Research Study: Call for Participants
ADAPT STUDY: How Adolescents Deal with and Adjust to Pandemic Restrictions
We are keen to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and the various restrictions that are in place are impacting on the lives of teenagers. A team of researchers from the School of Psychology, NUI, Galway and Trinity College Dublin are carrying out this research.
This survey is for teenagers (12-18 years). Please note all teenagers require parent/guardian consent, if they wish to take part.
To find out more about our study, you can access our study website: https://www.adaptresearchstudy.com/
Charity 5k Virtual Run – report by Lucy Fitzgerald (TY student)
The Transition Year students of Loreto’s Fundraising Committee have orgainsed a 5k event that will take place on 5 December. They are looking to raise money for the men’s and women’s homeless shelters in Wexford. On the day, they are asking everyone to run, walk or cycle 5k for two very important local charities: Ozanam House and Wexford Women’s Refuge.
During the hard times of the world pandemic and the fact that we are edging towards Christmas, the students strongly feel that is crucial that we all support these two important charities. These charities will be able to use the money raised to buy useful necessities such as sleeping bags, toys for children, toiletries, food vouchers and much more.
Due to the public safety hazards, the 5k must be taken part on your own. Once completed, upload a picture of you completing the 5k and post it on your story. Go to https://gf.me/u/y96czr to donate or click the link in Loreto Wexford’s Instagram bio. The Fundraising Committee are asking people to adhere to all government guidelines relating to Covid-19. Please take part in this good cause, make a difference this Christmas. One random act of kindness can go a long way.
Cycle Against Suicide Committee – report by Ms. Kelly (Guidance Counsellor)
We are currently covering the topic of bullying. However, we have renamed it “Kindness” or “Be Kind to Each Other”.
This is simply because if everybody acted in kind ways at all times, we wouldn’t have any bullying.
Remember what we said last year….. If it’s unkind, unnecessary or untrue….. Don’t say it!!!
You will see posters around (on the green tube) about kindness. These will hopefully remind you to incorporate more and more kindness into your days. You will also see that we have been very kind, and we have a “Take What You Need” board on the middle floor for you all. You can choose a message from whatever envelope you want, depending on what type of inspiration you need at the time. Check it out! 🙂 We will continue to add new quotes over the coming weeks.
I am also including a poem here in the attachment called “Be Kind” which was written by one of our committee members.
Be Kind 😊
I think we’ll all agree 2020 is tough
But here are some ideas to make it less rough……
When you come into Loreto look others in the eye,
Remember your greetings like “hello” and “goodbye”,
As you clean your desk and wear your mask
Make much more of an effort to turn and ask,
“How’s your day going?” or “How are you today?”
And really start to go out of your way
To talk to more people outside your friend group,
And include absolutely everyone, make no-one’s day droop.
Worthy is how each one of you should feel
And knowing that your sense of belonging is real,
You must all ensure that nobody’s left out
Whether that’s in class, at lunchtime or out and about.
Always choose your words with compassion in mind
And never say things that are untrue or unkind.
For 2020 has been difficult enough
And now more than ever we must all show more love.
Justice, Freedom, Sincerity, Joy and Truth
Are still essential values for today’s youth,
But during this global pandemic and horrible virus,
I humbly urge you all to prioritise Kindness.
Do not allow anything to make you blind
To the basic concept of being loving and kind.
So go about your days being the ultimate kind of smart,
By only having loving and kind feelings filling your heart.
Advent and Christmas
We look forward to seeing the work of 6th year, TY and John Paul Award students as they decorate the school for Christmas in the coming days. They will also be assisted by Brendan Rossiter who has been helping us in this regard over the past few years.
Rumour has it that this year’s decorations will be the best ever. We will happily share the photographic evidence in the next week or two.