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 September 2022

We hope you are all looking forward to another edition of our Good News Friday!

TY students had a very busy and eventful week as they enjoyed their trip to Achill. Students took part in outdoor pursuits and lots of fun activities including surfing. They thoroughly enjoyed their time in Achill. Thank you to all who made this trip possible.

Congratulations to the Senior A Under 19's and Under 16's A basketball teams as they were run away winners with both opening league matches against Rathdown Under 19's (32-44) and Under 16's (16-37). Well played everyone!

Congratulations to our sixth-year music student Ellen Donnelly on the release of her single ‘Everything Pales’. If you would like to listen to Ellen’s song, please visit the following YouTube link: https://buff.ly/3LPuMIB

Well done to our first-year students who played in their very first hockey matches this week against the Teresians. They also played St. Andrews in recent days. Well done!

Blue visited us this week as part of ABC Wellbeing Wednesday. Thank you to Ms. Marren for bringing Blue to see us!

Last week our TY French students started a new creative activity to help their oral French skills. "Sounds like French - noise, sounds and poetry" is a series of workshops led by writer Juliette Saumande and is part of our BLAST cultural programme, allowing students to work closely with established artists and develop vital creative and critical thinking skills. The first session already proved a great success, with tongue twisters and rhymes. Over the coming weeks, students will begin to create their own poems in French.

One of our coaches, Emma Meir, wrote a fantastic article that has been featured in the Irish Times. This inspiring article can be read at the following page: https://buff.ly/3fAEtyA

Lots of books have been borrowed and returned from the library this week. More than 35 books were borrowed this week alone! Happy reading to all. A new reading initiative will also be launched in the library in the coming days. For every five books borrowed, a leaf will be added to the new Cluny Reading Tree on Ms. Curtin's desk.

We hope you have a nice weekend. And remember, in Cluny we dream of the days to come.

Friday 23 September 2022

Welcome to our newest edition of Good News Friday! We would like to say a massive thank you to all parents, guardians and primary school students who visited us yesterday during our open night. We hope you all had an enjoyable tour and experience. Well done to all involved in organising this wonderful event.

First year students enjoyed a trip to the DLR Lexicon library in Dún Laoghaire on Monday morning. They went on a tour and learned about the services offered by the library including how to borrow and return books, study facilities and navigating the library space. Afterwards, students were brought to Teddys for ice cream before returning to school.

Congratulations to our first year students who played their very first hockey game this week against Teresians. Go, Cluny, go!

It was healthy eating week in Cluny. Students were encouraged to make and select healthier foods this week for their lunches. On Thursday, students enjoyed freshly made smoothies and a selection of freshly cut fruit at lunchtime.

All fifth and sixth year students attended Higher Options 2022 on Wednesday. A great opportunity for students to research third level options. Our next event will be our own Cluny Careers Evening on Thursday 10th November!

TY and fifth year students also enjoyed a trip to the ploughing match this week. Fifth year students also enjoyed their retreat on Monday.

Next week, we will have a photographer visiting the school to take photos of our year groups and sports teams. All students are reminded to have their full school uniforms, sports gear and uniforms ready for next Friday.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend. And remember, at Cluny we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 16 September 2022

Congratulations to our class of 2022 who celebrated their Debs last night. They had their reception at Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel. A big thank you to Suzanne MacNeill, Catherine Meehan Doyle, Deirdre Kelly and Annette Holly from the Parents’ Association for all of their help and preperations for this event. We hope all our past pupils had a fantastic night.

The elections for our House Captains and Vice Captains took place this morning. Best of luck to all who entered and very well done on your excellent speeches.

The deadline for the library summer reading challenge readings lists was today. Congratulations to Ava Daly, Niamh Sheehan and Grace Watson for completing each reading prompt and creating their own unique reading lists. Each student will receive a prize in the coming days.

The deadline for applications for the TY library committee was today. Thank you to all who applied! The new committee will be announced next week.

After-school choir returned this week! Choir takes place every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. in the concert hall. Well done to all involved! All are welcome to join.

It is Climate Action Week in Dublin from the 12-17 of September. The library held a special themed display of books on climate change, our world, weather systems, geography and more here to help guide students in their reading of this important topic.

All here at Cluny would like to wish the very best of luck to Alannah O'Neill who is taking part in the All Ireland Championship this coming weekend. Go, Alannah, go!

We hope you all have a lovely weekend. At Cluny, we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 09 September 2022

Welcome back to our Good News Friday series! For those new to Good News Friday, every Friday we record the news and events from the week to share directly with you. This includes special events, achievements, news and more from Cluny. We hope you enjoy it!

Welcome back to all our staff and students. We hope you are all excited for the new term and are settling into your new timetable. A massive welcome as well to all of our new students who have joined us this term. Welcome to Cluny.

A massive congratulations to our class of 2022 who received their leaving certificate results last week. We are so proud of every one of you. All here at Cluny would like to wish you all the best in your future endeavours and careers. Our students achieved fantastic results with 16% receiving 625 points, 51% receiving 500+, 19% receiving 400+ and 14% receiving 300+. We are extremely proud of each and every one of our class of 2022.

We celebrated Mass yesterday to mark the beginning of the school year. We would like to thank Fr. Peter McVerry for his wonderful sermon and for talking to our sixth-year students about the work of the Peter McVerry Trust. Congratulations to our chaplaincy team for organising this wonderful morning of prayer and well done to our choir who performed beautifully.

The library is now accepting applications from transition year students who would like to be part of this year’s TY library committee. Call into the library for a copy of the application form. Deadline for applications is Friday the 16th of September.

Board games club started back at the library on Tuesday. We were delighted to see so many tables full with students playing jenga, cards, chess and lots more! Board game clubs will take place every Tuesday and Wednesday at lunchtime. All are welcome.

We hope you all have a restful weekend and are excited for the week to come. And remember, here at Cluny we strive, we believe, we become.

Friday 27 May 2022

It is the second last week of term here at Cluny. Yesterday, we said goodbye to our graduating class of 2022. We would like to wish them the very best of luck in their Leaving Certificate exams in June and our best wishes for the future. We are proud of you all.

Congratulations to Aoife Whelan for receiving the Solas award and to Ella Jones for receiving the Mary White Outstanding Senior Student Award last night at our sixth-year graduation.

Exams have started today with our fifth-year students. We would like to wish all our students sitting their exams the absolute best of luck in the coming days.

Sixth year computer science students sat their Leaving Certificate exam this week. Well done to each of you.

Dominique Boizeau from Lycée Lorient in Britanny, France joined us for three days this week as part of her Erasmus. She visited our school to participate in classes and observe the Irish educational system. Thank you for visiting us Dominique, we hope you enjoyed your time here.

Fiona Clancy and Emma Jane Hughes in third year completed The Neighbourhood Time Machine Project and raised €100 for Carmona House. Well done girls!

Our first-year students had a short story they wrote, as part of workshops with Fighting Words, published in an anthology this week. This anthology was created in connection with the DLR Libraries who ran a project for schools in their catchment area to take part in this creative opportunity. Our students wrote a historical fiction piece entitled “1941”. Well done to all!

First years also held a play this week in the library with Ms. O’Dwyer. They performed “Into The Woods” after weeks of rehearsals. Last week, first years enjoyed an end of year retreat to Jump Zone and Go Quest Junior. We hope you all enjoyed it.

We hope you enjoy the weekend and are ready for next week’s activities! And remember, at Cluny we support one another in every endeavor.

Friday 20 May 2022

We have had an eventful week here at Cluny. We are reaching the end of our term, but our wonderful events continue!

Yesterday, our annual sports day returned here at Cluny. Students enjoyed the lovely sunshine with a variety of outdoor pursuits and activities. In the morning, all years took part in a 5K marathon after a Zumba warmup. On their return, they took part in their House teams to earn points for the House Cup. This was a fantastic event. A big thank you to everyone involved in making this day the success it was.

This week, students in first, second, third and fifth year had their end of year assemblies. These assemblies are a chance for us to give thanks to all for a wonderful year here at Cluny. This year, the recipients of our annual awards were:

  • In first year, the recipient of the Cairdeas award was Lilith Fitzgerald.
  • In second year, congratulations to Lucy Burns for winning the Léargas prize.
  • In third year, the winner of the outstanding junior student award was Keela Murphy.
  • In fifth year, the winner of the Sister Dolores Memorial Award is Grace Watson.

On Wednesday, we held an international students fair. Students from Spain, Ukraine, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany and France set up decorated tables in our Foyer. Students were invited to come chat to them about their home countries and take part in fun activities including an international themed quiz. This event was a wonderful platform for students to learn about different cultures and explore their fellow classmates home countries.

Congratulations to the Amber Flag Committee on their success on achieving their Amber Flag for the first time this year. Throughout the whole academic year, they had a meeting every Tuesday at lunch and devised ways in which to encourage Positive Mental Health within our school community. In celebration, we raised our amber flag today.

We are delighted to welcome exchange students Rose, Jeanne and Louise from La Blanche de Castille school in Nantes, France to Cluny as part of our successful Erasmus+ programme with this partner school. Students have made a video about their time here: https://buff.ly/3LsSgBy

It was UNESCO Eco Week this week here at Cluny. Second year students participated in an Eventbrite fast fashion event during the week to learn more about this important topic.

And that is it for this week! We hope you enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next edition. And remember, here in Cluny, we do fun!

Friday 13 May 2022

We are approaching the final weeks of term here at Cluny. With exams coming up and closing activities being ran, it has been a busy time!

Students in fifth year are on their outdoor pursuits retreat this weekend in Achill. Our TY students are also enjoying a trip to cycle the Waterford Greenway. We hope they all enjoy their activities.

Well done to the third years who raised €400 for the Ukrainian Saturday Art Therapy classes through their Vintage Clothes sale. Fantastic work!! Neila in TY also presented Art Supplies for the Ukrainian children at the Saturday Art Therapy Class bought by TYs.

Our Spirit of Sports Day returns next Thursday, May 19th, with a fun day of sports and friendly competition through the Cluny House System. We are also proud to fundraise for St. John of God's Carmona School to help them to build a sensory garden.

Ms. Torpey and Ms. Carroll's classes were learning about gravity today with some fun activities! Students played tug-of-war and other games to learn about force, thrust and gravity.

Our library summer reading challenge is now available! Over the summer, try and read books that match the reading prompts below. Students should compile a list of the books they read that match them. The prompt list can be found here: https://buff.ly/3sdaznq

Thank you to the Literacy Trust for hosting the Women in Leadership series. Our TY students joined on Thursday in the Library to watch this insightful and informative talk which included roles in publishing and campaigns.

Our P.E. teacher and basketball coach, Ed Randolph, has been selected for the FIMBA Irish team! Well done, Ed!

Second years demonstrated the skills they have acquired in their end of year practical cookery exam this week. Students created an excellent array of main course dishes suitable for specific dietary needs including osteoporosis, obesity, and anaemia.

Our fifth-year student Clodagh had great success at the Irish Orienteering Championship in Kerry recently, placing third in three of the events - the sprint, the middle distance, and the long distance. Well done, Clodagh!

TY students held a tuc shop on Thursday at lunchtime to fundraise money for Safehouses for teenage girls in Zambia. Thank you to all involved in this important fundraising event.

That is it for this week! We hope you all have a relaxing weekend. And remember, here at Cluny we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 06 May 2022

The first week of May is over! We hope you all had a lovely May bank holiday weekend.

Sixth years held a fundraiser coffee morning today, welcoming parents to the school in aid of Carmona House, their chosen charity. Over the morning students, staff and parents visited the bake sale. Well done to the sixth years!

Also today at lunchtime, to celebrate our time with Artist in Residency Claire Garvey, we held a fashion show at lunchtime. We will highlight creations from our students alongside Margaret Aylward Community College and St Joseph's CBS students where Claire also worked. Claire also brought some of her own creations and designs to this show. This was a wonderful event for all!

Over the bank holiday weekend, we featured on Virgin Media News at 17:30. Reporter Tania Reut visited our Ukrainian art therapy class last Saturday. Art therapy classes for Ukrainian children runs every Saturday in our art room. Thank you to all who made this initiative possible. To access the playback of this report, please see the following link (coverage starts at 08:10): https://buff.ly/3LB6C3m

Our library summer reading challenge is now available! Over the summer, try and read books that match the reading prompts below. Students should compile a list of the books they read that match them. The prompt list can be found here: https://buff.ly/3sdaznq

The Chaplaincy Team is changing into an Ember Team from September. This is an exciting development in our school life. Several Senior students will receive training in September and application forms for current 3rd Year/TYs are available. Those interested should speak to Mr. White for more information.

On Wednesday, fifth year students visited Trinity college and enjoyed the sunshine. We hope you all enjoyed the tour!

TY students took part in a first aid training course this week and are now certified in it! Also on Wednesday, TY students received a talk on careers in law. Barristers spoke about their career paths and experiences in their roles.

A big thank you to Bord Iascaigh Mhara for visiting TY and 5th year students with their Aquaculture Remote Classroom on Thursday morning. The students thoroughly enjoyed this experience.

Congratulations to Anna, TY, for another Gold medal at the 1500 meters Under-17s at East Leinster Championships on Tuesday. Congratulations from all here at Cluny!

That’s it for this week, we hope you all have a relaxing weekend. And remember, here in Cluny we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 29 April 2022

We had lovely weather this week and we made the most of it! Students in third year enjoyed a retreat this week with Anita from I Am Retreats as they walked the pilgrim’s path here in Dublin to visit four beautiful cathedrals and churches.

We would like to welcome our three French exchange students Rose, Jeanne and Louise who have joined TY for the next 6 weeks. We hope you enjoy your time here with us at Cluny!

Well done and congratulations to our third-year students who completed their Food Literacy Cookery Practical exams this week.

Congratulations to Anna Watson, TY, for winning the East Leinster Championship for under-17 girls!

All of our first-year students participated in a skipping workshop on Monday.

TY students had a busy week! They enjoyed a trip to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to see the stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Students thoroughly enjoyed the show. On Thursday, TY students attended an online conference hosted by the GAA on leadership, learning and overcoming challenges. Today, students took part in a first aid training course.

It was Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday. To highlight the day, a selection of poems were displayed in the library alongside a poetry book display featuring famous works including T.S. Elliot’s The Wasteland, William Shakespeare’s sonnets, poetry by William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney.

We would like to highlight that Pieta House's Darkness into Light will take place on Saturday May 7th. This important event raises awareness and gives hope to people impacted by suicide and self-harm. Details for the Darkness into Light at Kilboggert Park, Cabinteely can be seen below. Registration is now open.

We hope you all enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend. And remember, here at Cluny we dream, we believe, we become.

Friday 08 April 2022

Today is the last day before the Easter break. We hope you all have a lovely day before some well deserved time off. We would like to wish all our students and staff a lovely break. Students enjoyed a school wide Easter egg hunt today at lunchtime.

The Cluny Staff Chaplaincy Team and some 5th year helpers were busy this morning preparing for Le Chéile Day before students came into school. Every student received a positive or inspiring message and a treat on their locker. Thanks to Ms. Keenan, Ms. Keenaghan, Ms. O'Brien, Ursula, Mr. White, Neysa Mates Dunne, Aoife MacNeill and all our helpers that made this possible!

Leaving certificate practical exams and orals will take place over the Easter break. We would like to wish the very best of luck to all students in their language orals and subject practical exams.

This week our TY students, joined by students from Clonkeen Secondary School, put on a wonderful musical production of the beloved classic Grease. Shows took place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. It was wonderful to welcome you all to Cluny. The show was a stunning success. Well done to all members of the cast and crew involved in this production. All here at Cluny are proud of you.

Fourteen Ukrainian children took part in the first art therapy session here at Cluny on Saturday. Thank you to Olga Vnukova and all else involved. Thank you to all who donated and made these art classes possible.

Fifth years visited Sisk Construction joinery workshop yesterday. Students gained an insight into the world of creativity and engineering. A massive thank you to Victor O'Shea, Ronan Murphy and their team at Sisk Construction for welcoming us yesterday.

This week we celebrated Autism Acceptance Week. All students attended a webinar from As I Am on autism. A themed book display featuring characters with autism was available in the library. Thank you to all involved in organising this important week of events.

Congratulations to our TY Enterprise students who participated in the Student Enterprise County Finals last Friday. Well done to Lea and Jessica who placed 4th with their mini enterprise Beauty Sleep and Mimi who received 3rd place for her mini enterprise Toteally Tote Bags.

Fifteen of our former Cluny students received Entrance Scholars Awards at a ceremony in UCD yesterday. These students were from the classes of 2020 and 2021 and are currently studying in various disciplines in UCD. Well done to: Ella Cautley, Yael Dunne Camacho, Sinead Kelly, Rachel Kenny, Kate McAteer, Aisling McGloin, Emma Nolan, Ella O'Keeffe, Lily O'Mahony, Astrid Pettersen, Elizabeth Pettitt, Emma Power, Grace Power and Ava Walker.

The library has lots of new materials available to staff and students. This new library stock are on display just inside the library doors and includes popular fiction and non-fiction titles. Students are reminded they can borrow up to four titles for three weeks!

First years added their fairy doors to our new wellbeing garden initiative. Lovely to see them!

We ran an anti-bullying poster competition here in Cluny. Congratulations to Emily Cotter (2Y) who won with her poster entry. Well done Emily and well done to all who entered!

On Tuesday, TY students took a break from musical rehearsals and went for a lovely walk to Killiney Hill.

The students of St. Lucia, who won the house reading challenge by reading a fantastic 23,000 pages, celebrated in the library on Thursday with a pizza party! Well done again to all teams who took part and we hope you enjoyed reading!

Reminder there will Athletic training days the second week of Easter break holidays. If any student is interested, please contact Mr. Randolph through Teams.

TYs had an amazing opportunity last Thursday to work alongside a professional makeup artist and witness a professional photoshoot with costume designer Claire Garvey and her wonderful team. Here are some behind the scenes footage of the day!

That is all for this week. We hope you all have a wonderful Easter. We look forward to welcoming you back to Cluny in the weeks to come. And remember, in Cluny we stride and grow together.

Friday 01 April 2022

April has arrived! The months are flying by. We are looking forward to the long evenings and bright mornings ahead. We have had a busy week here at Cluny and are looking forward to sharing it with you!

We are delighted to welcome Anna, Iryna and Karina our Ukrainian students to Cluny. We hope that they will be very happy in our school.

Many thanks to everybody who contributed to our Ukrainian Art School appeal. We are delighted to announce that fourteen Ukrainian students will have Art therapy classes starting from tomorrow Saturday April 2nd at 11a.m

This weekend we celebrate World Autism Day, a designated UN awareness day to celebrate autistic people and promote inclusion within society.

The TY production of Grease starts next week! On Wednesday 06 and Thursday 07 of April at 19:00 we look forward to welcoming you all to Cluny. Our cast this year is joined as well by students from Clonkeen College. Tickets are still on sale if you haven’t gotten yours yet! Tickets cost €15 each and are available on our Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/grease-tickets-300884382287

Dr Carroll's TY STEM class visited UCD Science Centre to analyse and present results of their sustainability projects. Student teachers from the UCD School of Education have been mentoring the TYs for the past few weeks. They also treated TYs to goodies and a UCD campus tour after their science was done!

TY students had Gender Diversity and Ethical Consumerism Workshops from Hope Foundation on Wednesday. Thank you to the Hope Foundation for delivering these important workshops to our students.

Our Under-16 and Under-19 Badminton Teams won the Dublin League Competition 2022 in Division 2. U16's won by 2 points and U19's won by 1 point against top schools Holy Faith Clontarf and St. Marys, Naas. Well done to all! Go, Cluny, go!

Our student Ella Jenkins played in the Under-14s County football Leinster final against Westmeath on Saturday. Dublin beat Westmeath with Ella scoring the first Dublin goal of the game, winning 8:7 to 2:6. Ella scored 2 goals in the game. Well done Ella!

Congratulations to the Monkstown Under 18 Girls Team who won this week as part of the Under 18s Leinster Cup run by Leinster Hockey! Our students Roisin, Aoife and Emily were part of the winning team. Well done!!

As part of our Amber Flag Initiative, the wellbeing garden has started here on school grounds. Martin was busy putting up fairy doors today. Thank you to Martin and the Amber Flag Committee!

The library has updated their recommended reading guides. These guides include lists for first, second, third and senior students. An additional guide on books that have been adapted to TV/film is also available. Please visit the following news post for more information and to access the reading guides.

TY students have been busy rehearsing for the musical! They also enjoyed a women in leadership webinar where they heard women leaders in a range of industries success stories and career progression.

Our Inter Year Sports Championship is well under way! Students across every year group are taking part in sports events and challenges. Whichever team wins is in with the chance to win some lovely prizes including a picnic, mystery trip and ice cream!

Fifth Year members of the Headstrong Committee completed their first mental health awareness activity with First Years on Monday.

Students in third year held a clothing drive this Wednesday and Thursday. All profits from the clothing drive will be donated to Ukraine and Trocaire with the leftover clothing being donated to Trocaire. Well done!

Fifth years had a wonderful day visiting galleries and museums with Ms. O'Keeffe and Ms. Jennings last Friday. They went to the RHA gallery, the National gallery, and the National Museum of Ireland with a picnic in St Stephens Green!

As always, we hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the longer evenings. And remember, here at Cluny, we shine, we believe, we become.

Friday 25 March 2022

We hope you all had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day long weekend and are excited for the weeks to come here at Cluny. We have had another busy week!

Our TY students are excited to present Grease the Musical this April 5th to 7th (inclusive)! The show will run at 19:00 each evening. Tickets are now on sale and are selling fast! Be sure to book yours soon to avoid disappointment. Tickets cost €15 each. For more information on the show and to buy tickets, please visitour Eventbrite page.

The results of the House Reading Challenge are in! Wow! Collectively, we read 84,653 pages and 233 books! The winning house was.... St. Lucia who read a grand total of 23,762 pages as a team! Congratulations to St. Lucia. Well done to all teams who took part.

Last Wednesday, Cluny hosted local primary schools to take part in a hockey blitz. A total of four zones were held around the school grounds. Primary school students took part in lots of different hockey themed games including indoor hockey, skill zone and keeper skills.

Also in sports news, our provisional summer sports timetable is now available to view! Please see the following file to access it: Summer Sports 2021-2022.

Congratulations to our second-year basketball team who beat Woodlands Academy in a quarter-final thriller 24-22! Next, the team will play against Teresian's in the semi-final. Top scorer overall Mia McEntee with 21 points. Well done team. Go, Cluny, go!

On Thursday, science and maths undergraduate students welcomed our TY students to UCD. This on-going collaboration looks at sustainable materials and practices in the home.

A massive thank you to Patrick Cumisky, Krav Maga Self Defence, for his fantastic Mum / Daughter workshop in Cluny this week. It was very enjoyable. Patrick also donated his fee to Ukraine.

We were very lucky to welcome Professor Luke O'Neill to Cluny on Tuesday. Professor O'Neill delivered an insightful and educational talk to our TY students.

First Years were celebrated St Patrick’s Day by learning how to make traditional Irish Soda Bread in culinary arts class.

Well done to students 1Y who completed a SPHE project asking them to choose and research a female role model! Projects included Malala Yousafzai, Marie Curie and Cathy Freeman.

Students from 1W finished their creative writing workshop with Fighting Words this week in the library. Their short story will be published shortly alongside other stories written by schools in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area. We are excited to see their finished pieces!

Some lovely origami work done was done last Wednesday at Art Club. This week, students made caricatures. Art club is every Wednesday after school, all are welcome to attend!

That’s it for this week. We hope you all have a lovely weekend. And remember, at Cluny we work and succeed together.

Friday 11 March 2022

It was Seachtainn na Gaeilge this week here at Cluny. Students got to participate in lots of exciting activities to celebrate! Each day, we posted a Focal agus Seanfhocal an lae! These can be found on our website and on social media. Students in TY, fifth and sixth year took part in a céilí during the week in the concert hall. Students learned popular songs as Gaeilge and lots more is yet to come!

Students contributed to a schoolwide supply drive for Ukraine. Donations included medical supplies, food, baby products, hygiene care and lots more. All contributions were brought to the collectors yesterday. A massive thank you to everyone who donated.

To support the Irish Ukrainian community and Ukrainian refugees arriving to Ireland, Cluny will offer space in the Art room for Art therapy sessions for young Ukrainian children across south Dublin. We are looking for material donations. Please visit: https://buff.ly/3vV4tuG

This week we also celebrated International Women’s Day 2022. MSD Leopardstown and Junior Achievement held a STEAM Webinar for TY and fifth years. The Shine Festival was also available online where students could hear from lots of excellent speakers.

TY students took part in a virtual work experience this week with the Irish Guide Dogs. They learned about how puppies are trained to become guide dogs and lots more. TYs also had a talk from the Hope Foundation on their work in Kolkata and a talk from Jennifer Carroll McNeill. What a busy week!

Fifth- and Sixth-year Economics classes attended the Chief Economist webinar with the Banking Payments Federation on Tuesday afternoon.

Our provisional summer sports timetable is now available to view! Please see the following file to access it: Summer Sports 2021-2022.

We are approaching the last days of the House Reading Challenge! We will be calculating which team read the most pages between January and March next week. Don’t forget to add your read pages to your House’s reading record!

That is it for this week! We hope you have a lovely weekend. And remember, we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 04 March 2022

Welcome back! We hope you all had a restful midterm break. March has arrived and we are delighted to start back into school activities here at Cluny.

Our fifth-year student, Sofiia Katasonova, has been reunited with her mother and brother who fled from Ukraine yesterday. We are doing a supply drive to help Ukraine. A Go Fund Me has been created to help Sofiia and her family by Sharon and Suzanne. To donate to this cause or for more information, please visit: buff.ly/3tvFvz6

Students are reminded to bring in the supplies as listed on social media for the support drive for Ukraine. For more information, please see the following post: https://bit.ly/3sIq9bn

On Wednesday, we celebrated Ash Wednesday and welcomed in the start of Lent. We also celebrated History Week. On Monday, first and second years watched the movie “Hidden Figures”.

Fifth- and Sixth-Year History and RE students visited Belfast on Tuesday. The students went on a West Belfast walking tour and later visited the amazing Crumlin Road Gaol. Beautiful weather and a beautiful city! The students were fantastic and many thanks to Ms McAnenly, Mr White and Mr McLaughlin for organising the trip.

On Thursday, TY students had a history bake-off! Well done to all who took part.

Well done to Mr. White and Mr. McLoughlin who won the Mr. & Mrs. competition held today by the Amber Flag Committee for Pieta House! Closely followed by Ms. McEvoy and Ms. Rooney, students thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. A big thank you to all who took part!

Students from UCD School of Education came to work with TY students on Thursday. Over the last few weeks, they have been working on STEM projects focused on sustainability in the home. They will present their finished projects in UCD next month.

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day! All students received their book tokens for €1.50 off any book or a free book from the 2022 longlist. We were also visited by the Cluny book fairy who hid two books around the school. Well done to the students who found them! They got to keep the books. There was also a world book day Kahoot quiz. Students and staff also did a school wide drop everything and read in the afternoon.

Mme Kavanagh's French classes celebrated World Book Day by looking at the classic Antoine de Saint-Exupery book, Le Petit Prince, published in 1943. Some students even tried to draw the elephant being eaten by the snake that is on the second page!

Our Past Pupil Kate P. Regan, Leaving Cert 2021, has been awarded the Trinity College Dublin Entrance Exhibition Award as the incoming student with the highest points from their Leaving Cert from 2021. Kate is studying Medicine in Trinity College. Well done, Kate!

Congratulations to Cluny First year and Second year basketball teams who split matches vs St. Andrews. First years played but lost and the seconds had a comfortable win led by Mia McEntee who scored 23 points, Èlodie Lambert 10 points, and Lucia Escalada Garcia 6 points. Well played girls!

Musical rehearsals are in full swing! TY students had a Sushi Workshop on Tuesday. They also started a 5-week online make up course this week which they are excited for!

Summer sports is returning! Leinster Tag Rugby Starting next Thursday 10th March after school - signup sheet in the Team "Sports". Tennis Starting Soon - signup sheet in Team "Sports". Athletics and Running Club starting soon - signup sheet in Team "Sports". Hockey, Rounders, Frisbee, Crazy Golf will all be available too.

At Cluny, we do summer, we do summer sports!

Friday 18 February 2022

Today we finish for our mid-term break. We would like to thank all of staff and students for their hard work over the past few weeks. Well done in particular to our sixth- and third-year students who finished their mock exams today and our TY students who have just finished their second week of work experience.

Fifth year students participated in a Model United Nations event today with other students from around the world.

On Monday, we celebrated St. Valentine’s Day here at Cluny. Fifth Year students spreading the love of their local area on St. Valentine’s Day! Students climbed Mullins Hill to collect rubbish with Ms. Lambert, Ms. Seymour and Ms. McEvoy. First and second years in Cluny Park also shared the love for their local environment by collecting rubbish.

For this week only and to celebrate St. Valentine's Day, the library featured a fun event called "Blind Date with a Book". Read a snippet of the mystery book and if they wanted to read more, students could then borrow the book from the library over midterm!Students in Green Schools collected wrapping paper from Christmas to create St. Valentine's Day decorations.

Fifth year French students enjoyed a trip to The Irish Film Institute on Tuesday to see 'Petit Pays' - An African Childhood. This beautiful film adapted from the book by Gael Faye and directed by Eric Barbier, won Best Film at the 2021 Barcelona International Film Festival.

A big thank you to Bread 41 who came in yesterday to do a bread baking demo with second years. They baked some fantastic loaves of bread and baguettes!

Well done to our first- and second-year basketball teams. Second years got a win and first years lost by just 3 points. Both games were very well played! On to the next round of matches after mid-term break.

Congratulations to Anna Watson (TY) for winning the Irish Life Health Inter 3,500 for St Joseph of Cluny.

The newest edition of our library newsletter, for January and February 2022, is now available to view on the library website.

Fifth years made fairies for the Cluny fairy garden as part of their wellbeing activities. We are all looking forward to the fairy garden!

The parent/guardian-daughter/ward book swap is still ongoing if anyone would like to join. Select a book that you enjoyed and swap a book with your daughter/ward that they enjoyed. Read the books and have a chat about what you read, how you enjoyed it and more. For more information please visit: https://buff.ly/3qKPtwe

We hope all of our staff and students enjoy their well-deserved week off. We will see you again soon! And remember, here at Cluny we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 11 February 2022

The mocks have begun here at Cluny. Best wishes to all our sixth-year students who started their mocks earlier this week and to our third years who started theirs today. We would like to wish our TY's all the best for their two weeks work experience.

A big thank you to our 1st Year students who left well wishes for their 6th Year Buddies ahead of their mock exams today. First years also made their buddies good luck books with Ms. Curtin in the library for their mocks.

This week was also online safety weeks. On Tuesday, we highlighted Safer Internet Day. This week, students took part in workshops and classes about how they can protect themselves and others online. Our librarian also ran workshops with years groups about finding reliable information online and how to identify false information and media.

On Monday, we welcomed Minister Simon Harris, Jennifer Carroll-MacNeill and Senator Barry Ward to Cluny. Minister Harris spoke to our sixth-year students about further education, university and apprenticeships as well as holding a Q&A session.

In sports news, our Under-14 Badminton team are in the Dublin Schools Badminton Semi Finals versus Holy Faith Clontarf on Monday 14 February. Best of luck to our team Ciara Fitzpatrick, Eimear Keogh, Sophie Lynch and Rosa Troughton!

Our Minor Soccer Team are in the Minor B Cup Semi Finals versus Mercy Inchicore next Friday, 18 February. Best of luck to all involved. Go, Cluny, go!!

Anna Watson in TY will be competing in the Irish Life Health Schools Cross Country Under-17s 3,500 meters race on Wednesday 16 February in Santry Stadium. All here at Cluny would like to wish her the best of luck.

Students in 1Y were busy making concrete poems in Ms. Regan's English class during the week. A snapshot of their work can be seen on our social media pages.

We were delighted to welcome the September 2022 cohort for aptitude tests and school visit last Saturday. Many thanks to Ms. McFarland for all her hard work and to our 5th years Laura, Saoirse and Eabha for giving up their morning to show the girls around.

Prior to Work Experience, TY's had a most enjoyable and fun Ski Lesson in the Kilternan Ski School. TY's enjoyed an excellent informative talk from John O'Shea on the issue of refugees / migrants.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and are looking forward to the week to come. Remember, here in Cluny we study and succeed together.

Friday 04 February 2022

Our first week of February is finished!

We are delighted to have celebrated St. Brigid’s Day here at Cluny. Students took part in a making crosses workshop first thing on Tuesday. Members of the TY Chaplaincy Team attended a Showcase and Share Student Action event organised by Le Chéile Trust. They were asked to discuss opportunities for student leadership in school with other students throughout the country.

A huge thank you to Niall Hatch from Birds Watch Ireland who spoke to first year students and our Green Schools Committee on conservation and how we can protect our native bird species. Students got a chance to learn about our garden birds and what we can do to protect them.

Clodagh in fifth year won the library St. Brigid’s Day creative competition. Clodagh created a wonderful watercolour painting of a St. Brigid’s Cross.

A big thank you to Ronan Murphy and Victor O'Shea from Sisk Construction for visiting us. We look forward to the careers/apprenticeship presentation on March 7th that they will be delivering.

As part of their Textiles and Craft module, TY’s learned how to felt while using other skills such as Hand Embroidery. Well done to everyone!

Our Under-16 badminton team who are taking part in the Dublin Schools Badminton Tournament. They have won their section of the tournament and are through to the Leinster Finals! Well done to Lucy, Sofia, Grace, Aoife and coach Ms. Kelly who came fourth in the Leinster finals.

Our Senior 1 team are in the Senior Semi Cup Final next Monday against Our Lady's Grove. Best of luck to the team!

The gym reopens on Monday for fourth, fifth and sixth years. The gym opens at 07:30. Booking is essential on the booking form in Cluny Gym Teams.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend. And remember, at Cluny, we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 28 January 2022

We have had another busy week here at Cluny!

Congratulations to Anna Watson in TY for coming second in the Leinster Schoolgirls Cross Country Championships 2022. Well done to all of our other students who also took part in this event.

It is Catholic Schools Week 2022, all week our Chapliancy Team have been busy creating thoughts of the day. All themes and topics were discussed throughout the week in religion classes. Well done to our Chapliancy Team for all their hard work.

Well done to our Under-15s soccer team who have successfully made it to the semi-finals after defeating Dunamase College this week! Go, Cluny, go!

Congratulations to our TY Enterprise students, Anna Watson and Heather McGowan on winning the Student Enterprise “Idea Generation” competition for their Haloskin Enterprise. Well done!

A huge thank you to Ms. O'Keeffe, Martin, The Blooms Project and the TY students for painting a wonderful mural in the music room.

First years were busy creating Acrostic Poems this week in Ms. Regan’s class. To see a selection of their wonderful work, have a look at our social media platforms. 1st years also made a selection of pastry dishes including apple tarts and sausage rolls. Well done to all.

It is Harry Potter week in the library! Themed decorations, competitions, activities and more were happening in the library. Students enjoyed movie screenings of the popular Harry Potter films and took part in a Harry Potter trivia quiz.

TY students participated in a barista training course this week and are now certified baristas! TY students were also busy knitting hats as part of the Innocent Smoothie Knitting Hats initiative to support older people.

Students were delighted by a surprise visit from Cluny Blue! Thank you to Ms. Marren for bringing Blue for a visit to the school.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend. And remember, here in Cluny we strive, we believe, we become.

Friday 21 January 2022

We have nearly reached the end of January! It has been another busy and eventful week here at Cluny.

We received a letter from SVP Sallynoggin thanking our Fifth Year SVP society for their donation of €1585 raised through their pajama day event. Well done and thank you to all involved!

Thank you for all donations to our raffle in aid of Carmona School. Congratulations to our winners; Lucy Mooney, Gerry Hughes, Andria O'Donovan, Maedbh Moore, Jo Sheehan, Collette O'Keeffe, Ailbhe Larkin, Lexi O'Brien, Sophie Maloney, Ava Mulcahy, Lauren Foley and Ava Daly.

The library and House Captains have launched a joint reading challenge for the school community. House Teams, consisting of students, captains, vice-captains and staff members, will compete to read the highest number of pages throughout this term. The first milestone is St. Patrick’s Day! Teams have been formed and now the reading begins! Best of luck to all.

Congratulations to our Senior Hockey Team who made it to Leinster Schoolgirls Hockey Semi Finals! They played against Drogheda Grammar yesterday and after a well fought game succeeded. Well done to Drogheda Grammar and thank you for a great game. Go, Cluny, Go!

In library news, Ms. Curtin and the TY Library committee have started a new reading initiative. Each week, they will recommend a book in the library for staff and students alike to read. These books are chosen by the TY library committee and Ms. Curtin. Keep an eye out on social media for weekly recommendations.

This week the library also launched a parent/guardian-daughter/ward book swap. Select a book that you enjoyed and swap a book with your daughter/ward that they enjoyed. Read the books and have a chat about what you read, how you enjoyed it and more. For more information please visit: https://buff.ly/3qKPtwe

The Amber Flag Committee are initiating the development of a Cluny Wellbeing/Fairy Garden! This will be a lovely addition to our school. We are looking forward to it.

TY's have been busy this week designing and painting the new mural on the Music Room Wall with The Bloom Art Project. TY students also had a talk on Dementia from St Joseph's Dementia Home in Shankill. Thank you to St. Joseph’s Dementia Home for giving this talk to our students.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend! Remember, here at Cluny, we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 14 January 2022

Our first full week back is now over here at Cluny. Welcome back and Happy New Year to all of our staff and students. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break.

Musical rehearsals have resumed! We are all looking forward to seeing the full production soon.

Music students and the choir enjoyed a trip to see the Lion King at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. It was a fantastic show and a memorable day out!

We have launched a Cluny Past Pupil’s Facebook group! Take a look at our Facebook page to see how to access it. Past pupils interested in writing a blog about their academic paths and careers should email library@clunykilliney.ie.

Our library Christmas readathon has come to an end! Between the 06 December and 10 of January, we read 75 books. Well done all! Congratulations to Ava (1W), Jane (2Y), Sofia (3Y), Alice (4C), Clodagh (5N) and Jennifer (6C) for reading the most in their year groups!

Ms. Regan’s first years wrote some fantastic haikus which can be seen on our social media platforms! Be sure to have a look.

It was a busy week here at Cluny! TYs had a talk from John Lonergan, Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, on Tuesday. This was an insightful and interesting talk, a big thank you from all here to John. On Wednesday, TYs took part in a hair workshop in the concert hall. Jackie Fenlon, Cocos Law, gave a talk to TYs on online bullying and harassment on Thursday. Thanks again to all of these wonderful speakers for coming in.

The Library and the Cluny House are launching a joint reading initiative this week to read as many pages as possible in two milestone events. The House’s will each form a reading team of 25 who will read as much as they can between Monday the 17th of January until the 17th of March, and then again from the 21st of March until the end of term. Whichever House team reads the most will be the winners! Best of luck and happy reading!

To celebrate St. Brigid's Day, the library is inviting students to be creative and do a piece of creative writing, artwork or craft something on the theme of St. Brigid and/or spring. All submissions will be displayed in the library throughout February.

Ms Torpey's 2nd year SPHE class practiced some mindfulness during class. They reflected on understanding the concept of gratitude, positive intentions and moving forward in this new year. Meanwhile, Ms. Torpey’s first years looked at density in different substances during science class!

And that is it for this week! We hope you have a nice weekend. And remember, here at Cluny we learn, we grow, we become.

Friday 17 December 2021

Students have completed their Christmas exams here at Cluny. Mock language exams have also been taking place throughout the week for senior students. Well done to all for their hard work and dedication to their studies.

Rehearsals are well underway for the school talent show which will take place next week. Best of luck to all who are practicing their pieces for the show. We are all looking forward to it!

At the library this week, students took part in Christmas bingo at lunchtime. We hope you all enjoyed bingo! The competition for naming the library elf on the bookshelf ended today. We are now picking the winning name and the winner will be announced Monday. Well done to all for their excellent suggestions.

Jule Hoefer International Student presented with Dita indoor hockey stick and Cluny Hat for her outstanding contribution to hockey in Cluny during her time here. We wish her well in her future hockey career.

We would like to wish all our international students who are returning to their home countries for Christmas a wonderful time and a safe trip.

The library is running a Christmas readathon until the 10th of January. All staff and students are welcome to join. Whoever reads the most from each group will receive a prize! You can read whatever you would like to read. If you are interested in joining, let Ms. Curtin know.

The sixth years were busy making Christmas cookies in Home Economics class to share with their classmates. All here at Cluny would like to wish them and their families a wonderful Christmas. We hope that their last Christmas in Cluny is a special one.

Our Transition Year Culinary Arts class produced amazing and creative Christmas Cakes this year. Take a look at our social media pages to see their wonderful creations. Well done everybody!

Students in Ms. Torpey’s fifth year biology class were busy making mitosis models today. Well done all!

With only a few days left before our Christmas break, we hope you have a lovely weekend and are ready for the days to come. Remember, here at Cluny we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 10 December 2021

Christmas exams have started this week here at Cluny. TY students and Fifth years started their exams on Thursday. TYs finish their exams today. Well done to all who have done their exams. First year and second years start their exams next week. Best of luck to all!

Well done to our fifth year students Lola, Emily and Izzy who were in the Junk Kouture Grand Finale last night on RTÉ 2 with their amazing costume "Blast from the Past". All here at Cluny are proud of you!

On Monday, we recorded our Carol Service in the concert hall. Members of our choir and carol service have been practicing extremely hard for weeks. Well done to all. We are looking forward to seeing the end result!

Best of luck to the Senior A hockey team who are playing against Loreto Stephen's Green tomorrow at 10 a.m. Go, Cluny, Go!

The library is running a readathon until the 10th of January. Students and staff are invited to read as much as they can and whatever they like until the deadline. Whoever reads the most from each group will win a prize.

Second years have worked so hard this term! They made Picasso inspired self-portraits done in cardboard relief. So colourful and fun!

Green Schools are holding best recycled Christmas decoration competition! There will be a prize for the best entry per year group. You can bring your entries to the table set up in the foyer. Be sure to add your name and year group too!

We have had some amazing name suggestions for the library name the elf on the bookshelf competition. Don’t forget, the deadline for entries is the 17th of December!

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And remember, here at Cluny, we create, we learn, and we grow.

Friday 03 December 2021

We are into the first week of December now and with Christmas fast approaching, it is a busy time here at Cluny.

A massive congratulations to six basketball volunteers, including our very own Basketball Coach and PE teacher Ed Randolph, who will receive nationwide recognition next week for his dedication to sport in the 2021 Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport Awards. Well done Ed!! To read more: buff.ly/3ElIgXG

Advent has begun in Cluny. This year our TY Chaplaincy Team prepared a Jesse Tree display. This includes a combination of handmade symbols and some explanations to help us remember the lineage of Jesus. For the first week of Advent, representatives from 1st Year lit our first candle, the candle of hope, on our Advent wreath.

TY's had another busy week! A huge thank you to Garry Burke who spoke to our TY students today about Nutrition in Sport. We would also like to thank Catherine Ann Cullen for speaking to TYs on Tuesday about life as a poet and the inspirations behind her poems. Catherine Ann even performed an original piece of music at the end of the session.

Well done to the TY Christmas Cheer Committee for decorating the hall for the Carol Service and for planning lots of lovely activities for us over the coming days!

Senior A basketball team bounce back with a dominant performance against neighbours Rathdown winning 54 to 32. Earlier in the week the team lost to HCK 26-29 in a very close hard fought contest in Holy Child’s gym. The win keeps the Seniors play-off hopes alive. Well done! Congratulations as well to our Minors who won against Our Lady's Grove- 3-0 in South Dublin League on Saturday. Well done girls!

Well done to all who took part in the MS Readathon. Throughout November our school went on a magical quest filled with adventure and mystery – all for one incredible cause. We raised €135 for MS Ireland! Well done to our winners: Ava Daly (1st Year), Niamh Sheehan (2nd Year), Paula Rubio (3rd Year), Mimi Birchall (TY), Laura O'Leary (5th Year) and Ms. Curtin (Staff).

Well done to Ms. Wolahan's second year home economics class who made a wonderful selection of Christmas chocolate logs. First years were also busy creating hand-stitched felt decorations ready for their Christmas Trees!

Throughout December, the library is running a competition to name the Elf on the Bookshelf. There will be a prize for the best name. If you have a name suggestion for the Elf, let Ms. Curtin know!

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And remember, here at Cluny, we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 26 November 2021

We are almost at the end of November already. We hope you are all enjoying the ongoing term here at Cluny. We have had another busy and eventful week!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, we hope all who celebrate it had a lovely day. Today is pajama day in aid of SVP. Students were allowed to wear pajamas today to raise money for SVP. Well done to all who are taking part.

This November, students were given the opportunity to remember loved ones who have died. During RE class, students took time out to remember these people using leaves. Ní imithe uainn atá siad, ach imithe romhainn. They are not gone from us, but gone before us.

On Monday, we celebrated Think Languages Day. The students enjoyed a series of workshops and presentations. The opening ceremony was followed by a yoga workshop in Italian in the concert hall. This activity was followed by a series of presentations in the library including one on languages and politics. Individual groups of our students enjoyed workshops on Italian cooking, languages, coding and construction of international landmarks. The afternoon included presentations on the language and culture of Germany and Japan and Islamic culture in the west of Ireland. The students also participated in the ThinkLanguages national quiz. The day wound up with a lively flamenco dancing session.

Well done to Mr. McLaughlin’s Fifth Years who taught a Reformation Revision class to our Second Years ahead of their Christmas Exams. Many future teachers in this Fifth-Year group!

The Business Department ran Finance week this week. The TY's ran the school bank at lunchtime. There were various talks for each year group on Financial Topics which will help improve their financial literacy.

This week, in the library, Ms. Curtin organised a history of animation week for students to enjoy. Well done to the TY library committee who made wonderful posters for the event. A display board filled with facts was displayed all week as well as the option to watch animated classics in the library at lunchtime. On Tuesday, Boulder Media came to the school and gave a talk to TY students on working in animation. On Thursday, TY students Neila and Sarah ran an animation workshop for the first year students using flipaclip. Second years, third years and TY students also took part in a themed quiz. Well done to all who took part!

Our House Captains have raised a fantastic €275 for the Cluny Houses so far this year! Congratulations!

The students from TY Enterprise ran a bake sale this week to raise finance for their start up mini company Business. The TYs enjoyed had great fun improving their drumming skills at their Drumming workshop from Neil Dowling Drumnature on Thursday.

In sports news, well done to our Under-19s and Senior Hockey teams who played this week. Our Badminton Under-19s team won their first match today against Holy Faith Clontarf 6 - 0. Well done! This was their first match event in months. Hard luck to our Senior Hockey Team who played against St Gerards yesterday in the Leinster Senior Cup. You did us proud!

Our TY culinary art students were busy again this week! Students made a wonderful selection of biscuits. Well done to all!

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And remember, here in Cluny we grow and succeed together!

Friday 19 November 2021

It was Stand Up Awareness Week at Cluny. Starting on Monday and finishing today, students and staff took part in lots of activities, including a fundraiser for BelongTo. Well done to all who took part in this week’s events.

This week’s events included a rainbow bake sale on Monday, won by Ava Daly in first year, a drag make-up workshop, making bracelets and a school-wide flag day event where all students and staff were assigned a colour of the rainbow. On Thursday afternoon, everyone gathered outside to recreate the rainbow flag. Today, students will get to enjoy a surprise event to close out this week of activities.

Well done to The Senior Concern debating team - Kara Cummins (Captain), Ellen Donnelly, Isabel Callaghan and Roísín O'Connor who won their first debate and are eagerly awaiting the result of their second debate which was held on Zoom this week.

In Junior debating, well done to 3rd Year students Tia Harford, Gwen Nolan, Lauren Foley, Sofia Kiefel, Grace Groake and Emma Jane Hughes who have all placed in the opening rounds of the Junior Leinster Schools debates. Well done, girls!

5th Year students Aisling McGorrian and Summer Murphy represented Cluny at the Soroptimists Girls Public Speaking Competition at the Carmelite Centre last Saturday. Both students made eloquent and insightful speeches, with summer speaking on the environment and Aisling on the empowerment of women. Well done to Aisling who was selected as runner-up.

Well done to 5th year students Aela, Laura and Emily who competed in Gael Linn debating competition on Thursday.

Be sure to check out Blackrock Radio on Spotify to tune into Cluny's guest spot, produced, written and performed by our fantastic TYs. They also got an exclusive interview with Irish soccer star, Stephanie Roche!

This week TY really impressed with their excellent eclairs and proper profiteroles in Culinary Arts class.

In sports news, congratulations to our senior hockey team who defeated Dundalk Grammar in their Leinster League match yesterday afternoon here at Cluny. Well done as well to our junior team who were narrowly defeated yesterday by Dundalk Grammar. Congratulations as well to our basketball teams who won both of their matches yesterday! Our Cluny Senior’s won 49 vs Loreto Dalkey 27 and our Under-16's Team won with 36 vs Loreto Dalkey 35. Go, Cluny, go!

Well done to our student Maedbh who was selected as player of the match at the weekend in the U17s shield final vs shelsfc.

Our senior soccer team will be playing Ramsgrange on Monday 22nd in Quarter Final senior soccer cup. Best of luck girls!

Don't forget, there is still time to participate in the MS Readathon. Read as many books as you can this November to raise money for MS Ireland. Choose whatever books you like! To donate, please visit https://bit.ly/3obeePV

Next week, we will have a history of animation week themed week in the library. Be sure to call into the library to learn about the origins of animation and the founding of some of our household name studios!

Remember, here at Cluny, we support each other through the good times and the bad alike.

Friday 12 November 2021

Another busy week here at Cluny. We hope you all had a wonderful week and are excited to see what happened this week!

Congratulations to Kara Cummins, Naoise Curry, Alanah Walsh, Cara McCrystal, Lillie Brown, Eva Murray, Aoife Whelan, Meabh Moore and Anna Healy who were presented with the Silver Gaisce Award at a reception in Ratra House, Phoenix Park. Well done to all of you!

A huge thank you to Olivia Carpenter from Breast Cancer Ireland for her informative talk to TY's and fifth years.

Thursday, we held a celebration for last year's 3rd year students to mark their achievements at Junior Cycle. We are very proud of each and everyone of them for the hard work they put in over the three years. Thank you to Debbie Deegan, To Russia with Love, our keynote speaker.

This week is Science Week. Ms. Torpey’s students were busy enjoying all kinds of scientific experiments and activities. Sixth year students took part in Deadly Dinners. Well done to Robyn, Suzie and Alicia who won! Second years completed a Kahoot quiz for Science Week. Well done to Ellen Kearns for winning. Other students created jewelry from biodegradable plastics and learned about the memory and the muscular skeleton system. Third years made catapults! Today, students completed relays around the school and riddle challenges. What a busy week!

Congratulations to Mia McEntee in second year on being selected for Basketball Ireland’s Under-15 Leinster Academy. Fantastic achievement, well done Mia!

TYs worked hard to make pasta from scratch! They made several types of pasta such as Fettuccine, Farfalle and Ravioli. TY students also finished their Home Economics module with a fabulous feast of delicious delicacies - sausage rolls, mini pancakes, filo pastry, chocolate crackers, flower fairy cakes and chocolate muffins. Yum!

Well done to Mr. White and Mr. McLaughlin's second year history students who taught first year students about the Reformation in the library. Each group created a presentation and activity to teach their peers.

All fifth- and sixth-year students attended TU Dublin's presentation on Tuesday here at Cluny. Many thanks to Edel for coming in and delivering this talk to them.

Well done to the TY's on hosting an extraordinarily successful coffee and cake event with Irish gifts to welcome the international students to Cluny.

Thank you to Isabel, our Spanish teacher (from Burgos), for all her support with the Cluny girls in recent months. She will be missed! Señor Moore would also like to express his gratitude for everything she has done. Muchas gracias!

Next week is Stand Up Awareness Week here in Cluny. We will have lots of events and activities for students including a rainbow bake off, flag day and lots more. Check out our social media for more information!

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And remember, at Cluny, we strive, we grow, and we succeed together.

Friday 05 November 2021

Our first week back after midterm flew by! We hope you all had a lovely break and Halloween. We are delighted to welcome you all back to Cluny.Over the midterm, our past Leaving Certificate students had their Debs in Fitzpatrick Castle. Everyone here at Cluny hopes they had a wonderful day.

Seventeen students and two of our staff trained as Eucharistic Ministers this week in the Chapel. We are very grateful to Mrs. Mary Calvin (MA Theology) who trained our staff and students. Well done to all.

A total of 75 Shoeboxes were collected this morning as a part of Team Hope Ireland’s shoebox appeal. These boxes will be sent to children affected by poverty around the world. Soft Toys made by Ms. O'Brien's TY Textiles class were also donated which could be added to shoeboxes. Well done to all involved and a big thank you to the fifth year Team Hope Shoebox Appeal Committee.

The chaplaincy team have been busy creating a remembrance display for November. All religion classes will have the chance to create and add something to this display in memory of their loved ones who have passed away.

We are taking part in the MS Readathon. This fundraising initiative will run throughout November. Students and staff are invited to read whatever they would like and as much as they can throughout the month to raise money for MS Ireland. If you would like to join, please let Ms. Regan know. If you would like to donate to our fundraiser, please visit our fundraising page.

Congratulations to our past sixth year students Tara and Liz whose Leaving Certificate art won prizes in the Specialist Craft Catalogue Competition. Liz Pettitt was a runner up with her stunning etching and Tara Watson was one of the winners with her beautiful painting.

In sports news, congratulations to Anna Watson, fourth year, who won the Leinster under 18 and under 20 cross country competitions last week. Best of luck in your upcoming races! Congratulations to Tara Leahy, fourth year, who is now on the Dublin GAA team panel!

Well done to our senior soccer team who have qualified for the quarter finals of the Senior B Cup. Go, Cluny, go!

The library has lots of new book titles available for students! A selection of the new books are on display at the entrance to the library. Let Ms. Curtin know if you would like to borrow any books from the library.

All our students have participated in a private study skills workshop with Inspire Education in 2021. We are now running an initiative aimed at helping students understand how to study each subject! We hope to involve teachers, parents, and the students themselves in this effort which will be rolled out next week 15 November.

TY students enjoyed a visit from Dogs Trust today! Students participated in a workshop on ethics and the important activities done by Dogs Trust Ireland. Yesterday, TY students had a talk from Cashel Blue Cheese. They learned about the origins of the farm, business and the manufacturing process for making blue cheese. Students even got to sample some afterwards. Thank you to both Dogs Trust and Cashel Blue Cheese for delivering these talks.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And remember, at Cluny, we explore, we strive and we grow.

Friday 22 October 2021

Today is the last day before midterm break! To highlight the Halloween festivities, we had lots of events and activities today here at Cluny. Students and staff dressed up as some of their favorite characters. We will have a school wide Zumba session and fashion show, amongst other things!

TY students were out on work experience this week. We hope you all had a wonderful time and gained valuable insights into the working world.

The winners of the Mental Health Awareness Week poster competition were announced yesterday! Well done to Clodagh in fifth year and Paula in third year for winning the senior and junior categories. All of the posters are being displayed in our foyer. Well done to all who entered. For the end of mental health week, we also had a whole school busking opportunity event to encourage music students to play music to larger crowds and increase confidence.

Sixth year and first year buddies had a lunch event on Monday. Sixth years brought in lots of treats for their first year buddies. It was a wonderful event for all. Thank you to all.

Congratulations to our fifth year students who completed their Bronze Gaisce awards. Stephanie Roche took some time from her busy schedule to present the girls with their medals and spoke with praise and encouragement to the 11 of these girls who are going on to do the Silver Gaisce. Mr. Healy, Ms. Lambert, Ms. Joy and Mrs. Wolahan also took part in the awards ceremony.

Second year students went on a trip on Wednesday to Wicklow Gaol and Bray Bowl. They all thoroughly enjoyed the day out! Thank to Ms. Torpey and Ms. McEvoy for going with them and to all who helped organise the day out.

The Mental Health Committee has started a worry box located next to the bean bags upstairs. Students can put their worries or problems they have seen around the school in it anonymously, worries will be confidential. Ms McFarland and Ms Torpey will read through them regularly.

Congratulations to students in third year Spanish on completion of their CBAs!!! Authentic and creative roleplays; all students put in a huge amount of hard work in recent weeks. A great success. Well done to all for their participation!

Sixth year students went on a trip to Kippure Estate to examine aspects of physical geography including transportation and deposition from the River Liffey.

Well done to Paula (3Y) for winning the library Inktober Halloween competition for her drawing on the art prompt ‘raven’. First year students also took part in a Halloween quiz at the library. Well done girls!

Our first years have been busy designing original book cover illustrations inspired by the late great Eric Carle during art class. Mrs Wolahan first year Home Economics class produced some very creative Halloween cupcakes on Monday.

Sixth years produced some really interesting lino prints this term. Printing with both two colours and also using the chine-collè technique.

Fifth years attended "Do Statisticians have Superpowers?" this morning as part of Maths Week 2021. Thank you to Professor Rafael de Andrade Moral from Maynooth University for delivering this talk.

Grace and Clodagh, two 5th year art students, made a stunning piece celebrating the key symbol in the Le Chéile crest. It will hang in the Le Chéile office with artworks from all of the Le Chéile schools. Well done Grace and Clodagh!

We hope you all have a lovely midterm break. Remember, here at Cluny we create and celebrate together.

Friday 15 October 2021

This week was extremely eventful here at Cluny! With Mental Health Awareness Week and Climate Action Week taking place, students enjoyed lots of activities and themed school wide events.

As part of climate action week, students were invited to pledge to make one change for sustainability. Students chose a wide variety of things to try including one meat-free meal this week, using light switches less, trying sustainable versions of products such as soap and shampoo bars and using metal reusable water bottles.

In aid of the 6th year charity, Carmona School, we ran our first fundraising event today. Students were invited to donate €5 for donation to Carmona School. As part of the day's events, students took part in a silent disco wearing the colours of the Carmona School logo. We hope you all had fun!

Today, Green Schools Committee members and TYs with the help of Sharkira, took part in Gaisce's 'Bulbs for Bees' Challenge, where they planted bulbs in the meadow around the beehives.

On Wednesday, students chose sustainable means to travel to school. Walking, cycling and taking public transport were some of the options taken!

Our TY students were busy on Wednesday down at Sandycove beach cleaning and collecting rubbish with Flossie and the beach cleaners. Well done girls! Also on Wednesday, the TY students had a talk from Dr. Norah Patten, a space scientist, on STEM learning and careers for girls. A big thank you to Dr. Patten and the DLR Library for hosting this wonderful event.

Thank you to the Student Council who organised a hot chocolate event for all students on Wednesday. It was a lovely treat for all!

TY's held a fun pumpkin carving competition and pumpkin parade on Thursday. Well done to all the teams on their innovative creations. Thanks to Ms. McEvoy, Ms. Keenan and Ms. Regan for judging. We also had our second workshop with the amazing Claire Garvey on Thursday. Claire shared her design ideas and process with us and involved the students in making her elaborate Met Gala costume!

Congratulations to our soccer team who won 5-3 in their first match on Thursday! Onto the next round we go! Thank you to Stephanie Roche for coaching the team. We are all looking forward to your next game!

Well done to our third-year students who completed an introduction to referencing workshop with Ms. Curtin, our school librarian! Students referenced novels using the Harvard referencing style.

Congratulations to 3rd Years Grace and Emma Jane who represented Cluny in the first round of the Junior Leinster Schools Debates this week over Zoom.

The first philosophy club meeting with Mr. McLaughlin took place on Thursday afternoon in the study hall. Well done to all who took part!

Best of luck to all of our TY students on work experience next week. We hope you all enjoy your placements and gain some valuable insights into the working world!

Only one more week to go before midterm. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And remember, at Cluny, we believe, we belong, and we become!

Friday 08 October 2021

The first week of October is finished already! The days are flying by. We celebrated World Teacher Day this week. We would like to say thank you to all of our wonderful teachers! We are delighted to work with you all every day.

Next week, we are excited to be taking part in both Climate Action Week and Mental Health Week! We have lots of events and themed days planned to mark both of these very important days.

We all wish Clodagh O'Donnell the best of luck for next weekend when she travels to the South of England, as part of the Irish squad, to compete in the Junior Home International Orienteering competition against England, Scotland and Wales.

TY students enjoyed a “Movie Magic” workshop on Tuesday. They learned about film making techniques and then got to make their own movie trailers, mockumentaries and music videos. Huge thank you as well to Katie, entrepreneur, for giving a talk to our TYs on setting up and running her business. It was very informative and the girls really enjoyed it.

The library delivered introduction to research workshops for senior history students. Students learned about how to find reliable information online, using library catalogues to find information and how to use Google Scholar.

Well done to our past pupil Claire Buckley, Irish Ambassador to Sierra Leone pictured below with Sr. Amala. Sr. Amala spearheads a huge project for the Hearing Impaired begun by Sr Mary Sweeney, from Donegal and a past pupil of Mount Sackville.

The TY library committee were busy this week decorating the library for Halloween! The library is adorned with all kinds of spooky decorations. Keep an eye out for upcoming themed events and competitions that will be running over the course of the month.

As next week is Climate Action Week, we are inviting students to pledge to make one change to fight against climate change. This could be using a bamboo toothbrush, make a meat free meal or use public transport, cycle or walk to school. Students are invited to take a photo of what they choose and send it to greenschools20201@clunykilliney.ie. Students are invited to participate in No Trash Tuesday and Walk on Wednesday or Cycle on Wednesday!

First years produced some delicious healthy breakfast muffins today. Perfect recipe for blackberries abundant in the hedgerows around Killiney hill right now.

The library started its puzzle of the week on Monday with a riddle! Well done to Lauren Hardiman, Ava Watt, Kara Cummins and Emily Cotter for getting the correct answer.

We hope you all have a lovely and restful weekend. And remember, at Cluny we strive, we believe, we become.

Friday 01 October 2021

We welcome in the first day of October today! September flew by. There is a chill in the air that reminds us that Halloween is just around the corner. This week's Good News Friday is a bumper edition which includes news from last week as well as this one just gone by.

Congratulations to the following 5th year students who all successfully completed their DELF exams: Caoilinn Divilly, Aisling McGorrian, Kate Lysaght Walsh, Mia Ryan, Ellen McGibney, Emily Doyle, Louise Tyner, Grace Watson, Ellen Donnelly, Róisín O'Connor, Aela Cronin, Aoibhe Doyle, Lauren Doyle, Maedbh Hanney, Eilís Kelly, Eabha McNamee, Evie Miller, Clodagh O'Donnell, Laura O'Leary and Nicole Ryan.

Third Year students have begun preparations for their CBAs in modern foreign languages!!! There are some amazing and creative ideas in the pipeline and they will commence shortly and wrap them up before the October midterm break!

Well done to Anna Watson who represented Ireland last weekend in the 3,000m track race at the Schools International Athletic Board Track & Field International 2021 in Derbyshire, England.

We would also like to say well done to all our 1st years for sitting their CAT 4 tests last Friday!

TY students enjoyed a sailing course last week.

On Thursday, we welcomed the acclaimed costume designer Claire Garvey to Cluny. Students modelled their entries for Junk Kouture alongside some of Claire’s original pieces. We were delighted to have Claire visit us and are looking forward to working with her as our artist-in-residence over the next few months. Please see the wonderful photos below from the day.

From Monday 20th to Friday 24th of September, we celebrated Healthy Food Week here at Cluny. Students learned about eating in moderation and the benefits eating of cocoa instead of chocolate. Ms. Carroll's SPHE class made a delicious fruit and cheese platter to celebrate the week as well! All transition year students had a presentation, via zoom, in the library on Friday. The speaker Aine Shannon is a Marine Biologist who works with BIM. The talk was about the health benefits of fish, the Irish fishing Industry and careers in the industry. Many thanks to Trish Leahy, mother of Tara who helped arrange this. The students learned a lot and enjoyed the presentation.

Last Friday, we also celebrated the European Day of Languages. We shared messages in more than 8 languages spoken in the school, from staff and students and many students enjoyed quizzes and other new language-based activities and games in their classrooms, across all subjects.

In sports news, Senior GAA training for TY, fifth and sixth year students returned on Thursday at Thomastown Pitch. Training will be from 16:00 until 17:30. Details for junior training will be available shortly.

Sixth year students enjoyed an ecology trip today to Airfield House with Ms. Torpey, Ms. Davis and Ms. Carroll. They even found a frog during their search!

Film club has now moved to every second Monday in the library! Students are invited to watch Alice in Wonderland, the Disney animated classic for this coming Monday’s meeting.

What a busy two weeks it has been! We have loads more planned in the coming weeks. Remember, here at Cluny, we celebrate and dream of the days to come!

Friday 17 September 2021

It is hard to believe we are already more than halfway through September here at Cluny. It has been another busy but rewarding week!

We are delighted to announce our senior prefects for 2021/2022 here at Cluny. Congratulations and well done to our senior prefects: Emma O’Keeffe, Lillie Browne, Eve O’Toole, Meabh Moore, Avril Ryan, Alannah Walsh, Kara Cummins, Robyn Dowling, Ella Jones, Naoise Curry, Daisy Gavigan, Aoife Whelan (Head Girl) and Alicia McCoy (Deputy Head Girl).

All here at Cluny would like to say a huge congratulations to Anna Watson for her athletics event last weekend! Anna qualified to represent Ireland at the International Athletics Meet in the UK. Go Anna Go! All here at Cluny are proud of you!

We are well underway now in preparing for our Amber Flag Initiative with Pieta House. A huge thank you to Windy Ridge for donating apple trees to mark the beginning of our activities.

The TY Library Committee 2021/2022 had their first meeting on Thursday. Well done to Shauna Brocklesby, Neila Rek, Sarah Grumley, Lucy Turley, Tara Leahy, Keelin O'Byrne, Shannon Downing and Mimi Birchall. Keep an eye out for upcoming special events and themed weeks at the library!

Thank you to Ursula Schler for delivering an informative talk about foraging for wild food to our TY students on Monday. Ursula has a wealth of knowledge and stories to tell that kept us all entertained!

Our House Captains for 2021/2022 were announced this week. Well done to Kate Lysaght Walsh and Aisling McGorrian (Tahiti), Ella Hardord and Sadhbh McGlinn (Gambia), Emily Doyle and Grace Watson (Ghana), Aoibhe Doyle and Laura O’Leary (St. Lucia), Eve Miller and Katie Waters (Fiji), and Laragh Clancy and Emma Foy (Sierra Leone). Thank you to everyone who entered and gave speeches, you all did a fantastic job!

Our artist in residence, Claire Garvey, will visit us for the first time on Thursday 23rd September. She will visit one Thursday a month for the entire school year. Students are reminded that if you are interested in Costume Design and would like to work with Claire, please email Ms O'Keeffe or Ms Wolahan.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again next week. And remember, here at Cluny, we plan, we dream and we succeed!

Friday 10 September 2021

Another busy week here at Cluny. We hope everyone is enjoying being back!

TY students are out on their Outdoor Pursuits trip to Carlingford today. We hope they enjoy the planned activities.

All here at Cluny would like to wish the very best of luck to Anna Watson, 4th year student, in the 3,000m race at the National Championships in Santry on Saturday 11th September at 12 noon. During the summer, Anna won the Athletics Ireland 3000m National Title in Tullamore, and thereby qualifying for the National Championships this weekend. Anna will be competing against athletes from Leinster, Ulster, Munster and Connacht. The top 2 winners will represent Ireland in an International Athletics Meet in the United Kingdom.

Well done to students who took part in the first library book and film clubs during the week. Keep an eye out for the next meeting dates!

First and sixth year students did a buddy day event on Tuesday. Students enjoyed a picnic and got to know one another. The House speeches and election took place on Thursday morning at 08:30 for all houses. Best of luck to all who took part in the election!

We are delighted to have Stephanie Roche, Irish footballer who plays as a striker for Peamount United of Dublin and the Republic of Ireland women's national football team as our soccer coach. Soccer pratice started this week! Well done to all.

We would also like to welcome Azhar Syed, National Under 15 Coach of Ireland. Azhar is doing badminton lessons and practice with students here at Cluny.

We are super excited to have Ursula Schler visit our school on Monday 13th September when she will speak with the Transition Year students about Food Sustainability and Foraging.

We are looking forward to the days to come! We hope you have a relaxing weekend. And remember, at Cluny, we learn, we strive, we grow.

Friday 03 September 2021

We are delighted to restart our Good News Friday series!

Welcome back to all students and staff her at Cluny. All staff and students returned on Tuesday, it was great to see everyone back. We hope you all had a nice summer break.

Congratulations to our Leaving Cert class of 2021 on their outstanding results today. You have shown great resilience and determination over the last two years, and everyone connected with St. Joseph of Cluny is extremely proud of you.

Our new cohort of TY students enjoyed a team building workshop today with Ms. O’Dwyer and a sailing course last Friday. Well done to all for taking part. Transition year Culinary Arts class cooked up a storm today with their Italian themed dishes. We had Bruschetta, Carbonara, Pizza, Biscotta and Tiramisu. See the photos below! Well done to all.

Our extracurricular sports schedule is now underway here at Cluny. Students can take part in basketball, hockey, soccer and badminton. For more information on the afterschool sports, please view the timetable here.

Library inductions began this week. Students learned about what they can do in the library and upcoming clubs – including book and film club. Students are reminded, they can borrow up to 4 books for 3 weeks from the library. Thank you to all who have done their induction so far.

Congratulations to our past pupil Isabelle who was awarded the Regan Medal and who came top of her class in Pharmacology this year. Isabelle graduated from University College Dublin. Well done from all at Cluny! We wish her every best success in the future.

We hope you all have a nice weekend!

Remember, at Cluny we celebrate our achievements and successes.

Friday 28 May 2021

With summer exams finishing today and all years finishing for the summer holidays today, it's hard to believe another term is over.

Congratulations to Aoife Whelan on being nominated as our Head Girl for next year and Alicia McCoy as our Deputy Head Girl.

TY students had their end of term assembly this week. We would like to congratulate and thank all TY students for their hard work and participation over the year. Huge congratulations to Aela Cronin on her Junior Cycle High Achiever award. Well done to Aoife MacNeill, Laura O’Leary, Ella O’Sullivan, Mia Ryan and Grace Watson who were nominated for the Junior Cert achievement awards. We would also like to say well done to Keva O'Hanlon who won the Personal Development Award for her outstanding reflection and personal development over her time in TY.

Well done to Aoife MacNeill who won an award for her enthusiasm and contribution to TY life in Cluny. Well done to Éabha McNamee who won the TY Achievement Folder Award for her fantastic folder showcasing her year in TY here at Cluny.

We are delighted to announce that five of our Junk Kouture teams will be moving on to the regional finals. Well done and congratulations to all involved. The entries going forward are: Wave of Waste, Read all about it, Blast from the Past, Ran and Ship, Sea, Shore.

TY students enjoyed a great end of year trip to Phoenix Park on Wednesday with Ms O'Riordan, Ms O'Keeffe and Mr Moore. Congratulations to all TY's on a fantastic year's work. We would like to wish them all a nice summer break.

Third year students also went on an end of year trip on Thursday.

TY21 film production made an excellent short movie showcasing the school from TY student’s 2021. Click here to watch the trailer.

Don’t forget, the library is running a summer reading challenge. Students who read the most from their year group will receive a One4All gift voucher. To assist in deciding what to read, the library has put together a recommended reading list which is available here.

As we come to the end of our school term, we hope you all have a wonderful summer break. We look forward to seeing you all for the next term.

Best of luck to all Leaving Certificate students who will start the Leaving Certificate next week.

Remember in Cluny, we celebrate the days to come.

Friday 21 May 2021

Wow, we have had a momentous week here at Cluny as thanks giving ceremonies and awards were given out at assemblies all week, not to mention our sixth years have graduated today! Having a busy day including signing yearbooks, graduation ceremony, mass and a farewell lunch, we wish the class of 2021 the best of luck in their Leaving Certificates and their lives after Cluny, wherever they choose to go next.

A big congratulations to Kate Regan and Katie Maye who won the Mary White Outstanding Senior Student Award for 2021. Congratulations to Anna Elizabeth Loughlin who won the Solas award after being voted for by her peers. We would like to thank and congratulate our Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl, Emma Nolan and Leah Mooney, for their wonderful speeches and work over the past year. 

At our fifth year thanks giving assembly, the winner of the Sister Dolores Memorial award was Aoife Whelan. 

Congratulations to Anne Watson in third year for winning the Outstanding Junior Student Award.

At our second year thanks giving assembly, the winner of the Léargas award was Gwen Nolan, as voted by her mentors and teachers here at Cluny. 

Congratulations as well to the winner of the Cairdeas Award Ellen O’Brien who was voted for by her fellow first years.  

Well done to all of our students here at Cluny. We wish you all the best of luck in your Leaving Certificate and summer exams. 

In other news, TYs had a busy week as their filmed version of the school musical ‘Back to the 80’s’ was streamed on Thursday. A huge thank you to Ms. O’Dwyer and Mr. Moriarty for their work and dedication to this project. Well done to all TY students as well. 

TYs also got active and took part in a Zumba workshop. TYs also had a certified First Aid course on Wednesday and enjoyed a career talk on Monday from Anna Murphy from the Central Bank.

Well done to the 5th Year Spanish group who successfully completed their Spanish oral assessments with Señorita Isabel. ¡Un paso grande! A big step forward as we approach the end of the year and look ahead to 6th Year. The 1st and 2nd years are also finalising their portfolio as part of their continuous assessment. Some very creative work already submitted! Many thanks also to Isabel, our language assistant, for all her support with the girls in recent months. Muchas gracias. ¡Mucho éxito en los exámenes, que tengáis todos un buen verano! The very best of luck in the summer assessments and have a great summer!

Past pupil, Lisa Quinlan and founder of The Rolling Donut presented the TY Enterprise class with their awards from the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown on Thursday. Well done to all enterprise students for your wonderful products and projects. We would also like to thank Lisa for presenting these awards to our enterprise students. 

Well done to students in 1W who raised €250 for Crumlin Children’s Hospital by running a tuck shop at lunchtime yesterday. 

We would also like to congratulate Third Years on completing their JC summer exams! 

The newest edition of the library newsletter is now available to view on the library website. Our school librarian, Ms. Curtin, has put together a recommended reading list for anyone taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge to help students decide what to read next.

We would also like to congratulate the following students who will be our senior prefects next year: Lillie Browne, Kara Cummins, Naoise Curry, Robyn Dowling, Daisy Gavigan, Ella Jones, Alicia McCoy, Meabh Moore, Emma O'Keeffe, Eve O'Toole, Avril Ryan, Alannah Walsh and Aoife Whelan. Thank you as well to all who applied. 

As we come to the end of our school term, we wish all students the best in the months to come. In Cluny, we strive, we believe, we become.  

Friday 14 May 2021

Another week down here at Cluny. It is hard to believe we only have a few weeks left in this term. Well done to all students for their continued hard work and dedication over this term.

Well done to Tara and Grace Watson, coached by their older sister Heather Watson, in winning the Lockdown Legends event.

Best of luck to our TY Mini Company Dazzle who are in the Student Enterprise Awards National Final this afternoon, Friday 14th of May 2021.

Third year students have their thanks giving ceremony this week. We would like to congratulate Anna Watson who earned the Outstanding Junior Student award for her enthusiasm, participation and dedication here at Cluny.

Congratulations to TY French students who completed and earned the internationally recognised DELF qualification this week.

On Thursday, we held our Cluny House Day. Well done to our wonderful House Captains, House Coordinators and Sports Department who have been working tirelessly to make a fun and safe event for our students and it paid off! There was a great energy as our community came together in sports, dancing and treasure hunting! Thank you for everyone involved!

Some TY students took part in a Mini Med Work Experience Programme with UCD this week. TY students also had a career talk from John Cronin Carne Group about working in the finance industry and his career path.

A group of TY students also completed mock interviews which were held by industry volunteers to give them an idea of what the process is like. This was a valuable experience for all who participated.

Students have been busy this week working on our new school mural with Vanessa Powers. A big thank you to Vanessa and Ms. O’Keeffe for working with them in creating and designing this artwork.

The library has launched a summer reading challenge for all students. Students are challenged to read as many novels, plays and publications by Irish authors as they can between May and August. Whoever reads the most in her year group will receive a prize in September. Students should send their lists to library@clunykilliney.ie before the 31st of August.

We hope you all have a restful weekend. And remember, here at Cluny we create, we learn and we grow.

Friday 07 May 2021

The first week of May is now over. We hope you all enjoyed your bank holiday weekends and are excited to hear the week of events from Cluny.

The Library has produced recommended reading lists for students which are available to view on the library website. We hope these lists help you to find what to read next! Our librarian also created an activity pack for incoming first year students which is available to view now under news.

The Comhar Linn Online Schools Chess Championships 2021 will take place on Thursday 13 of May at 18:30. Anyone interested in participating can find out more informationhere.

TY students participated in #TYTalks21 to find out about career pathways, life at university and more. This was an excellent morning of talks and events with an online expo. Students really enjoyed this event and learned a lot of valuable lessons.

Well done to all students participating in Junk Kouture! Photos of their new and fabulous creations are available on our Instagram, @clunykilliney, to view.

We hope you enjoy the sunshine this weekend and are looking forward to next week’s news! Remember, in Cluny we learn and grow together.

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, convenientcarepacks, 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!

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