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Supervised Study Application Forms

After School Supervised Study application forms are available for next term from Liz at reception or Ms Higgins. Study will take place from Monday 7th January to Thursday 11th April excluding the mock exams and the midterm break. Supervised Study takes place twenty minutes after school for two hours in Rooms 16 and 24. We strongly recommend students to participate in this initiative if they find it hard to motivate themselves to study. Details pertaining to after school study including the fee are outlined on the application form. Please direct any queries to Ms Higgins. All completed application forms must be returned to the school by next Wednesday 19th December. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/2788_20181211174847.pdf https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9687_20181211181048.pdf

First Outing for First Year Spikeball Team!

First Year students competed in their first ever tournament yesterday Monday 10th December in Rockford Manor Blackrock. The team fought hard in four fiercely contested matches. Unfortunately, they didn't make it to the next round but the team proudly represented St Mary's!

DCU Access Achievement Awards in the Helix - Tuesday 11th December at 7pm

We look forward to congratulating the following 20 Third Year students who will be receiving awards in the Helix tonight for having been nominated for an award for their various accomplishments and achievements in one of the following categories: Community Spirit, Arts and Culture, Academic, Sport or Exceptional nomination. The awards are designed to recognise, reward and encourage excellence in both the academic and extracurricular aspects of a student's school life. These DCU Access Achievement Awards intend to foster positive attitudes to education and encourage young people to remain at school and to consider third-level education as a viable option for them. Congrats to the following students: Rugile Auskalynte. Éabha Ball, Lana Bayagan, Kya Buckley, Katelyn Byrne, Anna Maria Ciulei, Ellen Clusker, Ruth Cuaresma, Alanah Dillon, Sofia Finnegan, Cody Hyland, Jennifer Mirt, Jodie Moore, Emma Murphy, Megan O'Brien, Rheanne Robles, Suzanne Russell, Valentai Rusu, Lizy Stafford Hoey and Claire Yee.

Breakfast Club Visit Before the Exams!

Don't forget to avail of the Breakfast Club before the exams. There are some great energy boosters available this morning including melon and pineapple, apple and blueberry snack packs, breadsticks and yogurt rice cakes!

Saint Vincent De Paul Food Hamper Appeal

Thanks to all the captains and vice-captains who have set up a hamper box in their classroom. This is for the collection of non-perishable goods for the St Vincent De Paul Hamper appeal. Please drop an item into the designated box in your classroom before your exam in the morning if you have not already put an item in the box. Thank You. We ask all students to donate one item eg crisps, chocolate, soups, tinned fruit, tea, coffee, minerals etc to the box. It is at this time of year that we remember others besides ourselves. All food will be distributed out to the people who need it most in our community through our network of local volunteers. Thanks for helping to brighten up the Christmas for some families.

Update to Version 4 of App

Update to Version 4 There is a new version of the St Mary's Holy Faith Glasnevin App now available for download. It is very important that you update your App as soon as possible if you have not already done so, so that you can avail of all the new features. You can check the version you have by going to the Home Menu and select App Help and Support, Version Number. To update click link below: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/st-marys-holy-faith-glasnevin/id992336167?mt=8 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uniquepublishing.stmarysholyfaithglasnevin Update Your Profile In order to have full access to all the features in the App your profile must be updated. Please check and ensure your details are all completed and correct. It is critical that you verify both your email and mobile number so the school can complete its validation process and give you access to the forms and school shop. These features WILL NOT be available until this is done. If you have any queries please email support@uniquepublishing.ie

Exams and TY Interviews

We ask students to double check their timetable to ensure that they present on time for tomorrow morning's exams. Students are expected to be in full uniform for their exams and to read over their exam checklist at the beginning and end of the exam. Wishing our students every success in their exams. Best of luck to the Sixth Years who will be on day 2 of their blocked classes tomorrow and we wish every success to our TY students who will have interviews with their Tutors either tomorrow or Wednesday.

Class Team Cork Emerge as the First Year Afterschool Champions!

Congratulations to our First Year students in 'Team Cork' who played well throughout the tournament for the last nine weeks and their teamwork and tenacious determination in today 's games secured them first place in the competition. The winning team are in for a surprise treat next term! Well done to all the First Year students on their participation in Afterschool Sports. As Ms Bunnett stated earlier today that even though Afterschool Sports sessions are over, First Year students are encouraged to continue to play at least one Sport from the array of Sports on offer here in St Mary's!

Final Reminder: Drop To The Clock (DTTC) and Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) - Thursday 6th December 12.30pm

Today during the 12.30pm class, as per the school calendar the whole school will be completing Numeracy and Literacy tasks. At the start of this class there will be a Numeracy exercise on Time for students to complete. This is in line with our whole school numeracy targets for the year. Upon completion of this exercise, Drop Everything and Read will commence whereby all students and their teachers will read their favourite novel or magazine for the remainder of the class. We ask parents to encourage your daughter(s) to bring in a novel or magazine that she would enjoy reading in school for the 12.30pm class! We ask students to put this novel or magazine in your bag now! Thank You!

Final Reminder: Carols By Candlelight - Thursday 6th December

See the attached flyer below for details of our free annual event in the Convent Chapel which will begin at 7pm on Thursday 6th December. St Mary's School Choir and Schola Choir will present a night of Festive Music, Carols and Reflections in the beautiful Holy Faith Convent Chapel which is situated on the convent grounds. Special guests on the night will include the Holy Faith Past Pupil Choir under the direction of Sr Marie Dunne. Everybody is welcome and it is free admission. Most importantly, it is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit! Tea and mince pies will be served in the Choir Hall afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there on the night. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/8199_20181202162435.pdf

First Year Afterschool Sports Final - Thursday 6th December

Reminder to all First Years that the last session of the Afterschool Sports will take place this evening from 3.10-3.50pm and teams will be competing for overall first place in the competition. Students will wear their school tracksuit as usual and can also wear a Christmas accessory! The winning team will be in for a surprise treat later in the academic year! We thank the parents/guardians for supporting this worthwhile initiative.

Walk on Wednesday - Let's Start the Day the WoW Way!

Dear students, staff and parents, as per the school calendar, there will be a WoW (Walk to School) Wednesday this morning! Students are asked 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.

Reminder: Third Year Assessment Task in English - Tomorrow Tuesday 4th December

Third Year students will sit their Assessment Task in English tomorrow Tuesday 4th December from 9.35-10.55am. This exam task is worth 10% of their Junior Cycle Grade. Third Year students must be present in school to sit their Assessment Task.

Second Year Students Through To The All Ireland Spikeball Semi-Finals!

The students played really well today in the tournament in Balbriggan as they won three out of their five matches! They came second in their group and have made it to the all-Ireland semi finals! Congrats to the team and their coach Ms Coleman on this wonderful achievement!

German Debating Team

Well done to the Fifth Year German debating team - Sara Bateson, Laura Berry, Ana Berzoi and Erica Carrie - who were narrowly beaten in their debate against Coláiste Pobail Setanta last Tuesday 27th November. Congrats to the students for their hard work and preparation! Many thanks (Vielen Dank!) to Ms McManus and to our German Language Assistant, Ms Betz for their guidance and encouragement.

Senior French Debating Team!

Congratulations to St Mary’s senior French debating team who were narrowly defeated in their debate on Monday 26th November in the second round of the Alliance Française French debating competition against Loreto Stephen's Green. St Mary's was in favour of the motion that "La télé-réalité nuit à nos valeurs" (Reality TV Destroys our Values). Mazzy Hollerich, Eva Murray and Eira Tabaniag from Fifth Year were captained by Alexandra Rosus of Sixth Year. Congratulations (Félicitations!) to the team and to their mentors Ms O’Callaghan and Ms Shanahan on their work this term in preparation for the debates.

St Mary's a Nominee in the Northside People Awards

St Mary's was delighted to be on the nominations shortlist for School of the Year for the Northside People Community and Sports Awards 2018. The school was represented at this gala event by Ms Bourke, Ms Considine and Mr Farrell. The following article in the Northside People summarises the event: http://www.dublinpeople.com/news/northsideeast/articles/2018/10/25/4164118-finalists-announced-for-northside-people-community--sports-awards-2018/?fbclid=IwAR02CqxScyjNzaraWh7UhPiRZN60wM8YRBnEB86jo02EwNiLgQefB9GbDzc

A Recycled Bottled Christmas Tree in the Making by the Green Schools Committee

The Green Schools Committee are collecting empty plastic water bottles which can be any size or colour to make a recycled bottled Christmas tree. We are asking teachers and students to support us in collecting these bottles. Please help raise awareness of recycling by giving your recyclable empty plastic bottles to either Ms O’Keeffe, Ms Watts, Ms Martin, Ms Salmon or Mr Montague who will be visiting your classrooms at lunch time every day next week. Let’s work together to make a Christmas Tree with a difference.

Important Notice Regarding Ballymun Bus Service

Ballymun Bus Service: The school has been informed by Dublin Bus that there will be an afternoon bus service resuming from tomorrow Monday 3rd December and from Monday 10th December both a morning and afternoon bus service will be in operation once again.

Fifth Year Parent Teacher Meeting - Monday 3rd December 2018

As per the school calendar the Fifth Year Parent Teacher meeting will take place tomorrow Monday 3rd December in the Gym from 4.15-6.45pm. Classes for all students will finish at 3.35pm tomorrow. Supervised Study will take place at the earlier time of 3.55pm and will finish at 5.55pm.

Final Reminder for First Year Parents re Study Smarter - Tips for Success

Final Reminder: Study Smarter–Tips for Success! There will be a presentation for First Year parents today Thursday 29th November from 2.30-3.10pm in the Choir Hall to help your daughter to study smarter and to outline tips for success.

Reminder Fifth Year Parent Teacher Meeting - Monday 3rd December

The Fifth Year Parent Teacher meeting will take place next Monday 3rd December in the Gym from 4.15-6.45pm. Classes for all students will finish at 3.35pm. Supervised Study for two hours will take place at the earlier time of 3.55 and will finish at 5.55pm.

Reminder: Drop To The Clock and Drop Everything and Read - Wednesday 27th November 2018

Today during the 12.30pm class, as per the school calendar the whole school will be completing Numeracy and Literacy tasks. At the start of this class there will be a numeracy exercise on Time for students to complete. This is in line with our whole school numeracy targets for the year. Upon completion of this exercise, Drop Everything and Read will commence whereby all students and their teachers will read their favourite novel or magazine for the remainder of the class. Please encourage your daughter(s) to bring in a novel or magazine that she would enjoy reading in school for the 12.30pm class!

First Year Parents Meeting: Study Smarter - Tips for Success!

Reminder: Study Smarter–Tips for Success! There will be a presentation for First Year parents this Thursday 29th November from 2.30-3.10pm in the Choir Hall to help your daughter to study smarter and to outline tips for success.

TY Hoodie

TY Hoodies now available to purchase in App Shop in Parents App.

Important Health and Safety Message - Crossing the Road

As you aware the mornings are dark and can be wet and windy - we strongly urge you to encourage and emphasise to your daughter(s) that they must cross the road at the traffic lights only.

TY Christmas Exam Timetable

Please see below the attached PDF Christmas Exam Timetable for TY's. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/3341_20181126173246.pdf

Sixth Year Christmas Blocked Teaching/Exam Timetable

Please see the attached PDF Christmas Blocked Teaching/Exam Timetable for Sixth Years below. Students will know in consultation with their teachers the content/exams that are being set for them in each subject. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9912_20181126154457.pdf

Third Year and Fifth Year Christmas Exam Timetables

Please see the attached PDF Christmas Exam Timetables for Third Years and Fifth Years below. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/7536_20181126154525.pdf https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/5022_20181126154530.pdf

First Year and Second Year Christmas Exam Timetables

Please see the attached PDF Christmas Exam Timetables for First Years and Second Years below. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/1205_20181126154610.pdf https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/5748_20181126154614.pdf

Seed Bombs to Increase Biodiversity in St Mary's Garden

Gardening Club and Green Schools came together last week in an activity to create ‘seed bombs’, a novel way of spreading biodiversity in our school sensory garden! In spring when the seed bombs are fully dry we will hold a fun seed dispersal gardening club activity to encourage native wildflower growth, increasing biodiversity as part of our school biodiversity plan to invite a diverse group of pollinators to St Mary’s Sensory Garden.

Ember Cake Sale

Congratulations to the Ember Team on the success of their Cake Sale to raise funds for the activities of the team this year. Mouth watering homemade treats were on sale in St Mary’s Kitchen and they were in high demand!

Gaeilge 24 - Students Spoke Irish for a Day!

Thaithin an lá go mór leis na daltaí. Rinneadar a ndícheall leis an dúshlán. Mholfainn trial a bhaint as! Well done to the junior students and members of the Coiste Ghaelbhratach student committee who participated in the 'Gaeilge 24' day during mid-November! We were one of the three hundred schools throughout the country who took part. The aim of the challenge was to encourage students to try to speak Irish non-stop for one whole day. This allowed the students to experience Irish in a unique and positive way.

Sam Visited St Mary's recently!

Green Schools Meeting Friday 23rd November

There will be a Green Schools meeting today Friday, 23rd November at 1.20pm in the outside Artroom. We’re looking forward to seeing all committee members there.

Third Year CAT Exams

We would like to remind all Third Year students that they are to be in school today Friday 23rd November to sit the Assessment Test (CAT4 Level F). Third Year students are to make their way to the Choir Hall after roll call. Please note these assessments test how an individual can think in areas that are known to make a difference to learning and achievement. This test can be helpful in advising students on subjects for senior cycle and for college courses in Sixth Year. All students are to bring a HB pencil and an eraser for the tests. Students must wear their full school uniform. Students will be allowed to finish school at 1.10pm and to return home. There will be no classes for Third Years in the afternoon.

Young Reporters on the Environment Competition

Calling all budding journalists, photographers and film makers! Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) are holding a national competition and are looking for you to enter! YRE wants you to investigate a local litter or waste issue and tell your story through a written article, video clip or photo report. Please tell any teacher members of the Green Schools Committee if you are interested before the end of the week!

Express Bus Cancelled with Immediate Effect

Dear Parents/Guardians, The school has been notified that the Express Bus to and from Ballymun has been cancelled with immediate effect. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Gaisce Reminder to TY Students

Can TY students please ensure that they pay their outstanding fee online or to their Gaisce teacher before Wednesday please.

Ms Considine to Star in an Irish Language Documentary Series About Women in Sport and also starred in the Ireland Rugby Match!

DoubleBand Films filmed Ms Considine teaching Class Gifford on the Astro last Thursday 15th November. Ms Considine has been invited to participate in a TV programme which will be aired in the New Year both on TG4 and the BBC. The programme will involve women in sport across different sports. Conversations will be in both English and Irish. The programme examines the difficulties faced by sportswomen in Ireland. Ms Considine's particular part will be based on teaching PE to secondary school students. The cameras also followed Ms Considine to the November Test Preview match to Energia Park in Donnybrook today. This was to film her during her play on the Irish Rugby team against the USA Eagles. Even though the team didn't win, Ms Considine played an influential part. At one stage in the game when a quick tap-penalty was swept out to her, she cut back inside to cross the line and put a better complexion on the scoreboard!

Sixth Year Parent Teacher Meeting

The Sixth Year Parent Teacher meeting will take place this Tuesday 20th November in the Gym from 4.15-6.45pm. Classes for all students will finish at 3.35pm.

Take Note - Past TY Students of Multimedia!

Entries are being called for the “Frame of Mind” short film competition 2018: if you have made a short film in TY Multimedia, either last year or the year before, that you think fits the theme of promoting positive mental health please upload your video to Vimeo. The closing date is Friday 23rd November. Further details are available on walkinmyshoes.ie There is €1000 in prize money. Walk in My Shoes is looking for original and eye-opening short films that promote positive mental health. One can enter by creating a 2-3 minute film which portrays a positive mental health message, then upload the short film to Vimeo. Students can then email their Vimeo URL to info@walkinmyshoes.ie For more information, terms and conditions visit www.walkinmyshoes.ie/shortfilmcomp

Calling on All Students Interested in Becoming a Climate Change Ambassador for the School?

Calling all Green Schools committee members: Are you interested in becoming a Climate Change Ambassador? This is a great opportunity to become a leader in your school and to provide positive climate actions. You will get training and meet other climate change ambassadors from other schools and you will take actions to raise awareness of climate change such as organise a radio event with your local radio station. If you are interested in being a climate change ambassador come and see Mr Montague at the staffroom tomorrow.

Shoebox Collection on Behalf of Team Hope's Christmas Shoebox Appeal

157 shoeboxes were collected recently by a volunteer from Team Hope's Shoebox appeal. Thanks to Ms McGonagle and some senior students for coordinating this event for students and staff in the school. These shoeboxes will be delivered by Team Hope to a child in Eastern Europe or Africa in time for Christmas! Thank You if you gave a shoebox to this worthy cause.

St Mary's November Remembrance Tree

Our Remembrance Tree was brought from the Spirituality Centre to reception following the solemn reflective Remembrance ceremony on Wednesday of last week. Thanks to Mr Coll and the members of the Ember Team who helped out with the singing, readings and organisation of the event. The paper leaves on the tree contain the names of our loved ones who have passed away. The theme of the ceremony was that "Death ends a life, not a relationship. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there." There are still some paper leaves beside the tree on which students and staff can write the names of their loved ones who have passed away and then hang their leaf on the tree. The tree will be in situ at reception until the end of November.

Hair Accessory Rainbow Friday

To celebrate the end of LGBT+ week, we are asking all students to wear a bright rainbow coloured hair accessory (eg. bow, ribbon, hat, hairband etc.) today with their uniform. €1 will be collected from each student and this money will go to the BeLonG To organisation. BeLonG To’s services in Dublin and around the country are a fundamental support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people,

Calling All Green School Members Interested In Becoming a Climate Change Ambassador for the School

Calling all Green Schools committee members: Are you interested in becoming a Climate Change Ambassador? This is a great opportunity to become a leader in your school and to provide positive climate actions. You will get training and meet other climate change ambassadors from other schools and you will take actions to raise awareness of climate change such as organise a radio event with your local radio station. If you are interested in being a climate change ambassador come and see Mr Montague at the staffroom today or Monday.

A Hair Accessory Rainbow Colour to be Worn Tomorrow!

To celebrate the end of LGBT+ week, we are asking all students to wear a bright rainbow coloured hair accessory (eg. bow, ribbon, hat, hairband etc.) tomorrow with their uniform. €1 will be collected from each student and this money will go to the BeLonG To organisation. BeLonG To’s services in Dublin and around the country are a fundamental support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people,

Final Reminder: Classes Finish at 2.10pm today

Please note classes will finish at 2.10pm today to facilitate a staff meeting. As classes finish early, please note the following: There will be no cookery today for Class Manila. There will be no Afterschool Sports for First Years today.

No First Year Afterschool Sports Tomorrow Thursday 15th November

Due to classes finishing at 2.10pm tomorrow Thursday 15th November, there will be no First Year Afterschool Sports session in the afternoon. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.