St Mary's Holy Faith Killester

Newsletter #10 2023

Newsletter #10 2023

Welcome back everyone. We hope you enjoyed a hopeful Easter. We have just six weeks left in this school year, and it will be a busy one.

Easter Examinations

Congratulations to all 6th years who completed their state oral exams in Irish, Spanish and French. ‘Un grand merci’ to our French language assistant Marie Golebiewski for all her extra help and for supporting the girls on the day of the exam. Thanks of course to our language teachers for preparing the students for the examinations. Message from Ms McClelland.

Practical Examinations


Junior Cycle Home Economics and Senior and Junior music practicals are now complete. Well done to all the girls for all the hard work they put into preparing for the exams and to their teachers for their guidance and support.

School Trip


Thirty four senior students and four teachers participated in the Arts and Culture trip to Barcelona this April for an action packed and fun filled three days. The trip’s highlights included a visit to the Sagrada Familia Bascillica at the heart of the city. It was truly breathtaking. We also visited Parc Guell, designed by Gaudi. We did a walking tour through the Gothic area of the city and on our last day through the Olympic Port and the Parc de Cuitadella areas. The students got a real feel for the city and it’s beautiful architecture.
Art lovers were inspired by the wonderful works of Picasso displayed in a museum dedicated to the Artist himself.
For our adventurers and thrill seekers we also had a fabulous day at Portaventura Theme park.
We stayed in a lovely hotel in sunny Salou, where some of our girls even managed a dip in the pool and a toe in Mediterranean to top of a wonderful tour.
Our students were joy to accompany as they represented the school and our ethos proudly. We were delighted by their company and to see their joy as they embarked on new travel adventures, learning about different cultures, some students even taking their first flights!

Gaeltacht Trip

Best of luck to all the first and second year students on their trip to Coláiste Bhun an Inbhir, Dún na nGall. Taking place from the 2nd May to the 4th May. This will be our first visit to the Gaeltacht since the pandemic and everyone is ‘ar bís’! Bainigí taitneamh as a chailíní!!! Message from Ms McClelland.

Le Cheile Day

St. Mary's belongs to the Le Chéile Schools Trust. Le Chéile Day was celebrated on March 31st 2023. A range of activities were organised to celebrate our Catholic heritage.

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Gaeltacht Scholarships

We are delighted that two second year students Robyn Byrne and Meabh Cahill, along with 5 fifth year students Cliodhna Murphy, Amy Ward, Molly flood, Angeline Duffy and Ava McDonnell have been awarded scholarships to the Gaeltacht this summer. Scoláireacht Ghaeltachta Deis 2023 is awarded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in conjunction with Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board. Thanks to Ms McClelland and Ms Burke for accessing these opportunities for the girls. Message from Ms McClelland.

Building Works

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The building works are now completed.

Upcoming events

Ty Graduation: 22nd May, 7pm at the school. Parents of TY students welcome

6th Year Graduation: 23rd May, St. Brigid's Church, Killester. Parents of 6th Year students welcome

Prizegiving: 18th May, St. Brigid's Church, Killester

Sports Day: 19th May (Weather permitting)

Summer Assessments: Friday, May 26th



The Jigsaw Peer Educator Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 26th. Well done to those involved for another exceptional year.

  1. Rebecca Foley
  2. Laoise Heffernan
  3. Alanna Hunt
  4. Éabha Ivory
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