Scoildrámaíocht Group Qualify for the Leinster Final

Ghlac grúpa daltaí ón scoil páirt i bhFéile Scoildrámaíochta Dhún Dealgan ar na mallaibh in Amharclann Mhic Anna in ITDD. Tar éis roinnt mhaith seachtaine d’ullmhúcháin agus d’obair chrua, chuaigh siad ar an stáitse agus rinne siad léiriú den dráma ‘Cupán Caife’. Thug siad taispeántas den scoth ar an lá. Cháiligh siad d’Fhéile Laighean agus beidh siad ag dul ar an stáitse arís sa Mhuileann gCearr i gceann cúpla seachtaine. Go n-éirí leo!

Students from the school recently took part in Féile Dhún Dealgan, the annual Irish language drama festival  in the Mac Anna Theatre in DkIT. After weeks of preparation and hard work, they took to the stage and performed the drama ‘Cupán Caife’. They gave a great performance on the day. They qualified for the Leinster Provincial Final and will now represent the region in Mullingar in a few weeks. Go n-éirí leo!

Success in ‘Abair’ Irish Public Speaking Competition

Students from St. Mary’s College recently took part in the regional heat of Gael Linn’s prestigious ‘Abair’ Irish public speaking competition on Tuesday 7th February. Students David Duffy,  Jack Lambert, Krzysztof Baran and Philip Oladele represented the school on the day.

Competitors had to speak about a topical issue for three minutes each. David spoke about ‘Breat-imeacht’ / ‘Brexit’, Krzysztof spoke about ‘Athrú Aeráide’ / ‘Climate Change’, Jack spoke about ‘Drugaí agus Spórt’ / ‘Drugs and Sport’ and Philip spoke about ‘Caimiléireacht sna Cluichí Oilimpeacha’ / ‘Corruption in the Olympics Games’.

All four speakers excelled on the day and Krzysztof was delighted to achieve second place in the Junior Certificate category, receiving high commendation from the judges. Krzysztof will now go on to the final of the competition. Comhghairdeas mór leo!

Badminton Success for the Marist

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A huge congratulations to our Under 16 Badminton Team who placed first in the Louth Championship on Thursday 26th January 2017. Ciarán Curley, Kyle Rafferty, Robin Sun and Brian Murphy-Duncan faced off tough competition from three other schools.
We wish the boys good luck when they represent St. Mary’s College and County Louth in the Leinster Finals on 2nd February 2017.
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Problem Solving Competition held in St. Mary’s College

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The annual Junior Problem Solving Competition was held in St. Mary’s College on 26th January 2017. This event gave students the opportunity to test their physics and maths knowledge to solve numerous different problems. Both students and teachers were intrigued by the challenges on the night and there was much chewing of pens and gnashing of teeth in the race to find the quickest solutions. Congratulations to Dundalk Grammar School who emerged victorious on the night.
At this moment, pencils are being sharpened and calculators are at the ready for next year.
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Taste of Louth Winners

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Congratulations to Judith Evborokhai and Lauren Mathews-McGuinness who represented the College in The Taste of Louth Cupcake Competition held in The Marshes Shopping Centre in December 2016.

Both girls produced excellent work in both The Best Decorated Category and The Best Flavour Category.

Judith won her Category and also received the Overall Winners Prize.

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Transition Year students participate in the Royal College of Surgeons Mini-Med Lectures – National Careers Week 2017

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Three Transition Year students, Lauren Mathews McGuinness, Holly Lambe Sally and Kerrie Gregory participated in the Royal College of Surgeons Mini-Med Lectures recently during National Careers Week 2017. Over the course of the week they tuned in to live lectures from the RCSI in Dublin. Each of the girls found an area of particular interest in the variety of lectures they heard during the week. The girls shared their views of the series of lectures:

“Deputy State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan’s lecture on Forensic Medicine was really interesting – I learned how cases were dealt with, which I really enjoyed.”

“Professor Jim Lucey’s lecture on Psychiatry really interested me because I am really interested in learning about the mind and how to help people with mental health problems.  Psychiatrists are interested in mind and body. There is no health without mental health. 75% of mental health problems emerge before the age of 25. The ‘Advanced trauma life support’ highlighted the care and knowledge necessary to take care of these patients.“

We have been enlightened greatly by this opportunity and  it has encouraged us to further investigate careers in these areas.

National Careers Week 2017 – LCVP Students attend the first ever Student Life Summit in Croke Park  

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As part of their activities for National Careers Week 2017, LCVP students and their teachers, LCVP Coordinator Mr. Flynn and Guidance Counsellor Ms Morgan, attended the first ever Student Life Summit in Croke Park. Students were given the opportunities to explore interesting and diverse career sectors, along with listening to inspirational guest speakers.

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The first speaker of the day was Dr. Aoife Lyons – Director, Alltech and a Clinical Psychologist. Her father, Dr. Pearse Lyons, is a past pupil of St. Mary’s College, and awards a Science bursary every year at our annual prizegiving ceremony.  Students described Dr. Aoife Lyons’ advice as inspirational, highlighting two important qualities as the key to success – warmth of personality and competence.

Dr. Rhona Mahony – Master, National Maternity Hospital, emphasized how rewarding her job is, delivering babies to the world, putting smiles on peoples faces. She encouraged students to consider midwifery, although the work does not follow a schedule as babies are unpredictable and follow their own schedule!

Paula Neary – Partner in Accenture, described her work, which involves computer science and problem solvingAccenture develops new technology needed by companies. Students experienced virtual reality at the interactive Accenture stand.

Brigadier General Peter O’Halloran from the Defence Forces highlighted the varied careers within the Forces. Representatives of each area were there on the day – the Cadets, the Air Force and the Navy .  Aer Lingus, sponsors of the event showcased all the diverse career options available within the Aviation industry, from becoming a pilot or cabin crew member to engineering, marketing, social media, accountancy and catering.

David Ward – Head of Training, Lufthansa Technik Shannon, asked the students to imagine working in an aircraft hangar or the cockpit of a plane everyday. He went into great depth in his presentation showing the pathways into aeronautical maintenance engineering.  PwC –  enlightened students about their various programmes and career opportunities available to them in the areas of Assurance, tax, and consultancy. Brian MacCraith – President of DCU, gave an insight into the variety of courses available in the college. Leading Gaming company Riot Games, showed how to turn a hobby of gaming into a lifelong career of video game development.

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At the end of the day students had plenty of careers to consider and much encouragement to follow their dreams, focus on goals for the future, as well as some Thomas Edison quotes shared with them throughout the day:  ‘There is no substitute for hard work ‘ and ‘ Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’.  Inspiration for 2017!

Thanks to Megan Hearty and Jenna Farrell (LCVP Students) for their contributions to this article.

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First Céilí Mór in the new St. Mary’s College

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The first Céilí Mór in the new St. Mary’s College took place on Thursday 8th December. The Céilí is a long-standing tradition in the Marist, having first begun in 1977, and we will celebrate its 40th Anniversary next year. This was a historic occasion for all involved as it was the first Céilí to take place in the new state-of-the-art school building.

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Hunderds of students from all year groups took part as always, in a night full of damhsa, ceol agus craic. Students were guided by their Irish teachers, who practiced throughout the week with them, so they were familiar with the steps and movements of Ballaí Luimní, Ionsaí na hInse, Baint an Fhéir, Tonnaí Thoraí and Aoibhneas na Bealtaine. The atmosphere was electric as always and we now look forward to celebrating the Céilí Mór’s 40th Anniversary in 2017!

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See photos from the night here