School and friends raise E12,000 for Pieta House with fun run

Cashel Community School students and teachers at the start of Thursday's Pieta House Fun Run /Walk L/R. Celine Hoare, Grainne Barry, Emily Kirwan, Brd Gleeson, Michael Quinlan, Fiona Murphy.
Fun Run Success

Fun Run Success

Weather conditions were ideal for last Thursday’s 6km fun run/walk organised by Cashel Community School in aid of Pieta House. Almost 1,000 participants faced the starting line at 5pm and all arrived back safely at the finishing line - some earlier than others! While the purpose of the event was serious-minded – fundraising for the suicide prevention services provided by Pieta House – the spirit of the occasion was festive and fun-filled. Many runners and walkers were attired in fancy dress outfits.

Proceeds of the event presently stand at E12,835, with donations continuing to flow in. A big word of thanks is extended to all who supported the event on the day. Likewise, a word of deep appreciation to the Pieta Houses committee at CCS for all the hard work in planning the fun run/walk and for the smooth staging of the event itself. The committee wish to thank all who donated prizes, eats and drinks. A special “thank you” to the Pride of Tipperary, Aoife O’Meara, for her presence on the evening.

Experienced runners deemed the chosen course to be very good and challenging. Runners and walkers alike were impressed by the vista that greeted them as they crested Palmershill: a panoramic view of the town of Cashel and The Rock below them, both surrounded by the Golden Vale stretching southward, and the Galtee Mountains forming a majestic backdrop. It was enough to momentarily stop the walkers in their tracks, and although the runners noticed they nonetheless strode onwards.

Prize winners, 6k run: first male adult – John Shanahan, Dundrum (21.40); first female adult - Marie Fitzgerald, Thurles; senior boy – Adrian O’Dwyer, 6th Yr.; senior girl – Jennifer Rice, 5th Yr.; junior girl – Hannah McSweeney, 2nd Yr.; junior boy – Colin Ryan, 2nd Yr.; fancy dress costume – designed, styled and displayed by Margaret Skehan, Deputy Principal.

LINKS Training Day

Preparations are already under way at the Community School for the arrival of next year’s first year students. A key component in that preparation has been the selection of current fifth years who will undertake the role of Link students to the newcomers. 54 Ffifth years attended a specially designed leadership programme at LIT/Thurles last Friday.

Gathering Exam Marks

Until recent times, for both Junior Cert and Leaving Cert examinees, everything depended on the written examinations conducted annually in June. That pattern has now changed. In many subjects, anything from 20% to 50% of the final marks may be gained in the months leading up to June. For instance, at Leaving Cert level the Irish and European languages orals were conducted immediately after Easter; hot on their heels came the music practicals, and last week saw the engineering practicals, art practicals and the agricultural science evaluation take place. Added to these was the L.C.V.P. exam. This week will see the construction practicals under way, and the final submission of projects in both history and geography. So, very busy times for sixth year students and their teachers. Third years have now completed their practicals in home economics and metalwork.