Last week the school organised a series of events which were designed to promote awareness of mental health issues and to encourage positivity and general wellbeing. On Monday our second year students participated in a range of enjoyable team-building exercises in the school yard and in the P.E. hall; the winning class group was rewarded with pizza and chips on Friday. On the following day Mr. Justin Campbell, addiction counsellor and former Galway hurler, spoke to the fifth years about alcohol, gambling and drug addiction. Using his own life story as an example, Mr. Campbell outlined how easy it can be to slip into addiction and he furnished the pupils with some effective strategies and advice so that they will be able to recognise the warning signs and thus avoid getting into any difficulties. On Wednesday our first and second year students attended productions of Mr. Michael O Sullivan’s Humourfit show, which analysed issues such as bullying in a humorous, interactive and thought-provoking manner. Along with these activities, there was a ‘Wellbeing’ noticeboard in the foyer where students posted positive messages about mental health, subjects such as religion, S.P.H.E. and P.E. focused on wellbeing, and ‘Mindfulness Moment’ quotes were read out over the intercom each day.
There will be a separate schedule of events for third, fourth and sixth year pupils after the mid-term break. Student Motivation, Bullying and Internet Safety Talk Mr. Pat Courtney spoke to our fifth year class groups about issues such as bullying, internet safety and motivation for exams on Thursday last before also addressing parents that evening on similar topics. Mr. Courtney spoke about the characteristics and tell-tale signs of bullying behavior as well as its effects on the victim. In his talk to parents he outlined coping strategies for parents of both the victim and the bully. Other important issues covered in his talks included how to stay safe online and how to increase student motivation.
Congratulations to our equestrian team on winning the local leg of the Inter-Schools Ireland Equestrian League at Tipperary Equestrian Centre on Saturday, the 27th of January. The team, which consisted of Killian Ryan, Cormac Quirke, Oliver Penfold and Toby Lambe, was one of only three teams, from the sixteen which were competing, to post a clear opening round. They then won the play-off round which was run against the clock. Well done to all involved. Basketball Our first and second year basketball teams were in action last Monday, taking on sides from St. Paul’s of Monasterevin in the Midlands League. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good day for either team; the first years losing out by 20 points to 32 and the second years by 35 points to 44.
Our Rice Cup hurling panels continued their preparations for the upcoming tournament by playing some useful challenge matches against Birr last Thursday.
Transition Year Work Experience
Our Transition Year students are currently completing the second week of their work experience. Work experience is an integral part of the Transition Year programme as the students are afforded the opportunity to learn new skills while also gaining an insight into possible career choices for their futures. The school would like to thank all the businesses and organisations who helped to facilitate this element of the Transition Year course by offering our students their work placements.
Our third year and sixth year students are currently sitting their ‘mock’ examinations. These exams provide the pupils with an important insight into the layout, structure and timing of the exams and are thus an excellent preparation for the state exams in June. We wish them all the very best of luck.