Erasmus+ Spain Planning Meeting - October 2018

St. Aidan's and Killinarden Community School have been chosen to take part in a European Union funded project called Erasmus+. The Erasmus+ project links us with 3 other schools in Europe from Spain, Czech Republic and Italy. The title of our Erasmus+ project is 'Europe, A Heritage Made of Stories' and it will run over the next 2 years.

In October 2018 the inital planning meeting took place in Membrilla, Spain. The meeting was attended by Ms. Flynn, St. Aidan's Librarian and Ms Mullaney, Killinarden Community School Librarian who linked up with teachers from the other schools to plan how the project will proceed. The trip to Spain was an amazing experience and we were warmly welcomed by our Spanish hosts who showed us around their beautiful and historical cities Toledo and Madrid and the students from IES Marmaria even performed a fantastic version of the classic 'Danny Boy' especially for us.

The next steps in the project are to complete a number of tasks and activities in partnership with students in the other schools. For example, reading survey, logo design, literacy quiz and library and reading initiatives. The project will be very educational and will give St. Aidan's students a chance to learn more about their European neighbours.

The next "Europe, A Heritage Made of Stories' trip will be to Obchodni Akademie in Pisek, Czech Republic and we will be taking some lucky students with us!

'Europe, A Heritage Made of Stories' is a fabulous project and we are very lucky to have been chosen to take part. You can learn more about the meeting in Spain by clicking through the slideshow below.

Sports Day 2018

Everybody arrived to the school excited for sports day. The sun was shining and the temperature was just right. All the participants spread out to take part in their individual activities:- penalty shootout; tug of war; chess; table tennis; long kick; the sprint.

I hope everybody enjoyed the sports day as much as I did and I would like to thank the PE teachers for organising a great day!!

Anthony McKeown 2nd Year St. Nessans

First Year Football - St. Aidan's Community School .v. Ballinteer Community School

The match was played at Thomas Davis Pitches as part of The Tom Quinlan Plate 2018. It was a very close match throughout, but Ballinteer managed the win. We gave a minutes silence to remember Kyle Finnegan.

**Final Score:

Ballinteer C.S 6-6

St. Aidans C.S. 4-2**

Man of the Match: Warren Freeman

Special thanks to Charlie Howard & Kathleen McAleer for fantastic performances during the match.

Also for two 5th year students Callum Lambert & Nathan Kavanagh for coming along and doing warm-ups with the 1st years.

Mr. Kirrane / Mr. Tunney

PDST Wellread National Award 2018-2021

The Wellread National Award is an initiative run by the PDST to promote reading in schools.

St. Aidan's applied for this award and we are delighted to announce that our school has been successful in becoming a Wellread School 2018-2021. This is a major achievement, enormous endorsement and a great honour. We are very proud!

A lot of hard work by the students, parents, the Librarian Ms Flynn, teaching staff and management has lead to this. Below is our presentation which gives you a flavour of the work being done in our school to promote and improve reading.

Nigel Hinton World Famous Author Visit's St. Aidan's Library

It was another victorious day for the Library when Nigel Hinton the author of Buddy, To Die For and Partners in Crime visited St. Aidans Community School.

One of the students who met Nigel wrote a short report about the visit...

Nigel came to our school to visit my class as we were reading his book 'Buddy'. I felt so happy to know how he felt and thought when he is writing a book. He told us lots of things that happened in his life and about how they were similar to the storyline in his books. The visit was honestly one of the best experiences for me. I hope to read all his books and to meet him again as he is such a nice and kind man.

Emma Darcy

2nd Year St. Thomas

Victorious at Chess Tournament

Just before Easter we visited to St. Kevins Community School in Crumlin to take part in a Chess Tournament organised by the Transition Year students. St. Aidans Chess Team were fantastic and made the school so proud. Michael Roche took Gold home to the school and Rilwan Gbadamosi took Siliver home, Beauford College took home Bronze and Gavin Ly our Chess Champion for 2017/2018 took home Copper. It was a fanastic day and we would like to say well done to all the students on the Chess Team.

Anthony McKeown

2nd Year St. Nessan's

Pothole Parents Trip to Malahide Castle

St. Aidans parents went on a Potholes trip to Malahide Castle on Tuesday, 13th March. The castle is surrounded by 268 acres of woodland, park and walled gardens. It was home to the Talbot family for nearly 800 years. The parents toured the castle, walked round the gardens and finished the day with well deserved tea and scones. Everyone had a fantastic day and are looking forward the next Potholes adventure.

Ms Coyle

HSL St. Aidans Community School

Suburban Sounds Rap and Rock Showcare in Áras Chrónáin

Seven secondary schools from South Dublin including St. Aidans Community School showed off their finished work at the end of a 12-week song production workshop (songwriting and recording). St. Aidans rap is called 'Bones' and its about being postive and not fearing the future.

The students had a brilliant night and are looking forward to working with Suburban Sounds again!

Anthony McKeown

1st Year St. Nessans

How to Check your Child's Report Online

Parents don't forget that you can check your child's progress online. Go to our website and click into the parents area. Choose the VSWARE tab which allows you to see your childs report, attendance and punctuality. Your login password was sent to you by text at the beginning of the academic year. If you need to update please call the office 01-4524677. More new features to follow so keep an eye on the parents area!

Ms Coyle

HSCL Co-Ordinator

Andy Mulligan Visits St. Aidans

Today we had the famous author Andy Mulligan come into our school to talk about his bestselling book ‘Trash’. We had a wonderful talk about how he wrote the book and what life is like for some children in Asian countries. He told us that he used to work in a private school in the Philippines as a Drama and English teacher. This experience and the children he met inspired him to write 'Trash' in 10 days with just one book on his desk 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' encouraging him to write something as short, serious and wonderful. We also discovered how a typhoon rolling in off the sea gave him the ending that had eluded him.

We had an amazing time with Andy Mulligan and we look forward to having him back to talk about his books. In the meantime we will read ‘Trash’ again through a very different lens.

Thank you Andy Mulligan!

By Anthony McKeown, 1st Year St. Nessan’s

St. Aidan's Debating Team

This past Friday nine students went to Limerick to take part in a debate in Thomond Community College. Unfortunately the debate got postponed because the Librarian was sick. However we were already on the train and decided to continue with our planned educational visit to Limerick visitng King John’s Castle and the University of Limerick (UL).

The students who went were:

Anthony Mc Keown, 1st year

Kerrie Cooney O’Neill, 1st year

Ali Haiji, 1st year

Carl Dunbar, 2nd year

Jack Morgan, 2nd year

Solveiga Gintalaite, 3rd year

Scott Boylan, 3rd year

Daria Eyjasek, 3rd year

Rachel Kikachukwu, 3rd year

St. Aidans Debating Gang got together today with Ms Sugrue and Ms. Flynn in the Library and we held our monthly debate with the 1st years. The senior students plan to act as mentors to the 1st years to help them develop their debating skill.

We had a wonderful time in Castletroy and Limerick City/ Nicholas St., Limerick and want to go again. Big thanks to Ms. Flynn, Ms. Sugrue and Ms. Evans for bringing us on this fabulous trip.

Anthony McKeown 1st Year St. Nessans

POTHOLES: Parents trip to Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle off Dame Street is located in the hearth of the city centre. Normally we rush by taking little notice of this amazing Dublin historic landmark. In December we took the opportunity to become tourists in our own city and went inside the imposing castle walls. The castle was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom government's administration in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex.

Most of it dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The castle today is a major tourist attraction .The building is also used for State dinners, conferences and most significantly, the inauguration of the presidents of Ireland. Dublin Castle has appeared in numerous films including Michael Collins and the television series The Tudors.

It was a great time of year to visit this historic building in its entire Christmas splendour. We also enjoyed a coffee and cream cake in the nearby Henry street which was buzzing with the Christmas shopping frenzy. Why not join us for our next Potholes trip in the New Year.