Seachtain na Gaeilge, Monopoly Challenge, Gaisce Trip 2014, Traffic Exclusion Zone
17th March 2014
1st year prize winners, Seanfhocal competition
Seachtain na Gaeilge
The Ard Scoil celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge as usual this year. The T.Y.s joined with the CBS for their Céilidh while other classes had their own ceilidhs. The Cáirde Girls organised Sean Fhocail Poster competition and a Tráth na gCeist with the first years.
Winners of Sean Fhocail Competition
Orna O’Brien – 1st
Sinéad O’Brian – 2nd
Genna Crotty – 3rd
Orla Renton – 1st
Laura Harty – 2nd
Lydia Nugent – 3rd
Molly Canning – 1st
Chloe Morrissey – 2nd
Aisling Flynn – 3rd
On the 11th March T.Y. students from the Ard Scoil and the CBS came together for the monopoly challenge, with the students competing for the prize of monopoly champion. The students displayed their business acumen, negotiating and mathematical skill while enjoying the challenge. The monopoly games were sponsored by Hasbro Waterford and presented by their CEO Mr John O’Neill. Many thanks to Mr Scanlon and Ms Fox who organised the day. Thanks also to former T.Y. coordinators Mr and MRs Stack for their participation and help.
Monopoly winners with Mr. John O'Neill, C.E.O HASBRO, Waterford.
Overall Winning Team
Megan Jordan, James Cotter, Ellen Curran, Laura Cusack
1st – Maggie Hally, 2nd – Conor Donovan, 3rd – Sally Ameglio
Gaisce Trip 2014
After many months of fulfilling the Gaisce requirements of a physical activity, learning a new personal skill and helping out in the community, it was time to go on our Gaisce Hike. We left the school on Wednesday the 5th of March and arrived in Larch Hill, County Dublin at 5pm. That night we went for a hike in the Dublin Mountains, where we enjoyed the magnificent view of the city.
Thursday was the main day of the trip. We all had a big breakfast and packed our bags with essentials for the trip and set off for our 25km hike along the Dublin Mountains. The views were amazing. We spent eight hours in the mountains, taking breaks every now and then. On the hike we divided into teams and each group built a fort in the forest. We were delighted to get back to the hostel after our long hike as our feet were sore.
On the following we participated in some activities before departing for home. We were split into three groups: one doing team work activities, one doing archery and the last doing highropes. Each group spent an hour on each activity. The teamwork was really good and taught us to work as a group. The archery was very interesting, especially for those who had never tried it before. We then had a very exciting archery competition. The highropes were a favourite among the group. We donned a harness and a helmet and we scaled the ropey heights. It was terrifying at the start but we all eventually made it through the high rise obstacle course.
After the activities we climbed aboard the bus and headed for home. We were absolutely shattered but had a great sense of achievement.
Dervla Duhig and Ailín Power
Traffic Exclusion Zone
Safety for our student is paramount and the pilot scheme for “no drop off” or “pick up points” immediately outside our school is working extremely well.
It is a “change in practice” for our parents and students which is difficult, but if it makes the road a safer place it is well worth the effort. I commend both you and your daughters for your co-operation and support and remind you that it continues until Friday, April 28th.
The system will then be assessed and evaluated to see what works best for safety on Convent Road. I would like to thank Teresa Daly and our Parents’ Council, Transition Year students and Dara and Johnnie from Smarter Travel for monitoring the system. It is all about safety for our students.