'Tales from the Dark Pool' Podcasts (2017)

Please check out the stories and poems by young authors (including some Manor House students) in the 'Tales from the Dark Pool' radio series at

https://www.facebook.com/pmpld/

Thanks to Ms Doherty for helping the students with this project.

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Meeting Cecelia Ahern: 23 March 2017
'Fighting Words' Workshop: 20 March 2017

A group of 1st year students attended a 'Fighting Words' workshop with Ms Craig on 20 March 2017. 'Fighting Words' is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle. It helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of story writing.

Book Project: Ms Craig's 1st year English Class
Literary Fancy Dress Day: 16 March 2016
 

Pictured above are some of the students and teachers who got into the spirit of our Literary Fancy Dress day (16 March 2016). The teachers are 'Snow White' (Ms Conerney), 'Mary Poppins' (Ms Costello),  'James Bond' (Mr Clinch),'The Phantom of the Opera' (Ms Doherty), 'Mise Eire' (Ms Donnelly),'Cruella de Vil' (Ms Grills) and 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' (Ms Tracy). 'Minerva McGonagle' (Ms O'Neill) and 'Where's Wally?' (Ms Dunwoody) are not pictured here. Thanks to all for being such good sports.

5th yrs and cast of 'Handsome Devils': 7 April 2017

'Blood Brothers': 28 March 2017

A group  of 2nd year students, along with their English teachers, attended 'Blood Brothers' in the Bord Gais Energy theatre on 28 March. The students are studying 'Blood Brothers' as part of their Junior Cycle English course. There was lots of laughter and even more tears as they thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful production of the Willy Russell show. Thanks to the English teachers who organised the trip and accompanied the students to the show.

English

Manor House English Department is one of the biggest departments in the school and to date has had great achievements, with the Junior and Leaving Certificate results being well above the national average.  As a department, we work closely with the Learning Support team, making sure that pupils who suffer from conditions such as dyslexia and dyspraxia are supported and prepared for the State examinations.  Extra-curricular activities such as the Book Club and the Debating Club are open to all, with students gaining extra practice at reading, speech writing and delivery, not to mention growing in confidence and self-esteem.


As a department, we are eager to support and promote the Literacy incentives that are the concern of the entire school.  Ideas such as the ‘Word of the Week’ help to improve pupils’ literacy and we are closely involved in the implementation of the Spelling Bee competition, which is being organised by the TY Young Social Innovators.


This year (2015-2016), we are planning an entire renovation of the school library, the aim being to create a vibrant, inviting space to which pupils will be drawn.  We are currently asking students to add to the numbers of books available by donating from home, with the hope of having as diverse a collection as possible.  A well-stocked library will also help to promote the DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) programme, which is now part of most students’ timetable.


At Manor House, we like our English students to see the texts that they study in practice, therefore theatre trips are common, particularly the Shakespearean workshops in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, where students watch a performance of the Shakespearean play they have studied in class and then take part in an informative and fun workshop.  We also like to encourage as many visits to the theatre as possible, especially for TYs, with recent years being offered the chance to see To Kill a Mockingbird, War Horse and The Shawshank Redemption.


One of our main aims as a department is to highlight the importance of English in all walks of life, as opposed to simply the work that is covered in the classroom.  We want English to be fun, informative and engaging because literacy is something that all pupils, no matter what their college choice, will require in the outside world.
 

5th year trip to Stratford: September 2016