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Sacred Heart Secondary School, Drogheda

The Sacred Heart Secondary School is an all girls’ voluntary secondary school in Drogheda with approximately 550 students, under the trusteeship of CEIST, originally set up by The Mercy Order.

School Ethos

Effective learning is made possible by our dedicated professional teaching staff and a discipline code centred on respect for self and others.

We believe we provide quality education in a secure, caring environment, supportive of learning and where students can reach their full potential.

Sacred Heart School enhances not only academic achievement but also personal development and future employment opportunities.

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School News and Events

Sacred Heart School Choir

The School Choir are performing with the Three Tenors, along with Drogheda Grammar School Choir, in the Tommy Leddy Theatre (TLT), Drogheda on Saturday 13th February at 8pm. Tickets are on sale in the Tommy Leddy Theatre for this wonderful event.

Sacred Heart Swimming Team Success

The Sacred Heart Swimming Team achieved more success at the recent Leinster Swimming Schools Championships held in Portmarnock. The Junior Relay Team of Niamh Morgan, Jill McEvoy, Aisling Towey and Kirsty McDonnell took bronze in the 4X50M Medley Relay.

The Junior Freestyle Relay Team of Aisling Towey, Kirsty McDonnell, Sarah Quinn and Niamh Morgan swam a fantastic race to finish 2nd in the 4X50m Freestyle Relay.

Both Relays will now represent the school in the All Ireland School Championships in Cork in February. In the Individual event, Niamh Morgan finished 4th in the 100m Backstroke.

A special word of thanks to Aoife Grady who provided great support on the day.

The success is proof of the abundance of swimming talent within the school, who were able to compete against the top swimmers in Leinster despite not spending nearly the same amount of hours in the pool. Well Done Girls!

Gaelic Blitz in the Sacred Heart

A gaelic football blitz was organised recently by the Transition Year students at the Sacred Heart School. All first year students took part in the blitz while the Transition Year students acted as mentors, referees and scorekeepers.

Ten teams took part, each taking a county name. After five weeks, Tipperary and Tyrone reached an exciting final. Everybody really enjoyed the games and there was a lot of shouting and cheering and perhaps one or two over enthusiastic teachers!

A big thank you to John Byrne (Louth Development Officer) who acted as referee over the five weeks. Congratulations to the members of the Tyrone team and to Ciara O’Donnell, their mentor.

TY Build a Bank Official Opening!

The Transition Year students officially opened their bank this week with a launch involving games and some very special guests.

Their bank is called "The Bank Factor" and the special guests included Simon Cowel, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh, Dermot O'Leary and Santa Claus!

 

 

The bank will be opened in the school every Wednesday where accounts can be opened and lodgements can be made.

This project is part of the Build a Bank programme for TY students.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

St. Barbara's class organised a fun afternoon for the students and staff, by hosting their own version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

They organised this event as part of their CSPE action project along with the guidance of their CSPE teacher Ms. O'Donnell. Many students and teachers participated in this event as contestants and it was thoroughly enjoyed by both staff and students alike.

The contestants were able to ask the audience, go 50-50, and phone a friend in their endeavours to answer the questions. The class raised an impressive 1573 euros for St. Vincent de Paul as a result. Well done girls.

Other Sporting Achievements

U19 Basketball Team: Congratulations to the U19 basketball team who beat Virginia College in the regional final match. They are now in the All Ireland Competition.

U18 Soccer Team: Congratulations to the U18 soccer team who beat St. Louis, Dundalk 4-3 in the league. Goal scorers were Niamh Pentony, Aisling Daly, Hannah Morris and Keely Piper. Player of the match was Saidhb Collins.

Open Evening in the Sacred Heart School

The Sacred Heart School opened its doors for a public open evening on Wednesday 25th from 5-7pm. Children from most of the primary schools in the locality were invited into the evening along with their parents. They received a tour of the school building given by current Sacred Heart students.

They got a chance to speak with all the teachers about their subjects and the school. They attended a talk given by our Principal Ms. Mary Caffrey about the school. Current and past students also spoke about their experiences while attending our school during the talk. Members of the parents' council were also present to offer advice and support.

International Students

The International students group meet up once a week in the school for a chat, to support each other, and share experiences.

 

Next week a table quiz is being organised by the group, with questions based on the several nationalities in our school.

 

 

We have students from all over the world attending our school including, Libya, Congo, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Germany, America, Pakistan, India, Czech Republic, and Lithuania.

Thanks to Ms. Fox, the International Students' Co-ordinator, and Ms. Austin, the EAL teacher (English as a language) for their support.

Sixth Year Geography Field Trip

On the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd of October, 75 sixth year Geography students went to Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down on a field trip.

This field trip is mandatory and complies with the compulsory action project which is part of the Leaving Certificate curriculum.

 

 

This action project is worth 20% of the marks allocated at the Leaving Cert examination in Geography. The title of the action project is A study of the processes of river erosion at the river Shimna, Newcastle, Co. Down.

The students are pictured undertaking the various tasks which had to be done i.e. measuring the right bank and the left bank of the river, analysing bed load and measuring the velocity and discharge of the river.

Bring Back the Blazers!

A group of students have recently discovered some older versions of the school uniform, namely the blazers, the Sacred Heart Students used to wear in the 1970's and 80's.

 

These blazers were hidden away in a school cupboard and when discovered, created great excitment.

 

These students wore the blazers around the school for the week in the attempt to increase their popularity and to possibly reinstate them as part of the current school uniform.

The girls are awaiting your feedback!

St. Martha's Fundraising Cheque

Lucy Reynolds and Laura Brady from St. Martha's class, presented their fundraising cheque of 1,000 euros to a volunteer from the Drogheda Animal Rescue Centre this week. Charlie, a dog from the centre also came up to the school to meet the girls.

The students raised this money for the centre by organising a fun fair last May at the school sport's day. Well done!

TY Disability Day

The Transition Year students took part in a Disability Awareness Workshop on Tuesday 17th November.

They attended a theory session in the morning, dealing with disability awareness in Irish society today, and in the afternoon, they participated in an activity session, which involved practicing different sports while using wheelchairs.

 

This workshop was run by the Louth Partnership and the Irish Wheelchair Association.