- Highest A level grades of any Manchester College
- Top of the league tables for A Level Grades
- Over two decades of outstanding results
- 21/21 Years top of the league tables
Loreto students organised and filmed a live Christmas TV show to raise funds for the Christie charity.
The show was broadcast live around college on the TV screens and streamed live on the internet. Presenters Vincent Curran-French and Chantelle Sakarombe introduced seven live studio acts and the show also featured a performance from the Loreto Chamber Choir.
The run-up to Christmas saw Loreto musicians performing in a traditional Carol Service at St Mary’s RC Church in Mulberry Street, Manchester, better known as the Hidden Gem.
It was heartening to see so many of the congregation staying on after midday Mass as our musicians and singers took centre stage.
Geographers headed to London for a trip to see the sights and to note how parts of the capital have been regenerated thanks to the Olympics. They had the added bonus of catching a glimpse of the Duchess of Cambridge! As part of their course the students study World Cities and for some it was their first trip to London so they were delighted with great views from the London Eye and a boat trip up the Thames.
Students and staff have been sharing the joy of Christmas by hosting Loreto’s annual seasonal party for the residents of Mary and Joseph House. Our guests were treated to a traditional Christmas meal cooked by Loreto catering staff and served by the college’s students. Such was the interest in helping out at the Party that Mr. Carberry could not accommodate the tremendous number of students who volunteered. Enthusiastic helpers have been busy running schemes raising money to buy gifts for the men so everyone had a present to open from underneath the Loreto Christmas tree.
Paul Seddon was thrilled when he heard his christmas card design had been chosen to be professionally printed and sent out representing Loreto College.
Paul joined Loreto College from St Ambrose Barlow High School and he has chosen a very definite path in the creative subjects.
It is possible at this time of year to begin to suffer from Christmas overload: the crowds in the shops; the TV advertisements; the whole relentless commercial drive of Christmas in the western world. However, any cynical thoughts of this kind were very far from the minds of the students and staff who filled the Ellis and Kennedy theatre to watch the children from St Richard’s primary school in Longsight celebrate Christmas with us.
Loreto once again had a harvest/winter collection for Cornerstone Day Centre - a day centre for homeless and vulnerable people less than a mile from college – hidden behind the brewery. A particular request was made for warm winter clothes. Loreto didn’t disappoint, as bags of clothes, coats, jumpers, shoes and trousers flooded in.
Loreto’s annual talent contest burst onto the scene just before Christmas, Mr Maddix and Miss Purcell supervising, as nine acts won their way through the auditions and took to the stage in front of a packed house in the Ellis and Kennedy theatre. This year the emphasis was on vocal performance, solo singers being represented strongly.
The Performing Arts team this Christmas entertained sell-out crowds, transporting them to Baltimore, 1962 with HAIRSPRAY. The show follows the life of teenage dream, Tracy Turnblad, who longs for celebrity and fame on a TV dance show. But she doesn't 'fit in' - she's bigger than other girls. But through grit, determination and the support of the changing attitudes from those around her, she starts to realise that being different is what makes us great.
Students and staff came together to raise money for the Philippines typhoon relief fund. The idea for this initiative came after several students from the Philippines came forward to ask if they could organise a fundraising event in aid of those affected by the disaster. It was decided that the coming Friday would be ‘Wear a Hat Day’. Students and staff were asked to contribute to the fund in return for permission to wear their favourite headwear for the day. The turnout was incredible; hats came out in all shapes and sizes, both stylish and silly. Two brave students also opted to wear onesies around college, to show their support. At lunch time students from the Philippines held a bake sale, raising over £100 selling their home-made cupcakes. Throughout the day students and staff demonstrated their incredible generosity as buckets around the college filled with coins.
‘…but screw your courage to the sticking place…’ Lady Macbeth advises her dithering husband in Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play’ and it’s true to say that a lot of courage was being screwed to a lot of sticking places as over one hundred young people got to grips with the words of the bard during the second Mancep Shakespeare Festival, held at the college. Before enthusiastic audiences of proud parents, other family members, staff and friends, each participating school or college was charged with condensing the plot of a Shakespeare play into a thirty minute performance, whilst paying due respect to the structure and language of the original.
Church of the Holy Name: Tuesday December 17th, 7.00pm
An innovation in Loreto College’s celebration of the Christmas season will be a Carol Service at the beautiful Jesuit Church of the Holy Name, Oxford Road, on the evening of Tuesday 17th December.
This service of traditional readings and carols will feature many aspects of the college’s growing musical repertoire. The Chamber Choir will fill Joseph Hansoms’ elegant interior with the traditional “In the Bleak mid-winter” and “I saw three ships” followed later by “As with gladness men of old” and the hauntingly beautiful “Stille Nacht”.
‘No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’
The quotation above perhaps captures the essence of Nelson Mandela, whose life we celebrate as Christmas approaches.
AS Textile Design students were given a rare opportunity to delve into the archives at Manchester Museum whilst conducting research for their project ‘Coral Cities.’ They were treated to a specially arranged session in the educational study room, where they could handle weird and wonderful items, including dried, pickled and fossilised fish, corals, shells and many other unusual specimens. They photographed and drew the objects, as well as looking at bigger items on display in the glass cabinets in the main gallery. Students showed great interest in the items and it is hoped that this enthusiasm will lead to experimentation and the production of interesting textiles, exploring various techniques of fabric manipulation and dyeing inspired by their research.
Reverend Dr. Martin Poulson from Heythrop College, the specialist philosophy and theology college of the University of London, delivered a stimulating lunchtime lecture to an enthusiastic audience of students and staff, which explored the relationship between faith and today’s world.
Dr. Poulson, who is a Salesian priest from Bolton, discussed the concept of faith and its impact on human solidarity and individual belief. He explored aspects of Edward Schillebeeckx’s theology in relation to the stewardship of creation and faith.
As part of the National Youth Film Festival 40 Media and Film students were invited to attend a screening of the brilliant award winning independent film, Beasts of the Southern Wild. The film is set outside New Orleans and explores an isolated community threatened by a storm. It has had rave reviews and won the Young Person's Jury Award at Leeds Young People's Film Festival 2013. Students also took part in a discussion led by Oxfam Education to further explore some of the challenging ideas and themes of the film. They were encouraged to consider a variety of issues such as the effects of climate change, poverty and the importance of community. Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of engaging with an independent film they may not otherwise have had the chance to see.
Twenty eight aspiring engineers gave up two days of their half term holiday to take part in a programme run by the University of Manchester and The Construction Youth Trust. The aim of the programme was to increase their knowledge and understanding of the multitude of professions involved in construction, and the progression routes into these occupations, as well as helping to develop some of the key qualities required to succeed in this exciting industry. The students had a site visit to see the City Football Academy construction site and learned about the operational issues faced by BAM construction - one of the largest construction companies in Europe. The students will receive a level one Open College qualification and the opportunity of work experience next year.
The heavens opened in true Manchester style as an intrepid band of A2 English students, and one extremely wet member of staff, fought their way through the morning rush hour to the university campus in Sackville Street. The occasion was a science and technology exhibition arranged for Year 9 pupils from schools across the Greater Manchester area. Our students had been asked to ‘cover’ the event as reporters, and to compile an item for one of the university websites. Working under the expert guidance of third year English student, and student press officer, Siobhan O’Toole, the Loreto group – Rosie Steedman, Lucy Fegan, Charles Hanratty, Talith Walker and Daniel Amadi – circulated around the various workshops and presentations, interviewing pupils, staff and presenters, taking photographs and recording video clips. A robot dancing Gangnam style and an invisibility cloak were amongst the exhibits attracting most interest, but the main aim of the day was to challenge the preconceptions about science and scientists held by the Year 9 pupils.
AS student Lewis Hale is celebrating after winning gold and silver medals at the British Taekwon-Do championships held recently in Stratford upon Avon. The ex-Ashton-On-Mersey High School pupil has been involved in the martial art since he was nine years old and now trains four times a week at the Trident Academy in Sale. Lewis’s success is all the more remarkable because he spent most of the summer of 2012 in a body cast after a shoulder and muscle transfer operation, and then had to undergo intensive physiotherapy sessions and extra training in order to build up his strength. His commitment and dedication certainly paid off at the national championships where Lewis won a silver medal in the patterns event and then went one better and won gold in the sparring activity.
The History Society’s most recent guest speaker was Dr Max Jones, a professor from the University of Manchester, who delivered a talk, entitled “What should historians do with heroes?”