Ms. M. Barrett (LCVP Teacher)
Fifth Year LCVP students invited Ms. Marian Ryan from the Cork Mental Health Foundation to speak to their class as part of the LCVP Enterprise Education Module. Ms Ryan spoke about mental health issues. The students learned about the concept of HOPE and the strategies for living a happy and balanced life. They presented a cheque for €475 to Ms. Ryan for the Foundation. The money was raised when the students organised a Teacher/Student Basketball Tournament in the school recently. The students found Ms. Ryan’s talk to be inspirational and have no doubts that it will benefit them well into the future!
Ms. M. Barrett (LCVP Teacher)
The Sixth Year Chemistry Class had a visit to day from Spectroscopy in a Suitcase by the Chemistry Department UCC.
Dr. Trevor Carey and Paul Buckley from the UCC Chemistry Department are sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry and Science Foundation Ireland to visit schools and give students hands on experience of using Infra-Red and UV Ray spectroscopy instruments that are traditionally only available in universities and colleges. The students used a combination of the results from both spectroscopy methods to identify aspirin and compare it to other similar medications.
Thanks to UCC for the opportunity.
Ms. R. Ferriter (Science Teacher)
Congratulations to second year students Lauryn Homan and Chen Yu (Cherry) Lin who represented St.Vincent’s at the Junior Spiders Finals in Dublin on April 25th. The Awards recognise and reward youth aged 19 and under for the innovative ways they use the internet, especially around website development, school blogs and design. Lauryn and Cherry’s project was one of seven in the Group Project Category short listed for the finals. The students’ designed a website entitled TAPTscience based on the atom and periodic table. They designed three quizzes to examine how much students would know about the atom, periodic tables and the elements. Students were then directed to recommended reading to add to their knowledge and finally they were directed to ‘Fun Stuff’ which included facts, riddles and brainteasers to add to their knowledge.
The project did not win any major prize but both students said it was an honour for them and the school to be short listed for the final in Dublin. Lauryn said she enjoyed the competition experience and that it opened her eyes to what others are designing and developing. Cherry said it was an enjoyable experience, it gave her the opportunity to meet many new people and she will definitely enter the competition again. Both students are currently exploring ideas for their next venture. Their project may be viewed on http://www.juniorspiders.ie/
On Wednesday 20th April 2016, as part of Teen Day at the City Library’s Cork World Book Fest, St. Vincent’s Transition Year students exhibited an amazing art installation titled
The Trouble With Words.
The artwork, which included a set of life size stencils of the students alongside a giant mobile phone with the text message
‘Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says I’m possible’ was designed and created by the TY students under the excellent care of Cork Community Artlink Artistic Director William Frode de la Foret and his team at their new premises on Watercourse Road.
The students’ artwork was displayed in the City Library’s front entrance and set the tone wonderfully for a day of workshops, readings and film screenings involving several Cork City secondary schools.
Olivia Guinane (TY student)
First, Second and Third Year students exhibited their creative works of art in Cork Institute of Technology’s James Barry Exhibition Centre from April 12th to 15th as part of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival.
Pupils from St Vincent’s and eight other Access Linked Cork city and county secondary schools were challenged to design and create unique artworks that visually expressed links between their education and possible future career paths. Art works on display included paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and ceramics.
Congratulations to all our artists and most especially to Andrea Broderick Hayes (2nd Yr) winner of the School’s Prize; Sabrina Alom (1st Yr) and Juliet Malone (1st Yr) joint winners of the U15 Individual Highly Commended Prize.
Ms. J. Neill (Art Teacher)
Senior Art students from St. Vincent's travelled to Dublin for the day and had a fantastic tour of the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland with their teachers Ms. J Neill and Ms. L. Healy.
Pupils were treated to a guided tour by staff from the Gallery’s Education Department, with specific paintings being explained in wonderful detail, adding greatly to the overall experience.
Many pupils commented that it was an amazing feeling to stand in front of artworks by Picasso, Monet, Caravaggio and Van Gogh and be able to recognise them from their Art History classes.
Gallery staff had great praise for the St. Vincent's students saying how impressed they were with the girls’ knowledge of and enthusiasm shown towards the artworks on display.
Well done to all our budding artists of whom we are so proud!
Ms. J. Neill (Art Teacher)
As part of their Junior Certificate Civiics, Social & Political Education (CSPE) Action Research Project, second year students decided to play their part in the homeless crisis by sleeping in the PE Hall overnight in a Sleep in for Simon. They invited along TY year students to help them raise funds for this very deserving charity. As part of the concept of democracy students had been following the general election and discovered that homelessness was a major problem and this helped them decide on their action project. Human Dignity is also a key concept of the CSPE syllabus. The students wanted to experience what it was like to sleep rough and opted spend the night on the floor of the PE Hall. The students also engaged in a social media blackout which proved to be tougher than anticipated. Students stayed in school from 8pm until 8 am. Fundraising was undertaken over the Easter holidays with students asking for financial sponsorship instead of Easter eggs! Special thanks to Ms. C Barry, Ms. S Reed and Mr. J Deane who braved the tough conditions along with the students. Congratulations to all the students who displayed great initiative and active citizenship on this occasion. Many thanks to Simon and parents for your support.
Well done everybody! Ms. M. Fitzgerald (CSPE Teacher)
Mother Mary Aikenhead
Foundress of the Religious Sisters of Charity
Born Cork 1787 - Died Dublin 1858
Mary Aikenhead Walk
Our walk began in St. Vincent’s Secondary School on a beautiful sunny morning, we set out with our Transition year group to commence the Mary Aikenhead Walk. We had an inspirational and informative morning. This walk took us on the following route to: St Anne’s Church Shandon where Mary was baptised, just a short walk from our school. We saw the baptismal font where Mary was baptised. Then we headed to Eason’s Hill to a small house where Mary spent the first six years of her life with the Rourke family as her health was weak in early childhood and this was better for her. Our next place to visit was Mary’s parents’ house in Daunt's Square, Grand Parade, Mary was born here on January 19th 1787, her father was a doctor and he owned a pharmacy. Then we walked to Christ Church on Cork's South Main Street, this is where Mary’s parents were married. We were able to visit the church which has been renamed the Triskle Centre. Then our route took us to Rutland Street, this is where the family moved to after they left Daunt Square. The last stop on our Cork City Walk was to St Finbarr’s South Chapel, there is a special shrine to Mary Aikenhead in this church, Mary began her relationship with the Catholic faith and mass here in this church. We prayed here. Our next journey is to Dublin on April 26th to the Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre.
Ms. S. Connolly & Ms. C.Boyle