On Monday the 5th of December Transition Year students delivered an active workshop to all 2nd year students in order to help them to develop their own leadership skills and talents.

Leadership Through Service is one pillar of the College For Every Student (CFES) Initiative. CFES Scholars participate in leadership training and in ongoing service projects that not only make their schools and communities better places, but also develop self-confidence and other essential personal skills that will help them gain access to and succeed in college.

"The Brain Game" simulates the process of planning, researching and ultimately making a long-term service project happen. They had to decide on an actual event/activity they could run in relation to this theme, identify the resources they would need and plan these events. In reality, these groups will have approximately 4 months for this process which was condensed into 2 hours of Bridge21 time. "The Brain” was a collective body of all outside world contact from the teams. In order to make progress on their projects they needed to email the Brain. For parental consent? Ask the Brain…Want your Local Tesco to give you some free stuff? Send the Brain a begging letter…Booking the local parish hall? You need to let the Brain know your dates. However, the Brain does not know all the answers and beware that the Brain will want to know the finer details of your project as any stakeholder would!

Congratulations to our TY students who demonstrated their own leadership skills through the planning and delivery of this programme and to all the 2nd years who rose to the challenge brilliantly.

Luke O'Shaughnessy received a scholarship to DCU last night for his fantastic leaving cert results.

Fingal Libraries are pleased to announce the addition of ArtistsWorks another great online service to their collection of eServices. ArtistsWorks allows borrowers access high quality instructed music and art lessons online. These video based lessons are recorded by award winning and highly acclaimed teaching artists. With lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced students there are lessons to suit all skill levels and experience. This service is a great way to learn a new skill on your own schedule from the comfort of your own home on your computer or tablet. Like all of our other online services they are free of charge for members of Fingal Libraries and library membership is also free. Speaking about the addition of ArtistsWorks to the Fingal Libraries online service offerings, County Librarian Betty Boardman noted that “Budding musicians, singers and artists of all ages will really enjoy this new online service from Fingal Libraries. It makes learning an instrument, improving your singing voice or mastering new techniques in painting very accessible and enjoyable”.

Fingal Libraries have been providing online services since 2012 and due to the demand and popularity of these services have continued to add to them. Currently we provide online eBooks , eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eComics, eNewspapers, eCourses and eLanguages with approximately 90,000 downloads for 2016. All of these services are accessible via our website www.fingal.ie or by using the Fingal Library App. You will need your library card number and PIN to access any of these services. For further information about ArtistsWorks and how to access it, please speak to library staff in your local Fingal Library Branch or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All first, second and third years have Fingal Library Cards and access to all online resources.

I visited Trinity College on November 18th to take part in 'Taste of TAP.' A day dedicated to opening young student's minds and horizons and to give us an idea about what they do at Trinity, paying particular attention to their 'Foundation Course.'

We were given a choice of 7 lectures where we could choose to go to 3. I choose to go to Psychology, Study Skills and English. First up was Psychology. I found this lecture/introduction into psychology extremely beneficial in helping me to understand exactly what choosing to study psychology at 3rd level would entail. Psychology has always been an area of interest for me so I found the talk to be enlightening and intriguing. Next of all was a wonderfully helpful lesson on Study skills where essentially, we learned how to learn. This was great especially as it is my leaving cert year.

We were then given a tour of Trinity's beautiful, historical campus and given a free lunch in their dining hall. Finally, there was an English talk/lecture, As English is my favourite subject, I was very excited to hear about the course at 3rd level. We were given a poem and encouraged to give our own opinion regarding the subject matter, it was a lot of fun.

All and all I had a great day at Trinity and upon leaving felt I had gained a lot from attending 'Taste of TAP.' I will definitely consider applying to the Trinity Foundation course as well as putting Psychology and English on my CAO.

Jane Gaffey
6th Year Student

The sixth year students had a number of career talks this week to highlight college awareness. IT Blanchardstown kicked off the week with a presentation on the various courses on offer and the sixth years had talks on CAO, HEAR, DARE and trinity college foundation course.

TY students were shown how to calculate their points and how to carry out research on the qualifax website.

Transition Year students graduated from the TAG Programme with musical accompaniment by the Garda band, playing a selection of popular song and anthems.

T.A.G is a Garda programme which aims at promoting positive engagement between teenagers and Gardaí and was delivered by Garda Colm Tracey and Garda Edel Moore.

On Tuesday the 15th of November, our TY class along with Ms.McMahon and Ms.Robinson went to the Yahoo offices for the second round of the Yahoo Skills@Work program. We got the DART and Luas to the Yahoo offices where we were greeted by Edel who brought us all up to the training room where Andrea Reger, a recruiter for Yahoo, during this workshop Andrea had an amazing presentation where we got cover letter skills, CV skills and Interview skills which were very beneficial to all of us who will be looking for a job in the future, during this workshop Edel brought in refreshments and snacks. After the workshop we thanked Andrea for the presentation and we then went off for lunch, which was delicious! Overall the day was a great day and all of us got a great insight to what the real world looks like when looking for a job.

The students and staff of Ardscoil la Salle joined people throughout Ireland, from pre-schools to old folks’ homes, from churches to workplaces, in schools and in homes all over the country to deliver shoebox gifts for Team Hope's Christmas Shoebox appeal.

Through the Christmas Shoebox Appeal we share our Christmas with a child living on the margins of society. Our shoebox shows God’s care for them and brings a ray of hope…with lots of excitement and laughter too.

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