NASA SPACE CAMP
The inaugural Loreto College NASA Space Camp took place in September 2016. A group of students and staff traveled to the United States and the trip will now be offered biannually to year 9 & 10 students.
The trip was held in the two week term break between third and fourth terms and visited Washington, Florida and Alabama. The trip is designed to promote an understanding and love of the study of STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects in the students; showing girls the possibilities open to students who pursue study in these areas at a senior and tertiary level.
Huntsville, Alabama – NASA space camp
A five day live in program where the girls undertake training in:
- The history of the exploration of space including the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs
- Astronaut training
- Mission training
- Specialist mission training as a pilot or extravehicular activities (EVA) such as space walks.
At the end of the program the trainees carry out a simulated mission followed by a graduation ceremony.
The students spend four days in Orlando visiting a number of local attractions with the highlight being the visit to the Kennedy Space Centre.
At the Kennedy Space Centre the students will tour the facilities, possibly witness a shuttle launch (dependent upon launch dates), have lunch with a current astronaut and tour the shuttle facility.
Finally the students spend two days in Washington DC where they visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Washington Monument, Arlington, the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
-> download NASA Camp details (pdf)
In 2017 students from Years 11 and 12 traveled to England and Ireland on the fourth biannual Loreto Pilgrimage during the Term 1 and 2 break. Over the course of almost three weeks, students visited Loreto schools in Ireland and sites of significance to our Loreto story in England, as well as many amazing tourist attractions and historical landmarks.
The highlights of past trips are numerous and varied. The girls were able to build significant links with some of their fellow Loreto students in Ireland when they experienced a
two night homestay with a family from Loreto Secondary School in Balbriggan. They met some of the Loreto sisters at the Bar Convent in York and learned more about the story of Mary Ward when visiting her grave at Osbaldwick. Whilst travelling the English countryside, the pilgrims visited Shakespeare’s grave in Stratford upon Avon, danced around the massive rocks at Stonehenge in a bitterly cold wind and experienced the opulence of the state apartments at Windsor Castle.
This Pilgrimage experience has proved to be the experience of a lifetime! Students look forward to experiencing friendly guides and hosts, wonderful learning experiences, and thoroughly enjoyable things to do and sites to see along the way.