Cakes, Buns, £500 in Funds???

Cake sale raises much needed funds.

As those of you who brought in the delicious sweet treats and those of you who got to enjoy them know, the annual St Louis coffee and cake morning for Macmillan Cancer Support was held last Friday morning (the 23rd of September). Macmillan is a life saving and changing charity, their work has helped thousands of people each year who suffer from cancer in taking back some control over their lives, financially, emotionally and physically.

This years bun sale was no disappointment with miles and piles of mouth-watering bakes being sold on Friday morning for both teachers and students alike to enjoy. From homemade brownies to freshly baked bread, the whole stock sold out in just one break time.

And how successful was the morning? Well, in the twenty minute break, the sale made £500.13 for the charity!

A massive thank you to all of you who supplied, bought and enjoyed every last crumb, as your support is going to an amazing cause that I’m sure everyone has some relation to in some way or another, be it through friends or family. Cancer is an ongoing fight in humanity, but even with small contributions such as this, we are fighting back.

 

You are fighting back.

 

…. With cake

 

… The absolute best way to fight.

 

Have a nice day

Jill

National Dessert Day! Thank you very much!!

Caitlin gives us a simple dessert recipe to celebrate but don’t forget to share!

National Dessert Day on 14th October – Banana Pancakes

What’s a better way to celebrate national Dessert Day than healthy but tasty banana pancakes? Here’s how you can cook this simple but delicious recipe at home:

  • ¼ cup of plain flour
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • some butter for the pan

Directions:

  • In a bowl, mash up the banana with a and beat an egg and mix the two together
  • Mix flour, cinnamon and flour together
  • Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients together to make a pancake mix
  • Pour pancake mix into pan and cook like a regular pancake

Voila!

banana-pancakes

Top 5 Must-have Apps

From homework, exercise, hydration and even meditation there is an app to have, Caitlin and Sian give us a run-down of what they have found the most useful apps around at the minute.

Our to 5 must-have app’s

Sian and Caitlin give you their favourite apps of the year!!

These days most teenagers have a phone, whether it’s an apple IPhone or android, we all have them. Everyone is obsessed with the latest apps to come out so we thought we’d introduce you to the must-have apps of 2016! No they aren’t cool games or social media (sorry to disappoint) but they will really benefit you and help in your everyday life so give them a try!

Sian’s favourites:

  1. Depop

Depop is an app that allows you to buy and sell all sorts of items for a cheap price.

It’s basically like EBay but better!! It’s a perfect way to make money easily and safely by selling the clothes you don’t wear anymore. Found a dress online but it’s too expensive? Try Depop to find it for cheaper!

  1. depopDaily Workouts FREE

This workout app allows you to have your own personal trainer wherever you are! Simply choose your workout length and which body part you want to focus on and you’re ready to go. The video tutorials are easy to use and best of all its free. This is perfect for during the winter months when you’d rather not leave the house to exercise.

daily-workouts

Caitlin’s favourites:

  1. St Louis G.S. (the school app)

This app is surprisingly very helpful as sometimes you may not be able to access a computer when you need to for school purposes but this app lets you access the School VLE, pupil blog and a variety of other school related websites and materials.

  1. stlouisSkedule

This app is hugely beneficial for me as it allows me to enter my school timetable and homework entries entirely from my phone rather than hauling my planner out of my bag every class.

  1. skeduleiHydrate

We all know that hydration is up there with the most important things that needs to be maintained in a person as well as food and sleep. This app allows you to enter how much water you drink when you drink it so you are able to make sure that you get at least 2 litres of water a day.

ihydrate

Never Ignore Bullying!

Caitlin reminds us that 3rd October was National Bullying Prevention Day.

As we all know, bullying is an incredibly huge issue that is faced in education – be it in school, university and even in the workplace. It is everywhere and we cannot avoid it. But how many people would actually interfere when they witness bullying?

Here are some quick tips for those bystanders who are unsure what to do when they see bullying in school or online:

  • Stand up to the bully. The majority of the time, bullies will back down when they see that they are outnumbered, so stick in a group and stick together.
  • Talk to the victim. If you witness the aftermath of bullying, ask them if they’re okay and if they need any help or cheering up. Believe me, they would be thankful that somebody noticed what they’re going through and that they’re not alone.
  • Anonymously tell a teacher. If you aren’t comfortable with confidently telling the teacher that you witnessed bullying/are being bullied, ask somebody to go in for you and the teacher can at least be on the look out for the tell-tale signs they might have been unaware of.

If you experience bullying online, the best course of action is to block the bully so they can no longer contact you, and again, tell a teacher, year head or the school counsellor and they have plenty of resources to take action to stop it from happening to you again. Remember:

 YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Caitlin

World Teachers Day? What…?

Aine does a little research as to what this special occasion is really all about and does a little soul searching about how we should think about the teachers we are surrounded by here at St Louis.

UNESCO proclaimed 5th October to be World Teachers’ Day in 1994, celebrating the great step made for teachers on 5 October 1966, when a special intergovernmental conference convened by UNESCO in Paris adopted the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. This recommendation set the rights and responsibilities of teachers as well as international standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions.

The theme this year is about valuing teachers and improving their status, and, if we’re all honest, isn’t it time we started valuing the teachers in our own school? I’m sure we’ve all been a little guilty of bad mouthing a teacher in the past, whether it be because of a bad note you TOTALLY didn’t deserve or because you didn’t get the grade you wanted in an assessment, but do we ever take the time to stop and think about all the things our teachers do for us?

All the weekends they’ve given up to mark work, all the after school classes they’ve held for us, which were a huge help especially at GCSE and A-level. Those that go above and beyond to hold extracurricular activities for our benefit, whether it be organizing the school blog, coaching the debate team, training the football and camogie team and many more, we owe these teachers a lot more credit than we give. Not forgetting those teachers that go above and beyond to help students who are struggling, whether it be with home or school life. They all deserve our utmost respect and our thanks.

From the whole student body, thank you for expanding our minds and giving us the foundation for our future. The work you do is FUNdamental.

Aine

 

You Tube and Short Film- The New Wave

Aisling reviews some of the latest and most interesting short films to be shown on You Tube and points us in the right direction for what’s new on the tube.

From thought provoking dramas to side splitting comedies, a new crop of young and exciting directors are creating innovative and daring pictures that are cheap to make, easy to share, and find an audience as never before.

The past decade has seen an explosion of video online. The rise of YouTube and more high-brow sharing sites such as Vimeo means that, now, the humble short has a mainstream, global audience. A film that strikes a chord can be watched by hundreds of thousands, even millions of people, who will offer feedback and support and perhaps recommend it to their friends.

Here are some of my personal favourites and the aspiring youtubers that created them.

  • The Imp Of The Perverse by Benjamin Cook (2015)

the-imp-of-the-perverse

This formalist style short film proved to be a great debut from Benjamin Cook about an eighteen year old boy who has captured the “Imp of the Perverse” in his wardrobe, the imp of the perverse being a metaphor for a little voice inside out head telling you to do wrong from an Edgar Allan Poe short story. I love the way this was short from the spilt screens to the additional pieces of animation throughout, I thought this added a fun and comic style to it while dealing with quite complex themes .He uses atmospheric lighting and music in each scene to set a specific tone and is also deliberately non-specific to allow us to conjure our own idea if the ‘Imp’ and this is another excellent film technique that makes this an engaging and thoughtful piece.

  • Let It Be by Bertie Gilbert (2016)

let-it-be

This magical Realist film made by Bertie Gilbert is an absolute must watch! Starring himself, Dodie Clark, Savannah Brown and Jack Howard, Bertie presents a beautifully filmed and artistically presented story of what happens when a troubled relationship comes face-to-face with Death itself. The film portrays Death as a naive black haired girl played by Savannah Brown, sick of her eternal career of killing good people, this really creates a strong premise for the film. The cinematography produced by Ciaran O’Brien, was stunning. This is definitely a strong point in all of Gilbert’s films. The colours brought some lightness into a darker theme but managed not to overplay it.

  • Ghost Fighting Corporation by Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs (2015)

ghost-fighting

This comedic formalist film follows two friends living together in an apartment that is incidentally also inhabited by a supernatural presence. This piece has a witty and engaging script that puts a unique twist on a stereotypically story and tells it like it’s never been before. The use of well timed humour and artistic shots used for comedic effect are what make it stand out among the other ghost related short films.

  • The Fleeting Little Life Of Peter Wright by Tim Hautekiet and Sammy Paul (2015)

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This realist short film addresses mental illness in a positive and refreshing way, it touches upon suicide in a way that doesn’t scare you, doesn’t offend you and does not look over the topic. Particular techniques used that stay stuck in my head as adding to the impact of the film would be sound and editing. Both of these elements were used to create an emotional impact during a montage scene towards the end that contains a speech and non-diegetic music which adds to the overall message attempting to be put across. The film is considerably comedic and light hearted despite the gravitas of the subject matter and I believe this approach helps to create a bigger impact on the audience.

Enjoy- but be warned some of the themes are complex and may not be suitable for everyone.

Aisling

National Poetry Day

 This Thursday (6th of October) is national poetry day and celebrates the wonderful art of poetry and all things poetical. This day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart- an entrepreneur and publisher who also established the Forward Prizes for Poetry.

 Now I know many of you reading this are probably wondering why anyone would be so enthusiastic about poetry to give it its own day, is it not just a couple of words strung together into a sentence that makes absolutely no sense written by some old codger who is trying to tell me that a fish is actually supposed to be the living embodiment of military force for example? (Heaney’s Trout for those of you who have already forgotten your English Literature revision).

Well, in short, no.

Poetry is so much more than just some metaphorical mumbo-jumbo, poetry is philosophy, it’s escapism, in the words of Percy Bryce Shelley “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world”.

Unknown to many though, poetry is not just the literature we are forced to learn in English lit for our end of year tests, it’s in our music, it’s on our TVs, it’s in our cinemas and it’s on our stages.

One example is of the 16 Tony Award winning musical “Hamilton”, the story of the life and work of America’s first treasury secretary- in rap.

Not only is the show packed with musical genius, but it is a literary masterpiece and shows that poetry is not just a thing of the past, but it is a living and breathing factor in our society that daily unites us, inspires us and can sometimes genuinely change us.

With that in mind, and using the example of Hamilton for some of my favorite lines of poetry as all the bloggers have been posting, here’s one of my favorites from the play-

 “When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game.

But you don’t get a win unless you play in the game.

Oh, you get love for it. You get hate for it.

You get nothing if you…Wait for it,

God help and forgive me but I wanna’ build something that’s gonna’ outlive me

If you stand for nothing Burr what’ll you fall for?”

Hamilton

“Room Where it Happens”

-Lin-Manuel Miranda

 Jill.

In celebration of National Poetry Day our bloggers have chosen some of their favourite lines of poetry- some explained and some just for sharing.

Katherine

“Beside the forbidden waters

that lie deeper than the night.

Inside the darkened Forest

Where there is no happy light.

 

The hemlock trees

They shake with fear,

Trembling in the summer wind

With fear and understanding

That the wendigo is near”

This is a snippet from Wendigo by Judy Kyrie, full poem is on here just incase

https://allpoetry.com/poem/10741059-Wendigo—a-native-american-story-by-Jude-Kyrie

 

Megan

“Things that I Hope Are True About Heaven”

“That the radio always plays what would have been your favorite songs. That there’s always coffee if you want it. That you’re there. That it’s real.”

from ‘Our Numbered Days’ poetry collection by Neil Hilborn

 

Aisling

 

‘If you can dream- and not make dreams master;

If you can think- and not make thoughts your aim.’

If by Rudyard Kipling

 “This is from my favourite poem and I find these two lines particularly thought provoking. I like how they’re slightly vague, it gives every reader a chance to give the lines their own meaning.”

 

Caitlin

Sing To Me, Autumn by Patricia Cisco

“Dance with me, autumn, your waltz that

bends the boughs of trees

Now tell me all the secrets you’ve whispered
to the seas”

I like this poem because it is very descriptive and creates a lot of imagery through personification of the common elements of the Autumn season. It is a feel-good and ethereal poem as it paints the concept of autumn as a very romantic and comforting season.”

 

Aine

“These murmurings of love that around her steps ascend,

Piously faithful still unto her austere duty,

Will say, when she shall read these lines full of her beauty,

‘Who can this woman be?’ and will not comprehend.”

“This poem is a beautiful tribute to a woman who earns the poets deep affection, yet she is oblivious to his desires. It is a romantic tragedy, but can gives us all hope that someone may love us even if we are unawares.”

 

Katie

‘Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all’

Emily Dickinson.

“I like this quote because it allows you to believe that you will always have hope in everything that you do.”

 

Sian

Poet: William Wordsworth
Poem: Daffodils

“Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay.”

I just love the way he describes nature and uses imagery. Its simple, just about flowers but it is dreamy and pleasant and just makes me feel good.”

 

World Space Week

Greetings to all you terrestrial beings out there. Did you know that World Space Week has started as of the 4th of October?

World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the advancement of human society, and since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. More than 1,800 events in 73 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration in 2015.

Do you have an interest in science? Don’t we all!

Well, there are numerous ways in which you can take part: build a spacecraft (a model of course; not a real one); explore the world with Google Earth; have a sci-fi movie marathon; or why not get yourself a good book and explore the world of quantum physics and general relativity?

For more ideas and other information you can visit the official website at www.worldspaceweek.org

There’s no time like the present- and no place like space!

Shane

Top Tips to Manage Stress

Katie gives her advice on how to manage stress.

Stress is a physical and emotional reaction to the demands placed upon you and while we all need a little pressure from time to time when you feel unable to cope with the demands put upon you the effects can make it difficult to manage.

The school year can be stressful from time to time for everyone and sometimes it all feels like a little too much, that’s why I’m going to share my top ten ways to reduce stress during the school year!

  1. Listen to Music

Listening to music can be very relaxing and allows you to take your mind off things for a while and to focus on something else.

  1. Have a Hot Bath

Heat relaxes muscles—and taking a long bath can be soothing for the mind as well.

  1. Exercise Daily

Exercise helps to boost endorphins and reduce stress—and research shows that 20 minutes each day is all that is needed to experience benefits. Anything from walking, yoga, running will all have a positive effect on your mood.

  1. Sleep

Sleeping is an essential key to staying healthy and strong. When you’re well-rested, you can approach stressful situations more calmly, yet sleep is so often neglected or underemphasized but it is one of the most important things we need to cope with every day life.

  1. Stay positive

Laughter has been found to lower levels of stress hormones, reduce inflammation in the arteries, and increase “good” HDL cholesterol. So spend time with friends who make you laugh or even just watch a good comedy and laugh out loud on your own- you’ll feel much better.

  1. Turn your phone off

It’s impossible to escape stress when it follows you everywhere. Avoid emails and social media etc. Take time each day to spend alone. This links directly to improving your sleep- avoid all gadgets, social media and messaging for at least an hour before you go to bed, let yourself think.

  1. Get organized

Disorganization is one of the most common stress triggers. After all, it’s frustrating when you can never find that one thing you’re looking for. Develop a system to keep everything organized. Write things down, use your diary in your phone, stick to homework deadlines, it really does make life easier.

  1. Do something that makes you happy

To reduce the stress in your life, make the time to do something pleasurable. It could be something as simple as enjoying your favourite show or talking to a friend.

  1. Stop procrastinating

To help you get out of this habit, do your most important task first or only work on a challenging project for 10-minutes.

  1. Avoid multitasking.

We’re all extremely busy, which is why multitasking seems like a great idea. Juggling tasks can be very stressful and make you feel under pressure.

Fight the Winter Blues

Sian gives us her top 20 feel good films (she’s so upbeat she couldn’t stop at 10!!)

Feel-good films you have to see!!

Back to school time and the coming of winter can darken the spirits so, in order to keep your hopes high and your energy positive I have created a list of feel good movies to watch over the next few months to lift your spirits (getting ready for Hallowe’en already!)

Take some timeout to have a movie night with friends this weekend and enjoy some heart-warming films to take your mind off school. Not too much popcorn, remember our healthy eating advice!

  1. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
  2. The Help (2011)
  3. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  4. Pride( 2014)
  5. The Toy Story Trilogy(1995/1999/2010)
  6. Mamma Mia (2007)
  7. Hairspray (2007)
  8. Guardians of The Galaxy(2014)
  9. Finding Nemo (2003)
  10. Daddy’s Home (2015)
  11. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  12. Pitch Perfect (2012)
  13. New Year’s Eve (2011)
  14. Doubtfire (1993)
  15. Notting Hill (1999)
  16. Super 8 (2011)
  17. Stand By Me (1986)
  18. School of Rock (2003)
  19. Cheaper By The Dozen/ Cheaper By The Dozen 2 (2003)/ (2005)
  20. Chalet Girl (2011)

I guarantee these will keep you smiling at least until the trick or treating Hallowe’en fun begins and we can talk fearsome, frightening scares!

Sian