May 23, 2013

May 2003

Welcome to the May 2003 news letter

As another academic year ends, this Summer Newsletter records and celebrates much of the recent life of Ardscoil na mBraithre, Cluain Meala. In the following pages there unfolds glimpses and insights into the ebb and flow of recent times of school life.
There were many achievements in all areas of school life. The vibrant sporting, cultural, business, charitable and social aspects of school life have been highlighted and rewarded by many outstanding achievements.

We had an exceptional year on the sporting front with our senior footballers winning the Munster Championship for the first time in 17 years. Our senior hurlers and under 15 soccer teams put up brave performances in their Munster finals.
Great credit is due to these teams and their selectors and our other sporting teams for their commitment, determination and skill displayed throughout what has been an exciting year of sporting activity. There was plenty of off the sporting field extra-curricular activity including national awards won by Conor Morrissey and members of Transition Year in the Young Achiever Awards and also Eric Fitzgerald in winning an essay competition sponsored by the Austrian Embassy.

Our congratulations and appreciation is offered to all the pupils and teachers who organised and participated in so many extra curricular activities. It has certainly been a case of a rising tide carries all boats, the whole school community has been buzzing with all the activity that has been going on. It is great to see the evident pride in the red and black colours of the school.
The time and effort given both by staff and pupils to extra curricular activity enriches the whole community.

Micháel Forrestal and Renee Barry retire at end of this school year after many years distinguished service to the school. We wish Micháel and Renee a long and fulfilling retirement.

Congratulation to those who represented Ireland in recent months; Ian Barnes (Soccer), Christy Aylward, (Soccer), Kevin Fennessy (Boxing), Kevin Tobin (Showjumping) and Jean Lonergan (teacher) (Ladies Rugby).

I would like to thank all the school community, B.O.M., teachers, ancillary staff, parents and pupils for their support, encouragement and goodwill during my time as Acting Principal. I would like to pay tribute to Ms. Annette Hickey and Mr. Jerry Shanahan who while holding the position of Deputy Principal made significant contribution to the effective management of the school. We wish Mr. Shay Bannon well on his return in September.

Ba maith liom mo bhuiochas agus mo chairgairdeas a chur in uil do phobail na scoile gcoitinne ach go mór mór do na múinteoirí a soibrígh chomh díograiseach sin.
Go néirí go geal le daltaí, muinteoirí agus túismitheoirí Ardscoil amach anseo.

Pat Power

Fundraising activities in aid of Special Olympics
Grand total of €1,275 raised in schoolEach year group was involved in fund raising activities, the benefit of which went to the Special Olympics Fund. These sports based activities had a dual purpose which involved promoting awareness among the school community while also raising funds for this worthwhile sporting event. Among the events were First Year “Superstars Challenge”, Second and Third Year “Indoor Soccer League” and Senior Cycle “Sponsored Walk”. All events took place outside of class time, with students and teachers alike giving up their free time. In conjunction with these events, guest speakers from Dolphin Swimming Club visited the school. On these visits the athletes met the various student groups in order to communicate their personal experience of the competition.The visits were hugely successful in heightening awareness and provided a focus for students and teachers involved in the fund raising effort. A grand total of C1,275 was raised within the school. The high level of support demonstrated by students must be acknowledged. A special mention must go to Philip McGrath and James Ryan (6th year) who played a huge part in organising the Senior Cycle sponsored walk and also Patrick O’Donnell (6th year) who volunteered to help out with the Indoor Soccer League. Finally a word of thanks must go to those members of Staff involved, namely T. Conway, C. Croke, J. Lonergan. P. Glennon and R. Flynn.
Maths Quiz
€5000 boost for school chemistry department
Our school recently received a donation of €5000 from Merck Sharp & Dohme towards its chemistry department. Carmel Fitzsimons, Science Teacher Co-ordinator, expressed her thanks to MSD for the very generous donation, which will help to fund new laboratory equipment for the school. It means that rather than demonstrating experiments to the students, the students will now be able to actively participate in the experiments themselves.Chemistry DepartmentJohn Condon, Director of Public Affairs for Merck Sharp & Dohme congratulated the school on its commitment in the area of science and technology. “There are tremendous employment opportunities for students with science and chemistry backgrounds, but this message does not seem to be penetrating the minds of our second level students. It is important that we recognised the significance of the science of chemistry, not alone for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, but for a myriad of other careers in many different areas”.Pictured left are: Carmel Fitzsimons, Science Teacher Co-Ordinator, Cathriona Sheehan, MSD; Claire Ryan, MSD and Eleanor O’Mahony, Science Teacher with senior Chemistry students.
Kevin Tobin competing in the Nations Cup
Kevin Tobin and Coolross ButchKevin Tobin and Coolross Butch competing in the Nations Cup at Cavan 2001 (Ireland Fin) representing Ireland where the team finished second overall.
School retreat dedicated to Edmund Ignatius Rice
The first stop on our retreat was to Mount Sion in Waterford City. We arrived here about 10.20 a.m. Brother O’Hagan showed us the museum first which was mostly dedicated to Edmund Rice. We were also shown a video about the life of Edmund Rice.
Edmond Rice was born in 1762 into a well off family. Early in his life he sold cattle and sheep at the Ballybricken Fair in Waterford and built up a good reputation. He married and lived with his wife in Ballybricken. But then he suffered two tragedies, his wife died and his daughter was born slightly handicapped.But Edmund’s life is really about his dedication to the poor. He set up the first Christian Brothers School in Waterford and helped many disadvantaged and out of control children. He was willing to take people into his house feed them, clothe them and spread the word of God. He became Blessed Edmund Rice in 1996.We were next shown the room where he died. It contained many of his belongings and the furniture of that time. We then wen to the church where his relics were kept and prayed Edmund Rice’s prayer.

Next we visited Callan, Co. Kilkenny the birthplace of Edmund Rice. We arrived about 1.00p.m. Brother O’Reilly showed us around the house where he lived and explained all about the various tools, furniture etc used at the time.

We also saw the writing kit he used. It was very interesting to see how he lived and the various rooms. Brother O’Reilly then explained the icon in the church. We left at 2.45p.m. and arrived back at school at 3.40p.m.

I really enjoyed this retreat. I thought it was interesting.
Overall I thought it was a good retreat.

Tomás McCarthy 2A1

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