4th September 2015


Welcome back to all staff and students for the new academic year.  We hope everyone enjoyed the summer holidays and look forward to another successful year in the school.


Congratulations to our 2015 Leaving Certificate students who secured places in a wide variety of third level institutions.  Our graduates will be pursuing courses in a range of disciplines, including medicine, arts, science, commerce, computers and many more. We wish them the very best in their studies and their future careers.


Congratulations to Carrie Thorpe, a Leaving Certificate student of 2015, who has been awarded a JP McManus bursary for her studies in medicine at UCD based on her fantastic achievement of 615 points.  The school is very proud of Carrie, who obtained 5 A1s and 2 A2s.  Well done and best wishes! 


Well done to Maciej Goszczycki in sixth year who won first prize in the hardware category of the Coderdojo Coolest projects during the summer holidays.  Maciej’s project was an 8-bit mini computer made from separate chips called BlueTie.  OpenWifi sponsored Maciej for his project, for which he won a Windows tablet.


First year students have recently received their new iPads and are currently becoming accustomed to using them in the classroom.  This is an exciting venture for both the school and the students, continuing on from the success last year.  It is hoped that this new initiative will help in the promotion and development of self-directed learning, with access to online teaching and learning resources including the many educational apps, while at the same time reducing the weight of students’ schoolbags.


A full list of extra-curricular activities is currently being compiled will be available next week for students.  All students are encouraged to get involved in the wide variety of activities that are on offer, including drama, camogie, soccer and Gaelic football.


We look forward to welcoming the parents of our new First Year students to a special information evening on Thursday 17th September at 8pm.  We reserve this night especially for parents of our First Years, who have achieved so much in integrating into the culture of secondary school so well.  Parents are encouraged to come along on the night with any questions or uncertainties they might have, and we will ensure that everyone is given the information, help and advice they need.  Discussions will include study, nutrition, school involvement, extra-curricular activities and many more areas. We look forward to meeting our new parents on this evening.


Transition Year students are going on an overnight trip to Causey Farm in County Meath.  While there, they will take part in bog trotting, water sports and obstacle courses.  They will also get a chance to milk cows and bake some homemade bread.  Many thanks to the TY Year Head, tutors and teachers who are accompanying them on the trip.

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