School Newsletter: Nov 20

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The unrelenting rain doesn’t make school life easier whether because of increased traffic, more dangerous roads, students getting wet going to and from school or sports events being postponed. The tragic loss of 4 young lives in the vehicle crash in the west of Ireland is a stark reminder to all of us of the increased dangers on the roads at this time of year. A special appeal to all our students who drive to take extra care.

On Wednesday night the first of 3 sixth year parent information nights took place. Fr. Hennebry and Mr. Aidan O’Brien along with Guidance Counsellors, Ms Jane Byrne and Ms. Noelle Carroll addressed the large gathering who had braved the weather – and skipped the soccer match- on College choices, Career options, the CAO and UKAT systems, study and other matters of relevance to sixth years.
Despite mobile phones being switched off, word somehow filtered through of Robbie Kean’s goal in Paris. All in Good Counsel were of course hoping that we would have the chance to see one of our own, Kevin Doyle, play in the World Cup finals. Unless the FAI ‘s attempts to have the game replayed come to something, we will have to wait until 2014.

Transition Year students began their 2 week work experience this week. We trust it is going well for them

On Tuesday the U-14 football team had a comfortable win against Carlow CBS. This group are showing some promise and hopefully they can continue to improve under their coaches, Mr Kehoe, Mr Leigh O’Brien and Mr Lyne.
On Wednesday the Senior hurlers travelled to Ballyboden where they had a good win over Dublin Colleges in their second league game. Unfortunately, having lost to St Kierans in the opening game they are depending on the unlikely result of a Dublin win over Kierans if they are to advance. Nonetheless both games indicate that this team can have a say in the championship with a little bit of luck.

Art competition winners

Congratulations to those students who entered the Science Week art competition and especially to the winners. They were presented with their prizes by Fr Hennebry during the week.
The ‘no uniform’ day run as part of Science Week raised 500 euro for the Wexford branch of ISPCA and a representative of that group visited the school during the week to collect the cheque and speak to some of the boys about their work.

On Friday the staff of Good Counsel College meet in Waterford with their counterparts from St. Augustines, Dungarvan to consider the place of Augustinian values in these the only Augustinian schools in Ireland and to foster greater links between the 2 schools.
For some older members of the past pupil cohort, this might bring back memories of the annual match against Dungarvan which was usually more memorable for the rivalry and theegg throwing battles among supporters.  A repeat is not anticipated among the 2 staffs.

Another reminder that the parent’s’council run a table quiz in the Horse and Hound on Thursday night next at 9 0’clock. Hope to see you there.

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