On Wednesday, March 18th, a group of twenty six 5thyear English students attended a workshop on creative writing by esteemed writer,Dermot Bolger. Bolger is an award-winning playwright, ‘The Lament for Arthur Clery’, novelist ‘NightShift’ and poet ‘The Venice Suite: A Voyage Through Loss’. The girls were giventhe opportunity to hear Mr Bolger read some of his own work and to answer anyquestions they had on being an author. This interactive workshop also involvedthe students writing short pieces on which Mr Bolger kindly gave feedback. MrBolger will return once again, after the Easter holidays, to enlighten thegirls with more tips on how to improve their writing for the Leaving Cert. Wewould like to thank him for his input and also thank our English teachers - MsO’Reilly, Ms Caffrey, Ms J O’Brien, Ms J Byrne and Ms Quigley - for organisingthis beneficial experience for us.

Congratulations – German Debating Team

Congratulations! On Thursday 19th of March, Scoil Mhuire’s German Debating Team met CBC Cork in the semifinals of The Goethe Institute German Debating Competition to debate the motion “Iren sind weltoffen (the Irish are welcoming and tolerant)”. The team was pro. Team members were Sophie Cassidy, Hazel Byrne, Tara Delaney and Rebecca O’Brien. The girls performed and argued excellently and ended up successfully beating the CBC Cork team. Many thanks to Portlaoise Education Centre for giving us a nice room and providing the teams and supporters with refreshments on the night, as both teams had to meet up “half way” for our debate. They are now in the Finals against Coláiste Íosagáin/Eoin and the final debate will take place in Dublin in the first week of May. Many thanks to the teachers who generously gave of their time to prepare them for the debate: Coach Mr. Domo Kajic, research Ms. Angela Doherty, support Ms. Hillary O’Brien and Ms. J. Maher. Moderator was Helen Carroll. The competition is in its 19th year and offers students the opportunity to use and expand their German language skills and develop confidence, team work and debating skills. In 1999, the competition was awarded the European Label for Innovative Language Learning and Teaching. It is sponsored by Siemens Ireland Ltd and organised by the Goethe-Institute Ireland. Among the confirmed guests are representatives from the German, Swiss and Austrian Embassies, as well as from Siemens Ireland Ltd.

Feis Ceoil 2015

Huge congratulations to the Scoil Mhuire Choir on their fantastic achievements at Feis Ceoil 2015. Scoil Mhuire were winners of the Cóir Iarbhunscoile (3/4 part) and the Sacred Music Award. Well do to all involved under the direction of Ms. J Lynch.

Student Council Fundraiser

The Student Council held a Fundraiser in December for the "Daughters of Charity". We raised 730 Euro and all proceeds went to "St Joseph's Centre" in Clonsilla. 12 students , along with their teacher Miss Moran, travelled to Clonsilla on Wednesday March 4th to visit the residents who all suffer from Intellectual Disabilities. It was a great experience for all involved. The Student Council Team consists of: Chairperson: Aisha Siwar, Secretary: Orla Ainsworth, Treasurer: Maeve Hickey, Attendance Officer: Tara McCann, P.R.O. Emily Smith, ISSU: Caoimhe Byrne and Sarah Poleon

New Dublin Voices and Scoil Mhuire Choir

New Dublin Voices and Scoil Mhuire Choir presents: Joint Spring Concert with Scoil Mhuire Choir, Trim (conducted by Jane Lynch) Date: March 22, 2015 Starts: 7:30 pm Ends: 9:30 pm Tickets: Standard: 12.00 € Concession: 8.00 € Buy tickets on line at or at reception at Scoil Mhuire Trim






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