Loreto Sec­ondary School

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Con­grat­u­la­tions to Jenny Salomn from 204 and Olivia Dowl­ing from 5BR who both came sec­ond in a Loreto Pub­lic Speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion held re­cently.


On Fri­day, April 22,108 sec­ond year stu­dents, ac­com­pa­nied by Sr. Phil, Ms. Kiely, Ms. Dunne, Ms Hamil­ton and their Year Head Ms. Traynor set off at 7 a.m. for Knock, Co. Mayo for their re­treat. De­spite the early start spir­its were high, and af­ter a fill­ing break­fast at Su­per­mac’s Moate, the stu­dents ar­rived in Knock at 10.45 and were quickly put into groups to be­gin their re­treat.

The youth team at Knock al­ways or­gan­ise a won­der­ful day of both ac­tiv­i­ties and re­flec­tion cul­mi­nat­ing with a cel­e­bra­tion of the Eucharist in the Ap­pari­tion Chapel be­fore the stu­dents depart for home. The team com­mented on the won­der­ful spirit among our sec­ond year stu­dents who fully en­tered into all the ac­tiv­i­ties. It was a won­der­ful day and a big thank you to all in­volved.


The Ma­trix was our last ac­tiv­ity of the year. A man named Mal­colm ran the work­shop. He de­scribed the day as a day for your imag­i­na­tion and it’s de­vel­op­ment. We started the day with ex­er­cises such as word think­ing. Mal­colm would say a word and then we would have to write down the first thing that came in to our heads. We then turned to our part­ners and read out the list of words we got. They had to write down what they thought of when they heard our words. Us­ing our new words we had to come up with a story or poem us­ing th­ese words that were dif­fer­ent for ev­ery per­son. This ex­er­cise showed where our imag­i­na­tion could take us and what it can cre­ate with only a few words.

From there we went on to dis­cuss the keys of suc­cess. We were given tips on man­ag­ing our­selves in the fu­ture through ex­ams and life in gen­eral. The sec­ond part of the day we spent on brain chal­lenges. We had ques­tions that made us think of sit­u­a­tions and sce­nar­ios in a dif­fer­ent view then what we would orig­i­nally think. The ex­er­cise showed us how to look at things from dif­fer­ent points of view and per­spec­tives.

The last part of the day was an open dis­cus­sion. We could anony­mously sug­gest top­ics to dis­cuss. We talked about a range of sub­jects from study­ing tips to area 51 and aliens.

The day was a great op­por­tu­nity to an­swer some of our ques­tions about the im­pend­ing fifth year that cur­rently has a stigma of ‘doom’ all around it. It re­ally opened our eyes to new ways of think­ing and han­dling our­selves.

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