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On 6th May 2015, second year students Julie Dory and Julia Grzelak attended Scifest in the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown with their project “Lightening the Load”, accompanied by the schools Maths and Physics teacher Mrs McCoy.
Both students ended the day with a sense of achievement and say that they have gained much experience and many skills that can be put to use during future projects together. They thoroughly enjoyed the process and would recommend this experience for any student with an interest in Science.
Congratulations to Laura Berry 1S, Eve Boyle Elward 1S, Gemma Burke 1R and Alexandra Ichim 2S who qualified for the Leinster Secondary Provincial Final for MATHletes. The final took place on Saturday, April 18th from 9:30-2:30 at the Google Headquarters on Barrow Street in Dublin. Well done, girls! We are very proud of your achievements.
The MATHletes Challenge is a tournament which aims to transform how we learn and teach maths in Ireland using online resources. While using a competitive model it also engages the students with maths in a meaningful and enjoyable way.
The Fifth Years and staff are back from their Art/Home Economics trip to Italy, which took place at the start of the Easter holidays. Accompanied by Ms. McLoughlin, Ms. Parkinson, Mrs. O’Connor Murray, Ms. O’Toole and Miss King, the girls first savoured the delights of Rome including the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and the Coliseum. Then on to Sorrento for some serious Home Economics! We visited a cheese farm and also an olive farm where we watched wonderful demonstrations of cheesemaking and olive oil production. We also saw how coffee is produced, how honey is harvested and how to make gelato. We also learned how to make rum babas, a traditional cake of Naples. In between we visited Pompeii in glorious sunshine and learned a lot from our guide Vincenzo, while also having time for some serious dancing in a local nightclub. On two nights we cooked part of our dinner, and on the last evening were shown some Italian dancing. Maryfield returned the favour dancing The Walls of Limerick to the strains of ‘Funiculi, Funicula’ to the bemusement of those at the restaurant!! Up early for a last day and a fantastic return to Rome to see the Sistine Chapel and, an added bonus, St. Peter’s Basilica! Finally off on the bus to the airport where we had great fun trying to make sure we got all the olive oil, marmalade and coffee home in one piece! A great time was had by all and the staff would like to thank the students for their good humour, and excellent behaviour on the trip. Also special thanks to Ms. McAuley and Mrs. Draper who put a lot of work into the organisation of the trip.
Big congratulations to Ksenija Ustimenko of Fifth Year who won a special merit award in the senior section of the Texaco Art Competition. Her stunning picture, done in pencil, entitled “Breeze” is a fabulous portrait which shows great skill and sensitivity.
A prize-giving ceremony took place in the library this week for the Maryfield Maths Eyes competition. This was a competition run by the Art Department for both junior and senior students. Students were invited to take photos of the world around them with their “maths eyes” on. This meant taking a photo that reflected a maths theme, such as symmetry, pattern, scale or estimation. The photos were then entered in the National Maths Eyes competition where two of our students won in their respective categories. They are Ksenija Ustimenko from Fifth Year and Chloe Cahill from First Year. Prize-giving took place in the school library on Wednesday where the girls were presented with their certificates, prizes and badges. We were delighted that a number of parents were also able to attend. The photos, which are currently on display in the library, are certainly very stimulating and thought-provoking. They broaden our sometimes narrow focus and encourage us to view our numeracy-rich environment through a new lens. We thank Ms. McLoughlin, Ms.Gilrane and Ms. Byrne for helping to organise the day.