Opening of the Year Mass
The Opening of the Year mass took place on Wednesday, September 18 in the Cathedral of the Assumption. The theme of the mass was “He holds each of us in the palm of His hand” and it was beautifully threaded through the liturgy in the form of song, art work and readings. The Religion Department and the Music Department worked very hard with the students to ensure that the mass was perfectly planned and the theme was echoed in each element of the mass. The Cecilian Choir enhanced the liturgy through song while the orchestra accompanied the choir and also played a number of melodic instrumental pieces. Fr Pat Coffey spoke inspiringly to the students about prayer and thinking of others.
On Monday, September 16 the Sixth Year students organised Mission Day in aid of Ursuline Missions in Kenya. The students had chosen a Disney theme so Sr Ursula’s Memorial Hall was host to a myriad of fairies, princesses, pirates, witches, Indians and villains. There were lots of fun activities such as a disco room, a bouncy castle, a sack race, face-painting and guessing games. Everybody seemed to have a great time but more importantly money was raised for the missions. Well done to the Sixth Year students and their Year Head, Ms Bourke for all their great work.
First Year Walk
On Thursday the First Year group heading to Upperchurch with their tutors to attempt the “Loop” walk as a bonding exercise. Since entering the school almost a month ago the First Year students have coped extremely well with the new changes that secondary school brings with it. For the last few years the First Year group has enjoyed an outing as part of the settling-in process. This year the students were very lucky as the weather was most agreeable and the guides were excellent. Upon arrival in Upperchurch the students were able to eat their lunch in the village hall, after refuelling it was time to face the hill! Connie Ryan and Pakie Purcell led the walk and furnished the girls with very interesting nuggets of information every time they took a little breather. Jimmy Kennedy was also at hand to follow the group and ensure that gates were closed properly. Many thanks to the guides who made the walk so enjoyable. The students really did relax and enjoy themselves during the day, the cackling and chatter of so many girls could be heard from quite a distance!
This week was indeed a very busy week for Sixth Year students as they also headed to the RDS for the Higher Options Careers Expo 2013. This event is considered a very important event every year as students try to gather as much information as possible pertaining to their career options for the future.