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May 2013, No 37

Not The Usual Suspects: Newpark’s Sports All Stars!

Tola Adebisi, Dylan Turner, Felix Perrin, Emily Cahill, Leo Kurevlov, Vlad Muiznieks, Tiegan Byrne & Taylor Coyle

Pictured here are eight of the many athletes in Newpark that have been competing this year at the highest nat ion al o r international level in their sports. Sports include Kickboxing Soccer, Fencing, Swimming, Judo, Irish Dancing, G y m n a s t i c s , Badminton, Motocross and Skiing. See pages 6-8 for more on these talented athletes.

Soccer Star Emily gets UCD Sport Scholarship

Anyone who knows Emily Cahill will know her motivation, discipline and enthusiasm for sport is second to none. Now in her final year at Newpark, Emily has bagged countless achievements. Most notable is her representation of Ireland for the under 19s women’s football team. On May 3rd we managed to get a quick interview with the Irish women’s centre-half who filled us in about her sports career to date.

One evening a six year old Emily was “dragged” along to watch her brother play a football match for local club Joeys. Knowing nothing about the sport and having never seen a football match, Emily succumbed to the urge to kick the ball. Once she took that first kick, she was hooked. At age eight Emily joined the newly established girl’s football team for Joeys. She was put on the team straight away after having proved herself on the boys’ team the previous year. Emily told us that her motivation came from her eldest brother who played for the Irish basketball team. From watching him represent her country came the burning desire to do the same for football. [Continued on page 6] 1

Every day in the A corridor the television screen in the library window brings updates and news about many different activities going on in the school. Whether through photographs from the Second Year trip to the Aran Islands, Biology and Geography fieldwork for Leaving Certificate or action from the sports-field or stage they keep us all, staff and students, informed about all that is going on in the school. There is material too from the archives which reminds us of the activities and fashions of Newpark’s past. It has been a great addition to the daily communication available to the school community. Sometimes we take for granted that the material will appear on the screen, but it would not be there without the contribution of Bobby Ryan who singlehandedly keeps the students informed and entertained by uploading all the material. This he does in addition to all his other duties. I want to express our huge thanks and appreciation to Bobby for this work. Bobby’s commitment is mirrored by so many other school staff who give of their own time to assist students in different ways. Sometimes we can take this for granted. We should be very careful not to do so. Whether it is in curricular or extra-curricular activities so many individuals contribute so much to enhancing school life. There are extra classes going on before and after school. There are Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings where teachers and parents have been helping students complete projects. This happens on a scale that it would be unfair to single out any particular individual. Sport and the Arts provide great opportunities for students to participate in activities both after school and at lunchtime. This is totally reliant on the voluntary commitment of all involved. There are two other groups of individuals who work away in the background to enhance the work that goes on in the school. Firstly there is the Parent Teacher Association. This voluntary committee works so hard to help provide support and extra resources to the students and the staff. All involved are committing their time to the school while at the same time having the same routines of family and work life to look after. Secondly there is the Board of Management of the school which is made up of six nominees of the Archbishop of Dublin, two teacher nominees and two parent nominees. Again all these are voluntary positions, individuals who are giving something back to their community by their commitment to the work they do. The work of the Board is both onerous and time consuming and we are very fortunate with the calibre of individual willing to give their time on behalf of the school community. I want to particularly acknowledge the contribution of our outgoing Chair Micheal Johnston for his work over the past twelve years. His interest and commitment to the school was unstinting and underpinned by a real belief in what the school is trying to do for all the students enrolled. 2

Mr Derek Lowry

I want to say a very big thank you to all of these individuals for their commitment to the school and remind the school community that this work should never be taken for granted. Without it the school, like so many both primary and secondary, would be a much poorer place. For our Sixth Year students the end of their time in Newpark is approaching. Orals and practicals are now complete. Project work has been submitted. The written exams will start on the Wednesday 5th June. This is an anxious time for many students and I hope we can support all of the Sixth Years both at home and in school. For Junior Certificate students this will be their first experience of the state exams. It is important that they continue to work steadily and in a planned way for each of their subjects. Careful use of past papers will give all students a very good knowledge of the layout and content of the exams as they do not vary to any extent from year to year. As in previous years block classes will be provided for Third and Sixth in the final week of the school year. I wish all those doing the state examinations the very best and that they will do themselves justice and be rewarded for their efforts. Finally I wish all students, staff and parents a very enjoyable and pleasant summer break and thank everyone for their contribution over the past school year.

Congratulations To Prefects 2013-14 Emma Alden Jenny Archer Kelly Burke Lauren Downes Nina Gevers Inga Gillham Erin Jennings Sinéad Malin Laura McCullagh Sheena McGuirk Kristen Nyquist Rose Peachey Zoe Perrin Megan Rankin Carla Redmond-Fernandez Beatrice Ritzen Danielle Scales

Mark Ball John Cummins James Costelloe Michael Gemmel Richard Harvey Robin Hickey Nathan Huggins Eoin Jennings Fiachra Kennedy Jonny McCormack Kevin Mellot Rory Pang Andrew Ramsay Conor Ryan Niall Sherlock Leung Ho Yau Stephen Young

Human Rights Record Attracts Council of Europe Visit On Wednesday, 25th April, the school was honoured to host a visiting delegation from the Council of Europe and the Turkish Ministry of Education. The delegation was made up of senior members of the Turkish Ministry for Education, members of the civil service involved in curriculum development, principals and teachers from second-level schools and, thank goodness, a translator! Over the previous few weeks the group had visited schools in Switzerland, Germany and England to learn about the teaching of democracy and human rights as Turkey continues in its attempts to strengthen their education for democratic citizenship. The visiting delegation were met and welcomed in Turkish by Transition Year student, Arman Hanley, who was born in Istanbul. When I appeared wearing one white runner and one black shoe, some members of the group automatically dropped their eyes to my feet and seemed slightly, if politely, surprised not knowing, perhaps, whether this was a function of our ongoing austerity or some quaint Irish tradition! They were rather more impressed when I explained that staff and students were taking part in a ‘Walk In My Shoes’ Day as part of our Celebrate Differences Week in the school. The agenda for the two-hour visit was packed beginning with Mr Lowry who spoke to the group about the challenges and logistics of introducing a subject such as CSPE into the curriculum. Next the delegates spoke with Lilian Whooley, the current CSPE Co-ordinator, about the administration of the subject on a practical basis and the challenges and rewards of teaching such a subject. After a brief coffee break and tour of the corridors to get a flavour of the school’s myriad of

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activities from the notice boards, a representative group from the Junior and Senior Students’ Council answered the delegates’ questions about the role of the Council and their experience of human rights education and democracy within the school. Unfortunately, due to the Irish gift of the gab and the engagement of the delegation, time did not allow the group to visit a CSPE class, as they had requested, to see some active methodologies in practice. Instead, the Seond Year class group has been invited to video-record the lesson which will be shared on the Council of Europe website. Interviews with individual students including—Kirsty Nolan, Ellie Tyndall, Josh Sherlock, Lucienne Palmer, Robert Meagher, Finn MacAnna, Tim Buggy, Subin Lee and Amy Kelly—will also be recorded. In these interviews the students outline their human rights activities within and outside of the CSPE classroom. It was a great honour for the school to be chosen as one of only eight schools in Ireland to be visited, and it is a testament to the reputation which Newpark has earned for its commitment to human rights and democracy education. A special word of thanks is due to our enthusiastic and committed students who often give up their own time outside of class to engage in fund-raising projects or campaigns and who have, on many occasions in the past, given impressive presentations at human rights conferences and events. Likewise, a sincere thank you to our principal, deputy principal and the Board of Management, for their unstinting support of all the activities undertaken over the years—something which makes the teaching of CSPE in Newpark uniquely rewarding. Gearoidín O’Dwyer

Six Years - No Absences! In all my six years of Newpark I have never been absent or even late! How on earth is that even possible? I’m not even being paid to do this! It certainly takes a dedicated mindset (and immune system) to march into these cramped corridors every day. I have to say if I was in any other school I couldn’t have done this. It’s the people that make Newpark great. Charles Marchant 6DM

Maths Puzzler A car climbs a steep hill for five kilometres, at an average speed of 30 km/h. When the car reaches the top it is able to pick up speed and proceeds down the other side, also a distance of five kilometres. How fast must the car travel down the hill to have an overall average speed of 60 km/h? The answer can be found on page 9 of the newsletter. Have a good try first before you look! A fully worked out solution and explanation can be found on the maths notice board. 3

Community and Comprehensive Schools Athletics Congratulation to all twenty eight Newpark students who competed in such incredible weather conditions in Santry stadium on Thursday 9th May. There were a number of excellent results on the day starting with the First Years with Stephen Gordon coming second in the Javelin throwing 20.96m. Laura Kendrick jumped 1.20m to take silver in the high jump. Dylan Turner jumped 4.97m in the long jump for the gold and Niamh Flood came fourth in the Javelin with a throw of 8m. Grace Banks finished fifth in the open 2,000m running impressively against Second, Third and Senior girls in a time of 9.36 minutes. Ewan Ramsay finished third in the 1,500m in a time of 5.22 minutes, closely followed by Lorcan Kelly in fifth place with a time of 5.44 minutes. The girls’ relay team of Tiegan Byrne, Laura Kendrick, Alex Perry and Grace Banks showed their class to finish strongly in second place in a time of 59.20 seconds, exactly 1.08 seconds behind the winning team. In Second Year, Milo de Freyne beat his personal best of 1.30m and Rory Kelly ran and led a

Farewell to Coach Matt Well done to all the students who took part in Newpark Basketball this year; 2013 was a very successful year for them. The senior girls’ team won the SDBL (South Dublin Basketball League). A huge thank you is due to Rachel Steele and Dean Rowe who coached the girls this season. The 2012-2013 season also saw the senior boys’ basketball team win through to the finals of the South Dublin League. I would like to take this

well measured, controlled 1500m race in his set target of 5.00mins. Outstanding results were achieved by the Third Years with Katie Lowry finishing third in the 200m in a time of 30.33 seconds. Herbie Hudson Fowler came first in the 800m and Jonah Byrne also won gold in the 1,500m in a time of 4.49 minutes. Again, these students focused on their own races and thoroughly deserved their results. I ran in the senior boys’ 200m to achieve first place in a time of 23.32 seconds. Aindriu Lennon secured fifth place in the shot put with a throw of 9.50m and Jonny McCormack finished fifth in the 800m. The relay team of Tiernan Power, Evan Garland, Darren Roe and I came fourth to finish off a good day’s work in a wet, flooded Santry. Overall this was another successful year for athletics with excellent performances from all participants who showed great enthusiasm and determination to compete to the best of their ability. I would like to congratulate all the participants and a big thank you to Ms Ormond and Ms Brennan for their hard work and dedication. Niall James, 5PH/CE Newpark basketball over the past seven years. We are all going to miss him next year. The management, staff, basketball coaching staff and students wish him all the best in his return to the States. Well done to all the other students who played basketball this year. It’s great to see the numbers increasing and we were delighted to have both a First Year boys’ and girls’ team in the league this year. None of this success would have happened without the commitment of the coaching staff. Thank you to all involved, especially Ger Cloney, Rachel Steele, Matt Kingsley and Dean Rowe. Thank you also to the management for their continued support, the sports centre, parents, families, friends and all those who helped out in any way. Hopefully next year we will have more silverware! Siobhan Costello, Basketball Co-ordinator

Junior Girls show commitment and resolve

opportunity to thank Matt Kingsley for all his hard work, commitment and belief in 4

This year was a tough one for the junior girls’ hockey team who met several of the best teams in Dublin in their league group. However, this did not dampen their enthusiasm and the girls played right to the end of every match. This year’s experience should provide a great base for next season when most of the team will move up to senior level where they will join a large group of committed and talented players. A big thank you to the girls and their parents. Have a lovely summer! Vicky Meredith, Hockey Coach

North America Here We Come!

When we first introduced the concept of a rugby and hockey tour for June 2013 the students involved were only in Second and Third Year and it seemed a very far away prospect. And now it is almost here. Forty-nine students and five staff are embarking on a school trip of a lifetime to New York and Toronto to make new friends across the pond in hockey and rugby. This could never have been achieved without the support of a huge community of people. The growing network of people who have been involved in Newpark sport still weigh in behind us when we try something a little bit crazy. The parents always see the benefit of their child travelling as part of a team to gain incredible experiences socially, culturally and on the sports fields. They have given their backing, trust and help to us throughout this dynamic process. A special mention must go to Dave Furney, Blathnaid Connolly and Breda Richardson who worked tirelessly to put together the tour programme. Thank you to Helen Meehan who organised the very successful bag packing fundraiser in Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt and to all the parents for their support. There has been a great response from the wider community who have provided sponsorship. A huge thanks to KBC Bank who kindly sponsored the tour bags for every student: John Reynolds, the Chief Executive Officer, whose son was Senior Captain in one of Newpark’s most successful sides, has again shown his great support. Thanks also to Darragh Lennon, a past pupil, for organising sponsorship. Newpark is the first school in Ireland to go on a rugby and hockey tour to New York. Excitement is rising as our departure date nears, which is evident from all the students, but we want them to realise they are ambassadors: for the school and for Ireland. We hope this will be a memorable trip that the students look back at and remember fondly. We want them to leave a positive impact on people we meet, giving them a small insight into the incredible school, people and community that make up Newpark Comprehensive. Karen Clarke & Morgan Lennon

The trip we have waited so long for has finally arrived. We’ve had our ups and downs this season: great victories but also difficult defeats. We have trained hard and now look forward to the challenges we face on this tour. We are a mix of Fourth and Fifth Year students who will make up two teams in North America. We are all so excited to go on tour. It will be a brilliant experience, getting the chance to play hockey teams from across the world! We have been working on raising money for our tour for two years - bag packing, bake sales and more are part of this. We are also planning on doing a 10k run for Down Syndrome Ireland and raising money for our tour. Ms Clarke (who plays first division hockey) has been our coach since Second Year. She’s seen us at our worst and at our best, never giving up on us. We wouldn’t be where we are today without her. We would like to thank our coaches and all the teachers and parents involved in organising and supporting this tour. Finally we would like to thank our host families for welcoming us into their homes. Lorena Halpin-Doyle & Jenny Archer, Hockey Captains

This season we knew we had a lot of work to do. We had a very young and inexperienced side at the beginning of the year and could not retain our league title but fought hard until the last minute. The upcoming Transition Years were new to senior rugby and our main aim was to develop as a team. We also have talented Third Years coming into the squad who will soon rise to the challenge of senior rugby and the honour of wearing the Castle and Star. We are now a side with a lot of potential, with the help of our hard working coaches Morgan Lennon and Andrew Adams who have really stuck with us and want to see us fulfil our potential. We hope to be a real threat next year and this tour is the beginning of our journey. Aindriú Conroy, Rugby Captain 5

Football: Emily Cahill [continued from front page]

When Emily was presented the opportunity to emulate her 28 year old brother she seized her chance with both hands. She had been given trials for the under 15’s Irish team and passed with flying colours. When asked how it felt to represent Ireland Emily was lost for words. However she told us that she’ll never forget her first match for Ireland. The national anthem before the game stays with her to this day. We were interested to know what hurdles Emily had to face to get to where she is now. She told us her fatigue was a major hurdle - having to train twice a week for her new club Peamount, training on the Irish team once a week as well as studying intensely for her Leaving Cert in order to pursue a career in sociology. How did she do it? We asked her. The simple answer was a team behind her: friends, team mates but most notably family. From an early age her mum would give her lifts to training. Now aged 18 her mum gives her lifts of a different kind, emotionally and by constantly supporting her daughter. Emily’s best moment in her football career so far was beating Italy in Holland during the European qualification stage for the finals. From this interview we really wanted to know what it was about football that had caused a six year old Emily to fall in love with the sport, the answer was “Freedom”. When she steps onto that pitch everything else “melts” away. Along the way Emily has made lifelong friends one of which is Katie Taylor who occasionally watches Emily play for Peamount, Taylor’s old club. There’s no doubt the best is yet to come in Emily’s sporting career. She aspires to winning more caps for Ireland as well as eyeing a European final and developing women’s football. There’s no telling how far Emily Cahill could go in football, with sheer drive and the Irish anthem still ringing fresh in her ears she’s sure to achieve her goals. We all wish her the best of luck! Nathan Huggins 5CC & Andrew Ramsay 5CC

Motocross: Stephen McCormack Stephen McCormack 5 LCA holds the Under 18 Republic of Ireland Motocross Championship title for 2011-2012. Hi Stephen, what exactly is motocross racing? Well, motocross racing is where twenty people of the same age line up to race against each other on their dirt bikes. At first you have to qualify for the starting line-up. This gives you an idea of the bends, jumps, turns that you have to face. When your time is recorded you line up at different gates to race 6 around the track fourteen times.

How long does a race last? Each race is about fourteen minutes long but you have to do three races with rest breaks in between. Whoever wins the most races is the overall winner. Don’t you need to be over 16 to drive the bikes? No, I got my first bike when I was three and started to race competitively when I was eleven years old. My Dad was into racing but stopped after he had one too many crashes. He introduced me to the bikes. Wow, do you have to have special insurance? You must pass a full body medical by your local doctor and then you have your own personal insurance. What’s the best and worst thing about motocross racing? Best thing….winning. Worst thing……..losing! Are you still racing? Yes, but I have taken up racing in a different sport, mountain bike racing. I train four nights a week for about three hours each and I watch my diet carefully. I am racing in Scotland from the 10th to the 12th May in the second part of the British downhill series. I hope you do well. Yeah me too, I am aiming to be in the top five of the thirty odd riders from around Europe in the Under 18s section. I want to be an Irish champion in mountain bike racing. That’s my next challenge. Watch this space!!!!!! Gormlaith Ormond

Badminton: Satchal Madden Third Year Satchal Madden is a badminton player who has represented Ireland and Leinster in provincial, national and international tournaments. He has also travelled to Spain, England, Scotland, Wales and Malaysia for badminton which is very impressive to say the least. What is even more impressive is that he only heard of the sport for the first time four years ago when a teacher handed out leaflets for a local badminton club, DLR (Dun Laoghaire, Rathdown). After some encouragement from his mum he said ‘why not’ and headed down to play some badminton for the first time. How things have changed since then! At the moment he tells us that he trains in Marino College six times a week for two hours at a time. Part of his training included spending three months in Malaysia training intensively where he claims to have been “touched spiritually by the Malay badminton players”. We asked him if anyone was able to go to the training camps in Malaysia and his response was “anyone crazy enough to go play badminton in Malaysia for three months can, yeah”. Satchal’s idol is Lee Chong-Wei (Malaysian) who is the number one badminton player in the world.

Kick-boxing: Tola Adebisi

Satchal has shown great promise, reaching the final of the 2013 national championships in mixed doubles where he narrowly missed out on victory. In February he represented Ireland on the U17 team at the Catalan Open in Spain. He is also fresh off a good performance in the English County championships which were held in Nottingham just two weeks ago. He has aspirations to play in the Olympics and of course to continue playing the sport he loves. Andrew Ramsay 5CC & Nathan Huggins 5CC

Swimming: Leo Kurevlov I had the pleasure of talking to Leo Kurevlov in Third Year about his passion for swimming and how he got started. The credit has to go to his parents for the influence, but it was also Leo who wanted to start swimming at eight years old. For over seven years Leo has been training and competing for his swimming club, Trojan, based at the Newpark pool. He is now in Trojan’s Top Squad who train six days a week. Very early starts are the norm for serious swimmers: Leo often starts training at 5.30 or 6am and he trains for around sixteen hours every week. Leo already has an impressive record at provincial, national and even international level. Last year he travelled to Hungary to compete. His preferred events are breast stroke 100m and 2oom. He will spend some weeks during the summer at a high performance swim-training camp in Croatia. Upcoming events include the Irish Schools Inter Provincial championships in May where Leo will be swimming for Newpark on the Leinster Schools Interpro team. Even more important for Leo will be the Irish Age Group Championships this July. Leo’s race-times are looking good and he hopes to qualify for the National Youth Squad by the end of this season. Leo enjoys swimming and hopes to go on to compete further nationally and internationally: his five year goal is to make the European Championships. and maybe even represent Ireland at the Olympics one day. We wish him the best of luck! Chloe O'Hara 5MK

Tola Adebisi (Second Year) has been involved in kickboxing for over seven years now, having got involved in the sport after hearing about it through a family friend. Praise from the coach and a talent for kickboxing encouraged her to keep it up and she has enjoyed great success in the sport. A member of a kickboxing club in Tallaght, Tola has competed in plenty of competitions - even the World Championship in 2012 where she came third in her category. Kickboxing categories are dictated by both your age and weight. This rising star has also competed in the Irish Open in Citywest this year. But it’s not all fun and games; Tola herself has been lucky but serious injuries are not uncommon. Athletes need huge dedication to reach Tola’s level Tola and to keep improving. She trains four days a week, three hours twice a week and two hours one day a week. Though it is a male-dominated sport, support for all competitors is growing. Tola and many others are hopeful that kickboxing will be an official Olympic sport by the 2016 Olympics. However, men’s categories will be the first to be introduced. This is a promising prospect for young competitors like Tola, who is determined one day to be a proud Olympic competitor in kickboxing. Sheena McGuirk 5MK

Judo: Vlad Muiznieks We got the chance to talk to First Year Vlad Muiznieks about his interesting sport, judo! We learned that in judo, like karate, you go up in belt colours. So far Vlad is on his green/blue belt. He trains four times a week for two hours per class. There are many styles and techniques in judo, one of them is ‘Harai goshi’. This is a popular throwing technique used on your opponent—ow! Vlad used to do gymnastics and has found judo easy and fun—not without the odd injury now and again, but good exercise. He prefers classes to competitions because you have to wait around at events. However, the many medals in the end make it worth the wait. In four years of judo, Vlad has won three first place medals in competitions. He hopes to go on to the internationals: we wish him the very best! Vlad gave us a piece of advice for those thinking of taking judo. You must be dedicated as it takes time and enthusiasm to reach your goal but it is worth it in the end. Chloe O'Hara 5MK & Erin Jennings 5MT


Gymnastics: Taylor Coyle Taylor Coyle (1SO) is a member of Trojan gymnastic club in Ballyogan. A gymnast since she was just eight years old, Taylor was influenced hugely by her mum in taking up the sport but it is her own dedication and determination that have led her to have such success. However, as with all sports, injuries are unfortunately a regular occurrence. Though not usually serious, Taylor has been unlucky recently and dislocated her elbow earlier this year. Hopefully, she will not need surgery to correct it but, so far, her injury is still causing problems. Taylor has been competing almost since her first class. Having gained a place on the Irish team, she has even had the chance to represent her country in the European Youth Olympics. Though many young boys and girls do leave gymnastics in their late teens, Taylor is more than determined to keep it up. Training for three or four hours seven days a week and for five or six hours nearer competitions, Taylor clearly has no ideas about quitting! Sheena McGuirk 5MK

Soccer: Dylan Turner Sport is a great hobby that many people share a passion for. In the case of Dylan Turner 1MDY, he not only has a passion but a great level of ability in his preferred sport, football. This ability has been recognised by some of the most respected and well known clubs in the world. Not only did Dylan receive trials for Manchester United, Manchester City and his favourite club, Liverpool, but he was called back for continued screening by all three of them. Along his travels he has met legends such as Kenny Dalglish and Zinedine Zidane. At just thirteen years of age these are very promising signs for the future. At the moment, Dylan plays for St. Joseph’s football club after moving from Carriglea at U10s. It is at Joey’s that Dylan was lucky enough to represent Ireland. The club won the Danone Cup; a national event the winner of which represents Ireland as the best club in the country. The international event was held in Poland during the summer and he told us that to represent his country was a massive honour for him. The youngest age group for proper national representation in football is u15 and Dylan certainly hopes to be in contention for one of those spots. He says his brother Jamie is the person he looks up to as he has given him invaluable advice over the years. Jamie was on the South Dublin Schoolboys’ League 8

team. The horizon looks bright for young Dylan, especially if he continues to develop his game as he has done to date. Andrew Ramsay 5CC & Nathan Huggins 5CC

Irish Dancing: Tiegan Byrne Tiegan Byrne (1SO), a member of Dawson Mc Donnell Irish dancing school, has been dancing since she was just over three years old. She started competing in class féiseanna (Irish dancing competitions) after a year or so, wearing the dress and colours of her dancing school. Soon after, Tiegan began competing in féiseanna throughout the country. In recent years, she has won prizes in the World, Dublin and Leinster Championships and the All-Irelands. In a sport where the girls g re atl y o utnumbe r the ir m al e counterparts (about 200 girls to 10 in the World Championships), boys definitely have the advantage come competition time. Though boys and girls dance separately, Tiegan explained that with fewer competitors, it can be easier for the boys to win. People often complain about the importance placed on image in sports but, as Tiegan explained, your dancing skills are the most important factor the judges consider when awarding prizes. However, with dresses costing a thousand euro and over, with wigs and glue to keep your socks up, image does play a role in this competitive sport. There are some rules though, such as dancers are not allowed wear makeup when competing until thirteen years of age. Tiegan has high hopes for her future in Irish dancing. Inspired by groups such as Prodijig (winners of the UK dance competition ‘Got To Dance 2012’), spending eight hours a week dancing, along with a féis almost every Sunday, Tiegan is determined to have a future career in performing and teaching Irish dancing Sheena McGuirk 5MK

Fencing: Felix Perrin At lunchtime on Friday I got a chance to catch up with Felix Perrin, an Irish fencer who competes nationwide. Felix is a First Year in Newpark who started fencing at age six. Like most young boys Felix dreamed of being able to replicate sword fights from his favourite TV shows in real life. Felix came across fencing in primary school

Make Sure You’re At the Races! when he discovered Pembroke Fencing Club in Ballsbridge. He took to fencing like a duck to water; he was trained by a Hungarian Olympian and before he knew it, was competing at the highest level of fencing in Ireland. I asked Felix does he one day hope to represent Ireland in fencing? Felix, a man of few words, replied “Yeah sure, why not”. Felix, who is still only twelve, has competed in the under 18s All Ireland fencing competition where he fought his way to an impressive third place. With such a talent for the sport I quizzed Felix whether he sees a career for himself in fencing, he once again replied “Yeah sure, why not”. I was interested to know if Felix would one day like to compete in the Olympics like his Hungarian fencing teacher. He thought about it for a minute, then replied “Yeah sure, why not”. While trying to get words out of Felix was like trying to get blood from a stone, he quite clearly has a flair for fencing and maybe one day we’ll catch a glimpse of this guarded individual on TV.

Friday 17th of May in C13 Trikes designed by Second Year Metalwork Race starts @ 1.30 sharp Come early to view trikes and place your bets! In aid of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

Nathan Huggins 5CC

First Year Newpark student Alex Perry is on her way to compete in the National Gymnastics Championships at the University of Limerick later this month following her excellent victories in the South Dublin Regionals last week. Alex won two gold medals for the Bars and the Floor exercises and a bronze medal for the Beam which sends her on her way to national glory. Alex is a member of Trojan Gymnastic Club and her favourite apparatus is the Bars in which she usually excels. She has previously won Irish Championship medals in the all round competition as part of the Trojan team. Mags Downes

A Word from the Editor Sixth Year Anna Moran (photographer) and Fifth Years Sheena, Erin, Chloe, Andrew and Nathan (reporters) all kindly agreed to work on the sports features in this newsletter. They took on multiple interviews and writing assignments at a very busy time of the year and did an excellent job. Thanks to all. Anna Moran has been a superb photographer for the newsletter over the past two years—she will be sorely missed. Any students interested in reporting or taking photos for the newsletter please contact me. We kept hearing of more Newpark students competing at the highest level. We missed international skier Cormac Comerford (out on TY activities) and also Jeff Fahy, a talented swimmer in Second Year who had great success this season in the in Germany—apologies to both and to anyone else we missed. Please let us know about your achievements so we can let Newpark know and cheer you on! Anna Johnston

The Sixth Year Graduation ceremony will take place on Weds 22nd of May at 8pm at St Philip and St James’ church on Cross Avenue All welcome!

Shave or Dye The Fifth Year LCVP class would like to say a big thank you to everybody who supported their Shave or Dye campaign earlier this year in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. The final total of all sponsorship money and donations came to a staggering €1,388! Thanks again and congratulations to all the participants.

First Year Bake Sale On Friday the 3rd of May First Year held a cake sale in the school. Lots of people came to buy our home-made cupcakes, cookies and giant biscuits. After all the hard work baking and setting up the sale we made €447. All the proceeds went to Alzheimers Ireland. The sale was a complete success. Many thanks to everyone who helped out. Aaron MacDonald, 1CQY

Maths Puzzler Solution Solution: It is impossible for the car to average 60 km/hour. To have this average speed the car would have to arrive at the bottom of the hill at the exact time it arrived at the top!

One More to Watch Out For


First Year Francophonie In March, a small group of First Years went to the IFI (Irish Film Institute) after winning a prize in the Francophonie competition online. We came second out of 126 teams (including 24 from I r i sh sc hool s ) . Once we arrived, we watched Le Tableau in a small cinema room that was especially for us. It is a movie about a man’s painting coming alive. The movie had sub-titles so that we could understand it all! A character from the painting comes out of the canvas and searches for the painter. It’s a beautiful and interesting “film d’animation”. After the movie, we went upstairs for some food and prizes. We got a croissant and a drink - it was really nice. We had great prizes: a certificate, a notebook and pens, a booklet and a membership to the Alliance Francaise. We were very happy and we had a good time. Thanks to Madame Berteloot for organizing the competition and for taking us to the ceremony. Merci aussi, L’Alliance Francaise et au service culturel de L’Ambassade de France. Jakob Stack-Kral 1MDY, Harry Clarke 1SO & Marie Arteaga 1 HG

Students Awarded DELF Last Friday, we were awarded our DELF diplômes, it was trés exciting. It was great to finally see the results of our hard work. Despite the long hours of torturous mock orals, reading comprehensions and endless vocab, we all agreed it paid off and will continue to pay off next year as we prepare for our Leaving Cert. The work required and the positive results have given us confidence in our abilities and an opportunity to be proud of our efforts. Finishing the DELF is both an accomplishment and a huge relief. Vive la France!

Vive Le Bon Roi!

During French week, a French theatre company came into Newpark and put on their production of Le Bon Roi (the good king). They put it on in the Hunter Theatre for First Y e a r a nd i t w a s v e r y entertaining. Even though it was hard to understand what they were saying sometimes you could get the gist (and we had studied it a bit in class in advance!). It was really educational and I really enjoyed it thoroughly. The actors interacted with the crowd very well. They were well rehearsed, there were nice props and it was funny (which is always good!). They also got the students involved with Sean Gul, Oliver Flitcroft, Gayle O’Farrell, Steven McCabe, Aisling Carton (and myself!) all taking part in this event. The play is about a series of unfortunate events that take place before the theatre company performs the Queen’s favourite play. It was a great way to learn French with a little bit of comedy thrown. All in all a fun learning experience. Ewan Ramsay 1SO & Megan Delaney 2JH

Felicitations a tous les eleves et tout particulierement aux eleves de 1st et 2nd year qui ont participe.Bravo Mme Berteloot

Kristin Nyquist 5PH/CE & Erin Jennings 5MT

This week, our French class received their certificates for the DELF examinations we did in January. It was a really good experience because we got to practise everything that will be in the Leaving Cert. Having this certificate will also be of great benefit in any future career we want to choose. I am glad we had this opportunity and I am looking forward to doing the next level next year. Yulia Baturova 4CB

Forty students in total (in 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th year) have passed and received their certificates this year. Félicitations Tous! Mme Berteloot et Mme Tessier


Antarctic Explorers, theatrical mayhem, French cuisine, crepes and café, events, competitions and prizes galore (even in the staffroom): great fun was had by all involved in French Week 2013

AILO Linguistics Olympiad Transition Year student Alice Hammon recently competed in the All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) final, finishing seventh overall. AILO is a fun and educational contest for Irish second level st ude nt s in which contestants compete in teams and as individuals to solve compelling and c r e a t i v e p uz z le s i n linguistics and computational linguistics. Winners of AILO are eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad, one of twelve international secondary school science Olympiads. To qualify for the final, Alice scored an impressive mark of 67.5 in the first round of the competition. To put Alice’s achievement in perspective, the minimum qualifying score was 38, and the maximum score achieved was around 73. Alice then joined 99 other students from throughout Ireland for the final, which took place at DCU on 20 March. Alice’s seventh place finish overall means she only narrowly missed being selected as one of four students to represent Ireland in the International Linguistics Olympiad, which will take place in Manchester, U.K. later this summer. However, AILO is open to secondary school students of all ages, so she will still have two more years where she is eligible to compete. Alice will receive a silver medal for her achievement this year, and the organizers have told her that they wouldn’t be at all surprised if she makes the team next year or the year after. Congratulations Alice, and well done for such a tremendous achievement! Ellen Lawless, Newpark Maths


On the of March I competed in the final round of AILO. I was delighted to come seventh in the country, but if I had been in the top four I would have got to represent Ireland in the International Linguistics Olympiad. I hope to do well enough for that next year. AILO, despite having linguistics in the name, is more about logic and code breaking than knowledge of languages. Some grammatical or linguistic knowledge can help, but it’s not necessary to solve the problems. The first round of AILO is open to everybody in secondary school in Ireland and you can register at their website or just google ‘ailo’ to find it. The top 100 or so from this round get through to the All Ireland final. Doing AILO was a great experience and it was really fun. It also felt pretty impressive to have been in the top 100 in Ireland. I’m definitely going to do it again next year. Alice Hamman 4SC

Junior Students Impress at HTAI History Quiz On the 29th of April 2013, four students from Newpark took part in a Junior Cert history quiz organised by The History Teachers Association of Ireland. We came fourth out of nineteen teams from schools all over Dublin. The team from Third Year comprised of Cillian O’Brien, Jonah Byrne, Claire Mullen and Ross Coleman and we went to Tallaght Community School accompanied by Ms Kennedy and Mr Twamley. There were ten rounds comprising of six questions in each with a break in between. Overall I think our team answered the questions competently, even though there were a few tough ones. On most rounds we scored full marks and for a while we were in joint first place with several other schools. Even though we came in fourth place it was a highly enjoyable experience and given the chance we would do it again. Ross Coleman 3SH/DMY This was the second annual Junior Quiz organised by the Dublin Branch of the History Teachers’ Association of Ireland. St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfordbridge won this very closely contended event. There had to be a tie breaker round for third place. Congratulations to this strong and committed team for representing Newpark so well dropping only six questions out of sixty and finishing three marks off the winning team. Mary Kennedy

First Year Maths Finalists Well done to Juan Carlos Molinas 1HG and Laura Kendrick 1HG who were finalists this year in the Irish Maths Teachers Association competition for First Year students in Ireland. Juan Carlos and Laura finished joint first place at Newpark in the first round of the competition, which all First Year students sat in March. Their high score secured them a place in the final at Mount Anville School on 26th April. The questions tested problem-solving ability and were very challenging, as all First Years in the first round can attest! Both Laura and Juan Carlos performed very well in the final, and they can be very proud of their achievement. Ellen Lawless, Newpark Maths


Newpark Prize-giving Summer 2013 Subject Awards MEMORIAL PRIZES Parker Memorial Prize for Music Manon Gevers Form 6 Parker Memorial Prize for Mathematics Myles Butler Wolfe Form 6 ME Devlin Memorial Prize for Engineering Ruben Collins Form 6 Wilkinson Memorial Prize for Art Manon Gevers Form 6 Phoebe Murphy Prize for Music Olivia Drennan Form 3 Kim Stevens Memorial Prize for Home Economics George Hannaford and Aura Jurciukonyte Form 6 Orna Lavin Memorial Prize for Chemistry Kieran Byrne Form 6 PTA SUBJECT PRIZES (prizes funded by the Parent–Teacher Association)

Languages, Arts and Religion Senior Irish Claudia Anderson Form 6 Junior Irish Lucienne Palmer Form 3 Senior English Klaudia Knyzewska Form 6 Junior English Chloe Smith Form 3 Senior French Adam Bielenberg Form 6 Senior French European Section Kieran Byrne Form 6 Junior French Tim Buggy Form 3 Junior French European Section Ross Coleman Form 3 Senior RE Sheena McGuirk Form 5 Junior RE Kirsty Nolan Form 3 Senior German Johanna O’Neill Form 6 12

Junior German Claire Mullen Form 3 Junior Art Sam Whelan Form 3 History and Geography Senior History Kieran Byrne Form 6 Junior History Jonah Byrne Form 3 Senior Geography Louis Nicolai Form 6 Junior Geography Ciara Grogan Form 3 Business Studies, Technology, Science, Maths, IT and Home Economics Senior Physics Oisin Lyons Form 6 Senior Biology Claudia Anderson Form 6 Junior Science Cillian O’Brien Form 3 Construction Studies Kwesi Fortune Form 6 Junior Material Technology Wood Aron Gordon Form 3 Junior Mathematics Jonah Byrne Form 3 Junior Metalwork Aron Gordon Form 3 Junior Home Economics Daniel Airey Form 3 Senior Economics Kieran Byrne Senior Business Bekkah Moloney Form 6 Junior Business Leo Kurevlov Form 3 Leaving Certificate Applied Highest Achievement Raymond Kelly Form 6

Newpark Prize-giving Summer 2013 ECA Awards Basketball

Senior Girls Rebecca McManus Form 6 Senior Boys Alex Courlander Whelan Form 6 Junior Girls Roisin Sheridan Bryson Form 4 Junior Boys Paul Biggs Maher Form 3

Most Improved Senior Sam Watts Form 5 Senior Rugby Cup Jamie Salinger Form 6

Leinster Schools: Congratulations to players who received caps for the Leinster ‘A’ Schools - Niall James, Aindriu Conroy Lennon, Jamie Salinger

Perpetual Trophy for outstanding achievement in sport

Leslie Van Hoey Smith Cup – Schoolgirl of the year Lorena Halpin Doyle Form 4

This award goes to a multi-talented and outstanding athlete. During her six years in Newpark she has been on Leinster Development squads in both tennis and hockey and has also donned the green jersey to represent Ireland on several girls’ soccer teams. She has earned an Elite Sports Scholarship to UCD.

Dennis English Crystal Herbie Fowler Hudson Form 3



Nigel Kingston Cup – Schoolboy of the year Andrew Ramsay Form 5

D. Richardson Cup Erin Jennings Form 5

Emily Cahill Form 6 Newpark Grand Master: Samir Kahvedzic Form 6


Classon Cup Rory Pang Form 5

Junior Drama Cian Malin, Form 3

Beattie Cup Ciara Young Form 3

Best comic/physical performer Fionn Russell, Form 6

MP Cullen Cup Tom Brophy Form 2

Senior Drama Isla Hoe, Form 6

T. Cooper Cup Aisling Grogan Form 2

Rhiannon Lee Doyle Award for outstanding contribution to the Arts

S. Cullen Cup Ella Walsh Form 1 J. Cole Cup Ewan Ramsay Form 1


Adams Cup Charlie Quirke Form 1 Most Improved Junior Paul Heywood Jones Form 2 Rossiter Perpetual Cup Tariq Carrigy Form 3

For a student who has been at the heart of every Newpark arts event. She is generous beyond belief with her time, creativity, energy and support for those around her. She is witty, insightful and talented with a flair and a love for music, drama, writing and visual art.

Madison Porter Form 6 Rebecca Little Award

This annual award was created some years ago by a group of Third Years in memory of a former student Rebecca Little, who died tragically aged 20. The First Years vote for a senior student who has been particularly friendly, helpful and supportive to them. Taylor Coyle presented this year’s award to

Róisín Burrington Form 6 Many thanks to parents Trish O’Leary and Fiona Keegan for

McAvoy Cup Luis Petit Form 4

presenting the Newpark awards this year.


Love to Read?

Students recommend ...

I know that lots of you love to read but so far only a small number of staff and students have shared their favourite reads. The school population reads very diverse books —the book recommendations currently on view in the library range from a book with no words to a book that was begun thousands of years ago. We would love to add more recommendations and keep the noticeboard changing—you can have your say by submitting a piece. I look forward to the recommendations flooding in after a relaxing summer filled with plenty of time to read! Have a great summer! Vicky Meredith

Second Year students (Sam Streek, Joel Troy-Barnes and Ryan Sheridan) recommended the following books: Life of Pi by Yann Martel is an encouraging story as it gives the message that it is possible to overcome problems, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney tackles teenage problems, Zom-B by Darren Shan is great for those who are into zombie stories, but also tackles serious topics like bullying and abuse. It carries some strong moral messages while showing the readers that it’s not good to keep things to themselves. It is sometimes better to ask someone for help. Several other students recommended The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chybosky, a book about someone who feels very lonely and doesn’t fit in. This book encourages teenagers who can identify with the situation to hang in there, as things will get better again. It also touches on many other topics like sexual confusion and love. Among other books that students found motivational were the following: Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton is a true story about a girl that didn’t let a shark attack (which left her disabled without a left arm) discourage her from pursuing her dreams. Chickensoup for the Teenage Soul is a mix of different stories every teenager can relate to and learn from. Chickensoup for the Girl’s Soul provides inspirational stories from girls on the topics of peer pressure, crushes, body changes, and friendship. And last, but not least, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: an inspiring, challenging novel for advanced readers interested in intersex and LGBT teenagers and Greek Orthodox (review by Isobel Hughes - Second Year). Thanks to all the students who helped compile this first shortlist of books that might empower other students. Elke MacEntee

Books to Empower People sometimes find themselves in a situation or mood that is difficult to deal with. We all at some stage experience the feeling that no one understands us, leaving us vulnerable, helpless and alone. Often these feelings and various other ones are well reflected in books, where the main character might experience similar situations or face familiar problems. To read about it can be empowering, as the reader might find him/herself inspired and motivated to overcome the obstacles in his/her life. During the process the reader might get ideas, find solutions or develop some coping skills in relation to the problem. Such inspiring books are for all age groups and can tackle topics like homosexuality, self harm, eating disorders and bullying to name but a few. Other themes include parental separation and not fitting in at school. Many books are written by authors who have actually experienced and struggled with these feelings themselves, which inspired them to write about it. Their stories can help others in many ways. We have quite a few books like this in our school library. One is Stereotype by Claire Hennessy. The book describes a girl’s feelings during the confusing teenage years. Even though the book’s main character had a good upbringing she is not really happy. She has troubles fitting in and socializing and wishes that she had a “real problem” so that her bad feelings (and self harming behaviour) would be justified. While struggling with her feelings and relationships she remains very well aware and reflects on her experiences. The author captures the thoughts of this girl in a very authentic way - probably because she was only seventeen herself when she wrote that book. The book is very motivational and uplifting and encourages teenagers to be themselves. If you think you know a book that other people could benefit from reading, please let me know. We can then add it to the list and see if it’s possible to get it for the library for student access. Elke MacEntee


Playing With Your Food! Wishing for some food, Rumbling sounds in my stomach. When will dinner be?

A golden baguette Crispy succulent chicken A dream wrapped in love.

Emptiness inside Tummies grumble quite loudly Craving something nice.

One toasted bagel, Filled with bacon and mayo Lettuce and tomato.

Like a tasty lunch? The spicy chicken with cheese Wrapped up in a roll.

One big doughy roll Filled with chicken and ketchup Sounds delicious to me!

A crispy baguette With bacon and sausages Hot from the oven.

Crumbly brown bread Ham and cheese and butter too Makes my mouth water.

Freshly baked sliced pan, Behold the Cajun chicken! Simple indulgence.

Crispy and tasty Little bit of cheese and crisps Small bit of butter.

Pain in my tummy. I long for food to stop it, Something fresh and sweet.

I have a problem: I enjoy eating rubber. It’s not too healthy As it sits in my stomach And gives me constipation.

Yellow and spiky So flavoursome when hungry Sweet and sour in one.

TY English 4AJ

Celebrating Difference Week Celebrating Difference Week took place in Newpark from the 22nd26th of April. We o r g a ni s e d seve ral events, some educational and others just for fun, to highlight the diverse s t ude nt b o dy of Newpark a nd to reinforce our welcoming school ethos. We placed a large World Map (and a smaller one of Dublin) in the C corridor, and invited all students to mark where they were from. A total of 37 countries were filled with brightly coloured pins, adding great life to the C corridor and emphasizing the cultural variation of our school. The Home Economics Department sampled food from many regions of the world. Each class was encouraged to embrace numerous ethnic cuisines during the week. I visited each First Year SPHE class to give a talk on my experience of being openly gay within Newpark. I wanted to highlight the true effects of bullying and act as a positive role model to those who may be struggling to accept their sexuality. I felt it was important to raise awareness of our responsibility, as Newpark students to cater and accommodate to the many diverse students attending our school.

A speaker from the Irish Wheelchair Association also visited the First Year SPHE classes to talk about his life story and raise awareness of issues relating to disabilities. Vanessa Lacey, from Transgender Equality Network Ireland talked to Fifth and Sixth Years during Lifeskills Class. She spoke about her experience as a transgender woman in Ireland and gave an interesting insight into her lifestyle. She highlighted common issues in Transgender culture such as social exclusion and lack of contact from family. To finish the week off on a happy note, the Art Department organised a parade during lunch time. On Friday. They incorporated bright colours, positive messages and intriguing masks to create a high bounce, fun-filled parade which has been labelled as Newpark’s Mardi Gras. It was important to have both educational and fun elements to the week, in order to highlight the effectiveness of our caring and friendly ethos but also to celebrate our unique and diverse student community. We, the students, are the ones that must uphold Newpark’s accepting ethos and reflect this in our behaviour. Celebrating Difference Week brought attention to the unity of Newpark, and encouraged an accepting atmosphere. Simon O’Leary, Head Boy

How about a Haiku? Did you know that one of our librarians, Mary White, is a prolific writer of Haiku? In this article she tells about her involvement with and love for this Japanese form of poetry.

summer dawn my tea bag seeping gold into the cup her dog’s ashes, blurry through her tears blossom buds clouds drift— painting mulberry shadows on the lee of the hill For ten years I have written Haiku, a short form of poetry which comes from a long tradition in Japan. It’s a deceptively simple form which requires adhering to rules; the most well-known of which is 5/7/5 syllables per line. However, in modern writing this is no longer a rule! A haiku is more than a snapshot which captures a moment in time. The essence of haiku is ‘kiru’ or cutting. This is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas.

Recently I did some work with a class of Transition Years who had written some Haiku with Anna Johnston. This had sparked many excellent Haiku to be written by her students.

The cherry blossom Blowing in the harsh cold wind Petals drifting down. This is a fine Haiku for spring 2013! The petals are so soft as they drift in the harsh wind. I am very actively involved with Haiku Ireland who meet once a month at the Silk Road Cafe at the Chester Beatty Library. I have been published in international Haiku journals and am working on my first solo collection. This May I am leading a Ginko which is a Haiku walk in Dun Laoghaire/ Sandycove taking in the market, the shore line and Joyce’s Tower. There will be much to inspire us in this area which is so rich in natural beauty, history, architecture and life! Mary White 15

Engineering Students Connecting with Europe Train for Europe – RELOADED is the largest multilateral Comenius project in Europe, comprising 25 schools from 23 European countries. Two Austrian and two German schools are involved and the others make up a geographical spread from Iceland to Turkey, from Lapland to Lisbon. By comparison, Newpark is in quite a central location and is the only Irish school participating in this innovative engineering programme. This project is a follow-up to the original Train for Europe which ran from 2007 – 2009 and won the European Charlemagne Youth Prize in 2010. It was planned in Hungary in December 2009 when a new resolution was drawn up. This resolution with its 27 points stated, among other things, that the existing partnerships would be consolidated and new partners encouraged to join the RELOADED project. The manufacturing would be based on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technology hence the title European CNC-Network. Four “work lines” would be established to deal with the various component parts: Locomotives, Undercarriages & Track, European Electronic Map and Supporting Educational Material. Funding was provided via our National Agency for Comenius projects, Léargas, primarily to enable “mobilities” by students. Newpark, through the coordinating teacher, John O’Neill, applied for 24 mobilities and in the end managed to provide 49. Six meetings were planned and held between November 2011 and April 2013. These were in Zagreb (Croatia), Lisbon (Portugal), Celje (Slovenia), Kuopio (Finland), St. Polten (Austria) and the final meeting shared between Bad Kreuznach (Germany), Luxembourg and Brussels. At the first meeting in Zagreb a common theme was adopted: “What we have done to connect people”. This was to be interpreted by each school and reflected in the design of their upper carriage. A minimum of ten upper parts were to be produced by each school and exchanged with other schools at the final meeting. Newpark students decided that our computer industries are how we have best connected people and represented the companies Google, Intel and Dell on the carriages. The final presentation took place in the European Parliament in Brussels on 10th April 2013. A total of 210 Teachers and Students from the “Train Family”, as it is affectionately known, were there. Every school presented their work in their native language and in English, which was the language of communication for the project. Each partner school was asked to invite their MEPs to attend on the day and we were delighted to have seven out of twelve Irish MEPs in attendance. They were Emer Costello, Jim Higgins, Liam Aylward, Pat the Cope Gallagher, Gay Mitchell, Marian Harkin, and Sean Kelly. The 16

twelve students and two teachers from Newpark were proud of the Irish representation who took time to view the project and meet all our students. One of the Newpark students, Isla Hoe, together with a German boy, was responsible for the organisation of the final presentation, which was a great success. John O’Neill, Engineering Teacher

The End of a Long Track! On the 5th of April, fourteen of us headed off to the final Train for Europe project. I didn’t really know what to expect—in the previous meetings we had done a lot of physical work and planning for the final presentation. Now here we all were with our ten (very original) wagons and, as we found out in the first meeting that night, there was still a lot of work to be done before the presentation in the EU parliament and in Germany. Colin, Jamie and I were asked to be part of the presentation committee. As some of the others were assigned to work with the setting up of the train tracks and lots of other work was going on, I went along to the first meeting. After a number of debates, a German guy called Matthias and I ended up running the next few meetings. The next few days went incredibly fast. Before I realised it both of us were in charge of setting up and running the whole presentation for Germany and the EU parliament. Even though it was quite challenging and sometimes stressful (as I suddenly found myself being asked questions everywhere), it was really rewarding to work with Matthias and some of the Swiss and German delegations. During the presentation, two people from each delegation had the chance to make a small speech about their country and their design for their carriage and then present it to everybody. After a number of ups and downs in Brussels and Germany both presentations went really well. The one in the EU Parliament was very nerve wracking but all in all it was an amazing experience. I got to work with some really nice and interesting people. None of this would have happened without the constant help from Mr O'Neill who organised the trips for us and was really brilliant and supportive. Isla Hoe 6PC

Island Hopping in West Coast Sunshine

Thirty Second Year students left Heuston Station at half seven on a cold Thursday morning in April, arriving in Galway at half ten. From there we took the bus to a tiny ‘airport’ where we were weighed and loaded aboard a plane to Inis Oirr. Each plane only fitted ten people and was noisy but great fun. We stayed in a hostel which was right beside the shore and just one minute’s walk from the beach. We were very lucky with the weather (plenty of people got sunburnt, including the teachers, although some of us remembered to bring our sun screen!) There were five teachers with us and we were assigned to groups of six students. Each group had to cook a different meal every day. There was a large living room where we all talked and had great fun playing cards and each evening we had a slice of cake and hot chocolate/tea before going to bed.

One group was on breakfast duty and had to serve everyone else between 8 and 9am. On Friday after breakfast we made a packed lunch and headed off on a five hour walk around the coastline of the island.

The weather was fantastic that day so after our walk (which included visiting a ship wreck, some currachs, the famous Karst landscape, a hidden church and endless stone walls) we went to the beach. The water was freezing: all I remember is the numbness in my body. The next day we took the boat to Inis Mór. We had our lunch and then took a bus up to Dún Aengus, a ring fort on the very edge of the cliff. We crawled to the edge of the cliff one by one where we looked over. The drop, the sea and the cliffs all looked incredible. The tour bus then took us back to the harbour. It was a great way to see the island in such a short space of time.

Back on Inis Oirr that night we had a small (ish) project to do. This was based on activities we had done on the island to see how much we had actually learned and remembered over the few days. On the last day we got the plane back to the mainland and a bus back to Galway where we had lunch and then got the train back to Heuston Station. We arrived back at half seven exhausted, but full of lots of great fun memories. It was a great experience and thanks to all the teachers for organising it. Fionn O'Sullivan 2 GC


Highlights of Transition Year 2012-2013 I think Transition Year is a really positive and enjoyable experience. You learn a lot about yourself and other people. It gives you the time and space to make new friends and gather more life experiences. I loved doing Phantom of the Opera so much because of all the people involved. It gave me a chance to meet new people from all of the different years. Performing it was so much fun – it put me out of my comfort zone because I hadn’t done any plays or musicals since primary school but that just made it more exciting. I also loved doing the Bands gig. Firstly because I really enjoy music. Secondly because it gave us all a great opportunity to share our own songs that we had written as well as our covers of wellknown songs. I was put out my comfort zone here too because I sang Teenage Kicks. I’ve never sung in front of that many people before—it was so much fun though! Definitely my highlights—both were amazing experience and ones that don’t happen every day. Anna Richardson 4CBR

Transition Year was good for me. My two favourite experiences were working at a Bookshop/ Café and going to Gartan. Now I know I can manage five days away without family very well. My favourite course was probably Film Studies because we watched a lot of great films I had never seen or even heard of before. They gave me a good idea of what more adult and not teenage films are like. Kevin Doherty 4SCO I really enjoyed Drama for my Work Area. It was for four periods on Friday mornings. This was a fun and interesting class and I wish it could be included in school from First to Sixth Year. The group of people was really good and I felt very comfortable there. It was a very energetic and creative environment. Doing improvs was my favourite part because they’re always so much fun and really funny. Sinéad Gallagher 4SCO

Gartan was definitely the highlight. It was so much fun. We got to know everyone in our forms better, bonded as a group and had a great time. I did sports I had never done before. It didn’t matter that the weather wasn’t good, we still enjoyed ourselves. Philosophy was a favourite class for both of us. Unfortunately each group only did it for one module – it should be an option for the whole year because it didn’t feel like enough time. Every class was so interesting and different. It always made me think. I learnt a lot about what life might be. Christine O’Neill 4CR & Eleanor Kellett 4CR


I liked the Bands Work Area. I really enjoyed being able to jam with my friends in school. I also really enjoyed writing our own songs and performing in front of the whole year at the final lecture. Harry Jones 4CBR

I really enjoyed the Anthropology module of History. It was about humanity’s origins and spread through the world. Everyone in the class really enjoyed it – even those who don’t enjoy history much. I think next year it should be an arts option so that more people could take it during the year. Rob Hennessy 4CB I found TY Science interesting – the experiments, watching a film about Africa, studying infections and diseases. The best lectures were the talent show and the rock concert. The other lecture I found interesting was about a woman going on a trip to the Arctic, but the disgusting part was about eating a whale. The most fun thing I did was the art parade during Celebrating Difference Week. I was dressed as a half werewolf figure. Everyone’s faces were painted and covered with glitter. Then we paraded around the school two or three times. It was loads of fun— everybody was taking photos of us. I think that was the best day in my life. Alexis Fitzgerald 4SCO

I really loved Surfdock [kayaking, windsurfing and paddle-boarding at Grand Canal Dock] because it was something you would only really do if someone else organised it! I learnt loads of skills. Kate Whelan 4TC I think Transition Year is good because you learn more different skills. I liked my Community Action every Tuesday with Bobby the caretaker. When you do this it gives you experience all year round. In Gartan you start to know a lot about your friends because you do activities with them and a lot of teamwork. I liked that you get to know all different stuff like Chinese, Japanese or you can do song writing. I really liked some of the Science too. John O’Connor 4SCO

I liked the fact that we did Driver Theory for a module because I’m interested in driving and it made me want to go and do my test. We answered questions in class and at the end had a mock theory test which I passed—that was great. Advice I’d give to Third Years? Keep on top of your folder-work! There’s nothing worse than leaving it all till the night before the deadline and pulling an all-nighter to finish it! Shauna Moran 4CD

Transition Year was one of the best experiences of my life. When people tell you that it is a “doss year” this is completely untrue. It is not however a year of work. It is a year of trying new things and tying new bonds. From Surfdock to Chinese I found that I was always busy and always happy. Max Goldman 4CBR

Transition Year 2012-2013 School Bank

Business Pioneers The Transition Year business class went on a trip to Pioneer Investments Company for mock interviews last month. One of their employees, Fiona, had come to Newpark at the start of the Module to help prepare us for the working world. We worked on our CVs with her, as well as group work and preparation for the TY mock interviews.

As part of our TY business class this year, we set up a school bank with Bank of Ireland. We were interviewed by two Bank of Ireland managers for the bank positions. I was given the position of Assistant Manager, Charlie was the manager, Bianca and Cal were Audit Specialists, Emma and Sadhbh were Customer Service and Hannah was the Marketing and Sales Manager. We hosted the school bank in the canteen. After three days we had opened over eighty active accounts. To promote opening a bank account with Bank of Ireland we held a draw for an iPad mini and Leinster rugby tickets. It was a great experience to be a part of a school bank and I think it would be a great opportunity for any Transition Year students next year in business class. Arman Hanley 4CR

Transition Year Bands present Transitions—a compilation of eight original songs written and performed by the students as part of a project with musician Daniel Jacobson. CD launch at TY Graduation

6.30pm in the Hunter Theatre, Friday 24th May. Pre-orders available from Ms Glancy at ethel.glancy

Fiona very kindly invited us to Pioneer Investments to get a feel for the business world. On Thursday morning we got up very early, put on our fancy suits and headed off to Tara Street Dart Station to meet our teacher. When we got to the company we were all very impressed by the modern look of the building: suddenly we felt nervous! We were brought into the board room where the management meetings are held. The view from the room was amazing - we were lucky to see Dublin from such an place. Fiona told us how the day would go and gave us interview times. We had to wait in the meeting room until our interviews. I was last, which was very nerve wracking because I had to hear feedback from everyone else before I got to go in myself. After a long wait, my time came. I went into the room next to us and saw two people sitting down at a table evaluating something. I politely introduced myself and shook hands with both of them. When I sat down the first question was: “Have you done anything like this before?” Straight away I told them about Interview Day at Newpark and other interviews I have done. After a few minutes the interview was flowing. They were very curious and interested in my CV which gave me self-confidence straight away. The interviewers were surprised at the level of maturity our class had in interview - very good feedback for us! I was very happy with my interview and very excited that I had the opportunity to do it. Bianca Scortanu 4TC


4TC in Gartan—May 2013

My form, 4TC, had an amazing time in Gartan adventure centre in Donegal as part of the Transition Year programme. We did a wide range of activities despite having only four days rather than the usual five due to Monday being a bank holiday. The activities included archery, not my strong point but all the same enjoyable! Rock-climbing was good fun but you definitely felt the burn afterwards. The Egg Challenge was an unusual one: each group had to create an object out of straws, tape and paper to cradle an egg and prevent it from cracking when dropped from different heights. It was g r e a t “crack” (excuse the pun— especially because my group (Chickens Can Fly!) won. The Nightline was something else—trudging 20

blindfolded in a line through muck while more muck and water were flung at you— scary but unique and rather entertaining! Thanks Ms Cooper (Coops) and Ms Harris

(Haribo) for bringing us and a special thanks to Ports (our main instructor in Gartan) for making Gartan what it is. Aoife Jungmann 4TC

Inside the Institute of Molecular Medicine In April I took part in a one week TY programme in the Institute of Molecular Medicine on the St. James’ Hospital campus. There is both research and education going on in the IMM which is part of Trinity College. There were eleven Transition Year students doing the programme. On the first day we had a tour of the building and people in the different labs told us about the kind of research they did. It was really interesting because the only science labs I have ever seen are the ones we have in school. One thing that surprised me about the labs was the lack of emphasis on hygiene. We had to wear white coats and gloves when we were in the labs but most of the people that were working there just wandered round in their casual clothes with no white coats or gloves. On Monday we got to do an experiment ourselves. We collected cells from the inside of our cheeks and then went through the whole process of purifying them. Unfortunately when we got to measuring how much DNA we had the machine said that all our samples were too low because they were too dilute. This was a bit disappointing but I really enjoyed the experiment and it was a great novelty to be able to use all of the high-tech equipment In the afternoon we went to a lunchtime seminar for the medical students about autism. It was really interesting because the speaker was involved in a research in that area and he was talking about his findings and results. The lecture was really interesting and it was a new experience for me to be in a proper college lecture. Before we went home we had a talk about drugs and head shops. The information was good but every time one of us made a statement the lecturer told us why we were wrong and made us feel awkward. Nobody wanted to make any comments because they didn’t want to be embarrassed in front of everybody but then he was giving out because nobody was saying anything! It was good in a way to see there will always be some teachers and lecturers that you don’t like for one reason or another. The next morning we had an interesting talk about patents. They explained the process of patenting a scientific discovery or new drug. A patent lasts for twenty years but by the time a new drug is actually on the market there are only five or six years left of the patent. After that pharmaceutical companies can start making generic version of the drug. For the rest of the day we had three different lectures: one on t-cells (a type of white blood cell), another on immunology and the last about bugs and bacteria. All three were really interesting. I learned loads of new things including how you get MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis. The talk on

immunology was given by a past pupil of Newpark. On Wednesday went to CRANN which is the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices above the Science Gallery on Pearse Street. We had a really interesting talk on Nano science and then a tour of the building. We got to see some really expensive microscopes and measuring devices. On Thursday afternoon we got to do an experiment. This was probably my favourite part of the week because it was really hands on as well as interesting. The man who did it with us said that it was a simplified version of an experiment he had just done with the medical students! The experiment was to show us the process that pharmacists have to go through each time they discover a new drug. I learned that cancer is so hard to treat because there are extra proteins in the cancer cells. The proteins do not want foreign substance entering the cell (i.e. drugs) so they remove it. The experiment we did showed the pH needed for aspirin to get into cells. On Friday we had a tour of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute. The tour was really interesting and they also told us about some of the research that goes on there. I learned that they are currently doing medical trials using minute worms that are put into your body and can potentially cure asthma and type 1 diabetes. When we got back to the IMM. at St. James’ we had a tour of the radiotherapy labs and a talk on radiotherapy. On the tour of the labs we got to see some lung cancer cells under the microscope which was amazing. This was one place where the hygiene levels were extreme because obviously you do not want to come into contact with cancer cells. Another lab that had strong hygiene levels, though not as strong as the cancer lab, was the lab where they were researching HIV. This week was a great experience. The whole week was really interesting and gave me an insight into that area. I learned so much and some of the things we learned will be really useful in the future like in the Leaving Cert science courses. One downside to the week was that the college exams were on so we couldn’t see some of the places we were supposed to see like the medical school, the immunology clinic in the hospital or the fake patients that the students practice on. I would have really liked to see these things but unfortunately we couldn’t What I have taken from this week is that I don’t think that working in a lab is for me—mainly because you are so isolated all the time and there are not many people around you. I think that I would also find researching the exact same specific thing for your whole career a bit tedious. I did find this week really interesting and beneficial though and if this programme is on again next year I would definitely recommend it to other TY students. Alicia Reid 4CR 21

Time to ALTAR the Curriculum?! “There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace amongst the religions without dialogue between the religions and there will be no dialogue between the religions without investigation of the foundation of the religions.” Thus Shauna Moran, Newpark’s brilliant first speaker in the recent MC3 debate against CBC Monkstown, opened our argument supporting the motion that “religion should be compulsory in schools.”

The scene was Knox Hall, Monkstown, the date Tuesday 16th April 2013. Dressed to impress (take a look at that photo!) our seven strong team of myself, Aaron McLoughlin, Sinéad Gallagher, Aaron Williams, Emma Gordon, Shauna Moran and Alice Hamman, embraced wholeheartedly the challenge of arguing that we should all be learning about religion in school. We had good support—Ruari Quinn, our Minister for Education T.D, is on our side. He says that “all schools in Ireland should teach about religion, beliefs and ethics given the history of our Island”. He thinks our school system should “reflect the richness of diversity of beliefs, values and faith systems of all our citizens,” and we in Newpark can totally identify with this. After all, we thought, that’s what we do in Newpark everyday. So we were convinced—but we had to win over the judges to our excellent arguments. Newpark’s second speaker Aaron Williams spoke very convincingly about how Ireland is an increasingly multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-faith state and our education system should reflect this. “Education is supposed to prepare us to live in our society and in our communities and religion is part of our community, whether we like it or not. 63% of schools in Ireland have students who come from outside of Ireland and who profess at least five different faiths. Is it really acceptable that we remain ignorant of these faiths and all the influences they hold over the people who profess them if we want to call our country progressive?” Aaron asked the captivated audience. Emma Gordon, Newpark’s inspiring third speaker, then outlined what we actually learn in religion class—we reckoned this was probably different to what the older generations in the audience learnt in their day. 22

“What we learn in religion class these days is not doctrinal, we learn how religion has influenced us and the society we live in, both historically and culturally. Ethics, morality and respect constitute a big part of our religious education in school. I defy the opposition to prove how this type of objective instruction about religion can be wrong?” Emma demanded of the audience. Newpark’s final speaker, the ever articulate Alice Hamman, spoke about how a new attitude to religious education has come about because of 9/11, where religion has re-emerged on the world stage in a negative way. “Many people now regard religion as a source of conflict and violence that needs to be managed. But the Swiss philosopher Hans Kung believes that religion is a force for good and so do we in Newpark. Religion has the capacity to be a binding force in society and provides meaning to us, it creates a sense of community and encourages us to protest against injustice,” said Alice. “We have to ask ourselves, do we really want to replicate the scenario in America where high school students are prevented from observing a moment of silence meant for prayer or personal reflection at the start of each school day because religion is seen as a dividing coercive influence. The message here seems to be—if you want to personally reflect on anything, do it in your own time, not in school! How can being ignorant of religious issues be helpful to promote the understanding, tolerance and the critical understanding that we all should have if we want to fully contribute to our modern society?” concluded Alice, to great applause from a convinced audience. And so the debate ended and while the judges absented themselves from the room to decide on the winners, it was accepted we had won the popular vote of the audience, all of whom were very impressed by our arguments and complimented us afterwards. However, the judges didn’t concur and unfortunately we lost. I think what stood out for us the most on the night is that religion is probably taught very differently in the two schools, despite a common curriculum, and that we in Newpark really enjoy religion classes. This is a testament to our great religion teachers and how they make religion really interesting and relevant for us. We would like to thank Ms Downes for all her hard work preparing us for the debate and getting our tee-shirts printed up and Ms Harris for all her support. We really enjoyed the experience and learnt lots, irrespective of the result. We would really encourage everyone to become involved in school activities such as these. To conclude, “either Christ came to save man, died on the cross and rose on the third day, or he was a crazed, before-his-time, hippy with a crucifixion complex who succeeded in duping twenty billion people over 2,000 years?” What do you think? Charlie Banks 4CBR

TY Bands Concert

A Friendly Chess Skirmish?

On Tuesday 30th April, Transition Year had the annual Bands “lecture” where the Fourth Year Work Area bands perform for the rest of the year group. We set up the lecture hall ourselves, which proved to be a tricky job given that we had to carry a piano and a drum set from the music room to the theatre, but we got it sorted out in the end. At 11.45, the lecture began when Seán and I introduced the first band—The Volatiles. They played four songs—three covers and one original called Under Your Wing. They performed really well and it was a great start to a great lecture. Then Robert Traynor (from the song writing class) performed a very impressive drum solo that he had written himself. The next band to take to the stage was Bassix. They started off with an original take to the song Valerie by Amy Winehouse using only drums and vocals. It added a really cool and fresh sound to a well-known song. They also played three other songs—including two originals. After Bassix, it was Alice Hammon’s turn, (also from the song writing class) who sang a very powerful song that she had written herself. Next up, was my band Mahogany Hearts. We performed three songs—two originals and one cover. I felt it went pretty well—we definitely performed better than we practiced! Then our other band This is Yellow played a song that we had written in song writing class. The last band to perform was The Here After There. They played four songs—including two originals. They were absolutely brilliant and they definitely finished the lecture on a high. Overall, it was an amazing day and a great experience. I wish I could do it again! Thank you so much to Ms Glancy for giving us the opportunity to do this gig and to Ms Fitzpatrick and the form teachers for helping to organise the lecture. Also, a big thanks to all our classmates for listening and cheering us on!

On the 27th of February, in A9, a friendly chess ‘skirmish’ between Newpark and St David’s school was organised by Mr Power. The goal was to promote a sportsmanlike attitude in a competitive environment.

Finally, a massive thank you to professional musician and producer Daniel Jacobson who has been coming into our Friday classes to record our songs (which will be released on our compilation album— launch 24th May). Be sure to get your copy! Anna Richardson 4CBR


Newpark`s representatives were: Samir, Aedan, Sean, Sheena, Rose, Josh, Peter, Jacob, Vladyslav, Kacper and Benedec. St. David’s line up consisted of Jamie, Patrick, Matthew, Cian, Sean and Corbin. The tournament started quite equally with St David’s winning the first game and Newpark grabbing the second. From that point on St David’s performed spectacularly and took the advantage in the next six games. It was time to step up the play for Newpark. The next game was won by our team and the battle lines changed with Newpark getting five much needed wins. Unfortunately, St David’s showed their real potential once again and extended their lead in the last three games. The final score was 11:6 to St David’s school. In between games players had a chance to socialise, play a game of suicide chess or trade strategies. After an hour and a half of play the tournament was over and winners were congratulated. Well done to both teams! Kacper Twardowski 3HH

Fancy playing Tag Rugby? Newpark teachers Ms Cloney, Ms Costello and Ms Meredith as well as Transition Year students S h a u n a Moran and R ó i s í n Sheridan Bryson played for Old W e s l e y Ladies Tag Rugby team this season. Mr Adams coached this very successful side. If any students or parents fancy playing tag rugby and having fun while keeping fit next season please contact Mr Adams. Andrew Adams

PTA News The big news from the PTA is the Buy a Brick Build a Future campaign organised by the fundraising subcommittee. By now you should all have received texts and emails about the campaign, if not please visit http:// or send a cheque to the school made payable to Newpark Comprehensive School PTA. Your support is absolutely vital in our aim to raise €35,000 to be spent on a million and one different things for the new school building. We would like to thank the parents who have worked so hard on getting this off the ground and we would like to thank in particular David Furney of RRD for supplying the banner which many of you may have seen on the wall at the entrance to the school. It looks great. This term the PTA purchases for the school have been a new wireless printer for the school nurses and also the WiFi network in the Red Brick Building has been upgraded. A position on the Board of Management has become available. It is for a female parent/ guardian representative on the board. All the relevant notices will be sent out soon, so if you are interested please keep an eye on the website and school texts and emails for the notification. Another job up for grabs at the beginning of next year is the running of the Lost Property. After many years in the school Liz and Helen’s children will be leaving this year and the Lost Property will need a new team of people to run it. A huge thank you to Liz and Helen for all their hard work and dedication over the years on the PTA: you will be missed next year. Keep an eye out for details of our Donation/Swap afternoon of school uniforms. We are hoping to run it on Thursday May 30th from 3pm to 5pm in the school. Texts and emails will issue with the details closer to the time. Phoebe Crowe, PTA

Please, please support our

Buy a Brick - Build a Future campaign for our new school building

Lost Property The PTA. would like to remind all pupils that Lost Property is open four times a week. Please come along and check if anything that may have gone missing over the year is there. We have coats, hoodies, T-shirts, swimming stuff, hockey equipment, text books, pencil cases, hats, gloves and uniform items. Parents: please “gently” and “lovingly” remind your kids to come along and have a look!! Could everyone please make a New (School) Year’s Resolution to have EVERYTHING NAMED for 2013-14. Then we can return lost things to their rightful owners. We will be clearing out the room at the end of this academic year.

Reading for Pleasure:

Book in the Bag

There’s lots of research which shows a strong correlation between reading competency and high academic achievement and with this in mind we set about encouraging our students in First Year to read more. We realised the key to success would be to make books they would enjoy available to them through the school library. In a survey the students informed us of their reading habits and with the help of our Librarian, Laura Martin, we stocked the library with the books they expressed a desire to read. Laura was run off her feet with all the First Years joining the library and borrowing books on a regular basis. Many students also enjoyed using the comfortable reading area in the back of the library during break times and before school. English teachers gave students time to read and other class teachers allowed students to read when they’d finished a set task. Some wrote reviews for the notice board and it was great to see students argue about whose turn it was to borrow a much coveted book next! We surveyed the students again at Easter and were delighted to find that 66% of them reported reading for pleasure on a regular basis, up 10% from the initial survey. The guidance department will soon re-test reading ability to ascertain the impact of the initiative on this. We will continue this initiative next year for this year group and roll it out for next year’s First Year students. I know Christmas is a long way off but remember that books (or maybe even a Kindle?) make excellent presents! Twila Cooper

Newsletter team: Anna Johnston, Mags Downes & Mary Kennedy Sports Feature: Photographer Anna Moran, Reporters Andrew Ramsay, Nathan Huggins, Sheena McGuirk, Chloe O’Hara and Erin Jenni ngs Thanks to all our contributors this month Please email contributions for the next issue to


Newpark newsletter may 2013  

This is the Newpark newsletter for May 2013

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