De La Salle College Waterford

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January 2015

BT Young Scientist

Congratulations to our Transition Year students who competed in this year's BT Young Scientist competition. Over 2000 projects applied for this year's competition, with 550 projects being selected to compete in the RDS. It was a huge achievement for Evan McConnell, Frankie Dolphin, Conor Giles Doran and Dara Musgrave to get through to the exhibition in the RDS.  Evan completed a project investigating student attitudes to computer programming, while Frankie, Conor and Dara developed a thermoelectric generator that used heat from a small candle to charge a mobile phone. All of our students were excellent representatives for De La Salle College. They received a lot of media attention, and were interviewed on Beat, 2FM, and by RTE, as well as receiving visits from Minister Joan Burton, Minister Sean Sherlock, the ambassador to Zambia, Irish Aid and two previous winners of the young scientist competition. They were unlucky not to win an award, but they should be very proud of their work and achievements. Well done boys and teachers Ms McDonagh & Ms Butler-Kelly.
CSPE Action Project
As part pf the CSPE Action Project class 3KM carried out a "Bag Appeal" in the school and they succeeded in collecting 8 bags of clothes for St Vincent De Paul. 3KM also organised a Giving Tree where students put presents that were later distributed to the less fortunate in Waterford City for Christmas. On the 18th November a staff member of St Vincent De Paul shop in Waterford, Debbie O'Halloran, came to De La Salle College and spoke to the 3KM class. The class learned the importance of St Vincent De Paul to Waterford City and throughout the year. On Monday 15th December 2014 at 2pm the class of 3KM along with 5 other Secondary schools from Waterford City attempted to break a world record for the longest chain of Christmas crackers. Their attempt was successful and they broke the record with 798 people pulling Christmas crackers in the Peoples Park. 
Cross Country
The Waterford Schools Cross Country took place in St Augustines Dungarvan on Thursday 15th Jan. De La Salle had a very successful day and tied for All Round cup with Dungarvan CBS. 

Our Senior's won the team event with Fiachra Mahony (2nd), Tadhg Brennan (3rd), Mark Condon and Denis Lynch.  David McGlynn won the Intermediate race in style and Conor Quinn (4th), Jonathan Crowley, Craig McAuliffe and Sean O'Brien made up the team that finished 2nd.  

Junior runners Shane O'Neill & Conor Signorelli ran very well to finish 3rd and 6th respectively. 
On the day our Minor runners were not successful but may have more luck in the East Munsters which takes place on Friday 30th January. 
Well done to all.

Transition Year News

A number of students from Transition Year, accompanied by their Teacher, Mr. Healy, attended a Business Talk in The Tower Hotel last Friday. The guest speaker was David McKernan, Founder and CEO of Java Republic. Dave gave an inspirational talk on Entrepreneurship and gave the students an insight into the life of an Entrepreneur.

The Transition Year students are busy putting the finishing touches to their Enterprise Reports which will o froward dot the City finals next month. The Student Enterprise Awards (SEAs) is the biggest enterprise competition for students in Ireland. It helps students to grasp real life skills associated with running a real enterprise including working as part of a team, managing production and finances, organising a sales and marketing campaign and liaising directly with customers, judges and the media. Dave McKearnan gave the students plenty of tips on the next stage of the process. 

De La Salle has been very successful in this area over the last couple of years with Cathal Daly, of ‘Upright Cycle Stands’ from De la Salle College,  winning the Senior Category of the Student Enterprise Awards last year. 

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Cormac McCann, Joe Monaghan, Ben Fitzgerald, Dave McKernan, CEO of Java Republic, David McGlynn, Glenn Burke,Alex Gough.
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Colin Healy (scholarship coordinator) Sam Keatinge, Nick O' Donoghue, Michael Smyth,(Gold Standard Scholarship recipients) Julieanne Cantwell (Transition Year Coordinator)