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Principal's NEWS UPDATE November, 2016
 
Warmest congratulations to our two new rising stars in Soccer – Nadine Clare and Shauna Carroll who were selected for the FAI Soccer School’s Interprovincial tournament.  This is a fantastic achievement for both of these students whose talent and dedication has been rewarded.  

Congratulations also to Christina Hamill, Siofra O’Brien, Caitlin Sheerin and Hannah McLoughlin who recently won the U’18 Interprovincial Hockey Tournament in Cork.  All four players and Emma Dawson (U16 Leinster) have also been chosen to trial for Ireland. A brave group of sailors came 2nd in the inter schools Loreto Sailing Competition.  Well done to all. (Read on for details of all of the above).

The Class of 2016 continues to succeed. Ten students will be presented with Entrance Scholars Awards in University College Dublin and three students will be presented with the Entrance Exhibition Award in Trinity College Dublin.  They are: Nicola Bennett, Anna Caffrey, Emma Cryan, Aoife Curran, Megan Duffy, Lisa Dunne, Sinead Durcan, Sinead Ellison, Sara Noureldin and Louise Ryan, UCD and Ellen Barnes, Lisa Kelly and Siona Molony, TCD.  We are very proud of their achievements and we wish them every success as they move on to the next phase of their educational journey.

 Ellen Curran, (also class of 2016), has just received her first Cap for the Irish Senior Hockey team. Two past pupils, Niamh Ryan and Emma McDonagh, both played for Foxrock Cabinteely GAA Club, winning the Leinster Senior Ladies Football final.  We congratulate them and wish them well in contesting the All Ireland Final.

75 years ago, Loreto College Foxrock came into being at the invitation of the Archbishop of Dublin. We celebrated this occasion with a special Mass for the opening of the school year.  As ever, Fr. Frank Herron along with our RE team, Ember team, Choir & Orchestra ensured this Mass was a special celebration for us all.

Congratulations to the teachers and staff who were involved in Maths Week, History Week and Readers' & Writers' Week. All of these were very rich learning experiences for our students.  A special thank you, also, to all the staff, students and parents who helped make our Open Evening a successful occasion.  Visitors to our school were struck by the warm welcome they received from all and the enthusiasm shown for the College by the students. The success of this evening has led to a great response in applications for places in 2019. 

Thank you to all of the past pupils who participated in a very informative careers evening which was organised and supported by Ms O’Malley, Ms Early and our Parents' Association.

In November, we remember those from the Loreto College Foxrock Community who have been bereaved in the recent past. We keep all of those families in our prayers.
 
Honour the wisdom of those who went before you.
Bind it ever to your heart, tie it around your neck.
When you walk, it will lead you,
When you lie down, it will watch over you,
When you wake it, it will talk to you. (Proverbs 6:20-22)
 
 
Is mise le meas

Bernadette Prendiville
Principal

Our Loreto College Foxrock community came together for the Opening School Mass in Foxrock Parish church on Wednesday, the 12th of October.

2016 - 2017 marks the school's 75th birthday year, having originally opened our doors of ‘living and learning’ in 1941. An historical collage of images,  created by current students, is now on display in our school reception for all to enjoy.

Fr. Frank, our Parish Priest, led this mass of celebration. The talent from the school choir and orchestra was breath-taking, as they provided accompaniment throughout. Members of all year groups took part, organised by the Religion Department. Heartfelt  thanks to all for the beautiful occasion marking Loreto College Foxrock's 75th birthday . We would like to wish all our students, teachers, support staff, parents, guardians and the wider community, a healthy, safe and fruitful year ahead. 

Our Walk with the Rising Sun took place on Oct 19th, for students staff, parents and even family pets!  The walk began and ended at the school, rounded off positively with a group breakfast . The aim of this get-together was not only to raise funds for our chosen charities – The Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation and Pieta House but also a way of extending a helping hand to those students struggling with any form of mental stress, and letting them know that they do not walk alone. 

This initiative was first organised by myself, Shauna Griffith and Katie Griffin, Class of 2015 in April 2014, with the support of Ms O Malley, Guidance Counsellor, to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental health problems and the very tangible yet silent role these play in the lives of many within our school community and beyond. 

In addition to the walk, Katie, Shauna and I attended the Student Leaders' Congress in the RDS which was run by Irish entrepreneur Jim Breen (Cycle Against Suicide), which aims to provide students with the tools and confidence to instigate events within their own school communities. Donal Walsh's father, Fionnbar, of The Donal Walsh Foundation, spoke at this event and we were so impressed by him that we invited him to visit and speak at the school about Donal's message to young people suffering with suicidal thoughts. Since then, a group of our students got on their bikes and took part in the Cycle Against Suicide, with another group travelling to the RDS again last year to the Student Leaders' Congress.

As you can see from the photos, we were lucky enough to see a fine sunrise on the appointed day.  We would in particular, like to thank the PSA for their support this year with the introduction of the wristband to mark this day and their support with providing breakfast.  

We would like all members of our school community to remember the motto:

'It's OK not to feel OK, and it's absolutely OK to ask for help'.

 

Aoife O'Connor, Class of 2015


www. donalwalshlivelife.org

www.pieta.ie

www.cycleagainstsuicide.com

 Loreto College, Foxrock Finalists 2016/17  
 
Well done to the following Transition Year students who were chosen to represent our school at the Science Olympiads in Dublin City University on October 29th and November 5th.

Isobel Forde – The Irish Junior Science Olympiad (IrJSO)
Sarah McMahon – The Irish EU Science Olympiad (EUSO)
Both
Megan O’Neill and Cathy Culligan in 5th Year have been invited to participate again this year based on their Junior Certificate results from 2015.

 To be chosen to attend these Olympiads is a great honour as they recognise very high achievers in both Maths and Science at Junior Certificate level. The International Junior Science Olympiad is to take place this December in Bali, Indonesia and the European Union Science Olympiad will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark next May.

 
We wish the girls the very best of luck as they prepare to compete for a place on these Irish teams.
 

Loreto College Foxrock Successful Entries for 2017
 
 
Congratulations to the following students who have qualified to compete in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS next January. A nationwide total number of 2091 project submissions were received.

It is an amazing achievement to be one of the 550 projects to qualify! We wish these students the very best of luck in their work as they prepare for this event.
 

Does Simulating a Lack of Binocular Vision Have an impact on Performance? Jessica Oakley O’Kelly, Margot Moore & Jennifer Leavy  1st Year

 
The Great Gluten Bake Off: An Analysis of the Effects of Raising Agents and Stabilisers in Gluten Free Baking
 Aimee O’Neill & Dervla McKenna 1st Year

The Study of the Effects of the Beats per Minute in Music on the Canine Heart Rate and Response Time
Solen O'Neill, Lucy Mahon & Megan Dempsey 1st Year

Underage Female Athletes and Ankle Injuries – What is the Relationship between Jump Strength, Balance and Proprioception Siobhan Murray, Laura McCarthy & Anna Geraghty Transition Year

 
HISTORY WEEK
For History Week 2016, Ms. Potter organised a Roman Banquet for the whole school to attend. She greeted us with a friendly 'Welcome' in her Ancient Roman toga, and before we entered, we had to read the 'House Rules' with orders such as 'SERVANTS MUST WASH GUESTS' FEET' and 'DO NOT USE BAD LANGUAGE'. They would have put these on their walls in Ancient Rome.
 
There was an array of food on the table inside and immediately, we were drawn to the chocolate mice, representing the stuffed door-mice they devoured in Roman times. We are quite certain that we would not have been as attracted if it were actually stuffed door-mice! Several courageous students volunteered to be participants in the game where you had to try Ancient Roman food, blindfolded, and guess what the food was! Some of the foods people were fed were tartar sauce, cheese and olives.

 In Ancient Rome, it was considered rude to not finish all the food on the table so they would puke out their last helping into the Vomitorium which was a bowl or a room, especially for their vomit! After the game, volunteers thoroughly washed their mouths with Ribena, which represented red wine, which they would have drunk in Ancient Rome.

We all really enjoyed the buffet! There was something for everyone!
 
By Leah Clancy and Phoebe Freeman (1 Poyntz) 
 
CLASSICS UPDATE
MS. POTTER'S THIRD YEARS' TRIP TO THE COURTS
'Ms. Jones and I brought our 3rd year Classical Studies group to the Criminal Courts of Justice on Tuesday 25th October last. One of the topics on the Junior Certificate Classical Studies curriculum is about an ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, who was put on trial in Athens in 399BC for his beliefs. He was unjustly put to death. Therefore students study the Ancient Greek legal system and compare it with the legal system in Ireland today.

 The purpose of this trip was for the students to learn about the legal system in Ireland.  A barrister gave us a tour of the Courts and we even did a mock trial which was fun! We then sat in on two trials: a murder trial and Sean Fitzpatrick’s pre trial. Overall it was a great and very enjoyable trip.' 
 - Ms Potter 


 'In late September, Classics students from various year groups went to see a thrilling performance of Virgil's Aeneid at Smock Alley Theatre. Teachers, Ms Potter, Ms Jackson and Ms Jones accompanied students to see Virgil's Aeneid, which is currently on the Classical Studies curriculum, so this was a great opportunity to see the play.
 
 This was a unique and modern take on the ancient tale of Aeneas's journey to found Rome. It was thoroughly enjoyable and conveyed a range of emotions through the medium of drama. Everyone had a wonderful time and we will certainly not forget it any time soon.'

Caoimhe Cullen, 5th Year.

In October, TY students have been taking part in lots of activities, including Model United Nations, European Youth Parliament, a Bank of Ireland workshop which ran over a few days and a trip to the RDS for Maths week. A selection of students attended an open day in the Gardai Siochana headquarters on Thursday 20th October. This was an eye- opener and very informative. 

This year's Musical with CBC Monkstown will be Hairspray. Many interested TY students and parents attended an information meeting regarding the musical.

TY students attended The Loreto Foxrock Careers Evening recently, an annual occasion when past pupils kindly return to speak to students regarding their courses in college. Our TY’s found this very informative and worthwhile, as they are now more aware of subject requirements and the specifics of prospective courses at college. For insights CLICK HERE

Transition Years started their work experience placements in the last week of October. A range of careers were sampled, including Veterinary, Law, Hospitality, Marketing and Accountancy or Medicine, shadowing a range of consultants at local hospitals. 

 
IT ain't for Geeks!
 
The nationwide Information Technology PR programme is provided to schools by some of the top IT companies in Ireland to inform students about careers in technology.  The IT sector is currently the largest employer in the country employing up to four times that of any other sector.

 As part of Maths week, Ms. O' Malley invited the Corporate IT team to work with the Fifth Year students.  At the end of the session, there was a significant increase in the level of interest and awareness in potential career opportunities in this area. 

 The facilitators work in IT companies and provide an educational and interactive discussion about the different careers in the technology sector.  The aim is to assist students to think about the many careers available in this sector from general IT to mobile to gaming and e-commerce, including other careers within leading IT companies.

 We would like to thank Louise and Sharon from Ericsson who delivered the programme in Loreto Foxrock.  They were also present at the recent Career Fair held for TY students and their parents. 
Many students were genuinely dissappointed to see Loreto Foxrock’s 'Maths Week 2016' come to an end.
 
Maths Week is a worldwide initiative celebrating the power and beauty of maths. Throughout the week, students took part in many competitions, talks and games. 1st-4th years battled it out to win the Maths Treasure Hunt. 5th and 6th years went head-to-head in a tricky maths quiz. Transition Years trooped off to a maths event in the RDS while 5th and 6th years attended a talk by Brendan Guildea, one of Irelands most renowned maths teachers.

The annual poster and sticker competition, as well as the daily riddle returned, with fabulous prizes won. Overall, Maths Week, 2016 was a huge success and the countdown for next year has already begun!

By Niamh Sheehan, 5th year.
 
Ember Programme in October

Throughout October, the Ember team has been visiting first years to help them participate in the school’s harvest festival. Classes were presented with a leaf and asked to write on it about one thing they are grateful for. The Ember team then accompanied the class to the Harvest display at the school reception where students attached their leaves to the Harvest tree. This added some wonderful sentiments and colour to our Harvest display. Alongside this, the Ember team has been busy painting and carving pumpkins for different areas in the school to help bring the Harvest festival to life.

To read more about the Ember programme CLICK HERE including what we are about and how we support and develop the Loreto ethos and culture in our school.
 
This year’s SVP conference held their launch party in the canteen on in October. In the lead up to this event,  our president, secretary and treasurers were elected. Congratulations to this year’s president, Lauren Tracey, our secretary Eleanor King and to Aimee Ward, Kate Madden and Macila Chifuhle, who have all been elected as joint treasurers. The launch party was held to raise awareness of SVP and to let our fellow students know who the elected representatives are. A carnival themed party ensured that the school community could participate in a fun way. We played pin the hat on the smurf, ran a hula hoop contest and much more. Thank you to all of the students who attended – it really was a fun lunch-time.

Next up on our SVP agenda will be our famous Christmas Hampers for those in need. Opportunity for everyone to support SVP with this marvellous annual initiative next month.....Ho Ho Ho!
 
READERS' & WRITERS' WEEK
For more photos and prize-winners, CLICK HERE

First up, in our annual Readers' and Writers' Week, 5th Years welcomed Catherine Ann Cullen, (award-winning poet, radio dramatist, writer) and were treated to poetry readings and a reading from Catherine’s award-winning children’s book, ‘The Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat’. 
 
Before heading out on work experience, Transition Years were surprised by a thrilling afternoon in the company of performance poet, John Cummins.  This was an energetic and spirited event with much spontaneous laughter and applause.
 
3rd Years spent time in the company of two of Ireland’s leading storytellers, (Helena Byrne & Nuala Hayes).  Students were enchanted by old Irish legends, myths, fables & folklore and then spooked by tales of magic, fairies, ghosts and other macabre elements. 
 
1st Years were thoroughly captivated by the sensational Dave Rudden.  With awesome talent, he recited passages from his debut novel, ‘Knights of the Borrowed Dark’ - recently nominated for the Irish Book Awards.  Great fun was had by all and the book has been a real ‘hit’ with the girls, since Dave’s visit.
 
6th Years received a fascinating insight into the world of journalism in the company of Kitty Holland of The Irish Times. Kitty spoke of her ‘journalism journey’ and on finding your voice, then answered questions on working in the press and on some of the stories she has covered in her career.   
 
On the last day of Readers' and Writers' Week, the school was a riot of colour and imagination for Fiction Friday Fancy Dress.  6th Years, (in ‘Zombie’ costume and make-up), revelled in the company of Rick O’Shea.  Rick kindly agreed to be interviewed by the girls and the event was more than ably facilitated by Alison Keane.
 
The Spelling Bee finals convinced us that we have some amazing spellers in our ranks.  Thanks to the 3rd Year Spelling Bee committee for a wonderful job in the lead up to the final and on the day itself.  Well done to the winners!
 
Well done to all who dressed up and who entered the various competitions and big congratulations to all of the prize-winners for their creative writing and literature-inspired creations. 
 

- Helen Morrissey, Librarian and Chief Readers' & Writers' Week Coordinator. 
 
DJ, Rick O’Shea, host of RTE Radio 1’s ‘The Poetry Programme’ and moderator of Ireland’s largest online book club, paid the 6th Years a visit during Readers’ and Writers’ week. Social media has dubbed Rick 'The Book Warrior', for his love of reading and his passion for spreading a love of books amongst others. Some of you will know about the challenge he set himself of reading 100 books in a year and the many authors that he has interviewed over the last couple of years - everyone from Liz Nugent (the best-selling Irish crime novelist) to Graham Norton (whom he interviewed as part of the Listowel Writers’ festival.

In an interview with Alison Keane, our Deputy Head Girl, with plenty of questions from the floor, Rick spoke about everything from his radio career to his favourite writers to his surprise and joy at the success his Facebook Book Club has had in, as he said himself, 'the real world'. Rick also spoke to us about his work as patron of Epilepsy Ireland and his first foray into writing – a contribution to “Looking at the Stars”, an anthology of writing that has just been published, the full proceeds of which will go directly to the Simon Community.

Known also for his high profile on social media, Rick tweeted a selfie with the 6th Years who were all dressed as zombies as part of our annual Dress Up Day – which was retweeted by the author Julian Gough to the Irish Times as a nomination for Selfie of the Year!  In his own words, it was 'a brilliant event talking about reading and books'.
 
S. Lea

For more photos CLICK HERE
SPORTS
SOCCER

Congratulations & best of luck to Nadine Clare & Shauna Carroll 2nd year who have been selected by Leinster for the forthcoming FAI soccer schools inter-provincial. This tournament acts as a trial for the FAI Schools U-15 international squad.

The inter-provincial series took place on Friday, November  11th - Sunday 13th in the AUL grounds, Dublin.

 

HOCKEY 
Congratulations to Siofra O' Brien 5th year, Christina Hamill, 5th year, Hannah Mc.Loughlin, Co-Captain, 5th year, and Caitlin Sherin 4th year, on winning the hockey U-18 interprovincial tournament in Cork 21-23rd October.

All four of our players received Irish U-18 trials after the tournament, as did Emma Dawson, 4th year in the U-16 category

 Well done also to Emma Dawson, 4th year and our coach, John Pearson, assistant coach of the team, on finishing 2nd at the U-16 Interprovincial tournament.
Congratulations to Hannah McLoughlin who was named Evening Herald School's Sports Star of the Week on 27th of October.

Hannah co-captained the Leinster school's U-18 hockey team who won the recent interprovincial tournament and has been selected onto the Irish U-21 hockey panel.

The Irish U-21 team will compete in the European championships in Valencia, Spain in June.
ROWING 
Congratulations to our 4th years who took part in the Inter Loreto rowing introductory course held in Islandbridge on Fri 14th October. Pictured L-R Helen Fisher, Laura McCarthy, Mary Curran & Anna Geraghty.

Well done to all who participated in the Cross Country race held in Santry on Wednesday, 5th of October. Our minor team competed in the 1,000m race was made up of Ciara Kelly, Ruth Sampson, Ella Finnegan, Lucy Mahon and Kate Eiffe. Our Junior team was Phoebe Freeman, Caoimhe McGrath, Sarah Montayne, Emily Greene, Lauren O'Halloran and Orla Ryan. They ran a 1,500m race. Congratulations to all on their great performances. 

Pictured: Junior team at the starting line. 

SAILING
Congratulations to (L-R) Phoebe Freeman 1st Year, Clare Gorman, Sarah Fogarty, Aifric O' Donnell and Nicole Tracey 3rd Year on finishing 2nd place in the Inter Loreto Sailing Regatta held in Dun Laoghaire on Friday, October 7th.
SCHOOL BUS SERVICE

Loreto Foxrock School Bus Service was launched in February, 2016. Morning 'Pick-Up' starts at 7.55am at Sandyford Downs entrance and returns after school at 4.15pm (1.30pm on Wednesdays). The following areas are serviced by this bus service.
  • Sandyford Downs
  • Belarmine
  • Stepaside
  • Sandyford Hall 
  • Leopardstown Heights
  • The Gallops.
The cost is €25 per student, per week.
This is a fixed rate for a  morning + afternoon service; a morning/evening only option is not available. 

If you have any questions, please call school Reception 01 2895637. Alternatively the School Bus Booking Form is available CLICK HERE
 Please return completed School Bus Booking Form to Reception or email it to admissions@loretofoxrock.ie
 
Dates for your Diary
 November - December  2016

 
November 14th – 18th    
  • Science Week, Stand Up for Diversity Week & Guided Prayer Week.
  • Some TY attending DIT Science workshops on Mon, Tue & Wed
Tuesday Nov 15th 
  • Parents' Association Meeting     
Thursday Nov 17th
  • Group of TY Students participating in Blackrock Community Radio 9.15AM
  • 4.15 – 6.45pm Parent/Student/Teacher learning Advice Meeting in the Sports Hall
Sunday Nov 20th
  • 1 Ward & 1 Babthorpe along with Ms Cashman participating in Kilcoole Choral Festival
November 21st – 25th 
 
Tuesday  Nov 22nd
  •  TY 'Manual Handling' Awareness Workshop - Instruction on heavy lifting techniques and accident avoidance.
Thursday Nov 24th 
  • 4.15 – 6.45pm: 1st Year Parent – Teacher Meeting in Sports Hall
  • 6th Year Higher Level Irish Students & teachers attending ‘An Triail’ 2.00 – 4.00 pm

November 28th– December 2nd
  • Christmas House exams for 1st, 2nd 4th & 5th Year Students.
  • Block Classes for 3rd & 6th Yr Students. (Timetable & schedule to follow will be given to the students & put on school website).
December 5th - 9th
  • TY Week of Christmas Good Deeds
Monday Dec 5th
  • TY Christmas Outing
Friday  Dec 9th  
  • 12.30 – 4.00 (tbc) TY Charity Walk
December 12th – 16th
  • Tuesday 13th  2.00 – 4.00 pm Christmas Fair
  • Thursday 15th Christmas Concert
December 19th – 22nd
  • Tuesday 20th     Carol Services
  • Wednesday 21st Talent Show
  • Thursday 22nd    Christmas Holidays begin
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