26th September 2014


Well done to Shannon Caul in fifth year, who recently completed her Level 2 Award in Graded Examination in Dance: Grade 5 (Ballet).  She completed the exam last May and was awarded with her credits in July.  Well done Shannon! 


Fifth and Sixth year music students joined forces on Wednesday September 24th to attend a workshop organized by Ann Nolan from Music Generation Wicklow and part funded by Music Network.  Caoimhín O Raghallaigh encouraged students to produce a visual score.  Students were allowed to use iphones, ipads and recording devices to do this.  He also demonstrated how to play his hardanger d'amore.  He will return to the school on the 15th of October to complete this workshop and will perform in the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray that evening. 


On Friday last, September 26th, all first year students travelled to the National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, Co. Wexford.  While there, they were given a tour of the park, which tells the history of Ireland through the ages.  The students were accompanied by their Year Head, Class Tutors and Peer Mentors.  


The annual sponsored 10K walk is taking place on Wednesday October 8th.  All students and staff will participate in this event and it is also hoped that many parents and members of the local community will join us on the day.  Senior and Junior students will follow two different routes.  Senior students will do the coastal walk to Greystones, while Junior students will do the coastal walk towards Newcastle.  As part of the event, students are being asked to raise a minimum of €10 sponsorship from family and friends.  There will be a prize from the Parents Association for: (1) the largest individual sponsorship collected in each class in the school; (2) the largest individual sponsorship collected across the whole school and (3) the class that has collected the largest average sponsorship per student in the class.


On Tuesday the 23rd of September, all Transition Year and International students visited the James Joyce museum and the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire.  They attended the exciting ‘Bláth’ production, a non-verbal puppet show.  They thoroughly enjoyed the show and the educational museum visit.  Many thanks to the teachers and staff members involved.


A number of guest speakers have recently visited Transition Year students.  David Hopper spoke to the students about TEFL and various exchange programmes which are available to them.  A representative from NUI Maynooth gave a presentation on going to college and subject choice.  Brian and Ross from Bray Fire Station visited the students to talk to them about safety, and will be following up on this with another visit to the school demonstrating the importance of road safety amongst young people.  On Friday last, Joseph Hunt from Kilcoole Tidy Towns visited the Transition Year group.  Some of the students have volunteered to work with the Tidy Towns committee as part of the Gaisce Award.


Our annual Maths Week will take place from October 6th to 10th.  There will be plenty of activities taking place during the week to encourage our budding 'Einsteins' to put their Maths skills into practice. 


A reminder to all first to sixth year girls that Basketball training takes place every Thursday from 3.45p.m. to 4.45p.m.  All girls are welcome to come and join in.


Athletics training continues every Tuesday from 4p.m to 4.45p.m. on the school pitch.  All students are encouraged to come along.  The Wicklow Schools Cross Country competition will be taking place in Avondale in October.


The Parent/Teacher/Student meeting for third year students will take place on Thursday October 9th from 4.15p.m. to 6.45p.m.  All students and their parents or guardians are encouraged to attend.  Classes for students will finish at 3.30p.m. 

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