Our basketball teams are having a relatively good year so far. Each of our older groups (i.e. our under 16A and B and under 19A and B) has won at least one match each and two of them are currently unbeaten. The under 16A team has comfortably beaten Drogheda, Glasnevin and St. Raphaela’s while the under 19B sent Drogheda and Baldoyle home empty handed. Meanwhile, the under 16B team has won one and narrowly lost their other two (one was only by one point).
The under 19A team has proven to be our most improved team and their season started auspiciously with a 24 point victory against St. Mary’s, Baldoyle. Dominican College was up next and an extremely tight match ended up going into extra time. Our girls were two points up with a few seconds to go when a Dominican player scored a basket from just inside the three point line, i.e. a two pointer. That should have tied the match up for double extra time but disastrously the referee interpreted the shot as being worth three points so our neighbours ended up triumphing by a solitary point. The very next game they faced Manor House and lost by a basket in the last minute. It has been hitherto cruel for this team but they still have three more matches to make things right.
The First and Second Year A and B teams are due to start their respective seasons in the next few weeks with plenty of promise having been shown in training.
Our under 16A team has hit the ground running with emphatic victories against Loreto, Beaufort and St. Wolstan’s, Celbridge. The third match was a disappointing draw against Portmarnock C.S. after leading them by 12 points at one stage. The girls will play a quarter final soon in their quest for glory.
Our under 19 team is having a contrasting experience. Replacing the eleven All Ireland finalists lost to the Leaving Cert. was always going to be a tall order and so it has proven so far. The season opened with a decent performance to earn a draw against a formidable Our Lady’s, Terenure. Sadly, that has been the highlight up until now as two consecutive reverses against Dominican College and St. MacDara’s C.S. have served to disappoint. All is not lost however; the girls are now in the semi final of the shield which will allow them a chance to continue their sojourn.
The C.R.C. held the official opening of their playground, on Tuesday the 13th of October.
Two of this year’s Prefects , Martha Farrell and Ciara Drumgoole, attended the opening ceremony with Ms. Farrelly. The invitation to this event was extended to our school, because of a fundraiser which the Prefects of 2012 undertook to raise funds for the playground.
Minister of state, Kathleen Lynch, cut the ribbon and thanked all those present for their kind donations.
Maryfield Students “Speaking Out”
Seven schools, including Maryfield College, recently participated in the Soroptimist International Girls’ Public Speaking Competition. Representing Maryfield were Alice Clarke (5L), Nadia Corrigan (TY) and Libby Sedgwick (TY). Speaking in the historic setting of the Oak Room at Dublin’s Mansion House, the Maryfield girls delivered well-structured speeches on Education and Human Rights with passion, poise and sophistication. Alice, Nadia and Libby were awarded certificates for their engaging presentations.
Monday 7th April, the 4th years, who took up the An Gaisce challenge, had to go on a two day hike. We got an early bus down to Glendalough in Wicklow, where we were greeted by Mrs. Hanley and twelve 5th years.
When we arrived, we had to leave our bags in the hostel and at ten o’clock, we started the hike. We did a 17km walk up and around the mountain. With a few short breaks along the way. The weather was reasonably good, except for a sun shower at the end of our journey.
We got back to the hostel and got our rooms. We had loads of time to relax and chat with people in the hostel, too. At half six, we had dinner. They gave us burgers and chips, and those who wanted chicken or vegetarian had that option.
Throughout the evening, we had a good laugh and also watched a movie. We were sent to our rooms at eleven.
Day Two, we had breakfast at half eight. We also packed and got our stuff ready to leave. We went on a 13km walk up a different mountain, along a river. We walked up to the top of the waterfall and had lunch. We went back, where we were picked up and brought home.
The 5th years walked a total of 50km in 3 days whilst the 4th years did a total of 30km in 2 days.
It was a great experience and we all would recommend it. Many thanks to Ms Hanley and to the other Staff and Guides for making it all happen!
By Clara Schweppe & Lisa Donohue
On the 26th of March, we (the 4R YSI Healthy Eating group) went to the kitchens to set up our healthy lunch day. We had the idea to serve a hot tasty meal to the school students to show how it easy and simple it is to have a healthy lunch. We all made baked potatoes at home the night before and brought them in. We prepared a salad and beans in school to go with the baked potatoes. There was a €2 entrance fee. Students and members of staff collected plates at the start of the queue, and made their way down to the potatoes, salad, beans and cheeses. It was a very successful day, and we hope to do something similar again in the future. Please see the Healthy Eating noticeboard outside the Home Economics kitchen to see the wonderful pictures of Healthy lunches created by the First years. 4R would like to thank the Home Economics Department for their help and support on the day.