The TY students organised and led the Faith Friends programme with 6th class pupils from 6 local primary schools... It was a great success with the Confirmation pupils learning about what it means to be a member of the church in today's world. This programme assists the primary schools and the local parishes in helping the young people in preparing for the sacrament of confirmation.
The TY's were excellent and they ran the course over two Tuesday nights in the school hall under the supervision of Ms Hogan, Sr Bosco and Mary Mc Namara. Despite the bad weather attendance on both nights was very good. The TY students would like to express their gratitude to the parents who brought their children to the school on both nights for the faith friends programme.
Safer Internet Day is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer Internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise.ie, and will be celebrated in Ireland on Tuesday 11th February 2014.
This years call to action is, “Let’s Create a Better internet Together” .
www.WatchYourSpace.ie, our site specifically aimed at teens, is currently being updated and will be re-launched on the day.
Congratulations to our Junior camogie team who emerged victorious for a second year in a row in the Munster Championship. Our girls faced the stern challenge of Cashel Community College who had come through some tough opposition on their side of the draw to progress through the competition. We knew this was not going to be an easy task but nothing worth having comes easy; especially with the absence of our vice captain, Edel McNamara, due to a burst appendix 2 days before the final. We wish Edel a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the camogie flied soon.
Despite the pitch conditions due to the recent onslaught of bad weather, our girls worked hard as a team and fought for every ball. We gave Cashel very little time on the ball and closed everything down early. The final score of 3-6 to 0-3 doesn’t reflect what a closely contested match it really was. (Match report to follow).
Thanks to all our supporters. We now face St Louis Grammer School, Kilteel Co Down on Saturday the 22nd of February. Venue to follow.
St. Joseph’s students had a very successful day running in the North Munster Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships held in Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick on January 29th.
The Junior boys won the team event. Congratulations to the winning team of Sean Cahill, Sean Murphy, Feargal Kearney, Cian Keogh, Conor Tuohy, Conor Murphy, Ronan Molloy and John Duggan. Sean Cahill won the bronze medal on the day.
The Minor boys team finished in 4th position. The team members were Stephen Donnellan, Keith Donnellan, Ben Purcell, Colm McInerney and Brian McSweeney.
Both of these teams now qualify for the Munster Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships to be held in Cork IT on February 13th.
The Junior girls team finished in 5th position, losing out by just one point to qualify for the Munsters. The team members were Aoife Vaughan, Sinead Conlon, Eilis Whitney, Orlaith Nash and Anna-Lee Marsh. Aoife Vaughan finished in the top 15 athletes in this race and has qualified to run in the Munsters.
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A huge thank you and well done to our Leaving Cert students who fasted for 24 hours, slept in the school overnight and collected money on the streets of Tulla (in very bad weather) over the last few days.
They have collected €3, 141 so far and we are very proud of each one of them. The money raised will go to Sr. Angela’s Kenyan fund which goes directly to her school in the slums in Mukuru, Nairobi in Kenya.
Well done and a Happy Christmas to all!!!!!
The Write Touch
The Write Touch in association with ALCATEL ONE TOUCH is an exciting new search for writing talent that aims to give secondary school and third-level students experience in the industry. Over a month ago Hot Press magazine received thousands of entries to their “The Write Touch” competition. Applicants had to write up to 300 words – and strictly no more – about any music subject that they were interested in. They could write about their favourite artist, review an album or live gig, discuss trends or vent your views about any aspect of music you like – or dislike! Hot Press whittled down their shortlist to just 40 across four categories of the competition. The Hot Press team of Editor Niall Stokes, deputy editor Stuart Clark and writer Craig Fitzpatrick were joined by Booker Prize winning author Anne Enright and Royseven lead vocalist and TV presenter Paul Walsh to choose the winners. The public had their say too, adding their precious votes to the mix and out of all of that our winner was picked-Fionn Harrington, 4th year student in St Joseph’s Secondary School. Fionn will now receive a two-week internship at Hotpress where a host of Ireland's leading media figures, journalists, novelists and creative writers began their careers. In addition, he will receive a €250 cash prize and an ALCATEL ONE TOUCH IDOL ULTRA, which comes loaded with an 8 Megapixel camera, large, intuitive touch screen and a host of essential apps.
Fionn is a 16 year old musician and singer. He is currently recording an album that consists primarily of original songs. Fionn’s passions include film and writing and sees a career for himself within the music industry. His article is about imagining a world without music. Congratulations Fionn, on this fantastic achievement from all at St Joseph’s
Fionn's Winning Article-Have a read yourself!
Consider a world without music. An impossible task? But go on, imagine the unthinkable-where there is no channel for your passion, anger, grief, joy, desire. No soundtrack for your emotions. To be unable to zone out to your happy place through the music in your ears-a world where there are no notes, chords, drumbeats…….Where one simple pluck of a string or a blow on a whistle can be so perfect on so many different levels, and different each time you hear it. Where one vocal chord can pull on the heartstrings and make your hair stand on end. Where the guttural roar of a distorted guitar can make your blood boil in fiery passion. Or as they say in Almost Famous “to love a silly little piece of music so much it hurts”.
When you dance to the beat all night long until your legs give out. To study every lyric of your favourite song to find endlessly different meanings. To scream every word along with your favourite band until your throat is raw.
Music is one of the strongest forces on the planet. It can unite a million strangers who have nothing in common but their love of music. How everyone can have one favourite artist who they will follow religiously unto salvation. Take my favourite band since I was eight-Green Day. Their songs, lyrics, vocals, guitar-bass-drum and the personality of Billie Joe Armstrong all seem to sing to me and me alone.
Music is essential to the world in so many different ways. How ten people can listen to the same piece of music and all feel something different, from love to hate and all in-between. But each would say the same-they could not consider a world without music.
On Friday the 11th of October, a number of our Transition Year students helped out with a Flag Day in Ennis for Grow Mental Health Ireland. It being Mental Health Awareness week, we felt it was important to do our bit for the community.
The below is a letter received from Grow, thanking our TYs and their great effort on Friday
Please can you pass on our thanks to Deirdre and the Transition Year Students who helped us out with the annual Grow Ireland Flag Day collection in Ennis on Friday. They did a fabulous job and raised €1,004 in total (more than was raised in a collection in Limerick City same day in fact). They were a great bunch of students and really got into it with enthusiasm. I have to say they were very confident, well behaved, polite and friendly so a great credit to their school and their parents. I hope they benefitted from their few hours spent at the coal face of charity fundraising – it’s not easy and they should be very proud of themselves.
They mentioned that they were going to be entering the Young Social Innovators competition and might be doing something in the area of mental health? I wish them the best of luck in that project and if GROW in the Mid-West can be of any assistance in that project, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’d be only delighted to help out in whatever way we can.