On Yer Bike Mount Sion Charity Cycle Gallery

“On Your Bike” at Mount Sion

March gales did little to deter the spirit of over one hundred and forty cyclists who participated in the inaugural Mount Sion CBS Secondary Cycle on Sunday, March 29th last. Cyclists came from Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford to cycle to Callan (the birthplace of Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers) and back. The cycle was the first fundraising event in aid of the Mount Sion School Yards Project.

Many past pupils cycled in the 100km event and they enjoyed catching up with their past teachers before departing from the school. All of the cyclists were given a warm welcome (and plenty of coffee) in Callan from Br. Malachy Gillen, Br. Peadar Gleeson and Eleanor Browne. John Norris (Cycle Organising Committee), staff from ‘Spokes’ and ‘Waterford Cycle Centre’ provided invaluable support on the Callan cycle.

There was also a shorter 20km return cycle to Tramore. Over eighty cyclists went on this route – including many pupils, teachers and members of Mount Sion GAA club; we were delighted to see past pupils such as Ken McGrath and ‘Iggy’ O’Regan participating in the event.

Mount Sion CBS Secondary Parents’ Council gave the cyclists a wonderful reception with a plentiful variety of refreshments on their return to the school from the cycles. The refreshments were kindly provided by ‘Spar’ Barrack Street, ‘Kilmeaden Cake Supplies’ and ‘Supervalu’ Kilbarry.

Coming up very soon is another fundraising event – a ‘Night at the Dogs’ – Kilcohan Greyhound Track, Waterford – Friday, May 8th.

Donations to the project can be made online at www.mycharity.ie/charity/mountsioncbsyardsproject or by calling in person to the school.

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”.