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School Activities and News: October 2011

Soccer Team:

Our senior boys’ soccer team took part in an inter-schools league in Limerick.They played three games that day winning one. Trainers for the Munster team were there looking for players who are good enough to play for their province. Well done to Mickey Coffey, Sean Griffin, Ryan Horgan and Dylan McCarthy who all have been nominated for the team. Well done also to Dale O Sullivan and Kevin Looney who will be given another chance to be selected at the next set of league games after Christmas.

Fund-Raising:

The school took part in the ISPCC Cheerio’s Breakfast mornings in the first week of October raising money for Childline while at the same time having a nice breakfast.

On Oct 27th we had a No-Uniform/Fancy Dress Day with the monies raised going towards cancer research.

R.S.E.

As part of our relationships and sexuality (RSE) programme, Ms. Joan Barrett gave two one hour presentations to the girls in our school using the DVD “Busybodies’”. Topics covered included changes to our bodies during puberty, how babies are made and looking after ourselves.

Presidential Election:

On Oct 20th, the Junior Cert C.S.P.E class organised a mock Presidential Election. The whole school were shown how to vote. This was a great success as there were a total of sixty eight valid votes out of seventy votes cast. The result was very close with Michael D Higgins winning by just two votes ahead of Sean Gallagher.

Student Council Elections:

All our students were given the opportunity to run for classroom representative on this years Student Council. Some of those anxious to be elected gave a speech at our school assembly looking for votes. Elections were held in each class. Congratulations to all those elected: Owen Breen; Craig McCannon; Charlotte O’ Shea; Kerri Marsh; John O’ Keeffe; Ryan Dempsey; Tommy Cole; James Martin and Sharon Sheehan. The staff look forward to working with them in the year ahead.

Board of Management:

We extend a big thank you to our outgoing Board of Management who met for the last time earlier this month. We appreciate the time they gave and the efforts they made on our behalf these past four years. A meeting of all parents was held in the school on Wed. Oct 26th to elect two parents nominees to the new incoming board who will meet for the first time next month. Maree O’ Connor and Enda O’ Brien are our new parent nominees.Teresa Curran is our teacher nominee. Fr. Patsy Lynch and Gerard O’ Sullivan are our Patron’s nominees.

Occupational Therapist:

Ms Tamara Spring occupational therapist, called to the school at the end of this month to meet with staff and students. We are delighted that we will be able to avail of her services in the coming months.

Climbing at Heights

Early in October a number of students were given the opportunity to take part in climbing activities at the Dingle Climbing Centre with P.E. students from Tralee IT. They had a fantastic time and it is hoped to repeat this venture at a later date again.

IEP Meetings:

Teachers are currently meeting with parents to help formulate a suitable individual education plan (IEP) for each student so that they can achieve as much as possible during this current school year.

 

Lourdes:

Six of our students have applied to be included in the annual IHCPT pilgrimage to Lourdes next Easter. Many of our pupils have been given this opportunity in the past and it is a wonderful experience.

FETAC.

Some students are busy completing their submissions  for Level 1 Certificate in General Learning, Level 3 Glass Craft or Level 3 Introduction to the Internet. We wish them the best of luck.

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