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On Saturday the 29th of April, a group of forty-nine Fifth Year students and five teachers travelled to Kraków in Poland.
On Sunday, we began the day by attending mass in a beautiful Bernadine church. Despite being in Polish it was interesting to see how mass is celebrated in other countries. We then went on a walking tour of Kraków, learning about the city’s rich history and visiting some of its famous buildings. After that, more walking! Our next tour was of the Wieliczka Salt Mines. We walked down three hundred and eighty-seven wooden steps until we were sixty-four metres underground. On the three kilometre tour we saw things such as corridors, chapels, statues and underground lakes, all made by the miners years ago. We even licked the walls and floor to see just how salty they were…it turns out, very!
We spent Monday morning at the biggest indoor aquapark in Poland, enjoying splashing around on the water slides. In the afternoon, we visited Auschwitz concentration camp. This was by far the hardest part of the trip, yet the most fulfilling. We saw the gas chambers and crematorium, the living quarters, the shooting wall, the watch towers and the assembly square. This tour was extremely disturbing and thought-provoking. The words at the beginning of the tour, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, stuck with us all.
On Tuesday, we took in a guided tour of Schindler’s factory. We learned what life was like for the millions of Jews living in Poland before and during the Second World War. We saw Oscar Schindler’s original office equipment and the names of the one thousand people he saved. We rounded off the trip with a short visit to a shopping centre.
Our trip to Poland was truly unforgettable. On behalf of my fellow-students I would like to thank Ms. Gallagher, Ms. MacConville, Ms. McCoy, Ms. Seery and Ms. McCauley for organising such an amazing trip for us.
Niamh Kenny, Fifth Year
Congratulations to our First Year students who are pictured here with their Certificates from the Salter’s Festival of Chemistry. The event took place on Saturday 6 May 2017 at Trinity College Dublin.
The Global Issues group were awarded a Diplomatic Passport Award by Worldwise Global Schools for their dedication to global citizenship education in Maryfield. The group have worked this year to raise awareness of global issues in the school community. They organized the Maryfield Intercultural Day in November and the celebrations for International Women’s Day in March, among many other engaging activities! Some members of the group attended the award ceremony in Croke Park on Thursday 27th April and are pictured here with Lizzy Noone from Worldwise.
On the 4th of April, a “Row Against Suicide” took place at Maryfield College. Organised by the Amber Flag Committee, this day of action was in aid of suicide awareness and prevention. Maryfield students rowed tirelessly throughout the day to surpass their target of 612km (the distance from Malin Head to Mizen Head) and reached a whopping total of 644km.
A massive thank you to all of the students and staff involved who made this day the huge success that it was. We are very proud of the awareness for suicide and suicide prevention created as a result of this day of action.
Our first year A basketball team won the division 1 Dublin and region basketball final, against Maynooth Post Primary. The scoreline was 12-14.
Our second year A won the Division 2 final against St Mary’s, Glasnevin. The score was 11-2.
Maryfield was proudly represented at UCD’S Junior Schools’ Debates last Thursday by the second year debating team: Susan Marmion, Róisín Ferguson, Emma Tyrrell, Lorna Lawless, Sarah Gunnigan, Gráinne Tancred and substitutes Christina Ryan and Elannah Treacher.
The girls performed and argued well the motion ‘That This House Would Force All Political Parties to Have a Female Leader or Deputy Leader’.
These young Maryfield enthusiasts have already competed in two previous debates in UCD, arguing that ‘This House Would Ban All Social Media Activity that is not Linked to a Verified Personal Account’ and that ‘This House Would Not allow Criminals to Publish Accounts of Their Crimes’.
This debutante debating team also attended a workshop on debating skills early last autumn in Belvedere College which has proved very valuable.
Special thanks is due to the parents of Susan Marmion, Sarah Gunnigan and Elannah Treacher for chauffeuring the teams to and from these events. All of the team are looking forward to taking part next year, having gained valuable experience at UCD, not to mention the numerous lunch hour meetings in Room 22.
Thanks to all teachers, students and staff who supported this event.
The Global Issues group hosted a very successful Intercultural Day this year in Maryfield. 1st, 2nd and 4th year students were invited to take part in a treasure hunt on some of the different cultures within the school. Twelve countries in all were represented by groups of students and it was a wonderful opportunity for us to learn more about some of the cultures our classmates are from. There was delicious food to be sampled as well as art, craft, traditional dress and traditional music. We also learned some basic phrases in new languages and had the chance to practice them.
The Global Issues group volunteered on the day, helping out with the quiz, the performances and raising awareness about the importance of Global Citizenship. They set up displays with information about the Sustainable Development Goals and the work of organizations such as the UN and NGO’s like Trócaire and Concern. The focus of the day was to remind the school community that we are all global citizens and that we all have a role to play in creating the kind of world we would like to live in.
Congratulations to everyone involved for all your hard work!
Niamh, Ruth, Michelle, Amy and Ella (Maryfield Global Issues group)