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Busy Month at Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna

Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare hosted a series of charity events to raise awareness of Suicide. These events ran in conjunction with Suicide Awareness Week (SAW) which occurred on the 10th to the 17th of October.

Transition Year Students organised a cake sale to raise funds for Pieta House

Pieta House is an organisation which provides counselling and support for people who are suicidal or self harming.

Pieta House, The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide officially opened its doors in January 2006. 5 years later, it has seen and helped nearly 4,000 people, and opened up two Outreach Centres, and two other Centres of Excellence in both Dublin and Limerick. In five years, Pieta House has grown to almost 40 therapists and admin staff, and the demand for its service hasn’t let up.

Art Exhibition

Through the medium of art, students at Mary Immaculate organised an Art Exhibition entitled See SAW. The exhibition contained paintings and drawings from junior and senior cycle students. The recurring theme in the work was one of Hope. There is always hope, even when you feel it is a hopeless situation. Talking it out and opening up to someone you trust can save your life.

During this week of SAW, Transition Year Students designed a wristband which went on sale to students and the wider school community. It is a silicone yellow wristband, representing the light of hope, with the words See Saw @ MISS. The Pieta House web address is also inscribed on the inside of the band. All proceeds of the sales will go to Pieta House, who has five centres around the country.

Liam St. George a Transition year Student underwent a personal challenge at the end of October; when he did a charity skydive for the William Winder Rainbow Foundation. William Winder was a young boy who sadly died by suicide last June. The foundation was set up in his memory to help young people who are depressed or suicidal.

Sports Day

The fifth year students who organised a sports day last May in the School and raised 510 Euros, decided that the William Winder Foundation would be a worthy local charity for give their funds to, so last Wednesday Ciaran Flanagan, Catherine Guerin and Liam St. George presented Mark Winder, Williams’s dad, with the cheque. Mr Winder was delighted with the support from the school and commented on its efforts to raise awareness and educate students around the area for positive mental health.

Pictured above the presentation of cheque to Mark Winder.

Art Department

In the Art Department Second Year students have been very busy entering the Positive Mental Health Competition in both the poster and photography sections. They are also currently being very creative making costumes out of recycled materials for the up and coming Junk Kouture Fashion Competition.

Doodle for Google

Doodle for Google art competition is also in the pipeline and we hope to have lots of entries from Mary Immaculate next month. Also students have designed posters for the Positive Mental Health Art Competition which is currently running nationally. 

Transition Years are very busy painting the sets for The Wizard that Was which will be performed in the Pavilion Theatre in early December. 

First Year Sleepover

The first year sleepover in aid of Focus Ireland was held in Mary Immaculate Secondary School in Lisdoonvarna on Friday 16th November from 10 pm to 9 am the next morning.

Just over €1,500 was collected in aid of the charity. 28 students took part and 7 members of staff. This is the sixth year that the school has held this event.

The night comprised of team activities, a midnight feast and a talent competition. As well a fundraising event it was a great opportunity for the first year students to get to know each other. Great fun was had by all if not too much sleep.

Thanks to the following staff members the night was a great success. They were Olivia O’Dwyer, Edel Vaughan, Emily Curtin, Shane Slattery, Emma Danaher, John Sims, Nancy McMahon and a visiting GHOST!!

A special thanks to retired deputy principal, Dympna O’Donohue, who organized the event in the past and helped with the organisation of it again this year.

Pictured above are some of the participants in the sleepover.