School Newsletter: Dec 11

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While the Budget, the Bishops and Tiger Woods have grabbed this week’s headlines elsewhere, in Good Counsel the main focus has been on Christmas assessments and upcoming exams. 6th and 3rd year students completed their exams on Monday last while the other year groups will complete theirs next week and on the final days of term..
Meanwhile congratulations are extended to Michael Grace who, because of his high performance in last year’s Leaving Certificate, was awarded an Entrance Exhibition Award in Trinity College recently. Congratulations also  to Simon Dunphy, 5th year, who recently won the bronze medal for Physics at the Science Olympiad in DCU, a considerable achievement.

The TY food appeal has been a resounding success and thanks are extended to all the parents and friends who donated items to the appeal. All these items will be passed on to the Simon Community for distribution among theose in most need.

The first steps were taken this week on the journey to producing and performing the musical, ‘Les Miserables’ in conjunction with St Mary’s. A two hour workshop was held in the church on Friday, 4pm to 6pm and was attended by all those interested in taking part. 2nd, Transition and 5th year students from both schools will make up the cast with others helping out in backstage roles. Any other Good Counsel students from the aforementioned year groups who are interested in being involved should see Ms Cushen.

It was a quiet week on the sports front with the Juvenile football game against Knockbeg deferrred until Monday next and the senior footballers having a first round bye.

A further reminder about the 89 to 99 reunion scheduled for Brandon House Hotel on December 28th. A function which started life as a get together for the All Ireland winning team of 93 has grown to include a number of winning teams from the 89 – 99 decade. In fact the school contested 24 Leinster hurling and football finals during these years winning 17 of them to add to 2 All Ireland football titles in 93 and 99. Anyone interested who has not been directly contacted should e for further details. Check out the past pupils section of the website for some more details.

Leinster U-14 A hurling Champions 91-92
Juvenile Leinster A Hurling Champions 1991-92

Transition Year News

Psycho Spaghetti
All of the TY and LCA classes attended a comedy show held in St. Michael’s Theatre recently on 3rd December 2009. The show was very well organised with classes from local schools also attending. The man behind this great show was Ger Carey who clearly had an idea of what he was talking about. He expressed his views on what he thinks of school and all that goes with it. He then made the teenagers in front of him laugh at themselves by showing the silly side of some of their acts. Ger Carey’s Psycho Spaghetti was a brilliant laugh for teachers and students alike. He went from mocking the typical teacher to laughing at the thoughts of different teenagers he encountered in his early life.

Before the show was out Ger Carey had everyone in the room in stitches laughing. The one-man comedy show was truly hilarious and received a hearty round of applause at the end. It included everything that is funny in a teenager’s life and more. The show got nothing but praise from all who attended and this was one activity that was certainly appreciated by all Transition Year and Leaving Cert Applied students.

Shane Doherty

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