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.