On Friday March 24th Loreto College Foxrock transformed Elm Park Golf Club dining room with our school crest and 75 celebration decorations. One hundred and fifty guests, both current parents, past pupils and marvellous teachers gathered, united in festivity.
Welcomed to a drinks reception at 7.30pm – all were charmed by the Loreto Foxrock student string quartet and harpist led by Ms Barbara Cashman, Music teacher.
Whilst the bell ‘ding-donged’ for all to make way to their class and year group tables, it took some time for the chatter to subside so that orders could be taken!
Past pupil, Laura Woods class of 1995, performed her MC duties with the same professionalism and polish with which she operates as a TV presenter on TV3 & RTE. Lively messages and seamless interchanges as she promoted the wonderfully generous and time efficient raffle! and introduced our speakers. Principal Bernie Prendiville welcomed all present in celebration on behalf of the Board of management, the staff and the Parents Association. All of the parents, past pupils and staff were welcomed as we all looked forward to an evening of celebration throughout the school community.
Loreto Foxrock girl, Rosaleen McMeel, Editor, Image Magazine and class of 1996 spoke about the importance of encouraging and supporting others and how that can positively impact your professional network as well as your personal one. With passion, she also spoke ardently about the importance of learning in an environment where potential isn't limited by gender, how a supportive and inspiring school environment impacts on the potential to realise your dreams. With a joyful tone and a reminder to Ms Brid Daly, our deputy principal who was seated close by, that back-in-the-day she would not have been a pure academic, nor indeed a pure sports star. Much time was spent in those formative years roaring encouragement pitch-side and creatively celebrating class-mate’s achievements. No surprise to her contemporaries then when Rosie was awarded a high-honour indeed at her graduation ceremony; the Award for the ‘Spirit of Loreto Foxrock’!
And then Niamh Durcan class of 2012, just a short five years ago, spoke to a hushed room as her words moved and captivated all gathered. Niamh shared sunny first year memories and painted delightful visuals of developing adolescent years surrounded by evolving friendships and supportive teachers.
“The common thread that runs through these memories is the friendship, community and sense of belonging that embellishes each one. Loreto was a place that taught us how to respect one another. It was a place that showed us how to look after one another, and later down the line, in a turn of events (Berkeley tragedy June 16th, 2012) that none of us could ever have foreseen, it would become a place that we would return to, to mourn the untimely loss of our two beautiful classmates…….
…….I will feel forever indebted to the school for opening its doors to us on that night, and in the evenings that followed that tragic event. As a group of young adults, for many of us it was our first time dealing with such a tragic loss, and bereavement and grief were newfound emotions that we had little or no experience dealing with. I wouldn’t realise it until later, but much of my grieving process would take place in our concert hall, in our canteen, and in the company of my friends. Together, we would sit as a year group, together we would laugh and together we would cry as we reminisced on numerous stories about the two girls. We would sit in silence, in disbelief, and in sadness but we would sit in solidarity in Loreto Foxrock…..
……..For me and for so many others, Loreto College Foxrock was the fulcrum of my formative years as a teenager. I feel so lucky to be part of this special community and I think that we should all be extremely proud to be able to say that we are Loreto girls. You can never underestimate the power that we as women have in today’s world, and I think that Loreto has taught us that we need to take responsibility for ourselves by appreciating the education and support we have been given and by pushing ourselves to reach our full potential.
I am so proud to be here tonight representing the class of 2012 five years on. I am so proud of the friends I made in Foxrock, and of the people they have become. I am so proud to say that I am, and always will be, a Foxrock girl’.
To read Niamh’s inspirational words in full please click here
Hope you enjoy the gallery of photos below!!
Many thanks to Paul Sherwood (parent) for the lovely photos.
This was the inaugural Loreto College Foxrock Dinner 2017 and it was simply great fun!
The hour was later than expected which bodes well for a return visit to Elm Park, dressed as Loreto College Foxrock in March 2018 ……..A word to the wise; book your tickets early!
The Principal and Board of Management would like to thank all those present most sincerely for their support and generous contributions on the night. Circa €3,000 was raised and will go towards the School Gym refurbishment project.