It has been a whirlwind couple of months for 5th Year student A. O'Mahony. Amy, who plays her club rugby with Greystones RFC, had been selected for the Leinster U-18 women's team. The team had an exceptional year and are now interprovincial champions. Amy was part of the matchday 23 for each game. Leinster defeated Munster, Connacht, and finally Munter on a scoreline of 54-7!
Well done and best of luck in the future with your rugby career.
Bike Week ran from September 12th to September 18th. To promote awareness around safe cycling to and from school St. David's ran a poster competition. Posters were collected throughout the week before a winning poster was selected. The winner of the competition was 1st Year student L. Finnegan.
Congratulations to L. Finnegan and well done to all students who submitted entries.
There was a fantastic start to 1st Year Gaelic football on Wednesday 15th of September at Eire ÓG GAA grounds. A huge number of 1st Year students gathered after school for the first day of training under the guidance of Kevin, Mr. Short, Mr. Geoghegan, Mr. Dunne and numerous Transition Years who were down to help out.
This training will take on a weekly basis with a blitz versus other local schools planned for the near future. All 1st Year students are welcome to attend.
Transition year really began on Thursday the 9th of September with the first out of school trip for some of the TY students. The destination was Greystones Sailing Club. Students partnered up and were given some basic instructions before entering into the water and sailing their boats. In the afternoon students had the opportunity to move out into the Irish Sea to test their skills in more difficult conditions. The remaining TY classes will also be out over the next few days with more photos to follow.
On Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th of April Transition Year students left the hustle and bustle of St. David’s school for the woodland region of Kippure. On arrival students were greeted by Dane and his team. Throughout the day students took part in several activities which were designed to teach some survival skills. Students were required to build a shelter from branches and foliage which was available in the woodland, collect sticks and twigs for a fire, and then cook food on the fire that they had created.
As always, the Bushcraft trip proved to be massively positive for the students of Transition Year, providing students with the opportunity to access the outdoors and get away from the classroom for the day.
On Tuesday and Wednesday 21st and 22st of October Transition Years from all base classes embarked on an exciting journey to Russborough House for a day full of outdoor activities.
Classes 4.4 and 4.6 joined together for their trip on Tuesday while 4.5 and 4.7 united for their trip on Wednesday. Both classes left school at 9 am on separate buses to ensure social distancing of the students on the transport. The trip took an hour and the students eventually arrived at the picturesque woodland of Russborough house where their activities for the day would take place.
First, the students were divided into groups and began their activities by engaging in accurate archery shooting. Many students hit the bullseye and thoroughly enjoyed this activity!
Afterwards, the next activity involved the students taking off into the woodlands and creating useful huts from forest materials with the help of the adventure centre staff. Various groups in the classes competed against each other to create the best hut in a limited amount of time! The students were then rewarded with roasted marshmallows which they toasted on the fires they had made.
More interesting activities followed such as following a rope through a wood blindfolded and guiding blindfolded teammates towards a pen. Following on from that, everyone was given a harness that would be used for many different climbing obstacles. Students subsequently engaged in wall climbing and Zippit-like obstacle courses. In the end everyone had a go on the thrilling zipline and the whole year group agreed that it was the most entertaining activity.
Overall, the Transition years had a fantastic time!
A huge well done to everyone involved especially the teachers who supervised the trip and the excellent staff at the adventure centre.
(R. Shparuta, Reporter)
(F. Fickett and K. Stanicki, Photographer)
TY Bonding workshops too place on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of September. Students took part in various activities designed to promote teamwork such as archery and other puzzle challenges. Each year the TY Bonding workshop is a big hit as it allows students the opportunity to meet some of the new students in the year and also to develop or rekindle friendships with students who were in different class groups over the three years at Junior Cycle.
Thanks to Dane and his team at GoBeyond Adventure for running the activities for the students and to Ms. Brosnan for organising the day!
On Wednesday the 8th of October a large number of TY students gathered outside the school where photos were taken of the excited participants of the 2020 online VHI Women’s Mini Marathon. Even though it was a women's mini marathon there were plenty of male students dressed up as ladies taking part to provide support and add to the festivity of the day.
When the walk began everybody was full of life and eager to go. As the walk progressed students split up into groups of friends walking at different paces. By the time the 2 km mark was reached there were purple t-shirts spread out along the Greystones coastline. This changed at the halfway mark of 5km when students turned and waited for the rest to catch up. After two hours of walking some people had blisters and had run out of water but were happy as it was all for an excellent cause. By the time the school was in sight everybody was thankful that they were nearly done. Once the participants reached the school the classes had for the day ended and with a goodbye and thanks everybody went on their way, dragging their weary feet to their homes for a well-deserved rest.
Overall everybody really enjoyed this walk as it not only supported a great cause but gave TY students the opportunity to further bond after a number of workshops in recent weeks.
(K. Flynn, TY Reporter)
(E. Place, TY Photographer)