St. Mary’s College Arklow News – September 2018

St. Mary’s Students in Belarus

On Saturday the 26th of May a group of twelve Transition Year students and three teachers from St. Mary’s College Arklow set off for a week’s long volunteering trip to Belarus. The students and teachers spent one week volunteering in the Gorodishche orphanage. Gorodishche is a small remote village situated over two hours outside of Minsk.

The trip was organised through the Irish charity group ‘The Burren Chernobyl Project’ who offer care and support to the service users all year round. St. Mary’s College was one of three Irish secondary schools to visit the orphanage this year.



Our Form 2 students were delighted to welcome Professor Arlene Gallagher to St. Mary’s College on Wednesday September 5th. Professor Gallagher of TCD School of Physics gave a talk on Girls in STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and also spoke about the Trinity Walton Club-a STEM club for post primary students interested in how STEM works in the world around them. Some of the girls who are interested in the Walton club went on to sit the club’s entrance assessment test and three of them who were successful look forward to attending their upcoming STEM events and activities.


Politics Students attend Kennedy Summer School Event

The 5th & 6th Politics and Society students attended the secondary schools event themed ‘Inspiring Ambition over Adversity’ in New Ross today, as part of the Annual Kennedy Sumner school. The event was hosted by broadcaster Chris Green and speakers were Senator Lynn Ruane and Sinead Mc Sweeney, Twitter Ireland’s Managing Director. The girls engaged exceptionally well and found it enlightening and hugely relevant to their subject.