Weekly Challenges 2019 - 2020
Week beginning 18th November:
(A) This week is Clean Air Week. This week, make a pledge to #BeatAirPollution in order to create a healthy environment around the school gate and to improve well-being by travelling to school actively. Proof: Outline the efforts you make this week in your journal and show your tutor.
(B) Submit a design for the cover of the Sister Act programme (as soon as possible!). Proof: Take a photo of your design and show it to your tutor.
(C) Source at least one of the props listed in the Google Docs file that was shared with all TYs. You could check to see if there is anything at home that would work or ask friends or neighbours. You do not need to purchase these items! Proof: Ms Lonergan/Ms Igoe will sign your journal when you present the prop.
Week beginning 11th November:
(A) Submit an application to become a Student Digital Leader. We know you are busy with musical rehearsals so we have extended the deadline. See email from Mr. Hughes for more details. Proof: Show your completed application to your tutor.
(B) Below is a list of commonly misspelled words.
1. Definitely 2. Sacrilegious 3. Indict 4. Manoeuvre 5. Bureaucracy 6. Broccoli 7. Phlegm 8. Prejudice 9. Consensus 10. Unnecessary 11. Supersede 12. Questionnaire 13. Lieutenant 14. Entrepreneur 15. Connoisseur 16. Inoculate 17. Particularly 18. Liquify 19. Parallel
Learn to spell these words this week. Proof: Your tutor will test you on them in tutor class.
C) The days are getting shorter and it is getting more difficult to exercise outside. Design an 30-minute indoor workout programme. Proof: show the programme to your tutor. It should contain directions on how to do the exercises, descriptions of what muscles are being targeted and diagrams where necessary.
Week beginning 4th November:
A) Go for an hour-long walk or run somewhere you've never been before. Maybe a group of you could do this together? Proof: take some photos along the route
B) Read The Irish Times from cover to cover one day this week. (It is available in the school library). Choose any three articles that are of interest to you Proof: Bring a short synopsis of the three articles to your tutor class.
C) Make a batch of energy bars/breakfast bars. Try to use healthy ingredients only! Proof: show a photo of the bars to your tutor or better still, bring the bars to your tutor class!
No challenges for Activity Week (21st - 25th October)
Week beginning 14th October:
(Please note: these challenges will be checked the week we return after midterm - no challenges next week as it's Activity Week)
(A) Take some time for yourself this week. Find a colouring page you like here
or similar, find a quiet place and colour! Proof: Bring the finished product to your tutor class.
B) Sort through your clothes, books and other possessions. Select some items you no longer use and bring them to a charity shop. Proof: Compile a list of the donated items.
C) Sign up for bag packing on Saturday or Sunday. See emails for more details. Proof: Take a photo of yourself bag packing!
Week beginning 7th October - one challenge only!
This week is Mental Health Week.
You will see above a list of five ways to improve your emotional well-being above. Each student must show how she has made an effort in each of the five categories this week. Proof: Complete the grid that has been shared with all students and show this to your tutor. Good luck!
Week beginning 30th September:
1) The days are getting shorter! Walk to Dun Laoghaire and back after school one day before the evenings get darker. This challenge can be done in a group. Proof: Take a photo of yourself en route and at the pier and show your tutor.
2) Learn any Shakespearean Sonnet off by heart Proof: You must be able to recite it for your tutor. See www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/ for examples. Number 18 is a very famous one! Read this article for some tips on memorising poetry: ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/features/poetry-by-heart/
3)Keep a gratitude journal for a week. Write down 5 -10 things for which you are grateful each day. Read this article about why gratitude is good for you before you begin: greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good/
Proof: Show your week-long journal to your tutor.
Week beginning 23rd September:
1) Thursday, 26th September is European Day of Languages. Do some research online and find out how to say Hello, Please and Thank You in five European languages - choose languages that you have not studied before! Proof: You must be able to tell your tutor your new words (off by heart!) in your next tutor class.
2) Cook a meal/dish that includes two or more of the following ingredients which are in season right now: Aubergine, Beetroot, Blackberries, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Courgettes, Cucumber, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mangetout, Marrow, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Peas, Peppers, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb Proof: Show a picture of your dish to your tutor and state which seasonal ingredients you used.
3) Design a poster for any extra-curricular activity happening in the school (example: Hockey, Debating, Choir... ) Include the day, time and location of the activity and an image. It must be hand-written/drawn! Make it as colourful as possible. Proof: show the poster to your tutor
4) Walk to School Wednesday - take part in this Green Schools initiative this Wednesday. Proof: Take a photo of yourself en route and ask a member of the Green Schools Committee to sign your journal when you get to school.
Week beginning 16th September
1) Culture Night is on Friday, 2oth September. There are free events on throughout
Dublin. Attend any event. Proof: take a photo of yourself at your chosen event. See the
Culture Night website for more information or download the Culture Night app.
2) Watch a documentary of your choice and write a review. There are lots of options on Netflix or on RTE Player. Proof: Bring the written review to your tutor class.
3) Go twenty four hours without sugar. Keep a log of what you eat for the day. Beware
of hidden sugars - check packaged food carefully! Proof: show the food log to your
Week beginning 9th September:
A) Write a Thank You card/letter to your favourite Junior Cycle teacher. Maybe you could tell him/her why you enjoyed his/her classes and the subject so much.
Proof: bring a photo of the card/letter to your tutor class
B) We are very lucky to go to school in such a beautiful location. Take some time this week to draw/sketch the view from the school. Proof: Bring the finished piece of art to your tutor class.
C) Use the school gym (or any other gym) for an hour.
Proof: Ask the manager of the sports hall or another supervising adult to sign your journal.
This challenge is valid for a second week as lots of teachers still need help:
Help a teacher for an hour after school. You could offer to make some posters for his/her classroom, to decorate and update the noticeboards or even devise some fun worksheets for first years. Proof: Ask the teacher in question to sign your journal on the day you help out.
Week beginning 2nd September:
Choose ONE of the challenges listed and remember to bring the required to proof to your tutor class the following week (ie. week beginning 9th September) All challenges should take approximately one hour. If a photo is required as proof, please make sure you have it on your iPad or have emailed it in advance to your tutor. Printed versions also acceptable. Remember - mobile phones are not allowed in class.
1) Help a teacher for an hour after school. You could offer to make some posters for his/her classroom, to decorate and update the noticeboards or even devise some fun worksheets for first years. Proof: Ask the teacher in question to sign your journal on the day you help out.
2) Cook a healthy meal for your family. Look on websites such as www.bbcgoodfood.com for some inspiration! Proof: Take a photo of your family enjoying (we hope!) the meal.
3) Bring one or more of the international students on a tour of Dalkey. Some suggestions: Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey Castle, Killiney Hill, Coliemore Harbour... You could do this as a group! Proof: Take some photos along the way and show them to your tutor. Note: You and the international student(s) must feature in the photos!