Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny
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|Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Number of students||950|
Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny is a Roman Catholic voluntary secondary school for girls in Kilkenny, Ireland. It was founded by the Sisters of Loreto in 1868 as a boarding and day school for girls. Its first home was, for a brief time, in Patrick Street. The sisters and school then moved to the building that now is home to the Good Shepherd Centre. A new campus was completed on the Granges Road in 1980 when the school transferred to its present location. In 1984 the boarding section was discontinued.
Since 1980, the main school building has been expanded on a number of occasions, providing more classroom space, science laboratories and a preparation room as well as a music/drama room. Further developments included the construction of a new sports hall and astro turf hockey pitch. Yet another extension, with a was completed in August 2013.
Students can avail of a Transition Year programme between Junior Certificate and Leaving certificate studies.
The school participates in a number of inter-schools competitions in sports such as hockey, camogie and soccer. Other extra curricular activities of the school's students include debating, music, art and environmental protection.