Congratulations to Leaving Certificate student Elaine Hayes who has achieved her Intermediate Examination in Ballet. Elaine is now a qualified ballet teacher. She started ballet at four beginning with the Aisling Doherty school of Ballet in Nenagh. For the last eighteen months Elaine has travelled to Dublin every Saturday to continue her advanced training with Aisling in preparation for her teaching grade exam. She now hopes to teach dance during the summer holidays and perhaps in the future. Well done Elaine.
Hope Foundation Trip to Kolkata
Transition Year students Katie Kavanagh, Avril Ryan, Shóna Power, Emma O’Dwyer, Ciara Nyland and Aoife Grace travelled with the Hope Foundation to Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, during the Easter break. The six girls went as part of a group of seventy-six other students who came from Tipperary and Cork. While in India they visited Hope Foundation homes set up to help children living in abject poverty. The majority of the children have been rescued from the streets where they have been living with their families. Life on the streets is not safe for young children. The Hope Foundation workers generally rescue the children at night and bring them back to the homes which they have established in the city. The children are looked after and receive an education.
Our students played with the children and brought them small gifts. They attended mass at the Missionaries of Charity convent set up by Mother Teresa. Here they met with some of the nuns who are continuing on her work. One of the most striking things they witnessed during their visit was the contrast between extreme wealth and extreme poverty that seems to exist side by side in this city of over 5 million people. As well as the homes for street children Hope also runs a hospital for those who are malnourished and ill from a life of hardship on the streets. The students each raised €2,500 euro for Hope and funded their own travel costs to India. The school and the students themselves would like to thank all those who supported them in this very worthy endeavour.
On Wednesday last three TY mini companies set off at 6 a.m. for Galway for the Get up and Go competition accompanied by Business Studies teacher Ms. Bourke. The three were Perfect Pal- a shower step, Simple Stationary Solutions a tubular piece that improves the functionality of binders enabling them to last longer and Brush Buddies for cleaning make-up brushes and improving hygiene. All companies were successful.
The teams brought home various category prizes for Accounts, Innovation, Quality and Marketing. Perfect Pal made it through to the National Final in May. Well done to all students and the Business Department.
Well done to Caoimhe Perdue who represented Ireland in hockey in the U16 Scottish series which was played over the Easter holidays from Friday, March 25 through to Sunday, March 27. The venue for the games was the National Hockey Centre in Glasgow. In the final game of the series on the Sunday Caoimhe scored twice in three minutes ensuring an Irish victory on the day. Ireland won the overall series which was a fantastic achievement for Caoimhe and her Irish teammates. She is a great ambassador for both her country and her school.
Reflecting the Rising
On Easter Monday, March 21, Fifth Year student, Lucy Bell was involved in the ‘Reflecting the Rising’ event which took place in Dublin. Lucy, who was a national finalist in the Poetry Aloud Competition, was involved in poetry recitations held in the Summer House in Stephen’s Green. The event was hosted by 2FM DJ Rick O’Shea and Lucy recited two poems for the occasion, ‘Comrades’ by Eva Gore Booth and ‘Countermanding Order’ by Moya Cannon. Later in the day Lucy and other Poetry Aloud finalists read the iconic Easter 1916 by W.B. Yeats in the reading room of the National Library which was well attended by many people. Well done to Lucy for being invited to share her love of poetry and talent for reciting poems on such an historic commemoration.
Just before the Easter break some of our students competed in the Inter Schools Cross Country Equestrian Trials held in Ballon, Co. Carlow. This course was a familiar one to all students who compete with Pony Club. There were three teams comprising of three students each, so a total of nine students took part in the competition. The teams jumped on the Senior course which proved to be a very technical and testing one for any experienced horse and rider. The school organised a bus so that all competitors could go down and walk the course the day before and get a feel for it. This took some pressure off the early start on the following day. On the day all teams competed well, aided by the lovely weather, which added to the enjoyment of competing. It was great experience for all involved including the horse and riders and all students did themselves and the school proud.