THE annual Open Day was held at Loreto College Coleraine, a Voluntary Grammar School last Saturday morning and drew a large number of prospective students and their parents.
Following an address by principal Michael James, primary six and seven students and their parents, as well as prospective sixth formers, were given the opportunity to explore the school.
They benefited from the experience of members of the teaching staff and a number of current Loreto students – both Junior and Senior – in order to form an accurate picture of what life as a Loreto student entails.
Visitors were treated to a variety of stimulating displays, from performances by the traditional Irish group and the singing ensembles and displays of talent by several groups of Drama students to “hands-on” contact in Computer Studies, Science and Technology.
For some, the highlight of the morning was a visit to the state-of-the-art Sports Hall and Technology Suite. Others were delighted by the cookery demonstration in the Home Economics department – especially as many of the culinary treats on show could be sampled.
The morning also saw the launch of the new ‘Welcome to Loreto College’ DVD, which gives a snapshot of life as a Loreto student.
This video can be viewed on the College’s website: www.loretocollege.org.uk
Loreto principal, Michael James, commented: “On our Open Day, we were keen to stress that a whole range of opportunities are open to any student who applies for a place at Loreto College.
“We are well-equipped to offer all our students the possibility of excellence in a whole range of academic and extra-curricular areas.
“The students who helped to introduce our school to visitors on Open Day are themselves a fine example of the ethos of hard work, excellence and community spirit which makes Loreto College unique.”
With all academic departments and many extra-curricular activities represented during the Open Day, the event was a very successful one, building on the college’s links with the local community and encouraging many young people to apply for a place in the Year 8 classes of 2013 and 2014.