St. Fintan's High School

Sutton, Dublin 13 • +353 1 832 4632 • info@stfintanshs.ie

Zambia Immersion Project

for more details on the background to the project and who to contact,
see below

Have you got what it takes to beat THE KUBE?

When?  – Saturday, 6th May

Where? –  School Hall

Who?  –   Teachers and students

On Sat May 6th the teachers and students going to Zambia are hosting our biggest fundraiser yet – THE KUBE.

The event will take place in the hall in the evening time and will hopefully raise much needed funds for the Zambian kids who we will be visiting in Kabwe, Zambia this June.

On the night 36 contestants will compete against each other, in heats, that challenge Mental and Physical Ability as well as Intelligence and Responsiveness.

6 winners will go through to the final – one of whom will be crowned champion!

 Tickets for the event will be on sale, in school,  over the next few weeks and we would appreciate as much support as possible.

 

Backgound and details for this Summer trip to Zambia

This  June, seven teachers and fifteen students from the school will be travelling to Kabwe in Zambia for two weeks.

Kabwe is a small town situated 2 hours north of Lusaka – the capital city of Zambia.

Since 2013 St. Fintan’s HS has been involved with a p artner school called Sables.
Sables was set up to educate disadvantaged kids in the area and around 60 kids attend the school daily. Most of the kids come from Makalulu – one of the biggest slums in Africa which is located nearby. A lot of the kids live in basic huts with very little food and clothes. Quite often one or both of their parents are sick and unable to provide for them. Sables acts as a source of hope for these children and gives them the opportunity of having a positive future. We have fundraised for two years for this trip and hope to raise as much money as possible to help the school continue to be a positive part of the children’s lives.

If you would Like more information on the event or on our Zambian Immersion Project please contact Mr Greg Bennett on:

+353-(0) 871 943 519

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April 21st, 2017

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Our First Year Science

Science so far this year has been great. As we didn’t do as much Science in Primary School, it was a whole new experience from the labs and experimenting to learning about all these new scientific facts.

One of the very first things we learned about was working as a Scientist and conducting experiments. Firstly, we  learned first about finding the problem then a question, then the hypothesis.

A hypothesis is how you’re going to fix the problem and answer the question. You then conduct your experiment and if it works, do it again, if not you change something in the experiment. We learned about collecting data which is important for research on an experiment.

The next subject we moved on to was Biology and studying cells and life. The 7 signs of a living thing we learned are Excretion, Growth, Movement, Nutrition, Reproduction, Respiration and Response. We also studied cells under a microscope and the difference between animal and plant cells. The rest of the biology section was testing for different levels of starch, sugar and carbohydrates in foods.

We then started learning about the States of Matter. The Science book taught us there are only 3 three states of matter, gas, liquid and solid.   We found, however,  there are in fact between 4-7 states. We also learned about the changes in state. We found that often Science books lie or hide information.

As we were discussing it in class we found that we wanted to express our feelings on what we were learning in Science in some way.

Thanks to Colm Murphy, he created a website which we now continually post updates on what we are learning.

 

You can visit the website at: mr-samalamadingdong.myfreesites.net

Another topic we discussed was the SI units of Measurements and measuring Physical Objects. All this was happening before Christmas in just one term as well!

When we returned from holidays,  we started on Atoms and learning how they make up the fabric of everything we know. We also briefly learned about Quantum Physics and how, although it seems completely out of this world, scientists have managed to teleport subatomic particles. Although this wasn’t on the curriculum it really intrigued us all and reminded us of the wonders of science.

Another quite different thing we do in our class is every time we meet, Mikey O’Boyle will have found an interesting fact on what we are studying at that moment and present it to the class. We have even gone into filming this and uploading several videos to YouTube. We have our own YouTube channel now. You can find a link to it on our website.

As our next topic was Space Ms O’Hare and all the 1st year science teachers arranged for us to visit W5 in Belfast and have a space travel workshop. It was a great day and really led us well into what we are currently on which is space.

Everybody in 1st year is divided into groups and are currently making projects on Space. In our class we have groups designing apps, creating websites, making animations and more. We also have received  help from Matthew O’Reilly who explained coding, something very few of us understood before.

We also did many PowerPoint presentations and took the role of the Teacher in the class explaining what we researched. You can find all the presentations on our website.

Overall it has been a great year of learning and credit has to go to my teacher Mr Sam and all the 1st year teachers  who help us learn and educate us. One aspect which my fellow class mates and I have found enjoyable is the debates in our class which makes us think in a way of questioning everything so as to broaden our knowledge, as is the ‘science way’.

April 8th, 2017

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Dublin, Georgia USA Trip – 12th – 19th March.

Click here to a link to one of the TV interviews

Click here to link to one of the performances

 Earlier this week 13 senior students, accompanied by their teachers Ms Aoife Ní Laoire and Mr Stephen Slattery, travelled to Dublin, Georgia. The trip was arranged by Lauren’s County Development Board. On Monday 13th a performance at the Concert Hall. Tuesday 14th, they visited the Veteran’s Hospital. On Wednesday 15th there was a visit to Trinity School (Catholic Private School) where there was a performance at the Chapel. On Thursday 16th they visited West Lauren High School Today Friday, 17th started with a meeting of the Mayor, followed by a radio interview and finally a giant outdoor BBQ. On Saturday, 18th the is a Road Race and Parade.

Thursday 16th visit to West Lauren’s High School

April 7th, 2017

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Young Social Innovators

Social Innovation Recognition Awards for Schools

This year our school has taken part in the Young Social Innovator Project (YSI), in the Young Social Innovators Action Programme (Senior).

YSI provides prestigious Awards to secondary schools taking part in its social innovation programmes.

These awards recognise the resilience and commitment of young people, staff and management to social innovation education and to building a fairer, inclusive and more equal world.

 

Report by Michael Runswick (Tranistion Year)

We started our Young Social Innovator project about 3 months ago during a Biology class. We were thinking of a topic to choose for our Biology module. We choose the topic of drugs.

Mr. Sam asked our class if we wanted to combine our Biology module with the Young Social Innovator project and most of the class decided to take part in the project. We then kicked off the project by creating a website called ‘All About Maria’.

We then added information to the website about drugs and other topics related to the broad area of drugs. Most of the students  in the project wrote pieces about different types of drugs. For example Weed, Heroin, Ketamine and Flakka.

We sent the write-ups to Eoin Dickson who designed and looked after the project website.

Next, we had to start on our YSI group report which was  mainly written by Hugh Dooley, Michael Runswick, Luke Armstrong, Darragh Broders and Daniel Kane.

Once we had finished that it was time to get ready for our big presentation in front of the judges. To prepare we had many practices and rehearsals and the end result was a confident performance. We are currently waiting for feedback about our placing in the competition and we are excited to hear our result.

You can visit our website at:  http://www.allaboutmaria.org/

April 7th, 2017

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Green School Committee

Jason Green (1st Year), Ben Runswick (2nd Year ), TonyO’Connor (3rd Year), Modestas Urbonas (4th Year), Chris Reynolds (4th Year), Dylan Jeffers (4th Year), Scot Atkins (4th Year), Michael Runswick (4th Year), Paul McQuillan (4th Year), Evan O’Dowd (4th Year), Hugh Dooley (4th Year), Willow O’Cinneide-Ginnell (4th Year) Jack Fagan (5th yYar), Taylor Morgan (6th Year), Ms. Houlihan (Co-ordinatator, Des Moore (Caretaker), Ms Mary Fox (Principal).

Green Schools Global Action Plan

Mr Padraig Creedon,  Education Officer with Global Action Plan (a charitable organisation that supports schools, communities and businesses to take practical, environmental action to live and work as sustainably as possible) presented workshops to our First-Year students on Friday 3rd of March 2017. These workshops were fully funded by Fingal County Council and LA21. Students enjoyed interactive games and activities while learning about energy consumption, disadvantages of using fossil fuels, and how human activities are warming up the planet.

Green-Schools is known internationally as Eco-Schools. It is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme to promote and acknowledge long-term, whole school action for the environment.

http://www.greenschoolsireland.org/

April 7th, 2017

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Bank of Ireland Bond Trader Event

Well done to Fifth Year Students:

Aidan HallMark LynchThomas O’ConnellOisin Horne and Ryan Alexander

who came 4th in the Bank of Ireland Bond Trader Event in the Helix DCU on Thursday 23rd March.

April 7th, 2017

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April 7th, 2017

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April 7th, 2017

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March 25th, 2017

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Broadway Challenge Fundraiser

Broadway Challenge Fundraiser  is a joint enterprise with Santa Sabina to enable both schools to purchase new buses.

The Broadway Challenge involves 8 teams of 7-12 members each, including parents, teachers, past pupils and friends each performing a mini Broadway show before an audience of 800-1000 people. The teams are training over a 6 week period with professional coaches and the event will take place at 5.00p.m. on Sunday 2nd April in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road.

March 23rd, 2017

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