After all their hard work and effort, our Junior Cert students got their chance to show off how much they knew during the exams this month. Their subjects were English, Maths,CSPE, Business,Art, Home Economics and Music with one student also doing Geography. Our SNAs acted as readers and/or scribes for those who needed it.
Well done to our gardeners who sold off the produce from the garden to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. Well done also to those who helped to organise the ice-cream party in aid of Downs Syndrome Ireland.It was a very enjoyable event.
Our school tour this year was to the newly opened Wetlands Centre in Ballyard, Tralee.We were very lucky with the weather. We got plenty of exercise on, and learned how to navigate the paddle boats. Then we got a tour of the centre and were shown a nature dvd. Then we went on a boat trip through the wetlands where we saw swans and their cygnets up close.
Unfortunately the continual bad weather has meant that our planned surfing in Banna had to be repeatedly postponed and then cancelled altogether much to the disappointment of our students who were really looking forward to this activity.
The more adventurous of us went paint-balling to Dromtacker, Tralee. Here we were divided into two teams and kitted out in full combat gear. The aim was to capture the other teams flag and to prevent them from taking ours as well as protecting ourselves from being “shot” with the paint-balls. It was a very strenuous activity but nevertheless thoroughly enjoyable – another first for St. Ita’s and St. Joseph’s!
Feile na mBlath
We spent a lovely Friday in the Town Park at the annual Feile na mBlath festival. There we saw lovely flower arrangements, the art competition entries, clowns, stilt walkers and other demonstrations.
A wonderful ceremony was held at our school on Friday June 22nd when nine of our students graduated. The day began with mass in our school hall which was then followed by the awards ceremony. Kerry footballers Killian Young and Kieran Donaghy presented certificates of achievement in Fetac and/or Junior Certificate and for some Leaving Certificate too. Student of the Year was presented to Charlotte O Shea whom, like the other students we have seen grow into a beautiful young adult. The awards ceremony was followed by a delicious buffet. Guests at the ceremony included local politicians, BOM members as well as parents and friends of our graduands. While we will be lonesome to see our students leave us, nevertheless we are so proud of them and wish them the very best in the future.
SNA Anna retires.
This June marks the retirement of one of our much loved SNAs Anna Looby. Anna has been with us for many years and has been a kind, caring, hard-working member of our staff. While we are lonesome she is leaving us, nevertheless we wish her a long, happy and healthy retirement.
At our final assembly in June, certificates were presented to those pupils who continue their excellent effort and behaviour. Certificates were also presented to those who have significantly improved their behaviour and/or effort since Christmas.
Those who will come to our school for the first time in September were given the opportunity to meet their new classmates, SNAs and teachers when we changed classes on Thursday. This will make back-to-school easier as everyone will know where to go!
Mr. O Connor retires.
June marks the end of an era for us as we say a fond farewell and a happy retirement to Mr Michael O Connor who has taught in our school for nearly thirty years.He will be remembered for his commanding presence,his dedication to his students,his kind and caring nature, and for his interest in, and contribution to sports in the school. “Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann”