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Fabulous Friday

Fabulous Friday 17April 2015



Well done to all students who participated in athletics events this week. The team did really well in both events.

On Tuesday athletes participated in the Wicklow races.

The medal winners were

Ara Freeman gold in the U17 100m

Richael Browne gold in the U17 800m and gold in the high jump

Alison Dawson Silver in the U17 long jump

Sadhbh Redford gold in the U17 Javelin

Rebecca Murphy bronze in the U17 long jump

Isabelle Ryle bronze in the U14 800m

Catherine Casey and Ellen Prendergast joint silver in the u15 high jump

Gold in the U20 relay event

Bronze in the U17 relay

Yesterday the athletes participated in the Loreto All-Irelands held in Kilkenny

The medal winners were

Arra Freeman gold in the 100m

Richael Browne, silver in the 800m

Alison Dawson, bronze in the long-jump

The senior relay team with Ara, Richael, Alison and Shauna Dillane (2nd year) got silver.

Well done to all participants whether you won a medal or not


Under 15 football team won beat St Joseph’s Lucan 5-2 in their recent match. They now go through to the quarter finals of the Leinster League.

Baton Twirling

Allanagh Carten in 108 won 3 firsts, 1 second and a 1 third in Baton Twirling in England


First Year A’s qualify for nationals in Basketball

Second Year basketball team have a loreto league final on Monday against Dalkey

Rachel Rice in 232 went to a basketball tournament with her club in Spain and they came third.


Junior A Hockey came runners up in the loreto league.


Amy Barry, Lauren Barry, Ciara Patrick and Karen Douglas won the u18 Leinster league cup final on saturday with Wicklow Rugby Club.

Community service

Well Done to all the Fifth Years who helped out with the Lourdes bag-pack, overall 1,830 euro was collected so a big thank you.

The Arts


Well done to Katie Newell in 510 who got accepted into studio2stage. She will be heading to New York in July to take part in an intensive 9 day dance rehearsal followed by a flash mob show in Times Square.


Rebecca Williams in 101 made a short film for the ‘March on film’ film festival and it will be shown in Trinity Collage along with the other contestants.

Well done to Chanel Butler in Sixth Year who will soon be appearing on your tv screens in the hit series, ‘Vikings’. Her perseverance bore fruit as she was selected from thousands of others who queued with her to get parts as extras in the series. That’s your pocket money sorted Chanel.



Best of luck to Eva O Hara, Ruth Lennon and Eibhlinn Laffen Downes (TY) who are taking the fit in Deutsch German exam this Saturday. This is an extra exam that students of German can take..


Best of luck to Rachel Conway (Second Year), Roisin Hiney (Third Year) and Isobel Kenny (5th year) who are all competing in a Chinese competition in Cork this weekend.


Congratulations to Julia Temple and Jessica Clooney (First Year) who have been selected to represent Loreto Bray in the Irish Junior Maths Competition in May. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish the girls the very best of luck as they proceed in the competition.

Transition year news


Well done to TY4 who took part in the YSI speak out in UCD before Easter. They now go on to the final stage of the when they will showcase their work on equality in City-west on Monday 6 May

A big well done and a big thank you to the school bank team. The girls worked extremely hard and succeeded in getting 51 accounts opened in the school. The Bank of Ireland representatives were really impressed with the work ethic and organisational skills of the team. Congratulations to Sinead Horgan (4th year) who won the ipad in the bank raffle on Wednesday this week.

Past pupil news

Some great news. Two of our past pupils who did their Leaving Certificate in Loreto Bray in 2013 were awarded scholarships in Trinity College this week.  The students are Maeve Madigan (studying theoretical physics) and Sorcha Nolan ( Engineering). In order to receive such a scholarship students have to complete a series of extra exams in their subject area during their 2nd year in the college. Winners of the school are then given rooms and meals in Trinity along with free tuition for 5 year in the college (meaning that the students can also do a masters degree fully funded by the college). 70 scholarships were announced this week across all the subject areas in Trinity and Maeve and Sorcha came tops in their respective areas of study. Well done to them both.

Friday 13 March



  • Well done to our both our under 16 badminton teams. Both teams have beaten all their competitors and won their division finals in the Dublin Schools Badminton competition yesterday. This is a fantastic result.

On our A team is  Eibhlin Laffan Downs, Laura Reynolds and Rebecca Duffy and on our B side are Julia Pinka, Eleanor Haughton, Christy Lee and Victoria Ivory. Congratulations to each of these students. It takes a lot of work and dedication to win a competition. A huge thank you too to heather, their coach for all her work on behalf of the school.

  • Well done also to our Senior badminton team who made it through the first round of the Easter cup. This is a knock-out competition. Best of luck to the girls as the progress in this competition.


  • Well done to Richeal Browne and Ara Freeman (4th year).  Both girls competed in the Leinster Indoor Championships last weekend. Richael came first in the 800m   with a championship record while Ara came first in the 60m with a championship best too and she also won the 200m. Both girls now go on to compete in the National Indoor Championships later in the month. The very best of luck to both athletes.


  • Well done to Anna Kuntz ( 5th Year) who  competed in a National Life Guard Competition in London last week-end where she was awarded a Bronze medal.


  • Well done to Aoife Madigan who came 2nd in the Individual section of the inter-schools show-jumping competition.


  • Good luck to Amy Cahill and Alannah McEvoy of 2nd year in the final against Shelbourne in the Leinsters..


  • The 2nd year basketball team won their match against Dalkey 38-19
  • Well done to the first year basketball teams who unfortunately lost to Loreto foxrock. The girls all played really well And represented the school really well. Well done to cormac and the girls.


  • The minor B Hockey team drew in their match against Foxrock.
  • The minor A won their match against Foxrock 1-0.
  • The Senior 1’s and 2’s won their matches 3-0 against Loreto on the Green on Saturday
  • The Junior 1’s won their match 2-0


  • Congratulations to Aine McEntegart and Aoife Donohue 2nd in the Finals of the Junior Loreto Mace Debates.
  • Congratulations too to Emma Groves and Emily Shiel who got to the semi-final of the Loreto Senior Mace Debates

Transition Year

European Youth Parliament

  • Eva O’Hara and Olivia Dowling in TY2 recently spent 4 days attending the European Youth Parliament. The girls had a fantastic time, and this is what Eva had to say about it :
    “The National European Youth Parliament by far is definitely a highlight of my        TY year. Between team building exercises to debating your resolution you’ve worked so hard on in the general assembly, it was amazing fun and taught me a lot. I even had the chance to take part in the TED talks, where you can talk about a subject you are passionate about for 5-10 minutes. Doing this in front of the 125 other delegates did wonders for my confidence and was an unforgettable experience. You learn so much from the different committees and their topics about Europe and the union which really is an invaluable education to have. From the four days I was there I have made fantastic friends too. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.”

Trinity College Courses.

  • Amy O’Briain in TY3 completed a medicine course in Trinity College Dublin last week. She was assigned to a consultant in St James’ Hospital and was given the opportunity to shadow him and his team as they attended meetings, spoke with and diagnosed patients, and examined bone marrow and blood samples in the lab. She also witnessed videos of heart transplants, learned how to suture, and got a taster of what life is like for 1st year med students in Trinity.
  • Amy Duffy completed a week in the science gallery in Trinity. This is what she had to say about her experience.

“I attended the Science Gallery TY Mentoring Programme from the 2nd of March to the 6th of March. During the week I went on tours, was shown presentations and did activities related to various science topics. I went to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Zoological Museum. I also went on tours of the Science Gallery and Trinity. The presentations I saw were on Climate Change, the upcoming Solar Eclipse, Life logging and Bio Hacking. I extracted DNA from a strawberry, made the DNA structure from strawberry laces and jelly babies, turned a webcam into a microscope, decoded a code from Sherlock Holmes, made a pinhole camera to view the Eclipse and I made an electronic xylophone. I did a lot of different things on the Science Gallery TY course and I really enjoyed the week.”

Junk Kouture

  • Well done to all TY students who participated in this competition. As you know one outfit ‘Flamma Regina’ made it to the Regional Final held in the Helix last Friday night. A small group of committed fans from loreto went along to cheer on our school’s entry. The girls (Claudia, Erika and  ) did brilliantly but unfortunately did not make it through to the finals.

Community Awareness

Trocaire Fast

  • Well done to the students who did the Trocaire fast. This year we had about 200 students participating and a fantastic grand total of €3755 was raised for Trocaire’s projects in Ethiopa. Thank you too to anyone who sponsored the students and a big thank you also to  Sr Phil and Ms Kiely for all their hard work in coordinating the event in the school.

Friday 6 March



Well done to our Second Year Basketball team who beat Rathdown  26-6  and are now through to the quarter finals of the Dublin league.

A great result too for our First Year Basketball team who got into the quarter final of their league.


Congratulations to our First Year Soccer team who won their match against St.Raphaela’s last week with a score of 1-nil.


Well done to our First Years. Their rugby team did really well in a blitz last Thursday, winning a total of 4 matches.


The minor A hockey team drew in their match against Dalkey in the Loreto League 0-0.

Welcome back to the Senior Hockey teams who visited Belgium over the weekend to train and play matches in a hockey club in Antwerp.


Our under 16 badminton team are doing really well this season, reaching their final on Thursday.


Well done to Ara Freeman and Richeal Browne (TY) who both recently competed in the Junior Indoor Athletics Championships in Athlone. Ara came first in her race, the 60metres in a time of 7.44 seconds while Richeal also won her race, the 800metres in a time of 2 minutes 20 seconds. Both girls are competing in the Leinster Championships this weekend and if successful will go on to compete in the All Irelands on the 21and 22 March. We wish them both well in their up-coming races.


Well done to Aoife Madigan who came second in a recent inter-schools show jumping competition.


Irish debating

Well done to Aoife Clancy, Róisín Hiney and Róisín Martin in their Gael Linn debate last Thursday night. They made it through the Regional Finals and are now through to the National Finals of the event. A huge thank you to Ms. Fitzsimmons for coaching and supporting the girls.


Congratulations to Maria Gorman who came First in an Irish Dancing feis in Malahide recently.


Well done to Katie Dutton who worked on an educational film with her youth club, Seomra. The film was in the top 10 in a recent Leinster Competition and has been chosen to go on to the National Finals of the competition to be held in Limerick on 24 March. We wish Katie the very best of luck in the competition.

Community  Service

The holy redeemer youth centre held a sponsored stay awake last Friday in aid of the five loaves charity and raised around a thousand euro. Well done to all the 2nd and 3rd years involved.

Transition Year News

Junk kouture 

Best of luck to Erika Goodwin, Claudia de luca and Kellie Gilbert whose junk kouture dress is being showcased tonight in the Helix. Well done also to all the other students in TY2 who participated in the competition. The students along with Ms. Gilligan put in phenomenal work.

Good luck to Erica Goodwin, Eva O Hara and Olivia Dowling who are participating in the All Ireland Irish Youth Parliament in Dublin this weekend.

We look forward to hearing from Amy O’Briain who is participating in a TY Medical week in Trinity this week and from Amy Duffy who is participating in a mentoring programme in the Science Gallery this week.

Friday 30 January


Well done to Richael, Ciara and Rachel who competed in cross country running this week. Particular congratulations to Richeal who qualified for the Leinster Schools Cross Country competition on 11 February.


Well done to our Junior Rugby team who had a great if very cold day out yesterday in their Rugby Blitz in Naas yesterday. For many it was even their first time playing rugby. Basketball

Hard luck to the First Years who lost their match this week.

Well done to  Ms. Fitzsimmons CSPE class  for organising the student/teacher basketball match which was a success. Both teachers and students put on a great display for a great cause.


A big well done to the Senior Badminton team who came third representing Wicklow at the Leinsters this week. On the team are Rizza Mamuric Claire Treacy Jean Pardua and Jeah Custorio – all in Sixth Year.

The U16A’s are into the quarter finals which will be played on the 24February and the U16B’s have made it through to their Finals which will be on the 12March.


The Enniskerry U14’s won their All-Ireland quarter finals 4-0 and are now through to the semi-finals. Well done to all the Loreto girls on that team.

The Fourth Year soccer  team won their match 3-0.

Junior Soccer team won their match 3 – 0 on Tuesday.

The U17 soccer team won their match 4-0.



Alannah McEvoy and Emily Deveney in Second Year both made it onto the Wicklow Gaelic U14 squad.

Jane Butler in Second Year made it onto the Wicklow Gaelic U16 squad

Laura Butler First Year has won her place on the Wicklow Gaelic team.



The Minor C team ( all Second Years) made it to the Leinster league play offs . They remain unbeaten all season.

The Minor A team have qualified for the playoffs in their Leinster League.

Best of luck to the Senior 1’s who play St Killians Deutche Schul tomorrow. If they win they will qualify for the semi-finals of the Leinster League.

The Junior A’s went to Dundalk on Wednesday and played in the snow, drawing 1 all against Dundalk Grammar School.

All 13 of our Hockey teams are now starting the Loreto League.


Well done to Katie Dempsey who has recently qualified as a lifeguard.

Irish Dancing

Well done to Emily McQuillan 103 who came first in a recent Feis.


Another busy week in debating. Congratulations to all our Junior UCD debaters.  On Tuesday night this week Ellen Reidy was named one of the top two debaters of the night and has now progressed to the semi-finals as an individual, speaker. The team were in UCD again on Thursday night. Megan Foster and Aoife Donohoe went through to the next round of the competition. They are now in the final sixteen teams in the competition while Maeve O’ Doherty qualified as an individual speaker

Youth Parliament

Well done to Olivia Dowling, Emma Mahon, Niamh O’Kelly and Amy O’Briain, Erika Goodwin-Montegudo and Eva O’Hara in Fourth Year who participated in the Leinster meeting of the European Youth Parliament in Athlone recently. Olivia, Erika and Eva have been invited to participate in the All-Ireland Youth parliament meeting in March.


Well done to TY2’s mini company “TY 2 Beautiful” and to TY3 3 ‘Tynz’ who have both made it into the Wicklow Mini Company county finals.

Information evening for Third year parents

A big thanks to all the Transition Year students who spoke so well at the meeting and to our Fifth years Emily, Emma, Amy, Hannah and Dana who also spoke so well. You all put in such an effort and we really appreciate it. Thank you.

Junk Kouture

TY2 have been very lucky to have had the chance to become involved in Junk Kouture this year.  Twelve students have been involved in making stylish outfits from recyclable materials. They have put in the most enormous effort and today thy will model their creations in the Mary ward APA at lunchtime. You really should come up and see them. You will all be very important in the next stage of this competition. Photos of these outfits will go up online soon and it is the public who  will nominate the final best 80 outfits in Ireland. A panel of judges will then choose the finalists. Photos of the outfits will also be on the school website and along with information on how to vote. A huge thank you to Ms Shanahan who has put in, enormous work into this project.

Friday 23 January


Junior UCD Debates

Congratulations to our Junior UCD Debate team. On our team are Megan Foster, Maeve O’Doherty, and Moya Healy from Third year along with Aoife Donohue in Second year. The UCD debates work a little like a league in sport. The participants participate in many debates on many different topics over many  months. At each debate, the participants are awarded points. The participants don’t know what points exactly they are receiving but now at last these four students know that they are great debaters as they received enough points to go through to the Quarter Finals of these UCD debates.

The Senior Loreto Mace Debates

Our newly formed Senior Debate team also had great successes this week. On our Senior Debate team are Sophia McDonald, Aisling Grace, Emma Groves, Emma Cunnane, Isobel  Carruther Kenny and Emily Shiel.  The team participated in The Senior Loreto Mace debates on Tuesday with Emma Groves and Emily Shiel going through to the semi-finals.

History Quiz

Well done to our Sixth Year History Quiz team, Eimear Ivory, Rebecca Quinn, Niamh O’Brien and Sinead Doyle. The team came fifth in the Senior School’s Quiz held last week.

A note from Lauren Barry, Sports Prefect 

Well done to the Minor C Hockey team who this week drew to Muckross College. The girls played really well and represented the school very well. Hard luck to the Senior 1 Hockey team who are out of the senior cup this week. The Senior 1’s drew one all with Newpark in normal time which led to extra time and then penalties. The girls played their hearts out and where just unlucky to loose in penalties.


Congratulations and well done to Rizza Mamuric , Claire Treacy , Jean Pardua and Fon Duagent Hughes who all where chosen to represent Wicklow in the Leinsters this week in Howth. The girls have played amazingly this year and won most of their matches. Very well deserved girls. This is a fantastic achievement. We are all behind you.


Well done and hard luck to the Cadette C team who lost 24-12 in their final this week. The girls trained hard and put everything they had into the match. Well done girls we are very proud.

Friday 16 January



Well done to our Senior B and Cadette A teams who both won their Loreto leagues this week. The Seniors beat Loreto Foxrock by 44 to 23 while the Cadets beat Loreto Dalkey by 43 to 34. The Girls played extremely well and fought hard for their teams. These fantastic wins are a result of dedication and commitment by Cormac and the girls on the teams. We are so proud of you all. The excitement continues next Friday 23rJanuary our Cadette B’s play Loreto Balbriggan in their final. Best of luck to the team in their preparations.


Congratulation to our U14 team who beat Loreto St Stephen’s Green 6, 0.

Hard luck to our U19 A’s who were beaten in their semi-final last week.


Well done to the Senior 1 Hockey team who Beat St Raphael’s 4-0 this Week. The girls now advance into the next round of the cup hoping to make it to the final to add another trophy to our cabinet. Keep it up girls we are all behind you.

Hard luck to the Minor B Hockey team who fought a hard battle against Holy Child Killiney but sadly were beaten.

Best of luck to our Minor C Hockey team who are playing Muckross in the Leinster League today. This team hasn’t lost a league match yet this season.


Our Junior Team played a very strong Kilkenny side this week. They played their hearts out but unfortunately our girls came out on the losing side.

Enniskerry football team won their league match 6-1 over the weekend, well done to all Loreto students on that team.


Good luck to Aisling Mcgloughlan in First Year as she has tries out for the Wicklow Gaelic squad.

Also a huge well done to Jane Butler in Second Year who made it onto the Wicklow U16 county team in Gaelic.


Àine Sheridan and Julia Temple, both First Years received their yellow belts this week in kick boxing, well done to both girls.

Baton Twirling

Well done to Alannah Carton, First Year, who came first in a baton twirling competition in December.

Art, Music and Drama

Piano exams

Great work done by Genevieve O’Carroll, Alexandra and Andrea Farrelly who all achieved honours in their piano exams.

The Christmas concerts 

Well done to all the participants in the Christmas Concerts. Thank you to the MC’s Juliette and Clarice, to Emma, Emily and Aoife backstage, to Sean, Amy, Megan, Hannah and Tegan on sound and lights and to Lauryn Anne, our accompanist. A huge thank you to both Ms Nolans and to Ms Mahon too for all their hard work.

The Carol Services

Thank you to the Senior Prefects, Choir, Orchestra and to all the participants in the Carol Service. A big thank you to Ms. Walsh, Ms. Wainwright and to the music department for putting together this wonderful celebration.


Well done to Niamh O’Brien, Sixth Year. Niamh has been studying Chinese for six years and she has recently passed her HSK level 3 exams in UCD. This is a wonderful achievement, this is a high level exam and Niamh has shown great motivation and commitment to complete this exam while she is also studying hard for her leaving Certificate.


Well done to the our Junior Irish Debaters, Róisín Martin, Róisín Hiney and Aoife Clancy who have qualified for the Regional Finals of the Gaelinn Debates.

Well done too to our Junior UCD debaters Megan Foster and Aoife Donohue who were chosen in the top two of all the debaters last night.

BT young Scientist

Well done to Emily Woods, Third year who participated in The BT Young Scientist last week with her project titled ‘Music, is it in the hands?’ We are really proud of your achievement Emily. Thousands of students apply but only a fraction are chosen as participants in the competition.

Youth European Parliament

Best wishes to Amy O Briain, Erika Goodwin, Niamh O Kelly, Emma Mahon, Olivia Dowling and Eva O Hara in Transition Year, as they make their way to Athlone today to participate in the Youth European Parliament this weekend.

Social awareness

Well done to Aine Sheridan in 101 who recently cut her hair and donated it to the Rapunzel Foundation, an organisation that helps people being treated for Cancer.