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Newsletter Spring 2014

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.

Fifth Year Play Our Town

By Thorton Wilder,
Directed by –Mr D.Gorry, Mr .P.Breslin and Ms L Callinan
The fifth year play rehearsals are up and running and excitement is building among the cast and crew as we head towards the performances in mid-January. This is a beautiful play set in
Grover’s Corner New Hampshire at the turn of the 20th century. It was a revolutionary play in its time as the author introduced new techniques in the telling of the story. It is a play that draws you into the life of the characters as they go through a whirlwind of emotions as they go about living their lives in Grover’s Corner. Keep an eye out for this production later this month..

First and Second Year Musical

Auditions for the first and second year musical have been held, rehearsals are about to begin and the performance will take place in April. Good luck to everyone involved.

Adult Education Graduation

Small 320Scoil Mhuire’s Adult Education Department held its annual graduation ceremony on Wednesday 27th November in the Westgrove Hotel.
In his speech Mr. Nolan congratulated the department on their success as over 1,400 adult learners attend Scoil Mhuire Adult Education
classes each week. There was cause for double celebration on the night as a booklet was launched to mark 30 years of Adult Education in Scoil Mhuire. Graduates were then presented with their certificates in a variety of disciplines. Further information on the range of certified and non-certified courses available in Scoil Mhuire, Clane are available on the website www.clanesm.com.

Scoil Mhuire Choir on RTE.

Dec. 15th saw the school participate in the ‘Mass on Sunday’ on RTE 1. Recorded live at the Donnybrook studios, the choir sang the mass beautifully and readings and offertory were delivered  by staff  and students  of the school. Led by Ms. Nevin and Mr. Shanaghan, the choir members had practiced for a number of weeks for the mass which was very well received. Well done to all involved and to Claire Kavanagh who has been appointed Choir Prefect.

The school choir also performed in the 5th year charity concert on Nov 29th singing ‘You raise me Up’, ‘Rule the World’ and ‘Read all about It’ as well as carol singing in the village in the lead up to Christmas, raising funds for the Laura Lynn Foundation.

Halloween Walk

Small 320The now annual event that is the Fancy Dress walk was a huge success again this year. In lovely sunshine we walked round the village in various costumes including themes such as pirates, sheep, Disney characters and even Ivor and Damo made an appearance. Funds raised go towards extra curricular activities in the school.


LCVP visit Newbridge Silverware

In November Ms. O Reilly’s LCVP students visited Newbridge Silver factory and showrooms as part of their coursework where they learned how the business was established and about its day to day running and success.

Social Media Safety Talk for Students

Dr. Maureen Gaffney, Psychologist from UCC addressed students during October on the topic of Awareness of Social Media and Cyber-Bullying. The seminars were very beneficial to all students
and Dr. Gaffney also addressed parents who found the talk very interesting and informative.

Diabetes Awareness Initiative

Transition Year Students led a Diabetes Awareness Week among first year students in October, which included various initiatives including a writing competition, a blue circles hunt and a basketball blitz which raised money for Diabetes Ireland. Students are eagerly awaiting the results of the writing competition sponsored by Kildare Diabetes Group to see if one of our students has won
an i-pad.


Thank you to all our 6th year Mentors who have worked very hard helping our 184 first year students to settle in so well to secondary school and who also helped at the recent very successful social
night for first years.

TY Retreats

In early September all TY classes headed to Glendalough for their annual retreat. The weather was incredible as the students saw out the last of the summer days. The day consisted of a variety of walks, taking time to reflect ,pray and spending a little time getting to know their new classmates.

5th Year Retreat

In October the 5th years started their retreat in Donadea forest, here they participated in a reflective walk, stopping at various points along the way to remember, pray and experience the
forest in a different light. They then travelled back to the Clane Parish Centre for some refreshments and participated in a guided meditation followed by a visit to the church. Many thanks to
Patricia O’Neill for her invaluable contribution on the day.

Advent Services

Advent services for all students took place in the parish church Clane in the week leading up to the break.


The Transition year students have embraced the Kare programme again this year with great enthusiasm and engage with Kare service users in school on Wednesday mornings.

Fifth Year Fundraiser

This year the Fifth year students have chosen The Laura Lynn Foundation to be the recipient of funds raised during the annual charity events. A most successful concert showcasing the excellent talent among the student body was held on Fri Nov 29th with seventeen acts performed to a full house. Other events included a uniform day for teachers, a Zumba class for 6th year, a soccer blitz for 1st yrs, Carol singing in Supervalu, a series of raffles and the annual student-teacher football match. Well done to the fifth year committee members for their hard work and thank you to all who contributed to the fundraising.

Shoebox Appeal

Small 320This year the Student Council were very successful in collecting 142 shoeboxes for Team Hope which will be distributed in time for Christmas to children in Mongolia, Africa and Eastern Europe.
Thank you to everyone who put a box of gifts together for the campaign and well done to the Student Council members for their hard work in organising it all.

Sixth Year Religion Programme

A variety of guest speakers have addressed the 6th yr. students this term including Fr. Peter McVerry, Alan Kerrins and Denise Sexton from Autism Ireland, as well as speakers representing Guide Dogs
For the Blind, Brainwaves and the Jack and Jill Foundation.

Lá Na Gaeilge

Fifth and sixth year higher level Irish students participated in Lá na Gaeilge in November, which involved 24 hours of speaking as Gaeilge. The students enthusiastically embraced the challenge and
also took part in ceili and fun activities on the day.Small 320

D.I.T. Science Visit

During Science week in November over 90 5th yr students travelled to D.I.T. Kevin Street campus to take part in a Science Week lecture on Genetics and The Nervous System. The students
got an excellent opportunity to visit a third level campus, see the facilities and to participate in a lecture.

Debating Team

The debaters are practicing at the moment for a number of competitions in the coming months. We wish them well.

Transition Year News

Carlingford Trip

Abseiling, Laser Tag, High Ropes, Murder Mystery Tour and Kayaking were some of the activities the Transition year students enjoyed on their trip to Carlingford Outdoor Adventure centre in
October. 126 students accompanied by five teachers embarked on the activities with gusto and had a thoroughly enjoyable bonding trip.

Ploughing Championships

A long but enjoyable day was had by over 100 Transition Year students at the championships this year. Meeting celebrities such as George Hook and Nuala Carey, the funfair and watching the competitions were some of the highlights of the day.

School Bank

Once again we are competing in the Build a Bank Challenge – this time as ‘Come Bank with Me’. Six Transition Year students have taken on the task of running the bank. So far they have held a raffle and hosted an Opening Day which yielded a large turnout. They also hope to organise a Christmas event and to progress to the regional and national finals of the Build a Bank challenge competition.


This year twenty three Transition Year students are involved in the production of the school yearbook. They aim to gather the memories and record the achievements of the students of Scoil Mhuire. The committee meet after school each Tuesday and are working hard to achieve their goal. Any student who wishes to include an article in the book should contact a committee member.

Sports News

Senior Hurling Success

Small 320Clane’s Scoil Mhuire were crowned the North Leinster Senior C Hurling champions recently when they got the better of Cistercian College from Roscrea in St Conleth’s Park. The final score was Scoil Mhuire: 5-14, Cistercian College, Roscrea: 6-4. Scoil Mhuire, who were the better side throughout put up a super team display with Cathal ‘Bosco’ Egan in superb form and Conor Gordon was also immense at centre back. By the 22nd minute the Clane boys had stretched their lead to five points.
Further points from Ethan O’Donoghue and a brace from frees courtesy of Egan left Scoil Mhuire heading to the dressing room with an eight point cushion at the break. In the second half Clane pulled away leading to a superb win for the school.
SCOIL MHUIRE: Cian Moore; Cathal McGrath, Dylan Brereton, Ronan Guilfoyle; Diarmuid Crowley, Conor Gordon, Brian Giffney; Paddy Jordan, Mikie O’Reilly 0-1; Robbie Philips 0-1, Tommy Cribbin 1-1, Ciaran O’Flaherty; Cathal Egan 1-8 (7f), Ethan O’Donoghue 1-2, Jack Byrne 1-1.
Subs: Liam O’Brien 1-0 replaced J Byrne 41 mins, Ryan Sullivan replaced R Guilfoyle

Soccer Update

The boys Under 19 soccer team reached the quarter final of the Leinster Midland League after fine performances against Newbridge College and PBS Newbridge. They played Portlaoise CBS in the quarter final and lost 5-1 on the day which was not a true reflection of their performance. The team were captained by Daniel Callan . The Under 17 team had a great win in their first game beating Newbridge College 10-0. The team are captained by Dylan Brereton and are hoping to go well in their competition this year.

The Under 15 team have reached the semi-final of the Leinster Midland league having defeated Pipers Hill College and Naas CBS. This group of players won their league last year and are hopeful of more success this year.

Kick Boxing Champion

Congratulations to Niall Carroll 3rd yr who is Ireland’s 2013 World Kick Boxing champion. It is Niall’s third time to win the title, having succeeded in 2010 and 2011 also. Niall from Prosperous, has been boxing and kick-boxing since the age of ten and has competed in Portugal and Spain and this year in Italy. Niall has also won the title of Irish Boxing Champion under 12,hopes to box for Ireland in the Olympics in the future and is hopeful that kick boxing will soon become an Olympic sport.


This year Scoil Mhuire has concentrated on two teams, minor – 1st and 2nd yrs and junior- 3rd and 4th yrs. Hopefully we will have a senior team soon? Both teams have been very successful with juniors winning all games and minors only losing one game to old rivals St. Mary’s! Hopefully both teams can represent the school in the Kildare League Finals where our minors hope to retain the title while the juniors hope to snatch it for the first time. Keep it up girls, we are going for the double!!!


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