PROSPECTUS - Scoil Mhuire Trim - 2023/24

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Scoil Mhuire Trim, Co Meath

Mission Statement

Scoil Mhuire seeks to provide a quality education for all its students in a challenging and positive environment.

We are committed to holistic development and to the achievement of the full potential of each student, particularly those who are disadvantaged or marginalised.

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Message from the Principal Jacqueline Maher

Welcome to Scoil Mhuire. Many thanks for taking the time to read our prospectus.

We hope that this prospectus gives an insight into our school and answers the many questions you may have about life as a student here. Don`t forget to check in on our Website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. There are lots of photographs and updates about events happening in the school and in subject areas such as Science, Home Economics and Art to name just a few. Copies of school policies are available on our website at www.scoilmhuiretrim.ie.

Our goal is to fulfil our mission statement so that it is not just words on a page or a prospectus.

What is our mission?

Scoil Mhuire seeks to provide a quality education for all its students in a challenging and positive environment. We are committed to holistic development and to the achievement of the full potential of each student, particularly those who are disadvantaged or marginalised. This mission statement directs all that we do in Scoil Mhuire.

We provide a quality education in a positive environment where students feel safe yet challenged. An environment where students’ talents and abilities can be nurtured and developed. We do this by continuously monitoring, evaluating, reviewing, and developing all aspects of school life. Our mission statement is our way of life.

We begin by getting to know each of our students as they are all very unique and different with their own individual talents, abilities, and personalities. We can then provide the structures and scaffolding to allow each one achieve to their own individual potential – not just academically but socially and personally. There is no point studying for five or six years, move onto the next phase of their lives. And not succeed because there has been no social or personal development. Our mission/goal is to support and educate each student to leave here prepared for the rest of their lives. We want each student to be confident in their own ability and have belief in themselves – to be on the road to becoming the person that they can be. It is not about “what I want to do but about the person I want to become.” Hence, we provide as many opportunities as possible for students to develop their talents through leadership roles, sport, and music to name but a few.

The provision of an environment that allows for the holistic development of each student in Scoil Mhuire was acknowledged by the Department of Education in a Whole School Inspection when they found that “a high priority is placed on creating a nurturing and caring environment”. We continuously look for opportunities to further enhance the educational experience of our students.

“ a quality education for all students in a challenging and positive environment ”
Jacqueline Maher, Principal
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Left to right : Celine Nulty (Deputy Principal) Jacqueline Maher (Principal) Peter Maguire (Deputy Principal) Scoil Mhuire Staff 2023-24

School Profile and History

Scoil Mhuire is an all-girls Catholic Secondary school with students from approximately 27 feeder schools. Enrolment has increased from 528 students in 2009-10 to the current student population of 822.

The Sisters of Mercy established the Secondary school in Trim in 1936. At that time, the school was attached to the Mercy convent. The first school day was 14th September 1936 with an enrolment of fourteen boys and fifteen girls. The co-educational system only lasted one year. Mother Evangelist was the Principal from 1936 to 1949. The original teachers were Miss E Kelly and Miss M Burke. The school was quite small with three classrooms and a cookery room. The cost for one student was 2 guineas per term in 1949 rising to 10 guineas per year in 1966.

The Sisters of Mercy bought the current site in the late 1960s and built a new Secondary school that was officially opened in 1969.

On the official opening of the school in its current location, there was an enrolment of 240 students. This was an increase from 86 students in 1962-63 and 156 students in 1966-67. 1967 saw the introduction of free education leading to the large increase in enrolment. The Department of Education gave £15 capitation for each student. The total cost of building the school was £150,000.

There were eight teachers on the opening day in 1969. They were Miss Malone, Miss McLoughlin, Miss K Kelly, Sr Anthony Murphy, Sr Brid Boland, Sr Mary Clavin, Sr Francis Looby. Sr Concepta was the Principal from 1949 – 1982. Sr Michael (Rosalie) Healy took over from 1982 – 1996. The first lay Principal was Jeremiah Kearney from 1996 until his retirement in 2007. The current Principal is Jacqueline Maher.

Scoil Mhuire is now under the trusteeship of CEIST. CEIST is the acronym for Catholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust. With declining numbers in religious congregations, the Mercy sisters joined with 4 other congregations to form a new trust body to oversee the running and management of their schools. CEIST are now the trustees of 107 Voluntary Catholic Secondary Schools in Ireland including Scoil Mhuire, Trim. As they go forward together each school will retain its own individuality and identity, while sharing the common values of Catholic education and of CEIST. The CEIST mission is to provide a holistic education in the Catholic tradition.

Over the years many extensions have been added to the original building of 1969.

1982: Addition of the “ New Wing” - Science Laboratory and Preparation Room, Demonstration Room, Art Room, Resource Room, Double Classroom, Computer Room, Careers Office, Careers Library and General Classroom

1989: Addition of Study Hall/Lunch Room and 3 Classrooms

1995/6: Addition of 2 Prefabs

2012: Access to the “New Wing” was improved by the addition of a new lift and stairs

2014: Addition of Science Laboratory and Preparation Room, Home Economics Kitchen and two Music Rooms

2015: Addition of 2 Prefabs

2016: Addition of 3 Prefabs and upgrade to student entrance and staffroom.

2017: Addition of 1 Prefab

2018: Addition of 3 Prefabs, Toilet Block, Storage Area and Science Laboratory and preparation room

2021: Addition of 2 Prefabs

The Department of Education and Skills have purchased a new green field site of approximately 22 acres at Shanlothe, Trim for the provisional of a new Scoil Mhuire school campus. Planning is well under way for this new Trim Shared School Campus.

The initial Department of Education ICT grant in 2010/11 was used to provide Computers and Data Projectors in each classroom. Digital Strategies are constantly reviewed and updated in the school. The use of technology in Teaching and Learning is encouraged, supported and promoted among teaching staff. High Speed 100mbit/sec Broadband was installed in the school in December 2013. There are two fully equipped Computer Rooms in the school.

The Department of Education ICT grants have been used to purchase a quantity of Surface Pro tablet devices to further enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. All teachers have the use of a device and there are six student portable charging trolleys containing approximately 185 devices available for student use in the classroom.

Message from our Head Girl

Here in Scoil Mhuire, our aim is to provide a quality education for all its students in a challenging and positive environment. We emphasise the importance of every student achieving their full potential, and strive to create an encouraging and supportive atmosphere, where all of this is possible. We have been taught that it’s more important to be your best than the best. Our Athrú group, specially selected 5th year girls who act as big sisters to the 1st years, provide encouragement and support These girls from their own experience and training help all new students to settle in and feel at ease in their new school environment. Following first year, our senior prefects continue with this support network for all students. Both groups liaise with our dedicated staff to ensure every student is happy and fulfilling their potential. Student development extends beyond the classroom. Every student in Scoil Mhuire has the chance to pursue their individual passion and develop lifelong skills in the process. Wherever your interest may lie- From GAA to athletics, school choir to the traditional music group “Gluais”, book club to craft club- every student is catered for. Throughout my time in Scoil Mhuire, I’ve learnt a lot both inside and outside the classroom. I’ve formed lifelong friendships, been given the opportunity to explore my interests in sport and science, as well as the self confidence, self belief and motivation to overcome any future challenges. The caring, welcoming and optimistic atmosphere has left a lasting impression that I hope to carry with me for life. Secondary school is an important step and I hope every girl enjoys their time here in Scoil Mhuire as much as I have!

Head Girl: C. Swords

Deputy Head Girl: E. Grace

Message from our Deputy Head Girl

Scoil Mhuire is truly a place of safety, knowledge, and growth, where each student is challenged to meet their own potential as academics and as individuals. There really is something here for everyone - whether it be sports, arts, debating, music - and new clubs are always welcome if you feel like starting something else! My self confidence and esteem have grown massively over my time at Scoil Mhuire from taking part in activities such as Athrú, Student Council and Irish Debating. Never be afraid to take that first step to show up - you never know where it will lead you! We are all pushed to meet our own unique capabilities and to achieve our goals inside and outside of the classroom. Not surprising when something we hear from Ms Maher at every assembly is "Try your best, that's all we can ask for and that's all that you can do." Starting in any secondary school is daunting, but this is made so much easier by the support and guidance of Ms Maher, the staff, Athrú, Senior Prefects and every member of the Scoil Mhuire community. You will never forget your days in Scoil Mhuire, make sure to treasure each one!

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“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Academic Achievements

Scoil Mhuire has a very long history of high academic achievement dating back to 1936. Students are constantly challenged to achieve to their full potential in a supportive and positive environment.

The high academic achievements of Scoil Mhuire students have been recognised by third level colleges such as Trinity College, UCD, DCU, Galway and Maynooth University with academic scholarships and awards. Many have gone on to study abroad in Scotland and England. Other students have received Naughton Foundation Scholarships and All-Ireland Scholarships from the JP McManus foundation.

Since their introduction, the Naughton Foundation Scholarships top award for Co. Meath have been awarded on four occasions to Scoil Mhuire students. Doireann O` Kiely (2008) – PhD in the University of Oxford Mathematical Institute. Emma Foley (2012) - Masters in Engineering (UCD). Ruth Sherlock (2017) – Engineering (UCD). Roisin Ni Ruairc (2019). These scholarships are €5,000 per annum and the support of the Naughton Foundation for the duration of their undergraduate degree programmes.

Two students have received All-Ireland scholarships sponsored by JP McManus. Deirdre O’ Brien (2009) and Áine Coogan (2015). The monetary value of this scholarship has increased in recent years. Áine received €6,750 per annum for the duration of her undergraduate programme.

Most recent award winners in 2022 were Rose Higgins, Ella Thompson, and Hannah Rickard. Rose completed her Leaving Certificate in Scoil Mhuire in 2017 and received her Bachelor of Civil Law degree with a minor in politics from UCD in 2021. Rose was awarded scholarships from the Fulbright Commission of Ireland and the George Moore Scholarship Programme to pursue a Masters in International Human Rights Law at the University of Notre Dame in the USA. In her applications for these scholarships Rose reflected on the impact her time in Scoil Mhuire had on her: “I received both my primary and secondary education in schools founded by the Sisters of Mercy. From age 5 to 19, Sister Catherine McAuley’s commitment to service shaped and underscored the ethos of my education, instilling in me a vocational desire to help others.” Ella and Hannah were awarded Entrance/Excellence Scholarships from the University of Galway and Maynooth University respectively for achieving academic excellence in the 2022 Leaving Certificate examinations.

Statistics from Leaving Certificate examinations results show that Scoil Mhuire students are consistently above the national averages in taking subjects at higher level and achieving at this level. Scoil Mhuire is consistently ranked as one of the top feeder schools in Leinster for students gaining places in 3rd level colleges.

The class of 2023 are now continuing their education in Ireland`s top colleges such as Trinity College, UCD, DCU, University of Galway, UL, Marino Institute of Education, Maynooth University, St Patrick`s College (Drumcondra) and in colleges abroad. We await some more good news of students receiving scholarships to support their studies in the coming years.

Analyses of Junior Cycle results show very high participation at higher level across all subjects. The State Examinations Commission, over the past number of years, have identified Scoil Mhuire students as very high achievers in a number of subjects, particularly Mathematics and Science at Junior Cycle level. In addition, the Business Department in Maynooth University has recognised all the Scoil Mhuire Junior Cycle students who achieved top grades at higher level in the state examination over the past number of years.

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“A high Priority is placed on creating a nurturing and caring learning environment”
Rose Higgins receiving her scholarship to pursue a Masters in International Human Rights law at the University of Notre Dame, USA

Current School Curriculum

Junior Cycle – 3 Years

` First Year

Currently first year students study all available subjects in first year.

Second and Third Year

The following subjects to be studied by Second and Third Year students.

Irish Irish

English English Mathematics Mathematics

History

Geography

C.S.P.E. (Civic Social Political Education)

French

History

Geography

Science

C.S.P.E. (Civic Social Political Education)

German Religious Education

Business Studies

Visual Art

Music

Science

Home Economics

Religious Education

Physical Education

S.P.H.E. (Social Personal Health Education)

Digital Media Literacy

Guidance

Transition Year – 1 Year Optional Course

Physical Education

S.P.H.E. (Social Personal Health Education)

Optional Subjects - 3 to be chosen by students:

French

German

Business Studies

Home Economics

Music

Art

Students may apply for inclusion on the one-year Transition Year Programme.

Senior Cycle—2 or 3 Year Course

A Senior Cycle Options Seminar is provided for 3rd year students and their Parents/Guardians in March each year to allow informed decisions be made for Senior Cycle. The Guidance Counsellors meet all third year students individually and Parents/Guardians, if required.

Curricular Options

Leaving Certificate

A student who opts to go directly into Fifth Year after completing her Junior Certificate may apply for one of the three Leaving Certificate programmes:

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Certificate
Certificate Vocational Leaving Certificate Applied
Leaving
Leaving

Leaving Certificate

Fifth and Sixth Year

The following subjects are compulsory.

Irish

English

Mathematics

Religious Education

S.P.H.E. (Social Personal Health Education)

Physical Education

Career Guidance

The following subjects are optional. Students normally select four optional subjects for study.

History

Geography

French

German Accounting

Business

Art

Music

Social & Scientific Home Economics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Agricultural Science

Applied Mathematics

Leaving Certificate Physical Education

Leaving Certificate Applied – L.C.A.

What is the Leaving Certificate Applied?

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. The programme puts an emphasis on forms of achievement and excellence, which the established Leaving Certificate has not recognised in the past.

Why was the Leaving Certificate Applied introduced?

The Leaving Certificate Applied was introduced to recognise the talents of all students and provide opportunities for development in terms of responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge. It is an innovative programme in the way students learn, in what they learn and in the way their achievements are assessed.

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme – L.C.V.P.

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is an intervention designed to enhance the vocational dimension of the Leaving Certificate (established). The programme was introduced in 1994 in response to the challenge placed on Ireland’s education system by a changing work and business environment. The LCVP combines the academic strengths of the Leaving Certificate (established) with a new and dynamic focus on self-directed learning, enterprise, work and the community. This two-year programme is part of an expanded provision that aims to cater for the diversity of participants’ needs at senior cycle.

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The primary goal of the LCVP is to prepare young people for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense, with an ability to cope and thrive in an environment of rapid change. Participants in the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success.

Throughout the programme students are encouraged to

• be innovative and enterprising

• take responsibility for their own learning

• adapt to changing circumstances

• evaluate data and devise solutions to problems

• communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively

• work with others as part of a team

• investigate and plan career options

• use information and communications technologies

• investigate local business and community enterprises

• learn from their experiences.

These skills and qualities are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business. The vocational focus of the LCVP is achieved through the provision of two additional courses of study in work preparation and enterprise, known as the Link Modules.

The use of active teaching and learning methodologies is encouraged in the LCVP. Experiences such as work placements, career investigations, mini-enterprises, business and community visits are an integral part of the programme. This rich activity base requires a considerable time commitment and high degree of flexibility from the LCVP coordinator and teaching team in the school.

Programme Requirements

Requirements for the two-year Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme from September 2022 are as follows:

• LCVP students must take a minimum of five Leaving Certificate subjects (at Higher, Ordinary or Foundation Level) including Irish. Students who are exempt from studying Irish, must take additional subject(s) to ensure that they present a minimum of five Leaving Certificate subjects in their Leaving Certificate examination.

• LCVP students must study the two Link Modules, namely Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.

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New Junior Cycle

Students enrolled in the academic year 2019/2020 were the first cohort of students to be educated under the New Junior Cycle Framework in its entirety.

Under the new assessment system students will be awarded the following grade descriptors instead of the traditional grades A, B, C, D in their State Exams.

Along with the State Exam students will complete two Classroom Based Assessments (CBA’S). CBA 1 will be completed in second year and CBA 2 will be completed in third year. The Classroom Based Assessments will be assessed by the subject department in the school linked to that CBA. They will be awarded the following descriptors

Exceptional Above

After CBA 2 each student will sit an Assessment Task (AT) set by the State Examinations Commission. This task will be based on their work from CBA 2.

The Assessment Task will be graded by the State Examinations Commission and is worth 10% of the State Exam in June.

In the Autumn following the Junior Cycle Examination students will be presented with a Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA).

It will contain three elements

The grades and descriptors awarded in the State Exams

The descriptors awarded in CBA 1 and CBA 2

Other Areas of Learning*

*Other Areas of Learning: This is an opportunity for the student to have a voice in one aspect of their JCPA. In Scoil Mhuire students are encouraged to take part in activities outside of the core curriculum. These may include activities such as sport, debating, choir, student council, gardening and so on.

Your daughter can choose up to five of these activities where she gained a benefit, used a skill or learned something new and submit 150 words to describe how they have aided her rounded education.

Distinction 90 – 100 % Higher Merit 75 – 89 % Merit 55 – 74 % Achieved 40 – 54 % Partially Achieved 20 – 39 % Not Graded 0 – 19 %
Expectations In Line with Expectations Yet to Meet Expectations
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Additional Education Needs (AEN)

In line with the School Mission statement we provide a quality education for all the students in our care and we particularly support our AEN students to reach their full potential. We have three qualified AEN teachers who support students in one to one support, small group classes or Team Teaching in subject classes. We liaise with the feeder Primary schools to meet the students needs and assist their transition into First Year. We link in with many agencies such as National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Visiting Teachers for the hard of Hearing or the Visually Impaired. Communication is extremely important with our AEN families and this means that we tackle and solve all issues that may arise. Our main goal is that our students are happy, motivated and experience all aspects of school life whether that is academic, social, cultural, arts and music. A happy motivated student will have the confidence to tackle any challenge.

As the students’ progress in the school we monitor their work and ensure their well-being. We apply for Technology when appropriate and ensure that they receive Reasonable Accommodations at Certificate Examinations (RACE) or support in their state examinations. Our students over the years have successfully completed both the Junior and the Leaving Certificate programmes. They have moved on successfully to Third Level Colleges or completed apprenticeships.

Student Council

The Student Council meet every Monday at 1:30 pm in the Study Hall. Representatives from each of the form groups in the school are invited to attend. At each meeting class representatives bring suggestions from their respective form classes and, in turn, report back about the changes being made and actions being taken.

Each year, the Student Council choose 3 charities to support – one local, one national and one international. Fundraising and awareness raising has become an integral part of the work done by the students. Last year, the student council set up a Charity Shop fundraiser where students and staff donated pre-loved items to be sold in aid of the local St Vincent de Paul conference, raising €170.70 and bringing focus to the benefits of sustainability. Student council raised awareness of the national work of Barnardos through a poster competition and fundraised €1,322 during the Christmas concert. We also organised a non uniform day to aid the victims of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. In the process we raised €1203.50 for international UNICEF.

Every year, we send representatives to the CEIST student leadership conference and to the Meath Comhairle na nOg AGM, thereby getting involved in choosing the work topic that Meath Comhairle and its new members work on for the next 2 years. We also liaise with the Irish Secondary Schools Union – the ISSU – on issues of local and national interest to our students. In their turn, the ISSU provide training for the new intake of student representatives. Among other activities last year, our members provided input on the redraft of Scoil Mhuire’s Code of Behaviour and the design of the new student journal.

We look forward to a busy and active school year!

Student Council 2023-24

Transition Year

Our Transition Year Programme offers a broad variety of topics and subjects. Transition Year students are given the opportunity to study all subjects on the Senior Cycle Curriculum. This makes them better informed when it comes to choosing subjects in Fifth Year and career choice in Sixth year.

Students may study the following subjects throughout the year - the list is not exhaustive and may change slightly each year: English, Irish, Mathematics, I.T, Religious Education, Art, P.E, French and/or German, Geography, History, Accounting, Business, Home Economics, Film Making, Public Speaking, Music, Biology, Agricultural Science, Physics, Chemistry, Fashion/ Dress Design, Applied Mathematics, Work Experience, Law, Classical Studies, YSI, SciFest, Development Education, Dance, Self Defence and Enterprise Education.

Transition Year offers a different experience”

We encourage contact with people and agencies outside school. Transition Year students become more involved with their immediate community through work experience, voluntary and community work. Students can also follow and develop special interests for example sporting, leisure or academic. There is also space and opportunity to concentrate on some aspects of learning which do not always feature on either the Junior or Leaving Certificate programmes. Qualities which might not otherwise flourish are often developed. The flexibility offered by the programme means it can be an ideal opportunity for students to respond to challenges such as An Gaisce ( The President’s Award), Driving Lessons, Film Making, First Aid, Self Defence, Kayaking, Career Mentoring, TY Musical, Segway and Junk Kouture .

Why Transition year?

• Bridge the gap between Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle.

• Solid Foundation for Leaving Certificate Programme.

• Opportunities to catch-up and study new subjects.

• Develop skills - I.T, social, organisational and research.

• Obtain work experience.

• Increase self confidence and maturity

Who?

• Those interested and motivated to take part in TY.

• Those who are young for senior cycle.

• Those who have missed time or need to catch up.

Aims:

• To develop the following qualities: respect, cooperation and courtesy.

• That students will acquire a deeper knowledge of themselves, thus helping them establish realistic, educational and life ambitions.

• To introduce students to subjects on the Senior Curriculum.

• To take the opportunity to investigate a variety of careers, through work experience.

• To develop the independent research and study skills necessary for Senior Cycle and Third Level.

• To encourage initiative and self confidence through group activities and teamwork

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School Self Evaluation (SSE)

Scoil Mhuire is actively engaged in School Self –Evaluation. This is a collaborative, inclusive, reflective process of internal school review. When engaging in school self-evaluation, schools reflect on their aims, consider criteria for success within the school`s context and ethos, and determine methods for judging the quality of educational provision in the school. It is an evidence based approach which involves gathering information from a range of sources and making judgements with a view to bringing about improvements in students` learning .

Scoil Mhuire is now in the third phase of School Self Evaluation ‘Next Steps 2022-2026. In 2022-23, SSE researched the impact of Covid-19 and school closures on students. The feedback received from students, teachers and parents has been used to improve student learning and wellbeing.

In the current academic year, SSE will commence a Wellbeing Promotional Review as well as continue to improve teaching and learning in the school

“This work is led in a committed and enthusiastic manner by a core team of staff”.

A summary of the School Improvement Plan (full details on the school website www.scoilmhuiretrim.ie) are as follows:

Literacy

In Scoil Mhuire, each subject department promotes the attainment of literacy through displaying KEY WORDS associated with their respective subject areas on classroom walls.

The READ Wall, a noticeboard in the atrium is used as an area for promoting literacy across the school community – with displays of student work, circulation of crosswords, quizzes and other activities regularly posted for the school community.

Junior students are actively encouraged to carry a BOOK IN THE BAG with them every day. Students are then encouraged to take out their chosen book and read for pleasure, if any free time becomes available during the school day. Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) initiative is carried out twice a year.

Each classroom has a bookshelf with a wide range of reading materials for students

Numeracy

• A Numeracy Rich environment

• Tests results given in fraction form and students asked to convert them to percentages

• Promoting and identifying patterns in specific subject areas

• Mathematical Competitions

• Cross curricular co-operation in promoting Mathematical concepts and applications

School Self Evaluation (SSE) - continued Digital Technology

To use Digital Technology to further enhance teaching and learning Microsoft Teams & OneNote is used in the school

Assessment for Learning (AFL)

Assessment for learning (AFL) is a teaching and learning strategy which creates feedback of a student’s learning so that teachers can plan and improve a students performance . It is a method of formative assessment.

In Scoil Mhuire, there is a whole school approach to AFL. Differential Learning Intentions for the lesson are explained at the beginning of a class and variety of AFL strategies are used by teachers to gain feedback on student progress throughout the class.

Some of the strategies include Exit passes where students provide written feedback on topics they have studied when leaving a class. They may have queries on a topic which they might want to ask their teacher, or a teacher may want to check understanding of a topic. Other strategies include the use of traffic lights, white boards in student journals, open questions and digital assessment, such as Padlet & Monti Meter.

Currently Homework Differentiation is a new AFL strategy which is being implemented in Scoil Mhuire as it allows the students a choice and the opportunity to choose their homework based on a colour coded system of Green, Blue and Red Homework designated as green, is homework that students must and should be able to complete. Homework designated as blue homework is a little bit more difficult which students could complete and may help to extend a student’s understanding of a topic. Homework designated as Red is assigned homework which is more difficult and provides a challenge to students.

The AFL strategies assist in student learning, while adding variety and interest in the classrooms. They allow students to monitor their own progress in the different subjects.

Student Mentoring

Scoil Mhuire ran a mentoring programme for the first time in 2022/23 with 17 volunteer teacher mentors and 26 students. This was a great addition to Scoil Mhuire and based on the success of last year we now have 54 students with 25 mentors. The aim of the programme is to raise students’ academic and personal standards. Mentors listen, motivate, encourage and support.

The programme is open to Leaving Cert students who wish to put goals in place for the academic year and receive support to achieve these goals. Teachers and students meet on a regular basis to review progress. Things which may be discussed during mentoring include:

• Study Techniques, learning styles and how effective is the student’s revision; organization of notes/note-making/use of exam papers

• Encouraging revision lists for each subject especially routine and structure around same for mid-term breaks and all school holidays (including rest days)

• Ways to be more effective in class (attendance, focus, taking notes, asking questions)

• Knowing project and portfolio deadlines, oral and practical exams

• School reports in Senior Cycle: Positives and Areas to Improve, getting the most from information provided

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Young Social Innovators

YSI is a nine month program undertaken in Transition Year in Scoil Mhuire. Social innovation education gives students the space, time and tools needed to explore complex issues and to develop, test and adapt ideas to achieve positive social change. Skills are developed through applied practice as students roll out their ideas in a real-world context before reflecting and reporting on their impact. Projects are presented at Regional level and if successful at the National YSI Speakout Final. Two years ago, one of our teams made a fantastic impact at National Level, presenting their project highlighting the LQBTQ+A community profile in secondary school. We got through again to the National Speak Out in Spring 2023 in Croke Park, with a project exploring the Secondary School experience of Relationship & Sexual Education. Our team 'Clueless-About RSE' have been selected for their excellent work in the YSI program last year, to enter the 'Elevate Initiative' going forward into Fifth Year. This invitation is a first for Scoil Mhuire. It will give the girls the opportunit o be further mentored in leadership, student voice, advocacy, strategy, public relations, enterprise development and innovation. The strength of this subject will be greatly enhanced by this incredible opportunity

Amber Flag

Back in 2020, a group of 4th years set up an Amber Flag Team to support the mental health of our school community. In conjunction with the YSI guide and our PE Dept the girls initiated whole school activities for fun, and raised much needed funds for Pieta House. At the end of the year they were awarded the Amber Flag which now hangs in our foyer. Our new team will promote this cause once more this year in a bid to retain the flag already achieved, as they create more opportunities to increase the feeling of wellness at school

Why did you choose Scoil Mhuire?

“After seeing three of my older sisters form such a strong connection with this school, the staff, and the pupils, I knew it would be right for me. I was sure Scoil Mhuire would be a warm, welcoming community, which it is! I'm so grateful I choose to come to Scoil Mhuire as ever since the first day I've settled right in. I don't think there's a better choice of secondary school in Ireland.”

~E Lennon.

"I chose Scoil Mhuire because the girls on Virtual Tour video looked so happy and it just felt like such a happy atmosphere."

~L Reilly.

"I picked Scoil Mhuire because I want to become the best version of myself."

~C Swords.

Supervised Evening Study

Evening Study is available to all students

Monday-Thursday from 4.00 pm to 6:00 pm. Supervision is by teachers who maintain an environment conducive to study. Evening study offers an opportunity to establish an organised structured approach to study. The benefits become very apparent.

"I chose to go to Scoil Mhuire because of what I had heard about the school from older friends already there. They said it is a great school with a safe and friendly atmosphere."

~C Vaughan.

"I chose Scoil Mhuire as the secondary school I wanted to go to because I heard really good things about the Art Department."

~E Flynn.

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School Uniform

In the interest of overall appearance of students, both as individuals and as a group, full school uniform is to be worn to and from school and at all school functions and trips. This includes in-house and state examinations.

• V Neck Navy Jumper for Juniors

• V Neck Light Blue Jumper for Seniors

• White Blouse with open reveres collar.

• Pleated Plaid Uniform Skirt or Pinstripe Navy Trousers.

• Navy/Black polishable flat school shoes or Navy/Black polishable flat short ankle boots. The following types of shoes runners, ballet or canvas are not acceptable.

• Black, Navy or Neutral/White plain socks or tights must be worn

• Uniform School Jacket with Crest

Important Organisational Details Grouping

P.E. Uniform consists of :

• Navy school crested tracksuit bottoms

• Red school crested polo shirt

• Red school crested hoodie

• Supportive sports runners - n o Converse/Airforce/Vans as they are not sufficiently supportive

In First Year mixed-ability grouping is used for all classes and subjects. Most leading educationalists recognise that this system is the most equitable and affords all students the opportunity to achieve their potential. However, after First Year, students are currently divided into Higher and Ordinary level groups in English, Irish, and Mathematics.

Subjects

Currently First Year students study all subjects on the Junior Cycle curriculum provided by the school. At the end of First Year, students with the advice of teachers, choose from the optional subject list those subjects they wish to study to Junior Certificate Level.

Assessment

Pupils are assessed continuously throughout the school year in a variety of ways; through written work, project work, oral work and examinations. Results of house examinations are sent home at Christmas and Summer. Trial examinations for Junior and Leaving Cert students take place in February /March and results are communicated to parents vis VSware.

The School Day

There are six 58 minute classes each day Monday-Thursday. School starts at 08:49 and continues until 15.51. There are four 58 minute classes on a Friday and school finishes at 13.11. There are two breaks, a short break at 10:56 and lunch break is from 13.11-13.55 (Monday to Thursday).

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Catering Services

Here at Scoil Mhuire Get Fresh we offer you healthy options menu. Freshly made sandwiches, wraps, bagels, with a choice of fillings, pancakes and fresh fruit tubs for morning break. With a choice of two homemade hot meals for lunch. Different choices Monday through to Thursday. You can view our menu on the Scoil Mhuire website. We cater for any dietary needs. Simply talk with our staff for more information.

Green Schools

Green Schools is an international environmental education programme that promotes long-term whole school action for the environment. The aim of Green Schools is to increase students’ awareness of environmental issues and to transfer this knowledge into positive environmental action in the school and also in the wider environment.

Scoil Mhuire is a committed participant in the Green Schools programme and currently holds four Green Flags.

In the current school year we are working on our fifth theme of Biodiversity, as well as maintaining and further improving our achievements of the previous themes of litter & waste, energy, water and travel. The Green Schools committee is open to all students who are committed and concerned about their environment.

During our Travel theme we created the Oak leaf Castle view Walkway. We will enhance this route during our Biodiversity theme.

Our Flags

• Flag 1: Litter and Waste

• Flag 2: Energy

• Flag 3: Water

• Flag 4: Travel

• Flag 5: Working on Biodiversity

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Eight years on from our 1st successful application to the World Wise Global Schools Initiative (WWGS) and the process of planning a Global Citizenship Educational (GCE) themed focus within the wider school curriculum continues apace. Subjects involved with doing GCE in the classroom have included Geography, Home Economics, English, Art, Religion and CSPE. All subject areas are invited to get involved each year.

The funding comes from Irish Aid each year and we are immensely grateful for their ongoing support. This fund supports the ongoing use of fair trade and ethically sourced materials in the Home Economics kitchens. Training and supports are available for all staff interested in pursuing a GCE-themed approach to teaching their subject area. A half-year module on Development Education is delivered to TY students, which includes a yearly field trip. Last year’s first group enjoyed a fascinating field trip to the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, learning about waste management and the circular economy. The second group hosted a visit by Dr Caroline Munyi of AkiDwA, who spoke to the entire TY group about the issue of FGM.

Other initiatives include an event to mark International Women’s Day every year in March. In recent years we have hosted such inspiring figures as the disability rights activist and sports journalist Joanne O Riordan, local County Councillor Yemi Adenuga, who made history by becoming Ireland’s first ever elected black female public representative. Last year, a trio past pupils – Engineering student Roisin Fahey, captain of the Meath Ladies senior football team Shauna Ennis and Deputy Political Editor with the Irish Examiner Elaine O’Loughlin

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Book Rental Scheme

In keeping with the ethos of the Mercy Sisters, Scoil Mhuire operates a book rental scheme. The rental paid by parents/guardians is €105 in First Year, €80 in second year and €45 in third year helps to fund the replacement of books. In first year all students get a mixture of old and new books, which they hold for 3 years.

Books are covered and checked at the end of each year. Books are also checked during the course of the year.

Sensory Care room

Our school sensory care room provides a place and space for students who may need some time out during the school day. The room is sensory focused with two large bean bags, sensory lights, fidget toys and mindfulness colouring books, giving students the space to self-regulate.

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Guidance and Counselling Service

Scoil Mhuire is committed to providing a comprehensive guidance and counselling service, There is a whole school approach to providing this service with specialist activities carried out by full time Guidance Counsellors. Guidance and counselling is provided in the areas of:

Personal Counselling - this involves individual, group and class work in relation to self-management, dealing with stress and anxiety and self-care as well as individual sessions with students to assist them in dealing with particular traumas or problems they may be experiencing.

Educational Guidance - this involves individual, group or class work to assist decision making in relation to choice of courses, subjects and levels. It includes such topics as motivation and learning, study skills and examination techniques.

Career Guidance - this involves individual, group and class work to assist decision making in relation to education and training courses and employment opportunities. CV preparation, mock interviews, visiting speakers, college visits as well as the provision of accurate up to date information, assistance with Irish and overseas applications, HEAR and DARE schemes, SUSI and scholarships are all part of the guidance programme.

There are up to date notice boards for students. Students may self -refer to the Guidance Counsellor or may be referred by staff or parents/guardians. Parents/guardians wishing to speak to the guidance Counsellor can make an appointment through the school’s main office.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing and positivity are very much at the core of all aspects of our school community in Scoil Mhuire. Each student is encouraged to participate in many of the wide variety of lunchtime and extracurricular activities available to them, to meet new people and learn new skills in a relaxed and calm environment. These clubs create a sense of belonging. Year groups are brought on activity-based outings at the end of the year to bond and expand their friendships. Trips can also occur throughout the year.

Staff and Student Wellbeing committees work together to organise events throughout the year for the whole school community. These include the annual sports day, positive mental health week, cultural week, Halloween fancy dress day to name but a few.

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Transition Year Tech Team

The TY Tech Team are a group of transition year students, coordinated by Ms. Foy and Ms. Heffernan ,who assist in the distribution, application, maintenance and overall management of over 168 student devices. They receive training in the overall management of the student devices and 6 special charging trollies, which are used in a variety of classes to enhance teaching and learning. These students work alongside teachers throughout the academic year to assist in the smooth running of classes by delivering the devices to the required classroom when booked. The Tech Team is the backbone to allowing learning & teaching to thrive within the school.

Athrú

Athrú, the Irish word for “Change”, is a group of senior students that support first year students in their transition from primary school to secondary school. They act as role models/mentors to the first-year students and also act as mediators between staff and students. The rationale behind the programme is to foster a caring attitude in senior students towards junior students in the hope that our school will be a friendlier safer place for all students. All interested students are interviewed and a group of students are chosen. The successful candidates then complete an intensive training day where they learn how to work as a team, hold successful meetings, plan events and to offer support and advice to their younger peers. The Athrú group work with students on the first day organising a tour of the school, icebreakers, games and generally making students feel safe and secure within a new school environment. They then meet with their assigned first year group each week in order to check in. Throughout the year the Athrú group organise various activities and events. This year they are holding weekly lunchtime activities that include a benchball tournament, ping pong, board games and dance.

An Athrú Instagram page has been launched also this year so parents/guardians can keep up to date with the various activities and events that are taking place throughout the year @athruscoilmhuire

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Laboratory Technicians

Each year 5th year students are selected to assist the science teachers in the practical set up of experiments during lunchtime. The girls get hands on experience working behind the scenes in the lab and gain confidence in the set-up of experiments. This scheme commenced in September 2005 as a pilot project and since then it has developed to become a very privileged post to hold in Scoil Mhuire.

The duties of the laboratory technicians include:

• Preparation of chemicals and equipment for practical classes

• Assisting junior classes completing their practical studies

• Demonstration of experiments

• Organisation of chemicals and equipment

• Clean-up and return of chemicals and practical materials

• Updating of science notice boards

• Organisation of events during Science Week

• Co-ordination of events on Open Evening in Science Labs

Scoil Mhuire ‘Global’ Gardening Club

Scoil Mhuire Gardening Club is a lunchtime club. It was established to provide our students with a space to make new friends, learn a little about gardening and to be creative citizens. Through the experience they can develop a greater sense of citizenship and caring for the environment, which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

The gardening club focusses on learning how to produce edible plants , herbs and vegetables which can be grown in a small space and teaches the importance of food sustainability as well as growing flowers and bulbs which can enhance the school grounds.

The club, along with other members of our school community, planted a mini orchard of Apple, Plum and Pear trees. We planted the trees in memory of our loved ones who have passed away.

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Erasmus+ 2023-2027 Scoil Mhuire Trim

1. Duration, finance, promotion

15 months from June 2023

€88,246 is the total budget until September 2024

Group Mobility of School Pupils = €60,706 (for 40-45 students and 6 accompanying teachers in Germany, France, and Croatia)

Job-shadowing for 15 staff members at 4 EU partner schools = €26,565

Preparatory Visits = €7,475 + “Inclusion support” = €500

New TAB has been added on our school website with all the info about the Erasmus+ programme and our partner schools from EU.

2. Three Pupils Group Mobilities planned for 2023/24 and one more/new from 2024/25

Preparatory Visit No 1 = A new partnership with a French school “Lycée Albert Chatelet” from Douai (near Lille/Brussels) established in June 2023.

Preparatory Visit No 2 = the programme for both exchange weeks agreed on with our “old” German partner school “Petrinum Gymnasium” from Recklinghausen (near Duesseldorf) in August 2023.

We are getting ready for the Preparatory Visit to Croatia during October mid-term break as we are looking for the suitable week/school for the Croatia Exchange (Split/Zagreb)

3. Erasmus+ school development plan 2023-27 is linked in with the School Development Plan and based on 3 Objectives (This programme was written in line with the LAOS 2022 document):

1. To create an inclusive education culture in Scoil Mhuire that reflects the diverse demographics of our area.

2. That T&L will be engaging, supportive, innovative, and diverse to develop a life-long learning and life-long skills in our students.

3. To increase the expertise of the staff in the area of ICT and online learning in order to integrate further ICT skills into our T&L.

4. Erasmus+ plan: quality standards

5. Partner schools for Erasmus+ job shadowing

Finland –“Tampere Classical Upper Secondary School” (north of Helsinki)

Sicily/Italy –“ITET Leonardo da Vinci” in Milazzo (near Messina)

Croatia – V. gimnazija Zagreb OR/AND V. gimnazija “Vladimir Nazor” Split

Germany –“Petrinum” Gymnasium Recklinghausen (east of Düsseldorf)

France – Lycée “Albert Chatelet” Douai AND Lycée “Camille Jullian

1. Inclusion

2. Environmental sustainability and responsibility

3. Digital education

4. Active participation in the network of Erasmus+ organisations

6. Audit/Inspections are conducted by Léargas, the Irish National Agency (excerpt from the Report in 2023)

“Apart from above Learning & Teaching activities carried out, there is also clear evidence of very rich and engaging suite of local activities organised as part of the project…”

“All activities were relevant to project’s original aims and objectives and fitted very well within school’s curriculum”.

“There is also clear evidence of policies in place in relation to the selection process as well as safety of Erasmus+ participants.”

Conclusion, Recommendations: Despite challenges presented by COVID this is a very successful school partnership exchange between Scoil Mhuire in Trim and Petrinum Gymnasium Recklinghausen which managed to deliver the majority of its original objectives and allowed pupils to participate in a very fruitful and engaging mobilities abroad as well as local activities”.

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Gluais was set up in 2012 by music teacher Mícheál Kerr. Comprising of 40 trad musicians, singers and Irish dancers, the band brings a youthful approach to fusing Irish traditional music with other musical genres. To date, Gluais have had an extremely successful 11 years.

Gluais have represented Ireland 7 times on international stages. Most recently, they were selected to represent Ireland and perform at the internationally renowned Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France. Gluais have also twice previously performed in Disneyland Paris on St Patrick’s Day as part of their St Patrick’s Day Irish Celtic Festival. While in Paris, a video of our Irish dancers dancing at the Eiffel Tower was filmed,

since been viewed over 150,000 times. Indeed, Gluais are no strangers to having their videos being watched by thousands online. During Covid-19 lockdown in March, 2020 Leaving Cert members of Gluais, from the safety of our homes, worked with Mr Kerr on recording Mariah Carey’s hit song “Hero” to honour our brave Health Care workers who fight the terror of Coronavirus every day. The online video was picked up by RTÉ and was featured on the 6pm and 9pm RTÉ news broadcasts. The video was also widely shared on social media, with views of up to 600,000 people.

This year, 2023, Gluais were invited to invited to perform for President of Ireland Michael D Higgins when he came to visit Trim for the presentation of Trim Tidy Towns victory success. Gluais were also featured on RTÉ Nationwide, a special episode showcasing the occasion. Of course, this was not Gluais’ first time performing for the President. Previously, they were invited to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet with and perform for President Higgins.

In 2019, Gluais were selected to represent Ireland and travel to the USA to perform at the International Children of the World in Harmony Music Festival in Michigan. Gluais performed every night in some of the most spectacular music venues Michigan has to offer, including Cheboygan Opera House & Great Lakes Centre of Performing Arts. While in Chicago, Gluais also performed a two hour show in the renowned Chicago Gaelic Park. This was a truly special concert for all involved, with most of the audience members being Irish emigrants “away from home”. Many became emotional as Gluais sang their repertoire of old Irish ballads, played traditional airs and danced traditional 8-hand reels along with the infamous “Lord of the Dance”.

In 2018, Gluais were honoured to be selected by the European Union to represent Ireland for “Our Dance for Europe” - a project coordinated by the Europa-Netzwerk Deutsch. “Our Dance for Europe” was a celebration of all European state cultures & traditions. Each EU country, along with a short clip of their traditional music & dance, was featured in a final film to celebrate Day of Europe ‘18. Gluais were Ireland’s representatives and they proudly filmed their video presentation here in Trim.

Auditions for Gluais take place each September and new members are always most welcome, whether you are a singer, musician or Irish dancer! Gluais’ story can be followed on their Facebook and Instagram page.

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Scoil Mhuire Choir

Scoil Mhuire Choir was founded in 2008 by Ms. Jane Lynch and is at present being directed by Ms Étáin Ní Churraoin. The choir has performed to great acclaim in venues both locally and on a national level.

On the competition circuit, the choir has won many trophies in competitions such as the Cork international Choral Festival, Feis Ceoil, the Sligo International Choral Festival and won first prize in its category at Navan Choral Festival 2015. The ch also featured regularly in the RTE All Ireland Schools Competition.

In 2017, thirty six members of the choir travelled to London present their first Musical Theatre show, Magic of Broadway in May. The programme included such famous shows as Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Les Miserables and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The choir have organised a Christmas Carol Service in St. Patrick Music and singing play a very important role here in Scoil Mhuire and contribute to the holistic development of the students. The school choir is a wonderful way for students to get involved in the wider school community.

Coiste na Gaeilge

Coiste na Gaeilge is a 5th year Student Irish Committee who work in conjunction with the Irish teachers to promote Irish in Scoil Mhuire. Under the coordinationn of Mr M Kerr and Ms L Harlin, this committee has gone from strength to strength over the past years with further plans to expand and introduce new activities and games in this school year.

As well as organising Seachtain na Gaeilge in March of every year, the committee run “Club G” – an Irish lunchtime club for 1st and 2nd years. The club meets once a week in which students participate in various fun games and activities, all through the medium of Irish.

7 years in a row, the 5th Year Irish Committee have been awarded the Gaelbhratach, an Irish flag that is awarded to schools who promote the Irish spoken language throughout school life. We are very proud of the continuous work and effort the committee puts into promoting Irish in the school.

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English Debating

Debating has a long tradition here in Scoil Mhuire. We believe participation in debating fosters critical thinking, confidence, excellence in public speaking, research skills, competitive spirit and empathy – because you have to understand both perspectives of a motion.

Open to all years, students here in Scoil Mhuire engage in a number of different debating competitions throughout the year. Our students have participated in the ‘Concern Worldwide’, ‘Leinster Schools’ and ‘Cambridge Union’ debating competitions. Students have researched and debated important and current issues that face our society today – motions such as: “the EU needs an army”, “Nuclear power is essential for a clean energy future” and “World hunger can be ended by 2023”

French Debating

In the past, Senior Cycle French students have the opportunity to participate in French Debating, helping them to improve both their oral and written language, and to develop important research and teamwork skills

The Scoil Mhuire team has achieved great success in the national French Debating competition, les joutes oratoires, run by the Alliance Française, in recent years and we look forward to competing again this year. In the past, our team has progressed all the way to the semi-finals of the national French Debating competition, and many of our students have won awards for best speaker.

French Exchange to Corsica

There have been several opportunities for students to get involved in French Exchange over the past few years. 6 students went to Corsica in 2022 and 16 travelled in 2023. the students were immersed in the French culture and stayed with local families in Porto Vecchio. The coming year 2023-24, there will be a trip to Lille, France for TY students and other potential exchanges may also happen.

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German Debating

German Debating Club was established in the academic year 2013/2014 and has been successfully competing in the AllIreland National Competition sponsored by Siemens and Goethe Institute Dublin over the years.

Debating in your own language is not easy – debating in German is even more difficult. Yet between 40 and 50 school teams (which adds up to approximately 230 to 300 students and teachers) enter the All Ireland German Debating Competition in September every year, organised by the Goethe-Institute Ireland, the German Culture Institute.

The competition is in its 25th year. The debate offers the students the opportunity to use and expand their German language skills and develop confidence, teamwork and debating skills. Also, students get to meet their peers from all over Ireland in a competitive language environment.

Our competitive journey usually starts in October in participating schools and the final debate takes place in May at SIEMENS in the DCU Innovation Campus, Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin.

Five rounds later, and after many arguments proposed and defended, new phrases learned and a great deal of team effort, the finalists emerge.

Our greatest achievements so far are 2 AllIreland Finals in 2018/2019 and in 2015/2016 and 2 Semi-Finals in 2016/2017 and 2014/2015.

Rainbows Ireland

Here in Scoil Mhuire we support our students by offering the Rainbows Ireland programme to help through difficult times of grief and loss.

What is Rainbows?

Rainbows is a free, voluntary service for children and young people experiencing loss following bereavement and parental separation. The Rainbows service is an inclusive service, supporting children and young people experiencing grief and loss resulting from bereavement, parental separation, parental relationship breakdown & divorce. Attending the programme provides children with an opportunity to meet with other children of a similar age and loss experience.

Rainbows Ireland aims to:

 Support children to have a shared experience and identification with others’ feelings… “I’m not the only one”

 Support a child to engage with their own individual grief

 to identify, name, understand, express and share their feelings

 Provide a safe setting to tell and retell feelings and thoughts with trained listeners

 Acknowledge a child’s grief and loss

 Support a child’s self-esteem, trust, confidence and resilience

 Support emotional growth and a pathway to positive mental health

 Provide a model of coping and support

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STEAM Competitions

Students are given the opportunity to enter a number of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) competitions each year. These competitions allow students to think critically and creatively. Teaching students to think both critically and creatively is the key to developing a society that understands and engages in the world around them.

These competitions include:

SciFest

This programme aims too encourage a love of science through active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning and provides a forum for students to present and display investigations at local, regional and national level. Scoil Mhuire has been very successful at these competitions over the last number of years. Prizes won include:

-Winners of the Business Excellence Institute Award 2021

-Winners of The Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award 2021

-Third place in the Intermediate Technology Category 2021

-Winners of The Smurfit Kappa Sustainability Award 2022

Engineering Your Future @ Home Series

The STEPS Engineering Your Future @ Home Challenge was created to encourage students to design or create a device or system that can improve sustainability in their home, school,

or community. A group of students from out school designed and 3D printed a reusable, recyclable pen to reduce waste from disposable plastic pens. Their project won second place in the overall competition in 2021. This competition allows students to show innovation and creativity in designing projects, along with the opportunity to use 3D printer. Participation in this competition is excellent for those who are creative and active problem solvers.

BT Young Scientist

Winners of The Alexion Award at the 2021 BT Young Scientist competition.

Agri Aware Environmental Innovators

In the first year of the competition (2022), Scoil Mhuire were lucky to not only secure two of the five finalist spots but were overall winners. This competition encouraged students to tackle the challenges our global food system faces.

Other competitions include:

ReelLIFE SCIENCE, SOPHia Physics competition and the Certified Irish Angus School Competition.

If these competitions are something you would like to enter, please talk to any member of the Science Department or for specific competitions contact Ms. E. Murphy or Ms. B. O Gorman

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Foreign Language Assistants

We are very lucky to welcome Foreign language assistants to our school, both in French & German. These native speakers are a great asset to our school, helping students to see the foreign language as a living language and helping them to improve their fluency. They also provide students with a better understanding of the way of life and customs of the foreign country.

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BT Young Scientist Winners
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Our current German Language Assistant Zoe with German teachers Ms Moran & Mr Kajic

Music Committee

The 5th year Music Committee, coordinated by Mr Kerr, works with the teachers of the Music Department In promoting all things music around the school. They organise and run weekly lunchtime concerts in which students are given the opportunity to perform in front of their peers on an informal level. The Music Committee also run a very successful “Music Week” in the school, where all different genres and tastes in music are promoted, explored and learned about.

Oratory

The Oratory is our sacred space in the school. Individuals and classes come here to take some much needed time out of their busy days in Scoil Mhuire. It is a precious, safe haven in the school where both staff and students can reflect, meditate and simply be

Irish Debating

Scoil Mhuire take part in the Gael Linn Comórtas an Phiarsaigh debating competition each year. The members for the 2023-2024 team are currently being selected and they will be under the guidance of Ms Heffernan. We hope that we can replicate the successes of previous years where our teams reached not only Regional but All Ireland Finals.

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Boyne Valley Twinning Programme

Scoil Mhuire is delighted to be the leading second-level school in the Twin Boyne Valley Programme. Representing our Boyne Valley here in Ireland, we are twinned with Boyne City High School in Boyne City, USA. Students on both sides engage in monthly live zoom sessions and are currently conducting research into each other’s regions, heritage and tourism. This is a very exciting initiative, now in it’s third academic year, and one that we look forward to developing and engaging with. Teacher Mícheál Kerr, who is Educational Director of the Twinning Programme, is also coordinator of the initiative here in Scoil Mhuire along side Ms Étáin Ní Churraoin.

STEM

During the 2021/22 school year, we were lucky to have 24 Transition / 5th Year Girls from Scoil Mhuire Trim participate in the Stem Passport for Inclusion. This initiative was funded by SFI and Microsoft Ireland, in which the students got to attend 3 lab days (one of which took place in the Microsoft HQ, Sandyford). Each lab day provided students with them opportunity to engage in Computational Thinking, AI and ethical responsibilities, Computer Science and Prototype Design. The aim of the Project was to pave a pathway for young girls in STEM and display to them the endless opportunities a career in STEM has to offer. The students attended a graduation ceremony in May 2022 –where they received a special purpose micro-award in 21st century STEM skills which they can use on their CAO (for additional points) to access STEM courses in Maynooth University and Munster Technological University!

French Erasmus Exchange Programme

For this year’s Erasmus Exchange we are partnered up with Lycée Albert Châtelet in Douai in Northern France. Our students will be taking part in activities organised by both schools with a strong focus on political history. Students will be engaging in a project on the Erasmus E-Twinning Platform in which we focus on the History and impact of WWI & WWII.

Pope John Paul II Award

Students in Scoil Mhuire have the opportunity to participate in the Pope John Paul II Award. The Pope John Paul II Award is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. It is non-competitive, inclusive, flexible and voluntary. Students achieve their Award by taking part in parish and social activities – 1 hour per week over 8, 14 or 20 weeks. There are 3 Award levels – Gold, Silver & Bronze. The Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church - in the life of their community and society. The Award is committed to helping young people enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development through participation in school, parish and community activities

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Junk Kouture

Junk Kouture is a global fashion competition with a focus on sustainability, creativity and team work. We have gone from strength to strength each year and reached the grand final held in the Bord Gais theatre in May 2022. Junk Kouture is part of the Transition Year programme, it is delivered as part of a half year module. The competition allows students to express themselves creatively, make new friends, learn new skills, research and be inspired by the world around them. As part of a team students create a piece of wearable art while building confidence and having fun!

Gaisce

Every year Scoil Mhuire Trim run the Gaisce programme. Gaisce –The President’s Award is a self-development programme for young people aged 14 -25 which has been proven to enhance confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical and community challenges. It is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to all young people to dream big and realise their potential. Gaisce Awards are non-competitive and self-directed: participants choose their own activities, goals and projects with the support of their President’s Award Leader (or PAL). There are three levels of Gaisce Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each year, Transition Years students are given the opportunity to complete the bronze award. Students who wish to continue their Gaisce journey in 5th and 6th year are facilitated.

Gaisce PAL leaders within Scoil Mhuire include, Ms. Carolan Ms. Doyle, Ms. E Flynn and Ms. O’Reilly

“Gaisce has achieved so much by enabling so many to embark on a journey in which young people across the island it has enriched both themselves individually as well as their local communities and wider society.” – President of Ireland, Michael

Senior Prefects

Senior Prefect are Leaving Certificate students elected by staff and fellow students. They are students who have a proven track record of upholding Scoil Mhuire’s core values and ethos and have demonstrated a commitment to the school. At the beginning of the year, our Senior Prefects are provided with leadership and personal development training to equip them for their future roles in the school community. Senior Prefects perform a number of vital roles in the school, providing a valuable source of support for both staff and students. These duties include mentoring specific form groups, assisting in the organisation of school functions and acting as school ambassadors when dealing with external agencies. It is envisaged that their position as senior prefects will help them continue to develop their leadership and organisational skills in adult life and future endeavours.

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D. Higgins, Patron of Gaisce
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Craft Club

Our Craft Club is up and running in the school for the past 2 years, we meet once a week in the Sewing Room over a lunchtime. This club helps students to develop friendships, skills, and to build confidence. It is a relaxing and mindful time giving students a break from the daily routine of study. A variety of crafts ranging from sewing, embroidery, crochet, knitting etc. are taught by a team of teachers: Ms. J. Deighan Flynn, Ms. M. Mahon, Ms. L. Ni Raghallaigh and Ms. B. Casserly.

Sport

To the future potential sports stars in Scoil Mhuire, on behalf of the Sports Department, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you and your family to the wide variety of sports available in Scoil Mhuire. The department offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students to further develop their sporting talents.

Throughout the years, Scoil Mhuire has been involved in the interschool competitions in Gaelic Football, Camogie, Basketball, Athletics, Golf, Cross-Country, Equestrian and Soccer.

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Lunchtime Activities & Clubs
Other
Stand Up Club Art & Mindfulness Club Homework Club History Club Reading Club

Golf

2023/2024 will see the return of golf to Scoil Mhuire. Scoil Mhuire girls’ have proved themselves to be superb golfers in recent years with three girls competing in the Leinster Senior Championship in 2022. Any student interested is encouraged to sign up and participate. We welcome both new players and students who are already members in their own local club. We are very lucky as a school to have a range of various golf, and pitch and putt clubs within a few minutes’ drive of the school. Trim pitch and putt club, for example, is only a short walk away from the school and will be a great local facility for practice after school. It will also be a great opportunity for any students who may be interested in the sport, to try it out for the first time. Leinster post-primary competitions will run for our well-seasoned golfers in Westmanstown Golf Club, Co. Dublin, where qualifiers take place in October and Championship Finals in April. Students can enter the competition individually or as a team of 2-3 players. Categories include Juniors (u16s) and Seniors (u19s).

Equestrian

Scoil Mhuire equestrian teams have been competing in national competition for over twenty years with much success. Each year, members of the equestrian team participate in the “Equestrian Inter schools Ireland” league between September and April. A large number of students ranging from 1st to 6th year represent the school in the league. The teams compete at weekends (either Saturday or Sunday) in Wicklow, Kildare, Westmeath, Kilkenny, and Wexford. Students have also entered the Killossery Stud school leagues and will be entering the Equestrian Interschools Ireland league.

Success in the inter-school events is difficult to achieve given the stiff competition from other participating schools, with up to thirty schools competing in any one event. Despite this, through discipline, horsemanship, and determination (and the unwavering dedication of parents/guardians), the students on the Scoil Mhuire Equestrian teams have enjoyed continuous success and finished in the top six schools in team and individual events in the interschool`s show-jumping league over the years.

Scoil Mhuire teams have also qualified to compete in the All-Ireland Inter-Schools Supreme Show-jumping Championship in

In addition, Scoil Mhuire has entered teams in the last two Inter Schools Hunter Trials with considerable success. In 2016, the Scoil Mhuire team achieved 7th place from an entry of over fifty teams, while the 2017 team achieved 3rd place – again from a large number of entries.

Teams are due to participate in competitions at the following equestrian centres over the coming months: Warrington (Co Kilkenny), Coilog (Co Kildare), Mullingar, Barnadown (Co Wexford), and Killossery and Broadmeadow (Co Meath). In the first competition of the year in Boswell Equestrian centre on September 17th, two teams represented Scoil Mhuire in the Novice and Open team competitions. Both teams performed very well achieving 3rd place overall in both

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Gaelic Football

Ladies Gaelic Football has a very strong tradition in Scoil Mhuire. Students from all years have the opportunity to compete at a competitive level in Scoil Mhuire. We have a Senior team (TY 2nd Year) Our senior team is currently competing in the A grade while our Junior and U14 team are competing in the B grade.

For the past number of years, we have worked with other schools in Meath and the Meath LGFA to arrange blitz competitions for 1st year students. This has been proven very popular with our 1st year students as it gives them all the opportunity to wear their school jersey while also getting to know fellow students outside the classroom.

Training and competitions begin every year for Junior and Senior teams in September. U14 competitions begin in February, while training for 1st Years begin later in September with matches/blitz spread out across the year. Training takes place after school in Trim GAA grounds. We always encourage students to take part as it is a great way for students to meet new people from our school community. Our Senior football team had a very successful first year at Senior A, making it all the way to the Leinster Final.

Recent Successes include:

• 2023 Senior A Leinster Final

• 2022 Senior B All Ireland semi-final

• 2022 Senior B Leinster B champions

• 2019 Senior B All Ireland semi-final

Scoil Mhuire are very proud of our past students/ players who have enjoyed great success with the Meath Ladies Senior County team in recent years. We were delighted to welcome them back to celebrate their All-Ireland success.

Celebrating & welcoming back 4 of our past pupils who were on the All-Ireland Meath Ladies Senior Football Team, as well as their manager Eamon Murray.

Included are: Emma Troy, Ali Sherlock, captain Shauna Ennis, Aisling McCabe (absent for photo)

• 2019 Senior Leinster B champions

• 2018 Senior C All Ireland final runners up

• 2018 Senior C Leinster C champions

• 2016 Junior Leinster C runners up

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Camogie

Scoil Mhuire have a long and proud tradition of promoting high levels of participation in camogie. We continue to break new grounds for Meath schools with our recent success on the camogie field. In recent years we have won Leinster titles and have represented our Province with pride in an All-Ireland Series. Currently we are playing in the highly competitive second division of Leinster Schools Camogie with all age levels in the school. We have teams for all year groups and most importantly we will strive to achieve the highest level in all camogie competitions while incorporating an inclusive ethos. We encourage all students to participate in school Camogie and to embody the Scoil Mhuire spirit: Be the best that you can be.

Since 2016, when we won our maiden provincial title at any level with success in the senior and junior Leinster D camogie competitions, we have been improving ever since. Having lost successive finals at the “C” level in 2018 and 2019, our Scoil Mhuire girls showed resilience and perseverance to become the first Meath school to claim honours in the Leinster “C” Junior and Senior finals respectfully. We have a very competitive first and second year team where we welcome all players from all levels of abilities to participate. We hope to continue to grow the game of camogie within the school and continue to break new ground for all Meath schools in Camogie.

• 2016 – Leinster “D” Junior Champions

• 2016 – Leinster “D” Senior Champions

• 2016 – All Ireland “D” Junior Runners up

• 2016 – All Ireland “D” Senior Runners up

• 2018 – Leinster “C” Junior Runners Up

• 2018 – Leinster “C” Senior Runners Up

• 2019 – Leinster “C” Junior Runners Up

• 2020 – Leinster “C” Junior Champions

• 2020 – Leinster “C” Senior Champions

• 2022 - Minor C runners up

• 2023 - Senior B Runners Up

Soccer

Scoil Mhuire has soccer teams for both Junior and Senior students which compete in both the FAI Leinster Schools Cup and League. These teams have represented the school well in all competitions over the past number of years. These teams are open to 1st – 6th year students. First Year students also have the opportunity to participate in friendlies that are organized throughout the year. In recent years, our Senior Soccer Team had great success in the Leinster League, winning in 2021 and finishing 2nd in 2022.

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Athletics

Scoil Mhuire have been taking part in Athletics for the past 16 years competing at Provincial and National Levels. Every year is an exceptional year as the girls always take home Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals from competing in the Schools Meath, North Leinster, Leinster and All Ireland Cross Country and Track & Field Championships. Most of the girls are members of their local Athletics Club. Competitions start from October with Cross Country Meets/ Championships and from April to May with Track & Field Championships. Athletics covers all the fundamentals of sport, i.e. Agility, Balance and Co-ordination. As you will see from the pictures below the girls competed in

Basketball

Basketball has a long-standing tradition in Scoil Mhuire Trim. It is inclusive so that any students who want to take part are welcome to come and practice and try out for the school team. It is played during lunch time and there is also after school practice once a week for those that can make it. 3rd this time, they play schools in their own pool in the North East region. If they progress they also play against other North East Region in the quarter finals and then further if they win.

Once again, the basketball season of 2022-23 was a very successful one for all basketball teams. The U19 team got to the quarter final of the North East region. The U16 team made it to the semi-final, but didn progress. The 1st year basketball team had a great season and trained hard at lunch times & made it to the finals. They were very unlucky to be beaten in the final by 2 points. The 2nd years also had a good season and made it to the semi-finals. The newly started 1st years have trials in October / November and their league starts in February.

We look forward to you joining our teams!

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