You know what they say about waiting for a bus. You wait forever  and no bus, and then two come along together!

Loreto Cavan waited a long time for an All Ireland title in football and then the U16A team won the title to put alongside the Senior A title we won last Saturday.

Read the Match Report

We are the champions!






Good luck to the U16 A Football team as they travel to Banaher GAA grounds to take on Intermediate School, Kilorglin in our second All Ireland Final in less than a week! The whole school community lined the Avenue to wish the team Good Luck.





Congratulations to our Senior A Football team who are the new All Ireland Champions!!

Final Score:

Loreto Cavan       3 – 5

Loreto Clonmel   1 – 7

Read the full Match Report 

‘Simply the best!’


The entire school community came together on Monday to congratulate the Senior A All Ireland Champions.
They celebrated the historic victory, and the early arrival of summer sunshine, with ice creams kindly sponsored by Alan.

Good Luck!!

April 13, 2018 | | Leave a Comment

Good luck to Mr Maguire, Ms Shannon and the Senior A football team who are playing in the All Ireland Football Final against Loreto Clonmel in Kinnegad GAA grounds tomorrow, April 14th

St Patrick’s College, Cavan along with students from Loreto College and Breifne College present a night of drama and music from 21st – 24th March. John B. Keane’s Many Young Men of Twenty is a story about emigration.  It is both hilarious and heart-wrenching.  Follow the link below for a pre-view of a night of drama and music.

Loreto students Hannah Murphy, Eve Smith, Meibh Mc Donnell, Olivia McClean, Eimear Coyle and Eva Couse are taking part in the play.



Students and teachers in Loreto College, Cavan are very proud of our links with Loreto Rumbek in South Sudan.The school in Rumbek first opened in 2008 and provides a much needed place of education and refuge for girls aged 5-20.

The Student Council, under the direction and leadership of Ms O’Gorman,  raise much needed funds for our sister school in Rumbek every year. In a fundraising day before Christmas they raised €1,500 to send to Rumbek.

Follow the link below to hear Sr Orla Treacy from Bray, who is principal of Loreto Rumbek, talk about the work they do and how important our support is to them.

Congratulations to Razan Ahmed, Sarah Donnelly and Pauline Smith  who won the Regional Finals of the Senior Science Quiz on Thursday 16th November.  The girls came first out of 15 teams and held their nerve very well during a tense tie-breaker at the end. Clare Sexton, Niamh Brick and Fatima Butt also represented the school on the night.  The winning team proceeds to a national final which will be held in Trinity College, Dublin, on Saturday 25th November.  Pictured below is the winning team being presented their trophy by Mr. John Galligan, Chairperson of the local Science Teachers’ Association,  Ms. Gileece and Mrs Murphy.  We wish them the very best of luck in the final.


Transition Year students and Fifth Year Agricultural Science students had a good day out at The Ploughing Championships recently.  TY students had great fun completing the “Ploughing Challenge” which challenged them to milk a cow, get a selfie with an RTE celebrity and find out the names of the quad calves. Fifth Year Agricultural Science students gained valuable information to help them complete their Leaving Certificate Ag Science project while at the same time having their eyes opened to the various career opportunities within the agricultural sector. Below are some photographs of students who completed the Ploughing Challenge!


First year enrolment is on this Saturday 14th October from 9 am – 12.30 pm in the school.  See photo below for details.

Loreto opened it’s doors on Saturday 30th September to welcome back the class of 1967 for a reunion function.  Pictured below are the past pupils who enjoyed a trip down memory lane and catching up with each other. 

Naughton Scholars

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Congratulations to Ciara Finan who was awarded a Naughton Scholarship based on her exceptional Leaving Certificate results. The scholarship is intended as a reward and encouragement to exceptional students who study in the STEM field at University and is awarded to 36 students annually.  Ciara is pursuing a degree in Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials in Trinity College, Dublin. She is pictured below (left) with past pupils Laura Young (Naughton Scholar 2014) and Orla Murphy (Naughton Scholar 2015).  We wish all three ladies every success in the future.  



September 1st 2017 saw the dawning of a new era in Loreto Cavan when Ms Gilleece and Mr Sheridan took up their roles as Deputy Principals.  We would like to welcome them to our school community and look forward to their involvement in school life.  Pictured below from left is Eddie Fynes (Loreto Education Trust), Mr Sheridan, Ms McGarvey, Ms Gilleece and Bishop Leo O’Reilly. 


Rainbow Day Success

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The school was awash with colour on Wednesday 6th September in order to raise money for Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland.  “Rainbow Day” was organised by Ms Mooney and Ms Scully who made quite an entrance to the school with their flashing shoes and unicorn hairbands!  Transition Year students displayed their artistic skills on the day by helping out with face painting.  In addition to Rainbow Day, Ms Mooney and Ms Scully are intending to a Skydive in aid of this good cause.  Well done to all involved in raising awareness and funds for Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland. 

August 31st 2017 marked the end of an era for our Deputy Principal Mrs O’Mordha whose career spanned 4 decades in Loreto College Cavan.  During her time here Mrs O’Modhra was a teacher of Irish and French, and in recent years our Deputy Principal.  Pupils down through the years have not only been enriched by Mrs O’Modhra’s excellent teaching ability but also by her caring nature in her interactions with all members of the school community. Members of staff will truly miss Mrs O’Modhra both as a colleague and as a friend.  We wish her many happy and healthy years in her retirement. Go n-éirí go geal leat


Fáilte Ar Ais

September 1, 2017 | | Leave a Comment

As we embark on the 2017-2018 academic year we would like to welcome back our students and staff.  A special welcome is extended to all of our First Year students and new members of staff.  We hope that they enjoy their time in Loreto College Cavan. 

Our Place In Space

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First year students were recently treated to a fascinating workshop from Dr. Niamh Shaw, Space Ambassador to Northern Ireland, titled “Our Place in Space”.   Students were taken on a journey of the different celestial objects in our night sky and how it all came to be.   Below is a photograph of first year students, each one representing a particular planet in our Solar System and some the sun! Also present in the photograph is Dr. Niamh Shaw. 


Transition Year German students recently hosted a group of students from the town of Wörth, as part of an ongoing exchange programme. Participating students spent a day in Lough Key Forest Park and a memorable day was had by all. 

Congratulations to 5th year student Emily Boylan, who will travel to Germany this summer as  part of a language learning programme sponsored by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. Emily, who performed exceptionally well in her German Junior Certificate exam, was invited for interview by the German Embassy. Places are limited to a select number of students nationwide. 

Pictured below: Emily Boylan & Sharon Murphy (German teacher)

Transition year students recently visited Ballyhaise Agricultural College and received a guided tour of their dairy, beef and sheep enterprises.  Fifth year students travelled further afield to visit UCD Lyons Research Farm where they were given an informative tour of their dairy and sheep livestock. They were also given information on current research into the dietary intake of dairy cattle and zero grazing systems.  Afterwards, they visited a recently sown potato crop and Meade Potato Company to gain an insight into potato production.  Below are photographs of some Transition year students in Ballyhaise Agricultural College and Fifth year students out and about on Lyons research farm and Meade Potato Company. 

Happy Easter

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The school is closing today for the Easter break and we would like to wish the school community a “Happy Easter”.   Below is a photograph of some Easter treats baked by Ms. Mc Cormack’s second year Home Economics class.   


Well done to our Parents’ Association who recently raised €7,000 by organising a very successful “Tea Party” and the annual Easter raffle.  Below are photographs of the tea party held in the concert hall.  A huge “thank you” to everyone who supported these events. 

Good luck to the U-16 A football team who will compete in the Lidl All Ireland Junior A final today against John The Baptist Community School in Birr.  Below are photos of some supporters ready to cheer on our  team!  We wish the team, Ms Shannon and Mr Maguire all the best. 



Good luck to two of our Leaving Certificate students Ciara Finan and Aideen O’Reilly who are competing in the Irish chemistry Olympiad on Saturday. Teachers were invited to nominate up to two of the most enthusiastic and keenest students in the school in Chemistry, both Aideen and Ciara have shown through their academic achievement and class participation that they were suitable candidates and therefore will be travelling to DCU on Saturday April 1st to compete. We wish them all the best.


Congratulations to the first year basketball team who are now North East Regional Champions and successfully secured a place in the All Ireland basketball championships.

The Minor C league began with four games against schools from the North East region. Loreto won their first game against St Louis Carrickmacross with a score of 58-11, this display of skill was the start of an undefeated journey to the regional finals. The next game against St. Louis Dundalk was an astonishing 78-18 win – a fantastic play by the girls, followed by a 73-0 win over Monaghan Collegiate. The final playoff game against Castleblaney College sealed the girls position at the top of the table with a 41-13 win.  We then travelled to Dunboyne for the regional semi-final against St Peters College, this proved to be a tougher game for our girls however they were able to hold onto their title and finished with a 28-12 win.

The regional final in Dundalk IT was our next trip. As expected, students were nervous starting off with their first big final but got through the game with the encouragement of our captain for the day Jane Lowry who displayed some excellent leadership skills throughout. We entered the match as clear favourites based on our high scoring wins throughout the tournament and found ourselves once again facing St Louis Carrickmacross in the final. After previously winning with a 40 point margin we had hoped to be as successful again but were focused and ready to face the challenging game ahead. The first quarter was a low scoring one which seen us fall behind by 2 points, thankfully in the second quarter we picked up and finished the end of the first half with a 16-8 lead. The third quarter was our biggest challenge with a nail biting wait for a score from Loreto, St Louis team had shown massive signs of improvements from our first game which made harder work for Loreto girls. Eventually by the final quarter the girls had regained their confidence and strength and finished as North East Regional Champions with a 28-18 win.  

After a trophy presentation and many celebrations with supporters we returned in positive spirits to school and now the team are getting geared up for the all- Ireland playoffs which will take place in Colaiste Muire, Ennis on April 25th.

We wish all the players the best of luck and look forward to the All-Ireland journey that faces us. Congratulations again to the team Emma Comiskey, Orla McCabe, Saoirse Caffrey, Leah Bartley, Katie Lynch, Maeve Young, Ava Leddy, Jane Lowry, Molly-Mai O’ Meara, Grainne Caffrey, Deirbhile Lynch, Aoife Baker, Jessica Buckley and Rebecca Walsh. By Mrs Sweeney



All first year students took part in the first round of this maths competition, which is a multiple-choice problem based test based on all areas of mathematics. The competition is ran by the IMTA. Congratulations to the top ten students from the school Ciara Aiken Scanlon, Grainne Grogan, Vicki Millar Murphy, Ciara McMillan, Jessica Buckley, Andrea Lee, Kate Lynch, Paulina Marmur, Meadbh Fitzimon and Chloe Gilcreest. These students’ results were sent to the organising committee who selected the finalists based on their score and the scores of other first year students in the region.

We are delighted to announce that three of our students Grainne Grogan, Paulina Marmur and Chloe Gilcreest have been selected to partake in the final round of the competition. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish them the best of luck. The final will be held in Beech Hill College, Monaghan on Friday 12th May.  

Transition Year students from Ramor recently delivered Internet Safety workshops to our first year students in SPHE class. The “workshop” consisted of two lessons – the first raising awareness about cyber bullying and the second designing a poster based on the theme of online safety. Pictured below are students from TY Ramor with  posters designed by first year students displayed in the background.  

Wheelchair Basketball

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On the 6th of February TY students participated in wheelchair basketball. Two professional wheelchair basketball players visited the year to broaden their knowledge of this enjoyable sport. They experienced how exciting this sport is and how it is very competitive. The TY students were divided into four teams and they played the sport on wheelchairs themselves. They learned a lot about wheelchair basketball and had a great time. By Arooj Moghal, TY student.

On the 4th of February at 12pm, Loreto College Cavan’s U -16 football team took on Our Lady’s St. Patricks College, Belfast, in the Ulster A final in Emyvale.

            It was a bitter but dry day in County Monaghan when these two teams went head to head. Loreto got off to a strong start with Kate Kellegher opening the score line with a fine point, closely followed by two goals from Katelyn Kelly. At half time it was Loreto 2-4, Our Lady’s 0-3.   

The second half was a superb display by the girls in maroon. Goals coming from Aine Reilly, Muireann Cusack, Katelyn Kelly and converted penalty by Niamh Keenaghan.

The game ended with an admirable score line of 9-12 to 0-5. Well done to the Loreto team and manangers, Mr. Maguire and Ms. Shannon.  Pictured below are some photos of the match.  By Lauren McVeety, TY student and U-16 Gaelic Football Team Captain 

Safer Internet Day

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Tuesday 7th February is “Safer Internet Day” throughout Europe.  In order to promote more appropriate and safer internet use, students attended a workshop focusing on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with social media and the internet.  The workshop was delivered by Mr. John Hamill who has twenty years experience in the ICT industry.  Feedback from students was very positive with the majority of students stating that they are now more “aware” of online threats.  Below are some pictures of the workshop.  


Two Transition Year students, Emma McDwyer and Claire Young recently participated in the BT Young Scientist and Technology competition 2017. 

“Is Wine the New Tea?” is a project on the drinking habits of working women aged thirty to sixty. The girls became interesting in this topic after they discovered that there has been an increase in liver cirrhosis among women in their thirties and forties in recent years. They realised that there is a hidden problem of women between the ages of thirty and forty consuming excess alcohol in the comfort of their homes. Their project highlights the “normalisation” of alcohol and aims to raise awareness about the health problems that long-term alcohol consumption can lead to. Emma and Claire received an award for their display in the competition. By Emma McDwyer, TY student. 


Winter Woollies Day

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Students and staff alike embraced “Winter Woollies” day yesterday which was held as a fundraising event in aid of Loreto Missions.   The Christmas Carol Service took place in the morning followed by the Christmas Quiz in the afternoon.  There was plenty of tinsel and jumpers with flashing lights, not to mention Mrs. Buckley and Ms. Mooney who showed off their creative sides with a Christmas tree jumper jumper and Rudolph himself.  A huge thank you to Ms. Scully and Ms. Mooney for organising “Winter Woollies” day and to Mrs Buckley and Mrs O’Gorman for organising the quiz in the afternoon.  Below are some photographs of the colorful event!







Lots of children around the country will be staying up late tonight to watch The Late Late Toy Show.  This year is a special one for us as Sophia Crotty, 2nd yr, will be performing on the Toy Show tonight.  Best wishes to Sophia.  


Senior Science Quiz

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Loreto College, Cavan was host to one of thirteen regional rounds of the Irish Science Teachers’ Association Senior Science Quiz on 17th November.  Sixth Year students from Cavan, Monaghan and Louth represented their schools on the night.  Chloe Maloney, Clodagh Lee-Flood, Kathleen Reilly and Eimear Brady, Alice Clarke, Megan McIntyre represented Loreto College in the quiz.  Both teams were very strong contenders and came joint fourth after the final round, narrowly missing out on third place by just one point.  St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan were overall winners on the night.  Well done to all involved including Niamh Brick, Pauline Smith, Caoimhe Bogue and Aisling Burns, 5th Yr, who helped out on the night of the quiz. Below is a photograph of the quiz in action and of the 5th year students who helped out on the night.




Congratulations to the U-16 camogie team who claimed the Junior Ulster Medallion Shield in a “nail biting” match on a scoreline of Loreto Cavan 3-1, OLSPCK Belfast 2-3.  The match took place last Wednesday 9th Novemeber in Granemore, Co. Armagh.  Well done to all students involved and their teachers Ms Fay and Ms Walsh on a great achievement. Below is a photograph of the joint captains Niamh Keenaghan and Muireann Cusack (both 5th Yr Students) with the shield which was presented to them by Sr. Mairead, and also a team photograph.



A full meeting of the Health Promoting Schools Committee took place in the community room on Tuesday October 11th 2016. Below is a picture of the Health Promoting Schools Committee. Missing from picture is student representative Orla Sheridan.


Maths Week 2016

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Maths Week 2016


During Maths Week (15th – 23rd of October) students took part in many activities for maths week, the first and second year students had a ‘jigsaw’ class where they worked as teams to be the first to complete their mathematical jigsaw. Lots of groups got very close to completing with a few being the fastest teams to finish on the day- knowledge of integers and algebra was required to complete this activity as well as teamwork so well done to all who took part. Thank you also to Mrs Shannon and the TY students who helped prepare the jigsaws.

Puzzle of the day

All week on the maths week poster board students were given a ‘puzzle of the day’. These logic/shape and number puzzles were attempted by lots of students from all years (as well as some teachers!) with many correct solutions being given up by our mathematically talented students! Well done to all who took part, prizes were awarded in school on Tuesday.

Poster board

Lots of information on exciting maths careers that use maths such as animation, fashion design, aeronautical engineering and meteorology was displayed on our poster board. We also displayed a list of female mathematicians throughout history, maybe one day a Loreto College Cavan student will join the list! Another list on display for the week was 9 ways maths can help you win the bake off- great Irish bake off next year watch out!! Thank you to the TY class who helped prepare the maths board.

Maths eyes

Third year students competed in a ‘maths eyes’ poster competition where they displayed where they see maths every day, some posters ranging from aeroplanes, baking, streetlights, timetables and lots more. The winners of this competition were displayed all week on the maths poster board, a huge amount of posters came in so well done for all the effort made by third years on this activity.

Thanks to the Mathematics department; Ms Shannon, Ms Sweeney, Ms Smith, Mr Clarke, Ms Farrell and Ms Scully who organised and supervised students for the maths week activities.  Below are some photographs taken during Maths Week. By Ms Sweeney, Maths Department.




Dutch Exchange

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A warm welcome is extended to our Dutch Exchange students and teachers who are visiting the school this week.  Dutch students are being hosted by the families of TY students.  The exchange is co-ordinated by Mrs Gaffney who has organised a busy schedule for our visitors – from Samba drumming to forensic workshops and outdoor activities at Tangagh.   Below is a picture of Dutch and Loreto College students at the Samba workshop today.




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Transition Year students went on their Gaisce trip to Bundoran on the 1st and 2nd of September. They took part in a 15km walk and they also learned how to surf. These skills will help the transition year students earn their Bronze medal for their Gaisce challenge. They were accompanied by their teachers Ms. Blessington and Ms. Walsh. From the photos below it is clear that TY students had an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.





TY Beauty Workshop

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T.Y. students took part in a beauty workshop presented by Mary O’Flynn from Exquisite Hair from the 5th – 7th of October.  The workshop covered hair, beauty and nails and students learned how to do different hairstyles such as plaits and twists. There was a short tutorial on nails using dotters, sponges and different colours of nail varnish. To finish off the exciting day the emphasis was on makeup with students learning lots of new tips.  TY students found this beauty workshop both beneficial and interesting and will use the skills for years to come. By Alix Mooney, Megan Duffy and Lauren O’Reilly, TY students.



This week’s “Seanfhocail na Seachtaine” is:

“Is glas iad na cnoic i bhfad uainn”

which means “the grass is always greener on the other side”.

Sixth year Agricultural Science students attended The Ploughing Championships recently in Tullamore, Co. Offally along with their teachers Mrs Murphy and Ms Farrell.  Students had the opportunity to gather information relating to their Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science project. A great day was had by all despite the mucky conditions!





Seanfhocal na Seachtaine

September 23, 2016 | | Leave a Comment

This week’s seanfhocal is:

“Tús maith leath na hoibre”

which means “A good start is half the battle”. By Emma Mc Dwyer, Kate O’ Hanlon and Fiona Galligan, TY Ramor.

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Seanfhocal na Seachtaine

September 16, 2016 | | Leave a Comment

During this academic year students from Ramor (Transition Year) will post a “Seanfhocal” as Gaeilge every week to the school blog.  This weeks Seanfhocal is:

Tír Gan Teanga, Tír gan Anam

which means a country without a language is a country without a soul. By Emma McDwyer, Kate O’Hanlon and Fiona Galligan TY Ramor.

Congratulations to the Junior Certificate class of 2016 who received their results on Wednesday.  There was great excitement around the school as students celebrated their fantastic results.  Well done everybody!






All the best to our two sixth year students, Becky Walsh and Alanna Donohoe (The Outer Limits) who are playing at Electric Picnic this Saturday 3rd September in the Jerry Fish tent at 4.15pm.  The girls had a busy summer as they were the supporting act for The Blizards in Whelans and Jerry Fish in The Sugar Club.  They also perfomred at The Sunflower Festival in Belfast and at Indiependence Cork.  Aine Cahill, a past pupil of Loreto College, Cavan is also performing at Electric Picnic.

Becky and Alanna



Welcome Back

September 1, 2016 | | Leave a Comment

With it being the 1st of September the full school body is now back in action after the summer break.  A warm welcome is extended to our First year students in the following tutor classes: St. Odhrán, St Olga, St. Oliver, St. Olivia and St. Owen. We would also like to welcome students who joined other year groups and wish everyone a very enjoyable and productive academic year.

Congratulations to the Leaving Certificate class of 2016 on their excellent examination results.  There was an air of excitement around the school today as students received their results.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish the class of 2016 every success in the future. Go n-éirí an tÁdh libh go léir!


The girls from Loreto Cavan made the trip to Armagh for this Lagan Shield Ulster Final having negotiated a number of tricky fixtures during the group stages, before eventually overcoming a resilient effort by St Catherine’s Killybegs in the semi-final. The final itself started off as a tentative affair with both defences coming to the fore in the opening exchanges. However as both teams settled down into their stride it was the Cavan girls who started to create and take more of the chances. The inside forward line of Claire O’Hanlon, Aoife Callaghan and Ellie Daly were showing well and picked off some nice scores to send Loreto into a 1-03 to 0-00 lead midway through the first half. St Mary’s responded with a number of points of their own to reduce the deficit but were finding the Loreto goalkeeper & full back line of Tara Donlon, Ella Murphy, Sinead Flynn, Ciara Boylan and blood-sub Aoife Coyle in an unforgiving mood as they shut down attack after attack. The turning point in the game came with 10 minutes remaining in the 1st half when after their most consistent spell of possession in the game St Mary’s were awarded a penalty. The Down side blazed their effort wide and from the kick out Loreto went on the attack with some great interplay between Abbie Fee and Eimear Cahill putting their captain Katie Briody into space, she made no mistake finishing to the net in style to increase the Cavan sides lead. The Cavan girls were eager to take advantage of this and both midfielders, Bronwyn Fitzpatrick and Grainne Donohoe decided to get in on the scoring act tapping over points before the end of the half to give Loreto a 2-06 to 0-02 half time lead.

The second half again started with St Mary’s going on the attack but brilliant defensive work by the Loreto half back line of Eve Brady, Ava Shields and Aine McKiernan ensured that Loreto never let the Down side back into the game. The half back line were a constant thorn in the side of the St Mary’s team and produced a phenomenal display of attacking and defending throughout the entire contest, not content with their defensive duties two of the dynamic trio popped up to join the attack early in the second half with Eve Brady and Ava Shields both finishing to the net with the aplomb of seasoned forwards to put Loreto Cavan firmly in the driver’s seat in this game. The Cavan side made a number of changes to the team and the introduction of backs, Edel Brady, Caitlyn Pearse, Ciara Smith and Grainne Daly bolstered the defence and added extra energy to the back division as they proceeded to shut out the Down side for the remainder of the game. Meanwhile the substitutions at the other end of the pitch took over where the starting forwards left off with Grace Brady, Kavina Gaffney and Emily O’Connell working tirelessly to keep the pressure on a bewildered St Mary’s defence, while Mary Kate Gannon, Aislinn Keenaghan and Katie Leddy added a total of 4-02 from play to put a real gloss on a dominant display by the girls from Loreto Cavan.

Loreto College Cavan: Tara Donlon, Ella Murphy, Ciara Boylan, Sinead Flynn, Ava Shields (1-0), Eve Brady (1-0), Aine McKiernan, Bronwyn Fitzpatrick (0-2), Grainne Donohoe (0-2), Eimear Cahill, Katie Briody (1-04), Abbie Fee, Ellie Daly (3-0), Claire O’Hanlon (3-02), Aoife Callaghan (0-01), Aoife Coyle, Edel Brady, Caitlyn Pearse, Grace Brady, Ciara Smith, Aislinn Keenaghan (2-01), Kavina Gaffney, Katie Leddy (1-01), Emily O’Connell, Grainne Daly

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Pictured below is the U14A Gaelic football team who won the Post Primary Schools U14 Ulster Final at Lisnaskea GAA Club, Fermanagh recently.  The team beat Loreto Omagh in a competitive, sporting game of football and is a first for Loreto College Cavan at U14A .  The team look very professional kited out in their new Lidl jerseys which they won in a local Lidl competition.

This year Loreto entered five teams in the Post Primary Schools Ulster Championship, all five teams reached Ulster finals with three winning Ulster Finals in their division.  It has been a very successful year for Loreto College Cavan and well done to all players and mentors involved, the future for Loreto football is bright.



On the 9th of May 2016 we launched our health promoting schools programme. To kick things of there was lunch time entertainment in the court yard where the senior years preformed a flash mob. To add to the excitement some of the teachers also took part and nearly out danced the students! Following this we were delighted to welcome Maggie Farrelly as our guest speaker for the day. Maggie is the first female official to referee a senior men’s inter-county game and she talked to us about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The event was organised by Ms Doonan, Ms. Kennedy and Mrs Diver (the staff representatives on the Health Promoting School Committee). Without their her hard work this enjoyable event could not have happened. We all look forward to continuing to develop our school as a health promoting school.  Below are some photos of the event.


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Well done to Tamzin Cahill, St. Nevan 1st Yr, who won the school poster 13+ category of the Trend Micro “What’s your story competition”.  This is the third year in a row that Loreto College have been successful in this competition.  Below is a photograph of Tamzin displaying her winning poster titled “Knowledge in the palm of your hand”.

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Bhí ceilí mór againn i rith seachtain na gaeilge agus bhí spórt agus spraoi ag gach duine idir dhaltaí agus múinteoirí!. Buíochas le dia bhí an ghrian ag scoilteadh na gcloch agus bhí an craic go hiontach!

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Safer Internet Week

April 5, 2016 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

TY Pearse class delivered a series of “Safer Internet” workshops to all first year students from Monday 22nd  to Friday 26th February. The aim of this workshop was to promote safer internet use, especially among young people.  Students explored the potential dangers of internet use in the first lesson and in the second lesson  designed posters on the theme of safer internet use, some of which are shown below.



As part of achieving the Gaisce “Bronze” award,  transition year students recently went on an adventure trip to Bundoran, Co. Donegal.  The trip consisted of fun activities like surfing and a 15 kilometer walk.  From the photograph below it is true to say that the group was blessed with beautiful weather which made the activities all the more enjoyable. Students stayed in “the surf lodge,” in Bundoran and for one night and were split into pods. Each group of students had to carry out various duties such as cooking and cleaning throughout the stay. This trip was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  By Eleanor Coyle and Emer Cullen, TY students


Best of luck to Sorcha Finan, 2nd Yr, who is in the finals for the Education Prize which is taking place in Manchester this Friday 11th March.

The 11 finalists from the UK and Ireland will take part in a workshop with wire artist Celia Smith.  The overall winner will be announced at the workshop.

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Congratulations to Aisling Carolan and Aideen O’Reilly  who recently attended the Maynooth University presentation ceremony for “Excellence in Junior Certificate”. Both Aisling and Aideen achieved an A grade in higher level business studies in the 2015 Junior Certificate Examinations.  Well done ladies.

Aisling and Aideen

Pancake Tuesday Fundraiser

February 12, 2016 |  Tagged , | Leave a Comment

Transition year students held a fundraiser on Pancake Tuesday to raise money for GOAL.  Over 400 pancakes with a variety of toppings were made and sold to students. The sale took place in Ms McEvoy’s room and there was huge demand for the pancakes.  €285.75 was raised on the day which will be donated to GOAL. Earlier in the year TY students attended a workshop delivered by Louise Merragin (GOAL).  As a result students felt inspired to organise their own fundraising event in aid of GOAL. TYs organised this event with everybody being assigned a role, such as cooking, toppings, wrapping, selling and lots more. The fundraiser was a great success and everybody thoroughly enjoyed the day. On behalf of transition year students we would like to thank everybody for their support.  A huge thank you also to our development teachers Ms Kelly and Ms McEvoy for all their help.  By Niamh Boylan, Eleanor Coyle and Grace Clarke.


Princess Wars, a film made by a group in last year’s TY, has reached the Leinster final of the Fresh Film Festival.  It was selected out of 400 entries.  The film will be screened in the Odeon cinema in the Point Village Dublin, on Thursday 25th February between 10am – 1.30pm.  The viewing audience will vote for the winning film on the day.  The national final will happen later in March.

This short film is about the Disney princesses who have entered the Big Brother House and air their troubles within.  Cinderella is ocd about cleaning, while Rapunzel leaves her hair everywhere, Ariel is always in the bath or the kitchen sink,  Sleeping Beauty likes to sleep, Snow White loves the animals while Belle talks to the teapot, amongst other things.  The winner takes them all by surprise.

The team was composed of Caoimhe Galligan (Snow White), Claire Leddy (Cinderella), Emma O’Reilly (Ariel), Hannah O’Toole (Rapunzel), Tara Truyen (Sleeping Beauty), Dearbhla Lovett (Belle), Sarah McCarthy (Sound), Chloe Smith (Narration), and Ciara Smith (Narration).

The Fresh Film Festival sponsors include RTE, Gableend Media, the Odeon cinema and the Radharc Trust.  The judges include the comedian Pat Shortt.

We wish Princess Wars the very best of luck on 25th February and congratulations in reaching the Leinster Final.


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First Year Hockey

February 8, 2016 |  Tagged , , , | Leave a Comment

A group of first years have been participating in a Hockey coaching module delivered by Hockey Ireland coach Sasha Gannon.  The module ran for six weeks and introduced the students to the basic skills and rules of Hockey.  The module finished with a game against the Royal School Cavan.  The students really enjoyed experiencing the game of Hockey and they particularly enjoyed getting to meet the students from the Royal School and sharing their experiences of Hockey.


Feast of St. Brigid

February 1, 2016 |  Tagged , | Leave a Comment

St. Keelan’s class, 5th Yr, marked the feast of St. Brigid on the 1st of February by making St. Brigid crosses. Brigid was born in the year 451 AD and she is recognised for her generosity to the poor.  Below are some photographs of St. Keelan’s class hard at work.






We are delighted to have another All Star in the school again this year.  Amy Wharton from Cornafean was selected for an Ulster Schools All Star after three Ulster trials.  Amy secured her place as a goal keeper on the Ulster All Star team who played in the Interprovincial tournament on the weekend of January the 23rd.  Well done Amy.



There have been great celebrations at Loreto recently with the Senior Football team making history by winning the U20 Ulster Colleges A Final on a 3-8 to 2-8 scoreline.  The team beat a very strong St Ronan’s College from Lurgan, Armagh in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan on the 22nd of January.  Goals from Caoimhe Mc Dermott , Áine Reilly and Niamh O Shea helped see away the Northern school with points scored by Orla Feeney (3), Niamh Keenaghan (1), Niamh O Shea (1) and Caoimhe Mc Dermott (3).  The exchanges were nip and tuck the whole way through the game and as the clock ticked down Loreto backs came under huge pressure but their defence was impeccable with Ulster All Star Amy Wharton pulling off some top-class saves.  It was very fitting that Player of the Match Ciara Fitzpatrick fielded the last ball of the game and cleared it safely before the final whistle blew. Next up is the All-Ireland semi final against Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-on-Suir on Febraury 20th at 2pm in Ballykelly GAA, Highbridge, Kildare.  Get behind your classmates and support the Ulster Champions in Kildare!!

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Happy Christmas

December 18, 2015 | | Leave a Comment

Students have been incorporating the Christmas season into many subject areas over the past few weeks – Home Economics, Art, Music and Computers.  Please click on the link  “Christmas Card” in the blog roll to the right to see a Christmas card which creating during a computer programming lesson by Emily Boylan, St. Laisreán.  Press the green flag when the page comes up on screen.  Happy Christmas to all and best wishes for 2016.

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It is definitely beginning to look (and smell) a lot like Christmas around the Home Economics corridor. First Year students have been busy combining their culinary and artistic skills to produce festive ginger bread biscuits and fudge as shown below.  Bon Appetite!




Teddy Bear Workshop

December 11, 2015 |  Tagged , , , | Leave a Comment

Our first and second year Home Economics students recently attended a Teddy Bear workshop in school. The students thoroughly enjoyed the event. All bears were completely unique and even come with their own birth certificates!



As the bell rings and students begin to pour into the canteen for lunch, the revamped interior provides an enjoyable atmosphere for all…

The transition year class of 2014/15 took on the responsibility of redecorating the senior canteen. A lot of time and preparation was given to deciding on how best to do this.

One of the most important elements of the revamp was the deep clean. The entire canteen was industrially cleaned and the walls were freshly painted in a crisp white colour. The canteen is now a bright and extremely hygienic area for the students to have their lunch.

Not only is the interior of the canteen decorated, the flower pots transform the entrance to the canteen by adding colour to the area.

The transition year students also added their personalities to the project by creating unique pieces of art to display on the walls.

The menu in the canteen, which is run by Clearwater Catering, was also updated and there is now a new range of food available for all of the students to enjoy.

The feedback on the new canteen is very positive and everyone can agree that it is a much brighter, happier and more enjoyable place to spend lunch. By Kate Brady, 5th Yr student.

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It’s that time of year again, where many students get the opportunity to enter a design into Loreto’s annual Christmas card competition. There are three categories; Traditional Christmas Card, Religious Card and a card for the school. This year there was a total of 94 creative and talented entries. There are three winners who each receive a voucher kindly sponsored by Easons Cavan. The money raised by the Student Council from these Christmas cards will be divided between St Christophers Hospice Cavan, The Onchology Unit of Cavan General Hospital and the Baby Unit of Cavan General Hospital at the end of the year. The cards are €2 each or a pack of six cards are €10.

The winners are Ciara Maguire – 6th Year

Hannah Gilcreest – 5th year

Eleanor O’Flynn – Transition Year

Please see photographs below of these students and their winning entries.  By Kate Brady, 5th Yr student.








ISTA Science Quiz

November 23, 2015 |  Tagged , , , | Leave a Comment

The Cavan/Monaghan Branch of the Irish Science Teachers’ Association hosted the regional final of the Senior Science quiz in our school on Thursday 12th November.  Twelve teams competed in this “battle of the minds” with our very own Ms. Amond taking on the role of quiz mistress on the night.  Ciara Shiels, Mairead Bogue and Clodagh O’Reilly, 6th Yr students, narrowly missed out on third position in a sudden death tie breaker round.  Well done to St. Macartan’s Secondary School, Monaghan, who were the winning team on the night.  Thank you to all staff and students who helped out on the night.

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Dutch Exchange 2015

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The week beginning 1st November was a very exciting week in Loreto College, Cavan as our school and TY students were host to 43 students from Holland and their teachers.  TY and Dutch students had a rich educational experience during this week as they took part in many different workshops  – rocket science, samba drumming, cookery, drama, Irish dance and music.   Students also made a visit to our capital city and had a rather fun tour around the main sites of Dublin on the Viking Splash bus!  The fun did not end here, as  students also spent an action packed day in Tanagh Outdoor Activity Centre.  Below is a selection of pictures of the week.

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Science Week 2015

November 11, 2015 |  Tagged , , , , | Leave a Comment

This week is a busy week in the Science department as Science Week is upon us. In preparation for this week, first and second year students attended a workshop delivered by W5 employees (the Belfast based interactive science discovery center).  The theme of the workshop was “Force of Course” and great fun was had by all as some screams and loud bangs could be heard coming from the concert hall.  Tomorrow night our school will host the regional final of the Irish Science Teachers’ Association senior science quiz, with students coming from Louth, Cavan and Monaghan.  Below is a photograph of first year students at the W5 workshop.





Happy Halloween

October 23, 2015 | | Leave a Comment

As Halloween draws near, First year Science and Home Economics students made these skeletons and pumpkins to hang around the school. The teachers also put up some scary decorations to help everyone get in the spirit!  Happy Halloween By Eleanor O’Flynn and Megan O’Reilly, TY Students



On Wednesday the 14th of October, the Loreto Cavan Student Council attended the national seminar for Student Councils in Loreto Post-Primary Schools.  The event was held in the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin.  We were welcomed by the Loreto Education Development Officer, Tríona Barrett.  Whilst broken up into different groups, mixing with representatives from other Loreto schools, we discussed the role of the Student Council.  This was a very insightful activity and we were made aware of the conduct that the Student Council conforms to.  Mock council meetings took place and lots of unique ideas were shared amongst the groups.  Presentations made also highlighted the work done by individual students and Student Councils.  The experience was informative, enjoyable and worthwhile as every member took something special from the day.  By Aishling Creegan, 6th Yr student.


On Tuesday the 6th of October 29 students from Loreto Cavan travelled to St Brigid’s Athletic Club in Co. Meath to take part in the Geraldine Dolan Memorial Schools Cross Country meeting. It was a huge event with over 450 athletes from 17 different schools taking part. The athletes from Loreto Cavan put in a very strong performance with 2 podium finishes in the individual events and 3 podium finishes in the team events.

Maegan McGivney from 2nd Yr took third place overall in the Junior girls event while Enya Kiernan produced a strong run to finish 3rd in the Intermediate girls race. The Minor team was made up of all 1st year students and they all ran an excellent race to take third place in the team event. The team was led home by Mary Kate Gannon, Bevan McCaffrey, Olivia Murphy and Niamh O’Reilly. In the Junior event the Loreto team ran a brilliant race to finish level in 1st place with Loreto Mullingar but they were awarded 2nd place after a finishing places countback. The team was as follows, Maegan McGivney, Eimear Rudden, Brianna Smith and Blathnaid O’Reilly. In the Intermediate team event the Loreto Cavan team led by Enya Kiernan, Leah Smith and Emily Boylan finished an excellent third place over all. In the overall competition Loreto Cavan placed in a very impressive 7th place out of 17 schools. This was an excellent overall finish for the Loreto Cavan team considering that they were competing against co-educational schools who were scoring points in both boys and girls races. Well done to all involved and the team are now looking forward to taking part in the Cavan Schools Cross Country. A special thanks must also go to Floods Coaches our new athletics kit sponsors, who provided the school with 20 brand new singlets for the coming year.  Below are photos of our teams who represented the school on the day.

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Junior Girs Team CC

Last week as part of “Cool School” week, our TY class, Pearse, in an effort to promote a zero tolerance with bullying made badges for each of the first year classes, the badges were designed with an anti-bullying message.  A different design was given to each class group. The students wore the badges to classes all week. Pictured above are a selection on the badges and below a number of students from St Niamh and St Nevan wearing their badges.  By Grace Clarke and Niamh Brick (TY – Pearse)

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Goal Workshop

October 6, 2015 | | Leave a Comment

On Wednesday 30th September TY classes, Pearse and Connolly, participated in a workshop organised by the Irish charity GOAL. At the workshop students had the opportunity to talk about current affairs like the current refugee crisis of Syria. Louise from GOAL spoke about the work they have been doing in Syria since 2012. Students were also shown a video from GOAL’s campaign, ‘Now you know.’ Louise asked the students think of fundraising ideas to help the refugees. All students participated well and really enjoyed this very interesting workshop.  By Grace Clarke and Niamh Brick, TY students.



Daffodil Planting

September 28, 2015 | | Leave a Comment

During the week beginning Monday 22nd of September transition year students planted 1,916 daffodil bulbs in commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising under the watchful eye of Ms. Mc Cormack. The bulbs were planted along the avenue with each student planting 40 bulbs. All going well the daffodils should bloom in time for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.  We looking forward to seeing them “fluttering and dancing in the breeze”.  By Niamh Gilmartin and Aisling Burns, TY students.






On Monday the 11th of September, transition year students went to Loughcrew Adventure Centre, Oldcastle, County Meath. Apart from the obvious adventure experiences (such as the Zipline!)  Loughcrew is home to one of Ireland’s oldest landmarks, the Loughcrew Cairns, which are megalithic strucutres built around 4000 bc as burial chambers. Visiting these megalithic tombs was very fitting as our TY theme of  this year is architecture. The adventure centre  provided a day long of fun filled times and muddy memories! We participated in different obstacle courses and challenges which were great team building activities. Overall our day out at Loughcrew was a great experience and an amazing start to our transition year. The pictures below are proof of just how muddy our day was. By Ezhil Pharkavi Ganesan and Deborah Coyle, TY students.







Welcome Back!

September 1, 2015 | | Leave a Comment

As we enter a new school year, we would like to welcome back all students and staff.  A special welcome is extended to our first year students from the following tutor classes – St. Naoise, St. Naomi, St. Nevan and St. Niamh.  Pictured below is Ms. Dempsey (1st Yr Head of Year) with 1st Yr students –  Edel, Joanne, Tamzin and Shauna.

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Congratulations to the class of 2015 on their exam results which they received today.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish our students every success in the future.  Go n-éirí an tÁdh libh go léir!

Exam Results

The girls from Loreto College Cavan made the short trip to the home of championship football in Ulster, St Tiernach’s park Clones on Wednesday to contest the Ulster U-14 “B” final against a much fancied Our Lady’s Castleblaney team. When the sides met earlier in the group stages of the competition only a single point separated the teams with the Loreto girls coming out on top after a fortunate last minute goal. This set the scene for an enticing encounter to see which side had made the most progress since their previous meeting and who could deal best with the pressures of the big occasion.

Conditions were perfect for football on a balmy summer morning and the Loreto girls got off to the best possible start registering an impressive 1-02 in the first 5 minutes of the game without reply with joint captains Niamh Keenaghan & Muireann Cusack both raising the white flag and midfielder Elaine Brady getting at the end of a well worked move to finish to the net. Castleblaney however were going to be no push over and stated their intentions with 4 well taken points from distance to leave the minimum between the teams half way through the opening half. The Cavan outfit looked to be under some serious pressure and were finding the going tough against a well drilled Our Ladys team when somewhat against the run of play they scored 1-1 inside a few frentic minutes to which Our Ladys replied with a brace of points before being pick pocketed again for 1-01 with 5 minutes of the 1st half remaining. Our Ladys showed great resilience to come back with a goal and 2 points of their own before the interval to leave the halftime score 3-04 to 1-06 in favour of the Loreto girls and setting up a cracking final 30 minutes of football.

Loreto Cavan made 2 changes at half time looking to freshen things up with Katelyn Kelly and Darcy Beck entering the fray for Abbie Sexton and Ava Tynan who both put in a huge effort in the first half. However it was the Monaghan side who came out with all guns blazing at the start of the second half and hit over four points in the first 10 minutes to again leave the minimum between the sides. The alarm bells began to ring for the Cavan girls and they quickly awoke out of their slumber to realise what was at stake in this game and their response was befitting of the character of the team. They began to take control of the game in the middle third of the field with Lauren McVeety, Caitlin Duke, Kate & Ciara Kellegher and Niamh Brady all making telling contributions. They hit Our Ladys for an impressive 2-06 in the last 20 minutes of the game with a reply of only a single point coming from the Monaghan girls. The score of the game coming in this period from Loreto’s Aine Reilly as she finished to the net following some excellent work by substitute Aoife Lynch. The final score line of 5-11 to 1-11 in favour of the Cavan team didn’t do justice to how close this game really was and only a superb defensive team effort from Loreto in the last quarter spearheaded by Katie Galligan, Muireann Smith, Aine Dennehy and Aine Brady prevented Our Ladys from taking something more from the game.

Loreto Cavan Squad: Katie Galligan, Aine Dennehy, Muireann Smith, Aine Brady, Lauren McVeety, Ciara Kellegher, Niamh Brady, Caitlin Duke, Elaine Brady(2-01), Ava Tynan, Aine Reilly(1-02), Kate Kellegher(0-01), Abbie Sexton, Muireann Cusack(0-05), Niamh Keenaghan(2-01), Megan Smith, Darcey Beck, Amy Fitzpatrick, Martha Reilly, Holly Hughes, Ciara Flynn, Christina Dennehy, Katie Briody, Saoirse Smith, Sorcha Finan, Aoife Lynch, Megan Leonard, Aoife Galligan, Fiona McKiernan, Katelyn Kelly(0-01), Amy Gardiner.

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In recent months a number of Transition Year students participated in a GAA Coaching Course.  The aim of the course was to promote Gaelic Football among young girls and to equip the TY students with the skills to coach GAA to underage female teams.  Sheena Mc Nally, Ulster LGFA Development Officer, visited Loreto to deliver the training day and prepare the TYs for the module.  The TY students then visited local primary schools over the course of three weeks to coach 5th and 6th class female students.  This training culminated in a Primary School Blitz Day which took place on May 15th at the 3G Breffni Park, Cavan.  A great day was had by all.


Our class, St. Laisreán, recently visited the ISPCA centre in Keenagh, County Longford for our CSPE Action Project. While on our trip we learned about animal cruelty and how the ISPCA helps to rehabilitate and rehome animals. The ISPCA gave us a tour of their centre in Longford to show us the various animals that are in their care such as dogs, cats, goats and horses.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are a voluntary organisation set up to help, rescue, treat and responsibly rehome tens of thousands of animals of all different species. The ISPCA does not get much funding from the government so they heavily rely on voluntary donations.

We were encouraged by the ISPCA to report any cases of animal cruelty and neglect that we see. Animals play a vital role in all of our lives and it would be a shame to see them mistreated. If you believe an animal is being cruelly treated or neglected, please call 1890 515515. Report by St. Laisreán students, 2nd Yr. 

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Annual Bake Sale

May 19, 2015 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

On the 5th of May the student council held their annual bake sale in aid of various charities. All students were asked to contribute by baking some cakes or treats. The bake sale was held in the gym during lunch and it was a huge success. In total €580 was raised. The money will be divided between the Onconology unit of Cavan Hospital, St.Christophers Hospice and the revamping of the senior canteen. A big “Thank You” to students and staff who made this fundraising event a success.  Report by Kate Brady, T.Y. student.


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We have recently received photographs of the development work taking place in our sister Loreto school located in Rumbek, South Sudan. As you can see there is still a lot of work to be done, but with our continued support and fundraising we can make a difference to the students of Loreto Rumbek.

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On Thursday the 30th of April, Transition Year students went to Tayto Park in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. We took part in a workshop called “Conservation and Stewardship” which highlighted the importance of looking after our earth and its animals. This was a very enlightening and interesting experience.

We even got up close and personal with various creepy crawlies (some preferred this more than others!). We got to see, touch and hold snakes, cockroaches, barn owls and a bearded dragon. We also had a tour of the zoo where we saw tigers, meerkats, bisons, a night monkey and micro goats to name a few.

Afterwards we went on some of the rides and activities such as rock climbing, zip lining, amusement rides and a sky walk.  Ms. Kelly and Mrs. Sweeney accompanied us on the trip. We had a wonderful day and we are now all more wary of our earth and our environment! Report by Katie Elliot and Sarah Brady, T.Y. Students.

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Active Schools Week took place last week from Monday the 27th of April- the 1st of May in conjunction with The Active Schools Flag- see for more details.

The aim of the week is to encourage the school community to be as active as possible aiming for 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

Throughout the week we ran activities before school, during lunch and afterschool with sports such as dodgeball, badminton, rounders, tennis , Gaelic Football, Kick Fada, Penalty Shoot Out and circuits to name a few.  We also had a Slí na Sláinte mapped out which could be walked or ran daily.  Additionally we invited a number of local sports clubs to visit the school to deliver sports taster sessions which gave our school community an opportunity to experience a variety of different sports such as wrestling, archery, table tennis, boxing and basketball.

The week was a great success with a large cohort of the school community being very active throughout the school week.

Don’t forget to drop in your Active Schools Card to the PE Office to be with a chance of winning most active student, class or year group.

Look out for yourself in our Active Schools Photos displayed in the PE department.

Pictured below is Leon from Cavan Instinctive Archery displaying and demonstrating archery skills during Active Schools Week.  The two pictures below shows students attending a Wrestling session with Val Kalantai during Active Schools Week.





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This year Loreto College Cavan hosted the annual National Loreto Schools Tag Rugby Blitz on Friday the 1st of May at the Cavan Rugby Club.  It was attended by a number of Dublin schools.  Loreto College Cavan ‘A’ Team won out the competition for the second year in a row.  The event was a great success and enjoyable day for all involved.  Pictured below are some of the highlights of the day.






Table Tennis Display

May 4, 2015 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

International Table Tennis Champion, Lauren Donaldson, and her coach Chris visited the school during Active Schools Week to give students first hand experience of the sport by demonstrating the game.  Students also got the opportunity to try the game for themselves.  Pictured below are Lauren Donaldson and coach Chris demonstrating a high speed, quality game of Table Tennis.  The bottom picture shows some Fifth Year students attempting to play!





On the 25th of April, Loreto College Cavan was transformed into a sea of colour as the students and teachers dressed in the Rumbek colours. Rumbek Day was organised by the Student Council and aimed to raise much needed funds for Loreto Rumbek. The students were asked to donate €2 and wear Rumbek colours for the day. There was also prizes for the best dressed in each year. The school was decorated in Rumbek colours and everyone got into the spirit of the day. Bunting, wristbands and face paint all helped to create a fun atmosphere and the day was enjoyed by all. In total €1,300 was raised for Loreto Rumbek and we know it is greatly appreciated. We recently received photos from Loreto Rumbek that highlight how our donations help the development of Loreto Rumbek. Below are some of the photos of Rumbek Day.  We know that our donations greatly help the development of Loreto Rumbek and we hope to post some photos of  Loreto Rumbek soon.  Thank you to the whole school community for making this event a huge success. Report by Kate Brady, TY Student.

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Loreto College Cavan raise money for the Loreto school in Rumbek. Students from Loreto College Cavan raised Euro 1300.00 during a non uniform day at the school and the money raised will assist with the education costs of of girls in Loreto Rumbek, Southern Sudan. Photo: Adrian Donohoe.

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We are delighted to announce that Ciara Sheils (5th year) was successful in winning the Ulster provincial playoffs of the Mathletes challenge last Saturday 18th April. Ciara had to complete timed online maths challenges, problem solving questions and a teamwork activity in which she performed excellently. Clodagh O’Reilly (5th year) also competed in the provincial playoffs and although she did not take home the first place trophy, her performance throughout the entire Mathletes challenge has been so impressive she has also been invited to take part in the National Final.

Both Ciara and Clodagh are now setting their sights on the title of All Ireland Mathletes Champion, they will compete against 18 other fifth year students in the country where only one will take the top prize. The final takes place on Saturday 2nd May in DCU, the girls maths teacher Mrs Sweeney will be attending and eagerly awaiting the results- a very exciting day for the maths department in Loreto College.  We are extremely proud of the girls success in this competition and we wish both of them the very best of luck in the final.

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On the 17th of April, we made our way to Athlone Springs Hotel for a transition year mini-company competition called ‘Get up and Go’. A total of 25 companies participated in this competition. This competition focuses on all aspects of a business: Quality, Innovation, Finance, Communication and Marketing. Two companies from our school were involved in this competition – ‘The Irish Mammy’s Company’ and ‘Farmivia’.

When we arrived, both companies set up their displays and the competition began. Each person in the group was given a label with either ‘A’, ‘B’ OR ‘C’ on it. In the first part, the A’s completed an interview with the judges and answered questions from B’s. The role of B was to go around the different companies and ask them about their business whilst filling out a report. C’s had to participate in a group discussion with other students, whilst a teacher asked us questions about our business. After the first part, all the different letters rotated – A’s changed to B’s, B’s changed to C’s and C’s changed to A’s. The rotation occurred one more time. Every person in the business had the opportunity to participate in all these activities.  Each business had a total of 5 judges interview them on all the aspects of their business.  After these activities, we got lunch in a nearby room.

Closing Ceremony: The main organiser of the competition spoke about the different companies and announced the winners for each category.

Irish Mammy’s Company: 2nd place in Quality and 2nd place in Marketing.

Farmivia: 2nd place in Communications

After this, they announced the companies that were through to Nationals. Unfortunately, neither company got through to Nationals, but we had a great experience.  Below are pictures of TY students who represented the school at the competition.  Report by Cora McCann, TY student.

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Well done to Leona Maguire, from the class of 2014, on becoming  the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women’s Golf Individual Champion in the US last weekend. Leona is currently the number one ranked women’s collegiate golfer in the US.  Leona and Lisa were offered golfing scholarships in Duke University, North Carolina, after receiving top marks in their Leaving Certificate last year.  We wish the girls continued sporting and academic success.

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We are very proud to announce that four of our first year students have been selected to take part in the finals of the Irish Junior Mathematics Competition. These students are Emma Dolan, Sorcha Finan, Zuzanna Lazvga and Eimear Rudden. They will travel to Monaghan on Friday 8th May to compete. We wish you all the best of luck. Pictured below are the first year students who will represent Loreto College Cavan in the finals.

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Students have worked really hard online since we took on the Mathletes challenge at the end of February. We have had a number of students finishing in top 10 positions nationally for the month of March and one student came top of the country in her year category, a massive achievement. The students who placed in the top ten positions in the March leader board nationally are:


2nd Place: Alexandra Timahovica

6th Place: Arisha Maqsood


3rd Place: Fia Maloney

6th Place: Oliwia Wzorek

8th Place: Tara Ní Chionnaith

10th Place: Sinead Cahill


1st Place: Clodagh OReilly

3rd Place: Abike Aiyegbusi

4th Place: Ciara Sheils

Our school team is currently in 16th position in the country overall and 3rd position in Ulster. We have students from first second and fifth year who have spent a huge number of hours online mastering key maths skills and their hard work has payed off, we are hugely proud of their success.

Finally a big congratulations to two of our fifth year students Clodagh O’Reilly and Ciara Sheils who have achieved a place in the provincial playoffs of the Mathletes challenge. Their performance online in the last few months has been so impressive that they have been selected as some of the finalists in the competition against 700 other students with the hope of reaching the All Ireland Final. They will be travelling to Letterkenny IT on Saturday 18th April to take part. We are very proud to have two students in these playoffs and we wish you both the best of luck.

Well done to all the Mathletes this year, we hope to be as successful in next years competition! Pictured below are the students who have been placed in the top ten positions nationally for the March Leader-board.

Students who have placed in the top ten positions nationally for the March Leaderboard


Cross Country Running has been very successful within the school year, with many competitors of various year groups. The Ulster cross country championships took place in Belfast on 24/02 with Clodagh O’Reilly (5th yr) taking gold in the senior race and Megan McGivney (1st yr) coming 7th in the minor race. Congratulations to both girls who now go forward to represent the school in the All Ireland cross country championships on the 7th March.

Clodagh had a very successful run at the All Ireland Cross Country Championships at Clongowes College, where she finished 3rd in the Senior Girls 2500m. This was a great finish to her cross country season, and now she is looking forward to the track.

Clodagh O Reilly Sports Blog











The 1st and 2nd year basketball teams enjoyed mixed fortunes this season. Both teams performed extremely well in the group stages of the league with the 1st year team securing a play-off spot courtesy of wins over Beech Hill Monaghan and O’Carolan College Nobber. In the play-off series they recorded impressive victories over St Oliver’s Drogheda and Scoil Mhuire Longford to secure a semi-final berth against St Oliver’s Oldcastle. Unfortunately they were narrowly beaten on the day by a strong Oldcastle team. The 2nd years enjoyed a good run of form in the group stages with 3 wins from 4 games beating Beech Hill Monaghan, O’Carolan College Nobber and St Louis Carrickmacross along the way. This run of results saw them qualify directly for the semi-finals where they faced a strong team from St Oliver’s Drogheda. Despite the best efforts of the players on duty they came out the wrong side of the result. Well done to both teams on their performances this year and no doubt they will bounce back stronger in next year’s competition.


Senior Gaelic Football Team

The Senior Gaelic Football team have finished up this year as Ulster runners up.  This year the Senior team have been playing their football in division ‘A’ competing against the top schools in Ulster.  This did not hold them back by any means as they easily progressed through the league to an Ulster Semi Final which took place in Templeport GAA against Loreto Omagh.  Their win at this game meant they were through to an Ulster Final for the first time in an ‘A’ division.  The Ulster Final took place in Oram, Mongahan against St Ciaran’s High Schools Ballygawley under very poor weather conditions.  This game was a tough battle until the end with the win going to St Ciaran’s by two points at the final whistle.


Senior Football team blog









U16 Gaelic Football Team

The U16 Gaelic football team have also been competing in division ‘A’ in Ulster this year. The girls have won their matches well and progressed to an Ulster semi-final in the Tyrone centre of excellence. After a brilliant team performance they defeated Our Lady’s and St. Patrick and progressed on to the Ulster ‘A’ Final. The Final took place on Thursday the 5th March 2015 in Irvinestown Co. Fermanagh where they took on Loreto Omagh. It turned out to be an extremely tight game from start to finish with Loreto Omagh coming out on the winning side by 4 points in the end.



U 16 Football Team



The equestrian team has continued to go from strength to strength with 3 teams entered in the recent competition on February 14th 2015 in Cavan Equestrian Centre. All three teams performed really well with Team Maroon winning the open competition and the novice team placing second in their competition. There were also some really good individual performances on the day from Tara Caffrey (1st yr) Lucille Carolan (1st yr) Nicole Kilkenny (6th yr) and Orla Henry (2nd yr).

On February 1th 2015 the team competed in Mullingar Equestrian Centre. The open team- Alice Clarke, Orla Henry, Caoimhe Bogue and Sarah Donnelly came 1st place. In the individual 90m- Orla Henry came 4th place on Keoghan’s Boy and Fiona Galligan came 8th place on Cavan Beauty.

On Saturday 29th November 2014 the Loreto School Equestrian team competed in Cavan Equestrian Centre. The open team- Alice Clarke, Orla Henry, Caoimhe Bogue and Sarah Donnelly came third place. In the individual open- Sarah Reilly came 8th place on Ballymaloe Checkpoint Fred. In the individual accumulator- Orla Henry came 3rd place on Loughville Ranger.

The team have their final event of the season coming up on the 11th & 12th of April in Coilog Equestrian Centre, Kildare. We wish them all the best.

Equestrian Team Blog




This camogie team are Ulster 2014 champions.  They progressed on to the Junior D All Ireland semi-final v St. Darraghs’s, Dublin where they were unfortunately beaten.  They trained very hard all year and they displayed excellent team spirit throughout the year, which was shown in their ulster title success.

camogie Team Blog










The senior tag rugby team entered the Danske Bank Ulster schools cup for the first time this year and with a number of impressive victories in their regional qualifier in Virgina RFC they qualified for the finals playoff series in Armagh RFC on the 12th of March. On the day they won 2 out of their 3 pool games beating Aquinas Grammar School and Fivemiletown College before losing narrowly by a single try to reigning champions Enniskillen Collegiate a team who have been unbeaten in the competition for the last 5 years. This was a tremendous achievement by the girls and hopefully those on the panel from TY and 5th year will be able to build on this success in next year’s competition.


U14 football

The u14 Gaelic Football have been competing in division ‘B’ in Ulster this year. The girls have won all their matches to date qualifying them for an Ulster Semi-Final after the Easter break. The girls continue to train hard and have a number of challenges coming up over the next few weeks to prepare for their upcoming Semi-Final.


Attracta Mc Niece from Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) visited the school to talk to students from St. Liadán about homelessness. The talk made us more aware of homelessness and how lucky we are to live in nice, warm homes.  Attracta highlighted that many people in Ireland live without basic essentials. It also made us aware and more concerned about how people live around Ireland today. She told us that there are roughly 5,000 homeless people in Ireland today.  She informed us that the founder of SVP is Fredich Ozanam, and their approach is too help people in need by volunteering. Each student in St. Liadán donated €2 to help those in need.  We raised €58 in total.  We would like to thank Attracta Mc Niece for taking the time to come to our school and talking to us about the homelessness crisis that’s happening in Ireland at present.  Below is a picture of St. Liadán with Attracta Mc Niece (SVP). By Labhaoise Brennan and Fiona McKiernan, St. Liadán, 2nd Yr.

St Liadan CSPE

On the 4th March, all first year students in the school took part in the Irish Junior Mathematics Competition ran by the Irish Maths Teachers Association. A great effort was made by all students on this problem based quiz and a very high standard of maths was observed. Big congratulations to the following 1st year students who placed in the top 10 out of the school, Eimear Rudden, Emma Dolan, Sorcha Finan, Zuzanna Lazvga, Anna Smith, Anna Watson, Sana Cheema, Aleksandra Timahovica, Katie Briody and Maureen Reilly. These students may be invited to take part in the National Finals held in May and go on to become the Irish Junior Mathematics Champion. Well done to all those who took part.

irish junior mathematic competition

This year the mathematics department have signed students up to take part in the MATHLETES challenge. We have invited 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th year students to register on and complete maths missions and problems to earn points both for themselves and our school team. A great enthusiasm is being shown by all students and already some have spent hours mastering basic maths skills and developing their mathematical knowledge, whilst earning those all important points too! We encourage all who haven’t signed up to do so as soon as possible, we will be monitoring the competition until 18th April when we hope our school will have climbed up the MATHLETES leader board, there will also be a prize for the student in school who has earned the most points!  More information on this competition can be found on the, students can talk to Mrs Sweeney for class codes needed to register. Good luck to all the Mathletes out there!!!!!

mathletes logo

In December Transition Year students entered a European Studies Programme Competition under the guidance of Mrs Gaffney (European Studies Teacher). The competition involved the production of a brochure to inform our peers about one of the Millenium Development Goals and to propose a future development goal and explain the need for such a goal. A short time later our school was informed that eight students had won the competition and the prize was a trip to attend Euroscola in Strasbourg.

On Wednesday 4th Of February 2015, eight Transition Year students travelled to Strasbourg to attend the Euroscola Conference at the European Parliament Headquarters. We travelled with students from Colaiste Chiarain Croom, St. Paul’s Secondary School  Monasterevin, St. Killian’s College Garron Tower, St. Mary’s Grammar Magherafelt and The Rainey Endowed School Magherafelt. We travelled from Dublin to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Strasbourg and arrived late on Wednesday night.

We had an early start on Thursday morning February 5th and made our 30 minute journey by bus from our hotel to the European Parliament buildings. Many photographs were taken before entering the building. When we went inside we were given the opportunity to meet other students over breakfast, students from each of the twenty eight different countries in the EU. After breakfast we took our seats in the Hemicycle, the plenary chamber of the parliament. Each seat had an electronic voting system and headphones. Language Interpretors were present to provide all information in many differnet languages allowing students to choose which ever language they wished to listen to on their headphones. Students in turn introduced their schools, this was a great chance to learn about student life and learning in other european countries. Following this we had an opportunity to deliver questions to a number of members of the European parliament. We felt privileged to be part of this session as it was a great chance to voice our opinion about the future of the European Union and mostly importantly, to have our questions answered.

Over lunch each student teamed up with other European students and participated in a multi-lingual quiz. This allowed students of all different nationalities to communicate together in a fun easy going manner.  After lunch we were placed into smaller committee groups of eighty students where each group discussed at length, various issues and topics in relation to the European Community and the future of the European Union. A chairperson and racconteur were nominated for each committee.When we returned to the hemicycle, each committee in turn delivered their opinions and ideas. This led  to further questioning and debate from the student audience. Following this, the topics and resolutions were debated among all of the committees. The final closing ceremony of the day involved one student from each country with their flag joining the twenty seven other students with their flags for a procession through the centre of the chamber.

The following day, Friday February 6th  we took part in a  walking tour of Strasbourg along with a tour guide who educated us on the interesting history surrounding the city. We visited Cathedral Notre-Dame where we experienced the workings of its impressive astronomical clock.  We then made our way to Strasbourg airport to make our journay home to Cavan after a thoroughly enjoyable and educational trip of a lifetime.


Tuesday 10th February marked Safer Internet Day, an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people.  To mark this day, students from TY Erne delivered a “Safer Internet Workshop” to all first year students based on the theme of cyber bullying.  First year students designed a poster on this theme which are on display in the network room. Below is a picture of TY Erne students with a selection of posters in the background. A sincere thank you to all students who helped make this event so successful. safer internet day

Art Department Update

February 10, 2015 |  Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

Today Tuesday all of Ms Molloy’s and Ms O’Neill’s 2nd Yr Art students are on a trip to Dublin to visit the National Gallery of Art, Hugh Lane Gallery and to draw in the Natural History Museum and Collins Barracks.

This coming Thursday 12th February, Ms Molloy’s 5th Yr Art class is also off to Dublin to visit the Turner Prize winner – Duncan Campbell’s exhibition in IMMA, then to see Eileen Gray’s work in Collins Barracks going on to visit the National Gallery of Art and ending with seeing Renoir and Monet’s work in the Hugh Lane Gallery.

All TY students are off with Ms Smith. Ms Molloy and Ms Walsh to visit Glasnevin Cementry on the morning of Tuesday 24th February and visiting the Dublin Art Galleries and Museums in the afternoon.

Congratulations to the following 6 students whose artwork was chosen to represent the school in Doodle4Google Art Competition; Nicole Dolan TY, Orla Quinn 2nd Yr , Patrijia 1st Yr , Maegen McGivney 1st Yr , Zuanna Lauga 1st Yr and Jessica Taaffe 1st Yr.

National Art Gallery

Third and TY students were recently presented with an exciting opportunity, the possibility of spending Easter break, 2016 on a World Challenge expedition to Vietnam. If you are one of those students trying to decide if this is for you, take a look at what a previous ‘Challenger’ Laura Emmo, 5th Yr,  wrote about her experience in Ethiopia last year…………………

During the two weeks of the Easter holidays thirteen students and two teachers travelled to Ethiopia. While we were there we visited a local school, trekked in the Simien Mountains and travelled around this fascinating country. After a nine hour journey including a stopover in Istanbul, our team arrived in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Upon arrival we ended up sleeping outside the airport until airport officials allowed us inside where we then slept on the floor until it was time for our flight to Gondar, North Ethiopia. We arrived at Gondar airport, which was very small.  There, taxis were waiting to bring us to our first nights’ accommodation, the Queen Taitu. The following morning we travelled the short distance to the local school (Kebele) where we stayed for the next four days, moving rocks and rubbish, sanding and painting tables and decorating classrooms with educational pictures. We also paid for a fence to be built to secure the school grounds. We ended our stay with a wonderful afternoon of football using the newly built goal posts and meeting lots of students and people from the local area. This was both an enjoyable and tiring few days where we got to experience many new things outside of our comfort zones including teaching the children, learning about Ethiopian culture, and cooking outside in a thunder storm (imagine trying to keep that fire lit!) to mention but a few. We then moved on to the trekking phase of our expedition, driving north towards the Simien Mountains with our guides, cooks and scouts. We were already beginning to see the spectacular views the Simien Mountains have to offer. We completed a three day trek to the altitude of almost half Mount Everest. Whilst in the mountains, we attended a traditional coffee ceremony in one of the locals’ dwellings. The trek was tough but the natural beauty all around us and the feeling when we made it to the top, made it so worthwhile.  Returning to Gondar the following day, we stayed there one last night before continuing on to Bahir Dar, a ten hour bus journey away. In Bahir Dar, we visited the tourist spots including the local markets as well as visiting the Blue Nile Falls and some of the beautiful, colourful monasteries in the area. We also went in search of hippos on a Lake Tana boat trip. We spent our last night in Addis Ababa, the bustling capital city of Ethiopia, where we treated ourselves to a celebratory dinner in a famous Ethiopian restaurant. After that we left for the airport to return home, happy, grateful, tired and full of stories and experiences that couldn’t wait to be shared.  We are all extremely thankful for this truly unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience we have been given and we would like to thank everyone who helped us make this expedition possible. Below is a photograph of a classroom in Kebele School, Gondar, and the expedition team in the Simien Mountains.

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Ethopia 2

Highlight of the Week

January 29, 2015 | | Leave a Comment

There was a great air of excitement on Wednesday in Loreto College Cavan when  Transition Year Students officially opened the Bank Of Ireland School Bank.  Henry Shefflin, Kilkeeny Hurler, was at hand to help TY students get their bank up and running, while also signing numerous autographs.  More photographs to follow.


Congratulations to Michaela Gaffney, 6th Yr,  who received her All Star Award on the 12th of December 2014 at the presentation of the Ulster 2015 Post Primary All Star Awards.  Players representing schools from seven counties received their awards along with playing gear and hoodies.  The 25 selected took part in the All Ireland Inter Provincial Schools tournament at the weekend in Kinnegad.  The Ulster team retained their shield title at the expense of Leinster.  Well done to Michaela who is photographed below.


Pictured below is a photograph of one of the less traditional sports we enter teams into at Loreto College Cavan.  Caoimhe Martin participated in an Inter Schools Sailing Competition before Christmas at Malahide, Dublin.  It was a great experience for Caoimhe and all the sailors.  The competition was organised by Olympic Sailor Ciara Peelo who was very helpful to Caoimhe and all competitors giving great advice on the day to help improve their sailing into the future.  Caoimhe is already looking forward to next years competition.


Clodagh O’ Reilly, 5th Yr, represented Ireland in the Spar European Cross Country Championships which were in Samokov, Bulgaria on the 14th of December.  As a result of Clodagh’s success at the Irish Schools Cross Country Championships Clodagh was selected to be a part of the Irish Women’s Junior Team.  Clodagh flew out with Double European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton along with 33 other members of the Irish Team.  Well done to Clodagh who is pictured below taking part in the event.


Congratulations to the five Loreto Transition Year students who have been selected to take part in the National Conference of the European Youth Parliament  -Emma O’Reilly, Cora McCann, Lucy Sexton, Kate Brady and Megan McIntyre.  These students will travel to Dublin to take part in this event from the 5th – 8th March. It is a brilliant opportunity for all involved and we wish good luck to all of the students. By Kate Brady, TY.

European Youth Parliment



Three Transition Year students recently participated in the BT Young Scientist 2015 exhibition.

“Can you beat us” is a project on game theory by Ciara Finan and Emma O’ Reilly. The girls pursued a mathematical study of how to use game theory to develop a winning strategy for a game called Pick-Up, reducing this down to a mathematical formula. They feel that a module on game theory could be added to a schools Transition Year curriculum as it would help with maths and probability as well as other subject areas such as economics and biology.

“Effect of Pyramidology on Plants”, a project entered by Beth Carolan investigated the effect of one aspect of pyramidology, “Pyramid Power” on the germination and growth of plants. This involved the construction of pyramid models and the monitoring of plant growth within these models. Beth carried out extensive research on previous studies carried out by Eastern European and Russian scientists in this field and based her investigation around these studies.

Pictured below is Beth standing proudly by her project and a photograph of Ciara and Emma as seen in the The Irish Times.


Young Scientists




So far, it has been a very busy and exciting term for us the four Pastoral Care Prefects.  We have had a lot of responsibility, as we have been very involved in organising three Whole School Initiatives.

The first themed week was Courtesy and Good Manners Week – September 22nd-26th.  During this week we made posters for the Pastoral Care Notice Board as well as signs for the doors around the school, reminding us all within the school community of the importance of Courtesy and Good Manners e.g. “Hold the Door.”  We also read poems relating to the theme over the Intercom every day.

The second initiative Mental Well-Being Week, took place from October 6th-10th.  We put positive and uplifting sayings and quotes on the Pastoral Care Notice Board and on corridors.  We also gave out a list of useful Telephone Numbers and Websites to each of the teachers to put in their classrooms.

The most recent themed week we were involved in was ‘Friendship Week’ November 17th – 21st.  We formed a ‘Friendship Committee’ along with some other Sixth Year Prefects.  We organised different activities for each year group, e.g. Fifth year students took part in class based quizzes.  The Friendship Committee made up all the quiz questions.  This activity was very successful and enjoyable as it helped the former Transition Year students bond with their new year group.  Sixth year students watched an episode of ‘Friends’ in their Pastoral Care class.  This was quite a treat and distracted us from the stresses of the Leaving Cert!

This term too, a number of talks were organised.  Fifth and Sixth Year students were very privileged to have listened to an inspirational talk given by Mrs Elma Walsh – mother of the late Dónal Walsh.  Dr Aíne Sullivan too, spoke to Sixth Year students and gave very practical advice and tips on stress management.  Garda Bohan gave a very informative talk on Personal Safety to Fifth Years.

There has been very positive feedback from both teachers and pupils to our three themed weeks.  We are really enjoying our role as Pastoral Care Prefects. By Aisling Brady, Aíne Crowe, Aoife Dunne and Amy O’Rourke – Pastoral Care Prefects. 

Staff really got into the Christmas spirit on Friday 12th December when they braced the cold winter morning all wrapped up in their festive jumpers.  Well done to Ms. Blessington who won the prize for “Best Christmas Jumper 2014”.  Who will win in 2015….? Well done to all involved.

Christmas Jumpers

We in Loreto College, Cavan are very proud of the sporting achievements of our students and it is true to say that our school is fast becoming a sproting academy with students excelling in Ladies football, athletics, rugby, soccer, basketball, badminton, swimming, camogie and even archery.  Pictured below from left: Morna O’Hanlon, rugby, Michaella Leddy, camogie, Niamh O’Shea, basketball, Clodagy O’Reilly, athletics, Nicole Kilkenny, equestrian, Michaella Gaffney, Gaelic football and Lauren Gaynor, archery Each of these girls have excelled in their respective sports disciplines.

Sports Combined (2)

Students from Loreto Cavan recently took part in the annual Loreto Schools Gala in the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown. It was a highly successful day resulting in many wins for our excellent swim team. Deborah Coyle won the U-16 back crawl 50m race. Eimear Brady won the 50m breast stroke in the over-16s team resulting in breaking the Loreto school galas record in that category. Michaela McGill won the 50m U-16 freestyle race. Congratulations to Cliona Sheridan, Leah Ronan, Carla O’Reilly, Leah Smith, Niamh Brady and Clodagh  O’Reilly who all made it to the finals in their category. Well done to the u-16 relay team who came second in the final and to the over-16s who made it to the relay final also. Pictured below are the students who represented us on the day.  In the bottom picture is: back row, L-R Michaela Mc Gill, Eimear Brady, Eve Smith, Cliodhna Sheridan, front row: L-R Niamh Brady, Clodagh O Reilly, Deborah Coyle, Leah Smith.  Report By Aine Tierney, TY. 

Swim Gala


Swim Gala Winners

Christmas is getting near and Loreto is getting into the festive cheer. There were many entries in our annual Christmas card competition ranging from traditional cards to festive cards and the judges had a hard time deciding on a winner. Eventually the winners were announced, Nicole Dolan, Arooj Moghal and Eleanor O’Flynn . The prizes were kindly sponsored by Easons. All of the proceeds will be donated to St. Christopher’s Hospice. The Christmas cards were on-sale recently and have been selling like hot-cakes or should I say, Christmas Cakes! Pictured below from left to right is Nicole Dolan, Arooj Moghal and Eleanor O’Flynn, proud winners of the Christmas Card competition. By Kate Brady, TY Student. 

Christmas Card Winners

Ten TY Students and one 5th Year Student made their way to Galway on Friday the 21st of November.  Ending our road trip and reaching Galway, we headed to ‘Sleepzone Hostel’. We all bunked up together in a room with 5 Bunk beds!! On the first day, there was lots of team-building! We all split up into our different committees (eg. ENVI, EMPL, LIBE, ECON I etc.) and played games such as Ninja & Grapefruit! Day 2 was filled with lots of discussion, well-deserved coffee breaks and a disco! On Day 3 each committee presented their resolution of a European issue and everyone debated the points eventually deciding on whether to pass or fail the resolution. All of the students who went thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend and good luck to everyone who attended on getting through to the national sessions.By Kate Brady, TY Student. 

European Youth Parliment


It is true to say that Loreto College students and their teachers have been very busy over this past few months, not only with their studies, but also with their sporting activities.  See below for an update!

Senior Gaelic Football  

The Senior Gaelic football team had their first Ulster game against Our Lady’s Castleblaney.  The team came away with a very good win, final score of 7-9 to 6-4. On 7th November the team played their second group game overcoming Mount Lourdes, Enniskillen on a score line of 4-12 to 0-5 securing their Quarter Final place.  A good start to the Ulster Championship.

U16 Gaelic Football

The U16 football team also had a very good start to their Ulster Championship winning out their group.  They beat St. Louis, Carrickmacross with a final score of 8-23 to 3 points and St Ciaran’s, Ballygawley last years All Ireland Champions with a result of  5-17 to 4-7.  This has qualified the team to the Ulster quarter final.

1st year Gaelic Football

40  first years competed in the Loreto Schools Gaelic Football blitz last Thursday at Kilmacud Crokes GAA grounds in Leopardstown.  They proved to be the best teams on the winning with both teams winning the four games each that they played.  Other Loreto schools that participated were Foxrock, Crumlin, Dalkey, St. Stephen’s Green, Navan and Swords.  The first years are competing in the Cavan Schools U14 blitz today at the 3G.  We look forward to hearing how they get on in this competition.

Cavan Schools League Senior & U-16

We have played two of our Cavan Schools League Senior games against St. Clares Ballyjamesduff and Breifne College.  We lost both but have lots more to play so are still in with a good chance of doing well.  In the U-16 competition we played our opening game against St Mogue’s, Bawnboy and were victorious on a scorline of 4-8 to 2-6.


The Senior Camogie team have one game in their Ulster League but unfortunately lost out by two points.  They are playing their second game today against Dungannon, hopefully they will have some better luck today.

Cross Country

This year we have participated in two cross country events thus far and we were quiet successful at both.  The first event was the Geraldine Dolan Memorial Cross Country Meet which took place at St. Brigid’s AC.  We came 9th overall out of over twenty co-educational schools.  We also had a few individual first, seconds and thirds.  We also attended the Cavan Schools Cross Country Meet at the start of October.  Again we had a number of medals back to school with us.  The E District and Ulster Cross Country Events will be coming up in the New Year.


The 1st and 2nd year basketball teams are having their trial matches at the moment to make the North East League School team. Both teams will begin their competitive games in January.

Equestrian Sport

The Inter Schools equestrian show jumping team have begun training under their new Chef d’Equipe and will have their first competition of the year in Cavan Equestrian Centre on the 29th of November. The Inter Schools Hunter Trials will take place in Cootehill on the 16th of November with 3 students representing the school.

Science Week 2014

November 17, 2014 |  Tagged , , , , , | Leave a Comment

On behalf of Science Foundation Ireland, Cavan Coderdojo hosted a Science Week Roadshow in Cavan Institute on Monday last, November 10th. A number of our senior cycle students attended the show called XTRA-ordinary Science by James Soper where he used physics and chemistry demonstrations to examine the process and practices of science in an interactive, engaging and enjoyable way. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all! Pictured below is Ciara Shiels 5th Yr, and in the bottom picutre Numrah Sajid and Niamh Rudd, 6th Yr.

Science Week 2

Science Week 1

The Student Council’s Rap ‘n’ Maths competition took place from the 21th – 24th of October. All of the maths classes were preparing weeks before the competition and great creativity was shown by all. On Tuesday 1st Years and 2nd Years took the spotlight giving us very entertaining versions of many of the latest songs. On Wednesday the 3rd Years battled it out, followed by transition years and 5th years facing off on Friday. Thank you to all of the judges, Ms.Blessington, Ms. Walsh, Ms.Kenny and Courtney Donohoe(6th Year) who had a tough job choosing the winners. The raps sampled everyone from Taylor Swift and Niki Minaj to Abba and Hannah Montana. Each class incorporated many maths terms with the good old ‘X and Y’ featuring strongly in many entries. Aside from everyone having a great time, the Rap ‘n’ Maths competition raised an amazing €500.70 for charity.  Pictured below is St. Mogues class, first year, having fun at competition.  We love the socks girls! By Kate Brady, TY Student.

Rap n Math

On the 23rd of October the Student Council attended the annual Loreto Schools Student Council Conference in Croke Park in Dublin. It was a very enjoyable and informative day. We were split into groups which gave us the opportunity to discuss topics with students from other schools. We told other schools about the activities and fundraisers that we hold and we also got many ideas for new events. A speaker from the Office of the Ombudsman for Children gave a speech on the work of the office and gave us the opportunity to ask questions. Loreto Swords also gave a presentation on their school explaining the work of their student council. At the end of the conference, all students returned to their own student councils to discuss any new ideas that they had. Overall it was a very well organised event which the Student Council thoroughly enjoyed. By Kate Brady, TY Student. Pictured below is members of our Student Council for 2014-2015 who attended the conference in Dublin.

Student Council Student Council busy at work

Congratulations to Shannen Lane and Morna O’Hanlon,  sixth year students, who are  making an impact on the Irish Rugby scene.  Shannen currently has 6 international caps for her country and has recently represented Ireland  on the U19 rugby sevens team, in the 2014 Sainsbury’s School Games and in the European Championships.   Morna is a member of the Ulster  U18 squad and in the last Inter-Provincial match of the season against Leinster, Morna was a key player making tackles and breaking lines of defence at every opportunity.  Pictured below is Shannen (front row, second from the right) with other members of the  Irish squad and Morna in action for Ulster.  We wish the girls and their teams every success in the future.

Shannon Lane

Morna 1

Today Ms. Amond’s sixth year biology students were treated to a party and a last “lecture” & slide show in the demonstration room.  Pictured here is her sixth year biology class, and if you look carefully, herself!!  Best wishes to Ms. Amond in the future…..see you at the graduation night for the class of 2015. And thanks for the buns!






1964 Reunion

October 13, 2014 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

Pictured below is the Class of 1964 who recently gathered for a reunion in Loreto College.  Spot anyone you know?

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Next week is EU Code Week, and our TY students will be taking the Hour of Code challenge at Learn.Code.Org
A full listing of events across Europe is here

Lauren Gaynor, St. Imelda was awarded athlete of the year by Archery Ireland and the National Sport’s Council of Ireland at a ceremony in Dublin on September 17th.  The award was made in recognition of her success throughout 2014 as well her dedication and commitment  to her sport. Lauren represented Ireland at the World Cup in Telford, England in January, the World Championships in Nimes, France in February and the European Championships in Slovenia in May. She will be competing in the Indoor National Series in November of this year and looks forward to representing Ireland in many competitions to come!

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We had a lovely ceremony in the staffroom this week to mark the last day in Loreto Cavan for Mrs Catherine Reynolds. There was cake, and flowers presented by Ms O’Reilly, and a lovely (and fun!) farewell speech from Mrs Buckley on behalf of us all.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 who host their families in the gym tonight for the Graduation Mass and Prizegiving Ceremony.
Pictured here are the outgoing Head Prefects Eimear and Aishling handing over their Chains of Office to next year’s Head Prefects Lisa and Louise.

Bernadette Harkin (St Kevin) is pictured here with her prizewinning Internet Safety poster, which won the €3000 overall school prize in the 2014 Trend Micro “What’s Your Story” competition (details here).
Bernadette’s poster depicts The Little Mermaid, Ariel, who makes good use of the Internet to stay connected to the world. Bernadette and her St Kevin classmates entered the comptition as part of their 2nd Year Computer Studies class with Ms Amond.
Bernadette’s award was accepted by Ms Amond on her behalf from Avril Ronan of Trend Micro, and Minister of State for Education, Ciaran Cannon TD, at the recent ExcitEd Digital Learning Festival in Dublin Castle.
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(Thanks to Adrian Donohoe and Robbie Reynolds for the photographs).

Our victorious U-16 Ulster Champions arrived back after school to a great welcome in the Staffroom to show off their silverware – well done on a great achievement girls!
Here are the celebration pictures, of some of the team with their two coaches Ms Smith and Mrs Shannon, taken by Adrian Donohoe…

Our TY Junior Achievement team are pictured here at the All Ireland Finals with their teacher Ms Carmel Dolan and the MC for day, Ryan Tubridy of “Late Late” fame.
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The school received some great news today to set us off for a good Easter Holiday – we have been awarded a European Studies Award for Excellence in Group Collaboration. This award was launched in 2013, so our school is one of the first recipients. According to the judges, our European Studies Coordinator, Carmel Gaffney “has made history and set up a standard of excellence for other schools and groups in the project to follow“. Congratulations to all involved. Pictured here with the award trophy are some of our TY students who take a European Studies module as part of our schools ELOS participation.



Excellence Award 2014

Holidays begin today. We return to begin the third term on Monday April 29th.

Aishling Brady and Emma Brady write on behalf of the Student Council:
Wednesday April 9th, the Student Council, along with our liaison teacher Mrs A Cassidy, were thrilled to be able to presented two cheques to charity after their valiant efforts this year to raise vital funds for both St Christopher’s Hospice in Cavan and Loreto Rumbek in South Sudan.
In fundraising for Lorteo Rumbek, a Loreto sister school in South Sudan, the Student Council organised ‘Rumbek Day’ in Loreto Cavan. Each student was asked to wear a jumper in any of the Rumbek colours- red, blue, yellow, green, black or white. Students also wore ribbons and face paints. Each student contributed €2 to this event. Prizes were given to the most creative member of each year. In conjunction with raising these funds, students and staff were also informed about the school in Rumbek and the poverty fighting work that is done each day there to give a fundamental education to many young women.
Many other fundraising endeavours also took place throughout the year to allow the student council to donate money to local charity St Christopher’s Hospice, a practise which has been done by the Student Council for many years. To do so, the Student Council ran a Cake Sale, a Christmas Card Competition and a Monster Raffle.
A sum of €1100 was presented to Principal Ms McGarvey who accepted the cheque on behalf of Loreto Rumbek. Meanwhile, €1200 was presented to Mr Paddy Grogan who accepted the cheque on behalf of St Christopher’s Hospice. The Student Council will undoubtedly continue to fundraise in the months and years ahead.
They are extremely proud of their fundraising to date and also realise that without the student body supporting their efforts, these presentations would not be possible. To all the students, staff and members from the wider community who have supported and encouraged the Student Council throughout the years – thank you one and all.

20140328_095159Trócaire sent us two speakers, as part of their Lenten Awareness Campaign, to inform us on matters concerning Water in the developing world. Leone and Catríona (a past pupil of our school) spoke with each year group, and made us all more aware of the difficulties faced by our peers in other less developed countries. They had a 15L canister of water so that students could experience the challenge of carrying it a distance – not easy. The most fantastic fact they had for us on this visit concerned ourselves – over the past 25 years the students in our school, led by the RE Dept each Lent, has raised and donated over €100,000 for Trócaire. Well done us!

Loreto Rumbek Day

March 26, 2014 | | Leave a Comment

south-sudanToday the Student Council here in Loreto College Cavan hosted their very first Rumbek Day. This idea was formulated by the council in a bid to raise much needed funds for their sister school in South Sudan- Loreto Rumbek. Although situated in Rumbek, it is part of the Irish Loreto schools jurisdiction. Throughout the years, every member of the student body has been informed about the progress of this school.
‘Rumbek Day’ was run in conjunction with Rumbek Week in Loreto Cavan. Throughout the week, the council were extremely proactive in their endeavours. They read out information about Loreto Rumbek on the PA system each day to ensure that each student understood the importance of contributing to Loreto Rumbek. They also decorated their Student Council board in the Concert Hall passageway with facts, statistics, Rumbek flags and photographs. Without doubt, this was an extremely eye catching display.
Then came the main event today. Each Student was asked to wear a jumper in any of the Rumbek colours- red, blue, yellow, green, black or white. Students also wore ribbons and face paints. Each student contributed €2 to this event. Prizes were given to the most creative member of each year, as well as staff prizes!
To all students and staff who made an enormous effort and those who contributed to the day, congratulations and thank you to one and all.

Pictured her are some of the colourful students, and some rather flashy Science teachers who all seem to wish they were on the Carlow team – Ms Amond, Mrs Gaffney and Ms Rogan!






Prizes were awarded as follows:
1st year- Rozan Ahmed
2nd year- Grace O’Gorman
3rd year- Irene Rose Monahan
5th year- Louise Lawlor, Faquia Asad, Aoife McEntee, Caolainn Tighe, Chloe Micallef
6th year- EmmaLouise Brady, Shannon Cahill
Staff- Mr Holland (pictured above receiving his award!), Ms Kenny

Enterprise Education is again on a high in our school – Ms Dolan reports on her student teams recent successes:

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County Cavan Student Enterprise Awards 2014 were held recently, the following teams were awarded prizes. All three winning teams will go forward to the National Finals in Croke Park on April 2nd, and we wish them further success there.

Junior Category, 2nd prize:
Team “Tweety” – Amie Gardiner, Fiona Galligan and Lauren Smith
Junior Category, 1st Prize:
Team “Compost Me” – Clare Young, Nikki Sherlock and Emma McDwyer

Intermediate Category, Innovation Award:
“Colour it” – Tara Watters
Intermediate Category, 3rd Prize:
Team “The Auld Bag” – Amy Rodgers and Gabriella Szafraniec
Intermediate Category, 1st Prize:
Team “Short’n it” – Rebecca Tully, Victoria Murphy-Boyle, Vera Petkovska and Clodagh Lee Flood

Senior Category, 1st Prize
Team “Bee Happy, Bee Healthy” – Áine Brady, Geraldine Smith, Ashling Creegan and Sarah Young

jai.logoMeanwhile at the Junior Achievement Competition for Transition Years students, Loreto was represented by three companies – “Bee Happy, Bee Healthy”, “Light It Up” and “Treats Boutique”. The team chosen to go forward in May to represent the Cavan/Monaghan/Louth region in the National Finals in CitiBank, Dublin were:
Team “Treats Boutique” – Clodagh O’Reilly, Áine McDermott, Laura Emmo, Niamh Hales and Helena Fitzpatrick.

Sport Prefects write:
Our Gaelic Football teams are currently in the thick of the football season and are doing very well. Our Senior Gaelic football team qualified for the Ulster Schools Ladies Gaelic Football Final, a great achievement in itself, as the team moved up a division this year after winning the Ulster Final last year. However St Ciaran’s High School Ballygawley defeated Loreto by a small margin. It was a well battled game but it wasn’t Loreto’s day. On the plus side Loreto’s full back Caoimhe Mc Dermott put in an impressive performance and deservedly picked up the player of the match award.

In the u16 competition Loreto College put in an outstanding performance at the Ulster Final against Our Lady’s and St Patrick’s School from Antrim. They won the game with an exceptional finishing score of 6-6 to 1-0. Again the player of the match came from Loreto when Katie Fitzpatrick put in an award winning display. We wish our u16 team the best of luck as they take on Eureka Secondary School, Kells in the All Ireland semi final.

Our u14 team have played a number of challenge games and have been successful in their two league games against Baileborough and St Louis, Carrickmacross. They now meet St Aidan’s Comprehensive School, Cootehill in their next game.


In a very close final, broadcast on RTE last night, Clodagh O’Reilly (TY Rubens) and her family won the tough competition to find “Ireland’s Fittest Family”. Congratulations, and well done on keeping it all secret until the final show.

We go home for our February mid-term break on St Valentine’s Day. Ms Amond’s 1st Yr Science class made some anatomically and scientifically correct cards for the occasion…

…and the new 5th Year RE prefects made a thoughful display on the theme of Love…


School reopens for all on Monday Feb 24th.

Ms Rogan’s TY Physics students have been preparing for Engineer’s Week by inviting all 1st Year students to a Monster Engineer Week Quiz on Friday afternoon. They prepared lots of rounds of questions, including some very interactive challenges, and ran a great show which was both educational and enjoyable. The finalé was a line up of inventors and their inventions for us all to (attempt to) pair up! It even included a topical and dubious Gru with one of his Minions! It is safe to say the future of engineering in Ireland is definitely safe.

Safer Internet Day 2014

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Screenshot 2014-02-16 at 18.18.41Raising awareness of Internet Safety, 2nd Year students from St Kevin’s Computer Science class made badges for worldwide Safer Internet Day on Feb 11th – but not for us humans to wear. The badges are for computers, and serve to catch the eye and remind users to keep safe when online. Badges were designed by Bernadette, Eadaoin, Elizabeth, Emily, and Nikita. The whole class helped in the production and distribution of the badges, ensuring every PC in the school was badged.

Online safety information available at Safer Internet Day 2014 and Watch Your Space websites

St Liadán’s (1st Yr) class writes:
Our class is doing a mini action project called “Taking the ‘Dis’ out of ‘Disablity” as part of our CSPE (Civic, Social and Political Education) coursework.
Our aim is to spread awareness about disability. We have researched well known celebrities that have a disability eg Kiera Knightly, Stephen Hawking and Kelly Cartwright. These people show that no matter what a person’s disability is they can be an achiever.
We hope this project will help reduce discrimination against people with disability, and send a message to students that everyone is equal.
Here is our project display:

Congratulations to 5th Year student Lauren Gaynor is now ranked #8 in the World Archery tables. Here she is competing recently to gain that place.
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This year, to mark St. Brigid’s Day in Loreto Cavan, the Student Council decided to make St. Brigid’s Crosses to remind the student body of this inspirational Irish saint.
Without doubt, reminding the girls of her unfaltering faith, will give them hope and trust in God, especially those sitting state examinations this year.
The Student Council hope and pray, that through displaying these crosses throughout the school, the students, and the staff, will too be encouraged to live God’s will as St. Brigid aspired to.
This activity was also a great team building exercise for the council, as some members had never participated in such an activity before. Other members of the assembly showed excellent leadership qualities, as they taught others to make the cross which is the foundations of their faith.
The Student Council also decorated their noticeboard on the Concert Hall passage way to tell the story of St Brigid and ensure that all students were aware of her impact on Christianity and the development of the religion in Ireland.

Winner                       Sponsor

1st         Ciara Deering     Mac Manus Hamper

2nd        Emma Colwell    Cara Hamper

3rd         Mrs. Buckley      Sam McCauley’s Hamper

4th         Catherine Clarke    Smith’s Shoes Voucher

5th        Jennifer Galligan   McDaid’s Hamper

6th        Claire Brady     Cara Voucher

7th        Ms Farrelly    Cara Voucher

8th        Orla Conde    Veale’s Voucher

9th        Caoimhe Tracey    Synergy Voucher

10th      Seadnagh Lynagh   Boyd’s Pharmacy Voucher

11th      Roisin Campbell    Eason

12th      Ms Kelly (English)   Chapter 1

13th      Megan Maguire    Books with Selection Box

14th     Abby Sexton     Books with Selection Box

15th     Aloighse Gumley     Books with Selection Box

Thank you to all who supported our Charity Raffle.

School will close for the Christmas Holidays on Friday Dec 20th and reopen for all students on Monday January 6th 2014.


Carol Service 2013

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On Friday 13th we had our Carol Service morning, the Senior School in the Concert Hall and the Junior School in the gym. In the Concert Hall we had carols and readings introduced by Mrs Fitzpatrick, followed by a witty Nativity Play from the Mr Reilly’s TY students, and even a Special Guest visitor compliments of the 6th Years! Thank you to everyone who helped to prepare everything.

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October 21st, the Student Council launched their annual Christmas Card Competition. Each student was invited to submit an entry, either religious or traditional, in a bid for their design to be printed and sold for charity. With over 150 entries, the Student Council and art teachers had a tough task trying to choose winners for this Eason sponsored competition. However, after much deliberation, Hannah Gilcrest, St Killians’ card was chosen as the school card, Maria McGovern, St Hilary won the religious section and Emma Duffy, St Helena was the worthy prize winner of the traditional category. Hannah Gilcrest’s card is being used as the official school Christmas card, whereas the Student Council are currently selling the other two beautiful designs. Cards are €2 each or a pack of 6 for €10.

To the winners of this competition and all the entrants, congratulations to one and all.

The Student Council would also like to express their gratitude to Easons Cavan for their unwavering sponsorship for this competition throughout the years.

All funds raised through this activity will be donated to local charities.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.



Students from 3rd Year Art classes are presenting an exhibition of their works in Cavan County Museum from Saturday December 7th to Saturday December 14th inclusive. The exhibition is called ‘Interpretations’, and will be open each day from 10am to 5pm.art2

“Take Time”

December 2, 2013 |  Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

“Take Time”

Take time to think:
it is the source of power.

Take time to read;
it is the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to play;
it is the secret of staying young.

Take time to be quiet;
it is the opportunity to see God.

Take time to be aware;
it is the opportunity to help others.

Take time to love and be loved;
it is God’s greatest gift.

Take time to laugh;
it is the music of the soul.

Take time to be friendly;
it is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream;
it is what the future is made of.

Take time to pray;
it is the greatest power on earth.

Author: Unknown

eyp1This weekend our students are attending the Connaught-Ulster conference of the European Parliament (EYP) in Galway.
The students attending are (5th Yrs) Danielle Brady, Lorraine Connolly, Aoife Finan, Ruth Maloney Derham, Orla Murphy and (TYs) Aisling Creegan, Emma Clerkin, Laura Emmo, Elaine Hayden, Ciara Shiels, Cait Smith, Clodagh O’Reilly and Sarah Young.

Best Wishes to our ‘Red’ and ‘Green’ teams as they compete in Cavan equestrian Centre this weekend. Our Participants listed here…

Congratulations to 5th Year students Helen McDermott, Shannen Lane and Morna O’Hanlon who have chosen for the Ulster Rugby U-18 Development squad.

Twenty teams from Cavan, Monaghan and Louth gathered in Largy College Clones last night for the annual Regional Senior Science Quiz organised by the Irish Science Teachers Assocciation. Our Ms Murphy was the Quizmaster, and our two teams of 6th years were Ciara Deering, Mable Kurian Chalil, Mobeena Naz, Jenny Mai Mantequilla, Noor Memon and Aoife Murphy. Congratulations to the winners from Dundalk Grammar School who won through to the National Finals after a nail-biting sudden death tie-breaker!

Here in Loreto we love to hear of Past Pupils sucesses. This week’s Anglo Celt (Nov 14th) shows two award winners…
Gráinne Smith was awarded TG4 2013 Players’ Player of the Year by the Irish Ladies Football Association:
Savina Donohoe, Curator at Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff, was part of the group that received the EU’s Eden Award for Accessible Tourism in Brussels recently:
Congratulations on two hard-earned successes Gráinne and Savina!

Layout 1Last Sunday was a very special day for our school. Students, staff and Loreto Sisters from present and past were joined by friends of Loreto, our local community and many supporters from the world of education to celebrate the launch of a book telling the history of the school to date. The celebrations started with a Blessing of the grave by Chaplain Fr Kevin Fay. There was Mass in the gym concelebrated by Bishop Leo and many of the priests who have worked with us in Loreto over the years. Our school choir and Trad group provided the hymns and music, and the readings, processions and communion were all shared by students, staff and our wider community. After Mass our Principal Angela McGarvey and Head Prefect Eimear Connolly opened the book launch ceremony, and introduced Keynote Speaker Sister Ríonach Donlon IBVM, herself a past pupil of the school. Sister Ríonach spoke of her schooldays here in the 50s, and reminded everyone of the story of the school as outlined in the book. She then presented the first three copies of the book to Bishop Leo, to recently retired RE teacher Bríd Cahill, and to the youngest student present, Orla Condé. We moved then from the gym to the Concert Hall for refreshments (thank you Alan McHugh and team!) and entertainment from our Trad group. It was a lovely afternoon, people connected with those they had not seen for a long time. Our senior student hosts brought visitors on a tour of the school, although some past pupils with sharp memories needed no guides! The book itself was on sale, eagerly snapped up and perused by all; no doubt it will provide hours of nostalgia for any reader with a connection to Loreto College Cavan.
Some pictures to give a flavour of the day…

choir-prepWaiting in the choir for the gym to fill up!

Cooke-McCannMonsignor Michael Cooke, one of our first Chaplains with Mr Brendan McCann, first lay Principal of Loreto Cavan

angela-gymPrincipal Angela McGarvey welcomes everyone to the book launch ceremony

gym-eimear-welcomeLeft: Eimear Connolly, Head Prefect, addresses the audience

ríonach-orlacondéBelow: Sister Ríonach Donlon presents a copy of the book to the youngest student present, Orla Condé

Students getting a first look for the “oldies” in the pictures!
Teacher Carmel Gaffney finds her past catching up with her!
Catching up on old memories over refreshments in the Concert Hall
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Entertainment by our school Trad group

You saw it here first – a sneak preview of the cover of our forthcoming history book, outlining the first 80 years of our school. The book will be officially launched in the school next Sunday November 10th, and will be available to purchase from all Cavan bookstores – Easons, Crannóg and Cavan Gifts.
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“Go Girls” GAA blitz

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On Thursday November 7th, TY Rubens are holding a “Go Girls” GAA blitz for all 1st Years. The TYs have been taking 1st Year classes for coaching clinics in the lead up to the event. There will be prizes for the winning team and we hope all 1st years enjoy the event.

IMG_20131025_223124October 25th saw the Class of 1993 (St Denis, St Damian, St Donat and St Dominic), led by Head Prefect Lorraine Dunne (pictured below cutting the cake), return to the school for a reunion. They were welcomed by Ms McGarvey, Mrs Ó’Mórdha, Mrs McMonagle (Head of Year 1993) and Ms Amond (Class Tutor St Damian). First there had a tour of the school, commenting on what had and had not changed, and then were treated to a celebration cake. After that there was Mass in St Clare’s Chapel in town, celebrated by Chaplain Fr Kevin Fay. Departed colleagues and friends, as well as those families of students and staff currently experiencing sorrow, were remembered in the prayers. The evening went on in the Thomas Ashe, where the group was delighted to be joined by Mr Pat ‘Pop’ Plunkett.

Hallowe’en Break

October 25, 2013 |  Tagged , | Leave a Comment

IMG_20131019_192445School closes today until next Monday November 4th. Here are Ms Amond’s 1st Years with their skeleton models to keep you company and wish you a Happy Hallowe’en!

Cavan County Council invited Joanne O’Riordan (@nolimbsnolimits) to address the Active Minds Conference as part of the Ireland-Australian Rules celebrations at Breifne Park at the weekend. Some of our students, pictured above with Joanne in the Anglo Celt newspaper, were delighted to meet and chat with her at the conference.
Dearbhlá Dolan writes about meeting Joanne…
It was incredible meeting Joanne, she is truly inspiring with her carefree attitude and really it showed me how everyone is the exact same whether you have no arms or legs or if you do! We were talking to her about the Leaving Cert and she is just as worried as anyone would be but with her vivid personality she will take it into her stride without a doubt! Her speech at the Active Minds Conference brought tears to everyone’s eyes… But after when we spent hours talking to her she was overwhelmed with the response we gave her and the motivation she gave us!

img012-400copy3In 2010 we celebrated the 80th Anniversary of the founding of our school in 1930, and a history book was commissioned to tell the story of the school so far. Local historian and author Fr Liam Kelly has been working on the book since then, and it is now with the printers. The book will be launched on November 10th with a celebration in the school. Watch this space for details…in the meantime, enjoy these postcards featuring views of the school “in the olden days” – some places have changed greatly, others not so much!
Here is the school building viewed from the south fields:
Here is the convent hallway, almost unchanged from the original as it is now a listed building:
Pictured here is a basement classroom, once called the Domestic Kitchen, then The Old Domestic Kitchen, which current students would recognise in its now refurbished state as Ms Blessington’s room:

There was wild excitement in the school gym today when Ms Doonan introduced Roisín, Eirinn, Rachael and Joanne, four Loreto players from the victorious All Ireland Ladies Footbal Team. They visited along with manager Finian and Mentor Lily, and showed off the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup. Finian Farrell spoke of the amazing dedication and committment each member of the team has shown on their journey. Roisin O’Keefe spoke on behalf of all the team, especially the Loreto girls – she encouraged every student to put time and effort into both her sporting and academic ventures as they complemented each other through school, college and working life.
Roisin then presented our U-14 team with medals they had won at the end of last season.
It was a tremendous honour to have these fabulous role models with us for the afternoon, and we all wish them well in the Senior Championship next year.
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Roisin’s words of thanks and encouragement are recorded here: Cavan Ladies All-Ireland Champions Visit.

Megan Brady (Student Editor) writes:

On Sunday 22nd of September, three of our students: Eimear Connolly (6th Year), Abike Aiyegbusi and Abbey Rae (both in 3rd Year) represented Loreto College Cavan at the Windows Poetry Awards 2013. This is a National Poetry Competition which is now in its 21st year, and attracts thousands of entries each year from students throughout Ireland. The Awards Ceremony took place in the Cavan Crystal Hotel and the renowned poets Heather Brett and Noel Monahan presented the awards.
Both Abbey and Abike received certificates for their poems, composed in English, while Eimear was presented with a piece of crystal for coming second in the Irish category.

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Abike, Abbie, Eimear are pictured above with Clíodhna Sheridan.

On Friday the 4th October, forty one TY Loreto Students with Ms Mc Cormack and Ms Mc Glade went to visit the Marion Shrine in Knock, Co. Mayo. It was organised to mark the “Year of Faith”. It was also an opportunity for “The Gathering” for Transition year students from the 26 different dioceses. The day started at 12 midday, with personal testimonies given by other young people. There were opportunities to attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation, The Anointing of the Sick and The Eucharist. The Papal Nuncio Monsignor Charles Browne was the main celebrant; Father Kevin Fay (our Chaplain) co-celebrated this event. Three of our group – Louise Lunney, Ciara Shiels and Helena Fitzpatrick – were chosen to lead the Stations of the Cross 9 (see photograph above). The day concluded at 4:35pm, where we made our way home via Wharton’s luxury coach to Keenans, Tarmonbarry, where we indulged ourselves in some good quality food!

Well done to our past pupils – Roisin O’Keefe, Rosie Crowe, Sinead Greene, Caitriona Smith, Erin Galligan, Joanne Moore, Grainne Smith, Aoibheann Kiernan and Racheal Jordan – and all their team mates, including Irish teacher Ms Doonan, who became All Ireland Champions in Croke Park yesterday. It was a ‘nail biting’ match against a great team from Tipperary, the summary match report in the Irish Times is at this link.

Our Irish teacher Ms Doonan, pictured here in her Cavan colours, is ready to play her part in the All Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Final on Sunday in Croke Park. We all wish her, and all our past pupils on the team, the very best. Here Ms Doonan shares her thoughts on the journey so far..
This Sunday the 29th September 2013 the Cavan Ladies Senior team take on Tipperary in the Intermediate All-Ireland decider in Croke Park. I count myself very lucky to be a part of this panel of Girls or ‘family’ as we like to call it.
Two years ago Cavan lost out marginally to a competitive Westmeath side in a thrilling replay but thankfully they reached the championship decider again, with Tipperary providing the opposition this time.
Throughout the year we the players were trained only to think about the next game. Each game was a hurdle or a ladder; we needed to raise that bar a little bit further for every game. We never reflected on the thoughts of winning an All-Ireland which was essentially our final hurdle.
These traits come with what you learn in your everyday life, what your parents, influencers and educators try to instil in you.
You’re only as good as your last performance; you need to give 110% the next time
This school has numerous past pupils on the Cavan Senior panel, including Roisin O’Keefe, Rosie Crowe, Sinead Greene, Caitriona Smith, Erin Galligan, Joanne Moore, Grainne Smith, Aoibheann Kiernan and Racheal Jordan.
Everyone is flying fit, our heads are in the right place and the hunger from two years ago is definitely visible, the girls want to win it now more than ever!

WIMPS Media Camp

September 26, 2013 |  Tagged , , , | Leave a Comment

Megan Brady (Student editor) writes:
Near the end of my summer holidays I went to  Belfast for a week to attend the WIMPS Media Camp 2013. I had never been in Belfast before and was I was looking forward to see what it was like. I had an amazing time, met lots of new friends and I got a chance to see Belfast for what it is. I was in the reporting group and we made news reports on each day of the camp reporting abut what all the other groups were doing. I loved this as I got a chance to experience what it is like in front of and behind the camera. I want to work in the world of media when I leave school and this gave me a brilliant chance to improve my skills and learn new ones. Even if you are not interested in media there are lots of other groups to interest people such as the comic group, the graffiti group, digital photo story, and photography to name just a few! I would highly recommend any one to go next year and personally I can’t wait !! Below is a  link of one of news reports and watch out for me at the end !

To start us off on the Monday morning of Courtesy and Good Manners week this year, PC Prefect Louise McGauran read us the poem Ations by Shel Silverstein.

by Shel Silverstein

If we meet and I say, “Hi,”
That’s a salutation.
If you ask me how I feel,
That’s consideration.
If we stop and talk awhile,
That’s a conversation.
If we understand each other,
That’s communication.
If we argue, scream and fight,
That’s an altercation.
If later we apologize,
That’s reconciliation.
If we help each other home,
That’s cooperation.
And all these ations added up
Make civilization.
(And if I say this is a wonderful poem,
Is that exaggeration?)
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Pictured here in the Irish Independent newspaper today are Shannon, Michaela and Shannon celebrating their Junior Certificate results.

Our School Chaplain Father Kevin Fay hosted an after school barbecue as a thank you for all the students and teachers who had volunteered and helped fundraise for the recent Dioscesan Assisted Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Fr Kevin was busy all afternoon preparing and cooking, but it didn’t take us long to scoff it all down!

Welcome back today, for their last time, to our 6th Year students – and for their very first time we welcome our new First Year students. Welcome also to all other students who return on Wednesday.

This picture (unattributed) of three of our Junior Cert students – Cheryl, Georgina and Chloe- was spotted in an Irish Independent article on June 7th!

State Exams time again

June 4, 2013 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

It is time for the State Examinations again, and the school goes very quiet for the summer. The teachers are marking house exams and writing reports, and the examination supervisors and attendants are getting ready for the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert students tomorrow morning. Go n-éirí and t-ádh libh go leir.
Flowers in Loreto Woods bloomed later than usual this year so we have wild garlic and bluebells at exam time! (Photograph – A McCormack)

Every year TrendMicro, a Cork based technology firm, sponsors an Internet Safety competition for students called “What’s your Story?”. This year the students were challenged to make a 2-minute video showing the good side of the Internet, using their original ideas. Our TY students took up the challenge, and today it was announced that we won the Over-16 category. The quality of all the entries was very high, and it is good to see students getting a chance to air their views on the very topical subject of the role of the Internet in our lives.
All winning entries can be viewed HERE

This year one class of 2nd Years, St Jane, took part in an pilot course called “SM4E” (Social Media for Education). They studied two Modules which covered aspects of online safety and social media. The students took externally audited automated online tests at the end of each Module. They are picture here with their teacher Ms Amond after the Certificate Award ceremony.

Ms Amond writes:
Best wishes to our team of 20 Fifth Year students and 4 teachers heading to Lourdes today. The students have volunteered and raised funds to travel, and will act as attendants with the Kilmore Dioscese Pilgimage this week. they are pictured here on their departure from the school this morning.

Orla Finnegan and Aoife Clarke (5th year language prefects) write:
This week we’re saying goodbye to our German & French assistants:LeoniKuhlne and Marion Daoudi. The assistants have spent the last eight months in Loreto College and will be greatly missed by all of their students. They were very generous with their time whilst here in Loreto and greatly helped 6th year students prepare for their oral exams as well as assisting with lessons for 1st – 5th years. Their help was invaluable and is sincerely appreciated.
On Friday May 17th the language prefects Orla Finnegan and Aoife Clarke organised a farewell party in their honour and presented the assistants with cards and gifts from the student body. Both Ms. Kuhlne and Ms.Daoudi were very grateful but also sad to be leaving Loreto after a very enjoyable and memorable year. They even had the opportunity to learn Irish dancing at the farewell party! A big thank you to all the students who helped organise the party for the assistants, the Irish music group who provided the entertainment and everybody who came to show their gratitude!
The assistants are returning to their homesin Germany and France at the end of May.So thank you very much for all your help Marion and Leoni, merci beaucoup, vielen dank and best wishes for the future!
Goodbye!  Au revoir!  Auf Wiedersehen!

Niamh Kelly (Apollo) writes:
Our TY Graduation night is to take place on the 20th of May. There has been a lot of preparation for this night and we are finally ready. Its starts at 7 o’clock and all TY students can bring their parents to come and enjoy the show. Each class made their own class anthem and made moves to their song to show everyone what a wonderful year we had. We are singing about all the positive things we did in TY and how we don’t want it to end. We will have different stands of all the subjects we did during the year and all the events we went to. We are presenting our business presentations and reading poems and much more. We are all very excited for the night but we don’t want the year to end…

Mrs Murphy’s Biology class made 3-D models to help us explain the internal structure of a plant. A lot of thought and effort went in to designing our models, and we learned a lot in the process…see some of our thoughts below.

“After completing my project for plant biology, I learned a lot about the structure of a plant. I now understand better the plany diagrams and I can visualise more clearly the structure of the stem which will be helpful for my exams”
“I thoroughly enjoyed making these models as I feel I learn best by visuals. All of the models were both colourful and eye-catching”
“I found taking part in the construction of the plant models very beneficial as it is quite a complex chapter. This allowed me to get a better understanding of the different sections of the plant and helped me get a better grasp of the chapter. I also won a prize which was an added bonus”

Today, May 13th, the Student Council in Loreto College Cavan presented two local charities with money we raised throughout the year. We presented €1000 to Ms Una Donnelly of the Baby Unit in Cavan General Hospital and €1000 to Ms Carol Beattie, Chairperson of the Alzheimer’s Society in Cavan. We will also be forwarding a cheque for €1000 to Barretstown, an organisation which offers life-enhancing programmes for seriously ill children, and support for parents and carers. This is the second year that Loreto Cavan has donated to Barretstown, a charity with which we have been closely linked, as a former student attended Barretstown, an experience which contributed greatly to her recovery from cancer. Formerly, the Student Council have raised money for various other charities in the locality, and this year due to fundraising within the school, we are thrilled to be able to do so again. The Student Council, which is composed of 2 students from each year, under the guidance of our liaison teacher Mrs Anne Cassidy, hosted various events over the year to raise these vital funds. We hosted a non- uniform day, a Christmas card competition (with cards being available for purchase in local shops and within the school) and a Cake Sale. In promoting these fundraising events within the school, the Student Council also hosted a Rap n’ Math competition, a mobile phone appeal for Down Syndrome, an anti-litter week and Mental Health Week.

Gone With The Wind

May 13, 2013 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

The senior Film Club is currently watching Gone With The Wind. We will add out reviews soon…

Aileen McCabe (Apollo) writes:
Today the transition year students organised a Carnival to help fifth year students raise money for the Lourdes pilgrimage fund. Having booked the gymnasium and planned a selection of 13 games, the transition years visited all the first year classes announcing the carnival.
On the day we had 10 TY students dressed up as clowns who welcomed the first years at one o clock to the carnival and who entertained with song and dance for the hour and twenty five minutes. Prizes were distributed to all those first years who had achieved the highest score in their game. In total a profit of €336 was collected and given to the fund. A great afternoon was had by all.
Pictured above are the fortune teller and one of the clowns, aka Amy and Christiane!

Caoilinn, Sarah, Ruth, Lisa and Rachael (TY) write :
Hi, we attended the ‘Get Up and Go‘ national enterprise Transition Year final today. We departed Cavan at 7am and arrived at the venue at 9am. We had our stand set up and ready to go at 10am (that’s us in the picture below). We met loads of lovely people and had an educationally fun day. We were split up into three groups, the As, Bs and Cs. The As stayed at the stand and represented the company by talking to the judges and fellow competitors. The Bs were given a task sheet and were asked to fill out questions on the companies attending. The Cs were sent to a conference room and were involved in a group discussion. After all of our interviews we gladly were presented with a Finance award. GO GLOBAL!

Here are the prizewinnng entries to the Student Council Anti-Litter Anti-Gum competition…
The winners are as follows:
Ciara Deering – Be part of the solution, not the pollution.
Nafeesa Naz – Don’t be a Litter Bug.
Caoilin Young – Think and stop before you drop.
Aideen O’Reilly – Don’t be a tosser.

Paige Conroy (TY) writes:
All TY students took part in wheelchair basketball with representatives of the Wheelchair Association of Ireland. We did races and other games, we then played a match against each other. It made us have a feel on how difficult it is being in a wheelchair, but everyone enjoyed the day.

Transition Year students along with teachers Carmel Gaffney and Mags Amond recently spent a week with our Dutch partner school ‘t Rijks in Bergen Op Zoom, a beautiful town in the south of The Netherlands. Each student stayed with a host family and lived the life of a Dutch student, which included cycling to school. Students and teachers from the Netherlands, Italy and Ireland had good fun touring and learning together. As well as attending class in our partners’ very large and lovely school, we had lots of outdoor activity – a digital scavenger hunts through the town, visits to the Storm Surge Barrier and Aquarium, a day in Amsterdam and an afternoon in Antwerp. From the ‘wake-up’ dance the first morning with teacher Volkan, to the sad farewell Friday morning we all had a week to remember.

Young Entrepreneur Caoimhe O’Reilly (2nd Yr) is pictured above on RTE’s Nationwide April 15th Show (available at on RTE Player, Caoimhe featured at approx. 21 mins into the show), collecting her award at the national finals of the Enterprise Awards.

The Student Council writes:
The Student Council here in Loreto Cavan decided to address the litter and chewing gum problem in our school. This week (April 8th- 12th) we hosted an anti-litter and anti-chewing gum campaign. Anti-Litter poems were read on the PA system and a competition was held. This competition to design a poster or slogan regarding Anti-Litter and Anti-Chewing gum was open to all students. Members of the Student Council also circled each piece of chewing gum on the school grounds! The circling of the gum will be redone due to the bad weather. We believe that this highlighted the chewing gum issue as well as reinforcing the amount of littered chewing gum in the area. Pictures of bins were placed above each bin to remind the staff and students where the bins are. Posters about the dangers of chewing gum were also displayed. The Student Council notice board was also decorated with posters, on a background of a beautiful sun and rainbow. The sun and rainbow were displayed to reinforce the importance and beauty of the undamaged, unpolluted natural environment.
We intend to continue this campaign until the end of the year. We can only hope that students will realise the impact that litter has on the environment and on the school community.

Second term ended this afternoon, and we will be open again for all students on Monday April 8th at 9am.
Pictured here are our cast and crew from TY and 5th Yr at the finale of their musical, which ‘wowed’ everyone who saw it this week.
Enjoy a well earned Easter Holiday everyone!

Megan Brady (student editor) writes:
Recently “French Theatre for Schools” came to our school to perform two different plays for the second and fifth years. The play was completely spoken in French and was a brilliant learning experience for all the students. With audience participation throughout the play including scripted parts for some lucky students everyone was thoroughly entertained while learning and practicing their French vocabulary and of course their best French accent. Overall both plays were truly enjoyed by everyone involved. Pictured below are the second year students who were involved and the fifth year students who were involved with the cast of the play.

Lauren Kelly and Rebekah Lawlor (5th Yrs) write:

This year 5th year students were offered the chance to part take in fundraising to go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes from our Dioscese of Kilmore. 20 girls would be chosen to go alongside Fr Kevin and assisted pilgrims from the Kilmore diocese. In the beginning over 70 5th years applied. The first fundraising event was a 5k walk in Ballyconnell in November. Students were given cards and collected money in aid of the walk. The walk was very successful and raised over €5,000. In December, the students bag-packed in Dunnes Stores in Cavan town and Centra in Ballyconnell, as well as Carolling in the Town Square in Cavan. Also in December the school accommodated a cookery demonstration in the gym with Brian McDermott a chef from Donegal who gave tips on cooking Christmas dinners. A craft fair was also held that evening on the Junior Mall and stalls ranging from ice-cream to hand-made crafts were available.

The number of students still involved diminished as the months went by. In February the remaining students were asked to write a letter explaining why they wished to go to Lourdes. These letters were followed by a letter from a Priest or Parish representative proving that they took part in different activities in their parish. In March the remaining 44 students were given a set date for an interview which took place in the Pastoral Centre in Cavan. The interviewers were a man and a woman who visit Lourdes each year and were unknown to all 44 students. They asked 6 questions based around Lourdes, why you would like to go and what you would bring to Lourdes as a person.  In the end 20 students were chosen. The decision was hard but after all the suspense the 20 students were announced. These 20 students will go to Lourdes alongside Fr Kevin and the assisted pilgrims at the end of May.

Tonight is opening night for our TY Musical “Breaking the Habit”. The Box Office has a few tickets left for tonight, otherwise we are Sold Out!

Well done to Alanna Donohoe (1st Yr), pictured here in the Anglo Celt newspaper, who last weekend won the final of Cavan’s Got Junior Talent last weekend.


Clodagh O’Reilly (3rd Yr) won Gold for Loreto at the All Ireland School Cross Country last weekend, having led for the entire 3500m race. The report in today’s Anglo Celt says “O’Reilly strode effortlessly towards the finish en route to victory in a time of 14:29“. Clodagh next travels to Wales with the Irish team to compete in the Schools International Cross Country on March 23rd. Go Clodagh!!
This is the Anglo Celt picture of Clodagh in action, and with her Gold medal.

Breaking the Habit

March 11, 2013 |  Tagged , , , , , | Leave a Comment

“Breaking the Habit”, a musical performed by the Transition Year students, will hit the stage in Loreto on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st March at 8pm sharp, and you won’t want to miss it…
Directed by Ms Claire McGlade, with musical direction by Ms Carmel Fay and a cast comprising 48 TY students, “Breaking the Habit” promises witty comedy, song, dance and fast-paced dialogue. The plot, loosely based on the “Love/Hate” series, will entertain audiences with an exciting storyline and compelling characters.
The musical follows the journey of its central character, Dolly, a colourful club singer and dancer. With a boyfriend who is a criminal underworld figure, Dolly has mixed with some unsavoury people on the margins of society. But now the fraud squad from Dublin is hot on the heels of Dolly’s boyfriend and his gangster cronies. Dolly finds refuge in St. Mary’s Convent in Cavan, worlds apart from the mean streets of Dublin’s gangland. The nuns of St. Mary’s welcome their new “sister” but soon realise that Dolly is not the conventional nun they expected…
Dolly’s efforts to fit in in this enclosed, unfamiliar world, along with performances of well-known songs from the likes of Queen and Sister Sledge, will ensure this will be a musical to remember. The cast and crew, along with their teachers, are excited to finally see their months of rehearsal come to fruition on Tuesday and Thursday night.
So get yourself a ticket and look forward to a thrilling night of fierce songs, flamboyant characters and funky moves.”Breaking the Habit” will have you breaking out in the aisles!

(Rehearsal photographs by Adrian Donohoe Photography, Cavan)

The RE Dept writes:
On March 7th & 8th our school took part in various activities to raise money for Trócaire, a charity the enables life changing work for people living in poverty overseas. During RE classes students were encouraged to take part in Trócaire’s Annual 24 hour Fundraising events – some students received sponsorship for fasting, others for giving up use of their mobile phones or computers, while others decided to remain silent! All students who took part agreed that any hardship involved was worthwhile. The total amount raised was €2,476.15. Congratulations to all involved.
Pictured here with the Certifiicate from Trócaire are Bronagh Sweeney, Jennifer Brady and Eimear Connolly.

The JCIP committee report:
March 8th is International Woman’s Day, so the JPIC committee along with the help of Ms. Kelly, organised an event to celebrate what women have achieved in the past, and what they are capable of achieving in the future.
The JPIC group dressed up as their heroines to mark this occasion (pictured below). Members of the Student Council and their liaison teacher Mrs Cassidy also took part in Heroine Day to support the JPIC in this endeavour. They visited a number of classes and were visible to every student throughout the school. They stopped and informed the students about their heroines and about International Women’s Day.
From this very positive experience, the JPIC and Student Council hope that they have inspired the girls here in Loreto College that they too can live Mary Ward’s vision and ‘do much’. Perhaps students here in Loreto will accomplish as much as these amazing women throughout their own lives.
Pictured below are our Heroines:
(back row left to right)
Emmalouise Brady as Mary Robinson, Áne Mulligan as Marie Curie, Eimear Connolly as Adi Roche, Kayleigh McCaffery as Coco Chanel, Maliosa McKeon as Emmeline Pankhurst, Abike Aiyegbusi as Miriam Makeba, Niamh Kelly as Mary Ward and Holly Brennan as Audrey Hepburn.
(front row left to right):
Leanne Sheridan as Hillary Clinton, Chloe Micallef as Mother Teresa, Lauren Gaynor as Amelia Earhart, Lisa Smith as Anne Frank and Aoife Finan as Katie Taylor.

County Cavan Student Enterprise finals took place in the Slieve Russel Hotel on Tuesday March 5th, and our Minicompanies swept the boards, winning many of the awards including the overall prize. Drumlin Media made a video of the awards – including an interview with the winners – and we appear at 17 minutes into the Business and Enterprise Awards video.

Pictured here (by Brian Mulligan) in the Anglo Celt, with Enterprise teacher Ms Carmel Dolan and members of Cavan Enterprise Board, are: Junior Category winner Mubera Majhid, Intermediate Category winner Caoimhe O’Reilly, and Senior Category winners Courtney Donohue, Niamh Kelly, Dearbhla Dolan, Laura McKiernan and Aoife Finan.

Megan Brady (student editor) writes:
Today we are at the Eircom Junior Spiders awards at the RDS, Dublin. Our blog had been  shortlisted for Best project. We have met lots of other schools with amazing projects. Soon the winners will be announced, so wish us luck! Here myself and Hannah are pictured with James  Whelton and Bill Liao the creators of Coder Dojo.

Match report from Ms. Doonan:
The Loreto U16 Gaelic Football team competed in the Ulster Ladies Gaelic Football Final on the 25th of February at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena, Cookstown.  They were competing against Our Lady’s and St. Patrick’s College, Belfast.  The final was a very fast game and the determination of both teams was evident in the play.  The first half was a finely contested match however Loreto pushed forward in the second half winning confidently with a final score of 5-8 to 2-4.  Loreto now qualify for an All Ireland Ladies Gaelic Footbal Semi Final.  This game is due to be played on Friday the 8th of March  at Crettyard, Laois at 2:00 against the Muster Champions Christ the King College, Cork.  We wish the Loreto team good luck in the semi final and any support at this game would be greatly appreciated.

Pictured above:
Back row l-r: Maria Conaty, Gillian Brady, Ciara Brady, Geraldine Smith,Caoimhe Mc Dermott, Ciara Reilly, Amy Wharton, Rachel Talbot, Laura Mc Kiernan, Frieda Finmann Dolan, Irene Rose Monaghan, Orla Feeney, Ciara Fitzpatrick, Orla Cahill, Rebecca Smith
Front row l-r: Aideen Coyle, Courtney Rapple Mc Dowell, Katie Fitzpatrick, Ciara Shalvey, Shannon Leddy, Róisin Galligan, Hannah Duggan, Niamh O’Shea, Aisling Smith, Rachel Brady, Louise Lawlor, Eimear Tighe.  Missing from the picture is Laura Tierney.

Match report from Ms Doonan:
Following their victory at the Ulster Camogie Final the Loreto Senior Camogie team competed in the All Ireland Senior Camoige Semi-Final on Friday the 22nd of February. They were competing against Scoil Mhuire, Trim at Trim GAA. The Semi-Final was a very physical game with Scoil Mhuire taking the lead from the start. Loreto put up a great fight scoring 2-2 however it wasnt enough to defeat the strong Trim team. Qualifying to this level of competition is a fantasic achievement and is a first for Loreto College Cavan.  Everyone here at Loreto are very proud of the team and we wish them every success in the future.

Pictured above:

Back row l-r: Róisin O’Rourke, Michelle O’Rourke, Emer Sexton, Edel Sexton, Katie Smith, Lorraine O’Rourke, Aideen Coyle, Róisin Dolan, Darina Fitzpatrick, Annie Smith, Manager Carmel Fay
Front row l-r:  Emma Duffy, Laura Leddy, Ciara Shalvey, Shannon Leddy, Meghan Denning, Edel Mc Dermott, Laura Mc Kiernan, Michaela Leddy, Amanda Collins


Student Council report:
Here in Loreto Cavan we were extremely busy on Monday February 25th as we hosted a Cake Sale in aid of local charities St. Christopher’s Hospice and the Oncology Department in Cavan General Hospital.
Before the Cake Sale, the council appealed to all students from First year to Sixth year to bake for this fundraising event so that the goods could be sold to the students, teachers and staff at lunchtime. All the food, kindly supplied by the students, was brought to the home economics department so that the student council could separate and package the food. The staff came to the Home Economics rooms at 11:00 to purchase goods and then at 12:25 the student council set up the gym to transform it into a delightful Bake Sale! The main event began at 12:50 when the first year students got the first pick of the cakes, buns, chocolate squares, cupcakes, cookies and other delicious home cooking. At 1:00, we opened the gym to all the students and the cake sale became the great success that it has been in previous years!
The Student Council are delighted to announce that the sum of €1212.81 was raised, along with a donation of €500 from The Bank of Ireland. We are very grateful to the Bank of Ireland for this generous donation and we have no doubt that it will be put to good use. This made the total sum €1712.81. All monies will be donated to our local charities.
A huge thank you to the Home Economics Department and the PE department for their support without which the cake sale could not have happened. Also to the students who baked, students who supported the cake sale and staff, thank you to one and all.

Great news arrived today! Ms Amond (Editor) and Megan Brady (Student Editor) write:
Our school blog has been shortlisted for a Tera Spider Award in the “Best Project” category of the Eircom Junior Spider Awards. The awards, which were established in 2009, recognise and reward students for the successful and innovative ways in which they use the Internet in their daily lives. The 2013 winners will be announced on March 5th in the RDS.
Our school news blog was set up as a project to celebrate our school, inviting students to develop key communication skills as writers, reporters, photographers, designers and presenters. We want to build a 21st Century online archive of school activities to be shared with a wide audience. And it is even fun to do! We are thrilled that this has been recognised by the Junior Spider shortlisters.
Blog posts are written and photographed by students and teachers who email them to the editor, upload them via Google Forms or post via our Edmodo VLE.
Since we took part in some Quadblogging ’round robins’ last year we realise the positive value of feedback – so comments are welcome (but are moderated) – please feel free to add one below!!

Congratulations and thanks to all student and teacher blog post contributors. Best wishes also to the other schools nominated for awards this year.

Sr Marie Céline Clegg IBVM joined the incoming Senior Prefects at Pastoral Care time today to deliver a workshop titled ‘Reflection on Leadership’. She is pictured here receiving a Thank You presentation from our new Head Prefect Eimear Connolly and Deputy Head Prefect Aishling Brady (picture by Megan Brady 5th Yr).

Head Prefect for 2013/2014, Eimear Connolly, reports:
On 20th February 2013 Sr.Marie Céline kindly came to talk to us on the topic of leadership. As all 5th Year students are commencing their new prefects roles, we felt that this talk would be very helpful and worthwhile to guide us in our new positions.
Aishling opened the afternoon talk by welcoming Sr.Marie to our school and thanked her for taking time out of her busy schedule to be with us. Sr.Marie then began her inspirational reflection on leadership. She informed us leaders do not come with specific values or set personalities. This is due to the fact that every individual is unique and has something different to offer to any leadership role.
We then completed an exercise and selected ten Potential Values that we would like to possess throughout our lifetime. This simple exercise gave us a greater understanding of who we are and what we strive to be. We then learned that values and actions are strongly connected and how they complement each other in everyday life. An example includes the value of co-operation leading to the action of working with both teachers and students for the good of the school.
Sr. Marie Céline then went on to present a powerful slide involving different animals to represent the many different varieties of individuals there are in the world today. An example of this is the lion. This powerful and strong animal represents a mature and
confident person, who would make a good chairperson of a committee. This character promotes decision-making and can delegate well with others. All os us Fifth Year students could relate to a particular animal which plays its part in the Animal Kingdom. No committee can
successfully function without a combination of all the different types of people working together.This can be linked to the fact that no year group can function successfully without the co-operation and determination of each individual.
She concluded that no individual achievement can equal the pleasure of leading a group of people to achieve a worthy goal. We now have a greater insight and understanding of the many opportunites and challenges that all leadership roles bring.
We thoroughly enjoyed this educational and worthwhile talk and we hope to strive towards these values throughout our lifetime. On behalf of all fifth years students of Loreto College, I availed of the opportunity to thank Sr.Marie Céline for her inspirational talk on the topic of leadership, and Deputy Prefect Aishling presented Sr Marie Celine with a small gift (picture above).

Transition Year students are working hard this term with Producer/Director Ms McGlade and Musical Director Ms Fay on our musical Breaking the Habit. So when Sr Marie Celine visited our school she was bemused to meet with some of the cast in costume! Here she is with “Sisters” Amanda, Shannen, Nicole, Lorraine, Christiane and Niamh. Details of the performances will be published soon, so watch this space…

Mid-term Break

February 8, 2013 |  Tagged , , , | Leave a Comment

Our school is closed for Mid-Term break until Monday February 18th. One of the most popular poems studied by our students is Seamus Heaney’s sad beautiful poem of the same name…
Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney
I sat all morning in the college sick bay
Counting bells knelling classes to a close.
At two o’clock our neighbors drove me home.
In the porch I met my father crying–
He had always taken funerals in his stride–
And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow.
The baby cooed and laughed and rocked the pram
When I came in, and I was embarrassed
By old men standing up to shake my hand
And tell me they were “sorry for my trouble,”
Whispers informed strangers I was the eldest,
Away at school, as my mother held my hand
In hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs.
At ten o’clock the ambulance arrived
With the corpse, stanched and bandaged by the nurses.
Next morning I went up into the room. Snowdrops
And candles soothed the bedside; I saw him
For the first time in six weeks. Paler now,
Wearing a poppy bruise on his left temple,
He lay in the four foot box as in his cot.
No gaudy scars, the bumper knocked him clear.
A four foot box, a foot for every year.

As part of a Module in ‘Computational Thinking’, our Transition Year students are introduced to basic computer programming. Now they are transferring those skills learned to children in the community. Niamh Boyle, Aiveen Connolly and Amy Hough ( TY Apollo) have recently volunteered as Assistant Mentors at Cavan Coderdojo. Coderdojo is a movement which aims to introduce as many people as possible to computer programming skills. One of the principles is that what you learn, you must then teach others. Our students are pictured here, and here passing on their knowledge to younger learners.

Lunchtime Film Club begins this week in Ms Kelly’s room. The first film on the program is Dead Poets Society (1989) starring Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke.

Laura O’Conor (Head Prefect) and Emma Louise Brady (Deputy Head Prefect) write on behalf of the Student Council:
Last Friday, 18th January members from the Student Council decorated the Student Council notice board on the theme of Mary Ward Week (21st- 25th January). Lisa Smith (TY Athena) and Leanne Sheridan (St Hannah) came up with a great idea of making the school crest out of paper to display on the board. We also made a timeline of Mary Ward’s interesting life so that each student in our school would understand the difficulty she endured in forming her own Religious Order and getting education for girls. We all now understand that she walked throughout the world going to Rome several times in order to achieve her aims. On the board, we also displayed quotes that she said throughout her life, these include; ‘women in time to come will do much‘, ‘Love and speak the truth at all times‘, ‘Show yourself at all times glad and joyful, for God loves a cheerful giver.‘ and ‘Cherish God’s vocation in you. Let it be constant, efficacious, and loving.’ We hope that these quotes will help the students in our school to fully appreciate Mary Ward’s wisdom and dedication to her cause. Also displayed on our board are pictures of Mary Ward throughout her life, featuring pictures of her Voyage to St. Omer and of her as a novice sister.
She is an inspiration to ‘Loreto Girls’ throughout the world and here in Loreto College Cavan, we wanted to celebrate her life to the best of our ability and follow her example to ‘do much’.

Do not begin by violently attacking what is bad or amiss in anyone, but by showing the beauty and desirableness of the opposite virtue lead them to wish for it.” Mary Ward.

Boil in the Bag theatre company, directed by Cavan actor Eamon Owens, performed their production of Macbeth in the concert hall for 5th Year students who are studying the play for their Leaving Cert.

Jennifer Lyons (5th Yr English student) offers this review:
On Thursday January 17, the Boil In The Bag production company performed Shakespeare’s Macbeth for the fifth years. The company originates from Dublin and at its helm is Fair City’s Orlaith Rafter. She directs the production and composes the songs and raps. Rafter is ably assisted by Cavan man Eamonn Owens (who played Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy) and two other actors.
Macbeth was written to be performed, not just to be read in class and the company really brought the play to life. This production focused on key scenes performed with a twist. The twist being that the original Shakespearean scenes were performed on stage by two actors and then juxtaposed with a modern interpretation of the content. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth became Maccers and Lady M who were taking part in the “X-Raptor” rapping contest. Ambition drives them to get rid of their opponent, “Dunk Truck”. The pair then has to deal with the consequences. The actors, Elliot and Rosanna, remained in character throughout and put their all into the performances.
This production was utterly brilliant and effectively made a 400-year-old text relevant to a modern-day audience. There were highs and lows, however. Undoubtedly the rap was the highlight for students as it offered a better understanding of the play and we could really empathise with the challenges both characters had to face. It acknowledged that Shakespeare’s characters are three-dimensional, not black or white but a different hue of grey. On the negative side, there were not enough actors: Rosanna played Lady Macbeth, Hecate and the three witches and seemed a little stretched.
Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and I would give this production a 
five-star rating as I think it helps students get their heads around the play. I would urge other schools to book this company as it really strives to make the play accessible and relevant.

Ms Amond (Head of 5th Year) writes:
This week is a very significant week in the school year, for two reasons. Firstly it is Mary Ward week. It is also the week when the appointment of Senior Prefects, including the Head Prefect and Deputy Head Prefects, are announced.
Mary Ward is the foundress of the Loreto Order, and for women in education a role model without equal. In the 17th century she fought hard to convince the authorities to allow her to begin educating girls. Mary Ward’s values of Truth, Freedom, Justice, Sincerity and Joy are at the core of Loreto Cavan and all Loreto Schools worldwide.
Operating for almost 20 years now, our Senior Prefect system – based on a philosophy of distributed leadership – is also at the core of our school system. Every final year student takes on a Prefect role, in which she shares responsibility for some aspect of running and developing the school. As part of this system, through a combination of peer nomination, election and interview, two students are appointed as leaders of the school body. This year’s successful candidates are Head Prefect Eimear Connolly (St Helena) and Deputy Head Prefect Aishling Brady (St Hilary). Congratulations and best wishes to both of you from the whole school!

Megan Brady (5th Year) writes:
Mary Ward week was celebrated in our school. She played a large role in women’s education and was the founder of the Loreto Order. Mary Ward dedicated her life to establishing an institute where women’s education was key. To celebrate her wonderful work she has done for us the students of Loreto Cavan decorated feet and placed them around the school walls to mark her journey to Rome on. Here is a collage of many of the feet the students decorated.

Second Year students Amy Wharton (St Julieanna) has got through to the final stages of the Homecook Hero baking competition. Congratulations to Amy and her Home Ec teacher Ms Reddington. We have all been busy voting for Amy’s delicious Chocolate Brownies to win.

The school closes for the holidays today. We open again for everyone on Monday January 7th 2013. Pictured here is Rebecca Tully’s winning entry to this year’s Student Council Christmas Card competition.

Mrs Diver (Home Ec Dept) writes:
First year Home Economics students have been busy putting their sewing skills to good use by recycling old socks into sock monsters!! They have incorporated a variety of stitches including the tacking stitch, the running stitch and the blanket stitch and have also sewn on buttons!! What a great use for odd socks!

Lauren Gaynor (Athena) Loreto College Cavan who has had a very successful year in Archery. She competed at the EBHC (European Bowhunting Championships) in Italy in July of this year where she won Gold. More recently she competed in the Irish Indoor Open Archery Competition In Dundalk, Co. Louth. Many countries from Europe as well as from the U.S.A. and Canada competed in what was the biggest Archery competition in Ireland to date. Lauren secured the Gold medal. Lauren trains with the Irish National squad and is a member of Cuchulainn Archery Club in Ardee, Co. Louth.

Our U19 Camogie team, pictured celebrating above with the Roisín McManus shield, won their replay of the Ulster Final this Sunday evening. They beat St Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff 4-4 to 0-2, and out now through to the All Ireland Semi-final on Saturday 16th February 2013.

Ms Kelly (English Dept) suggests a poem for this season, and student editor Megan Brady matches it with a photograph.

I do hope you all enjoy this poem. When I was living in London I used to always read it at this time of the year as I would be getting very excited about going home for Christmas. I believe it evokes all that is glorious about Christmas time in Cavan: the twinkling skies, the crackle and crunch of the frost and the joy of being with friends and family.

A Christmas Childhood by Patrick Kavanagh

My father played the melodion
Outside at our gate;
There were stars in the morning east;
And they danced to his music.
Across the wild bogs his melodion called
To Lennons and Callans.
As I pulled on my trousers in a hurry
I knew some strange thing had happened.
Outside in the cow-house my mother
Made the music of milking;
The light of her stable-lamp was a star
And the frost of Bethlehem made it twinkle.
A water-hen screeched in the bog,
Mass-going feet
Crunched the wafer-ice on the pot-holes,
Somebody wistfully twisted the bellows wheel.
My child poet picked out the letters
On the grey stone,
In silver the wonder of a Christmas townland,
The winking glitter of a frosty dawn.
Cassiopeia was over
Cassidy’s hanging hill,
I looked and three whin bushes rode across
The horizon – the Three Wise Kings.
An old man passing said:
“Can’t he make it talk” –
The melodion, I hid in the doorway
And tightened the belt of my box-pleated coat.
I nicked six nicks on the door-post
With my penknife’s big blade –
There was a little one for cutting tobacco.
And I was six Christmases of age.
My father played the melodion,
My mother milked the cows,
And I had a prayer like a white rose pinned
On the Virgin Mary’s blouse.

The Sports section of the Anglo Celt has plenty of reports on Loreto students’ sports successes this week.

It leads with an long article about the cross country champion Clodagh O’Reilly (3rd Yr). The article is here.
On p.26 there is a report on the recent wins by boxer Michaela Gaffney (3rd Yr).
And a great action picture by photographer Sheila Rooney (a Loreto past pupil) accompanies the match report from last Saturday’s nail-biting drawn Ulster Final against St Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff.

A large group of our 5th Year students are very busy this year fundraising to support the dioscesan pilgrimage to Lourdes next summer. They are working with our Chaplain Fr Kevin Fay and our RE Dept led by Ms McGalde on a huge variety of projects. Tonight they organsied a Christmas Cookery and Craft demonstration in the gym with Community Chef Brian McDermott. It was a huge success.
Student Editor Megan Brady recorded and presented it as a radio show on Cavan Community Radio. Have a listen to Megan’s MP3 podcast of the 15 min programme (complete with live interviews and seasonal music!) by clicking this link:
loreto cooking demonstration

Laura O’Conor and Emma Brady (Head Prefects) announce:
The winners of the 2012 Christmas Card Competition were announced today. Thank you to Easons Cavan (P&M Lynch) for their generous sponsorship of the prizes. All entries are displayed on the Student Council noticeboard.

The winning students for 2012 are:
School Card Winner: Rebecca Tully (1st Year)
Religious Category:
Winner: Weronika Kocurkiewicz (3rd Year)
Runners Up-
Roisin Murphy (6th Year), Ciara Deering (5th Year), Numra Sajid (5th Year), Nafeesa Naz (3rd Year)
Traditional Category:
Winner: Nicole Dolan (2nd year)
Runners Up: Lisa Maguire (5th Year), Leona Maguire (5th Year), Mobeena Naz (5th Year), Numra Sajid (5th Year)
Click on the pictures for a closer view of the winning entries.

Best wishes to all Senior Camogie players and their trainer Ms Fay – they are playing in the Ulster Final on Saturday against St Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff, making this an all Cavan final. The match is at 2pm in the the 3G Breffni Park, Cavan.
The panel is pictured below: Laura Leddy, Ciara Shalvey, Meghan Denning, Ciara Fitzpatrick, Edel McDermott, Amanda Collins, Michelle O’Rourke, Emma Duffy, Aideen Coyle, Katie Smith, Edel Sexton, Lorraine O’Rourke, Laura McKeirnan, Roisin O’Rourke, Roisin Dolan, Darina Fitzpatrick, Shannon Leddy, Michaela Leddy, Annie Smith and Emer Sexton.

Laura O’Connor and Emma Brady (Head Prefect and Deputy Head Prefects), on behalf of the Student Council, write:
On the 5th December Holly Brennan, Áine Phair and Emma Brady (three of the 6th year reps) and Lisa Smith (TY rep) decorated the Student Council noticeboard and the ‘Congratulations’ noticeboard for the Christmas Season. The Student Council noticeboard also displays the winning entries and runner-up entries from the Christmas Card Competition.

Amanda Collins, Emma Clarke and Shannen Lane (Athena) write:
We recently won the local Enabling Access poster competition and were invited to an award ceremony in Dublin. We arrived this afternoon at City Hall with our Class Tutor Ms McVeigh and were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Dublin. We listened to five guest speakers at the Ceremony who all congratulated us on our hard work, success and thanked us for promoting the Enabling Access Through Generations Programe. Then we were presented with our beautiful glass award and certificate. After photographs were taken for the website and papers. At the end of the whole ceremony refreshments were served. All four of us enjoyed our day. 😀

Here we are pictured receiving our award from the Lord Mayor, and our winning poster is pictured also.

Jane McGearty and Áine Mulligan (Athena) write:
Worldwide there are approximately 34 million people living with AIDS. To spread AIDS awareness the TY students on the JPIC (Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation) committee wore red scarfs, hair clips and painted their nails red for the week of November 26th – December 2nd. Both Transition Year classes Apollo and Athena took part in ‘flash visits’ to different classes over the week and sang Pink’s song ‘Dear Mr. President’ while showing a video they had prepared to highlight the effects of AIDS around the world.

Niamh Braiden and Niamh Galligan (St Joshua CSPE class) write:
As part of the Civic, Social and Political Education programme, 2nd Yr class St Joshua paid a visit with our teacher Mrs Fitzpatrick to St Christopher’s Hospice which is situated just beside our school.

We are doing our C.S.P.E action project on the concept of human dignity. We decided to visit our neighbours in St. Christopher’s Hospice. We in Loreto College Cavan have a very close relationship with the hospice ever since the Loreto nuns donated the land on which the hospice was to be built some years ago. The Loreto Order could see that invaluable contribution that a hospice would make to preserve the dignity of people who are disabled or dying.
We arranged to visit the hospice on Monday the 19th November 2012 at 10am. In preparation we had gathered €2 of each student to make a small donation to the Hospice. We also decided to make buns and bring them around for the staff and residents to enjoy.
We walked around to St.Christopher’s in pairs, two wearing ‘Hi-Vis’ jackets at beginning and end. We were accompanied by our CSPE teachers Mrs. Fitzpatrick. We were met at the door by the unit manager Erika Winterlich. She gathered us around in a semi-circle and spoke quietly to us all about the Hospice. She was very welcoming and seemed very glad to see us. She told us about how they respect Human Dignity by implementing their ‘End Of Life Policy’ .
• How they are funded.
• about their 13 beds and how they are distributed.
• Costs of running e.g. Bed €15,000 + Mattress €5,000
• What food patients may have.
• Pets might be allowed if deemed appropriate.
• Entertainment – Arts+Crafts, Day trips, Pet day.
• Families don’t speak about sensitive issues in the room with patients – even if unconscious.
• Counselling and time given to residents and families.
• Staff are upskilled and caring, remembering that the hospice is some peoples HOME!
Although the Hospice seems likes a sad place to be , the nurses make it very homely and the Hopice really values the end of peoples’ lives. The patients are allowed to bring in photos or ornaments in from their home and they are even allowed their own bedcovers. All of these facts mentioned add to the Human Dignity of the patients coming to the end of their lives.
We in St Joshua’s class are very proud of our neighbours and friends, St.Christophers Hospice, .

Megan Brady (5th Yr) writes:

Our business project Shopoly made it through to the regional finals of Dragons Den. Shopoly is a board game and app based in a supermarket environment that teaches you children how to use money in a fun and and educational way.
On Thursday the 15th of November we went to Ratoath, Co. Meath were we had interviews with judges and competed against 15 other groups to be awarded a highly precious place at the national finals. After an agonising wait we were named as one of the 9 groups that will represent our region at the National finals in The Gibson Hotel on the 8th of December. We will be competing against 89 other companies on the day. 20 national finalists will then be picked to film during the next series of Dragons Den for a two-show special of Junior Dragons Den. I’m sure there will be tough competition, but those Dragons better watch out!

A team of physicists from W5 in Belfast came today to present a workshop with 2nd Years for Science Week. The themes was Forces. Here is Ms Murphy staying steady on a Segway, and David from W5 demonstrating forces with the help of a brave 2nd Yr volunteer…

In preparation for Friendship Week this year, all the Fifth Years classes decided to surprise the rest of the school with a dance based ‘flash mob’. We chose the dance moves to the ‘Jai Ho’ sequence from Slumdog Millionaire. We spent a lot of time practising in PC class and had some fun learning and getting organised. We had to wait for a day without rain and luckily that was Wednesday. Here we are in the Courtyard – if you look closely you might spot our Class Tutors and Year Head Ms Amond in there also! Happy Friendship Week 2012.
The video is here:
Friendship Week Nov 14th 2012 Loreto College Cavan-1

Shannen Lane (Athena) writes:
From the 5th of November 2012 I attended the TYPE Programme in Trinity College Dublin. It was for 5 days, and I got to not only learn a lot about the many areas of physics but experience college life as well. The five days were mostly made up of one hour long lectures on things such as “Physics in Medicine” and “Higgs, Hadrons and Bosons”. They also consisted of experiments and visits to places like Dunsink Observatory and a tour of CRANN (Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nano devices). We also had to do a mini research project on a specific topic for the first three days. These topics could range from the Hubble telescope to liquid crystals. We also had one big research topic which in our groups had to make an A0 sized research poster. I got to meet other TY students from around the country and learn a lot about the different areas in physics, such as Astro Physics, Theoretical Physics and Experiential Physics. It was a very busy five days but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my week in Trinity College.

Megan Brady (5th yr) has taken this picture to match the mood of Robert Frost’s poem Gathering Leaves

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.

But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.

I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.

Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?

Mrs Cassidy writes:
Five of our students – Mable Kurian, Ruth Maloney-Derham, Aileen McCabe, Dearbhla McGovern and Orla Murphy – have been selected to participate in Mathematics Enrichment lasses. These classes lead to Olympiad training classes in preparation for the International Mathematics Olympiad which will take place in May 2013.
The purpose of this initiative is two-fold. Firstly, it aims at promoting a positive attitude to Mathematical problem-solving. Secondly, the results of this contest will allow the school to idetify those students who are especially interested and capable in Mathematics.
We wish our students the best of luck.

Third Years, First Years and TYs has a very lively day with Sue McCarthy from Technology Rocks. Sue is an engineer with a great sense of fun, and she taught us lots of physics in a most engaging way, as you can see from the pictures below. Thanks to Ms Kiernan our Careers Guuidance teacher for inviting Sue to visit us.

Paige Conroy (Apollo) writes:
I first became interested in golf when I participated in golf lessons with the school when I was a first year student. Now I have a handicap of 19 which qualified me to play in an all-Ireland competition for under 18’s.This competition was on a links course in Sea Point, Co. Louth. This competition was held on the 31st of October, and I came in the top 10.

Lorraine Connolly and Dearbhla McGovern (TY) write:
On the 1st of November we both represented our school in the “Young Chef of County Cavan” section of the Taste Of Cavan fair in the Hotel Kilmore. We had to cook a dish, sourcing all our ingredients in Cavan. The total cost of the dish had to be no more than €15 for two people. We decided on colcanon and homemade sausages with apple sauce for the competition as we could buy all the ingredients needed in Cavan. We practiced the dish in school a few weeks before. On the day the judging panel was made up of TV 3’s Celebrity Chef Catherine Leyden, Liz Wall ICA President and Marie Duffy from An Bord Bia. Ella McSweeney RTE Radio and TV Presenter from Ear to the Ground was the MC for the afternoon.
Even though we didn’t win, it was good fun and we went home with a certificate….and there was also a load of free food there!

Tare Kearns and Orla Murphy (Athena) write:
On the 22nd of October 28 Loreto students hosted 32 Dutch exchange students in their homes. There were many activities organised for this visit.
On Monday we had three activities throughout the day – these included an Irish soda bread baking and pumpkin carving workshops, tai chi and a forensic science workshop. Later on in the day we went into Cavan town for a treasure hunt, which was a fun way to show them our town.
On Tuesday we went to the Marble Arch Caves and then later on we went to the Share Centre for some fun games – combat training, mountain biking, wall climbing, team building games and archery.
On Wednesday we went down to Galway for an “Accelerating Science” exhibition, it was really interesting. After that some students both Irish and Dutch went to a lecture and the remaining students went to the aquarium. After these activites were over we went into Galway and we were allowed to go shopping for the afternoon.
On Thursday we were back in the school for more workshops. These were mask making, GAA football and samba drumming. This was the last day we hosted our Dutch students so we all got together Thursday night.
On Friday morning it was sad because our Dutch friends were leaving to go back to Holland. We are very excited to be seeing them in Holland in April.
Here we are pictured saying Goodbye as they leave on Friday morning:

We had a great finish to our first half term today with the performance of the first raps, song and drama to celebrate Math week. Fractions, decimals, angles all got rhymed and reasoned to music. The judges had a difficult job to pick winners – these will be announced after mid-term so watch this space.

Saoirse Finnegan-Sheridan (6th Yr) writes:
The Trad for Trócaire event held at lunchtime yesterday certainly got the school tapping its feet. Students and teachers crowded into the Concert Hall to listen to girls from 1st to 6th year show off their outstanding musical talents. This display of Irish traditional music and dancing was well worth watching and the event itself raised €200 euro for Trócaire.
Eimear Bogue in 1st year was one of the many musicians displaying her talents by playing the tin whistle. She revealed she has been playing the tin whistle for four years and also plays the banjo! She decided to take part in Trad for Trócaire as she believed she could best help out by doing something she loved. Laura Young was another musician whose musical skills stood out. She is currently in 5th year and has been playing the flute for three years. She, too, also wanted to help raise money for such an amazing cause.
A few girls also put on an Irish dancing display, which really showcased their nimble skills. There was a mixture of girls from different years but they still performed together excellently.
It was great to see the fantastic turn-out for such a good cause. Everyone got into the swing of things and, needless to say, it was an ideal way to start the midterm.

Aoife McEntee and Orla Ward (Athena) write:
As part of our Dutch exchange students’ very enjoyable week in Ireland at the end of October, we joined them on their trip to Galway. We departed early on the Thursday morning, and 3 hours later we arrived in Salthill, Galway. When we got there we split up and the Dutch students and the TY class Apollo attended a Science lecture in Leisureland while Athena made their way to the CERN exhibition and the Aquarium. We learned all about the “Big Bang Theory” in the exhibition and had an enjoyable few hours looking at the different sea life at the Aquarium. After these activities we had 2 hours free time in Galway city. The girls took to the shops as the Dutch boys had a game of soccer with some Irish in Eyre Square. We arrived home eventually that evening after a long day – but now we can’t wait until April 2013 until we get our chance to go over to them in Holland!

Aoife Finan (Apollo) and Lisa Smith (Athena), both pictured below, write:
My name is Aoife Finan and I attended the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Seminar on the 9th and 10th of October this year. I went to the seminar with my fellow student, Lisa Smith, to represent our school. The seminar was held in the Emmaus Centre in Swords, Co Dublin. This centre is extremely modern and nicely decorated with hotel-standard accommodation and delicious food. I really enjoyed my two peaceful days there.
This seminar was held for students and teachers from Loreto primary and secondary schools around the country. JPIC endeavours to raise social awareness and to empower students and teachers in their roles as agents of social change in the world. At the seminar we listened to talks from various charities like Trócaire and Self Help Africa and discussed our plans for raising awareness this year. We were joined at the seminar by many Loreto schools, such as Kilkenny, Fermoy and Stephen’s Green.
When we arrived at the seminar we were welcomed by Blathnaidh Colhoun – a former Loreto principal. She assured us that we would enjoy and benefit from the two days and she was right! Shortly after, we had a presentation from the director of Trócaire, Justin Kilcullen. He described to us how he began to have an interest in social change in the world. He was inspired by his uncle, who had arrived home from Africa after working there for many months. He decided he would follow his dreams and he started work with Trócaire. He asked us to question our stereotypical views of life in developing countries and to ask ourselves who we could aspire to be like in our lives.
After lunch, we participated in a workshop with Sharon Murray who works for Young Social Innovators. Sharon taught us useful teamwork skills and how much we can achieve if we work successfully together. After Sharon’s workshop we had a visit from Sr. Louise O’Sullivan who is involved with Loreto International. She described to us the work carried out by Loreto sisters all over the world, encouraging gender equality and educating women. It was unbelievable to see how big the Loreto network is all around the world. After a really interesting and thought-provoking day we were brought to a reflection mass and served tea, coffee and biscuits before going to bed brimming with ideas.
I think the best presentation of the two days was given by Patsy Toland from Self Help Africa. He really opened our eyes to the bigger picture of international companies around the world who often use cheap labour and resources to their advantage. He described how some multinational companies threaten human rights while employing their workers. He showed us how we can make a difference in the world by maybe making a personal sacrifice like choosing Fair Trade chocolate over more expensive, luxurious chocolate that may not use Fair Trade at all. I thought his presentation was the most interesting of them all and one of the highlights of the two-day seminar.

Hi, I’m Lisa Smith (TY) and I went with Aoife to the JPIC seminar. I was grateful to have been given the opportunity to listen to all the guest speakers and, as a result, I have become much more aware of the importance of our roles as JPIC ambassadors in the school. The one guest speaker that really inspired me was Sr. Louise O’Sullivan who spoke to us about the work of the Loreto sisters, particularly their work in India and Africa.
She showed us a video about the time she spent visiting the various sisters, but the thing that grabbed my attention the most was what she told us about how women are treated in these countries. She played us songs where the lyrics best described the mistreatment and the trafficking of women, the songs helped us sympathise with the women and helped us understand the dangers they face. She told us about the different kinds of work carried out by the Loreto sisters all across the globe. It turns out that one of the sisters, Sr. Anne-Mary Murphy, who is currently working to establish a school in Rumbek in Africa worked as an art teacher in our school several years ago.
On the second day of the seminar, we sat with Ms. Kelly and discussed our plan of action for the year. We decided on building awareness campaigns around World AIDS Day and International Women’s Day.
For World AIDS Day (1 December, 2012) we hope to get the Transition Year students to make a short film about AIDS, which will be shown in all religion classes during the week leading up to WAD. We also plan to get the school community to wear something red for our Seeing Red Day (teachers included!).
For International Women’s Day (8 March, 2013) we plan to have a book collection to help with women’s education in Global South countries, we also hope that the person that brings in the most books will be in with a chance to win a fantastic prize. We also hope to get people to dress up as their female heroines for our We Could Be Heroes (Just for One Day) Day!
There will be lots of other mini events happening and we will keep you posted as to what you can look forward to. If you would like to get involved, be sure to stop us in the corridor or talk to Ms. Kelly.

We had our Hallowe’en firecrackers early in Loreto this year. Last Friday, some very helpful explosives experts from the Army carried out a controlled explosion to help us dispose of some aging unwanted chemicals. Mrs Gaffney caught it on camera…

Niamh Boyle, Amy Hough and Aiveen Connolly write:
This month it is breast cancer awareness month. Both the TY classes, Apollo and Athena, decided to raise awareness in the school. We made small pink ribbons where each TY student wrote their name on the back of a ribbon. All of these ribbons then made up one big pink ribbon, pictured here on a noticeboard in the Concert Hall passage. The names on the ribbons were hidden as breast cancer is hidden. Please support breast cancer awareness!

Greta Saulyte and Andrea Dowd (Athena) write:
On the 12th Of October 2012, as part of mental health week, the two TY classes Athena and Apollo organised tea and scones for the sixth year students. We did this because the sixth years have a lot of pressure on them this year because of their exams. Each TY student brought in ingredients, and in groups of three we made twelve scones each. In total we had 192 scones. We served them in the senior canteen, where the canteen staff provided us with the tea (Thank You!). It was a very successful morning and the sixth years enjoyed relaxing with their tea and scones.

Megan Brady (5th Year) writes:
As this week was “Mental Health and Well Being Week” the Transition Years and 5th years had a speaker called Emer in from “Aware” who gave a talk on positive mental health. We learnt about using a coping triangle and what are the symptoms of depression. It was a very interesting and appropriate talk as depression is on the up in Ireland. In the long run this is very important for people to know about. “Think, Feel and Act” were the words that the students were told to think about throughout the talk. Overall this was a very interesting talk and very important. we went away “aware” of the symptoms of depression and with a workbook we can use to help us stay positive.

Naughton scholarships were established in 2008 to promote the study of engineering, science and technology at third level in Ireland. Each year a number of exceptional students are awarded scholarships to study at undergraduate level at any publicly funded university or third-level institution in Ireland. One of this year’s recipients is Clare Gorby (class of 2012). While she was a Leaving Certificate student in Loreto Cavan, Clare studied Chemistry with Mrs Gaffney and Biology with Ms Amond, and is currently studying Science in Trinity College Dublin.
Clare is pictured here receiving the Award with Mrs Gaffney, Mr Naughton and Minister Quinn.

Two students from the Junior Certificate class of 2012 have been called to take place in the 2012 Science Olympiad at Dublin City University on October 25th, where they will work towards a place in the EU Olympiad next year. Orla Murphy and Mable Kurian were chosen to join other students from round the country who achieved top marks in their state examinations in Mathematics and Science. Well done Mable and Orla, pictured below with their Maths teacher Mrs Cassidy and their Science teachers Ms Amond and Ms Murphy.

Forensic Workshop

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Danielle Brady and Keyleigh McCaffrey write:
On the 26th of September Senior Cycle science students attended a Forensics Workshop ‘A Case of Conspiracy’ carried out by Education Interactive. This workshop us entailed solving a real life crime. We solved the crime by studying the various pieces of evidence that we were presented with such as fingerprints analysis, DNA profiles, ballistics Information, Human Anatomy and Autopsy. With a little team work the crime was solved and the murderer revealed.
This workshop was a very enjoyable experience and we gained an insight into problem solving and the world of forensic science. For us it was another enjoyable day in TY!
Pictured below, using clues to solve the crime, are Aileen, Dearbhla, Courtney and Laura.

On September 24th 2012 the Loreto College Cavann Student Council, along with our liason teacher Mrs. Cassidy, travelled to the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin for a Loreto Schools Student Councils seminar. Here the Head Girl Laura O’Connor (Chariperson), Deputy Head Girl Emma Louise Brady (Secretary), Holly Brennan (6th year rep and PRO), Aine Phair (6th year rep and PRO), Leanne Sheridan and Sarah Mc Donald (5th year), Lisa Smith (TY), Malíosa McKeon and Chloé Micallef (3rd year), Abikye Abuguise and Donna Garvey (2nd year) met with many different student councils from Loreto Schools.
We reached the conference centre at 9:00a.m. where tea and coffee were served. Firstly we were separated into different tables with students from different schools inc. Foxrock, Crumlin, Bray, Swords and Donegal. We were taught the SC roles by the conference facilitators Blathnaidh Colhoun and Máirín O’Toole. Next we talked to the people at our table about the different activities we do in our schools to help both students and local charities. We discussed topics including bullying, fundraising and meetings. At the end of the day, we made an action plan for the rest of the year.
A wonderful day was has by all. Here we are pictured outside Croke Park.

Lisa Smith and Kayleigh McCaffrey (TY) write:
On the 31st of August our TY classes got the opportunity to visit Lough Key to have fun and bond as a year. When we arrived we all lined up to get our harnesses and gloves. We then set of to get the run of what was entailed for the day.
There were four courses you could experience each at different levels. While Athena took the challenge of the Blue course which was the highest, Apollo decided to pace themselves and start off small, However by the end of the day we all had experienced both courses which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Flying down the zip lines and crossing the rickety bridges was just one of the many thrilling activities Lough Key had to offer.
Taking into account the sore arms and few bruises all in all it was an unforgettable day. We all would definitely go back and do it all again.

Head Prefects Laura and Emma write:
Today, September 5th, the Student Council hosted a luncheon and presentation in honour of Mrs. Cahill’s retirement. Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl, senior Student Council representatives and teachers met in the Community Room to wish Mrs. Cahill best wishes and good health in her retirement.
Pitured here are Emma, Laura, Shauna, Áine, Mrs Bríd Cahill, Holly, Lisa and Sarah.

The Bishop visits

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Today we welcomed the Bishop of Kilmore, Dr Leo O’Reilly, to our school. Bishop Leo is picture here with our Principal Ms McGarvey, our Deputy Principal Mrs Ó’Mordha, our Deputy Head Prefect Emma, and Lucy and Áine from our Student Council.

Shannen Lane and Niamh Donohoe (TY Athena) write:
On Monday the 3rd of September 2012 Natasha Tighe from ‘Strategic Intervention‘ visited our school to work with Transition Year students for two hours.
She explained how there are two wolves in all of us, a good wolf and a bad one. She told us how the wolves were in contest with each other to become the bigger and better wolf. She explained to us how the wolf we feed would come out on top. We could feed the good wolf but having a positive attitude towards ourselves and others. She also told us how being negative and mean to ourselves and others could feed the bed wolf and no one wanted to feed that wolf. She also made us close our eyes and think about a rose. It could be any kind of rose, any colour, any shape. She told us how we were the rose and we were beautiful and strong in our own way. While we were doing this excerise a word would appear to each of us and that word would describe us. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable afternoon. Natasha Tighe certainly left her mark on all of us.

Congratulations to the Cavan U-16 Ladies Football team who won the All Ireland final last Saturday. Well done to all the Loreto members of the squad – Rachel Talbot, Hannah Duggan, Shauna Murphy, Niamh O’Shea, Ashling Smith, Roisin Leddy, Rebecca Smith, Caoimhe McDermott, Frida Dolan, Eimear Gallen, Bronach McGovern, Ciara Shalvey, Aidenn Coyle, Paige Conroy, Roisin Galligan and Shannon Leddy.

All students are welcomed back to school this week as follows:
Monday August 27th – First Years and their Senior Prefects
Tuesday August 28th – Third Years and Sixth Years return
Wednesday August 29th – Second Years and Fifth Years return
Thursday August 30th – Transition Years return.
Here’s wishing everyone a happy and sucessful school year for 2012-2013!
The picture below was taken on the very first day students came to our school in May 1930. If you recognise any of these stduents, please let us know who they are…

Good luck to all Loreto students, teachers, staff and families who are competing, performing, volunteering or working at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Cavan August 10th-20th.

Here are some of our Loreto / Killashandra musicians in action:

As you may know, the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race came to Galway in early July. NUI Galway, as a supporter of the Race, hosted a pavilion for education in the Global Village. The pavilion was used to exhibit programmes, research and technology. As part of a talk titled Online Learning for the Future, Catherine Cronin of NUI Galway highlighted current offerings and future plans in online and blended learning, focussing on how we are helping our students learn to learn. Loreto College Cavan was featured in a video as part of this presentation showing how students are using technology in schools in Ireland today, to learn and to connect with others….have a look below or here, we are the first 30 seconds of the video!
New ways of learning- Ireland 2012 #edchatie

The school goes quiet from today as the State Examinations begin for all our Junior and Leaving Certificate students, and other students begin their holidays. Best Wishes to all. The examination timetables can be downloaded here.

The Student Council hosted a luncheon in the Community Room today in honour of Mrs Claire Thomas’s recent retirement after a long and sucessful career in our Maths Department. Head Prefects and Student Council members are pictured here with Mrs Thmoas (centre), our Principal Ms Angela McGarvey and Mrs Anne Cassidy our Student Council Liaison.

Transition Year classes Europa and Hibernia are pictured above in celebratory mode at the end of their Graduation Ceremony which took place in the Concert Hall this evening.
A packed audience of families and teachers were entertained with a variety of music, drama, video and business presentations, all composed, performed and presented by the students. All students were presented with their the certificates they had earned during the year.

Lauren O’Rourke from 2nd Year was recently announced the winner of the Mental Health Ireland National Photographic Project. The theme of the Project was Positive Mental Health.
Lauren’s photograph was chosen from entries received from second-level students from all over Ireland. The theme of the Project was Positive Mental Health. Sarah was awarded a trophy and a cheque for €250. Lauren’s teacher, Ms. Molloy, also received a trophy.

Lauren is pictured here receiving her award. Lauren’s photograph shows several candles a light arranged in the shape of a smiley face. The caption on it reads “When you’re in a dark place, your smile is a light”. The judges loved Lauren’s photograph. The message in it is very simple; a smile is a light even in a dark place and is good for your mental health and well being.

Our 1st Year History students today hosted an exhibition of the models they have made for class. The rest of the school was invited to the lunchtime viewing in the Concert Hall. The exhibition was packed, and we were all amazed at the creativity and skill shown in planning and making each of the models. Just some are pictured here:

Finally this afternoon (thanks to the weather remaining dry – last year was cancelled due to snow!) the 3rd Yrs had their Sports Afternoon. The Sports Dept organised a full round of challenges and activities, concluding with a fancy dress relay race. It was good fun for all – many thanks to Ms Doonan and all the Sports Prefects!

Garda Gary Brennan, Community Garda for the Cavan-Monaghan Division, spend today in our school. In the morning he did a workshop with the Transition Year classes, discussing every aspect of Road Safety with us. In the afternoon Garda Gary addressed all 3rd Year students on the subject of Alcohol and Safety. He told us about our rights and responsibilities in this area, and answered our many questions. It was interesting to hear about this subject from Garda’s point of view. We look forward to a return visit in the future for other students.

Dr Eileen O’Conor, Director of Drumcondra Education Centre and expert on Women in Leadership, gave a very informative and enjoyable talk to our 5th Year student assembly today. Dr O’Conor gave lots of good advice to the students who will all help lead the school as Prefects in the 2012-2013 school year. She is pictured here with Principal Ms McGarvey, Head Prefects Laura and Emma, and Head of 5th Year Ms O’Reilly.

At the recent People of the Year awards, hosted by the Anglo Celt, 1st Yr student Lorna Tierney received the Award of Young Person of the Year. Lorna’s award profile can be accessed here

Easter Break

March 30, 2012 |  Tagged , , , | Leave a Comment

We close for the Easter Holidays after school finished on Friday March 30th, and class begins again at 9am on Monday April 16th. The picture used here was taken by Transition Year Multimedia students.

The Student Council have recently received more funds in aid of their much needed defibrillator. We would like to thank both Sonia Leonard of Ard Rialla-O’Donohue Irish Dancing School and the Leaving Certificate Class of 2011 for their generous donations to this cause. Their help is much appreciated.

Ms Dolan writes:
Congratulations to the TY Minicompany “You’re a Stair” on winning 1st Prize for Presentation at the TY Get up and go minicomany competition in Dublin today.
“Game-Gallery” for 2nd Prize for Innovation, and they have been selected to go forward to the National Finals in April.
Congratulations also to Aisling Bourke who was received the Personality Award.

Today was the Annual Charity Bake Sale organised by the Student Council. Thanks to all the students who baked for the event, and those who queued at lunchtime to support the event. You donated over 1000 Euro to the Student Council Charity fund, an amazing achievement.

Well done to athlete Clodagh O’Reilly (2nd Yr) who is our new All Ireland Champion. To quote the report in Athletics Ireland, she “cruised to victory”, beating a field of 80 runners from all over Ireland last weekend at St Mary’s College, Galway in the Aviva All Ireland Schools’ Cross Country Championships. Clodagh is pictured here during the race (picture from local paper the Anglo Celt) and later at the award ceremony.

Ms Dolan writes:
Congratulations to the TY Minicompanies who competed at the Athlone Regional Finals of the TY Get Up and Go competition.
Three companies, “Sholopy”, “Cattle Savers” and “Ní Tír gan Teanga”, now go forward to the National Finals in Naas on April 26th.
We also received 7 awards:
Innovation Award – 1st Prize to “Ní Tír gan Teanga” and 3rd prize to “Cattle Savers”
Marketing Award – £rd peize to “Making Memories” and 1st prize to “Shopoly”
Quality Award – 3rd prize to “Cattle Savers” and 2nd prize to “Shopoly”
Personality Award – Gráinne Donohue.

Good Luck now to our other companies competing in Dublin next week!

Aoife ag damhsa agus Savannah & na ceolteoirí ag seimn

Shannon ag damhsa le “Lady Gaga”

Ms Dolan writes:
Congratulations to all our 100 Young Entrepreneurs who competed in the Co Cavan Enterprise Board Awards yesterday, where 76 companies competed. We won 11 out of a total of 15 rewards! All of our students showed great confidence, initiative and creativity in their products, presentations and displays. The category winners go forward to the National finals in Croke Park in April.
The winning company were as follows:
Junior Category
Overall winner & Best Display – “Mrs Appledrops”
Innovation Award – “Senior Care Service”
Intermediate Category
Overall Winner – “Flair”
Innovation Award & 3rd prize – “Cuddly Bandit”
2nd prize – “Happy Days”
Best Display – “Button and Clip”
Senior Category
Overall winner – “Shopoly”
Innovation Award – “Easy Peasy Placements”
3rd prize – “Ni Tir gan Teanga”

Ciara Deering (TY) reports:
Five students (Ciara Deering, Megan Brady, Aishling Brouke, Lauren Freehill and Orlagh Daly) from our school where invited to take part in the National Conference of the European Youth Parliament in Dublin on the 2th – 4th of March 2012 after taking part at the regional finals in Monaghan of EYP.
We travelled to Dublin on Friday and arrived at the Abraham House Hostel where we were staying for the weekend. The Conference venue was St. Michael’s College Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4. We were each assigned to a committee before we arrived. They ranged from ITRE industry, technology and research about the post Fukushima World, SEDE security and defense about the defense budgets, hard and soft power, crisis and threats; to DROI on human rights about stereotypes, protecting heritage and community’s like the gypsies; and IMCO internal market and consumer protection about the Facebook generation!
We stayed in the hostel in rooms with our committees. Each committee discussed their topic on the Saturday and debated them all at a conference on Sunday. There was lots of fun activities over the weekend, games to get to know one another and also a disco and karaoke on the Saturday night.
We all have a wonderful time and a brilliant experience of debating and public speaking, expressing our opinions, seeing thing from others point of view, and just getting to know other people there. It is something we will always remember from the people, the energy, and debating and overall fun of EYP.

In recognition of our school’s promotion of European Studies, we have received an ESP award…

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2012

March 5, 2012 |  Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

Seo Seachtain na Gailge. Beidh ceolchoirm sa Hall don 1ú agus an 2ú bliain Deardaoin seo chugainn.

Book drive in CSPE

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One generous CSPE Action Project benefitted children’s literacy – a Book Drive!

Mid Term break

February 10, 2012 |  Tagged , | Leave a Comment

As the Mock exams end, Mid Term break begins for all second level students in Ireland. School opens again on Monday, Feb 20th.

Book Club Coffee Morning

February 10, 2012 |  Tagged , , , | Leave a Comment

Ms Blessington’s 1st Yr English class held their Book Club Coffee Morning today. Here they are picture enjoying breakfast while discussing the book they have read together this term, A Girl Called Blue by Marita Conlon McKenna.

Emma Brady (incoming Deputy Head Prefect) writes:
Recently the Student Council have been raising much needed funds for purchasing a defibrillator. We have now almost reached our target amount of €2500. School-based Automated External Defibrillators provide a high survival rate for both student athletes and others who suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest on school grounds.
The Student Council have worked hard over the past two years in securing these crucial funds. They have hosted two non-uniform days in which students were asked to donate €2 in aid of the defibrillator. The student council have also held a Christmas Card competition where the winning cards from each category were printed and sold. In the coming months, we will be holding a cake sale and hopefully this will be our final fundraising event in our quest to raise our las €200! We are also very grateful to Easons of Cavan, Glanbia and the Loreto Class of 1991 for their genorous donations towards this cause.

Pictured here wearing her medal is Michaela (St Ita), who is the Meath championship boxing Gold Medal winner 2012. Michaela is through to the Leinster championships which will take place in the coming weeks, and we all wish her well.

Best Wishes to our Camogie team in the All Ireland Quarter Final match in Ballyconnell this afternoon. Match report to follow.

Concern debates

February 2, 2012 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

This is the season for the Concern Debates, Concern’s flagship school activity. This week our team of Emer, Lisa, Raja and Yvette went to Moyne Community School with their coach Ms McGlade and a small group of suporters. The topic being debated was that “Africa’s growing population is preventing its development”. The chief judge was full of praise for the level of debating from both teams, and declared the winners (by a very narrow margin) to be the Moyne CS team – James, Maria, Stephen and Brian. Best wishes to moyne as they progress to the next rounds of the competition.
Both teams are pictured here, waiting for the Chief Judge to return with the result:

Mock Exams begin…

February 1, 2012 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

Congratulations to “Pé Scéal É” – Niamh Goeghegan, Rachael Birt, Lauren Sexton, Danielle Brady, Áine McDermott, Bronagh Sweeney, Emma Brady and EimearConnolly – who made it through to the next round of Siamsa Gael Linn, one of 32 groups from all over Ireland to get through. The next stage of the competition takes place on Feb 24th. Good Luck!

Sinéad Greene writes:
Peter O’Hanlon and his drama students from the Cavan Institute came to give the two Transition Year classes a drama workshop. We played different games, like keeping the ball off the ground, zip zap bling and 86421 which needed communication and eye contact. We then got into groups and acted out snapshot scenes of fairytales and films like Titanic, The Three Little Pigs, Shrek and Jack and the Beanstalk. We all enjoyed talking to the students on what they thought of the drama course in the Cavan Institute. Peter O’Hanlon also talked about a drama workshop he will be holding over the Easter and many people were interested. We really enjoyed the workshop and would like to participate in workshops like this again.

Richella Tiernan (TY) writes:
Yesterday the two TY classes Europa and Hibernia took part in a Music workshop with musical director Sue Donohoe and her six students from Cavan Institute. We took part in many activities and voice techniques with the students and each game had a different music skill. For example we had to list artist and bands according to the letters in the alphabet and if we couldn’t think of one we had to sit out till there was a winner; there was a rhythm game where we had to clap out the different notes and we also learnt a song in the Gahanna language. It was a brilliant day and we all really enjoyed the workshop, getting an insight into the different aspects of music they are studying in college, and we would love for them to come back.

Mary Ward Week 2012

January 26, 2012 |  Tagged , | Leave a Comment

Fiona Millar (Europa) writes:
This week we have been celebrating Mary Ward week. Mary Ward founded the Sisters of Loreto in 1609. At the age of 15 she felt the calling to religious life. She entered a monastery of Poor Clares at Saint-Omer in northern France, then in Spanish Flanders as a lay sister in 1606 and the following year she founded a new monastery of the Order for English women. This week we have had different prayers being read out throughout the week. Mary Ward believed that women were equal in intellect and should be educated accordingly. Today the order she inspired is all around the world. This week we the TY class will be holding a carnival for the first years to help raise money for a Loreto school in Rumbek, South Sudan.

Eleanor Brady (TY) writes:
The official opening of the Honey Money Bank was held on Tuesday, the 24th of January. The bank team had an interview with Northern Sound a couple of days prior, advertising and promoting the bank. Aisling Doonan, the Cavan ladies GAA football team captain came to our school to cut the ribbon, and officially open the bank – and she also brought the All Ireland Cup! There were sweets available for all students and raffle tickets for a small hamper raffle given out to all students who lodged money. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was a great opening for our school bank.

Dental Hygiene Workshop

January 24, 2012 |  Tagged , , , | Leave a Comment

Alice Breslin and Amy Delaney (TY) write:
Today eleven TY students took part in an Oral Health workshop. In this course we were taught all the essentail details of Oral Hygiene. We were also given notes and tips on how to present our learnings. We learned useful tips on how to clean your teeth and we got to practice on fake teeth. We learned how to help prevent plaque build up and tooth decay. We were also giving models of a human mouth and a tooth brush to practise teaching. On the 10th of February we will have our first class teaching 1st years about the importance of dental hygiene and showing them how to look after their teeth. Overall it was a very enjoyable course to do.

Pictured below is Shannon learning to use the models to teach.

Megan Brady (TY) writes:
On Monday the 23rd of January, five TY students travelled with Ms. Gaffney to Bergen-op-Zoom in the Netherlands. As they arrived at the train station in Bergen-op-Zoom, they met their hosts and were whisked away to their homes for the week. They spent the week living as a student in Bergen-op-Zoom going to school and visiting many different tourist attractions. On Tuesday they got to know the students from other countries including Spain, Norway and Estonia. On the Wednesday they took a day trip to Belgium where they visited a concentration camp and saw the horrors of WW2, after they went into the city of Antwerp where they went shopping. On Thursday they spent the day as a normal Dutch students would going to school with their hosts. On Friday they went to Amsterdam where they went on a trip down the canal and visited the famous Anne Franks’ annexe. Overall the trip was an amazing experience and the five girls truly enjoyed the trip, doing and seeing so many brilliant things in one week. They flew home on Saturday afternoon exhausted with great memories for the rest of their lives!
Pictured here with Mrs Gaffney are Aoife, Emma, Megan, Holly and Aimée.

Congratulations to Sr Patricia Murray, who used to teach in our school. Sr Pat was recently included in the Top Ten people for 2011 by the monthly Catholic news magazine “Inside the Vatican“. Sr Pat was praised for her work on behalf of the Loreto Order on the “Solidarity with South Sudan” campaign. South Sudan is one of the world’s poorest countries, as well as being the newest country. Our sister school, Loreto Rumbek, is in South Sudan.

Eimear Kelly, Ciara Deering and Laura Young write:
We are three TY students in Loreto College, Cavan. We entered the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in October of this school year and we were very fortunate to be chosen to present our project in the RDS in Dublin from the 11th to the 14th of January 2012. There were a total of over 1700 applicants entered and only 550 were invited to the RDS. Our project was based on the topic of mental health. We decided to make a teaching pack which would educate students about the topic of mental health. We wanted to make it easier for secondary school teachers to discuss and promote positive mental health in their classroom as we hope to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
We travelled to the RDS on Wednesday morning to set up our stall before our first round of judging. There were three rounds of judging in total which took place on Wednesday and Thursday. The judging was very informal and we just had to talk about our project while standing at our stall. The public were invited into the RDS on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It became very busy and we had great interest in our stall. We were even interviewed for the radio! There were lots of famous faces among the crowds of people including Brian O’Driscoll, Ryan Tubridy and Michael D. Higgins.
After 5.30pm we were free to leave the RDS and attend the evening entertainment which included karaoke, a table quiz and the opening and closing ceremony. This gave us a great chance to meet some of the students from around the country. We really enjoyed meeting new people and also looking at the projects they carried out. It was astonishing to see the different ideas that students had. We also really enjoyed looking at the different company’s stands and completing the different games and quizzes.
After the closing ceremony we discovered that we received a Highly Recommended rosette. We were very happy with this. Overall, we had a great time at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition and it was an experience that we will never forget. We would like to thank Ms. Rogan, our science teacher, and Ms. McGarvey, our principal, for all their help and support over the last few months.

Congratulations to our school’s representatives in the 2012 BT Young Scientist competition – Ciara, Eimear and Laura – on the Highly Commended Award they achieved today for the project “Your Central Wealth is Your Mental Health”. The three girls are pictured here at their stand during the exhibition. The project will be on display in school.

Pictured here with their teacher Ms McGlade are all students who were recently awarded their Speech and Drama medals and certificates. The exams took place on December 1st when 47 students were examined by Mr David Meredith, Chairman of the Irish Board of Speech and Drama. All students achieved a very high standard, and 12 students were awarded Gold Medals for Excellence.

Eimear Kelly (TY Europa) writes:
Eimear Kelly, Ciara Deering and Laura Young will be participating in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS, Dublin this week from January 11th until January 14th. Our project is based on mental health. We are creating a mental health teaching pack to improve and develop mental health education. This teaching pack offers a fun and enjoyable way to increase students’ knowledge of mental health and also to encourage classroom discussions on this topic. We hope that it will be included in the SPHE syllabus in Loreto College in the future.

Christmas Holidays

December 22, 2011 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

The school closes this evening for the Christmas Holidays. All students return to school on Monday January 9th 2012.

Ms Doonan (PE Dept) writes:
We want to say a big congratulations to the U16 Camogie team who won the Junior D Ulster Camogie final yesterday. The game was played at Sherry Fields in Armagh against St Benedict’s from Randelstown in Belfast and the full time score was Loreto 4-3 and St Benedict 0-2.
From the first whistle the game was played at a fast and furious level and the nerves were showing in the first half as Loreto were very unlucky with numerous goal chances that went wide. Ciara Shalvey soon put an end to this scoring two goals in quick concession which Edel McDermot supported with a point. Michelle O’Rourke’s long range free sealed the lead before the half time whistle.
At half time Loreto were looking strong and St. Benedict had yet to score. However St. Benedict showed their determination in the second half and weren’t going to give up easily. A long time elapsed before either team got a score while a ferocious battle ensued for possession. After a lot of frustrating missed chances, Megan Denning ended the dry spell with two swift goals bringing the score to 4 goals and 2 points for Loreto. Edel McDermot soon followed with another point the final one of the game for Loreto. It wasn’t until the dying minutes of the game that St. Benedict got two token points.
It was an all round team performance that won the game for Loreto with every player fulfilling her role expertly. Michelle O’Rourke and Roisin O’ Rourke dominated midfield taking it in turns to push ahead to attack and drop back to defend. Ciara Shalvey and Megan Denning were the two top scorers and made the Randelstown defence’s job very difficult with their agility and movement on and off the ball. Amanda Collins was a strong force in the half forward line and played a big part is setting up many attacking plays. Laura Mc Kiernan was player of the game for Loreto stopping everything from getting past the Loreto half back line whilst also attacking up the wings and setting up scores for the forwards to finish off. Captain Emma Duffy was the constant and reliable presence on the half back line that lead the way for the rest of the Loreto backs. Nothing was getting past full back Aideen Coyle as time and time again she cleared the ball when under pressure particularly in the last minutes of the game.
Thi fantastic win will go down in history as it has been the first time that Loreto Cavan have won an Ulster Camogie final since 1977. We are very proud of everyone on the panel and the hard work and dedication at training every Wednesday at lunchtime has paid off. A special thanks must be given to coaches Claire Fitzpatrick, Edel Sexton and Lorraine O’Rourke who played a big part in leading the girls to victory.
(Photograph to follow).

Annual Christmas Quiz

December 16, 2011 |  Tagged , , , | Leave a Comment

Pictured here are some of First Year class St Joshua with tutor Ms Brady enjoying their first Annual Christmas Quiz.

On Dec 16th the school will have the Christmas Carol Service organised by the RE Dept, and the Annual Quiz organized by Ms McGlade and her team from Transition Year. Pictured here is our indoor crib waiting for the arrival of the Baby Jesus.

Here you can listen to Mrs Hughes and our Chamber Choir’s recording of The Angels’ Carol.
The Angel’s Carol

Ms McGarvey writes:
Congratulations to Rachel Birt (St Gearóid) and Ciara Deering (TY Europa) who have been identified as high achievers in Maths and Science in the 2011 Junior Certificate examination. They have been invited by the Irish EU Science Olympiad (Ir EUSO) to participate in the National Olympiad to select six students to represent Ireland at the European Union Science Olympliad (EUSO) in Vilnius, Lithuania 22nd-29th april 2012. The National Olumpiad wil be held on Saturday January 28th in Dublin City University. Congratulatiosn also to Rachel’s and Ciara’s teachers, and best wishes to both girls as they processd to the Olympiad.

Bear Essentials workshop

December 14, 2011 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

Mrs Conaty’s Home Economics students had a workshop with local craftswoman Anke Morgenroth of Bear Essentials last week. There was great interest and excitement all day as Anke showed the students the basic skills and procedures she uses, and then each student set about mading a bear of her own design.
Pictured here are some 2nd Year students and their new friends!

Louisa Briody, Megan Conaty, Natalia Kozlowska, Anne Connolly, 5th year LCVP students write:
As part of our Link Modules Programme, our 5th Year LCVP class will be taking charge of the annual Christmas Hamper collection in our school on behalf of the Cavan Lions Club. For our course we must undertake an activity to write about for our Summary Report and the Christmas Hamper Collection is perfect! As well as that, everyone in the class wants to experience volunteering and charity work firsthand too as most of us have never done it before. To prepare for the activity we will be organising ourselves into groups, each group with a different task assigned to them. The boxes will be outside the Principal’s office as usual, each one with a sign saying which box applies to which year. There will also be a list of items above the boxes that are suitable to be put into the boxes. This year there will also be a prize given to the year group that brings in the most items for their box! All donations would be greatly appreciated!
Poster: Natasha Bravender (St Giovanna).

Ms McGlade writes:
The Advent Wreath Services took place on Thursday December 8th in honour of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The services were organised and led by teachers from our Religious Education Department. The theme of the services was the concept of ‘waiting’ and ‘preparation’. Students were introduced to Advent from the First Sunday of the Feast and therefore were able to participate fully in the services. The ‘Empty Crib’ and ‘Advent wreath’ were both at the core of the services.
Here is our Advent Wreath:

Banking Like Bees

December 6, 2011 | | Leave a Comment

Holly McGovern (TY Europa) writes:
The new student bank, Honey Money, has swarmed into Loreto College in Cavan. The bank offers students a chance to create an account so that they can start saving some money of their own. Once the students account is opened, they have the opportunity lodge any savings into their account by visiting the Honey Money bank. You can lodge anything from €1 to €100. Also mini-companies can start up their own accounts! The bank is completely safe, secure and confidential. If you have any queries about the bank or would like to open an account, why not drop in and see us? The bank is opened every Tuesday at 1:45 pm in the LCVP room (beside Ms Mc Glades room.)
So why don’t you start ‘Banking Like Bees’?

Past Pupil Brenda Drumm (class of ’86, St Cathal) has spearheaded the recent fundraiser called TwitterChristmasSingle, starting it all with a single tweet two weeks ago. All proceeds will be for the Neonatal Unit in Holles St hospital in Dublin. A version of Wintersong, it is the world’s first ever crowdsourced single, which will hopefully become a Christmas No. 1, and it is being released today, available as a download. See the RTE News report here.

Today was our annual Student Council non uniform day for charity, the theme was Pink. This year we will support St Christopher’s Hospice in Cavan, and our sister Loreto school in Rumbek, South Sudan.

Ciara Deering, Loreto World challenge group writes:
On the 8th of October our group met in Butlersbridge to get on a mini bus to bring us Down for the weekend. We arrived with rucksacks on our backs, big boots on our feet and warmly rapped up. To get started we had to pick a place to pitch our five tents and after more than an hour of decision-making we set up tent in a semi-circle. After getting confused and frustrated we managed to erected five normal looking tents.
We sat down to lunch and then started on our day’s hike. A long hike to the top of the mountain was broken up by small lessons by our guide on leadership, communication, jobs, how to purify water and so on. We got a view of the seaside town of Newcastle from the top and could even see across the Irish sea to England.
Back at camp we started the task of cooking dinner. Pasta and bean feast resulted in very burnt pots and a gruel like substance however we were all very hungry and ate the majority of it. Our guide gave us a break down of the day and we drank hot chocolate, soap and ate marshmallows. Lights bobbed around the our camp site as we got really for bed.
We snuggled down to sleep in our sleeping bags. The wind howled around outside and shook our tents. The rain tapped on our roofs. In the morning we were up early to porridge with nutella and hot chocolate.
Another walk in the other direction followed. We took short cuts much to the annoyance of our guide. We ate lunch on the top of another mountain and were taught what to go if we have an accident and headed back to pack and clean up.
Tired and looking forward to Sunday dinner at home we climbed back onto the bus and headed back to Cavan, after a very different however enjoyable weekend.

Photographic competition

November 30, 2011 |  Tagged , | Leave a Comment

Get your entries in for the TY Photographic competition, on the theme of positive mental health – entries by December 9th to Ms Rogan please.

Megan Brady (TY) writes:
On Friday the 18th of November nine TY students and four 5th years headed off at 3 o clocks to Monoghan for a weekend to the European Youth Parliament Connaught-Ulster session. When they got off the bus they went into MacCartans College to register and then were brought into the bizarre world of EYP. The team building exercises were mad (like the mad hatter theme that ran throughout the weekend!), from chanting to rock paper scissors – the games were endless. Finally at 11 o clock they went back to the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel. On Saturday they were faced with the difficult task of going through their committee’s topic and coming up with a resolution and Saturday night after working hard they got to dance the night away at a ‘mad hatter’ themed disco. Sunday brought about the real challenge of debating against the other committees and things got heated with attack remarks and speeches being made against each committee left, right and centre. Overall the whole weekend was hard work but a great success.

Sarah Duggan, Emma Brady and Laura O’Conor write:
Hannah McDermott and Jean Lynch(5th Yr), Blainid Carney, Tessa Morgenroth and Sarah Duggan (6th Yr) represented the Student Council at a Seminar for Student Councils in Loreto Post-Primary Schools on Wednesday, 9th November in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin.
The Students were accompanied by Mrs. Cassidy, the Student Council Liason Teacher, and benefited greatly from their experience. They were delighted to have the opportunity to share their Student Council experiences, ideas and opinions with fellow Loreto Students from all over the country.
Upon their return, they enlightened their fellow Student Council members on the valuable ideas and information learned from the seminar. They look forward to implementing these ideas in the near future. A wonderful day was enjoyed by all and the Student Council look forward to attending the seminar again next year.

Congratulations to our Under 14 football team who again won the Tom Dowd tournament, the trophy is pictured here.

3rd Year Science students were “third time lucky” in sending their environmentally friendly hot air balloon into the atmosphere for the final day of Science Week. The first two attempts were total failures (it was very windy and damp), and Ms Amond had to climb the fence to save one of them. We got the third balloon to fly by being patient and allowing the hot air to take effect slowly. The balloon drifted away on the wind in a northerly direction – perhaps you spotted it?

This afternoon there was a wonderful atmosphere in the school as we celebrated our international cultures, organised by the EAL department for Friendship Week. Students from four continents filled our Concert Hall with a fantastic display of song, dance, words, images, products, customs, costumes and symbols of their countries. The parents, students and teachers who attended were treated to a short concert followed by an international buffet. The group of student who staged the event are pictured here with Mrs Farrell and Ms McEvoy.

Megan Brady (TY) writes:
Today the Transition Year students held a Cheerios breakfast morning for the 1st Years students in the junior canteen to raise money for the ISPCC Childline. The tables of the canteen were set out with boxes of Cheerios, bowls, spoons and milk ready for the arrival of the first years. The TYs decorated the canteen with bright red Childline balloons and wore bright red Childline t-shirts. An air of excitement was in the canteen as 140 first years arrived and sat down to tuck into a big bowl of Cheerios. Overall the morning was a success with both the 1st and TYs enjoying themselves while fundraising for a good cause. thank you to Mr McKiernan of Lakeland Dairies who sponsored the milk for us.
Here are some pictures from Ms Amond and Mrs Gaffney, and a video from Aoife O’Reilly (TY) – click the link to view the video:

Loreto College Cavan ISPCC Childline ‘Cheerios’ breakfast morning


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Ciara Dinneny (TY Europa) writes:
This week our science class are taking part in solving a fictional murder at Delahasey House. All the students are forensic scientist and using a number of tests we have to find out who killed James Murphy. It could be his gardener Jim Peel, Mrs Doyle, his son Sean Murphy, his daughter Rebecca Murphy or his handyman Paul Mahan. It has been great fun and after many forensic laboratory tests we all think we know who did it, and are just waiting for confirmation from our teacher Ms Rogan.
Here are pictures of the “crime scene” and us CSIs at work…

Making clouds for Science Week

November 15, 2011 |  Tagged , | 6 Comments

Today in Ms Amond’s 3rd Yr Science class we investigated the chemistry of clouds for National Science Week. We found we needed water vapour and condensation particles, and when we reduced the pressure suddenly clouds appeared.

Síomha Surlis writes:
Last Friday the 11th of November, 26 students went with Ms Doonan and Mrs Mary McKeever of Breifne Swim Club to the National Aquatic Centre for the annual Loreto Swim Gala. We started our warm up at 10.30 and the competition started at 11.00. We swam freestyle, backcrawl, breaststroke, butterfly and relays. Our school came second over all, and we were all delighted on the route home 🙂
(Picture to follow later in the week when we all bring in our medals to show them off!)

A busy week ahead…

November 14, 2011 |  Tagged , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

The week beginning November 14th is Friendship Week in our school, and Science Week across the country. There will be many and varied activities for students to watch and listen out for and reports will follow at the end of the week.

Aisling Bourke (TY Hibernia) writes:
On Thursday the 10th of November, the Transition year students, along with the visiting Dutch students, went on a fascinating and enjoyable trip to see the Book Of Kells in Dublin. In the heart of Dublin city, we walked through the cobbled streets of Trinity College. Inside the magnificent Old library building, lay the ancient manuscript, The Book Of Kells. After, going through the interesting, ‘turning darkness into light’ exhibition, we proceeded into the treasury, where The Book Of Kells and other old manuscripts are on view. The Book of Kells was decorated with lavish designs and patterns, that looked impossibly complicated to draw! the manuscript contains the four gospels, beautifully handwritten in Latin. Then we enthusiastically, proceeded upstairs to the amazing Long Room which is over 65 meters in length and contains 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books in its oak bookcases. This was a brilliant trip that I thoroughly enjoyed!


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Ciara Sheridan (TY Hibernia) writes:
On Wednesday the 9th of November both the Loreto girls and the Dutch exchange students took part in some traditional Irish baking as they attempted to create soda bread and apple crumble. The rush began in the kitchen as the students started making the soda bread. Most of the Dutch students never did Home Economics before so this was all new to them. As the flour was sieved and mixture poured into tins anticipation rose through the kitchen waiting to see how the finished product turned out. Whilst waiting on the bread to bake we started on the apple crumble. After several apples where chopped and crumble made the apple crumble was ready for the oven. Excitement was in the air as wash up was quickly taken care of and rushing back to the oven the students removed the piping hot crumble and bread. After being sliced and buttered the bread was ready to eat and you could smell the fresh bread from down the hall. Everything went very successfully and nothing was burnt as the two groups of students showed great teamwork and communication.

Aimée Maguire (TY) writes:
Today the Transition Year students along with our visitng Dutch exchange students from T’Rijks school travelled to Rosnowlagh beach in Donegal to Turf ‘n Surf. Our plan was to try and catch some waves although that didnt quite work out for all of us. On arrival we were given wetsuits and split into two groups. While one group went surfing the other group took part in games on the beach. It was great fun but most of us had trouble staying on the surfboard!! Unfortunately we could not go ‘Blo-Karting’ because of the lack of wind but we made the most of our day out and then we headed for Bundoran. After wrapping up warmly we headed for well earned hot chocolate and cookies. Yum. We then strolled around window shopping and looked in the arcades. Plenty of photos were taken and everyone seemed to enjoy the day. We arrived home with a few bruises and tired heads!

The Student Council Rap’n Maths competition got underway last week. On Monday 3rd Yrs faced off against 2nd Yrs and 6th Yrs battled it out with 5th Yrs. On Friday the 1st Yrs held their competition. The TYs (who were on Work Experience last week) will challenge each other next Wednesday.
There was great creativity shown by all teams, and the judges (Ms McGlade, Mrs Buckley, Ms Walsh, Ms Doonan and the Senior Prefects – thank you all!) have found it tough to choose winners to date. The songs sampled everyone from The Rubber Bandits, M&M, Rhianna to MC Hammer, and each class really worked their Maths in there, with good old X and Y featuring strongly in many entries.
We will publish all the winners and their videos after the TYs have their showdown – meantime here are some pictures of the action last week:

Public Access to Law – PAL

October 17, 2011 |  Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Yvonne Brady writes:
On Tuesday the 4th of October our TY class got to complete a PAL- Public Access to Law – course. It lasted for the whole day. For the first 3 classes we were introduced to Mary. She is a barrister, and we spoke with her about the world of law work and how to solve cases e.g. a murder. She went around the class asking us what they we are doing for work experience. After that she spoke briefly about what is involved with the courts, and what she does in her job. I found this interesting. We watched a DVD about how to solve a murder case and they were real life events that happened…
We watched a DVD about how to solve a murder case. They were real life events that happened but presented with actors, it was like CSI. Afterwards we were introduced to another barrister Peter. He spoke about the different courts and we watched 2 DVDs about serial killers Ted Bundy and ‘Jack the Ripper’, they were interesting. At the end of the day we carried out a court case. Peter acted as the Judge and I was Judge Peter’s helper (the most important job). This was really fun. I enjoyed the PAL course it was very interesting.

Report and pictures by Rebecca Packenham & Zuzanna Voskarova.
On Wednesday the 12th of October our class went to the zoo on an ecology trip. When we first went to the zoo we got to look around for 45 mins while the other class were being inducted. When we were the the monkeys were being fed, it was really cool and there were tiny baby monkeys. When they heard the keeper calling them they ran across a small bridge, It was really cute. Then we had to go and get inducted and went out to the Phoenix Park to study grassland. We did different experiments and it was really good.
Then we went back into the zoo and got to look around. We went around the whole zoo in the space of an hour – we ran most of it to get to see all we wanted to see! The lion was not out so we were disapointed about that but we got to see the tiger and the snow leopard which is very rare to see. When we went back around to the monkeys they were shouting very loudly. We also saw the wolf and I got a close up picture of him eating.
It was a really good day and I would love to go back again so see it again because it was really enjoyable.
When we arrived at the zoo we had an hour before the workshop to go see all the animals. We took loads of pictures. Then we had the ecology workshop with our instructor. We were studying the green land habitat in the Phoenix Park. We used equipment such as the quadrat, the pooter, the beating tray to see what plants and animals there are. It was very interesting. We had to record all our information and take pictures of everything we did. When the workshop was over we got another hour in the zoo. Everyone was really tired afterwards. Then before we went home we stopped by Blanchardstown, everyone was really excited to do some shopping. The trip was fun and very interesting. I really enjoyed it.

Building on our successful sporting achievements from last year we have had a very good start this September. Our first year Camogie team entered the Cavan Schools Blitz day on Friday the 23rd of September. This was the team’s first outing and they did very well on the day losing one game and winning three. Our U16 Camogie team are also in winning form with their first victory on Wednesday the 28th of September against Baileborough at the 3G field Breifne Park. This was round one of the U16 Junior  D Ulster Competition and the final score was 2-3 to 0-1. Player of the game was Emma Duffy. Round two was on Friday the 7th of October. This was an away game against Breifne College which ended in another victory for Loreto with the final score at 6-3 to 2-0. Player of the game was Amanda Collins. The team have yet to meet Ballyjamesduff but are already looking good to qualify for the Ulster semi-final. We’ll keep you posted!!
A first for Loreto is the entry of our U16 Soccer team to the Cavan/Monaghan School Girls Soccer tournament. This is the first time we have entered a soccer competition and we have gotten off to a good start beating Baileborough in the first round with a triumphant score of 8-2. Player of the game was Karen Delaney. The U16s are training hard and are looking forward to their next game against St. Louis of Monaghan.  
Our school fixtures are just getting started and we have a very busy few months coming up. The Camogie Ulster Championship and Soccer league will continue, the cross country team will have their first meet at the Cavan Schools Cross Country in Killenkere on Wednesday the 26th of October, the swim team will travel to the NAC on the 11th of November for the annual Loreto Schools Swimming Gala and the U14 and U16 Gaelic Football championship will begin this month with the U16 team due to play Holy Trinity from Tyrone next week. Hopefully we will have lots of good news to report from these competitions.

All Maths classes are busy preparing their entries for the Maths Rap competition which runs through next week, organised by the Student Council as this years charity fundraiser. As you can see from the poster below, the entry fee is a very appropriate “50c” per student. Watch this space, we will post the winners as they are announced…

October 10th -17th is World Mental Health and Well-being week. Each day we have a “thought for the day” read out by a member of the Student Council over the school intercom. Third year groups have made posters for the school. Here is one of the the posters from St Hannahs class (Orla, Áine, Annija, Courtney and Rachael), which we prepared in Pastoral Care class with Ms Rogan:

Quadblogging is a project in which four schools from around the world focus on each others blogs in turn, and leave helpful comments for the student bloggers in each school. Loreto College Cavan is in Quad 61 along with these three schools:
Jane Adams Middle School, the class of Mr Daniel Martinez, Illinois USA;
Marshall Middle School, the English class of Ms LaPrade Virginia, USA;
Eastwood Academy, the class of Mr Mark Pearl Southend, UK.
This week the focus is on Jane Adams Middle School, then it is to be our turn…

The Student Council meets with Mrs Cassidy for a working lunch in the community room every Wednesday at 1pm. The newly elected Council representatives from 2nd, 3rd, TY, 5th and 6th years are pictured here with Mrs Cassidy and our Head Prefects Sarah and Tessa.1st year representatives will be elected to join the Council after mid-term break.

Ciara Deering (TY Europa) reviews Ger Carey’s show Psycho Spaghetti:
“I recently attended this show and to be honest it was the best stand-up comedy routine I have ever seen. I have watched adult stand-up comedy on TV but it is not all revenant to teenagers. However Psycho Spaghetti was just prefect for 15 to 18 year olds. We got every joke and it is so hard to stop yourself from having tears rolling down your checks with laughter.
This hilarious one-man show attempts to answer the age-old question. Just what is going on inside the teenage brain? It is a comic journey inside the teenage brain. It makes it hard for us not to laugh at ourselves.
He starts with the typical day at school for any teenager, the lads racing to the back of the class, daydreaming students, and teachers scouring the corridors for students not wearing the correct uniform.
His acting and facial expressions is bound to have you in fits of laugher in the first 10 seconds. He has an amazing ability to switch characters in a matter of milliseconds. From the angry teacher to the sarcastic students and back again. He transports you back to you own school, to that day that all the events he vividly details happened to you.
He covers every topic from swats to dating to hormone pixies with big injections. He captures you from the start and it ends with a huge moan from the audience who would all happily sit there for the whole day listening to him.
You leave the room in a bubble of happiness and laughter, all worry evaporated from your head. I think it helps you grow a positive attitude to life and to look at our problems in a more realistic view. I would recommend it to every teenager out there. You are missing out on one of the best stand-up comedy shows that was ever made. It is absolutely hilarious.”
Ger Carey is pictured below with the Transition Year students who attanded the show. (Picture by Laura Young, TY Hibernia).

Aloighse Gumley (TY Hibernia) writes:

On the 29th of September our TY’s went to Dublin to the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin Contemporary and Chester Beatty Library. These shared with us a variety of different styles of art. In the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Street, Francis Bacon’s work is immensly popular. He is an International importance. From the instillation of his studio to his unfinished paintings. The famous two long oval shaped stain glass windows by Harry Clarke Window tell a love story. The colours and details in this piece of art is exhilarating. ‘Waterloo Bridge’ by Monet is worth €48 million! Then we adventured through Iveagh Gardens were there was another piece of art work only placed there this year (2011). Dublin Contemporary was full of art pieces that would send shivers up your back! They were so odd and confusing yet meaningful. ‘The Squid’ by David Zinc was a fascinating piece of clay which was fired then glazed. My favourite piece was ‘The Cradle’ by the Chinese artist Wang Du as we got to explore the huge cradle (pictured above) and bounce around and have pillow fights in it. Another one of my favourites was ‘The Green Coffin’ by Thomas Hirschioren as it was so hard to piece together yet so affective towards everyone. Last but not least we went to the Chester Beatty Library which was full of a great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968).

We wish good luck to the Cavan Ladies GAA Football team who play in the All Ireland Final in Croke Park tomorrow. Special good wishes to all our Past Pupils on the time. Lots of students from our school will be there to support you all!
Details can be found at the LGFA website.

TY (Europa & Hibernia) students write:
As part of our TY Digital Multimedia course, both classes came together to have a workshop on “Introduction to Computer Programming with Scratch”. Ms Amond invited a guest teacher, Stephen Howell from Tallaght IT. We learned about the history of computer programming, how important it is, and then we were shown how to use the Scratch programme. We also saw how Kinect and Scratch can be used together, and we all hope to try this again later in the year. We will continue to use Scratch during the year, and delelop our creative skills. This was a fun way to be introduced to the world of computer programming.

1st Years Induction Program

September 2, 2011 |  Tagged , , | 7 Comments

First Year Senior Prefects write:
On first hearing of becoming a Senior Prefect for the incoming first year students the excitement kicks in. It brings you back through the years to when you were the new kids in school. The excitement of the Non- Uniform day, Friendship week, the Induction trip to Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre, the Christmas Quiz and your first disco. The list of firsts you experience is endless.
Ten students from fifth year succeeded in receiving the very important role of being prefects for 2011 incoming first year students. The ten 5th year students were: Ciara Brady, Emily Mc Kiernan, Maisie Doyle, Eimear Brady, Sinead Kelly, Nicola Madden, Carly Dowd, Amanda Collins, Daneagh Walsh and Josephine Fitzpatrick. The first year classes included St. Jacob, St. Jane, St. Jarlath, St. Joshua and St. Julianna. Two prefects were assigned to each class and began their duties in February 2011 and continued until February 2012.
The first day we came back after the summer holidays we spent part of the day preparing for the arrival of the first year students on Tuesday 30th August 2011. Some of the jobs we had during the Induction were
• bringing the new students up from the bus stop to the Concert Hall for Assembly
• meeting our class group
• bringing the students to the Junior Mall for lunch
• bringing students to timetabled class and collecting them at the end of each class to bring them to their next class.
Students gathered in the Concert Hall and were welcomed to the school by the Principal, Deputy Principal and Head of Year. Students were introduced to their Class Tutors and to their Senior Prefects. Each student was given a colour coded badge which indicated their class groups. Each prefect also wore the same colour badge as their class group so the students could recognise their prefect. An Induction booklet was given to every student on their first day which gave information about their timetable, their teachers, their subjects and an outline of the school building. On the tour of the school which we planned and organised one class prefect walked at the front and the other class prefect walked at the end of the line of students explaining the workings of the school.
On their second day of the Induction Programme it was clear the students were more relaxed. Again the students started their day with an assembly and then the girls went to several more of their classes and got to meet some of their new teachers. After lunch they were given the chance to relax and partake in a fun quiz that allowed them to mix with girls from different classes. The questions were composed by the first year Senior Prefects and the quiz was a great success. The quiz signified the end of the two day Induction Programme however the girls got the opportunity to go on a day trip to Tanagh Outdoor Adventure Centre. This helped them to get to know each other better and make new friends. Overall the Induction was a very positive experience for the Senior Prefects and it was undoubtedly responsible for the easy transition made by the first year students into the life of Loreto College, Cavan.
First Years are pictured below with their tutors and prefects in the Concert Hall at the Table Quiz which took place at the end of their Induction Days.

Yvonne Brady and Emily Brady (TY) write:
As part of our introduction to TY, the two classes Europa and Hibernia went to Tanagh Outdoor Adventure Centre with Ms Doonan. We met the centre staff and started with a talk on safety. Then we divided into five groups, to allow us to get to know all the others in our year.
Our first activity was to go to the forest. We participated in various games and finally went bog-hopping. Everyone worked well together and got to know each other better.
After this we had some well needed lunch! We them split into two groups, one went canoeing and the other went to the “slippery slope”. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon activites, and we got to swim in the river.
As you can see in the picture the day was enjoyed by us all and the whole group participated well. It gave us the opportunity to make new friends for the coming year.

Ms Donagh’s very last task on her last day as Principal was to hand over the keys of the school to our new Principal, Ms Angela McGarvey. Ms McGarvey is native of Cavan, a past pupil of the school, and the former Principal in Loreto, Mullingar. In a recent interview in the Anglo Celt newspaper, Ms McGarvey said “I loved it when I was here and I’m delighted to be back as Principal in my Alma Mater”.
Best wishes to Ms Donagh in her retirement, and to Ms McGarvey in leading the school!

All the State Examinations have now finished, the school community is on summer break.
School will open again at the end of August – students will be notified by post, on our website, and here on our news blog.
Enjoy the summer!

In the community room today, the 2010/11 Student Council made a presentation to Ms Margaret Donagh, our Principal, to mark the occasion of her retirement from Loreto College Cavan. Kate McNally, Head Prefect, thanked Ms Donagh for all she had done for the students, reminded Ms Donagh that they had started in Loreto together on the same day six years ago, and wished her a long and happy retirement. Ms Donagh spoke of how happy she has been on Loreto Cavan, how sorry she will be to leave and thanked the students for the beautiful presentation.

Pictured here with Ms Margaret Donagh are the Head Prefects 2011/12 Tessa Morganroth and Sarah Duggan, and the Head Prefects 2010/11 Kate McNally and Lucy McCarron.

Pictured here with Ms Margaret Donagh and the Head Prefects are Mrs Cassidy (Student Council Coordinator) and members of the Student Council – Anne Marie, Áine, Aisling, Aoife, Audrey, and Maria.

Lauren Freehill and Aislinn Tierney (TY Monnet) write:
On Thursday of exchange week the Dutch students and Loreto TYs headed off to Dublin for the day! The bus was filled with friendly banter and our very own lively class of Monnet provided the “ceol agus craic” factor for our guests. We arrived at Trinity College Dublin and after grabbing a bite to eat we started off on our short walk to board “The Viking Splash Tour Express!”. The trip was most enjoyable for both Loreto and RSG ‘t Rijks students, as we saw parts of Dublin we never knew even existed.
And after our Viking antics and a trip to the Guinness Hopstore, a day of shopping, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, and general irish craic on the streets took its course!
Overall it was a highly enjoyable, unforgettable, eventful and emotional day for us – agus chun na firinne a ra ní dheanfaimid dearmaid go deo an lá!

Louisa Briody (TY Monnet) writes:
It was a mild Sunday evening when myself and my family made our way to the Farnham Hotel in Cavan. I felt very nervous yet excited as I was collecting my Dutch student visitor who would be spending the week with me in Ireland. I arrived at the hotel and chatted with some of the other girls who were there, we could barely contain our excitement for their arrival. After about twenty minutes they started piling into the room. It was quite surreal to see all our Dutch friends again after a very long six month wait. I met Jacco and introduced him to my family. We then went off to get some food, as they were all starving after their long day of travel! After eating some chips and sausages, we arranged what we would do that night and then left for home. I let him get settled in and then we left for Maria’s house where she was having a get together. We had a very good night and it was great chatting to all the Dutch again and finding out what they’d been up to the past six months.
The next morning, we arrived in school and met everyone else in the locker area. We headed for the demo room where Ms. Gaffney made a welcoming speech and outlined the activities that we would be undertaking during the week. The group was divided in two, Monnets and Schumans. My class, Monnet, were having a Home Ec demonstration first with Mrs. Farrell. The Dutch liked the kitchen and were surprised that we had cooking classes in our school, as they don’t have that in their school, RSG’t Rijks in The Netherlands. We watched Mrs. Farrell make Irish soda bread, she explained what she was doing as she went along and also asked some of the Dutch students about their food in Holland. When the bread was in the oven, she started preparing the leek and potato soup. The Dutch said they had never tasted the soup before. We all sat around different tables to taste some foods. We shared smoked salmon and some different Irish cheeses, like nettle cheese. The Dutch really enjoyed all this food, especially the soup and the cheese. After eating we made the boys clean up! They were wondering why we “didn’t have machines to do this.”
After the Home Ec lesson we had PE. For the PE lesson we had a coach called Patricia come in to teach the Dutch students the skills of Gaelic football and hurling. They picked up the football quite quickly and had no problem hitting the sloitar with the hurl. The football was very enjoyable and we played some games after to practice the skills learned.
After lunch the two groups Monnet and Schuman had an Irish class together in the music room. Ms. Smith and Mrs. Hughes both taught the Dutch some phrases in Irish, and then we did some Irish singing. The Dutch found the Irish phrases hard to remember, but they really enjoyed the songs. The Irish students then performed “Lady Gaeilge” for the guests, a compilation of Lady Gaga songs that we have been learning all year as Gaeilge. When all was done some Dutch and Irish students got up and played guitar and piano together. The class was really enjoyable.

Finally, the last activity of the day was a Chinese lesson. Our Chinese teacher Ying came in with her colleague to teach us the art of Chinese paper cutting. They showed us what to do and handed out instructions to help us. Everyone’s turned out good and the lesson was very fun and enjoyable.
Day One was over and everyone left for home, looking forward to the week ahead!
(photographs by Louise Briody).

Last night the students from our Comenius partner school, ‘t Rijks, in the Netherlands arrived in Cavan to stay with host families from Transition Year. A very busy week of activities is planned inside and outside our school this week for all Transition Year students and their visitors.

Pictured above are TY Schuman class preparing to teach SpikeBall to the visiting students.

The Second Year students held a farewell presentation today to mark the departure of Mrs Maria Finn, their former Head of Year. The students, their Senior Prefects, Class Tutors, Principal Ms Donagh and Deputy Principal Mrs Ó’Mordha all gathered to welcome Mrs Finn, and on behalf of all the students in the year, the class prefects presented her with a small token of their appreciation.
Pictured here are Mrs Finn, Ms Donagh and student representatives Amanda, Claire and Fiona.

Amanda Brady, Home Economics Dept. writes:
Ms. Máire Dufficy from An Bord Bia visited today give a presentation and cookery demonstration to all 5th year Home Economics students. The students were initially presented with an overview of the food pyramid, the importance of healthy eating and exercise and specifically for the Leaving Certificate course an overview of the Quality Assurance Scheme, locally produced goods and Added Value Foods. And then it was on to the demonstration. Penne Pasta with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Sizzling Bacon, Pork Stir-Fry and Thai Chilli Mince were among some of the culinary delights cooked for the students. Thankfully all students got a chance for tasting!

Gráinne Power and AnnMarie Connolly (TY Schuman) write:
Six students from Transition Year in Loreto reached the National finals
in the AIB Build a Bank Challenge. The team included Grainne Power, AnnMarie Connolly, Vanessa Dolan, Yvette Schutten, Aoife Quinn and Lucy Smith. The finals were held in the R.D.S today. The team left Loreto at 7:30 am and got to the RDS at 10:00am where we were treated to tea and scones. We then set up our displays and were interviewed by the judges. The team was relaxed and, given all our work and preparation, the interviews with the
judges went very well. The awards were given out during dinner (which
consisted of a lovely three course meal). We met the RTE presenter Aiden Power who then presented us with a certificate. Following the presentation of certificates, the individual team awards were nnounced. We received the ‘Best Newcomer of the Year’ award. Our prize included a 500 euro voucher for our school and an Apple iTouch for each team member. All in all it was a fantastic Day!
(picture to follow)

Lenka Moidlova writes:
On the 15th of April 2011 St. Hilary’s class had a guest speaker come to the class as part of their CSPE Action Project. A Community Guard from An Garda Siochana to talk about the law surrounding drugs. The guard was able to inform the class about the power which guards have in relation to drugs and the constitution in Ireland. The talk was very helpful and informative and all pupils in the class really enjoyed it, especially as the talk was given by a female guard.
Pictured here are St Hilary’s class with the Community Guard.

Easter Holidays

April 15, 2011 |  Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

School is closed for Easter Holidays from 3.45 pm Friday April 15th. It will be open again for all classes on Tuesday May 2nd, after the May Bank Holiday.

Picture of a quiet Concert Hall passage taken by TY Multimedia students.

Ms McDonnell and Ms Doonan (PE Dept) write:
As a school we have had a very successful year in sport with numerous individual and team victories. As well as the many individual winners we had this year, our team sporting honours this year include Best Overall School at the Loreto Swim Gala, Third Overall School at the Loreto Sports Day, 1st Year Basketball League winners and u14 Gaelic Football winners of the Tom Dowd Memorial Tournament for the second year running.
In recognition of these achievements we organised a trip to the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin. Accompanying us were the Loreto Swim Team, Athletics Team, 1st Year Basketball Team and the u14 Gaelic Football Team.

We are very proud of all the girls who participated in all sporting events throughout the year and we look forward to their continued success in the future. We thank everyone for their continued support and cooperation throughout this year.

Drive Zone has come to Loreto College Cavan for the first time ever. It has come here to teach the TYs how to drive correctly using simulators. Drive Zone is suitable for beginners or nervous drivers. You dont need to have a provisional licence to use the Drive Zone simulators. User are given great feedback from the computer, and this helps to rectify bad habits. A fellow student who had experienced it for her self today said “it was brilliant, I had great fun and it helped me a lot”.

Posted by Allána Carmichael and Edel Quinn (TY Monnet).

Anne Marie Connolly and Gemma Cullen (TY Monnet) write:

Transition year art students with the help of their teacher Ms. Molloy got the opportunity to compete in the Milk It! Awards. The Milk It! Awards is an awareness programme involving the creativity and might of students to communicate with fellow teens. Students are given important health and nutritional information and asked to plan an innovative advertising and marketing campaign targeting teens. The students plan and design a campaign to encourage people their own age to take more calcium.

As part of our TY Comenius programme, many projects had to be undertaken. For the programme’s first destination – the five schools visiting Ireland – we had explored various issues at a local level. These issues included Religion, Music, Limerick, Sport and the Green Flag. Following this we took the next step by looking at issues that we are proud and ashamed of in our country. We – the class of Monnet- decided to base our project on the Green image of Ireland whilst highlighting the other side to this perfect image. Whilst we were busy working tirelessly on this topic, the other Transition year class – Schuman – were carrying out research on the topic they had chosen, the Troubles. Both classes presented their findings in the form of a movie. As requested by the hosting Spanish school, we prepared a song and dance to perform during assembly. (It was thoroughly enjoyed by all the students.)

With all our preparation completed, five of us made our way to Sant Cugat in Spain with Mrs Gaffney, which became our home for the week. Each student stayed with a host family in various neighbourhoods surrounding the school, Agora. With beautiful weather and a bulging schedule the week was thoroughly enjoyed by all, as you can see in a picture here taken with some of the other project students. What a success!!!!

Posted by Sarah Olwill and Orlaith McGovern (TY Monnet).

Rachel Lawlor, Éadaoin O’Reilly & Niamh Fitzsimons write:
Loreto College Cavan competed in the Cavan School’s Sports Day today, 12th April 2011. Every school in Cavan participated in all track and field events. Loreto College Cavan won the over-all girl’s school for the second year running. There was a high standard of athletic ability in all events. Our congratulations to Virginia Vocational School who won the over-all boys school. There was a good turn out from each school for the competition at the Shercock Athletic Grounds.

Two of our students are participating in an exchange with students from Baden-Württemberg in Germany. The German students spend three weeks in April with us, including one week at our school. During this time they have had trips to Gaelic Football, Dublin City, the Aran Islands and Bundoran as well as experiencing life in Cavan with all it has to offer. The exchange is hugely beneficial to all involved. The Irish students will travel in July 2011 to experience all that Germany has to offer.
Pictured here at the front of the school are exchange students Sarah and Aislinn from Loreto, and Simona and Gloria from Baden-Württemberg.

Posted by Aislinn Cantwell (5th Year).

Eadaoin O’Reilly, Sports Prefect writes…
Loreto Cavan came third (out of 15 Loreto schools!) at the National Loreto Sports Day at the Morton Stadium Santry yesterday. 35 representatives (pictured here) travelled with Mc McDonnell and Ms Doonan. We competed in every event and everybody did brilliantly. Our congratulations to Loreto Kilkenny who came first overall and Loreto St Stephens Green who second!

On the 4th of April five students from Transition Year travelled with European Studies teacher Mrs Gaffney to represent the school, and Ireland, in our Comenius Project. The visit was hosted by Agora, a Spanish school in the small town of Saint Cugat near Barcelona.
AnnMarie Connolly, Kate McDonald, Sarah Olwill, Gráinne Power and Yvette Schutten spent the week attending Spanish school, visiting Barcelona and embracing Spanish culture with open arms. We stayed with Spanish families and got the chance to see Spanish lifestyle first hand in the houses where we spent the week. We also got the chance to see all the famous landmarks in Barcelona – and as a bonus went to the beach to lap up the Spanish sun!!!
The five students are pictured here at Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, and with one of the street artists on La Rambla.

Posted by Gráinne Power and Aislinn Tierney (TY Monnet).

Both TY classes, Monnet and Schuman, went on work experience this week to a wide range of places in Cavan. Students worked at jobs they thought they would be interested in for the future. Work placements included places from crèches to radio stations. Each student enjoyed their time doing their work experience and some even found out what paths they would like to go down for their career later in life!

Posted by Orlaith McGovern and Sarah Olwill (TY Monnet).

Eadaoin O’Reilly, Sports Prefect writes:
Our First Year Basketball team is pictured in action today in a very closely contested game against Coláiste Oiriall, Monaghan. The final score was Loreto College 34, Colaiste Oiriall 21. Niamh O’Shea was captain. Charlie-Anne Mulligan-Lynch excelled in defence. ‘Player of the Match’ and top scorer was Éadaoin Kellegher.

Posted by Vanessa Dolan and Niamh Shields (TY Monnet):
Nine Mini-Companies from TY took part in the Cavan County Enterprise Awards on March 2nd. It was a very successful day for all participants, which was rewarding after all their hard work throughout the year. Two Companies came out on top with Go Green achieving 2nd place and Crush It! coming 3rd in the Senior Category. The judges were extremely impressed by the high standard of all companies representing Loreto. The awards were presented by Dragons Den‘s Sean Gallagher, pictured below with our winning teams.

Dragon Sean Gallagher pictured above with TY Entrepreneurs Ashling Plunkett, Caroline McCabe, Orla Daly, Erin Sexton and Maria McIntyre, and below with Edel Quinn, Vanessa Dolan, Annemarie Connolly and Gráinne Power.

Transition Year European Studies students are hosting visitors this week from our four Comenius project partner schools in Norway, Estonia, Spain and Holland.
Details of the visit can be found at the project website.

School closes for mid-term Break on Friday February 18th and opens again on Monday February 28th.

Photograph – TY Monnet Multimedia class.

Psycho Spaghetti Two

February 7, 2011 |  Tagged , , , | Leave a Comment

The two Transition Year classes, Monnet and Schuman, attended the brilliant “Psycho Spaghetti Two” in the Newgrange Hotel in Navan, with our two English teachers Ms Murtagh and Ms Buckley. Performed by Ger Carey, it is a brilliant comedy written specifically for young people around the ages of fifteen to eighteen. The hilarious one man show attempts to answer the question just what is going on inside the teenage brain? The show aims to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and to view themselves as part of a bigger picture. This show is particulary suitable for Transition Year students, Leaving Cert Applied, YouthReach and even grown-ups. There were many other Transition Year groups in the audience, and we’re not joking when we say that not a moment passed where there wasn’t an outburst of laughter from the students. It was very enjoyable. We had also attended Psycho Spagetti One at the beginning of the year so we were afraid it wouldn’t beat the first one – but it lived up to our expectations 100%.

Posted by Maria McIntyre and Louisa Briody (TY Monnet)

Bank It! is a school bank run by a group of six TY students weekly in Loreto College. On the 7th of February we had our official opening in LCVP room at lunch time. Catherina McKiernan our local famous athlete, and past pupil, came to officially open the bank for us, and is pictured here cutting the ribbon. The event was great with free gifts and food for the large crowd turned up for this successful event.

AnnMarie Connolly, TY (Monnet).

Lucy McCarron, Deputy Head Prefect writes…
Our Student Council held the annual Bake Sale this week to raise money for our neighbours St Christopher’s Hospice. It was a huge success again this year, thanks to the huge efforts of the Student Council.
We started planning weeks beforehand, putting up posters and enlisting the help of classmates to bake. The response from the students was overwhelming as they all got baking over the weekend.
On the day of the Bake Sale the Student Council got busy organising the venue and laying out the food. Both students and staff came to purchase the tasty treats at lunch time, and the whole event ran smoothly.
An impressive sum of €977 was raised on the day thanks to the generosity of staff and students and the hard work of the Student Council. This donation will be greatly appreciated by St Christopher’s Hospice.