back and see us.  You are always welcome in Loreto Balbriggan.

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w witkowska Well done to Wiktoria Witkowska, whose winning entry in the Texaco Art exhibition entitled ‘The Face’ was chosen to feature in an exhibition in one of Japan’s most highly regarded galleries.  400 artworks were chosen from a total of 11,000 pieces submitted.  The exhibition is running from Wednesday 9th August to Sunday 20th August.

News update, Aug 25th, 2017

Welcome back to all our students that returned to school this week. A special welcome to our first years as they begin the transition from primary to secondary education; we hope that it is a smooth and happy changeover. We look forward to seeing our Transition Year students on Tuesday.

 

News update, Aug 18th, 2017

Welcome back to our weekly news update. We hope everybody had a good holiday and is feeling refreshed and ready for a new school year.  Particular good wishes to our incoming first years.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming you into our school community next week.  Details regarding the schedule over the first few days are available above.
On Wednesday the Leaving Certificate Students of 2017 received their results. They were remarkable with almost 20% of our students getting over 500 points and nearly 40% over 400 points.  Huge congratulations to each and every student who worked hard and reached her personal best.  Particular mention here to our two students Tess O Neill and Renuka Chintapalli who were awarded all H1s.  They were two out of only 63 countrywide.  Well done too to Khadija Gull on achieving over 600 points. 
We wish each and every outgoing student all the very best in the future.  Don’t be afraid to come back and see us.  You are always welcome in Loreto Balbriggan.

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w witkowska Well done to Wiktoria Witkowska, whose winning entry in the Texaco Art exhibition entitled ‘The Face’ was chosen to feature in an exhibition in one of Japan’s most highly regarded galleries.  400 artworks were chosen from a total of 11,000 pieces submitted.  The exhibition is running from Wednesday 9th August to Sunday 20th August.

 

Leaving Certificate Results 2017

As you know, this year's Leaving Certificate results will be released tomorrow, Wednesday, 16th August.
Results will be available in the school from 10 a.m. and online from 12 noon.
Click this link for an extremely useful guide, published by the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.  It is an excellent resource for students and parents.
This year sees the rolling out of the new points system for the first time. Careers Portal has an excellent free Points Calculator tool, available for download on their website, when accessing the new system. Follow this link to download.
Students are entitled to view their Leaving Certificate scripts on 1st & 2nd of Sept, before deciding on whether or not to apply for a recheck. More details and guidelines can be found on the Department webpage.
We wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you tomorrow.