Community School Choir helps start Christmas at the Dail

The dulcet tones of the Cashel Community School choir officially announved the start of the Christmas season, last week, when they sang carols for Dail Eireann, as our Taoiseach and Tanaiste switched on the lights on the Dail Christmas tree!

The dulcet tones of the Cashel Community School choir officially announved the start of the Christmas season, last week, when they sang carols for Dail Eireann, as our Taoiseach and Tanaiste switched on the lights on the Dail Christmas tree!

Last Thursday the Community School senior choir had the great honour of inaugurating Christmas 2011 in Ireland when, by official invitation, they sang a selection of carols in the grounds of Dáil Eireann. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and many T.D.s and Senators attended the festive event.

Afterwards, the choir members were given a guided tour of Leinster House by South Tipperary T.D., Tom Hayes, who also hosted the official luncheon laid on for them by the Oireachtas authorities.

The invitation to fulfil this engagement was a doubly unique honour for the CCS choir. No other choir from outside Dublin has ever performed this function and no other school choir from city or country has ever been given this honour. Congratulations to the CCS choristers, to Mr. Murray, musical director, to accompanists Helen Colbert and Ms. O’Connor, and to Mrs. Skehan, Deputy Principal, who chaperoned the travelling party.

“Rock Solid Bank”

On Wednesday, November 23, the Transition Year students were proud to open their school bank, under the reassuring title: “Rock Solid Bank”. They have entered upon this venture in conjunction with the AIB “build a bank” programme. Lar Corbett was guest of honour at this special event and cut the (blue and gold) ribbon to officially open the bank for business.

The “Rock Solid Bank” gives students the opportunity to open a bank account and save money and gives those who already have an account the opportunity to put money into their existing account. This in-school bank will be open every Wednesday from 1pm to 1.30pm to serve students in all year groups. The AIB student officer, Ms. Elaine Hickey, will attend each week to take any questions students may have.

Work Experience Weeks

Since the Halloween mid-term break, the 6LCA and T.Y. classes have had the benefit of out-of-school placements in a wide range of everyday, adult work situations. For each and all of the students it has been an eye-opener that has broadened their understanding of what is required of employees and of the self-employed. The school authorities at CCS are extremely grateful to the scores of business people, employers and self-employed persons who welcomed and tutored the students who were in their charge during the past few weeks.

Cross Country Runners

The Community School despatched a 33 strong squad of athletes to compete in the County Tipperary schools cross country championships staged at Marlfield G.A.A. grounds on November 23. Despite the wild and wintery conditions, the CCS representatives performed with great credit. Among the first years, there were good performances from Hannah McSweeney (4th ), Rachel O’Keeffe (6th), Brenda Hassett (7th) and Briain Davern (5th ), while Eoin Hand (5th ) and Declan O’Dwyer (6th) did well for the second years. In the third year category, Seanie O’Halloran ran a super race, leading most of the way and finished third to two very good Clonmel athletes. Best performances came from Fionn Hogan (5th ) and Philip Falvey (6th ) in a senior boys race that featured the current U18 Irish champion.

Cashel C.S. won team prizes in first year girls, first year boys, second year boys and senior boys, and brought home the county shield for best community school. Well done to all involved. A special mention must be made of Lisa Currivan, second year. Lisa was winning her race by “a country mile” when she had to withdraw injured. Her sights are now set on 2012!

Team: senior boys – Brian Hand, Niall Anglim, Daniel Hayde, Fionn Hogan, Philip Falvey, Conor Moore; third year girls – Johanna Murray, Nicola McGrath; third year boys – Seanie O’Halloran; second year boys – Niall Manton, Declan O’Dwyer, Ger Browne, Michael Ryan, Pat Muldoon, Eoin Hand; second year girls – Lisa Currivan, Louise Ryan, Bethany Entwistle,

Andrea Quinlan, Ciara Corbett Browne, Abi Guiry; first year girls – Hannah McSweeney, Leah Price, Lorna McGeer, Rachel O’Keeffe, Danielle Ryan, Niamh Ryan, Aoife Gahan, Brenda Hassett, Coleen Hassett; first year boys – Briain Davern, John Purdue, Paddy Fahy, Ronan Quinn, Aaron Doyle O’Donnell, Killian Hayde.