Gearing up for Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially students and young people. This years theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”. Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 6th. Here at CDL in Ashbourne we have a number of activities planned to help get all of our students involved.

In preparation for this we had a friendly visit from our local Community Gardaí in Ashbourne. They delivered a talk to all our 1st year students on Internet Safety; how to keep their information safe online, how to mind their personal safety while engaging in the online world and the consequences of engaging in negative behaviour online.

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Learning to Code and Problem Solve

This year Coding was introduced as an Other Learning Experience (OLE) in CDL for 1st and 2nd Year students. It’s important for our students to learn more than just a basic understanding of coding, we want them to work on analyzing problems, problem solving strategies and to experiment with their individual creativity.

To help us get started on this journey we are using some of the resources available on www.code.org. If you would like to learn more about what you son/daughter is learning in coding, please check out the website above.

Díospóireachtaí an Idirbhliain Samhain 2017

Bhí díospóireachtaí spreagúla ar súil sna ranganna Gaeilge an téarma seo idir foireann éagsúla. Bhí an rún ‘Ba chóir go mbeadh ábhar éigeantach í an Ghaeilge i ngach scoil in Éirinn’ pléite ag ghrúpa amháin agus bhí dhá fhoireann eile ag troid leis an rún ‘An féidir linn Gaeilge a athbheochan arís?’

Díospóireachtaí den scoth ab ea iad agus bhí na daltaí ag obair go dian dícheallach chun a bheith ina n-eolaithe sna hábhair difriúla. Comhghairdeas le gach dalta ar a n-iarracht féin!

Science Week 2017

Coláiste De Lacy celebrated Science week with a number of events and competitions held throughout the week. These included the marshmallow tower building challenge as well as digestion and methane fire bubble demonstrations. There were daily science riddles as well as tasking starters that encouraged students and staff to use their imagining and noticing habits. Two TY students performed a humorous monologue during Tional where both staff and students learned to never trust an atom as they make up everything along with many more interesting facts.
The highlight of the week was the Clann Egg drop challenge where students had to create a structure that would protect an egg that was dropped from the first floor onto the halla floor. The competition was fierce and a number of clanns were inseparable. As a result the science department have decided to run another egg drop challenge with stricter criteria after Christmas.
The Science Department would like to thank both staff and students for their participation and effort which made Science Week an extremely enjoyable event.

Irish Schools Fitness Challenge

Colaiste De Lacy took part in the Irish Schools Fitness Challenge again this year. Pupils completed their initial test in early October and have been working on improving their fitness levels since. All classes have been taking part in timed lap challenges as well different strength classes. Students were assigned activity homework and many have been working hard to improve their fitness by attending the extracurricular sports clubs inside school as well as trying to be as active as possible outside of school. The second phase of results have been collected and the PE Department are proud to announce that all the effort has paid off and that the majority of students have improved their result.

New sport arrives in CDL

This year a camogie team was formed in Coláiste De Lacy and our students took part in the Meath/Kildare Novice Schools Senior league. Participating in a league with older and more experienced players, Coláiste De Lacy stepped up and produced some super displays against Coláiste Chiarain Leixlip, St. Peter’s College Dunboyne and Athboy CS. A rock tight defense, strong running in the midfield and a versatile forward line that defended as well as scored ensure that we competed well with more established schools.  An important mention needs to be given to the large number of players have only started playing since September. These girls have rose to the tough challenge set by competing with players that have represented their counties at minor level. Training continues every week and numbers are growing. We look forward to playing in the Meath/Kildare Junior League that will begin in February.  

Experiencing Spanish culture around the world.

We were transported to Spain, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean in TY Spanish. We have been learning about the culture of Spanish speaking countries and as part of this we explored the music from there. After listening to salsa, flamenco and reggaeton, students created a lip sync video of a song in Spanish. With Maracas played and the Macarena danced the groups put on a very entertaining show. Other activities this year have included playing traditional spanish sports such as ‘pelota’, discussing artists such as Picasso, Dalí and Kahlo and also writing stories or fairy tales in their own words. Through this, they are discovering lots of new information on the life and culture of the Spanish speaking world.

Lights, Camera, Action in Geography.

It isn’t often that you would find a farmer, a fisherman and members of Bord na Mona in your classroom but that is what happened with 3rd year Geography students recently. Well, not exactly but close enough! Students created videos taking on these personas to discuss and revise primary economic activities. Dressed in costume, they acted out people working with raw materials such as water, oil, peat, fish and farm animals. The creativity in these videos was excellent but most importantly the collaboration and distilling of information was very impressive and will no doubt help with their revision.

Technology helps bring chords to life in the Music Room.

As part of the Music Taster programme it is great to see the CDL music students getting stuck in to their learning. GarageBand, an app available on apple devices allows our students to experience music making in a creative and engaging way.

GarageBand in a fantastic tool for experimenting with instruments and musical components. Our students can experiment with a number of instruments that they may otherwise not have access to or ever have the opportunity to play, such as electronic synthesizers (many of which have countless hidden instruments and noises), arpeggiator and orchestral instrumentation.