Maryfield College

Maryfield College gets the Green Light

Maryfield College Green Schools Committee is delighted to announce that we have been awarded our second Green Flag under the theme of energy.
For the past two years the Green Schools Committee along with the whole school community have been attempting to reduce the amount of energy that we use in the school through 5 simple steps.

  1. turning off the lights when they are not needed
  2. pulling up the blinds to allow natural light into the room
  3. switching off the data projectors and P.C.’s when not in use
  4. turning down the radiators if the room gets too hot
  5. closing all windows and doors to avoid draughts

To achieve this award, the Green Schools Committee, with the assistance of the Transition Year Green Schools classes and the rest of the school community, had the difficult task of completing all of the 7 steps to getting a Green Flag.

  1. form a Green Schools Committee
  2. complete an environmental review
  3. put into place an ongoing action plan for energy reduction
  4. monitor and evaluate the action plan continually
  5. inform and involve the school community and the wider community of our action plan and achievements
  6. write a green code

On the 2nd of March 2016 Audrey Duff from Dublin City Council visited the school and met with the Green Schools Committee to ask them about the 7 steps that had been completed and to ensure that the school had met all of the criteria necessary to achieve a green flag. Ms. Duff was very impressed with the committee and the work that the school and completed. As the Green Schools Coordinator I would also like to compliment all of the members of the Green Schools Committee on their participation during the Green Flag renewal visit. Each committee member was keen to show off our school and explain to Audrey all the work that we had done in relation to both our Litter and Waste Theme and Energy Theme.

The official application for our second Green Flag was submitted on 11th of March to An Taisce and I am delighted to announce that our application was successful and a group of representatives from the Green Schools Committee will be attending The Green Flag Award Ceremony on May 24th in The Helix.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff, students and parents of Maryfield College for their contribution to the work involved in achieving our second Green Flag. The Green Schools Programme can only work if the whole school community get together to implement change and sustain good environmental habits. Congratulations to us all and I look forward to starting work on the third flag under the theme of water conservation.

Ms. Rebecca Carroll

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Green Schools Committee 2015/2016

Back Row L to R: Juste Rusteckaite, Julie Dory, Charlotte Cashel, Kesenja Ustimenko, Alannah Grace, Bronwen McDonagh, Samantha Balandevituite Alexandra Ciolan, Catriona Murray,
Middle Row L to R: Chiara Patton Fea, Michaela Castro, Sayeh Mohamedi, Julia Grezlak, Marielle Bernardo, Olivia L’estrange, Mairead McHugh
Front Row L to R: Sinead Bala, Amber Madden Doyle, Sophia Downes, Eve Boyle.
Not pictured: Andrea Lafford, Anna Ando, Mikee Astudillo


The Global Issues Group in Maryfield was recognized for it’s outstanding work

The Global Issues Group in Maryfield was recognized for it’s outstanding work in Global Issues at an award ceremony in Limerick this week.  The Global Issues Group led by Ms. Mellon and started initially by the members of the Concern Debate Team have initiated a number of projects within the school including a Global Issues Noticeboard, special assemblies, awareness raising, fundraising and focus groups.  Some members of the group participated in the Concern Debates and others attended workshops on taking action to tackle global issues.

It is the first time Maryfield has been recognized for contributing to Global Issues Education in Ireland. Watch this space for more ideas and innovations coming from the group next year.

globalissuesPictured from left to right: Jenny Finlay, Ms. S. Mellon, Orla Reardon and Maria Lee.


Visit to Irish Aid Centre in the Department of Foreign Affairs Building

Transition Year Students visited the Irish Aid Centre in the Department of Foreign Affairs Building in Dublin 2 this week to learn about the work that Irish Aid does to support developing countries.  The students participated in an interactive workshops aiming to challenge our stereotypes and preconceptions around poverty and hunger.  Pictured here are Ana Barbu and Michael Chanda-workshop facilitators.  Many thanks to all the staff in the Department of Foreign Affairs for an insightful and challenging workshop.

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Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhí go leor imeachtaí spraoiúla againn i mbliana do Sheachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí an tseachtain le tosú le cinemobile nó pictiúrlann shoghluaiste ag teacht chun na scoile ach faraor bhí sé rómhór chun teacht isteach an geata! Mar sin, chaith scoláirí na Dara Bliana uair a’ chloig ag féachaint ar scannán sa halla. Bhí an poc fada againn sa pháirc os comhar na scoile ag am lóin agus gach lá cuireadh an comórtas Laoch an Lae ar siúl. Bhí tóraíocht taisce do scoláirí na Chéad Bhliana chomh maith le Tráth na gCeist do scoláirí na Cúigiú Bliana. Bhain gach duine an-sult as yoga a dhéanamh trí Ghaeilge freisin ag ceardlann a cuireadh ar siúl ag Óga Yoga sa halla spóirt. Rinneamar go léir ár ndícheall an ‘cúpla focal’ a úsaid i rith na seachtaine agus níos mó má bhíomar ábalta. ‘Beatha teanga í a labhairt!’


Proclamation Day 2016

Lá an Fhorógra 2016

Tuesday March 15th 2016 was celebrated as Proclamation day at Maryfield along with schools throughout the country. All the students participated in a moving and enjoyable ceremony that included a time for respectful reflection and some fun cultural activity. The Irish Proclamation was read followed by our own Proclamation for a New Generation in which we voiced our vision for a peaceful and inclusive Ireland. We raised our new flag and then sang Amhrán na bhFiann. As part of our creative input to the event each student prepared a coloured piece of card reflecting what it means to them to be Irish. We raised these green, white and orange cards on Proclamation Day to form our own national flag. Our event concluded with some céilí dancing that was very much enjoyed by all.

Ceiliúradh Lá an Fhorógra ar an 15 Márta i gColáiste Pháirc Mhuire, mar aon le gach scoil eile sa tír. Ghlacamar go léir páirt i searmanas ina léigheamar an Fhorógra chomh maith lenár bhForógra féin do Ghlúin Nua. D’ardaíomar brat na hÉireann agus ansin chanamar Amhrán na bhFiann. Chríochnaigh an ócáid le céilí.


Easter Egg Hunt

Our vibrant Student Council ran a very enjoyable Easter Egg Hunt just before the Easter Holidays. Each year group lined up at the front of the school in anticipation of a race to search for hidden eggs on the front field. Students charged in all directions after the starter’s orders in the hope of finding the coveted prizes.

 


The Irish Federation of University Women’s Public Speaking Competition 2016

The Irish Federation of University Women's Public Speaking CompetitionThe Irish Federation of University Women’s Public Speaking Competition for girls under 15 years of age was held on Saturday 6th February in the Quinn building at U.C.D. Belfield.

Maryfield’s entrants were Mairéad Kelly McHugh, Ciara Ní Chuirc, Lorna Lawless and substitute Abbey Byrne.

The challenge of this competition for speakers is to draw an unseen aspect of their chosen topic and in thirty minutes prepare an on the spot two to three minute speech.

Mairéad, whose topic was School Life, drew the aspect homework is an unnecessary evil.

Ciara, whose topic was Health and Lifestyle, drew the aspect drugs affect more than the user.

Lorna, whose topic was Family Life and Relationships, drew the aspect do parents know their children?

Mairéad, Ciara and Lorna’s excellently articulated and well timed speeches which demonstrated great knowledge, research and humour were rewarded with admirable applause from a captive audience.

Six schools took part and after a lengthy deliberation St. Leo’s of Carlow were announced the winners.

Maryfield can be very proud of a truly great performance by Mairéad, Ciara and Lorna who each received certificates for their achievement.

Their commitment to lunchtime rehearsals is to be commended not forgetting the other public speaking enthusiasts Abbey Byrne, Nina Jashi, Emma Tyrrell, Saoirse Dunne, and Sara Gunnigan who no doubt we will be hearing from in the future.

 

 


Dublin Brigade Irish Volunteers 1916 Exhibition

On Thursday 25 February the Dublin Brigade Irish Volunteers visited the school with their 1916 Exhibition.  Paul, Ronnie and Dermot engaged the students with their stories of those who took part in the Rising and the students were then invited to examine the vast array of memorabilia they had brought with them.  It was a great start to our commemorations of the 1916 Rising.


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