St. Mary’s Col­lege

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Twenty four lucky stu­dents from the Tran­si­tion Year Euro­pean Stud­ies class have won a trip to Stras­bourg, France. The class en­tered a com­pe­ti­tion run by the web­site Eu­roparl in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Euroscola pro­gramme for young peo­ple.

The girls had to de­sign a web page for Euro­pean Stud­ies which in­cluded in­for­ma­tion about projects they are due to un­der­take over the course of the year and more. This web page won the Over­all Prize for the the East­ern Re­gion and as a re­sult they have won a two day sub­sidised trip to Stras­bourg at the end of May.

On the trip they will get the chance to go to the Euro­pean Par­li­ment and dis­cuss and vote on top­i­cal is­sues and Euro­pean sub­jects with 600 other stu­dents be­tween the ages of 16 and 18 from all twenty seven mem­ber states of the EU. The girls would like to say a big thank you to Ms.Kelle­her for get­ting them in­volved in the com­pe­ti­tion and are really look­ing for­ward to the trip! School Orches­tra On Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15th the St. Mary's School Orches­tra per­formed for two hours in Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre as a fundrais­ing ex­er­cise. Un­der the guid­ance of Chris­tine Steele, they per­formed a set of Christ­mas tunes, Strauss waltzes and the well known Pach­a­bel Canon. The beau­ti­ful per­for­mance drew a large crowd, some of whom pulled up chairs and sat, watched and lis­tened for the two hours. Over­all the per­for­mance was an enor­mous success and raised al­most ¤500 for the Orches­tra. Many thanks to the Par­ents Coun­cil headed by Mar­garet Wolo­hon and Ms. Steele and the girls are also very grate­ful to Brid­get O'Connor for trans­port­ing all the larger in­stru­ments. CHRIST­MAS CON­CERT

On Fri­day De­cem­ber 21st the Christ­mas Con­cert took place in the Con­cert Hall, a long run­ning tra­di­tion in St. Mary's on the last day of term which cel­e­brates the va­ri­ety of tal­ent in the school and fos­ters a good class spirit as each class group presents an item rang­ing from singing, danc­ing, and drama to comic sketches. The event was com­pered by Me­lanie O'Dono­van and Jes­sica Davis, the Head and Deputy Head girl along with or­gan­iser Va­lerie Power.

There was a beau­ti­ful per­for­mance of Christ­mas Carols by the School Orches­tra, tra­di­tional Ir­ish mu­sic and danc­ing in the Ir­ish cul­tural item, He­len Ryan's 'Un­cle Vanya' dra­matic mono­logue, a Staff item and to great sur­prise and ap­plause Richard O'Connor re­turned to reprise his role as Maisie, the cleaner along with Sr. Maria Goretti in their by now tra­di­tional comic sketch.

The Sr. Maria Goretti Cup was awarded to the Form 5 Year group, voted on by staff and stu­dents, for their very en­ter­tain­ing com­i­cal sketches. Many thanks to all, es­pe­cially the TY back­stage crew who helped make the very en­joy­able show pos­si­ble. GER­MAN BREAK­FAST

2nd and 3rd year stu­dents took a break from their usual class rou­tine on Dec.20th and par­tic­i­pated in a Ger­man Break­fast.

They en­joyed typ­i­cal Ger­man Break­fast foods in­clud­ing var­i­ous breads, meats and juices. It was very much en­joyed by all and the girls would like to thank Ms Flynn and the Ger­man teach­ers for or­gan­is­ing the event. (Migle An­drunavi­ciute F3) EM­MANUEL

Re­hearsals are well un­der way for Em­manuel 2013 which takes place at the end of Fe­bru­ary.

This is the third year the TY stu­dents have par­tic­i­pated un­der the di­rec­tion of Mr. Tim Hicks and are en­joy­ing the prepa­ra­tions for the choral ex­trav­agnza which is Em­manuel. The group as a whole will per­form the mod­ern li­tur­gi­cal songs but Erin O'Connor, Jes­sica Foote and Bron­agh Bracken have also been cho­sen as soloists to per­form in front of the au­di­ence of 600 peo­ple in the He­lix The­atre.

CDs are be­ing played 'like mad' ac­cord­ing to the girls on iPods, in cars and ev­ery­where else in prepa­ra­tion for their per­for­mance and we wish them ev­ery success in this years event.

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