Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition, Technology Rocks Science Show
2nd February 2015
Maebh Power and Doireann O'Brien, award winners at the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition
Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition
On Thursday, 29th January, Lawlor’s Hotel hosted the annual Soroptomist Public Speaking Competition. Two students from Árd Scoil na nDéise, Doireann O’Brien and Maebh Power, participated. It was a thought provoking experience as there were seven speakers, each as good as the last.
Out of six subjects, only two were selected by the speakers. These were “Human Rights” and “Empowering Women”. Later on that night, all seven girls also did an impromptu speech on the topic of “Love”. Much fun was had with this.
Our own two girls both won prizes. Maebh was presented with the Ciara Meehan Award for Best Research. This award is sponsored by Gemma Meehan in memory of her daughter Ciara who was a student of Árd Scoil na nDéise. Doireann will go on to represent Waterford at the Regional Finals in Wexford, in February.
Many thanks to their mentor Una Power (UCD). We are proud to say we witnessed the event, with many thanks to our own Mrs. Simons.
Janey Maher and Neveah Tutty, 2nd Year
Gemma Meehan presenting Maebh Power with the Ciara Meehan Award for Research
Technology Rocks Science Show
Transition Year students pictured in WIT
On Wednesday last the T.Y. students went to see the Technology Rocks science show in W.I.T, presented by Scientific Sue. We left at lunch time and headed straight to the school campus.
On arrival, we were met with a few other schools and headed into the auditorium to get our seats. Sue was introduced and the show began. It was very interesting. She showed us tons of experiments involving physics and chemistry and showed us how vibrations make sound.
Overall the show was fantastic. Students were brought up as volunteers to help with experiment and it was very funny. She gave us a better understanding of sound and physics and I think she really made science fun.
We were sad when the show ended but we learned a lot from it. It was a great day trip for us to go on and I think we were all very intrigued by what was presented to us. All in all the day was fantastic and we all thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Sinead O’Donnell, 4th Year
Grainne Phelan taking part in a demonstration on the force of magnets with Scientific Sue