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Students who took part in the Mary Ward Public Speaking competition with Mrs Susan Kelly, Adjudicator - View Full Size Image
Students who took part in the Mary Ward Public Speaking competition with Mrs Susan Kelly, Adjudicator
06/04/2017 LORETO VALUES CELEBRATED IN PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

The values of Mary Ward, foundress of Loreto education, were celebrated in the annual inter-schools debating competition between Loreto College Coleraine and Loreto Grammar School Omagh on 6th April 2017.

Hosted by Loreto College Coleraine, the competition saw students from Years 8-11 making speeches based on some of the core values of Loreto Education.  Year 8 students were asked to speak for 3 minutes on either ‘Honesty is always the best policy’ or ‘Mary Ward: a woman for all Seasons’; students from Year 9-10 spoke for up to 4 minutes on ‘The importance of good manners in today’s world’ or ‘Mary Ward is possibly the most remarkable woman of the 17th century’, while Year 11 students spoke for up to 5 minutes on ‘World Peace is an impossible dream’ or ‘Mary Ward is as relevant today as in the 17th century.’

In the Year 8 class, first place went to Peter McCool (Loreto Coleraine) and Shauna Keyes (Loreto Omagh), second place to Aoife McCarry (Loreto Coleraine) and third place to Harry Bucukoglu (Loreto Coleraine) and Rebecca McSorley (Loreto Omagh).

In the Year 9 class, Anna McGinley (Loreto Coleraine) was placed first, Katie Mulholland (Loreto Coleraine) second and Ella Duffy (Loreto Omagh) third. In Year 10, first place went to Hannah McSorley, second to Mia McCormack and third to Ailis Keyes, all Loreto Omagh.

Finally, in the Year 11 class, Orla McGovern and Una McGlinchey were joint first, while Shannon Conway and Zara McGrath were joint second (all Loreto Omagh).

Mrs Siobhan Mullan, Public Speaking Coordinator at Loreto College Coleraine, paid tribute to all the students who had taken part in the competition, commending them on the high standard of their speeches.