Ollie's send two delegations to model United Nations forum
ON Monday March 25, two delegations set off from St Oliver's to take part in the St Andrew's International Model United Nations in Jury's Hotel, in Ballsbridge, Dublin. As the first group of students from the Ollie's ever to take part in such an event we became what some would
ON Monday March 25, two delegations set off from St Oliver's to take part in the St Andrew's International Model United Nations in Jury's Hotel, in Ballsbridge, Dublin.
As the first group of students from the Ollie's ever to take part in such an event we became what some would refer to as the ‘guinea pigs’ for the week.
As the day approached we realised that we actually had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into so the week became a learning experience for everyone. The eight students who took part (including myself) representing the countries of Eritrea and Uzbekistan were:
Eritrean Delegation: Stephanie Lord - Ambassador-Politics One, Damien Daly - Politics Two, Lynch -Disarmament, Thomas Heeney - Economic Development
Uzbek Delegation: Ben Maguire Boyle -Politics One, Cian Nolan -Economic Development, Helena Byrne -Human Rights and Paddy Wall -Health and Youth
We spent the four days in Jurys Hotel debating issues as in-depth as the Question of Palestine, and Global Commitment to Combat Terrorism and each delegate gained a thorough knowledge of the day to day running and organising of the United Nations.
During the week we had talks from distinguished guests such as John Hume and Perri Piri which were extremely interesting and informative.
The whole week was really enjoyable and we gained a lot from the experience thanks to all involved. All the students would like to thank all of the teachers who gave their kind help and support throughout the conference and also during the preparations.
Key Camp Reunion
By Arlene Crilly (student)
ON Monday March 25 last years transition year students from St Oliver’s went up to Cavan where the ‘Key Camp reunion was held. The students who completed the Key Programme last year once again had the opportunity to meet and socialise with young people from the other side of the border.
They were also fortunate enough to have a free nights stay in the luxurious Slieve Russell hotel and participated in a variety of activities including enterprise workshops, archery and rock climbing.
The pupils and the teachers thoroughly enjoyed the trip observing that it was both an educational and fun experience.
By PJ Murray (student)
OVER Easter the annual under 17 compromised rules matches took place and St Oliver’s are proud to have a student representing the school.
Anthony Johnson was selected to represent his county.
In the first game in the Markievicz Park in Roscommon the Irish were marginally defeated by 4 points.
But in the second game in Parnell park the Irish pulled off an amazing victory.
After the first half were behind by 20 points. But within 10 minutes of the third quarter they had scored 21 points to take the lead. But with only seconds to go Ireland was 2 points behind. An Irish player took a mark 25 yards from the goal and put the ball over the bar for 3 points to win by 1 point.
It is the first time that Ireland had even been in with a chance of winning the series.
Anthony had a great game capped off with an amazing 30 yard pass.
This had the foundations for an exciting game in Cork with the series up for grabs; neither the Irish nor the Aussies would hold anything back.
And the first few minutes were explosive with tackles going in hand and fast. At the end of the first half Ireland were only 14 points behind but the fatigue from the game in Dublin showed as Ireland faded away.
And in the third quarter Anthony was introduced only to come off injured in a collision with an Australian player. The Aussies eventually ran out winners with a final score of 84-28.
Anthony Johnson had an excellent series scoring one goal and one behind. He did himself proud. And on behalf of all his fellow students I would like to congratulate him and say well done!
By Thomas Heeney (student)
Yes Cannibalism! Don’t be alarmed. There is a lot you don’t know about these crazy people eaters.
Cannibals have long been a part of human history, and for just as long they have frightened and fascinated us. Cannibalism can be defined as the eating of human flesh by humans.
Wolves for instance will devour each other when desperately hungry. Among humans cannibalism has been widespread in pre-historic and primitive societies. It is believed that it is still practised in remote parts of New Guinea.
Reasons for cannibalism have varied. Sometimes there simply wasn’t enough food. Some just liked the taste of human flesh. Some victorious tribes ate their dead enemies. In some rituals, relatives ate the body.
So when we laugh and joke about cannibals try to remember that they are just people too – slightly hungrier than us.