Maynooth University recently held an awards evening to acknowledge the achievement of Junior Certificate Business Studies students who achieved an "A" grade in the 2014/2015 exam. Catherine Doyle received the award on behalf of the St. Leo's College successful candidates including Aisling Brophy, Clodagh Brophy, Katie Bullen, Pamela Earl and Kate Holohan.
Homelessness, healthcare and education were some of the topics on the agenda at a special hustings in Dublin this morning, attended by our YSI students. The event hosted jointly by Barnardos, The Children's Right's Alliance and the ISPCC in the Carmelite Community centre Dublin saw a group of election candidates from Dublin and Carlow face a grilling from students in their constituencies. Three TDs attended - People Before Profit's Richard Boyd Barrett, Labour Minister Kevin Humphries and Fianna Fáil's Robert Troy. While Councillors Kathleen Funchion, Kate O'Connell and Gary Gannon also took part in the Questions & Answers.
When invited to speak Marie McDonagh was not shy to speak about the necessity of SNA’s for children with disability questioning candidates “Do you know that about 1 in 5 children in primary school require additional supports? If you or your party is elected will you reverse the cuts to special needs provision in schools, increase the number of Special Needs Assistants, review the DEIS Programme immediately and make it a priority to tackle disadvantage?”
Nancy McDonagh put the candidates on the spot by asking them about the current pupil/teacher ratios.
Student Emma Murphy was particularly concerned about a shortage of homes for children across the country saying “There's around 2,500 vacant homes, but there's 1,400 children without a home in Ireland at the moment. They'll be living in hotels and not permanent homes at the moment so we were wondering what they going to do,” she said.
Following the meeting the girls were interviewed by a number of media organisations including Today FM and UTV.
The team, accompanied by teacher Sheila Coady are currently organising a colloquim – Rise Up Carlow on 1st March in an event to raise awareness and are asking supporters to “Make it your priority to stop Child Poverty”.
This year the YSI project is "Make it your priority to stop child poverty". The project focuses on aspects of poverty and inequality in the lives of children in Ireland today. One of the aims is to deepen their understanding and the understanding of others in the community of the impact of poverty on the lives of children and families. A close link has been established with Barnardos Carlow and some of this year's YSI team attended the Barnardos Rise Up conference held in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin in November.
On foot of this experience they were inspired to organise a colloquium/RISE Up Carlow which will be held in the school on Tuesday 1st March. The purpose of this colloquium is to highlight what poverty looks like in Ireland today and to explore how inequality, disadvantage and poverty impacts on children's and young people’s lives. An invitation has issued to a representative number of Transition Year students from schools in the South East to participate. A number of third level students together with local public representatives and representatives of local organisations who work in this field have also been invited. There will be a number of presentations focusing on the aforementioned themes during the colloquium with among the key note speakers being Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos.
One of the outcomes we would like to see at the end of the event would be for all participants to support the Barnardos Rise Up campaign, in particular we would like to see all students raise awareness and support among their peers for the campaign on returning to their schools and colleges.
This week, three groups of students are representing the school at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin.
Eve McGlinchey of second year has entered the junior Technology section with a project involving the use of small, portable and cheap computers to power a working voice activated home automation system. Using this technology, one could open doors, lock doors, turn on lights, operate plugs using nothing but voice commands. This would be significantly helpful to people with physical disabilities, helping them to perform simple tasks around the house. The project has attracted attention from the exhibition’s own website and the technology website siliconrepublic.com. Eve’s supervising teacher is Julie Egan.
Katie Doyle-Byrne and Christiana Diyaolu have entered the intermediate Social and Behavioural Sciences with a project analysing the words that print media used in relation to the refugee crisis for a week’s duration in September. They compared several newspapers against each other and also noticed how their attitudes changed around the much publicised death of three year old Aylan Kurdi. The project has made an appearance on the RTÉ Drivetime program and on RTÉ’s News2Day. It was supervised by Christopher Davey
The final project from St. Leo’s College is also entered in the intermediate Social and Behavioural Sciences category. Ashlinn Flood’s project is on the mental health of farmers. She surveyed farmers at marts around the region and has determined that while farmers may talk to those immediately around them about any issues, they tend not to take things any further. After implementing various awareness campaigns, Ashlinn measured how affective these were at pushing farmers to seek help. Ashlinn’s supervising teacher is Fiona McManus and the project was featured on the website Agriland.ie.
A link to Katie and Christiana’s project on RTÉ Drivetime can be found here, beginning at 1 hour and 54 minutes.
St. Leo's YSI team calls on the Government to increase the allowance for children in direct provision from €9.60 to €29.80 #DPChildren
A wonderful weekend was enjoyed by 94 Gaisce hopefuls, accompanied by staff and friends over Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2015. The group enjoyed beautiful weather during their hike over both days.
Well done to the team of Aoife Byrne, Pia McGrath, Emily Manning and who took first place at the 2015 Schools Regatta in Limerick.
Well done to Mr Sean O'Flaherty and the 3rd Year students who won the 15-17 age category for their short film of the effects of alcohol on families. They were presented with their prize at the National Youth Media Awards in the Department of Education & Skills in Dublin.
Students: Bróna McGovern, Ciara Hennessy, Julia Gregoruk, Lauren Hannon, Chloe Murphy, Bronagh Walsh and Lauren Farrell.
The Inter "A" cup team who were runners up in the final of the cup. They lost 1 Nil to Loreto Kilkenny in a great game.
A group of students and teachers visited Paris over the Easter holidays where they put their french lessons to good use. The group took in a range of sights around the French capital including the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe and sampled a variety of french cuisine. Bienvenue à l'école!
This year’s group of Young Social Innovators are focusing their project on aspects of life among the LGBT community. The title of the project is “Closets are for Clothes.” The team hope to increase their own understanding of the difficulties facing a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender young person in a second level school. To date they have been busy researching and deepening their own understanding of some of the issues which affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. They have had a workshop facilitated by Sandra Irwin Gowran from GLEN (Gay Lesbian Equality Network) which was most informative. Ms Moira Germaine, who works in the area of health promotion, also facilitated a workshop with the team which they found very worthwhile. Both of these workshops have helped the team progress their ideas for taking action on this issue. They have established links with BeLonGTo and hope to organise “An Awareness Week” in conjunction with “Stand Up! Week” in April 2015. They are also working closely with Anne Marie Dwyer from Carlow Regional Youth Services.
Well done to everyone who contributed to Daffodil Day today. A great array of cakes, goodies and daffodils were on sale to raise much needed funds for this worthy charity.
This year's Transition year show “High Skool: The Musical” will take place in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre from Wednesday 18th - Friday 20th March. This production is the inaugural collaboration between transition year students of St. Leo’s College and St. Marys Academy, Carlow.
“High Skool: The Musical” is a contemporary show about a popular basketball star Troy, and a shy academically gifted newcomer Gabriella, who discover they share a passion for singing. By defying expectations and taking a chance on their dreams the couple inspire other students to go public with some surprising hidden talents of their own. The show promises to have you on your feet reminiscing about your own ‘high-skool" days.
Congratulations to Cara Scully, Karen Cradden & Louise Colgan, Second year students who won best team once again at the Irish Federation of University Women’s under -15 Public Speaking Competition held in Trinity College on Saturday 7th March. Our students ably represented St. Leo’s College and UCD. They competed against teams selected by UCG, Queen’s University, Belfast and Trinity College. Both their mentors Alison Doyle and Sean O’Flaherty can be justifiably proud of these students. On Friday First and Second years had the privilege of hearing these students practice their various pieces and they were inspiring.
Well done to the 2nd Year Basketball team who beat Athy Community College 30:16 in their home game.