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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

https://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com/parents/resources/newsletter/

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!

The Marie Glackin Sixth Year Music Award

The Music Department was delighted to present the Marie Glackin award for excellence in Music to Mirelle Patricio. Marie was a former music teacher in St Mary’s, and the Music Department dedicated this award after her untimely death in 2010. This award was given to a sixth year Music student who has encapsulated the spirit of Marie Glackin. Mr Coll stated that the sixth year cohort had been an excellent group in terms of involvement in Music, so this was a tough decision for the Music department. However, Mirelle took part in all musical events from first year to sixth year, including musicals, concerts, concerts at the Helix, and even singing for the Pope! Congrats, Mirelle!

One Hour Until Our Virtual Musical Showcase Event!

Please tune in at 7pm this evening for our streamed live YouTube virtual Musical Showcase event. We sent a link in a text to you earlier. For GDPR reasons, this link is not to be shared. Thank You. Enjoy this free musical evening of St Mary's talent!

The Link for our Special Virtual Music Showcase has been sent!

All parents/guardians should have received a text with the link to the Music Showcase event at 7pm tonight, and all teachers received an earlier email with the link too! There will be student performances from all the year groups! We thank you for supporting the event and logging in at 7pm tonight! https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/5325_20210601163918.pdf

Reminder - Don't miss our Virtual Musical Showcase tonight at 7pm

This will be a YouTube Live Event! Parents/Guardians and their daughter(s) will enjoy performances from each year group. The school will share the link by text to parents/guardians. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9710_20210601112048.pdf

3rd Year Exam Timetable

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GIRLS ONLY RUGBY CAMP

https://www.leinsterrugby.ie/tickets/school-of-excellence/ Not many places left on our SOE Week 2 Girls Only Camp! Book now in order to avoid disappointment

Interested in Ultimate Frisbee??.. Check this out!

There is an ultimate frisbee club setting up a junior team for school students in Dublin for the summer. They're looking for some members. For information, keep an eye on this Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/Dublingravity/ and this Instagram page : https://www.instagram.com/dublingravitywem/ There is a survey to fill out to find the best time too - https://forms.office.com/r/gnhq9s8VqZ It will likely be in Herbert Park, Dublin 4. It will be free for boys and girls. Leanne O'Neill | Development Officer The Irish Flying Disc Association WFDF Governing Body for Ultimate and Disc Sports in Ireland Email: development@irishultimate.com www.irishultimate.com

Ember Team Graduation 2021

Congratulations to our Ember Team 20-21 who graduated on Monday. In what was a difficult year, the team found innovative ways to reach out to their community in a meaningful way. The team were presented with their certificates and gifts at a special liturgy in the prayer room.

Generation Entrepreneur Online Summer Camp for 3rd, TY and 5th years.

The camp will take place online from 14th – 18th June with limited places available. Learn how to pitch a product, hear from expert guest speakers and meet fellow budding entrepreneurs from across Ireland! For more information contact Emily Watts emily.watts@griffith.ie or Ms Gavin

6th Year Graduation Link

Dear 6th Year Parents / Guardians, I hope you are all safe and well. It was with deep regret that we could not invite you to this year’s 6th Year Graduation. However, we were instructed by the Department of Education that parents/guardians could not attend. However, we did record the Graduation so we could send it to you. You will be sent a text with the link this morning. This link includes some extra footage that we caught on the day. It is our hope that you will watch this safely with your daughter. It is of the utmost importance that this is not shared with anyone outside the school community and that this is watched in a family context only, within Covid guidelines, and not in any other setting. We are sending the link to parents/guardians to ensure this. The link will be live and accessible for a week, until Wednesday the 2nd June. We hope you enjoy this special occasion Every good wish Paul Clarke (Principal)

6th Year Book List

https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/8214_20210526100729.pdf

5th Year Book List

https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/5249_20210526100553.pdf

TY Book List

https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/8278_20210526100424.pdf

3rd Year Book List

https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/6503_20210526094651.pdf

2nd Year Booklist

https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/6847_20210526094313.pdf

Culinary Arts Academy - Do you enjoy cooking?...

This is a week-long online fun and educational cooking programme for 15-17year old only. For further details contact: niall.hill@tudublin.ie or Ms Gavin jgavin@stmaryshfg.ie

Virtual Music Showcase in St Mary's Next Tuesday 1st June at 7pm

This will be a YouTube Live Event! Parents/Guardians and their daughter(s) will enjoy performances from each year group. The school will share the link on Tuesday by text to parents/guardians. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/6312_20210525211048.pdf

The Classes of 2021 Graduated on Friday 21st May in St Mary's.

St Mary's Sixth Year students were hugely congratulated for their determination, empathy and resilience over the last two years at their graduation on Friday. The theme of the celebration was 'Lights of Hope', and the programme of events is outlined in the PDF below. Fr Sheehy celebrated the mass. Ms Devaney gave the welcoming address, and there were many features to this unique ceremony for the classes of 2021. These included the Candle Procession, the Ceremony of Light, Scripture Readings, Prayers of the Faithful, and inspirational and uplifting music. Ms Griffin, their Year Head, gave a notable address in which she referred to her year group as 'exceptional'. She then read out the students' names in classes Denham, Hackett, Noble, Price and Robinson. Every student received a school certificate and a resilience medal for their endeavours. Staff formed a socially distanced guard of honour and applauded all students as they walked in single file socially distanced to collect their certificate and medal - so fitting and well-deserved for the Classes of 2021! There were awards in English (Mary McCarthy Award), Irish (Claire Bogan Award), Music (Marie Glackin Award) and Sport too (Details will follow in separate notifications). Our Head Girl Aoife and Deputy Head-Girl Sarah referenced their lovely year group and thanked their wonderful Year Head Ms Griffin and St Mary's staff. Ms O'Donnell announced that the recipient of the Margaret Aylward Award was Sarah Pollard. Congratulations Sarah! The Principal Mr Clarke spoke to the classes of 2021, congratulated them, and highlighted the importance of happiness as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. The school community wholeheartedly thank the Religion and Music Department members and, in particular, Mr Coll, for recording the ceremony. There will be a link forwarded to sixth year parents/guardians within the coming days. Congrats to all the Sixth Years - to all the classes of 2021. May you be a Light of Hope to so many as you undertake the next part of your life's journey. I hope you shine bright too! https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/6918_20210525195057.pdf

President Michael D Higgins Pays Tribute to Students in Secondary School

President Michael D Higgins pays tribute to students in Post-Primary education "for their courageous and generous role that they with others have played in their ongoing struggle with Coronavirus." He praised students for facing the many challenges, and one can click the link https://youtu.be/HR7VezrHhRE to view his speech.

Amber Flag Pieta Fundraising 2021

On Friday, Jodie from the Amber Flag team presented Sinead from Pieta House with a cheque for €577. This was raised by the students, staff and parents/guardians who donated and took part in the school's Sunrise Challenge event over the Easter holidays. Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed towards this fantastic total.

Well Done...

May 19th saw all St Mary’s students have a well deserved treat with their form tutors during their first class. Whether playing charades, Kahoot or watching a short film, students had a chance to connect and enjoy some chocolate, a token to acknowledge their resilience and hard work in what has been a challenging year for all. Fifth year students also received their subject awards and there were Gaisce certificates and medals for those who completed this venture in 2020. Science students from across the year groups who took part in the BT Young Scientists also received their certificates today.

Creative Schools

This term in PE, our first year students have been learning a dance which was choreographed for them as part of the Creative Schools initiative. Last week, they performed as a whole year group outside on the Astro as part of what we termed the ‘Social Dis-dance’ project. We were kindly donated the services of a filming company who then edited together the dance footage with our chosen song, which was arranged by Mr Coll and performed by members of the school choir. We were lucky enough to be able to watch the final video yesterday as part of our awards ceremony and to see all the hard work that all the participants put into the project. Congratulations to all of the first year students and to the members of the choir on a fantastic performance, and thank you to the music and PE departments for enabling the project to go ahead so successfully.

Glasnevin Olympics 2021

Huge congratulations to all involved in the inaugural Glasnevin Olympics, especially the PE department who put so much time and effort into organising this event. A special mention to TY Athena and 1st year Aherne, both of these classes demonstrated positive team spirit and enthusiasm during all events. So, to the winners.. Junior Top 5 5th - Fern 2nd year 4th - Bluebell 3rd year 3rd - Clover 2nd year 2nd - Mullen 1st year 1st -Peat 1st year Senior Top 5 5th - Bacall 5th year 4th- Price 6th year 3rd - Davis 5th year 2nd - TY Danu 1st - Hepburn 5th year Well done everyone

BT Young Scientist exhibition

On Wednesday 19th, the presentation of certificates to students who participated in the BT Young Scientist exhibition 2021 took place. Well done to the following students and their teacher. Erica (2 Cedar) and Anna (2 Fern) Front Row Lana (TY Danu) and Mony (3 Daisy) Middle Row Catherine (TY Danu) and Emma (5 Davis) Back Row Teacher Ms Coleman

Classes for TY's All Day Tomorrow Thursday 20th May 2021 and Presentation of Gaisce Medals to TY's

Please note there will be classes for TY's all day tomorrow as they complete their modules for this term. TY students will be presented with their Gaisce medal during the 10.15am class tomorrow by Mr Farrell and their Year Head, Ms Kavanagh. We ask TY students to be in their full uniform for the socially distanced photos!

Gaisce Awards Ceremony today

Congratulations to all the participants who achieved their Gaisce award today. Also well done to their teachers Mr. Farrell, Ms. Martin and Ms. O'Doherty on encouraging the students to strive for their Gaisce medal.

LC P.E. River Liffey Kayaking

The LCPE students accompanied by their teacher Ms Considine and Ms Bunnett experienced kayaking on the River Liffey yesterday Tuesday 18th May! It was a wonderful experience seeing the city from a different viewpoint, learning some history, developing our physical skills and putting our theory of levers, safety in sport and muscle movements into practice. The students were a credit to their school and should be proud of their efforts today. Well done everyone!

TY Global Citizenship Presentations

Well done to all the TY students who presented their Global Citizenship projects today. Topics researched and presented included: racism, sectarianism, domestic violence, digitalization and animal welfare to name but a few! The students presented their projects in an articulate, eloquent and informative manner. Well done all!

Glasnevin Olympics 2021 - Update

And the winners are.....

Congratulations to Otilia from 5th year who has been placed in the top 10 of the #KissXEssenceMUAsearch.

#KissXEssence Make Up Artist search 2021 is a competition searching for Ireland’s most talented teen make up artist. Congratulations Otilia on this achievement, you're extremely talented.

First Year Wellbeing Student Evaluation Survey to be completed at 10.15am

Today, Monday 17th May during your First Year Wellbeing class time from 10.15 - 10.55am, you will be asked to complete a Wellbeing Student Evaluation Survey. Your teacher will go through the form with you. Please do not complete it until the third class this morning. Thank You. The following link will give you access to complete the form: https://forms.office.com/r/vHEzvCjSjz

News of the Week for Monday 17th May to Friday 21st May 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students and Staff, we hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Both education.ie and gov.ie/schools contain resources on returning to school during these COVID times. Please note the updated exam timetables are contained within the App, and we ask students to familiarise themselves with the dates and times of their exams. To facilitate student wellbeing, students will have key revision time between many of their exams. Students are asked to link in with their Tutors if they have any questions about the upcoming exams. We ask parents to submit a note on the App if their daughter(s) cannot attend in-school classes or Tutor-Time this week. Parents whose daughter(s) are absent on any given day will be sent a daily notification on the App until a note is submitted. We thank all the first and second year students who will be engaging wholeheartedly in our litter campaign in continuing to make St Mary’s a greener school! Next week, students will participate in the Glasnevin Olympics in their PE classes! All first year class groups will have some class bonding time and a treat (details to be confirmed). Some sixth year students will be sitting all or some Leaving Cert exams. These students will attend school and participate in the classes they are doing Leaving Cert exams. For those subjects that they are not sitting an exam in, they will have supervised study in a separate room. TY Students will also have access to Rotunda's TY Work Experience Programme (with virtual tours of areas and experts who work in the Outpatiens Department, Delivery Suite, Laboratory, Pharmacy and Postnatal Ward). This is part of the Rotunda’s TY Work Experience programme. Teachers will have a zoom link each day this week from 2-3pm to access the programme. Tomorrow Monday 17th May • 10.15 – 10.55am: First Year students will complete a reflective Wellbeing Evaluation Survey during their timetabled Wellbeing class. • 7 – 8pm: To celebrate the launch of the PARSEEK study, the Youth Mental Health Lab, in conjunction with YouLead, are organising a series of talks for parents, teachers and youth workers about supporting young people's well-being. This week's webinar is a panel discussion on talking to a young person about how they feel. On the panel will be clinical psychologists Dr Tony Bates, Dr Charlotte Wilson (TCD) & Professor Gary Donohoe (NUIG). There will also be young people on the panel to give their perspective. The talk will last 35-40 minutes, with an opportunity to ask questions at the end. The link to the talk is accessible at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/supporting-young-peoples-wellbeing-talk-3-panel-discussion-tickets-151468994841 Tuesday 18th May • 8.45 – 8.55am: Students will see the highlights and the winners of the ‘St Mary’s Glasnevin School Olympics’ (Sports Day Results!). • 11.50 – 1.10pm: Class Danu will have a class trip to the Botanics. • The LCPE group of 19 students will study the Biomechanics of Levers when kayaking on the Liffey, as part of their LCPE Programme. Wednesday 19th May • 8.55 – 9.35am: There will be an extended tutor – time until 9.35am to facilitate the Summer Awards ceremony for all year groups. During this time, every student in the school will receive a treat to say ‘well done’! Some fifth year students will receive certificates of achievement. The TY students will be presented with their Gaisce medals, and other TY students will be presented with their Young Scientist Exhibition awards. • 11.50 – 1.10pm: Class Luna will have a class trip to the Botanics. Thursday 20th May • 11.10 – 11.50am: Second Year students will complete a reflective Wellbeing Evaluation Survey during their timetabled Wellbeing class. • 3.10pm: All sixth year students will finish classes, as per the school calendar. Friday 21st May • 11.30 – 1.10pm: Sixth Year Graduation. This will be a virtual event for parents, and we will forward details at the beginning of the week. Sixth years will gather in their base classes (which will be relocated to the first floor). There will be a liturgy streamed into their classes. In their base classes, six years will process to the tennis courts to collect their certs and gift and then return to their rooms for streamed speeches. This occasion will be recorded, edited, and a link sent to students and parents/guardians so you can share in the occasion. • 1.50 – 2.30pm: An inspirational speaker will address the TY group in advance of their TY Graduation. • 2.30 – 3.10pm: TY Graduation. This will be a virtual event, and we will forward the exact details to parents/guardians at the beginning of the week. We hope everyone enjoys the week ahead and continues to adhere to the COVID protocols. Thank you to the parent(s)/guardian(s) for your continued support. Bíodh seachtain mhaith agat!

Competition in the Glasnevin Olympics 2021 has been heating up this week. Who will be victorious?

6th Year End of Year and Graduation

Dear 6th Years / Parents & Guardians I hope you are all well. As discussed yesterday with all 6th years, please see below for the plan for the next few weeks. Up to the 14th May All 6th Year classes will continue as usual until the 14th May. As you know, the accredited grades process ends, for 6th year students, on the 14th May. This means that those not sitting exams will not need to be in school after this date- so all 6th years who are not sitting any Leaving Cert Exams will finish up on May 14th. 17th to the 21st May Some students will be sitting all or some Leaving Cert exams. These students will attend school and participate in the classes they are doing Leaving Cert exams in. For those subjects that they are not sitting an exam in, they will study in a separate room, supervised by a member of staff. All 6th Years will finish classes at 3.10 on Thursday the 20th May, as per the school calendar. Graduation- 6th year Graduation will take place on Friday, 21st May at 11.30. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to bring parents / guardians in to school for Graduation. 6th years will gather in their base classes (which will be relocated to the 1st floor). There will be a liturgy streamed into their classes. 6th years will process, in their base classes, to the tennis courts to collect their certs etc, and then return to their rooms for streamed speeches. This will be recorded, edited and a link sent to students and parents / guardians so you can share in the occasion. 24th to the 28th May IF teachers wish to link in with a class / a group of students during this week, then this will be pre-arranged, take place at the timetabled time and be conducted via Teams / take place remotely ONLY. 6th years will not be coming to school- we are trying to avoid unnecessary groupings in, and especially to / from school, especially a fortnight before the Leaving Cert Exams. Teachers will be free to answer queries from 6th years at your timetabled time with them IF they have any. Over the comings weeks, it is crucial that all 6th years stay safe. We want to ensure that all of you can sit the exams that you have elected to sit. This means being extra vigilant, especially around social gatherings outside school. You have been preparing for the Leaving Cert for the last 2 years- it is important to stay focused. Finally, this is a lovely time of year where you get to reminisce about your last 5-6 years in school and prepare for a lovely graduation. You, of all year groups, deserve this more than ever. You will be busy in the next fortnight, but try to enjoy your last 9 days in school. You deserve it. Please let me know if you have any queries. Every good wish Paul Clarke

Reminder: Free Webinar for parents by Dr Elizabeth Charles, on how to help young people manage stress and anxiety related to school - booking/registration details below

7 – 8pm this evening: To celebrate the launch of the PARSEEK study, the Youth Mental Health Lab, in conjunction with YouLead, are organising a series of talks for parents, teachers and youth workers about supporting young people's well-being. Webinar two is about how parents and teachers can help young people to manage stress and anxiety related to school and schoolwork. This talk will be given by Dr Elizabeth Charles, Senior Educational Psychologist from NEPS (National Educational Psychology Service). Parents and teachers can register for the talk on Eventbrite at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/supporting-young-peoples-wellbeing-talk-2-managing-school-stress-tickets-151466599677?aff=erelexpmlt

News of the Week for Monday 10th May to Friday 14th May 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students and Staff, we hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Both education.ie and gov.ie/schools contain resources on returning to school during these COVID times. Please note the provisional exam timetables are contained within the App, and we ask students to familiarise themselves with the dates and times of their exams. To facilitate student wellbeing, students will have key revision time between many of their exams. Students are asked to link in with their Tutors if they have any questions about the upcoming exams. We ask parents to submit a note on the App if their daughter(s) cannot attend in-school classes or Tutor-Time this week. Parents whose daughter(s) are absent on any given day will be sent a daily notification on the App until a note is submitted. We thank all the first and second year students who will be engaging wholeheartedly in our litter campaign in continuing to make St Mary’s a greener school! For the next two weeks, students will participate in the Glasnevin Olympics in their PE classes! Tomorrow Monday 10th May • 8.55 – 10.55am: Class Juno will participate in a Podcast and Music Production workshop in Room 11. Students will need to use their earphones. • 11.10 – 1.10pm: Class Athena will participate in a Podcast and Music Production workshop in Room 11. Students will need to use their earphones. • 7 – 8pm: To celebrate the launch of the PARSEEK study, the Youth Mental Health Lab, in conjunction with YouLead, are organising a series of talks for parents, teachers and youth workers about supporting young people's well-being. Webinar two is about how parents and teachers can help young people to manage stress and anxiety related to school and schoolwork. This talk will be given by Dr Elizabeth Charles, Senior Educational Psychologist from NEPS (National Educational Psychology Service). Parents and teachers can register for the talk on Eventbrite at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/supporting-young-peoples-wellbeing-talk-2-managing-school-stress-tickets-151466599677?aff=erelexpmlt Tuesday 11th May: There will be a Parents School Association Virtual Meeting at 8pm. Wednesday 12th May and Thursday 13th May, 8.55 – 3.10pm: All first year students will have a Word Reading Test as part of the Post-Primary Assessment and Diagnostic Testing for English. The teachers involved will link in with each first year class with the details. Friday 14th May: • 10.15am: Presentation of Cheque (€577) by the Amber Flag Committee to Pieta House. Thank you to the parents and students for your support. • 8.55 – 10.55am: Class Danu will participate in a Podcast and Music Production workshop in Room 11. Students will need to use their earphones. • 11.10 – 1.10pm: Class Luna will participate in a Podcast and Music Production workshop in Room 11. Students will need to use their earphones. • Latest Date for Sixth Year Assessments We hope everyone enjoys the week ahead and continues to adhere to the COVID protocols. Thank you to the parent(s)/guardian(s) for your continued support. Bíodh seachtain mhaith agat!

Huge Congratulations to Gwen Prizeman from Leaving Cert Class 2020 who was recently awarded an Academic Scholarship by DCU

Congrats to Gwen from the Leaving Cert Class of 2020, who DCU recently awarded an academic scholarship. Well done on your achievement Gwen and we in St Mary's wish you every success in your Religious Education and History studies!

Letter from the Ombudsman for Students to Complete a Survey

The letter from the Ombudsman for Children and Parents is contained in the link below. If you are the parent/guardian of a child under 18, it would be great if you could ask your daughter to fill in the survey themselves. You also need to give your consent for your daughter to take part. The link to the survey is as follows and is also contained in the PDF below. bit.ly/3vdxGxf https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9092_20210507182450.pdf

DCU Summer Coding Camps for 1st,2nd 3rd years students.

This course is suitable for students who are interested in problem solving, puzzles and have an interest in coding (no experience is required). When will it run? How many places? The programme will run from Monday - Friday from 9.30am - 3.30pm and will be fully online. Limited places available: June 21 - 25th June June 28 -2nd July July 5th - 9th July July 12 - 16th July Cost? Free of Charge Contact: Ms Gavin if you are interested in attending

Arts and Literacy Week 2021 -Friday 7th

The Green Schools committee would love you to consider making your own stylish, fun, reusable face mask. Here is a link for different styles of homemade masks, made using what you have at home. How to make your own face mask https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52609777 The art department recommends 'The Art of the Steal', "500 million dollars worth of missing art. A 10 million dollar reward for whoever finds it. It's your turn to enter the mystery". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH18cKTmwZ8 Or, perhaps you might like to learn about another talent of the actor Jim Carrey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21CEOlBq2YI

Celebrating Europe Day at Tutor-Time This Morning

Europe Day occurs on Sunday 9th May, but we will be celebrating it in school this morning! Tutor Time: Marking Europe Day - Two of St Mary's European Parliament Schools Ambassadors will make an announcement over the intercom. Tutors to allow students to complete a short Europe Day themed quiz during tutor time. The quiz is only 5 quick multi-choice questions. Link to the Quiz: https://forms.office.com/r/8CWcUgFva5 Winners will be drawn from the participants, each receiving a 'Europe Day' themed face mask!

Arts and Literacy Week 2021 - Thursday 6th

Today take the opportunity to explore philosophy. Here is a list of podcasts on Philosophy that will suit all levels, entry level and more advance. https://www.reddit.com/r/philosophy/comments/11zcba/the_best_philosophy_podcasts/