Maryfield College

Global Issues Workshop

Members of the Global Issues Group who participated in a workshop on governance and equality with Gráinne Ryan from Global Action Plan.

Global issues Workshop

 

 

 

 

 


Le Cheile Conference Athlone 2017

Maryfield College pupils at the Le Cheile Conference Athlone 2017

Pupils from Maryfield College(left)  Sr Carmel Gorman CP and pupils from Cross and Passion College Kilcullen at the Le Cheile Conference February 3rd 2017

Pupils from Maryfield College(left)  Sr Carmel Gorman CP and pupils from Cross and Passion College Kilcullen at the Le Cheile Conference February 3rd 2017

 Maryfield College pupils at the Le Cheile Conference Athlone 2017

The European Youth Parliament

My name is Maria Lee and I’m a Fifth Year student. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the European Youth Parliament Leinster session. EYP Ireland aims to spark an interest in European issues among Irish teenagers. I’m a member of the Maryfield Global Issues Group and I took part in the Concern Debates last year, so when my teacher Ms Mellon recommended the EYP session to me I knew that it was the sort of thing I’d be likely to enjoy.

The residential session took place over three days. Approximately one hundred young people took part, and we were divided into ten different committees for the weekend, each with a different EU-related topic to discuss. I was a member of the ‘FEMM’ committee, and we were tackling the issue of gender-based violence.

After a fun teambuilding session on Friday night, we were ready to get down to work on Saturday. The ten people on our committee, with some guidance from our Chairs (two former EYP delegates), spent the day discussing, sharing opinions, arguing and agonising until we finally completed our task for the day: to write a resolution on our topic, on which we were all agreed. This was difficult, but it was a very rewarding experience. By the end of the day I understood the issue of gender-based violence so much better than I had before, and I’d developed my own opinions on how it should be tackled.

A disco had been organised for Saturday night, and while I hadn’t really expected to enjoy that very much with a group of people I hadn’t known up until the day before, it ended up being great fun! I had made plenty of good friends by then and was more than happy to dance away with them for the night.

Sunday, however, was the most enjoyable day of the session by far. It was the day of the General Assembly, where all of us delegates were united to present our resolutions from the committee work. Each committee got the chance to explain and defend their suggestions for how their issue should be tackled by the EU, and the rest of the delegates then had to vote on whether or not to pass the resolution. It was an action-packed day of debating, rebutting, making speeches, picking apart other committees’ resolutions and, most importantly, learning. The list of topics covered was hugely varied, from Bitcoin to driverless cars, to mental health and the rise of extremist right wing parties. By the time I was going home, I had gained an understanding of these topics that I never could have through simply reading articles or watching the news. The GA was one of the most exciting and empowering experiences I’ve ever had.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in EYP. It was an incredible, unforgettable weekend that has taught me so much and has made me seriously consider setting my sights on working in the EU when I’m older. I’ve made wonderful friends and the whole experience has inspired me to work for change where change is needed. I now feel confident in expressing my opinions, and ready to stand up and make my voice heard.


Concern Debates

The Maryfield Concern Debates Team competed recently against Presentation College Bray.  The motion of the debate was “International agreements on climate change are a load of hot air.”   Both teams presented compelling and thought-provoking arguments.  The adjudicators announced Maryfield as the winners and the team and the school were delighted.  Congratulations on all your hard work and commitment girls!

Concern Debates Photo


Christmas Carols at Sisters of the Cross and Passion

A selection of the school choir and the Traditional Group, along with Ms Grace and Ms O’Toole put on a short Christmas Carol Service for the Sisters of the Cross and Passion at their house on Griffith Avenue. The students sang carols and played a selection of Irish tunes, while some of the nuns shared some lovely stories of their years at Maryfield. One nun in particular graduated in 1953! A wonderful start to the festive season!


Carol Service for 6th Years and 1st Years

Our 6th Year students honoured a long-held Maryfield tradition by inviting our 1st Years to a carol service in the school hall on Wednesday afternoon. Following the singing of a selection of carols and Christmas songs, a special visitor from the North Pole arrived to wish all the students a very Happy Christmas.


First Year Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Evening 2016

The Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Evening for parents of First Year students took place on Tuesday 13th December. This is an annual event hosted by the Parents’ Association. The evening began with a concert featuring the musical talent of Maryfield students from the various year groups throughout the school. The school choir, the Maryfield traditional group and a host of other soloists treated the audience to a varied programme of music. Of course, the highlight of the evening were the First Year performers, including the First Year choir, solo singers and instrumentalists, a recorder group, and the students of 1K and 1R who treated us to a selection of Christmas music. The evening concluded with a reception in the dining room organised by the Parents’ Association.


Green Schools Flag-Raising Ceremony

Maryfield celebrated the raising of its second green flag on Thursday 24th November. All students and staff gathered outside for our flag-raising ceremony. Over the past two years the Green Schools Committee along with management, staff, parents and fellow students worked together to reduce the school’s energy output.

Following a number of successful initiatives Maryfield was awarded its flag for energy conservation. One such initiative was a ten-minute power-down which involved turning off all lights and unnecessary electrical equipment, opening blinds and turning down radiators for a ten-minute period at the height of the school day.

Inspectors from An Taisce then visited our school to evaluate our efforts and were very impressed with our commitment to this project.

We would like to thank everybody who helped us to earn this second Green Flag.