On January 18th, 64 TY students had the opportunity to attend this year's annual Cycle Against Suicide congress in the 3Arena. The organisation's powerful message “it’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help” was delivered throughout the day by inspirational guest speakers who shared their stories of hope and overcoming difficulties in their lives. While it was an emotional and thought provoking day, the girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience and now look forward to Schools Go Orange on February 9th.
Congratulations to St. Mary's John Paul 11 recipients who received their awards recently from Bishop Denis Nulty. This award, created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul 11, is committed to helping young people enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development through participation in school, parish and community activities.
Congratulations from all in St. Mary's to Máire Coghlan, Sorcha Daly, Alana Lacy and Isabelle O'Dwyer, and their teacher, Ms. Hennessy, who competed in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS last week. St. Mary's first years also attended the exhibition on Friday 12th.
The Parents' Council organised a cake sale and Christmas hamper raffle on Sunday 3rd December after 11am and 6pm masses. Thanks to all parents and students who baked cakes, cupcakes and delicious breads. Transition year and 3rd students provided great Christmas cheer with Christmas carols being sung during the sale. All in all a great success, raising over €1,700 in funds to upgrade student canteen facilities.
Well done to all pupils who contributed food to St. Mary's annual 'Food Drive'. Food items were collected from all classes during the week and, with tremendous work by Ms. O Humphreys and her diligent helpers, food boxes, collected by members of St. Vincent dePaul on Friday 8th December, will be distributed in hampers to families in Naas before Christmas.