School Newsletter 6, 2011/12

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On Wednesday last a group of Australian students, collectively known as the ‘Wanderers’, played a game of Compromise Rules against a team selected from our own Transition Year students. With the round ball the home side enjoyed huge superiority but when the oval ball was introduced at half time, the lads from the Southern Hemisphere looked much more comfortable. The Australian boys had been hosted by the families of the TY students on Tuesday night and so got to experience life in such places as Raheen, Tineranny and Kilderry. Before departing for the boat from Rosslare, the party of students,staff and some family members had dinner in the school dining room where they spoke very fondly of their trip to Ireland and in particular to Good Counsel.

On Tuesday next the Transition Year group travel to Dublin to visit Collins Barracks and to take in the vital European Soccer qualifier against Armenia. We hope that goes well for them.

Each 6th year class group had a 1 day retreat last week, this being delivered by the Mustard Seed group who work in the area of youth services. The response from the students was very positive and undoubtedly an opportunity such as tjhis can only be of benefit in the busy and sometimes stressful life of a Leaving Cert. student.

Congratulations to Nicholas Murphy, 5th year, who won a national U-17 badminton title in Lisburn at the weekend. Nicholas is no stranger to success at this level as he is a regular member of the Irish team.

The school’s golf team of Cian O’Donoghue, Ronan Whelan, Michael Ryan and Jamie Dunne had a comfortable victory in the opening round of the Leinster Schoools Cup against St peters College on Tuesday last. Well done to them.

Finally well done also to the 1st year hurling teams who competed in the St Kierans College blitz on Friday last where they played a series of games where participation was the priority with no trophy at stake. Plenty of promise for the future.

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