Good News Friday

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Each week to celebrate the brighter side of school life we send a text to all staff and parents to let them know what happened during the week. Below are some of the weekly texts we've been sending out.

Friday 30 April 2021

Today is the last day of April and the May bank holiday awaits. Sports have resumed here at Cluny! On Monday, the new sports summer timetable started. Well done to all students who took part. All are welcome.

TYs had a busy weekend as they completed filming their online version of their musical Back to the 80's. We are looking forward to seeing the final version which will be available in the coming weeks.

First years had a virtual author visit from Dave Rudden this week. Dave discussed tips for writing and finding inspiration. Students really enjoyed this talk and a big thank you to Dave for joining us!

Ms O’Riordan’s TY Business class took part in Bank of Ireland Moneysmarts school quiz this week. Over 40 TY students also completed a Barista Course this week and are now trained baristas! Our TY Enterprise students are in the Dun Laoghaire Gazette this week. Well done to them.

TY Junk Kouture students completed their amazing Junk Kouture dresses. These can be seen on our Instagram, @clunykilliney, if you would like to see them.

Students and staff can borrow books again from the library and we have some new book titles available. A big thank you to all who participated in this weeks book club to discuss J.R.R. Tolkien’s acclaimed novel The Hobbit. The next book club is a bring your own book club session. If you’d like to join, please let Ms. Curtin know. All are welcome.

Congratulations to Sophie (1W) for winning the Harry Potter raffle hosted by the library.

History club returned on Monday where students met and discussed topics of interest to them. If anyone would like to join, please let Ms. McNeice know.

We hope you all have a restful and pleasant May bank holiday weekend. Remember, at Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!

Friday 23 April 2021

The sun is shining today here at Cluny!

After school sports returns from Monday 26th April and the timetable is now available! All are welcome!

Well done to Ella Jones who will took part in the regional final of the Gael Linn public speaking competition on Wednesday evening.

All fifth year students attended a leadership course all day Thursday. It was a very interesting presentation and the girls participated well and enjoyed themselves.Fifth Year Business students enjoyed a Caterpillar Cake taste test as part of their study of Marketing.

The musical preparations are coming to a close this week. The fourth years have been working very hard since January on their show and it will be recorded this weekend. We wish them the very best of luck and we're looking forward to seeing the final production in a few weeks' time.

TY students took part in a certified Barista course this week so they are now qualified Baristas.

First Years went to collect seeds from Peter Caviston on Thursday in Glasthule as part of the "Grow your own Veg" initiative.

It was Harry Potter this week at the library! Well done to the TY Library Committee who created posters for the display. 3D printed wands, a patronus flow chart, sorting hat, House coat of arms, recommended reading lists, book display and famous witches and wizard portraits awaited. First years participated in a Harry Potter Quiz and Sophie in 1W won the raffle for a snitch. Well done to all who took part!

Students also took part in Film Club to review, compare and contrast Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone today. Our next film club movie is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Well done to our teachers Ms. O'Dwyer, buisness/economics, and Profesora Isabel, English and Spanish, for joining us in recent weeks. Thanks for all your hard work! We wish them all the best in their future careers.

We are nearing the end of April already! Time is flying by. Remember, here at Cluny we celebrate the days to come!

Friday 16 April 2021

We hope you all had a lovely Easter and are excited for the weeks to come here at Cluny. We are delighted to welcome all students and staff back this week. We also welcome the new apiary that has now been completed. Thank you to all involved in creating this space.

We would like to wish a huge congratulations to the girls from the TY Enterprise class on their successes in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Enterprise Awards. Well done!

The TY's had a celebratory event on Thursday in recognition and celebration of all the hard work they put in during their three-year Junior Cycle Programme. We hope they all had a nice afternoon.

Well done to the 2nd year Business students who took part in the Banking Payments Federation European Money quiz on Thursday.

Congratulations to Convenient Care on their Leadership Award, The Tie Dye Team on their Marketing Award and Dazzle who won the video excellence award. Each group were selected from all entrants to represent Dun Laoghaire Rathdown in the National Final of the student enterprise awards on May 14th.

Well done to Emma, Cara, Naoise and Kara in 5th Year who represented Cluny at the Soroptimists Public Speaking Competition and congratulations to Kara who has progressed to the regional final!

Congratulations to our past pupil Caoimhe Dempsey on winning at the Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race on Sunday. Caoimhe graduated from St. Joseph of Cluny in 2014. She started rowing during her undergraduate at Trinity College Dublin and has been active in the rowing community since. She is now a postgraduate student at the University of Cambridge where she is a research student in developmental psychology. To read more, please click here.

The newest edition of the library newsletter is now available to view on the library website. Next week, the library will also host a Harry Potter themed week!

We are looking forward to the weeks ahead. Remember, at Cluny we grow and succeed together!

Friday 26 March 2021

It is the last day before the Easter holidays here at Cluny. We would like to thank all of our staff and students for all of their hard work over the last term and to wish them all a holy and restful Easter.

Today, we celebrated Le Chéile Day and took part in a prayer ceremony at 10 a.m. Well done to students Joy Hickey and Katie Maye for their amazing singing as part of the Le Chéile Choir.

Students today wore yellow and pink to celebrate Easter here at Cluny. Thank you to the Student Council for organising this event.

On Tuesday, Mr. McLaughlin and Mr. White organised a prayer ceremony followed by a minute's reflection to mark the one-year anniversary of the passing of Ms. Mary White, former principal. As a community, we acknowledged her efforts and contributions to Cluny. May she rest in peace.

TY students had another busy week as they took part in a full day of workshops from STRIPE on different elements of business and had a career talk about working in the film industry. Ms O’Brien ran an Easter Cooking workshop for the TYs.

Students in first, second, third and fourth years enjoyed a gig online by Boy Band New Rules. Students in Ms. Torpey’s sixth year biology class had fun decorating eggs to celebrate Easter.

Students also participated in book club online this week with the library. This week students discussed their favorite books and what they were currently reading. From fantasy to crime novels, a wide variety of literature is being read by the students for fun.

Remember, in Cluny we celebrate theeveryday and the days to come!

Friday 19 March 2021

The week has flown by here at Cluny!

We hope you all had an enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday. SeachtainnaGaeilge has come to an end today here, after celebrating two weeks of Irish language and heritage. All students are taking part inGlas’ today to mark the end of thefestivities.

Well done to our fifth-year students Ella and Caoimhe who took part in round 2 of the Gael Linn public speaking competition.

On Tuesday, Head Girl Emma Nolan, Student Council members Avril Ryan, Aoife Whelan and Emma O'Keeffe along with Principal Mr. Healy and Deputy Principal Ms. Lambert raised the tricolour to celebrate Flag Day 2021. The flag was kindly given to Cluny by the Thomas F. Meagher foundation.

All first, second, third- and fourth-year students attended a talk on Health and Nutrition from nutritionist Paula Duggan on Friday. Incoming first years received an activity pack put together by the library which included activities, challenges and a St. Patrick’s Day feature.

Our TYs had another eventful week! TYs took part in a style workshop on Tuesday. A group of TYs participated in a GAA refereeing workshop run by Leinster GAA.TYs also completed aptitude tests this week to help prepare them for picking their subjects for fifth year and the Leaving Certificate.

And remember, in Cluny we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 12 March 2021

Another week down here at Cluny. Our sixth year students started their mocks this week and next week we will be welcoming back our fifth year students.

A small number of our sixth year students, who have continued to work part-time in pharmacies during the pandemic, have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Students were invited to attend the Shine Festival this week from Monday to Wednesday which had an array of female speakers on topics from careers, sports, well being and many more.

Students had lots of fun this week with activities for SeachtainnaGaeilge. Well done to everyone who took part. Beatha teanga í a labhairt.

TY's had Wellbeing Wednesday this week with events such as guess the baby, a scavenger hunt, phone a friend and the Shine Festival. TY’s also had a talk from social Entrepeneur John O’Shea.

Students participated in the first student book club on Thursday to discuss Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Students considered the historical context of the book and explored the unique viewpoint of a horse as narrator. On Friday, students also participated in the first film club meeting to review Studio Ghibli’s animated classic "Howl’s Moving Castle”.

TY's had a discussion panel Q and A with three Irish Hockey Internationals: Niamh and Michelle Casey and Katie Fearon. They will be taking on Great Britain this weekend in a preparation for the Olympics this year.Also in sports news, Sports Ireland have published their new research report which is available here to view.

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend and remember, here in Cluny we learn and grow together.

Friday 05 March 2021

This marks our first week with sixth year students and staff back in school. We would like to thank everyone who made this possible.

TY students had another eventful week here at Cluny. On Tuesday, they took part in a Sustainability Green Schools talk on Zoom. On Wednesday, journalist Bianca Luykx spoke to students via Zoom. On Thursday, the iWish STEM Conference took place from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Finally, on Friday TY’s had a talk from Nicola Yau, a volunteer with St Joseph's in Shankill, on Dementia.

This week we celebrated International Book Day! On Thursday, sixth year students received their National Book Tokens. Third years took part in a Kahoot on the theme of children’s books. We hope everyone enjoyed the day.

Lots of delicious home cooking happened again this week! First years made Mac n cheese, second years made Lasagne, third years made multitudes of Cheesecake, TYs made homemade pasta and fifth yearsmade wholemeal bread. Well done to all!

Our library put together a study guide for sixth year students revising languages for the leaving cert. This document is available to view on the library website.

There is still time for students to enter our International Women’s Day competition! For more information on this event, please visit the event page here.

We hope you have a restful and pleasant weekend. And remember, in Cluny, we believe, we belong and we become!

Friday 26 February 2021

Welcome back to everyone! We hope you all had a relaxing mid-term break. As we prepare to welcome back our sixth-year students next week, we also say goodbye to February and welcome in March.

Congratulations to the following Fifth Year students, (Emer Bolger, Caoimhe Brady, Lillie Browne, Kara Cummins, Robyn Dowling, Hari Fidgeon and Ailbhe McCabe) who sat the Delf French exam in November and were all successful. They will receive an international qualification and certificate in the language which is valid for life. Bravo les filles!

Our Fifth-Year students Ella Jones, Naoise Curry, Eva Murray and Kara Cummins are through to the National Knockouts of the Concern debates. They have reached the final 32 teams in a nationwide competition which is a great achievement. Congratulations!

TY students took part in two programmes with Royal College of Surgeons this week which they really enjoyed. The first programme was the Mini Med TY Programme and the second on Thursday and Friday was their Mini Pharma and Physio Programme. TYs also had a personal safety workshop which really opened their eyes on the importance of staying safe.

This week we celebrated Ireland Reads with the Squeeze in a Read event. This new national event promotes positive wellbeing through reading. Students and teachers took 10 minutes to read a book of their choice and share photos of their books with the library.

We would like to thank Dr. Amy Watchorn, Senior Psychologist at St. John of God Stillorgan, for her informative talk on Motivation and Focus on Thursday evening as part of our Wellbeing Programme. There was a great attendance by parents and students, and a very informative Q&A Session afterwards.

We are looking forward to welcoming staff and sixth years back in person to school on Monday morning.

At Cluny, we welcome and celebrate the days to come.

Friday 12 February 2021

Another eventful week here at Cluny! We would like to thank all of our teachers and students for their continued dedication and diligence over the past few weeks. Last week we celebrated a whole school wellbeing day, all posts and a video compilation are now available on social media. If you'd like to view the video, it is now available on YouTube.

Today, students were invited to wear red or pink to highlight St Valentine’s Day which we celebrate this weekend. The Lockdown Legends Hockey Week 1 is now complete and Cluny is at the top of the leader board! Well done to all taking part.

First year Home Economics students produced some wonderful baked goods during their online practical class again this week. The challenge was variations on upside down cakes. Baked goods included pineapple, berry, pear and even heart shaped individual cakes. Great enthusiasm and creative skills were demonstrated by all.

Transition Years had a very engaging and informative talk from Professor Luke O'Neill on COVID-19 this week. We would like to thank Professor O'Neill for delivering this talk to our students.

The library created two newsletters this week; the first was an activity pack for incoming first years with puzzles and activities. The second was the library newsletter which is available here to view. It includes competitions, features on how to continue reading over lockdown and useful resources.

To highlight Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, Zeeko provided a talk to first- and second-year students on the importance of awareness online. They also delivered a talk to their parents on Tuesday evening.

Well done to Transition Year students and the Home Economics teachers for the fantastic Pancake Competition on Thursday. TYs also celebrated Kindness Day on Friday where they had some time off to engage in personal, family, friendship and community kindness activities.

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Transition Years had a workshop on Calligraphy and how to celebrate the new year with Chinese teacher Xu Yang.

We hope you all have a pleasant and safe mid term break. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! In Cluny, we do happiness.

Friday 05 February 2021

The first week of February has arrived and spring has begun! We are delighted to see the days getting longer and mornings brighter. With St. Bridget’s Day on Monday starting our week and welcoming spring, we celebrate the days to come.

Congratulations and well done to our fifth-year students Ella and Lillie who were in the finale of Junk Kouture on Thursday night. Their entry ‘Power Suits Women’ and their performance was amazing. We are all very proud of you.

Today, we celebrated a whole school wellbeing challenge. Classes finished at 1 p.m. to allow students and staff to take photos based on a challenge set up by Ms. Murphy. All photos were sent to Ms. Murphy and have been shared on our social media platforms. A big thank you to Ms. Murphy for creating this challenge and to everyone who took part.

The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) are inviting students to Write a Poem. There are two different categories for this competition: Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle. For more information, please visit the event page on our website.

Next week we will highlight Safer Internet Day on Tuesday the 9th of February. We have organised events for students and parents on the following topics; Cyber-bullying, Inappropriate Content, Stranger Danger, Digital Footprint and Social Media / Excessive Internet Usage.

Our TY students took part in a ‘Brown Bread Challenge’ earlier this week and their fantastic produce can be seen on our Instagram account.

Book club and film club are now accepting members! Students interested in joining should contact library@clunykilliney.ie.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend. In Cluny, we celebrate community and those around us.

Friday 29 January 2021

Only a few days left in January and we are delighted to report another busy but productive week here at Cluny.This week was Catholic School’s Week. We posted daily updates on the theme; recognising that we are in an environment of Faith, Hope and Love, Learning about Resilience.

Our TY's attended a very enjoyable seminar Healthfest on Wednesday afternoon with various interesting speakers on health, nutrition and wellbeing. They could also take part in some exercise workshops.

We also held our first Creative Schools meeting on Thursday to hear ideas and feedback from our students on what creative initiatives they would like to see us run. We look forward to exploring more and working with The Arts Council.

The Cluny version of Back to the 80's musical rehearsals are ongoing weekly and we are making great progress!

Students in 4L wrote and released beautiful sonnets which are available on Instagram. Well done! Don't forget to check out the enterprise companies if you are doing any online shopping.

We launched two reading initiatives this week. The first is for first, second, third and fourth year students to read as many books of their choice as they can. The second, is for fifth and sixth years students with a genre reading list. We look forward to seeing what students choose to read! More details are available on Instagram and the school website.

In library news, we have an updated online subject listing resource available for junior and leaving certificate subjects available on the library website for you.

The first year Home Economics class had their first virtual class this week and they all produced a loaf of homemade brown bread and smoothies. Next week we are going to make pancakes! The students enjoyed the new experience of cookery class in their own kitchen!

Congratulations to our former student Cara O'Donnell who has been awarded the Trinity College Dublin Entrance Exhibition Award.

Thank you again to all the students and staff for all their hard work and dedication. In Cluny, we work and succeed together!

Friday 22 January 2021

Nearly at the end of January already! Time flies by! We have had another eventful week here at Cluny.

Reports to 1st, 2nd and 5th Years were posted home this week, along with the Junior Certificate 2020 predicted grades certificates to our current TYs.

As part of our continuing wellbeing and mental health awareness drive, our school principal Mr. Healy organised a talk for our Transition Year students with wellness coach Alison Canavan. Alison is an award-winning author and wellness coach who travelled the world as an international model.

Our TYs were also busy creating a chart to help guide others on online learning. The chart, entitled ‘the Dos and Dont's of Online Learning’ was part of their SPHE class guided by Ms. O'Brien and Ms. McEvoy. Well done to all!

We have a new gallery area set up in the foyer where we will highlight the amazing artwork of our students. Cluny is an official Creative School. Students are invited to attend an information session and discuss their ideas on how we can be a more creative school next week, on Thursday at 16.30. This initiative is being ran in conjunction with the Art Council. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas!

Did you know we have a Goodreads? This has now been updated to reflect what we have in our library. Follow us to see what we are reading and what books we have available.

The Decade of Centenaries Schools Irish History Competition 2021 is now open! TY video competition and Post-Primary History Essays are now accepting entries. Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2021.

We have a team in the final of Junk Kouture which is on RTE2 on February 4th. A trailer for this event is now available here on YouTube. Best of luck and don’t forget to tune in!

Remember, in Cluny, we create, we share and we grow!

Friday 15 January 2021

What a busy week! Welcome back to another exciting term. We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and safe 2021. We are delighted to note that we have had fantastic engagement by students and staff in remote classes and online learning during our first week back. We would also like to welcome our new School Librarian, Ms Teresa Curtin, who started on Monday.

We would like to congratulate Keela Murphy and Ms Torpey for their entry on ‘the ideal length of a skipping rope’ in the BT Young Scientist 2021 exhibition.Comhghairdeas to Caoimhe (5C) and Ella (5L) who progress to the next round of the Gael Linn public speaking competition.

Musical rehearsals are now underway! Our TY's started their musical rehearsals online on Monday and they all had great fun. Yoga classestook place online, encouraging mindfulness and meditation.

The TY Enterprise groups,convenient_carepacks, resinnheaven, the.tiedye.team, dazzleteethwhitening and soya._scents, are busy with production and fully operational. They will organise a postal service if anyone wants to buy their product. You can direct message them on Instagram or Twitter.

Thank you to Glaciologist Twila Moon, from Colorado USA, for speaking with Ms Torpey and 3Y on Thursday.

We have a "Kicking Covid Schools Challenges" set up and are taking on Loreto Dalkey and Loreto Bray - so far....

Our Walking Challenge is well underway! Students have been asked to take between 8 to 10 thousand steps during their class time and if they can’t complete it during class then they can do their walk in their leisure or down time.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend, and remember in Cluny, we persevere and achieve!

Friday 28 February 2020

We’ve had an amazing week in Cluny! We congratulate our U14A Badminton team who won their Dublin League Final against St Colmcille’s on Thursday. Congratulations too to Sophie in Second Yr who is now a member of the U16 Leinster Hockey Panel and good luck to Aela in Third Yr attending Leinster Hockey trials! Well done to our U14 GAA Team who are currently top of their league in the U14 GAA Leinster Championship! Congrats to our First and Second Yr basketball team who beat Loreto Dalkey. We’ve had Multisport challenges at lunchtime all week in the Sports Hall as the Mission Houses compete for points – congrats to Sierra Leone who won. We also launched our Cluny Equestrian Club this week – Polo-X lessons will start on Saturday! Our First Yrs have produced a fantastic Scifest Exhibition and Competition today for staff, students and parents to enjoy – well done to all. TYs attended a great talk ‘Humanology’ by Prof Luke O’Neill in the Library on Tuesday. Our First and Second Yrs received their first letters from their new American penpals when our Baldwin College PA Penpal initiative was launched. Fifth Yrs took part in the Bank of Ireland Money Smarts Challenge in TCD. TY French classes attended the film ‘Une Colonie’ in the Pavilion Theatre on Thursday. A group of TYs also completed their barista course in school this week and treated us all to hot drinks. Well done Isabel (3Y) who represented Cluny so well in the Octo Leinster Schools Debating Final. We wish Second Yrs Mimi, Alice and Keelin the very best of luck as they represent Cluny in the U15 Irish Women’s University Graduate Assoc Public Speaking Competition in TCD tomorrow. And finally a HUGE thank you to everyone - staff, students and parents who contributed to our wonderful Open Evening on Thursday – it was a great success. We are proud to say that in Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!

Friday 14 February 2020

Celebrating our achievements as we head into midterm! Congratulations to TYs Ella and Lillie who have reached the Regional Finals of Junk Kouture. We’ve all been voting online in school this week – be sure to cast your vote too on the Junk Kouture website. The girls’ entry ‘Power Suits Women’ deserves your vote! First and Second Yrs participated in financial workshops this week. The Third and Sixth Yrs are looking forward to a well-earned rest over midterm after their mocks – well done all. We hope TYs have enjoyed their work experience placements this week. Great activity in the Library to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. Work starting now on our new-look foyer. Please note that the canteen will be closed on Monday 24 Feb as the TYs are having a barista training day. We wish you all a restful and happy midterm and remember, in Cluny ‘Power Suits Women’!

Friday 07 February 2020

An enterprising week in Cluny! Business entrepreneurs visit the girls to inspire and motivate. Student mini-companies sell their products at lunchtime all week. TYs and Fifth Yr students visit ‘I Wish’ Women in STEM event in the RDS on Monday. Thank you to Avril and Emma who have represented Cluny so well at the Le Chéile Student Event in Athlone. Best of luck to all our Third and Sixth Yrs who are doing their Mock exams with the support of their First Yr Buddies who made amazing Good Luck cards for them. Our TYs completed their DAT assessment on Wednesday. Students stay warm in their new school fleece which was launched this week. Green Schools keep us all reading with their book swap in the foyer. TYs having fun at GoQuest this afternoon. A great sporting week in school – badminton U14A’s are through to their final in the Dublin League. U14B’s have reached their semi-final to be played next Monday. First Yr Hockey A’s won vs Our Lady’s Templeogue. First Yr basketball won their match against Loreto Dalkey, a special mention for Lucy who scored 19 points! And huge credit to our U14 GAA team who were narrowly defeated by a single point in their match vs Coláiste Iosagáin. In Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!

Friday 31 January 2020

Faith and fun in Cluny this week! We have celebrated Catholic Schools Week keeping in mind the theme of ‘Living in harmony with God’s creation’. First Yrs in 1W prepared their St Brigid’s Crosses with the guidance of our students who are past pupils of St Brigid’s GNS. On Tuesday we enjoyed our Caife Gaelach with the Sixth Yrs, lots of caint, craic agus ceol! TY parents had an informative talk on Fifth Yr subject options for their daughters. A wonderful week for GAA in Cluny – U16s beat Holy Faith Killester and our U14s beat St Louis Rathmines. The U14s have been recommended and promoted to the next division – well done girls! We had fun volleyball matches for staff and students organized by the Sixth Yrs in aid of Lucena Clinic. Our badminton players competed in the Bray Badminton Blitz and won 8 medals – an amazing result for the girls. And finally our House Captains organized a ‘Mr & Mrs Competition’ at lunchtime today. Congrats to Ms Marren and Ms Delahunty who won for a second year running! Lots of tickets sold too for the raffle in aid of Cluny Mission houses. In Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!

Friday 24 January 2020

During the week First Yrs participated in a full and varied Futurewize STEM workshop. Johnstown GNS start their computer classes with our TY students in the Library. TY student Lillie and her team created an amazing outfit from recycled materials for the upcoming Junk Kouture Competition. Our Wellbeing Committee and Student Council organized a ‘taster’ lunch with a local store. Congratulations to our Third Yr debaters who’ve reached the Junior Leinster Schools Octo Finals. Also to Kate in Fifth Yr who has reached the Regional Finals in the Soroptimists Public Speaking Competition. Great wins for our U14s Badminton team against Santa Maria and Coláiste Bríde. Another great hockey win for our Minor A’s v Mount Temple in the Leinster Plate. Our Senior Basketball team played valiantly against HCK. Thanks to all the parents who supported our Thursday evening talk on adolescence by Belinda Kelly, psychotherapist. Senior assembly celebrated the Chinese New Year with an amazing dragon made by our Library Committee. There were Chinese fortune cookies for all! Cakes abounded at lunchtime with a cake sale in aid of Koalas in Oz. Full steam ahead for rehearsals for our school musical ‘Grease’. In Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!

Friday 17 January 2020

A week of supporting each other in Cluny. Staff, Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl travelled to Cork to support our Principal Mr Healy in his recent bereavement. Today Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor presented JCPA Certificates to our current Fourth Years – Susie, Naoise, Éimear and Cara all receiving special awards for their wonderful achievements. Parents and the whole student body joined in the celebration. Basketball final ahead for our Seniors following their win against Rockford Manor this week. Well done Ed and the team! Hockey wins continue with a great victory against St Conleths. Fifth Yr Concern debaters win against Our Lady’s Grove and Third Yr debaters progress to Octo Finals in Junior Leinster Schools in UCD. In Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!

Friday 10 January 2020

A new term begins for our girls. We started with a thought-provoking whole school assembly to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. It was ably organized by our RE Department. We focused on our blessings and were encouraged to be mindful of the plight of refugees worldwide. Congratulations to our Minor B hockey team who won their match against Loreto Dalkey. First Years visited the Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS. Students ordered their new school crested fleece this week. The new Environmental Society got off to a great start with a very busy cake sale today – well done to all involved. Yoga and drama classes have both begun again – it has been a busy first week back! In Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!

Friday 13 December 2019

Christmas Cheer! The festive season is well underway in Cluny. Our Christmas tree in the foyer spreads the season’s cheer with beautiful decorations made by First Yr students and Christmas cakes decorated by TY. Our Buddy Trócaire workshop reminds us all of Trócaire’s outstanding work all around the world while closer to home we gathered food items for the St Vincent de Paul hampers. The Library with its amazing Book Christmas Tree has been a hive of activity with Christmas Bingo and mindful colouring for everyone. Finance Week in school has encouraged students to get their saving accounts open and there have been health talks for Fourth and Fifth Yrs too. TYs went ice skating and our Choir were guests at the CBC Monkstown Advent Service - well done to all. First and Sixth Yr Buddies enjoyed an outing to see Frozen 2 on Thursday and today, Friday, we all wore our Christmas jumpers in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. In Cluny we do Christmas!

Friday 06 December 2019

Good News Friday! Getting in the Christmas spirit with St Vincent de Paul leaflet drop in the local community! Wins for basketball against St Andrew’s, for hockey against Newpark and for badminton against St Colmcille’s. Languages to the fore this week with students participating in the Languages Connect Workshop in the Convention Centre and the Linguistics Olympiad training session in Gonzaga College. TYs at musical workshop in prep for their musical in April 2020. Best of luck to our Fifth Yr Soroptimists who are competing in Dublin city this evening. And finally, our Second Yrs enjoyed some festive fun ice skating at Dundrum on Ice earlier today. In Cluny we do COMMUNITY!

Friday 29 November 2019

Massive congratulations to all our Sixth Years who ran an incredible table quiz event in Shankill last night in aid of Lucena Youth Mental Health Services – we’re incredibly proud of you. Our thanks also to all the parents, past pupils and staff who supported so generously – we were delighted to see you all there. Congratulations to Sadhbh in Third Yr, she’s our Cluny Basketball Star of the Month! Well done to all our students who have completed their November Assessments and look forward to a well-earned rest this weekend. TYs had another busy week at STEM talks and workshops in Dun Laoghaire Lexicon Library. Sixth Yr Art students were out today at the National Museum of Ireland and the Kerlin Gallery. In Cluny we do appreciation!

22 November 2019

Another great week in Cluny! What a start to our week! Monday began with a Whole School Assembly where Aisling (HG 2018/19), Emer (DHG 2018/19) and Sarah (Senior Prefect 2018/19) presented Yvonne Boland from St Luke’s Hospital with a cheque for €5,500. Another of our Senior Prefects, Caoimhe McManus was presented with her TCD Entrance Exhibition Award as a first year Engineering student. A warm Cluny welcome to our 2020/21 incoming First Yrs who got to meet their future classmates at a screening of ‘Shrek’ in the Library. TYs enjoyed a sugarcraft demo in preparation for their own Christmas cake creations! TYs also had personal development, mental health and Enterprise workshops this week. World Children’s Day was celebrated by all year groups in the Library on Wednesday with prizes for poetry and posters. Have a lovely weekend – in Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!

15 November 2019

A great week for Cluny – lots of experiments, puzzles and STEM challenges in Cluny Science Week - well done to all our prizewinners! Language students enjoyed visits from French Theatre Group and Deutschmobile (Goethe Institut). 95 shoeboxes filled and collected for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal – well done all! Students bag-packing in Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt today in aid of Society of St Vincent de Paul. Senior cycle students had LGBT talk this week. Our Concern debating team drew with Loreto Dalkey on Thursday night. Very proud of our Fifth Yrs who visited The Harold with Mr Healy and were wonderful ambassadors for Cluny. Huge congratulations to our LC 2019 students Molly, Triona and Sarah who were honoured at the UCD Scholars Entrance Awards with their parents, Deputy Principal Ms Lambert and their Year Head Ms Torpey. In Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!


08 November 2019

Congratulations to our Silver Gaisce Award winners – a very special presentation ceremony took place in Belvedere College last night. Fabulous badminton win for our U19s against Knocklyon and our U16s got a well-earned draw. Well done to the 3rd Yr debaters who all placed at the Jr Leinster Schools Debates at UCD, also to Kate in 5th Yr speaking at the Rotary Leadership Competition. Staff & students got on board with National Stress Awareness Day in the Library. 2nd Yrs completed their coding workshop with Karen from Technological University Dublin. Many thanks to all the parents who braved the weather to come to the 3rd Yr PTM. TYs had an informative talk on the subject of ‘consent’. TYs start drama lessons with Ms Burke in prep for their musical while weekly yoga and drama classes begin again for all interested students. In Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!


25 October 2019

A great last week of term! TYs on work experience. Sports update - wins for hockey v St Conleths and 3 badminton wins. Lidl donate generously to our GAA teams with kit & equipment AND the Sam Maguire visits Cluny! Green Schools award prizes for their art competition! Great Reads Awards launched in the Library. Fantastic turnout to Careers Evening. 2nd Yrs visit Wicklow Gaol and 1798 Rebellion Centre. Our 5th Yr Concern debaters win against St Benildus. Rotary Club name Kate R in 5th Yr as Cluny rep for regional heat. We finish a great term with our annual Halloween Dress Up Day in aid of the Mission Houses organized by our wonderful House Captains & Vice Captains. Thanks to all our staff & students on another great term. Have a happy & safe Halloween. In Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!

18 October 2019

It’s Maths Week in Cluny! Lots of Maths quizzes and fun around school finishing up with a Buddy Treasure Hunt for 1st and 6th Yrs. 1st Yr had Coding workshops run by Technological University Dublin. 5th Yrs see ‘Asking For It’ in the Gaiety. Our Senior debaters participate in 1st round of Leinster Schools Senior Debating in UCD and in Alliance Francaise debate where Louise in 6th Yr was awarded Best Speaker for a second time! TYs were busy at Zipline in Dublin, Fighting Words workshop in Rathfarnham and Salesforce STEM event in Leopardstown. Past pupil Maeve returns to speak with TYs about her BESS course in TCD. Lunchtime drama classes start this week. Today is Low Energy Day in Cluny with No Waste Lunch supporting Climate Action Week. In Cluny everyone COUNTS!

11 October 2019

Great wins for Cluny, hockey Senior A's beat Drogheda Grammar and our GAA Juniors beat St Joseph's, Rush! Parents Assoc AGM a great success. Fifth Yr Wellbeing Retreat complete. TYs at Zeminar and Movie Magic workshop. Sixth Yrs see production of 'Hamlet' in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum. Enterprise Bronze Standard 2019 for Cluny students at Jr Achievement Awards. Senior debaters compete in opening round of Concern Debates. In Cluny we believe, we belong and we become!

04 October 2019

A lot to be thankful for at Cluny! Huge thanks to all who contributed to our Opening of the Year Assembly, with special mention for our House & Vice Captains and the launch of the 6th Yr charity - Lucena. Also our Opening of the Year Mass celebrated by Fr Gleeson of Sallynoggin Parish. 1st Yrs hosted a lovely evening for their parents with music, home-baking and a warm welcome for all. TYs visit St Vincent's Hospital for health awareness talk. We celebrated World Teachers' Day with our 6th Yrs to acknowledge our fantastic teaching staff. And finally, huge congratulations to our girls who received their wonderful Junior Cert results today. In Cluny we do THANKFULNESS!

27 September 2019

TYs get insight into broadcasting world as they attend Claire Byrne Live Show in RTE. Amazing style at reception for Cluny debutantes of 2019 in Fitzpatrick’s Castle hosted by the Parents Assoc. STEM experience for TYs at Microsoft Dreamspace. Staff refresh First Aid and CPR skills at Library workshop, whilst First Yrs avail of HSE vaccinations in school. Wellbeing to the fore on Tuesdays for early morning yoga for students. Sports fixtures feature hockey match v Dundalk Grammar & our GAA Seniors make their debut against St Paul’s Greenhills. Our TY students demonstrate Cluny’s empathy & compassion in the community as they attend the funeral Mass of Joseph Tuohy – Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. In Cluny we do CARING.

20 September 2019

Memories are made at Recess for all our TYs! Congrats to our mighty new House Captains and Vice Captains – we wish them a great year ahead. TYs bask in sunshine at the Ploughing Championships. Wellbeing to the fore at all our Cluny Retreats and at our lunch for First Yrs hosted by their Sixth Yr Buddies. First Yrs on sustainability trip to Airfield Estate. Second Yrs treated to warm welcome and great workshop at Shanganagh Allotments – a true hands on horticultural experience. Local primary GAA matches refereed by our outstanding Cluny junior referees as part of their Gaisce Challenge. Best of luck to Fifth and Sixth Yrs heading for Higher Options today. In Cluny we do OUTDOORS!

06 September 2019

Congratulations to our Silver GAISCE students in 6th Yr and staff who smashed a 50k hike in the Wicklow Mountains! 6th & 1st Yrs have a great buddy lunch with treats & locker gifts on Tuesday. Our Senior Prefects introduced to the girls by Mr Healy at Assembly on Friday. GAA, Hockey, Basketball & Badminton underway for this year. After School Choir & Supervised Study started too. In Cluny we do BUSY!

30 August 2019

A great start! 3rd & 6th Yrs complete study skills programme. 1st Yrs & their parents are welcomed into the Cluny family on Monday. Ailbhe (HG), Cliodhna (DHG) & students meet & greet their new Principal at 1st whole school assembly. Basketball for 1st & 2nd Yrs and Hockey for Seniors & Juniors starts Monday 4-5.30pm. A week well done – looking forward to a great year ahead! In Cluny we do FAMILY!

24 May 2019

A memorable week for the Cluny family! Official school photographer records special moments for us all. Wonderful farewell Student Assembly for our esteemed Principal Ms White. 6th Yrs bid us farewell at Whole School Assembly, treat staff to lunch with support of our amazing Parents’ Assoc and graduate with uplifting Mass. 5th Yrs finish French orals and TYs complete First Aid course. In Cluny we do CELEBRATION!

17 May 2019

This week 5th Yrs on Art, Ecology, DSPCA & EU Dublin HQ trips & Spanish/German orals all done! TYs do First Aid course, TYs in Nice come home. 2nd Yrs survive in Kippure! Sports Day/5K Run for all. 1st Yr Tennis beat Kings Hos, have their presentation evening & Alana (1Y) wins gold at Feis Maitiú. Prizegiving ceremonies all week. Well done past pupil Grace O’Rourke in Special Forces (RTE). In Cluny we do ENTHUSIASM!

10 May 2019

Leadership Day for 5th Yrs, TYs & 3rd Yrs have TY Presentation Evening, LC & JC Art finish their practicals! Well done all - 10 athletics medals (gold for Isabelle & Lily) at Tony Ward Invitational & Clodagh in 2nd Yr on her orienteering win! TYs at Dragon’s Den workshop and 4th Yrs heading to Nice for a week! 1st Yrs present at EU Air Pollution Day in Dublin. House multi sports ongoing! In Cluny we do INCLUSION!

03 May 2019

In Cluny we’re Paying It Forward! After table quiz in April, 6th Yrs host Coffee Morning for St Luke’s Hosp – thanks to all for support. Houses compete for Cluny Cup – lunchtime multi sports ongoing! Cluny at East Leinster Athletics, Santry. GAA win Lidl comp for kit & equipment! 2nd & 3rd Yr Geog visit Cool Planet. TYs at FightingWords workshop. 5th Yr Geog visit Wicklow Mts. In Cluny we do HERITAGE! Happy Bank Hol!

12 April 2019

What a week in Cluny! Cluny dances with the STARS! House Captains coup – Jake Carter revisits Cluny! Staff ‘Mr & Mrs’ Quiz, Drop Everything & Dance. Big win for badminton – the Crème Egg Cup! 3rd Yr Easter Cake Bake Off. TYs beat the bog at Causey Farm. They model VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon kit & create fruit heart to share with all. More to follow!

Round 2! Cluny Easter Bunny is on the run but didn’t get away! Easter eggs for winners! 6th Yr Geog visit Zoo. Yoga & Zumba at lunchtime for all. Green & Purple fun student Conga to Concert Hall today for St Luke’s. Good luck to 6th Yr Table Quiz, 8pm, The Graduate tonight, also in aid of St Luke’s. LAKE GARDA HERE WE COME! In Cluny we do WELL-BEING! Happy Easter to all!

05 April 2019

Cluny newsflash! 5th Yr Clíodhna in Irish Independent at Euro Money Week 2019! TYs meet An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar at Leadership Conference in Convention Centre! 2nd Yr French cinema trip to IFI. All LC & JC music practicals & Gaeilge orals done! CSPE bake sale for Friends of the Earth. In Cluny we do SMILES!

02 Apr 2019

Cluny News! Congrats to 3rd Yr Home Ec who finished practical exams & LC Spanish & French on finishing orals. 1st Yr HPV vaccines all done! Blue Angels treat 3rd Yrs to pizza

22 Mar 2019

Cluny news! Well done to our TY enterprise companies in DLR County Finals, ‘Replace Your Lace’ got 2nd and special merits for ‘Mobile Makeup’ and ‘Restraw’! Our Blue Angels treated 6th Yrs to a surprise pizza lunch! In Cluny we do COMPASSION – our thoughts & prayers are especially with all in Cookstown, Co Tyrone and Christchurch, New Zealand today.

15 Mar 2019

In Cluny we do Seachtain na Gaeilge le céilí agus scileanna GAA! 3rd Yr History visit Glasnevin. TYs at Fightingwords Workshop. 5th & 6th Yrs at Spanish film & tapas. Ag Science trip to hear Prof T Boland, UCD. 3rd Yrs at Quinn School Quiz in UCD. Jr & Minor basketball qtr-final wins! Badminton - 3rd place in finals! Past pupils visit to share college experience with students. Cluny Assembly supports ‘Save the Planet’!
Sports Update! Following Louise and Laura’s amazing hockey goals in our Minor 1’s Leinster final win, Louise now has over 18K views and has been entered into Goal of the Month on several hockey sites – well done ladies, you’ve all done us proud!

8 Mar 2019

Amazing week in Cluny! Hockey Minor 1’s are Leinster champs! Badminton U16’s in Dublin finals! Katie M sings for Dept of Foreign Affairs & TY German students have Q&A with German & Hungarian Ambassadors. Senior History trip to Derry. Engineering Week for all! TYs feature at Junk Kouture at the Helix. Pancakes all done before Ash Wednesday. Big Cluny welcome to 1st Yrs 2019 on Wed evening. In Cluny we do JOY!

01 Mar 2019

Super Cluny Friday! 3 TYs meet Minister of Education at Euro Money Quiz. Prof Brendan Kelly talks to 5th and 6th Yrs re psychiatric effects on soldiers during World War I in Cluny Library.. 3rd Yrs at Romeo & Juliet. 5th Yrs visit UCD. TYs attend French Theatre Workshop. 1st Yrs at Women’s World Day of Prayer. Fiji House lunch. Basketball wins for Junior A’s & Minor A’s against Loreto Dalkey. Huge congrats to staff & students for our amazing Open Evening! In Cluny we do Happiness!

Great things ahead for Cluny! Best of luck to our 2nd Yr debaters in TCD on Saturday; to our school Choir in Wesley Choral Competition this afternoon; to our hockey Minor A’s in their Leinster Final next week and our badminton U14’s who are through to their Leinster Finals. In Cluny we definitely do Happiness!

08 February 2019

Positive Friday! Congrats to badminton U14’s – 1 final & 2 semis to come! Well done Leah & Lily at Le Chéile Conference in Athlone. 5th Yr Concern debaters reach national playoffs & are invited to Concern HQ to speak. TYs on work experience. 5th Yrs on campus tour to TCD this week. 1st Yr Science help EPA & An Taisce initiate European Air Pollution Research Project. Good luck to Mocks students!

01 February 2019

Good News Friday! Well done Kara in Leinster debates. Badminton U16 Div 2 Dublin League winners! Hockey Minor 1’s into semi-finals! Basketball wins v Beaufort & HCK. 15 TYs at BOI Global Markets Event. CPR training for all TYs & all at GoQuest today! Creative writing workshop for 5th Yrs with Dermot Bolger in Cluny Library. House Quiz for all. Good luck 2nd Yr debaters tomorrow in TCD.

25 January 2019

Fab Friday! Aer Lingus pilot Lisa gives student talk in Cluny Library. 3rd & 6th Yrs at NCH recital. 5th & 6th Yr Physics visit NUI Maynooth. 1st Yr anti-bullying Sticks&Stones workshop. House meetings underway. 5th Yr Gael Linn debates. Congrats to Kara C on qualifying for qtr finals - English OCTO debating. New GAA jerseys arrived. More badminton success for U16 A’s v Wesley & U19’s, 3rd in Leinster finals.

18 January 2019

Cluny Wins & News! Quinn Business School UCD awards 6 TY Business pupils for outstanding JC results. Badminton U19 Senior Div 2 winners! Wins for hockey & basketball. JC Gaeilge orals finished. Internet Safety talks for all students. TY hold court in mock trial in Criminal Courts of Justice! Past pupils give Engineering talk to TYs. A big Cluny welcome to 2019 First Yrs for fun afternoon.

30 November 2018

Celebrate Friday! TY students visited Butler's Chocolate Factory. 4th Yrs Emma, Kate, Grace and Emer enjoyed a DLR Teen Entrepreneur STEM Camp. School Bank interviews concluded. 2nd and 5th Yrs completed their term assessments.

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