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Students who organised a Taste of Eastern Europe stall at the annual Mission Day - View Full Size Image
Students who organised a Taste of Eastern Europe stall at the annual Mission Day
Mrs J. Nugent (Head of Y8) taking charge at the Candyfloss and Popcorn stall on Mission Day - View Full Size Image
Mrs J. Nugent (Head of Y8) taking charge at the Candyfloss and Popcorn stall on Mission Day
A lively performance from band Sausage Bap at the Loreto’s Got Talent contest on Mission Day - View Full Size Image
A lively performance from band Sausage Bap at the Loreto’s Got Talent contest on Mission Day
Jamie Neill (Y12) performing his winning act at the Loreto’s Got Talent contest on Mission Day - View Full Size Image
Jamie Neill (Y12) performing his winning act at the Loreto’s Got Talent contest on Mission Day
Mr Liam Otterson performing for the school on Mission Day - View Full Size Image
Mr Liam Otterson performing for the school on Mission Day
19/12/2014 MISSION SALE CONCLUDES BUSY TERM OF FUND-RAISING AT LORETO COLLEGE

The Social Justice Group at Loreto College Coleraine has had a very busy Autumn Term, with a number of events and initiatives going on to raise funds for a variety of very worthy causes. Events during the term have included the Trad for Trocaire Music Sessions, a sponsored aerobics session for LEPRA, as well as Christmas Shoebox collections for Road of Hope and Christmas Hamper collections for the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The term’s fund-raising activities culminated on Thursday 18th December with the annual Mission Day, raising funds for the Loreto Missions worldwide.

Loreto’s Mission Day is the College’s annual fun day to promote fair trade, the Millennium Goals and the Loreto Missions worldwide. The day allows students from all year groups to become involved in a variety of activities such as quizzes, sporting challenges and games of skill, with the focal point being the Loreto Christmas Market in the College Hall. Fair trade gifts as well as pre-loved jewellery and fashion accessories were on sale, and for some a definite highlight was the range of seasonal treats on offer in the café run by Year 13 students in the College’s Home Economics suite. Students also enjoyed taking part in a Bubble Ball challenge and a Cube obstacle course, to say nothing of the annual Staff versus Year 9 Boys soccer match, which saw a 2-0 victory for the staff following goals by Mr Byrne and Mr Deighan!  Some particularly intrepid members of Loreto’s star Year 12 football team were sponsored to have their legs waxed for the cause: screams of pain and howls of laughter were heard as this was carried out just before lunch.

In the afternoon, many students enjoyed forming a lively audience for Loreto’s Got Talent, organised by the College’s Head Girl, Rebecca McKillen and Head Boy, Conor O’Neill, along with an enthusiastic team of Senior Prefects. This year’s Loreto’s Got Talent competition was tightly contested: the winner was Year 12 student Jamie Neill, a talented magician, who performed a series of ever-more baffling card tricks. The runners-up were vocalists Eve Gardiner (Year 10) and Meabh McReynolds (Y14). Highlights of Loreto’s Got Talent included a farewell performance by Physics Technician Mr Liam Otterson, who is retiring from Loreto after some 28 years’ service – an emotional moment.  The afternoon ended on a high note with a Sports Star to Music Star performance, masterminded by Deputy Head Boy Hal McGonigle, with four members of the College’s Senior Gaelic Football team performing a well-known song by One Direction, to rapturous applause.

An impressive total of just over £4000 was raised on the day for the Loreto Missions.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to all the students and staff who had worked so hard in these endeavours, under the leadership of Social Justice Co-ordinator, Mrs Lorraine McCool and Mission Day Co-ordinator, Mrs Mabel McAleese.