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Y9 Award-winners for Academic Success at Junior Prizegiving - View Full Size Image
Y9 Award-winners for Academic Success at Junior Prizegiving
Distinction Award winners in the Loreto Junior Certificate, with Vice Principal Miss B. Toner at Junior Prizegiving - View Full Size Image
Distinction Award winners in the Loreto Junior Certificate, with Vice Principal Miss B. Toner at Junior Prizegiving
Y8-10 Athletes and Swimmers of the Year at Junior Prizegiving, with PE teacher Mr P. Byrne - View Full Size Image
Y8-10 Athletes and Swimmers of the Year at Junior Prizegiving, with PE teacher Mr P. Byrne
Students from Y8-10 who won Politeness Awards at Junior Prizegiving - View Full Size Image
Students from Y8-10 who won Politeness Awards at Junior Prizegiving
Y8-10 students who won Progress Awards at Junior Prizegiving, with College Vice Principal Miss B. Toner - View Full Size Image
Y8-10 students who won Progress Awards at Junior Prizegiving, with College Vice Principal Miss B. Toner

The annual Junior Prizegiving was held at Loreto College Coleraine on Monday 22nd June.  The Junior Prizegiving celebrates and rewards the academic, personal, inter-personal and extra-curricular achievements of the College’s Year 8-10 students and marked the conclusion of a busy and often challenging year for the College.

Welcoming students and staff to the Prizegiving, College Principal Mr Michael James said:

“You are all very welcome to our Junior Prize-giving at the end of what has been another busy and testing year for the College. As a school community this year we have not only had to deal with the normal academic challenges; we have also been shocked and saddened on a number of occasions throughout the year by the loss of our fellow pupils, staff members and parents of pupils and staff members. And these bereavements have been a genuine challenge for us, as we strive to come to terms with the distress and hurt caused by these deaths. And although it has been genuinely tough and very difficult, I have been very heartened by your response on each occasion. There has been a genuine sense of community and sharing, which has helped all the friends and families of those who have been bereaved. From the depth of despair and adversity you have shown the true Loreto values of LOVE, JOY, SINCERITY, JUSTICE and TRUTH. The support and caring you have shown has been humbling to behold and I thank you all for this.

“And this year has also had much to celebrate. In February we were all affirmed by the education and training inspectorate following a rigorous inspection. They were very impressed with the overall quality of education in the school and gave particular recognition to our outstanding pastoral care provision as well as the leadership and management. We can all be very proud of the outcome of this inspection and, as we come to the end of this academic year, we can celebrate the report which recognises the undoubted strengths of the school and confirms our position as a leading school in the area.

“As this year draws to a close there are yet more challenges ahead for our school. The area-based planning development proposal, out for public consultation, identifies the changes for Catholic education in the wider Coleraine area and comes very shortly after the changes in the controlled sector. Acceptance of this proposal would mean that in September 2016 Loreto and Dominican Colleges would expand, with the phased closure of St Joseph’s and Dominican College beginning to move away from academic selection. This will obviously mean changes for all three schools and any change is always challenging. But we in Loreto are always willing and ready to adapt to changes and to find ways that will allow us to continue as the leading school in the area.

“Having already made the move away from academic selection the change facing Loreto is an expansion of its numbers to allow more pupils to access a Loreto education. This is a very positive endorsement of the school and the quality of education it provides. It is also the outworking of our move away from academic selection with the increased enrolment of the college allowing us to provide a broader curriculum offer, designed to meet the needs of all students, focussing on educating the individual and allowing each person to achieve excellence according to their own standards.

“Loreto education emphasises the importance of the quality of relationships within and beyond the school and we have seen this during the challenges of the previous year. Loreto education is value driven and these values are at the core of everything we do. As we celebrated the 85th anniversary of Loreto College in Coleraine and began our fund raising efforts to renovate the convent house, these Loreto values were brought in to sharp focus by the warmth and depth of the response from past pupils and friends. As we move forward next year these fund raising activities will be key to our future success. We are very proud of the history and inheritance that the Convent provides, but we also have a strong belief that our Loreto identity is not something static that is locked in the past or in bricks and mortar. It is a dynamic reality that requires us to respond creatively to the changing needs of the time. We are delighted that the Loreto Sisters still retain such a vibrant presence in Coleraine and that they remain in close contact with us here in our school. As ever, they remain our inspiration both spiritually and educationally.

“Change can be unsettling and in the midst of all these proposed changes the challenge for us is to focus on you, the pupils and on the teaching and learning that goes on in the classroom, the focus for all that we do in school. So how do these proposals affect you as students in Loreto? The planned changes will evolve and develop in a structured and a planned way – the Loreto way. We will continue to build on what we know is good and retain our very high standards. Teachers will still have the same high expectations for your academic performances; for your uniform and for your behaviour. Our characteristic ethos is part of our Loreto tradition and we are pleased that the proposals seek to preserve this ethos by developing our school as the single Catholic post-primary school in Coleraine.  However, it would be foolish and complacent to take anything for granted and so we have been planning and preparing for the last number of years. Our move away from academic selection was part of this preparation and having now completed two years of intake without academic selection we remain confident in our ability to navigate the changes ahead. As I look out at our current groups of students and as we gather today to celebrate this past year’s successes, I know we continue to develop true Loreto students, who share in our traditional values and ethos. As we move forward, I have every confidence that we can rise to the challenges, seize the opportunities that change presents and continue to offer a wide variety of opportunities and a first class education to all the pupils who come to us and we will continue to do so within the ethos and value system that has inspired countless generations of Loreto students.

“Of course the academic achievement of our students will still have great significance and that is why we take time today to celebrate the achievements of students who have excelled in some way in this current academic year. It is very important that we as staff and pupils have this opportunity to celebrate and take pride in the achievements of our school. When we all try our best and do the simple things well, we can achieve great things. I congratulate you all for your industry and hard work throughout the year and in particular your preparation for the summer examinations.

“However, school life is about much more than academic achievements, important as they are. It is about equipping you with the skills, attributes and personal experiences to grow into a confident and fully-rounded individual.  As ever I am delighted with your participation in school life.  Participation in extracurricular activities brings a great richness and diversity to the school, not to mention the numerous successes.  This year, again, has been hugely successful in a range of areas whether it is the wonderful musical and singing talents on display at the Christmas and Spring Concerts or the heroic efforts of our many sports teams.

“We have again had great success in Gaelic games, with the junior hurlers retaining the Brother Mallon Cup and the Y9 Gaelic Football Team winning the Irish News Cup for the first time. The Y8, Y9 and Y10 soccer teams all won their respective Coleraine and District Leagues – a fantastic achievement for all concerned. The Y8 girls won the Coleraine and District Minor Netball title, whilst the Y9 girls won the Nebbsa netball tournament. Following these successes six pupils from Y8 & Y9 were selected for the regional netball squad. In cross-country Niamh Carr completed a memorable year by gaining a place on the Irish team, following strong performances which saw her finish 6th at All-Ireland level, 3rd at Ulster level and 1st at District level. Tolu Jide Ojo and Danny McGarry won the annual Y8 cross-country races and went on to perform well at district level. In individual sports, Isaac Beresford became Northern Ireland Champion in Chujo Karate, whilst Anna Mc Dowell made the Northern Irish team in Cheerleading.
In swimming, Finn Mc Ewan became the Ulster Grammar School Breaststroke Champion and achieved a bronze medal in the Ulster championships.

“Away from sport Aaron Lestas and Eve Gardiner were runners up in the annual Mary Ward Public Speaking Competition. Aaron Lestas also won a prize in the Northern Ireland Anti-bullying Art competition. Over 100 Y10 students achieved their French OLA qualification and a group of Y10 students won the Innovation Prize in a Mobile App competition. In music the Junior Choir won first prize at the Bangor international Festival and many junior students received distinctions in their Trinity piano and singing exams. The Siansa Traditonal group “Tigh Tara” won through from Ulster and competed at all-Ireland level as well as performing at the Loreto Ball in March.

“On your behalf I would like to thank the teachers and other staff members who give so freely of their time to support you in all these various activities and sports. It is only through their selfless dedication and commitment that it is possible for these to happen at all. As the school year comes to an end I would encourage all of you to get involved next year in some of the many extra curricular activities that the school provides every day of every week.  You will have opportunities to make new friends, travel to different places, learn to be a team member and grow in confidence and self-belief.

“In the future, however, the true test of your education will not be your examination certificates or what you have won and achieved. What will be much more important is how you have matured and developed as a person and how you use your talents and abilities to help others.  One of the ways in which we all contribute to this in school is our support for the school’s designated charities and by contributing to these charities we are, in a small way, supporting those less fortunate than ourselves.  This year we have raised money for many different charities, including Trocaire, Lepra, the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal and The Children’s Cancer Fund, as well as our own Loreto missions. I would like to thank and congratulate you all for your commitment to those less fortunate and in need of our help. I am humbled each year by your generosity.

“Every school year brings its challenges, its highs and lows. And this year more so than others. We remember the loss of family members and friends and in particular we remember our pupils Anna McAllister and Niamh McCloskey, both of whom died tragically during this academic year. We also remember Mr Rice, ICT and Computer Studies teacher, who lost his battle with leukaemia just last month. I cannot pretend to understand why we lost each of these members of our school community, I only know that we were all enriched in some way by their presence and I, for one, am grateful to have known them -even for such a short period of time.

“Once again, on your behalf, I thank our staff for their professionalism and commitment. I am convinced that there is no finer body of teachers in any school and I feel proud and honoured to have them as colleagues and as friends. I am confident that they provide a level of service that is truly outstanding and I commend them to you and thank them on your behalf. Thanks also to our visiting Priests and the Religious Education Department for the time and effort they put into organising our liturgies and retreats throughout the year. These are all central to our Catholic ethos and in times of need they have provided a focus for us all to come together and share in prayer and reflection.

“At this time of year we also take time to thank those staff members who will not be returning next year as they move on to pastures new and to different challenges. Bean Ui Mhianain has been Head of Irish for almost fifteen years and is now moving on to help set up the Irish Medium school in Dungiven. She has been a vibrant and enthusiastic teacher throughout her time in Loreto and although we will miss her, we wish her well in her endeavours. Mr Otterson retired from the school at the end of December. As Senior Technician in the school he helped out with lighting, sound and all sorts of technical equipment. We will again miss his expertise in these areas, but we will miss his good humour and willing attitude even more. We wish him well in his retirement.

“Our support staff play a vitally important role in maintaining the quality of services, buildings and grounds.  My thanks to all our support staff for the wonderful job they do on your behalf. My thanks also to our Governors, who give so generously of their time and expertise on your behalf.  They are required to make many important and often onerous decisions in the best interests of the College and its students.

“My thanks, as always, to the Loreto Community both here in Coleraine and further afield. Their prayers and support this year and every year are a valuable source of strength and we look forward to their continued presence in the school in the future.

“Finally, my thanks to you, the pupils, for your cooperation throughout the year. This is your school and you are what make it so wonderful – I cannot thank you enough for your courtesy and pleasant manner. You are the future of our society and whether or not you have gained an award here today, you are all important members of our school and we greatly appreciate your own special talents and qualities. Thank you all for making our school so special.”

The Prizes were awarded as follows:

Matthew Boyle-McAree
Tolulope Jide-Ojo
Aron Lestas
Caite McAtamney
Orla McEwan
Matthew McGowan
Erin McNicholl
Rhiannon McNicholl
Teresa Sobocinska
Anna Toner

Dennis Bondarenko
Alex Cook
Dearbhla Ni Choisneacháin
Erin Donaghy
Caitlin McKay
Erin McReynolds
Cara McTaggart
Ellen Mulholland
Orla Mullan
Maria Roantree

Kirstie Brown
Donal Close
Sian Donaghy
Cabrina Farren
Eve Gardiner
Fionnuala Keane
Susan McKendry
Nora McIlvenny
Jason Moore
Cait Passmore

This certificate is awarded to all Year 10 pupils in recognition of their academic performance, application and diligence.

Matthew Byrne
Cathal Christopher
Peter Clarke
Oran Clyde
Katie Heaney
Maria McDevitt
Jack McGill
Hannah McLaughlin
Nicholas Moore
Christian Quigley
Chloe Starrett

Allan Chan
Savannah Corbett
Shannon Dickey
Charlotte Hall
Courtney Harkin
Conor Kearney
Aoife McColgan
Corey McLaughlin
Grace McNeill
Kristian O’Hale
Katya Watson

Orlagh Carey
Matthew Catterson
Una Clarke
Alisha Convery
Sorcha Duggan
Michaela Harkin
Rory Maguire
Connlaoth McGee
Dara McGoldrick
Shauna McGonigle
Maeve McMorrough
Caitlin Moore
Carmen Owens

8A Charlie McKnight
8B Naomh McAlister
8C Fiyinfoluwa Owolabu
8D Kelan O’Kane
8E Niamh McKeown

9A Martine O’Connor
9B Cathal Bradley
9C Aoife Crawley
9D Ruairaidh Kelly
9E Eoin McKeever

10A David Brussard
10B Lucy McDonnell
10C Nuala McCullough
10D Thomas Bucukoglu
10E Cahir Coll

8A Eoin Mullan
8B Conor McAleese
8C Roksana Strugala
8D Patrycja Zaruska
8E Michael Potrzasaj

9A Odhran McLarnon
9B Maeve Kerr
9C Matthew Howard
9D Theo Wall
9E Annie Wells

10A Ben Culleton
10B Tiegan Mullan
10C Kate Nelis
10D Mallaidh Devine
10E Joseph Mullan

8A Caitlin Campbell
8B Dervla Bradley
8C Oisin Mulhern
8D Jack Walton
8E Grainne Purcell

9A Sarah McAllister
9B Kate McIvor
9C Annie Levy
9D Katie McKeague
9E Anna O’Kane

10A Niamh Carr
10B Katie McNerlin
10C Anna McKeown
10D Owen Tsang & Reece Benson
10E Cathal Kearney & Shannon Campbell

8A Tepegna McMullan
8B Luke Dixon
8C Emma McLaughlin
8D Cara Bacon
8E Tiernan McQuillan

9A Lauren Quinn
9B Peadar OHoisin
9C Jane McHenry
9D Erin Kelly
9E Lucia Watson

10A Adam Purvis
10B Adam Glenn
10C Mark Logue
10D Joseph McClements
10E Sean Dooley-Nealis

8A Caoimhe Campbell
8B Maddie McCormack
8C Hannah Taylor
8D Conor McGillan
8E Sophie Price

9A Clare Kelly
9B Erin Donaghy
9C Keeva Smith
9D John Butcher
9E Megan McDermott

10A Finlay Hutchinson
10B Ellen Ferris
10C Hannah Mullan
10D Zara Leese
10E Molly Canning

8A Thomas O’Kane
8B Joseph Hamill
8C Sophia Rose O’Kane
8D Michael Og McKeown
8E Aine Apperley

9A Cillian Calvert
9B Aine Quigley
9C Aine Quinn
9D Sarah Lundy
9E Ethan McLaughlin

10A Weronika Blaszczyk
10B Sorcha Duggan
10C Cianán Mooney
10D Serena Corbett
10E Anna Brolly

Cheyanne Corbett
John McErlean
Tepenga McMullan
Luke Denton
Orla McEwan
Ella O’Callaghan
Padraig McColgan
Maria McMorrough
Grainne Purcell

Isaac Berrisford
Alex Cook
Charlotte Hall
Ailbhe McGuckian
Holly Boyd
Savannah Corbett
Matthew Howard
Caleb Wan

Orlagh Carey
Sian Donaghy
Finn McEwan
Maeve McMorrough
Serena Corbett
Eoin Jordan
Susan McKendry
Jason Moore

Top Ten Readers in Year 8 (based on books borrowed from the School Library)
Cara Bacon
Hirek Cichy
Cheyanne Corbett
Tolulope Jide-Oji
Michael McConnell
Orla McEwan
Mary McKillen
Michael Og McKeown
Sophie Price
Anna Toner

Outstanding Achievement in Public Speaking
Eve Gardiner 10E
Le Prix Francais
Sian Donaghy 10A
Eve Gardiner 10E
Best Contribution to the School Magazine
Dennis Bondarenko 9D
Shakespeare Prize for Best Essay on Shakespeare in Year 10
Fionnuala Keane 10A
Oonagh Rafferty 10B
Young Artist & Designer
Aida Nemeth 10E
Gael Og ni Bliana
Cait Passmore 10C
El Premio de Espanol
Sian Donaghy 10A
Religious Education Awards
Oisin Mulhern 8C
Claire White 9A
Meagan McFeely 10C
Year 8 ICT
Amie Cassidy 8C
Year 9 ICT
Savannah Corbett 9C
Best in KS3 Science
Jason Moore 10A
Top Year 8 Geography Investigation
Female - Grainne Purcell 8E
Male - Matthew McGowan 8C
Top Year 9 Geography Investigation
Female - Sarah McAllister 9A
Male - Ruairaidh Kelly 9D
Top Junior Geographer Award
Jason Moore 10A
Drama Awards
Year 8
Best Male - Michael Og McKeown 8D
Best Female - Orla McEwan 8A
Year 9
Best Male - Patrick McMullan 9A
Best Female - Orla Mullan 9E
Year 10
Best Male - Sean Dooley-Nealis 10E
Best Female - Oonagh Rafferty 10B
Athletes of the Year
Year 8 
Male - Aaron Wallace 8A
Female - Tolulope Jide-Ojo 8D
Year 9 
Male - Cathal Bradley 9B, Odhran McLarnon 9B
Female - Kate Doherty 9A
Year 10
Male - Jason Moore 10A
Female - Niamh Carr 10A
Swimmers of the Year - Year 8
Orla McEwan 8A
Danny McGarry 8E
Eoin Mullan 8A
Team Successes 2014-15
Year 8 Soccer - Captain Bradley Tweed 8C
Year 9 Soccer - Captain Luke McKendry 9A
Year 10 Soccer - Captain Adam Purvis 10A
Year 9/10 Hurlers - Brother Mallon Cup: Captain Dara McGoldrick 10C
Year 8/9 Gaelic - Irish News Cup: Captain Dara Mooney 9E
Contribution to Sporting Life of the College at KS3
Molly Canning 10E
Finn McEwan 10E
Generosity and Commitment
Owen Tsang 10D
Participation in School Life
Zara Leese 10D
The Kate McSherry Cup for Contribution to the Loreto Ethos in the Junior School
Donal Close 10C
Sian Donaghy 10A