News & Events
Past Pupil News
9th December 2013
Dr Catherine Dean, a past pupil of Rosemont, is a specialist in philosophical anthropology. She has recently received her doctorate from DCU and now lectures in Strathmore University in Kenya.
5th December 2013
The Musical was a huge success! 300 pupils with their teachers from local Primary Schools attended the matinee on Tuesday 12th November. On Wednesday night the grand performance took place. Beauty resisted the amazing Gaston and the Beast was transformed into a handsome Prince! There was a great rapport between the cast and the audience who laughed and gasped throughout and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the night.
Literary & Historical Debates at UCD
15th November 2013
On 22nd October Rosemont continued our strong tradition of debating with the L&H Society of UCD. The motion the team opposed was, "This house will re-introduce the death penalty." The first speaker, Gillian Dempsey, argued the case that the taking of a life can never be justified, whilst her colleague Maria Gonzalez argued the case that the death penalty is not ecomically sustainable and how horribly wrong captial punishment can and does go.
Addition Saves the Day!
17th October 2013
On the 17th October, the Transition Years held Rosemont's Annual Maths Quiz for Maths Week. Twelve teams entered the quiz. After four rounds of riddles, Guess Who and problem solving questions, Team Addition was victorious, beating Team Pink by only one point! Working together, Sarah Murphy (6th year), Katie Pollard (5th year), Sarah McDonnell (3rd year), Gabbi Grzywacz (2nd year), Lauren Martin (1st year) and Maeve Quinn (1st year) took the winning prize of cool stationery sets. There was also a fun bonus round to use our knowledge of matchstick skills. This was a great end to Maths Week and we give our warm thanks to Ms Grandison, Ms Carolan, and of course the TYs for organising all of the fun activities during the week.
Now test your own riddle-solving skills!
Two fathers and two sons sat down to eat eggs for breakfast. They ate exactly three eggs. Each person had one full egg. How is this possible?
‘Don’t be crooks; give us your books!’
9th May 2013
First of all, we would like to say a big ‘THANK YOU!’ to everyone for sending in so many great books for our new Rosemont Library. Please do keep it up – we still have lots of space for more. See our updated wish list.
In February, we decided to start our book drive. We chose our slogan: ‘Don’t be crooks, give us your books!’ and we were delighted with the response. ‘Swag bags’ of books arrived in to school. We were fortunate to have Annemarie, a librarian in UCD, and Caoimhe, a school librarian, come to visit us and explain how to set up our library. Using their advice, we are working our way through sorting, stamping, indexing and shelving all of the books. The more we handled the books, the more we discovered our desire to read! Based on our experience, we think that Transition Year should run an annual book drive until our Library is bursting at the seams.
The AIB Build-A-Bank Challenge
12th March 2013
The Transition Year students were first introduced to the AIB Build-A-Bank Challenge in November. The class was prepared for interviews with two AIB representatives, for this they each created and submitted personal CVs and cover letters. Six people were successful in these interviews, taking up the following positions; Bank Manager – Gillian Dempsey, Assistant Bank Manager – Caoimhe Murphy, Sales and Marketing Executive – Gabrielle Malone, Auditor – Katie Pollard and two Tellers – Maria Gonzalez and Caitriona Cannon. All students were given feedback on the interviews before the successful candidates were revealed.
Then the hard work started. The students had the task of creating a business plan for submission. The girls had several meetings to prepare this plan and these meeting continued onto the Regional Finals.
For the Regional Finals “Hollywood Bank” had to create a presentation board exhibiting an array of information on their bank. Thirty-three schools participated in the Regional Final. The students as a group had to present to two judges - one presentation lasted two minutes and the other ten minutes. Unfortunately “Hollywood Bank” did not get placed on the day but can be very proud of the work they did, the strong exhibition they created, how they represented their school and the foundations they laid for future years to participate in the competition.
“Overall, we think that participating in the build a bank challenge was an excellent experience for us all. We learned a lot from organisation to communication skills and really enjoyed working as a team.”
OSI Cartographer puts Rosemont on the map
28th February 2013
On Tuesday 26th February Rosemont had a Cartographer from Ordnance Survey Ireland pay a visit to place the new school on the map. Dessy kindly agreed to speak to the third year Geography class about his work.
Before going outside the students viewed the current OSI maps of the area and could see why it needed to be updated.
The girls then had a chance to see the equipment used in action. They were reminded of how much technology has advanced and that there is no longer any need for a measuring tape! Dessy spoke to the girls about how often maps are updated, the qualifications he has and the work he does daily. He also showed the students the laptop that created the map, the markings used for different features and spoke about the GPS system used.
The students study OSI discovery maps as part of their Junior Certificate, this allowed them to see, first hand, how the maps they look at in the classroom are created.
Rosemont: a picture is worth a thousand words
26th February 2013
Fifth Year History Students on ‘Our eventful History trip to London’
21st February 2013
‘In the National Archives, I was lucky enough to have access to documents from the Civil Rights era and Acts which were passed. That was extremely interesting and gave me a lot more insight on the topic which I am considering for my Leaving Cert research project.’ ‘I looked at documents from WWII which included the Holocaust. Seeing these brittle and fragile documents with our own eyes made the whole thing much more real. Seeing hand-written letters, signatures or just scribbles brought the person or event closer to us.’
‘We visited the British Museum where we were lucky enough to see the Rosetta Stone, the primary source that made it possible to translate Egyptian hieroglyphics. We visited the Globe Theatre; the tour and exhibition were magnificent and very relevant for our study of Macbeth. Hampton Court Palace was probably the highlight of the trip for me. Henry VIII’s Palace itself was beautiful.
We saw the area built by William of Orange, who is an important personality as we head into studying Northern Ireland. Iconic Westminster Parliament and Abbey were a lovely end to our busy trip and the evensong service was a magical experience.’ ‘Seeing these places really aided our understanding of the relationship between Britain and Ireland. It put into perspective what we already know and challenged us concerning what we do not yet know. I thought it was a great experience.’
Homecook Baking Games
5th February 2013
Two of our second year students have their recipes and photos published in the current (March) issue of Easy Food magazine.
Congratulations to Niamh O Flannagain and Nilda Mata Y Garza, with their respective entries Marbled Chocolate Cake and Napolitan Mexican Flan.
In November,as we ended our home baking module and to link with Science week,the second year students entered a baking competition called Homecook Baking Games in conjunction with Homecook products and Easy Food magazine. During Home Economics class time students baked a cake, photographed it and as homework, up loaded the photo and the recipe onto the Homecook baking games website. (homecookbakinggames.com). Over 1000 student entries were received from all over the country by the closing date in early December. 65 semi-finalists have now been selected and Rosemont has 2 representatives on the list. The search is now on to choose a final 8 students,who will make, bake and serve their cake in a cook-off in The Baking Academy, Palmerstown , 20th March. The 8 students who receive the highest number of votes will be in the final. Closing date for voting is 28th February 2013. Well done and good luck to both Niamh and Nilda.
Semi Finalist in the all-Ireland Doodle Google Competition
1st February 2013
Congratulations to Siobhan Harney in Sixth Year who has succeeded in getting through to the semi-finals of the all-Ireland Doodle for Google competition.
Siobhan’s design on this year’s theme ‘My invention….’ will now go forward to the final round before the public voting stage of the competition.
Good luck Siobhan.
Tim Hynes and Patrick Cusack from Microsoft Ireland visit Rosemont
21st January 2013
Tim is Senior Director of Worldwide Site Infrastructure Services and Pat is EMEA Service Manager for Microsoft. They met with Management, members of staff and Maria from Transition Year as a representative of the students. The conversation was lively and informative, as Rosemont presented our thinking on these areas, and Tim and Pat contributed their own experiences as leaders in IT, as well as parents. Tim and Pat were particularly impressed by the benefits of our coaching system as a strong foundation for success in both school and working life.
Tim is responsible for internal onsite IT services across Microsoft’s entire field organisation. The field IT organisation supports in excess of 90,000 internal customers using over 160,000 PCs distributed across more than 100 countries.
Tim has 25 years’ experience in the IT industry. His career has tracked through many different roles in the IT sector. Almost all of this experience has been gained in an international environment, working to drive change across different business and national cultures. To build his general management capability, he has also gained experience outside the IT space. Some of his non-IT time has been spent in brand marketing, general operations and supply chain management
Tim recently spoke on ‘Igniting Innovation’ at TEDx Belfast; click here to hear his presentation
Rosemont v Sion Hill in the South Dublin Basketball League Semi Final
17th January 2013
On Monday the 14th of January the Rosemont girls took to the basketball court once again in high spirits ready to take on the challenging and talented side Sion Hill. Having narrowly beaten Sion Hill in a previous league match by six points in extra time everyone knew this was going to be a nail biting game. It was basket for basket in the first quarter but Rosemont managed to pull away at the end of the second quarter and take the lead by a basket. This was not for long though as Sion Hill soon fought back to bring the game back to a two basket game.
During the third quarter Rosemont looked tired and Sion Hill took advantage of this. With Sion Hill now taken the lead, Rosemontjust could not manage to get back on top. With an enthusiastic and hard working side Rosemont fought to the end only to lose by a couple of baskets. Much to Rosemonts disappointment they said that they will come back next year bigger and better. They wish Sion Hill the very best in the final.
Miss O'Malley the coach would like to commend the girls on their commitment, hard work and dedication throughout the term. It was a pleasure to coach the girls it is a team which will go far in the future as they are a young dedicated team with a multitude of talent.
Rosemont After School
11th January 2013
Rosemont are launching a new after-school programme to cater for the needs of working parents in the Sandyford area. It caters for girls and boys from 3rd to 6th class from 2.30pm to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
During these non-school hours children have opportunities to participate in a variety of enriching activities, allowing them to explore new fields of interest while engaging in fun, academic activities and free play. The aim is to take the worrying out of organising school pickups, homework and meals so that parents have complete peace of mind knowing that their child is in a safe and stimulating environment where their intellectual, creative, social, physical and emotional abilities are further developed.
For further information click www.rosemontafterschool.ie
18th December 2012
On Sunday December 16th Rosemont School had their annual awards ceremony combined with their traditional Christmas Carol concert. The school was fortunate to have Mary Hanafin the former Minister for Education and Skills as guest speaker. Ms Hanafin gave a very inspiring speech to parents, students and teachers on the need for more women to take up prominent roles in society in order to have an influence for the good.
Knowing the importance Rosemont puts on values such as personal best, academic excellence and serving others; she spoke passionately about the feminine qualities which can be brought to the workplace. She encouraged the students to have high ideals and not to be afraid to go after those ideals no matter how demanding this can be at times. ‘Women can change the world’ was her underlying message and it resounded through the hall loud and clear.
Ms Hanafin then presented the awards to Rosemont students for subject excellence, school spirit, sports and ownership of learning, all pivotal elements of Rosemont’s educational philosophy.
Rosemont Students receive Entrance Awards
30th November 2012
Two of our recent graduates received Entrance Awards from UCD and Trinity College at ceremonies in their respective universities in November. Congratulations to Eimear Dunne and Aisling O'Flannagáin on their exeptional Leaving Cert results which qualified them for these awards.
Upcycling is the new Recycling
23rd November 2012
Transition years showed their skills once again this week, in a new area of creativity called, "upcycling". They learned that many of the clothes that we are finished with (often soon after we buy them), can be put to great use.
Rosie O' Reilly, founder of the company "Redress", showed the girls that instead of wasting old clothes, they could snip, sew, stick and cut their old items to make either parts of new ones or, they could make something entirely new altogether!
They saw old trousers being transformed into jackets and parachute material being altered to make rain jackets. It was a very enjoyable experience for the girls and they will be focusing more on how to "upcycle" clothes in order to recycle them more efficiently.
Chemistry Students visit CERN’s Exhibition in Galway
19th November 2012
Ms. Nesbitt took the TY and senior Chemistry students to Galway where they visited CERN’s flagship travelling exhibition. CERN is based in Geneva and they are the European organisation for nuclear research, and one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for fundamental scientific research. The students attended a lecture on particle physics and the Higgs Boson followed by a guided tour of a number of interconnected pods which dealt with topics such as the Big bang, matter, the Hadron Collider and uses of science. Everyone enjoyed the day a lot and found it both interesting and informative.
“the tour was really enjoyable- the Hadron collider is very fascinating”
“Hearing about the 27km circumference of the Collider and the different aspects of particle physics has certainly sparked my interest in this area”
Zoologist Emma Teeling visits Rosemont
16th November 2012
In Western society, bats are often characterized as creepy, even evil. Zoologist Emma Teeling encourages us to rethink our attitude toward bats, whose unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup.
Emma Teeling, Director of the Centre for Irish Bat Research, thinks we have a lot to learn from the biology of bats.
Transition Years and First years planting bulbs
13th November 2012
Transition Years were inspired by the talk and tour of the school grounds given by Dathi Troy,of Brady Shipman Martin, one of the foremost landscape architecture firms in Ireland. (the Landscape Architect on the Rosemont project).
They organised a fund raiser in the school and purchased 830 spring bulbs!
The bulbs are a mixture of Daffodils,Narcissus, grape Hyacinth and mini Tulips.
Planting must be done in Autumn, is weather dependant and ties in with Science week,.. Transition Years and First years planting with their teachers Ms Carolan and Ms Nesbitt.
CRANN is just amazing!!
10th November 2012
As part of Transition Year, Teresa had the opportunity to spend one week in Crann, the World Leading Microscopy Laboratory, an experience that she describe as AMAZING:
"CRANN is just amazing! We did so many activities and I have to say that it is a really good experience and I really enjoyed it! On Monday they first gave us an introduction into Nanoscience, which included the powerpoint presentation and the video we watched in school. After this we did a tour through the whole of Trinity College and visited the famous Library.On Tuesday we first did an AML tour, where they showed us the electron microscopes. After the tour we were divided into groups and my group was allowed to use the electron microscopes and to explore the structure of a CD, a fly and a human hair. Later they showed us the science gallery and lots of products which have nanotechnology integrated. Wednesday we visited Intel and had a very interesting tour of it - we saw the Cleanrooms, which are huge!On Thursday we went to St James' Hopsital and we worked in the labs on Friday. A really wonderful experience!"
Third Year visit the National Council for the Blind Ireland
Third Year students chose to visit the National Council for the Blind Ireland as their CSPE Action Project. They researched the experience of sight loss and reduced sight before visiting NCBI in order to have a deeper respect and appreciation for the people they would meet. The meeting was facilitated by Rosemont Past Pupil, Elaine Howley, NCBI's Director of Services.
The girls prepared a programme of songs to perform for the clients attending NCBI on Tuesday morning. They also had the privilege of speaking to many of the clients individually to hear their personal testimonies on blindness and their life stories. Everyone enjoyed the day a lot. The girls all spoke of how much they learnt about optimism in the face of challenges from the people they met. They have been invited back to the NCBI to do a Christmas Carol Concert for them.
Trish Ganly spoke to the Transition Years about Project Managment
22nd October 2012
Trish Ganly, a LECTURER IN STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP & BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION, has over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles within industry. She brought to Rosemont School a wealth of real-world experiences balanced with academic understanding of the area of business leadership. Trish focused on the most effective approach to the multiple projects which are part of the Transition Year Course.
Brother Conor McDonagh visited Rosemont as part of our Year of Faith Programme
19th October 2012
Brother Conor is a friend of a number of staff and past pupils of Rosemont, and he kindly offered to come and give a Testimony to us about his vocation as a Dominican. We heard lots of practical details about the Dominican vocation, and it opened our eyes to its importance and beauty.
Students from 3rd, 4th and 5th year were able to attend the talk, which was funny, serious, deeply moving and thought-provoking. A number of girls prepared the following message to send back to Brother Conor:
"Thanks for sharing your story with us. It made us think a lot, especially about the different paths there are in life. Your answers to our questions made things make sense more. We really understand now that prayer is necessary to find your path in life. And we also picked up that God loves everyone; it does not matter who you are or what you do. Thank You!"
Will you help us make Christmas special?
18th October 2012
Yesterday, a representative from Team Hope came to speak to the students about the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. This is a project Rosemont students have been contributing to for many years. Team Hope have sent a Christmas Shoe Box gift from Ireland to more than 2,600,000 children in twenty one countries. They are now receiving more requests than ever from new communities and countries.
Rosemont Basketball team wins first match in their new Sports Hall
16th October 2012
It was the first match of the league and Rosemont came out on top with a magnificant performance from all team members. With some fantastic shooting from Maria O'Donovan and great defence from Susanna Johnson and Bronach Rigney the Rosemont girls were unbeatable. However, this did not affect St Laurence's drive to keep playing to the very end. With an outstanding performance to start off this season the final score finished Rosemont 47 and St Laurence's 12.
Mr. John Lonergan addressed our Fifth Year Leadership Day
10th October 2012
We got a lot of inspiration from the advice and stories we heard from Mr. Lonergan, who was Governor of Mountjoy Prison for over twenty years. Most of us are now interested in reading the books he recommended (Tuesdays with Morrie & Becoming Human). We were amazed by the statistics that we heard on crime and social problems in Ireland. We now know that we are all really grateful for the opportunities that we get each day. The talk has given us a new outlook on life; we do not look on prisoners in a fearful way, but recognise them as people like us. We never knew that people could study while in prison, nor that there was access to drama and musical groups to develop one’s talents or even to discover them for the first time.
The manner of presentation set us at our ease and made it easy for us to ask questions. It was nice to learn about the prison from a different perspective, which emphasised the positive things that could be achieved there. The challenging questions that were put to us are still lingering in our minds and made a big impact on us.
We are very grateful to Mr. Lonergan for giving up his time to come and speak to us. We hope to see him again in our school in the future.
The story of how our new school was built
8th October 2012
Billy Murphy, our consultant engineer who has worked with Rosemont for many years in the process of planning and designing the new school, came to speak to 4th and 5th year students on Friday 5th Oct. Using design visuals, and many stories, Billy talked the girls through the long and exciting journey of our new school building. The girls calculated that most of them were 2 years old when the project to build the definitive Rosemont first began! Billy's entertaining talk explained the different stages in the project, and introduced the wide range of professions involved in making it happen.
The girls really enjoyed the presentation, which opened their eyes to real-life examples of several career options, from architects to engineers, from planners to landscapers. Many of the girls now have new ideas for their work placements in TY, and luckily have the possibility of applying to the top firms involved in our Design Team. Look out Niall D. Brennan Architects, O'Connor Sutton Cronin Engineers, Brady Shipman Martin Landscapers & Bruce Shaw Quantity Surveyors - here they come!
The 4th Year students have become sailors
5th October 2012
The 4th Years have proven themselves to be quite the sailors during their time at the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire. With just five weeks of lessons they have learned to rig a boat, attach a sail, avoid the swing of the boom and deal with the chilly waters of the Irish Sea.
Every Tuesday morning they have taken to the waters in good spirits despite the conditions of the Irish weather and have voluntarily capsized their boats to enjoy a morning dip! The progress the girls have made is truly excellent. The first day consisted of sailing their dinghy directly into walls and other various sea items such as ropes and other boats.
However, five weeks on, they are performing handbrake turns while managing to stay on the water and doing so in a very cool manner it must be said. The girls will receive a certificate of achievement and participation at the end of their six weeks of sailing and it is definitely well deserved. Keep up the great work girls, it's all plain sailing from here!"
Helen Claire visits Rosemont
25th September 2012
Helen Claire O'Hanlon qualified as a Barrister in 2008, specialises in Criminal Law and is based in the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin. Last Friday she gave the students a talk on life as a criminal defence lawyer, the inaugural lecture in Rosemont's new Lecture Hall. All the students enjoyed the lecture very much.
As a past pupil of Rosemont Helen was delighted to come back to the school, although in much larger and more modern facilities: "Actually I have never been in a school like this!", she said.
Rosemont students raise €672 for the local hospice!!
24th September 2012
On Thursday 20th September the Transition Year Students held a coffee morning for the Irish Hospice Foundation. Many families came to support us and the girls raised an all time high of €672, more than ever before. All of the proceeds will go to our local hospice.
Next Open Day...
Come and meet our parents, teachers & students.
Great Junior Certificate results!!
14th September 2012
Rosemont students made history when Junior Certificate results were received for the first time in the new facility in Sandyford. The results were excellent - two thirds of the grades were As and Bs, a great reward for all their hard work. Parents and students thanked the staff for their huge input. Afterwards the students travelled to Carlingford Adventure Centre where they spent three days doing challenging team and water activities.
Congratulations to them all!
12th September 2012
Last Tuesday our Rosemont students and teachers were challenged to participate in a basketball blitz in the new sports hall. It was great fun and very entertaining for them and for the spectators!!
35 years on...
8th September 2012
The first celebration dinner held in our new school building was for our founding trustees, parents, staff and students. The dinner was held on the 8th of September marking the 35th anniversary of Rosemont School. Neil Dean, founding parent, praised all those involved in making this new school campus a reality, and Maura Farrell, Principal, spoke of the vision of the founding parents and trustees in setting up the school in 1977. The night ended with a tour of the building given by some 2nd generation current pupils who had also done a fine job as waitresses for the night.
29th August 2012
Yesterday, Rosemont opened to all students in its new facilities in Sandyford. It was fun to see their faces of admiration and delight as they toured the various facilities: classrooms, laboratories, library, music room, sports hall ... The effort of all those involved in the construction of this new modern school was not lost on them and they wanted to thank them in a fun and original way.
A picture is worth a thousand words...
15th August 2012
Today, our great news is the excellent results obtained by our Leaving Cert students. On behalf of the Principal and all the staff at Rosemont we congratulate them and wish them every success in their future studies. They averaged 500 points and were delighted with the options they have for the next stage of their education, as were their parents as can be seen from one message received by the school - "Our daughter got her first choice - medicine in UCD. Thanks for the wonderful support."
Welcome to Meteors Basketball Club
We are happy to announce that Rosemont School is the new home for Meteors Basketball Club, as they say on their website; "We are moving from Olaf's after many great years to our new home in a new gym at Rosemont Gym in Sandyford".
Founded in 1965, Meteors is the oldest and most successful Ladies Basketball Club in Ireland. Firmly rooted in the Sandyford / Balally area of Dublin its members play at local, national and international levels.
The Meteor Club runs 13 competitive teams from senior to U-11 in addition to organising a very successful Juniors programme each Sunday.
Join Family Enrichment
This year the Family Enrichment Courses will take place at the new facilities in Rosemont. Family Enrichment in Ireland (FEI) is a not for profit organisation affiliated to the international Federation for Family Development (IFFD). The aim of FEI is to provide support and guidance for parents in their task of raising a family. To do this, FEI runs Family Enrichment Courses throughout Ireland, to help parents meet and work with other couples who have children of similar ages, and who are also interested in strengthening their family life. These courses use a participative methodology based on the Case Study Method, and have been given in more than 60 countries of the five continents.
For further details contact:
Open Day Weekend
31st May 2012
Last weekend Rosemont opened its doors in Sandyford for the first time to almost 1000 neighbours and friends. All day Saturday and Sunday visitors flocked to see the new Campus.
Parents, Staff, Past-Pupils and Students came in great numbers to show people around the building and tell them about Rosemont. The conference room, the sports hall, Science laboratories, Home Economics, Art room, standard classroom, staff room and 6th year common room were all on view.
Many people attended presentations to find out more about a
Rosemont education and to apply for a place in the school for the daughter.
The whole school is grateful for the wonderful welcome we have received in the area and look forward to moving into the new campus in June.
TY have fun learning Self-Defence!
1st May 2012
Orals and Practicals
23rd April 2012
Best of luck to the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert students as they undertake their orals and practicals in Irish, Spanish, French, Art, Music and Home Economics. Well done to the teachers and students for all the hard work they've done in preparing for these exams.
17th April 2012
On the 5th April, organised by the deputy principal Janet Dean and the Student Council, students travelled to IKEA to help collect money for the LauraLynn Children's Hospice Foundation. Mary Whelan on behalf of LauraLynn wrote to Ms Dean: "Just to say a REALLY big thanks to you and the girls for helping out in IKEA last week - a brilliant team! It was fantastic to have you there. We really couldn't have done it without you. It was an amazing weekend, great awareness and lots of money raised also. Thanks again for making a difference."
'Return Home' - excerpts from the Wizard of Oz
29th March 2012
Many people started this drama module with different expectations. Some, to prepare for their award winning acting careers (keep an eye on the 2020 Oscar ceremony), others to meet students from different years, and all to have a bit of craic. The Bill and Ben warm up (which was annoyingly difficult) holds a special place in our hearts as being the first warm-up we ever did as this drama group. Other memorable moments include lying on the floor making the shapes of the alphabet and dancing around the stage in St. Olaf's to Call Me Maybe. We've rehearsed in prefabs, classrooms, a library, in basketball courts, on stage and even briefly on a bus! We've had many interesting props, our favourite being a purple scarf Toto.
On a serious note, we would like to wholeheartedly thank our principal, Ms Kelly, for arranging this module. Also thank you to our teachers for their patience with our constant humming, singing and dancing to the tracks on our CDs. Thank you for giving us time to rehearse. We would like to thank our parents for giving up their time to bring us to rehearsals and for arranging our costumes. You also had to listen to our constant Munchkin Music. Thank you for putting up with us! Finally, thank you to Ms Walsh who put so much time, skill and patience into the production. We have really enjoyed our time in drama. Thank you for everything. From the Cast of 'Return Home'.
Stained Glass Project
22nd March 2012
Creative Engagement is an initiative of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) which has a vision of "placing the arts and the heart of the nation". Derek West, Arts and Education Officer at NAPD, visited Rosemont on 16th March to see progress on the Stained Glass Window project which TY are working on with stained glass artist Bianca Divito.
Workshop with Past Pupil
21st March 2012
On the 6th March Maeve MacEnri, a Rosemont past pupil and experienced HR Director, came in to talk with TY about her experiences working for Digicel in the Caribbean. Maeve did a workshop on presentation skills for interviews and the girls used the opportunity to work on their CVs and cover letters.
Welcome to Sandyford!
13th March 2012
Fergus Lyons, principal of St Mary's National School, welcomed Rosemont to Sandyford. Speaking at the recent celebrations marking their 75th anniversary and the opening of a new extension, he thanked Rosemont for the Maths for Fun programme the Transition Year students had organised for the 5th and 6th class pupils. Maths for Fun uses games to explain Maths concepts. Mr Lyons said that he was looking forward to more collaboration when the school moves to Sandyford for September 2012.
2nd March 2012
Today we - the fourth years of Rosemont School - held a ‘Booffee Morning’ to fundraise for our stained glass project. The Booffee Morning is a combination of selling second hand books and a coffee morning. The stained glass project is a great opportunity for our school. We get the chance to work with a talented stained glass artist called Bianca Divito. Our school received a grant from Creative Engagement to fund the project. One of the conditions of the grant is that we have to fundraise to match the grant we received. Yesterday we were busy baking delicious cakes. We are very grateful to everyone for supporting us. Well done to Sophie King who won the prize in the Quiz for guessing how many people are involved in the construction of the new Rosemont School in Sandyford. (Answer = 1,385!) This is where the stained glass piece will go when our project is complete.
Stained Glass Workshops
27th February 2012
Transition Year have been getting to know Stained Glass Art thanks to award winning stained glass artist Bianca Divito. Bianca has given the girls a number of workshops both in Rosemont and in her studio in Wexford. TY will be designing a window for the new school building with Bianca using a grant Rosemont received from Creative Engagement.
Visitor from Kenya
22nd February 2012
Ms Lilian Munene from Nairobi, Kenya, visited Rosemont School on Friday 27th January 2012. She talked to 1st year students about Kenya, especially about Strathmore University where she works. The University is situated very close to a slum called Kibera in Nairobi. The deputy-principal's sister, Ms Catherine Dean, now works as a lecturer at Strathmore University. Ms Dean, who now loves living and working in Kenya, was also a student at Rosemont. She went to Kenya to help with the University. Lilian told us about Kibera, one of the biggest and poorest slums in Africa. She said a lot of the pupils from Kibera were poor and could not afford to go school and to university. Finally Lilian spoke about a graduate from Kibera who was quite poor and could not afford to go to school but because of the generous peoples' fundraising, he was lucky to get the opportunity to go to Strathmore University. There are many other students like him today in the University. He now has a very successful career as manager with a large multinational company called Toyota and said without his education he would never have achieved this. We learned a lot from Lilian's visit and realise how privileged we are to have a great education. Thank you Lilian! From Rosemont 1st years.
Maths for Fun!
22nd February 2012
The Transition Years have recently being giving 'Maths for Fun!' classes in St Mary's National School in Sandyford.
Dynamism of a Marriage Relationship
21st February 2012
Rosemont Parents Association has organised a talk to be given by Dr Patrick Fagan on Monday 12th March at 7.30pm in Bewley's Hotel, Leopardstown.
Parents are the key role models for their children. When the parental relationship is strong and loving, children feel secure and confident; they grasp their own self-worth, and learn how to relate to others. This session will examine the importance of building and strengthening the bond between husband and wife as an essential element of creating a happy family environment and conributing to developing the society we want for our children.
Dr Patrick F Fagan, B Soc Sc, Dip Psych, PhD social policy, is a graduate of UCD and a trained psychologist who specialises in children, family and marriage. He is now working in the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. He served as Deputy Assistant for Family and Social Policy for the American government. He has carried out extensive research on marriage and the family and lectures on the topic in various countries worldwide.
This talk is highly recommended, admission is free and all are welcome.
6th February 2012
As part of Transition Year's Trigonometry course the students had to make a clinometer and calculate the height of the school building. To do this the students had to find the angle of elevation using the clinometer, find the distance from the base of the school to the person holding the clinometer and also find the height of that person. Using these measurements and trigonometry the students could find the height of the school.
26th January 2012
Congratulations to Cathy Johnson of Transition Year for coming in the top 4% in Round 1 of the Irish Mathematical Olympiad! Congratulations to Debbie of 5th year who also achieved a high score. Both students have qualified for Maths classes in UCD!
NUI Maynooth Trip
26th January 2012
On the 23rd of January the sixth year Chemistry class went on a trip to NUI Maynooth for a revision day of Chemistry experiments for the Leaving Cert. We got to work in the university lab which was a great experience. We were working with PhD students and got lots of hands-on practice individually with the experiments too. Not only do we have a greater understanding of the chemistry experiments but we also have a good idea of what it would be like working in a lab when we're older. A great experience altogether!
13th January 2012
The Past Pupils Union have organised a Fundraising Table Quiz in aid of the Rosemont Development Fund. It will be in St Olaf's GAA Club, Balally, on Friday 3rd February at 7.30pm. A table of 4 will be €40 so invite all your friends for a fun night out! There will also be a raffle on the night with fantastic prizes. See you there!
23rd December 2011
Wishing you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and every good wish for the New Year from all at Rosemont, with our beautiful card designed by Siobhán Harney from 5th year.
21st December 2011
Congratulations to Caoimhe in 3rd year who was a winner in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 'Alternative travel' Art Competition. Here she is being presented with her award by An Cathaoirleach Councillor John Bailey, and with Art Teacher Ms Hall.
20th December 2011
The Parents Association with the help of Transition Year organised a lovely evening of carol singing in Sandyford Community Centre on Sunday 11th December. They also organised a great raffle and TY sold beautiful scarves they had made. Many thanks to all who helped out, and to the little brothers and sisters who joined in with the singing!
13th December 2011
Rosemont students and teachers were all invited to take part in the Traditional Christmas Hockey Blitz on Monday 12th of December. Moya Ryan, hockey coach, organised the blitz and matches were played with great enthusiasm. The teachers' and students' teams put in a wonderful performance. Moya congratulated the players and presented prizes to the winning team.
1st December 2011
'Mucking in to help mark a new future' was the headline of an article in the Dundrum Gazette last week about the Turning of the Sod at our new school. It included some great photos of the Student Council and principal with An Cathaoirleach John Bailey and Councillor Neale Richmond. You can read it on page 10.
Warm Welcome to Sandyford
28th November 2011
Last week the Sandyford Business Estates Association gave Rosemont a warm welcome to the Sandyford area. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board also wished us well in our move and look forward to working with us.
Student Site Visit
25th November 2011
'On Thursday November 17th eight of us girls went on a site visit to the new school. The site manager and the safety manager explained each detail of the site brilliantly. We walked through each part of the new school, amazed at the amount of work done in such a short space of time. Going to the site increased great excitement for the new school which will be extraordinary! It was a great experience and everyone should get to see it!'
15th November 2011
2nd and 3rd years enjoying a Moodle quiz on literary terms and English grammar and usage.
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
11th November 2011
Well done to all the girls on their participation in the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. 1st and 3rd years were joint winners of the competition for most boxes brought in. Colgate sponsored all first year boxes with their products.
Spies Like Us
3rd November 2011
Congratulations to Rachel Reynolds (Class of 2011) whose Leaving Cert History research project on Eamon Broy was published in the summer issue of 'Garda Gazette', the official magazine of the Garda Síochána Historical Society.
'Turning of the Sod'
17th October 2011
On Sunday 9th October we had the official 'Turning of the Sod' ceremony at the new site. The turning was performed jointly by Cathaoirleach John Bailey and Councillor Neale Richmond with the blessing by Fr Justin Gillespie. A reception was held afterwards in the Sandyford Community Centre. More pictures in Photo Gallery
Busy term so far
14 October 2011
It's been a busy and event-filled few weeks at Rosemont. We've had a number of Open Days and presentations on the new school project. The Junior Cert results came out! - well done to all the girls on your excellent results and we hope you enjoyed your week in Carlingford. Transition Year hosted a Hospice coffee morning. All the girls completed a 'Mile Challenge'. A group of Polish students visited for a week in September. Last Wednesday TY and 5th year attended a Maths Calculus lecture in the RDS. And finally on Wednesday evening the Past Pupils Union held their first fundraising event for the new project - a Pink Tank - well done to all involved.
26 August 2011
Congratulations to the Class of 2011 on their excellent Leaving Certificate results. All of them earned the points needed to gain acceptance at an Irish university. We wish them every success with their chosen courses.
Rosemont relocates to Sandyford
5 August 2011
Construction is well underway. The new campus will be open in September 2012. Meanwhile enrolment for September 2011 is in progress. The school trustees have always been committed to a purpose-built school to facilitate the high quality teaching and learning that is carried out in Rosemont. The new school facility is on a green field site of just over 10 acres and caters for 300 students with two classes per year. In addition to specialist classrooms for Science, Art, Music, Home Economics and Languages, there is a dedicated library, sports hall and outdoor sports facilities including an astra hockey pitch and tennis courts.
The new Sandyford campus is an exciting development in the history of the school, which will bring with it great benefits to Rosemont students and their families as well as the local community.
The LUAS stop for the new school site is Glencairn and the school will arrange bus services to serve the LUAS, DART and Blackrock, when the school moves to the new location. Information evenings on the new campus began in March 2011 in Bewleys hotel, Leopardstown and will continue throughout the academic year 2011-2012. The presentation includes a gallery of images of the new school facility and a 3D walk through on plasma screens.
Class of 2011 graduates!
20th May 2011
We have reached the Finals!
4th April 2011
Congratulations to the Junior Basketball team on reaching the finals of the South Dublin league which will be played this Wednesday in Inchicore.
Presentations on the New School Project for all past parents and past pupils
23rd March 2011
The presentations will take place in Bewley's Hotel Leopardstown at 7.45pm on Wednesdays March 30th; April 13th and May 4th.
23rd March 2011
Dr Sean McDermott gave an excellent talk last night on 'Developing relationships and communication within family'. Using many examples from his own experience he passed on great wisdom which was both informative and entertaining!
Seachtain na Gaeilge
16ú Márta 2011
Na daltaí ag baint taithneamh as Seachtain na Gaeilge. "Is é aois na hóige aois na glóire."
National Art Gallery
14th February 2011
Last Friday the 1st and 2nd years enjoyed a trip to the National Gallery of Ireland.
7th February 2011
Great fun was had by all at a jewellery workshop run by Transition Year student Anna as part of her work experience last week.
Mocks starting this week
7th February 2011
Good luck to all the Leaving and Junior Cert students who are starting their mock exams this week! The Leaving Cert students will start on Wednesday with the Junior Certs starting Thursday.
Rosemont presents 'Oliver!'
12th November 2010
On Wednesday the 10th of November, Rosemont parents, teachers and friends came together to enjoy an evening's entertainment. Under the direction of Susan Clarke, Rosemont students presented 'Oliver!' to the great enjoyment of the audience. Soloists Paula Fitzachary and Sarah Cunningham also gave individual performances on classical guitar and saxaphone.
Cast and crew
'Food, Glorious Food!' Oliver - 'Where is love?'
Oliver meets the Artful Dodger...
'Oom pah pah!' Dodger and Fagin review the situation...
First Years visit the Science Gallery
20th October 2010
At the end of September the 1st Years visited the Science Gallery at Trinity College. The exhibition was 'Biorhythm: Music and the Body'.
Imeachtaí na Seachtaine i Rosemont.....
4th October 2010
We've had a busy first month in Rosemont, with the Leaving Cert results, the start of Cumann na Gaeilge, 1st year's Literary Tour and Spanish Tour, Lateral Thinking Skills and Chinese modules and the TY trip to Carlingford. Here's a quick run-down as Gaeilge!
Torthaí na hArdteiste
Comhghairdeas le muintir an Séú bliain. Bhí siad an-sásta tar éis torthaí na hArdeiste a fháil. Táimid go léir bródúil astu agus tá súil againn go n-éirí libh sna cúrsaí atá ar bun agaibh! Ádh mhór orthu!
An Ghaeilge go deo! Cumann na Gaeilge ar siúl....
Thósaigh Cumann na Gaeilge le déanaí. Tá sé faoi stiúir muintir an Séú bliain. Dé Máirt seo caite bhí ionadaithe ó gach rang ann ag cómhrá agus go léir páirteach i gcluiche a bhí ar siúl. Bhaineamar go léir an-taitneamh as! Táimid chun sár-iarracht a dhéaneamh i mbliana An Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn sa scoil. Tapaigí gach deis agus spreagaigí a chéile an Ghaeilge a labhairt.
Chuaigh muintir an chéad bhliain ar thuras liteartha le múinteor Ní Mhurchú. Léigh siad línte Beckett greanta ar leaca suite ar ché Dún Laoghaire. D'anáil siad sprid scríbhneoirí móra na tire seo san Iarsmalann Scríobhneoirí Bhaile Átha Cliath.
Tumadh sa Spáinnis
Bhí deis den chéad scoth do mhuintir an chéad bhliain nuair a tumadh go huile is go hiomlán sa Spáinnis ar feadh lá iomlán sa chathair. Chonaic siad saothair na healaíontóirí Spáinnise cáiliúla sa Dánlann Náisiúnta. Bhí Murillo, Velazquez ina measc. Fuair siad eispéireas de chócaireacht an Mheicsiceo i mbialann Salsa. Ansin thug siad cuairt ar Institúid Cervantes chun cúlra na teanga a fháil. Bhain siad an-sult as an lá ar fad.
Modúl sa Scileanna Taobhsmaointeoreachta
Tá modúl den scileanna taobhsmaointeoreachta ar bun ag Cora Molloy arís ag tús an bhliain acadúla sin. Deis iontach ab ea é chun rath a chuir orainn agus muid ar bun staidéir agus scrúduithe na bliana!
An Idirbhliain i gCairlinn, Co Lú
Bhí muintir an idirbhlian i gCairlinn in Ionad gníomhaíochtaí Allamuigh le déanaí. Bhí siad ag caigheacáil, ag boghdóireacht, ag marcaíocht toinne, ag clársheoladh agus na céadta eachtraí úrnua eile! Bhain siad an taitneamh as an eispéireas agus tá siad ag tnúth go mór le idirbhliain fíorshuimúil agus an tréimhse spreadgúil amach rompu.
Modúl sa Sínis
Tá modúl úrnua sa Sínis ar bun i Rosemont! Beidh uair sa seachtain le fáil do scoláirí díograsacha. Fáilte roimh Múinteor Judy as an tSín.
8th September 2010
Congratulations to the Leaving Certificate students of 2010 who, like in previous years, received excellent results. For the past 5 years 98% of students who attended Rosemont for 6 years earned the points they needed to gain acceptance at an Irish university.