Laochra Students Visit The Garda Station
Our students from the Laochra centre paid a visit to the Edenderry Garda Station to learn all about policing in Ireland. The students had a great time learning all about life as a Garda and trying on the uniform and sitting in the police car. A big thank you to the Gardai for facilitating the visit.
SCHOOL EXTENSION CONTINUES ON TIME
The school extension continues at pace with a completion date of April 2023 still on target. The extension is the first part of a 2 phase development in the school consisting of 4 classrooms, a technology room, DCG lab, social areas and an internal courtyard. Other developments in the school include a completed extension to the Art room, a new entrance and an upgrade to the 6th year area, and as parts of the summer works scheme, a grant of €487,000 will ensure that all single glazed windows in the school will be replaced.
1st YEARS WELCOME MASS
Our new 1st Year students attended St. Mary's Church for the annual welcome mass celebrated by Fr. Liam. Thanks to Ms. Mc Entee and Ms. McCann for all the preparations for the mass.
1st YEARS BOnDING DAY
Our new 1st year students enjoyed a day of fun and activities last Wednesday on their bonding day. The day was organised to help our 1st year students to settle in and make new friends as they begin their time in St. Mary's. Thanks to all teachers and students who were involved in organising the event. Great fun was had by all.
NEW YEAR BEGINS IN ST MARY'S
A Warm Welcome to St Mary’s
St Mary’s Secondary School reopened on Wednesday 24th August, and was delighted to welcome 176 first year students to the school. A fun induction day was organised for the newest members to St Mary’s school community on Thursday ably assisted by the schools Meitheal team and 6th year prefects. New students were welcomed by their year head Mr O’Connor and introduced to their tutors on Friday morning who advised them on school routines, support systems, and the fantastic range of extra-curricular activities they can join. A 1st year bonding day is planned for the students this week which will give them the opportunity to get together outside the classrooms and make new friends as they begin their journey in their new school. Principal Emmet McDonnell also welcomed newly appointed members of staff Ben Cox, Georgina Casey, Gwen Ni Hutáin, Aoife Cosgrove, Keith McGuinness, Brian Geraghty, Amanda Colgan and Dale Redmond to the school community.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW 1ST YEARS
DOPPLEGANGER DAY IN ST. MARY'S
Well done to our prefects who organised a very successful fundraising event last Thursday, Doppleganger Day. Students were invited to dress identically for the day, with lots of students showing great imagination and enthusiasm for the event.
TY TRIP TO LILIPUT
Our TY class took part in their first trip out of school last Friday, visiting the outdoor adventure centre in Liliput. A great day of fun and adventure was had by all with students participating in bog snorkelling, paddle boarding and team bonding activities.
MAGNIFICENT LEAVING CERT RESULTS
St Mary's Secondary School management and teaching staff extended warm congratulations to the 137 Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students who received their examination results on September 2nd. Despite a multitude of challenges, the graduating class of 2022 received excellent grades. Principal Emmet McDonnell remarked on the variety of obstacles students overcame to achieve their successes. "The background to this year's examination was extraordinary. Students throughout the country faced immense uncertainty for months. However, our students-maintained focus, remained determined, and overcame personal and academic challenges to finish their second-level education with pride and honour.”Their results culminate years of demanding work, dedication to their studies and the desire to succeed. We celebrate and commend students’ resilience and are thrilled with the very good grades awarded. Equally, we celebrate the students who attained exceptional grades, thereby qualifying them for the most sought-after courses. One student Billy Yan was awarded the maximum of 625 points and plans to study actuarial studies at university. Eight students scored over 550 points, twenty-one students received 500 plus points, and 50% of our students received more than 400 points. Our students amassed a total of 43 H1’s and 107 H2 grades and for this we are very proud.