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Newsletter March 29th

Oral and Practical Exams   
The Irish Oral Exams for our Leaving Cert students took place on March 27th- 29th and the Junior Cert Home Economics practical exams took place on March 28th. Well done to all the students involved for all their hard work and we hope their dedicated efforts will be reflected in their results. Both the French and Spanish Oral Exams take place next week, and we wish these students the very best of luck.

Carlingford Trip
The trip to Carlingford Adventure Centre is always a highlight of the Transition year calendar and this year was no exception. On Tuesday, March 19th, 59 Transition Year students made the bus journey to Co Louth, full of excitement and ready to face their fears. Fuelled by a food stop en route they were ready to tackle the hills of Carlingford as the night-time hike was their first activity. Over the next three days the girl’s endurance, cognitive skills and strength of character were put to the test as they participated in activities designed to get the adrenaline flowing. The water sports included Canadian canoeing, pier jumping and fun games on the pontoon. The land-based activities were no less sedate, and any fears of heights were put to the side as the girls conquered the high rope courses in Sky-Park and zip-lined through the forest. The challenge course tested their problem-solving skills as they worked together in small groups to solve a myriad of physical puzzles. The best was saved for last as the girls donned the combat gear and took to the forest to compete in games of laser tag. The girls returned home on Friday 22nd exhausted but proud of their accomplishments in all the activities. Many thanks to Ms Kelly, Ms Scahill and Ms Carthy for accompanying the girls on the trip.

Basketball
The Second year basketball team have had a fantastic season winning all their league games to date. They now progress to the Wicklow Schools Final and will play Coláiste Raithín. Coláiste Raithín will be hosting the game. We wish the team the very best of luck and hope that their winning streak continues.

Track and Field
The East Leinster Track and Field Championships will take place in Santry Stadium over two days, Tuesday, April 30th and Thursday, May 2nd. Any student interested in participating must attend the after-school training which takes place every Tuesday. As only two students are eligible to compete in each event any trials necessary will take place during this Tuesday session. There are events to suit all types of athletes, sprints, middle distance, relays, jumps and throws so come along and give it a try!

Garda Visit
On Wednesday, March 28th Garda Niall Kennedy visited the school to give a workshop to our Transition Year students. The theme of the workshop was ‘Drug Awareness’. It was a very interactive session with lots of group work and open discussions. There was a clear distinction made between beneficial drugs and those which are illegal and have negative effects on a person’s health. There were lively debates on whether drugs such as cannabis should be legalized due to their positive effect on certain medical conditions, and if so, how such medical use could be monitored. It was a very topical issue for the students and many thanks to Garda Niall Kennedy for facilitating the workshop.

121 Digital Learning
121 digital learning helps adults get online and provides free local digital lessons which are tailored to suit the needs of the individual learner. Each learner has their own tutor. Students in schools and universities share their skills with individuals from the local community. A group of our Transition Year students have recently become involved in this initiative and are thoroughly enjoying their new ‘teacher’ role while forming a genuine bond with their ‘older’ students. It is a very relaxed learning environment with the girls providing tea and biscuits and the learners sharing information about their backgrounds. For some of our girls, it is especially beneficial as it serves as the community element for their Gaisce Award. Thanks to Fintan Mulligan for inviting the Transition Year students to be part of this very worthwhile process.

Equestrian News
Only two show jumping events remain on this year’s calendar. The penultimate event takes place on Sunday, April 7th at Coilóg Equestrian Centre in Kildare with the final event taking place a little closer to home in Barnadown Equestrian Centre in Gorey on April 14th. We congratulate the girls on their previous achievements and wish them the very best of luck in the final two competitions.

Gaisce
Throughout the year, 46 of our Transition Year students have been working diligently to achieve the first of the Gaisce Awards, the Bronze Award. The bronze award presents four key challenge areas, community involvement, personal skill, physical recreation and adventure journey. On Tuesday, March 2nd and Wednesday 3rd, our Transition Year students will attempt to complete their adventure journey. The requirement for this element is to plan, prepare and undertake an adventure journey over a number of days and nights in a group. The girls will complete the 25km hike over the two days in Glendalough, staying overnight in the An Óige Youth Hostel. Here they will be responsible for planning the daily routes and cooking the main meal of the day. We wish all involved a safe adventure!

Fundraising
This year the school Daffodil Day raised the impressive sum of €830. The fundraiser was a collaborative effort coordinated by Ms Walshe so our thanks must be extended to several more individuals. Firstly, to Ms Mynes and Mr Martin for facilitating the event. Secondly, to Ms Goff and her dedicated team of Transition Year students who worked side by side with Ms Walshe from the set up to the clean-up. A huge thanks to all the students and staff who baked or brought in cakes and prizes and of course to those who attended the event over break-time. The money raised sets an impressive target to beat next year.
The next fundraising event on the calendar will be run by Ms Martin’s second year CSPE class. They plan to run a lunch-time event and a second event such as a car wash or sponsored walk and all monies raised will be donated to UNICEF. The fundraising events are due to take place before the Easter break to tie in with the sentiment of Lent.