IADT invited Transition Year students attending school in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area to respond creatively to the idea of HOPE in a short, original piece of writing.
A big congratulations to Finn Wallace (TY) who was announced today as one of the winning entries. Finn will receive a €100 One for all Voucher and his class will be hosted on a tour of the National Film School followed by lunch at IADT when public health guidelines allow.
You can read Finn's submission below. Titled "Burning Hope".
I raced along that dusty path, the silent, solemn atmosphere thickening the air, just as black billowing clouds of smoke and ash seemed to do ahead. It was only supposed to be a routine trip, Hana would visit Tokyo and sell the early harvests. I had never thought it would turn out like this.
The panicked scurrying of the city seemed to grow louder and louder as I ran, my vision becoming more clouded. Jets of fire somehow peeking through the smog filled sky and the water, it was the closest thing I knew to a hell on earth. Still, I ran, never stopping, even as my entire body pained, my head pounding, the heat intensifying.
Thoughts raced through my mind, I couldn’t let my sister die, she would be alone, mixed through all the chaos, she needed me. ‘No!’ I would find her, she’d be ok, it’s all going to be ok.
I neared the city, now seeing the destruction that the earthquake had caused. The sprawling urban metropolis that had seemed so grand was levelled to the ground. Buildings reduced to rubble and soot, the inferno still raging in some parts. Bodies littered the streets.
I held on to the belief that my sister was ok because it was all that kept me going. I rushed through the ruins, trying to identify what was where and where was what. I approached what I thought to be the district she was staying in, hoping I’d find relief. Sweat built up on my brow and I felt an uneasy feeling in my stomach.
Finally, I reached the remains of the small family homestead who had housed us every year since I was just a child. It too was gone. I searched through the debris, hoping for some sign of identification, something to ease the storm of emotions raging through my heart. There was nothing. The few human remains I could find were beyond recognition. I didn’t want to believe any of them were Hana, then I saw it.
A small, tattered piece of cloth, bearing our family insignia. It couldn’t be like this, it was all so sudden, she could still be at one of the nearby shelters. I fruitlessly tried to reason with myself but inside I knew, I picked up the cloth, clutched it to my chest, and fell to my knees, the tarmac beneath me faintly warm.
The Candidate self service portal opens from 12pm on the 27th of April to 6pm on the 30th of April for the final confirmation of:
The 2021-22 CBC School Journal Cover Design Competition is now up and running. This competition is open to all CBC students who now have the opportunity to design the cover of this year’s School Journal. The pandemic is a challenging time for everyone but every cloud has a silver lining! One of the positives of the lockdown is that it has given us all a time-out, time to look at things differently, to re-evaluate, reflect and reframe our perspectives.
Your entry could be a photo, drawing, painting, etc. anything that you feel would bring life and meaning to the 2021-22 Journal. See the image attached for the space it will occupy. Entries can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or handed into the office with your name and class attached. The winning entry will receive a €100 voucher.
Closing date is 5pm on Friday April 30th!
Best of Luck!
Ireland Reads is a new campaign from Irish libraries, Children’s Books Ireland, NALA, booksellers, publishers and others to get the whole country reading this month in the lead up to Ireland Reads Day on Thursday, the 25th of February. The aim is to get everyone to pledge to ‘squeeze in a read’ on the 25th of February, Ireland Reads Day – whether that’s reading a book, a newspaper, a comic – whatever works. All over the country, libraries and partners will be holding events and activities online in support of Ireland Reads. Wouldn't it be great to get the whole school community involved and pledge to read! It would be great if as many of you as possible can take photos of you, or anyone in your household (including your pets), reading a book and email it to email@example.com
Please visit www.irelandreads.ie, where you can let them know how long you’re going to read for.
Dublin City Libraries recently subscribed to TeenBookCloud. This is a collection of eBooks and eAudio books aimed at readers aged 11-18 years. It includes graphic novels/comic books, enhanced novels, non-fiction etc. It is free and no login is required. All you need to do is click on this link https://www.teenbookcloud.com/Home.aspx
Let's get everyone in CBC reading
Our Students have been keeping active in their PE classes during lockdown. Here is a snippet of what has been going on.
Ms. Roche and the 3rd Yr Tutor Team ran a wonderful photography competition for their students. Click the video below to view all the excellent entries and see their 'Signs of Hope'.
Letter from the Minister of Education, Norma Foley TD, to all Parents/Guardians. Click the file below to view.