ST. MARY’S

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GLOBAL SCHOOL ROOM

A fundraiser, spon­sored by Hugo’s Restau­rant of Main St., Ark­low, was held in St. Mary’s staff room on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 17. Mouth­wa­ter­ing piz­zas were sup­plied by Hugo’s while staff mem­bers sup­plied sal­ads. In ex­change for this deca­dent school lunch, do­na­tions were made to Global School Room, a char­ity ded­i­cated to shar­ing ed­u­ca­tional ex­per­tise in or­der to build a brighter fu­ture for chil­dren in In­dia and Uganda. Over €700 was raised for the char­ity. Thanks to all at St. Mary’s and Hugo’s restau­rant.

TY SIG­NIF­I­CANT LEARN­ING DAYS

On Tues­day, March 1, the TY De­vel­op­ment Ed­u­ca­tion class went to Dublin to visit the Ir­ish Aid Cen­tre and the Courts of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice. In the Ir­ish Aid Cen­tre they learned how they could help peo­ple in the de­vel­op­ing world, the fo­cus was on the Malaw­ian town, Khu­lan­gira. Then the stu­dents vis­ited the Courts of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice and were briefed by a Ju­nior Bar­ris­ter on the legal sys­tem and in par­tic­u­lar the work car­ried out by the bar­ris­ter in the jus­tice sys­tem. The stu­dents sat in on a mur­der trial that was in session and ex­pe­ri­enced first­hand the work­ings of the court­room. The YSI class along with Ms Hickey and Frau Gringel trav­elled to Avon­dale on Tues­day, March 1.

The TY busi­ness class trav­elled to Dublin to en­gage in an ob­ser­va­tion of mar­ket­ing and to carry out mar­ket re­search in Henry St. They noted the dif­fer­ent pro­mo­tion tech­niques used by the shops to at­tract cus­tomers and be­came very aware of the way busi­ness tar­get an au­di­ence to per­suade them to buy prod­ucts. Ger­man classes cel­e­brate. The stu­dents who study Ger­man ar­rived in school in colour­ful fancy dress on Thurs­day 3rd March. They were mark­ing Kar­ni­val, a Ger­man fes­ti­val that is cel­e­brated the week be­fore Lent.

ARK­LOW MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL

Congratulations to all our stu­dents and to ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pated in the Ark­low Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. Our choirs had a very suc­cess­ful day on Sun­day 6th March. The First Year choir (1Aine/1Eimear) came sec­ond in the U-14 uni­son competition. The Sec­ond Year choir came first in the U-15 (2 part) competition and they were thrilled to win the Mor­gan Doyle Tro­phy. The Per­pet­ual Cup in mem­ory of Der­rell Mar­shall was pre­sented to the Third Year choir in the U16 (2 part) competition. The Se­nior Choir came 2nd in the cho­ral A (3-part) competition. Thank you to Choir ad­ju­di­ca­tor, Mr Kevin O'Car­roll. Congratulations to Ms Mairead McKenna and Mr John Bon­ner on their achieve­ments as Mu­si­cal Direc­tors of the St. Mary’s choirs.

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