All staff and students of St. David's Holy Faith wish to congratulate our esteemed student, Cal Mc Donnell for his successful portfolio submission to the National College Of Art & Design. Cal's talent and devotion to Art & Design was demonstrated through his impressive commitment to the subject and by the exceptionally skilled art work he produced in his portfolio. Cal will be an asset to the National College of Art & Design and we wish him further success beyond his school and university years.
Cal has been a student of Ms. Cody and Ms. Sheridan during his time in St. David's.
This year St. David’s annual Sports Day took place on Friday the 3rd of May in Eire Óg’s GAA grounds in Greystones. It is one of the few opportunities during the year when the entire school takes part in a single event. There were events on the day that catered for the most competitive of athletes and for students who were just there to enjoy the occasion.
For students the day began at approximately 9:30 when the respective tutor groups began to arrive at the GAA grounds but for some of the teachers, i.e. Mr. Dunne and Mr. Boland, and Niall Sheehy, who entertained the crowd with music on the day, the set up had began much earlier!
The day follows a straightforward format. Each student represents their base class in the individual events. For each gold medal a student receives three points for their base class. Two points are awarded for a silver and one for a bronze. On Presentation Day the winning class of each year group is announced and the overall winning class in the school is crowned. This is an extremely prestigious honour as the Sports Day plaque will remain on the wall of the winning tutor’s base class for the following academic year.
Some of the more competitive events included the 100m, 200m, 400m and javelin. In contrast several other events were ran to promote class spirit. In these events, such as Tug-O-War and the Obstacle Race, there was no shortage of enthusiasm from any of the participants. The finally event of the day before the staff members got involved consisted of the 6th year class-v-class relay event.
The day culminated in the Tug-O-War between the female teachers and female sixth year students. As usual, this proved to be a hotly contested event with the teachers team well-led by their ultra-competitive, sports day veteran, Ms. Doughty. However, after losing out to the students in the first round there was no way back for the teachers. Despite Ms. Doughty’s best efforts, including jumping in on the rope for the second round, the well trained student team held strong for a two nil victory. Unfortunately this year there was no teacher-student soccer match. This was primarily due to the lack of signings in previous transfer windows to increase the male footballing talent of the school.
Mr. Dunne and Mr. Boland would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff for their enthusiasm and help in organising and running such a successful day. Without the involvement of all staff members the day would not be able to proceed.
Kim O’Toole from 2nd Year placed 15th in this years Under 14 age category.
Eoin O’Toole Carrick from 5th Year placed 1st Under 18 boys age category.
Both dancers dance with Celtic Academy based in Kilmacanogue and Enniskerry.
Massive congratulations to both students on this fantastic achievemnt!
In the early hours of Friday 12th April forty seven Transition Year students along with six teachers gathered in the dining area of St. David’s Secondary School for the annual TY tour. The destination for this year was Barcelona on the east coast of Spain. There were more than a few groggy faces as students boarded the bus that would take them to the airport.
On arrival students were guided through security and then had the opportunity to get some breakfast. To the dismay of the teachers a large number of students opted for the very continental ‘Burger King’ option. The Aer Lingus flight departed for Barcelona on time and at this stage even Senan was fully awake.
After touching down in Barcelona students gathered their baggage and boarded a coach that would take them to the Los Rambles area of the city. Here students had the opportunity to explore the area and get some lunch. After his earlier trip to Burger King Louis simply wasn’t able for the nearby McDonald’s.
The afternoon activity for Day 1 was the Nou Camp stadium and museum tour. For many this was the part of the trip that they looked forward to most. I have never seen Rory as excited about anything within the school building! Students had the opportunity to meander around the museum at their own pace and explore the fantastic 99,000 seater stadium. Some suggested that this is where Manchester United would triumph during their quarter final with the Catalan giants the following week but hindsight has proven them totally mistaken! After a quick look around the Barcelona shop students were back aboard the coach for the hour long journey to Salou where the hotel was situated. It was a very peaceful bus trip with several students taking their chance to catch up on some sleep. Even Sam and Cian managed to give the Rubik’s Cube a break for a few minutes.
Students were organised into their rooms and ventured down to the restaurant for their buffet dinner that evening. As a group we also walked to the local shop to allow students to purchase some refreshments and have a look at some souvenirs. After this it was back to the hotel for the debrief of the day and off to bed for an early night!
Day 2 began in nice warm weather conditions. After an excellent buffet breakfast students were back on board the bus en route to Barcelona. The first stop of the day was the Picasso museum which showed magnificent works from the Spanish painter. Students had the opportunity to explore the museum at their own pace and only for the fact that the next stop was a shopping centre I would imagine that Stephanie, Cian and Sophie would still be there.
The second stop of the day was the Maremagnum shopping centre in Barcelona. This was time where students had the opportunity to get lunch but some did make the most of their opportunity for shopping. Ruby even managed to purchase a new hat, while Rory and Seán made a new friend with the purchase of some football jerseys.
From the shopping centre we made the short trip to Parc Guell. This Gaudí designed outdoor area had plenty to see but also gave both students and teachers the opportunity to relax and take some photos in the vibrant sunshine.
It was then time to return to the hotel for anther buffet dinner (the lads had grown fond of the frozen yoghurt by this stage!) before setting out to the House of Illusion for an evening show of magic and mystery. Here the students were dazzled by classic illusionist performances, acrobatics, along with some excellent card tricks, all performed by an entertaining and enthusiastic team.
This was the day that a large number of students (and Mr. Carey in particular) had been waiting for. Students spent the entire day in Port Aventura theme park which was only about a 15-minute bus journey from the hotel. Highlights of the day included the Furious Baco roller-coaster, which manages to reach 140 km/h in just three seconds, Shambhala and what became known as ‘the drop’. Even the quietest of student uttered a few screams when suspended 100m up! How Roy managed to survive the day will always be a mystery.
After the theme park it was back to the hotel for another excellent buffet meal. Students then had to pack up their belongings in preparation for flying out the following evening. There was time for a quick trip to the shops before bed.
The final morning of the trip began in beautiful sunshine. A walk to the beach was the first item on the itinerary for students. Here they had the opportunity to take some photos and relax with a friendly game of what can only be described as Frisbee rugby. We also managed to take our group photos in this scenic location.
En route back to Barcelona we stopped for an hour in Tarragona. The walled Medieval old-town gave students another opportunity to gain an insight into some Spanish history while the view out over the amphitheatre provided spectacular sweeping sights over the Mediterranean Sea.
Next was a trip to a second shopping centre where Vinnie was spotted in a jewellers. This was the ideal location to pick up the last minute souvenirs to bring back to family and friends and plenty made the most of this opportunity.
The students then took part in what was supposed to be a half day walking tour of Barcelona. However, the legs were getting tired at this stage and the excellent host arranged transport to the different locations via bus. As part of the tour students got the birds eye-view of the city from the top of one of the many hills surrounding Barcelona. There was also an excellent tour of the outside of the imposing Segrada Familia, the large unfinished Roman Catholic Church, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The final stop of the tour was an ice cream parlour where all students were treated to an ice cream of their choice. It rounded off what was a terrific end to a fantastic few days.
Students then climbed aboard the coach in Barcelona for the final time and made the short journey to the airport. Despite a delay on the way home the students behaved admirably and all teachers will agree that it was a pleasure to accompany them on what was an excellent trip. The bus finally pulled back into Greystones around 3am on Tuesday morning, a couple of hours behind schedule, but with everyone safe and sound!
TY Class 4.5 did a survey to establish the nature of student’s journeys to and from school.
They discovered that journeys to and from school by staff and students total 6,485Km every day.
They investigated the number of Carbon Neutral and non Carbon Neutral journeys.
The findings were as follows:
30% of all journeys to school were carbon neutral and 70% were not.
The following suggestions were made to lower the non carbon neutral journeys:
A small change by everyone will make a significant impact overall.
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.