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Week 34

Friday 24th May 2024


Hi Everyone!


A fairly busy week with learning and teaching to the fore, and GCSE and A Level Exams in full flow. We are really impressed with the maturity and determination demonstrated by our Exam students and are confident this will continue until the last exam on 21 June.  Staff continue to be available for revision prior to an exam and any last-minute checks.


What a build-up to the Year 8 Table Tennis competition today!! The road to final success was quite competitive.  Girls and Boys had their own respective matches over the past number of weeks with eventual winners being Madison and Matty.  Well done to you both and also your opponents, runners-up Erin and Teddy.



It was great to have Year 8 Boys out on the pitch again v St Joseph’s Donaghmore at MUSA for a friendly game.  The importance of playing sport and keeping active cannot be underestimated.


Through the Agriculture Club, pupils can reinvest their hard-earned cash to create new projects on an annual basis.   This week, in association with J & B Engineering, the Year 10 Agri-Engineering students finished and displayed their bespoke trailer, and were extremely proud of their final design.  We hope to auction the trailer at some stage in the near future.  


Well done to Jamie and Aine on behalf of 9 SMY who were selected to represent the College at Aras an Uachtarain and discuss their 17 Goals Sustainability Development Project from the United Nations.  These goals are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting our planet.


This week began with non-teaching staff strike action, mainly that of Transport and Catering.  The action was in relation to a trade dispute linked to EA Pay and Grading Review, an issue which has been ongoing for quite some time. We fully support our non-teaching staff and trust that key issues will get sorted fairly soon.


This time of year is busy with staff recruitment for September. Unfortunately, some subject areas are experiencing staff shortages across schools.  We hope this is not the case for the College.


Don’t forget - we have an extended Bank Holiday Weekend ahead. Look after yourself and each other.


Isabel Russell





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