Friday the 7th September saw the class of 2013 celebrate another successful formal. A great night was had by all, especially when Mr Kirk and Mr Morgan treated the crowd to a spectacular display of Irish dancing.
The student and teacher awards also went down a treat with awards ranging from ‘Biggest Ladies Man’, which went to Ryan Cunningham, to the ‘Mine Is The Only Subject’ award won by Miss McGivern.
Overall, it was a brilliant night and many thanks are owed to Mr Kirk and the formal committee, particularly Hannah Sloane who put in countless hours to make the night the success it was. No doubt the Year 13’s will be looking forward to next year.
As we mentioned, famous author, Eoin McNamee visited us on Friday! The past pupil spent the day in the school giving talks to both the junior and senior students.
Eoin McNamee from the Mourne area had grown up loving C.S Lewis and was thrilled to find out that he had unwittingly lived in Narnia. It was this which gave him the real love of literature and writing.
It was however a great element of luck, he felt, that allowed him to become so successful. He had spent time travelling and by the time he got back to writing, Irish literature had become popular and he was subsequently taken on by Penguin. Of course we know it wasn’t just down to luck, his stories speak for themselves!
Eoin talked mainly about his books “Orchid Blue” and “Blue Tango” both of which are based on real murder cases. He read from both giving the eager audience a real treat! I don’t want to give too much of the stories away for anyone who wasn’t there but the first is the story of a judge’s daughter who was murdered. The second book was also based the murder of a young girl. The judge, Judge Curran, was on this case after his own daughter died.
Eoin is currently writing the third book in the series, “Blue as the Night”. The titles of all these books help create that real dark, eerie noire mood that Eoin favours and follows into the story.
He also talked about the more flashy end of the business, his film, the controversial “Resurrection Man” which he described as gory and dark, a serious art film. It was seen by many as a slur on Unionism and disrespectful to the victims it portrayed he however was just pleased that it made people really think on a deep level about the past.
After his talk and book signing, we had a chance to talk to Eoin himself and asked him a few short questions.
We started with asking what his favourite book that he had written was. This was a question he answered with great conviction, “Blue Tango”. He told us that this was his most popular book making it an obvious favourite.
Next we asked him what it was he liked about writing, to this he told us it was the sense of satisfaction and achievement when he finished it, something I’m sure we can all relate to. Everyone knows what a good feeling it is to finish a long essay or bit of homework!
Finally, we couldn’t let him away without finding out his favourite memory of St. Louis. He laughed fondly when we asked this one! He told us that he came here when the school had just been opened up to boys (hard to imagine for us now!) and how they ran riot through the place. (maybe not so hard to imagine!)
Eoin is obviously a great writer and storyteller. Mr. Quigg stated with confidence that Eoin is one of Ireland’s leading writers of the time, if that’s not reason enough to go pick up one of his books, I don’t know what is!
Year 13 and 14 art students from here at St. Louis and Kilkeel High School are talking part in a joint art project. By the end of the programme a final piece will have been created by both schools.
On Tuesday 21st the groups of students got to meet for the first time in our school and get to know each other. The workshop that was organised was run by the people who run the “Spirit of Enniskillen” project. They certainly got both groups talking, even if it was just about how silly they felt pretending to be a pencil or lying on the ground pretending to be a piece of paper!
Nonetheless it served the purpose of introducing everyone. The group will next meet up in Kilkeel High School to get down to brainstorming ideas and really getting stuck into the arty side of things which I’m sure will prove to be a bit of fun at least!
Well, we had a lovely Monday morning off this week, which was a nice February surprise, hope you all made the most of it by getting plenty of study in of course. What is happening this week then- let’s see.
The year 11 Drama group are performing at the Warrenpoint Feis with The Perils of Pauline at 7pm Tuesday night so if you can get down to support them then please do.
The Gaeltacht Trip leaves on Thursday and the Technology students leave for their annual trip to Scotland on Friday.
Let us know about anything we’ve missed that you want to see included but that seems to be about it from us for now, hope you all have a great week!
A former pupil of the school and critically acclaimed author will be visiting the school on Friday 24th February, he will be meeting students, signing books and giving a talk.
Here is a brief profile and link to an interview we conducted with him last year.
Eoin McNamee was born in Kilkeel, County Down, in 1961. He was educated in various schools in the North of Ireland and at Trinity College, Dublin. His first book, the novella The Last of Deeds, was shortlisted for the Irish Times Literature Prize and his novels include Resurrection Man, which was later made into a film, and The Blue Tango which was longlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives in Sligo.
Here the list of all lists to give you some ideas for that all important topping for your monster pancake! Enjoy!
Lemon juice & sugar
Vanilla Ice Cream
A really tasty combination!
Nutella and Banana
I’d maybe add some peanut butter to this too (just cos you can never have enough peanut butter!)
Makes a great pancake even greater.
Cinnamon & sugar
Mix a generous sprinkling of cinnamon into the mixture before you cook, then add sugar once cooked. Nice.
Wait until your pancake is almost cooked. While the mixture is still a little bit goo-ey, stick as many blueberries into it as you can fit. Flip it over and cook for another 30 seconds. The blueberries will be warm and will explode when you bite them!
Lemon, Sugar, Raisins, Bananas, Peanut Butter, Nutella, Single Cream, Spray Cream & Ice Cream
Also known as The Coronary, The Big Sleep and Iron Heart IV The Invincible und Merciliess, this can contain up to 5,000 calories per pancake.
Banana & maple syrup
Slice up them bananas and drown in maple syrup. An American breakfast favourite.
Spinach and Cheese
An odd mixture but it works!
Marmite & Cheese
Controversial: mix a big spoonful of Marmite into the mixture then add lumps of cheese. Seriously. This is a whole new level of pancake taste.
As it is Pancake Tuesday, I thought a quick and simple pancake recipe would go down well! So here you go, get baking!
Serves Makes approx. 12 pancakes
• 100g plain flour
• Pinch of salt
• 1 egg
• 300 ml milk
• 1 tablsp. melted butter or sunflower oil
Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre.
Crack the egg into the well; add the melted butter or oil and half the milk.
Gradually draw the flour into the liquid by stirring all the time with a wooden spoon until all the flour has been incorporated and then beat well to make a smooth batter.
Stir in the remaining milk.
Alternatively, beat all the ingredients together for 1 minute in a blender or food processor.
Leave to stand for about 30 minutes, stir again before using.
To make the pancakes, heat a small heavy-based frying until very hot and then turn the heat down to medium.
Lightly grease with oil and then ladle in enough batter to coat the base of the pan thinly (about 2 tablsp.), tilting the pan so the mixture spreads evenly.
Cook over a moderate heat for 1-2 minutes or until the batter looks dry on the top and begins to brown at the edges.
Flip the pancake over with a palette knife or fish slice and cook the second side.
Friday was a busy day all round!
After an intense couple of months that I’m sure have seemed like a lifetime, the year 14’s have finished up their first A2 modules and sighed with relief no doubt. But the show must go on and work has begun for the next exams in May/June.
On Friday morning however the whole of year 14 were treated to tea and scones in the canteen, a well-deserved breather and reward not to mention a most welcome break from normal Friday morning pastoral care routines! Miss McGivern, their year head, along with the canteen staff and tutors were definitely in the good books!
As a year 14 student myself I am all but too aware of the stress of exams which was felt not just by us, but lower down the school aswell so when the year 14’s were all together I took the opportunity to get their advice on how to de-stress (asides of course from drinking a good cup of tea and having a natter with friends!) So here we go, top ways to de-stress according to year 14;
– “Baking or going for a nice long walk helps me de-stress!” Layla Cunningham
– “I like to sit down and read a good book, it helps to take your mind off things” Catherine Rooney
– “ Playing instruments definitely helps me relax, you don’t have the time to worry about anything else then.” Rónán Rogers
Personally, what works best for me is blasting music so loud that it blocks everything else out! Good to de-stress but maybe not so good for the ear drums! However you relax is irrelevant, just so long as you can take some time out and treat yourself to something you love to do.