Friday, 13 February 2015

College Press: Valentine's Edition

Hi Everyone!
This term has really flown by! Let's hope everyone has held their sanity during the mocks! Summer is drawing ever closer and college life is in full swing.
Huge congratulations to our rugby S.C.T. on their ongoing campaign to bring home the cup! Also a big well done to The JCT hockey and the concern debating team for representing the school with pride.

Hope you all have a great valentine’s day, try not to eat too much chocolate alone or otherwise.

See you all soon, till next issue!
Amy, Cara, Laura

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin: QkiwSlides by 6th Year English

A fresh option at H.L.L.C. 
This term I am going through the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin for the first time with a 6th Year English class. This will be the first year the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin could possibly appear on the Higher Leaving Certificate exam paper. To date, our class has covered three poems: Translation, Death and Engines and The Bend in the Road. The class split into pairs and I challenged each group to create a brief QwikSlide presentation of their poem using With the help of class discussion, their text book and some great online resources they were able to create their presentations. After we complete the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin we hope to return to this exercise and complete our set of presentations.


Deaths and Engines

The Bend in the Road

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The Great Gatsby - Chapter 4 Writing Competition

Chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby is certainly the rising action chapter of the novel. Gatsby takes Nick to the city and on the way he delivers his well rehearsed fake back story to Nick with total commitment and of course fantastic props. When the two gentlemen arrive at 'a well — fanned Forty-second Street cellar' they meet the fascinating Meyer Wolfsheim. His almost comedic support of Gatsby as 'an Oggsford man' with 'fine breeding' is eerily juxtaposed with the knowledge that he was the man that fixed the 1919 World series and wears human teeth as cufflinks. After Wolfsheim leaves, Nick spots Tom Buchanan and introduces him to Gatsby. In the midst of rather awkward conversation Gatsby simply disappears. Fitzgerald then suddenly jumps us forward to later in the day when Jordan meets Nick. This conversation of course gives both the reader and Nick an insightful look back to Daisy's state of mind just before she married Tom 'Tell ’em all Daisy’s change’ her mine' and sets up the tea meeting at Nick's house between Gatsby and Daisy.

This week I set my 5th year class the challenge of filling in the narrative bridge in the middle of the chapter. I encouraged them to try and write in the style of Fitzgerald. We decided that they could: continue the conversation between Nick and Tom, start a new conversation between Nick and Gatsby or a mixture of both. Below I've included the entries I received from the class along with a poll to cast your vote for the winner (Learning of course being the real winner!). For your convenience, I've included the original text before and after where our entrants inserted their piece. Thanks for taking the time to read the entries and cast your vote!

Original Text

“This is Mr. Gatsby, Mr. Buchanan.”
They shook hands briefly, and a strained, unfamiliar look of embarrassment came over Gatsby’s face.
“How’ve you been, anyhow?” demanded Tom of me. “How’d you happen to come up this far to eat?”
“I’ve been having lunch with Mr. Gatsby.”
 I turned toward Mr. Gatsby, but he was no longer there.


One October day in nineteen-seventeen ——
(said Jordan Baker that afternoon, sitting up very straight on a straight chair in the tea-garden at the Plaza Hotel)

 — I was walking along from one place to another, half on the sidewalks and half on the lawns. I was happier on the lawns because I had on shoes from England with rubber nobs on the soles that bit into the soft ground. I had on a new plaid skirt also that blew a little in the wind, and whenever this happened the red, white, and blue banners in front of all the houses stretched out stiff and said TUT-TUT-TUT-TUT, in a disapproving way.


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Friday, 19 December 2014

College Press: Christmas Edition

Hey Guys!
It’s finally here. The festive season we have all been waiting for…CHRISTMAS!! The anticipation of presents is beginning to build up, the sweet smell of mince pies mingled with the taste of warm hot chocolate. We hope you have your new years resolutions in order… specifically to join College Press *hint, hint*
Special Christmas shout out to John Carpenter for finally getting a move on with his article (flick to pg… to get the deets). We loved it John! Still waiting on yours Alan…
We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Amy, Cara and Laura :)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Classic Novels - Branding

Ms. R Kelly’s TY students have been analysing Advertising this month. TY’s analysed the PBS documentary, The Merchants of Cool.

Students were challenged to re-brand a well-known product in an effort to make it ‘cool’ for teens. They had to come up with a new way to market a dull product and make it attractive to a teen audience.  Fionn, Sadhbh, Emma, Sam and Roisin took on the challenge of Classic novels. Here are their findings and results.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Lord of the Flies: Voki News

A collection of Voki News reports completed by a group of Second Years from Newbridge College. The pupils were asked to write a brief News Report based on the events from the first four chapters of Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The entire class did a great job and posted below you will find just a selection of their work.