School Newsletter : Jan 14 2011

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It was business as usual this week as school re commenced after the Christmas break. Hopefully this term will be less disrupted than the first one and the weather will be a little kinder.
On Thursday and Friday next, Jan 20th and 21st, Parent/Teacher meetings will take place for all year groups. Because 3rd and 5th year meetings had to be postponed due to weather back in December, we are trying to accommodate all parents over the course of the 2 days. Needless to say it will be an extremely busy couple of days for staff, and parents’ co-operation in ‘keeping things moving’ will be much appreciated. A cup of tea and a scone will be available to all in the school dining room during the course of the meetings.

Ski group
Members of the ski group on Loon Mountain with Mr. Coffey. (More pictures on Flickr page)
.The annual ski trip took place over the Christmas holidays and by all accounts was a huge success. The group travelled to Loon and Cannon Mountains in Lincoln, New Hampshire where groups from Good Counsel have visited for the past number of years and reports received here suggest the boys enjoyed a great week, proved highly proficient at skiing and were excellent ambassadors for the school. Well done to them and to the teachers who travelled with them, especially Mr Teague, chief organiser.

6th year student, Seamus Sutton, travelled to the National Library of Ireland on Friday to compete in the All Ireland final of the Poetry Aloud, poetry reading competition. Reading from the works of Siegfried Sassoon, Paula Meehan, Wilfred Owen and W.B. Yeats, Seamus made it to the final eight, a considerable achievement given the huge entry nationally. Well done to him and thanks to his English teacher, Ms Cushen, for her work and support.

Congratulations to the Junior Football team who overcame St Peters College in a tight game played in Ballycullane on Wednesday last to win the Keevans Cup. There was only a 2 point margin in it at the end. The Senior Keevans Cup final was played simultaneously in Gusserane, again with St Peters as the opposition. The game ended in a draw and will hopefully have served to sharpen up the boys for their championship opener against Athy CBS, a side who enjoyed a big win against the Counsel in the League earlier in the school year,  on Wednesday next. That game is scheduled for Athy at 2.00pm. Best of luck to the team.

A mention of Ben Curran, 1st year, who won 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze in an international swimming meet held in Cardiff just before Christmas.  A fine achievement for a very dedicated young man.

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