Busy Final Day before the Easter Break

Following on from the Le Chéile conference in February word came back to St Louis about plans set there by student reps Ugochi Enyoazu and Orlaith Harrison for the Pay it Forward campaign organised by the Trust each year. Our day started with Random Acts of Kindness from students to other students and teachers. Many girls found notes with positive messages on them in their lockers when they came in this morning and the teachers wer given notes thanking them – and some chocolate eggs to wsweeten the message!  This work was carried out by the Student Council.

Then it was Multicultural Day – no one needed to bring any lunch as there was a wealth of wonderful food available – from Mrs Doyle cups of tea, to Ethiopian coffee, to Somalian samosas, to Nigerian meat pies, to Pakistani pakoras, to good old Tayto sandwiches! Thank you to all our students and their families for sharing their cultures and enjoying a wonderful lunchtime together.

Finally the term ended with a moving and spiritual prayer service in the Chapel Hall.  Organised by Ms Sherry, Ms Killoran and Mrs Drumgoole, there were readings and video clips reminding the school community of the message of Easter.  Music was provided by sixth year students and the school chamber choir and Fr Brian finsihed the service with some prayers for all.

Ms Dolan wished all the St Louis family a happy, Holy and safe Easter break. She thanked God for all the blessings visited on St Louis this year, the building work, the excellent WSE and the work to come in the summer break. She thanked the teachers, the SNAs and all the ancillary staff for their dedication all term. She praised the student body for their diligence and hard work and told how highly the WSE Report spoke of them.

We wish all our St Louis families a lovely break. We look forward to meeting you again at our May Concert, Awards Night and Graduation Mass in the final term.

 

 

St Louis Whole School Evaluation Management, Leadership and Learning January 2019.

We are delighted to share with you our recent Inspection Report which went live today on Education.ie

 

 

 

St Louis Inspection Report January 2019

Water For Africa Fundraising

Ms Sherry’s 5U class held a very successful bake sale and Shrove Tuesday event this week to raise funds to buy a well for a village in Africa. The campaign which is spearheaded in part by Dad of three students in the school, Ugochi, Ife and Ije Enyoazu, and he was delighted to learn that the girls’ efforts were rewarded with a very respectable €360 which will go towards the well to be built in a village in Africa. The plan is that a well will be drilled at least 300 feet down to ensure the water is fresh and not contaminated. Taps will be provided and the whole community will be assured of a fresh supply of clean water for drinking and cooking. This ties in nicely with our Global Schools Network membership and also the Green Flag for water which is making the whole school community aware of the importance of water as a precious and rare commodity which is to be guarded.

 

All Shook Up!

It’s show time once more in St Louis Dundalk. The current TY Class of 2019 have been treading the boards, dancing their socks off and singing sweet tunes since just after Mid-Term last November in order to wow audiences with their performance of “All Shook Up” due to take place over three nights in March – Tuesday 12th to Thursday 14th at 7:30pm sharp. To paraphrase Miss Sandra from the show, these girls are “real cool cats” and looking forward to bringing some rock’n’roll to your soul next week!

 

As before the venue is the Chapel Hall, looking wonderful after the fire, with all the stained glass windows back in place. Directors of the production this year, Ms Elaine Byrne, Ms Siobhán Higgins and Ms Kate O’ Byrne are delighted with the efforts made by the girls and looking forward to the final product. “Although “All Shook Up” has been done locally by others in recent times we still chose it as we think we put an individual slant on all of our shows here at St Louis. The audition process is very protracted so that we give every girl a chance to shine. Each year we find new stars, people who have never before been on a stage, and that lengthy audition process is what makes the production so effective,” said Elaine Byrne. “All 85 girls in TY are in the show, even if they have other roles in costume, props and sets. It is an essential part of the experience that every girl is part of our cast, so they can all experience the joy of performance.”

The choreography is a joint effort between students and teachers. “We look to the girls for inspiration with dance moves. So many of them have a huge wealth of experience in this area so we like to give them the chance to use it and take part ownership of the process of staging a musical, continued Kate O’ Byrne. “So many TYs say the musical is why they choose to do the year. It’s not just for the performance but for all the life skills they learn in the process.”

Fifth years play a vital role in the production too. They are the stage managers, help on sound and lighting and also with makeup and hair. “Here in St Louis we pride ourselves on attention to detail in every aspect of the production,” said Siobhán Higgins. “We spend time researching the costume and makeup styles of the era of the show and then the fifth year girls help to recreate those looks. Hairgrips, hairspray and GHDs are the order of the day to ensure we create a performance that looks as good as it sounds.”

Lynne Rice is a new addition to the team this year and has been looking after the admin side of things for the show. The tickets are available from the school office priced at a very reasonable €10.

 

 

Business Department’s trip to Euroscola 2019

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.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Spanish Challenge in St Louis

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!

 

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