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A scene from Santa's Grotto - View Full Size Image
A scene from Santa's Grotto
Happy smiles in Santa's Kitchen - View Full Size Image
Happy smiles in Santa's Kitchen
The Funtime Frankies (Y14) in the Loreto's Got Talent competition - View Full Size Image
The Funtime Frankies (Y14) in the Loreto's Got Talent competition
Y10 dancers who performed at the Loreto's Got Talent competition - View Full Size Image
Y10 dancers who performed at the Loreto's Got Talent competition
06/01/2008 FESTIVE FUND-RAISING AT LORETO COLLEGE

The Autumn term came to its traditional close at Loreto College Coleraine with the annual Mission Day.  Raising money for the Loreto Missions, with particular emphasis on the Loreto schools in Entally and Calcutta, India, the Mission Day is a Christmas tradition at Loreto College Coleraine.  Students took part in a vast array of fund-raising activities in the course of the day – ceilis, five-a-side soccer tournaments, hotly-contested bingo games and a staff vs. boys soccer match were among the activities on offer.  For many, the highlight was a visit to Santa’s Grotto – students were able to engage in reasoned, thoughtful debate with the resident Santa, as well as having their fortunes told by the Mysterious Mrs Claus.  A very popular attraction was Santa’s Kitchen – the café opened for the day in the Home Economics department, serving a variety of seasonal delicacies throughout the morning.  A popular new addition this year was the Loreto’s Got Talent competition.  Following three weeks of auditions and rehearsals attracting over forty groups of would-be performers, the entrants were whittled down to a final twenty.  These talented groups performed for two separate capacity audiences in the College Hall, to be met with a mixture of praise and criticism from four judges from among the teaching staff.  The winners of the morning session, performing in front of a Junior audience, were Maria Mooney and Stephen McNicholl, while the afternoon show, with a Senior audience, was won by Claire Hill, Dearbhla McCotter and Shane McLaughlin.

The Mission Day raised a total of just over £6000 for its designated cause, which will be received with great appreciation from the Loreto sisters in India and Peru, who have close links with their sister establishment in Coleraine.  The students and the teachers who co-ordinated all these events were congratulated on this magnificent total by Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College.