September 13, 2009

The thoughts of the long, wet summer holidays are now but a dim and distant memory as all students are now settled back for the academic year ahead. The return is eased by the arrival in the last week of something approaching an Indian summer.

Class of 2009

The Class of 2009 had its final get together at the end of August at its Debs/Graduation Dance in the Anner Hotel. Congratulations to all of them on their wonderful Leaving Cert results and already many of them have set out to pursue their own particular dreams and ambitions and we wish them well.

Well done also to the Junior Cert students who received their results last week. Special congratulations must go to Karine Ronan who was one of nine students in the country to attain the “full package” of results i.e. twelve A s.

Munster Captain

Sixth Year student, Edwina McGrath, has been appointed captain of the Under 18 Munster hockey team for this season. This is indeed a well deserved honour for a dedicated sports girl. Edwina has been a member of the Senior A hockey team in the school for the last three years and a member of the Under 16 and Under 18 Munster team also. Whilst hockey takes a lot of her time, Edwina is also an excellent tennis and badminton player and has represented the school in all these sports and has achieved great success in all three disciplines.

School Show

The choice of show for this year is Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls and the process of selecting the students for the roles has begun. Based on a story by Damon Runyon, the show follows the fortunes of gambler Sky Masterson and his pals who come in contact with a well intentioned young lady called Sarah Brown who is anxious to “clean up the streets” of Broadway and free them of all sin! This is not such an easy task for her as she has to combat the trickery and wiles of characters such as Nicely-Nicely Johnston and Nathan Detroit, not to mention the attraction she feels for the suave and charismatic Sky.

The show will open in the Sr Ursula Memorial Hall on October 17 and run until Thursday night, October 22.

School Council

The School Council is up and running and the members of the Council, headed by Chairperson, Jane O’ Brien, are busily setting the agenda for the year. Jane is assisted by two vice-chairpersons, Leah Brennan and Mary Prendergast and the Secretary for the year is Fifth Year student, Ellen Sweeney. One of the main tasks for the Sixth Year Councilors is to ensure that all new First Year students settle in well and find their way about what can be a daunting place for them in the first few weeks.

Two weeks of the new school year are already done and the pace of life is already increasing as the Sports Department set about choosing their many and varied teams for the season, show practices get underway, students are preparing the Liturgy for the Opening School Mass and of course the homework assignments increase. It is like there has never been a holiday!

May 10, 2009

SCHOOL RECEIVES ITS THIRD GREEN FLAG

At a ceremony recently in Dublin, Chairperson and Secretary of the Green School Committee, Aisling Barry and Thoran Sorrell, accompanied by Ms Frend, accepted the Third Green Flag for the school.

It has been a long journey for the committee as they have been working on the attainment of this flag throughout the year. On arrival back to school in September, the green flag committee was faced with a very tall order indeed namely to achieve its third green flag.This flag is the third theme for schools involved in the Green Schools programme and involved reducing water consumption within the school, raising awareness about the importance of water conservation, whilst also keeping up a steady continuation of the recycling and energy programmes.

Aisling Barry, Chairperson of the Green School Committee set the ball rolling last September encouraging students on the mammoth task which faced them in order to achieve the water flag, reminding them to

‘Slow the flow of the H2O’.

Each week the committee worked closely together to promote the Green Flag initiative throughout the school encouraging all to keep up the efforts in recycling (first flag), reducing the energy used in the school (second flag) and now placing a particular emphasis on water in order to achieve the third flag. .

Installation of the Hippos

In conjunction with North Tipperary Co. Council, the green flag committee acquired funding to purchase HIPPO bags in order to reduce the water consumption in school. These devices were placed in the cisterns of each toilet in the school and therefore reduced the amount of water consumption with each flush.

A water meter and logger were then put in place in the school to assess the progress. This is a pilot programme undertaken by North Tipperary Co. Council and the school has itself proved to be very successful as there was a drop of up to 50% in the water consumption.

Notices were placed around the school informing students of the measures taken to decrease water consumption in the school and to promote further awareness of the importance of water conservation. The water conservation also saw the birth of the water mascot – Dropletta. She popped up all over the school ensuring that all remembered to ‘Slow the flow of the H2O’.