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Monday, 28 December 2015
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Sunday, 20 December 2015
Suggested Christmas Reading – Senior Students
A Brief History of Seven Killings Marlon James
A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara
The Grass is Singing Doris Lessing
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
A Spool of Blue Thread Anne Tyler
Did You Ever Have a Family Bill Clegg
Lila Marilynne Robinson
Endgame: The Calling James Frey
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer
Statin Island Tom McCarthy
Sleeping on Jupiter Anuradha Roy
The Chimes Anna Smaill
City of Bohane Kevin Barry
The Fisherman Chigozie Obioma
The Green Road Anne Enright
An Eagle in the Snow Michael Morpurgo
The Illuminations Andrew O’Hagan
The Moor’s Account Laila Lalami
The Year of the Runaways Sunjeev Sahota
Suggested Christmas Reading – Junior Students
The Art of Being Normal Lisa Williamson
Before I Die Jenny Downham
Game Changer Tim Bowler
The last Leaves Falling Sarah Benwell
We are all made of Molecules Susin Nielsen
Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne
Spotlight on Sunny Keris Stainton
The Kite Rider Geraldine McCaughrean
Seven Days Eve Ainsworth
The Honest Truth Dan Gemeinhart
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
This is Not a Love Story Keren David
Lost on Mars Paul Magrs
The Fellowship of The Ring J R R Tolkien
Stone Rider David Hofmeyr
The Big Lie Julie Mayhew
Finding Violet Park Jenny Valentine
Friday, 18 December 2015
Christmas Dinner 2015
As always, our Christmas Dinner was a moving and special occasion in the School Calendar. It’s a treasured ‘Villiers Family' event, there’s no better way to celebrate a sense of family than to eat together. Head Boy, Conor Ryan, with his usual poise, made a remarkable speech and captured the true spirit of Villiers, extracts of which are below:
"…I am in this school is because my dad wanted me to have the same experiences as he received. He wanted me to learn how to become a man of manner, confidence, maturity and most important of all, he wanted a son who knew how to cook some fine rashers!
He wanted me to be someone who will give their all going through life. He wanted me to be taught how to think, not what to think. And so going into first year I adopted the notion of giving everything 100%, which has become one of the best decisions I have ever made. This idea was reinforced one evening when Janet turned to me and said, “As with anything, you only get out of Villiers what you put into it.” I find this very true. And there is no doubt that there's a strong student-staff relationship which helps students make the most of their time here in Villiers…
…It's not often that you see a teacher who is an ex-Aussie prop forward take to the pool like a natural and play a game of bulldog against the whole rugby team, and still manages to win. He was just too quick on his feet and out paced us all. The fact is that we all get along with our teachers, something which is quite special nowadays…
…Going through Villiers has happened so quickly that you really have to cherish every day. Sometimes, you just have to stop, and take a second to really appreciate everything that is going on around you. Whether it is Mike and Dimitri fixing almost anything, or our newest member of staff, Sam the dog, bringing Ms.Storey for walks and keeping her on her toes. It was only yesterday when one member of the housekeeping staff came into Ms. Moriarty’s office with practically no voice and refused to go home because she needed to prep the dining hall for the Christmas Dinner. This just shows the dedication that is shown to Villiers School…
…It could be said that Villiers is more than the sum of its parts. Each and every one of us contributes something to make the wheel turn, and once we do, the system functions and collectively, we drive forward to achieve great things. In my time here, I've heard Villiers be compared to many things, such as a clock, a wheel and even chapters of a book. But I like to think of this school as a system of intricate gears, working collectively to drive Villiers on. The teeth on each gear are the members of the non-teaching staff, and what if those teeth are missing? The gear slips and the system breaks down…
…I am privileged to be the head boy standing in front of you with the opportunity to thank these important people in the Villiers family. But I am very conscious that I do so on behalf of all the Villiers students who are deeply appreciative of what each and everyone one of you do.
Now my English teacher always said I needed to include a quotation in a speech, so I’m going to leave you with one. “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
Tonight my job has been to put the student’s appreciation into words, and on that,
I'd like to wish everyone an early merry Christmas and best of luck to those of you doing exams next week.
Sunday, 29 November 2015
Next Easter twenty Transition Year students and five teachers will travel to Uganda with the charity
organisation Zest for Kidz. They will partner with local organisations and work in schools and hospitals, helping former child soldiers and children with disabilities. To help with the fundraising effort Villiers School and Hibernian Antique Fairs present a Christmas Antique Fair on Sunday December 13th 2015 from 11am until 6pm. €5 entry includes mulled wine, mince pies and plenty of Christmas cheer. Do join us for what promised to be an enjoyable afternoon and a great opportunity to get some lovely Christmas presents!
Enjoying afternoon tea at the launch of the Christmas Antique Fair
|Mia uses an antique sextant at the launch of the Christmas Antique Fair|
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Sunday, 22 November 2015
Moving Forward and Making History!
On Tuesday 17th November2015, nineteen of our girls took a huge step forward in Villiers’ history books being the first female rugby representatives for the school. Captained by Della Daly, a travelling senior squad of 15 senior girls and five juniors made their anticipated debut with a short trip to Limerick Institute of Technology. Here, they took part in a Development Day run by Munster Rugby which included games along with skills and drills.
The programme was based on Leprechaun Rugby, an adapted form of rugby created by the IRFU as an introductory process to the more commonly known 15 aside full- contact game. This short, 20 minute, 10 aside game involves uncontested set pieces and two handed touch but includes many aspects of rugby union, such as; general movement, effective attack and solid defence.
The girls began the day with a game against St. Anne’s Community College of Killaloe, this close encounter challenged the girls as they got to put nine weeks of hard work and training to the test. With a team full of new caps and first-time players, the girls were anxious and nerves were high. However, we saw a great display of rugby from both teams involved. Fantastic work rate from players like Olivia Gurnett, Alex Clohessy, Rachel Hoctor and Rachel Butler made it very difficult for the opposition to make ground. Huge carries by Laura O’Riordan and Becky Manifold kept the momentum in Villiers favour with some very effective evasive attacking lines by Tamsin Harvey, Grace Keely and Katy Reddan. Tries scored deservedly by Molly Pattison and Claire Brewitt gave Villiers the win. Only conceding one try, the girls were happy with their debut lead excellently by Daly.
Meanwhile, our travelling junior players; Ava O’Connor, Jessica Hickey O’Neill, Siban Dalton, Aoife Kavanagh and Amy O’ Leary got a chance to play with the two Junior teams that had made the trip to the event. In a thrilling opener between St. Annes and St. Mary’s the girls fitted in perfectly making some very effective line breaks and an all-important try from Jess Hickey O’Neill, her first every try in her first game of rugby, a huge achievement that she should be extremely proud of.
After the opening games, the girls were then put through their paces with some skills and drills by Munster Development Officer Amanda Greensmith, IRFU Referee Andy Brace and other members of the Munster Development Team. This was a great way to work on specific aspects of weakness that had been identified in their games, a lot was learned and taken on board coming into our final game.
We saw the two sides battle it out once again and the improvement on both teams was undeniable. The girls had listened, learned and now got the opportunity to put it into practice. Huge individual performances resulted in a collective team win that saw inexperienced players step up to the mark and really impress. This game saw a lot more advancement passed the gain line and a huge increase in supportive line running, individual line breaks and movement of the ball to wings. Villiers ran in six tries against St. Annes’ four giving us our second win of the day.
We had decided collectively as a team before this tournament that we were not here to win or get involved in the competitive aspects. We were there to learn, develop our skill set and enrich our understanding of the game. However, this was done so well the wins fell into place. Huge effort by all involved, we are looking forward to our next encounter, where we will continue to move forward and make history!
Huge thank you to Eve Meaney and Kennedy Tabot Ndip for their help on the day, some great photography for Active Schools!
Thursday, 19 November 2015
On Monday November 16th 2015 three high achieving students Aoife Curtin, Ellie Shanley and Hugo Carr were awarded Trinity College Entrance Exhibitions in recognition of their outstanding Leaving Certificate results. Two days later on November 18th, two other high achieving students Corine Oggel and Peter Howard were awarded UCD Entrance Scholars Awards also in recognition of their outstanding results in Leaving Cert 2015.
Well done guys, we are very proud of your achievements.
Well done to all involved in Maths Week 2015. From Algebra Orienteering to Zippy Games, Murder Mystery to Pi Competition, Maths Fair to Prism Competitions it was an exciting week of Maths activities. Congratulations to all the competition winners and a huge thank you to all who participated in making the week a success.