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Newsletter Summer 2013

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.

Senior Hurlers Crowned Leinster Champions

Small 320Scoil Mhuire, Clane clinched the Leinster title with a well-deserved two point win over Scoil Chaitriona (Glasnevin) in Ó Raghaillaigh GAA grounds in Drogheda. Played on a surface not at all conducive to good hurling - extremely heavy, with players finding it difficult to hold their feet - it was a low scoring game with the sides level at 0-3 each at the break. Coming out to face the strong wind in the second half, the Kildare boys showed great passion, great heart and great determination to hold off the Dublin side, mainly due to a goal from Liam O’Brien in the 37 minute. Lots of stars, no more so than team captain and goalkeeper Paddy McKenna, along with Seán O’Rourke, Seán Christensen; midfielders Tommy Cribbin and Andy Malone along with top scorer Liam O’Brien. Final score: Scoil Mhuire 1-4 Scoil Chaitriona 0-5.

County Camogie Win for 1st and 2nd years.

The 1st and 2nd year camogie girls had a fantastic victory over their arch rivals St Mary’s Naas in early March in Hawkfield. It was an excellent team performance all round, with the girls getting off to the perfect start when they rushed into a 4-2 to 2 points lead at half time. The Scoil Mhure forwards were on fire with Tegan D’Arcy and Annie Harpur causing mayhem for the Naas backs. Tara Glynn and Lily Coady-Evans were battling hard at midfield. The girls hard work and determination shone through and they prevailed to win 7-5 to 3-3. The girls were delighted to watch their inspirational captain Katie Christansen lift the cup after their bitter disappointment at losing at the same stage to St Mary’s last year. It is safe to say that the future of camogie in Scoil Mhuire is very bright.Small 320

1st Year Soccer Win the Keating Cup

We had a great year in the u14 soccer in the school. We won the Keating Cup in the Mid Leinster boys soccer league . We also contested the Leinster Final against Gorey and we were narrowly beaten 1-0 on the day, however it was a great team performance.

Gaelic Football

All panel members showed great commitment and spirit throughout the year .
A big thank you goes to Luca Lehane in 5th year for his great coaching and all the students and parents who supported us through the year.
The U14 girls have been training since January. The girls successfully partook in the Leinster Blitz in Clane GAA club. The played Leixlip Confey, Wolstan’s and Leixlip Colaiste Chairain and won all three games comprehensively. They then went on to the quarter finals but came up against formidable Meath teams and although they played well, they weren’t successful at getting past this stage. The girls have shown great commitment and determination and have continued training since then. They have a few more challenge games to play before the end of the year. They show great promise for next year. The senior girls reached a Leinster semi final this year where they were narrowly beaten by Boyne CS.

U 16 Boy’s Basketball

A panel of 1st to 3rd yr students have been basketball training since September, working on their skills and tactics.
Friendly games against Salesian College and Clongowes Wood College tested their strengths and has encouraged them to continue. It is hoped they will enter the National League next year. Training on Tuesdays 4-5pm and Thurs 1.20- Girls 1.50pm. New members still welcome. See you on the court.

Athletics

It has been a very busy and successful year for the cross country team. We braved hail, rain and snow on occasion. ~The team have literally travelled ‘Cross Country’ competing in Carlow, Kildare, Dublin and Kilkenny. The minor boys proved particularly triumphant winning a total of 8 medals.
This week sees the beginning of the Track and Field events with over 30 students travelling to Scanlon Park to take on long jump, high jump and a variety of track races.

Tag Rugby

Two teams of Transition year and Fifth year girls travelled to Clondalkin last week for a Leinster Schools Tag Rugby blitz. The Red team won all four of their matches and the Green team were successful in three games. Well done to all participants.

Felting

SmallThe second year Home Economics classes were introduced to Felt making last term. Using fine merino wool they designed and produced either a felt sample, or a component part of their cushion for examination. Flowers, bows, cupcakes and even fish were among items made and now grace the finished cushions. Some students designed and made I-pad covers.

Fairtrade

The Fairtrade shop is up and running on a weekly basis selling Fairtade chocolate and it is proving to be very popular. The shop is run by a group of TY students interested in promoting the cause. So far, we have given some profits from the shop to the Princess Leah fund and the remainder will go to a nominated charity. Thank you to all the students for supporting it.

School Musical

All Shook Up The school rocked to the tunes of Elvis for three nights last week as first and second year students took to the stage to perform All Shook Up, this years’ musical production. Guided by Ms. Dunne, Mr. O’ Brien and Mr. Dempsey; a cast of 28 students displayed great acting, singing and dancing talent and the fruits of many months of preparation and rehearsal. They were assisted in stage design and make up by a host of 5th and Transition Year students. Small 320

School Choir

The school choir has grown from strength to strength since September. The choir has 60 student members from 1st to 6th year.
The students perform modern music from Adele to David Guetta and Emile Sande to name a few. We are fortunate to have a soprano, alto and tenor line and will be heading to the Navan Choral Festival on May 10th as well as performing at the award ceremonies at the end of May. We wish the choir the best of success.

New Prefects

The prefects for 2013-14 are Jean McDonnell (Head), Des O’ Connor (Deputy Head), Keith Nevin, Kyle O’ Rourke and Aisling Bonner (1st yr.), Niamh Travers (2nd Yr.), Conor Gordon (3rd yr.), Michael O’ Reilly and Sinead Corbett (Sports) and Ailbhe Garry (Arts and Culture). We wish the new team every success in carrying out their duties and thank the out-going group for their diligence and professionalism this year.

Merits

The Merit Award System has been a huge success this year with over 10,000 merits awarded to students since the beginning of the year. Students who work hard, are pleasant and co-operative with others, who take part in extra-curricular activities and in general display a positive attitude to the school and their own learning have all been recognised with merits from their teachers. The students who have received the greatest amount of merits in each year will be presented with the Bryan Sammon Merit Award at our Awards’ Days in at the end of May and will also receive some brilliant prizes. Well done to all those who have received merits and keep up the great work!

Fifth Year Fundraiser - €5,000 for Princess Leah Fund

Before Easter twenty fifth year students organised three events in the school with funds going to the Princess Leah fund for local girl Leah Taffee. The events were the
student teacher soccer match, (attended by the largest crowd ever and won by the teachers 3-0), a Zumbathon for 6th year students and a concert performed by senior students for first years. A total of €5,000 was raised for the fund. Thank you to everyone who donated to this cause and we wish Leah well.

Small 320First year Student reaches National Final of Young Entrepreneur Competition

First year student Sarah Beegan represented the school at the Enterprise Boards Young Entrepreneur National Finals in Croke Park last month with her company SARAH’S Cards 2 Keep – handmade bespoke cards and paper gifts for all occasions. Sarah was selected from 15,000 entries and was in the final 23 representing Scoil Mhuire and Kildare. Well done to Sarah and we wish her every success with her cards which go on sale in Bob ‘n Kates this week.

Student Council

The Student Council organized an Easter Egg Hunt for first year students with funds of ?250 going to the Princess Leah foundation.

School Stars Final

We wish good luck to 5th year students Daniel Guy, Stephen Mangan and Adam Dillon and 1st year Teigan D’Arcy who have reached the regional finals of the School Stars Talent Show which takes place in The Fairways Hotel, Dundalk on May 15th.

School Tour

Small 320A hugely enjoyable trip to Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona took place over the Easter holidays. Highlights include the Segovia aqueduct, the Madrid cable car tour, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and of course the rides in Port Aventura especially the Dragon Khan. Many new experiences were enjoyed from the snowcapped hills of Segovia to the brilliant sunshine of the Valencian orange groves. Lots of wonderful memories for everyone. Thank you to teachers, parents and guardians who participated in preparation and execution of the trip.

Horse Riding Initiative

Transition year students have been involved with an exciting new initiative this term – horse riding with the disabled. Each week 6 students travelled to Kill Equestrian Centre to assist with the riding for the disabled programme. In addition students Zoe Lennon and Amy Keegan attended the Riding for the Disabled AGM in Abbeyleix and addressed the members about their experiences – encouraging other Transition year students to get involved in similar programmes. The girls also got to meet paralympian Helen, hear her story of Olympic horse-riding success and see her medals.

CAO

CAO Statement of Application Record Statements will arrive to 6th year students soon. Please ensure you check all personal and course details and inform CAO of any errors. CAO Change of Mind facility (free of charge) is open from May 5th to July 1st if you wish to change course choices. See www.cao.ie for details or refer to CAO handbook.

PLC

Any 6th year student who has been offered a PLC course place and intends to take it, please make sure you accept the place and pay a deposit if required or the place will be offered to another student.

State Examinations

Oral and practical examinations for both Junior and Leaving Certificate have been taking place in the school in recent weeks. French, German and Irish orals and Music and Home Economics practical exams and the LCVP examination have been completed and great application has been displayed by students. Project work is nearing completion in many subjects this week and the coming weeks further practical examinations take place. We wish all students well with all of their work.

Small 320Knicks and Knacks Mini Company Success

Transition year creativity was rewarded again this year in the Mini Company competition.  The company ‘Knicks and Knacks’ who produced a portable can opener that can attach to key rings were awarded Most Innovative Product Award at the County Final in Kilashee Hotel. They were also interviewed by Clem Ryan at KFM about their product.

School Bank

Transition year students, Brendan Dowling, Eva Brennan, Mark McCraith, Ian Prendergast, Lorraine Morrin and Niamh Gorman have been running the school bank this year as part of the AIB ‘Build a Bank Challenge’ this year. The team reached the national finals in the RDS on 17th April. Well done to the team for their hard work and success in reaching the finals.

Kare

Transition year students have worked with the Kare service users on Wednesday mornings again this term on a variety of activities ranging from art to clay pieces to games. It has been a most successful project and rewarding for both the service users and the students.

Transition Year Easter Trip

It was a cold and chilly trip to the UK with the Transition Year students this year but luck was certainly on our side.
The days before our departure saw ferry cancellations and the closure of Alton Towers due to snow, however, the theme park re-opened the day we were due there and thanks to the adverse weather, crowds were sparse and students had the very rare opportunity of the run of the park! Other highlights included a walking tour of Liverpool, bowling, a trip to Old Trafford, where the teachers and students met Alex Ferguson (!) all rounded off with some retail therapy in the very impressive Trafford Centre. While exhausted on return, it was a hugely successful, thoroughly enjoyable trip and the students' behaviour was impeccable.
Thanks again to all teachers who came along. Small 320

 


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