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Chaplain - The Rev. Daniel Owen Warden: Mr. Mark Boobbyer Website:
Darkness into Light
Saturday 9th May would have seen our Transition Year pupils participating in our 5th Pieta House ‘Darkness into Light’ walk in Marlay Park. Despite the cancellation of the event, we continued the tradition and supported this amazing charity by asking TY pupils and staff to show solidarity with those affected by suicide by getting up at 5:30 am to watch the sunrise from their homes. See the collection of photographs in the album here.
Watching the sunrise on May 9th for ‘Darkness into Light’
Academic Art and Music Prizes
Many congratulations go to those who have received academic prizes this term: Sophia Cole: Economics Prize, Songyon Oh: Business Prize, Sam Lawrence: Biology Prize, Sakhile Khumalo: Senior Drama Prize, Ellen Homan: Fry Prize for Stagecraft, Zofia Cannon-Brookes: Junior Geography Prize, Zofia Cannon-Brookes: Technical Graphics Prize, Eliza Somerville: Senior Geography Prize, Emily McCarthy: Junior Drama Prize, Coco Xu: John Jenkins Music Prize, Emily McCarthy: Junior Music Prize, Songyon Oh: Senior Music Prize, Sakhile Khumalo: Senior Music Prize, Marcus O’Connor: Aroti Sisodia Music Prize, Cosima Schilling: Sandham Willis Prize for Music, Tania Stokes: Senior Music Prize (instrumental).
Congratulations to pupils who have been awarded Art Prizes this year (the annual prize exhibition could not be held this year in March). You can see the work of these pupils at Art Prizes 2020. Senior Earl of Meath Art Prize Arizona Forde, Senior Craft Prize Nikolaus Wachs (lino print), Photography Prize Sveva Ciofani, Junior Earl of Meath Art Prize, Georgia Goodbody, Junior Craft Prize Alison Coogan.
We continue to have Chapel services each morning at 8.20. A small number, between six and ten gather for the services and correct social- distancing is adhered to. You can listen to from the College Website, or you can subscribe via Spotify and podcast players by going here.
An excerpt from the Warden’s Message to the 6th Form
“I want to say this to you, now, in writing ... ‘You did finish school properly. You finished properly, because, over the course of the last few years at St. Columba’s, you bought into the values of the College and you have turned into deeply caring and thoughtful young people. You have had a fantastic and privileged education in many ways, but you have taken an interest in the world around you and become compassionate and humble. You have celebrated the strong, but you have also looked after and cherished the weak, which is a wonderful thing to say about any group of people. I know you want to be successful (whatever that really means) but you also want do good and generous things with your lives. I know that because I have talked with you. You are very good company, with a great sense of humour, and I have always enjoyed spending time with you. I don’t need a piece of paper to tell me what I already know...that you are a group of young adults of whom I and the College can be very proud. Proud of who
you are, regardless of your ‘results.’ The chrysalis was not the Leaving Certificate, but the whole of your education. And you have emerged with dazzling wings.”
Light reflecting on the empty Chapel pews
Chaplain - Fr Paul Barlow: Tel: 01 516 3457. Mob: 085 2849564. Email:
Worship: Sung Eucharist every Sunday at 11.00 a.m. Festivals as announced.
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Confessions of a Reluctant Streamer
At the beginning of May, when there seemed to be a little light at the end of the tunnel, I decided that I would attempt to livestream from St. John’s. The plan was to stream a Sunday Eucharist, said with a short address. The equipment to hand was basic, a camera tripod, my phone and a bracket to hold the phone on the tripod. On the one hand, it feels as if this is something lashed together with string, and on the other, the ability of my phone to capture sound and moving image and send it through the mobile phone network so that it ends up on our church Facebook page seems like magic (I don’t think I’m allowed to say ‘witchcraft’ am I?)
I am fortunate in that my wife, Caroline, regularly serves at St. John’s so I could at least celebrate with a server and communicant. I decided I would try a few test runs on the Saturday before we were due to start. These seemed to go OK, with sound and picture making their way to Facebook, and keen-eyed friends noticing them and commenting. So, on Sunday 3rd May we went live at 11 a.m. The phone was mounted on the tripod at the sanctuary step which gave its camera a close view of the altar and a good view of the rest of the sanctuary. I pressed the ‘live’ button, and with great trepidation we began the Eucharist, the back of the phone gave no secrets away as to whether it was actually working or not. Once we had come to the end, I closed the stream. Unfortunately, when I looked to see I discovered that I had managed to stream with the image rotated through 90 degrees. Viewers later told me they simply turned their laptops on their sides to watch. Questions to my more experienced friends helped me to ensure this shouldn’t happen again. A good learning point.
On Wednesday 6th May we kept our patronal festival, St. John at the Latin Gate, so we had another go. This time everything was the right way round. A plus for the distant congregation. We received some feedback to let us know that the worship had been appreciated, both comments on the page and messages afterwards. The audio is rather quiet though – so I asked for advice and ordered an add on microphone, which we still await eagerly.
Further learning points have been, how to share the video link by text after it has finished, and how to embed the video on our website. What would be ideal is to embed the livestream so it can be viewed without Facebook – but that seems impossible with our basic setup.
We are reaching some people who would not be able to be with us on Sunday, and their messages tell us that the streaming is appreciated. I
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