The annual Christmas party for the students of St. Catherine's School took place in the dining area of St. David's Secondary School on Wednesday 11th of December. This yearly event is always one of the highlights of the school calendar and is always spoken of very fondly by any past pupils. The Leaving Certificate class of 2020 dress up for the occasion to put on a big celebration for the incoming students. The highlight of the day for a large number of these students were the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus (who were kindly dropped down by the fire brigade as the sleigh was in for servicing prior to the busy Christmas period). Each student gets the opportunity to visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the grotto and receive a gift to mark the occasion. Plenty of food was supplied and games were organised to ensure fun was had by all who attended.
A big thank you to Niall Sheehy who supplied the music on the day. Also a massive thank you to all the teachers who were involved, in particular head elf, Ms. Doughty. But most of all a huge thank you to the staff and students of St. Catherine's who always make it such a special occasion.
Well done to Rachel Purcell and Eoghan Ó Longaigh on their UCD Entrance Scholars Awards for the year 2019 based on their terrific achievements in the Leaving Certificate Exams. Best of luck to both former students, and to all of the class of 2019, as you progress through third-level education.
Rachel is currently nearing the end of her first semester of medicine while Eoghan is studying Actuarial Science.
Applications for First Year, 2022 - 2023, are now closed.
The processing of applications will commence from Wednesday, 20th November 2019 - Friday, 6th December 2019, and the issuing of letters offering places and to those unsuccessful during the week of 9th - 13th December 2019.
Anyone who has missed the deadline and wishes to place their child(ren) down on the waiting list, for First Year, 2022 - 2023, can contact the school office by email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to place their child(ren)'s name down, from Monday, 16th December 2019 onwards.
The annual student council elections took place in the school library on Thursday 24th of October. Each class is allowed one representative on the student council. Any student who wished to run for election was first required to fill in an application form which needed to be signed by two other students from their base class. The candidates were then required to write a speech which they read out to their classmates during an extended tutorial period outlining why they felt they should be elected.
Next up was the voting process itself. Each base class was called to the library one class at a time where they filled in their votes by secret ballot. Once all students had voted it was up to the 5th Year prefects to add up the votes to see who was elected.
Conor Campbell was given the job of announcing the new class representatives over the intercom.
The following is a list of students who were elected. Well done to all students who ran for election.
1.1 Gavin L
1.7 Tiarnan G
1.23 Maisie H
1.28 Chloe O'R
2.11 Jack F
2.8 Lucas Du P
2.26 PJ L-D
2.39 Max L
3.24 Reegan B
3.6 Stephen M
3.29 Emilie F
3.27 Darragh K
4.2 Maks S
4.14 Michael M
4.9 Zara S
5.4 Cianán P
5.5 Cian P
5.18 Anna M
5.38 Lucas G
6th Year students are represented by our Head Boy (Stephen B), Head Girl (Carolann McD), Deputy Head Boy (Norbert S) and Deputy Head Girl (Ava McG).
A huge thank you to Ms. T. Brady for her work as the student council liaison teacher and to the 5th Year prefects (Ava, Conor, Eimear and Neil) who helped out in the election process.
The annual St. David's whole school mass took place today, Tuesday 15th October, in the Holy Rosary Church in Greystones. This is one of the few times of the year when the entire student body of the school along with all teachers can get together for an event.
The mass is celebrated at the beginning of each school year. This year the theme of the mass was hope. Key aspects of school life were discussed. Sports jerseys to represent extra-curricular activities, exam papers to represent the challenges faced in exam years, school books to represent the academic interests and a CAO handbook were all presented.
The celebrant for the mass was Fr. Gerard. St. David's would like to thank him for everything that he does for the school throughout the year.
The St. David's choir performed admirable throughout the celebration.
A big thank you to Ms. Kane, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Cunningham, Ms. McCormack and Ms. Aylmer for their massive work in organising this event.
There was great excitement this morning in St. David's as the students of the Junior Certificate class of 2019 gathered at 9:30 am in the school dining area for the unveiling of the Junior Certificate results.
There were some anxious faces about the place but these expressions soon turned to happiness after the students were presented with their envelope by School Principal, Ms. Mary O'Doherty, and Deputy Principal, Mr. Simon Carey.
All staff of St. David's would like to congratulate the Junior Certificate class of 2019 on their terrific achievements.
A huge well done must also go to the teachers who provided such terrific guidance and support throughout the three years of the Junior Cycle programme.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended Open Night 2019 to make it such a huge success!
Open Night 2019 took place on the 1st of October from 7 to 9pm. All the students who volunteered were prepped and ready to show the parents, guardians and future students around our school. All the different rooms had been decorated with different materials to provide incoming students with a rough idea as to what they could be doing in each different subject.
This year there were three different paths that the students had to follow this year when giving their tours. Ms. Burke and Mr. Carey were on the two main doors making sure everything was running smoothly. After all the tours were completed Ms. O'Doherty and Mr. Carey had an assembly for all the parents, guardians and students to talk briefly about the different areas of St. David’s. Head Boy Stephen Bowes and Head Girl Carolann McDonald also gave short speeches about different aspects of school life.
A big thanks to all the students who volunteered for tours, helped out in different subject areas and much more. The school also looked great thanks to the group of Transition Years who designed the notice boards in the days prior to Open Night.
On Tuesday the 10th of September a large number of staff along with members of the class of 2019 gathered in the school dining area for the Annual Leaving Certificate Awards Ceremony. The purpose of the awards ceremony is to recognise outstanding achievement in the Leaving Certificate Examinations. Any student who received a H1 or H2 grade received an award on the night.
The ceremony was opened by School Deputy Principal, Mr. Simon Carey who spoke about the importance of the awards and congratulated both students and parents on the fantastic results that had been achieved. This was followed by School Principal, Ms. Mary O' Doherty, who congratulated the students on their terrific achievements but also advised that their hard work must also be applied to college life. Mr. Simon Carey then began the task of reading through the list of forty-nine individual award winners. Each student was presented their award by either the Head Boy or Head Girl along with Ms. O' Doherty.
Following the individual awards the focus shifted towards the best in class prizes. Sebastien Fulmer, Rachel Purcell, Eoghan O' Longaigh, Gerard Acton and Tom Cleary picked up the accolades for their respective class groups.
The final award of the evening was the Paul Ellis Cup which is awarded to the student who achieved the best overall Leaving Certificate from the entire class group. The winner this year was Sebastien Fulmer who epitomises the Paul Ellis award in the way he conducted himself as a hardworking, academic, empathetic and respectful student throughout his six years in the school.
The evening concluded with a wine and crackers reception.
Congratulations to all students who achieved awards on the night but a massive well done must go out to the entire class of 2019 on their excellent results. Best of luck to all in the future!