Maryfield College

Texaco Art Competition Winner

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.

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Maths Eyes: a cross-curricular approach to numeracy

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.


Junk Kouture Leinster Regional Final

There was great excitement in Maryfield on Friday 13th of February when Emer Lorenz of Fourth Year had a surprise visit from the manager of Bank of Ireland, Marino who came to present Emer, in the middle of musical rehearsals, with a Silver ticket – her entry into the Junk Kouture Leinster regional final!

Junk Kouture is a national competition for second level students, challenging them to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin.
The dress which Emer made is made from dried teabags and a cardboard tea box and is accessorised with a hat made from doilies. Emer will need your votes on Facebook- we will be giving the link here shortly!


The Irish Federation of University Women Public Speaking Competition

irishfederationforThe Irish Federation of University Women hosted a Public Speaking Competition for Girls under 15 years of age at U.C.D Belfield on Saturday 7th February at 1.00 p.m.

Representing Maryfield were two first years , Mairead Kelly McHugh (1L)  Vilte Vilimaite (1L) and one third year Maria Lee (3S)
Our thoughts were with  Abbey Byrne (1l) who had to forfeit her place on the team because of illness on the Friday. Her peer Vilte  Vilimaite  very kindly volunteered as substitute and saved the day.
Six schools took part. St Leo’s, Carlow, won the competition and afterwards their coaches said that they had thought Maryfield were going to win. The girls were delighted to hear they were thought of as high contenders .
Congratulations to all three  girls for speaking out so passionately  on  aspects of their chosen topics. The following aspects the girls spoke on were :(1) The government should limit the amount of cars on the road, (2) Will parents EVER understand teenagers? (3) Teachers don’t understand their students.

Their flawless speech presentations were very impressive especially as they had to plan on the spot their aspects for a 2-3 minute speech.
All their lunch hour advance classroom preparation proved worthwhile. Past contenders who popped in at intervals to give encouraging tips were very much appreciated. Special thanks to Una Whelan, (6) Erin Leavey,(6) and Nadia Corigan(T/Y)

Maria Lee, Mairead Kelly McHugh, and Vilte Vilimaite proudly  left U.C.D. each with their own certificate and knowing  they had won the greatest prize of all  CONFIDENCE.


Transition Years ‘Sing for Simon’

On Monday December 15th, Maryfield Transition Year students took to O’Connell Street to ‘Sing for Simon’ and raise money for the homeless.

A group of girls led by Dolores Horan and Gretchen Ganly gathered lyrics for a collection of carols and popular Christmas songs as well as organising backing tracks for all these numbers. Meeting under the famous Cleary’s clock at 10.15am we donned our Simon Santa hats and t-shirts and sang our hearts out for two hours. Some dancing helped keep the cold at bay!

Our girls certainly proved very popular and made a significant impact on the city centre streetscape, with lots of passers-by stopping to take pictures and videos. The generosity of the Dublin public, along with the festive enthusiasm of our girls, led to the staggering sum of €1172.84 being raised within two hours. What a fantastic achievement!

Thanks to Ms. Byrne, the two Ms. Flynns and Ms. Fitzpatrick for helping on the day and to Mr Dave Hardy for supplying the amplifier for the backing tracks. It was a great day and the Simon Community was thrilled with the donation. Thanks to all the Transition Years too. As usual they flew the flag brilliantly for Maryfield.


Traditional Irish Music Workshop at Maryfield

Ciarán and Martin Tourish visited Maryfield’s Music Department on Thursday 4th December 2014, much to the delight of music students and teachers alike! Ciarán is a well known member of the Donegal band ‘Altan’ and is regularly listened to and talked about by Junior and Leaving Certificate students. It was a fantastic opportunity to have traditional music celebrities in the school!

Ciaran and Martin focused on stylistic elements of performance and ornamentation. It was impressive to watch the students introduce these elements into their own playing with such ease.

The workshop was of interest to all music students, including those who play in other musical genres.

Ms. O’ Toole and Ms. Lonnergan have been instrumental in encouraging the students and bringing the workshop to the school.

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Congratulations -Maryfield College students receive awards in Recognition of High Achievement in the Leaving Certificate Examination

Nina Milosavljevic was presented with the JP Mc Manus All Ireland Scholarship Award 2014 on November 8th by the Minister for Education & Skills Ms Jan O Sullivan & Mr JP Mc Manus .

Nina also receive An Entrance Scholarship Award from Trinity College on November 19th 2014  alongside Kate Lawless and Caroline Murphy.

Anam Shah received a UCD Entrance Scholarship Award on November 12th 2014 and Maria Dunne received an Entrance Scholarship Award from St Patricks College Drumcondra on November 25th2014.