Thursday, 22 June 2017

School Calendar 2017/2018




Please note: The School is closed every weekend immediately preceding a holiday or 
mid term break period

Book Lists 2017/2018





Please click on the relevant year group

Book List Form 1

Book List Form 2

Book List Form 3

Book List Form 4

Book List Form 5

Book List Form 6

Friday, 16 June 2017

Suggested Summer Reading for Junior and Senior Students 2017



A selection of classics and new, exciting reads for the summer
as recommended by Ms. Nicholas, Villiers School Librarian


Recommended reads this summer

            Orangeboy, by Patrice Lawrence:
The book just won the YA Book Prize. The story of sixteen-year-old Marlon. A dead father, a helpless gang-leader brother, Marlon promised his mother he would stay out of trouble. Everything goes to plan until his date with the beautiful Sonya ends tragically. Marlon becomes a hunted man and turns to his brother’s world of guns, knives and drug runs in order to uncover the truth and protect those close to him.

       Release, by Patrick Ness:
One day in the life of seventeen-year-old Adam Thorn. A day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course. 

       The Hidden Oracle, by Rick Riordan:
The answer to the question: what happens when a god is punished by his father, Zeus; lands in New York city and finds himself learning to survive while gods, monsters and mortals try to destroy him.

        The One Memory of Flora Banks, by Emily Barr:
Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her memory goes blank several times a day. Then, one morning, she remembers kissing Drake who left town the night before. Convinced he is the key to restoring her memory, she sets off for Norway to find Drake, but what awaits her is not what she had expected.

            The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter lives in a poor neighbourhood and attends a fancy suburban school. This uneasy balance is further disturbed when her best friend Khalil is shot dead by a police officer. Her community takes to the street while others call Khalil a thug or even a drug dealer. Policemen and drug lords try to intimidate her family. Stuck in the middle of these opposing forces, Starr holds the key to what happened that night. But anything she says will have consequences.

        The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli:
Molly and Cassie. Two tins sisters who deal with rejection in different ways. Molly’s afraid of it and is careful, Cassie get over it and is tough. Enters a cute girl who Cassie falls irremediably in love with, and her cute sidekick, Will. Molly might fall for his funny and flirtatious personality. But what about Reid, her geeky co-worker?

        We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart:
A private island. A beautiful and rich family. A group of friends. An accident. A first love. All the rest is lies. You don’t know what is true and what lies beneath the surface until the very end of this thrilling read, perfect for the summer.

        The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon:
Take a down-to-earth girl who is more concerned about her family being deported to Jamaica than about love, and a serious daddy’s boy. Put them together at a fateful moment, and wait for the results.

       Carve the Mark, by Veronica Roth:
The new fantasy epic from the author of Divergent. Enter a world of magic, gifts and powerful gods. A woman from one family, a man from another. They should hate each other but will have to work together to survive.

      The Whole Thing Together, by Ann Brashares:
The perfect summer read. Sasha and Ray share the same beach house, the same bedroom, the same siblings, yet they’ve never met. One’s mother used to be married to the other’s father. The story of two families who fight for the beach house and what it represents: family relationships, secrets, and love.

      The Giver, by Lois Lowry:
This one is not so new but a forerunner of the dystopian genre. Jonas lives in a perfect world. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. At least until his twelfth birthday, when he is chosen as the Receiver of Memory and realises his world is not as perfect as it seems. A story of bravery and adventure.

       The Lines we Cross, by Randa Abdel-Fattah:
Michael is a privileged son. He does everything his parents say, even if it means going to anti-immigration rallies. His beliefs are shaken to the core when he meets Mina, a beautiful girl who fled Afghanistan and now faces a cold welcome at her new school. With their families on both sides of the line, they will have to choose where they stand.

       Wires and Nerve, by Marissa Meyer:
The first volume in this graphic novel series. An extension of the Lunar Chronicles. We follow Iko on a dangerous and new adventure in her fantasy world. A story of love, loyalty and humanity.

       Any book by Michael Morpurgo makes a great read. Favourites include Private Peaceful, War Horse, Shadow and many more.

       Any book by John Green, including The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska.

Other Great Reads

Junior Cycle:

One, by Sarah Crossan
Holes, by Louis Sachar
Noughts and Crosses, by Malorie Blackman
The Dare, by John Boyne
The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly
Chalkline, by Jane Mitchell
We Come Apart, by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Wilderness, by Roddy Doyle
The Accident Season, by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Knights of the Borrowed Dark, by Dave Rudden
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness
Keeper, by Mal Peet
Anna and the Swallow Man, by Gavriel Savit
Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell


Senior Cycle:

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Asking for It, by Louise O’Neill
Room, by Emma Donoghue
White Lies, by Mark O’Sullivan
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Maus, by Art Spiegelman
The Spinning Heart, by Donal Ryan
The Great Gatsby, by Francis Scott Fitzgerald
The Perks of being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
The Art of being Normal, Lisa Williamson
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Non-fiction:
The Burning Question, by Mike Berners-Lee
The Good Immigrant, by Nikesh Shukla
The Marshmallow Test, by Walter Mischel



Saturday, 10 June 2017

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Leaving and Junior Certificate Timetables 2017

Best of luck to all Leaving and Junior Certificate students.

Leaving Certificate Timetable 2017
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Junior Certificate Exam 2017
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Friday, 26 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

2017 EA Robot Games Ireland

2017 EA Robot Games Ireland
Villiers School emerged as overall national champions and overall national runners up in the mini sumo robot competition, thereby retaining the title for the second year in succession. 

No less than184 teams from all over Ireland took part in 366 elimination matches as Villiers students battled it out with two of our teams reaching the final. It was bitter-sweet to see Villiers students take each other on in the final, as Eoghan Campion and Darragh Vandenberg challenged Ethan Dolan’s sumo robot who eventually went on to victory.

Adding to that success, Daniel Farushev then won the inaugural open sumo robot tournament in superb form.  This competition has no limitations on the design, components and programming of the robots and Daniel's victory shows his immense skill.

To cap off the day, Laura Holubowicz and Sinead O’Donnell-Stolz took part in the line following GP and F1 competitions taking 1st and 2nd place respectively. Their robot independently navigated a grand prix style track, clocking the fastest time on the day.

It was a huge success for all the students who took part on the day and it was thoroughly enjoyable to see them come away with so many honours. Congratulations to all and a huge thank you to Mr Browne for all his guidance and inspiration.

Teams: Ethan Dolan, Eoghan Campion and Darragh Vandenberg, Kennedy Tabot-Ndip and Jeffrey Alfred; Killian Keane and Aine Whelan; Daniel Farushev; Laura Holubowicz and Sinead O’Donnell-Stolz; Sam Dalton.

Keane and Aine Whelan, Daniel Farushev, Laura Holubowicz and Sinead O’Donnel-Stloz, Sam Dalton.