Happy Easter to students, parents, staff and the community.
From everyone at SVSS.
'Does Your Mother Know' adopted from the music of ABBA, featuring the SVSS Transition Year students.
Produced and directed by Ms. A. Murphy and Ms. M. Fitzgerald.
Photographs courtesy of Klaudia Serafin, Second Year.
St Vincent’s artists have done it again!
St Vincent’s Transition Year pupils took home the ‘Peoples’ Choice Art Award' 2017 from the My Education My Future Art Exhibition, run by the CIT in conjunction with Cork’s Life Long Learning Festival, now an annual event on the St Vincent’s Art Calendar. The girls worked as a group to create a large Lino Block Print which celebrates the life of Malala Yousafzai and the gift of education.
Well done girls, we are so proud of you once again!
Ms J. Neill
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education. In 2009 at the age of 11 she began writing a blog for the BBC explaining what life was like in Pakistan after Taliban forces ordered a complete ban on girls’ education. In 2012 when she was 14 years old she was shot in the head by the Taliban. Despite being critically injured Malala made a full recovery and went on to become a global spokesperson for girls’ education. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17. In her acceptance speech she said: ‘One Child, One Teacher, One Book and One Pen Can Change the World.’
After two months of challenging work, during lunch breaks and days off five teams set off to CIT to participate in SCIFEST 2017 and exhibit their projects. First & Second Year topics ranged from microbes on your mobile phone, to healthy lunches, to who is walking 10000 steps! TY girls investigated the effect of listening to loud music on your hearing, as well as investigating the link between involvement in sport and levels of educational attainment.
The judges showed great interest in the projects. All the girls agreed they learnt many things from the experience. They learnt how to improve communication skills and time management skills. They learnt team building skills and they all discovered that hard work can be fun!
Teachers Mrs Connolly and Ms Dodd are very proud of the girls achievements and wish them well in the future...
Fifth Year Art students took their Art History studies outdoors recently when they visited St Fin Barre’s Cathedral and experienced this wonderful example of French Gothic architecture first hand.
The girls were very quick to recognise many of the architectural features which they studied in class, along with some extra ones such as the gargoyles that spray rainwater on passers-by and the much loved ‘Goldie Angel’ which stands high over the
East side of the Cathedral ready to blow her trumpets to signify the end of the world!
SVSS First Year students recently put their artistic skills to work in a very special way. The girls worked together over a number of weeks creating dozens of birthday cards for ‘Friendly Call’. This is a Cork Charity supported by the HSE and Cork City Partnership that tackles loneliness and isolation within the city’s elderly community, offering friendship and security through regular phone calls and visits.
Friendly Call volunteer Ms Brenda Barry was thrilled to receive the cards which will be sent to individual elderly people on their birthdays, bringing a unique sense of friendship and caring across the local community.
Students Mollie Blount, Louise McKenzie, Faye O’Connell and Danielle O’Connor speaking on behalf of their class said:
‘The project made me think about how it might feel to live with loneliness.’
‘It was a privilege to be involved in this special art project.’
‘I really enjoyed making these cards and I am very happy the elderly people will enjoy them too.’
SVSS student entrepreneurs recently participated in a local Enterprise Week organised by Gurranabraher Credit Union, Local Enterprise Cork City, RedFM & Hollyhill Library.
Ernst Cantillon from Electric & Kinsale Spirit Co, Darren Hickey from D & D Detailing and Stephen Ryan Head of Marketing Red FM, spoke about their skills and passion which turned into a business venture.
They highlighted the importance of hard work, determination and creativity which lead them to their successful paths in enterprise. They demonstrated innovation and passion, as one entrepreneur set up
his own business when he was 17, and the other recently recruited and interviewed staff via snapchat. They proved that anything is possible if you put your mind to it !