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Minister launches New Cross College

 

Minister launches New Cross College 2

Minister launches New Cross College 1

Minister Jan O’Sullivan cut the ribbon on New Cross College recently and is pictured with Eilis Humphreys, Fr. Eamon Cahill, Ms. Patricia Mc Manus, Pat Carolan.  Students Sophie Still and Jordan O' Hanlon also pictured with the Minister were part of the current school community and former students, staff and friends of Mater Christie and Patrician Finglas who were present for the launch of the school. Guests toured the school and enjoyed the lovely hospitality offered by school to all who attended.

 
Sr Monica, General Superior of RJM visits Salerno

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The Salerno School Community was delighted to welcome Sr Monica, General Superior of RJM and Sr Carmen, member of General Team, to the school on 10th November.  Accompanied by Sr Mary Mulrooney, the Provincial of the Religious of Jesus and Mary in Ireland, this was part of the Sisters’ General Visitation where they visit each JM school in the world during their six year term.

Staff and pupils were struck by the radiant presence of the two sisters. There was a sincere and genuinely spiritual aura which followed them. Sr Monica addressed the staff with expressions of gratitude for being the face of St Claudine to the pupils of the school.  She spoke of the emphasis we have on the pastoral care of the students and the feelings of unity and kindness in the school.  The Sisters were entertained by the students with song, dance and recital. Sr Monica spoke to the girls and captivated them with her story of ‘The wise man and the butterfly’.

All were struck by the Sisters’ gentle spirits, their warm smiles, their faith and their humility.

 
New Astro Turf Pitch at Ursuline Sligo

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The start of November saw the first hockey matches held on our new Astro turf pitch. This fantastic facility now means the students can compete in their own school and not have to travel to so many away games. All 3 senior league teams played their last pool games at home. Eva Martin was the first Ursuline student to score on the new pitch. 
On the 27th of November the Ursuline hosted a first year blitz. Despite some awful weather conditions, over 100 students from 3 different schools took part in the 5 aside matches. 

 
Advent at Holy Child Killiney

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Advent is always a very special season in Holy Child, and organising the celebrations and activities for Advent is a task traditionally undertaken by Third Years; this year all three Third Year classes took on this role with pride and enthusiasm. 3A planned a beautiful Advent Assembly and Powerpoint for the whole school, with help from Ms Kelleher. The theme was 'Let the ADVENTure Begin' and this was reflected in all the readings, prayers and the blessing of the Advent Wreath. We wrote special cards for each class, and for the staff; in them is a unique Advent quote, an 'Advent Act of Kindness' for every class member and staff member to fulfil, a personal festive message to suit the specific group, and details of the time and date for their Prayer Room Advent Activity with our Chaplain Ms. Moiselle. This card was placed in our Advent Calendar, and each class 'waited' in true Advent Spirit for their card to arrive.

3 Alpha, guided by Ms Foody, placed 7 lovely Cribs around the school. The Cribs are of different designs,  ranging from African, to French, to one made by our own students in pottery. Each Crib is assigned to a particular year group, or to the staff, and we composed a Prayer to be placed beside each Crib, with blessings for Advent and Christmas. These are like special 'Prayer Places' in the school for the 4 weeks of Advent.

Form 3, with Ms Moore, planned the Advent fun activities and, to everyone's excitement, designed an Advent Board Game based on the Game of Life. The game, for four players, consists of a path which looks like an Advent Wreath, with pink and purple candles, and drawings of Advent and Christmas scenes to represent the Advent Journey. The path begins at Nazareth and ends at Bethlehem; using a dice, and a little Christmas figure, you move along the path; landing on a candle space means selecting an Advent Card, which indicates move ahead, move back, or possibly even go to Herod's house! Finally, 3 questions are asked outside Bethlehem to win the game. We set up 6 games in the Prayer Room, and each class comes at their allocated time for their Advent fun activities.

It was great fun organising the Holy Child School 'ADVENTure'; we learned lots about the message of Advent and the meaning of Christmas, and enjoyed the break from serious study.

We hope that everyone's 'ADVENTure' is full of fun and joy, and wish everyone a very happy Christmas.

 

Mrs E. Moiselle

School Chaplain

Holy Child School,

Military Road,

Killiney. 

01-2823120

  

 
Former De La Salle Student Ruari Nevin Maguire wins the prestigious Gwenda Hurst memorial medal

Ruari Nevin Maguire, who graduated from De La Salle College in June 2015 has won the Gwenda Hurst Memorial Medal for obtaining the highest result in Ireland in the Leaving Certificate higher level Geography paper. This is an outstanding achievement considering 19,795 pupils sat the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Geography paper in Ireland with 3.2% achieved an A1 grade.  Dr. Shelagh Waddington, Chair of the Gwenda Hurst Trustees and Mr. Cathal Loftus, President of the Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland recently presented the the Gwenda Hurst medal to Ruari in the library of De La Salle College.  A presentation was also made to Ruari’s Geography Teacher Ms. Orlaith Mc Sweeney. The staff and Management of De La Salle College would like to wish Ruari, who is currently studying Medicine in UCC, every success for the future. All in De La Salle College are very proud of his outstanding achievement.

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Mr. Declan O' Brien Deputy Principal, 
Ms. Orlaith McSweeney (Geography teacher De La Salle College), 
Ruari Nevin Maguire (winner of the Gwenda Hurst Medal), 
Ms. Margaret Betts Principal, Mr. Tom Bourke Deputy Principal

 

 
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