There is quite a lot of news to catch up on as this scribe has been on a « little break ».
Sound of Music
Normally, one would be saying that the curtain is down on another production and the costumes and props all packed away. In this instance that is only partially true.
The Waterford International Festival of Light Opera is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year and has given the whole occasion a make-over. One of the initiatives for this year’s Festival is the introduction of a “High School Musical” aspect to the event. Six schools are taking part in a pilot scheme whereby they present a 30 minute version of their show. The emphasis is on the acting, singing, ensemble plating and chorus work of the show and so staging is at a minimum. So, the Von Trapp family is certainly going on wheels and travelling to Waterford on Tuesday, November 9.
The competition is taking place over two nights: Monday & Tuesday and there is a great mixture of shows included: from Les Misérables to The Sound of Music and from Oliver to Jesus Christ Superstar.
Well done to many of the Leaving Cert class of 2010 who have over the last few weeks received word that they are the recipients of Entrance Scholarships, based on their Leaving Cert results last June. Rose Deegan received on of the J.P. McManus scholarships at a ceremony in the University of Limerick last Saturday. This scholarship is worth € 25,000 to Rose. She is studying Nursing in U.C.D. Annette Slattery and Mary Prendergast received scholarships of € 1,000 from Maynooth, Katie Doody and Shannon Cleary from Trinity College and Rose Deegan, Shona O’ Flynn, Mary Kate Burke and Kate Bugler from U.C.D. Congratulations also to past pupil, Meghan Butler (Class of 2009) who received € 1,000 for the top result in her First Year exams in Speech and Language Therapy in U.C.C.
Twenty students, a mixture of Junior certs, Transition Years and Fifth Years went to Ballingarry last week to take part in the Poetry Aloud competition which necessitates the student to recite two poems aloud: one poem is compulsory and the second is the students choice from The Rattle Bag or Lifelines anthologies of poetry. Three students were chosen to go forward to the next round: Ciara Maguire, Ruth Atkins and Aine Blake.
It is difficult to keep track of the myriad of activities in which the Transition Year students are involved. Last week, six students were chosen after interview to head up the school bank in the Build a Bank Challenge: Aoife Clancy, Laura Ryan, Evie O’Sullivan, Clionagh Sheehy, Aoife O’ Meara and Naomi McCarthy. This team will set to work immediately and have the school bank up and running very shortly.
Rotary Club Leadership
A number of students took part n the Rotary Club’s Leadership project. Fifth Year student, Sinead Ryan, was chosen to go forward to the Regional Interviews to be held this week.
Based on the results of the Music Exams for 2009/2010, eight students received High Achievers Awards. The Royal Academy of Music then holds auditions across Munster for a High Achievers Concert. The auditioning panel is looking for a variety of instruments at a variety of levels to showcase students who have achieved top results in their examinations. Eva McNally (Violin) and Fiona Gormley (Voice) were selected for the Concert which will take place in Cork shortly.
The Concern Debaters had their first outing before the mid-term break in the round robin section of the competition. Ruth Heenan, Louise Burke, Ciara Maguire and Jane O’ Quigley proposed the motion that “genetically Modified Foods are essential in combating world hunger”. In a very keenly argued debate against the boys from Thurles C.B.S. the motion was narrowly defeated. The team is in action again this week.
Challenge matches are over and the serious business of League and Cup competitions are now in full swing. The Senior A Hockey team has had two matches and drew the first against Mount Mercy 1 -1. In its second outing, following the long journey to Middleton, the team emerged as 1 – 0 winners. The Junior A team defeated Mount Mercy by 3 – 0.
The Senior Camogie team was defeated by Mallow in the Championship last week by 1-8 to 1-3. The cadette basketball team has had one win over St leo’s in Carlow and suffered a narrow lass against the Ursuline, Waterford. The Senior basketball team lost its opening encounter against St Leo’s in Carlow.
Orla Lynch and Edel Niland lined out for Munster Under 16s recently in Old Alexander College and Antonia McGrath lined out for the Under 18 Munster team. Both Antonia and Edel have also been selected to train for the International panel which will be chosen shortly.