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.
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.

Creative Schools at Woodbrook College

By Layla Byrne Murray

Creative Schools are a flagship initiative of the creative Ireland program to enable every student's creativity. The creative school's initiative program doesn’t just support schools but also supports centres. They do this work to try and put creativity in the hearts of children. The Creative Schools Initiative is run by the Arts Council who selects prospective schools to design and run their individualised projects over a two-year period.  Woodbrook College has been assigned €5,100 to fund the project. Additionally, we will be assigned a Creative Associate (Ms. Bex Shelford). She is an artist who will help the school in the development and implementation of its Creative Schools plan.

When asked what her ultimate goal was for the programme, Bex Shelford stated  “I think my number one goal would be that the students at Woodbrook really have an opportunity to grow creatively” by seeing this response we can tell that everyone involved with creative schools program has one goal and that one goal is to see us grow creatively.  

Ms. Shiely runs the program in Woodbrook College.  When asked what creative school means to her, she responded with “I would like to harness the creativity that is brimming amongst students in Woodbrook College. The €5,100 can be used in a variety of student-led projects to bring further awareness to the creativity that exists, or push the bounds and extend student engagement with creative projects”. It is clear from this that Ms Shiely is committed to opening our eyes to a world of creativity.  Despite the difficult circumstances of this year, ‘Festival in a Van’ came to the school to perform excerpts from their modern interpretation of Romeo & Juliet. This proved both an entertaining and enlightening experience for the 3rd Year group, some of whom were prompted to write their own sonnets in response.

The Creative Schools programme will continue into the 2021-2022 academic year and we surely are looking forward to the creative and inspiring opportunities it will offer us at Woodbrook College. For more information on this programme see Ms. Shiely or http://www.artscouncil.ie/creative-schools/.

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