School Newsletter: Feb. 26th 2011

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Mocks over, mid term just about over; year hurtlng on. By this time next week we will have a new government, whatever that may bring particularly in relation to education. We keep hearing the ‘ we need an educated workforce’ mantra – lets hope our new government subscribes in deed as in word.

On the mocks – thanks go to all the 3rd and 6th year students, secretarial staff,  those who helped set up the hall, Mr Dunbar as exam secretary and all the teachers for the smooth running of the exams which were condensed into a shorter than normal timeframe to minimise loss of class contact time. Well done and thanks to everyone for their co-operation.

A mention of a very worthy event taking place on Saturday, Feb. 26th. The Hogan Cup winning team of 1999 get back together to play a friendly against Mullinavat in a game organised by the Mullinavat club to mark the 10th anniversary of the tragic passing of the great Keith Madigan who was a peerless centre back on that ’99 team. It promises to be a great day of fun and nostalgia and I can tell you that the intervening years have taken a greater toll on the athletic prowess of some more than others. Anyway in the era of comebacks, it will be great to see old friends reunite in memory of a fallen but never to be forgotten comrade. Everyone welcome – Mullinavat GAA pitch, 2.30pm.

The Transition year classes are on work experience for the next 2 weeks – good luck to them. Hopefully by the time they are ready to join the workforce in earnest there will be jobs available.

The Hunter Trials committee continue to prepare for the All Ireland schools event on the 19th March for which there is a huge entry from schools around the country. The competition will be held in Moorefield Kennels, Old Ross. Anyone interested in helping on the day, or any business interested in sponsoring a fence or an advert can contact us at the school.

The senior hurlers certainly put up a bold show against reigning All Ireland champions St Kierans in the Leinster semi final on Saturday last. There was nothing between them for 50 minutes and only a wonderful save from the Kierans keeper followed immediately by their second goal prevented what would most likely have been a Counsel victory. They did themselves and the school proud – we thank them for it and thank also Mr Walsh and Mr Wall for the huge effort put in.

Finally, congratulations to two 1st years recently crowned national champions – Caleb O’Keeffe in Sheep dog trials and Jack Breen Barron in kick boxing. Fantastic achievement, well done to both.

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