Sch­midt gives golden ad­vice to lo­cal stu­dents

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

TWO Don­abate Com­mu­nity Col­lege stu­dents have writ­ten about the recent visit of Ir­ish rugby coach, Joe Sch­midt to the school.

The two bud­ding writ­ers are Liam Shor­tall and Leah Nolan whose words fol­low and they thank Graeme Gilchrist and Tom Cal­len­dar for their help.

Don­abate Com­mu­nity Col­lege were thrilled to wel­come Ir­ish Rugby’s Joe Sch­midt to the school, re­cently. He met with mem­bers of the Ju­nior and Se­nior Rugby teams in school and spoke to them about the im­por­tance of play­ing team sports.

Joe Sch­midt had some words of wis­dom for his rapt au­di­ence. He stressed how im­por­tant it is to work hard to achieve your goals and dreams, and how im­por­tant it is to prac­tice your craft as much as pos­si­ble to get to where you want.

He re­ferred to Aris­to­tle and dis­cussed how we are what we re­peat­edly do and that ex­cel­lence was a habit, not an act. Sch­midt put an em­pha­sis on how small mo­ments are a lot more im­por­tant than they may seem and that it is vi­tal to put as much ef­fort as you can to make the most of these small mo­ments.

Small acts of kind­ness can have a hugely pos­i­tive im­pact on other peo­ples’ days and Sch­midt told a story about how he en­cour­ages his play­ers to ex­er­cise kind­ness for oth­ers even at the height of the Six Na­tions. The New Zealand-born rugby coach also said that a per­son’s val­ues and their be­hav­iour is more im­por­tant than the set­ting of goals.

He de­scribed how they try not to look at the end re­sult for the team, but in­stead to build to­wards it and cel­e­brate the suc­cess along the way.

Stu­dents got an op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions and take some team pho­to­graphs which will hang proudly on the walls of the school along­side the rugby balls Joe was kind enough to sign.

Huge thanks goes from the stu­dents and the school to Paul Tighe from Costco for his as­sis­tance in ar­rang­ing the visit of Joe Sch­midt.

Joe Sch­midt ad­dresses stu­dents with Paul Tighe of Costco (left) and DCC prin­ci­pal, An­thony Creevey (right).

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