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TY's Attend the Zeminar Education and Wellbeing Conference in the RDS

Last Thursday 12th October, all TY students had the opportunity to attend RDS for one of Ireland’s largest Education and Wellbeing conferences for young people. The conference featured keynote speakers as well as learning and empowerment workshops. Speakers included Professor Dónal O Sé an obesity expert, Dr Harry Barry an expert on anxiety and Niamh Fitzpatrick that talked about the importance for young people to have resilience.

Budding Young Scientists in the Making!

We had a record number of entries into the Young Scientist Competition this year with a total of six entries. The following projects have been entered into BT Young Scientist 2018: People’s Attitudes to Men Wearing Make-up by Ciara McKenna and Fiona Conway (TY) (Ms Nolan); Can E-Sports be Considered a Sport? by Anne Fabian (TY) (Ms Nolan); An Investigation into the Correlation between Sleeping Patterns, Study Habits and Sixth Year Leaving Cert Results by Patricia Lusan, Mazzy Hollerich and Rebecca Richins (3rd Year) (Ms O’Keeffe); Hitting the Right Key – Making IT more Accessible by Amy Dorgan-Hughes (TY) (Ms Byrnes); An Investigation into the Drop Out Levels of Young Teens in Sport by Tara Macken, Katie Kennedy and Sophie McGrane (TY) (Ms Mulvey); An Investigation into Televised Road Safety Campaigns, to see if they are having a Lasting Impact on Young Teenagers’ Attitudes Towards Drink and Drug Driving by Lauren McGuinness and Sarah Brady (TY) (Ms Mulvey). We congratulate the participants and teachers on entering the first preliminary stage of the competition. We await to hear from the BT Young Scientist panel to see if they are through to the second stage which will involve the students representing the school at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in January 2018.

St Mary's Reopens Tomorrow Wednesday 18th October

The latest statement from the Department of Education and Skills re Storm Ophelia and Schools is that 'Schools, VTOS and Youthreach Centres will reopen on 18th October subject to any damages experienced at a local level.' Therefore St Mary's will reopen tomorrow as thankfully there is no damage to the campus of St Mary's. We look forward to welcoming back the whole school community tomorrow Wednesday 18th October to celebrate Maths Week.

Gaelic Team's Success of Last Year has gained them entry into a Higher Division

Hard luck to our senior team who were defeated last Wednesday by Loreto Balbriggan. Our victory last year resulted in our progression to a higher division which means that we will be playing against teams that will possibly have more determination and skill to win (just like us!). Well done to all the girls in their challenging first game of the season. Bring on the next game!

A Positive Mental Health Awareness Day last Tuesday

Well done to each class that collaborated with each other and came up with one tip for positive mental health. Thanks to the tutors for pinning the tip on the outside of the classroom door. Students and staff had the opportunity to see lots of mental health tips on classroom doors as they walked along the corridors. Thanks to Ms Sullivan and Ms Gavin for organising this very positive initiative to mark Mental Health Awareness Day on the 10th October.

Department of Education and Skills states that Schools are to Remain Closed Tomorrow - Tuesday 17th October

As Hurricane Ophelia passes over Ireland and following careful consideration by the National Emergency Coordination Group, the Department of Education and Skills, has decided that all schools will remain closed tomorrow Tuesday 17th October. This decision was primarily taken in the interests of child safety and on the basis of information available in what is a developing situation. While it is recognised that some schools may not be as badly impacted as others, the information available at this time indicates that over 350,000 businesses and homes are already without power, and severe winds continue to cause damage across the country as the storm progresses. Many regional and local roads are closed due to fallen trees. It is also the case that school authorities will in very many cases not have had an opportunity to check their buildings and confirm they are safe, have power and water, and that routes to the school are safely open. It is recognised that the decision to close schools will have a major impact on families and on the workforce. However, this decision has been taken in the interests of safety for children and to provide clarity for everyone concerned. This latest press release from the Department of Education and Skills can be accessed via the following link: https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2017-Press-Releases/PR2017-10-16a.html

St Mary's Closed Tomorrow - Monday 16th October

In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department of Education and Skills is now publicly informing all schools, colleges and other education institutions that they are to remain closed tomorrow, Monday 16 October. This decision has been made following discussions with members of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning and in light of the advice from Met Éireann on this unprecedented storm. Therefore, St Mary's will be closed tomorrow.

St Mary’s Parents Association AGM

Reminder to parents/guardians that all students have received a copy of the flyer advertising the AGM on Wednesday 25th October at 7.30pm.

Best of Luck to our Senior Debating Team - Thursday 12th October

We would like to wish our Senior Debating Team the best of luck as they make their debut in the Concern Debating Competition tomorrow evening Thursday 12th October. They will take on Fingal Community College in Swords. The Concern competition seeks to highlight global issues and to raise awareness of how we might tackle some of these issues. The motion for tomorrow's debate is "To end hunger, the world must embrace GMOs". Our team of speakers, who will oppose this motion, are Sophie Lieghio, Caoimhe Mackin, Georgia Walsh and their captain, Amy Dorgan Hughes. Best of luck to all!

Sr Marie Visits the School to Celebrate Founder's Day - Margaret Aylward Day

We were delighted that Sr Marie gave of her time today to visit some students during their Religion classes. Today as a school community, we celebrated Founder's Day and for us it is thanks to Margaret Aylward that founded the Holy Faith Schools. Sr Marie's visit to the classes made the day special as she talked about the Holy Faith Order and detailed Margaret Aylward's story to them. Sr Marie also relayed her own life story to the students. She also informed the students of her love of music and her current ministry of bringing music to the lives of children who are very ill. She played some clips of her own compositions that have been inspired by her life in ministry.

Ember Pop Up Café - Thursday 12th October

There will be a supervised 'Ember Pop Up Café' this Thursday 12th October in the Choir Hall at 1.10pm. The members of the Ember team which have a vital role to play in liturgical events throughout the school year have organised this unique event during the week of Margaret Aylward's feast day. The following will be on sale in the pop up café: crepes (€2), waffles (€2), tea (€1) and hot chocolate (€1). The special offer of the day will be a crepe/waffle and tea/hot chocolate for €2.50. We look forward to you visiting our pop up café!

Margaret Aylward's Feast Day - Wednesday 11th October

Margaret Aylward's feast day will be celebrated in the school tomorrow Wednesday 11th October as all students in their Religion class will reflect on her life and great works. Sr Marie Dunne will visit some of Mr Coll's and Mr Farrell's religion classes to speak about this foundress of the Holy Faith Order and the great work she did throughout her life. During tutor time tomorrow morning, all First Years will get their fact file on this wonderful lady that did so much for education.

A Christmas Carol Poster Competition

Attached are details of the Christmas Carol Poster Competition! http://www.uniqueschoolapp.ie/images/pdf/notification_pdf_13699_1.pdf

Memorable Televised Mass to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Holy Faith Congregation.

The 11am RTÉ 1 televised Sunday mass on Sunday 8th October celebrated the foundation of the Holy Faith Sisters in 1867 – a hundred and fifty years ago. Margaret Aylward along with the support and guidance of a Vincentian priest Fr John McGowan established the congregation of the Holy Faith Sisters. The ceremony was celebrated by Fr Joe Jones with a gathered congregation of the Holy Faith Sisters and friends and the Holy Faith past pupils’ choir directed by Sr Marie Dunne. This choir included our member of staff Ms Mulcahy. During the mass, Mr Coll accompanied the choir on keyboard and Denice Doyle a past pupil played the violin. Members of the Le Chéile Trust were present as they carry on the legal, financial and inspirational role of the Holy Faith Order. Emma Humber a past pupil sang the opening hymn. This was followed by words from the Generalate of the Holy Faith Order Sr Rosaleen Cunniffe. She spoke about the foundress of the Order Margaret Aylward. She was a Waterford woman and as foundress her chief care was for the poor and her principle objective the defence of the faith. She never lost hope in spite of the many difficult situations she had to face in her own life. The Sisters of the Holy Faith are fortunate to still have the little lamp she used. Sr Rosaleen made reference to Pope Francis that he tells us that ‘Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey’. Sr Rosaleen explained that it is with that faith they the Holy Faith Sisters look to the future. The principal Ms Bourke, former principal Ms Lennon and Head Girl Lauryn McCausland were present at the mass and Casey Harris sang the Gloria most beautifully during the mass. The priest’s homily made reference to Margaret Aylward’s feast which will be celebrated on Wednesday 11th October. He stated Margaret had an overwhelming passion for her faith and a deep desire for the poor to be educated. She saw education as the great hope for those living in poverty. The ceremony concluded with a song entitled ‘Woman of Faith’ composed by Sr Marie Dunne. It was about Margaret Aylward and that the Holy Faith congregation were honouring her today. A lovely way to end the memorable mass!

World Mental Health Day - Tuesday 10th October

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. This day will be celebrated in St Mary's tomorrow and students will be asked to write on a posted a tip for 'positive mental health'. These will be posted on the outside of each classroom door at the end of tutor time.

News of the Week for Monday 9th October to Friday 13th October

Dear parents/guardians and students - The News of the Week is as follows: Please note that Breakfast Club will be available free to all students each day from 8.10-8.40am in St Mary's kitchen. Please speak with your daughter to ensure that she is partaking in one extra-curricular activity. Supervised Study, Homework Club (except on Monday) and First Year Afterschool Sports will take place this week. Assembly focus this week will be on the environment. Monday 9th October: TY Build a Bank interviews will take place in the Boardroom tomorrow morning; There will be a Third Year Parent/Guardian Teacher Meeting in the Gym beginning at 4.15pm and finishing at 6.45pm. Classes for all students will finish tomorrow at the earlier time of 3.35pm. Please note Supervised Study will take place tomorrow Monday at the slightly earlier time from 3.55 - 5.55pm. Tuesday 10th October: World Mental Health Day will be celebrated in the school; The Education for Living Sixth Year Group will have a cake sale at lunchtime; The TY’s will have an Internet Safety Workshop. Wednesday 11th October: This is the feast day of the foundress of the Holy Faith Order Margaret Aylward. Sr Maria Dunne will visit some classrooms on the day to talk about the foundress and there will be a tutor group activity organised for the whole school community by the members of the Ember team; There will be a senior gaelic football match. Thursday 12th October: The junior Volleyball teams will play their first match against St Louis Dundalk; First Year Afterschool Sports from 3.10-3.50pm; All TY’s will be at the Zeminar Youth Summit in the RDS – a life changing day for generation Z! There will be many talks for students ranging from Mental Health to Bullying, Nutrition to Volunteering, Careers to Cyber-Safety and everything in between! Friday 13th October will be ‘Multicultural Day’ in the school.

Le Chéile Mass on RTE 1 at 11am - Sunday 8th October

To celebrate 150 years of the Holy Faith Order, there will be a televised mass at 11am this morning on RTE 1. Each Holy Faith school will be represented at the mass with the Principal and Head Girl of each school being in attendance.

Play Hockey with Botanic Hockey Club every Sunday!

If you would like to play Hockey on a Sunday with the Botanic Hockey Club, the times are as follows: Under 14's and 16's Girls from 10.00-11.30am. There will also be hockey for under 8's, 10's and 12's Girls and Boys from 12-1pm. For more information and membership details, please make contact by emailing botanichockeyjuniors@gmail.com

Great Camogie Win Today - Friday 6th October

The competitive sporting season got off to a great start for St Mary's senior Camogie team today. The students overcame Loreto, Swords on a scoreline of 3-11 to 2-8. It has been a couple of years since a senior team has lined out for the school! The students have two more matches left in their group. They will be playing Santa Sabina and St Louis Rathmines. Congratulations to the team on a super victory and we wish both the team and their trainers Ms Walsh and Ms O'Mahoney every success in the next two games.

School Mass - A Highlight of the School Community Coming Together!

Our start of year mass took place this year on Tuesday 19th September in the beautiful Our Lady of Victories Church on the Ballymun Road. The mass was concelebrated by Fr Richard Sheehy and Fr Frank Reburn and the theme for the mass was the 'Joy of Love' (Amoris Laetitia). To help us reflect on the theme, we were privileged to have the specially commissioned World Meeting of Families 2018 Icon of the Holy Family that was unveiled and anointed on the 21st August 2017, during the launch of the one-year programme of preparation which will culminate with The World Meeting of Families in August 2018. This Icon of the Holy Family, was specially commissioned for the 2018 World Meeting of Families being hosted in Ireland and was written by iconographer Mihai Cucu, who comes from Romania. Mihai was assisted by the Redemptoristine Sisters of the Monastery of St Alphonsus, Iona Road, Dublin and each sister wrote a part of the Icon. Thanks to the members of the Ember Team as they were invaluable in their involvement in the preparation, planning and organisation of this important school event and in showing the different parts of the icon to the congregation at the beginning of the school mass.

Student selected onto the FAI Leinster Schools Training Squad

Well done to our Second Year student Rugile Auskalynyte who has been selected onto the FAI Leinster schools training squad. This is a huge honour for Rugile and St Marys. Huge congratulations to you Rugile - we are all very proud of you!

Ember Team News

Our Ember Team have been very busy since they took up office in May. In June, the team completed their three-day training programme in Ovoca Manor, in Avoca, Co. Wicklow alongside other Ember Teams from across the Dublin Diocese. During the training, they learnt the art of team building, and what they each bring to the team in skills and talents. The training is a mix of group activities and outdoor team building challenges provided by the experienced Ovoca Manor staff. The training also offered moments of reflection and prayer as this is at the heart of what it means to be an Ember Team member. They also had time to get a deeper knowledge of themselves as individuals and there were many moments of real self-discovery and self-development which was a part of the training the students really loved. The members of the Ember team for the 2017-2018 academic year are: Emma Brady, Aisling Byrne, Naoise Finnegan, Aimee Flanagan, Hannah Geraghty, Casey Harris, Maria Hordouan, Ciara Kelly, Aoife Lawless, Lauryn McCausland, Hannah Ryan Murphy and Thaara Rose Wilson.

Third Year Parent/Guardian Teacher Meeting next Monday 9th October from 4.15 - 6.45pm

There will be a Third Year Parent/Guardian Teacher Meeting in the Gym next Monday 9th October beginning at 4.15pm and finishing at 6.45pm. Classes for all students will finish next Monday at the earlier time of 3.35pm. Please note Supervised Study will continue to take place next Monday from 3.55 - 5.55pm.

St Mary's in Today's Irish Independent - Wednesday 4th October

In today's Irish Independent, St Mary's is featured in an insightful article about one of our trainee teachers Ms Shorten. Ms Shorten is a rare example of a working teacher who is fully blind, and the first fully blind student to undertake the PME in Maynooth University. The article can be accessed via the following link http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/going-to-college/woman-20-left-blind-after-brain-tumour-surgery-defies-the-odds-to-train-as-teacher-36194340.html Both Ms Shorten and Ms Bourke are featured in the article.

Mary's Maths Support Centre every Monday and Wednesday Lunchtime

Thanks to Ms Farrell and Ms Dowling for setting up the St Mary's Maths Support Centre. This is a club that takes place every Monday and Wednesday lunchtime from 1.10 - 1.45pm in the Art and Crafts Room. All students are welcome to join - it is a great opportunity to improve your Maths skills!

Sophie and Riodhna through to the next round of the Leinster Schools Debate!

Sophie Lieghio and Riodhna Mackin beat off stiff competition last night to progress to the next round of the Leinster Schools Debate Competition. Well Done! They were proposing the motion that 'trade unions should be allowed in the armed forces'. Thanks to Ms Warren, Ms Molloy and Ms O'Flaherty for giving guidance to the students in helping them prepare for the debate.

Are You All Set for WoW Wednesday this morning? - Wednesday 4th October

There will be a Walk On Wednesday (WoW!) this morning - the Green Schools Committee are encouraging all students and staff to participate! Teachers will be meeting students at the following locations at 8:10am: The junction of Violet Hill and Old Finglas Road/The Scout Hall on Ballygall Road/The junction of Ballymun Road and Griffith Avenue/Outside the Botanic Gardens on Botanic Road. Join us in our drive to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce traffic congestion and to improve our health and concentration for the rest of the day in school.

St Mary's Participating in Debating Competition in Trinity College!

Best of luck to Sophie Lieghio and Riodhna Mackin representing the school in the Leinster Schools Debate competition in Trinity College tonight. To date, the senior students involved in debating have done so well in preparing and convincingly debating their motions. Well done to Al Masterson and Alannah Purvis last week in their competition. Also, Sophie Lieghio, Amy Dorgan Hughes, Caoimhe Mackin and Georgia Lyons attended a workshop last Wednesday 27th September to help them prepare for the upcoming Concern Debate competitions. See photos in gallery below!

Are You All Set for WoW Wednesday Tomorrow? - Wednesday 4th October

There will be a Walk On Wednesday (WoW!) tomorrow - the Green Schools Committee are encouraging all students and staff to participate! Teachers will be meeting students at the following locations at 8:10am: The junction of Violet Hill and Old Finglas Road/The Scout Hall on Ballygall Road/The junction of Ballymun Road and Griffith Avenue/Outside the Botanic Gardens on Botanic Road. Join us in our drive to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce traffic congestion and to improve our health and concentration for the rest of the day in school.

Third Year Parent/Guardian Teacher Meeting next Monday 9th October from 4.15 - 6.45pm

There will be a Third Year Parent/Guardian Teacher Meeting in the Gym next Monday 9th October beginning at 4.15pm and finishing at 6.45pm. Classes for all students will finish next Monday at the earlier time of 3.35pm. Please note Supervised Study will continue to take place next Monday from 3.55 - 5.55pm.

OCO Children Now Rights Now Youth Event in Croke Park

We would like to congratulate Bayan Basmage, a Fifth Year student who was one of twenty people selected to be a member of the consultative group that has helped inform the themes, content and structure of the OCO Children Now Rights Now youth event. This event took place in Croke Park last Thursday 28th September and the Ombudsman for Children Dr. Niall Muldoon was in attendance. It celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ireland's ratification of the UN convention on the Rights of the Child. It will kick-start a year-long UNCRC25 programme which will raise awareness of children's rights. This unique event puts the voice of young people at its centre and Bayan was a key member of this group. Both Ms Devaney and Ms Sullivan were delighted to be present at this key event and we as a school community are delighted of Bayan's achievement.

News of the Week for Tuesday 3rd October to Friday 6th October

Dear parents/guardians and students - The News of the Week is as follows: Please note that Breakfast Club will be available free to all students each day from 8.10-8.40am in St Mary's kitchen. Please speak with your daughter to ensure that she is partaking in one extra-curricular activity. Supervised Study, Homework Club and First Year Afterschool Sports will take place this week. Tuesday 3rd October: The school will be represented at the Creative Engagement Exhibition with a display of the 'Models of Conceptual Change' - a link created last year between the Art and Chemistry department. We wish Sophie Lieghio and Riodhna Mackin every success in the Leinster school debates competition in Trinity College tomorrow evening. Wednesday 4th October: WoW Day - To reduce our carbon footprint, the school community will be encouraged to walk a distance of 1km from the school! More info on WoW Wednesday to follow tomorrow.

School Closed - Monday 2nd October

Please note that the school will be closed next Monday 2nd October as per the school calendar.

The Homeless Period Dublin

A reminder from Ms Shelly's Sixth Year LCVP class for senior students to bring in sanitary items such as tampons and sanitary pads to help fill the boxes that have been left in the senior base classrooms for the Homeless Period Dublin. The Sixth Year LCVP class have launched a campaign to raise awareness about 'The Homeless Period Dublin'. With limited or no access to sanitary products, homeless women are often forced to go without. They rely on donations from the public through their drop off points in the city centre. The incredible initiative that is ‘The Homeless Period Dublin’ believes that sanitary products should be made available to all women through homeless shelters. The class hope to remove the taboo around this topic and they have placed boxes in senior classrooms for students to donate sanitary products including pads, tampons, wipes deodorant etc. The LCVP class appreciate your support.

Invitation to community celebration of Dublin senior ladies football success - Thursday 28th September

Invitation to Players Reception: The executive committee of CLG Na Fianna would like to invite you to join the team as they attend the official Homecoming Party of the victorious Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Team. The reception will take place after the open top bus parade through the surrounding streets, culminating with the team being presented to the crowd from the balcony in Aras Na Fianna. The reception will take place in the Mobhi Suite from 7.00pm. Please RSVP to chairman.nafianna.dublin@gaa.ie

Pedestrian Gate

The pedestrian gate will be closed tomorrow as investigation works on the mains water system are being carried out. This will not affect our water supply. The black gate leading into the sensory garden area will be open for pedestrian access and students are asked to use this entrance tomorrow.

It's Time to Celebrate!

What: Dublin Senior Ladies All-Ireland Success! When: Thursday 28th September Where: The Mobhi Suite, CLG Na Fianna, Mobhi Rd, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm RSVP to: chairman.nafianna.dublin@gaa.ie Please note there will be no parking facilities on the night of the Homecoming Party - We look forward to seeing you on the night!

App News - Prize for lucky 1000!

Congratulations to Orlagh O’Flaherty (Class 2 Gifford) who hit the jackpot by being the 1000th student to download our School App. We are delighted with the number of downloads among the school community – students, teachers, parents as well as past students. The App is the best way of keeping up with everything that is happening in the school on a daily basis. Thanks to the company Unique Publishing who designed and developed the app and sponsored a €100 One for all Voucher to the lucky winner. The voucher was presented to Orlagh by Ms. Bourke earlier this week. Congrats Orlagh!

School Closed - Monday 2nd October

Please note that the school will be closed next Monday 2nd October as per the school calendar.

Reminder re Auditions for a Christmas Carol - Wednesday 27th September

A Christmas Carol will be performed in St Mary's on Thursday evening 21st December! Student auditions for the various parts will take place tomorrow Wednesday 27th September at 3.10pm in the Choir Hall. Any students interested are asked to sign up on the sheet provided outside Room 12. Students that sign up are asked to collect an audition script from Ms Morgan or Ms O'Mahoney.

Interschools Senior Debating Competition in UCD - Tuesday 26th September 6.30pm

Best of luck to Al Masterson and Alannah Purvis who will be representing the school in the interschools debating competition in UCD this evening at 6.30pm.

Supervised Study Centres

There has been a great response from students regarding supervised study. Due to the large expressions of interest, we now have a junior cert study centre in room 31 and a leaving cert study centre in rooms 27/28. There are a limited number of places available. Please contact the history teacher Ms Griffin if you would like to join the junior or senior study group.

Auditions for a Christmas Carol - Wednesday 27th September

A Christmas Carol will be performed in St Mary's on Thursday evening 21st December! Student auditions for the various parts will take place this Wednesday 27th September at 3.10pm in the Choir Hall. Any students interested are asked to sign up on the sheet provided outside Room 12. Students that sign up are asked to collect an audition script from Ms Morgan or Ms O'Mahoney.

News of the Week for Monday 25th September to Friday 29th September

Dear parents/guardians and students - The News of the Week is as follows: please note that Breakfast Club will be available free to all students each day from 8.10-8.40am in St Mary's kitchen. First Year Literacy and Numeracy screening will be completed this week. Please speak with your daughter to ensure that she is partaking in one extra-curricular activity. Many training sessions for sports/debates are soon to begin as well as many other initiatives. Supervised Study, Homework Club and First Year Afterschool Sports will take place this week. Monday 25th September: This is the closing date for entries into the BT Young Scientist competition. We hope to have some entries - thanks to Ms O'Keeffe and Ms Mulvey that are helping the St Mary's entrants! Class 4 Raphael will be at a lego workshop from 11.50 - 3.50pm in St Pat's Drumcondra. Also, there will be the Iceland information evening at 7.30pm in the Choir Hall for parents/guardians that have a daughter going on the trip this coming October. Tuesday 26th September: Many TY students will be travelling to Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre, Galway for a bonding trip that will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. TY students that have not signed up to the trip are expected to be in school for a range of exciting activities. Thanks to the TY coordinators Ms Shanahan and Ms Walsh for both organising the trip and the activities for the students that are unable to go on the trip.

Supervised Study and Homework Club

Please liaise with the History teacher Ms Griffin if you are interested in Supervised Study which will take place on a Monday and Tuesday from 4.10 - 6.10pm and on a Wednesday and Thursday from 3.30 - 5.30pm. We are also delighted that there are many junior students doing Homework Club. This takes place in room 15 every Monday and Tuesday from 3.50 - 4.30pm and on a Wednesday from 3.10 - 3.50pm. Please liaise with Ms Higgins if you would like further information.

Reminder that Iceland Information Evening for Parents/Guardians/Students - Monday 25th September 7.30pm

There will be a Parents Information Evening at 7.30pm in the Choir Hall this Monday 25th September for parents/guardians whose daughter is going on the Iceland trip from the 26th to the 30th October. Students are required to bring their passports and EHIC card on the night.

Breakfast Club menu today from 8.10 - 8.40am

Today, there will be water and fruit, cereal pots and milk, carrot sticks and cheese dip, petit filous with plain biscuits, chocolate rice cakes and seasonal fruit pots available to all students. We hope to see you there - Breakfast Club is open from 8.10 to 8.40am every morning!

Culture Night - Friday 22nd September

Culture Day will be celebrated nationwide tomorrow Friday 22nd September.

OCO Children Now Rights Now Youth Event in Croke Park

We would like to congratulate Bayan Basmage, a Fifth Year student who was one of twenty people selected to be a member of the consultative group that has helped inform the themes, content and structure of the OCO Children Now Rights Now youth event. This event is due to take place in Croke Park on Thursday 28th September 2017. This event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ireland's ratification of the UN convention on the Rights of the Child. It will kick-start a year-long UNCRC25 programme which will raise awareness of children's rights. This unique event puts the voice of young people at its centre and Bayan along with the consultative group, will help gather young people's views on what it is like to be a young person in Ireland today and what needs to change to ensure that all children and young people experience 'rights in reality'.

Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue

Please note that people are welcome to visit the Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue. The centre is located on the grounds of St Mary's Holy Faith Secondary School, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. Please see their website http://www.margaretaylwardcentre.ie for their upcoming programme of events. The centre can also be contacted on 01 - 7979364.