Learning a Language at St Louis

Last year we were lucky enough to have two language assistants in our school for the whole year. Cindy, A french Assistant, and Ana, a Spanish Assistant wanted to share their thoughts about learning a language in St Louis before they left.

Check out the video attached to see what they had to say about learning a modern language in Ireland, and more specifically in St Louis today.

 

It’s Science Week! Celebrate with St Louis

It’s Science Week and here in St Louis we are doing lots of interesting scientific things to celebrate.
Last week the Big Bear Planetarium visited the school and we got to see information about the Google Lunar X Challenge.
Today there was a Science quiz at lunchtime
On Thursday we hope to launch our own rockets and there may even be a Science Treasure hunt!
Every day there is a Science Question – today’s one was to name the most famous NASA telescope – which is of course – the Hubble Telescope.
Below are some interesting links to whet your scientific appetite!
You Tube
The Science behind the perfect brownie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIonKbKM-tE
The Science behind chocolate chip cookies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCzVqaFMlIw
The Science behind macarons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP7cW1BlC_s
For those of you who prefer to read check out ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir, which has been made into a film starring Matt Damon.

St Louis Annual Careers Fair 2017

The closing dates for college applications will be upon our sixth years before they know it so here is some timely information for all.
St Louis is unique in offering such a wonderful opportunity to their students, thanks to the dedicated team in our Guidance Dept.

St Louis Annual Careers Fair is taking place on Monday 13th November from 1.30 – 5.00.
We are delighted to welcome the following education providers:

Dublin Business School
Dublin City University ( DCU)
DIT
BIMM
Griffith College Dublin
Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
NCAD
Trinity College Dublin
UCD
NUI Galway
University of Limerick
St Pat’s Pontifical Maynooth
Maynooth University
St Angela’s Sligo
Waterford IT
University of Ulster
Southern Regional College Newry
O Fiaich PLC
DIFE
Cavan Institute
Monaghan Institute
SOLAS
National Learning Network

An Garda Siochana
Dundalk Youth Centre

The fair is running until five.

Talks from universities will run in a nearby classroom as follows:

UCD @2.o clock.
NUI Galway @2.30
DCU@3.00
and NUI Maynooth @3.30

Brief information sessions from Southern Regional College Newry, Drogheda College of Further Education and O Fiaich College will run from 3.40 at 20 minutes per talk in the same venue.

Parents are welcome to join their daughters on the day.

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Maths Week 2017

It is Maths Week. You will find a myriad of references to Maths and how it impacts our lives everyday in the media this week.

Here is a selection of useful and interesting websites to keep you informed and interested. In class this week students will be given a Maths question every day and teachers will use puzzles and brainteasers to highlight the fun that Maths can be! Check out the Facebook page each day too and see if you can solve the problems there.

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/embed/p05jvt9b/41614470

https://illuminations.nctm.org/BrainTeasers.aspx?id=4992

http://www.mathsweek.ie/2017/puzzles

http://www.thejournal.ie/maths-week-puzzle-3645548-Oct2017/

 

 

 

Abigail

Advice from the Far Side

Our posts on Facebook from high scoring past pupils are proving very popular.

Here is Abigail Ibilola’s advice for all those in the Senior Cycle. Abigail has gone to study Law and Business in Maynooth. It’s an epic – but worth reading to the very end – students have foud her words very helpful.

“Entering 6th year without a doubt I felt terrified and anxious in equal measure. However, I was determined to succeed and achieve my set goals.

The vast majority of my study involved pen and paper. I found that using past exam questions as a guide for my study really helped me across the board in all of my subjects. I would read my notes and then I’d try to do a whole question. If I didn’t know the answer, I would leave it blank and move on. I’d look at the marking scheme and then I’d come back to the same question and try it again later. If you focus solely on learning the course, your exam technique will suffer. When it came closer to the exam, I’d sit down and try to do a question under exam conditions: within the time limits and so on. The LC isn’t just about what you know, it’s also about how you approach an exam.

When it came to actual study hours, I studied for about an hour after I did my homework every day of the week and about 5-6 hours on Saturdays and Sundays with small breaks in between. I always took full advantage of my weekends. I would get up early in the morning and do about 2 hours of study before I had my breakfast. I would then take an hour or so to wind down by watching my favourite TV shows on Netflix (Netflix is a requirement, especially if you watch Riverdale).

Studying has never been fun to begin with, and forcing yourself through a study marathon will only make it worse. If you leave yourself a heap of work to do at the end of the year, it will seem too overwhelming. DO NOT let yourself fall into this dangerous place. Take action NOW while you still can. Start by starting, even if it’s with the smallest possible thing. Running away from your work will only make you feel deflated. This is emotionally more draining than having to go through the frustration of studying in the first place. Think of yourself as a plane on a runway: you may start slowly but eventually you will take flight and reach your destination.

While it’s important to make time for leisurely activities, it’s also important that you don’t overdo it. The leaving cert, while it may not feel like it, is only 9 months of your life. You will have plenty of time to yourself when it’s all over so spend your time wisely. I’m not saying don’t go out at all, just remember that you have to make some sacrifices.

Another vital piece of advice: Research your courses. No matter what deadline you have around the corner whether it be orals or projects, you should be aware of every single module you will have to do in the courses that you put on on your CAO. Attend as many open days as possible and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Read as many prospectuses as you can. If you’re in 6th year and you don’t have a box, shelf or drawer chock-full of prospectuses and flyers from universities, there’s something wrong with you. After all, there’s no point in working so hard to get the points if you end up studying a course that you absolutely hate!

Finally, I’d like to close by saying that you need to have a purpose. The fear of failure will not keep you going neither will the desire to keep your parents or whoever happy. You have to want to do well for yourself. My personal motivation was to leave my final exam and truly believe that I had done my best and that I had nothing more to give. That way no matter what happened on results day, I would have no regrets. Your future is in your hands. In order to succeed, you just have to be willing to work hard.”

Thank you to Abigail for taking the time to send us her message. We wish her every success in the future.

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Leaving Cert High Achievers – Eimer Magee

As we look forward to meeting a new group of eager young girls tomorrow who are wondering whether St Louis Dundalk is the place for them, we are going to catch up with our Class of 2017. In the next week or so we will post some words of advice from our high achievers. They will share their experiences and offer an insight into how to attain the highest of points at Leaving Cert.
First up is Eimer Magee, daughter of Frank and Jean, who is now studying Science in UCD. This is her story.
“The journey that led to the Leaving Cert was daunting but one I was eager to travel. In Fifth Year I really figured out what worked for me and what didn’t. I tried to stay on top of my homework, class tests and exams. People had spoken about studying before school so I tried that but I swiftly learned that I valued my sleep too highly!
My style is to write notes out repetitively as well as answers for exam questions which I would file away for later use – I looked over these in the run up to exams and it was a relief to already have them answered. I would highly recommend keeping your bedroom and study environment different. When I went into my study I was in the homework and study mindset, and when I went into my bedroom I could relax.
In Sixth Year I really knuckled down as I knew what I wanted to achieve. I got a lift home most evenings and as soon as I got in the door I’d change out of my uniform and go into the study. At first I did homework and then studied but I realised it was more effective to study first and then do homework. I’d tackle the difficult tasks first so I couldn’t put them off.
If your mind gets fuzzy and you stop retaining information go outside and get some fresh air. I rekindled my interest in basketball throughout 6th year and went for more walks than I can count. After this I always felt fresher, ready to work again. I usually stopped around 9 or 9.30.
On Fridays I tried to get my homework out of the way so I could free up time at the weekends for study and down time. My final words; it’s a marathon not a sprint. Learn things as you come across them in class and then you will just have to ‘top up’ study these and refresh them. Cramming is not the answer!student shot

Girls celebrate Junior Cert Success.

The students in St Louis celebrated their Junior Cert results on Wednesday last with their teachers and classmates.

The girls were very pleased with results, with lots of them attaining the highest marks in Maths, Science and the Arts, as well as in Business.
Fionnghuala Drumgoole was delighted with her results, as was her mother Orla, who teaches in the school. “I am so delighted that she did so well. In every subject her teachers encouraged and mentored her so she was able to give of her best, without feeling under pressure to “perform”.” Fionnghuala was particularly pleased with her As in Science and Maths. “I wasn’t sure about the Maths after Paper 1, but Paper 2 went really well. I got my A in Music too which made me very happy as that is what I hope to pursue when I leave school.”
Caoimhe Bellew who was one of the lucky 1% to get a Distinction in English this year under the New Junior Cycle Specification was thrilled with her result. “I really wanted that one. Ms Dolan pushed us to really analyse our writing and write concisely. It paid off. I can’t believe I am one of the lucky ones to attain the Distinction.”
Catherine Carolan and Eva Carrie were very pleased with their results too. Catherine was very pleased with her A in Business in particular. “I plan to go on to study Business in the future so I am glad that this result makes this a viable option.” Eva Carrie was happy with her A in History especially since numbers getting the A in that subject were down this year. ” I love History and I was worried when I heard that there were fewer As countrywide but thrilled when I opened my results to see that was one of my As.”
Michelle Dolan congratulated all the girls on their success. “As we lose the old Junior Cert subjects and the Junior Cycle takes over, the emphasis will be less on the result and more on the journey. I am delighted for the girls today. Every girl who worked hard should be proud of her results today. We  strive to ensure every girl achieves her potential and more, and their results today bear that out.”

St Louis girls celebrate their Leaving Cert results

While others were waiting at home anxiously for the 9.00 start to get their results many of the Louis girls had been in and were already gone at that stage. The school traditionally opens at 8.15 to give the girls their results.  “It was an early start but it was worth it – the girls are anxious to get the results as early as possible so we try to accommodate them,”  said Michelle Dolan, Principal. “We are so proud of our students. They worked hard and their diligence has paid off in their excellent results today. We ensure the girls do as well as they can, and often they achieve more than they thought possible. We look forward to seeing how they progress from here.”

The school places a particular emphasis on STEM subjects and the girls did Higher Level Maths, Technology, Chemistry and Physics. Many of the girls scored H1s in these subjects.  A significant number of students also scored well over 500 points and the girls were very happy with their results in general.

The Sixth Year Leaving Cert Applied results were also excellent this year. Of the 12 girls who sat this alternative exam, 7 achieved a Merit with all others getting a Distinction. LCA Co-ordinator Janet Kelly was delighted with the results. “The LCA is an excellent alternative for a small group of girls each year. It is wonderful to see such excellent results. The girls often progress to College via a PLC from this course, and with so many getting the Distinction this year, it will be an option for many of them.”

Although the new system of points in the general Leaving Cert was confusing for the students at first they soon got used to it and were able to work out their points with the help of Guidance Counsellor Dara Mee.  Twins Gillian and Rachel Browne were delighted with their results. They called in very early and then called back later to meet Chloe Twibill, Head Girl, who collected her results with her mother Aileen. “We are delighted with Chloe’s results and cannot thank the school enough for all they did for Chloe. We are so grateful to all the staff – every one of them did an amazing job.”