From Monday, November 13th 2017. St. Mary’s celebrated both Science Week and Inclusivity Awareness Week.
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Science and INclusivity
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Flags, representing different countries of origin for many of our students, were placed on the windows near the school's reception area. Copies of the Equal Status Act, 2014, are visible throughout the school. The Act states that people cannot be disadvantaged because of the following nine factors: gender; civil status; family status; sexual orientation; religious belief; age; disability; race, including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin; and membership of the Traveller community.
The act envisions a fair, inclusive Ireland where human rights and equality are respected, protected and fulfilled for everyone, everywhere. In connection with this act, we celebrate five values this week. They are love, equality, fairness, generosity and inclusivity.
As we celebrate National Science Week, let us remember some of the greatest Irish scientists. Robert Boyle, the 'Father of Chemistry', was from Waterford. John Tyndall, who first explained why the sky blue, was born in 1893 in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow. Mary Ward, from Offaly, was a famous writer on the use of the microscope and used it to study plants. Kathleen Lonsdale, born in Newbridge, made important discoveries about the shape of molecules using X-rays. Today, Eleanor Maguire, a Dublin scientist, uses brain scanners to discover more about how our brain works.
During the week, St. Mary's students did lots of experiments in class and, on Thursday, 16th November, nine of our 6th years took part in the annual ISTA science quiz in Maynooth University. We wish the best of luck to all future scientists in our school.