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Our students representing Belgium at RADMUN last weekend

There are various activities taking place for “Science Week”.  Science buffs are answering the daily Science Quiz questions.  The Science themed Bake a Cake Competition takes place today and Dave has returned with his reptiles to yet again enthral 1st Years on the marvels of nature.  Our thanks to the Science prefects and staff for their organisation of the various events.

Congratulations  to our Senior and Junior Irish Debating teams who are through to the next rounds of the Gael Linn debates following their debates last evening hosted by John Scottus School in Bray.  

Senior: Saoirse O'Donnell, Isobel Kearns and Sarah Dillon,

Junior : Anna Shortall, Neasa O'Donnell and Emily Corbett

 A special word of thanks to their coach, Bean Murdock.

Congratulations to Thea Hodges, Alice Wright, Coralie McMahon, Sophia Bolger and Emily Finlay.  They were recipents of Entrance Scholarship Awards in UCD on Thursday afternoon having received 560 points in their Leaving Certificate. There were accompanied by Ms Therese Ryan.

During our remembrance Mass, we presented the herb, rosemary, as part of the offertory procession.  It has been long associated with friendship, loyalty and remembrance.

Rosemary was considered sacred to the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. Since ancient Roman times Rosemary is the herb It was used particularly at funerals and weddings. Australians still wear it on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Shakespeare refers to it in some of his plays. In Hamlet, Ophelia gives Hamlet a sprig saying:

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray you, love, remember.”

There is a lot of Rosemary growing in the plant bed opposite the Art Room. It has little blue flowers on it at the moment. In the month of November when we are walking by it we can pray, love and remember our loved ones no longer in this word, and we can be certain that even though we do not see them they are still with us in a different way.

We welcomed the First Year Parents to our coffee mroning this morning.  We thank the choir, orchestra, Rachel Fox and Olivia Ni Fhearraigh for providing the music for the occassion.

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