Information Night for First year Parents/Guardians : We held an Information evening last Tuesday night for all parents/guardians of first years where we went through all the important structures in place which help their sons/daughters transition into secondary school including our pastoral care system and the Modules in First year. Ms Brennan ,first year Year Head then addressed the parents about her role with the first years and how parents can work with the school to assist their children. She ended on a light hearted note by saying at the end of Assembly last Monday, one first year came to sympathise with her about Galway losing the All Ireland and as he was leaving the room turned and said he supported Kilkenny! Mrs Finnegan then explained the six key study skills that she will be covering with the First years during SPHE class later on in the year. Mrs Maree Egan, Chairperson of the parent’s council also spoke to the parents about the role of the parent’s council in Gallen Community School . After some questions and answers, the chat continued around a cup of tea.
Opening Year Mass– Thanks to all those who helped in any way to make the Annual School Mass a most prayerful occasion on Thursday of last week and to all the students for their respectful and reverential manner. Mrs Evelyn Breen Chaplain and religion teachers Mrs Scully and Ms Reynolds prepared a beautiful Mass with special emphasis on this “Year of Faith” in the Opening Procession where symbols of the seven sacraments were brought to the altar. Ms Reynolds and the school choir added so beautifully to the Mass with their hymns and instrumentals. Fr. Cox invited Br Brian Johnson (on a break from his Franciscan home in Africa) to speak on the life of St Francis during the homily on this, the feast day of St.Francis. He received an applause of appreciation from all the congregation for sharing some insights on the life of Francis who encouraged all to see God and the spiritual in everybody and everything around us.
Super Display earns Gallen girls victory in u16 Basketball Cup Match.
An excellent all round display gave Gallen CS girls a resounding 36-13 victory over St Anne’s Tipperary town in the U16 Cup in this match played in Tipperary town last Thursday. Gallen started with the quintet of Roisin Egan, Ellee Mc Evoy, Emer Nally, Aoife Corbett and Ciara Flynn. Roisin Egan scored the first two baskets to settle Gallen. Ciara Flynn, Eimear Nally and Aoife Corbett added to this to give Gallen a 10-0 lead .In the second quarter St Anne’s scored two baskets but some excellent defending and rebounding from Ellee Mc Evoy kept Gallen ahead. Roisin Egan and Aoife Corbett then scored to give Gallen a commanding 18-4 lead at the end of the second quarter. In the 3 rd. quarter Roisin Egan and Ellee Mc Evoy scored baskets and this plus good passing from Eimear Flynn, Emma Maher and Rachael Seery gave Gallen control. In the last quarter Gallen stretched their lead with two nice baskets from Sarah Kenny, with good assistance
from Anna Grehan, Kaithlin Rigney and Laura Devery. Gallen were worthy winners and now play the winners of St Aloysius Carraigtwohill or Loreto Fermoy in the quarter final. Well done to MsMc Keogh and her team. PANEL-Roisin Egan  Ellee mc Evoy  Aoife Corbett Emer Nally
, Sarah Kenny , Ciara Flynn , Rachael Seery , Laura Devery ,
Emma Maher , Kaithlin Rigney and. Anna Grehan.
Biology Trips Thanks to Ms Brennan and Ms Buckley who brought their respective classes on field trips in Golden Grove Wood Roscrea and Ferbane on Tuesday and Friday of last week respectively, a most informative exercise that will stand the students in good stead for their exams.