Very successful choir and carol services for Christmas time events in December – thank you to the Music and R.E. teachers and students.
Ongoing active Amnesty group highlighted various social issues around the globe with senior students. Thanks to Ms McCarthy and Ms O’Gara for facilitating the great student voice.
Hugely successful fundraising for various charities, particularly Ms. Ryan, School Prefects and the Home Economic Department’s 29th annual St. Vincent De Paul collection (raised over 1000 Euro)! At the same time students and staff raised funds for the Hospices and for other charities.
Mr. Byrne reports that the Senior boys rugby team is the most successful to date in the school. They played some outstanding matches to get to the semi-final of the ‘A’ Development Cup where they were narrowly defeated by Dundalk Grammar School. Outstanding performers included John McMurray, David Solanke, Shane Dardis, Aaron Garrigan, and Daniel Forde – who also scored two of our tries.
Transition Year French students attended the International French Film Festival in IFI on Thursday 15th January, to see the movie ‘Populaire’. Café Francais continues on Tuesday and the French Assistant Monsef Ben Khadi also continues to provide most welcome support to the Department.
Meanwhile, Transition Year German students watched the movie ‘Jumanji’ here in German, while they continue to prepare for the German Exchange trip to Munchberg on 6th February. The French Trip to Paris takes place on March 20-23rd.
Students interested in Gluais will have a guest speaker shortly as the selection process for next years Gluais team will begin shortly. The chosen members will have Gluais training over the Easter holidays.
Mr. Doyle remains very busy every lunchtime with chess club.
Badminton players are also very successful with both the U-14 and U-16 girls teams in finals, and the U-14 boys team in an effective qualifier match for the finals. Senior Badminton boys were narrowly defeated in the semi-finals. Thanks to Ms Gallagher and In Ni Riain.
Mr. Nolan reports two very good performances by 1st year boys soccer players – well done to all. Mr. Nolan and Ms Joy have taken all athletes to Leinster and West Dublin athletics meetings. A very impressive 1st outing from Eoin O’Sullivan (class Rye) last week. Latest news – Áine Burke through to Leinster crosscountry final after an impressive show in the Phoenix Park qualifier today.
U-16 Gaelic players did very well in their group, with the assistance of Mr. Grimes. U-18’s, with Mr. McGowan, succumbed to Storm Rachel – literally, as both players and teachers showed all the signs of the dreadful conditions after the game! That was a big disappointment, losing a ¼ final to Terenure College.
U-14 Gaelic were similarly narrowly defeated in a final last Friday. Ms. Casey wishes to congratulate Mr. Carey and the students for their dedication and great effort.
Mr. O’Gorman took U-19 soccer players to an All-Ireland League Final to be – yet again – narrowly defeated –this time on penalties (the word “robbed” has been suggested!) by Patrician College Newbridge..
Mr. Mulready reports that there is an U-14 camogie competition starting this week.
A poetry competition is also due to start soon, for St. Valentine’s Day!