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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 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. 

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 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.

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)

Events and Activities

Music

One Thursday a month students come to the library for Thursday Tunes. It’s an opportunity for Students from across all year groups to portray their musical talent. Students can sing, play an instrument or just come and listen. The last Thursday Tunes took place in February 2020 and we would like to thank the following students for their wonderful performances

Mark Landers

Aidan Canavan

Robert Murphy 

Peter O’Grady

Ciaran Drohan

Adam Harvey

Colum Corless