Our First Year students enjoyed a fun afternoon of Halloween themed games, activities and treats to celebrate their first term as Maryfield Girls. Well done to all on participating with such enthusiasm. Thanks so much to all those who helped to set up the Sports Hall and in particular to the Sixth Year prefects who ran the afternoon for the First Years. What a lovely way to start the mid-term break. 🎃👻
Some members of the Global Issues Group attended a workshop on World Food Day last Friday 20th October. The workshop was organized by Concern Worldwide and offered the students an opportunity to engage with students from other schools on the topics of sustainable development goals and the challenges surrounding global hunger.
The Maryfield College Debate team successfully opposed the motion “Individuals serious about climate change must give up eating meat” in their first debate this year of the Concern Debates series. The team debated against Moyle Park College and enjoyed exchanging thought-provoking ideas before the judges brought back their unanimous decision in favour of Maryfield.
The prefects held their first fundraiser of the school year on Friday 12 October. This purpose of the event was to raise funds for St. Francis Hospice and also to remember our dear pupil Ciara Hawe. €1,765 was raised on the day and we all enjoyed looking pretty in pink!
Congratulations to Transition Year student Katie Farrell, who received the award for Female Second Level student from the “Write Here, Write Now” Writing Competition. This competition is presented annually by Hot Press Magazine, in conjunction with Creative Writing Ireland and the Irish Writers Centre. Katie was presented with the “Very Highly Commended” award by the Most Honourable President Michael D. Higgins at the Irish Writers Centre on Monday the 28th May. Katie also won an award for her writing from Trinity College Dublin earlier in the year. Well done Katie!
Three First Year science students, Martyna Baran, Anna Kendellon and Lara Phipps, represented Maryfield College in the Salters’ Chemistry Festival held in Trinity College on Saturday 21st April 2018.This is an annual event held in the Chemistry Department of Trinity College to promote science among First Year students. This year twenty-four schools participated in the festival.
The three Maryfield students won first prize in the Salters’ Challenge and according to the judges they obtained one of the highest marks ever awarded for this Challenge.
Well done girls!
We congratulate all our Maryfield competitors in SciFest@DCU 2018. SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second-level students. It involves second-level students showcasing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects at a series of one-day science fairs. We are very proud of our eleven students who represented Maryfield so well at this prestigious festival. Well done to all!
Maryfield competitors: Ramsha Owais, Charlotte Velasco, Ava Flynn, Elle Cooper, Holly Donnelly, Elycia Flood, Anu Thomas, Sarra Ryan, Róisín Brennan, Viktorija Cvetkove, Leah Wu.
Maryfield College choir recently performed in the choral section of the Kilkenny Music Festival. This was a very enriching experience for these students whose love of singing was very evident on the day. They sang in two competitions and were awarded a second place and third place against very notable competition. Participating in the Sacred Music and Post-Primary School Choir categories, they gave very musical performances of John Rutter’s May the Lord Bless You and Keep You and Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus. Adjudicator Peter Stobart commended the choir for their tone and musical interpretation, produced under the baton of their dedicated conductor Ms. Flynn.
You can listen to the choir’s prizewinning performances on the below video.
The annual Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Evening for parents of First Year students took place on Wednesday 22nd November. The evening began with a concert which showcased the wonderful musical talent of Maryfield students from a variety of year groups. The school choir, vocal ensembles, instrumentalists and solo singers treated the audience to a varied and entertaining programme. The First Years of course stole the show with both choral and solo performances. The evening concluded with a reception hosted by the Parents’ Association. A very enjoyable evening was had by all.
The Maryfield College Debate Team won their debate against St. Louis High School Rathmines on Tuesday 7th November. Both teams presented articulate and challenging arguments on the motion “To end world hunger, we must embrace GMOS” and there was lively debate and discussion. Congratulations to the team Ruth Connolly, Katie Farrell, Amy Moran and their captain Jennifer Keegan and thanks to all who came along to support.
Ms. S. Mellon
Maryfield can be very proud of its seventeen representatives who recently attended the Poetry Aloud Competition in The National Library. Four places were awarded to successful participants to go through to the semi-finals and Maryfield secured two of these places. The successful students were Aoife Kehoe and Sara Coogan. Congratulations to the other fifteen students who articulated flawlessly from memory two poems from the Library’s prescribed anthologies of poetry. Already we are looking forward to the semi-finals in November. Thank you to all students and staff for their support and for making this event so successful.
Junior Category: Niamh Boland, Cecilia Chiau, Eve Coffey, Robyn Craddock, Molly Griffin, Grace Kane, Ruby Kiernan, Daisy O’Beirnes, Jamuna Sethuran
Intermediate Category: Kate Byrne, Sarah Coogan, Shelby Cullen, Saoirse Dunne, Aoife Kehoe, Nina Roe, Fiona Whelan
Ms Whyte Ms Maguire
Our 5th Year students enjoyed a fantastic bonding day at Avon Rí Adventure Centre in Blessington. With 5th Year students progressing either directly from 3rd Year or via Transition Year, it is important that the students get an opportunity to know each other and to identify with their new year-group. The students threw themselves enthusiastically into the wide variety of activities on offer, enjoying the beautiful October weather and the magnificent scenery. New friendships were formed and old ones consolidated. Undoubtedly, this was a very positive and enjoyable experience for all involved.
5th Year Politics and Society students were invited to the Dáil last Friday 20th October to meet Parliamentary Education Officer, Conor Reale. The group spent some time in the committee room debating lowering the voting age to 16. Finian McGrath TD and Minister of State for Disability Issues also spoke to the students about the work of a TD and some of his responsibilities as Minister. It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip for all and certainly inspired some of us to consider future careers as leaders.
The Maryfield Global Issues were delighted to have been invited to Iveagh House on Friday 7th September to meet Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations to share the outstanding work they have done on raising awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The students also had the opportunity to meet Simon Coveney, Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.