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Y13 students and Social Justice Co-ordinator Mrs L. McCool at their Fair Trade stall on Mission Day 2011 - View Full Size Image
Y13 students and Social Justice Co-ordinator Mrs L. McCool at their Fair Trade stall on Mission Day 2011

The Principal, staff and students of Loreto College Coleraine have been thanked by Noelle Corscadden IBVM, Province Leader of Loreto Ireland, for the tireless work carried out in Loreto College to raise funds for the Loreto Mission in South Sudan.

In the school year 2011-2012, the Loreto schools network, students and past pupils raised over €104,000  for this project – money which is used to provide for the needs of the students, and teachers for the school.

The Loreto  Secondary School in Rumbek currently has 120 girls as pupils, and will be able to take two form 1 classes in 2013 as its new dormitory and classrooms have now been completed.  The Primary School has over 250 students but has no buildings: the school is sheltered by five trees.  It is hoped that building of classrooms will begin in 2013. At present the Primary School has classes from Kindergarten to Class 2; in 2013 the Sisters hope to offer class 5 and 6 to the local girls, to encourage them to come to school and prepare for Secondary School.  Alongside this, the Loreto Mission runs an Adult Learning Programme and there is a Teacher Training programme run by Solidarity South Sudan.

Paying tribute to the students and staff in Loreto College Coleraine and in all schools in the Loreto Network, Noelle Corscadden commented:
‘This mission is very ambitious, and very necessary for the girls in South Sudan.  It costs a lot and has many challenges and so we are deeply grateful to you for your encouragement and support at all times.  Without your help this mission would not be possible.’

As the Autumn Term draws to a close at Loreto College Coleraine, students and staff are getting ready for their annual Mission Day.  Following the showing of an informative film about the Loreto Rumbek Mission, it is hoped that Loreto Coleraine will have an even greater contribution of support to the Loreto community worldwide at the start of 2013.