Today, Emer Doyle came in to judge our Mini-Companies and select the best to go forward and represent our school in the Wexford Finals. WE set up our stalls and had our reports at the ready. We were well presented and ready to answer any questions she had. Fingers crossed now! Hopefully we will have a few winners!!!
This week we were busy with workshops and talks. We had to catch up on our reports from the last few weeks and we had to finish off our Mini-Company reports for the competition. We had a talk on Bullying on Tuesday (see the review below) and some of us made St. Brigid's Day Crosses. The Mocks started in school for the 3rd and 6th years and thankfully we had a day out! We went to the BOG! More on that later!!!
'Better than Bullying' workshop
On Tuesday 30th January, a lady came in to do a 'Better Than Bullying' workshop with us. Firstly, she started telling us about her personal experiences with bullying, in work and with cyber bullying. Then she told us about the dangers of social media and the consequences bullying has on people. This really hit us hard as it made us think about everything we do over social media and that anyone could going through a tough time. She showed us the diagram that shows the three different people in an act of bullying, the victim, the perpetrator and the witness. In every act of bullying there is always the victim who is bullied on by the perpetrator(s) and then there is the witnesses who know about the bullying, some of these people willing to step in and help and the others do not intrude.
We then watched a video of good Samaritans risking their lives to save others. This video was sad and happy at the same time and it really touched our hearts. At the end the lady handed us out a survey that we did anonymously about our personal lives relating to bullying. Overall we all found this workshop extremely helpful as bullying affects us all whether we are the victim, perpetrator, a witness or we know someone who has been one of these.
St. Brigid's Day Cross-making
On Thursday the 1st of February, 6 Coláiste Bríde girls went to Castle Gardens Retirement Village in Enniscorthy to make Saint Brigid’s Day
crosses. We went there for around an hour and a half. We were sent in twos to three different areas. We then had to demonstrate to the old folks how to make Saint Brigid Crosses. In my area only one person wanted to know how to make Saint Brigid Crosses, it took a while and it looked like a different variation of a funky Saint Brigid's cross!😂
All the rest of the old people just wanted us to make them one for their bedroom, so we set off making them. We made around twelve each if not more, they absolutely loved them. Many of them offered us money. Of course we didn't take it. I really enjoyed it and so did the old folks.😂
Today we presented €1400 to Mr Lee Rogers from St Patrick's School, Enniscorthy. We raised this money by carol singing in Wexford town before our Christmas holidays and by holding a raffle on the night of our Fashion Show in January. We are very pleased to have raised such an amount and are so happy to send it to such a good cause.
We are really looking forward to seeing our friends from St Patrick's in the next few months when we hold our annual fashion show and dance-off for their school!
Today we were presented with our JCPAs. This was exciting as we are the first year group to get presented with a Junior Certificate Award that shows all of the activities we were involved in to-date at school. It highlighted musical achievements, voluntary, social and community projects in which we were all involved in. It also tells the story of each of us as an individual. Some of us are sporty, some artistic, some creative and some like to get involved in all school activities. Thank you to Ms O'Sullivan for presenting our awards with such good humour as usual!
On our last day at school before Christmas, we headed off to Wexford to display our talents at Carol Singing! We were collecting money for two charities; 3Ts and Temple Street Children's Hospital. Some of us were full of the joys of Christmas, while others, were a little embarrassed!!! Check out our photos below!
On Friday the 15th December the Coláiste Bríde Christmas Quiz took place. Preparations began weeks in advance! Between the stress of dances, buying spot prizes, decorating posters and ticket sales, TYs were very busy preparing for the quiz.
The event was organised by the Coláiste Bríde 4th years. In preparation for the quiz, 4A created the questions and answer booklets and they corrected the quiz answers on the day. 4B collected the money for the quiz and 4C made posters for the quiz. 4D got the spot prizes and prepared the questions for the quiz.
Each class also had to create a dance or an act to perform at the quiz. With the help of our tutors, we choreographed a dance and put together costumes for our acts. Everyone worked so hard and everyone’s dances were amazing. All the girls had so much fun learning the dances and everyone was shocked at how much talent there was in 4th year. The students of Coláiste Bríde seemed to really enjoy the quiz and the performances and the 4th years got some great feedback. A great time was had by all and we raised a lot of money for our school. It was well worth all the preparation and work!! Even though there may have been some music trouble, everyone was able to keep going and laugh about it afterwards! Christmas quiz is a great day and even though it’s a lot of time and commitment, in the end, it’s all worth it.
By Alanah Dobbs and Leah Doran
On Thursday we took part in the Riverside Hotel Christmas Craft Fair. We had a busy day of sales as students from the CBS, Coláiste Bríde, St. Senan's and St. Aidan's Primary Schools all attended. We had such a great day. Thank you to everyone who attended our Craft Fair and purchased some of our goods.
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