Geographical Investigation: The 6th Year Geography Class along with their teachers Ms. Purcell and Mr Gorry carried out their Geographical Investigation on the Geomorphic Processes in the coastal environment of Howth, Co. Dublin on Thursday the 22nd of September. Their Investigation carries 20% of the marks for Leaving Cert Geography.
Higher Options: Sixth Years along with Ms. Warnock attended the Irish Times Higher Options Conference in the RDS on Friday 16th September. It’s a forum on Third Level choices for Students. It gives a valuable insight into Third Level Courses in Ireland and abroad ranging from Art Colleges to Agricultural Colleges. While there students could go to the relevant college stands and ask any questions they had and take away booklets etc.
5th Year History Trip: 5th Year History Students went to see "Anthropoid" in Vue Liffey Valley. The film tells the story of how the Czech Resistance assassinated SS General Reinhard Heydrich. He was regarded 3rd in command in the Nazi hierarchy and he was known as the Butcher of Prague due to his brutality and he was the brainchild of the Final Solution, the plan to annihilate all Jews.
French Film: As part of the French film festival week, Ms Murray's Third Year French Class went to a screening of the film 'Miss Impossible'- Jamais Content in the Irish Film Centre on the 23rd November. It was the winner of this year’s European Young Audience Award, this fresh coming-of-age drama centers on thirteen-year-old Aurore, trying to find her way between a beautiful older sister and a brainy younger one.
Spanish Film: Ms O'Donnell's 3rd Year Spanish Class went to the Film Institute in Dublin to see "La Oliva". It tells the story of a young girl who travels with her grandfather in search of an Olive tree.
Tara Mines: Ms. Purcell’s 6th Year Geography Class visited Tara Mines outside Navan on Friday the 18th of November for their study of "Human Interaction with the Rock Cycle" Physical Question. They were given a guided tour of the site and students enjoyed an informative trip on the operations of Tara Mines and mining in Ireland. Hopefully the tour will help them if the Question is asked in their Leaving Cert in June.
Night at the Theatre: Mr O'Connell's 6th Year English Students attended the "Plough and the Stars" at the Solstice Theatre in Navan. Despite being in the front row all agreed it was a wonderful production and will greatly aid their knowledge of the play for their Leaving Cert Exam.
Careers: Sixth years attended the “Education Open Day” which had been arranged by Meath Partnership. There were a number of universities and colleges present who were very willing to offer advice and career guidance to students. The students listened to a HEAR and DARE presentation. Everyone agreed it was an informative event.
Zoo: Ms Murray’s 3C CSPE class participated in a Conservation Module offered by Dublin Zoo. The students learned about the different species in danger of extinction such as the Red Panda, the Sumatran Tiger, the Asian Elephant and the Western lowland Gorilla. These animals are endangered due to a variety of reasons from deforestation to poaching, the Bushmeat trade and the Ebola Virus. Dublin Zoo are part of the European Zoo breeding programme for endangered species.
Wind Farm: Ms Purcell’s 2nd Year Geography Classes visited Mount Lucas Wind Farm. The site used to be home to peat production but now Bord Na Mona is using the site for wind energy production. While there they were given first an informative presentation on the Wind Farm, then they had a virtual tour inside a wind turbine using VR headsets and before leaving they went to an actual wind turbine to get up close.
Irish Aid Centre: Ms Shine's 2B CSPE class visited the Irish Aid Centre. The students learned about development in the world and took part in an interactive workshop about life in a village in Malawi. The Irish Aid Centre has an Aid Programme that helps to reduce poverty and hunger particularly in Sub Saharan Africa. An interesting and enjoyable day was had by all.
5th Year Visit to the Zoo: Both 5th Year Biology Classes went on an Ecology Trip with their teacher Ms Evans to the Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo. There they carried out Ecology Fieldwork. Ecology is part of the Leaving Cert Biology Course.
Dunmore Caves: First Year Geography Students along with Ms. Purcell and Mr Gorry visited Dunmore Cave in Kilkenny. Dunmore Cave is home to a series of chambers formed over millions of years, the cave contains some of the finest calcite formations found in any Irish cave. It is also a site of a Viking Massacre, Archaeological finds within the cave confirm Viking activity. Hence why it has its haunted reputation. The cave is also home of several species of bats.
Make a Book: 1st Year JCSP Students participated in “Make a Book” exhibition in in the Heritage hotel in Portlaoise. Students had to display and talk about their stories that they created under the theme of 'Twisted Fairytales'. The students were presented with Certs and were treated to a captivating performance by storyteller Niall De Burca.
Army Camp: The 1A and 1B CSPE Classes along with Ms Purcell and Ms Weir went to the Curragh Army Camp. While down there, they learnt more about the work of the Army at home and also abroad when they are on UN Peace Keeping Missions. Students experienced the bomb disposal unit, combat units etc.
French Film: Ms Murrays 5th Year French Students went to the Irish Film Institute in Dublin to watch the French Film "La Revolution". The film is set against the background of the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia in 2011.
NUI Maynooth Open Day: Sixth Years with their Guidance Teacher Ms Warnock attended NUI Maynooth’s Open Day on the 4th of April. A lot of Students show an interest in this College due to its close proximity to home and its excellent range of courses available.
National Print Gallery: Ms Hamilton brought JCSP Students visit to the National Print Museum as one of their initiatives completed this year. They gained an appreciation for the skill of printmaking and presentation of work. Following an interactive tour students also had the opportunity to print a poster.