September 17, 2016

Hockey

The Senior A’s and the Junior B’s had  pre season friendlies against Kilkenny College this week. The Junior A’s won their match 4 goals to nil. The Senior A’s lost their game 3 – 0.

Junior Cert Results

Congratulations to the Junior Certificate class of 2016 who received their results on Wednesday last. They did themselves, their families and the school proud. Well done to Gemma O’Dwyer on her fantastic achievement of 12 A’s.

Green Schools

Well done to Ms. Carroll and Ms. Coffey and their hard working Green Schools Committee, headed by Chairperson, Constance Quinlan, on winning Ireland’s tidiest School Award. It is a credit to their determination to continue to reduce, reuse and recycle. The efforts of this environmental team mean that the shared space of the school grounds and buildings can be enjoyed by everyone almost litter free.  Credit must also go to the entire student body for their continued vigilance in picking up their rubbish.

Opening of the Year Mass

The opening of the year mass was held on Tuesday, 13th September in the Cathedral of the Assumption. The liturgical theme chosen for this school year comes from the Sermon on the Mount; ‘Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall be shown Mercy.’ After the opening procession a group of sixth year students did a dramatisation on what it means to be merciful. The voices of Cecilian Choir and the musicians from Senior orchestra added beautifully to the mass with a variety of hymns including Amazing Grace and Shine Jesus Shine. Fr. Hayes gave an insightful homily on the value and necessity of showing mercifulness and forgiveness towards others.

Dr. Aisling Butler Memorial Bursary

On Thursday the school welcomed back Mr. John Butler and Mrs. Evelyn Butler, the parents of Dr. Aisling Butler. John and Evelyn presented the Dr. Aisling Butler Memorial Bursary to Susie Osbourne who completed her Leaving Cert this year. Susie will be studying medicine in Trinity College Dublin and the bursary will help her to cover some of the costs of her course. Dr. Aisling Butler was killed in the Air France disaster, along with two friends, while travelling home from a holiday in Rio. Mrs. Evelyn Butler wished Susie every success in Trinity, the university where Aisling also studied medicine.

Opening Year Assembly

The whole school came together on Thursday for the first assembly of the year. The students were introduced to the new Chairperson of the student council,  Neisha Keane Butler, who welcomed everyone back. She said that this year the student council planned to focus on the themes of togetherness and inclusiveness and that she was looking forward to working with both staff and students on this. The first years were welcomed with a round of applause. Also many students from all yeas received certificates for the achievement of full attendance for the academic year 2015/2016.

Retreats

The Mustard Seed team of Conor, Peter and Linda were welcomed back with great enthusiasm. They gave retreats to both Leaving Certs and 5th years on two separate days. They began each session with ice breakers to put the students at ease and also create an atmosphere of fun. They also did trust exercises, got the students to reflect on the positive attributes of themselves and their peers. They finished each session with some meditative time. Both days were a real success.

Higher Options

The career guidance teacher, Ms. Walsh, organised to bring 101 Leaving Cert student to the Higher Options exhibition in Dublin last week. The students got an opportunity to explore the variety of courses on offer in Irish colleges and universities and also many international higher education institutes. They could avail of talks on engineering, science, art, nursing, the humanities if they so wished. Many sought advice from the academics, graduates and undergraduates in attendance, to get an idea of what certain courses and disciplines entailed. A great, informative day was had by all, with students gaining a greater understanding of the world of education beyond the school gates.

TY Trip to Killaloe

Although the weather was wet and miserable when the TY’s headed off to Killaloe Adventure Centre on Friday, 9th September they didn’t let a bit of rain dampen their spirits. They had a great day completing team work challenges and bonding on the high ropes.

Public Speaking & Debating

Ms. Quinn has sprung into action already, organising a debating competition to start in October. The theme for the first round is fashion in the broadest sense of the word – clothes, music, manners, tastes, trends. What is in vogue or out of vogue, what is hot or not. It is shaping up to be an interesting competition with many students expressing a keen interest in expressing their opinions. Let the research begin.

Written By Nora Tuohy