Ember is a Faith Leadership Programme that has been offered to a small number of schools in the Dublin Diocese. It is organized by the diocesan advisor, Anna Maloney. The training focuses on challenging people to look at themselves, to believe that they are worthwhile and to realise that we all have a special contribution to make in this world. The aim of the Ember programme is to help young people connect with their spirit and be inspired by the Christian message of love and service to others. It's vision is to create a group of leaders within schools who will be an example of faith in action, striving to make a difference in the lives of those around them.
During the month of November, the SVP conference participated in Showing Racism the Red Card. On Friday, November 25th, we greeted all the students and staff at the front door with a red ribbon to wear in their hair or around their wrist. Many staff members also wore red on the day. The purpose of sporting red garments was to show that, as a community, Loreto Foxrock were showing Racism the “Red Card”. In return, we asked for a €0.50 donation from each member of the school community. We donated this money to www.redcard.ie, which is an organisation designed to challenge racism through providing educational resources and intercultural activity supporting integration. Thank you and well done to everyone who supported this activity.
This year, Advent began on Sunday, 27th November. We sourced advent calendars with featuring Nativity scenes and visited all tutor classes to deliver an advent calendar to each class. During each day of Advent, one student from each tutor class opens a door on their advent calendar. We have also discovered an online advent calendar so please feel free to join in on our advent journey by viewing the calendar at: http://www.catholicbishops.ie/advent-calendar/
Prayer Guided Retreats
In November, many of our sixth years attended one period of guided prayer every day for one week. This wonderful experience is organised and prepared annually by the Loreto Order. The guided prayer, led by Collette Mc Carthy , washeld in the Room of Prayer and Reflection. This time allows students the mental space to reflect. Students are very appreciative of the opportunity to have this special, prayerful time out from a demanding year in their lives.
“The guided prayer was an excellent experience for us. It allowed us to take time out of our school day and realise what is truly important in life. We really enjoyed the opportunity to explore our faith and we would like to thank the RE teachers for arranging it. I would definitely recommend others to try it.”
In November, we Remember
Our In November, we Remember celebrations involved a number of different activities. Firstly, our Book of Remembrance was set up in the Oratory for school community members to add in the names of any friends or family members who passed away over the past year. We will remember their names by praying for them over the coming year.
Green and pink butterflies have been sporadically placed throughout the school as part of our celebrations. The butterfly reminds us that although many of our loved ones have passed away they are still with us but in a different form. This includes the happy memories we have of them.
Some fifth year students visited Foxrock Church to light candles and pray for the members of the Parish who have been recently added to the parishes’ remembrance tree.
A School Prayer for the Month of November
Honour the wisdom of those who went before you.
Bind it ever to your heart
Tie it around your neck.
When you walk, it will lead you,
When you lie down, it will watch over you,
When you wake it, it will talk to you!