December 12, 2020

Christmas Hockey

There was plenty of seasonal action on the Hockey pitches on Wednesday, 9 December with a big turnout from all Year groups for the annual Christmas Hockey session. There was lots of red, green, silver and gold with Christmas jumpers, Santa hats and tinsel hockey sticks galore. Students participated in games like long jump and sprints. Christmas Hockey is a tradition that always goes down a treat, a joyous combination of sport and Christmas.  

Christmas Jumper Day for Down Syndrome Ireland

There was plenty of Christmas cheer on the corridors on Friday, 11 December with students and staff all dressed in jolly jumpers. The School Council organised the day in order to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland. The festive attire certainly created an atmosphere that was cheerful, glitzy and wonderfully warm.

Christmas Activities

Christmas Activities continued this week with the Elf on the Shelf in hiding waiting to be found on Friday. Well done to Sarah Hanna, First Year, who with Sherlock Holmes type detective skills discovered the cheeky chappy hanging out in Ms Butlers Office. The Fifth Year Councillors also began the Competition UCTs Fittest Year. Each Year group has a teacher mentor who is doing their best to coach their team to victory as UCTs Fittest Year. A representative team from each Year group has been selected to run, roll tyres, do sack races and carry sandbags all the while being encouraged by their teacher mentor, many of whom would give Davy Fitz a run for his money. Also the competition for the most Christmassy Teachers Door and most decorated room continued unabated last week. The winners will be announced next week and it certainly is anyones to win at this stage such is the high standard of Christmas creativity.

Food Presentation by International Students

Thanks to the international students from France, Germany and Spain who prepared food talks and demonstrations last week for the Home Economics classes. They talked about traditional dishes, the ingredients used, when these foods would be eaten and what would accompany them. They even prepared some French, German and Spanish home cooking for their Irish classmate to see and sample.

TY Languages Workshop

The four TY classes had. a full day of Languages workshops organised by the Modern Languages Departments in conjunction with Languages Connect. In the morning students had a virtual talk given by comedian Des Bishop who described his journey learning Irish and Chinese in adulthood. They learned the Hakka and a French dance called Logobitombo and also participated in a Sign Language workshop facilitated by two TY students Lauren Ormond and Caitlin Byrne where they learned to sign the words of Perfectby Ed Sheehan. Katie Ruding Barnes gave a presentation about her home country Indonesia and Aoife Qian spoke about Mandarin, Chinese culture and showed off her knife skills. In the afternoon the Spanish and German exchange students in TY spoke about Christmas and New Year traditions in their countries and students got an insight into how Christmas is celebrated differently in other cultures. Also two Polish students Malwina, Leaving Cert and Julia, TY taught the classes some basic Polish phrases.  The day ended on an interesting and slightly uproarious note with a virtual belly dancing workshop. Thanks to all students who got involved  giving talks and demonstrations.

Written By Nora Tuohy