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.
Sustainability Action Expo!
After many months of planning and hard work,our Sustainability Expo took place on Wednesday,10th April.The morning showcased local business stalls in the school hall and games in Tinsley Hall,while in the afternoon we had some fantastic guest speakers who enlightened and entertained us all!These included,Mike Maunsell(lecturer in LIT),Richie Molloy(Mayor),Rachel Blackmore(Jockey and past pupil),Laura Kelly(WWGS),Grace O’Sullivan(Green Party Senator) and Seán Kelly(MEP).
Thankyou to everyone who contributed to make it such a successful day,but especially to the organisers of the entire event,Mrs.Boyd,Ms.Mullins,Mr.Kehir and Dolores!
Take a look at our app to get a full run down of the days events and more photos!
1st Year trip to Cobh!
On Monday,8th April,our 1st years headed off to Cobh and Spike Island for their end of year trip accompanied by Ms Dooley,Ms O’Mahoney,Ms O’Dwyer and Fiona.
We had a great day exploring the prison and ‘boarding’ the Titanic,followed by a brief stop off at Mahon Point on the way home!
Well done to our Cara group who held a very successful non-uniform day recently,raising €755 which they donated to Sanies Trust.
Thanks to all the students who supported this fundraiser!
U 15 Football Blitz
On Thursday,4th March,our U15 footballers competed in the Tipperary Football Blitz in Rockwell College. Loreto had two teams competing in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades.
Our ‘A’ team beat St. Annes in their first game and drew with Cahir in the second game to advance to the quarter finals. Here, they defeated Our Lady’s, Templemore. In the semi final they progressed following a tight game against Presentation Thurles. The final was played between Loreto and Ursuline Thurles. The girls played out an entertaining game to win by 4pts. Congratulations to the girls who have ended the year on such a high note after an incredibly busy year of football.
n the ‘B’ grade Loreto were very unlucky not to progress to a final after a strong showing in the group stages. The girls won their first game against St. Ailbes. Their second game was against the hosts Rockwell College and lost by a very tight margin. The group stages finished with another win, this time against Presentaion Thurles. Unfortunetly, only one team from each group could progress to the final where Rockwell College eventually triumphed. Hard luck to the girls but very well done on competing so well in their games.
The 5th year art students have been working on a very exciting and enjoyable project since January,where they selected works from the Arts Council of Ireland collection.
They have written the following reflection on the experience…….well done girls!
One of the positive aspects we found as a group,was the level of participation we experienced with each other,the curator and South Tipp Arts Centre.This was an opportunity to voice our opinions and have them appreciated.Our collaboration with STAC,Mollie A King and the Arts Council of Ireland was very beneficial as it heightened our understanding and our appreciation of Irish artists and their work.We felt validated as young aspiring artists with an integral role in the continuing development of our Arts Council.This immersive experience ironically tied back in to our theme of ‘Women in Ireland’,allowing us to feel a sense of respect and new found maturity.
With this exciting opportunity we found we were presented with challenges,such as,the difficulty of choosing from such a wide array of pieces.Unfortunately,not all the pieces we selected were available and this was disappointing.Another difficulty we faced was the clash of so many strong opinions when it came to the artwork.As we are working on our own pieces as we go,we ran into time constraints that limited our choices.The curatorial experience opened our eyes to the availabity of different career prospects.We are now aware of opportunities and exciting paths we may take in the art world in the future!
Until now, we thought that to pursue a career in art after we finish school,we would have to take up a position as an artist,an art teacher or an animator.We have now since discovered,that is not the case.We gained the experience of working collectively as a group.From possibility to reality,the journey of watching the project unfold has been hugely enjoyed by all.Throughout this experience we have truly transitioned into a group of enlightened and modern day ‘Women in Ireland’!
We are exceptionally grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity and would like to thank…
our teachers Ms Kirby and Ms Coffey
Arts Council of Ireland and Eamonn Maxwell
South Tipp Arts Centre
Cliona and Eimear King
Tipperary County Museum and Marie McMahon
Millie A King and Debbie