Soroptimist Girls’ Public Speaking Competition
Loreto Wexford experienced great success in the local heats of this year’s competition which was held on Thursday, 23 November in The Riverbank House Hotel. There were twenty-two contestants and both winners were Loreto girls, namely Roisín O’Sullivan and Krishna Ramesh. Hannah Cullimore and Mindulee Senevirathna also represented the school with great distinction.
Roisín and Mindulee’s topic was ‘Education: With guns you can kill terrorists; with education you can kill terrorism’. Hannah spoke about the importance of resilience to improve our mental health while Krishna spoke about the empowerment of women focusing on Thomas Edison’s quote “If we did all the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves”. The girls wowed the judges and the audience with their passion and conviction and their references to their own positive experiences as Loreto students.
Roisín and Krishna will go on to represent Wexford in the Regional Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition that takes place in The Esplanade Hotel in Bray at 2pm on 20 January. On this occasion, it will be impromptu, where the girls will be given a topic, five minutes preparation time and two minutes to make a speech.
Best of luck girls!
Wexford Schools Cross Country
Ten girls travelled to compete in the Wexford Schools Cross Country event on Wednesday, 29 November, held in Good Counsel College, New Ross. Well done to all who competed and special mention to those who came away with medals. The minor girls race was won by Sinead O’Reilly, with Eimear Halpin and Eimear Fortune gathering silver and bronze medals. Molly Nleuwenhoff and Taylor Peare were also placed well ensuring gold for Loreto Wexford in the team standings. Siofra Rossiter, Amy Cantwell and Roisin Bremen ran in the Junior girls race over 1000m. Roisin O’Reilly won gold in the Inter girls race while Clare Barrett came in for the bronze medal.
Well done to all as the girls now look forward to the East Leinster Schools Cross Country in January.
Loreto Interschool’s Equestrian Event – Report by Méabh Byrne
The Loreto charity Interschool’s Equestrian competition, in aid of the MRI Now campaign, took place recently. It was organised by two 4th year students, Méabh Byrne and Alannah Lacey. The event took place in the Wexford Equestrian arena, Tomhaggard. Equestrian Interschool’s events have become very popular over the last few years, with schools all over Ireland hosting events throughout the year. With this is mind, Méabh and Alannah set about organising the first such Loreto event.
There was an excellent turnout on the day, with 14 novice teams and 9 open teams taking part. There was also a large number of individual entrants, taking part in the novice and open competitions. Kilkenny College won the novice team category with a strong performance. However, the Loreto team also performed well, finishing fourth in the jump off. The team members were Tayler Peare, Flora Doran, Méabh Byrne and Chloe Hendrick (Coláiste Bride, Enniscorthy). In the afternoon, there was further success for Loreto, when they won the open team event. They fought off a strong challenge from Newbridge College, by going double clear in the jump off. The Loreto team consisted of Alannah Lacey, Davina Murphy, Eimear Jackman and Anna Browne. Méabh Byrne, the only competitor to go clear from a field of 12 riders, won the 105-joker class.
We would like to congratulate all those who participated in the various competitions, and all of the kind sponsors who provided prizes for the competitors and raffle prizes. Finally, we would like to thank Pat Peare, Orla Roche and all at Wexford Equestrian for hosting the event at their great facility.
New school update
As of today, we are still on course to begin the process of moving to our new school on and from Friday, 15 December 2017. Please refer to our letter to families dated 16 November 2017 for full details.
Families are reminded that the school will be closed to students on Friday, 8 December 2017 as all staff will be involved in health and safety training in the new school on this day.
“West Side Story”
Best wishes are extended to all students and staff who are involved in our forthcoming production of “West Side Story” with St. Peter’s College from 4 to 7 December 2017 at 8.00 p.m. nightly in the Dún Mhuire Theatre.