17th October 2014

Preparations are almost complete for this year’s annual ‘Open Night’ which takes place tomorrow, Thursday October 23rd.  This is an evening where we welcome prospective and current parents and members of our community to our school.  Students and staff will be showcasing the range of academic, extra-curricular and sporting activities which take place in our school, as well as the work of our student council, our choir, dancing, drama and the many more roles our students play in their rich and diverse school life.

The Transition Year School Bank will be launching on Tuesday November 4th. The school is working with Bank of Ireland this year.  The team is: Manager – Holly Martin, Auditor – Calma Rooney, Market Manager – Clodagh Bradshaw, Tellers – Ciara Kelly and Aoife Meagher.

Hard luck to the Boys U15 Soccer team who were unlucky to lose 4-3 against Tullow Community School last week.  It was the last kick of the game that beat them!  There was a great team performance on the day, with goals coming from Shane Keenan (2) and Cian Davis (1).  Man of the Match on the day was Shane Keenan.

A Maths competition took place in the school last week.  This competition is called PRISM – Problem Solving for Irish Second Level mathematicians.  There were two separate competitions, one for Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle.

Fifth and Sixth year music students participated in a music workshop with the renowned artist Caoimhin O Raghallaigh.  They had to produce a virtual score.  They then attended his concert in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray along with their teacher Ms Armstrong.   Caoimhin played a hardanger d'amore and had his own virtual guests who played and danced along with his performance.

Transition year students have been very busy recently. On Monday October 6th, all Transition girls attended the Hair and Beauty show in the RDS.  The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day as they got an insight into how the beauty industry operates.  All TY students attended talks by Carlow College and Waterford Institute of Technology.  Students were given information about the courses on offer at these college and what college life is like.  Finally, the students had their enterprise showcase day.  All groups set up their mini-companies in the GP Area in the school.  They had prototypes available for display and some had products for sale.  The standard amongst students was very high and we are eagerly awaiting the next few months to see their businesses develop.

Last week was Study Skills week in the school.  Each teacher set aside a class period to highlight the importance of developing good note-making and mind mapping skills to the students.

Continued success for Troy Scully on the athletics track this week, which saw him win gold in the u15 3500m race.  This victory made him a double gold winner at this year’s championship.  Well done Troy!  

A reminder to all parents and guardians of sixth year students that their parent/teacher/student meeting will take place on Thursday 6th November from 4.15p.m. to 6.45p.m.  Classes for all students will finish at 3.30p.m. to facilitate this meeting.  

Our school will be closed for the annual autumn mid-term break from Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October.  We wish everyone a happy and healthy break and look forward to seeing our students on their return to school on Monday 3rd November. Many thanks to staff, students and parents for their hard work since the beginning of this autumn term.

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