Le Chéile Conference February 7/8 2019

The Le Chéile Schools Trust now comprises the schools of fourteen religious congregations. The aim of the Trust is to carry on the legal, financial and inspirational role of trusteeship that has, up to now, been done by individual congregations. It carries out the legal and inspirational role of trusteeship . This is a significant development in Irish education as the Catholic Church and the individual religious congregations renew and reformulate their commitment to Irish education.

The main object of Le Chéile is the development of a vision of Catholic education and overseeing its implementation in the Schools, encouraging preservation of key aspects of the evangelical heritage of their founding Congregation and to facilitate the opening of new schools if and where the need arises and resources permit.

In the case of non-denominational schools, the aim is to promote the integration of human and spiritual values that permit Catholic values to develop.

The Congregations are currently responsible for 53 voluntary secondary schools and are trustees in 8 Community Schools.

This week the tenth annual Conference takes place in Athlone. The Principal, Deputy Principal and two Fifth Year students, Ugochi Enyoazu and Orlaith Harrison will attend on behalf of St Louis, Dundalk.

Click on the linkbelow to read the most recent Newsletter of Le Chéile Trust, and to check out the website.

Le Chéile Autumn Update 2018 V8

https://lecheiletrust.ie/

Safer Internet Day – February 5th 2019.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise.

The Theme for Safer Internet Day is “Together for a Better Internet“. Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 5th. Over 100,000 young people across Ireland joined the celebrations last year. This year St Louis will host a lunchtime event to mark the day. There will be an Internet Safety Quiz at lunchtime today February 5th @12:50pm in Room 45.

 

Check out the link below for information on staying safe online. There are sections for both parents and children.

 

Transition Year Students reap rewards of ties with DkIT.

In January 20 very lucky TY students got the opportunity to spend a week in DkIT for an Enterpreneurial Week.
Below is the article published by DkIT on the event followed by a report written by one of our own TY students who participated – thank you very much to Emma for her very enjoyable report! DkIT was so impressed with our students that they have already agreed to a similar event next year.
“Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) recently welcomed 20 Transition Year (TY) students from St. Louis Secondary School, Dundalk on campus as part of the Institute’s Entrepreneurial School Week Programme. The week is designed to develop students entrepreneurial, creativity and innovation skills. The programme is delivered by a multi-disciplined team comprised of members from School of Engineering, School of Health & Science, School of Business & Humanities, as well as the Regional Development Centre.

The aim of the programme is to enable TY students to recognise entrepreneurial opportunities. Exploring possibilities is designed around the broad concept of the entrepreneurial mindset and will facilitate TY students to:

  • consider what it means to be ‘entrepreneurial’;
  • recognize their entrepreneurial potential;
  • identify sources of entrepreneurial opportunities;
  • develop problems solving skills
  • creatively engage in identifying opportunities that could benefit others.

Colman Ledwith, from the School of Engineering and Bridget Kelly from the School of Health and Science organised the Entrepreneurship Secondary School Week.

Speaking during the event Colman said,

“I believe it is important to get students involved in entrepreneurial activities at an early age to enable them to develop curiosity and confidence to explore their own entrepreneurial ability. I have been extremely impressed by the ideas presented by TY students this week.  The various workshops held allow them to recognise their own potential.”

Also speaking on the day, TY student Inga Mainule said,

“The activities throughout the week really helped me learn to think outside of the box more. There was such a mix of activities. We really got to try everything from engineering to marketing. I love coming to these programmes in DkIT so much that I’ve already signed up for another one!   Coming to DkIT is always such an exciting experience for me. We spent a lot of time here last year when our school burned down and I loved the atmosphere and the environment – it’s great!”

Fellow Transition Year Student, Victory Isyola added,

“This week has been so much fun. It has really brought out our competitive streak! Everyone is so keen to win each competition or come up with the best idea. I love that we have been given the opportunity to work with our hands and do something practical. I usually hate the engineering side of things but this week we were given the task of making a paper bridge without any glue or tape or staples and the bridge had to be sturdy enough to withstand 5 times the amount of paper used to create it, it was tough but we persevered as a team and then we got it! I was so proud of all the work we put in.”

The Programme is facilitate by staff from across the institute – all contributing to its success. Staff involved in the delivery of the programme are Bridget Kelly (Health & Science), Garrett Duffy (Regional Development Centre), Brendan Mac Quillan (retired lecturer Engineering), Neil Mc Loughlin (RDC), Kate Johnston (Business and Humanities), Fergal O Rourke (Engineering), Paul Durcan (Engineering ) and Colman Ledwith. The support team consists of Orlagh Devine, Nicola Larkin, Louise Mc Caul, Grainne Mc Kenna, (All Engineering Administration) John Collins, Pat Mc Carthy Jim Connolly (All Technical Support Staff). The programme is funded by the HEA.”

Originally published on DkIT.ie/news January 24th 2019.

Report by Emma Lynch, TY.
I really enjoyed being part of this workshop up in DKIT and I feel as though all the others who took part would agree with me in saying that it was a very helpful workshop in which we learned, saw, and tried things that very few people get the chance to.
Throughout the week people from various departments in the college came in to speak to us about how their department relates to creativity and how import creativity is in the world that we live in.
Before we even went to DKIT Coleman and Bridget spoke to us about what to expect from this week long workshop and put us into pairs, giving each pair two words which we felt went hand in hand with creativity, we were then told that we had to produce a video log from our week in DKIT based on these words.
On our first day in the college Garrett came in to speak to us about breaking existing patterns and thinking outside the box and how this is vital for any company to do well. I really enjoyed this session because while we learn a lot we also got to have lots of fun doing it as we were asked to solve various problems.
His session was followed by a session on engineering, specifically designing building and testing. This session was given to us by Brendan from the engineering department. Our task was to make bridges using only paper. This proved to be a challenge but it was a great exercise to get us thinking creatively and we had a good laugh doing it too.
We had another session on protecting ideas and intellectual property which was given to us by Neil. This was very interesting and was a topic most of us knew very little about. Neil also made this session as interactive as possible so at no stage were any of us bored.
Kate from the business department in the college led a session in which we learned about marketing. We were first asked to design packaging and come up with a name for a new product, a healthy bar. After doing so we were asked to come up with a place to sell the product. a way to promote it and a suitable price for it. We then presented our ideas in groups and voted on which product we liked the best. Inga and Victory won. This session was my favourite. We had great fun doing it but at the same time learned so much about marketing techniques.
Fergal spoke to us about energy preservation and how engineers help this. This area isn’t one that I would normally be very enthusiastic about. Fergal however managed to make it very exiting and I would no like to learn more about the topic.
On the Thursday we had a session on design and manufacturing and led by Paul and this was an amazing session. We got to design our own phone stands using computer software and then cut them using a laser cutter. In the afternoon Bridget brought us to the microbiology lab and we got to use microscopes to look at different bacteria.
I really enjoyed this course and would definitely recommend it to any future TYs if the opportunity arose for them to take part in it.
I developed many amazing skills, gained insight and learned things that aren’t on our general curriculum.
Thank you to DkIT for this experience, and to Ms Galligan, TY Co-Ordinator for facilitating such a great week of Active Learning for us all.

Aisling, Julie, Kaiya and Sophie enjoying the TY Enterpreneurship Week at DkIT.

Ty students coming to grips with their design ideas for a new healthy bar.

First Year Entrance Assessment February 9 2019

As agreed by all schools in Dundalk, the Assessment Day for incoming First Years will take place on February 9th 2019. Details of your daughter’s time will be given to you.

Below you will find both the PowerPoint Presentation given to parents of incoming First Years, and a cover letter from the Principal which was sent to you at the end of November.

We look forward to meeting your daughters again next week.

 

Cover letter for 1st yr parents Sept 2019

First Year Induction Nov 13th 2018

Student Council visit to County Hall

The leaders of our Student Council Clodagh Shine and Hannah Mullen, along with the three fifth year representatives, Eva Carrie, Kerry Mc Kenna and Ciara Duffy, were delighted to accept Councillor Maeve Yore’s invitation to attend the Louth County Council monthly meeting on Monday January 21st – the 100th anniversary of the first sitting of Dáil Eireann. Cathaoirleach Liam Reilly chaired the meeting and the girls saw the council business in action. They also got the opportunity to meet MEP Mairéad Mc Guinness and chatted to her about Brexit amongst other topics. Thank you to Ms Patricia Kelly for arranging this opportunity for the students, and for her continued support of the Council.

Thanks to Eva Carrie for her report on the event:

‘The main topics on the agenda were Brexit and the RSES (Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy). The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and the councillors had the opportunity to raise issues arising from the minutes. Councillors discussed vacant land plots in Dundalk which were not recorded as vacant and how this is affecting local revenue. There were many concerns around a no deal Brexit but the ultimate consensus at the end of all discussion was that nobody really knows what is going to happen! This obviously is cause for some concern and that was clear today.
We met Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness who is also the Vice Chair European Parliament and she spoke to us about her role as a representative of Ireland in Europe.
It was great to meet such a powerful role model for women on this historic day. Thank you so much to Cllr Maeve Yore for offering us this wonderful opportunity.’

 

Ms Patricia Kelly, members of the Student Council, Councillor Maeve Yore and MEP Mairéad Mc Guinness.

 

 

 

 

Catholic Schools Week 2019

It is Catholic Schools Week

Each day there is a different topic for discussion – have a look at the resources below – you might be able to use some of them with your family at home – start a conversation about faith and what it means to be a Catholic.

 

A Living Tradition

Celebrating Diversity

In Service of our Community

Intergenerational

Supporting Faith

 

Get Fresh Canteen – new gift ideas for parents

As you know the canteen food is fresh, healthy and very good value. The ladies in the canteen provide freshly cooked breakfasts each morning for all of our students and then provide a wonderful range of hot and cold lunch options, and a fresh homemade soup every day too. Now they want to offer you the option of ensuring that your child makes use of the canteen as you wish.

They are offering vouchers which they can keep and children can use when they come down – Eithne, Una and Janeen know all our girls so they will be able to track the use of the vouchers and you can rest assured that the girls are getting the healthy lunch you want for them each day. These vouchers can be purchased by the students from the ladies in the canteen. They also know that school trips can happen on a busy day and you might not be able to organise the lunch on time so they can provide a nutritious packed lunch for €5 as long as it is pre-ordered for the trip.

See the details below.

Get fresh picnic lunch

Get fresh voucher

 

A sample of the food on offer each day

 

MESSAGE FOR PARENTS FROM HSE REGARDING MUMPS OUTBREAK

Please can you take a moment to read the following message from the HSE about an outbreak of mumps in the North East of the country.

 

Mumps Parents Letter for schools 15-01-2019

 

Information for Parents on the Whole School Evaluation 2019

Attached below are two documents for your perusal regarding the current Inspection in St Louis. They were previously posted but our website has just changed its host site so some posts were lost. Thank you for your understanding.

 

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Timetables for Junior and Leaving Certificate Pre-Exams

The timetables have been emailed to all students for the pre-exams. Please note that third years are expected to be at school all day every day during the exam period. There is supervised study for those who do not have an exam at any point.

 

Leaving Certificate Applied Pre Exams

Leaving Cert Pre Exams 2019

Junior Cert pre-exams 2019