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23/09/2004 LORETO COLLEGE SENIOR PRIZEGIVING HIGHLIGHTS SPIRITUALITY AND EXCELLENCE

The annual Senior Prizegiving took place at Loreto College Coleraine on Wednesday evening, 22nd September 2004 in the College Hall. This Prizegiving ceremony rewards the achievements of a selected number of individual students in the areas of academic excellence and in their contribution to the life of the school community, extra-curricular activities and the wider community as a whole.

The Guest Speaker, Mrs Nuala O’Loan, Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, was welcomed to the College by Loreto Principal Mr Brian Lenehan. Mr Lenehan introduced Mrs O’Loan as someone who has combined a highly distinguished professional career, very considerable voluntary and charitable work and a busy family life. Amongst other things Mrs O’Loan has been: Chairman of the Northern Ireland Consumer Committee for Electricity; a Member of the Police Authority; Vice-Chair of the Police Authority’s Community Relations Committee; a Member of the Northern Health and Social Services Board; Convenor of the NHS Complaints System for the Northern Health and Social Services Board, a Member of the General Consumer Council, and Convenor of the Transport and Energy Group of that council; and a Legal Expert Member of the European Commission’s Consumers Consultative Council. She is author of several publications. In the course of her work she has spoken widely at conferences and in an advisory capacity to governments all over the world. In her voluntary and charitable work she was a lay visitor to police stations for seven years and for sixteen years was a voluntary marriage counsellor working especially with couples embarking on mixed marriages. Her present office commenced work on 6 November 2000 and a measure of the task she faces is that since that date her office has received over 12,000 complaints, some of a very high public profile.

Mrs O’Loan spoke eloquently of the challenges and opportunities open to the young people present, as well as addressing the tremendous assistance available to them from their parents and teachers. She spoke of her own childhood and of the path her career had taken, and of the strength she drew both from her family and friends and from her faith in facing the challenges presented to her on a daily basis. Congratulating the students and former students present on the excellence of their achievements to date, she urged listeners to be determined and not disheartened when facing personal and professional challenges in the years ahead. Drawing inspiration from thinkers as diverse as Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart, as well as from her own experience, Mrs O’Loan encouraged students to take all the academic and extra-curricular opportunities open to them at Loreto College and to move onwards towards a fulfilled and fulfilling adult life.

Thanking Mrs O’Loan for her inspirational speech, Mr Lenehan drew particular attention to once maxim: “Failure is not falling down; it is staying down”. In introducing his own speech, he urged students to draw resolve from these encouraging words.

Mr Lenehan continued:

“The editorial in the Irish News a few weeks ago read “Will we ever be safe again?” At about the same time President Chirac of France stated that “the genie is out of the bottle and it will be very difficult to put it back”. The genie being world terrorism. Chilling comments.

“To some people the millennium of four years ago meant little more than the passage of a date. Most people, however, are likely to have seen it as a date that drew a line in the sand, clearly defining the past and at the same time marking out the future, a 21st century of optimism and hope. At this stage in human history it was almost as if it was just the right time to have a millennium change, a time when the pace of change is quite literally breath-taking, when it can leave us in its wake and, most important of all, when we are asking fundamental questions about where change is leading us.

“When hijacked planes flew into the Twin Towers in New York on 11 September three years ago, no one could have imagined that the fallout from the cataclysmic event would still be felt three years on. The optimism and hope of four years ago has quickly dissipated with wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the carnage of acts of terrorism all around the world. The more recent atrocity in Beslan, North Ossetia, made a particular impact on the pupils of the school here. As we reflect on these events we are entitled to wonder when will the world feel a safer and more secure place? These have been high profile events, attracting great media coverage, but they are events largely outside our control.

“On a more personal and day-to-day basis, Andrew Hargreaves describes this feeling of uncertainty as

“people experiencing insecurity/uncertainty associated with their work, pension provision, environmental deterioration, the withdrawal of welfare safety nets, the erosion of supportive communities and relationships, the decline of the nuclear family, the growing threat of crime and violence to their physical and mutual safety. These affect peoples’ basic capacity to trust others, to rely on relationships and not to spend their lives looking over their shoulders”.

“What has all this to do with schools and education you might ask? Well, everything really. As adults we shape the world in which young people grow up. We consciously and unconsciously pass on our own hopes, aspirations but also our concerns, fears and insecurities to our young people. Schools are social institutions, the “raw material” of which is young people and between the ages of 11 and 18 they undergo the biggest change in their lives. It isn’t surprising therefore that adverse social changes may be especially difficult for our young people as they pass through their school years.

“William Wordsworth, referring to the swift passage of youth wrote

“Heaven lies above us in our infancy!
Shadows of the prison-house close upon the growing boy.”

“Youth is for innocence and exploration, or it ought to be, for learning about yourself, for discovering the world around you, and how quickly it passes. We all know that “children grow up too quickly”, are “older than their years”. How much of our own fears and insecurities contribute to this? No parents mean to deprive their children. But maybe in this age of uncertainty and insecurity we are over-protective, maybe we contribute to these feelings in our children also. We want to protect them from unknown dangers when we ferry them to and from school by car; we want to know always where they are and give them mobile phones; we worry about their future and have them coached in extra lessons; we want to protect them from the worst excesses. Those of us who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s did so in a generation that was manifestly poorer in material terms but we were immeasurably freer than our own children are or were.

“For our young people, home and school ought to be the most stable and secure places. The American educational historian Larry Cuban observed that “if society has an itch, schools get scratched”. We sometimes feel that the whole of society’s ills are heaped on schools to solve – child protection procedures, citizenship education, relationship and sexuality education, illegal substance education are but a few of the vitally important concerns of society that schools are asked to address. One could be forgiven for thinking that, increasingly, society expects schools not just to teach children but to save society. That is a huge expectation. But from the parents’ perspective sending a child to school continues to be, on the one hand, an act of faith in the school, and on the other, hope for the future, hope that the pupil will fulfil his/her potential, be a good person and do good in the wider society.

“We here in this school, Loreto College, have no illusions about the challenges facing us. Of course we attach great importance to academic excellence and excellence in all aspects of school life – striving to do our best in all that we do. As I have said in the past, our greatest challenge is not creating our ethos and the values that we espouse; these have been firmly established by the “giants” of individuals who have gone before, but rather holding on to what has already been established. We see our students for one quarter of each day and half of the year. If what we strive to achieve isn’t broadly consistent with what our students experience outside school then our task becomes much more difficult. We cannot insulate young people from the contradictions, the insecurities, the false hopes that are out there. But what we can do is offer solidarity, community, shared aims and values, common interests; where the quality of relationships and care that we afford our pupils is what we are judged by.

“Who will be the future? Who will create the future? Well, young people of course. One contemporary philosopher has said that if you want to see the future look into the eyes of your children. The Loreto philosophy of motivating young people, of empowering and liberating young people is a dynamic and powerful one. Set against our core values of Love, Freedom, Justice, Sincerity and Joy, we can equip our young people to face this age of insecurity, to be confident, to stand up and be counted. You young people will be society’s leaders, decision-makers, people with influence, opinion formers who will bring judgements to bear. And if we, in partnership with your parents, have gone some way in bringing you towards our shared vision then we can, I think, claim some success.

“At a Loreto principals’ conference in Dublin some time ago, I came across this reflection of growing up when I grew up and, I’m sure, when many here grew up also, changing it to include more familiar names and experiences that I grew up with.

“Here is that reflection.

“According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were youngsters in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s probably shouldn’t have survived, because our cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint which was chewed and licked and scratched and ate.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with aluminium pans, no better drum-set.

When we rode our bikes, we didn’t wear helmets, just flip flops or gutties and fluorescent ‘spokey dokey’s’ on our wheels – cool!
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags – riding in the passenger seat was a treat and sliding across them was brilliant going round corners. It always seemed to be an uncle’s car. He’d let you do anything.
We drank water from the pump, the well and sometimes the tap, not from a bottle and it tasted the same.

We ate potatoes and porridge, in fact we were reared on potatoes and porridge, bread and butter pudding or panada and drank Kia Ora and Clemola foam with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.
We shared our drinks with our friends, from one bottle or can and no-one actually died from this.

We would spend hours building go-carts or guiders out of scraps cannibalised from old prams and then went top speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the nettles and crashing a brave few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave in the morning and could play all day, as long as we were back at meal times. No one was able to reach us and no one minded.

We did not have Play Stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99 channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet chat rooms.
We had friends we went outside and found them.
We played elastics and rounders, hop-scotch, skipping, taws and football and sometimes that ball really hurt.

We climbed trees, fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no law suits.
We had real fights but no prosecutions from other parents.
We played door knock and ran like blazes not to get caught.
We walked to friend’s homes.

We also walked to school; we didn’t rely on mum or dad driving us to school, which was just round the corner; we didn’t have cars anyway.
We made up games with sticks and balls, kites, cheesers (chestnuts), hopscotch, guiders; there was a season for everything.

We rode bikes in packs and wore our coats, parkas, by only the hood – real cool!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law unheard of.
They actually sided with the law.
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever.
The past 50 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

And you’re one of them. Congratulations!”

“I wonder how that will read in 30 years time for our current generation of young people growing up.”

Mr Lenehan then proceded to give a summary of some of the principal achievements of the 2003-2004 academic year.

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

“In Gaelic games teams competed in the Loch an Iúir, the Herald and the McLarnon Cups. Highlights were teams progressing to the semi-final of the McLarnon Cup, captained by Eoghan McCloskey, and the final of the Herald Cup captained by Sean Leo McGoldrick, campaigns which augur well for next season. Sean Paul Henry distinguished himself by receiving an All-Star award in both Gaelic football and Hurling.

“In hurling the College was represented at Senior, U16, U14 and U13 levels in the Ulster Colleges’ Championships. Highlight of their campaign was the Ulster U16B Colleges Championship title, under the captaincy of Sean Leo McGoldrick.

“A similar number of teams competed in the Ulster Colleges’ Camogie Championships with the senior team, captained by Ciara Donnelly, progressing to a runners-up place in the B competition, while the U16s captained by Sinead Cassidy were Ulster Champions.

“The College’s soccer teams enjoyed similar success. The senior team captained by Paddy McAlary lifted the Morton Halifax Cup as Coleraine and District League Champions, while the U16 team captained by Kieran Doherty won their championship for the third year in a row. In the tradition of the World Cup, the shield should be presented to the team.

In Hockey, U12, U13, U14 A and B teams together with the Senior 1st and 2nd XI teams all competed in the Derry and Antrim leagues, while the Senior teams captained by Aine Devlin and Meabh McGoldrick competed in the McDowell and Senior Schools Cup. The U12 A team, captained by Lorraine Quigg, came out tournament winners in the Derry and Antrim Tournament. On a personal level, Kathy McGouran and Orla Louden were selected for the NEELB squad, having previously been selected for the athletics, cross country and hockey squads.

“Several students maintained their successful record in national Judo competitions, taking top awards at the Irish open Schools’ Judo Competition. Aine McGuckian (Year 10) finished in Silver medal position. Megan Boylan (Year 11) finished in Bronze medal position. Megan’s older brother, Shane (Year 13), was placed 5th in his highly competitive class. Both Megan and Shane took top honours at the Coleraine Borough Council Sports Persons of the Year Awards, while Megan won the Gold Medal at the Irish Schools’ Junior and Silver Medal at the Irish Schools’ Senior competitions. She also retained her Northern Ireland Schools’ title. Shane became one of the youngest Judo players to attain “black belt” status. Eoghan McGuckian (Year 11) took 3rd place in the same competition.

“Netball continues to grow in strength both at team and individual level. Teams entered the Coleraine and District Leagues and as with Hockey, it was the newcomers of Year 8 who set the pace winning the Coleraine and District Tournament, captained by Catherine O’Kane. The Senior and Intermediate teams, captained by Ciara Donnelly and Ciara McLaughlin respectively, also won their leagues.

“In cross country the Loreto team retained their fine reputation with Elizabeth McWilliams (Yr13), Stephen Dooley (Yr8) and Ciara Cunning (Yr8) qualifying for the Ulster finals. Established talent Elizabeth was crowned Ulster champion while Stephen and Ciara took very respectable 10th and 20th places respectively. It is hard to keep track of Elizabeth’s continued achievements. She has been awarded a Co Antrim All-Star for athletics and was crowned Outstanding Sports Personality of the Year by the Ulster Sports and Recreation Trust. She was disappointed not to represent Ireland in the U20 800m in the World Junior Championships in Italy in July last due to injury. She will however compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Australia in November. We wish her well and hope to see her in the Olympic Games in four years’ time in Bejing.

“At junior level the Mary McCabe and Challenge Shield for the Year 8 cross country event were won by Ciara Cunning and Stephen Dooley respectively.

“In badminton – Mrs Olive Wallace helped coach within the club and Conor O’Kane, David McCullough, Calum Eastwood were selected for NEELB Development squad, while in tennis, junior boys participated in Ulster Schools’ Tennis Championships.

“In outdoor pursuits, 20 Yr14 students participated in the Loreto Outdoor Challenge involving mountain climbing (Slieve Donard), running and swimming.

“Sport and games were far from the only domains in which pupils experienced outstanding success and achievement.

“Year 8 pupils Ryan McGahon, Peter McKeague, Andrew Crozier and Donal McQuillan won the NI Section of the Credit Union Schools’ Quiz competition and represented the College in the All Ireland finals in Dublin.

“In the Causeway Credit Union Poster Competiton Carla Hill, Patrick Kelly and Joanne Law took 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively in the 11-13 section while Donal Hill and Kirsty Martin took 1st and 2nd place respectively in the 14-16 age group. Emma O’Boyle (Yr11), Kevin O’Neill (Yr10) and Claire McNamee (Yr9) were among the top prize winners in the Causeway Area Peace Network Competition – A Shared Vision: for a pluralist society in Northern Ireland.

“As in previous years Economics students enjoyed outstanding success. As Northern Ireland regional winners in the Bank of England Interest Rate 2.0 competition Michelle Cassley, Sarah Lemon, John McClarey and Anne Marie McNicholl (all Yr14) represented the College in the UK finals in Manchester taking 2nd place and winning £650 for the school. Not to be outdone, their Yr13 Economics counterparts Ria Doherty, Niall Dowds, Aedan McCotter and John McGill also represented the College, as Northern Ireland winners, in the UK finals of the Proshare Student Investor competition. They took 2nd place in the UK, winning £1500 for the school and £150 each.

“Mathematiques Sans Frontiérès remains a very popular competition with our mathematicians. True to form the Intermediate Level team were in the top two places, while at the NI Young Scientist Exhibition our young engineers Una McFerran, Conor McQuillan, Niall Dowds and Laura McDevitt won the Institute of Physics Award, one of the major awards at the exhibition.

“Caroline Cavanagh was selected as one of only three students to represent Northern Ireland at the Euroscola event in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Caroline won her place in the annual Rotary youth Development Leadership competition.

“In addition to the College’s excellent examination results a number of students enjoyed quite remarkable success. Grace McMacken was 1st in NI in GCSE Music. Conor O’Kane was 2nd in GCSE Double Award Science and 3rd in GCSE Economics. In A Level Geography Nora O’Múrchú, Ciara O’Donnell and John Lenehan took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively in NI, an outstanding achievement. In this year’s results Katherine Donnelly and Emma O’Donnell were in the top 5 GCSE French AQA students out of 163527 students. I’ve no doubt that other pupils will gain similar acclaim when CCEA release their top students.

“Two students gained entrance to Oxbridge. Caroline Cavanagh, Sports Captain, gained a place in Keble College Oxford to read Law, while Sorcha McCloskey, Deputy Head Girl, gained a place in Sidney Sussex College Cambridge to read Natural Sciences.

“Music and Drama make a great contribution to the Arts in the College through the Drama Club, Directors’ Festival, Senior and Junior Choirs, Traditional Group, Musicals and music and singing tuition. The Senior Choir won the NEELB section of the UTV Choir of the Year Competition for the 3rd year in a row and were justifiably disappointed again not to be placed in the final. The Choir also took 2nd place in the Coleraine International Choral Festival held at the University of Ulster. The Junior Choir also competed in the Bangor International Festival, taking first place and participated in our own local Coleraine Festival where they excelled.

“Charlotte McAfee (Yr13) added two more prestigious titles to he impressive record in Irish Dancing, namely the U16 and U17 Ulster Irish Dancing Champion titles. Riverdance may not be just a dream for Charlotte.

“Oklahoma was unmissable in the autumn term. It drew students from throughout the junior and senior school with the boys making a great contribution – as well as the girls of course. It was a wonderful production.

“The Senior debating team took part in the Amnesty International Debating Competition designed to highlight human rights issues. Orla Rodgers (Yr13) took 3rd place in the Soroptomist Public Speaking Competition and 1st place in the Mary Ward Competition. The Junior school saw Elizabeth Lane (Yr8) take 2nd place in the Coleraine and District Road Safety Public Speaking Competition.

“Residential courses for students of Irish were organised once again in the Gaeltacht and Yr12 students took 1st place in the Gael Linn Irish Speaking Competition.

“On the European scene a group of German students from Yr11 to Yr 14 visited Germany as part of our annual exchange programme with our twin school in Vechta.

“In the field of careers and higher education the College hosted its 23rd annual Trial Interview event for Yr14 students, an invaluable experience in making course/career choices. All of Yr13s were placed for a week’s work experience while all of Yr12s participated in the Business Insight Programme which focused on interview performance and skills. 85.3% of Yr12 returned to the College entering Lower Sixth, while 93.3% of Yr14 leavers entered higher/further education in the autumn following leaving.

“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 7 bursaries to John McGuckian, Shane Boylan, Sean Paul Henry, Elizabeth McWilliams, Laura McDevitt, Julie McCloskey, Oonagh McFerran and Noelle Martin, 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 £14,752.12 for our designated charities –LASCO, Trócaire, Concern and Marie Curie. In addition to this sum the school sent £5,000 to the Loreto Missions in support of Loreto Schools in the developing world, a total of almost £20000 raised.

“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.

“Loreto 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 our students’ achievements and delighted at the high levels of participation.”

Mr Lenehan paid tribute to the dedication and professionalism of the teaching 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 parents for their support and co-operation, as well as paying tribute to Mrs Duddy, the librarian; Mr Lynn, the Bursar; Mrs McEldowney, the Principal’s secretary; Mrs Maxwell and Mrs Dornan, the office 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 also thanked the members of the Board of Governors, many of whom were present.

“The Governance of schools is becoming ever more demanding and time consuming 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.”

Thanks were also expressed to the Loreto Community both in Coleraine and further afield for their continual prayers and support.

Mr Lenehan concluded:

“I couldn’t let this evening pass without drawing your attention to the fact that the College is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Loreto College Coleraine is one of twenty three post primary Loreto schools in Ireland and one of many located throughout the world particularly in developing countries. The Loreto sisters have developed the College and its grounds into a wonderful co-educational campus catering for 807 students. The College continues to evolve, develop and adopt to change whilst preserving its core values of Spirituality and Excellence. The Loreto Order in Ireland has directed its resources fully towards young people in a visionary and pioneering manner and Loreto schools have made a contribution to education in Ireland far in excess of their number. Not only do the Loreto sisters provide enormous moral support and encouragement in fostering a strong sense of community within and between schools but they also translate that into material and financial 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’m sure that 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. This generation will also produce some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever and be a real force for good. Of this I’m certain.”

The prizes were distributed as follows by Mrs O’Loan, Mr Lenehan and various members of the College’s teaching staff as follows:

Year 14 Academic Awards
Niamh Archibald Patrice Eastwood Sorcha McCloskey
Anne Marie McNicholl Christopher Boyle Gary Feeney
Roma McDonald Kate McNulty Kevin Boyle Laura Gallagher
Patrick McGill Cathy McReynolds Daniel Bradley
Sarah Lemon Sinead McGouran Turlough Mellon
Helen Broughton Patrick McAlary Louise McHenry
Caroline Mulvenna Ryan Canning Patricia McAuley
Laura McKay Kevin O’Neill Caroline Cavanagh
Eoghan McCloskey Caoimhe McKenna Aileen Riley

Year 13 Academic Awards
Shane Boylan Ria Doherty Laura McDevitt Oonagh Mullan
Niall Chivers Niall Dowds Oonagh McFerran Conor O’Kane
Emma Dallat Aisling Drumm John McGill Aidan Rainey
Paul Daly Donna Farren Lauren McLean Leona Rankin
Andrea Doherty Brian Og McAlary Grace McMacken
Claire Reynolds Catherine Doherty Julie McCloskey
Conor McQuillan Kirsty Stanfield Paul Doherty
Aedan McCotter Eugene Mullan

Year 12 Academic Awards
Maeve Boyle Sean Gottschalk Caoimhe McCotter
Rachel Millar Mary Louise Boyle Conor Heaney
Colleen McCrory Enda Mullan Paddy Boyle Rory Kane
Ciana McDonald Finnuala Mullan Shauna Boyle
Ewa Kelly Fionnuala McFerran Una Mullan
Michael Colgan Sinead Martin Sean Leo McGoldrick
Danielle O’Connor Sarah Connolly Charlotte McAfee
Una McGouran Emma O’Donnell Lauren Darragh
Bronagh McAleese Rachel McHenry Dervla O’Kane
Katherine Donnelly Carol McAtamney Fergal McKay
Fergal O’Kane Lauren Eastwood Duncan McCaughan
Ciara McLaughlin Michaela O’Kane Tracy Feeney
Francis McCaughan Ronan McMichael Holly Tompkin
Bridget Gaile Louise McCloskey Ryan McQuillan
Fiona Gallagher Olivia McCloskey Niamh Melby

Year 11 Academic Awards
Emma Brown Martin McAllister Catherine McHenry
Stephanie Millar Donal Hill Charlene McCafferty
Benjamin McKillen Martin Quigg Philip Martin
Meabh McGoldrick Ciara McQuillan Maria Ward

Year 11 Dilligence Year 11 Progress Year
11A Rosanna Jack 11A Cathal McGuigan
11B Samantha Duddy 11B Megan Boylan
11C Eoin O’Hara 11C Megan McLoone
11D Breidge McCloskey 11D Kevin Butler
11E Gemma Hegarty 11E Kelly Doherty

11 Co-operation & Leadership
11A Joni Traynor
11B Ciara McNicholl
11C Paula Carlin
11D Emer McNicholl
11E Stephen Friel


Year 12 Diligence Year 12 Co-operation & Leadership
12A Shauna Boyle 12A Michaela O’Kane
12B Danielle O’Connor 12B Sean Leo McGoldrick
12C Colleen McCrory 12C Sorcha Draine
12D Ewa Kelly 12D Dervla O’Kane
12E Clare Cavanagh 12E Ciana McDonald

Other Awards

1 For outstanding contribution to the Loreto Ethos in GCSE years: Katherine Donnelly, Francis McCaughan
2 For outstanding contribution to the Loreto Ethos in A Level years: Anne Marie McNicholl, John McGarry
3 The Patricia McDermot Memorial Trophy for outstanding achievement GCSE English:
Katherine Donnelly
4 The Macaulay, O’Neill and Martin Perpetual Cup for
outstanding achievement in GCSE Mathematics:
Enda Mullan, Dervla O’Kane
5 The Northern Bank Award for outstanding achievement in A-Level Science: Damian Coyle
6 The BKS Perpetual Trophy for outstanding achievement in A Level Geography: Kate McNulty
7 The AVX Computer Awards for outstanding achievements in Computing:
A Level Anne Marie McNicholl
GCSE Steven Crawford / Ronan McMichael
8 The Stanleigh Cup for outstanding achievement in Music:
Niamh O’Kane
9 The McGeown Cup for outstanding achievement in A-Level Economics: Anne Marie McNicholl
10 The N & N Trophies’ Cup for outstanding achievement in
A-Level Art and Design:
Michael Dowds
11 The Physical Sciences’ Award: Bridget Gaile
12 Corn Bhrugha for outstanding achievement in Irish:
Sinead Martin
13 The Michael Clarke Memorial Cup for outstanding achievement in Drama presented by Yr14 2002-2003: Maeve Diamond
14 Award for outstanding achievement in A-Level Religious Education: Patricia McAuley
15 Award for outstanding achievement in A-Level History:
Grainne Devlin
16 Award for outstanding achievement in A-Level Government and Politics: Laura Gallagher
17 Award for outstanding achievement in A-Level Maths:
Sorcha McCloskey
18 Award for outstanding achievement in A-Level English:
Louise McHenry
19 Award for outstanding achievement in A-Level Technology: John McGarry
20 Award for outstanding achievement in Public Speaking:
Orla Rodgers
21 Award for the best article in School Magazine:
Sean Gottschalk
22 The Teresa Ball Trophy for Commitment and Spirit:
Ryan Mullan
23 The Kathleen Toner Memorial Cup: Bronagh McAleese
24 Award for Positive Outlook: Ryan Barkley
25 Sports Captains 2003-2004:
Caroline Cavanagh, Paddy McAlary
26 The Louise McLaughlin Perpetual Trophy for outstanding contribution to sporting life of College: Ciara Donnelly
27 For outstanding achievement in Sport at National Level:
Oonagh McFerran (Netball U19),
Elizabeth McWilliams (Irish Schools Athletics Champion),
Sean Paul Henry (Ulster Colleges Dual All Star)
28 The Mother Rose Cup for best Female Athlete in Yr 11:
Oonagh Diamond
29 Best Male Athlete in Yr 11: Lorcan McCloskey
30 Badminton Senior Singles Winner 2004: John McGill
31 Badminton Senior Singles Runner Up 2004:
Brendan Flynn
32 Loreto Challenge Gold Award:
Ryan Canning, Damien Coyle, Ciara Donnelly,
Paddy McAlary, Eoghan McCloskey, Damian McConville,
Roma McDonald, Sinead McGouran, Louise McHenry,
Kate McNulty, Kieran Mulholland, Kevin O’Neill,
Claire Taylor
33 The Sister Colmcille & Sister Aidan Bursary (Founders’ Bursary for Personal Development):
Laura McDevitt, Julie McCloskey
34 Parents’ Bursaries for Personal Development:
Oonagh McFerran, John McGuckian, Shane Boylan,
Sean Paul Henry, Elizabeth McWilliams
35 The Miss Murray Memorial Bursary: Kirsty Stanfield
36 The Teague Bursary for Languages: Noelle Martin
37 For Full Attendance:
Yr11 –
Philip Bogues, Oonagh Diamond, Christun Ferris,
Colum Gaile, Donal Hill, Daniel Howell, Eamon Kelly,
Philip Martin, Charlene McCafferty, Laura McGill,
Thomas McGuckian, Emer McNicholl, Jessica O’Donnell,
Martin Quigg
Yr12 –Shauna Boyle, Sarah Connolly, Lauren Eastwood,
Bridget Gaile, Michael Hickey, Duncan McCaughan,
Joseph McCollam, Caoimhe McCotter, Anne Marie McGill,
Eamon McKeown, Orlagh McQuillan, Rachel Millar,
Enda Mullan, Thomas Mullin, Emma O’Donnell, Dervla O’Kane
Yr13 – Paul Daly, Ryan Hassan, Aedan McCotter, John McGill,
Daniel McNeill, Conor McReynolds, Oonagh Mullan,
Aidan Rainey
Yr14 – Christopher Boyle, Ryan Canning, Martin Carey,
Damien Coyle, Michael Dowds, Patrice Eastwood,
Sarah Lemon, Christopher McCaughan,
Eoghan McCloskey, Sorcha McCloskey, Monica McColgan,
Damian McConville, John McGarry, Patrick McGill,
Sinead McGouran, Caoimhe McKenna, Helen McLernon,
Kate McNulty, Ciaran Rainey, Aileen Riley

Senior Prefects
Helen Broughton, Ryan Canning, Martin Carey,
Michelle Cassley, Caroline Cavanagh,
Grainne Devlin, Ciara Donnelly, Michael Douglas,
Michael Dowds, Nora Duncan, Patrice Eastwood,
Michelle Farrell, Laura Gallagher, Charlene Kearns,
Sarah Lemon, Paddy McAlary, Sorcha McCloskey,
Eoghan McCloskey, Monica McColgan,
Roma McDonald, John McGarry, Patrick McGill,
Sinead McGouran, Laura McKay, Catherine McKeague,
Caoimhe McKenna, Seana McLaughlin,
Helen McLernon, Anne Marie McNicholl, Kate McNulty,
Cathy McReynolds, Neassa Mullan, Ryan Mullan,
Caroline Mulvenna, Kevin O’Neill, Ciaran Rainey,
Ryan Rankin, Aileen Riley, Claire Taylor.

Special Awards:

Deputy Head Boy Eoghan McCloskey
Head Boy Ciaran Rainey
Deputy Head Girl Sorcha McCloskey
Head Girl Caoimhe McKenna

In conclusion, the 2003-2004 Head Girl, Caoimhe McKenna, made a speech of thanks on her own behalf and that of 2003-2004 Head Boy, Ciaran Rainey, acknowledging the great wealth of experience, education, support and enjoyment the year group which started at Loreto College in September 1997 had gained throughout its seven years at the school. This was followed by a vote of thanks to guest speaker Mrs Nuala O’Loan by current Head Boy Aidan Rainey, and a presentation to Mrs O’Loan by current Head Girl Oonagh McFerran.

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