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15/09/2010 SENIOR PRIZEGIVING AT LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE

The annual Senior Prizegiving took place at Loreto College Coleraine on the evening of Wednesday 15th September 2010, recognising the academic and personal achievements of the College’s senior students, including those who left the school in June 2009.

The guest speaker at the event was Mr Rory Mullan, a former pupil of Loreto College who has undertaken extensive international work on behalf of a range of charities, and who now works for the United Nations.  His speech outlined the path his career has taken, and how his education at Loreto College helped him to realize so much, whether spiritual, ideological or academic.

Thanking Mr Mullan for his inspirational and thought-provoking speech, Mr Lenehan continued,

‘Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, guests, I would like to speak to you about the changes in Education and the place of Loreto College in these changes, now and in the future.

‘Northern Ireland has a population of approximately 1.7 million, about the size of greater Dublin or Manchester.  Its public sector accounts for about 70% of the economy.  It has its own system of local government and a devolved government managing its affairs.  A number of years ago the Review of Public Administration was initiated, the effect of which was that genies were popping out of bottles all over the place in local government, health, social services, transport and education.  It set an agenda for far reaching change, as many of you who work in these sectors know only too well.  One could be forgiven for thinking that the politicians are managing a country with an average European population of 50 million rather than 1.7 million and that everything needs fixed.

‘The changes happening in Education are certainly far reaching and I would like to focus on the more important ones that will impact directly on the College in the future.
Those of you who have children in P6/7 or first year will be, or have been, caught up in the transfer debacle.  It is one thing to withdraw the transfer test, whether one agrees with selection at eleven or not.  It is quite another not to have a new system of transfer in place that is broadly consensual and commands the confidence of parents.  The political parties and Department of Education have failed to build this consensus and hence precipitated the grammar school sector’s decision to administer its own entrance assessments.

‘In the Catholic education sector the trustees are the owners of the schools.  The primary and secondary schools are owned by the dioceses; some grammar schools are owned by the various religious orders, for example our own Loreto schools.  Other grammar schools are owned by the dioceses.  Together all of these owners/trustees of Catholic schools are committed to ending the use of academic selection as a criterion in transfer to the secondary sector at eleven.

‘In September 2006 the Commission for Catholic Education was set up to oversee the changes in the Catholic Education sector – its work has been informed by a number of key tenets. 

‘Firstly, the Commission/Trustees are committed to ending academic selection as a criterion for transfer at eleven and have asked grammar schools to phase this out by 2012.  There are those who passionately believe in academic selection at eleven and there are those who are passionately opposed to academic selection at eleven.    Unfortunately in Northern Ireland this split has tended to be along party political lines. 
What is not in dispute is that most western democracies tend not to use academic criteria at this age but keep choices and pathways open for pupils at an older age.  Yes, there may be selective schools in these countries but they don’t form the core of the education systems.

‘Secondly, the number of empty places in schools reflects a demographic downturn in the past generation, compounded by a further fall of approximately 14% over the next ten years. 

‘Thirdly, population movement has resulted in some schools now being in the wrong location compared to a generation ago.  Put simply, we are told, there are just too many schools and too many empty places.  The practical out-working of this has tended to disadvantage the secondary sector.  The grammar schools have largely been able to fill up their places by taking pupils with lower transfer grades, pupils who, in the past, would have gone to the secondary schools.  This is clearly evident in the intake profiles of many grammar schools.

‘Fourthly, you will have noticed in the educational literature and in the media, not to mention amongst the policy makers, a significant shift away from reference to individual schools/institutes to putting pupils at the centre, defining their needs in terms of their entitlement.  It has long been recognised that the curriculum (the subjects and courses) available to pupils varies considerably throughout Northern Ireland.  Broadly, this is reflected in rural/urban locations: urban areas tending to have larger schools and therefore able to offer a greater variety of courses; rural areas having smaller schools and unable to offer the same variety.  Earlier in the decade these differences were reinforced by an inequitable system of funding which was addressed with the introduction of the Common Funding Formula in 2005.  Recently, the curricular inequality has been addressed by the introduction of the Entitlement Framework which requires schools to offer 24 subjects/courses at GCSE, 27 subjects/courses at A-Level and in a prescribed combination of academic and applied subjects.  Unless a school is over about one thousand pupils in size it will only be able to do this in collaboration with other schools.  The Minister and Department of Education have been pushing this agenda strongly.  Consequently Learning Communities, groups of schools working together to offer a wider choice of subjects/courses, have been set up across Northern Ireland.  Loreto College is part of the Coleraine Area Learning Partnership.  Of course, this aspiration to provide greater choice and access to a broader curriculum is to be applauded, especially in those geographical areas where choice has been more restricted.  And this aspiration may become a statutory requirement – where schools have to deliver this.

‘The Department of Education has also made it clear that individual schools should not put the interest of their own pupils ahead of the interest of the wider school population.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is a major cultural change for schools and one that many educationalists have strong reservations about.  Parents have chosen the school that they believe is in the best interests for their child and quite rightly have high expectations and aspirations of it.  They have placed their trust in that school to do the best it can for their children.  Equally, Principals, Senior Leadership Teams and Governors know their own schools intimately.  They consult, debate, make decision, trial ideas, make changes, tweak systems, learn from experience, all in the best interests of their pupils.  But most important of all they place their confidence and trust in their teachers to do the very best they can for every child who comes through their doors.  If this local decision-making within schools is compromised by external diktat and schools are forced into taking decisions that may diminish them, it is not just that individual school that is diminished but the whole learning community.

‘And that is a real fear, that schools are increasingly in danger of losing their ability to manage their own governance, their own curriculum, the interest of their own pupils as a first and primary responsibility, their own internal policies and procedures that are tried and tested and work – lost to the ever growing agendas and diktats from the variety of government departments, agencies and quangos that feed into education and schools.

‘That is not to say that we should not share our knowledge and expertise in curricular and other areas for the good of all.  Of course we should and through our Specialist School initiative we have been very generous and a lead school in this regard.

‘It would be naïve to assume that we can ‘plough our own furrow’ as it were.  Education is a public service funded by the public purse.  We can’t ignore these changes but we can manage them, embrace the opportunities that change brings and not allow change to overshadow the central importance of teaching and learning in the classroom.

‘There are four critically important changes that will shape education and schools in the next five years.

‘Firstly, the ending of academic selection as a criterion for entry into the secondary sector.  It is clear that the Trustees of Catholic Grammar schools are committed to this. 

‘Secondly, the work of the Commission for Catholic Education has been actively seeking to rationalise Catholic education in local project areas throughout Northern Ireland.  Loreto College, together with St Joseph’s College, Dominican College and Our Lady of Lourdes School Ballymoney, are part of this area’s project.  We have worked hard to produce options which are now in the domain.  It is for the Trustees and Commission to take this forward.  But this will take time.

‘Thirdly, the Entitlement Framework which I referred to earlier, the number and mix of subjects offered to pupils, presents real challenges for schools, especially smaller ones.  There is no doubt that the larger school model is best placed to meet these requirements.  Where collaboration is required, the cost of pupils moving between schools, other than financial, can outweigh the benefits.

‘Fourthly, under its review of public administration, the government had promised significant resources for schools’ estates and had indicated that this will be allocated when schools initiate change consistent with the criteria I have outlined.  Whether this is realised against the background of public spending cuts remains to be seen.  When we pull all these together, the ending of academic selection, the rationalisation of Catholic schools under the Commission for Catholic Education, the Entitlement Framework, and new school estates, eleven to eighteen education, the model of schools that the Department of  Education want to emerge would seem to be larger schools. 

‘So what will this mean for Loreto College?  The Trustees and Governors have decided to end the use of academic criteria for entrance into the College.  We have consulted widely on this and there will be further consultations.  The Commission for Catholic Education, comprising the Trustees, have now put forward their proposals for Catholic education in this area.

‘The Loreto Trustees are committed to this school remaining a Loreto school, with a Loreto ethos and philosophy derived from its foundress Mary Ward, sustained by the Loreto Order and informed by the Kolkata guidelines.  We are extremely proud of our history, our tradition and our achievements.  These will continue to shape our future and we will strive relentlessly in the future to retain and enhance the ethos of the school.  This is largely accomplished through the pastoral nature of the school and the pastoral structures we have in place – the “chalk face” of our ethos.  That is where our vision translates into reality in the multitude of encounters that happen daily between staff and pupils.  Put simply, we will do the very best we can for every child who comes in through our doors.

‘We are very aware of the pressures that young people can experience and we know that a happy and secure pupil is one who will achieve.  Where difficulties arise, as they do and as they will, we will continue to foster the closest co-operation with parents/guardians in the best interest of the pupil.  The College has been blessed in this regard over the years.

‘I would like to turn directly to our own pupils now.  Although we have helped you to achieve what you have, you have been the prime movers in that.  Our Mission Statement says of the College:  “ . . . pupils are brought to an understanding that knowledge must be combined with moral values to become wisdom”.  You can be the cleverest person in the world and not use it, or misuse it.  At best this is an awful waste and at worst can be downright evil.  You will be leaders, decision-makers, and people with influence, opinion formers who will bring judgements to bear.  You can therefore be powerful people for good and if we in school here, in partnership with your parents, have gone some way in bringing you towards that vision of wisdom then we can, I think, claim some success.

‘Whatever change the future holds, and change is coming, these are the values, qualities and attributes we will continue to espouse here.

Mr Lenehan then turned to a summary of the events and achievements of Loreto College’s pupils, their teachers and staff members over the last academic year.

‘We provide a great range of sport, extra-curricular activities and opportunities for our pupils to participate in the wider life of the College.  We firmly believe that wider participation complements the academic life of the school and we actively encourage it.  ‘With so many pupils giving generously of their time we are blessed with a great richness and variety.

‘In Gaelic games teams competed in the Faul, the Ennis and Nolan Cups, captained by Oran Rafferty, Stephen Dooley and Declan McAtamney respectively.

‘In hurling the College was represented in the Casement Cup, McGreevy Cup, Kirk Cup and McFarland Cup, captained by Peter McKeague, Oisin Quinn, Niall Kealey and Brendan McKillop respectively.

‘Senior and Junior teams also competed in Ulster Colleges’ camogie.  For the second successive year the Junior team reached the final of the Liatroim Fontenoy Cup and were again bitterly disappointed to be pipped in the final.  The team was captained by Terese Rafferty.

‘The Gaelic season closed with the wonderful news that Maria Mooney, still only a Year 12 pupil then, was selected as an Ulster Colleges’ Camogie All-Star.

‘In soccer, six teams competed in the Coleraine and District League, all competing strongly.  The senior team was narrowly defeated in the Morton Halifax Cup final and, from this team, Stephen Dooley and Sam Boylan were selected as Northern Ireland Schoolboy Internationals and both are making their mark on the local soccer scene.

‘The girls’ soccer team, captained by Bronagh Ward, was promoted to the A League this year having won their league without losing a match.

‘In Hockey, U-12, U-13, U-14 and U-16 A and B teams, captained by Shannon McWilliams, Catherine McNicholl, Eilis McNamee and Sophie Webber respectively, competed in the Derry and Antrim Leagues.  These captains are to be commended on their leadership and the encouragement shown to younger players.

‘Netball occupies a busy slot in the autumn sports schedule.  Pride of place goes to the Senior team captained by Hannah Eastwood, winners of the Coleraine and District League, and the Intermediate team captained by Claire Tracey, who were runners-up in their league.  The College also hosted the NEBSA Year 8 netball tournament and took first place in the tournament, the team being captained by Shannon McWilliams.

‘Participation in Trampolining continues to grow, as does its success.  Caite Skelly (Yr8) became the NI U-13 champion, Eve O’Loan was runner-up in the U-15 section and the team was placed fifth in the championships overall.  The boys’ team of Barry Daly, Evan Wall, Simon Purvis and Callum McCarthy was U-13 champions with Barry, Evan and Jordan McCullough taking first, second and third places in the individual competitions.

‘In the District Cross Country we had some very good performances with Natalie Costello (Yr12) and Ciara Cunning (Yr14) both qualifying for the Ulster Finals, with minor, junior and intermediate teams represented, while in athletics a 35 strong team represented the College in the NEBBSA heats.  Seven qualified for the finals where Victoria Bell, Yr9, achieved a Gold medal in the Javelin.  In our own Year 8 cross-country competition, Orla Rafferty lifted the Mary McCabe Trophy and Oran Barton took the boys’ top place.

‘Daniel McAleese is certainly a name to watch in golf.  Daniel battled his way around courses at Royal Portrush and Westerwood, Glasgow to earn a place in the European U-16 championship.

‘The Duke of Edinburgh/President’s Award provides wonderful training in life skills, team work, endurance and resilience.  Now firmly established there were 28 pupils completing awards.  These include the recipients of Gold Awards, Hannah Eastwood, Fional McLaughlin, Niamh Nugent, Aiofe McGrath and Fiona McGrath.

‘Mr Mickey Harte needs no introduction.  As part of our Sixth Form enrichment programme he left his audience enthralled and inspired by his motivational talk.

‘Again Art pupils continued to enjoy great success in the wide variety of competitions and events entered for.  Mark Gormley, Sorcha O’Hara (Yr10), Rebecca McKillen, Payton Mullan, Caitlin Richardson (Yr 9) and Yasmin Parahoo (Yr 8) had their Christmas designs produced as Christmas Cards and raised £300 for Sr Cyril, who works with street children in India.  A group of Year 10 pupils, combining an Art and Healthy Lifestyle theme, took first place in support of the National No Smoking Day and had their works exhibited in the Diamond Centre in Coleraine.

‘The College has a fine tradition of public speaking.  Ben Levy (Yr10) took first place and Jack McCann (Yr11) took second place in the Coleraine Road Safety Public Speaking competition with outstanding speeches on Mobile Phones While Driving, What’s the Fuss? and Seventeen Year Olds – Fit to Drive?

‘Two teams of Year 8 and Year 9 students were entered in the Credit Union of Ireland Quiz and were narrowly beaten in the local finals.

‘Music and Drama make a great contribution to the life of the school through the Drama club, Junior and Senior choirs, Traditional group, Orchestra, our biennial Musical and Music and Singing tuition.  This year the Senior and Junior Choirs competed in the Bangor International Choral Festival where the Junior Choir took 1st place in the Under 15 Youth Choirs section, with the Senior Choir coming a very commendable 2nd in the Under 19 Youth Choirs section.

‘The Junior Choir always supports the Coleraine Festival and has excelled there in the past.  This year they came first in the Mixed Voice Choirs Under 14 section receiving the Louie Barnes Cup and also won the Anderson Cup for gaining the highest marks in their section of the Festival.  A number of individual musicians also distinguished themselves.  Rachael Gaile (Yr13) won the Sacred Solo section and a bursary for obtaining the highest mark.  In the Irish Harp Solo, Caoimhe Cooke (Yr10) and Lauren O’Neill (Yr11) took first place in their age group sections.  Rachael and Gemma Mullins (also Yr13) took first in the Girls’ Duet.
Once again the College’s production of Carousel was stunning.  Capacity audiences were treated to a performance that would have graced the West End.  It was a wonderful show and represented the collective effort of staff and pupils right across the school.

‘Five of our drama students also excelled at the Coleraine Festival taking top awards. 
Elizabeth Lane, Yr14, took first place in the Solo Drama 16-18 class and in the Duologue 16-18 class.  She also took third place amongst all Senior Prizewinners in the Festival. 
Angus Dinsmore, Yr12, won the Solo Drama 14-15 competition and the Solo Shakespeare competition in the same age group.  He also won the award for the Best Overall Solo Drama performer in the Festival. Ben Levy, Yr10, won the Favourite Poem class in the 14-15 age group, also winning the Festival Bursary for the Most Promising Actor in his age group.
Lucas Levy, Yr9 and brother of Ben, took first place in the Favourite Poem and Solo Drama classes in the 12-13 age group and also won the Junior Festival Cup for his outstanding performances. Last but not least, Rhianna Gardiner Yr8, won two first place awards in the Prose Unseen and Duologue classes at 12-13 level.

‘Elizabeth Lane was also selected as Young Ambassador 2010 for Coleraine Borough Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  She was invited to the President’s May Ball where she presented a wonderful  speech on the theme “Causeway Coast – My Future”.

‘The performance of Economics pupils has been outstanding over the years, consistently taking the top place in the UK Bank of England Target 2.0 Interest Rate Challenge.  This year Claire Butcher, Megan Cunning, Elizabeth Lane and John Ward took first place in Northern Ireland.  The team then travelled to Manchester representing Northern Ireland in the prestigious nationwide area finals where they took a highly commendable second place.  This was the eighth time in nine successive years that the College has been represented in England.

‘The Junior Mathematics Challenge for Year 9s attracted great interest again and its usual crop of high achievers, and celebrating World Book Day and World Mathematics Day help keep vital curricular areas to the fore.

‘Science is the curricular area that forms the core component of our Specialist School status and every year our young scientists participate in a wide variety of events and competitions.  Science week is now well established, offering a wide variety of events and activities for our own pupils and those from other schools.  Much work has gone into reinforcing and strengthening our links with primary schools.  The primary pupils invited in for Science Week are enthralled by the variety of activities on offer.  Given the importance attached to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) we will continue to do so.

‘Three teams of Physics pupils travelled to Queen’s University for the Physics at Home Competition.  No strangers to success in the past, the team of Dermot Carey, James Granleese, Thomas McCann and Thomas McMullan (all Yr 11) took first place in the junior section, while the Yr13 team of Bronagh Bogues, Christopher Kwong, Shane Mullan and Luke Stuart took first place in the senior section. 
A team of Yr 8 pupils, Peter Rogan, Daniel White, Dylan Johnston and Jessica O’Brien, took 3rd place in the Salter’s Festival of Chemistry at University of Ulster, Coleraine.

‘The perception of Inspector Clouseau investigating a crime scene was brought to life when Year 9 pupils had the opportunity to participate in a morning of forensic science.  The subject was a murder scene and the relevance of critical observation, DNA, moulding, blood groups and so on allowed Year 9 pupils to see the real application of science.

‘Loreto pupils have enjoyed outstanding success and international acclaim over many years, most notably in the BT Young Scientist Competition in Dublin.  This year was no exception, except that it was, for the scale and variety of success.  Presenting leading edge projects in such diverse topics as Green Rust, The Physics of Firewalking, Vortices, The Physics of Sparks and Liquid Film Motors, the team was represented by Hannah Eastwood, Zoe Cheng, Fiona McLaughlin (Yr 14), Caoimhe Bond, Anna Breslin and Bronagh Ward (Yr 12), Julia Brzozowska and Roisin Parahoo (Yr 10).  Caoimhe took first place in the Intermediate Physical and Mathematical Sciences for her Physics of Sparks project.  Zoe and Fiona took first place in the senior section and the Institute of Physics award for best Physics Project with their Liquid Film Motors project, while Hannah took the Eli-Lily Award for best Chemistry project, was runner-up with the Best Individual project award and won an INTEL award to represent Ireland at the International Science and Engineering Fair in San José, California in the summer past.  Unfortunately Hannah was unable to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair due to a clash with her examinations.  Instead INTEL requested that Caoimhe Bond take her place and she went to the International Science and Engineering Fair with her teacher, Mr McKenna, in early May.  These are wonderful achievements by all these pupils and I’m sure Julia and Roisin will be back in Dublin representing the College in the years ahead.

‘These same pupils enjoyed similar success at the NI Young Scientist Competition organised by Sentinus and on this occasion Roisin and Julia won the Queen’s University award for the best Physics or Astronomy project.

‘Other competitions, visits, guest speakers and activities connected with Science went on throughout the year.  One in particular was the Year 10 ICT Careers Applications workshops over an afternoon.  The event was partly facilitated by two former pupils, Michaela Black (now a lecturer in Computer Science in the University of Ulster Coleraine) and Debbie Rankin (a post-grad student at UU Coleraine) which brought an added interest and edge to the event for our pupils.

‘Residential courses for Irish pupils were organised once again in the Gaeltacht, while a wide variety of cultural and linguistic events marked An Seachtain Gaeilge and European Day, culminating with Mass in Irish.  Our Irish pupils are consistent participants in the cultural activities promoted by Gael Linn and are very successful.  Repeating last year’s success the Year 10 team of Conor Anderson, Pearse McIntyre, Eilis McNamee and Mark Gormley took top place in the Gael Linn Tráth na gCeist competition.  They are now the Ulster Gael Linn junior quiz champions.  Their senior counterparts, Ruairi Mooney, Kevin McCloskey, Tomas McCloskey and Conor McMullan came second in the regional heat of the Gael Linn Irish Quiz Competition.

‘Educational visits are now well established via the History & Modern Languages Departments.  In October last, 70 history pupils visited Berlin, a trip with a very familiar itinerary now, but one that has a very powerful impact on pupils, bringing very much alive the horrors of war, the consequences of a divided Europe and the brutality of the Holocaust.  In June last, 45 Spanish pupils enjoyed the summer sunshine in Catalonia and experienced the ambience and culture of this distinctive part of Spain.

‘In the field of Careers and Higher Education the College hosted its 28th annual Trial Interviews, an invaluable experience for Yr14 students making career/course choices.  The panels of professionals who provide this are consistently impressed with the quality of our pupils and we are extremely grateful for their support.  This service has now been extended to Yr12 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, The Causeway Enterprise Agency, Sentinus, the UUC and collapsing the timetable for Year 8 – Year 11 pupils allows us to deliver important aspects of the curriculum more effectively and with greater impact e.g. areas such as enterprise and entrepreneurship, careers planning, success skills and financial capabilities, not to mention the vitally important area of healthy lifestyles. 

‘Invest Northern Ireland takes entrepreneurial skills a stage further with older pupils.  All Year 11 Economics classes had the opportunity to attend interactive workshops and challenges on Enterprise and Business Skills organised by Coleraine Enterprise Agency and Invest Northern Ireland.

‘As in previous years the College enjoyed great success in public examinations.  The College has been consistently in the top rankings of schools in NI.  In the June 2009 examinations we were consistently above the key NI grammar bench marks e.g. in the key criteria of percentage achieving 3+ A Levels at grades A – C (or equivalent) the NI grammar average was 75%; our teachers and pupils achieved 87%.  These trends are also replicated at GCSE level.  It is our goal to maintain and grow our excellent academic record in the future.

‘On an individual basis, Patrick Kelly, a Year 14 pupil from 2009, achieved first place in Northern Ireland in A-Level Economics and Nicola McLister achieved 2nd place in Northern Ireland in A-Level Geography.  Aoife McGrath, last year’s Head Girl, has been offered a place in Cambridge to read Law and Andrew Crozier, Deputy Head Boy from last year, has been offered a place in Oxford, also to read Law.
Mr James and Miss Toner will draw your attention to other outstanding performances later.  But one in particular is that of Megan McLaughlin, who was the highest placed candidate in GCSE English (OCR) throughout the UK.

‘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 and our sister school in Darjeeling, India.  In addition, the generosity and caring nature of our pupils is amply reflected in the £20,766.44 they raised here in school last year for our designated charities, including Trocaire, Loreto Missions, Children in Crossfire and St Vincent de Paul.  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.  This group continues to grow and its work continues to be felt and appreciated around the school and beyond.  Closely related, is a group of pupils who have given time and commitment to service in their parishes and communities and have been rewarded by receiving their Pope John Paul II Award from Bishop Hegarty.  These were Zoe Cheng, Hannah Eastwood, Clare Kelly, Rachel McCloskey, Suzanne McGahon, Fiona McLaughlin, Catherine Ann Martin, Brianne O’Neill, Shonagh O’Neill, Sean Fisher, Donal McQuillan and Paraic Rafferty.

‘Five of our senior pupils, Rachael Gaile, Zara Levear, Orlagh Mailey, Katherine McIntyre and Fiona McLaughlin, are travelled to Romania during the summer with Habitat for Humanity to help build houses there. 

‘Two of our Yr13 students travelled to Lourdes on Easter Sunday to spend a week working as volunteers for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.  Bornagh Bogues and Louise Mullan spent a week working as leaders and carers on a pilgrimage which sees up to 5000 young people with special needs travelling to Lourdes. 

‘They, along with all the other 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, 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 you all highly and I firmly believe that academic success and wider participation go hand in hand.

‘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 your 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 them to find their niche in school and in life.

‘Every school year brings its challenges, its highs and lows.  We remember the loss of family members and friends amongst our staff and pupils and the passing of Sister Paschal after a lifetime of service to the Loreto Sisters.  We remember also our Polish employees and the loss of their president, President Kaczynski and so many national leaders in the terrible plane crash in April last.

‘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 Mrs McDonnell, the librarian; Mr Lynn, the Bursar and Mrs McGuckian, the Bursar’s assistant; Mrs Maxwell, Mrs Dougan, my own secretary; Miss Stewart, office manager; 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 also to our Governors.  The Governors give generously of their time and expertise in making the many important and often onerous decisions in the best interests of the College and its students.

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

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

The prizes were distributed as follows by Mr Rory Mullan, Mr Lenehan and various Heads of Department Heads of Year and leaders of extra-curricular activities among the teaching staff of the College. 

Year 14 Academic Awards
Adrienne Bradley
Claire Butcher
Zoe Cheng
Andrew Crozier
Andrea Doherty
Kevin Dowdall
Brandon Eastwood
Hannah Eastwood
Sean Fisher
Elizabeth Lane
Naomi Lynch
Una Mackle
Clare McAllister
Kirsty McAllister
Rachel McCloskey
Kerrie McConville
Cillian McCotter
Ryan McGahon
Suzanne McGahon
Aoife McGrath
Fiona McLaughlin
Alex McQuillan
Michaela Molloy
Peter Morrow
Niamh Nugent
Aine O’Kane
Beth O’Loan
Aine Quigg
Meghan Rafferty
Paraic Rafferty
John Ward
Harvey Webber

Year 13 Academic Awards
Gemma Black
Bronagh Bogues
Christine Cartwright
Ciara Christie
Therese Doherty
Jarlath Eastwood
Claire Hill
Jordan Kealey
Eimear McAllister
Declan McAtamney
Martin McCloskey
Dearbhla McCotter
Megan McGeehan
Eoin Melby
Gemma Mullins
Niall O’Boyle
Gregory Rafferty
Samantha Rogers

Year 12 Academic Awards
Jamie Armstrong
James Bannon
Michael Bell
Caoimhe Bond
Sam Boylan
Anna Breslin
Alex Brownlow
Katie Burns
Michael Cheuk
Natalie Costello
Shannon Costello
Eoin Cunning
Dhruv Dahiya
Angus Dinsmore
Niamh Doherty
Katherine Giddins
Conal Gormley
Jordan Hardyway
Hannah Janes
Emma Kelly
Mary Kate Mackle
Matthew Mailey
Daniel McAleese
Seana McCracken
James McCullagh
Niamh McGahon
Aodhan McIlvenny
Odhran McKee
Megan McLaughlin
Thomas McNeill
Stephen McNicholl
Maria Mooney
Hannah Morren
Shannon Mullan
Eimear O’Kane
Joshua Quigley
Terese Rafferty
Mischa Railton
Conor Reid
Marie Reynolds
Bronagh Ward
Sophie Webber
Darryl Wills

Year 11 Academic Awards
William Lane
Conor McCloskey
Fiona McGrath
Catherine McLaughlin
John McLister
Vincent McMullan
Ger Mullan
Eve O’Loan
Gemma Reid
Clare Tracey

Year 11 Diligence
11A Niamh Meehan
11B John Giron
11C Megan McWilliams
11D Erin Doherty
11E Niall Reid

Year 11 Progress 
11A Aidan Carlin
11B Jamie McAlary
11C Liam McVeigh
11D Lauren O’Neill
11E Ciara McMacken

Year 11 Co-operation and Leadership 
11A Tomås McCloskey
11B Aoife Kealey
11C Caoimhe McGowan
11D Sinead Hardy
11E Conor Taylor

Year 12 Diligence 
12A Kieran Kelly
12B Rebecca Lagan
12C Ashleen Stewart
12D Shannon Costello
12E Paul Allen

Year 12 Co-operation and Leadership 
12A Darryl Wills
12B Katie Burns
12C Laura Christie
12D Conor Reid
12E Maria Mooney

Other Awards

1 The Patricia McDermot Memorial Trophy for achievement in GCSE English:
Megan McLaughlin

2 The Macaulay, O’Neill & Martin Perpetual Cup for achievement in GCSE Mathematics:
Caoimhe Bond

3 The BKS Perpetual Trophy for contribution to A Level Geography:
Aoife McGrath, Cillian McCotter

4 The AVX Computer Awards for achievement in Computing:
A Level
Aine Quigg
GCSE
Caragh Rafferty
Eoin Coyle
Margaret Mooney

5 The Stanleigh Cup for achievement in Music:
Emma Kelly

6 The McGeown Cup for outstanding achievement in A-Level Economics:
Andrew Crozier

7 The Ryan McCloskey Memorial Cup for most improved student in A-Level Economics:
Ronan Mullan

8 The N & N Trophies’ Cup for achievement in A-Level Art and Design:
Emma McCafferty

9 The Physical Sciences Award:
Fiona McLaughlin

10 Corn Bhrugha for outstanding personal achievement in Irish at A-Level:
Shonagh O’Neill

11 The Michael Clarke Memorial Cup for achievement in Drama presented by Year 14 students 2002-2003:
Conor O’Kane

12 The Bank of Ireland Trophy for achievement in A Level Home Economics:
Meghan Rafferty

13 The Northern Bank Award for achievement in A-Level Physics:
Cillian McCotter

The following awards are for outstanding achievement in individual subjects:

14 A-Level Biology:
Niamh Nugent

15 A-Level Chemistry:
Fiona McLaughlin
Niamh Nugent

16 A-Level Religious Education:
Claire Butcher

17 A-Level History:
Andrew Crozier

18 A-Level Government and Politics:
Paraic Rafferty

19 A-Level Mathematics:
Cillian McCotter

20 A-Level English Language:
Andrew Crozier

21 A-Level English Literature:
Aoife McGrath

22 A-Level Technology:
Andrew Lofthouse

23 A-Level French:
Beth O’Loan

24 Sports Captains 2009-2010:
Ronan Mullan
Hannah Eastwood

25 Sports Person of the Year, recipient of the Louise McLaughlin Trophy for outstanding contribution to Sporting Life of the College:
Hannah Eastwood
Catherine O’Kane

26 The Mother Rose Cup for best Female Athlete in Year 11:
Clare Tracey

27 Award for best Male Athlete in Year11:
John McLister

28 Award for outstanding achievement representing the College in sport at National Level:
Maria Mooney (All Star)
Stephen Dooley
Sam Boylan

29 MacLarnon Cup Player of the Year:
Peter McKeague

30 Award for the best article in school magazine:
Sam Maguire

31 The Teresa Ball Trophy for Commitment and Spirit:
Brianne O’Neill

32 The Kathleen Toner Memorial Cup:
Sean Fisher

33 The Ciara McLaughlin Memorial Cup:
Shonagh O’Neill

34 For outstanding contribution to the Loreto Ethos in GCSE years:
Emma Kelly
Daniel Brown

35 For outstanding contribution to the Loreto Ethos in A Level years:
Rachel McCloskey
Paraic Rafferty

36 For Full Attendance in 2009 – 2010 academic year:
Year11
: Eimear Anderson, Niall Lennon, Caoimhe McGowan, Laura McIntyre, Sean McKendry, Aaron McReynolds, Aoife McReynolds, Megan McWilliams, Oonagh Nugent, Justyna Pajak
Year12: Natalie Costello, Shannon Costello, Dhruv Dahiya, Emma Kelly, Matthew Mailey, Aodhan McIlvenny, Megan McLaughlin, Justin Millar, Avril O’Donovan, Conor Reid, Bronagh Ward
Year13: Emma Campbell, Christine Cartwright, Ciara Christie, Olivia Hamilton, Claire Hill, Jordan Kealey, Christopher Kwong, Claire McAtamney, Declan McAtamney, Martin McCloskey, Dearbhla McCotter, Emma Morran
Year14: Hannah Eastwood, Sean Fisher, Cillian McCotter, Fiona McLaughlin, Michaela Molloy, Eunan Smyth

Senior Prefects
Adrienne Bradley
Eimear Bradley
Fiona Carlin
Zoe Cheng
Megan Cunning
Andrea Doherty
Stephen Dooley
Brandon Eastwood
Hannah Eastwood
Sean Fisher
Michelle Grant
Clare Kelly
Elizabeth Lane
Andrew Lofthouse
Catherine Anne Martin
Clare McAllister
Kirsty McAllister
Aisilin McClements
Rachel McCloskey
Kerrie McConville
Cillian McCotter
Ryan McGahon
Suzanne McGahon
Peter McKeague
Fiona McLaughlin
Sean McNicholl
Donal McQuillan
Jane Molloy
Michaela Molloy
Ronan Mullan
Niamh Nugent
Aine O’Kane
Brona O’Kane
Catherine O’Kane
Beth O’Loan
Brianne O’Neill
Aine Quigg
Meghan Rafferty
Fiona Shannon
Karina Tully
John Ward
Harvey Webber

Special Awards
Deputy Head Boy
Andrew Crozier
Deputy Head Girl
Claire Butcher
Head Boy
Paraic Rafferty
Head Girl
Aoife McGrath

The evening concluded with eloquent speeches of appreciation from the 2009-2010 Head Boy, Paraic Rafferty, and Head Girl, Aoife McGrath, and presentations to the Guest Speaker by 2009-2010 Head Boy, Jordan Kealey, and Head Girl, Claire Hill.