Maryfield College

First Year Basketball Team Competes in All Ireland Championships

Well done to the first year basketball team who competed in the All Ireland championships. They are the first group from the school to represent Dublin and they played with passion and courage. Well done to everyone involved, including pupil coaching team Ciara, Sophia and Joyce.


Le Cheile Student Symposium in Knock

Le Cheile Student Symposium in Knock

Ten students went to the Le Chéile student symposium during the week. They left Dublin early in the morning and enjoyed the long bus journey to Knock, Co. Mayo. On arrival students were welcomed by the Le Chéile team and then got to participate in various faith based workshops.

After lunch students gathered in the Basillica for Mass and another workshop with Jim Deeds. His presentation “finding God in the mess” encouraged students to seek out faith in their own lives.

All students are to be commended for their respectful participation throughout the day, you are a credit to your school community. “The trip to Knock was a great experience. It was lovely to meet new people and to hear about the stories and history of Knock.”

“We went to Knock and had a memorable experience. We got to visit the Basilica, the museum and wander the beautiful grounds.”


Active Schools Flag Team Create Wellbeing Walkway

Our TY Active School Flag classes are proud to announce that we have created a Wellbeing Walkway! This is a signposted route around the school designed to encourage exercise, mindfulness and learning on the move.


Cleachtadh A Dhéanann Máistreacht

Daltaí na 6ú bliana inniu ag an gCiorcal Cainte, ag cur snasa ar a gcuid Gaeilge. Guímid gach rath oraibh sna Scrúduithe Cainte- Ádh Mór oraibh agus Beirigí Bua.


First Year Basketball Team Qualify For All Ireland Championships!

A huge congratulations to the first year A basketball team. They bounced back after yesterday’s disappointment in the final to beat King’s Hospital 24-12. This qualifies them to represent Dublin in the All-Ireland championships, the first time Maryfield has gotten that far. Well done girls!


Maryfield Meerkats Finish 3rd In All Ireland Championships!

Well done to the u14 badminton team who did so well at the All Ireland championships today, coming third behind Ulster and Munster. They won four of their matches and had a great time! Go Meerkats! Well done and thank you to Trisha Fernandes from 1K for making the banner!

 


First Year Basketball Team Through To Final!

A huge congratulations to the first year A basketball team who beat Le Chéile SS by 11 points in the Dublin semi-final. They will face Alexandra College on Tuesday in Oblate Hall. Well done, everyone!


Emmanuel 2024

Fourth year students took part in the annual Emmanuel concert in the Helix on Wednesday. Emmanuel is a celebration of liturgical music and it is organised by the Archdiocese of Dublin. Schools all over Dublin take part in the Emmanuel concert.
The fourth years represented Maryfield well by singing their hearts out and getting involved in all the activities. It was a spiritual day where students got a chance to pray, reflect and sing. Two students sang beautiful solo pieces and shone on the main stage.

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4K YSI Project, Tir Ghra Campaign

 Yesterday 4K organised an Irish Dancing  display at lunchtime. Students were invited to come along and share in Irish culture. 4K painted faces and handed out treats as part of the fun! 

Thank you to all the talented dancers who took part in our celebration of Irish Culture.

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Fifth Year Retreats

Fifth year retreats Last week fifth year students took part in class retreats in the beautiful Ruah Retreat Centre. It was a day of prayer, reflection and discussion. It is important to take time out of every day busy lives to rest and reflect.


Maryfield Crowned U14 Leinster Badminton Champions!

Congratulations to our two U14 badminton teams who contested the Leinster badminton championships! The A team triumphed and our B team proved gallant runners-up. The A team will represent Leinster on the 20th of March.


YSI Speak Out Tour

Fourth year students have had a very busy week which included four performances of their musical! The week began with all fourth years taking part in the Young Social Innovators (YSI) speak out in the Mansion House, Dawson Street.

Each of the four YSI teams had to present their YSI action project on stage in front of hundreds of other students. The students represented their school with enthusiasm, energy and an awareness of social justice.

Maryfield’s YSI guides were incredibly proud of all the students and their commitment to effecting positive change in the world. Well done everybody. Shout out to our dance representatives who performed a snippet of the musical ‘Legally Blonde’ to win the dance battle! 

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Le Chéile Day 2024

Celebrating Le Chéile Day and the Gift of Gratitude in Maryfield. Le Chéile Crew welcoming everyone to school this morning with a sweet treat and a gratitude card.

Our Le Chéile Day celebration continued with face painting, treats for staff at break time, appreciation certifications given to students who show commitment to Le Chéile values and gratitude activities and prizes given to classes throughout the afternoon. Thank you to our whole school community for taking part in our celebration of Le Chéile Day in Maryfield. A special mention of thanks to the “Le Chéile Crew” and Sheila.


2R Crowned Maryfield’s Fittest Second Years!

It was the second years’ turn to compete in the Maryfield’s Fittest Class competition and 2R emerged triumphant by one point over rivals 2K and 2L. Well done to all who participated and the girls in 4S who organised it.


Performing Arts trip to London

Maryfield College pupils are just back from a Performing Arts trip to London where they visited Pineapple Dance Studios where they enjoyed a Matilda dance workshop. They did a Queen walking tour, saw Matilda the musical and enjoyed London by night tour.


Emmanuel Concert- 13th of March

Our fourth Years are representing Maryfield by participating in the Emmanuel Concert in the Helix on Wednesday 13th March. Tickets are available here

 


Maryfield’s Fittest Class- First Year Results

The results are in after three days of Maryfield’s Fittest Class; 1S and 1R came in joint first place. There was a huge level of participation and support so congratulations to all involved. Well done and thank you to the 4S Active Schools Flag class for organising.

 


Safer Internet Day 2024

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people.

It is promoted in Ireland by Oide Technology in Education and Webwise.

Safer Internet Day 2024 will take place on Tuesday, 6th February 2024 with the theme “Tech in our World”.

 

Our girls have been hard at work creating projects to promote Safer Internet Day. Please check back regularly to see what they have created.

Click here to see some of their work.

 


Jigsaw Webinar on Friendships and Mental Health

We are delighted to inform you that Jigsaw is hosting a webinar on the topic of Friendships and Mental Health. It is for parents and teachers and will happen on February 6th at 7.30-8.30.

 

In this webinar parents and guardians will:

 

  • Consider the impact friendships can have on their child’s mental health ​
  • Explore ways in which they can support their child to build positive friendships 
  • Learn supportive strategies to navigate conversations about friendships with their child

 

Sign up and registration is through the OGS Learnupon portal and the link is in the poster

 

How to register:

1). Go to One Good School Learnupon 

sign up and log in.

2) You will be asked to select your school from a drop-down range of options. When you have selected your school and the “parent” option, you will have access to the course. You can get started by selecting the down arrow to the right of the dashboard button, then selecting Catalog- you will then see the available course on the Courses tab.

Friendships and Mental Health Webinar for Parents and Guardians


First Years Visit BT Young Scientist Exhibition

Ms. Keating arranged a trip to the 60th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in the RDS for all 1st years.  Students should be praised for their excellent behaviour and a really enjoyable day was had by all.  Thanks to the teachers who attended.


4K Care Pack Gifts For Shrewsbury House

4K  delivering Care-pack gifts to residents of Shrewsbury House, Drumcondra for Christmas on Tuesday 20th December. We had a wonderful afternoon singing Christmas Carols and songs.
Ms.Seery and Ms.Cooney

Active Schools Flag Basketball Blitz

Our 4K Active Schools Flag team organised a basketball blitz today. This inclusive and fun event was well run and a great time was had by all.


Amnesty Ireland Bakesale

We had the best time at our Bake Sale for Amnesty Ireland to celebrate Human Rights Day. Thanks to all the wonderful students who baked delicious treats for the day!


TY Active Schools Flag Team Presents to Senior Management

Our ASF team made a presentation to senior management about the results of the whole-school questionnaire; topics included pupils’ levels of physical activity, active travel, barriers to exercise, suggestions for improvements and action planning. They did an excellent job and it was a very productive meeting. Well done, everyone!


Maryfield College Student Council taking part in ISSU Regional Council

Maryfield College Student Council taking part in ISSU Regional Council

Maryfield College Student Council members discussing how young people can get involved in activism and increasing student voice as they represented Maryfield College at the Irish Second Level Students Union Regional Council Meeting


Parent Association’s AGM, 27th September

The Parent Association’s AGM took place on the 27th September and was attended by several parents, committee members and school representatives. The AGM agenda included a welcome address from the principal Dr O’Rourke, SPHE parent presentation, welcome from Chairperson Claire Barkey, minutes from previous AGM, treasurer’s report and election of PA committee for 2023/2024. Our guest speaker at the AGM was Psychotherapist Helen Vaughan who gave a talk on Teen Anxiety and Stress. We are sharing Helen’s presentation and some great book recommendations.
Some photos and Helen’s presentation can be found below.

Irish Ambassador to Japan Visits Maryfield College

On Thursday 26th October, Irish Ambassador to Japan, Damien Cole along with Irish Peacekeeper Captain Eoin O’Brien from the Irish Defence Forces visited Maryfield  College.  They spoke to Politics and Society students, members of the student council and members of the global justice group about their important diplomatic and peacekeeping work abroad.  The students had an opportunity to ask questions and engage with Ambassador Cole and Captain O’Brien about the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the life of an Ambassador and a Peacekeeper as well as the importance of gender equality in representing Ireland abroad.  Ambassador Cole presented Dr. Maree O’Rourke with an UN Flag as a symbol of Ireland’s important work peacekeeping abroad and in recognition of the outstanding work done in Maryfield in global justice education.


Tears and Triumph For Our U19 Basketball Team

There has recently been a tap installed outside the PE hall but today saw a different type of waterworks in action. Our U19A basketball team beat Lusk C.C. in a close and hotly contested match. The team comprised mostly of sixth years and this was the their last ever match…. so there were hysterical tears and general blubbery at the final whistle! Well done and thank you to all our senior citizens, namely Sarah Preston, Louise Hennessey, Ava Cleary, Grace Cleary, Anita Sibi, Holly Graham, Emma Venables and Rebecca Maguire. Fifth year Alannah Kinsella and Holly McEvoy also played (but did not cry).


School Mass

Our opening of school year mass was celebrated on 11th October in St. Vincent de Paul church. Mass was celebrated by Father Tom Noone. The theme of our mass was taken from Pope Francis’ address to young people in Lisbonduring the summer, we are called to “be surfers of love.” We prayed for our school community and those marginalised throughout the world. We took part in a wonderful liturgy that encouraged us to be of service to the community around us in Maryfield College and beyond.


First Years Complete Online Safety Workshop

A 1st Year Internet and Online Safety Workshop was provided today by Zeeko.  The workshop covered cyberbullying, your digital footprint, inappropriate content online, online relationships and excessive internet use. A 1st year parent seminar follows this evening at 7 pm.

 


TY Japanese Class Learns Chopstick Etiquette

The TY Japanese class learned the etiquette for eating with chopsticks today. They then had bean eating competitions prior to the Japanese restaurant visit before midterm.

 


Table Tennis Takeover Day- We Smashed It!

Table Tennis Takeover! 

Report by Lily Nolan -4R

 

On Friday the 29th of September, the Transition Year students hosted an exciting whole-school table tennis takeover as part of the Active Schools Flag (ASF) scheme. The event took place in the cafeteria and went on for the whole day, taking each year group at different times. The objective of the event was for everyone to have fun and for everyone to be included. 

At the beginning of this school year, Maryfield College became a participant in the Active Schools Flag pilot scheme. The aim of the scheme is to “enable schools to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community”. Originally the scheme was only available to primary schools, but our school has been lucky enough to have the oppurtunity to take part in a new ASF process developed for post primary schools.  

The programme gives each student a voice and the ability to change things in their school community. It includes the whole school, challenging every student to find fun and inclusive ways to get everyone active with many different strategies. ASF depends on student leadership and student voices to promote physical activity. To actually achieve the Active School Flag is a three to five year process. Throughout each school year events will be held, such as the one on Friday, to get the students in school together and active. 

The first Active Schools Flag initiative that our school took part in was the Table Tennis Takeover. The Transition year students were the main organisers during the planning and execution of the event. Each of the four transition year class groups were assigned to a year group to be in charge of during their allocated time on Friday. They kept spirits high and told the students about the games that they would be playing, which included single matches, double matches, and round robin. 

In the end it was a lively day filled with enthusiasm from every student involved. We are looking forward to organising the next ASF event. 

 


Maryfield College took part in the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Another September, and once again

Four sixth year students – Holly Clarke, Ciara Gill, Grainne Murray, Rebecca Maguire along with Ms. Seery volunteered looking after the sick and elderly pilgrims.

Due to all their hard work and efforts, many pilgrims had a very memorable and meaningful experience at Lourdes. The Maryfield girls along with their peers “The Blueshirts” and all the other helpers involved in the pilgrimage worked above and beyond their duties, taking on extra duties due to flight delays etc.

The Maryfield girls were mainly involved in the duties of ward support and refectory. They were full of enthusiasm for every task they were involved in.  They showed great kindness and compassion to those in their care, and work well as the Lourdes Maryfield Team, within the great big team that is the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. On one evening the girls were stewarding at the Torch Light Procession which is a very beautiful act of prayer. They also sang in the Folk Group at Lourdes during the many liturgies and ceremonies that take place during the pilgrimage.

They also attended the medal ceremony, where Ms. Seery was awarded the silver medal for completing five years of service to the pilgrimage. Many volunteers are awarded each year by the Archbishop of Dublin for their various lengths of service to the pilgrimage.

On their last night in Lourdes, the Maryfield Team headed to the Grotto to light their special large pilgrim candle for all the intentions of the Maryfield Community and for anyone who asked for us to remember them in our prayers. The girls also lit four candles for last year’s volunteers and wished them every success in their new endeavours.

Lourdes is an amazing sacred place. We ask for the guidance of Our Lady and the courage of St. Bernadette to bless us all in this coming academic year ahead. May we take this opportunity to thank all those who supported us and help us to fundraise. We remembered you all in our prayers at the Grotto. This was a life-changing opportunity for our girls, one that they will remember forever.


Walk to School Competition- European Mobility Week

Irish secondary schools have been invited to take part in a Walk to School competition as part of European Mobility Week, which takes place from 16th to 22nd September.

Dublin City Council is partnering with An Taisce’s Green-Schools Travel Programme to encourage as many students, parents and staff to walk to school any day during European Mobility Week.

They are inviting schools across Dublin City to, where possible, walk some of part of their way to school if they can during this week, and to submit entries to their EMW Walk to School competition. Participating schools will be in with a chance to win a €200 voucher for PE gear or an opportunity to take part in a promotional video!

More information can be found here.

Do you walk to school or will you walk during European Mobility Week? How does it make you feel? What do you see on your journey? Who do you meet along the way? Do your friends join you on your walk or is it a solo adventure?

Secondary school students are invited to create a poster focused on the positive aspects of walking to school. This isn’t just a normal poster, we want you to get creative! Posters should display the most fun fact or that highlight the benefits of walking to school in the most imaginative way.

Green Schools have a number of Fun Facts on Walking that can be used as inspiration for your poster!

The school with the best poster will win!

Why participate?

  • Exploring your local area through this activity will help students develop a better understanding of their surrounding environment.
  • To provide an insight of student experiences on the way to school
  • Participating in this competition is the perfect way to gear up for the Green-Schools National Walk to School Week 2023 where schools all over Ireland will be celebrating walking to school with Green-Schools during National Walk to School Week from October 2nd to 6th.

How to Enter

To take part in the competition send in your school’s worksheets and / or posters by Friday 29th September.

Send a photo of each entry from your school to sustainablemobility@dublincity.ie


Food Village- Your School Meals

We are delighted to be introducing a new school meals service with Food Village for 2023-2024.

 

Food Village will visit the school on Friday 8th September to ‘onboard’ all students and students are required to bring their mobile device with them to school that day. Full service will then commence on Wednesday 13th September.

 

In advance we request that all students have the Food Village app downloaded and their account registered prior to the onboarding day on the 8th of September.   Please use this link to view specific information relating to our school, the unique registration code and to view the menu.

https://foodvillage.ie/mrfc/

 


New School App- Instructions

We are delighted today to launch our new school app.

Through the app we will keep our whole school community updated on school events, activities and students’ achievements throughout the year and events section will remind parents of important dates in the school calendar.

We continue to use VS Ware for all attendance information, school reporting and VS Ware Mail as our main method of communication with parents.

We hope that you find the app a useful way to stay connected to the school community this year.

The validation code has been sent through VS Ware Mail & text and student email.  

App Installation_Guide

App Downloads:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.omninos.iclasscms&hl=en_GB Android App Download
IOS – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/iclasscms/id1173183264 IOS App Download Link

Ghaeilge i gColáiste Pháirc Mhuire

An samhradh buailte linn agus bliain iontach eile don Ghaeilge i gColáiste Pháirc Mhuire

Ghlac daltaí (thart ar 140 dalta )agus múinteoirí ó Choláiste Pháirc Mhuire páirt i nGaeilge 24 arís i mbliana ar an 15ú Samhain 2022 . Is dúshlán é Gaeilge 24 chun daltaí scoile a spreagadh chun labhairt as Gaeilge amháin ar feadh 24 uair an chloig. Tá an dúshlán á eagrú ag Conradh na Gaeilge agus deis iontach ba ea í do na daltaí a gcuid Gaeilge a feabhsú agus a chur chun cinn sa scoil. Bhí bricfeasta Gaelach againn ar maidin chun fuinneamh a thabhairt dúinn don lá fada lán le Gaeilge agus don dúshlán a bhí romhainn. Bhí an ceaintín dubh le daoine agus an Ghaeilge á labhairt ag gach duine le chéile. Ghlacamar páirt i dTráth na gCeist Beo ar Zoom. Bhí na mílte ar fud na tíre ag glacadh páirte chomh maith. Bhí céilí mór ar siúl san iarnóin agus bhain chuile dhuine spórt agus spraoi as! B’iontach an rud é teanga álainn na Gaeilge a chloisteáil ar fud na scoile ar feadh an lae.  Bronnadh teastas orthu siúd a ghlac páirt san fheachtas tábhachtach seo. Comhghairdeas leo go léir. Mar a deir an seanfhocal “Beatha teanga í a labhairt”.

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Aviation Careers – ‘what happens beyond the clouds’

Maryfield College applied to join the Ryanair Role Models Roadshow, an inspiration day for female students who might think about a career with RyanairThis event was being held in Ryanair HQ in Dublin and will also be held in London, Spain and Italy.
7 of Maryfield College students were delighted to be chosen from 400 schools across the country.  At this wonderful Careers event the students were able to listen to presentations from Pilots, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Customer Services, Chief Risk Officer, Senior Engineer, Director of HR and a group of graduate entry staff.  All these positions are held by females, so it was particularly inspiring for our students.   The students really got a great insight into the various careers and advice on how to proceed in their career pathway.  A special thank you to 6th year student Roisin Boland who informed us about the application and wishing her great success as she pursues her flight training. 

Guidance Department.


6th Years vs Teachers Rounders Match- Teachers Win Yet Again!

Well done but ultimately, hard luck to the 6th year pupils who took the teachers on in a game of rounders today. They played well but were no match for their older but wiser adversaries.

It’s a time honoured tradition and the teachers are currently undefeated after nearly 80 years.


TY Graduation

Congratulations to our TY Class of 2023 and Ms Ryan, Ms Clancy, Ms Cooney, Ms O’Toole, Ms O’Mahoney and Ms McLoughlin for a wonderful end of year celebration. Thank you to all parents who attended the presentation this afternoon.


Rocket Takes Off In Our Polytunnel

Students from the Enterprise Club were out harvesting some salad at lunchtime to take home to eat. We have lots of organic rocket, spinach, lettuce and mixed oriental leaves growing nicely in our polytunnel.

 

 


East Leinster Success For Ines Jauny

Well done to Ines Jauny of 2K, who came second in the 100m and third in the long jump at the East Leinster athletics championships. She will represent Maryfield at the Leinster championships on the 17th of May.


Maryfield College wins an award in the National YSI competition for the third year in a row!

Maryfield College won the award for ‘Making our country more inclusive and poverty free’ in this years Young Social Innovators competition, following on similar success in 2021 and 2022!
 In class  4K discussed the issue of homophobia and realised that homophobic bullying begins at a very young age. They realised that books for children tend to start with traditional families of a mum, dad and two children. In order to introduce acceptance of  inclusive and diversity, they have written and illustrated a children’s book, called “I’ve Lost my Family, Can You Help Me?”

In this book Pedro the parrot gets lost and tries to find  his way home. He gets help along the way from all kinds of animals and families- a family with two lioness mums, a little hedgehog who’s is minding a baby bear, a rabbit family with mum and dad, and so on. The gorgeous illustrations by Ema T , add vibrant colour and light up the rhyming story aimed at younger children. well done to 4 K and Ms. McLoughlin!


Japanese Class Make Cranes To Wish World Peace

The 5th year Japanese class has been making cranes with origami to wish world peace. This is going to be sent to Hiroshima as behalf of Irish secondary school Japanese students. Well done for the beautiful work!

 

 


Parents Association Spring Clean 2023

Despite the rain, the Parents Association and students from Maryfield College were out in force celebrating World Earth Day by hosting its annual Spring Clean of the school’s grounds. It was a busy morning weeding, pruning, cutting back brambles, clearing moss, litter picking and planting new plants. A big thank you to all the parents, especially the students who volunteered, the school caretaker Alan Redmond and principal Dr O’Rourke.  A big shout out to Dublin City Council who provided us with bags, gloves and litter pickers and Tully Nurseries in Ballyboughal who supplied us with some planting. 


The Maryfield Book Club enjoyed a visit from KPMG volunteer

The Maryfield Book Club enjoyed a visit from KPMG volunteers today. Students took part in a cover design competition and enjoyed discussing the book ‘Be Wild Little One’ by Olivia Hope. Students are loving taking part in the Junior Juries programme for the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards.


Couch to 5k Complete!

Today was also the final day of the Couch to 5K programme. Congratulations to all the girls who have worked hard to improve their fitness and wellbeing. Keep up the good work!


Day 5 of Wellbeing Week- “Rainbow Friday”

Today is Rainbow Friday! Our One Good School team invited Ollie Bell, a guest speaker from Shout Out, an LGBT+ charity. We sold rainbow pins to raise money for Shout Out also. A Find the Flag scavenger hunt completed the activities.

A massive congratulations and thank you to everyone on the One Good School team for all your hard work and achievements this week. You’ve really lifted the mood and made a positive difference.


Wellbeing Week Day 3- Give!

It’s day 3 of Wellbeing Week and because the theme is “Give”, we had a bake sale at lunchtime. No money was involved though; our currency is kindness! We gave out cakes and treats in exchange for positive messages written on paper love hearts! 


Wellbeing Week Day 2- Be Active

Maryfield’s top runners were out bright and early this morning for the Maryfield Mile, part of our Wellbeing Week programme.

Our whole school did a Drop Everything and Move activity as part of Be Active Tuesday, an integral part of Wellbeing Week.

A Just Dance event was also part of the fun and games for Be Active Tuesday.

A lot of fun was had by everyone!

 


Wellbeing Week has begun!

We were visited today by a representative of Jigsaw, the youth mental health organisation. Emeir talked to our pupils about Jigsaw and mental health in general. The girls then listed what they’re grateful for on our gratitude noticeboard.

 


Two TY students reach final of Relove fashion competition

Two of the transition year students reached the final of the relove fashion competition on Thursday in Ballymum.

 

Here are some pictures of the two students Sarah Elders and Isabelle Graham with their outfit that they made from recycled jeans.

 

The final had 22 finalist out of 200 entries from all schools all over Ireland.

 


Prefects Raise E1,000 in Aid of Alone

On Thursday the 16th of March,Ms Farrelly and  the Prefects held a St Patrick’s day dress up and fundraiser in aid of ‘ Alone’.
A great day was had by all and the  total money raised was  €1000.
A huge thank you to all Students, Staff and Parents for your generosity.

Welcome Wall To Celebrate Diversity

Our second year CPSE class 2R created a beautiful welcome wall that celebrates our school’s diversity and makes all students feel valued and included. We recognise the importance of providing a supportive environment for our EAL students, and we are dedicated to ensuring that all students feel empowered to succeed at Maryfield College.

 


LE CHEILE SCHOOLS TRUST STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

LE CHEILE SCHOOLS TRUST STUDENT SYMPOSIUM

“LIVING OUR CATHOLIC FAITH”

On Monday 13th March, ten students along with Ms.Seery took part in the very first Le Cheile Faith Symposium. This was a wonderful gathering of Le Cheile schools from all over the country.

The symposium was held at Knock Shrine in Co. Mayo. the students took part in various workshops including the following:

  • The story of Knock (Museum)
  • The “Mosaic” story (Basilica)
  • Faith sharing
  • Recovery from addiction through faith, with members of the Cenacolo Community.
  • Positivity of music in prayer
  • Meditation

 

The students had the opportunity to reflect on prayer and faith in their own lives, and on how they live out the Le Cheile values within their own school communities.

 

The afternoon began with a special celebration of Mass in the Parish church, where various representatives from the schools took part in the liturgy, and everyone joined in the wonderful music.

 

There were some presentations from schools about the work of their “Ember” teams. This is a peer lead faith leadership group within the schools which aims to help school communities to live out our Catholic Faith.

 

The students really enjoyed the opportunity to link with students from so many different schools throughout the country, who are all part of the Le Cheile family. It was particularly lovely to meet up with the teachers and students from our sister/school – Cross and Passion, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare.

 

At the closing session, there was an invitation from the Knock Youth Ministry for students to participate in some summer volunteering at Knock Shrine (16–18-year-olds). Please see the noticeboard outside Room 27 for further information or speak to Ms. Seery

 

Maryfield can be very proud of the students who went to Knock this year. They were terrific ambassadors for their school. They completed a very long day from early morning to late in the evening, and entered very enthusiastically into the whole event. Well done girls!

 

We look for to this event being the first of many gatherings that will take place in the years to come.

 


Elaine Murphy of 5th Year Attends European Youth Parliament in Norway

After attending the Regional and National sessions of European Youth Parliament Ireland, I was selected to attend an international session in Tromsø, Norway. The session had 300 participants from all over Europe, and over 9 days we came together in committees and created resolutions to tackle problems facing Europe currently. The resolutions we wrote will be sent to policy makers across Europe and hopefully influence positive change.

 


First Year Business Students Host Fairtrade Event

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, our first year Business Studies students hosted a Fairtrade event to raise awareness about the work Fairtrade does to support farmers, producers and textile workers in the Global South. By switching to Fairtrade, you are using your financial power to help those most affected by the climate crisis and helping to create a more just world.
Next time you are shopping, look out for the Fairtrade logo on some of your favourite household items!
A big thanks to Fyffes for donating the bananas for each of our first years. 🍌
Thank You,
Ms Clancy’s First Year Business Studies Class. ❤️

First Years Engaging in Drop Everything and Move

First years during Ms O’Sullivan’s SPHE class living the dream and incorporating some physical activity into their day. Students came up with six exercises and then rolled the dice! #embraceequity #internationalwomensday


TY Pupils Participate in Emmanuel 2023

Last Wednesday March 1st, the TY students took part in the EMMANUEL Concerts at the Helix. This is an initiative between schools and the Dublin Diocese. It was great to take part again in this wonderful event after  the Pandemic, and it was so inspiring and uplifting to see and hear so many young people singing. The concerts promote wonderful music that can be used in our schools for Liturgy.

Among the highlights were video greetings from the various composers, and it was a lovely surprise to include a video message from the very famous Bjorn Kristian Ulaevus of ABBA whose song “Ode To Freedom” was one of the pieces performed.
The Religion Department would like to express how well our TY students participated and represented Maryfield College. A special note to our soloists, Cliona Barrett who sang “The Prayer” and Ai Lin Sun who played the piano in the orchestra.
Congratulations and well done to everybody involved. The whole event was a great success.

Lenten Space For Grace

Dear Le Chéile Community,

Our first Lenten Space for Grace takes place today at 13:20 online, the entire Le Chéile community are invited to join us for 20 minutes of prayer and reflection. Please circulate with more members of the community as you feel fit.

We will have in total three Space for Grace online reflections, today, March 15th & March 29th all at 13:20. This is in collaboration with other Trusts and Organisations – CEIST, Spiritan Trust, Loreto Trust, Dublin Diocese & Marino Institute.

We acknowledge that schools & workplaces are busy places therefore we will be recording the reflection and will place it on our website later today so that it can be viewed at another time for those that want it.

Please see attached the advertising poster and below the zoom link for all three Space for Graces

Join Zoom Meeting
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We hope you can make time for your own faith journey this Lent and join us.

Warm wishes,

Claire Kilroy
Ethos Leadership Officer,
Le Chéile Schools Trust CLG.


TY Japanese Class Visit Japanese Restaurant

The TY Japanese class went to a local Japanese restaurant today to try a bento box to finish off the module. They all enjoyed it very much. Well done to Ms Mika McLoughlin.

 


6th Year Trip To National Concert Hall

The 6th Year Music students enjoyed their trip to the National Concert Hall this Tuesday to see the National Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. They loved experiencing their Set Work live!


One Good School’s Peer Education Progamme

This week, two of our fifth years are delivering classes to their peers about mental health and wellbeing. It is part of Jigsaw’s One Good School programme. Well done, Sabrina and Emily!

 


U14 Badminton Team Narrowly Miss Out In Dublin Championships

Commiserations but still well done to the u14 badminton team who were narrowly edged out in their Dublin final today against St Mary’s, Naas. Our girls fought bravely but succumbed to a 4-2 loss. Our team of Olivia, Taniya, Alice, Janani and Inès did us proud!


Skiing Trip in Andorra

Our 4th and 5th years went skiing in Andorra over the midterm. A great time was had by all!


6th Year Trip to Edinburgh

“Thank you to a wonderful group of 6th years who were a pleasure to bring to Edinburgh and the Highlands last week and we all had a great time”- Ms Carroll.

 

 


It’s Safer Internet Day 2023!

It’s Safer Internet Day 2023! Our pupils are hard at work, designing presentations and posters to help their peers stay safe online. Here are some posters produced by our first years. The theme for today is promoting respectful, inclusive online communication. #SID2023

 


Fifth Year Politics & Society Students Meet with the President of the European Parliament

On Thursday February 2nd, the Fifth Year Politics & Society students of Maryfield College visited the Houses of the Oireachtas at Leinster House. We were greeted by the Parliamentary Education Officer, Conor Reale, who informed us about the role of the Dail and Seanad, before we met with Social Democrat TD Cian O’ Callaghan. Deputy O’ Callaghan discussed issues such as how the role of a TD is changing, his work in the Dail committee on Housing and why young people should get involved in politics. He then took part in a very engaging question and answer session where he listened and responded to every question that we asked of him.

We then watched the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, give a joint address to both houses of the Oireachtas. This was a unique opportunity for us to witness as she is only the second women outside of Ireland to be given this honour. After the President’s address we were then escorted to a room upstairs were we had the privilege to take part in a question and answer session for over twenty minutes with President Metsola and Deputy Leader of Seanad Eireann, Senator Regina Doherty. During this meeting we discussed a wide range of topics such as the difficulties female politicians face, increasing the power of the European Parliament, how the rule of law is under threat, and future challenges facing the European Parliament.

President Metsola took a great interest in our lives as young people in Ireland and asked us what changes we would like to see in our education system and in the society that we are growing up in. She stressed the need for a pragmatic approach to issues but also encouraged us to push for the change that we want to see in the world and she has inspired many of us to follow in her footsteps as future political leaders.

Fifth Year Politics & Society students meeting with the President of the European Parliament

 


One Good School Peer Education

A group of 5th years is currently engaging in Jigsaw’s One Good School Peer Education programme training. These volunteers will deliver workshops to teach the junior cycle pupils about mental health and wellbeing.


First Year Retreats

All first years took part in class retreats this week in the parish centre in St. Vincent De Paul Church, Marino.

The RE department would like to thank the first year students who participated so well together each day.

 

“We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

 

Scout’s experience of retreat

 

“The Theme of the retreat was Self- esteem. Self-esteem is believing in yourself and loving yourself the way God loves you. I enjoyed all of the games that we played because now I know the people in my class a bit better. I found it difficult to meditate at first but when I got into the flow of it I found it relaxing. I had a really fun day.”

 


Maryfield U19 Camogie Team Triumph in Dublin Championship Final!

Our U19 team reigned supreme in the U19 Dublin final with an emphatic win over Castleknock Community School. The pitch was frozen over at the start of the match but that did not put off our girls. Captain Ava Lambe of sixth year lifted yet another trophy, in what has proven to be a very prolific colleges camogie career. We will now represent Dublin in the All Ireland championships. Well done everyone!

 

 

 


U16A Badminton Team Crowned Dublin and Region Champions!

It has been a triumphant return to badminton for Maryfield. Our U16A badminton team has been crowned Dublin and Region champions after a home and away victory over St Mary’s, Naas. The quarter, consisting of Michelle Shocan, Mishalini Gopi, Rayna Jose and Cheryl Nakka, will now represent Dublin as they contest the Leinster championships in March. Well done, girls!


Couch to 5K

As part of Maryfield’s Whole-School Wellbeing strategy, we will introduce a couch to 5K running programme, beginning on Monday, 23rd of January. Each pupil is welcome to participate, regardless of fitness levels.

We will meet after school up to three times a week and the aim is for participants to be able to eventually run for 5km without stopping. It starts off with a manageable combination of walking and jogging and progresses towards running only. The plan doesn’t just include running- there will be some general cardio and strength training to help build up muscle and stamina. If you are interested, please sign up on the sports noticeboard. You must also obtain a parental permission form, available on the window ledge across from the sports noticeboard.

Please find attached a PAR Q questionnaire (Physical Activity Readiness ) for anyone interested in participating. If you answer yes to any of the questions, please consult with your doctor before you begin the programme. If any of symptoms occur while participating, you must cease immediately and seek medical help.

We will use a Couch to 5K app (C25k) to keep track of progress. You can complete parts of the programme in your own time. 

The programme will take place on school grounds. Pupils are to wear their own sports gear so their PE tracksuits will still be available for PE classes. Please note, your clothes and footwear may get muddy on occasions.

 


U19 Team Qualify For Super Final Friday

Our U19 team had a resounding victory over Portmarnock C.S. in their semi-final with a scoreline of 6-9 to 1-1. They will play their final on Friday in Trinity College Sports Ground, Santry at 10.15. Well done, girls!


U19 Camogie Team Win Quarter-Final

The u19 camogie team beat Hartstown CS in their quarter-final by a scoreline of 7-14 to 0-0. They will face either St Dominic’s, Cabra or Portmarnock CS in their semi-final. Well done everyone!


Tickets on sale for the Maryfield Musical- High School Musical

Transition Year Musical – High School Musical

Tickets now on Sale

 

Tickets for 24th January

 

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Tickets for 25th January

 

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TY Musical 2023 High School Musical Promotional Flyer[7]


Prefect FundRaiser

The Prefects and Ms Farrelly wish to thank all Staff, Students and Parents for their generosity during the Prefects 2nd fundraiser .A very generous €1046.30 was raised for Sonas, which will be used to provide refuge for Women and Children in distress.


Christmas Carols

It is a longstanding tradition that sixth year students sing carols for the first year students here in Maryfield. This afternoon the sixth years encouraged the first years to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and the need for peace in our world. We sang carols together and listened to readings.

There was a special visitor and we also sang some Christmas favourites. Thank you to all the sixth years who planned and participated in our carol service. A special mention to the stars of the show and to Mary-Kate for her impeccable compere skills.

Thanks to Ms Seery, Ms McCarron and Ms Cooney for their help in preparation of our carol service.

Happy Christmas Everyone

 


Class 4K / 4L visiting Nazareth House Nursing Home

Class 4K / 4L visiting Nazareth House Nursing Home this morning to sing Carols and Christmas songs for the residents. The staff and residents  really appreciated the visit.
A special Thank You to Ms.Cooney and Ms.Seery for arranging this event.

School Pollytunnel

School Polytunnel
We are delighted to unveil the latest addition to Maryfield College – A Polytunnel!
Over the coming weeks we will form a committee of staff and students who will plan, plant, grow and maintain various food and plants in the polytunnel. Our focus is to develop new skills, raise awareness on food literacy and sustainability and most importantly, to have fun.
This polytunnel will provide students with an outdoor learning environment and a space to enjoy the beauty of nature.
We hope that this polytunnel will provide both staff and students with the opportunity to unleash their inner gardener and inspire some to start growing in their own home or outdoor space.
Stay tuned for further updates…
The Enterprise Club

Frosty Friday

Ms Ryan has captured some beautiful views of Maryfield this Frosty Friday!


Christmas Musical Evening

The Music Department and Parents Association held a Christmas Musical Evening last Monday night. Thank you to all the students who took part! You are magic!


TY pupils Complete the CPR 4 Schools programme

Here is a few pictures from the CPR workshop completed by the TY students.
Students completed the CPR 4 Schools programme from the Irish Heart Foundation.

6th Year Retreat

On 1st December the sixth years gathered in the assembly hall for a day of reflection led by our special guest Gerry Keegan. Gerry shared aspects of his own faith journey and encouraged the sixth years to take time to reflect on their own lives and experience. Gerry sang songs and shared his story through examining the lyrics. There were plenty of games and interactive music general knowledge quizzes, correct answers were rewarded with enthusiastic cheers.

 

It was a powerful experience to be witnessed. Thank you everybody for your respectful participation and sense of  fun throughout the day.

 

A special word of thanks to our personal Adele act! 😉 Hope you enjoyed the pizza lunch.

The RE Department

Video


Parents Association Sponsors Christmas Tree and Five New Benches

It’s that time of the year again and to mark the start of the Christmas Season at Maryfield College, the Parents Association have sponsored the Christmas tree in the school’s courtyard. Thanks to our committee members who helped decorate the tree which looks great alongside the five new benches that the association purchased last month for the school.


TY Art Workshop-No Place Like Gnome

Here’s some photos of the 4th yrs. with the gnomes they made in a craft workshop run by Ms Mahoney and Ms McLoughlin. Well done everyone!


Junior Certificate Results 2022

Congratulations to all our 2022 Junior Certificate candidates who received their results today! Our girls performed extremely well and made the school very proud.


First Year Student Council Elections

1st Year Elections 

On the 25th of October the First Year elections took place 

 

  1. The assigned student council members met at the assembly hall after break time. 

 

      2. They were assigned temporary roles for the election and were explained how to carry out these roles. 

 

      3. Four assigned members of the Student Council went to collect the first group of First Years and  brought them to the assembly hall where the elections took place. 

 

       4. After all the groups of First Years voted, all the members were taught how to count votes. 

 

       5. The elections went really well, and the First Years Student Council members were elected: Lily   Moran from 1R and Abigail Aju from 1L. 

 


Quiz Night 2022

Quiz Night
Thank you to everyone who volunteered and supported the first fundraising event of the year. A great night was had by all and congratulations to Tracy Ennis and her team on winning the quiz. A big thank you to all the companies that donated spot prizes and St Vincent’s GAA Club for letting us use their facilities.

Ai Lin Wins Gold and Bronze At the National Taekwondo Championships

Here’s some pics from the Taekwondo National Championships in Limerick last Saturday. Ai Lin got a bronze🥉for 1st Dan patterns and gold🥇in the black belt 1-3 Dan U18 -61kg sparring. Winners will be selected into the National Team and the girl that got silver for sparring is the reigning World Cup Champion! Congratulations, Ai Lin!

 


Fiona Joby Wins the Halloween Raffle

Congratulations to Fiona Joby 1L who bought the winning raffle ticket at the Halloween Sale on Thursday 27th of October. Enjoy your prize 😊

 


Halloween Dress Up

Fifth years Holly and Rebecca ran a best fancy dress competition with Ms McCarron’s 1st year classes 1L and 1K. Winners were Alisha Alim and Anna Binoy.


TY Pupils Create A Lesson Plan as Part of Community Action

As part of their Community Action programme with Ms Mahoney & Ms McLoughlin, the girls were asked
to create & present an original lesson plan that would be suitable for junior/ senior infant primary school pupils. They had great fun !

 

 


Enterprise Club Halloween Sale

On Thursday, the students from the Enterprise Club held a Halloween Sale for the students and staff of Maryfield College.
We spent the last few weeks preparing for this sale during our lunchtime meetings. We started by thinking of ideas of different products to sell and we decided on making Halloween trick or treat bags, eco-friendly piñatas, Halloween themed baked goods and held a raffle.
We held the sale in the Assembly Hall and displayed our stock.
The sale was a success and we got to put our teamwork, communication and sales skills into practice.
Thank you to everyone who supported our sale. Wishing everyone a safe and happy midterm break!
The Enterprise Club 🎃

5th Years at Go Quest

5th Year Students enjoyed a morning of teamwork and problem solving at Go Quest in Carrickmines on Friday 14th October. They challenged themselves with a mixture of  mental, physical and skill based ‘quests’ to gather as many points as they could for their team. Enjoy the photos from the day!


One Good School Assembly, Croke Park

Mr Smith, parent Patricia Mulligan and pupils, Sarah O’Rourke and Kayleighann Burgess attended the One Good School Assembly in Croke Park on October 19th. It was an event to celebrate the good work that has been done so far by the participating schools.

The event was organised by Jigsaw, who provide help for young people from the ages of 12 to 25.

Former Irish President, Mary McAleese, was a guest speaker, she spoke about the influence one good adult can have on a student.

 

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Ai Lin Wins Two Bronze Medals at the Taekwondo World Cup in Slovenia!

Ai Lin Sun (4th year) flew the Irish flag high at the VIII ITF Taekwondo World Cup in Koper, Slovenia. She earned two bronze medals – for individual and team sparring.🥋 A massive congratulations, Ai Lin, on this huge achievement!

 

 

 

 


Jigsaw’s One Good School- CLANG

CLANG is Jigsaw’s campaign to help us all learn about and look after our own mental health and wellbeing. From Monday, 10 to Friday, 14 October, we’re asking you to join us in doing five simple actions proven to help with your mental health and wellbeing.

  1. Connect
  2. Keep Learning
  3. Be active
  4. Take notice
  5. Give back in support of Jigsaw

Ways to connect

  • Connect over lunch, featuring special treats brought in by the students or free pizza.
  • Digital detox day, where students and staff don’t use their phones for a whole school day. There’s nothing like removing devices from your day to promote connecting with those around you.
  • A screening. Use a room with a projector in and screen a film or game. A love of sport and film can bring people together like nothing else!

Ways to keep learning

  • Presentation in school, college, or the student union by one of the organisers, explaining the Five a Day for Mental Health and its benefits.
  • Webinar or completion of online course. See what courses we have available on jigsaw.ie
  • Learn a new skill. Research a skill such as knot tying, cooking a particular meal, origami, etc. Then teach this new skill to each other!

Ways to be active

  • Organised run, walk, or hike. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Pick a nice location locally or further afield and go for a run, walk or hike there.
  • Interschool or intercollege sports game. What about students versus teachers or lecturers or a match against another school/college/society?
  • Board game evening. So why not organise an evening where people can bring in their favourites?

Ways to take notice 

  • Guided meditation There are lots of great guided meditation resources online. Have a look on YouTube and see if anything would suit your group.
  • Nature walk around the school or college grounds. Are you near a nice park or located out in the countryside? Why not find a nice spot and go for a relaxing walk as a group?
  • Litter pick up around the local area. There are few things more relaxing than taking a stroll and cleaning up your local area.

Ways to give back in support of Jigsaw

  • Bake sale. Get a few talented bakers together, make some cakes and treats, and sell them. There’s nothing like a home baked brownie to put a smile on someone’s face.
  • Non uniform day/costume day. Let everyone express themselves through their own choice of clothing in exchange for a modest donation. A classic!
  • Sponsored run, walk, or hike. Keep things simple, pick a challenging location for a run, walk or hike and get sponsored by friends and family.
  • Charity night out, gig or concert. Pick a venue, pick a form of entertainment to offer, and charge for tickets. Maybe throw in a raffle and there you have it!

CLANG with Jigsaw: Team challenge

 


TY trip to Russborough House

The TYs travelled to Russborough House in Wicklow last Thursday where they participated in Archery, Zip-lining, High Ropes, Bushcraft and Rock Climbing. They then canoed across the Liffey Reservoir to their campsite, and braved the elements as they camped outside. A great time was had by all, where they learned to work as a team and bond with their year group! Many thanks to their teachers Mr. Dempsey, Mr. Devlin, Ms. Keating and Ms. Cooney for travelling with them!


Opening of School Year Mass

On Thursday 29th September we gathered as a community to celebrate the Opening of School Year Mass in St. Vincent De Paul Church, Marino.  Fr. Tom Noone celebrated our Mass with us and blessed our school community for the coming year.  We reflected on the values of our school and the symbolism of the Sunflower. We were encouraged to be like the sunflower.  “Be like the sunflower that follows every movement of the sun and keep your eyes always towards our God”. We formally welcomed all the first year students and new members of our Maryfield Community. There were presentations to our newly appointed sixth year prefects and the four students who represented Maryfield on the Dublin Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. Thank you to all who participated so wonderfully in the Liturgy.


Maryfield took part in the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2022

Well done to our four sixth years who did a wonderful job serving as “Blue Shirts” and represented our school proudly.
Jodie Sherlock
Anna Kendellen
Abby Whelan
Angelina Zhao

DAY 1: Wednesday September 7th, 2022

We started off our journey to Lourdes at 10.45 am on Wednesday Sept.7th at Dublin airport. We checked in our bags, went through security, and had a little time to grab something to eat before heading to the gate. We finally arrived in sunny France around 6pm. The flight was delayed a little, so we did not make The Welcome Mass, the opening of the pilgrimage for the Dublin Diocese in Lourdes. We got a bus from the airport straight to the Hotel Eliseo, which was where we were staying. When we arrived at the hotel, we rushed our dinner hoping to get to the SOLITUDE HOTEL for a meeting with the schools group. We arrived at the Solitude and met all the “BLUE SHIRTS.” The coordinators told us about our plan for the following days. We then made our way to the domain for prairie. When we were walking on the opposite side of the Grotto for “PRAIRIE” (Prayer and reflection for the “Blue Shirts” each evening), we passed by the start of the torch light ceremony. It was so surreal and excited us about what was to come over the next few days. We then had prairie and there was an exciting, positive atmosphere from the “WHITE SHIRTS” (returning volunteers) who were happy to be back after being unable to go during covid and from the Blueshirts for opportunity that was unfolding over the next few days. We went back to our hotels for an early night, ready to start our journey. (Midnight!)

 

 

DAY 2: Thursday September 8th, 2022

Our morning was off to an early start, we woke up at 6am and went down for breakfast at 7am. After breakfast we headed to the grotto with all the Dublin pilgrims for an opening mass. Today was our Lady’s birthday which was so special to be in Lourdes for that. We then met the blue shirts at the crown virgin statue, and we made our way to Bartres. This is a village near Lourdes where Bernadette spent time when she was a child. The whole walk up to Bartres was a struggle as it was all uphill, but the views of the Pyrenees mountains and the beautiful French countryside was worth it. On the way up we stopped at a Ukrainian Orthodox church where we prayed for peace and lit candles for those involved in the war in Ukraine. When we arrived at Bartres we visited the church where Bernadette would spend time. We then had a picnic outside with the packed lunches our hotel gave us. This was a wonderful opportunity to bond and get to know all the Blue Shirts better. After our picnic we started our journey back and enjoyed more of the amazing views. In total we walked 9km (21,000 steps) and it was only 2.30pm! We then met at the Accueil (Hospital) where we had training on the safe use of wheelchairs and voitures. At 5pm, we walked in procession with the Dublin diocesan to carry the blessed sacrament to the underground basilica. The four of us were on flag duty for this procession. We held flags for the walk to the basilica and for the duration of the mass. It was such an extraordinary and beautiful experience. The basilica is the size of several football pitches (It can hold up to 20,000 pilgrims), it was amazing to see everyone working and praying together and the beauty of faith. We returned to the hotel for dinner at 7pm. As we were there, we heard of the passing of Queen Elizabeth. After dinner, we went to the solitude for prairie. We listened to an inspiring and motivating talk by Jim Lucy on well-being. Then it was our turn for prairie, along with Clongowes and Blackrock College, the theme for tonight was about being open to new experiences. We prepared an acting out of the parable of the pencils and finished with Jodie singing Opportunity from Annie. Then we had a quiz which was another great opportunity for us to bond and enjoy the company of the other Blueshirts.

 

 

DAY 3: Friday September 9th, 2022

We started off this morning by gathering for morning prayer on the other side of the river across from the Grotto. We then gather with the entire Dublin Pilgrimage for a group photo at the basilica. We then went to the baths. It was a different experience this year than previous years that went to the baths. This year, we prayed to Mary and then a woman poured water from a jug into our hands. We washed our hands with the water, washed our face and then drank the water from our hands. (This is known as the Water Ritual). Pilgrims at Lourdes are invited to take part in this ritual as Our Lady requested. We then went on a walking tour where we were guided around Lourdes and taken to places to do with Bernadette’s life like the mill, le cachet, and the parish church where she was baptised. This gave us an interesting insight into her life. We returned to the hotel for lunch and headed back to the basilica where we were on water duty for the anointing of the sick mass. This was quite a sad mass, and it was difficult seeing many people upset. However, we enjoyed helping during the mass and giving out the water. After the mass, there was a picnic on the lawn outside the accueil. We talked to all the pilgrims, and it was amazing hearing everyone’s different life experiences and their reasons for being at Lourdes. We had to leave the picnic early and rush to folk group practice, we practiced our songs for The Youth Mass which was the following day. We went back to the hotel for dinner at 7. After dinner, we went to the torch light procession. We helped lead the Dublin pilgrims in the procession. It was amazing to see all the pilgrims and volunteers all gathered for this ceremony. A feeling of unity, peace and love came upon everyone during this ceremony. It was so surreal to see, we had seen pictures and videos of this procession, but it is nothing compared to the real-life experience. Later, we had prairie where four schools presented on the theme of “Care of the poor, sick and homeless.” Then all the Blueshirts headed to the Solitude Hotel for music night. Collie played the piano, and we all sang and danced to our favourite songs. After a remarkably busy day we went straight back to the hotel and went asleep.

 

 

 

DAY 4: Saturday September 10th, 2022

We had a later start today and woke up at half seven for breakfast. We headed for morning prayer and then had folk group practice. We then had the youth mass. Father Sean and Paul talked about “BEO” and being alive. It was a very inspiring mass. We sang as a part of the folk group for this mass, and everyone complimented our singing, and we loved being a part of the group! After the mass, we met all the Blueshirts to get coaches to Gavarnie. It was a one-hour bus journey, but it flew by as we sang and enjoyed the beautiful views of the Pyrenees and waterfalls. When we arrived, we played a big game of football, walked up a bit of the mountains and took in the scenery. We got an ice cream from one of the local shops and rambled around the other art, crystal, and souvenir shops. We rushed home to get back into our uniform and sang as part of the folk group in the mass for deceased members. People carried up a candle for a deceased member of the pilgrimage. It was hard seeing people so upset as they reflected on loved ones that meant something to the pilgrimage. After the mass we rushed back for dinner. We went to the Medal ceremony (Volunteers are awarded medals for their various lengths of service to the Pilgrimage). This was a motivating, encouraging and joyful ceremony. It was so nice seeing the dedication and commitment people put into this pilgrimage and was inspiring to see the pilgrims getting bronze badges for three years, silver badges for five years and the gold for 25 years. It was amazing seeing the community of people getting their badges they were all so proud of themselves and each other as they know the demanding work and commitment required. After the ceremony, we attended prairie on the theme of “Finding peace with God and being at peace in myself.” The schools sang Oceans and Silence by Khalid which reflected the theme nicely. The retired archbishop of Dublin Dermot Martin visited. After prairie, we had an opportunity for confession. Before returning to the hotel, we got a crepe from one of the local shops and returned to the hotel.

 

 

DAY 5: Sunday September 11th, 2022

This morning, we had a bit of a lie-in. we had morning prayer and went to the solitude for hotel support at 9.15. It was so nice talking to the pilgrims and hearing their wise advice on life. We brought them in their wheelchairs down to the stations of the cross, where different schools act out each station. We then brought them back to their hotels.

We got a tour of the accueil where we would normally do our work in the hospital, but we could not this year because of covid. It gave us an insight into what it was like working in there and showed us what is in store for next year if we are to return. We returned to the hotel for lunch at 12. We were then on hotel support again with the voitures and had great conversations with the pilgrims. We had a farewell mass with all the Dublin Pilgrimage and after, we lead voitures in procession to visit the grotto. We returned the pilgrims to their hotel. We then had free time, we bought souvenirs to bring home and returned to the hotel for dinner. We collected our candle to say our prayers and intentions for people back home. We went down for our final gathering with Father Paul, Laura jane and Aaron (The Youth Chaplain, and Youth Leaders). We listened to motivating stories from the team on how they got to be white shirts and told us what its like. Father Paul then blessed the candles. We then went to the Grotto as our school group (Ms. Seery and the four of us) lit our special candle. There was a beautiful, silent, peaceful atmosphere as we said our prayers and intentions. We lit candles for loved ones at the grotto and then had our final walk through the grotto, touching the wall. We filled our water bottles with holy water and went to the Solitude Hotel for our final music night. We all sang our hearts out in a spirit of friendship and great fun. We were reminded of all the” BEO” and life in young people. We said goodbye to the Blueshirts that were on the early flight, the following morning. We returned to the hotel and went straight asleep after an amazing day.

 

DAY 6: Monday September 12th, 2022

Today we went on a hike up the mountains with the rest of the Blueshirts that were getting the late flight that evening. It was an enjoyable time to see more of the beautiful area we were in and to bond with the Blueshirts. We got the bus back and went for dinner at the hotel. The bus then picked us up to head to the airport, our flight was delayed due to a thunderstorm. There was lightning as we looked out the window of the plane, which was quite scary, but we were all safe and landed safely in Dublin Airport. We all said goodbye to each other which was sad as we had such a magical experience together. We then reunited with our families and returned to our homes. Reflecting on this week, we all describe it as a life changing opportunity. it is an experience that teaches you so much about yourself and others and we have come back with a new outlook on life. The memories, friendships, and lessons we learned there will stick with us forever.