New school – update
Mr. O’ Shea (Principal) and Sr. Helen (Chairperson, Board of Management) will attend a meeting in Dublin today with senior officials of the Department of Education and Skills and the National Development Finance Agency to be briefed on the situation surrounding the new school following the collapse of the Carillion Group.
The school community will be updated on developments after this meeting.
Japanese Table Quiz
11 teams took part in a Japanese Table Quiz held in the school on Thursday, 25 January 2018. Congratulations are extended to the winning teams from Gorey Community School. We thank Ms. McDonnell, Japanese teacher, for her work in organising this most enjoyable event.
Junior County Council Meeting – report by Alanna Fusciardi Wallace (4.5)
Our Students’ Council participates in the Wexford Junior County Council, an initiative of Wexford County Council. Here is an account of the Junior Council’s most recent meeting:
Summary of Junior County Council Meeting 24/01/18
• We began the meeting at 4:00pm after refreshments in the canteen.
• To begin Chairman Erik Molyneux went back over the minutes of our previous meeting before Christmas.
– This included the proposal of hosting a charity ball for teenagers around Valentine’s day or Easter.
– The dress code would be semi-formal.
– Tickets would be available for 4th to 6th years.
• Then we returned to the discussion of hosting a charity ball.
• It was decided that it would be hosted around Easter time and this led into a discussion about the start and end time of the ball.
• We agreed about the rough times from 8-11:30pm.
• There was then a discussion about what charity/charities to host the ball in aid of.
– Many charities were put forward such as: WSPCA, the Wexford MRI, the Ask campaign and the Irish Cancer society.
– It was decided to raise money for the Ask campaign and the Wexford MRI as these are local charities.
• It was then said by council member Zuzanna Neumann that her mom is a graphic designer and would design posters and tickets free of charge.
– The tickets and posters can be printed in the Wexford County Councils facilities.
• Various members offered to visit hotels around Wexford town to enquire about the use of their ballroom and if they would donate it for the night.
– An official letter from the county council will be sent to each school to be shown by council members that the event is on behalf of the Wexford Junior County Council.
• We then concluded the meeting by looking at a Council provided pamphlet about the councils investments for the next few years in each district.
• The meeting concluded at 5:00pm.
Ceremony of Remembrance at the School Graveyard – By Alanna Fusciardi Wallace
On Tuesday, 23 January we held the first of our ceremonies to commemorate our move from Spawell Road to Pembroke Hill.
On this morning we placed a rose and a card in the foyer with all the names of the Loreto sisters who passed away while at the school and are buried on the school grounds.We also lit candles in the foyer to show our respect. To begin the ceremony, Fr.Fegan addressed the entire student body over the intercom and reminded us of how the dedication of these religious sisters to the Loreto order helped us to be where we are today. It was their vision and commitment that will lead us to Pembroke Hill. The Prefects’ Council then proceeded from the foyer down to the graveyard carrying the roses. When we reached the graveyard a rose was put on each grave and Fr.Fegan said a special prayer to remember those who were buried there. Sr.Christine, a 5th year religion class and a 2nd year class were also in attendance.
It was a poignant occasion and helped us to remember the lives of those who have lived in the school for over 150 years.
Collection for the Wexford Rape Crisis Centre – Report by Sally Bruen (4.4)
On Friday, 22 December, the Wexford Rape Crisis Centre held a countywide street collection. A number of Loreto Transition Year students volunteered for the collection in Wexford town to raise much-needed funds for the Wexford Town branch. A total of €6,000 was raised on the day, with the Loreto students contributing greatly to this total. The Centre provides one-to-one counselling for women, men and young people aged 16 and over who have been affected by sexual violence. Counselling is also provided for family members of victims.
- Following the collection of subject choice forms from 1st and 4th year students, work has now started on the construction of the school timetable for 2018/2019.
- Incoming 1st year students and their parents will attend an Information Meeting in the Talbot Hotel at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 7 February 2018.
- The 5th year Parent-Teacher Meeting will take place in the school on Thursday, 8 February 2018 from 4.15 p.m. to 6.45 p.m.
- School exchange trips to both France and Germany are taking place this week.