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!

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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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

Gaeilge 24 – Lá Mór na Gaeilge sa scoil

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Ghlac daltaí páirt i nGaeilge 24 ar na mallaibh, nuair a labhair siad as Gaeilge don lá ar fad. Bhí lá spraíúil ag daltaí agus ag na múinteoirí araon, agus iad ag bailiú airgid do Chonradh na Gaeilge le cuidiú le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge ar fud na tíre. Ba é buaicphointe an lae ná an Céilí Mór an oíche sin.

Students took part in Gaeilge 24 recently, when they spoke as Gaeilge for the whole day. Both students and teachers had a fun day, where they raised money for Conradh na Gaeilge to help with the promotion of the Irish language throughout the country. The highlight of the day was the Céilí Mór that night.

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Visit from Marist College Atlanta

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A group of students from the Marist College in Atlanta Georgia USA visited our school on the 2nd September as part of their trip to Ireland for the College Football Classic between the Boston College Eagles, and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Dublin.

Dundalk hosted the Atlanta Marist College Cheerleaders, who were such a fantastic group that they and the Dundalk students created an instant bond.  It was remarkable to see the instinctive bond between the Irish and American students. There was surprise that the Marist Crest was basically the same and there was an eagerness to learn about each other.

The visitors were given a brief history of St. Mary’s College Dundalk (which included the links between St. Mary’s and Atlanta) and they were given a tour of the new College which they really enjoyed. Father Jimmy McElroy (Chaplain) welcomed our guests to the Oratory and read an Irish Blessing. Lunch was served and the visitors exchanged gifts with their Irish counterparts.

Unfortunately the time passed so quickly – which always seems to happen at such times – and our visitors had to depart. There is a rumour that a number of stowaways tried to hide out in the College – but were discovered and the plan foiled. The visit was an honour for the Marist College Dundalk because it highlighted the close links between the Marists worldwide.

St. Mary’s College Dundalk would like to sincerely thank the Marist College Atlanta for the wonderful gifts they brought to us which will take pride of place on the walls of the College.

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Garry is All-Ireland 800m Champion

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Congratulations to Garry Campbell who is the All-Ireland Schools 800m Champion 2016. Garry, who is a sixth year student at St. Mary’s College, beat off competition from throughout the country to successfully take home the title. It is a tremendous achievement for this young man and we congratulate him wholeheartedly. He will now be representing Ireland on the international stage. Comhghairdeas mór!

First Place in MEA Public Speaking Competition

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This year’s Marist Education Authority Public Speaking Competition took place on Friday the 13th of May in CUS in Dublin.  This competition is held annually between First Years from each of the three Marist Fathers’ schools in Ireland, which are under the patronage of the Marist Education Authority.  St Mary’s College had six First Year students representing their school in the competition, against six students from CUS and six students from Chanel College in Coolock.  The motion of the competition was “It is hard being a teenager in today’s world.”

The participants were divided into two teams, three students proposing the motion and three students opposing the motion.  Proposing the motion were Jack Lambert, Amanda Onanaku and David Osiobe.  Opposing the motion were Xin Dacao, Shana Dodsworth and Teleola Olowookure.  The students prepared their speeches in the weeks leading up to the competition, helped by their English teachers and their fellow students.  A contingent of six students also travelled to Dublin to support the competitors, accompanied by Ms. Shaw and Ms. Lennon.

On the day, the St Mary’s College students spoke outstandingly, proudly representing their school to a very high standard, with Xin Dacao taking first prize against able competition from Chanel and CUS.  A huge congratulations is due to all students who took part in the preparations and in particular the six students who represented their school so well on the day.

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