St Clare's CS, Manorhamilton school notes

Philip Rooney

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Philip Rooney

St Clare's CS, Manorhamilton school notes

The Senior Science quiz teams who represented the school in the ISTA Quiz in IT Sligo on November 16th.

Tis the Season to be Jolly.....Too Soon???
All Transition Years got into the festive spirit this week (in November!) for a good cause. TYs baked their baked bean tin Christmas cakes. As they set off on work experience, in two weeks time they will return and decorate their cakes as part of a Christmas cake icing workshop with an icing expert! These cakes will all be sold as part of a Christmas Fair fundraiser organised as part of mini-company, with the intention of raising funds for the Make a Wish Foundation!
World of Work Presentations - 5th Year Link Modules Programme
On 18th October, our 5th Year Link Modules students enjoyed two extremely informative and worthwhile presentations on the World of Work, organised by Ms. Fahey (Link Modules Coordinator). Tracey Evans (H.R. Manager - M.C.I., Manorhamilton) and Caroline Ward (Caz Cards, Manorhamilton), offered students invaluable insights into the world of work and the expectations of employers in today's competitive jobs market.
Tracey Evans presented on the importance of excellent CV, application form and cover letter, preparation and presentation, as well as good interview preparation and techniques. Caroline Ward spoke of the high expectations of employers in today's world of work, and how best students can prepare for entering the jobs market into the future.
Both presentations linked directly with student preparation for the 5th Year Work Experience Module which ran from 13th - 17th November 2017.


Link Modules Work Experience Module
Our 5th Year Link Modules Work Experience Module ran from 13th -17th November with 44 students entering various real working environments around Manorhamilton, and much further afield. This Link Modules activity permits students to experience the reality of the working world, and all the learning that comes from such an experience. Students must obtain their own work placement in a career area of their choice and carry out five days of actual work under the supervision and mentoring of their "employer". In this way, students gain insights into the career area selected. The insights gained are of great help when students are applying for college places, and courses, in Leaving Certificate year, and can greatly inform choices made by students.
We thank our many employers who give so willingly of their time and expertise on an annual basis by providing work placements for our Link Modules students at this time.
TY Personal Development and Retreat Day - Youth Ministry Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo
On 8th November, TY students took part in an excellent day of personal development and spiritual retreat at Knock Shrine, organised by Ms. Fahey and Mr. Martin. The day was structured and run by Knock Youth Ministry and focused on personal development for young people as well as providing time and activities for reflection on personal direction. Student feedback on the day was excellent.


Science Week
Science week was celebrated nationwide by a huge range of activities to mark the official science week from 12 – 19th November. In Sligo IT the Sligo Science Festival, supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), ran a week-long programme of activities and events which aimed to make science more interesting and accessible to children and adults alike. With some of the highlights being The Science of Gaelic Games with Dr Edwenia O’Malley & Dr Cathy McHugh and a Bionic Biography with Seonaid O’Murchadha.
In St Clare’s the science department was very active in promoting STEM subjects and careers, while also organising science based workshops and decorating the school.
As part of Science Week first year students attempted the 'bubble within a bubble within a bubble' challenge as they explored the nature of soap bubbles and surface tension. We thank Aleksandra Zebrowska (TY), Rachel McPartlin (TY) and Mr Hewston for hosting this event. We also acknowledge the support of Science Foundation Ireland who supplied rulers and pencils for all participants.
Two teams from St Clare’s took part in the ISTA Senior Science quiz in It Sligo on Thursday the 16th of November. They were fantastic ambassadors for the school on the night, thank you to Ms Cunningham and Ms McManus for accompanying the students.


Senior Girls Volleyball
St Clare’s Senior Girls Volleyball team played in their round two blitz on Wednesday 22nd in St Louis Kiltimagh They played in three matches. The first against Presentation Killarney (Score 13:25, 15:25) in favour of the overall blitz winners Killarney. The second match was against a very in form Drumshanbo team who have some excellent servers and progress to the next round. Best of luck in their endeavours. The third match was closely fought against St Louis with Kiltimagh winning overall (25:8, 25:18).


Senior Boys Basketball
An under strength senior boys team played against an extremely strong Claremorris boys Senior team losing by a large margin on Monday 13th. Man of the match Cian Killalea.


Junior Boys Basketball
Junior boys played against CBS Roscommon on Friday 17th. A sluggish start cost us the game despite the determination of the boys to get the scores back the winning baskets were just out of reach. Man of the match Hugh Clancy.