Congratulations to some of our TYs who have had some big achievements in the last few weeks: Congratulations to Sinead O’Brien from P4 who is one of only twenty pupils from across the country to be selected for virtual work experience with the Houses of the Oireachtas. Well done to Sinead on her selection and we wish her all the best over the coming weeks. Well done to TY student Lorna McNamara who has been shortlisted as a finalist in the UL SOPHia Physics Project Competition. The winner will be announced on March 15th. Lorna’s project is about the life of Irish female physicist, Margaret Huggins. Best of luck to Lorna in the next phase of the competition. Best of luck to Emma Mc Andrews who has been working on an article for the Columban Missionaries schools media competition for the last few weeks. The theme of the competition is "Let's create a world without racism." Best of luck Emma and thanks to her teacher Ms Culhane. https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/7433_20210224171405.pdf
Past Pupils - We need your help!
9 of our 6th years are doing 1000km between them in the month of February for Focus Ireland We are asking you to support them this weekend by getting out to walk, run or cycle a few KMs. Tag us on Instagram @laurelhillsecondary and tag other past pupils to spread the word #lhthrowback The girls have just passed the 500km mark and they have raised more than €3000. https://virtualcamino.focusireland.ie/fundraising/laurel-hill-virtual-camino
Well done to all the students for their engagement with online learning this term. We know it hasn’t been easy but the girls have shown great resilience to get through this time. Well done also to the teachers who facilitated lots of different experiences for the girls from art competitions, guest speakers, baking and cooking to online home workouts, there were still plenty of learning experiences for the girls. We hope everybody enjoys their well deserved break and we look forward to seeing you all again after midterm.
Pilates with TYs
TYs completed their final Pilates session before the February break with Maeve Kavanagh this morning. Maeve also spoke to the group about her career in the fitness industry and how she became a personal trainer.
Laurel Hill in the Snow
We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon, when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, enjoy these photos of the school in the snow!
Politics & Society
Our 5th & 6th year PolSoc classes have been busy the last two weeks. Last week, they had an Oireachtas workshop with Conor Reale and also got a virtual tour of Leinster House. This week our very own Keelin Murphy (TY) gave a talk to the 5th years on her award winning BT Young Scientist project “The disproportionate nature of the gender gap in politics”. Great to see the girls sharing their experiences and research with each other. Thanks to Ms McGing for facilitating these classes.
Cooking with Eoin Sheehan
TYs are cooking a nice wholesome stew with Eoin Sheehan from Country Munch this afternoon. A perfect dish and recipe for the cold weather! Sarah Cantillon sent us a photo of her finished product, it looks delicious!
Well done to Maria 1 who had their first online debate in which they discussed the motion “Guns should be legalized in Ireland”. Both teams presented very good points. Well done girls! Maria were also busy baking in their SPHE class and created some masterpieces. Thanks to their teachers Ms Culkeen and Ms O Connor for running these activities with the girls.
Camino de Quarantine
Well done to our teachers who took to the roads this weekend in support of our 6th year students who are raising funds for Focus Ireland. The girls have currently raised over €2,500. You can support the girls and Focus Ireland by donating here: https://virtualcamino.focusireland.ie/fundraising/laurel-hill-virtual-camino
Video from Minister for Education
Dear Parent/Guardian, Please see link to video of latest information on the Leaving Certificate from Minister for Education Norma Foley. When we receive further information, we will communicate with you again. https://twitter.com/education_ire/status/1357751244106985472?s=24
Camino de Quarantine
9 of our 6 years are taking part in a challenge called Camino de Quarantine to raise some vital funds for Focus Ireland. The girls have taken on the challenge to walk 1000km between them in the month of February. The girls have sent the following message: Even though the nine of us are in 6th year and are facing a little uncertainty at the moment it doesn’t compare with the uncertainty people around Ireland face everyday. So we have come up with an idea to try and do something in our last year of school camogie. We were looking forward to getting back out onto the pitch, a place where we have fond memories and became the best of friends. Unfortunately due to Covid 19 we haven’t gotten the chance. So we figured since we can’t be out on the pitch together we would try and give back to those who aren’t as fortunate to be in the same position as us. So for the month of February we are going to be walking as many virtual Caminos as we can between us for Focus Ireland. Focus Ireland works with people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes across Ireland. Since we couldn’t be together on the pitch we’d be together virtually and take this challenge on within our 5k. We have set up a JustGiving Page and we would be grateful if you could even donate €1. We will be setting some challenges for people along the way and we appreciate all the help and support we get. Kind Regards, Aoife Cross, Aoife Doyle, Sophie O’Brien, Ashling Morrissey, Alannah McDonagh, Robyn Conlon, Niamh Browne, Ciara Mulqueen and Ciara Grant. https://virtualcamino.focusireland.ie/fundraising/laurel-hill-virtual-camino
Q&A with Dr Mary O Callaghan
Thanks to Dr Mary O’Callaghan who logged on for a Q & A with our TYs all the way from Australia this morning. She spoke about her subject choices in school, how and why she pursued a career in medicine, and the sense of fulfilment she gets from her job. Dr O’Callaghan also told the group about what it was like to recently move to Australia and her experience of quarantining in a hotel on arrival. Thanks to Ms Ryan for organising a really beneficial and informative Q & A.
Maria 1 Well-Being
Well done to Maria 1 who have taken to the kitchen as part of their well-being task. It was a mixture of the following tasks: learning a new skill, helping someone and asking for help. Well done girls they look delicious. Thanks to Ms Leo for setting this task with the class.
5th Year Music
Our 5th year music class held a “Covid Concert” this morning. You can watch the videos on our Facebook story and Instagram story (@laurelhillsecondary). Well done girls, great to hear and see such talent.
JCT CLUSTER INSERVICE
School will be closed for on-line Teaching on Thursday 4th February due to JCT Cluster In-service with 8 other schools. Apologies for any inconvenience. Michael Cregan
Amiens 1 Geography
Amiens 1 were busy making TikToks this week showing how waterfalls are made. Well done girls on being so creative!!
Acting and Dancing Workshop
Our TYs completed an online acting and dance workshop today with Irish actor, George McMahon. George plays Mondo in RTÉ’s most watched soap, ‘Fair City’. George shared some of his acting tips, spoke with the group about his career and took part in a Q & A session with the girls. The girls also learned a brand new dance routine. Thanks to George and his wife, Rachel, for a wonderful workshop.
Catholic Schools Week
As it is Catholic Schools Week, Bishop Brendan Leahy would like to invite all school children & their families to join him for a special Mass offered for all your intentions. The Mass will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 27th January, Grandparents' Day. It can be accessed live at 10am at https://www.limerickcathedral.com/live-stream/
TYs Road Safety talk
TYs are with Colin Mangan from the Road Safety Authority this afternoon to discuss the rules of the road and advertising campaigns run by the RSA.
1st year Geography
Ms Carroll’s first year Geography class are busy learning about rivers. Ms Carroll tasked them with getting some much needed fresh air and a break from the screens to take some photos of the rivers in their localities. Well done girls!
Paul Kinnerk Talk
A massive thank you to Paul Kinnerk who gave our Leaving Cert PE class and TYs who are interested in taking LCPE as a subject next year an insightful talk on the role of the coach this morning. We are so grateful to Paul for taking the time out to speak to the girls. The girls learned about the coaches role in motivation, reflection and goal setting. We have no doubt that the girls got little nuggets of information that will help with their own performance and we hope to see some of the girls start their journey in coaching.
1st Year Parent/Teacher Meeting
As you are aware, we are not allowed to run face to face Parent Teacher Meetings due to Covid-19 epidemic. Some teachers have opted for a written detailed report, others will go on-line via Teams-Video/phone call. On-line, teachers have made arrangements with your daughter and it is important to adhere to time slot given to you. Should you require to speak to Principal/Deputy Principal/Career Guidance, please contact School Office by 12.00 noon Tuesday 26th, to make arrangements. Michael Cregan
Louise Cooney Talk
Huge thank you to past pupil Louise Cooney for giving a talk to our TYs and answering some questions they had. Louise is a fashion blogger with over 215,000 followers on Instagram, she spoke about her time in school, her travelling experiences, some famous celebrities that she has met and how she has been managing lockdown. Well done to the TYs who asked some great questions.
5th Year Geography
Well done to Mrs O Mahony and her 5th year Geography class who got creative during the week with TikTok. The girls created revision videos to help with their learning of cliffs. Well done all
1st Year Art
Our first years have been busy drawing in Lockdown 3.0. These drawings show the view from the window in their house. The drawings are by Erin Cosgrove, Reiltin Gaffney, and Ellie Mc Caffrey. Well done girls keep up the good work.
2nd Year Parent/Teacher Meeting Wednesday 20th January
As you are aware, we are not allowed to run face to face Parent Teacher Meeting due to Covid-19 epidemic. Some teacher have opted for a written detailed report, others will go on-line via Teams - Video/phone call. On-line, Teachers have made arrangements with your daughter and it is important to adhere to time slot given to you. Should you require to speak to Principal/Deputy Principal/Career Guidance, please contact School Office by 12.00 noon Wednesday, to make arrangements
Well done to the 5th year Leaving Cert PE class who cooked protein pancakes this morning with Ms Ryan and Ms Moynihan. We had our very own Darina Allen in Ms Ryan who did a live demonstration on how to make protein pancakes and the girls followed in their own kitchens. Head over to our Instagram page (@laurelhillsecondary) to vote on your favourite creation. Well done girls, we hope you enjoyed the pancakes!!
Online PE Classes
LHF (Laurel Hill Fitness) is back!! Well done to all the girls who took part in online PE classes yesterday. There was a class at junior lunch time (12:25) for all 1st to 3rd years and another class at senior lunch time (1:05) for all 4th to 6th years. The classes are home workouts that require little to no equipment. Thanks to the PE department who organised these. The girls can keep an eye on their emails for future classes.
Lockdown & Learning - My Experience
Just as we reach the half way point of our first week back online, we are delighted to give you the perspective of our TY student Sinead O’Brien during lockdown 1.0. Sinead wrote a fantastic piece on her experiences of the first lockdown and online learning. This piece was published in Ireland’s Education Yearbook. Well done Sinead we are very proud of you https://irelandseducationyearbook.ie/irelands-education-yearbook-2020/second-level/reflections-on-my-junior-cycle-learning-journey-during-lockdown/
5th Year Parent Teacher Meetings
As you are aware, we are not allowed to run face to face Parent Teacher Meetings due to Covid-19 epidemic. Some teachers have opted for a written detailed report, others will go on-line via Teams - Video/phone call. On-line, teachers have made arrangements with your daughter and it is important to adhere to time slot given to you. Should you require to speak to Principal/Deputy Principal/Career Guidance, please contact School Office by 12.00 noon Thursday, to make arrangements.
During this time of on-line learning, we have a Chaplaincy Padlet where we will post a prayer on each school day, along with links to other resources which students may find helpful. To access the Padlet, please follow the link below. We continue to keep you all in our prayers. Sr. Geraldine fcJ and Sr. Teresa fcJ https://padlet.com/laurelhillsecondaryschoolchaplaincy/fcJ2020
Highly Commended BTYSTE!
Congratulations to Blaithin Musgrave, Leah McNamara, Keelin Murphy, Joanna Ryan and Lucy Noonan whose projects were awarded highly commended by the judges at the virtual BTYSTE last week. This is a huge achievement. Well done girls!
BTYSTE 2021 WINNER!
A huge congratulations to Keelin Murphy whose project ‘Gender GAP in Politics’ won the Fr. Tom Burke Bursary award for best communicator! This is an amazing achievement! Well done Keelin! Also a huge congratulations to Lucy Noonan, Joanna Ryan, Emma McAndrew, Aoife Barrett, Ella Mason, Abbie Ryan, Leah McNamara and Blaithin Musgrave for being fantastic ambassadors for our school. We are so proud of you all. Again a a massive thank you to their teachers Ms Kinnerk, Ms Frawley, Ms Tobin and Mr Osiak for their support and guidance. Lucy Noonan and Joanna Ryan were also on Limerick’s Live95 Fm this morning talking about their project ‘CMT Disease’ follow this link to see what they had to say: https://play.acast.com/s/live-95-limerick-today-podcasts/limerickstudentsbtyoungscientistprojectaimstohelpindividualswithcharcot-marie-toothdisease
Return to remote learning
Dear Parents/Guardians, We wish you all a very happy and healthy 2021. Following the government decision last evening all students will resort to a programme of remote learning from Monday until the end of January. This means that students will go online using teams following their normal school timetable from Monday morning.We will be in contact with any further information as it arises. You may contact us with any further queries or concerns.We are available to support students throughout these challenging times. Regards, Michael Cregan Susan Garrahy
BT Young Scientist
The BTYSE portal is now live! There are loads of different virtual events going on over the next three days so be sure to tune in! Best of luck again girls! Click on this link to access to access our students projects https://portal.btyoungscientist.com/student-projects/?wpbdp_view=search&kw=Laurel+Hill+Secondary
BT Young Scientist
We want to wish our six BTYSE project entries the very best of luck in the virtual exhibition that is taking place on Wednesday the 6th of January. The girls have been working tirelessly over the past few months and in particular over the Christmas period to make sure their project is ready for this Wednesday. Best of luck girls! We are extremely proud of you all. The girls projects has already received plenty of attention and have a lovely piece featured about them in the Limerick Leader https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/599562/btyse-laurel-hill-projects-look-to-tackle-wide-range-of-problems.html Massive thank you to their teachers Ms Kinnerk, Ms Frawley, Ms Tobin and Mr Osiak for all their support and guidance. In order to gain access to the online exhibition, please follow this link and register using your email address
Letter from Dept of Health Dr Tony Holohan
Please see letter attached from Dr. Tony Holohan, Dept of Health. https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/8893_20201221133620.pdf
School Calendar 2020/2021
Please see School Calendar/Re-opening Arrangements 2020/2021. This Calendar is subject to HSE & DES Guidelines and may be adjusted. https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9184_20200626112237.pdf
School Uniform Sale
Reminder School Uniform Sale on Tuesday 13th August 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Uniform donations may be dropped into School Reception from Monday 12th August.