Half Term!!!

We are all looking forward to a couple of well-deserved days off this week- so drop us a comment and tell us what sort of things you will be doing.

All you old romantics out there will probably be aware that it is St.Valentine’s Day this week and, if you haven’t all ready noticed, there seems to be a bit of a buzz in the library??
(This is where the roses are being paid for and lots of affectionate messages are being scribbled so I hope you have ordered your roses already or your loved one may never know you care)

So, with spirits high and everyone getting ready for half-term. here’s the diary for the rest of the week:
Sadly, there’s no rest for examination students at the moment as the Home Economics GCSE Practicals are taking place in St Columban’s HS over the next couple of days, at least you can rest easy over the break knowing, that’s another one down.

Strangely, football is still very much on people’s minds with a Treanor Cup match this week- Good Luck to the team!

Our language students are in for a little art and culture when they get the opportunity to be entertained by a French Play on Wednesday afternoon.

Yr 13s have a Citizens Advice Workshop on ‘Salaries and Wages’ which will keep them up-to-date on some important and practical information about jobs.

And finally, I’d like to introduce you to the new blog editorial team; Laura, Layla and Ronan.

Our new Editorial Team
Let us know what you want to see in your pupil blog

 

Year 8 Golf Taster Session

On Thursday the 9th February the year 8s were treated to an introduction to golf. Each class spent an hour learning the basics of golf with the professionals. Here’s how Aine Curran 8C describes the experience.

“We met Jerry Scullion, the professional at Kilkeel Golf Club, who ran the session. We were put into groups of about 7 or 8 and we worked around each activity.

First we played golf on the Wii, I enjoyed it even though I hit a tree and my ball went flying backwards- it was quite funny.

Next we had to hit golf balls into a big blown up net. Jerry demonstrated how to grip the club and how to swing. I liked this activity although I thought that I might have broken something but miraculously didn’t.

For our final activity we were shown how to use a putter, we took it in turns to hit the balls into two targets, we also had a small competition but unfortunately I didn’t win, but, as they say “It’s the taking part that counts”

I really enjoyed the taster session, I liked working with the rest of the class and playing golf in a fun and active way! I would really encourage everyone to try golf as it is really good fun!”

Here are our tips from the session:
Learning how to putt;
1. Stand feet shoulder width apart
2. Make sure you have good balance
3. Move hands (holding club of course)from side to side (think Grandfather clock and say tick-tock)
4. Hit the ball straight into the hole!!!

Full swing for the long game
1. Use the proper grip
2. Stand as before
3. Concentrate on proper posture (bending knee to keep balance)
4. Keep your arms nice and straight
5. Swing back fully to make an “L” shape
6. Hit the ball as hard as you can (towards the hole of course)

Use the Wii to practice- at last a legitimate reason to spend time on a games console- happy days!

BT Young Scientist Award

BT Young Scientist report

On Wednesday morning we arrived at school early. Rory, Ciara, Laurence and I all squeezed into Mr. Donnelly’s car and set off forDublin. We arrived at the RDS around 11.30 and went and got registered and found our stand. We set up the project and talked to a few of the other students who were around us to get to know what their projects were about. Around 2pm we all went into the BT Arena where the competition was official opened by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. Around 2.30 it was over and the first round of judging began we got our judge around 4.45. We were quite nervous but we felt it went ok as we knew how it worked.

Around 5.30 we left the RDS and headed to our hotel, The Sandymount around a 5 mins walk away. We all found our rooms got dinner and went to bed for an ‘early’ night.

The next day we knew it was the big day. We had two rounds of judging around 9.30 and 3.30. Our first judge of the day went really well. We had a few members of the public around but we were really geared towards our judges. The last official judging went well and we thought we had a good chance of getting a prize.

On Friday there was no official judging but the public was in. We did quite a few demonstrations for the public and we saw a few judges around so we invited them in to have a demonstration and they all seemed impressed.

On Friday night we once again piled into the BT Arena for the awards ceremony. We hoped each time an award was announced that we would be called up. We then got to the main category awards and Laurence and Ciara won 2nd place in the junior technology category. We got to the end of the ceremony and we hadn’t won anything. We were a little disappointed but when we got back to the stand we seen we had been awarded the highly commended award. We were very happy with this but were very tired and think we didn’t mind it being over then.

Niall Quinn 10c

Rory and Niall both agree the competition was worth all the hard work

 

Finally- an update!

Week beginning 6th February 2012.
After a long time of observing radio silence our blog is up and running again.

Check out what’s happening around the school and hear our students’ first-hand accounts of what’s going on.

This week- as usual there’s a lot happening here at St Louis.

On Tuesday 7th February our year 13s and 14s attended a Road Safety Show in St Paul’s Bessbrook. By all accounts this was a deeply moving and worthwhile event. We’ll hear more on that later in the week.

Wednesday was to prove an extremely interesting day for those who are interested in attending the prestigious Oxford University as St Louis hosted an information session for local schools.

Thursday is a taster day for all our budding Rory McIlroys. Year 8s will get the chance to enjoy a golf taster session to make sure that anyone who wants to try this increasingly popular sport gets the opportunity to give it a go.

…finally Friday!!! After a hectic week you might think that we can take it easy but no chance. The Business Studies Department are holding a GCSE Event and there will be a year 11 football match in the afternoon.

So, at the end of another busy week we get the chance to recuperate and get ready for a final push before our half term on the 16th and 17th.

Next week we’ll have students’ views on all the events listed here and we may even have the low-down on how our ever-imaginative and romantic students will be marking the Valentine’s Day week.

Pleas feel free to include your thoughts and comments on what you see here- we always welcome feedback!

St Louis Formal 2010

Girls take on the formal

On the 3rd of September 2010 the teachers of st Louis saw their pupils in a new light. These, once pudgy little 1st years were now stunning young adults dressed to the nines in fabulous dresses…The formal was a brilliant night in which teachers and pupils were certainly able to have the craic outside the classroom. The PowerPoint presentation provided much entertainment for the evening, showing pictures of each student in their younger years with hilarious, anonymous commentary on their present day activities! Then there was the delicious three course meal of soup, steak and chocolate cake, which was greatly enjoyed by all the guests.  Once the meal and the speeches were over the disco began, which saw everyone jump to their feet and run to the dance floor to enjoy hits ranging from “Rock the boat” to YMCA. There was even a dance performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
The formal really was a fantastic way to start our final year in St.Louis; it definitely was a night to remember!

Boys take on the formal!

The formal for most is a time of stress, excitement, anticipation, hair, nails, make-up, fake tan and mayhem…for girls that is. Boys on the other hand take a simple approach to this time of madness with one word “Mummy”!!!
“Mummy here’s a list of stuff I need; shirt, tie, suit (no mad colours) shoes, rose, chocolates etc.”
“P.S If you have any change left out of that fiver I gave you get yourself something nice.”
Seriously though the formal is a fantastic night a highlight of the year so make the most of it when it comes your turn and enjoy.

Joseph! Images from the show (Updated)

We hope you enjoy the photographs below!

We have now uploaded more photos which are in a separate gallery.

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Why not leave a (suitable) comment about what you thought of the show below.

Don’t forget – there are more to view!

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My Recipe For Happiness

Six teaspoons of walking Rory,
Mixing up with a wooden spoon of Nicole, Etain and Aisling,
Sprinkle in a dash of sweets, chocolate and one too many ice-creams,
Then add an ounce some lovely birthday cakes,
Mix in well my fav TV show on a Saturday morning,
Roll out some late-nights coming home at twenty past one,
A dash of climbing trees,
Watching the stars in the sky as it cools so nicely,
Then spread the icing of a fireworks,
Last add some sprinkles of family fun,
And then you’re all done. 
 
– Brin Dundas
An ounce of Longstone`s sea-views,
A bowl full of Camogie
Mix up well
A pinch of Hannah
A sprinkle of Laughter
And into the oven the football goes
With a squeeze of friends and family
Half a cup of sleeping
A large tablespoon of my laptop
A dash of football
Add in some late nights
Pour in days out
Stir in a bit of music too
Whisk it all together and have some fun
That’s my happiness recipe done.

Kelsie Rogers

 

An ounce of T.V.
A cup of getting changed
A sprinkle of football
A litre of scratching my dog
Half a cup of going to sleep
A table spoon of playing the Playstation
A small cup of going on my quads
500 ml of playing with my brother
Stir in a bit of doing tricks on my bike
A dash of going down the town
Add in some of my friends
Pour In some of my houses view
Add a bowl full of eating my dinner
And to top it all off going home to see my loving family.

 Patrick Doran

Latest pictures from the Spring Concert – Thursday 2nd April

Spring Concert

On Thursday 2nd April 2009 our school St. Louis Grammar School had a Spring Concert to raise money for the four year 14 pupils who are going to Zambia.

The show was packed with 2 hours of wonderful talent. There was a fashion show, orchestras, singing, rock bands, music from the 50s to the present day, Irish dancing and much more!

Rehearsals

The rehearsals were fun as you got to see other performers. When it was my turn to go on the stage (I was in the Junior Choir) I didn’t feel as nervous as there were not many people there. I never realised how many organization is required in getting ready. There were sound checks, dress rehearsals, the tuning of instruments, it was CHAOS!!

 Waiting for my turn

When the night came I started to feel more nervous, you could hear it in my voice when I practised before going on stage but then I realised I needed to relax and enjoy myself. We all waited in the Home Economies room for the concert to start, you could hear the noise from the hall, it sounded like there could be a full house… and there was! The concert was completely sold out. Now everyone knew that we had to give an amazing performance. As time went by we could all see how nervous everyone was. One of the staff members came up to us and told us to go to the back of the stage. We waited behind the stage quietly for a few minutes and then it was our turn. We got partnered off and as I slowly came through the curtains I glanced at all the adults and children, it was packed with people. I took a deep breath, slowly the words streamed out of my mouth…

I had to sing with everyone at the end of the concert. It didn’t take long before I knew it was time, we rushed to the stage. We stood waiting for our queue to go on then everyone gathered around the stage singing the wonderful song “Hero”. It was so beautiful having everyone doing it. The performance was amazing! I wanted to do it again, but I couldn’t

This year’s concert was truly a great experience!

By Robyn O’ Hare  9C   

Here are the latest pictures from the Spring Concert, staged on Thursday 2nd April.

St Louis Formal

The rain was pouring down on the 5th September but that did not dampen the spirits of year 14. After weeks of preparation and excitement, and many gallons of fake tan and buckets of hair gel, the time had come for the St Louis formal.

The rain was pouring down on the 5th September but that did not dampen the spirits of year 14. After weeks of preparation and excitement, and many gallons of fake tan and buckets of hair gel, the time had come for the St Louis formal.

Much fun was had by all and one of the highlights of the night was a nostalgic look back at what we once were, with the baby photos that were shown, and who we are now, with statements read out which were ‘kindly’ written by our friends who definitely did not put us in our best light.

The evening proceeded with the presentation of awards which was amazingly well organised and only went wrong throughout the whole thing (thanks to Mr Brown for messing it up)! Some of the coveted categories were ‘Best Catchphrase’, rather deservedly won by Mr McKinney and Mr Sloan. And the award for biggest poser? We’ll let you guess which pupil won that one.

After the awards the ‘dancing’ started. All care for expensive dresses left our minds as ‘Rock the boat’ was blasted out of the speakers and teachers and pupils took to the dance floor. S Club 7 turned everyone back into 10 year olds again and surprisingly most remembered the dance routines. As the pupils filed out into the rain for the after formal party it was agreed that a fantastic night was had by all.

Your intrepid 6th form reporter.

Gallery (more to come soon!)

Media Studies

We are launching a  new blog spot which will be written by any number of students or staff identifiable by Mr Brown and Ms King but not by students.

Plato and Gekko are the names of the characters writing it- the snake and the water lizard in Biology giving their unique take on life at St Louis.

Let me know what you think???