Every Christmas the 6th Years of St. David’s organise a Christmas party for the students of St. Catherine’s school. Normally St. Catherine’s visit Greystones and are greeted by the 6th Year students before having a party and meeting Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus!
But with Covid-19 restrictions this year was a little different and students had to think outside the box.
The venue was switched to St. Catherine’s school and the visiting group was limited to Mr. and Mrs. Claus, along with the four head elves. The rest of the sixth years began preparing by creating Christmas cards and recording Christmas carols.
On Wednesday 16th of December Ms. Courtney and Mr. Maguire escorted the elves to St. Catherine’s School. Mr. and Mrs. Claus made their own way by grabbing a lift with Greystones fire department.
The students of St. Catherine’s got the chance to meet the visiting entourage from the North Pole in their own surroundings.
And, as always, the 6th Year students of St. David’s ensured that Christmas would remain a special time of year to the students of St. Catherine’s.
Well done to Ms. Courtney and Mr. Maguire on your work to ensure that St. Catherine’s party went ahead this year but most of all well done to the 6th Year students who contributed so much to make it such a special occasion.
Happy Christmas to all!
There has been some fantastic work on the base classrooms over the past couple of weeks from 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students. Some of the photos are shown below!
With Christmas just around the corner the festive spirit was turned up a notch this week in St. David's Holy Faith Secondary School.
At the beginning of the week two Christmas trees arrived which were decorated by some of the Transition Year students.
This was followed on Monday afternoon by the preparations for the visit of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and four of the head elves to St. Catherine's school. Students dressed up in costume to develop Christmas cards and record some of their favourite Christmas carols.
On Wednesday each student in the school was presented with a selection box by Ms. O' Doherty and Mr. Carey. Each year group was called one at a time to the dining area to receive this early Christmas gift.
On Friday two major events took place. Firstly there was a whole school non-uniform/Christmas jumper day. This day was arranged to raise much needed funds for Cystic Fibrosis and Down Syndrome Ireland. students were encouraged to wear some sort of Christmas attire but could also choose to wear non uniform clothing for the day.
In addition to the non-uniform day Transition Year students also took part in a Christmas fun day. The day was split into different components such as watching Christmas movies, playing board games and designing Christmas cards while listening to Christmas music.
Throughout the week the various class groups within the school began the task of decorating their classrooms. As the week has progressed more and more classes have gotten into the Christmas spirit and began the decorating process. A team of TY students have been tasked with taking photographs of these rooms next week and photos will be posted!
With just over one week to go the students of St. David's are definitely experiencing the Christmas spirit!
Due to Covid-19 restrictions the annual St. Catherine's Party organised by 6th Year students of St. David's is unable to take place in the usual format. Instead Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be visiting St. Catherine's School accompanied by their head elves from the North Pole. To help with the preparations 6th Year students spent Monday afternoon creating Christmas cards and recording some Christmas carols. The group were supervised by Ms. Courtney and Mr. Maguire. Some of the photos of the excellent costumes are shown below.
The November exam timetable for third and sixth year students is shown below. Please click here to download a pdf version.
Congratulations to all students who were successful in their pursuit of a 5th Year Prefect position for the academic year 2020-21.
The full list of students is as follows:
The annual student council elections took place in the dining area on Wednesday 14th of October where the next set of members of the student council for the 2020/21 academic year would be elected. Beforehand, any student who wished to run for the council was given a candidature form which had to be signed by two classmates from their base class. They then had to make a speech in which they would explain why they felt they should be elected to the council. The class would listen attentively and make their choice.
Next up was the voting process. This year’s election took place in a different fashion, Masks and the smell of hand sanitizers filled the room, and everything had to be done apart, two metres apart to be exact.
Each base class was called up separately, starting out with the 1st years. The voting took place in the dining area, where the 5th year prefects set up a socially distanced, Covid-19 compliant voting system.
The voters received a sheet with all nominees on them, and went behind a concealed desk to place their vote. These votes were then accurately counted by a group of 5th year prefects in order to ensure accuracy in the results.
First up were the first year students who eagerly placed their first ever votes, completing one of their many rites of passages in their school journey. Many other classes followed and after a long day of democratic elections the winners of each group were announced.
Below is a list of students who got elected. A huge well-done to all students who ran in the elections.
1-18 Callum Fairley
1-21 Kate Macadam
1-20 Rían O’Gorman
1-19 Grace Mcdermot
2-13A Alison Finnerty
2-14 Evan Wylie
2-16 Gemma Fahy
2-12 Colm O’Neill
3-1 Jack O’Neill
3-2 Mikolaj Majcher
3-3 Kate Shevlin
3-8 Ella Fitzsimons
4-4 Darragh Kelly
4-5 Stephen Mullen
4-6 Milly Fortune
4-7 Isla Murphy Dewar
5-22 Maksymilian Ślusarczyk
5-23 Michael Martin
5-24 Zara Synott
6th year students are represented by: Cian Parkinson, Rory Ward, Rosie Mitchell, Iseult Brosnan, Daniel Hicks, Ava Stokes.
A huge thanks to Ms.Brady for her work as the student council liaison teacher and to the 5th year prefects who helped out throughout the day.
Reporter (Robert Shparuta)
Photographer (Sam Condon)
On Monday 12th of October third year base classes from the Junior Cycle class of 2019 were called one class at a time to the school hall to be presented with their Junior Certificate/Junior Cycle school certificates. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic formal state examinations for this cohort of students were cancelled and replaced by school-based assessments.
Class groups from the previous year assembled individually where each student was presented with a copy of their results in a sealed envelope by the School Principal, Ms. O' Doherty. Once the individual certificates had been distributed the best in class awards were presented to the students who had received the most A grades or Distinction grades within their class groups. This year the individual award winners were:
3.6 Ellen Finnerty
3.24 Aoife Reilly
3.27 Robert Shparuta
3.29 Ellie Maguire-O'Malley
The last award to be presented was the Leah Little Memorial Trophy. Each year this accolade is presented to the student who receives the greatest number of A grades or Distinctions across all of their Junior Certificate/Junior Cycle subjects. This year Ellie Maguire-O'Malley was presented with this award by Deputy Principal, Mr. Carey, and Principal, Ms. O'Doherty, on account of her excellent results.
Congratulations to all students on their grades!