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Dungeon’s and Dragons

How does Dungeon’s and Dragons work?

Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop role playing game, played with small groups of people using only pens, paper, dice, a few core rules books and an active imagination. It is a collaborative storytelling and adventure game where there is no preset win condition. Essentially D&D is a structured game of make believe with written rules!

There are two roles; Players and Dungeon Masters (DMs). Each player creates and controls a single character. They choose its race eg Elf or Dwarf, each with unique features, a class or occupation such as Fighter or Wizard defining their abilities such as casting spells or fighting with weapons and finally, they choose a name and backstory for their character. Unlike the Players who are actors, responsible for actions of one character, the DM acts as author, director and referee of the game. The DM controls everything in the imaginary world from threatening monsters and traps to the surrounding environment and the events that happen within it. They are responsible for the games narrative flow, creating scenarios and settings where the game occurs. Actions that players may want their character to make can be made through role play while some actions require the use of the specialized die.

Players become characters embarking upon imaginary adventures exploring dungeons, fighting monsters and seeking treasure in a fantasy setting. Do you wish to venture forth into the great unknown in search of treasure and adventure? Does the idea of killing a monster and becoming a hero appeal to you as time well spent? Do you like the idea of telling the greatest stories you will ever hear with friends around a table covered in dice, paper and snacks then you too should play D&D @ BRC.

Clubs and Societies

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of The United Nations. Students are tasked with solving a global issue through research, drafting, lobbying and debate to pass a suitable ‘resolution’.

Blackrock’s MUN programme runs for the duration of the school year and involves groups participating in conferences hosted by other schools. MUN meetings take place weekly on Fridays after school in The Digital Learning Centre.

Students consider real-world issues discussed by the United Nations at the weekly meetings. Topics range from general topics such as rights of religious minorities to specific topics such as improvement of accident safeguards surrounding nuclear plants. The meetings take place under formal ‘Rules of Procedure’ to replicate the format of the UN.

During the meetings and conferences, students take on the roles of delegates, speakers, and chairs, representing different countries and work together with other students from different backgrounds to take part in discussions and reach a solution for the topic they are furnished with.

Preparing and participating in a MUN enables students to enhance public speaking leadership skills. They improve their worldly knowledge and research skills. Students develop their analytical and problem-solving skills. Moreover, coming up with solutions that are acceptable to a majority of the representatives also inculcates skills of negotiation, conflict resolution, and cooperation.

Exhibitions

Be Caring/ Be Grateful

To promote our Be Caring Ethos, for International Men’s Day students and staff were invited to submit a project on a man they admire that did is doing something caring. Here’s some of the projects they submitted.

To promote our Be Grateful ethos, for International Women’s Day students and staff were invited to submit a project on a woman they are grateful to and who has made a positive impact. Here’s some of the projects they submitted.

Exhibitions

Éire ón Spéir

November 2019: This was a bilingual exhibition in collaboration with Oide Ní Shuairc’s 44 and 45A. The exhibition celebrated Ireland from the sky, through landscape photographs, historic memorabilia from the Second World War and remembered members of the Spiritan Community and past pupils who played pivotal roles in Irish Aviation History. Commandant Aonghus Ó hAlmhain of the Irish Air Corp officially launched the exhibition.  Mr Sheil’s English debating team had a debate on Irish neutrality and Mr Wyer’s Art club created an eye-catching poster to promote the event. 

Events and Activities

Clubs and Committees

The Creative Arts and Digital Learning Centre is at the heart of the school where students can meet other students with shared interests. Here’s a list of some of the Clubs and Societies that come here to meet.

Dungeons and Dragons club meet every Wednesday from 1.30pm/2pm to 4pm.  There’s a mixture of students from various year groups who join together as Wizards, Warlocks, Sorcerers or Druids where they must work together to solve dilemmas, engage in battles, explore, and gather treasure and knowledge.  Dungeons and Dragons can help students develop their verbal, critical thinking, and creative skills and is a great way for different year groups to meet and interact with each other.  To find out more click here

Cinema and Book Club meets every Monday at 8am. We meet, watch some clips from movies, see how things are done behind the scenes, compare some movies to books, do some quizzes and eat toast. 

CADLC/Library Committee meets every second Wednesday and our aim is to promote literacy and the use of the Creative Arts and Digital Learning Centre. We do this by promoting about Reading Promotion, DEAR, quizzes and events. The committee has a representatives from each year group.

Model United Nations Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of The United Nations. Students are tasked with solving a global issue through research, drafting, lobbying and debate to pass a suitable ‘resolution’. Blackrock’s MUN programme runs for the duration of the school year and involves groups participating in conferences hosted by other schools. MUN meetings take place weekly on Fridays after school in the Library. Read more

Global Citizenship Committee meets weekly in the Library.
Global Citizenship is about increasing awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing and unequal world in which we live and it encourages students to think critically about what connects the lives of people, rich and poor, across the world. For more information click here

Student Council Committee meets every second Wednesday. It acts as a representative structure through which students become involved in the affairs of the school, by working in partnership with school management and staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.

Green Schools Committee meets every Monday at lunch. Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges longterm, whole-school action for the environment.

The Wellbeing Committee meets fortnightly and organises various events, such as Anti-Bullying Day and Wellbeing Week, to raise awareness of the value of Wellbeing among the whole Blackrock College Community

Events and Activities

Public Speaking and Debating

Tuesday Talks

Ms Kelleher organises Tuesday Talks once a month in the library. Contestants are given a speech topic by the Topics Master and must deliver a two-minute impromptu speech on that topic. Tuesday Talks help students learn to think and speak on their feet and is an all round very enjoyable affair. Students have participated in a wide variety of topics from what superpower they would like to have to whether they’d eat Brussel Sprouts at Christmas.

Debating

Ms Ní Shuairc and Mr Orrock meet the Senior English Debating every Tuesday and have additional meetings throughout the year for Transition Year debaters. Debating helps students learn and have the confidence to speak on a wide variety of topics. Our debaters have made excellent contributions to various competitions such as Leinster Schools, Cambridge Schools and Concern Debates and continue to have lively and engaging debates. Some examples of past debates are:

“This House Would Require a Minimum of Five Political Party Representatives in Irish Election Debates.”

“This House Believes that EU Membership Has Failed to Amplify Ireland’s Voice on the World Stage:

“This House Condemns Political Protests Directly Outside Legislative Institutions.

“Except for valid medical reasons, vaccines should be made compulsory”.

Events and Activities

Drama

Since 2017, each year Mr Maher organises a One Act Play in the Creative Arts and Digital Learning Centre. Each play involves 4th and 5th year students and in pre-pandemic times has been performed in front of a packed audience.

  • Tear Up the Ground (2017) 
  • Man Altogether (2018) 
  • Neither Here Nor There (2019)
  • The Dumb Waiter (2020)