Oatlands History Week will run this week Monday 15th April to Thursday 18th April.
First Years will attend Dublinia on Monday 15th in the afternoon from 1.30pm onwards.
Second Years are visiting the National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig on Thursday 18th for the full day.
Third Years will attend the 1916 exhibition at Collins Barracks Dublin before a tour of Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery on Tuesday 16th.
Transition Years will have numerous activities throughout the week, including a Junior Quiz and a viewing of 'Invictus' - the uplifting story of the 1995 World Cup success and the relationship formed between President Nelson Mandela and rugby captain Francois Pienaar.
Senior students will have the opportunity to listen to RTE anchorman Bill O'Herlihy and Senator David Norris who will each give historical perspectives on their lives in politics and sport.
There will also be project work in class and it all promises to be a exciting week for all. More photos will follow.
Why Study History?
History should be studied because it is essential to individuals and to society, and because it harbours beauty.
"History is past politics, and politics present history." John Robert Seeley
"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing." Aristotle
"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see." Winston Churchill
The subject of History in Oatlands College aims to ensure that students:
- Acquire knowledge of and understanding about human activity in the past
- Understand the contemporary world through the study of the past
- Develop conceptual understanding and the ability to think independently
- Develop a range of skills essential for the study of history
- Are encouraged to develop positive attitudes such as a commitment to objectivity and fairness, and an acceptance that people and events must be judged in the context of their values and time
- Are encouraged to develop an interest and enthusiasm for history and a value of their heritage from the past
History Teachers 2012-13
Mr. Robert Browne (Head of Department), Mr. Kevin Ellis, Mr. Donnachadh O’Mahoney,
Mr. Robert Atkinson and Mr. Shane Willoughby
Miriam O'Callaghan visits Oatlands
As part of a series of lectures on Northern Ireland and its history, Oatlands welcomed RTE broadcaster and news journalist Miriam O'Callaghan to the school for an informal talk on her role as BBC news correspondent for Northern Ireland. She also spoke of her various RTE interviews with historical figures such as Ian Paisley and John Hume.
Professor Robert Gerwarth visited the school in October to address the senior history students on the subject of the Holocaust and his work as Director of the War Studies Department of UCD.
Vietnam War Veteran
As part of the TY history module on American history last December 2012, Oatlands was honoured to welcome Liam Kane of the American Legion and Vietnam War veteran Michael Coyne who served as a tank operator in Vietnam. In a compelling talk, Michael spoke of his experiences on the frontline of combat and students were able to view his medals and decorations that include four purple hearts.
Holocaust Memorial Day
The annual Holocaust Memorial day took place at the Mansion House on January 27th last in the company of Holocaust survivors Tomi Reichental and Suzi Diamond, with local politicians Mr Alan Shatter TD and Miss Lucinda Creighton TD. Oatlands students, Dan Moynihan, Peter Carolan and Chris Ryan attended the event and read from the Scroll of Honour – commemorating the Jews that perished during the atrocities of the Second World War.
Oatlands history students visited the Dail in March 2012 and they met Sinn Fein President, Mr. Gerry Adams TD. Mr. Adams spoke to the group of his upbringing in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and students participated in a Q&A session to enhance their knowledge of Northern Ireland affairs for their Leaving Cert.