On Friday the 24th of March, we held our second “Pay It Forward Day”, here at Maryfield College. We didn’t announce it beforehand as we wanted the element of “surprise”.
When the students entered the school main entrance there was a lovely “sacred Space” created with this year’s theme – “A CUP of KINDNESS”. We hoped that this would encourage the school community to PAUSE, and THINK about kindness.
Throughout the morning we held special assemblies in the hall for each year group, and staff.
(Patricia Seery/Anam Cara – Maryfield College, Drumcondra)
The Emmanuel 2017 concerts took place at the Helix over six days in early March. Maryfield performed on Tuesday 7th. Over two-thousand students from sixty schools around the Archdiocese of Dublin performed the chosen repertoire of liturgical music during these concerts.
Our Transition Year students along with the RE Department took part in this great event. Congratulations to Maggie May Matthews who sang solo Lux Mundi, and Holly Kelly and Dearbhaile Mulrooney who introduced the various pieces on the night.
During the weekend of March 4th – 6th, some senior students along with Ms. Seery took part in an awareness project – UN Gift Box, outside the Central Bank in Dame Street.
The Gift Box is a unique project that was launched by Stop the Traffik and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN GIFT) at the London 2012 Olympics. Since then, Gift Box has successfully delivered large-scale awareness by introducing people to the issue of human trafficking and inspiring them to take further action.
The Gift Box is a piece of public art, symbolising the way in which traffickers entice their victims with false promises. The outside of the box offers the “gift” of a brighter new future while the inside of the box confronts people with an interactive experience that informs and challenges the visitor.
Maryfield students invited passers-by to visit the Gift Box and raised awareness amongst the public of the grim reality of human trafficking.
A special thank you to the senior students who took part in this event and attended a training workshop in January. Thank you also to Sr. Ann Harnett (C.P.) for inviting Maryfield to be involved in this campaign.
Students who were involved: Allyanna Cruz, Bronwen McDonagh, Evelyn Twomey, Sadhbh Dunne, Emma Brophy, Chloe Roche and Louise O’Reilly
Further information regarding this very serious issue which effects many men, women and children can be found at www.nomoretraffic.com.
Our mass to mark the beginning of the academic year is a very important occasion in our school calendar. The entire school community gathers together in Marino Parish Church where we welcome new students and staff, wish former staff and students well, pray together and share in the Eucharist.
A common theme running through the mass was the inspiration of recently canonised Mother Teresa of Calcutta. This theme was introduced in the opening address with students being prompted to consider the meaning of saintliness and how to make this relevant to their everyday lives. Mother Teresa, like all saints, was an ordinary person who, being touched by God’s grace, devoted her life to service God and others. One commentator at Mother Teresa’s canonization remarked that she was ‘fantastically normal’. This might sow a seed in us as to how we too can be a saint-like. The opening address at the mass gave us signposts as to how we might strive to develop the characteristics which saints personify; love of God, love of people, generosity, humility and prayer.
Maryfield College needs saints, typical students who wear skinny jeans, eat spice bags, use technology and hang out with their friends. All of us are called to be saints so let us use kindness, generosity, compassion and forgiveness to build community in our school and in our world.
Many students throughout the school contributed to the school mass through art, music and reading. Our new First Years were welcomed and our newly appointed Prefects were presented with their badges.