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Our Positive Pumpkin Display 2020

Congratulations to all of the students & teachers who took the time to brighten the school grounds with their positive pumpkins and to our winners of the raffle who were Daenna in 6th year, Rachel in 1st year and Paige in TY. Happy Halloween

Thanks to all of our students for supporting the Scary Mary’s Fundraiser. Here are a group of TYs in the Library from class Luna

Covid friendly performance of "Romeo and Juliet" enjoyed by Class Bluebell and Dandelion

Students from 3 Bluebell and 3 Dandelion earlier today enjoying an outdoor, Covid friendly performance of "Romeo and Juliet". This was possibly the only theatre performance today! Pictured here are actors from Festival in a Van acting company. This was supported by the Arts Council.

Green Schools Team - Sensory Garden Oct 2020

Here are some photos from our Sensory Garden. Photo one is a big motel built out of old crates, discarded pots, old leftover pottery and twigs found on our grounds. It was constructed to allow bugs an area to live and solitary bees to live.. Photo two is the area around the bug hotel..it has been left to go wild to attract pollinators to our grounds. Photo three and six is of some of our junior students on litter patrol on our grounds. Photos 4 and 5 and 8 of students who are working on their story boards and costumes for Relove Competition 2020 which is based on upcycling clothes and learning about their origins and it's global impacts. Photo 7 is a photo of pumpkins by the Art Team. Its the start of our vertical garden. Well done to all involved with our Green Schools Team

DojoMor - Free Online Coding Event. Check it out!

DojoMor - Free Online Coding Event When: Saturday, October 24, 2020 10am - 2pm DojoMór is an ONLINE Coding Event. DojoMór is a fun day for young people aged 7 to 17 where you learn to create a simple game, build a website, and programme some electronics across Ireland in one day. To book online: http://www.dojomor.ie/

TY Class Danu Positive Pumpkin challenge

Well done to class Danu today for taking part in the Positive Pumpkin competition. The class worked really well together and created spooky masterpieces. A special thank you to their tutor Ms Coleman for organising the event.

Some of our TY students completing their practical assessment in CPR

TY class Athena completing their practical assessment in CPR. It's the hope that all TY students by the end of the academic year will be awarded certificates after completing the CPR for schools course.

Reminder: HSE Vaccinations for First Years - Today Tuesday 20th October 2020 in the Gym

The first dose of the HPV vaccine (to protect against cervical cancer) and the Tdap vaccine (to protect against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) will be administered in the Gym today Tuesday 20th October to First Year students whose parents/guardians have given consent for their daughter(s) to have these vaccines. The school only facilitates the process and if you have any queries or concerns relating to these vaccines, please direct them to the HSE. You will also find more information on www.hpv.ie and www.immunisation.ie

News of the Week for Monday 19th October to Friday 23rd October 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students, The News of the Week is as follows: We encourage all students to carve, create and deliver their unique pumpkin to Ms Cunningham in the Arts and Craft Room during the week, preferably before Wednesday of this week. Ms Cunningham will enter all these students into a competition! Tutor Time will mainly focus on the revision of COVID protocols. The Tutors will also be informing their class group of our ‘Annual Scary Mary’s’ fundraiser this year. Unlike in previous years, there will be no walk or Sponsorship Cards. We ask all parents to donate please €3 via the shop on the App and encourage your daughter(s) to dress up for the day. The Tutor or a member of the management team will take class photos of each class group on the day for inclusion in their senior Yearbook. Some of the monies raised will go towards Temple Street hospital, and some of the funds will go towards updating the school facilities during these COVID times. We would appreciate your support and thank you to the parents/guardians who have paid already. Monday 19th October: Student Council Elections and Interviews for the Head-Girl and the Deputy Head Girl Positions. Tuesday 20th October: 8.55-9.35am: Tutors will have Extended Tutor-Time to allow re-taping rooms and emphasise rules/procedures going forward for after midterm. During this time, all students, who are non-App users, will be asked to download the school App on their phone. This is necessary to facilitate the ‘Digital Sign In/Sign Out/Late’ process. Students will have DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time. This will take place for non-exam classes for the 12.30pm class on Tuesday. Vaccinations will take place in the Gym. Wednesday 21st October: The school will celebrate Multicultural Day in the school. As part of their Pol Sol project, a group of Sixth Year Politics and Society students intend to organise a speaker from www.spunout.ie (Class Daisy – during their 1.50pm CSPE class (tbc)) to talk to students about the importance of a multicultural society and proactive ways to encourage diversity. The Mission Statement/Some announcements will be read aloud in different languages on the intercom throughout the day. Thursday 22nd October: There will be a scheduled fire drill during the 1.50pm class. Friday 23rd October: •Scary Mary’s Dress-Up Day! There will be classes as usual for all class groups, except for the groups mentioned below. ‘Scary Mary’s’ is our major fundraiser of the year. This year we ask students to pay €3 to dress up for the day. Some TY students will be reminding students over the intercom about the day. For the First Years, the TY’s will organise some treats for them. •Some students in Third Year will attend a unique performance from one of the scenes in ‘Romeo and Juliet'. •Positive Pumpkin Competition Raffle: The raffle winners will receive prizes! •Have a spooktacular Halloween and we wish all parents/guardians, students and staff a good week ahead. Staggered Finishes: Please note there will be staggered finishes to the school days this week, but please note the change of times below: •Monday/Tuesday: 3.44pm - Third Years and Fourth Years Leave/3.47pm - First Years and Second Years Leave/3.50pm - Fifth Years and Sixth Years exit the building. •Wednesday/Thursday/Friday: 3.04pm - Third Years and Fourth Years Leave/3.07pm - First Years and Second Years Leave/3.10pm - Fifth Years and Sixth Years exit the building.

Drop Everything and Read, DEAR, Tomorrow Tuesday 20th at 12.30pm for non-exam classes

As an integral part of our whole-school Numeracy and Literacy strategy, we will have our first 'Drop Everything and Read' (DEAR) session tomorrow Tuesday, 20th for non-exam years. The last class before lunch (12.30-1.10 pm) will be dedicated to a relaxing session of reading her favourite book/magazine. PLEASE remind your daughter to bring in her favourite novel or magazine for class tomorrow.

Reminder: €3 for the Scary Mary's Fundraiser please - Friday 23rd October 2020

Reminder: The Tutors will be informing their class group of our ‘Annual Scary Mary’s’ fundraiser this year. Unlike in previous years, there will be no walk or Sponsorship Cards. We are asking all parents to donate please €3 via the shop on the App and to encourage your daughter(s) to dress up for the day. Class photos of each Tutor Group will be taken on the day for inclusion in their senior Yearbook. Some of the monies raised will go towards Temple Street hospital and some of the monies will go towards updating the school facilities during these COVID times. We would really appreciate your support. Thank You

This week, TY students may wear their tracksuit with warm layers underneath.

St. Mary's Positive Pumpkin Display 2020

This October why not join in the fun by creating a ‘Positive Pumpkin’ to display in the schools Sensory Garden and bring a little light to the school community. All you have to do is create your own fantastical and fun pumpkin at home. Who: Open to all staff and students When: Monday 12th to Friday 23rd October Instructions: Carve or decorate a cheerful pumpkin, squash or gourd. NOTE: It will be placed outside so needs to be weather ready! What next? Bring it to the Art and Craft room (labelled with your name & class) for the attention of Ms Cunningham. All names will go into a hat for a raffle on Friday 23rd of October!

Student report on the exciting Trip to The Botanic Gardens by The Gardening Team and Green Schools Committee!

This first report is by Sanusha, our senior student, from class Luna. On the 6th of October, our gardening team and green school students went on an educational trip to the National Botanic Gardens We went to learn about the different varieties of plants and flowers, to add to our new vertical garden and to improve the natural well-being of the already existing wonderful sensory garden. The trip was organised by the green school committee including Mr.Carr, Ms. Cunningham and Ms. Boran. We all walked to the National Botanical Gardens and met up with our tour guides, Ciara & Jean. Ciara took the senior group around the gardens and showed us plants that might suit our new vertical garden by the student entrance. Ciara showed us many different options of plants we could add to our vertical garden such as “Indigo Spires” a striking purple salvia and “Lamb’s Ear” which are so soft to touch. She told us how to take care of our plants like Mediterranean herbs at home and showed us how to grow more by propagating. We thank our wonderful green school committee teachers for joining and organising and our trip twice, as it was already scheduled last March but due to school closures, we weren’t able to go. The second report is by Lorin, our junior student, from class Harrington. The first thing the junior group did was go to a very lovely mini garden, called the Education Garden. It had a cute little blue house and plants scattered around. At the back of the wall, there was a gate way, now bricked in and covered by ferns (a vertical garden). We found out it was a gate for the dogs that used to be kept in that area for Glasnevin Cemetery, to guard it from grave robbers! We walked around the outside of the cactus enclosure, unfortunately because of Covid 19, we weren’t allowed to enter but we still got a lot of great pictures! After that, we arrived at our final destination – finding multiple squirrels on the way. It was so beautiful and calming. We were allowed to eat a certain flower. Apparently, it was going to be spicy, so we had to brace ourselves. It didn’t end up being spicy, but tasted weird, at least for me! I made a bunch of new friends, we were all laughing and having fun together. It ended up being one of my favourite moments of St Mary’s so far. I really loved this trip, it was one of the highlights of St Mary’s so far!

5th Year Gaisce

Notice for 5th year students that were in TY last year. Please update your Gaisce account in the following 3 sections: 1) Personal Skill 2) Physical Skill 3) Community Placement If you can’t remember your username or password you must contact the Gaisce office. All Gaisce accounts that are updated by Friday 23rd of October will be sent forward to the President for approval. If you have any questions please link in with Mr Farrell.

Mental Health Awareness Day 2020

Mental Health Awareness Day October 2020 was celebrated in St Mary’s on Friday October 9th. Our wellbeing theme for the year ‘Hope’ was further explored through the planting of spring and summer pollinator friendly bulbs, in keeping with our aim to increase biodiversity in the Sensory Garden area of the school. The Gardening & Green Schools team welcomed students and staff at lunchtime to plant these bulbs. There was a great response and we now can look forward to seeing the first of these, the Snowdrops, breaking through in January, followed by Crocus, Muscari and finally the tall purple Alliums in May. Thank you to all the students and staff who got involved.

Margaret Aylward Day, Founders Day

Yesterday the 11th of October was Founder's Day, Margaret Aylward Day. We will be marking it today in school with a short reflection on the intercom this morning and all first years will receive an information flyer on Margaret Aylward's life. She was an indomitable woman who followed her beliefs through her life, no matter what opposition she encountered on the way. Her vision and determination has characterised our ethos and it lives on today. RE teachers will have the opportunity to discuss Margaret Aylward with their classes to mark this day. To those that are new to the school, here is a short video we made a few years back which gives you a sense of Margaret Aylward, her vision and values. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vdzXZ9mCbk Today we are thankful for the foresight and resilience of Margaret Aylward.

MATHS WEEK 2020

Our Ty students loved getting out and doing some "fun maths" last week in preparation for Maths Week 2020 this week! The TY Maths Treasure Hunt took place on the school grounds with Mr. O'Keeffe and Ms. Rochford. Stay tuned for more Maths Week 2020 activities to come

Congratulations to Ellen, from 5th year class Davis, category winner of the UCC 'Decade of Centenaries' History Competition.

The decade 2012-2022 is categorised as the 'Decade of Centenaries' as it marks the centenaries of a number of important historical events and developments that occurred in the period 1912-1922, and which formed a vital role in the formation of modern Ireland. The ‘Decade of Centenaries’ Irish History competition for schools is a competition sponsored by the Department of Education and Skills and the UCC School of History, Huge congratulations to Ellen from class Davis on her great achievement in this competition.

TY Biology & Wellness Week

TY Juno had a trip to the Botanic Gardens with Ms Watts, Mr Carr and Ms Coleman last Friday as part of their TY Biology class and TY wellness week. They learnt about the native plants of Ireland, the History of the Botanic Gardens and the adaptations of deciduous trees for the autumn. They visited a model Viking House similar to those found in archaeological digs in Wood Quay. They also visited the walled vegetable garden and learnt about the best plants to help save bees.

St. Mary's Positive Pumpkin Display 2020

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News of the Week for Monday 12th October to Friday 16th October 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students, The News of the Week is as follows: Maths Week will be celebrated nationally including St Mary’s this week! A Maths related activity has been organised for each year group and such activities include Treasure Hunt Coordinate Geometry, Mangahigh competition https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/competitions/maths-week-ireland#sign-up-section, Maths Week Olympiad https://www.mathsweek.ie/2020/maths-week-2020-olympiad/ and Simultaneous Simultaneous Equations: https://www.mathsweek.ie/2020/simultaneous-simultaneous-equations/ Sixth year students will be informed that Supervised Study has been put on hold, due to the current COVID restrictions. All Parent Teacher Meetings scheduled for the first term have been postponed until further notice. We encourage all students to carve, create and deliver their unique pumpkin to Ms Cunningham in the Arts and Craft Room during the week. All entrants will be entered into a competition! Tutor Time will mainly focus on Fire Safety and Halloween Safety. Information pertaining to evacuation procedures will be outlined to all students this week. The Tutors will also be informing their class group of our ‘Annual Scary Mary’s’ fundraiser this year. Unlike in previous years, there will be no walk or Sponsorship Cards. We are asking all parents to donate please €3 via the shop on the App and to encourage your daughter(s) to dress up for the day. Class photos of each Tutor Group will be taken on the day for inclusion in their senior Yearbook. Some of the monies raised will go towards Temple Street hospital and some of the monies will go towards updating the school facilities during these COVID times. We would really appreciate your support and thank you to the parents/guardians who have paid already. Monday 12th October: Maths Week Activities! The foundress of the Holy Faith Order is Margaret Aylward. She founded Holy Faith schools and her founder’s day of celebration was officially today but we will be marking the day in school tomorrow with a prayer over the intercom. Our Ember Faith Student Leadership Team will distribute a leaflet about Margaret Aylward to all the first year class groups during tutor time, which will be discussed further by their Religion teachers in Religion class. We hope in the near future to provide all students with a ‘Lamp’ pin symbolising Margaret Aylward’s light and signifying ‘the light of hope’ that we can be to our friends and colleagues in these COVID times. There will also be a self-defence workshop with Class Luna. Tuesday 13th October: TY Self Defence Workshop with Athena at 9.35am, Juno 10.15am and Danu at 11.10am. Wednesday 14th October: Maths Week Activities! Thursday 15th October: Maths Week Activities! The TY group will be reminded of the Creative Writing competition. To coincide with Fire Safety Week, there will be a scheduled Fire Drill at 1.50pm. Friday 16th October: Maths Week Activities! Staggered Finishes: Please note there will be staggered finishes to the school days this week, but please note the change of times below: •Monday/Tuesday: 3.44pm - Third Years and Fourth Years Leave/3.47pm - First Years and Second Years Leave/3.50pm - Fifth Years and Sixth Years exit the building. •Wednesday/Thursday/Friday: 3.04pm - Third Years and Fourth Years Leave/3.07pm - First Years and Second Years Leave/3.10pm - Fifth Years and Sixth Years exit the building. We wish all parents/guardians, staff and students a good week ahead!

World Mental Health Day - Saturday 10th October 2020

Ms Boran marked the day on Friday morning beautifully during Tutor Time for the whole school community. She encouraged us all to rise and shine with Chair Yoga! She asked us to focus on the now and to become 'HOPE HEROES' and to think of what brings hope into our lives. World Mental Health Day took place yesterday Saturday, 10th October and the theme this year is "Mental Health for All: Greater Investment, Greater Access. Everyone, Everywhere". In celebration of World Mental Health Day, we are asked to reflect on our growth during recent tough times and on our hopes for our own wellbeing, and of those around us. Young people are asked to reflect on how far they’ve come in the face of uncertainty and what they hope, not only for their own future but for others facing their own mental health challenges.

Green Schools Trip to the Botanics

Some senior and junior students were accompanied by both Mr Carr and Ms Cunningham to the Botanic Gardens last Tuesday for a talk on the propagation of plants. They also received a tour of the Botanic gardens. The students gained valuable tips and insights on how to best populate and irrigate the vertical school garden.

'Hope' Bulb Planting and the Launch of the Pumpkin Competition

This October why not join in the fun by creating a ‘Positive Pumpkin’ to display in the schools Sensory Garden and bring a little light to the school community! All you have to do is create your own fantastical and fun pumpkin at home. The competition is open to all staff and students from Monday 12th to Friday 23rd October. Students are asked to carve, create or decorate a cheerful pumpkin, squash or gourd. NOTE: It will be placed outside so needs to be weather ready! What next? Bring it to the Art and Craft room (labelled with your name and class) for the attention of Ms Cunningham. All names will go into a hat for a raffle on Friday 23rd of October! Best of Luck! https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9163_20201011200936.pdf https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/6487_20201011200950.pdf

Parent Teacher Meetings are Postponed for this Term.

Due to the current COVID restrictions, Parent Teacher Meetings scheduled for the first term are postponed until further notice.

World Teacher's Day - Monday 5th October 2020

World Teachers Day was marked in the school. In 2020, World Teachers’ Day celebrated teachers with the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day provided the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.

‘Let's Create A World Without Racism' - Competition

‘Let's Create A World Without Racism' is the theme for a schools' competition launched by the Columban Missionary Society. The objective is to encourage students to use their media skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to society today and resonates with Catholic Social Teaching. “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life." - Pope Francis For more detail about this competition please see the link below: https://www.columbancompetition.com

Change of Date for Ember Interviews

The Ember interviews for senior students will take place on Thursday of this week instead of tomorrow Tuesday. We wish the twenty two applicants every success in the interview process.

News of the Week for Monday 5th October to Friday 9th October 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students, The News of the Week is as follows: Space Week (online events and details available at http://www.spaceweek.ie/events/ ) and TY WellFest ‘Hope in the Now’ will be marked in the school this week. Sixth year students will be informed that Supervised Study has been put on hold, due to the current COVID restrictions. Tutor Time will focus on the classroom environment. We would like to remind students what goes in the Black Bin and in the Green Bin. The following is a link to a video created by St Mary’s students in the past, and which demonstrates what goes in the correct bin. The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcPf-QiynyA Monday 5th October: World Teacher’s Day; Creative TY Wellbeing morning workshop with Ms Kavanagh for all the TY class groups today with Class Juno having the workshop on Wednesday. Mr Coll will facilitate a ‘Hope in the Now’ workshop for each of the TY class groups. Tuesday 6th October: Gardening Team and Green Schools Trip (1st, 2nd, 3rd, TY and 6th Yr students involved) to the Botanic Gardens from 11.50-1.10pm. The scheduled Parent Teacher Meeting for Third Years is cancelled (parents/guardians will be informed via an App notification/text). The Ember interviews may take place. The TY Wellfest will continue with a movie morning! The senior prefects for the academic year will be announced on Tuesday. Wednesday 7th October: WoW Wednesday (Walk on Wednesday). The TY Wellfest will include a ‘Hope Heroes Walk’ with Ms Griffin and Ms Boran (weather permitting). Class Juno will have a creative wellbeing workshop. Thursday 8th October: The TY group will be informed of the Creative Writing competition. The Guidance department will also be conducting a workshop with all TY students. Friday 9th October: World Mental Health Day will be marked in the school. Spring Bulb Planting will take place at lunchtime. ‘Positive Pumpkins’ Exhibition will be launched. There will be a ‘Wellness Moment’ over the intercom. From 11.50-1.10pm, Class Luna will take part in a Biodiversity Trail in the Botanic Gardens. Saturday 10th October: World Mental Health Day will be celebrated globally. Maths Week celebration begins nationally! Sunday 11th October: Founder’s Day – Margaret Aylward was our founder. We hope in the near future to provide all students with a ‘Lamp’ pin symbolising Margaret Aylward’s Light and signifying ‘the light of hope’ that we can be to our friends and colleagues in these COVID times. Staggered Finishes: Please note there will be staggered finishes to the school days this week, but please note the change of times below: • Monday/Tuesday: 3.44pm - Third Years and Fourth Years Leave/3.47pm - First Years and Second Years Leave/3.50pm - Fifth Years and Sixth Years exit the building. • Wednesday/Thursday/Friday: 3.04pm - Third Years and Fourth Years Leave/3.07pm - First Years and Second Years Leave/3.10pm - Fifth Years and Sixth Years exit the building. We wish all staff and students a good week ahead!

School Jacket Found

A school jacket was found at the Botanic Gardens Bus Stop (Bus stop 151) today around 4:45pm. The jacket is at reception.

Staff and Students bid a Fond Farewell to Mr McGill as he Retires from St Mary's.

The staff and students bid Mr McGill a fond farewell last Friday as he said goodbye to St Mary’s after giving forty years of unstinting service to the school. Mr McGill taught honours Maths mainly to students in St Mary’s and was actively involved in the many extra-curricular activities of the school notably as a Hockey referee and he had ‘green fingers’ in the Gardening Club. He was a most likeable year head too and was noted for always singing a song for his sixth year group at graduation! Mr McGill was also Principal of St Mary’s for a time too. He is and always has been a man of utmost integrity and a true gentleman to all who knew him. We will miss you and we wish you every good health and happiness into the future. Thank You for all the wonderful work you have done for St Mary’s. Míle Buíochas!

First Year students creating their unique 'Cells' in Science Class

Well done to Ms Coleman's first year Science class who created displays illustrating the unique parts of a cell in the body. The illustrations clearly depict important parts of a body cell including the nucleus, mitochondria, ribosomes and the cell membrane. Please see the images in the gallery below.

Reminder: Sport Bingo to mark European Week of Sport

This past week we have been celebrating the European Week of Sport and National Fitness Day. Ms Boran had us all moving with Chairobics and now, as a final activity, we would like to challenge members of our school community to take part in our Be Active Bingo challenge this weekend. Simply complete 5 challenges to create a row or column and be active this weekend! All details are contained in the PDF below. Good luck https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/3875_20201001213018.pdf

News of the Week for Monday 28th September to Friday 2nd October 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students, The News of the Week is as follows: Tutor Time will focus on 'Sign Offs' in the Journal - please link in with your daughter(s) regarding pages that are to be signed by both you (her parents/guardians) and your daughter. The PE classes will be marking the 'European Week of Sport' this week. Monday 28th September: School Closed Tuesday 29th September: Sixth Year Prefect Interviews will take place. Wednesday 30th September: Sixth Year Prefect Interviews will take place. Thursday 1st October: 12 noon is the deadline for entry into the Young Scientist competition - We wish all the participating students well as they enter for a place in the national Science and Technology virtual competition, due to take place in January 2021. The TY year group will have a trip to the Zoo. Friday 2nd October: A very special member of staff, Mr Mc Gill is retiring on Friday - We will miss you and we send you every good wish for your retirement.

TY Friendships Created and Fun was had by our TY Group at the Phoenix Park and the Zoo.

Our TY group as part of their Gaisce endeavours visited the Phoenix Park last Wednesday 23rd September. This will be remembered by them as their first school trip of the year. Students got the opportunity to get to know one another. TY students also had the opportunity to visit Dublin Zoo too and we thank the teachers who accompanied them on this trip.

'Hope' - Theme of the School Mass

On Thursday 24th September, we had our Open Year Mass on Zoom with the theme of 'Hope' dominating the mass ceremony. We took HOPE from Margaret Aylward’s lamp. Margaret was an extraordinary lady who founded the Holy Faith Schools and who would have wished for justice, hope and fairness to all, and that her schools would become places of faith rooted in love. This lamp shone in the darkness of her prison cell symbolising for us the light of faith.

Letters to First Years

First Year students received letters of welcome and advice in Religion class on Thursday from our second year students. We hope these letters are a reminder to first years that it takes time to settle in and that there is always someone to ask for help (class teacher, Tutor, Year Head, School Counsellor or a member of the management team).

Sixth Year Geography Fieldwork Trip to Balscadden Bay - Tuesday 22nd September 2020

All the sixth year students studying Geography participated in activities in Balscadden Bay in Howth last Tuesday. This fieldwork/coastal work is a pre-requisite part of their Leaving Cert Geography course. The students were exemplary in undertaking all the activities and completing their portfolio of such activities. Thanks to all the members of the Geography department who facilitated this trip.

News of the Week for Monday 21st September to Friday 25th September

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students, The News of the Week is as follows: Tutor Time will focus on both 'Emphasising Break-time Procedures to Students' and 'Encouraging Students to Write their Homework in their School Journal'. Please note that the school day will finish at the same staggered times as last week. Monday 21st September: The TY Class Danu will have an extended Philosophy workshop with Mr Coll. Tuesday 22nd September: Each of the TY class groups will have an introduction to Self Defence with Mr O'Keeffe. Sixth Year students studying Geography will complete their outdoor fieldwork activities (weather permitting). Tuesday will be the deadline for sixth year prefect applications. All completed forms are to be left in Ms Devaney's office. Wednesday 23rd September: All of the TY students will come into school for first class in advance of their Gaisce bonding trip. The sixth year Geography fieldwork outdoor activities will take place (if trip cancelled due to bad weather on Tuesday). Thursday 24th September: The annual School Mass celebrating the theme of 'Hope' will be streamed live from the Prayer Room via Zoom to all the base class groups. We look forward to marking this annual school community event from 11.50-1.10pm. Friday 25th September: The school will be closed as per the updated school calendar. All parents/guardians were sent a text last Thursday regarding same.

Update on our Vertical Garden as part of our Sensory Garden Community Environment Action Project

Congrats to the sixth year students involved in the Education for Living module, who have prepared and painted the brick palettes, which they are reusing, as our vertical wall garden planting structure. The students have begun to populate the planters with beautiful white Pelargoniums and green succulents that were grown inside last year. These plants are a good fit for vertical gardening as they are reasonably drought resistant. Herbs like Rosemary and spring bulbs such as Crocuses will be planted over the next few weeks to ensure rich biodiversity in this vertical garden area. The herbs will also be used by the Home Economics department for cooking and food preservation demonstrations. We are looking forward to the science students plans for introducing an irrigation system in the vertical garden. This irrigation system will be made from recycled materials and using harvested rain water. Thanks to Colin and Mr Carr for their help with this project. Watch this space to see how it develops and to get ideas for creating your own vertical garden!

Opening Doors Tuition Bursary 2020/2021 - Accepting Applications

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul East Region Opening Doors Tuition Bursary is for additional paid tuition (i.e. grinds) for the Leaving Certificate Course. It is intended primarily for applicants who are highly self-motivated to achieve their education and career goals. However, their social or financial circumstances are acting as a constraint. The scheme is open to those sitting the Leaving Certificate in June 2021 and June 2022 (i.e. current 5th and 6th Year students). The grinds will be provided by the Institute of Education in Leeson Street and Dundrum and the Dublin Academy of Education in Stillorgan and Killester. Applications are welcome. The first one hundred qualifying applicants only will receive the bursary due to funding limits. The Applicant Criteria and Application Forms can be obtained from Mr Farrell. The forms can be returned by email to claremander.east@svp.ie with ‘Opening Doors’ in the subject line. Or by post to Clare Mander, Youth Development Officer, SVP, 91-92, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1. Applications should be returned as soon as possible. Please link in with Mr Farrell should you require further details.

Congrats to Leaving Cert Class 2020 on their CAO Offers

We congratulate all Sixth Year students on their CAO and PLC offers. Please note on www.education.ie, there is a Leaving Cert 2020 tab on the right hand side of the website which gives information on the Appeals Process, Calculated Grades, Supports and Wellbeing Information/Resources for the class of 2020, Guidance on CAO offers as well as information on sitting the Leaving Certificate examination in November. We wish you every good luck into the future. Please don't hesitate to contact the school should you require further advice or guidance.

Reminder: The Amended Fifth Year Booklist 2020-2021

Please see the attached booklist for fifth year in the PDF below. Thank You! https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/7914_20200920200543.pdf

Junior Students Win Major Scifest Awards

Huge congratulations to two of our junior students Mony Aramalla (Class Daisy) and Khushi Ferguson (Class Clover) who were awarded this week with a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for their projects in Scifest 2020. They each had their own individual project and they participated as a regional finalist in the SciFest@College 2020 online competition. Mony won the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award as well as the Junior Innovation Award for her project entitled "e-CBT - An Innovative Device and App for Impulse Controls". Khushi won the Specsavers Making a Difference Award with her project entitled "Calling It Out" The whole school community congratulates both students and wishes them well as they explore their projects further for the Young Scientist competition. We thank Ms Browne for mentoring the students throughout this competition.

Please note the school will be closed Friday 25th September & Monday 28th September 2020 as well as Tuesday 4th May 2021.

Please note school supervision begins daily from 8.30-8.45am.

Ecology Gallery

Please see some photos in the gallery below, which were captured while students were doing their Ecology Fieldwork activities.

Sixth Year Ecology Fieldwork

Sixth Year students studying Biology are conducting their fieldwork activities during this sunny month of September. The students are using quantitative and qualitative methods to estimate the number of organisms in the grassland ecosystem. The students with the help of 'keys' are identifying plants/flowers (flora) and animals (fauna) in the ecosystem. To conclude their fieldwork activities, students are measuring abiotic factors including soil Ph, soil temperature, air temperature and light intensity. Well done to all the students involved!