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					                                Pobalscoil Rosmini
                                Summer 2010

Dear Reader,

Once again, it is my privilege to be             LCA Cinema Trip               Although they didn’t qualify for the
in the position to bring some of                                               finals, Ms. Dunphy is very proud of
                                        Mr. Darbey took his 6th Year LCA
the important items of news to                                                 their great efforts which can be
                                        class, 6S, to the cinema to help
you through our by annual                                                      viewed on the IAF website.
                                        withtheir film review key
newsletter. It’s been an incredibly
                                        assignment. These key assignments            3S JCSP Trip to the farm
busy school since Christmas and
                                        form part of their continuous
obviously, I can, therefore, only fit                                          Mr. Darbey and Ms. Mulligan
                                        assessment and go towards their
a certain amount into a                                                        brought 3S to The Airfield Trust,
                                        final mark at the end of the course.
newsletter. Below is a selection of                                            Dundrum, to do their Geography
                                        The class had intended to go see
activities and events which have                                               fieldtrip. This JCSP trip was
                                        the new Robin Hood film but the
made the last six months so                                                    extremely enjoyable and beneficial
                                        silly teacher got the day wrong and
interesting and rewarding for our                                              to the students as it is worth 20%
                                        it wasn’t released until the
students. A special word of thanks                                             of their Junior Cert marks. The
                                        following day. Nevertheless the
goes to Mr. Darbey who manages                                                 highlight of the day was Justin
                                        class still had a great day watching
to extract the little articles from                                            Travers feeding the prized Jersey
                                        Hot Tub Time Machine instead. Mr.
teachers at such a busy time of the                                            cows hay and picking up a handful
                                        Darbey is very grateful that they
year.                                                                          of manure by accident.
                                        took the mistake so well. Highlight
As I say goodbye, I wish to thank       of the day was Graham Reynor                    Business Awards
my current and former colleagues,       ordering a cappuccino after the
parents and of course students          film-“What ya call that coffee drink   Congratulations to Ross Kilbride for
who have made my career so              with the creamy stuff in it?”          winning the First Year business
memorable and rewarding. Having         Classic!!!                             student of the year award. This
spent 32 years at Rosmini                                                      prize was awarded for his overall
                                                Space for Learning             contribution throughout the year.
Community I feel that it’s now
time for a break before I plan the      Well done to the TY students who                 6th Year Tennis
next chapter of my life. I wish you     took part in “A Space for Learning”
all the health and good luck to         as part of their Shaping Space         Sixth Year students were invited to
fulfil your dreams. (Catherine          module in conjunction with the         take part in tennis coaching as part
Gralton, Deputy Principal).             Irish Architectural Foundation.        of their PE curriculum with Ms.
Carmody. This programme was a              Junior Maths Competition           YSI showcase, Maynooth College,
success and the uptake increased                                              Croke Park, Carlingford and many
                                       Well done to Keith Lambe who
as time went on. The hope is that                                             more interesting and stimulating
                                       came first in Rosmini in the Junior
more girls would participate in this                                          places. It’s a great privilege to
                                       Maths competition run by the Irish
programme next year.                                                          accompany the students on these
                                       Maths Teachers Association. He
                                                                              trips and share the experiences
    1st Year Radio Competition         won a €20 voucher, sponsored by
                                                                              with them.
                                       Mr. O’Callaghan.
Mr. Turbitt’s 1S first year English
                                                                              It’s with sadness that we say
class participated in a 2FM Radio            Young Social Innovaters
                                                                              goodbye to our current 6th years
Competition. The objective was to
                                      Ms. McGee and Ms. Duffy visited         and we wish them the very best for
write and record a radio
                                      the Annual YSI Showcase with            the future. We look forward to
advertisement for ‘Le Crunch
                                      Transition Year students to view        another year in Rosmini and to
Apples’. The students performed
                                      the winning teams’ contributions at     meeting the new First Years in
their advertisements in groups of
                                      Croke Park on May 5th. Although         September.
three and four. The students
                                      TY’s efforts this year did not meet
received a letter from 2FM                                                                    IKEA
                                      the standard, it was clear to see
congratulating them on their
                                      why at the showcase, as the             Mr Dennehy took both groups of TY
participation. The students
                                      number of qualifying teams this         students to one of the world’s
benefitted from doing this by
                                      year has been dramatically              largest and most successful
learning and promoting healthy
                                      reduced. The venue was confined         retailers in the world – IKEA. As an
eating and also gaining an insight
                                      to the indoors due to poor              entrepreneurial giant, IKEA is now
into how live radio works.
                                      weather, but the Game Zone              one of the largest enterprises in the
         TY Carlingford Trip          provided plenty of entertainment        wider north Dublin area and a great
                                      for all who attended including Wii      employer of people for the
The final part of the Gáisce award is
                                      and Playstation games.                  Ballymun, Drumcondra and
an adventure. The Transition Year
                                                                              Whitehall areas.
group went to Carlingford                Special Needs Assistants’ News
adventure centre for three days for                                           As a large retailer, they are very
                                      And so the S.N.As’ find themselves
this. They had to walk 26km over                                              eager to express their “green”
                                      at the end of another school year.
two days. They participated in                                                credentials and the TY trip on May
                                      It’s hard to believe that it’s almost
water sports, a high ropes                                                    11th was a full demonstration of
                                      time to break up for the summer.
challenge course and a team                                                   how they work to be green. The
                                      This year we welcomed several new
challenge course. As well as                                                  students got to see the recycling
                                      students to Room 50 who settled in
completing their Gáisce obligations,                                          plant including the baler in the
                                      very quickly and became great
the students had a great time too.                                            loading bay and also how they
                                      friends with each other and with
Highlights included, Mr. McKevitt                                             catch the rain water on the roof
                                      their new classmates.
getting lost in the maze.                                                     which they use to flush all of the
Unfortunately he found his way out Highlights of the year for us              toilets in IKEA Ballymun.
again!                                included numerous trips with the
                                                                              The trip centred on IKEA’s waste
                                       students we work with. We visited
                                                                              reduction plans and the students
                                       the cinema, museums, art galleries,
                                                                              also got to see the various types of
                                       the Ploughing Championships, the
                                                                              woods used in IKEA’s products
which come from sustainable           is going to be missed by staff and     enjoyed by all who attended.
sources all over the world. The       students.                              Thanks to all the boys for their
exciting trip finished up in the                                             excellent behaviour and always
                                       In this show, Ruben performed
canteen where a “freebie” meal                                               been there on time, Vincent, Dean,
                                       comedy sketches, impersonations,
was provided for all students – Mr                                           Nicolei, Luke, Ryan Tadgh, Ian,
                                       mime and a series of magic tricks
Dennehy and Mr Gallagher even                                                Keith, Kane, Colm, Padraig and
                                       eagerly assisted by Amy, Cian,
went back for seconds!!!                                                     Charlie. It is hoped to extend an
                                       Katie, Gareth, Charlie and Thomas.
                                                                             invitation to more students in
                 Gaeilge               All students and staff really enjoyed
                                                                             September as School Completion
                                       the session. There was plenty of
                                                                             has provided us with another six
Seachtain na Gaeilge was a great       laughter coming from rooms 14
success again this year. All the staff                                       DSs. A special thanks to Richard, Ms
                                       and 15 that morning, and students
and students participated in the                                             O’Gorman, Ms Ginnelly and Ms
weeks' activities; a poster            were amazed by his magic tricks,
                                                                             Walsh for their assistance.
competition, tráth na gceist, and      which included money
traditional Irish music and            disappearing, €20 notes becoming                6th Year Breakfast
dancing.Bhí an-spórt againn!           €50 notes, untying his hands and
                                                                             The annual 6th Year breakfast took
                                       some clever card tricks. This treat
           Third year outing                                                 place on Thursday, May 20th in
                                       was funded by the JCSP.
                                                                             Rooms 14/15. Organised by Ms
Third years went on a guided tour            A new lunch time activity.      Duggan and her team of willing
of the 'Titanic Exhibition' in City                                          helpers this is one of the highlights
West hotel, Dublin, with Ms.           JCSP (Junior Certificate Schools
                                                                             of the end of school festivities as
Cherry, Mr.McKevitt, Ms.Carroll        Programme) Co-ordinator Ms.
and Ms.Campion. The artefacts                                                we say goodbye to our Leaving
                                       Costello set up a Nintendo DS lunch
were really interesting. We saw the                                          Certificate students. The intrepid
                                       time club. This initiative was funded
original bell, passengers’ personal                                          catering team commandeered the
belongings and items ranging from      by a grant from JCSP. Ten handheld
                                                                             home economics room for four
cutlery to parts of the ship itself.   gaming devices were purchased
                                                                             days to prepare for the much-loved
The model of the iceberg was           with brain training, word games
                                                                             event. The fare consisted of fresh
fascinating. We will never forget      and maths games to support class
                                                                             strawberries and yoghurt followed
how cold our hands felt from           work in the Literacy and Numeracy
touching it. We remembered all                                               by a vast selection of home-baked
                                       programme. Ms Costello then
the passengers and crew who lost                                             bread and pastries. Year head, Mr
                                       decided to make further use of the
their lives in this tragic accident.                                         Devane helped serve the food
                                       DSs during lunch time and
                                                                             while many other teachers popped
        Ruben the Entertainer          purchased some fun games,
                                                                             in to sample what was on offer.
                                       MARIOKART being the most
Ruben the Entertainer visited the      popular especially with eight                        Sports Day
school on Thursday May 27th.He did students competing. Super
a one hour performance for all First MARIOBROS, Nitro and The Legend Sports Day took place on Friday,
Years, as well as some Second                                                May 21st thereby giving 6th Years
                                       of Zelda also proved to be popular
Years. It was also an opportunity to but came nowhere near the               the opportunity to work off the
give Amy O’Conor a good send off                                             excesses of the previous day’s
                                       demand for MARIOKART. Since
and we wish her well in the                                                  pastries! We were blessed with a
                                       Easter the club has met each lunch
Vocational Unit in September. She                                            wonderful day, perhaps some
                                       time. Good fun, conversation and
                                       exchanging of expertise were
divine intervention requested by      Ceann Comhairle, Séamus Kirk T.D      Next on the itinery was the 4D
new Chaplain, Fr. Tom Griffin!        had to suspend proceedings for ten    cinema experience where our
                                      minutes so the Minister in question   senses were awakened to the smell
As always, the emphasis was on                                              of strawberries from the
                                      could calm down and take a time—
participation by as many students                                           ‘Strawberry Fields’, a sting from
                                      out.                                  ‘The Octobus’ and a huge splash of
and teachers as possible. The
                                                                            water as the submarine emerged
“Fussball” and “Bungy Run”,                        Awards Night
                                                                            from the ocean. The ‘Magical
introduced a few years ago, have
                                      The Annual Awards 2010 ceremony Mystery Tour’ took us on a 2 hour
become firm favourites and the                                              bus trip where we saw musicians’
                                      took place on Wednesday 19th May.
jelly eating competition made a                                             homes, schools and studios.
                                      Many of the students were             Finally, we managed a well
welcome return. Novelty events
                                      honoured at the presentation of       deserved refreshment at the world
also included the three-legged race
                                      awards for achievement in or          famous ‘Cavern Club’ before dining
and the sack race. The teachers
                                      contribution to activities during the at the ultra modern new town
played the students in a football
                                      academic year.                        centre. Tired but happy our return
match and won again! Our record                                             journey was just as flawless as the
now stands at 22 years unbeaten (– Cross-Country: Deividas Barisas (6th outward one and everyone agreed
sorry guys and girls. Parents please Year), Shane Lowry (6th Year), Craig that Ms. McSwiney deserved a
note that the winning team was        Comiskey (3rd Year)                   huge thank you for organising such
more magnanimous than this                                                  a wonderful trip. We hope that this
                                      Rowing: Aron O’Dowd (5 Year),         will now become an annual event.
                                      swimming, Patrick Smith (6 Year), C.Gralton
The serious business took place on Columb Dunne-Kennedy (6 Year),
                                                     nd                            Sculpture in the Garden
the running track with some superb Luke Smith (2 Year)
performances. The top athlete of                                            Following on the success of last
                                      Athletics: Farrell O’Lideadha (1st
the day was Craig Commiskey (3V)                                            year’s TY art class success a second
                                      Year), Craig Comiskey (3rd Year),
                                                                            sculpture was unveiled in the inner
who came first in the 100m, first in James Sheridan (3rd Year), Ryan
                                                rd                     rd   courtyard on Friday, 28th May. Ms.
the 600m, first in the Junior Mixed Dalton (3 Year), Mark Carey (3          Keenan’s class together with
Relay, third in the Shot Putt and     Year), Adam Howell (3rd Year)
                                                                            sculptors Eleanor Swan and Claire
second in the Junior Sack Race!       International Pool: Christopher       Turley produced a magnificent
Well done Craig and to all the        Clarke (5th Year),                    terracotta wall piece which
pupils and teachers who                                                     represented the students’ interests
contributed to this being such a      Contribution to Sport: Jesse Dunne and hobbies. The project was
                                      (5th Year), Colum Doyle (5th Year)    sponsored by Fas and to celebrate
wonderful day.
                                                                            their 25 year involvement in project
                                               ‘The Beatle’s Story’         work they also filmed the students
           Tour of the Dáil
                                                 th           th
                                      On the 27 April the 6 Year            as they worked. The film will be
Thanks to our new contact with our students of Music, together with         shown in The Lighthouse Cinema in
very own Sheila O’ Sullivan’s sister, Ms. Mc Swiney, Mr Doyle, Denis        October. Ms. Gralton thanked all of
                                      Cummins and myself set off for        the participants on the day.
Maureen O’ Sullivan T.D, the
Transition Years were invited on a    Liverpool. Following our early
                                      morning flight and everything
special tour of the Dáil this May.
                                      running like clockwork we were
The students got to see a live Dáil   able to breakfast at the Museum
debate, and what a debate it was!     just before they opened their
Things got so heated that the         doors. The tour was fascinating.