Woodbrook College

          An Edmund Rice School

PEXpo 2020
PEXpo 2020
Well done to all the students that submitted and presented projects at PE Xpo 2020 in Dublin City University on March 3rd. All students equipped themselves excellently when presenting to the judges that assessed their projects. In particular, congratulations to Abhirami Santhoshkumar, Ruby Roche and Michelle Dolores who won the overall junior section (1st – 3rd year) with their project titled; ‘Mixed v single sex PE lessons. Does participation change?’
Fun Run 2019
Fun Run 2019
In spite of the wet weather, the 2019 Fun Run took place on Friday October 25th. For the first time in its existence the venue was changed from Shanganagh Park to the school campus due to the poor wet weather. The students involved in the organisation were excellent when asked to adapt to the contingency of staging the run on the schools grounds at short notice. Well done to all involved on reacting so well to the change of venue. Even though the weather was poor, student enthusiasm and participation was high. This was reflected by the €1250 fundraised from the €5 entry fee to take part. The funds raised were donated to the four different charity partners; Irish Aid, Vision Sports Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association and Christmas Hamper appeal. Well done to all those bravely participated in spite of the poor weather and their generous donations. For the students that were keen to compete, there three races within the Fun Run; senior boys’, girls’ and junior boys’. Congratulations to Conor Murphy on winning the senior boys’ race, Eve O’Brien on winning the girls’ race and Nathan O’Shea on winning the junior boys’ race. The whole school community look forward to the 2020 edition of the Fun Run and wish for improved weather conditions so it can return to the Shanganagh Park venue.
Woodbrook Wellfest
Woodbrook Wellfest
Since September a number of classes have been exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Good Health and Wellbeing. In their Global Citizenship Module TY came up with some action projects on areas of Wellbeing that interested them. In Geography 3 Carson explored the impact of Climate Justice on people’s wellbeing. In Personal Development 2 Hackett organised a whole week of activities to improve their mental health and 2 McAleese are currently working on a no homework week to see if there is a link between homework and sleep. The point of these activities is to encourage the students to be active citizens. To understand that their actions on global issues help by raising awareness and starting discussions on possible changes to their own behaviours.

Green Schools Initiative

Green Schools Travel Flag  2019

Woodbrook is committed to doing its part in helping to combat the human contribution to climate change. Inspired by Laudato Si; our community lives the change it wants to see in the world. This year we focused on how travel to and from school can be explored through the lens of the Green Schools initiative.

The aim of this travel theme is to encourage schools to promote sustainable modes of transport to and from school. Green-Schools Travel encourages pupils and parents to walk, cycle, Park ‘n’ Stride, use public transport or car pool instead of using the private car on the school run. 

Some of the initiatives that Woodbrook College students participated this year were; 

  1. The Walk on Wednesday initiative. This initiative encouraged all students to travel sustainably to school every Wednesday. First year students who participated were entered into a raffle to win a JD sports gift voucher (two winners of €25 each!) 
  2. Pedal-Cents ran a Travel Sustainably Day in Woodbrook College in December 2018. All first year students participated in this interactive, energy creating event 
  3. Walkability/infrastructure audit was conducted by the Green School Committee. The findings and results were sent to Dun Laoghaire County Council. 
  4. A Green School notice board was put on display outside room 8 
  5. Fourth year students attended the DLR Eco Conference 
  6. School Surveys on sustainable travel methods to school was completed and displayed on the school website, app and Green Schools notice board

Miss Doyle was a huge driving force behind these initiatives and we hope she continues to be such a brilliant advocate for climate action.