School Newsletter : Easter 2011

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The current beautiful weather is most welcome as the school closes for the Easter break. With only 5 weeks of class on return the exam classes will be trying to get some study done over these 2 weeks. For Leaving Certs. the orals are now behind them and with project work generally finished off, it is full steam ahead for the June examinations.

The spring weather has also meant a return to the garden for Fr. Michael and his willing assistants as they cultivate the vegetable plot, so bountiful last year, once again. The TY students, under the guidance of Mr Purcell, have also put up a greenhouse as part of their horticulture module and while it will hardly lead to the school becoming a self sufficient community just yet, the enterprise does seem to be expanding.

Fr Michael and boys

Fr. Michael with some of his co-workers planting the flower boxes at school entrance.

We had a visit from a group of Mercyhurst College students who are currently studying in Dungarvan as part of an outreach type initiative on Friday last. We, of course, have a number of past pupils currently studying in the Pennsylvanian University and indeed have had many distinguished graduates there over the years.

Well done to the track and field team who were very successful in the South Leinsters last week picking up gold medals in 4 gold medals. Joe Mooney, 1st year, won the U-`15 2000m walk, Jordan Byrne, 2nd year, the U-15 javelin, Paul Manning, 1st year, the U-15 100m and Eoin Power, TY, the Senior 400m hurdles. Thr team now go on to the Leinster Finals in Santry next month where we wish them the best of luck. Many thanks also to Mr. Bates for his work and to the parents who travelled up to Kilkenny with the boys.
Congratulations also to Kieran Butler who travelled to France with the Irish Youths rugby team where he scored a try in victory over the host country.

A fresh drive to keep our school environment clean and to encourage recycling of waste was launched last week and already there is significant improvements noticeable. The TY students have been a great help in getting the initiave up and running and the cleaning staff have been particularly grateful for the improvement in the litter situation over the last week. The challenge is to keep the effort up and to ensure that we have a clean and aesthetically pleasing environment for all who work and visit Good Counsel.
In the hope that the beautiful weather continues, may we wish everyone a happy and peaceful Easter.

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