Fáilte & Welcome
Céad Míle Fáilte to all our readers, whether parent, student, teacher, past student or someone interested to find out about our fine College.
Our Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) week is part of our literacy initiative. All students were requested to have some reading material in class or take a book out on loan from our well stocked library. Students were encouraged to bring any appropriate material that they enjoyed reading – a book, a magazine, a graphic novel, an annual. Students read quietly for 30 minutes each day before lunchtime for the week.
As well as the vast majority of students enjoying DEAR and wanting it to take place more often, the feedback from surveys shows a majority also continued reading outside of school time. This is hugely encouraging as reading for pleasure not only allows students to broaden their minds but also access their school-work better and excel academically.
The school mass to celebrate the new school year was held last Thursday the 21st of September. This year we had a change of venue due to renovations in the local church and so it was held in the school gym. This was transformed into the perfect venue for the mass with joint efforts from teachers and students. The choir, orchestra and the chamber choir practiced in advance to make the occasion a memorable one for all of us.
The occasion started with the presentation of the Ann Kearnan award. This year’s recipient is to Emma Gaffney, who achieved 2 H1s in Physics and Biology and is studying a science related course in TCD.
Throughout the mass the choir and orchestra performed hymns beautifully while Isobel Hanlon left the school speechless with her beautiful version of "How does a moment last forever" from Beauty and the Beast. This song was part of Mr. Mc Cartney’s wonderful homily which as always brought a smile to everyone.
The Eucharistic ministers received their blessing and they gave out the communion at the mass for the very first time. The prefects were awarded their badges and blessing from Fr Tom Noone.
All in all the mass was a huge success and it was very nice to have it in the school this year. Thank you to all the teachers and students who helped out and got the gym ready for the mass.
Evie Oppermann (PR Prefect)
We were delighted to welcome back Emma Gaffney to our school mass. Having achieved two H1’s in Physics and Biology, she is this year’s worthy winner of the prestigious Anne Kernan award. This award is given to the student with the two best science subjects who goes on to study a science subject at third level and Emma has started her studies in Trinity College Dublin studying Human Health and Disease.
We wish Emma all the best in her studies and she has already volunteered to return to talk to our science students in the future. Emma is pictured below with her mother Ms. Mairéad Gaffney and Dr. Olive Laffoy (Principal).
6th Year Biology students carried out their Ecology fieldtrip to Portrane’s rocky seashore on Thursday 28/9/17. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and encountered many new flora and fauna as well as first hand observation of predator/prey relationships within the habitat. Our students got to use all sorts of equipment associated with the ecosystem study and really got hands on with the practical. The whole experience is sure to aid our students in their revision of Ecology for the Leaving Certificate Exam. We were extremely lucky with the weather and rushed back in time for the parent-teacher meeting.
Well done to the minor camogie girls who have made it to the Dublin finals. They will play St. Mary's College from Nás na Ríogh in Good Counsel GAA on Friday 19th May at midday. Beir bua!