Arklow C.B.S. School News. Week ended Friday 5th October 2018
Wicklow Invitational Athletics
Well done to all who took part in the recent Wicklow Invitational Athletics. Congratulations to Andriy Kulachenko, Aaron O Brien, Jun Jie Huang who placed second in the First Year relay. All students had a really brilliant and its’ great to see so many enthusiastic athletes. Many thanks to Mr O Gorman for organising and to Ms Stafford for accompanying. Arklow C.B.S. also fully supports the efforts that are currently being undertaken to refurbish and regenerate the running track in Arklow.
School open Night
Thursday night saw our school packed to capacity with impressive prospective students and their parents/guardians as they enjoyed a night full of activity at our annual Open Evening. All classrooms and practical rooms were open and had displays of students work. Teachers were available to talk to parents/guardians. Interactive activities took place in the Science Labs where students got to get their hands on fire with methane bubbles, cut up hearts, kidneys, lungs and eyes amongst many other things. In the Woodwork Room students got to make and keep a PAC MAN keyring. Many other exciting activities were also available on the night. Enrolments were taken on the night and these are currently being processed and parents/guardians will be contacted in the coming weeks.
Basketball matches last Wednesday saw Arklow C.B.S. start off the season with two impressive wins in their league. The U19’s came out on top with a score of 33 to 25 against St. Killians, Bray with Cian Cooney and Olufemi Tanimowo leading the scoring. While the U16’s had a comfortable 36 to 12 win over North Wicklow Educate Together in Greystones. It was the ‘Tadhg Powell show’ with Tadhg scoring an impressive 19 points for the team. Well done lads and here’s to more successes as the season progresses. Many thanks to Ms. Merrigan for all the effort she puts into the teams.
Annual School mass
The annual school mass took place in Saints Mary & Peters Church on Tuesday. This mass was attended by teachers, students and many parents/guardians. This mass is an annual event in our school calendar and is a lovely way for our school community to come together to celebrate the start of a new academic year. Many thanks to all the students who participated and to Mr. O’Gorman, Ms. Lee and Ms. Levingstone for all the hard work they put in.
Arklow C.B.S. has a very active Parent’s Council who do wonderful work in supporting the activities of the school. The annual A.G.M. takes place on 23rd October in the school at 7.30pm. All parents/guardians of students are very welcome and indeed are encouraged to attend.
Arklow C.B.S Garda Band Concert
Arklow C.B.S Garda Band Concert will take place on Thursday 18th October in the Arklow Bay Hotel. There are still tickets available, €10 each from the school office or from the Arklow Bay Hotel. A superb night of fine entertainment is guaranteed with music from Cór na Habhann, Stephen Walker and Arklow C.B.S music students.
This Thursday saw most of our Sixth Year students go to The Mill Theatre, Dundrum to see a production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Geoff O’ Keeffe. Students are studying Macbeth for their Leaving Certificate and going to see the play themselves was a great way of bringing the text to life and reinforced and complimented their in class learning. The students thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic production. Many thanks to Ms. Byrne and Ms. Rooney for organising and accompanying the students on the trip.
Last Wednesday saw our First and Second Years participate in a Rugby blitz in Gorey Rugby Club. Students had a great morning of games and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thanks to Barney Hynes of Arklow Rugby Club for coaching the boys and to Mr. O’ Gorman for accompanying them.
Arklow Mental Health Week
Arklow Mental Health week kicks off on Monday and Arklow C.B.S. students participate fully in the many events and activities that take place. This is a very beneficial week in our school calendar and students gain a lot of very beneficial information from it.
Claire Byrne show
Mr. Cosgrove, Ms. Rooney, Majella and Pauline took a very ambitious group of Leaving Cert History students to Montrose studios to attend the Claire Byrne Show. The level of empathy and political awareness that these young men showed was evident far beyond their years. They really enjoyed seeing how the show worked and meeting Claire Byrne after the show. Judging on the feedback from the lads we hope this trip will have inspired them to follow a career path in politics or journalism.
Transition Year Activities
Our Transition Year (TY) students keep up their hectic schedule of activities next week with a trip to the AXA Roadshow on Monday and then to Driving School on Tuesday. Driving School is always one of the highlights of the TY school year and students have great craic driving a car while their friends sit in the back. Thursday sees them at a Sports blitz and also collecting for Rose Week as part of the Irish Society for Autisms annual fundraiser. Many thanks to Ms. Garvey for taking them driving and to the roadshow!