In keeping with the school's ethos, St. David's students are well aware of those who are less fortunate than them at this time of year. Each tutor group in the school gathers food and festive treats with the aim of donating hampers to the Saint Vincent De Paul for redistribution to the community.
Pictured below are the students with the gathered hampers. Well done to all involved.
The Senior rugby team played an enthralling match against Presentation College, Carlow on Wednesday the 22nd of November in dreadful weather conditions.
It was a great contest with the senior team winning a close match 20-15. There were outstanding performances by all players.
Tries from Z. White and H. Fortune Chea sealed the victory.
In September the Transition Years went on a trip to Causey Farm to engage in many activities on a working farm.
They participated in baking where they completed a traditional recipe of soda bread. A wide range of different breads were produced, some of which were masterpieces. Afterwards the fourth year students looked at farm animals such as rabbits, ducks, chickens and even a duck that thought he was a chicken. The students even took part in some traditional Irish dancing to loosen up before the bog.
Finally the students were ready for the ultimate challenge and the highlight of the trip, Bog Jumping. After a ride in a unique and yet comfy trailer, filled with hay towed by a tractor, the destination was reached and everyone was ready to jump right in. But no one expected how hard the bog will be to master. Once a person jumped in they had to prepare themselves for a soft yet moist landing and legs getting sucked in too fast for anyone to react.
Getting in was the easy part, getting out was the real challenge .The students tried their best to get out of the bog but it was impossible , as even the smallest movement would make them sink even faster creating an endless loop of struggling and getting nowhere. To get out of the bog a person was forced to lay down and roll. After eventually getting out of the bog the students were soaked and muddy. Many memories were made and Transition Year was off to an enjoyable start.
In October the First Years had a visit from a cyber detective who spoke with them about internet safety and how to behave online.
The talk started with a quiz asking first year students had to answer questions about internet safety. The questions quizzed the students on a variety of online information from details about different social apps, such as Facebook, to video platforms, such as Youtube. The first years performed really well and were even praised by the guest speaker.
Next, the detective talked about seeing unusual content online and what to do when a thing like that is seen. Her main advice was to talk to a adult and discuss it. Next they talked about password security and what passwords to use. She advised them not to relate their password to any personal details. The First Years learned that including a lot of numbers and different signs in a password makes it harder to crack. Another good idea is to auto-generate passwords in an app.
Finally the detective discussed safety in apps such as Snapchat and Youtube. She acknowledge the importance of privacy especially when using Snapchat and to be careful when browsing through Youtube.