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CATHERINE McAULEY AWARDS - 2018

 

Distinguished guest speaker and former pupil of St. Mary’s, Dr. Roisin Lyons presenting Laura O’Reilly with the Senior Academic Award for 2018.  Laura is now studying Veterinary Science in UCD.

 

St. Mary’s Secondary School had their annual Catherine McAuley award ceremony on Friday night last, 19th October.  A highlight in the school calendar year, teachers and parents took time to celebrate the enormous achievements of its students in so many disciplines.

 

The school was exceptionally proud to invite back one of its Distinguished Past Pupils, Dr. Roisin Lyons, who is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in DCU. Roisin lectures also in Saudi Arabia and has won several teaching awards. Her research and passion focuses on the development of entrepreneurial tendencies in individuals and teams. She works in an advisory role for the Enactus Global Social Entrepreneurship programme, the School Enterprise Challenge and the National CSR forum, while also acting as a judge in the Young Scientist competition on an annual basis. Roisin, along with the principal, Mr Cooke and teachers presented awards to the following students who were recipients of awards on the night:

 

Full Attendance: First Year- Sinead Creedon, Emma Murphy, Lisa Neville, Second Year – Caoimhe Horgan and Emily McSweeney, Fifth Year – Ciara Walsh, Sixth Year – Louise Lynch and Rachel McCarthy.

 

Gaisce awards were achieved by Caitriona Moynihan, Miriam Murnane, Carolyn O’Donovan and Katie Sheehan. 

 

Students Council members in 2017/2018 - were: Sadhbh Bourke, Aine Sheehan, Ciara Bradley, Lily Casey, Kate Maguire, Molly McKirgan, Kitty Clancy, Dominika Starzyckza, Aoife Foley, Emer McMahon, Kate Bradley, Flora Lynch, Kathleen McSweeney and Riona O’Connor.

 

The Apprentice Chef Certificate was received by Suzan Aslanoglu for reaching the Munster final of the competition in Tralee IT.

 

The much coveted and prestigious Pfizer Chemistry Quiz was won by the Leaving Cert class of 2018 with their Chemistry teacher, Ms Catherine Kerrigan. The team was made up of Kate Bradley, Lydia Costello, Leah Kelleher and Laura O’Reilly.

 

Transition Years had National success last year when they won the All Ireland final of the AIB Build a Bank competition, with their Business teacher, Ms Arlene O’Donoghue. The team comprised of: -Jessica Buckley, Savannah Hickey, Caoimhe Moynihan, Miriam Murnane, Hanna O’Donovan and Katie Sheehan. 

 

Catherine McAuley awards were received on the night by those students who by word and example exemplified the characteristics of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the school in the last school year. Among her qualities were kindness, generosity, friendliness, courtesy to all and leadership skills. The following students were congratulated with a Catherine McAuley award: First Year- Shauna Buckley, Nadia Sliwa, Oliwia Wyka, Second Year – Marian Creedon, Alannah Cunningham, Saorlaith O’Leary, Third Year – Martyna Byrdziak, Kate Condon, Ciara O’Donovan, Fourth Year – Aimee O’Herlihy, Ruth Purcell, Dominika Starzycka, Fifth Year – Sarah Doyle, Eilish Galvin, Grace Kiernan, Sixth Year – Ell Marie Kelleher, Kathleen McSweeney and Niamh O’Riordan. 

 

The Junior Sports award went to Aoife Twomey, while Kate Brady picked up the Senior Sports Award. Maeve Kelleher was awarded the Gerard Healy Sports Award. The School’s Senior Football team won the Munster title last year, while the Junior Basketball team reached the semi-final stage of the All Ireland School’s competition.  

 

A number of our students engage and excel in several extra-curricular activities outside of the school. These girls were also acknowledged on the night for their commitment and dedication to a diverse range of hobbies. These include the following : Michelle Crowley, qualified for the World Dancing Championships, Caoimhe Donovan,  a member of the Cork City and County Schools Basketball panel, Theresa Galvin, author of a  novel entitled “ Lightning Bolt” soon to be published by a London publishing Co., Austin McAuley,  Orla Lynch, winner of the Southern Centre Championship and Long Cross Championship in Motorcross Racing, Erika O’Shea, member of the Cork Under 16 Football team and Under 18 National Cup team in Basketball, Megan Sheehan, member of the Senior Cork City FC squad and Sarah Wynroe, winner of three gold and two silver medals in the World Championships in Tawekwon-Do.    

 

St Mary’s is exceptionally proud of all of its students’ academic accomplishments.  The Junior Academic Award in 2017 went to Savannah Hickey and Aimee O’Herlihy, while the Junior Academic Award in 2018 was received by Martyna Byrdziak. 

 

The Senior Academic Award for 2017 went to Ella Curtin and the Senior Academic Award in 2018 went to Laura O’Reilly, both of whom achieved over 600 points in their Leaving Certificate.

 

The Senior Subject awards were received by the Leaving Cert class of 2018 who returned to their alma mater for the event from Universities and Colleges around Ireland. This award is given to Leaving Cert students whose teachers in different subject areas want to congratulate the girls for their commitment and application to the subject. The following students received Subject awards this year: Art – Laura O’Reilly, Biology – Karena Curtin, Business- Molly Cronin, Chemistry- Kate Bradley, English- Kathleen McSweeney, French- Eimhin O’Mahony, Geography – Rachel McCarthy, German- Aoife Doyle, History – Lorraine Dromey, Irish- Michelle Crowley, LCVP – Niamh O’Riordan, Maths – Lydia Costello, Music- Karla O’Shea, Physics- Leah Kelleher, Religion – Lynn O’Riordan, Social and Scientific – Louise Lynch.

 

 

The school wishes to congratulate all of the recipients.

 

 

CATHERINE McAULEY AWARDS - 2016

 

On Tuesday, May 17th the Catherine McAuley Awards ceremony was held in the school.  There were several different categories recognised – full attendance, student council, sports awards, extra-curricular activities, the Catherine McAuley Awards, scholarships awards, subject award winners, Junior and Senior Academic Awards and the CEIST Award.

 

Dr. Olive Murphy was invited back to the school as our Distinguished Past Pupil.  She addressed the gathering with a most inspirational talk.  She spoke fondly of her days in St. Mary’s, her academic journey and her career to date.  She had a lot of wise words to impart and we thank her very much for taking time out to join us on this very important occasion in our school.  Here are some of the award winners:

 

 

A very proud Mrs. O’Donovan was present where both her daughters received full attendance awards, Niamh in 3rd year and Lisa in 6th year.  Lisa received a Catherine McAuley award and also received the prestigious CEIST award.  This award recognises the following qualities: Promoting Spiritual and Human Development; Achieving Quality in Teaching and Learning; Showing Respect for Every Person;  Creating Community; Being Just and Responsible.

 

 

Two sisters that received awards on the night were Sarah and Aoife Doyle,  Sarah received the Junior Sports Award.  Aoife received the Junior Academic  Award for the highest grades in Junior Cert. 2015.   Based on her Junior Cert results in Maths and Science, Aoife was invited to participate in the Science Olympiad in Dublin, and also based on her Junior Cert. German result she was invited to the German Embassy in Dublin,

 

A number of past pupils attended on the night and received awards for scholarships received from their different third level institutions, Caoimhe Browne, Eibhlin Kelleher, Niamh McCarthy, and Vera O’Riordan.  Vera O’Riordan also received a Gold Medal for her joint first place in Leaving Cert. Chemistry results in Ireland.

 

 

 

The following students received a Catherine McAuley Award, these awards recognise the following qualities kindness, courtesy, participation, attendance, commitment to studies and many more.

 

First Year:         Andrea Cotter, Maeve Murphy Andzelika Wyka

Second Year     Jessica Buckley, Emma Cronin

Third Year:        Eva Long, Carolyn O’Donovan

Fourth Year:      Kate Bradley, Eimhin O’Mahony

Fifth Year:         Ella Curtin, Katie O’Riordan.

Sixth Year:        Aisling Kelleher, Claire Murphy, Lisa O’Donovan

 

 A very enjoyable evening was had by parents, pupils and staff of the school.  It was a strong recognition of all the work carried out by staff, teachers and pupils during the academic year.

 

 

 

 CATHERINE McAULEY AWARDS - 2014

The Catherine McAuley Awards were held in St. Mary’s on Tuesday 12th May.  Dr. Juliette Buckley,  Mater Private Cork was the most Distinguished Past Pupil.  She spoke eloquently of her career to date and gave some good sound advice to the students.  Briege Corkery who is a past pupil also attended and presented the sports awards on the night.  She spoke of her sports career and advised students to find their niche in life.  There were numerous awards presented including Mairéad Corkery who was presented with the Senior Sports Award by her sister, Briege; Maeve Kelleher who received the Junior Sports Award.  Other categories included full attendance, individual subject awards for sixth years, Press Pass Award and Irish Debating and inter school teams.

 

 

Dr. Juliette Buckley, Distinguished Past Pupil

 

 

Students who received Gaisce awards

 

 

Members of the Student Council who received awards

 

 

 

Briege Corkery presenting the Gerard Healy Sports Award to Niamh Duggan

 

 

Dr. Juliette Buckley presenting the Junior Academic Award 2014 to Ella Curtin

 

 

Dr. Juliette Buckley presenting the Senior Academic Award 2014 to Becky Hennigan

 

 

Sister Eilis, Chairperson of the Board of Management presenting the Ceist Award to Sinéad Cronin

 

 

Sister Eilis, Briege Corkery, Doctor Juliette Buckley and Mr. Ciarán Cooke, Principal

 

 

CATHERINE McAULEY AWARDS - 2014

 

The school held its annual Catherine McAuley awards ceremony in early May. Parents and Guardians were invited to the event and Mr. Eamonn Ryan, Manager of Cork Ladies Football team was the Guest of Honour on the night.

 

 

 

 

Certificates were awarded for full attendance during the academic year. These were received by Zara Knight, Mia McSweeney, Niamh O’Donovan, Ciara Walsh (first year), Louise Lynch (second year), Sinead Healy, Shauna McCarthy, Niamh McMahon, Grace O’Mahony, Mairead O’Sullivan (third year), Claire Murphy, Lisa O’Donovan (fourth year), Caroline Lynch, Lisa McSweeney (fifth year) and Sharon McSweeney (sixth year). 

 

 

 The Senior Sports Award went to Yvonne Burgoyne, while the Junior Sports Award was received by Nicola Dennehy. Aisling Buckley was the Gerard Healy Perpetual Sports Award recipient. Certificates were also given to Siofra Burgoyne, Rachel Hurley and Aisling Kelleher for coaching junior basketball and football players during the academic year.   

 

 

The Junior Art Award was received by Alexandra Milek, while the Senior Art Award went to Sylwia Sroka. Sinead O’Connell collected the Junior Music Award and Tracey Cronin was the Senior Music Award winner.     

 

Academic awards were also awarded. Sarah Hinchion received the Senior Academic Award for the highest points scored in her Leaving Certificate exam among her year group in August 2013, while Shauna Buckley had the best Junior Cert results in 2013 and received the Junior Academic Award. 

 

 

Sixth Year Student Council members were also acknowledged. These were: Tracey Cronin, Orna Hinchion, Jasmine Shaw and Niamh Walsh.

 

Teachers nominate students in each year group to merit a Student Achievement Award. Eligibility is based on the students’ conscientiousness to her work, personal qualities and general attitude towards the students’ classmates and teachers. Nominees are then shortlisted and three students are selected from each year group to receive a Student Achievement Award. This year, the recipients of these awards are: Aoife Foley, Eilish Galvin and Emma Lynch from first year, Kate Bradley, Flora Lynch and Niamh Moynihan from second year, Ella Curtin, Bronagh Desmond, Kitti Krekuska from third year, Shauna Buckley, Sinead Cronin and Lisa O’Donovan from fourth year, Roisin Cotter, Claire Murphy and Clodagh O’Driscoll from fifth year and Martina Collins, Aine Cotter and Ruth McSweeney from sixth year.  

 

Mr Eamonn Ryan spoke candidly and very appropriately to the award winners as well as the parents and guardians on the night. His reflections on life and words of wisdom were shared with several entertaining anecdotes from his many experiences as a teacher, coach and sports enthusiast.

 

He encouraged the girls to reach for success by persisting over and over again in their efforts to achieve their goals. He talked to them about the drinking habits of young people and urged them  to limit their drink intake. Mr Ryan also spoke about the value of having a hobby to create a healthy balance in their lives. Students, parents and teachers listened intently to the Guest of Honour who was very well placed to deliver his words of wisdom, given his own exceptional record of success with the Cork Ladies Football team. 

 

 

The prize giving ceremony was a very memorable and entertaining one for all. St Mary’s Secondary School community would like to congratulate all the award winners.  

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SPORTS NEWS

CAMOGIE BLITZ

 

 

Our First Year Camogie Team competed in a blitz in Mallow on Wednesday the 10th October.  Great skills were shown on the day; the future is definitely bright for this group of young players.  Well done to the girls and to their trainers Mrs Lehane, Mrs Kelleher and Liam Slattery.

 

 

U14 FOOTBALL

 

Congratulations to our U14 Football team and to their trainers – Ms de La Cour, Mr Quill and Joe Carroll on winning their game against Bantry on the 4th October. Our girls dominated the game in the first half scoring goal after goal, but they were forced to be resilient in the second half to maintain the lead against a fighting Bantry.  The game ended 7-7 to 7-3

 

 

JUNIOR FOOTBALL

 

 Our Junior Team played Bantry on Monday the 15th October in Tom Creedon Park.  They lost by 4 points at the end but put up a big fight against the strong Bantry team.  The match started badly for our team who conceded a goal and a point in the first few minutes while they remained scoreless.  The team never lost hope and pulled together -  going into half time one point ahead.

 

Maeve Kelleher and Lauren Barrett, two first year students, contributed to this great comeback.  Each one of our backline put up a strong defence with Emma Cahill in full back and Clodagh O’Brien and Ava Rose Gallagher holding up the half back line.  Caoimhe O’Sullivan and Siobhan O’Leary helped out greatly from midfield.  The forwards kept the scoreboard ticking over throughout the game with Caoimhe Donovan and Ava Ronan working hard to get these scores.  Unfortunately Bantry scored a goal and a few points late into the second half and despite Eve Cummins’ great goalkeeping the team couldn’t keep up and lost by 4 points.  A well fought battle, well done to all involved.   (Article written by Caoimhe O’Sullivan and Molly McKirgan – 4th Year)

 

 

CAMOGIE MATCH


On Thursday, 20th September the St. Mary's Senior Camogie team competed in their first match this year.

Conditions were very, very wet on the day but the St. Mary's girls braved the elements to contest a well fought battle against their opponents, Crosshaven.


Crosshaven finished winners on the day.

 

Well done to our very young Camogie Team for putting in a great effort.  Well done also to their trainers Mrs. Kelleher, Mr. Leane and Liam Slattery.

 

 

ST. MARY'S ULTIMATE FRISBEE

 

 

On the 11th  February, two teams from St Mary’s travelled to the Mardyke Arena in Cork City to compete in the Murray Cup. The Murray Cup is in its second year and is named after Donal Murray to commemorate his large contribution to the development of Ultimate Frisbee among secondary schools in Cork. Without his hard work and dedication the tournament wouldn’t have been possible. There was a large turnout for this year’s tournament. There was eight teams competing in the women’s division, including two teams from Dublin, while in the open men’s division there were six teams.

 

Both teams played outstandingly well in the group stages, with both teams managing to pick up victories against some difficult opposition. After the group stages, one of our teams had reached the semi-final of the tournament where they came across John Scottus Secondary School from Dublin. Despite a valiant effort from all the team, St Mary’s eventually succumbed to an 8-2 defeat to their much more experienced opposition. After being desperately unlucky to miss out on the semi-finals, our other team met St Angela’s from Cork in the 5th place play-off.  The team managed to finish the tournament on a high note as they earned a comprehensive 10-3 victory. After a long and enjoyable day, St Mary’s teams finished 3rd and 5th overall in the women’s division. This is a great achievement for both teams and is a testament to the hard work the students and their teacher Mrs Brid Kelleher put into preparing for the tournament.

 

St Marys’ Ultimate Frisbee : Kate Brady, Lydia Costello, Molly Cronin, Michelle Crowley, Karena Curtin, Aoife Doyle, Leah Hartnett, Maeve Kelleher, Louise Lynch, Eimhín O’Mahony, Lynn O’Riordan, Karla O’Shea, Layla Sharkey, Sarah Sweeney, Flora Lynch, Riona O’Connor, Eimear O’Leary.

 

 

FOOTBALL COACHING COURSE 

 

The PE department recently organised a training session from the Munster Ladies Football Council to promote and develop Ladies Football in our school and locality.  Twenty Fourth Year students took part in a full day football coaching course to further improve their own coaching skills.  The course comprised of a mixture of classroom based theory and practical application in the sports hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENIOR FOOTBALL

 

Hard luck to our Senior footballers who have unfortunately exited this year's Senior Football Competition following defeat to Carrigaline Community School played in Ovens on Tuesday last. The girls tried their utmost for the hour and fought hard until the end. Many thanks to the Senior girls who played their last game with the school and for the many games played in the St. Mary's jersey over the years. Our Junior footballers are still involved in the championship when they face Bantry C.S in the coming weeks.  

 

 

Our Senior footballers began their championship campaign on Friday last against St. Brigid’s Killarney. Despite the girl’s best efforts and some great scores, St. Brigid’s proved too strong and ran out winners on a score line of 4-16 to 4-9. The group is still all to play with games against Carrigaline Community School and Boherbue Comprehensive School in the coming weeks.  Hard luck to our U-14 ½ footballers who were beaten by a very strong Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon. The game was played in Kilmurry on Thursday 13th October. The girls tried hard until the end but unfortunately came out on the wrong side of the result. We now face Sacred Heart Clonakilty in our final group game.

 


BASKETBALL

 

A second year Basketball match against Colaiste Mhuire, Crosshaven, was held on Monday last 30th January.  A great display by the girls especially Erika O’Shea and Caoimhe Donovan gave them a fantastic win of 37-15.  It is the first game of their competition. The very best of luck to them in their next round which will see them play Ballincollig Community School.  

 

The St. Mary’s Basketball teams have been training hard every Wednesday and have had a number of competitive games recently.  The U-16 team had a fine win in Neptune stadium over their counterparts from St. Aloysius.  Unfortunately the 1st year team were not so successful against St. Aloysius loosing narrowly in a closely fought game.  Following this, both the U-16 and U-19 teams suffered heavy home defeats to very strong opposition from Ballincollig.  Training continues with Coach Paul Keohane in preparation for the remaining pool games and we are hopeful of further successes in the next round.

 

FIRST YEAR FOOTBALL BLITZ

 

 

Two first year teams travelled to Mallow on Wednesday last to play in a Football Blitz.  One of the teams got to the final but were beaten by Colaiste Choilm on the day.  They were presented with their runner-up medals by Dan O’Mahony, Chairman of the Munster Council.

 

 

FIRSTS YEARS IN ALL-IRELAND BASKETBALL PLAY-OFFS

 

We would like to congratulate our first year basketball team and their coach Paul Keohane who put in great performances at the All Ireland play-offs in Wexford on Tuesday, 19 April week. The girls travelled to Bridgetown in Wexford to compete against a team from Kilrush, Co. Clare, Knocklyon, Co. Dublin, and the host school in Bridgetown. The girls missed out on the win in their first game having been defeated by a tough Kilrush side that went on to win the play-offs and progress to the All Ireland semi finals.

 

In their second match, the girls missed out by a point against a very tactical team from St. Colmcille’s, Dublin. This game was a nail biting watch as the girls on both sides battled until the very end. St. Mary’s finished on a high though with a win in the last game of the day. The girls beat Bridgetown Vocational School comfortably and left the tournament on a high. Having won seven games to qualify for the play-offs the girls did the school proud and we wish them the very best for the rest of their training this year.

 

 

PRESENTATION OF GEAR BAGS

 

Caoimhe Creedon and Ella Curtin accepting gear bags for the St. Mary’s Secondary School Football team,  kindly sponsored by John Condon of Macroom Hardwood Floors & Tiles.

 

 

FIRST YEAR BASKETBALL

 

The First year Basketball team won the Cork Regional Final against Bandon on Wednesday 16th March.

 

 

FIRST YEAR GYMNASTICS COMPETITION 2016

 

 

 

This week the first years took part in a gymnastics competition at St. Mary’s Secondary School. Ten teams battled it out for the top prize. The girls performed routines that they had prepared during their PE classes and were judged on their timing, costumes, skill executions, balances and form. The girls performed really well on the day and their principal Mr. Cooke was the judge. The winning team performed a creative performance to Justin Beiber’s Sorry and consisted of the following students: Aoife Clancy, Kate Moynihan, Maria Cronin, Emma O’Leary, Andrea Cotter & Martyna Byrdziak. Second place was awarded to Ellie O’Riordan, Aoibhinn Murphy, Maeve Murphy & Erika O’Shea. Joint third place went to Emma Deasy, Karolina Florek, Sarah Spillane, Ella Dobbie & Zuzanna Kozakiewicz (1A2) and Aoife Twomey, Caoimhe Donovan, Shauna O’Leary and Saoirse O’Brien (1A1).

 

 

SECOND YEAR DANCE-OFF COMPETITION

 

 

On Thursday the 11th February the second year girls at St. Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom took to the stage for a Valentine’s Dance-Off competition as part of their dance strand in P.E.  Seven teams competed against each other in the hope of being chosen as the winners by the three judges on the day (teacher at St. Mary’s). The groups all had a unique identity and theme that guided their dance routine and as well as this, each group had a costume and individual song to which they performed. 

 

The Cowgirls in action.

 

 

Each group demonstrated great skills such as teamwork, communication and creativity throughout their dance strand as they all took on different roles and responsibilities. This was highlighted at the event. In the end The Cowgirls were crowned the champions. Overall it was a great success and well done to all the second year girls who competed.

 

 

ULTIMATE FRISBEE

 

 

On Wednesday, January 27th two teams from St. Mary’s competed on an Ultimate Frisbee tournament held in the Mardyke Arena, UCC.  This was an inaugural tournament for secondary school students in Cork.  St. Mary’s students were introduced to this game as part of their PE programme in 4th Year. It was a great opportunity for the students to apply skills learned in a competitive setting.  They also experienced the true sport of the game which emphasises fair play and fair mindedness.  An enjoyable and fun-packed day was had by all students.

 

 

BASKETBALL

 

Our 1st & 2nd year basketball teams played against Kanturk at home on Tuesday 23rd February.  Both teams won their matches.  Their next outing is a home playoff, opponents yet to be decided.

 

 

 

SCHOOLS INTER-PROVINCIAL LADIES FOOTBALL BLITZ

 

St. Mary’s had two students, Aisling Kelleher and Mairéad O’Sullivan selected as members of the Post Primary School’s Munster Ladies Football Team.  They competed in the Interprovincial Blitz which was held in Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath on Saturday, 23 January.

 

Munster won all of their first three matches, beating Ulster, Connacht and Leinster.  They played Connacht in the final - a  repeat of the 2015 final, but it was Munster who were victorious on this occasion.  Final score was 2 – 7 to 0 – 5.  This was a very successful outing for the Munster Team. 

 

 

PRESENTATION OF NEW FOOTBALL JERSEYS

 

Michael McCarthy of Glenview Motors, Macroom presenting St. Mary's with a new set of Football Jerseys.

 

FOOTBALL

 

St. Mary’s Senior Football team played Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne  in Killarney on Tuesday 1st December in the Munster quarter final.  It was a very close exciting encounter with the Macroom girls coming out on top on a score line of 4-10 to 7-10. They are now through to the Munster Semi-Final.  The girls lined out in their new jerseys which were generously sponsored by Glenview Motors, Macroom.  A big thank you to Michael and Nora McCarthy.

 

 

L.C.V.P. CLASS ORGANISE SPORTS DAY

 


The Leaving Certificate L.C.V.P. class organised their enterprise activity on Tuesday, 15
th September – a Sports Day for junior classes.  The motto for the day was Healthy Body,Healthy Mind.  Lots of competitions were held and prizes given. A great day was had by all.

 



SENIOR FOOTBALL

St Mary’s Senior football team played Colaiste Choilm in Ballincolling on Wednesday 4th November, and won on a score line of 4 -14 to 1 -3.  Well done girls.

 

JUNIOR FOOTBALL

 

Our Junior footballers began their championship campaign on Friday 25th September against St. Mary’s Secondary School Mallow. Despite the girl’s best efforts, Mallow proved too strong and ran out convincing winners.

 

We wish to extend our congratulations to our past pupils Briege Corkery, Vera Foley, Marie Ambrose and Mairéad Corkery who won the All-Ireland Senior football title for a 10th time in 11 years against Dublin on Sunday last. Comhgáirdeachas ó chroí daoibh.

 

 BASKETBALL

Our Senior & U16 teams played Carrigtwohill on Wednesday 18th, while our girls played very well, both teams were defeated on this occasion.

 

 

On Monday, 28th September, the U16 and Senior Teams played Davis College, Mallow in Macroom.  St. Mary's Senior Team won and the U16 Team were defeated.  On Tuesday, 6th October, the 1st Year and U16 teams played North Pres. at Neptune Stadium and both teams won.


 

 

ATHLETICS

 

 

Meabh O'Riordan who came third in the South Munster Schools Junior Discus competition on 6th May, 2015.

 

 

 

 ST. MARY'S STUDENTS IN MUNSTER SCHOOLS LADIES' FOOTBALL TEAM

 

 

Two St. Mary’s students - Mairead Corkery and Aisling Kelleher, were members of the Munster Schools Ladies' Football Team which competed in Inter-provincial Blitz in Mullingar recently.  The Munster team reached the final, which was a very close and exciting contest.  They lost by only a single point to Connacht. It was a great honour for these St. Mary's Students to be selected as members of this very successful Munster team.

 

MARGARET O'LEARY WINS GOLD

 

 

Congratulations to Margaret O’Leary from 2A1 who won gold at the All Ireland Judo Open Competitions held in Galway on Saturday March 7th.

She will be training in Paris with the Muskerry Judo club from the 19th to 23rd of March.

 

Bon Chance!

 

BASKETBALL

JUNIOR BASKETBALL TEAM 

 

St Mary’s basketball teams have had a busy start to the year. They have trained consistently every week under the watchful eye of their coach, Paul Keohane.  The U-16 team had a difficult start in the Cork Schools competition, losing in a tough match to a strong Davis College team.  Form improved since then and the girls had straight wins against teams from St.Als, Charleville and Kanturk.  The Senior team got off to a great start in their defeat of a resilient Davis College team.  This was quickly followed with wins over St.Als and Charleville placing them in a very strong position. However, they failed to overcome a dogged Kanturk team despite playing very well and only losing by a few points at the final whistle.  Both teams have however made it through to the quarter final stage of their respective competitions and are looking forward to finding out who their opponents will be and representing the school with pride again in the near future. Good luck girls.

 

SENIOR BASKETBALL TEAM

 

 

ST. MARY'S PRIZEWINNERS AT THE WEST MUSKERRY SCHOOLS CROSS-COUNTRY EVENT HELD AT THE TOM CREEDON PARK, MACROOM 

 

 

 ST. MARY’S 6th YEAR LINK MODULES CLASS ANNUAL ‘JUNIOR SPORTS DAY’. 

 

 

On the 19th September the St. Mary’s Link Modules class held their enterprise activity, an annual ‘Junior Sports Day’.  This year they added their own twist giving each class group a specific colour to distinguish teams.  The Link Modules class incorporated the theme of healthy eating.  This involved huge cross curricular links with Home Economics, Science, P.E. and Maths.  The L.C.V.P. students greatly improved on their teamwork, organisational and leadership skills.  Overall the day was a huge success and was enjoyed by all!

 

SECOND YEAR GLEN P.E. TRIP

 

 St. Mary’s Secondary School students participating in the Gladiator challenge on the High Ropes at the Glen Resource Centre.

 

 

On Friday, 10th October, all 2nd year students from St. Mary’s Macroom travelled to the Glen Resource Centre, Cork to partake in some outdoor activities. These included roller races, a crate stack on high ropes, a Gladiator challenge on the high ropes as well as some ground based team activities.  Excellent weather conditions on the day ensured a thoroughly enjoyable and challenging day for all. 

 

 

JUNIOR FOOTBALL

 

 St. Mary’s Junior football team had a successful day out a in Killarney recently with an resounding 4 – 11 to 3 – 4 win over Colaist Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale.  St Mary’s were quick off the mark scoring a goal and 4 points without reply.  Abbeyfeale did manage to respond with a goal but the half was dominated by St. Mary’s who went in at the break with 2 goals and nine points to Abbeyfeales solitary goal.  The second half was a much more even affair with Abbeyfeale scoring 2 goals and 4 points and St. Mary’s managing 2 - 2 in reply.  St. Mary’s are now set for a quarter final showdown against Christ the King, Cork.  Best of luck girls!

 

 

MUNSTER SENIOR A LADIES FOOTBALL  -  4th November, 2014

 

St. Mary’s Macroom 4-5     Loreto Fermoy 2-11

 

 

St. Mary’s Macroom played their last group stage game against Loreto Fermoy on Tuesday last in the Castle Grounds. An understrength home team started as underdogs but blasted home three first half goals, corner forward Nicola Dennehy scoring two and full forward Claire Murphy scoring one. Loreto kept in touch with a flurry of points before half time but still trailed by five points at half time. Fermoy came out all guns blazing after half time and scored two early goals and a number of well worked points, and were soon five points to the good. Fortunately for St. Mary’s with ten minutes to go they found their second wind and a brilliantly taken goal by Rachel Hurley put the home team back in the game. Síofra Burgoyne chipped in with a point and with only seconds to go in the game Mid-Fielder Mairéad Corkery slotted over a pointed free to level matters. St. Mary’s now await the draw for the Munster Semi-Final which will be played in the next two weeks. Scoil Mhuire Abú!!!!

 

 

ST. MARY'S WIN CORK POST PRIMARY LADIES' FOOTBALL FIRST YEAR BLITZ

 

 

St. Mary’s Macroom recently won the Cork Post Primary Ladies Football First Year Blitz in Donoughmore.  It was the first time the school won the competition and they put in some tremendous performances during the four games. Two teams were entered from the school and the second team were very unlucky not to make it through to the final of their competition after a powerful second half display in their semi-final against Schull Community College.  They were behind at the break but put in a superb display in the second half and in the end lost by just three points.

 

 

The first team lost to Loreto of Fermoy in the first group game but won their next two games by big scores to qualify for the final against the same opposition. In an outstanding display for underage football in the County, St. Marys came out on top by five points. It was very close throughout with both defences really dominating in an exciting first half that ended 2 points to 1 in favour of the Macroom School. In the second half, the St. Mary’s school took control of the game eventually winning on a score line of 9 points to 4 points in what was an energy sapping encounter.  Well done to both teams, they were a credit to themselves and the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST. MARY'S 'CORK' PLAYERS WITH THEIR ALL-IRELAND SILVERWARE

 

Under 14 Munster and All-Ireland Football Cups

Under 16 Munster and All-Ireland Football Cups

Under 16 Munster and All-Ireland Camogie Cups

 

BASKETBALL

St. Mary’s senior basketball team recently qualified for the All Ireland Play-Offs in Salthill Upper, Galway on the 1st February.  After a long and tiring journey up, they were successful in their first of three matches against Donegal, 43points-27points. Unfortunately, losing out to Killorglin, Co. Kerry by 12 points and St. Edna’s, Co. Galway by 2 points later on in the tournament. The overall standard of basketball was very high on the day.

 

The girls put their best effort into all of the matches, with several three-pointers from sisters Yvonne and Siofra, with Michelle and Mairead adding one a piece each. They had a tough, but successful season in order to reach the All-Ireland play-offs, winning every match along the way both home and away. These school teams included: Mount St. Michael’s, Rosscarbery-won by 12 points, Colaiste Phobal, Bantry- won by 10 points, Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig- won by 10 points also.

 

The Quarter Finals were held in Neptune Stadium in Cork where St. Mary’s girls beat Scoil Mhuire Kanturk by 11 points. The Semi-Finals were also held in Neptune Stadium where Macroom beat St. Marys Midleton by 1 point and beat St. Aloysius, Cork by 8 points.

 

 

Senior Team Members: Yvonne Burgoyne (Capt.), Michelle McCarthy (Capt.), Siofra Burgoyne, Sarah-Beth O’Mullane,  Mairead O’Sullivan, Shauna Buckley, Michaela O’Keeffe, Suzanne Barry, Shannon Lucey, Erika Cuntapay, Kate Ciganova, Lily Healy, Sinead Plunkett.

 

 

Michelle McCarthy and Yvonne Burgoyne, joint Captains of St. Mary’s Senior Basketball Team with their Trophy for Senior Winners in the Regional Final 2013.

 

VICTORY FOR ST. MARY'S  BASKETBALL TEAM

 

Congratulations to St. Mary’s Senior Basketball Team who won the ‘Basketball Ireland’ Regional Final following a comfortable win over Carrigtwohill at Neptune Stadium on 10th December.  We wish the girls the very best as they move onto the All-Ireland stage of the competition.  St. Mary’s team:  Yvonne Burgoyne, Michelle Mc Carthy, Sarah Beth O’Mullane, Siofra Burgoyne, Mairead O’Sullivan, Lily Healy, Catriona Grainger, Shauna Buckley, Kataryna Pilarska, Natalia Juszczck, Sinead Plunkett, Micheala O’Keeffe, Erica Cuntapay and Kate Ciganova.

 

 

ATHLETICS

 

South Munster Schools Cross Country Championships

 

The event was held on Friday, 24 January in Curraheen.  Athletes who competed were as follows:

 

Minor Girls (1,500m)                  Karena Curtin, Kate Brady and Lorraine Dromey

 

Junior Girls (2,000m)                  Mairéad O'Sullivan

 

Well done girls on completing a very tough course on the day!

 

FOOTBALL

 

Congratulations to the following Senior players who were selected as members of the Post Primary Schools Munster Team:

 

Marie Ambrose (Munster Captain)

Angela Crowley

Clare Byrne

 Mairéad Corkery 

 

They competed in the Schools Interprovincial blitz which was held in Mullingar on Saturday, 25 January. 

 

 ATHLETICS


On Wednesday, 9th October a number of athletes from St. Mary's Macroom competed in the West Muskerry Schools Cross Country Championships held in the Tom Creedon Park, Macroom.


Prize winners were as follows:


U-13 Race            3rd Eimear O'Dea

                               5th Meabh O'Riordan

                               6th Kate Brady


U-15 Race            2nd  Maeve Kelleher

                               5th Karina Curtin

                               6th Leah Hartnett

                               

 

 

 


PRESENTATIONS TO ST. MARY'S DOUBLE WINNING ALL-IRELAND TEAMS

 


On Thursday, 16th May, St Mary's had the chance to honour its double winning All-Ireland teams.  Captains of both teams were first given a Civic Reception in Macroom Town Hall which was attended by Mayor Owen McCarthy and the Councillors who represent Macroom Town.  Both Captains Jean O'Sullivan and Aileen Corkery were presented with Certificates of Recognition by Mayor McCarthy.  Ciarán Cooke, St. Mary's Principal and team trainers Seán Ó Cuill and Joe Carroll were also in attendance.  Having received their certificates of recognition the Two Captains made their way to the Castle Hotel where the school held their own presentation night. Both Senior and Junior Football panels attended the presentations accompanied by parents and staff from St. Mary's on a very proud night for all involved. Cork Senior Ladies' Bainisteoir, Eamonn Ryan along with players Breige Corkery and Bríd Stack presented the girls with their Munster and All-Ireland Medals and also offered the girls some very wise words of wisdom for the future.  The Girls also received beautiful jackets which had been sponsored by Macroom Businesses and Gear bags which had been sponsored by the very generous Michael and Nora McCarthy of Glenview Motors.  A most memorable occasion was had and enjoyed by all in attendance.



Michael McCarthy of Glenview Motors presenting gear bags to the team captains - Jean O'Sullivan and Aileen Corkery

 

 

 


County Camogie Final

 

 

Congratulations to St. Mary's Senior Camogie team who defeated Glanmire in the county final on Friday April 12th. The St. Mary's girls worked very hard throughout the game against a very strong and physical Glanmire side.


The scoring of the game was opened up with a point from St. Mary's Annemarie Ryan. Another point soon followed after tireless work from Rachel Hurley. St. Mary's seemed to being going strong now with points from Ella Curtin and Becky Hennigan, with great passages of play from the backline through to the forwards. However, Glanmire were charging at the St. Mary's backline with strong force and after many great saves from goalkeeper, Yvonne Burgoyne, Glanmire finally found the back of the net. Two points followed the goal and Glanmire led by a point. Great defending by Aisling Kelleher saw a long ball down to the forward line where Becky Hennigan was able to finish off a well worked goal. The St. Mary's back line was outstanding throughout and another point for the St. Mary's girls saw them lead by three points at the break, with the scoreboard reading 1-5 to 1-2.


Glanmire came out in the second half even stronger. They goaled within the first five minutes with the St. Mary's girls off the mark since the break. St. Mary's then responded with a long range point from Becky Hennigan. Glanmire then got three unanswered points from play which saw them take the lead for only the second time in the game, by just one point. However, our girls responded very well with three more points, two from placed balls, taken excellently by Annemarie Ryan. With just less than five minutes to go, Sarah Byrne found the back of the net to finish off a great sporting game of Camogie. The final score finished up 2-9 to 2-5 in favour of the Macroom girls. Well done to all the girls involved and all their trainers and mentors.


Team list:


1. Yvonne Burgoyne  2. Aisling Buckley  3. Aisling Kelleher  4. Niamh McCarthy  5. Marie Ambrose  6. Aileen Corkery  7. Angela Crowley  8. Mairéad Corkery  9. Alice Dunne  10. Ella Curtin  11. Becky Hennigan  12. Claire Byrne  13. Sarah Byrne  14. Rachel Hurley  15. Annemarie Ryan  16. Nicola Dennehy  17. Ali Jones  18. Grace Buckley  19. Deirdre Galvin  20. Siofra Burgoyne  21. Helen Dunne  22. Maeve Kelleher  23. Karina Curtin  24. Kate Brady  25. Klaudia Sanatre.

 


Mairéad Corkery is Player of the Month


Congratulations to St. Mary's Transition Year student Mairéad Corkery, who has been selected as player of the month by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. Mairead was chosen for all Inter-County and club matches that took place in Ireland during the month of March. She will travel to Dublin on Tuesday 16 April to receive her award from the Association. Well done, Mairéad  on a great sporting achievement!


 


St Mary's Senior Football Team are All-Ireland Champions!


St. Mary's Senior Football All-Ireland winners pictured with their coaches Joe Carroll and Seán Ó Cuill.


St. Mary's won their first ever Senior B Post Primary Football All-Ireland, Saturday last at Freshford, Co. Kilkenny. The game was played at a high pace throughout and the crowd were treated to a fantastic game of Football.

The game started at lightening pace with the Macroom side racing into a four point lead with scores from Aoife Plunkett, Mairéad Corkery and two from Claire Byrne. St. Joseph's then replied with two pointed frees and a point from play from the impressive Lesley Buchanan who was their scorer in chief for the remainder of the game. St. Joseph's were finding it hard to break out of their own half as St. Mary's mid-field and half back line were rock solid. As a result of this St. Joseph's suffered as the defence splitting, strong running of Mairéad Corkery and Niamh Duggan paid dividends for St. Mary's on the score board. The Cork team closed out the half well with scores from the hard working Rachel Hurley and a pointed free from Aoife Plunkett. The score at half time stood at St. Mary's ten points, St. Joseph's five points.

The Second half began as the first had finished with St. Mary's tapping over a free. The second team had both teams receive Yellow cards in what was a well natured match throughout. This resulted in Macroom having to play twenty of the thirty minutes of the second half with only fourteen players. St. Joseph's stormed back into the game with a goal from Aoibheann Leahy and the Meath team had St. Mary's in real trouble when a second goal was scored with less than ten minutes to play leaving St. Mary's ahead by one single point. It was then St. Mary's took the game by the scruff of the neck playing some fantastic football around the middle of the field and in defence with players such as Marie Ambrose, Claire Murphy and Anne-Marie Ryan really putting the shoulder to the wheel. Corner forward Aoife Plunkett scored two points to keep St. Mary's ahead and it should be noted that her accuracy from frees was pinpoint. St. Josephs missed a number of good scoring chances throughout the second half and never managed to draw level with St. Mary's. Claire Byrne completed the St. Mary's scoring with two classy points to close out the victory in the last five minutes of the game.

A jubilant Jean O'Sullivan accepted the cup on behalf of an ecstatic St Mary's. Mairéad Corkery was named Player of the Match and deservedly so having worked tirelessly throughout the game and also having chipping in with two clinical scores.

Scorers:

St. Mary's: Claire Byrne 0-7 Aoife Plunkett 0-5 Mairéad Corkery 0-2 Rachel Hurley 0-1

St. Josephs: Aoibheann Leahy 1-0 Lesley Buchanan 1-6 Amy Gilsenan 0-1

St. Mary's, Macroom: 1. Jean O'Sullivan 2. Annemarie Ryan 3. Marie Ambrose 4. Yvonne Burgoyne 5. Angela Crowley 6. Aisling Kelleher 7. Aileen Corkery 8. Mairead Corkery 9. Becky Hanigan 10. Niamh Duggan 11. Claire Byrne 12. Katie O'Connell 13. Rachel Hurley 14. Claire Murphy 15. Aoife Plunkett
Subs: S.B. O'Mullane for K. O'Connell, G. Twomey for R. Hurley


St. Joseph's: 1. Sarah Powderly 2. Caoimhe Lynch 3. Aisling Sheridan 4. Shannon Connolly 5. Seanaidh Hickey 6. Niamh Sheridan 7. Ellen Hennelly 8. Megan Collins 9. Ailbhe Rooney 10. Aoibheann Leahy 11. Lesley Buchanan 12. Linda Smyth 13. Amy Gilsenan 14. Ruth Sheridan 15. Rosanna Irwin

Referee: James Flood (Wexford)


 

 

TRANSITION YEAR NEWS

'A SMALL SNAG'  -  ST. MARY'S TY SHOW

 

 

St. Mary’s Secondary School will present their annual transition year show in Clondrohid Hall on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd November at 8.00pm. The musical comedy ‘A Small Snag’, written and directed by Catherine Long, centres around the students of De La Salle and St. Mary’s. Both schools are promised a brand new building, with ‘a small snag’ that they have to amalgamate.  It follows the reactions of the school Principals, students, and their families to the news. They also have to put together a school musical. It promises to be an exciting show full of dance, music, fun and maybe even a little bit of romance.  

 

The audition process began for the transition years back in September and they have been working hard over the past few months under the direction of Catherine and with the help of music teacher, Aoife Donovan. The students have been heavily involved in every aspect of the show from the beginning and it has been a valuable and enjoyable experience for all involved. The girls are really looking forward to hitting the stage to give a great performance. Tickets cost €10 and are available from the school office (026-41544) and the shop in Clondrohid village. 

 

 

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP WITH FAIRCITY'S ALAN DEVINE

 

 

 

 

CAPPANALEA

 

 

 

Our Transition Year Students enjoyed a three-day trip to Cappanalea Outdoor Education and Training Centre in Killorglin recently.

 

 

 

Cappanalea OETC is one of the premier venues for transition year outdoor education programme providers.  Activities for the girls included Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Orienteering, Abseiling and Hill Walking.  The popular Outdoor Challenges and the Explore Courses gave the girls unique opportunities to learn in the outdoors. The memories our students have made from these courses will last them a lifetime!  Thanks to all of their Teachers who accompanied them on this trip.    

 

 

GAEILGE 24

 

 

Ghlac daltaí na hIdirbhliana páirt i nGaeilge 24 inniu (bhí orthu labhairt as Gaeilge don lá).

 

Transition Year students got involved in Gaeilge 24 on Wednesday, 7th November (speaking Irish for the whole day). The day started out with a relaxing breakfast through the Irish language, then to the hall to play some dodgeball and soccer. After break, they played twister, learned how to set dance along with a bit of Irish dancing and finished the day off with a quiz. All students did a wonderful job both organizing the events and encouraging Irish language throughout the school. 

 

Gan amhras, tá Gaeilge ina beatha agus ina sláinte linn!

 

 

 

MACROOM FOOD FESTIVAL

 

 

Congratulations and well done to Ciara Donovan and Jennifer McCarthy who came 2nd in the Macroom Food Festival Schools Cook Off Competition. The students had to make a dish using locally produced ingredients and the dish had to be suitable for “the first 1000 days” of life. The girls made Mozzarella, Spinach and Smoked Salmon Raviolli with Lemon Sauce.  Delicious!!  Huge thanks to Home Economics Teachers Mrs O’Donovan and Mrs Murphy for all of their help and support.

 

 

TRIP TO PLOUGHING MATCH

 

 

The Home Economics department took a group of 4th year students to The Ploughing Match on Tuesday the 18th September.  Teachers Mrs O’Donovan and Mrs Kelleher accompanied the girls on the day.  They had a fantastic day out. 


 

 

APPRENTICE CHEF 2017

 

 

Carolyn O’Donovan and Muireann Crowley, two transition year students, participated in Apprentice Chef 2017 in the Institute of Technology, Tralee. They were given a chance to work on their cooking skills and prepare, cook and serve their dish for T.J. O Connor and John Murray who are two well known people in the world of Irish food.

 

Muireann’s dish was seared wagyu served with pureed celeraic and pear poached in a red wine jus with green beans and blue veined cheese.

 

Carolyn served seared monkfish with smoked trout cannelloni and butter sauce with roast pureed carrot and pepper.

 

Well done to the two girls! 

 

TRANSITION YEARS TAKING PART IN YOGA MODULE WITH MARJORIE CULLEN

 

IWISH 2017 CONFERENCE

 

 

Transition Year students attended I WISH 2017 Conference which took place on February 9th in Cork City Hall.  I WISH is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).  I WISH featured workshops and engaging talks by women who have seen opportunities for a great career in STEM.  We hope our students were motivated enough to think about pursuing a career in the Science field.

 

 

GAEILGE 24

 

 

On Friday the 20th January the transition year students organised Gaeilge 24 with the help of the Irish Department in the school. The aim of Gaeilge 24 is to promote the use of spoken Irish. The first year students enjoyed a range of activities such as Twister, Bingo, Cup Song and a Quiz, all of which had been organised and prepared by the TY students. The day concluded with a ceilí where all of the students from both year groups came together to participate. All of the activities throughout the day were conducted through the medium of Irish. Gaeilge 24 is organised and supported by Conradh Na Gaeilge, the main aim of the organisation is to promote and encourage the use of the Irish language. Students also received wristbands and t-shirts as part of the event which were all supported and supplied by Conradh na Gaeilge.

 

Beatha teanga na í a labhairt!

 

 

TRANSITION YEAR SHOW - WEST CORK STORY

 

 

The Transition Year Show “West Cork Story” was a huge success with every girl in the year group working as a team and contributing to two very entertaining nights for the packed audience. We wish to thank most sincerely Mrs. Catherine Long for her talent in script writing and her hard work, dedication and attention to detail in producing the show with the girls. Sincere thanks also goes to Ms. Donovan, their Music teacher for preparing the girls for the musical. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Clondrohid Community Hall committee for providing us with such a fine facility to stage our Show.   

 

 

 

JUNIOR CERTIFICATE RESULTS

 

 

Wednesday, 14th September 2016, the day we thought would never come! Back in June, it seemed so far away, but it came so fast.

 

The day before, the nerves started kicking in, everyone thinking back to how they found the exams earlier in the year. We were all sending each other messages wishing each other the best of luck. That night, some of us had a bad night’s sleep, having dreams about opening the envelope, and some having dreams that they wouldn’t be given their results.

 

On Wednesday morning everyone was up early. We were told the week before that our results would be given out at 9:30. Some of us were in school an hour beforehand and it seemed like the longest hour of our lives, everyone trying to remain calm but everyone watching the clock.

 

Finally 9:30 came and Mr. Cooke came in the door of the canteen with a bundle of envelopes. This was it, three years of hard work and now the time to see how we did. Mr. Cooke called out everyone’s name; one by one we went up to get our results. There were mixed reactions from everyone when they received their envelopes, some chose to open them in school and some chose to open them at home with their families. Those who opened them in school went around to their teachers to tell them what results they got and to thank them for all their help over the last three years. When all the celebrating was finished in school, it was off home to get ready for celebrating that night.

 

By Emma Lynch 

 

 

AOIFE'S WINNING PHOTO


 

The above photo taken by Aoife Doyle in Transition Year won the ‘Bank of Ireland Macroom Enterprise Town Expo PhotographyCompetition' recently. 

 

ST. MARY’S TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS ARE LEARNING HOW TO DEAL WITH ANXIETY 

 

 

Transition Year students in St. Mary’s Secondary School were exposed recently to a workshop on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a technique used widely as a coping strategy for anxiety.  The focus is on breathing properly with a view to living in the present and learning how to challenge the worrying thoughts which are often unnecessary.

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS BINGO NIGHT IN AID OF THE 'HOPE FOUNDATION' 

 

Transition Years are holding a Christmas Bingo Night in aid of the Hope Foundation -  in the Castle Hotel, on Tuesday, 1st December at 8 p.m.

 

The Hope Foundation supports projects for the Street Children in Calcutta.

 

Raffle and prizes to be won!

 

 

FIELD TRIP TO THE GEARAGH

 

On Thursday, 23rd October the Transition Year students went on a Field Trip to the Gearagh led by Mr. Ted Cooke.  On the trip the students learned about the Geomorphology, the Hydro Electric Scheme, Human Geography and the Flora and Fauna in the area.  The walk was both enjoyable and informative.

 

 

 

 

 

 ACTIVITIES

 

The Transition Year students are very busy at the moment, in October the students celebrated Mental Health Day in Rochestown Park Hotel, Brezzie, John Lonergan and Kathleen Lynch spoke to the seven hundred and fifty students present.  It was an excellent presentation.

 

The same students also had a seminar Drive for Life presented by Bayside Services from Achill.  The focus of this seminar was road safety and practice for the theory test.

 

Three groups of  Transition Year students are through to the B.T. Young Scientist Exhibition which will take place at the R.D.S. in January.

 

A number of Transition Year students are involved with fundraising for the Hope Foundation.  They will hold a Bingo night and raffle in the Castle Hotel in Mid November.  Two students Flora Lynch and Leah Hartnett will travel to Calcutta at Easter, with the Hope Foundation.

 

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

 

A team of Transition Year students from St. Marys recently participated in the Cork Mental Health Foundation Public Speaking competition, held in the Silver Springs Convention Centre in Cork.

The team members were Kate Bradley, Sarah Sweeney and Rachel McCarthy, all of whom delivered compelling speeches on topics related to positive mental health.

 

This public speaking project is organised annually to encourage second level school students to focus on positive mental health.  Students are invited to research the topic of mental health and in so doing develop an awareness of the importance of positive mental health and an understanding of mental illness.

 

Students were aided in their preparation by their English teachers -  Mrs. Casey and Mrs. Twomey, who accompanied them on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

ST. MARY'S TAKE PART IN BT YOUNG SCIENTIST AND TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION 2017

 

 

 

This year St. Mary’s had great success at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition with Ms. Butler receiving the BT Educator of Excellence award. This is a very prestigious award with only four science teachers nationwide receiving this recognition. This reflects the opportunities made available to the students at St. Mary’s by a very dedicated science department.

 

 

 

With 2500 entries and only 500 places we were delighted to have four projects accepted to this year’s exhibition. The titles of the projects were:

 

Where are the Banbhainisteoirí? – A study into the lack of female coaches in Ladies football in Ireland.

 

Does the Gearagh make Clean Air? – The detection of air pollution using lichens as an indicator.

 

The Effects of Powdered Protein on Athletes

 

I spy with my coloured eye – to statistically analyse the correlation between eye colour and eye sight.

 

The eight TY students spent three nights in Dublin with their science teachers, attending the RDS each day topresent their project to judges, fellow students and the public. A great time was had by all.

 

 

 

 

BT YOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITION 2016

 

This year nine Transition Year students from St. Mary’s travelled to the Young Scientist Competition having successfully entered three projects. The titles of the projects were:

 

Happy Hands = Healthy Hands, where three students investigated attitudes and practices to hand hygiene in secondary schools.

 

Drive to Success, Take the Test, where three students investigated how well people knew the rules of the road. They wanted to establish if people driving for a number of years would be able to pass their theory test.

 

Reducing the Flow of H2O is the Way 2gO, where students investigated the attitudes of people to the recently introduced water charges.

 

The girls spent three nights in Dublin with their science teachers, attending the RDS each day to present their project to judges, fellow students and the public. A great time was had by all. 

 

 

 

 

 ST. MARY'S TAKE PART IN BT YOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITION 2014

 

 

 

 Transition year students, Emma Kelleher, Shauna Buckley and Suzanne Barry of St. Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom, pictured at this year’s  BT Young Scientist Exhibition. They exhibited an eye opening project on breeding cows entitled: Electronic Device to Improve the Quality of Breeding in Cattle. The students’ projects allows farmers to deter certain beef bulls from serving his best dairy cows or a cow that the farmer may want to A.I. This project received great interest from members of the agricultural community while on exhibit during the competition in the R.D.S. 

 

 

ST MARY'S HAVE GREAT SUCCESS AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST & TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION 2013

 

 

 

This year St. Marys succeeded in getting five projects to the final at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, two of which received highly commended awards.

 


The students involved were: Eileen Murphy and Mary O'Riordan with their project Judging Me. Rachel Horgan, Grainne Masters and Shauna Kelly with their project Text vs Type: What do you learn better, from a screen or paper? Claire Murphy and Vera O'Riordan with their project Effect of an electric current on nitrogen fixation in soil.  Eibhlín Kelleher with her project Money Matters: Does the economy have an effect on teenagers? and Caoimhe Lynch with her project Rainwater conversion to potable water - electro coagulation and ultra violet treatment

 


The three girls to receive highly commended awards were Eileen Murphy, Mary O'Riordan and Caoimhe Lynch. Caoimhe's project received a lot of attention from various bodies such as Industrial Water Management Ltd, CÉIST and members of the building industry. They felt her project could be applied in future rainwater purification processes and may also be of benefit in third world countries. Eileen Murphy and Mary O'Riordan’s project investigated perception of others based on appearance. They came up with some interesting findings such as elderly people being seen as friendly by all age groups. Their project could be developed to investigate the effects of judging others on social media websites.

 


We would like to congratulate all girls involved for their hard work and dedication to science at St. Marys.

 

 

 

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