The Amber flag committee planned a “Mental Health Awareness Week” for the entire school on the week of December the 8th. The first day involved the committee itself to go around singing Christmas carols during lunchtime. The students joined in and we all sang and danced. During the day, we made announcements over the intercom about mindfulness and talked about how we can become happier in our everyday lives by appreciating the small stuff. We also had a half an hour drawing session on wednesday for people to relax and have a stress-free half an hour. (Colouring has been proven to relax adults too!!!)
We all know mental illness is very serious and we wanted to help to make people more aware. The week was also to promote a more positive attitude toward life in the entire school. We received great feedback saying that the students enjoyed the carols and colouring session. Although the Amber flag committee is a new committee to our school, we believe that it is one of the most important. We thank all the teachers that helped during the week and the students who took part. We hope you all enjoyed the activities involved in Mental Health Awareness Week. (Rosemary Connolly TY)
On Monday evening, at a ceremony in Luxembourg, Niamh Scanlon from class 1.4 was awarded EU Digital Girl of the Year 2015.
Niamh said “I’m really honoured to be named as an EU Digital Girl of the Year. Coding is a skill that I think all young people should get a chance to learn, because it means you can not only use technology, you can create things with it too. Young people, teenagers and younger, around Europe and around the world are already learning to create and solve problems with coding, and it is going to be amazing to see what they do in the future with these skills."
Niamh, who began learning code at CoderDojo in Dublin City University when she was nine, loves to build websites and apps that help people. When she was just 11 she built an app called 'Recharge my eCar' for which she has won awards from Coolest Projects and Eir Junior Spider. The app is designed to help the drivers of electric cars to find available charge points. For three years Niamh has mentored at CoderDojo in DCU, where she helps other young people – and particularly girls – to learn how to create with technology. She is a member of the Digital Youth Council in Ireland and she would like to see more coding and technology taught in schools.
Niamh added that she thinks more young people should have the opportunities that she has had thanks to coding and CoderDojo, as "it’s really important that girls develop coding skills, because we need more women in science, technology, engineering and maths."
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Go n-éirí go geal libh!
Pictured below are past pupils from Dominican college who gave a presentation to the current Sixth Years on the Edmund Rice Summer Camps. They became involved in the Edmund Rice Summer Camp project themselves when they were in Sixth Year and they received a presentation from a previous past pupil, Evelyn Spellacy, about the Edmund Rice project.
The aim is to provide a quality summer camp experience to children in a way that allows both children and young leaders to more fully realise their potential. Tuilleadh eolas le fáil ag: http://edmundrice.ie/edmund-rice-camps/