School finally resumed on Wednesday after the weather extended Christmas break. Fortunately the long freeze didn’t cause too much damage with a burst pipe in the Villanova building causing the only significant damage which our caretaker Ciaran quickly sorted as ever.
Next week we have parent/teacher meetings from Wednesday to Friday inclusive. These will be 3 busy days as all year groups are catered for during this time thereby allowing those parents who have sons in different years to see all their teachers in one visit.
Auditions for the school musical, Les Miserables, which is being produced in collaboration with St Marys, will take place in the week after next. All 2nd, 5th and Transition Year students interested are encouraged to attend. Exact times and venue will be announced in school.
The upcoming ‘Good Counsel’s Got Talent’ is also attracting quite a bit of interest and any student who feels his career in the performance arts needs a launch pad should look no further. The show will be an evening show and details will be posted in a future newsletter for any parents or others wishing to attend.
Congratulations to the school swimming team of Jack Kavanagh, Brendan Browne, Davi Stebbing and Hugh Keenan which won gold in both the 100m medley and 100m freestyle at the Leinster Schools Championships recently. Brendan Browne also took gold in the individual 100m backstroke and bronze in the 100m medley while Hugh Keenan took bronze in the 100m freestyle. The boys will now go on to represent the school, and Leinster, in the National Finals in early February.
The Senior Football team warmed up for their championship game against St. Pats, Navan with a 2 point defeat of St. Peters College in the Keevans Cup Final on Friday on a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-6. The game was played in Blackwater as no suitable pitch could be got locally and given the recent weather, the pitch was in excellent condition. Down 2 points at half time the team put in an improved second half effort to regain the trophy named in honour of the late, great Seamus Keevans who would have thoroughly enjoyed the closely contested encounter. The boys are under no illusions that a much improved performance will be required next Wednesday in the game currently fixed for Dr Cullen Park, Carlow at 2pm.
The Senior Hurlers begin the defence of their Leinster Title when they play Birr C.S. on the following Wednesday, Jan, 27th. Best of luck to all the college teams competing in the weeks ahead.
Finally, just a note to say that the school has been chosen to host this year’s All Ireland Inter Schools Hunter Trials which will be held in Fenlons of Bagenalstown on Saturday March, 13th. A committee of parents and members of the National Executive are already hard at work for this and entry forms have been sent to schools.