Message from Ms. Thornton

Hope we all had a good week. 🌟
Fridays are always a favourite at St Mary’s. Obviously the weekend is close. Theres an air of excitment.
Usually around 10.45 the beautiful smell of cookies makes it’s way around the school as we await all of the lovely friday treats from the canteen. Students will discuss what’s on for the weekend as they sit together. Teachers will share a cup of tea or coffee at break time and chat about their week and what’s planned for the coming days.
As a Clare woman teaching in a Tipperary school it can be the start of the slagging from students of the hurling games to come of a Sunday (this also causes some fear of a sunday night if the result hasnt gone my way🤣)
Lockers are busy as our students pack their bags for study over the weekend. For some dentention is on the cards.who doesn’t love an extra hour at school!😉

The past few weeks have made so many of us appreciate our lovely school and the brilliant people we meet every day, students and our whole school staff. We look forward to those fridays again the “See you Miss” “Have a good weekend Sir” and even the slagging!😉

Enjoy the weekend. Be ready for another good week of work on Monday 💪👌

Statement from the Department of Education and Skills on COVID-19

All schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020.

The decision has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

All young people and children are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact to keep themselves and others healthy and to limit the spread of infection. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space of two metres between each other. Parents and guardians are urged to support young people and children to follow those simple guidelines.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said:

“This is an extremely difficult time for everyone, not least students and their parents.
“The decision to keep schools closed until after the Easter break is based on public health advice. It is a hugely important aspect of our continued effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“My message to students facing exams is that they should keep focused, keep working and try, as much as possible, to prepare as normal for the state exams. We are doing everything in our power to make sure those exams happen.
“Teachers and students have answered the call to remote learning with exceptional flexibility and adaptability. You are all a credit to the education system.
“I am also deeply conscious of significant work being done to ensure continuity of learning across our higher and further education institutions. The impact of emergency measures has not stopped education, it has inspired innovation and we are indebted to all those continuing to provide education in these trying times.”


Throwback Collaboration with Newport Drama Group

‘Yesterday’ by a William Creed and directed by local school teacher Marie Hayes and Tim McInerney was part of Newport Drama Groups ‘3 One-Acts’ in Birdhill, in April 2013. The cast included Grace Walsh, Cian McGlinchey, Elizabeth Mulligan, Aaron O’Neill, David Gleeson and Johnathan Coyle. The sad play uses the Beatles song ‘Yesterday’ to highlight the issue of struggles of teenage life.