The Loreto Tradition in Education

Our unique characteristic spirit derives from the vision and spirituality of Mary Ward who founded the Loreto Order over 400 years ago. She wished to pioneer a new role for women in the church and society. At a time when the education of girls was not considered important, Mary Ward set about founding schools for girls. She saw this as the most important means of realising her vision that: ‘women, in time to come, will do much’. Since then, and through centuries of committed service by countless Loreto Sisters, the order has specialised in the provision of education and is renowned worldwide for innovation in their field of expertise.
Our students can avail of many opportunities to connect with other Loreto students across the county by attending Loreto Sports competitions, debates, Student Council and Development Education conferences. The Loreto identity is strong and as we say ‘once a Loreto girl, always a Loreto girl’!
The Loreto Tradition in Education
Our unique characteristic spirit derives from the vision and spirituality of Mary Ward who founded the Loreto Order over 400 years ago. She wished to pioneer a new role for women in the church and society. At a time when the education of girls was not considered important, Mary Ward set about founding schools for girls. She saw this as the most important means of realising her vision that: ‘women, in time to come, will do much’. Since then, and through centuries of committed service by countless Loreto Sisters, the order has specialised in the provision of education and is renowned worldwide for innovation in their field of expertise.
Our students can avail of many opportunities to connect with other Loreto students across the county by attending Loreto Sports competitions, debates, Student Council and Development Education conferences. The Loreto identity is strong and as we say ‘once a Loreto girl, always a Loreto girl’!

Our Ethos

As a Catholic school founded in faith, we see the spiritual development of our students as being an essential component of our mission. Gospel values underpin all areas of school life and provide a moral context for all learning.
In the context of a respect for cultural and religious diversity, the Catholic liturgical year provides regular spiritual landmarks for our students as we mark feast days and seasons with prayer services, displays and school Masses. Students take an active role by participating in and preparing
these liturgies.

History

After a short-lived attempt in 1865 to establish a school at 30 Patrick Street, Loreto was founded in 1868 as a boarding and day school for girls in the former town-house of Lord Clifden (now the Good Shepherd Centre). A new school building was completed on the Granges Road in 1980. In 1984 the boarding school was discontinued. Since then, Loreto has continued to expand its facilities. As we moved into the 21st century, so did our school, with the construction of our sports hall and
an all-weather, floodlit Hockey pitch. The latest addition to our facilities, a beautiful new extension with fifteen new classrooms, was opened in September of 2013.

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First Year Subjects

Art, Business Studies, Civic Social Political Education (C.S.P.E.), English, French, Geography, German, History, Home Economics, Irish, Maths, Music, Religious Education & Science.