TCD/UCD Scholarship Awards

TCD/UCD Scholarship Awards

TCD:  Congratulations to Catherine O’Dwyer, Ita McGennis, Hannah Lynch, Niamh McAdam and Aoife Corcoran who received Entrance Exhibition Awards from Trinity College on Monday 16th November.  The presentation took place in the Dining Hall on the Front Square of Trinity.  Mr. Fitzgerald represented the school. It was a lovely evening and the past pupils are really enjoying college life.  Well done to Catherine, Ita, Hannah, Niamh and Aoife and to their teachers.

 UCD:  Jane Coleman, Aoife Griffin, Lauren Healy and Aisling Stokes received the UCD Entrance Scholar  Award on Thursday 19th November in UCD.  Ms Prendergast represented the school on this occasion.  Congratulations to Jane, Aoife, Lauren and Aisling and to their teachers.

November House Event!

November House Event!

The November House Event took place on Thursday 26th November. This was an Inter House dodgeball tournament. There was a great turnout and lots of support from all class groups B,G,M and T. There was a great atmosphere as the class groups battled it out to take first prize. Everyone played really well and there was a very tight scoreline but in the end, the B's came out on top! They were awarded 50 house points. The next House event will be the December event which is the talent show! The winner of this will also be awarded 50 house points for their class group so make sure to get practicing!!

Total House Points

Bees: 470
Gazelles: 245
Macaws: 365
Tamarins : 300

Julie Gannon (6B)
Head of House Committee. 

November Mace Debating Update!

November Mace Debating Update!

Both the junior and senior debaters have been involved in mace debating competitions in recent weeks.  On the 13th and 14th of November some of our seniors went to UCD to take part in the L and H mace.  Sarah Duffy, Grace Given, Elizabeth Bolger, Julie O’Brien, Lia Bennett and Lucy Alvarez O’Neill all competed well throughout the competition.  Sarah and Grace along with Elizabeth and Julie broke to the semi finals after five rounds of tough debating.  Unfortunately they were drawn in the same semi final where they had to debate a difficult motion about the comedic depiction of Adolf Hitler in German Culture.  They dealt with the challenge incredibly well and produced four excellent speeches.  Grace and Sarah progressed to the final and while they didn’t emerge victorious they spoke brilliantly as always.  In addition to this Sarah, Grace, Elizabeth and Julie all finished in the top eight speakers overall for the competition. 
The following weekend saw the juniors take the spotlight as they competed in the St Conleths Junior Mace.  We had lots of students who were eager to take part and so Caoilainn Carey, Sophie Bannon, Isabelle Healy, Hana Gallagher, Sarah Lawler, Amy Collins, Maeve Bruen, Adrianne Ward, Ellen McKimm, Nora Wyer, Aoife Paul, Emily Mansfield, Claire Gregg, Aoileann Ní Mhurchú and Tara O’Sullivan all competed.  Once again the standard was very high as they debated topics such as compulsory voting and paying GAA players.  All our speakers did well throughout the day with two of our teams progressing to the final.  Sophie and Caoilainn would square off against Isabelle and Hana in the second half of the final with teams from Belvedere and Colaiste Iosagain opening the debate.  In the final the students debated about banning offensive art with everybody making an interesting contribution.  Sophie and Caoilainn got the win to bring another debating trophy back to The Green.  In addition to this, Sophie was named the overall best speaker in the competition (just edging out Caoilainn by two points).  When the tab was released we were delighted to see how well all our teams had done with six of our teams finishing in the top 16 (out of 52 teams).  Well done to all involved!     

Second Round Junior Debating National Mace

Second Round Junior Debating National Mace

On Saturday 7th of November the school hosted the second round of the Junior Debating National Mace. It was a great success with 12 students from 1st to 3rd year representing the Green, competing alongside over 50 teams from other schools around the country.

Over the day, all the debaters tackled challenging topics ranging from "This House Would Ban the Advertisement of Alcohol at Sporting Events" to "This House Would Never Pay Ransoms to Terrorists".  At the end of the day the top four teams, Belvedere A, Castleknock Community College, Coláiste Iognáid and Belvedere B broke to the final where they debated the motion "This House Supports the Use of Lethal Force Against Home-Invaders".

There was an incredibly high standard of debating throughout the day and in the final. Congratulations to Dylan and Tom from Belvedere who won the overall team prize, with Megan from CCC winning the individual prize and Alysia from Loreto Beaufort topping the tab.

Thank you to Ms Dempsey and Mr Fitzgerald for facilitating us having the Mace in the school and to all of the 4th, 5th and 6th years who helped out with numerous jobs on the day such as judging and setting up the rooms. Finally thank you to Mr Mulligan for all his help and advice with planning the Mace over the past few months.

We hope all participants had an enjoyable and educational day and will continue debating in the future.
Sarah Duffy and Elizabeth Bolger

 

Loreto Swimming Gala

Loreto Swimming Gala

Well done to all the girls who participated in the Loreto Swimming Gala on Thursday. The team was made up of girls from all year groups, participating in the Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly and  Freestyle events. Many of the girls as well as both the Under 14 and Under 16 relay teams made it to the finals. Three medals were won on the day, with Kate McEvoy placed 3rd overall in the Under 14 Freestyle, Ainhoa Tellechea 2nd in the Under 14 Butterfly and  Miren Tellechea 2nd in the Under 16 Butterfly. The day was very enjoyable and school spirit was very high, with many girls coming to support the team, bringing posters, flags and a lot of enthusiasm. The Green narrowly missed winning the Spirit Award but everyone is looking forward to going back and trying again next year.

The girls would like to thank Ms.Crinion, Mr O'Riordan and Sasha for accompanying them on the day.
Jessica Commins 5th Year, Swimming Secretary

Internet Safety Talks

Internet Safety Talks

On Wednesday our 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students all attended a 90 minute talk on Internet Safety. The talk was delivered by Pat McKenna of Childwatch.ie. The whole day proved a most informative and vital component of our SPHE Curriculum. Pat began by stating the importance of safety when using the internet. Indeed 'THINK SAFETY' was the theme throughout the talk.

Students were informed that in 1st Year, students' main concern is their Popularity while in 6th year their main concern was their Privacy. Pat wanted to explore the journey during the intervening years, 2nd-5th,and how Safety on the internet is of  the utmost importance. Pat pointed out that the longer information stays up on the internet, the more accessible it becomes, resulting in your DIGITAL FOOTPRINT, growing increasingly bigger. Among the excellent advice given to students was the fact that how one behaves on the internet was just as important as how one may behave in class, at work or at home. With regard to Apps, students were warned of the danger of being overconfident in the use of Apps and should exercise a certain level of mistrust in their use. A letter and the Student Support Leaflet, designed by Ms. O'Keeffe was also distributed to all 1st, 2nd and
3rd Year Parents informing them of the content of the talk, how they can help and how students can access the various support services in the school.

Andrea Anghel in 2nd Year recalls the excellent advice given by Pat:

"Pat informed us of the potential harm that could occur if the Internet is used incorrectly. There are a number of possible ways to protect ourselves such as blocking or filtering. He explained and showed us how and when you have your location enabled on, that it is very easy for somebody to find your exact location. Even using public Internet services such as Dublin Bus or BitBuzz could be unsafe. He informed us of the many stolen pictures from Snapchat in 2013 and once you share them on the Internet, they are not yours anymore. At the end of the talk he talked to us about cyber bullying. People tend to be more vicious on the internet as they cannot see the person's reaction. They cannot see how upsetting it is for these people and if you know of someone who is being cyber bullied that we should tell an adult we can trust. The Internet can be a very helpful tool but can be dangerous if not used correctly".

Thank you to Ms Kelly for organising this crucial series of talks for our Junior students, and to Ms. Maverley, Mr. Hobson, Ms. Smith, Ms. O'Keeffe and all the teachers and staff who helped during a very busy day. Special thanks to Birgit and Teresa for organising the letters and brochures which were distributed.


 

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week

Last week was Geography Awareness Week.  On Monday we were treated to the most beautifully crafted World Map on the stairs.  It showed great ingenuity from the students to create and display the map for all students and staff to see as they made their way to and from classes.  

This year's theme was "Explore" The Power of Maps!  Students were asked to design a map, either A3 or A4 size and to map something of interest to them, perhaps a map of their local area, school, location of populations or of an economic activity.  The deadline was Friday 20th November.

A Quiz was held during Thursday lunchtime, with a representative from each class and valuable house points on offer for the winning team.  The "B's" won amd received 20 house points.  Congratulations to the B's and all the other three houses.

Thanks to Ms. McPartland, Mr. Bain, Ms. Galligan and Ms. Corrigan for all their work in preparing for this week and for all the wonderful activities for the students to partake in.

Photography Workshop

Photography Workshop

On Friday, November 23rd we started our Photography Workshop with Tim Durham. He showed us pictures he had taken from his travels around the world. He also showed us different close ups of photos and we tried to guess what they were. We learned a lot about the different types of lighting and perspective when taking photos. In the afternoon it was time for us to take photos around town of things that are interesting to us. Some people took pictures of statues, people, nature and others went into shops. It was really interesting to see how much there is to photograph in Dublin City.

On Monday we looked at more pictures Tim took and the different ways they were taken whether that was horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Also we learned how to use long exposures to take photos of things moving which was made us look like ghosts, almost! At the end of the workshop we got to see everyone’s photos that they took and we picked our favourites. Everyone really enjoyed the workshop and learned so much from it.

By Hannah Hale & Éibhinn Linehan 4G

Science Quiz

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the Lunchtime Science Quiz.  Congratulations to the Bs and Gs who drew in first place and who will be awarded 30 house points each.   

Thanks Ms. Crinion!

4B would like to thank Ms. Crinion for organising their recent trip to the Aviva Stadium and for accompanying them.  The girls had a great time and it was an enjoyable outing for all.