Woodbrook College

          An Edmund Rice School

Student Leadership
in Woodbrook College
Student Leadership
At Woodbrook College, student participation is at the core of our student leadership programme. Student voice and activism is encouraged through the ample student leadership opportunities we offer. Students are encouraged to practice a range of leadership skills in a supportive, learning and social environment.
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.
Endeavour Awards
Endeavour Awards
The Endeavour Awards are awards given out to people who make a positive contribution to their community over the past 12 months. The awards recognize what people have achieved, or an area that they have excelled in. Bray & District Chamber of Commerce has been presenting these awards every year for almost 40 years, since 1981.

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. We have also been learning about team work, resilience and problem solving – all skills that students going out into the world of work will undoubtedly need. On Friday December 6th we hosted the inaugural Woodbrook Wellfest which was a festival celebrating all of the hard work that had gone in to these projects. We had prizes for the Most Innovative Idea, the Best Display on the day and the Best Overall Project. Our judges on the day were Alan Morgan and Jacinta Owens from the Innovation Academy of University College Dublin. Dr Deirdre Mac Gillacuddy from the UCD School of Education and Lizzie Noone from Worldwise Global Schools. They were so impressed not only by the projects but by the depth of the students’ knowledge on the issues they were learning about.

Our winner’s on the day were:
Best Display: The Climate Justice Board Game
Most Innovative Idea: TY German Barefoot Sensory Walk
Best Overall Project: The girls’ Sports morning.

On Monday we then had a visit from Minister for Health Simon Harris TD who spoke to the students about their projects and about the innovations that he is working on to promote good health and wellbeing on a national level. Overall the students have learned a huge amount about the great challenges we all face but more importantly they are learning to take action to be the change they want to see in the world.