Fifth Years visit London
On Friday 13th April a group of 37 Fifth Year students accompanied by 5 teachers visited London for their School Tour. They set out from Scoil Ruáin at 3am and flew out from Dublin Airport arriving in London Gatwick Airport at 9am. On arrival they set out on a walking tour of the city cumulating in a visit to London Eye where they got a bird’s eye view of the city. After some relaxation time and dinner, they got the opportunity to see the West End Musical “Wicked”. It was a great end to their first day.
On day two they set out early from their hotel to St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton where they watched their hero and past-pupil, Shane Long, play against Chelsea. After the game Shane invited the group to meet him for a chat, take some photographs and sign some autographs. It was a very memorable experience for all concerned. Shane keeps in regular contact with Scoil Ruáin. He is an outstanding ambassador for our school and we are very proud of all his great achievements both with his club and country. He has a big fan base in Scoil Ruáin and no doubt has grown bigger after this trip.
On the third and final day of the trip the group visited London Olympic Stadium. Here they saw the sports facilities where London Olympics were held in 2012. After some final sightseeing and shopping the group headed back to the airport for their journey home. Everyone greatly enjoyed their experience in London.
Internet Safety Talk for Students and Parents
On Thursday 19th April Scoil Ruáin held a series of talks for students and parents on the topic of “Protecting your Children in the Digital Age”. These were presented by Jason O’Mahony from CODA. Jason is an experienced investigator and a Masters of Sciences Graduate in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation. The purpose of the talks was to highlight the many dangers children face online today. Topics covered included Cyber Bullying, Child Exploitation, Grooming, Sexting, Sexploitation to mention a few. The talks were very well received by all who heard them and they proved very informative as to the challenges facing both young and old in the digital world today.