First Year Athletics, TY Orienteering, Eurofins Work Experience, Junior Camogie Munster Semi Final
8th December 2014
Pictured with Mary Ashe are the first six competitors across the finish line.
(L to R) Shannon Cockwell, Kate Hickey, Aoife Dee, Lucy Holmes, Anne McGrath and Talitha Macaulay.
First Year Athletics
The annual first year cross country event took place on Friday 28th November in the grounds of the sports centre in Dungarvan. A team from each of the first year classes went head to head. The 1.1 class was led by Aoife Dee while the 1.2 class was led by Lucy Holmes.
Fresh from her success at the all Irelands Lucy led the race from the start and came home a comfortable winner. She was followed home by Anne McGrath (1.2) while Aoife Dee was first home for 1.1 in third place. Kate Hickey (1.1) was fourth and the fifth individual prize went to Talitha Macaulay with Shannon Cockwell in sixth place. 1.2 came out as overall winners of the team competition.
Pictured are the members of the winning team.
(L to R) Chloe Dee, Caoimhe Kiely, Aoife Kiely, Lucy Holmes, Anne McGrath and Talitha Macaulay.
Yesterday we went to Waterford with the TYS to compete an orienteering competition. We left the school at 11:00 on the bus and we arrived in Kilbarry at 12:00. First we were told about the rules of orienteering and then we were given dibbers to stitch in each checkpoint and collect our time. Then we split into pairs and lined up ready to go. Everyone was very excited and buzzing to set off. We all set off one by one running and laughing, having brilliant fun rambling around the course trying to find the checkpoints. Some of us got lost, thank God that there was a fence to stop us going too far astray!!! All in all the day was a great success and we all had great craic!
Niamh Lenane and Shanice McGovern, 4th Year
As visiting students, it was great and a really good experience for developing our orienteering skills. We would do it again because we don’t know if we’re going to have this opportunity for doing this again back at home. We’re really delighted with the amount of schools that were competing there. Thanks to Ms. Rochford and Ms.Pickering for this opportunity!
Blanca Tormo and Cristina Alvarez, 4th Year
Eurofins Work Experience
Eurofins is a leading international company with over 90 leading laboratories across 36 countries. Eurofins offers top class services and is a top competitor in the world ranking in food and pharmaceutical testing. Entries for the essay competition titled ’How Chemistry Helps You’, had to be handed in by Friday 17th of October. The prize for the top 6 essays was a week of work experience in the Dungarvan plant. To my surprise and utmost disbelief, I was chosen from the many other entries to attend for work experience. My name is Muireann Walsh and I won a work experience place at Eurofins Lancaster labs Dungarvan.
When I arrived in Eurofins on Monday 10th November, I met the other Transition Year student who would accompany me. Together we would discover new aspects of science and hence increase our knowledge. Ellen and I were greeted by Dr. Lydia Slattery who was the co-ordinator of our amazing experience. Our first day was bursting with a variety of events starting with a chemistry tutorial with Nicola Murphy. We paid a visit to Annie Wall in intake who has a very detailed and influential job. In the afternoon, we were back with Nicola who showed us around the chemistry labs upstairs. Our final visit of the day was somewhere hot and clammy, as we stepped inside a temperature controlled incubator – like a large walk in fridge.
Tuesday morning began with a visit to quality assurance with Ciara Monks. Pat Clancy showed us the array of files that stretched far and wide. The human resource department with Rosemary O’Donoghue was very interesting. Our next stop before lunch was to the IT department to drop in on Fiona and Shaun. For the first part of the afternoon, we were doing engineering with Richard Russell. And the second part, we said hello to Shane Noonan in water chemistry. In this lab, water is tested to ensure that it is safe for use in homes and businesses.
If you thought that was a mass of information to process, the week wasn’t even half over yet! On Wednesday we were over in Shandon with Paula Collins in finance. For the afternoon, we were with Colin O’Mahony in the food science department. Here, we tested different food samples varying from crisps to bacon.
Thursday 13th, we were back in the main Eurofins labs. We had a microbiology tutorial with Anita O’Gorman and before lunch we were in media with Caroline Ahern. This was another busy lab where the solutions for agar plates are made up. That afternoon we continued with microbiology and experimented with different bacteria on agar plates.
Friday, our final day at Eurofins, was spent with Dr. Lydia Slattery. It was like we were scientists for the day. We took DNA samples and tested them. Finally, we played ‘Who want to be a Scientist’ – just like who wants to be a millionaire but the questions were orientated around the vast amount of new and interesting information received throughout the week. After successfully becoming a millionaire scientist, it was time to meet the Managing Director, Emmet Kearney. Ellen and I were presented with certificates.
I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience and I can safely say there wasn’t an inch of the premises I didn’t see or learn about. I got a true sense of working life and made new friends. A huge thanks to Dr. Lydia and Bernie for co-ordinating this once in a life time opportunity.
Muireann Walsh, 4th Year
Junior Camogie Munster Semi Final
On 26th November, the junior camogie team travelled to a frosty Bushy Park to take on Scoil Mhuire Blarney in the Munster semi final of this competition. After a great win against Killenaule in the last round, the girls knew there were still improvements to be made.
The girls had not had a match in nearly three weeks and this showed as they got off to a sluggish start. Although Ard Scoil got early scores from Aishling Bauman (1-01) and Katie Ferncombe (1-0) ,they did not play to the best of their abilities and gave away two soft goals. Half Time Score: Ard Scoil 2-01 Blarney 2-00The half time advice from Ms Rochford and Ms Pickering really spurred the girls on and this showed as they were more competitive in the second half and this fight and determination resulted in great scores from Aishling Bauman (1-01), Lydia Troy (1-00) and Kate McGrath (1-00).The backs really upped their game in the second half and some great defending from Sarah Lacey in midfield, Amy O’Riordan and Isabelle Wade in goal kept the Blarney forwards scoreless in the second half. Full Time score Blarney (2-00) Ard Scoil (5-02).
The girls are now through to a Munster Final later this month where they will face a very strong school from Glanmire. The girls know they will really have to work hard if they are to win some silverware this year.
Kate McGrath, 4th Year