Off The Rails

In October the Transition Year pupils led by chief innovator and site foreman Mr. J Cunningham and Mr.O Deneher TY Coordinator. The team worked on improving the visual appearance of our school. This involved about sixty student’s cleaning/sanding/painting all the railings at the front, which needed an urgent facelift. A smaller group carried out other gardening and cleaning tasks around the school.

Great to see in our boys a sense of community spirit, to experience working as part of a team and to see what can be achieved as a result.

The pupils were great to work with, taking pride in their work and as a result the school is now looking great. Well done to all involved.


Scary Guys

The students appeared in some very wonderful Halloween costumes on the day of the October mid-term break. Terrific to see how creative they can be and the fact that there were great prizes to be had for best dressed. Happy Halloween!



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All Weather Pitch Opening by the President

To celebrate the opening of our new All Weather Pitch, developed with St. Kevin’s Football Club, we were honoured with a visit from the president Micheal D. Higgins. The visit took place on Tuesday 13th September 2016 and the afternoon was a great success.






First Day Memories

Writer June Considine read a very inspiring story to the first years in the Library as part of their induction day in secondary school.

Recognition of Schools as DCU Research Partners

At a recent ceremony in Dublin City University (DCU), the DCU Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection presented 2016 Research Partner Awards to 11 post-primary schools. Each of these schools participated in a yearlong research project that was coordinated by the

DCU Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection and which focused on school self-evaluation. The research project involved the testing of a model of support for school self-evaluation in 11 post-primary schools over the 15/16 school year. The model of support involved the provision of a training programme entitled “Let’s Help You to Lead SSE in Your School” as well as a number of other supports. A participant from each school was trained to facilitate the school self-evaluation process in their own school and in this way building the capacity of both the individuals involved and the schools. Ms. Hazel Thompson completed the training programme for St. Aidan’s.

The commitment to excellence and improvement by each of the schools was commended at the recent ceremony in DCU. The project Co-Ordinator Dr. Shivaun O’Brien stated that “it is wonderful to see schools going above and beyond to form links with a university and to become active research partners. These schools are ambitious for their learners and committed to improvement and excellence”.



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