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Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna

Community Games Art Success

Seven of our students from Mary Immaculate Art Department have taken first, second and third places within their age categories in the Community Games Regional Art Competition (Lisdoonvarna, Doolin, Kilfenora and Kilshanny).

The students are U14 girls Lisa Shannon and Eva Harrington (Doolin), U16 girls Laura Haugh and Wiyada Saporncharoen (Lisdoonvarna) and U16 boys Oisin Casasin Sheridan, Daniel Costello and Joseph Flanagan (Ballyvaughan).

All winners will receive a medal at an awards ceremony and fundraising table quiz on the 7th of February in the Pavillion Lisdoonvarna .

Three of the seven successful students are eligible to go forward to the Clare final on the 6th of February next in Ennis. They are Lisa Shannon, Laura Haugh and Wiyada Saporncharoen. The theme of the competition is Community Games Activities. The students will have to produce a piece of work depicting a community games event within a supervised time frame. Best of Luck Laura,Wiyada and Lisa and Come on the Banner!

Student Leaders’ Congress 2016

The Student Leaders’ Congress 2016 took place in the RDS Dublin on the 14th of January 2016. The theme of this year’s Congress was ‘Together We Can.’ The aim of the Student Leaders’ Congress is to promote positive mental health, help-seeking behaviour in young people, and the Cycle Against Suicide message that ‘It’s ok not to feel ok, and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’.

Community Garda, Deirdre Scanlon, was invited to attend this event as part of the Garda Síochána. Accompanying Deirdre were 10 transition year students from the north Clare area. As this event took place in Dublin the student had to leave at 5.30am from the Ennistymon garda station. They were also accompanied by a sergeant from Ennis. Aoife Doherty from Doolin represented Mary Immaculate Secondary School.

“I as a student really enjoyed this trip; the meeting was really informative, fun and enjoyable. I hadn't known about this event until I attend this meeting and I learnt a lot about the fundraiser Cycle Against Suicide. I got to hear life changing stories about people touched by suicide, either their heart-breaking stories or the stories about loved ones that these people have lost”.

Pictured above student Aoife Doherty with Garda Deirdre Scanlon. 

Transition Year ‘Tractor Run’ in aid of the Irish Cancer Society

The transition year students of Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna are holding a tractor run on the 20th of February in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Registration starts at 11am in Ballyvaughan GAA pitch and the run starts at 12pm sharp. The entry fee is €15 per tractor. All tractors are welcome!

The route is as follows: Ballyvaughan GAA pitch - Lisdoonvarna - Doolin - Fanore and back to Ballyvaughan Sea Front. Tea and sandwiches will be available on arrival back to Ballyvaughan. The event is sponsored by Hylands Burren Hotel and Kelleher Sign Graphics Ltd.

For anyone not driving but who would still like to support or watch the event there will be students with collection buckets for donations. They will be at each of the following locations at these approximate times as the tractors pass through: Ballyvaughan 12 noon, Lisdoonvarna 12:55, Doolin (Fitz’s Cross) 13:20, Fanore 14:05 and return to Ballyvaughan Sea Front 14:55.

Please support our fundraising event as all proceeds are going to a great cause. Should you need any further information please call 087 9730545 or 087 9072700.

Creative writing workshop

TY students of Mary Immaculate Secondary School recently enjoyed a very productive two day creative writing workshop, facilitated by award winning author, editor and writer in residence for Hotel Doolin, Dave Landon. The students really enjoyed the workshop and all of the participants produced a vibrant and worthwhile piece of work. The author’s approach to his work and to the students helped create an open and honest atmosphere where “it’s ok to be yourself”, thus building confidence for young people. There was lots of fun, laughter and enthusiasm in the sessions, all of which aided productivity. Dave was extremely impressed with the strong rapport that existed between teachers and students and felt that this greatly encouraged and fostered student creativity.

We thank Donal Minihane, Manager, Hotel Doolin for affording us this worthwhile opportunity.

“The Merchant of Venice,”

Third Year students also enjoyed a most commendable performance of “The Merchant of Venice,” by Cyclone Repertory Company in the Lime tree Theatre, Limerick.

This interactive interpretation adopted a student friendly approach which had everyone’s attention from start to finish. Acted in both modern and Elizabethan English, the play explored themes and character motivation and opened up healthy discussion between the cast and students. Student consensus was that this will greatly aid them in their forthcoming exams.

Football News

On Wednesday 20th January in Rathkeale, Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna scored a superb 4-12 to 1-6 win over Kenmare in their Munster Colleges Senior C Football Championship (Corn Sheain Uí Mhurchú) quarter final. They will now face the winners of Mallow or Mitchelstown in the Munster semi-final. They also face Kilmihil Community College in the quarter final of the Clare Cup.

BT Young Scientists success

Early January saw the participation of 18 students in the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition. This was the 27th year that John Sims had mentored students for the event. Two of the projects received awards. Ailisha Leneghan and Katie Thomas were awarded a best display award while Róisín O’Donoghue received a highly commended award for her project on changes in population in Clare and Kildare from 1901 to 1911. All of the students had put in an enormous amount of work into their research and were great ambassadors for their school.



Pictured above student  Róisín O'Donoghue with President Higgins and his wife Sabina at the 2016 BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition.

Pictured above Katie Thomas and Ailisha Leneghan with their award winning display at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition.

Students pictured above attending a Physics worksop in the first year laboratory at the University of Limerick in preparation for their Leaving Certificate Examination.