New Year, Sean Kelly Cycle, TY News, Log On & Learn, School Mass, Sad Farewell to Fr. Flor
16th September 2013
A New Year.
We welcome all returning students and staff and also wish to extend a special “Céad Míle Fáilte” to all our new pupils, our first years and those who have joined us in other classes, including visiting students from Spain, Germany and Canada. We hope all will have a fruitful and enjoyable time in the Ard Scoil.
We would like to congratulate our Leaving Cert. class of 2013 who had such excellent results in their exams. We wish them all the best in their futures studies and careers.
This week it was the turn of this year’s Junior Certs to celebrate their fantastic results.....well done girls and the best of luck in your next years in the Ard Scoil.
Sean Kelly Cycle
Participants in the Sean Kelly 50 kilometre cycle. Well done ladies!
Well done to all the students (and teachers!) who participated in the recent Sean Kelly cycle which attracted thousands of visitors to the town. Many completed the 50 kilometres run and congratulations to Mrs. Pauline Dowdall who completed the 100 k cycle. Mrs. Dowdall sets us all an example by regularly cycling to school from her home near Kilmacthomas!
The new Transition Year students at the Dungarvan Pitch & Putt
On our first day back in school, we had a social gathering where the team of T.Y. teachers were introduced to us....Year Head Mrs. Margaret Dennehy, Work Experience Co-Coordinator Mr. Tommy Collins and tutors Ms. Gleeson and Ms. Fox who is also T.Y. Co-Coordinator. We were informed of plans for the year and had a discussion on work experience. We finished the morning enjoying tea and coffee and having to catch up with each other after the holidays.
On Tuesday, September 3rd, we had an Induction Day facilitated by Ms. Eadaoin O’Donovan, a Counsellor/ Psychotherapist when we covered areas of self awareness, self confidence, and breaking down barriers. This was most beneficial and Eadaoin will return in March or April to complete a module on social issues and we look forward to this.
On Tuesday, September 10th Miss. Fox took us to the Cunnigar Pitch and Putt Club. We were greeted by the Lady Captain, Jacinta O’Mahoney and members of the club for a practice session. They provided us with clubs, tees and golf balls and we then set off for our 2 hours of fun. The members and our teacher, Ms.Fox gave up their time to show us how to grip the club, how to tee off, pitch onto the green and finally how to putt.
At the beginning we found it near impossible but when we reached the final hole, we had improved immensely. We thoroughly enjoyed our day out and we have already arranged another session for next week.
We would like to thank the Cunigar Pitch and Putt Club for letting us use their facilities, the members for giving up their time and Ms. Fox for arranging this outing. We are really looking forward to our next session.
Mastering the putt are students from Transition Year.
Ornaith Keane, Niamh Carlton and Louise Conway
T.Y. Courses & Intel Log On and Learn
The T.Y.s have begun their First Aid and Self Defence modules and the Intel Log On and Learn course for retired/ older people will commence on Tuesday, October 8th from 11.45 to 12.55. In this course participants are paired with a T.Y. “buddy” who helps them to learn various computer skills. Anyone wishing to join the course should contact the school at 058 41464 or call to the school office to book a place.
On Friday, the school community went to the Friary church for The Opening of School Mass celebrated by our cChaplain, Fr. John Harris.
The First Year choir sang “Sing a Song to the Lord” and words of welcome were sploken by Jessica O’Brien. Readings and prayers were deliverd by Emma Casey, Doireann O’Keeffe, Caoimhe Denmead, Saray Diez and Carol Gonzales, Shauna Hennessy, Alannah Carey, Siobhan de Paor, Shannon Kelly-Fitzgerald. The Offertory Procession Commentory was by Sarah Power as Shalini Biju, Tirna Connors, Alannah Coyne, Grace Montgomery, Orla Renton, Aisling O’Brien, Mrs Hughes and Mrs. C.Power brought the gifts to the altar.
Musicians Muireann O’Brien, Kate Faherty, Shannon Carey along with other singers and musicians under the baton of music teacher, Mrs. Ciara Lucey added their gifted performances to the celebration.
Mrs. Hughes welcomed all to the new year of school and thanked Fr. Harris, religion teachers Ms. O’Shea, Ms.Cotter and Mrs. LUcey, all the readers, musicians and singers for what was once again an inspiring start to our new school year in the Ard Scoil.
Sad Farewell to Fr. Flor
We were very sad in the Ard Scoil to hear we were to lose our other chaplain Fr. Flor O’Callaghan who is moving to Dublin as Parish Priest of Ballyboden. We wish to thank for Fr. Flor for the years he has spent with us in the Ard Scoil, we will miss him. We wish him all the best in the future, knowing that our loss is Ballyboden’s gain. We look forward to his returning for a visit now and again.