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Gaisce Silver Award winners St Declan’s College 2013
On the 16th of December we had a Christmas party for the ‘Friends of the Elderly’ from Henrietta Street Drop-in Centre.
In order to organise this event each class took on different roles. 4C were in charge of the refreshments and venue while 4B were in charge of the entertainment.
Our guest were brought to the library for the Christmas party
They were greeted by our very own Santa for the day which was actually Jason Ralph in disguise!
After being filled to the brim with a variety of culinary delights organised by the 4C waiters and having the ears talked off them other members of 4C it was time to play bingo. The Bingo was run by our Santa MC and his little elf helper for the day Kieron Cooke.
Then it was time for the entertainment! The 4B class practiced for weeks in the lead up to their performance. They learned various different Christmas carols and the poem’ T’was the night before Christmas’. A band was also set up which consisted of
Kevin Cullen-guitar and vocals
Conor Maddock- Piano and saxophone
Ryan Reddy-Guitar and vocals
Willie (from the Drop-In Centre)-Spoons
The band played the following numbers
Feed the world
Twist and shout
Rocking around the Christmas tree
I also played the tin whistle.
Overall it was a great experience since it is not often that these to age groups get to mix. We think they should be able to do it more often as it was fun and really worthwhile.
Leo Varadkar, Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport visited St Declan’s College recently to speak to the students about his role in Government.
The Minister visited our school gym where he spoke to a group of third year students about the benefits of sport and where the funding is prioritised in Ireland.
The students council were next on the agenda in the school library where, led by our school captain Kevin Campbell, put the minister through his paces with some robust questioning including issues such as high bus ticket prices, the high cost of attending third level education and the lack of funding in sport. On a very positive note, the minister outlined his confident plans to table a serious bid for the holding of the Rugby World Cup in Ireland in 20023 which would have a significant economic impact to the country if successful.
National Student Council
Two transition years, Gavin Doyle and Seán Dunican, are currently representing the school on the National Student Council. This council includes representatives from six different Edmund Rice Schools. The current work of the council is to organise a conference in March that student council representatives from all Edmund Rice Schools attend. At this conference, the representatives will all get a chance to sit down and share ideas. The members may discuss how they hold student council meetings in their school or the different systems they have in place regarding different aspects of school life. At this conference, representatives will also be given a booklet that sets out the key elements of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust Charter. The charter sets out the vision and aims of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust. The current version of this booklet is being redesigned by the members of the National Student Council.
Aware Talk – 13th December 2013
As part of our religion module, we received a talk from a guest speaker from the charity ‘Aware’. This organisation raises awareness of mental health. The speaker, Oliver Smith, gave us an excellent talk on depression and how to cope with it. We were also given a method of knowing whether a person is depressed or not. The talk looked at thoughts, feelings and actions. We were told how thoughts can lead to feelings and how to deal with thoughts by getting rid of them through actions. The speaker showed us two videos. One of these videos was about man who was born with no arms or legs. It showed how he coped, and didn’t let the fact that he is limbless put him down.
The speaker was excellent. He was really lively and interactive. His presentation was great and we were given a little booklet at the end that summarised the talk.
The drum work shop-11th December
Shay Lally came in from the Mobile Music School with different instruments e.g. drums, tambourines and bells. We all took turns using the different instruments like the drums, tambourines, bells and the hand drums. We started off with getting different beats (ta-ta, ti-ti). We then used different words or phrases as beats (I’m from Dublin, banana rest). After a while we changed over instruments and did different beats. We then did a call and recall section and made up our own rhythms. Overall we thought that it was very interesting and a good insight into percussion instruments.
by Aaron Curley and Kevin Boland
Peter McVerry Trust Talk 06/12/13
As part of our religion course we had a guest speaker in from the Peter McVerry Trust.
The Peter McVerry Trust (formally called The Arrupe Society) is an organisation that was set up in 1983 by Fr. Peter McVerry while working in Summerhill, in Dublin’s north inner-city. He witnessed first-hand the problems of homelessness and deprivation and, in 1979, opened a hostel to address the urgent need for accommodation for young homeless people. Four years later he founded The Arrupe Society, a charity to provide housing and support for some of the most marginalised in our society. In 2005, the charity was re-named as Peter McVerry Trust and currently provides a wide range of care services to address the varied needs of young homeless people.
Peter McVerry Trust is committed to reducing homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage through its provision of housing and support services. Services include: open access centre, streets to home support, supported temporary accommodation, stabilisation service, residential drug detox, residential drug-free aftercare service, housing with supports and under 18s residential services. This support helps individuals to move out of homelessness and towards independent living and integration into the community.
By Kevin Boland.
On the 4th December we went to Glasnevin Cemetery. Firstly, we went to the museum to have a quick look at the displays. There was a lot of interactive things where you could find different information about people buried in the Cemetery. Then we were split into two groups each with a tour guide. The tour guide brought my class to the burial place of Daniel O’Connell. He is buried in a large round tower. The round tower is the largest round tower in Ireland. He is buried in a large tomb. Daniel O’Connell was famous for gaining Catholic Emancipation
(right for Catholics to vote) in Ireland. The tour guide told us that O’Connell’s heart was stored in a church in Rome but was stolen. Then we saw the grave of James Larkin, who was the founder of the ITGWU and the leader of the 1913 lockout. Afterwards we went to the grave of Charles Stuart Parnell, whose body is covered by a granite boulder. Under the grass around him are the remains of thousands of people who died from cholera. Then we went to the grave of Eamon De Valera who was a former Taoiseach and President of Ireland and the founder of Fianna Fáil. Lastly we went to see the Grave of Michael Collins, followed by the City of the Dead Exhibition. It was a really great day where we learned a lot about Irish history.
By Ciaran Martin
DCU Access Achievement Awards – 3 December 2013
A selection of senior-cycle students from St Declans were nominated by their teachers to receive a DCU Access Achievement Award on Tuesday the 3rd December. The students that were chosen to receive an award, along with their families, attended the Access Service 2013, held in the Helix, DCU.
The following Transition Year students from our school were nominated for various awards:
Sam Ffrench Mullen,
There were 5 different categories of awards – academic, community involvement, sport, attendance and outstanding achievement. These awards were presented to 338 students, all from schools on the north side of Dublin.
The event itself was very enjoyable. Entertainment included a range of singers, who in my opinion were outstanding. The ceremony began with a fantastic speech from the President of DCU. He welcomed us all before giving a brief history of the University and its Access Programme. Next we were introduced to the Head of Access, Ita Tobin and the presentation of awards followed soon after. There were great musical performances in between presentations.
Overall the occasion was one to remember. We were all very grateful to have been chosen for the awards and it is definitely something that we are all proud of.