February 14, 2011

Regional Final – Soroptimist International

Congratulations to Sixth Year student, Anna Brennan, who took part in the Regional finals of the Soroptimist public speaking competition in Bandon last Saturday. Anna was one of two participants who qualified recently in the Co Tipperary heats for this regional final which then included six other participants from Waterford and Cork.

Speakers had a choice of speaking on one of seven categories including the European Union, Education, Health, Civil Rights and Anna chose to speak on the Environment: “there is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed”.

All eight participants were then given an impromptu subject and fittingly, given the weekend it was, the subject was “all you need is love” and each speaker had two minutes on this subject. Anna was chosen, along with one other student, to take part and represent the region at the national finals in Mullingar which will take place in March.


Following their success at the East Munster Cross Country Championships where all four teams qualified for Munster, the athletes had an opportunity last week to take part in the County Tipperary Championships. All teams performed well and in particular the Junior team had a great run, with Ciara Cummins, Eileen rafter, Brigitte Murphy and Orla Healy coming in first, second, fourth and sixth places, respectively. They are now in preparation for the Munster Championships which will take place in C.I.T., Cork on Thursday, February 17. A good performance among very stiff competition will be required to ensure qualification for the All Ireland championships.

Transition Year

Wassa Wassa was the order of the day last week for the TY students. What is that, you may well ask? Quite simply it was a workshop on the skills of African drumming – but more than that it introduced the students to African culture, portraying it in a positive light.

Meanwhile, Log on Learn, proceeds with great enthusiasm each Monday and Wednesday evening and the school and computer room in particular is filled with a mixture of the enthusiastic voices of the young and the not so young! This nationwide project, where the students take the older generation through the basics of I.T., continues to thrive in this its third year.

In House Debating

One might be forgiven for believing that the First & Second Year students were involved in the political leaders’ debate last week when the winners of the First Year Debating competition took on the winners of the Second Year competition. The six students argued, rebutted and were involved in point scoring on the topic of the economic climate. Indeed, Enda, Micheal and Eamonn could have learned a thing or two had they been in attendance. There was tension, commitment and focus on the subject by all six participants and the adjudicators could not separate the teams at the end of it all and so called a draw!

Written By Nora Tuohy

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