St.Michael's College

L-R Ms. Bronagh Monaghan, John Dunleavy, Sam Delahunty, Fionn Norse, Rory Walsh, Jack Delaney, Fr Gareth Byrne.

Front L-R Tiernan Mundow, Stephen McDowell, John Mulhall, Jamie Murray, Jack Dawson.


An Introduction to Ember Leadership

By John Dunleavy & Sam Delahunty (5th Year)

What is Ember Leadership?

Ember is a faith leadership programme with an aim to improve school communities around Ireland. The training is offered to secondary level students in the Dublin Diocese and gives them the skills necessary to become leaders in their schools. The programme is coordinated by the Archdiocese of Dublin Education Secretariat and has been developed in partnership with a number of professionals who engage with young people in a faith capacity.

What we did?

As part of our training we spent two nights in Ovoca Manor, Wicklow. We completed many team building activities, both indoors and outdoors. Some examples included scaling Jacob's Ladder, which involved climbing vertical logs in teams of four and developing our communication skills. These tasks tested us as a team and showed each of us our strengths and weaknesses as leaders. At the end of our training we came up with our first idea for an event in the school and stated our ambitions for the year.

Ambitions for the year.

As a leadership group our first and foremost ambition is to promote student leadership around the school. Raising funds for charities is central to the events we hope to organise, as we aim to benefit our communities to the greatest extent. As a result of all this we aim to create a strong and thriving school community.  We also hope to link in with Ember groups in other school on joint projects as the year goes on.  

5th Year Ember Team

Coordinator – Ms Bronagh Monaghan

Students:  John Dunleavy, Sam Delahunty, Fionn Norse, Rory Walsh, Jack Delaney,

Tiernan Mundow, Stephen McDowell, John Mulhall, Jamie Murray, Jack Dawson


Our four winners of the Jersey Day competition & the Ember team.

As our first Ember event we wanted to bring the whole school together and what better way than organising a jersey day in anticipation of a great weekend of St. Michael’s rugby. As Ember’s main ambition is to benefit our community as a whole we dedicated our fundraising on Jersey Day to Spirasi, to aid with the funds already being raised at the Noel Turley Memorial game. Our Jersey Day was a resounding success with over €1000 raised, and an energetic atmosphere created in the school. We are delighted to contribute this funding to the Noel Turley Memorial Match fund for Spirasi.


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