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We all know the importance of exercise. It promotes both physical and mental well being and is especially important during stressful exam times.
GrindStone Motivates visited the school recently to show some of our exam students how to exercise safely and efficiently from the comfort of a bedroom, study area or anywhere with a little bit of space.
St Declan’s College would like to congratulate Stephen Cushen on his achievement in this year’s Young Scientist Exhibition where he came third overall in the Junior Individual Award.
Stephen explains about his project below:
“ The inspiration behind the project was to build a small system that could control home electrical appliances from a smart phone or tablet device from anywhere in the world. The project involved building an electrical circuit on a micro-computer called a raspberry Pi and writing a program that sent electrical current on from the Raspberry Pi to an extension socket that had set of lights plugged in. I spent some time writing and testing the code to switch the lights On or Off. Once that was working, I wrote an APP to run on smart phones and tablets that could communicate with the Raspberry Pi and switch the lights On or Off remotely. I also set a timer on the switch.
We are all very proud of Stephen and we hope that our students can be inspired by him by developing their interest in science and the world around us. Well done!
After an hour long journey, we arrived at Causey Farm to be greeted by Donnacha and Ella, our two guides. After their warm welcome, an ever-enthusiastic Colm Feeney willingly took a journey on a large pig; he was unfortunate in his attempts to place himself on the pig.
We were taken to an old farmhouse, where we made appauling attempts to show our inner Michael Flatley but were still met with a chorus of clapping after we finished. We then went to milk the cow, Honey. Then the few who dared drank the milk.
We walked through a field of nettles to be greeted by a big cornfield. The corn was at least 7 foot tall and we had to navigate our way through the maze that was carved through it. After worming our way through the maze we went back to the farmhouse where Donnacha showed us how to make brown bread. In twos we made a loaf of brown bread each – a first for most of us! After that we had our lunch on haystacks.
At the entrance to the corn maze. They haven’t been seen since.
After finishing our lunch we tried to play the bodhrán. If we dropped our bodhrán sticks we were made dance. Last but definitely not least we made our way to the bog in a trailer hitched to a tractor. We walked through a forest to be greeted by the bog. Donnacha told us some interesting facts about the bog on the journey. Such as that bogs are made from 98 % water and that not even bacteria can survive in such circumstances because there isn’t suitable living conditions. After jumping in the bog and getting extremely mucky we cleaned ourselves in a freezing cold lake!
We collected our brown bread and made our way home after a great day in Causey Farm.
Ryan Baskerville, David Langan.
21st June 2014
It is with profound sadness that the Management, Staff, Students and Parents of St Declan’s College have learned of the tragic death of Ricky Osagie (1 Rice), a first year student. Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Ricky.
A Critical Incident Response Plan has been put in place. Procedures are in place to ensure that all in the school community affected by this loss will be given help to cope with this tragedy. On our return to school, counselling support will be available to students and a prayer service will take place.
Our prayers and support are with everyone affected by this tragedy.
Peer2Peer is a drug awareness programme where four TY students from St Declan’s were trained to talk to first year students about drugs and addiction. Our six week training programme took place in Patrician College in Finglas. In the programme we learned about all the different types of drugs ranging from alcohol and tobacco to cannabis which is the gateway drug onto higher classed drugs such as heroin and cocaine. We also then had a crash course in teaching to get the information across in an interesting, clear and concise way.
We then had a four class programme with the first year classes in which we taught them about the information we had learned. We were not a campaign to say yes or no to drugs but we were simply giving the facts and busting any of the myths or misconceptions which the lads might have had.
I found it to be a very fascinating experience in terms of learning the information on drugs, but also the skill of teaching and how to present to a group of people and not sound like a babbling idiot and have lost the room in a millisecond.
On Wednesday 15th of January, we had a talent show for RESPECT, which is a charity based on the Navan Rd which caters for the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. We have a RESPECT committee in the school. It is an inter-school committee which is made up of students from St Dominics and ourselves.
The show was hosted by Bryan O’Sullivan, who was very funny and entertaining. The judging panel consisted of Mr Burke from our school, Ms Brannigan from Dominic’s, and special guest Caroline Boyce.
List of acts:
1) Jordan Reilly opened the show with his electric guitar.
2) Roxanna, Nicole, and Emma sang a mash up of pop songs.
3) Andrew Morrison played an acoustic piece.
4) Robin Murphy sang ‘You’ve got the love’ by Florence and the Machine.
5) Sean, Ryan and Conor sang, played guitar, and played piano (‘Love Me Again’ by John Newman).
6) Lucy and Stephanie sang ‘Radioactive’ by Imagine Dragons.
7) Kevin Boland played tin whistle – ‘Inis Oirr’ and ‘The Copperplates’
8) Clarissa, Maria and Sarah sang ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ by The Script.
9) Kevin, Aidan and Gavin performed ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster The People.
10) Dominic’s Choir sang ‘We go together’ by Grease.
While the judges decided first to third place, the raffle took place. We were also entertained by performances from The Cascades and Spielberg, and a surprise performance by Sean, Conor, Ryan, Gavin, Aidan and a host of other Transition Years.
After that third to first place was announced. In third place was Kevin Boland in second place were Clarissa, Maria and Sarah. The overall winners of the talent show were Sean, Conor and Ryan.
We all had a brilliant night and raised a lot of money for RESPECT while doing so.
As part of our religion course we all split into groups of six. Each group was given €60 each to spend on food that would last families in need over the Christmas period. Some people went to the local supermarkets and some people went to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. One group went to Tesco Clearwater and Tesco kindly donated €20 to spend in store. One group stayed behind to get the hampers ready. The hampers were sent to families associated with St. Declan’s who find it hard throughout the Christmas period. The money was fundraised by the teachers and students. We had a non-uniform day and everybody brought in €2 each and whatever was left over was donated to S.V.P. When all the hampers were packed, Ms Hedderman brought them down to the S.V.P drop-in centre. It was a good experience to have taken part in and to know that you have helped someone in need.
By: Aaron Curley