Hello everyone, my name is Sinéad McGowan and I am so delighted to have been appointed the role of Head Girl of Loreto this academic year.
I came from Holy Family Primary School but despite coming from a big primary school, I was still nervous about making friends, settling in and experiencing new subjects. However, as soon as I stepped through the front doors on the 4th September 2015, I immediately felt this was where I was meant to be. Between the greetings from the staff and the prefects at the front door, I felt so welcome.
This school has wonderful extracurricular activities such as our renowned Junior and Senior Choir led by the wonderful Mrs McGirr. I have been a proud member of the choir for the past 7 years here in Loreto. In 2018, we travelled to Prague where we competed against choirs from all across Europe. I am proud to say we won the Prague Choral Festival!
The school musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, was one of my highlights.
There is always something for someone at Loreto. For example, if you enjoy sports there is a variety of clubs such as netball, football and athletics. Or perhaps you are musical and enjoy playing a musical instrument, you could join our Traditional Group. Maybe you are good at public speaking and have an avid interest in making a meaningful social difference, you can become part of the Student Council!
I will finish with some advice I wish to impart to you all.
Enjoy every day, every single moment, every single second that you spend in Loreto.
It won’t be long before you are in my position, saying goodbye to the school and embarking on a new adventure. We hear it said so often that time flies so quickly, and I now know this to be true!
I encourage you to join as many clubs as you can, make as many friends as you can and savour the Loreto experience, for it is truly one of a kind!
And even in moments of self doubt or challenge, just remember the reassurance given by children’s author A.A Milne, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you know.”