Congratulations to students, Ailbhe Kehoe, Bronwyn Hogan, Izzy Matuschka and Ella Nagy members of Threads of Gold who recently qualified for the next round of the All - Ireland School Talent Search organised by Childline. The group both sing and play music. Their rendition of Viva La Vida - Lovestory wowed the judges and was easily good enough to see them through to the next round. This will take place in Dublin on Feb3rd.The girls practice regularly under the baton of their mentor music teacher M/s Anne Buckeridge.
21ST CENTURY LIBRARY
St. Leo's college library is undergoing a major modernisation under the direction of new librarian, Doreen Lundon, taking on the task of bringing it into the digital age. Doreen recently graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in Information and Library Studies. In an effort to make the library better suit the needs and research habits of 21st-century students,the outdated Encyclopaedia Britannicas have been ousted and replaced with classes on how to effectively search the web for the information required for school projects and student's extra- curricular interests.
Due to the internet meeting their needs in St. Leo's College library terms of research, most of the physical books stocked in the library are now fiction titles, the majority of which are teenage and young adult books popular with teenage girls.
Keeping in line with the rise in popularity of e-readers such as Kindles the library now offers free ebooks for any students and staff with an e-reader. With thousands of e-books available free (and legally) online from various different places, it can be difficult to navigate and get what you want, therefore the service offered by the librarian means you can drop your e-reader in to the librarian for a couple of hours, let her know what you like to read, and you get it back with numerous new books handpicked based on your interests.
In the past two months the library has been transformed into a relaxing space for study; and at lunchtimes it is a fun and vibrant space where students come to play games such as Scrabble, Monopoly and cards, use the computers, do their homework, and even check out the newly stocked books. In the coming months we hope to get authors to come and visit us and discuss their books with the students which will create a buzz and encourage more students to visit the library.
The school extension has started. This will involve the construction of six classrooms, state of the art library, science laboratory and a technology suite. It is expected that the building will be completed by November.