Mayfield Community School students and staff embraced and promoted College Awareness Week in November.
Sixth year students enjoyed a really insightful and informative day at CIT’s Open day. Mayfield Community School works closely with UCC; voluntary undergraduate tutors come to our school each week to mentor junior students. As a result of their commitment to hard work, these students had an opportunity to visit UCC, participate in a campus tour, talk about college with their tutors and enjoy lunch on the UCC campus. Students were absolutely delighted to see the Christmas lights being switched on outside the Honan chapel
Dr Chris Ngwa from UCC and Anne-Marie George, PHD student of Computer science spoke to all our Year 4 students about career opportunities in Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Deidre Creedon from CIT also spoke to students about course options in the college.
Teachers in the school put up on the doors of their classrooms the names of the Colleges they attended. This was a huge talking point for students throughout the week and one senior student said “it was really interesting to talk to different teachers about their college experiences and it increased my motivation to seek out the best college opportunity for myself”.
Principal Mr. Kieran Golden said “I am delighted with our Career College Awareness week. It was received very positively in our school by students and their parents”
Students in Mayfield Community School were spoiled for choice during Science week. First year and LCA students built an insect hotel and put up bird feeders in the school grounds as part of a biodiversity project. Science teacher Ms Callanan said “First year student recycled old pots, twigs, rolled up cardboard, red bricks and chicken wire to create a safe haven for insects and learned the importance of protecting our native species by providing suitable habitats over the winter”.
Students enjoyed a plant tour of Biopharma Education Centre where they learned of the processes and conditions required in a pharmaceutical factory setup. Students also learned about career paths in the pharmaceutical sector.
Students had a unique opportunity to visit the Stardome set up in the hall of the school’s sports complex by Blackrock Observatory. Science teacher Mr Begley said “students gained a new perspective on the night skies in Ireland.” Students were excited to explore the possibility of travel to Mars and learned of the difficulties such a journey would entail. Science teachers in Mayfield Community School were delighted to host this exciting event as it links directly to topics on the new Junior Cycle syllabus.
Mayfield Community School broke new ground by participating in the Munster rugby emerging schools competition held recently in Ballincollig RFC. Mayfield boys were not found wanting in what was an extremely demanding and competitive group.
First up was Deerpark, Mayfield’s backs were very much to the fore led by Connor Morrissey charges. Despite relentless pressure on the Deerpark tryline, Mayfield went down at the death to a break out try by Deerpark, final score was 7 points to 5 in Deerparks favour. Next up was an extremely strong Ballincollig Community School but Mayfield again were not found wanting in what was an extremely abrasive encounter.
Mayfield finished the day on a high by putting Cobh to the sword 10 points to 0 to finish out the competition in a very positive manner. To a man Mayfield were exemplary both on and off the pitch with many complementing them on their skill set and attacking brand of running. It would be remiss not to mention John Murphy, Sam Brickley and Conor Morrissey for the first up tackling and intensity they and their teammates brought to each game, this bodes well for the future.
Mayfield will continue to train every Tuesday after school in conjunction with UCC and Munster rugby, all are welcome
Students and staff of Mayfield Community School took part in Gaeilge 24, a nationwide challenge, run by Conradh na Gaeilge.
Mayfield Community School saw over 75 staff and students, all of whom wore green t-shirts supplied by Conrad na Gaeilge, participate in this initiative, however, each and every member of the school community made a huge joint effort in speaking and promoting the use of the Irish language both inside and outside the classroom. Different activities ‘as Gaeilge’ were held throughout the school day.
1st years participated in a Gaelic football blitz while 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year students enjoyed a ‘Tráth ns gCeist’, or Table Quiz as most of us know it.
Irish teacher Ms Clíona O’Callaghan coordinated this event and said “Gaeilge 24 was a huge success and wonderful way for students to speak Irish outside of the classroom. We look forward to many other similar initiatives”
From early morning, a fantastic atmosphere was palpable all over the school. Both staff and students alike thoroughly enjoyed the day and the countdown to next year has already begun.
Following is a letter from the Board of Management of Mayfield Community School to all parents:
ASTI withdrawal from Supervision and Substitution
As you are aware from the media, the ASTI has directed its members to withdraw from supervision and substitution duties with effect from 7th November 2016. Our school has a number of teachers who are members of the ASTI.
Health and Safety legislation and the in loco parentis principle place a duty of care on school management to ensure the safety, health and welfare of pupils. School management have assessed the supervision and substitution needs of the school and have put in place arrangements for the provision of supervision of pupils for Monday 7th November. These arrangements were ratified by our school’s Board of Management.
Consequently the Board of Management are pleased to inform you that Mayfield Community School will be open for all students on Monday 7th November.
ASTI Strike Day November 8th
The ASTI has also notified the Board of Management of a Strike Day on November
8th. If this strike day goes ahead as planned the Board of Management will not be in a position to discharge its responsibility with regard to the care of students in its charge. The Board reluctantly decided that it cannot guarantee the health and safety of students on the school premises on that day.
The Board of Management is therefore requesting you not to send your son/daughter to school on Tuesday November 8th.
The Board of Management will notify parents of arrangements regarding any further strike dates as they arise.
The Board of Management wishes to assure you that it will continue to make every effort to provide education and care for our pupils and values your support in this endeavour.
The Board of Management regrets this course of action is necessary.
Students in Mayfield Community School had calculators, rulers and protractors in hand for Maths week. Fifth and sixth year students were eager to solve complex mathematical problems on an orienteering course using QR scanners.
An obstacle course, using arithmetic, proved popular with first year students in our super sports complex and second year students were very competitive in a maths ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ quiz..
Third years enjoyed solving a variety of mathematical problems in a ‘Countdown’ special.
Maths games were played by students across the year groups each lunch-time during maths week and one lucky winner guessed correctly the number of sweets in the jar.
Maths coordinator Ms. O’ Sullivan praised students for their enthusiasm and said “our students can look forward to achieving excellent grades in Maths in the future. Maths week was a huge success and we are already looking forward to next year”.
School principal, Mr Kieran Golden said ” Maths week is a wonderful educational initiative and I am delighted that so many of our students participated. It is important to provide our students with new and exciting ways of learning”. He thanked the maths department for their ongoing hard work and commitment.
The following was written by Dylan Morley, a 6th year student.
Irishmen and Irishwomen: In the name of God, and the men and women who came before us and fought for our independence, we, the future of this proud country and the students of Mayfield Community School, share our hopes and desires for an Ireland of the future.
We believe that no citizen should be discriminated against based on the grounds of Race, Gender or Sexual Orientation. Now that same-sex marriage has been legal in Ireland since the 16th of November 2015, we urge people who are un-accepting of this, to change their mentality because Ireland is changing hers. We hope more women enter politics, as women’s rights are just as important as men’s. We hope more people of different nationalities come to live and work in Ireland so they can experience our wonderful culture and heritage.
We urge people to talk more about mental health. We want people to understand mental health is an important issue, that affects many people in Ireland everyday. We hope more information is provided to the people, especially students, on the subject of mental health. We want people to see and believe the great opportunities that are there for all of us and it is our responsibility to live our lives to the full.
We believe everyone has the right to affordable third level education. This will mean more people from disadvantaged communities will have a better chance to succeed in life and avail of the same opportunities as those who come from privileged backgrounds. We hope those who come after us have an even higher standard of education.
We think that every person has the right to affordable accommodation. We believe more shelters should be opened in order to stop homeless people from sleeping on the streets. We urge more people to get involved with charities and to help the vulnerable people who live in our society.
We hope to continue to promote our culture and heritage in order to show the rest of the world what makes Ireland so unique.
We make this declaration of our hopes and desires for our country, while reflecting on those who fought before us, who gave us the opportunity to aspire to better Ireland. We look forward to the next 100 years of celebrating being citizens of this proud country.
An Turas go dtí an Amharclann agus an Gailearaí Ealaíne – le Shelly Cashman
Ar an deichiú la de mhí Deireadh Fomhair 2016 chuaigh daltaí ón gceathrú, ón gcúigiú agus ón séú bhliain ar thuras go dtí an ‘Everyman Palace theatre’ chun an drama An Triail a fheiscint. Caithfidh na daltaí staidéar a dhéanamh ar an dráma seo i gcomhair na Ardteiste. Bhí an dráma ag na daltaí as béarla chun a bheith in ann é a leanúint. Fuaireamar na ticéidí don dráma saor in aisce mar bhí gcomórtas postéir agus bhí orainn postéir a chur le chéile i gcomhair an dráma. Bhuaigh Ryan Long sa séú bhliain an chomórtas. Bhronnadh an postéir i fráma ar Ryan Long ag deireadh an dráma. Tógadh griangraifanna don nuachtán agus suíomh an amharclann. Bhain na daltaí an taitneamh as an dráma agus fuair Ryan taibléid nua mar duais i gcomhair an phostéir. Úsáidtear an postéir timpeall na tíre seo don dráma. Chuaigh siad ar aghaidh ansin go dtí an gailearaí ealaíne ‘Crawford’ i lar na cathrach. Ta orthu aiste a scríobh faoi gailearaí ealaíne sa scrudú. Bhi clár fáiscthe ag gach dalta chun notaí a thógaint ar na h-ealantóirí mar caithfidh siad staidéar a dhéanamh air. Bhí turas treoraithe timpeall an gailearaí again. Chuaigh Iníon Uí Bhrádaigh, Iníon Uí Cheallacháin agus Máistir Ó Parle ar an turas lena daltaí. Bhí an turas an tairbheach ar an iomlán do na daltaí agus bhaineamar an taitneamh as.