A record number of pupils were rewarded for perfect and near perfect attendance since September. The School Completion Programme sponsored the rewards.
This year our attendance rewards  reached a new high; zip linning, ariel trekking, and climbing at Xtreme.ie in Courtlough, Balbriggan. Fifty pupils spent a funpacked, high octane day embracing fear, defying gravity and pushing themselves to the limit. Twenty two more pupils opted to received one4all vouchers instead.
Well done to all who received a reward. Lets try and beat this record next year.

On thursday May 9th the transition year students played host to several invited guests from Yahoo Ireland. This was the final session in the Skills@Work Programme. The students had been busy over the previous weeks making a video and also a powerpoint presentation to show the members of Yahoo staff just how much we appreciate the work they have put in during the programme.
We also showed our appreciation by having a little reception afterwards where members of school staff could meet and greet the Yahoo staff. This was catered by the students themselves.
We at Ardscoil La Salle are very proud of all concerned.

 We at Ardscoil La Salle are linked to Yahoo Ireland under the Schools Business Partnership, and work with them on many programmes especially the Skills @ Work programme for Transition Years.
On wednesday 17th April the Transition Year students went on a visit to the head office of Yahoo Ireland, where they took part in mock interviews. Each pupil had previously submitted a curriculum Vitae and cover letter applying for various jobs in the company. Following the interview they received detailed feedback which they will find invaluable in their future jobsearch. Prizes were awarded to the four best interviewees; these were Paul Cummins, Adam Cooney, Jennifer Reynolds and Shauna Scanlon. Congratulations guys and well done to all who took part.

A group of 24 fifth and sixth year art students visited Paris as part of their Leaving Cert art history programme. They had a very busy schedule including visits to the Georges Pompidou Centre of Modern Art, the Musse du Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur Basilica, Montmartre, Musee d’Orsay and the Cathedral de Notre Dame. We saw original artworks by Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Leonardo, and many others. A great time was had by all. For a slide-show click here

The annual talent show took place on Thursday 7th February hosted by the affable Stephen Kenny (5th Year). A variety of acts took part and performed some excellent pieces. The Della Voices choir also provided entertainment on the night .

The visiting judges faced the very difficult challenge of deciding on the prize winners. 3rd prize went to Kim Carroll (6th Year) for a beautiful rendition of “Feels like home to me”, 2nd prize to Johnny Ryan (6th Year) with an original & very engaging solo piece and 1st prize to Ciaran Cordial, Amy Wood & Niamh McEvoy (6th Year) with an extremely unique & highly entertaining dance routine.
It proved to be a fantastic night of talent and entertainment. Well done to the winners and all of the students who took part!

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 16th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on the 7th of March children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

We will be taking part in a Stop, Drop and Read on the day. At a selected time everyone in the school, from staff to visitors and students, will Stop what they’re doing, Drop all their concerns and Read a book for 20 minutes. Every student and staff member will need to bring a book to school in order to take part.

For more information on World Book Day check out our noticeboard in the main school foyer or go to http://www.worldbookday.com/

Good at Maths? Code for fun? Would you like to win a trip to Oz?

The All – Ireland Programming Olympiad (AIPO) is the premier programming competition for second-level students in Ireland. The winners of the national competition collect some cutting edge tech gadgets, the AIPO cup and the chance to compete at the highly respected International Olympiad in Informatics in Brisbane, Australia.

The closing date for entry of completed solutions to the first round of the competition is the 16th of February. For more information and registration go to aipo.computing.dcu.ie

Our First Years and out Transition Years have completed a Paired Reading Programme. This is a programme whereby the first years choose and read a book, while the transition year student listens and is on standby to assist if necessary. It is all supervised and monitored by teachers. This year we had a great variety of books and our students really enjoyed the experience.

There are huge benefits to this programme. It helps to improve reading ages, enhance self-esteem and hopefully ignite an interest in reading for life! Some good friendships were formed through our discussions of the books. Our students wrote reviews at the end of each book and kept a ‘Reading Record’ of all the books that they read. Some achieved impressive numbers when it came to the amount of books they read. Indeed, some students made great progress in improving their reading ages.

We encourage all of our students to keep on reading!

The u19 soccer team qualified for the quarter finals of the metropolitan league on Friday. Having finished second in their group they faced Blakestown in a play-off game at home in Edenmore. On a very wet day they conceded a scrappy goal against the run of play in the first half. Despite dominating the play and creating numerous chances the game entered the last ten minutes with Ardscoil still trailing and facing elimination. Luke Coates equalised with a free kick with eight minutes to go and then the constant pressure told and Aaron Daly secured a deserved victory with a tidy finish from close range.

On Thursday 13 December seven first year students: I Mikula, C Clifford, K Bortas, L O'Hara, M Barry, B Singleton and R Murphy were amoung 30 first years from all over Dubllin who took part in the Boxing Showcase finals in the National Stadium SCR. All competitors displayed great  skill. The entire first year cohort attended together with the transition Year students. The group was accompanied by Ms Hackett, Mr Montague and Mr Mythen the Deputy Principal.

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