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Sixth formers enjoy the Retro Sale on the Loreto College Mission Day - View Full Size Image
Sixth formers enjoy the Retro Sale on the Loreto College Mission Day
Year 13 students visit Santa - View Full Size Image
Year 13 students visit Santa
Year 11 & 13 students busk at the Loreto College Mission Day - View Full Size Image
Year 11 & 13 students busk at the Loreto College Mission Day
Mrs L. McCool with Year 13 helpers at the Fair Trade stall - View Full Size Image
Mrs L. McCool with Year 13 helpers at the Fair Trade stall
Year 9 students hard at work at the accessories stall - View Full Size Image
Year 9 students hard at work at the accessories stall
22/12/2009 CHRISTMAS FUND-RAISING AT LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE

The Autumn term concluded at Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, with the annual Mission Day, the highlight of a busy term of fund-raising at the school.

Co-ordinated by Mrs Mabel McAleese with assistance from throughout the College’s student and staff population, the annual Mission Day, held on Monday 21st December in suitably seasonal weather, this year took on a new guise, with a Christmas Market being held in the College hall.  Stalls at the Loreto Christmas Market included vintage clothing and accessories, handmade hats and jewellery (made by some very enterprising students), a chocolate fountain and a whole host of other attractions. Among the attractions was a Green Stall to encourage students and staff to ‘have a Green Christmas’: one of the main objectives of the day was to raise awareness of fair trade: fair trade products by Albani, a company specialising in products from Bangladesh, were be on sale as well as the ‘Retro Sale’ of students’ own unwanted accessories.

In the Home Economics department, many students spent happy hours in the Hungry Scientists’ Café, sampling seasonal delights alongside much appreciated cups of tea, coffee and hot chocolate.  For the more energetic, attractions included the Eamon McIntyre Memorial 5-a-Side Soccer tournament, and some very competitive games of table-tennis.  The afternoon brought a more relaxed atmosphere, with films on offer for students from Y8-12, and table quizzes for the sixth form.  A wonderful total of just over £5,000 was raised for the Loreto Missions on the day.

Under the leadership of Social Justice Co-ordinator, Mrs Lorraine McCool, the school’s Justice Group has been busy this term, having raised a magnificent £24,300 in the 2008-2009 academic year.  A Sponsored Spell, completed by all students in Years 8-10, raised £3049 for the Loreto School in Sudan, and projects by Sr Cyril, a Loreto nun in India, while a number of sixth form students supported the annual Concern Fast on 3rd December.  Following a visit from a representative of the Simon Community, the Justice Group raised awareness and £215 for this cause by raffling a hamper and selling Fireside Quiz sheets. Targeting the Junior school, members of the Justice Group also collected an impressive 210 boxes of gifts for children in Bosnia and Croatia in conjunction with the Road of Hope Shoebox Appeal.

The COPE group (Year 13), led by Mrs Meabh McGreevy, engaged in peer-education throughout December, in an Advent Campaign to support Children in Crossfire, with a focus on raising money to support the Lake Victoria Disability Centre in Tanzania. 

Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to all the students and staff who had given so generously of their time and resources in order to raise these impressive amounts of money.