Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol

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At the start of the year, I was told about an Irish song-writing competition.  I decided to write a song and when I had finished it, we got a group together to include instruments and work on harmonies  The song is called “Liom go Deo” and it addresses the very serious issues of loneliness, depression and suicide.  We sent a video of the song – the launch of which you can see here on the School Website – and details of the background to it to the competition.  We were delighted to make it into the top 8 and received €250.  We decided as a group to give the money to Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol.  It is such a great volunteer group and we felt that their work tied in well with the theme of this song.  They were happy to come into the school to talk to our music class about what they do, and we were delighted to be able to help them with their very important work.

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Échange Scolaire TY 2015

Michelle Ní Shíocháin, Cuisle 

7 May, 2015

Au mois de février nos élèves de l’année de transition ont eu l’opportunité d’aller en France pour un échange scolaire d’une semaine avec le Lycée Jean Macé à Niort. Nous avons pris un vol de Dublin à Nantes et après deux heures de route, nous sommes arrivées  à Niort, une ville pas loin de la côte atlantique de la France. On était ravi de voir les correspondants enfin. Ils avait organisé beaucoup de choses pour nous, du bowling, des fêtes etc. Nous nous sommes vraiment bien amuses.

Dé Luain, d’fhreastalaíomar ar an scoil Jean Macé, agus bhí ranganna difriúla á dtrial againn dúinn féin, agus bhí an deis againn chun níos mó a fhoghlaim faoi conas a eagraítear an córas scoile sa Fhrainc. Bhí sé seo an-suimiúil. Chuir said Fáilte Úi Cheallaigh romhainn sa Lycée – bhaineamar taitneamh freisin as an mbricfeasta Francach a cuireadh ar fáil dúinn, le croissants agus seacláid te! Tá lá scoile an-fhada acu sa Fhrainc, ámh – óna hocht go dtí a sé! Is scoil mhór is ghnóthach í an Lycée, le suas le míle dalta ag freastal uirthi – an-chodarsnacht lenár scoil bheag fhéin.

During the rest of the week, we visited local sights, including the wonderful Palmyre Zoo, the Abbey of Fontevraud, and the beautiful city of La Rochelle. The abbey was exceptionally interesting, and we learnt a lot about the life of the founder, Robert d’Arbrissel, the monks and nuns who lived there, and the wider history of France too! In La Rochelle, we got to visit the aquarium – and of course we grabbed the opportunity to go shopping with both hands!

Le jeudi, nous avons fait une visite guidée à pied de la ville de Niort. On a appris plein de choses sur l’histoire de la ville  et on a vu le Donjon et l’Hôtel de Ville. Bien sûr on a eu le temps d’explorer les magasins aussi.

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Vendredi soir, nous avons terminé notre voyage avec une soirée d’adieu. Tout le monde était ensemble et on a dansé et chanté pendant des heures. On a chanté “The Fields of Athenry “,  “I’m an albatross” et bien sûr il y avait des chansons françaises aussi. C’était chouette !

Maidin Dé Sathairn, bhí orainn slán a rá go fóill lenár gcairde nua.  Fuaireamar léargas iontach isteach sa ghnáth-shaol oideachasúil dár gcairde sa Fhrainc, agus tháinig feabhas ollmhór ar ár gcumas labhartha Fraincíse tar éis a bheith ar maos sa teanga an t-am ar fad. Deis iontach a bhí i gceist chun níos mó taithí a bhaint amach maidir le cultúr agus teanga na Fraince.

I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of all the students who went on the exchange to thank our ever-generous teachers: In. Ní Chonchúir,  In. Ní Reachtaire, In. Ní Chuilinn and In. Ní Dhomhnaill, who kept us on the straight and narrow with great humour throughout the trip!

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