Friday, 24 May 2013

'Pride and Prejudice' Survey Report

A survey of eight questions was delivered to all Transition Year and Fifth Year students at Loreto Secondary School, St. Michael’s, Navan. The survey formulated by eighteen Fifth Year students took place in March of this year. The reason for the survey was twofold: the students were curious as to what their peer group thought about the novel and secondly, they wanted to raise awareness about this great read: Pride and Prejudice.'  Well done to Ms Thomas and her fifth year English class!

Here's the link to their report:

'Pride and Prejudice' Survey Report

Friday, 17 May 2013

1st Year Book Review Podcasts

Our 1st year students have been reading lots of novels this year during their Class Library time slot.    Please click on the links below to hear the girls sharing their views on their chosen novels!  This will be the first of many posts with the girls' stayed tuned for more podcasts in the coming days!

'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' - Caoimhe O'Brien
'It's A Long Way From Penny Apples - Claire Reilly
'Just Getting Started' - Lauren Kavanagh
'Million Dollar Mates' - Megan Fox
'Out Of Time' -Rebecca Seery Running

Our Day Out!

2nd year English students are studying Willy Russell's play 'Our Day Out'.  To aid revision for their summer tests, Mrs Harney's 2nd year students Emily Muldoon and Lauren Kearney created a 'Glogster' inspired by the play!   
A summary of the play:
The play centres on a school trip to Conwy Castle in North Wales. Mrs. Kay teaches a remedial class for illiterate children, called the "Progress Class". The whole class - along with Digga and Reilly, the slightly older class bullies who used to be in the Progress Class - are taken on a coach trip. At the last minute, the Headmaster commissions Mr. Briggs, the authoritarian Deputy Headmaster, to supervise the trip.

On the way to the Castle, the coach stops at a petrol station with a snack shop, where the students take advantage of the storekeepers' confusion to shoplift sweets and snacks, unbeknownst to the teachers supervising. It makes a second stop at a zoo, where the students enjoy the animals so much that they try to steal most of them. The zoo attendant discovers this just in time before the coach pulls out, and makes them return the animals.

When the coach finally reaches the Castle, the students race around exploring the grounds, cliffs and beach. Soon it's time to leave, but one of the best-behaved students, Carol, is missing. A search ensues and Mr. Briggs finally finds Carol, who is depressed because she doesn't want to return to the bad conditions at her home. She wants a better life and wishes she lived in a nicer area, like that which surrounds the Castle. She becomes so upset that she threatens to jump off the cliff. Mr. Briggs, who up till this point has acted like a harsh disciplinarian, policing the students' bad behaviour and expressing doubts that they should even be allowed to have an outing, shows a more understanding side as he convinces Carol not to jump and to rejoin the rest of the group. The coach makes one more stop at a fairground where the students have some more fun before returning home.

An even softer side of Mr. Briggs is observed, as he joins the students on some of the rides. He even goes as far as wearing a "Kiss Me Quick" hat, and joins in with the sing-song on the journey home, all of which is photographed by Mrs. Kay. She comments on how she never knew he had a softer side, and that he certainly wouldn't be able to get away from the fact now she had evidence. Being a keen photographer, he offers to develop the photos, and even convert them into slides so he can do a talk for the students. This is the perfect escape for Mr. Briggs. Not wanting to let anyone see his other side, once he returns to his car, he unravels the undeveloped films, exposing them to daylight and so ruining them, with a clear explanation of them "not coming out".

Along the way, two young teachers, Susan and Colin, who are helping Mrs. Kay supervise, must also deal with the fact that Digga and Reilly have a crush on Susan while two older girl students have a crush on Colin. Susan and Colin solve their problem by subtly suggesting that Digga and Reilly should turn their attentions to the two girls.
The glogster created by Emily and Lauren:

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Lights, Camera, Action...!

Transition Year classes Tara and Boyne spent Wednesday and Thursday at Kairos TV Studios where they shot their own twenty minute television programme.  Both classes prepared for the trip by writing their own scripts and creating their props.  Class Tara's chose to write a script entitled, 'Tara's Takeover' where they reminisced on their top moments from their Transition Year experience, while Class Boyne decided to re-create their own 'JeremyKyle' show by putting their own unique spin on the show's storylines.
Here are some photos of the girls during rehearsals!

Friday, 3 May 2013

"Casablanca" on the Big Screen!

August 14th sees Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman come to the big screen in the Solstice Arts Centre!    This captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue tells the story of Rick Blaine, a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII.  His world is turned upside down with the arrival of Ilsa and her husband Victor Laszlo.

A lot of our 5th and 6th year students are studying this film for the Leaving Certificate, so  for 6.50euro you can view this fantastic film on the big screen with popcorn in hand!  Please click on the link for further details on booking your ticket! 

"Casablanca" on the Big Screen!