What’s on in………………Dublin!  November 2014


Hi folks!

It’s David here from the Dublin Region.  If I’ve visited you in class then hello again, if not, then hopefully I’ll see you soon! 
I’m writing a short blog to let you know what’s been happening in Dublin since the start of September. We’ve visited over 40 schools so far (and 20 repeat visits), speaking to students about your rights in the workplace and how to deal with issues in work.  We’ve also been discussing our competition topic – Income Inequality and have getting your thoughts and views about what this means to you!

Some of the stand out visits for me so far have been St. Colmcille’s Community School Knocklyon, where we had some great discussions about some difficult workplace issues, Blakestown Community School where we discussed the 1913 Lockouts and the struggle for Decent Work and recently, Clonkeen College where we discussed Income Inequality and the upcoming video competition.  I love hearing student stories in the classroom as it really makes the lesson ‘come alive’. I would encourage you to share these workplace stories with one another as a lot of students face similar issues in the workplace!

So what else is happening? Here are just some of the highlights;

1. TY students in Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Beaumont were involved in a new recycling project. Students in the school ran a fashion show of clothes made from recyclable goods which was a great success. They have also set up an environmental committee to raise greater awareness of products which can be made from recyclable materials;

2. Students from Ireland’s oldest school (St. Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar School) were kind enough to give up their time (on midterm break!!) to get involved in the photo-shoot for our upcoming Income Inequality Competition. Despite the freezing weather and some odd looks from passer bys, we got some great shots. Thanks again to all those involved!; and

3. Visiting St. Paul’s College, Raheny, I discovered that one of their students (Paul Clarke) recently won the Young Scientist of the year! Paul scooped the top prize for his project entitled “Contributions to cyclic graph theory”.  What an impressive achievement!!!

Finally, check out the selfie above……it’s yours truly at the Educate Together Conference!!  Educate Together have 2 new Second Level schools which opened in Dublin this year (Hansfield ETSS in Dublin 15 & Kishoge Community College, Lucan). Their ethos is to guarantee equality of access and esteem to children “irrespective of their social, cultural or religious background”.  We are hoping to visit our first Educate Together School next year to speak with the new first year students!

If you have any upcoming school events which you would like us to mention on our website, why not get in touch at dublinregion@youth-connect.ie.
Until next time…..





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