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Y11 students present £278.20 for Coleraine’s Angel of Hope Memorial Garden to Mrs Andrea McAleese and Mrs Jenny McGarvey - View Full Size Image
Y11 students present £278.20 for Coleraine’s Angel of Hope Memorial Garden to Mrs Andrea McAleese and Mrs Jenny McGarvey
The Staff Soccer team who played Y9 Boys on Mission Day - View Full Size Image
The Staff Soccer team who played Y9 Boys on Mission Day
Y13 students who worked in the Café on Mission Day - View Full Size Image
Y13 students who worked in the Café on Mission Day
The Beauty Salon, staffed by Y12 girls, on Mission Day - View Full Size Image
The Beauty Salon, staffed by Y12 girls, on Mission Day
Loreto’s answer to Il Divo: Teachers Mr K Conroy and Mr P Cunning with Y14 student Gareth Doherty during Loreto’s Got Talent - View Full Size Image
Loreto’s answer to Il Divo: Teachers Mr K Conroy and Mr P Cunning with Y14 student Gareth Doherty during Loreto’s Got Talent
17/12/2015 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. Fundraising during the Term has included raising £365 for Macmillan, £467 for the Refugee Crisis, and £278 and 272 Shoeboxes for the Road of Hope Christmas Appeal.  Year 13 student Aoife Kelly raised £510 for the Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Fund through completing a parachute jump, while the newly formed Loreto Cricket Club raised £255 for a new Loreto Kit. Generous sums were raised for the Simon Community and for Charis Cancer Care during the Loreto production of The Sound of Music in October.   Finally, £278.20 was raised by students to erect a star in memory of fellow-student Michaela Harkin in Coleraine’s Angel of Hope Memorial Garden.  This money was presented in Michaela’s memory just before the Christmas holidays.  The College’s St Vincent de Paul group collected thirty Christmas Hampers to be shared among St John’s and St Malachy’s parishes, Coleraine, again presented just before the end of Term, which was supplemented by the retiring collection in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul following the College’s Carol Service in St John’s Church Coleraine. 

The term’s fund-raising activities culminated on Thursday 17th 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 narrow victory for the students following a penalty shoot-out.  Some particularly intrepid male students and staff 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, Orla Rafferty and Head Boy, Ryan Florida-James, along with an enthusiastic team of Senior Prefects. This year’s Loreto’s Got Talent competition was tightly contested: the winner was Year 8 student Darcy Peacock, a talented gymnast, who performed a highly acrobatic routine. The runners-up were vocalist Anna McGinley (Year 8) and saxophonist Maria McLarnon (Y13). Highlights of Loreto’s Got Talent included an inventive dance routine by Year 8 student Travis Corbett, a vocal solo by Tolulope Jide-Ojo, a traditional fiddle medley by Conor Pauling (Year 14) and a guest performance by 2014 winner Jamie Neill.  There was also a very memorable rendition of ‘White Christmas’ by Gareth Doherty (Year 14) alongside teachers Mr Kevin Conroy and Mr Paul Cunning (Loreto’s answer to Il Divo) featuring a Star Wars themed Christmas rap by teacher Mr Emmett Harkin. 

An impressive total just short of £3500 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.