Halloween Reports from The year Heads
5th year & LCA’s-All 5th year students participate in a SPHE/RSE programme entitled “Here to help” in October. The aim of the workshop was to look at the responsibilities and emotional impact on decision making and coping with pressure in relation to sexual health. This programme was delivered by a qualified social worker.
3rd Years-All 3rd years participated in a Study skills workshop in September to help focus them on their exams
All 3rd year will sit the DATS test in November.
Fifth Year-Welcome back to all fifth years. Your tutors Ms Marren, Mr Mayne, Mr Lennon,Mr Sweeney and I wish you all a happy and successful school year.
We hope you have settled in well and that you are focusing on your studies as you prepare for your Leaving Certificate in 2015.
Well done to those elected class prefects in the following tutor groups: B1 Gary Tiernan/Colm Tully.B2 Mikala Greenan/Jason Halton.B3 Teresa Galliga/Enda Shalvey. LCA Shannon Mc Daid/Aine Mulligan.
Congratulations to all the fifth Years who received excellent results in the Junior Certificate exams.
This has been a busy term for many of our very talented fifth years performing in the school musical Grece.
Fifth years have proudly represented our school in many individual and team events and competitions this term. Well done to all of you for taking part and on your successes to date.
Next term will see a team of fifth year students act as mentors to our first year students. The senior students will guide and support the newest members for our school. Thank you for offering your time to this very important project.
Finally I wish you all an enjoyable Halloween break.
B.Doherty Year Head
LCA NEWS-The Leaving Certificate Applied got off to a very successful start this year with 12 students participating in the programme. A very special word of welcome to Tyler Kivlehan who is a new student to the school and is participating in LCA.
It has been an eventful term so far for the LCA students. Every Friday, the students are participating in the work experience module. This module allows students to explore the world of work as part of their Vocational Preparation and Guidance class. Students are asked to keep a daily record of tasks undertaken and knowledge acquired during their placement.
On the 22nd October the LCA class participated in a team building day out in Tanagh. A good day was had by all.
Finally, on behalf of your tutor Mr. Sweeney, I wish you all every success and happiness in the term ahead.
Ms. Hanna (Coordinator)
LCVP-LCVP (Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme) in St Aidan’s is designed to expand and strengthen the vocational dimension of the Leaving Certificate by giving senior students the opportunity to participate in ‘Preparation for the World of Work’ and ‘Enterprise Education’ modules. These link modules are designed to help students make connections between school, community, future careers and enterprise.
The sixth year LCVP students are busy finalizing their portfolio of coursework which is worth 60% of the total grade. Good luck to all those students.
This term the fifth year LCVP students are actively engaged in planning and organising guest speakers from local enterprises, the Cavan County Enterprise Board and voluntary organisations. These planned activities will generate a variety of material for both the portfolio of coursework and the written exam.
Ms. Hanna (Coordinator)
Sixth Year 2013
On Monday the 2nd of September, eighty four students enrolled for their final year in St. Aidan’s. There are three tutor groups for this Leaving Certificate group A1 (Mr Watters), A2 (Mr Mc Quillian) and A3 (Ms Benton). We would like to offer a special word of welcome to Aoife O Reilly, Christopher Keenan, Tiffany Adams, Alison Conlon and Rachel Chong who joined A2 tutor group this year.
The first term has been very eventful for the Leaving Certificate students, with a very successful trip to the ‘Higher Options’ career exhibition in the RDS, on the 18th of September 2013 and an Information evening on applying to college through the CAO, UCAS and PLC courses on the 19th of September 2013. Many Leaving Certificate students also were involved in our opening school mass and service which took place on the 20th of September 2013. All Sixth year students had their first mentoring meeting on the 22nd of September and we wish each of them well in reaching their individual targets in preparation for their Halloween assessment.
On behalf of myself and your tutors, I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Leaving Certificate students the very best of luck in their Halloween assessments and indeed we wish you every success throughout your final year in St. Aidan’s.
Ms G Meehan Year Head
Transition Year has gotten off to a very successful start this year with 60 students participating in the programme. The Transition Years tutors are the charismatic Mr. McCaul (TY1), the energetic Mr. Greenan (TY2) and the talented Ms. Flanagan (TY3). A very special word of welcome to the new students, Annika Vogel from Germany, and Killian Thorton.
First term has proven to be very busy and exciting. Students are studying a broad range of subjects and participating in a range of projects and competitions. Projects such as ‘Cook-it!”, “Youth for Justice”, Young Social Innovators, and the Young Entrepreneurs Scheme are underway.
On Sunday 15th September the TY’s very generously volunteered their help with the Cootehill Chamber 10km walk, acting as ushers, distributing water and assisting with the events of the day. Well done to all those who took part!
A huge congratulations is extended to the following TY students who have been elected as prefects and deputy prefects for this academic year, Charlotte Lucas, Gareth O Reilly, Emmett Magee, Conor Tully, Gearoid McDonald and Shannon O Fylnn. Well done and the very best of luck to you as you carry out your duties this year.
The annual geography field trip to the ploughing championships took place on 23rd September and an enjoyable day was had by all.
On Thursday 3rd October, St Aidans was delighted to welcome poet Brendan Murphy who hosted a poetry slam workshop with a small group of eager transition year students. Brendan Murphy, is an All-Ireland Poetry Slam Champion. He won the 2006 Cúirt Poetry Slam and performed at the Green Mill in Chicago last September. Brendan began the workshop by regaling his captive audience with stories from his own experiences as well as sharing poetry gathered from workshops elsewhere. Brendan used a blend of humour and rap to engage the students. He then organised the students into small groups within which they had to create their own poetry. He noted that “It is not always essential to draw on personal experience, the use of imagination is central to creative writing”. All in all the students really enjoyed the workshop and hopefully it will inspire them to continue writing poetry
Four TY students have been successful in their applications to take part in the Peer Education Programme run by PYE. These students will attend 5 days training on the topics of drug and alcohol abuse, which will then result in these students delivering lessons to the first year students in our school. Well done Shannon Watson, Shauna Deery, Charlotte Lucas and Sinead O Brien and the very best of luck with your upcoming training.
Also fifteen students are heading to Cavan on the 18th October to the Comhairle na N-Og Youth Council AGM. We wish all students every success in their bid to be elected onto the Council.
I would like to wish the TY group every success with the programme as it unfolds this year. It is certainly an action packed year with lots of adventure and learning already experienced and yet to come, so well done on being part of the TY team and every good wish for October mid-term and the months to come.
TY Co-ordinator & Year Head.