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Students from Sacred Heart competed in its first ever Munster Schools Cross Country Championship on Friday 15th of February. Both teams did very well with the minor team finishing in 6th place in their category and the junior team finishing in 5th place in theirs.
Amy McCarthy 1st year had a super race and finished 6th in the individual minor category. This fantastic finish secures her a qualifying place in the all Ireland cross country race in Clongowes Wood College on the 9th of March. A great achievement.
Well done to all the girls, thanks to Ms Lonergan their coach and to Ms Lane who accompanied the girls to the final today
Briege Corkery from Bank of Ireland gave a presentation to Transition Year students on Thursday 14th on setting up and running a school bank. On Friday Briege interviewed the 26 girls who applied for six position.
We are delighted to announce that the six successful candidates who will be responsible for running the school bank 2019 are Elaine Calnan, Lisa O’Brien. Ella Campbell, Ella O’Donoghue, Sarah O’Donovan & Aoife Cullinane. Well done to all the girls who applied and wish every success to the girls who will run the bank from March 4th -8th.
On Tuesday the 12th of February, students from eleven schools attended a Youth Mental Health Day in the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway in which the theme for the day was “Good 2 Talk”. Posters designed by students from Clonakilty Community College on the walls illustrated the message visually throughout the day. A warm welcome of tea, coffee and smiling faces on arrival set the tone for the day. Many schools took the opportunity to have their photos taken with Mr Jim Daly, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People.
The programme for the day kicked off at 10am, with an onstage welcome and introduction from Martin Mulcrone MC for the day and Minister Daly. This brought us on to our speakers for the rest of the morning.
First up were 5 Transition Year girls from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, who are currently working on a YSI project called “Move Your Feet to the Beat”. Their goal is to reduce social anxiety in teenagers and create a fun and healthy way to socialise by reviving social dancing. They had the crowd dancing to the beat after the girls taught them some dance moves.
“Jigsaw,” an organisation dedicated to preventing mental health issues from developing in young people aged 12- 25 outlined the role they play in Mental Health. This is an organisation that more people should definitely know about, as they do not act as an emergency service, their goal is rather to catch signs of mental health issues in the earlier stages before it develops into something worse.
Mairin O Donovan of CAMHS facilitated an inspiring interview with someone who shared their personal experience of managing mental health. John suffered from depression and anxiety from his early to mid teenage years, to the point where he often couldn’t attend school. He worked with the professionals in CAMHS and outlined the benefits he gained from this experience. The advice he imparted was to “go talk to someone”.
Finally, it was time for some workshops. These included; A workshop with Jigsaw, Transactional Analysis, Meditation, Chakra Dance, Boxing, Group Singing and a workshop with CAMHS.
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STEM presentation/workshop from CIT
‘Look Into Law’ Transition Year Programme
See attached the schedule for the Pre-Examinations
Last weekend a group of TY students (Kate Finnerty, Elise Dubuisson, Hannah Rafferty, Moira Keohane, Tola Ní Shúilleabháin, Lavena Edelmann Harrington, Kate Crowley, Joya Hatchett and Méabh McWalters) and 5th years (Aideen Murphy and Katie Kiely) took part in the Munster Regional Session of the European Youth Parliament Ireland. This is a model of the proceedings of the European Parliament in which students act as the delegates. Over the weekend we worked with our different committees to draft resolutions on issues such as anti-microbial resistance, euthanasia, gender balance in the STEM field and decreasing uptake of the HPV vaccine. On Sunday the General Assembly was held. Each committee presented their resolution and the assembly had rounds of debate and speeches on it. The assembly then voted to pass or defeat the resolution. We all enjoyed the weekend immensely. ( Aideen Murphy)
A group of TY students participated in the UCC Psychslam on Monday 11th February. The girls spent the past few month working on their presentation, “Care homes of the future: how technology & psychology can combine to improve care for older people”. Amy Beechinor, Brid Collins, Aoibhinn Barrett, Ella Campbell, Ella O’Donoghue, Samantha Rowden, Emma White & Hannah Sexton were member of the group.
Their day in UCC commenced with a talk from the organisers of Psychlam, the 28 schools were then divided two groups of 14 and each group gave their presentation in front of the group and two judges.
At the end of the first round of presentations the students were asked to vote for their favourite team.
After lunch the 6 finalists were announced. The Sacred Heart girls were overjoyed to make it to the final six. Following the excellent presentations the judges took time out to deliberate.
The Sacred Heart girls were announced as winners of the People’s choice awards as well as coming in 3rd place overall.
The girls had a fantastic and informative day in UCC. Many thanks to Eileen Harte who mentored the girls throughout the project and well done to the girls. ( by Aoibhinn Barrett)
Last Friday the transition year Home Economics class enjoyed a trip to the farmers market and Twig refill store on Spillars lane. Local produce and sustainable living at its best.
Well done to Niamh McCarthy who finished third overall in the All-Ireland indoor pentathlon competition recently. Niamh is a very talented athlete and is a member of the Cork u14 camogie squad. Niamh is a member of the athletics cross country team that have enjoyed great success recently. The team will represent the school in the Munster final in Waterford on Friday 15th February.
Ty students of Sacred Heart inspired to pursue Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering!
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Ty Students tasked with designing, programming and building fitness trackers !
Well done to the three groups who have been selected to attend the regional final in UL in March. Many thanks to Ms O’Connell for her work in mentoring and inspiring the girls.
Our idea for our dress design is based on flora and fauna. The word “flora” is used to designate plant life. The word “flora” is derived from the Latin name of Flora, the goddess of plants, flowers. Flora epitomized the goddess of flowers and of the season of spring. Flora was a symbol of nature and flowers and fertility
Recycled cardboard from cereal boxes at home, Aluminium cans from our local bar, Plastic milk cartons collected from around home and school, Old Magazines from school, Recycled ribbon from Christmas presents. The train was made from old coats and a bed sheet sourced at home. Our headband and necklace we used old hair clips and aluminium cans to make the butterflies.
Flora is the queen of sustainability as her attire is made out of recycled milk cartons raising awareness to try protect her fellow subjects flora and the fauna. Her magnificent train is made from old Coats making it waterproof and reused. To showcase our queen’s name we have flowers sprouting on the bottom of the train made out of cardboard showing the true essence of her highnesses name.
Team : Megan O’Flynn, Aoife Hamilton & Caitlyn Campbell
I am Alive
This outfit represents the merging of electronics and humanity as our world becomes more reliant and focused on technology. This outfit uses technology both past and present such as floppy disks, phones, computers and electrical wires. The blend of technology throughout the past few decades represents the changes in it's design and usage.
Base - a ripped tent from home. Wires from electrical plugs donated to us. Floppy disks from home. Microchip boards, phone backs and keys from old phones and computers donated to us. Old wig donated by a friend. Headphones from home and donated to us. Old keyboard donated by a friend. Shoes found in a charity shop. Gloves made from a pair of old tights from home. Belt base made from a bag strap.
Made from electrical plug wires, microchip boards from phones, computers and a keyboard, keyboard keys, headphones and floppy disks, our base has a 70's style to it, contrasting the modern technology used, to display our theme of technology in society. The base was sewn from an old tent and was created by the team. The wig was made from the base of an old wig and wires that were hand sewn on.
Team :Caoimhe Collins, Caoimhe Diffley & Lavena Edelmann Harrington
Queen of the Nile
Our colour scheme was mainly black and gold with a flowing blue train to represent the River Nile. Our model wears a crown to prove her role and significance. We have a woven tight top accompanied by a fabulous flowing train combining the royal blue of the river with the royalty and independence of the gold and black.
Our top is a woven old yoga mat that we have tied at the back with twine. Our skirt is also made of old yoga mat strips with can lids tied to twine. Our train is layers of bin bags it up and attached around the waste. We used cans on the shoes as well and our crown for our queen is also made of yoga mat with some wire mesh to give it shape.
Our outfit “Queen of the Nile” is inspired by the notorious ruler Queen Cleopatra of Egypt. The bodice is cinched tight representing the strain of royalty whilst our flowing train symbolizes the calm movement of the River Nile. Our model wears this ensemble with fierce attitude, ready to face anything.
Team : Tola Ni Shuilleabhain , Aibhinn Ruddy, Hannah Rafferty
Many thanks to past pupils Eabha Walsh, Orla Lowney, Madelyn Hughes and Ciara Ryan who generously gave of their time to visit the school to talk to 6th year students prior to the commencement of the Pre-Exams. This time last year these girls were heading into the exams and wanted to share their experience with the girls. Many thanks to Ms Sexton for coordinating the visit .
1st Years retreat to Myross
We invite all Parents/Guardians to attend the next meeting of the Parents' Association on Monday 11th February at 7.30pm in the Clonakilty Park Hotel. One of the items on the agenda is the upcoming 5k run on April 7th. Help and support from to organise this event would be greatly appreciated.
Students display their creative side with Junk Kouture!
On Friday 1st of February the SHSS Athletics teams travelled to Riverstick to compete in the South Munster Schools Athletics cross country event. The cold and testing conditions did not phase the girls. Some standout individual performances on the day saw the Minor team finish in second, and the Junior team finish in first position. These fantastic results now mean that both teams have qualified to compete at the Munster Championships in WIT on the 15th of February. Well done girls