Transition Year Niamh Petrie National Winner of the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation Award 2018
It’s not every day that you find your name carved in marble and that it’s good news! But for Transition Year student, Niamh Petrie, it was an occasion to remember as she was presented with her award as a national winner of the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation 2018 Awards Programme. The awards programme recognises outstanding students who promote pride and respect for the Irish flag and its true meaning advocating peace and unity. Students from all over Ireland were invited to submit an essay or poem or video on the theme ‘What it is like to live in Ireland in 2018’. Niamh’s Poem for the Forgotten was a national winner for 2018. The Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation Awards Presentation lunch was held in Dáil Éireann on Monday, May 21st and was hosted by former Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh, one of the foundation’s board members. Speaking at the event, founding member Fr. Michael Cavanagh spoke of the life of Thomas F Meagher who flew the first tricolour in Waterford in 1848 – 170 years ago – and how his dream was to see the flag as a symbol of peace and unity. Nimah was presented with her award by Fr. Cavanagh. It is a replica of a marble wall that is part of the National Flag Museum in the GPO. Niamh’s poem was, in the words of the adjudicating panel, ‘an exceptional piece of work’. Also attending the awards presentation on the day were transition years Tara Crowley, Thias Alves, Ciara Towey and Ms. Claire Burke (History Teacher). Following a tour of Dáil Éireann, the girls also visited the ‘Witness History Project’ in the GPO. Congratulations Niamh on this wonderful achievement. The girls would like to thank Ms. Burke for accompanying them on the day.
Eco-Unesco Young Environmentalist Competition 2018
Pictured are Class 2B and their Geography Teacher Ms. Keenan who were finalists in the Eco-Unesco Young Environmentalist Competition 2018. The girl’s campaign raised awareness about the negative impacts that plastic pollution has on our environment.
1st year and 2nd year tours 2018
On Monday May 21st all First year students went on a tour to Lough Key Forest Park. On the day they experienced the tree top canopy walk and a tour of the donjons, next they enjoyed the challenge of Boda Borg. The girls were accompanied by Mr. Quinn, Ms. Brogan, Ms. Cleary and Mrs. O’Brein. The girls were transported into a real-world gaming environment; an experience called Questing. Teams of 3-5 girls literally moved through the Quests tackling a variety of mental and physical challenges. Success in the first challenge meant entry into the next challenge and so on. The girls thoroughly enjoyed this mental and physical challenge. Following the Quest the girls had the opportunity to relax and enjoy the environs of Lough Key Forest Park before returning to Roscommon. The girls would like to thank the teachers for accompanying them and especially Mr. Quinn for organising the trip.
On Tuesday, May 22nd all second year students went on a trip to Tayto Park, Co. Westmeath. Tayto Park is Ireland’s only theme park and offers a huge variety of things to see and do. The thrill seekers among the girls and teachers experienced the adrenalin rush of the Cú Chulainn Coaster, Shot Tower, Endeavour, Air Race and Power Surge while others opted for the Ferris wheel, Extreme, Climbing wall, 5D Cinema, a tour of the Tayto Factory and a leisurely walk through the Zoo. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and would like to thank Mr. Quinn, Mrs. Fitzmaurice, Ms. Keane and Mrs. Hurley for accompanying them on the day. A special thank you to Mr. Quinn for organising the trip.