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Concentration at the Y10 European Quiz during European Day - View Full Size Image
Concentration at the Y10 European Quiz during European Day
A scene from the European Quiz at the Loreto College European Day - View Full Size Image
A scene from the European Quiz at the Loreto College European Day
Marking answers to the European quiz on Loreto College's European Day - View Full Size Image
Marking answers to the European quiz on Loreto College's European Day
Traditional Musicians perform in the Loreto College canteen during Irish Week - View Full Size Image
Traditional Musicians perform in the Loreto College canteen during Irish Week
Traditional Musicians perform in the Loreto College canteen during Irish Week - View Full Size Image
Traditional Musicians perform in the Loreto College canteen during Irish Week
16/03/2011 EUROPEAN DAY AND SEACHTAIN NA GAELIGE AT LORETO COLLEGE

The week leading up to the St Patrick’s Day holiday saw dual celebrations at Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, with the marking of Seachtain na Gaelige (Irish Week) and European Day.

Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Week) proved most enjoyable, as always. Pupils enjoyed a week of activities and entertainment and the fact that all Irish books were left at home for the week only added to the joy. The week’s events included a lively ceili at lunchtime on Tuesday 15th March, with the appointment, following election, of an ‘Irish Royal Family’ from among the student population. Those elected were: King of Ireland, Liam McGoldrick, Queen of Ireland Eimear McAllister, Prince of Ireland, Ciaran McGilligan, Princess of Ireland, Tiarna McGinty and Royal Baby, Daniel Dallat.  The school canteen, Café Lorette, was at the centre of Seachtain na Gaelige this year, with delicacies such as Irish Stew, the Ulster Fry, soda bread, leprechaun biscuits and Irish mint ice cream on offer in the seasonally-decorated canteen.  There was also entertainment on offer in the canteen at breaktimes, courtesy of the College’s traditional musicians, led by teachers Mrs Maeve Close and Mr Gerry McGouran.

The Irish Department also held its annual Irish Mass in the convent chapel on Wednesday 16th March. All in all, Seachtain na Gaeilge proved enjoyable as always. Bean Uí Mhianáin and Bean Uí Mhaoláin wish to say ‘Go raibh maith agaibh’ to all pupils and staff who participated and assisted in any way.

Tuesday 15th March also saw the College’s annual European Day organised by the Modern Languages department.

Marking the European dimension, Year 8-10 students at the Castlerock Road school were able to join in a range of lively activities, from a Eurovision Disco in which all Year 8 students enjoyed music from France, Spain, Germany, the UK and elsewhere, to a multi-lingual game of bingo for all Year 9 students, to an intensely contested European table quiz for all Year 10 students.  Assistance at all these events was received from Year 11 students from GCSE level French, Spanish and Irish classes.  Meanwhile, throughout all departments of the College, European themed lessons were taking place, with the theme of diversity being explored and a multi-lingual approach being taken to teaching and learning activities.

Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to Mrs Siobhan Mullan, European and Exchange Co-ordinator, and the members of the French, Irish and Spanish departments who had organised the day’s events as well as thanking Bean Uí Mhianáin and Bean Uí Mhaoláin for a very lively Seachtain na Gaelige.