Transition Year Graduation, Student-Teacher Soccer, Sixth Year Graduation, Teresa Daly
25th May 2015
Transition Year Graduation
Transition Years with their certificate booklets
On Tuesday the 19th May the Transition Year graduation night took place in Árd Scoil na nDéise. Transition year is a time for students to broaden their educational experience and to learn many new things both inside and outside of the classroom. We pride ourselves on the transition year program offered at the Árd Scoil and at the end of each year we come together to celebrate the achievements of all the transition year students.
The night was a wonderful opportunity to show the talents of the students. They received awards for many different activities during the year with students receiving special awards for their ECDL, Gaisce, sports, journalism, cookery and creative writing. We also had our spirit of TY awards for those students who immersed themselves in TY and got the best out of the year; this award went to Sinead O’Donnell and Muireann Walsh.
Sinead O'Donnell, Ellie Janes, Dawn Drummey, Shannon Shephard and Brona Coleman singing their winning song from the All Ireland No Name Club Competition
The students opened the night with a song, we were treated to trad music and also a song written by the students themselves which summed up their year in TY and mentioned a few teachers along the way. We also heard a composition from five of our students who won the All Ireland No Name Club Song Competition. We wish all the best to our transition years for the summer and look forward to seeing them at the start of the next school year.
Muireann Walsh receiving her Spirit of TY award from year head Mr. Barry
Sinead O'Donnell receiving her Spirit of TY award from year head Mr. Barry
Student-Teacher Soccer Match
The sixth year soccer team raising their trophy in victory over the teachers
On Thursday 21st May the sixth year students played the long awaited soccer match against the teachers. It was a beautiful sunny morning for the match to take place down by the Sports Centre. All students in attendance contributed €2 to the fundraising for the Students Council and the new playground at Le Chéile Childcare Facility. Both teams had colourful supporters cheering them on throughout the game. Ellen Curran provided an entertaining commentary as the teams pitched against each other.
The teachers gained an early lead and had a lead of three goals to one going into the second half. The sixth years valiant effort saw them close the gap to finish four all at full time. The winners were to be decided with a 'dizzy' penalty shootout. This twist on the penalty shoot out saw more people on the ground than goals in the net but the great effort from the sixth years paid off in the end and saw them victorious in the end. There were joyous scenes from the sixth years as they raised their cup in victory.
Anna Whelan, 5th Year
We would like to pay a huge thank you to all those involved in the organising of this event. The sixth year students were a shining example to the rest of the school. They displayed the respect and good nature that we strive to bring out in all of our students. Congratulations to the sixth years and best of luck for the future.
Sixth Year Graduation
6th Year Students graduating this year (some students absent from photograph)
The Sixth Year graduation was held on Thursday the 21st May. The evening began with a mass celebrated by Fr. Harris in the Friary Church. The theme selected by the students for the mass was “New Adventures”. The theme was inspired by a poem written by Lauren Allen called ‘6 steps’, the poem was read by Kayleigh Hanley during the mass. The students had a beautiful banner and mass booklet on the night designed by Lauren Mulvihill. The banner was painted by the 6th Year art students under the guidance of Ms. Cahill. The mass booklet was expertly put together by Celene Cummins, Jessica O’Shea, Amy Lonergan and Natasha O’Brien.
During the mass the congregation were treated to wonderful singing by the 6th Years, there were highs and lows during the mass with both laughter and tears from the students. The personal reflection beautifully written by Carmela Iannotta and read by Heather Duff-White brought out both of these in the students. We would like to thank all those involved in the preparations for the mass and to Fr. Harris for celebrating the mass.
After the mass the students, parents and teachers were provided with refreshments in the senior hall by the Parent’s Council. While everyone was in the hall the students showed a slideshow of their six years in the Árd Scoil and their graduation video which was put together by Amber Earley, Emilie Martin and Chloe Murray with the help of Ms. Neylin. It was a wonderful farewell to our sixth year students and we wish them all the best for their exams.
Taylor Murray, Elizabeth McCarthy and Guoda Mozeryte cutting their graduation cake
Parents’ Council and Chairperson Teresa Daly
As our Sixth Year students graduate from Árd Scoil na nDéise so too must the Parents’ Council members whose daughters sit their Leaving Certificate examinations next month. I would like to thank all parents of the current Sixth Year group who served on the Parents’ Council during the years that their daughters were students here. Teresa Daly and Maura McCarthy, whose daughters Mekensie and Sinéad start Leaving Certificate exams next week, have each had two daughters in the school, and both ladies have been dedicated, hardworking members of the Parents’ Council for many years. Maura’s baking skills are legendary among the Parents’ Council, and she has also been a key worker on the Monday night Bingo team.
Teresa Daly has been Chairperson of the Parents’ Council for several terms during the years that her two daughters attended the school, and it was under her leadership that the Ard Scoil Bingo was set up here in the Senior Hall of the school. This was an ambitious project which entailed a huge amount of preparation, organisation and very hard work. Teresa Daly and Denise O’Brien of the Parents’ Council, along with our former Deputy Principal Colette Power had the vision and commitment to set up the bingo which is now well established and going very well. As grants to schools have continued to be cut each year since the recession, voluntary secondary schools such as ours have had to be funded to an even greater extent by parents and through fundraising events.
Teresa Daly has worked tirelessly for the school, overseeing the bingo, organising catering for all school events, liaising on the Smarter Travel and school policy meetings and much more. On behalf of the staff, parents, students and Board of Management of the school I thank Teresa most sincerely for all the work she has done for the school community over many years.
Dorothy Hughes, Principal
Kayleigh Veale and Taylor Murray making a presentation to their year head Mrs. O'Driscoll