Angela McGlynn from CIT presented SVSS Chemistry students and their teacher Ms. Dodd with a practical workshop entitled Spectroscopy in a Suitcase. The students used spectroscopy to identify a sample of material found at a fictitious crime scene and to solve a crime. The practical application of chemistry and the use of the spectrometers connected the students to the application of chemistry in real life. Spectroscopy in a Suitcase is a project funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This excellent event supports the study of STEM subjects in SVSS.
Fifth year students @ SVSS attended a study seminar in CIT recently. As a result, the students gained a valuable insight into the world of study and how the mind works in processing and disseminating information. A series of fast paced workshops enabled the students to explore a range of topics associated with improving their study techniques. They learnt how to maintain a healthy body and brain, and how the brain remembers information. They used assistive technology to enhance their learning. All agreed it was an invaluable insight into developing study skills which will stand them in good stead for their Leaving Certificate and for study at third level. Students were accompanied by their Study Skills teacher, Ms. Dodd.
SVSS TY students attended the annual IWISH Conference in Cork City Hall recently, where they met some of the most inspirational women working in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
The core message of the event was to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to carry on STEM subjects to Leaving Certificate level and beyond, in order to keep job opportunities in this sector open to them.
“I WISH is about debunking the myths and showcasing the opportunities out there, but it is also very much about building confidence and helping the girls realise that they are capable of doing anything they put their minds to” co-founder of the event Ms. Gillian Keating said. She continued “Year on year, the girls tell us they want careers where they will be making an impact and helping people. What they don’t see is that the best building block to improving people’s lives is through STEM.”
TY students from SVSS, with their Business Teacher, Mr. J. Deane were very happy to be part of this event.
First Year and TY students at the launch of the new SVSS Credit Union, which is supported by Gurranabraher Credit Union. Picture shows SVSS students with Liam O'Doherty and Lauren Morey from
Gurranabraher Credit Union.
Transition Year students enjoyed a trip to see the superb comic actor, Ger Carey, as part of their English course with Ms. Henry. This drama experience was energetic, dynamic and inspiring. The students said that they could relate to his extremely honest portrayal of the teenage mind-set and they enjoyed his classic humour. All agreed it was a highly entertaining and educational experience.