New Astro Turf Pitch at Ursuline Sligo


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








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,




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


A Student Report on Conference 2015

Le Chéile Report

The Le Chéile Schools' Trust is an organisation that unifies the schools of thirteen religious congregations.

The aim of the Trust is to work in unison on the legal, financial and inspirational role that has previously been carried out individually by the congregations.

This year the AGM took place in the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone on 5th and 6th February. The Principal and one or two students from the participating schools were invited to attend. The theme of the conference this year was 'Pay It Forward'.

While the school principals and the chairpersons of the boards of management were attending conference presentations, the one hundred students took part in various workshops.  These workshops involved students showing what 'Pay It Forward' meant to them in their respective schools through art, music, drama, photography and poetry.  We as participating students were asked to discuss and present our views and ideas in the form of art posters, photo presentations, original songs, short plays and original poems to the principals and chairpersons of the various boards.

On arrival on the Thursday evening we mixed with lots of other students who were part of the Le Chéile Trust, through singing in a large choir and participating in a table quiz.  Friday afternoon finished with a number of presentations by the students to the conference delegates on the materials they had developed at the workshops.

At the end of the conference we and Ms. Cavanagh felt inspired to spread the word of 'Pay It Forward' and to encourage the students in Santa Sabina to try to make a random act of kindness in our school.

Beth Heneghan and Gemma Kearney.

Le Cheile Conference Gemma Kearney

Shoebox Stories from around the Country

Bunclody  TY Students Show their Caring Side

Monday 16th November saw the culmination of the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal at FCJ Secondary School Bunclody when 1349 Christmas shoeboxes were delivered to the Wexford depot  from which they will be packed on to a lorry destined for Eastern Europe.

There is a long tradition of involvement in the Christmas shoebox appeal at FCJ Secondary School Bunclody. Each year the Transition year students take on the role of co-ordinating the project under the guidance of Sr. Madeleine Hayes (FCJ) and Ms. Una Osborne (T.Y. co-ordinator). In the current year over fifty students participated in this project.

Next month millions of children over the world will be preparing for Christmas and the coming of Santa Claus. Families gather to celebrate the greatest gift of all, the gift of a baby born in a stable. It is a time of being together and for the children of great excitement, giving and getting love and presents from family and friends. But for many children across Europe Christmas Day is like any other day in the year. Nothing special just a struggle to get through the day, with temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius. There are no warm fires, no trees, no Christmas pudding, no Christmas presents just struggling to get through. It is a bleak, cold day, with little hope for the future.

Irish charity, Team Hope has made a practical response to the plight of needy children. Inspired by the Gospel stories of helping others, Team Hope is a Christian relief and development organisation that specialises in meeting the needs of victims of war, poverty, natural disaster and disease while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.  It provides critically needed aid such as food, water, clothing, shelter and medical care, all in Christ's name.  The charity has been supported by top Irish sporting personalities like Katie Taylor and Paul O’Connell.  This year about two million shoeboxes filled with Christmas presents will go from Ireland and Britain mainly to the former Eastern Europe region.

As fifteen/ sixteen year olds the majority of our Transition Year group grew up with the Christmas shoe box appeal.  In early October lists were compiled of all of the primary schools that our TY students had attended. We then set about contacting these schools and inviting them to participate in the Christmas Shoebox Appeal with FCJ.

Students from FCJ co-ordinate the delivery of information leaflets to these schools and the collection of completed shoeboxes.  Students in our own school were also invited to donate a shoe box/gift.

The beauty of this project lies in its simplicity – a gift from one child to another.

This project would not be possible without the help and support of so many, and to that end we thank school management and staff of FCJ Bunclody, school management and staff of participating schools, parents who have provided transport, FCJ students, Sr. Madeleine Hayes FCJ, David Raleigh, Liam Martin, Liam Kavanagh, Ivan Byrne (transport of boxes to Wexford depot) and Lorna Burt (Co-ordinator – Wexford depot). But above all we thank all those who so generously donated Christmas shoebox gifts. Your gift will make a difference. 





Ursuline College Sligo

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

The annual Operation Christmas Shoe Box Campaign was once again a huge success in Ursuline College, Sligo. Students from all year groups brought in shoe boxes for boys and girls in developing countries. A total of 185 boxes were collected. This was a fantastic response and a huge thank you to all involved.

The First Year students had a talk from Carol Hennessey from Team Hope which is responsible for co-ordinating the Shoe Box Appeal in Ireland. Carol shared videos and pictures of the children receiving their presents and this touched the hearts of all of our first years. It gave them a deep appreciation of just how fortunate they are. Team hope is an organisation dependent on volunteers and so we thank Carol for her inspirational talk.

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Salerno Shoe Boxes  Collection surpasses the Target

A huge thank you to all staff, students and parents that took time to fill a shoebox with Christmas gifts for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. The total amount of shoeboxes collected was an amazing 287 boxes, which surpassed our target of 250. The Christmas Shoeboxes will be delivered by Team Hope, an Irish development aid charity, to children across Eastern Europe and Africa. Although a shoebox won’t change everything, it will do far more than we could ever imagine, by bringing Christmas to children who have never experienced anything like it before.

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