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Welcome Back

October 3, 2012

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on events in the College.

The Junior Certificate Results were issued on 12th September and were excellent. In general, they reflected the work done by the boys - those who applied themselves well to their studies achieved their potential. We congratulate all the students concerned and hope that they will reflect on their achievements and redouble their efforts as they move towards their Leaving Certificate.

A group of 6 boys, Kevin Curry, Gavin Gaynor, Jamie Hanlon, Aaron McGinnity, Stephen O'Donnell and Daniel Plummer with teacher Ms E. Mazzucato, participated in the school support programme for the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. They spent 5 days in Lourdes assisting the elderly and disabled and participated in the various religious services. They did a fantastic job and brought great credit to themselves and to the school.

The first Parent Teacher Meeting of the year, the 3rd Year Parent Teacher Meeting, takes place on Thursday 4th October. This provides an opportunity for the class teachers and parents to discuss the study, progress and attainments of the students. All Third Year parents are encouraged to attend, to meet the class teachers and the Form Teachers.

The College will hold its annual Open Day on Tuesday 9th October from 2.00 - 4.30pm. We would like to invite all students in 4th, 5th and 6th Classes in any Primary Schools to attend, to meet the students and teachers and to view our excellent facilities. Our Entrance Assessment for First Year entry in 2013 will take place on Saturday 20th October. If you have a son who is due to enrol in the College for the 2013/2014 academic year please ensure that you complete an application form and return it to the school office immediately, if you have not already done so.

I would like to remind parents that 'fizzy' drinks and drinks high in sugar or caffeine and not allowed and should not be consumed during the school day. Research shows that these drinks affect students concentration and are detrimental to their learning. These drinks are no longer available in the school canteen and I encourage you to ensure that your son does not buy them and bring them to school.

As we approach Halloween, I want to remind you about the dangers involved in fireworks and bangers. These are dangerous in the school environment and are forbidden. Any student who brings these to school, for any purpose whatsoever, will be disciplined. I ask for your support and cooperation to ensure the safety of your son and all our students.

Finally I would like to congratulate 6th Year student Robert Gaughan, who played on the Dublin Minor GAA team that won the All Ireland Championship, and Boni Odoemene, who has been called up to the Longford Town FC squad playing in the League of Ireland.

Lorcan Balfe,


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