Great Leaving Cert Results
Congratulations to all the outgoing Leaving Cert students who received the results on Wednesday 12th August. This years results were absolutely excellent and Scoil Mhuire staff would like to wish all the girls the very best in the future. Keep in touch with us and let us know how things go!
Congratulations to the Scoil Mhuire TKD members who graded in the regional grading on June 14th in Quin. The examining panel consisted of Mr. Stephen Ryan (Scoil Mhuire Examiner), Mr. Adrian Byrne and Ms. Anne-marie Kinsella, all IV Dan. The results are as follows:
Pauline Kenneally promoted to 7th Kup (Green Tag)
Gráinne Donnellan promoted to 6th Kup (Green Belt)
Siobhán Donnellan promoted to 6th Kup (Green Belt)
Sharon Howley promoted to 6th Kup (Green Belt) – with distinction
Tara Howley promoted to 6th Kup (Green Belt) – with distinction
Emma Vaughan promoted to 6th Kup (Green Belt)
Congratulations to all!!!
Thursday May 21st was the day we bid farewell to the class of 09. The Leaving Cert girls spent their day signing eachothers shirts, taking lots of photos and basically enjoying themselves! Of course there was a bit of work to be done in preparing for the ceremony that night. With the help of Miss Kearney, Miss Kelly and Fr. Jerry Carey, the central area was transformed into a beautiful peaceful space to remind the girls of Taize where they spent some time in Transition Year.
Fr. Derek Feeney and Fr. Jerry Carey celebrated a very meaniful mass with all the girls involved in some way, for example, music, dance, readings, and prayers. After the mass principal Mrs. Uí Dhomhnalláin and Head Girl Maura Garrahy gave great speeches and then followed the dvd presentation put together by Bríd McCarthy and Yvonne Madigan. The Falls was the next port of call and from then the night progressed into the small hours of the morning!
Congratulations to all involved in created the wonderful ceremony and party afterwards. Good Luck to all the girls for their study for the upcoming exams and in the exams themselves!
On Wenesday 20th, First Year students organised a farewell party for Viva Ferguson. Viva is a first year student who will unfortunately be moving to Dublin during the summer and will be missed a lot by all her friends in Scoil Mhuire. First Year Year Head Mrs. Cleary along with the students in first year brought in drinks, crisps, cake and sweets to enjoy as they said their fond farewell to Viva. Best of Luck for the future Viva and hopefully you might come back to visit us!
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Scoil Mhuire plants the seeds for design success
Niamh Carmody was today (Monday 18th May) crowned as county champion in the European Recycling Platform’s (ERP) “Design a WEEE Recycled Garden” competition. Her design will now take prominent place in the design gallery of the ERP Show Garden Area at Bloom, Ireland’s most prestigious garden event. Niamh was awarded a bespoke trophy by renowned designer Imogen Stafford.
Scoil Mhuire saw off stiff competition from 39% of schools in Clare to be voted regional champions by a Bloom award winning judging panel, chaired by ERP Ireland.
Martin Tobin, General Manager of ERP Ireland, said, “ERP has been very excited about this competition as it brings the issue of recycling electrical waste and used batteries to grass roots level in each of ERP’s counties. Clare has a great track record when it comes to recycling and the number and quality of entries from schools in the county was extremely high. Congratulations to the students of Scoil Mhuire who really impressed the judges with their innovative WEEE recycled garden designs. I am delighted to announce Niamh Carmody as the regional winner of the Design a WEEE Recycled Garden in Clare.”
The Scoil Mhuire junior Irish debating team won the final round of the Féile na hInse Díospóireachtaí last Thursday. Elaine Egan, captain, Róisin Nestor and Mairéad Healy were highly commended for their standard of debating and their ability to tackle the arguments of the opposition. The girls received the trophy and a mobile DVD player each. This is the second time Scoil Mhuire won the junior trophy in three years, they also won in 2007. Well done to the girls and their teacher, Mrs Helen Cleary for all their hard work!
Bhuaigh an fhoireann shóisir Craobh Díospóireacht Fhéile na hInse don dara huair i mbliana. Comhghairdeachas le Elaine Ní Aogáin, Róisin Nic an Adhastar agus Mairéad Ní Éalaithe agus a múinteoir díograiseach Helen Uí Chléírigh.
Scoil Mhuire have made history this year by winning the Féile na hInse
debating competitions in both the junior and the senior categories.
Congratulations to the senior team, Leigh Ní Bhrosnacháin, Orlaith Ní
Chuilleanáin and Siobhán Ní Ghairrithe and their dedicated teacher Mrs
Comhghairdeachas don fhoireann sinsir, Leigh Ní Bhrosnacháin, Orlaith
Ní Chuilleanáin agus Siobhán Ní Ghairrithe freisin a thug leo an
craobh sinsir. Don chéad uair riamh, bhuaigh an scoil an craobh sinsir
agus an craobh sóisir. Molaimid a múinteoir, Helen Uí Chléirigh!
To finish a very busy week in Scoil Mhuire, Friday 15th of May was Europe Day. Transition Year students have been preparing European Studies projects all year based on any aspect of life with countries of the EU. This projects covered topics from Fashion to Sport to Literature and Finace with everything in between! MEP Jim Higgins spoke to all 1st, 2nd, TY and 5th year students about his role in the European Parliment and dealt with some tricky questions from the crowd! He then went on to look at all the projects and quizzed the girls in detail about the work they had put in. Congratulations to all students on their very impressive projects and also to their teachers Ms O’Flaherty and Ms O’Brien.
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The annual Scoil Mhuire awards took place on Thursday 14th May. Sports Awards were first with Claire Commane, Gerry Quinn, David O’Brien and Vinny Lee attending as special guest presenters. Many students were acknowledged for their contribution to the fast number of sports offered in Scoil Mhuire including camogie, football, volleyball, basketball, Taekwon-Do, showjumping and athletics to name but a few. Congratulations to Niamh O’Dea who was awarded the overall Sports Person of the Year for the second year running.
The academic and extra curricular awards followed with local actress Kelly Gough as the special guest presenter. Kelly followed a very impressive and moving speech given by head girl Maura Garrahy as she addressed the full assembly for the last time as Year Head. These awards acknowledge outstanding students in every academic field as well as those who contributed to extra curricular activities such as debating, music, art and website contribution again to name but a small few. Prefects and those with full attendance were also presented with certificates. Congratulations especially to Catríona Killeen in leaving Cert who has full attendance for 6 years. A special congratulations must also be extended to our exemplarary Head Girl, Maura Garrahy, who was awarded Student of the Year.
Thanks to all teachers and students who helped in the preparation for this exciting day.
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On Wednesday May 12th Carmen Gal visited Scoil Mhuire to do a cookery demonstration for the Transition Year students. It was no ordinary demonstration though as Carmen is from Romania and cooked a Romanian meal, complete with homemade bread for all the students (and supervising teachers!). The meal consisted of polenta and very tasty cabbage rolls which were accompanied by bread which Carmen which had made earlier that day. All the TYs enjoyed the experience, and the food, thoroughly. Thanks very much to Carmen Gal for this unique experience.
The final staff pupil basketball for the current Leaving Cert students took place at lunchtime on Wednesday 12th May. Although they had plenty of support from the crowd and made a valliant effort they were unsuccessful in their attempt! The final score was 8-2 to a very strong teachers team! The Leaving Cert team included Ella Thickett, Melissa Jeuken, Emer Kierce, Siobhán Daly, Bríd McCarthy and Siobhán Rynne. The winner team included Miss Eustace, Miss Aherne, Miss Collins, Miss Cullen, Miss Kelly, Miss Hannon, and Miss O’Brien. Well done (but hard luck) to the Leaving Certs and thanks to all the teachers who took part.
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Mr. Quinn, Miss Cullen, Miss Kelly and Mrs Browne, along with 40 Transition Year students left Shannon airport on Thursday May 7th headed for Paris, France. The trip was a huge success with a very busy schedule. Thursday included lunch in Paris on arrival followed by a (very hot) bus tour around Paris, then dinner and a trip on the Seine. Finally it was back to the very nice hotel to check in and get a bit of sleep – after a quick visit to the playground for most! Friday was very eventful with a morning of shopping followed by Notre Dame and The Louvre. It was back to Flunch (not the student’s favourite place!) for dinner and then off to the Eiffel Tower. Saturday was the day for EuroDisney but unfortunately also saw the first and only bit of rain for the trip. The rain didn’t dampen the mood though as most girls purchased the very attractive yellow rain mack. Following a lovely dinner in Planet Hollywood and a few attempts on a bucking bronko it was a bit more shopping and then bed! On the last day there was a short visit to Sacre Coer and Montmartre before heading back to Bouvais and on to Shannon. All girls on the trip behaved in an exemplary fashion and represented the school very well.
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Offical DVD Launch
Join us on Friday 8th May at 6pm in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon for the official launch of
Pieces of History
Shop fronts of Ennistymon
This short documentary is a tribute to the traditional 19th Century shop fronts of Ennistymon that give the town its unique character. It was produced by 5th Year Art students of Scoil Mhuire and Christian Brother Secondary schools in Ennistymon. A number of brief interviews were conducted by students with local residents, whose genuine appreciation of the many facets of these unique structures have ultimately shaped this work. This collaboration between students and local residents highlight the ability of the arts to foster a sense of community while at the same time engaging us creatively.
Sincere thanks to all who participated in the making of this documentary.
Congratulations to Pauline Kenneally, Maebh Collins and Mikeala McMahon who all recently travelled to the Scifest in LIT. Pauline prepared a project on and an Animal Identification System for Ireland and she was commended for the standard of her project considering she entered as an individual. Maeve and Mikeala prepared a project called “The Composting Ability of Worms”. This project was awarded second place in the Intermediate Category. Well done girls!! Congratulations to all involved in the competition as well as their teacher Linda Hannon.
Áine Montgommery from the Clare Heart Health Promotions unit of the HSE came to Scoil Mhuire on Tuesday 28th to present all TY students with their Irish Heart Foundation CPR cards. Over the past couple of months groups of students have trained in CPR with Miss Cullen on a Monday morning. It is a huge achievement to have all students trained. Congratulations to everyone! Also on this day the TYs were given their CPR Anytime kit that is being provided, free of charge, from the Irish Heart Foundation. The idea of this kit is that TYs would firstly refresh their own CPR skills but also watch it at home with others to have more people knowledgeable about how to perform CPR. All TYs are being asked to use this kit at home and even give it to extended family or friends and neighbours. As Ireland’s only Heartsafe School it is very important that we try to have more and more people skilled in CPR.
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Although it poured rain the night beforehand, the Scoil Mhuire Sports Day went ahead on Friday April 24th. After roll call in school all students headed out to Lahinch where Miss Eustace had organised the pitch into the various events including 100m, 400m, egg & spoon, relay and 3-legged races as well as Tug-Of-War, Penalty Shoot Out, Rugby throw, Long Puc and an Obstacle Course. Luckily the rain held off and all students had a great day. Well done to the Sports Department for organising such a successful day, thanks to all the teachers who helped out and congratulations to all students who participated!
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Scoil Mhuire represented at Irish Heart Foundation Talk
The Irish Heart Foundation recently held a talk in the West County in Ennis about Heart Health related matters. The talk was very well attended by people of all different ages. At the end of the talk, there was an introduction to the Happy Heart Weekend which this year is to raise funds for the CPR For Schools Programme. Miss Cullen attended to talk a small bit about the importance of CPR especially in schools. Angela Keane and Jessica Unglert, from TY, were also there to demonstrate how easy CPR is to do on the new kits. The demonstration went down very well and the importance and ease of CPR came across very clearly to all in attendance.
Well done to the choir that travelled to Prague for the Young Prague 2009 Festival. The awards in the competition are given out depending on the standard you reach. To receive a Gold award you must reach the Gold standard and the same with silver and bronze. They do not award 1st, 2nd and 3rd as in other competitions. The Scoil Mhuire choir were in the Girls Choir category and were presented with a Silver Award on the final day of the festival. Congratulations to all involved with the choir, especially Miss Dooley, as this was an excellent achievement for their first competition.
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Friday 20th is Daffodil Day in aid of Cancer Research. Transition Year students will be selling Daffodils on Thursday and Friday. Please support this worthy cause by either buying a bunch of daffodils or an official Daffodil Day pin. Thanks to all TY who are working so hard to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society to date the amount raised is €1900 (and counting)!
Students! Buy your Limited edition, 100% cotton Eco Bags for the unbelievable introductory price of €3 from our sales team in TYA.
These unique bags are designed and hand-printed in Ennistymon.
Produced by ‘Green Girls ‘ Enterprises
Hurry while stocks last!
Watch out for our exciting new product range!
Congratulations to the Enterprise group who came second at the Enterprise Fair in Athlone on Wednesday 18th. They were up against stiff competition from 18 other schools. Congratulations also to their Enterprise teacher Ms Fahy.
Leaving Certs Raise €200 for Chernobyl
The Leaving Cert Lock In that took place on Fri/Sat 27th/28th February raised a total of €200 for the Chernobyl Children’s Project Cardiac Programme. This will go a long way to the €1000 that Scoil Mhuire are trying to raise. Congratulations girls and thanks to all those who contributed.
Congratulations to Ms Eustace and the Senior Football team who took home the County Champions Trophy/ on Friday 13th (unlucky for some, but not our footballers!). After the venue and date being changed, the team took off to Lahinch on Friday morning, with the 1A and TY classes to support, to play Spanish Point. It was a very exciting match with no clear winner obvious and Scoil Mhuire even down two points at half time. A very strong Scoil Mhuire team never gave up and were rewarded in the end with a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-13. A victory by a point! Congratulations again to all the girls and their coach Ms Eustace.
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TY students (Hannah Marr, Katie Rynne, Rebecca O’Regan, Niamh Kelleher and Bláithnaid McCaw) put a huge amount of effort into organising Speed Dating as Gaeilge for Scoil Mhuire, CBS and the Vocational School TY students. Students taking part were given a famous person/character and they had to try and find their famous partner throughout the session. All “dating couples” were given one minute to talk to each other before moving on to a different person in the hope of finding a date or at least their famous match! While this was going on Aoife Garrihy and Tracey Barry were keeping an eye out for the “Cutest Couple” (later announced as Aisling Henry and Karl Ryan who were given Roses!) and giving out last Rolos. At the end of the dating, birthday boy Darren Mullins also provided the group with a song which he dedicated to Katie Rynne. “Dates” (one meal in Teach Bia and one meal – literally – in Daves Cafe) were also given out to winning couples Darren Mullins and Katie Rynne (Beauty and the Beast) and Catherine Hayes and Martin Shannon (Mickey and Minnie Mouse).Sincere congratulations to the girls who organsied this unique and very successful event, and also to their teacher Ms. Ní Chléirigh.
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Congratulations to the Junior Football County Winners
The Junior Football Team played in the County final on Monday March 2nd. The match took place in Lees Road in Ennis and Scoil Mhuire took on the Junior team from St. Camains, School. It was a high scoring match for our girls resulting in an outstanding. Orlaith Cullinan from TYA attended the match as sports journalist and photographer.
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Leaving Certs Locked In
Leaving Certificate students organised a “Lock In” on Friday February 27th to celebrate the end of the mock exams and also to raise money for the Chernobyl Children’s Project Cardiac Programme. About 29 students took part and were accompanied by Miss L Cullen, Miss R Cullen, Ms McGuire and Fr. Jerry Carey. Those taking part behaved in an exemplary fashion and the night was a huge success. They started off with a bit of dancing to Fr Carey’s music provided on a DJ system with loud speakers!! This was followed by some food (lots of pizza and chips) and a DVD – Anchorman (many of the catch-phrases were adopted for the rest of the night!) After Anchorman, Fr Carey led a very competitive table quiz which was won by “Fluffy Socks” much to the disappointment of the “Terrific Teachers” team (the High School Musical round was not in their favour) Although we thought everyone would be tired after the mocks, they were full of energy at this stage which led to some interested games such as “52 Bonkers”, “Murder in the Dark” and something called “The Teeth and Dentist”. Finally at 3am the students were persuaded to put on the next DVD which signalled the end of the night for some, but not all! Four brave (and perhaps crazy!) girls stayed up all night!
Thanks to all who took part and also to Mrs Donnellan who popped in for a visit early in the night and also supplied lots of biscuits and soft drinks!
A group of Transition Year students started the Log On Learn programme on Thursday 26th February. This programme is designed to help some older members of the local community learn about computers from the TY students. 15 local people in all signed up for this and were assigned their individual TY Tutors before the first lesson took place. After this lesson everyone seemed very pleased and hopefully the remainder of the programme will be as successful. Congratulations to the co-ordinators Hannah Marr and Rebecca O’Regan and well cone to all other students involved.
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Good Luck Maeve and Mikeala
Mikeala Mc Mahon and Maeve Collins have entered the Eco-Anesco Young Environmentalist Awards 2008 with a project entitled “The Wonderful World of Worms”. This project is based around the benefit of using worms to make compost out of kitchen and garden waste. As part of the competition they had to visit 6 local schools as well as give an inspiring talk at assembly. The resutls of the project showed that the worms were an advantage as they cut down on household waste going into the black bag as well as eliminating the need to buy artificial fertilisers. For more information on this see the poster in the Central Area.
Best of luck in the competition girls!
TY’s have a great day at YSI
All TY students travelled to Coláiste Muire in Ennis to take part in the regional YSI Speakout. Schools from Clare Limerick and Galway were taking part in this event. YSI stands for Young Social Innovators and is basically about young people trying to make a difference in the world. The TYA class chose to look at stereotyping and performed a drama to highlight this while TYB chose Poverty and performed a song with a mini drama as well. Well done to all students who took part and their teacher Miss Kelly.
TKD Cork Open
Congratulations to Tara Howley and Pauline Kenneally who represented Scoil Mhuire very well at the Cork Open Championships on Sunday February 15th. Both girls competed very well in the patterns section and Tara took Bronze. Congratulations Tara! Thanks to the supports who also travelled on the day; Sharon Howley, Gráinne Donnellan and Siobhán Donnellan. Hopefully they will all also compete at the next competition.
2nd Year Basketball Success
2nd Year students competed in two regional Basketball Matches recently with very successful outcomes in both. The first match was against Kildysart Community College and the second against Spanish Point. Mariead Healy attended as sports journalist.
Cross Country Success
Scoil Mhuire students did us proud once more at the recent Cross Country Championships in Mullagh. Congratulations to all the girls who took part as they brought home the Best Overall School Title (Tully Cup).
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TY Students Enjoy a Great Retreat
On Wednesday February 4th, all Transition year students took part in their annual retreat, accompanied by Ms Kelly. The retreat took place in the Boghill Centre in Kilfenora.
Congratulations to our artists Sophie Rynne and Aisling Flynn, 1B who are county finalists for the prestigious Doodle for Google ‘My Ireland’ competition. They successfully designed logos for Google to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2009. The National Winners’ logo will be used by the Google search engine.
Well done also to Lia Morrissey and Sophie Rynne who are Senior and Junior School Winners in the Art section of the Bank of Ireland Student of the Year competition 2009.
For more fantastic art competitions keep an eye on the school notice board, situated between rooms 1 and 2, or on the Art Room notice board.
Congratulations to the Junior Football team who are this year’s Muster runners up. The final took place in Kilmallock on Tuesday 27th of January against St. Mary’s of Mallow. All first years went to support the team but unfortunately victory went St. Mary’s on this occassion. All members of the team put in great a effort so well done girls but hard luck! Elisha Minihan attended as sports journalise and photographer.
TYs Prepare for Gaisce
On the 26th of January, Transition Year students had their first talk about the Gaisce Presidents Award. The speaker showed a clip on his computer of the president talking about the award and how it benefited the community. He told them what would be required to achieve the Bronze Medal. It consists of one hour a week for the next 13 weeks participating in the following:
- Community Activity (e.g. Log on Learn)
- Sporting Activity (e.g. football, TKD)
- Personal Activity (e.g. learning to play piano)
The following 13 weeks involve choosing one of the 3 activities to continue to complete the award. During the 26 weeks the participants must also spend 2 days and one night at an Outdoor Adventure Centre. This will involve cooking for themselves and spending the night in a tent and the days hiking. In total 27 students have chosen to participate in this award programme.
(News report written by Bláthnaid McCaw and Pauline Kenneally)
Sharon Howley and her science teacher Ms Sheridan travelled to the Young Scientist Competition in the RDS in Dublin recently. Sharon’s project was entitled “Music Strings – An Investigation into the Effect of Temperature on Pitch/Frequency” and she was awarded first place in the “Intermediate Individual Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences” section. This price also included a cheque for €300 and a Waterford Crystal photo frame.
The Institute of Physics in Ireland give an award for the project with the best Physical content and Sharon’s project was of such a high standard that she was also presented with this award. .The presentation of a Waterford crystal bowl was made to Sharon by the famous physicist Prof Bell Burnell.
Congratulations to Sharon and also Ms Sheridan!
Congratulations to Odharna Ní Dhomhnalláin who was selected to take part in upcoming Maths Enrichment lectures in the University of Limerick. This achievement was due to Odharna’s excellent results in Mathematics in her Junior Cert – only the top 500 students in the country are invited to attend. The lectures are given by experienced Mathematic lecturuers at the University of Limerick and will give Odharna an insight into Maths at a different level than is dealt with in school. As a talented and dedicated student this achievement was well deserved. Congratulations and Good Luck to Odharna in the lectures!
This year’s Carol Recital took place on an icy evening; Sunday December 15th.Tthe night itself was the result of months of long hard work and dedication from all singers and teachers involved. A huge number of Scoil Mhuire students took part in the choir and were joined by past pupils, teachers and members of the community under the careful and direction of Ms Dooley. The choir were also joined on the night by some very special solo performers who made the night even more magical!
Huge congratulations must be given to Ms Dooley for her results of all her work in the preparation for this. Also, many, many thanks to all those who participated on the night in the choir, orchestra and also in the preparation of the church. We look forward to an equally spectacular event in 2 years time!
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Congratulations to the four students who passed their most recent Taekwon-do grading on Saturday December 14th. The grading took place in Quin Community Hall with three examiners Mr. Stephen Ryan (IV Degree), Mr. Adrian Byrne (IV Degree) and Mr. Brian Coughlan (IV Degree). All girls performed very well on the day and received the following grades:
Gráinne Donnellan – promoted to Green Tag
Siobhan Donnellan – promoted to Green Tag
Emma Vaughan – promoted to Green Tag
Pauline Kenneally – promoted to Yellow Belt
Transition Year student Angela Keane was promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do on Sunday Dec 7th. Angela has been a student of Mr. Kevin Kinsella (IV Degee) in the Ennis TKD Club for the past 6 years and all her hard training definitely paid off on Sunday. The grading took place in Ashbourne, Co. Meath with a panel of 5 examiners; Mr. Kenneth Wheatley (VI Degree), Mr. Pat O’Rourke (VI Degree), Mr. Stephen Cooley (V Degree), Mr. Adrian O’Mahoney (V Degree) and Mr. Adrian Byrne (IV Degree). It was a long day starting at 12 noon and finishing at approximately 5 o’clock. Angela was put through her paces having to demonstrate skills in technical movements, kicking, patterns, step sparring, free sparring, self defence, special technique (flying kicks), power breaking and theory. Congratulations to Angela and we hope she will continue to lend her expertise in the Scoil Mhuire TKD Club as well!
Great Success for Junior Football Team
Scoil Mhuire seem to have an unstoppable junior football team with their latest match against Hazelwood College ended in more success. There was much drama in actually getting the match started but when a playable pitch was finally located the Scoil Mhuire girls, under the guidance of Ms. Eustace, put on a spectacular display to win with a score of 3-11 to 4-4. Catherine Hayes was the sports journalist for the day. Good luck to the girls in the upcoming Munster Final!!
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TYA have gone Eco-friendly for their Enterprise Project! They are having eco-friendly cotton bags professionally printed. The design team have created unique logos and the bags will go on sale after Christmas. All students are encouraged to support this worthwhile project.
Art Competition Prize Winners
Congratulations to Emma McInerney and Eimear Haugh who were prize winners in their categories in the Ennistymon and District Credit Union Poster Competition. Emma came 2nd in the 11-13 age group and Eimear won 2nd prize in the highly competitive 14-17 years category. Well done to everyone who participated, the standard was very high. Congratulations also to their teacher Ms Fahy!
TY Starts School Bank
This year’s Transition Year students have started a very exciting new initiative in Scoil Mhuire. They are opening a school bank in line with the AIB Build a Bank Challenge. Interviews were held to determine who would take the various positions in the bank and the chosen students have worked very hard to publicise the new bank and to get students to enrol.
Heartsafe School Award
On Tuesday November 18th, Scoil Mhuire became the first school in County Clare to be presented with the Heartsafe School Award from the Irish Heart Foundation. On this day, as well, we were presented with a defibrillator from the HSE. These two events were the results of lots of hard work over the past year. Anne Riordan of the Irish Heart Foundation presented the Heartsafe award and Aine Montgomery and Geri Quinn of the HSE presented the defibrillator. Congratulations to all involved.
To acknowledge the award the school received, Tuesday Nov 18th was called “Heartsafe Day”. To mark this occasion and to further encourage participation in physical activities, Ms Garvey and Ms Collins organised a lunch time walk (similar to the normal walking club) and each participating student was given an apple on return. Almost 60 students took part in this which is a huge number considering the choir practise that takes place at lunchtime as well involved a large number of students. Well done to all who took part.
On Saturday November 9th 2008 members of the Clare Taekwon-Do Schools from Scoil Mhuire, Ennis, Quin, Ballyea and Barefield presented a cheque for €10,000 to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund in Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital Crumlin. The cheque was presented to Mr. Gerry Culley, a representative from the Hospital who thanked all those involved for their continued support of this cause. The Clare Taekwon-Do Schools have conducted this fundraiser for over 15 years now and each year the amount donated has increased. This was Scoil Mhuire’s first year taking part so hopefully next year will see more students joining in for this important event. Congratulations to all those involved for their great work and generosity.
Both 3rd year classes, accompanied by Mrs. O’Flaherty and Ms Barry travelled to the Helix in Dublin on Thursday November 6th to see The Merchant of Venice. After the show the girls also were treated to some shopping in the Liffey Valley centre.
1st Years win their Basketball Match
Congratulations to the first year basketball team who won a friendly match against Ennistymon Vocational School. The match was played on Wednesday 5th November in the Community Centre and is hopefully a sign of good things to come for our enthusiastic first years. Congratulations also to their coach Ms. Eustace.
Congratulations Alina Gal and Aine Ryan
Trinity College Dublin have offered Alina Gal and Aine Ryan a place in the upcoming Transition Year Physics Experience (TYPE Programme) from March 2nd – 6th. Only 60 students were selected from more than 250 applicants. The programme will include lectures and lab work in Physics and in other Schools/Departments in the area of the physical sciences. We are sure that the girls will find the week interesting and fun and we look forward to hearing all about it!
Congratulations girls and Good Luck!!!
Heartsaver AED Training Course
Miss Cullen and Miss Kearney completed their first Heartsaver AED training course on Friday Oct 17th training Ms Eustace, Ms Garvey, Ms Fahy and Ms Ahern in adult and child CPR and AED skills.. This course was monitored by a member of the HSE to fully qualify Miss Cullen and Ms Kearney as Heartsaver AED instructors. This now adds to the 77 students who were trained in CPR last year (some of whom are pictured to the left). Congratulations to all involved.
Texaco Children’s Art Competition
Congratulations to Alison Byrne in Leaving Cert whose entry to the Texaco Children’s Art Competition entitled “Ballroom Scene” has been chosen for the 2009. Calendar. The painting will appear on the Introduction page of the calendar.
Congratulations also to Myriam Riane, Melissa McGinley and Martina Scales who all received letters of commendation.
Well done to their Art teacher Ms Mary Fahy and good luck to all this year’s art students.
Peoples Prayer Presentation
Last year’s Transition year class, under the guidance of Ms Joanne O’Brien, undertook a project to create a prayer book called The Peoples Prayers. The students and Ms O’Brien herself both admitted that they didn’t realise how big a project it would turn out to be. The idea was to raise money to send to the community in Pemba where local retired teachers Pat and Neilus O’Doherty were working. And raise money they did!!
On Wednesday 15th October Fr. Msaka from Pemba arrived to the school to be presented with a cheque from the proceeds of the book The Peoples Prayer. This presentation was for a massive €10,635 with some extra money collected since then that will be sent to Pemba at a later date. This is a massive achievement for Ms O’Brien and last year’s TYA class. Congratulations to all involved.
Defibrillator Training Complete
Congratulations to Miss Cullen and Ms Kearney who completed their Heartsaver Instructor Course last weekend. They have qualified as instructors and all that remains for them to do to be fully certified is teach their first course under the watchful eye of Aine Montgomery from the HSE. This first course will take place with a group of teachers on Friday 17th of October after the staff meeting. Congratulations to Miss Cullen and Ms Kearney and good luck to all on Friday.
Cheerios Breakfast Morning
Congratulations to the TYA class who very successfully organised the Cheerios Breakfast Morning with their Home Economics teacher Ms Kearney. The TY students enjoyed breakfast with their “buddies” as well as selling bowls of cereal at breaktime to others. They raised €50 in total for Childline.
Hell for Leather
Jasmine Ashby of TYA gives an account of the backstage atmosphere at Hell for Leather when the 1st year students attended recently:
The buzz behind stage could power Ennistymon for a week it was so electric!
As the curtains opened and the dancers got under way the crowed clapped and cheered and turned out to be just as lively as the troop out on stage.
The backstage was hectic as skirts were pulled up and t-shirts tucked in. The children were excited and not at all nervous. It seemed like it was second nature to them although for most they had never done a show like this before.
Trying to keep the dancers quiet backstage was a chore but no-one could mistake, or find it hard to hear, the roar of our first years in the audience, who shouted and screamed as the dancers showed off their talents.
The hot lights shone on the tired dancers but that didn’t affect the atmosphere. We had a student of our own taking part, Lisa, who when in the Quilty item was screamed at and applauded.
There was a number of different dance acts from reels to jigs, my favourite being the brush dance.
It was a flawless show with no mistakes (well as far as the audience could see he hem). Even though I didn’t dance in the matinee (I was too busy running around getting the dancers ready anyway) I still enjoyed every bit of it (especially the treats afterwards ha ha)
All good things must come to an end and the Glór matinee was a small taster of the big show that is soon to be on in Glór this December. I think the first years will agree that it was a great show and the dancers really did give it “Hell for Leather”.
Unfortunate Camogie Result
After an excellent Camogie result against Rice College, hopes were high for the team when they play Scariff on Friday 3rd of October. However expectations for the team did not turn out as planned and Scoil Mhuire suffered a harsh defeat.
2A have a great time Orienteering
The 2A class were brought to Lees Road on Friday the 26th of September for an orienteering competition. A great day was had by all even though the weather did turn a bit grim towards the end of the day.
Excellent Camogie Result
Congratulations to the Scoil Mhuire Camogie team who played Rice College on Friday 26th September. The final score in the match was 3 – 9 to Scoil Mhuire and 1 – 1 to Rice College. Well done girls and Miss Eustace.
TYA Bakesale a Huge Success
Congratulations to the TYA class who organised a great Bake Sale in order to raise funds for their various activities during the year. Students and staff alike were very pleased with the products for sale! Clionadh Considine writes a report on the event.
Past Pupils Play Croke Park
Best of Luck to past pupils Carmel and Marie Considine who will be playing in Croke Park on Sunday with Clare in the Intermediate Ladies Football Final on Sunday.
Best of luck to Deirdre Murphy and all the Clare Panel.
Huge Success in Prague Choir Auditions
Congratulations to all students who took part in the recent auditions for the choir that will travel to Prague next March. The standard was very high and everyone was successful.
Good luck to all students participating and of course to Miss Dooley.
TY Class enjoy “Waiting for Godot”
Transition Year students attended the recent production of “Waiting for Godot”, by Samuel Beckett, in Glor in Ennis. They were accompanied by English teachers Mrs. O’Flaherty and Ms. Barry. Students all seemed to enjoy the cultural evening and it gave them a good visual idea of the play they are studying in class. Pauline Kenneally attended as Arts Journalist.
Unfortunate loss for football team against St. Camains
Scoil Mhuire’s senior football team played a great match against St. Camains on Thursday 18th September. The match was very close for the majority of the time but Camain’s pulled ahead towards the end to gain victory. Charlotte Evans was attending as the Sports Journalist.
Scoil Mhuire Education Programme
The following evening classes will be offered in Scoil Mhuire commencing week beginning October 6th.
- Basic Computer Applications
- Intermediate Word Processing
- Cooking for the Family
- Conversational Spanish
- Batik Art Class
To enrol and for more information visit our stand at the North Clare Opportunities event in the Community Centre in Ennistymon on Friday September 19th or contact Ms. Anne Butler at 065 7071224
Scoil Mhuire is taking part in a very exciting project this year. Last year, Miss Cullen organised fundraising for a school defibrillator. This also involved organising CPR training (through the HSE) for approximately 25% of the students. After fundraising almost €2000 through generous contributions from parents, local and national businesses Scoil Mhuire was had been collected. Scoil Mhuire will purchase a defibrillator from the HSE in mid November.
Miss Cullen and Miss Kearney began this instructor training last Saturday which involves 3 full intensive days of learning CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) skills. There will be a number of tests throughout the course and both Miss Cullen and Miss Kearney will then be evaluated while teaching a course within the school. When qualified they will hopefully train a number of other staff members in the use of the AED and in CPR skills.
Because the price of AEDs are coming down we are actually hoping to perhaps purchase 2 machines. one that will stay in the school full time and one to be transported to matches and other activities outside the school.
Don’t forget Non-Uniform Day
Thursday 18th of September will be the first Non-Uniform in Scoil Mhuire this year. Students need to bring €2 to give to the class prefect and all proceeds are going to the School Sports Fund. This fund is used to subsidise bus trips for sporting events and purchase new sports equipment.
Upcoming Golf Classic
The Parents Council are once again organising the very successful Golf Classic and are looking for team entries. The competition will take place on Saturday October 11th on the Lahinch Castle Course. The entry fee for a team of 4 is €120.
Bag Packing Volunteers
The Parents Association are looking for some 2nd Year and Transition Year parents and students to volunteer for bag packing in Dunnes on either Friday 19th or Saturday 20th of September.
Time slots for Friday are 6 – 8 or 8 – 10 and for Saturday are 10 – 12, 12 – 2, 2 – 4, 4 – 6. If you think you can help out in any way, please contact Aileen O’Sullivan on 065-7082042 .
Parents Association funds have been vital to activities and projects within the school.
Sports Day Cancelled!
Unfortunately this year’s Sports Day had to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Although the day turned out to be very nice, a decision had to be made at 8am whether or not to go ahead with the day. At this time, the rain was sending clear messages to cancel the day. As luck would have it this rain was the only rain to fall for the day but the decision could not be reversed as the DJ and the buses had been informed of the cancellation. The Sports Day will be rescheduled at some point during the year. We would like to thank students for their understanding.
Scoil Mhuire says a sad farewell to Miss Joanne O’Brien who has taken a new position in Kildysart. Although we are sad to lose such a valuable member of staff we wish Miss O’Brien all the very best in her new school. We are sure that she will bring as many positive experiences to the staff, students and community in Kildysart as she did to us in Ennistymon. While we bid farewell to Miss O’Brien we extend a warm welcome to Miss Aisling Kelly who joins our staff this year.
New exciting IT for Scoil Mhuire
Over the summer months, some of the classrooms in Scoil Mhuire were equipped with Interactive White Boards. 4 classrooms have the new boards (1st yr, 2nd yr, TY and Science lab). This now means that every classroom has either an Interactive White Board or a high quality overhead projector. The computer room has also been kitted out with a full set of new computers. This is an invaluable asset for the Transition Year programme as well as many Junior Cert and Leaving Cert subjects that rely heavily on computer work. Each classroom also has an individual pc which teachers will be using for electronic roll-call, ensuring attendance to all classes is recorded on the school system. This new programme also makes recording of test results far more efficient. Teachers have been given training in this new programme and also in the software for the Interactive White Boards. This training will continue throughout the year with the opportunity for teachers to also take part in on-line training course. It is overall a very exciting new phase for Scoil Mhuire.
|Monday 25th August||– Staff Meeting|
|Tuesday 26th August||– School Development Planning|
|Wednesday 27th August||– 1st and 6th Year students only|
|Thursday 28th August||– All Students|