News, 22 April 2013

Our Transition Year students are having a busy few weeks at present. Monday activities of late have seen them undertake flower arranging and gift baskets where many new skills were learned. Crea-ACTive writing with Trish Loughnane involved watching and studying extracts of speeches or poetry being read, where students would follow-up with evaluations on these specific readings and develop their critical-thinking. Another Monday activity involved learning about a technique known as Decoupage. This is a craft or art form that entails pasting cut-outs (typically paper) to an object and then covering them with several coats of varnish or lacquer. Students thoroughly enjoyed Decoupage and found it a fun and easy way to decorate just about anything! Outside of the classroom, our TY class are looking forward to paying a visit to U.C.C. this Friday, as part of an informative and educational day being organised by Career Guidance teacher Mr. O’Brien.  
Our 1st Year students took part in a hurling blitz last Wednesday at Dr. Morris Park. The conditions were wet, windy and anything but conducive  for playing with a sliothar. We played three very competitive games against formidable opposition in Thurles CBS, Scoil Ailbhe from Tipperary Town, and Rockwell College. This was possibly our last outing for the year and finished on a high with excellent performances from future stars such as Thomas Grimes, David Manning, Andrew Doyle and Patrick Buckley!
Our Green schools committee spearheaded by Ms. Smith is working diligently on aiming to earn our school a coveted Green Flag in the near future. As part of this, we are holding a Green schools action event on Tuesday where students (non-exam classes) will carry out a spring clean of our school. The interaction and co-operation between staff and students over recent months has seen a huge reduction and savings in waste collection, a big increase in re-cycling, and an overall cleaner and greener school.  
Transition year students at Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed in Thurles attended the Intel Ideation Enterprise Camp, which was held by Thurles Lions Club in March 2013. 75 students from four secondary schools in Thurles participated. 

Livia Meyer, TY student at Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed and 3 other students are attending the the national final in Intel Ireland’s Leixlip Campus, Kildare on Saturday 20th April. We want to wish all involved the best of luck.