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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

 

Timetables for the mock exams January 29-February 9 2018.

Attached please find the timetables for the mock exams. We wish our students every success in their preparation.

Leaving Certificate Applied Pre Exams (3)

Pre Junior Cert

Pre Leaving Cert

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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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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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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TY English Project Work

As part of their English classes in Ty the 4O class did a self led research project on an author of their choosing.

Today we are presenting one of those pieces for you to enjoy.

Here is a presentation by Anne Seredina on Shakespeare.

 

Shakespeare

           Anne Seredina

 

 

Index:

Shakespeare’s Life…………………………………………………………………………………………………

Early Life……………………………………..

Education……………….…………….……..

Family Life……….…………………………..

‘The Lost Years’……………………………..

Early 1590s……………..……………….…..

The Globe Theatre……………………………………………………………………………………………………

Shakespeare’s Death……………………………………………………………………………………………….

Influences on Shakespeare’s Writing…………………………………………………………………….

Shakespeare’s Work……………..…….

Shakespeare’s Influence Today……

Historical Context……….…….….……..

Shakespeare’s Influences……………..

Shakespeare’s Most Famous Work…………………………………………………………………………….

Shakespeare’s Poetry………………………………………………………………….…………………….…….

 

 

 

 

 

Early Life

William Shakespeare is believed to have been born on April 23rd, 1564( and was baptized on April 26h o that year)  in Stratford-upon- Avon, Warwickshire to parents John and Mary Shakespeare . He grew up with brothers Gilbert, Richard, and Richmond and sisters Anne and Joan.

 

Education

Shakespeare went to King Edward VI School and due to the fact that his father was a bailiff he is said to have received free tuition. Other than this information, we do not have any more records of Shakespeare’s education. Many actually believe that Shakespeare didn’t exist (due to the lack of evidence of his school life) .

 

 

Family Life

On November 28th, 1582,  William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in Worcester, Canterbury Province. Anne Hathaway was from a small village called Shottery, just one mile away from Stratford. She grew up on her father’s farm (which is now a major tourist attraction). When her father died, he left her a sum of money under the name ‘Agnes’, leading historians to believe that Anne prefered to be called Agnes.

When Shakespeare and Hathaway got married he was 18 and she was 26. It is believed that Shakespeare was forced into this marriage because Hathaway’s family found out that he was involved with another woman, while at the same time Hathaway was already pregnant with their daughter Susanna ( born in May 1583). Later, in 1585, twins Hamnet and Judith were born. Hamnet later died at the age of 11 of unknown causes.

 

‘The Lost Years’

This is a period of seven years after the birth of the twins in 1585, when no records of Shakespeare’s life were taken. Historians believe that he was working as an assistant schoolmaster in Lancashire.

 

Early 1590s

Shakespeare moved to London in ‘51 to become an actor. During these years, records show that Shakespeare was a managing partner in an acting company in London called Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Following the crowning of King James I in 1603, the company name was changed to the King’s Men.  Records show that the company was highly successful.

 

 

Globe Theatre

This was the theatre that Shakespeare built with the help of the King’s Men company in 1599. The first production that was put on in the Globe Theater was the play ‘Henry V’.  It was made of timber and during a performance of Henry VII a theatrical canon was misfired, setting the timber beams on fire. The theatre was burned down by a fire on June 29th 1613 but a replacement was built on the same site about a year later. A white flag on top of the roof signaled that there would be a play on that day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare’s Death

William Shakespeare is believed to have died on his 52nd birthday ( April 25th, 1616). In the diary of John Ward (the Vicar of the Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was buried) it says that ‘’Shakespeare, Drayton and Ben Johnson had a merry meeting and it seems drank too hard, for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted’’.

In Shakespeare’s will, most of his possessions were left to his eldest daughter, Susanne. His wife, Anne,  was entitled to a third of his estate but instead he left her the ‘second-best-bed’. Historians say that this refers to the ‘marital bed’ (the bed that belongs to the master and mistress of the house).

 Shakespeare’s will:

Shakespeare’s Works

Comedies:

  • All’s Well that Ends Well
  • As You Like It
  • Comedy of Errors
  • Measure of Measure
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Taming of the Shrew
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Twelfth Night
  • Merchant of Venice

 

Tragedies:

  • Julius Caesar
  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth
  • Othello
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • King Lear

 

Histories:

  • King Henry V
  • King John
  • Richard II
  • Richard III

Shakespeare’s Influence on Language

Shakespeare had an enormous vocabulary, it is estimated at somewhere between 17,000 and 34,000 words when the average person has around 15,000 words in their vocabulary!

 

Shakespeare had a massive influence on  the English language. Here are some phrases that may be part of your everyday language that Shakespeare invented :

  • I couldn’t sleep a wink.
  • As dead as a doornail.
  • Tower of strength.
  • They hoodwinked us.
  • We’d better lie low for a while.
  • As constant as the Northern Star.
  • It’s all Greek to me.

 

Here are just a few words that he invented:

  • Accommodation
  • Assassination
  • Dexterously
  • Dislocate
  • Obscene
  • Gloomy
  • Hurry
  • Lonely

 

Shakespeare lived in the Elizabethan era (named after Queen Elizabeth who ruled England from 1558- 1603)

 

 

 Queen Elizabeth

During this era, people appreciated poetry and theater was seen as a lower class form of entertainment most of the time.

 

Shakespeare’s Influences

From about 1560- 1603 hundreds of women were burned and executed because they were accused of witchcraft. They believed that witches could make you have visions when they looked at you, they had a lack of fear and were believed to have invited demons to possess their bodies. Shakespeare’s audience were Christian people who were all fascinated by the idea of witchcraft, so Shakespeare played this to his strengths and often included magic and witches in his plays. This was so the audience would be more interested in the plays.

 

An illustration where a ‘witch’ is being burned at the steak:

 


Shakespeare’s Most Famous Work

Romeo and Juliet

Set in Verona, Italy, two families, the Montagues and Capulets,  are in a seemingly endless feud with each other. A feast at the Capulet mansion brings Romeo and Juliet together by chance. This plays follows the romance and tragedy that happens afterwards.

 

Macbeth

Once loyal to king Duncan, Macbeth hears a prophecy that he will become king. Overcome by greed and encouraged by his wife, he kills the King and takes the throne. The play follows Macbeth’s rise to the throne and his actions to stay in power.

 

The Tempest

Prospero ( once Duke of Milan but overthrown by his brother Antonio) has been stranded on an island with his daughter, Miranda, for twelve years. A boat passing by holds Prospero’s brother, Antonio, so Prospero cast a spell and causes a storm to shipwreck Antonio and everyone else on the boat. The play follows Prospero’s plans to regain his title as the Duke of Milan.

 

The Merchant of Venice

Bassanio wants to travel to belmont in order to woo Portia. His friend Antonio, who is a wealthy merchant, asks jewish moneylender Shylock to give Bassanio a loan because all of Bassanio’s wealth is invested in ships that are out at sea. Shylock agrees to give him the loan,  but if Bassanio forfeits the loan he has to give Shylock a pound of his own flesh. The play follows the events after the agreement.

 

Hamlet

Hamlet returns home from college to find that his father has died and that his mother has already remarried… his uncle. A ghost tells Hamlet that his father was murdered by his uncle , Claudius. The play follows Hamlet’s journey to discovering who his father’s murderer is.

 

 

 

Shakespeare’s Poetry

Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. Almost all of them are love poems.

A Shakespearean sonnet consists of:

Three quatrains (four-line stanzas) and an ending couplet (two-line stanza). The metre is Iambic Pentameter and the rhyming scheme is ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.

Shakespeare’s sonnets from 1- 126 are addressed to a beautiful young man. Sonnets 127- 154 are addressed to a ‘dark lady’. Shakespeare reveals that she is unfaithful and evil, but that he is too invested in her that he cannot leave her.