The weather has played havoc with the sporting life of the school as all hockey league fixtures have been called off so as to avoid unnecessary travel. In the brief respite from the freezing conditions, some fixtures were fulfilled last week. Three First Year teams were in action at home and Senior C and Junior B2 teams travelled to Limerick to take on Castletroy College. Senior C played two games, winning one and losing one.
Hockey coaches and trainers are certainly going to have a headache after Christmas trying to re-organise league fixtures whilst also completing Cup fixtures!
Mass of the Gifts
There were no such difficulties in organising the annual Mass of the Gifts which took place in the Cathedral last Friday. Despite the difficult economic times being encountered by all the families in the school community, the generosity of the students in preparing family boxes for the Social Services was extraordinary. The gifts were presented in the opening procession at the Mass. The singing of the carols by the Cecilian and Chamber Choirs ensured that all went away with a good Christmas feeling.
Over the last six weeks or so, the School Council has been running off the heats of this year’s X-Factor during lunchtime. The four judges – two Sixth Year students and two Teachers have made their decisions and the finalists were announced last Friday: in the senior section, the two Transition Year groups have been successful with their sketches, Alison Burns & Georgina O’Brien (duet), Senior Trad group, Joanne Hogan (Piano & Vocals), Anna O’Donnell as Cheyrl. In the Junior Section, First Year students Elaine Hayes (Dancer), Norita Bourke (singer), Leah Meehan (Gymnast) are amongst the finalists.
The final will take place on the day of the holidays and we look set for a high standard of competition.
The School Council is also preparing for some festive lunch-time activities in the lead up to the holiday. A Friendship Christmas stands decorated in the School courtyard and representatives of Staff and Students are preparing to “do battle” in the annual debate and the Lyrics Board competition! The most serious motion for this year’s debate is “that Santa Claus should be Taoiseach – he has all the qualities!”. The Teachers are opposing the motion!