TY'S SLEEPOVER FOR NOVAS
On Friday 3rd March Transition Year students participated in a sponsored sleepover in the school gym and raised €1,206.76 for Novas.
Novas is a voluntary organisation and Approved Housing Body working with families and single adults who are disadvantaged and socially excluded; primarily those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. They provide a range of services and accommodation for marginalised households throughout Ireland.
In 2002, Novas established its first service in Ireland – a temporary supported, low-threshold accommodation service in Limerick. Since then they have grown significantly with more than 20 services in counties Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Dublin, Cork and Kerry. They support clients through Housing, Health and Recovery. They recognise the complex issues that cause homelessness and endeavour to offer holistic, long-term solutions.
One Million trees in one day
First year students participated in the One Million Trees in One Day initiative to plant a million young native trees at many different sites across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in 24 hours on Saturday 11th February 2017.
The One Million Trees in One Day Charity plant small woodlands, coppices, orchards, hedgerows, shelter belts and larger woodlands. They work with farmers, smallholders, community groups, councils, schools, colleges, and many other landowners to co-ordinate sites to accommodate trees each season.
First years planted 100 young trees on school grounds and are looking forward to monitoring the progress of the trees during their time in the school.
See Gallery for more photos.
BackBaller Shannon have presented us with a beautiful set of Rugby jerseys.
The BackBaller, which is a back specific dual mounted foam roller, is the brain child of Noel Marshall and is manufactured in Smithstown Industrial Estate.. Already it has taken social media by storm with huge demand in free competitions run by Noel on Facebook.
Respected physical therapist Gerard Hartmann assisted Noel in designing the invention having been very impressed with the original concept. It will benefit sedentary workers, individuals struggling with back and muscle pain as well as active sport enthusiasts.
Congratulations to Jake Justice, 3rd Year, whose entry in the 2016 Texaco Children's Art Competition earned him first place in the 14-15 category.
Jake and his family holiday in Killarney and he chose Ross Castle as his subject for the competition.
As well as receiving a prize Jakes painting is also featured in the 2017 Texaco calendar.
The No1 Brigade Army Band visited St. Patrick's Comprehensive on Tuesday 24th January.
Under the baton of Company Sargent Noel Galvin the band played a wide selection of well known numbers from stage and screen along with some jazz and popular marches.
The band are based in Cork and visit approx. 20 schools every year.
To have the band in our presence was a great privilege and we look forward to them returning some time in the future,
APPLIED MATHS CLASS FUNDRAISER
We were delighted to welcome Ms. Avril Power, CEO of the Irish Asthma Society to receive a cheque for €4000 raised by Ms. Gallery's Applied Maths class.
These brilliant, brave and enthusiastic students undertook many tasks in their fundraising efforts, including bag-packing, waxing and being waxed, gathering sponsorship from all around the community and they topped off their efforts by Sky-diving from a height of 10,000 feet at the TandemSkydive club in Longford.
Ms Power commended the students and explained just how important their fundraising is. In Ireland, on average, one person a week dies from Asthma and with government funding to the charity having been cut by 50% in the last few years, efforts such as those made by St Patrick’s Comprehensive are now more necessary than ever.
LCA BONDING TRIP - September 2016
Recently Leaving Certificate Applied 1 students spent two days on Spike Island experiencing military themed outdoor games and activities. Our students were challenged with a variety of tough assault courses and teambuilding games. They learnt how to light a fire with stones. They were taught daytime and night time orienteering skills and during the night were shown how to get started in stargazing. All these activities help to strengthen self-belief and self-confidence in our students and it also gave them the opportunity to create a strong team spirit amongst themselves.
St. Patrick's Comprehensive were crowned Munster U161/2 football champions after holding off a strong challenge from Cork's North Mon. at Quaid Park Coolyroe on Friday 22nd April. Played in ideal conditions the game was a tense affair throughout but The Comp. held out to secure a memorable victory by 0-10 to 1-5.
The game was attended by a large group of supporting students and parents and all were instrumental in bringing home the silverware.
See Gallery for photos of match.
California here we come!
Science Week 2015 finished on a high when students were given the opportunity to visit an inflatable planetarium which was set up in the school gym for a day. Students who visited the planetariun enjoyed a very entertaining and informative talk on our solar system and all seemed to be "over the moon" after the experience.
Fr. Sean launches geography week
Columban missionary priest and internationally renowned environmentalist and campaigner, Fr. Sean McDonagh launched Geography Week at St. Patrick’s Comprehensive on Monday 16th of November.
Fr. Sean addressed students on the topic of ‘Climate Change and Global Warming’ and involved students in a Q & A session afterwards. During his address he illuminated the causes and consequences of issues such as global warming, genetically engineered food, water pollution, extinction of natural environments and the dangerous impact of modern patterns of production, distribution and consumption.
In 2011, Fr. Mc Donagh was awarded the Eighth Annual Partnership for Global Justice Award in New York. He is the author of nine books, including Climate Change, The Challenge to All of Us, Care for the Earth and Dying for Water. He is also a member of the Papal Commission on the Environment and was one of the chief advisors to the Vatican in the composition of the recently published Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si.
While he was on the Philippine island of Mindanao, he developed reforestation and land use projects with the T’boli people. Father McDonagh has attended and reported on many of the UN Climate Change Conferences’ and hopes to attend the Paris Conference in December 2015.
Our Breakfast Club is open every morning from 8.30 am to 9 am. Students can avail of tea and toast free of charge compliments of the Parents Association.
rachael returns to alma mater
RTE's Rachael English returned to her old school to speak to the graduating Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students on Friday 22nd May.
Rachel addressed the 120 students, their parents and staff and as well as recounting her school days she also offered some very welcome words of advice and encouragement to students preparing for exams.
PE EXPO 2015 WINNERS
PE Expo 2015 was hosted by Trinity Comprehensive, Ballymun on 30th April. There were 15 schools represented exhibiting 45 PE related projects and including a total entry of 200 students. St Patrick’s Comprehensive were represented by 4th yr. students Lauryn Dooley, Elora McFall, Cliodhna McNelis, Clara Moore and Jenny Power with their project entitled “Skill Components of Fitness in Rugby and Gaelic Football; specifically Coordination and Punting”.
The study initially involved an analysis of video recorded matches to identify the use of each of the six skill related components of fitness in both rugby and Gaelic football. The second phase of the study required the students to use their knowledge of both PE theory and applied maths as they used applied maths formulae to calculate the range and velocity of punts (kicks from the hand) taken using the knowledge that the ideal angle of projection for such a skill is 45°. The findings illustrated that both sports require the use of all skill components of fitness and that the ideal 45° angle of projection elicits the punt with greatest distance.
The project from St Patrick’s Comprehensive was awarded the prize for Best Overall Project. The girls were each presented with a medal and a plaque and prize fund for the school in recognition of their achievement.
Choir win at Limerick Choral Festival 2015
St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School Choir ‘Composition’ took first place at the 2015 Limerick Choral Festival. Last year, in their first competitive outing, 'Composition' took the runner up spot in the Secondary Schools Section (mixed voice) and so were delighted to progress to first position this year. They were required to sing two pieces, one sacred and one of their own choice. 'Composition' also got to the semi-finals of Clare's Got Talent in 2014. The choir is an SAT (soprano/alto/tenor) choir and range in ages from First to Fifth Year. They rehearse every Monday after school and like to sing contemporary songs, learning by ear. The Choir Director, Karen Barrett, is a past pupil of the school and is also the Director of the renowned Shannon Gospel Choir.
Transition year students win "compass 2015"
A deepening of the understanding of port activity on the Shannon Estuary and its contribution to the economy was played out on Monday in Foynes as St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School, Shannon won the inaugural Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) Transition Year Schools Competition.
Titled ‘The Importance of Ports in the Mid-West’, the competition was held to spread greater awareness amongst students in the estuary counties of Clare, Kerry and Limerick of the pivotal role that the estuary and ports play in the life of the region and their function in a modern economy.
Some 34 schools across the three counties took part in the competition, with five shortlisted for today’s final, held at the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes, at which they delivered enlightening ten minute presentations before a 300 strong attendance.
The finalists were Causeway Comprehensive, Co. Kerry; St. Patrick’ Comprehensive, Shannon; Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick; CBS Sexton Street, Limerick City and Salesian College, Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick. The judging panel comprised Helen Downes, CEO of Shannon Chamber; Captain Jim White, retired harbour master at SFPC; Frank Lynch retired company secretary at SFPC and Martin Morrissey, Commercial Manager, SFPC.
The winners were presented with their medals plus a €2,000 cheque for their school and an ipad for each team member, all sponsored by SFPC, by Minister of Education Jan O’Sullivan, who said that the competition will help generate greater awareness of the pivotal and largely underestimated role that SFPC and the estuary plays in people’s lives across the region.
Shannon Foynes Port Company Compass Competition
Article from Clare Courier - January 2015
Students from St Patrick’s Comprehensive have reached the shortlist of five schools out of 34 entries to a new Transition Year competition designed to give them an understanding of the pivotal role that sea-ports play in the life of the region.
TY students from the Comp will proceed to the final on February 9th next of the Shannon Foynes Port Company Transition Year Schools along with three schools from Limerick and one from Kerry.
The winning schools will receive a cheque for €2,000 while team members will each win a new iPad (teams are confined to a maximum of seven).
In this, its inaugural year, the bi-annual competition adopted the theme ‘The Importance of Ports in the Mid-West Region’.
This was devised to encourage the to develop a greater understanding of ports and their function in modern economies.
It will also foster greater awareness amongst students of their local region, particularly on the businesses and resources which play an important role in its development.
The competition was open to schools in Clare, Limerick and Kerry, all with shorelines on the Shannon Estuary.
Many of the 34 participating schools availed of the opportunity to visit the port facilities, with given tours under the supervision of Captain Hugh Conlon, Shannon Foynes Port Company’s community liaison officer and schools coordinator Evelyn Adams.
Commenting on the experience, Emer Magee, Transition Year coordinator at St Patrick’s Comprehensive said, “We found the tour really informative and allowed for the students to take ownership of their projects.
“It gave us a great insight into the port company and the Shannon Estuary. The competition and tours were very well run and I would definitely recommend taking part in this project in the years ahead”.
Pat Keating, CEO of Shannon Foynes Port Company, said he was very pleased with the interest shown in the company’s first schools competition.
“We see this as a vital initiative as part of our mission to engage with the community and region.
“So much activity happens in our ports that impacts positively on virtually every household across the region, from fuels that heat our homes or feedstuffs to feed livestock, and a programme like this really helps grow awareness of this activity.
“In addition, this competition creates a platform for the second level students of the region to become more aware and involved in a large scale maritime business such as the port, while at the same time providing them with an opportunity to test their creativity and initiative.”
On 9th February students from St Patrick’s Comprehensive and the other finalists will make a public presentation of their projects at a gala event in the Foynes Flying Boat Museum and a winner will be chosen. The event is open to all contestants, their school colleagues and guardians.
Intel GIFTed Programme
10 Second Year girls took part in the Intel Gift'ed ( Girls influenced for Technology in Education) programme aimed at promoting,engaging and influencing female students on the career opportunities in technology through providing female role models from industry.
The programme took place over a 10 week period and included trips to the CSIS and ECE departments of UL and also a tour of Intel in Shannon.
The girls learned html coding which they used to create a website based upon their experience of the programme