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Awards Night 2018

Awards Evening Goes Ahead Despite Events of Last Weekend
Thank you so much to our wonderful supporters for making our 8th annual Awards Night an extra special one this year.
Pelican Promotions provided us with 150 chairs to allow us to go ahead – and are also providing chairs again next Tuesday for the Leaving Cert Grad Mass. Thanks to Mandy and Shane for their generosity.
Paula Harrison, Mum to Orla and Rachel worked her magic to source 200 chairs from the Clans and Gary O Donoghue, Dad to the two football stars Hollie and Kellie both delivered and returned them in double quick time.
Yet another local club gave us the rest of the chairs we needed. Aidan Mc Ardle, Chairman of Roche Emmets offered us another 200, kindly delivered and collected by Martin Lavery, Dad to Una and Dearbhla, who helped with the loading and unloading!
Blooms donated the stunning floral displays which lifted the spirits of all who arrived that evening.
Des O Loughlin provided the audio visual equipment to bring Ms Mc Grath’s wonderful PowerPoint to life.
Dalton and Dash.ie generously sponsored a Chrome Book for our worthy Ethos winner Jolene.
Trend provided us with beautiful trophies and medals and our Sr Clare Memorial Award and jewellery for the Ethos nominees were Newbridge Silverware.
Ms Dolan thanked everyone for their support in a difficult week and reassured all that we will be back up and running in August in our own building again. She acknowledged the wonderful assistance given to us by DkIT and lots of other schools around town.
Interval acts for the evening were provided by Sixth Year Music students and Senior Council Members. Jolene Murtagh and Eimear Fealy performed a beautifully harmonised version of ‘For Good’ from the hit West End musical ‘Wicked’ Head girl Isobel O Reilly performed a poignantly appropriate song called ‘Rise Up’ which had the audience spellbound. Principal Michelle Dolan praised Isobel for her unceasing efforts all year for the students and the school.

 

Below are the results for the evening.

 

AWARDS CEREMONY 2018 

  • Past Pupil Award: Caroline Mc Elroy
  • Dún Lughaidh Ethos: Jolene Murtagh

Runners-up this yr – Seoda Matthews & Eimear Fealy

  • Best LC: Oonagh Matthews
  • Best JC: Fionnghuala Drumgoole
  • Best LCA: Megan Martin Muckian, Kayleigh O’Rourke, Carla O’Grady, Lauren Rice
  • Leaving Cert High Achievers 2017: Eimer McGee, Maria McArdle, Eimear Shine, Niamh Hayes, Oonagh Matthews, Lauren McCaul, Ciana McGuinness, Hannah Stewart; Niamh Burns, Abigail Ibilola, Áine Grennan, Jessica Murphy, Janae Farinas, Zaneta Salata
  • Academic Achievement:

1st Year:    Winner – Ellie Sullivan 1L

Runners-up – Lauren Briscoe, Ifeoma Enyoazu, Callie McEvoy, Lauren Gregory, Éadaoin Drumgoole, Niamh O’Donnell, Ella Carrie, Sarah Lawrence

2nd Year:   Winner – Eimear Whitmarsh 2U

Runners-up – Aishling Matthews, Kerrie Connolly, Bláthnaid Drumgoole, Isabel Wiseman, Gretta coker, Dervla Mellin, Ciara Roddy, Katie Cotter, Éabha McEneaney, Aoife Lynch, Ellie Mulligan, Aoife Savage

3rd Year:   Winners – Julie Guinan 3O & Hannah Pheifer 3L

Runners-up – Victory Isijola, Aisling McCreesh, Laura Maguire, Sophie Hrechka, Leah Redmond, Natasha Kearney, Eadaoin Cowan, Annabelle Betache, Esther Ibilola, Eva Harmon, Mollie Toner

5th Year:    Winner – Ciara Matthews 5O

Runners-up – Aimee Taaffe, Caoimhe Matthews, Rebecca Gernon, Katie Murphy, Katarina Sidorova

6th Year:    Winner – Seoda Matthews 6I

Runners-up – Alisha Donnelly, Roisín Osborne, Caoimh Mulligan, Isobel Reilly, Caroline Ebbs, Shamsa Shahid

  • Student of the Year

1st Year – Sarah Lawrence 1U

2nd Year – Ellie Mulligan 2U

3rd Year – Eva Harmon 3I

TY – Fionnghuala Drumgoole 4O

5th Year – Katarina Sidarova 5U

6th Year – Seoda Matthews 6U

SPORTING AWARDS

  • Basketball:

1st Year:    Winner – Ifeoma Enyoazu 1L –

Runners-up – Ijeoma Enyoazu 1L & Zara Woods 1U

 

2nd Year:   Winner – Abi Keenan 2U

Runners-up – Aishling Matthews 2L & Caoimhe Daly 2U

 

U-16:        Winner – Natasha Kearney 3O

Runners-up – Kayla Byrne 3I & Katie Rooney 3U

 

U-19:        Winner – Jewell Rosagaran 6L

Runners-up – Dáirine White 6U, Rósín Osborne 6L & Seoda Matthews 6U

 

  • Gaelic Football:

U-14:        Winner – Aoife O’Connell 2L

Runners-up – Abi Keenan 2U & Aishling Matthews 2L

 

U-16:        Winner – Holly O’Donoghue 3L

Runners-up – Aoibheann Murphy 3L, Katie Rooney 3U & Kayla Byrne 3I

 

Senior:      Winner – Seoda Matthews 6U & Róisín Osborne 6L

Runners-up – Dáirine White 6U & Kellie O’Donoghue 5L

 

  • Volleyball:

1st Year:    Winner – Ijeoma Enyoazu 1L

Runners-up – Ifeoma Enyoazu 1L & Vanessa Wojno 1O

 

2nd Year:    Winner – Aishling Matthews 2L

Runners-up – Yvonne Ng 2U & Zahra Zahra 2O

 

  • Soccer:

U19:          Winner – Dáirine White 6U

Runners-up – Sarah McGrane 6U & Kafaya Ayoade 6L

 

  • Camogie: Winner – Kerrie Connolly 2L

Runners-up – Nicole McCabe 5O, Julie Guinan 30 & Zahra Zahra 2L

 

  • Rugby: Winners – Caoimhe Conroy 3I & Jessica Woodlock 5O

 

  • Sportsperson of Year:

Winners – Jewell Rosagaran 6L

Runners-up – Róisín Osborne 6L & Seoda Matthews 6U

Other Awards 

  • Environment Award – Anneke Wisniewska 3U

 

  • Instrumental Group Award – Seoda Matthews, 6U

 

  • Art Students of the Year – Dáirine White, 6U & Brea Coburn 6L

 

  • Junior Cert Business Result – Catherine Carolan, 4L

 

  • John Paul II Award –                 Hannah Mullen 5O (Silver), Jessica Woodlock 5O (Bronze)  )

 

Check out the Facebook page for some photos – more will follow. 

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DkIT Welcomes St Louis Secondary School

DkIT and St Louis have jointly issued the following statement this afternoon.

 

DkIT welcomes St. Louis Secondary School as all operations are transferred to the campus location following the damage to the school in the early hours of Saturday morning.

 

The staff of DkIT and St. Louis have worked closely together to effectively transfer the school operations for the next few weeks to the DkIT Campus. Dr Michael Mulvey, President of DkIT commented that:

 

“We are delighted to welcome the staff and students of St. Louis Secondary School to our campus and to be in a position to provide a safe learning environment for all of St. Louis activities. We are working closely together to ensure that student learning is uninterrupted.”

 

Michelle Dolan, Acting Principal stated that:

 

“The facilities provided by DkIT allow us to continue to provide all of our normal activities. It is envisaged that the Junior and Leaving Certificate students will locate to the DkIT campus and run as normal on Tuesday 15th May with all other classes resuming on Wednesday 16th May. Following intense planning on all sides, the Institute campus is fully prepared and ready”.

 

Michelle Dolan, Acting Principal further stated that:

 

“The entire school will relocate for the next few weeks to DkIT and for the duration of the State Exams. Providing excellent teaching and learning to our students is our priority as well as providing a safe and calm learning environment for all, including exam candidates while they continue to prepare for state exams. We have had reassurance from the State Exams Commission that they have a procedure in place to deal fairly with the exam candidates who have lost project work in the recent fire and will work closely with the school this week”.

 

An Annual Awards night, planned for Thursday 17th, will go ahead in the school Gym as this area is safe. The transport section of the Department of Education and Skills has engaged with the school authorities and support is being provided from Bus Eireann who will carry any student who needs transportation to the DkIT campus from St. Louis School Fatima gate. Discussions are ongoing with the Department of Education and Skills to begin planning to repair the school and replace lost rooms and we look forward to returning to our home base in St. Louis by August”.

Statement regarding fire at St Louis, May 12th 2018

Statement from Michelle Dolan, Acting Principal.

 

A fire broke out in St Louis Secondary School at approximately 3:00am this morning. The Fire Service arrived promptly and managed to stop the fire from spreading into the main buildings of the school. We have lost two rooms today, the Study Hall and the Technology Room.

The Board of Management and I wish to thank the Dundalk and Ardee Fire Services under Fire Officer Paul Kelly who worked tirelessly all night to ensure that both the main building and Dealga were saved. We are indebted to them and truly grateful for all their efforts.

We also wish to acknowledge the outpouring of support from so many of our friends in other local education establishments in this time of difficulty, with offers of support and assistance. Thank you for your care.

Gardaí are investigating the possible cause of the fire and we await their report on this.

I would like to reassure parents that every staff member is on hand to help our students prepare for both our internal summer assessments, and the State Exams in June. We will endeavour to minimise the disruption for your daughters.

We will be relying on the assistance of the whole school community to help us to get back to teaching and learning as quickly as possible.

Thank you to all for your continued support. Please allow us the time to formulate our plans and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Michelle Dolan.

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School recognised in National League Tables as we welcome our new First Years

The St. Louis community is delighted with the recent recognition of our combined efforts in the most recent edition of The Sunday Independent League Tables.
The figures demonstrate that 100% of the class of 2017 progressed to Third Level and are blazing trails in their chosen specialisms.

St Louis has always provided a climate for growth of the individual in every sense, and the ethos is embedded in staff’s richly supportive relationships with their students.
We prize student wellbeing and nurture the highest aspirations for each and every individual. Louis girls are self directed, dynamic and well researched on possible career pathways. Our thriving annual Careers Fair has forged links with a wide range of universities offering opportunities for application to both CAO and UCAS and more recently EUNICAS.

Maynooth, DCU and our faithful DkIT proved popular with students. Courses were as diverse as the students themselves with a majority progressing to honours degree courses. We celebrate your dedication and wish you every continued success.

So we welcome your daughters to our Assessment test on Saturday morning and rest assured that your daughter will be nurtured and supported to become a Louis girl, encouraged in the qualities of respect, truth, responsibility, happiness and excellence in a caring and inclusive atmosphere.

 

https://m.independent.ie/irish-news/education/school-league-tables/allgirls-schools-send-more-pupils-on-to-universities-35404140.html

 

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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