School Newsletter 16, 2011/12

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A very busy few weeks in the school calendar with parent/teacher meetings for 1st years held on Tuesday last and those for 2nd and 5th coming up in the next 10 days in addition to the start of the ‘Mocks’ on February 1st. There are also information evenings for the parents of 3rd/Tys and 1st years on February 1st and 8th respectively while the Assessment Day for the incoming first years of September 2012 takes place on Saturday, February 4th. Please note that the Parent/Teacher meetings for 2nd and 5th years will take place in thwe Sports Hall.

Meitheal Leaders

The current 6th year Meitheal Leaders received their certificates of appreciation at a ceremony held in Wexford on Tuesday last. by the Co. Wexford Meitheal Alliance. Two 1st year students, Eoin Porter and Darragh Lyons made the presentation on behalf of the current 1st years with whom the Leaders have worked this year. ‘Meitheal’ is a mentoring programme where 6th year students work with the new 1st years, particularly through the first term to help with the transition to secondary school and to provide support in a relaxed and friendly manner. Our thanks go to those senior students who have carried out the role so effectively this year and also to Ms Bolger who put a lot of work into ensuring an effective schedule was put in place and that the leaders were fully prepared for their task.

Congratulations to both the U-16 and U-14 football teams who had good wins during the week against St Peters College and Carlow CBS, respectively. The U-16s in defeating St Peters, retained their South Leinster Title and now progress to face St Patricks, Navan in the Leinster Semi Final. The U-14s, meanwhile, will play St Peters College in their South Leinster final in Enniscorthy on Friday next.

Our Senior footballers host Colaiste Eoin of Stillorgan on Wednesday next in the Leinster Championship. The Dublin side come with a very tall reputation so it will require a top class effort from our boys if they are to progress to the quarter final.

While the U-19 Badminton team, under the guidance of Mr Coffey, lost out narrowly to Terenure College in the Leinster final played in Dublin on Tuesday last, the school showjumping team returned to the top of the Hoofprints League with a thrilling win in Thurles over the weekend. The team of Ethan Cahill, Daniel Holden, Stefan Kirwan and Jim Redmond saw off some stiff competition from Kilkenny College and Newbridge College by posting the fastest time in the jump off. Well done to them and many thanks to the parents who travel with them and support them .Thanks also to Mr molloy who lent his expertise to the group at the Sunday’s event.

As the 2nd anniversary of his death occurs at this time of year we remember our colleague Tom Walsh while also extending sympathy to the Butler family on the loss of their wife and mother, Sharon, who died last week. May she rest in peace.

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