SVSS marked Autism Awareness Day recently. The Student Council organised a blue-themed, no uniform day in order to fund raise for the Lir Hub in the school. They also organised an educational talk given by Ms. C. Barry on Autism for students in the junior school and a film for the senior students. The final event involved 6th year students, along with representative students from each class releasing blue balloons into the air. Many thanks to the Student Council and to their Liaison Officer Ms. M. McCarthy for providing a fun day with a very real educational message as well as fundraising for a very worthy cause in SVSS.
As part of International Women’s Day 2018 SVSS senior biology students and their teacher Ms. O. McGrath were invited on an Industrial Site Visit to Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd. in Ringaskiddy. The event was sponsored by Junior Achievement Ireland. The theme of the visit was ‘Finding Your Own Path’. It is hoped this visit will encourage and inform students to look at careers in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
The students really enjoyed the opportunity.
Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Year Art students were treated to a great day out recently when they travelled to Newgrange to visit the Newgrange Neolithic Stone Age Passage Grave. Students were accompanied by Art teacher Ms. J. Neill. They had a guided tour of the site where they explored the wonderful Stone Age art engravings. They also viewed the mysterious burial chamber which the students were told has not left in a drop of rain in over five thousand years.
Fifth year students ; Laura Morrissey, Orla Murphy, Maria Slattery and Sarah Tobin enjoying the visit.
The aim of the 'One Book One Community' project is to encourage schools, communities and parents to work together to promote a love of reading. The project endeavours to foster positive relations between the home, school and community and to promote literacy in the home. The project is part of the SVSS DEIS Programme.
Student groups drawn from many schools in the area, including SVSS primary and secondary schools were selected to read a chosen novel 'Sky Hawk'. Art representations, based on the readings were then constructed by the students with their parents. This beautiful project is now on display in the Blackpool Library for all to see!
As a further part of the project, a table quiz saw seven local schools go head to head to compete for their respective school. A parent joined the students on each team. SVSS hosted the quiz and were victorious.
Thanks to Ms. M. Fitzgerald, HSCL Teacher and Ms. N. Henry, English Teacher for facilitating the project for SVSS.
Following their participation in the IWish Conference, which promotes the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.) subjects for girls, Student Council members Asah Asikin and Shanzay Rashid were determined to bring back what they learned to their fellow students in SVSS.
The girls decided to promote Engineers’ Week in the school recently by overseeing a range of activities. They engaged students across the year groups in teamwork and problem solving by inviting them to compete in Building a Spaghetti Tower Challenge which helped the students explore several of the principles of physics and general science.
The Fifth Year LCVP class completed the Business in the Community Programme with RR Donnelley recently. The students gained insight into the world of work by visiting and studying the operation of the RR Donnelley plant. The RR Donnelley team visited the school on a number of occasions to complete the initiative; teaching students about designing comprehensive curriculum vitae, developing effective interview skills and outlining the qualities needed for the world of work in a modern logistics company. A huge thank you to all involved:
Ms. M. Barrett (LCVP Teacher), The RR. Donnelley Team, Ms. D. Beckingham (Business in the Community) and the LCVP class.