Last Tuesday morning Emma Darcy from the University of Limerick spent the morning in the school meeting our students. First of all she spoke to all the Transition year students. This is their first exposure to a university representative visiting the school and it is part of their preparation for their visit to the University’s Open Day on Friday 11th October. After that she spoke to a large group of sixth years and then the fifth year LCVP class. Emma outlined the importance of researching courses students may be interested in. She went through the different Faculties in the University and gave an overview of all the facilities on the campus from Accommodation to Sport to Academic students supports to first years.
Our Irish Department had an Inspection visit last Wednesday from Inspector Eileen Scanlon. She spent the day visiting Irish classes, talking with the Irish teachers and looking at their planning documents. She met with Mr Irwin and the teachers at the end of the day She was delighted to praise the quality of the teaching in all the classes observed. She also commended the paired work of students as well as the inclusion of some IT resources and use of the four language skills in all classes. We look forward to receiving her written report in a few weeks.
Over 50 students travelled to Offaly County Sports Day for Community Schools and Community Colleges on Thursday 28th with Ms Kirwan, Ms Kelly and Mr Doyle. They were fantastic representatives for our school and our teachers were delighted with their participation and their performances. The students brought home 25 medals and next week we will list the winners. Well done to all who travelled , participated and won medals.
On Friday one of our past students Lisa Dolan from Ferbane also visited with us., Lisa is in her fourth year on Nursing in DCU ( Integrated Children’s and General)and spoke to a few sixth year students about nursing as a career. She then spoke with all the Fifth year LCVP class. Lisa gave a personal overview of her decision to study Nursing and the different ups and downs she has encountered along the way. Lisa spoke about her present placement in the Spinal Unit of the Mater Hospital and working with babies in Temple street and it was evident she has found her vocation and loves it despite the long hours of study and working on the wards without any pay . After some questions from the students Merrick Daly thanked Lisa for coming and sharing her experiences with them.