School Closure 28th February

Due to Met Eireann status Red warning and our local weather conditions, St. Aidan's will remain closed today 28th in the interest of student, teacher, and parent welfare. Stay safe. Update will follow later


Junk Kouture

Congratulations to Cian Newman in 5th year on getting through to the regional final of the Junk Kouture competition. What a fantastic costume he has designed and it is all made from recycled materials. There were 1533 entries submitted to Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition this year and Cian’s design was chosen by the judges as one of only 395 designs to make it through to the regional finals.

The regional final takes place in The Helix, Dublin on the 6th March 2018. T

This is where we need your help, prior to the regional final there are online votes which take place on app.junkkouture.com

The regional final vote which Cian is part of will take place from the 19th - 23rd February: this vote is for all regional finalists. This will be worth 10% of your overall marks received for Cian at the regional final. So please vote for Cian Newman’s costume on app.junkkouture.com to help him get that 10%.

Tickets go on sale for this year’s regional finals from each of the venues at 9:00am on the 19th of February

Tickets have sold out in previous years within 3 hours of going on sale, so be fast!


TY Young SVP

TY students Conor, Alex, Dylan & Dónal had a great day at the @Young_SVP East Region School Get Together yesterday in Balbriggan

TY Young SVP

The Sniper

On the 23rd of November the TYs went to Co. Meath to visit the

National Military Museum. They attended a talk about WW1, the new weapons that were developed for the war and got

the chance to hold them. Then we went on a tour of the

museum to see the vehicles, weapons that were used in the

war and saw what it was like to live in trenches. The best part

was when we got to ride in an actual tank used in war. It was a

great day except for the cold weather!

The Sniper

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Immersion Memories

Eleven months later, Immersion 2017 is complete. The trip of a lifetime is complete. It

still has not sunk in. The most amazing experience we’ve ever had is over. On Friday,

27th of October, eighteen students and four teachers set off for Tanzania in

Eastern Africa. Emotions were running high as we all began to speculate about what

exactly this foreign land would be like. The reality of our visit was beyond any of our


We started our journey with a guided walk around the town centre. The

vibrancy of the place blew me away. However, this bright, bustling exterior could not

disguise the vast poverty overlooking the city. We would come to realise this as our

trip continued. On our third day, we visited the Emusoi Centre. The Emusoi Centre

caters for Maasai girls who are in the pre-secondary program there. The girls were a

joy to meet. It was, at that point, the best day of our lives so far. However, we weren’t

remotely ready for the rest of the trip.We attended Sinon High School, a secondary school under the trusteeship of Edmund Rice. We were paired up with a student

doing similar subjects to ourselves. Everyone at the school was so welcoming, and

quite thrilled to meet us. It certainly made our induction easier. Mid-way through the

week, we played a football match against the students at Sinon. With four previous

years of defeat, our captain Adam Duffy led us to victory. The buzz was brilliant

around the school that day as we joked with the students and formed a bond that,

when it came to parting ways, we couldn’t help but break down in tears. Our week in

Sinon was accompanied with a bunch of wonderful experiences. We visited a local

orphanage which again, took us aback. The warmth of the kids along with the sheer

passion displayed by the owners was amazing. This, however, was not the reality in

the primary school. Classes filled with more than two hundred and fifty kids greeted

us as we entered the school. As we split up to pass out colouring sheets, groups and

groups of eager children crowded around us jostling for that one sheet of paper. It

occurred to us then, just how much of our simple commodities we take for granted

back in Ireland. Our trip to the Plaster House was another rollercoaster of emotions.

The Plaster House caters for injured and unwell children across the country. The kids

were so lively and upbeat, regardless of their suffering. Some of the images from the

Plaster House will surely remain in our minds for a long time. For me, it was the most

moving and magical experience of my life. It really put things into perspective, as did

the entire trip. There’s no doubt that each and every one of us took something

special from this experience. It’s been the most captivating journey of our lives. We’ve

made memories and friendships to last a lifetime, and I’d like to say that we’ve made

a difference in someone’s life. Summing the experience up like this will never give it

justice. The journey was, for the most part, a frenzy of emotions, blended with laughs

and tears that we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives.

Josh Moffatt (5 North) .

Immersion 2017

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