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Wednesday 25th November saw a group of Royal School Cavan pupils travel to their sister school in Armagh to partake in this year’s Royal Schools Debate. All 5 Royal Schools converged to dispute a number of topics ranging from sport to freedom fighting. Royal School Cavan was represented by myself, Tiwani Akinlabi, and Maxwell O’Keefe, who proposed that ‘In sport, winning is everything’. We put forward a valiant effort, giving our Dungannon opponents a hard time. Unfortunately, we were beaten in a close battle at the quarter final stage.
A short break was given before the semi-finals, and the victors were the two Armagh teams, one of schools to have a debating club. The topic for the final was undisclosed, and was revealed 20 minutes before the final. An intense debate based on whether ‘you should take the road less travelled’ ensued, but in the end, the Armagh 1 team prevailed. A big thank you to Royal School Armagh for it’s hospitality.
Article by: Tiwani Akinlabi
On Saturday 14th November 2015 there will be a Study Skills Seminar held in the school for All years. This will run from 9.30a.m. to 3p.m, with a break for lunch. Please bring something to eat but tea and coffee will be provided.
Enda from Study Skills Ireland is presenting this course for students, and he quotes from Benjamin Franklin to support his seminar: ‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest’. ‘This one day inspiring and highly entertaining presentation uses state of the art computer graphics, audience interaction and role play. Learning and laughter are at the core of this professional presentation. Ideal for 6th and 3rd year exam classes. All students on completion of the course receive password access to extensive on line resources to continue to development of their study skills’.
There will be a small charge for this event of €10 per student.
To register, please download and return the form with payment to the Royal School, Cavan by 6th November 2015.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD will visit our school next Monday to unveil our Peace Sculpture which was created by TY stduetns in conjuction with Creative Engagement, NAPD. View our gallery below and also read about how the project came about and its meaning. A video about our project can be viewed here.
Our sculpture is entitled “Heiwa”, this is the Japanese for “Peace”. This idea came from many weeks of brainstorming, constructing and deconstructing. As a school we are very lucky to have a diversity of cultures such as Japanese, German, Lithuanian, Nigerian, Dutch, Egyptian, Spanish, Canadian, Malaysian and Filipino. In particular there are five Japanese pupils here for the year and two of these were directly involved in the creation of the sculpture.
During art class, Miname and Shoko taught us how to do the Japanese art of origami. We were fascinated by this craft and its meaning.
The story goes that after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, there were many children suffering from leukaemia. One girl in particular believed that if she 1000 origami cranes she would fight the battle against leukaemia. Unfortunately she didn’t survive. As a result, Japanese pupils make origami cranes and deliver them to the site of the bomb.
Artist Joe Mallon and Ms. Burns encouraged the core group to experiment with wire, cardboard, thread and found objects. We decided to make 18 origami cranes out of stainless steel and decorate them with fired porcelain pieces. Every TY pupil played a vital role in this to make each piece unique, individual and eye-catching. Finally we displayed the cranes on stainless steel tubing at the front of the school where they represent the different cultures in our school
We learned many key skills such as problem solving, teamwork, building in clay, decorating clay and firing.
Four of our TY students, Andrea, Claire, Kate and Sara got great news on Tuesday getting short listed into the top 30 with the youth connect project which they made a 3 minute video about income inequality. The next stage is voting! This would help them get into the top 15 (our video would be screened in screen one in the savoy cinema then), win the peoples choice award and help us win the best overall video (the prize is a trip to New York!) So we need all the help we can possibly get. On behalf of the team we would encourage you all to vote for us. If you could spread the word to anyone and everyone by word of mouth, social media etc. to vote for ‘Colour Us Equal’ we would be very appreciative of it. Every vote counts! Click on the link below and select COLOUR US EQUAL: https://docs.google.com/a/youth-connect.ie/forms/d/1HS0Cc8OFRb0hbb4BRW999E5NSogBCj9Q3kGuxd9rCTo/viewform?embedded=true Our Video