A group of twenty-five Spanish students from SEK International school visited St. David's on 21.3.2019 to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
The activities included Irish Dancing which was organised by Ms. Ni Mhaoilchiaráin and and Mr Ó Muirgheasa, a football game, Spain v Ireland, and amazing musical performances by Hansen Shang, Oisín Kelly Keenan, Sophia Mauer, Darcy Potts and Gracie O'Sullivan. There were also Irish dancing performances by Kim O'Toole, Katie Lawless and Louise Lawler. Afterwards, the students played Kahoot where the topic was Ireland and learned a cúpla focal. To finish the day there were presentations on Irish GAA by Agustin Lescano, Nina Wiedemann and Bruno de la Vega.
All in all it was a very enjoyable experience and The Spanish Dept. wish to thank all the St. David's teachers and students who collaborated to make this day a success. Go raibh maith agat!
The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is an event organised by young people for young people who are interested in politics and our world today. This event is held annually in different regions of Ireland and is a highly competitive competition.
The participants are put in groups on a random basis in which they then discuss topics that were previously assigned to them by email. The groups then go on to debate these topics against other students.
We have a great tradition in our fine school of sending students to this event. It will come as no surprise that we do well in this competition and have done so for years, as St.Davids always promotes free thought, free speech and self-expression.
The students of our school have a great interest in current affairs and politics, so much so, that Politics and Society is offered as a subject for Leaving Certificate.
All these factors result in the St.David’s students always performing well at the European Youth Parliament.
This year was no exception as two of the St.David's students got through to the national finals of the European Youth Parliament competition. We were delighted to have got to this stage. It has been a wonderful experience, both in terms of learning and also of meeting new people from other schools.
We encapsulate the great St. David’s spirit of debate, tolerance of other people's point of view, competitiveness, energy, enthusiasm and voice. We are encouraged to think for ourselves in our school, guided by our Principal, Deputy Principal and subject teachers.
The entire schools support the European Youth Parliament competition and in doing so give us their full support.
We agree in our school with Nelson Mandela that ‘ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’.
Gracie O'S and Norbert S (St. David's EYP Representatives 2019).
St. David's annual school show took place this year from the 22nd to the 25th of January. This year the choice for the show was Hairspray!
A massive well done to all involved! If you missed out on the show there are plenty of photos from the event shown below.
The annual St. David's Christmas concert took place in the dining area of the school on Friday 21st of December. The concert gave students across all year groups the opportunity to showcase some of the skills that they had developed and perfected within the music club of the school.
Well done to all students involved! A special thank you to Ms. Wilson and Ms. Cunningham for all their hard work in preparation of the event.
Throughout the month of December students from St. David's have been gathering food to donate to Saint Vincent de Paul. Each tutor class in the school put together a hamper to donate. Students were asked to sign up to bring in one item and judging by the magnificent volume of food collected almost all must have obliged!
Well done to all students and thank you to all the parents and guardians for your kindness and generosity. Also, thank you to Ms. Kane for co-ordinating within the school.
On Wednesday 12th of December St. David's were delighted to welcome the students of St. Catherine's School, Newcastle for the annual St. Catherine's Party. The sixth year students of St. David's put on a fantastic morning of fun and festivity for the visiting school.
Students took part in fun games, had a disco and even got the opportunity to visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Santa's Grotto. All students from St. Catherine's were given a present by the visitor from the North Pole. St. David's students dressed up for the occasion with a wide selection of costumes on show ranging from elves, to T-Rex dinosaurs, to Tinkerbell! It was a magical morning for all!
A massive thank you to the members of the Fire Department who liaised with Mr. and Mrs. Claus to arrange transportation to the school on the day (the sleigh and reindeer were too busy preparing for Christmas Eve!). Several teachers were involved in the organisation of the event including Ms. Doughty, Ms. Carmody and Ms. O' Sullivan, to name just a few.
Above all thank you to St. Catherine's who really brought the event to life!
At the IADT graduation ceremony, at the RDS on Friday 9th November, Claudia Crampton received the Department of Enterprise and Humanities Student of the Year award.
This is a significant achievement, which all at St. David’s are very proud of!
The image above shows Claudia Crampton receiving her award from Dr Annie Doona, President of IADT.