Fun Run, A Week of Business Information Systems, Self Defence
14th March 2016
Students photographed during the Fun Run
Ard Scoil na nDéise Annual Fun Run
On Friday March 11th the annual Fun Run, organised by the Parents’ Council and the Deputy Principal Ms Brosnan, began after small break, in ideal weather conditions. The theme for this year was “The Nineties”, and a certain amount of research was required to find out who were the famous stars and characters of that era and how they dressed!
First Year students were the first to leave the school, and being very fit, many set off at as fast a pace as their colourful costumes would allow, with members of the Parents’ Council keeping a close eye for safety along the route! It has to be said that the teachers were not found wanting either in their enthusiasm to appear in interesting get-ups for the event!! After the students had done several “rounds” of the Fun Run route many went to the Senior Lunch Room for mixed berry or tropical fruit smoothies and delicious homemade cakes prepared by Fifth Year students who are fundraising for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
We then went to the Senior Hall for the big raffle. A member of the Parents’ Council had somehow managed to buy a pair of tickets for the Rihanna concert which takes place in Dublin in June, and all students who had raised €10 or more in sponsorship for the Fun Run were automatically entered in the draw. Everybody held their breath as Mrs Fogarty, Chairperson of the Parents’ Council, stirred up the tickets in the box and drew out the card of the lucky winner, Nancy Hodnett in First Year. Next, the prize for the student who brought in the highest amount in sponsorship went to Ellen O’Connor in Second Year. There were two prizes for impressive costumes, and these went to Clodagh Lynch in 1.3, whose mother had made her costume, and Kayla McCarey in Transition Year. Being very impressed with the efforts made by the teachers, Mrs Fogarty decided to award them one special prize. It appeared that Mr Barry and Mr Veale thought they were in with a chance of winning the Easter egg, but the prize went to Ms Brosnan, who had gone to a lot of trouble dressing up as Mrs Doyle from “Father Ted”, complete with handbag! Mrs Dowdall was probably a close second! There were twenty spot prizes also, sponsored by the Parents’ Council.
Everybody got fresh air and exercise on the day, had a great laugh and raised the fantastic sum of €3,271.00 for the school. Thank you very much to the Parents’ Council and to Ms Brosnan for organising the event.
BIS Transition Year Student Course Week
Aoife Browne and Allannah Carey who attended the B.I.S. course at U.C.C.
On the 22nd to the 26th of February U.C.C. hosted a B.I.S. (Business Information Systems) Transition Year course for 50 students who are interested in business and technology. The course was based in the computer lab on the main campus for the week.
Allannah and l were the two students who attended the course from our school. On Monday morning we had our first speech from two B.I.S. lecturers. They talked us through different aspects of the college course itself, in case we wished to study BIS at third level. Every day had something new in store to get us thinking outside the box, coming up with new ideas and learning new skills that would be needed in a business.
We received a great insight into the college course from 2nd year students studying B.I.S. at U.C.C. This was very encouraging and interesting, and I learned a lot about their studies, what it's like being a B.I.S. student, and they also gave us a campus tour.
An interesting activity that we were involved in was The Marshmallow Challenge. It seemed so simple but was actually quite tricky. It was a great lesson in which we learned about team work, trial and error, planning and organising. We had talks on how to run and set up a successful business from lecturers and a business manager that was seen on Dragons Den. One of the greatest tips that stood out to me was “lt's not how you do it it's why you do it” in terms of your career or business and it made a lot of sense to me.
Some time was spent on computer coding and programming. All this information and this knowledge was put to great use when we got into groups to come up with our own successful business. On the last day we had to make a presentation showcasing our business and explaining how it works and why it's a necessary business in today's market. Prizes were handed out to the best business and everyone else received a U.C.C. jumper and a bag.
Overall I really enjoyed my week learning about B.I.S. and I am definitely considering going on to study it in college at U.C.C.
Aoife Browne, Transition Year
Ard Scoil and C.B.S. students stepping it out at the Transition Year Ceili
The Transition Year student finished their module of self defence last week. Billy O' Sullivan who is a kickboxing instructor in Carrick on Suir came in to do this with us. We learnt some simple skills that will work without fail if ever we needed to defend ourselves. We had great fun practising on each other, finding the pressure points and perfecting our techniques.
We all enjoyed the module greatly, we learnt so much more than just self defence. Billy spoke to us often about street safety and we had the 3 “A”s drilled into us by the end of the few weeks. Aware, Avoid and Action. We were all very fond of Billy, he told stories in such a witty way and we will remember his words of advice for the rest of our lives. It was extremely beneficial to us and was one of the highlights of Fourth Year for many of us.
Eileen Fitzgerald, Transition Year
Mr Michael Kelly, founder of Grow It Yourself, photographed with Ms Joyce and Transition Year students during his visit to the school