Open Night, Mental Health, Junior Football & Camogie, Driving Lessons
10th November 2014
Árd Scoil Open Night
We will be holding our open night for all incoming students and their parents on Thursday 20th November at 7:30p.m. sharp. The night will give parents and prospective students an opportunity to tour the school and see the facilities. Enrolment forms will be available on the night. Please allow plenty of time for parking on the night. We look forward to seeing you there.
TY Mental Health Workshop
Mental health is something we all have to deal with. It is so important to look after your mental health, at any age. On Wednesday the 5th a speaker from the organisation Aware came in to carry out a workshop with our year. What is Aware? Well, Aware help people of every age suffering from mental health issues to bring them back into a better and healthier state of mind.
We learned what triggers bad mental health, for example; stress, a difficult time in your life such as the passing of a loved one or influences of other things or people. All these factors and more contribute to bad mental health. We learned how to control this and become more positive and optimistic in our everyday lives.
We were shown the coping triangle which links our thoughts, feelings and actions. Bad thoughts lead to bad feelings and bad feelings lead to bad actions. Change one of these things and the whole triangle will change. Have good thoughts, they lead to better feelings and positive actions. There's no point sitting around doing nothing if you have a problem, get help, change your lifestyle and most importantly, talk. If you don't speak up how is anyone supposed to know something is wrong? How will anyone hear what you have to say?
I'm glad we got to have the speaker come in and talk to us especially as we head into the senior cycle. If we didn't have this talk I, personally wouldn't know how to cope in a time of stress. To learn about mental health and depression was a great opportunity. It gave our year a better understanding of people’s minds and how not to assume someone is feeling okay on the inside when in reality, they may not.
On Wednesday 5th November the Árd Scoil Junior Football team travelled to Ballinmeala to play against Presentation Clonmel. The girls knew that they had to come away with a win to be guaranteed a place in the next round of competition. They got off to an excellent start with two quick goals by Lydia Troy and Niamh McComb followed by two later goals from Lydia Troy and Shauna Coakley. This wonderful display of scoring resulted in a half time score of 4-3 to 0-5.
In the second half Ms Rochford and Ms Flavin made a few changes to the team and brought on Caoimhe Fograty, Alex Fitzgerald and Charley Simms. Clonmel Pres picked up two easy goals but they were no match for Lydia Troy and Shauna Coakley as they scored two more amazing goals, summing up Lydia’s hat-trick. The girls kept the tempo up scoring two more points. Clonmel came back and scored three more points, but that wasn’t enough to defeat the Árd Scoil girls. The final score was 6-6 to 2-8. Well done to the Árd Scoil Junior Football team and best of luck in their upcoming match.
Rachel Sheehan and Shannon Shepherd
On Friday 7th November the Árd Scoil Junior Camogie team travelled to Moyle Rovers GAA pith to play against Killenaule in their first competitive game of the year. The girls were missing a few key players and this showed in the first half as they fell behind to three soft goals. Soon though the girls got into their stride and Aisling Bauman scored a great goal and two well worked team points to get the girls right back into the game. Half time saw the Árd scoil trailing 1-02 to 3-00.
At half time the girls were given some good advice by team coach Ms. Pickering and this showed in the second half. The defenders led by Clodagh Curran at centre back and Alix Fitzgerald at full back showed some great defending as they held their opposition to just a point in the second half. The girls worked much better as a unit and they got some excellent team scores as a result. Aisling Bauman again popped up with another goal and point to top off an excellent performance. Katie Ferncombe and Kate McGrath also chipped in with goals to ensure a victory for the Árd Scoil. Full Time score Árd Scoil 4-03 Killenaule 3-01.
Molly Ryan and Kate McGrath
TY Driving Lesson
The most recent of our TY activities took place on Wednesday 5th when Austin Hally came into the school to give us a lesson on driving. The majority of students went out in twos to the dual control car to begin our allocated time either behind the wheel or in the back seat observing. Our morning consisted of driving over and back in the senior building car park, familiarising ourselves with taking off and reversing. A big thanks to Austin Hally who was patient and professional with all of us. Everyone enjoyed the morning of driving and learned the basics of driving.