February 1, 2010

Catholic Schools’ Week

Catholic Schools’ Week, which is taking place nationwide this week, is being marked in the school with various activities organised by the Religious Education Department. The theme for the week “A Light for Every Generation” is beautifully depicted in the hallway as is a newly made St Brigid’s Cross. Prayer services are being conducted with every class and there are also prayers over the Intercom. As the Feast of St Blaise also fell within the week, throats were blessed on Wednesday.

Staff Collection for Haiti

A very fancy and delicious tea/coffee break time last week yielded almost € 1200 for the Haiti appeal fund. Members of Staff, talented in the cake-making department, certainly tempted the palates of all with a lovely spread which was enjoyed by all.

Mental Health Public Speaking

Caroline O’Connor, Anna Brennan and Nicola Sutton have been given a bye into the Regional Final of this public speaking competition and the preparation they had done for the theme “that the blocks of positive mental health are laid in our youth” will stand them in good stead as they now prepare a new topic.

Concern Debating

The Concern Debating team has also received notice of the motion and the opposition for the knock out stages of this debate. The team will propose the motion “that genetically modified food is essential in the fight against world hunger” and the opponents, Newbridge College, will be the guests to the school on Wednesday next, February 10.

Maths Quiz

Three teams of Sixth Year students travelled to Clonmel last Friday night to participate in the Irish Maths Teachers Association Quiz (IMTA). This was the Tipperary section and Libby Ryan, Lorraine Healy, Silvianne Strapp and Tessa O’ Gorman came first and will now go forward and represent Tipperary in the Regional finals which will be held later in the term. Well done also to the other two teams of Ursula Russell, Cara Bergin, Mary Butler, Debbie Fogarty, Anna Brennan, Aine Stakelum and Katie Larkin.

First & Second Year In House Debating

The climax of this keenly contested competition took place last week as the twenty four teams that started out were reduced to two teams of Second Years and two teams of First Year. The event was chaired most efficiently by Second Year student, Orla Lynch, and two Sixth Year students, Dervla Nash and Aoife O’ Sullivan, along with Mrs Quinn, adjudicated the debate.

The motion for both First and Second Years was “that the influence of the media has destroyed traditional values” was keenly argued by both sets of teams. The Second Year team of Emily Binchy, Jane Ryan, Isabella Harold Barry proposed the motion and they won the day against Siofra Adams, Enya Ni Tiomanaide and Anna Crotty.

In the First Year debate, the team opposing the motion won the day: Leah Carroll, Ciara Cummins, Roisin Putti. The proposition team was Katie Cody, Roisin Heenan, and Jenny Ryan.

East Munster Athletics

The Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Minor Cross Country Athletics teams travelled to Dungarvan last Friday having qualified from the Tipperary Section. And once again they were successful and all teams have now qualified for the Munster Final which will take place in C.I.T. on February 26.

The Senior and Minor teams came first, the Junior team, second and the Intermediate team came third. The competition allows for six athletes on each team and then you count the top three finishers from the team. In the Senior Section Mary Prendergast, Ann Marie Hayes and Marita Molony came third, fourth, and seventh respectively and Elaine Fitzgibbon and Ciara Burke also finished very well. The Intermediate team of Fiona McEnery (8th), Shauna Hayden (10th), Shona O’ Flynn (19th) and Cora Doyle (22nd) did enough to secure third place and a spot in the Munster Championships.

The Junior team of Caitriona Hayes, Caroline Murtagh, Eimear Ryan, Heather Casey, Siobhan Hennessy all performed well over the 1500 metres and secured the second place team. The Minor team of Ciara Cummins, Eileen Rafter and Orla Healy came first, second and ninth respectively and they came in first place and are looking very strong to take the Munster title.

Hockey

There were mixed fortunes for the hockey teams as they continued League fixtures or participated in Cup first rounds. The Senior A had a home draw against Scoil Mhuire and in a very tightly contested match, there was little between the teams in the first half with both teams pressing well and defending even better. However, five minutes or so from the end of play, Scoil Mhuire scored what proved to be the winner and the Senior A will now go into the plate competition.

Junior B, Senior B had very convincing wins and scored 14 goals between them against Crescent and Laurel Hill. The Minor A also outplayed its opponents, Bandon, managing to put away ten goals in the process. The Minor B4 team went down by 0 – 3 against Presentation, Thurles.

Basketball

The First & Second Year team started their league fixtures travelling to St Leo’s, Carlow last week. The First Years (two teams) defeated their opponents by 31-29 and 22 – 6 whilst the Second Year team secured a 22-22 draw.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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