St. Vincent's Secondary School has been involved with Trend Micro's Be Smart Internet Safety Programme for many years. The main aim of the programme is digital literacy and safety. Trend Micro's online safety and poster competition What's Your Story? was recently launched with a media push across Ireland to engage more primary and secondary school students with the campaign. The competition promotes the safe, responsible and successful use of technology among young people. Munster Rugby have been wonderful supporters of the work of Trend Micro over the past five years. Munster Rugby's James Cronin, Niall Scannell and Cian Bohane with Avril Ronan from Trend Micro Online Youth Campaign visited the school recently for a photo opportunity with St. Vincent's students to launch competition.
Back row: left to right Amber Curtin, Nikole Murray, Emma Sheehan, Patricia Douanla and Anneka O’ Donoghue. Front row: left to right Ellen O' Shea, Eilis Lysaght (History Teacher) and Ciara Buckley
Staff and students commemorated and reflected on the events of 1916. The National Flag received from the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation was raised in pride of place over the Main Entrance. A narration of the Events surrounding the 1916 Proclamation was performed by the first year students from Class Aislinn. It involved a drama production of the events of Easter Week including a reading of the Proclamation, poetry from Pearse and Plunkett and the singing of the National. A major focus of the day was the unveiling and reading of St. Vincent’s Secondary School’s Proclamation for a New Generation by TY students Class Éanna. This document reflects their vision for a modern Ireland which embraces people from many nations and cultures. A display of project work focusing on the women of 1916 was also presented.
Mar chuid de imeachtaí Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016 d’eagraigh daltaí na cúigiú bliana 'Tráth na gCeist' do lucht na céad bliana. Dhein gach éinne a seacht ndícheall ceisteanna a fhreagairt ar raon fairsing topaicí. Bronnadh uibheacha seacláide ar na buaiteoirí. Bhain idir scoláirí agus oidí ceol (agus eolas!) as an ócáid.
In early March students from St. Vincent’s enjoyed a three day tour of Paris. The group comprised of over thirty students and four teachers. The activities included the following:
Students and teachers greatly enjoyed themselves
Un grand bonjour de Paris!
Nous avons passé un séjour formidable à Paris. Nous nous sommes très bien amusés ensemble.
La cuisine française était extra! Nous avons visité beaucoup de monumemts célèbres pendant le voyage et nous avons eu l’occasion de parler en français. Nous attendons notre prochain séjour en France avec impatience. À la prochaine fois…….
The country went to the polls on February 26th 2016 and so did the students of St. Vincent’s. Students voted for their preferred candidates in the Cork North Central Constituency. They presented their School Journals as their polling cards and then received their ballot papers. Much attention was given to the completion of the ballot papers before placing them in the ballot box. The count was carried out by the Second Year Students who acted as the Tellers and were closely overseen by the Returning Officer. There was great euphoria when the Returning Officer declared the result.
The whole process was an example of learning by practical experience. It was a practical and tangible example of the concept of democracy in action which is part of the CSPE syllabus. Students learned about the voting process of Proportional Representation (PR). They also learned of the importance of casting their votes.
The event was very ably coordinated by Ms. M. Fitzgerald (CSPE Teacher)
TY Students Visit Eason's Hill Friendship Club
On Thursday 25th February St Vincent’s Transition Year Art/Science students treated the ladies of Eason's Hill Friendship Club with a presentation of work from their recent Pinhole Photography Art/Science Workshop.
The TY Art/Science students met the Ladies’ Group at Eason's Hill Community Hall during their weekly Thursday morning gathering. The students displayed the work and explained the process of how they had made their own cameras from Pringle Crisps boxes and developed an amazing set of Pinhole Photographs of scenes in and around the area of St Vincent’s Secondary School and the North Cathedral.
Pictured are: Eason's Hill Friendship Club members Rita McAuliffe (Chairperson), Rose Burns (Treasurer), Emily Keating (Secretary), Eileen Barrett and Mary Twomey with Ms J Neill (Art Teacher) and students Front: Chloe Daly, Chelsea Curtin, Nikole Murray, Oliva Guinane. Back: Patricia Douanla, Sarah Horgan, Ciara Buckley, Renee Kelly Collins and Rebecca Thomas
Ms. E. Lysaght
I enjoyed my visit to Bank of Ireland in the South Mall. It was a great experience. I would absolutely love to work in a bank. We learned a lot about ATMs, Mortgages, Savings, Safes & Security.
Leah O’ Sullivan
I really enjoyed my day at Bank of Ireland in the South Mall. We learned a lot. The staff were lovely. After this experience I would love to work in a bank because it is a good and interesting job.
Rachel O’ Reilly