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Y8 Academic Award winners at Junior Prizegiving with Mr M James, College Principal - View Full Size Image
Y8 Academic Award winners at Junior Prizegiving with Mr M James, College Principal
Y9 Academic Award winners at Junior Prizegiving with Mr M James, College Principal - View Full Size Image
Y9 Academic Award winners at Junior Prizegiving with Mr M James, College Principal
Y10 Junior Certificate Distinction Award winners with Mr M James, College Principal - View Full Size Image
Y10 Junior Certificate Distinction Award winners with Mr M James, College Principal
Y8/9 Progress Award winners at Junior Prizegiving with Mr M James, College Principal - View Full Size Image
Y8/9 Progress Award winners at Junior Prizegiving with Mr M James, College Principal
Y8-10 Diligence Award winners at Junior Prizegiving with Mr M James, College Principal - View Full Size Image
Y8-10 Diligence Award winners at Junior Prizegiving with Mr M James, College Principal

The annual Junior Prizegiving was held at Loreto College Coleraine on Tuesday 27th June, as the academic year drew towards its conclusion. The Prizegiving highlights the academic, personal, extra-curricular and inter-personal successes of the Year 8-10 students of the College and is a celebration and commendation of these achievements and qualities.

Welcoming the Year 8-10 students and their teachers to the Prizegiving, Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, said:

“You are all very welcome to our Junior Prize-giving at the end of another very busy and successful year for the College, although unfortunately another year wrought with sadness. As we were preparing for our Christmas Tests, the whole school community was shocked by the tragic and untimely death of year 10 pupil, Reece Meenan.  And whether as a close friend, an acquaintance, a teacher or staff member, we were all touched in some way by his death. Although we cannot fully understand this loss of life, we recognise that we were enriched in some way by Reece’s presence in our community and we continue to keep him, his family and his friends in our thoughts and prayers. In the midst of the sadness felt by our extended community, I was very heartened by your response and the genuine sense of togetherness that developed. As ever, your humanity and support for each other left me humbled and filled with admiration.

“There has also been much to be grateful for and to celebrate this year. Our academic results saw us, once again, placed in the top fifteen schools in Northern Ireland in the annual league tables.  These performances at both GCSE and A Level confirm Loreto College as the leading school in the area and this is something of which everyone here should feel rightly proud. And today, as we celebrate the academic successes of you our Junior School, we are aware that it is your performances that will lead to continued success in the future. Having just completed all the Junior reports I am glad to say that this group of students in front of me has been able to maintain the high standards of previous years and I congratulate you all on your hard work and efforts. 

“This year, as well as academic success, various individuals and teams enjoyed sporting successes. Who can forget the wonderful performance of our Y11 boys winning a Senior Ulster title in Gaelic football for the first time; or the musical brilliance of our traditional group playing at the Siansa final; as well as the fantastic success of our Young Scientists gaining the title as best school in Northern Ireland? We realise that each Loreto student brings a unique presence that adds so much to the life of the school and today we celebrate the talents and abilities of each and every one of our pupils, not just our prize winners.

“I am delighted that the Loreto Sisters still remain such a vibrant presence in our school and we thank them for their continued support and prayers. We are very proud of our Loreto heritage and we try to emulate the ideals of Mary Ward in our day to day working. Loreto education is value driven and emphasises the importance of relationships, respect and spirituality. Our core values of Freedom, Joy, Truth, Sincerity and Justice are at the centre of everything we do here in school and we hope that in the future our students will use their talents to help build a more just and equitable society and create a better future for everyone.
Once again, as the academic year draws to a close, we face further budget cuts and like most other schools, we wonder how much longer we can survive in a climate of unrelenting financial austerity. There is universal recognition that the future wealth and success of our country depends on a good education for our youth and so it is time for government (wherever it may be) to allocate the appropriate funding to schools. From this September, Loreto College will expand its Year 8 intake with St Joseph’s beginning a phased closure. This increased enrolment provides an opportunity to deliver a broader curriculum, designed to meet the needs of all students, focussing on educating the individual and allowing each person to achieve excellence according to their own standards. However, it needs financial support from the Department of Education to ensure its success. Perhaps, given the announcement from London yesterday, this may now happen. With this support, I have every confidence that we will continue to offer a wide variety of opportunities and a first-class education to all pupils who come to us, as well as having an opportunity to educate more students to share in our traditional Loreto values.

“Of course, as already alluded to, the academic achievement of our students remains highly significant. So we take time today to celebrate the achievements of those junior students who have excelled in some way in this current academic year. It is very important that we as staff and pupils take this opportunity to celebrate and take pride in the achievements of our school. I congratulate all our students for their industry and hard work throughout the year and in particular their preparation for the recent summer examinations. 

“School life, in Loreto, is about educating the whole person and that is why I am delighted, once again, with your participation in the wider school life.  Participating in extracurricular activities brings a wealth of opportunities and develops friendships and skills that will last long after you have left school.  This year, again, has been hugely successful in a range of areas and I congratulate all those who have participated throughout out the year, as well as thanking the teachers who have given so freely of their time to help organise and run the various activities.

“Notable success was achieved this year at the BT Young Scientists competition in Dublin where Emmett Brolly received the Senior Individual award in the Chemistry, Physics and Mathematical Sciences category.  Donal Close and Sian Donaghy won a special award for the Best Project from Northern Ireland, with Loreto College named Best School in Northern Ireland to crown a wonderful week of achievement. Five students then went on to win awards at the annual Big Bang Fair one of the largest events of its kind in the UK, celebrating the achievements of young people in STEM.  We congratulate the pupils and thank their Mentors Mrs Close and Mrs Brolly.

“It's been another good year for our Gaelic Games teams, starting off with the Junior Camogie team narrowly losing in the Ulster Final of their competition. In Gaelic football, the Senior team, following a replay, were narrowly defeated at the quarter finals stage of the MacLarnon Cup competition. The Y12 Arthur’s Cup team also made it to the quarter final stage, with the Y9 team reaching the semi-final of the Faul Cup. Meanwhile, the Year 8 Gaelic team qualified to the final stages of their blitz and the Y10 team made it through to the semi-final of the McDevitt Cup. The Y11 team went one better, when they emerged as Treanor Cup Ulster champions following a tightly-contested Final against St Paul’s High School Bessbrook. Continuing our recent success in hurling, the Y12 hurlers won the Maquire Cup to become Ulster Champions for a fourth year. The Y8 Hurlers also became Ulster champions and the Year 9 Hurlers made it to the semi-final of the Reihill Cup. Congratulations to all the teams and their very dedicated coaches, Mrs McGoldrick, Mr Murtagh, Mr Deighan, Mr Murphy, Mr Conroy, Mr Boyle and Mr McAfee.

“Soccer teams competed at all levels in the Coleraine and District Leagues, whilst the Netball teams did likewise. The Year 8 soccer team emerged victorious in the final of the annual Coleraine and District League and Y8 Patrick Kelly was selected to play soccer for Northern Ireland.  A combined Year 9 and Year 8 netball team won an Inter-Schools Netball Tournament, hosted by Dominican College, whilst the Y8 girls won the NEBSSA title. The Year 8 cricket team had a successful first year, winning the local Blitz for developing schools. Again, thanks to all the coaches of these teams, Mr Byrne, Mr McCloskey, Ms Wilson, Mrs McCullough and Mr Kildea.

“On an individual level, Niamh McGarry took a wonderful second place in the Ulster Cross-country Championship. Travis Brown won Gold in the Ulster Open Weightlifting Championships and Nicolas Moore won the U14/15 Celtic Crossfit Games.  Sophie Price, won a national judo title and Oran and Aidan Somers both received their Karate Black Belts. At the Ulster Schools swimming gala, Year 8 student Niamh McGarry won Silver in the 50M Freestyle, Eoin Mullan won silver in both the 100M Butterfly and 200M Individual Medley events. Shannon Baird was second in the Breaststroke and Orla Quinn was third in Individual Medley, with our relay team placed third.

“Away from sport, our Irish department was thrilled when a Year 10 team took part in the Gael Linn Quiz, finishing in an outstanding second place in the Ulster Final. In the Credit Union Art & Design competition, Roksana Strugala was placed second and Caitlin Campbell was third whilst in another age category, Josephine Johnson was placed first, Adam Lawlor was second and Wiktoria Czerwinska was third. Corey Cassidy won his section of the all-Ireland Texaco Art Competition and Anna McGinley took first place in the annual Seamus Heaney poetry competition.

“The Junior Drama Club staged its first Autumn Show, presenting extracts from Matilda, Bugsy Malone and The Wizard of Oz.  Working under the direction of Year 13 and Year 14 Theatre Studies students, the Junior pupils presented really wonderful performances.  A host of students obtained distinctions in their Trinity piano and singing exams and the Junior and Senior Choirs, conducted by Mrs Sharkey, performed to a sell-out audience as they joined the world renowned ‘Priests’ in concert. A set dancing team composed entirely of Loreto pupils won the Scór na nÓg Ulster final and our traditional group, Tieg Tara, having won through the Ulster competition, represented the College in the All Ireland Final of the Gael Linn Siansa competition in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. A fantastic achievement for all concerned and our thanks to Mrs Close for all her hard work in preparing the musicians and dancers.

“On your behalf, I would like to thank the teachers and other staff members who give so freely of their time to support you in all these various activities and sports. It is only through their selfless dedication and commitment that it is possible for these to happen at all. As the school year comes to an end I would encourage all of you to get involved next year in some of the many extra curricular activities that the school provides every day of every week.  You will have opportunities to make new friends, travel to different places, learn to be a team member and grow in confidence and self-belief.

“In the future, the true test of our education will be how we have allowed you to have matured and developed as a person and how you use your talents and abilities to help others.  One of the ways we all contribute to this in school, is our support for the school’s designated charities and I would like to thank and congratulate you all for your commitment to those less fortunate and in need of our help. You responded magnificently to this year’s Trocaire appeal by raising over £6000. Whilst at Christmas, thirty large hampers were collected and distributed by our SVP group and an impressive 312 shoeboxes were collected to bring joy and hope to those most in need. You also raised large sums for several cancer charities as well as supporting our own Loreto missions. In particular, I would like to commend Mrs McCool for her hard work and commitment coordinating all these efforts.

“On your behalf, I want to say a special thank you to our teachers for their continued professionalism and commitment. I feel proud and honoured to have them as colleagues in our school and I am convinced that there is no finer staff in any school. I am confident that they provide a level of service that is truly outstanding and I commend them to you and thank them on your behalf.

“At this time of year, we also take time to thank those staff members who will not be returning next year as they move on to pastures new and to different challenges. This year in particular we say a fond farewell to Mr Cunning, Mr McGouran and Mr McKay, who together have a combined service of 105 years here in Loreto. Their enthusiasm and commitment to their students has been a hallmark of their time here in Coleraine and although no-one is irreplaceable it will be hard to replicate the unique qualities they have brought during their time in Loreto. We wish them well in their retirement.

“My thanks to all our support staff for the wonderful job they do on your behalf. They play a vitally important role in maintaining the quality of services, buildings and grounds. My thanks also to our Governors, who are required to make many important and difficult decisions on your behalf. They give so generously of their time and expertise and always have the best interests of the College and its students at heart.

“Thanks also to our Religious Education Department and the many visiting Priests for the time and effort they put into organising and celebrating our liturgies and retreats throughout the year. Their pastoral support, particularly during recent times of crises, has been wonderful and is greatly appreciated. In times of need they have provided a focus for us all to come together and share in prayer and reflection and their presence is central to our Catholic ethos.

“My thanks, as always, to the Loreto Community both here in Coleraine and further afield. Their prayers and support this year and every year are a valuable source of strength and we look forward to their continued presence in the school in the future.

“Finally, my thanks to you all here today. You, our pupils, are what make Loreto College so special. You are all key members of our school community and we greatly appreciate your own unique talents and qualities. Loreto College is your school and I challenge you to make it the best school it can be, by looking after our buildings and environment as well as striving to the highest standards of manners, respect and courtesy. I thank you for your cooperation throughout the year and the polite and pleasant manner you invariably display. I am extremely proud to be Principal of this school and I hope that you are equally proud to be its pupils. Thank you.”

The prizes were distributed as follows, and were presented by Mr James, as well as by the Heads of Years 8, 9 and 10 and by various Heads of Department.


Harry Bucukoglu
Ellie Dillon
Alicia Doherty
Sean McAleese
Michael McAtamney
Eva McBride
Grace McClements
Peter McCool
Eilis Mullan
Oran Tosh

Tori Colson-Rice
Jack Dihmis
Jodie Canning
Peadar Connor
David Farren
Isobel Healy
Anna McGinley
Cara McLaughlin
Conor McNicholl
Katie Mulholland
Catherine Mullan
Lucy O’kane
Darcy Peacock
Orla Quinn

This certificate is awarded to all Yr10 pupils in recognition of their academic performance, application and diligence.


Odhran Doherty
Aoife Ferguson
Darlene Gaile
Julia Gosch
Katy Keene
Conor McCloskey
Ellie McKinney
Ellie McLaughlin
Jack O’Kane
Leah Scullion

Ellie Bancroft
Lisamarie Benson
Owen Benson
Patrick Black
Eunan Boylan
Conan Bradley
Alexandra Brooks
James Brown
Kasey Buck
Kasper Budyn

Dervla Bradley
Clodagh Brennan
Conn Kilmartin
Cliona McIntyre
Tepenga McMullan
Chloe Mullan
Ella O’Callaghan
Christian Quigley
Sean Scullion
Anna Toner

8A  Rose Christopher
8B  Aoife McCarry
8C  Orla Mullan
8D  Zofia Czajka
8E  Sorcha Doherty

9A  Hannah Francis
9B  Ellie Archer
9C  Grace McIntyre
9D  Orla Cunningham
9E  Ciara McAlary

10A  Matthew McGowan
10B  Meabh Bryson
10C  Naomh McAlister
10D  Dervla Bradley
10E  Conn Kilmartin

8A  Jack McNeill
8B  Pearse McNally
8C  Ruairi Martin
8D  Lucie McVicker
8E  Michael McAllister

9A  Nadia Pritchard
9B  Euan Simpson
9C  Megan Coyle
9D  Eabh McIlvenny
9E  Felix Kilmartin

10A  Travis Brown
10B  Evan Wright
10C  Charlie McKnight
10D  Peter Clarke
10E  Peter Mullan

8A  Amy Darragh
8B  Sophie White
8C  Cara Kearney
8D  Peter McCool
8E  Grace McClements

9A  Jamie Logue
9B  Sofia Genovese
9C  Neeve Campbell
9D  Shay Templeton
9E  Nadine McAlister

10A  Rhiannon McNicholl
10B  Jack McGill
10C  Aine Apperley
10D  Aoife Turner
10E  Emma Hickinson

8A  Callum McVeigh
8B  Leah Scullion
8C Courtney Mullan
8D  Eva Kealey
8E  John McHenry

9A  Wiktoria Czerwinska
9B  Adam Lawlor
9C  Connor Radford
9D  Travis Corbett
9E  Mirek Bukowski

10A  Hirek Cichy
10B  Eoin Mullan
10C  Jack Walton
10D  Conor McAleese
10E  Niamh Mooney

8A  Jessica Scott
8B  Cara Quigg
8C  Megan Cushnahan
8D  Cora McEwan
8E  Anita Silakowska

9A  Holly McIntyre
9B  Catriona Cassidy
9C  Anna O’Kane
9D  Erin McKeever
9E  Katie Donnelly

10A  Maddie McCormack
10B  Hannah Taylor
10C  Chloe Starrett
10D  Zuzia Mis
10E  Cara McDonald

8A  Michael McCloskey
8B  Colleen McColgan
8C  Aoife McIlvar
8D  Orna Taylor
8E  Paulina Olender

9A  Sam Haveron
9B  James McDowell
9C  Erin Ferguson
9D  Mary Doran
9E  Niall McKeever

10A  Roksana Strugala
10B  Patrycja Zaruska
10C  Cathal Christopher
10D  Stephen McAllister
10E  Nicolas Moore


Erin Daly 8B
Finn Kelly 8B
Grace McClements 8E
Cora McEwan 8D
Emma McKnight 8D
Emmet McMorrough 8C

Neeve Campbell 9C
Josephine Johnson 9A
Eimear Maguire 9B
James McDowell 9B
Anna McGinley 9E
Jude Mullan 9B
Lucy O’Kane 9C
Connor Radford 9C

Cheyanne Corbett 10E
Nikola Felinska 10A
John McErlean 10D
Orla McEwan 10A
Grainne Purcell 10D
Aaron Wallace 10D

Top Readers in Year 8 (Based on books borrowed from the Library)

Elizabeth Cassidy 8B
Erin Daly 8B
Ellie Dillon 8B
Caoilin Egan 8B
Jessica Scott 8A
Anita Silakowska 8E
Zuzanna Zietala 8A

Outstanding Achievement in Public Speaking:
Anna McGinley 9E
Peter McCool 8D
Best Contribution to School Magazine:
Philippa Pitt 9D
Year 8 ICT:
Noah Grove 8E
Year 9 ICT:
Connor Radford 9C
Top Year 8 Geography Investigations:
Eilis Mullan 8D
Oran Tosh 8A
Top Year 9 Geography Investigations:
Cara McLaughlin 9E
Daniel Sharpe 9A
Religious Education Awards:
Oran Tosh 8A
Lucy O’Kane 9C
Year 8 Drama:
Frankie Pollington 8E
Eva McBride 8A
Cora McEwan 8D
Year 9 Drama:
James McDowell 9B
Lisamarie Benson 9D
UK Junior Maths Challenge Gold Award:
Conor McNicholl 9A
Mirek Bukowski 9E
Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Music:
Niamh Mooney 10E
Ronan Close 9E

Athlete of the Year:
Year 8:
Patrick Kelly 8D
Niamh McGarry 8C
Year 9:
Conrad O’Coisneachain 9C
Erin Ferguson 9C
Year 10:
Charlie McKnight 10C
Tolulope Jide-Ojo 10B

Swimmer of the Year:
Year 8:
Oisin McNicholl 8C
Niamh MGarry 8C
Matthew Boyle-McAree 10B
Kelan O’Kane 10B
Home Economics:
Meabh Bryson 10B
Young Artist & Designer:
Teresa Sobocinska 10C
Le Prix Francais:
Teresa Sobocinska 10C
Shakespeare Prize for Best Essay on Shakespeare in Year 10:
Teresa Sobocinska 10C  
Tolulope Jide-Ojo 10B
Gael Õg na Bliana:
Caitlin Campbell 10D
El Premio de Espanol:
Matthew McGowan 10A
Cheyanne Corbett 10E
Orla McEwan 10A
Matthew McGowan 10A
Meabh Bryson 10B
Conn Kilmartin 10E
Aoife Turner 10D
Religious Education:
Charlie McKnight 10C
Generosity and Commitment:
Hannah Taylor 10B
Cathal Christopher 10C
Contribution to Sporting Life of College at KS3:
Tolulope Jide-Ojo 10B
Participation in School Life:
Aine Apperley 10C 
Sunshine Award:
Caitlin Campbell 10D
Caoimhe Campbell 10D
Contribution to Loreto Ethos in Junior School:
Niamh Mooney 10E
Roksana Strugala 10A