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