Congratulations to Aoife McLoughlin, 5th year who will compete in front of a crowd of 1000 plus at the No Name Club National Youth Awards in the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny. This black-tie event has been running on an annual basis for 34 years and brings teenagers and their adult leaders from clubs around the country together to celebrate the involvement of teenagers in communities across Ireland. Clubs from all over the country were invited to put forward representatives to take part in the National Youth Awards. The Host and Hostess of the Year are deemed to have made outstanding contributions to their clubs, their local communities, and are rewarded for the skills they bring to wider society. Aoife represents Kilbride and competes with seven other hosts and hostesses from across Ireland. At Saturday’s black-tie event, the finalists were interviewed in front of the 1,000 plus crowd by former Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh. The finalists had previously been interviewed on a one-to-one basis by the event judges. The winner will receive education scholarships as prizes. Aoife has been a hostess with the Kilbride No Name Club for three years. She loves music especially singing, and was the lead in our most recent musical “Beauty and the Beast” in her role as Belle and has enjoyed great successes in Scór competitions winning All-Ireland titles for solo singing. We wish Aoife the very best of luck in this competition.
Keela Farnon, a transition year student from our school has won a competition with graduate.ie. This was a free online civic awareness competition for Second Level Students to take part in and learn about important Local and National topics. Keela has won a four day trip to Strasbourg. She will spend one full day at the European Parliament where she will take part in Euroscola which is a youth parliament and will involve taking part in a number of pre -selected topics about E.U. with students from other member states. She will also get the opportunity to visit other places of educational interest while on the tour. The mission of the competition is to engage, inform and inspire young people. Graduate.ie has been in operation since 2001. It is a government, local government and EU Funded Citizenship and Democracy Programme for second level students in Ireland. This prize was kindly sponsored by Bons Secours, Galway and the European Parliament. Well done Keela.
This year’s Macalla team comprises of editors, Michaela Bracken and Rosie O’Mara, sub-editors, Caoimhe Donoghue, Una Geogehegan and Tara Bolger, sports editors, Marie Kelly, Ruth McNeill and Ellen Irwin and the advertisement co-ordinators, Aoife Mannion and Siobhán Doolan. Since early September 2016 the team have been doing trojan work, researching topics, writing articles, collecting articles and sponsorship, taking pictures, composing poems and creating quizzes to meet the publication deadline which was last Friday, April 28th. The Macalla team is grateful for everyone’s support, without it this year’s Macalla would not be the enjoyable read it promises to be. This year’s magazine Macalla 2017 will be launched in the school on May 23rd and is packed full of interesting articles, poems and promises a few surprises. We eagerly await this year’s publication under the direction of Ms. Burke and Ms. Mulleague and we congratulate all involved on a wonderful production. Copies may be pre-ordered from members of the Macalla class, so to prevent disappointment place your order now!
Pictured above are the Macalla Team 2017. Back Row: L-R: Caoimhe Donoghue, Una Geogehegan, Marie Kelly, Ellen Irwin, Ruth McNeill, Siobhán Doolan. Front Row: L-R: Aoife Mannion, Tara Bolger, Michaela Bracken, Rosie O’Mara.
On Friday and Saturday last some Transition Years got ready to trek through the forest of our local Mote Park and on Sunday and Monday last it was the turn for fifth year’s to experience the outdoors. The girls took time out to complete the Bronze Award for the President’s Award, Gaisce. The girls had to spend 13 weeks learning a new skill, helping in the community, completing a physical activity and an extra 13 weeks on one of these topics. To be eligible for this award, the girls had to take part in a 25-30 km walk/ activity and have an overnight stay. Mote Park was the chosen venue for this adventure and the girls enjoyed the natural beauty of their surroundings, having craic with their friends while keeping their goal, the bronze award, firmly in mind. Thanks to the teachers, Miss. Keenan and Mrs. Hession who made this adventure possible!