November Remembrance Service
Our annual service of remembrance took place in school on Wednesday the 28th of November 2018.
We remember them………..
Our liturgy of remembrance for all of our loved ones who have died, for those we had the privilege of knowing and loving as we shared our lives with them. Those we loved never die.
On Wednesday 21st Of October a large crowd of students, parents and teachers gathered for the St. David's Annual Junior Certificate Awards Ceremony. The awards recognise excellent academic achievement in the Junior Certificate Examinations. Any student who achieved an A grade in any subject was presented with an award. In total forty-seven individual awards were presented to forty-four students.
In addition to the individual awards there was a best in class award presented to the highest achiever in each of the three base classes. The winners of these awards were Neil Browne from 3.8, Aaron O'Dwyer-Robinson from 3.4 and Ava Stokes from 3.2.
The ceremony culminated in the presentation of the Leah Little Trophy which is awarded to the student with the highest results in the Junior Certificate Examinations across the entire year group. This year Ava Stokes was the winner.
Congratulations to all students on their excellent achievements and a massive thank you to all staff members who contributed to organise the awards and refreshments for the event.
As part of TY Art the students and Ms. Sheridan carried out a recreaton of 'The School of Athens' by Renaissance painter Raphael. Some of the photos are shown below.
On the 14th of November five of the students of the class of 2018 were awarded entrance scholarships to UCD in recognition of their excellent achievements in the Leaving Certiicate Examinations. This is the 12th successive year that academic achievement from St. David's has been rewarded with UCD scholarships.
Well done to all students involved!
The students who acheived scholarships along with their courses are as follows:
Ruairi Doyle - Commerce
Aoife Rainey - Economics and Finance
Cian Gaines - Science (Mathematical, Physical and Geological Sciences)
Doireann Brosnan - Law with French
Roisin Roberts-Kunz - Law with Irish
Daniel Blankensee, on Monday 19th of November, pictured at the 2018 Entrance Awards, as a result of his high performance in the Leaving Certificate Examinations.
Daniel is currently studying Theoretical Physics in Trinity College. Well done on an excellent achievement!
Over the past couple of weeks students of the individual base classes in St. David's have been in competition with each other in an attempt to gain election to the Student Council. Firstly all students had the opportunity to run for election. Students with a desire to run for class representative had to complete an application form which required nominations from two of their peers along with a signature from the Deputy Principal. Election speeches were then held during an extended tutorial time. This was followed by the voting process, whereby students from each class were involved in a secret ballot which was facilitated by the fifth year prefects. The results of the ballot were then announced at the end of the school day.
Congratulations to all students who were elected along with all students who ran for election.
Role of the Student Council:
All students elected to the council are required to attend the student council meetings which take place every two to three weeks. Students who do not attend may be removed from the council.
Best of luck to all students involved and a massive thank you to Ms. Ní Mhaoilchiaráin for all her hard work!
At lunch time the students were treated to burgers and ice-cream and after lunch there was a Spain v Ireland football game (11 a side game) which Spain won 5-2.
All in all it was another unforgettable day in an already established tradition of cultural co-operation between both schools. We look forward to welcome SEK forSt. Patrick's Day Celebrations in March.
This years World Teachers Day took place on Friday the 5th of October. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) that recognizes education as a key fundamental right and establishes an entitlement to free compulsory education, ensuring inclusive and equitable access for all children.
To mark the day 6th Year students from Ms. Cunningham's class designed personalised bookmarks for each individual teacher in the school. Thanks to all the students and to Ms. Cunningham for all your hard work!
The owners of the cafés and restaurants of Greystones must have been wondering where their customers had disappeared to on the evening of Tuesday the 2nd of October. What seemed like the entire community descended on St. David's Holy Faith Secondary School for the annual open night. The evening certainly lived up to expectations for all involved.
Current students of the school provided tours of the building which covered all the different subject areas. The following is not a list of everything but just some of the busiest areas on the night. There were rat dissections and microscopes in the biology lab, atmospheric pressure experiments in the chemistry lab. still art in the art room and plenty of baking in the home economics kitchen. Downstairs in construction the excellent projects of last years sixth year students were laid out. There were quizzes galore such as in the religion room. a reenactment of famine times in the history room and a display of the vast array of PE equipment in the hall. In addition several of the schools clubs and societies set up to show their skills and talents. These clubs included hobbies club and chess.
At seven o' clock a proportion of the crowd gathered in the school dining where an address from the Principal and Deputy Principal take place. To say there wasn't a seat to be had in the dining area doesn't quite encompass the large crowds present!
A massive thank you must go out to all students who helped out on the night for tours and to those who helped out in the different subject areas but most of all thank you to everyone who attended and we hope that you managed to get a taster for what St. David's is all about!
For information regarding the schools admission policy please see the section 'FOR PARENTS' at the top of this page and then 'Policies'.
Go luath ar maidin Déaradaoin ar an 27 Meán Fómhair bhailigh grúpa daltaí ón gcúigiú agus ón séú bliain le chéile i mbialann na scoile. Bhí siad ar bís don turas go dtí an Ghaeltacht i nGaillimh. Thosaigh siad an t-aistear le bus agus traein go staisiún na Gaillimhe agus bus eile amach go dtí an Cheathrú Rua.
Nuair a shroich na scoláirí Acadamh na hOllscoile ar an gCeathrú Rua bhí rang cainte acu le Máire. Rinne siad píosa cainte faoin turas aniar le Máire agus bhí siad breá sásta. Thug gach duine agahaidh ar na tithe agus chas siad le bean an tí le dinnéar a bheith acu.
An oíche sin bhí tráth na gceist acu, bhí Tom iontach mar fhear an tí ag cur ceisteanna agus ag ceartú na bhfreagraí. Bhuaigh Ellie, Katie, Aisha, Niamh agus Sarah cúpla t-léine sa tráth na gceist. Bhí iomaíocht mhór idir na grúpaí! Tar éis na hoíche bhí siad tuirseach traochta agus bhí siad an-sásta cupán tae agus an leaba a fheiceáil an oíche sin.
Maidin Dé hAoine dhúisigh na daltaí agus iad ag caint Gaeilge le chéile ag an mbord don bhricfeasta. Ar aghaidh leo go dtí na ranganna ar feadh cúpla uair a chloig. Bhí ranganna agus lón acu agus i ndiaidh an lóin chuaigh gach duine ar siúlóid dúlra go dtí an trá. Bhí toraíocht taisce acu agus bhí orthu pictiúir a ghlacadh agus nótaí a thógáil. Bhain siad an-taitneamh as an tsiúlóid. Shiúil siad chomh fada le trá an dóilín agus chaith siad píosa ag spraoi le liathróid agus ag féachaint sna locháin. Bhí siad stiúgtha leis an ocras tar éis aeir úir Chonamara!
An oíche sin bhí céilí agus amhránaíocht ar siúl. Rinne siad damhsa céilí - Ballaí Luimnigh, Ionsaí na hInse agus Cur Crúb ar an Asal. Chomh maith leis sin chan siad amhrán as Gaeilge An Poc ar Buile, Péigín Leitir Móir agus cúpla ceann eile. Bhí scoth na ndamhsóirí agus n-amhránaithe i láthair.
Tháinig an Satharn agus bhí brón ar na daltaí imeacht abhaile go dtí na Clocha Liatha! Thug an grúpa ar fad cuairt ar Theach an Phiarsaigh i Ros Muc. Áit a raibh Pádraig Mac Parais ina chónaí nuair a scríobh sé Forógra na Poblachta don Éirí Amach na Cásca. Bhain na daltaí an-sult as an ionad chultúrtha agus nuair a d’fhill siad ar ais ar an Acadamh bhí siad réidh le dul ar an turas fada ar ais go Cill Mhantáin.
Bhí cúpla lá iontach ag na daltaí agus chuir sé iontas orthu cé mhéad Gaeilge a bhí acu. Ní dhéanfaidh siad dearmad ar an nGaeltacht le píosa fada!
The annual St. David's Secondary School Whole School Mass on Thursday 27th September 2018 in the Holy Rosary Church Greystones. The Celebrants for the mass were Fr. John Daly and Fr. Gerard Tyrrell.
The purpose of the school mass is to reflect on what has gone before as well as to prepare for the school year ahead. Fr. Daly focused primarily on the importance of perseverance and determination while Fr. Tyrrell focused his attention towards the fact that a school community must function as a team.
Throughout the ceremony there were some excellent pieces of music as well as some well-chosen readings. Well done to all students who took part, the school choir, and the Religion and Music departments of the school on such a well organised and enjoyable event.