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Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards!

Any Fifth or Sixth Year student who wants to apply for The Prudential Spirit of Community awards please link in with Mr Farrell. The program honours school students for outstanding volunteer service. Prizes include an all expenses paid trip to Washington DC, €500 cash prizes and much more. Awardees are invited to a Gala banquet. For more details, please visit http://spirit.pramerica.ie

TY Students Take Flight!

Today some of your TY students took part in an aerial workshop run by Taking Flight in Phibsborough. As you can see from the pictures the students were put through their paces, acquired new skills and had lots of fun in the process!

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Any 5th or 6th year student who wants to apply for the The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards please link in with Mr Farrell. The program honours school students for outstanding volunteer service. Prizes include an all expenses paid trip to Washington DC, €500 cash prizes and much more. Awardees are also invited to a Gala banquet. More information can be found at http://spirit.pramerica.ie.

Culture Night - Friday 21st September

Culture Night will be taking place in the Margaret Aylward centre with a botanical walking tour of the grounds at 7pm with a concert of live music on the roof terrace of the Spirituality Centre thereafter. At 8pm, Toni O’Doherty will host a talk about the early history of this site – St Mobhi and his companions who lived in this area in the sixth century! The night will conclude in the upstairs of the beautiful sacred space of the Spirituality Centre with our own St Mary’s Schola choir offering a very special concert of ancient Music. Everybody is welcome to this wonderful unique occasion. More details available on www.margaretaylwardcentre.ie

A Great Experience Had by Ember Team!

A great three days was had by the members of the Sixth Year Ember Team in Ovoca Manor in County Wicklow. Activities included team building, outdoor high ropes, reflection and prayer. This unique experience will set them up for their role as peer faith leaders in our school this academic year. Thanks to Mr Coll for facilitating such a great event over the three days.

Women in Technology STEM Event in DCU Alpha Centre!

Sixth Year students found the STEM event inspirational, vibrant and insightful. As part of global Women in Tech Week, the students were given a talk on engineering on Wednesday morning and the many career paths that engineering can lead to!

Class Prefects 2018-2019

Open Night a Great Success!

Thanks to the guides for the tremendous effort they put into making our Open Evening such a success. They showed great enthusiasm and pride in the school when they were guiding the visitors around the school. Numbers were up on recent years and the feedback from visitors was excellent. The Open Evening is a wonderful opportunity to open our doors to the community and to prospective students and to show off our school in the very best light.

TY Students Taking Flight!

Class Ciaro and Manila will participate in an Aerial and Acrobatics workshop tomorrow in the Taking Flight - Education and Performance studio in Phibsborough!

Afterschool Sports Will Begin Tomorrow - Thursday 20th September

Tomorrow afternoon, all First Year students are expected to be in attendance at the Afterschool Sports which will start at 3.10pm in the Gym and end at 3.50pm. First Year students will be able to change into their tracksuit at lunchtime for the Afterschool Sports. There was great excitement today at lunchtime as students saw on the Sports Noticeboard the members of each of the teams which are named after counties! The members of the Sports Department look forward to organising games including Benchball, Basketball, Football, Hockey and Soccer!

Sixth Year STEM Event - Wednesday 19th September

Our Sixth Year students have been invited to attend a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event tomorrow Wednesday 19th September from 9-10am in the DCU Alpha Centre on the Old Finglas Road, just across the road from the school. This event will also celebrate a new hub for digital innovation and will be run by the DCU female Engineering Society and Talent Garden. The event will focus on the impact of new technologies on social issues. Talent Garden are running individual talks for each participating school allowing the students to engage with the speakers and share their opinions in a comfortable environment. The talk will run for approximately 50 minutes. We ask students to ensure that they return the completed permission form to their Class Tutor in the morning. Teachers who have Sixth Years first class will meet them in their classroom and escort them over to the DCU Alpha Centre. These teachers will be with the group for the first class only and from 9.35-10.15am the cohort's class teachers will be present and will escort the group back to school at the end of the event.

Final Reminder Re Gaisce

TY students are reminded to have registered for Gaisce and to have paid the appropriate fee online before class tomorrow afternoon.

Final Reminder - Open Evening

Guides/Prefects/Mentors helping out with Open Evening are asked to be in school for 6.30pm and can be collected from the school at the end of Open Evening (at 8.30pm). Open Evening will take place from 7-8.30pm in the school. There will be an opportunity for parents and prospective students to take part in short classes taught by members of our teaching staff as well as to meet with the Principal Ms Bourke. These classes will include Spanish, Maths, Politics & Society, Science, Art and Geography and will provide a wonderful insight to life as a student here in St Mary's. We look forward to welcoming you at the Open Evening!

Wednesday Morning Detention

Detention is now a morning Detention on a Wednesday from 8.00-8.40am in the Library and Parents/Guardians of students on Detention will be informed in advance.

Supervised Study at Earlier Time of 2.50-4.50pm Tuesday 18th September

Please note Afterschool Supervised Study will take place tomorrow at the earlier time of 2.50-4.50pm.

French Debating

Please see Ms Shanahan or Ms O'Callaghan if you are interested in French Debating.

Green School's Trip - Thursday 20th September

The Green School's Committee will be attending a workshop in Stoneybatter this Thursday 20th September from 1.45-3.15pm

Classes Finish at 2.30pm Tomorrow Tuesday 18th September to Facilitate Open Evening

As is custom in practice and from notifications via the app, website and twitter, the school will close at 2.30pm tomorrow Tuesday 18th September to facilitate Open Evening. Guides/prefects/mentors helping with Open Evening are asked to be in school for 6.30pm. Open Evening will take place from 7-8.30pm in the school. There will be an opportunity for parents and prospective students to meet with the Principal Ms Bourke and to take part in short classes taught by members of our teaching staff. These classes will include Spanish, Maths, Politics & Society, Science, Art and Geography and will provide a wonderful insight to life as a student here in St Mary's. We look forward to welcoming you at the Open Evening!

Culture Night in Mater Hospital is of Particular Interest to Science Students!

Culture Night will be marked by the Mater Hospital from 5-9pm this Friday 21st September. Entry is through the iconic entrance up the old stone steps on Eccles Street. No booking is required for this fun interactive event which includes the following: the role the hospital played during World War 1, an opportunity to have your blood sugar checked, a chance to 'see how clean your hands really are' and to learn how your voice is unique to you, like your fingerprint as well as the opportunity to meet the surgeons and have a go at handling and manipulating surgical tools! Full details are included in the PDF below. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/7593_20180917150036.pdf

News of the Week for Monday 17th September to Friday 21st September

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff: The News of the Week is as follows: Monday 17th September: Tomorrow is the sign-off date for the return of both the Consent Forms for Photographic and Video images as well as for the Code of Behaviour to the Class tutor. There will be guide training in the Choir Hall for Open Evening at 9.35am. Some Sixth Year students will be at the Ember training in Ovoca in Avoca in Co Wicklow. Tomorrow marks the start of our whole-school literacy initiative - Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.), whereby all students and their teachers will read their favourite novel or magazine for the last class period before lunch (from 12.30-1.10pm). Please encourage your daughter(s) to bring in a novel or magazine that she would enjoy reading in school tomorrow for the 12.30pm class! Also, during this time tomorrow, students will test their student Wifi access code which may be used during the year to facilitate curriculum teaching and learning in some subject areas. Class 4 Santiaga will be participating in a Global Citizenship workshop in Room 19 from 1.50-3.50pm. TY students are reminded to link in with their Gaisce teacher tomorrow if they have encountered difficulty with the online registering for Gaisce. Tuesday 18th September: There will be guide training in the Choir Hall for Open Evening at 10.15am with Ms O’Donnellan and Ms O’Keeffe. Some Sixth Year students will be at the Ember training in Ovoca in Avoca in Co Wicklow. For students considering appealing a grade received in the Junior Cert the closing date is 12th October. However, those who wish to appeal may also have the opportunity to view their scripts in advance but applications to do so must be received by the SEC by this Tuesday 18th September. Any students who wish to view their Junior Cert papers with intent to appeal must inform the school by this date. To facilitate preparation for Open Evening, all classes for all students will finish at 2.30pm. Guides/prefects/mentors helping out with Open Evening are asked to be in school for 6.30pm. Open Evening will take place from 7-8.30pm in the school. There will be an opportunity for parents and prospective students to take part in short classes taught by members of our teaching staff as well as to meet with the Principal Ms Bourke. These classes will include Spanish, Maths, Politics & Society, Science, Art and Geography and will provide a wonderful insight to life as a student here in St Mary's. We look forward to welcoming you at the Open Evening! Wednesday 19th September: This year, supervised Detention will take place every Wednesday morning from 8.00-8.50am in the Library beginning this week. Some Sixth Year students will be at the Ember training in Ovoca in Avoca in Co Wicklow. All other Sixth Year students will be attending a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event from 9-10am in the DCU Alpha centre on the Old Finglas Road across from the school. This event will also celebrate a new hub for digital innovation and will be run by the DCU female Engineering Society and Talent. The event will focus on the impact of new technologies on social issues. TY students are reminded to have registered for Gaisce and to have paid the appropriate fee online before Wednesday afternoon. Thursday 20th September: TY students will be at a Creative Engagement workshop from either 9-11am or from 11.30-1.30pm. First Year students are asked to go to the Gym at 3.10pm for Afterschool Sports which will end at 3.50pm. Friday 21th September: TY students will be participating in Cheerleading, Sports Training and Nutrition as well as Sign Language as part of their Leisure Studies modules. Culture Night will be taking place in the Margaret Aylward centre with a botanical walking tour of the grounds at 7pm with a concert of live music on the roof terrace of the Spirituality Centre thereafter. At 8pm, Toni O’Doherty will host a talk about the early history of this site – St Mobhi and his companions who lived in this area in the sixth century! The night will conclude in the upstairs of the beautiful sacred space of the Spirituality Centre with our own St Mary’s Schola choir offering a very special concert of ancient Music. Everybody is welcome to this wonderful unique occasion. More details available on www.margaretaylwardcentre.ie Also, please note students are invited to enter the BT Young Scientist competition before Tuesday 25th September! Watch out for the many Sports notices too over the coming week! The annual Literacy and Numeracy Screening for all First Years was completed last week. Some teachers from the school will be on teacher inservice for the new courses in the Junior Cycle with teachers from other schools. Some Art students (weather permitting) may be visiting the Sculpture in Context Exhibition in the Botanic Gardens with their Art teachers. Assemblies and Breakfast Club will take place each day this week with Supervised Study on Monday to Thursday of this week.

Consent Forms for Photographic and Video Images to be Returned by Tomorrow 17th September Please!

Please read and sign appropriate section of consent form that went home with your daughter recently to have/have not still and/or moving images of your daughter taken as part of school activities and included in school related social media platforms for the duration of her time in St Mary's. This form as well as the Code of Behaviour form for students (this form is to be signed by both parents and student) is to be returned to the Class Tutor in the morning at roll call. Thank you if you have submitted the form already to your tutor. As stated on both forms, the sign-off date for both forms is tomorrow please Monday 17th September. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9169_20180916205342.pdf https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/6300_20180916205317.pdf

Please do not park illegally outside the school

Dear Parents and Guardians, as a result of local concerns the Gardai have been in contact with the school about the persistent illegal unsafe parking outside the school which is blocking visibility to students and staff. In the interests of safety to all concerned, the Gardai would like to inform all members of the school community that weekly spot checks may be done and tickets will be issued for illegal parking. The members of an Garda Siochána have the authority to enforce the parking regulations and issue fines.

Monday 17th September - Drop Everything and Read Initiative

Tomorrow marks the start of our whole-school literacy initiative - Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.), whereby all students and their teachers will read their favourite novel or magazine for the last class period before lunch (from 12.30-1.10pm). Please encourage your daughter(s) to bring in a novel or magazine that she would enjoy reading in school tomorrow for the 12.30pm class!

Important Message for TY's Regarding Their Gaisce Account!

All Transition Year students are asked to please note that their Gaisce account must be created and the appropriate fee paid online. If students have any difficulty with setting up their online Gaisce account, they are asked to link in with their teacher before class on Wednesday afternoon.

Sixth Year Students at the Higher Options in the RDS

All of our Sixth Year students will be attending the Higher Options in the RDS today.

Sculpture in Context- The Botanic Gardens

Fifth year art students visited Sculpture in Context this week- students feeling inspired to get going on their own art making adventure! Thanks to Ms. Cunningham and Ms. Kavanagh

Open Night- Tuesday 18th September

Our Open Night will take place next Tuesday 18th September from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Visitors will be treated to a guided tour of the school led by one of our current students. A selection of students from 2nd year to 6th year have volunteered to act as guides on the night and will be delighted to show visitors around our Classrooms, Science labs, Art rooms, Home Economics kitchens, Music room and our P.E. hall. There will even be a chance for parents and children to take part in short classes taught by members of our teaching staff. These classes will include Spanish, Maths, Politics&Society, Science, Art and Geography and will provide a wonderful insight to life as a student here in St. Mary's. We look forward to welcoming you on the night!

Careers Competition- open to all Senior Students

Ms. Wall invited all senior students to take part in Career Portal's Career Skills competition. Students can enter by researching a career that interests them. They will then be in with a chance to win a GoPro- more details can be found on careersportal.ie

Consent Form for Photographic and Video Images

Please read and sign appropriate section of consent form that went home with your daughter recently to have/have not still and/or moving images of your daughter taken as part of school activities and included in school related social media platforms for the duration of her time in St Mary's. This form as well as the Code of Behaviour form for students (this form is to be signed by both parents and student) is to be returned to the Class Tutor in the morning at roll call. Thank you if you have submitted the form already to your tutor.

Spring Up, Gardening Club

Gardening Club took place in the sensory garden yesterday. We had glorious weather to plant our crocuses and alliums for our pollinators to feed on after a long dark winter and daffodils for early spring cheer! Many thanks to all our staff and students that gave a hand. A message from Ms Cunningham and the Sensory Garden Mentors, Georgia and Gwen.

Seville Trip Meeting - Final Reminder

There will be a short information evening tonight Thursday 13th September at 7pm in rooms 27/28 for parents/guardians whose daughter(s) are going on the Seville trip from Saturday 13th October to Tuesday 16th October.

Gaelic Football and Basketball Meeting for 3rd to 6th Years Today Thursday 13th September at 1.10pm

There will be a Gaelic Football and Basketball meeting for Third to Sixth Year students today at 1.10pm in the Gym.

Great Start to Supervised Study!

Well done to over forty students who have just completed the first evening of Supervised Study from 3.30-5.30pm. These students have now two hours of study completed by 5.30pm. Well done on a great start to your academic year of study. We encourage other Third and Sixth Year students who would like to complete a total of eight hours study per week (two hours after school every evening from Monday to Thursday) to link in with Ms Higgins for an application form. Study is a prerequisite for exam success!

Congrats to Our Junior Cert Class of 2018!

Huge congratulations to our Junior Cert cohort of 2018 on their results today. We are very proud of you!

Seville Trip Meeting - Thursday 13th September 7pm

There will be a short information evening tomorrow Thursday 13th September at 7pm in rooms 27/28 for parents/guardians whose daughter(s) are going on the Seville trip from Saturday 13th October to Tuesday 16th October.

First Year Afterschool Sports

There will be no Afterschool Sports this Thursday, but it will begin next Thursday 20th September. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

News of the Week for this Week Monday 10th September to Friday 14th September

Dear students, parents, guardians and staff: The News of the Week is as follows: Monday 10th September: The annual Literacy and Numeracy Screening for all First Years will take place in their English and Maths classes respectively over the course of the week. Also, during the week, teachers in many of the local schools including St Mary's will be on teacher inservice for the new courses in the Junior Cycle. Tuesday 11th September: All TY students will go to Howth for a hike. Some students will have the privilege of participating in a speech writing workshop with Noel Rock TD in the Library from 12.30-1.50pm. The Student Council will have a meeting at lunchtime. Wednesday 12th September: The Junior Cert results will be issued to last year's Third Year students in the Choir Hall during the 10.15am class (Third Class) with all these students leaving the school by 11am. Parents/Guardians may collect their daughter. As is custom in practice any Fifth Year students not in receipt of results will have classes until 1.10pm. Afterschool Study will begin today from 3.30-5.30pm in Room 24. Please see Ms Higgins if you would like to sign up to study for this term as there are still some places available. Thursday 13th September: TY students will complete a ‘Get to Know Your City’ day trip in town! There will be no Afterschool Sports on Thursday, but it will begin next Thursday 20th September. There will be a short information evening at 7pm in rooms 27/28 for parents/guardians whose daughter(s) are going on the Seville trip from Saturday 13th October to Tuesday 16th October. Friday 14th September: All Sixth Year students are expected to attend the Higher Options event in the RDS. Also, please note students are invited to enter the BT Young Scientist competition! Watch out for the many Sports notices too over the coming week! Many Clubs such as the Green Schools Club and Science Club have had their first meeting already. TY students are reminded to register for Gaisce and to pay the appropriate fee online.

Afterschool Study Begins Today 3.30-5.30pm

Afterschool Study will begin today from 3.30-5.30pm in Room 24. Please see Ms Higgins if you would like to sign up to study for this term as there are still some places available. All completed application forms must be returned to Ms Higgins.

Junior Cert Results - Wednesday 12th September

The Junior Cert results will be issued tomorrow Wednesday 12th September to last year's Third Year students in the Choir Hall during the 10.15am class (Third Class) with all of these students leaving the school by 11am. Parents/Guardians may collect their daughter. As is custom in practice any Fifth Year students not in receipt of results will have classes until 1.10pm.

School Facilitating the HPV Vaccine for First Years on Tuesday 25th September

An important message for First Year Parents/Guardians: The HSE will be administering the first dose of the HPV vaccine in the Choir Hall to the First Year students whose parents have granted consent for same on Tuesday 25th September. If you have any queries or concerns relating to the HPV vaccine, please direct them to the HSE as the school only facilitates this process.

New TY Sports Module

Thanks to Mr Beirne, Ms Morgan and Mr Byrne for leading a new Transition Year Sports module for the current Transition Year group. It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of eight modules, each designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in students.

First Year Afterschool Sports - Cancelled Thursday 6th September

Dear First Year Parents/Guardians, The First Year Afterschool Sports has been cancelled today from 3.10-3.50pm. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Sculpture in Context Exhibition - Botanic Gardens

Congrats to Ms Cunningham, our Art teacher who was one of the artists selected to display her ceramic, porcelain, terracotta and mixed media wire art piece at the 33rd Sculpture in Context exhibition. The exhibition was formally launched yesterday evening in the National Botanic Gardens. The exhibition will run from the 6th September to 19th October and admission is free. The installations will address contemporary issues, creations that complement the natural surroundings and sculptures, both inside and outside the Botanics that challenge and engage the viewer. More details can be found on www.sculptureincontext.com

Transition Year - Causey Farm Trip

All the Transition Year students had the opportunity to have loads of fun on their bonding day to Causey Farm! They got to make brown bread, dance, play the bodhrán and end the day with a 'splash' in the bog - a day to remember!

A Thought for First Years!

Ms Boran's inspirational words at First Year induction last week!

Congrats to Ms Considine who will be broadcasting some of the PRO14 Rugby Games on TG4!

Supervised Study

For the information of Third and Sixth Year students, Supervised Study will begin next Wednesday 12th September. Application Forms will be given out at these assemblies this week. Tutors will also inform students about this worthwhile initiative.

Wake Up with that WoW Wednesday Feeling!

Reminder: There will be a WoW (Walk to School) this morning! The members of the Green Schools Committee encouraged the whole school community over the intercom yesterday to meet this morning at 8.10am to walk to school from either of the following junctions - the junction of Violet Hill and the Old Finglas Road or to meet at the Scout Hall on Ballygall Road or to walk from the junction of Ballymun Road and Griffith Avenue or to walk to school from outside the Botanic Gardens on Botanic Road.

WoW Wednesday - Main News for this Week!

Dear students, staff and parents, as per the school calendar, there will be a WoW (Walk to School) tomorrow morning! The members of the Green Schools Committee encouraged the whole school community over the intercom today to meet tomorrow morning at 8.10am to walk to school from either of the following junctions - the junction of Violet Hill and the Old Finglas Road or to meet at the Scout Hall on Ballygall Road or to walk from the junction of Ballymun Road and Griffith Avenue or to walk to school from outside the Botanic Gardens on Botanic Road. What a WoW way to start the day! We look forward to many First Years taking part. Also, please note that Breakfast Club takes place each morning in St Mary's kitchen from 8.10-8.40am where students can choose to pick up a bottle of water, crackers, oats and honey bars, a scone or a selection of fruit. Students may also have cereal and milk in the Club too.