Fifth year LCVP students raised over €670 for Bothar running various activities in the school. They held quizzes with the junior school and made a presentation on Bothar to the fifth & sixth class students from St. Vincent's Primary School. They ran a non-uniform Christmas themed day and presented prizes to the best dressed staff -member and student. Many thanks to all for your very generous sponsorship.
Class Sinead as part of their Justice Group Fundraiser recently held a bake sale and donated the money raised to St. Vincent De Paul.
As part of the SVSS well-being initiative a staff team participated in the Healthy Heart Teachers for Schools Programme and received certification in CPR Training. The team provided CPR training to students across all year groups. Similar training is now under way for all staff and it is planned to offer the training to parents in the new year.
The 4 Steps 4 Survival
Step 1: When you see a person suddenly collapse, check for a response – call their name/shake them gently on the shoulder.
Step 2: If there is no response call 999 or 112 immediately to get help on the way.
Step 3: If they are still not responding and are not breathing normally (gasping or not breathing at all), then make sure that the person is lying flat on their back on the ground. Kneel closely beside them and place two hands on the centre of their chest, one on top of the other while keeping your arms straight.
Step 4: Start compressions hard and fast, pushing down at least 2 inches (5cm) on the centre of the chest and push at a rate of 100 beats per minute. Push in time to the tune of the Bee Gees song ‘Staying Alive’ and keep going until the emergency services arrive.
If you’ve learned CPR in the past or are willing to give breaths, give 30 compressions followed by 2 breaths, continuing this sequence until help arrives.
Handy Tip #1 Learn how to put your mobile phone on loud speaker so you can immediately start providing Hands-Only CPR while you’re calling for help and talking to the dispatcher.
Handy Tip #2 Knowing your Eircode number and giving it to the dispatcher when you call will also assist the ambulance in finding you quickly.
Courtesy of The Irish Heart Foundation
Our whole school approach to Well being incorporated many activities and initiatives to promote happiness and positive mental health among our school population. Students were encouraged to recognise ways in which they can help themselves and those around them.
As part of our sustainability and environmental awareness projects, third year science students decided to re-use the plastic bottles from school lunches. Their task was to create a Christmas tree from the recycled bottles in the Social Area to highlight and start a discussion on the amount of plastic we are currently using.
Congratulations to SVSS Cadettes (U16) who won the Cork A League in Neptune Stadium recently. They are the top U16 Girls' team in Cork 2017-2018. Congratulations to the team and coaches Dommie Mullins and Rebecca Lyall from all your supporters in St. Vincent's
It’s been a busy and enjoyable Science Week @ SVSS. Our first years participated in a challenging Science Quiz, while the second and third years used their knowledge of the Periodic Table to write positive messages for well-being and solve cartoon problems. The senior biologists were challenged by a biology cartoon based quiz and the TY group made a presentation to first years of their work on The Science and Art of Illusions.
On Monday, Katie Ward from ALCON made a STEM-based presentation to the senior Biology and Chemistry students about her work in the world of science and the importance of team work. Past pupils, currently working in science, returned to SVSS to share their experiences and career paths with the senior students. They highlighted the range of opportunities, pathways and supports available.
Past pupils Siobhan O’ Halloran, Clodagh Wyse, Rebecca Lyall and Melissa Walsh launched the SVSS Science Wall of Fame Project. Eimear Ferguson, from the Microbiotic Institute, UCC, spoke to students of the many opportunities available in science-based careers and the links between microbes in the gut, food and mental health. The third years launched their initiative to use recycled bottles to build a Christmas tree, as part of their sustainability project.
Thanks to students and Science staff Ms. R. Ferriter, Ms. F. Dodd and Ms. O. McGrath for a great Science Week.
Congratulations to Fifth Year Student Elisha Twomey on being awarded a Garda Youth Award recently in the Rochestown Park Hotel. St. Vincent's nominated Elisha for the award in view of her involvement in Cork Penny Dinners since the age of 10. She was one of eight recipients nominated from a group of 40.
Elisha received her award from Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald and was congratulated by Chief Superintendent Gary McPolin.