Monday saw the launch of the school’s lunchtime Reading Room, a place for students to relax and enjoy their favourite book in the quiet surrounds of the school library. A whole-school edition of popular television show ‘Catchphrase’ was positioned around the school daily, so students could partake during and after school to ‘say what they saw’ and enter their answers at the end of the week. First year student Jade Ayres chose an extract from her favourite novel ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell, which she confidently read out over the intercom to the entire school, before she invited the school community to Drop Everything And Read for fifteen minutes.
Tuesday opened with a visit from Dr. Ronan Lynch, who gave the Transition Years an intensive Short-Story Writing clinic, while the first years visited An Tain Theatre to watch a private screening of ‘Wonder’, a film based on the novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio, with their English teachers. In their absence, second year student Kaithlynn Nordon chose an extract from ‘The Outsiders’ by S. E. Hinton, and instructed her school peers to Drop Everything and Read. The Catchphrase competition continued and had gathered traction as a new set of catchphrases adorned the school walls, while the Reading Room grew in popularity as students chose to peacefully read during their lunch breaks.
The Marist’s sister schools, Catholic University School (C.U.S), Leeson Street, and Chanel College, Coolock, paid the college a visit on Wednesday morning to partake in the annual inter-school public speaking debate. Two competitions were held – the first between junior cycle students, the second between transition year students. The standard was exceptionally high from all participants, but finished with Noah Aigbodion (TY) placing second in his category, and Beth McMahon (second year) placing third in hers.
English Week reached its peak on Thursday and Friday with more and more students getting involved in the school competitions. Drop Everything And Read continued, and students from various years publicly read extracts from their novels of choice. First year students submitted their entries to the FAI Short Story Writing competition they had been working on.