Scoil Mhuire Annual Awards Ceremony

Scoil Mhuire Kanturk recently paid tribute to student achievements in a variety of areas at the Annual Awards Ceremony. The entire school body along with relations and guests enjoyed an afternoon at the school to honour successes of the past school year. Guests of honour were Irish Olympian Rob Heffernan and Irish rugby legend Mick Galwey.

Students were enthralled when Rob spoke to them of his experiences at the European Championships and at five Olympics, citing the highs and lows of his career. He spoke of the importance of tenacity and always looking for the positives in sport despite pitfalls along the way. Mick spoke of his short-lived GAA career in Kerry colours before turning to rugby and his performances with The Lions, Ireland and Munster.

He relayed a number of stories to students and advised that they always look at the glass as half full rather than half empty.  Musical interludes were provided by the school choir, first-year group, individual students and the trad group.

award winners

Ms Miriam Downey, Principal commended all award recipients. ‘In Scoil Mhuire, we encourage each and every student to achieve his or her potential and the award winners this afternoon have achieved the status of role models in their individual areas of success. For those students in the audience marking the success of others, you too have talents and I would encourage you to be award winners next year’ said Ms Downey. Students were reminded that success follows hard work, determination and self-belief.

Ms Downey thanked all involved in the organisation of the ceremony, the generosity of sponsors and special guests Rob Heffernan and Mick Galwey for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the awards.

Topping out 625 points

On August 13th students from the class of 2019 returned to Scoil Mhuire to receive their Leaving Certificate results. Our students once again continued our proud tradition of producing outstanding results. Students were graded under the system, H1 – H8 at higher level and O1 – O8 at ordinary level.

These results ensure that students continued in further education with the majority of students securing their course of choice. Students this year received results in an impressive range of 21 subjects as well as LCVP. 35% of students took the higher level maths examination with all securing the bonus 25 points. 17% of Scoil Mhuire students secured in excess of 500 points, substantially better the national figure.

The percentage of students who gained more than 400 points stands at almost 44% while 63% of students achieved over 350 points. Congratulations and well done to students, parents and teachers on this super achievement.

top score in leaving cert
In particular congratulations to Lisa Finn who secured the maximum 625 points, a wonderful achievement from a dedicated student.

An analysis of Leaving Certificate results from 2015 to 2019 highlights that almost 1 in every five Scoil Mhuire students (19%) secured more than 500 points. Over half of all students (51%) scored more than 400 points while 68% scored more than 350 points. These figures are well in excess of national figures and reflect the consistent hard work and dedication of students and teachers. Well done to all.

Fun and Creative Easter Camps

Well done to all the students who took part in the Sports Camp in Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk during Easter. Students enjoyed two days of basketball and badminton coaching.

easter camp

Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk hosted a Woodwork camp for 4th 5th and 6th class students. This was a two-day camp where they used their creative skills and learned how to use various pieces of equipment to make a bird feeder. Well done to all who participated.

woodwork camp


Amnesty International Ireland promotes Friendship Week in both primary and secondary schools around Ireland every year. It is a human rights education and fundraising event that helps support the work of Amnesty defending and raising awareness around Human and Children’s Rights.

friendship week
In Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk the First Year students decided to promote Friendship Week from 8th – 12th April 2019. This initiative reinforces themes within the Junior Cycle, in particular in subjects such as SPHE, Wellbeing and the English curriculum. First Years sold Friendship bracelets to the students and teachers in the school as well as organising a bake sale. The funds raised from the bracelets will go to Amnesty and the funds raised from the Bake Sale will go to charity. In addition, the First Years distributed ‘Acts of Kindness’. These are suggestions on how to reach out to people we don’t normally reach out to and provide opportunities for students to be kind to one another in different ways.


Trip to the Burren

On Thursday, April 4th, a group of young enthusiastic Geography students set out in the early hours of the morning for a day of fun and adventure with a little bit of education thrown on the side.
First stop of the day was at the beautiful Cliffs of Moher, one of the most visited tourist spots in Ireland, where students viewed magnificent coastal features and enjoyed some quality time in the renowned visitor centre.

Students by the cliffs of Moher

Next, it was on to the Aillwee Caves where a very warm welcome was received from a past student of Scoil Mhuire, Lorna Cronin. At the caves, students ventured underground to see the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and pillars.

students at Aillwee caves

After the visit, the journey continued through the karst landscape of the Burren. Here we walked along the limestone pavement and experienced first-hand, the effects of chemical weathering.

karst landscape of the Burren
At the end of the day, we returned back to Scoil Mhuire, exhausted but happy after experiencing a lovely day, which brought our learning to life as to see the places, in reality, is so much more rewarding than looking at a picture and we look forward to hearing of the adventures of the geography classes to come.

Students win SEAI ‘One Good Idea’ National Final

SEAI winners

Well done to Hagar Soliman and Sinead O’Neill who won the ‘One Good Idea’ National Final run by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) at Dublin Castle.  Their project is ‘to reduce methane in the agricultural sector’.  They were commended for their video and thorough research.  Hagar and Sinead delivered a video presentation and a three-minute presentation pitch to a panel of judges in May before being crowned national winners.

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