Emma Returns to South Africa with the Niall Mellon Trust
Emma Mc Aree, a fifth year student in St. Louis Secondary School returned to South Africa to volunteer with the Niall Mellon Trust. This was Emma’s second time to make this journey and she had to fundraise to enable her to go. Well done Emma.
This is an account of her experience.
“On Saturday 11th November I joined with 290 volunteers as we embarked on a week of hard work, friendship and laughter , on a mission to build 3 schools in Khayelitsha township in the heart of Capetown, South Africa.
With our 17 hour flight over us we headed to the hotel and immediately on to the site. Over the next 6 days I did everything from painting, to pointing, floating concrete and shoveling cement. All the hard work was easily balanced with the laughter, singing and pure happiness of every volunteer working on the site and with the children attending the schools.
On our site we built 7 classrooms, 1 play area and 1 lunch area. Not only did we build physical classrooms but we built futures for the children who will attend the schools and friendships were made for life over this amazing week. There was a massive sense of pride in every volunteer, foreman and team leader as we stepped off the bus every morning to begin work on the site.
Now that we are home and every volunteer has returned to their own corner of the world, the events of the week are constantly on our minds. I am reliving every action, every conversation and every face I met during my week there. I feel sad and have a longing to return but I know that I have to wait before I can return. I realise that this organization are like an extension of my family and I know it is the best thing I have ever done in my life. Mellon Educate has given me a new perspective on life and for that I am truly grateful.”
Shoe Box Appeal
This year saw the students in St Louis secondary School make a huge effort to prepare shoe boxes for the annual Christmas appeal. The annual Team Hope Christmas shoe Box Appeal encourages people to prepare a box to ensure that all children receive a gift on Christmas Day. This gift will be the only present these children will receive this year. Last year a record 250,000 shoeboxes were delivered to children and this year it is expected that this number will be surpassed. The students in St Louis Secondary School under the guidance of Louise Mulligan, Lay Chaplain are delighted to contribute to this worthwhile venture.
Picture shows some of the students with some of the boxes handed over to the volunteers.
ISTA National Finalists
Congratulations to Simone Clerkin, Alison Mc Donnell and Rhainna Mc Entee who were successful in the Regional Rounds of the ISTA Senior Science Quiz that took place on Thursday 16th November during Science Week in the Loreto College, County Cavan.
The girls are now invited to the Tercentenary Hall in Trinity Biomedical Science Institute for the National Final which is sponsored by BioPharmaChemical Ireland. Sincere thanks to Ms Finnerty and Ms Clerkin for all their support.
St. Louis First Year student Rhia Nar has qualified for the All Ireland Final of Poetry Ireland. This is a phenomenal achievement for a First Year student. Rhia is a past student of St Dympna’s National School in Tydavnet. She is also a member of the Rossmore School of Speech and Drama.
Rhia was the only student from Co. Monaghan to qualify for the All Ireland Final. The final takes place on Friday 1st December in the national Library of Ireland , Kildare street in Dublin.
The Poetry Aloud competition, organised by the National Library of Ireland and Poetry
Ireland, is an annual poetry speaking contest for post-primary school students across the island of Ireland. There were more than 1,800 entries this year, from 118 schools that took part in 18 regional heats.Promoting Poetry Aloud is a key component of the Literacy Oracy Strategies in St. Louis Secondary School.
1st year students elected to the Coiste
Orla Sherry and Nicole Myers who were elected by their first year peers to St Louis Coiste. The girls will represent the first year group on the student council.