Maryfield College

First Year Bonding Afternoon

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.

Maths Week

Maths Workshop

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.

Maths Quiz

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!

Poetry Aloud Competition

Maryfield College achieved great success at the recent regional heats of The Poetry Aloud Competition which took place in The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin. Five schools took part in this heat with the judges selecting two students from each of the three categories (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) to go forward to the semi-final heats on the 17th and 18th of November. Four of the six places were awarded to Maryfield students: Jane Keyes (T/Y), Lorna Lawless (2L), Leah Whelan (2K) and

Nina Roe (1R).

The prescribed poems in this year’s competition reflect on 1916, World War 1 and also include the work of contemporary Irish poets. All nineteen students articulated beautifully from memory their prescribed and chosen poems.

Congratulations to all participants and a big thank you to all who supported this prestigious event.

Junior Category Entrants; – First Years and Second Years

Norah May Linehan (1S), Alannah Galvin (1R), Aoife Kehoe (1R), Kate O’Connor (1R)

Nicole Mare (1R) and Nina Roe (1R).

Shelby Cullen (2L), Leah Su Whelan (2K), Susan Marmion (2S), Sara Coogan (2l), Lorna Lawless (2L) and Gráinne Tancred (2K).

Intermediate Category – Third Years and Transition Years

Abbey Byrne, Aoife O’Kane, Mairéad Kelly McHugh, Abigail Murphy,

Jane Keyes, Emma Corcoran and Sophia Conlon

Poetry Aloud participants

Miriam’s Writing Wins

Congratulations to Miriam Onwule, 5th year, who has been selected as the winner of the secondary school category in The Irish Times Africa Day Writing Competition. Miriam’s piece will be published in The Irish Times and she has been invited to attend an award ceremony in The Irish Times in early June.

Maryfield’s Radio Debut

Six students from Maryfield were recently selected to have their poetry and short stories featured in a series on Near Fm called “Telling Tales.”   The series features creative works from students around Ireland.

You can find a link to the podcast series where you can listen in here


Sports Fun Day 2016

The Prefects held their third fundraiser to coincide with Maryfield Sports Day on Monday the 16th of May. They raised the sum of €957 which will be sent to Bressie’s charity, A Lust for Life. This is a charity that supports youth mental health issues. Thanks to all for your support.

We all enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of wellie throwing, sack races, three-legged races, tug of war, relay races and bean bag waddles. The sun shone on what was a memorable and fun day in our beautiful playing fields.


Jackie Clarke Foundation Poetry Award

In November 2015 Ms. Townshend’s First Year computer classes entered a poetry competition that was run by the Jackie Clarke Foundation. Jackie Clarke, from Ballina Co. Mayo, was a business man and collector of Irish historical material. Events such as this poetry competition are run by the foundation to promote a knowledge and love of Irish history in our young people.

To our delight Amy Noonan, Ellenjane O’Brien and Seána O’Grady from 1K received first prize for their poem about the 1798 rebellion.


1798 Rebellion

by Seána O’Grady, Amy Noonan and Ellenjane O’Brien



United Irishmen searched for

Equality and liberty in the hope they would

get unity


Protestants, Presbyterians and Catholics

shared the belief of a better life but at times

it was hard for them to do it without the



Men struggling to survive, men dying on all



Screams of pain, a dusty cloud

Struggling to survive crawling on the ground


The inhumanity of it all one last breath, one

last wish one last fall

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


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