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.
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!