Mayfield Community School students were invited to entertain guests at this year’s National Association of Principal and Deputy Principals (NAPD) Gala Dinner in Kilkenny.
The Gala Dinner was attended by Deputy Joe McHugh. Minister for Education and Skills and his officials, representatives from the management bodies, trusts, parent bodies, teacher trade unions and over three hundred school principals and deputy principals.
The Gala Dinner paid tribute to Kieran Golden, Principal of Mayfield Community School, who has acted as President of NAPD for the last school year. The Presidency has been a great honour for Mayfield Community School and its principal, Kieran Golden.
NAPD is the only professional association representing principals and deputy principals from all sectors and has over one thousand members. The National Conference this year was held at the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny and registration had to be closed at 600 delegates. Kieran Golden’s keynote Presidential address took place on Friday morning and all delegates were looking forward to the Minister for Education’s response.
The students from Mayfield Community School sang, danced, and played a variety of instruments at the start of the Gala Dinner. They have all practised hard and worked closely with their teachers, John Casey, Siobhán Carne, Orla Byrne and Lisa Meaney.
Ms Daly, Deputy Principal of Mayfield Community School, said that “our school is very proud of Mr. Golden and are delighted that our students had the chance to show the audience at the Gala Dinner how talented they are.” All the money collected for the President’s Charity on the night will go to Cork Penny Dinners. This charity was chosen by Kieran Golden knowing that all the money raised will go to a great cause.
Our school, as lead school in our local Digital Learning Cluster, reached the final of a Tech Leaders competition run by it@cork.
We were shortlisted in the category “Excellence in Education” which was kindly sponsored by Trend Micro.
Teacher Liam Begley, who started the Cluster and is also teaching the new Leaving Cert Computer Science course in our school was joined by John Hurley to accept the award.
The citation mentioned that our school uses G Suite, giving all students access to email and cloud storage; Our implementation of Computer Studies as a Leaving Certificate Subject; Our success in the Astro Pi competition where students had experiments used on the International Space Station; and our involvement in the local Digital Learning Cluster.
On Tuesday 10th September Mayfield Community School hosted their Open Night. The event started at 7pm with a constant flow of visitors until 9pm. All visitors were greeted at the main reception by Mr Kieran Golden Principal and Mrs Kathleen Daly Deputy Principal.
Parents and their children were given a guided tour around the school by student representatives. They had the opportunity to visit many specialised rooms for example Music, Business Studies, Home Room, Computer rooms, DCG, TG, Home Economics Rooms, Science Rooms, Art rooms, Woodwork room , Engineering room , Computer Auotmated Design room while also visiting the core subjects of Irish , English , Maths, French, Religious Education, History and Geography. On hand also that night were representatives of UCC, CIT and Access to education Bridge to Employment (ATEBTE).
Parents were also welcomed by our Parents group with tea and coffee and then finally made their way to the school library where they were addressed by the school Principal Mr Kieran Golden and past pupils of our school that have gone on to study at third level. It was great to see so many new families showing interest in our school but as always, seeing old familiar faces always finds a place in our hearts.
Our Music Teacher, Mr. Casey, conducting the orchestra.
A night of celebration in Mayfield Community School
The night opened with a musical performance celebrating the theme of student success and achievement right across student life and this theme carried through the evening. Guest of honour on the night, past pupil. Professor Susan Rafferty-McArdle from University College Cork, remembered her own attendance at Gradam as a student and shared her story of life in Mayfield Community School. Dr. Rafferty-McArdle spoke with fond memories of her
teachers, her involvement in the Students Council, the school bank and the hockey team. She encouraged all the Gradam nominees to get fully involved in all that Mayfield Community School has to offer today.
Mr. Golden, school Principal, welcomed the invited guests, parents and Gradam nominees with the great news that 84% of the class of 2017 are now in Third Level and Further Education. The other 16% are in employment. Mr. Golden paid tribute to invited guest, Mr John Murphy, the first Principal in Mayfield Community School and assured him that his educational vision lives on every day in the school.
The night celebrated what Mayfield Community School offers to the students. Sporting achievements were recognised in hurling, soccer, rugby, rowing and gymnastics. Top results were acknowledged in the Junior and Leaving
Certificate. Excellence in the many subjects on offer were rewarded.
Special awards were given to Kyle Crowley, second year, who is playing with the Cork under 14 hurling squad, Leona O’Dwyer who won the European Championships in 16kg kettlebells and to Connor Morrissey who represented
Munster in the under 18 inter-provisional championships. Breaking news on the night was that Connor has been selected to play with the Ireland under 18 rugby team.
Kieran Golden, school Principal, brought the night to a close, sharing with the large audience in attendance that the night was a great opportunity for the school community to come together to celebrate what is best in our school.
On Thursday 6th April, a number of our students represented our school at a ceremony at the Aula Maxima, UCC.
Since Christmas, these students and others from our Junior School participated in a Homework Club after school on Mondays.
This experience afforded students an opportunity to study in a supported environment as well as learn the value of working in a community of learners.
Ucc Plus marked the participation of both students and tutors by the awarding of certificates at this ceremony.
This initiative was supported in the school by Ms. O’Regan and Miss O’Sullivan.
On the night, Ms Daly and Ms Carne also joined in the acknowledgment of our student’s success.
A number of students represented our school at a Lifelong Learning Festival event at Mayfield Library today, the 5th of April.
Our students from 1st to 5th Year performed 3 different Abba numbers from the musical “Does Your Mother Know?” including “Thank you for the music”.
Much practice was put into this performance over a number of weeks and students were commended for their excellent singing and how well they represented the school by members of the local community.
The group were coached, supported and accompanied by Mr. Corbett, Miss O’Sullivan and Miss Holden.
The phrase ‘Out Of This World’ can be overused, but is exactly the right one to describe the amazing achievement of four of our Transition Year students in the past fortnight.
Sarah Buckley, Dylan Halpin Hurley, Sean Murphy and Rachel Sheehan were a winning team who have succeeded in getting their computer programs onto the International Space Station (ISS)
The students wrote two experiment programs on a ‘Raspberry Pi’ computer, as part of a competition with the European Space Agency. This programs will be sent to space and the two experiments will be used on board the ISS.
One experiment is designed to measure when an astronaut enters or leaves the Columbus Module (a compartment on the space station) based on a change in the humidity, while the other is designed to measure anomalies in the Earth’s magnetic field.
The student’s work has been hugely successful, and they are the only team from Ireland that have programs going on the AstroPi (the space version of the Raspberry Pi).
In addition, they also won a SciFest award in C.I.T on Friday 31st March. This prestigious award is further recognition of the work achieved by our Transition Years.
Click here for the full story of the work done by the team.