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Monday, 20 October 2014

German and History Tour to Berlin

Welcome back to you all. It has been a very busy first term in Newbridge College. We have some very exciting news for you all. The History Department has organised a Tour to Berlin at Easter for second and third year students. Please contact Ms. R Kelly for further details. A letter detailing the tour has been sent home also. We hope that you can join us on, what promises to be a fantastic trip.

Monday, 24 March 2014

First Year Historians explore the Medieval Era

T.J McCormack was lucky enough to come across these artefacts in his back garden. A Benedictine monk had left his journal, a letter, a cross, a set of rosary beads and a detailed map of his monastery behind. he had to get away from the town quickly as the Black Death had devastated the population.
(In case you were unaware, T.J created all of these items. I was thrilled to see such effort, enthusiasm, creativity and knowledge of the topic. Well done T.J)

First Year Historians explore the Medieval Era

Our first year students from 1Z and 1Y have been busy creating projects about the lives of Medieval monks. Their creations reflect their preferred learning style. Their work is so impressive that it had to be shared. They hope you enjoy their research findings. Below you can view pptx files created by Ryan Leahy, Muiris Cleary, Ellen Buckley, Isabel Seacy, Kate Grant and Jill Weld.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

PDST resources

Another resource has been created. This focuses on the underlying causes of the Moscow 'Show Trials' 1936-38. Incorporated primary and secondary sources allow for a critical evaluation of these events.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

A collection of projects on The Age of Exploration: Special Study, Christopher Columbus

A little video I filmed of the projects which my second year group, 2G created. Well done to you all. They are busying themselves in the coming weeks with their next series of special studies. Check out the blog to see how they displayed their understanding.

The Age of Exploration: Special Study Christopher Columbus by Aoife Gardnier 2E

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Student Heritage: Part 1

Student Heritage in Newbridge College

The HistNC department asked students to send us some research about their historical connections. Here is a selection of what our students uncovered about their relationship to past events.

First Years

Max Pocock 1Y
Great Granddad was a professional soccer player for Bristol City.
The above link you will show you the starting team. Billy Pocock is no.10.

3rd Cousin: John Farrell involved in the Easter Rising of 1916.
The above link takes you to a useful site for Senior students. John Farrell is listed in the roll of honour.

Transition Years

Laura Hannon (TYA) Kate Hannon (2E): Cousin on the Hannon side to Former US President JF Kennedy (1917-1963





Aislinn (First Year) and Matthew Marmon (6th Year) are related to Blessed Columba Marmion, famed 20th century theologian.

Pic Collage Creation: Roman Gods and Godesses (Rachel Thornton 1Z NC14)

Friday, 24 January 2014

Ro Burns, WT. Cosgrave's Great Grandson

Ro Burns (1Z) is a young historian with a significant familial connection. Here he is pictured with  An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, his  great uncle Liam Cosgrave Snr and his father Ronnie Cosgrave.

These photos were taken at James's Street Dublin at the unveiling of a plaque marking the birth place of his great grandfather W.T.Cosgrave.

Here is another PowerPoint presentation from our Second Years. This was created by Aoife Lynch in my class. Hope you all enjoy.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Belfast Blitz

Senior History Students have been investigating the Belfast Blitz. Here is a link to a collection of eye-witness accounts of the events.

Have a look at this video clip with footage of Belfast in the 1940's:

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Age of Exploration/Expansionism

Junior History teachers have been busy last term working with students on the Age of Exploration. We encourage an in depth study of an explorer during this time period. To engage our students we used differentiation by product. Students could produce their research in their preferred learning style. Students found this most enjoyable. Over the next few posts we will be sharing some of their creations.

Follow the link to see Victoria Keogh's (2G History)  PPT on the voyages of Christopher Columbus

Using PicCollage to create visual memory aids with Keywords

PicCollage is a a fantastic app that allows you to use images from the web to create a colourful collage. Students in my first year class have been using the app to memorize keywords from a given topic. This creation comes from Maebh Stebbing in 1Y.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014


Welcome to our blog! The NC History Department is getting into the social media scene so we can connect better with our students and staff. We will be posting information about future events, current department news, and tips for achieving success in your studies. We encourage visitors to engage in our posts and share their input. We look forward to hearing from you. Please check out our Twitter page @HistNC for more information about what the NC History Department is doing.

So for our first post we would like to let you know about another enthusiastic historian called John Green. He has created a series of videos that will really help you grasp a historical topic. Check out this short video on the Roman Empire from his Crash Course World History series.