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.