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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”.

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Subject Choices for Fifth Year 2018-2019

Following on from our very successful talk for parents last night on subject choices for next year’s Fifth Years we are delighted to have the presentation here for you to look at more closely at your leisure.

 

Subject Choice Powerpoint March 2018

 

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Poetic Voice 2018

After a highly successful competition last year our Poetic Voice competition returns for a second year. The competition will be held on February 20th next, time to be confirmed, and all are welcome. Last year our winner Laura Maguire spoke eloquently and hauntingly, in both the set piece, ‘After the Titanic’ by Derek Mahon and her own chosen piece, ‘James Connolly’ by Liam Mc Gowan. If you check out our Youtube page you will find her there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBkORIXuGlc

 

We wish all this year’s contestants the very best of luck and we hope to see some parents there.

 

 

 

 

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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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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.