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Christmas Jumper Day - Tomorrow Thursday 9th December

The prefects invite all students and staff to wear their Christmas Jumper with their school/other leggings, jeggings, jeans, etc. The prefects will collect €2 during Tutor-Time, tomorrow Thursday, and we are delighted that the monies raised will go towards a local charity ‘Caring for Pádraig.’ More details on this local charity are available at https://caringforpadraig.org Thank you to the whole school community for bringing festive cheer to St Mary's and supporting a fantastic charity.

Final Reminder for an item for Christmas Hamper - please support - one nice item per household provides lovely Christmas treats for families in need. Thank You.

St Mary's is open tomorrow - we look forward to seeing everyone then!

Reminder Coláiste Dhúlaigh Information Evening Webinar - Today, Wednesday 8th December, at 7pm

Coláiste Dhúlaigh is hosting an Information Evening Webinar this evening, Wednesday 8th December, at 7pm. This webinar will cover topics including: Courses on Offer Admissions Process Qualifications & Progression SUSI Grants Learner Supports Student Services and Support CDCFE (Coláiste Dhúlaigh College Further Education) from a students point of view Students can both register in advance for the webinar and view applications for all their courses starting September 2022 at the following link: https://www.cdcfe.ie/information-evening-webinar-december-8th/

Please Support the local Christmas Fair

Our Lady of Dolours Church in Glasnevin will hold a Christmas Fair this Sunday, 12th December, from 12pm to 3pm. St Mary's are delighted to be involved with members of the School Choir singing some festive music from 12pm. Come along and join the festive fun. Everyone is so welcome!

School Closed Tomorrow

Dear Parents / Guardians, My apologies about the timing of the message- Dublin is now status orange. The Department of Education has instructed us that the school will be closed tomorrow. Students will study from home and link in with staff with any problems / issues / queries. Take care P Clarke

School Re-open Tomorrow

Dear Parents / Guardians, I hope you are all safe and well after today. The school will be open tomorrow, as per Department of Education instruction, due to Dublin no longer being in the orange weather warning zone. We look forward to seeing all the students then. Warmest wishes Paul Clarke

TY Trip to Jumpzone - Monday 6th December

The TYs enjoyed a great day at Europe’s Largest Indoor Inflatables!

School Closure due to Storm Warning

Dear Parents / Guardians, Dublin has been issued with an orange level storm warning for tomorrow. This means that the school is closed tomorrow Students will work and study from home tomorrow for their exams on Monday- they have been set exam topics and success criteria for the exams. Students can link in with staff via Teams if they need help with their study and to answer any queries. The 6th year Parent Teacher Meeting will be postponed, as there is uncertainty around electricity / the internet. Please stay safe and take care Paul Clarke

Last Day to donate to the Class Christmas Hampers

Students are reminded to bring in please one non-perishable item for tomorrow, Tuesday, 7th December for the Christmas Hampers.

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal 2021

Congratulations to everyone who kindly donated items for the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal. Over 150 boxes were collected from students and staff in St. Mary's..

6th year Parent – Teacher meeting

Dear 6th year Parents / Guardians, Your schedule for the Parent-Teacher Meeting is as it was a fortnight ago. The schedule has been printed out for each student and will be given to them at Tutor Time tomorrow. If you cannot attend an appointment or the meeting, then please inform ask your daughter to inform her teachers. If you need to rearrange a time, please ask your daughter to link in with the relevant teachers. Please see the following for the Conduct of the Appointments for the Meeting tomorrow. They are for everyone's common understanding and safety. Every good wish Paul Clarke https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9895_20211206152708.pdf

Reminder RTÉ Mass at 11am

Best wishes to Chloe Quijano (6th Year) who will be singing at the St. Vincent de Paul Mass today, live on RTÉ One at 11am . She will be joining singers from St. Paul's Raheny, Castleknock College, and Caritas College. @SVP_Ireland @lecheiletrust1 @DubllinDiocese

RTÉ Mass Sunday 5th Dec 2021

Best wishes to Chloe Quijano (6th Year) who will be singing at the St. Vincent de Paul Mass this Sunday 5th December, live on RTÉ One at 11am . She will be joining singers from St. Paul's Raheny, Castleknock College, and Caritas College. @SVP_Ireland @lecheiletrust1 @DubllinDiocese

Christmas Jumper Day

Class Captains & Vice Captains

A new role was given to our Class Captains & Vice Captains this year. They meet with their Year Head once or twice a term to discuss issues & initiatives. Today 1st years had a meeting with their Year Head Ms. Griffin about bonding initiatives for 1st Years.

5th and 6th year Careers in Design Talk

Careers in Design, hosted by the Art Department TUDublin MSc Creative Digital Media & UX Design graduate 2019, now Senior Interaction Designer at Unity Technologies, Claire Cunningham, spoke about the evolving world of design technology and the job opportunities available nationally and internationally, in what is a new high demand area, noted in 2021 as being one of the top five in demand jobs in tech. The field of UX UI design is a new emerging creative design field, with those working in it coming from a range of bachelor degrees from art to psychology. Designer and Design Educator, Frances McDonogh spoke of the varied routes of former graduates of Fashion and Textiles from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and how art and design graduates utilize their transferable skills in a multitude of areas from fabric design and creation, to wearable technologies and millinery, such as that of the renowned Philip Treacy, graduate of NCAD. She noted that what all successful creative graduates have in common is a strong work ethic, curiosity and a wish to communicate their ideas to improve people’s lives through aesthetics or function.

Sixth Year Christmas Exam Timetable 2021

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Fifth Year Christmas Exam Timetable 2021

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TY Christmas Exam Timetable 2021

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Third Year Christmas Exam Timetable 2021

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Second Year Christmas Exam Timetable 2021

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First Year Christmas Exam Timetable 2021

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School Leggings

If your school leggings have ripped at the seams/bottoms, you can return your school leggings to Grants in exchange for a new pair at no extra cost. Thank You. A text has been sent to your parents/guardians regarding same.

If your daughter(s) school leggings have ripped at the seams/bottoms, you can return them to Grants in exchange for a new pair at no extra cost. Thank You.

As per the school calendar on the App, please note that the school will be closed tomorrow Monday, 29th November.

Multicultural Day 2021

Today, Friday 26th November, we celebrate Multicultural Day in St. Mary's

#Think Languages Day

On Tuesday, November 23rd our TY students hosted #Think Languages Day in St. Mary’s. The students celebrated the benefits of foreign language learning through interesting and active workshops, quizzes, hearing from speakers and learning from peers and other members of the school community! A sample of workshops enjoyed were Danish Design, Irish Sign-Language, Beginner’s Italian, French Fashion, Spanish Tapas and German Coffee and Cake. The students also put their culinary skills to the test in the kitchen, cooking delicious Spanish tapas, French crêpes and enjoying a wonderful German breakfast!! https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/2327_20211125180324.pdf

St Mary’s will re-open tomorrow Wednesday with classes taking place as usual.

Due to an issue with Irish water, school has no choice but close at 1.10pm today. Contact office if you have concerns re your daughter making her own way home.

Sixth Year Remote/Online Parent Teacher Meeting tomorrow, Tues. 23rd Nov. from 4.15 - 6.45pm. Classes for all students finish at 3.10pm (No Supervised Study).

St. Mary's Holy Faith Secondary School celebrates STAND UP WEEK!

St. Mary's Holy Faith Secondary School celebrates STAND UP WEEK! A week where we come together and celebrate and support the LGBTQI+ community and also to raise awareness for homophobic bullying. The posters pictured were designed by our TY students. The Transition Year STAND UP focus group led the art club in making pride coloured bracelets. Pictures also show staff supporting this initiative wearing coloured laces. Thanks to everyone who took part and helped out and took part in the activities. It was a great success!

College Awareness Week 2021

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6th year Parent – Teacher meeting

Dear 6th Year Parent / Guardians, I hope you are all well and that you are having a restful weekend. Gentle reminder- please ask your parent / guardians to log into https://ptmorg.com/parentlogin.php to register preferences and attendance at the Parent – Teacher Meeting this Tuesday. This must be done before school tomorrow morning. Ms Carroll’s Maths class and Ms O’Callaghan’s French class are now up on the system- please log back in and place your preference beside their name / subject, if your daughter has either of these teachers. Many thanks P Clarke

Gael Linn Irish Debates

We congratulate our three fifth year students, Brooke Fagan Merrigan, Shauna Brannigan and Sarah Aboud, who participated in the first round of the Gael Linn Irish Debates in the Irish Cultural Centre on Tuesday evening. The girls competed against three other schools and the competition was tough! The girls took to the podium to argue that social media does NOT have a bad influence on our society. In the end, the girls stole the show and got through to the next round, which will happen in the early New Year. Comhghairdeas a chailíní! Táimid an-bhródúil asaibh!

Super Session with Tolka's Coach Praha

On Thursday 18th November, St Marys were delighted to welcome coach Praha from Tolka Rovers basketball club. He took a coaching session with our first-year students after school. The girls really enjoyed the session and developed their passing skills, 3 person weaves and lay up's. Coach Praha was really positive and encouraging about the players. We are also delighted that a number Tolka rovers girls' teams will be training in St Marys after school. Any students who would like to get involved in club basketball are invited to go and try out some training sessions. Details of sessions can be found on the sports noticeboard. Looking forward to the continued development of this link with our local club. Well done to all the students who participated in today's session.

6th year Parent – Teacher meeting

Dear 6th Year Parents / Guardians, I hope you are all safe and well. As you know, the 6th year Parent – Teacher meeting will take place online next Tuesday from 4.15 to 6.45. All students will go home this evening with instructions on how to set this up. This is very easy to do. The Information sheet has screenshots and explanations of every stage. I have attached it to this message. To summarise: 1. You Log in to: https://ptmorg.com/parentlogin.php. 2. Enter School Roll Number: 60770P (numbers six, zero, seven, seven, zero, Capital Letter P) 3. Then enter the ID given to each student today. 4. You enter your priority for meeting each teacher. 1 = the highest priority to meet the teacher; 20 = low priority. 5. You click “I will attend the meeting” or, if you cannot attend, click “I am unable to attend the meeting.” You will receive a schedule with times and appointments for each teacher- your daughter will link in with the teacher on Microsoft Teams. Each appointment will be a maximum of 5 minutes- this is so as many appointments / meetings can take place. We have done an assembly with all the 6th years this afternoon to talk and walk them through the process- they will be able to help in the set up. Please complete this registration, which will only take 1-2 minutes, this evening, if possible. If you have any difficulties, please contact us tomorrow. You have until the weekend to complete your preferences. Every good wish Paul Clarke https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/7204_20211118153207.pdf

1st Year Music Students Sampling New String Instruments

1st music students got an opportunity to interact and play a variety of brand new string instruments during their study of the orchestra in their recent music class. Stay tuned for a new string orchestra initiative being delivered in St Mary's HFG this academic year.

5th Year Students Bonding Trip

Our 5th year cohort of students recently had a bonding trip to Causey farm where they took part in a variety of team building activities and exercises. It was a beautiful sunny November day where students got the opportunity to interact with farm animals, boating activities, baking traditional treats and lastly jumping into the bog! Well done to all the students who represented the school so well with members of the Causey Farm team praising our students about their wonderful manners and positive attitude. Thank you to the students year head Ms. Kavanaghs who organized the logistics for the trip and to the students tutors who accompanied them: Ms. Coleman, Mr. O'Connell, Ms. Carroll, Ms. Dowling, Ms. Mulvey

Class Curiosity is asked to meet Mr Montague and Ms Sheridan outside the staffroom at 8.55am for the Multimedia and Social Innovation trip to DCU.

Classes will finish for all students at 3.35pm next Tuesday 23rd November to accommodate the Sixth Year online Parent Teacher Meeting

Please note your daughter's third year parent teacher meeting report has been published on VSware for you to view. Thank You

Congratulations to Ms. Considine and The Irish Rugby Team

Ireland notched a hard-fought 20-10 victory over the USA in the first ever women’s rugby International at the RDS. St. Mary's is so proud of our Ms. Considine! Best of luck this Saturday against Japan

Reflections on Maths Week 2021

The week before the October midterm break saw Maths Week 2021 take place in St. Mary’s. The week was packed with MULTIPLE activities & challenges across all year groups. In their maths classes, 1st Year students had a fun Infinity Poster competition and took part in the annual St. Mary’s Maths Week Treasure Hunt. 2nd and 3rd Year students also participated in the treasure hunt. The winners of the treasure hunt were the first SET of students to post their group selfies of the hidden clues into their class Teams page! On Monday, the four Transition Year base classes participated in a DCU STEM robotic workshop. TY students also got involved in a cross-curricular initiative between the Maths Department & the Green Schools Committee, where staff and students were asked to delete as many unwanted emails as they could from their inbox. In their maths classes during Maths Week, TY students helped to convert the total number of deleted emails into a unit of distance to see how far around the world our school’s deleted emails could take us! Results to follow from the Green Schools Committee! On Thursday and Friday, 5th Year students watched ‘Hidden Figures’. This film follows three African American women whose Mathematical ability played a pivotal role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. Space Program. It was a fantastic way to end the half-term, Scary Mary dress up day & Maths Week 2021 for all 5th Year students! 6th Year students tuned into Maths Week TV on Friday, which FACTORED in the many different career options that involve Mathematics. The show itself was moderated by Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin! In ADDITION to the above, there were many whole-school activities and challenges that took place throughout Maths Week. The Maths Eyes challenge asked students to take pictures of where they see maths in their everyday lives. Some notable entries for this challenge came from Cherry Blossom Elliot (1 Juniper), Abigail Symes Walsh (2 Mullen) and Beau & Lexi Doherty Doyle (3 Clover). Another whole-school challenge included the π challenge, which asked students to recite as many decimals of π as they could! There was even a Maths Teacher Teaser at break time in the staffroom each day! Rumour has it that staff became somewhat DIVIDED with the stiff competition to win a prize each day! Well done to the winners of the above events and to all students and staff for their participation in St. Mary’s Maths Week 2021. We look forward to Maths Week 2022 already, MINUS the COVID restrictions! Elza O’Connell (5th Year Maths Mentor)

Science Week 2021

The students of St. Mary’s enjoyed taking part in Science Week 2021. As you can see from the photos, they researched and designed lots of creative experiments and crafts. They got the opportunity to speak to and ask questions of real life Scientists, through Zoom, of course. Our First Years participated in a Science Joke competition and a lunchtime heart dissection. The Endeavour class of transition years researched facts about specific topics and designed projects based on their research. One group created colourful morals on the wall of the DNA structure and the states of mater. Another group constructed the Solar System using pieces of fruits to show the actual size of each planet. The size of the digestive system was shown, atoms were created using arts and crafts and the density of substance was shown using food colouring and liquids. TY class 4Voyager were busy this week creating models of the atom for science week in Chemistry class with Ms O’Connell. Students used balloons to represent the protons and neutrons in the nucleus of an atom and hula hoops and polystyrene balls to represent the electrons in their orbit Two College career talks were given to senior students by both an Astrobiologist and Neuroscientist. They spoke about their love of Science and their academic journey to date.. A documentary on Charles Darwin and Evolution was watched by second year students who are currently studying Genetics and Evolution. Congratulations to Alexia in 2 Mullen with the winning joke in our First year competition. 'Did you hear about oxygen and potassium's date? It went OK! All in all, a very busy and enjoyable science week was had by all. Well done

The date of the Sixth Year Parent Teacher Meeting (using the platform TEAMS) has been changed from Tuesday 16th November to next Tuesday 23rd November.

Science Week Update

TY class 4Voyager were busy this week creating models of the atom for science week in Chemistry class with Ms O’Connell. Students used balloons to represent the protons and neutrons in the nucleus of the atom, hula hoops and polystyrene balls represented the electrons in their orbit. A College career talk by an Astrobiologist was given to 6th year Biology Students. Some of our First year students, investigated the science behind Bath bombs. Second year students watched a documentary on Charles Darwin and Evolution.

Creative Engagement Project with our 2nd year Art classes and mosaic artist Orla Kaminska

The CEP is inspired by working directly with primary source musical instruments. The collective stimulus is based on The Four Seasons, Spring by Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi and contemporary composer Max Richter, recomposed Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, Spring. Orla has been working with our 2nd years throughout October and November.

5th Year Bonding Trip to Causey Farm

5th Year Students together with their Year Head and Tutors spent the day in Causey Farm.

Excellent webinars which maybe beneficial to you as a parent at https://ecdrumcondra.ie/news-for-parents/