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School Activities and News: March 2012

Engineers Week Show

A number of classes went to Tralee IT South Campus to see the show “Circus of Scientists” as part of Engineer’s Week. It was fun to watch but also educational as we got to learn about some famous scientists and their discoveries. 

Riding Lessons.

After six wonderful weeks, our first set of riding lessons are now completed. It was a wonderful experience for the six lucky students who got to go.It took courage, energy and concentration to complete each lesson. They even got to successfully complete a jump which was a big thrill for them.


We have registered for the GoPlayToday Sports Equipment offer and hope to collect enough Irish Independent tokens to avail of this scheme.Please drop any tokens you might have into the office.

R.T.E Visit.

Thanks to our Spring Bulb Sale in aid of the “Rag Doll” syndrome, RTE have expressed an interest in the horticultural activities in our school. They plan to come to our school on Wednesday March 14th next to record our gardening activities and also a P.E activity lesson. There will be great excitement for this! 

Quiz Stars

Well done to the schools quiz team who gave a wonderful display in the All-Ireland Quiz final in Portlaoise recently. Thirteen teams took part in this table quiz which was so closely contested that only six marks separated the top five teams. Although our team were in the lead earlier on, they lost out in the picture round. Nevertheless, they came fourth overall. Well done to the team and their coach.

Teen-Spirit Concert.

A number of students went to see one of our own students take part in the Teen-Spirit Concert in early March. It was a wonderfully lively concert in which some well known songs were performed and some of the more “christian –friendly” lyrics were highlighted. It was a real ‘feel-good’ experience. The students were treated to McDonalds on the way home. It was a great day out.


Our swimming team had a great day out in Cork on March 6th at the inter-schools gala. They tried their best in every race often only being only just a hand length behind the winner. Nevertheless we managed to win three medals which is a great achievement for such a young team this year.

Swimming returns after its spring break. There are three instructors there so that each swimming level is catered for. All students have improved since last September with a few students making huge progress.


Our basketball team had a very early rise on March 13th as they headed off by bus to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght to take part in the annual schools basketball tournament. They had a great start winning their first game really well but then they had to play very strong teams. They played their hearts out and were very unlucky to lose their last game by just a basket. They all received medals for their efforts. Then it was off to the Tallaght Shopping Centre to do some shopping.The team and the staff who went were especially grateful to Eddie the bus driver who was so good to them and took them wherever they wanted to go.

Puppet Show.

A number of our classes went to Siamsa Tire on March 14th to see a wonderful puppet show “Me And The Sea”. They really enjoyed this show which contained lively music, great story-telling and table top puppetry.

RTE Visits Our School

There was great excitement around the school as we prepared for RTE to come to our school to film our fundraising efforts in aid of Myasthenia Gravis or “Rag-Doll Syndrome”. While here, they filmed various activities including gardening, student council meeting, a maths class and our zumba dancing class. We got to see how much work is involved in setting up and filming these news excerpts. Members of the Myasthenia Gravis organisation then spoke to the students to tell them about this condition and the work they do for people who have this condition.

Equality Pilot Study.

 We are one of only four schools in the  entire country to have been chosen as a pilot study to investigate and implement any changes (if necessary) to ensure equality for all. There are nine grounds under which discrimination is unlawful. These are: family status/marital status/sexual orientation/gender/religion/disability/traveller community/age and race.

 Nature Walk.

Over the next two weeks, our students will be given the opportunity to go on one of  the Gleanageenty Nature Trail in Ballymac, weather permitting. Not only will they get the exercise but they will also learn about the history and the nature associated with this area. It has always proven to be very enjoyable.

Eye-sight screening.

Public Health Nurse Marian Lucey was at our school on March 21st to check those eligible for any problems with their vision. Anyone who may need further testing will be called at a later date.

Walk in Gleanageenty Nature Trail.

The whole school got to experience the beauty of Gleannageenty Nature Trails during the beautiful weather we had at the end of March. The staff and students were divided into groups according to their ability so that they were able for the trail they went on. Everyone came back to school tired but refreshed.


We are very busy at present practising our prayers and hymns for Confirmation which will take place on Friday 20th April in the church across the road from the school at 11am.

Best of Luck!

The whole school is wishing the best of luck to Dylan McCarthy as he represents our school on the Irish soccer team who will take part in the U18 “Sports for All” Soccer Home International Series in Scotland during Easter. At a ceremony in the school the week before the holidays, the McCarthy family were presented with a cheque from the schools sports fund to help offset the cost of the trip.


Every year, we are very fortunate that some of our students get the chance to go to Lourdes with the IHCPT. It is always a wonderful experience for those lucky enough to be chosen to go.We hope they have a wonderful trip.

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