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St. Mary’s Col­lege

BEST SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARD St. Mary’s was hon­oured to be the re­cip­i­ent of the Best Secondary school Award pre­sented by Ark­low Ur­ban Coun­cil in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel. Sr Sior Cos­grove, Prin­ci­pal, thanked the AUC for the award. Sr Sior ac­knowl­edged the mar­velous work of grounds gar­dener Joe Ka­vanagh. Thanks to Ms Power and her hard­work­ing Green School com­mit­tee also.

FIRST YEAR FROL­ICS Ms Dal­ton and her Sixth year LCVP class or­gan­ised a very suc­cess­ful fun af­ter­noon for the first years as part of their LCVP en­ter­prise mod­ule. New friends were made as the stu­dents got to know each other in a fun en­vi­ron­ment. Well done to all in­volved.

OP­TIONS AND SKILLS Sixth year stu­dents ben­e­fited greatly from a trip to the Higher Op­tions day in Dublin. A big thank you to Ms Flynn and to the teach­ers who ac­com­pa­nied the girls. Fifth years par­tic­i­pated in a Team Build­ing In­duc­tion af­ter­noon. This im­por­tant ac­tiv­ity af­ter­noon is part of the SPHE Progamme in the school. A very en­thu­si­as­tic team of teach­ers have de­signed and are im­ple­ment­ing this in­no­va­tive progamme.

AC­TIV­ITY WEEK Ac­tiv­ity week is well un­der­way in the school. Stu­dents are par­tic­i­pat­ing in a ta­ble quiz, fun aer­o­bics, Hip Hop danc­ing and a sports af­ter­noon.The beginning of the year As­sem­bly and a spe­cial mass will take place on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 24 to mark Mercy Day – a very spe­cial day of cel­e­bra­tion in St. Mary’s.

De La Salle

FIRE ALERT HEALTH AND SAFETY Over the course of this week each year has en­gaged in a fire drill un­der the watch­ful eye of Mr. Sheehy our Health and Safety of­fi­cer. Within the next few weeks the en­tire school will en­gage in a fire drill.

FROM PRISON TO SCHOOL T.Y stu­dents re­ceived a rare in­sight into life on the in­side as prison war­den John Doo­ley ac­com­pa­nied by a real live pris­oner spoke to all T.Y. stu­dents about life in Moun­tjoy prison. Once the stu­dents en­tered the room prison rules ap­plied and it wasn’t long be­fore the stu­dents re­alised that life on the in­side is no bed of roses with over 80 per cent of in­mates de­pen­dant on drugs. The pris­oner him­self spoke about what life is like on a day to day ba­sis in the prison while prison war­den John Doo­ley spoke of his du­ties on a daily ba­sis. T.Y’s are off this week to sam­ple Moun­tjoy prison first hand as they visit the prison this week where they can see for them­selves ex­actly what prison war­den Doo­ley and his pris­oner were talk­ing about. Stu­dents found this to be a very in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion and look for­ward to vis­it­ing the prison.

MORE ROOM AT THE INN De La Salle re­ceived a rather large de­liv­ery in the form of a new pre-fab. This new room will be used as a con­fer­ence room for guest speak­ers who come to the school and will also be the re­lo­ca­tion site for the school li­brary. The new pre-fab is sit­u­ated to the rear of the school near the bas­ket­ball court.

SCHOOL MASS Our beginning of year school mass took place in the parish church on the 17th Septem­ber. Stu­dents and par­ents at­tended the cer­e­mony of which many were di­rectly in­volved in, be it through read­ings, pray­ers of the faith­ful, or the De La Soul Choir which is made up of both stu­dents and teach­ers. A spe­cial thanks to Fa­ther Tim!

Gael­choláiste na Mara

GAEL­CHOLÁISTE NA MARA RANGANNA GAEILGE DO DHAOINE FÁSTA Beidh ran­gana oíche do dhaoine fásta atá ag iar­raidh gaeilge a fhogh­laim nó a gcuid gaeilge a fhe­abhsú ag tosnú sa choláiste Dé Céadaoin 7ú Deireadh Fómhair. Más mian leat clarú glaoigh ar an scoil ag 0402 91764 nó 0863803118. Evening Classes for adults wish­ing to learn or im­prove their Gaeilge will com­mence in the Coláiste on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 7. To reg­is­ter phone the school at 0402 91764 or 086 3805118.

GIVE IT A SWIRL Titeann Lá na hoibre dheonach ar an Aoine 25ú Mean Fómhair i mbliana agus dá bhrí sin tu­gadh cuireadh do scoláirí na céad bliana bheith páirteach i ndá each­tra. Dé Céadaoin beidh said ag glanadh trá Ennareilly agus ag bailiú sli­ogáin agus adhmaid ón trá. Dé hAoine os­cló­far an gairdín nua far­raige go hoifigiúl agus beidh seans ag na scoláirí na sli­ogáin agus an adhmaid ón trá a chur sa ghairdín seo. Beidh siad ag plandáil bléibeanna chomh maith. ‘Give it a Swirl’ Na­tional Vol­un­teer­ing Day falls on Fri­day, Septem­ber 25 this year and to mark this oc­ca­sion the first year stu­dents have been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in two events. On Wed­nes­day they will do a clean up of Ennareilly beach and while do­ing this will col­lect shells and drift­wood. On Fri­day the newly de­vel­oped sea gar­den next to the Leisure cen­tre will be of­fi­cially opened and the stu­dents will be asked to ar­range th­ese shells and drift­wood in the gar­den in what­ever pat­tern they wish. They will also help plant spring bulbs in the gar­den and the newly opened crazy golf be­side it.

RUG­BAÍ Bhain scoláirí tait­neamh as cuairt Chorn Rug­baí na Sé Naisiún agus tro­faí Triple Crown go dtí an scoil Dé Céadaoin seo chaite agus as traenáil rug­baí sna ranganna Chorp Oideachais. Stu­dents en­joyed the visit of the Six Na­tions Grand Slam Cup and the Triple Crown tro­phy to Gael­choláiste na Mara last Wed­nes­day. Also, much en­joyed was the rugby train­ing pro­vided dur­ing PE classes.

COISTE GLAS Bhuail an Coiste Glas le chéile Dé hAoine agus toghadh Coiste nua, ina measc roinnt scoláirí nua céad bliana. Cuireadh tús le hobair ar an téama nua, gear­radh siar ar usáid cumhachta. The Green Schools com­mit­tee met last Fri­day and new of­fi­cers were elected for the com­ing year, in­clud­ing many first year stu­dents. Work be­gan on the new theme of en­ergy man­age­ment and re­duc­tion.

St. Kilian’s

SCHOOL MASS Re­cently our school cel­e­brated our open­ing of the school year mass. It was a great cel­e­bra­tion and a chance for the whole school to come to­gether and look for­ward to the com­ing year. Our cel­e­brant was Br. Richard, a Fran­cis­can from Church Street in Dublin who also is in­volved in our school with our stu­dent re­treats. The school choir and mu­si­cians added greatly to our cel­e­bra­tion and many thanks to all who helped out.

JU­NIOR CERT RE­SULTS A huge con­grat­u­la­tions to all of our stu­dents who re­cently re­ceived their exam re­sults. Our stu­dents were very pleased with their re­sults and there were many shrieks and tears of de­light on the day. Well done to all the teach­ers and par­ents who helped th­ese stu­dents in achiev­ing a great set of re­sults.

HIGHER OP­TIONS Fri­day last our sixth year stu­dents availed of the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the Higher Op­tions day in the RDS in Dublin. It was a great op­por­tu­nity to see what cour­ses are avail­able and what is re­quired for each. Stu­dents also learnt about study­ing abroad, pur­su­ing a trade and many other ex­cit­ing ca­reers. Many thanks to our ca­reer guid­ance coun­sel­lor, Ms. Fitz­patrick for or­gan­is­ing the day.

St. Ger­ard’s


Con­grat­u­la­tions to all our stu­dents in the Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate Class of 2009. The re­sults at­tained in the State Ex­am­i­na­tions this year were sec­ond to none. 14 per cent of the stu­dents re­ceived points in ex­cess of 500 points. The av­er­age points at­tained was 428 points. This rep­re­sents an out­stand­ing achieve­ment for all par­ties con­cerned. We wish our stu­dents the best of luck on their ca­reer paths, and look for­ward to see­ing them back in the School at some point in the fu­ture. Our Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate stu­dents (now Tran­si­tion Years) also ac­quit­ted them­selves ex­tremely well in the State Ex­am­i­na­tions with 65 per cent of the stu­dents at­tain­ing grades in ex­cess of 7 A’s. Their com­mit­ment to their stud­ies has paid div­i­dends. Well done on this su­perb achieve­ment.

TRAN­SI­TION YEAR NEWS Hav­ing re­ceived their Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate re­sults the Tran­si­tion Years headed off to Lough Dan on the an­nual camp­ing trip. Three grue­some days rough­ing it in the great out­doors, climb­ing some of Wick­low’s high­est peaks and fend­ing for one­self in the wild. De­spite their anx­i­eties about be­ing cold, wet and mis­er­able, it is a trip all the stu­dents thor­oughly en­joy and re­mem­ber with great fond­ness.

6TH YEAR VISIT TO RWANDA Dur­ing the course of the aca­demic year 2008 – 2009 twelve of our 6th years gave freely of their time to par­tic­i­pate in our Out­reach Pro­gramme in con­junc­tion with UNICEF. As part of the Pro­gramme they trav­elled to Rwanda in Au­gust. The stu­dents vis­ited the coun­try to help with de­vel­op­ment projects and see how funds raised through St. Ger­ard’s are hav­ing an af­fect on the ground. Dur­ing their visit they worked at lev­el­ling a field, paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing a school and also worked as teach­ing as­sis­tants. The group was struck by how happy the peo­ple were con­sid­er­ing how lit­tle they pos­sessed. They found their ex­pe­ri­ence hum­bling yet ex­tremely re­ward­ing and in­spi­ra­tional. They group will re­turn to visit the school in the com­ing weeks and de­liver a se­ries of talks on their ex­pe­ri­ences.

Gil­lian Hearty, co-or­di­na­tor of F1 in Schools Ire­land, is pre­sented with flow­ers by Sean Cleary, a mem­ber of the vic­to­ri­ous Koni Kats team from St. David’s school in Grey­stones.

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