School Newsletter. Oct. 23th

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The mid term break is upon us and another busy week down in Good Counsel. Atrocious weather during the week didn’t make life any easier around the campus. Nonetheless plenty of activities took place with Transition Years traveling to Dublin for the CSI challenge, an information evening for 1st year parents being held, Meitheal leaders taking class 1CN to Leisuremax in  Wexford for a day and numerous sports teams representing the school.

The transition year news section will provide more details on the CSI outing. The 2 classes have also been busy during the week doing prep work on their YSI project with Ms Cushen and Ms Kinsella.

On Thursday night the college chapel was full to capacity with parents of 1st year boys to hear a little on how their sons are settling in to life at second level. Fr Hennebry welcomed everyone and spoke about the challenges the boys have had to face and about the importance of communication between the school, students and parents. He also dealt with some of the practical issues around homework and study.

Mr Aidan O’Brien outlined the criteria employed in forming the 1st year classes and advised parents that in 2nd year this would by necessity change as students made different subject choices.

Ms Jane Byrne provided a detailed insight into the services provided by the guidance counseling team and advised parents on the importance of balance in the life of students. The length of the school day for some students, the weight of the school bags, the broad range of subjects, the number of different teachers, were all issues touched upon.

After the Year Head for 1st year, Mr Mick Purcell, had outlined his role and that of class tutors, Fr Collander spoke about his role as chaplain in the college and also about the Rainbows programme available before introducing Ms Helen Bolger who is helping him with his work in the school as she currently studies for an M.A. in Chaplaincy.

JodyWaterswinning500Many thanks to 6th year Meitheal leaders who organized and brought 1CN to Wexford for a day trip on Friday. By all accounts it was a great success. Well done to Thomas Rudd, David Ffrench and Congratulations to Jody Waters on winning 500 euro in the ‘Predict the Score’competition on the All Ireland Hurling final. Fethard men know their hurling!

On the sporting front the golf team kept their hopes alive by defeating Arklow CBS in their match on Monday while the handballers had mixed luck in their games on Thursday. The senior hurlers got their campaign moving with a home friendly against Kilkenny CBS which was a very entertaining game. The 1st year footballers take top spot this week, however, for their victories in the Keevans Cup competition, with the A team winning through to the final to be played after the break and the B team winning out the Shield. Congratulations to all involved.

A brief reminder to all that the open day for 6th class boys takes place on Saturday, November 7th at 10am.

A safe and happy Halloweén to everyone!

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