On Wednesday we had our 2nd annual school ‘Book Fair’ with a large and varied selection of titles available to buy at very reasonable prices. There were works of popular teenage fiction, classics, books on sport, music, horses and very importantly, tractors. All students had ample opportunity to browse and select something of interest. The Book Fair compliments our ‘Bring a novel to School’ initiative which aims to increase reading practices among our students and thereby improve literacy skills. The value of reading as a contributor to educational attainment is widely acknowledged quite apart from the great pleasure it can bring. Many thanks to the English teachers, particularly Ms Cushen and Ms Kinsella for organising the event.
Congratulations to the 1st year football teams who competed in the Keevans Cup Blitz on Tuesday last in Pairc Carman, regaining the famous trophy in a final victory over Enniscorthy CBS. We had 4 teams present on the day in an effort to provide opportunity for as many of the 1st year cohort as possible. Many thanks to the teachers involved, Mr Kehoe and Mr Bates and especially Mr Killian Kehoe who put in a lot of time preparing the lads for the occasion. (more details and pictures in ‘Featured News Stories’)
Congratulations also to the U-16 hurlers who defeated Kilkenny CBS on Monday and in doing so qualified for the Leinster final where they will again meet St Kieran’s College a team ‘The Counsel’ beat narrowly in the group stages. Beating St Kierans is never any easy task; to do it twice in one campaign will take a mighty effort. Good luck to the team and mentors in next Wednesday’s final which is to be played in Thomastown at 1.30pm.
3rd year student, Jack Breen Barron, has been selected to represent Ireland in the European martial arts championships being held in Dubin in November. Jack competes in the Continuous Sparring and Points Sparring events both highly intensive full contact disciplines in which Jack is current All Ireland champion. A holder of high brown belt, Jack one day hopes to achieve his black belt of which there are 8 degrees. If ever reaching the 8th degree black, Jack will given the title Grandmaster of which there are only 2 in the world in this particular branch of martial arts. We wish him the best of luck.
With Hallowe’en not yet upon us it is with reluctance we mention Christmas but just a reminder that the Parents’ Council plan to hold a Christmas Craft and Music Fair in the school on Sunday November 25th – date for your diary.