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High School Musical, 8pm, 3rd, 4th and 5th Dec, 2019

With just under three weeks to go to our production of 'High School Musical', our cast and crew are hard at work putting in the final preparations. The show will run for three nights from the 3rd to the 5th of December. The show will feature some very talented students across a range of year groups as well as a live orchestral band. Tickets for the show will be on sale in school from Monday next week and will cost €8 for students, €12 for adults and €35 for a family of 4. Tickets are also available on eventbrite.ie. Tickets are sure to sell out so buy them early to avoid disappointment. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/1572_20191114162848.pdf

U16 Basketball Success

Congrats to our U16 Basketball team today we had another triumphant victory over St Paul's Greenhills with a score of 48-11. This team is really coming together showing great execution of hard work & technical skill. Congrats to all players who played brilliantly with every member making the score sheet. A special acknowledge to our team captain Ella Ward who scored a personal best of 22 points. Keeping focused for our next matches in the coming weeks. #20x20 'If she can't see it she can't be it'

What Planet Are You On?

In association with Science Week, three families including the Cullens and Nicole in Fifth Year take on a three week challenge of changing to a more sustainable lifestyle. The programme entitled 'What Planet Are You On? is now televised from 7pm onwards. Their home was kitted out to monitor their carbon footprints. Congrats to the members of the Cullen family for taking part!

Important Message for TY Students

Due to the school being closed tomorrow for a staff training JCT day, students can attend their Gaisce placement as normal unless they have contacted their placement in advance to explain that they can't attend. Any student who has not paid their Gaisce fee of €15 needs to pay this fee on their Gaisce account before Wednesday 20th November or their account will lapse.

School Closed Tomorrow - Wednesday 13th November. As per the school calendar, this is to facilitate a whole school staff training JCT day.

A huge Thank You to all of our amazing and generous students who donated a Christmas Shoe-box to the appeal this year. We collected 143 Christmas shoe-boxes this year!

Science Week got off to a flying start today with both 1st and 2nd year students participating in different activities. By the end of the week all science students will be involved. Updates to follow!

First year science students attended a science show in the Helix in DCU. While second year students, who are currently studying atomic structure, designed and created a unique poster on the tennis courts. Can you figure out what is says? Well done to all involved.

College Awareness Week for Parents/Guardians

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Important Notice From An Garda Síochána Re Parking Outside St Mary's

Traffic flow is being ground to a standstill at peak times due to cars being double-parked and parked illegally outside the school and on the opposite side of the road when students are being dropped off and collected. An Garda Síochána has received serious complaints and has contacted the school in relation to this ongoing health and safety hazard. They have asked us to alert parents/guardians to the situation and to issue the following warning on their behalf. "From tomorrow Monday 11th November onwards there will be regular spot checks by members of An Garda Síochána and owners of cars parked illegally will receive a ticket in the post once their car registration has been recorded."

Please follow this link for an important message for parents:: https://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com/important-warning-from-an-garda-siochana/

Basketball update

Congratulations to the U19 division 2 and U16 basketball teams for huge wins today against St. Dominic's Cabra. This was the 2nd win for both teams and a great start to the season. The U19 team showed great team work which resulted in baskets for every member of the team. Congratulations to Chanice Dolan the top scorer with 11 baskets. Congratulations also to Tara Mackin who was chosen by the team as the captain and to Chanice Dolan the vice captain. We are already looking forward to the next match against St. Louis Rathmines on Monday! Score: 62-10 The u16's are developing really well into a consistent skilful team who work hard and fight for every ball. Today this work-rate paid of with a solid performance building on the routines that they have been practising in training. Top scorer today was captain Ella Ward with Paige Vance, Lana Nolan and Chloe Quijano following suit. Well done to all the players and here to our next match next week. Mary's Abu! Score: 42-2

Camogie update

The junior camogie team played their second of three group games this week. Having previously been defeated by St Dominic's Cabra, a win was much needed for the girls. Despite some excellent play from the backs and a strong work ethic around the pitch, St Colmcilles Knocklyon were much stronger on the day. With one group match left the team have a chance to regroup. A win in the final game will see them qualify for the shield competition. Best of luck to all!

Senior Spanish Talk

All 5th year Spanish students had a talk from Sahar of the Latin American Solidarity centre on Latin American development issues. Students had an interesting introductory talk to Latin America with a focus on current environmental problems in Brazil. All students found the presentation engaging and interesting.

SCIENCE WEEK.....NEXT WEEK! Stay tuned.

First Year Home Economics Book

Dear First Year Parents, If your daughter has picked Home Economics, you will be able to purchase the book for her via our school shop from tomorrow morning onwards. You will get a notification on your phone when the payment has been set up.

Attention all 1st year parents please note that after school sports has been cancelled today 7th Nov due to weather conditions. Thank you.

Scary Mary's Halloween Fundraiser 2019

A huge thank you to all members of the school community on our very successful 2019 Scary Mary's Halloween Fundraiser. On Friday, 25th October, staff and students dressed up and participated in a school wide table quiz. €4835 was raised with monies this year going towards extra-curricular activities, the purchase of health and safety materials and the VLM School Immersion Programme to Ghana. Well done everyone!

Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2019

Thanks to all our students who have made Christmas Shoeboxes for the Team Hope Ireland Appeal. Reminder that the deadline is this Friday 8th November.

Northside People Community and Sports Awards 2019 - Voting Lines are Open!

Please click on the link below for more details: https://dublinpeopleawards.com Northside People invites you to vote for your sport and community person or business of the year.

Calling all TY, Fifth and Sixth Year Students with Active Maths 2 (Strands 1 – 5) to Sell!

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians, We are looking for second hand copies of Active Maths 2 (Strands 1 – 5) to sell to our Higher Level third year maths students. If you have a copy at home and would like to sell it please bring it to reception as soon as possible and we can offer the going rate.

Reminder: Let's Start Today the 'WoW' (Walk on Wednesday) Way!

As part of our Green School initiatives, we are asking members of our school community to walk at least 1km to school this morning! Dear students, staff and parents, as per the school calendar, there will be a WoW (Walk to School) Wednesday this morning! Students are asked to walk to school from either of the following junctions - the junction of Violet Hill and the Old Finglas Road or to meet at the Scout Hall on Ballygall Road or to walk from the junction of Ballymun Road and Griffith Avenue or to walk to school from outside the Botanic Gardens on Botanic Road. What a WoW way to start the day! We look forward to many First Years taking part. Also, please note that Breakfast Club takes place each morning in St Mary's kitchen from 8.10-8.40am where students can choose bananas, pancakes, granola, crackers and cheese, oats and honey bars, a scone or a selection of fruit. Students may have cereal and milk in the Club too.

Payments for Senior History, Politics and Society Trip and Senior English Trip to see Hamlet.

Thank you if you have payments made for the Senior History, Politics and Society Trip and Senior English Trip to see Hamlet. Please note that the payment gateway will close Thursday 14th November for these items. This is the latest date by which parents will be able to pay for these items. We would like to invite you to pay for them as soon as possible.

Sports Update. Thursday morning training 8.10am U19 Division 2 basketball in preparation for match on Thursday afternoon. 1st year sports resumes again this week. With 5 weeks to go the competition is mounting and every game counts.

Remember, please see the sports notice board for team locations this Thursday and all sporting information

First year Art 3D sampling - All first year students took part in 2D and 3D studies as an introduction to the art room. As part of the group sampling, students learned to use additive and subtractive sculpting techniques. These scary clay monsters are ready for Halloween!”

LC art trip today to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) followed by a visit to Collins Barracks

LC art students paid a visit today to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) to view The Freud Project Life above Everything Lucian Freud and Jack B. Yeats. Followed by a visit to the National Museum Collins Barracks to see the life work of Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray.

Congratulations to the Senior French Debating Team who competed this evening in the first round of 'Les Joutes Oratoires' French Debating Competition in the Alliance Francaise Dublin

The team members, Mazzy Hollerich, Fiona Conway, Eva Murphy and Athlea Cabusas opposed the motion that the Leaving Certificate is overloaded, 'Le Programme du Leaving Cert est surcharge'. The team's performance was superb but were narrowly defeated by the opposing team, St. Michael's College, Ailsbury Road. However, a big congratulations 'felicitations' to Fiona Conway who won overall best speaker from both teams! We are immensely proud of the student's performance this evening and the hard work that was put in to prepare for this evening's debate.

Great performance by First and Second year Hockey teams today

Today our first and second year hockey players had their first game of the season against Mount Temple. The second years faced some strong opposition, but put up a great team performance. Their second half comeback also saw them score their first goal, courtesy of Maria Syjo. The first years played their first ever game and were unlucky not to take the win. They played brilliantly as a team and showed great promise for future matches. The player of the match title was shared between Anna, Lexie and Beau. Congratulations to all involved!

Green Schools Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd, in the Outside Art Room at 1:20pm. . All class reps should attend. Looking forward to seeing you there. Many thanks,Green Schools Committee

Parents AGM 7pm and then talk from expert Monica Rowe 7.30pm in Choir Hall with tea/coffee. Sponsorship cards collected tomorrow. Thank You.

Parents AGM 7pm and then talk from expert Monica Rowe 7.30pm in Choir Hall with tea/coffee. Sponsorship cards collected tomorrow. Thank You.

Reminder to all students to bring in your favourite novel or magazine for Drop Everything and Read today, Tuesday 22nd October

Final Reminder: As an integral part of our whole-school Numeracy and Literacy strategy, we will have our 'Drop to the Clock' (DTTC) and 'Drop Everything and Read' (DEAR) session today Tuesday, 22nd October. The last class before lunch (12.30-1.10 pm) will be dedicated to clock-based activities, to help your daughters read the analogue clock followed by a relaxing session of reading her favourite book/magazine. PLEASE remind your daughter to bring in her favourite novel or magazine for class today!

Congratulations to all involved in a highly successful Maths Week 2019!

Here are some photographs of our Maths Week 2019. Our first year students participated in the annual Botanic maths trail. Second year students challenged themselves in a maths quiz and the TYs competed against each other in the marshmallow challenge. Well done to all involved.

Reminder: St Mary's Parents Association AGM Tomorrow Tuesday 22nd October at 7.30pm in the Choir Hall

Reminder: The St Mary's Parents Association are delighted to invite Monica Rowe to speak to parents on the topic of 'What our children are not telling us'. The talk will take place in St Mary's Choir Hall at 7.30pm tomorrow Tuesday 22nd October. All are welcome and we would encourage you to attend. Two Parent Representatives to the Board of Management will be elected at the AGM. Monica Rowe of Key Conversations delivered talks to all of our first year students last Thursday 10th October and they were very well received. She also presented to first year parents on the evening of 10th October. Those who attended found the talk extremely helpful and also appreciated the opportunity to meet other parents and to share concerns. We are delighted that Monica is available on the 22nd to speak to a bigger group of parents and we would advise you to come along if you are free to a talk which deals with issues which are relevant to us all as parents/guardians. Please see below a fuller explanation of what Monica will be speaking about on the night. Looking forward to seeing you all there. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/2099_20191017130222.pdf

Halloween Harvest Display and Decorated Pumpkin Exhibition - Botanic Gardens Glasnevin

One can view between now and Halloween, the Halloween Harvest Display and Decorated Pumpkin Exhibition and discover all about magical plants when you visit the witches in their garden! One can join the coven to find out more about using garlic to ward off vampires, plants for potions and spells, poisonous plants, and even some rarely seen invisible plants. Come and see just how spooky plants can really get! You can also try your hand at some of the maths puzzles and games also that will be dotted about. Our own First Year students enjoyed their Maths trail in the Botanics to celebrate Maths Week! Enjoy this popular annual celebration at Glasnevin. The gardeners have been busy growing a huge variety of colourful pumpkins, gourds, squashes, and lots of other plants for our Halloween Harvest Display. Come along and try your luck at guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin – the prizewinner will be announced on Monday 4th of November. The gardens are really worth a visit at this time of year as shown in the photos below and some displays from the Sculpture in Context exhibition might also be visible!

Reminder: Scary Mary's Sponsorship Cards

A gentle reminder to all students to bring in their sponsorship card if they have not done so already! Thanks to the students and their parents/guardians for their unstinting support for the school and for this Halloween fundraiser.

Job Exhibition - Croke Park - Saturday 19th October

We hope that Sixth Years who went to the event found it useful! The free jobs exhibition is taking place in the Cusack suite of Croke Park from 10-4pm today Saturday with leading STEM/Medtech/sales job opportunities for students both from companies from home and abroad. There will also be career clinic (CV and interview) workshops. Students can register by clicking the link below: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/jobs-expo-dublin-saturday-19th-october-2019-tickets-63215351819

Junior Cert Results - Main News of the Week for Monday 30th September to Friday 4th October

There was great excitement on the Friday after the musical showcase when the Third Year students received their Junior Cert results!

Paris Trip 2019

Our lucky students enjoying day 1 of the 2019 Paris Trip. They enjoyed a cruise along the River Seine, visited the Arc de Triomphe and had dinner on the Champs Elysée. Bon voyage all!

Early Bird Raffle for Scary Mary's Fundraiser - Tomorrow Thursday 17th October

The Tutors will be collecting Sponsorship Cards in the morning. Students who bring in €20 or more will be entered into the Scary Mary's early bird raffle for a €50 voucher for the Jervis Street shopping centre. The winner will be announced over the intercom tomorrow. Thanks to the many parents and students for your support. It is greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Would you like to play Tag Rugby? Join us after school every Tuesday for training. All welcome

Students receiving their new jerseys. Thanks Lidl for the support!

TY Students Engaged in STEM Activities Including Maths and Robotics

Located in the DCU LEGO Education Innovation Studio, DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, the Learnit Academy workshops have been designed to inspire and develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills through a wide range of hands on, engaging activities. One of our TY groups visited the studio recently with Mr Walsh and Ms Dowling. The Lego Robotics mathematical workshop developed their critical problem-solving skills that they need to meet the challenges of a future in which innovation, originality and the ability to work with others will be vital.

See the latest Slovenia Trip Photo Album in the Gallery!

There are almost sixty photos of the Slovenia trip which can be viewed in the gallery below!

Happy Maths Week 2019

We have an exciting and action packed week ahead for all students. A diverse range of activities are scheduled including a Maths table quiz, the Botanic gardens maths trail, Infinity poster competition, TY challenge and a school wide 'Have you got your maths eyes' competition, where students will be asked to take a photo of any maths in their lives and put a caption/title on it. Best of luck and enjoy the week.

Notice for TY Gaisce

Any TY student who has not paid their Giasce Fee of €15 when they originally set up their account must pay it before their account lapses. Participants are automatically lapsed if their application fee is not paid within 30 days of registering. You pay the fee of €15 on your Gaisce account NOT on the School App. Please be mindful that if your accounts lapses it is not possible for your PAL to reactivate your account, you will have to submit a request to Gaisce Head Office.

U19 & U16 Basketball Opening Success

Well done to both teams today who started their season with a double win over neighbours Maryfield Griffith Avenue. Ladies from both teams played brilliant getting their winning campaigns off to a wonderful start. Both Matches were high scoring with the U19 scoring a winning 52 points and the U16 36 points. Well Done to both teams! Keep up the hard dedicated work and training, Mary's Abú

Important Information for Basketball Players

U19 Division 2 and U16 will kick off their Basketball season tomorrow with away games at Maryfield. Teams to meet at the sports hall at 9.35am. Best of luck! We ask First Years to note that there will be no First Year Basketball trials tomorrow. They will take place next week.

Tag Rugby Blitz

On Wednesday, 49 girls attended a tag rugby blitz at Railway Union RFC. Our three junior teams had 4 games each and had a great introduction to tag rugby. Our seniors were really put to the test with 8 games each! All of the girls played with a brilliant attitude and had a fantastic day.

TY Students Enjoying Petersburg!

Mental Health Week!

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