• Co-curricular Experiences

Festival of Learning

Students have an opportunity to share key moments from their learning journey in our Festival of Learning, held in May of first year. Each student is matched to a key skill and asked to outline how they activated and developed this key skill across three moments or highlights from across their first year.

The Festival not only gives students an opportunity to reflect on and discuss their learning with parents, teachers and fellow students but also provides for a broader form of assessment. Features of Quality are developed to help guide and support students.

Many themes featured across displays at our Festival of Learning this May – extra curricular activities, whole school events and particularly technology and how it is used to support learning and enhance the development of key skills. Students’ enjoy using Apps, Teams, OneNote, and O365 and their presentations showed how technology allows for greater creativity and collaboration between students and between students and teachers.

The Festival of Learning winner 2024 is Hallie Padrelanan.


SciFest/EirGrid Partnership.
Sheila and Errol with Iris Taylor.
Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce.
SciFest/EirGrid Partnership.
Raffaele Donzelli.
Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce.


SciFest@School is where a second-level school hosts their own in-house SciFest STEM fair. Each year our Science Department runs an in-house SciFest fair for Transition Year students. Every TY student takes part, either as an individual or with a group and each year some go on to represent Sandymount Park at regional SciFest competitions or at BTYSE.

This May, at SciFest regionals in TU Dublin, Tanya won the Discover Space award and Louise and Daisy and Sylvie and Molly were Highly Commended. Sandymount Park was the most awarded school on the day so Conor Maxwell earned a very well deserved teacher award!