Rosmini is delighted to be involved in the DCU UniTY programme. UniTY is a skills based programme specifically aimed at Transition Year students. It has been designed to increase student engagement in education and raise motivation and career aspirations and broaden students' world view. The curriculum is made up of Multimedia & Social Innovation, Smart Skills, Employability & Leadership and Student Empowerment. Other classes benefit through Maths quizzes, "Junior Discover" pathways to third level, DCU "Summer Scholars" programme, rugby and soccer blitzes. Further information from https://www.dcu.ie/access/secondary-schools.shtml
During the month of November, we take time to remember loved ones who have passed on. Students came together to decorate the branches of a tree in memory of our dearly departed family members and friends. Butterflies in different shades and colours decorate the branches of this tree. It has been said that 'the butterfly is nature's way of reminding us that there is hope in grief. When the caterpillar is no more, the butterfly exists in ultimate freedom and beauty'.
As part of their Saint Vincent de Paul Befriending Project, Transition Year students have formed an Intergenerational choir with the elderly resident of Nazareth House care home. The purpose of this project is to engage in social outreach and to experience, first hand, how the lives of others can be enriched by volunteering one's time, gift and talent. On Monday 20th November 2017, students rehearsed Christmas carols with the residents of Nazareth House under the direction of Music teacher, Ms Mullen, and Chaplain, Mr Gueret.
To mark the end of Diversity Week 2017, 1st, 2nd and Transition Year students participated in a beautiful multi-faith prayer service. Prayers, reflections and scriptural readings from the major world faiths and philosophies were shared during the service. Students came together to celebrate the gift of diversity that helps make Rosmini the vibrant school community that it is today. School Chaplain, Mr Gueret, and Religion teacher, Mr Coulter, led a very inclusive and open gathering.
Mahatma Gandhi once said: 'Religions are different roads converging upon the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads, so long as we reach the same goal.' As part of Diversity Week 2017, students were given the opportunity to explore religious and secular world views. Nick Park, Executive Director from the Evangelical Alliance of Ireland, met with 3rd year students to discuss the beliefs and values of evangelical Christians in today's society.
It is often said that strength lies in differences and not in similarities. Students of Rosmini Community School hosted an Intercultural Fair on Tuesday 7th November 2017. This fair showcased the very best food, music, language, artwork, customs and traditions from the different countries & communities that our students represent. Beautiful Bangladeshi gowns and Japanese kimonos were on display for all to see. Students learned key phrases in French, Portuguese and Irish. Traditional African instruments were played as well as the samba guitar & ukulele.
We were delighted to welcome Sakhya Prema and the team from BHS who came over from the UK to deliver workshops on the Buddhist religion. During these workshops, 1st and 2nd year students explored Mahayan and Theravada Buddhist culture. They were given a detailed understanding of India and Asia's ancient history; reincarnation and Netwon's law of karma. Students gained a deeper understanding of self and the external bodies of mind and senses. They experienced Buddhist music, gongs and singing bowls; as well as how sound is essentially spiritual.
Alan Lyne and Enya Harrison from Maynooth University Israel Society met with students from Rosmini Community School on Wednesday 8th November 2017. 1st and 3rd year students were invited to explore the different religions and communities that exist in Israel. They learned about traditional kosher foods that are consumed at the dinner table by Israelis. Alan and Enya taught a few words of greeting in Hebrew, the official language of Israel. Students were informed of different genres of music that are popular in this middle eastern country.
Diversity Week gives students the opportunity to explore the beliefs, traditions and rituals in each of the major world religions. Their knowledge of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Religious Culture in Ireland was put to the test in an interactive quiz. The results from all of the teams that participated was very impressive. Congratulations to Tuomas, Martha, Gabriel and Flaviu from TY on topping the scoreboard.