Wed 27/01/2016

Dear Parents/Guardians of TY students,

I wish you and your sons a very happy and healthy 2016.  Our TY year is tipping along and we have an active term ahead of us.  We will remain in house (out of the weather) for our Tuesday afternoon activities until February midterm.


  • We ended last term with our highly entertaining Panto production Ala Paul Booth, James Kearns, Bill O’Brien, Luan Fletcher Calt, Mark McCormack, Jamie Hearns, Tomak Tabaka, Nathan Hayes, James Parker, Sean Finlay, Gavin McStay and Conor O’Brien all put in stellar performances supported by a very hard working crew. A huge thanks must go to Ms. Quinlan for her amazing efforts. We wish her well.
  • Compliments to Luan Fletcher Calt, Cian Crossan, Adam Stafford, Eoin Carey and Conor Dwyer from Gerry Brown organiser of the Christmas Market. He is very grateful to them for their help with the Santa Dash.
  • Congratulations to Luan Fletcher Calt who won an iPad Air for his winning suggestion in the Credit Union Competition.
  • Congratulations to our debaters who had their first outing in the Laois Schools Debating Cup. We entered two teams and scored one victory. Well done to Sean Finlay, Luan Fletcher, Eoin Carey and Mark McCormack (Best Speaker), Robin Bolton (Best Speaker), Callum Coffey, Conor Devoy and Shae Walsh. Next round this month.


  • Starting Tuesday Jan 5th, we will run three courses concurrently from 2-4 each afternoon.
    The students will have an opportunity to teach computers to the Active Retirement Group on a one to one basis. This course has been highly successful since introduced two years ago, and provides a wonderful opportunity for cross generational interaction.
    2. Following on from our two day Law Course we will have a  solicitor Maria Kelly in to teach an introductory  course to law and to prepare the students for the upcoming Mock Trial competition.
    3.  We will also run a Self Defence Course taught by Darren Mahony.The students are competing in our Sci Fest competition on Thurs Jan 14th, the first, second and third place entries  will go forward to the regional level in Carlow IT.
    On Tuesday Feb 23rd the students will complete a certified First Aid course .
    On Thursday Feb 25th, we will walk to Dunamaise Theatre to see The film ‘He Named Me Malala.
    On Tuesday March 1st, we are booked in for a tour to the Dail plus an afternoon activity.
    Preparations are also taking place for our 5k Rith will run during tSeachtain na Gaelige on Tuesday March 8th.
    On Wed March 9th, a number of students will participate in the 1916 Commemoration ‘A Terrible Beauty is Born’, staged by the Active Retirement Group in Dunamaise Theatre. Your support is welcome.
    On Tuesday 15th, we will attend an information talk and tour of UCD.
    This term will also see us prepare to host a Fashion Show in aid of Zambia, to be staged before St. Patrick’s Day.
    The soccer club visited last Friday and are recruiting would- be journalists and film editors for their website. A great opportunity for students’ C.V.s.
    All students will be working on their ‘Marchonfilm‘ projects in March.Regards
    Deirdre Carroll