Three students from 2A1, Gaille Pajarito, Holly O’Connor and Sarah Hanly travelled to Waterford Institute of Technology on Wednesday 1st May to compete in this year’s Scifest. The competition attracted entries from all over the south east, with over 100 students presenting over 40 projects. A large team of judges drawn from industry in the southeast and from the schools of Science and Engineering at WIT questioned the participants on their scientific investigations.
The girls were very successful, achieving the award for Best Environmental Project, sponsored by Green Innovation and Future Technologies.
Their project was entitled ‘A cleaner way to make your garden green’ and in it the students investigated the use of desalinated sea water and diluted grey water as a source of nutrients to boost plant growth.
The Presentation hockey club currently has an Intermediate A team involved in South East League. This Inter A team started off the season with a practice match on the 13th November against St Leos Carlow where the girls drew 0-0. The following week the girls met with Loreto Kilkenny (team 2) and put on a superb performance winning by 4-0!
On Wednesday 12th December the girls met with Kilkenny College in Enniscorthy and came home with another outstanding win of 5-0! The next challenge was the following Monday (17th December) where they met with Ursulines in Waterford. This proved to be a very tough game on a grit pitch! Still they proved themselves worthy in the end when Eadaoin Fitzgerald got a goal in the 2nd half.
In the New year (15th Jan) they met with Colaiste Bride, Carnew and again came home with another great victory (3-0).
Despite having won their section in January it was unfortunate that the opposing section didn’t complete all their matches until March. The girls will play the final on Wednesday 17th April against Loreto Kilkenny (team 1). The venue will be in Newtown School, Waterford. We would like to wish the girls the very best of luck
Congratulations to all the students and staff involved who were recently nominated for a Spider Award in the 'internet' category. Deep green is run by students and staff with an interest in music, arts and literature and was recently spotted and nominated by the committee for this award ceremony.
For secondary school students the awards are split across two categories. The 'Giga Spiders' are open to students who are either in first, second or third year, while the 'Tera Spiders' are open to students from 4th to 6th year.
The Giga and Tera Spiders reward students under the categories of Best Concept, Best Project and Best Web Design. The Suiomh Is Fearr award rewards students for the best site using the Irish language. The Tera Spiders also has the Best App award and the three categories have an overall Grand Prix winner.
After a long day of traveling with a few sicknesses, a lost and found boarding card, purse and passports, we landed safely in Paris. The girls discovered the joy of the RER... 1st lesson learnt : travel light! 2nd lesson: French people walk fast and do not stop for you. We were welcomed by all the students and parents who had prepared a goûter.
The girls then left for their first family evening. We guess it will be an early night as some will get up at 6.30!!!
Presentation Students bring home two awards from the BT Young Scientist Competition 2013
The 49th Young Scientist Exhibition took place in the RDS during the second week of January. There were nearly 1800 entries with 550 projects making it through to the exhibition itself. Competition was fierce with all projects being completed to a high standard. Enthusiastic students spent 4 days explaining their discoveries to judges and the public alike.
Second year students Anna Quaid and Rachel Brady proved the worth of their project and took joint second place in the Junior Category in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences section.
They also scooped the Institutes of Technology award for their project entitled “To investigate the use of Wexford red silica sand to reduce phosphates in wastewater effluent”. This special award is given to one project out of the 550 exhibiting which best illustrates how science impacts on all our lives for the better, with particular emphasis on how this message can be translated to the classroom.
The girls began work on their project in January 2012 by building a filtration system based on Wexford Red Silica Sand to be used to remove phosphates from household waste water and fertiliser run-off from farms. Entry of phosphates into rivers causes major environmental damage, resulting in the deoxygenation of water and causing the death of fish. Water pollution costs the country a huge amount of money and results in heavy fines for farmers who allow phosphates to leak into rivers. The girls have successfully shown how their system can reduce the levels of phosphates in water to zero using their filtration system. The students hope to develop their system further and are now looking at scaling up their model so that it can be used commercially.
All 2nd year students are excited by the news that they will be going to a specially arranged showing of ‘The Hobbit’ in Wexford Omniplex on Thursday 20th Decemeber. The first part of a trilogy of flims – ‘An Unexpected Journey’ – based on the classic novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, is directed by Peter Jackson and has a fantastic ensemble cast of the likes of Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Sir Christopher Lee amongst many others. ‘The Hobbit’ is the prequel to Tolkien’s most famous work, ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ The trip has been organised by the English department.
On Wednesday 21st November, all 5th year English students travelled to The Helix in
D. C. U. to see a production of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, which is being studied as The Single Text on the Leaving Certificate English course. Students were accompanied by their English teachers Ms Burke, Ms Cherrabi, Ms Cullen, Ms Power and Mr Rolston. The play was produced by the renowned Second Age Theatre Company and all students found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable production.