St. Aidan's Students Win Maths Dice Competition!

*On Wednesday 15th October, 2014, St.Aidan’s picked 4 students to compete at the Maths Dice Competition hosted at Trinity Comprehensive School. They were Ehita Idemudia, Aishat Alli, Gloria Sogoba and Jack Brady. Due to the fact that we had many volunteers for the competition Ms. O’Connor picked the students names out of a hat. The Maths Dice competition was against several schools, 2 teams from Trinity, and a team from St.Paul’s, a team from Marino, from James’ St. CBS, Colaiste Eoin and a team from St.Aidan’s. Each team had 4 people and there were 2 tournaments.

The 1st tournament was an individual tournament, it was a knock-out competition- if you win you go through the next round, there was also a back-door or plate competition in which when you lose the first round you then go into another knock-out competition with all others who lost in the first round, if you then lost in that round you competed in the third and final knock-out competition called the shield.

The rules of the individual tournament was quite simple, you had 1x 12 sided dice and 3x6 sided dice, the highest number you could get was 72. We were allowed to use many types of methods to get your goal; addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and indices. Though sometimes the target number was unattainable the student with the closest number won, we were given 45 seconds to get our target number.

In the individual tournament, Ehita Idemudia from St.Laura’s class in St .Aidan’s won, first runner up was Aishat Alli also from St.Laura’s class in St Aidan’s. The 2nd tournament was the team tournament; all the eight teams had to compete. The 8 teams had to try to reach the same target number, one whiteboard per team, team captain writes down the answer on the whiteboard, we had 45 seconds to reach our target number, there was 6 rounds i.e. problems to solve, in the team tournament , St. Paul’s CBS won and St.Aidan’s was the first runner up. We were each awarded medals and given certificates as a sign of participation and success.

The whole event was wonderful and enlightening for us, the other schools also enjoyed it, it was a blast. St.Aidan’s has recently started a math’s club that is held in the library on Tuesdays and is head by Ms.O’Connor and Ms.Flynn. It has been a great addition to the school. There is also a maths quiz that is held weekly and the winners get prizes, last week’s winner was Aishat Alli who was the first runner up in the individual tournament, it is great to see people taking an interest in maths, this will go a long way.

By Ehita Idemudia (2nd Year)

Hope Foundation Talk- Street Children in Calcutta

On the 1st of October, Jay Ann from the Hope Foundation came to our school to raise awareness of Hope, what they do and how we can help.

The Hope Foundation is an organisation that helps poor children in India who are malnourished ,living on the streets and are struggling to survive. Hope has set up education centres, homes and hospitals in 32 villages in Calcutta.They drive around the streets at night in an ambulance handing out food and clothing to the homeless. Child trafficking is also a serious issue in the developing world and the Hope foundation raises awareness of this to the locals and also teaches them about family planning and health care.

We have also been informed about how we can get involved and help the children in India. The Hope foundation has partnered up with Butlers chocolate and they sell them for 2 euro per bar. 50 cents of this feeds a person for a whole week in Calcutta and this really goes to show that a little for us can go a long way and help feed, clothe and give shelter to the children in India. On that note we encourage everyone to get involved.

"It shouldn’t hurt to be a child" – The Hope Foundation

By Mei Lee Xu and Rachel Kedney (3rd Year)

To find out more about the wonderful work of the Hope Foundation visit http://www.hopefoundation.ie/

Classics Trip to Medea at the Lighthouse Cinema

The senior Classics students went to a live screening of Medea by Euripudies. The performance was being screened in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield but being performed live in England. The students took the LUAS to Smithfield and met up with the teachers that had driven down.

The play was amazing! It was really great help to all the senior students who will have to study the play in great detail to pass their Leaving Cert Classical Studies. However there was some bad points to this play which confused students (and even the teachers); They did not use the correct name that we have been taught. Jason (one of the main characters) had married Glacuce behind Medea’s back, but instead of using Glauce they used Crusa which was very confusing because (for the students who did the Classics for Junior Cert) Crusa was Aneas’ wife in the Anied.

Students and teachers alike enjoyed the play, however there was some crazy dancing during a key moment in the play which distracted us from the important part of the play, we were too busy watching and laughing at the dancers who were having a fit on the stage! It was defintely a night to remember.

Jenessa Scott (6th Year)

Nathan and Daniel Perform at Dublin's Culture Night

Dublin’s annual Culture Night was held on 19th September. Nathan Mangan and Daniel Oladeji went to Hodges Figgis book shop on Dawson Street to perform their rap “One". When they arrived they both wanted to get some books and they loved the selection of books in Hodges Figgis. After they got their books they went to Captain Americas for some food. They loved the food the drinks it was a good evening for them both!

Unfortunately, it started to rain on the way back to Hodges Figgis. The boys performed a brilliant rap. They were rapping against racism. When they were finished they got to meet the famous author Derek Landy who wrote the Skulduggery Pleasant series of books. Daniel and Nathan felt very happy to have been there and been a part of Culture Night.

By Jack Brady (1st Year)

VIDEO: Watch Daniel and Nathan discuss their experience of performing at Culture Night 

St. Laura's read to the Students of St. Brigid's N.S.

On the 26th of September students from 2nd class of St. Lauras went to St.Bridget’s National School to read the book ‘THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT’ to the 2nd class students.

The 2nd years spent several days preparing and practicing to read to the children of 2nd class. The people involved were; Mary-Rose Ward, Jasmine Green, Craig Tuite, Michael Roche, Michael Kavanagh, Lauren Keely, Gloria Sogoba, Aishat Alli, Winnie Imasuen, Ehita Idemudia and Ms. Flynn.

When there each person was given a group to read to, the response was phenomenal. We were even able to interview some of the children’s opinion on the book. St. Brigid’s student, Patrick, said “ I really like the book, it was fun... my best colour was blue”.

From our feedback we were able to see that the children liked the book and we are hoping to invite them into our library. It was a fun experience!

By Ehita Idemudia (2nd Year, St. Lauras)