Loreto Sec­ondary School

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POWER OF POS­I­TIV­ITY

From May 9 to the 13th Loreto Bray cel­e­brated Power of Pos­i­tiv­ity week or POP week. POP week fo­cuses on hav­ing a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and mind­set.

Through­out the week there were ac­tiv­i­ties in the themes of Mind, Body and Soul. On Tues­day we had a Vi­sion­board Work­shop, learn­ing how to set and aim to achieve our goals. On Wed­nes­day, a lo­cal ‘Be Well’ group gave us a talk on Men­tal Health and re­silience. We also had a raf­fle in aid of Pi­eta House. On Thurs­day we fo­cused on the body with a healthy morn­ing break­fast. We re­ceived do­na­tions from lo­cal busi­nesses in Bray. We also had a huge dance off lead by the school Dance Club at lunch time held out in the school grounds. On Fri­day we had a fundraiser in aid of Rum­bek called ‘Rain­bow for Rum­bek’. Each year wore a colour of the rain­bow to pro­mote colour and pos­i­tiv­ity. The week was very suc­cess­ful and ev­ery­one re­ally en­joyed the em­pow­er­ing work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties.

SCHOOL BANK

On May 12, all of the mem­bers of the school bank team were awarded with their cer­tifi­cates for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the school bank. The cer­tifi­cates were pre­sented by Elaine For­rester and Cor­mac Power who rep­re­sented the Bank of Ire­land.

This year we opened a to­tal of 57 new ac­counts and we were thrilled with the re­sults. We def­i­nitely learnt many skills through the school bank e.g com­muni- cation skills, au­di­to­rial skills or even just the skill of per­suad­ing stu­dents to open ac­counts with us. We were glad to have learnt them.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bank of Ire­land, Loreto Bray was the best school bank out of all of the other school banks part­nered with the Bank of Ire­land this year. Work­ing on the school bank team has truly been a great ex­pe­ri­ence and it has def­i­nitely given us a great in­sight into the bank­ing in­dus­try.

The an­nual Prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony for Loreto Bray was held in the Church of the Holy Redeemer on Wed­nes­day, May 18. Stu­dents were pre­sented with their awards for aca­demic ex­cel­lence as well as for en­deav­our. The awards were given to the stu­dents by the Prin­ci­pal, Ms Emma Raugh­ter and the Vice-Prin­ci­pal, Ms Mar­garet Wain­wright. Well done to all the stu­dents who re­ceived their prizes at this event.

TRIP TO FARM

There was great ex­cite­ment among the first year stu­dents on April 28 when they set off for their school tour to Causey farm in Na­van, Co Meath. Once there they took part in a va­ri­ety of group ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ex­plor­ing the farm, en­coun­ter­ing a va­ri­ety of an­i­mals, bak­ing soda bread and hav­ing a (very) close en­counter with a turf bog.

At the end of the day, de­spite the muddy clothes, the stu­dents tucked into their warm soda bread and home made jam with en­thu­si­asm and re­turned to the school tired but happy. It was a won­der­ful day and a big thank you to Ms Carville, the year head who or­gan­ised the trip and the teach­ers who ac­com­pa­nied the stu­dents.

SUI­CIDE AWARE­NESS

This is an ar­ti­cle writ­ten by a stu­dent who lost a dear friend and how she turned this tragic event into a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for her­self and the school com­mu­nity in Loreto Bray.

Some­times you have to try turn some­thing so neg­a­tive in your life, into some­thing pos­i­tive. Five months ago I lost a very close friend of mine. Jack’s sud­den pass­ing had a huge im­pact on the whole school com­mu­nity. Since De­cem­ber I have heard of a num­ber of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from poor men­tal health.

See­ing ev­ery­one so down in them­selves re­ally got to me, I knew I couldn’t solve ev­ery­one’s prob­lems so when I reg­is­tered for the ‘Dark­ness into Light’ walk, I de­cided to set up a fundrais­ing page in mem­ory of Jack Har­vey and in aid of Pi­eta House. My tar­get was €500.

Af­ter four hard weeks of fundrais­ing and pro­mot­ing aware­ness for the or­gan­i­sa­tion I have raised €4,500. Not only have I raised a sig­nif­i­cant amount of aware­ness for young peo­ple and adults and the is­sue of sui­cide but I have also helped bring peo­ple from dark­ness into light. My main aim was to get the mes­sage across es­pe­cially to young peo­ple that it’s ok not to be ok and it’s def­i­nitely ok to ask for help.

All of your neg­a­tive thoughts can be turned into pos­i­tive thoughts. I want a world where Sui­cide, Self-harm and Stigma can be re­placed by Hope, Self-care and Ac­cep­tance. I would like to thank ev­ery­one who has helped me raise aware­ness and reach my goal.

Well done to Chloe Gil­more from fifth year for rais­ing this great amount of money for this wor­thy cause and for help­ing to lift the spir­its of many of her fel­low stu­dents who were deeply up­set by the death of Jack Har­vey too.

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