When: 25th October;
Time: 2:30 pm
Where: St Benedict's Church, Grange Park View, Dublin 5.
Our TY class went on a trip to Trinity College Dublin. When we got there we met up with 2 past pupils from our school who now attend Trinity. They brought us on a tour around the campus, we were brought around the museums and libraries. Afterwards we all went to a lecture hall where one of the Trinity Access team talked about how to get to college and what college is all about.
Our guest speaker was Detroit Slam Poet, Natasha T Miller. She came up and started talking about her career in a specific type of poetry called button poetry. She was really good and performed a few of her poems for us. As a class we all enjoyed her performance.
Later we attended a probability lecture by Katie Steckles as part of Maths Week. She talked about the probability in flipping a coin and in having the same birthday as someone else. Overall the day was good and a new experience for the TY group.
By Jenny McGrane
The Parents Association AGM is next Tuesday 16th October at 7:30pm in the library. All parents welcome.
Minister Bruton visited our school on Monday 24th September to plant a tree in celebration of our 50 year Jubilee. We are looking forward to what the next 50 years holds for us. We have further celebrations planned throughout the year for our students past and present and the local community.
On Wednesday last, September 12th, the now annual Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador Schools’ Awards ceremony was held at the honourable society of King’s Inns, Dublin. These awards recognised the immense efforts of 99 schools around the island of Ireland who have completed the Ambassador Schools’ Programme, and became actively involved in mental health promotion. The Ambassador Schools’ Programme is one aspect of a wide range of Cycle Against Suicide initiatives and programmes, is school-led, and involves the completion of “Five Gears” over the course of a year, all of which are aimed at raising awareness of the message that “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”.
The programme provides a framework for schools to integrate mental health activities into the school plan, and rewards schools who go the extra mile. The programme also aims to recognise innovative and effective initiatives, and facilitates schools to share and showcase good practice.
At the special reception, Ardscoil La Salle was awarded the prestigious status of Ambassador School by Cycle Against Suicide in recognition of their fulfilment of the Five Gears, and their exceptional commitment to the promotion of positive mental health.
Ardscoil La Salle was represented at the event by Ms McGovern, Caitlin Butler and Alice McLoughlin, who understandably are very proud of their achievements. “The Ambassador Schools’ Awards ceremony was a great day. It’s wonderful to attend such a positive event, and have the efforts of the students recognised. Our participation in the Ambassador Schools’ Programme has had an enormously positive impact on our school community, fostered a school-wide approach to the promotion of positive mental health, and provided incredible opportunities for student leadership” said Ms McGovern speaking at the event. Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee, Dr. Harry Barry author and mental health expert and Adam Weaver actor and musician presented the awards to students on what was a very positive enjoyable day for all involved. More information on the Ambassador School Programme is available on www.cycleagainstsuicide.com
Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University run Scholars Ireland to further the knowledge of a small group of secondary school pupils. It aims to give us an authentic experience of university, from being taught by PHD students to studying undergraduate style topics.
The course was launched with a workshop in Trinity College and followed by a series of in-school tutorials. The graduation took place in Queen’s College, Belfast on September 6th. A group of 9 transition year pupils including Katie, Madeline, Kaitlin, Laurence, Caitlin, Thomas, Luke, Ciara and Alice all took part.
On our first day in Trinity we got an introduction to what Scholars Ireland is about and what work we would have to complete throughout this process. We met our PHD tutor, Juliana Soria, who asked us to write notes and a summary about a story using university style references and during our first tutorial we learned some keywords about Health Promoting Taxes in the EU.
When Juliana first came to the school, she taught us about people influencing other people’s health options, the nudge theory and how it works. In subsequent tutorials we learned about Health Promoting Taxes in other counties and their advantages and disadvantages. We’ve also discussed cross boarder shopping, low income households and participated in a group activity on how to avoid the negative outcomes of these topics.
We each wrote a short thesis about Health Promoting Taxes in the EU. This programme has taught us a lot about what college would be like and was very helpful in preparing us for the work we will have to put in for college.
By Katie Radley and Madeline Hibbett
Welcome back to Ardscoil La Salle 2018-19