School Newsletter 4, 2011

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Group of 1st year students with Meitheal Leader, Robert Muldoon, in JFK Arboretum.

During the course of the past two weeks each 1st year class group travelled to the JF Kennedy Arboretum for an afternoon of orienteering along with their 6th year Meitheal Leaders. The purpose of the exercise was to support the ‘settling in’ process and to allow class members the opportunity to get to know each other away from the classroom environment. The feedback has been hugely positive and great credit goes to the 6th year students who work as Meitheal Leaders and to Ms Bolger for all her work in organising the venue, transport, food and other details. Thanks also to Mr Wall, Mr O’Brien and Mr Rossiter for their help in setting out the orienteering course and overseeing the event.


Showjumping winners, Jim Redmond, Stefan Kirwan, Darryl Murphy and Ethan Cahill with Chef d’Equipe, Paul Kirwan and Principal, Fr. Hennebry.

On Saturday last one of the school’s showjumping teams took the honours at Boswell equestrian centre in the second leg of the Hoofprints League, coming out on top in an event which featured 38 teams. Having no team faults after the initial 2 rounds, the boys then went clear in the jump off to land the cup. Congratulations to them and many thanks to the parents for their time and effort in getting riders and ponies to the venue and for their ongoing support of the school’s equestrian teams.

On Friday all 3 Transition Year groups headed off to Tramore for a day of outdoor adventure activity, featuring a morning surfing the waves. Credit to Mr Murphy, TY co-ordinator for organising the event and all the attendant logistics re transport, food, etc. and thanks to those teachers who accompanied the boys on the day.

There was no class on Wednesday last as a Staff Planning day was scheduled to coincide with the National Ploughing championships therby eliminating loss of teaching time to the inevitable absenteeism as students flock like so many others to the event which will next year be on our own doorstep.

Next week we have the pleasure of hosting a group of Australian students who are on an Irish tour, playing a series of compromise rules football matches around the country. We host the group on Tuesday night and a Transition Year team from the school will take on the ‘Wanderers’ in a game the following day. We look forward to meeting the group and trust they will have a great time while here in Ireland.

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