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St Louis students win Junior Sci Fest Award On Thursday last two second year students from St Louis Secondary School, Monaghan won the coveted Junior Sci Fest Award in the Life Science Section, in DKIT. Hazel Mc Morrow and Niamh Flynn’s project called “Tea for Two, Tea for Who” investigated the rate of decomposition in the soil between a red teabag and a green teabag. The girls concluded from their study that the green teabag decomposed quicker. Picture shows the Hazel and Niamh with their Science teacher Ms Geraldine Mc Caffrey. Well done girls!


TY Age Action Computer classes Picture shows TY students from St Louis Secondary School, Monaghan- Aisling Hurson, Caroline Moran, Tara mc Quaid, Edel Holland, Chloe Murphy, Hycenthia Ifeoma, Caoimhe Cudden, Ali Liddle, Kate Mc Evoy, Rachel Mc Elmeel, Ellen Mc Ateer, Ellen O’ Brien, Molly Maguire and Lauren Finnegan. The girls are teaching computers as part of an Age Action initiative in St Joseph’s pastoral Centre every Thursday morning.




Alex makes Irish Basketball Team. There where huge celebrations in Alex Mulligan’s house last week as she made final 12 of the Irish basketball team following a series of intensive trial matches and training session. Alex is a 3rd year student in St. Louis Secondary School, Monaghan and is a member of the local Blackwater Steelers club where she is coached by her mother Delma Mulligan. In August Alex will look forward to travelling with the International team to compete in France, Luxembourg, Lithuania and finally Macedonia. Best wishes and congratulations to Alex. All Ireland competition The Blackwater Steelers Girls ensured they had some celebrating to do on the weekend of the 22nd of April as they won gold in the U16 B All Ireland Club Championships Title in Kilkenny. This is a fantastic achievement for the local club and much praise must be given to Coach Delma Mulligan and also to all the parents who have offered their time to help the girls reach their potential. It was a close fought rivalry match as the Steelers competed against Gerry Smyth’s Muckno Lakers from Castleblayney. Three 3 pointers from Alex Mulligan would eventually become the difference as the Steelers came out winners on a score line of 22-20. Three students from St. Louis Monaghan where part of this successful team – Riona Kilpatrick, Alex Mulligan and Hannah O’Reilly. Overall the girls played four matches during their action packed weekend. They remained unbeaten throughout. Results: Blackwater Steelers 38pts Old Leighlin 35pts Blackwater Steelers 39pts Clonaslee BC 27pts Letterkenny Blaze 26pts Blackwater Steelers 36pts (semi final) Blackwater Steelers 22pts Muckno Lakers 20pts (Final)







St. Louis Transition Year students have a memorable visit to Italy Our Italian adventure began at 2:30am on Friday, April 21st. Thirty-seven Louis girls gathered in McNally’s carpark to begin the long bus journey to Dublin airport. Our parents left us in the capable hands of Ms Margaret Conlon (Deputy Principal), Ms Deirdre Martin (Year Head), Mr Kevin McDermott and Ms Marie McDonnell. The teachers did a brilliant job of making our trip a safe and an enjoyable one. Once we arrived at Dublin airport our initial excitement was replaced by sheer exhaustion. Thankfully the plane gave us the opportunity to catch up on three hours of desperately needed sleep! The view of Rome from the plane was spectacular and the weather looked drastically different from Ireland - not that we were complaining! As soon as we checked out of Rome airport, we were greeted by our lovely tour guide and coach driver. Without wasting any time, we drove into the centre of Rome, and there we had the chance to see some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica.

Sadly, our time in Rome was short and we had to make our way to Sorrento to check into our hotel. I’m sure the hotel receptionist got a surprise when she saw thirty-seven very excited Louis girls rushing through the hotel doors! We started off Saturday morning with a trip to “Oleificio Gargiulo”, a local oil factory to learn the secrets of the olive oil. As well as olive trees, the factory owners also had orange and lemon trees – all ready to be picked! Sadly, it wasn’t olive season when we were there, but nevertheless we thoroughly enjoyed olive tasting! We left “Oleificio Gargiulo” and then it was off to the bakery! Zaza, is a local family bakery which has secret recipes which have been passed down for generations. We were shown how to make the “Baba”, an Italian pastry soaked in rum and lemon, and topped with a dollop of cream. The taste didn’t disappoint! To finish off our second day, we went to the Alexia Cooking School to learn more about Italian cuisine. Here Lucia taught us to make Gnocchi, a pasta dish made with potatoes. Unfortunately, a lot of us made quite a mess of the lovely dough, but it still tasted great in the end. By the time we got back to the hotel, we were absolutely exhausted! On Sunday we got the opportunity to experience the Amalfi Coast. Lying on the beach and looking out at the sea was one of the highlights of our trip. Definitely a moment we won't forget! After taking about a million pictures and selfies, we waved goodbye to the Amalfi Coast and headed back to Sorrento for our next stop of the day, “Torrefazione Maresca”, a coffee roasting factory and honey farm. Here we learned how to make espresso and we tasted gorgeous honey. Leaving “Torrefazione Maresca”, we visited a cheese factory, “La Sorgente”, where we saw how mozzarella is made from start to finish. The highlight of the visit was watching Stella, the owner's dog, getting fed little bits of cheese. We were all in fits of giggles.

That was one of my favourite stops of the trip. The day still wasn’t over for us yet! We went to a gelato factory, where Mario taught us how to make gelato. We now have to convince Ms Vera O’Brien to buy a gelato machine for the school! That night Lucia got us to how to make our own pizzas and we also learned traditional Italian dancing! Our final stop was the city of Pompeii. Our tour guide had a rough time keeping all of us together as we walked through the huge city. We thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the history of Pompeii. It was a great end to our time in Italy. Boarding the plane to fly home was surreal. It felt like we had been in Italy for weeks! Getting the chance to go there was the opportunity of a lifetime! Ciao!



Lauren scoops another National Award.

Picture shows Lauren Mc Kenna, a Transition year student in St Louis Secondary School, Monaghan at a presentation ceremony in the Department of Education and skills on Wednesday last. Lauren came second in the National Career Skills 2017 competition and received her prize from Alison Hodgson HR Director Mc Donald’s Ireland and Eimear Sinnott Director CareersPortal.ie.

Lauren was encouraged by her career guidance teacher Ms Reilly to submit a written piece detailing her experience during her work experience with Universal Graphics. She gave a detailed account of the valuable learning she experienced while working alongside a graphic designer and the skills she acquired. She beat off stiff competition in her category; there were over 20,000 entries in the competition. Lauren was accompanied at the ceremony by her mother Pauline and Deputy Principal Margaret Conlon. Well done Lauren!