St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush
Europe's first CFES School of Distinction

Weekly Roundup #WR6

The weekly roundup for St Joseph's from Monday 20th of January 2020 - Friday 24th January 2020. #WR6
Weekly Roundup #WR6

Monday 20th - Friday 24th January 2020

Cycle Against Suicide Student Leader Congress 2020

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On Friday the 27th of January our TY students spent the day at the Cycle Against Suicide Student Leader Congress in Citywest. They heard from many inspirational speakers who have gone through very difficult times in their lives and were treated to performances from a number of music artists. The core message of the day was that #ItsOkNotToFeelOk and that #ItsAbsolutelyOkToAskForHelp.

A full and great day was had by staff and students. A huge thanks to Chasing Abbey, Alan Quinlan & United Vibe for meeting some of our TYs backstage & in the green room. Not to forget all the speakers who shared their personal stories on the day with such openness & bravery.

Munster Opens - Table Tennis
Congratulations to 2nd Year student Aaron Mellows on adding yet another Table Tennis trophy to his collection. We are very proud of him. A student that is very passionate about his sport and deserves all the success that comes his way. We're sure this will not be the last post about Aaron's success this year. Watch this space!!! Aaron adds Munster Open to his long list of titles.
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SUAS Literacy Initiative
This week TYs began their training with SUAS. This is a fantastic opportunity and we are delighted to be working with SUAS again this year. Our TY SUAS volunteers received training & are now fully equipped to begin working on a paired reading literacy initiative with some 1st Years! We look forward to mapping their progress. Well done to the volunteers who see the value and importance in a programme like this. Great maturity on display with these TY students.
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TY - 1st Year Mentoring
Mentoring is a huge aspect of our school culture & vision. We believe in it because we see the value in it. It is evident through the relationships our teachers have with our students and our students have with other students. This week TY students worked with 1st year mentees. The focus of the session - Organisational Skills. Mentoring gives our 1st year students a chance to build relationships with a senior student who can give guidance and support. This experience also gives our TYs an opportunity to let their leadership skills flourish. We had a wonderful session this week. The 1st years in particular went from meek, unsure students entering a room to vibrant, reassured, energised and happy students walking out of the same room laughing and high-fiving. Well done to the teachers for organisnig and the TY students for their excellent way with the 1st years.
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Scholars Ireland Programme 2020
Well done to Ms Mackin and the ten 2nd year students participating in the Scholars Ireland Programme this year. These students received honours in their final assignment entitled "Poland's Democratic Crisis".
The students achieved:
3 - 1st Class Honors
3 - Second Class Honors, Upper Division
3 - Second Class Honors, Lower Division
1 - Third Class Honors
They will now attend their graduation in Queen's University Belfast. - How impressive!
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TY Students and Rush Nursing Home
Another great singsong by our TY students at the Rush Nursing Home this week. Wednesday for TYs is all about community involvement. Visiting the local nursing home for a sing-song & a chat is something this group look forward to each week. This week the residents even joined in!
Well done to Ms Davidson & her wonderful group of TYs.
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The end of January can only mean one thing... St Brigid's Crosses
1C did a super job this week with Ms Murphy making St Brigid's Crosses in Religion Class. Thanks to the super cross making tuition from Ms. Mackin and her patience as we learned, St Brigid's Crosses can be tricky!
North Leinster Schools Cross Country
Super running on display at the North Leinster Schools Cross Country 2020. Waiting to hear about team qualifications. Congratulations to JD Kelly (2nd) and Daniel O’Brien (8th) that are through to Leinster Cross Country Finals. Well done to Mr Nolan & Ms Kinsella for organising the students participation in this event.
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Forget-Me-Nots Choir
Remember 2 weeks ago when we posted about welcoming Karen Meenan of the Making Hay Reminiscene Theatre Company and The Foget-Me-Nots choir to workshop with a group of TY Students. TY Students were learning how to make drama by gathering memories?
Well guess what..... After a morning filled with laughter, acting, singing & sharing stories we have a script! How exciting!!
The atmosphere was something special! We look forward to seeing the next step of this creative journey.
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Aug 26
Academic Year 2022/23
Aug 30
TY Session 1 begins
Aug 30
5th Yr Leaving Certificate Applied Session 1 begins
Aug 30
6th Yr Leaving Certificate Applied Session 3 begins
Students Schedule for Opening Week 2022-2023
Book list & Equipment list for all Year Groups . Book Haven suppliers Guide.
The Summer Assessment Reports will soon be available to view on VSWare
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