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Change to First Year and Second Year Exam Timetables for Friday 15th December

Important notice for parents and guardians of first and second year students. Due to unforeseen maintenance on the gym, school will finish for students after their exams today Friday 15th December. First years will finish at 10am if they only have History and at 11am if they are also taking an exam in Music. Second years will finish at 10am if they only have English and at 11am if they are also taking an exam in Art. Please click on the link below to view the revised timetable: http://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com/change-to-1st-and-2nd-year-exam-timetables-friday-15th-december/

Important message relating to Breakfast Club

Please note Breakfast Club users are most welcome to have cereal and milk in St Mary's kitchen every morning during Breakfast Club time from 8.10-8.40am. To avoid milk spillages on the corridors and in classrooms students can no longer bring their cereal and milk out of the Breakfast Club area.

The Joy of Reading!

St Vincent De Paul Food Appeal

This year our Transition Years along with Mr Farrell are organising the St Vincent De Paul (SVP) Christmas Food Appeal in St Mary’s. They are asking all staff and students to bring in two or three non-perishable food items which will be left in the designated boxes in your base class. Last year thousands of families across Ireland celebrated Christmas because of the SVP Christmas Food Appeal. Unfortunately, this Christmas even more families will need help to put food on the table. The TYs thank you in anticipation of your full support in this appeal.

Christmas Show Tickets Continue to be on Sale Tomorrow for a Christmas Carol

Tickets will continue to be on sale tomorrow for the Christmas Show 'A Christmas Carol'. The show will take place next Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm in the Choir Hall. Student tickets cost €5 and adult tickets cost €8. We look forward to your support on what promises to be a fantastic show! Tickets for the show can be bought from Mr Montague, Ms Murray, Ms O'Mahoney or Ms Morgan.

Drop 'n Read Initiative During the Christmas Exams

There will be designated 'Drop 'n Read' sessions during the Christmas Exams in line with the school's Literacy targets, one of which aims to increase the percentage of students ‘reading for enjoyment for more than one hour per week’. This is a great opportunity for students to independently enjoy reading for themselves. Such strategies including allocating time in the school year to accommodate reading for pleasure is encouraged and supported by the Department of Education and Skills.

St Mary's Skyline this Morning - Tuesday 12th December

Thanks to Colin our caretaker who took a fabulous photo this morning of St Mary's skyline - what a beautiful early morning view! Thanks also to Ms Cunningham who photographed a similar image last week.

Breakfast Club is on today and all of this week!

Don't forget to refuel for the exams by attending Breakfast Club today! There will be water and fruit, cereal pots and milk, seedless grapes, oats and honey bars, lovely crackers and soft cheese as well as delicious scones available. Remember to drop by to St Mary's kitchen to pick up some of these healthy breakfast treats. These free breakfast items will also be available at Glanmore Food Station during breaks.

Chloe Halpin a Fifth Year Student has Lead Role in a Christmas Carol

The students of St Mary's Holy Faith Secondary School Glasnevin are proud to present “A Christmas Carol” next Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm for one night only. Chloe Halpin, 17, is proud to play the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The production team are delighted with their discovery of this talented actress! This is Chloe’s first role in a school play. Chloe’s only previous acting experience was in a play in Saint Brigid’s primary school called “Natasha’s Nightmare” where she played the role of a zombie. She has really grown into the role even though she has found it challenging at times. Scrooge hates Christmas - Chloe loves Christmas. Chloe speaking in an English accent and trying to use a deep male voice has proven to be challenging for her too. Chloe says that she will have to use L’oreal face cream to get rid of all of the wrinkles from all of the frowning she’s had to do for this role! This play is perfect to get both young and older people into the Christmas spirit. Tickets are still available…but hurry! Contact Ms Morgan, Ms O’Mahoney, Ms Murray or Mr Montague for tickets.

The Senior Debating Team in the Concern Debates have next debate in January against Deansrath College.

Well done to all our senior students who are involved in the Leinster Schools Debate competition for the first term. Thanks to those involved in preparing material for the Concern debates or who were part of the debating team representing the school. We were delighted to host one of the debates too! Our next debate will be away against Deansrath Community College on Thursday 18th January at 8pm! Thanks to Ms Warren, Ms Molloy and Ms O’Flaherty for motivating the students and giving them the confidence to perform to such a high standard.

Senior Students Encouraged to Take Part in French Debating this Term!

Well done to the sixth year French debating team of Naoise Finnegan, Rachel O'Neill, Lauryn McCausland and Hannah Ryan Murphy, who took part earlier this year in the first round of the annual 'Joutes Oratoires', the national French debating competition for Irish secondary schools, hosted by the Alliance Francaise in Dublin. After a lot of preparation, the students travelled to the Alliance Francaise to oppose the motion "Il faudrait interdire les zoos" (Zoos should be banned). The girls' speeches were excellently presented and very well received by the jury and audience. The debate was won by St Michael's College Ailsbury Road. Well done to the students for their huge effort. Nous sommes vraiment fières de vous. Voici quelques photos du débat! Merci les filles! Thanks to Ms O’Callaghan, Ms Shanahan and Ms Murray for encouraging the students to take part in this modern language initiative!

News of the Week for Monday 11th December to Friday 15th December

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students, the News of the Week for Monday 11th December to Friday 15th December is as follows: Thanks to Ms Walton and the Transition Year students involved in NIFTE as they put huge effort into selling their products at the Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at the RDS. Some students were still selling their products at 5pm this evening - great St Mary's business entrepreneurs in the making! Monday 11th December: School day as normal for all students from 8.45 - 11.10am. From 11.10am onwards blocked classes will commence for Sixth Years. Please note the normal school day from now until Tuesday 19th December will vary due to the exam periods. Please check this app or school website http://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com for your daughter's exam timetable/blocked timetable (relevant if she is a Sixth Year). Transition Year students will have a scheduled interview at some stage during the week with a member of the TY Coordination Team and are asked to check the noticeboard for their designated time. We would also like to remind your daughter to bring in three non-perishable items for the St Vincent De Paul class hamper this week. If every member of the class did this it would be truly amazing as the school community would have collected over 2000 items of food for the needy in our local community! Also, tickets for the Christmas Show 'A Christmas Carol' will continue to go on sale tomorrow and for the rest of the week. Tickets can be purchased from Mr Montague or Ms Murray. Well done to the Maths department on their continued involvement in a STEM project with DCU. Also congrats to the members of the Science department on their involvement in Inquiry Based Science Education which is part of a national attempt to align student activity and thinking processes with those of real scientists! Under Health and Safety, please remind your daughter to go to the nearest set of traffic lights when crossing the road to the school entrance. STUDENTS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED NOT TO RUN/WALK ACROSS THE ROAD IN FRONT OF TRAFFIC AT ANY TIME DURING THE SCHOOL DAY AS THIS PRACTICE IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. Best of luck to all students sitting exams.

Christmas Show Tickets Continue to be on Sale Tomorrow for a Christmas Carol

Tickets will continue to be on sale tomorrow for the Christmas Show 'A Christmas Carol'. The show will take place on Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm in the Choir Hall. Student tickets cost €5 and adult tickets cost €8. We look forward to your support on what promises to be a fantastic show! Transition Year students will be going around during the 10.15am class tomorrow selling tickets too. Tickets can also be purchased from Mr Montague or Ms Murray.

Transition Year Students Lead St Vincent De Paul Food Appeal

This year our Transition Years along with Mr Farrell are organising the St Vincent De Paul (SVP) Christmas Food Appeal in St Mary’s. They are asking all staff and students to bring in two or three non-perishable food items which will be left in the designated boxes in your base class. Last year thousands of families across Ireland celebrated Christmas because of the SVP Christmas Food Appeal. Unfortunately, this Christmas even more families will need help to put food on the table. The TYs thank you in anticipation of your full support in this appeal.

This Week's Message from the Student School App Coordinators Rebecca and Casey

Our news for this week is from our prefects of sixth year. The prefects would like to wish the very best of luck to the junior students in their Christmas exams especially to the first year group. As it is the first years first ever set of Christmas exams we are keeping in mind how much progress the students have made and we as prefects are delighted to wish students in classes Azure, Crimson, Indigo, Sepia and Sienna the very best of luck. All anyone can ask of you is to do your best! Regards, Student App Coordinators Rebecca and Casey.

St Mary’s an Exemplar of Best Practice in Inquiry Based Science Education

St Mary’s students were privileged to become involved in an enquiry based science education video which was shot on several locations including our own school. Congratulations to Ms McCormack and her students who contributed in such a powerful way to this initiative. Thanks also to Mr Carr for inviting us to participate in this unique educational experience. The video which is now on the PDST website can be accessed via the following link: https://vimeo.com/220053855 We also look forward to engaging in a numeracy project with the PDST in the New Year!

St Mary's Involved in STEM Lego Robotics Project in DCU

In the summer, Fifth Year students Rachael Brogan, Hannah Newman and Weronika Malecka took part in a summer Lego Camp in DCU. Also, earlier in the academic year, some TY students visited the Lego Education Innovation Studio in DCU. Congrats however to the Transition Year students in Class Raphael who are involved in the First ever Lego League tournament for Leinster. It is thanks to Ms Murphy that we are part of this initiative in conjunction with Learnit and the DCU Lego Education Innovation Studio which is based in St Patrick’s campus Drumcondra. The league involves a global Science and Technology Challenge for students to encourage them to have interest in real-world issues of pivotal importance to a knowledge-based society and to develop key skills including creative thinking, problem-solving, team-working and communication that will be crucial for their future careers. The challenge includes students working in teams exploring a given topic and then designing, building and programming an autonomous Lego robot to solve a series of missions! To conclude each team will develop a research project and presentation. Thanks to Ms Murphy and the students involved for engaging wholeheartedly with this cutting edge interactive technological STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based research project!

Final Reminder: St Mary's Annual Carols by Candlelight in the Beautiful Convent Chapel tonight Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm

To get everyone into the festive spirit, we would like to invite you to join us tonight Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm in the Convent Chapel for Carols by Candlelight. The school choir and Schola choir will perform an evening of festive music, carols and reflections in the beautiful surroundings of the Holy Faith convent chapel. Thanks to the Parents School Association who will be providing tea, coffee and mince pies afterwards in the Choir Hall. Admission is free and we look forward to welcoming you tonight!

Third Year CAT Exams - Friday 8th December

Final Reminder: All Third Year students will be sitting the CAT exams from 8.55-1pm in the Choir Hall tomorrow Friday 8th December. Students are asked to go to the Choir Hall after roll call. Please remember to bring a HB pencil, a clean rubber, water and a snack to the exam centre. Third Year students will have permission to go home at 1pm.

Recent Basketball Match Reports

U-16 Division 1 Basketball: We travelled last week with a small squad to St Dominic's Cabra for our fourth game of the season. Sarah Bateson was unable to attend the game due to other commitments and Bethina Santos was carrying an injury which meant her court time was limited. With the odds stacked against them the team showed true grit and determination from the offset. Tenacious defending from Caitriona Comerford, Tara Mackin and Karla Conway kept St Dominic's to a low scoreline. At the other end Karla Conway was exhibiting fantastic play for the Dominic's defender, and put in her best performance of the season. Some great link up play between Amy Wall and Kate Meaney added to the St Mary's tally. Bethina had a great impact on the game in the short time she was on, giving her peers a much-needed rest. A huge win for the players who showed great confidence and solidarity throughout the whole game. Hopefully we can carry this winning streak into the next game! Final score: St Dominic's Cabra 9 - 66 St Mary's Glasnevin. The U-16 Division 2 Basketball: The Under 16 Division 2 team continued their unbeaten streak against St Mary's Baldoyle. We started off the game with some solid defence from the students. Unfortunately, at the other end of the court some of our students struggled to get a few open shots. In the second quarter we came out with a new found confidence. We ran the fast break extremely well with Jade Callery and Ciara Whelan. The students started to settle into the game and pull away with a comprehensive lead. In the final quarter, we decided to change up the defence, which exposed a few gaps in our game. This gave Baldoyle a small glimmer of hope and they fought valiantly to try and even up the scores. In the final quarter some great rebounding from Jade and Georgalee opened up for some great play from the players. Aoife Symes and Rose Roy hit some beautiful open shots to seal out the game for the team. An excellent game from the players and hopefully they can continue this unbeaten streak into the next game. Final Score: St Mary's Glasnevin 43 - 20 St Mary's!

News of the Week for Monday 4th December to Friday 8th December

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students, The News of the Week for Monday 4th December to Friday 8th December is as follows: The Breakfast Club, Homework Club and Supervised Study will take place as normal except for Thursday. Tickets for the show ‘A Christmas Carol’ will be on sale this week. The school and Schola choir will be practicing all week for the upcoming Christmas Show, Carols by Candlelight, School Carol Service and visit to the nursing homes. The assembly focus will be exams and fire drill procedure. Monday 4th December: Soccer match against Eureka Kells as well as U-16 and U-19 premier home Basketball matches against Santa Sabina; Fifth Year Parent Teacher Meeting in the Gym from 4.15 - 6.45pm. Classes will finish at the earlier time of 3.35pm and Supervised Study will take place at the earlier time of 3.55 - 5.55pm; Tuesday 5th December: TY’s will be at the Song of the Sea at the Lighthouse cinema followed by a trip to Collins Barracks; Sixth Years studying honours Irish will be going to the play ‘An Triail’ in the Axis theatre Ballymun; A Second Year Division 2 home Basketball match against Maryfield and U-16 Division 1 and 2 away Basketball matches versus Our Lady's Drogheda. Wednesday 6th December: The last WoW Day (Walk on Wednesday) of the year will take place. The Green Schools Committee will be encouraging the whole school community to meet 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. Please 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. Classes Lumiére and Picasso will be doing Multimedia editing in DCU; An information evening for parents of Sixth Year students at 7pm in the Choir Hall about CAO, FETAC, HEAR and DARE process; Thursday 7th December: School will be closed due to whole staff CPD for the Junior Cycle; To get everyone into the festive spirit, we would like to invite you to join us at 7.30pm to the Convent Chapel for Carols by Candlelight. The school choir and Schola choir will perform an evening of festive music, carols and reflections in the beautiful surroundings of the Holy Faith convent chapel. There will be tea, coffee and mince pies served afterwards in the Choir Hall. Admission is free, and we look forward to welcoming you on the night! Friday 8th December: All Third Year students will be sitting the CAT exams from 8.55-1pm in the Choir Hall. Please remember to bring a HB pencil, a clean rubber, water and a snack to the exam centre. Third Year students will have permission to go home at 1pm; There will be a senior Basketball match; Eight of the NIFTE students will be displaying and selling their products at stand C18 and C19 in the Serpentine Hall at the Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS.

School Closed to Facilitate Staff CPD - Thursday 7th December

School will be closed tomorrow Thursday 7th December due to whole staff CPD for the Junior Cycle.

Health and Safety Message

We would like to make an appeal to all parents/guardians who drive their daughters to school that it is essential that all parents respect the school's policy in relation to vehicular access to the school. The staff car park is not a drop off/pick up area for students. This is to ensure the safety of your daughter. Parking on the yellow school zone area is illegal. For safety reasons, the staff car park is not a student entrance or exit as students must enter/exit by the school gate only. We would like to further remind students that they must cross the road at either of the nearby set of lights. STUDENTS ARE NOT TO RUN/WALK ACROSS THE ROAD IN FRONT OF TRAFFIC AT ANY TIME DURING THE SCHOOL DAY AS THE OLD FINGLAS ROAD IS VERY BUSY WITH TRAFFIC.

Final Reminder to Sixth Year Parents Regarding Information Evening - Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 7pm

There will be an important information evening for parents/guardians of Sixth Year students tonight Wednesday 6th December at 7pm in the Choir Hall. The application process for courses offered through the CAO/FETAC/HEAR/DARE process as well as the eligibility criteria for these schemes will be detailed at the meeting. We encourage all Sixth Year parents to attend as information relating to the CAO, FETAC, HEAR and DARE programme will all be outlined at the meeting.

WoW Morning this Morning - Wednesday 6th December

The last WoW Day (Walk on Wednesday) of the year will take place this morning Wednesday 6th December! The Green Schools Committee had a lunchtime meeting yesterday and are encouraging the whole school community to meet 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. Please 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.

Classes finish at 3.35pm to facilitate Fifth Year Parent Teacher Meeting - Monday 4th December

Final Reminder: There will be a Fifth Year Parent Teacher meeting in the Gym tomorrow Monday 4th December beginning at 4.15pm and finishing at 6.45pm. Classes will finish for all students tomorrow at the slightly earlier time of 3.35pm. Please note that Supervised Study tomorrow will take place at the slightly earlier time too from 3.55 - 5.55pm.

St Mary's Annual Carols by Candlelight in the Beautiful Convent Chapel next Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm

To get everyone into the festive spirit, we would like to invite you to join us next Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm to the Convent Chapel for Carols by Candlelight. The school choir and Schola choir will perform an evening of festive music, carols and reflections in the beautiful surroundings of the Holy Faith convent chapel. There will be tea, coffee and mince pies served afterwards in the Choir Hall. Admission is free and we look forward to welcoming you on the night! http://www.uniqueschoolapp.ie/images/pdf/notification_pdf_16883_1.pdf

Our Lady of Victories Award Winning Gospel Choir Sing in Aid of St Francis Hospice - Friday 8th December

The 'Our Lady of Victories (OLV)' gospel choir directed by Mr Coll will sing in aid of St Francis Hospice next Friday 8th December at 8pm in St Brigid's church Blanchardstown. The members of the gospel choir are in the parish of Our Lady of Victories on the Ballymun Road. Tickets cost €10 for this worthy cause and all money will go directly to the hospice. Tickets can be purchased from Mr Coll in the school or from Our Lady of Victories church parish office. Christmas is a time to extend genuine support and care towards others in the wider community - what better way than to support this hospice.

St Mary's Senior Hockey

St Mary’s senior hockey team got off to a promising start on Wednesday in their first league match with a 1-1 draw in Santa Sabina, Sutton. The team comprising of 6th year, 5th year and some TY’s filling in for injuries. Our victory last year resulted in our progression to a higher division, so well done to the team in their challenging first game. It was a very closely contested match by both teams. St Mary’s had a lot of defensive work in the opening of the game. We saw some impressive saves from Chanice Dolan keeping St Mary’s in the game with a clean sheet. However, St Mary’s managed to get on the scoreboard first with an impressive counter attack. The goal being scored by Karla Conway. It wasn’t long before Santa Sabina fought back and brought the match back level to 1-1. St Mary’s had a much better second half and were more in control of the match in the second half with a few near misses. Despite our best efforts to score again the match ended 1-1. The team look forward to the next challenge with a positive outlook.

Important Information Meeting for Sixth Year Parents - Wednesday 6th December at 7pm

There will be an important information evening for parents/guardians of Sixth Year students next Wednesday 6th December at 7pm in the Choir Hall. The application process for courses offered through the CAO/FETAC/HEAR/DARE process as well as the eligibility criteria for these schemes will be detailed at the meeting. We encourage all Sixth Year parents to attend as information relating to the CAO, FETAC, HEAR and DARE programme will all be outlined at the meeting.

Fifth Year Parent/Guardian Teacher Meeting - Monday 4th December

Reminder: There will be a Fifth Year Parent Teacher meeting in the Gym next Monday 4th December beginning at 4.15pm and finishing at 6.45pm. Classes will finish for all students on Monday at the slightly earlier time of 3.35pm. Please note that Supervised Study will take place this Monday at the slightly earlier time too from 3.55 - 5.55pm.

The Weekly Message from the Student School App Coordinators Casey and Rebecca

This week, senior Politics and Society and History students received a talk from Sam Scanlon, who has both personal and educational experience in the conflict of Northern Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s. Sam has a master's degree in conflict resolution and also has family connections to the troubles in Ireland. We all really enjoyed the talk and found it very helpful and informative. It was great to have this talk just prior to the Northern Ireland school History trip that is taking place this weekend. We would like to thank Sam for coming to speak to us! Don’t forget to keep updating us of your news each week! Thanks, from your App Coordinators Casey and Rebecca!

Winter Song by Candlelight - Thursday 30th November

The parish of Our Lady of Dolours, Glasnevin is hosting an evening of song and reflection tonight Thursday 30th November at 7pm. Mulled wine, mince pies, hot chocolate and marshmallows will be served afterwards in the parish centre. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Fifth Year Parent/Guardian Teacher Meeting - Monday 4th December

There will be a Fifth Year Parent Teacher meeting in the Gym next Monday 4th December beginning at 4.15pm and finishing at 6.45pm. Classes will finish for all students on Monday at the slightly earlier time of 3.35pm. Please note that Supervised Study will take place this Monday at the slightly earlier time too from 3.55 - 5.55pm.

First Year Afterschool Sports - Thursday 30th November

There will be two more sessions of Afterschool Sports on a Thursday from 3.10 - 3.50pm. Afterschool Sports will continue as normal tomorrow Thursday 30th November. The final of the Afterschool Sports will take place on Thursday 21st December! We thank all students and parents/guardians for supporting this worthwhile initiative.

Christmas Exam Schedule 2017 for Fifth Year Students and the Christmas Blocked Timetable for Sixth Year Students

The Christmas Exam Schedule 2017 for Fifth Year students and the Christmas Blocked Timetable for Sixth Year students are outlined below. http://www.uniqueschoolapp.ie/images/pdf/notification_pdf_16658_1.pdf http://www.uniqueschoolapp.ie/images/pdf/notification_pdf_16658_2.pdf

Christmas Exam Schedule 2017 for Third Year and Transition Year Students.

The exam timetables for Third Year students and Transition Year students are outlined below. http://www.uniqueschoolapp.ie/images/pdf/notification_pdf_16656_1.pdf http://www.uniqueschoolapp.ie/images/pdf/notification_pdf_16656_2.pdf

Christmas Exam Schedule 2017 for First Years and Second Years

The exam timetables for First Year students and Second Year students are outlined below. http://www.uniqueschoolapp.ie/images/pdf/notification_pdf_16654_1.pdf http://www.uniqueschoolapp.ie/images/pdf/notification_pdf_16654_2.pdf

Well Done Casey and Gemma - Two positively Virtuoso Performances at DCU Access Awards!

Congratulations to our two sixth year students Casey Harris and Gemma Reilly who provided some of the night’s entertainment at the DCU Access awards yesterday evening. Casey treated the audience to a hauntingly beautiful version of Don McLean’s 'Vincent' and Gemma delighted them with her gorgeous take on Ella Henderson’s 'Missed'.

DCU Access Annual Achievement Awards - Tuesday 28th November

The annual DCU Access Achievement Awards took place in the Mahony Hall in the Helix DCU at 6.45pm tonight. About twenty North Dublin schools were recognised at the awards. The annual awards were organised by the Access service and they celebrate the achievements of Third Year students in link schools for their various accomplishments in one of the following areas of academic excellence, community spirit, sports, arts and culture as well as the exceptional nomination. The programme is designed to reward and encourage excellence in both the academic and extra-curricular aspects of a student's school life. It aims to motivate students, raise aspirations and ultimately encourage young people to remain at school and consider third-level education as a viable option for them. The following students in St Mary's were nominated for awards under the following categories: For academic excellence there were the following nominees Alannah McDonald, Patricia Lusan, Mazzy Hollerich, Nadia Labuda and Kristel Raja. Congrats to Grace McKenna, Aoibhinn Kennedy, Abbie O'Halloran, Rachel Cozma and Kellie Walsh who were nominated for community spirit awards. In the sports category, congrats to the nominees Ann Marie Duff, Jade Callery, Anna Farrell, Mai Perkins and Rosie Larkin. Sama Khalil, Neha Joshy, Suzanne Carey and Ana Berzoi were nominated for the arts and culture category. Finally, the exceptional student award went to Sarah Pollard. Well done to all the aforementioned students. We hope you will be inspired by this nomination!

Fifth Year Parent Teacher Meeting on Monday 4th December

Please note as per the school calendar the Fifth Year Parent Teacher Meeting will take place on Monday 4th December for 4.15 - 6.45pm. Thank You.

News of the Week for Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students: The News of the Week for Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December is as follows: Well done to Class 4 Raphael on their involvement in the Lego League Initiative with DCU. Watch out for more info on the app this week regarding same. Breakfast Club, Homework Club, Afterschool Study and First Year Afterschool Sports will take place this week. Supervised Study will take place in Room 31 for seniors and rooms 19 and 22 for juniors. Additional heaters have been put in these rooms to ensure that they are warm for study. Students studying Spanish are asked to return their forms with the first instalment tomorrow if they are interested in going on the Seville trip next September. Monday 27th November: TY Build a Bank students will be visiting the AIB headquarters tomorrow from 11.50am; There will be a talk given to students by a representative of St Vincent De Paul for all First Years during the day and also TY's will have a talk from 1.10-1.50pm in the Choir Hall. Tuesday 28th November: Class 4 Schumann will be in DCU doing Smart Skills while the remainder of the TY group will be at a Spanish film; U-16 Division 2 Basketball match against St Mary's Baldoyle Wednesday 29th November: TY's will be at NCI Open Day; Hockey match due to be played. Thursday 30th November: Junior Camogie match in Ballymun; An away U-19 Premier Basketball match against Maynooth as well as First Year Afterschool Sports. There will be a History and Politics and Society trip to Northern Ireland this coming Thursday and Friday for senior students. We hope everyone has a great trip and we thank the five teachers for giving of their time to facilitate this worthwhile educational trip. Friday 1st December: Northern Ireland trip; Sixth Year Career Talk at 8.55am given by a representative from Coláiste Íde. We hope everyone has a great week. We would like to remind students to wear their school jacket to school during this cold weather.

Class 4 Lumiére Edit Videos in DCU

Students from 4 Lumiére went to DCU recently with Mr Montague to edit their videos as part of their Multimedia class. These videos are edited in partnership with DCU Multimedia students. They will finish off their videos in DCU over the coming weeks. Well done girls!

Message from App Coordinators Rebecca and Casey

Our fact of this school week is from our Sixth Years! This week all of Sixth Years took part in a fun photoshoot for their class yearbook photos. Along with a formal class picture, humorous tutor group themed photos were taken using various props and objects. Each class got the chance to create and capture a picture based around the subject their form tutor teaches. Special thanks to Sixth Years Lauryn McCausland and Aoife Rigney for capturing the images. If you have any fun news be sure to inform your Sixth Year app coordinators! Thanks, from Rebecca and Casey.

Watch TG4 Tonight at 7.30pm to see Gwenaelle's Beautiful Performance!

Gwenaelle Noval came second in the final for the search for Ireland’s entry to this year’s Junior Eurovision competition. She narrowly missed out on representing Ireland in the Young Eurovision competition in Georgia. If you would like to see her beautiful performance of her song ‘Lig Dom Lonrú’ (Let me shine) in the final of the competition, please tune in to TG4 tonight at 7.30pm. Gwenaelle will also be performing on the Late Late Toy Show. Well done Gwenaelle – we are all very proud of you!

Basketball U16 Division 1 and 2 Travelled to Maryfield

Our Division 1 team took to the court first against Maryfield. They started off a bit sluggish and struggled to capitalise on the opportunities they created. Some solid defence from the entire team kept Maryfield off the scoresheet in what was a low scoring first half. In the second half St Mary’s really turned on the heat with Caitriona Comerford, Amy Wall and Karla Conway intercepting several passes. This allowed the students to run fast, break and convert some easy lay ups. Solid defence and rebounding from Tara Macken kept Maryfield at bay. Kate Meaney, Bethina Santos and Sarah Bateson showed true grit to turn over the ball on defence which paid dividends at the opposite end of the court with all the students getting their name on the scoresheet! Well done to the girls on another victory on the road to success. Keep up the good work. Final Score Maryfield 13 – St Marys 35 Division 2 were next to play in their first game of the season. They played excellent offence and defence, but struggled to put away their shots. Mr Orr had a large squad and worked in subs frequently to ensure everyone on the court was fresh. Some solid leadership from Ciara Whelan helped St Mary’s to get into the game as she led the offence and created chances for herself and the team. Sama Khalil showed quick hands on defence and forced Maryfield to turn over the ball on several occasions. St Mary's caught Maryfield on the hop on numerous occasions and converted a lot of their play into scoring opportunities. An excellent start for the Division 2 team and we hope to build on this win in training on Mondays. Final score Maryfield 6 – St Mary’s 22

Fifth Year Parent Teacher Meeting

Please note as per the school calendar the Fifth Year Parent Teacher Meeting will take place on Monday 4th December for 4.15 - 6.45pm. Thank You.

School Closed on Thursday 7th December due to whole staff CPD for the Junior Cycle

The school will be closed on Thursday 7th December to facilitate teachers taking part in a training day as part of the new Junior Cycle.

Message from the Student School App Coordinators Casey and Rebecca

Hi All! We are Casey and Rebecca from sixth year. As student school app coordinators for this academic year, we are introducing a fun edition to our school app called fun fact Friday! Each Friday there will be a post of student news about achievements and goals! We ask students to let us know if they have any exciting news that they would like posted on the app. This is a chance for you to have a voice and to inform the school community of your achievements. From Rebecca and Casey.

Christmas Carol Poster Competition Winners

Well done to the winners of the “Christmas Carol” poster competition. The lucky winners’ posters will be used to publicise the upcoming play on 21st December. Ms Bourke announced the winners over the intercom. Ms Murray and Mr Montague presented the students with their prizes. Danya Trimble from 1 Azure won first prize. Nicole Cullen from 3 Clarke won second prize. Suzie Russell from 2 Gifford won third prize. Thanks to the many students that entered the competition.