News Archive May 2015

MATHEMAGICIAN LEAVES CALLING CARD

Posted on 01st May 2015

On 3rd March, we were honoured to welcome Colm Mulcahy, Professor of Mathematics at Spelman College in Atlanta.  Colm earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mathematical science from University College Dublin and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Over the past decade plus, he has been at the forefront of publishing original “mathemagical” principles and effects, particularly in his long-running bi-monthly Card Colm for the Mathematical Association of America. His 380-page book Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects  was published in Aug 2013.  Colm delivered a very entertaining workshop to Year 10 students. He revealed the secrets behind two of his maths tricks, the Ice Cream Trick and Little Fibs. You can see these on his website http://www.cardcolm.org/ and follow him on twitter @CardColm.

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YEAR 12 SUCCESS IN INTERMEDIATE UK MATHS CHALLENGE

Posted on 01st May 2015

Year 12 Mathematics students participated in the recent UK Intermediate Maths Challenge. The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths.

Ryan McVey achieved a very prestigious Gold Award.

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2020 VISION OF COLIN BATEMAN

Posted on 01st May 2015

A group of twenty-nine Year 8 pupils attended an inspirational talk given by one of Northern Ireland’s best known authors, Colin Bateman. The event was hosted by St. Pius X College on 27 April. The writer spoke about the importance of books and reading; he also spoke candidly and humorously about his own writing career. After the talk the pupils involved were given the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Mr Bateman’s best-selling children’s book, “Titanic 2020”.

It was a most enjoyable and worthwhile experience. One pupil, Helen Doherty, commented, “I felt that his talk was very inspirational. He mentioned how he became an author and then we got a chance to purchase a signed copy of a book of his called, “Titanic 2020”. I particularly liked when he talked about meeting Liam Neeson in a penthouse in New York! I thoroughly enjoyed the trip!”

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GLOBAL CHALLENGE 2015

Posted on 01st May 2015

Spanish students from Years 11 to 14 took part in the VocabExpress Global Challenge 2015 in March.  It was one of the most competitive VocabExpress championships to date. Organisers were blown away by the response to the competition – both from individual students and their encouraging teachers.

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YEAR 8 CAMOGIE

Posted on 01st May 2015

On Tuesday 28 April, over fifty camogs represented St Mary’s in the league section of the Ulster Year 8 Camogie Championship. We entered both an ‘A’ and ‘B’ team in the blitz and played teams from Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle and St. Catherine’s, Armagh. The girls played at an extremely high standard throughout the day and despite the ‘A’ team beating St. Catherine’s, Armagh comfortably, they just fell one point short against Cross and Passion, which was an extremely tight and competitive game. All our Year 8 girls have developed their skills immensely over the past few weeks in preparation for the blitz, under the guidance of Miss O.Donnelly. Miss S. McKeown and Mrs A. McKee. We hope to host a number of additional matches over the rest of the term in order to keep progressing all our girls and encourage them to keep up their efforts with their clubs over the summer.

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BRIGHT BEGINNINGS

Posted on 01st May 2015

Congratulations to Conor Small, Donal Carey and Nikita Kelly who were successful in receiving offers for the Deloitte Bright Start programme.

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