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As per the school calendar in the App, please note that the school will be closed tomorrow, Monday 27th September.

Reminder - RTE Mass at 11am featuring two Students

Sunday, 26th September, Catherine O'Brien Cox and Lana Mc Caffrey (5th year students) will be representing the School as the soloists on the live RTÉ Mass on Sunday, 11am, RTÉ One. The school choir were invited by Crosscare to provide the music for this mass as they celebrate 80 years of providing a wide range of social care, community and youth work services across the Dublin Archdiocese. We wish the girls well for this Sunday. They have put in a huge amount of work for this, and they are delighted to be representing St. Mary's and the wider Holy Faith community on TV.

Models of Cell Structure by 1st year Science students

Some of 1st year Science students showcased their creative side by making detailed 3D models of both plant and animal cells, which they have been studying. Well done to all involved

TY Zoo Trip

This week our lucky TYs had a fabulous trip to Dublin zoo.

RTÉ Mass - This Sunday 26th Sept.

Sunday, 26th September, Catherine O'Brien Cox and Lana Mc Caffrey (5th year students) will be representing the School as the soloists on the live RTÉ Mass on Sunday, 11am, RTÉ One. The school choir were invited by Crosscare to provide the music for this mass as they celebrate 80 years of providing a wide range of social care, community and youth work services across the Dublin Archdiocese. We wish the girls well for this Sunday. They have put in a huge amount of work for this, and they are delighted to be representing St. Mary's and the wider Holy Faith community on TV.

Congratulations to our 6th year student, Rugile, who has been involved in the WU19s tournament in Portugal over the last two weeks

Current 6th Year student, Rugile, is playing U19 soccer for Ireland. The team played three games over the last week in Lisbon. Attached is an article with more information. https://www.fai.ie/ireland/news/wu19s-set-for-mini-tournament-in-portugal https://www.fai.ie/ireland/news/report-wu19-0-2-denmark

Students Striving for Full Attendance From Tomorrow Onwards!

Upcoming Attendance Awards - All students will be informed tomorrow at Tutor-Time of our upcoming Attendance Award Certificates for all students present in school from tomorrow, Tuesday 21st September, to Friday 22nd October. Students who have to isolate/restrict their movements because of the pandemic or certified medical appointments/leave will not be included as absent days. Punctuality is an important attribute to have, as is attendance, whether at school or the workplace. We will be delighted at the Midterm to present students with a Túsla Certificate for full attendance!

News of the Week for Monday 20th September to Sunday 26th September 2021

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and Students, the News of the Week for Monday 20th September to Friday 24th September 2021 is as follows: Tutor-Time Focus this Week: Upcoming Attendance Awards - All students will be informed on Tuesday of our upcoming Attendance Award certificates for all students present in school from Tuesday 21st September to Friday 22nd October. Students who have to isolate/restrict their movements because of the pandemic or certified medical appointments/leave will not be included as absent days. Punctuality is an important attribute to have, as is attendance, whether at school or the workplace. We will be delighted to present students with a Túsla Certificate for full attendance! Wednesday 22nd September: All TY's will have a day trip to the zoo - students will be able to wear their school tracksuit, and students will be informed of meeting up details etc., in Tuesday's Tutor-Time and their TEAMS group on Tuesday. Thursday 23rd September: National Fitness Day will be celebrated across the country - some class groups will have access to the new machines in our Health Hub Fitness Suite. Friday 24th September: From 12.10-1.10pm, the whole school community will come together remotely for the annual school mass, a school community event punctuated with music, song, reflections and readings. This entire school event will be streamed into each Tutor-based classroom. Sunday 26th September: The European day of Languages will be observed today aiming to encourage language learning across Europe. We hope everyone has a good week!

School Closed Tomorrow, Monday 20 September 2021

As per the school calendar and last Monday's notification/text to parent(s)/guardian(s), the school will be closed to students tomorrow as staff have a JCT in-service day.

SciFest Winners

Congratulations to our 5th year student Mony and 2nd year student Viya on their fantastic achievements in the Scifest 2021 competition. Mony's project won Runner-up Best Project Award at the SciFest@College 2021 regional STEM final. With almost 600 entries this is an amazing achievement. We are so proud of your accomplishments. Mony will receive a prise consisting of a Dublin Crystal trophy, a voucher and certificate. In addition, her project has qualified to participate as a finalist in the SciFest 2021 National Final which will take place in November. Best of Luck with this . Viya's project won both the Business Excellence Institute Award and the Junior Technology Award at the SciFest@College 2021 competition. Her project was entitled 'Rewise: The All-in-One Study Application for Students During Remote Learning'. Amazing work on this piece of educational technology Viya.

Final Reminder: Please ensure that pages 21 and 22 of your daughter's school journal is signed (Consent Form for Photographic Images/CBA's/Code of Behaviour). Thank You

3rd Year Science Students working hard on the CBA's

Please remember to read and sign the relevant pages (as posted on the App on Sunday last) in your daughter(s) journal before this Friday, 17th September. Thank You.

'Wishing hearts'

A group of our First year students, led by Ms. Staniford, created these origami ‘Wishing Hearts’ in their art and craft induction and have brought them home to write a personal wish for first year and their time in St Mary’s, that they can revisit in 6th year, as part of their graduation. The art department really enjoyed meeting the first years and wish them well.

Young Scientist information event tomorrow Wednesday at lunchtime

There will be a meeting at lunchtime on Wednesday in downstairs Science Lab (Room 10) for any students interested in entering this year's BT Young Scientist Exhibition. Any interested students can fill in the survey in the link on the school app and read the information leaflet. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Lt-e4-zwUkKIv6oeElXEtvMMrAppeglKutFjX7Uu_uBUNUszV0sySlM3UVBWTEJWUjNLT0NPR0E0Ti4u https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9389_20210914103432.pdf

As per the school calendar, St Mary's will be closed to students next Monday, 20th September, as staff will be attending a JCT inservice.

News of the Week for Monday 13th September to Friday 17th September

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and Students, the News of the Week for Monday 13th September to Friday 17th September 2021 is as follows: Tutor-Time Focus this Week: Uniform. Students are expected to be in full uniform and only wear their school tracksuit on PE days. Regarding the Leaving Cert Class of 2021, huge congratulations to each of you and your families on your fantastic well-deserved results. We hope you got the course points/work that you wanted. Remember, just like many roads lead to the same destination, many ways/options can lead you to your preferred occupation. Please link in if the school can be of any assistance. The SEC Candidate helpline will be available at 1800 111 135 or 1800 111 136 from 9 am to 5pm tomorrow, 13th September. Outside of these hours, queries may be emailed to candidateportal@examinations.ie. Please note this helpline is provided for questions relating to the Candidate Self Service Portal and the services provided through the portal. Many Art class groups will visit the Sculpture in Context Exhibition this week during their double Art classes. Friday 17th September: Please check that you as parent/guardian have read and signed off the following pages as applicable in your daughter(s) journal: Personal Details – Page 3; Transition Year Information and Contract – Page 16; Laboratory Rules – Page 18; Consent Form (Photographic and Video Images/Videoed CBA Oral Presentations/Code of Behaviour – Pages 21 and 22); Culture Night (Oíche Chultúir) will take place all over the county and country connecting people to cultural activities locally and nationally. Many events can be viewed on culturenight.ie We hope everyone has a good week.

Headlice

To 1st and 2nd Year Parents / Guardians, I hope you are all safe and well. We have been advised that there may be a case of headlice in 1st or 2nd year. Please monitor this and take the necessary precautions / treatments. Kind regards, Paul Clarke

Confirmations

To 1st Year Parents / Guardians, I hope you are all safe and well. We are aware that some students did not get to make their Confirmations last Spring. To help facilitate the rescheduled Confirmations in late September / October, students will be allowed to sign out, via the school App, at lunchtime of the day of their Confirmation. Staff will make allowances for students catching up on classes missed that afternoon and will allow extra time to complete any homework. We wish you all the very best on this wonderful occasion. Kind regards, Paul Clarke

Art Monies Payable

The Art monies will be available to pay on the App from tomorrow morning, Friday 10th September. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be sent an individual text regarding same.

1st & 2nd Year Parent/ Student Presentation

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5th & 6th Year Parent/ Student Presentation

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3rd & TY Parent/ Student Presentation

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Final Reminder: Remote Parents Information evening today Monday 6th September via TEAMS from 7.30 - 8.30pm

News of the Week for Monday 6th September to Friday 10th September 2021

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and Students, the News of the Week for Monday 6th September to Friday 10th September 2021 is as follows: Parent(s), we hope that your daughter(s) had a positive experience in St Mary’s for the first week of the academic year 2021. Tutor-Time Focus this Week: Students will be reminded of the Green Schools Bin Initiative, where all junior students bring home their lunch food waste in line with best practices at their former national school. There will be recyclable bins in every classroom. Tutors will also highlight the sign-off pages required for Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Students to sign as applicable. Regarding the Leaving Cert Class of 2021, huge congratulations to each of you and your families on your fantastic well-deserved results. We are incredibly proud of all your endeavours in managing your studies both in school and remotely. We hope that the determination, hard work and resilience that you exuded will remain with you on your college/work journey. Well done to all, including your teachers, for their exceptional efforts in what was an exceptional year for this student cohort. Comhghairdeas! Monday 6th September: As per the school calendar in the App, there will be a First/Second Year Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Remote Information evening via TEAMS tomorrow, Monday 6th September from 7.30-8.30pm, for parent(s)/guardian(s) who have a daughter(s) in first/second year. Parents will be sent a link before the meeting. Tuesday 7th September: Round One offers for the Leaving Cert class of 2021 will be issued and available to view online from 2pm. Successful applicants will also receive offer notifications by email and text message if they have selected this option. Thursday 9th September (9.35 – 10.50am): Sixth Year Art students will have the opportunity and enriching experience during their Art class to go to the Botanic Gardens with their Art teacher to view the inspiring works of the ‘Sculpture in Context’ exhibition at the Botanic Gardens. This free exhibition is the largest sculpture exhibition in the country, with 164 pieces this year displayed in the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Botanics. The works from over 140 artists represent the richly diverse character of Irish and International contemporary sculpture today. Green Schools Meeting: There will be a Green Schools Meeting this week (time TBC). TY Trip to Causey Farm: The TY’s had a delightful TY trip to Causey Farm last Friday!

Transition to secondary school supports

The following website stepup.ie offers a great range of resources for both parents/guardians & students to help you effectively support your child as she transitions into her new environment. https://stepup.ie/skills-for-school/

WoW Wednesday - Walk On Wednesday - Green Schools Initiative

The first Wednesday of every month in St Mary's is known as WoW Wednesday (Walk on Wednesday), a Green Schools Initiative. This encourages all school community members to walk to and from school/part of the way - at least 1km! Such an action has many health benefits and reduces traffic congestion outside the school and in turn reduces our Carbon Footprint! Make sure to get your walk of 1km this evening if you did not manage to walk to school or to get out this afternoon for a walk!

Final Reminder: Third Year/TY Remote Parents Information Evening - 7.30pm this evening - access the event through the designated TEAMS group please for Third Years/TY's

Educate.ie Discounted Textbooks

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), Please note our booklists are available on our school website https://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com/booklists-2021/ Educate.ie is the publisher for some of our textbooks. These books can be bought via the publisher's website at a 20% discount using a unique URL link. All details are on the school website. Please note that this link will only be live until next Monday, 6th September. Any books bought using this link will then be distributed by class teachers in September. Please note that this link will remain open for the remainder of this week only.

Final Reminder: Fifth and Sixth Year Parents Information Evening

Reminder: Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be able to access the remote Fifth/Sixth Year Parents Information evening on TEAMS (A TEAMS group has been set up for both year groups) for 7.30pm this evening, Monday 30th August. Thank you for taking the time to join the meeting.

Reminder: Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be able to access the remote Fifth/Sixth Year Parents Information evening on TEAMS (A TEAMS group has been set up for both year groups) from 7.30pm this evening, Monday 30th August.

News of the Week for Monday 30th August to Friday 3rd September 2021

We so look forward to welcoming back our remaining year groups for the coming academic year. A recap of the Induction times are as follows: First Year Induction: Day 2 of First Year Induction is on Tuesday 31st August from 8.50 - 10.50am, and we ask the first year students to wear their school uniform on this day and bring a pen and some paper only. Second Year Induction: This will occur for incoming second years tomorrow, Monday 30th August from 8.50 - 10.50am. We ask all students to please present in full school uniform. Third Year Induction: Students going into third year will have Induction on Tuesday 31st August from 8.50 - 10.50am. All students are to present in full school uniform, please. Fifth Year Induction: Students going into fifth year will have Induction from 8.50 - 10.50am tomorrow, Monday 30th August. All students are to present in full school uniform, please. Sixth Year induction: Students going into sixth year have Induction on Tuesday 31st August from 8.50 - 10.50am and are expected to be in full uniform. At Induction, students will have an opportunity to purchase their school journal for €15. The Tutors will inform your daughter(s) that classes will resume together for all year groups on Wednesday 1st September at 8.50am, with roll call beginning at 8.45am. Important Fifth/Sixth Year Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Meeting: As per the school calendar in the App, there will be a Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Remote Information evening, tomorrow evening Monday 30th August from 7.30-8.30pm, for parent(s)/guardian(s) who have daughter(s) in fifth year/sixth year. Parents will be sent a link before the meeting. Important Third/TY Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Meeting: As per the school calendar in the App, there will be a Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Remote Information evening, on Wednesday evening from 7.30-8.30pm, for parent(s)/guardian(s) who have a daughter(s) in third year/TY year. Parents will be sent a link on Wednesday. TY Trip to Causey Farm: The TY’s will have their first trip next Friday, 3rd September. All TY students and their parents must have signed the Transition Year Student Contract and Consent Form, respectively, on page 16 of the student journal in advance of the trip. TY students can buy their journals any day next week. Next Friday, 3rd September, we wish our Leaving Cert class of 2021 every good wish as they can click into their student self-service portal at 10am to obtain their Leaving Cert results.

Ms Staniford created 'Wishing Hearts' with the First Years during Induction

The First Year students created these origami ‘Wishing Hearts’ in their art and craft induction and have brought them home to write a personal wish for first year and their time in St Mary’s that they can revisit in sixth year, as part of their graduation! The art department really enjoyed meeting the first years and wish them well. These lovely images can also be seen on the electronic noticeboard near Reception.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Information Evening: As per the school calendar in the App, there will be a Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Information evening, tomorrow evening Monday 30th August from 7.30-8.30pm, for parent(s)/guardian(s) who have daughters in fifth year and sixth year.

Welcome First Years!

First Year Induction: Day 1 of Induction is today Friday 27th August from 8.50 - 10.50am, and first year students wear their school tracksuits. We ask them to bring their own bottle of water too. They will be able to purchase their school journal for €15. Have a great day!

Final Reminder Regarding Student Inductions

Dear Parents and Students, We so look forward to welcoming you all back for the coming academic year, particularly our incoming first year students. A recap of the Induction times are as follows: First Year Induction: Day 1 of Induction is this Friday 27th August from 8.50 - 10.50am, and first year students wear their school tracksuits on this day. We ask them to bring their own bottle of water too. Day 2 of First Year Induction is on Tuesday 31st August from 8.50 - 10.50am, and we ask the first year students to wear their school uniform on this day and bring a pen and some paper only. Second Year Induction: This will occur for incoming second years on Monday 30th August from 8.50 - 10.50am. We ask all students to please present in full school uniform. Third Year Induction: Students going into third year will have Induction on Tuesday 31st August from 8.50 - 10.50am. All students are to present in full school uniform, please. TY Induction: The TY classes will have Induction this Thursday 26th August, from 1.50 - 3.10pm. We ask all students to please present in full school uniform. Fifth Year Induction: Students going into fifth year will have Induction from 8.50 - 10.50am on Monday 30th August. All students are to present in full school uniform, please. Sixth Year induction: Students going into sixth year have Induction on Tuesday 31st August from 8.50 - 10.50am and are expected to be in full uniform. At Induction, students will have an opportunity to purchase their school journal for €15. The Tutors will inform your daughter(s) that classes will resume together for all year groups on Wednesday 1st September at 8.50am. We hope you enjoy the remaining days of the Summer Holidays!

Letter to Parents / Guardians re Opening of School

Dear Parents / Guardians and Students, I hope you are all well and that your daughter is well rested after the Summer break. Please see below for a slightly amended list of return dates, with times for induction for each year group. There is also some information regarding the next school year. Yours faithfully Paul Clarke https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/6213_20210820152739.pdf

School Uniform Donation

We would greatly appreciate any student donations of junior or senior uniforms/PE tracksuits to the school. They can be dropped off at the school any day between 10-1pm, please, and a reminder that masks must be worn on entry to the school. We are particularly appealing to the third and sixth year students of last year. Your kindness will be greatly appreciated, as we cannot underestimate that this act of kindness will provide much-needed support to some of the families within our community. Thank You in advance to families who are considering such donations.

Letter to Parents / Guardians with School Calendar 2021 2022

Dear Parent(s)/Guardians(s), In anticipation of the beginning of the new school year, I am writing to you with the school calendar for next year, including return to school dates. Please note the Opening of Year Parent Information Meetings which will be held remotely, in August / September- details on the Calendar. I have also included some reminders below for your ease. We look forward to welcoming your daughter back to school, and to working closely with you during the coming year. I will be writing to you in the coming weeks with further information. I hope you continue to have a very enjoyable and restful summer break. Yours faithfully, Paul Clarke Principal https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/1480_20210803154331.pdf https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/8422_20210803154357.pdf

Graduation Pack for the Class of 2019/2020

Please note that Sixth Year Graduation Packs for the class of 2019/2020 are available in the Gym for collection ONLY today until 3pm. Many students collected them yesterday. A family member may collect it for students who are unable to collect it today. The pack includes a Graduation Candle, the Yearbook, a CD of their Graduation, and certificates, including a Graduation Cert.

3rd Year Booklist for 2021/2022

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Summer Reports can now be viewed on VSware

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), your daughter(s) Summer Report can now be viewed via the VSware portal using your login details. If you have any queries, please contact the school or email Michelle in the office at mwhelan@stmaryshfg.ie The VSware portal can also be accessed from the side menu of the school App too.

TY Graduation

Congrats to all our TY students in classes Athena, Danu, Juno and Luna, who graduated recently from St Mary's. Due to the COVID pandemic, it was a different year from the usual TY Experience. Still, nonetheless, students got the opportunity to engage in a range of initiatives, including Junk Kouture, short film productions with Create Schools, attended numerous TY speaker workshops by Zoom, created their own TY E-portfolios, and organised a LIFT Off leadership skills awareness week for the whole school community. The students also involved themselves in Lockdown challenges, including nail challenges, fashion ready upcycle challenges, the Jerusalema Challenge, A Come Dine with Me challenge, A Bake Off challenge, creative challenges and a photography challenge. The Graduation ceremony began with Rory O’Connor. Rory from Rory’s Story gave an inspirational talk to the TY students, and his key message was that you, as students have the capability to do great things! This was followed by a Powerpoint presentation organised by Ms Shanahan, which showcased all TY’s key highlights of the year, including the ones mentioned above. The last class trip was a class trip to the Botanics, getting a lovely cone on the way! Congrats to Catherine O’Brien Cox, who was awarded 'Student of the Year' and to Sophia Burke, awarded the ‘TY Spirit of the Year’ award! Thanks to Ms Kavanagh, who awarded the prizes to Catherine and Sophia. Prizes were also awarded to the winners of the weekly Lockdown Challenges. Thanks, in particular, to Ms Kavanagh, Ms Griffin and Ms Shanahan for all their organisation of this event.

Reminder: Second-hand Schoolbooks - Books Available all Year

St. Mary's Newsletter Summer 2021

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Dublin Youth Awards 2021

Please see details in the PDF's below. Nominations are being sought for individuals and groups at the divisional level for the 2021 awards. The DMR North covers the districts of Ballymun, Coolock, Raheny and Balbriggan. Forms are available for your local Garda Station or can be requested from DMRNorth.YouthAwards@garda.ie https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/2985_20210604111703.pdf https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/5938_20210604111730.pdf

Margaret Aylward Award 2021

Ms O’Donnell announced at the sixth year graduation ceremony the Margaret Aylward Award. The recipient of this beautiful Margaret Aylward Award for the class of 2021 was presented to the fabulous student Sarah Pollard! The graduation ceremony is punctuated every year with this unique award. Margaret Aylward is the foundress of the Holy Faith Order, and we remember her every year on her birthday on the 23rd November and also on the Le Chéile Schools Day. She was more than just the foundress of the Holy Faith Order – she had values that she demonstrated she had by her actions. Margaret showed kindness, had compassion, had integrity, was truthful, was fair and had respect. She also had a lifelong concern (this being the 1800’s) that all children would be educated, so it wasn’t just the students from wealthy families. Margaret Aylward wanted to ensure that those from poor families were also educated. Many students were nominated for the award, but one student stood out for the year group. In summary, her peers wrote the following about her: “She is someone you can rely on and easy to talk to any time; she always has a smile on her face and is always willing to help others; she really deserves the award because she’s so good to everyone around her – she is kind, considerate and friendly to all of our year; she has been the most hard-working girl I’ve known in our year; she is always kind and polite to everybody regardless of, if they are friends or not; she would always say hello to other students and teachers; she’s very kind, polite, caring, considerate, helpful, smart and had great innovative ways of thinking and looks out for everyone.” Well done, Sarah - huge congratulations and extremely well deserved!

The Claire Bogan Gaeilge Award

Ms O’Mahoney announced ‘The Claire Bogan Gaeilge Award' at the sixth year graduation ceremony. The Claire Bogan ‘Children of Lír’ award for Gaeilge is presented in honour of Claire Bogan, an Irish teacher and much-loved member of staff who sadly passed away in 2014. Ms Bogan fostered a ‘grá’ (love) and an appreciation of Gaeilge. This was both inside and outside her classroom and in the wider school community. She was a kind and gentle teacher. The student receiving this award embodies these qualities, and she uses her ‘líofacht’ (fluency) both in class and in her work with Cumann na bhFiann (An Irish Language Club). She hopes to go forward and become a teacher and inspire her students to take up the mantle of ‘líofacht trí Ghaeilge’. Bhí an áthas ar Roinn na Gaeilge an ghradam seo a bhronnadh ar Tara McCabe. Comhghairdeas leat, Tara!

The Sixth Year Sports Awards

At the Sixth Year graduation, Ms Considine opened her address using George F. Will’s quote stating that “Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.” The following students have undoubtedly shown examples of excellence in St Mary’s sports over the last few years. Sport has always been a key part of life in St Mary’s, not just the skills, competitions, the winning and the losing but friendships, the bus trips and the memories made along the way. Ms Considine praised each one of the students mentioned below, as they have donned the St Mary’s jersey proudly over the years. For some, it is only the beginning of a successful sports career! The following students were commended and recognised for their dedication to Sport in St Mary’s over the years: Dedication to Hockey (Amy Alcock, Katelyn McGill, Tara McCabe, Bethina Santos, Jennifer Brunton, Ellen Daly, Mai Perkins, Sarah Pollard, Athlea Faye Cabusas, Sarah Hanlon, Ciara Collins and Rosie Larkin); Dedication to Camogie (Anna Farrell); Dedication to Basketball (Bethina Santos, Rosie Larkin, Mai Perkins and Sarah Hanlon); Dedication to Gaelic Football (Jade Callery, Anna Farrell, Karla Tyrrell, Aoife Grace and Amy Alcock). Congratulations to you all!

The Mary McCarthy Sixth Year Creative Writing English Award

Mary was a former English teacher in St Mary’s for thirty-four years, until 2007. She was a provocative writer and published five novels that were all successful here in Ireland and abroad. After her untimely passing in 2013, St Mary’s English department created the Mary McCarthy award. This year this award recognised the sixth year student Neha Joshy for her outstanding creative writing. Mr Anderson complemented Neha’s writing at the Sixth Year Graduation by stating that “while we acknowledge academic achievement and discipline, the truer qualification is an individual’s ability to write creatively, prose, poetry and drama. Neha can tell interesting stories interestingly, creatively melding elements of the fantasy and horror genres with the short story form.” One of Neha’s captivating short stories in TY was so impressive that it was read anonymously to a sixth year higher level class as a standard short storytelling form that we could all aspire to when writing! Well done, Neha!