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. 













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.    






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!







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.






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. 






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 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.






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!






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.   







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 





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





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.






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!





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.








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.





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.






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