LORETO PARENTS ASSOCIATION AGM 2016
The AGM took place on 19th Sept with Guest Speaker Dr. Harry Barry who gave a presentation based on his book ‘Flagging the Screenager – Guiding Your Child Through Adolescence & Young Adulthood’.
The meeting which attracted a capacity audience of parents and teachers was chaired by Siobhan Robinson, Chairperson of the Parents Association. She asked Olivia Dowling, Head Girl for 2016-2017, to address the parents. She gave an eloquent summary of the role of the Student Council who have been working alongside the Peace & Justice Group to promote student mental health in the school.
Ms Emma Raughter, Principal, thanked the Parents Assocation for their dedication and valuable contribution to school life. The fundraising activities are vital for improving school facilities. She strongly encouraged any parents who wished to get involved to sign up after the meeting.
Siobhan Robinson then outlined the role and purpose of the Association as part of the school community. She gave a brief summary of projects to date and highlighted the upcoming events for the next academic year, such as: Work Days and Fundraiser events, including an ‘Afternoon Tea’ and the annual Loreto Challenge.
She introduced Dr Harry Barry, a doctor based in County Louth, who specialises in the area of mental health, and in particular depression and anxiety. He is a regular contributor in national media on the subjects of mental health and suicide prevention. He is author of several books, including Flagging the Stress, Flagging the Screenager, Flagging Anxiety & Flagging Depression.
Dr Barry gave a fascinating yet sobering outline of the challenges facing parents and teenagers in this modern age. This included current research backed up by his own experience. He explained how the developing adolescent differs from fully grown adults e.g. the dominance of the ‘emotional’ rather than the ‘rational’ brain. He discussed the possible consequences of issues such as obesity, cyberbullying, smoking, drugs and alcohol for adolescents and their families. There were powerful stories illustrating the need for healthy boundaries around the use of technology and proper sleep patterns. He gave concise recommendations for dealing with self-harm and anxiety/panic. Parents were advised on positive strategies which promoted mental health for their children, including – listening, promoting resilience, having meaning in their lives, exercise, nutrition and teaching problem- solving skills.
This was followed by a very lively question and answer session which illustrated the depth of concern among parents. At the same time, practical solutions and ways of accessing support and resources made this a very worthwhile presentation. Dr. Barry recommended listeners to read his relevant published books for more in depth understanding and advice.
We wish to thank the Parents Association and the student Council for inviting Dr Barry to visit our school and organising this event.
Parents Association AGM 2015
The Annual General Meeting of the Bray Parents Association took place on Mon 21st Sept 2015. This year the theme was the promotion of Health and Well Being for the school community.
Siobhan Robinson, our current Chairperson welcomed the gathering of parents by explaining the change in format so that more time could be spent for the invited speakers. Printed minutes of the last meeting were made available and the new Treasurer gave a brief summary of the accounts. Mary Foley , the outgoing Treasurer was given special thanks for her contribution over the last 3 years. Anyone interested in meeting other parents, while giving of their time and skills for the benefit of the whole school, were encouraged to sign up afterwards
Emily Shiel the Head Girl for 2015-16, along with two other Deputy Prefects presented Student Council plans for the academic year, with particular emphasis on the ongoing benefits of the now annual Power of Positivity Week. This gives students new activities for exploring positive mental health in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Breffni O’Hagan , in charge of school catering, told parents about the greater number of healthy options in the school canteen. Other changes have included the removal of vending machines and an online option for cashless pre-orders. He encouraged parents to use the facility as a means of encouraging the purchase of healthy snacks at break times.More information can be found at:
The role of exercise and diet in teenage health
The main speaker was Colin Dunlevy MISCP, Ph.D, a physiotherapist based with the Weight Management Service at Loughlinstown Hospital.
He gave an enlightening presentation on the role of exercise and diet in teenage health. Using graphic images and some humour, he showed just how we all receive ‘mixed messages’ regarding food through advertising and what are so called ‘social norms’. Important lifestyle factors such as proper sleep hygiene were highlighted. Other research is showing startling results e.g. sitting is the ‘new smoking’.
Colin acknowledged the very positive initiatives in Loreto such as POP week and the Loreto 5k Challenge. There was a lively and helpful discussion among parents and staff about ways in which access to healthy eating and physical activity could be further promoted in the school.
More information is available at: www.getairelandactive.ie
Sr Phil Murphy, Chaplain ended the evening with a prayer for parents and students of Loreto starting the new school year. Parents Association meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month. All parents are welcome.
Don’t forget our Parents Table Quiz is on Wednesday 12th February in Hollands Bar on Bray Main Street at 7.30pm. Come on down and support our efforts for raising much needed funds for the upgrade of our girls’ language lab.
It’s a great night’s fun so come on down and join us. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.
Parents Association Work Day
So, if you are able to come to the school this Saturday, between 9am and 2pm, please let Pauline know by text to this number: 0857562164, giving your name and number. Even a couple of hours of your time would be welcome, if you cannot come for the entire morning.
Annual Student Quiz
The Loreto Parents Association is pleased to announce that the Annual Student Quiz will take place on Wed 11th Dec. at 7.30pm in the main APA. This is always a very relaxed and enjoyable evening as teams test their knowledge of current affairs, chart hits and lots more. Come along as a team or just join in. Friends from outside the school are welcome too. You might even win a spot prize in the raffle! Entry is 5 euro per person and all funds raised will be used for further development of school facilities.
PARENTS ASSOCIATION AGM 2013
The Parents Association AGM was held on Mon 9th Sept 2013. A large number of parents were invited to learn about current and future developments at Loreto, from a number of members of the school community including Mr. Lorcan Byrne, Principal and Sr. Phil, School Chaplain. The Head and Deputy Head girls gave an amusing and informative insight into school life.
This was the last occasion that our Parent Association meetings were chaired by Paula Gilbert who announced that 2013 had been a very successful year in terms of raising funds for much needed resources in the school. The generosity of time and dedication shown by both our outgoing Chairperson and Secretary, Paula Gilbert and Jane Friel was highlighted by all concerned. Best wishes were paid to the new incoming Chairperson Siobhan Robinson.
The meeting was followed by a very engaging and enlighting presentation by one of Loreto’s Maths teachers Ms. Clair Swinbourne, entitled ‘The Power of Positivity’
Ms Swinbourne used her breadth of research, anecdotal stories and humour to illustrate how our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs shape how we experience life. She gave great insight into how we can choose to think about ‘how we think’ to develop a more positive focus. We learned how this workshop is also being promoted in school life during ‘Power of Positivity Week’ .
Book and Uniform Sale of donated books / uniforms on
Saturday 22 June from 9.30 to 11am.
Please leave in to the office this week any books or uniform items you would like to donate. All funds raised will be used to improve the school.
Textbooks that are required by incoming 1st Year students are particularly welcome.
Hire a Table
It is also possible for students / parents / guardians to hire a table for €2 and sell their own books / uniforms / sports items. Those who hire a table set their own prices on the morning.
Over €4000 was raised for the school, a great return for a lot of hard work.
Many, many thanks to all who helped out on the day, whether by driving around to collect scrap, or by being there to help unload scrap and load into skips, or simply by bringing scrap for recycling.
A special thanks goes to all those parents who helped in the organisation of the event. You are too numerous to mention but you know who you are!
For Scrap Saturday Flier click here: Scrap Saturday Leaflet
For Scrap Saturday Poster click here: SCRAP SATURDAY POSTER
Loreto Parent’s Association Table Quiz
A wonderful night was had by all who attended the Annual PA Table Quiz in Holland’s Bar on Wednesday , 20 February last.
Many thanks are due to Sheila Jackson who organised the Quiz, to Paula Gilbert who took on the role of Quizmaster, and to Sheila’s daughter Megan who kept track of the scores. Thanks also are due to Dave Henley who looked after the sound, to all the parents who helped distribute and collect answer sheets and to all those who donated prizes for the raffle.
Over €1,000 was raised on the night in aid of school facilities. Once again, well done to all concerned.
Loreto Parent’s Association AGM
Loreto Parent’s Association AGM was held on Sept 10th 2012. A capacity audience filled the Mary Ward Hall. This was followed by a talk entitled ‘Parenting- Challenges and Rewards.’ given by John Lonergan., the eminent former Governor of Mountjoy prison and social commentator. He enthralled the parents with his anecdotal stories and engaging humour. However, his message was a serious one, as he highlighted the need for qualities such as sensitivity, acceptance and true listening in our relationships with young people.
Student Quiz Night
The annual Student Quiz took place on Wed 5th Dec. in the newly refurbished APA. There was a large gathering of students and friends creating a very relaxed and ‘fun’ atmosphere.. Numerous raffles for various spot prizes kept everyone entertained. The night was filled with raucous laughter and camaraderie as the students tried to answer questions on the latest chart hits, current affairs, teachers’ baby photos and more!
Sincere thanks to all parents and teachers who assisted on the evening or donated prizes. Special thanks to Sheila Jackson, the expert quizmasters Mark Maguire and Brian McNiece and music wiz Megan Jackson for their valuable contributions. The funds raised will certainly help with the continued development of the school.