Cross Border Art project for St Louis Students

Our Identity Project

 

Before her arrival in St Louis, Acting Principal Michelle Dolan worked for fifteen years in Northern Ireland in a highly regarded Integrated school, New-Bridge Integrated College, based in Loughbrickland a village near Banbridge Co Down.The current Principal, Anne Anderson, recently approached St Louis with an opportunity to participate in a cross-border project exploring identity and diversity.The funding for the project was secured from the Department of Foreign Affairs after a successful visit by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to the integrated school in 2018. A third school, St Colmcille’s CS Knocklyon, Dublin, was added to the group and a meeting of interested staff and principals was held in St Louis on Friday 15th February 2019 with representative from Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Centre and Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation.

It was agreed that fifteen 2nd Yr students from each school would participate over the next few months, visiting the two reconciliation centres and each school to learn about the different identities, cultures, beliefs represented in a diverse new Ireland and work together through Art to explore issues and grow in understanding. Like St Louis, the ethos of New-Bridge is one of welcome and inclusion with a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of both staff and students. Art teacher Áine Mc Enaney is very excited to be involved in the venture: “We are always looking out for new projects for our students. The New Junior Cycle Art Specification lends itself well to collaboration with others
and we are thrilled to be part of such an exciting Cross Border project, especially at this very interesting time in EU politics.”

A recent Whole-School Inspection report on Management, Teaching & Learning in St Louis Dundalk found that “The quality of school leadership and management is exemplary; the members of the whole school community work together to ensure that each student’s individual needs are met in an inclusive environment.” This exciting cross-border project is another way to be as inclusive as possible, to enrich the lives of our students and develop 21st C key skills.

 

 

Lenten Wellbeing Challenge 2019

Welcome to the St Louis Lenten Challenge 2019!

The programme follows the Wellbeing indicators set out for the New Junior Cycle and can be followed by students. teachers and parents alike. Feel free to substitute the exercise element being done in school for one of a similar style at home – or encourage your daughter to share it with you after school.

Below is Week 1 of the challenge. Good Luck to all!

 

Date Physical Activity Kindness Lifestyle Nutrition

 

Wednesday 6th Lunges Pick up a piece of litter Do your homework without having your phone close by.

 

Drink only water
Thursday 7th 1pm fitness on astro  in courtyard (or in chapel hall if wet) Help someone out Leave your phone somewhere other than your bedroom when you go to bed Eat an extra portion of fruit
Friday 8th Walk at lunch Make someone laugh Get some fresh air Swap white for brown

(bread/pasta/rice etc)

 

Saturday 9th Own choice Tell a family member you love them Have a chat with someone face to face

 

Consume no more than 2 treats
Sunday 10th Something in the fresh air Help out at home Go to bed 10 minutes earlier Swap a treat for a piece of fruit

 

Student Council visit to County Hall

The leaders of our Student Council Clodagh Shine and Hannah Mullen, along with the three fifth year representatives, Eva Carrie, Kerry Mc Kenna and Ciara Duffy, were delighted to accept Councillor Maeve Yore’s invitation to attend the Louth County Council monthly meeting on Monday January 21st – the 100th anniversary of the first sitting of Dáil Eireann. Cathaoirleach Liam Reilly chaired the meeting and the girls saw the council business in action. They also got the opportunity to meet MEP Mairéad Mc Guinness and chatted to her about Brexit amongst other topics. Thank you to Ms Patricia Kelly for arranging this opportunity for the students, and for her continued support of the Council.

Thanks to Eva Carrie for her report on the event:

‘The main topics on the agenda were Brexit and the RSES (Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy). The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and the councillors had the opportunity to raise issues arising from the minutes. Councillors discussed vacant land plots in Dundalk which were not recorded as vacant and how this is affecting local revenue. There were many concerns around a no deal Brexit but the ultimate consensus at the end of all discussion was that nobody really knows what is going to happen! This obviously is cause for some concern and that was clear today.
We met Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness who is also the Vice Chair European Parliament and she spoke to us about her role as a representative of Ireland in Europe.
It was great to meet such a powerful role model for women on this historic day. Thank you so much to Cllr Maeve Yore for offering us this wonderful opportunity.’

 

Ms Patricia Kelly, members of the Student Council, Councillor Maeve Yore and MEP Mairéad Mc Guinness.

 

 

 

 

Catholic Schools Week 2019

It is Catholic Schools Week

Each day there is a different topic for discussion – have a look at the resources below – you might be able to use some of them with your family at home – start a conversation about faith and what it means to be a Catholic.

 

A Living Tradition

Celebrating Diversity

In Service of our Community

Intergenerational

Supporting Faith

 

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.

 

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Accelerated Reader Programme.

SEN Co-Ordinator at St Louis, Ms Gemma Finn is delighted to announce the start of the Accelerated Reader Programme at St Louis for all First Years and for students with learning support hours.

At its heart, Renaissance Accelerated Reader is simple. Its aim is to engage students, motivate reading practice and improve reading progress. The girls will read a book, take an online quiz, and get immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. A whole team of St Louis teachers spent time learning about the programme in order to help with the rollout of this programme.

 

Valuable data

Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.

A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.

The interactive Reading Dashboard allows staff to see how well students are performing at class, group and individual level. It brings together data from the Accelerated Reader and the Renaissance Star Reading assessment to allow teachers to diagnose problems and inform intervention programmes.

 

Accelerated Reader produces “particularly positive effects” according to an independent study by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Durham University.

“The internet-based programme increased the reading age of pupils by three additional months in just 22 weeks. The effect on low-income pupils was even greater, with their reading age improving by five additional months in the same amount of time.”

We look forward to seeing these same positive effects on our students here at St Louis.

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. 

Bus Route Details for Students – Update from Bus Eireann May 15th 2018

Please be advised of the following details from Bus Eireann issued today to the school

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding in these difficult times.

 

St. Louis Secondary School / DKIT

Afternoon Services

Please be advised of the following.

Any Student going southbound direction e.g. Haggardstown, Dromiskin, White House Cross, Castlebellingham, Kilsaran, Dunleer, Drogheda should proceed to the main DKIT bus stop on the Dublin Road (beside traffic lights). The following routes will apply

A101 – Driver Mick Garvey, Bus Éireann (Blackrock, Greengates)

A103 – Siobhán Murphy, Bus Éireann (Dromiskin, Castlebellingham)

A104 – Halpenny Coaches (Knockbridge, Louth Village, Mullacrew)

A105 – Jimmy Sharkey, Bus Éireann (Dromiskin, Castlebellingham)

A106 – Halpenny Coaches (Castlebellingham, Annagassan)

A107 – Halpenny Coaches (Hackballscross)

A109 – Sevens Coaches (Dromiskin, Castlebellingham, Annagassin)

A112 – Martin McLoughlin, Bus Éireann (Greengates, Blackrock)

A116 – Halpenny Coaches (Blackrock)

A186 – Sevens Coaches (Knockbridge, Sextons, Claremount)

Any Student going on the following buses will need to get Sevens minibus which will go to the Bus Station, Longwalk.

A113 – Sevens Coaches (Readypenny)

Scheduled Bus Éireann Service 160 (Ravensdale, Newry)

Scheduled Bus Éireann Service 161 (Carlingford, Lordship, Bellurgan)

Scheduled Bus Éireann Service 166 (Carrickmacross, Inniskeen, Carrick Rd)

Scheduled Bus Éireann Service 167 (Ardee, Tallanstown, Louth, Knockbridge)

Any Student going to St. Louis on the below routes will need to board either Double Deckers provided by Anchor Tours or Halpenny Coaches (Double Decker) which will go straight to St. Louis School.

A102 – Kevin McKey (Channonrock, Louth)

A108 – Martin Cowell – Driver Gerard Meegan, minibus (Faughart)

A110 – Anchor Tours (Knockbridge, Louth Village, Tallanstown, Ardee)

A114 – Sevens Coaches (Ravensdale, Bellurgan)

A115 – Sevens Coaches (Carrick Road, Stonetrough, Inniskeen)

A997 – Sevens Coaches (Knockbridge, Walterstown)

 

St. Louis Secondary School / DKIT

Morning Services

Please be advised of the following.

Any Student coming into Dundalk from southbound direction e.g. Haggardstown, Dromiskin, White House Cross, Castlebellingham, Kilsaran, Dunleer, Drogheda will be dropped at the main DKIT bus stop on the Dublin Road (beside traffic lights). The following routes will apply

A101 – Driver Mick Garvey, Bus Éireann (Blackrock, Greengates)

A103 – Siobhán Murphy, Bus Éireann (Dromiskin, Castlebellingham)

A104 – Halpenny Coaches (Knockbridge, Louth Village, Mullacrew)

A105 – Jimmy Sharkey, Bus Éireann (Dromiskin, Castlebellingham)

A106 – Halpenny Coaches (Castlebellingham, Annagassan)

A107 – Halpenny Coaches (Hackballscross)

A109 – Sevens Coaches (Dromiskin, Castlebellingham, Annagassin)

A112 – Martin McLoughlin, Bus Éireann (Greengates, Blackrock)

A116 – Halpenny Coaches (Blackrock)

A186 – Sevens Coaches (Knockbridge, Sextons, Claremount)

Any Student coming into the Bus Station, Longwalk from the below routes will board Sevens minibus which will depart the Bus Station, Longwalk at 08.40am and proceed to DKIT

A102 – Kevin McKey (Channonrock, Louth)

A113 – Sevens Coaches (Readypenny)

A114 – Sevens Coaches (Ravensdale, Bellurgan)

Scheduled Bus Éireann Service 160 (Ravensdale, Newry)

Scheduled Bus Éireann Service 161 (Carlingford, Lordship, Bellurgan)

Scheduled Bus Éireann Service 166 (Carrickmacross, Inniskeen, Carrick Rd)

Scheduled Bus Éireann Service 167 (Ardee, Tallanstown, Louth, Knockbridge)

Any Student coming into St. Louis on the below routes will need to board either Double Deckers provided by Anchor Tours or Halpenny Coaches (Double Decker) which will go straight to DKIT

A108 – Martin Cowell – Driver Gerard Meegan, minibus (Faughart)

A110 – Anchor Tours (Knockbridge, Louth Village, Tallanstown, Ardee)

A115 – Sevens Coaches (Carrick Road, Stonetrough, Inniskeen)

A997 – Sevens Coaches (Knockbridge, Walterstown)