Weekly Challenges 2018 - 2019
Week beginning 8th April:
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.
Week beginning 1st April:
A) Sign up for bag packing in Dundrum Town Centre. See TY noticeboard/emails for more information. Proof: Ask Ms Lonergan to sign your journal.
B) Help out at the Ladies' Lunch on Saturday. Proof: Ask a supervising teacher to sign your journal.
C) 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.
Week beginning 25th March:
Do THREE good deeds this week in preparation for Easter:
a) Suprise someone by doing a task or chore that they normally do.
b) Do something to help the earth.
c) Put your phone/iPad away for an entire evening and talk to the people at home instead!
Proof: Write a brief description of each deed and say how you felt afterwards. Take a photo if appropriate! Show this to your tutor.
Week beginning 18th March:
No challenges this week - Gala Concert rehearsals
Week beginning 11th March:
This week's challenges have an Irish theme in honour of Seachtain na Gaeilge.
A) Smoked Salmon and Boxty Pancakes, Shamrock Cupcakes, Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary. There's more to Irish cuisine than Bacon and Cabbage! Try out one of these special St. Patrick's Day recipes:
Proof: Take a photo of your dish and show it to your tutor.
B) Attend one of the many Seachtain na Gaeilge events organised - see
www.energia.ie/seachtain-na-gaeilge-le-energia-2019 for more details.
Proof: Write a short description of the event attended and include a photo.
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 4th March:
A) Did you know that 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! Click on the above word wheel file and have a go at at least four of the word wheels over the course of the week. 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 25th 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 4th February:
No challenge this week except to study for the exams! Best of luck!
Week beginning 28th January:
A) G'day girls! Australia Day is celebrated at the end of January every year. 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) Swimming has many benefits for the mind and body. Go for a swim (in the pool as opposed to in the sea in this weather!)
Proof: Show your pool receipt if issued one. Otherwise ask your parent/guardian to sign your journal on the day you go swimming.
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 6th January:
A) Take a photo each day using the topics listed below. Be as creative as possible!
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 17th December:
A) Read a Christmas story and write a review of it. You will find lots of suggestions here:
Proof: Bring the review to your next tutor class
B) Make a Christmas dish from a different culture. You will find some inspiration here: www.thespruce.com/christmas-recipes-across-europe-1135803
Proof: take a photo of your finished product
C) Take part in the Carol Service on Tuesday at 7pm. If you are not part of the choir/folk group/orchestra, ask the RE teachers if they need any help! Proof: Ask a music teacher/RE teacher to sign your journal.
Week beginning 10th December:
Work Experience - No Weekly Challenge
Remember to catch up on any challenges missed since September
Week beginning 3rd December:
A) Bring in five items for the St. Vincent de Paul hampers. Talk to your religion teacher for suggestions. Proof: Ask your R.E. teacher to sign your journal The items must be submitted this week before you go on work experience!
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 19th November: (Checked during week beginning 3rd December)
A) Submit a design for the cover of the Sister Act programme. Talk to Ms Reynolds or Ms Green for more information. Proof: Take a photo of your design. MUST BE SUBMITTED EARLY THIS WEEK.
B) Source at least one of the props listed below. 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 Reynolds will sign your journal when you present the prop.
C) Watch David Attenborough's documentary Dynasties (BBC 1, Sunday, 8pm) and write a 300 word review for your next tutor class. Proof: Show your review to your tutor.
Week beginning 12th 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
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 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 9th November:
A) Attend the Dancethon after school on Wednesday.
Proof: Ask one of the sixth year prefects 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 15th 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, 29th November - Saturday, 1st December) Proof: Bring the poster to your tutor class
Helping out at the Dalkey Creates Festival also counts as a Weekly Challenge
Week beginning 8th 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: Complete the grid that has been shared with all students and show this to your tutor. Good luck!
Week beginning 1st October:
1) Take advantage of these bright afternoons. Walk to Dun Laoghaire and back after school one day. 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 24th September:
1) Wednesday, 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
Week beginning 17th September:
1) Culture Night is on Friday, 21st 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 10th September:
A) Write a Thank You card/letter to your favourite Junior Certificate 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: get Simone (the manager of the sports hall) or another supervising adult to sign your journal. Week beginning 3rd September 2018
Choose ONE of the challenges listed and remember to bring the required to proof to your tutor class the following week (ie. week beginning 10th 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!