Secondary schools news from around Wicklow
St. Mary’s College
BEST SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARD St. Mary’s was honoured to be the recipient of the Best Secondary school Award presented by Arklow Urban Council in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Sr Sior Cosgrove, Principal, thanked the AUC for the award. Sr Sior acknowledged the marvelous work of grounds gardener Joe Kavanagh. Thanks to Ms Power and her hardworking Green School committee also.
FIRST YEAR FROLICS Ms Dalton and her Sixth year LCVP class organised a very successful fun afternoon for the first years as part of their LCVP enterprise module. New friends were made as the students got to know each other in a fun environment. Well done to all involved.
OPTIONS AND SKILLS Sixth year students benefited greatly from a trip to the Higher Options day in Dublin. A big thank you to Ms Flynn and to the teachers who accompanied the girls. Fifth years participated in a Team Building Induction afternoon. This important activity afternoon is part of the SPHE Progamme in the school. A very enthusiastic team of teachers have designed and are implementing this innovative progamme.
ACTIVITY WEEK Activity week is well underway in the school. Students are participating in a table quiz, fun aerobics, Hip Hop dancing and a sports afternoon.The beginning of the year Assembly and a special mass will take place on Thursday, September 24 to mark Mercy Day – a very special day of celebration in St. Mary’s.
De La Salle
FIRE ALERT HEALTH AND SAFETY Over the course of this week each year has engaged in a fire drill under the watchful eye of Mr. Sheehy our Health and Safety officer. Within the next few weeks the entire school will engage in a fire drill.
FROM PRISON TO SCHOOL T.Y students received a rare insight into life on the inside as prison warden John Dooley accompanied by a real live prisoner spoke to all T.Y. students about life in Mountjoy prison. Once the students entered the room prison rules applied and it wasn’t long before the students realised that life on the inside is no bed of roses with over 80 per cent of inmates dependant on drugs. The prisoner himself spoke about what life is like on a day to day basis in the prison while prison warden John Dooley spoke of his duties on a daily basis. T.Y’s are off this week to sample Mountjoy prison first hand as they visit the prison this week where they can see for themselves exactly what prison warden Dooley and his prisoner were talking about. Students found this to be a very interesting presentation and look forward to visiting the prison.
MORE ROOM AT THE INN De La Salle received a rather large delivery in the form of a new pre-fab. This new room will be used as a conference room for guest speakers who come to the school and will also be the relocation site for the school library. The new pre-fab is situated to the rear of the school near the basketball court.
SCHOOL MASS Our beginning of year school mass took place in the parish church on the 17th September. Students and parents attended the ceremony of which many were directly involved in, be it through readings, prayers of the faithful, or the De La Soul Choir which is made up of both students and teachers. A special thanks to Father Tim!
Gaelcholáiste na Mara
GAELCHOLÁISTE NA MARA RANGANNA GAEILGE DO DHAOINE FÁSTA Beidh rangana oíche do dhaoine fásta atá ag iarraidh gaeilge a fhoghlaim nó a gcuid gaeilge a fheabhsú ag tosnú sa choláiste Dé Céadaoin 7ú Deireadh Fómhair. Más mian leat clarú glaoigh ar an scoil ag 0402 91764 nó 0863803118. Evening Classes for adults wishing to learn or improve their Gaeilge will commence in the Coláiste on Wednesday, October 7. To register phone the school at 0402 91764 or 086 3805118.
GIVE IT A SWIRL Titeann Lá na hoibre dheonach ar an Aoine 25ú Mean Fómhair i mbliana agus dá bhrí sin tugadh cuireadh do scoláirí na céad bliana bheith páirteach i ndá eachtra. Dé Céadaoin beidh said ag glanadh trá Ennareilly agus ag bailiú sliogáin agus adhmaid ón trá. Dé hAoine osclófar an gairdín nua farraige go hoifigiúl agus beidh seans ag na scoláirí na sliogáin agus an adhmaid ón trá a chur sa ghairdín seo. Beidh siad ag plandáil bléibeanna chomh maith. ‘Give it a Swirl’ National Volunteering Day falls on Friday, September 25 this year and to mark this occasion the first year students have been invited to participate in two events. On Wednesday they will do a clean up of Ennareilly beach and while doing this will collect shells and driftwood. On Friday the newly developed sea garden next to the Leisure centre will be officially opened and the students will be asked to arrange these shells and driftwood in the garden in whatever pattern they wish. They will also help plant spring bulbs in the garden and the newly opened crazy golf beside it.
RUGBAÍ Bhain scoláirí taitneamh as cuairt Chorn Rugbaí na Sé Naisiún agus trofaí Triple Crown go dtí an scoil Dé Céadaoin seo chaite agus as traenáil rugbaí sna ranganna Chorp Oideachais. Students enjoyed the visit of the Six Nations Grand Slam Cup and the Triple Crown trophy to Gaelcholáiste na Mara last Wednesday. Also, much enjoyed was the rugby training provided during PE classes.
COISTE GLAS Bhuail an Coiste Glas le chéile Dé hAoine agus toghadh Coiste nua, ina measc roinnt scoláirí nua céad bliana. Cuireadh tús le hobair ar an téama nua, gearradh siar ar usáid cumhachta. The Green Schools committee met last Friday and new officers were elected for the coming year, including many first year students. Work began on the new theme of energy management and reduction.
SCHOOL MASS Recently our school celebrated our opening of the school year mass. It was a great celebration and a chance for the whole school to come together and look forward to the coming year. Our celebrant was Br. Richard, a Franciscan from Church Street in Dublin who also is involved in our school with our student retreats. The school choir and musicians added greatly to our celebration and many thanks to all who helped out.
JUNIOR CERT RESULTS A huge congratulations to all of our students who recently received their exam results. Our students were very pleased with their results and there were many shrieks and tears of delight on the day. Well done to all the teachers and parents who helped these students in achieving a great set of results.
HIGHER OPTIONS Friday last our sixth year students availed of the opportunity to attend the Higher Options day in the RDS in Dublin. It was a great opportunity to see what courses are available and what is required for each. Students also learnt about studying abroad, pursuing a trade and many other exciting careers. Many thanks to our career guidance counsellor, Ms. Fitzpatrick for organising the day.
LEAVING AND JUNIOR CERT. RESULTS
Congratulations to all our students in the Leaving Certificate Class of 2009. The results attained in the State Examinations this year were second to none. 14 per cent of the students received points in excess of 500 points. The average points attained was 428 points. This represents an outstanding achievement for all parties concerned. We wish our students the best of luck on their career paths, and look forward to seeing them back in the School at some point in the future. Our Junior Certificate students (now Transition Years) also acquitted themselves extremely well in the State Examinations with 65 per cent of the students attaining grades in excess of 7 A’s. Their commitment to their studies has paid dividends. Well done on this superb achievement.
TRANSITION YEAR NEWS Having received their Junior Certificate results the Transition Years headed off to Lough Dan on the annual camping trip. Three gruesome days roughing it in the great outdoors, climbing some of Wicklow’s highest peaks and fending for oneself in the wild. Despite their anxieties about being cold, wet and miserable, it is a trip all the students thoroughly enjoy and remember with great fondness.
6TH YEAR VISIT TO RWANDA During the course of the academic year 2008 – 2009 twelve of our 6th years gave freely of their time to participate in our Outreach Programme in conjunction with UNICEF. As part of the Programme they travelled to Rwanda in August. The students visited the country to help with development projects and see how funds raised through St. Gerard’s are having an affect on the ground. During their visit they worked at levelling a field, painting and decorating a school and also worked as teaching assistants. The group was struck by how happy the people were considering how little they possessed. They found their experience humbling yet extremely rewarding and inspirational. They group will return to visit the school in the coming weeks and deliver a series of talks on their experiences.
Gillian Hearty, co-ordinator of F1 in Schools Ireland, is presented with flowers by Sean Cleary, a member of the victorious Koni Kats team from St. David’s school in Greystones.