September 19, 2019

Sister Act
Rehearsals are underway for this year’s Show, the hilarious and exciting Sister Act. This musical, based on the film but with a very different but equally enjoyable score, promises to be a blast from start to finish. Aideen Carew will storm the stage as the wild and irrepressible cabaret singer Deloris Van Cartier who is hidden away in a convent for her own protection. The escapades of Deloris in the company of the devout but sheltered sisters makes for many memorably comedic moments. Tickets will go on sale in October so book a date with Deloris and her devotional crew to be sure of a seat and a great night of entertainment.

Gaisce Hike
Those students working towards their Gaisce Silver and Bronze medals went hiking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains between Friday, 13 and Sunday 15 September. Accompanying them on this challenge were instructors from the Birr Outdoor Education Centre. The weather was perfect with sunscreen needed for the near Mediterranean like conditions. The students trekked many, many kilometres over the beautiful hills taking in the unspoiled, natural terrain. There were a few blisters and a lot of smiles after the weekend away. Many thanks to the teachers who travelled to Birr and beyond with them – Ms Egan, Ms Bourke, Ms Coffey, Ms O’Shea and Ms Carew.

History Trip
The Sixth Year History class went to Dublin on Tuesday, 17 September for a day of historical fact-finding. The first stop was the beautifully renovated eighteenth century docklands food and whiskey store on the Customs House Quay, home to the EPIC Museum. The interactive galleries tell the story of Irish Emigration. After this it was off to Glasnevin Cemetery to get an entertaining and educational guide to the grave yards most notable residents. The tour guide Katie gave the students an insight into some of the most significant events in Irish History through the lives of the people buried there.

TY Trip to the Ploughing
The four TY groups headed off early to the Ploughing Match on Tuesday, 17 September. They got there in good time and had a great day wandering around the stands, soaking up both the sun and the atmosphere. The carnival was a popular attraction, as was Love Island winner, Greg O’Shea who was spotted by some of the students. The Bourke Sports and O’Neill stands were a must on the list as was the RTE tent for those lucky and patient enough to get in.

Basketball
In Basketball both the Seniors and the Cadets got the season off to a cracking start with wins against St Ailbe’s. In the South East Pool D the Cadets beat their Tipp Town opponents with a final tally of UCT 28 – 15 St Ailbe’s. The Seniors had an impressive win with the scoreboard reading UCT 29 – 7 St Ailbe’s at the full time whistle.

Hockey

The Senior B and Minor A hockey teams played Kilkenny College last week. The Senior’s secured a 2-0 victory while the Minors drew 1-1

Fifth Year Retreat

The Fifth Years have been settling into their new role as senior students in the school over the last few weeks so it was a good time to give them a chance to bond a bit more as a year group. The Mustard Seed Retreat team came to do some fun stuff but also give the pupils some reflection time and a chance to think about how they are coping with the changes and difficulties of growing up.

Written By Nora Tuohy