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The annual Senior Prizegiving of Loreto College, Coleraine took place on the evening of Wednesday, 17th September 2003 in the College Hall. The Prizegiving Ceremony rewards the achievements of a selected number of individual students – whether academic, personal, spiritual or in contribution to the school or wider community.

The Guest Speaker at the event was Mrs Christina Steenson. Mrs Steenson, a past pupil and former Head Girl of Loreto, is now well-known for the jewellery and silverware business she runs with her husband, with a showroom in Belfast and a workshop, showroom and visitors’ centre in Glenarm. Mrs Steenson spoke with great fondness of her years at Loreto, recalling her enjoyment of the sense of community in the school and her particular love of Art and Sport. Reflecting on her career as a pupil at Loreto, she explained how her career as a jewellery designer began when she took the decision to enter the Belfast Art College. Recalling the inspiration and support of the teachers at Loreto, she encouraged the students present to make the most of the wonderful opportunities open to them at the school, and to follow the dreams that they were forming as they moved through their years of study. In recounting the small beginnings and subsequent great success of her business, along with the associated happiness of family life, Mrs Steenson urged the students present to take risks, be optimistic, aim high and work hard in pursuit of their professional and personal dreams. She paid tribute to Loreto College for the wide and enriching education it had afforded her, speaking with warmth of the happiness and satisfaction which the career which she chose to pursue after she left the school has afforded her. In conclusion, Mrs Steenson congratulated the award-winning students on their achievements, expressing her hopes and prayers that they too would be able to follow their time at Loreto with happiness and fulfilment in the years ahead.

Loreto Principal, Mr Brian Lenehan, paid tribute to Mrs Steenson for her words of encouragement and inspiration. Reflecting on the past academic year and on the new year just beginning, Mr Lenehan spoke about the challenges which face us in the midst of a rapidly changing world.

“Three years on now the optimism that prevailed as we entered the third millennium seems a distant memory. The changes of the last 50 years have been unprecedented in human history, changes that have brought unprecedented economic growth in the developed world yet widened the gap between rich and poor; social changes that have seen a major shift from community base to liberal individualism and a decline in what we see as the traditional nuclear family; political changes that in the context of Northern Ireland have brought the hope of a lasting and just peace but on the international scene the demise of the checks and balances built into the cold war has created great uncertainty about the shape of the evolving new world order and acutely highlighted since the war in Iraq..

“Education has not been insulated from these changes. On the contrary education is locked into the culture from which it arises, both reflecting that culture and constructing and shaping it. Recently we witnessed thousands of school children leaving their schools to protect against the Iraqi war. During the years of the troubles here his had never happened. Many would argue that in the balance of rights and responsibilities the pendulum has swung too far in favour of rights. Schools are social communities where it is essential to get the balance between both correct. In the social sphere schools are being asked to do more and more without the adequate provision of resources. Education in citizenship, relationship and sexuality education; child protection are but a few that fall within this sphere. If there is one thing that is guaranteed to anger teachers it is the charge that schools are responsible for society’s ills.

“In Britain one of the key purposes of education was economic, wealth creation. This was true for all except the wealthy upper classes. They had the financial independence to study subjects which were unrelated to a career. In the 18th and 19th centuries the great universities flourished and at the same time the industrial revolution led to a huge population shift from the country into the town – where opportunities for schooling and apprenticeship as well as work were better than in the rural areas. These developments way back then laid down the distinction between academic (for those with unearned incomes) and vocational subjects (for those who have to earn their living), which is still characteristic of our system today. Indeed a great deal of energy has been invested into trying to establish equality of esteem between vocational and academic careers over the last ten years with only limited success to date.

“Education in its entirety is an extremely complex area. Because what passes in England finds its way to Northern Ireland in a similar guise at some stage, Churchill’s observation that “in order to look forward intelligently it is necessary to have looked back perceptively” seems apt here. The difficulty is that in the complex world of education there doesn’t seem to be a clear vision for the future. Education seems to lurch from change to change, new initiative to new initiative. It’s as if the changes referred to earlier have outpaced the system. We struggle to respond, are often reactive rather than pro-active and, like the education of children, have to learn from mistakes.

“Rob Butler’s 1944 education act provided secondary education for all and paved the way for successive modern governments’ thinking. For many years education was seen as the domain of the well off. Today we have a government which insists that all children have a right to be educated for their own good and for the public good, that every child should be taught effectively no matter how difficult that may be. The policy of inclusiveness for children with special needs and the recent emphasis on literacy and numeracy are examples that illustrate this policy perfectly.

“The first modern milestone in this vision of education came in the late 1980s with the introduction of the Common Curriculum and with it a common examination at 16, the GCSE. This vision of education where all children were given a common entitlement in terms of what they were taught was noble in its inception but flawed in practice. A major consequence of this was that the curriculum became more academic not less so. Practical subjects like Art, Design & Technology, Drama, Home Economics, took on the rigour of academic subjects and many pupils were ill-served by such a change. In addition it removed from schools the flexibility to offer a curriculum which individual schools believed best suited their pupils, creating a curriculum strait jacket from which many pupils were alienated. Indeed change became so burdensome in the 90s that the government was forced to put a moratorium on it for 5 years.

“Part of the response to this curriculum strait jacket referred to above was to allow schools to partly disengage from the common curriculum. However this in itself created another administrative burden on schools. The introduction of vocational courses also attempted to loosen the strait jacket. Only after years of revision and change have these now become comparable with the more traditional academic courses. The recognition now given to these Advanced Vocational Courses by the universities has been the major factor in their accreditation and they have now been developed at GCSE level also. Many would argue that the labelling of these courses “vocational” only serves to emphasise the difference between them and the more traditional subjects. Every subject, it could be argued, has a strong vocational element and always has had.

“Having introduced the common curriculum the Government then became obsessed with measuring how well it was being delivered by schools. The result – a bludgeoning examination system and league tables which ranked schools’ performance without reference to their particular circumstances. Pupils entering school in P1 and staying on until 18 can now expect to do public examination in P4 (KS1); P7 (KS2); the transfer test (if they elect to do so); KS3 tests in Science, Maths and English, GCSE examinations at 16 (KS4); AS examinations in Yr13 and A2 examinations in Year 14. School examinations are heaped on top to ensure pupils are given adequate practice and preparation.

“The Government’s emphasis on the mechanistic outcomes of education, examination results and targets, is troubling. A successful education system brings a greater sense of social cohesion and well-being, of tolerance and justice, of dignity and self-worth to individual pupils and society at large. Many welcome the transparency of these developments which provide valuable information about schools. Others detest them arguing that schools are increasingly being forced into teaching for examination results, to achieve targets set by government. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In this case the spontaneity and creativity in the classroom, the hallmarks of good teaching, and always guaranteed to enthuse and motivate pupils, can be lost.

“After 12 years of the Common Curriculum CCEA began a widespread curriculum review with the express aim of making the curriculum more relevant to pupils. Whilst there is a broad outline for 14 – 18 the 11 – 14 proposals are a shambles. The latter proposed the merging of subjects into thematic areas, the expansion of formal assessment (yet again) and a greater emphasis on skills at the expense of knowledge. The 14 – 18 proposals have been received more favourably – greater freedom for schools to offer a curriculum they judge best for their pupils, more “vocational” courses and modular courses. However, at the very time the powers that be claim to be freeing up the curriculum they are imposing a host of other life aspects that they expect schools to deliver – Citizenship, Relationship & Sexuality Education; Personal, Social and Health education to name a few. The danger is that schools are increasingly expected to take on every aspect of society’s ills and in a word OVERLOAD.

“There was some debate as to the relevance of GCSE in the 14 – 18 curriculum. I have no doubt about its worth and believe firmly that it will stay. There is however a serious question mark over the AS and A2 (A level) examinations. The debacle in the summer of 2002 when 100,000s of scripts had to be remarked proved almost fatal. It is widely believed that the volume of public examinations in Yr13 & 14 is simply not sustainable. This has effectively reduced the A Level years to four terms of teaching. There is now serious talk of an international baccalaureate replacing A Levels by the end of the decade and, unlike the past, there may well be the political will to carry this through on this occasion.

“And what of higher education? The recent debate about how it should be funded is guaranteed to make the hair of both parents and pupils alike stand on end, with students acquiring significant debts during their university years. The government policy of attracting pupils from less well-off backgrounds into higher education is an admirable one. This policy of positive discrimination does however sit uncomfortably with entrance based upon merit and already Bristol and Edinburgh Universities have come in for criticism for operating such a wider access policy. The Government has also set targets for access to higher education. “A generation ago about 8% of 18 year olds entered universities; today it is 405% in NI; by 2010 the target is set for 50%. No one would deny that wider access and therefore greater choice is desirable. There has however been a distinct lack of debate about the implications of such a policy. Twenty years ago able, caring pupils could enter nursing at 16. A combination of practical experience on hospital wards and examinations qualified them as registered nurses. Today, entrance is via university degree, a route which has probably denied many many able, caring individuals access. At one time there was a shortage of 30,000 nurses in UK hospitals, nursing care being the major factor in hospitals’ inability to care for patients.

“And what of education closer to home? The major issue of course is the shape of post-primary education in the future. The debate on this has been raging for the last three years. Before the collapse of the last executive, the Minister of Education announced that 2004 would be the last year of the present transfer test – and that was all he announced. For primary and post-primary schools, but particularly for parents with children in primary school, this raised countless questions and great uncertainty. Doubtless change will create difficulties and challenges. Changes made in haste and without proper planning will create uncertainty, instability and harm the educational opportunities of a generation of young people. The debate must allow a vision for education to evolve where there is widespread agreement that the end product will deliver a better education for all pupils then the current systems.

“So in the midst of all this change what is the challenge? It is quite simply not to lose sight of the pupil in the classroom, the focus for all that we are about. Teachers know that it is their enthusiasm and love of subject that will enthuse and motivate their pupils. They know that the higher their expectations of their pupils, the more their pupils will achieve. Teaching in the classroom is about order, discipline, pace, variety, sequencing, clarity, relevance, encouraging, coaxing, making time for pupils to do for themselves and yes, humour.

“The challenge for us, and for you, is not so much the creation of our ethos, that is firmly established. But it would be foolish and complacent to take this for granted. In the midst of so much change, change that impinges directly on young people, the challenge is to hold on to what has already been established, retaining and building upon what is good, wholesome and healthy.

“In the midst of all this change is the education we now offer our young people better than in the past? Undoubtedly yes, in almost every aspect. Education has undergone a revolution in the last 20 years. The opportunities and experiences available to young people are wonderful. Education has travelled and will continue to travel a torturous and bumpy route. How do we, in this school, navigate that route? Well, primarily with an outstanding suspension system – the teachers. I commend them to you.”

Mr Lenehan then gave a summary of the achievements of the past academic year.

“We are mindful of the significant contribution that extra-curricular activities and sport make to the life of the College and the development of students. We provide a great range of such activities and actively encourage participation.

“In Gaelic games teams were entered for the Loch An Iúir Cup, the Trainor Cup and the McLarnon Cup. Highlight of these campaigns was a narrow defeat in the semi-final of the McLarnon Cup, a campaign headed by captain Barry McGoldrick, which has helped set the College firmly in the Senior Colleges Gaelic circle. Barry McGoldrick was an all-Ireland Minor football champion winner, along with Neil Mullan, a past pupil, and both Barry and Sean Paul Henry have represented Ireland in the Australian Rules series.

“In hurling the College was represented at Senior, U16, U14 and U13 levels in the Ulster Colleges’ Championships. The Seniors and U16 teams progressed to the semi-final stages, while the U14s, captained by Cormac Kealey were runners-up.

“A similar number of teams competed in the Ulster Colleges’ Championships in Camogie. The Senior team progressed to the semi-final and the U14s, captained by Sinead Cassidy, were also runners-up.
The school won the Irish News Gaelic Games Colleges Award worth £1500 to the school.

“The Loreto Soccer teams have enjoyed an outstanding year. The Year 8 and 10 teams, captained by Eoin Deeney and Kieran Tasker-Lynch respectively, were finalists in the Coleraine & District League. Going one better, the Year 11 team, captained by Frank Kealy and the Senior team, captained by Brian Deighan, were winners of the Coleraine and District shield and the Morton Cup.

“The College’s hockey teams were entered for the Schools’ Derry & Antrim Leagues, the Senior Schools Cup, the McDowell Cup and the NEBSSA tournaments. The Year 9 team, captained by Orla Louden, were U13 winners outright in the NEBBSA tournament, having been joint champions the previous year.

“Netball has continued to attract great success. The intermediate and junior teams, captained by Deirdre Morrow and Ciara McNicholl took first place in the Coleraine & District Leagues while the Seniors, captained by Marie Therese Morrow took second place.

“In Athletics we had 16 pupils who took part in the NEBSSA athletics finals. Stephen Friel took gold in the U14 1500m; Sinead Cassidy silver in the U14 High Jump, Kathy McGouran silver in the U13 High Jump and Ceire McNicholl silver in the U12 High Jump.

“Similarly in Cross Country the College had four students qualifying for the Ulster Schools Cross Country finals. Elizabeth McWilliams won her Intermediate event and qualified for the All-Ireland finals.

“The Mary McCabe Cup and the Challenge Shield for the Year 8 Cross Country event were won by Louise Bogues and Fergal McCloskey.

“Elizabeth McWilliams’ remarkable athletics success continues to progress. In April last she took 3rd place n the All-Ireland Senior Championships (only contestant U17) and shortly afterwards took the All-Ireland Indoor U17 Championship. She represented Ireland in the Youth Olympics in Paris in July, and was placed tenth in the world running in Canada in August. It’s difficult to keep track of Elizabeth’s achievements.

“Catherine Diamond and Garrett Quinn were the swimmers of the year in the annual Loreto Swimming Gala. A team of students qualified for the Schools’ Swimming Championships in Belfast and also represented the College in the NEBSSA swimming gala.

“The Badminton club, formed only last year, has already had considerable success. Not only are a variety of teams competing in local tournaments but three Yr9 students, Conor O’Kane, David McCullough and Callum Eastwood were selected for the NE Regional Development squad and David and Callum represented the NE Board in the NI Games.

“Megan and Shane Boylan have continued their great success in schools’ judo. In the 3rd annual Irish Schools Judo Championship Megan not only defended her school title from last year but added a further title and a runners-up position to her record. She also took the gold in the NI Schools Championships while brother Shane took gold in both the Junior and Senior sections. Aine McGuckian, Year 9, is an All-Ireland silver medallist and Ulster junior gold medallist. Her brother Shane was a senior bronze medallist. In the Ulster team event the College took two bronze medals.

“The Intermediate Girls’ Tennis team, Fiona Gallagher, Marie Louise Boyle, Dervla O’Kane and Roisin Allen, again reached the semi finals of the Ulster Schools Tennis Cup, having won it in the previous 2 years. A junior and intermediate boys’ team entered the same competition.

“Outstanding ability and commitment has seen both Kate McNulty, Year 14, and Fiona Gallagher, Yr12, represent Ireland at international level in tennis.

“In outdoor pursuits, 22 Yr14 students participated in the Loreto Outdoor Challenge which involves mountain climbing, running and swimming.

“Sport and games, of course, were not the only domains in which outstanding success and individual achievements occurred in the school.

“Benjamin McKillen, Philip Martin and Daniel Howell took first place in the NI Schools KS3 Science Quiz at St Dominic’s Belfast. This was the 3rd time the College has won this competition. At a more senior school level Mairead McCloskey represented the College in the ESAT Young Scientist Competition in Dublin. Mairead won no less than three awards including the INTEL award. This enabled her to represent Ireland at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Cleveland Ohio last May, where she won five top awards amongst 1017 entries from 31 countries and 4 territories. Mairead is going to Cambridge to study Natural Sciences.

“Senior students also participated in the Young Engineers’ Competition and as always gained much valuable experience in the field of engineering.

Colin Quigg (Yr9) was one of 10 prize winners throughout N Ireland for his suggestion that a sample of clean water be included in UU Science Time Capsule.

“Malo Scullion and Matthew Devenney (Yr8) were finalists in the British Schools Chess Championships in Sheffield. Malo is the U-13 NI Schools Champion while Matthew was U-12 runner-up.

“In Mathematics, Year 9 students entered the Junior Mathematics Challenge while Year 12/13 pupils entered the Mathematics Sans Frontières with one year taking the runner-up place. Four Yr 8 pupils entered the mathematics 24-hour game, which they found to be a rewarding experience.

“Music and Drama make a great contribution to the Arts in the College through the Drama Club, Directors’ Festival, Senior & Junior Choirs, Traditional group, Musicals and Music and Singing tuition. Highlight of the year was the Senior Choir’s performance in the UTV Choir of the Year Competition. As winners in the NEELB for the second year in a row they were justifiably disappointed not to be placed in the final. They also achieved outstanding success in the Coleraine festival and the International Choral Festival with Niamh O’Kane, Catherine McCambridge, Kathryn McIlroy, Tess Moffett, Megan McGonigle, Lucy McLaughlin, Oonagh Donnelly, Orlagh McQuillan and Marian Armstrong all taking individual awards. The Spring Concert returned this year and was a wonderful display of pupils’ talents.

“Still in the Arts there was great success in a number of competitions. Sean Devlin, Jan Toner and Ronan McShane took first, second and third places respectively in the 11-13 age group, while Louise McCloskey, Donna Kelly and Breige McCloskey again took first, second and third places in the Credit Union Art Competition. In the Peace Network Art Competition, Bridget Gaile, Kevin O’Neill, Donna Kelly and Gemma Hegarty were placed from first to highly commended in their respective sections and will have their work published in a calendar next year. Yr13 students gained invaluable experience through their involvement in the N Ireland finals of the Form and Fusion Design Awards.

“The Senior Debating team was highly commended in the finals of the Amnesty International Debating competition. This year saw the Mary Ward Public Speaking Competition hosted by the College with all Loreto schools in Ulster represented.

“Residential courses for students of Irish were organised once again in the Gaeltacht and four of our Yr11 pupils won Gael Linn Scholarships. Yr12 Irish students won Gael Linn Public Speaking competitions and Sorcha McCloskey went through to the Ulster Finals.

“Charlotte McAfee was crowned Ulster champion in the Ulster Irish Dancing Championship in the U15 category.

“The European Day marked a series of very successful events highlighting the European dimension and the College hosted a group of German exchange students from our partner school in Vechta. Strasbourg was the destination for a group of Yr13 Government and Politics students, an invaluable experience for insight into the working of the European Union.

“In the field of business and economics, a team of A Level Economics students repeated their success of last year and took first place in N Ireland in the Interest Rate Target 2.5 Challenge competition. They went on to represent N Ireland in the UK Finals in Manchester and took the runners-up prize of £500 for the school. In school all Yr12 students took part in the Business Insight Conference organised in conjunction with the College’s Careers Department.

“The National Dairy Council holds the Young Cook of the Year Competition: Anne Marie McGill celebrated a first for the College by taking the coveted title of Young Cook of the Year in 14-16 group.

“In the field of careers and higher education, the College hosted its twenty-second annual Trial Interview event for Yr14 students, of great assistance in making career choices. All of Yr13s were placed for a week’s work experience at Easter of last year.

“The College attaches great importance to Education for Mutual Understanding, reaching out and engaging with other groups and institutions across the whole of the community. From what I’ve said you can see the great range of involvement. We are particularly proud of our links with Sandelford Special School and of our involvement in the Seven Schools Cross Community Project.

“In the area of personal development the College awarded 5 bursaries to Louise McHenry, Oonagh McFerran, Claire Taylor, Conor McQuillan and Louise Corrigan to pursue aspects of their own development outside of school.

“We are also especially proud of how generous and caring our students are. Last year they raised £14,959 for our designated and other charities – our main designated charities being the Loreto Missions, LASCO and Trócaire.

“There are numerous other events and activities available to students throughout the year, including liturgies, retreats, trips, outings, fieldwork, quizzes, competitions. And although I have highlighted the higher profile events throughout last year, there are numerous other pupils participating and giving generously throughout the year in a host of ways, contributing to the richness and variety of the College and I commend them all highly.”

In conclusion, Mr Lenehan commented on the wealth of opportunities available at Loreto for all students, from the gifted to those who find school more of a challenge, and asserted that everyone at Loreto is very proud of students’ achievements and delighted at the high levels of participation.

Mr Lenehan paid tribute to the dedication and professionalism of the staff. “Day in, day out, they never fail to give that little extra, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. I commend them to you.”

Mr Lenehan also thanked the students’ parents, for their trust and co-operation. He expressed his gratitude for their support. Thanks were also expressed to Mrs Duddy, the librarian; Mr Lynn, the Bursar; Mrs McEldowney, the Principal’s secretary; Mrs Maxwell and Mrs Dornan, the secretaries; Mr Otterson, senior technician on behalf of all the technicians; Mr Weir and Mr Mullan, the caretakers; Mr Turner, the groundsman; Miss McCann, head cook; and all the ancillary , cleaning and canteen staff. Thanks were also expressed to Fr Forbes, the School Chaplain, and to the Religious Education Department for the time and effort they put into organising the liturgies, retreats and seminars throughout the year.

Mr Lenehan concluded:

“My thanks also to our governors, many of whom are here tonight. The Governance of schools is becoming increasingly demanding yet 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.

To the Loreto Community both here in Coleraine and further afield for their continual prayers and support.

Finally our thanks to you, the students, for your courtesy and co-operation throughout your years here. That is something we appreciate very much.

I recall making reference to President Eisenhower’s view of people at the Year 14 Leavers’ Mass last May – those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who ask “what happened?” You young people are amongst the best of your generation.

It would be all our hopes here this evening that wherever you young people journey in the years ahead, you will make things happen in a way that makes a more just, equitable and peaceful world. As we face the uncertainties of an evolving new world order this is the great challenge for mankind in the decades ahead.”

The prizes were distributed as follows:

Year 14 Academic Awards
Aine Black John Lenehan Caroline McGlinchey James O’Kane
Rosemary Black Conan Loughrey Barry McGoldrick
Nicola O’Kane Conor Boyle Catherine McAleese Claire McLister
Marie-Claire O’Mullan Sean Boyle James McCloskey
Francine McWilliams Nora O’Murchu Michelle Dixon
Jason McCloskey Eamonn Morgan Nuala O’Neill
Deirdre Gallagher Mairead McCloskey Mary Mullan
Stephanie Hart Padraig McCloskey Ciara O’Donnell

Year 13 Academic Awards
Christopher Boyle Patrice Eastwood Patrick McGill Caroline Mulvenna
Kevin Boyle Gary Feeney Sinead McGouran Daniel O’Neill
Daniel Bradley Laura Gallagher Louise McHenry Kevin O’Neill
Ryan Canning Sarah Lemon Laura McKay Ciaran Rainey
Caroline Cavanagh Christopher McCaughan
Catherine McKeague Aileen Riley Damien Coyle Eoghan McCloskey
Caoimhe McKenna Maeve Diamond Sorcha McCloskey
Anne Marie McNicholl Michael Dowds Roma McDonald Kate McNulty

Year 12 Academic Awards

Deirdre Allen Aisling Drumm John McGill Caroline O’Hagan
Shane Boylan Kerry Farren John McGuckian Conor O’Kane
Louise Corrigan Sean Paul Henry Mary McKeague
Aidan Rainey Paul Daly Brian Og McAlary Kathryn McLister
Claire Reynolds Andrea Doherty Julie McCloskey
Grace McMacken Orla Rodgers Catherine Doherty
Roisin McCloskey Conor McQuillan Kirsty Stanfield
Ria Doherty Aedan McCotter Elizabeth McWilliams
Ciara Dowdall Laura McDevitt Deirdre Morrow
Niall Dowds Oonagh McFerran Oonagh Mullan

Year 11 Academic Awards
Maeve Boyle Bridget Gaile Charlotte McAfee Fergal O’Kane
Mary Louise Boyle Sean Gottschalk Francis McCaughan
Shauna Boyle Stephen Kelly Niamh Melby
Michael Colgan Sinead Martin Emma O’Donnell

Year 11 Diligence Year 11 Progress
11A Michael Hickey Michaela O’Kane
11B Ciaran Lenehan Connor Mullan
11C Ciar Johnston Aaron McAllister
11D Lauren Eastwood Anne Marie McGill
11E Beth McMullan Rachel Millar

Year 11 Co-Operation and Leadership
Joseph McCollam
Bronagh McAleese
Fiona Gallagher
Conor Molloy
Enda Mullan

Year 12 Diligence Year 12 Co-Operation and Leadership
12A Daniel McNeill Christopher Henry
12B Paul Doherty Ciara Dowdall
12C Liam Tunney Shane McAfee
12D Decla Rafferty Orla Rodgers
12E Sean McMahon Ciaran McShane

Other Awards
1. For outstanding contribution to the Loreto Ethos in GCSE years: Oonagh McFerran
2. For outstanding contribution to the Loreto Ethos in A Level years: Nicola O’Kane / Conan Loughrey
3. The Patricia McDermott Memorial Trophy for outstanding achievement in GCSE English: Kirsty Stanfield
4. The Macaulay, O’Neill and Martin Perpetual Cup for outstanding achievement in GCSE Mathematics: Conor O’Kane
5. The Northern Bank Award for outstanding A level Science student: Marie Claire O’Mullan
6. The BKS Perpetual Trophy for outstanding achievement in A level Geography: Nora O’Murchu
7. The AVX Computer Awards for outstanding achievements in Computing:
Year 14: Katherine Woods
Year 12: Catherine Doherty / Oonagh Mullan
8. The Stanleigh Cup for outstanding achievement in Music: Grace McMacken
9. The McGeown Cup for outstanding achievement in A Level Economics: Aine Black
10. The Corn Bhrugha Cup for outstanding achievement in Irish at GCSE: Aedan McCotter
11. The Michael Clarke Memorial Cup for Drama presented by Year 14 2002-2003: Michael Clarke
12. For outstanding achievement in Public Speaking:
Orla Rodgers
13. For the best article in the School Magazine:
Louise McHenry
14. The Teresa Ball Trophy for Commitment and Spirit:
John McGarry
15. Sports Captains: Judith Kelly, Barry McGoldrick
16. The Louise McLaughlin Perpetual Trophy for outstanding contribution to the sporting life of the College: Barry McGoldrick
17. For outstanding achievement in Sport at National Level: Oonagh McFerran (netball), Fiona Gallagher (tennis), Sean Paul Henry (Gaelic)
18. The Mother Rose Cup for the best Female Athlete in Year 11: Fiona Gallagher
19. Best Male Athlete in Year 11: Mark Quinn
20. The Sister Colmcille & Sister Aidan Bursary (Founders’ Bursary for Personal Development): Louise Corrigan
21. Parents’ Bursaries: Oonagh McFerran, Louise McHenry, Conor McQuillan, Claire Taylor
22. The Kathleen Turner Memorial Cup: Patrick Bonnar, Christopher Lewis
23. The Loreto Challenge Gold Award: Adelle Archibald, Cathal Diamond, Conan Loughrey, Barry McGoldrick, James McLernon, Claire McLister, Ciara O’Donnell, Nora O’Murchu
24. For Full Attendance:
Year 11: Bridget Gaile, Michael Hickey, Ciar Johnston, Eilish McAllister, Duncan McCaughan, Francis McCaughan, Caoimhe McCotter, Anne Marie McGill, Sinead Martin, Gareth Mullan, Dervla O’Kane, Anna Railton
Year 12: Louise Corrigan, Fergal Dallat, Michael Lenehan, Brian Og McAlary, Sean McConway, Aedan McCotter, John McGuckian, Kathryn McLister, Daniel McNeill, Noelle Martin, Natalie O’Connor, Alan Tompkin
Year 13: Christopher Boyle, Kevin Boyle, Ryan Canning, Martin Carey, Damien Coyle, Sinead Devine, Kieran Diamond, Patrice Eastwood, Charlene Kearns, Christopher McCaughan, Eoghan McCloskey, Monica McColgan, Patrick McGill, Sinead McGouran, Claire McKay, Caoimhe McKenna, Andrew McLaughlin, Kate McNulty, Cathy McReynolds, Claire McVeigh, Kieran Mulholland, Conor Mullin, Charlene O’Connor, Ryan Rankin, Aileen Riley
Year 14: Adelle Archibald, Conor Boyle, Cathal Diamond, John Lenehan, James McLernon, Ciara O’Donnell, Eunan O’Kane

Senior Prefects
Adelle Archibald, Rosemary Black, Conor Boyle, Erin Brolly, Michael Clarke, Brendan Colgan, Sinead Devlin, Cathal Diamond, Michelle Dixon, Amanda Doherty, Carolyn Dowds, Kevin Fisher, Ursula Hasson, Rebecca Jack, Judith Kelly, John Lenehan, Conan Loughrey, Catherine McAleese, Donogh McAlonan, Siobhan McAtamney, Paula McCann, Barry McGoldrick, Etain McGuinness, Andrea McIlroy, Geraldine McKeague, James McLernon, Claire McLister, Francine McWilliams, Marie-Therese Morrow, Clare Mullan, Mary Mullan, Ciara O’Donnell, Eunan O’Kane, Nicola O’Kane, Marie-Claire O’Mullan, Nora O’Murchu, Nuala O’Neill, Lee-Ann Rankin, Breige Sweeney, Katherine Woods

Special Awards
Deputy Head Boy John Lenehan
Head Boy Conan Loughrey
Deputy Head Girl Nora O’Murchu
Head Girl Claire McLister

The Prizegiving concluded with speeches of thanks by the Head Girl and Head Boy of 2002-2003, Claire McLister and Conan Loughrey, who both reflected on the happinesses and sadnesses of their seven years at Loreto College, and thanked both the Staff and their peer-group for the enriching experience which this education had been. Finally, current Head Boy and Head Girl Ciaran Rainey and Caoimhe McKenna offered a vote of thanks to Guest Speaker Mrs Steenson, along with a presentation to her on behalf of the students and staff of the school.

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