School Newsletter 3, 2011

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The Junior Certificate results were published on Wednesday last and our congratulations go to all those students who received them. The Junior Certificate is the first significant examination most students sit and there is great anticipation of the results but this must always be tempered with the reality of further and tougher challenges ahead. Again well done to all concerned.

The school community was saddened to learn of the passing of Fr. Michael Collender’s mother last week. Fr. Michael, the school chaplain, has been a source of much support and comfort to many students and their families in times of difficulty and many travelled to Kilrossanty for the funeral mass on Wednesday in appreciation of that work. May Nell rest in peace.

On Wednesday, 21st there will be a staff planning today coinciding with the National Ploughing championships, a feature which will allow any students wishing to attend the event in Athy an opportunity to do so without losing a day of class. Next year, of course, the championships come to our own doorstep being hosted in Old Ross.

The school extra-curricular activities have started to gather pace with many after school training sessions taking place for hurling, football and rugby groups. The junior rugby team enjoyed a facile win in a friendly with neighbours, New Ross CBS while the U-16 hurlers lost out narrowly to Waterford De La Sallle in a highly competitive affair. Continued thanks to all those teachers giving of their own time to coach and prepare the teams, the benefits of which are incalculable and often not fully appreciated. Best of luck to all those representing the school in whatever activity throughout the coming year.

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