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Final casting and rehearsals  for this year’s school musical, Les Miserables  have been taking place over the past two weeks and excitement is growing in anticipation of the performance on  October 20th & 21st.  A huge amount of work remains to be done in the meantime as this is the most ambitious undertaking by the production team at Our Lady’s to date. As usual the task in is the capable hands of music teachers, Ms Anne Marie Johnston with Ms Eimear O’Callaghan, Fran Garry  and Pat Murnane as musical directors and Therese Maher as Director. So we anticipate a production which will equal or surpass the high standards they have set for themselves in recent years.

JC resultsAlong with about sixty thousand others nationwide, students at Our Lady’s collected their Junior Cert results on Wednesday afternoon last. Hearty congratulations to all our students on their success and well done on your excellent results. We are proud in equal measure of our top student who achieved ten As and of  the many others who worked hard to reach their potential and were rewarded for their work. As the revised Junior Cert is introduced on a phased basis over the coming years, the exam will gradually change in  character with more emphasis being placed on continuous evaluation of student progress and less reliance on the terminal exam. In the meantime the class of 2016 have progressed to Transition Year or moved directly on to the greater challenge of the Leaving Certificate.

JC resultsAfter the usual hectic start to the school term students and staff at Our Lady’s have banished the post-summer blues and are fully engrossed in the term’s work.  Induction ran much more smoothly this year as the new school building is fully operational and much more comfortable and user-friendly than the situation this time last year. A date for the official opening of the new school will be arranged in the near future. We hope to  have the Minister for Education in attendance but he is proving a little elusive at present.

New Students

The school welcomed 110 new students to Our Lady’s over the first days of the new term. These included the usual crop of bright faced and enthusiastic first years, international students from Italy, Spain, France and Germany as well as transfers from other schools in Ireland and elsewhere. Well done to all students and staff on  the welcome afforded to all new students. Special thanks to Guidance Coundllor, Ms Therese Boland and the Cairdeas group who will help the first years through the first few weeks of secondary school. This can be a daunting time   for some students as they transfer from the familiar surroundings of their much smaller primary school.

Junior  Cert Results

Along with about sixty thousand others nationwide, students at Our Lady’s collected their Junior Cert results on Wednesday afternoon last. Hearty congratulations to all our students on their success and well done on your excellent results. We are proud in equal measure of our top student who achieved ten As and of  the many others who worked hard to reach their potential and were rewarded for their work. As the revised Junior Cert is introduced on a phased basis over the coming years, the exam will gradually change in  character with more emphasis being placed on continuous evaluation of student progress and less reliance on the terminal exam. In the meantime the class of 2016 have progressed to Transition Year or moved directly on to the greater challenge of the Leaving Certificate.

Sport

Like all of Tipperary these last weeks, the school community at Our Lady’s has been basking in the reflected glory of the Tipperary Senior and Minor teams’ recent exploits.  We are delighted at the success of both teams are and we  are particularly proud of the involvement of fifteen of our past pupils in the historic events of September 4th .  Our Lady’s was represented on the minor team by Captain, Brian Mc Grath, Paddy Caddel, Tom Murphy, Lyndon Fairbrother, Gerry Kelly,  Stephen Nolan and  Diarmuid Ryan. Their success augurs well for the future of Tipperary hurling and indeed  will raise expectations of another solid Harty campaign  for Our Lady’s in the current year.

On the senior panel the school was represented by Noel Mc Grath, John Mc Grath, Dan Mc Cormack, Tomás Hamill, Gearoid Ryan and Willie Ryan.  Again we are proud of their connection with the school as we are of the fact that manager, Michael Ryan and selector, Conor Stakelum are past pupils. We congratulate them and thank them for the lift they have given to GAA spirits in Tipperary and for the sense of anticipation of future glory their heroic exploits have created.

We had hoped to have arranged a reception for all our sporting heroes by this time but, like the Minister for Education, Liam Mc Carthty is proving a little elusive to date.  We hope to make it happen, however, in the not too distant future.

School Library

The official opening of the school library took place last week. For the duration of the building project  this important facility was not available to students due to a number of constraints. Over the summer holidays, however,   Ms Martina Butler and members of the English Department undertook a major re-decoration  and re-stocking  of the library including the acquisition of new books, installation of more comfortable furniture and  preparation of a schedule to promote more use of the library for research and recreational reading. Though the school is a leader in Information Technology use in teaching and learning we are still strongly committed to the promotion of reading from books and the use of books for research and recreational purposes. Therefore we are delighted with this initiative and thank MS. Butler and the members of the English Department who have led this initiative.

“Les Miserables

Final casting and rehearsals  for this year’s school musical, Les Miserables  have been taking place over the past two weeks and excitement is growing in anticipation of the performance on  October 20th & 21st.  A huge amount of work remains to be done in the meantime as this is the most ambitious undertaking by the production team at Our Lady’s to date. As usual the task in is the capable hands of music teachers, Ms Anne Marie Johnston with Ms Eimear O’Callaghan, Fran Garry  and Pat Murnane as musical directors and Therese Maher as Director. So we anticipate a production which will equal or surpass the high standards they have set for themselves in recent years.

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After the usual hectic start to the school term students and staff at Our Lady’s have banished the post-summer blues and are fully engrossed in the term’s work.  Induction ran much more smoothly this year as the new school building is fully operational and much more comfortable and user-friendly than the situation this time last year. A date for the official opening of the new school will be arranged in the near future. We had hoped to have the Minister for Education in attendance but he is proving a little elusive at present.

 

New Students

The school welcomed 110 new students to Our Lady’s over the first days of the new term. These included the usual crop of bright faced and enthusiastic first years, international students from Italy, Spain, France and Germany as well as transfers from other schools in Ireland and elsewhere. Well done to all students and staff on  the welcome afforded to all new students. Special thanks to Guidance Coundllor, Ms Therese Boland and the Cairdeas group who will help the first years through the first few weeks of secondary school. This can be a daunting time   for some students as they transfer from the familiar surroundings of their much smaller primary school.

Sport

Like all of Tipperary this last week, the school community at Our Lady’s has been basking in the reflected glory of the Tipperary Senior and Minor teams’ recent exploits.  We are delighted at the success of both teams are and we  are particularly proud of the involvement of fifteen of our past pupils in the historic events of September 4th .  Our Lady’s was represented on the minor team by Captain, Brian Mc Grath, Paddy Caddel, Tom Murphy, Lyndon Fairbrother, Gerry Kelly,  Stephen Nolan and  Diarmuid Ryan. Their success augurs well for the future of Tipperary hurling and indeed  will raise expectations of another solid Harty campaign  for Our Lady’s in the current year.

On the senior panel the school was represented by Noel Mc Grath, John Mc Grath, Dan Mc Cormack, Tomás Hamill, Gearoid Ryan and Willie Ryan.  Again we are proud of their connection with the school as we are of the fact that manager, Michael Ryan and selector, Conor Stakelum are past pupils. We congratulate them and thank them for the lift they have given to GAA spirits in Tipperary and for the sense of anticipation of future glory their heroic exploits have created.

We had hoped to have arranged a reception for all our sporting heroes by this time but, like the Minister for Education, Liam Mc Carthty is proving a little elusive to date.  We hope to make it happen, however, in the not too distant future.

School Library

The official opening of the school library took place last week. For the duration of the building project  this important facility was not available to students due to a number of constraints. Over the summer holidays, however,   Ms Martina Butler and members of the English Department undertook a major re-decoration  and re-stocking  of the library including the acquisition of new books, installation of more comfortable furniture and  preparation of a schedule to promote more use of the library for research and recreational reading. Though the school is a leader in Information Technology use in teaching and learning we are still strongly committed to the promotion of reading from books and the use of books for research and recreational purposes. Therefore we are delighted with this initiative and thank MS. Butler and the members of the English Department who have led this initiative.

“Les Miserables

Final casting and rehearsals  for this year’s school musical, Les Miserables  have been taking place over the past two weeks and excitement is growing in anticipation of the performance on  October 20th & 21st.  A huge amount of work remains to be done in the meantime as this is the most ambitious undertaking by the production team at Our Lady’s to date. As usual the task in is the capable hands of music teachers, Ms Anne Marie Johnston with Ms Eimear O’Callaghan, Fran Garry  and Pat Murnane as musical directors and Therese Maher as Director. So we anticipate a production which will equal or surpass the high standards they have set for themselves in recent years.

winnersOn Thursday 31st March the Senior Ladies Football team travelled to Oola to compete against Rockwell in the Munster Final. Although the pitch was very soft, weather conditions were perfect for the occasion as both teams took to the field.

Our Lady’s were playing with the aid of a breeze and hill in the first half so it was important to start well and get scores on the board. Niamh Treacy playing at full forward was settling the teams nerves by scoring Templemore’s first three points but defensive fouls were allowing Rockwell to keep in touch. A long ranged kick by Miriam Campion from the side-line went over the head of Rockwell’s keeper Claire Bennett resulting in a much desired goal for Our Lady’s. A couple of minutes later a well worked succession of quick passes down the field and Aine Delaney found the net once again for the girls in maroon and white. This goal was much sought after as it was just before half time and Our Lady’s had missed a lot of chances to extend their lead. Score at half-time Our Lady’s 2-4 Rockwell 0-3.

Rockwell came out all guns blazing in the second half and tried to open up Templemore’s defence but all six backs along with our keeper Katie Bourke stood strong and tall and kept Rockwell’s scores to a minimum. Miriam Campion kicked over two consecutive frees to keep our tally moving in the right direction. Elaine Fitzpatrick and Kate Cashman covered every blade of grass several times as they defended and attacked to keep Templemore on top. The game was very much a stop-start affair but once again Our Lady’s out-scored Rockwell to be crowned Munster Champions at the final whistle. Final score Our Lady’s 2-9 Rockwell College 0-7

Every girl on the field played fantastically well they displayed heart, determination and a drive to win. A special mention must go to our goal keeper Katie Bourke who was outstanding between the posts, her saves, kick-outs and reading of the game were all elements of a top drawer performance,

Our Lady’s Team: Katie Bourke, Kate-Anne Bergin, Christina Brennan, Danielle Healy, Caoimhe O’Brien, Kate Cashman, Katie Collins, Elaine Fitzpatrick, Leanne Gleeson, Sarah Buckley, Aisling O’Dea, Miriam Campion(1-4 (0-2f), Aine Greed(0-1), Niamh Treacy(0-4 (0-2f), Ruth Butler, Aine Delaney(1-0), Orlaith Maher, Aimee Gleeson, Grace Martin, Courtney Shields, Claire Quigley, Ciara Manton, Brona Bergin, Ava Ormond, Grainne Hennessy.