The entire school community are shocked and upset with the news of the sudden passing of Pat Hynes. Pat was an outstanding teacher and a much loved member of staff over many years. He retired in 2013 after diligent and professional service to the job he loved. He was a fantastic advocate for all students who found learning very challenging. His humour, good nature and deep faith were much admired by his colleagues and his students.. We extend our condolences to his family. May Pat rest in peace.
If you happened to by driving by the Town Hall last week on the 24th of April you may have seen a group of people gathering outside the building and bedding town for the night. These were TY B a group of students from St. Marys Secondary School who as part of their Young Social Innovators action project wished to complete a Sleep Out in order to raise much needed funds for the homeless and to raise awareness of what is becoming a significant problem in Ireland. The name of their campaign was H.E.L.P – standing for “Help Every Living Person”. These students have teamed up with Focus Ireland and have completed a number of events such as a clothes collection, information gathering campaign and have hosted a Sleep Out. The group of students have worked closely with Focus Ireland and are currently on target to raise over €2,000 with their final date for fundraising on Thursday the 3rd of May. Sleeping out has definitely given the students a new perspective of what being homeless means and the difficulties that surround it. Waking up on Wednesday morning (with limited sleep) the students were cold, hungry, sore and tired and were appreciative of the lives they are living and how lucky they are to have a bed to sleep in, warm clothes and food to eat. We would like to thank everyone that helped to make the sleep out possible and for all the support that people gave to TY B.
St Mary's Secondary School presents a Talent Show on Wednesday March 21st and Thursday 22nd in the school's Sports Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm. Great entertainment is promised from students of all ages. Tickets are available in the school office at €5 each. Looking forward to seeing you there
This week not only saw the schools re-open after the snow but there was also an LGBT Week in St. Marys Edenderry organised by the student council in the school. Even though preparations were hampered by school closures the week was a massive success, as the saying goes “the show must go on”. Starting on Tuesday there was workshops for every 2nd year class from the LGBT organisation Shout Out. These speakers discussed issues with students in relation to LGBT and made students more aware of what these terms mean and how the use of certain terms in our everyday language can be offensive to some.
On Wednesday we had the raising of the Rainbow flag with members of the student council and 5th year. Mr. Halford, Ms. Ryan and Mr. McDonnell were also present showing their support. There was also the erecting of the Safe Zone sign outside of the schools guidance counsellors office. This sign represents that this is a safe space for students to come and talk about any issue that may be troubling them, not just issues of an LGBT nature. It signifies that Ms. O Sullivan is an ally of the students as are all the teachers.
Thursday saw a past pupil of the school and Voice of Ireland contestant Colm Conlon come in and speak to our Transition Year and 5th Year Students. Colm shared his experiences with the groups of being a gay student in school and coming to term with these feelings and understanding these. He spoke so wonderfully to the students and was brilliant at telling them it is ok to feel the way they feel and not to worry about the judgement of other people in society for being a member of the LGBT community.
On the last day of the week saw a grand finale to the week. We started off with a Non – Uniform day with a focus on Bright Colours, there was also some face painting for those willing to brighten up their faces in the morning. The student council on Friday also performed workshops with all of the 1st year students in relation to LGBT which was hugely positive and successful. At lunch there was a concert for the students in the GP. Here some of the wonderfully talented students of St. Marys performed. This was a huge success and there was also some goodies handed out the students during lunch as a thank you from the student council for everyone’s participation in the week. A big well done must go to the student council and St. Marys for a well organised and executed week and one which will hopefully show that St. Marys Edenderry is pro LGBT.
We look forward to seeing all students back tomorrow for a full days of school. Evening study and night study resume although students have to consider their safe journey home late in the evening. Please take great care in and around the school tomorrow
Due to continued limited access to the school for many of our students and staff, limited supervision during the day and many restricted bus routes and concerns about health and safety near and at our school, St Mary’s Secondary will remain closed tomorrow, Monday 5th March. We will make preparations for the safe return for everyone on Tuesday 6th. Students are asked again to check for work left by teachers which may be completed from home.
We can confirm that our Physics / Chemistry trip will go ahead tomorrow. Students to meet at the school at 3.45am We wish everyone involved our best wishes and hope you enjoy the science and culture of Berlin
We are very aware that many students are in areas where the thaw has failed yet to improve access through local roads. Other students are in better situations. As we go through today we will receive updates from teachers, other staff and from the bus companies regarding their ability to travel to school on Monday. Based on this we will decide to open tomorrow or wait until Tuesday. In any event students should check their gmail's for work that many teachers have set, principally for exam classes. Evening and Night study will not go ahead on Monday in any event. It is likely to proceed on Tuesday. We will soon have news regarding the Physics / Chemistry trip to Berlin tomorrow. The planned Junior Cycle Irish Orals will be rescheduled until later in the week. We will also reschedule TY interviews this week.
Parents are asked to instruct students returning to school this week not to throw snowballs at cars or pedestrians. We do not want to be dealing with a serious situation when our focus is to return to the teaching and learning.
The management of St Mary's Secondary school are keenly aware of the difficulties our students and staff are facing as a result of the current extreme weather. It remains our intention to open on Monday if at all possible. We will indicate on this school website the position on Sunday afternoon and evening and again on Monday morning. Please keep an eye on these notices. Meanwhile stay safe and keep an eye on your relatives and neighbours.