Ard Scoil na nDéise
Convent Road, Dungarvan
County Waterford, Ireland

Tel: (058) 41464

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Cross Country Success, 25th Anniversary With The Bishop, Public Speaking Competition

1st February 2016

The Junior Girls team celebrating their win.

East Munster Cross Country Championship Success

On the 28th of January, 17 Ard Scoil girls travelled to Carriganore to compete in the East Munster Cross Country Championships.  It was indeed a successful day, with all 17 girls qualifying for the Munster Finals in two weeks time.

Senior girls team who came 3rd overall, Sinead O_Brien, Melissa Gallant and Kate Mc Grath Kate Mc Grath who finished 2nd in the Senior Girls Race

The first race of the day was the minor girls and Mary Kate Prendergast had yet another superb performance finishing 2nd overall and leading her team home to 2nd team prize.  The first 15 individuals in each race and top 4 teams qualify for the Munster Final. Ella O Neill finished 12th and Gillian Whelan finished 15th.  There were over 80 competing in each race, making this a huge achievement for the girls.  Making up the team and also running superbly were Laura Miller, Kate Heffernan, Aoife Brazil and Ava Healy.

Our Junior girls team was next up and they surely didn’t disappoint.  Lucy Holmes lead from the whistle and finished 1st with 100m to spare.  Kate Hickey was next home finishing 3rd, Aoife O Brien 12th and Sarah Lacey 15th.  Also on the team were Orla Keane, Aoife Dee and Kate Hickey.  This team finished 1st overall on the day.

Last but not least were the senior girls race and Kate Mc Grath had the race of her life finishing 2nd overall and leading her team home to 3rd team prize.  Sinead O’Brien and Melissa Gallant had an amazing race to complete the team.

The girls now go on to compete in the Munster Finals on February 11th at C.I.T. Best of luck to all the girls and let’s hope the winning streak continues! Many thanks to Ms Flavin for all her work with the Athletics teams.

Junior Girl's Team dispay their trophy

Bishop Cullinan celebrates Mass for Ard Scoil na nDéise 25th Anniversary and Feast Day.

On Friday January 29th we were very honoured that Most Reverend Bishop Cullinan came to St. Mary’s Parish Church to celebrate Mass for our Feast Day and 25th Anniversary.  We were joined on the day by Mercy and Presentation Sisters, Catherine McCormack from the CEIST trust, members of staff and Board of Management of 1990, members of the present Board of Management and Parents’ Council, all our students and present staff, some parents and other family members.  Before Mass began Bishop Cullinan addressed the students and taught them the beautiful unaccompanied Taize chant “Oh Lord Hear My Prayer”, creating a lovely prayerful atmosphere throughout the church. 

Our Lady of Lourdes was chosen as the patron saint of the school when Ard Scoil na nDéise was set up, and each year students from Fifth Year travel to Lourdes as helpers on the Diocesan Pilgrimage.  Two of the students who travelled to Lourdes last summer told us about their experience in the Communion Reflection. 

Under the leadership of Father Harris, Ms Cotter and the Religion teachers, the students had planned and prepared carefully for the Mass, and three of our students who are Ministers of the Eucharist gave out Holy Communion with Bishop Cullinan, Father Ryan and Father Egan.  Our very talented musicians from every year group, led by our Music teacher Ms Lucey, contributed hugely to the celebration, and the beautiful voices of our Senior choir and soloists made the congregation’s experience of the Mass a truly special one.  After Mass Bishop Cullinan met students and parishioners outside the church, and then he kindly returned for photographs with the First Year students and some of the invited guests.  We are most grateful to Father John Harris, our school chaplin, who worked so hard with us to ensure that everything was thoroughly prepared for this significant occasion.

Public Speaking Competition. Kayla McCarey, Tara Fitzgerald, Eileen Fitzgerald, Ann Stack and
John Cunningham (Adjudicators), Lynn Baldinger, Kajsa Gron, Lauren Organ and Evelyn Simons (English Teacher)

Public Speaking at Ard Scoil na nDéise

On January 25th six Ard Scoil students, Lynn Baldinger, Tara Fitzgerald, Kajsa Gron and Lauren Organ (Fifth Year), Eileen Fitzgerald and Kayla McCarey (Transition Year) participated in our school Public Speaking competition, in preparation for the Soroptimist International competition to be held in Lawlor’s Hotel.

The six girls gave their speeches in front of all Fifth Year and First Year students, and it was fantastic to see students taking on the challenge of speaking to a large audience.  The adjudicators then gave feedback to the students and three girls were selected to proceed to the competition on Thursday night: Lynn Baldinger, Kajsa Gron and Lauren Organ.  On the night, two students from St. Declan’s were selected to proceed to the next round, but Kajsa Gron was runner-up and recipient of the Ciara Meehan trophy for best researched speech.  Many thanks to Mrs Simons for encouraging all Fifth and Transition Year students to participate, and for organising the event in the school.

Mrs Evelyn Simons (English teacher), Lynn Baldinger, Kajsa Gron and Lauren Organ
at the Soroptimist International Public Speaking Competition.



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