TY Surfing, School Mass
21st September 2015
TY surfers heading out to catch a wave
On Tuesday last, the TY students went surfing in Oceanic’s Surf School in Tramore. We arrived, all feeling excited and slightly nervous too. We were welcomed by a friendly team of instructors and were split into two groups.
One group were brought on a nature walk, where Glenn, our tour guide, told us about the history and unique geographical features in the area. During the walk, we learned about the storm that destroyed several habitats in the area and created the impressive sand dunes that we explored. We found out a lot about Tramore that we didn’t know before, and we all found it very interesting.
TY's practicing their moves on the beach
The other group were introduced to the basics of surfing, such as safety, gear and techniques by Paul, who made it very enjoyable with his humour. Once down on the beach, we practiced how to do pop ups, then headed into the freezing water. After adjusting to the temperature and becoming more confident on the surf board, many of us tried to stand up. There were a lot of failed attempts, but you could see the vast improvements as the lesson went on. It was a very enjoyable day for all, and we are all looking forward to returning next spring!
Eileen Fitzgerald, Denise Murray, Emma Reardon & Amy Reynolds
Pictured at the school mass are Misha Dee and her mother Natasha, Mrs. Dorothy Hughes,
Sr. Goretti (first Ard Scoil Principal), Mrs. Yvonne Meehan and her daughter Eadoin
On Friday last a mass was held for the start of a new academic year in Árd Scoil na nDéise. The mass which was celebrated by Fr. John Harris gave students, teachers and parents the opportunity to come together to start the new school year. The mass was started off with a special address from Sr. Goretti who was the first Principal of Árd Scoil na nDéise twenty five years ago. Sr. Goretti spoke of her work as a Mercy Sister in Yola, Nigeria where she teaches women both young and old important skills like reading and writing. They also help the women to learn skills to allow them to earn a living and have independence.
The mass at the start of each school year allows us to welcome our new first years into our school community and also to remember those who have completed their Leaving Certificate. To mark the 25th year of the Árd Scoil we had two first year students along with their parents who were first years in 1990 bringing gifts up to the altar. We would like to wish a big thank you to Mrs. Natasha Dee and Mrs. Yvonne Meehan for taking part in our mass. During the mass we also had the commissioning of our new Cairde Girls who will be taking special care of our new first years during the coming year. Mrs. Hughes and Ms. Gleeson presented our new Cairde girls with their badges which they can wear with pride.
Throughout the mass there was beautiful music and singing provided by the senior choir who were led by Ms. Lucey. We would like to wish a big thank you to all of those involved in making an occasion such as this possible; to Mrs. Lucey for her work with the choir, our religion teachers Mrs. Cotter, Mrs. Lonergan and Ms. O’Shea for all of their preparation with the students, to Fr. Harris for celebrating the mass, and to all of the students involved.
Pictured at the school mass are Sadhbh Donovan, Caoimhe Keane, Aibhlín Dowling,
Sr. Goretti (First Ard Scoil Principal), Saoirse Curran, Leona Power and Aoife O'Brien