School Newsletter Feb 26

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The mocks are up and running since Wednesday of this week. The smooth running of these exams places extra demands on everyone, staff and students as the sports hall has to be set up, papers have to be prepared and the timetable has to be adjusted to accomodate the longer exams. Then of course there is, for the teachers, the very time consuming job of correcting the many scripts.
Rehersals for the joint school production of Les Miserables started this week. These rehersals take place after school and require a lot of committment from all involved. No doubt the end product will be well worth all the hard graft.
During the mid term a group of students flew to the U.S., Loon Mountain, New Hampshire to be specific, on the now annual school ski trip. The expedition leader as ever was Mr. Teague assissted by Mr McCormack, Ms Cushen and Ms. Kinsella. The group, by all accounts, had a great time. Well done to all involved.
Luke Fitzgibbon, 2nd year, has been selected on the Irish schools swimming team to compete in the schools international in Glasgow on March 20th. A great achievement and while the school can claim little credit, we are nonetheless very proud of Luke’s achievement. Best wishes to him.

Inter Pro 2009 Luke Start Back 100
Luke Fitzgibbon in action in National Finals

The Transition Year group took a break from their digging at the back of the assembly hall under the direction of Fr. (farmer) Collander to undertake a day long climb on Brandon Hill in preparation for their 2 day hike and overnight stay in Glendalough next weekend. Mr. Coffey has put in a lot of work organising this event as part of the boys, ‘An Gaisce’award.
The college U-14 Football team travel to O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Wednesday next to compete in the Leinster A football final against old rivals, St Mels of Longford. Hopefully the boys can succeed in bringing the title back to New Ross yet again.
Good luck also to Conor Duggan and Killian Dunphy who compete in the Leinster 40 x 20 Leinster handball final on Monday and to their coach Mr. Leigh O’Brien.
Preparations for the All Ireland Inter Schools Hunter Trials continue with Ms. Wessley in particular putting in long hours to collate all the entries and follow up on incomplete forms etc.. Anyone interested and available to help out on the day, March 13th, can contact us at the school.
Finally, it was great to see our past pupil, jockey Matthew O’Connor, ride a winner during the week. This was his first win since he suffered a life threatening fall last year. He has shown remarkable courage to make it back. We wish him continued success.

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