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TY Bake-Off Challenge

Thanks to Ms Griffin, the TY coordinator who has organised a weekly TY challenge for all TY students. This week's TY challenge is for students to bake and post a photo of their culinary delight on their TEAM's platform. Well done to all those taking part! One can view the photos in the gallery below. The deadline for this week's competition is Friday 22nd January.

DCU 'Access to College for All' parent and student information session.

This information session will discuss the CAO process, the HEAR/DARE schemes, the SUSI grant and other supports. Date: This evening Tuesday, 19th January 2021 Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm Venue: online via Zoom Register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/college-awareness-event-for-parents-tickets-136014455899

Reminder: Collection of Art Materials Today by First Year and Second Year Students

Please note students can collect their Art materials from the Art Room at the following times today: Second Years from 10-11am First Years from 11.30-12.30pm

Reminder: Important Notice - Collection of Art Materials

Art Materials Collection time-slots Today, Monday 3rd Years from 10-11am Today, Monday 5th Years from 11.30-12.30pm Tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd Years from 10-11am Tomorrow, Tuesday 1st Years from 11.30-12.30pm

Student Reports Available on VSware

Dear Parents/Guardians, The Christmas/First Term reports are now available to view on the VSware platform. These results indicate your daughter(s) progress to date. They include grades and formative feedback. Such feedback provides a stepping stone for your daughter(s), on how they can improve in their subjects as they engage now with the remote pathway of learning. Please note all parents/guardians have a unique username and password to access the VSware platform. If you cannot access the platform, please email Michelle at mwhelan@stmaryshfg.ie.

Check out our December Newsletter 2020

Follow the link to see our St. Mary's Newsletter December 2020 https://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Newsletter-Dec-2020.pdf

DCU Access service 'Access to college for all' Parent & Student information session

DCU Access service 'Access to college for all' Parent & Student information session The CAO process The HEAR/DARE schemes The SUSI grant and other supports. Date: Tuesday, 19th January 2021 Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm Venue: online via Zoom To participate, please register on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/college-awareness-event-for-parents-tickets-136014455899

Reminder: Student Passwords

Reminder If a student forgets their password, then the student sends an email please to Michelle at mwhelan@stmaryshfg.ie The password will be reset within 24 hours. Thank You.

Minister's Letter - Today 12th January

Dear Parents and Students, Included in the PDF below is Minister Foley's Letter to Parents and Students regarding Remote Teaching, Supports and Wellbeing and the following paragraph on the return to in-person learning for all schools. "Returning to in-person learning for all schools The Department is conscious that closing schools has hugely adverse consequences at individual, family and societal level. For children, it impacts on wellbeing, learning, on social and emotional development. School closure has significant impacts on children with special educational needs. School closure also heightens student anxiety, particularly for the Leaving Certificate cohort, in relation to state examinations. The Government decision included provision that in-person learning would be maintained for two specific cohorts from Monday 11, pupils/ students attending special schools and classes and final year Leaving Certificate students. Despite the confirmation by Public Health that schools remain safe, unfortunately it has not proved possible to get agreement to provide in-person learning for these two groups. In these circumstance there is no alternative but to pause the limited reopening and continue engagement with partners. I will keep parents of these students updated on this engagement. The latest public health advice received by Government is available. It clearly outlines that schools are safe environments, and that the protective measures and the considerable supports put in place to support schools have been successful. Where there have been cases in schools, the enhanced school teams put in place by Public Health and the Department have worked effectively to support schools, and the level of transmission in schools has been low. Because of this, we continue to aim to return all students to in-person learning as soon as it is possible to do so." https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/4361_20210112170144.pdf

Festive January: St Mary's Holy Faith Glasnevin Virtual Christmas Carol Service 2020

One can access St Mary's Holy Faith Glasnevin Virtual Christmas Carol Service 2020 at https://youtu.be/ikm2WKekLQM We ask people to subscribe to the channel; that way, the more subscribers we have, the more features it unlocks on our page for us to use in the future. To view the video in the best possible quality, click the gear icon which is bottom right of the video screen and change to 720p. Thanks to Mr Coll, Ms O'Rourke, the Religion Department, and the student Ember Team for such a beautiful production. We wish all members of our school community a blessed and happy 2021!

Student Contact During the Online Remote Teaching and Learning

Contact with teachers should only take place during the school day or at agreed contact times. This ensures your daughter knows when she can contact teachers to clarify any problems or issues. It is crucial that students turn off notifications when they are not doing school work-this is for student wellbeing, our key consideration. Thank You.

Student Passwords

Students were given Microsoft passwords in August and had been using Teams since then. If a student forgets their password, then the student sends an email to Michelle at mwhelan@stmaryshfg.ie The password will be reset. Please don't hesitate to link in with Michelle if you cannot access TEAM's. We are more than happy to help. However, even without passwords, students can still access work from friends, continue working at home and then send their work the next day.

Important Points for Students and Parents to Note on Remote Learning

Please see the letter contained in the PDF below from the Principal, Mr Clarke. It contains information on Life-School Balance, Student Contact/Notifications, Guidelines for Appropriate Use of Online Platforms, Student Engagement, Student Passwords, State Exams and a note for Parents too. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/7523_20210111132157.pdf

Top 10 Tips on Remote Learning for Parents

https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9978_20210108145451.pdf

Remote Learning

Dear Parents / Guardians and Students, I hope you are all safe, well and adjusting to the current climate. As you know, we are in a remote learning environment from Monday morning, the 11th January, but one that is far different from the last school year: students have more experience of using Teams in school and at home. They have their books, notes, papers and hardbacks at home- if students need materials, please ask them to contact me via Teams. As teachers, we have also developed our skills and practices around Teams and have learned from our experiences during the remote learning situation last year. It is now about putting in place the best routines that ensure we keep ourselves safe and well, while ensuring our students progress: Life-School Balance The most important aspect of remote learning is the safety and wellbeing of students. Only with this secure, can learning take place. With this in mind, it is important to keep in mind the life-school balance: we encourage students to work within the set day / timetable structure. This may not always be possible, depending on each family situation, but clear school and non-school boundaries should be defined so your daughter can learn and get time away from school work. This is similar for teachers who will be doing a mix of live streams, recordings and assignment-based learning. Student Contact / Notifications Contact with teachers should only take place during the school day or at agreed contact times. This ensures your daughter knows when she can contact teachers to clarify any problems or issues. It is crucial that students turn off notifications when they are not doing school work- this is for student wellbeing, our key consideration. Guidelines for appropriate use of Online platforms: This is small summary / reminder of what is expected for remote learning over the next few weeks: • Students should check their school email and Teams daily to see any new posts or any new assignments for each subject. • Students should follow instructions for completing any work that has been set. This includes uploading of assignments and observing any deadlines advised by their teacher. • Etiquette for formal communication should always be used- as always, be polite and respectful in all interaction with staff and each other. • All students should be punctual for live classes, log on and be in the waiting room early to ensure the timetabled online interaction can start on time. • When live online, all community members should make sure that they are in a secure space with a blank background and dressed appropriately. • Mobile phones should be switched off during remote learning. A student should not be doing school work on a mobile phone. • Microphones should be muted and only turned on when requested by the teacher. • All browser tabs should be closed unless they are required for participating in class. • Links to school classes or streams should never be shared outside the school community. • Students should re-read instructions and/or query with a classmate before sending clarification emails to teachers. • Students should contact teachers directly if they feel unable to complete a scheduled task. • Social media sites should not be used for communication. Student Engagement It is really important that students engage with remote learning early. Students may experience difficulties with work, assignments or deadlines- this is completely understandable. If / when this happens, it is important to contact teachers and explain any problem or issue. The teacher will help and support as necessary, and as always. If a student does not engage, they will be asked by teachers to contact them, so the teacher can help. If non-engagement continues, the teacher may try contacting parents / guardians and / or your daughter’s Year-Head to address any issues in a supportive way- this will only happen if your daughter does not contact or speak to her teacher, so please encourage her to do so. Student Passwords Students were given Microsoft passwords in August and have been using Teams since then. If a student forgets their passwords- then an email should be sent to mwhelan@stmaryshfg.ie. The password will be reset. However, even without passwords, students can still access work from friends, continue working at home and then send their work the next day. State Exams Teachers will continue to give information about orals, practicals, CBAs (Classroom Based Assessments) etc to your daughters, as we get the information. The Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert papers have been amended so that there will be more choice for students. We will keep in contact about all of this. For Parents We know that remote learning is not an easy time for parents- hopefully, this letter and its contents, will help. I have also attached “10 Top Tips for Remote Learning for Parents.” Remember, your daughter can take charge of her own learning. As a parent, it is important to help create a good learning space, help your daughter to prepare herself (not prepare for your daughter), support her and help her to balance school work with the rest of her life. Please ensure she turns off notifications and works effectively. Most importantly, that she eats well, sleeps well and knows that this too will pass and we will return to school soon. I hope you and your families remain safe and well. These are challenging times but, as a school, we face them and overcome them together. Every good wish Paul Clarke

BTYSE Virtual Awards Ceremony at 1pm - Everyone is welcome to attend!

See the line up of events taking place today at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition by clicking on https://portal.btyoungscientist.com/events-8th-january-2021/ There will be an awards ceremony taking place at 1pm today. The students who created the stands 1415, 2311, 2581 and 4207 are all worthy winners in St Mary's eyes, and we look forward to marking their achievements when we return to school. Other events taking place virtually today on the BTYSE portal include a lightning show by the Institute of Physics from 3.00-4.30pm.

St Mary's Students Shine Albeit Virtually at the National Final of the BTYSE

There are lots to celebrate this week as four projects from students in St Mary's were awarded a place in the national final of the BT Young Scientist competition. Huge congratulations to the students involved who are named below with their respective projects. The following are the four successful entrants/groups and their project details can be viewed on https://portal.btyoungscientist.com/student-projects/. To quickly access the projects, the categories and stand numbers are listed below! 1. Biological & Ecological Junior category: Second Year Group (Stand 1415) - Erica Chettier, Hannah Moroney and Anna Binu Anthinattu with their project titled: 'An investigation into the human reaction to different types of music.' 2. Technology Intermediate category (Stand 4207): Third Year Student - Mony Aramalla with her project titled: 'Careercoaster - The ultimate Career Guide for secondary school students.' 3. Social & Behavioural Science Intermediate category (Stand 2581): TY Group - Lana Nolan, Paige Vance and Catherine O'Brien Cox with their project titled: 'A systematic investigation into the affects that genres and characteristics of musical styles have on the habits and techniques of drivers. Does music control our steering wheels?' 4. Social & Behavioural Science Senior category (Stand 2311): Fifth Year Student Emma Murphy with her project titled: 'Why is there such a taboo about female menstruation in Ireland?.' We wish the students every success in the competition and thank their wonderful mentors Ms Coleman and Ms Mulvey for facilitating this competition in the school.

https://portal.btyoungscientist.com/events-7th-january-2021/

See the line up of events taking place today at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition: https://portal.btyoungscientist.com/events-7th-january-2021/ All talks can be viewed remotely and the following are this afternoon's live talks. 'Using the Universe to Combat COVID' (3.00-3.45pm) and from 4.00-4.30pm, there will be a live talk on 'Why Crystals will Save the World.'!

Day One Highlights of the Young Scientist Exhibition!

The highlights from Day One of the Young Scientist Exhibition can be viewed here: https://portal.btyoungscientist.com/day-one-highlights-7th-january/

Dr Holohan's Advice on Curbing the COVID Virus remains the same for January 2021 (as for the festive season)

The chief medical officer who is the much respected Dr Tony Holohan reminds us all once again as members of the school community to remember that this highly contagious COVID virus is still circulating. He earnestly asks us to continue to protect ourselves and our loved ones by WASHING OUR HANDS REGULARLY, COVERING OUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES, PHYSICALLY DISTANCING, WEARING FACE COVERINGS and AVOIDING CROWDS. Dr Holohan has stated that he 'cannot stress enough how important it is to limit your interactions now. The consequences of not doing so will be an exponential growth of the virus in January.' Please take heed of his advice stated above. Dr Holohan also signalled this advice to students and parents for the festive break (please see the statement in the PDF below). https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/7948_20210104213933.pdf

Extension of the Christmas Holidays until Monday 11th January.

Dear Students and Parents, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well, and that you’re having a restful Christmas and New Year. I am writing to you to keep you informed about current developments about the re-opening of school. Our hope for an easier 2021 has not started as we would have liked! The growing numbers and continuing uncertainty about school opening and closures are unsettling. Keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe and well has to be our priority. There is a lot of speculation and conjecture about the re-opening of schools. This will be announced on Wednesday. Until then, Minister Foley has extended the Christmas holidays until the 11th January, ie remote learning will not take place from Wednesday, the 6th January. While we await final decision, the school is making preparations for every scenario to make things as safe and easy as possible. I know you will hear about the final decision through the media but we will follow up with specific details regarding our school when we get clarity from the Department of Education. Please keep safe Every good wish P Clarke

Merry Christmas from TY Class Danu

TY Danu made Christmas decorations to spread the Christmas cheer

Sixth year Parent information CAO and PLC Presentation

Please take your time to read through some information about the CAO and PLC process. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/6696_20201222104350.pdf

Student Reminder for Tomorrow: Wear your Christmas jumper with leggings/jeans and classes finish at 11.50am!

All parents/guardians were sent an earlier text reminding them that we would be delighted if students wore their Christmas Jumper tomorrow. Students can wear it with leggings/jeggings/jeans. Also, classes finish at 11.50am tomorrow!

Students are asked to wear their Christmas jumper with Leggings/Jeans, and classes finish at 11.50am tomorrow!

St Mary's Supporting the Dubs for the Ladies and Mens GAA Weekend Finals!

St Mary's was a sea of blue on Friday as many students and staff (from Dublin, in particular!) wore with pride their Dublin jersey in support of the Dubs who are playing in both the ladies and mens GAA finals this weekend. We congratulate both teams on having reached the final, and we wish the ladies 'a win' as they take on Cork and the men every success in their match against Mayo! Both matches take place in Croke Park and can be viewed on TV with the mens game today at 5pm and the ladies GAA match tomorrow at 3.30pm.

TY students will get their holidays on Monday 21st Dec. at 1.10pm. Thank You, TY's for your resilience and hard work.

Jersey Day Tomorrow

Students and staff are invited to wear jerseys, tomorrow, Friday 18th, or the colour blue with your uniform, to support the Dublin teams this weekend. All county jerseys are of course welcome too! Fun Fact! What is it called Jersey? Jersey, in the Channel Islands was famous for its knitting trade in medieval times, and because of that original fame, the name jersey is still applied to many forms of knitted fabric.

Pop-up Christmas Fair Today on the Tennis courts at 1..10pm

Fourth year Business Bootcamp students will be hosting a Pop-up Christmas Fair on the tennis courts during lunchtime from 1.10pm - 1.40pm. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/2965_20201217082624.pdf

WoW Wednesday - Start the Day the WoW Way!

Dear students, staff, and parents, there will be a WoW (Walk to School) Wednesday this morning. Students are encouraged to wrap up well and walk to school for part of the way today or to go for a short walk this afternoon. We also want to encourage students to walk over the festive season too. 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 to pick up crackers, fruit, cereal, oats and honey bars, a scone, or a selection of fruit.

Sixth Years - A Cup of Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate to Start the Day!

Sixth Year students are welcome to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate in St Anne's kitchen this morning from 8am to 8.40am, along with some breakfast club items. The school will provide disposable cups, and 'Tea Tuesday' will take place every Tuesday for a trial period, maintaining COVID protocols. This is a great way to start the day, and thanks to Ms Shipley and the student Amber Flag committee members Jodie and Jade for organising this very positive initiative.

Sensory Garden Update

Planting of the vertical beds completed last week The Sensory Garden, magic and sparkle with the lights on. Thank you Colin and Mr Murphy. Also some of our fifth year Education for Living students working in the Sensory Garden and on completion of the Pavilion flower beds

Final Reminder: Classes finish at 1.10pm today Friday 11th December to facilitate staff training.

Reminder: Classes finish at 1.10pm today Friday 11th December to facilitate staff training.

Stress Management Video from our Guidance Dept

Please feel free to watch a lovely short video on stress management https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QXmmP4psbA

Congratulations to our 5th year student Merrella who sang at the SVP mass live on RTE 1 last Sunday 6th Dec.

Well done to Merrella from 5 Davis who sang at the SVP mass live on RTE 1 on Sunday 6th Dec. She was joined by three other students from Castleknock College, Caritas College and St. Paul's College. There has been a long-established connection between Holy Faith and the Vincentians and we are delighted to continue the connection today. Check out the RTE player

WoW Wednesday - Start the Day the Wow Way!

Dear students, staff, and parents, there will be a WoW (Walk to School) Wednesday this morning. Students are encouraged to walk to school for part of the way today. We also want to encourage students to walk over the festive season too. 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 to pick up crackers, fruit, cereal, oats and honey bars, a scone, or a selection of fruit.

T.Y Global Citizenship Presentations

Well done to all the T.Y students who presented their Global Citizenship Projects today. Topics researched included racism, sectarianism, sexism, homelessness, and climate change to name but a few! The students presented their projects in an eloquent and articulate manner. Well done girls!

Reminder: 'Tea Tuesday' for Sixth Years in St Anne's Kitchen from 8.00 - 8.40am

Sixth Year students are welcome to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate in St Anne's kitchen this morning, along with some breakfast club items. The school will provide disposable cups, and 'Tea Tuesday' will take place every Tuesday, for a trial period, maintaining COVID protocols. This is a great way to start the day, and thanks to Ms Shipley and the student Amber Flag committee members Jodie and Jade for organising this very positive initiative.

'Think Languages' Day

Tomorrow, Tuesday 8th December, we are celebrating world languages in the school as part of the 'Think Languages' national event, which aims to celebrate the benefits of foreign language learning across the country! To help us celebrate, TY teachers will show a 30-minute language workshop video in their TY classes tomorrow using the following schedule: 9.35- 10.15-: Opening Ceremony 10.15-10.45: Chinese Workshop 11.10-11.40: Italian and Italian Cuisine 11.50-12.20: Greek Language 12.30-1.00: Arabic and Belly Dancing 1.50-2.20: Danish and Design 2.30-3.00: Polish Language Workshop 3.10-3.50: Spanish/German/French workshops with TY Language Teachers Stay tuned for more information through out the week

St Mary's Feature Today in Mass on RTÉ at 11am - Second Sunday of Advent

The mass on RTÉ 1 at 11am this morning will celebrate the second Sunday of Advent, and it will be a Society of St Vincent De Paul Ireland mass. The mass will include students from four other schools that have links with the Vincentian community. Merrella, our fifth year student and Ember team member, will sing at the event. The mass can also be watched in the RealPlayer later today.

Reminder: Ms Mc Mullan Plays in the All-Ireland Camogie Final at 3.45pm Today Saturday, 5th December!

Congratulations and best of luck to you, Ms Mc Mullan, player and co-captain of the Down team, as you play Camogie against Antrim in the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Final today at 3.45pm in Cavan. One can watch the match on the RTÉ News Channel, RTÉ Player, and the BBC iPlayer. We will be virtually cheering you on throughout the game!

First Festive Christmas Dinner created by our Education for Living Students

Following weeks of preparation the Education for Living students held a Special Festive Dinner for their VIP guest Ms. Griffin. It was such a brilliant event with delicious food, all prepared in school by the students themselves. Huge congratulations to all the students involved for all the hard work and planning that was required for such a successful lunchtime feast.

TY Spanish Christmas Cards

Beautiful Spanish Christmas cards were made this week by our Ty students. Well done to all.

There will be no classes next Friday 11th December from 1.10 - 3.10pm to facilitate staff training.

TY creating and sending Christmas Cards as Gaeilge to older members of our community

Some of our TYs have taken on a Christmas Card Campaign to send to various convents and nursing homes. They have been busy designing the cards in Irish but are writing personal messages to the recipients. Some have even included letters a return address if they wish to write back to them over the Christmas period.

Cake Time

Aureja from class 2 Clover has been getting very creative in her kitchen and has made this beautiful cake for her Home Economics teacher which was much appreciated by Ms McGinn and all of the students in the class! Well Done Aureja and thank you for your very kind gesture!”

Sixth Year Supervised Study Reminder re Consent Form and Payment

Sixth Year Parents/Guardians can access here on the App the digital consent form regarding the trial period of Supervised Study up until Christmas (Wednesday 2nd December to Thursday 17th December). It is also contained in the PDF below. The payment for this two and a half week term will cost €41. The school will maintain all COVID protocols for Supervised Study, including social distancing and the wearing of face masks. We must have sufficient numbers for Supervised Study to take place, so we ask that any Sixth Year students interested in same to ensure that their parents/guardians sign the online consent form and pay through the school App's shop. Pending numbers tomorrow afternoon, we will decide if the Supervised Study goes ahead until Christmas. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/2142_20201129195903.pdf

Relove Fashion 2020 Update

Congratulations to all of our students participating tin the Relove Fashion competition. We have three entries this year and they all worked extremely hard. With a whole 13 minutes to spare we even got a storyboard redone as mischievous twin siblings used a storyboard as a colouring book this morning. One of the storyboards was electronic and fantastic... Here are the final three entries.

Reminder: Drop Everything and Read session Wednesday 25th at 12.30pm

As an integral part of our whole-school Numeracy and Literacy strategy, we will have our 'Drop Everything and Read' (DEAR) session today Wednesday, 25th for non-exam years. The last class before lunch (12.30-1.10 pm) will be dedicated to a relaxing session of reading your favourite book/magazine. PLEASE remember to bring in your favourite novel or magazine for class! Thank You.

St. Mary's featured heavily in Leinster's Afterschool club in DCU

Again, well done to all our first year students who participate in Leinster's pop up Tag Rugby events in DCU. They were well publicised over the weekend on the Leinster website and twitter accounts https://twitter.com/leinsterrugby/status/1329456202766561280 https://www.leinsterrugby.ie/gallery/four-week-pop-up-club/