Our Transition Year students had a very enjoyable and fun-filled team building trip in Birr in Co Offaly last week (31st August - 2nd September). Here's a report by one of our students and some great photos of the trip!
The Transition years were busy from 31st August to 2nd September. We were away in Birr, Co. Offaly on a bonding trip to connect with their new classes. We bonded through many different activities over the three days which were gorge walking, canoeing, pier jumping, horse riding, archery, rock climbing, abseiling and working our way through the ghastly Green Maze. By the end of the trip all the girls and teachers were wrecked but also thrilled that they went.
On the first night 4L and 4E went camping in the forest. They started off orienteering around a forest unknown to the girls, and met some teachers who went for a scenic walk. They collected firewood and made a fire that night. The girls roasted marshmallows and they sang songs to their hearts’ content around the big bonfire. That same night the girls in 4O and 4R and all the teachers slept in the dormitories of Birr Outdoor Education Centre. Students worked in small groups and rotated between the activities on all three days. It was a great trip and no one will forget the sensational time they had. We would like to thank all the teachers who came with us on this trip for giving up their free time.
Congratulations to four of our last year’s 2nd Year Art students who have been awarded certificates of commendation for their entries in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition. They reached the final stages of the judging process.
Well done girls!!
1st Year: Incoming 1st Years will be elected in September
2nd Year: Laura Fenn, Emily Kelly and Amy Wyley
3rd Year: Abbey Field, Naoise Finnie and Aifric O Donnell
4th Year: Helen Fisher, Lucy Fitsimons and Lauren Treacy
5th Year: Julie Guilthorpe, Anna Mac Nulty and Eve Reidy
6th Year: Molly Furey, Alison Keane and Alison Nolan
Congratulations to all students who stood for election this May. Wishing the new Student Council the very best of luck in the coming academic year.
Our summer term 2016 Loreto Foxrock Parents Association Talk was held on May 19th in the relaxed surrounds of the school Library. It was a motivating Family Forum, communications workshop, moderated by Orlaith Carmody, Communications professional and MD of Mediatraining.ie.
We had great participation by the fifty or so parents gathered - something everyone embraced even though they had expected to be lectured to before they arrived, and not to be actively participating in a work-shop session!
'Family Forum' is a communications practice modified from a business environment and applied to a family setting. Practiced monthly and given some time for well exercised parental reactions to be replaced by listening and sharing in a non-judgmental fashion, Orlaith's experience has been the growth of a trusting, more open environment, where teens and young adults communicate the big and the little stuff with greater ease. Importantly young adults are owning their own voice and putting words on their emotions.
After walking through the 'Family Forum' template in groups of five, there was a general sense towards the end of the evening of enthusiasm; that this practice could indeed be beneficial at home!
While some suggested that this type of communication should happen organically in families, there was consensus that while it was common in the 80's & 90's for Sunday-Roast gatherings, overheard 'private' telephone conversations by all the family, and weekly episodes of the clan's favourite TV show - our lives now feel busier at home and work, with individual schedules often passing each other or disconnected by time on devices and Netflix.
An insightful, thought-provoking session with a manual provided too for Family Forum!
To sign-off, I was reminded by a youtube piece that's been doing the rounds but addresses a common theme brought up at the Talk re: devices, txting and the need to promote verbal communication.
If you haven't shared this with your kids yet - do! Start the conversation!
Best wishes for a lovely summer
Eye Tracking (UCD School of Psychology - Information on How to Get Involved
We are looking for students
‣ Aged 13 or 14
‣ Who use Facebook
‣ Have their parents permission
‣ Can come into UCD for an hour
When: Any day from May to July
Where: UCD School of Psychology Eye-tracking Lab
Time: We can arrange to be available whatever time suits you best
If you are interested please contact us and we will send you further information
Calling all 1st Year parents! 1st Year Coffee morning on Thursday 26th May at 9am in Urbun, Cabinteely. Hope to see you there.