Junior Ladies Footballers commence the year with convincing win

On Wednesday 28th September the Junior Ladies football team travelled to New Inn to kick start their 2016-2017 campaign. Loreto Clonmel were the opposition on the day. Our Lady’s were playing with the aid of a slight breeze in the first half and took advantage of this from the start with Orlaith Maher securing Templemore’s first score. Our forwards were taking advantage of the wind and by half time had put 3-8 on the scoreboard. Although, Loreto Clonmel were fast and strong in their attacks, Our Lady’s defence stood strong & all 6 backs worked together as a unit to only allow 1-2 past them in the first half. Half-time score Our Lady’s 3-8 Loreto Clonmel 1-2.

The wind rose dramatically at the beginning of the second half in favour of Loreto but the Templemore girls knew that keeping possession and moving the ball through the hands would yield results. Although this would require hard-work and effort, the strength and determination displayed by all players would ensure a victory for Our Lady’s. With this in mind Templemore push on and emphatically out-scored Loreto in the second half. Full time score Our Lady’s 8-16 Loreto Clonmel 1-4.

DSC 3702 copy 640x320On Wednesday last we were delighted to welcome members of the All Ireland Senior and Minor  Hurling panels to the School. Including Manager, Michael Ryan and selector Conor Stakelum, fifteen of the All Ireland heroes attended Our Lady’s and it was wonderful to have an opportunity to meet most of them on the day. 

The visitors were played in to the school gym to a tumultuous welcome from the students and staff of the school by pipers, Siobhan Bailey, Gillian Fogarty and Ciarán Byrne. The tone for the celebration was set by Glynn Stewart and Russell Doyle with a powerful rendition of Slievenamon.  Principal, Ms. Patricia Higgins welcomed the guests and thanked them for taking the time to visit the school. She also paid tribute to the teachers who volunteer each year to prepare various teams and congratulated them on their contribution to the success of the minor and senior teams. Mr John Costigan outlined the strong links between Our Lady’s and every successful Tipperary team in recent decades. He paid tribute to the school for continuing to nurture players who go on to represent their County at the highest level.  County Board Chairman, Mr. Michael Bourke recalled the sacrifices and commitment made by players throughout the playing season and reminded pupils who might have aspirations to play for the County that in addition to talent, a ferocious appetite for sport and exceptional self-discipline and motivation are needed. The ceremony concluded with presentations to members of the Senior and Minor panels. Thanks to Ms Teresa Brennan and Ms Anne Marie Johnston who helped organise the event.

FullSizeRenderLes 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.

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.