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News (21st December)

Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team secured their progression to the knockout stages of the competition on Tuesday, the 12th of December, when they successfully proposed the motion that ‘China is Good for Africa’ against their opponents from De La Salle of Waterford. This was the team’s fourth consecutive unanimous victory, meaning that they have reached the maximum twelve point mark. Hopefully, this should mean that they will avoid the knockout round and move straight to the last sixteen. The team was captained by Brendan Atkins and also included Stephen Condon, Eanna Ryan and Kyle English. Well done to all.

Carol Service

The school held its annual carol service in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall on Friday, the 15th of December. Led by Ms. Ryan-Preston, the school band played a variety of festive tunes, both modern and traditional while a selection of students recited ‘The Story of Christmas’. Some of the highlights included: O Holy Night, Little Drummer Boy, Silent Night, A Spaceman Came Travelling and Feliz Navidad. The Student Council also presented a cheque for over 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.

Personal Safety Course

On Friday the 15th of December our transition year pupils participated in a personal safety workshop which was facilitated by Personal Safety Ireland. The students learnt about personal space and boundaries, risk and threat assessment, anti-bullying strategies and techniques which promote assertiveness in a positive manner. They also learnt about the use of reasonable force as well as the implications of inappropriate behaviour.

Charity Soccer Blitz

Our first years raised 200 euro for the Irish Cancer Society when they participated in a light-hearted and festive soccer tournament last Tuesday morning. Teams from each class group competed in the blitz and the winning team, 1B, got to choose the charity which would benefit from the event . Well done to all.