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Our Sixth Year Prefects for the Academic Year 2019/2020

We have an absolutely fantastic group of Sixth Year prefects this year and they include Sarah Bateson, Erica Carrie, Carla Conway, Fiona Conway, Jules Dixon, Ceri Doyle, Anne Fabian, Alex Fitzgerald, Kate Hughes, Molly Keating, Patricia Lusan, Ciara McKenna, Denise Mihalute, Gwen Prizeman, Rebecca Slevin, Eira Tabaniag and Amy Wall. Congrats to Alex Fitzgerald and Amy Wall who were selected to be Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl in the school.

An Invitation to Culture Night at the Mater Hospital - Friday 20th September!

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital will participate in the Dublin Culture Night for the third year tomorrow Friday 20th September. Attendance has been growing each year and last year over 760 members of the public attended the event. All members of the public, both adults and children, are invited to visit the hospital. There will be many fascinating historical and educational exhibits and interactive displays this year. Entry will be gained through the original front entrance to the Hospital on Eccles Street where attendees will have a rare chance to visit this historic North Dublin landmark. Entry to the hospital exhibits on Culture Night does not require pre-booking and is free of charge. The Mater are delighted to extend an invitation again to our students to join them on Culture Night this Friday 20th September from 5pm to 9pm to meet staff who will provide fascinating information on the hospital’s history and advances in medical science over the years. Students will have the opportunity to take part in interactive sessions that have been designed to suit all ages. If you require any further information please visit the website www.mater.ie This is a great opportunity especially for students who may wish to pursue a course in the medical field!

Calling all exam students to sign up for Supervised study The first term from now until Christmas is 90. Application forms available office

High School Musical - Save the Dates!

Election of Parents to BOM: Please see https://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com/election-of-parents-representatives-to-the-board-of-management/

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Reminder: HSE Vaccinations for First Years - Wednesday 18th September 2019

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 Choir Hall tomorrow Wednesday 18th September 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

Agricultural Science Trip to the National Ploughing Championships - Thursday 19th September

Transition Year students from Class Eliot are going to the Ploughing Championships in Ballintrane, Fenagh in Carlow this Thursday 19th September as part of their Agricultural Science module. They are asked to note that the bus will be leaving the school at 7.30pm sharp in the morning and returning to school between 4.30-5pm in the evening. The students must bring a packed lunch (or money for lunch) as well as suncream, rain gear and a change of shoes!

Final Reminder: Open Evening Today Tuesday 17th September 2019 6.30-8.30pm

We look forward to welcoming prospective students and their parents/guardians to the Choir Hall this evening for Open Evening. The tour will start in the Choir Hall where parents/guardians will be welcomed by the Choir, the management and Admin team. They will then be accompanied by a student guide on an interactive tour of our school!

TY Hike to Howth September 2019

Connolly station was buzzing last Thursday morning with over 90 TY students catching the DART to Howth for our PE TY annual hike. The students worked in teams to complete challenges including guiding their balloon characters safely around the cliff walk, composing songs and making fashion accessories from natural items found along the way. We had beautiful weather, beautiful scenery and a wonderful group who embraced the day. Well done everyone!

News of the Week for Monday 16th September to Friday 20th September

Dear Parents and Students, we hope your week got off to a great start! St Mary's News of the Week is as follows: Monday 16th September: Tutors will be checking all journals this week and this began this morning. Please double check that both you and your daughter(s) have signed off on the relevant journal pages in your daughter(s) journal(s). Thanks to Ms Donegan and Ms Gallagher who accompanied Class Shelley on a visit to Leinster House where students got an informative tour as part of the Amplify Plus Programme to increase student's awareness and understanding of governance, both locally and nationally. Innovate Dublin organise this programme and thanks to them for selecting the school to take part in this project. Tuesday 17th September: Open Night - classes for all students will finish at 2.30pm facilitating Open Night preparation. Open Night will take place from 6.30-8.30pm. Wednesday 18th September: First Years whose parents/guardians have given written consent will get their HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer and the Tdap vaccine to protect against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. Thursday 19th September: TY students currently studying the Agricultural Science module from Class Eliot will be going to the ploughing championships in Carlow. First Year afterschool sports will take place from 3.10-3.50pm. Well done to all the First Years last week who each participated brilliantly in the sports sessions. Friday 20th September: All Sixth Year students will be at the Higher Options event in the RDS. From 10.50-11.50am, all TY students will meet at the Sensory Garden (weather permitting) to go to the Botanic Gardens for a modern foreign language activity. Culture Night will also be celebrated in the evening with members of the choir involved in events in the Margaret Aylward Centre. Also, Fifth Year students have been invited to apply to participate in the school immersion programme. Please see Mr Farrell for more information.

Classes for all students will finish at 2.30pm tomorrow Tuesday 17th September to facilitate Open Evening from 6.30-8.30pm in the school.

Watch the Video Below of St Mary's Students at the Áras - Friday 13th September 2019

Ms Bourke, Mr Farrell, Ms Shanahan and twenty seven TY students were invited to Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday to view the presentation of credentials by new Ambassadors to the President in the state reception room. The following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aE3S0iJcVc shows our students at the Áras witnessing the credentials ceremony!

Sepsis Awareness Fundraiser - Today Friday 13th September

The Sixth Year LCVP class are asking all students to wear a red hair accessory and donate €1 today while Sixth Year students can wear red and donate €2, with all monies going towards the cost of a SepTec machine that will detect Sepsis early. Students were informed by the Sixth Year LCVP class over the intercom last week as well as at assembly and twice over the intercom yesterday! We thank you for your support.

Final Reminder: Paris Parents Information Evening and Ghana Parents Information Evening - Thursday 12th September

Reminder: This evening Thursday 12th September, there will be a Paris Parents Information evening from 6.30-7.15pm and this meeting will now take place in Room 31. This will be followed by a VLM (Vincentian Lay Missionaries) Parents Information Evening at 7.30pm in Room 31 on the application process for Fifth Year students interested in going to Kumasi in Ghana next summer as part of a school immersion programme facilitated by the Vincentian Missionaries. St Mary's hopes to develop a volunteering programme whereby these students and two teachers would work with the Kumasi Street Children Project run by the Daughters of Charity. Please attend the Information evening if interested in the application process for your daughter and more information can be found on https://www.streetchildrenprojectksi.org

New Ember Team 2019-2020

Congratulates to our new Ember Team who were commissioned by Bishop Eamon Walsh today after completing their three day training programme in Ovoca Manor in Avoca Co. Wicklow. Over the course of the three days the team underwent team building activities, moments of self-development and self-discovery as well as moments of reflection and prayer. They were joined by 7 other schools from the Dublin Dioceses. This is the 5th Ember team to be commissioned for St.Mary’s and we are very proud of our Embers and all they do for the school community, they are a great witness of ‘faith in action’ in our school.

5th Year Silver Gaisce

Any 5th year student who has achieved their Bronze Gaisce Medal and wishes to start the process towards completing their Silver Medal please link in with Mr Farrell by Monday the 16th.

TY Hockey

There will be a mini tournament and fun games for all TY's interested in playing hockey this year on Monday 16th September after school (3.50 - 4.50pm) on the astro pitch. Dates and times for further training will be agreed at the tournament. All welcome! Please see Ms Shipley for further information.

TY Students Involved in the Amplify Plus Programme

Thanks to Ms Donegan and Ms Gallagher who accompanied the TY students from Class Shelley yesterday on a visit to the Irish Aid Centre. This is part of the Amplify Plus Programme with Innovate Dublin to increase student's awareness and understanding of governance, both locally and nationally.

Sports News - TY Trip to Howth and First Year Afterschool Sports - Thursday 12th September

All TY students will be meeting at 9.15am sharp at Connolly Station to take the DART to Howth. Students will participate in team building activities and a hike in Howth! The TY students will be taking the DART back to Connolly Station where they will then make their own way home. First Year Afterschool Sports begins from 3.10-3.50pm in the Gym. We ask First Year students to remember to bring their school tracksuit!

Earth Modelling in Geography

Our second year Dandelion class demonstrating the structure of the earth using models and household items in Geography class. Well done everyone!

Ecology practicals in Science

Second year science students hard at work carrying out their ecology practicals on the school grounds.

Play Hockey, Be Active & Have Fun! 'Stick With It' Attendance Reward

A Big Welcome Back to St Mary's Hockey Players! Training for all is on Wednesdays from 3.10pm-4.10pm approx. Let's get our Hockey School season off to a great start! Training commences Wed 11th Sept., We will be running our fantastic 'Stick With It' attendance initiative again this year. So come training every week and you could be in with a chance to win a Monthly Lucky Dip Prize with our 'STICK WITH IT' Attendance Reward ! Newsflash....Attendance Reward every month for your attendance at training.

School Immersion Programme to Ghana 2020

As a School, we have been working with the VLM to develop a volunteering programme for our school which would involve eight 5th year students and two teachers travelling to Kumasi in Ghana to work with the Kumasi Street Children Project run by the Daughters of Charity. In May last year, we launched the School Immersion Programme and from this launch, Ms Morgan and Mr Farrell travelled to Kumasi in June to work with the project in establishing the link between our school. On Tuesday during Religion class a presentation was made to all 5th year students highlighting what is involved. From this presentation, any 5th year student who is strongly thinking about applying must talk with their parents/guardians about applying. If a student wishes to apply their parents/guardians must attend a meeting on Thursday the 12th at 7:30pm in the school. At this meeting the application process and forms will be handed out and parents/guardians will have the opportunity to ask questions about the School Immersion Programme. Below is the link to the Website of the Street Children Project. https://www.streetchildrenprojectksi.org Photograph of the Children in the Day Care Centre

Importance of Attendance and Punctuality to School

We ask parents/guardians to remember that it is of paramount importance that students must continually be encouraged to attend school on a daily basis and to be punctual in their attendance. Remember, a student absent from school for one day misses on average SIX HOURS of learning.

First Year Sampling of Subjects

First Year students are currently sampling Art, Business, Home Economics, Music and Science. They will sample their second group of subjects from next Tuesday 10th September util Friday 20th September. Students will not choose their two option subjects until the week before the midterm.

Outstanding App Payments

A gentle reminder to all parents/guardians to pay through the shop of the app for any outstanding purchases of school items/services. Thank You to those who have paid. Thanks for your patience if you are having any difficulties with the shop facility on the app and please encourage your daughter to come down to reception in the morning so that we can rectify same.

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

Dear Parents and Students, we hope you are having a nice weekend! St Mary's News of the Week is as follows: In line with Health and Safety, Tutor Time will be used to go through the Fire Drill information points and evacuation procedures that are outlined on pages 9 and 10 of the student journal. There will be a Fire Drill next week. Monday 9th September: Some Third and Sixth Year students will be involved in RACE (Reasonable Accommodations for the Certified Examinations) testing. The SEN link teacher has written to parents whose daughter will be involved in the tests tomorrow. Please ensure to give your daughter this signed consent form to bring in to school tomorrow; Twelve senior students will participate in a three day Ember training session in the retreat and adventure centre Ovoca Manor in Avoca with senior students from other schools in the Dublin area; Literacy and Numeracy screening for all First Year students will begin in their English and Maths classes this week. Tuesday 10th September: Senior Ember training will continue for the senior students involved; TY students from Class Shelley will meet Ms Donegan and Ms Gallagher at 9am at St Stephen's Green shopping centre for a trip to the Irish Aid Centre with students returning to class at 1.50pm. Wednesday 11th September: This is the last day of the Senior Ember training; TY Leisure Studies will continue with students participating in Taekwondo, Dance and Yoga. Some TY students will be learning Coding for a double period followed by a class of beauty care; In the afternoon, TY students will go to the Choir Hall for a Gaisce talk. Thursday 12th September: All TY students will be meeting at 9.15am sharp at Connolly Station to take the DART to Howth. Students will participate in team building activities and a hike in Howth! The TY students will be taking the DART back to Connolly Station where they will then make their own way home; First Year Afterschool Sports begins from 3.10-3.50pm in the Gym; There will be a Paris Parents Information evening from 6.30-7.15pm in the Choir Hall; This will be followed by a VLM (Vincentian Lay Missionaries) Parents Information Evening at 7.30pm in Room 12 on the application process for students interested in going to Ghana next summer as part of a school immersion programme facilitated by the Vincentian Missionaries. Friday 13th September: Some TY students have been invited to Áras an Uachtaráin!

RACE testing will take place Monday 09/09. For those parents who have received a letter, please return on Monday morning.

TY Dublin City Trip

Just a reminder to all TY students to meet at 10am sharp at the Spire in Dublin City Centre tomorrow morning. Full school uniform must be worn.

Info evening for Paris Trip

An information evening for students going on the Paris trip and their parents/guardians will take place next Thursday evening, the 12th of September, at 6.30pm in the school choir hall.

The HSE in on 18 Sept to offer vaccines to 1st years. Please return signed consent form to school as soon as possible. www.immunisation.ie

Let Your Day Begin the WoW Way - Wednesday 4th September!

As part of our Green School Initiatives, we are asking members of our school community to walk at least 1km to school day! Student representatives on the Green School's committee informed students over the intercom yesterday to start their day the WoW (Walk on Wednesday) Way!

Items in the School Shop!

We would like to remind parents to purchase any school items pertaining to their daughter(s) via the shop on the school app. We are delighted that so many parents have the app downloaded and are using the online shop facility. Should you have any queries regarding same, please contact the school at your convenience.

Important Reminder to First Year Parents Regarding Vaccination Forms

A reminder to parents of First Year students that consent forms for the vaccines must be returned to their Tutor tomorrow. 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 Choir Hall on Wednesday 18th September 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

Purchase of Locks for Lockers

As emphasised at each of the Parent Information evenings last week, it is paramount that all students have locks on their lockers. We invite any student in second or third year or senior student who does not have a secure locker to go to Jacinta's Office at reception where locks can be purchased for €5. As stated on page 6 of the student journal, 'Lockers are to be kept clean, in good order and locked at all times. The school cannot accept responsibility for items stored in unlocked lockers.'

First Year Afterschool Sports Begins Thursday 12th September

Afterschool Sports will begin on Thursday 12th September and all First Year students are expected to attend. We ask First Year students to remember to bring their tracksuit!

Supervised Study taking place four days every week!

Supervised Study will take place today and tomorrow from 4.10-6.10pm and on Wednesday and Thursday from 3.30-5.30pm.

News of the Week for Monday 2nd September to Friday 6th September 2019

Dear Parents and Students, we look forward to welcoming back our whole school community for their first full week next week. TY modules will begin as well as the Wellbeing modules for First and Second Years. First Years will also be sampling their option subjects and they will be informed of the many extra-curricular activities available to them in the school. Please note First Years do not pay for Art in the app shop unless they intend to pick it as one of their option subjects. We ask parents to contact the school should they have shop queries. Supervised Study begins tomorrow Monday 2nd September from 4.10-6.10pm in Room 31. If you would like to be added to the list, please give your completed application form to Ms Higgins in the morning. The payment for Supervised Study can be made via the shop in the app. Wednesday 4th September: As part of our Green School's initiative and having received our green flag for travel, St Mary's action plan this year is to continue to increase the number of our students walking or cycling to school. Therefore, on the first Wednesday of every month beginning this Wednesday 4th September, all members of the school community are asked to make a concerted effort to walk 1km to school. Thursday 5th September: First Year Afterschool Sports will begin this Thursday from 3.10-3.50pm with all students going to the Gym at the end of the school day. There will be an interview date decided upon this week for the senior prefects who wish to be considered for the Head Girl and Deputy Head Girls' positions for this academic year.

Dublin's Dream of Five in a Row Remains Alive!

Both the Dublin and Kerry teams played valiantly in the hope of taking back the silverware to their respective county. With a draw of 1-16, both teams will have another day in Croke Park! The Dubs have many followers including our own caretaker Colin who was photographed with his wife and daughter at one of the recent games leading up to the final!

Reminder re Supervised Study Application Forms and Payment

We are delighted to be commencing Supervised Study next Monday 2nd September. Please ensure to return the completed application form to Ms Higgins as soon as possible if you would like to be added to the list. Thanks in advance for making the Supervised Study payment through the app.

eTwinning Pilot Project in St Mary's

Some Fifth Year Biology students will be involved in an eTwinning pilot project which will involve students collaborating with their European counterparts on an educational project within a secure network and platform.

Welcome to our new App Student Users!

We welcome all our new app student users! Since the 6th August, 119 of you have downloaded the App. Remember all the photos are contained in the gallery tab. If you click gallery, all the recent albums can be viewed!

Parent Information Evenings a Success - Thank You!

Thanks to the many parents/guardians who attended the Parent Information Evenings on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. We deeply appreciate your support. The Code of Behaviour including new changes and attendance and punctuality were addressed as well as the use of the journal by students and their parents. Thank You!

Sixth Year Higher Options Trip - 20th September 2019

A reminder to Sixth Year students to bring in their €10 to their Guidance Counsellor if they have not done so already to secure their ticket for this worthwhile educational event. Higher Options is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition for Leaving Cert students who want to know what third level university and college options are available and how to apply for them. Exhibitors from Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA will attend. Higher Options is the essential event for anyone who wants career guidance and information on how to progress to further or higher level study.

First TY Trip to Causey Farm for the 2019/2020 Year Group

TY students had their first team building experience today! They each got the opportunity to make traditional bread, dance Irish traditional dances and they had some bogland fun! Thanks to the TY Tutors Mr Beirne (Class Bronte), Ms McGonagle (Class Shelley), Ms Sheridan (Class Austen), Ms Shipley (Class Eliot), TY Coordinator Ms Shanahan and Year Head Ms Bohan for accompanying the students on the trip. What a great fun-filled activity trip to start the year! See pictures relating to the day in the gallery below.

Info Evening for Slovenia Trip - Tonight 28/08 6.45 - 7.30pm in the Choir Hall (bring valid passports and EHIC's)

Info Evening for 5th & 6th Yr. Parents – Wednesday. Aug 28th 7.30 - 8.30pm. Parents to bring student journal and have app downloaded

Info evening for Slovenia Trip - Tomorrow Wednesday 28th August 2019

The Information evening for parents/guardians whose daughter will be going to Slovenia from the 26th to the 30th September will take place tomorrow evening Wednesday 28th August from 6.45-7.30pm Parent/Guardian with student must attend (please bring valid passports and EHICs)

Fifth Year Biology, Physics and Chemistry Booklists for 2019/2020

Biology Plus (EdCo) by Michael O’Callaghan Leaving Certificate Exam papers – Please purchase the Yellow covered exam papers that include both ordinary and higher level exam papers (Educational Company of Ireland) A5 copy (for tests) Hardback copy for notes Folder Chemistry Live (Folens) textbook & lab book by Declan Kennedy Leaving Certificate Exam papers – Please purchase the Yellow covered exam papers that include both ordinary and higher level exam papers (Educational Company of Ireland) A5 copy (for tests) Hardback copy for notes Folder Real World Physics (Folens) by Dan O’Regan Leaving Certificate Exam papers – Please purchase the Yellow covered exam papers that include both the ordinary & higher levels (Educational Company of Ireland) A5 copy (for tests) Hardback copy for notes Folder

Parents are to Bring School Journal please to the Parent's Information Evenings - it can also be bought on the night!

Parents/Guardians were reminded in an earlier notification to bring their daughter's journal to the parent's information evening. We would also be delighted that parents would have the school app downloaded on their phone prior to the meeting. We look forward to seeing you on the night!