Woodbrook College

          An Edmund Rice School

PEXpo 2020
Winners
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
Report
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
2019
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.

TY History & Heritage

By Matthew Mc Coy

Our History – bray.ie

Transition Year is a time when learning can happen both inside and outside of the classroom. During this module, students have the opportunity to go on trips every Thursday during the last three classes of the day for example Bray Head or to other locations that are steeped in history and heritage. Students are taken on a tour of that place and when they return to the classroom they write a report on the history and heritage related to it.

The people who are involved in the TY History and Heritage module are Mr. Ó. Donnell, (who features in an interview below), and TY students. For this article I interviewed, Lex Farrell, Ben Currums, and Lucas Razma (all TY history and heritage students)

Do you think it is useful to go out and look at places instead of reading about them in a book? 

Lex: Yes, because it gives us an insight on what happened in the past. 

Ben: Yes, because you actually experience it instead of reading it out of a book. 

Lucas: Yes, because you learn it better and it is not as boring. 

Where would you like to visit? 

Lex: Dublin Museums.  

Ben: Places that have ancient artefacts in them. 

Lucas: Phoenix park. 

Do you enjoy going on the trips and why? 

Lex: Yes, because it is good to get out and look at the places. 

Ben: Yes, because I get to see what happened in the past. 

Lucas: Yes, because I find it very interesting. 

How do you feel about organizing the trips for the TY history and Heritage? 

Mr. Ó. Donnell : I feel really lucky to be able to organize the TY History & Heritage trips especially in our current climate. We are very fortunate to live in such a historically significant area and being able to remove ourselves from school to learn about our local area is very interesting. 

Do you go on the trips with the TY’s? 

Mr. Ó. Donnell : Yes, I attend the History & Heritage trips with the TY students and we usually discuss the history of the area we are visiting. 

Do you enjoy the trips and why? 

Mr. Ó. Donnell : I do really enjoy going on the trips with the TYs. It is enjoyable to hear about the student’s stories & perceptions from the local area and I usually learn something interesting from the students. 

If you wanted to go to a place that has to do with history and heritage, where would you go to? 

My favorite place to visit with the students on a History & Heritage trip would be the GPO in Dublin City Centre. The area has huge significance in our country’s history and I often find the students are interested to go on a walking tour of famous sites across the city where the 1916 Rising took place. 

So, in conclusion, the TY history and heritage is very useful to the students because it can give a deeper understanding of the history in Ireland instead of reading it out of a book and it is more enjoyable too!

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