During the month of December students in Loreto Secondary school, Balbriggan worked hard at maintaining high spirits despite the restrictions of Covid. The school gardens were decorated for Christmas when a number of transition year technology students cleverly saw the business opportunity to make wooden reindeer for the grounds and managed to sell them all on at the end of the term. The business proved lucrative as the reindeer were very popular. The art and technology teachers were hugely supportive in their guidance of the students in their work. The art teachers also helped the art students decorate the outside walls with sustainable decorative snowflakes made from used coat hangers.
The carol service was streamed to the students in their classrooms as was the annual teachers show. Both events were enjoyed online and in the safety of a controlled environment. With Christmas behind us, students are now preparing for the BT Young Scientists Exhibition which, as with everything, will be a virtual event. As a school which encourages stem we are very proud to have all seven entries submitted through to the exhibition. We will keep you posted on the results.
We are very lucky in Loreto Balbriggan to have three talented elite athletes on the teaching staff and they spoke to TY students on the topic of ‘Women in Sport.’ Inter-county players Ms. Muireann Atkinson (Monaghan) Ms.Sarah Rowe (Mayo) and international rugby player Ms. Michelle Claffey shared important and inspiring messages with the girls. The talk was followed by a skills session. The Podcast will be available on the TY blog before Christmas.
Finally, one of our students Jessica Chen, pictured here was the Junior Student Enterprise winner 2020 with her Mini Company ‘Compo de Fiori’. Jessica designed and produced handmade sustainable flower hair accessories.