Christina Noble visits St. Louis Rathmines on Pay it Forward Day

pay it Forward day 2015On Pay it Forward Day Students in St. Louis Rathmines prepared slips of paper with 'good deeds' written on them and handed them out in the school foyer as students came in to school leading to a day of great excitement and positivity throughout the school. As it happened, Christina Noble from the Christina Noble Foundation was visiting the school on the same day where she spoke to a large cohort of students about the work the foundation does with abandoned children in Vietnam and in Mongolia. The 6th Year Social education class and the Student Representative Council raised €950 for the organisation and they presented the cheque to Christina - a real 'pay it forward' gesture. This all happened as a result of the 6th Years attending the film on the life of Christina Noble last Christmas. A student 'tweeted' that she was very inspired by the film. The 'tweet' was picked up by the Christina Noble foundation who enquired as to what school had brought students to see the film and made contact offering to visit the school. The extreme warmth and loving personality of Christian Noble made the visit a special occasion and the girls really engaged with her making the first Pay it Forward Day a memorable one in St. Louis Rathmines.

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Image 2 SLHS caoimhe Kenny with Christina Noble
SLHS students with Christina Noble

Le Chéile Class has a bake and book Sale For St. Michael’s House

Bring a Book Buy a Book in Beneavin De La Salle College with the Le Cheile Transition Year Group

The College had a Coffee Morning and Book Sale in the school on Friday 20th March.  The event was hosted by Transition Year students and co-ordinated by the TY team of Ms O’Brien, Ms Baird and Mr Poole assisted by Laura Davis and Ann White, the administrators as well as  the Parent Council.  On the day the school had a Bring-a-Book, Buy-a-Book event with a wonderful coffee morning and there were lots of great books available to buy for €2.

The TY students also spent a day baking in advance of the event for the coffee morning so not only did the participants enjoy the books but also the wonderful baking of the TY students under the guidance of  Ms Dempsey. The main purpose of the event was to raise money for St. Michael’s House.  St. Michael’s House provides services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The coffee morning itself began at 9.30 and we also welcomed students from local primary schools along.

It was a wonderful community event and raised over €600.  Money raised will all go to St. Michael’s House.





Summer School Scholarships for Students

Le Chéile Schools Trust Scholarships


Star of the Sea Centre, Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.

Saturday June 6th to Friday June 19th 2015 & Saturday June 20th to Friday July 4th

In June 2015, Elphin diocese are looking forward to welcoming fifty Pre-Leaving Cert students from all over Ireland to two two-week residential summer schools in The Star of the Sea Centre, Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.  The primary aim of the summer schools is to enrich and deepen participating students understanding of the Catholic Faith in a creative, fun and motivational way and to give participating students a deeper appreciation of an informed Catholic world view.  Participating students will be offered an exciting array of innovative and enjoyable learning, recreational and social activities. For example, all students will have opportunities to engage in horse-riding, sea kayaking, surfing, SUPing (stand-up paddle boarding), hiking and land sailing.  

The Summer School is being offered with the support of prominent Catholic Education providers such as St. Angela's College, Sligo, and The Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin, and Christian Organisations with a strong interest in teenage faith development such as The Iona Institute and The Knights of St. Columbanus, and North Sligo Leisure Activity providers, Island View Riding Stables Ltd and TurfnSurf Lodge & Surf School

Two scholarships, covering the total course fee, are available from the Le Chéile Schools Trust to current students of Le Chéile schools.

 To apply Le Chéile students must forward an email of application to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  not later than 5 pm on Friday April 24th 2015.

 To be considered Le Chéile students must place the words Star of the  Sea Summer School Scholarships in the Subject Bar of the email.

They must also formulate their email of application as a letter and include the following information:

(i) their full name and postal address
(ii) The name and address of their school and the year they are in
(iii) the reasons why they would like to be considered for a Le Chéile Star of the Sea Summer Schools Scholarship (not more than 200 words)
(iv) Confirmation that they have applied for a place on a Star of the Sea Summer Schools Scholarship, i.e. by stating "I have applied for a place on a Star of the Sea Summer School".
(v) Confirmation that they have their parent(s) / guardian(s) permission to attend a Star of the Sea Summer School if offered a place, and confirmation that they have their parent(s) / guardian(s) permission to apply for a Le Chéile Star of the Sea Scholarship.
Additional Information

Both scholarships will be awarded subject to the successful applicants being offered and accepting places on Star of the Sea Summer Schools.  The scholarships will be paid directly to Star of the Sea Summer Schools and the parent(s) / guardian(s) of the successful applicants will be refunded any fees or deposit paid to Star of the Sea Summer Schools by Star  of the Sea Summer Schools.  Both scholarships will be awarded in consultation with Le Chéile schools. For more information on The Summers Schools Scholarships please visit:




Spring 2015 - Le Cheile Update

Our Spring Update Newsletter 2015 is available online. Click here to view

St. Louis Monaghan a third finalist in three years

Youth Volunteer from Monaghan is recognised in Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards Programme 

Roisin Dick from Monaghan has been recognised for the motivation, service and impact she has demonstrated for her local community as a 2015 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards top 20 finalist.

Roisin Dick who is a sixth year student from St Louis Secondary School, Monaghan volunteers with Irish Water Safety, the local Arch Club and the youth committee of her local Credit Union. Her interest in helping others has extended to Tanzania where she faced many challenges working on a renovation project in a local school and orphanage.

Volunteering her time throughout the week with people with special needs and teaching lifesaving and basic life support skills to children and teachers.  This keeps Rosin busy but as she explains helping those less fortunate than herself and seeing the look on the children’s faces makes it all worthwhile. “The work that I do locally has a real positive effect on the community. My trip to Tanzania as a volunteer was a personal challenge. I wanted to visit a country with a different culture and the entire experience was amazing.”

Teacher Marie McDonnell says Roisin is a responsible and highly motivated young lady who is always sensitive to the needs of others.  “Roisin has excellent leadership qualities and her commitment to everything she does is superb. I admire her perseverance and diligence and she is also very thorough and decisive in everything she undertakes.”

The only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind is run in partnership with The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) and recognises outstanding acts of volunteerism by Ireland's youth.

Twenty post-primary students, who hail from all corners of f Ireland, will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the gala awards ceremony on 12th March in the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa by special guest Brent Pope.  At the gala, two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year and will receive €1,000 for a charity of their choice, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their school and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.

“The caliber of entrants was exceptional this year and we’re delighted to recognise and showcase such exemplary young people,” said Andrea McBride, vice president, Pramerica. “Since we launched the programme in 2006, the awards has given us the opportunity to acknowledge the voluntary activities of hundreds of extraordinary youth ambassadors who are actively making a difference in their communities. They are the future leaders in our society and they are a benchmark for other young people to strive towards.  We are thrilled to honour their commitment to volunteerism through this awards programme.”

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