Open Night 2019

Some photos from our recent Open Night.Huge thanks to all students who helped get everything set up and who turned up to help on the night…ye were great!

Lots more photos on the app……check them out!

John Paul II Awards

A gathering of Pope John Paul II recipients took place in Knock recently.Mia represented the school extremely well with a reading,and it was a wonderful, uplifting day!

Thank you to Fr. Michael Toomey who works so hard with the students taking part in this award.

This year we have a group of TYs working towards their Gold Awards and two students who have already received their Gold Awards are working for the Papal Cross Award. We wish them well.

Language & Culture Awareness Day

On Friday,27th September we celebrated Language & Culture Awareness Day!

Thankyou to Ms Dooley and all the students who helped make it a success,and particular thanks to Mrs. Hussein who came in to speak to TY’s and brought some delicious treats for our lunchtime tasting session!

Local Action for Global Climate Change!

LCMUN Committee 2019/20

Introducing the LCMUN committee of 2019/2020.

A reminder to all students that Model UN club is on every Wednesday after school from 3.30 to 4.30.

World Suicide Prevention Day

As Tuesday, September 10th, marks World Suicide Prevention Day, we would like to remind our whole school community that it’s okay not to feel okay and it’s absolutely okay to ask for help. Each day, over the intercom we will share a top tip for taking care of your mental health and signpost to a support service. This information will also be shared on the noticeboard in the front hall.

Remember, a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle…….

so let’s all do our best to be kind to ourselves and each other. 

Sports Day 2019!

Some snaps of our Leaving certs enjoying their last Loreto sports day……with some fantastic and very inventive costumes!

TY cheque presentation

On Wednesday,15th May,the TY St Vincent De Paul committee presented Mary Stafford from the Clonmel society with a cheque for €150 that they collected by busking and Irish dancing.

Mary told them how much this would mean locally and praised the group for all the work they had done by holding classes both here and in the High School to education 1st & 2nd years on the work of  St Vincent De Paul, along with the High School committee.

The TY committee this year were: Erin, Ceelin, Lena, Colettte, Tara, Jessica R, Jessica H, Robyn,Taylor, Caoimhe, Zoe, Ella, Alana, Ciara, and Mia.

Ms Culliton was the coordinating teacher with the group this year.

Track & Field

Loreto students enjoyed great success at the East Munster Schools Track & Field event held in Templemore on Wednesday the 1st of May. With two gold medals in the Minor 1500m and Intermediate 800m, a silver medal in the Intermediate Shot Put event and two further bronze medals for the Junior 800m and 1500m.

A huge congratulations to all students who took part, a great achievement and the very best of luck in the next round of events!

 

Inter-Schools Trad workshop

“Trad Road Show”

Local music teachers lead innovative, inter-schools’ collaboration with the development of a unique teaching tool – the “Trad Road Show”.

On Tuesday 30th April, Music teachers from the Presentation Secondary School, CBS High School, Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn and Loreto Secondary School came together to facilitate a collaborative, interactive workshop on Irish Traditional Music.  Using the best resources available to them, their own traditional music students, these teachers carried out three two-hour workshops in three different venues across the town; Loreto, the High School and the Presentation. The purpose of the workshop was the expose post-primary level music students to live traditional music, with focus on the syllabus for Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate music.

The original idea was pitched by Siobhán Alley, of the Presentation, to the other music teachers back in early January. After a series of inter-schools’ meetings, a program was devised by the music teachers, which they felt would be of tremendous benefit to their students. With the program structure designed, the teachers then went on to facilitate a meeting with several music students from each school who are highly proficient in traditional music. The students worked together to agree on suitable, common tunes which they would use during the workshop. Teachers from the team commented on how fantastic it was to have such talented performers in their midst, but more importantly, how rewarding it was to see so many young people working together for the benefit of their peers.

During each workshop the audiences were provided with a booklet, where they could take notes which would benefit them in both the listening question on the exam paper and the essay question. Each performer discussed their individual instrument and played examples for the audience to hear and to comment on. Mr. Tom Kenna and his daughter Clodagh (Loreto) performed a series of beautiful tunes together which gave Mr. Kenna a chance to divulge his wealth of knowledge about the lesser known bouzouki to the students. Bríd McMaugh (Loreto) and siblings Ellen and Seamus O’ Gorman (Presentation & High School) wowed audiences with their slow airs on their fiddles, while young Naoise Forristal (Gaelcholáiste) played a highly impressive planxty on her beautiful harp. Henry Fitzgerald, a past student of the Presentation, kindly joined the team on this roadshow to demonstrate a variety of dance rhythms on the bodhrán. However, according to members of the audience, the highlight of the day was being awarded the opportunity to see and hear the uillean pipes, expertly performed by Cian Smyth (High School). One student commented on the fact that although they learn about all the instruments in the classroom, hear and see them from video clips, there is nothing compared to seeing such an integral instrument of the Irish tradition right in front of their eyes. Another student commented on how they found the “team teaching” element of the workshop very helpful. Each audience was treated to a very special ‘seisiún’ at the end each workshop, where they saw the tradition come to life in front of them. A special mention must go to Mary-Kate Geehan (Gaelcholáiste) who treated us to some fantastic Irish dancing as well as singing a lament in sean-nós.

Each of the workshops was filmed and photographed by a local company, “Home of the Mind”, who followed the team to each of the three venues. It is the intention of the Music teachers to use this recording as a shared teaching resource for future students. The “Trad Roadshow” teachers extended a special thanks to the senior management teams of all four schools for their support in facilitating such a unique and innovative project and expressed how they look forward to working together again and furthering this wonderful collaboration.

“Trad Road Show” Teachers: Siobhán Alley & Jennifer Williams (Presentation Secondary School), Olga Gannon & Tom Kenna (CBS High School), Marie Mullen, Breda Geoghegan and Patricia O’ Mahoney (Loreto Secondary School). Nicole Breen (Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn).

“Trad Road Show” Performers: Ellen O’ Gorman (fiddle) and Anna Tobin (trad flute) from the Presentation. Seamus O’ Gorman (fiddle), Cian Smyth (uillean pipes), Eoin O’ Keeffe (guitar), Tom Kenna (bouzouki), Conor Butler (button accordion) and David Barry (trad flute) from the High School. Clodagh Kenna (tin whistle), Róisín Barry (piano/concertina), Emma O’ Keeffe (box) and Bríd McMaugh (fiddle) from the Loreto. Naoise Forristal (harp/concertina), Sean Collins (banjo), Mary-Kate Geehan (fiddle/vocals), Oisín Forristal (box) from Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn.

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