Junior Maths Award
Each year the Irish Maths Teachers Association (I.M.T.A.) runs a national competition among first year students. This competition consists of an initial school based round of multiple choice brain teasers to be answered within 40 minutes. These results are then co-ordinated by the Irish Maths Teachers Association in advance of the final round.
This year 408 students from 136 schools were invited to part in the final round which is organised regionally. Five students from Cashel Community School qualified for the final: John Purdue, Niamh Ryan, James Walsh, Jonathan Keating and Victor Bourke.
John Purdue was awarded first place in the regional final which took place in Clonmel. John’s score was 131/150. This was an excellent result and John was presented with a trophy for first prize by the I.M.T.A. John is wished every success in the future.
Junior Sports Day
The P.E. department within CCS organised a highly successful junior sports day on Tuesday, May 15. All students in first, second and third years took part and, in true Olympian spirit, participation was the keynote of the day. The sports ranged from high jump to long puck, from shot putting to golf putting, from penalty kicks to long jumps, and much more.
Climatic conditions were ideal: a clear sunny sky, not too warm (an understatement, maybe!) and a light breeze to keep everyone nicely cool. The organisers - Ms. Walsh, Ms. O’Donnell and Mr O’Connor - were ably assisted by the Transition Year classes who kept track of all the scoring and kept the competitions moving smartly.
T.Ys. in Maynooth
Last Wednesday, May 16, the Transition Years visited Maynooth and were introduced to the three college that sit on the one campus – National University of Ireland at Maynooth (NUIM) , St. Patrick’s College (national seminary), and the Pontifical University. After lunch the CCS students spent time in the spell-bindingly beautiful college chapel (St. Patrick’s) where they heard from Thurlesman and Vice-President of the college, Fr. Michael Mullaney.
In addition, Dominic Meehan (Thurles) and Vincent Stapleton (Borrisoleigh), both Cashel-and-Emly clerical students, also spoke to the CCS group.
The present Transition Year students have enjoyed a particularly enriching experience since last September and a strong note of thanksgiving was struck during the celebration of their end-of-year Mass, celebrated in St. Mary’s Chapel – which is used daily by the college students.
The Community School group were accompanied by Fr. Bernie Moloney, Ms. Anne Carey, and Mr. Michael McGrath. Before leaving Maynooth, the visitors paused by the famous Silken Thomas yew tree (over 600 years old) and viewed the Geraldine Castle, home to Gearoid Mor and Gearoid Og Fitzgerald when they effectively ruled Ireland 500 years ago.
It is now seven months since Cashel Community School lost a beloved sixth year student Claire Prendergast in a tragic road traffic accident. Last Thursday evening, May 17, her family, schoolmates and teachers gathered to commemorate Claire in a special Memorial Service which was conducted by school chaplain Fr. Bernie Moloney, assisted by students and staff. The service portrayed much of what was so special about Claire, expressed appreciation of the many ways by which she had graced the lives of all, and prayed for God’s eternal love upon her and His comforting upon all who sorely miss her.
After the memorial service the Principal, Mr. Eddie Morrissey, and Jake Ryan, chairperson of the student council, planted a commemorative tree in the school grounds. Each person in attendance was then presented with a specially commissioned commemorative candle in memory of Claire and of Darren Shanahan - another classmate who died four years ago.