Stepaside ETSS at their first East Leinsters

In a sun kissed Santry stadium, Stepaside ETSS shone a bright light at the East Leinster Schools Track and Field event today. Our school has created a new tradition. With  lots of determination, the athletes from the South County have led the way forward for future events of such nature.

Thanks to a lot of hard graft behind the scenes by coaches Sallie Ennis and Ross McNerney, our athletes well and truly showed true grit today. Besides the effort shown on the track, many remarked on the Olympic spirit shown by our sport stars both prior and post-race. This writer witnessed handshakes and congratulations offered to rival athletes; old friendships rekindled; and most importantly very vocal support for their peers.

Nicole ran an incredible race and was placed 4th in her sprint. She narrowly missed out on qualification for the next round and she is well on her way to great things on the track in the near future. Kuba gave great service to the school in the Minor hurdle event. He can be hugely proud of his performance and like Nicole is one for the future in this discipline.

Cian also narrowly lost out on qualification in the 500m event with a very strong finish. This writer is of the opinion that with further training and a step up in distance would bear fruit. Mallaidh and Alannah gave trojan performances in this event and were both hugely unlucky. Mallaidh got boxed in quite early which cost her in the run in for home. While Alannah, reminiscent of Grimm’s Cinderella, discarded half of her footwear in the early stages of the race.

A fairy tale meeting for Stepaside continued with Dylan who showed a great start in his 500m event. A shortening of trip may also be on the cards for this local man. The school has a lot to be hopeful for per the performances of Dominic and Guy in the 1100m. With temperatures reaching 20 degrees for this event, this pair of first timers can take many positives from today. 

 Runs from Kelly, Ben, Bilal, Shannon, Kyle, Manuel and Sadbh showed a sample of the talent we have in our school. Indeed further training and focus on these events will lead to greater success.

 Finally, Matthew’s performance in the 1500 is one that had the entire group of spectators on their feet cheering. His 6th place performance was one for the ages. While he did not conquer today he fought well and truly captured the spirit of all that is good in athletics. The teachers who accompanied the athletes were absolutely thrilled with performances, the effort shown and the exemplary behaviour displayed by this group of students. Not only were they athletes, but wonderful ambassadors for our school and Educate Together Secondary Schools as a whole. The future is indeed bright.

By Thomas Cashin

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Enterprise Awards

Congratulations to Sadbh who won the prize for Best Presentation at the County Finals of the Enterprise Awards. All in Stepaside ETSS are very proud of her. Well done Sadbh!

Finalist in the County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards 2017

We wish Sadbh luck in the County Final of the Student Enterprise awards today with her product Gochi!

Here’s what Sadbh says:

“My business is Gochi Confectionary,  I make a unique version of mochi. Mochi is Japanese sticky rice cake used both in savoury and sweet dishes.  Mochi is usually made from sweet rice (also called Mochi rice) cooked and pounded until it becomes a paste that is very sticky and smooth, then formed into sweets. My mochi is different from others as traditional mochi would be filled with savoury and pungent flavoured fillings such as red bean paste, tahini and white bean paste, but I have modernised mochi. I have used a traditional mochi recipe but added colour and flavouring such as almond and vanilla and for the filling I use modern flavours such as hazelnut, lime, coconut and more! If I had to identify any problem with my business it would be making sure to keep fixed prices as low as possible but still ensuring quality food. My plan for the future is to educate people on Asian food and make Gochi a household name!”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all at Stepaside ETSS

Our first parade as a school – Stepaside St Patrick’s Day parade.

World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day – and congratulations to Rolling Rowlings for winning Operation Read!

Technology class

Students enjoying their Technology class!

The GOAL Humanitarian School Award 2017

We are very proud to receive the certificate of achievement of the GOAL Humanitarian School Award. It is a new award set up to inspire humanitarianism in primary and secondary schools and recognise work carried out by students and teachers.

Awarded schools  receive a certificate of achievement from GOAL and will have their names displayed on the GOAL Humanitarian Schools Roll of Honour.

Operation Read

Operation Read

Operation Read

Operation Read

Operation Read

Our Visit to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

In 1963 two Physics researchers from the University College Dublin, came across the concept of ‘Science Fairs’ while conducting research in New Mexico. The pair decided that this type of hands-on Science was something that students in Ireland could benefit from. And so the Young Scientist Exhibition was born and since then the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has been running for 17 years.

Our 1st Year students had the privilege of a trip to the Young Scientist Exhibition on Friday the 13thof January and we had a very enjoyable experience. Though the place was packed we all managed to visit multiple stalls, shows and exhibitions, which gave us new knowledge, and some freebies! Feargal prepared a treasure hunt for us in advance so that we didn’t miss any of the highlights.

In total we had over three whole hours to explore the RDS and learn loads of new facts about all areas of science. I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit the Robot Wars show, in which the robots fought each other, climbed ropes, and shot water into the crowd.

We were able to see and experience the wonders of modern technology such as virtual reality and were inspired by how advanced it was.

I personally would love to go there again and I’m sure the rest of my classmates would too. We might even enter a project next year…. Watch this space!!!