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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)

 

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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”.

Statement regarding fire at St Louis, May 12th 2018

Statement from Michelle Dolan, Acting Principal.

 

A fire broke out in St Louis Secondary School at approximately 3:00am this morning. The Fire Service arrived promptly and managed to stop the fire from spreading into the main buildings of the school. We have lost two rooms today, the Study Hall and the Technology Room.

The Board of Management and I wish to thank the Dundalk and Ardee Fire Services under Fire Officer Paul Kelly who worked tirelessly all night to ensure that both the main building and Dealga were saved. We are indebted to them and truly grateful for all their efforts.

We also wish to acknowledge the outpouring of support from so many of our friends in other local education establishments in this time of difficulty, with offers of support and assistance. Thank you for your care.

Gardaí are investigating the possible cause of the fire and we await their report on this.

I would like to reassure parents that every staff member is on hand to help our students prepare for both our internal summer assessments, and the State Exams in June. We will endeavour to minimise the disruption for your daughters.

We will be relying on the assistance of the whole school community to help us to get back to teaching and learning as quickly as possible.

Thank you to all for your continued support. Please allow us the time to formulate our plans and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Michelle Dolan.

SENTINUS announces STEM summer school in St Louis

We are delighted to announce that Sentinus, a company who provides programmes for STEM learning in Northern ireland is bringing one of their summer camps to St Louis Dundalk in July.

Check out the details attached and register your interest.

This is open to students aged 10-13 – a perfect introduction to their new secondary school for interested sixth class girls.

 

Summer School Flyer 2018 for St. Louis Dundalk (1)

 

Attached below is the Irish application form.

Application Form Summer School 2018 ROI

Eighth Annual Armagh Diocesan Faith Award Ceremony

We are delighted to congratulate two of our fifth year students Hannah Mullen and Jessica Woodlock for taking part in the John Paul II awards for this year. Both girls were presented with their awards at a ceremony held in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Monday 12th March. This event, celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin, took place to rejoice in the gifts and talents of over 250 young people, who were there to receive awards for volunteering in their respective parishes, communities and schools. Young people from all over the Archdiocese received awards, namely the Muiredach Cross Award and the Pope John Paul II Award.

The girls were the only representatives from Dundalk schools to achieve these awards.

The Muiredach Cross Award and the Pope John Paul II Award are prestigious awards focusing on the area of faith development. To receive one is undoubtedly a thing of great achievement for those who were being celebrated on this occasion. There was a great sense of enthusiasm in the Cathedral. Guest speaker at the event was Ms. Katie Ascough, the impeached UCD Student President and pro-life activist. She spoke passionately on the challenges faced by young people in today’s society, as well as standing up for one’s faith in this day and age.

First Years take part in PEXPO

Highly Commended at PEXpo 2018

Five first Year students from St. Louis secondary school, Dundalk attended the PExpo at DCU last week. Sarah Lawrence, Erin Hogan Curtis, Ellie Sullivan, Clara Casey and Nicole Ellis presented their project to judges, teachers and students alike. The girls were highly commended by all who spoke with them and their work was greatly admired.

Their project, in the Wellbeing Category, gave detailed analysis of the work they have been part of since beginning First Year last September. Their project focused on addressing the following question; ‘Do we know how healthy and fit we are and what can we do to improve this?’

To answer this question, all students in first year answered an extensive survey and took part in fitness testing. Results indicated that while the majority of students thought they were fit and healthy, this actually was not the case. A large percentage of the year group took less than the government recommendation of 60 minutes daily physical activity and were of a ‘below average to poor’ level of fitness. Nutritional investigation found similar findings with the majority of first year consuming less than the recommended five-seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but conversely consuming too many high sugar foods, averaging three treats a day such as chocolate bars, crisps and fizzy drinks.

As a result of findings, all first year students undertook a six week programme where students learnt about eating healthily and the benefits of regular exercise. Work was issued for home and involved parents and siblings taking part in daily physical tasks and nutrition challenges. Each week of the six week programme, a different aspect became the focus. Examples included swapping unhealthy treats for healthier alternatives and performing exercises to adverts while watching TV.  The intervention raised awareness and helped with ideas to improve nutrition and encourage regular physical activity among families of first year students connected with the school. Students, parents, siblings and even grandparents were all found to have benefitted from the work with only positive feedback reported.

Other interventions as part of the project saw students counting their steps daily using pedometers and tracking their fitness through two further fitness tests. With greater understanding came greater knowledge and a greater level of awareness on how motivation can affect lifestyle choices. Students became so engaged with the project they participated in a further challenge at school to reduce the number of unhealthy treats they consumed in one week. First year students were encouraged to stop bringing unhealthy food into school and to reduce their consumption of unhealthy treats to a maximum of three in a seven day period. These treats, however, could not be fizzy drinks or chocolate. This challenge was so popular it was extended to the rest of the school and is running in school until the Easter holidays.

In order for the group of five students to establish if their efforts had been successful, all students in first year undertook further fitness testing and answered more questions from several surveys. Results were conclusive with five out of six (83%) first year students more active and consequently fitter. Approximately the same number were also eating healthier with parents noticing improved energy and concentration levels among their daughters.

One of the last interventions the girls introduced as part of the project was to design their own book of positivity. The girls collected words of wisdom and encouraging statements from all girls across first year, compiling them into a small and simple booklet. This booklet was distributed to all first years to keep in their pocket and for them to read when they were feeling sad of having a bad day.

‘Mental Wellbeing is an important issue. Falling out with friends or recovering from an argument can leave a person feeling upset for a while. This scenario is something all teenage girls can relate to and it is hoped by reading a quote from the ‘little book of positivity’, it will help girls in first year to get over their problems quicker and to turn their frown upside down.’ Explained PE Teacher Jenny Spain who oversaw the project from start to finish, she went on to say ‘These mini books of positivity were very popular at the PExpo, and many students and teachers from other schools asked if they could have one for themselves. The five girls created quite a buzz about the room with their ideas and energy and thoroughly deserved the high accolade of comments and positive affirmation received on the day.’

This was the first time St Louis have entered the competition and it was a new experience for everyone involved. The event itself was wonderful and it was inspiring to see the range of ideas and investigations from so many different schools and students. ‘PE has never really got the recognition it deserves as a subject, many parents who had bad experiences from their own lessons, harbour reservations and have passed on negative experiences to their children. Sedentary lifestyles, so many of the Irish population are now leading, thanks to the technological age, over-protection and a convenience led society, has brought about the huge rise in overweight or obese adults and children. Size is not the issue, but the huge medical implications that accompany obesity such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, high blood glucose, respiratory diseases and cancer cannot be ignored. Do we really want children in Ireland to pass through education, ready to start their life as an adult, only to spend the majority of their adult years relying on medicines and daily injections and suffering from life changing medical conditions? Evidence from the World Health Organisation estimates by 2025 Ireland will be the least healthy country in Europe and the most obese nation. Children, for the first time ever, are expected to die younger than the previous generation. Ireland has many things to be proud of, but can Ireland really be proud about this?

As the five students who presented this project show, it doesn’t have to be this way. This project is based on very simple, achievable concepts and evidence from first years and their families have shown through making small lifestyle changes improvements in fitness and health will follow. The concept of the PExpo, now in its fourth year, is fantastic and is helping to highlight so many important and interesting issues associated with Physical Education. The future is looking good for PE with the introduction of Leaving Certificate and Senior Cycle PE into the curriculum. St Louis was chosen as a pilot school and Kate O’Byrne, also a PE teacher at the school is ready to begin inspiring students with this option from September. ‘It’s a very exciting time and parents at the recent second year parent teacher meeting were already expressing an interest in the subject, two years in advance. We have always taken Sport and Health Education seriously as there are only benefits to gain and we were delighted St Louis was selected as one of the 80 schools from 369 who applied to pilot the leaving Certificate. Two years ago we were awarded the first Active Flag for any Secondary School in Louth and our ongoing commitment as a PE department but also the many teachers who give up their time voluntarily for sport teams on a weekly basis is testament to the importance we place on the health of our students.’

The Itinerary for Vienna is here! Travel Insurance details included also.

If your daughter is travelling to Vienna on March 24th you will find details of the trip below. Please print off for your records.

Final Itinerary Vienna – for parents

 

Insurance Important Information for Parents (School) (1718) (1)

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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