Sanctuary, Eagle's Flight, Carols, Craft Fair, Disability Awareness
15th December 2014
Third year students Brid Gough and Rosa Pabianiak presenting a cheque for _150 to Rob and Andy from Déise Animal Sanctuary
Animal Sanctuary Visit
On the 25th of November, Árd Soil Na nDéise had a wonderful afternoon with Déise Animal Sanctuary. Two guest speakers, Rob and Andy, travelled to our school and educated First, Second and Third Years about animal care, animals being neglected and how to give any of these animals a wonderful home. We were all very inspired by the great work carried out by Déise Animal Sanctuary.
The highlight of the afternoon had to be when we were introduced to two gorgeous dogs, a lurcher called Lady and a dachshund called Stuart Little as well as a ferret. Déise Animal Sanctuary truly enlightened us and we were honoured to present them with a cheque of €150 which we had raised through a cake sale in our school.
Third year students pictured with Lady and Stuart Little
We would advise people to visit Déise Animal Sanctuary and consider adopting one of their many animals in need of a new home or to help out as a volunteer as it is most definitely a very worthy cause.
Jenny Maye-Twomey, 3rd Year
On the morning of the 25th November, both TY groups had a turn of playing the stressful but exciting games of Desert Gold. We divided into teams of four and the rules were explained to us. Basically, we had to make it home from a trip to the mountains with as much gold as possible, all gained by staying in the mountains for as long as possible. We had to control the amount of food and water and still have enough space on our camel for gold while battling the elements of the unpredictable desert weather.
The purpose of this mind boggling activity was forward planning and dealing with stress which will be helpful as we progress into the senior cycle. We would like to wish a big thank you to Ger O’ Shea for this enjoyable learning curve.
Muireann Walsh, 4th Year
Our annual carol service was held on Friday the 5th December in the Friary church. The carol service is a time for the students and staff to come together and celebrate the Christmas season. During the service the school choir treated us to lots of beautiful hymns; our first years gave a wonderful rendition of walking in the air.
During the service reference was made to the many fundraising events for different charities that are held throughout the year with symbols of these different events on display in a crib on the altar. The carol service was a wonderful event which filled everyone with the spirit of the Christmas season.
Students enjoying the stalls at the TY craft fair
On Tuesday the 9th of December our school held their annual transition year craft fair. At the beginning of T.Y we were set a task to create our own mini company and introduce our products to the public. We split us into groups and there was a vast range of products and services created.
On the morning of the event, everyone was panicking and running around trying to finalise everything before our 10:30 deadline. I think it was safe to say most people were on edge. There was a great atmosphere around the senior hall before our potential customers arrived. Everyone was excited to show off their ideas and hopefully make a profit.
Judges were sent from the national enterprise board to pick the top four mini companies out of our school. Their decision was made by coming around to each individual stall and interviewing each team about their company. Their judgement was based on; originality, creativity, commitment and teamwork. The winning teams were; Holy Crepe, a delicious food company, Betty Bands, who sold and created multicoloured hair ties, GAAGAA Gear who sold customised half zip school training tops, and Alaska handmade mini hampers as Christmas treats.
Students from the top four mini-companies pictured with judges from the national enterprise board and their teacher Ms Foley.
The standard was very high and everyone did exceptionally well. It was a great challenge and everyone learned something new about themselves in the process. The majority of companies achieved what they wanted and had a lot of fun on the day. Hopefully one of our teams will be successful enough to make it to the final in Croke Park. We want to wish them the best of luck and well done to all involved in the 2014 craft fair.
Sinead O’Donnell, 4th Year
Disability Awareness Workshop
TY students from the Ard Scoil and CBS pictured at the disability awareness workshop.
Wednesday 10th December, another busy day as a TY student in the Árd Scoil. We spent the day in the sports centre with the TY’s from the CBS. To begin the day, Paul, our instructor, gave us a brief talk on disability awareness. Paul himself has a prosthetic leg but this doesn’t stop him from competing in sports such as wheelchair basketball in which he has world titles. He explained that he takes part in sports for the same reasons as us – fun, fitness and friends.
There were 16 wheelchairs and we were split into several smaller groups. Paul demonstrated the basic skills of wheelchair basketball and we all gave it a shot. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this amazing experience. Paul is an inspirational sportsman and a very patient coach!
Muireann Walsh, 4th Year
TY students playing basketball in wheelchairs.