JCSP Make a Book 2014

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.
Gala Concert
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.

Hurling
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.

Aviva Trip
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.