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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.

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

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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.
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Safer Internet Day 2014

February 11, 2014 |  Tagged , | Leave a Comment

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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.
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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:
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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.
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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.

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Carol Service 2013

December 16, 2013 |  Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

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.

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Best Wishes to our ‘Red’ and ‘Green’ teams as they compete in Cavan equestrian Centre this weekend. Our Participants listed here…
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Congratulations to 5th Year students Helen McDermott, Shannen Lane and Morna O’Hanlon who have chosen for the Ulster Rugby U-18 Development squad.
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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!
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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:
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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:
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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…

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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

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Students getting a first look for the “oldies” in the pictures!
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Teacher Carmel Gaffney finds her past catching up with her!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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:
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Here is the convent hallway, almost unchanged from the original as it is now a listed building:
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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:
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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.

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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

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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 !

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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.

Ations
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

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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

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“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:
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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.
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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

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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.
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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. :D

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

September 26, 2012 |  Tagged , , , , | Leave a Comment

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

September 4, 2012 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

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

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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

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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

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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

Whodunnit?

November 15, 2011 |  Tagged , , | Leave a Comment

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!

Masterchefs

November 9, 2011 |  Tagged , , , | Leave a Comment

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.
Rebecca:
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.
Zuzanna:
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

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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.


Congratulations to Leona Maguire, pictured here in the Irish Independent on arriving home with twin sister Lisa and the rest of the team, after winning the Portuguese Amateur Open Golf Championship. Leona was named January Sportswoman of the Month by the Irish Times.


Head Prefect Kate McNally writes:
January 24th-28th marks out annual Friendship Week. In preparation, the Friendship Committee organised many activities for the week. These include a play from a visiting drama group, Friendship themed Pastoral Care lessons, and encouraging all classes to write their own Friendship slogan.
We organised for a spiritual reflection to be read over the intercom each morning. Members of our Student Council volunteered to broadcast a Friendship poem each day, and we allocated time for a song on the theme of Friendship to be played each evening.
The main aim of Friendship Week is to promote Friendship and encourage students to consider the importance of Friendship. Overall the week was a success and we feel all our aims were achieved.
Kate McNally (Head Prefect, 6th Year).

As part of our Friendship Week programme, Joe and Thomas from Blue Rose theatre company spent the Monday with us, presenting “Stand and Speak”, a drama and discussion on the theme of bullying to First, Second (pictured here) and Fifth years students.


This week is dedicated to our foundress Mary Ward, who lived from 1585 to 1645. She is recognised as one of the most original and interesting women of the seventeenth century. She struggled, in spite of fierce opposition, to further the position of women in society through education. In order to do this, Mary Ward founded a new international religious community, the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of which our school has been a member since we began in 1930.
As part of the celebration of Mary Ward week, our RE classes have been making posters on the theme of Justice for display throughout the school.

Sisters Mobeena (2nd yr) and Nafeesa (1st yr) Naz have progressed to the National Finals of the Doodle4Google competition. Their entries are pictured below. Winners are chosen by online voting, which may be accessed at http://www.google.ie/doodle4google/index….


Best wishes to our students who have progressed to the Regional Finals of the Doodle for Google competition – Louise Dunne and Eliza Johnson (5th yr), Mobeena Naz (2nd Yr) and Nafeesa Naz (1st yr).

Fáilte ar ais…

January 10, 2011 |  Tagged , | 3 Comments

Welcome back to the Second Term of this school year.

The Baby Jesus and his family pictured here in the Christmas Crib in the school courtyard.

Christmas Holidays

December 23, 2010 |  Tagged , | Leave a Comment

School closes for the Christmas Holidays today.
Class resumes on Monday,  January 10th 2011.

Our Head Prefects, Kate and Lucy, and some members of our Student Council are pictured here with Mr Killian McGuinness. The Student Council commissioned this painting to mark the occasion of his retirement from Loreto.

Drama with Diarmuid

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TY students studying English enjoyed a morning at a very active drama workshop in the Music Room with local stage and screen actor Diarmuid Murtagh.
We started with vocal exercises and body warm ups. We enjoyed different forms of drama, individual and group work. It was really fun and we thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from this experience.

Niamh Shields (TY Monnet)

Our students donated gifts of food for hampers which we donated to the Lions Club Christmas Appeal. The hampers were organised and overseen by the 5th Year LCVP class and their teacher Ms Dolan. They are pictured here as they handed over the hampers to John from the Lions Club. Thank you to all students who donated to help their local community.

Our Student Council has created a selection of Christmas Cards using student art work, and the proceeds of their sale goes to charity. This collage shows some of the card images.

Congratulations to Ciara Maguire (St Iarla) whose card design, pictured here, was chosen as winner of the Christmas Card competition of the Society of Missionary Children, and printed as their card for for 2010.

Second year PC classes competed in a Uni-hockey league over first term. All games were played in a great atmosphere of fierce but friendly rivalry, and good fun was had by all participants. Runner-up class was St Hermione, and winning class was St Hannah –  pictured here with their tutor Ms Rogan. All seconds years are looking forward to the “real” final – St Hannah V the PC teachers!

Loreto College Cavan recently celebrated the 80th anniversary of its foundation. Management, staff, students and friends joined Loreto sisters past and present in the college for a celebration of those 80 years. Bishop Leo O’Reilly celebrated Mass in the convent, and after a Blessing of the Graves all guests shared a wonderful afternoon of music, drama and reminiscence together.

A quiet courtyard

December 9, 2010 |  Tagged , , | 1 Comment

The recent bad weather left our courtyard very quiet and looking like a Christmas card!

A group of nine Transition Year and Fifth Year students will travel to Galway this weekend for the regional stage of the European Youth Parliament. It is at this regional conference for Ulster and Connaught that students will be selected to represent their area at the national final. At the national stage delegates are chosen to represent Ireland at European level. During the regional conference in Galway, participants, with their committees, must concede a resolution to the problem they were presented with at the start of the weekend.  We wish all the girls the best of luck and hopefully one of them may be chosen to progress onto the next stage of the prestigious competition.

Yvette S (TY Schuman)

From the 17th-22nd October, a group of 28 TY students travelled to the Netherlands, as part of an exchange programme with a Dutch school. We spent two days at school with the Dutch students taking part in various activities such as dancing and PE, we also went on a day trips to Amsterdam and to Rotterdam. When we arrived at first we were all a bit nervous and shy around the Dutch students, but when the five days were up and we were all gathered outside the bus with our suitcases packed, ready to go, there was many tear-stained faces as we all said our goodbyes to our new friends. We all really enjoyed the trip and can’t wait until May when they all come back over here to Cavan!

Aoife Q (TY Schuman)

GIDDY UP!

December 9, 2010 |  Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

As part of our Transition Year some of the students in our class when on an exchange trip to Holland. The students who stayed in Ireland had an activity-based week. One of the days we went horse-riding.  We split into two groups – one went riding while the other group did stable management. It was great fun and we all learned something new and had fun at the same time!!!

Laura K (TY Schuman)

Our entry for the Léargas short video competition to celebrate the 2010 Eurpoean Day of Language. Our theme and title was “Tír gan Teanga, Tír gan Anam”.

TY Schumam Multimedia Module

TírGanTeanga

This week was Science Week 2010 nationwide and the theme was “Our Place in Space”. The 2nd year physics students took part in an Egganut Challenge, and First Years entered the Space Quiz webquest.