St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush
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Christmas Roundup!

A summary of all the wonderful things that have been happening in St Joseph's in the lead up to our much needed Christmas Break! #WR3
Christmas Roundup!

Euroscola 2020

St Joseph's were very proud to receive runner up in the Euroscola 2020 video clip competition. A video which contained excellent ideas on how to combat climate change and how we can become more sustainable across the EU. A practical look at the damage that plastic is doing to our environment was taken and how we can work with Government and the EU to cut down how much plastic we are using.

Congratulations to all the students and teachers involved. A super achievement.

Check out the video entry here:

1st Year Student on Late Late Toy Show

Congratulations and Well Done To Riaghan Boardman in1st Year. Riaghan was an absolute PRO on the Late Late Toy Show singing a cover of Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved". What an experience and what an execution. Well Done Riaghan we were all so proud watching you on the Telly!

Riaghan performed with Julie Cole, Six Sounds & St Bridget's Choir.

Check out Riaghan's performance here:

Leaving Certificate Applied Students Spread Christmas Cheer in Rush Community Centre

Lead by music teachers Ms Lynch & Ms Murphy it was feeling very festive in Rush Community Centre with our LCA students performing for our local seniors as part of their Music Module. Everyone had an absolute ball. Isn't this what Christmas is all about?!

Check out a video of their performance posted on Twitter by Ms Murphy here:LCA Students Christmas Singing in Community Centre

TY Drama Class Enjoy Shakespeare Workshop

Kate from the Mill Theatre, Dundrum visit St Joseph's and carried out a thoroughly enjoyed workshop with the TY Drama students.

Well done to all the students who participated and to the teachers who organised. Looking forward to see what you get up to in 2020!

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Teachers and Students Representing St Joseph's at "Our Voices Our Schools"

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) launched the "Our Voices Our Schools" resouce to support young people's voice in school.

St Joseph's has always believed in the importance of the Student Voice so it was brilliant to be present and part of this resource launch.

As Mr. Byrne said: "This is a huge step forward for the Student/Learner Voice efforts on the national stage" a sentiment a lot of us fully agree with in St Joseph's. This is an important toolkit that provides a great platform for young people to participate in important decisions that affect their lives.

Minister Zappone - "All people in our school have the right to learn, be happy and be different"

Well done to all the teachers and students present at the launch.
All reports back are unanimous in what an uplifting and encouraging day was had by all.

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TY Street Law Group Visit the Criminal Courts of Justice

The students taking this module got the opportunity to visit the Criminal Courts and meet with a Barrister. The sat in on some trials and saw the inner workings of the Irish Court System. Charlotte and Sarah of the Law Society of Ireland worked with our students and enhanced this eye opening opportunity for the students.

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TY Students Organised Donations for the Peter McVerry Trust

Student artists designed cards for the staff of the Peter McVerry Trust as a token of appreciation for the hard and important work they are engaging with all year round but particular at Christmas. Students packed up donations which would get to the people who need them most through the hard working staff of the Peter McVerry Trust.

Well done to Ms Kinsella and all the students who organised this collection.

Massive thanks to the students and families who donated to the cause this year.

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1st Year Boys Football Beat Local Rivals

A phenomenal performance from our 1st Year Boys Football team which saw them beating Lusk 8-1.

Football is making a strong comeback in St Joseph's. Congratulations to the students and teachers involved.

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TY & Prosper Fingal Carol Service

A beautiful evening with even more beautiful performances at the TY & Prosper Fingal Carols by Candlelight held in Rush Library. Well done to Ms McGann, Niamh Carroll and all the members of this super music group.

Check out of one of their performances in a tweet from Mr. Reade here:TY & Prosper Fingal Carols by Candlelight

2nd Year Boys GAA Team

Another brilliant win for our 2nd year GAA team against Moyle Park.

The lads had to show real heart to come from behind and see themselves through to the semi-final. Well done to all the students and teachers involved.

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5th Year Art Students NCAD Shadow Day

Karla-Louise & Lana in 5th year had an opportunity to shadow third level NCAD students for a day thanks to our Access Program. Both students are incredible artists themselves and had a super day enforcing what they hope to do and where they hope to go once they complete secondary school. Well done to the girls for embracing this opportunity.

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Christmas Breakfast Club

If you can't have hot chocolate for breakfast in the lead up to Christmas when can you?

The menu for Christmas Breakfast club - Festive Hot Chocolate including all the trimmings of cream and marshmallows, doughnuts and sausage rolls! It was festively indulgent and thoroughly enjoyed by the students who dropped in.

Well done to Mr. Dowling and Ms Davidson for organising Breakfast Club throughout the school year. A brilliant and important initiative.

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Enterprise Students Trading at the RDS

Well Done to Mr McGowan's enterprise students who traded "Gifted" at The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS.

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Leaving Certificate Students Host Staff for HCT Key Assignment

A brilliant afternoon was had with our LCA students who put on a spread like no other. All sorts of sweet treats, cakes, buns, scones along with tea and coffee to wash it all down. The students were fabulous hosts and the staff nearly had to be rolled out of the kitchen at the end of the day.

Well done to all involved especially Ms Keane and Ms Maguire in the Home Economics department for facilitating the afternoon.

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5th Year Mentoring Workshop with Michelle Stowe

5th year mentors have an important job in leading and guiding their 2nd year mentees. So it is important that they are supported. Michelle Stowe took the 5th years on their own restorative journey helping them to develop key skills to support the 2nd years. It was brilliant seeing the fruits of this work when 5th years took full ownership of their mentor session with their 2nd year groups. Well done to the students and teachers for organising.

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SVP Christmas Hampers 2019

Another wonderfully successful year again for St Joseph's and Saint Vincent de Paul. On Thursday 12th of December over 350 hampers were made in St Maurs GAA. Well done and congratulations to all the students, staff and past pupils who got involved in anyway they could. Collecting food items in form classes, bringing in additional items to the food points in the school, helping with the fundraising and volunteering to assemble all the hampers. It has been a busy but outstandingly worthwhile few weeks building to assembly day.

A special shout out to Mr. Reade, Ms Gibbons & Nuala O' Donoghue who's organisations skills know no bound. A lot has to be done in the background to make sure this venture runs as smoothly as it does.

Hugely important and meaningful work that the community of Rush are all the better for. A time that brings out the best in us all.
Thank you to everyone for their kindness and generosity.

Check out the 2019 SVP Hampers Video here:

Christmas Carol Service 2019

What a special afternoon we had this year at our annual Carol Service. Students enjoyed an afternoon free of academic class but full of top class moments. Moments of beautiful music and moments of thoughtful reflection. An important pause for all students and staff at this busy time to remember the true message and importance of Christmas.

Music was lead by Ms Lynch, Ms McGann & Ms Murphy for the St Joseph's Music Group.
The Friendly Voices Choir was lead by Ms Cutliffe.
The liturgy was prepared and organised by Ms McGann & Ms Gibbons.

Well done to all the students and teachers involved.

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Senior Boys Gaelic Team

Great start to the season on a blustery day in Clontarf.

The lads recorded a 4 point victory over a well drilled Moyle Park CC side. Final score 4-7 to 2-9 with Harry Groome (2-4) names man of the match. Well done to the team and training teachers.

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6th & 3rd Year Mentoring

3rd and 6th years worked together in our last week before the Christmas break to get a taste for filling in CAO forms. 6th year students talked the 3rd years through something that is a very important reality for them this academic year.

The 3rd years found it very interesting and completed Mock CAO forms with their mentors.


Christmas Crooning in the Airport

St Joseph's students were no strangers to Dublin Airport this Christmas with two groups taking the opportunity to festively welcome Christmas visitors home.

TYs & Proper Fingal accompanied by Ms McGann & Niamh Carroll sang with Lámh for all the Airport Christmas Callers.

Check out their version of Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer with Lámh here:TY & Prosper Fingal Rudolf Airport Singing

The St Joseph's Music Students decked the terminal halls with Ms Lynch and Ms Murphy.

Check out their jazzy version of Jingle Bells here:St Joseph's Music Group Jingle Bells Aiport

Student Learning Hub Team

The student learning hub group organised a kahoot quiz for the 1st year students. This was instigated to help support fellow 1st year students adjust to busy secondary school life and understand that there are actually some fun ways to revise for Christmas Exams!

Well done to Ms Kinsella, the Student Forum and Learning Hub team.

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1st Year JCSP Students - Literacy Trip

A wonderful day in Dublin City Centre for the JCSP Literacy Trip with 1st year students. Students visit Chapters Bookshop in town who were full of knowledge, advice and guidance for our 1st years helping them pick out a book that they would read and enjoy over the Christmas Holidays.

All students involved made their teachers really proud with their involvement, fun and engagement. Well done to the JCSP team and JCSP students.

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St Joseph's Carols by Candlelight

"An evening of pure class" - Mr Reade
"Another very special evening - heart & soul from our Music & RE Teachers. Quite simply - uplifting" - Ms Hayden

A much anticipated night in our school year after year. With each year continuing to bring the magic of Christmas. This year was no exception.

Well done to St Joseph's Music Group, Ms Lynch, Ms McGann, Ms Murphy & Ms Gibbons. A huge commitment each year but we, as a community, are all the better for it.

Check out a snippet of one of their beautiful performances here:St Joseph's Music Group Carols by Candlelight 2019

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St Joseph's on Ice

A very very busy term for our Transition Year students from September to December.

What better way to celebrate and treat our hard working and deserving TY students than with a spot of ice skating.

A truly deserved reward for their volunteering, enthusiasm & attitude towards embracing new challenges.

Well done Transition Years, we look forward to see what you get up to in 2020!

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Christmas Quiz, Santa Claus & Clive The Reindeer

We had a super end to the term with our annual Christmas Quiz. The atmosphere was electric with fun, happiness and pure joy. Students tested their general knowledge, figured out some festive dingbats, put their emoji translating to the test. They also analysed some questionable (at times) staff singing and tried to figure out the staff baby pictures. While this was going on staff members also had an opportunity to bring their own children to school for the day to meet our Santa in Santa's Grotto with Clive the Reindeer sporting his new Christmas Jumper. Clive helped Santa give presents to the boys and girls.

Well done and thanks to everyone who helped make this day as wonderful and special as it was.

What a wonderful way to end the term!

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Wishing everyone avery happy & peaceful Christmas with a super New Year ahead.
See everyone back again on Monday the 6th of January 2020.


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