The Leaving Certificate results dominated the educational headlines this week and our 6th year students of 2010 collected their results on Wednesday morning from 10am. Emotions of relief and joy dominated while there were the few inevitable disappointments where perhaps a few extra points were needed. There were a great many outstanding results, up to and including 600 points, but rather than trumpet those let us instead wish all the boys who made up the 2010 leaving Cert. class the very best for the future.
We have added an extra dimension to the school website with a link to a Flickr page dedicated to Good Counsel College pictures. We hope this will allow us to upload more images of events around the school and indeed some images from the past also. A big debt of thanks to Richard O’Neill of Mr. Pixel for all his help with this development and indeed with designing and constructing this website.
Congratulations to local girl Grainne Murphy on her outstanding achievement in winning silver at the European Swimming championships. Her father, Brendan, is a past pupil of the school as are her uncles while first cousins, Coughlans and Bardens are current students.
Soccer legends, Packie Bonner and John Aldridge, along with FAI chief, John Delaney, were on the school campus on Wednesday evening as guests of the New Ross Town soccer club who use of the college’s facilities of which the visitors were highly complimentary. They took a particular interest also in the signed Kevin Doyle jersey on display and were also interested to learn that the chief advisor on the playing surface in the new Aviva Stadium, Richard Hayden, is a past pupil.
Next Friday, the new year kicks off once again with a staff planning day. On Monday, 30th, the new cohort of first years will begin the journey through second level education here in GCC. We wish them well.