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




St Louis Inspection Report January 2019

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

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.


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

Get Fresh Canteen – new gift ideas for parents

As you know the canteen food is fresh, healthy and very good value. The ladies in the canteen provide freshly cooked breakfasts each morning for all of our students and then provide a wonderful range of hot and cold lunch options, and a fresh homemade soup every day too. Now they want to offer you the option of ensuring that your child makes use of the canteen as you wish.

They are offering vouchers which they can keep and children can use when they come down – Eithne, Una and Janeen know all our girls so they will be able to track the use of the vouchers and you can rest assured that the girls are getting the healthy lunch you want for them each day. These vouchers can be purchased by the students from the ladies in the canteen. They also know that school trips can happen on a busy day and you might not be able to organise the lunch on time so they can provide a nutritious packed lunch for €5 as long as it is pre-ordered for the trip.

See the details below.

Get fresh picnic lunch

Get fresh voucher


A sample of the food on offer each day



Please can you take a moment to read the following message from the HSE about an outbreak of mumps in the North East of the country.


Mumps Parents Letter for schools 15-01-2019


Information for Parents on the Whole School Evaluation 2019

Attached below are two documents for your perusal regarding the current Inspection in St Louis. They were previously posted but our website has just changed its host site so some posts were lost. Thank you for your understanding.




Timetables for Junior and Leaving Certificate Pre-Exams

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.


Leaving Certificate Applied Pre Exams

Leaving Cert Pre Exams 2019

Junior Cert pre-exams 2019

Class of 2018 presented with their JCPAs by past pupil Niamh O’ Neill

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.

Niamh who has worked in the past with both John Galliano and Diane Von Furstenberg came home to set up her own fashion label in 2012 in Ireland and hasn’t looked back since. She is a regular visitor to the school, having previously being honoured with the Sr Claire Past Pupils Award.  Deputy Principal Mary Glmore was delighted to welcome Niamh to the school. ” The JCPA is very different to the old Junior Certificate. It contains an area for each girl to highlight her personal achievements in school outside of the academic ones. It is a lovely certificate of achievement and so we in St Louis like to make a fuss to celebrate all the Other Learning Experiences of every girl.”
Principal Michelle Dolan said: “Our ethos here in St Louis is about so much more than just the academic achievements of our students. it is wonderful to see the Dept recognising that too in this new certificate. It shows the whole education received through all the extras that go on in the school every day. We were delighted that Niamh, who is such a great role model for the girls, was able to present the awards. It made for a very special day for them and for the parents who attended to wupport their daughters.”
Well done to everyone! 

Parent Nominees for St Louis Dundalk Board of Management 2018-2021

Parents are presented in order of their declaration of interest.

All text below is from candidates.

Please make sure to have your say and send in your vote by Thursday December 13 @4pm.




Candidate 1- Jennifer Ray


I am a parent of a child at St. Louis and two other teenage children.  I’m also a teacher of Business subjects and French at Ó Fiaich.  I have years of experience teaching secondary school students, PLC students and adult learners.  I am co-ordinator of the pre-university arts programme at Ó Fiaich where I am involved with academic, learning and support as well as pastoral care of students. I also have 12 years of experience as school secretary including organisation and administration of duties for board of management.


As parent representative I could bring a 360 degree perspective of knowledge, but most importantly, I would intend to use my knowledge and experience to effectively represent parents of students at St. Louis.  I would hope to do this in the most collaborative and positive way, in the best interests of our children and students.




Candidate 2-Amanda Shearman

My name is Amanda Shearman, I would like to become a member of the board of management as I think it very important to be involved in the education of our children.  I was on the parents’ committee from Nicole stared primary school and continued it until my other daughter left this year.  I was very involved in the school, I was head parent for the school for communion year and confirmation. I always look at thing in all different views before I decide and respect everybody option. I get on very well with people I would like to think of myself as a people person. I take great pride in everything I do and always willing to step up when needed. I am very aware of children first as I have a cert in this area.


Mother of three children, well known to people in the community. Always eager to go the extra mile to help people. Always willing to give a helping hand,  has  been hands-on involved in the parents’ council in the Castletown Girls school over the years when children were attendees of the school. If the school need anything done Amanda would be the first to be called and would help no questions asked.  Very hands on and always goes the extra mile to make sure the task is done to the highest standards. Always help with parents supported them if they need help and always kept any issues private and only discuss any matters with the correct people in question.


 Candidate 3 -Eimear Cosgrove


My name is Eimear Cosgrove. I’m originally from Carrickarnon, Ravensdale and I now live in Ath Lethan, Dundalk.

I am a proud past pupil of St. Louis. I have continued the St. Louis tradition in my family by sending both of my daughters to the school.

My oldest daughter is now a past pupil herself, having received an education at St. Louis which enabled her to study law at Oxford University and qualify as a solicitor.

My younger daughter has recently started her St. Louis journey, having commenced in first year in August.

After leaving secondary school I attended the University of Ulster, at Jordanstown. I studied Communication at degree level and Marketing at post graduate level.

Having spent some years working as an Executive Officer in the Department of Justice and Equality, I am very aware of the importance of working towards equality and justice for everyone in our society.
My work encompassed communicating directly with people from all walks of life and from many different countries and ethnic groups.
It also entailed being part of an advisory group for the Department in relation to the implementation of revised case work procedures.
I have also gained experience working in the sphere of education while lecturing at DkIT.

My role as a parent (like most other parents) can often be demanding, but has also enabled me to gain additional attributes; such as patience, listening skills, empathy, understanding and advocacy skills. 087 6879198


In my view, the role of parent/guardian representative on the school BoM entails being an effective communicator and forging strong links between the parents/guardians and the school in an open, honest and transparent manner.

I feel that my background in the field of communication would enable me to facilitate and promote home-school links and help to ensure that the school creates and maintains efficient and clear channels of communication, information and consultation with the parents/guardians.

It is important to ensure that the voices of all members of the school community have a chance to be listened to by the school and that the school respects and values diversity in our community.

My interpersonal communication skills help to enhance my ability to relate to all of the parents/guardians of the school’s students and to be an effective advocate for them.

I strive to be a friendly and very approachable person and I am always happy to listen to the views of others.


Whether or not a student is a high achiever, needs additional support, excels in extra-curricular activities or has a disability, every student matters equally.

The wellbeing of our daughters in St. Louis is of paramount importance. Working to ensure that the school prioritises a positive and healthy learning environment is of utmost importance to me and is imperative in enabling all of the students to reach their full potential.


 Candidate 4 -Luke Martin

My name is Luke Martin. I am born and raised in Dundalk .Many people would remember me as one of the candidates in local and general election in 2007 and 2011. For the past 15 years I work as an information officer for Parental Equality.  This organisation support equal rights for both parents. I have worked in a FAS scheme with the Rugby club. I’m also involved in Social Services organisation Meals On Wheels. This voluntary service provides hot meals for elderly community members. I’m also involved for general meetings and fundraising events .

I think I would be a suitable candidate for BoM patents representative as I have two daughters who currently is attending St.Louis school and my experience with Parental Equality and Meals on wheels.  I am very social and honest person who is not afraid to voice my opinion and stand up for what is right.



Candidate 5 -David Minto

Name David Minto
Born 27-02-1968

Father Albert Minto (RIP)
Mother Briege Minto
Family of 6 kids
Married to Deirdre Minto
Daughter Kayla Minto
Member of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce
Vice President for the last 2 years
Chairman of the organising committee for the St Patrick’s day parade also the world record Santa run in Dundalk where over 5500 Santa’s ran for 1 mile.
Avid Dundalk FC Fan and Volunteer.
Currently Business development manager for CX+ sport and subsidiary of Horseware Ireland
CX+ supply clubs and schools, E.G. Athletics Ireland, Dundalk Football Club, Drogheda Utd, Coleraine FC, Marist, DKIT, St Louis, O Fiach…