So much has happened in Loreto Balbriggan since we last reported that it is not possible to pack it all into this one article. We will just cover a few items this month but if you need to see all that is going on in the school check out our website for regular weekly updates at www.loretobalbriggan.ie
On Tuesday we said goodbye to our wonderful 6th years, the class of 2021. The afternoon began with a prayer service, followed by prizegiving and a graduation ceremony. The celebrations ended when the staff formed a guard of honour and applauded as the students left the school, showing their appreciation for all the girls’ hard work and dedication to their studies. Each student should be very proud of themselves and of what they have achieved.
They have been leaders, role models and wonderful ambassadors for the school. Above all, the resilience that each student has shown over the last year has been truly commendable. The school will certainly not be the same without them and we wish them well as they embark on a new and exciting chapter in their lives. Pictured here are the students leaving the school through the guard of honour and some of the award winners including student of the year and sports, academic and school spirit awards.
The school is very proud to announce its nomination for the European Innovative Teaching Award 2021. The project involved twenty-one teachers from varying disciplines from Loreto Balbriggan. These teachers took part in an Erasmus project entitled ‘European Links to Junior Cycle Reform in Ireland’ in 2019. The ‘European Innovative Teaching Award’ (EITA) showcases outstanding teaching practices carried out as part of Erasmus + projects. It recognises the work of teachers and schools and celebrates the exceptional contribution they make to their profession. It aims to make their work more visible and is an integral part of the European Union’s plans to attain a European Education Area by 2025.
TY students celebrated the end of a very different year in as much style as is possible under current health guidelines. Our TY students chose the theme of Resilience at the start of the year and have displayed fantastic skills of self-management, positive attitudes even during remote teaching and learning plus disappointments when some activities could not go ahead. On Thursday the school participated in a global prayer event that has been taking place in all Loreto Communities across the world this week.
The school remembered all who are suffering, particularly those in our Loreto Schools in India. Medics, researchers and health care workers were also remembered and the students asked for God’s blessing and wisdom for Governments to make oxygen and health care freely available. The event ended with a prayer for justice and healing. §