St. Finian’s C.C is one of 24 Dublin City University linked schools in North Dublin. DCU holds and “Annual Achievement Awards” ceremony each year in the Helix in DCU to celebrate students who have excelled in the following areas-Academic, Sport, Community Spirit, Arts and Culture. Teachers and Guidance Counsellors from each of DCU’s 24 linked schools are invited to nominate 4th and 5th year students from their school in each of five categories.
On Thursday 3rd December 2015 the annual ‘Achievement Awards’ were held at the Helix in DCU.
Congratulations to the following students from St. Finians C.C. who received awards.
• Liam Cunningham
• Seán Imasuen
• Temitope Oluwole
• Community Spirit
• Clara Kinsella
• Samanta Jakstonyte
Arts & Culture
• Kate Murphy
• Christopher Morday
• Erica Savage
• Ryan Smartt
• Monique Ryan
• Yasmina Salop
Winner of the J.F. Atkins DNA Science Competition 2014
Congratulations to Rhoda Ekundayo winner of the JF Atkins DNA completion. Rhoda a 5th year student is seen here being presented with her award by Dr Venki Ramakrishnan, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology,Cambridge, and 2009 Nobel laureate for his determination of ribosome structure.
Swords Young Musician of the Year
Congratulations to Liam Cunningham 5th year who won the Dublin Airport Swords Young Musician of the year in a competition held here in St. Finian’s C.C. on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd May 2016. Prizes are awarded in categories such as piano, strings, voice, recorder, woodwind, brass, electric guitar, and there is also a section for traditional musicians too. Therefore it a tremendous achievement to win the prize of overall musician. This is the second time Liam has taken home the overall title having won first prize also in 2014.
St. Finian’s C.C. excelling in Maths
Khan Academy Learnstorm (Mathletes) Challenge 2016
Students from 1st and 5th year took part in the Khan Academy Learnstorm(formerly Mathletes) challenge which ran from29th January 2016 to 1st April 2016.This competition consisted of a series of challenges that students completed both in school and at home, with each challenge contributing points to the school total. Over 1000 schools took part in the challenge with 18 students receiving invites to attend the All- Ireland final. This is a fantastic achievement as less than 1% of all students that took part in the competition have received an invitation. Overall the school finished 1st in Ireland in the Hustleboard Competition and 2nd in the mastery competition. Well done to all students who completed challenges! Special congratulations to Casey Pepa, Sam Kearney, Sun Yin Or, Ryan (Opeyemi) idowu, Hamza Abdul Hamid and grace Clement Okooboh of 1st year, Maksmillian Swirydowicz,Genifer Iordan and Habib Abdul Hamid of 2nd Year, Seán Ayotade and Arthur Lapins and Christa Dodita, Ermonsele Clement Okooboh,Derek McCormack 3rd year , Liam Cubnningham, Jamie Callan, Gabriele Stankeviciute, Aiste Kavaliaustaite 5th year who took part in the All- Ireland final.
For more information or to practice skills go to www.learnstorm2016.org/ireland
AILO (All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad).
St Finian’s C.C. participates each year in the AILO (All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad).Students that present with very a high IQ are invited to attend the AILO club in St. Finian’s C.C. This club meets every month to prepare for this championship.
The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) is a contest in which secondary school students develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating languages from around the globe. Students must use their ingenuity to solve puzzles such as deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics, decoding numerical spy codes, and interpreting ancient Mayan poetry. The competition tests logical ability, patient work, and a willingness to think around corners. AILO introduces students to linguistics (i.e. the study of human language) and to the application of logic to problems of language understanding and translation.
The goal is to develop students’ problem-solving skills and to inspire them to consider the fascinating range of Careers at the intersection of computing, linguistics and language. The prize for the top four decoders is the opportunity to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad competition will be held in Mysore in India, in 2016.
This is the second year that St. Finian’s C.C, has participated in A.I.L.O. In 2015 four students from St. Finians’s C.C. took part with two students Jordyn McGuire and Ryan Tiambeg scoring in the top 100 in Ireland (from over 4000 students). Both Jordyn and Ryan performed exceptionally well, Jordyn receiving a Bronze Standard and Ryan receiving a Commendation for their accomplishments in the AILO National Final.
Under the guidance of Ms Niamh Moran, participation in this event in St. Finian’s C.C. is going from strength to strength with ten of our students (Casey Peppa, Gabby Macaria, Jeff Culleton, Pietre O’Rourke O’Sullivan, James O’Reilly, Nicole Filipasco, Alannah Dalton, Callum Duffy Meade, Aiste Kavaliauskaite, Liam Cunningham, Dennis Atagbede and Jordyn Maguire) entering in 2016. Round 1 of the competition took place on Tuesday 2nd February. St Finian’s is the only school in Swords to participate in AILO. and is one of only two schools to host an AILO workshop in North Co. Dublin.
To prepare for this event Ms Moran organised a workshop in St Finian’s C.C on Jan 18th 2016 with all the schools participating from North Dublin and Meath were invited. St. Finian’s C.C. is one of only two schools to host a workshop in North Dublin.This workshop was presented by Dr. Cara Greene (DCU, ADAPT Centre) and prepared our exceptional students for Round 1 of the contest.
Over 2,000 students from 161 schools in 29 counties participated in Round 1 of AILO and the top 100 code-breakers in the country were invited to the AILO National Final in Trinity College on 15th March 2016. We are so proud that out of 2,000 students who competed nationally, two of our students Jordyn Maguire and Aiste Kavaliauskaite made the top 100 problem solvers in Ireland and participated in the AILO National Final. Competing individually, they engaged in a series of brain-teasing challenges such as unlocking the secrets of ancient scripts and deciphering numerical spy codes using skills such as computational thinking, analytical skills, and the ability to think “outside the box”. This is the second year running St. Finian’s C.C. has succeeded in getting 2 students to the top 100.
Both Jordyn and Aiste performed exceptionally well. We are so tremendously proud of their achievements.