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Congratulations to our Wall Climbing team who reached great heights in an Inter-school Competition and now progress to the next round.

Thank you to all who worked so diligently to make our 175th Gala Concert such an enjoyable and entertaining evening.  To our Production Team, Ms Aisling Green, Ms Marie Lonergan, Ms Julie O’Brien, Ms Kathryn Fitzgerald, Ms Annaliesa Evans, Ms Jacqueline Munnelly, Mr. Killian Grumley Traynor, Mr. Eoin Hughes and Mr. Will Flanagan – thank you.   We extend a special word of appreciation to Ms Lorraine Keane, our compere.  Congratulations to our school choirs, both primary and secondary, Parents’, Past Pupils’ and Staff Choirs, Trad Group and individual soloists.

We have received many emails and cards over the past few days, too numerous to reply to individually.  Thank you for taking the time to express your appreciation.  We will display them in the school for the girls to enjoy.

Well done to those who took part in the Student Enterprise Awards on Thursday last in Dun Laoghaire.  Congratulations to Sienna Manning from 1st Year who came 2nd in the Junior Category and to Amy Harmon from 2nd Year who came 2nd in the Intermediate Category.  A mention must also go to Ellie Saunders, Anna Simpson, Lauren Kelly, Anna Sewell, Freyja Cleary, Katie Power and Sarah Cunningham who received Certificates of Merit.

Congratulations to our Irish Junior Debating Team who took part in the Regional Final in Celbridge on Monday.  The team of Mairead O’Sullivan, Hilary Morrissey, Catherine Ní Fhearraigh were defeated but did so well to reach this stage of the competition.  Congratulations to Bean Murdock, their mentor.

Congratulations to Katie Power and Dashe Lee who were awarded 1st place in the Loreto Interschools Debates competition in Loreto St. Stephens Green on Monday evening.

Last Saturday, the girls going to Zambia climbed the mountains around Glendalough as part of a team building exercise.  Accompanied by the teachers, Mr. Dunne and four dogs, the group enjoyed the scenery while walking in perfect conditions.

Well done to our Minor As and Senior 3 team who participated in the Loreto Finals this week.  The Minor As were narrowly defeated in a thrilling match against Loreto Foxrock while the Senior 3 team were victorious against Loreto Beaufort.  Well done to the girls and to their coaches.

Good morning everybody, could we pause a moment for morning prayer.

Today is open day, an opportunity for us to throw open our doors and show the world what is good and unique and special about our school.

This afternoon, hundreds of people will walk through our gates and we get to show them what makes Loreto Abbey, Dalkey shine. They will see that girls who have talents in sport have some of the best facilities in the country. They will see that girls who have a passion for debating have the ability to shape minds with their words. They will see that students who love science have the flames of their curiousity fanned by the most dedicated of teachers. They will see that for girls who are musical, their talents are nurtured in so many ways and they will see that girls who are artisitc have their amazing work displayed around our walls.

However, it is not the building or the view or the facilities, impressive as they are, that draw people here. It is the sene of community and co-operation that exists between us that makes this place so special, but most importantly, it is you, our students, with your energy and enthsuaim and positivity that shows off our school in the best possible way.

Today we pray that the sun shines and that we have a really great open day.

Amen.