Currently, there are 9,841 homeless people in Ireland including 3,867 children. This figure is increasing everyday.
Throughout the completion of the CSPE Action Project , we researched information about the homeless and the organisations that help the homeless.The Simon Community is crucial in helping the homeless crisis in Ireland. Our school invited a speaker from the Simon Community to give our 3rd year group a talk on the work they are doing for the homeless. The Simon Community is based in four counties; Dublin, Wicklow, Meath and Kildare.
They provide over 30 services including,
-Giving out blankets.
They have another branch of sevices called Emergency Outreach, some of services they provide:
-The Rough Sleeper Service.
-Soup Run Service.
-Social Club Service.
-Needle Exchange Programme.
Simon Community collect their funds through donations from us, the public. They rely on fundraisers such as Home Run or Sing for Simon 24hr Carolathon, to raise money for the foundation. You can get involved by participating in Sing for Simon, this year’s carol service. It is suitable for all ages- so you can get the whole family involved! By donating as little as 5 euro towards the Simon Community, you could help someone get off the streets and have new, clean clothes and a shelter for the night.
This is a huge crisis in Ireland at the moment. Through this action project we have learned so much about the Homeless Crisis and the many areas in which charitable organisation help the community. In addition we now know how we can be more active citizens for our communities.
By Kristian Currie, Jake O’Gorman, Dan Fan, Hollie Kelly and Sophie Johnston.
On Thursday 4th of October Transition Year students took part in a variety of team bonding activities. Students completed games using grass skis, wheelbarrows, and planks. They also got the opportunity to try their hand at archery. All activities were designed to promote teamwork and problem-solving skills. The day was a massive success and gave students the chance to interact with some of the new additions to Transition Year.
TY Song School has been taking place in St. David's for the past few days. Song School is a Create Schools workshop run by Peter Baxter. During this workshop the TY students had to write a song that also included a one take music video. The workshop will run over eight days in total and has proved to be an extremely enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
Some more photos!
And finally photos from 2nd of October!
On September 5th, a group of Fifth Year Biology Students had the opportunity to go with Ms. Cavey to the National Concert Hall to attend SCHRODINGER AT 75 - The Future of Biology. A bringing together of eminent Scientists including Noble Prize Winners who presented lectures on the most up-to-date information in their field of Biology. The St.Davids Fifth years were lucky to attend the Lectures on The Future of Molecular Biology, The Future of Extinction and The Future of Ancient DNA. Quite challenging topics but an introduction to the wonderful word of research and discovery.
Transition Year students hosted their teachers, parents and friends this week for the annual Transition Year Showcase. The event was organised by the Transition Year students and commenced with a viewing of the short films that they produced this year with the Create Schools team.
Students, parents and teachers then progressed to the school's hall, which the Transition Years had transform into an amazing exhibition space, to view stalls and presentations that showcased all of the activities, events and modules they engaged in during the 2017/2018 year.
Below is a selection of pictures from the evening.
Chalkdust is the St. David's Holy Faith Secondary School annual magazine that chronicles some of the events that have taken place in the school over the past academic year. The publication has a long history in the school and was revived again four years ago in its current format.
Chalkdust is an entirely student centered activity in St. David's. Every year the Transition Years take the lead on this activity, forming into various committees to focus their attention into areas of editing, journalism, design and photography. All of the material that you will see in the magazine was produced by our students in our school.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them on this year's issue and the immense effort that they have placed into the pages that you are about to read.
Click "enable flash" to view the magazine in this page or alternatively, you can download a .PDF version of Chalkdust by clicking on this link.
It's a bittersweet time of year for the community of St. David's Secondary School. Today we congratulate, and say farewell to, another year group of students who will soon sit their Leaving Certificate exams and head onward.
This year's graduation ceremony began in Holy Rosary Church, Greystones where students gave thanks for the wisdom and guidance they have received over the years. They also offered thanks for the friendships made and prayed for calm and focus in the coming weeks.
The school community, 6th Year parents and friends then gathered in the school's hall to hear speeches from the Principal (Ms. O'Doherty), Deputy Principal (Mr. Carey), Year Head (Mr. Reynolds) and Head Boy and Head Girl (C. Gaines and E. Berney).
This year's student of the year prize was bestowed upon S.Gurrin. The successful student is awarded as a result of teachers' recognition of outstanding contributions to school spirit and ethos. The award is kindly presented every year by Bray Lyons Club.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish our 6th Year students every success in the upcoming exams and in their future endeavors.
Below is a sample of photographs from the day.
Below is a sample of photographs from our Presentation Day. Students who take part in events and activities, in all areas of interest in the St. David's Community, are recognised for their contribution by their teachers.
The awards are presented to students for contributions to all sports that the school partakes in, chess, photography, contributions towards the school magazine, astronomy and hobbies club to name a few.
Lasting traditions are upheld on Presentation Day also. The Gerard Scully Award for Sports Personality of the Year (This year's recipient was S. O'Callaghan) is presented to an outgoing 6th Year student. Sports Day final scores, year group winners and overall winners are announced. This year saw very special awards presented to A. Hamilton for his contribution to Hobbies Club and also to a Group of Sixth Year Students (C. Gaines, E. Myler, A.L Perez-Vargas, S.O'Sullivan, D.Brosnan, S.Gurrin) for their contribution to the establishment of Diversity Club in the school.
Well done to all!
Every year we pray for sunshine and this year our prayers were answered. Sports Day is a long established tradition in St. David's and famed for the fun it provides for the entire school community.
We gather at Eire Óg G.A.A grounds (thanks Eire Óg!) at the start of the day and partake in various track and field activities along with novelty events. The day promotes friendly competition between the different class groups with the winning base class being presented a trophy at presentation day.
On the day, the last event is always the tug-o-war between the outgoing 6th Year team (ladies) and the female teachers. This year, the 6th year girls proved too strong for the teacher's team, winning in straight bouts. Well done girls!
Below are a selection of photos from the day.