Emma to speak in Seanad Éireann
Congratulations to Transition Year student Emma Whitney who has been chosen to participate in the Youth Debate in Seanad Éireann as part of the #Vótáil 100 commemorative programme. In 2018, the Houses of the Oireachtas, under the banner of Vótáil 100, will commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the giving of voting rights to women and the resulting women elected to Parliament. Over the course of 2018 the Oireachtas will take part in a number of events to mark the centenary, including a Youth Debate in Seanad Éireann. Only 16 students out of a total of 300 applicants have been chosen to participate in the debate which will take place in the Seanad Chamber. Senator Ivana Bacik who is Chairperson of the Vótáil100 Committee hopes that the Vótáil100 Programme will encourage and inspire more women to become politically involved. Today, with only 35 women out of 158 TDs in the Dáil (22%) and 19 women out of a total of 60 Senators (32%) clearly indicates that much more needs to be done to bring women forward in politics. Last week Emma accompanied by teacher Ms. Keenan had the opportunity to visit Leinster House and meet with Senator Ivana Bacik. Emma thoroughly enjoyed the day and would like to thank Ms. Keenan for accompanying her.
On Thursday 14th December, the school’s annual “Trade Fair” took place. This fair saw the fruits of the Transition Years integral module, “The Student Enterprise Awards”, take place in the Assembly Hall. The “Student Enterprise Awards” is a nationwide competition that is run in conjunction with Transition Year students. The competition sees an individual / group set up and run their own business during the year. This is a highly prolific section of the T.Y. programme and our school has been traditionally strong with a high entrepreneurial presence.
Fifth year student Keela Farnon has just returned from a four day trip to Strasbourg. Keela won this trip in a competition with graduate.ie. This was a free online civic awareness competition for second level students to take part in and learn about important local and national topics. Keela spent one full day at the European Parliament where she took part in Euroscola which is a youth parliament and involved taking part in a number of pre -selected topics about E.U.
Gold and Bronze medals for Éabha and Keisha
Congratulations to first year students Éabha Kenny and Keisha Carty who won gold and bronze medals respectively at the All-Ireland Karate Championships held recently in The National Sports Complex. Keisha won Bronze in the Individual Kata and also won Bonze in the Individual Weapons Kata. Éabha won Gold in the Team Kata category. Well done girls.