Our Open Day on Sunday, 16th October, was attended by huge numbers of parents and primary school children, families of past and present students and the general public. By happy coincidence the 30 year Re-Union of students who entered the school in 1986 was held on Saturday the 15th and many of them visited to see how things have progressed in their Alma Mater.
Twice during the afternoon, the deputy principal, Mr. Brendan Daly, addressed a packed Study Hall in the d’Houët Building. He welcomed everyone to the school in its 155th academic year and said, “We retain the traditional academic provision of a convent school while developing one of the widest ranges of practical subjects in the south east.” Mr. Daly spoke about the variety and depth of how the school meets the learning needs of the 21st century child, saying “Every child is welcome and we nurture each child towards excellence.”
He talked about what sets the school apart and mentioned :
Academic excellence; Wide range of subjects; FCJ ethos palpable; Strong Anti-Bullying policy; Learning support; Every child is known and tracked; Outstanding campus and all students are kept on campus at all times.
“So how do we do it? We keep the child at the centre and involve all stakeholders; we aim to keep it simple and straightforward.” Mr. Daly said that the school has all modern technology but keeps it in its place; that Relationships are key; clear structures and systems are in place. “We are always keen to review and improve.” The Head Boy & Head Girl, Michael Rossiter & Alice O’Dowd, also spoke of their experience of the school.
The events of the afternoon were very varied and interesting : One of the first things the crowds saw was a presentation about our new school App. Displays were set up in every hall way and classroom and included Computer Games in Irish; 1st Years baking scones; Artists at work; all kinds of Science experiments, including dissections; Terrific displays on how we secured our Active School flag, Green School flag & Anti-Bullying Blue Shield – the first presented to a second level school in Ireland; amazing displays of Wood work, Sewing crafts and Technology; Treasure Hunts; the School captains were there with trophies won during the year, including our first ever U16 Leinster Football Cup; TY students took the opportunity to display and try to sell their Mini-Company products; one room was dedicated to our work on CAS (Cycling Against Suicide); there was Irish Dancing and musicby the school’s traditional music group; French displays; Agricultural Science demonstrations, which included live poultry! Sporting Displays of all kinds in the Gym, with the opportunity to join in and “People in History” among the crowds. The final event of the afternoon was a recital given by student solo and group musicians and singers in the Concert Hall.
Primary school children and their parents got the chance to view the school’s excellent facilities and to see firsthand how students of all abilities are supported and nurtured to achieve their full potential. The Mission Statement of the school speaks of experiencing enjoyable education, and this ethos was certainly evident among the various displays and exhibitions on show.
See many more photos in the Gallery section