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T,Y. Graduation - an exciting end to an exciting year!

On Wednesday our T.Y's graduated with an awards ceremony. It was a great evening for students to showcase all the wonderful highlights of the year, including trips, leisure studies and new modules. A big thank you to Ms. Shanahan for all her hard work all year organising the many, many trips and activities. Also to their year head Ms. Griffin for all her hard work, not only this year but her care and guidance since first year. Well done to all students for their energetic end to the evening with a great rendition of an ABBA classic and to the students who were awarded with co-operation achievements also. Special mention to Sarah Pollard for winning the Spirit of TY award.

First Years 'Mile a Day' Challenge for the Month of May!

Congrats to all First Years who are all participating in their 'Mile a Day' Challenge for the month of May. The aim of this initiative is to improve students physical fitness and in particular their stamina. Students finish lessons at 1pm (before lunch begins at 1.10pm) and walk for ten minutes completing two laps of a beautiful designated school track. Students' fitness levels will be tested as to date they have approximately 15 extra miles walked compared with the amount of walking they did in school in the month of April! Thanks to the First Year teachers who accompany the students each day and well done to all First Years. Your enthusiasm and delight in going for the walk each day is palpable!

Fifth Year Summer Exams Timetable 2019

The Fifth Year Summer Exams Timetable is contained in the PDF below. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/3757_20190522223106.pdf

First Year Summer Exams Timetable 2019

The First Year Summer Exams Timetable is contained in the PDF below. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/7880_20190522222915.pdf

Second Year Summer Exams Timetable 2019

The Second Year Summer Exams Timetable is contained in the PDF below. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/2478_20190522223014.pdf

Biodiversity 'Serenity' Garden in Full Bloom!

Fifth Green School's Flag Presented to Green School's Committee

Biodiversity is the fifth Green schools theme and looks at steps which can be taken to increase awareness of the importance of native plants, animals and habitats, and to increase species-richness in a locality. Sanfra Shallot, Sofia Balog and Kate McManus accompanied Mr Montague to the Green Schools Award ceremony in the Helix today Wednesday 22nd May. They were presented with our fifth Green Schools flag for all their Biodiversity efforts including the creation of the Biodiversity Garden with the Holy Faith Garden Committee, the maintenance of our own sensory garden, cross-curricular endeavours, Green School's Week awareness activities, partnerships with local schools, TY's work during their 'conservation' module and student workshop with Bí Urban in Stoneybatter. Congrats to all involved on this wonderful achievement!

Coiste Gaelbhratach Awarded a Third Flag for the School!

Congrats to Ms Morgan, Ms O’Mahoney and Ms Lennon and the Coiste Gaelbhratach team who were awarded at a ceremony in Leopardstown yesterday Tuesday 21st May with our third Coiste Gaelbhratach flag! Bhí baill den Choiste Gaelbhratach i láthair ag searmanas inné chun an triú bhrathach don scoil a bhailiú. Bronnadh an bhratach ar an gCoiste de bharr an sár-iarracht atá déanta acu chun an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn ar scoil.

TY Graduation in the Gym at 3.30pm - Tuesday 22nd May 2019

The Transition Year graduation will take place in the Gym at 3.30pm today Tuesday 22nd May 2019

Sixth Year Graduation - Tuesday 21st May

A reminder to all students that the Sixth Year graduation will take place tomorrow afternoon Tuesday 21st May at 4.30pm in the Gym. All students are expected to be in attendance 45 minutes prior to the graduation ceremony commencing. Congrats to Aoife Ure who designed the beautiful image for the theme of the graduation mass which is 'Time is free but the memories are priceless.' Thanks to Father Richard who will be celebrating the mass with us tomorrow afternoon. Thanks also to the members of the Parent's School Association who will be hosting refreshments for all parents/guardians, students and staff in the Choir Hall after the mass.

Sixth Year Annual Awards Ceremony - Monday 20th May

To facilitate our annual Sixth Year Awards Ceremony tomorrow afternoon Monday 20th May, classes for all other students will finish at 1.10pm. All parents/guardians have been sent a text regarding same.

PE Sports Award Ceremony

A reminder to parents, if available you are more than welcome to attend the annual Sports Award ceremony today at 12.30pm on the Tennis Courts (weather permitting) The whole school will gather on the tennis courts for the sports awards and we are delighted to have Lindsay Peat to present the awards. Lindsay is an all-round sportswoman who represents Ireland in Women's Rugby but has also played for the Republic of Ireland football team, captained the Ireland's women's national basketball team and played Senior Ladies' Gaelic football for Dublin.

Sports Day tomorrow!!

St Mary’s annual school sports day takes place tomorrow between 8.50- 2.00. Students are reminded to wear their sports gear, bring water, inhalers and wear sun cream (fingers crossed). The sports awards will happen on the tennis courts when activities finish at 12.30 and parents/guardians are welcome to attend. The day will finish with the highly anticipated 6th Year Students versus Staff Olympic Handball match. (Note: the staff are unbeaten, the current champions and this is not something that will be changing anytime soon

Reminder: Musical Showcase from Across the Year Groups - Today Thursday 16th May 2019

As per the school calendar, the musical showcase will take place this evening in the Choir Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased by students for €5 and by adults for €7. An uplifting night of entertainment is in store as it will be a celebration of all the great musical talent we have in St Mary’s. We will have great acts from across all year groups. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/7325_20190516174212.pdf

Musical Showcase tonight!

The Music Department would like to invite you all to The Annual Musical Showcase 2019. It will take place tonight, Thursday 16th at 7:30pm in the choir hall. As we prepare to end our academic year, it will be a celebration of all the great musical talent we have in St.Mary’s. There will be great acts from across all year groups and is always a night not to be missed.

Students - Have you got your reading material in your bag for Drop Everything and Read Today?

Today at 12.30pm all students need to have reading material with them for their DEAR class. Students have been informed of this several times over the intercom. All students will be expected to have some reading material, which can range from books to magazines etc, and to engage with reading for the entire class. This is a great initiative in the lead into the Summer break as students could continue this activity in their free time. (I know, imagine that!)

TY Students win Three Awards in NFTE Bootcamp Inter-Schools Competition - Tuesday 14th May

Congrats to our TY students who won three awards at the Business Bootcamp final competition in Coláiste Eoin today. The company 'Detox' won Best Stand and Interview. The 'Smoothie Snacks' company won best written report and 'Easy Bags' company won most improved company! The students involved faced tough competition against students from neighbouring schools. Well done to all involved and thanks to Ms Walton and Ms Skelly who attended the event today.

St Mary's Presented with the 'Volunteering for All' Award - Tuesday 14th May

All the First Year and TY students attended the presentation ceremony in the Choir Hall today for the 'Volunteering for All' school award. The school extended a warm welcome to our local TD Deputy Noel Rock, and to localise representatives Derek, Harry and Seán. It was a day for celebration and recognition for the volunteering currently being undertaken by students in the school community. We are thankful to the Gaisce teachers who facilitated the workshops and to the TY students for developing this wonderful charter. The First Year students were encouraged to volunteer maybe helping out at home over the summer months or in the community and to reflect on the characteristics of this charter which will be on our website, app and Twitter page shortly and in the school journal next year. Remember, the last bullet point of our charter ‘As volunteers, we will do our best and encourage others to do their best too.’ The Charter and research carried out by the TY group really mirrored our school ethos and mission statement in that we are an inclusive school catering for a very diverse school population. We are firstly a very diverse school population as 89% of our students have family that lives in another country. Secondly, the act of volunteering is ‘directed to the growth of the whole person’. Like our mission statement, it aims to form an ‘integrated and self-reliant Christian people who are eager to build a better world.’ The school was delighted to see that students are engaged in many volunteering activities including helping out at school and at home, in their local church, volunteering with local charities and that over 20% of our student cohort, give of their time, to coach teams! We thank students for volunteering and ask them to remember, no act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted!

Study Buddy on the App

Scroll down the left hand side of the app menu to find 'Study Buddy'.

Transition Year Final Payment - €150 is due!

Dear Parents/Guardians The final instalment of €150 for incoming Transition Year students is now due for payment via the school shop on the app.

First Year Tag Rugby

Congrats to the first year tag rugby team who took part in the Leinster branch of the tag rugby blitz last week. They finished 4th place overall out of 12 which was a great achievement. Well done to all involved and hopefully they can build on this promising start in the years to come.

Disposal of Food Waste to be put in the Black Bin in the Classroom!

The standards reached by all students had been really high but recently many of our green bin waste has had to be sent to general waste because the green bins have been contaminated by food waste. You can make a difference. Please protect our planet by putting food waste in the black bin. Thank You!

Darkness into Light 2019

Well done to the students and staff who took part in the 5km walk on Saturday last 11th May from the darkness of night into the light of the morning to help raise awareness and funds in the global fight against suicide and self-harm. The monies raised at registration will allow Pieta House to continue to deliver their vital services.

Great Play by the Junior Camogie Team in Final!

Congratulations to the Junior Camogie Team and to their mentor Ms O'Mahoney on reaching the final of the competition against tough opponents from Maryfield. Both teams played really well in Ground Counsel in Drimnagh with a final scoreline of 1-4 to 3-9 for Maryfield. Well done!

Minor Camogie change of venue

The Minor Camogie Final is now on in the Good Counsel, Drimnagh. Please note the change of venue. We wish the girls the very best of luck and fingers crossed they bring home the cup!

Best of Luck to our Junior Camogie Team in their Final Today - Friday 10th May

We wish our Junior Camogie team and coach Ms O'Mahoney well as they play against Maryfield today in the final! We hope each team member has a great game and we know that the supporters will cheer them on!

Third Year CSPE and Religion Write-ups - Friday 10th May

All Third Years will have write-ups in the Choir Hall from 8.55 - 1.10pm today Friday 10th May with students completing their CSPE project from 8.55 - 10.55am and students completing their Religion write-up from 11.10 - 1.10pm. Students are encouraged to bring a reading book or study material with them, to leave under their chair in the Choir Hall to use should they finish their write-up early. Students will have afternoon classes as normal.

Disposal of Food Waste to be put in the Black Bin in the Classroom!

A reminder to all students to put all of their food waste in the black bins. The standards reached by all students had been really high but recently many of our green bin waste has had to be sent to general waste because the green bins have been contaminated by food waste. You can make a difference. Please protect our planet by putting food waste in the black bin. Thank You!

Sixth Year Cross-Curricular Trip

The recent Sixth Year cross-curricular trip was the perfect getaway for a geographical health and wellbeing excursion! Thanks in particular to Ms Bunnett, Ms Byrne, Ms McGonagle and Ms Mulvey who gave of their time to facilitate the trip. Itinerary included a trip to the Cliffs of Moher, a limestone pavement tour, indoor rock climbing as well as a visit to Doolin cave! See photos in the gallery of the app below to view how much fun was had by both staff and students!

Would you like to be an Event Volunteer at one of Áras an Uachtaráin’s Garden Parties this June? (Open to all Gaisce Students)

Gaisce are seeking volunteers for garden parties at Áras an Uachtaráin. Would you like to be an event volunteer at one of Áras an Uachtaráin’s Garden Parties this June? If you have completed your Bronze or Silver Gaisce medal and wish to apply please link in with Mr Farrell and apply using the link below. https://www.gaisce.ie/volunteers-aras-an-uachtarain/

Final Payment for the Transition Year Fee for 2019-2020 is €150

Students have been informed that the final payment of €150 for the Transition Year fee is now payable via the school shop on the app. Thanks to the parents who have already paid this amount through the app today.

Deposit of €100 for Transition Year 2019-2020

For Incoming Transition Years for 2019-2020, the deposit of €100 should now have been paid via the shop on the app as this was the mode of payment used for the mock examination fee. For those parents who have not yet paid the deposit for the Transition Year fee, please ensure to do so via the shop on the app before this Friday 10th May to secure your daughter's Transition Year placement for next year. To use the shop feature, you as parent/guardian must have the app downloaded on your phone. Only parents get access to the shop feature so parents must download it on their phone. Then please click 'shop' tab on the left hand side of the screen. The 'Deposit for Transition Year 2019 - 2020' should appear and click on 'Pay'. It takes a minute or less to complete the transaction!

First Year Maths Quiz in DCU

Congrats to the First Year students who participated in the recent First Year Maths quiz in DCU and to Ms Rochford for organising this event. Thanks to Ms Dowling and Ms Sheridan for accompanying the students to DCU. The morning involved much problem-solving for the students!

Sarah Qualifies for Track and Field Dublin Finals

Recently, Sarah Bateson (5 Achill) came second in the 1500 metre race in the North Dublin Leinster Schools Athletics track and field event. Her success in this race has enabled her to qualify for the upcoming Dublin final. Best of Luck Sarah!

Scifest!

Third Year CSPE and Religion Project Write-Ups!

All Third Years will have a full school day this Friday 10th May. Third Years will have CSPE write-ups from 8.55 - 10.55am and then they will have Religion write-ups from 11.10 - 1.10pm in the Choir Hall. All Third Year students will have classes as normal in the afternoon.

Reminder: Current School Policy Regarding School Phones

Firstly, we ask parents and guardians to note that a student's mobile phone must be switched off and kept in their zipped skirt/trouser pocket while on the school campus. This means students cannot access their phone before school, including break-time, lunch time and at the end of the school day. Secondly, please note all contact between parent and student during the school day will be through the school office and not through use of student's mobile phone. Thirdly thank you for your cooperation in this regard.

Would You Like to Participate in an Aerial and Acrobatics Course with Taking Flight?

Some students may have a strong interest in continuing training or in getting involved in training. Money is often an obstacle to this so for the coming term at Taking Flight (starting this week and running to mid-June), Shane Holohan from Taking Flight studios in Phibsborough would like to give the following offer to the students of our school: 7 week term for €71 (37.5% discount when they use the "circusterm" promotion code); or Drop Ins for €14 (30% discount when they use the "circusdropin" promotion code). These discounts are only for the coming term and are valid for the Teens (11 years+) sessions on the booking system. See www.takingflight.ie/bookings for more details or contact the centre at Taking Flight Education & Performance Ltd. Cross Guns Business Park, Royal Canal Bank, Phibsborough, Dublin 7.

Architect Dermot Bannon Meets with TY Students at recent IAF Event!

Recently, Transition Year students Maria Bellew, Nicole Cullen, Kate Meaney Kavanagh and Mia Morrison attended the Irish Architects Foundation (IAF), ‘Architects in Schools Initiative National Exhibition and Presentation’, held in GMIT. Here they had the opportunity to present their project for the lighting design of their student production, ‘The Endless Chase’ which showed just before Easter at the Axis theatre Ballymun, to architect Dermot Bannon and the head of first year design at GMIT, Galway. They both took great interest in the students process, learning and decision making. They were the only students to work in the area of set and lighting design which impressed the panel, and they commented that architecture should be mainly concerned with the design principles of light and space that the students had explored.

Ambassador School's Programme

Both Ms Donegan and Ms Duncan attended the awards ceremony where the school was awarded the EPAS (European Parliament Ambassador School) plaque. TY students made presentations on the day and they really enjoyed the experience. Being a European parliament school is a school which has shown that it raises awareness of European parliamentary democracy and European citizenship values. Maireád McGuinness and Matt Carty who are members of the European parliament were at the awards ceremony.

Scifest Winner!

Congrats to Mony Aramalla (1 Daisy) and to her mentor Ms Browne on winning the technology award in Scifest in DCU last Friday. The picture below shows how interested the judge was as Mony explained to him the workings of her newly created 'micrinfo' app!

Final Reminders for Students Going on the TY Gaisce Trip Today Tuesday 7th May and Tomorrow Wednesday 8th May

The Gaisce trip will take place today and tomorrow Wednesday! The students will be heading to Lilliput Adventure Centre in Co. Westmeath. They will be leaving school at 9.30am in the morning. It will be muddy and boggy so dress in old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty/ruined. Do NOT wear anything new or that you love. Remember you live in Ireland so dress warmly! You are expected to participate fully in all activities. Gaisce is about challenging yourself and trying things you have never done before. You are to be polite and respectful to all centre employees. Meals will be provided but students are encouraged to make sure they have a good breakfast because it will be a high energy day. You are also expected to help prepare and clean up after meals. This is a requirement laid down by Gaisce. In addition to this please remember to bring: □ Sleeping bag □ Change of clothes □ Spare pair of runners □ PJ's □ Shampoo and toiletries □ Towel □ Rain Jacket □ Suncream □ Any medications you normally take □ Can-do attitude (most important!) □ Some snacks □ Plastic bag for muddy clothes to be brought home in For more information on the centre please visit http://lilliputadventure.com/gaisce/

SciFest Winner of the Technology Award in Regional Competition - Friday 3rd May

A huge congrats to Mony Aramalla (1 Daisy) on winning the SciFest 2019 Technology Award for best project in the Physical Sciences and Technology categories at the regional final of the competition last Friday 3rd May. Her project involved the development of a 'micrinfo' app which she linked to an investigation to change the learning habits of adolescents. The app generates facts, challenges users and provides quizzes to test the users with their general knowledge. Her project stand was very impressive as she outlined her hypothesis, experimentation methods, data collected, conclusions and further research she carried out regarding this physical Science project. A big thank you to her mentor Ms Browne and huge congratulations to Mony on winning this much sought after award which is sponsored by Intel! We wish Mony well in the national final of the competition which will take place later in the month.

TY students win UniTY Award for best video in the Children's Right Category!

Congrats to Anna Farrell, Aoibheann Kelly and Ellen Daly all from Class Manila who won an award for best video in the Children's Rights category at the UniTY awards last Tuesday which took place in the Helix, DCU.

Reminders for TY Students Going on the Gaisce Trip: Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th May 2019

The Gaisce trip will take place tomorrow and Wednesday! The students will be heading to Lilliput Adventure Centre in Co. Westmeath. They will be leaving school at 9.30am in the morning. It will be muddy and boggy so dress in old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty/ruined. Do NOT wear anything new or that you love. Remember you live in Ireland so dress warmly! You are expected to participate fully in all activities. Gaisce is about challenging yourself and trying things you have never done before. You are to be polite and respectful to all centre employees. Meals will be provided but students are encouraged to make sure they have a good breakfast because it will be a high energy day. You are also expected to help prepare and clean up after meals. This is a requirement laid down by Gaisce. In addition to this please remember to bring: □ Sleeping bag □ Change of clothes □ Spare pair of runners □ PJ's □ Shampoo and toiletries □ Towel □ Rain Jacket □ Suncream □ Any medications you normally take □ Can-do attitude (most important!) □ Some snacks □ Plastic bag for muddy clothes to be brought home in For more information on the centre please visit http://lilliputadventure.com/gaisce/

Rowing Experience for Class Santiago at Neptune Rowing Club

See photos in the gallery below of TY students who took to rowing practice last Friday 3rd May at Neptune Rowing Club which is based on the River Liffey at Islandbridge. This rowing club is dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing and towards achieving excellence in rowing. They have a modern, spacious training facility and a friendly, inclusive and supportive environment for all our athletes. Thanks to Mr O'Reilly and to Ms Watts for accompanying the students on the trip.

Heather wins Third Place in 'Battle of the Bands' Competition in Coláiste Eoin.

The Battle of the Bands took place for the fourth time in Coláiste Eoin last Thursday 2nd May. The MC for the night was well-known MC Jim McCabe from 4FM. There were nineteen acts from ten schools competing for one of the top three awards! Congrats to our senior students Kelise Penrose, Tara Sterne and to Heather Dunne who each performed their solos beautifully and sung with conviction on the night. All three participants got many positive comments from the judges. Congrats especially to Heather who sang 'She Used to be Mine' and was awarded third place in the competition. She was presented with a fabulous glass shield award!

Mná Spóirt Croí is Anam (Women in Sport - Heart and Soul)

Ms Considine took part in a documentary this year which featured her involvement in sport in the community. The documentary included footage with her PE class 3 Gifford and the programme was aired on TG4 on Thursday 2nd May. If you missed the programme, you can still view it in the app of the TG4 player. Ms Considine's success at club and county level as well as being on the All Ireland Rugby team depicts her as a great role model for students! We also saw on the programme that this excellence as well as 'paisean, diográis, ocras' transfers into her PE classes. The Spirituality Centre could also be seen in Thursday's documentary as Ms Considine was videoed there about Spórt 'trí mheán na Gaeilge'! Congrats Ms Considine - inspirational!

Easter Raffle Winners

Thanks to the Parent's School Association for organising our bumper Easter Raffle. Thanks in particular to Antonela Butuc, Chairperson of the Parent's School Association, who secured many prizes for the raffle and to Mary Smithers who did likewise. Over €650 was raised! The winners of the raffle were as follows: 1. Faith Riordán (2 Azure) 2. Alana Ivory (1 Daisy) 3. Lizzy Stafford Hoey (3 O'Farrell) 4. Ticket Number 236 - 240 (Yellow Ticket for 2 Sienna) 5. Orlagh O'Flaherty (3 Lynn) 6. Mariam Arabuli (2 Sienna) 7. Melia McEvoy (5 Achill) 8. Ticket 456 - 460 9. Ashley Pastolero (1 Bluebell) 10. Ciara McKenna (5 Aran) 11. Aisling McGinn 12. Shauna Brannigan (2 Azure) 13. Angie Boran 14. Liz Mc Cabe 15. Jacinta Mc Fall 16. Yasmin Byrne (1 Celandine) 17. Ciarán Coll 18. Michelle Whelan 19. Tomás Mulligan 20. Orla O'Keeffe 21. Daenne Cabalo (4 Manila) 22. Klara Sych (2 Azure) 23. Claire Murtagh 24. Niamh O'Mahoney 25. Mary O'Donnell 26. Ticket Number 311 - 315 27. Jennifer Dowling 28. Abbey Harrington (3 O'Farrell) 29. Ticket Number 386-390 30. Tammy Kavanagh (6 Pearl) 31. Kirsten Lee (6 Coral) 32. Laura Berry (5 Achill) 33. Brendan McGill 34. Maria Bellew (4 Cairo)) 35. Denisa Mihalute (5 Achill)

Tune into TG4 tonight to see one of our own!!

Tonight on TG4 at 9:30 Ms. Considine will be interviewed as part of a documentary series on women in sport, as it explores coaching in women’s sports and how they are sustained at grassroots level. Our beautiful grounds and school also feature. Make sure to catch it!!