Recently fifth year Home Economics and Hotel, Catering and Tourism students enjoyed a memorable trip to Butlers Chocolate Factory. This was to emphasise the link between information studied in Home Economics class about the Irish Food Industry and the Task that Leaving Certificate Applied Students are currently completing in Hotel, Catering and Tourism. Students learned about the history of cocoa and how chocolate was made as well as sampling some of the chocolate delights. They also learned about the history of Butlers Chocolates and enjoyed a guided tour of the factory, witnessing first hand, large scale food production. Students were treated to a chocolate making demonstration while getting the opportunity to test out their chocolate decorating skills.
Students in St Mary’s Secondary school are enjoying the regular Maths Problem Solving Challenge. This monthly challenge presents problems to Junior and Senior cycle students that help train their brains and develop lateral and logical thinking. Mr David McEvoy, a maths teacher in St Mary’s, presents the monthly challenge to students to help them to learn maths in a new, enjoyable way . “The challenge is great for motivating students and in developing an interest in maths and science,” Mr McEvoy said. “The questions presented in the new exams in Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Project Maths are no longer predictable. Students have to be able to think for themselves, under pressure and on the spot. This monthly challenge helps to build the students’ resilience so that they are determined, patient and focussed in solving what at first appears to be intractable problems”. This initiative is based on recent international research and complements the huge increase in the number of students taking higher level Maths in St Mary’s.
Pictured below are December's winners with Mr. Halford and Mr. McEvoy. Well done to all.
The Parents' Association are planning a major fundraising event during the Spring, probably March. The Association are currently planning to Host a Fashion Show to support the school. They are currently looking for volunteers willing to help out in any way in front of, behind or on the stage! If interested please contact the school and give your details. More information on the event will be posted on this website in the coming weeks.
The Parents' Association is organising a used clothes collection as a fundraiser for the school. Students have been given special plastic bags that can be used to return clean, used clothes to the school on any of the following times / dates;
Thursday January 27th at 3.45pm; Wednesday 28th at 1.15 pm or Thursday 29th at 8.45 am. Your support is most appreciated.
Senior footballer won a very tough, exciting game today to go through to round 3 of the Leinster Championship. We beat current champions Colaiste Eoin in grueling match on a very demanding pitch. Great achievement for the team and for its mentors. Well done to all. Our next opponents will be Knockbeg College.