January 2019 Newsletter.






Lions Club Young Ambassador


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!

Ice Bucket Challenge (Sept. ’14)

Mt. Sion Sec. School Ice Bucket Challenge.Some of the staff and students of Mount Sion CBS Secondary School recently rose to the “Ice Bucket Challenge” in aid of Motor Neuron Disease treatment. In an unusual take on the challenge, a group of pupils representing all years gathered on the famous steps in front of the Monastery to take part in the event.

A team of pupils had worked tirelessly to fill fifty buckets with water and ice but it was worth all the effort.   Pupils from each year poured iced water on pupils from the next year in a cascade effect.   A group of brave teachers sat at the bottom of steps – they received the greatest drenching and loudest applause of the event!

Over two hundred euros was raised for this very worthy cause and great fun was had by all. A video clip of the challenge can be viewed on our school ‘Facebook’ page – Mount Sion CBS Secondary School.

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.



‘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.