Maryfield College

Fifth Year Outing to Blessington

The Fifth Year students recently went on a one-day bonding trip to Avon Rí Adventure Centre, by the beautiful Blessington Lake in County Wicklow. The day trip gave the students who joined Fifth Year straight after the Junior Cert an opportunity to get to know the former TY students in a fun, relaxed setting.

As a Fifth Year student, I of course went on this bonding trip. When we arrived, we were split into smaller groups and each group was assigned one of the friendly Avon Rí instructors, who would bring us around to all of the activities for the day. My group started off with canoeing and games in the lake, which was very cold, but we still had a lot of fun. Once we were dry and wrapped up in warm clothes again, we moved onto the other activities: a low ropes course, teambuilding activities, ziplining, rock climbing, archery and orienteering. By the time we were piling back onto the buses in the evening, everyone was exhausted but happy. A great day was had by all and it was a great chance to get to know the year group, as well as having a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of Fifth Year!

Contributed by Maria Lee 5th Year

First Year Bonding Afternoon

Our new First Year students got off to an energetic start in September with a fun outdoor event. Along with their year head and form tutors they enjoyed an afternoon of highly interactive games, helping them to forge new friendships and feel at home with fellow students and staff. Decided favourites were dodge ball, charades and headbands. We wish our First Years a great year ahead.

Maths Week

Maths Workshop

A fun and interactive workshop took place as part of Maths Week focusing on the interconnectivity between maths and music. This workshop was very much in line with Maryfield’s current focus on numeracy and the cross curricular connections that exist between various subject areas.

Paco is an innovative Spanish lecturer, renowned for his methods of teaching Mathematics. He began by teaching the Transition Year students about divisions and groupings. He used a number of different methods, some of which were new to the students.

Following this, the speaker focused on the rhythmic patterns that occur in music. In groups, the students clapped various rhythmic combinations both in unison and with other cross-rhythmic combinations.

This workshop proved very stimulating and enjoyable for all the students involved.

Transition Year Trip to Google

A group of highly enthusiastic Transition Year students payed a visit to Google. The students attended a presentation given by a real life Googler about a variety of work types engaged in by employees.  These include coding, cartography and engineering. The students were given a guided tour of the Google campus and the day concluded with some problem solving exercises.

Maths Quiz

A daily Maths quiz took place during Maths Week. Students were asked to submit answers to a variety of mathematical riddles. The daily winners received prizes and all participating students experienced Maths in a fun and practical way. Well done to all our lucky prize-winners!

Poetry Aloud Competition

Maryfield College achieved great success at the recent regional heats of The Poetry Aloud Competition which took place in The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin. Five schools took part in this heat with the judges selecting two students from each of the three categories (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) to go forward to the semi-final heats on the 17th and 18th of November. Four of the six places were awarded to Maryfield students: Jane Keyes (T/Y), Lorna Lawless (2L), Leah Whelan (2K) and

Nina Roe (1R).

The prescribed poems in this year’s competition reflect on 1916, World War 1 and also include the work of contemporary Irish poets. All nineteen students articulated beautifully from memory their prescribed and chosen poems.

Congratulations to all participants and a big thank you to all who supported this prestigious event.

Junior Category Entrants; – First Years and Second Years

Norah May Linehan (1S), Alannah Galvin (1R), Aoife Kehoe (1R), Kate O’Connor (1R)

Nicole Mare (1R) and Nina Roe (1R).

Shelby Cullen (2L), Leah Su Whelan (2K), Susan Marmion (2S), Sara Coogan (2l), Lorna Lawless (2L) and Gráinne Tancred (2K).

Intermediate Category – Third Years and Transition Years

Abbey Byrne, Aoife O’Kane, Mairéad Kelly McHugh, Abigail Murphy,

Jane Keyes, Emma Corcoran and Sophia Conlon

Poetry Aloud participants

Miriam’s Writing Wins

Congratulations to Miriam Onwule, 5th year, who has been selected as the winner of the secondary school category in The Irish Times Africa Day Writing Competition. Miriam’s piece will be published in The Irish Times and she has been invited to attend an award ceremony in The Irish Times in early June.

Maryfield’s Radio Debut

Six students from Maryfield were recently selected to have their poetry and short stories featured in a series on Near Fm called “Telling Tales.”   The series features creative works from students around Ireland.

You can find a link to the podcast series where you can listen in here


Sports Fun Day 2016

The Prefects held their third fundraiser to coincide with Maryfield Sports Day on Monday the 16th of May. They raised the sum of €957 which will be sent to Bressie’s charity, A Lust for Life. This is a charity that supports youth mental health issues. Thanks to all for your support.

We all enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of wellie throwing, sack races, three-legged races, tug of war, relay races and bean bag waddles. The sun shone on what was a memorable and fun day in our beautiful playing fields.


Jackie Clarke Foundation Poetry Award

In November 2015 Ms. Townshend’s First Year computer classes entered a poetry competition that was run by the Jackie Clarke Foundation. Jackie Clarke, from Ballina Co. Mayo, was a business man and collector of Irish historical material. Events such as this poetry competition are run by the foundation to promote a knowledge and love of Irish history in our young people.

To our delight Amy Noonan, Ellenjane O’Brien and Seána O’Grady from 1K received first prize for their poem about the 1798 rebellion.


1798 Rebellion

by Seána O’Grady, Amy Noonan and Ellenjane O’Brien



United Irishmen searched for

Equality and liberty in the hope they would

get unity


Protestants, Presbyterians and Catholics

shared the belief of a better life but at times

it was hard for them to do it without the



Men struggling to survive, men dying on all



Screams of pain, a dusty cloud

Struggling to survive crawling on the ground


The inhumanity of it all one last breath, one

last wish one last fall