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.
I like big books and I cannot lie!
The School Library opened its doors to students back in December 2013 and since then it has been growing in popularity. Each day during breaks students have full access to the Library that boast over 4,000 books with a wide variety of topics and genres.
The library has been designed in a way that we hope allows our students to escape. It is a space that encourages relaxation, away from the noise of the corridors, so they can clear their heads of school work and exam pressure.
Some students pop in every day, happy to find a spot on our lovely sofa or park themselves on one of the comfy beanbags with a book in hand, others prefer to pick a book and take it away with them to enjoy at home. During school hours Teachers are welcome to use the library for reading classes and the student’s value this time away from the normal classroom setting. We also open after school three days a week for students who stay back for study or sports to drop by and grab a book or who want time to consider their next book. It is exciting to see the enthusiasm for the Library since it opened and we hope this will flourish as the Library develops.
Musical – Breaking Up is hard to Do.
Following four months of hard work and rehearsals, First and Second year students had a most successful three nights on stage performing in ‘Breaking Up is Hard to Do’, a 60’s musical based on the songs of Neil Sedaka. Leads were played by Robbie Herring, Kate Linnie, Fintan Price, Cian McKeon, Muireann O Neill and Lucy Watson and these students were backed up by a superb cast of singers and dancers and a backstage crew who worked tirelessly to ensure the show went off successfully. Directed by Miss Dunne and assisted by Mr Dempsey and Mr O Brien, the students were super and showed wonderful professionalism and maturity on stage.
Fifth Year Production - 'Our Town'
For two nights in late January the school assembly was transformed into the small American town of Grover’s Corners with the fifth year production of “Our Town”. The play was the first non-Irish production in 22 years, when “Our Town” was first performed under the watchful direction of one Mr. Pat Breslin and his long time sidekick Mr. Edmond Behan.
From the tentative readings during auditions in October, through rehearsal after rehearsal on dark evenings in November and December, to the last frantic preparations since our return in January, each actor has worked hard to connect with their character and bring the small town of Grover’s Corners to life on stage. This is one of the largest casts to appear on a Scoil Mhuire stage, but instead of watering down the importance of performances, each role was essential in its own way.
The central love story was played with tenderness and innocence by Lauren Martin and Luke O’hEinigh. The joy and pain of parenthood was captured by their parents, Evan Carmody and Ciara Connolly (Mr. and Mrs Webb), and Ian Prendergast and Aisling Glynn (Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs) and family life was filled out by lovely cameos from the younger siblings Rebecca (Rachel Mulqueen) and Wally (Barry Kiely).From the newspaper boys (John Gorman and Chris Gannon), to the milkman (Adam Dillon), from the local policeman (Padraig Quirke) to the town gossip (Zoe Jackson McGrath), from the cynical and tragic character of Si Stimson (Jason Corbett) to the confused ramblings of Professor Willard (Aoibhinn Sherwin), we were drawn into what makes life so wonderful.
In so many ways the production was the result of a huge team effort by TYs and Fifth Years- prompters, ticket sellers, lighting engineers, front of house, promoters, costumes, make up, programme designers- the combination of all these diverse and important jobs, was performed with such diligence and dedication by students with no professional help.
As with every production in Scoil Mhuire, “Our Town” was as important for the journey to the opening night, as the production itself but all along the courtesy, enthusiasm and good humour of all the students involved shone through. They are a credit to the long tradition of drama at Scoil Mhuire and to the characters and stories that they brought to life.
The choir have had a busy term singing at memorial masses, end of year awards ceremonies and next Thursday will sing for Bishop Nulty who will visit the school. Big plans are ahead for next year with competitions and a school concert to work towards. Well done to all choir members.
Congratulations to the members of the School Bank ‘Come Bank with Me’ who reached the national finals in the RDS after a very successful business year, winning vouchers for the school.
Sarah Beegan Cards
Congratulations to Sarah Beegan, second year, who reached the All Ireland Finals of the County Enterprise Awards in Croke Park. Sara progressed through the stages of the competition being selected in the final 100 entries from an initial entry of 16,000.
Leaving Certificate Applied Fifth Year ‘Eggs for Easter’ Enterprise
Fifth year LCA students held an Enterprise project selling Eggs for Easter and donated the profits to assisting Prosperous boy Daniel O Reilly Allen who is on the heart transplant waiting list.
W5 Science Museum Visit
Over 100 Science and History students recently visited the W5 Science Museum in Belfast for an interesting day of interactive science related events. While there they also incorporated a visit to the Titanic Belfast Museum . A most enjoyable day was had by all students.
French Rugby Visitors
Players from the French Uson rugby team paid a visit to the school during their recent stay in Clane. The students and their French friends engaged in conversation and enjoyed some ceili dancing. The visit ended with refreshments following a rousing rendition of the French National anthem.
Sports Award Presentation Night
A wonderful celebration of the successful sporting endeavours in the school this term took place on Thursday May 15th when Kildare sportswoman Clodagh Flanagan presented awards, trophies and medals to our students who had great successes recently. Among the recipients were the U14 Boys Soccer team, The U14 and U16 Girls Camogie Teams, the Senior Hurling Team , the Senior Girls Football team and the U14 Boys Football team.
Cross Country Track and Field
It was a very successful year for the ~Track and Field and Cross Country team. Over 30 students travelled to Carlow, Kilkenny and Santry to compete in the South Leinster Championships. They endured ‘ideal’ conditions ranging from hail, rain, mud slides and even snow while running distances between 1km and 6km.
Track and field took place in Scanlon Park, Kilkenny with 26 students participating in events such as long jump, high jump, sprints and relays. Keelin White and Lucy McCann qualified for the Leinster Track and Field finals in Santry in the Long Jump and 1,500m race. Well done to all students.