You may have read of Catholic Schools Week, which has begun, to be held in all Secondary and Primary Schools Nationwide in (the second week in ) January each year. It is an invitation to celebrate and reflect on the importance of the Faith in the life of all who work in our schools, as pupils, parents, teachers or administrators. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: places of Faith and Learning: an apt title because there is no contradiction between being a fully educated and a committed Catholic. On the contrary!
An accompanying booklet has excellent suggestions for bringing home to all concerned something of our Faith traditions, reflections on what it means to be part of a Catholic School, ways of praying together, ways of deepening our knowledge, ways of increasing our information. At all levels, we are enjoying new experiences. Key-words for the week are:
Welcome – Work – Wisdom – Worship – Witness
A date for your diaries ladies ….
The Annual Scoil Mhuire Fund Raising Lunch is taking place on
Sunday the 2nd of March in Maryborough House Hotel at 12:30 pm.Tickets are 50 Euro. Available from the Parent Council Representatives or council secretary Ann Donlon (087-6484768) and from the school office (021- 4501844)
Your support of the school building project is crucial at this time.
A great milestone has been reached as building 2 and 3 are just about finished and students / teachers are getting ready to move into the new school.
Also its a great time to catch up with friends and take a trip down Scoil Mhuire’s very unique memory lane!
We would love to see you all there.
European Student Parliament
In January 2014, five Scoil Mhuire students – Yara Haroun, Zahra Khan, Beth Mallen, Sarah Ryan and Elaine McCarthy – participated in the first ever European Student Parliament to be held in Cork. It’s a Europe-wide event with a competitive dimension, with the grand final to take place in Copenhagen in April. The students get to take part in a simulated European Parliament. The theme for this event was “The Future of our City” and topics discussed included:
- Future mobility – New approaches in the city
- City. Climate. Change.
- Resources in the city: sky-farming and urban gardening
- Energy efficient houses and flats
- Smart city: life in an urban network
The students had the opportunity to explore these relevant concerns in a governmental-type setting, and experience an authentic process of problem-solving, innovation-driving and debate, based on the EU model. Below is a report by Yara Haroun (TY) of her experience of ESP.
“On Wednesday 15th of January, five pupils from our school participated in an event known as ‘’ The European Student Parliament’’. This event was organised by CIT.
On the first day, we went down to City Hall. When we arrived, we were given our name tags. Each name was written in a different colour. These colours represented the committees we were each in. We were then brought to the city chambers where we were greeted by Dr Niall Smith. He told us what we will be doing during the three days and informed us about the European Parliament. After Dr Smith was done, the Lord Mayor said a few words. We later had a speech by Dr Tom Barry. He was talking to us about the ‘The Internet of Things’ and the importance of Green Energy. It was very interesting. After all the speeches were made, we had lunch. Then we all sat in our committees. We started off by playing games to get to know one another. It was very nice learning about people’s interests and hobbies. After the games, we started discussing the topic we were given. There were six topics in general. When we finished discussing, we were taken to Blackrock Castle by bus. When we arrived we took a group picture altogether. We were then split into groups to go on tours in the castle where we were told about the history of the castle. The atmosphere at the castle was great. There was music, people dancing and most importantly food. On the following day, we were at CIT. We discussed our topics and how we can come up with a resolution. We had expert hearing from people who specialise in our topic. It was very interesting hearing what they had to say about our topic. They were very helpful and answered all the questions. During the day, we had coffee breaks and a lunch break. After the lunch break, we started writing our resolutions. At the end of the day, we had decided on our amendments and claims. We typed them up and were ready to present them on the final day. The last day was held in the City Hall. Our committees sat together one last time to discuss the resolutions of the other committees. We then went up to the city chambers. The Minister Of Food and Agriculture, Simon Coveney, was present. He gave a speech about agriculture and the European Parliament in general. After Minister Coveney’s speech, the debate started between the committees. The atmosphere felt like we were in the actual European Parliament. After the first and second debate we had our lunch and then we returned to chambers to finish hearing everyone’s debates. After the debates were done, the Lord Mayor said a few words thanking us for participating. We then each received a certificate from the Lord Mayor. After the certificates were handed over, the pupils who were going to Copenhagen were announced. Overall, it was a great experience and I would like to advise each pupil to take part. I would also like to thank Ms Foley for giving us the opportunity to participate.”
Yara Haroun, Transition Year
We would like to congratulate Abby Horgan, Ciara Murphy and Ciara Donoghue on their recent success at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition.
The Second year students were awardee the Road Safety Authority Special Award for their project entitled “The development and evaluation of a vehicular proximity warning device for bicycles”. The girls also placed third in the Technology Junior Group category.
Well done to the girls, their teachers, their parents and all who supported them throughout the competition.
We would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year, from all in Scoil Mhuire.
Christmas Carol Service Gallery