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Seventy students, all part of The Music Programme at Loreto, took part in Loreto College's Easter Concert. The sold out event was an evening of classical music and brought what has been an extremely busy term to a fitting end.
As the audience entered the specialist build, they were greeted with drinks, canapés and live jazz music from a student led ensemble. To start the concert, the audience watched a short excerpt from the BBC2 documentary on music composition, featuring Loreto's AS students working with composer Barry Russell as part of the BBC Philharmonic's composition project. This culminated in Uyiosa Uwubamwen’s composition, ‘The Tempest,’ being performed live on BBC Radio3's In Tune back in January.
Loreto college choir have just returned from their annual music tour of Paris. The 50 strong choir, made up of AS and A2 students performed their repertoire to packed crowds in various location in Paris.
They were granted permission to perform in the famous Jardins Du Luxembourg, owned by the French Senate and were so popular that a crowd gathered during the soundcheck and rehearsal that they extended their performance there.
Loreto student book lovers meet regularly to discuss and explore everything from classic texts through to controversial modern novels.
Recently, there was a heated exchange about Nabokov’s Lolita but, thankfully, other selections haven’t been quite as inflammatory! Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber was another popular choice; not surprising given the teenage love of all things dark and gothic.
30 AS and A2 Biology students visited the Natural History Museum in London earlier in March. The day began with a fascinating talk from 2 palaeontologists regarding research into the fossilised Gogo fish found in Western Australia, an evolutionary branch that included early fish ancestors of the first four legged land animals, or ‘tetrapods’.
Students interested in Media careers were given an insight into how to start out in the industry by Mike Higson, Studio Manager for Chief Productions, a Salford-based media company specialising in advertising, film and music video.
Mike explained to students about how he started out in the industry, as a runner on an Ian Brown video, and progressed to a career in production and editing.
An attentive audience of over forty Loreto students, joined by visitors from William Hulme Grammar School and Abraham Moss High School, was treated to a fascinating series of talks on the physics of the brain. The prestigious event, organised by the science department, was held in Ball Theatre, the focus being practical applications of physics in the detection and treatment of various clinical conditions. No fewer than four speakers from Manchester University addressed the audience.
Forty one lucky Art and Design students have just returned from a culture packed five day visit to New York City. As well as visiting the top galleries and museums, they also experienced unique sightseeing opportunities, such as the observation deck at The Empire State Building and Rockefeller Centre, a dawn walk across Brooklyn Bridge, and a choppy trip past the Statue of Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry. Bizarrely we managed to see the city in different seasons. On Tuesday you could be mistaken for thinking it was summer, and by Friday there were five inches of snow covering Central Park!
These students are smiling with success at completing their Open University Modules through the YASS (Young Applicants in Schools Scheme) scheme which Loreto offered over the summer holidays.
The college is gearing up for the annual charity extravaganza, which takes place on March 15.
A host of events and wacky activities have been planned and students are ready to go! From the traditional, and very popular, cake sale, to the fiercely contested staff v students netball match, students and staff will be doing their bit to raise as much money as possible.
GCSE English students were given the opportunity to experience an innovative approach to their set text when they attended a Newfound Theatre Company workshop on ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck.
In preparation for a Controlled Assessment, students were able to see key scenes from the novel performed by actors.
A2 Drama and Theatre Studies students are devising a hard-hitting drama in a theatre of the absurd style about dementia for their practical performance examination. In order to help prepare for this challenge, the students have enlisted the help of specialists in the field to carry out some research.
On Mancep Day, 30 AS Physics students attended a very enjoyable 'Away Day to Mars' master class at the National Space Centre in Leicester.
Many interesting activities, demonstrations and searching questions gave them a better understanding of how concepts covered in their AS course, particularly Newton's Laws of gravitation, could be applied to manned space travel. They were able to demonstrate for themselves the effects of space curvature and its impact on the motion of planets and star systems.
Loreto’s sixth annual Careers Fair took place recently and was a great success. In excess of 1700 students attended and the event was busy throughout the session.
Over twenty universities were represented, as well as apprenticeship and business providers.
Loreto’s sixth annual Dance Festival took place in February. Held in in the Ellis and Kennedy theatre, before an enthusiastic and appreciative audience of families, friends and fellow students, the show highlighted the examination work of Loreto’s AS and A2 Dance students.
Forget whatever has been found in that car park in Leicester, Richard III is ’alive’ and well and appearing on the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Loreto A2 English Lit students had the rare opportunity to experience one of the Bard’s great history plays performed in an Elizabethan setting at the wonderful Globe Theatre in London.
Eighteen lower sixth students visited the University of Cambridge, where they were guided round a number of colleges by university tutors and current undergraduates, including four ex-Loreto students.
Accompanied by Ms Tattersall and Mr Nicholas, as well as by pupils from Manchester Grammar School and Manchester High School for Girls, our students were given a fascinating insight into life at Cambridge.
An important event scheduled for early February is the Careers Fair. This will take place in the Sports Hall on Monday February 4th and will attract approximately 1200 lower sixth and 900 upper sixth students.
The Fair gives students a vital opportunity to focus on their career paths and to obtain advice from higher education providers and organisations offering apprenticeships and other career options.
Four A2 Graphics students made a big impression with City of Manchester councillors when they presented their designs aimed to publicise the Raising the Participation Age scheme.
The four artists, Katherine Beckwith, Rajmund Zatonski, Naomi Morrison and Kael Oakley, ex-pupils of Priestnall High, Wright Robinson, Fairfield High and Chorlton High schools respectively, worked on a brief to design a leaflet, poster and logo which would appeal to youngsters in the 14-16 age group. All four students thoroughly enjoyed the experience, gaining a lot of confidence and obtaining a valuable insight into the ‘industry.’
Loreto’s very own record label, E&K Records, continues to go from strength to strength. Embracing all modern forms of technology the second album has been released in download format and the various tracks have attracted an enormous number of ’hits.’
A competition was held for the most popular track, with the fantastic prize of a recording session at Blueprint Studios for the winner.
On Wednesday 5th December the History Society was delighted to welcome back Professor Matthew Jefferies, from The University of Manchester, for an interesting and insightful talk on the renowned historical figure of Otto Von Bismarck and his role in the unification of Germany in 1871.
Staff and students came together to celebrate Christmas at the end of term in a service held in the Ellis and Kennedy theatre.
The traditional elements of Christmas were represented by the singing of carols and the familiar Bible readings but Chaplain Chris Knowles had a few surprises up his sleeve. What followed was a multi-media re-telling of the nativity story involving the use of live actors, video clips and an audio sound track.
As part of their A level course English Language students paid a visit to the People’s History Museum in Manchester. Student Ruari McManus describes the visit….
Most people think that English Language consists of sitting in boring classrooms reading dusty, old, worn out texts with words that we can barely recognise as English. Well, ‘thou art wrongeth…’ to an extent.
Football coach Wayne Pybus writes: “Every year the best players from all the colleges in Greater Manchester are selected after trials to represent the county team.
Five students from Loreto have been picked this year: Jake Williams, Kirk Garrity, Rory Robinson, Kyle Davies and Cavan Gaffney. It is a great achievement for the students to play at this level. The county team opens the door to England schoolboys, Team GB and also to colleges and universities in the USA.”
Loreto science students Sam Lambrick, Ka Yan Yiu and Laura Benson were the proud recipients of Gold Crest Science Awards, presented at the University of Manchester.
All three students had been awarded Nuffield Bursaries for Physical Sciences by the college, having been chosen after a comprehensive selection procedure which involved making a case for their particular field of interest to Ms Winn and Ms Manson.
Philosopher, Anglican priest and Senior Lecturer from the University of York, Dr David Efird put students through their intellectual paces on a recent visit to Loreto. Dr Efird, who has a special interest in metaphysics, was appearing at the college as part of York’s Philosophy Questions project, a dedicated programme of school and college visits designed to give A Level students a taste of studying the subject at university.
In direct contrast to the frenetic atmosphere of the fictional school Waterloo Road, where dramatic incidents occur on a daily basis, actor Will Ash, who plays Mr Mead in the popular BBC series, was welcomed into the comparative calm of Loreto’s Drama department, where he spoke to students about the audition process, working for stage, television and film, and the acting profession generally.
Loreto’s whole college musical production, Jesus Christ Superstar, played to full houses for three nights in December. This ambitious staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s rock opera represented a collaboration involving the Performing Arts, Media and Art departments, and used a contemporary Manchester setting to provide extra relevance to the familiar story of the trial and crucifixion of Christ.
Rather like Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, who promised to ‘put a girdle round about the earth in forty minutes,’ three of our partner high schools, and Loreto’s Drama department, without any supernatural intervention, took on the daunting task of each presenting a Shakespeare play in thirty minutes, as part of the inaugural MANCEP Shakespeare Festival.
In front of an excited audience of parents, friends and teachers, over sixty youngsters brought the magic of Shakespeare’s language to life on a cold evening at Loreto College.
Two magnificent events signalled the end of the autumn term as the Loreto community celebrated Christmas and the achievements of students in two of Manchester’s most famous buildings.
Loreto singers and musicians performed in a carol service at St Mary’s in Mulberry Street, better known, of course, as the ‘Hidden Gem.’ The college Chamber Choir performed Gaudete, the Coventry Carol, Bethlehem Down and Carol of the Bells; Uyiosa Uwubamwen sang Ave Maria and cellist Hannah Chappell performed a piece by J.S. Bach.
Students and staff have been sharing the joy of Christmas by hosting Loreto’s annual seasonal party for the Residents of Mary & Joseph House.
Thirty residents and staff from Mary and Joseph House, Ancoats, were treated to a traditional Christmas meal cooked by Loreto catering staff and served by the college’s students.
Ball Theatre echoed to the thunderous sound of an amplified electric guitar as Loreto students were treated to a very entertaining lecture ‘Rock Guitar in 11 Dimensions’ given by Dr Mark Lewney, rock guitarist and physicist.
With reference to Jimi Hendrix and Albert Einstein, amongst others, Dr Lewney really brought to life with humour, and wit, how sounds are produced by vibrating strings and illustrated clearly, using his guitar to great effect, the production of harmonics and their effects on sound.
Media and Film students recently visited the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. The tour was a great chance to get hands-on experience with the production values of an inward investment British feature film in preparation for both the Media and Film AS exams.
Students at Loreto are given regular opportunities to both socialise and to reflect on what is meaningful to them. Thus it was that on a lovely crisp weekend recently a group of students left college after lessons on Friday afternoon for a weekend residential retreat at Savio House in Macclesfield.
Drama and Theatre Studies students were scared out of their wits when watching Scene Productions’ version of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher.
The nightmarish tale tells the story of the eventual death of twin brother and sister Roderick and Madeleine who are the last in the line of Usher.
Two Loreto students, Courtney Byrne and Cameron Lowe, recently had the opportunity to visit the site of the infamous Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz in Poland. The students were chosen as part of a holocaust awareness project.
Over two thousand Loreto students took part in Mary Ward Day this year, and they had a fantastic, enriching and enjoyable time.
This is an annual event that celebrates the life and legacy of the Loreto Order founder, Mary Ward.
70 Loreto students recently completed their first taste of the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award when they walked 12km in the Peak District. This was the students’ first day walk as part of their expedition training to prepare for their Practice and Final expeditions in 2013.
Parents and friends are cordially invited to join 'The Big Sing' on Tuesday 18th December, at 2.45 pm in The Chapel, where you can enjoy singing carols, hearing the traditional readings and some performances by our choir. There will be a collection to support Christian Aid. Refreshments will be served at 3.45 pm in the Ellis & Kennedy cafeteria.
Don’t worry if you don’t know the words! Our song sheets have the words of many of our favourite traditional carols and Christmas songs.
Christmas means different things to different people: a religious celebration, gathering the family, some indulgence or a well-earned break. For teachers, of course, the approach to Christmas heralds the usual flurry of activity as concert rehearsals begin, the choir tunes up and the end of term beckons.
Undaunted by media generated negative images of young people, and of the European Community, Loreto students Georgia Clarke and Jaimeel Fenton were part of a delegation from Manchester which visited the European Parliament in Brussels.
Familiar to millions of television viewers as DI Kate Ashurst in Murder in Suburbia, as Rosie Fox in The Bill, and as a PC in The Vice, ex Loreto student Caroline Catz seems to have made something of a speciality in playing police officers. In fact she seems to be moving up the police ranks because her next big role will be DCI Helen Morton in the soon to air DCI Banks.
Music Technology AS students visited Manchester’s Blueprint Studios. The internationally-renowned recording studio, famously home to the band Elbow (who happened to be in that day rehearsing for the forthcoming world tour!) has quickly developed to be Manchester’s number one recording studio since its establishment six years ago and has an impressive array of clients, including Justin Timberlake, Katherine Jenkins, 50 Cent and Mark Ronson.
Following on from the terrific success of Cabaret and The Little Shop of Horrors in previous years, this year’s college musical production will be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ground breaking epic Jesus Christ Superstar.
Directed by Clara Worthen, with choreography by Donna Frame and musical direction by Owain Roberts, the production will take place on the 11th, 12th and 13th December and tickets are now on sale!
Chorlton Rotary Club members were thrilled to experience the amount of sheer talent in Loreto's music department when some of the students went to perform at the annual Charter meeting at Hough End Sports Centre.
Thursday 8th November will see the inaugural presentation of the MANCEP Shakespeare Festival.
The event will take place in the Ellis & Kennedy Theatre and will feature four, thirty minute adaptations of Shakespeare plays, performed by students from Loreto and three of our partner high schools.
Loreto’s Music department is delighted that they will be stretching and inspiring their gifted musicians with the help of Cambridge University.
This has come about through a Cambridge initiative aimed at helping to develop potential music students of the future. They have two centres nationally, with Loreto serving as the northern point. The programme will help a number of talented music students from Loreto and from neighbouring schools, and is aimed at students who have the potential to make strong applications to research-intensive music degree courses.
You didn’t need to head across the Atlantic to New England to experience the majestic sight of beautiful trees decked out in their autumn splendour.
Loreto’s magnificent ash, maple and lime trees provided a perfect backdrop as thousands of prospective students and their families visited the college site on our two Open Days.
BTEC Health and Social Care students working on an environmental health unit have been exploring the issue of waste disposal and its links to public health. They have been looking at the potential health consequences of an inefficient waste disposal system. A visit to the local recycling plant at Longley Lane to find out how modern high tech equipment sorts, recycles and composts our waste was the focus of their recent studies.
AS Theatre Studies students were taken to see a professional production of William Wycherley's Restoration Comedy The Country Wife. The 60 students are preparing for the ‘live theatre productions seen’ element of their AS Drama exam and were delighted to have the opportunity to witness a classical comedy executed with such finesse.
Geographers escaped the rain as they went out to beautiful Edale in Derbyshire to collect and record river data for their skills exam.
More than 60 students went out to the Hope Valley in order to study the River Noe and its tributary Grinds Brook, which has its source on Kinder Scout.
A group of Chemistry students recently took part in the annual Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, organised by St. Catherine’s College.
The challenge takes the form of a rigorous 90 minute written examination requiring students to think their way through unfamiliar material and put their creative problem solving skills to the test. Questions are based on areas of cutting edge research, from academia and industry, and represent a significant leap beyond A level.
A group of eighteen students recently attended a recording of the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Beyond Belief.’
Ms Tattersall and Mr Vaughan accompanied the students, drawn mostly from Loreto’s debating club and the A level theology course, to the Imperial War Museum, where the programme was recorded.
This year’s Lourdes Pilgrimage was a huge success with all eleven students committed to coming back next year. They are keen to tell their friends all about the experience and to encourage as many of them as possible to get involved next summer!
The college recently held it 2nd annual Rotary awards evening. Awards were made to students for Dedication and Determination, Commitment to College Life, Commitment to Study. Voluntary Work and a Positive Attitude to College Life.
31 students were invited with their family and friends to a very moving evening where their teachers spoke on film about each individual students exceptional achievements.
The College was honoured recently to hold the 6th Annual Dick Camplin awards ceremony. The Dick Camplin Trust was set up by David Camplin 2007 to help exceptional students with the cost of university expenses.
In just 5 years David has distributed over £100,000 which he has raised by obtaining donations from business, professional individuals and other supporters. This incredible achievement has helped so many students to gain success well beyond their expectations.
Sports stars at Loreto have been honoured with a special celebration evening with awards presented by Manchester United Legend Paddy Crerand.
The sports presentation evening was a chance for Loreto College Sports Department & Enrichment staff to celebrate accomplishments over the last academic year which has included major successes in basketball, netball and football.
This year the Art and Design Exhibition evening was yet again an impressive event showcasing the outstanding work of Loreto students in Art, 3D Design, Textiles, Graphics and Photography.
In addition to this there were significant contributions from students in Music, Drama, Dance and Media and Film.
The Performing and visual arts exhibition was the final performance of the year for Loreto’s dancers. It has been a successful year for productions; the college musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, our collaboration project with the music students ‘Fusion’, and the annual ‘Dance Festival.'
The Olympics has inspired Loreto students to spread their love of sport to local primary children before heading off to India to teach street children. The students hosted a highly successful Olympic Challenge Primary School 6-a-side competition as part of their training to develop sports leadership skills.
Students from Loreto College recently took their musical skills to the international stage with a number of performances in Paris!
As part of the Music Programme, the college choir performed a programme of songs to crowds in beautiful surroundings at three venues on their short tour; at the Champ de Mars by the Eiffel Tower, in Maurice Gardette Square and the picturesque Parc Brassens.
This was a fantastic night for Loreto students celebrating the end of their studies. The students marked the occasion with a glamorous ball at one of Manchester’s top hotels. More than 350 students and staff, dressed in fabulous outfits, were present for the end of year ball at the historic four star Midland Hotel.
The Loreto History Society was formed in May 2011 by a group of Loreto students who wanted to develop their interest in historical topics beyond those of their examination syllabus. Over the last year the Society has proven to be very successful and has gained a large following amongst the student body.
One could be forgiven for thinking an International Trade Delegation was expected, after wandering in to the foyer of the Sports Hall on Friday 29 June. This large space was transformed into a veritable cornucopia of ribbon, bunting and flags from around the world.
On Saturday 16th June the RE and Theology Department organised a visit enabling students to witness an event that few people would ever have believed could happen.
Lucky Drama and Performing Arts students saw a brand new adaptation of Franz Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ in Loreto’s state-of-the-art theatre.
Loreto’s most entertaining students helped to make the college’s annual Christmas party for the homeless a massive seasonal success.
Music students met the world class musicians of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at a special event at Salford’s MediaCity.
Physics students at Loreto heard how developments in nuclear fusion could provide clean energy for the future.
Music Technology students have visited Futureworks Media School to investigate its recording and post-production studios.
Budding theologians at Loreto have seen two of the world’s top scientific thinkers clash on their differing beliefs about the existence of God.
Loreto College became the hub for heated discussion and argument as it hosted the Manchester round of the nationally acclaimed ‘Debating Matters’ competition.
A special exhibition to remember Holocaust survivors goes on show in Loreto’s Ellis and Kennedy Building today.
An exclusive visit from American poet and rap artist Gina Loring attracted an audience of hundreds at Loreto College.
Students made friends with a snake, skateboarded for the first time, mastered a circus unicycle, climbed a mountain and even went to Wales to celebrate Mary Ward Day.
Drama students have been preparing for their exams with a trip to the theatre to see the famous historical tragedy Edward II.
Students are digging around in their wardrobes for bright pink clothes to wear on Friday for ‘Wear it Pink Day’ to support Breast Cancer Awareness.
Special scholarship awards have been given out to help Loreto students fulfil their university ambitions.
Students at Loreto have been rewarded for their efforts with an honour from the Rotary Club of Manchester Breakfast Awards.
Physics students have been coming up with energy saving innovations as part of an engineering challenge at Manchester University.
A special ceremony has been held at Loreto College to bless and officially open the Ellis and Kennedy building.
After the hard work of the exam season students celebrated with a glamorous ball at one of Manchester’s top hotels.
Earlier this month the Loreto College Sports Department & Enrichment staff celebrated the success and accomplishments of the sports teams over the last academic year. The evening was a first for the college and was well attended by students and parents from a variety of the sports teams.
Loreto’s showcase of artistic talent was hailed a great success as hundreds of people enjoyed a beautiful summer evening at the college.
Hundreds of students have been off to the universities of Leeds, Liverpool and Salford to investigate what courses to choose after their A levels.
Summer term has seen the highly successful inaugural talk for the newly established Loreto College History Society.
The Society, created by AS students Charlotte Gleeson (ex Priestnall High School), Rosa Duffy(ex Chorlton High School) and Adam Stachniewski (ex Cheadle Hulme High School), invited Professor Peter Gatrell from the University of Manchester as its first guest. Professor Gatrell, whose daughter is a former Loreto student, gave an enthralling talk on the Battle of Gallipoli and its meaning.
The best of Loreto’s creative arts will be on show for a special open evening on June 29th.
AS Law students are celebrating winning the “Great Law Debate” at the BPP Law School in Manchester.
Students and staff have been using elbow grease to raise hundreds of pounds to help pupils from its sister school in India attend World Youth Day in Spain.
Last week the Loreto BTEC Performing Arts students conveyed their energy and commitment in the three groups’ performances of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The audiences of friends, family and staff were treated to an hour-long version of this classic play of love, confusion and transformation in the new Ellis and Kennedy Theatre.
Students from Classics and English enjoyed high drama with a trip to see Oedipus at the Nottingham Playhouse.
Loreto’s chemists have been using forensic techniques to identify mysterious substances in a competition to test their analytical skills.
Loreto students who will be voting for the first time in their lives have been finding out all about today’s referendum which could change the British voting system.
Loreto’s future medics have benefitted from university expertise to help them into their chosen careers.
A special exhibition about the oldest scientific instrument in the world was brought to Loreto College in a special event to highlight the learning of the Ancient Greeks.
The Antikythera Mechanism was made around 150 to 100 BC and is the oldest analogue computer and the first known Mechanical model of the Universe.
Loreto College has been chosen to head a scheme to help more state-educated students into Cambridge and other top universities.
By on-the-scene Journalism Club reporter Eleanor Layhe
Students combined a theology conference with an exciting overnight trip to see London’s sights and an incredible West End show.
Five Loreto students, Sara Kolber, Chloe Elliot, Lavin Othman, Anton Esmail-Yakas and Adam Stachnlewski , were delegates at the first Model UN conference for sixth form colleges at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College in Birmingham earlier this month.
A fancy dress extravaganza kicked off the climax of a week of exciting events in Loreto’s bid to raise £1500 to support Comic Relief.
The excitement is building at Loreto in the run up to Red Nose Day Tomorrow! Today saw the drama department’s contribution to Comic Relief 2011. They performed two short, dynamic performances from John Godber’s classic comedies,“ Bouncers” and “Shakers” about evenings out on the town.
Students had an opportunity to see their friends as pop stars as Ellis and Kennedy theatre today premiered an extensive array of student media work.
As part of the Comic Relief fundraising at Loreto Michael Gove, Alice Cooper, Michelle Obama, William Hague, Nick Griffin, Justin Beiber, Jose Mourinho, Katie Price and Ed Milliband unwisely decided to take a hot air balloon trip together.
Students have been making plans for the future with the help of a huge Loreto career fair to point them in the right direction.
Students have been seeing how their studies relate to the real world with an exciting trip to Euro Disney.
The Health and Social Care students travelled to Paris to see how practices they have learnt about in the classroom are applied at the theme park.
It’s all taking off at Loreto’s Pathways Department as students have been checking-in and buckling-up.
On Saturday 29 January, the AS Music group enjoyed an evening at the Bridgewater Hall to hear the Manchester Camerata perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Students were invited to attend the concert following a project run by musicians from the Camerata earlier in the year.
Loreto’s AS Drama & Theatre Studies students have had the opportunity to meet with Manchester Library Theatre’s Artistic Director, Chris Honer. Mr Honer has been the Artistic Director of the Library Theatre Company since 1987 and his latest project is Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’, which is an AS Drama & Theatre Studies set text. The play will be on at The Lowry next month and Mr Honer gave up some of his valuable rehearsal time in order to help Loreto’s Drama students prepare for their exam.
AS Music students at Loreto have recently been involved in an exciting project with musicians from Manchester Camerata. The Camerata is the chamber orchestra in residence at the Bridgewater Hall and the Royal Northern College of Music. As well as playing professionally, the musicians run a number of projects in schools across the North West to inspire creativity.
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Loreto Students have been off to Stepping Hill Hospital for the right prescription for their future careers.
Loreto students have been learning how to communicate with people with hearing difficulties and who use sign language on a daily basis.
A wealth of student talent took to the stage for the Loreto College Showcase - all in aid of charity.
In the first week in December, Loreto College’s new Ellis and Kennedy Theatre hosted Cabaret, its inaugural production – the first large-scale, cross-college theatre performances in many years. The show was a sell-out over three nights, bringing together an audience of students, parents, friends and staff, who were treated to a fantastically accomplished production that highlighted the talent and enthusiasm of its cast and crew.
Students have been looking at how well God stands up in today’s scientific world at a special conference for theology students.
Fifty students from Loreto joined 500 others at the annual Philosophy of Religion conference in Manchester led by the legendary academic and author Dr Peter Vardy.
It’s not often that boys get encouraged to wear pink nail varnish but at Loreto it’s helped raise nearly £200 for cancer charities.
The College Charities Group ran its Pink and Blue Day to fundraise for Breast Cancer and Everyman Prostate Cancer, two very worthy causes working to help cancer sufferers around the country.
A former student has been inspired to help under-privileged children at one of Loreto’s partner schools in India.
Recently all students and staff took part in Mary Ward day: a chance to try something new and different and celebrate the values of the Loreto Sisters. Each activity gave an insight into one or more of the five gospel values of freedom, justice, truth, sincerity, and joy associated with Loreto founder Mary Ward
Enterprising business students got the chance pitch their ideas to Dragons’ Den success story Kirsty Henshaw.
The young entrepreneur was given £65,000 from Dragons Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne to develop her range of allergen-free frozen desserts and came to Loreto to inspire other would-be business moguls.
Loreto students have won praise and prizes for their oratory skills after taking part in the prestigious Debating Matters competition for the third year running.
Run by the Institute of Ideas the national competition encourages students to argue about controversial and important topics such medical ethics and freedom of speech.
Lucky physics students have been whisked away by helicopter to discover the latest technology behind the manufacture of Rolls Royce engines.
For the second time Rolls Royce selected Loreto College for the special event which aims to raise awareness of engineering and cutting edge technology.
On Wednesday the 20th October, the new Chaplaincy Area at Loreto College was officially opened by the Principal Ms. Clynch. Over seventy students and some members of staff visited the Chaplaincy during their lunch hour to enjoy complimentary food and drink and to see what the new area looks like.
Would-be globe trekkers can discover the choices on offer when it comes to taking a gap year before university.
Organisations such as Raleigh and Gap Discovery will be giving talks to Loreto students who want to know how best to take a year off.
Biology teacher Ms Law, who spends her holidays leading scientific expeditions in the Amazon for gap year students, is well qualified to organise the sessions. She took a gap year at 18 and has kept travelling since.
Budding scientists have been undertaking real scientific research alongside top professionals in their field.
Three students from Loreto took part in this year’s Nuffield Bursary scheme to apply what they’ve learnt in the classroom to the real world.
Mr Moran, teacher of French and History from St Matthew's RC High School, accompanied by Mr Green, Assistant headteacher from St Matthew’s and 4 teachers from Germany, visited the Modern Languages Department at Loreto to learn about high-tech teaching and learning in modern languages and how it can deliver exceptional exam results.
It’s all-go for physics students at Loreto with hi-tech electronic challenges and special events to help explain big questions about the universe.
Five teams from Loreto teamed up with other Greater Manchester sixth-formers to solve various real-life problems including traffic management and managing water shortages at Manchester University.
Adventurous biologists have been on an expedition of their lives to experience the extremes of Egypt’s climate and wildlife.
Students and teachers went on the field trip to the baking Sinai desert and the relaxing Red Sea. In the Sinai students carried out biodiversity surveys of plants and animals including bats, birds, reptiles and insects and at night they slept under the stars in Bedouin camps experiencing the traditional ways of the desert.
Chemists at Loreto have been seeing how they could use their lab skills in the world of work.
Not only have they been separating and analysing the active ingredient from a pharmaceutical drug at the University of Liverpool but they have visited the world-class research labs at AstraZeneca.
In the chemistry master-class at Liverpool students built on the practical and theoretical skills they have learnt in AS chemistry and were introduced to new concepts relevant for their A2.
Moon-walking students have just returned from an exciting trip to sample life as an astronaut.
Maths and physics students flew off to a Space Camp in Belgium where they found out how hard life in space can be.
Following in the footsteps of intellectual giants some of Loreto’s brightest students have been on a fact-finding trip to investigate student life in Cambridge.
Students visited the city’s colleges to meet the key people they may have to impress if they decide to apply. They also sampled student life with punting on the River Cam and enjoying a garden party in the manicured college gardens.
Students have been warming up for the next stage in their academic careers with a trip to Leeds University.
Four hundred Loreto students headed off to sample the Leeds City Centre campus in a special higher education day that will help them decide what university they want to go to and what course they should choose.
A stunning exhibition to show off the best of the college’s creative talent attracted more than 800 visitors from all over Manchester.
The exhibition of art and design was the first chance the public have had to appreciate Loreto College’s new impressive, ultra-green £20 million building.
It was a glittering night for Loreto students celebrating the end of their A level and BTEC studies with a glamorous ball at one of Manchester top hotels.
More than 300 students and staff dressed up in fabulous ball gowns and evening suits for the end of year prom at the historic four star Midland Hotel.
Students started the night with a sophisticated fruit cocktail reception in the beautiful listed building which is regarded of one of Manchester’s architectural treasures.
After the stress of exams Loreto students let their hair down with a special trip to Alton Towers.
With the sun shining 200 students travelled to the theme park in Staffordshire to celebrate the end of this year’s studies and assessments.
Space may be the final frontier but students from Loreto are off to get a taste of life as an astronaut in Belgium.
Sixteen maths and physics students are off to Space Camp where as well as experiencing zero gravity they will take part in a simulated shuttle launch and be taught the skills needed to design and launch their very own rocket!
Adventurous biologists will soon be braving life in the desert for the sake of endangered wildlife. Loreto students will be heading off to the mountains of the Sinai in Egypt to survey the wildlife in remote oases in July.
Skateboarding is helping students with learning difficulties to greater independence and a healthy lifestyle.
Sport is an important element of the Pathways to Independence Course at Loreto College. The two year course, for students aged between 16 to 21 years, promotes independence in all areas of the learner’s life in preparation for the ‘real world’.
Students have won gold, silver and bronze in a challenging national competition to find the best young mathematicians in the country.
The UK Maths Challenge attracted over 92,000 entries from nearly 1,900 schools and colleges around the country. Impressively two Loreto students won gold awards, six won silver and nine won bronze. Maths teacher Dr Karim was very pleased with the students’ performance and said they had found the competition stimulating and rewarding.
Students are getting crafty and creative in an effort to recycle and help reduce climate change.
The Loreto Climate Change Group is working with community artist Alice Brierley to make jewellery from recycled materials and scrap. Using sustainable methods the students are also exploring traditional crafts.
Chemistry students have been holding their own against some of the best brains in the country. Loreto students have been taking part in the International Chemistry Olympiad which is a competition against the top young chemists from 68 countries.
A trip to a brewery meant Loreto chemistry students had the opportunity to see their subject in action.
Chemistry students from Loreto College visited the neighbouring Hyde Brewery to help in their study of the fermentation process. Fermentation is the conversion of a carbohydrate, such as sugar, into an acid or an alcohol.
Students tried to unravel the mysteries of the markets at a special conference in Manchester.
The 30 AS students who are studying AS Economics at Loreto College attended an Economics conference at Manchester Metropolitan University.
As well as lectures on free trade, fair trade and market structures the students had a chance to find out about careers relating to Economics.
Classical Civilisation students enjoyed an exciting trip to the Lowry Theatre focusing upon a Greek Tragedy.
Loreto has some of the cleanest cars in Manchester thanks to a charity car wash to help pilgrims to Lourdes.
Students have been unravelling the mystery of the Classical world by studying pottery and artefacts at the British Museum.
While many of us were munching chocolate eggs Loreto students were off on an Easter trip to the Italian Alps.
During the spring term, professional theatre company Ten Ten Theatre, performed two plays to a number of upper and lower sixth R.E. groups at Loreto. The plays are written specially for teenage audiences and concern love, relationships, sex and marriage. “Chased” deals with sexual relationships and contraception and “Babies” deals with unplanned pregnancy and abortion. The plays are very balanced, open-ended and provoke great thought and discussion. The performances took place in the Chapel and were aimed at RE groups and other subjects areas, such as Health and Social Care, Sociology and Theology and Ethics were also involved. The students found the plays interesting and thought provoking, with many contributing to the discussions afterwards.
Students travelled to the most powerful places on the planet in an action-packed visit to the United States.
ICT students managed to mix industry and culture in an exciting visit to the Eastern European city of Prague.
The 26 BTEC and AS ICT students stayed in a 4 star hotel close to the historic area of the Czech capital and managed to squeeze in plenty of sight-seeing between informative visits to gain a better understanding of computer systems.
A talented student has won first prize for her performance in a prestigious debating competition for the second time running.
Students have been taking to the slopes at Manchester’s Chill Factore in preparation for skiing in Italy over Easter.
Geographers and would-be engineers heard the latest about wind power from well-named expert Mr Breeze.
Loreto held its annual Careers Fair on Monday 6th February 2012. The Fair was mainly aimed at our Lower Sixth students to give them the chance to discover what is available in the market place, to help them make choices for the academic year ahead as well as their future careers. They certainly made very good use of the occasion, some 900 students flooding the Sports Hall at 11.45 and really taking time to talk to the various representatives. The overwhelming majority of students thought the event was very helpful.
Civil liberties barrister Gwen Henshaw (Pictured) gave more than 100 Loreto students a glimpse of life in the court room. Ms Henshaw, from Central Chambers in Manchester, was bombarded with questions from the A level students after outlining what it means to be an advocate in the criminal courts. Law teacher Mr Howells said: "We are really grateful to Gwen for providing our students with an inspirational experience."
It is not surprising, given the current economic situation, that West Yorkshire Playhouse put on a production of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath this autumn. As Lower Sixth History students study the Great Depression as part of their course Ms Bloom organised a trip for 34 students to see the play. It was an excellent production with a talented cast including Christopher Timothy and Oliver Cotton. The set was particularly impressive.
It was a fantastic showbiz finale with students (and staff) strutting their stuff in the Loreto X Factor. Acts with enough talent to get Simon Cowell reaching for his cheque book sparkled on stage, while Loreto Drama teacher Mr. Rees kept the audience laughing as compere. A full-on blast of the blues from talented musicians, The Band, kicked off the contest, followed by beautiful singing from solo performers Chelesea and Asanda.
Students studying a range of Art and Design courses recently returned from a 3 night stay in London. Students visited a range of major exhibitions at a variety of galleries including Anish Kapoor at the Royal Academy, Pop Life at Tate Modern and Turner and the Masters at Tate Britain. The group were given a guided tour of the Courtauld Gallery providing behind the scenes insights and historical information on Artists such as Frank Auerbach and a range of the French Impressionists.
We have been fortunate this term to have a team of chaplains working in College. Established chaplaincy groups, such as the Justice and Peace group continue to flourish. Those involved recently launched a college-wide competition for students to design a billboard advertising the message: 'Vote: it's a privilege!' and the winning entry will go on a real life billboard in the local area.
Brave geographers have been out in the elements this term investigating rivers, sand dunes and the mountains of Wales. Despite some questionable outfit choices (see below) the students made the most of seeing geography in action. While AS students were wading about in wellies in Derbyshire and travelling to Snowdonia the A2s were being blown about on the Lancashire coast.
In November the two Lower Sixth Classical Civilisation groups attended a series of lectures in Manchester on the theme of Greek Tragedy. The four talks were from leading academics and will be of great help to the students in their summer exams. All the lectures were excellent: at the end one of the students commented that 'I'm really looking forward to reading the play Medea now'.
As usual the History Department took a group of students to the annual American Studies Centre conference in Liverpool. This year the theme was American foreign policy. The students heard lectures by some well known historians in the field such as , Dr Jenel Virden, Dr Martin Folly and Professor John Dumbrell. The lectures gave the students very useful material for their exams and showed them some of the current debates around topics such as American Isolationism.
The 2009 residential in the Lake District involved 32 students, our greatest number yet. As always it was a great week and thoroughly enjoyed by students and staff alike. The activities which the students undertook included caving, canoeing, abseiling and archery etc. Every student faced challenges never before encountered and returned to college with greater confidence and self esteem.
Following an invitation from the BBC to attend the recording of the Victoria Derbyshire BBC 5 Live radio programme at the Conservative Party conference on Monday 5th October, Kate Boon and Stuart Robertson took 20 students along to the Manchester Urbis building. The morning lasted until 1.00pm and was a very fascinating experience for the students to be involved in a live audience questioning leading Conservative and shadow cabinet members on a range of policies.
In October the Charities group and some staff (Ms Seddon, Mr Foulder, Ms Drumm and Ms Deane) raised money for cancer relief. We had a coffee morning for Macmillan which raised £146 which is a fantastic total and will go a long way in helping Macmillan continue their magnificent support of those affected by cancer. The group then organised what is becoming an annual PINK day where raffle tickets were sold for staff and student prizes, cakes and sweets were sold and students wore pink.
Every year the History Department is given two places for students to take part in the 'Lessons From Auschwitz' project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust. This year James Franks and Natalie Saville made the day trip to Poland. The experience is a profound one for students when they visit Auschwitz and Birkenhau and see for themselves the remains of the camps and the people who passed through the gates.
Loreto Debating Society in partnership with Cogito has seen an exciting series of debates this term. Ms Tattersall has ensured that Loreto Debating Society has run smoothly with the help of Mr McGuinness and Ms Henderson. Every week we have had a debate on a range of topics. The debates every Tuesday have been hard fought and exciting with enthusiastic students relishing the challenge of debating. We have covered a range of topics from whether we should limit population growth to whether Premiership footballers deserve their rewards.
On the annual event of Mary Ward Day, the whole student body and all staff of Loreto College work in inter-departmental or cross-curricular teams. Each team runs an activity that represents one or more of the five gospel values, associated with Mary Ward, the foundress of the Loreto sisters: freedom, justice, truth, sincerity, and joy. Students choose, sign up for and then take part in one of these activities.
Students undertaking Travel and Tourism First and National Diplomas have been experiencing tourism first hand. Their research has been greatly enhanced this term by a range of visits and preparation for Residentials. The BTEC First Travel and Tourism students got off to a flying start in the first week of term as they visited STA travel, the Visitro Information Centre and the IBIS Hotel.
Four teams of five AS students were again entered for the STEM Engineering and Technology Challenge, which is held each year in July. Teams have to design and develop a project working with an industrial mentor. This year the teams were involved in projects on Antenna Design and Construction, Signal Interlocking on Railways, Traffic Management and Power Generation, which involved the construction of a model wind turbine.