Hi! I’m Harvey, A past student of St. Davids. Currently I am on the Irish IOI team of 2020. The IOI is an international programming competition for secondary school aged students. Participants have to solve as many programming problems as they can within a time limit, The problems are similar to ones you might see in maths but programming oriented. For example, You might be asked to write a program that gets given a list of items along with their weights and has to work out how many you can fit in a bag. So unlike a maths problem you aren’t given the list of items and have to work it out yourself, Instead you have to write a program that can take in any list and work out the solution in that case.
Every year here in Ireland we have a competition called the AIPO which is used to select students for the team. With problems ranging from easy to hard anyone can enter and compete for a place on the team. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience programming it is a great way to get started and a lot of fun.
You can find out more at http://ihci.ucc.ie/
On Tuesday 31st of August St. David's Holy Faith Secondary School opened once again to allow the incoming cohort of 136 first year students to enter the building. This was the first day in almost six months that the school was officially open for students and all staff were delighted to see scheduled classes taking place within the school building once again.
The incoming first years were guided to their base classes by 15 helpful fifth year students who cut their Summer holidays short to provide assistance. They then met their tutors for the year (Mr. O' Dowd, Ms. de Blacám, Mr. Hassett, Mr. Redmond and Ms. Murphy) before receiving their timetable and going for a tour of the school building.
Best of luck to all the incoming students who are transitioning from primary school.
The TY graduation took place on Friday 22nd of May. TY Coordinator, Ms. Brosnan, opened proceedings by welcoming students and staff to the first online TY Graduation to be hosted by St. David's.
The criteria for the coveted 'Spirit of TY' Award was shared. The award encompasses all aspects of the TY programme. Each year the recipient of the award has made an outstanding contribution to all elements of TY. They have been enthusiastic on all tasks, they have volunteered, they have pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone, they have been supportive of other members of the school community, and demonstrated leadership qualities. This year a total of eight students were nominated by teachers of Transition Year. The names of the nominees were read out with the winner to be announced at the end of the graduation.
School Principal, Ms. O'Doherty, made a short speech in which she thanked the TY Coordinator, Ms. Brosnan, and TY Year Head, Mr. Carey, for all their work with the students throughout the year. She also thanked the students for the excellent approach that they took to TY, which was epitomised by their willingness to volunteer. Ms. O'Doherty then shared the lyrics of the John Rutter song 'Look at the World' before wishing all the students well for the Summer.
School Deputy Principal and TY Year Head, Mr. Carey, then spoke to the students on his memories of TY for this particular group. He complimented them on the way in which they had reacted to unprecedented times and on the way in which they had grown and matured throughout their time in TY. In particular he thanked students for their contribution to open night and commended students on the way in which exchange students were able to integrate seamlessly into the year group. He then proceeded to thank Ms. O'Doherty, Ms. Brosnan and all staff for their engagement with the TY programme before finally wishing the students well for the Summer break.
Mr. Fernandez was next to talk to the students about the Spanish exchange. Each year the 'Spirit of the Exchange' award is presented to one student who took part in the exchange and embraced Spanish culture as well as being an exemplary role model for St. David's. This year the 'Spirit of the Exchange' award was presented to Michael Martin.
Ms. Brosnan then took the opportunity to speak to all staff and students present. She explained that in normal years the students choose a theme for the end of year graduation. Due to the unprecedented times we are currently in Ms. Brosnan chose the theme of 'gratitude' for this year based on the spirit shown among the cohort of students throughout the year. Stand out moments mentioned included yoga, forensics, sailing, driving workshops, bowling, and ePortfolio interviews. She complimented students on their kindness, generosity and engagement throughout the year. Ms. Brosnan also thanked the tutors and teachers of TY for their hard work in developing classes and modules, as well as Ms. O'Doherty and Mr. Carey for their ongoing support.
In typical Ms. Brosnan style a quote was included, this one by Marcel Proust, from 'In Search of Lost Time.'
"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
The final act for this group of TY students was the presentation of the 'Spirit of TY' award. This year the award was claimed by Michael Martin on account of his exploits throughout the year.
Well done to all involved in the graduation, in particular the massive amount of work completed by Ms. Brosnan, and the IT support from Mr. Ó Muirgheasa.
The 6th Year Graduation for the class of 2020 took place on Thursday 21 May 2020. This online graduation was conducted via Zoom but another graduation will take place later in the year when restrictions allow.
The ceremony was opened by the Year Head, Mr. Brían Ó Donnchadha who congratulated students on their completion of five or six years of secondary school education in St. David’s.
School Principal, Ms. Mary O’ Doherty, was next on camera. She opened with a prayer for the graduating class and then proceeded to thank students for the standards they had set throughout their time in St. David’s, as well as for their kindness and generosity which they had shown. Finally, Ms. O’ Doherty wished students health and happiness in their future lives.
The next section of the ceremony consisted of a video that was put together by Ms. Cunningham. Many of the teachers of 6th Year students and staff of St. David’s developed short video clips to personally wish the students of the gradating class all the best for the years ahead.
Deputy Principal, Mr. Simon Carey, then graced the camera with some kind words. Firstly, he pointed out this group of young men and women had made history by becoming the first Leaving Certificate class to not sit the examinations. He proceeded to mention some of his common phrases which tended to arise when he found himself in close proximity to some of the 6th Year students. These included “smile”, “who are you?”, and “where are the shoes?” Mr. Carey finished off by wishing the amazing and wonderful class of 2020 all the best for the future.
Next up was a video which was consisted of numerous photographs that were taken throughout the journey of the class of 2020 throughout their time in St. David’s. This excellent video was sure to bring back a few memories for the students involved! Students also took the time within the video to express their gratitude towards the teachers, school staff, Mr. Carey and Ms. O’ Doherty for all that had been done for them over their time in St. David’s. Well done to Stephen, Norbert, Ava and Carolann for putting in a large amount of time and effort.
The 6th Year Graduation concluded with Mr. Ó Donnchadha who thanked everyone for their involvement and once again wished students all the best in the future.
A big thank you to Mr. Ó Donnchadha for his work in organising the Graduation, to Ms. Cunningham who contributed significantly to the organisation and also put together the video from the teachers, and to Mr. Carey and Ms. O’ Doherty for their kind words and best wishes to the class of 2020!
Monday, 18th May – Wednesday, 27th May 2020
Note for students:
1. It is very important for all of our third year students to know that your teachers will inform you, via google classrooms, the areas for you to revise for these exams. Each of your teachers will advise you what you need to study for the assessments so please relax, be confident in yourself, you have worked so well, so hard this year.
2. Remember for many subjects, you have already completed a huge % in each subject, already.
3. Your teachers will be working with you throughout this month and guiding you.
4. Most subjects have either finished the course-work or are nearly finished.
5. Revision, with lots of breaks, study, really important.
6. You are a great year group, who have worked so hard, so please bear this in mind. These open book exams, are an opportunity for you to show what you can do and what you know!
7. Once all exams are completed, teachers will correct your work, and complete school reports. These reports will then go live on vsware.
8. Once the first assessment is completed, you will get into the flow very easily, and your nerves that you feel, will ease.
9. Each exam will be put up on google classroom by each of your teachers. Students will have twenty-four hours to complete the exam, and send it to your teacher.
10. Students will have one or two exams per day, but remember, you have twenty-four hours to complete the exam. We are setting a two hour time slot as a guide for you to follow but remember, you have twenty-four hours to submit it to your teacher.
11. Finally, I know you still have some questions, but remember your teachers will advise you on each of their subjects. It is now a bank holiday weekend, so chill out for some of this!
3rd Year Assessment Dates and Structure of Marks
Please note that Third Year assessment will be graded based on two sets of grading systems:
Subjects awarded descriptors in line with New Junior Cycle are:
3. Visual Art
These descriptors are below, shown in red;
90% to 100% Distinction
75% to 89% Higher Merit
55% to 74% Merit
40% to 54% Achieved
20% to 39% Partially Achieved
0 to 19% % Not Graded
All other subjects will be graded in the traditional grading system, as they follow the old Junior Cycle:
4. Religious education
5. Home Economics
6. Technical Graphics
7. Materials Technology Wood
This grading is shown in red (see below)
A 85% - 100%
B 70% - 84%
C 55% - 69%
D 40% - 54%
E 25% - 39%
F 10% - 24%
N.G 0 – 9%
Mr. Carey Deputy Principal
If you wish to download a copy of the assessment guidelines, timetable of exams and structure of marks please click here.
If you wish to download a copy of the timetable along with the structure of marks please click here.
To download a copy of the 1st Year Summer exam timetable please click here.
To download a copy of the 2nd Year Summer exam timetable please click here.
For information on 3rd Year Summer exams please click here.
To download a copy of the Transition Year Summer exam timetable please click here.
To download a copy of the 5th Year Summer exam timetable please click here.
Thug 42 dalta ón gcúigiú agus ón séú bliain cuairt ar Ghaeltacht Chonamara an tseachtain seo caite. Chaith siad dhá oíche ar an gCeathrú Rua i gContae na Gaillimhe. Bhí Céilí acu oíche Dé Luain agus Ceardlann Drámaíochta oíche Dé Máirt chomh maith le ranganna agus gníomhaíochtaí i rith an lae agus bhí an-spraoi ag chuile dhuine. Ní raibh an aimsir rómhaith san Iarthar ach níor chuir sé sin as dóibh! Tá roinnt pictiúir anseo agus físeán a rinne grúpa ón séú bliain ar an turas go Gaillimh.
42 students from 5th and 6th year went on a trip to the Connemara Gaeltacht last week. They spent two nights in Carraroe in Co. Galway. They had a Céilí on Monday night and a Drama Workshop on Tuesday night as well as classes and activities during the day and everyone had great fun. The weather wasn’t great in the West but this didn’t bother them! There are some pictures here and a video that a group of sixth years made on the way down.
The annual Junior Certificate/Cycle Awards ceremony took place on Wednesday the 29th of January. Each year this awards ceremony acknowledges the achievements of the 3rd Year class from the previous year. This year the awards ceremony took place in three stages.
During the first stage each student received their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement from the School Principal, Ms. Mary O'Doherty, as School Deputy, Mr. Simon Carey read through the names.
Phase two consisted of the individual awards for any student who received an A-grade in any of their subjects. In total fifty-seven students received an award for their efforts.
During phase three the best results from each of the three base classes were presented with an award. Malina Parteni scooped this prize for base class 3.16, Taisia Danilova picked it up for 3.2, while Tom Roth was presented with the award for base class 3.9.
Finally, the Leah Little Award for outstanding achievements in the Junior Certificate exams was presented to Tom Roth on account of his wonderful results.
Well done to all students on their fantastic efforts!
St Davids puts on an annual show every January, and it’s one of the biggest events of the year. This year the students brought us a stunning production of Footloose the Musical.
It takes place in 1984, in a suburban town called Bomont in West Virginia. Ren McCormick, a city kid, inspired the young people of Bomont to fight for their deprived right to dance.
Footloose is a high energy, comedy filled musical that also cleverly deals with darker subjects like loss and neglect. This show is riddled with hit classics like Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero” and, of course, Kenny Loggings’ “Footloose”, as well as fabulous musical editions like “Mama Says” and “Learning To Be Silent”.
The main roles were played by Frankie Kavanagh, Emily Farrell, Dylan Anderson, Aoife Finnegan, Ross O’Rourke, Brian Woods, Rita Chernikova, Ciara Power, Tom Roth and Lucas Garcia.
Credit is due to all those who helped, fourth and fifth years, with backstage, set design, makeup, mics fittings and program design. And also, of course Siobhan and Yvonne because without them there wouldn’t have been a show.
Some of the photos from backstage: