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All-Ireland School Champions 2013
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contents 3 | Editorial 4 | Mr Peter Fraser ALL THE LATEST
4 | School News
Catch up on everything you missed this term
Friendship Day celebrations covered in full on pages 10-11 FEATURED
10 | Friendship Day
12 | All-Ireland Hockey
A profile of Mr Peter Fraser, our new Headmaster, starting January 2014.
16 | Student Writing 20 | SACA
24 | Uganda Trip 2013
One pupil’s account of her experiences in Uganda and some stunning images courtesy of Mr Micallef.
28 | Model United Nations 30 | Seamus Heaney
Catch up on all the latest accounts from this year’s MUN trips so far.
31 | Retirements 32 | Intercultural Week 34 | Debutantes’ Ball
Lee Boorman in pensive mood at this year’s RRSMUN FEATURED
A tribute to Mrs Drumm and Mrs Whisker who retired recently.
Grapevine Staﬀ Grapevine Coordinator Mr C Hamill Editor-in-Chief Saibh McCaffrey Head of Layout & Design Dara Ó Cairbre
Managing Editor: Jack Heron Designers: Thomas Harley, Shane Hynes, Niki Ghai, Liadh Blake
Photographers Ms Jennings, Mr Micallef, Saibh McCaffrey, Mr Hehir, Suleman Kahn, Anne Wambua
Journalists: Thanks to: Saibh McCaffrey, Molly O’Gorman, Mrs Kirby, Mr Agnew, Ms JenAleca Roantree, Jack Heron, Tom nings, Mr Micallef, Ms Chapman, Heron, Harry Deacon, Béibhinn Ms Ryan, Mr Thomas, Mr Hehir, Campbell, Oisín Nolan, Sally O’Connor, Thomas Harley, Renad Sally Walker Saleh, Anna Birbeck, Anne Wambua
EDITORIAL Our ﬁrst term of the new school year is ﬁnally coming to an end. Exams are ﬁnished, classes are nearly over and everyone is planning for the Christmas break. I hope that the ﬁrst term went well for each of you. This new school year has brought some changes with it. Last year we said farewell to our headmaster, Mr. Godsil, who had been at this school for just over three decades, with twenty-two of those years as Headmaster of the College. Now we are under the guidance of our own Ms. Kirby as Acting Principal, until the spring term, when a new headmaster will take over. We will soon be welcoming Mr. Fraser as this new headmaster, and we are sure that he will help the College to continue to thrive over the coming years. Now, as always, this term has been extremely busy and we have lots of news to ﬁll everyone in on. And not just from in the College, but from outside of it as well. St Andrew's has been full of fun during this winter term. Not only did our senior boys’ hockey team win their fourth All-Ireland Schoolboys Championship (and congratulations to the entire team and their coaches for that amazing achievement), but we have also been granted the honour of being the ﬁrst school in Ireland to put on a production of Chicago as our musical. Auditions for Chicago have already taken place and rehearsals are underway. And from what I've seen so far, it's certainly looking like it will be a show to remember. During this school term, we have heard a lot of talk in the media concerning many well known public ﬁgures. Unfortunately, it was the sad news of their passing that the media was covering. We have all taken a moment to remember these people, such as Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa. And, of course, our own Seamus Heaney, the beloved Irish poet and playwright. Other developments of note included the College's ﬁrst Friendship Day, and of course the library's new look and facilities. We have also enjoyed our annual Intercultural Week and International Night, proving once again how diverse and talented the student body of this school truly is. And the Model United Nations has, of course, brought honours to the school during this term alone, with several Outstanding Delegate and Delegations awards for the College in all of the debates. So have a great holiday, a merry Christmas and a happy 2014 to you all. Enjoy the break from homework and exams, and we'll see everyone again in January for a new year!
A welcome to our new headmaster - Mr Peter Fraser
As the ﬁrst school term draws to a close, so too does Joan Kirby’s term of oﬃce as Acting Principal. Staﬀ, students and parents have been unanimous in their praise for the quiet, calm and understated way she has administered the College since the beginning of August. Running a large school like St Andrew’s is a daunting proposition but, as expected, Joan demonstrated that she was more than equal to the task. The whole school community congratulates her on her fantastic work. However, now that Mrs Kirby is preparing to make her exit, it is time to sneak a look at the person who is waiting in the wings, ready to make his entrance as our new Headmaster in January: Mr Peter Fraser. Peter was born in the Windy City, otherwise known as Chicago, where his father lectured in chemistry and his mother was a research chemist. His family lived in the US and Canada until the mid-sixties when they returned to England where Peter completed his secondary education in London at Latymer Upper School and subsequently at Poole Grammar School in Dorset, a school known for the emphasis it places on excellence in mathematics. With A-levels in maths, physics and chemistry under his belt, he then headed oﬀ to Oxford where he studied Engineering Science at Pembroke College – a college which can boast of having among its alumni Samuel Johnson, the compiler of the ﬁrst dictionary of the English language. After graduating from Oxford with a ﬁrst class degree, Peter set his sights on teacher training at Exeter University. There, in addition to his studies, he found time to represent the university in football and cricket, two sports which remain keen interests to this day. Peter’s introduction to teaching saw him take up a post at the prestigious Marlborough College, where he taught chemistry, physics and maths. He also coached rugby, football and cricket. After a number of years here, he moved to Bradﬁeld College, also a co-educational boarding school, where he was Head of Physics and a housemaster responsible for seventy boys in House on the Hill.
In 1997, Peter bid farewell to England and he spread his wings in the direction of South America where he took up the position of Deputy Headmaster of St Paul’s, a British co-educational day school in São Paulo, Brazil. Three years later, he was back in Britain where he was appointed Headmaster of Stamford School, an independent boys’ school in Lincolnshire that was established in 1532. After ﬁve years in Stamford, Peter moved to Colston’s School in Bristol, renowned for its success in rugby and excellence in drama and theatre studies.
Now, after eight years as Headmaster of Colston’s, Peter has decided to take up a new challenge and is once again preparing to leave the UK, this time in the direction of Dublin. We look forward to the arrival of a new principal, someone with an obvious wealth of experience in so many areas. Over the years, in addition to maths, physics and chemistry, Peter has also taught a number of IB subjects including the Theory of Knowledge and supervised the writing of extended essays. He has also found the time to contribute regularly to a number of newspapers and publications on educational matters, still involves himself in rugby, football, cricket and ﬁves (a sport that resembles handball), and maintains an interest in classic cars (with a particular fondness for MGs), photography, cosmology and theoretical physics. We feel conﬁdent that with such a polymath at the helm, the future of St Andrew’s is in safe hands for many years to come. We wish Peter and his wife, Sara, the very best of luck as they join the St Andrew’s community and we extend an Irish welcome: céad míle fáilte.
Mr Fraser writes frequently for the press on educational matters. Here are a few selections from some recent articles.
On the need for parents to avoid being over-protective… …Children should not be overly protected but allowed to experiment and even to fail. The experience and analysis of disappointment builds strength and grit – qualities often lacking in children who are high achieving. In our complex, competitive and rapidly changing world, young people need to possess self- knowledge and self -conﬁdence if they are to be able to meet challenges creatively.
On exam pressures... There is no doubt that those entering the modern world of work need to be able to respond to change, learn new skills and work collectively as part of teams. A quality education informs and enriches personal development, providing a platform for the development of core skills…We need to pay more attention to the educational experience provided by schools and colleges, and for this to inform our systems of assessment. I fear that we are failing to equip and skill young people for their futures which will not, in reality, be deﬁned by examinations...
On cyber-bullying... …It has become increasingly common for children to have internet-enabled phones, and hand-held technology will in time revolutionise the educational experience. But technology is easily misused, and it is naïve to expect children to fully appreciate the power of immediate, high speed digital communication. It falls to parents to ensure that their children understand that the internet, for all its beneﬁts, is potentially dangerous and damaging…Without this, cyber-bullying will become a social disease without a cure. 5
latest... Second Year Geography Trip In geography, we had been covering the topic ‘The Work of Moving Ice’. It was a bright September morning when we were told about a ﬁeld trip to Glendalough to see what we were studying ﬁrst hand. After months of lovely summer weather we were unfortunate that Mother Nature chose the day that my group were to go on the trip to catch up on some well overdue rain. Glendalough is an excellent example of a monastic settlement and a glaciated valley. It has long been an area renowned for its natural beauty and history and it is one of the most visited places in Ireland. We started with a walk along the upper lake, stopping to admire and examine the many geographical features. The geography teachers accompanying us enthusiastically pointed out rock specimens, tree types and examples of glacial erosion, bringing our textbooks to life. We had lunch at the picnic area, everyone scrambling for shelter out of the rain and jostling in the queue for the ﬁsh and chip hut. After lunch, we explored the ruins of St. Kevin’s 6th century monastic site, the most impressive structure being the Round Tower, which stands thirty metres high. Tired and weary, we headed home at the end of the day and all agreed that despite the weather we still had an interesting and informative day out. Harry Deacon
Samuel Egan and James Meiers
Swimming Champions Congratulations are due to two extremely talented swimmers, Samuel Egan and James Meier. Samuel, a second year pupil, managed the remarkable feat of winning three medals at the Leinster Gala that was held in the National Aquatic Centre in October. In his three races, he won two gold medals for freestyle and backstoke, and a bronze in the medley. This was only his second gala performance in Ireland and represents a magniﬁcent achievement for him. James (3McA) also came away from the event with some impressive silverware – a silver medal in the freestyle, no less. We wish them both continued success.
James Meier (3McA) was the other student who won a Silver Medal , Free Style at the National Aquatic Centre on Sunday 20 October 2013.
Trinity entrance awards 2013 The following students from St Andrew’s College have been selected for an Entrance Exhibition Award to Trinity College Dublin. We congratulate these award winners and wish them continued success in the future. Molly Whelan Alice O’Sullivan Kyle Frohna Lucy MacDonald Emily Westrup Ely Power Ian Harper Andrew Dowd Grace Rothwell-Kelly Ellen Coll
Anyone who has popped their head around the library door recently will know that things have changed dramatically this term in terms of décor and facilities. The new colour scheme is the first thing that strikes you – bright reds, blues and yellows give a really welcoming feel to the place. New modular tables and chairs have been introduced that allow for much more group work and increased capacity. In all, about forty-five pupils can be seated now at any one time, a considerable increase on last year.
A second improvement is the availability of twenty-four MacBook Pros, an increase of twelve on last year’s number. These are available to all students from Second Year on, but for use only in the Library itself.
According to Ms Ryan, our librarian, feedback on the new design has been extremely positive. In addition to the investment in MacBooks and DVDs, the library is, of course, constantly expanding its stock of books and magazines. With approximately 17,000 items currently available there’s bound to be something there to interest everyone in the school. Fans of graphic texts will be delighted to learn that, thanks to a generous gift from the PTA, there are some forty beautifully produced books now available, ranging in subject from economics through Romeo and Juliet to adventure. The Library is open from 8am to 6pm every day, so head on down and check it out.
CHICAGO – Auditions Update –
The Chicago musical auditions gave everyone a chance to get involved – whether it be with dancing, singing, acting or backstage work. A pretty large group of people showed up on the morning of the auditions, and all excitedly (if not a little anxiously) waited outside the senior hall for their chance to show the musical directors what they could do. Some paced the hall worrying about their songs, others warmed up their voices in the bathrooms and the dancers stretched and practiced their routines in the dining room.
They were called in character by character and waited with butterflies in their stomachs behind the curtains. All was quiet backstage as those waiting listened closely to the auditions to try to pick up last minute tips. When their turn came around, everybody was surprised by how quick and painless it was. The ‘judges’ were very friendly and put everyone at ease. Most people came out with a smile, hoping to be picked for the next round of auditions.
We are all looking forward to the production of “Chicago” coming in January of 2014. St Andrew’s are the first school in Ireland to put on this musical. Rehearsals have been ongoing since midterm with the various singers, actors, dancers and crew working hard to present a breathtaking production of the critically-acclaimed musical. Béibhinn Campbell
Classical Studies Trip
On a Sunday morning in September, Classical Studies students from Fifth and Sixth Year, along with Mr Flanagan, Ms Devally, Mr Reidy and Ms Devane, gathered in Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport to check in luggage and get ready for the day ahead. We were gathered in the airport at that unearthly hour, most of us having woken up at around 3 or 4am, to catch our Ryanair ﬂight to Gatwick Airport in London. The reason? The long-awaited Classical Studies trip to the British Museum to view several exhibitions of Greek and Roman sculpture and artefacts, sourced from various famous locations such as the Parthenon and Pompeii. We made our way through the various baggage drops and security checks and, after a reasonably short (and punctual, as the Ryanair tannoy took great pleasure in reminding us) ﬂight, we underwent the same process in Gatwick. When we ﬁnally emerged, bleary-eyed after what seemed like days in airports and aeroplanes, we took a hired coach from Gatwick to our hotel, a Travelodge on London City Street. We scarcely had time to drop our bags oﬀ in a spare room before we were oﬀ to the British Museum to see our ﬁrst exhibition, the Elgin Marbles, and to do some general pottering about as well. Before going into the room with the Elgin Marbles, we had a short look at some Egyptian and Assyrian sculptures, including several sarcophagi and even the Rosetta Stone, the ﬁrst ever multilingual text, which were very interesting. Next came the Elgin Marbles themselves: pieces of sculpture lifted oﬀ the Parthenon during the Ottoman occupation of Greece, these being stolen (if you believe the Greeks) or rescued (if you believe the British) by Lord Elgin, a British aristocrat. The detail and level of preservation on these sculptures, all of them built in the 5th century BC, was astounding and I would highly recommend them to anyone visiting the British Museum as they are a permanent exhibition. After the museum, we students had a while to explore London and visited a few bookshops and went to the delectable Five Guys Burgers and Fries for lunch. We then went to an Italian restaurant, Sartori’s, for dinner, before heading back to the hotel on the Tube. Rooms were chosen or allocated and, eventually, everyone went to sleep. The next morning, after breakfast at the hotel, it was oﬀ to the museum again with everyone, this time to see the Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition. The exhibition was truly breath-taking and consisted of over 250 artefacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum, preserved for over a thousand years after Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried those towns under lava, ash and pumice. We saw shards of pottery, statues, mosaics, paintings and even carbonised foods such as olive stones and grain. It was really interesting and a very good way to end the trip. After that, we were allowed to wander around London for two hours or so before heading back to the hotel and travelling back to Gatwick on the coach. Overall, it was great fun as a trip and I think I can say without fear of contradiction that it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I would wholeheartedly recommend either of these exhibitions to anyone visiting the museum in the near future. 8
Arts Council The Arts Council, which is run by the Sixth Year Prefect Council, aims at promoting and developing the outstanding, raw musical talent that St Andrew's College has to oﬀer. Whether it’s U-Live, International Night, the school's musical, or the Music and Dance Festival, the level of talent throughout all of the years in St. Andrew’s College has always been astoundingly high. For that reason, this year’s Prefect Council has set up the Arts Council to oﬀer senior school students in all years the opportunity to showcase their talents through various performing opportunities taking place throughout the year. Just before the midterm break, the Arts Council held their ﬁrst lunchtime concert in the senior hall. This concert was supported enthusiastically by a large number of students. The concert featured performances from Jessica Quinn, Vitoria Cornick, Rachel O’Connor, The Decibelles, and Phoebe Nevins, who all performed brilliantly and got the Arts Council concerts oﬀ to a great start. These lunchtime concerts are a great way to let our music students develop their performing skills and also introduce the younger musical talent to the school, as well as oﬀering students a place to sit, eat some lunch, and be entertained by their classmates! Starting next term, the Arts Council will be running more lunch time concerts and charity events. We are currently looking for some of the new, younger musical talents in the school who may not yet have had the opportunity of performing in school concerts to sign up to the Arts Council by getting in touch with a council member or a music teacher, or by ﬁlling out the signup sheet that will be available on the Music Board outside the library starting next term. We are looking forward to hearing all of our performers after the Christmas break! Oisin Nolan
Carlingford IB Trip
The annual IB trip to the Carlingford Adventure Centre in Co. Louth began early in the morning on Friday 13th September. All the 5IBs gathered in the dining hall with their bags packed and expectations running high. Many of them were new to the school and everyone was still getting to know each other. The Carlingford trip is used as a bonding experience for the IB students in St. Andrew's College and I can certainly attest to its eﬀectiveness. All the 5IBs and a handful of 6IB students spent two days and a night together in Carlingford, swimming, canoeing, playing team building games that had hilarious results, walking blindfolded through a forest and shooting at each other in a war of laser tag. It was over before we realised, but the bus ride home was proof of how close we had all gotten overnight, and how many friends that we will have with us during our ﬁnal two years in St Andrew's College. Saibh McCaﬀrey
DAY 2013 International Friendship Day is a festival celebrating friendship that the card-making industry thought up in the 1950s. The idea was that people would give each other cards to show their gratitude for their friendship. It didn’t really catch on in Europe and quickly ﬁzzled out in America. Despite this, it is celebrated in places such as India, Asia and parts of South America. It is celebrated on the ﬁrst Sunday in August. St Andrew’s College, however, celebrated Friendship Day in September when we returned to school. An anti-bullying band came in and sang for us during a Friendship Day assembly. They sang songs like Express Yourself and some original songs as well. They were talented and sent a good message to all the students through song. After the performance each pupil got a Friendship Day wristband, which were available in various colours, such as pink, green and blue. In my year, we spent period six, playing Friendship games. In my Spanish class, we played a speed dating styled game; you spent 30 seconds conversing with one person before moving on to another. It forced us to speak to people we wouldn’t ordinarily converse with. I think that celebrating Friendship Day was a good idea; it’s nice to appreciate how important friendship really is every once in a while. Aleca Roantree
The fourth victory for St Andrewâ€™s in the AllIreland Schoolboys Championships, and what a mighty one.
Written by Mr Ovington Photos by Mr Micallef
Most successful school in tournament this century In October the school hosted the Irish Schools Hockey Championships for the ﬁrst time in its thirtyone year history. We went into the tournament with ambitions of retaining the title we won in Lisburn a year previous. It would be a tall order, however, as we were drawn in a testing pool with an improving Newpark side, annual challangers Friends and the surprise package from the north Campbell College. Our ﬁrst game saw us up against Newpark. First half goals from Gavin Brown, Ben Campbell, Andrew Meates and Andrew Fogarty settled any nerves, with Rob Brown adding a ﬁfth goal in the second half. The win was slightly tainted with the loss of Jordan Larmour to a hamstring injury. Campbell College’s, hard-fought win against Friends that afternoon set up our meeting the following morning as the crunch match in the pool. With great home support on a sun-drenched pitch, early goals from David Nolan and two from Ben Campbell put us well in control of the tie. With Rory Nichols and Gavin Brown pulling the strings from the back, a sole second-half goal from Jazze Henry oﬀ a short corner variation saw us run out comfortable 4-0 winners. That result practically qualiﬁed us for the semi-ﬁnals but goals from Andrew Fogarty, David Nolan and Eoin Buttanshaw ensured our passage in beating Friends 3-0 in our ﬁnal pool game on Day 2. That evening at the dinner we were drawn against Wallace High School in the semi-ﬁnal, with Wesley drawn to play Banbridge Academy. In a tight game we pulled through by the slenderest of margins running out 2-1 winners with goals from Aaron Bailey and Andrew Meates. Outstanding displays from Richard Couse at the heart of midﬁeld and Ziggy de Boe Agnew in defense as well as three top draw saves from Jamie Carr at the death were required to ensure our fourth ﬁnal appearance in six years which would be against Wesley who ran out comfortable 8-2 winners in their semi. The ﬁnal began in torrential rain but it wasn’t long before the large crowd had something to shout about as Andrew Fogarty was upended by the keeper oﬀ an outstanding through ball from Geoﬀ Cole in the ﬁrst minute. The resulting stroke did not materialise but that early attack set the tone with wave after wave of attacks following towards the Wesley goal. The breakthrough came in the twelfth minute however when Wilf King chipped home after a long solo run. Andrew Meates’ deﬂected ﬁnish followed two minutes later and when Anderw Fogaty robbed the Wesley sweeper and crashed home a third in the twentieth minute things were looking good. Richard Couse was dismissed to the bin soon after that and Wesley got a goal back but Andrew Fogarty’s second goal of the game soon after put us into half time three up. The game dipped at the beginning of the second half with both sides showing the eﬀects of such a gruelling schedule but was lit up in the forty-ﬁfth minute by an Andrew Meates wonder-goal. Taking the ball inside his own half he outstripped his marker on the outside before unleashing a reverse high into the roof of the net oﬀ a tight angle. That goal pretty much settled the tie as a contest. With ﬁve minutes to go, David Nolan was hacked down after another surge from midﬁeld. He dusted himself down to dispatch the resulting stroke and round oﬀ the ﬁnal score at 6-1. This was our third success in the last six years and makes us the most successful school in this tournament this century with four wins. It was an outstanding group eﬀort by the players and support team as well as being a great school occasion that will live long in the memory of those that were there. Thank you to all those involved and we look forward to Cork next year. 13
Mo thréimhse sa Ghaeltacht le Sally O’Connor
Ar an tríú lá is ﬁche d’Iúil, thug mé féin agus mo dhlúthchara Celine aghaidh ar ais go Coláiste Ó Direáin ar Inis Mór ar feadh trí seachtaine. Bhíomar ann anuraidh chomh maith agus tháinig ár gcara Cameron in éineacht linn an uair seo. I rith an tsamhraidh 2012, chaitheamar tréimhse taitneamhach sa cheantar céanna agus muid ag triall ar an gcúrsa samhraidh. Agus oíche dheireanach an chúrsa sin, thug an Príomhoide cuireadh dom post a ghlacadh mar Chinnire Tí i rith chúrsa na Cásca 2013. Ghlac mé leis gan mhoill. Bhíos neirbhíseach agus mé ag ﬁlleadh mar Chinnire, caithﬁdh mé a admháil, agus bhí faitíos orm go mbeadh na cailíní i mo lóistín míchairdiúil toisc go raibh an post faighte agam. Bhíos imníoch fosta go mbeadh deacrachtaí agam leo mar gheall ar an labhairt Bhéarla sa teach, nó nach mbeadh mo chuid Gaeilge féin ar an gcaighdeán riachtanach tar éis cúrsa Gearmáinise a bhaint amach cúpla seachtain roimhe sin. Ach, buíochas le Dia, bhí an turas go suaimhneach ar an mbealach dúinn ar an mbád, agus shroicheamar an t-oileán thart ar a sé um thráthnóna. Chuamar díreach go dtí ár dtithe. Bhíos féin ag fanacht i dteach Bhríd Bhean Uí Dhomhnaill arís. Deirtear thar na blianta gurb é teach na mná sin an ceann is deise agus is fearr ó thaobh an bhia agus an lóistín de agus is fíor é sin! Bhí Bríd agus a fear céile Mícheál an-áiltiúil cairdiúil linn. Is iontach an bhean tí í Bríd agus is amhlaidh atá fear an tí Mícheál. Bhíodh siad de shíor gealgháireach linn. Bhí deichniúr againn sa teach agus bhíos ag roinnt an tseomra le Celine agus le Méabh. Ba í Méabh ár gcara ar an gcúrsa céanna anuraidh. Bhíodh an-chraic againn i gcónaí ag deireadh an lae agus muid ag caint is ag comhrá faoi imeachtaí an lae agus ag insint scéalta don teaghlach faoi rudaí áirithe a tharla i rith an lae. Bhí na cailíní eile i mo theach píosa beag níos óige ná muidne ach bhí siad go léir dea-nósach agus aibí. Bhí an t-ádh dearg orm leo, mar bhí ardmheas acu orm agus níor bhraith mé teannas ar bith idir eadrainn fad an tréimhse. Bhí cúpla dualgas riachtanacha le comhlíonadh agam go laethúil mar Chinnire Tí. Bhí orm an róta ceatha a chur ar bun i dtús báire agus a chinntiú gur aontaigh le gach duine glacadh leis. Bhí orm na cailíní a choimeád le chéile ar thaobh na láimhe deise agus muid ag siúl go dtí an coláiste chuile mhaidin. Mhínigh mé dóibh faoi chomórtas na dtithe, rud a bheadh ar siúl ag deireadh an chúrsa agus phléigh mé na hamhráin, an damhsa agus an dráma leo. Ba iad sin na gníomhaíochtaí a bheadh le hullmhú againn mar oireann dhaingin tí. In amanna, b’éigean dom freastal ag an gcuntar sa siopa ag am lóin agus fuaireas criospaí saor in aisce. Léigh mé paidir agus sliocht as Leabhar na Críonnachta ag an Aifreann fosta. Ba chúrsa beag muid agus ní raibh ach tríocha againn. Ba gheall le teaghlach muid ag an deireadh. Toisc gur ghrúpa beag a bhí ionainn, bhíomar in ann níos mó rudaí a dhéanamh agus páirt a ghlacadh in imeachtaí nach mbeadh seans againn a dhéanamh ar chúrsa níos mó. Ba mhórthairbhe é sin dom féin. Shiúlamar le chéile go dtí an Coláiste chuile lá. Bhí ranganna againn go dtí a haon a chlog. Tar éis an lóin, muna rabhamar ag imirt eitpheile nó sacair ar an trá, bheadh rud áirithe speisialta eile ar siúl dúinn. Chuamar ar thuras go hInis Oirr, go Dún Aonghusa, go Poll na bPéist agus agus bhí lá rothaíochta againn trasna an oileáin go Cill Rónáin. Tar éis dinnéir, bhíodh céilithe againn. Thaitin na céilithe go mór liom toisc na héadaí craiceáilte a chaitheamar! Gach Domhnach, bhí an mhaidin saor againn i gCill Rónáin. Bhí páirc spraoi ann agus b’iomaí lá a chaitheamar ansin ag ligint ár scíth tar éis sceallóga a áil. I rith na tréimhse sin fosta, tháinig buachaillí ón gcúrsa 2012 ar cuairt chugainn agus d’an siad ann ar feadh cúpla lá. Bhí fáilte is ﬁche rompu ar ais go dtí an Coláiste mar bhí aithne againne agus ag an bPríomhoide orthu cheana féin. Bhí sé thar a bheith iontach iad a eiceail arís. An oíche dheireannach, bronnadh duaiseanna ar na sárscoláirí agus ar dhaoine a rinne sáriarracht an teanga a eabhsú iontu féin. Bronnadh an duais “An Scoláire Sóisearach is Fearr” ar chailín amháin i mo theach agus bhí an lámh in uachtar ag mo theachsa ó thaobh an dráma ab earr de ar an gcúrsa. Chuir Ciara ceist orm an oíche sin an rabhas ag iarraidh teacht ar ais an samhradh seo chugainn mar Chúntóir. Sin sárjab na Gaeltachta, dár liom! Bhíos ar bís glacadh leis an ofráil agus táim ﬁú anois ag tnúth go mór le ﬁlleadh ar ais ar an gcúrsa.
Tháinig feabhas mór ar mo chuid Gaeilge i rith mo thréimhse ar an nGaeltacht. Ach níorbh é sin an t-aon rud a bhí tábhachtach. Méadaíodh mo chuid féinmhuiníne. Chaith mé trí seachtaine ar oileán álainn in éineacht le dea-dhaoine a bheidh i gcónaí i mo chroí mar dhlúthchairde. Tá Coláiste Ó Díreáin gar do mo chroí agus beidh go deo. Tá léirthuiscint úrnua agam ar na dánta a scríobh Máirtín Ó Díreáin faoin oileán agus an áilleacht atá ann de bharr an ama a chaith mé ina cheantar dúchais. Ní dhéanfaidh mé dearmad ar mo laethanta a chaith mé ar Inis Mór go lá mo bháis.
Seanad Éireann Referendum During the last general election four years ago, Fine Gael pledged in its party manifesto to ‘put the issue of the Seanad to the public’. Enda Kenny made good on his promise and on Friday 4 October 2013 the people of Ireland had the opportunity to vote in a referendum asking people if they agreed to the abolition of the Seanad. So what is the Seanad? The Oireachtas or Parliament of Ireland consists of three elements: the Dail, the Seanad and the President. In order for the Government to make a law (or bill) it must be passed by the Dail and the Seanad, then signed by the president. The Seanad has the power to delay a bill for ninety days but must then pass it unless the Dail also disagrees with the bill. During the months leading up to the election there was much discussion on the issue. Polling stations were set up all around the country for people to vote. Turnout was surprisingly low. Only 1,200,000 out of the 3,100,000 able to vote showed. As people were being told that the Seanad was a big money spender and that it had no real power it was no surprise that the general opinion was the Seanad would be abolished but everyone was in for a shock! The unlikely result was announced in Dublin Castle the following afternoon. 51.8% of people had rejected the bill which meant the abolition of the Seanad was narrowly avoided. Mr. Kenny, who was in favour of the abolition, was surprised and said ‘sometimes in politics you get a wallop in the electoral process, I accept the verdict of the people’. So what lead to this surprising outcome? • Taoiseach Enda Kenny who was behind the proposal for the abolition of the Seanad was reluctant to debate on the topic and refused to speak to the media. Micheal Martin on the other hand was all too willing to elaborate on his decision to oppose the abolition and this probably had an impact on the decisions of some people. • Looking back people felt the polling cards were misleading and confusing, this lead to many spoiled votes. • Many people in the country didn’t bother to come out on the day to vote, maybe they thought the result was obvious or maybe they were just tired of referendum voting! • There was also a strong element of “No” voters who wanted to defy the government purely for the sake of it. Some people might not have cared about the actual result and instead took the chance to go against what the government was proposing! While we will never be entirely sure why the result was what it was, it has been decided (for now). Some people, however, feel it is only a matter of time before The Seanad is reformed! Thomas Harley 17
When I ﬁrst heard about the Poetry Aloud 2013 competition I could hardly contain my excitement. There were three rounds in total: the heats, the semi-ﬁnals and then the ﬁnals. The competition got more intense with each round and the judges were more precise in their decisions. They mainly focused on vocal performance and didn’t put people through if they were overly dramatic or moved around too much. I found it so enjoyable going to each of those rounds and competing. My favourite part was when each person read their mandatory poem, which is the same poem read by everyone according to their category. I loved it because it was so fascinating hearing people read the exact same poem in so many diﬀerent ways and interpreting it so diﬀerently. I am delighted to say that I made it through to the ﬁnal, which was a huge achievement for me. The ﬁnal was very diﬀerent compared to the other rounds. To add to the nerves, not only was the hall packed with people, but it was also ﬁlmed. Everyone was so friendly and I got to meet so many diﬀerent people from all over Ireland. I learned so many poetic and speech techniques from this competition and I had a great time getting to know people and enjoy poetry, which I feel in this generation, is not always appreciated. I absolutely cannot wait to enter next year’s Poetry Aloud competition. Renad Saleh
,,,, ,,,, Two Things That Really Get On My Nerves
By Molly O’Gorman
I don't think of myself as an easily-irritated person, but either my capacity for patience is decreasing or the general public's mastery of grammar has deteriorated, for I am becoming increasingly irritable. Yes, I admit it. I am a pedant. If I had to pick two things that irritate me, pedantry-related issues would deﬁnitely be up there; I'll start, therefore, with possibly the most annoying punctuation error in the entire universe. I am talking about the apostrophe. I was walking through Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre only last weekend and was shocked to ﬁnd a number of shops labelled with family names - without apostrophes. I can quote a few that stuck in my mind: 'O'Briens Sandwich Cafés' for example, or 'Hicks Butchers'. I don't mind if the family happen to be called Hicks, but Hicks is run by J. Hick and sons, or so they tell us.
This is the sort of grammatical abuse that I detest with a passion. That day, I stood in the middle of the shopping centre and - quite loudly - pointed out the misplaced (or non-existent) apostrophes on the shop-fronts (and spelling errors as well - disapointed is not a word.) As you can imagine, my family were quite embarrassed, speciﬁcally my brother and sister, who don't mind the occasional apostrophe error and have even fallen prey to the apostrophe once or twice. (Its and it's, I continually explain, are diﬀerent words!) Another pet hate is the abuse of the word "like". "And I was like - yeah - and he was like - really and then like she came along and like said like" - you get the picture. My friends despair of my intolerance, but I disagree. I am merely policing their use - and abuse - of the English language. I even dislike the word "like" when used in the context "she sings like a lark" or "the eagle looks like a red kite from here". In situations such as that, I prefer to use the phrase "alike to", or shorten it to "'like to", as taken from Shakespeare's "'like to the lark at break of day arising" and, in the same sonnet, "wishing me 'like to one more rich in hope." When I can, I try to use like only in the context of "I like courgettes", but this is quite diﬃcult. In scenarios such as "it looks like a box" I normally opt out of pedantry, bemoaning inside that I was born into the wrong age. I hope that you will join me in my crusade against errant apostrophes and the misuse of “like”. When one is a pedant, one can be quite alone.
St Andrew’s College Alumni SACA has a new President!
Andy with his two sons Micheal and Padraic The Annual General Meeting of SACA took place on Wednesday 27 November in the College. Andy Crawford (Class of 1984) has taken over the presidency of SACA for 2013/14 from Bob Hoﬀman. Andy is Global Consumer Planning Director with Diageo and has twin sons in Second Year. The following is an excerpt from Andy’s introductory letter to alumni: “My experience of St Andrew’s was just brilliant! The friends I made there are still my mates now. I was an ex-pat brat who changed secondary schools and country four times (no expulsions - honestly). I loved my time at St Andrew’s where the open, multicultural and liberal ethos brought out the best in me. It taught me not just to learn, but also how to think for myself. After leaving school I went to university in three countries, ﬁnishing up at the Rotterdam School of Management where I managed to pick up a qualiﬁcation and a Dutch wife. Consequently, twin boys arrived, Micheal and Padraic, who were born in Belgium. They are now in Second Year in St Andrew’s and they’re there because I wanted them to learn the same skill that I did – the one that best prepared me for life – the ability to think for themselves.” SACA looks forward to exciting times under Andy’s stewardship.
Stephen Gillmor & Dermot McCaﬀery
Chris McNeilly & Mark d’Alton
On Friday 11 October the annual SACA dinner was held in The Westbury Hotel. The dinner was well attended by past pupils who left as recently as 2013 and as long ago as 1945. Thirty-two past pupils from the class of 1983 and six from the class of 1973 attended to celebrate their 30- and 40-year reunions.
David Davis & Alison Davis
David Quinn, Robert Dickson & Mr Brendan McArdle
Rachel GriďŹƒth, Rob Wells, Jonathan Gaughran, Jordan Bourke, Michael Covitz & Rebecca Coll
Clara Kelleher, Niamh Bannon & Clodagh Hynes
Marcus Mollan, Sheena Bowers, Stephen McWilliams
The 10- and 20-year reunions for the classes of 1993 and 2003 took place on Saturday 9 November. Over 100 past pupils came back to the College for a Drinks Reception hosted by the College with Joan Kirby, Acting Principal. Tours of the school were provided and these proved to be very nostalgic for all! The party-goers then headed off on coaches to the Dublin Hilton City Hotel for dinner, dancing and much reminiscing into the early hours! Many past pupils reported that seeing their teachers after many years had been a highlight of the night for them.
From the Archives...
Every year, around Armistice Day, pupils and staff of the College assemble for a Remembrance Ceremony to acknowledge the sacrifice of those who died during the wars of the last century. Wreaths are laid alongside the War Memorial opposite the Library by the President of SACA, the Head Boy and the Head Girl.
Mr Bob HoďŹ€man, Mrs Joan Kirby, Hannah Brooks (Head Girl), Ms Nicola Carter, Gavin Browne (Head Girl), Mr Bob Tweedy
240 former pupils of St Andrewâ€™s are known to have served in the British and Allied Forces during WWII. Of these, fifty had also fought in the First World War and twenty-seven of them were not to return home alive. One of these past pupils was Sergeant Gordon Smart (left) who served with the Royal Air Force as a bomb aimer on Lancaster bombers flying out of Ludford Magna in Lincolnshire. The aircraft on which he was flying was hit by enemy flak on 12 September 1944 and he died of his wounds shortly afterwards, aged 23. There are hundreds more stories like this and SACA is proud of its members who have served, or continue to serve, in the fight for peace in conflicts around the world.
Exploring the world of cookery With past pupil Jordan Burke
nice salty noodles like having some
to go with your
four legs on the chair, not two, There are
chicken and veg stir fry.
Mrs Smeeth, Home Ec, circa 2000. The early inspiration for my culinary career!
use them all or you
Well, that is an
absolute peach of a question...
Ms Devally, Classical Studies, One of my favourite classes, talking us through Medea questions, circa 2002
Ms Talbot and her wonderful turn of phrase, History class, circa 1999.
hese are just some of my many fond memories of teachers and times while at St. Andrew’s College. In fact, I could probably bore you all to death with ﬁfty more such phrases, as I was a student at the school for twelve years!
Driving up Booterstown Avenue and into the school gates last month for my ten-year year reunion, it struck me that I have been out of school for almost as long as I was in it. I was musing out loud over this horrifying thought when one of my friends piped in, ‘Well, you know, time only speeds up with each passing year!’ Never a truer word said I suppose. So enjoy every second of it while you are there. I would also say get involved in all the fantastic school activities that are on oﬀer, for me those were MUN., the school choir and musicals, debating etc. This is where you will make your closest friends, people I have stayed in close contact with over the past decade. After a brief stint in TV production for ITV news, I retrained as a chef as I wanted to be a food producer. I ended up being oﬀered a job in a Michelin- starred restaurant, so I took it, and that was that. I have been working as a food writer and chef ever since. My cookbook, ‘The Guilt Free Gourmet’, was published last year, (one or too nice salty noodle dishes in there for you, Ms. Cannon). If you had asked me ten years ago what I would be doing now, I can guarantee I would not have guessed this. So for any of you stressing out about what course you will do in college, or what job you are aiming for, relax, you will ﬁnd your way. I’m not saying don’t work hard; quite the opposite in fact. Just try and make sure it is in a subject area you are passionate about. That is the key. Jordan Bourke Jordan Bourke is a chef, author and food stylist. He lives in London with his wife Jina. He will be back in Dublin on Saturday 4 January 2014 for a cookery demo in Donnybrook Fair. For details see www.JordanBourke.com
When people ask me to describe my trip to Uganda, I struggle to ďŹ nd words that even begin to explain the weird and wonderful adventures we had. It's almost impossible to show people how emotional it was or how every minute held a new surprise, so I end up merely listing the places we went and what we did there. What's a lot more diďŹƒcult to explain is that it was so much more than that. In my opinion, the most amazing thing about Uganda was the people. Everywhere we went, we were welcomed with open arms and in a way that we had never seen before. People danced and performed their local songs and dances just to show us that we were welcome. I can't speak for everyone else but I can honestly say that I'd never visited a place before where people who are complete strangers talk to you like you're family. Another thing that amazed me was the way that everyone showed such happiness and even though they had so little, they were more than willing to share whatever they had. Uganda showed me a true sense of community that I'd never seen before. When we were staying in Kisiizi Hospital, we visited Rubirizi Secondary School and spent the day there. Although everywhere we went was truly unforgettable, it was one of my favourite experiences because we got to speak with people our own age and they told us about their lives and stories about the area. Some of the stories were shocking and very emotional but it gave us a chance to see, at a more personal level, what life is like for the Ugandan people. When I got back to Ireland, I kept in touch with some of the people I met in Rubirizi and it's amazing to be able to talk regularly with people who live such a long distance away. Lastly, one of the best things about my trip to Uganda was the people I went with. At the beginning, we were simply classmates who'd all been lucky enough to be chosen for this incredible trip, but in the end we left Uganda as close friends. All the wonderful experiences and emotions brought us together in a way that none of us expected and I'll never forget the bus journeys that lasted hours and hours but felt like minutes because of the songs we sang, the stories we told and the laughs we shared. I couldn't have spent my time in Uganda with a better group of people and they helped make it even more unforgettable and indescribable than it already was. Uganda was by far the best experience I've ever had and I know that I'll carry the memories with me for the rest of my life. Anna Birbeck
Royal Russel School
Model United Nations
On a cold, rainy morning in October, four teachers and forty students from the College travelled to London to compete in the annual Royal Russell School International Model United Nations conference in Croydon. When we landed we got a chance to do some shopping before travelling to the Royal Russell School. We barely had time to set down our bags and change into our formal clothes before we were oﬀ again, this time to the Opening Ceremony. Speeches were given by the Headmaster, Chris Hutchinson, and the Royal Russell MUN Director, Simon Keable-Elliot, and subsequently the ﬂoor was yielded to the Ambassadors of all the delegations to make their speeches. The next two days were spent in committee, and for me that meant the Economic and Financial Committee, or ECOFIN, representing Zimbabwe. I was joined in ECOFIN by Alex Hackett (Romania), Alexander Beatty (The Netherlands), Molly Barnicle (Morocco) and Aoife Nolan (China). It was a very interesting committee, with lively debate on some fascinating and important issues, most notably the viability of microﬁnance, tax evasion and avoidance and the question of the USA’s trade restrictions on Cuba. We heard some controversial points of view, and notable moments included a heated debate between France and the USA over resolution signatures and the almost unanimous passing of Andrew’s resolutions on tax avoidance and the American trade restrictions. As some of the topics were very technical, some of the delegates were thrown in at the deep end regarding the economic jargon, but I think everyone got a lot out of the committee in the end. The night-time entertainment was also of a very high quality, with discos taking place on most of the nights and a MUN version of the X-Factor, with starring performances from Lara Gallagher, Nathan McCarthaigh and
Katie Coﬀey, who achieved second, third and fourth place respectively. The entertainment events were all hosted by the school and were very enjoyable to attend. On the ﬁnal two days, it was time for General Assembly, which took place in the Great Hall of the school. At least one resolution from each committee was debated, ﬁnishing on a high note with a Security Council resolution on the question of Syria. Several resolutions by delegates from the College were passed in General Assembly, an impressive feat especially since some of them had only started participating in MUN this year. All of the Andrew’s delegations did very well, and our two chairs, Hannah Brooks and Tom Simington, along with our two International Court of Justice advocates, Lee Boorman and Sarah Murray, were very well-received. The conference concluded with the distribution of awards, with China accepting a Highly Commended Delegation and St Andrew’s picking up plenty of delegate awards as well, and speeches from Mr Keable-Elliot and the SecretaryGeneral of the conference, Sultan Kazi. After all the photos had been taken and we had returned to our rooms and packed all our clothes for the next morning, all fortyfour of us travelled by taxi to Ponte Nuovo, an Italian restaurant in Croydon, to have our traditional Delegation Dinner and chat about everything that happened over the week. All in all, the trip to Royal Russell was a highly enjoyable and interesting one, and the Royal Russell MUN conference itself was an exciting experience, especially for those who had never been to a large MUN conference before. It was a very successful outing for the College and I think I speak for everyone who went on the trip when I say that it was deﬁnitely one worth repeatingHopefully all those delegates going to The Hague in January will enjoy that trip as much as we enjoyed Royal Russell.
Terenure Model United Nations Four St Andrew’s delegations, along with Mr Hehir and three committee chairs, gathered in Terenure College on Saturday 28th of September, for a day of debating , note-passing and hopefully some awards. Our four delegations were the USA, Paraguay, Kenya and Argentina, which consisted of delegates old and new, mainly from Fifth Year and 5IB and our chairs were Rebecca McGuire, Heather Roche and Hugh Mitchell, all from Sixth Year. We were represented in all seven committees, from the hard-line negotiations of the Security Council comprised of more experienced delegates, to the more easy-going committees of Health and Youth and Human Rights, where people new to the world of Model United Nations could test out what they had learned in practice debates in a more competitive arena. I myself represented the South American country of Paraguay in the Disarmament committee, which was chaired by Heather Roche and also attended by Ian Martin (USA) and Aamen Mostafa (Kenya). The quality of the debate was superb, as we argued back and forth about the question of Somalia; how to develop a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East and the prevention of an arms race in outer space. Some rather unorthodox solutions were proposed to several problems, with the strangest probably being the annexation of Luxembourg, with its land being divided between its neighbouring states. Overall it was a very interesting committee, and I think that the new delegates that attended certainly got a lot out of it, as did I, despite being a more experienced participant in MUN. In general, Terenure College’s Model United Nations conference was a great success for St. Andrew's College, with Distinguished Delegate awards being received by members of all four Andrew’s delegations, including several newcomers. Outstanding Delegation plaques resembling the crest of Terenure were awarded to delegations from St Gerard’s, Blackrock College, and ﬁnally the delegation representing the USA, from St Andrew’s. All in all, it was a very enjoyable and productive conference. Jack Heron 29
Seamus Heaney 1939 - 2013
Seamus Heaney was brilliant to say the least. He was one of the best poets the world has ever seen and achieved world-wide recognition. Born in 1939 in Bellaghy, Co Derry, Seamus Heaney grew up in a quiet rural part of the country, nurturing his talent until his first debut poem was released in the mid-1960s. Heaney was the winner of countless prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.
His poems, many of which are studied the world over and highly appreciated today, are nothing short of extraordinary, beautifully portraying Heaneyâ€™s talent. This year, we mourned our loss when he passed away at the age of seventy-five. Heaney will be truly be missed by all who witnessed his remarkable spirit and his work will continue to be admired for many years to come. Though his body now rests, he touched many through his writing, leaving a legacy that will live on forever. May he rest in peace. Anne Wambua
Retirement Dinner Most people in the St Andrew’s community will be aware that two long-serving members of our teaching staﬀ retired from their positions in the College at the end of the 2012 -2013 academic year. Mrs Lorraine Whisker and Mrs Rita Drumm, both of whom were acknowledged to be dedicated, inspirational teachers who enjoyed the aﬀection and respect of their students, decided to hang up their teaching gowns after a combined total of over sixty-ﬁve years at the chalk front. They will be greatly missed, but we wish them the health and happiness they deserve as they embark on the great adventure of retirement. When Lorraine graduated from Trinity College in 1971, with a degree in history and political science, she immediately proceeded to sign up for the Higher Diploma in Education course, fully intending to seek employment in a secondary school. Instead, she found herself breaking new ground as a teacher of English as a foreign language and subsequently as the Head of History in a prep school in Holywood, Co. Down. In 1981 she came across an advertisement for a teaching position in the Junior School of St Andrew’s College and, following a memorable interview with Mr Duke, she agreed to become the full-time teacher of P4. Thus began a 32-year-long association with our school, during which Lorraine enriched the lives of generations of students in P4, P5 and P6. She accepted a job, and found she had acquired a career. Lorraine loved her work. She embraced the challenge of teaching, entertaining and generally broadening the horizons of her youthful charges. She pioneered the practice of taking students to visit places of interest both at home and abroad, and welcomed the increasing numbers of overseas students into her classes. In due course, she also welcomed her two sons, Jonathan and Marc to the school, and we understand that this is not to be the end of our connection with the Whisker family. Rita Drumm joined the staﬀ of St Andrew’s in 1998, having completed spells of teaching in St Mary’s College, Arklow and Rosary College, Dublin. A graduate of St Angela’s College, Sligo, she came to us at a time of expansion, when subjects such as home economics were attracting students, both boys and girls, in ever-increasing numbers. Rita soon established herself as a formidable teacher who was also available to help and encourage students who came to her for advice. As the mother of a son and daughter, Rory and Laoise (a past pupil of SAC), she was familiar with all aspects of teenage life, and had the ability to empathise with students and help them deal with the challenges confronting them at this stage in their lives. She supported the fund-raising eﬀorts to assist the inspirational Uganda Project, through which she could remind her students of the day-to-day diﬃculties faced by their counterparts in many other countries. The contributions of Lorraine and Rita to the educational and cultural mission of the school are substantial, much appreciated and likely to remain in our collective memory for years to come. On 14 November, a retirement dinner was held in the College to celebrate their achievements and to express our gratitude for their dedication and commitment to the cause of education in its widest and most inclusive sense. We wish them both long and happy retirements.
Intercultural Week 2013 Every year St Andrew’s College holds an Intercultural Week to celebrate all the diﬀerent countries and nationalities which are represented within our school. This year it was held from the 18th to the 22nd of November, with International Night in the middle. As usual, there was a day devoted to each continent. There were activities happening at break and lunch every day that introduced the countries of the continent which was being celebrated that day. The week started with the Americas Day, organised by Ms Gavin and Ms Cox. In the morning there was a USA quiz at reception, then pancakes for sale outside the library at break time. At lunch you could pay €1 for admission to the rock concert in the Senior Hall. On Tuesday, Australia was celebrated, beginning with ‘Aussie snacks’ outside the library for sale. Then, there were activities in the senior hall (unihockey and Aboriginal dot painting) and the movie Crocodile Dundee in one of the classrooms. You could also pay €2 to wear Ugg boots to school for the day. Then in the middle of the week, just before International Night, there was Africa Day. In the morning there was hot chocolate for sale outside the library, and a ‘Guess the Country’ game. Wednesday evening was International Night. After a quick speech from Ms Kirby at the beginning of the night, there were acts that represented countries from India to Australia, and of course the parade. After the parade there were food stalls serving food from diﬀerent countries. It was the highlight of the week. The second last day of Intercultural Week was Asia Day. There was tea-tasting outside the library of an assortment of Asian teas. At break there was origami in one of the classrooms and sweets from Korea on sale outside the library. In the Senior Hall at lunch, there were Henna tattoos and music. And for the last day of Intercultural week, it was Europe Day. The morning announcements were in diﬀerent European languages, and there was a ﬂag competition at break time. The week ended with Spanish Salsa dancing in the senior hall, led by the Spanish teachers. It was a great way to celebrate all the diﬀerent nationalities within our school. Tom Heron 32
International Night this year was an amazing night displaying the array of diverse cultures that St Andrew's College has to oďŹ€er. Comprising 254 participants with twenty-one stalls of mouth-watering cuisine, it was a night to remember. The night was a perfect example of what hard work and determination can achieve with a near endless list of names that made the night possible. I assure you there was never a dull moment during this wonderful occasion, always making sure to interest you with new, exciting things like the activity booths that took place during the intervals. You could make origami, get your face painted, get yourself drawn as a manga character or even participate in a FIFA tournament. There were eleven exciting acts that brought to your attention the talent the school has to oďŹ€er. It was a pleasure to witness International Night and I would recommend it to anyone. Ross King
Debutantesâ€™ Ball 2013
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