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St Josephs College Newsletter 28th of October

28-October-22
St Josephs College Newsletter 28th of October

St Josephs College

Maths week: I can safely say that maths week 2022 was a success. From poster competitions to maths riddles, from guessing sweets in a jar to photography competitions. There was so much going on that I would not know where to start. We had activities during maths classes and even during lunch there was a countdown students versus teachers which kept everyone on their toes. Sadly, the teachers won, but it was clear that everyone had Fun which was the most important thing of all. We cannot forget to mention we had Ms Collender singing for us on the intercom her special maths song which was the highlight of everyone's week. Maths week this week really highlighted how fun maths can be and how it is included in our everyday lives not just in the classroom. You just need to: be aware because maths is everywhere!! (Sadeem ,Academic Officer)

Halloween Dress Up Day: On Friday the students had a non-uniform day , this gave students and staff the opportunity to dress up in Halloween costumes. There was some very scary costumes and a great effort made by all Students and Staff. The students council organised the non-uniform day and collected €2 which will be given to Aoibheann’s Pink Tie Charity.

Sport: Huge congratulations to all our students who had sporting success last weekend starting off with Lucan Sarsfield’s Minor B camogie team winning their championship final on Friday night , St Pats under 13 girls team won their championship final on Sunday and finally on Sunday evening our 6th Year student Lauren Strong was part of the DLR Waves under 19 team who won the women’s national league final. Commiserations to our students who were part of the Lucan Sarsfield’s Minor A team who lost out narrowly in their championship final. Our under 15 soccer team were in action this week in the first round of the cup against Clane which they narrowly lost out in after extra time, while our senior camogie team are in action against St Wolstans.

Outdoor Classroom: The official opening of Rosie’s Garden occurred a number of weeks ago and this week another major piece of work was completed with the installation of the canopy over our outdoor classroom. We are awaiting the specialised seating and our outdoor classroom will be complete , this didn’t stop Mr. Banks and the Transition Year Tai Chi class try out the new canopy on Monday morning.

Transition Year: Musical Rehearsals are ongoing and details of tickets will be released this week. These will be first released on our website and Social Media sites. There were a number of Transition year trips this week with two groups going to Airfield Estate on Monday. On Tuesday the entire Transition Year Group went to Co. Wicklow to Avondale to complete the tree top forest walk. Unfortunately the Giant slide was closed on the day but the students had a great day out. On Friday the second group of students made their way to The Chocolate Factory of Ireland in Carlow , the students got to make their own chocolate and also got to take some delicious treats home with them.

Senior Concern Debating: We were debating against Castleknock College. We were proposing the motion 'GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) are necessary in the fight to end world hunger. The debate was recorded, and we linked in with the opposition, on zoom. Our team consisted of Alena Varghese (capt), Sarah Eraseril, Sharon Owodunni and Sophie Henry. Our chairperson for the debate was Radina Hristova and our timekeeper was Tara Hollowed. The students performed particularly well, considering it was their first debate in the current league format. They spoke with clarity, coherence and passion. One of the key elements of debating is the ability to challenge the other team's arguments (i.e. refutation and rebuttal). St. Joseph's College were especially impressive in this area. The debate has been uploaded to the Concern Debating Platform and we await the adjudicator's report, feedback , assessment and overall result. This normally takes about 7/8 day.

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