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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!