Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna - Latest News

The following is the latest news from Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, kindly shared by Deputy Principal, John Sims.

Liz Collins presenting The Hughie Kivlehan Award 2016 to Crebhan Hughes

This award reflects many of the attributes, values and spirit that Hughie brought to Mary Immaculate for over fourteen years until his untimely passing in October 2014.

The award itself features a piece of bog oak on a base of Cherry wood. It was designed and made by a past pupil of Hughie’s, Caoimhín Conneely.

John O’Loughlin, Principal, making a presentation to Liz Collins

John O’Loughlin, Principal, on behalf of the school community and in appreciation and thanksgiving of Hughie’s life and time as a teacher in Mary Immaculate, presented Liz with a piece of bog oak which was engraved with the words ‘Say not in grief that he is no more but say in thankfulness that he was’.

The piece was beautifully and carefully crafted by Patrick Lynch, a retired teacher, from Ballymahon Co. Longford.

Making the presentation, on behalf of the school community, John expressed his hope that this hand carved and polished traditional gift will help bring a little comfort to Liz and Hughie’s children Joe, James, Patrick and Mae. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Liz congratulated Crebhan on receiving The Hughie Kivlehan award and expressed her deep gratitude and that of her children to Mary Immaculate on remembering and continuing to remember Hugh in the making of this award. She wished all the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate students every success in their examinations.

Senior and Junior Student of the Year Awards

Principal John O’Loughlin congratulating Rowan Danaher on receiving the Senior Student of the year award and his sister Clodagh (both pictured above with John) on receiving the Junior student of the year award for 2016.

A pupil from Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna wins SciFest GMIT competition

Pictured above Barry Hayden (SFI) and George Porter (CEO SciFest) present Maghnus Hartigan with his award at GMIT. 

Mary Immaculate Secondary School participated in the SciFest competition which was held in GMIT on 20th May 2015. The school had seven projects entered in the event out of a total of 84 projects. The north Clare school and teacher John Sims was delighted to take home two of the eight awards at the event. The winning projects were:

Of the over 80 projects exhibited at SciFest@GMIT 2016, the top prize on the day went to Maghnus Hartigan from Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, for his project, Applying Real-Time Physiological Responses to a Virtual Classroom Environment.

Maghnus developed a computer mouse with heart rate and perspiration sensors, integrating an algorithm which uses the data from the sensors to deduce what is exciting or stressing the user, and then adapting the content accordingly. He tested the design, using students from his school in order to gauge the effectiveness of the design. “

Maghnus now goes on to the national final of SciFest 2016 will take place on the 11 November in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin. He plans to further develop his project over the summer.

There was also success for Aoife Dowling and Chloe Geraghty (pictured above with George Porter, CEO, SciFest) who won the Maths in Science Award for their project entitled “Has the location of harebells (Campanula rotundifolia) an effect on the morphology of the plant?” This award is presented to the project with the best use of maths in a project in the competition.

The other students taking part were Róisín O’Donoghue, Ailisha Leneghan, Katie Thomas, Amy Woods, Kate Considine, Sarah Nagle, Katelin Vaughan and Emma McGhee.

Success for Mary Immaculate in Junior D Clare Schools County Final

Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna 6-8
Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis 2-6

Mary Immaculate Junior Ladies Football Team contested the Junior D Clare Schools Final on Wednesday 18th May in Gurteen GAA Grounds.

The side, which was captained by Lizzy Roche, started well and hit 1-4 before Colaiste Mhuire got on the scoreboard. However, Colaiste Mhuire found their stride and hit 1-2 in the lead up to half time leaving Mary Immaculate ahead by two points on a score line of 1-4 to 1-2. Mary Immaculate pushed on early in the second half securing some vital scores which increased their lead yet again. Mary Immaculate put together many impressive passages of play and played with great determination from start to finish and proved decisive winners in the end on a score line of 6-8 to 2-6.

Well done to all the panel of players involved and many thanks to all the parents and supporters who attended on the day.
Scorers; Lizzy Roche (3-2), Clodagh Danaher (0-4), Sally King (1-1), Roisin Mc Namara (1- 1), Laura Griffey (1-0)

Success in Maths competition

All first year students took part in the first round of the Irish Junior Maths Competition. Overall 8000 students from 178 schools took part at this level. Of these over 500 took part in the final round.

Congratulations to Dylan Egan from Doolin (pictured below) who finished second in the Clare division.

Lisdoonvarna student presents science project in UL

The Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences invited a number of students who took part in the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in January to present their projects to staff members of their department. Maghnus Hartigan was one of the invited students.

He presented his project entitled “Applying Real-Time Physiological Responses to a Virtual Classroom Environment” to the PESS on the 19th May 2016. As well as presenting his project he and his teacher John Sims attended a number of workshops and talks.