News 2011-2012

First Year Football Match Cancelled

23rd May 2012
The first year football match that was due to be played this comping Friday against Colaiste Muire has unfortunately been cancelled. Due to the late stage of the year this match will also not be rescheduled.

Congratulations Katie

23rd May 2012
Katie O’Donohue, a Leaving Cert student in Scoil Mhuire  is one of 6 students nationwide who has been accepted into The Royal Irish Academy of Music to study a B.A in Music Performance. She secured the coveted place on the course after being shortlisted in the final 100 candidates. Katie started singing when she was 8 under the renowned Archie Simpson and at this age she joined the famed Lismorahaun Singers. At age 11 she sang her first solo with the singers and at age 14 she sang in Ennis Cathedral with Regina Nathan. She also sang many solos in the Ennistymon Carol Recital through the years. Last year she began tuition under Mary Brennan and is also currently studying grade 7 on piano under Mary Madigan.
Her audition took place in The Royal Irish Academy in Westland Row Dublin which consisted of three tests, written, interview and practical. These auditions were held over two days where 50 candidates competed each day for 6 places.
This programme aims to bring students to the highest performing level, and to enhance the interpretative and intellectual qualities of their performance through supporting academic studies. The Academy will allocate to the student a significant amount of individual intuition from the instrumental/vocal teacher. The content and structure of the programme is comparable to the best performing courses available in Conservatories and Universities abroad. This Degree programme of performing studies provides opportunities for performers of inherent excellence to develop their potential to the best international standards.
The number of students admitted to the course is small, and therefore applicants are expected to have attained considerable proficiency in their chosen instrument/voice. This programme of studies has been validated and approved by Dublin City University for the award of the Honours Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance.
The Musicianship department provides relevant academic support to practical instrumental/vocal development on the Ba Performance degree. Students will undertake tuition in harmony, counterpoint, aural awareness, history, and music technology to add depth to their practical knowledge. Although these are academic subjects, theoretical classes are tailored to be of practical use to the performer.
The Royal Irish Academy of Music has a proven track record of fostering musical talent and producing graduates that have gone on to significant international careers, or who have contributed to our vibrant cultural community through work in other aspects of the music profession. They maintain small numbers on all  full-time programmes as their focus is on giving the students a high level of attention in terms of lesson time, advice on their career path, and opportunities for performance

Sports Awards

23rd May 2012
The annual Scoil Mhuire Sports Awards took place on Friday 18th May to acknowledge and recognise students and staff for their contribution and dedication to sports events. Special guest Mr Davy Fitzgerald, the flamboyant Clare Hurling manager who has won every possible honour during the course of his career spoke passionately about the importance of sport in our lives. He inspired and advised students to aim high and achieve their goals highlighting key events that had contributed to him consistently achieving at the highest level of competitive sport. Also in attendance was former Camogie Clare player and All Star Award winner Catherine O’Loughlin who helped in training the school’s camogie team. This year all three Scoil Mhuire teams contested finals. The Senior Camogie Award was presented to Helen Hehir and Louise Collins while Ailish Hanrahan received the Junior Camogie Award with Rebecca Keating securing the First Year Camogie Award. Ladies Football awards were presented to Aoife Shannon, Helen Hehir, Martina Scales and Sinead Shannon.
Stephen Leigh, manager of The Clare Cascaders basketball club presented basketball awards to the winners of the regional under 16 final and to senior girls who were instrumental in basketball successes over the years. Cross Country Running Awards were presented by Mr. James Sexton PRO for Clare Athletics. This year overall Junior Sports Person of the Year was presented to Shannon Murrihy and the coveted overall Sports Person of the Year Award went to Emer Hillery, a very talented sports person who has contributed in many ways to Scoil Mhuire sporting activities.
Prizes were also awarded in a wide ranging number of sports including golf, showjumping, and swimming, illustrating the excellence of achievement but also the variety achieved within the school.


Europe Day

23rd May 2012
On Thursday May 17th MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher visited Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon as part of the school’s celebration of Europe Day 2012. Speaking first to the assembly in Irish, he explained to the gathered assembly of staff and students that it is most important to show our Irishness when the opportunity arises. Irish is now a working language in the European Parliament and Pat explained how not being a native speaker himself, he learned Irish through listening to Radio na Gaeltachta.He spoke with passion about his beliefs which made for a very informative session. Pat began public life in the Council in 1979 after completing a B.Comm in UCG and a stint in the family fish business. He recounted how the 2 years spent in the Council were invaluable to him and he learned more in those 2 years than in the rest of his career likening it to ‘the university of politics’. In 1981 he won his first seat for Fianna Fail in an election and was elected on 13 occasions in total. He explained in detail for his audience how the European Parliament works and how modern technology has made communication easier and the world smaller. E-mails followed by .ie take priority for Pat when he checks his messages each morning. He outlined the benefits of the Lisbon Treaty and spoke in favour of the Fiscal Compact Treaty stating his belief that the ratification of the Treaty is a key building block for economic recovery in Ireland and within the Eurozones. The charismatic MEP then viewed an exhibition of Transition Years European Studies Projects which were as always colourful and varied attracting much praise from the guest. The projects were as diverse as Reality TV in Europe to Prisons in Europe and The Development of Photography in Europe to The fall of the Berlin Wall. Over 20 projects were presented for viewing and added colour and flair to the visit.

YSI Finals

12th May 2012
“On the 9th of May Transition Year Students travelled to the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin for the National Young Social Innovators (Y.S.I) Finals. After we arrived in Dublin at ten o’clock we got ready to perform our speak outs for the judges. The domestic violence group performed their speak out in their category of “Right and Just” and we then moved to another room for the drug abuse group to perform their speak out in the “Physical Health” Category. Once we performed our speakouts we were able to head to the food hall and see the poster competition where the animal cruelty group’s poster was displayed. Then with lots of free time before judging and with plenty of activities to keep us entertained we were allowed to go to all the different events on in the centre. There was a silent disco, open mic, archery, crazy golf and bouncy castles. At around four o clock the judges had made their decision and Mary Kennedy presented the awards show. Michel D Higgins came and spoke to us all as well as entertainment from Mundy. The category winners and overall winners were announced. Even though we didn’t win anything it was still one of the best days in T.Y and we were proud of ourselves.” by Sarah Flynn

Staff vs Students Match Causes Controversy!

17th May 2012
Congratulations to the Staff team who won the recent Staff vs. Students Basketball match. The Leaving Cert class of 2012 put up a good battle for the teachers but they just weren’t strong enough with a score of 10 – 7 at ‘full time’. There was a bit of controversy as the match had to be stopped after three quarters (instead of four) to allow the players eat lunch before the afternoon classes. The Leaving Certs felt this should have been considered as a forfeit by the staff team but their objection was overruled and the staff were proclaimed victorious!! Well done to all involved and thanks to Sarah Leigh for taking on the tough role of referee and as always thanks to Ms Eustace for organising it!

Sports Day – Huge Success!

9th May 2012
On Friday May 4th all Scoil Mhuire students took part in the annual Sports Day. As usual Ms Eustace had organising an eventful day for students with races (egg & spoon, 100m, relays, 3 legged…), a penalty shootout, an obstacle course and the puc fada competition to name a few. Although there were a few drops of rain at one point and the weather was a little chilly, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. Congratulations to all those who took part, especially Jenny Canvan for winner the spud & spoon race for the 6th year in a row and also to Fiona Moloney and Kristine Callinan who won the three legged race for the 6th year in a row.
HUGE thanks to Ms Eustace for all her hard work and to all the other teachers who helped out on the day. Thanks also to the TY students who took the photos.
Check out there photos here.

Chinese Language and Culture Enters Scoil Mhuire

2nd May 2012

Scoil Mhuire’s Chinese Studies Programme started in October 2011 offering
Mandarin Chinese classes to Transition Year students. The programme was developed
by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland under the guidance and support of the
Confucius Institute Headquarters and the National Council for Curriculum and
Assessment (NCCA). The Confucius Institute works with the Irish government,
businesses and academia to develop stronger educational, cultural and commercial
links between Ireland and China.
Scoil Mhuire is privileged to work with the UCD Confucius Institute and to offer our students what we believe is a wonderful opportunity to learn about China and to study Mandarin Chinese.
The Confucius Institute provides native Chinese speakers to teach Chinese language and Ms. Higgins delivers the Chinese culture classes to our students.
In addition to their language classes our students are presented with opportunities
to experiment with Chinese cookery, paper cutting, calligraphy and many other
Click here for photos.

TYB Organise Fun Run for Clare Haven House (YSI)

30th April 2012
Congratulations to the TYB students who organised a 5k Fun Run/Walk on Saturday 28th April 2012. This was the first time the girls had organised anything like this and they learned a lot from the experience. They are also delighted to be passing on €160 to Clare Haven House. Well done and thanks to all those who took part.
Organising the run is part of their YSI project. The girls in this group will be travelling to Dublin for the National Finals of the YSI competition on the 9th of May. They have put in a lot of hard work for this project and we wish them every success. Good luck to their teacher Ms. Nicola Honan as well!

TYs in Build A Bank Final

30th April 2012
Nine TY students travelled to the RDS in Dublin (staying in Bewley’s overnight) for the national finals of the AIB Build A Bank Challenge. The Scoil Mhuire team were one of 20 schools that made the finals from over 200 original participants. On the day, the girls had to make a 20 minute presentation to the judges answering numerous questions about the work they had done. The girls performed very well but unfortunately did not take a prize this year. Well done to all involved for their huge effort. A special thanks must also be extended to Mary Gleeson who work with the girls throughout the whole project. Thanks also to Ms. Higgins and Mrs. Uí Dhomhnalláin for travelling with the girls on the day.

Miss Cullen takes part in European Championships

30th April 2012
Congratulations to Miss Cullen who took part in the recentr Taekwon-Do European Championships in Solvenia. Miss Cullen travelled with the Irish team of 34 competitors, both Junior and Senior. Once again it was a very successful tournament for the Irish team and Miss Cullen was part of the team who won a bronze medal in the Senior Female Team Pattern competition.

5th Year Burren Walk

30th April 2012
All fifith year students took part in their annual burren Walk on Thursday 19th April. They were accompanied by Ms Eustace and Ms Collins and as always had a great day. Well done to all those who took part and thanks to the two teachers involved.

TY YSI Success

30th April 2012
Congratulations to the TY YSI groups who have progressed to various levels within the national competition. The Drug Awareness group and the Domestic Violence group were put through to the National Finals and the Animal Cruelty group are through to the Poster Competition. All TYs will travel to Dublin on the 9th of May for the finals.

Past Pupil in Dublin Youth Opera Company

27th March 2012

Past Pupil Ailbhe is involved with the Dublin Youth Opera Company and would like to involve all those in Scoil Mhuire to an exciting upcoming event. DYOC travels nationwide touring and raising money for charity. They are currently in the middle of their ‘Big Brother’ tour and are stopping off in Clare on the 10th of April. Big Brother in a juke-box opera where they ’ve taken different songs from musicals etc and put them together in a new and amusing way! All money raised goes to their selected charity which is ‘Slainte an Clar’ Clare Cancer Supportfor the Clare concert. It’s a fantastic innovate idea, taken on board by young peopleand all done for an extremely good cause.

So basically the show will be on in the Sea-World hall Lahinch on the 10th of April at 7.30pm, with special guests Broadway School of Dance.

TYs Prepare for Public Access to Law

23rd March 2012
TY students are currently preparing for the Annual Mock Trial competition in Loughrea Court House on Monday 26th March. The team will be competing against another school and will be acting out a trial scene. The team consists of 2 barristers (Laura O’Loughlin & Lisa Sexton), 1 solicitor (Aisling Flynn), 4 witnesses (Alanna Gleeson, Dearbháil MacMahon, Rebecca Youdell & Siobhán Nestor), 1 Registrar (Kate Healy) and 6 Jurors (Sinéad Considine, Aoife Hegarty, Sinéad Rouine, Molly Walsh, Alice Hayes & Orlaith Egan). Good luck girls!

Good Luck Mairead

23rd March 2012
Very best of luck to Mairead healy in 5th year whose band, Purple Electric, are competiting in the Clare’s Got Talent Final in Glór on Saturday night at 8pm. All support on the night would also be greatly appreciated!

Art Congratulations

23rd March 2012
Congratulations to the 2nd Year Art class – Aoife O’Gorman, Skye Stagno Navarro, Fiona O’Brien, Aoife Rynne, Aideen Bonito and Aoife Fitzgibbon – who won our Biodiversity Sculpture art competition. The competition was judged by Shane Casey, the Biodiversity officer for the Clare County Council.

Congratulations Michelle!

23rd March 2012
Congratulations to Michelle Flanagan from the 1B English class who has been shortlisted in te Clare Champion Short Story writing competition. The final takes place on 10th May in Ennis. Winning entries will be published in the Clare Champion.

YSI Report

12th March 2012
All Transition Year students took part in the YSI Speak Out on Thursday 8th of March. The students had worked very hard in preparing a Speak Out to represent their project. Results of the Speak Out will be announced in the coming weeks. Below are two reports written by students:

By Rebecca Youdell, Sinead Rouine and Nadine Vaughan

Yesterday all of transition year students went to Galway to attend the young social innovators speak out event. We arrived in Galway at half nine, registered and took our seats. There were schools from Connaught and Munster there also to perform there speak out. There was so many different types of speak outs that addressed many issues like drug and alcohol abuse to depression and homelessness.

We were finally called to perform our speak out in front of the judges, our topic that we chose was domestic violence and we called our project “Don’t raise your hand to domestic violence”. We put together a mime which consisted of a mother, father and 3 children with the mother experiencing domestic violence and the children witnessing the domestic violence. Eventually the mother goes to Clare haven were she was cared for, this was explained by the narrator Laura throughout the mime, the end of our speak out everyone came out with a white mask on and every fifth person revealed a black mask to represent the one in five women affected by domestic violence, we all said together “don’t raise your hand to domestic violence” as that was the name of our project.

We finished watching the rest of the speak outs, some were very entertaining and some were boring. At the end a group of students performed a dance for us and then a raffle was held were we won sweets. After this we went out shopping in Galway city. We really hope we get through to the national finals as we worked very hard on our project.


By Kate Healy

On Thursday 8th of March all Transition Year students travelled to Galway to take part in the Young Social Innovators Speakouts. YSI is a programme which challenges young people to tackle issues of concern in their communities. This year our school had three projects on three very different topics, domestic violence, Animal Cruelty and Drug and Alcohol Abuse. I was a member of the drug and alcohol abuse group.

When we arrived at the Ardilaun hotel bright and early Thursday morning nerves set in as we saw all the other schools with their projects. There were lots of different topics such as road safety, underage drinking, body image and missing persons. The Speakouts began around 10:30 and they were all really good, some were serious and others were very entertaining. We were one of the last groups to go on and we were all quite nervous but we were happy with how everything went!

We will get feedback from the YSI judges on both our written report and our Speakout on the 16th of April. Overall it has been a great experience and we all had a lot of fun J

Build A Bank WINNERS!

7th March 2012
Congratulations to the TY Build A Bank team who won the regional finals of the Build A Bank competition yesterday. This will mean that the girls progress to the All-Ireland finals in the RDS in Dublin on April 25th. Huge thanks and congratulations to Mary Gleeson who has been working with the team since before Christmas.
The Bank is open in school at lunch time every Thursday.
Photos from here Build A Bank project are here.

Report by Laura O’Loughlin:

Before Christmas, nine transition year students, from Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon launched their school bank, SME Atlantic Bank. The “Build a Bank Challenge” which is sponsored by AIB is an exciting way for transition year students to set up and run their own school bank. The “Build a Bank Challenge” is in its tenth year running. The bank opens weekly and gives students the opportunity to open bank accounts and lodge money. It encourages saving within the school and has proved a huge success. The team have used many initiatives to encourage students to save such as a raffle for students that open an account, saver of the month prize and an information campaign to first years about the benefits of saving. The high numbers of first year students opening accounts then led to a raffle just for first years. The team dressed up as sailors and made the bank area into a ship. It was visually attractive to customers which created an impact each Thursday.

The team will travel to Limerick for the regional competition on Tuesday the 6th of March. They have created a presentation around the theme of a vintage galleon ship as shown in the picture. The bank’s slogan is ‘Sail the Saving Seas’ and the students have incorporated many props to compliment the vintage look of presentation. They will also dress up as sailors for their presentation. They are hoping to win at the regional competition so it can be the first time the school’s bank has taken the project to the next level.

The girls would like to say a big thank you to their student officer Mary Gleeson who has kindly helped them through the project every step of the way.

Good Luck in YSI

7th March 2012
Good luck to all the TY students who are taking part in the YSI (Young Social Innovators) Speak Out competition in Galway on Thursday 8th March. All the students have made a huge effort preparing for this competition. There are three groups; one presenting on Drug Awareness, one on Animal Cruelty (focusing on the dog pound in Ennis) and the third on Domestic Violence (focusing on Clare Haven in Ennis). As well as preparing for the speak out, the groups have already done fundraising in school and have organised talks to hear more about their topic.
There are plenty of picture from YSI related activities here.

Scoil Mhuire Beats Scarriff in Camogie

7th March 2012
Congratulations to the senior camogie team (which is made up of quite a few first years as well!) who beat Scarriff on Monday this week. This is the first round of the competition but if their performance at that match is anything to go by, we can expect great things from this camogie team!

Subject Choice for Leaving Cert

8th February 2012
Ms Ahern, Guidance Consellor, gave a talk this week about the subject options for Leaving Certificate. At this talk she referenced a file laying out a lot of relevant information about the subject options. This file can be found here.

Valentines Roses

6th February 2012
The Transition Year students in TYB are organising the annual Rose Delivery for roses to be delivered on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th of February (seeing as Valentines Day falls during the mid term break!). The students have been around to classes to take orders but if you missed them make sure to find a TYB student in school asap. The roses cost €4 each or you can get 3 for €10.

2nd Year Religion Retreat

23rd January 2012
A letter has been sent home with all second year students outlining the arrangements for the upcoming 2nd year retreats on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th of January.

Mocks Timetable 2012

23rd January 2012
The timetable is now available for all the third year and sixth year students. Please note that for allstudents lunch time will change to 12.30 – 13.15 for the duration of the exams.
Best of luck to all students sitting the exams.

Young Scientist 2012

23rd January

On the 11th of January Siobhán Nestor, Sinéad O’Brien and Dearbháil Mac Mahon travelled to Dublin to compete in the BT Young Scientist 2012. They had been working on the project since September along with their teacher Mrs. Sheridan.

“Our project was titled an investigation into the effectiveness of natural versus a synthetic anti-perspirant. The aim of our project was to compare the most popular synthetic anti-perspirant, Sure, in our school with a leading natural anti-perspirant called Perspi-Gel. We compared them by applying both anti-perspirants on the underarm and then placing cotton pads under each arm and weighing the sweat produced after 10 minutes of exercise. The difference in the weight of the cotton pad after the exercise was carried out was the amount of sweat produced. The less sweat produced, the more effective the anti-perspirant. We carried this experiment out on 35 students and from our results we found that Perspi-Gel was 38% more effective than Sure. We researched the ingredients of both anti-perspirants and found that 50% of the ingredients in Sure were potentially harmful to the skin, these ranged from skin irritants to potentially carcogenic ingredients while only 20% of the ingredients in Perspi-Gel were irritants.”

They arrived early Wednesday morning to set up their display in the RDS and later on attended the opening ceremony which was broadcasted live on television. Over the next few days their project was on display to the public and judged by Professors. “The public were interested in our project because of the topical link between ingredients present in everyday products with breast cancer. We got good feedback from the judges and they encouraged us to continue working on our project and publish it in our local libraries and online. We are currently working on our project for other science events like SciFest. We really enjoyed the experience and the buzz around the event. Everyone was friendly and we met lots of new friends, we got to meet celebrities like Ryan Tubridy and there were lots of organised events in the evenings. We would really recommend others to participate in the young scientist as it’s a great experience. We would like to thank Mrs. Sheridan for her help throughout the project and our volunteers who participated in the experiment.”

All their hard work paid off when they got awarded with a highly recommended rosette. This was a great achievement as this year’s Young Scientist received the greatest amount of entries yet.

Congratulations Róisín and Róisín

23rd January 2012
Congratulations to Róisín Howley and Róisín Rouine who were both on the All-Ireland winning Munster All Stars Football Team. This is a great achievement for both girls. Congratulations must also be extended to Ms Eustace the coach of the school football team who encourages the students all the time.

Preparations for exams

15th January 2012
Students: With mocks approaching and the State exams always getting closer it is time to start thinking about a bit of extra study to ensure you achieve the best of your ability. Evening study continues as always and weekend study is also available. This gives a great opportunity for study in silent supervised conditions.

Build A Bank

15th January 2012

This year nine TY students are taking part in the annual AIB Build A Bank challenge. The challenge involves setting up and running our own bank here at school, developing a theme and encouraging students to save for the future. This year we have gone for a nautical theme, the name we chose for our bank is “SME Atlantic Bank” The bank operates from the resource area every Thursday at lunchtime.
This provides an opportunity for students to open accounts, lodge money to existing accounts and speak to a bank official from the local AIB branch in Ennistymon. If you have any enquiries or are interested in opening a student account please come to see us!  Any one that opens a new account gets entered into a draw to win a voucher!! We are also running loyalty promotions including “Saver of the month”!

If you have any questions please ask any member of the bank;

Sarah Clair – Bank Manager

Sharon Roche – Assistant Manager

Kate Healy – Auditor

Sarah Flynn – Sales and Marketing Executive

Laura O’Loughlin – Assistant Sales and Marketing Executives

Rosie Powell – Assistant Sales and Marketing Executive

Aisling Flynn – Teller

Aoife Hegarty – Teller

Denise Kelleher – Assistant Teller

Basketball Regional Champions

15th January 2012
Congratualtions to the U16 Backetball team who won the Regional Basketball Championships before Christmas. The girls have put in a lot of hard work as have those involved in coaching them – Stephen Leigh and Ms Eustace.

Christmas Exam Timetable

13th December 2011
The Christmas Exam Timetables are now available for all year groups. Best of luck to all students in these exams.

Parent Teacher Meeting Schedule

5th December 2011
The 1st, 3rd and Transition Year Parent Teacher Meetings will take place this coming Thursday, 8th of December. The following is the time schedule for the day.

  • 1st Years – 9 – 10.50
  • 3rd Years – 11 – 1
  • TY – 2 – 3.50

If there are any parents unable to attend, please contact the school in advance to inform teachers.

LCVP Table Quiz for Pemba

30th November 2011

Well done to the 5th year students who organised a table quiz as part of LCVP. The table quiz took place on Wednesday afternoon, Nov 30th, and all first and second year students were invited to attend. The quiz was very well organised and the students taking part seemed to really enjoy it. The money raised from this quiz will go to support the community in Pemba with whom Scoil Mhuire now have a very strong link. Well done also to their teacher Ms Higgins.

Thanks for a Great Musical

30th November 2011
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the recent production of The Sound of Music. This year’s musical was really excellent and huge thanks must be extended to everyone involved but in particular Ms Dooley. Ms Dooley, as always, gives up a huge amount of her time to prepare the students and it definitely paid off. Thanks also to all those involved in costumes, set design, props, stage management, lighting sound, DVD, supervision and of course to the students for giving of their talents!

The Hills are Alive…

22nd November 2011
The Sound of Music opened today with a matinee in the Ennistymon Community Centre attended by many local primary school students. This perforance follows weeks of dedicated preparations by many students and staff (especially Miss Dooley) The show continues until Sunday 27th with evening performances each night, starting Thursday 24th, at 8pm. Tickets are available from students, in school or on the door. Hope to see you there!

Scholarships for Scoil Mhuire Students

17th November 2011
Congratulations to last years Leaving Cert students who were recently awarded academic scholarships. Leigh Brosnan & Siobhán Garrahy were awarded the JP McManus scholarship which entitles them to funding every year of their degree. This scholarship is only awarded to two Co. Clare students. Gráinne Donnellan received an entrance scholarship to NUIG and Odharna Ní Dhomhnalláin received an entrance scholarship to Trinity College Dublin.

Bake Sale in aid of ISPCC

10th November 2011
The 3B CSPE class are organising a Bake Sale on Monday 14th of November in aid of the ISPCC. Goodies will be available at the 11 o’clock break and at lunch time. Please try to support this worthy cause as best you can. Best of luck to the girls in the Bake Sale and with the rest of their CSPE Project.

Breast Cancer Awareness Total

7th November 2011
October was the month for Breast Cancer Awareness and the Transition Year students organised and took part in a number of fundraising activities during the month. All together the events included a No Uniform Day, a Bake Sale, Street Sales of official merchandise and a Hot Chocolate Morning. In total to date the girls have lodge €1500 to the Irish Cancer Society account for Breast Cancer. This is an excellent achievement and one we hope to continue next year during October. Congratulations and thanks to all those who took part and supported our events.

Taekwon-Do European Championships

26th October 2011
Congratulations to Miss Cullen who returned from the Taekwon-Do Auropean CHampionships with two bronze medals. This was the first time Miss Cullen has represented Ireland in Taekwon-Do and she was very pleased with her performance achieving the medals in Individual Female 3rd Dan Patterns and Senior Female Team Sparring. The competition came after a number of months of hard training with the Irish squad which really paid off as Ireland finished in 2nd place overall.

Comhairle na n-Óg

14th October 2011

Laura O ’Loughlin, Nadine Vaughan, Lisa Sexton, Dearbháil MacMahon, Sinéad Considine, Aoife Hegarty, Denise Kelleher and Eimear MacNamara attended Comhairle na n-Óg in Cois na hAbhna in Ennis on the 13th of October. Comhairle na n-Óg is a student council for County Clare and all schools are invited to participate over two separate days. During the course of the day the girls took part in group activities, had food during the day and discussed items for the Comhairle to look at during the course of the year.

Transition Years continue to Fundraise

12th October 2011
The Transition Year students are continuing to fundraise for Action Breast Cancer. Following the success of the no uniform day, the girls also sold the Breast Cancer merchandise on the streets of Ennistymon and Lahinch on Friday 7th October. Along with this, there was a staff coffee morning and a portion of the proceeds from their recent bake sale have all contributed to the fundraising. The total lodged to date amounts to more than €1400. This is a huge achievement for Transition Years and they will be continuing to raise more money during the month. Keep an eye out for other events!

3A Class raise money for Somalia

12th October 2011
As part of their CSPE Project, the 3A class organised a bake sale to raise funds for Somalia Famine Appeal. The girls had a great array of goodies for sale on the day and raised an impressive total of €200.40. This money will be presented to a volunteer from GOAL who is coming in to speak to the girls on Tuesday the 18th October.

Scoil Mhuire GO PINK!

5th October 2011
To mark October being Breast Cancer Awareness month there are numerous events taking place in Scoil Mhuire. The first of these was a No Uniform Day on Tuesday 4th where students and staff were asked to wear something pink for the day. Congratulations must be extended to Lousie Collins (6th Year), Lily Donovan (2A), Isabelle O’Mahony(2A), Caoimhe Haran (2B) Róisín Long (1A) and Isabelle Coleman (1A) who really put in huge efforts to be dressed head to toe in pink. Other events will include a bake sale, staff coffee morning and a hot chocolate morning.

Musical Rehearsal Dates

27th September 2011

All the dates for rehearsals have been added to the Extra Curricular Calendar. A full list of dates can also be found here. Full attendance is vital. Transition year students will be providing a hot dinner option for those who wish to avail of it. This will be on the mid week rehearsal evenings.

TY Delphi Trip

23rd September 2011
The Transition Year students embarked on their annual trip to Delphi this week from Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st. They were accompanied by Ms Eustace and Miss Higgins. Everybody, including the teachers seemed to really enjoy the trip as they had the opportunity to take pasrt in activities such as kayaking, rock climbing and zip line..

Report by by Dearbháil MacMahon:

On the 19th of September the transition years travelled to Delphi. The bus left the church car park at 9:30. The morning was dull and the weather wet, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the 31 eager girls packed and ready for they dirty three days away in Delphi.

The trip was 4 hours long with a quick stop to pick up Ms. Higgins in Galway. There was a huge change in scenery once we got past Galway city. There were mountains towering over us, fields brown from the sun and dirt, forests scattered everywhere, their reflection shimmering in the lakes. Pure picturesque.

We arrived in a little town hidden away by the mountains. After looping around the lake that the town surrounded, we finally arrived in Delphi. A beautiful stone place with trees and mountains all around, a whole different world from Clare.

We were met with a friendly welcome and felt at home straight away. Once assigned to our rooms, we went downstairs to have our lunch. Beans, chicken nuggets and soup. After lunch we were put into three different groups. Groups 6 and 7 went kayaking, while group 8 went canoeing. We spent two hours kayaking, playing different games and (for some) swimming around trying to climb back into their boats.

We had dinner of mash and sausages and desert of chocolate brownie and vanilla ice-cream. When we were finished with our dinners, we went on a forest walk. It was two hour of walking through a forest. We got back to our rooms and had supper (tea and bread and jam) and then went up to the ‘Conservatory’ to watch a movie, Benjamin Button, (enough said). We were in bed by half 10.

Being woken by a wake up call at 8 o’clock we went down to have breakfast (cereal). We were off to do our activities. Group 6 went on a zip line and Rock climbing, group 7 did the rock climbing and zip line and group 8 did high ropes and rock climbing. After dinner we did a bog obstacle course, where everyone got covered in mud. Then we had supper and chillaxed in the conservatory until bed.

We left Delphi the next morning at 9 o’clock. The craic was had and it was sad to leave it behind.

Email Instructions

14th September 2011
Every student now has an email account. For details on accessing this account, changing passwords etc. please click here. If there are any problems with your account, please ask Miss Cullen

Junior Cert Results

14th September 2011
Congratulations to all students who received their Junior Cert results today. The results were very good across the board and we hope that all students will be happy. We also hope that all students enjoy (safely) the celebrations today! See you back in class tomorrow!

Audition Information

13th September 2011
Ms Dooley has put together all the relevant information on each lead character for the auditions this week.

School Email

12th September 2011
Almost all students have been assigned a new school email. This account is accessible from the home page of the school webiste. Because the email is been run from within the actual school, when you try to access it for the first time a warning will more than likely appear to say the site is untrusted. This warning can be ignored (just click Ok or Continue, whatever appears)! The email accounts are safe! Also, once you log in for the first time, please make sure you change your password. This can be done by clicking “Options” on the top right hand corner (beside your name) and then selecting “Change Password”. Your new password must contain at least 8 characters and be a mix of Capital letters, small letters and numbers (at least one of each is actually requried). Your password cannot contain your own name. If you have any questions, please ask Miss Cullen.

Music News

5th September 2011
Another year of music is about to begin in Scoil Mhuire. Trad Group is beginning on Tuesday 6th of September. This year’s school musical is “The Sound of Music”. Auditions will take place on Friday 16th of September but students must sign up by Wednesday 14th. The running order list for the auditions will be posted closer to the time.
For any more information about the Trad Group or the musical, please speak to Ms Dooley. Good luck to all those who audition!

Year Begins with changed staff

5th September 2011

As excited voices of 60 new First Years echoed through the summer emptied school on Friday 26th August, Scoil Mhuire was lamenting the loss of two most distinctive and influential voices for generations of students, those of Helen Cleary and Mary O’Flaherty.

Helen Cleary and Mary O’Flaherty were pillars of the school community and we will miss their presence in the staffroom and their warm, accessible and caring natures.Their selfless service to Scoil Mhuire  and expertise in their subjects was evident to all who knew them and were lucky enough to have been their pupils. Both Helen and Mary had a wonderful passion for their respective subjects and worked tirelessly to instil in their pupils values, knowledge, hopes, dreams and a hunger to learn.

As a past pupil of Helen’s and now an Irish teacher myself I can say with absolute certainty that she was a teacher of extraordinary ability. A gentlewoman in every sense, her unfailing love of the Irish language was easily and naturally impressed on her students. In her career she took a very active part in the promotion of Irish cultural activities, and with her keen knowledge of politics and current affairs she encouraged many a classroom debate as Gaeilge. Her appreciation of local community, history, heritage and culture was transmitted to her students in lessons that were fluid and unforced, she was a natural in the classroom, a born teacher. For the last number of years Helen has been Year Head to First Years, a wonderful mentor and mother figure to them who always took the time to have an individual word and caring pat on the back in their first tentative year in secondary school.She had a deep interest in all her students and took great pride in their successes and efforts. With her constand sincerity, commitment, passion for her subject and dedication to hard work, Helen has left a legacy which won’t be forgotten by her colleagues and countless pupils whose lives she helped mould.

Mary O’Flaherty will always be remembered in Scoil Mhuire for her passion for English, her creativity, spontaneity, hunger for knowledge but above all for her enthusiasm in teaching a subject loved by hoardes of students, thanks to her. Mary always went above and beyond the requirements of a teacher in her efforts and successes in imbueing students with an enduring passion for literature. Students were automatically enthralled and awestruck at her keen knowledge of her subject and she never commanded respect but rather gained it as she challenged, motivated and deepened students appreciation of language and literature. She loved new challenges and always continued to gain knowledge in her field, relentlessly updating her skills and instilling a hunger in her students to do the same. She encouraged pupils to push beyond what they perceived as their talent level, her motto often heard in the classroom was ‘ can’t is a myth whose real name is won’t’. She always assumed pupils would do their best and they did. Her goal wasn’t an A grade in a Leaving Cert paper, it was to teach her students how to think, criticise and analyse, so that their lives would be enriched and their minds open. Mary was what every teacher would wish to be and what generations of students admired, simply put, she was brilliant and has altered the course of many lives who have been fortunate to sit in her classroom. The school community and far beyond extend warmest wishes to these two wonderful women and wish them every joy, happiness and contentment of heart in their new beginning.

This is where your life has arrived,
After all the years of effort and toil;
Look back with graciousness and thanks
on all your great and quiet achievements.
You stand on the shore of new invitation
To open your life to what is left undone;
Let your heart enjoy a different rhythm
When drawn to the wonder of other horizons.
Have the courage for a new approach to time;
Allow it to slow until you find freedom
To draw alongside the mystery you hold
And befriend your own beauty of soul.
Now is the time to enjoy your heart’s desire,
To live the dreams you’ve waited for,
To awaken the depths beyond your work
And enter into your infinite source.
-John O’Donoghue

Students Returning to School

20th August 2011
Although school re-opens for teachers on Wednesday August 24th, students are not returning until Friday at the earliest. The following is the list of return dates for all students:
1st Years and 6th Years – Friday 26th August
2nd Years, 3rd Years and 5th Years – Monday 29th August
Transition Years – Thursday 1st September

Outstanding Results

17th August 2011

Leaving Certificate results 2011 were a source of pride and delight for the entire school community of Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon yesterday where a celebratory and happy atmosphere prevailed. Students began arriving at the school at 8.45am reflecting the anxiety and trepidation of awaiting their results but the apprehensions and concerns were rapidly replaced with excitement and relief as envelopes were opened. 54 students matched or exceeded their expectations as they got their due reward for their hard work, tenacity and drive throughout their years in the school. Scoil Mhuire had some particularly excellent individual results this year with a significant number of students gaining close to 600 points. Top of the class was Odharna Ni Dhomhnallain who scored 7 A1’s.

The enormity of this fabulous achievement is highlighted by the fact that she was one of only 39 students in the entire country to achieve such an outstanding result. She also had the distinction of having the best Junior Cert results in Scoil Mhuire. Students who took subjects at Ordinary Level also performed exceptionally well. “The girls were a positive, co-operative group who commited diligently to their studies” commented school principal Mrs Seosaimhin Ui Dhomhnallain as she extended congratulations to the girls, their proud parents and the dedicated members of staff who have been instrumental in the accomplishment of such excellent results. She said she was very heartened by the results in maths and the sciences despite talk of the national figures being disappointing.” Students bucked the trend in Maths and contrary to nationwide figures students achieved exceptional results in the Sciences also. It is wonderful to see their efforts rewarded and I wish the girls every success in their chosen careers “the principal added as she praised their work, behaviour and contribution to extra-curricular activities while they were students at the school.


Leaving Cert Results

15th August 2011
This year’s Leaving Certificate results will be available in school from 9.30 am on Wednesday 17th August. Best wishes to all the girls, we hope that you will all be happy with your results.