- 21/21 Years top of the league tables
- Highest A level grades of any Manchester College
- Top of the league tables for A Level Grades
- Over two decades of outstanding results
Forty one Loreto AS and A2 physics students attended the Institute of Physics lecture ‘The Infinity Puzzle - the quest for the Higgs Boson’ given by the University of Oxford’s Prof. Frank Close. The lecture was held at Manchester Metropolitan University’s John Dalton Building.
The Physics Department welcomed back Professor Fred Loebinger from Manchester University recently to give a lecture on The Story of Elementary Particle Physics. The lunchtime lecture was open to all Loreto students and staff with an interest in particle physics and was well attended by over one hundred.
Loreto Student Finalist in Institute of Physics Young Persons' Lecture Competition
The 2013 Manchester and District Institute of Physics Young Persons' Lecture Competition was held recently at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Sandra Burslem Building.
Loreto is Happy Alleluia!
Easter creeps up on us subtly. Lent is subdued and reflective, yet when Easter does arrive there is drama, excitement, mystery and deep joy.
Loreto Textile Design students caused quite a stir at Kensington Olympia’s Knitting and Stitching show this year when five fashion projects were shortlisted and exhibited as part of the National Fashion Textiles Competition 2014, organised by Kings Ely Independent School and FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct).
Drama and Theatre Studies students were spellbound and mesmerised by a wonderfully staged production of Virginia’s Woolf’s Orlando at the Royal Exchange. Scripted for the Stage by American playwright Sarah Ruhl and exploring themes of gender, time travel, sex/sexuality, identity, love, truth, poetry, art, life and death, the story follows a young man of the Elizabethan court in the sixteenth century. He has a brief affair with the ageing Queen Elizabeth I and tries to write a poem called The Oak Tree, which he cannot finish.
‘Kapital’ time at Keele
Thirteen lucky first year Loreto students were chosen to attend a Taster Day at Keele Medical School recently. The Keele campus was looking splendid in the spring sunshine and we were able to enjoy some outside breaks as well as the timetabled programme.
The Theology department trip to London was a great success. Students travelled to the city enjoying the sights and culture, as well a trip to Heythrop, the University of London’s specialist theology college, to explore future options and enhance their A Level course.
The History society welcomed our own Dr Lyons to talk on Social Darwinism and the origins of the First World War as a launch to the college’s commemorations marking the hundred year anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict. Dr Lyons provided some fascinating detail on the path of Darwin’s early life, showing how his upbringing and formative experiences shaped his outlook, and as a result the focus of study for which he became famous. As his influences and motivations were explained it was also shown how his best known work made an impact on the thinking of people with relation to human kind, rather than just to the world of nature as referred to in ‘On the origin of species.’ Bringing us right up to the causes of world war one Dr Lyons outlined how the theory of ‘survival of the fittest’ was at the heart of the attitudes of the feuding nations, providing for them legitimacy in pursuing armed battles.
Loreto Pathways group 1 team played its part in a great tournament held recently at Salford College. This was the time that all the teams had managed to attend meaning that we had to play eight games. We welcomed back Montel Clarke, and Javan Grant played his first games for us and we really hope that they were not his last, as he was an inspiration in defence. Our performances were similar to previous tournaments, as we managed to concede very few goals, but only scored five in eight games. This meant that we drew five, won two, but only lost one game. The league table was so close that we finished fourth, but another win would have pushed us towards top place.
Five of Loreto’s Spanish A level students have entered a national essay writing competition. Sheikh Imran Azim Rahman, Carlos Madrigal Flores, Giuliana Quartson Kyerematen, Robyn Farrell and Maura Joao have each written a 1000 word essay concerning the challenges faced by Iberia and Latin America in recent decades. Organised by Canning House the competition, open to all UK students aged 17 – 19, rewards successful entrants with a spectacular array of prizes ranging from £100 cheques to a return ticket to a Latin American country of choice.
Watch this space for details of their progress.
The college is continuing to promote the cause of fair trade, one of the most recent activities being the setting up of a stall in the Ellis and Kennedy building, during fair trade fortnight, where staff and students were given the opportunity to purchase fair trade products. A group of enthusiastic students helped to sell the goods, which had been delivered by Jackie from Justicia, a fair trade social enterprise in Bolton. The stall provoked a lot of interest, with the handcrafted jewellery being much admired, although chocolate proved to be the biggest seller contributing to an overall sales figure of £190.
Media and Film students visit Media City
March saw the Media and Film students off to visit the BBC at Media City. We arrived to a flurry of paparazzi lying in wait for a member of the Coronation Street cast, which made for an exciting start. We were then shown around the radio studios that broadcast Six Music, and watched Mark Radcliffe as he broadcast his afternoon show live to approximately three million listeners. Radio Six Music has the largest listenership of any of the digital radio stations.
Loreto’s Economics department was in the unique position of being able to invite a distinguished guest into college to discuss with students the implications of the recent budget: ex-Loreto student Mike Emmerich was happy to oblige. Once working at the Treasury as senior policy adviser to Tony Blair on matters of local economic and social renewal, he is now Chief Executive of Greater Manchester’s Commission for the New Economy.
Jessica Davis is the latest in a long line of Loreto students who have been chosen to represent their country at their chosen sport.
Jessica has been chosen to represent England under 19’s at Squash in the Individual Championships in Helsinki during April. Jessica is currently ranked 4th in England and during her career she has won the North West Regional Championships at every age group.
As part of science club small teams of students entered a nationwide competition organised by Exeter University, called Revolutionise Renewables. They had to design a wind turbine using only basic materials such as paper, string, paper clips, etc. and then film and upload their turbine to youtube in order to enter. The students were to showcase their engineering talents, whist also thinking about how renewable energy can be revolutionised to meet the challenges of tomorrow. A panel of experts in renewable energy from the University of Exeter judged the entries, using criteria including innovation, design, and effectiveness.
Students Nuria Mahomed and Aoife O’Hara write:
“Sisters doing it for themselves”, “Manz out ere cuz” and “Twaddiction" are just some of the utterances which had AS and A2 English students laughing along and feeling much better than the weather at the e-magazine Language Conference in London. Organised by Mrs Joseph, and with the help of Mrs Jackson, the group set off at a yawn-inducing early hour of the morning and almost managed to arrive on time at Logan Hall, Institute of Education, two and a half hours later.
Linking with the centenary commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War A2 English Language students recently had the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum at Salford Quays. As part of their A2 studies they have been looking at the historical context of World Wars I and II. In particular they have been focusing on contemporaneous letters and diary extracts. The section featuring Women and War provided much food for thought, exploring, as it does, the changes in the lives of women brought about by war.
Loreto’s very busy annual Careers Fair, held recently, was acclaimed as the best ever. Students came in their hundreds to take advantage of meeting representatives from twenty four universities from across the north of England and as far away as Aberdeen and St Andrews in Scotland and Birmingham in the midlands. Twenty seven companies offering apprenticeships, training opportunities, gap year information and volunteering options were also present to ensure students had a full range of advice and guidance on whichever route they wished to take in the future.
Doctor Geiger described how the Korean War (1950- 53) is often a forgotten war despite it being the first military conflict of the Cold War, with three million Koreans killed, wounded or missing by 1953. It confirmed the expansion of the war into Asia with renewed military and ideological significance under the shadow of atomic capability. As the talk outlined, the fact that the war reached a stalemate along the 38th parallel by 1951 is testament to how direct superpower involvement was not necessary as questions of nationalism, unification and liberation were more relevant to the Korean conflict.