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.