Today we celebrate the memory and legacy of Margaret Aylward, the founder of the Holy Faith Order.
Margaret Aylward was born in Waterford in 1810 and when she was young she volunteered her time in helping with charity work. She continued with this throughout her life and dedicated her time to improving the circumstances of people affected by poverty, particularly children. She established the Holy Faith congregation in 1867 with a focus on the provision of education.
Today, the women of the Holy Faith live and work in communities across four continents. They improve the lives of the poor and marginalised through education and faith development.
A huge 'go raibh maith agaibh' to all of the students who kindly helped out to celebrate the day!
Congratulations to students who recently received their Gaisce awards.
The President’s Award – called Gaisce – is a self-development programme for young people in Ireland between the ages of 15 and 25. The word Gaisce means great achievement. If you achieve an award you get a medal in a presentation box, a certificate signed by the President and a lapel pin.
To achieve a Gaisce award, you set a demanding challenge for yourself in 4 different areas of activity:
14 of our current 5th Year students managed to complete the four areas of activity listed above. A big thank you to Ms. Bailey for all her hard work in helping the students achieve this prestigious award.
Congratulations to all 5th Year students who were successful in their pursuit of a prefect position. Well done to all students who applied.
The list of successful candidates are:
Lucy Roberts Kunz
The annual St. David's elections for Student Council positions took place on Wednesday 10th of October 2021. Students who wished to run for election first needed to fill in an application form which had to be signed by two members of their base class. Next, any candidates were required to speak to their class and provide reasons as to why they should be appointed. The final step was each students voted for their preferred candidate. The successful applicants are listed below.
On Friday 24th September our 6th Year Geography students completed their experiments on The Cove Beach in Greystones. The experiments focused on transportation and deposition in a coastal environment. The day was a great success with all experiments completed. A draft write up is now underway in class.
Following the success of the Year of Languages, the Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year. As this falls on a Sunday the European Day of Languages was celebrated on Friday the 24th of September.
Parts of the school were decorated with quotes in different languages, stickers were distributed to promote the use of some key phrases and announcements took place in eleven different languages, each from a student of a different nationality in our school. Language-based games and activities were also played in some classes throughout the day.
Thank you to all teachers who were involved.
Friday the 3rd of September was a day that was marked on the calendars of the Leaving Certificate class of 2021 for the past number of months. This particular group of young men and women had an immensely challenging two years at senior cycle as they dealt with school closures due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The results achieved by this particular year group are fantastic. Overall, we have seen a 12% increase in overall grading from last year.
1. 600 - 625 points - 5.5% (4 students achieved full 625/625 points)
2. 500 - 599 points - 20.5% (16 students)
3. 400 - 499 points - 30% (24 students)
4. 300 - 399 points - 31% (25 students)
5. 200 - 299 points - 6.5% (5 students)
6. 0 - 199 points - 6.5% (5 students)
This is an incredible achievement and we wish our L.C students of 2021 all the very best. CAO offers are out on Tuesday of next week (7th of September).
The annual St. David's Debs took place on Thursday 26th of August. This year the location for the celebration took place at the Cube in Hollywood, Co. Wicklow. It gave students an opportunity to finally relax after a challenging time when trying to complete state examinations during a worldwide pandemic. Students will now be eagerly awaiting the CAO first round offers which will be released on the 7th of September.
Tuesday the 17th of August was a milestone day for the development of St. David's Secondary School. The official signing of the contract for the new school building (including the development of a new sports arena, new classrooms, and refurbishment of the existing building) took place on the sea front opposite St. David's Holy Faith Secondary School. Mythen construction have been working on the building for almost a year with major developments both inside and outside of the building having already taken place.