LCA 2 Social Education Projects (2011)
Denise and Gemma did their project on Skin Cancer and Sun Protection, while Lisa and Megan studied Unemployment.
The girls presented their projects, and allowed us to ask loads of questions. We all learned some very interesting facts from their research.
Well done, LCA 2 !
4A Story for Marian School (2011)
Girls in 4A have been doing an IT project.
We wrote a story for the girls in Mary Steen's class in Marian School.
The story is about a dog, Tiny, who nearly gets killed in the Phoenix Park, but he falls into a pile of muck instead!
We made the story into a Powerpoint presentation, and showed it to the girls. We gave them a little book each showing the slides of the story.
Then Mary made hot chocolate for everyone! We enjoyed our visit to Marian School very much.
Mock Election (2011)
Miss O' Rourke had a great idea about having a Mock Election. She asks our class and 2C to organise it. In the beginning I didn't know whether I should be a candidate but Jaima kept begging me, so I changed my mind but I worked with Jaima so we were Fine Gael candidates, we shared the ideas and we were drawing posters and typing manifesto up on the computer. We printed it out and it looked very well, so formal. We were having fun too. We were trying our best to get people's attention to vote for us.
It was a busy week to get everything sorted out. When the day of debate was coming closer I started to get too nervous, I don't have good confidence. So when the debate had just started, I went in to the play hall and saw all the chairs were filled with people. I was like feeling so blank I had every word in my head to tell people but I had forgotten what to say. I had butterflies in my tummy, it felt horrible. I did not believe in myself and my mind say to me "quit" it but at the same time I did not want to let Jaima down.
Laura and Ciara (interviewers) called the candidates so we marched to the stage and stood up there and all candidates started to talk about their promises. Every one of them did really well, they were very confident. The debate was very good. It is good to learn how to control your anger or mood and it was very exciting when people asked us questions.
Mr O' Leary helped us with The Count, our class and other classes were in 1A class room, we watched and helped. Mr O' Leary wrote up on board about how many votes were spoilt. So when we were watching and listening I knew that I was not going to be first. I knew I was going to be eliminated after the first Count. Avril won after the fifth count.
Over all I was not disappointed, I did not mind at all because it was fun and a good experience.
By Eimer H
Mrs O'Rourke, our C.S.P.E teacher came up with a brilliant idea of having a mock election in school. My class and 2C organised the mock election. All students, teachers and staff in class took part.
I decided myself to be a candidate for Fine Gael. I worked hard to persuade the students, teachers and the staff to vote for me. So, I made a big poster with information of what changes I would plan for Ireland and school. There were 12 candidates who come up with brilliant information for Ireland's future.
We had a debate on 14th February on Valentine's Day, in the playhall. It was a great experience and built my confidence. Most of the girls who were candidates were bit nervous and shy. Each of candidates introduced themselves and focused on the problems that causing the recession. It also was a great fun, the security guards and the voters put questions to the candidates. Some of them were under pressure then slowly relaxed themselves and answered the questions patiently and calmly. We all did great and we got a great reaction.
Later it was time to vote. I was a polling clerk with Elma, we had to cross the names of people off the register of the electors. Next day, we counted the votes with 2C and 1B. Mr O'Leary showed us how to count the votes. I came 4th and I am happy about it. I was glad to be a candidate because it was fun but a bit hard.
Avril was the winner; she did great and was so brave.
The Great St. Mary's Debate
There was a debate in the play hall on Valentine's Day 14th of February for the mock election. The Idea was suggested in 2B C.S.P.E class. Jaima Gago, Eimer Haran and I, Fiona Landers were candidates. Jaima and Eimer joined the "Fine Gael" Party and I wanted to be an Independent. Some of the girls joined as well in different parties. Most of the candidates designed posters.
Many students, teachers and staff attended the mock election, all the twelve candidates were up on the stage, all anxious and trembling but some were confident but had a speck of nervousness inside themselves but was easily seen. The debate went to a great start when the Hostesses Ciara H and Laura G introduced the candidates and each of them gave a wave including me, expect for Emma who made a huge impression, nuff said! The debate heated up when Shirley Higgins (teacher and an independent candidate) was against the D.A and most of the candidates debated about it and the 6th Years asked a lot of questions. Then, Emma suggested that we should go to McDonalds on Fridays and Avril Madden was against that and she talked about health and the food pyramid mumbo jumbo which led to Physical Education which was cancelled a few years ago for such numerous reasons and some candidates agreed that we should have P.E from 3.30 to 4.00 on particular days.
Ms. Higgins was accused of bribery, the case was that Ms.Higgins had said "If you vote for me, you will receive a free biscuit !" The debate went over time so it had to end with a few final questions and answers.
I would have to say that it was a great debate, I'd give props to it and the candidates who has participated, each of them were great!
Fiona L :) 2B
The debate was in the play hall on Valentine's Day 14th of February for the mock election. It was 2B idea to have a mock election. Eimer Haran, Jaima Gago and Fiona Landers were candidates. Jaima and Eimer joined the "Fine Gael" Party and Fiona joined the "Independents." Other girls joined as well for different parties. All the candidates designed posters to encourage everyone to vote for them.
Many girls, teachers and staff came to the election and all the candidates were on the stage, some of them looked nervous and some looked confident. Ciara Hamilton and Laura Glennon were the hostesses, they said Happy Valentine's Day to everyone and introduced the candidates, each of them waved and Emma Nolan raised her arms up and waved. Everyone cheered and laughed at Emma. When all the candidates told us what they will do everyone liked it but when Shirley Higgins the Home Economics teacher said her part lot of people asked many questions and she was accused of bribery! Some students said that was true and I know that was true because she said to me "Vote for me and I will give you a biscuit!"
The election was over with final questions and answers from the candidates. I thought the debate was great and all the candidates did very well. Maybe in the future one of them will try for the real election. Who knows? ;)
Sophie K 2B
A look at our Language Boards (2011)
Here are our Language Boards. Each week, we put up some of what's in the news, some essays written by girls in the school, and a "Word of the Week" and "Idiom of the Week".
Mock Elections 2011 (2011)
2B and 2C are running a Mock Election. There are candidates from all parties, and Independents too.
The Great Debate will be on Monday at 1.30 pm, Voting will be after the Debate, and the Count will take place on Tuesday at 9.40am.
Posters are up all over the school, with candidates are offering lots of different things, from no homework Mondays and Fridays, to free coffee and biscuits!
Good luck to all the candidates!
We'll post the result next week.
Green School (2011)
We're trying to get a Green Flag for St. Mary's School. There are 7 steps in the process, and we're on step 1
We have a Green School Committee, and we've had a committee meeting; you can see it in these pictures.
We've already achieved a lot of changes. We're trying to get people to be aware of reducing, reusing and recycling. We've introduced compost bins for some foods and we have a rota for collecting paper bins for recycling.
We're getting people to think about making things from old materials: the car in this picture was made form old drinks cans.
We're also collecting old clothes for recycling, and mobile phones. These items will get money for the school, which will be used to fund our green activities. E.g. vegetable garden.
New Speech and Language Therapist (2011)
Hi, my name is Deirdre and I am the new Senior Speech and Language Therapist in St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls.
I graduated with an Honours Degree in Applied Psychology from the University College Cork in 2002. I worked for a number of years as a Class Teacher in a school for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Dublin. Following this I co-ordinated a number of home programmes for Children with Autism using a method of teaching called Applied Behaviour Analysis.
I went on to train in the University of Limerick and graduated with an Honours Masters Degree in Speech and Language Therapy in 2007. I worked for a well known private Clinic; Arc Speech and Language Therapy Clinic in Dublin. My work here involved working with a large and varied caseload of children with communication difficulties including a large caseload of children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
My work also included delivery of a school based service for three primary schools and a pre-school in Ballyfermot. I was also involved in multi-disciplinary team assessments for the diagnosis of ASD. I have been working for the HSE LHO Dublin North West since January 2010. Since this time I have had the responsibility for managing the caseload of Deaf children in a health centre.
I am a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. I am engaged in continuous training and professional development. I have been trained in Hanen "It takes two to talk" and "more than words", Lidcombe programme for stammering and Palin PCI for preschool children who stammer. I am trained in PECS and I am studying Irish Sign Language. I have attended a number of study days and courses for working with Deaf children.
I am looking forward to working closely with all the students, parents and staff in St. Marys School.
Table Quiz (2011)
The Table Quiz, organised by LCA, which was cancelled twice because of snow, finally took place!
There were some very interesting questions, identifying teachers' cars and peoples' eyes.
There were also rounds on Geography, soaps sport and general knowledge. We invited the boys from St Josephs' and they joined in the fun.
A great time was had by all!
Nora Duggan Swimming Success (2011)
Nora's swimming career started in St.Marys School for Deaf Girls when she started swimming in junior infants. She started swimming competitively with St.Paul's swimming club in 2005, starting with one of the junior squads. Nora progressed steadily through the squad structure within the club until eventually reaching the club's National Squad, a group of swimmers within St.Paul's S.C. dedicated to competing at national, and often, as in Nora's case, international level.
Nora competes at Leinster, National and International level. 2010 was a fantastic year for her. She qualified for European Deaf Swimming Championships, competing in 6 events and making finals in 400 and 800 metres freestyle, 100 and 200 metres backcrawl. Nora was placed 6th in the 400, 4th in the 800, 5th in the 100 backcrawl, and 6th in the 200 backcrawl; a brilliant achievement for an Irish swimmer at such a major championships.
Also in 2010, Nora won 7 commemorative medals at the British Deaf Swimming Championships, was awarded 'Most Improved Swimmer of the Year' at the Irish Deaf Sports Association (IDSA) sports awards ceremony, and competed in the Irish Long Course Championships in April, an event which attracts the country's best swimmers, as well as a number of international teams.
This level of achievement requires incredible dedication and sacrifice, early morning training being normal for swimmers competing at such a high level. Nora's swimming week starts on Monday morning at 5.15am, rising in time to be in the pool at 5.45am for an hour and 30 mins. Next swim is Tuesday evening after school for 1½ hours, another early morning Wednesday, 2 hours Wednesday evening, early Friday morning, 2 hours again Friday evening, and a 2 hour swim on Saturday. Land conditioning is also included during this gruelling schedule.
Nora hopes all this training and commitment will help her achieve her goals. She is aiming to compete in the World Deaf Championships in Portugal this August (2011), hopes to qualify to swim the 800 freestyle at the Irish Long Course Championships later this year, with her dream being to compete in the Deaflympics.