For the first time in many years ALS now offers all stem subjects - mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics and engineering at leaving cert level. The school's eLearning facility, Moodle has been optimised to reflect the resurgence of STEM subjects.
ALS will have students sitting the LC Physics exam in 2017, after a long gap of several years. ALS will have a 5th year leaving cert Physics class again in the coming year. About 15 students have chosen this subject. The class will be sitting the leaving cert in 2018, the 50th anniversary of the school.
For the first time in several decades ALS has students entering the Young Scientist Competition. Hopefully they will be selected to exhibit their project in the RDS in early 2017.
LearnStorm is a free 9-week maths challenge that celebrates student progress, mastery, and hustle on Khan Academy. Students between 4th class and 5th year earn points to unlock real-life rewards for themselves and their school by practicing maths online. Our students earned their way to the All-Ireland Final at DCU. For details click here.
The following students were placed within the top 10 in their age categories: Linn Sahin, Becky O’Connor, Liam O’Hara, Niamh Reid, Reka Novak, Madeline Hibbett, Balazs Novak, Cain Powell.
Our overall school ranking was #8 in the country.
Balazs Novak & Cain Powell were each awarded €1000 academic scholarships as a result of their individual successes in the LearnStorm competitions. The award is to be used as a contribution towards their first year University Fees.
This is a problem solving challenge for secondary schools run by NUI Galway The contest takes the form of a 1 hour exam paper with separate papers for Junior and Senior Cycle students. Students cannot use a calculator or any measuring device. For details click here.
The following students were placed within the top 10% of the country: Ciara Moriarty, Rhiannon Kennedy, Liam O’Hara, Jason Moriarty, Balazs Novak and Luke O’Shaughnessy.
During the coming year our Transition Year students will be spending some time in Barcelona. These cultural weeks away in Europe have now become a permanent annual event.
Ardscoil La Salle has been successful in its application under the Dept of Education's Summer Works Scheme 2016. Over the next few months the whole building will be rewired and extra electrical capacity will be made available. As well as this a new intelligent fire safety system will be installed. This project will cost over €300,000 and brings the Dept of Educations commitment to Ardscoil La Salle to well over €1 million in the last 3 years and over €2.5 million in the last 10 years.
Ardscoil La Salle has been serving the communities of Kilbarrack, Donaghmede, Edenmore and Raheny for nearly 50 years and our ongoing programme of renovation and modernisation will allow us to continue to serve our students and their parents for the next 50 years.
Congratulations to all students who were awarded Merit Awards this year. The Junior Student of the Year was Eoghan Gilroy, The John Slattery Award went to Sean Reynolds, and The Senior Student of the Year Award went to Luke O'Shaughnessy. A special thank you to the Parents Association who presented Luke with his cheque from their funds, presented by Hilary Reynolds. Senior Sports Person of the year went to the two deserving players from the U18’s GAA team - Robert Cumiskey and Lee Conroy.
Our 1st and 2nd year students enjoyed an interesting and informative guided tour of the Coca-Cola factory in Lisburn, Co. Antrim. They learned about the history of Coca-Cola, its production from raw materials to finished product as well as how Coca-Cola strive to be more environmentally aware as an industry. An educational, but fun day was had by all!
For the centenary celebrations of 1916, NEAR FM has received funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to produce a four part series investigating the Rising through a series of children's and young adult fiction writers workshops with primary and secondary schools in North Dublin.
On the 6th May, 2016 as part of this project, writer Brian Gallagher visited Ardscoil La Salle to discuss his novel Friend or Foe, which the students have been studying. This workshop will form part of a half hour programme, which will also feature interviews with the writers, teachers and students. An original and exciting aspect to the programme is that students will also read excerpts from the novel and excerpts from their own original writings, which they have prepared as part of the project. The programme will be broadcast later in the year and will be available as a podcast on the NEAR FM website when complete.
Many of our students have memberships in Fingal County Libraries, arranged through the school. Fingal Libraries also provides online Graphic Novels and Comics from another provider, ComicsPlus. There are 19,000 titles to choose from. You can register for this service online by clicking on the ComicsPlus icon on the library's eservices homepage, available here. You can go directly to the ComicsPlus homepage by clicking here. On this page you need to click 'Create a New Account'. You will need your library name, library card number, email address and you will have to create a password to register. Once registered, you can download and use the ComicsPlus (for libraries), available from your APP Store.
On Tuesday the 26th of April, the 5th years went on a geography trip to Glendalough, led by Ms McGovern and Mr Kelly. The class saw great examples of waterfalls, rivers, lakes and valleys. They also got a history lesson about the land and the monastery built there. Some of the students even made a friend.
Our first year students created their own creative writing pieces and poetry on a diverse range of topics for this Near FM radio series. A lucky few were then invited to read on air and co-present an episode. Mya O'Shaughnessy is one of the presenters of the very first episode available from 9:30 tomorrow morning.