Latest News from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Drogheda

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal -15/12/2017
Four students from third year (St. Christina) as an action project for their Junior Certificate CSPE exam, organised a collection of shoeboxes with the first year students in Sacred Heart Secondary School. They collected almost 100 shoeboxes of Christmas presents for children in developing countries.
A big thank you to all students in First Year and girls throughout the school who generously donated.
Well done to Caitlin Lally, Jade Hudson, Chantelle Chifamba and Michaela Morgan Doherty for all their hard work.

Team Hope - Caitlin Lally, Jade Hudson, Chantelle Chifamba and Michaela Morgan Doherty with their teacher, Ms Sharon Stafford.

St Mary's Parish Church Carol Service
On Thursday 14th December our school choir and orchestra represented Sacred Heart Secondary School in a night of festive cheer.
Under the guidance of our music teacher Ms Linda Collins the choir performed ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’, ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’.
Soloist Emma Thornberry held the audience spellbound with her beautiful rendition of ‘When a Child is Born’.
Congratulations to the students for sharing their talent, commitment and time with their school community.


St Vincent De Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal
Congratulations to St. Eithne Leaving Certificate Applied on organising this year’s St Vincent De Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal as part of their Community Module. They ran a competition for the best hampers. They judged the hampers today and were left with a very tough challenge due to the high content of the hampers and wonderful creativity of design.
The winners were announced at assembly on Thursday the 14th, December.
Well done to all of the classes and to the girls for organising the appeal.


Sacred Heart Enterprise Trade Fair
Sacred Heart Enterprise Trade Fair took place on Thursday 14th December, from 12.25 to 2.30. There was a wonderful selection of products for sale from the 25 stalls from Transition Year and 1st Year. Thank you to the Business teachers; Ms Horan, Ms Flanagan & Ms Mitchell and to all the parents and families who attended the Trade Fair -there were bargains galore to be had.


Prepaid financial services Junior Fintech Innovation Award
2nd Year Students, Leah Keogh, Eva Barnet and Luisa Woods, under the guidance of their Business teacher, Ms Horan, presented their business idea to entrepreneurs Noel and Valerie Moran in a Dragon’s Den style forum at the Prepaid financial services company in Navan.
The presentation was part of their entry into the Prepaid Financial Services Junior Fintech Innovation Award where there is a €10000 school prize and iPhone8 each for the winning team.


Seisiún Ceoil i Scoil an Chroí Naofa
As part of the Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend, Sacred Heart Secondary School was delighted to welcome Zoe Conway and John McIntyre to our school library on Friday 24th November. Many of our students participated in this outreach performance. Zoe and John are internationally renowned musicians hailing from Carlingford, County Louth. As well as playing violin and guitar students joined them in the singing of the Omeath song ‘Dúlamán’.
The Trad Group meet every Monday at lunchtime in the Music Room-all are welcome to join in.
Thank you to Mr Branigan for organizing this event and to Ms Collins and Ms Fanning for all their help.


‘High School Musical’
We are so proud of this year’s amazing group of talented 5th years. Another fantastic production this year. ‘High School Musical’ was on stage in the TLT, Drogheda with two sold-out shows on Wedneday 23rd and Thursday 24th November. Thank you to our Producer-Tracey Martin, our Choreographer- Gillian Donaghy-Harte and our Musical Director-Linda Collins.



Gaeilge 24
This year all Transition Year students took part in Gaeilge 24. The girls received t- shirts, wrist bands and will be presented with certificates for taking part in this event. The girls raised €562.50 for Conradh Na Gaeilge. The girls put a lot of effort into the day organizing various activities and preparing leaflets with key phrases for the day for both teachers and students. Ms. Lynch also showed her support by taking assembly as Gaeilge that morning. The Morning Offering was said as Gaeilge by Sadbh Kindlon 6th Year. Teachers also incorporated Irish into their lessons. Thank you to the girls, teachers and parents for all of their support on the day.
Míle buíochas.


Sacred Heart Breakfast Club
Before the Halloween Break the SLC (Student Leadership Council) organised a fundraiser to raise money to set up the Sacred Heart Breakfast Club. This involved a game of Rounders ‘with a twist’-A students vs teachers game. The students managed to win by a thread. In the process and with the support of the student body €417 was raised.
A survey was sent out to the student body with questions relating to the types of foods they would like for breakfast. The money from the fundraiser went towards buying cutlery, delph and food for our first ever Breakfast Club.
On Wednesday 8th November 2017, 30 students had breakfast together from 8.15-8.35am. This comprises of a voluntary contribution of 50c and the choice of cereal, orange juice and tea. There was a great atmosphere in Ms. Teeling’s kitchen where students right across the years mingled together having their breakfast.
Students from the SLC organise the opening of the kitchen every morning, collection of the contribution and the clean up process. Gaisce students participate as part of their Community Work. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers involved; Ms Dempsey, Ms Teeling and Ms Devaney for helping set up and supervise, our Head Girl-Carenza Rock and the students from the SLC committee.


American Student Exchange Programme 2017-2018
A group of our Transition Year students, accompanied by Ms Carroll and Ms Mitchell, arrived in Washington on Friday 13th October to begin their Student Exchange Programme with students from Georgetown Visitation. The girls certainly had an exciting and busy week meeting their American families, attending classes and visiting famous landmarks. We are looking forward to welcoming our American exchange students and their teachers to Drogheda in March 2018.


Drogheda’s Fittest School Challenge- 12th October, 2017
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS- We are Drogheda’s Fittest School for the second year in a row! Congratulations to our fantastic team for winning the Warrior Shield again this year-we are so proud of you all.
Team SHS;
6th Year: Sophie Hayes, Jill Kenny, Sadbh Kindlon, Nicole Reilly, Carenza Rock, Aisling Haigney (photographer)
5th Year: Cara Kindlon
Transition Year: Shauna Murphy, Caoimhe McPeake
3rd Year: Noelle Coyle, Holly Brennan
Thank you also to Boomerang Centre and Cafe for coordinating and to Celtic Adventures for hosting this event.


Student Leadership Council 2017/2018
The Student Leadership Council is made up of Senior Prefects who represent each class group, four House Captains (Amergin, Lir, Rosnaree and Tara), Extra Curricular Activities Prefects and the Head Girl. Their role is to develop a House spirit, foster community, support the student body and develop leadership skills.
Head Girl: Carenza Rock


Student Leadership Council with our Principal, Ms Carroll (right)and our Deputy Principal,Ms Lynch (left)