Cross Country, Irish Guide Dogs, Public Speaking Project, Carol Service
12th December 2011
Waterford Schools Cross Country Results.
Mrs. Ashe and her athletes had a very successful outing recently at the Waterford Schools Cross Country Championships with all teams doing very well. Ard Scoil tied for the All Round Cup with the Ursuline, Waterford and St. Augustines. Well done girls!
|Minor Girls; 3rd place; Hannah Power, Kate Mcgrath, Grainne Lane,Kate Faherty, Amy O’Riordan and Ailbhe Looby.
||Junior Girls; 1st place; County Champions;Cliona Ryan, winner of the race; Clion, Grace Heffernan, Ciara Hurley, Laura Cusack and Ornaith Keane.
|Intermediate Girls;3rd place; Catherine Henley, Laura Conway, Clodagh Keane, Caitriona Slevin, Dearbhla Whelan, and Laura Connors.
||Senior Girls 2nd place; Kaylee Norris (second in race), Una McGrath, Emer Duff, Jennifer Meehan and Aoife Landers.
Visit of Irish Guide Dogs.
Guide dog Ocean and fans!
Last Tuesday our school had a visit from two representatives of Irish Guide Dogs Association, Jill and Kate and their dogs, Ocean and Lacey. Lacey works as a fundraising dog while Ocean is a fully trained guide dog for Jill who is visually impaired.
Kate spoke of her work as a volunteer and the work of puppy walkers. She told us of the different jobs the dogs are trained for. As well as guide dogs for the Blind, the centre in Cork is now the only place in Europe to train assistance dogs and companion dogs. They do wonderful work and rely on voluntary subscriptions to fund it.
Guide dogs with Kate and Jill and teachers Mr. Barry, Mr. Veale and Mrs. O'Brien
Jill spoke of the difference to her life since she got Ocean who has given her confidence to move about freely outside her home.
The talk was very interesting and it was clear to all students and teachers present that the work the Irish Guide Dogs do for the visually impaired and disabled is incredible. Ocean and Lacey won the hearts of all and we would all have loved to take them home with us!
Two of our students, Jessica Bannon and Laura Connors will be travelling to the Guide Dogs training centre in Cork in the New Year for a week of work experience so we wish them the best of luck.
Sophie Duhig and Ciara Scanlan from Ard Scoil na nDeise with Roy Keane at a recent dog walk for the Irish Guide Dogs
We hope to continue fundraising for this terrific cause and hopefully meet both the women and their dogs in the near future. This Christmas, our school will be selling Guide Dog Christmas cards and calendars to help raise funds for this worthy cause.
Eleanor Walsh, Emma de Paor and Tara Healy.
Mental Health Ireland Public Speaking Project.
Last Wednesday, the Ard Scoil hosted a preliminary round of Mental Health Ireland’ public speaking project. We welcomed members of M.H. Ireland who chaired and adjudicated the event and a very experienced team from the Presentation, Waterford.
Mental Health Public Speaking Project; Teams fromArd Scoil and Pres Waterford plus officers of Mental Health Ireland
Three of our T.Y. students, Chloe Keane, Emma Casey and Ellen Power returned from work experience two weeks ago to face into schoolwork and their involvement in the Panto. With just a few days to prepare, all three wrote excellent essays on their chosen topics which each delivered in their own unique style.
The judges commented on each girl’s speech and complimented them on both the content and the delivery. However, on the day, the team from Presentation was chosen to go forward to the next stage of the project. Members of Mental Health encouraged the girls to continue to take part in public speaking events and I’ve no doubt we’ll see them shine again in the future as all staff and students who heard them speak were very impressed. Well done girls.
At noon, on Wednesday,December7th,we all went to the Friary Church for our annual carol service, celebrated by Fr. Flor O’Callaghan and Fr.Paul Waldron.
Following words of welcome from 6th year student, Sophie Curran, Fr, Waldron spoke of the meaning of Advent and 1st year pupils, Chloe Jordan, Tara Keeley and Shannon K. Fitzgerald explained the advent wreath and its four candles.
The Second Year choir sang “Do you hear what I hear”, followed by Jessica O’Brien who delivered the first reading from the prophet Isaiah.
1st years Tara Quilty and Ellie Janes presented a Vincent de Paul hamper to represent our giving to others this Christmas time. Laura Connors read from Hebrews 10;22-25. And we all joined in to sing Hark the |Herald Angels Sing.
Aisling Hayes, Rachel French and Jenny Hurley read from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 1;26-38. Edel Power and the 3rd year choir sang “O Holy Night”.
Prayers of the Faithful were read by Dervla Kearns, Caitriona Slevin, Spanish student Racquel, Roísín Claffey, Erin Morrissay and U.S. student Brona Campbell.
The Reflection was delivered by Aisling Foley and then Principal, Mrs. Hughes addressed the congregation before we ended the service by singing “Silent Night”
A big thank you to Fr. Flor and Fr.Paul, to religion teachers Mrs. Lucey, Ms. Cotter and Ms. O’Shea and to music teachers Mrs. Lucey and Ms Fahey. Thank you to the wonderful choirs and musicians who certainly brought the Christmas spirit to life!