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Ard Scoil Raheny on TV

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Ard Scoil Raheny were recently featured on RTE’S News2day. Local Primary school students were invited to visit the school to experience a day in Secondary School and teachers and students were interviewed. Click on the link and see the lovely story.

http://www.rte.ie/player/hu/show/news2day-30001385/10732662/#pos=18 

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St. John's College Ballyfermot Presidential Visit

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of St. John's College, President Michael D. Higgins was invited to visit St. John’s College Ballyfermot on 4th May, 2017.
A great gathering of the College community: pupils and teachers from both the Primary and Secondary Schools assembled in the Hall, together with representatives of the Le Cheile Trust, the members of the Board of Management , Parents, past pupils, retired teachers of the College and a number of special guests, including members of the De La Salle Brothers.
In preparation for his visit, the students worked incredibly hard on display projects with the theme ' St. John's College through the decades'. Tutor classes were each assigned a decade and students created work to showcase their decades. During his visit, President Higgins visited the exhibitions and spoke to student representatives. He also met our Gaelbhratch Coiste Gaelige, our student council and our Under 16 and Under 18 G.A.A teams.
President Higgins was introduced by Ferdia O' Kelly, Chairperson of the Board of Management. Music was provided by the wonderful choir from De La Salle National school. President Higgins was presented with a mosaic picture frame, made by our J.C.S.P students in their Art class to commemorate his time at St. John's College. It was a wonderful occasion for the school community, and enjoyed by all who attended. President Higgins spoke about his concern about bullying and a link to his very passionate speech is provided here.

Click here for speech at St. John’s College 60th Anniversary celebrations by Áras an Uachtaráin

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The celebrations took the form of a great gathering of the College community: all pupils and teachers from both the Primary and Secondary Schools assembled in the Hall, together with representatives of the Le Cheile Trust, the members of the Board of Management , Parents, past pupils, retired  teachers of the College and a number of special guests, including members of the De La Salle Brothers.

 In preparation for his visit, the students worked incredibly hard on projects to be displayed. The overarching  theme chosen for these projects was ' St. John's College through the decades'. Tutor classes were each assigned a decade and students created work to showcase their decades. During his visit, President Higgins visited the exhibitions and spoke to student representatives. He also met our Gaelbhratch Coiste Gaelige, our student council and our Under 16 and Under 18 G.A.A teams.

 President Higgins was introduced by Ferdia O' Kelly, Chairperson of the Board of Management. Music was provided by the wonderful choir from De La  Salle National school. President Higgins was presented with a mosaic picture frame, made by our J.C.S.P students in their Art class  to commemorate his time at St. John's College. It was a wonderful occasion for the school community, and enjoyed by all who attended. 

 
Patrician Newbridge chosen to host Cycle Against Suicide

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2FM DJ Colm Hayes and former Kildare footballer, Johnny Doyle, were on hand recently to launch the Patrician Secondary School as a host school for the Cycle Against Suicide.

Click here to read Newbridge school chosen to host Cycle Against SuicideNewbridge school chosen to host Cycle Against Suicide on www.leinsterleader.ie

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F.C.J. Bunclody Students win prize in Know Mercy Competition

The Ferns Diocesan Pastoral Council recently ran a competition - Project Mercy - for post primary schools in the diocese.   We're delighted to say that two T.Y. students from F.C.J. Secondary School, Bunclody, Co. Wexford, came third in the Senior Group Section  with their project on "Mercy:  Frederic Ozanam's Vision in Action".   Congratulations to Maeve Dillane Ladine Fisher on doing so well and winning a prize of €100 each.    The students showcased the school to the people of the Diocese while at the same time highlighting the importance of mercy and compassion in human life and Christian living.

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Maeve & Ladine are photographed with Bishop Denis Brennan of the Diocese of Ferns when he presented them with their awards on Thursday 2nd March. It was a wonderful night where schools from across the Diocese were present. The competition was based on the Jubilee year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. Bishop Denis told the FCJ students he had met Pope Francis recently and that the Pope would be pleased to learn how they reflected on Mercy in their community. 

Clich here to read Know Mercy Competition - FCJ Bunclody March 2017.pdf 

 
Derry Clarke Visits St. John’s Ballyfermot

Derry Clarke, celebrity chef, visits St. John’s College, De La Salle, Ballyfermot

By 2D – Reece, Jake, Lennon, Patrick, Daryl, Cian, Andrew and Sean

 

On Wednesday 8th March, 2017 Derry Clarke visited our school.  Our class and the 1st years who do Home Economics were lucky enough to be at the 2 hour demonstration he gave.  Some of our teachers who were free came in too. 

Derry told us that he started out washing pots during his summer holidays when he was 13 in a restaurant in Kinsale, Co. Cork.  At the age of 15 he had decided he wanted to be a chef.  He trained and worked hard to achieve his goal.  He now owns and runs his own Michelin star restaurant “L’Ecrivain” on Baggot Street in the city.

During his demonstration he cooked Roast Red Pepper soup with Chorizo and white beans.  He also made stuffed chicken breasts wrapped in bacon with mustard and honey glaze and a Banoffi sundae.  He showed us how to cook the perfect steak.  He got some of us to volunteer to help him.  There were a lot of us willing to help! 

We asked loads of questions and Derry was happy to answer them all.  He was surprised by how much we knew about the foods he was using.  Derry was asked by one lad was he “better than Gordon Ramsey?” and he answered “who is Gordon Ramsey!  This got a good laugh. We got some good tips for our Home Economics classes in the future like putting a damp towel under a chopping board to stop it slipping.    We also learned that Derry loves salt!! Poor Aaron had a sore arm seasoning the steak. 

We were so lucky to get a taste of all the food that Derry made and it was delicious especially the steak and the sundae. 

At the end of the demonstration Derry let us take photos and he gave us autographs. We thought Derry was a very nice, down to earth, kind and generous person. 

All in all, it was a real privilege to welcome Derry to St. John’s College Home Economics room and an experience we will all remember.

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