Students

Woodwork

This page is dedicated to showcasing some of the wonderful pieces made by our very talented students over the past few years. It also contains some of the latest projects completed in class.

News:

 

Leaving Cert Wood Projects 2017

 

 

 

Junior Cert Wood Projects 2017

 

 

TY Wood Projects 2017

03/05/2017

Here is an example of some of Toy Trains completed by our 2nd years recently ...

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25/01/2017

Here is one of our 3rd yrs who is turning a bowl for his Junior Cert projectwork.

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13/01/2017

Here are some pictures of the hard work of 6th years' are doing at the moment working on their projects...

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11/01/2017

Here is one of our 3rd yrs woodturning a biro from Walnut. And the finish piece on the right.

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13/12/2016

On Tuesday December 13th the 5th and 6th Construction Studies classes visited LIT where they witnessed demonstrations on a wide range of Construction based activities. We saw the use of a CNC router, cube testing of concrete, soil sampling, site surveying, roofing methods, use of ICT in interior design, etc.

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11/11/2016

Example of clocks made since September!

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20/10/2016

Here is a quick video demonstrating Wood Turning.

 

27/05/2016

We are delighted with the fantastic craftsmanship from both our Leaving and Junior Cert students. Please have a look at the beautiful pieces below:

 

Leaving Certs Wood Projects 2016

 

 

Junior Cert Wood Projects 2016


11/03/2016

Since Christmas our 2nd Yrs have been designing their own hand crafted lamps. Students were asked to bring in an old piece of firewood which we transformed on the lathe into a fully functional lamp. Each student was required to input their own unique design for both the lamp and the base piece. Some used wood-burning, others used veneers in the form of parquetry to decorate their project.

 

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08/10/2015

Miguel Marzo from Spain spent 6 weeks with us in Scoil Pol, he had never done Woodwork before and eventhough he had very little English he completed this decorative piece of Parquetry. It was finished to a very high standard and he picked up new Woodwork skills very quickly to complete it within the short time he spent with us.

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Junior Certificate 2015 Wood Projects

Junior Cert Wood Projects 2015


Leaving Certificate 2015 Wood Projects

Leaving Cert Wood Project 2015


News: Second Year Wooden Stools

21/05/2015

As another year comes to a close for these students there are more fabulous pieces created in the Woodwork room in Scoil Pol. The latest project was a hand-crafted stool where the 2nd years got to choose the designs on the legs and whether they wanted the top in timber or upholestry.
We are very grateful to the Hayes family of Ballylanders who supplied us with the foam for the seats of our stools. 

Second Year Wood Projects

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2014 Wood Projects

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Leaving Certs Trip to LIT

On Tuesday Dec 9th Leaving Certificates visited LIT campus in Moylish where they were shown demonstrations on Building Construction, Joinery Techniques, Concrete Testing, Site Surveying, 3D CAD, etc.

 

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Second Year Toy Trains

13/12/2014

For the past 6 weeks 2nd years have been working on a Toy Train made from softwood but stained to look like more expensive hardwoods. They engaged in activities where they used the lathe to turn the wheels, cylinder and chimney, the mortiser to make the windows & used a biscuit and dowel joint to assemble it together.

 

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5th & 6th yr Students visit Construction Site
September 26th
Fifth & Sixth Year students went to Croagh, Co. Limerick last Friday Sept 26th to visit an active building site. Students were paired up and given twelve activities related to various building components and strategies to investigate at the site.
Students were required to measure and record the various building materials being used in modern day construction. Students were also given the opportunity to complete interior designs for various rooms within the building, e.g. Where to position a TV, couch and coffee table in the living room. The builder explained to the whole class group how to mark out and cut a common rafter that would be used as part of the roof for this structure.

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2013 Wood Projects

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2012 Wood Projects

Wood Projects 2012

 

2011 Wood Projects

Wood Projects 2011

Scoil Pol Transition Year

 

 

 

May

Transition Year Graduation 2016

 

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Presentation to the Irish Cancer Society

After the fantastic charity fundraising event in April, the TYs presented a cheque to the Irish Cancer Society for €1,800.

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April

YSI Project - 'Happy Feet' Charity Run/Walk or Cycle

Our YSI project was presented to various schools in Munster in the Limetree Theatre in Limerick City last month, overall our presentation went very well and we recently were informed that we have got been accepted to attend the show in Dublin with approxiametly 70 other schools from around the country. As part of our YSI project we are promoting positive mental health and self harm, the class decided to organise a fun run, we organised this with our religion teacher, however it was great to see all the staff help with the event. The money raised from our event will go to the Irish Cancer society and our Transition Year fund. We organised a 5 kilometre fun run, a 35 kilometre cycle and a 60 kilmetre cycle. This event will run on the 16th of April and will commence with the 60k cycle at 10am, the 35k cycle at 10.30am, and finally the 5k run/walk at 12 o clock. There will be light refreshments and a fun day icluding a live DJ, Bouncing castle, BBQ, Facepainting, and more! Be sure to invite all your family and friends, a great day will be had here at Scoil Pol!. if you have any queries about the event please do not hesistate the contact the school on 06391197. For the full report click here..

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This was a hugely successful event, that require alot of organisation work from all the students involved, with help from their teachers. Well done to all the students involved!

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Also on day the TY launched their website 'BIND' Body and Mind Combined on the day. This website is packed full of information about maintaining a healthy mind and body. Each student created 2 webpages one for healthy mind and the other for healthy body. The coded and researched each topic themselves. You can access it at bind.scoilpol.ie

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March

Scoil Polar Bears Bank Competition

Scoil Pól attended the Regional Competition for 'Build a Bank' and did really well and came 7th overall.

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TY host play "The Golding Years"

The TY's presented a play called The Golding Years by local playwright Michael Dennehy in the Community Centre Ardpatrick on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th of March 2016.

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Be at your best Investing in your Mind and Body

On the 8th of March 2016 30 transition year and fifth year students traveled to UL to attend a Mental Health talk delivered by Bressie. Click here to read the full report.

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february

 Visit to Cloughjordan Cookery School

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Trocaire Fast

Our six members of the Scoil Pólar Bears Bank decided to do a 24 hour fast for the charity Trócaire. Each member refrains from eating food or drinking anything except for water for one full day. We as a bank can support each other and keep each other strong through a challenge like this as we all know it is worth it to raise money and awareness for such a worthwhile charity and also to stand in solitude with those unfortunate people who have to endure this suffering every day. The money is raised by each member getting sponsorship for doing the fast. All of us believe that it is such a meaningful cause and hope that our effort makes a difference and if we have made a difference to even just one persons life that is a big difference.

 

Scoil Pólar Bears Bank

 

Scoil Pól TY took part in the 'Build a Bank' programme. They named their bank Scóil Polar Bears. As part of the bank they also created a website and an online calculator to help their customers become more informed about the workings of a bank. Scoil Pólar Bears bank members felt it was very important to get involved in the local community and help the people around them. Their motto was 'bank on us' to show that they are reliable and by doing community work we feel that we are trusted by our community.

 

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 Self-Defence and Driving

 

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Colm Cooper Visit's the school and Scoil Pólar Bear's Bank

 

Members of Scoil Pólar Bear Bank were delighted that Colm Cooper, All Star football, was able to visit Scoil Pól Kilfinane where the bank is set up. Colm gave a very interesting talk to many of our customers about fitness, sport and nutrition. We then had a photo session with him. It was a very successful day eventhough many bank members were unable to attend due to work experience. Fortunately Áine Crowley, TY student, was able to attend and introduced Colm Cooper. After the talk the customers had a "question and answer" session with Colm. The customers enjoyed the talk and found it very beneficial. Scóil Polar Bears Bank was set up through the AIB Build a Bank Challenge and has been very proud of its success so far. Click here for more photos on the day .

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National Scratch Competition

The TY students also took part and submitted projects to the National Scratch Competition run by the ICS. Projects were submitted at the end of February.

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 january

TY experience Wheelchair Basketball

 

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For more photos, check out the Gallery below

 

Wheelchair Basketball

 

december

 

Music Concert at the Cork Opera House

 

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november

 

Saying Goodbye to our classmate from Spain!

 

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october

 

TYs go on their European Tour to Madrid

 

European Trip to Madrid 2015

 

TY hold a Cake Sale!

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september

 

TY's head to the National Ploughing Championships in Laois

 

National Ploughing Championships 2015

 

TY's teach Hurling Skills to National Schools

 

 

Coaching National Schools

 

Rí Rock Walk 

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Learning Sign Language:

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Student Work Experience Reports

Each year our Transition Year and LCA students go on Work Experience. Here are some of the reports from our students.

 

Eireann O'Brien 5th Yr 2015

On Monday 9th Febuary I visited UL as part of my work experience. I spent the day with Carol Huguet, who very kindly planned out my day and made it as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. I began the day by meeting with Shane Kilcommin, head of the Law department in UL, who was very approachable. I spoke to Jerry Cronin, who I spoke to about careers and the course I am interested in doing, and I found this very helpful. I then went to speak with Karen Mcgrath, who informed me about the First Seven Weeks programme, which is in place to help first year students settle in. I will find this useful if I decide to go to UL in the future! I was given a tour of the sports arena. The building is very impressive, and I will be sure to get involved in activities there in the future. I also met up with a first year Law Plus student, with whom I attended two lectures, one on criminal law, and the other on contract law. Throughout the day, I was also shown around various buildings in UL. Overall I found the day enjoyable, and I am happy I had the experience. I definitly hope to go to UL to study in the future.

 

Frank Crowley TY 2015

For my work experience I went to my local primary school Martinstown National School. School started at 9.00 am each morning and finished at 2.40pm. Breaks were at 11.00 and 12.40. I supervised during lunch and break times and even took part in  lunchtime activites . Other jobs I had during my stay was supervising computer class, teaching  students maths, healoing in arts and crafts and giving students tests.
Each day I was in a different room to see different classes and how they are taught.  went to primary school for my work experience because I like working with pupils. I have an interest in teaching in the future ans I choose to go to Martinstown N.S. because it is an excellent school and I went there when I was younger and I know the staff.
My highlight of the experience were the students and how friendly, welcoming and respective they were to me.
Thank you fior reading.
Yours Sincerely
Frank Crowley

 

Brian O'Keeffe TY 2015

I partook my Work Experience in the UCC Law Department for the week 9-13 February 2015. Where do I start!
I had to be up at 7:00 each morning to get a lift to Cork every day, to get to UCC by 9am.
To start my day, I would attend various Law Lectures, like Company Law, Property Law, and my favourite one, Criminal Law. I found these really interesting, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the amount of questions being asked to Lecturers during classes.
After the 2 hour lectures, I would go to my assigned office, and start on my Project Work. (I was asked to research a deceased Judge that was to be the subject of a talk in a few weeks).
I was also asked to complete some Office Work by the Law Dept Secretary. This was vital, I felt, because the work of a Solicitor/Barrister involves a lot of paper work.
My working hours were 9am-4pm, with lunch from 1-2pm.
I decided to go to UCC Law Dept when I noticed work experience was being advertised to Transition Year students. I jumped at this chance, given I want to pursue a career in Law.
I really enjoyed my work experience. It was great to experience what goes on in a career I am interested in. I learned a lot from this about myself, my possible future career, and the college. I would definitely recommend it!
Yours Sincerely,
Brian O' Keeffe

 

 

 

 

 

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May

 

Congratulations:

Congratulations to Laura Farrell who was nominated in the 4th year - 6th year category in Scratch. To view her project click here . Laura attended the awards ceremony in Dublin Casle. All results can be viewed here: http://scratch.ie/competition2015.

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YSI Showcase:

 

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April

Learning Chinese:

 

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Learning First Aid:

 

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March

Annual Play 'Fit For Anything'

Scoil Pól's TY Class are holding their annual play on 26th and 27th March. Raffle on both nights with many great prizes.

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Seinn 2015

Some of our TY class, took part in Seinn 2015. We had a really great day, for more details click here

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Mini Company - Enterprise Award

minicompanyOn March 12th 2015 the Limerick Student Enterprise Awards took place in the South Court Hotel, Limerick. This was the first year that both County and City schools in Limerick had been put in the same competition. There were about 50 schools in total presenting their projects.

Judging started at 10am giving students a chance to set up their stands beforehand. As we were in the Senior Category we had to present ourselves to three judges. While the judges were talking to us we first had to explain about our product. We also talked about our marketing strategies, sales strategies, the amount of sales and where we hope to expand to in the future. The judges then asked us questions at the end of our presentation. Judging lasted for three hours until 1pm. The awards ceremony began at 2.30. Sugar & Spice was awarded with the award of "Best Marketing Campaign 2015". Unfortunately Sugar & Spice did not make it the National Student Enterprise Awards but we are thrilled with our award.

 

 

Griffith College Dublin - Legal Debate 

The Griffith College Legal Debating Competition was held on Wednesday 11 March 2015. The team representing Scoil Pól were 4 Transition Years, Brian O' Keeffe, Pádraiglegaldebate Weeks, Frank Crowley and Hazel Healy, accompanied by Mr O' Donnell. The Debaters had to submit a 1500 word essay, either proposing or opposing to the motion; "This house believes the right to water is a Human Right."

The Transition Years spent a few days in February brainstorming pro's and con's of either side. Eventually, they decided to propose the motion.

The debaters were thrilled when they heard the news that they had advanced to the National Final in Griffith College Dublin, along with 11 other schools. Here they would argue their case in front of a live audience and judges.

They left Kilfinane at 6:30am; to be prepared for debating at 11am. The Transition Year team were drawn to debate the motion against Virginia College, from Co. Cavan. The debate was very entertaining, as both sides gave many detailed arguments. Scoil Pól were delighted to win his debate on the day.

Unfortunately, only 2 teams from 12 made it through to the final and Scoil Pól wasn't one of them. The judges, all barristers and Senior Debaters within the college gave us individual feedback, and they were fascinated by the clarity of their argument and integration of Brian with the audience, Pádraig and Frank's use of statistics to support the arguments, and Hazel's passion when stating her case.

The team learned a lot from this experience up in Dublin, and they will use the advice from the judges to come back stronger next year!

Sincere thanks to Mr O' Donnell for giving the Transition Years his knowledge and experience of debating, and for bringing them to Dublin.

YSI 'SPEAK OUT' Event

The YSI speak out was held in various counties but we went to Cork and many schools attended to talk about their chosen topic for their project. There were vibrant colours and many different styles on how the projects were shown, through song, dance and sketches. Projects varied from helping bees to an app for the disabled to use to find the nearest disabled parking space. For our project we did a small sketch showing how technology effects us from a young age and gradually isolates us from our friends making us lonely, depressed and friendless. Whereas, if used wisely then technology can help us to improve and become successful. We had posters on either side and Jack explained what was happening in each scene. We received a few laughs and were well received by the other schools. It was a very entertaining and interesting day.

 

february

St. Joseph's Foundation

In Febraury we presented a cheque to St. Joseph's Foundation following our very successful fashion show

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Robotics

We learnt how to design our own line follower robots!

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Work Experience

All our TY students went on a weeks working experience in various different industries, here are details of some of their weeks work!

For my work experience I went to my local primary school Martinstown National School. School started at 9.00 am each morning and finished at 2.40pm. Breaks were at 11.00 and 12.40. I supervised during lunch and break times and even took part in  lunchtime activites . Other jobs I had during my stay was supervising computer class, teaching  students maths, healoing in arts and crafts and giving students tests.
Each day I was in a different room to see different classes and how they are taught.  went to primary school for my work experience because I like working with pupils. I have an interest in teaching in the future ans I choose to go to Martinstown N.S. because it is an excellent school and I went there when I was younger and I know the staff.
My highlight of the experience were the students and how friendly, welcoming and respective they were to me.
Thank you fior reading.
Yours Sincerely
Frank Crowley

For more reports please click here

 

Pancake Tuesday

For pancake Tuesday we made pancakes!

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january

Driver Learner Experience

 

 

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