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Congratulations to Molly Walker (5th year) and Eva Furlong (3rd year) whose pieces were selected for inclusion in the Irish Times Fighting Words Young Writers Supplement which was published on May 12th 2020. The supplement featured Molly’s poem which is titled "Bookshelf Memories" and Eva’s piece which is called "My Ocean". This is an excellent achievement and we are really proud of both students.

On Friday 6th March, the Guidance Department organised a trip for all Fourth Years to the UCD Belfield Campus. The outing was divided into two parts; a talk in the John Hume Institute building, followed by a campus tour guided by the UCD student ambassadors.

Our girls enjoyed a highly informative presentation given by UCD graduate Celine. It was interesting to hear about the HORIZONS programme, the UniBuddy system, and the range of sports and societies on offer to UCD students. Celine delivered an overview of all the areas of undergrad study, and all girls received a prospectus to take home.

Our students were then split into smaller tour groups to get a look inside the various schools and facilities on campus. This was an excellent opportunity for our girls to ask questions they had.  All information is available on www.myucd.ie.

 

The Senior 1 team braved the bad weather on Saturday morning in Abbotstown for the semi final of the Leinster Senior 1 League against Mount Sackville. The game ended in a 0-0 draw and we were finally defeated 3-2 in shuttles. The team could not have played better and we salute their skill and determination. Thank you to Molly Lambe and Lauren Murray for their work coaching the team.
Sr. Francis Jerome IBVM who taught Music, English, choir and chant in Dalkey from the late 1960s, has died peacefully in Marlay Nursing Home in her 99th year. Sr. Francis Jerome retired in 1988 but continued teaching piano, violin and conducting orchestra until retiring a second time in her 90s. She was an accomplished musician and wrote Music textbooks, was on the NCCA course committee for Music and lectured in the teaching of Music in the Mater Dei Institute.
 
We are unable to publicly celebrate her contribution to Loreto Abbey at this time due to the Covid restrictions but will join in spirit with the Loreto sisters as they gather for her Requiem Mass today, Monday. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilis.
 

From March 2nd - 6th we marked World Book Day with a dedicated Reading Week. Over the course of the week, 1st years participated in a Harry Potter Table Quiz, 2nd years held a Blind Date with a Book Event and all Transition Year students took part in Book Bingo. 

Students enjoyed morning reflections that took the form of a literary extract from modern versions of fairytales. 

Students participated in our Literary Question of the Day competition. Many also took part in our Match the Reader with the Book competition. For this, students had to match teachers with the book they were currently reading. The week was enjoyed by staff and students alike. 

 

A Junior and Senior team participated in the Irish Schools Climbing Competition in the Awesome Walls facility in North Park, Kildonan. The girls had to complete four different technical climbs and one speed climb. Both Dalkey teams showed great agility and endurance. We are awaiting results to see if they progress in the competition. Kaleigh Broderick, Manon Abrard, Daisy Cormican and Lilly Dunne-Fleming make up the Senior team. Mia McClenaghan, Kate Rainsford, Gaelle Abrard and Naomi Lacey are the Junior team participants. 

 

550 students travelled to the National Arena in Tallaght last Thursday to support our Senior A team in their All-Ireland match against Colaiste Chriost Ri, Portlaoise.The players on both sides treated the spectators to a thrilling encounter demonstrating skill, tenacity and integrity. While Loreto was defeated by a very strong opposition in the end, the result didn't matter. We had witnessed a cohesive team who had refused to give-up and who are ranked number 2 in Ireland. Congratulations to the team, to Mr Steve Cahill and Mr Martin Mulligan, their coaches and to our fabulous supporters who never stopped cheering and contributed to the electric atmosphere in the arena.

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