Week beginning 30th April: Final Challenge of the Year
Set your own challenge this week. Choose a task that pushes you out of your comfort zone. It should take about one hour to complete. It could be something active, something creative, something culinary...you decide! You must be able to show some proof of having completed the challenge to your tutor.
This challenge will be checked by tutors on 11th May/14th May. The challenges record sheets will then be reviewed and any student who has completed the required number of challenges will receive a certificate at graduation.
Week beginning 23rd May:
A) Help out at the Blind Tennis Tournament in Shankill Tennis Club on Saturday or Sunday (28th/29th April) Proof: Ask a supervising adult to sign your journal.
B) April is International Poetry Month. Learn any poem off by heart (8 lines minimum) OR write out and decorate a poem on an A4 sheet. Proof: Recite the poem for your tutor or show him/her your decorated poem.
C) Take advantage of the brighter evenings. Go for a walk along the coast. Dalkey to Killiney, Bray to Greystones, Dun Laoghaire to Blackrock: the choice is yours! Proof: Take some photos along the route and show these to your tutor.
Week beginning 16th April:
A)Write an article for the Yearbook on one of the following topics:
- Hairspray - Work Experience - Language Exchange - Leadership Conversations - Activity Week - Tuesday Afternoons ...or any other relevant topic of your choice.
Look at last year's Yearbook for inspiration. Please email Ms Lonergan the completed work by the end of this week. Proof: Show a copy of the article to your tutor. (Please note: It might not be possible to publish all articles in the Yearbook.)
B) Collect 20 signatures for the Lift at Dalkey DART Station petition. Print off the template provided above. Full names and addresses must be given. Please ensure the person has not already signed the petition earlier in the year. Proof: Show the completed sheet to your tutor and then hand it in to Ms Lonergan.
C) Volunteer to help out at the Ladies' Lunch in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday (21st April). Students are asked to choose one of the time slots below:
11am - 2pm or 2pm - 5pm
Proof: Ask Ms O'Brien or any supervising adult to sign your journal on on the day and show this to your tutor.
Week beginning 19th March:
A) Design and make an Easter Bonnet. Look online for some inspiration or use your imagination! Proof: Bring/wear your bonnet to your next tutor class.
B) Compile a short presentation (Book Creator, PowerPoint, Handwritten) on Easter Traditions from around the world. Mention at least five. Proof: Bring your presentation to tutor class or send it to your tutor in advance.
C)Visit the FAKE exhibition at the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. Admission is free. Proof: Take a photo of yourself at the exhibition.
Next set of challenges will be posted on 16th April!
Week beginning 12th March: This week's challenges have an Irish theme in honour of Seachtain na Gaeilge.
Proof: Take a photo of your dish and show it to your tutor.
B) Enter one of the Seachtain na Gaeilge competitions: write a poem, make a video, record a radio programme. Great prizes to be won! See snag.ie/comortais/comortais-oige/ for more details. Proof: show your entry to your tutor.
C) Learn to do a basic Irish Jig using this instructional video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oNjx1w_AvI Proof: Perform your new dance moves for your tutor class - solo or in a small group.
Week beginning 5th March:
A) Volunteer to help out at the Open Evening on Thursday. Proof: Ask the supervising teacher to sign your journal.
B) The 90th Academy Awards ceremony (The Oscars) will take place in Hollywood on March 4, 2018. Watch any film that has been awarded the Best Picture Award in the past and write a review. Do you think the film merited the award? Why/why not? Make sure the film has an appropriate age certificate before viewing. Watch something you haven't seen before! Click on the link below to view a list of movies that have won the award: m.imdb.com/chart/bestpicture/
C) World Book Day was celebrated last Thursday. To mark the occasion, visit your local library and take out (and read) a book on any new skill in which you are interested. It could be calligraphy, coding, cookery... Proof: Bring the book itself or a photo of it to your tutor class.
Week beginning 26th February:
A) Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? Put together a booklet (digital/paper) containing five healthy recipes. Proof: show the booklet to your tutor.
B) Word puzzles are good for expanding your vocabulary! Try the above word wheels over the course of the week. Make as many four letter words as you can. You must use the central letter each time. Each letter can only be used once! Proof: Show the lists of words to your tutor.
C) Take advantage of the longer days. Go for a walk on Dun Laoghaire pier one day after school. Proof: Take a photo of yourself on the pier. (This challenge can be done in groups)
Week beginning 19th February:
A) Improve your touch typing! Use one of the free online courses to develop this skill. Check your speed before you start and sit the test again a week later to see if you have improved. See http://www.typingstudy.com/ for more details and ideas. Proof: Write a paragraph detailing your progress.
B) Spring is here! Paint a picture or write a short poem inspired by the season where flowers and plants bloom, temperatures become milder and the days become longer. Proof: bring the painting/poem to your tutor class
C) Send a thank you card to your work experience employer. Mention one or two aspects of the placement that you particularly enjoyed. Proof: Take a photo of the card before posting it off and show it to your tutor.
Week beginning 29th January:
Your challenge for this week is to study very hard for your February exams!
Week beginning 22nd January:
A) G'day girls! 26th January is Australia Day. Make a pavlova (said to originate in Australia/New Zealand) or any other Australian dish. Proof: Take a picture of your creation and show it to your tutor.
B) "Women in time will do much." To celebrate Mary Ward week (22nd January - 29th January), prepare a presentation on a woman who inspires you and show your presentation to your tutor.
C) Swimming has many benefits for the mind and body. Go for a swim (in a pool, not the sea!). Proof: Show your pool receipt if issued one. Otherwise ask your parent/guardian to sign your journal on the day you go swimming.
A) 15th January is Martin Luther King Day. In honour of the man, rewrite his famous "I have a dream..." speech for today's world. It must be at least ten lines long. Proof: Show your speech to your tutor or read it aloud in tutor class.
B) Use the school gym (or any other gym) for at least an hour this week. Proof: Ask a supervising adult to sign your journal.
C) Make a super healthy packed lunch for school one day this week. Use as many different fruits and vegetables as possible. Proof: Take a picture of your healthy lunch and show it to your tutor.
Week beginning 8th January:
A) Take a photo each day using the topics listed below. Be as creative as possible!
Monday: Friendship Tuesday: Nature Wednesday: Family Thursday: Food Friday: Healthy Saturday: Winter Sunday: Quiet Time Proof: Present the photos to your tutor in any format you wish (digital/printed collage)
B) Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Set yourself five goals for the month of January. Proof: compile a list of goals and write a short description of what you will need to do to achieve each one. Show this to your tutor.
C) This week is International Letter Writing week! Write a letter to a friend or relative of your choice and post it to them. The letter must be handwritten and must be at least one page in length. Proof: Take a picture of the letter before posting and show this to your tutor.
Week beginning 18th December: A) Read a Christmas story and write a review of it. You will find lots of suggestions here: americanliterature.com/christmas Proof: Bring the review to your next tutor class
No Weekly Challenge this week as you are on Community Care! Next set will be posted here on Monday, 18th December
Week beginning 4th December: A) It's Mind Your Mind week this week. Take part in the walk to Dun Laoghaire after school on Thursday. Ask Ms Munnelly to sign your journal as proof!
B) Make a Christmas decoration. You will find lots of inspiration/instructional videos online! Proof: Bring your decoration to your next tutor class.
C) Take 10 photos this week of Christmas scenes - Christmas lights, markets, carol singers, cribs, trees etc. Proof: show the photo collection to your tutor (printed out or digital version on iPad/computer)
Week beginning 27th November: A) Sign up for bag-packing in Dunnes Cornelscourt on Saturday, 2nd December. The organisers are looking for people to work a two-hour shift between 10am - 7pm. Let Ms Lonergan know if you are interested. Proof: Ms Lonergan will sign your journal when the task has been completed.
B) We are looking for volunteers to sing Christmas Carols for the residents of Sue Ryder Nursing Home at 3pm on Friday. Let Ms Lonergan know if you are interested. Proof: Ms Lonergan will sign your journal when the task has been completed.
C) Did you know Wednesday is National Line Dancing Day?! Learn the Cowboy Cha Cha Cha by watching this instructional video and perform it for your tutor class! www.youtube.com/watch?v=qACa25_0sy4 (Ideally you will do challenge this with others in the class.)
20th November There are no weekly challenges this week as we know you will be very busy with the TY musical! Break a leg!
Week beginning 13th November: A) 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 20. Conscience Learn to spell these words this week. Proof: Your tutor will test you on them in tutor class.
2. International Men's Day is on Sunday, 19th November. Write a paragraph (250 words) about an inspirational man of your choice. He could a famous person, a member of your family or a teacher! Proof: Bring the paragraph to tutor class.
3. 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 6th November: A) Attend the Dancethon on Wednesday 8th November after school. Listen to break time announcements for more information. Proof: Ask Sara Lyons (6th Year - Head Girl) to sign your journal on the day.
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!
Week beginning 16th October: (Please note: these challenges will be checked the week we return after midterm - no challenges next week as it's Activity Week)
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) Design a poster advertising your upcoming musical. (Thursday - Saturday 23rd - 25th November, 7.45pm) Proof: Bring the poster to your tutor class
Week beginning 9th October - one challenge only! This week is Mental Health Week. You will see 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: Either complete the well-being grid that has been shared with all students on google drive or describe each of the five actions on the challenges page of your ePortfolio. You may wish to include photos where applicable. Good luck!
3) Go to the school gym (or any other gym) for one hour this week. Ask Simona (the gym manager) to sign your journal or any other supervising adult. Show this to your tutor.
Week beginning 25th September 2017
1) Tuesday, 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 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: Zumba, 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
Week beginning 18th Septmber 2017
1) Culture Night is on Friday, 22nd 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) Write a thank you note to one of your Junior Certificate teachers. You might like to include what you liked about their classes and what you learned from them. Proof: take a photo of your note and show it to your tutor.
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 tutor.
Week beginning 11th September 2017
1) Read a short story and give an oral review of it to your tutor class. Would you recommend the story to your classmates? What did you like/not like about the story? You could look for a short story anthology in the school library or your local library or you could look online. (See http://www.shortstoryguide.com/short-stories-about-coming-of-age/ for some examples)
2) We are very lucky to go to school in such a beautiful location. Draw/paint the view from the school. Use colour. Proof: show your creation to your tutor.
3) 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.
Week beginning 4th September 2017
Choose ONE of the challenges listed and remember to bring the required to proof to your tutor class the following week (ie. week beginning 11th 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 - mobiles 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!