The Transition Year Graduation and Expo took place on the evening of Monday 20th of May. The showcase was developed to allow students the chance to share some of their work and achievements throughout the year with their families. The evening began with the awards ceremony. Each student was presented with a pack which contained various certificates of some of the achievements of students throughout the year. Students also received photographs from some of the trips they had been on. Mr. O'Dowd and Ms. Courtney then proceeded to present some of the awards from this year's tour to Barcelona. Some of the winners included Roy Byrne, Mr. Brave and Dan Hicks, Mr. Greedy!
Next it was time for the 'Spirit of Transition Year' award. Each year this award is presented to a student who has fully embraced the values of Transition Year. Anna Minton was announced as this year's winner on account of her wonderful work, positive attitude and commitment throughout the year.
Following on from the awards and presentations, students and parents were invited to the sports hall. Students had arranged a large sample of their work from throughout the year. The different stations included the various subjects that students undertake in TY along with many of the additional projects that run alongside the curriculum. The vast array of student work on display was quite extraordinary.
Well done to all the teachers and students involved in setting up this wonderful TY showcase but a special mention must go to Ms. Brosnan, TY Co-ordinator, and her team of TY students who worked tirelessly in the lead up to the exhibition to ensure it's success!
The 6th Year Gradation took place on Friday 17th November. This year the graduation was split into three sections.
The opening section of the ceremony took place in the Holy Rosary Church in Greystones. The ceremony was lead by Fr. John Daly and Fr. Gerard Keane. The opening song of 'Time of Your Life' set the tone for the graduation. There were a large number of students involved throughout. Deputy Head Boy, Jordan Nevin, and Deputy Head Girl, Aoife McTague, provided commentary for Niamh, Ethan, Hannah, Nathan, Olivia, Tim and Aidan as they brought forward symbols that represented their time in secondary school. The Prayers of the Faithful were carefully chosen with each segment focused on the influences that impacted upon students throughout their time in secondary school. The following section on the passing of the candle contained readings from a teacher, parent, Deputy Principal, and a first year student who will not graduate until 2024! There was time for a final blessing from Fr. Daly before a moving rendition of 'Three Little Birds' sung by the choir and accompanied by Mr. Ó Donnchadh on guitar. School Principal, Ms. O' Doherty then invited students, parents and teachers back to the school for the second part of the graduation. Well done to everyone who took part in the service, particularly the religion department, the choir and Mr. Ó Donnchadh who stepped in at the last minute to deputise for Gavin on guitar.
Once the congregation were all seated in the school hall, Ms. O' Sullivan, 6th Year Year Head, welcomed students, parents and teachers to the school. Ms. O' Doherty and Mr. Carey both made poignant speeches which highlighted some of their own memories of the class of 2019 and wished them good fortune in their future. Next up it was Head Boy, Tom Cleary, and Head Girl, Rachel Purcell who presented tokens of appreciation to several members of the school community. They also discussed some of their favourite memories of their time in St. David's. Perhaps the highlight for many was the slideshow of photographs that were carefully chosen to show the progression of the class of 2019 through secondary school. The penultimate act in this segment invited tutors to call their respective roles for their class one last time. As Ms. Doughty, Ms. Wilson, Mr. Davies and Mr. Ryan progressed through their class lists each student was presented with a certificate of graduation from Ms. O' Doherty and Mr. Carey, along with a copy of this year's edition of the school magazine, Chalkdust. The last award to be handed out was Student of the Year. Ms. O' Sullivan had already covered the long list of nominations in her opening remarks. The Rotary Club then presented the joint winners of the award for 2019. Both Sinead Mahon and Rachel Purcell received the same number of nominations for the prestigious accolade and share the prize.
The final section of the graduation consisted of some light refreshments and photographs in the dining area. A massive thank you to the parents' association for all of their hard work in organising the refreshments. Well done to all involved and best of luck in your upcoming exams from all at St. David's!
A massive congratulations to the incoming Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl! These students will take over from the departing student liaison team as they move into 6th Year.
Head Boy - Stephen Bowes
Head Girl - Carolann McDonald
Deputy Head Boy - Norbert Stochla
Deputy Head Girl - Ava McGlynn
Well done to all who applied.
St. David's Annual Presentation Day took place on the morning of Wednesday 15th May 2019. The sun was shining as students made their way to the outside courts for the annual awards ceremony. The awards ceremony gives teachers and management within the school a chance to mark any special achievements from students throughout the year. It is also the time of year when the winning class from each year group from Sports Day is announced along with the prize for the best class in the school and the wooden spoon for the class with the lowest points return. As always, the event was hosted by Mr. Dunne and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for organising the event and for putting his own sense of humour on the proceedings.
The event began with the awards for the TY Media group. Awards were presented for excellence in reporting, photography, editing and designing. This set the tone for awards in GAA (male and female), badminton, soccer, basketball, rugby, sailing, school show, music club and chess, to name just a few! Special awards were presented on the day to Eoin O'Toole Carrick from 5th Year who was recently crowned U-18 World Irish Dancing Champion. An extraordinary award was presented to Ms. Doyle to mark her amazing achievement over the May bank holiday weekend where our very own home economics teacher was part of the winning crew who rowed from Arklow to Aberystwyth (90 nautical miles!!) as part of the Celtic Challenge competition.
Next up it was time for the announcement of the Head Boy and Head Girl, along with Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl for the next academic year. Well done to Stephen Bowes and Carolann MacDonald on their respective appointments as Head Boy and Head Girl. Huge congratulations also to Norbert Stochla and Ava McGlynn on their appointments as Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl.
These announcements were closely followed by the Gerard Scully award. This award is presented to a student each year who has portrayed huge dedication, commitment and leadership to sport both within and outside of school. This year there was several nominations from a range of different activities but the list was whittled down to just one student. We were delighted to announce Tom Cleary as the recipient this year based on his dedication to rugby, both as player and coach over his last six years in St. David's.
The penultimate segment of the awards ceremony seen the victorious 6th Year Tug of War team receive their plaque from Ms. Doughty. Following on from defeats in the last two years it is now widely anticipated that Ms. Doughty will be coming out of retirement to take part in next year's event.
The last stage of the awards ceremony crowned the winning classes from each of the year groups. Class group 1.14, 2.10, 3.9, 5.21 and 6.28 were all presented with sweets and chocolates on account of their victories. Next up was the overall class winner in the school which was awarded to Ms. Edinborough's 1.14 group. Finally Mr. Doyle had the embarrassment of collecting the wooden spoon award on account of the performance of his class at Sports Day where they picked up just two gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
All in all it was a very successful event!
All staff and students of St. David's Holy Faith wish to congratulate our esteemed student, Cal Mc Donnell for his successful portfolio submission to the National College Of Art & Design. Cal's talent and devotion to Art & Design was demonstrated through his impressive commitment to the subject and by the exceptionally skilled art work he produced in his portfolio. Cal will be an asset to the National College of Art & Design and we wish him further success beyond his school and university years.
Cal has been a student of Ms. Cody and Ms. Sheridan during his time in St. David's.
This year St. David’s annual Sports Day took place on Friday the 3rd of May in Eire Óg’s GAA grounds in Greystones. It is one of the few opportunities during the year when the entire school takes part in a single event. There were events on the day that catered for the most competitive of athletes and for students who were just there to enjoy the occasion.
For students the day began at approximately 9:30 when the respective tutor groups began to arrive at the GAA grounds but for some of the teachers, i.e. Mr. Dunne and Mr. Boland, and Niall Sheehy, who entertained the crowd with music on the day, the set up had began much earlier!
The day follows a straightforward format. Each student represents their base class in the individual events. For each gold medal a student receives three points for their base class. Two points are awarded for a silver and one for a bronze. On Presentation Day the winning class of each year group is announced and the overall winning class in the school is crowned. This is an extremely prestigious honour as the Sports Day plaque will remain on the wall of the winning tutor’s base class for the following academic year.
Some of the more competitive events included the 100m, 200m, 400m and javelin. In contrast several other events were ran to promote class spirit. In these events, such as Tug-O-War and the Obstacle Race, there was no shortage of enthusiasm from any of the participants. The finally event of the day before the staff members got involved consisted of the 6th year class-v-class relay event.
The day culminated in the Tug-O-War between the female teachers and female sixth year students. As usual, this proved to be a hotly contested event with the teachers team well-led by their ultra-competitive, sports day veteran, Ms. Doughty. However, after losing out to the students in the first round there was no way back for the teachers. Despite Ms. Doughty’s best efforts, including jumping in on the rope for the second round, the well trained student team held strong for a two nil victory. Unfortunately this year there was no teacher-student soccer match. This was primarily due to the lack of signings in previous transfer windows to increase the male footballing talent of the school.
Mr. Dunne and Mr. Boland would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff for their enthusiasm and help in organising and running such a successful day. Without the involvement of all staff members the day would not be able to proceed.
Kim O’Toole from 2nd Year placed 15th in this years Under 14 age category.
Eoin O’Toole Carrick from 5th Year placed 1st Under 18 boys age category.
Both dancers dance with Celtic Academy based in Kilmacanogue and Enniskerry.
Massive congratulations to both students on this fantastic achievemnt!
In the early hours of Friday 12th April forty seven Transition Year students along with six teachers gathered in the dining area of St. David’s Secondary School for the annual TY tour. The destination for this year was Barcelona on the east coast of Spain. There were more than a few groggy faces as students boarded the bus that would take them to the airport.
On arrival students were guided through security and then had the opportunity to get some breakfast. To the dismay of the teachers a large number of students opted for the very continental ‘Burger King’ option. The Aer Lingus flight departed for Barcelona on time and at this stage even Senan was fully awake.
After touching down in BArcelona students gathered their baggage and boarded a coach that would take them to the Los Rambles area of the city. Here students had the opportunity to explore the area and get some lunch. After his earlier trip to Burger King Louis simply wasn’t able for the nearby McDonald’s.
The afternoon activity for Day 1 was the Nou Camp stadium and museum tour. For many this was the part of the trip that they looked forward to most. I have never seen Rory as excited about anything within the school building! Students had the opportunity to meander around the museum at their own pace and explore the fantastic 99,000 seater stadium. Some suggested that this is where Manchester United would triumph during their quarter final with the Catalan giants the following week but hindsight has proven them totally mistaken! After a quick look around the Barcelona shop students were back aboard the coach for the hour long journey to Salou where the hotel was situated. It was a very peaceful bus trip with several students taking their chance to catch up on some sleep. Even Sam and Cian managed to give the Rubik’s Cube a break for a few minutes.
Students were organised into their rooms and ventured down to the restaurant for their buffet dinner that evening. As a group we also walked to the local shop to allow students to purchase some refreshments and have a look at some souvenirs. After this it was back to the hotel for the debrief of the day and off to bed for an early night!
Day 2 began in nice warm weather conditions. After an excellent buffet breakfast students were back on board the bus en route to Barcelona. The first stop of the day was the Picasso museum which showed magnificent works from the Spanish painter. Students had the opportunity to explore the museum at their own pace and only for the fact that the next stop was a shopping centre I would imagine that Stephanie, Cian and Sophie would still be there.
The second stop of the day was the Maremagnum shopping centre in Barcelona. This was time where students had the opportunity to get lunch but some did make the most of their opportunity for shopping. Ruby even managed to purchase a new hat, while Rory and Seán made a new friend with the purchase of some football jerseys.
From the shopping centre we made the short trip to Parc Guell. This Gaudí designed outdoor area had plenty to see but also gave both students and teachers the opportunity to relax and take some photos in the vibrant sunshine.
It was then time to return to the hotel for anther buffet dinner (the lads had grown fond of the frozen yoghurt by this stage!) before setting out to the House of Illusion for an evening show of magic and mystery. Here the students were dazzled by classic illusionist performances, acrobatics, along with some excellent card tricks, all performed by an entertaining and enthusiastic team.
This was the day that a large number of students (and Mr. Carey in particular) had been waiting for. Students spent the entire day in Port Aventura theme park which was only about a 15-minute bus journey from the hotel. Highlights of the day included the Furious Baco roller-coaster, which manages to reach 140 km/h in just three seconds, Shambhala and what became known as ‘the drop’. Even the quietest of student uttered a few screams when suspended 100m up! How Roy managed to survive the day will always be a mystery.
After the theme park it was back to the hotel for another excellent buffet meal. Students then had to pack up their belongings in preparation for flying out the following evening. There was time for a quick trip to the shops before bed.
The final morning of the trip began in beautiful sunshine. A walk to the beach was the first item on the itinerary for students. Here they had the opportunity to take some photos and relax with a friendly game of what can only be described as Frisbee rugby. We also managed to take our group photos in this scenic location.
En route back to Barcelona we stopped for an hour in Tarragona. The walled Medieval old-town gave students another opportunity to gain an insight into some Spanish history while the view out over the amphitheatre provided spectacular sweeping sights over the Mediterranean Sea.
Next was a trip to a second shopping centre where Vinnie was spotted in a jewellers. This was the ideal location to pick up the last minute souvenirs to bring back to family and friends and plenty made the most of this opportunity.
The students then took part in what was supposed to be a half day walking tour of Barcelona. However, the legs were getting tired at this stage and the excellent host arranged transport to the different locations via bus. As part of the tour students got the birds eye-view of the city from the top of one of the many hills surrounding Barcelona. There was also an excellent tour of the outside of the imposing Segrada Familia, the large unfinished Roman Catholic Church, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The final stop of the tour was an ice cream parlour where all students were treated to an ice cream of their choice. It rounded off what was a terrific end to a fantastic few days.
Students then climbed aboard the coach in Barcelona for the final time and made the short journey to the airport. Despite a delay on the way home the students behaved admirably and all teachers will agree that it was a pleasure to accompany them on what was an excellent trip. The bus finally pulled back into Greystones around 3am on Tuesday morning, a couple of hours behind schedule, but with everyone safe and sound!
TY Class 4.5 did a survey to establish the nature of student’s journeys to and from school.
They discovered that journeys to and from school by staff and students total 6,485Km every day.
They investigated the number of Carbon Neutral and non Carbon Neutral journeys.
The findings were as follows:
30% of all journeys to school were carbon neutral and 70% were not.
The following suggestions were made to lower the non carbon neutral journeys:
A small change by everyone will make a significant impact overall.