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Exam Results

Well done to all Leaving Cert and Junior Cert students who had great success in this years’  examinations. Special congratulations to Rachel Mulqueen who achieved the best female result in the country in Higher Level Design and Communication Graphics

All Ireland Scholarship

Massive congratulations to 2015 Scoil Mhuire graduate Zoe Jackson McGrath, who was one of only 125 students from across the island of Ireland chosen to receive the prestigious All Ireland scholarship. Zoe is studying Law at Trinity College having received fantastic grades in her Leaving Certificate. Zoe was presented with her scholarship at a ceremony held in the University of Limerick which was attended by JP McManus, the sponsor of the scholarship, guest of honour AP McCoy and Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD.

Senior Debaters at Maynooth University

Scoil Mhuire enjoyed a successful First Round in the Maynooth University debates on 16th. November. Coached by Mr. Behan, ten of our thirteen speakers were successful in securing a place in Round Two of the competition. The motions debated in Round One included: The objectification
of men in popular culture and the Hunger Games as a prediction of the future. Teams were:
Scoil Mhuire A
[Oran Harrison & Corrado Fusciardi]
Scoil Mhuire B
[Adam Power & Roisin Gorman]
Scoil Mhuire C
[Seyi Akinola]
Scoil Mhuire D
[Precious Ali & Tami Adeniran]
Scoil Mhuire E
[Aran Behan & Harry Kelly]
Scoil Mhuire F
[Stephen Duffy & Christopher Ryan]
Scoil Mhuire G
[Robyn Clarke & Shane Brady]
Teams A, D, E, F and G are currently preparing for their challenging second round motions which include Condemn The War on Drugs, Prepare for Peace by Planning for War and It is Morally Unethical to Genetically Modify Embryos. Other teams in Round 2 include Belvedere College, Castleknock CC, St. Mary’s CBS, Marist, and Confey. We wish the speakers every success.

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The academic year is progressing quickly, with the October Mid-Term break already over. We are delighted with the way the new first years have settled into life at Scoil Mhuire, and of the positive contribution they are already making.
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Tag Rugby
The social night held in early October was a great success, the students seemed to enjoy themselves and it was a wonderful opportunity for the First Years to get to know each other in a social setting. We would like to acknowledge the support of tutors and the sixth year prefects and mentors in ensuring the night went so well.
The Tag Rugby World Cup has also been very successful. Over 160 First Years participated, each team played three matches in the pool stages and we are currently playing the knockout games. The final will be played before the entire year group with a trophy and medals for the winners, runners up and third place team.
We would like to acknowledge the wonderful turn out by First Years for the Halloween Fundraising walk. Students put enormous energy, effort and creativity into their costumes and raised a great amount of money for the school transport fund. a1sx2_Thumbnail1_IMG_9870.JPG

First Years were also prominent in the preparing and presenting the school on the Open Night held in the week before Mid-Term. A number of teachers have spoken highly of the enthusiasm, good manners and positive attitude presented by those students who attended on the night.
A number of First Years have been taking advantage of the various extracurricular activities available in the school. Gaelic football, soccer, rugby, camogie and basketball have all started. Hurling will begin after Christmas. Students should also listen out for details of the first and second year musical which takes place after Easter next year. Guitar classes and the school choir are also underway.
With the year moving on, attention now turns to Christmas Examinations. The exams for first years will take place in the first week of December. Unlike in previous years the exams will be class based, reflecting changes in certain subject curricula, and taking into account that the material covered since September does not merit an exam of over an hour in duration. The class based scenario will also allow teachers to guide students in how to approach exams. Students will be given a timetable of exams shortly, but it is essential that they begin planning their study time now. Detailed guidelines and study tips have been provided in the “Homework Matters” booklet that was distributed at the beginning of the year and which is available to download on the school website www.scoilmhuireclane.ie. We have also attached a blank study planner to allow students to make the most of their time between now and December.
The exams are very important, but should not become a source of anxiety. Students will have had class exams in each subject already. With good preparation and a positive approach each student can be confident of doing their best.
Thank you for your continued support in encouraging your son/daughter to do their best in all they do with us at Scoil Mhuire.
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Junk Kouture entry wins Repak Recycling Award at National Final

b2ap3_thumbnail_Junk-Kouture-Recycling-Award-Winner-Small.jpgCongratulations to Emer Martin, Ciara Murphy and Katie Christanseen , Transition Year students who have been chosen from 958 entries to win the Repak Recycling Award at the National finals of the Junk Kouture competition.
The Recycling award winning entry is FRESH ‘N FAMOUS. The outfit recycles flour, Brennans Bread wrappers and Sellotape rolls. The girls used the flour with salt and water which they  baked and cut into shapes. After much experimenting with shapes and designs the girls, assisted and guided by Art teacher, Ms McGee settled on the final design which was inspired by Madonna and fifties fashion was modelled by Emer on the night.. The girls have put huge time and effort into the competition and feel it was all worth it.
The girls were one of four entries from Scoil Mhuire who took part in the Regional competition in the Helix and were very well supported by Scoil Mhuire students.
Other regional finalists were Jean Gill Pollock, Emma Reilly, Sarah Harkin, Brianna Byrne, Claudia Nevin, Sophie Murphy, Emily Kinsella and Sophie Callanan. The models performed most professionally during the catwalk show. Well done to everyone .

Scoil Mhuire, Clane wins the All Ireland Mini Company Get Up and Go Mini Company Competition.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Mini-company-Edumate-app-winnersEdumate comprising of three enterprising students Harry McCann, Jack Cullen and Brian McLoughlin from Scoil Mhuire Community School, Clane, scooped the top award at the P.D.S.T. get up and Go Mini Company Competition final which took place in the Osprey hotel on Tuesday, 5th May 2015.
Their mini company is an app designed to connect students and teachers using a unique chat service and state of the art newsfeed, while enhancing learning by allowing students and teachers to manage their whole school life at the touch of a button.  Edumate started off as part of the transition year programme offered in Scoil Mhuire Community School, Clane, as part of an enterprise module promoted by the Business Department within the school. Edumate alongside Sugar Darling skincare made up of Roisin Dowd Mahony, Lauren McIntyre, Ella Boland, Sheana Gibney and Sophie Callanan were chosen to represent the school in the Regional Final at the Athlone Silver Springs Hotel on the 17th April 2015. At the Regional Final the Sugar Darlings won the Marketing Award and the Sustainability Award. Edumate won the Innovation Award and qualified to represent their school and Kildare in the National Final.

Jean wins trip to Europe

Congratulations to Transition year student Jean Gill Pollock who won the Graduate.ie online civic awareness competition sponsored by Kildare County Council. Jean will spend 4 days in Strasbourg with 26 other students from Ireland. The competition encourages students to develop awareness and understanding of how various public institutions work.

Fundraising reaches €5000

5th-yr-fundraising-committee-present-cheque-for-5000-to-the-Friends-of-St.-Lukes-Small.JPGCongratulations to the 5th yr. fundraising committee who reached their target of €5000 for the Friends of St. Lukes Cancer care charity. The students travelled with Mr. Dermody and Mr. Breslin to St. Lukes to present the cheque. Thank you to everyone who donated to the events organised to raise the money.

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There was a large attendance at the AGM in October and the guest speaker John Lonergan provided an excellent and thought provoking talk on parenting.

The Parent’s Association committee

The Parent’s Association committee for 14/15 has been formed. We would like to thank everyone involved last year and we welcome the new members. A list of committee members and the year their child is in will be posted on the School website shortly. John Kevin Flynn has kindly agreed to remain as chairperson for the coming year.



The wearing and storage of school coats remains problematic. As the school do not have the space for larger lockers, they have installed coat racks in the locker areas to help address this issue. Please ensure that each student has their name on their coat. In addition, an individualised mark on the coat can be helpful in differentiating coats.

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Gaisce Awards

Are you 15 or older? Did you know that you can sign up for one of Irelands most prestigious awards?

a1sx2_Bronze Gaisce Award Winners_Bronze-Gaisce-Award-Winners-Small.JPGGaisce, The President’s Award is open to anybody aged over 15, it has been run in the school for a number of years and currently over 50 pupils are taking part. We just had 2 students receive their bronze awards. Congratulations Emma Roche and Niamh Fitzgerald.  Two 6th years are completing their Gold award, come on Brendan Dowling and Ciaran Wyse, nearly there! These two boys will be presented with their awards by President Micheal D Higgins. If you are interested in signing up come see Ms Bagnall or Ms Mc Loughlin for further Information or look up http://www.gaisce.org

Open Night

October 23rd saw huge numbers of prospective students tour the school during Open night. The school was thronged and there were displays, dancing and edible delights as all departments and subjects were showcased to perfection.

Exam Success

Congratulations to all Leaving Cert and Junior Cert 2014 students who completed their examinations in June. We wish all past students every success as they embark on the next phase of their careers. Congratulations to Ciaran Power who won the JP McManus scholarship and Ailbhe Garry winner of a Maynooth University award based on their excellent Leaving Certificate results. Kid Tech founder Harry McCann

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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.

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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.


Small 320Scoil 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.

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Scoil Mhuire Community School newsletter.  The newsletter gives an insight into how busy the school has been during the first term. Well done to all the students who represented the school this term and a big thank you to all the teachers who facilitated students in doing so.  Padraig Nolan, Principal.

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New School Library

Small 320Last year a group of teachers and students decided to set up a school Library. There was a huge response to an appeal for donations of unwanted books, with just over 3000 books being donated. A room in the school has now been allocated for use as a library and it is now open to the students.

Students who join the school library will automatically become members of the Kildare Library Arts & Services. Membership cards can be used in the school library and also in local and county libraries. If a student requests a book that we don’t have in the school library, they can simply go to their nearest public library in Co. Kildare and it can be ordered in from another branch. At present we have a limited number of books relating to Sports, Art, Health and Well-being and we would be delighted to receive any books in good condition on these topics. We are also appealing for novels in Irish, French, German and Polish.The library facility is a great new addition to the school and we hope that students will take full advantage of the service.

Over 50 Students participate in Gaisce Awards Programme

Over 50 students participate in the Gaisce Awards Programme
The President’s Award is Ireland’s National Challenge Award for young people. Gaisce works on the basis of a personal challenge set by the young person. We have over 50 pupils currently doing their Bronze award and 2 doing their Silver. On Thursday 5th December the Leinster Silver Award Presentation Ceremony took place in the Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity
College. Professor Aideen Long, Dean of Graduate Studies in Trinity, presented silver awards to Brendan Dowling and Ciaran Wyse who are now going on to do the Gold award. We wish all students taking part every success.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sarah-greeting-cards.JPGTHE sky's the limit for Sarah Beegan (14) from Clane. Since May, the second year student in School Mhuire has sold more than 200 bespoke greetings cards, and will be exporting her first order soon to the Isle of Man. Read Full Liffey Champion Article,

Sarah’s success started earlier this year when a business teacher encouraged her to enter the County Enterprise Board competition. She makes all the cards herself, after discovering her talent when her mother got cancer and they started making cards together at home. In preparation for the contest she chose to stock her work in Bob & Kate’s Giftshop in Clane, which was recently shortlisted in The Irish Times’ ‘Best Shop in Ireland 2013’ awards.

Sarah’s unique designs are made with ribbons, pearls, flowers, glitter, die-cut paper, and Sarah uses professional markers to colour them before applying a special glaze “to stop the design smudging”.

by Ciara Galvin.

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As another academic year draws to a close, we are delighted to update you on the numerous activities that have taken place in Scoil Mhuire since January. It has been an incredibly busy and rewarding time for all staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all third and sixth year students every success in the June examinations and to congratulate everyone involved in the wonderful achievements we have had this term. Padraig Nolan, Principal

Scoil Mhuire Wins John West Fantasy Short Story Writing Competition for the Second Time

Small 320Voyage of the Nereus was the title of third year student, Tadhg White’s masterpiece that was awarded overall winner in this year’s John West Fantasy Writing Competition. Tadhg’s story was one of 11,000 en-trants, the highest amount of participants since the competition began three years ago. Tadhg, along with his family and English teacher Ms. Earley, travelled to the Mansion House in Dublin, on the 29th April, where the winner was announced. Tadhg’s story embraced the theme for this year’s competition, Under the Sea, with his fantastic tale following two convicts who are given an ultimatum, “be beheaded or risk your life on a wild goose chase”, searching for the Lost City of Atlantis on a bronze craft named “Nereus.” Prizes included a Tablet PC, a Kindle and a meeting with an Irish literary agent plus a trip for his English class to the nearest RNLI station. (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)
This is the second time the school has been represented in the competition and the second time we have won the overall prize.. Tadgh is following in the footsteps of last year’s overall winner, Roisin Eyres. Will we make it three in a row at next year’s final? That’s for you to decide!
Click here to see RTE report of the event.

Debating Success

Scoil Mhuire debating teams have been busy researching, writing and delivering their speeches in recent months, enjoying great success along the way in both the Junior Schools’ Debating Competition in UCD and in the Aoife Begley Senior Debates in NUI Maynooth. The Junior Schools’ Debating speakers include Harry Kelly, Rachel Jones, Petra Martinez-Cullen, Molly Hackett, Aran Behan, Christopher Ryan, Aoife Fitzgerald and Harry McCann. The teams travelled to UCD on three occasions, debating against several Leinster schools including Belvedere College, Loreto, Alexandra College, Wesley College, Mount Sackville and Kilkenny College.

Meanwhile our Senior Debaters have also done us proud in NUI Maynooth. Motions included That this House Would Invade Gaza and That this House Would Ban International Boundaries.
Our debaters from TY and 5th Year are Ian Prendergast, Fiona Young, Niamh Crofton, Aoibhin Sherwin, EvaBrennan, Lorraine Morrin, Niamh Gorman, Saoirse Hederman and Killian Brennan. The four students who made it to the semi-finals of the competition were Alexandra Cribbin, Zoe Jackson McGrath, Rachel Mulqueen and Aisling Glynn.

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Scoil Mhuire Community School newsletter.  The newsletter gives an insight into how busy the school has been during the first term. Well done to all the students who represented the school this term and a big thank you to all the teachers who facilitated students in doing so. May I take this opportunity to wish students, staff, parents and everybody associated with Scoil Mhuire Community School a very Happy New.  Padraig Nolan, Principal.

Academic Excellence Awards

Sixth year students, N. Milsom, S. Curran, A O'Neill, C. Sheridan receiving academic excellence awards from NUI Maynooth

Congratulations to Niall Milsom, Aoibhinn O’ Neill, Sean Curran and Cathal Sheridan who were awarded academic excellence certificates recently by NUI Maynooth for their achievements in 5th year Summer examinations.

Success for Graduates of 2012

Past students Aine O Connell, Sheila Houlihan, Roisin Eyres, Ciara Crofton and Katie Meldrum have all received honours recently from their chosen universities for achieving over 500 points in Leaving Certificate 2012. The students were celebrated at award ceremonies in NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, UCD and Trinity College. Congratulations to all our past students and we wish them well in their studies.

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