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The annual Senior Prizegiving took place at Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, on the evening of Wednesday 17th September 2008.  The Prizegiving highlights the academic, personal and community achievements of the College’s Senior students, and the guest speaker at this year’s event was Mr Donal Sayers.

Mr Sayers was welcomed to the event by Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College.  A past pupil and former Head Boy of the College, Mr Sayers is now working as a barrister in Belfast, having studied Law at Queen’s University.  In an inspiring and thought-provoking speech, he talked of how he had taken the principle of being an agent of social change from the Kolkata Guidelines, which underlie the Loreto philosophy of education, and tried to make this concept an integral part of his life on both a personal and a professional basis.  He outlined how social change may happen, from the smallest of scales, such as personal decisions about environmental or financial decisions, to the more noticeable, explaining how he has tried to enact these principles in his professional life.  He urged the students present to live the principles of integrity and conscience which they have learned at school in their adult lives, and to use their abilities and talents to ensure the promotion of justice and equality in the world.  Congratulating the students on their achievements, Mr Sayers also reminisced very fondly about his own time at Loreto College – a time which, he said, had had a huge impact on both his personal and professional identity.

Having thanked Mr Sayers for his interesting and inspiring words, Mr Lenehan continued:

“We are going through a period of unprecedented change in education and a period of unprecedented uncertainty.  Curricular, structural, demographic, financial and changes to transfer procedures are the most significant of these changes and uncertainties; there are of course many others.  In fact we might well conclude that change is the only constant.

“A common theme running through all of these changes is accountability.  There is much greater accountability than ever before and this continues to increase.  It’s the same in every workplace – we in education aren’t alone in this respect.

“The cost of education in Northern Ireland is 1.8 billion.  This is public money and the Government is entitled, on your behalf, to ask how it is spent.  The Government is also increasingly linking education to the economy, jobs and wealth creation.  The emergence of a global economy and competition from newly emerging countries like China and India has contributed to a significant change in defining the purpose and function of education in this generation.  We have moved much further away from seeing and defining education as intrinsically beneficial in its own right to seeing it as a tool of the economy.  We can see this in the changes to the curriculum and courses in schools and universities.  Long gone are the classics – Latin, Greek, Ancient History; Sciences declining alarmingly; modern languages no longer compulsory, to quote some examples; to be replaced by vocationally/job orientated courses in schools and universities.  This is not to say that one is or was better than the other, but it is to say that it is very different.

“The unprecedented speed of change can leave individuals, geographic regions, countries even in its wake and it is creating greater and greater inequality at every level.  Who could have foreseen the impact of the “Celtic Tiger” and the speed with which it has transformed Ireland, for good and ill or more recently with which the credit crunch and recession have brought us back down to earth.  Much of the world’s troubles, at whatever level, be it local, national and international, have their roots in inequality and injustice.  And we all know that this can manifest itself in the most inhumane and violent ways.

“So it is worth asking what are the universal “givens” of education, or what ought they to be?

“What the function of education is has changed from age to age and from culture to culture.  However the values that underpin education are universal, values that are essentially what make us human and conform to social patterns of behaviour.  Education has therefore a universal humanizing function with values at its heart.  The Loreto Order’s educational philosophy has at its core Justice, Peace, Love, Sincerity and Truth.  The adult reflecting back on their experience of school will remember how he/she was helped over or through a particular difficulty, the kindnesses shown, the teacher who helped, rather than what curriculum was the flavour of the month when they were at school or what Shakespearian play they did in Year 10.

“So I would like, if I may, to take a few minutes to explore one aspect of these core values.  It is not an issue that is likely to have you riveted to your seats.  But nurturing it in young people can be “so rewarding.  I have referred in previous addresses to the Kolkata guidelines – a set of core principles drawn up by representatives from Loreto schools worldwide meeting in Kolkata, India in 2002.  These guidelines are being used to inform and guide Loreto education throughout their international network of schools.  They are challenging; they are not easy; and we cannot fail to take account of them as a Loreto school.  The one I would like to say a little about is the Commitment to being an Agent of Social Change.  Of this the Kolkata guidelines say

 ‘The promotion of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation is a Gospel imperative and a priority within Loreto/IBVM education.  Loreto/IBVM educators recognise their responsibility to develop agents of social change who will commit themselves to building a better world.   This is not an option but an integral part of the educational process.’

“This is of course wholly consistent with the core values of Justice, Truth etc referred to earlier.  But what does this rather stark statement mean? – Agents of Social Change.  Well it means confronting pupils with the stark divisions and injustices in the world and the impact these have on individual people and communities marginalised by these same divisions and injustices.

“But if we are to develop our pupils as agents of social change then it is not enough to confront pupils with these stark divisions and injustices in our world.  We want them to take action that will impact positively upon them, whatever these actions are or however small or large they may be.  I’m sure you are all familiar with the story of the thousands of jellyfish stranded on the shore and the two individuals, having come upon them, discuss how hopeless it would be to do anything given their numbers.  But one of the individuals does act, placing individual jellyfish in deeper water.  For each one of these individuals his action was everything.  We can show empathy and compassion but on its own this will not make a great deal of practical difference.

“Those of you who are of my generation I’m sure will recall a part of your primary school days that remain very vivid for me.  Each Friday my mother would give us all a penny to bring to school for the missions.  We knew there were poor children in Africa because my mother also contributed to the African Missions magazine and would often show us the pictures in the Mission magazine.  But we really didn’t have a notion where Africa was and being so young didn’t care much either.  It was only when you didn’t eat your cabbage or left some of your porridge that the connection was made and she would scold – “if you were those poor little children out in Africa you would eat all your cabbage up”.  Of course her intentions for Africa and our nutrition were noble.  We won’t empower young minds to act where there is need by making them feel guilty or by demanding of them that somehow it is their duty to act.  These may impact in the short term but are unlikely to sustain in the longer term.

“There are very well observed and documented stages of development that we have all gone through whatever age we grew up in.  As parents and teachers we need to be careful that what we expose our pupils to and expect from them is matched to these stages of development.  There are very powerful forces at work which do not respect this principle – advertising, the media, the fashion and music industries frequently blur the lines, compelling young people to behave in particular ways and exposing them to trivia and role-models that are anything but wholesome.  We can’t make these disappear but we can equip our pupils to be discerning, to be able to handle these stresses and strains and most importantly, to be able to move on.

“It is what our pupils experience at depth that they will form a genuine understanding for and empathy towards.  And it is this that will shape their decisions.  Depth of knowledge and the fullest range of experiences, appropriate to their age, allowing young people to become aware of injustice and the suffering that goes with it, and engaging young people actively in outreach programmes as they get older will help develop them as caring, discerning and independent adults and acting adults.

“We have Year 14 pupils who have gone out to India, Africa, S E Asia, Romania with the missionary zeal to give and to help the poor and disadvantaged in these areas – isn’t that wonderful in pupils so young.  Reflecting on their experiences will create the “right stuff” to do the same in whatever walk of life they pursue.
“Being an agent of social change as envisaged in the Loreto Kolkata guidelines does not mean that as a school we can expect to advance the solutions to inequality and justice issues and solve the problems of the world at one fell swoop.  No.  What it does mean is that we have a duty, in partnership with you as parents, to ensure that our pupils are nurtured and developed in every way, that their talents and potential are fully realised.  And in achieving this we have young men and women who are aware of the inequality/justice issues, have had exposure and first hand experience of these issues, and who want to notice and respond to those in need because they know it is the right thing to do.  That, boys and girls, is the challenge for you.

Saint Francis of Assisi, in encouraging his disciples to do likewise, said to them
‘Go spread the good news and if necessary use words’.

‘Don’t criticise your neighbour until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins’
is the old N American Indian saying that resonates so vividly with what we should develop in young people.”

Mr Lenehan then went on to summarise the events and achievements of the 2007-2008 academic year.

“We provide a great range of extra-curricular activity, sport and opportunities for pupils participating in the wider life of the College and so many pupils give generously of their time to give back to the College.  We firmly believe that this participation complements the academic life of the school, helping to develop the many different attributes of our students, whilst making a great contribution to the life of the College and the individual pupils.

“In Gaelic games teams competed in the Casement Cup, the McLarnon, the Herald and Loch an Iúir Cups, captained by Colm McGoldrick, Anton Bradley, Ronan Mullan and Oran Rafferty respectively.  Participation is strong and hopefully up-coming teams will be able to replicate the successes of the past.  In Hurling the College was represented in the Casement Cup, U-16, U-14 and U-13 levels in Ulster Colleges’ competitions, captained by Colm McGoldrick, Ronan Mullan, Niall Kealy and Kieran Kelly respectively.  The U- 16 team was captained to the semi-final of the Kirk Cup by Ronan Mullan.

“In camogie a similar number of teams entered Ulster Colleges, captained by Raisa Deighan, Brianne O’Neill, Maria Mooney and Megan Kerr respectively.  The junior team, captained by Brianne O’Neill, progressed to the final of the Liatroim Fontenoys Cup.  Although beaten in the final this excellent, young squad has great potential for the future.  Catherine O’Kane, Raisa Deighan, Kathy McGouran and Maureen Heneghan were selected for the All-Star Trials. 
We are indebted to Mr Bradley for his sponsorship of our senior Gaelic strip.

“In soccer six teams competed in the Coleraine & District Leagues, the more senior teams competing strongly.  Like Gaelic, participation is strong and up-coming teams will replicate past successes.

“In Hockey, U-12, U-13, U-14 A & B teams together with the senior 1st, 2nd, 3rd XIs competed in the Derry & Antrim Leagues.  The senior teams were captained by Raisa Deighan, Eimear Kealey and Claire Hill respectively.

“As usual netball occupies a busy slot in the autumn sports schedule with five teams competing in the Coleraine & District Leagues.  Pride of place goes to the Junior team, captained by Ursula Dallat, which won its league and the Yr8 team which won the Coleraine and District tournament and were runners-up in the NEBSSA tournament. 

“In trampolining, continuing to grow in popularity, Aidan Carlin (Yr9) and Eve O’Loan (Yr9) became the NI U-13 Schools Champion and runner-up in the U-13 Intermediate championship respectively.  Aidan went on to compete in the British Trampolining Semi-finals in England last January, as he also did last year.  Aidan, Eve and Aishling O’Kane also competed in the All Ireland Finals in Dublin.  Aidan was part of the winning Northern Ireland team and came 3rd in the Advanced individual class.  The girls’ U-13 team of Maeve Lofthouse, Caitlin Gormley, Anna McIlroy and Eve O’Loan achieved 3rd place in the NI Schools Championships for the 2nd successive year.

“The junior Yr9 Basketball team, captained by Liam McGoldrick, won the NI Schools Championship C division.

“In Athletics a 48+ strong team represented the College in the NEBSSA heats out of which 16 went on to compete in the NEBSSA finals at the Antrim Forum.

“Meanwhile in cross-country a large squad of junior and senior runners competed in the district cross-country championships at UUC with a large number of personal best performances.  Pride of place went to Ciara Cunning (Yr12) who qualified for the Ulster finals and the Senior girls team of Maureen Heneghan, Maeve McLernon and Maeve McAllister who took 3rd place and also qualified for the Ulster finals.  Brian Lenehan (junior) and James Shannon also ran splendidly to qualify in the boys’ senior section.  All represented the College admirably in the finals.

“At junior level the 12th annual Mary McCabe and Challenge Shield Yr8 cross-country competitions took place.  Again a host of excellent performances and personal bests were recorded with Nicole O’Neill and Edward Lane taking the top places.  No doubt many of these young athletes will go on to represent the College with distinction in the future.

“The Year 8s also competed in their annual swimming gala where again, impressive individual and team performances were recorded.

“The Upper 6th outdoor pursuits challenge continues to be very popular with a record 32 pupils conquering Slieve Donard and in only its 3rd year in the College already we have 30 pupils who have completed Silver and 6 pupils who have completed Gold in the Presidents’ Award scheme.  On the same theme, a group of Yr12 pupils completed their Bronze Medallion Life Saving Award.

“Art students continue to enjoy great success in the wide variety of competitions and events they enter for.  Barry O’Kane (Yr13) and Eimhear McMahon (Yr14) were awarded 1st and 2nd places in the student section of the Coleraine Art Society and followed the example of previous Loreto winners.  Erin Costen (yr11) took first prize in the Save the Children Anti-Bullying poster competition and had her poster displayed throughout Northern Ireland as part of the National Anti-Bullying week.  Michael Cheuk (Yr10) was one of the five finalists in NI to win through to the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition while a group of Year 8s were selected as winner from over 1000 UK entries for their piece called See Diversity, Speak Diversity, Hear Diversity.  Each year pupils’ work is selected for our own Loreto Christmas cards.  This year a group of junior pupils produced wonderful designs, the proceeds of which went to the St Vincent de Paul Society.

“The College has a fine tradition of public speaking.  In the Coleraine & District Road Safety Public Speaking competition Emma Morren (Yr11) and Caroline McCambridge (Yr13) were runners-up in their sections while Aoife McNicholl (Yr13) was outright winner and proceeded to the NI finals.  This year the College also hosted the annual Mary Ward public speaking event with pupils from Loreto in Omagh and Loreto in Letterkenny joining us for a day of debate and public speaking.

“Our junior quiz teams have continued their fine tradition of success.  Peter Devlin, Karl Traynor, Gemma Reid and Karla O’Boyle (all Year 8) won the district finals of the Credit Union quiz and went on to win the NI finals.  They represented both the College and NI in the All-Ireland finals in Dublin where they finished in an extremely credible fifth place. In the Junior Schools’ Challenge Quiz, William Lane, Eve O’Loan, Jennifer Mustchin and Karl Traynor finished 2nd in Northern Ireland in the “A” class, while Ger Mullan, Paul McKay, Karla O’Boyle and Peter Devlin reached the semi-finals in the “B” class.

“Music and Drama make a great contribution to the life of the school through Drama club, the Senior and Junior Choirs, the traditional group, orchestra, the biennial Musical and music and singing tuition.  This year for the first time the Senior Choir travelled to Prague to participate in the International Youth 2008 Choral Festival.  The highlight of that tour was singing in the Church of St Nicholas in the old town square, a venue frequented by Mozart.  But the most rapturous applause was received at the impromptu performances at the train station, on the metro and on the steps of the castle where citizens of Prague showed wonderful appreciation and reciprocated in kind.  Meanwhile the junior choir swept the boards by taking 1st place in both the Bangor International Choral Festival and the Coleraine Festival.  

“The Summer Festival of music and drama in June last in the College was a wonderful exhibition of students’ talents. Last October our musical ‘Calamity Jane’ played to packed audiences each night.  The quality of that production in every department, it is fair to say, would grace any professional stage and it is a wonderful testament to the collective work of staff and pupils right across the College.  It was outstanding.

“The performance of Economics student has been equally outstanding over the years.  For the 7th successive year a Year 14 team, Ciaran Barclay, Aoife Daly, Stephen McGrath and Kevin O’Neill, took 1st place in NI in the UK wide Bank of England Target 2.0 Interest Rate Challenge.  The team went on to take first place in the northern section of the UK regional finals in Manchester and were one of six teams from all over the UK invited to compete in the final in London.  There they represented the College with great distinction, taking 2nd place and winning Ł5000 for the school.  Well done!

“The Junior Mathematics Challenge for Year 9s attracted great interest and as usual its crop of high achievers.

“Science is the curricular area that formed the core component in the College becoming a Specialist School.  Every year our young scientists participate in a wide variety of events and competitions.  Science Week is now a regular slot in the school calendar with activities highlighting the place and relevance of Science in the curriculum and the wider world.  Pupils from the local link primary schools were enthralled by the variety of activities they engaged in on the final day.

“Claire Hill and Dearbhla McCotter (Yr11) took 2nd place in the BT Young Scientists competition in Dublin with their ground-breaking project on the extent to which folic acid is present in the diets of teenagers and followed in the outstanding record of the College in the Young Scientist over many years. Claire and Dearbhla also took 1st place in the Mathematics section of the NI Young Scientist Competition and were selected to represent NI in the British Association Science Fair in London in March.

“Having previously represented the College in several national competition Stephanie Paul (Yr13) won the prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology Flipside Award in an award ceremony in London that celebrated the successes of excellence in the fields of Engineering and Technology.

“The Engineering Education Scheme run by Sentinus is a great opportunity for pupils to see the practical applications of science. Stephanie Paul, Kevin McLaughlin, Kerri Cassidy and Christopher Sharkey (Yr13) found the experience to be very beneficial and worthwhile working with Armstrong Medical, one of our Specialist School Community links.

“‘It’s not rocket science’ is a term frequently used to celebrate the relative ease of something.  In the College it had a very literal meaning when a team of young scientists designed, built and launched their own rocket, complete with guidance system and controlled descent, to a height of 700 feet. Rorie Cooke, Connor Bradley and Shane Mullan (Yr11/12) used sophisticated software to design the system and were invited to Charterhouse for the final of the UK rocket challenge in Surrey.

“Residential courses for Irish students were organised once again in the Gaeltacht while a wide variety of cultural and linguistic events marked An Seachtain Gaelige (Irish week) and European Day, culminating in Mass in Irish.  The now unrocky road to Dublin saw a bus load of Irish pupils take in the sights of Dublin, including Croke Park, the Phoenix Park and Arás an Uachteráin.  Conall Mullan, Gregory Rafferty, Pearse Mooney and Sean Mullan (Year 11) took 2nd place in the KS4 Gael Linn Quiz while Aoife McGrath, Therese Tunney and Patrick Tunney took 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively in the Abair Linn public speaking competition.

“On the European scene a group of forty-one GCSE History students returned to visit Berlin in Germany, the highlight of which was a very poignant visit to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Holocaust Memorial.  A group of French students from our link school in southern France spent a week with us very kindly hosted by our parents, and we hope our pupils will avail of the opportunity to return the visit this year.

“A group of 52 Spanish pupils also spent 5 days in Barcelona in June last, visiting the many sights of the old city as well as taking in the distinct culture of Catalonia.  Spanish is now well established in the curriculum and will have worked its way up to “A” level by September 2010.

“In the field of Careers and Higher Education the College hosted its 26th annual Trial Interviews, an invaluable experience for Yr14 students making career/course choices.  The panels of professionals who provide this are consistently highly impressed with the quality of our pupils and we are very grateful for their support.  This service has now been extended to our Year 12 students by the Careers department via Sentinus, a major provider of links between education and industry.

“The College also embraces the work of Young Enterprise N Ireland focusing Yr8 and Yr11 pupils on the skills and qualities necessary to be successful whilst at the same time fostering a sense of independence and enterprise.

“Invest Northern Ireland takes entrepreneurial skills a stage further with older pupils.  A team of six Year 12 students, Andrew Crozier, John Ward, Harvey Webber, Melissa Corbett, Aine Quigg and Shannon Moore, designed a system for extending the use of the existing smart card in school.  The team took 1st place in the regional final and represented the College in the NI finals in Belfast?

“In the area of personal development the College awarded bursaries to students to pursue aspects of their own personal development outside school.  Hannah Eastwood, Elizabeth Lane, Damian Long-McAteer, Stephen McCloskey, Ronan McIlvenny, Fiona O’Neill and Charles Stuart were the recipients for a wide variety of personal development projects.  I would like to acknowledge and thank in particular Mr and Mrs McCloskey, the parents of Ryan.  Ryan was a Year 14 pupil who died tragically the summer before last, and they very kindly donated one of these bursaries.
“As in previous years the College enjoyed great success in public examinations, details of which are contained in the Governors’ Report to Parents.  Last year Meabh McGoldrick achieved the top score in A-Level Economics in NI while Rory O’Kane achieved the top score in GCSE Economics in NI.  Anna Maguire was placed 2nd in NI in GCSE Single Award Science and Patrick Kelly was placed 3rd in NI in GCSE Drama.  In 2006 - 2007 the school was ranked 4th in NI grammar schools for A-Level results – the % of pupils achieving three or more A-Levels at grades A – C with GCSE performance as the tie-break.  The % then was 86%.  In 2007 – 2008  this had gone up to 88.6% and placed us 3rd in NI grammar schools.  Analysis to date of results this year again reflects the dedication and commitment of students and teachers to the pursuit of academic excellence and the College will retain a high ranking.

“Last year the College was awarded Specialist School status by the Department of Education.  More than anything this is a recognition of the high level of achieving by the College and a willingness to share our expertise with our wider community links.

“And in May last the College retained the prestigious Investor in People award and achieved the new IIP standard, recognition of the importance the College attaches to leadership and professional development of all our staff as part of the continuing whole school improvement agenda.

“The College attaches great importance to Education for Mutual Understanding, reaching out and engaging with other groups and institutions across the whole community.  You can see the great range of our pupils’ participation.  We are especially proud of our links with Sandleford Special School, now one of our Specialist School link schools, the community work of our Christian Life Community group, our links with St Vincent de Paul and the wider Loreto Justice & Peace group.  We continue to develop and assist Loreto schools in developing countries especially the new Loreto school in Sudan which admitted its first pupils in March last and our sister school in Darjeeling, India.  The generosity and concern of our pupils for the disadvantaged is perhaps best illustrated by the example of Christina Robinson (Yr11).  Christina is a member of Face Inclusion Matters which raises awareness regarding disability and awareness.  She was part of a group of pupils who helped organise and attended a wonderful evening in the College for such young people last April.  In addition the generosity and caring nature of our pupils is amply reflected in the Ł 21416.16 they raised here in school last year for our designated charities.  Over the last number of years the Justice & Peace group has been formed as a direct result of the Loreto Sisters’ commitment to promoting the articles in the Kolkata guidelines particularly in relation to nurturing in Loreto pupils the values and moral perspective that informs the “agents of social change” agenda, the theme of our Prizegiving address this evening.  They, along with all the other related groups mentioned, are a wonderful testament to the spirit of our pupils.

“There are numerous other events, activities and opportunities available to students throughout the year, including liturgies, retreats, World Book Day, trips, outings, fieldwork, competitions and so on.  And although I have highlighted the higher profile events and successes throughout the last year, there are numerous other pupils giving generously and participating consistently in a whole host of ways.  This is what contributes to the richness and variety of the College.  I commend them all highly and I firmly believe that academic success and wider participation go hand in hand.

“Boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, I’m sure you would agree that the College provides a wealth of opportunities for all its students, from the gifted to those who find school more of a challenge.  We are very proud of our students’ achievements and delighted at the high levels of participating and hope that we provide every pupil with the opportunities to develop and further their interests and help find their niche in school and in life.

“On your behalf I would like to pay tribute to the professionalism and dedication of the teaching staff, day in, day out, they give of their very best in the interests of the students and I believe that they provide a level of service to our young people here that is second to none anywhere.

“The non-teaching staff also plays a vitally important role in the service of our students, often working unobtrusively and quietly to maintain the quality of services, buildings and grounds.  My thanks to Miss Devlin, the librarian; Mr Lynn, the Bursar and Mrs McGuckian, the Bursar’s assistant; Mrs Maxwell, Mrs Dougan, my own secretary; Miss Stewart, office manager, and Mrs Ferris; Mr Otterson, senior technician on behalf of all the technicians; Mrs Johnston and Mrs West, classroom assistants; Mr Weir and Mr Mullan, caretakers and on behalf of cleaning staff; Mr Turner, groundsman; Miss McCann, head cook on behalf of the canteen staff.  Thanks also to Fr Keaney and the Religious Education Department for the time and effort they put into organising the liturgies, retreats and seminars throughout the year.

“My thanks to the Loreto Community both here in Coleraine and further afield for their continued prayers and support this year and every year. 

“Thanks also to you the parents for your trust and co-operation.  Working together we can achieve so much and we are very grateful for your support.

“Finally my thanks to you the students for your courtesy and co-operation throughout your years here – that is something we appreciate very much.

“Every day in school here we see young people who are full of energy, who are inquisitive, creative, caring and supportive and who have the boundless potential to do good and I’m sure the best has still to come.

Thank you all very much indeed for your support.”
The prizes were presented as follows:

Year 14 Academic Awards
Ciaran Barclay
Aileen Bradley
Ronan Bradley
Kirsty Crawford
Aoife Daly
Bonnie Diamond
Joe Diamond
Chad Eastwood
Elaine Gallagher
Maureen Heneghan
Christine Hickey
Ashley Kelly
Bronagh Kelly
Niall Leake
Orla Louden
Katrina Lynch
Maeve McAllister
Deborah McCloskey
Sarah McCloskey
Mary McCrory
Jeanette McGill
Kathy McGouran
Karen McIlvar
Thomas McKeever
Michael McKeown
Maeve McLernon
Bronagh McNicholl
Ronan McShane
Odhrán Mullan
Marc O’Hara
Sheena O’Kane
Michael O’Loan
Kevin O’Neill
Shane Rainey
Jan Toner
Therese Tunney

Year 13 Academic Awards
Louise Bogues
Gerard Carlin
Kerri Cassidy
Eoin Deeney
Aisling Devine
Catherine Diamond
Kirsty Doherty
Peter Dowds
Gemma Faulkner
Paul Friel
Rebecca Hill
Katie Howell
Rebecca Keenan
Patrick Kelly
Sinead Lagan
Anna Maguire
Stephanie McAleese
Fergal McCloskey
Conor McCotter
Colm McGoldrick
Ronan McIlvenny
Kevin McLaughlin
Nicola McLister
Anna McWilliams
Ciara McWilliams
Gavin McWilliams
Sean McWilliams
Tereza Novakova
Kiefer O’Boyle
Rory O’Kane
Stephanie Paul
Malo Scullion
Christopher Sharkey
Charles Stuart
Patrick Tunney

Year 12 Academic Awards
Eimear Bradley
Claire Butcher
Zoe Cheng
Andrew Crozier
Ciara Cunning
Megan Cunning
Andrea Doherty
Brandon Eastwood
Hannah Eastwood
Jon Hyland
Clare Kelly
Elizabeth Lane
Andrew Lofthouse
Naomi Lynch
Kirsty McAllister
Rachel McCloskey
Kerrie McConville
Cillian McCotter
Ryan McGahon
Suzanne McGahon
Aoife McGrath
Fiona McLaughlin
Sean McNicholl
Alex McQuillan
Donal McQuillan
Leanne Millar
Richard Moffett
Kayla Molloy
Niamh Nugent
Conor O’Kane
Beth O’Loan
Fiona O’Neill
Aine Quigg
Lois Quigley
Fiona Shannon
John Ward
Harvey Webber

Year 11 Academic Awards
Gemma Black
Claire Hill
Eimear McAllister
Martin McCloskey
Dearbhla McCotter
Shannon O’Neill
Katherine Owens
Christina Robinson
Samantha Rogers
Luke Stuart

Year 11 Diligence
11A Una Race
11B Dominic McNeill
11C Louise Mullan
11D Niamh Boylan
11E Rachel Gaile

Y11 Progress
Gemma Mullins
Michelle McGurk
Connor Bradley
Diarmaid Hill
Calum McLaughlin

Y11 Co-operation and Leadership
Bronagh Mullan
Orlagh Mailey
Kevin Beatty
Ciara Christie
Matthew McLaughlin

Year 12 Diligence
12A Jon Hyland
12B Sean McNicholl
12C Sean Fisher / Ryan McGahon
12D Aoife McGrath
12E Meghan Rafferty / Kirsty McAllister

Y12 Co-operation and Leadership
Kevin Dowdall
Andrea Doherty
Aine Quigg / Suzanne McGahon
Claire Butcher
Adrienne Bradley

Other Awards
1. The Patricia McDermot Memorial Trophy for achievement in GCSE English:   
Aoife McGrath
2. The Macaulay, O’Neill & Martin Perpetual Cup for achievement in GCSE Mathematics:
Cillian McCotter and Fiona McLaughlin
3. The BKS Perpetual Trophy for contribution to A Level Geography:
Ronan Bradley
4. The AVX Computer Awards for achievements in Computing:
A Level: Bronagh McNicholl
GCSE: Aine Quigg, Paraic Rafferty
5. The Stanleigh Cup for achievement in Music:
Aisling Devine
6. The McGeown Cup for outstanding achievement in A-Level Economics:
Aoife Daly
7. The Ryan McCloskey Memorial Cup for most improved student in Economics:
Sheena O’Kane
8. The N & N Trophies’ Cup for achievement in A-Level Art and Design:
Eimear McMahon
9. The Physical Sciences Award:
Ronan McShane
10. Corn Bhrugha for achievement in Irish at GCSE:
Cillian McCotter
11. The Michael Clarke Memorial Cup for achievement in Drama presented by Yr14 2002-2003:
Mary McCrory
12. The Bank of Ireland Trophy for achievement in A Level Home Economics:
Michael McKeown
13. The Northern Bank Award for achievement in A-Level Physics:
Michael O’Loan

The following awards are for outstanding achievement in individual subjects:
14. A-Level Biology:
Ronan McShane
15. A-Level Chemistry:
Marc O’Hara
16. A-Level Religious Education:
Sarah McCloskey, Therese Tunney
17. A-Level History:
Chad Eastwood
18. A-Level Government and Politics:
Katrina Lynch
19. A-Level Mathematics:
Maeve McAllister
20. A-Level English Language:
Sarah McCloskey
21. A-Level English Literature:
Sarah McCloskey
22. A-Level Technology:
Michael McLaughlin
23. A-Level French:
Katrina Lynch
24. A-Level German:
Janette McCollum

25. Sports Captains 2007-2008:
Chad Eastwood, Raisa Deighan
26. Sports Person of the Year, receiving the Louise McLaughlin Trophy for outstanding contribution to sporting Life of  the  College:
Maureen Heneghan
27. The Mother Rose Cup for best Female Athlete in Yr 11:
Claire Hill
28. MacLarnon Player of the Year:
Anntoin Bradley
29. Loreto Challenge Gold Award:
Conaill Black; Maureen Heneghan; Maeve McAllister; Paddy McIlroy; Paudie Mullan, Conor 
O’Kane, Shane Rainey

30. The following students were awarded school bursaries:
Hannah Eastwood, Elizabeth Lane, Damian Long-McAteer, Stephen McCloskey, Ronan McIlvenny, Fiona O'Neill, Charles Stuart

31. Award for achievement in Public Speaking:
Aoife McNicholl
32. Award for the best article in school magazine:
Beth O’Loan
33. The Teresa Ball Trophy for Commitment and Spirit:
Mary-Louise Rafferty
34. The Kathleen Toner Memorial Cup:
Ronan Bradley
35. The Ciara McLaughlin Memorial Cup:
Roisin O’Kane
36. For outstanding contribution to the Loreto Ethos in GCSE years:  
Claire Butcher, Paraic Rafferty
37. For outstanding contribution to the Loreto Ethos in A Level years:
Michael McKeown

38. For Full Attendance:
Jarlath Eastwood, Olivia Hamilton, Claire Hill, Diarmaid Hill, Christopher Kwong, Katy Lemon, Louise Logue, Claire  McAtamney, Matthew McCloskey, Dearbhla McCotter, Matthew McLaughlin
Year12: Adrienne Bradley, Zoe Cheng, Ciara Cunning, Stephen Dooley, Hannah Eastwood, Sean Fisher, Eimhear Kealey, Clare  Kelly, Naomi Lynch, Rachel McCloskey, Cillian McCotter, Suzanne McGahon, Carla McGill, Fiona McLaughlin, Kayla Molloy,  Shonagh O’Neill, Eunan Smyth, John Ward, Harvey Webber
Year13: Damian Christie, Catherine Diamond, Cormac Hasson, Joanne Law, Conor McCotter, Denise McGill, Ronan McIlvenny, Ciara  McWilliams, Patrick Tunney
Year14: Gerardine Begley, Ronan Bradley, Brian Lenehan, Shane McLaughlin, Marc O’Hara, Kevin O’Neill, Colin Quigg, Shane  Rainey, Therese Tunney

Senior Prefects
Conor Ahern
Claire Beatty
Gerardine Begley
Anntoin Bradley
Ronan Bradley
Monica Brolly
Aoife Daly
Bonnie Diamond
Joe Diamond
John Dowds
Cliona Gormley
Christine Hickey
Dena Kealey
Brian Lenehan
Katrina Lynch
Ciara McAtamney
Deborah McCloskey
Sarah McCloskey
Daniel McCollam
Janette McCollum
Mary McCrory
Nadine McGahon
Kathy McGouran
Stephen McGrath
Aine McGuckian
Patrick McIlroy
Karen McIlvar
Bronagh McNicholl
Ronan McShane
Odhrán Mullan
Marc O’Hara
Roisin O’Kane
Sheena O’Kane
Michael O’Loan
Kevin O’Neill
Spiros Papachristopoulos
Shane Rainey
Brendan Sweeney
Jan Toner
Therese Tunney

Special Awards
Deputy Head Boy:
Michael McKeown
Deputy Head Girl:
Maureen Heneghan
Head Boy:
Shane McLaughlin
Head Girl:
Maeve McLernon

The evening concluded with a speech of reminiscence and thanks by the 2007-2008 Head Girl, Maeve McLernon, and Deputy Head Boy, Michael McKeown, and a presentation to the guest speaker by the 2008-2009 Head Boy and Head Girl, Patrick Kelly and Catherine Diamond.