Extra-Curricular

February 15, 2010 | | Comments Off on Extra-Curricular

Sports


We provide a variety of sports at both competitive and non-competitive levels. Our teams participate in local, regional and national leagues and have achieved a high measure of success.

• Hockey
• Camogie
• Gaelic Football
• Basketball
• Ultimate Frisbee
• Athletics
• Soccer

At a non competitive level, within the school, pupils have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities:

  • • Girls in Action
  • • Dance classes
  • • Fitness Training

The Arts
We provide excellent opportunities for our students to experience the arts. Talented musicians form our school orchestra. Our choirs prepare for Department of Education music and choral exams. We have an excellent record in Slogadh competitions. Private tuition is available in music instruments.

We have a strong tradition in musicals within the school, as well as participation of students and staff in local musical societies. Our students gain valuable experience in acting, singing, choreography and all aspects of stage management.

Drama
Drama has a high profile in our school where many aspects of stage work and dramatic forms are experienced.

• Those interested in drama have an opportunity to try improvisation, role-play, mime movement, sketches and plays.
• Drama is also used for personal development and to work through particular issues
• Transition Year students perform a devised piece every year for Social Justice week
• Every alternate year a one act or three act is performed

Memorable productions in the past have included “The Factory Girls,” “Dancing at Lughnasa “, “Sunstroke “, “Can you Hear the Music

Debating
St. Michael’s has a long established tradition of debating in both Irish and English and over the years has achieved many successes in local and national competitions. For the last number of years, St. Michael’s has been very successful in the Leinster Schools Debating competition and were finalists in the Irish Gael Linn debates.

Social Justice
In the early 80’s a decision made by the Loreto Order to focus on justice as a central part of the education of young people led us to look at the place of social justice in our school curriculum. As a result of this, a special post was created to promote social justice in our school. Initially this involved one teacher but now has developed into a committee involving teachers and students.

We in St. Michael’s see the promotion of social justice as a central part of the work we do. The highlight of the school year is social justice week held in March every year. During this week guest speakers are invited into school to highlight issues of poverty and inequality, racism and refugees, human rights and care of the environment.

In the past we have had the pleasure of welcoming among others Fr.Peter Mc Verry, broadcastors Ann Daly and Eanna Ni Lamhna, Fr.Sean Mc Donagh, an eminent anthropologist, Mr.Noel Dempsey T.D. and Nuala Aherne from the Green party and many other politicians. As well as guest speakers, issues are highlighted through the media of workshops, drama, music and art, debates and special liturgies. The National Council for Development Education (NCDE) very kindly fund our activities and as a result the scope of the week is continually expanding.

School Tours

Trips abroad have become an important part of life in St. Michael’s. Traditionally tours were organised to London and Paris. The” new era “of trips began in 1995 with a trip to Paris and Switzerland. Since then the school has visited Scotland in 1997, Paris in 1998, Stratford-Upon-Avon and London in 2000 and our highlight was in 2001 when we visited Beijing, China. This was a fantastic cultural experience, a stopover in another capital city Copenhagen to see the Little Mermaid and then on to Beijing, home of the Olympics 2004. Visits included the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and of course the Great Wall. A trip of a lifetime! .

Trips in St. Michael’s are open to senior cycle students… Transition Year and Fifth Year. Destinations are chosen a year in advance so as to allow for regular saving. Students are enriched and bring with them lifetime memories when they leave school.


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