October Mid-Term Newsletter 2016 Presentation De La Salle College Oct Mid- Term School Newsletter any outstanding fees and costs etc. Please try and look after as soon as you can or contact the Principal if there are difficulties. Mid – Term Break! - We have come to our Oct mid - term break and time has really flown by - the last weeks have been so busy. Lots of activity in the school and plenty to look forward to. Parent Teacher Meetings - 3r d & 6th students – will take place on Thurs Dec 1st 4.15 – 6.45 (6th yr. students should attend with parents) Student Absences - Texting Arrangement – Each morning when a student abOur new 1st yrs. have settled in very sence is recorded an automatic text will well and will to be a fantastic year relay to parents informing them of the abgroup in the years ahead. Many thanks sence. Parents who are aware of the abto all our senior students for all the help sence need not take any action, but when given looking after our new groups. parents are not aware of the absence they should immediately contact the school. All of our students should be into a good routine of homework and study at School Routines - We have noticed an this stage – there will be house exams increase in the number of students leaving for 3rds and 6ths immediately after the school items at home - books, sports bags, mid- term so a lot of work to be done. lunches etc. This puts added pressure on All other classes will have exams at the the office re contacting home and also addend of Nov. ed pressure on parents who then have to come to school with the missing items. Practice, practice and more practice – Please set up a nightly routine with stuthe more time spent at effective study routines the better exam results will be dents around making sure all school items are in place for the next day. Also students – so use the mid-term break wisely. st nd th Interim progress reports re 1 , 2 , 4 & should know that when they are to leave for appointments etc. they should have a 5th have been posted on VsWare note in the journal and they seek permisSchool mid-term runs from Mon Oct sion from the teacher in the class and re31st – Fri Nov 4th port to the office and sign out rather than Annual Report – The Board of Manhave the office make an announcement agement has approved the Annual Re- across the intercom calling them to the port for the 15/16 school year and this office as all such announcements interfere can be viewed on the college website. unnecessarily with other classes. Registration Fees and Book Scheme School APP – We are just about ready to Costs etc. - A reminder please to all re go. This will be available as a free download to all students and parents and will enable the school to send messages and alerts re all school events. We will send home download instructions after the break. New 1st yr. Enrolment Sept 2016 – the school expects a big enrolment of new 1st yrs. for Sept 2017. All 6th class students who intend to enrol must do so before the Dec. 2nd 2016 deadline. Traffic Congestion Parents please take great care when dropping off and collecting students – the school has a huge amount of traffic coming in and out and we need to be very careful re parking and not to obstruct school buses and students walking. Please also respect our neighbours whose home driveways can sometimes be blocked by parked cars. The Board of Management continues to make representation both to Carlow County Council and the Dept. of Education for alleviation measures to be put in. Junior Girls Football The Junior Girls Football team played their first match of the year in Wexford against Pres Wexford. The better team won comprehensively. De la Salle were the better team by far. Overall the team played very well. Maeve Lawless and Chloe Beck played very well. The Junior Girls played their second match in the school grounds against Gorey. It was a very tight match right up until the final whistle. Both teams were very strong and worked well as a team. Gorey worked very hard to try get more scores but the girls defence was very good. It was a fast game but in the end the girls won by three points. Jenny Sawyer and Niamh Bambrick worked very well together and Keeva Collins scoring three goals. The overall score was four goals and eight points to five goals and two points, to De la Salle girls. Derek Ryan Hits PDLS On Thursday the 13th October, famous country musician, singersongwriter, and past pupil of the Presentation De La Salle College Bagenalstown, Derek Ryan, returned to the school stage to perform a live show for the students, the parents and the community of Bagenalstown, to raise funds for the students and for school facilities. The show started around 8pm. Another country singer named Ben Troy from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan opened for Derek. He played a few country songs for half an hour and then Derek’s show began. Derek performed on the school stage once again for the first time in “14 years” as he said himself. Derek performed a very enjoyable, lively number of songs including some new songs he recently wrote which will all be on his new album ‘This Is Me’ which is going to be released very soon. The show was excellent, selling more than 250 tickets. Derek’s band is absolutely amazing, completed with a keyboard, harmonica and accordion player, a bass player, drum player, fiddle and banjo player, and electric guitarist. All of them combined really finish off and compliment the entire show. To close an outstanding performance, Derek said goodbye and goodnight to the crowd only to return to the stage 5 minutes later wearing the school jumper, and performed two more songs for the audience. Overall the show was brilliant, and I think that everybody really enjoyed Derek Ryan’s Show. National Ploughing On Tuesday the 20th September 2016, the annual Ploughing Championships were held in Tullamore in County Offaly. Some of our teachers organised for the majority of the Transition Year students and the 5th year Agricultural Science class in our school to take a bus up to the Ploughing Match for the day. We gathered in the school at about 8:30 so we would not miss the bus going from the school at 8:45. We arrived in Tullamore around 10:15. We were told by Mr. O’Brien that we were to be back for 3:30 sharp at the point where the bus dropped us off. In the bus we were given a worksheet from Ms. Nolan to fill out during the day. We had to take pictures with farm machinery, different stands, and we had to get the names of different breeds of sheep and cattle. We had to walk through a few fields to get to the ploughing match as we were parked so far away. Upon reaching the entrance we were given a wristband. There was lots to see and do there. There were many live television broadcasts happening all around the Ploughing Match. Every corner you turned you ended up on T.V! There were huge shops such as Aldi (who were giving out Aldi cowboy hats) and Super Valu. They’re were many stands also including food, agriculture, media and amusements. We returned to the bus around 3:30 but a few people were late… We got home from Tullamore around 6:00. Overall I think we all had a really good day at the Ploughing Match. Avril Lakes Senior Hurling PDLS vs Callan CBS This was a very tight encounter between too very good schools. It was a home game for PDLS in the sacred home of Mc Grath Park and there was nothing separating these teams only a puck of a sliotar. PDLS started the better and went 4 points with frees from Padraig Hynes and he ended the game with 0-9 points altogether. Callan came back into the game and went into half only 2 points down. PDLS came out of the blocks booming and scored a goal in the first minute of the second half with a sublime goal from Ciaran (legs) Hanlon. PDLS lost two key players Martin Bridgett and Paul Martin threw open wounds on their forehead. Callan took advantage and came back within a point of the salle and had a free in the last minute but missed it badly. PDLS were lucky to win and are threw to the south Leinster semi-final by the skin of the teeth with half a team. Padraig Hynes SCHOOL APP LAUNCHED Our school has recently launched an app. Anyone can download it if they so wish. This will be available as a free download to all students and parents and will enable the school to send messages and alerts re all school events. It will also provide a simple one step platform for students to access the school website and VsWare and SchoolWise systems as well as wide range of other useful features. Surfing On the 10th of October, our current transition year students went surfing, walking and completed a cryptic challenge in Tramore. They departed from the school at 9:15am and they arrived at their destination at 10:30am, they were then split up into three groups of twenty one, each group with their own activity. The first group went for a walk on the beach with Glen, an ecologist. They saw crabs and birds and were also thought how to skim stones. On the way back they were shown edible plants and even got to taste them. Glen then thought them about the mini Meditation climate in Tramore which is caused by the ocean currents. The second group went on the cryptic challenge around Tramore. Each team of three were given riddles and they had to search for the answers around Tramore, the team with the most correct answers got a free surf lesson. The last and final activity was surfing. Each student had to put on a wet suit and were given safety instructions before hitting the waves. Over all it was a great day with great weather By Thomas Lennon Gaisce Junk Kouture As soon as the school re-opened from the summer holidays, students were so eager to take part in the annual Junk Kouture competition. Up to eight groups of two or three people have decided to give the competition a go. The competition consists of several groups of people designing and making outfits out of recycled materials. These are usually in aid of a charity, or raise awareness for an illness or topic being discussed. The students are required to bring in suitable materials they wish to model their clothes out of, and they also have to select a model for the clothes out of their group. As the school year progresses, the competition becomes more serious and some groups may decide to drop out. Near the end of the year, the most popular and best worked on outfit gets entered into the finals, and people can vote online for their favourite outfit. The outfit which receives the most votes in the end, will win the competition! Senior Boys Basketball The President's Award is an award in Ireland, earned by young people between the ages of 15 and 25 for participating in several activities for a certain period. There are three awards; bronze, silver and gold. This year the 4th year students in our school are participating in Gaisce. The four key challenge areas we will be focusing on are; Community Involvement, Personal Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventure Journey. Throughout Gaisce we are ooking forward to becoming more involved in my community, participating in more activities and becoming a better personal overall. For those who complete the 26 week journey will be rewarded with various trips towards the end of the year. Watch this space for more Gaisce news in the near future. Due to a couple of defeats last year in the senior boys basketball, we decided we were going to come back stronger and better this year. We started off our league with a good win over Tipperary side, Clonmel CBS. The game was quite close throughout but good coaching by Mr Power and Mr Doyle helped us edge through to a win by just a couple of points. The game was close at the start but the CBS were no match for the mighty PDLS. Everybody played a vital role in this game. There is nowhere to hide on a basketball court. The game ended up with final score 55-25. Head coach Mr Doyle was delighted with the way the season started. Last week we played against Ard scoil Tramore. This was also a very good result for PDLS with the final score 48-24. Shane Dooley GIRLS BASKETBALL So far the girls’ basketball teams have had two wins from two outings. The first match was against FCJ Bunclody . Although the opposition was tough, the PDLS girls pulled through comfortably with the scoreline in the senior match reading 40-18 and the junior match reading 60-11 . In the second match against Grennan College both sets of PDLS girls proved superior winning both matches once again. The juniors won by 60-11 and the seniors also won comfortably by 60-15. Head Coach Mr.Power was delighted with the victories and the future looks promising for both of these teams. Orla McDonagh The Concern Talk is a charity that helps third world countries by providing them, healthcare, education, shelter, food and clean water. The reason why Concern is created so that it prevents death by starvation, diseases, and death in the third world coun- Concern Talk tries. We had the talk about concern on 23/9/16 and she gave us this talk to spread awareness of concern on what they do, how they do it and why they do it. Concern is in many different countries like, Africa, Afghanistan, India, South Korea, etc. Their goal is to give the poor a chance to live there life and have a better future. Concern Debates 2016 Every year our school participates in the concern debates. This year a great number of transition year students auditioned for the team. The four talented students chosen were Darren Hayden, Naoise Darcy, Sadhbh Kelly and Eoghan Carpenter. They will now proceed onto their first debate soon which discusses the motion “Should France have banned religious objects in public” The Concern Debates have been running for 33 years, involving over 50,000 post-primary students in Ireland. Debating topics related to global development encourages participants to explore and be challenged by some of the world’s most important issues. We wish the best of luck to our debate team this year! Senior Girls Football Ms .Nolan, Ms.Bennett and Ms.Quigley are over the team this season. The senior girls played Presentation Kilkenny in their first game. This was a close match with the better team coming out on top with De La Salle winning on a high score line in the end winning by 4 points. Anne Roche, Molly O’Dwyer, Eve Sinnott and Niamh Forde battled hard. The final score was 5-2 to 67 .The girls were in an epic battle on Monday last on the school pitch. Despite the wet conditions the team produced a tight game with FCJ Bunclody. The end score line was 9-7 to 5-5 with scores coming from Rachel Sawyer, Tish Murphy, Ellen Murphy, Caoimhe O’Neill and Keeva Collins. Amy Dooley had an outstanding game in defence. The girls play Ramsgrange away this Friday. Ellen Murphy Bowling Junior Girls Camogie The camogie girls had a fresh start to the beginning of this school year after a long campaign to reach the AllIrelands last year. Last year the girls fought a hard battle against Killaloe from Clare in the final losing it in the end. They have now moved up to division 3 winning their first game of the year. The girls played against a team called from. It was a very intense match, the other team putting up a very good battle. In the end the PDLS girls did justice for the school. There was a high scoring range - to the girls. The training is being taken very seriously this year in both junior and senior levels as they hope to get far in the competition this year again First Year Sports Day A massively enjoyable day was had by all the first years who took part in the sports day arranged by the teachers. What a fun way to keep fit and get to know your fellow students. Students could be seen smiling from ear to ear. Great fun was had by all. Congratulations to the winners of all games. The Green School’s Committee would like to wish everyone a very Halloween. Please remember to be energy aware and to recycle this Halloween! The transition year students went to K-BOWL in Kilkenny on a Wednesday afternoon. We left the school grounds at approximately 13:10 via bus. Two teachers accompanied us at K-BOWL. We reached K-BOWL at around 13:40, when we got there we split into groups of four to compete in the unique sport that is bowling everyone played two rounds of bowling then we attempted to return to the buses but they had not arrived yet and it was also raining so we waited inside K-BOWL until the buses arrived then we headed home on the bus. We went on this trip to promote positive mental health among students this improved our positive mental health by spending time with our good friends outside of school competing in the sport of bowling against one another to ignite our competitive spirit for the pride of being the winner instead of sitting in a dull classroom learning about boring facts.
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