Senior Football, World Karate Championship, German Assistant Teacher
3rd November 2014
On Thursday 24th the Árd Scoil Senior Football Team travelled to Ballinameela to take on Blackwater Community School in the second round of the Munster Senior Championship. After losing the last match they knew they had to come away with a win to have any chance of progressing out of the group.
The girls got off to a fantastic start with 3 goals in the first five minutes with Orla Hickey and Laura Cusack finding the back of the net. The girls continued to apply pressure on the Blackwater backs that had deployed a sweeper to try and deal with the pacey forwards. Ciara Hurley and Orla Hickey provided vital scores for the Árd Scoil while the backs led by Kayleigh Veale in Goal and Taylor Murray at full back kept the Blackwater forwards at bay giving away only four points in the first half while the half backs and the excellent Emma Gildea linked well with the forwards. Half time score: Árd Scoil 3-6 Blackwater 0-4.
Ms Rochford and Ms Flavin made some substitutions at half time introducing Niamh McCombe. The girls started the second half as they finished the first. With the aid of a stiff breeze they were able to take some long range shots which produced great scores. Ciara Hurley again popped up with a brilliant goal along with substitute Aishling Bauman, but Blackwater didn’t give up and scored a late goal, but by that stage the Árd Scoil girls had a comfortable lead. Full time score: Árd Scoil 5-20 Blackwater 1-5.
Rachel Sheehan and Kate McGrath
World Karate Championship
Tirna Connors, Silver Medallist in the World Karate Championships
Tirna Connors, a second year student in Árd Scoil na nDéise, travelled to Szczecin, Poland on the 15th October to compete in the Karate World Championships as part of the WUKF Irish squad. Tirna is no stranger to international competition having twice won European Gold Medals. During the competition Tirna took on opponents from Bulgaria, Italy and Belarus. She also had an unbelievable performance in the semi-final where she won against a very strong American opponent.
The final of the competition was held on October 19th and saw Tirna take on the American champion Reagan Moore. When Tirna was called to take on Americas number one fighter she headed to the mat with a massive support from almost 100 Irish supporters. Tirna fought her heart out but was just pipped at the post as the Judges awarded the match to America. It was a close match which resulted in Tirna bringing home a hard earned World Silver Medal.
We at Árd Scoil na nDéise would like to congratulate Tirna on her wonderful achievement and wish her all the best on future performances.
German Assistant Teacher
The Ard Scoil German teachers, including new Foreign Language Assistant Ms. Früchtl
We are very lucky to have a German Foreign Language Assistant with us at the Árd Scoil this year. We would like to wish a warm welcome to Ms. Früchtl who has been settling into school life at the Árd Scoil over the last few weeks.
Hello, I am Ms Früchtl and I am going to spend the rest of the school year at Árd Scoil na nDéise as a German Foreign Language Assistant (FLA). I studied at the University of Passau in Bavaria to become a teacher for English and Maths. I am very happy that I am one of the 30 German and Austrian students or young teachers that have been chosen from many more applicants to spend this school year at a school in Ireland.
We are here to promote foreign language learning and support the teachers with their German lessons. For us it is actually a great chance to gain more teaching experience, support intercultural understanding and communication and, actually, to improve our English. This year is really a great chance for me, and I hope that I can contribute to a good school year at the Árd Scoil.