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Safer Internet Day

On February 6th we took part in 'Safer Internet Day'. This EU wide initiative takes place annually to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people.  Students took part in activities and debates focused on various aspects of web safety including password protection, online interactions, extortion and cyberbullying. 

In preparation for the day our students composed an online pledge stating their commitment to stopping and preventing cyberbullying, students and teachers were all encouraged to sign the petition and we were then encouraged to share the pledge as widely as possible. To read or sign our pledge please click here

 

Transition Year & 5th Year Students attend the I WISH Stem Conference in RDS

On January 29th a group of over 60 Transition Year and 5th Year students accompanied by their teachers, Ms. McAuliffe, Ms. NicGiolla Bhríde & Ms. Flynn attended the I WISH conference in the RDS. The purpose of this initiative, which is an annual event, is to inspire, encourage and motivate female students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). 

Careers Guest Speaker - Sinead Chapman

On February 7th we were delighted to welcome back to the school our past pupil Sinead Chapman who came to speak to our 5th Years about a career in Mental Health Nursing.

Transition Year Students Awarded Irish & European National Quality Label for eTwinning

Last years Transition Year students took part in an etwinning project in collaboration with schools from France, The Netherlands and Poland. Our project was called Nosy Neighbours and the aim was to find out information about the other countries. We did this by working in both national and international groups through our online platform 'Twinspace' and the end product was a radio bulletin based on the information we had gathered. 
For this project we were awarded the Irish National Quality Label and the European National Quality Label.

18 Month Junior Achievement Programme Inspires Students to be Career Ready

Ten 6th year Students recently graduated from the Junior Achievement Ireland Career Ready programme, kindly hosted by Citi, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1. To mark the completion of their two year programme the students were joined by the business volunteers who had worked as their mentors, representatives of supporting organisations and special guests former Dublin GAA star and life coach Jason Sherlock and JAI Patron Leslie Buckley.

Career Ready develops students’ potential by enabling their involvement in a range of activities including being paired with a business mentor for 18 months, visiting workplaces, attending masterclasses and completing work placements. The overall aims of the JAI Career Ready initiative are to help students to recognise their potential, to develop and increase their employability skills, support their academic work and introduce them to the world of work. The 2015-2017 cohort comprises twenty nine students from St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick St; Loreto College, Crumlin and Our Lady of Mercy, Beaumont.

Special guest Jason Sherlock congratulated the students on taking their first steps in the world of work and reinforced the importance of role models and pushing oneself to achieve your goals: “The guidance and encouragement of mentors and role models really can make a profound difference in a young person’s life; I know this from my own personal experience. To the participating students I say take the skills and confidence you have gained from Career Ready and build on them, allow the programme to be the catalyst for you to fulfil your potential. With the right attitude you can do anything you set your mind to.

The importance of role models in helping us learn and develop is fundamental. When caring adults are involved in education, students do better in school and life, adults become empowered, and schools and communities grow stronger.

The Career Ready 2015-17 mentors, as well as masterclasses and school to work visits, were provided by A & L Goodbody, Accenture, Amundi, BNY Mellon, Citi, Core Media, Dell, Deloitte, Diageo, EisnerAmper Ireland, Gaiety School of Acting, LinkedIn, JLL, Lloyds Bank, Manpower, Pfizer, SQS, Standard Life, and TV3.

On behalf of Junior Achievement Ireland, CEO Helen Raftery said: “Research shows us that working with ‘real-world’ volunteers helps young people to see the relevance of their academic studies to their everyday lives, which is a vital factor in persuading them to stay in school and take full advantage of the opportunity that education offers. Thank you to Citi for hosting this celebration and to all our corporate partners for their support of the Career Ready initiative.”