St. Aidan's Students Triumph at Santry Athletics Competition

Well done to all the students who represented the school in Santry last Thursday, especially those who won medals. Medal winners were:

  • Gerard Prentice (St. James)
  • Stanley Raymond (St. Eileens)
  • Jessie Obgbochie (St. Dorothys)
  • Eireon Gammad (St. Elizabeths)

Other students who reached their finals but narrowly missed out on medals were

  • Adam Howard Downey (St. Andrews)
  • Hannah Obgochie (St. Marthas)
  • Abdullah Ali (St. Ritas)
  • Jokobed Malongo (St. Ritas)
  • Aislinn Owosuna (St. Lauras)
  • Sam Coyne (St. Declans)
  • William Radford (St. Dorothys)
  • Leah Greene (St. Dorothys)

Well done to all involved. All the students represented the school very well and the sportsmanship was outstanding!

Beautiful 2nd Year Art Work

Ms. Bisselle's 2nd year art classes have been working hard and creating beautiful artworks! St. Julias made some Easter themed lino prints and they look brilliant! St. Dorothys & St. Declans created bodypart sculptures inspired by the pop artist, George Segal. What a great bunch of talented students we have here in St. Aidan's!!

POTHOLES- Parents tour to Newgrange

On Monday 6th March parents from St. Aidans, Mount Seskin, KCS and TCS took a trip to Newgrange to visit the famous, ancient passage tomb there. Before arriving to Newgrange we popped up to nearby Newry for a couple of hours shopping.

The weather turned rainy as we arrived at Newgrange but it didn’t dampen our spirits as we took the short bus ride from the visitors’ centre to the ancient burial site. Our very knowlegable guide told us all about the tomb and the excavation of it before leading us into the central chamber… which was quite small!! Using an electric light he showed us how the light shines into the camber on the morning of the 21st December every year, the same way it has for the last 5000 years!

After the tour we were more than ready for a nice warm cuppa and we went back to the visitors centre for tea and cream scones. Yum!

POTHOLES parents tours run regularly and are open to all parents and family members! Next tour will be in May to Russborough House and all are welcome.... We'd love to see some new faces!!

Contact Laura on 0852089296 to enquire or sign up for a trip. .

2nd Year Students Visit The Lighthouse Cinema

On the 1st of March 2017 St.Declans and St.Dorohtys went to see the movie 'Trash' in the Lighthouse Cinema in city centre.We left school at 10:00 and when we arrived at the cinema we could buy snacks and other schools were there too.

The film is set in Brazil in a dumpsite. It is about three boys who run from the police and tries to solve where a man called Jose Angelico put six million dollars which he stole from a man called Santos(Zapanta). The boys find the money and gives it back to the people of Behala. After the film, we went to McDonalds.

Many thanks to Ms Flynn, Mr O Brien and Mr Shortall. By Rilwan Gbadamosi (2nd Year)

Guest Speaker from DSCPA visits St. Jerome's CSPE Class

On Tuesday 17th January St. Jerome’s had a visitor in from the DSPCA. The visitor told is all about the DSPCA and what they do when they are rescuing the animals. He brought with him two African land snails and the brave students got to hold them .

The visit was part of St. Jeromes’ action project for CSPE class. The class hopes to raise awareness and money for the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

By Alica Byrne (3rd Year)

St. Aidan's West Dublin under 15's Division 2 Champions!

On Monday 23rd January St. Aidan’s faced Adamstown in the Dublin West u15’s Division 2 Final and came out victorious.

It was the dream start for Aidan’s when an early corner was directly turned in from Josh Doyle, minutes later Adam Bennett doubled that lead to 2-0 with less than 5 minutes played. Adamstown pushed on and tried to pull one back but by the time they got their first shot off at goal Aidan’s had added a 3rd to their impressive performance through Stanley Raymond. As the half went on Aidan’s dominated possession and wouldn’t give their opposition a moment of freedom with the ball.

There were standout performances from Sam Coyne and Zahran Hajji who ran the show in the midfield. It was no surprise when Aidan’s added a fourth from a quick counter attack started from the back which resulted in a low drive from Callum Fitz into the bottom corner. With minutes remaining in the half Aidan’s carried on to put away a fifth. Adam Bennett againscored to double his tally for the day. Aidan’s were 5 up at the break.

The beginning of the second half was no different to the first when Stanley Raymond burst through the defenders to score his second. For a long stretch of the second half it was goalless as Aidan’s went quiet and began to sit back. Adamstown found a way through the defence and past Callum Lambert and between the sticks. Seconds later they pushed on and pulled another back to make it 6-2. Was the comeback on? Ryan Foley, Ryan Dunne and Micheal McDonagh made sure it wasn’t when they realised that Adamstown were no pushovers this half and made sure that Callum Lambert’s goal wasn’t taking any more shots, with 5 minutes left Aidan’s still wouldn’t hold back and when Adam Bennett was given the chance of a hat trick he took it and secured the win for Aidans,7-2!

The match saw a fantastic team performance from the St. Aidan’s boys and sees them go on to represent Dublin in the Leinster Champions League. The lad’s next match will be the quarter final of the Leinster Cup. Well done to all involved and thanks to Mr. O Brien and Mr. Tunney- two tremendous coaches!

By Evan Cheevers Dillion (3rd Year)

2016 Annual JCSP Chess Tournament 2016

On the 29th of November 2016, St Aidans competed in the Annual Chess Tournament in St Kevin’s Community College in Crumlin. 16 teams from 10 different schools competed against each other to win. St. Aidans had two teams taking part in the tournament, Kings of the Board and Gladiator Knights.

Kings of the Board

Captain - Mark Sogoba won 2nd place in individual tournament for Captain

Sergant - Jack Brady

Private - Darren Roche

Recruit - Karl Corcoran

Gladiator Knights

Captain - Michael Roche

Sergeant - Michael Kavanagh won 1st in individual contest for Sergeant

Private - Adesejun Okabanjo won 2nd in individual contest for Private

Recruit - Rilwan Gbadamosi

Kings of the Board came 3rd in the team contest. Well done to Mark Sogoba and Adesejun Okabanjo for winning all their games. St kevins came 1st and 2nd in the team tournament and well done to them.

By Rilwan Gbadamosi 2nd Year St. Declan’s

History Trip to the Hellfire Club

On October, the 20th 2016 St. Eileens 2nd year class went to the Hellfire Club (located on Montpelier hill in Dublin.

We left school at ten to ten and arrived there around 11:00. We had to climb a very long journey to reach the Hellfire club. The view was breath-taking as we could see all of Dublin. Archaeologists were working there; they were trying to find a tomb underneath the ground. They found polished stone axes, pottery, back part of the tomb already. They had to get permission from the council to excavate on the site when they are finished they will cover the hole they excavated on and with dirt and leave. There are around 15 of these tombs in Dublin. St Eileen enjoyed their time and will love to come back.

The Hellfire club is associated with the devil. It was established in the 18th century. A story is about how it got its name is that, the club concerns a young Bohernabreena farmer, who curious to find out what went on at the meetings, climbed up Mount Pelier one night. He was found by the members of the Club, dragged into the building and allowed to see the nights' activities. He was found the next morning wandering around the area, unable to speak and tradition says he spent the rest of his life deaf and dumb, unable even to remember his name!!

Many thanks to Ms. Mc Vicker for taking us on such an interesting trip.

By Rilwan G 2nd Year St. Declans

Past Pupil, Emeka, receives UCD scholarship

oday Emeka Congo, one of last year's 6th years, received a UCD scholarship on Tuesday 29th November in a ceremony in UCD.

Emeka took part in the New Era 'Future You Mentoring' programme in fifth and sixth year and received the scholarship through his participation in the programme. Emeka is studying an Arts degree and hopes to return to St Aidan's in the new year to mentor the current fifth year students embarking on the programme.

Brilliant news Emeka! Congrats and we look forward to seeing you back in the school 📚

6th Year Geography Trip

On Nov 24th Ms. Sugrue's 6th year Geography class went out to Bray on a field trip. They went out at 11 o clock to gather information for the LEaving Cert Geography project.

The weather was bright and cold and the waves were high. We made a lot of measurements and did a number of experiments which we had to take notes on. We stopped into McDonald's for lunch on our way home.

Megan Butler

6th Year

Open Day

Open day will take place this coming Wednesday, 30th Nov. 5th and 6th class from St. Aidan's NS and St. Anne's NS will visit the school to take part in activities with our Peer Mentors and tour the school. Open day is always a really fun and eventful day!!

Parents are welcome to the school for a short talk, a tour and refreshments at 2.45pm. We look forward to welcoming future students and parents to the school!

Scientist, Barry Fitzgerald, talks about the 'Secrets of Superhero Science'

Today a special visitor came to the school, Barry Fitzgerald, to talk to us about superhero powers.

The pupils who took on the science option in the school were very lucky to have come to the library to receive this talk about how we may be in a world with superhero powers from now, as of late, to the full evolution of the powers themselves in 100 years.

As far as we know, we have the materials to create Iron Man armour. This is a relatively amazing thing due to the success of the Iron man suit in Marvel’s Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, The Avengers Series and as of late, Captain America: Civil War.

Barry described that in science, there is this concept called CRISPER/CAS, which eliminates cancerous cells and can form unimaginable DNA cells. These DNA cells could soon give us powers like what the X-Men have! It also can help fight back against diseases and replace cells that have been damaged.

There is also something cool as well. If you mix the DNA’s of a goat and a spider you can make this spider silk that is bulletproof! One of Barry’s friends had made skins cells bulletproof and could withstand a bullet shot of 320 m/ps !with this we could make the soldiers that fight for our freedom completely immune to gunshots!

Barry's talk was really interesting and everyone really enjoyed it, including 6th class students from St. Aidan's SNS who came over to hear the talk!

Scott Boylan 2nd Year

Peace of Europe- Trip to Denmark- May 2016

Preparing for our trip to Denmark

Before we headed off to Denmark we had a lot of projects and presentations we had to prepare. We first held a logo competition in our school to find the peace symbol we were going to bring to Denmark and present to the other countries, this was then displayed in our school canteen.

We researched two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Theodore Roosevelt, their lives and messages they spread. We then made power point presentations in collaboration with the Danish students who made posters on both winners. We also made a power point presentation on Irish culture, we discussed Irish foods, music, landmarks and even taught the students some Gaeilge.

We were all super excited to go and had plenty of meetings about our trip to Denmark, we also Skyped and emailed our Danish hosts and connected with them through social media such as Facebook. When we arrived at Middelfart we were greeted with a lovely warm welcome by our Danish hosts and that warm and loving nature was shown throughout our stay in Middelfart.

Poster we made collaboratively with a Danish class about Nelson Mandela. We used Padlet and Skype to communicate with the Danish students. 

Poster we made collaboratively with a Danish class about Nelson Mandela. We used Padlet and Skype to communicate with the Danish students. 

Staying with Danish Host Families

When we went to Denmark we didn’t stay in a B&B or Hotel We had to stay with a Danish Family. My experience with my Danish host Sofie and her Family was a great experience. While I was there I stayed in Sofie’s room and she stayed in her mam’s room. Everyday we had dinner together the food tasted different I tasted foods like Chicken, Sausages, Pizza Bread and Meatballs called Frikadellers, they were my favourite!

After school we did things like going to the cinema, swimming, football with people from all over Europe, board games, playing the wii and going on walks around the town to see new things like Houses, Bridges, Castles, Statues, Fountains and an animal called a Porpoise.

Sofie’s Family was very kind and polite to me and they made me feel very welcome in their home. I never had any problems and I understood them very well as they all spoke really good English.

If I ever had the opportunity to go back to Denmark to stay with Sofie’s family I would definitely love to go again.    

Trip to Aarhus

On the Tuesday of our trip to Denmark we visited a city called Aarhus. It took about 2 hours to get there. We visited the old town in Aarhus. In this museum we looked at old buildings from different times in Danish history. We all had a sheet we were put into groups to go around and answer questions. I went around with Hannah and Carla with their host. The old town was really nice and there were loads of people visiting the old town. We went around the old town for about two hours

After the trip to the old town we made a trip to the museum ARoS. When we got inside of the museum we were split into different groups. The first thing we did was go up to the very top of the museum to the rainbow paronoma. We walked around it to look at the view of the city. We worked our way down to the bottom from floor to floor. We saw lots of paintings and sculptures created by a lot of different artists.

When everyone was finished looking in the museum ARoS we where allowed go shopping in the town of Aarhus. I went with the two Welsh girls Sophie and Ella and their two hosts Linda and Selma. We went and got smoothies! After the smoothie we went to some shops to look for gifts to get for our family and friends. We headed back up to ARoS museum to meet back up with everyone to go back to the school. 

Differences between St. Aidan's and Vestre Skole

There is a big difference between our school and the Danish school, the school is a lot more open than ours is. The students are free to walk around but they still get work done. The lunch hours are between 10:00 to 10:15 but they can eat whenever they get hungry. The classes are different too, they stay in 1 classroom and have multiple teachers.

The grades are also different. Students start at grade 0 all the way up to grade 9. On the last day of school the 9th graders would dress up and have a big water fight with the younger students, they also have a big football game , students versus teachers after their graduation.

The whole layout of the school is different to ours. It was so much bigger than ours they have 3 floors that different grades had clases on. They had a huge sports hall across their yard. In their yard all grades would play / there was a small playground and an astro.

Their school was located in the small town that they could access at anytime.Overall we really enjoyed our visit at Vestre Skole.

 

   

St. Aidan's Boyys Rap Group- Recent Activity and Performances!

In the past recent weeks, St Aidan’s Boyys - Shadrak, Rabbi, Jason , Mark and Scott have been in several performances throughout Dublin. The first performance after WraPParound 2016 took place on Culture Night, in the Royal Chapel, Dublin Castle. They were a hit! They even managed to get themselves another performance at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield. Little did they know someone sent recording crew from RTE to film the Conference. Next thing you know, they managed to get themselves into RTE STUDIOS!!!

St. Aidans Boyys were delighted to be asked to perform their rap ‘Time’ on RTE2 Swipe TV on Wednesday, 5th October click here (start and 20 mins in) to see the boy’s performance. The boy’s rap promotes positive mental attitude and the programme was about bullying/anti-bullying. Sinead Burke aka Minnie Melange was interviewed about her experience of bullying, the ISPCC Shield (anti-bullying) campaign was launched and the programme finished with the boy’s performing ‘Time’.

Having watched the programme at home Sr. Ann sent the boy’s a card to say ‘I saw you on RTE 2 Swipe TV on Wednesday evening. You were just fantastic! I was so proud of you. You all looked so well and were so professional. You really were so cool boys! Well done, keep rapping like you do St. Aidans Boyys. Congratulations on a super performance…watch out 'Britains’ Got Talent'!!’

The boy’s have also performed at Culture Night for the Poetry Ireland event in Dublin Castle and at the Children’s Books Ireland Conference in the Lighthouse Cinema. They are currently writing new material and are looking forward to working with their mentor Garry McCarthy of GMC Beats for WRaPParound 2017, Irelands Got Talent and Britains’ Got Talent!

Scott Boylan St Declan’s 2nd Year

Student Council Elections

On October, the 19th 2016 the student council elections started. Ms. Feely held the election. Classes from 1st year to 6th year were called to the hall with their teacher to vote for the person they thought would be suitable for the student council. They were given papers with the candidate’s name on it. Candidates could vote to. After they voted they were sent back to class.

On October, the 12th 2016 the members of the student council were called out on the intercom from 6th year to 1st year in this order:

• 6th year: Jacob Ebenezer, Rebecca Daly, Patrick Downey and Linda Tansey

• 5th year: Tesleem Sadiku, Aishat Alli, Topman Ademale and Ehita Idemudia

• 3rd year: Patrick Mc Donagh, Alicia Byrne, Mya Deegan and Chloe O’ Faolain

• 2nd year: Andrew O’ Connor, Josh Doyle, Toni Halpin, Julianne Androde

• 1st year: Callum Fitzgerald, Jasmine Deary, Carl Dunbar and Connor M’ Killian

At 2pm a man called Pat Murphy came to the library to hold a student council workshop until 4pm. They voted who would be the: • Chairperson • Secretary • Treasure • PRO (Public Relations Officer)

Chairperson- Jacob Ebenezer

Secretary- Rebecca Daly

Treasure- Linda Tansey

PRO- Aishat Alli and Mya Deegan

He gave them respectable advice and they had a good time. If you have any suggestions on how to improve the school for the students contact your student council rep!

By Rilwan Gbadamosi (2nd Year)

Student Council Loreto Training Day

On 19th October 2016, St.Aidan’s C.S Student Council had the privilege of attending a meeting for student councils and liaison teachers. The meeting was held in the very fancy Clayton Hotel in Leopardstown. The programme was organized by the Loreto community and all Loreto schools in Ireland were present. Our Student Council Representatives on the day were Jacob Ebeneezer( Head Boy and Chairperson), Aishat Alli (Public Relations Officer, P.R.O), Mya Deegan (Assistant P.R.O), Alicia Byrne (3rd Year Rep.), Julianna Andrade (2nd Year Rep.), and Carl Dunbar(1st Year Rep.). We were delighted with the experience we can definitely use what we’ve learnt in developing our own school. Here’s how our day went:

• The programme started at 9:30 and we were offered some refreshments. By 10:00 we knew each other pretty well! We were shown a brief presentation titled “Making the most of your Student Council” where we learned what we should expect in the year ahead and what you all should expect from us.

• After this, we had an interactive quiz (my team won!!) followed by a short break at 11:15, followed by a year plan which listed the different officers within a student council and how to run a successful meeting. This was followed by a presentation from Portmarnock Community School who were proud winners of the Young Social Innovators Awards. Their presentation inspired us to follow in their path.

• From 12:15 to 13:00 we took part in a workshop where we got to design a mock student council and carry out actions in one school year. Then, we had our lunch in the elegant lunchrooms. We were stuffed!

• After lunch, Loreto Cavan gave a presentation on the progress that their student council made last year. We hope that in the year to come, we will be able to do the same and reflect back on our progress and make ourselves proud!

At the end of the day, we were exhausted! We had learned a lot and gained loads of experience. We really appreciate the opportunity we were given. The community of St.Aidan’s C.S should expect amazing things from the Student Council of 2016-2017!

Written By: Aishat Alli 5th Yr St.Laura’s

Second Year students, Francis and Johnaton, compete in European School Boy Boxing Championships in Croatia

Two students from second year, Francis Maughan and Johnaton Hughes, travelled to Zagreb in Croatia in July August to compete in the European School Boy Boxing Championships, where they represented Ireland. Both boxers did really well with Johnaton Hughes reaching the quarter finals and coming 8th and Francis Maughan taking home the bronze medal!!!

Congratulations to both boys who are members of St. Mary's Boxing Club in Tallaght. We're very proud of them! Next stop Tokyo 2020!!

Francis Maughan- Won a bronze medal for Ireland at the European School Boy Boxing Championships

Johnaton Hughes- Represented Ireland at the European School Boy Boxing Championships

Photo from www.irish-boxing.com