Arklow CBS

School News for Week Ending 10.03.2023

School News

Positivity Week

Arklow CBS celebrated a hugely successful Positivity week 2023 from 27th February – 3rd March. During the week each year group enjoyed various activities to improve our physical and mental well-being as well as daily random acts of kindness, wake up shake up, lunch time music, FIFA tournament, mindfulness and quiet time. The week kicked off with Mindful Monday; a non uniform day where students showed their bright side and embarked on a whole school walk. On Thankful Tuesday, sixth year students enjoyed the calming experience of yoga with past pupil JJ O’ Byrne. While fifth and transition years enjoyed a very interesting and informative talk with past pupil and founder of Bipolarbear.wear Stephen Consadine. It was such a proud moment for us to be able to welcome back past pupils to showcase their success. Many thanks to the lads for returning and sharing their talents. Following this on Wellness Wednesday our first-year students enjoyed a study skills workshop with our careers and guidance teacher Ms. Rooney. The boys learned about what type of learner they are and how to study to suit their learning style. We hope that this will really help them and their well-being in the run up to future exams. Thursday saw our transition years embark on a trip to Dublin where they enjoyed a VR gaming experience while back in school our second years enjoyed some real-life gaming with a scavenger hunt! Séan Kelly, Darragh Kinch and Micheál Coady were crowned the overall winners. Our positivity week came to a conclusion on Feel-Good Friday with a great lunch time concert by Ms. Lee and the music students. Many thanks to everyone who participated and helped with all the events this week. We hope it brought a ray of sunshine to your week!

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German Exchange

Last week we welcomed students and their teachers from St. Ursula Schule Wurzburg, Germany. The students and teachers spent the week in Arklow where they attended classes, took part in Gaelic games, a céilí and enjoyed trips to Glendalough and Dublin. We hope that our visitors have now seen the most scenic sights of our county, the garden of Ireland! During the week the students from both schools planted a tree to mark the special occasion. We hope that our German students enjoyed their time in Arklow and that as the tree grows and strengthens so too will the bond between both schools. Thank you to Ms. Battye for organising their itinerary for the week.

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Wicklow Student Enterprise Awards!
Well done to our students who competed at the Wicklow Student Enterprise awards in Claremont campus last week. Aaron and Sean Clarke won best stand in the junior category with their company ‘Gonk up your Life’. Our senior team of H2O2GO won best stand in their category. Our second year team of Scott Hannon, Bob Kelly and Ruairi O Neill from Kelly’s Cookies took the overall win in the intermediate section and will go onto to represent Wicklow in the all-Ireland Final in May.

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Soccer News

Congratulations to the Arkow Town u14 DDSL team on reaching the last 8 of the national Cup! This is a super achievement for this team captained by 1st year student Mark Gleeson. Also playing are CBS students Odhrán Cullen, Lucas Reid, Sean Lawlor ,Ryan O’Neill, Alex White, Reece Doyle, Wojiciech Kowalczyk, Cillian Mcdonald and Riain Dunning. Another congratulations to first year student and Arklow Utd. player James McBride who has been selected for the FAI Regional Centre of Excellence Programme in Ballon, County Carlow, for 2023 after a five week assessment. This is a fantastic achievement, and a great opportunity for James to train and play with the best players in the region.

Golf News

On Monday 27th February some of our junior golfers took to the green at Woodenbridge Golf Club. Arklow CBS was proudly represented on the day by Odhran O’Sullivan, Dominic Wright, Ross Doyle Roche, Sean Clarke, Aaron Redding and Aaron Clarke. We had one prize winner: Ross Doyle Roche who finished in 2nd place in the boys competition. Well done to all!

GAA News

Good news on the Gaelic football front as the junior football team continued their journey in the Leinster campaign with another hard-earned win against Gaelcholaiste Ceartharlach. We won the game on a 6.5 to 2.10 scoreline. A positive performance but plenty of improvement needed for the semi-final! This week also some of out students take part in the GAA referee course this week. In this new role they will continue to give respect and get respect!

Emmanuel 2023

Some of our music students had a wonderful day last week with Ms. Lee and Majella at Emmanuel 2023. Students spent the day in Dublin practicing their repertoire before taking to the stage of the Helix Theatre that evening for their performance. Sixty schools from the Dublin Diocese participated over the three nights. Ms. Lee and the whole school are very proud of their performance at the concert that night.

TY Trip Zero Latency
Another day another zombie apocalypse! Don’t worry these zombies were confined to VR headsets. Our TY students left a pile of zombie bodies and a pile of empty pizza boxes after them at Zero Latency in Sandyford last Thursday. These fleet footed zombies proved no match for Ms. Levingstone and our TYs. If ever the world is threatened by a real-life zombie apocalypse we know we’ll be in safe hands. While Mr. Cosgrove showed his age as he displayed his skills on some of the arcade cult classics. A great day was had by all.

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World Book Day 2023
To celebrate World Book Day 2023 we are delighted to share the World Book Day poster on our social media pages with a QR code to a get a world book day voucher. This voucher lets students buy selected books for €1.50 at participating book stores such as Eason. Tokens valid until 26th March. It’s time to get reading!

Heart to Hand Collection
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Heart to Hand collection in aid of the victims of the recent earthquake in Turkey. All items were collected this and are now on the way to their final destination to help those in need.

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Senior Student Visit to LMH
Senior students spent an afternoon in LMH on Wednesday as part of engineering week with a very informative workshop on the work they carry out and the career possibilities available. This was followed by a tour of the workshop. Many thanks to LMH for having us, hopefully some of our students will be back there again some day.

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A up of tea and a chat!

On Thursday, the 2A Life Skills class welcomed in Garda Therese Kelly, who is the local community liaison person. It was our pleasure to meet Garda Kelly, have a chat, and contemplate the issues she spoke about. Here is to building stronger links with our local Gardai in the future.

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