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News (21st December)

Transition Year Outings

On Wednesday last our transition year pupils traveled to Dublin where they participated in a guided historical tour of Croke Park. The students learned about the history of the G.A.A., as well as that of the stadium itself. Later in the day the students stopped off at the Jervis Shopping Centre where they got the opportunity to get in some Christmas shopping. The following morning our transition year German classes made the short journey to The Source Theatre, where they watched the Cold War movie, ‘Bridge of Spies’.

 

Transition Year Trade Fair

The transition year Trade Fair, organised in conjunction with the Tipperary Enterprise Board, was held in the school on Tuesday last. All of the transition year mini-companies presented their ideas and business models, from which two companies were chosen to represent the school in the county final on the fourth of March. The ‘Soup Troop’, run by Jack Hehir, Ray Fuller and Patrick O Gorman, was one of the businesses chosen and, as you could probably gather from the name, their operation involved selling a range of delicious and healthy soups. The other successful business is entitled ‘Handle With Care’ and is the brainchild of Ben Ryan, Kieran Connolly and Conor Bowe. Their business model involves selling padded grips for crutches.

Carol Service

The school held its annual carol service in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on Wednesday last. Led by Ms. Dunne, the school band played a variety of festive tunes, both modern and traditional while the school chaplain, Fr. O Connell, led the school in prayers. The Student Council also presented a cheque for 1,000 euro to local representative of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Mr Bob Maher. The money had been raised earlier in the month when the Student Council organised a non-uniform day.

CAO Information Night

On Monday night last the school held an information evening for the parents of sixth year students which focused on how to apply for a third-level course via the Central Applications Office. Parents were informed about how to complete application forms as well as being made aware of all the important relevant dates associated with the process. The event was very well attended.

Cairdeas Workshop

Last Friday our transition year pupils attended a leadership workshop which was delivered by Ms Tina Kelly. The Meitheal course focused on communication skills, group decision making, cultural awareness and the role of the leader. The aim of the programme is to train senior students so they can act as mentors to first year pupils.