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Student Council News

The Student Council has had a busy term thus far.

In September they played a vital role at our Open Day. Both Isobel our Head Girl and Jolene our Deputy Head Girl spoke to parents and students about life as a Louis Girl, while the rest of the team acted as guides for our visitors, answering questions about the everyday life of a Louis Girl.

 

 

In October the leaders of our student body along with their mentor Ms P Kelly for a St Louis Schools Network leadership workshop where they met with other Louis Schools and engaged in leadership training. A great day was had by all and many new skills were developed.

The day was called “Team Building,Leadership and Ethos”. The students from many different Louis Schools learned and developed skills in working together in order to make a difference in their respective schools in the year ahead. Each school had their story and needs honoured and our girls benefitted through sharing with and learning from other schools. Sr.Finola Cunnane, who has many links with our school, was the coordinator.

 

TY student Caoimhe Nic Chormaic headed to Dublin in her final act as a member of Louth’s Comhairle na nÓg where she met Minister Katherine Zappone at the launch of a national report on young people’s opinions on how to improve what happens in the classroom. It’s called “So, how was school today?” Well done to Caoimhe!

 

In November the student council decided to get on board with Team Hope’s annual Christmas shoebox appeal. They decided that it would be a great project to organise within the school to help give to the less fortunate this Christmas.
To get the idea up and running they placed a cardboard box in each classroom and encouraged students to donate anything they could to help the council fill as many shoe boxes as possible.
Students were asked to bring in small items under the 4W guidelines which are: write, wash, wear and wow. The items that fall under these guidelines are pens, pencils, copy books, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a hat, gloves and a small treat such as sweets or a cuddly toy.
After a couple of weeks the boxes which were placed in each room were full to the brim. Our students were so generous and thanks to them the girls were able to make up and donate lots of shoe boxes. The council also held  a cake sale to donate cash along with the boxes. This really showed the true generosity of St.Louis students and allowed the school community to offer the gift of giving this Christmas.

The girls are also spreading a positive message about being inclusive and caring of each other – check out the hidden messages on the stairs in the school and on the wall on the Council noticeboard and elsewhere.

We look forward to seeing what the girls will do next.

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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.
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Active Healthy Living Week 2017

Active Healthy Living Week

Here is the timetable for an incredibly busy schedule for our Active Healthy Living Week which takes place from Monday October 23rd to Friday October 27th.

The activities take place during lunch break and the students are asked to wear their sports gear every day except Wednesday, as it is a half day so there is no lunchtime activity!

 

 

Active Healthy Living week: Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October: Lunch Activities Time-Table

Important: Every day you will wear your PE tracksuit to school, except Wednesday. Lunch this week is for 1 hour from 12.15-1.15pm

All activities begin at 12.20pm and last for 30 minutes. Go to the activity at the start of lunch. After the activity you will then have 25 minutes to get your lunch and go to your locker. Classroom cleaning will be from 1.05-1.15pm each day. As you will be in your PE tracksuit all week you should change into a different t-shirt before & after each activity. This can be any t-shirt which is suitable for the activity.

Activities take place every lunch-time. Every day there’s something different for your year group.
Activity Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday
Walk

Meet outside the chapel hall at 12.20. Ms McGrath, Ms Galligan & Ms J Mallon to co-ordinate.

The walk may still go ahead in bad weather so bring rain top/umbrella just in case.

The walk will go out of the main gate and once around the block. There are no roads to cross, but you still need to be vigilant of traffic. Stay on the footpaths and be courteous to the general public. There are no bins on the walk, so please do not bring any food/drink with you.

 

6th Year

 

 

1st & 2nd Year

 

TY & 5th Year

 

3rd Year

Dodgeball

Meet in gym at 12.20 Ms Spain to co-ordinate

Come for fun and friendly competition. Extra water suggested.

 

3rd Year

 

6th Year

1st & 2nd Year TY & 5th Year
‘Strut’

Meet in chapel hall at 12.20 Ms Higgins & Ms O’Byrne to co-ordinate

Be prepared to ‘strutt’ like never before and get hot and sweaty. Extra Water suggested.

TY & 5th Year  

3rd Year

 

6th Year

1st & 2nd Year
Team Games/ Football

Meet on outside basketball courts at 12.20. Ms S McEneaney & Ms Caraher to co-ordinate.

This activity may be cancelled if the weather is bad.

 

1st & 2nd Year

 

TY & 5th Year

 

3rd Year

 

6th Year

Food Discovery Challenge & healthy lunch ideas

Meet in either room 6 or 13 at 12.20pm. Ms McDermott & Ms Brady to co-ordinate

Important: This is a ‘sign up in advance’ activity. Only 20 students maximum. €1 charge per student payable at the time of sign up. Sign up in school office.

Room 13

1st, 2nd & 3rd Years

Room 13

Ty, 5th & 6th

Room 6

1st, 2nd & 3rd Years

Room 6

Ty, 5th & 6th

Meditation/Relaxation

Meet in Oratory. Ms Mee to co-ordinate.

Important: This is a ‘sign up in advance’ activity. Only 20 students maximum. Sign up in school office. No charge.

  Oratory

Ty, 5 & 6 Yr

  Oratory

1,2,3 Yr

Please bring extra water in a suitable drinks bottle for this week. 2 Active Points awarded every time you participate in an activity.

                                                     Get involved, Get Active, Have Fun                                            

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TY Report October 6 2018

TYs

The TYs continue to be extremely busy. Last week saw them continuing with their self development course which takes place each Thursday morning.
Using mentoring workshops and peer-based conversations “Create the Great in You” aims to provide young people with a space to explore how communication, collaboration and creativity can be applied to develop both community and relationships.
The girls are both challenged and facilitated to openly explore and express their passion, identity and potential.
The girls will grow in confidence, enhance their interpersonal skills and be more empathetic toward their peers. The series of workshops will culminate in a presentation of certificates to the girls on October 19th.

They also took the time to attend a play in An Táin based on women’s stories from WWII.

This week they headed for An Táin again, this time to attend Ger Carey’s stand up comedy routine on the lives of teenagers today. According to his website “Ger is fascinated by the way teenagers are passionate about stuff. The way that there’s no in-between, grey area with them. The way they wear their hearts on their sleeves and their favourite bands on their T-shirts. He knows what makes them tick and uses this daily knowledge to amuse and cajole them.”

The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others. Our students certainly enjoyed the experience. 

The big news in TY this week is that the Musical Production Committee has been granted the rights for Mary Poppins. The girls are thrilled to be taking part in this venture. Auditions were held today and the parts will be cast in the next few weeks.

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Louis Girls in the Sporting News.

Senior Basketball

Each week we will bring you news of our sporting events at school and keep you up to date with what is happening.

This week saw the start of the basketball season in St Louis. Our senior team under the expert guidance of Kate O Byrne, ably assisted by Siobhán Higgins headed off to Crossmolina in Mayo at the crack of dawn to face Gortner Abbey. The road trip was four hours long but the girls were undaunted by this and gave a spirited performance, worthy of the Louis reputation for excellence on the court.

The girls were narrowly beaten in the worst possible way. Reminiscent of the fateful Dublin Mayo final a few short weeks ago, the sides were neck and neck all the way until a lucky basket from Gortner Abbey with 18 seconds to go allowed them to clinch victory by a single point.

The team was united in their efforts but special mention must go to Jewell Rosagaran who had a final personal tally of 24 points.

 

On Thursday evening students from Junior and Senior Cycle laced up their boots for the first ever rugby training session of the school’s newly formed rugby team. The girls got stuck in from the very start and displayed a high level of determination and skill. Leinster  Development Officer Andrew Naylor was very impressed with their performance and believe the girls will do well in their first blitz which takes place in Navan in two weeks.

 

 

 

 

This Sunday saw the  U14 girls county final take place between Glen Emmets and Kilkerley Emmets and we are delighted to announce that six of the winning squad are Louis Girls. Kilkerley were victorious and we were delighted to see two of our first years, Katie Clarke and Sarah Lawrence, three second years, Katie Cotter, Éabha Mc Eneaney and Grainne Lynch, and third year Hermione Mc Aleer celebrate victory with a narrow two point margin. The final score was 3-05 to 2-10.

That bodes well for the gaelic teams here at school who start their season next week.

 

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Lunchtime Activities at St Louis

lunchtime activities

Weekly Clubs and Activities

The following activities are ongoing and take place every week until further notice.   Check the start times in the school, or contact the relevant teacher. 

A house point is given to a student each time they attend that particular club/activity.

 

Monday

Activity Time Year Teacher Where to meet & Important Information
Poetry Open to all years Ms Rice (Starting in October)
Choir 12.25-12.50pm Everyone from all years welcome Ms Drumgoole / Ms Murray Chapel hall, promptly at 12.25pm
Basketball 12.25-12.50pm 1st & 2nd year Ms O’Byrne Gym

Runners required

Gaelic Football U-16 and Senior Team Ms E Byrne Gym

Appropriate gear required

 

 

Tuesday

Activity Time Year Teacher Where to meet & Important Information
Poetry Open to all years Ms Rice (Starting in October)
Golf 12.30-1.10pm All welcome Ms Smith Field behind large bin/skip
Instrumental Group 12.50-1.15pm Open to all years Ms Killoran Chapel hall. Prompt at 12.50
Basketball U16 (3rd, TY & 5th) Ms O’Byrne Gym

Runners and sports gear required

 


 

 

Thursday

Activity Time Year Teacher Where to meet & Important Information
Walk 12.40 – 1.05pm Open to everyone Mrs McDermott Meet outside chapel Hall prompt at 12.40pm

Runners if possible. Coat/ Waterproof recommended

The walk may still go ahead in wet conditions

Green Committee 12.30-12.55pm Ms Reynolds/Ms Sherry Meet in room 14 (Geography room)
Poetry Open to all years Ms Rice (Starting in October)
Golf 12.30-1.10pm All welcome Ms Smith Field behind large bin/skip
Dance 12.40-1pm Everyone in 1st, 2nd or 3rd Year Ms Spain Meet in the chapel hall at 12.40pm promptly.

Water and runners are advisable

Fitness Training 12.30-12.55pm 3rd, TY, 5th & 6th Ms O’Byrne & Ms E Byrne Gym

Runners and sports gear required

Basketball U19 (3rd, 5th & 6th) Ms O’Byrne Gym

Runners and sports gear required

Rugby All welcome Ms McEneaney Outside, Meet at the gym.

Sports Gear and Football boots

 

 

Friday

Activity Time Year Teacher Where to meet & Important Information
Volleyball coaching 12.45-1.10pm Everyone in 1st & 2nd Year Ms Spain Meet in the gym

Runners are essential

 

Volleyball for fun 12.44-1.10pm 3rd Years Ms Spain Meet in the gym

Runners are essential

Camogie 12.30-1pm All years welcome Ms Caraher Meet outside the gym.

Sports gear required

Helmets and hurls will be supplied if needed

 

 

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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.”
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Opening Mass.

The weather held for us yesterday as we travelled to The Redeemer Church for our Opening Mass. Fr Brian led us in prayers for the new school year. The readings were sensitively chosen by the Religion Dept and the accompanying music was sweet and atmospheric, resulting in a spiritually uplifting afternoon for all. All members of the school community were prayed for, and after the mass Ms Dolan and Ms Sherry welcomed the newly elected members of the Student Council and wished them success in their endeavours.

 

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First Years start their journey in St Louis

St Louis welcomed our new First Years today. The girls attended an Induction morning where they met Principal Michelle Dolan, Deputy Principal Olivia Sherry and their Year Head Mary Gilmore. The girls also met Dara Mee, head of the school’s Guidance Department, and their Fifth Year Cairde.

There were ice breaker games, an introduction to the New Junior Cycle Specifications and time to get to know each other. Year Head Mary Gilmore  welcomed the girls and expressed the school’s hope that they enjoy a happy fulfilling education, whilst achieving their very best at the same time.

Guidance Teacher and school  counsellor Dara Mee explained to the students that each girl’s journey would be different in the school and that we recognise and celebrate everyone’s skills and talents equally.

The girls will return for their first full day’s teaching on Wednesday August 30th at 8.50am.

 

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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.”