General Information from Bus Eireann for Red Alert Weather Conditions.

The school received the following clarification from Bus Eireann recently. If there is a red alert announced in the local area then Bus Eireann services will not run in that case. Please be aware that this is not an issue at present, but just a message given that the weather may be inclement at this time of year. The school will always issue its own text if the school is closed, but the bus company decides whether or not the bus will run.

Red means STOP

(in affected areas)

Services provided under the School Transport Schemes

 

(Bus Éireann school buses and Contractors services)

As a precaution against severe weather and in the interest of child safety, Bus Éireann introduced a policy applicable to all school transport services that it provides under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes – for ALL Met Éireann Status Red weather events.

This means that when a Red alert is issued by Met Éireann for the area in which you live – or an area to which your child/ren are travelling to on a school bus – the services will not operate.

This policy is available on the School Transport section of the Bus Éireann website at www.buseireann.ie.  A Status Red weather warning automatically means all school transport services provided by Bus Éireann under the School Transport Schemes are cancelled – in the affected areas – while the warning is in effect.

Weather warnings are carried on all national and local news bulletins.

          Red means STOP

(in affected areas)

While Bus Éireann may not be providing school transport services because of this new policy, it understands that when any severe weather is forecast it remains for each individual school to decide whether that school should close or not.

Guidance on school closure – provided by the Department of Education and Skills and contained in the Government’s Winter Ready publication – includes specific guidance where there is a Status Red alert relating to strong wind and storm conditions. The Department of Education and Skills guidance to schools in the event of severe weather is available on www.education.ie

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.

Yours sincerely,

Bus Éireann

What you need to know about the English CBA and Assessment Task.

As you are aware your daughters are preparing for their Assessment Task at present. They will also hand in their portfolio pieces for the upcoming CBA (Clasroom Based Assessment) on Friday of this week.

The two tasks are there essentially to allow your daughters to show off their best writing skills, and also to allow them to reflect on the actual art of writing.

Below are a couple of video of video clips which they can watch to help them prepare for the Assessment Task at home.

 

 

 

The students will present their pieces for Classroom Based Assessment to their English teacher on Friday next, December 15th. These will be corrected by their teachers using the Features of Quality set out by the JCT. There will be a meeting in early January of all the Third Year English teachers at which they will discuss and agree on marks awarded to the students.

On Monday next Dec 18th the girls will watch or listen to a stimulus piece which is about the art of writing.

On Tuesday the girls will compelete their Assessment Task in English class. They will sit for forty minutes and reflect on their own experiences of the process of writing. They will bring with them the two chosen pieces of work that will be corrected from the portfolio. These will then be given back to their teacher and will be corrected before early January. Those portfolio pieces do not go to the Dept at any point. They are merely there to help the girls to write fluently about their writing experiences.

The Assessment Task Booklets will be stored in the school until June when they will be included with the girls’ written exam paper in English. They will form part of their final Junior Cycle result from the SEC.

Talk to your daughters about their portfolio pieces. Discuss the process of writing. Talk about what books they have read that have helped to shape their own writing style.

 

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Embedding the New Junior Cycle in our School

St Louis Secondary school Dundalk recently held an information evening for parents on the changes involved in assessment and reporting in the new Junior Cycle including the role of Wellbeing. Parents/Guardians of 1st, 2nd and 3rd were invited to attend to receive clarification around the changes and how exactly it will affect their daughters depending on their stage in the ongoing process.

The event was hosted by the school’s parents’ committee who arrange an annual talk for parents based on issues raised at their monthly meetings. The relevance of Junior Cycle reform as an issue for parents was underlined by the large number of families represented and their engagement on the night, asking questions about the vision underpinning the new curriculum and how they can actively support their daughters.

The new Junior Cycle has been up and running since September 2014 when the first cohort of 1St Year started on the new English subject specification. In June 2017 these students sat the new Junior Cycle Final Assessment in English heralding the beginning of the new and end of the old in state examinations for Junior Cycle students. These students will be the first to receive the new Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement later this year which will also report on examples of other learning experiences students have been involved with throughout their three years of Junior Cycle. Since then other subjects have come on board and these include Business and Science for current 2nd Years and Art, Irish, Modern Foreign Languages (to include French, Spanish, German and Italian) for current 1st years. The process continues until 2022 when all subject specifications in the new Junior Cycle will finally replace the old Junior Certificate.  Wellbeing has also been introduced as a compulsory component for Junior Cycle students from this year also. Students also do Classroom Based Assessments in all subjects in Junior Cycle which are school based and which will in time replace traditional end of term assessments, the results of which will also appear on The Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement

 

Ms Gilmore, Acting Deputy Principal and Ms Dolan, Acting Principal outlined the planned changes, the motivation for change and how positive encouragement from parents across the country could make the change more effective. They explained how formative assessment would point out to students exactly what they needed to do to improve rather than just reporting a grade or level without effective feedback. They linked the relevance of this style of learning to the key skills required in the 21st Century and to third level study, demonstrating how new methods of imparting knowledge and skill would be excellent preparation for work and life-long learning.  Inclusive education was also explored and the central role of developing high levels of wellbeing in all students under the knowledge that: ” happy students learn better”

To further the concept of Wellbeing, an area with a lot of emphasis in the new Junior Cycle, Parents were given specific feedback from data gathered by Ms J Spain of the PE Dept. around levels of activity and nutrition among our students. A whole school survey at the start of the year enabled important data to be collected about students’ well-being including what they are eating and how often they are participating in the recommended 60 mins of physical activity every day. Ms Spain outlined the role parents play in promoting activities and supporting students to make healthy food and treat choices. Parents in the audience suggested closer links with local sporting clubs and organisations and agreed that exercising with their daughters would be a great way to promote healthy living and keep the lines of communication open during teenage years.

There was a wonderful sense of community and partnership with all the adults present taking ownership of the work to be done to support and nurture the students on their journey through Junior Cycle and beyond.

With this level of teamwork and support, the girls in St Louis can achieve the highest possible levels of happiness and academic success.

Click on the link below for a copy of the presentation given on the night.

Junior Cycle Parents Presentation St Louis Dundalk

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

Lovely Memories at Past Pupil Night

Past Pupils night

When the current students of St Louis headed home last Friday evening, a group of teachers gathered to transform the Chapel Hall into a warm atmospheric venue for the St Louis Past Pupils Cheese and Wine event.

Almost 100 past pupils gathered to taste wines provided for the evening by Alan Mac Guinness, and cheeses chosen by Peter Thomas of Bellingham Blue. Past pupils from 1958 to 2002 mingled and chatted together and shared their memories of the school. There was a visitors book for pupils to sign, Brenda Murphy, a past pupil herself, brought along a copy of every Inklings Magazine published for the visitors to look through and reminisce.

After meeting up with their old classmates most of the students headed off for a walk through the corridors to remember their own schooldays. A group of ladies from the class of 1970 met with the youngest visitors from 2002 and laughed as they realised that in fact a lot of their memories were quite similar.

It is interesting to see how the fashions changed through the years. The uniform has evolved down the years into the lovely checked pattern it has today and the hair has changed dramatically. Maggie Kavanagh of 1970 recalls how hair had to be short in her day. When they left school the first thing they all did was to grow it out.

Everyone had fond memories of the Louis nuns who taught in the school for so many years. To their delight Sr Mary O Connor, and Sr Siobhán called in to say hello, as did some of our retired teachers. Ray Byrne who is responsible for so much of the wonderful archive material on the Past Pupils Facebook page was busy all evening catching up with lots of past pupils, all of whom remembered him fondly from Geography classes.

The elder lemon of the evening was Rosemary Winkless who was there with three generations of Louis girls. She is a proud past pupil of 1958, and was looking absolutely radiant on the night.

Local songstress Sinéad Mc Nally of the class of 1997 met with a gang from her year – the Sherry twins, Niamh O Keefe and Elaine O Mahony, home from honeymoon who travelled from Tipperary for the event.

Other local girls – the class of 4B from 1994 showed up in force, took a wander back to their home class and stayed out late celebrating – enjoyed coming back to the school For Sinéad Murphy it was her first time back in the building.

Lynda Mc Quaid who herself won the Sr Claire Memorial Award at last years Awards Night was back once again – no stranger to the place in recent times.

Michelle Dolan welcomed everyone to the school and thanked them for coming. She welcomed the re-establishment of a Past Pupils Union, which had been run for years by Sr Claire, and expressd the hope that relations between past and present could be fostered in the three years leading up to the 70th anniversary of the Louis Order in Dundalk, due to be celebrated in 2020.