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Opening Mass.

The weather held for us yesterday as we travelled to The Redeemer Church for our Opening Mass. Fr Brian led us in prayers for the new school year. The readings were sensitively chosen by the Religion Dept and the accompanying music was sweet and atmospheric, resulting in a spiritually uplifting afternoon for all. All members of the school community were prayed for, and after the mass Ms Dolan and Ms Sherry welcomed the newly elected members of the Student Council and wished them success in their endeavours.

 

Lunchtime Activites for First Years.

The transition from primary to secondary education is a difficult one. We are very aware of this and so St Louis strives to ensure every girl feels valued and accepted right from the start of her time here.

As part of the welcome given, there is a host of activities organised for lunchtimes by Ms Mee and the Fifth Year Cairde Team. This week it was table quiz, karaoke and a time capsule event. The enthusiastic Cairde have excelled themselves this year in helping first years adjust to their new routines and have participated generously in all activities during lunchtime. We are looking forward to next week already!

 

 

Golf Academy goes from strength to strength in St Louis.

Golf Academy goes from strength to strength in St Louis.

While others were relaxing in the summer sunshine the girls in the St Louis Golf Academy were honing their skills in Dundalk Golf Club with PGA Professional Leslie Walker.
Over the course of two different day camps the girls went through the mechanics of Swing, a tutorial on Chipping and worked on Bunker Play and Putting.
The next day the girls put their training from day 1 into action and played a few holes under the guidance of both Leslie and Deirdre Smith and Sheila Boylan of St Louis who have been tutoring the girls all year at lunchtime.
The girls learned the all important skill of how to fill out the scorecard and they learned some of the Rules of Golf – and there are lots!

Co-ordinator of the Academy, Deirdre Smith said that the next step is to obtain memberships in local Golf Clubs for the girls. “This will allow the girls to register as members of the Irish Ladies Golf Union, get an official handicap, participate in junior golf tournaments all over Ireland and participate in organised school events in Ireland. It’s a marvellous opportunity for the girls and lovely to see so many students taking such an interest. With the emphasis on Wellbeing in the New Junior Cycle Specification, golf is a perfect activity to promote good health.”

The girls are looking forward to perfecting their skills as the year progresses.

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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.

 

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St Louis girls celebrate their Leaving Cert results

While others were waiting at home anxiously for the 9.00 start to get their results many of the Louis girls had been in and were already gone at that stage. The school traditionally opens at 8.15 to give the girls their results.  “It was an early start but it was worth it – the girls are anxious to get the results as early as possible so we try to accommodate them,”  said Michelle Dolan, Principal. “We are so proud of our students. They worked hard and their diligence has paid off in their excellent results today. We ensure the girls do as well as they can, and often they achieve more than they thought possible. We look forward to seeing how they progress from here.”

The school places a particular emphasis on STEM subjects and the girls did Higher Level Maths, Technology, Chemistry and Physics. Many of the girls scored H1s in these subjects.  A significant number of students also scored well over 500 points and the girls were very happy with their results in general.

The Sixth Year Leaving Cert Applied results were also excellent this year. Of the 12 girls who sat this alternative exam, 7 achieved a Merit with all others getting a Distinction. LCA Co-ordinator Janet Kelly was delighted with the results. “The LCA is an excellent alternative for a small group of girls each year. It is wonderful to see such excellent results. The girls often progress to College via a PLC from this course, and with so many getting the Distinction this year, it will be an option for many of them.”

Although the new system of points in the general Leaving Cert was confusing for the students at first they soon got used to it and were able to work out their points with the help of Guidance Counsellor Dara Mee.  Twins Gillian and Rachel Browne were delighted with their results. They called in very early and then called back later to meet Chloe Twibill, Head Girl, who collected her results with her mother Aileen. “We are delighted with Chloe’s results and cannot thank the school enough for all they did for Chloe. We are so grateful to all the staff – every one of them did an amazing job.”

 

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Business students head for the National Finals

A group of second year students from St. Louis Secondary school will represent the entire Co. Louth at the National Student Enterprise Finals in Croke Park on the 3rd May.
The product idea is a range of personalised family button pictures and the students have been busy all year keeping up with demand for their products. They sold out at the local trade fairs and orders have been flooding in ever since as people can’t get enough of these beautiful pictures. They have widened the range to include other framed button pictures required by customers; these include personalised baby picture frames, communion, confirmation, graduation and wedding day options.
Each product is unique as it is made to order. The dresses and bows are made from old newspaper and the finished product comes framed with the family details on it.
You can follow the girls on Instagram @ Cute_as_a_button1617 or like them on facebook – Cute as a button.