On Thursday 12th October 2017, 6th year students and the Ember Team attended Zeminar in the RDS Arena. This event promotes the development and wellbeing of young people in Ireland today. Throughout the day, students attended workshops on mental health and career development, listened to talks from influential speakers, received essential resources and participated in fun activities. Thanks to Ms Kearon for helping to organise a great day out.

Diversity Week Day 5: Friday 10th November 2017

Friday 10th November 2017:
09.30-10.10: Faith Talk - 3rd year talk on Evangelicals & their beliefs (presented by Pastor Nick Park of the Evangelical Alliance of Ireland)
12.20-13.00: Secularism Talk - 6th year talk on Atheism & the separation of Religion and State (with chair, Michael Nugent, & Human Rights Officer, Jane Donnelly, of Atheist Ireland).
14.40-15.40: Celebrating Diversity - Inter-faith Prayer Service with 1st, 2nd year and TY students.

Diversity Week Day 4: Thursday 9th November 2017

Thursday 9th November 2017:
Interactive Buddhism Workshops (hosted by Buddhism for Schools
09.05-10.45: 1st years & invited primary school students
10.45-12.00: 2nd years & invited primary school students

Exploring different ways to communicate - Interactive workshops for 1st & 2nd year students
13.40-14.20: Introduction to Irish Sign Language (with Mr Gueret)
14.20-15.00: Introduction to Braille (with Ms Markey)

Diversity Week Day 2: Tuesday 7th November 2017

Tuesday 7th November 2017:
09.30-10.10: Social Justice Food for Thought - 5th year talk on the problem of Racism in Ireland today & how we can overcome it (with representative from the Anti-Racism Network of Ireland).
10.50-11.30: Faith Talk - TY talk on Zen Buddhism with guided meditation (led by Zen Buddhist Priest Myozan Kodo from Zen Buddhism Ireland).

Diversity Week Day 1: Monday 6th November 2017

This whole school initiative will be the first big event in our endeavour to secure the Yellow Flag for inclusive, inter-cultural schools in Ireland.
Monday 6th November 2017:
08.30-09.30: Sacred Places - 2nd year visit to a Hindu Temple with chanting/mantras from morning prayers (Ananada Siddhi Vinayaka Temple).
10.30-11.30: Sacred Places - 2nd year trip to the Mosque (guided tour with Ali Saleem from Islamic Cultural Centre).

SVP TY Befriending/Education Project

Pupils participate in the SVP TY Befriending/Education Project
Pupils participate in the SVP TY Befriending/Education Project
Pupils participate in the SVP TY Befriending/Education Project

The first meeting of the 1st Year Homework Buddies Club took place on Wednesday, 20th September 2017. A group of Transition Year mentors were trained to assist the 1st year students with their written homework and revision tasks. Each TY mentor was allocated a select number of students to work closely with during the session. Mentors made a checklist of tasks that their 1st year buddies had to complete. They offered instruction, guidance and support to the 1st year students, helping them to complete their homework.

Creative Club back in full swing

As an Amber Flag School, we are firmly committed to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the lives of our students. Every Thursday and Friday lunch break, 1st Years are invited to Creative Club. There they can play a wide range of board games, take part in a series of mental challenges, do some mindful colouring, make shapes & create designs out of clay and listen to music. Creative Club helps to create a fun and relaxing environment for students. They learn to develop the social skills that are needed to help build and sustain friendships.