Its hard to believe that it is 10 years since school year 2006/2007 when the link between Yahoo and Ardscoil la Salle was set up. Ten years later its still going strong. This year 2016/2017 saw the eleventh class of Transition Years complete the Skills@Work Programme. To mark the occasion Business in the Community, who organise the Schools Business Partnership held a ceremony for all the partnerships who have reached this milestone. Mr Mythen and Ms Dever (the link person) represented the school at this ceremony and accepted a certificate on behalf of the school. We look forward to another 10 years working together.

Thank you to Ms. Connolly, Mr. Kelly and Ms. Ryan for organising a girls GAA blitz with Manor House and Holy Fatih Clontarf.

We would like to thank the Transition Year students for an excellent reenactment of the Stations of the Cross Passion Play in our local Church on Monday.

Our 8 part “Tales from the Dark Pool” radio series will run every week from Tuesday, April 4th, until Tuesday, May 23rd 2017 @ 9.30am on NEAR fm (90.30 on your radio dial) or can be listened to live on the NEAR fm web site. Podcasts of programmes will be available for Download from the NEAR fm web site or on our “Tales from the Dark Pool” facebook pg which will be in place by Tuesday.

Week 1 Podcast

3rd year students from Ardscoil La Salle were welcomed into Trinity College Dublin on the 13th of March as part of College for Every Student Programme (CFES).

Our host Gary Gannon, a member of the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) staff, facilitated a tutorial style Q&A about the advantages of further education while telling us about his decision to return to education through the Trinity Access route. After discussing different course options and getting used to some of the terminology we had an extensive campus tour including peeks into the Samuel Becket theatre and engineering labs followed by a delicious lunch in the wood panelled dining hall of the Buttery.

The highlight of the day was being able to share in the joyous Holi Festival with the Trinity Indian Society. This carnival of colours is a traditional Hindu festival, celebrating the beginning of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil. It is best known around the world for the powder that revellers throw on each other, leaving festival goers coated in colour by the end of the day.

Students from 1st to 6th year are participating in our 3 part Writers in Residence workshop with author and activist Debbie Thomas. The theme of this series of workshops is 'Raising the Awareness of Global Citizenship through Creative Writing.'

With half a degree in medicine and a whole one in geology, Debbie Thomas followed the obvious path into BBC radio journalism. After several years of interviewing opera singing parrots and politicians - and sometimes confusing the two - she moved to Bangladesh then South Africa, where she worked as a development journalist and very nearly went shark diving. She now lives near Dublin with her husband and three daughters where she writes for children; runs creative writing classes, and works for Nepal Leprosy Trust, a charity supporting leprosy-affected people in Nepal. The Writers in Residence programme is curated by Poetry Ireland Ireland and funded with stipends from Irish Aid and World Wide Global Schools

Transition Year students recently performed their annual panto to great acclaim. This year’s production”Romeo and the Three Little Pigs” told the story of Romeo O’Reilly who was banished from Della-Land by his mother. The poor woman could not afford to keep him because of the hefty taxes imposed upon her by a certain political leader called Ronald Dump.

Romeo goes in search of freedom and meets the three little pigs, who know all about being banished by their mother, and advise him about how to build his own home. The panto was filled with singing, dancing and fun and showcased the amazing talents of our students.

Our annual Talent Show and Panto will be staged on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 January, 7pm. Students from Transition Year have worked tirelessly on Romeo and the Three Pigs - our most dancetastic show ever! Come along for an evening you won't forget!
Tickets - €10 for adults and €5 for children.

3rd year students took part in a Visions of our Future workshop. Each small group had a volunteer mentor who guided them through the process. Students were supported in identifying their talents, passions and interests then researched college courses and careers in these areas.

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