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Annual Awards Day 2014

Mount Sion SecoNEWS4750ndary 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. NEWS4814Dan 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”.

Lions Club Young Ambassador

 

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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!

News, 11/6/’14.

Acting Principal Mr. Doherty presents 2nd Year pupil Shaun McCarthy-Donnelly with a Certificate for Best Book Reviews.Best readers in the Library league -  J. Walsh, S. Troy, S. McCarthy-Donnelly, A. Baylon  & S. Brophy with SNA Ms. Susan Reid & Acting Principal Mr. B. Doherty, Mt. Sion
End-of-Year Celebrations

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.

Squashy Couch
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!

Thurs. 2nd May 2013.

Genzyme Gift

Our close association with Genzyme continues with the paired science programme continuing each week here. This project involves pupils from 3rd Year working with 5th class pupils from our Primary school.

Genzyme staff have played a pivotal role in the project and each week they are involved in planning and delivering the programme with great success. Recently Genzyme made a generous contribution to our laboratory equipment stock; this significant gesture was welcomed by staff and pupils alike. Equipment such as micro pipettes, test tubes, petri dishes and test tube racks were presented to us and is being put to good use. This is just one aspect of our new relationship with Genzyme and we look forward to interacting with them across the whole spectrum of school life as time progresses.

 

Hurling Blitz

Some of our 1st and 2nd Year pupils enjoyed a very competitive Hurling Blitz recently  at the Mount Sion GAA Club grounds. Despite the biting cold and strong winds, the encounters were skilfull and high scoring.

Ben Sinnott’s team led 18 scores to 15 at half time, but Michael Flynn’s team came back well to win narrowly by two scores in an exciting finale (32 to 30). Many thanks to Mount Sion and John Quinn.

Players involved : Ben Sinnott, Ivan Sinnott, Evan McGrath, Jordan Halpin, Aaron Healy, Dean Fowler, Michael Flynn, Eoghan Browne, Charlie Costello, Sam Robinson, James Ogundare, Alex Fowler.

Our thanks to Mount Sion Club — and John Quinn in particular — for their help in organising the event.

 

Irish Champion

Our congratulations to 1st Year pupil Danny McLawrence who recently won the Kickboxing Ireland U-16 Weapons title. Danny will represent Ireland at the European Championships in Krakow, Poland next September.

 

Pathfinders Community

A couple of weeks ago the Mount Sion Secondary School Choir visited the local Pathfinders Community here in Waterford. A wonderful welcome was afforded by all the adults who attend the centre as they gathered in their courtyard where our pupils sang a variety of songs for them.

There was a mix of solo and group performances with musical accompaniment by guitarists Glenn Doyle and Conor Butler. The joy on the faces of our hosts was very obvious and many even danced along to the singing. It was a very proud day for our choir and one we will never forget.

After our performance the Pathfinders community sang ‘That’s what makes you beautiful’ by “1 Direction”.

We would like to thank Louis, Pathfinders Community manager, for his kind welcome and we look forward to performing there again in late May.

 

D.E.A.R.

‘Drop Everything And Read’ has been up and running for two weeks now for 1st and 2nd Year classes and is going very well. It is great to see such enthusiasm for reading among the pupils.

 

Emotional Health

The 5th Years are now well settled into the Emotional Health workshops provided by Squashy Couch. Class rapport is really great as a result with all having a very worthwhile experience and enjoyable time.

The main aim of this programme is to promote self-awareness, help pupils deal with stress in their lives, and also help them to help themselves. Most recently there was a workshop on “relaxation” involving learning and practising many different relaxation techniques.