As the school year draws to a close, we wish all examination students well in the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams and congratulate all staff and students on their hard work during this very busy year. Padraig Nolan, Principal.
New Prefects for 2014-15
Thank you to our outgoing prefects who represented the school excellently all year and welcome to our new team for 2014-15, Paul Alenkhe, Head Prefect, Alex Cribbin, Deputy Head and 5th Yr. Prefect, Ian Prendergast, Amy Keegan and Keisha Davies, 1st Yr. Prefects, Niamh Crofton, 2nd Yr. Prefect, Adam Flynn, 3rd Yr. Prefect, Ronan Guilfoyle and Clodagh Kelly, Sports Prefects, and Leona Condron, Arts and Culture Prefect.
Oral Irish for Junior Certificate Students
For the first time, our third year students did an Oral Exam as part of the Junior Certificate Irish exam. Over one hundred students took the oral exam over four days. It included discussing a picture sequence, a role play and a conversation with an examiner. The students performed well and the examiner praised them for their hard work.
Scoil Mhuire's great debating tradition was upheld throughout the year.
The debating team entered the Aoife Begley Memorial debating competition in NUI Maynooth in December with four teams and two individuals. The standard was very high with students implementing dramatics and rebuttal into their 7 minute speeches. Alas the adjudicators, from the University's Literature and Debating Society, had to pick winners. One team and three individuals from Scoil Mhuire, progressed to the quarter finals- Nicole Martin, Ian Prendergast, Adam Dillon, Bébhinn Cogan and Rachel Mulqueen. Unfortunately only Adam, Bébhinn and Rachel proceeded to the semi-finals where they displayed their great oratory and research skills. However, Bébhinn was the only one to achieve a place in the final, which took place on May 6th, and provided the debaters a chance to show off their accumulated skills to the esteemed adjudicators. Unfortunately Bébhinn did not win the title but was delighted to have gotten so far in the competition.
A Scoil Mhuire team of Molly Kelly, Bébhinn Cogan and Emily O'Brien were also given the wonderful opportunity to represent Denmark in the Model European Commission in Dublin Castle. Great credit is due to the debating team, under the sound guidance of Mr. Behan, for their many achievements and fine words.
John West Short Story Fantasy Writing Competition
Once again a Scoil Mhuire student reached the final of the fantasy writing competition. This year 6th Year student Sarah Houlihan, with her story ‘Silence’ got to the final five and attended a reading of excerpts in the Mansion House, Dublin on Wednesday last. Congratulations to Sarah on her success....