Biltzen is the best reindeer at Basketball Blitz

with the help of Eric Flynn (Liams Dad in 1st year) the first years took part in a Christmas themed basketball blitz 

Blitzen beat Santa's Little Helper in the final of the first year basketball tournament. Diarmuid Molloy scored a fantastic basket from the sideline, putting Blitzen 3-0 ahead very early in the game. Santa's Little Helpers Adam Hogan then scored a basket almost identical to Molloys', Levelling the game at 3-3. Soon after, Molloy was fouled, giving him 2 free throws, both of which he converted, making the score 5-3 to Blitzen. Although Santa's Little Helper continued to press on, they could not convert any of their shots at the basket and time was nearly up. Neil Callaghan of Blitzen then went on a very good run that ended up with a basket, making the final score 6-3 to Blitzen. 

Thank you to everyone involved..... Happy Christmas 

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Christmas Concert 2016

The annual TY and 4th Year Christmas Concert was held in the school last Thursday night. It was our first time holding this event in our new General Purpose area, and was a great success. Also for the first time members of our Living Scene’s group participated in the concert – thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication. It was great fun for the students to work with you all for the concert. Well done to all the 4th Year and TY students who worked so hard to put the show together. We hope you all feel very proud of your achievements!

Thank you to all the family and friends of the performers who supported the event on Thursday night. We hope you all enjoyed it. 

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Tulla students sleepover in school!!

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For over 35 years the students of St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Tulla have been participating in a 24 hour fast to raise money for Sister Angela and her good work in Kenya. The leaving certs spend the 24 hours in school with their teachers making it a very large sleepover! This year was a little bit different as it was held in our brand new school which, by all accounts, was warmer, comfier and had more space to play hide and go seek!
We began our fast at 2pm on Tuesday 20th December, and as school began an excited buzz sparked throughout our year group! When school had finished at 3.40 we had an assembly in the hall and were told our collection times. We would be going out in groups of twos or threes to different places around Tulla to collect as much money as possible for this wonderful cause. After the assembly we were left to our own devices. We had free run of our grand sports hall and made full use of it. We set up table tennis, badminton, basketball and soccer along with other assorted sports gear. It was a perfect time for the whole year to come together and unwind before the long night ahead of us.
At 10pm we attended mass in our general hall area. We had the pleasure of the company of our dear Fathers Martin and Brendan, Sister Bosco and many esteemed guests alongside all our present staff members. We sang hymns and praised God for all our blessings. Now the fun truly began as we held a Just Dance competition, a video game tournament and enjoyed each other’s company during card games and movies. It was truly a spectacular night! My personal favourite part would’ve been at around midnight when the entire year rushed down to the hall to play a massive game of basketball – boys against girls – and I’m pretty sure the girls won!
Throughout our night we all found we were too distracted to even think about food. Of course there were moments of longing for a Chinese takeaway or a plate of chips, but they were quickly replaced with the next group activity. After a solid few hours’ sleep we were woken up on Wednesday morning and saddened when we realised we were missing breakfast! The morning was the hardest part, tired, angry and hungry – or ‘Hangry’- we had little energy other than to curl up in our mass of bedding and watch movies together.
This was a fantastic bonding experience for our year. In a few years’ time when we’ve long forgotten our actual Leaving Cert results we will look back on the fast as one of the shining moments of school life.
We have exceeded expectations with the amount we have raised having lodged more than €2500 so far………. Thank you to everyone who has been involved and every single person who has contributed in some way.

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Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Over 50 Christmas Boxes were collected this year for Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.  A sincere word of thanks to Sister Bosco ,all the students and families that toke part in supporting this very worthy cause.These boxes will be send onto needy children in Eastern Europe and Africa.

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Christmas History Quiz.

Last Friday afternoon in the GP area our first year students took part in a Christmas History Quiz. Teams were mixed from all classes and abilities in an effort to help the students make new friends. It was very successfully run by Eoin O'Connor (TY) and his group of helpers Laura Brassil, Conor Murphy, Avril Mulcahy and Ronan Molloy. These students prepped the quiz during the week and then came in to run it off on their day off. Also pictured are the 2nd year scorekeeping group of Eimear Whitney, Leagh Hunt, Aoife Brassil, Aoife Halpin, Daniel Whitticombe and Liam Boyce.
Our winning team in the picture with Quiz Co-Ordinator Eoin O'Connor and their prize of the newly published 'Historipedia' books. Well done to all participants, organisers and winners.

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