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Health outreach

Targeting the community with our health outreach program

A healthier community ensures great health for all and reduces cases of sickness hence saving lives. In the efforts of creating a healthier community, health education has been part of the work carried out by health staff at the Loreto Primary Health Care Center, LPHCC. Health education has served as a platform to encourage and…
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Loreto Science Fair

Secondary school hosts it’s first Science Fair

The science fairs have helped students gain confidence and stirred their interest in Science. It’s a highly anticipated event filled with educational entertainment, and a non-examinable exercise geared towards helping the pupils improve their grades as they understand class-based concepts more.
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Promoting Peace in Young Learners through Play

Play is an essential tool for learning and instilling good values in children. Children have a short concentration span and play is vital in reviving their energy. It also helps them to develop new skills and encourages their imagination and creativity. Play creates an opportunity for children with different backgrounds to come together and develop…
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MCC Supporting Young Women with Dignity Kits

Most girls of school going age across the globe are in their reproductive stage and sanitary towels are a basic need. In most under developed and developing countries, sanitary towels may not be easily affordable and most students may have to survive with a few packets in a school term. “Here in Loreto, the school…
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School kits from the MCC

Excitement as Loreto students receive school kits from MCC

On a calm Tuesday morning in June, about 300 students at Loreto Girls Secondary School were settled in their classrooms, their faces bright with expectation as they each received a school kit donated by MCC. Every kit contained a ruler, a set of colored pencils, 4 notebooks, 8 pencils and an eraser in a lovely…
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Celebrating exam success with our newest graduates

In Loreto Girls Secondary School, we believe that when a woman is educated, the whole society is educated and hence we work hard to provide the necessary support to prepare our students to tackle the national exam. We are proud to announce that our 48 candidates have all excelled in the national exam with a minimum average score of 74%.
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Appreciating the work of Nicky Hess

Besides nursing, Nicky taught health education to the girls in the secondary school, and facilitated the primary and community health education program. She covered topics discussing mental wellbeing, feelings/emotions and coping skills; physical wellbeing; nutrition; anemia; proper adherence to medication; and social wellbeing
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Sr Orla's homecoming

Loreto Rumbek welcomes back Sr Orla Treacy

July 2nd, 2019 marked a big day and great time for Loreto Rumbek as the community welcomed back the school mother and Principal, Sr Orla Treacy. The day comes after several months of waiting and weeks of preparation.
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Promoting Peace and Unity Through Sports

The importance of sport was highlighted at our recent sports day - activity enables learners to be more engaged, effective and motivated, which helps to improve their academic performance.
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Loreto Peace Club visits the local Orphanage

Visiting the sick and underprivileged is one of the Loreto Peace Club (LPC) activities, which serves to help club members to grow in empathy and compassion – an essential foundation for peacebuilding. With the support of MCC, the LPC works to promote peacebuilding, trauma healing and resilience within and outside the school community. On 15th…
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Loreto Nottingham reunion 2019

Loreto Nottingham past pupils generous support of our school

We were thrilled to be contacted by Anne Beardsley recently on behalf of a group of Loreto Nottingham past pupils. The Loreto Nottingham girls 1966 – 1971 held a reunion on 22nd June 2019 with 22 attendees in total, travelling from all over England to be there. Many of these Loreto girls had not seen…
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Students mark end of term with Talent Show

After the end of a busy term and exams, we let our students relax from exam anxieties with several co-curricular activities. On Saturday May 5th 2019, students participated in a talent competition to mark the end of a busy first term of the year. In the midmorning, the Loreto family gathered under the neem trees…
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Celebrating Easter at Loreto Rumbek

Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, His death, and His resurrection from the tomb. During this season, Christians remember Christ’s sacrifice and the freedom and grace that it offers for all believers. It allows a time to reflect and contemplate our own sins and to bring them…
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Staff training - Teamwork workshops

Staff training – reaching our goals through team building

Team building is a process that can help to inspire and uplift spirits as we learn to trust each other. At Loreto Rumbek, we believe that motivation and productivity are two of the main goals of team building
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Safeguarding our children through child protection initiatives

Our recent workshops are part of an organization-wide initiative to provide comprehensive child protection training for all staff, with support from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).
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Learning through art

Student teachers using art to open younger minds in lower primary

At Loreto, we are working with our learners at an early age to help them to develop basic art skills with the help of our student teachers.
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Loreto Peace Club pay visit to local hospital

Building a more peaceful nation, one step at a time.
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Loreto Peace Club hosts Big Sister / Little Sister Weekend

The sessions serve to promote peacebuilding, trauma healing and resilience among the girls because they provide a place for them to freely discuss their experiences.
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graduates with computing skills

Equipping our students with vital computing skills

In a technologically advancing world, computer skills have become a basic requirement in the current generation
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Loreto school growing

Loreto grows – despite limited resources

During 2019's student intake, we had 424 applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds. With your support we were able to accept 106 students. These students will benefit from a program that provides comprehensive support, giving them the best possible chance to succeed in their studies and lives ahead.
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Peer to peer counselling

Training our peer counselors to provide crucial student support

At Loreto, our peer counselors provide crucial support – helping students to meet their needs for physical wellbeing, security, belonging, appreciation, and personal development. This year, student peer counselors are being trained to help their fellow students to find solutions to their problems. As fellow students, these peer counselors are able to understand and relate…
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Sr Orla Treacy receives her award

Sr. Orla receives 2019 International Women of Courage Award

On Thursday, March 7, the US Secretary of State hosted the 2019 International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards at the U.S. Department of State to honor 10 extraordinary women from around the world. This year, our very own Sr. Orla Treacy was nominated and selected for this prestigious award. Today, I was very aware of…
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Loreto students recognised at school awards

Within the setting of a school, the outcomes of a student’s actions are important to the learning process. This is because the outcome of an action influences the repetition of a learner’s behaviour in the future. To encourage certain behaviours, positive reinforcement can be used intentionally. At Loreto, tangible reinforcements involve rewards such as pens, books and watches.…
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Loreto Environment Club

The Loreto Environment Club – working to make our environment better

Loreto Environment Club members cultivate the school farm, growing vegetables like kudra, tomatoes, pigweed and spider plant. This is part of a wider outreach effort to create environmental awareness in the immediate and larger community.
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Spiritual Growth is Essential too

Faith trumps anxiety and fear as we work to realize our life goals and purpose. Walking with God helps us embrace His Omnipresence and feel that God is with us and will provide and protect us.
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Students and community members participate in Healing and Rebuilding workshop

Over the midterm break, a group of students and community members participated in a three-day Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) workshop at Loreto.
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Loreto Balbriggan host School Spirit Day for Rumbek

Each year our Loreto School in Balbriggan Co. Dublin has been actively involved in raising money for our school. In October Sr Penina and Sr Orla visited and met with the whole school – over 1,000 students. The school management and students were organizing a fun day for us. The theme this year was tee…
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Graduation 2018

Celebrating a journey – our annual graduation ceremony

Our 8th graduation for the senior 4 class of 2018 took place on November 21, 2018. This year we had the largest number of girls graduating with 48. The theme for this graduation was "I have the ability to change and build". Congratulations our candidates and continued success in the National exams.
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Teaching and learning through mentorship

Our mentorship programme reinforces the idea that the world is a safe place, something children can't always hear or see often enough.
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Rearing and caring for animals on the school farm

In the Loreto animal enclosure, we rear goats and pigs. When one of the goats gave birth to four kids, she could not produce enough milk to feed them. To help the kids survive, our agriculture teacher and some of our students helped by bottle-feeding the young goats – they are now healthy and thriving.…
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Debating club – listening, learn from and educating each other

Girls from the Debating club recently took part in the annual grand debate, with students from neighbouring schools. Debates are a good avenue for students to build their confidence through public speaking and to think critically.
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Student visit to the Rumbek state hospital

A recent visit by Peace Club members to the local hospital reminded is that small acts of solidarity help to open the doors and hearts of our community members – making them receptive to hearing our message of peace.
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Peace club welcomes MCC to the school

On 9th October, a group from the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) visited Loreto and were entertained by the Loreto Peace Club members.
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Fundraising for LPHCU

Coming together to fundraise for the Primary Health Care Unit

Before the end of our previous school term, our students were encouraged to donate whatever they could afford to support the less fortunate in our community
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The path to Senior One – encouraging our students to meet their potential

Working together - parental encouragement is vital to when it comes to giving our students the best possible chance to succeed at their studies. Here we look at the path through to the Senior One class.
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Education beyond limits – Loreto Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)

The Accelerated Learning Program is a haven for students who might struggle to attend school because of age, marital status, or disability. Many people from the local community are benefiting from this program.
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School holidays

School Holidays and the challenges they bring to our students

Holiday time brings a variety of opportunities and challenges to our students. While many will take time and rest away from their studies, some must convince their families to allow them to return once a new term resumes.
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Winding up term joyfully – Sports Days at Loreto

Before breaking for the holidays, and after the end of term exams, the school ran a series of sports events over three consecutive days.
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Loreto prefect body

Nuturing the leaders of the future

The student council helps fulfil parts of the mission of our school which includes leadership training and empowering young women.
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dorm life

Boarding at Loreto – a place to rest, grow and feel safe

A place to call home - our school provides much needed refuge to girls, allowing them to focus on their education in safe surroundings.
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Family Day at Loreto Rumbek

Family get together – reinforcing the bonds of family

The Loreto School Family system enables students from different communities, ethnic groups and socioeconomic status to feel protected and nurtured through strong family bonds.
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Pilgrimage of Peace

At the start of our midterm break, our Senior 4 class made a 40km peace pilgrimage to Wulu, accompanied by some of our graduates and staff.
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Embracing beauty and diversity

The beauty pageant aims to help the girls appreciate their inner beauty and diversity by embracing various cultures, while also allowing them to appreciate their own culture. At this year’s event, regional and national pride was evident.
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The Loreto Peace Concert – promoting conflict resolution

The theme of this year’s concert was unity and peace - the girls danced, sang songs, and recited poems to communicate the importance of peace.
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Tree of Life

Healing through Sharing

The 'Tree of Life' is a a workshop methodology which is helping our students recover from trauma, encouraging them to build resilience as they face into the future.
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Emergency Feeding Program

Emergency feeding program at the Loreto Healthcare unit

Over the past year we have been running an emergency feeding program for malnourished infants, some as young as six months old. The Loreto PHCU is also educating young mothers on disease prevention, early detection and treatment.
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Sr Mary Mumu

Tribute to Sr. Mary Mumu

During her 17 years of service in Rumbek, Sr. Mary was well known as a mother and leader of women; a pillar of strength she acted as guide, companion and supporter throughout the early years of the school.
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Developing our teaching methods at Loreto Primary School

At Loreto Primary School we are currently running a sensory project as part of our in-service teacher training program for capacity building.
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Mary and Elizabeth – the twins who survived and flourished

When an expectant mother gives birth to twins in South Sudan it is very likely that neither or only one of them will survive. Meet Loreto Rumbek students - Mary Adit and Elizabeth Achien. In a couple of months, these two girls will be sitting for the national exam.
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Sparking an interest in science – the Loreto Science Fair

It is a hot busy day at Loreto Primary School, with an occasional breeze and the sounds of children bursting with excitement as they assemble under a big lulu tree. In a few minutes, the Science Fair will begin, a highly anticipated event filled with educational entertainment. At the end of every term, the school…
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Loreto Girls Win Essay Contest on Women’s Contribution to Peace in South Sudan

Loreto Girls Win Essay Contest on Women’s Contribution to Peace in South Sudan

This year, the UN called upon students from Secondary schools through a competitive essay contest on the critical topic of “How can Women Contribute to Durable Peace in South Sudan”.
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Loreto – Rumbek Extended Impact Report 2017

Our Extended Impact report for 2017 has been published and is now available for download.
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Sr. Orla Treacy recognized for her humanitarian work in South Sudan

Sr. Orla from Bray, Ireland, has been with the Loreto — Ireland Mission in South Sudan since its inception in 2006. One of three sisters originally sent to develop the school, Sr. Orla has remained a constant in the community for 12 years. In this time, the Loreto Girls Secondary School in Rumbek has grown…
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Welcome to our new website

Welcome! We would love to take this opportunity to welcome you to the new website for the Loreto Programs in Rumbek, South Sudan. We know that most of our friends and supporters may not be able to visit us in person and we hope that this website will help you to stay involved. For those…
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