St Mary's Holy Faith Killester

Newsletter #11 2022

04-February-22
Newsletter #11 2022

Mock Examinations

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Well done to our 3rd and 6th year students for their hard work and preparation for the mock examinations which began this week.

State Examinations 2022

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It was confirmed earlier this week that traditional, written Leaving Cert exams will go ahead this June, along with the return of the Junior Cycle.

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced extensive changes to the state examinations for 2022.

To take into account the disruption to teaching and learning experienced by the Leaving Certificate class of 2022, extensive changes will be made to the written Leaving Certificate 2022 examinations.

The Minister has also confirmed that the fees for sitting the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations will be waived for the year.

Previously, Leaving Cert students were required to pay €116 to sit their exams, while Junior Cert students paid €109.

Oral and practical examinations will take place outside of school time over the first week of the school Easter holidays, with the examinations running in schools during the six-day period Saturday 9 April to Thursday 14 April inclusive.

Internet Safety Day

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Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. Our students are preparing for a campaign to raise awareness for responsible and safe internet usage. As part of the programme of activities, a team of student ambassadors has been set up to provide a workshop and presentation for 1st year students. Students have been creating posters and poems to promote their messages about staying safe online.

FUSE

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DCU Anti-Bullying Centre and TikTok invites you to attend a free parents webinar entitled "Anti-Bullying & Online Safety - A Parent's Guide to TikTok" on Tuesday 15th February at 7.00 pm.You can register via this link: Click Here to Register

Seconda Year students are currently working on their anti-bullying projects as part of the DCU initiative.

Le Chéile Schools Trust

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75 Le Chéile schools primary and post-primary participated in a special student led conference on St. Brigid’s Day for an online “ Showcase and Share Student Action” event. Three students from St. Mary's (Lucy, Milana and Amy) attended the event and talked about initiatives taking place in the school around social justice and innovation.


Jigsaw One Good School

The St. Mary's Jigsaw One Good School team comprising parents, students, teachers and school leaders will take place on February 14th. The training will provide the team with guidance regarding their role in implementing the mental health programme in the school.

St. Mary's peer educators (Amy, Clíodhna, Mia, Molly, Ava, Chloe, Angeline, Alysia) have been trained up by Jigsaw to present a workshop to first year students on mental health.

Young Social Innovators

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Three students, Amy, Mia, Clíodhna attended a photoshoot on behalf of Young Social Innovators on the DCU campus on

Aspire 2

A team of mentors will be in the school on February 15th to work with fifth year students who applied for mentoring through the Aspire 2 programme. The mentoring will support students in relation to their school work and career direction. Aspire 2 is funded by DPS Group Global and the mentors are employees of DPS from a range of career backgrounds. .

Rugby

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The girls rugby teams have been involved in a number of Leinster blitzes, the most recent in Palmerston RFC in Kilternan and have excelled in their performances, winning most of their games. They are now well placed for the Cup competition in Donnybrook on March 8th.

Transition Year News

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Well done the award recipients at the recent TY prizegiving. These students have participated fully, contributed to all activities and cooperated respectfully in all aspects of the Transition Year Programme.

Midterm Break

The school will be closed for midterm from Monday 21st– Friday 25th February inclusive.

School Calendar

Our school calendar can be accessed HERE

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