‘Blue Day’ at Community School

Last Thursday Cashel Community School students organised the school’s first Blue Day – creating awareness about prostate cancer.

Last Thursday Cashel Community School students organised the school’s first Blue Day – creating awareness about prostate cancer.

The event was co-ordinated by the Young Social Innovators advocacy team in Transition Year. The main job of the advocacy team is to create opportunities for students to get involved in volunteering, civic action, community service and social innovation. They give their free time at lunchtime to plan events.

As part of the Blue Day programme, the students received a cancer awareness talk from Catherine McConigley who is a counsellor with MiseEile.ie Self-Awareness for Young People. Her talk helped students form a better understanding of the symptoms and treatment of prostate cancer. Even though cancer in young people is rare, it is important that they know the warning signs so it can be spotted early.

Beauticians from local establishments - the Beauty Room, Beauty Secrets and Blush Beauty - conducted the leg wax of 34 T.Y.s and five teachers - Brendan Ryan, Trevor Galvin, Richard Ryan, John Murray and John Ed O’Connor. School caretaker Michael Hayes took a helping hand with the waxing!

A magnificent sum of €1,200 was raised and the funds will be presented to the Whitfield Cancer Unit, Waterford City, and the South East Radiotherapy Trust (SERT). SERT was established to alleviate transport problems for patients requiring radiotherapy.

T.Y. co-ordinator Maria Neavyn and organising teachers Anne Carey and Caitriona Ryan praised the participating students. Thanks to donations of cakes from Tesco and Supervalu supermarkets and from the Rock House and the Bakehouse confectioners, everyone present got a sweet treat.

Phantom in Cashel

It’s full steam ahead for the Community School’s forthcoming production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” It will be staged in the school hall on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 7 to 10, at 8pm nightly. Admission is €10 on the Wednesday and €15 on the other nights. Booking is advised. The booking office is already open at the school and will continue to be open during mid-term. Tickets may be purchased in person at the school office or by phone 06261167 between 9am and 4.30pm daily.

Handball Champions

Congratulations from all at CCS to students Daniel Hayes (T.Y.) and Colin Ryan (second year) on their outstanding success in the world handball championships held recently at City West, Dublin. Daniel won gold in the U15 singles 40x20 competition and then added a second gold medal when he and his County Tipperary team-mate won the 40x20 doubles world title. At U13 level, Colin Ryan also excelled, winning gold in the 40x20 world singles and claiming a silver in the 40x20 doubles. Both players are members of the Cashel Handball club where their talent has been nurtured from a young age. Furthermore these two excellent handballers and several other talented members of the Cashel club have represented the Community School with distinction in inter-schools competitions.

Young Architects’ Visit

On last Friday 30 students from the Cork School of Architecture visited CCS to study its special design features. The Community School building is the brainchild of husband-and-wife architectural team Peter and Mary Doyle. When the building was completed back in 1994, the Doyles were awarded a gold medal by their European colleagues for the excellence and originality of the school’s design. Visitors to the school always remark on its sense of spaciousness and on how well it facilitates the meeting and mingling of students with one another and with staff.

Friday’s visitors from Cork are making a special study of the Doyles’ work and selected CCS as one of four venues for in-depth examination in Ireland. Cashel Community School was pleased and proud to give an extra warm welcome to two past students among the budding architects, John Hahessy and Brendan Hunter.