We are delighted to share with you our recent Inspection Report which went live today on Education.ie
We are delighted to share with you our recent Inspection Report which went live today on Education.ie
We are so delighted to share a video with you of highlights from last week’s Euroscola trip to Strasbourg by the Business and Economics Departments in St Louis. Thank you to Ms S Brady for her help in preparing the girls for the competition before Christmas and to MS Smith and Ms Mallon for accompanying them there. Abby Murphy of Fifth Year is the digital genius behind the video compilation.
Want to learn Spanish? For free? By helping someone else consolidate their learning?
“While we teach, we learn,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca. Now scientists are proving this ancient wisdom is as relevant now as back then. Researchers have found something called “the protégé effect” where students enlisted as tutors work harder to understand the material in order to explain it to someone else.
With ownership of their own learning a key feature of the new Junior Cycle, the students of Spanish in St. Louis are undertaking a Spanish-teaching challenge over the coming 4 weeks.
So why learn Spanish? Spanish is now the 2nd most spoken language in the world after Chinese. It is the official language of 21 countries, with more than 400 million speakers, with the USA soon to become the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
Irish people are particularly interested in learning Spanish. The subject continues to be one of the fastest growing Leaving Certificate subjects of the last fifteen years. Approximately 2 to 3 Irish people go on holiday to Spain for every one who travels to another destination. It was the most searched night class in Ireland in 2017. And you can learn it for free!
The bite-sized chunks will be available on the school Facebook page daily from Monday 4th March. Your tutor will check in with you, explain the day’s content and pronunciation and sign off on your language passport. We have already had lots of interest from students, parents and teachers within the school community, but there are still students available to tutor. If you are interested in taking part, please approach a student from any Spanish class or talk directly to Ms. Finigan and she will match you up. ¡Buena suerte a todos!
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:
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.
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.
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.
Last year’s third years were in for a wonderful surprise when they headed to the Chapel Hall just before Christmas to recieve their JCPAs. The Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement is the new Junior Cycle Certificate which replaces the old Junior Certificate. They are distributed in November or December each year which gives time to students to query results and have them rechecked before the certificate is generated. Last year Roisín Ingle of The Irish Times came to the school to present the certificates but this year the school invited one of its own past pupils, doyenne of fashion Niamh O’ Neill.
Marshes Shopping Centre last month presented 20 Chromebooks to St Louis Secondary School in the first donation of their new community initiative.
“900 people are employed at Marshes Shopping Centre, and many have strong links to the school,” said Aoife Kerley of Marshes Shopping Centre.
“The donation forms part of Marshes’ social initiative, Marshes Community Fund, which supports local causes put forward by Marshes customers.
“As Marshes is involved with a number of local causes, we received a lot of requests to assist the school and are very happy to help.”
The donation was warmly welcomed by both the Principal and Deputy-Principal of St Louis Secondary School.
“The gift from Marshes is very generous and well-timed, especially as it fits in perfectly with targets around the promotion of digital literacy in our school,” said principal Michelle Dolan.
“We plan to use the Chromebooks for the accelerated reader programme which has been rolled out to first years.”
Deputy Principal Mary Gilmore echoed Ms Dolan’s sentiments, saying that the donation will be a great benefit to school life.
“The generous gift from Marshes supports our work in enhancing the digital skills of our Junior Cycle students,” she said.
“This support is very welcome and is timely in given that the Department is aiming for high levels of student engagement in learning through teacher use of the digital learning framework, so students can become engaged thinkers, active learners and
knowledge constructors .”
Nine schools from across the country have been chosen to participate in the school improvement programme. St Louis was chosen as a reult of its effective practice in the delivery of the New Junior Cycle programme.
Department Press Release:
“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., announced the launch of the School Excellence Fund – Step Up Project last Friday in Athlone.
Nine schools from across the country are participating in the initial pilot phase taking place over the coming school year.
The Step Up Project focuses on supporting schools to ‘step up’ in the delivery of the new junior cycle programme. Schools will work together and will be supported by the Inspectorate, who will help with planning and the JCT, who will provide additional teacher training.
The School Excellence Fund approach, which focuses on encouraging local collaboration and innovation, is key to delivering on the governments overall ambition to making Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026.
Teachers from each school participated in an opening seminar in Athlone last Friday, where they met with members of JCT and the Inspectorate to refine their Step Up Project plan for the year ahead.
Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said, “The opportunity provided by the Step Up Project will empower participating schools to move to highly effective practice in their implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle. In this way, they will impact positively on student learning and their experience will be used to support other schools as they engage in Junior Cycle reform. I welcome the collaboration of the Inspectorate and Junior Cycle for Teachers in facilitating appropriate and effective professional learning for the schools in this initial stage of the project”.
It is timely that an opportunity be provided for schools to reflect on teaching, learning, assessment and reporting in these three subject areas and to identify how the quality of provision and implementation, both for those specific subjects and for the overall Framework for Junior Cycle, can be raised to the highest level.
Schools participating in the project are required to take a school self-evaluation approach in reviewing their current implementation of the Framework in one or more of three subject areas: English, Business Studies and Science. Schools will be encouraged to identify areas for improvement and will be supported in developing and implementing actions leading to improvement in their chosen areas. Learning from the project will be disseminated to all schools.”
Deputy Principal Mary Gilmore who attended last week’s event along with staff members Róisín Mallon and Anne Marie Kirk is delighted that we have been chosen to participate in the project. “This is a wonderful endorsement of the whole school’s engagement with the New Junior Cycle programme. We are delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the inspectorate to ensure the learning experience for St Louis girls is of the highest calibre.”
Pictured below are: AnneMarie Kirk, Science teacher St Louis Dundalk, Dr David King, JCT, Róisín Mallon, Business teacher St Louis Dundalk, Sinéad Tuphy, Co-ordinator of Step Up Project JCT, Mary Gilmore, Deputy Principal St Louis Dundalk, Eoghan Evesson, Deputy Director JCT, and Emma Gallagher, JCT.
Attached please find details of the school calendar for the academic year 2018-2019.
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