Macalla 2018 was launched last Monday afternoon by Ms. Justine Mc Carthy. Justine McCarthy is a writer, broadcaster and a journalist with The Sunday Times. One of Ireland's most respected commentators on politics and culture, she is also Adjunct Professor of Journalism at the University of Limerick. She makes frequent appearances on television. Principal Mrs Miriam Hunt got proceedings underway when she welcomed Ms. McCarthy and all the invited guests to the school. Congratulating all who contributed to Macalla 2018, she commended the editorial and advertising teams on a wonderful production and thanked the co-ordinating teachers Ms. L. Mulleague and Mrs. C. Whyte. Co-editors, Emma Whitney and Niamh Petrie, spoke on behalf of the Macalla team and Ms. Mulleague and Mrs. Whyte spoke of the effort involved in producing the magazine and thanked all the sponsors from the local community. Ms Mulleague thanked Savannah Cassidy and Katie Johnson (Sports Editors) and Tara Crowley and Ailbhe Farrell (Advertising Co-ordinators), for their hard work. Guest speaker Ms. Justine Mc Carthy spoke of how delighted she was to launch the magazine, she complimented the very high standard of Macalla and spoke of the enjoyable read this year’s edition is and congratulated the class on a wonderful production. Ms. Justine Mc Carthy then called on each member of the Macalla Team to receive their copy of the magazine. They then made a presentation to Ms. Mc Carthy, Ms. Mulleague and Mrs. Whyte on behalf of the Macalla 2018 class. Well done to all involved in the production and a sincere thank you to our guest speaker Ms. Justine Mc Carthy for her inspirational and entertaining words. We were honoured to have a woman of her calibre to launch our magazine.
2018 Anti-Litter Awards
Congratulations to the Transition Year group from our school who were awarded “Best Special Effects” at the recently held 2018 Anti-Litter Awards. This competition is run by Roscommon County Council in conjunction with Skyrocket Media Company to encourage public awareness about litter pollution. The girls would like to thank their teacher Ms. Kilcommins for all her help and advice with this competition.
Strokestown House Sculpture Competition 2018
This year students are asked to design and produce a sculpture based on an allocated letter of the alphabet that is inspired by an aspect of Strokestown Park. The work of this year’s entrants will be put on display on the alphabet walk in the walled gardens of Strokestown Park during the summer months. The competition will be judged based on anonymous votes submitted by visitors to Strokestown Park Gardens from May-September. The top five will be judged by a panel of experts. A cash prize of €1,500 will be awarded to the winning entry on the 28th September after the collection of votes over the summer months. Three beautiful pieces were produced using clay, wire, fabric, wood and cement. On Tuesday, April 24th Frank Beirne (Caretaker), Ms. Kilcommons (Art Teacher) and three students brought the sculptures to Strokestown and selected sites in the woodlands for display. Please support the girls and visit Strokestown Park Gardens to cast your vote for one of the girl’s sculptures over the summer months.