It was with great excitement and joy that we launched our Loreto website on the 19th of April 2013. Cathal O’ Brien designed the website with the help of Mrs O’ Sullivan, Margaret O’ Sullivan and Mr Looney. They designed an array of helpful pages and links to give all visitors to the site an insight into the history and the work and activities of our school.
We also needed to prepare the school itself. We replaced our tri-colour and our Kerry flag outside the door as they were getting a bit tattered. A new sign was erected at the front of the school. Help was also given from parent volunteers who gardened and painted. We are very grateful for all the work done by the Board of Management, Parents’ Association, parents and staff for helping to prepare the school. Throughout the year, we all worked hard and produced lovely artwork and projects. Thanks to the teachers, SNAs, Gráinne and Rosemarie, our secretary, Margaret and our caretaker, Seán for helping us to prepare the school and display our work. We were all set, all we needed was the weather.
We gathered at the school at half past seven. Mrs O’ Sullivan welcomed everyone and thanked them for their help. She invited Loreto sisters, former parents, past pupils and former staff members to take a trip down memory lane in the archive section. The oldest past pupil, Mary Horgan, who will be eighty-five in September, was sadly unable to make it on the night, but she sent her good wishes and looks forward to browsing the website with her grand-niece Aisling Doyle.
The website was launched by Frank Lewis, chairperson of the Board of Management, who was the oldest past pupil present on the night. He was assisted by Sr. Pauline (Loreto), three generations of the Fleming family, past pupils David and Sinéad and Sinéad’s daughter Caoimhe (4th Class) and four generations of Ellie Greene’s family- Ellie, her mom Karina, Karina’s mom Ann- Marie and Ann- Marie’s mom Anna. The fifth generation, Anna’s mother Barbara, is hale and hearty in Beaufort. Sinéad Fleming made a beautiful cake to celebrate the occasion with two children dressed in Loreto uniforms and the school’s web address on top. After that, Cathal introduced us to the website and explained how he wanted it to reflect the work and activities of the children. Next the juniors sang ‘Circle of Friends’ and the seniors sang ‘Mo Ghile Mear’ and ‘Star of the County Down’ and played traditional music with Mr. Looney. Then there was entertainment from Liam, Lisa, Saoirse, Oisín and Cillian O’Connor. This created such a wonderful atmosphere that all the juniors danced their hearts out.
Then the Parents’ Association provided tea and refreshments for the adults and the pupils had a party outside.
The night was a huge success. Everyone enjoyed it and was smiling going home saying “What a great night” and “Isn’t this a lovely school!” It was a historic occasion and we were delighted to be part of it.
Our website shows happy children playing and working in a beautiful environment. It reflects a school that is forward thinking, bright, energetic and modern. We look forward to browsing our website when we are long gone from the school.
By 5th and 6th Class