Welcome to our Gallery Page for 2015/2016 – be sure to check back on a regular basis as the Academic Year progresses!

Loreto Swords were awarded their second green Flag for Energy Conservation – we collected the flag from DCU and on Friday, 27 May we held a special ceremony to raise the flag – thanks to Ms Mary Gorman and to all the members of the Green Team – We have a page for Green Team news that you can access here by clicking the link.

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Annual Prize-giving took place on Monday, 23 May.  Students won awards for a variety of activities from sporting success to attendance – well done to all our students and click here for some photos of the girls.

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Our Sixth Year Group 2016 – wishing you all the best in your upcoming Leaving Certificate Exams!


Ms Cronin and members of her morning prayer group – click for photos


Annual Sports Day took place on Thursday, 5 May 2016- thank to all our staff who made the day possible especially Ms Graham and Ms Furlong and their team of helpers!  The day was very enjoyable and the weather treated us well!

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Ski Trip – our second year students travelled to Folgaria, Italy for their Ski trip in March 2016.  The group were accompanied by five teachers  – a special thank you to Ms Geraldine Thompson who organised the trip.

The students all had a wonderful week as the photos will show!  Click here for photos


Well Done to All Our Third Year Home Economics students who did their Home Economics cookery practicals this week 18 to 21 April 2016- they all did a brilliant job – well done!

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30 business students from 5th year went to Dublin City centre to visit Google’s offices there. The students were guided through the offices on Barrow Street where the were shown all the different floors and were shown how the ‘googlers’ work in teams in the world’s best  place to work. They attended a presentation on how Google works. The students had a lovely day. Special thanks to Amy Caul for organising the trip.

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The F1 in Schools fundraising quiz took place Thursday 14th April to raise money for our schools entrants Athena Racing, who will compete in the National Finals on the 28th April in the RDS. A fantastic night was had by fourth & fifth year students, along with their parents and school staff. The F1 team including; Lucy Daly, Megan McDermott, Emma-Louise Steele, Gemma Dignam and Leah Fagan were thrilled with the turn out and the success of the night. Congratulations the winning quiz team and spot prize winners. A huge thanks to the MC on the night, Mr. Brendan Kindlon and F1 teacher Ms. Aoife Whelan.

On Wednesday, 14 April the Final of Junk Kouture Took place

  19 Teams made it through to the Finals which was held in the 3Arena  where special guests will included

Louis Walsh and his band Hometown. LORETO SWORDS WERE PART OF THE WINNING 19!

Well Done Team Alumanic  and their team Ms Marie Costello- click here for photos



Trip to the Burren  – 5th Year Geography students made a Trip to the Burren on Frid/Sat 8/9 April 2016 as part of their geography module.  The students also visited Aillwee Cave.  Ms Mary Gorman, Mr Pat Muvihill and Ms Yvonne Egan accompanied the girls. The weather was kind to the girls and they had a very enjoyable and information trip.  Click here for photos 


TY Students Visited Pearse Museum on Wednesday, 16 March.  They were accompanied by Ms Marie Costello.  The girls were able to walk through the historic rooms where Pearse and his students once lived and worked and visited the nature study room which features attractive displays on Irish flora and fauna. There is also an extensive programme of temporary rotating exhibitions in the museum.  Click Here for Photos


Tuesday March 15th, 2016 was Proclamation Day.  Loreto Swords marked the occasion with song, drama and the raising of the Irish Flag.  Invited guests came along to the school to share the occasion and it was a most memorable occasion for all the students and staff.  Thanks to everyone who put so much work into preparing for the day including Ms Cronin, Ms O’Hara, Ms Dalton, Ms Scully and Ms Heeney and all the students who directly took part.
Is Lá an Fhorógra é Dé Máirt, an 15 Márta 2016. Seo an lá nuair a roinnfidh gach scoil sa tír a Forógra do Ghlúin Nua, chomh maith le gach tionscadal cruthaitheach eile bainteach le 1916 atá forbartha ag na mic léinn.
Our Fifth Year students describe the events of the night before Joseph Mary Plunkett was executed for his part in the 1916 Rising. Grace Gifford’s great, great, great niece is a student in out school.
Loreto Swords have organised events for Tuesday to mark the occasion to include the rising of the Irish Tri-colour.        Click here for photos
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A Coffee Morning was held on Monday morning 14 March 2016.  Students made guests welcome with tea and cake and music was provided by our Trad Group.  We hope the old folks who attended were all well entertained.

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2nd Year Students Held a Lunch time concert on Wednesday, 9 March – the proceeds of the concert were in aid of the Refugee Crisis – thanks to Ms Scully for organising the concert – click for photos



A Subject Choir Fair took place on Thursday, 10 March 2016 for all students in 3rd and 4th Year in order to help them to pick their senior subjects.  Senior students were available in the hall to answer any questions in relation to the subjects available. Ms Patricia Kennedy organised the event and it was a great success, many thanks!

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Our Annual Seachtain na Gaeilge takes place the week of 7 March to 11 March 2016 inclusive.  Every morning the Traditional Irish group provide music for us to enjoy and there are various activities taking place such as quizzes, competitions, poster making etc.  Thanks to the Irish Dept. for all their work.


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On Monday, 7 March the TY Junk Kouture Team took place in the Regional Eastern Finals in The Helix.

Over 1,124 teams participated this year and there were a total of 83 teams competing in the Eastern Regional Final. The students had to model their dress and perform on stage.  19 Teams made it through to the Finals to be held in the 3Arena in April where special guests will include Louis

 Walsh and his band Hometown. LORETO SWORDS WERE PART OF THE WINNING 19!

Well Done Team Alumanic – click here for photos


The Senior F1 Team in the school led by Ms Aoife Whelan won the Leinster Schools Final with Best Pit Stop and Portfolio.  They will now take part in the All-Ireland in late April.  We are delighted with their success and we wish them well for the April Final – well done!  The students put their work on display for the school community to enjoy – thanks to their sponsors who made this project possible.

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6th Year Dominos Pizza Visits – as part of the Home Economics syllabus all 6th year Home Ec. made a visit to Dominos Pizza to see how pizza is made in a business environment – many thanks to the Home Ec. teachers Ms Byrne and Ms Martin who organised the visits and a big thank you to Dominos who made the visits possible!

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Junk Kouture – 4T are taking part this year with the assistance of their art teacher Ms Marie Costello – their dress is amazing and we wish the team well in the upcoming competition.  Click here for photos

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Class 2S made a visit to Butler’s Chocolate factory on Monday, 8 February as part of their geography syllabus – they were accompanied by Ms Breda O’Toole and Ms Bernie O’Mahony – all agreed it was a great trip! Click here for photos


St. Brigid’s Day was marked with the annual event of making St. Brigid’s Crosses – students enjoy this event every year and the standard of workmanship is to be congratulated.  Click here for photos

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Solidarity with Flood Victims  – Sinead Fitzpatrick, Pearl Umama Agada, Lauren Barrett prepared posters and information re. the flooding in Ireland over Christmas and their work is on display in St. Finians Church Rivervalley – thanks to Ms Sheelan for organising and to the Parish Team and Peace group for their assistance.

Mary Ward Week/Catholic Schools Week took place during the week of 25 Jan to 29 January 2016 inclusive.  The First Years were asked to write a poem about what it means to be a Loreto Girl and Aoife Whelan of 1R was the overall winner – many thanks to all the girls for taking part – their poems are on display around the school.     Click here for photos

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Trip to Ice Cream Factory – the 5th Year students had a visit to an ice-cream factory accompanied by their Home Economics Teachers Ms Sarah Byrne and Ms Linn Martin.  Ice-cream making is a part of the Senior syllabus for Home Economics so the trip was both enjoyable and informative for the students.  Click here for photos

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Cycle Against Suicide : Over 800 people die by suicide on the island of Ireland each year. That is 800 families and communities devastated; 800 lives cut short. Cycle Against Suicide aims to change this by beginning a conversation about mental health and getting the message that ‘it’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’ into schools, businesses and communities throughout the island of Ireland.  Students from Swords took part again this year and we thank Ms Patricia Kennedy.  Click here for Photos


Power of Positive Thinking Week – 11 to 15 January 2016 – A week of activities was organised to encourage Positive Thinking in school – activities included: * Teenline Talk to 1st and 5th Year Students, * Jigsaw Talk to 3rd Year students, * Dance Off Competition – 1st Years v. 6th Years!, * Short Lunch Time Concert.  In addition students  decorated all lockers with positive messages, Upbeat music was played before school started and at lunch break. Positive messages on posters and a Worry Box left at front entrance to school.  Click here for Photos

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Annual Christmas Hamper collection for St. Vincent de Paul was organised this year by Ms Theresa Sheelan and a group of students – thanks to everyone who sent in donations for this worthy event – the response was fantastic!  Click here for photos


Christmas Jumper Day – our annual Christmas Jumper day took place on Friday, 18 December and it was a great occasion with the added bonus of students contributing €2 towards The Homeless.  We thank all our students for making such an effort and participating in the event.  The students all looked very festive as you can see by clicking here


 Loreto Has Talent – school concert took place on Tuesday, 15 December – this is the third year we have hosted a talent show to showcase all the talent that exists in our school.  A variety of acts took to the stage and the evening was a great success – thanks to all the people who made this event possible – a special thank you to Ms Deirdre Scully, Ms Florence Heeney and Mr Bryan Glennon.  The winner on the night was Onyinyechi Peace Nwosu from 5th Year – well done!

Thanks to Kate Breen who took photos on the night which you can see by clicking here


5th Year History Trip took place on Thursday, 26 November 2015.  Ms Dalton took a group of students on the 1916 Freedom Tour and then to the National Library – they day was both very educational and fun and a big thank you to Ms Dalton for organising the day!  Click here for photos



3rd Year Trip to Carlingford took place on Friday and Saturday 13/14 November 2015.  Fifty 3rd Year students were accompanied by Ms Furlong, Ms Graham and Ms Thompson.  Despite the rain and the cold weather the students had a great time and were kept very busy over the two days!


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Science Week took place nationwide from the 8th to 15th of November. We celebrated Science week in our school with numerous events for the students. A poster competition was open to all students to partake in to highlight ‘Key Words in Science’. Transition years were asked to volunteer to bake a Cake for Science Week.  ‘Periodic Pressure’ game took place during lunchtime for students to play. First years had a demonstration of Science Experiments class. Third years completed a Science Quiz based on 1st & 2nd year material. The science department would like to thank the following 5th years for organising & running the quiz Ciara Maguire, Jordan Gibney, Naoise Sweeney, Eleanor Dunne, Marixa McKittrick and Alex McGrath. Well done to all the students who participated & celebrated Science week!

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Conrad na Gaeilge – a Speak Irish for a Day initiative took place on Tuesday, 11 November 2015 and over 90 of our 2nd Year students took part.  The students were among over 25,000 students from schools across Ireland to take part in the Gaeilge24 Challenge.   The students all undertook to speak as much Irish as possible for a 24 hr period and in the process they raised almost €1000 for Conrad na Gaeilge through fundraising for the event – well done girls and thanks to all the Irish teachers for organising the event!

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Trip to Iceland took place during the midterm break and it was a wonderful experience for all the students who travelled – since thanks to the teachers who accompanied the girls and a special thank you to Ms Mary Gorman who organised the trip.  Please enjoy the photos of the trip         Click here

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Friendship Week took place between Monday, 19 October and Friday, 23 October.  There were a host of activities taking place all week and guest speakers gave talks to students on anti-bullying and friendship. The week finished with a concert on Friday.   During the course of the term there was a collection in aid of the Refugee Crisis and we were delighted to be able to present a cheque for the sum of €1,000 to Trocaire.  At the end of the concert a talk was given to the students by Trocaire and the cheque presented – thanks to Ms Theresa Sheelan for organising the various fundraising events and to Ms Deirdre Scully who put so much work into the school concert.    Click here for photos

Big Sister Programme where students got to meet on a ‘social basis’


Maths Week gave the students of Loreto College Swords wonderful opportunities to put their maths skills to the test with a wide variety of activities taking place.  Each morning the students were greeted with a puzzle. These puzzles enabled the students to teased their brains for the day, with many puzzles even beyond Google’s capacity to solve.  Students challenged themselves to the countdown challenge at lunchtime and raced against the countdown clock to complete arithmetic sums. A large number of first year students attended and gave the senior student some stiff competition. Second year students completed in a Mental Maths Challenge, which saw 28 students being awarded prizes for their mental maths skills.  A maths themed cake competition took place, where Holly Daly won first prize. Dr David Wraith from NUI Maynooth visited the school and worked with the 5th year students on some Problem Solving exercises and gave the students some helpful tips when approaching problem solving. 6th Year students were treated to a challenging game, where, working in groups they had to solve many maths problems against the clock.  TYs were busy this week too, as they delivered Maths classes to the first year students. This was a very exciting experience as the TYs were given an opportunity to see the classroom from a different perspective.The week finished with the first year table quiz, where 120 eager first years went head to head to answer general numeracy question mixed with general knowledge questions. The quiz was organised by Mr Glynn’s wonderful TY class.    Click here for Photos

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Team B Table Quiz,  Baking Competition and Puzzle of the Day – Winners

First Year Home Economics classes went to Collins’ Barracks with their Home Economics teachers on Thursday, 15 October.   At the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History you’ll find Irish haute couture garments, furniture, silver, jewellery, ceramics, and exhibitions exploring Irish military history, including the 1916 Easter Rising.   The annual event was a great success and the girls enjoyed themselves – thanks to their teachers for organising same!  Click here for photos


First Year Spelling Bee Competition Final took place for 1st years on Wed, 14 October 2015.  All 1st year students participated in the Spelling Bee Competition this year to highlight the importance of spelling correctly.  Before the final, individual spelling  heats were carried out in each class group with the subsequent winners representing their class in the final.  Well done to the finalists – Aoife Gribbon (1G), Emma Fowler (1R), Sofija Gasanova (1Q) and Chloe Abijay (1s).  Our Spelling Bee Champion for 2015 is Chloe Abijay (1S) – well done Chloe!

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Art Trip to the Casino took place on Monday, 12 October 2015.  Ms Niamh Lacey and Ms Ann O’Loughlin accompanied the 5th and 6th Year students in glorious sun shine, the students all found the visit very informative.  Click here for photos

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World Language & Culture Week took place here in the college from Monday, 28 Sepember to Friday, 2 October.  The school was awash with colour and banners celebrating the event – thanks to the Language teachers who organised the week.  Click here for photos


On Friday, 18 September students organised a fundraiser for the Refugee crisis – over €600 was raised – thanks to all the staff and students who made a donation – and to the students and Ms Sheelan for organising the event.




Transition Year Bonding Trip took place over two days on 17 and 18 September – they girls were accompanied by Ms Mary Gorman, Ms Lauren Murray and Ms Cathy McGrath – the girls all had a wonderful –

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First Years Sports Sampling Day took place on Friday, 18 September 2015 and was organised by Ms Donna Graham and Ms Sorcha Furlong – also greatly assisted by the Sports Committee.  We hope the first year students enjoyed the day and that they will have found a sport that they can take part in during their time in Loreto College.  Click here for photos


Opening School Mass was celebrated in our local Church in Rivervalley on Tuesday, 15 September 2015.  The occasion was a time for the whole community to come together as we begin a new academic year.  Thanks to Ms Cronin, Ms O’Mahony, Mr Glennon and Mr Glynn for all their work in preparing the Mass.  Click here for photos

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On Tuesday, 15 September the school community came together to recognise the academic achievements of our students both in State and House Examinations – we also acknowledged the students who make up the various committees in the school such as the Catering Committee, the Class Representatives, Leadership  etc.  We were delighted to welcome back our Leaving Certificate students who excelled in their recent Leaving Certificate examinations and in this regard we wish them well as they start college.  Well done to all our students and we hope 2015/16 is a successful year for all.  Click here for Photos


  The Big Sister/Little Sister programme was organised early September by Ms Betty Cronin, Chaplain.  Each First Year Student has been paired with a Sixth Year student.   The Sixth Years will be available to their ‘Little Sister’ as she settles into Loreto College and throughout the year ahead.  Click Here for photos


6th Year Leadership training took place here in the school organised by Mr Gerard O’Connor.  The girls enjoyed the training day and learned valuable skills to use during their year as the Leadership Committee.  Click here for photos

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120 Students received their results on Wednesday, 9 September.  There were many happy smiling faces to be seen around the school when the results were distributed.  Mr Macnamara congratulated the students and their families for the efforts put in over the past three years.  The work of the committed and dedicated teaching staff was also acknowledged.  Mr Macnamara paid a special tribute to Lucy Daly, Tara Gleeson and Vanilla Njojo who scored a massive 27 A’s between them.  There were so many more outstanding results.  The school is so proud of all the results and the most important thing is that the students got an opportunity to reach their potential .  Some of the girls have chosen TY for 2015/16 but the majority of the girls are continuing straight into the Leaving Certificate Programme.  Well done to all involved.

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Class 3Q had a Cake Sale on Wednesday to Raise Funds for Dogs Trust, this is part of their CSPE Project for 2015/16.  Well done Girls!  Click Here for Photos


Welcome to our First Year Students 2015  who began in Loreto College on Friday, 28 August – we hope they settle into school and make new friends as the year progresses.  Click here for some photos


Congratulations to Our 6th Year Students of 2015 who received their Leaving Certificate Results on Wednesday last, 12 August.  After two long months of waiting since sitting their exams in June the students were finally rewarded for all their hard work by getting fantastic results.  Huge credit is due to the hardworking staff and the support of all the parents who helped the students over the past five years.  119 Students sat the Leaving Certificate with many achieving in excess of 500 points, one student Lara Mulvanny got an outstanding 6 ‘A’ grades – we are proud of all our students and we wish each one of them the best of luck in the future and hope that they get the college place/course that they have worked so hard to obtain.   Click for Photos