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THE MANOR MAIL Issue 1 – Friday 25th October 2019

Welcome to our first newsletter of the 2019 / 2020 school year. Our class, 1P, has put together some information on different activities taking place for first years. We hope you enjoy it!

Index: Page 2 – First Year Induction Page 3 – Interviewing Ms Fields Page 4 – The Religion Retreat Page 5 - The Smile Disco Page 6 – Extra Curricular Activities: Sport Page 7 & 8 – Deputy Head Girl Interview Page 9 – Banana bread Recipe Page 10 - Jokes & Book Corner Page 11 – Book Corner Page 12 – Fr William Interview Page 13 – Extra Curricular Activities: Drama Page 14 – Gold Slips Awarded


First Year Induction On the 26th of August 2019. We started Secondary School. Some of us were excited and some were nervous! The first thing we did was we all went to the sports hall and there was a big group of girls in the middle. Then the teacher put us into our base classes. When we were split up we all went to corner of the hall and we got a sheet to get to know each other. We also all got different mentors. Mentors are 5th year students that help and guide us around the school. They brought us on a tour around the school. We also got our name badges. You will have a name badge for the rest of the journey through secondary school. Each year you get a different colour. We also took part in some fun activities during the day to get to know each other. On day two we did four different workshops, Science, Home Economics, P.E and Art. In Science we did an experiment on how strong our hair was by getting a cup with string and putting a strand of hair around the string and put marbles in the cup to see how much weight it could hold. In Home Economics we were shown some healthy lunches and how to make them. In Art we were taught how to make paper butterflies and finally in P.E we did some games as a group to get to know each other. On day three we went to our base class and we talked to our new friends. After a few minutes our mentors came over and we got split into groups. We went to our lockers and put in some of our books. We went back to the hall where everyone was getting ready for Mass. The Mass was to welcome us to the school. In the Mass some first years got to help, sing and read. After the Mass there was tea and biscuits for the parents and then we got to go home. We all felt welcome after the three-day induction. We really enjoyed it and we made lots of new friends. It helped us settle into Manor House. After the induction we felt prepared to start our classes. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead throughout the next six years.


Interviewing Deputy Principal, Ms Fields.

Addison Fly, Saoirse Walsh, Anna Hyland and Niamh Bury from Ms. Casey’s first year English class got the chance to interview our deputy principal and History teacher Ms. Fields!

Why did you start teaching? “I started teaching because I loved school as a student. I come from a family of teachers. There are three teachers in my family.” What college did you study in? “I studied at the Mater Dei Institute of Education on Conliffe Road. I studied History and Religion. I studied two Masters, one in Religious Education and the other in Guidance and Counselling.” What’s the most rewarding thing about teaching to you? “When a student understands something and can tell you the story in their own words” What advice would you give us first years? “Take it day by day, enjoy school, make lots of friends and talk to someone if you find things difficult.” What has been your biggest achievement in your career? “Becoming a teaching Deputy Principal has been my biggest achievement in my career.” Is there anything you would like to teach other than History? “I would love to teach Irish.” We are so lucky that we got the chance to interview Ms. Fields. We felt that we got to speak to Ms. Fields as a person and not just a teacher. You could hear in her voice her love of teaching and we also liked the advice she gave us about school!


On Tuesday the 17th of September our class went on a religion retreat to the religion room. On the retreat Fr William told us stories about Christopher Nolan, who was a disabled man. Christopher wrote some of the most famous stories. Fr. William also told us about his and his Mother’s life like how she met her best friend. He told us how his Mam met his Dad and how his best friend lived beside Christopher Nolan. On the retreat Fr. William talked to us about our first impression of Manor House and we drew pictures of what we remembered from our first day. Then we coloured them in. Some girls drew pictures of themselves outside the school, in the gym or the locker rooms. After we were finished drawing and colouring Fr. William stuck them up on the wall. Overall the retreat was fun and interesting. The stories Fr William told us were very meaningful. It was nice to take a break from class and relax. We all liked listening to the stories about others who don’t get the same quality of education as we do because it makes us realise how lucky we are.

By Rebecca Abernethy, Georgia Maguire, Deimante Collier and Erin McLoughlin.


The Smile Disco On the 20th of September Manor House held a smile disco for the first years. The smile disco was held by the smile committee. The smile committee is a group in manor house that promotes mental health. The disco was held in the school gym. Students came together at one o’clock in the gym on Friday. We walked in and there was a big colourful balloon arch. There was a very positive vibe. The atmosphere was exciting. We also got orange smiley faces that we could put in our name badges to show we promote positive mental health. They filled the wall with small pieces of orange paper with compliments on them. The smile committee took the time to write every single one of them. This shows there was a lot of effort put into this wall. It really impressed us. Overall it was an exciting event that the smile committee organised for us. They played pop music and we had a fun time dancing. It was a great afternoon and we really apricated it. It made us feel special. By Abbie Bissett, Saoirse Moran and Alex Maher


Extra-Curricular Sport Activities in Manor House In Manor House there is a wide variety of extracurricular sports activities' offer a chance for every pupil to get involved in at least one after-school sporting activity. A popular sport for anyone who wishes to take up a school sporting activity would be basketball. As well as being a great way to stay fit, basketball is a very sociable and welcoming sport. It is a great sport for your mental health. We think this sport helps build your confidence and selfesteem. Also, joining basketball is a great way to make new friends. Since it is a team sport it involves working together with others. This sport ties in very well with the new junior cycle course. In addition to be a sociable sport, basketball is a great way to increase your fitness levels whilst hanging out with other team members. This sport is open to all students who wish to participate. It allows all levels of skill to join whether you're a beginner or pro. Also, the fact that it is free of charge makes it that bit more enticing. Basketball training in Manor House is held on Wednesdays in the gym at 14:15 every week. In training we do many different drills which improve our basic skills such as, dribbling, passing, shooting, attacking and defending. In previous years the basketball teams have been very successful in competitions. For example, last year the under16 team won in the championship semi-final along with the second-year team who also secured a victory in the championship final. By joining basketball, you could be making history for your school. We think it is a great way to make new friends, improve your physical and mental health and of course, your basketball skills. From reading this we hope you consider taking up an extracurricular activity in the school. By Lucy Cummins, Amy Mc Menemy and Maia Wisely


The Deputy Head Girl Interview Molly Dempsey First Year English Students, Jessica Orlea, Eimear Keyes and Jennifer Grimes interviewed the Deputy Head Girl, Molly Dempsey about her time in Manor House. As we start our journey in Manor House Molly talks about the end of hers. 1. Did you know anyone when you started Secondary School? “Yes, I came from Scoil Áine so I knew a lot of people. I also play for Raheny GAA and through Camogie I knew students that were also coming into Manor House. 2. What were your goals when you started Secondary School and what are your goals now? “My goals starting Secondary School were to have some fun and work hard, you don’t really know what to expect. My goals now are definitely to do my very best in school because then I can be my best outside of school.” 3. How did you feel when you got picked to be deputy head girl? “I was over the moon; it was very exciting, I really wanted it. When I came into this school, I remember seeing the girls doing corridor duty in their navy jumpers and I really wanted to do it and be like them. 4. What responsibilities do you have as deputy head girl? “Along with Niamh, we organize the prefects and we do corridor duty. We organize the debs and pre-debs for the year. We are the school body representatives with, of course, the student council.”


5. How involved are you in school committees and clubs? “In sixth year, we don’t really have a lot of time, but from first to fifth year I was on the student council, the smile committee, the hockey team, the school bank team, Manor House Media team and a couple more.” 6. Has anything changed since you have started school in Manor House? “Well the buildings have changed. It recently got painted and there’s a few new teachers, but Manor House is still Manor House to me. 7. What career do you picture yourself having in the future? “I either want to go study medicine and become a doctor, or I want to study economics, so hopefully one of those.” 8. Have you learned anything in Manor House that you will use later in life? “I have, it is where you grow up, learn, develop your strengths. You grow with the friends you make along the way. In fourth year, you do a lot of developing who you are and other skills, like public speaking and problem-solving, you get to develop as a person.”


Banana Bread Recipe Hungry? Try this delicious banana bread recipe


• 225g

plain flour • 1 tsp baking powder • 1 tsp salt • 110g caster sugar • 1 tsp ground cinnamon • 1 egg (beaten) • 75ml sunflower oil • 4-5 medium sized (ripe) bananas (mashed) • A few drops of vanilla essence


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl and stir in sugar. 3. Mix in egg, oil and the vanilla essence but don’t beat! 4. Fold mashed bananas in using a fork (again don’t beat) 5. Spoon the mixture into a 900g/ 2lb loaf tin and put into the oven for 50-60 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and springs back when prodded gently with your finger. 6. Leave it in the tin for 10 minutes and then put it on a cooling rack to cool. 7. Finally, when it’s cooled enjoy by yourself or with friends/family!

Jokes Have some fun with these hilarious jokes!


1. What do you call a witch at the beach? A sand-witch! 2. What do witches eat at the beach? Ice-scream! 3. What do skeletons say before eating? Bone appetite! 4. What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down? It gets toad away! 5. What do you call Mattress Mick when he runs out of mattresses? Mick!

Not sure what book to read? Try one of these! Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter is raised to believe he is an ordinary boy until a letter is sent by an owl from Hogwarts School of Witch Craft and Wizardry. Where he makes new friends (and enemies), learns to play quidditch and does a battle in a deadly duel. The reason… Harry Potter is a wizard!! Star rating: 4.5/5

The Maze Runner by James Dashner: When the doors of the elevator crack open the only thing Thomas can remember is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade, an encampment at the centre of a terrible and bizarre maze. Star rating:4/5


Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan: A boy named Percy Jackson finds out he is a half-blood when his dad (Poseidon) claims him as his son. When he starts at Camp Half-Blood, he goes on journeys all around the real world with his two new friends, Grover and Annabeth. Star rating:4/5

Father William interview


Manor House’s Chaplain, Father William Stuart, was interviewed by three students Katie Hedderman, Kate Thomson and Hannah Barrett about his experience in Syria. Fr. William is currently teaching Syrian refugees in Tyre, South Lebanon and here is more about him.

What are the differences between Manor house and your school in Syria? “It is very different to Manor House. It can be very draining but very rewarding at the same time. Most of my students can't read or write, so they are learning basic skills, but I still really enjoy my job”. What are the differences between Syria and Manor House? “There are lots of differences, firstly Manor House is big, and my school is small. Manor House has lots of students and my school only has thirty boys and thirty girls, so there are many differences.” Do they wear a uniform? “No, they don’t it would be too expensive. They wouldn’t be able to afford a school uniform.” Do you enjoy your job? “I really do, people always say, 'Father William you're great' but I am not, I find when you do something small you get so much back, little things count in life. I love what I do”


Drama Club A new club has landed in Manor House! Farrah Connelly came up with the idea of starting a drama club. She contacted Ms. Guinan about it, who happily said yes. She chose Ms. Casey and Ms. Hennigan to run the club. It is open to 1st years and 2nd years. It takes place every two weeks on Tuesdays at lunch time. Drama club can help boost your confidence and you can make new friends. It also might get you interested in acting as a career. It’s great that you get a break from class. In drama club there are a lot of fun activities. On the first day, we played a game where you had to stand in a line in order of oldest to youngest. Ms. Hennigan would then go to the top of the line and ask your birthday to check if we were in order. After that, we played a few rounds of Chinese Whispers. The next time we met up we acted out each of the five senses: touch, taste, sound, hear, see and smell. We reacted to different things like tasting a sour lemon and hearing a soft and gentle wind. We hope that in drama we do improvisation next time. Drama club is great fun so far. We hope it will continue so more people can join and experience what drama is like. We think drama club has a lot of potential and invite others in our year to join. The drama club can help us work towards future projects, such as the musical in Transition Year. We hope the story of how drama club was set up inspires others to go and ask for what they want. If you don’t ask you won't get! We hope that because of this, other fun clubs will be set up so people can make new friends and take part in activities they enjoy!


GOLD SLIPS AWARDED The following students have been awarded ‘Gold Slips’ for their contribution to the school community and for academic endeavour. Layla Connelly Kate Thompson Jordan Martinez Hernandez Roise Ní Laoire Farrah Connelly Rudi Hogan Stella Moloney Toni Daly Grant Lucy Cummins Fionnuala O'Byrne Rachel Kelly Zoe Ward Sarah Conroy Grace Collier Rachel Phillips Amy McMenemy Addison Fly




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The Manor Mail 2019  

First year class, 1P, created a newsletter discussing activities taking place for first year students in Manor House School Raheny from Sept...

The Manor Mail 2019  

First year class, 1P, created a newsletter discussing activities taking place for first year students in Manor House School Raheny from Sept...

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