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'Your Life - Your Choice' Launched in St. Mary's

 

 

'Your Life - Your Choice'  Inaugural VR Road Safety Programme aimed at students was launched on Friday, 5th October by Cork County Council to promote Road Safety Awareness.

 

 

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy joined the students of St. Mary’s Secondary School Macroom, De La Salle College Macroom and McEgan College Macroom to launch a new road safety awareness programme called ‘Your Life – Your Choice’.  This is the first such programme to be rolled out in the Republic of Ireland. 

 

‘Your Life – Your Choice’ will be targeted at younger drivers, aged 16 to 25, who are among the most vulnerable road users with passenger fatalities the highest in this age group.

 

Sponsored by Aviva Driving School, the VR units simulate a serious road incident with the viewer participating in the passenger seat of a VR car. Students using these units will witness many of the dangerous behaviours and factors that are present when young drivers are involved in serious collisions, including mobile phone use, speed, stopping distance, distraction and rural roads. They will also witness, from the passenger seat, the immediate aftermath of a serious incident from when first responders arrive on the scene.

 

 

 


CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL

 

 

Thank you to everybody who has made a contribution to the Christimas Shoe Box Appeal so far this year. We have collected a huge amount of boxes already and they will be delivered to Skibbereen on the Moday after our Mid Term Break.

 

 

POETRY COMPETITION

 

 

On Tuesday, 16th October, twelve first year students from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom, took part in the poetry speaking competition; ‘Poetry Aloud’, hosted by Poetry Ireland in partnership with UCC. The regional finals took place in the Nano Nagle Heritage Centre where each student had the opportunity to recite two poems in front of an audience in the hope of progressing to the national final. Our students performed extremely well and did their school and families proud.  Thanks to Mrs Murnane and to Ms De la Cour for entering the girls in to the competition, for helping them to prepare and for accompanying them on the day. Aoibhe Kelleher is through to the All Ireland Semi-final.   A great day was had by all.

 

 

PARENTS' ASSOCIATION

 

The AGM of our Parents Association took place in the school on Thursday the 11th October.  New officers were elected for the coming academic year.  The Parents Association are always such a support to the school and we really appreciate all that they do. We would like to sincerely thank Norma O'Connor who has been a very active member of our Parents Association for many years and who has now retired her position as Chairperson.  Thanks for all of your years of support Norma, it was very much appreciated.

 

STRING QUARTET

 

On Wednesday the 10th October, the Music students in St. Mary’s enjoyed a String Quartet Recital.  The String Quartet consisted of students from the Cork School of Music in CIT.  Thanks to Music Teachers – Ms O'Donovan and Ms Queally for organising this inspiring performance.

 

 

LEAVING CERT BIOLOGY FIELD TRIP 

 

 

 

 

Our Leaving Cert Biology students travelled to Fota, along with their Teachers Ms Butler and Ms Foley on Tuesday the 9th October for their Ecology Field Trip.  The students investigated the ecology woodland habitat using a range of techniques.  The Education Department in Fota provided a hands on learning experience for this important section of the leaving cert course.  An enjoyable, educational day was had by all.

 

 LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR VISITS THE LCVP CLASS

 

The 5th year LCVP Class organised a visit on Tuesday the 9th October from local entrepreneur Mr Michael Twomey.  They organised this visit as part of their Enterprise Education module. It was an extremely informative and interesting presentation.  Ms Tobin and the LCVP class would like to sincerely thank Michael Twomey for giving his time to come and talk to the girls and answer all of their questions.

 

 

BUDDY GROUP 2018 - 2019

WITH THEIR MENTOR - MS. O'DONOGHUE

 

 

OPEN EVENING

 

We held our annual Open Evening on Thursday, 27th September and it was a huge success.  Sixth class students and their families were welcomed into the school from 6.30 pm onwards.  The girls got a tour of the school which involved lots of interactive activities in the classrooms, including: dissecting eyeballs in the Science Lab, trying out some Art techniques in the Art room, sampling some tasty delights in the Home Economics room and playing with a variety of musical instruments in the Music Room.  All students and parents seemed to really enjoy their evening with us.  Thanks very much to the Organising Committee (Mr Cooke, Ms Collins, Ms Murnane, Ms O’Donoghue, Ms Caulfield and Ms Lehane) for organising such an enjoyable event and huge thanks to all of our Teachers and Students for helping out on the night.

 

 

MERCY DAY

Mercy Day – September 24 – is the anniversary of the opening of the first “House of Mercy” in 1827 in Dublin, Ireland. Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, devoted her life to the poor, sick and uneducated, and today we continue her legacy of caring and compassion in the name of Mercy.

 

In celebration of Mercy Day this year we attended Mass with all of the staff and students from St Joseph’s primary school.  We would all like to thank Fr John for a lovely ceremony to mark this very special day.

 

Huge thanks also to Mrs O'Donovan, Ms Donovan, Mr Collins and Ms Quelly.

 

 

LEAVING CERTIFICATE GEOGRAPHY TRIP

 

 

On the 13th of September the 6th year Geography class and their teachers Mrs Casey and Mr Collins headed to Killarney National Park to undertake their Field study.  Despite low water levels in the river and a few showers a great day was had by all.

 

SPORTS DAY 2018

 

 

On Wednesday, 12th September the 6th year LCVP class put their teamwork, leadership and organisational skills to good use as they organised a Sports Day for all of our Junior students.  They organised this event as part of their LCVP enterprise activity.  With the help and guidance of PE teacher Mrs Kelleher and LCVP teacher Ms Tobin they organised a really enjoyable event.  Great fun was had by all.  Well done to all of the students who organised the event and to all of the students who participated. 

 

 

BT YOUNG SCIENTIST COMPETITION

 

Our students, along with Ms Butler and Ms Foley, have been busy preparing their Young Scientist entries all September. This year our TY and 2nd year students have entered a total of 21 projects. Students have already begun to work on their projects with some groups travelling up to U.C.C. to work with lecturers who specialize in their research area. Our entries are very varied this year with students looking at Farm Safety, Microbiology and even the Kerry Slug to name a few! We wish them all the best of luck and are excited to find out which projects will be accepted into the competition.  

 


 

 

ANGIE MOYNIHAN WINS CREDIT UNION THIRD LEVEL BURSARY

 

 

Congratulations to Angie Moynihan, winner of this year's Macroom Credit Union 3rd level bursary for St. Mary's.  In total twenty-two students were eligible in the dray which took place in the Castle Hotel.  Good luck to all in their future studies.

 

 

PRESS PASS 2016 - 2017

 

In 2016, 8,000 Transition Year students took part in the NewsBrands Ireland Press Pass initiative. At the  Press Pass Awards, students were awarded for their original journalism, created as part of the Newspapers-in-Education programme. Finian McGrath T.D., Minister for State with special responsibility for Disabilities attended the awards and presented students with their awards.

 

We at St. Mary’s Secondary School are delighted that Transition year student Aoife Foley was a recipient of a writing award in the Opinion section, for her article “We Should have talked about Nana”. In it  she took the brave decision to share her love of her Nana and speak about her last days in a nursing home. Not only that but she made the piece utterly relevant and current to issues surrounding the care of old people by discussing the Fair Deal Scheme and relating her family’s experience to the recent broadcast of Brendan Courtney’s show, ‘We Need to Talk about Dad’.

 

The winners were selected by a panel of newspaper editors and journalists, chaired by Professor John Horgan, the former Press Ombudsman.  Well done to Aoife and to her teacher Ms. Murnane!

 

FRENCH EXCHANGE 2017

 

 

The annual school exchange between St. Mary's and De La Salle, Macroom and St. Genès, Bordeaux took place recently.

 

The Irish students immersed themselves in Frence culture during their visits to Saint Emilion, Arcachon and Bordeaux city.  They also climbed the Dune du Pyla and attended school.  Students from St. Genès enjoyed excursions to Cobh Heritage Centre, The Skibbereen Famine Centre, Gougane Barra and Killarney National Park as well as participating in school classes.  They also enjoyed unforgettable Irish hospitality in the families with whom they stayed.

 

Lasting memories and steadfast friendships have resulted from this longstanding school exchange.

 

 

GERMAN EXCHANGE 2017

 

Ten of our Transition Year students and twelve of our 2nd Year students along with Ms. McGrath and Ms. Collins are on a school exchange in Munich, Germany from March 7th to 17th.

 

 

FIRST YEARS CAROL SINGING AT CARECHOICE

 

Well done to the First Year Choir who spent the afternoon entertaining the residents and staff of Carechoice Macroom with Christmas carols. Thank you to all at Carechoice for the warm reception we received, - we were delighted to be part of your festive celebrations.

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY 2016

 

St. Mary’s school community celebrated Christmas early on the 8th December, when all the students and staff were treated to a beautiful turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings.  All the hard work involved in the food preparation was done by our Canteen Manager, Trish Long.  We owe Trish a huge debt of gratitude for the annual Christmas dinner event in our school which provides the students with a lovely opportunity to have Christmas dinner with their friends.  The food is served by Trish with the help of Timmy and the staff followed by a festive sing-song and table quiz, both of which are organised by the Student Council.

 

CAROL SERVICE

St. Joseph’s Primary School together with St. Mary’s had a very prayerful Carol Service on Friday last, 9th December.  Music and singing were provided by both schools.  This gave us all an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas amidst the hustle and bustle of the commercial side of the festivities. 


 

SECOND YEAR DUBLIN TRIP

 

 

 

Second Year students travelled to Dublin on 1st December to the Mercy International Centre in Baggot St., where they had a very enjoyable and informative visit.  They were told about the great works of mercy that Catherine McAuley and her colleagues did both in Ireland and worldwide and they were treated to a cup of tea afterwards.

 

They also visited Dáil Éireann where they watched proceedings in the Dáil chamber from the gallery followed by a tour of Leinster House.  They also got the opportunity to chat to Aindrias Moynihan, local Fianna Fáil TD.

 

 

ALL FUN AND GAMES DURING SCIENCE WEEK

 

 

St. Mary's scheduled a series of activities to coincide with national science week. No stone was left unturned for the first year science scavenger hunt. A science extravaganza was held during lunch time on Thursday. Students got the opportunity to take part in various lab experiments such as non-Newtonian fluids, fireworks and the iodine snake. It was hair raising at the van Der graff generator as students experimented with static electricity. The week was concluded with a build a bridge competition where students applied their engineering skills to compete for prizes for the best bridges. The science department has great hopes for all the young budding scientists.

 

 

 

ST. MARY'S STUDENTS WRITING PUBLISHED IN 'SEARCH II'

 

 

SEARCH II  is a Diocesan magazine which gives a voice for young people to express their opinions.  The following people contributed to this magazine Danielle O’Connor, Eimear Murphy, Therese Kelly, Andzelika Wyka, Lynn O’Riordan, Molly Brady, Emily Crowley, Kate Bradley, Katie O’Riordan, Lorraine Dromey, Aisling Murray, Catherine Clarke.

 

Congratulations to the following students whose articles were published in the Search Magazine ll Ingrid O’Reilly, Karla O’Shea, Kate Brady, Clodagh O’Sullivan, Emma Barry, Sarah McSweeney and Chloe Aherne.

 

GOOD CUP OF TEA EVENT

 

 

In her last moments, Catherine McAuley directed that the Sisters would have a good cup of tea together in the community room, after she had gone. On November 11th, the Staff of St. Mary’s hosted a Good Cup of Tea to celebrate the life and legacy of Catherine McAuley. In total we raised €100 for the ongoing work of the Mercy International Association to keep the founding spirit of Catherine alive today.

 

 

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL 2016

 

 

 

The Religion Department would like to thank the students, families and friends of our school who contributed so generously to this year’s Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. In total we had 162 fun filled Christmas shoeboxes. A special thank you to Ms. Murnane, for taking the shoeboxes to Skibbereen on Friday last. The shoeboxes will leave Skibbereen destined to make children very happy in Africa and Eastern Europe.

 

 

The shoeboxes we put together reach even the poorest and most remote places around the world from Africa to Romania.  For children who feel as though they have been forgotten, our kindness shows them that they 

 

Our shoeboxes show God’s care for them – and brings a ray of hope…with lots of excitement and laughter too.

 

We’ll be joining people taking part throughout Ireland, from pre-schools to old folks’ homes, from churches to workplaces, in schools and in homes all over the country.

 

We are delighted to be able to showcase the generosity of our students every year.  

 

 

DÍOSPÓIREACHT AN PHIARSAIGH

 

 

Ghlac triúr dalta ón dtriú bliain, Katie Ní Shíocháin, Hannah Ní Dhonnabháin agus Sarah Wynroe, páirt i mbabhta díospóireachta eagraithe ag Gael-Linn, i nDúglas ar an 24ú Deireadh Fómhair. Ba é an rún a bhí á phlé ná “gur ceart deireadh a chur leis na Cluichí Oilimpeacha.” D’ullmhaigh siad óraidí lena múinteoir Aoife Ní Dhonnabháin i gcoinne an rúin. D’éirigh go hiontach leis na cailíní agus bhain siad taitneamh agus tairbhe as an dtaithí. 

 

 

 

 ENTERPRISE TOWN EVENT

 

Six students from St. Mary’s: Aoife Foley, Eilish Galvin, Eva Long, Carolyn O’Donovan, Aoibhe Murphy and Sarah Doyle, with the help of their business teachers Ms O’Donoghue and Ms Desmond created an exhibition of the school to showcase at the Macroom Enterprise Town Event on Friday, 14th October.

 

This event was a great way to appreciate the businesses and community initiatives in our town.

 

The event allowed our students to showcase all of the activities and achievements of our school.  We also used it as an opportunity to inform the local community of our 150th celebration events that will be taking place during this academic year.  Lots of past pupils who were at this event enjoyed looking through the old photos that the students brought along on the night.

 

 

OPEN DAY AT UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK, MARY IMMACULATE AND L.I.T.

Fifth and sixth year students travelled to Limerick on Thursday 20th to attend Open Days. Students returned very motivated and enthusiastic as they hope to gain the relevant points necessary for their courses of choice in Limerick. 

 

 

 

BUDDIES FOR 2016 - 2017

 

 

Sophia Burke, Aoife Foley, Eilish Galvin, Eva Long, Carolyn O'Donovan, Sarah Doyle and Aoibhe Murphy

 

 WELCOME TO OUR NEW FIRST YEARS

FISH DEMONSTRATION

 

Breda Clancy, from Clancy's Fresh Fish, Macroom visited the school recently.  We would like to sincerely thank her for giving a very insightful and engaging fish demonstration to all the 2nd and 4th year students.  Breda showed the girls various ways that a nutritious food source like fish can be cooked and presented.  The demonstration was enjoyed by all concerned.

 


 

 

COMÓRTAS FILÍOCHTA

 

 

 

Ghlac daltaí na scoile páirt i gcomórtas filíochta Daonscoil An Ghúgáin le déanaí. Bhuaigh beirt chailíní duais ag an gcomórtas.

 

Ella Ní Chuirtín – Caoineadh Joseph Plunkett

 

Eimhín Ní Mháthúna – Uachtaránacht

 

Comhgáirdeachas libh!

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO VERA O'RIORDAN

 

Vera pictured with her parents, her Chemistry Teacher Ms. Kerrigan and Mr. Ciarán Cooke, (Principal)

 

Congratulations to Vera O'Riordan (Leaving Cert. 2015).  She received a gold medal for coming first in Ireland in Leaving Certificate Chemistry.

 

 

PIZZA PARTY

 

The first year students at St. Mary's were rewarded for their very successful campaign for the coin rush fundraiser. These students must have raided every piggy bank in Macroom as the coins they brought in spanned the length of the school library dozens of times. The money raised funded the school entries into the BT Young Scientist competition. The first years enjoyed delicious pizzas that were kindly sponsored by our local Fitzi's, followed by ice cream. Teachers and students rounded it off by singing and dancing along to the latest chart hits. Well done girls and many thanks again to Fitzi's. 

 

PFIZER CHEMISTRY QUIZ

 

The Pfizer Chemistry Quiz was held in Cork and four 6th year students took part and they finished in the top ten teams.  These students were Niamh Dineen, Laura Murphy, Michelle O’Callaghan and Shauna Buckley.  Well done to the girls and their teacher Ms. Kerrigan.

 

 

TRANSITION YEAR GEOGRAPHY TRIP TO CARRIGADROHID DAM

 

All Transition students went on a Geography Field Trip to Carrigadrohid Dam, on Thursday 5th May, where they got a guided tour by Mr. Martin Lyons.  It was very informative and interesting. They were accompanied by Mrs. Kavanagh and Ms. Kelleher.


BUDDIES TRIP

On Tuesday 3rd May all 1st year students and the buddies from 4th year went on a school trip to the Outdoor Discovery Adventure Centre in the Lee Valley.  They enjoyed the following activities: Kayaking, a boat trip, archery, treasure hunt, team building exercises and building a camp site.  A great day was had by all.  The girls were accompanied by Ms. Healy and Mademoiselle Hoarreau.

 

 

SHELLY WINS SILVER MEDAL

 

 

On Saturday last, April 16th Shelly Tobin competed on the Munster table tennis team against the other three provinces in the Junior Interprovincial Championships competition in Dublin, winning a silver medal losing to Leinster by only one game

 

 

PROCLAMATION DAY AT ST. MARY'S

 

 

The school community had a beautiful ceremony to commemorate 1916 on Tuesday, March 15th.  The 1916 Proclamation was read by Sinead Cronin and Ciara Creedon, with an explanation by Ms. Crowley Healy.  The new Proclamation which was written by the students of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year was read by Caoimhe O’Sullivan.  Then the National Flag was raised by the youngest student in the school Maeve Murphy from Kilbarry.   In the afternoon a mass was celebrated in St. Colman’s Church.  The Mass was read by Fr. McCarthy at which we celebrated our Irish culture through the medium of Irish language, dance, song and music.

 

 

STATE FLAG CEREMONY AT CROKE PARK

 

Three Third year students, Rosa Simmonds, Sophie Burke, Lorna O’Connor and Mr. Cooke attended the State Flag Ceremony in Croke Park on Monday 7th March.  They received a copy of the Proclamation and the National Flag.  

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

On Tuesday, 8th March students were encouraged to dress in the traditional clothing of 1916.  Deirdre Galvin and Andrea Cotter won prizes for their costumes on the day.

 

NATIONAL TREE WEEK 

All Transition Year students went on a guided tour of the Castle Grounds to celebrate National Tree Week.  The tour was lead by Mr. Ted Cooke, who gave a very informative talk on the various trees growing in the area and a history of their origin.

 

 

 

KITTI KREKUSKA REPRESENTS SCHOOL IN ARTICULATION IRELAND ART PUBLIC SPEAKING

 

ARTiculation Ireland is a public speaking competition where students must give a presentation on an Artwork of their choice. The competition, run by Lismore Castle Arts, is designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art and seeks to engage students with art and to develop the confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and conclusions.

 

 

The 5th year Art class travelled to the Crawford Art Gallery in November with their Art teacher, Eibhlín Collins, to take part in an introduction workshop. Initial heats were then held in school, where only one student could be chosen to go forward to represent St. Mary's in the regional final in Cork. The standard was exceptional and Kitti did herself and her school proud. Thanks to all involved and congratulations to Kitti on a fantastic performance.

 

 

SCHOOL BANK 2016

 

 

As part of the AIB ‘Build a Bank’ Challenge, six Transition Year students from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom have recently set up their own school bank.  The school bank team decided to call their bank - The RiverBank. The RiverBank opens in the school every Tuesday under the supervision Eleanor Hickey, Student Officer at AIB Macroom and Ms. Arlene O’Donoghue, their business teacher.

 

The students involved are: Louise Lynch, Kate Brady, Karla O’Shea, Lynn O’Riordan, Leah Kelleher, Karina Curtin and Sarah Sweeney.  The school bank team have designed their bank around market research so that they have a bank available in the school that completely meets the needs of their target market.  The Riverbanks’ slogan is “Make every drop count with the RiverBank”

 

In October 2015 all Transition year students in the school were invited to apply to AIB to be chosen to run the 2015/2016 school bank. The students applied for the positions by filling in an application form and they were all interviewed by two AIB Bank Officials.

 

The AIB 'Build a Bank' Challenge, which is now in its 13th year, is an exciting and fun way for Transition year students to set up and run their own school bank. The competition is of huge benefit to the students involved as it introduces them to the world of business and banking, teaching them new skills such as money managing, marketing strategies, customer service skills, leadership and teamwork skills. The school bank competition also benefits all of the students in St Mary’s as it encourages them to lodge and save their money on a regular basis.

 

Recently, The River Bank held a New Year’s Party, at which students could lodge money, open an account if they did not already have one and enjoy music, sweets and a Karaoke competition.  A draw was held for all those students who lodged money, in which many prizes were won.

 

As the girls progress in this competition they have lots of amazing fun ideas that will keep their customers happy and most importantly keep them saving.  The girls will be taking part in the Regional Final in Cork on the 3rd of March.  

 

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WORLD RECORD & SPORTS PERSON OF THE MONTH
 

 

 

Well done and a big congratulations to Serena Pierce of  5th year who won another World Record in Gorey recently for Power Lifting.  Serena was recently named Sports Person of the Month in Cork at a special ceremony in the Metropole Hotel in Cork. 

 

FRENCH EXCHANGE 

 

 

Eleven Transition year students along with Ms. Deasy and Ms. Kerrigan are on a French Exchange in Bordeaux from the 1st – 8th March.

 

 

GERMAN EXCHANGE 2016

 

Fourteen of our Transition Year students and eleven of our 2nd year students along with Ms. McGrath and Ms. Collins are on a school exchange in Munich, Germany for ten days.  Included in this photo are two students Leah Kelleher and Aoife Doyle, who achieved top marks in their Junior Cert. German Exam and are now eligible to avail of a scholarship to Germany in the Summer.

 

German exchange students from Munich arriving in Ireland for a week with St. Mary's students and their families.

 

 

MASS OF CELEBRATION

 

As part of our 1916 centenary celebrations Mass will be celebrated in St. Colman’s Church on Tuesday 15th March at 2.30 pm.  All the school community will be present.  We would also like to extend an invitation to parents and friends to attend.  Fáilte  roimh chách.

 


 

 

 

Tráth na gCeist

 

 

Ghlac dhá fhoireann na scoile páirt i dTráth na gCeist eagraithe le Feachtas i gColáiste an Phiarsaigh le déanaí. Bhí Ella Ní Chuirtín, Marion Nic Caochlaoich , Sorcha Ni Dhúill agus Jennifer Nic Eochaidh ar an gcéad fhoireann agus bhí Shauna Ní Chárthaígh, Brónagh Ní Dheasúnaigh, Sofia de Búrca agus Eilish Ní Ghealbháin sa dara fhoireann. Ag an deireadh, chríochnaigh siad sa cheathrú áit agus sa deichiú háit.  Comhghairdeas leis na cailíní as an iarracht iontach!  

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO MS DE LA COUR 

 

Congratulations to Ms De La Cour who achieved a gold medal in the World Championships in Kickboxing having beaten competitors from Bulgaria, Poland,  Greece and Italy. The Irish team got the second best number of medals in the world (beaten only by Russia) last week in the World Championships.

 

Ms De La Cour trains four nights a week, which increases to six nights when she has a competition coming up. A very dedicated sportsperson, Ms De La Cour is an exceptional role model for the rest of us who want to achieve something in our lives.

 

 LOURDES

 

 

Niamh Browne and Marion Coakley, 5th year students have been selected to represent our school on the Cloyne Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June.

 

 

 

 

 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL COLLECTION

 

 

The Fifth Year students with their teacher Ms. O’Connor organised a St. Vincent De Paul food collection in the school.  The students and teachers were very generous with their donations.  Best wishes for Christmas to all our local voluntary workers in St. Vincent De Paul.


 

 

OPENING OF SCHOOL BANK

 

St. Mary’s TY students are taking part in the AIB ‘Build A Bank’ competition this year.  The girls were interviewed by the AIB staff last week.  The girls who have been chosen to run the school bank this year are:  Louise Lynch, Karena Curtin, Karla O’Shea, Lynn O’Riordan, Leah Kelleher and Kate Brady.

 

The girls had their grand opening in the school on Tuesday 17th November with special guests Colm O’ Neill and Rena Buckley there to help them celebrate.  Best of luck to the girls for the year.

 

DÍOSPOIREACHTAÍ GAEL-LINN

 

Bhi díospóireacht ar suil sa scoile oíche de Ceadaoin.  Bhi ceithre fhoireann ag plé an ruin “Is maith an rud go oilean I Eire.  Ghlac triúr ón scoil páirt san díospóireacht, Ciara  Breathnach, Emma Ni Loinsigh agus Sarah Ni Dhúill.  Rinne said plé láidir ar an rún ach nior eirigh leo an turas sin.  Beidh la eile acu.

 

 

SCHOOL OUTINGS

 

5th & 6th year Art students travelled to the Crawford Art Gallery on Monday 16th accompanied by their teacher Ms. Collins.

 

1st, 2nd & 5th year Music students travelled to an orchestra recital in the City Hall on November 6th, accompanied by their teachers Ms. Behan and Ms. O’Sullivan. 

 

6th Year students went to a production of King Lear in the Everyman Theatre on Friday  13th November.  They were accompanied by their teachers Ms. Murnane & Mrs. Twomey.

 

 

OPEN EVENING

 

 

Open Evening was held on Tuesday, 29th September.  A large number of 6th class students and their parents attended and there was a lovely atmosphere around the school.  It was a lovely night for parents and students to get a taste of life in St. Mary’s.  

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


COMÓRTAS FILÍOCHTA

  

 

 

Ghlac daltaí na scoile páirt i gcomórtas filíochta Daonscoil An Ghúgáin.  Bhuaigh ceathrar duais ag an gcomórtas.

 

Ella Ní Chuirtín – Aistear

 

Clodagh Ní Iarlaithe – Sainmhíníonn sé seo dom

 

Eimhín Ní Mháthúna – Mo Dhaideo

 

Karina Ní Chuirtín – Ar an mbóthar go Crócaigh

 

Comhgáirdeachas libh!

 

 

HEALTHY EXERCISE LIFESTYLE PROGRAMME

 

 

St. Mary’s Secondary School launched their Healthy Exercise Lifestyle Programme this week with Olive Loughnane, World Champion race walker.  Olive spoke about the importance of scheduling exercise into one’s daily routine, while Nutritionist, Anneliese Dressel from The Healthy Hub in Ballincollig talked about how counter-productive it is, to have a “treat” after exercising. All three year groups were led on a walk through the Castle Grounds by Olive and were given smoothies and platters of fruit and vegetables afterwards.  

 

For the next four weeks, first, second and fourth year students will have one class period a week of exercise outside of PE classes. The girls will be exposed to four activities: Boxercise, Balance and Coordination, Skipping and Brisk Walking.

 

The school is mindful of the need to educate its students on the importance of exercise with a view to sustaining a healthy body and a healthy mind. 

 

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD 

 

 

Congratulations to Kate Bradley and Aoife Doyle who were invited to participate in the Irish Science Olympiad at the end of October in DCU. The girls were chosen by the State Examinations Commission based on their exceptional results in both Mathematics and Science in the Junior Certificate examinations.

 

 

HEAD GIRLS ELECTED

 

 

Mr. Cooke, the staff and students of St. Mary’s wish to congratulate Sinéad Cronin, 6th Year on becoming Head Girl and Ciara Creedon, 6th Year on becoming deputy Head Girl during the school year 2015/2016.

 

This inaugural award has been presented to both girls for their overall qualities, enthusiasm and dedication in school.

 

Comhgáirdeachas ó chroí daoibh, a chailíní.

 

 

CAPPANALEA

 

 

Transition year students recently travelled to Cappanlea Outdoor Persuits Centre. The Centre focuses on personal development through the medium of adventure sports. The programmes are designed to make students aware of and develop their talents and skills. The activities teach them about team building and focus on how an individual can make their contribution to the effectiveness of a team. The students participated in hill walking, kayaking, orienteering, rock climbing and other team building activities.

 

TRANSITION YEARS ATTEND PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 

A group of Transition Year students with their teachers Mrs. O’Donovan and Ms. O’Connor headed off to the Ploughing championships on Tuesday, 22nd September.  It was both a learning and enjoyable experience for all.

 

 

BUDDIES OUTING FOR FIRST YEARS

 

 

Tucked away between the villages of Kilbrittain and Timoleague lies the West Cork Secret Gardens….. one of Cork’s leading activity centres. On the 28th September, forty-six First Year students, accompanied by seven students from 4th Year, who have acted as ‘Buddies’ during September and two members of the teaching staff; Miss Cahalane and Miss Healy attended a bonding trip.

 

Under the watchful eye of trained instructors, the First Years and their ‘Buddies’ took part in a series of activities and challenges, which built confidence, leadership and friendship qualities, which are vital to any successful team.

 

After a welcoming shower and change of clothes, the girls relaxed over very tasty stone baked pizza. The activities included participation in a military assault course, an obstacle course, water slide and a forest run.

 

A great day was had by all. Thanks to the ‘Buddies’ for all their hard work and care to our new first years.

 

EIMHIN AND MEAVE REPRESENT ST. MARY'S AT FOOD FESTIVAL

 


Transition Years students, Eimhin O'Mahony and Maeve Kelleher represented St. Mary's at the Macroom Food Festival, Schools Cook Off Competition with their dish Trio de Janeiro.

 

 

WORLD CHAMPION

 

 

 

Congratulations to Serena Pierce 5th year who won gold and broke the world record at the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation European Championship in Italy recently.

 

 

 


SOME HAPPY JUNIOR CERT STUDENTS AFTER RECEIVING THEIR RESULTS

 

 

 

BUDDIES

The above Transition Year students are on hand to help the First Year students find their feet. 

 

 

 WELCOME TO OUR NEW FIRST YEARS 2015

 

Mr. Cooke and staff wish to welcome all our students back to school, with a special Céad Mile Fáilte for you new First Years.   We wish them well in the year ahead. 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY SCHOLARS AT ST. MARY’S

 

Some of the Leaving Cert class of 2015 about to embark on their Third Level courses. Included are Claire Murphy (Chemical Engineering, U.C.C.), Rachel Casey (Pharmacy, U.C.C.), Vera O’Riordan (Energy Engineering, U.C.C.), Eileen Murphy (Primary Teaching, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), Eibhlin Kelleher (Law and Irish, U.C.C.), Elaine O’Brien (Engineering, U.C.C.) and Caoimhe Browne (Music in Cork School of Music).

 

Subject

School Statistics for “A” Grades

National  Statistics for “A” Grades

English (H)

13%

9%

Maths ( H)

17%

11%

Maths ( O)

24%

6%

LCVP

63%

11%

Physics (H)

64%

21%

Business(H)

44%

11%

Chemistry(H)

46%

22%

Home Economics(H)

18%

9%

Music(H)

22%

14%

French(H)

22%

13%

 

St. Mary’s Secondary School was delighted with the results achieved by their Leaving Cert students this year. The pupils’ work ethic coupled with the dedication of their teachers meant that 28% of the group secured 500 points or more. All the students in the year group achieved five passes (including a pass in Maths) making every pupil eligible for a third level course. 

 

ST. MARY'S STUDENTS WRITING PUBLISHED IN 'SEARCH'

 

 

Congratulations to Vera O’Riordan, Sarah Wynroe, Kate McGarr, Aimee O’Herlihy who had their work published in Search, The Diocese of Cloyne Second Level Schools Religious Education magazine of student writing 2015.

 

 

 Ms. Jennifer Murnane - English Teacher, Fr. Condon, Vera O'Riordan and Mr. Ciarán Cooke, Principal

  

TRANSITION YEAR GRADUATION 2015

 

 

Representatives of Bank of Ireland presenting a cheque for €500, an iPad Mini and certificates to members of the School Bank 2014 - 2015

 

 

 

Transition year students Aoife O'Sullivan and Clodagh Herlihy making a presentation to Mrs. Nessa Lucey of the Cope Foundation.

 

 

Transition Year Students Aoife O'Sullivan and Clodagh Herlihy making a presentation to Denise Murphy for the Donagh Murphy-Kingston Fund.

 

 

ELLA EXCELS AT PRESTIGIOUS JOURNALISM COMPETITION

 

Ella Curtin travelled to the Convention Centre in Dublin on March 24th where she received a writing award from Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan.  Ella was awarded first prize in the Sports category for her article on the treatment of women's sport in the media.  Using Cork GAA stars Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley as shining examples of sporting excellence, she highlighted the lack of media coverage they receive. Ella was accompanied to the awards ceremony by her parents and her teacher Ms. Jennifer Murnane.  

Well done Ella!  We are very proud of you.

 

 

CELEBRATING WORLD BOOK DAY 2015

 

 

The 1A2 students organised a ‘Book Drive’ for World Book Day 2015. Over a hundred books were donated to the school library by students.  Many students also took part in the MS Readathon. Well done to all involved!  Keep reading!

 

 

CHINESE VISIT 2015

 

 

During the Easter holidays, four Transition Year students from St. Mary’s visited China in conjunction with the Chinese Department in UCC.  They spent their time experiencing Chinese culture, food and way of life and spend time in the university in Shanghai.

 

STUDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS ATTEND LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

 

 

Katie O’Riordan, Abigail Kelleher, Aoibhe Creedon and Mairead O’Sullivan were four student council members selected to represent the school at the Student Leadership Conference on March 24th in St Patrick’s College Droumcondra, Dublin. Ceist organised this conference as a way of encouraging and developing responsible and effective leadership skills in our students. The day began with a welcome address by Dr. Daire Keogh, President  of St. Patrick’s College and CEIST CEO Dr. Marie Griffin.  Students participated in workshops on the theme of leadership. This was followed by an Address by An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D.  A very enjoyable and educational day was had by all.

 

 

ST. MARY'S PRESENTED WITH FLAG

 

 

 

On Thursday, 12th March, Laura Wills, Amber Harley, Eileen Condon and Hanna O’Donovan travelled to Waterford for the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation Tricolour Flag presentation.  Three hundred schools from around the country were honoured with the Irish Flag, promoting pride in and respect for the flag and its meaning of peace.  Each flag had been flown from 33 The Mall in Waterford  where the first Irish flag was flown by Thomas F. Meagher in 1848.   President Michael D. Higgins made a speech at the ceremony, followed by one student from each school being presented with a flag.  The entire day was very enjoyable and the girls felt very proud to be selected for this honour.

 

 

GERMAN EXCHANGE - 2015

 

Students from St. Mary’s taking part in a German Exchange. They are pictured here with their German students and teachers Ms. McGrath and Ms. Collins.  The photograph was taken at Neuschwanstein, the castle that the Disney castle is modelled on!

 

CONGRATULATIONS ELLA!

 

Ella Curtin from 4A2 has won a ‘Press Pass Award’.  She will receive the award from the Minister of Education in Dublin on March 24th, 2015.

 

 

BULLYING PREVENTION PRESENTATION TO 1st & 2nd YEARS


 

Members of Cyclone Rep delivered a very worthwhile and informative Bullying Prevention Session to all 1st and  2nd year students in St Mary’s on the 27th of February.  The session included a presentation, a workshop and a dramatisation on the topic of bullying awareness and prevention.  Students were informed and their attitudes challenged giving them a valuable lesson in their own care and the care of others around them.

 

 

COMÓRTAS DÍOSPÓIREACHTA AN PHIARSAIGH 2015 – GAEL-LINN

 

 

 

 

Comhghairdeas le Michelle Ní Cheallacháin, Ciara ní Chríodáin, agus Niamh Ní Dhuinín ón gcúigiú bliain a ghlac páirt sa Chraobh Réigiúnach i gComórtas Díospóireachta Ghael-Linn le déanaí. Is é an rún a bhí á phlé acu ná go bhfuil an tír seo á rialú ag an Aontas Eorpach. Bhí siad ag labhairt i gcoinne an ruin. D’éirigh go hiontach leo sa chomórtas. Thug na múinteoirí Aoife Ní Dhonnabháin agus Seán Ó Cuill treoir agus cabhair dóibh.

 

 

ELLA CURTIN ATTENDS THE BAR COUNCIL OF IRELAND TY PROGRAMME

 

Ella Curtin travelled to Dublin during the first week of February to attend the Bar Council of Ireland TY Programme in the Four Courts. She shadowed Junior Barristers along with a hundred other students from all around Ireland and attended many of the current cases in the Criminal Courts of Justice; there she saw many interesting cases such as the Ian Bailey trial.

 

 

ST. MARY’S SCHOOL BANK 2015

 

 

As part of the Transition Year program in St Mary’s Secondary School five Transition Year students have been selected to set up their own school bank, under the supervision of the Bank of Ireland in Macroom.

 

The students involved are: Deirdre Coakley, Kitti Krekuska, Alexandra Milek, Danielle O’Connor and Sarah Twomey. All interested 4th year students applied for the positions by filling in an application form and were interviewed by the Bank Manager and The Student Officer from the Bank of Ireland last November.

 

This is an exciting and fun way for Transition Year students to set up and run their own school bank. The project introduces the students to the world of business and banking, teaching them new skills such as money managing, marketing strategies, customer service skills, leadership and teamwork.

 

 

The school bank team will be encouraging all of the students in St Mary’s to lodge and save money with the school bank – this is a very important habit for all of the students to start. The school bank will open on Tuesday the 13th of January 2015 and will be open each Tuesday at break and at lunch time in the school canteen.

 

 

PRESENTATION TO ST. VINCENT de PAUL

 

To continue the tradition in our school, a group of Fifth Year students carried out a Food Appeal for St. Vincent de Paul.  They collected over seven hundred items of food. The hampers were presented to Mrs. Barry who is a member of the local St. Vincent de Paul Society.

 

 

PRESENTATION TO PIETA HOUSE

 

2A1 C.S.P.E. class presented a cheque for €724.44 to Mr. Pat Duffy, fundraising manager of Pieta House, Cork, which were the proceeds of a 'Parkrun' and Bake Sale they organised recently. The class is pictured with Mr. Pat Duffy and their teacher Ms Derval McGrath.

 

 

BEBRAS

 

Bebras is a problem-solving challenge with a focus on computational and logical thinking. The Irish Bebras Computing Contest was held recently in our school. It involved completing 15 online problem-solving challenges in a 45 minute period.

Well done to all the girls who took part and particular congratulations to Caitriona Grainger in 4A2 who achieved a Silver award.

 

 

 

BISHOP CREAN VISITS ST. MARY'S

 

On Tuesday 25th November, Bishop Crean visited St. Mary’s and met with students who are involved in local church activities – choir, reading and church collecting. Following a short prayer service he presented twenty-six students, first years to leaving certs, with certificates from the diocese in appreciation of the work they do. Bishop Crean praised the youth for their enthusiasm and commitment.

 

Included in the photograph are Ciarán Cooke (Principal), Fr. Gerard Condon and Fr.Eamonn McCarthy.

 

ST. MARY’S STUDENTS ARE LEARNING TO BE RESILIENT 

 

Transition Year students at St. Mary’s Secondary School are participating in a 10 week Resilience programme in their school.

 

Ms. Quinn and Ms. Collins have devised a programme for developing resilience, which hopes to nurture and foster the many qualities needed for resilience – courage, flexibility, persistence, hope, gratitude, valuing family and friends, and problem-solving skills. This programme exposes students to short inputs on different perspectives on the topic, together with activities which allow the girls to develop their own skills of resilience.

 

The programme began with physical exercises which stretched them beyond their comfort zone, followed by a focus on problem solving tasks requiring mental tenacity. Attention was also given to the value of storytelling. This involved students narrating stories from elderly people who had faced adversity in the past. Presently students are working on their own interpretation of resilience through projects involving clay, music, song and dance.

 

Today’s adolescents are often confronted with a variety of difficult situations in their lives. As educators, we are all too aware of the mental health issues facing our young people. It is essential that we address this in schools, by equipping our students with resilience/coping skills. This will enable them to deal more effectively with the challenges of modern living. By developing their skills of resilience, St Mary’s students are truly preparing themselves for life.

 

 

ALL-IRELAND CAMOGIE AND LADIES FOOTBALL CUPS COME TO ST. MARY'S

Pat O'Leary (Selector), Vera Foley, Mairéad Corkery, Marie Ambrose, Jean O'Sullivan, Breige Corkery and Eamonn Ryan (Manager)

On Friday, 14 November, the Cork Ladies Football and Camogie Cups visited St. Mary’s, Macroom along with the U16 Football All-Ireland Cup and the U18 Munster and ‘Rebel Óg’ Cup.

 

St. Mary’s has direct links with all of this silverware having past and present pupils on these successful teams.  On the Cork Ladies Football team are past pupils - Breige Corkery, Vera Foley, Jean O’Sullivan and Marie Ambrose and 6th year student, Mairéad Corkery.  Both Breige and Vera were members of the first St. Mary’s team to win a Schools Football All-Ireland in 2002 while Jean, Marie and Mairéad were members of the last winning All-Ireland teams in 2012.

 

Marie Ambrose captained the Cork U18 team who lost to Galway in the All-Ireland this year.  Also, on this team from St. Marys were Mairéad Corkery, Niamh Duggan and Aisling Kelleher. Mairéad O’Sullivan and Nicola Dennehy were members of the U16 All-Ireland winning team.

 

 

The visit of the Cups, players and management was a great occasion for the School.  Speakers were the Principal, Mr Cooke who welcomed all and congratulated all players on their successes, including Breige and Vera's recent All Star awards and Breige's Talter Sportswoman of the year award. He complimented the underage players on the dedication and commitment that they display to their sport. In her speech, Breige reminisced on her school days in St. Mary’s both in the classroom and on the playing field.  Cork Senior manager, Eamonn Ryan also spoke giving some very valuable guidelines to all students.

 

Other visitors were Pat O’Leary, Cork Senior selector and Marian Crowley, Cork U14 manager.

 

 

APPRENTICE CHEF

Fourteen Transition Year students from St. Mary's attended the Hotel and Catering Department in Tralee I.T. for the Apprentice Chef workshop.  They received a tour of the department with lecturer Mark Murphy and were treated to a Cooking demonstration by Mark Doe (Just Cooking School, Killarney) and Simon Regan (Head Chef in Hotel Europe, Killarney).

 

 

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL

 

For the past few weeks transition year students have been working on the Christmas Shoebox Appeal with Team Hope. They collected shoeboxes from the whole school and the boxes were filled with items to wash, to wear, to wow and something to write with for the poor children in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. The boxes were collected over two weeks by the TY students. Our slogan was ‘Step into Christmas’ with the shoebox appeal ‘and by the end 127 shoeboxes were collected and sent away. The TY students would like to thank everybody who supported this great cause and wish you a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

 

 

 

IRISH CANCER SOCIETY

 

 

Twenty-two Transition Year students took part in the Painted Pink Day to raise money for breast cancer.  Over €10,000 was collected in the community with the help of the students.

 

FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS TAKE PART IN PARKRUN IN AID OF PIETA HOUSE

 

The 2A1 C.S.P.E. class organised a 5 kilometre Parkrun (www.parkrun.ie) in the Castle Grounds in aid of Pieta House, Cork, which provides support and services for young people in preventing suicide and self harm.  It took place on Tuesday, 10th November and was a huge success with one hundred and twenty-nine students and teachers taking part.  Well done to everyone who took part in the run and to those who sponsored them. Many thanks to Yvonne in the Sports Complex whose help was invaluable

 

 

2A2 C.S.P.E. CLASS

 

Students from 2A2 C.S.P.E. class presented a cheque of €785 to Dr. Mark Tangney, from Breakthrough Cancer Research.

 

 

 

KATIE AND KEELIN TAKE PART IN MACROOM FOOD FESTIVAL

As part of the Macroom Food Festival two fourth year students were challenged to demonstrate their knowledge of nutrition by designing, preparing and cooking an appetising dish using locally produced ingredients.  Katie O’Riordan and Keelin O’Leary participated in a cook off in the town square on 28th September with their dish Trio of Desserts (chocolate mousse, lemon cheesecake with strawberries and meringue)

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JUNIOR CERT CLASS OF 2014

ON THEIR WONDERFUL RESULTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW FIRST YEAR STUDENTS 2014

 

Mr. Cooke and the staff of St. Mary’s Secondary School, welcome our new students to our school.  They have started enthusiastically and already have joined the camogie, football and basketball clubs.  They will have further opportunities during this year and following years to involve themselves in other activities such as choir, computers, Art society and cooking club.

Go n-eírí libh a chailíní.

 

 

 

THE CYCLE AGAINST SUICIDE 2014 STOPS AT ST. MARY’S MACROOM 

 


The Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative that was started by Jim Breen as a result of his appearance on RTE’s ‘The Secret Millionaire’ programme.  The main objective of the cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at a risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.

 

This year the cycle takes place from April 28th to May 11th and the cyclists stopped for their lunch in St. Mary’s Macroom on their way from Cork to Killarney on Thursday the 1st May.

 

 

This year St Mary’s partnered with the Cycle Against Suicide to co-host an amazing mental health event at the school.  Led by a team of students and staff,  St. Mary’s provided refreshments and facilities for the cyclists as they made their way from Cork to Killarney.  Together the Cycle Against Suicide and the school created a fantastic Mental Health Event comprising of presentations, videos, guest speakers, entertainment and an exhibition of local mental health organisations including The Samaritans, Aware, Console and Reachout.com.

 

 

The event was outstanding.  It was a very positive, uplifting event that benefitted all who were in attendance.  The sun shone brightly on the grounds of St. Mary’s as the cyclists ate the amazing food provided by Trisha Long and baking provided by Catherina O’Connor – Home Economics teacher and by parents and students of St. Mary’s.  Led in song by St. Mary’s School Choir and music teacher Aoife Donovan, the students from the three secondary schools in the town, along with special guests, danced and sang and chanted the message that it’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.

 

The 600 plus cyclists were welcomed to the school by a guard of honour of students and members  of the public and they were led on their way to Killarney by thirty students and five teachers from St. Mary’s who cycled out of the town with them.

 

 

 

 

St. Mary’s would like to thank all of their sponsors who donated to this event -  Tom Creedon Transport, Super Value, McCarthy’s Fruit and Veg, Clonakility Irish Yogurts and Clona Milk.

 

The School would also like to thank the organising committee – Ciaran Cooke, Angela Collins, John Vaughan, Eibhlin Collins, Arlene O’Donoghue and Seán Ó Cuill who worked very hard to make this event a success.  They would also like to thank Timmy Coleman for all of his help and a special thank you to Trisha Long who fed up to 800 people on the day!!!

 

Finally the school would like to thank all of the students who helped to prepare for this amazing event and also to thank them for getting involved on the day by welcoming and chatting to all of the cyclists and by enjoying the event.  As usual they were a credit to the school.

 

And remember – it’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.

Arlene O'Donoghue

 

Contact details for help:

 

The Samaritans – 1850609090

Console - 1800201890

Aware - 1890303302

www.Reachout.com

 

 

 

THE FRENCH EXCHANGE

 

St. Mary's host their French vistors in a cultural evening

 

French students from St. Genès  have just returned to their beautiful UNESCO world  heritage city of Bordeaux, having enjoyed once again an excellent exchange with St. Mary’s.

 

During their stay, they attended classes in different subjects which were of great interest.  They also attended a class in meditation which proved to be an ‘mindfulness’ experience for many.

 

Their cultural experience encompassed visits to The Immigration Centre, Cobh, The Jameson Distillery, Middleton and a tour of Muckross House.  They also experienced a beautiful guided walk to Torc Waterfall.  The Irish cultural connection was further enhanced with the experience of a typical Irish dinner, followed by an authentic céilí which was hosted  by  and held in  St. Mary’s.  Many returned proudly  to Bordeaux, knowing that they had succeeded in mastering  the rudimentary steps of Irish dance.  For many, this exchange has been an unforgettable experience, not least the ‘céad mile fáilte’ extended to them by the principal  Mr Cooke, the staff of St. Mary’s and their ‘Irish families’.

Second year and Transition year students are eagerly anticipating  the return exchange from  Wednesday, 2nd April to Friday, 11th April.           

 

 

SECOND YEAR GEOGRAPHY CLASS RAISE €210 FOR 'CONCERN'

 

 

Well done to the second year geography class. They raised €210 through a very successful bake sale held recently. The money was donated to ‘CONCERN

 

 

 DÍOSPÓIREACHT GAEL LINN

 

 

Comhghairdeas leis an bhfoireann díospóireachta, Éibhlín Ní Chéilleachair, Vera Ní Ríordáin, Lisa Ní Suibhne agus Emer Ní Shé, a ghlac páirt sa chraobh leath-cheannais den chomórtas díospóireachta Gael-Linn i dTiobraid Árainn. Chuir siad léiriú iontach ar siúl agus ba chóir go mbeidís an-bhrodúil astu féin. Éacht iontach ab ea é dul chomh fada leis an gcraobh leath-cheannais. Ghlac siad páirt i gceithre bhabhta, in iomaíocht le scoileanna ar fud na Mumhan cosúil le Scoil Mhuire, Regina Mundi, Laurel Hill agus Cloch na Coillte. Bronnadh trófaí ar an bhfoireann as an iarracht a chuir siad isteach. Dar leis an Moltóir, bhí an caighdeán an-ard agus bhain na moltóirí an-thaitneamh as an díospóireacht. Chuir na cailíní go leor oibre isteach le treoir agus spreagadh ó na múinteoirí Aoife Ní Dhonnabháin agus Seán Ó Cuill. Maith sibh cailíní!



TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS IN LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT FINAL

 

 

Transition Year students from St. Mary’s received an Adjudicators Prize for their performance of extracts from the musical ‘Grease’ in the Briery Gap Light Entertainment Competition final held on Friday night.  Ciara Creedon received an individual award for her performance.

 

U.C.C. SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO LEAVING CERT STUDENTS 
 
 

 

Three former students from St. Mary’s, who sat their Leaving Certificate examination last June, were acknowledged for their outstanding academic achievement at an awards ceremony in U.C.C. on Tuesday 3rd December.  Sarah Hinchion, Clare Cronin and Eimear Kelly were among seventy-two students who received Entrance Scholarships presented to them by the President of U.C.C, Dr. Michael Murphy.  All three students are currently pursuing their studies in U.C.C.: Sarah is studying Occupational Therapy, Clare is studying Finance and Eimear is studying Arts and Music. 

 
ST. MARY'S FAREWELL TO THE MERCY SISTERS
 
 
The Mercy Sisters in Macroom Convent were invited to St. Mary's Secondary School on Monday last to acknowledge the education given to students by the Order for almost 150 years.  It was the girls' opportunity to express their hearfelt thanks to the Sisters for their selfless dedication to the education of young people, especially girls in Macroom and beyond.  The school choir sang Agnus Dei, a Latin hymn and representatives from each year group presented the Sisters with gifts from the school community.
 
Afterwards, the Sisters enjoyed refreshments with past and present staff members.  It was a sad occasion, as we reflected on the supportive presence of the nuns to the school on both happy and sad times in the past.

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