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GloHealth Munster Schools Track & Field Championships

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The GloHealth Munster Schools Track & Field Championships took place on Saturday 21st May in Waterford Regional Sports Centre. Amid sunshine & swirling winds, the spectators were treated to an array of exciting finishes & personal bests in lots of events. Among the athletes who achieved personal bests was Kevin Caulfield in the Intermediate Boys Discus competition, where he threw 37.91m which earned him a bronze medal. He improved his PB by 2.91 metres, a feat which was all the more impressive as he had incurred an injury earlier in the day, while competing in the shot put competition, where he finished a creditable 4th place. It was a fantastic day of athletics & well done to the Munster Schools Athletics Association & all their wonderful volunteers for running the competition so well. A big congratulations to Kevin and we wish him the very best of luck at the Irish Schools Track & Field Championships on Saturday 4th June.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:21

Report of the North Munster Schools Track & Field Championships 2016

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Day 1 of the 2016 North Munster Schools Track & Field Championships was held on Tuesday 10th May in Castleisland. Co. Kerry. St. Joseph's Secondary school was represented by Kevin Caulfield, Transition Year student, who was competing in the Intermediate Boys Shot Put (5Kg) and Discus (1.5Kg) events.

Kevin won a bronze medal in the Shot Put with a throw of 11.10m. He went to win silver in the discus with a new personal best of 35 metres. Kevin will go forward to the Munster Schools Track & Field Championships in Waterford on the 21st May.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:03

Ty Sailing on Cullaun Lake

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One afternoon, last Autumn, the Commodore of Cullaun sailing club, Mr. Jim O' Sullivan raised the possibility of our TY students visiting the local Sailing Club. This opportunity to try out sailing, on a Saturday, was mentioned to the TYs and 20 students jumped at the chance.

Saturday May 14th, was a rare thing, a gloriously sunny day in Ireland. Rather than rain gear and windcheaters, sunscreen and shorts were packed and off we went. Most of us had never been to Cullaun Lake Sailing club. One car load got lost. Our intrepid cyclists took a lot longer to get there than expected but eventually we all gathered. Five boats were rigged and ready. Some familiar faces were at the helm. Thanks to Paddy Donnellan and Luke O' Sullivan, two St. Joseph's students for giving up their Saturday to show us the ropes. Thanks also to club members Sarah,Roisin, Margaret and Aoife for taking out 4 other boats. Safety always comes first at Cullaun Sailing Club and two rescue boats were also on the water for the duration.

Following a safety talk and a brief introduction life jackets were donned and off we went. The lake and its surroundings are idyllic, the setting is stunning, but soon the calm and piece was broken with excited squeals and loud laughter. After the students had got used to the boats and the movement on the water the daring decided that it was time to try to capsize the boat. The girls are never last in line for excitement. Maeve McGrath, Alannah Ryan and Megan Boland were first in the water. Others quickly followed. What our studenrs could not achieve in speed, due to light winds they showed off in diving prowess. One boat could not be capsized so soon Kevin Caulfield, Fergal Kearney, Sean Cahill and Conor Tuohy all deserted ship and swam to wetter boats. Simply put, they had fantastic crack. Naomi Peer and Orla Banting looked like they were going to stay warm and dry but as they were the only two in wet suits, it was time for them to go in also. The lads commented that apart from the overnight trips, this was the best crack on any TY activity.

Students reluctantly returned to shore, tired but extremely happy. They couldn't believe that such a fantastic amenity was so close to home and that they had never been down to the club. All were wondering when they could return. I think there will be an increased demand for the Summer camps this year.

Thanks to everyone at Cullaun Sailing club for giving up their Saturday afternoon, to give us such a great experience.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 May 2016 12:07

Transition Year Newsletter 2016

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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 May 2016 11:28

Active School Week (ASW)

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active school week1Active School Week (ASW) is about providing FUN and INCLUSIVE physical activity opportunities for ALL members of the school community. It is also a great way to make students and their families more aware of the physical activity opportunities available to them in their local communities
Staff and students have set themselves the challenge to walk 2500 KM this week in our school. A huge number of students are very engaged in sports but many are not. We want everyone to get out and GET ACTIVE this week. We hope that students, teachers and all staff will walk at least 1KM around our new walking path, suring the school day, with many clocking up a lot more to help us reach our 2500 KM target. Teachers will register the distance walked with their classes and students can register any distances they have walked individually. We need everyone’s effort to reach the target. While a central aim of this project is to get active and improve our health, we hope that there is a strong numeracy element and cross curricular dimension to the project. Students have already used trundle wheels to measure the distance to the front door and around our walking path. Transition Year students have been involved in advertising and promoting this event. We expect that pulses will be measured, times will be taken and calculations such as average speed will be calculated.
We encourage students to bring a jacket to school, if the weather is cold or damp.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 April 2016 10:59

TY debating team

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Congratulations to our TY debating team who participated in the E.U. Model Council event in Dublin Castle.
St. Josephs' represented the U.K. in the debate and the pupils were delighted to meet Neil Holland the UK Deputy Ambassador to Ireland. He very kindly presented the team with some gifts and talked with them about the debate topic- European migration policy. He was very complimentary about our team’s performance- even tweeting about their debating skills! This was a fantastic experience for our pupils and they did themselves proud at the event.


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 April 2016 15:46

Northern Ireland Geography Fieldtrip

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Our 4th year Geography classes took part in a Physical and Regional Geography fieldtrip to Northern Ireland on Thursday and Friday. On the first day we visited the Basalt columns in the Giant’s Causeway and visited the Carrik-a-Rede rope bridge. The Giant's Causeway lies at the foot of the basalt cliffs along the sea coast on the edge of the Antrim plateau in 

Northern Ireland. It is made up of some 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea. The dramatic sight has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland.

Geological studies of these formations over the last 300 years have greatly contributed to the development of the earth sciences, and show that this striking landscape was caused by volcanic activity during the Tertiary, some 50–60 million years ago. The Giant’s Causeway was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The next day we took part in The Coiste Irish Political Tour in West Belfast. The tour started at Divis Tower at the bottom of the Falls Road, where our guide, Jack Duffin, a former activists and IRA member shared his own personal story of the troubles.

We then travelled through a main arterial route of West Belfast, visiting The International Wall, the Republican Memorial gardens and many murals, each with their own particular story, some relating to conflict in other areas around the world. After an hour and a half on the Falls road we made our way across the Peace line to the Shankill Road where we met our guide Mark, a former loyalist activist. He shared his own personal stories with us as we visited many different sites that explained the local history of the troubles. We got the opportunity to sign the Peace Wall in West Belfast, which separates the Catholics and Protestants in the area. The wall is 3 miles long and 25 feet high. Both guides were a wonderful primary source and an invaluable link into the most recent phase of struggle in West Belfast.

Well done to all our 4th year students who were great representatives for St Josephs. Our students were complimented by a number of different organizations over the 2 days. Also thanks to Ms Fitzgerald, Ms Galvin and Ms McInerney for organizing and giving up their time to go on the tour.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:32

First Day in the New School

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Monday 4th April 2016 will go down in the annals of school history as the first day that the students moved into the new school. See some of the pictures here of the setup that greeted them.

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 April 2016 10:48

CEIST Student Leadership Conference

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On Tuesday 15th March, four students Jordan, Laoise, Séan and Fergal attended the CEIST Student Leadership Conference in St. Patrick's College, Dublin with their teacher Ms. Mc Donnell. They took part in workshops and heard from the newly elected Jack Chambers.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 12:36

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