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Latest News from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Tullamore

Sacred Heart Secondary School (SHS), Tullamore was deeply saddened on Dec 5th to learn of the passing of Sr. Columba Gargan.

As a colleague, past teacher and manager, the SHS has lost a dear ally in education.

Sr. Columba moved to Tullamore in 1982 to take up the position of Maths teacher. She defined an era of teaching in the school and remained with us until her retirement in 2002. The esteem in which she was held could be seen by the number of past pupils who both visited the convent during the weekend and who attended her funeral on Monday. It was heartening to note that the impact of a dedicated teacher lives long past the five or six years of instruction.

Sr Columba not only leant to the teaching tradition in the school but also served as chair on the Board from 1988-2003. She was renowned for her clear judgement and vision and the unstinting support she gave her Principals throughout her management. Sr. Columba was involved in many organisations and was an active member on the JMB/AMCSS until her recent illness.

Her loss will be felt by all the schools she served with but particularly so in the SHS where her influence shaped choices and options for countless young ladies. It was only fitting that the senior SHS girls accompanied her on her final journey and the honour was ours.

SHS Young Social Innovators

SHS Young Social Innovators group Helping Hands are organising a Homelessness week from the 2nd until the 6th February to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness in Ireland.

They are planning guest speakers from the Peter McVerry trust and Midlands Simon community as well as a sleep out on Friday 6th where they are looking to raise much needed funds for homelessness.

Annual Ladies Lunch

Our annual Ladies Lunch was held in The Bridge House Hotel. The Transition Year and Leaving Certificate Applied Students were dressed in style! Debbie Deegan from the charity To Russia With Love was the invited speaker. Her message and ability to have changed the lives of so many children was a lesson to the students.

Operation Transformation

The First and Second Year students have undertaken Operation Transformation, every Monday and Tuesday and 12:30 along with their teachers walk or jog for 40 minutes. We hope 2015 will prove to be a healthy year!

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Congratulations to 2nd Yr students Olivia Summerville and Maria Guinan who won best overall display at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in January.

Mental Health Awareness Programme

On the 26th of January as part of our Mental Health Awareness Programme Finbar Walsh (father of Donal) gave a talk to all students during the day and for parents at night.

He emphasised to students how life is so special and if they need help at any stage where to look for it. His positivity was contagious and the students were very moved by this speaker.