The school is running a draw in the run up to Christmas. The school would like to express its gratitude for the great prizes which were generously sponsored by local firms and businesses. The proceeds of the draw will go towards defraying the costs of supporting extra-curricular activity in the school. Students will be selling cards for the draw in the local community and your support will be greatly apprteciated.
The Parents Council of Scoil Aireagail met recently and welcomed a number of new members on board. Those present discussed the role of a parents’ council in contributing to the education of their children. In addition it discussed its role in contributing to school policies and school development. The Principal also gave a report on the main events that had occurred in the school year to date. The council will next meet on Thursday, 16 January at 7 pm. New members are most welcome.
Our Leaving Cert and 5th year Irish students recently went to see Máiréad Ní Ghráda’s play An Triail in the Excel Arts theatre, Thurles. This classic play is part of the Irish language curriculum on the Leaving Certificate course. Ní Ghráda’s groundbreaking play explores the hypocracies inherent in Catholic sixties Ireland. Her heroine Máire becomes pregnant by a married man and then attempts to do the impossible and keep her baby. Thanks to Ms. Murphy and Ms. Kennedy for organising this trip.
Scoil Aireagail students took part in GAeilge 24 on Wednesday, 13 November 2013. GAeilge 24 is a national event where students and young people all over the country took on the challenge of speaking only “as Gaeilge” for 24 hours.
Ms. Murphy and Ms. Kennedy did a great job of encouraging students and teachers to get involved both inside and outside the classroom. What a success the day was at creating a great gaeilge buzz as the school was filled with gaeilge chatter.
The aim of Gaeilge 24 is to open young people’s minds to using Irish in their every day lives as well as giving them a positive language experience. Students were given a sponsorship card and asked to collect money for Ciste na Teanga for the promotion of Irish.
1st year students recently participated in a nationwide schools’ campaign to educate and raise student awareness of littering called the ‘Bin it!’ workshop.
The campaign aims to inform young people aged 11-13 about the environmental cost and social issues surrounding discarded chewing gum.
Littered gum is a topic that most students will have experience of, and makes a great starting point for encouraging students to take an interest in current issues, engage in discussion and debate, play an active role as responsible citizens in public life, and learn about their rights and responsibilities.
On Wednesday 23rd October Scoil Aireagail celebrated French culture when our French teachers Mme Kennedy, Mme Leahy, and Mme Mills hosted French week. A variety of cross curricular events were organised for students throughout the week. French posters and bunting decorated the walls of the whole school which created a lovely atmosphere and set the tone for the week.
On Tuesday we celebrated French theatre and film. Junior cycle students had a very enjoyable and interesting visit from French Theatre for Schools who put on the play “La visite”. Senior students enjoyed the hilarious french film “Untouchables”. Also on Tuesday a very successful coffee morning was held in the school. Parents past, and present came together to enjoy the “ambiance” and “les gateaux” The school also hosted Olivier Colas a native Breton crêpe maker. Olivier gave students the opportunity to sample French crêpes and converse in French with a native French speaker. A treasure hunt (chasse au trésor) was organized by the TY French class for 1st Years. A lot of fun was had as they searched for clues all over the school until the treasure was discovered.
Wednesday saw students from the Hairdressing PLC class helping out as all students were afforded the opportunity to get their nails and hair done in French style. This was hugely appreciated by the student body and a big “merci” to Ms. Sheridan and her team. Bingo took place in the gym in the late morning for all students. There was also a “gateau” competition for all students in the school. Le grande finale was the fashion show en thème français on Wednesday afternoon. This was a fantastic fun event where students from all classes had the opportunity to dress up and take to the catwalk. There were winners from both junior and senior cycle with an overall fashionista being Antonio our Spanish student.Vive L’Espagne!
The two days were full of fun and learning with everyone experiencing a little French culture. Many thanks to the French department, Mr O’Brien, Mr. Hagan, The staff, the Hairdressing department, Home Economics department and the IT department for all their help. A special thanks to the TY French class who organized the event in a professional manner and ensured it’s success.
A l’année prochaine!
The following students won prizes:
Treasure Hunt – 1st Years – Amy Aylward, Sophie Bland
Bingo – 6th Years Daniel Coughlan, Megan Holden, and Mark Ryan.
Cupcake en theme français: 2nd Year Hannah O’Connor, 6th year Ciara Raglia, 5th year Jessie Raglia
Fashion Show: 2nd Year Sean O’Mahony winner, Matthew Hennessey runner up.
5th Year Conor O’Dwyer, and Paddy Butler winners.
TY Antonio overall winner, Patrick Dillon Keane runner up
€127 was raised at the cake sale for Barrettstown.
Four of our student council members attended the Comhairle na nóg AGM on Thursday 17th October in Hotel Kilkenny.
Comhairle na nóg are local “youth councils” designed to give children and young people the “right to have his or her voice heard” by being involved in the development of local services and policies. Comhairle na nóg provides a forum for young people aged 12-18 to identify and work on issues of importance to them before working with key local decision-makers in a bid to achieve their desired outcome, impact or change. The AGM held in Kilkenny was the first step in this process to prioritise these topics of importance. This years topics are Background and Understanding of Comhairle no nóg structure, Mental Health, Cyber bullying. These topics were discussed in a series of workshops which gave information and also provided students with an opportunity to put forward their recommendations and discuss a plan of action to achieve results.
Well done to Hannah O’Conner, Nicole Sutton Duggan, Stacey Phelan, and Beatrice Blascu who represented Scoil Aireagail at the event, and a big thank you to Ms. Mills the student council co-ordinator.
Well done to our Students Council who organised a breakfast morning on Wednesday 16th October to raise money for Childline. Many thanks to Ms. Mills for her hard work co-ordinating this very successful fundraising event. Thanks also to all those who helped out on the day. Staff and students enjoyed the opportunity to have breakfast together, whilst raising €233 for this worthy cause. Well done to all concerned.
The 2 mile Challenge has been taking place over the last six weeks. All 27 junior girls have undertaken the challenge of walking, jogging or running the distance over lunch break every Tuesday. With only two Tuesdays remaining before the mid-term break the leader board is very close with Orla Little (3rd Year) in first place. She is closely followed by Lauren Browne (2nd Year) and Megan Deacon (3rd Year). The remaining two weeks could see many changes in the leader board. Many of the girls have decreased their time by up to eight minutes over the past few weeks and the greatest improver over the next two will have a great chance of pushing up the leader board into the top three.
Well done to Ms. O’ Callaghan for a great initiative. The 5th Year girls also deserve great credit. They have given up their lunchtime each week to steward the run and time the participants.
On the 27th of September we participated in an U14 hurling blitz in Palmerstown. In the first game we played against Kilkenny Schools and had an outstanding 5-7 to 0-2 win. Goals were scored by Michael Murphy, Antoine O’ Shea and Luke Ward who moved up to the forwards near the end. Other scorers were Patrick Hearne and Adham Masood.
The second game was against a strong Kilkenny CBS team who had defeated St. Kierans in their first game. Again the team played extremely well and won on a scoreline of 4-7 t0 0-3. Scorers were Michael Murphy, Paul Hennessey, Adham Masood, Jack Walsh, Mark McNamara and the score of the game came from Dean Mason who scored a terrific point from full back.
Unfortunately we were defeated by St. Kierans in the last game on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-6. In what was a tight game the injuries picked up by Patrick Hearn and Adham Masood in previous games made things very difficult for us. Scorers in this game were Michael Murphy, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Dean Mason. The backs were again fantastic (as they were all day) with Dean Mason, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Luke Ward ably assisted by Jamie Barron, Billy Moran and James Reid. Sean Fitzpatrick made some great saves in goal and while they may not have scored Sean O’ Mahony, Eoin O’Driscoll and Myko Little all contributed throughout the day.
The squad are pictured above with their manager Mr. Walsh.