St. Joseph‘s Secondary School
NEWSLETTER APRIL 2010
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Greetings on this beautiful Spring day! My heartfelt thanks for the wonderful welcome
which you have extended towards me on my arrival in St. Joseph‘s since the 1st December
2009. St. Joseph‘s is a vibrant school community and in its best tradition caters for the
needs of all. The personal dignity of the student and teacher is kept to the forefront in all
interactions. It is a challenge that keeps us all on our toes.
Dates for your Diary The first celebration which I attended was the school concert in December. This was a
very enjoyable event which gave a lot of students the chance to entertain us with their
dramatic, musical and dancing abilities.
May Bank Holiday The annual fast for Sr. Angela‘s school in Mukuru, Kenya was carried out with great
Weekend—School glee. Fr. Gerry Carey even turned up as DJ. It was a long haul and tired students and
Closed from Friday teachers raised €4,000 for our friends in Kenya. Ms. Donna Fitzgerald will work there in
April 30th— Monday a voluntary capacity during the summer holidays.
May 3rd inclusive.
Our hurling teams have given us great pleasure over the past few months with two Mun-
ster finals under their belts and runners up in the Munster final this month. It was quite
an achievement. Congratulations to all concerned! The Students‘ Council is currently
Leaving Certificate running a 1st Year Hurling blitz at lunchtime. The basketball teams have had an enjoy-
Graduation—May able round of competitions too this year. One year finishes and another one begins, so the
27th trawl for new talent continues in all activities. Bígí reidh!
We have had some very harsh weather over the Christmas period and had pipes burst in
the science lab. Luckily, all of the roofing works from the Summer Works ensures that
most of the building remains watertight. The new windows and the completed central
heating system should ensure that we have a warmer school.
Thank you to the Parents‘ Council for their support during the year. We were presented
with a keyboard and some jerseys for the school as a result of their fund-raising activi-
Junior and Leaving ties. The running of alcohol–free discos for 1st and 2nd years supervised by parents is a
Certificate State Ex- great start to socialisation. The Parents Council in conjunction with HSE personnel also
ams June 9th ran a very good information night regarding ―Headshops‖ recently, highlighting the ad-
dictive and dangerous nature of some of the products sold in such outlets. The main mes-
sage was to talk to your children about these products.
Oral and Practical exams are in progress at the moment and it will not be long before the
Ms. Margaret O‘ Brien Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams will be in session. May I wish all of you every suc-
receiving a cheque from cess, both in your exams and in your future endeavours.
Cornelia Wahli and
Rath Dé ar bhur chuid oibre!
Susan Taylor on behalf of
the Parents‘ Association Margaret O‘Brien
A NOTE FROM THE PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Put on your glad rags and dancing shoes! We are holding a
dance for parents on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010, at 10pm in
Murray‘s Pub, Main St., Tulla. Tickets will be sold by members
of the Parents Association and entertainment will be provided
by Larry McEvoy. Your queries and suggestions are always
welcome. Kind Regards,
Cornelia Wahli, Chairperson, Saundra Slattery, Secretary and
Susan Taylor, Treasurer
Basketball News same opposition at the same stage of the han, Cathal Bolton, Chris Mc Evoy, Colm
competition. Loughnane, Jack Kellleher, Stephen
Well done to our 1st and 2nd year Girl‘s- McMahon and Aaron Marsh.
Basketball Teams who have been train-
ing every Tuesday and Wednesday 4-
This was an especially sweet win and
5pm since September. Our 1st year team On the way to the final Tulla defeated
made up for the heartbreak of 12 months
is currently 3rd in the Clare League hav- Pallaskenry, Kilmacthomas, Kilmallock in
earlier. Essentially this was a great team
ing beaten Colaiste Mhuire Ennis in our the early stages of the competition. In the
performance by St Joseph‘s but special
1st game of the year. We were very semi-final they were lucky to get away
mention must go to the outstanding Da-
unlucky to lose by one point in extra time with a draw after extra time with Hamil-
ragh Corry and Shane McGrath who
to Shannon Comprehensive. Spirits were ton High School, Bandon on a score of 0-
were a constant thorn in the Déise side.
down again as we lost to Ennistymon 16 to 1-13. Tulla won the replay 2-14 to 2-
Vocational School. However we lifted our 7.
heads in our next two games to beat St.
Flannan‘s, Ennis and St. John Bosco Tulla: Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle), Niall U-15 HURLING
Community College, Kildysart convinc- McMahon (Clooney-Quin), Daragh Corry
ingly. We have two games left in this (Tulla), John Fahy (Tulla), Kevin O‘ Cal-
The U-15 hurling squad had a long and eventful
year‘s competition, against Ennis Com- laghan (O‘ Callaghan‘s Mills), Bryan
campaign. They started training after the Octo-
munity College and St Annes Kilaloe, McInerney (Clooney-Quin) (Captain),
ber mid-term. After school training took place
which we are confident of winning. Sean O‘ Gorman (O‘ Callaghan‘s Mills),
Tuesday and Thursdays. The school participated
Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)(0-1),
in the ‘B’ grade for the first time in a number of
1st Year Team: Leah Fox, Amy Tuohy, David McInerney (0-1 sideline cut),
years. The first match of the year saw us lose
Meadbh Gleeson, Aoife Dillion, Sarah Shane Mc Grath (Feakle) (0-4) (0-
the Clare semi-final to St. Flannan’s by one
Leyden, Deirdre Brady, Siobhan Tuohy, 1f), Peter Duggan (Clooney/Quin) (0-3)
point in their grounds. The squad regrouped for
Sinead Mulqueen, Laura Sullivan, (0-2f), Killian Bane (Feakle) Aidan Fawl
the Munster campaign where they had a tough
Stephanie Power, Kate Ryan, Yazmin (O‘ Callaghan‘s Mills), Jamie Lynch (O‘
opening game against a much fancied Charle-
Wahli, Aileen Moloney, Aine Mc Inerney, Callaghan‘s Mills) (0-2), Paraic O‘Malley
( Crusheen) ville CBS. Tulla put on a great display and won
by a flattering 7 points. Next up were Our
2nd Year Team: Aobhaoin Byrnes, Lady’s, Templemore who were defeated by 5
Sinead Mc Mahon, Aisling Hunt, Lydia points.
Subs: Com Halpin, Ian Donnella, Cahtal
Sheedy, Ashling Mc Namara, Kathy Hal-
Bolton, Eoin McGuinness, Tomas McMa-
pin, Chantelle O‘Halloran, Kate Daffy, In the semi-final they gave a great performance
hon, Eoin McInerney, Donal O‘ Halloran,
Katrina McNamara, Caitlin Fitzgerald, to defeat a physical Abbey CBS ,Tipperary town
Darren Cooney, Gareth Bleach, Chris
Emma Hehir, Megan King, Lisa side by 1.15 to 0.7. Preparations were now
McEvoy, Aidan O‘Gorman.
McGrath, Aine Duggan, Sonia Hanra- geared towards the Munster final against High
han, Kate Daffy, Jennifer Greene, Ellen School CBS, Clonmel on April 21st. Training took
Culoo. Under 16 ½ Final place over the Easter and Tulla had a clear in-
jury free squad for the final. Conditions were
perfect in Templemore on the day . A great goal
U16½ Munster ‗C‘ Corn Iognáid Ris
First Year Hurling from Mark Lynch after 2 minutes was a tonic
Hurling Final Venue: Templederry.St. start but it was the only time Tulla led during
This year‘s hurling team played ex- Josephs Tulla 4-12--Presentation, Ballin- the final. Physically stronger and possessing
tremely well. During the year the players garry 0-8 some outstanding hurlers Clonmel were too
worked hard with training and challenge strong on the day and powered on to a 3.11 to
matches. In March they reached the 2.4 win. Best for Tulla on the day were Damian
St. Joseph‘s Tulla captured the U-16 ½
semi-final in the First Year Schools A Kiniry, Mark Lynch (who scored two great
Munster ‗C‘ hurling title with a great win
competition against St. Flannan‘s, Ennis. goals), Shane Taylor and Oisin Donnellan.
over Presentation, Ballingarry. Played in
This is a great achievement getting this
Templederry in windy conditions the
far in the competition; both players and
Tulla side put in a spirited hour of hurl- It was a great campaign of hurling by the squad
management were pleased. St. Flan-
ing to bring the title back to the school throughout the year and they can look forward
nan‘s, on the day, were the better team,
for the first time since 1996. to school hurling next year with optimism.
but St. Joseph‘s gave it their best in the
second half with Captain and Man of the
Match—Ciaran Cooney, playing well. Tulla: Eibhear Quilligan (Feakle), Ga- Michael Burke, Mark Perrill,James Noonan,Oisin
The first year team were trained by Mr. reth Bleach (Whitegate), Kevin O‘ Cal- Donnellan, Taylor,Niall Bolton,Damien Kiniry,
M. Dolly and Mr. D. O‘ Donnell. laghan (O‘ Callaghan‘s Mills), Daniel Mc Capt..Eoin Touhy,Ryan Tay-
Namara (O‘ Callaghan‘s Mills), Darren lor,(Clooney) Diarmuid Moloney, Conor Clune ,
Cooney (O‘ Callaghan‘s Mills), Sean O‘ Colin Corbett, Diarmuid Bane, Sean
Senior Munster ‘C’ Corn Mhic Ruairí Gorman (O‘ Callaghan‘s Mills), Eoin Mc Shanahan,Mark Lynch, Subs:16., Sean Culligan
Hurling Final Inerney (O‘Callaghan‘s Mills), Shane Mc Emmet Gleeson, Justin Nelson, Liam Henchy,,
Grath (Feakle), Daire Kelly (Clooney/ Luke Corry, John O’ Brien , Diarmuid Murphy,,
Quin), Damian Kiniry (Broadford), Peter Daniel Vaughan, Keith Maxwell, Niall McGrath,
St. Josephs, Tulla 0-11-- St Augustine‘s, Duggan (Clooney/Quin) (1-9) (0-1 sideline Conor O’ Dwyer, Joe Vaughan, David Kearney ,
Dungarvan 0-10 cut) (0-4 f), Padraig Brady (Killanena) (0- Ruairi Nash, Mairtin Torpey, Dayle Gleeson,
1), Donal O‘ Holleran ( St. Josephs Dorra Padraig Mulconroy, Brian Riviere.
-Barefield) (1-1), Jamie Lynch (O‘ Cal-
St. Joseph‘s, Tulla captured the Senior laghan‘s Mills) (2-0), Aidan O‘ Gorman
Munster ‗C‘ hurling title recently with a ( O‘Callaghan‘s Mills)
gritty win over St Augustine‘s, Dungar-
van. Played in Tipperary they managed
Subs: Diarmuid O‘ Connor, Cathal Leni-
to avenge last years one point loss to the
OUTSTANDING SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS—If we haven‘t included yours—let us know for the next edition
TOM FOLEY Friday April 16th, and was second cently. Niall was part of the under
in Saturday’s speed class. The 16 Doubles 40 x 30 pairing and
team won the Nations Cup on Sat- Colin was successful in the Under
urday and on Sunday, Tom won 14 singles 40 x 20 competition.
the Grand Prix. This had never Both boys were representing the
been achieved by any rider be- Tulla club and were coached by Joe
fore. Tom was also awarded ‘Best Corbett and Eoin Conlon.
Boy Rider’ of the show.
Good Luck to John O’ Brien,
All Ireland Handballers. Mark Pewter, Mark Lynch and Em-
met Gleeson who recently took the
Congratulations to Niall Bolton and Muster team U14/15 Handball title
Colin Corbett who both took All and will be playing in the All Ire-
Ireland titles in Tuamgraney re- land Final on May 8th in Tyrone.
Congratulations to Tom—
member of the Nations Cup
Team which competed in Foin-
tainbleau, France last week.
Tom won the speed class on
T.Y Tour to Germany
This year‘s T.Y. trip was to the Rhineland in Germany. A number of fourth year students were lucky enough to be
asked to accompany the T.Y students. After an early start (midnight) we set off for Dublin to get our plane to Frank-
furt. Our first visit was to the beautiful city of Heidelberg, where we got the funicular train up to visit the castle and
had free time to visit the sites of the city and do some shopping. That evening after settling into the hotel, just as we
thought we could finally get some well deserved sleep, the teachers brought us on a walking tour of the city of
An early rise the next morning and we set off to Rudesheim where we visited the town. After lunch we enjoyed a lei-
surely cruise in the sun along the River Rhine. The night time activity was bowling and some faired better than oth-
ers. I must admit the teacher‘s bowling skills are remarkable! On our ‗nightly walk‘ back to the hotel, we stopped to
take a photo at the fountain. Everyone fell for Mr. O‘Loghlin‘s ‗Wait for my battery to charge‘ speech, not realising
that we would get soaked.
On the third day we travelled to Cologne an ancient city steeped in history and attractions. Firstly, we visited the
world renowned ‗Lindt‘ chocolate factory. Here we sampled their famous chocolate and witnessed their ‗chocolate
makers‘ at work. Sadly the oompa-loompas had been laid off in the recession or so they told us. Next we visited Co-
logne‘s historic cathedral and its neighbouring bridge, the largest railway bridge in Europe. After this we were al-
lowed roam amongst Cologne‘s many shops and spend our money.
Our last morning and another early rise. The boys yet again failed in their plan to wake Mr. O‘Loghlin at 6 am as an
hour later they still had to be dragged out of the bed. We had just
enough time for breakfast and to celebrate Eoin, Aoife and Brian‘s
birthdays before we headed off to the Movie Theme Park. Here we
spent the day enjoying the rides and taking photos with Sponge-
bob and Shrek.
Despite a busy day at the theme park there was still enough en-
ergy left for some sword fighting at the airport while we waited to
Overall I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tour and relished
every moment of it. It was a very successful trip and we all ar-
rived back having lost nothing only sleep. On behalf of everyone
on the tour I would like to thank the teachers and SNA for bring-
ing us and also for their inexhaustible patience.
FAITH FRIENDS 4th year trip to Hamlet
This year‘s TYs were faith friends to the 6th ―To be or not to be…‖
class students from the surrounding primary
schools. The programme was run over 3 Mon-
day nights. It is a programme where the
young people pass on their faith to the confir- Despite cutbacks, the fourth year honour‘s English classes
mation students, to help prepare them for of Ms. Lonergan and Ms. O‘ Sullivan, had the privilege of
their confirmation. The TYs participation was attending Shakespeare‘s ‗Hamlet‘ at the Everyman Palace
greatly appreciated by all. Theatre in Cork city.
RE Retreats Second Age Theatre Company have a minimalist approach
to production, but yet they always achieve a high standard
On 25th and 26th March last, the 4th and 3rd of excellence in their craft. And this show was no different!
years had a full day retreat with Gerry Kegan Students undoubtedly gain a greater understanding of the
from Dublin. complexity of Hamlet‘s character having viewed a stage
There was plenty of music, songs and reflec- production. It certainly is an improvement on Ms. Loner-
tion. gan and I droning on in class. We even heard students say,
―O, I get it now…that‘s why he gave his mother such a
On 28th April the 2nd years will go on retreat hard time!‖
to Mallow Co. Cork to the MIR Retreat Cen-
tre. We are hoping for a good day and looking It has always been the practice of St. Joseph‘s students to
forward to the experience. attend Shakespearean productions annually and hopefully
this will continue into the future.
The TY’s going to Clonfert
We are planning a trip to Clonfert to experi- AN TRIAL
ence Eddie Stones and the House of Prayer.
Ms. O’Dea’s and Ms. Nugent’s Leaving Cert groups went to
Pilgrimage to the Mass Rock a performance of An Trial by Maire Ni Grada in the black-
box on March 8th. This play is on their Leaving Certificate
1st years will be going to the Mass Rock in
Tulla in May, when the warm weather comes.
course and it was performed by Aisling Ghear. The students
We hope that they experience the sense of pil- found it interesting and benefical for their exam and it was a
grimage and gain an understanding of Relig- great opportunity to see their course work on stage.
ion in Ireland long ago.
Matt Talbot Novena
Congratulations to Emily Murphy (4th Year) who has been
St. Joseph‘s School Choir sang for the Matt
Talbot Novena in Tulla on Wednesday, 3rd
shortlisted for The Clare Champion Second Level Schools
March 2010. The Novena was organised by essay writing competition. We would like to wish her all the
Sr. Bosco and the Pioneer‘s Association of best on 29th April.
Tulla. It was celebrated by Fr. Michael
Building a Hope Project.
Solo singers on the night included Cian
O‘Mara, Muirne Donnellan and Paula Naugh-
ton. Sile McKee read the readings. There was
a large group of musicians also present who This February, Mr. Damien O‘ Donnell, Business
accompanied the choir. Eimear Coughlan Teacher, went to Mombasa in Kenya with the Fr. Martin
played a solo piece on the harp. The music Keane ‗Building A Hope Project‘. The school raised €450
and readings were organised by Ms. Hogan, towards this project. The project here was to build a
Ms. Liddy and Ms. Mulhern. training school for local teenagers. The school was offi-
cially opened by Bishop Willie Walsh in February.
The annual show takes place in Tulla Courthouse on Thurday May 13th at 8pm and admission is
free. Both young and old take part in the comedy entitled ‗Miss Tullabeg‘, written by Ms. Deirdre O‘
Flaherty and you will be regaled with poetry, song and memories. This show is dedicated to the
memory of Mr. Brian Culloo who was part of Living Scenes and a true gentleman in every sense of
LCVP As part of the LCVP programme students Spring Open Day
must run an enterprise and study a voluntary organi-
sation. Having run a successful enterprise ‗Candy It is a new era for Open Days which will mostly
Cane‘ for Christmas, our fourth year LCVP class de- take place on Saturdays from now on. Our 4th
cided to contribute the profit made to charity. We year students are taking part in a Spring Open
decided on Clare Crusaders as they are a locally Day in UCC where they will get the chance to see
based charity and make a huge difference to the lives the campus, get a view of life one of the highest
of children with special needs and their families. esteemed third level institutions in the country
and meet students and lecturers of the courses
they are researching.
First and Second Year Camogie
In early March, first and second year camogie
players took part in a blitz in St. Flannan‘s Col-
lege. The girls won all their matches and a very
enjoyable day was had by all.
Agricultural Science –
Ann Norton, manager of Clare Crusaders kindly
agreed to visit our class. During the visit she de- September 2009 saw the introduction of Agricultural Sci-
scribed the work of Clare Crusaders and how they ence into our senior cycle curriculum. A flock of twenty
raised the €250,000 required to run the clinic based in four students have set out to educate and inform them-
Barefield. The charity employs six therapists provid- selves about their local farming community and environ-
ing speech therapy, occuptional therapy and physio- ment, as well as good farming practices.
therapy to 120 children in the Clare region free of
charge. Ann herself is a reflexologist and provides This involves a two year course, where students carry out
practical experiments and farm projects, worth 25% of
ten hours per week to the clinic. All funds are raised
their leaving certificate exam, with Year 2 culminating in
through volunteers and they do not receive govern-
a written paper which will account for the remaining
ment funding. We were delighted to present her with
a cheque for €205 and a lot of us would like to join the
Crusaders cycling club in order to raise more money Our first outings was to The National Ploughing Champi-
and have fun at the same time! onships, held in Athy, Co. Kildare. Students were
equipped with a questionnaire, good walking shoes and
TY Negotiation Skills Workshop raingear, which thankfully we didn’t need! Highlight of
this day out had to be when Donal NEARLY milked the
This term the TY students were involved in a very inter- cow!!!
esting workshop to help develop their mediation and ne- On the 23rd of Feb, we travelled to an Open day on the
gotiation skills. Gwen Bowen who is a qualified and Farm at Gurteen Agricultural College. Temperatures
practicing solicitor and mediator, very generously made were very low on the day and the last hour was spent tak-
her time and expertise available to us here. The first ses- ing soil samples with snow falling steadily around us.
sion involved an outline of the theory and in the second Reuben left us all standing when it came to the Macra Na
session students were given alternative personas and sce- Feirme competitions. Ayessa wanted to stay & work in
narios were developed. As employers or employees, they the Dairy Maternity Ward ( calving unit ) but we begged
had to engage in a difficult negotiation to try to best estab- her to come home with us and after much persuasion, she
lish a fair and equitable resolution to the difficulty their agreed!!
character was experiencing. Gwen observed the interac- Students visit their project farm on a continual basis and
tions and generously awarded phone credit to the four are keeping a diary of events on their different farms.
candidates she felt followed the best practice and we all Some are working on their home farm and others have
learned about the difficulty of pursuing your requirements adopted a farm in their locality. Much work is being
while still trying to maintain a working relationship. It done mapping farmyards and obtaining land maps. Some
could come in handy when trying to get our way at home students are so engrossed in the practical side of things,
too. they almost forget that they are full time students and
only part time farmers.
Gwen Bowen BCL, Solicitor, Dip TEP practices in Six-
Next year we will have a second group of students study-
milebridge and Tulla, under Legal Support Services, and ing Agricultural Science and it is hoped that both the
we are very grateful for her support in developing and pre- Leaving Certs and the fourth years will get to team up on
senting this module to Transition Years. some of their trips and practical days out.
The Gaisce Award
Film Festival Winners
This year at St Joseph‘s we have 13 Transition Year
Each year Brown Bag Films judges the animation category
students participating in the Bronze Gaisce Award.
for the Fresh Film Festival. The festival showcases the
Since September these pupils have been learning a work of Irish filmmakers under the age of 18, and arranges
new personal skill, a physical skill and working a programme of youth film events throughout the year.
within their communities. On the 16th and 17th of
May they will be partaking in the adventure activity This year the festival took place from the 22nd – 25th
section of the award. This will involve cycling from March, and the Brown Bag Animation Award was awarded
Tulla to Doolin. Getting the ferry out to Inis Oir, to Alfie Hollingsworth & Dylan Bickerton (aged 14),second
spending the night on the island, and then cycling year students, for their film ‗Reflection‘.
back to Tulla the next day.
Brown Bag Films judges quotes,‖We felt that ‗Reflection‘
Bronze Participants: Derrelle Rochford, Daniel Con-
sidine, Clodagh Gray, Ciara Minogue, Eamon Leni-
han, Patrick McGrath, Conor McGrath, Jasmin
Headlam, Anne Maire Cotter, Aoife Quinlivan, Ruth
Kearney, Rebecca Kennedy.
showed great attention to detail in the set and animation.
Though short, the film had a clear, simple concept that
was nicely realised throughout the 2 minutes. The voice-
over and music contributed to a touching short film and we
We also have six 4th year students (pictured above), were impressed by Alfie and Dylan‘s storytelling skill.‖
who completed their Bronze Award last year, work-
ing on their silver award this year. They will be
completing their adventure activity in May. This STUDENT ENTERPRISE
will involve a three day, two night hike of the Congratulations to Ciara Minogue, TY student, who
MacGillycuddy's Reeks Co Kerry. Silver Partici- won the Best Individual Project Award at this year‘s
pants: Ashling Hannon, Amy McMahon, Graham Clare County Enterprise Young Entrepreneur Competi-
Lennon, Bella O‘Keeffe, Ayessa O‘Keeffe, Cian tion. Ciara‘s project was the production of Time Cap-
McMahon. sules as a gift for new born babies.
We hope these students will continue on to their
gold award next year which will be presented by
President Mary McAleese.
Well done to all participants for their dedication to
the award and Good Luck in its completion.
Croagh Patrick Challenge
On the 3rd of May a number of female students will
be taking part in a hike up Croagh Patrick as a
fundraiser for the Sr Angela Hartigan, Kenyan
Fund. Sr Angela is a past principal of St Josephs
Secondary School, who left Tulla 30 years ago to
work in the Mukuru Slums of Kenya. She is in-
A special congratulations to our staff members.
volved in the running of a Secondary School, Pri-
Ms. Goretti O‘ Dea had a baby boy. Ms. Michelle O‘
mary School, Health Centre and a Rehabilitation
Sullivan also had a son and Ms. Orla Barry had a baby
Centre for Street Boys. Thanks to all the girls in-
volved in this fundraising project and thanks to eve-
ryone in the community of Tulla and surrounding GOOD LUCK ALSO to Mr. Stephen Ryan who will be
Parishes for your ongoing support. representing Ireland in the European Taekwan-Do
Championships in Sweden shortly.