News from St. Declan’s

October 30, 2015

A group of 2nd  Year Students enjoying some fun activities during Friendship Week.

Friendship  Awareness Week

The annual Friendship Awareness Week took place from 5th – 9th October. The emphasis for the week was to encourage pupils to appreciate the importance of friendship and to foster a friendly environment so that everyone is valued and respected.

The activities included a poster competition for all 1st Years and building a friendship wall.

All classes engaged in friendship building fun activities in the gym. The week was a huge success. Thanks to all the SPHE teachers for their hard work.

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Sophie Lye, Jennifer Morrissey and Mia Molumphy enjoying some fun activities during Friendship Week.

Transition Year Activities 

On Wednesday 30th September and Thursday 1st October the Transition Year students of St. Declan’s community college participated in our annual “TY Induction Day”.  TY induction day is an art and craft orientated activity where students are tasked to design, create and model an outfit within the space of two and a half hours.  The students were allowed to use old clothes, old sheets, newspaper, and other small household items.  The students turned out to be very talented designers and seamstresses. There were several fabulous outfits created and the students thoroughly enjoyed modelling their creations in front of their classmates.

On Friday 2nd October the students went on a day trip to the Comeragh Mountains where they took an extensive hike up Mahon falls. Many students opted to take a more challenging path by stepping from stone to stone up the stream while more opted for the easier route and took the path.  Although some people ended up very wet, it was a great bonding exercise for the students and a nice way to spend a Friday afternoon.

First Year Mass

 Our First Year Mass took place on Wednesday 7th October in Our lady of Mercy Church, Kilmacthomas. We would like to thank Fr. Martin Keogh for celebrating the Mass.  His words of guidance and encouragement for the students were especially welcome.

The students reflected on the theme of “New Beginnings” and asked for God’s help as they start the next stage of life’s journey.

Our readers on the day were:
First reading – Emily Power.
Responsorial Psalm – Martha Cleary.
Second reading – Erin Sheehan.
Prayers of the faithful – Justin Power, Fionn Walshe, Cian O’Connor, David Flynn, Ciara Sheehan and Emma Norris.
The Offertory Gifts were brought to the altar by: Rachel O’Shea and Nathan Cleary Aulsberry.
A Communion Reflection was read by – Hayley Phelan.
A final prayer was read by – Archie Walsh.

We would like to thank Ms. Morrissey and the wonderful school choir for their beautiful singing and Ms Bernie Coffey for providing the accompaniment.

WIT Business Award 

The following students Billy Power, Rena Behan, Paraic Hallihan, Niamh Mc Keon and Aislinn Keane attended WIT on Tuesday 6th October to receive their Business Award for attaining Grade A in Business Studies in the 2015 Junior Cert.

Congratulations to the students and their teachers.

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