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Principal's NEWS UPDATE October 2016
A warm welcome to all of our new first year students who joined Loreto College Foxrock in August creating our graduating class of 2022! We wish you a wonderful six years ahead, full of personal growth and development in academics, creativity, sport, spirituality and friendship. We welcome too our new students who join us up along the school; we hope that you are settling in nicely and will be very happy in your new environment.

We remember our graduating class of 2016 now embracing their own fresh start as undergraduates in universities and colleges, in Ireland and abroad. The class of 2016 performed remarkably well with 65% achieving over 450 points, 38% over 500 points; including three students who realised over 600 points. Heartfelt congratulations! We commend all of our Leaving Certificate students and appreciate our committed teachers on their hard work also.

Not to be overshadowed, our current ‘Transition Year’ students who sat their Junior Certificate exam last June, also performed to a very high standard; we trust that the girls are happy and will optimise their potential over the coming three years.

This academic year 2016 – 2017, we mark 75 years since the founding of Loreto College Foxrock. Loreto Foxrock aims to form young people of Faith, Truth, Sincerity, Justice and Freedom, in joyful service for the greater glory of God. We hold this founding vision truthfully today and we look forward to celebrating our anniversary with events involving students, teachers, parents/guardians and friends during the course of the year. We will be in touch in November with our programme of events celebrating 75 Years.

Many of you will remember our Loreto Foxrock ‘In Hope & Remembrance’ Strictly for Aoife event last April 2016 in O’Reilly Hall UCD where our school community and friends raised over €100,000 supporting Aoife Beary’s rehabilitation programme. Aoife experienced a catastrophic brain injury in the Berkeley disaster 2015. News arrived this August 2016 that Aoife has been accepted onto a bespoke, intensive rehabilitation programme-in-residence in the U.K. As she commences this programme, we wish Aoife and her family our very best wishes on her rehabilitation journey.

As part of our continuous campus improvement, students arrived back to a number of upgrades to classroom facilities and the senior students' gym area. In addition the school and the Parents’ Association co-funded an easily accessible ‘Coffee & Tea’ station by the back hockey pitch for spectators on those inclement Saturday mornings! A sincere Thank You to our Parents' Association.

The Board of Management is very pleased to introduce the design of our newly developed Loreto College Foxrock identity. This evolved identity is a modern representation of our crest which is stronger; more confident. By communicating with this new identity consistently we are developing a self-assured message which reflects the reality in our school. This identity is the graphic expression of our Loreto College Foxrock heritage, values and education; traditions developed over the past 75 years. We trust you will embrace the identity along with the ‘Celebrate 75’ which will become more apparent over the coming weeks on our school campus.

In conclusion, I would like to recognise and appreciate the support of so many Parents and Guardians who engaged with our Parents’ survey (May 2016). The results provided the Board of Management with valuable insights which contributed to our 2016-17 Loreto College Foxrock communications planning. A core piece of this plan includes this monthly e-zine which will be emailed to you. 

I look forward to sharing the personality and rhythm of school life with you over the coming months.
Best wishes to all our students and staff for the year ahead,

Bernadette Prendiville
Principal

 
 
 
ETHOS 
Loreto Today.....Continuing the Journey 

‘To seek truth ….to love what is good …to strive for excellence’ Treasa Ball (1794 – 1861)

Loreto College Foxrock continues the education journey of our Loreto foundress Mary Ward IBVM (1585 – 1645). We aim to form young people of faith, of truth, of sincerity, seeking justice and freedom in joyful service for the Greater Glory of God. This creation of a dynamic community where every student is valued equally and has a real sense of belonging is a priority in Loreto Foxrock. Respectful relations are nurtured between all members of our school community.

Our school commits to being outstanding with regard to the human, moral, academic and cultural formation of our students. The up-to-date preparation of young people for active and responsible participation in social, economic and civic life is part of the essential mission of Loreto Foxrock.

Ethos or spirituality in Loreto Foxrock is led by our Ember team. Ember is a Faith Leadership Programme that has been offered to a small number of schools in the Dublin Diocese and it is organised by the diocesan advisor, Anna Maloney. The training focuses on .......Read more here 
Congratulations to Sinéad Ellison, class of 2016, who was awarded the Naughton Scholarship, which promotes the study of engineering, science, technology and mathematics at third level. Each year, a number of exceptional students in Ireland are awarded scholarships to study at undergraduate level. Sinéad is currently studying Engineering in UCD having achieved fantastic results in her Leaving Certificate this year. Well done, Sinéad!
Pictured above L-R Sínead Ellison with an Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
L-R Dr Young, Loreto College Foxrock with Sínead Ellison

 
TY students hit the ground running in September, starting with a 'Bonding Trip' to Birr, where all went for a couple of days to try many new activities and make new friends. 
 
TY's climbed Djoust Mountain, bright and early, the morning after their Junior Cert results, to celebrate all of their hard work.... seen here enjoying the fresh air and amazing scenery. 
 
Currently, TY students are registering for the GAISCE awards programme and finalising work experience details for the end of October.  They have also been taking Differential Aptitude Tests and embracing country life at the National Ploughing Championships. 
 
Finally, we would like to welcome a number of exchange students from Spain who have joined TY on our exchange programme with Loreto Madrid. Bienvenido chias!
HOME ECONOMICS UPDATE 
  • Firstly, big congratulations to all TY students on their wonderful Home Economics results in the Junior Certificate. 
  • Fifth year Home Economics students (pictured above), sat the Safefood HACCP exam in TY, were presented with their state-recognised certificates, which are valid for 5 years. Congratulations, ladies.
  • Cookery club began in September for First and Second years after school on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 4.15 - 5.45PM.
  • Cookery club will run for 8 weeks and then take a break for Christmas, recommencing in January, 2017.
  • Third years are busy preparing teenage-friendly dinners. Fajitas were on the menu last week. 
  • First years are learning how to embroider and are producing gorgeous home-made crafts. September flew by!
THE DEBATING SOCIETY has started up again for the year and we’re delighted to see so many returning, together with lots of new members from first year and from TY, (although we’d like to see more of these please, as we know there’s plenty of talent in 4th year!) A warm welcome also to Ms.Keating who is joining Ms.Lea as Debates Coordinator.
 
External competitions are getting underway and we have been very busy preparing teams for the Leinster Schools’ Debates and Cambridge Debates at Senior Level and the UCD Junior Schools debates, in which we have four 2nd Year students competing. The next few weeks will see us send teams to the Matheson National Junior Mace Debates and we will be selecting teams from 1st and 2nd Years, TY and 5th Year to represent the school in the Loreto Inter-Schools Competition.

Our Debating Captains for this year are Eva Glynn (6th Year) and Christing Feng (5th Year). We wish them the very best of luck in their new roles.
 
A reminder to all debaters that they are to attend meetings on Tuesday in Room A1 at 1.10 sharp and that they are to attend even if they themselves are not speaking that week.
 
Co-Curricular Activities

From Athletics to Drama, Japanese to String Ensemble our co-curricular programme Monday – Friday is a sight to behold! To view what’s on offer 2016 – 2017 click here
Focus on English
On September 13th,  we marked Roald Dahl Day, with the library and classrooms full of atmosphere.
 
This year, Loreto College is actively pursuing a ‘
Well-Read National Award’ under a nationwide initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers, (PDST). The Well-Read Award programme aims to create heightened awareness of the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities. 

The scheme seeks to involve the whole community: students, teachers, ancillary staff, parents and the board of management in a range of reading and associated activities.To this end, on Dahl day, we had golden ticket prizes, quizzes, games, film screenings and decorative bunting. Thanks to Ms. Lea,  Ms. Corcoran and Ms. Barragry from the English department and to Helen Morrissey, librarian, for all the good times.
 
Other related initiatives included the
Drop Everything and Read week, (Sept 12-16), in which every student read the novel, No and Me by Delphine de Vigan for ten minutes at the end of each class period. No and Me is still generating lots of conversation. 

We are also busily preparing for and looking forward to our annual
Readers and Writers week in October, when students will have the opportunity to meet and interview some of the writers they are studying, win prizes for creative writing and reviews, and even dress up as literary legends.
 
SPORTS
 
Congratulations to our Loreto Foxrock students who represented Ireland in European competitions over the Summer.
 
U-16 Irish hockey team in Belgium 
Christina Hamill, Siofra O’Brien and Caitlin Sherin.
 
Irish U-18 hockey team In Cork
Hannah McLoughlin 
 
Irish U-15 Basketball team 
Laura McCarthy
 
Irish U-17 Mountain Running team
in Czech republic 
Aoife Colleran 
 
Congratulations to our past pupils, Molly Lamb and Niamh Ryan who both played for Dublin in the Women's All-Ireland Gaelic Football final v Cork on Sun 25th Sept.
 
Best of luck to our students who will represent Leinster at the hockey interprovincial tournaments in Cork in October:  Christina Hamill, Hannah McLoughlin, Siofra O’Brien, Caitlin Sherin (U-18) and Emma Dawson (U-16),

Pictured L-R above Pic 1. Christina Hamill, Caitlin Sherin & Siofra O’Brien. Pic 2. Laura McCarthy, Pic 3. Aoife Colleran Pic 4. Hannah McLoughlin 

Dates for your Diary Oct 2016
 
  • Oct 19th The Walk with the Rising Sun 6.45AM at Loreto Foxrock. Students, Parents/Guardians and 'pets on leads' welcome! Permission slip required to Reception or email to guidance@loretofoxrock.ie. 
  • Oct 20th Open Evening for prospective students joining 2018, 2019 & 2020 CONTACT HERE for enquires. 
  • Oct 20th For Students 'Bully4U'. Jim Harding will present 'Bully4U' to 1st & 2nd Years. www.bully4u.ie for further information
  • Oct 27th 7.30 - 9PM  For Parents & Guardians 'Bully4U' Jim Harding will present to our audience in school.
  • Oct 24 - 28th TY - First full Work Experience week.
  • Oct 27th 6th Years will attend a production of Macbeth in the morning, return to school for afternoon classes.
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