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In conjunction with Science Week, St. Declan’s held a day a Science show in the school library. It gave the students a chance to see some practical science taking place. It was a very successful day, enjoyed by both students and teachers!
Have a look at the pictures of the events below.
Concern Guest Speaker – 4 October
As part of our Religion course a guest speaker from Concern came in to talk to us about the charity and what they do to help the poor and starving around the world. In his presentation, he showed us what countries Concern work in and how our actions can have a huge effect on the people living in these countries. The speaker also told us of the food camps set up in the poor countries. These camps provide food for the starving people who come long distances to feed themselves and their families. He also showed us a sachet containing important nutrients and vitamins given to the starving people. Lastly, we were shown an arm strap used to tell just how malnourished a person is. Overall, we all agree that it was one of the best talks so far. The guest speaker was brilliant! He was very funny which made the talk a lot more interesting and enjoyable. He was excellent at his job and gave us all a very good impression of Concern.
Mark Brophy & George Chelaru
Mini company talks 12 September & 3 October
For mini company we will have continuous help from Tom from the Dublin Enterprise board.
For his first talk he spoke about what it takes to create a great business idea. Such things as brainstorming, S.W.O.T analyse and spider diagrams. He talked to us about the different competitions that will be on during the year and our business plans.
A few weeks laterTom returned to talk about market research and why it’s so important, to see will our ideas be successful by doing survey and online research on our ideas. He went through all of our ideas and gave us tips and pointers which will help us set up our mini company. We found this talk very helpful as he gave us a kick start and lots of encouragement.
Aaron Curley & Kevin Boland
18th September Guest Speaker from ‘Body Whys’
On Wednesday 18th September, we had a guest speaker called Fiona from Body Whys, the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland. She spoke to us about disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and how that they can have a lasting impact on your health.
13th September St Vincent de Paul Guest Speaker
On 13th September we had a guest speaker from St Vincent de Paul. The guest speaker, Deirdre, gave us an excellent talk on the work of St. Vincent de Paul. She also spoke to us about how we can help the organisation and asked for any suggestions we had to raise money for the charity. Since the talk, we have set up a St Vincent de Paul Committee. This committee meets to discuss ways in which our school can help St. Vincent de Paul. This committee meets with similar committees from schools around the country a few times a year to discuss ways in which the schools can work together to raise awareness of social injustice and raise money to support the charity.
3 September 2013 – Trip to Causey Farm
On 3rd of September, we went on our first trip to Causey Farm in County Meath. We got on the bus with Ms O’Reilly and Mr Burke and headed for the farm. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by Catherine and Elizabeth and some lovely little sheepdog pups.
We went to an old converted barn, where we were told to line up in rows of four and we began to learn some Irish dancing. To our surprise we were actually not that bad, well that’s what we thought. We gave ourselves a deafening round of applause accompanied by lots of roars and shouts as we went through each step of the dance. Sticking to the Irish theme we then made a less successful attempt at mastering the bodhrán.
We were then split into 2 groups for making brown bread. Unfortunately none of us had great potential to be a chef and we spent most of the time catching and throwing eggs at each other. By the time it was over, there was more flour on all of us than there was in the bread!
We were given the chance to milk a cow. A few people chose to do it. It looked like quite a daunting task when we arrived into the stable to see the poor, unsuspecting cow, with milk dripping from her udder. After the milking, we were given the chance to have the milk sprayed into our mouths directly from the cow. It was just warm milk, and didn’t taste in any way bad.
We were also given the option to jump onto a pig, with Eric Walsh accepting the challenge. After a hilarious few minutes trying to get onto to the pig, Eric decided to give it a miss. Fair play for trying!
In another task set for us, we were unleashed into a field and told to try and catch some of the sheep. We spent a few minutes terrorising the herd, where one of the sheep barrelled through a closed gate in terror. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful and left the field sheepless.
After a quick lunch, we all made our way to the bog. This was undoubtedly the best part of the trip. Our whole year was soon immersed in the filthy bog – including both Ms O’Reilly and Mr Burke!
It was a great challenge trying to get out of the bog, especially for the likes of Steven Mullins and Jason Ralph, who were nearly head under the bog!
Afterwards, we were covered head-to-toe in bog and 4B got a class photo. At least we could look forward a hot shower though… Or so we thought. We all had to take turns washing ourselves with freezing cold buckets of water! It was certainly an experience to remember.
After our attempt to wash ourselves with buckets of water, we said thank you to Catherine and Elizabeth. We got back onto the bus where we received the brown bread that we made earlier. It tasted just as good as it smelt… for some people! Overall it was a great start to the year and also a great team building day where we learnt more about our new classmates.
Mark Brophy, Kevin Boland, Sean Dunican & George Chelaru
First Year Gaelic Football:
First Year Gaelic Football School League is played during Lunchtime on Mondays from 1pm to 2pm. All first year students can play in the School League , regardless of playing ability, so it is a great opportunity to get physical exercise while playing Gaelic Football with your classmates.
First year basketball trials and training take place on Thursday 10th & 17th October and will be on every Wednesday after that at 1.00pm in the school Gym. The school competitions begin in January.
There is a first year cross country race open to all first years in Santry on 9th October . This competition along with PE classes will be used as a trial for the cross country team which will compete against other schools in the West Leinster Cross Country event in January. The Track & Field team will be formed after Christmas and will compete in events in April/May.
There is a table tennis club for first year students only run at lunchtime every Tuesday and Thursday in the school gym. All first year students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Under 14 Gaelic Football Team:
Our U14 Gaelic Football Team is up and running and will be playing in competition soon. This team is mainly made up of second year students but there are some first year students making the team. There will be a Gaelic Football Team for first years only next February/March which will take part in games against other schools.
There will be a games club starting after the mid-term break on each Monday at lunchtime. More details to follow.
U14 Hurling Team:
The U14 Hurling Team will be up and running after Christmas and first years are very welcome to try out for the team.
First Year Soccer Team:
There will be a soccer team for first year students only which will begin in November with training & games.
First Year Debating:
A first year debating club is being set up in October. This club will concentrate on internal debates and will prepare for inter school debating competition for next year.
First Year Homework Club:
A Homework club for first years will be in operation after school beginning on Monday 16th October. The club will run on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday each week and it is important to note that there is limited places available in this club and the guidance department will be speaking to first year students soon regarding this.
Deadline for return of Application forms for First Year is 1.00pm on Friday 27 September 2013
St. Declan’s would like to express how proud they are of past pupil, Gavin James, who sang Avicii “Wake me up” at Croke Park this weekend at the All Ireland Final. Gavin sang flawlessly to the crowd of 80,000 Gaelic football fans.
Well done Gavin, from all the Staff and Pupils at St. Declan’s College.
2/9/13 – Boxing
- Jog on the spot
- Jump on the spot
- Punch – hand up, elbow down, feet wide (one in front)
- Straight punch – keep feet in same position
- Gap between feet stays the same – jump in and out, stay side on
- Moving punches – jump in towards the centre keeping side on and feet apart, punch 1,2 and shout 1,2
- Move around the circumference of the circle – keep feet apart, when Paul calls box do 1,2 in towards the centre
- Move around circle doing quick punches alternating hands
- Stay in the spot doing quick punches, alternating hands
- Hands up, try to touch your partner’s shoulder
- Hands up, try to touch your partner’s knees
- Stand back to back, hold hands over head and both spin together 10 times then go back to the previous exercise
Split in 2 groups:
- Skip 4 x 2 minute rounds
Reps of punches with pads
- Hands on your partners shoulders and push
- On one foot, hold other ankle with other hand behind your own back, try to push your partner over
- Get into press up position
- Try to touch partner’s wrist
- Try to knock partner’s hand
Swing arms and stretch