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Newsletter May 10th

UNICEF Fundraiser   
Currently, 2 Opal CSPE class are learning about UNICEF, the organisation that promotes the well-being and rights of children around the globe. UNICEF work in 190 countries and territories focusing on reaching the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, striving to overcome poverty, violence, disease and discrimination. On hearing of the plight of children of similar age the girls decided to act. On May 2nd they ran a lunchtime fair in Fatima Hall, which included a bake sale, dance off, lucky dip, guess the number of sweets in the jar and a raffle. They raised €113 from this event and are now in the process of organising a sponsored walk. We commend them on their efforts and wish them well in collecting sponsorship for their walk. The raffle prize winners were Mr Martin, Ms Scahill, Ms Doyle, Lucia Fernandez and Ciara Johnson. Thanks to everyone who supported the fundraiser.

Sci-fest STEM fairs are hosted by The Institutes of Technology, DCU and St Mary’s College, Derry and are open to all second-level students. The fair consists of a competition and exhibition of projects, a prize-giving ceremony, and may also include a selection of science talks and demonstrations and advice on careers in STEM and available college courses. This year two of our first-year scientists, Chloe Beale and Ella Mulvey entered their project entitled ‘Confusing our Senses’ into the Life Sciences section of the competition. The girls won first prize in this category in their age group, an amazing achievement! Ella Mulvey tells of their experience.
On Friday, May 3rd we went to DCU to compete in Sci-Fest. Our project was about how our senses interact. We tested twenty subjects combining a variety of smells with a variety of tastes to see which sense dominated in which subject. We had to present our project to two lovely judges. Following this, we went to one of the SFI smart futures STEM careers talks. After a long wait, it was finally time for the prize-giving ceremony. We were not expecting to win a prize as there were so many amazing projects there. It was a surreal experience to have our names called out to tell us we had the best project in the Life Sciences category in our age group. Professor Brian MacCraith gave us our award, and we remained on the stage with the rest of the winners. Overall, Sci-Fest was such a great experience, and we would encourage everyone to give it a try. A special thank you to Ms May for all the help she gave us with this project.

Head Girl Interviews
The student leadership team is an integral part of the school community, providing an important link between the student body and management. On May 9th the interviews for the Head Girl and Deputy Head girl took place. From the twenty-two students who submitted their C.V.’s nine candidates were shortlisted. The interviewing panel included members of the local community. Noleen Bolger, who previously worked in the school was joined by local politician Irene Winters and local architect Michael Connolly. The panel was very impressed by the calibre of candidates, and we now await the outcome, which will be announced at prize-giving on Monday, May 20th.

Meeting of Parents of Incoming First Years
On April 30th there was a meeting in Fatima Hall for all the parents of the incoming first years. There was a fantastic turn out at the meeting and staff and management were delighted to meet so many of the parents. We look forward to welcoming your daughters into the school community in September.

Ember Leaders Graduation
On Tuesday 7th May, our five Ember Leaders Grainne Hayden, Rosa Flaherty, Mia Ryan, Clodagh Barrett and Abbie Kearns, travelled to Holy Faith Glasnevin for their graduation ceremony. Accompanied by Ms Flood, the girls enjoyed their last official day as Ember Leaders before they pass on their badges to next year's group. The day included a pilgrim walk around the National Botanic Gardens, where the girls took the opportunity to reflect on their journey as Ember Leaders. Afterwards, they attended a talk by Gerry Keegan in the Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith Formation & Dialogue. Finally, the girls finished their day with their graduation ceremony in the Holy Faith chapel, where they received their certificates.
The girls have been wonderful and enthusiastic leaders in the school, and Ms Flood would like to thank them for all their hard work as Embers this year.

Coffee Morning
The annual coffee morning fundraiser took place in Phil Healy’s pub on May 10th. We want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the parents on the Parents Association for all their hard work in organising this and the many other events throughout the year. We would also like to thank the parents who showed their support by baking cakes and attending the event. Your support is always greatly appreciated.

Transition Year Cookery demonstration
Sukhi, from Sukhi’s India, gave the Transition Year students a cookery demonstration on how to make a traditional Indian dish last Thursday. Sukhi’s India was officially launched in 2017 to bring to the market, recipes that had been in her family for generations. Inspired by her Grandmother, she has a natural flair for cooking and aims to help people make good honest, wholesome food using simple techniques and ingredients. The students were shown how to make a chicken curry using fresh ingredients and spices from her company, Sukhi’s India. The girls also learned how to make chapatis, which is a type of Indian bread. They really enjoyed the experience and thanks to the simplicity of the process, hope to make more curries in the future.