Children's Hospital Fundraiser, T.Y. Cookery Competition & Sports Day
12th May 2014
Second Year Presentation to Mr. Gerry Cully of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital
As their C.S.P.E. project this year, 2.1 class organised a fundraiser in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, |Crumlin. They organised a “tracksuit Day” in which all the students ( and many staff!) participated. They did very well and raised €600 for this cause.
On Wednesday, Mr. Gerry Cully of the fundraising section of the hospital came to collect the cheque and speak to the girls about the hospital. He met with all of the first and second year students and they were intrigued to hear about the different aspects of the hospital’s work. He assured them that the money they had collected would go towards the 2 two teenager rooms, one in the oncology department and one in the cystic fibrosis ward as this was of interest to them.
He told them of the ongoing work in upgrading the facilities in different wards and said that Irish school students had raised a staggering €4 million in recent years for the hospital. The next big project is to improve the outpatient facilities for the huge number of patients it receives every year.
They were surprised to hear that there was a school in the hospital for long stay patients at both primary and primary level and that it is designated exam centre for patients who may need to take their Junior Cert. or Leaving Cert. exams while in hospital.
The girls learned a lot about the work of the hospital and thanked Mr. Cully for coming to talk to them. He thanked them for their work and gave them a commemorative medal to mark the event.
T.Y. Cookery Competition
On the 29th of April, Transition Year students had the final of the T.Y. cookery competition which was judged by Eunice Power and her head chef Roisin. Students spent the last couple of months choosing and practising a two course meal of their choice. The meal budget was twenty euro. Some students prepared a starter and a main course; others prepared a main course and a dessert. The students had an hour and a half to prepare the two dishes and set the table. A variety of dishes was cooked including chicken strips in bacon, fish pie, beef tacos, parmesan chicken, lasagne,brownies, chocolate mousse, Angel’s food cake and rainbow buns.
The judges took into consideration the cost of the meal, the quality of the food and the presentation of the dishes. First, second and third prizes were awarded. In first place was Dervla Duhig and Grace Heffernan who prepared Cajun chicken, couscous, roasted vegetables and apple and strawberry crumble.
In second place were Jill Montgomery and Aisling Curran who cooked Thai chicken in an oriental sauce with rice, green beans and sticky toffee pudding.
In third place was Holly McGrath and Lauren O’Connell who prepared stuffed chicken fillet marinated in Cajun spice, wedges, stir fried vegetables and mixed fruit brulée.
The first prize was a €30 voucher for the Ormonde Café ; second prize was a €20 voucher for Sip N’ Surf and the third prize was a €10 voucher for Jitter Beans.
Congratulations to the winning students and to all who participated in the competition. Thanks to Ms. Fox for holding the competition and to Eunice Power and Roisín for judging it.
Grace Heffernan and Dervla Duhig
Transition Year Sports Day with the C.B.S.
On May 8th, the Ard Scoil T.Y.s joined with the Christian Brother T.Y. students for an outdoor sports day. A combined student committee of students from each school put weeks of planning into the day.
At half past nine the students were divided into their teams and they set off by playing games of rounders, tag rugby and an obstacle course bouncy castle. Each team participated in every activity and had great fun competing against each other.
After a break at 11.a.m. where crisps and drinks were provided, the students had great fun running potato and egg and spoon races as well as sack races, relays and long puck competitions. At half twelve, ten boys and ten girls competed against each other in the obstacle course bouncy castle when the girls were the winners!
A soccer tournament was held after lunch with new teams and everyone showed their competitive side and tried their best. The day was very successful and was made even more enjoyable by the great sunny weather. All in all it was a good fun day and the schools hope to make it an annual event. Thanks to all the teachers who helped throughout the day and made it all possible.