Mount Sion Secondary School’s Annual Awards Ceremony 2014 took place recently, marking some of the wide selection of achievements attained by its students.
Masterfully compered as usual by Deputy Principal, Mr. Doherty, proceedings began with an opening address by Principal, Mr. John McArdle. In welcoming everybody to the occasion Mr. McArdle praised all members of the school community for again working together over the previous year – the fruits of which are being recognised and honoured at this celebration.
Mr. Pat McEvoy, Chairman, Board of Management, emphasised the merits of hard work and noted how well many of our past pupils have done in life – most recently and notably Mr. Dan Mulhall, currently Ireland’s Ambassador at the Court of St. James.
Mr. McEvoy congratulated and praised all the award winners. He thanked the staff for their efforts in ensuring that the school is a happy and safe place for young people to pursue their second level education, as it grows and develops into the future.
Our Guest Speaker this year was Mr. John Norris of Genzyme (Waterford) – a company with which the school has a unique and mutually enhancing partnership – and of which both parties are very proud.
In his address John recalled his days as a pupil in the school and how it provided the foundation for his later – very varied – education and work career. With true industrial-perspective insight he emphasised how “input now, determines output in the future”.
Sean Walsh (5th Year student, Mount Sion CBS Secondary School) is the Waterford Lions Club Young Ambassador for 2014.
The award recognises the excellent community work done by our local young people.
Sean was nominated for the competition by the school’s Principal and teaching staff and emerged the winner from a group of about twenty contestants – of which he was the only boy.
The selection process took place in stages and involved Sean and his fellow youths making presentations and undergoing interviews conducted by Human Resource professionals.
This award is the latest in what has been an outstanding young life to date, comprising of a very impressive variety of community, school and personal projects and pursuits.
Addressing prospective parents and pupils at Mount Sion Secondary School’s ‘Open Night’ recently, Sean delivered a confident, clear and encouraging message to his audience. He extolled the virtues of aiming high, availing of opportunities and working hard in pursuit of one’s dreams.
He expressed his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the school, highlighting the significant part it plays in his career and achievements – in particular, the generosity of its teachers who are always available and willing to assist their students; he encouraged the young pupils present to avail of that assistance throughout their time in the school.
In recognition of his achievement, Sean received the Michael Collins Memorial Trophy from Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan, Mayor, Waterford Metropolitan District and Mr. Patsy Sheridan, Waterford Lions Club President. The award also included a mahogany plaque inscribed with our city walls and local antiquities.
Sean now goes forward to the South East Stage of the competition where he represents Waterford City; we wish him all the very best in that.
We congratulate not only Sean, but his parents Mary and John, Hennessy’s Rd., on nurturing the development of a son for whom the sky is (literally and metaphorically) the limit!
Some of the staff and students of Mount Sion CBS Secondary School recently rose to the “Ice Bucket Challenge” in aid of Motor Neuron Disease treatment. In an unusual take on the challenge, a group of pupils representing all years gathered on the famous steps in front of the Monastery to take part in the event.
A team of pupils had worked tirelessly to fill fifty buckets with water and ice but it was worth all the effort. Pupils from each year poured iced water on pupils from the next year in a cascade effect. A group of brave teachers sat at the bottom of steps – they received the greatest drenching and loudest applause of the event!
Over two hundred euros was raised for this very worthy cause and great fun was had by all. A video clip of the challenge can be viewed on our school ‘Facebook’ page – Mount Sion CBS Secondary School.
During the last week of term we celebrated our achievements in literacy in Mount Sion Secondary School with a ‘pizza party’ celebrating a full year’s reading in our ‘Library League’. Well done to all the pupils who reached their reading targets – and above – over this past year. The success of the league is largely due to the hard work of SNAs Susan Reid and Carla Tyrell.
We also hosted a literacy competition entitled ‘My life in 2014’ and were really astounded by the number and quality of entries to the competition. There were ten top prizes and special mention must be given to Killian Coudol for his wonderful comic-strip entry. Many thanks also to Mr.Farrelly and Mr.O’Meara for acting as judges for the competition and of course, to our sponsors Bance Nolan Ltd. and Peter O’Keefe.
Geographical Day Trip.
A fun packed day was had by all 2nd Year pupils who attended the JCSP-funded trip to Dunmore East Adventure Centre recently. All the boys got involved in four modules:-
(1) Team challenges – improving their communication, leadership, time management, participation and teamwork skills.
(2) The group then took a coastal walk to Portally Cove along which they observed features of coastal erosion and deposition.
(3) Classroom based activities…such as chart/map work and worksheets as well as identifying features with the aid of a map.
(4) Finally, pupils took part in orienteering in the park – revision of feature identification, pedal-boat orienteering, ‘Wibit Wipeout’ – a water fun session, while focusing all the time on safety aspects and dangers related to an adventure activity.
A big thank you to all our LCVP pupils who took part in the sponsored Comeragh walk and donated all the funds raised to the Squashy Couch Youth Info. Centre here in Waterford. The donation was graciously received and the Centre has since put the money to great use – updating and improving their Information Brochures. These brochures will be distributed to schools in September. Well done to all!
A group of 42 First and Second year pupils travelled to Dublin recently as part of our ‘Artist in the Classroom’ initiative for which they had produced an excellent book for inclusion in the annual ‘Make a Book’ exhibition at Dublin’s Civic Offices. This year a record breaking 2,023 visitors attended, and the show then moves on to Cork where the Mount Sion book ‘Digging Waterford’ will be on display – having been specially selected to be shown a second time.
Inspired by the memory of Seamus Heaney, the book showcased the pupils’ original artwork and poetry about Waterford, in honour of our city’s 1100th ‘birthday’. Many thanks to the fantastic work of mother and daughter team Clare Fitzgerald (Chowder Arts ) and Mary O’Sullivan ( Poetry workshops ) without whom there would not have been any book.
The day out, however, whilst centred around the visit to the exhibition, is much more than just that. Mr. Doherty provided his usual excellent educational tour of the city. The boys saw Collins’Barracks, The Four Courts, the monuments in O’Connell St., the Garden of Remembrance,Trinity College, Dail Eireann, Stephen’s Green and Dublin Castle.
An entertaining Table Quiz based on the day’s events was held on the train home. Many thanks to Mr. Doherty, Ms. Kearney, Mr. O’Meara and Susan Reid, as well as TY pupils Justin Marshall and Jason Drohan for their help on the day.
The School Choir was involved with an exciting collaboration with the WIT Wind Band over the past four weeks. This project was set up as part of the WIT Access Programme and involved WIT staff members, Nuala Lennon and Stephen Mackey.
The highlight of the project was performing two songs with the Wind Band at the WIT Gala Performance in the WIT Chapel in the Music Campus. “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” was the first piece performed by two pupils, Kelvin Fatumoju and Odudu Johnson. This original rap was a great hit with the audience and it was followed by great cheers from everyone present. The Gala Performance finale was the Elbow song, “One Day Like This”. Christopher Halligan and Glen Doyle were the lead vocalists on this piece and they were supported enthusiastically by the choir. We are very proud of all our pupils’ performances on the night; they were a credit to the school community and their parents. Sincerest thanks to everyone involved.
An enthusiastic group of 1st, 2nd and 3rd years did their bit to support the Waterford hurlers’ training efforts by participating in a blitz with students from St. Paul’s at the Mount Sion GAA Club grounds recently. Thanks to Martin O’Neill, Gavin O’Brien, Shane McNulty and Stephen O’Keeffe for giving the lads an enjoyable day out.
Mount Sion bowed out of the Munster U-15 Hurling Championship in the dying minutes of a gripping encounter played in atrocious weather conditions at the St. Vincent’s GAA grounds on the north side of Cork city recently.
Playing with a gale force wind and freezing hail and rain Mount Sion got off to a bad start as both sides struggled to see, never mind play, the sliotar. The Kerrymen were 1-2
to 0-0 up after ten minutes, before Jordan Roche got the first of his goals to wake the Waterford effort up. Points from Evan McGrath (free ), Jonathan Flynn ( ‘65’ ) and
Aaron Healy ( good score on the run, off the stick ) brought Mount Sion right back into it ( 1-3 to 1-2, 20th minute ). Mount Sion had struggled in the conditions, and some clear ‘fairweather’ goal chances were missed before Jordan Roche displayed great skill to finish a fine run and pass from the increasingly influential Evan McGrath. Tralee responded with a point to leave a goal between the sides at halftime. (2-3 to 1-3)
Charlie Costello had to retire injured at the interval, as Mount Sion rejigged their lineup. Playing with the returning wind, Tralee made very hard work of hauling back the deficit. They largely relied on frees to eke out a one point lead with ten minutes to go, impressive substitute P.J.Murphy scoring for Mount Sion (2-4 to 1-8).
Thereafter, a better balanced and more physical Kerry side finished the stronger, scoring a breakaway goal and registering points from frees – two of which were moved forward ( FT : 2-11 to 2-4 ).
Mount Sion had the best player on the field in Captain Jonathan Flynn. He was outstanding. That said, he was closely followed by Tunmise Sobowale, Tommy McGrath and Evan McGrath. They could be great hurlers. Bill Ward in goal was rock solid and his fellow first year Eoghan Power also impressed in the defence, where Sam Robinson, Ivan Sinnott and James Ogundare performed with credit.
Jordan Roche notched two goals upfront on a day when scores proved difficult to come by. Eoghan Browne showed some good touches in the second half.
The team struggled throughout in the conditions against a physically superior Tralee side and had given their all by the time Mercy Mounthawk closed out the game in those final ten minutes.
We wish them the best of luck in the semifinal. Many thanks also to the St. Vincent’s club for the use of their facilities.
PANEL : Bill Ward, Eoghan Power,Sam Robinson, Ivan Sinnott, Tommy McGrath, Jonathan Flynn ( 0-1 ‘65’ ), James Ogundare, Tunmise Sobowale, Charlie Costello, Evan McGrath ( 0-1 f. ), Eoghan Browne, Aaron Healy ( 0-1 ), Jordan Halpin, Jordan Roche ( 2-0), Alex Fowler, P.J. Murphy ( 0-1 ), Ben Le Blanc, Oisin Daly, C. Muresan.
A couple of weeks ago our T.Y., 6th Year together with some First and Second Year pupils (accompanied by some of their teachers) travelled to the Aviva Stadium, Dublin to watch the ‘Boys in Green’ play Serbia in international football. A great (and long!) day was had by all – pity about the result! Thanks to the teachers – Mr. Keane, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Maher and Mr. Kennedy for organizing the trip.