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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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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.

 

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Sports Report October 5th 2017

This week there were two teams in action for the school.

The St.Louis Senior Gaelic Football Team got their season off to a winning start with a comprehensive victory over Colaiste Rís. There were goals galore in the opening 10 minutes of the match and with the Colaiste Rís defense caught off guard, the St.Louis forward line took full advantage with Aoibheann Murphy, Caoimhe Matthews, Lee Lawlor and Kayla Byrne scoring for the home side. The middle pairing of Seoda Matthews and captain, Roisín Osborne dominated throughout the match and their work rate was nothing short of spectacular. Colaiste Rís to their credit never stopped trying to break through the St.Louis defence but with Nicole Newell, Kellie O’Donohue and Carla McGee in fine form, their task was a difficult one. When they did manage to push past the back line, Goalkeeper Mia Rogers was there for her team  and pulled off some magnificent saves. At half time St.Louis were well in front and there was no way back for Colaiste Rís. St.Louis pushed on to finish the game convincing winners with an impressive all round team display. Final Score St.Louis 6-13 Colaiste Rís 1-1. Thank you to Ms Elaine Byrne their coach.

 

 

 

The U16 Basketball was also in action this week – on Friday they travelled to Gormanstown for a game against the home side. The girls played sucessfully and came back victorious. Natasha Kearney, Alejandra Sargaday and Hillary Okonkwo worked well on the team, as did Eryn Traynor, Aoibheann Murphy and Princess Okonkwo. Katie Rooney, Kaiya Taaffe and Julie Guinan defended gloriously. Well done to all. Thank you to Ms O Byrne their coach.

 

The golfers met twice this week at lunchtime and are progressing nicely under the direction of Ms Deirdre Smith.

The volleyball season has kicked off – the first spikeball tournament will take place in St Louis next Thursday October 12th with visiting teams from Dublin.

The Thursday walk is still very popular with students and Ms Mc Dermott, Mrs Mc Grath, Ms Galligan and Ms Woods enjoy the quick trip around the campus each week.

There are Dance classes in The Chapel Hall for Junior students each week, and tag rugby continues as per usual.

Every student who is involved in these activities receives points on VSware which encourages the girls to participate in as many activities as they can.

Next week the U19 Basketball team will play in a home game against Gortner Abbey who will travel from Mayo for a rematch. Given that the result was so close the last time the Louis girls will be hoping that luck will be on their side.

 

 

 

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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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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.”