Wednesday saw the last official meeting between the mentors from Yahoo and the Mentees from Ardscoil. They went on an outing to Astroturf, Coolock for Bubble football. After a hillarious hour "Bubbling" they climbed the stairs to have refeshements and presentation of thank you gifts. Suffice to say the last social outing of the programme was a complete success. Well done to all who took part in this programme and helped make it  such a success.

Following the tragic and ongoing consequences of the powerful Earthquake, which struck the Nepalese capital of Katmandu and many remote areas of the country,a cake sale was held on Wednesday 13th May. The money raised will help to buy blankets and food for the unfortunate people in Nepal and contribute to construction of water pipes and temporary shelters in the region.

A big thank you to all pupils, in particular a group of 3rd years, who worked feverishly in the home economics room. Also, thanks to teachers and Mr Mythen, whose support was much appreciated. Concern Ireland has also sent grateful wishes.

On Tuesday May 12th Minister for Education & Skills, Ms Jan O’Sullivan T.D. presented certificates to all mentors and mentees who are concluding their participation in the Schools' Business Partnership/ Business in the Community's Mentoring Programme. We all gathered in the The House of Lords Room at Bank of Ireland, College Green for the ceremony. Testimonials by two graduating mentees and a video featuring our own Lauren (Lola) Keegan and her mentor Elsa Stewart were followed by speeches from Germaine Noonan, program manager SBP, Christina Roche, CEO BITCI, and Minister O'Sullivan. Certificates of completion were p[resented to both mentors and mentees. All was wrapped up by photographs and light refreshments.

Congratulations to all the pupils who participated in the programme:

Aaron Beatty; Dylan Byrne; Adam Cooney; Lara Doyle; Eoghan Farrell; Louise Gillanders; Lauren Keegan; Chloe McCormack-Grant; Jennifer Reynolds.

We are proud of you all for your attitude and commitment to the programme.

On Tuesday 12th May, Mr. Kelly accompanied by Ms. McGovern and Ms. McCabe brought a group of Geography students to Newgrange Farm in Slane, Co. Meath, as part of the Primary Economic Activities section of the Junior Certificate course.

Students were given a guided tour of the farm, observing the various activities that farmers are expected to undertake on a day-to-day basis. As well as this, students were also given the opportunity to themselves, take on the role of a farmer and to feed the different animals on the farm. This included feeding baby calves, lambs, goats, chickens.

Following the tour of the farm, students were then taken on a scenic tour of the Newgrange Monument. They learned the fascinating history behind the passage way including how and why it was built, and were later taken inside the passage to experience first-hand, this Neolithic wonder. Following this, students then grabbed a bit to eat in the Newgrange Farm Coffee-shop, before making their way back to settings they were much more familiar with.

All in all, both the students and their teachers thoroughly enjoyed this exciting day out.

On Wednesday 28th April we had the final wrap-up session in the Skills@Work Programme. The transition year students played host to the employees from Yahoo who had worked with them over the past few months. Following welcome speeches and a short presentation by the students.

Michele Biedendorf awarded each student a certificate of completion. We then spent a pleasant half hour socialising over light refreshments.

A group of 2nd years accompanied by Mr. Kelly & Ms. McGovern had an educational & fun experience on the Viking Splash tour on Thursday morning.

It proved to be a unique way to learn about Viking settlement in Dublin. The students also got to view artefacts from that period in the National Museum later on that afternoon. A great day was had by all!

A fun filled day was had by pupils and their teachers Ms Smith and Ms McMahon in Dublin zoo on Friday 24th April. Pupils had a wonderful opportunity to view many endangered species of animals, including the red panda,Arctic foxes and Asian elephants. From the largest mammals to the tiniest reptiles.... Fierce lions, cheeky monkeys, a sleepy hippopotamus, graceful giraffes...a great welcome was given to the 2nd years from the De La Salle!

Well done to the students and staff who took part in our trip to Rome. The sun shone on us for four days as we walked around the ancient ruins and basked in the wonders of St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican museums. Our high point was climbing the dome of St Peters and marvelling at the spectacular views. We celebrated Mass together in the Catacombs (ancient Christian buried sites) and visited many Churches and monuments. The trip ended with a whole day in a theme park when the bravest of us had great fun on the roller coasters. It was a truly unforgettable experience.

Well done to Rhiannon from First Year, our Mathletes Leinster finalist on Khan Academy.

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