Report on Loreto’s Autism Awareness Day
by Carla Fusciardi-Wallace (5th year student)
On Thursday, 4 May our school was alive with the word ‘inclusion’ as we celebrated Autism Awareness Day. Autism affects people in the areas of social interaction and communication and has an impact on the lives of many families, both in our school and further afield. To highlight this, the Student Care Co-ordination Team, Prefects’ Council, Students’ Council and a group of student volunteers came together in order to mark the day.
The theme colour for autism awareness globally is blue. Our foyer was decorated in blue and white bunting and blue balloons. There was also an information table in the foyer with leaflets about autism and profiles of famous people with autism who have achieved great success by embracing all that makes them unique. Students and staff wore blue accessories to show their support for the day. Announcements about autism and the day’s events were made over the intercom. Second Years hosted a blue themed bake sale in aid of Irish Autism Action (autismireland.ie). At lunchtime students and SNAs set up a nail bar to paint students’ nails in shades of blue. All donations to this also went to Irish Autism Action and €130 was raised throughout the day.
We would like to thank all the students and staff who so generously participated in the day and we hope that by being aware we can work towards always being inclusive. We also hope that this will empower us to embrace our own unique qualities as well as the unique qualities of others.
The annual Loreto Athletics took place in Santry on 27 April. Loreto Wexford came home with plenty of medals from the event. In the minors, Emma Carr (1st) was 1st in the 200m and 3rd in the Long Jump. In the juniors, Aisling Kelly (2nd) won the Long Jump and was 2nd in the 200m, Rachel Power (2nd) won the Discus and was 3rd in the Shot Putt. The senior events brought plenty of medals too with April Keeling (2nd) 3rd in the 100m, Liadh Dwyer (3rd) 2nd in the 80m Hurdles, Amy Forde (5th) 1st in the Discus, Tara Connick (6th) 2nd in the Discus, Meave Hayes (3rd) won the Long Jump and High Jump. The senior relay team also came 2nd with April Keeling, Meave Hayes, Liadh Dwyer and Aisling Kelly powering home. Congratulations to all the students who took part to make a great combined effort.
South Leinster Athletics
Loreto had good representation at the South Leinster Athletics. Emma Carr (1st) was 3rd in the minor Long Jump, Aisling Kelly (2nd) won the junior Long Jump and was 3rd in the 200m, Rachel Power (2nd) won Gold in the junior Triple Jump and Discus, Danika Gilshinan (2nd) was 2nd in the junior 800m, Roisin O’Reilly (2nd) was 2nd in the junior 1500m, Meave Hayes (3rd) was 2nd in the Intermediate High Jump with a new PB, Amy Forde (5th) won the senior Hammer and was 2nd in the Discus and Jean Dwyer (6th) was 2nd in the senior 100m Hurdles. A great medal tally from the girls and they will go on now to compete in the Leinster Schools Finals in 2 weeks time.
U14 Camogie – Loreto, Wexford V Loreto, Kilkenny
by Lettie Whelan (4th year student)
Loreto Wexford took on Loreto Kilkenny in their final group game of the Leinster U14 group stages.
On the day, Loreto Kilkenny were just too strong for Loreto Wexford and were worthy winners with a convincing score line.
Loreto Wexford are now out of the competition as they lost 3 out of 4 of their group matches. However, they have worked very hard this year and many of these girls are eligible for the U14 team next year.
Loreto Wexford: Katie Feeney, Keeva Campbell, Amy Whelan, Kate O’Reilly, Claire McDonnell, Aoife O’Connor, Ciara Banville, Ciara Butler, Caoimhe Parker, Aoibhe Murphy, Carla Howlin, Grace Roche, Hannah Cullen, Niamh Cullen, Grace Cousins.
Loreto Wexford vs Coláiste Iosagáin Dublin
by Lettie Whelan (4th year student)
Loreto Wexford took on Coláiste Iosagáin in their final U14 football group game on Friday, 5 May in Stillorgan, Dublin.
Loreto were missing many players from their panel due to girls being away on the French exchange but this did not stop the Loreto girls from giving an exceptional performance.
Coláiste Iosagáin were first off the mark with two points inside the opening five minutes. Emma Carr, who was outstanding for Loreto, fired to the net in the seventh minute to kick-start the game. Carr added a fine point two minutes later.
A Ciara Banville point was sandwiched between two Coláiste Iosagáin points.
Aoife O’Connor extended the Loreto’s lead with a point before the Dublin side added a point and hit the net twice in quick succession.
Loreto scrambled the ball past the line and Emma Carr scored a pointed free to leave the score at 2-5 to 2-4 at the break in the home side’s favour.
Loreto introduced Grace Roche at half time and she instantly made an impact scoring a fantastic goal in the opening minutes.
Coláiste Iosagáin added 1-2 without reply to leave the score at 3-7 to 3-4 heading into the final quarter.
Grace Roche scored her second goal but Colaiste Iosagáin were not giving up and replied instantly with 1-1.
Emma Carr pointed a free into the twentieth minute to leave a goal in the difference.
Coláiste Iosagáin introduced substitutes and they made all the difference as they scored three points without reply in the final five minutes. The final score was 4-11 to 4-5.
Loreto now advance to the semi-final where they will face Rochfortbridge.
Loreto: Aisling Comiskey, Ella Cullen, Maeve Buckley, Ella Wright, Amber Wright, Molly Redican, Abby Mulligan, Sarah Carroll, Emma Carr, Ciara Banville, Ciara Butler, Sadbh Neville, Clara Molloy, Aoife O’Connor, Caoimhe Parker.
Subs: Grace Roche for Ella Cullen (HT), Millie Nolan for Clara Molloy, Niamh Cullen for Sadbh Neville.