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School Activities and News December 2011

Basketball Blitz.

A great day of basketball was had by all the girls who took part in the Munster inter-schools basketball blitz which we hosted in Cumann Iosaef Hall on December 1st. Nine teams from schools in Kerry, Cork and Limerick took part with each team playing a minimum of three matches. Referee Noelle Scanlon was on the to make sure everyone played by the rules. Our girls played really well with Catherine Moriarty being  player of the blitz for the A Team and Chloe Hennessey playing a starring role on the B Team.


Following a number of representations, the VEC has agreed to give us a total of fifty hours of woodwork. Details have yet to be finalized but it is a very positive step given the current economic climate.


A number of charity fund-raising activities are currently underway in the school. We are selling Christmas cards for the IHCPT. We are collect for Trocaire and Bothair. There is a raffle among staff members for Recovery Haven.

Munster Football Trials.

Well done to Kevin Looney, Sean Griffin, Ryan Horgan and Dylan McCarthy who took part in the Munster team trials in Douglas Hall, Cork on Tuesday 6th December. They all played really well but they will have to wait until after Christmas before they find out if they have made it through to the next training camp. Best of luck lads.


Christmas is definitely coming now that we have put up the Crib and the Christmas tree.The school looks lovely now. We are busy practicing the prayers and hymns for the Christmas mass on December 21st, during which the Enrolment Ceremony for students making their Confirmation this year will take place

Religion Inspector

Ms. Edwina Gottstein the post primary religion inspector for the diocese of Kerry called to us on December 14th. She met with the teachers and provided us with some very useful resources.


Six lucky students will be chosen after Christmas to take part in the schools first ever riding lessons. Only those who had excellent behaviour so far this year will be eligible for consideration to be chosen. This is yet another strategy by the school to promote positive behaviour.

Green Schools.

We have collected 30kg of batteries so far. These will be collected on December 21st. Our committee met on the 15th December. It was decided to put out food for the birds for the next few months. It was also decided to target the amount of paper being used for the photocopier and printers.

New Board of Management.

The new Board of Management met for the first time this month. We wish them the best of luck in their term as board of our school.

Student’s Council.

Well done to the Student Council who have worked so hard since being established. They will show a power point presentation about school activities to the school assembly on the day of the holiday.


Those who had green cards for good behaviour during this term were treated to a trip to the cinema to see “Alvin and the Chipmunks” on Monday December 19th. It was a very funny film with lots of laughs. The students and the staff who went really enjoyed it.


As a further treat for those who behaved so well during the year, a trip to ten pin bowling was arranged for Tuesday 20th December. Staff and students alike had great fun with a few even managing a full strike. Then they had fun and games upstairs in the games area.

Christmas Dinner.

The school was treated to its annual Christmas dinner by the staff of Cumann Iosaef. Our students were treated to lashings of turkey and ham, stuffing, roast potatoes, carrots and gravy. This was followed by ice cream, jelly, trifle and custard. It was delicious!

Christmas Mass.

A beautiful ceremony was held on Wednesday December 21st as students, staff, parents, Board of Management members, former staff members and friends of our school gathered in Balloonagh Convent Church for our annual Christmas Mass. Afterwards everyone came to the school for some light refreshments.

Art Display.

A wonderful art display by all classes was arranged by Ms. Ryan throughout the school again this year. On display were pieces some of our students had created which helped them achieve such high marks in their Junior Cert and Leaving Cert.

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