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1st years winners in Salters Chemistry Challenge in Trinity College Dublin.

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Congratulations to Dan Fingleton, Meg North, Chloe Angulu and Agatha Szulc who were joint winners with Maryfield in the Salters Chemistry Challenge on today in TCD. The competition took place on a sunny Saturday but that didn’t put them off. The Competition Organisers at TCD and representing Salters said never have winners scored such high marks. Out of a possible 125, the winning teams scored 121. Unfortunately I can’t take any credit as they came from Judy, Barry and a Heather R’s Science classes.

Alliance Française Joutes Oratoires French debating competition 2018.

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Aoibhe de Burca (far left), won Meilleure Oratrice – overall best speaker – of this year’s Alliance Française Joutes Oratoires French debating competition. Also pictured at the final are members of this year’s French debate team: Ruby Porter, Fionn Munnelly, Louis Butler Lynch (standing) and Oscar Kilbride Condon. Ella McGill (not pictured) was representing the school at the Holqa Student Theatre Festival in Malta.

Phoenix Rising: 5th Year Play performances in Malta and Mount Temple Hall (March 2018).

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Two performances of the 5th year play ‘Phoenix Rising’ will take place in Mount Temple Hall on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st February. This play deals with the controversial issue of sexual assault and features flashing lights.
It premiered at the European Theatre Festival in Malta to great acclaim.
Doors open at 7.15 with show starting at 7.30. Tickets available in the Mall at break times or on the door.
The photos below show the cast and crew meeting with the Irish Ambassador to Malta in the Hilton Hotel in Valetta.

Dylan Wood from Ableton’s talk and demo to Music Technology class (Photos and Video).

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Ableton is a company which makes Push and Live, hardware and software for music production, creation and performance. Dylan Wood from the Berlin office of Ableton came to Mount Temple gave a talk and demonstration to Mr. Frew’s Music Technology class in the library on 9th March 2018. See photos and video below.

Mount Temple’s Alliance with Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

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Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co. Tipperary was conceived in the mid1990s. Since then it has developed into a pioneering community which serves as a model for sustainable living into the 21st century and acts as an education, research and enterprise centre for all.

On Wednesday, 7 March, Mount Temple was delighted to welcome six members of Cloughjordan to share their experiences with us. Mr Wegimont, Ms Byrne and many students, teachers and special needs assistants were in attendance in addition to grounds staff, technical support staff and members of the student council.

The talks covered many different aspects of developing, living and working in the Ecovillage. This included how the 53 houses were built with special attention paid to the use of renewable sources of energy and minimal impact on the natural environment. We also heard how the Ecovillage employs its own farmers with subscriptions of community members. On their community farm they grow crops (in a biodynamic way) all year round with the use of polytunnels. Crops are harvested twice a week and members take what they need each day from a central collection point.

With an Ecological Footprint of 2 global hectares, less than half that of many Irish communities, Cloughjordan is continuing to work toward reaching a Footprint of 1.8 global hectares thus enabling it to live within the earth’s capacity.

Mount Temple is delighted to have formed an alliance with Cloughjordan in which we will learn from their experiences as we move forward with making our own community as sustainable as possible. To articulate this vision the school’s Sustainability Plan was also outlined at the meeting. With a focus on a Carbon Neutral Building, Sustainable Food Production, Waste Prevention, Sustainable Waste Management and Increasing Biodiversity the plan sets out how our school community will work toward decreasing its own Ecological Footprint.

With a shared vision of a sustainable future the communities of Mount Temple and Cloughjordan look forward to many years of working together toward our common goal.

Click on the link below for a PDF of the powerpoint on the project.

Mount Temple March 2018 Cloughjordan Ecovillage



Mount Temple Pupils play on Direct Provision: performance in University College Galway.

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On the 18th of December, Mount Temple students were invited to put on their play ‘Eire: Land of 100,000 Welcomes’ in the O’Donoghue Theatre in Galway University. The students played to a full house made up of students, academics, people in direct provision and the public. There was a short question and answer session with the director, Laura Doak and the cast after the performance. In January, the cast were presented with a certificate from the university. 

There are photos in the Gallery section of website.,-Land-of-100,000-Welcomes-Performance-in-Galway-University-December-2017

There were two articles published about this Mount Temple play in the Irish Times: