Rosemont TY Students through to the National Finals of Build a Bank Competition!
Six of our Transition Year students represented Rosemont at the Regional Finals of the AIB Build a Bank Challenge on 15th March in the Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse. The girls have been working tirelessly on their Cluedo -themed bank, giving students the opportunity to open bank accounts and learn how the system works as well as providing entertainment with their games, baked goods, raffles and competitions. The girls did a great job on the day taking part in multiple interviews and giving a presentation on Cluedo Bank and how they ran it. They are now through to the National Final in the RDS on the 25th April. Congratulations and well done to Rachel, Orla, Liliana, Elena, Rhona and Lily. A special thanks to Katie and Emma for stepping in and filling the shoes of the students who are in Senara. Best of luck in the finals!
Mace junior competition
On Saturday 5th March, three second years Hilary, Lucy and Henrietta took part in the Leinster finals of the Mace Junior Debating Competition. They had been selected from a starting group of 350 students, with 80 making it to the final. The girls all had to do 4 debates during the day. The competition is very demanding as they only have 20 minutes to prepare their speeches and they have to speak for 5 minutes.
Their motions included child labour, care of the elderly and the Taoiseach visiting President Trump in Washington! All three students showcased their skills in each debate and were highly commended by the judges. Hilary and Lucy have made it through to the national Mace Debating Finals which take place on Saturday 25th March. We wish them the best of luck!
Rosemont TY student selected for the prestigious Iveagh Scholars Programme
We are delighted for Ursala, TY, who has recently heard that she has been selected as a participant for the 2016/2017 Iveagh Scholars Programme. The judges described Ursala’s submission as ‘engaging and insightful’ and they felt that she will make a valuable contribution to the week long programme. Iveagh Scholars will run from Monday 03 April to Friday 07 April. We wish Ursala the best of luck with the programme and look forward to hearing her experiences.
Rosemont Transition Year at the ‘I Wish’ conference 2017
Girls want careers which have a ‘purpose’; we want to change the world. The ‘I Wish’ conference focused on capturing that passion, showing us how we can solve the world’s pressing challenges: food shortage, food wastage, climate change, sustainability, ageing populations, urbanisation etc. Through STEM careers girls can make key contributions to addressing these issues: technology in medicine; drones finding animals lost on farms; strategic use of Artificial Intelligence; developing new treatments; designing family-friendly and environmentally-friendly housing, and much more.
On Monday 13th of February Rosemont Transition Year students went to the I Wish 2017 conference in the RDS.
The whole conference highlighted the importance of women in STEM and the capability all women have in these areas. One of the main aims of the conference was to give young women a role model in STEM as the founders of I Wish had discovered that role models encouraged girls to get involved in STEM and be more interested in following in their footsteps.
The inspirational and women and men at the conference told their stories of how they got to where they are now. We noticed that almost all the people speaking at the conference had an indirect route to success. In most cases their original degrees or career paths were not what they went on to specialise in. We found it encouraging to know that there was flexibility in roles involving STEM, and that sticking at the journey paid off in the end.
Overall the I Wish conference was an excellent experience for us, gave us an insight into the world of STEM after school and enlightened us on the opportunities and possibilities for women in science, technology, engineering and maths.
By Katya, Katie and Claire –Rosemont Transition Year
Rosemont joined all the schools across to country to take part in Operation Transformation’s 10@10 on the 10th February at 10am to mark their 10 year anniversary. All students in the school assembled in the gym and got involved in 10 minutes of physical activity. As an Active School everyone was very enthusiastic and enjoyed the 10 minutes of jumping, skipping and stretching with all students feeling energised and in good spirits heading back to class. Thanks to the Rosemont Student Council for organising this very worthwhile event for the school.
Rosemont take the SOUTH DUBLIN Basketball Cadette C Title
This year Rosemont were hopeful of retaining their title from last year which they did with great skill and effort. It was an outstanding team performance from all players. The score line was always close with Newpark giving Rosemont no easy points. Rosemont fought hard and with Rosemont’s captain Grace Meaney leading the pack to victory, the girls played some great basketball. The final score line was 30-19. Ms O’ Malley was thrilled for the girls and said "I have never seen the girls play so well. All of the girls played such a vital role in reaching the finals and the team really came together on the day of the final. All of the girls did not only themselves proud but also did their school and families proud too. This is the beginning of a very bright future for basketball in Rosemont". Well done to all involved!
Check out the fantastic Kilternan School of Music Mannequin Challenge,
starring some Rosemont pupils!
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to everyone!
Rhona Doheny, Ursala McDonnell and Katie Smyth from Transition Year had the wonderful opportunity of attending a new Student Entrepreneur Learning Camp in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) hosted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Libraries and Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The camp consisted of 4x 2.5 hour workshops; a guest entrepreneur, 2x project/maker days and a final presentation event attended by Minister for Job, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor. Throughout the workshops the girls got to work on such things as coding, electronics and programming, 3D Design and printing and prototyping. On the project/maker days the girls were put into three separate groups to come up with an innovative product idea. Each group produced prototypes and presentations on some very inventive and original, technology based product ideas which they presented on at the show and share event. These ranged from smart ovens to home automation systems to smart watches and medicine administration systems. In the end, our very own Rhona Doheny along with her group won the overall prize with their take on a smart watch. Well done to all three girls for their hard work and dedication.
Student Enterprise Programme - Mini-Company
The Student Enterprise programme in association with the Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is a practical programme that offers students the opportunity to take a business from idea stage, through market research to production, selling, record keeping, management and finally writing a comprehensive report on the business.
Students compete for prizes at school, county and national level and participation in the Student Enterprise Awards enables students to acquire and develop a wide range of personal and business attributes and skills.
This year we have 8 mini-companies in Rosemont creatively producing innovative product ideas in order to compete and sell in the business environment. The project enhances students’ creativity, improves communication skills, and encourages students to consider self-employment and future career options.
Build a Bank
The Build a Bank Competition in Association with AIB is always a very valuable and worthwhile experience that Transition Year students in Rosemont have the opportunity to get involved in. It enables students to showcase their creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Not only are they introduced to the world of banking & business, but they get to bank great prizes and fantastic experiences along the way! The competition sees a team of six students selected to set up and manage a bank in the school with the full support of a dedicated AIB Student Officer and their teacher. The students get involved in everything from developing a Business Plan, branding their Bank and engaging with the community to sourcing new customers through creative marketing campaigns. This year we have chosen a Cluedo theme and the team are busy coming up with fun interactive tasks to entice students in the school to open up accounts and save with them each week. It also allows the students to give back to the community in some way through fundraising, volunteering etc. At the end of the project the students will showcase their School Bank at a Regional Final where they will present to a panel of judges outlining what makes their School Bank best. The top 8 schools will then be awarded a prize. Cluedo Bank is up and running and helping Rosemont students save!
There’s lots going on in the sports department here at Rosemont!
6 Rosemont students have been very successful in Netball at a national level. Katie Smyth, Michelle Dunne, Laura Fafowara, Sofia Pennington, Roisin McGuire, Kate Brown have been selected to represent Ireland and are hoping to travel to the European championships with Netball Ireland in 2017. Congratulations girls!
The Rosemont Senior netball team have won all of their games to date and the Junior team are close behind them, having only lost one of their games so far this season.
In basketball, the Rosemont cadette team are now in the quarter final of the South Dublin Basketball League.1st year Minors and 2nd year minor start their league competition early in 2017.
The Junior hockey team are doing really well in the Leinster Hockey league. We look forward to the 1styear Hockey team beginning their league in late December.
The Transition Year students have completed an Active Leadership module in P.E class and will be running a lunchtime intra-school sports tournament in January 2017.
UCD Scholarship Awards 2016
Congratulations to two Rosemont graduates of 2016! Katrina Yoder, who is now studying International Relations and Politics, has recently been awarded a UCD Choral Scholarship. Miriam Johnson, who is now studying International Commerce in UCD, was recently awarded a UCD Scholarship for Academic Achievement.
Junior Certificate exam in Spanish in 2016
Congratulations to Aoife Healy currently in Transition Year. Aoife achieved the highest mark nationally in the Junior Certificate exam in Spanish in 2016. Well done Aoife!
Rosemont Students Represent Netball Ireland
Netball is a relatively new sport to Rosemont Secondary School. Last year was the first year Rosemont took part in the Dublin Netball League which they were very successful and won the league out. The students in Rosemont were recognised by Netball Ireland as being very talented young ladies who displayed a natural flair for the game.Katie Smyth, Michelle Dunne, Laura Fafowara, Sofia Pennington,Roisin McGuire, Kate Brown represented the U17 Ireland team against a very strong South African side on Tuesday the 4th of October in Wesley College. Progressing to the next stage of the U14 trials for the Irish Netball team are Saidbh Farrell, Mia Pennington and Hilary and Henrietta. Ms O’ Malley is so proud as their Netball coach and PE teacher as this is an marvellous achievement for the Rosemont students.
Rosemont hit the ground running as sports day took place at the beginning of the year this year. All students and teachers eager to go with lots of energy had a fantastic day getting to display a range of skills with both students and teachers getting involved in activities. With an atmosphere which can only be described as electric the girls took part in their warm up activity ‘Zumba’. From there the students divided into their year groups and completed many sporting activities both for fun and some for the competitive nature. Both the students and teachers look forward to sports day every year as it is an excellent way to get to know students in all year groups and the students’ display of comradery is great to see.
On the 13th of September of September Rosemont had its annual sports day. Since sports day was held earlier in the academic year than previous years, it gave us the opportunity to welcome and interact with the new students of the school. There was a huge variety of events from long jump to tennis, Zumba to tug of war. We can honestly say there wasn’t a dull moment. It was a day of fun and a big thank you to all those who organised and took part in the event as it was a fantastic day everyone enjoyed.
Literary Trip to Dublin
Review of 2015-2016
1916 Historical Tour
Bond Trader Challenge
The Merchant of Venice at the Helix
Seachta na Gaeilge
A team from 1st year Rosemont were the only 1st year Finalists in the national ‘One Good Idea’ Competition, sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
The Rosemont team were called ‘Recycle your Style’.
The girls did an amazing job of raising awareness in school and on social media about how much rubbish is generated by old clothing, as well as showing people great ways to ‘Recycle your style’! Here they are at the Finals in Dublin Castle… Henrietta, Roisin, Saidhbh, Sofia and Hilary.
"In the completion we had to think of an idea to help tackle energy efficiency and climate change. Our idea was under the topic Greener Fashion. Our project was called Recycle Your Style. We encouraged people not to throw away old clothing, and to reinvent them using simple DIY methods. We were picked as one of the top finalists in the whole of Ireland out of the more than 350 teams that entered. In the ‘campaign’ stage we did various projects and activities, including an online survey called Recycle Your Style. We worked really hard, setting up social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter, musical.ly and others! We were so happy when we made it to the finals in Dublin Castle. The whole day was packed with activities and events and we enjoyed every minute of it.”
LauraLynn Fundraising BBQ
Enjoying the LauraLynn Fundraising BBQ, hosted by the Rosemont girls. The BBQ was a great success, with many families and friends joining us to support this wonderful cause. A few weeks later, we presented the cheque for the funds raised to Mary McDaid, who picked up the cheque on behalf of LauraLynn
From Chair to 5k
Healthy Living Week finished with a climax in Rosemont as the ‘Coach to 5k’ walk and run took place, with huge enthusiasm shown by all! There was also a dynamic Zumba session for the girls, which really raised the roof of the PE hall!
Netball Ireland Schools League
Congratulations to Ms. O'Malley and the Netball team who won the Netball Ireland Schools League 2016. Thank you to Norma Browne (Netball Ireland Youth Development Officer) who presented the girls with their cup and medals today. Well done to all. The Netball team also had a fantastic ‘shared’ training day with a team from Our Lady’s and St Patrick’s School, Belfast.
Art Trip in London
by Sofia G. (5th Year)
On Wednesday 24th February, the fifth, sixth and TY students went on the eagerly awaited art trip to London.We met bright and early in the Airport flew to London where our first stop was the National Gallery. After taking pictures in Trafalgar Square, we all excitedly began two very interesting hours examining art – much of which we had studied before. We saw pieces like the Arnolfini Wedding Portrait by van Eyck and Sunflowers by van Gogh. We saw much fine art ranging from the 13th Century up to the 19th Century.
After we enjoyed lunch at Pizza Express we went to the Courtauld Institute, a prestigious fine art college that has an extensive range of art. Here we saw the much anticipated Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Manet.
Finally, we set out to the Tate Modern where we saw art from the 20th Century onward. This included interesting pieces by Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Our art trip to London was a great success and enjoyed by all.
Seeing the art pieces in real life the art pieces we had studied in texts really enhanced my appreciation for them. It connected what we had been studying to the paintings even further and brought them to life.
The visit to the National gallery was an amazing way to piece together our European art section of the course … you get a completely different viewing experience in person rather than in a book.
Transition Year History trip to Belfast
On the 20th of February, some transition years went on a History day trip to Belfast.
We went on a black cab tour of the loyalist and republican divided areas of Belfast where we got the chance to view the murals on both side of the ‘peace wall’. It was amazing to realise how the era of the ‘Troubles’ can still be seen in the city. After a delicious meal at The Dock Café we went to the famous Titanic Museum. It is packed with things to see, touch and read around the life and people who built and travelled in the most famous ship of all time. We had not realised how much the city of Belfast has been defined politically, socially and economically for more than a century by the Harland and Wolff yard; now they build wind turbines in their massive docks area.
We really enjoyed this experience and know I am confident to say that we have learned a lot about the history of Belfast. We are grateful for the opportunity and we would like to thank everyone involved in organising this experience.
Online Safety and Security
Recently Rosemont hosted the community garda officers from Dundrum Garda Station for a presentation on internet safety and the current legislation around cyberbullying and related social media.
The session was well attended and the gardaí were both knowledgeable and pragmatic in their approach.
As we know, like it or not – our girls interact online as part of their normal everyday life. But how do we create boundaries, how do we get them to understand how to protect themselves online? The discussion was very interactive with many parents detailing how they deal with the issue, or being honest in not knowing how to address this. The most important factor was to ensure open communication and dialogue exists between parents and their child and that the child respects themselves in any online situation – which speaks to their core values. The presentation was illuminating and challenging for all attendees, both staff and parents.
On the back of this discussion night, Rosemont School has now kicked off a workshop module which will be run by the gardaí as a roundtable event with Rosemont pupils. The roundtable approach is to encourage students to be interactive, since the most effective approach here is not to be telling the students what to do, but having them involved in the solutions through their interaction. This is a very topical and important workshop initiative and for parents that did not attend on the night, we would encourage them to reach out to the school to discover more.
Rosemont see Victory over Sion Hill in the Cadette South Dublin Basketball Finals
Rosemont have done it again!
After taking the Junior C title last year in the SDBL the girls have managed to move up a division and still retain their winning streak. The girls had a tough start to their game but once the girls settled in there was no stopping them. With Dabby Okaro rebounding so well and Katie Smyth having her shooting boots on Sion Hill knew they were going to have a battle on their hands.
It was obvious from the start that Rosemont were hungry for this. Rosemont had a strong bench with everyone stepping up on the day and playing a vital role in the game. The final score line of 35-20 reflected the hard work Rosemont put in until the very last whistle with Michelle Dunne, Faye O Brien, Ursala and Grainne McDonnell, Stephanie Healy, Jessica Moore, Laura Fafowara and Rachel Bennett all part of the winning team.
The girls have done their school, families, friends and me so proud this year. The girls truly deserve all the success they have gotten, well done girls!
Junk Kouture in Rosemont
We are making costumes for Junk Kouture as part of Art and Home Economics this year. This is a competition for Transition year students all across Ireland. The competition entails designing and creating a full outfit out from recycled materials - but it still has to look like a high fashion item.
We have three different group, each with a completely different idea. One group, for example, is using broken CDs, another group is using paper from old books to make flowers, whereas another group is using netting and cardboard to embellish their outfit.
The Junk Kouture Project helps us to learn how to work with others and to listen to and respect their ideas. It is a chance to be highly creative and express yourself. It also shows the great diversity of ideas that we have in the class.
In Junk Kouture there are a lot of problems and difficulties we have to overcome as all the materials must be from recycled sources. This teaches us problem solving skills, such as: where will we source the material; how do you make a corset; will the broken CDs cut the model; can plastic be stitched using a sewing machine or how to attach a piece of bubble wrap to plastic?
In Junk Kouture we aren't just learning problem solving skills and how to work in a group, we are also learning other skills as well. This includes communication, listening, negotiation, as well as the practical side of making the outfit, so that it will fit the model and meet the design brief. Although it is very challenging we are all very dedicated and enjoying it.
As this is a design, make and model competition, we hosted a fashion show for the whole school on Thurs 21st Jan. It was lights, camera, action as we selected our music, practiced our model walk and posed for the camera.
Each group was proud to model their Junk Kouture outfit and show the work that was put into each ensemble.
For more information on the Junk Kouture.
With previous successful shows like Annie, Beauty and the Beast and Matilda it was only right that a drama workshop be held in Rosemont School to nurture the talent that the school has and give the students a chance to develop their inner actress.
With auditions just around the corner for the next Rosemont musical, the workshop is packed to capacity with eager, talented and enthusiastic girls all wanting to take their acting skills to the next level.
Ms Maher and Ms Byrne have devised a programme that is sure to challenge and inspire the young talented actresses. Through fun warmups, improvisation, short scene scripts and dramatic poetry reading, the students are improving their self-expression, self-esteem and confidence in a fun and relaxed setting.
8 week Drama Workshop
Every Wednesday after school from 4-5pm
Through improvisation the students will:
- Learn how a play can be devised
- Improve their acting skills
- Discover their creative potential
My Experience at the European Youth Parliament - Dublin
From the 2nd to the 4th of October, I attended the annual European Youth Parliament session in Dublin. It was really enjoyable and a great experience.
The first day was just about team building exercises and getting to know the people you will be working with for the next couple of days. I really liked this as it was a great bonding experience and I made lots of new friends which I am still in contact with today. The second day, we had to come up with resolutions for our topic (mine was gender stereotypes in the workforce) as a group. This took all day and was very tiring and at times a little frustrating because we would sometimes keep going in loops but it was still really good, we got to express our opinions and work on our communication skills. The third and finale day was when we had to share our resolutions in front of all the delegates and the council, this was enjoyable to hear all the resolutions for issues that the EU are currently facing. I really liked this especially when you had to vote whether or not you personally approved other groups' resolutions.
I found the whole experience really great and I am looking forward to be able to do it again next year!
Megan O'Connor Kenny
The Web Summit - Dublin
On the 3rd of November 2015, we attended the last Web Summit to be held in Ireland. The Web Summit is a gathering of tech and Fortune 500 companies from all around the world, as well innovative start-ups pitching their ideas for investors. The first speaker was Riley Ennis, a young man from America who came up with an idea on how we can treat cancer using one’s own immune system, and without harming any other part of the body. He told us that his interests when he was younger drove his passion to cure cancer. Another speaker, Scott Harrison, was a nightclub promoter turned charity worker who told us about his very own charity called charity: water. The goal of charity: water is to provide everyone in the world with clean water, the most basic need. They operate with complete transparency, making sure that anyone who donates money gets to see exactly what their donation achieved, and that 100% of the money donated goes straight to the cause. A group of primary school students from St. Audoen’s came up with a product that could combat bullying in schools.
At the end of the evening, when we were asked if we had any of our own ideas for companies or products or anything else, two students had the bravery to stand up in front of thousands of people. One was our very own Sara in 2nd year. This was a top notch example of how innovation can occur at any age and that technology is the way of the future. All in all it was a very educational and interesting outing and we would jump at the chance to do it again.
Midterm School Trip to Madrid
We set off for Madrid on the early hours of the morning meeting at 4:15 am at the airport. It was early; we were tired but couldn’t have been more excited. After our flight and after hitting a local café for churros and local cuisine, we went on a walking tour of Madrid. It was breath-taking! We were brought to iconic locations such as Plaza Mayor, Almudena’s Cathedral, Puerta del Sol and my personal favourite the Royal Palace and all of us were astounded by the beautiful architecture in the city of Madrid. We concluded the day with dinner at Museo de Jamón and a nice walk back to our hotel.
Day two in Madrid was no disappointment. We visited the nearby town of Toledo, the former capital city of Spain. We spent the morning at the Museo de Ejército learning about the history of the Spanish military, defence, weaponry and its government’s leadership history and it was very interesting. We spent the afternoon exploring the city and wandering around the small, cobbled-stoned streets of Toledo but eventually had to leave the tranquil city back to the busy Madrid.
Next day we were off to Warner Bros. Theme Park, Everyone was so excited all of us going on different rides from giant roller-coaster to tiny tea cups. My favourite was the large roller-coasters and the Nightmare on Elm’s Street horror house which was,as you would expect it to be scarily awesome and worth the long queue. We had dinner that night in the Hard Rock Café. We loved it, listening to good music from MJ to The Weekend and great food. Walking back to our hotel that night we couldn’t get over how magical the city looked at night.
Sadly it was our fourth and final day in Madrid. We attended mass then went to the Prado museum where we saw the masterpieces from famous artists from Raphael to Goya which we could have spent much longer in. We then went to have our lunch in the Parque del Retiro and then we split up into two groups. One went to Santiago Bernabeau Stadium and the others staying in the Parque del Retiro renting paddle boats at the lake in the park and there followed by shopping at Puerta del Sol. We then met up again at a café near our hotel and then it was time to say good bye to Madrid and head off to the airport. We all had such a great and we would like to say thank you to Ms. O’Malley, Ms. Byrne, our parents and to all of those who took part in arranging this trip-we’re already looking forward to the next one!
Third year students - Ecology field trip
On Tuesday 20th October, 3rd years went to Airfield, Dundrum, for our ecology field trip. Whilst there, we explored a grassland habitat. To investigate the area we used pooters, observation jars, nets, beating trays, line transects, thermometers, quadrats, lux metre and key.
After we investigated the grassland area we were able to wander around the farm. We saw lots of animals, such as goats, sheep, pigs and turkeys, as well as a vegetable garden, fruit garden and a maze. We had a great day.
2nd year Students Community Clean Up Project
2nd year students were enthusiastic litter wardens, helping out with cleaning up the pathways near our school this week!
Susanna is invited to the Irish National Science Olympiad!
Susanna, who is now in Transition Year, won this prestigious invite based on her outstanding results in the Junior Certificate this year.
The Rosemont School Choir in New York
June 23-28, 2015
The Rosemont School Choir were invited to New York City to sing at a Mass in St Patrick's Cathedral this week.
Some of the 4th and 5th year members of the choir attended.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday in NYC
We started off on Friday with some sightseeing. Walking through 5th Avenue we stopped in Grand Central Station. It was a stunning building. Walking through the streets we noted other major architectural sights in NYC such as the Flatiron building and the Empire State Building. We also got some shopping done on the high street and Macy’s. We went for lunch in the beautiful botanic highline, which is a city park built on disused railway lines.
That evening we sang in St Patrick’s Cathedral for the mass of St Josemaria’s feast day. It was an amazing experience and we were very honoured to be the first outside choir to sing there. Afterwards we headed to an Italian pizzeria for a lovely dinner. On Saturday we visited the shopping outlet in Jersey Gardens.
On Sunday we visited the Frick Collection Art Museum, it was a marvellous building. When FricK was building and collecting the art, he intended it to be a museum in later years. There we saw stunning pieces such as “Flaming June” by Fedric Leighton. After that we walked to the Metropolitan Museum, known as the Met, taking in the views of Central park. The Met is a breath-taking building filled with 2 million works of art. Unfortunately we did not see them all! We did see a lot, our favourite being the interesting and unusual Asian collection.
We had a fantastic experience on our Choir Trip to New York and are already looking forward to the next trip!
Fundraising leading up to the trip to New York.
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