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Congratulations to all our Leaving Cert class of 2014 on their excellent achievements in the exams, and to their parents and teachers for their constant support and guidance. The results this year surpassed many students' expectations and are a great testament to the dedication and hard work of our students. Exceptionally high grades were attained across many subject areas and personal triumphs were achieved by many. Loreto Foxrock is proud of you and we wish you every happiness and success in the future.
On Wednesday afternoon, 21st May, I brought some of my 2nd & 5th Year Classics students to the cinema in Stillorgan to see Pompeii. It was a nice way to finish off the school year! I organised a private screening of the film for the girls. We felt like VIP’s having the cinema all to ourselves!
Pompeii is a topic on the Junior Certificate Classics curriculum so all the students had studied it in detail and were really looking forward to seeing the film.
We recommend students who wish to take Japanese for the Leaving Cert to partake in both classes with Ms Fitzsimons once a week after school and the free classes provided by the Japanese government on Saturday mornings.
Students wishing to take Japanese need to register for the Saturday Japanese class before the summer as the places fill up very quickly. http://languagesinitiative.ie/languages-japanese The location of these classes is still to be confirmed.
More great news from the Art Department - Three of our students have received Certificates of Commendation in the 60th Texaco Children's Art Competition.
Ruth Crowe (2nd Year)
Megan McCarthy (2nd Year)
Claire King (3rd Year)
Well done girls from everyone in Foxrock.
Summer Exams (Timetable links below)
1st and 2nd Years
The new draft 'Anti-Bullying' Policy is now published on our website. We are inviting parents/guardians to take part in consultation on the proposed document.
Thank you for your input.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Baxter (6th Year) whose A3, charcoal drawing of Frankenstein (featured above) has been selected for the annual RHA exhibition 2014. It is a wonderful achievement to have a piece selected for this adult exhibition. We wish Elizabeth well from everyone here in Foxrock. The exhibition will be held from 27th May until 9th August where the drawing will be for sale! Well done and best of luck!
On Thursday 8th May, members of the Justice and Peace Group held various events in the school to highlight “Unfair Trade” practices in the world.
The students focused on the difficult conditions of labour for many workers in the Developing World, and also on the unfair nature of world trade rules between the Developed World and the Global South. The Justice and Peace students researched these areas and put together a range of thought provoking events to raise awareness and challenge decision making with regard to consumer choice.
Activities included a “simulated sweatshop” for Second Years where students experienced what it felt like to work in overcrowded, dimly lit conditions as they performed their sewing “quotas”. Fifth Year students took part in a “Trade Game” which saw them compete against each other for control of Developing Country resources, again highlighting unfair global power structures. Students were also a shown thought-provoking presentation, made by Third and Fourth Year students regarding many critical issues in connection with global trade practices.
To involve some of the many enthusiastic bakers in the school, some students took part in “Fair Trade Brownie Bake” where they were challenged to use as many Fair Trade ingredients as possible in their baking, The winning First Year group used an impressive amount of Fair Trade ingredients, all bought locally to produce their delicious fare. Well done girls!
The Justice and Peace group worked enthusiastically on this project and we look forward to welcoming more students of any year into the group next year. Thanks to Ms Healy also for her assistance.
‘Uniformity’ Sale Week
‘Uniformity’ will hold a Sale Week in its shop for Loreto College Foxrock from Monday, 16th – Friday, 20th June 2014. There will be a 10% discount on all uniform and sports items.
Second Hand Uniform & Book Sale
The Parents’ School Association will hold a second hand uniform and book sale on Friday, 20th June 2014 from 1.00 - 3.00 pm in the school sports hall.
The schedule for the Summer Fair is as follows;
2.20pm: 4 students from 1Rook, 1Poy, 1Wig & each TY group will set up the canteen.
2.40pm: Remaining students from above class groups come to canteen.
3pm: Parents arrive
From 3.30pm: Remaining 1st Yr groups & 2nd Yr welcome to attend fair, with permission from teacher.
3.50pm: 3rd Yrs welcome to attend with permission from their teachers.
4pm: 5th & 6th Years welcome to attend.
Can teachers please supervise their class groups in the canteen.
Teachers welcome to shop from 3pm - be ready for some hard bargaining!
This year's Camino trip involved walking the final section of the Portuguese Way (Tui to Santiago). On April 24th, 26 TY students and three teachers departed Dublin Airport with high hopes, heavy bags (some more than others!) and pristine feet. 5 days and 100km later we hobbled into Santiago in various states of dilapidation. But, blisters and sore muscles aside, it was a wonderful trip.
The girls faced every challenge with grit, humour and let’s face it, some pain relief!! Day One from Porrino to Arcade was a battle of the elements as the Galician weather unleashed its fury. It was a sodden group that arrived at the hostel but there is something to be said for the restorative powers of chocolate and pringles ("it's sooo cheap")! It was a rather damp departure for the second day of walking......a mammoth 35 km day that began with what can only described as an exhibition of stretching on the streets of Arcade! It was during this day that the blisters made themselves known, with a number of students demonstrating the renowned 'pilgrim's walk'......a style somewhat akin to John Wayne mixed with an emperor penguin. Students used various devices to coax and cajole themselves throughout the day.....though the use of a Zac Efron centrefold to inspire one blistered lady was definitely a departure from the norm! Others resorted to prayer and still others decided that rap was the best forum for expressing ones displeasure with the burning sensation on the soles of the feet. That said, the weather was kind and the more rural scenery and contemplative forest paths made this a truly memorable day.
The old town of Ponte-Vedra was a highlight for many students and with the ongoing Easter festivities, we had an opportunity to partake in some traditional Galician dancing and song (and in some cases, offer our own interpretation!). Caldas del Reys was a welcome sight at days end but the promise of a 'paltry' 20km the following day lifted the mood. And so it was that we trekked to the town of Padron for the last day of their Easter celebrations. It was fortuitous indeed to arrive for a classic Spanish fiesta and all thoughts of tired limbs and swollen feet were discarded amongst the stalls, music, celebration and vibrancy of the town and its people. The group experienced its own 'resurrection' as it became Padron's very own 'rent a crowd'........rocking out to the rhythm of 'Diego' and his band before storming the stage with an impromptu performance of 'ole, ole' and Molly Malone.
A few short hours later the group rose for a pre-dawn commencement of the last phase of the journey into Santiago. Headlamps scoured the paths and walls for the ubiquitous yellow arrows and great attention was given to the mile-markers denoting distance to the city- the countdown was on. Night turned to day and drizzle gave way to......well, more drizzle. The group was strung out slightly- the pace dictated largely by the efficiency of one's hobbling.
The aim was to make it to Santiago in time for the 'Pilgrim's Mass'.....the pace inevitably slowed as the miles took their toll but so too the sense of anticipation grew. Cresting one hill, Santiago with its spires and belfries emerged from the gloom- nearly there! One last effort and we arrived for the mass with minutes to spare. The ceremony was largely in Spanish but the message was universal and as the final blessing was given, those present were treated to the spectacle of the famous incense burner being hoisted high and swung the breadth of the church. It was nice to share this moment with other pilgrims from all over the world, different by virtue of age and hue, but united by shared experience.
A wonderful journey, the memories of which will remain undimmed long after the muscle pain has gone and the blisters healed. Well done to all involved.
Friendship Week 24 - 28 March 2014.
The Leadership Team, the Student Council and the Drama Club worked together on a fun-packed Friendship Week.
The aim of the week was to promote friendship and a positive atmosphere in the school community.
(The Cup Song - video produced and sent to us by Grace McNamara 6th Year)
A number of 1st, 2nd and 5th Years worked on producing a colourful poster for the lunchroom. During the week, all tutor classes signed a ‘hand’ with each student’s signature on it. Each tutor class then stuck the hands onto the poster to underline their commitment to supporting a friendly atmosphere in our school.
Each day of the week had a theme ranging from ‘Turn Right Tuesday’ (which saw all manner of twisting and turning on the corridors!) to ‘High Five Friday’.
The Drama Club put on a very enjoyable production for all years during lunchtime on Monday and Thursday. They examined themes which encouraged inclusion and respect in friendship in an entertaining yet educational manner.
One of the highlights of the week was the performance of the ‘cup song’ on Friday in the Sports Hall. The entire school gathered together to perform the song in unison using both a mixture of clapping and cups!
Many thanks to all those involved who helped to make the week such an enjoyable one for the students.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
10ú-14ú Márta 2014
D’éirigh go sármhaith le Féile Sheachtain na Gaeilge i gColáiste Loreto i gCarraig an tSionnaigh. Bhain na daltaí ard-taitneamh as na gníomhaíochtaí go léir.
Cúpla seachtain roimh ré, d’eagraigh na cinnirí t-léinte ildaite do na scoláirí agus do na múinteoirí agus caitheadh iad i rith na seachtaine. Ina theannta sin, chuir na cinnirí mórán imeachtaí ar siúl ag am lóin; céilí agus tráth na gceist ina measc.
Baineadh geit mhór as daltaí na hIdirbhliana nuair a bailíodh iad i halla na scoile agus cuireadh ciorcal cainte ar siúl dóibh leis na buachaillí ó Choláiste Thír an Iúir Duibhe. Ba mhór an chraic agus an spraoi a bhí acu.
Ar an gCéadaoin, cuireadh ranganna yoga as Gaeilge ar siúl do mhic-léinn ón dara, tríú, cúigiú agus séú bliain. Gan amhras, bhí atmaisféar leictreach sa halla go háirithe nuair a bhí péirí éagsúla ag eitilt san aer cosúil le ‘Superman’!
Thóraigh na ranganna uilig an taisce i rith na seachtaine agus thaitin an cupán tae agus píog úll leis na daltaí go léir chomh maith.
Ag deireadh na seachtaine, tugadh duaiseanna do na daltaí agus múinteoirí a d’úsáid an Ghaeilge i rith na seachtaine! Gan amhras, ba mhion-Ghaeltacht í an scoil agus míle buíochas do na múinteoirí, cinnirí agus daltaí uilig a thaispeáin gur ‘beatha teanga í a labhairt’.
Loreto College, Foxrock became a mini-Ghaeltacht during Seachtain na Gaeilge this year with a wide range of events organised to turn the school ‘green’.
The 5th Year Cinnirí began their preparations for the week by ordering t-shirts ‘as Gaeilge’ for both students and teachers. They also organised a number of activities which included a lunchtime quiz, a céilí and yoga as Gaeilge. The yoga with Ciarán from Óga Yoga was a big hit with the students from 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Year who took part.
4th Year students were in for a big surprise when they were gathered in the hall to meet students from Terenure College to take part in a ciorcal cainte! After their initial shock, it didn’t take long for the ‘cúpla focal’ to blossom!
Other activities included a treasure hunt, song contest, poster competition and cupán tae & apple pie gatherings ‘as Gaeilge’.
At the end of the week, prizes were awarded to those who had contributed to the successful week. Many thanks to all of the staff and students who made a fantastic effort to speak Irish during Seachtain na Gaeilge.
On Friday 11th April 2014 Ms Potter brought our 5th Year Classics class into town on a Classics outing. We visited the National Museum of Ireland, Trinity College and some buildings on Dame Street. We have been studying Greek architecture in class so we went into town to look at some buildings which have been influenced by both Greek and Roman styles of architecture. When Ms Potter told us we were going on this outing we were so excited, we never thought we would get that excited about visiting buildings!! As well as visiting buildings, we had a quiz testing our knowledge of Greek architecture. It was great fun. The winning team were rewarded with Easter eggs! It was a great outing and we learned a lot. It brought what were are studying in class to life.
5th Year Classics class.