Leaving Certificate students applying for the DARE and HEAR scheme please remember to send the required documentation to the CAO before the 1st April. The ESB are recruiting apprentices. Applications can be made on the ESB website. Bus Eireann are also recruiting people to train as Heavy Vehicle Mechanics. Applications can be made on the Bus Eireann website. Intel have opened their "Women in Technology Scholarship". This is open to female students applying for courses in science and technology. Applications can be made on the Intel website. The Army are now taking applications for both general recruitment and caditships. Applications can be made on www.military.ie
Challenge 5: Do a Random Act of Kindness (RAK)
o happiness – making other people happy boosts our own sense of happiness;
o greater self-confidence: – giving makes us feel better as people;
o energy – doing one good thing will make us want to do more;
o longer life – giving to others slows the ageing process;
o more pleasure – pleasure begets pleasure.
The natural feel good chemicals of serotonin and oxytocin (the love hormone) are made in the body when kindness is shared.
Carrying out kind acts will:
o Reduce depression: Thinking about helping other people stops us worrying about ourselves.
o Reduce pain: Helping releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers.
o Reduce isolation: Helping others encourages human contact.
o Reduce blood pressure.
o Reduce anxiety: Good actions can lift mood and decrease social avoidance.
o Reduce stress: Kind people have 23 percent less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age more slowly.
Make Mum or Dad a cup of tea!
Do an extra job/chore at home without being asked!
Say thank you to a teacher who has helped you!
Give a compliment!
Or any other RAK you choose
Keep in mind that kindness has an additive effect and it’s really the little things that add up. So no matter how big or how small, each act of kindness makes an impact for us all.
Challenge 4: Get Active with a Friend
Physical activity is good for your body but it’s great for your mind too. Research has shown that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good – boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate as well as sleep, look and feel better. Not bad for something we can quite easily do for free!
Being active doesn’t have to mean taking out an expensive gym membership, jogging at 5am or sporting lycra. There are so many ways to be active and they can all help to improve your mental health.
Taking part in physical activities can be a great way to meet people. They can also offer us the chance of taking a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Leading an active life can help to improve your feelings of self-worth and foster confidence. Taking part in a form of exercise that you really enjoy can give you a goal to aim for and a sense of purpose.
A few benefits of exercise are:
· less tension, stress and mental fatigue
· a natural energy boost
· improved sleep
· a sense of achievement
· focus in life and motivation
· less anger or frustration
· a healthy appetite
· better social life
· having fun
Challenge 3: Get Involved in your Community
Connecting with people is good for your wellbeing. Taking time to strengthen relationships with people close to us and to broaden relationships with our wider community is important. Sharing how we feel with others helps us to feel more understood.
Why not join a Team or Club in school or in your community?
There are details of local clubs and school clubs on the notice boards in the assembly area.
Connecting is not only important for emotional support but it also helps us to develop a sense of belonging, self-worth and reduces isolation.
Why not Volunteer to help a Charity or someone in need?
One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organisations in need.
And volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.
Today we would also like to remind you that no matter how much we look after our Mental Health, there will be times in our lives when we need help from others. Reach out and ask for help if you need it!
In school you can talk to your, tutor, year head or any staff member you feel comfortable with. We also have a school Counsellor available.
Talk to Family or Friends for support,
Sometimes it’s hard to talk to those close to you so
Here are some Reach Out Cards, they contain numbers that you can ring if you feel the need to discuss your problems with someone.
“It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.”
Well done to our Retro Rubber TY mini company who were runners up in Student Enterprise County Final at Kilashee House Hotel Naas. They make indoor and outdoor seats from recycled tyres.They are still taking orders if anyone is interested and they have their own facebook page.
Thank you to Ms Connolly for organising scone making for staff today as part of our positive mental health week. Well done to all the staff who took part and to our eventual winner Ms Doyle who showed her many years of baking experience
Challenge 2: Make Someone Laugh
Todays challenge is to make someone Laugh. We hope to do that for you all later with the Performance from Reuben the Entertainer.
It’s fun to share a good laugh. But did you know it can actually improve your health?
It’s true: laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body.
Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.
As children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, but as we grow up life tends to be more serious and laughter more infrequent. By seeking out more opportunities for humour and laughter, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to your life.
Physical health benefits of laughter
- Boosts immunity
- Lowers stress hormones
- Decreases pain
- Relaxes your muscles
- Prevents heart disease
Mental health benefits of laughter
- Adds joy and zest to life
- Eases anxiety and tension
- Relieves stress
- Improves mood
- Strengthens resilience
· Here is one way to start:
· Smile. Smiling is the beginning of laughter and like laughter, it’s contagious. When you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling. Instead of looking down at your phone, look up and smile at people. Notice the effect this has on others.
Today is the start of Positive Mental Health Week, our Theme this year is
“Little Acts, Big Impacts”
we are giving you a challenge card today and we hope that you will all try to complete one challenge each day, each morning we will let you know why completing this Little Act/Challenge is good for your Mental Health.
Challenge 1: Today you are being asked to Write a Hand Written Thank You note to someone!
“The act of writing thank-you notes allows the gratitude you feel to trickle from your head, into your pen, and out into the world. That’s why we must preserve the art of sending thank-you notes.”
Write a thank-you note. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person's impact on your life. Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. Once in a while, write one to yourself.
Today, handwritten notes and cards are especially meaningful because most of our correspondence is done by email, Twitter, Facebook, texting or talking on the phone.
The more you practice gratitude, the more you can enjoy its psychological benefits.” These psychological benefits include a feeling of wellbeing and reduced depression.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
We hope you all have a good week.
Our Ag Science classes went on a farm visit with Mr Donovan and Ms Dunphy
Thank you to Ms Doyle and Mr Donovan for organising a very successful careers night. Thank you especially to all our guests, parents , friends, neighbours and past pupils who gave up their time to talk to the students. We really appreciate it and our students really enjoyed the night.
Ceramics owls, based on facial expression, handmade, fired and painted by 2nd Year Art Students.
Well done to all students involved, we love how the finished owls interact with each other!
Well done to our u14 ladies football team, Ms Connolly, Ms Mc Grath and Ms Commons who started their league today with a great win over Maynooth in a very even and competitive game on a scoreline of 4-8 to 3-9.
Republic of Ireland Women’s Under 17s move top of Group 4
A late goal from Alannah McEvoy helped the Republic of Ireland Women’s Under 17s record a 1-0 victory over Serbia in the first of three UEFA European Championship Elite Round qualifiers.
Dave Bell’s team set out for these qualifiers with the intention of taking it one game at a time – refusing to look beyond their first match, which happened to be against hosts Serbia in Stara Pazova.
Well, they completed the first part of that mission as they collected three crucial points. And with Scotland drawing with Hungary in the other game, Ireland moved into pole position.
“I’m delighted for the girls because it was a very hard-working performance put in by everyone in the team,” said Bell afterwards.
“We started well and had two or three chances to take the lead inside the first 15 minutes. Then our passing went a bit sloppy and Serbia came back at us, but we kicked on again, controlled the possession and always looked like scoring.
“It is a great win because we kept a clean sheet, didn’t pick up any yellow cards and got the three points that we targeted. If we can reach those standards in our next two games then I would be confident of progressing further.
“But there is still work to do and we will turn our attention to Scotland now. We have watched some of their DVDs and will do our homework on them. But I’m really pleased by this performance and it puts us in the driving seat.”
Ireland recorded six attempts on target overall with Carla McManus, Tiegan Ruddy and Sadhbh Doyle going close before McEvoy found the breakthrough on 77 minutes, thanks to an incisive assist from captain Ruddy.
That goal proved to be the winner and it sets Ireland up nicely ahead of facing Scotland on Wednesday and Hungary on Saturday.
Republic of Ireland: Turner; Doyle, Ruddy, Grier; Mackey, Toland, Fahey (McGovern 80), McEvoy; Payne, McManus, Carolan (Spillane 52).
Serbia: Cetinja; Josic, Mostarac, Krstic, Frajtovic; Savanovic, Miladinovic, Trbojevic; Plavsic, Agbaba (Zivkovic 78), Bulatovic.
Referee: Shona Shukrula (Netherlands).
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017 – Blaganna ón Dara Bliain
Blag faoin deireadh seachtaine seo caite...
Blag 1 le Rachel Duggan
Ar an Aoine, chuir mé glaoch ar mo chara Willow. Thug mé cuireadh di dul go dtí an phictiúrlann liom. Dúirt sí “Cinnte, go raibh maith agat”. Ghlac sí leis an gcuireadh. Bhuail mé le Willow ag an bpáirc. Chuamar go dtí an phictiúrlann. Fuair mé grán rósta agus cola. D’ith mé an grán rósta agus d’fhéachamar ar X-men. Tar éis an scannáin, chuamar go dtí an siopa agus cheannaíomar t-léinte agus geansaíthe. Chuamar go dtí an pháirc. D’imríomar ar an luascán agus ar an sleamhnán. Bhí an-craic againn sa pháirc agus ag an scannán. Bhain mé an-taitneamh as an scannán. Bhí an lá go hiontach.
Blag 2 le James O’Shea
Chuir mé glaoch ar Noah. Thug mé cuireadh dó dul go dtí an pháirc liom. Dúirt sé “Ba mhaith liom dul go dtí an pháirc”. Ghlac sé leis an gcuireadh. Rothaigh mé go dtí an pháírc agus bhuail mé le Noah. Bhíomar ag imirt peile sa pháirc. Ansin rothaíomar go dtí ‘Sorentos’. Cheannaíomar sceallóga agus d’itheamar na sceallóga. Ansin, rothaigh mé abhaile.
Blag 3 le Daniel O’Neill
Chuir mé glaoch ar Chillian. Thug mé cuireadh dó dul go dtí an phictiúrlann liom. Ghlac sé leis an gcuireadh. Bhuail mé le Cillian taobh amuigh de mo theach. Shiúileamar go dtí stad an bhus. D’fhanamar go dtí gur tháinig an bhus. Ar a dó a chlog, chuamar isteach sa bhus. Ar a trí a chlog, shroicheamar an Whitewater. Cheannaigh mé bróga nua agus t-léine ‘Superdry’. Ar a ceathar a chlog, chuamar go dtí an phictiúrlann. D’fhéachamar ar ‘Kong Skull Island’. Bhí grán rósta agus deochanna againn. Bhí an lá go hiontach. Bhí an-craic againn.
Blag 4 le Tadhg Hendy
Chuir mé glaoch ar Dheirdre. Thug mé cuireadh di dul go dtí an phictiúrlann liom. Ghlac sí leis an gcuireadh. Bhuail mé le Deirdre. Fuaireamar grán rósta. D’fhéachamar ar ‘Kong Skull Island’. Tar éis an scannáin, chuamar abhaile. Bhí an-craic again. Bhain mé an-taitneamh as an bpictiúrlann.
Blag 5 le Jack Savage
Chuir mé glaoch ar Sheán. Thug mé cuireadh dó dul ag snámh liom agus le mo chairde Tadhg, Joe, Seán, Fionn agus Shane. Bhuail mé le Seán cois abhainn. Rothaíomar go dtí an canáil. Rinneamar bád beag. Thosaigh mé ag snámh agus ag súgradh leis an liathróid. Bhí anal go hiontach.
Blag 6 Seán McIntyre
Chuir mé glaoch ar Jack. Thug sé cuireadh dom dul go dtí an phictiúrlann liom. Dúirt sé go mba mhaith leis dul. Ghlac sé leis an gcuireadh. Fuaireamar an bus go dtí an phictiúrlann. Cheannaíomar deochanna agus grán rósta. Fuaireamar ár suíocháin agus d’fhéachamar ar scannán. Tar éis an scannáin, chuamar go dtí ‘Nandos’ agus fuair me sciatháin sicín agus sceallóga. Chuaigh mé abhaile ar an mbus. Bhí an-craic againn. Bhain mé an-taitneamh as an lá. Bhí an lá go hiontach.
Blag 7 Stacey Sheils
Chuir mé glaoch ar Emma. Thug mé cuireadh di dul ag siopadóireacht liom. Dúirt sí “Ba mhaith liom dul ag siopadóireacht”. Ghlac sí leis an gcuireadh. Bhuail sí liom ag mo theach. Chuamar go dtí Penneys, McDonalds agus Bershka. Fuairemar smideadh agus éadaí. Chuaigh mé agus Emma go dtí an scannán. D’fhéachamar ar ‘Rings’. D’itheamar grán rósta agus bhí deochanna cola againn. Bhí an-craic againn. Bhain mé an-taitneamh as an scannán. Bhí an lá go hiontach.
Blag 8 Emma Bowden
Chuir mé glaoch ar Stacey. Thug mé cuireadh di dul ag siopadóireacht liom. Dúirt sí “Ba mhaith liom dul”. Bhuail mé léi ag a teach. Fuair mé smideadh agus bia. Chuaigh mé agus Stacey go dtí scannán sa phictiúlann. D’itheamar grán rósta agus smarties agus d’ólamar 7up. Bhí an-craic againn. Bhí an lá go hiontach.
Blag 9 Orlaith Murray
Chuir mé glaoch ar Isabel. Thug mé cuireadh di dul go dtí scannán liom. Dúirt sí go mba mhaith léi dul go dtí an scannán liom. Ghlac sí leis an gcuireadh. Bhuail mé le hIsabel ag an Odean ar a hocht a chlog. Fuaireamar na ticéid don scannán. D’itheamar an grán rósta agus barra seacláide. D’fhéachamar ar an scannán ‘Split’. Chuamar go dtí McDonalds tar éis an scannáin. Fuaireamar borgaire agus sceallóga. Bhí an-craic againn.
Blag 10 Isabel Chaytor Joyce
An deireadh seachtaine seo caite ghlaoigh mé ar Orlaith. Bhíomar ag caint. Bhí an-craic againn. Bhí an lá go hiontach. Fuair mé dhá thicéid don charnabhal. Chuamar timpeall na ---agus d’itheamar sceallóga. Bhí an lá go hiontach.
Blag 11 Anna O’Brien
Chuir mé glaoch ar Sheán. Thug mé cuireadh dó dul go dtí an ceolchoirm liom. Bhí dhá thicéad agam don cheolchoirm ‘Picture This’. Ghlac sé leis an gcuireadh. Dúirt sé “Ba mhaith liom dul”. Fuaireamar an bus. Bhuaileamar leis an bpríomhamhránaí. D’fhéachamar ar ‘Picture This’. D’itheamar sceallóga agus ispíní. Cheannaíomar t-léinte agus postaeir freisin. Bhí an-craic againn. Bhí an lá go hiontach. Bhain mé an-taitneamh as an lá.
All 3rd years have been given their subject choices and levels for the Junior cert today. They need to be confirmed and returned by Wednesday next week
Students from 1st, 2nd and 5th year interested in getting an Irish Scholarship (or part of a scholarship ) will be sitting a written Irish test tomorrow in school
17KEC231: A workshop for PARENTS/GUARDIANS on “Ways to Well-Being for Students”
Venue: Kildare Education Centre
Date: Wednesday 29th March 2017
Facilitator: John Doran
Staying standing when the storms come: building emotional resilience for academic achievement. Young people are living in a world filled with more choice and opportunity than any previous generation. However, this choice and opportunity brings challenges and from time to time unfulfilled expectations for students, which all impacts upon their sense of well-being.
A talk for parents presented by John Doran, a secondary school teacher who has developed the Ways to Well-Being for Students Programme. John has worked as a teacher in the Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge for over 20 years and is now a guidance counsellor. He builds upon his own experience of delivering well-being courses to students.
On-Line booking for this workshop is required via the Kildare Education Centre website www.eckildare.ie
On the top menu bar of our home page, click on Course Booking. On the drop-down menu, click on Other Courses. Alternatively, click on this link to bring you to the relevant page of our website: http://www.eckildare.ie/index.php?option=com_eventbooking&view=category&category_id=8&id=8&Itemid=143
Members of Retro Rubber Mini Company with National Marketing Director of Advance Pitstop Eddie Ryan.Retro Rubber will be developing tyre seating for the children's play area of Advanced Pitstops new Drogheda branch.This represents a significant achievement for a Student Enterprise.
Well done to all our 5th years who applied to be Meitheal leaders for next year . Robert was very impressesed with the standard of applicants and the interviews and he has decided on the following Meitheal Leaders for 2017/2018
Sodiq Omoyayi .
Thanks again to all our TY's , staff and our members of our community who made our coffee mornings such a huge success. Each morning had huge benefits for all involved. We hope to organise other events in the near future.
Below is the article written by the Kildare Nationalist
Rathangan students help senior citizens turn into silversurfers
By Noel O’Driscoll
RATHANGAN’s senior citizens are quickly turning into confident silver surfers with the help of
students from the local secondary school.The students organised a coffee morning at the
school and they invited local seniors in for a chat last Tuesday morning. In addition to the chat over light refreshments the senior citizens also received help with their technology questions on laptops, phones and tablets.
The initiative was organised by teacher Nichola Horn who explained that the students are participating in the Young Social Innovators initiative. For this initiative they have to come up with a project, write up a report on it and at the end of March they will go to Athlone to do a presentation on it.
“The original idea was to go into the local day care centre and to meet with senior citizens there. However that wasn’t possible because of garda vetting so then we decided to invite them here,”said Ms Horn.One of the senior citizens who attended the eventwas Josie Deegan who was there with her husband Maurice and friend Ann Kenny.Josie was full of praise for the initiative. “I saw it on the local newsletter and I heard about it on the radio as well so we decided to come inm” she said. Student Olivia McConn was working with Josie, showing her how how to find different things on her phone and how to delete messages. “She has alsobeen showing me how to search for things on theinternet. It is excellent and it should be happeningeverywhere,” said Josie.Student Kian Shields was helping Teresa Martinand Pat O’Loughlin with their phones.“He is teaching me how to text and he has shownme how to use the Adverts.ie app. He is very good, really helpful,” said Teresa. Michael Nolan went along as well but as he explained he was there to chat rather than learn about technology. Luckily he met up with Irish international soccer player Doireann Fahey who is a student in the school. “I’m not well up oncomputers so instead I am talking with Doireann. I was in a job and as computers were coming in I decided it was time for me to retire so I did. I’m enjoying the chat and the atmosphere here is great. My granddaughter Niamh Fitzpatrick, whois a teacher here in the school, told me about it. I’m glad it has been a success because they haveput a lot of work into it. These things don’t happen by accident, someone has to make it happen even though some people don’t realise it.”