St. Paul’s Community College held their annual awards night on Wednesday the 17th of May. A packed audience comprising of students, parents, guardians, grandparents, members of the BOM, Parents Council, former teaching colleagues and current staff attended this prestigious event. The night was opened by St. Paul’s Community College School choir who wowed the audience with their rendition of Tina Turner’s classic ” Proud Mary” . Over the course of the evening students were awarded for excellence in categories including academics, attendance, merits, sports, cultural and humanity awards.
Mr. Kevin Lewis CE WWETB opened the event, where he commended students and staff on an excellent years work. All attendees enjoyed a short film featuring snapshots of our school year which our compiled by our school librarian Ms. Hillary Cantwell. Mr. Lewis referenced events throughout the year including a trip to Aras an Uachtarain, the International Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme, and the schools participation in the Your Europe Your Say trip to Brussels. He commended 5 teachers who had engaged with Post Graduate Studies in 21st Century Teaching and Learning in Trinity College Dublin, and other teachers engaged with Masters programmes in Education and additional teaching qualifications in Maths. He referenced the success of the school 40th Birthday celebrations earlier in the year. He remembered in a special way former SCP Colleagues Catherine Connolly & Brenda Holden who passed away this year. Both Catherine and Brenda had played a significant role with students in the school.
Former past student Eoin Hurley currently studying for a PHD in Bacterial Gene Regulation in Trinity College Dublin and soon to be Dr. Eoin Hurley gave the keynote address. Eoin’s advice to students was to “follow your dreams, you can be anything you want to be”. Eoin is the epitome of this advice. Eoin was accompanied to the event by his proud parents and grand parents.
The MC for the night was our own very dynamic Ms. Barron who is renowned for her quick wit and we certainly were not let down on the night.
School Secretary Ms. Jennifer Tobin who co-ordinated the evening was presented with a bouquet of flowers.
After all award recipients received their awards, the event was closed by the Principal Noreen Reilly. Noreen made a presentation of Waterford crystal to Deputy Principal Mr. Keane who has been appointed Principal to Presentation Dela Salle in Bagnelstown. Ms. Reilly commended Mr. Keane on his great work with students an staff saying ” The loss of Mr. Keane to St. Paul’s CC is a huge gain the the community in Bagnelstown.
Among the highlights for the night was the the award o student o the year to Leaving cert student Ben Arrigan.
The evening finished with a finger food reception prepared by students under the direction of Ms. Barron & Ms. Dayton.
Every Tuesday morning a group of parents join Hilary in her JCSP library to practice their knitting. Parents who might be interested are very welcome to come along at 9.30am and Hilary will be delighted to serve the tea and coffee during the club so get those needles out and get knitting!
Pictured below are the Knitting group at work and Mahommed would welcome other men to the group with open arms!!
Three fifth year students accompanied by school principal Ms. Noreen Reilly and teacher Ms. Jessica O’ Leary recently travelled to the European Union in Brussels for a once in a lifetime trip. The students were chosen to represent Ireland at the Your Europe, Your Say event organised by the European Economic and Social Committee. The two day event focused on the future of the European Union on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Jack Bray, Daniel McSweeney and Dylan Thomas joined 100 students from the 28 EU countries and 5 candidate countries to discuss issues affecting young people across the European Union.
During the two day event, the students discussed numerous topical issues facing young people in the EU ranging from terrorism and social media to education and inequality. The issue of reducing food waste and helping the impoverished was selected as the winning proposal, which will be recommended to the European Commission in the coming months.
The students also took the opportunity to showcase Irish culture sharing a piece combining Irish music, dance and hurling to the delight of their new friends. The trip concluded with students spending time absorbing Belgian culture by trying local delicacies such as friteries and waffles and visiting tourist attractions in Brussels including the Grand Place and Atomium.
See the video below for more information about our trip
Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
When: W.I.T. are screening the movie in the Auditorium from 6.30pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 5th April
Please find link to Screenagers below, you need to register here to attend
Health Week was held in St. Paul’s Community College from Monday 6th February to Friday 10th February. The event was a whole school approach to student health and well-being facilitated by the Care Team staff in the school. On Monday we had the First Year Fruit and Veg Survey in the morning and in the afternoon our 6th Year students participated in Yoga class. Transition Year students had a session from Barry Lambe on Fitness. On Wednesday students took part in a Cyclathon with Mr O’Grady and managed to cycle 30 miles during the course of the day. Thanks to Spokes for providing the stationary bike. About 20 students took part in a 2 mile jog at lunchtime on Wednesday with Mr Lohan and Ms Ní Chuirrín followed by a walk with Mr Kelly for the Operation Transformation programme. On Tuesday students pitted their skills against our Deputy Principal, Mr Keane, when he stood in goal with his hurley to save penalties from our students keen on getting one in on him! Well done to Mr Keane he saved nearly all the penalties being an accomplished hurler with De La Salle!
On Friday morning we had a cooking competition for students under the auspices of our invited Master Chef. The Marie Keating Foundation gave a talk to boys and girls in the afternoon on Friday. Everyday just before small break Ms Ní Chuirrín went “DJ” on the intercom to conduct “Drop Everything and Move” for 2/3 minutes of the last class before small break while she played some upbeat music. Our students participated in a chess challenge on Wednesday against De La Salle NS in which we were narrowly defeated but thanks to Hilary in the library for providing a very appropriate and relaxing environment for the chess games. On Wednesday our third year classes had a Mannequin Challenge and you can see the results in the video on the News and Photos section of this school website.
Thanks to the Care Team and in particular Ms Whelan for coordinating much of the Health Week activities. Below are some photos taken during the week.
Chess Challenge, Big Breakfast Club and 2 mile jog – Health week activities pictured below.