Art collaboration with Wexford Festival Opera
Four 6th year Art students from Loreto took part in our first collaboration with Wexford Festival Opera this year. Eloise O’Boyle Ferguson, Indi Duffy, Emily Donoghue and Jessica Ruane participated in a Pop-Up event in the Artists Hub on the Main Street during mid-term. Our Loreto students painted spontaneously to some amazing live Opera arias from this year’s production of Romeo and Juliet. The Festival’s Artistic Director, Rosetta Cucchi, was so impressed with the girls work, she now has it hanging on her wall in her office. We hope to make this an annual event.
Photographs by Stefania Panighini.
Bullying Awareness Week 2021: One Kind Word
Bullying Awareness Week takes place from 22 to 26 November 2021 with the theme: One Kind Word.
The week will be all about coming together as a school community to say NO to bullying. Our aim is to send a clear and positive message that bullying is unacceptable in our school.
A few of the events that are taking place during this week include; an Odd Socks Day on Friday 26 which is a great way to celebrate that we are all unique and should be accepted by everyone, Random Act of Kindness Day and much more.
We will collect €1 from all students on Tuesday 23 which will be donated to the ISPCC. Just one of the services that the ISPCC operates is Teenline, a national active listening service for children and young people up to the age of 18 in Ireland. Teenline can be contacted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 1800 833 634. The service is free to contact and is confidential, non-directive and non-judgmental.
We want this week to be about hope and positivity where we are all in agreement that we can make a change and we can all do our bit to stop hurtful behaviour in its tracks.
Our call to action:
- Be kind.
- In a world that can sometimes feel like it’s filled with negativity, one kind word can provide a moment of hope. It can be a turning point. It can change someone’s perspective. It can change their day. It can change the course of a conversation and break the cycle of bullying.
- Best of all, one kind word leads to another. Kindness fuels kindness. So from the playground to the Dáil, and from our phones to our homes, together, our actions can fire a chain reaction that powers positivity. It starts with one kind word. It starts now!
School Show – Calamity Jane
The students and staff in Loreto Secondary School and St. Peter’s College, Wexford are delighted to bring their production of “Calamity Jane” to the magnificent stage of the National Opera House. This will be the twelfth joint production between the two schools since 2002.
The 80 students in the cast have been rehearsing since early September under the direction of the vastly experienced production team of Alan Corcoran, Fintan Cleary, Fintan Kavanagh and Sorcha O’Connor. They look forward to the full support of both school communities and Wexford’s theatre-going population as they portray life in the wild-west outpost of Deadwood City in 1876.
The show will be staged from Tuesday, 7 to Thursday, 9 December beginning at 19.30. Tickets (€20 adults, €10 students and OAPs) are now on sale online from the National Opera House. They are selling fast so please book now to avoid disappointment.
General Meeting of Parents
The general meeting of parents scheduled for Tuesday, 16 November has been postponed. It will be re-scheduled for a later date.
Camogie Report – by TY students Sophie O’Leary, Caoimhe Tobin and Robyn O’Connor
After a year and a half of our GAA pitch lying dormant, the Loreto camogie girls came back with a bang! After dusting the cobwebs of our hurls, we eagerly took to the pitch for our first training session. We were all delighted to be back and this was clearly shown through the hard work and enthusiasm displayed at training.
The first team to take to the field and wear the Loreto jerseys for their debut was the second years. It would have been naïve to assume we would’ve been given an easy first game but knowing the rivalry between Loreto Wexford and Presentation Wexford – It was never going to be a boring game. Due to the high interest in second year camogie, Mr. Crowdle and his right- hand man, Mr. Goff had to split the girls into two teams, one for each half. Not only were they there to coach the girls but also on the lookout for future rising superstars. To say they were very impressed with the high standard of Loreto second year camogie was an understatement. The two teams were so closely matched that a draw was inevitable. It was a fantastic way to kickstart their Loreto camogie careers. Well done girls!
Living up to the outstanding performance displayed by the second years was always going to be a difficult task but the under 16 camogie team were up to the challenge. The girls have been gearing up for 19 October for weeks as it would be their first championship match versus FCJ Bunclody.
Having encountered these players already at club level we knew this game wasn’t going to be easy. The girls acknowledged this and were very prepared, which was evident from their outstanding performance. The girls were all guns blazing from the first whistle and maintained a steady lead throughout the game. Bunclody proved no match for our talented side. The final score line reflected their excellent performance and skill with Loreto scoring a whopping 5:13. An amazing result, great job girls!
The pressure was all on for the Senior girls to secure a win after their rocky start against Presentation Kilkenny. The girls wanted to claim victory more than anything in their next game versus Presentation Wexford. Friends soon became enemies when both teams stepped foot on the pitch! The rivalry continued between both sides which built aggression and determination, this was the perfect recipe for an intense match. Once again, Loreto came out on top and bagged their first win of the season with a final score of 4:14 to 4:01. This was an incredible moment to remember as it was the very first championship camogie game ever to be played on our new pitch. Bravo girls, keep it up!
Of course, none of these wins would have been possible without the fantastic help from our coaches and management. A big thanks to Mr. Crowdle, Mr. Goff, Ms. Kelly and Mr. Cummins for their hard work and time.
Stay tuned for future camogie updates. Hopefully this camogie winning streak will continue 😊
Climate Action Week: 29 November – 3 December
This year the Green Schools Committee and the Green Team have worked together to organise Climate Action Week. Each day of the week will be themed to spread awareness on important environmental issues.
Monday: Recycling, waste, and water
Tuesday: Sustainable swaps and biodiversity
Wednesday: Sustainable travel (WOW day – Walk on Wednesdays)
Thursday: Consequences of climate change
Friday: Fast fashion
Great planning is underway for Climate Action Week and the two committees are very busy. TY activities and guest speakers are also being organised. The Green Schools Committee and TY Green Team would also like to hear any suggestions or ideas from all members of the school community. If you have any ideas for how to promote climate action, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other School News
- Congratulations are extended to the TY students who did a superb job in organising “Gaeilge 24” this week. They organised a very enjoyable quiz and dancing sessions for all students over three days. Bhain gach duine spórt agus spraoi as na himeachtaí éagsúla.
- Science teachers highlighted the importance and relevance of their subjects this week by means of classroom activities and powerpoint presentations on the school screens that gave us all food for thought. Thank you to all involved.
- Retreats for 5th year students in the Parable Garden begin next week. We thank the Religion teachers for organising them.