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Newsletter No.117 Monday 11-10-21



Newsletter No.117 Monday 11-10-21

Semester 1 Week 6

Meitheal Week

A huge thanks to all staff and students that took part in Meitheal Week this year. A very sincere thanks to our Guidance Department for organising and running a fantastic Meitheal Week again for us this year and for organising Shane Martin as an outside speaker for staff on Thursday.

Maths Week, Week 7, 18-22 October


Hi all,

Maths's week is due to take place from the 18th of October (week 7)✖️➗➖➕

We would appreciate it if you could remind students of the events and encourage them to get involved.


Mr. Ludden has kindly agreed to give us a well-deserved laugh each day by telling some maths jokes over the intercom. Students are invited to email him with their best maths jokes, and he will read out a selection each day. There will be a small prize for a joke of the day each day. Please remind you students in tutorial if possible.


We will be sending all junior tutors on some dingbats for the students to complete during tutorial each morning. There will also be some for staff that will be placed on various tables in both staff rooms prior to maths week.


We will be leaving copies of various sudoku puzzles in the senior cycle students tutorial rooms for them to complete during tutorial during each morning.


Please find attached a link to some various puzzles that can be completed by all ages, which may be used in SPHE or wellbeing as a starter or finisher during the week.

Puzzles for All – MATHS WEEK IRELAND

Puzzles for All – MATHS WEEK IRELAND

Puzzles are a fun and enjoyable way to challenge yourself and improve numeracy. They allow you to develop problem solving skills without even trying!

Starter questions and video Links

Find attached a document with a list of videos, some are music maths questions and others are videos where maths can be found every day. F

For Irish classes here is a matching game on shapes. It might be of some use

Emoji equation questions to start a lesson. Answers are included

Lots of other resources can be found here:



Maths Week will take place from 16 - 24 Oct. 2021. We will have events and activities we have for all the family. Check out MathsWeekTV live for great shows all week.

Maths TV

A programme for secondary students will be broadcast on Maths TV from 11-12 each day. These programmes can be watched any time after that.

Thanks again everyone in advance for your support of Maths Week!

The Maths Department

Support Hub – Week 6 – 11th to 15th October

The college will be running a new initiative called Support Hubs this week. The aim of our Support Hubs is to provide students with support in a part of the curriculum the subject departments have identified as a key area or skill, that students may have missed out on during the last two years as a result of the pandemic.

Subject departments have been preparing for the first Support Hub week which will take place starting Monday 11th October which will see all year groups across all subjects take part in the initiative.

Classes will run as per our normal timetable but the focus for the week will be on an area identified by each department that students may have missed out on over the last couple of years as a result of the pandemic. Department members should be aware of what the focus is and have the material/resources required for the classes before the week starts.

If you have any queries in relation to the week, please do not hesitate to ask.

Ms. Gallagher

Students Setting Targets, 2nd Year Maths.

We are now entering week 5 of the 1st semester and our 2nd Year Maths students have been reflection on their work, their results, and their learning for the past 4 weeks. They have been asking themselves the key questions, What am I learning, Why am I learning it and How will I know that I have learnt it. It is important that parents and guardians support our students as they strive to learn this “non-academic” skill of setting meaningful and sustainable targets for their learning. In week 7, the 2nd year maths students will set targets for their Semester 1 assessments, and these will be recorded on VS Ware.


On Monday 11/10/2021, our photographer, Vincent Cahill, will visit the College to take the headshots of our 1st years for VS Ware. Please ensure that all 1st Year students have full uniform, not tracksuit, on that day for their head shots and class photos.

Anti-Bullying Workshops

Monica Rowe has to postpone her Anti-Bullying Workshops which were scheduled for next week .

We have rescheduled the workshops for the week of October 18th. The format will be as follows:

Tues Oct 19th- 4 x 1hr talks

Thurs Oct 21st- 3 x 1hr talks

Fri Oct 22nd- 2 x 1hr talks

She will speak with each 1st Year tutor group over the course of the three days. This is a very important event in the school calendar that every 1st Year class has taken part in over the years. It is a key event in our campaign against bullying in the college.

DARE Information:

Can all students who are wishing to apply for the DARE HEAR process please make sure they consult the following website for all relevant information regarding the application process:

Contact details of DARE college representatives that can be contacted directly:

NUI Matriculation Forms – Language Exemptions:

Please follow the link for information on NUI Language exemptions for 6th year students planning on attending NUI Colleges next year.

Parent-Student-Teacher Meetings

Because we are expecting changes to restrictions on October 22nd, we have planned for the 3rd and 6th year PST Meetings to be substituted for Students Progress Reports. The Student Progress Report will be written in a formative feedback style for evert 6th and 3rd Year student by their teachers and will be published on VS Ware on the dates that the PST Meetings were to be held. Following consultation with staff and inline with covid safety guidelines, it has been decided to not have a PST meeting for 3rd and 6th year students but to issue Student Progress Reports instead.

Senior Cycle Options Evening.

We held a virtual Senior Cycle Options Evening on Wednesday 6th. The information is on our website for anyone who could not view it on that evening. Huge thanks to Ms. Dunne for putting it all together and to our Guidance Department who took the Q&A session afterwards.

1st Year Enrolment 2022.

Our 1st Year enrolment process has commenced and the deadline for receiving application forms is Friday 22/10/21 at 12 noon.

Parents Association News

Dear parents/guardians,

The vacancy for a father representative on the Board of Management has come up for election. In order to be considered, you must be a father of a current student in the school. If you are interested in putting your name forward, please email the secretary of the Parent Association to by Monday 18th October and you must be available to attend the Parent Association meeting on Wednesday 20th October at 7pm to declare an interest . In the event more than one parent (father) is interested, a vote will take place by parents present on the night and a secret ballot will be held.

Black History Week

We will be celebrating Black History Week from the 18th to 22nd of October this year.

It will be a great week for our students to celebrate black culture and show their support. We will be holding a poster competition for all students and the winner will receive a €50 voucher for the Art & Hobby shop. Each day at 11am we will have a speaker talking about an influential black person over the intercom and on Friday 22nd we will have a non-uniform day, €2 to wear all black in support and all proceeds will be going towards the Irish Network Against Racism. There will also be a kahoot for students to complete during SPHE/Wellbeing and there will be a staff kahoot also with prizes. There will also be other staff activities such as guess the quote or ‘Who Am I?'.

Anti-Bullying Committee

Dear Tutors!

Please read the following to your tutor groups and share the sign-up link with them.

The Anti-Bullying Committee are looking for students to form a Student Anti-Bullying Committee.

Develop your leadership skills and make a difference! Create a logo for the Anti-Bullying Committee and spread awareness.

This valuable experience will look great on your CV. If you are interested in a prefect role in the future, joining a Committee such as the Anti-Bullying Committee is a step in the right direction.

Make this school a kind and bully-free environment by joining the Student Anti-Bullying Committee.

Kind regards,

Ms. E Fox and Ms. Farrell

Anti-Bullying Committee Coordinators

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