Science Week, “King Lear”, Credit Union National Finalist, Eurofins Success, Open House
23rd November 2015
|A young scientist from Clashmore primary school looks quite comfortable sitting on Science teacher Mr Barry’s bed of nails during one of Ard Scoil na nDéise’s Science workshops for primary schools.
||Classmates and Science teacher Mr Barry look on as a Clashmore student experiences the effects of the Van de Graff generator during one of Ard Scoil na nDéise’s Science workshops for primary schools.
Science week in the Árd Scoil was a busy time for the science department. The aim of science week is to engage and inspire people with science and technology. The science department in the Árd Scoil invited local primary schools to join them in the school science labs for a fun and informative science show. This is the third year that science events for primary schools have been held in the school and there has been a great response year after year. It provided us with a wonderful opportunity to promote science among young pupils going forward. We would like to thank all of the primary schools that joined us during the week and hope that everyone had an enjoyable time.
“King Lear” Performance Great for Revision
On Friday last, we travelled to the Everyman Theatre in Cork city to see this year’s English Leaving Certificate play, King Lear. The play was produced by a company named Cyclone Rep.
The play began at 9.45am, right on time. I have to admit that I was quite lost at the start of the play and questioning if I was in the right theatre, as the group of four actors and actresses performed a scene not in King Lear. However it suddenly clicked with me what they were doing and I applaud them for taking this new, different perspective of the play, as it was done with great intelligence.
Each of the four actors and actresses in this production plays numerous characters, and it was amazing how fast they changed their outfits to keep the play flowing smoothly. I would like to give a special mention to the actor who played Lear. He took on the persona of Lear brilliantly, and he really expressed his emotions when Lear was in the depths of despair.
Throughout the play, the performers explained various themes and behaviours of the characters to the audience. As a Sixth Year student myself, I found this very helpful. I would highly advise any Sixth Year student sitting the English Leaving Certificate exam to see this production, as it is great for revision purposes.
However, in order to improve this production, I believe that the company should project a background onto the black wall behind the performers to set a more visual scene. Especially in the Storm Scene, I thought that a background behind Lear would have made the scene more effective. Also, the actresses’ Cork accents sometimes broke out during the play taking from the fact that this play was set in England.
In saying that, I do believe that this production by Cyclone Rep was excellent and very useful for Sixth year students. I would highly recommend students to go, as it will benefit them greatly.
Laura Cusack, Sixth Year
Dearbhla Flynn, Credit Union Art Competition National Finalist
Congratulations to Dearbhla Flynn in Sixth Year whose Credit Union Art Competition entry which came first in the Dungarvan over 18 section has now won the Regional stage of the competition. Dearbhla’s painting will proceed to the National final. Well done, Dearbhla!
Success in Eurofins Lancaster Labs Transition Year Essay Competition
Many of our Transition Year students entered the very popular Eurofins Lancaster Labs Essay Competition in October. On the basis of the essays they wrote Aoife Hallinan and Emma Reardon were each awarded a week’s work placement in the Eurofins laboratories. The two students will have a timetabled week of work experience and will be mentored individually. Well done, Emma and Aoife, and many thanks to Eurofins for this wonderful opportunity.
Science Week at Ard Scoil na nDéise
Thursday night November 19th was another busy one at Ard Scoil na nDéise, as we held our annual Open Night. The school was buzzing with students, teachers, Ard Scoil parents and guests. A very special “thank you” to our wonderful Parents’ Council who prepared and served the tasty refreshments for the large number of guests. Completed application forms are due in the school office by 4.00 p.m. on Friday, November 27th.
Third and Sixth Year Examinations
Third and Sixth Year students are currently very busy preparing for Christmas examinations which begin next week, and we wish the best of luck to all the students involved.