Summer Holidays Begin!
So the ‘House Exams’ are over which marks the beginning of the holidays for the non exam classes. Fingers crossed for lots of sun, and a few waves for all the surfers among us! Hopefully everyone will make the most of the nice long break and will be well refreshed for September.
Good Luck also to our Junior and Leaving Certificate students who start the state exams on June 4th.
The TYA class, under the guidance of Ms Joanne O’Brien, published a book earlier this year called The People’s Prayers, a collection of poems submitted by teachers and famous Irish people. The profits are going to the community in Pemba where local retired teacher teachers Pat and Neilus O’Doherty spent a year working last year. Originally 1000 books were printed but these sold out with little effort (amounting to approx €4500 for the community in Pemba) so they have decided to print another thousand books. These will be on sale in local shops, churches and also in some shops and churches in Ennis during the summer. Congratulations to the TYAs and Ms O’Brien for this huge achievement and thank you to all who purchased the book so far. If anyone is interested in purchasing one when the second print comes in, please contact the school or Ms O’Brien at email@example.com
Mr. Ken Wheatley, a 6th degree black belt from Wicklow, visited Scoil Mhuire last Friday evening to teach a class with Miss Cullen (Taekwon-do club instructor). Mr. Wheatley is the president of the Irish Taekwon-do Association (ITA) and is the highest ranking black belt within this group, due to grade for “master” next year. He is also the technical director of the ITA.
Mr. Wheatley helped the girls prepare for an upcoming grading by working with the technical syllabus in great detail, testing the girls’ knowledge as he went along. He also mixed in some fun games, stretching and leg strength exercises. Although the class usually finishes at 3pm on a Friday, the girls were enjoying themselves so much that they persuaded Mr. Wheatley to continue teaching until 3.30. Overall he was very impressed with the ability and interest of the girls. He also wished them every success in the upcoming grading.
Transition Year students raised for the Irish Heart Foundation on Thursday and Friday, May 15th and 16th. All the hearts supplied to the school were sold and although the counting hasn’t been finalised yet, it looks like the girls will have raised close to €600. This is another great fundraising effort from the TY students who have been exceptional all year round when it came to fundraising for any charity.
Hopefully, the support of the Happy Heart Weekend will be recognised when Scoil Mhuire apply for recognition as a Heartsafe School next year.
Thursday May 15th saw the arrival of the annual Scoil Mhuire Awards ceremony. These awards recognised and honour students with exceptional participation and achievements in academic, sporting and other extra curricular areas. Mr. Pat O’Shea presented the very large number of sports awards this year, helped by Vincent Leigh (local basketball coach) and Deirdre Murphy (football trainer). Special congratulations must go to Niamh O’Dea, from second year, who was presented with the Sports Person of the Year award. Well done!
After a lunch break Cora Harrison (a local author) gave a very entertained speech about her time in education and where it led her. She then presented the academic and other extra curricular awards, related to such areas like Science, Irish, Essay Writing, Music, Photography, Technical Graphics, Prefects, to name but a few. This year the prestigious award of Student of the Year went to Miss Sharon Kierce of Leaving Cert. Congratulations Sharon!!
A special mention must be given to Ms. Ní Chlérigh who organised the awards ceremony and Ms Eustace who organised the sports awards. Also, thanks to the TY students who helped prepare the decorations and music for the event!
Although Ms Geraldine Lydon has been gone from the teaching staff of Scoil Mhuire since last September, she returned to school last Thursday to give the students a chance to say a formal farewell. All students gather in the central area to listen to Sharon Kierce give an emotional yet entertaining account of the memories the student have of their time with Ms Lydon. Samantha Houlihan then presented Ms Lydon with a gift on behalf of all the students.
Ms Lydon then gave a very moving speech about how she enjoyed her time in Scoil Mhuire and how much she will miss the staff and students here. She referred to the students at one point as being more like “colleagues”.
Although Ms Lydon will be missed by all in Scoil Mhuire, we wish her the very best in her venture as deputy principal of Colaiste Muire.