Visit from the Cathaoirleach- Mayor of South Dublin.

On the 15th of May 2013, the Mayor Cathal King visited St Aidan’s CS. St Ciara’s welcomed him into our school and Danile Oladeji presented him with a speech about C.S.P.E. This speech explained what C.S.P.E is about, what we learned from it, why it is important and how we benefit from it.

The Cathaoirleach was very impressed with the speech. The Cathaoirleach then told us a bit about himself, his job, his rights and responsibilities, the community and his political party.

The Cathaoirleach’s name is Cathal King. He is the Mayor of South Dublin County Council. Cathal King represents the Sinn Fein party. In his past, he represented Brookfield. Today he is responsible for things such as road planning and building. Cathal King set up a football pitch for the youth in Deer Park as they got into trouble because of boredom. The Cathaoirleach works full time. Every year a new mayor is elected. Cathal King is also involved with The Amplyfying Voices. These are a group of teens aged 12-17 who are involved in helping the community. When asked about his job, the mayor said it is a privilage, enyoyable and time consuming . The different parties co-operate with each other for the benefit of the community.

To become a mayor you need to get 20% or more of the votes. Many people wonder what motivated Cathal King to become mayor well, this is what he said: As a young lad, he was born and raised in Tallaght. His father was a republican adn his mother was very interested in politics. Growing up in Tallaght he saw many problems such as drinking in the community. He noticed that Sinn Fein took steps to sort out this issue. He was inspired by them and got elected in 2004. Now, he is the mayor of South Dublin County Council. His favourite part of being mayor is meeting new people adn experiencing new things. For Cathal King being a mayor was an opportunity rather than a dream. He still enjoys his job. St Ciara’s class got invited to visit the chamber next term. We look forward to seeing the Cathaiorleach again!

By Mei Lee Xu (1st year, St. Ciaras)

With thanks to camera woman Rachel Kednay (1st Year, St. Ciaras)

YSI Showcase at Citywest Hotel

The Young Social Innovators Showcase took place at the Citywest hotel on Wednesday the 8th of May. The YSI competition was about raising awareness about problems in society in Ireland. In our case, we talked about equality and diversity in education. Out of about 500 projects that took part in the qualifiers, only 60 got to the final round and we were proud to be among the finalists. St. Aidan’s was also special because we were the only school to have junior students in our group.

We left the school to go to the hotel in two buses. When we arrived we first had to get on with our business and present our project to the judges and other school. After the presentations we were given free time to do whatever we wanted to inside the Citywest hotel area. There were all kind of activities available for us like archery, mini golf, climbing wall, silent disco, zumba, sumo suits, bouncing castles, exhibitions, a tweet centre and much more.

After all that we were to meet the rest of the group at the award ceremony which was, in my opinion, the best part of the whole day. There were all kind of singers, dancers, drummers, DJs and performers. The atmosphere in the room was electric as about 2000 students from all over Ireland danced on the chairs which was really fun!

Overall, the day was a great experience and even if we didn't win any big prizes, everybody had fun and because of our initiative we were able to raise an awful lot of awareness about equality in education and the booklets we created are a very powerful factor in making school accessible for every student that wants to get an education.

Thank you so much to Ms. Tierney and Ms. McDonald who helped and guided the YSI project throughout the year. It was a brilliant experience!

Article by Mihai Plostenau (5th Year, St. Brigids)

Photos thanks to Luke Akinwande and Ms. Abbey

Here is the 'Equality in Education' leaflet that we made

Mind the Gap- Talk by Migrants Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI)

On Tuesday 7th May, Helen Lowry of the Migrants Rights Centre of Ireland came to St. Aidan's to give a talk to our 2nd, 5th and 6th years.

Helen spoke about the gaps that exist in Ireland's immigration laws which mean that up to 700 young, migrant students in Ireland do not have access to 3rd level education without paying massively high fees. This is despite the fact that these students' parents are Irish citizens, that they grew up in Ireand, went to primary and secondary school here and consider Ireland home.

The current situation represents a missed opportunity for young people to make a valuable contribution to Ireland’s future and economic recovery. We need to enable our talented and dynamic young people to progress in education so they can integrate and participate actively in Irish society.

This issue affects a number of St. AIdan's own students directly and means that some of our hard working and dedicated students who want to go to college will be unable to due to restrictively high fees (around €8000) a year. 

To learn more about the issue you can watch this "Mind the Gap" video below and share it on your facebook or twitter pages.

Show your support for your fellow students by liking and sharing the MRCI's facebook page! 

Mental Health Awareness Week

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Monday 29th to May 3rd will be 'Mind Your Head' Week! We will be promoting mental health and well-being throughout the school. 

The messages for this week are for us all to become aware that our mental health is just like our physical health and at times our mental health can become unwell just like our physical health. 

There will be a few events happening throughout the school day.

Morning Club:

Diet and Nutrition and our Mental Health each morning.

Tutorials

Tutors will be showing students presentations each morning. Each of them has a short video clip. Here's it what they're about:

Monday

The importance of Sleep for our Mental Health: Students can complete throughout the week. Any returned sleep diaries on Thursday can we entered into a class draw. There will be a prize for the winner of the draw. 

Tuesday

: Cyber Bullying

Wednesday:

Stress Management

Thursday

Doing good for others helps you feel good- Random Acts of Kindness Day- There will be a bag of treats for each teacher to give out to any students who they see being kind to others.

SPHE

SPHE teachers will be focusing on mental health lesson plans throughout the week.

Lunchtime Meditation

There will be lunchtime meditation for students between 12:30-1:00 with Mairead Q

Healthy Eating & Mental Health:

* Morning display in the main area to highlight the importance of diet and nutrition for mental health. There will be food sampling also

* There will be lunch provided for all staff on Thursday from 12:30

What should you do if you’re worried about your mental health or your friends? 

  • Tell someone you trust
  • Ask for help
  • Keep your normal everyday routine if possible
  • Relax and rest your body
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Visit your GP for advise
  • Talk to a mental health professional
  • Do activities you enjoy
  • Meditate

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Or you can contact Lee-Ann Russell who is happy to help :)  

Stacey Wins 5 medals and a Trophy at I.B.T.A. Competition

Stacey Harris in 2nd Year (St. Mels) performed brilliantly at the International Baton Twirling Association (I.B.T.A) competition held in Drogheda last week. She came away from the competion with 5 medals and a trophy for 1st place in the 'Solo Baton Twirl' category.

Stacey is a member of the St. Anne's Baton Twirlers Club in Fettercairn and they were the over all winners of the whole competition!

Well done to Stacey and her club for this fantastic achievement!!!