The transition year students are off to the ploughing championships on Tuesday 22nd September. They are really looking forward to it. Its a new trip for our TY students.... so we hope they get good weather!

We are progressing with our plans for student council elections. Following preparation classes from the class tutors, pupils will vote for their representatives on wed 21st October. Closing date for nominations is Wed 14th October.

Attendance Week will take place from Mon19th - Fri 23rd October.To mark this week, we at Ardscoil La Salle will be re-launching our successful and popular attendance raffles. Each day during attendance week there will be spot prizes, culminating in a monster raffle for all those with perfect attendance since August 31st. We hope to continue throughout the year, with our monthly raffles for attendance.

Ardscoil la Salle welcomes all new students, particularly our first years. We also welcome students from other countries who have chosen to spend some time with us.

Ardscoil La Salle Welcomes Gifted Students

Among our new First Year intake is an unprecedented number of students who are, or who have been, enrolled in the Centre for Talented Youth at Dublin City University (DCU). We look forward to working with them in the future.

Ardscoil La Salle Welcomes International Students

Ardscoil la Salle has been receiving positive attention from overseas, resulting in excess of 20 students from other European countries enrolling for the school year. We hope they enjoy the experience of attending our school and making friends among our students.

Ardscoil La Salle Welcomes Future Mathletes

This years incoming First Year group contains an unusually high number of excellent mathematicians. ALS has always done well in Khan Academy and Mathlete competitions and aims to challenge these students to attain their full potential.

Student Council Elections

Student Council elections will take place during the school year, organised by Ms Dever. Actual Ballot Boxes used in State Elections will be used.

Extensive Reading Program, 21st Century Library and Library Cards for All

Extensive Reading involves reading a large amount of material and has been proven to improve progress, and our students will be encouraged to read extensively throughout the year. They can log onto the Moodle and answer questions about their books. If successful the number of words in the book will be added to a running total. Prizes can be expected.

The school is very grateful to Baldoyle Library for allowing us to use their Overdrive APP to download eBooks for this program.They are also allowing us to enrol all of our students, giving every student unrivalled free access to ebooks. The school will process applications and pass them on to Baldoyle Library in bulk. Our aim is to have library cards for all.

The school is also investing in an up to date, highly resourced library, expected to be in place by November, 2015.

Moodle

The entire school has been set up on Moodle. Moodle is the worlds most popular online Teaching and Learning Management System (LMS)/Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Currently, teachers may use, or not use, this resource at their discretion. It can be used to provide students with teaching and learning resources, and to provide parents with information regarding a students attendance and progress.

The new Junior Cert Program requires that students approach learning in a different way, and requires that they engage with IT and social media for all aspects of their learning. The Moodle resource provides modules for all of the new requirements in one safe, private place, away from public viewing - it has its own versions of all types of social media, which students can use under close supervision. Moodle is an established technology used by most schools and colleges worldwide and is the technology used by almost all commercial online training companies.

Use of Virtual Learning Environments is highly recommended by the Department of Education, and is expected in the new Junior Cert.

Google APPS for Education

All students and teachers have been signed up for Google Apps for Education which gives access to a wide variety of resources. Just click on the "Google Apps" link at the top of the school's Homepage and sign in using your school email and password.

@ardscoillasalle.ie Email Addresses for All Students

Ardscoil la Salle has joined Google Apps for Education and email addresses in the form "jThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." will be distributed to all students and teachers. Mail is accessed via gmail. Parents will be given the usernames and passwords for their children's accounts.

Jubilee Preparations Begin for 2018

2018 marks the Golden Jubilee (50th) anniversary of the opening of Ardscoil la Salle and the 40th anniversary of the first enrolment of female students. Our current TY class will be the 6th Years hosting the celebrations. Several of our first students and first female student have been in touch and are looking forward to meeting each other and our current students. Preparations begin this year. If any of our past pupils or parents would like to find out more contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Transition Year Trip to Berlin

Transition Year and some other students have planned a trip to Berlin later in the year. Those going aim to put the 'fun' in fundraising, with many sponsored activities planned.

Among our new First Year intake is an unprecendented number of students who are, or who have been, enrolled in the Centre for Talented Youth at Dublin City University (DCU). We look forward to working with them in the future.

Ardscoil la Salle has been receiving positive attention from overseas, resulting in excess of 20 students from other European countries enrolling for the school year. We hope they enjoy the experience of attending our school and making freinds among our students.

This years incoming First Year group contains an unusually high number of excellent mathematicians. ALS has always done well in Khan Academy and Mathlete competitions and aims to challenge these students to attain their full potential.

Student Council elections will take place during the school year, organised by Ms Dever. Actual Ballot Boxes used in State Elections will be used.



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