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Students who achieved Distinction in the Junior Certificate Examinations with Principal Mr M James at Junior Prizegiving - View Full Size Image
Students who achieved Distinction in the Junior Certificate Examinations with Principal Mr M James at Junior Prizegiving
Y8 & 9 Progress Award winners with Principal Mr M James at Junior Prizegiving - View Full Size Image
Y8 & 9 Progress Award winners with Principal Mr M James at Junior Prizegiving
Y8-10 Diligence Award winners with Principal Mr M James at Junior Prizegiving - View Full Size Image
Y8-10 Diligence Award winners with Principal Mr M James at Junior Prizegiving
Winners of Special Awards with Principal Mr M James at Junior Prizegiving - View Full Size Image
Winners of Special Awards with Principal Mr M James at Junior Prizegiving
Ulster Champions in Y10 Camogie  winners of the Father Davies Cup - View Full Size Image
Ulster Champions in Y10 Camogie winners of the Father Davies Cup

The annual Junior Prizegiving was held at Loreto College Coleraine on Monday 2th June, rewarding and celebrating the academic, extra-curricular, personal and inter-personal achievements of the College’s Junior students.  In particular, awards were presented to Year 10 students for their achievements and contribution to the life of the College as they prepare to begin their GCSE studies from next September.

Welcoming staff and Junior students to the Prizegiving, College Principal Mr Michael James said:

‘You are all very welcome to our Junior Prize-giving at the end of another very busy and successful year for the College. There has been so much to be grateful for and to celebrate this year. Our academic results saw us, placed in the top four schools in Northern Ireland in the annual league tables.  Individually, Fionnuala Keane was placed first in Northern Ireland GCSE Economics, with Cabrina Farren second in Home Economics. Sean Quinn was placed first in A Level Economics, while Aidan O’Boyle was placed third and Aoife Keane was placed second in Software Systems Development. Our performances at both GCSE and A Level in particular, have confirmed 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 in our Junior School, we are aware that it is your performances in these internal examinations that will lay the foundations for 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 can confidently predict that some of you in this hall today will be achieving similar results in years to come. I congratulate you all on your hard work and efforts, realising that each Loreto student brings a unique presence that adds so much to the life of the school. That is why today we celebrate the talents and abilities of each and every one of our pupils, not just our prize winners. As well as academic success, various individuals and teams enjoyed sporting successes this year. Our Y10 girls deserve a special mention for not only winning their netball competition, but becoming Ulster Champions in both Gaelic Football and Camogie as well - a fantastic achievement for all concerned.

‘As this academic year ends, we again face yet more budget cuts and like most other schools, we wonder how much longer we can deliver the quality of service for our pupils in this climate of unrelenting financial pressure. As the future wealth and success of any country depends on providing a suitable education for its young people, it is time for our government (wherever it may be) to allocate the appropriate funding to our schools, particularly those like our self who are involved in rationalisation under area-based planning.
From September last year, as part of this rationalisation, we have had an expanded Year 8 intake.

‘Unfortunately, the necessary development of our accommodation has got mired in planning difficulties and we remain unsure as to when this accommodation will become available. However, work is ongoing to refurbish our toilets and we are working with Department of Education officials to ensure vital improvements within the school continue. The increased enrolment provides an opportunity to deliver the broad and balanced curriculum that will meet the needs of all our students and allow each pupil to achieve excellence according to their own standards. With continued support from our parents, 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.

‘We are very proud to be a Loreto school and to be part of the wider Loreto family. Loreto education is value driven and emphasises the importance of service to others through relationships, respect and spirituality. We try to emulate the ideals of Mary Ward in our day to day working and ensure that the core values of Freedom, Joy, Truth, Sincerity and Justice are at the centre of everything we do here in school. We believe that everyone can achieve and want every student to realise their potential and to recognise that their potential has no limit. We endeavour to create positive learning spaces, where students can learn in a disciplined yet enjoyable environment – where Freedom, Joy, Truth, Sincerity and Justice are experienced each and every day.
A sense of “community” is essential in our school and that is why we are delighted that our Loreto Sisters continue to have a presence in our school, helping to support us with their prayers.  Our school community is built on mutual respect and trust, reflecting the values of the Loreto Order. It is why we are so insistent that all our pupils show respect and behave in a mannerly way, at all times. As a school, we hope that our students will grow as individuals, who will use their talents and abilities to build a more just and equitable society and create a better future for everyone. As a Loreto school we strive for spirituality and excellence in all areas and we are acutely aware that it is important to educate the whole person. We try to ensure that all our pupils develop morally, physically and spiritually as well as academically.

‘However, it is right to strive for academic excellence and to achieve the best we can in all our subjects. And so today we take time to celebrate the achievements of those junior students who have excelled in this current academic year. It is very important that we come together as a school community and celebrate the wonderful achievements of our pupils, not only those receiving prizes this afternoon, but all of our students for their industry and hard work throughout the year. In particular I would congratulate you all on your preparations for the recent summer examinations. 

‘I am delighted, as ever, with your participation in the wider school life.  Any extracurricular activity helps develop skills and creates friendships that will last long after you have left school.  It is important that as many of you as possible, avail of the wealth of opportunities provided throughout the school year, whether playing sport, singing in a choir or heading off on a school trip. This year, again, has been hugely successful in many areas and I congratulate all those who have taken part throughout the year, as well as thanking all our staff who organise and run the various activities.

‘Notable success was achieved this year at the BT Young Scientists competition in Dublin where Donal Close and Sian Donaghy won the Institute of Physics prize, with Susan McKendry highly commended in her category. They then went on to become runners-up in the Intermediate Science category at the annual Big Bang UK Scientists and Engineers Competition, one of the largest events of its kind, celebrating the achievements of young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  We congratulate them and thank their mentors Mrs Close and Mrs Brolly.

‘It's been another good year for our Gaelic Games teams, with the Y10 Girls’ Gaelic team winning the first ever junior ladies’ football competition, the Erne Shield. The Year 10 camogs then went on to beat St Pius’ High School, Magherafelt in the final of the Fr Davies Cup, becoming double Ulster champions, a fantastic achievement for all concerned. Thanks to Mr McCloskey, Mrs McGoldrick and Mr Bradley for all their efforts in this regard. The Senior boys Gaelic team, lost out to St Eunan,s at the quarter finals stage of the MacLarnon Cup competition. The Y12 Rannafast Cup team, playing in an A competition for the first year, emerged as winners of the Shield competition, beating old rivals, St Paul’s Bessbrook, in the final. This is an incredible achievement for the squad and Mr Murtagh, their coach. Meanwhile, the Year 8 Gaelic team qualified to the quarter final stages of the JM Murphy Cup with the Y10 team also reaching the Quarter Final of the Gerry Brown Cup. The Year 11 Gaelic team reached the Final of the Paddy O’Hara Cup only to lose on the day to Dean Maquire, Carrickmore. Congratulations to all the teams and their very dedicated coaches, Mrs McGoldrick, Mr Murtagh, Mr Deighan, Mr Murphy, Mr Conroy, Mr Boyle and Mr Bradley.

‘Netball and Soccer teams competed at all levels in the Coleraine and District Leagues, enjoying a great deal of success. The Senior Netball Team won their league, the Intermediate team finished as runners-up, the Junior A team won their league with the Junior B team runners-up in the same competition and the Year 8 Netball Team won the Coleraine & District Tournament. Congratulations to all the teams and their coaches, Miss McAllister, Ms Wilson and Mrs McCullough. The Year 8 Soccer Team won the Coleraine & District League title for the second year in a row, whilst the Year 9 Soccer Team also won their league having won the Y8 competition the previous year. Patrick Kelly was again selected to play soccer for Northern Ireland.  Thanks to Mr Byrne and Mr McCloskey who coached the teams.

‘On an individual level, Tara Laverty in Year 10 won a Junior Prize at the qualifying heat of the Irish Schools’ Golf Championship. At the Ulster Youth and Senior Swimming Championships, Eoin Mullan won Gold in 100m Butterfly, Silver in 200m Individual Medley and Silver in 100m. Y8 pupil Kyle Cooper represented Scotland at the National Paralympic Swimming Championships, winning three Gold medals. Kyle was also named as Sportsperson of the year at the council’s annual Awards Ceremony. Shannon Baird (Y10) competed successfully in several competitions, including winning medals at the Swim Ulster Schools Cup. At the Ulster Grammar Schools gala, Orla Quinn (Year 10), won Silver in Butterfly and Bronze in Backstroke. Oliver Burns, Jack Dihmis and Cameron Sinclair, were members of the Bann Rowing Club’s Junior 15 Eight team which won gold at the Neptune Regatta.

‘Mrs Mc Broom took over the school’s cross-country teams this year and was delighted with their success. In the NEBBSA team events, the Year 8 and Year 10 Girls both took first place. Individually, Sophia Coyle took first place and Layla O’Hara came second in the Y8 race with Niamh McGarry second in the Year 9 race and Cara McLaughlin second in the Y10 Girls. At the District Cross Country Championships, the Senior Girls team was placed second overall, with Niamh Carr winning the race. Sophia Coyle was first in the Year 8 Girls race and Niamh McGarry was second in Year 9 Girls race.

‘Niamh Carr then went on to win the Ulster Cross Country Championships and went on to success at all-Ireland level. Later in the year, she won Gold in the Senior Girls 800 and 1500m races, again qualifying for the All Ireland Finals. Niamh is certainly making her mark in cross-country and athletics and is one to watch out for in the future.  Year 11 student, Tolu Jideojo, won Bronze in the Intermediate Girls Long Jump, also qualifying for the All Ireland Finals.

‘Away from sport, Daniel Sharpe and Conor Radford represented with great distinction Loreto College at the Mount Charles Big Cook Off in association with the Irish News. Year 9 student, Grace McConnell was runner-up in the poster section of the National Youth Media Awards and several Year 11 students, as part of Shared Education with St Joseph’s and Coleraine Grammar produced a series of landscape paintings, under the guidance of local artist Sarah Carrington.  You will have seen these wonderful paintings displayed in the school foyer throughout the year.

‘Music and drama continues to thrive. Our production of ‘Footloose’ was certainly a highlight of the Autumn Term, with a week of fantastic performances to sell-out crowds. The breadth and depth of talent on display was both mesmerising and inspirational. Well done and thank you to Mrs McEwan and Mr Gallagher for their wonderful guidance and direction. Our traditional group, ably led by Mrs Close, were selected to perform in the Ulster Final of the prestigious Gael Linn Siansa competition. Some of these very talented students also competed successfully at the Ulster Fleadh, with Conrad O Coisneachan, second in Uilleann pipes, Peadar Connor, first in Clarinet, Niamh Mooney, first in Harp and Donal Close, first in piano. A fantastic achievement for all concerned and our thanks to Mrs Close for all her hard work in preparing these musicians.

‘On your behalf, I would like to thank the teachers and other staff members who give so freely of their time to provide these wonderful opportunities, whether it is school trips to New York, Berlin, Rome or Paris, our school musical or Spring Concert, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Gaelic Games, soccer, netball or cricket. This myriad of activities and sports is only possible through the selfless dedication and commitment of the staff who spend long hours preparing, planning and coaching on your behalf. I commend all of the staff involved and thank them on behalf of the school and on your behalf. As this academic year draws to a close I would encourage you all to try some of the many extracurricular activities that are on offer here in the school. 
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 Scullion, Mrs Doherty and Mrs McGoldrick, who together have a combined service of 118 years here in Loreto. Their enthusiasm for their subjects and their commitment to the students in their care has truly been a reflection of our Loreto ethos. Their time here in Coleraine has been filled with many successes both in and out of the classroom and although no-one is irreplaceable, it will be hard to replicate the unique qualities they have brought during their time in Loreto. We will miss them all and wish them well in their retirement. We were delighted to welcome several new teachers from September: Mr Bradley (Technology), Mrs Cunning (Art & Design, Contemporary Cuisine), Mrs Gormley (Biology, Junior Science), Mrs McBride (ICT, Careers), and Mrs McCloskey (Economics, Business & Careers).  We hope they have all enjoyed their first year here in Loreto.
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 and their commitment and dedication to our students is unparalleled, whether providing meals in the canteen, offering support in the classroom, taking care of the buildings or dealing with your many queries at the office.  My thanks to them all on your behalf.
My thanks also to our Governors, who are required to make many important and difficult decisions on your behalf. They give very 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. The pastoral support provided by our masses and liturgies adds greatly to our school life. These liturgies offer a focus for us all to come together and share in celebration, prayer and reflection. They are central to our Catholic ethos and are an essential part of life in Loreto.

‘As I have previously mentioned, our Loreto education tries to allow you to mature and develop as a person and encourages you to use your talents and abilities in the service of others. We see our ethos being lived out by the action of our pupils who volunteer in their parishes as part of the Pope John Paul Award, or by joining ‘Habitat for Humanity’ to build houses in developing countries. This year, Miss Galbraith was joined by several of our pupils on her annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes – a wonderful and very memorable experience for them all. We enrich our own lives by helping and giving to others and I am always humbled by your generosity in this regard. 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 £5054. Whilst at Christmas, thirty large hampers were collected and distributed by our SVP group and an impressive 371 shoeboxes were collected to bring joy and hope to those most in need. All Year 8 students took part in a Sponsored Walk to raise funds for Action MS and 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.

‘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 you have an important role to play in its future development. And my challenge to you is to make Loreto the best school it can be, by looking after each other, looking after our buildings and looking after the environment; as well as striving for the highest standards of manners, respect and courtesy, expected of Loreto students. Let us commit to making our school free from litter, free from bullying and to ensuring that the behaviour of each and every one of us reflects the words of our Loreto prayer.  It takes very little to say please, thank you, excuse me; to be kind or to offer help, but it has a huge impact on those who hear your words or who experience your kindness or help.

‘And invariably that is what I experience from you. I thank you for your cooperation throughout the year and the polite and pleasant manner you have displayed. I am extremely proud to be Principal of your school and I hope that you are equally proud to be its pupils. Thank you.’

The prizes were presented as follows, by members of the College’s Senior Staff, Year Heads and Heads of Department:

Minnie Dihmis
Cathal Doherty
Sean Faulkner
Johanna Staats-Howard
Emily Kurth
Sinead McAlister
Klara McCahon
Mary Kate McCloskey
Charlie McDevitt
Aishlinn Moore
Hannah Ruth Mullan
Zisary Wisener

Ellie Dillon
Alicia Doherty
Kerry Frizzell
Sean McAleese
Michael McAtamney
Eva McBride
Grace McClements
Sean McKelvey
Lucie McVicker
Edward Mulholland
Eilis Mullan
Oran Tosh

Jodie Canning
Tori Colson-Rice
David Farren
Isobel Healy
Anna McGinley
Cara McLaughlin
Katie Mulholland
Lucy O’Kane
Darcy Peacock
Orla Quinn

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

Sophie Connor
Kiera Culleton
Callum Doherty
Megan Feeney
Matthew Fish
Abbie Gilpin
Tori Macfarlane
Amelia Murphy
Caitlin Thom
Dominik Wolski

Cameron Blair
Elizabeth Cassidy
Sarah Casson
Darlene Gaile
Ellie McKinney
Jack O’Kane
Paulina Olender
Cameron Sinclair
Josh Starrett
Oran Taylor

Clodagh Calvert
Caitlin Rose Cassidy
Conor Irwin
Orla Lafferty
Eunan Mc Gonigle
Grace McIntyre
Matthew Moore
Jude Mullan
Zoe Taylor
Shay Templeton
Lauren Thom

8A  Tori McFarland
8B  Sophie Connor
8C  Hannah Ruth Mullan
8D  Kyle Cooper
8E  Shannon Hunt
8F  Alisha Doherty
8G  Ethan McCrudden

9A  John McHenry
9B  Eva McBride
9C  Briannon McLaughlin
9D  Hannah Murphy
9E  Caleb Wood

10A  Nadia Pritchard
10B  Tara Laverty
10C  Megan Coyle
10D  Orla Cunningham
10E  Nadine McAlister

8A  Niklas Rozmirek
8B  Kacper Biesiadecki
8C  Grace Dorrian
8D  Laura Finlay
8E  Oliwia Porebska
8F  Charlie Philson
8G  Klara McCahon

9A  Aaron Campbell
9B  Peter McCool
9C  Thomas McDonnell
9D  Oran Tosh
9E  Mia Service

10A  Eimear McGill
10B  Cahir McNicholl
10C  Connor Radford
10D  Ellie Bancroft
10E  Niall McKeever

8A  Cain Friel
8B  Amelia Murphy
8C  Hannah Staats-Howard
8D  Eimear Bryson
8E  Sean Faulkner
8F  Joshua Gibson
8G  Orla McHenry

9A  Filip Podsada
9B  Amy Darragh
9C  Katy Keene
9D  Cora McEwan
9E  Orla Mullan

10A  Ola Krystowska
10B  Jodie Canning
10C  Anna O’Kane
10D  Brona McLaughlin
10E  Felix Kilmartin

8A  Caitlin Thom
8B  Courtney McGillan
8C  Molly Mullan
8D  Emily Kurth
8E  Katie Potter
8F  Kiera Culleton
8G  Caitlin Bullock

9A  Enda Rogan
9B  Sean McKelvey
9C  Aimee Moffatt
9D  Jack McNeill
9E  Michael McCloskey

10A  Mairead Frizzell
10B  Niall Owens
10C  Neeve Campbell
10D  John Quinn
10E  Owen Benson

8A  Conor McColgan
8B  Sean Kepta
8C  Calvin McIntyre
8D  Megan Feeney
8E  Charlie McDevitt
8F  Sarah-May McKinley
8G  Mary Kate McCloskey

9A  Paulina Olender
9B  Ellie Dillon
9C  Orna Taylor
9D  Aoife McIlvar
9E  Flynn Greene

10A  Hannah Francis
10B  Tori Colson-Rice
10C  Orla Lafferty
10D  Patrick Black
10E  Darcy Peacock

8A  Tiernan Moore
8B  Niamh Connolly
8C  Sophie Coyle
8D  Sinead McAlister
8E  Ben Smith
8F  Natalia Jablonowska
8G  Niamh Murray

9A  Zofia Czajka
9B  Michael McAtamney
9C  Olivia McKeever
9D  Colleen Heaney
9E  Ellie McLaughlin

10A  Joel Ferguson
10B  Niall Owens
10C  Anton McIntyre
10D  Brona McGonigle
10E  Maria Carr

Oisin Bradley 8G
Niamh Connolly 8B
Kyle Cooper 8D
Alisha Doherty 8F
Amy Doherty 8F
Joshua Gibson 8F
Oisin Kelly 8G
Ethan McCrudden 8G
Dominic O’Hara 8E
Corey O’Kane 8E
Amelia Regulinska 8D
Zisary Wisener 8G

Megan Cushnahan 9D
Jack O’Kane 9B

Top Readers in Year 8 (Based on books borrowed from the Library)
Khira Bouchiba 8E
Zita Chan 8F
Alisha Doherty 8F
Grace Dorrian 8C
Caoimhe McGarry 8E
Orla McHenry 8G
Niamh Murray 8G
Caitlin Stewart 8A

Year 8 ICT:
Grace Dorrian 8C
Year 9 ICT:
Oran Tosh 9D

Religious Education Awards:
Year 8: Charlie McDevitt 8E
Year 9: Colleen Heaney 9D

Year 8 Drama:
Cahal Doherty 8D
Grace Dorrian 8C
Caitlin Bullock 8G
Year 9 Drama:
Harry Bucukoglu 9A
Cora McEwan 9D

Outstanding Achievement in Public Speaking:
Peter McCool 9B

Best Contribution to School Magazine:
Peter McCool 9B
Grace Dorrian 8C

Shakespeare Prize for Best Essay on Shakespeare in Year 10:
Conor McNicholl 10A
Adam Lawlor 10B

Athlete of the Year
Year 8:
Conor McGarry 8C
Layla O’Hara 8D
Year 9:
Cameron Sinclair 9A
Zofia Czjaka 9A
Year 10:
Conrad O Coisneachain 10E
Cara McLaughlin 10E 

Swimmer of the Year
Year 8:
Hannah Staats Howard 8C
Kyle Cooper 8D

Conor McNicholl 10A

Cara McLaughlin 10E

Cara McLaughlin 10E

Home Economics:
Daniel Sharpe 10A

Le Prix Francais:
Katie Mulhollland

Gael Õg na Bliana:
Anna McGinley 10E

Anna McGinley 10E

El Premio de Espanol:
Darcy Peacock 10E

Conrad O Coisneachain 10E
Young Artist & Designer:
Katie Mulholland 10E

Adam Lawlor 10B
Lisamarie Benson 10D

Anna McGinley 10E

Religious Education:
Anna McGinley 10E

Peadar Connor 10C

Generosity and Commitment:
Jodie Canning 10B

Orla Cunningham

Contribution to Sporting Life of the College at KS3:
Cara McLaughlin

Participation in School Life:
Lucy O’Kane
Cara McLaughlin

Sunshine Award:
Clodagh Calvert

Contribution to Loreto Ethos in Junior School:
Anna McGinley 10E
Adam Lawlor 10B