Achievements Day is a day when the whole school community looks back at the experiences we have had during the past school year. We acknowledge the involvement of students in a wide range of activities and applaud them for the efforts they made. Some may have become involved in fundraising or community organisations, others may have excelled in the areas of Sport or Music ,while more were awarded for their academic achievements. Achievements Day is a time when we celebrate success and reward effort. It is also the time when we invite a past pupil back to visit the school to share some of their experiences with us.
Over the years we have been extremely fortunate to have a wealth of past pupils who have travelled different paths in life and have been more than willing to speak to our girls and give them a few personal tips on attitudes that have stood to them on their journey. This year we surpassed ourselves, our guest speaker was Sabina Higgins, wife of the President of Ireland. She had many wise thoughts and tips some of which were: always remain positive, stay in contact with your friends and treat the person you are speaking to right now as the most important person in the world and give them your full attention.
As we come to the end of another academic year we look forward to the next, to the successes of our students and above all to seeing them develop as well rounded, happy, balanced individuals who are ready to embrace the world so that maybe ten years down the road they may come back as our guest speaker and offer great advice to the young ladies of Mount Saint Michael.
Pictured above is Sarah Farragher (Student of the Year) and the 4 other nominees for the award with Ms. Fionnughla King, Sabina Higgins and B.O.I rep. Imelda Browne who sponsored the award.
Amy Bell "Sportsgirl of the Year" being presented with her award by Ms. Fionnughla King (Principal) and Ms. Patricia Tuohy (P.E teacher). Also pictured is Mr. Brendan Hession
Diane Tierney being presented with her award - 1st Year Sportsgirl of the Year"
Ms. Mary Grealis presenting an award to Rachel Cummins who came 5th in the World Irish Dancing Championships in Boston at Easter.
Congratulations to all of our students who took part in our Festival of Music recently. This event organised by Ms. Mary Grealis to highlight the fantastic talent of our students was an outstanding success and a very enjoyable night was had by all. Parents, students and teachers were entertained for over two hours by extremely talented musicians, singers and dancers. Many thanks to Mary Grealis for all her hard work in preparing for this event and of course to the 130 students who participated and who we are so proud of.
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Teachers lead the way during the Cycle Challenge for "Active School Week"
School Festival of Music
On Thurs. 2nd of May at 7pm ,the students of Mount St. Michael will present a concert in the school canteen. The concert will feature a variety of acts including singing, dancing and instrumental music from across all year groups. The senior choir fresh from their victory in the Kiltimagh Choral Festival, will perform the winning pieces. Tickets will be available at the door costing 5 euro. It promises to be a very enjoyable evening. The video clip below of our senior choir gives a taste of the talent of our students.
Texaco Art Competition
Congratulations to our very talented student Shania Mc Donagh who once again has scooped 1st prize in the Junior Category of the Texaco Art Competition. Her winning entry can be seen below.
Mount St. Michael Girls U-17 Squash Team were runners-up in the All -Ireland School's Squash Finals held on Friday April 12th in Sutton. They were unlucky to lose in a head to head with the Jes. Galway, having been joint leaders in the round robin competition. The team consisted of Lorraine Mooney, Ciara Hutton and Nicole Dillon. It was a great week for the girls having been key members in Connacht's win in the All- Ireland Interprovincial Competition last weekend and runners-up in the All Ireland Schools on Friday.
A big thank you to all who helped with the organisation, planning and running of our Anti-bullying week 2013. It was a week of workshops, talks and activities to raise awareness throughout the school about standing up to bullying and an opportunity to reinforce our schools policy in relation to bullying.
National Parent's Council Post Primary and the NCCA New Junior Cycle Parent Information Evenings 2013.
The National Parent's Council Post Primary in conjunction with the NCCA, will host information evenings nationwide for parents on the upcoming changes to the Junior Cycle. These evenings are open to all parents, guardians and parent association members to attend. These events are free to attend and light refreshments will be available on arrival. If you would like to attend, plese email information @npcpp.ie to register. The changes to the Junior Cycle are to be implemented on a phased basis from 2014, commencing with English and the introduction of short courses.
The meeting for the Galway/Mayo region will be held on March 11th 2013 in the Maldron Hotel, Oranmore, Galway.
All-Ireland Spikeball Finals
Mount St. Michael Second Year Spikeball Team has qualified for the Post Primary National Spikeball final tomorrow Thursday Feb. 28th in U.C.D. Mount Saint Michael will represent the West of Ireland and will be against schools from the South, East and Midlands. There has been a long tradition of volleyball in Mount Saint Michael. The school has achieved many All-Ireland titles at Junior, Cadette and Senior level and at all divisions. This team shares the ingredients of previous successful teams - dedication, motivation, enthusiasm, team work and lots and lots of skill.!! We wish them the best of luck. The team consists of Ciara O'Brien, Dearbhaile Roe (captain), Maeve Duffy, Grace McNamara, Megan Staunton and Elizabeth Murphy.
School and Youth Choir Competition.
Congratulations to the Mount St. Michael School Choir who were placed first in the Competition for the School and Youth Choirs of over 40 voices on Friday Feb. 22nd. The choir is made up of 52 girls from 2nd year, T.Y and 4th year. They rehearsed after school on numerous evenings and even came in over the mid-term break. The choir sang the very beautiful "Somewhere" from West Life Story and a lively jazz version of the Gospel song "Feel Good". The girls were superb and we are so proud of them.. The choir is directed by Mary Grealis and accompanied by John Flatley.
Cadette B Volleyball
Absent from picture is Yvonne Moran
The Cadette B Volleyball team lost narrowly in the All-Ireland Semi-finals in Loughrea on
Thursday Jan. 24th. The team played Mountrath Community School in the Quarter Final.
Mountrath had seen off the challenge of St. Raphael's, Loughrea in the previous round - a team that had dismissed the Mount St. Michael girls with ease in a preliminary play-off in November. Their victory against Mountrath is an indication of how much the team has improved since then. They had to play consistent, attacking volleyball to match Mountrath and beat them comfortably in the end 25-18, 25-21.
Mercy Tuam were the opposition in the Semi-Final. Tuam are a physical side and are particularly strenghtened by an outstanding Italian exchange student Paloma Gerenic who is powerful and technically very accomplished indeed. Claremorris had a slow nervous start and had to dig deep to get into the game. By the end, however it was nail bitingly close. This was one that definately could have gone our way, probably should have gone our way but actually didn't go our way! The final score was 8-15, 25-21, 26-24.
The Cadette B team can be proud of their success - not only getting to an All Ireland semi-final but displaying a brand of volleyball reminiscent of the not too distant glory years of MSM volleyball. The Team are: Captain: Lorraine Mooney Nicole Dillon Cliodhna Egan
Aoife Ni Aogain Cliodhna Ni Chaba Cathy Costello
Helen Gilmore Ellen Healy Marissa Brett
Cara Neary Yvonne Moran
Apr 29 2013
Indian Cultural Day
Well done to TY students who recently held an "Indian Cultural Day" for all first years. The TY students provided workshops in Indian dance, dress, make-up, food, arts and crafts. This was part of the Pamoja programme, a development educational project deve...
Apr 18 2013
Congratulations to Siobhan Halligan who has been shortlisted for the John West Fantasy Writing Competition. She will be attending the Awards Ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin on April 29th 2013.
New Car Park
Following consultation with all school partners, Mayo Couunty Council and the Road Safety Authority, a revised traffic plan is in place for the start of the school year,for those using the back entrance to the school. Please take time to familiarise yourself wit...