School Newsletter:May 7th

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By now most of the project work for Junior and Leaving Certifiate students is submited and on Wednesday and Thursday the Art exams took place for both groups. The deadlines for completion of projects and reports always ensures a degree of anxiety and flurry as students put the finishing touches to their work. Glad, no doubt to have them out of the way, it is now full steam ahead for the exams in June.

YSI project winners
Members of the Transition Year YSI group with teacher, Ms Cushen, receiving their trophy from Minister Pat Carey.

Congratulations to the students of TY1 on their recent success in the Young Social Innovators competition. They won their category which was entitled “Making Our Country More Inclusive and Poverty Free”.  They were presented their award by Minister of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey, in Croke Park on May 5th. Their project entitled “Bare Necessities” raised much needed funds for Focus Ireland and the Simon Community. They also raised awareness with their “key campaign”. They held a 1st year hurling blitz, food drive and bake sales to raise funds to purchase care packs. Over six thousand TY students participated and over 400 teams were entered. Ten awards were presented on the day with TY1 scooping the award for combating poverty and social exclusion. Great credit must go to their teacher Ms Cushen and many thanks also to Ms Kinsella and Ms Wessley who put a lot of work into the YSI. Well done everyone! ( Other pictures in News and Events > All News Stories section)

On Thursday, Tom Walsh, a man who made such a huge contribution to Good Counsel College was fondly remembered as the school hosted a 1st year hurling blitz for  the Tom Walsh Memorial Cup. Teams from St. Peters College, Enniscorthy CBS, St Kierans, Birr CS, Thurles CBS, St Flannans, Lismore CS and our own school played a series of matches throughout he day. In the semi finals St Kierans overcame St Flannans while Lismore CS beat The Counsel. In a thrilling final which was decorated with some staggering individual performances, Lismore CS emerged the victors. The cup ws presented to the winning captain by Fr Hennebry, in the presence of representatives of Tom’s family, and he noted that Tom, who was so committed to the underage hurling teams in the school,, would have thoroughly enjoyed such a tournament while he would be horrified at  being singled out for special mention. Huge thanks are due to the teachers who put so much time and engery into orgnising the event.

The senior section of the South Leinster Track and Field was held in Kilkenny on Wednesday and 2 of the college athletes qualified for the Leinster Finals.
David Stebbing, 5th year, put up an outstanding performance in the 1500m, leading for most of the race before finishing in 3rd place in a very competitive field.
In the intermediate 100m hurdle final, Eoin Power, 3rd year, succeeded in breaking the previous South Leinster record butt was unfortunately pipped for gold ion the fastest 100 m hurdles final in the history of the Sout6h Leinsters.
Congratulations to both boys and to the others, James Kavanagh, Alex McKenzie, Robert Whelan and Barry Murphy who represented the school so well on the day. Thanks also to Mr. Bates, their coach.

Colaiste Laighean, the Irish summer school which runs in Good Counsel College during the summer, have purchased a considerable amount of Archery equipment which it has kindly made available to the school for use as part of the P.E. programme. Currently Transition Year students get an opportunity to try the sport as part of their P.E. programme with the local Dunbrody Archers generously sending in coaches.
It is hoped that the local coaching expertise can be utilised to incorporate Archery into the P.E. schedule for a broad range of classes from next year.

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