Loreto Secondary School
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.
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.
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.