This week sees the completion of the Assessment Task by Third Year Junior Cycle students. The students will complete the task over two class periods using the assessment task booklet. This task is worth 10% of the final examination.
The students have also been busily selecting two pieces of writing from their collection of writing built up over the past two years. Both pieces of writing were put forward for the Classroom Based Assessment 2. The deadline was December 2nd. These pieces will also form part of the work for the Assessment task.
Best of luck to all of the Third Year students on Thursday and Friday as they complete their task.
Our Literacy Board is prominently placed right at the centre of our school building and is a very popular resource for all students with helpful hints and tips. Thank you to Ms. Walsh for her hard work with the Literacy Board.
It is also a space where we can promote some of the activities of the department – our annual Readathon for MS Ireland is currently running. All First Year students are participating in the readathon and are really enjoying their chosen books.
The English Department has also started a Poem of the Month initiative where each year group will nominate a poem per month for the entire school to enjoy. The poem is read to the school via intercom at the beginning of the month and displayed for all students to see on our literacy board.
To start the initiative off the English Teachers chose the Thomas Hardy poem ‘Last Week in October’ – a fitting poem for the week leading up to our well deserved mid-term break.
The Department were also busy attending the annual Irish National Organisation of Teachers of English conference in Hotel Kilkenny on Saturday October 15th.
Pictured at the conference are Ms. Doran, Ms. Walsh and Ms. O’Regan.
Our Junior and Senior Book Clubs are also up and running along with Public Speaking and Debating! October has been a really busy month for the English Department.
The Leaving Certificate group travelled to Dublin on October 10th for a morning performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Students were delighted to have the opportunity to further their understanding of the play by experiencing a live performance on stage. All agreed that it was an excellent interpretation of the classic play, thoroughly enjoyable and would certainly be a huge help in their revision.
Students then moved on to play Footee, which is a combination of golf and soccer. This activity was enjoyed by all despite some students being more skillful than others.
A big thank you to the teachers who accompanied the students on the day, to the students for making it such a great success and to Ms. Doran who organised the trip.
A very big welcome to our new English teachers Ms. Duggan and Ms. O’Regan. We also say Happy New School Year to our returning students and another big welcome to our new First Years. We look forward to working with you all and creating some wonderful English work this year.
Junior and Senior Book Club will return and new members are always most welcome. Debating will be on the agenda this year and we look forward to participating in the MS Readathon. We are also very excited to continue our Pen Pal programme with students in Dubai and are delighted to extend the programme to another school in the UK.
Keep an eye on our literacy board for some top tips and as always watch out for the “What I am reading” notices on teachers’ classroom doors!
Looking forward to a great year ahead!
Congratulations and well done to Anna Hogan, a 6th Year student, who has been shortlisted in the Hot Press Write Here Write Now 2016 competition, for her entry Death in Ireland. You can view Anna’s entry on the Hot Press competition website and let them know that you enjoyed Anna’s wonderful writing by clicking on the ‘Tell Us You Like This’ button. By doing so, you can have your say in will be presented with the special Write Here Write Now Readers’ Award.
Please click the link below and read the piece by Anna. Congratulations, well done and best of luck in the competition.
Last year at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards, one of our current Leaving Certificate Students was awarded the top accolade in the best short scene script category for her script entitled Fighting with myself.
The judges, including Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch, actor Simon Delaney, Emmy award-winning animator Mårten Jönmark from Brown Bag Films and leading Irish fashion designer Emma Manley, chose Anna’s script from hundreds of entries. They enjoyed the script and felt the concept was a good metaphor for the struggles that some teens may face.
As part of the prize, the school also received a bursary from Bord Gáis Energy. This was used to purchase some books for the school library which were chosen by our award winning script writer who is also a very enthusiastic member of our Senior Book Club. We are extremely proud of her achievements and thank you for choosing such a wonderful selection of titles for our library.
Selfies are certainly popular among students but the SHELFIE is now a firm favourite in our school. This year the English Department ran a “SHELFIE” competition to mark World Book Day. The English teachers took a photograph of a selection of books from their personal bookshelves and each SHELFIE was then displayed on our Literacy Board.
Students had to match the shelfie to the teacher. The students participated enthusiastically and indeed there was much deliberation and discussion as to the owners of each SHELFIE.
A huge thank you to Ms. Walsh who organised the competition and display and well done to the four winners. This was an excellent new departure for the department and will certainly be an annual event to mark World Book Day.