Student Council 2013/2014


Ms. Dooley pictured with 2013/2014 Student Council

The Cara Team 2013/2014


The 2013/2014 Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel Cara team pictured with their mentor Mrs. Nuala Smith. Back row from Left:- Roisin Phelan, Aoife Dunne, Lauren O’Leary, Kate Lynch, Selina Fahey, Aoife Hanrahan, Sarah Everard, Niamh Whelan, Caroline Quirke, Aisling Fiuza. Front Row from left:- Sarah Lonergan, Áine Stafford, Charlotte Keane, Mrs. Nuala Smith, Muireann Joyce-Hearne, Aoife Brannigan, Katie Hickey.

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Loreto Head Girl Charlotte Keane (right) and Deputy Head Girl Muireann Joyce-Hearne (left) for 2013/2014 pictured with Principal Ms. Anne McGrath.

Music News

Music News

Senior Choir: Following a busy first term’s work on exam repertoire, the Senior Choir have also finished prepartions for the Inter-schools Massed Choir Concert. The collaborative performance in the new year will also involve schools from Clonmel to Cashel and in between and will feature a medley of favourites from the ever-popular musicals of Sir Andrew Llyod Webber.

Junior Choir: The Junior Choir, this year consisting of first to third years, has had an exciting first term rehearsing songs such as African Traditional songs. Our latest venture is adding theatrical movement to the upbeat (and seasonally appropriate) classic “Button Up Your Overcoat”.

Traditional Music Group: The trad group has flourished in term one with many new mwmbers contributing their own individual talents to both Junior & Senior Ensembles.

Orchestra: The school Orchestra has rounded off the first term of Tango’s and Cha-Cha’s with the classical piece “Portsmouth” and some festival fun-filled arrangements of Christmas carols.

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Competition Success: Congratulations to Clodagh Lawlor (leaving cert) and Sadhbh Tracey (First Year) who both won first prize in the solo vocal sections in the recent Cashel Arts Competition.

Loreto’s Got Talent: This year’s finalists, performed to a packed hall on Wednesday December 5th. Once again the competition showcased the many talents that exist in the school community accross a myriad of genres. The overall winners were: Clodagh Lawlor (1st), The Wanna Bees; and; The Original Rude Gals (joint 2nd), Casey Tsai and Niamh Kavanagh (joint 3rd).

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Co. Tipperary Schools Badminton

On November 28th, schools from Co . Tipperary came to Loretoto take part in the Co. Tipperary Schools U15 and U19 league. We entered two teams in the U15 competition and one team in the U19. Both age groups were closely contested comptetions. Our U19 were victorious by just a single point and our U15 just missed out by a couple of points in the final. Well done to the three teams from Loreto who took part.

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Lunchtime Running Club

Lunchtime Running Club

Every Friday lunchtime a number of students from 2nd year to 6th year take part in recreational running with Mr. Purcell. This is a great activity and everyone always feels great after this gentle run, despite the sometimes dodgy weather! Keep it up everyone!


Young Entrepreneur Scheme

Young Entrepreneur Scheme

On Thursday 6th of December, the Y.E.S market day was held in the school gym. There were over 30 teams of young entrepreneurs taking part in junior, intermediate & senior categories. Each group researched, developed and produced their business ideas. Our young entrepreneurs sold everything from bracelets and cards to wall hangings and jam. Each year group had an opportunity to visit every stall and make a start on their Christmas shopping.

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The winners of the senior category were:

  • ESKA; wall hangings
  • Dye-Namite Denims; pesonalized shorts
  • Zosheen; jewellery
  • The reserves were:
  • Hear us Now
  • Beauty Book

Kalm Jam & Charlie’s Angels were highly commended.

The winners of the intermediate category were:

  • The Sweet Boutique
  • Christmas Treaters

The winners of the junior category were:

  • One of a Kind Bags
  • Catherine’s Cupcakes
  • Briathra gan bhuairt; Irish proverbs made easy.

The reserves for this category were:

  • Clipz
  • YOLO Bracelets

Bookmarks, Life is Random bracelets and Exercise Elastics were highly commended. Many thanks to all who participated for all their hard work & commitment. A special Thanks to Sue-Anne O’Donnell and Ms Healy, our Y.E.S. mentors and to Mr. Keith Delahunty who had the difficult job of choosing the winners.

Loreto TY Magazine Overall Winners

Loreto TY Magazine Overall Winners

In September of 2011, last year’s Transition Year Art class came togeher and decided to make a magazine, unique product in which to put our own original personal stamp on. In the beginning we could not have imagined the obstacles our protege publication would set before us, and at times, the road would be a little rocky. Our fondly named magazine Labyrinth would provide the groundwork for bleary eyed editing, stressed and frantic article writing and verbal abuse of the complex software needed to craft the magazine. Though the creation of the magazine wasn’t a series of Kodak moments, it was very a worthwhile and rewarding experience and I am glad the class unit was able to push forward and publish Labyrinth. The motivation and occassional cattle prodding from our magazine mentor, Ms O’Shea, was also a great help.

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Open Night 2012

Open Night 2012

A very successful open night was held for 6th class pupils and their parents on Wednesday 24th October. It was a great opportunity for prospective pupils to sample the various aspects of school lifw.

Teachers and pupil worked vert well together in creating audio and visual displays as well as showcasing different subject areas through music recitals, drama, science experiments, cookery, roleplay & sport.

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Debating – Advocating Justice & Human Rights for all

Debating – Advocating Justice & Human Rights for all

The Concern Debates is Concern Worldwide’s flagship schools activity. It gives studens the opportunity to research and debate issues that affect those living in the developing world. By taking part, students learn the valuable skills of research and debating. The Concern Debates have been running since 1984. Throughout the competitions history, over 45,000 students have engaged inthe debates. Around 120 schools participate annually.

A team of Fifth year students are participating in this year’s debates. The team is comprimised of fur speakers, Captain Aoife Brannigan, Niamh Whelan, Charlotte Keane and Eimear O’Donoghue. However the extensive support system is in place to ensure that our school’s participation occurs smoothly, seamlessly and effortlessly. This support Team encompasses a huge variety of roles including researchers, opposition speakers, publicists, tweeters, photographers and of course, supporters.

Debating team large

 We have already completed the first two phases of the league fixtures. On October 18th our theam opposed the motion “The world has more to fear from president Romney than President Obama”. Our opposition was St. Brigid’s College, Callan, Co Kilkenny. We emerged victorious, gaining two points after a tifgtly contested debate, and a heated open forum. On November 13th we travelled to Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles to oppose the motion “The people of the developing world are responsible for povery in the developing world”. Followinf a fact filled and opinion laden exchange we where thrilled to be awarded a unanimous victory, gaining a further three points. With two furtherrounds left in the initial league stages against St. Angela’s of Waterford and Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, we are hoping to gain as many points as possible, despite the stiff opposition, in order to progress to the knockout phases beginning in March 2013.

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