El día de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Day) is the national holiday of Spain.  It is celebrated on October 12th and commemorates the exact date that Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas.  The discovery of America was so important to Spain because this is what started the expansion of the Spanish language and culture across to the newly found land.  In Latin America, this holiday is also celebrated under the name Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) or Día de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) marking the first encounters of Europeans with Native Americans.
There will be various events held throughout the day on Friday 11th October 2013, to celebrate this very special day. 

Please see Spanish noticeboard outside E8 for more information.
¡ Viva España!

 

 

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MONDAY/TUESDAY:

The 2nd Year Class Group Quiz will take place during one class period for each 2nd Year class group on Monday or Tuesday. As a group, with no books or computer access, they answer all questions and submit their answers to their teacher. There will be a prize for the winning class group.

TUESDAY:

Elizabeth O’Gorman will give a talk in the concert hall for all 2nd Year students.

Ancient Roman Dinner Party at lunchtime in the concert hall. All classes welcome.

WEDNESDAY:

Padraig Yeates will give a talk on the 1913 Strike and Lockout to all 3rd Year students in the concert hall.

THURSDAY:

Tomi Reichental will give a talk on Thursday for the 5th and 6th Year History classes and all of TY in the concert hall.

Junior History Treasure Hunt at lunchtime is open to anyone in 1st, 2nd or 3rd Year who wants to take part, either individually or in a group of two.

Seanad Referendum debate in the concert hall (Groups attending TBC)

FRIDAY:

1st Year class groups will visit the ‘Middle Ages and Archaeology’ workshop in the corner of the lunchroom. Each group will be timetabled to go as an individual class group.

Senior History Table Quiz at lunchtime in the concert hall. Teams of four may be made up of students from TY, 5th and 6th Year.

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We need your items of historical interest! 

Loreto Foxrock History week takes place from the 30th September - 4th October.  As part of the weeklong celebration of history, a Loreto History Museum, curated for and by the students, will take place in the school library.  We are asking all students and staff to scour your homes and send in any items of historical interest you have which could contribute to our museum.  Items will be supervised at all times, and we ask you indicate to us if an item is particularly fragile.

 

This proved very popular with students last year, and we hope to make this year’s museum event an even better one. We are looking for a very diverse range of items for display, and would welcome anything that has some sort of historical resonance.

 

“ The past is a foreign country; they do things differently here” L P Hartley

 

Any queries can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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A reminder to all that Choir rehearsal will take place every Thursday in the School Hall at 1.25pm.  Please be there at 1.25 so that rehearsals can begin on time.  Thank you.

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For the school year 2013-2014, there will be a focus on raising the standards of literacy among all of our students as part of the Department of Education and Science’s Skills Self-Evaluation process.  In particular, all teachers will focus on improving the confidence of students spelling the key words across all subject areas.

We are eager to involve parents in our literacy initiative so please do avail of opportunities to check your daughter’s spellings of subject key terms and encourage her to recheck all of her written assignments.
If you have any queries or suggestions to make regarding this initiative, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Petrified of public speaking but bursting with opinions?  Come to the Senior Show Debate - 3rd, TY, 5th & 6th Years - on Monday 16th September in Room A1 at 1.10pm.

Motion:  'The House Believes that Education is Wasted on Women'.   All Welcome!

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Once again students and staff in Loreto College Foxrock will Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) on every second Friday at Tutor Time.  The dates for D.E.A.R. this year are: 

13th Sept, 27th Sept, 11th Oct, 8th Nov, 22nd Nov, 13th Dec, 10th Jan, 24th Jan, 7th Feb, 28th Feb, 14th Mar, 28th Mar, 11th Apr, 2nd May, 16th May.

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Cookery Club commences on 30th September for 17 weeks.  Any 1st, 2nd & 3rd Year students who are interested may collect application forms from the noticeboard outside Room D1.

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The Loreto College Foxrock Parent/School Association is delighted to assist the school in the coordination
of a career focused initiative for the Transition Year girls. We would like to invite you to participate in
these ‘Career Path’ Sessions in which parents will give a ten-minute presentation to the students about their
own particular career. The presentation will consist of a short talk (no complicated power point
presentations!!) of approximately ten minutes per speaker followed by a short question and answer session.

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The AGM of the Parent School Association will take place on Thursday 19 September at 7.45pm in the school hall.
We are delighted to have John Lonergan as our guest speaker on the night.  The title of his talk will be  'Parenting - the challenges and the rewards'.
The election of parent representatives will also take place.  (See below for more details) 

LORETO COLLEGE FOXROCK PARENT/SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM of the Parent/School Association will be held on Thursday 19 September 2013 at
7.45pm at Loreto College, Foxrock.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the AGM of the Association.
We are delighted to have John Lonergan as our Guest Speaker.
John entered the prison service in 1968 and in the years that followed, he saw human nature
at its worst and often, unexpectedly, at its best. He developed a deep understanding both of
human nature and Irish society. His talk will be important for all parents, especially parents
of teenagers and is a reflective and awareness raising look at parenting.
The title of his talk is “Parenting - the challenges and the rewards”.
The evening also provides a wonderful opportunity to meet with other parents and guardians
and we would encourage you to come. We are looking forward to a large attendance.
AGENDA
· Welcome
· Chairperson’s Report
· Treasurer’s Report
· Elections of Parent Reps for 2013/14
· Address by John Lonergan
· AOB
Followed by Tea/Coffee

LORETO COLLEGE FOXROCK PARENT/SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
ELECTION OF YEAR REPRESENTATIVES
The Parent/School Association is looking for parents/guardians from each of the following
school years:
1st year – two representatives
3rd year – two representatives
4th year – two representatives
5th year – two representatives
to join its Executive Committee. The elections will take place at the AGM on Thursday, 19th
September 2012. Elections are for a two year term.
The aims and objectives of the Association are
- to further the objectives of the school
- to provide a forum for parents for consultation and information on any matter
affecting the school (including policies, plans and activities) and to communicate
parents’ views to the Principal; however the Association is not involved in matters
relating to the internal administration of the school
- to encourage and facilitate parent participation in promoting the well-being and
interests of the pupils of the school
Committee meetings are generally held monthly and members will be involved to some
extent in most activities of the Association such as Funday Sunday, Parents’ Events, etc.
If you are interested in becoming involved, please complete the form below and return it to
the Parent/School Association, Loreto College by Monday, 16th September 2012.
Alternatively you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the same date.
I am prepared to put myself forward for election to the Executive Committee of the
Parent/School Association.
Name ____________________________________________
Address ____________________________________________
____________________________________________
Contact No ____________________________________________
Email ____________________________________________
Daughter(s) Name(s) ____________________________________________
Class Year(s) _______________________________

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As part of the Gaisce (President's Award) programme, a group of Transition Year students undertook a walk in Newgrange. They left school on Friday 17th May and returned the following day exhausted but successful! They were accompanied by a group of equally enthusiastic teachers. Well done to all. Enjoy the photos.

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On 20th April 2013, a group of Junior Classics and Latin students from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Years, along with their teacher Ms Potter, visited Trinity College Dublin for an 'Ancient Greek and Roman Workshop'. (See details and more photos below).

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