School Newsletter 7, 2011/12

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Saying adios to Spanish students Marcos, Claudio and Javier.

On Monday last we said goodbye to 3 Spanish students who had joined us for the first 6 weeks of the school term. From Madrid, the 3 boys, Marcos,Claudio and Javier, joined our first year students in September and followed a full regular timetable just as any other student. They were a joy to have in the school and their bright smiling personalities will be missed around the school. We wish them all the best and they should know they would be welcome back in ‘The Counsel’ any time. We should also thank their supervisor Miguel who liased with us and the boys and who helped our own Spanish classes with their oral and aural work.

Captain Darragh Lyons

Captain, Darragh Lyons receives the Keevans Cup from Luke O’Hanlon.

The first trophy of the year was won on Wednesday last when the 1st year football team lifted the Keevans Cup in a blitz held in Pairc Carman. The boys retained the trophy with a stunning second half performance in the final against St Peters. Our second team were also victorious, winning the shield competition, so well done to all of them on that. It augurs well.

The last of the Geography fieldwork expeditions to Tramore beach took place during the week and thanks are extended to teachers, Ms Cullen, ms O’Neill and Mr Moran for all their preparation and work around that undertaking.

The higher level leaving certificate English classes travelled to Cork to attend a performance of ‘A winter’s Tale’ on Thursday and by all accounts it was a top class production which will hopefully have provided the boys with some insights into the play. Quite apart from the academic value, the experience of attending a professional production in the theatre is always of cultural benefit and if it wasn”t for the interest of the teachers, Ms Cushen,Ms Kinsella and Mr Cullen in taking the group, many might never get such an opportunity. Thanks to all concerned, and it should be noted, reports of the boys’ courteous manner and behaviour were received.

In a very busy week, Ms Byrne, guidance counsellor, took a group to the University of Limerick for its open day on Friday. Mr Daly accompanied them also as they toured the campus, attended lectures and took a trip out to Mary Immaculate College.

The Junior hurlers lost out to Kilkenny CBS in a championship match on Thursday but had already secured a semi final slot against St Kierans which will take place this week. Good luck to them.

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