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
Christmas Boxes for Nursing Homes
Well done to all students who got involved in making Christmas boxes for the nursing homes. Both nursing homes have expressed their sincere thanks for the enormous generosity shown by the students at Laurel Hill FCJ. Well done girls!
6th Year Well-being
Well done to our Head Girls and Ms Ryan who organised a well-being day for all 6th years on Friday. They had Christmas dinner but as with everything else in 2020 it wasn’t normal and they opted instead for pizza! After dinner, they took part in the “Covid Cup”. Challenges included a school themed Kahoot and the Egg Challenge. The inaugural “Covid Cup” champions were Victoire 6. Well done girls on organising a fantastic afternoon. Don’t forget that tomorrow is Christmas Jumper Day.
Christmas Fun Monday 21st
Don’t forget your wear your Christmas jumpers, Santa hats, reindeer antlers etc on Monday to spread some festive cheer before we get our holidays. All years will have classes in the morning and then will watch a Christmas themed film in the afternoon. There is no charge for this Christmas colours day but any donations will be gratefully received and passed on to the Redemptorists for their Christmas food appeal for those in need in our locality this Christmas
Christmas holiday finishing dates
Transition Year students finish school today 17th December, 2020 All other students have classes/exams all day Monday 21st December and finish at 3.45 p.m. except 1st years who finish Tuesday 22nd December at 10.10 a.m.
Christmas Comes to Town
Well done to our TY students Lucy Noonan, Joanna Ryan and Sarah Cantillon who arranged a beautiful video with the first year music class. The video shows a snapshot of Laurel Hill at Christmas time and is accompanied by some of our first year singers: Síona Cunningham, Panida Popong, Emma Somers, Madison O Neill and Orlaith Sheridan. The video can be watched here: https://youtu.be/wtRj2dxX4TM
TY Christmas Activity Day - Thursday, December 17th 2020
A TY Christmas Activity Day will take place for Transition Year students on Thursday, December 17th. Each base class has been given an allocated time slot to attend the activity day in order to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. All information pertaining to this trip can be found attached. https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9958_20201215182115.pdf https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/5054_20201216122458.pdf
TY African Drumming & Dance Workshop
A huge thank you to David and Siobhan from JabbaJabbaJembe Percussion Workshops who visited all TY classes today. TY students got to take part in an African Drumming session and also got to learn a dance routine. The workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by all those involved. More information about this workshop can be found on jabbajabbajembe.com
Christmas Art Competition
Congratulations to all who entered the school Christmas Art Competition. All works were based on the theme was " A happy and safe Christmas". The winning students were Sarah Butler, Sinead Mc Guinness, Olga Kyrychenko and Nicole Bourke. Well done girls.
BT Young Scientist
Emma McAndrew, a TY student, is participating in this years BT Young Scientist and would appreciate if students and parents/guardians could take time out to fill out her survey. It is a survey on ‘Natural Remedies vs Prescribed Treatments’ https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=KUdeQKECRUCZFRsXUdAeEwmQVUcccrBFsFvAkyKDDpdUNjdLNkZJRVpJT1dMWDJWS0Y4WU9LS1NVMC4u
Christmas Hockey Session
We done to all the girls who turned out today for training. Huge effort was made in dressing up and decorating hockey sticks. It was great to see everyone get in the Christmas spirit. The girls have been exemplary at hockey since September in the current situation. It’s great to see them smiling coming off the pitch after a training session. They have been hugely positive throughout given the restrictions on training. Well done today - we have never seen them run as fast in the sweet run!!! . See you all in January for hockey and enjoy the break. Stay fit.
Ms Rossiter’s TY Well-being class created a handmade Christmas Village from lollipop sticks over the past few weeks to spread some Christmas cheer around the school. It will be displayed in the entrance hall during the week. We would like to thank Mrs Madden-Rice for all her help and artistic input. Merry Christmas
Student Council Christmas Activities
Well done to all our girls who put a lot of effort into decorating their doors over the last week. The school looks lovely with sparking lights and Christmas trees galore. The classes have all signed their names on a bauble which are hanging on the student council Christmas tree. Well done to all who decorated & a special mention to the sixth years who have made Aras Naomh Josef so festive and welcoming for their Elf visitor.
TY Christmas Bake-Sale
The four TY classes are holding a mega bake sake for all years, this Wednesday December 16th. Every item is €1.00 and all proceeds go to charity. Slices of the TY Bake-off cakes are €2.00 each. Each junior class will have a designated time to go to Knapsack Lodge, starting at 10:30/11am. 5th and 6th years can go at their lunch (1:05). All the money raised will go to St. Gabriels School and Centre, Cliona’s Foundation, Marine Search and Rescue, and Barnardos.
Christmas Box for Nursing Homes
Those who are making Christmas boxes for the nursing homes must have the boxes in by the 17th - this Thursday.
ITS CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! Christmas themed training session tomorrow Monday 14th of December during your designated training slot Wear your Christmas Jumper, Santa hat and decorate your stick.... There will be Christmas music and lots of spot prizes to be won!! Can't wait to see you all there. From All the LHS Hockey Coaches
TY Rowing Sessions
Throughout this week our TY students braved the elements to attend taster rowing sessions at St Michael’s Rowing Club. Well done to all who took part and thank you to Derek and all the team at Get Going Get Rowing for facilitating the sessions. Thanks also to Ms Moynihan, Ms O’Connor and Ms Creamer who accompanied the groups throughout the week. We look forward to getting on the water again in 2021.
Important information regarding 1st Year Vaccinations tomorrow Friday 11th December
Vaccinations are being done in Alphabetical order and not class order and originally planned. Only parents who have been contacted by the HSE should attend tomorrow with their daughter. The 2nd half will attend next Friday 18th. Reminder school finishes tomorrow at 12.3opm.
1st Year Vaccinations.
The HSE have informed us that there are 34 Vaccination forms outstanding, we would ask parents to kindly post them today. There is a stamped addressed envelope in the pack given to your daughter. Michael Cregan
Hockey is cancelled today unfortunately due to weather conditions . See you out the next day.
The new school jacket is available to be purchased in Shaws in the Crescent Shopping Centre.
This Friday the 11th of December, to offer our support to the Limerick hurling team, we will be having a green day in school where we will be encouraging the students to wear the Limerick colours. Students do not have to have a Limerick jersey, any green items will suffice. Other county colours are permitted, as long as they pledge their support to Limerick on Sunday!!! Luimneach Abú
BY Young Scientist
Joanna Ryan and Lucy Noonan are participating in this years BT Young Scientist. They would like for students and parents/guardians to please take the time to fill out their survey. It is a survey on neurological diseases. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhivGAGi1ck2IBnGy_vNmVl_qx8AuzLFxgdSpEoQB5z7fk1g/viewform?usp=sf_link
Hockey Monday after school.
Hi there, The decision has been made to cancel hockey today due to the weather conditions. Many thanks .
Junior Creative Writing Competition
Congratulations to Dani McGuinnes who won the Junior Creative Writing competition last week. Her short story will feature in the Limerick Leader in the coming weeks.
5th Year Christmas Timetable
Please find attached the 5th Year timetable for the Christmas exams. The exams will begin on Wednesday, 16th December and conclude on Monday, 21st December. Students will be assigned specific desks within exam centres for the duration of the exams. All students have study before the exams and will be signed in each day. https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/3940_20201205161211.pdf
Business Studies Awards
Congratulations to Saoirse O Shea & Roisin Ryan (5th year) who will be receiving the KBS/BSTAI Junior Certificate Business Studies Awards from the University of Limerick. This will be a virtual event that will take place early next year. The girls have been awarded the KBS/BSTAI award due to the fact that they earned Distinctions in the Junior Cycle Examination in Business Studies. Well done girls, we are very proud of you.
Staff Inservice December 11th
Dear Parent/Guardian To facilitate staff inservice, school will close at 12.25 on Friday 11th of December. All classes except Patrick 1, Victoire 1 and Loyola 1 will finish at 12.25. These classes will be required to wait until their vaccinations are complete. The other 3 classes in 1st year will have their vaccinations on the 18th. Sorry for any inconvenience. Happy Christmas, Michael Cregan Principal
BT Young Scientist
Keelin Murphy, a transition year student is participating in the BT Young Scientist Competition with her project title ‘The disproportionate nature of the Gender Gap in Politics’. The aim of her project is to understand why there is a Gender Gap in Politics and how we can encourage more females to get involved. It would be appreciated if Parents/Guardians and students would fill out the attached survey to help further her research. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/56V9WL3
Camogie/Football Training Cancelled - Dec. 3rd 2020
1st year football training and junior/senior camogie training are cancelled this evening due to the poor weather conditions.
TY Forensics Workshop
Each TY class group took part in a Forensics Workshop today and investigated the John F. Kennedy case of 1963. The groups examined all types of evidence and established who the prime suspects for this crime might have been! Thanks to Alison and Pat from Forensic Fun for delivering the workshop today.
66th Texaco Art Competition - winner
Huge congratulations to Charlotte de Scheemaecker, Patrick 5 for her winning artwork in the 66th Texaco Children's Art Competition. Charlotte's artwork was chosen by the Judges from among the 25,000 entries in this years competition. Well done Charlotte.
Wednesday hockey training- please note changes to time .
Training will start earlier due to school finishing at 2.50. No training for 2nd years tomorrow. Seniors (3-4)and juniors (4-5)
TY Movie Magic Workshop - November 30th & December 1st, 2020
On Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st our TY students completed a workshop with the TY Movie Magic team. The group gained experience of how to produce a short film and became familiar with script writing, special effects and the editing process. The production groups created all sorts of clips ranging from news reports to ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ sketches! We look forward to viewing all the clips that were created in the coming weeks. Thank you to Susan and Lavinia from TY Movie Magic for running the workshop. All TY pupils will take part in a Forensics Workshop on Wednesday, December 2nd.
Time Change - First Year Camogie/Junior & Senior Football Training (Wednesday December 2nd, 2020)
As school will finish tomorrow at 2:50 pm due to a Parent/Teacher meeting, training will go ahead for First Year camogie players and Junior and Senior football players at the slightly earlier time of 3:15 pm in Mary I. Training will finish at 4:15 pm and players can arrange collection from school at 4:30 pm. This time change will only apply on Wednesday evening of this week. Training will continue at the usual time from Thursday evening onwards.
Christmas Food Appeal
A message from Ms OMahony Last week saw our launch of the Christmas Food Appeal. Every year we support the Redemptorist in this very worthy cause. They aim to provide food for over 6,000 families within Limerick City abs County. We would greatly appreciate if you could bring in any not perishable foods or toiletries. Every item counts no matter how big or small. Thanking you in advance.
Camogie Training W/O November 30th 2020
As per the current COVID-19 guidelines for schools First Year, Junior and Senior camogie training will continue this week. First Year training will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd. Junior and Senior training will take place on Thursday, December 3rd. On both days at 3:05 p.m. please store your gear bag in the school gym/Knapsack Lodge. Training will take place from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on the Mary Immaculate College GAA pitch. Players can arrange collection from the school at 4:45 p.m. Please note all training sessions will be subject to weather conditions over the coming weeks.
School Closing at 2.50pm on Wednesday 2nd December to facilitate 3rd year Parent/Teacher engagement
3rd Year Parent(s) /Guardian(s) 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 teacher 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 contact school office to make arrangements by 12.00pm Wednesday
In November, We Remember
During the month of November each class in our school had a special service when students were given the opportunity to stop, reflect and pray for all their dead relatives and friends. They were then invited to write the names of their loved ones on a leaf which was later hung on a tree in chapel. This is a yearly event and is much appreciated by all.
SIGN/IN SIGN/OUT / LATE - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENT(S)/GUARDIAN(S)/STUDENT(S)
1. SEND - A Parent/Guardian sends a notification via the school app to the relevant Year Head regarding a student being absent, arriving to school late, leaving school early or for any other information they may need to share. 2. APPROVE - On receiving a notification via the app, the Year Head will approve the note once satisfied. If a student has not received approval from a Year Head for a note, it is the student's responsibility to contact their Year Head via Teams. This is particularly important when signing out of school early. 3. SHOW - Once a note has been approved, the Parent/Guardian will receive notification of approval. In the case of a student signing out or leaving school early, a screenshot of this approval should be sent to the student. 4. GO - Once a student has received the approval screenshot, they should report to reception and show the screenshot before leaving at the arranged time. Please note there is no sign-in/sign-out book at reception any longer due to COVID-19. A late book can be found at reception and pupils can sign this on arrival to school with their own pen. All Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should collect their daughter from the reception door on signing out. Please note pupils are not permitted to walk out of the school under any circumstances. The only entry and exit point from the school when a student is leaving school early for a valid reason, is going home due to illness, or is reporting late to school is via the reception door at the front of the building. No other entry or exit points should be used in this instance.