Category Archives: News and Photos 2013/2014

St Paul’s Increase Numbers attending Third Level

According to a major article in the Irish Times Newspaper, St. Paul’s Community College has had increasing success in helping students graduate to higher education. Among its report it quotes stronger links between postprimary schools and third-level institutions, more sharply focused guidance counselling, and higher student expectations through performance targets as among the reasons schools have cited for the improvement in progression rates. Read the full article by clicking on this link http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/school-league-tables-which-schools-have-improved-the-most-1.2015967

Some School Photos

Below are some photographs including the following:
1- 1st Year boys and girls who took part in a spike all competition, with Mr. John Cummins and Principal Ms. Noreen Reilly.
2- St. Paul’s Community College, PLC Engineering class, with their Teacher Mr. Barry Williams,Co-Ordinator Ms. Clodagh Wall and Principal, Ms. Noreen Reilly.
3- St. Paul’s Community College Business/Secretarial Class with their Tutor and Co-Ordinator Ms. Clodagh Wall and Principal Ms. Noreen Reilly.
4- St. Paul’s Community College PLC IT class with their Tutor Mr. Philip Murphy, Co-ordinator Ms. Clodagh Wall and Principal Ms. Noreen Reilly
5–JCSP School Librarian Ms Hilary Cantwell who has just won the title of Librarian of the Year Award Ireland and UK at the finals in London. This is a huge achievement for Hilary and all in St Paul’s Community College are so proud of her achievement.
6- Kirsten Power-Hennessy who won the overall Prize of the Soap Box Debate. Kirsten won a trip to Brussels and an iPad. Congratulations! Special thanks to Hilary, our Librarian, Ms. Susan Kelly and Ms. Orla Curran.

Celebration for Hilary

Our school recently held a celebration day to celebrate the news that our school librarian Hilary Cantwell was recently named as the School Librarian of the Year in Ireland and the UK. Three former Principals of the school and a multitude of staff, students and other invited guests joined Hilary on Friday, October 25th, for an afternoon of music, song and presentations to mark her fantastic achievement. Students providing song and music included William Chester, Jessica Byrne, Ryan Dalton and Saoirse Cullen, who were accompanied by Ms Dunne on the Chelo. There was a great atmosphere on the day. Well done to Hilary and everybody who marked her achievement.

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Pictured on celebration day for Hilary are sitting – : Margaret McMahon, Kathleen Moran, Noreen Reilly (Principal), Hilary Cantwell (winning librarian),Claire McMahon, Ann Curran and Tony Russell (former Principals). Standing -: Aidan Clifford, Mick O’Riordan, Mary Clare Higgins, John Gallagher (Deputy Principal), Jim Magher, Anthony Condron (former Principal), Denise Flanigan, Fr Pat Fitzgerald and Lynda O’Shea.

Below are some more pictures taken at the Celebration.

Friendship Week

Our school recently held Friendship Week to highlight the importance of making friends and developing positive relationships while in school. It also highlighted the importance for students of recognising when they are being treated unjustly and how to talk, communicate and open up about their feelings. The week was very successful and included workshops for students from Humour Fit Theatre Company, literacy competitions, poster competitions and poetry competitions. There was also a talk for parents around Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying. We hope that the core theme of the week will carry with everyone throughout the whole school year.

Pictured top left are the group of students whose excellent projects on the theme of Friendship Week won them prizes and recognition. They are pictured with Ms O’Reilly (Principal) and the Care Team who organised the week – Mr Lohan, Ms Whelan, Sr Ann and Mr O’Grady. Pictured right are some parents who attended the talk on Internet Safety pictured with Sargent Gavin Hegarty and Mr Lohan.

Picture File

St. Paul’s had a busy schedule of events for students, teachers and parents leading up to Christmas. Pictures below include our Students Council who managed to raise over €800 for the Philippines following the tragedy there. Our SNA’s took an icy plunge on December 6th to raise funds for the Special Olympics. The student mini-company had a stall set out at Winterval as part of their business project in school. A group of our parents completed the Cooking IT programme and were awarded certificates on completion and Shane O’Sullivan, intercounty hurler, visited our school to give our students some advice and training in GAA skills. He is pictured with the group who took part on the day. Our Chess Club travelled to St Paul’s BNS for a Chess Challenge and enjoyed the morning there taking on the pupils from sixth class. A new laptop computer initiative was launched in the school and training took place in our school library. Pictured are some of our students using the laptops. Pictured also in our library are the School’s Business Partnership Skills at Work Evaluation Team who made a recent visit and are pictured (standing) Ms. Carol Chapman, Mr. Paul Fleming, Mr. John Gallagher (Deputy Principal) and Louise Casey. Seated front row: Ms. Eithne Ruane, Ms. Agnes Dayton, Ms. Noreen Reilly (Principal). This meeting took place to promote The Skills at Work Programme in St. Paul’s Community College.