School Newsletter : May 20th

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The Sports Hall transformed for the Graduation Mass. (pic – Ms Wessley)
The 6th Year Graduation mass took place on Thursday night last and as ever was a wonderful evening of reflection, music and celebration of the time this current group has spent in Good Counsel. Fr Hennebry celebrated mass along with Fr Collander and Bro. McGerailt. In his homily he reflected on the journey undertaken by these young men thusfar and the great possibilities which lie ahead of them in the future.
There was a poignancy about the ceremony as John Joe Galvin was fondly remembered in the presence of his mother,Catherine and brother, Leon.
Each student was presented with a certificate and a class photograph signed by every class member.  School prefects received a token of gratitude for their work throughout the year and the Bob Quinn trophy for Student of the Year  was presented to Clive Moylan, a most popular choice. The Sportsman of the year award went to Adamstown man, Shane O’Gorman.


Student of the Year, Clive Moylan, with his parents, Mr O’Brien and Fr. Hennebry. (pic -Ms Wessley)
During the week the Leinster Track and Field finals were held in Santry and Good Counsel College students excelled with Eoin Power, TY, taking gold in Intermediate 100m hurdles and Paul Manning winning the minor 500m after taking silver in the 80m. In addition Jordan Byrne finished 7th in the Javelin with a throw of 27m90cm. Well done to all of them and many thanks to Mr Bates for his work with them.

The 2nd annual Tom Walsh memorial 1st year hurling blitz took place in the school on Tuesday with teams from Lismore, De La Salle, Waterford, St. Kierans, Enniscorthy CBS, St. Peters and our own school taking part. After a feast of excellent hurling, St Kierans and ‘The Counsel’ qualified for the final with the host side coming out on top with a powerful performance. Ms Denise Bolger presented the trophy to the winning captain, Darragh Joyce who thanked all those who helped organise the day, especially Mr Wall, Mr Purcell and Mr. Leigh O’Brien.

Last week I mentioned the burgeoining music career of past pupil, Michael Stafford who performs as Maverick Sabre and tonight, Friday, he will perform on the Late Late Show, further testimony to his growing reputation. Best wishes to him.

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