Those who will be leaving our school at the end of this year were given the opportunity to go and see what is on offer at the National Learning Network, Fas, St. John of God’s and Tralee IT on Wednesday February 1st, while on Thursday they went to Kerry Parents and Friends in Killarney and Camphill in Dingle.They found these trips very useful and got a chance to talk to some of our past pupils who are attending these centres and get their opinion on their experience there.
Then on February 8th, these service providers will come to the school to meet with the students and their parents to discuss students’ options.
It was a first for the school on Thursday when we had a zumba dancing class. This is a highly energetic fun way for students and staff to exercise with fast music and lots of movement. It was really enjoyable.
Woodwork classes started in Mounthawk on the 3rd. There will be two hour long lessons each week from now until the summer holidays. A bus provided by the school takes the pupils to and from the classes. Those who were lucky enough to be picked really enjoyed the woodwork.
Taking the Pledge
Congratulations to our nine Confirmation students who attended the 7.30pm Mass on Saturday 4th February in St. Brendan’s Church and took a pledge to abstain from alcohol drink until they are at least eighteen years of age and never to take drugs. They were presented with their junior pioneer pins.
Preparations are underway for our nine students who will be making their confirmation in Balloonagh Convent church on Friday 20th April next. They are practicing their hymns and learning about the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Well done to our quiz team who took part in the Munster inter schools quiz this month in Cork.They gave a great display of general knowledge and finished second overall. They now go on to the All Ireland final next month.They will meet a few times each week before then to practice.
Well done to Sean Griffin and Dylan McCarthy who were chosen for the Munster football team as a result of the wonderful displays they gave in the last few matches. There will be further training sessions and even the possibility of getting on the Irish team.
ITT Student Lessons
Yet again, we are lucky to have been chosen by Tralee IT students for a specially P.E. programme on Fridays between now and the end of April. The ITT students and their supervisor will work with two groups each week concentrating on raising their fitness levels and their skills.
The Art students are being taken to see a photographic exhibition in Siamsa Tire entitled “Travels with my father” this month. It shows a series of photographs which tell the story of the photographer’s father who has Alzeimhers and how it has affected him and those around him. It is very thought provoking.
Teaching Posts and SNA Review.
The SENO (Special Educational Needs Officer) and her team visited the school on Friday 10 th February to review staffing levels in the school. This was an anxious time for us all particularly in view of the current financial climate.We await the results of her investigations.
Swimming practice continues for our swimming team for the month of February. This is in preparation for the forthcoming swimming gala in Cork in early March. Our team will take part in various competitions on the day including front crawl, backstroke, freestyle and relay. It is always a great day out.
Ashes were distributed in each class on Ash Wednesday. Throughout Lent, we will be undertaking various activities as part of our school’s preparation for the Easter celebrations. We encourage our students to fast from something for the forty days of Lent.
Our Junior Certificate students sit their mock exams this month. This provides them with valuable practice for the real exam in June as this will be the first time they will experience working in an exam setting and under exam time limits.
Congratulations to one of our pupils Cliona Palmer who won a Garda Youth Achievement Award for her active participation in Special Olympics and Girl Guides. Cliona was presented with this award at a special awards ceremony in the Brandon Hotel, Tralee on Friday 24th February 2012.
World Book Day.
As part of Book Week, some classes went to O Mahony’s Bookshop to see the wide range of affordable books they have on offer and to use the book vouchers they got to buy one of these books. They had a very pleasant trip.
Our gardening classes have been very busy clearing the beds and planting some early crops. To date, they have planted spring cabbage, onions, peas and rhubarb.
Little Max was a friendly little terrier dog who wandered into our school recently. Luckily he had a collar with his owner’s phone number on it. After several attempts, he was finally reunited with his owner who was overjoyed to get him back. Max provided us with a few lighter moments as he made himself at home exploring the school.
A big thank you to all those who helped raise in our recent spring flowering bulb sale for the “Rag Doll Syndrome” Association. We raise €120 in total and this has now been forwarded to the association.
We were thrilled to be informed that not only have we been left retain our current teaching posts and SNA numbers but we have also been granted a further 16 hours per week. The SENO and her team spent a day with us recently and saw the need, even in this current climate, for the provision of these additional hours to us. We look forward to use this extra allocation of hours for the benefit of our students.
Dylan Gets The Nod.
Dylan McCarthy got great news that he has been picked for the twenty two strong Under 18 Irish “Football For All” squad. He will have to attend two further training days in Portlaoise after which the panel will be reduced to a sixteen strong training panel. This is an amazing achievement given that Dylan is only thirteen years of age. What a bright future this young man has in store for himself.