Our Leaving Certificate students recently undertook a number of Geography field trips in preparation for their fieldwork projects. They carried out various Geographical tasks and practiced new skills on Balscadden Bay, Howth.

If you would like to learn maths at your own pace and improve your results with your own personal learning programme then the Khan Academy Maths Club is for you.

The Khan Academy is a free online resource where parents, teachers and students can work together to learn maths in a fun and supportive environment.

How to join the Ardscoil La Salle Khan Academy Clubs:

    • Sign up at khanacademy.org  (or log in if you already have an account).
    • Visit khanacademy.org/coaches (the “Coaches” tab in your profile).
    • In the “Add a coach” field,
      • 1st Year: AC2T4T
      • 2nd Year: 5JUM5D
      •  Leaving Certificate: 32BHS

You’re set. Now click Home to start learning!

For further information visit Ms Cooper on Friday lunchtimes in room 10.

As part of Maths Week 2014 our first year students will be attending "The Original Maths Magic Show" in the Science Gallery, Trinity College.

Andrew Jeffrey, aka The Mathemagician, is a teacher, lecturer, magician, keynote speaker and has been described as a mathematical evangelist. He is the author of several books, including 'Be A Wizard With Numbers', 'Magic for Kids', '100 Top Tips for Top Maths Teachers', 'Top 20 Maths Displays' and the brand new 'Cool, Calm and Calculators.'

A former vice-principal, Andrew travels Europe inspiring and entertaining teachers and students alike with his Magic of Maths shows. Andrew is a member of the Magic Circle and also a maths teacher. His many interactive maths and visual tricks with numbers and shapes work on motivating students and building confidence. His performances are full of audience participation, lots of noise and great fun.

Ardscoil La Salle is one of twenty second level schools involved in a partnership programme with Trinity College. The objective of the Access Programme is to increase student progression rate to third level education. A wide range of activities are organised throughout the year with the objective of encouraging students to visit Trinity and to participate in the various activities and organised events.

The following events will take place in 2014/2015.

STEM  Walton Club

I would like to congratulate our second year student, Erik Azev, who won a scholarship to participate in the STEM Walton Club run by the school of physics in Trinity College.  Trinity College offered five scholarships for the whole of the country.  Erik submitted an application form to Trinity and was selected to sit an aptitude test to judge his knowledge and proficiency in Science and judge his problem solving skills in Mathematics. He achieved a top five placing and won the scholarship.  The club will take place in Trinity College on Saturday afternoons from October to June and has the following description;

"The Walton Club is offering a unique STEM educational journey for ambitious young minds.  These students will engage in stimulating Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths lessons and activities.  Throughout their time at the Walton Club, students will become proficient problem solvers, critical thinkers, confident to challenge information and inspired to create new information".

Pathways to Law

We have submitted an application for one of our students to win a scholarship to participate in a two year programme starting in fifth year.  The Pathways to Law Programme is a collaborative effort between TAP, the TCD School of Law, the legal profession, as well as semi-state bodies.  This programme will engage students through 5th and 6th year of second level.  The programme will enhance students' knowledge of law and aspirations towards studying law in college with a view to a career in law.  If successful the student will attend law lectures in Trinity and the Law Society in Blackhall Place, take part in law seminars, prepare and execute an advocacy submission in the Criminal Courts of Justice, research and participate in a mock Criminal and Civic Trial and attend talks by legal professionals about life as barristers, solicitors and other legal career options.

STEPS (Engineers Ireland): Second year girls interested in Engineering

We have six second year girls attending an event in Dublin Castle to encourage a career in engineering.  There will be career talks with female engineers, round table discussions and networking opportunities.  Students can interact with the engineers and ask direct questions one-to-one.  Topics for discussion include what subjects are needed to study engineering, what college life is like for engineering students, the kind of jobs that engineers can apply for and details of the various engineering disciplines.

Wednesday 24th saw the re-launch of the mentoring programme with Yahoo Ireland. All nine of the students participating in the programme played host in the school to their mentors, their parents, management of both Yahoo and the school as well as representatives of The School Completion Programme, and Business in the Community's Schools Business Partnership. Parents had the opportunity to meet and chat with the people from Yahoo who have been mentoring their sons and daughters for the past year. Everyone seemed to have a good time.

Our school choir, Della Voices will resume onWednesday 18th September. The choir meets eachWednesdayat lunchtime on the Art corridor. New members are very welcome to attend.

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