Inside the Classroom - Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise.

The following is a very interesting article from Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise TY student, Aoidean Delaney.

Inside the Classroom - Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise, Where students potential shines through

Scoil Chríost Rí is an exceptional school. In terms of facilities, academic capabilities and extra-curricular activities the school is definitely up there with the best of them. Proud of its Presentation ethos and CEIST values, it is the only all-girls secondary school left in Co. Laois.

Students at this school develop a sense of individuality, independence and responsibility. The school community moved just this year to a state of the art campus on the Borris Road, with a brand new sports complex that is ranked with the most superior in the country.

Students found no difficulty in settling into their new school. However, this may have been helped by the numerous computer rooms, modern home economics rooms and top notch science labs, or maybe it was the fact that they were now on an even playing field with the teachers who were equally as lost at the beginning of the year.

We find ourselves now at the end of our first year on the Borris Road and being honest it's hard to imagine that we ever went without the technology and amenities we have become so accustomed to.










Pictured above Scoil Chríost Rí School Choir.

Not short on gifted students, Scoil Chríost Rí provides a platform where every student with an individual talent can let their true potential shine through. With a large emphasis on sport, the school champions teams ranging from volleyball to football, basketball to badminton and has a proven history of success in many competitions. Some of our athletes will compete this year on national teams.

A sport new to the school this year, soccer has become more than popular, with the school's U16 team winning the Leinster division two final. For the academically minded students, Scoil Chríost Rí has just this year introduced a debating society and continues to host a Student's Council, green schools committee and every year a group of students produces and impressive yearbook.

The school welcomes students from a variety of countries and this mixture of cultures combine and blend together to make Scoil Chríost Rí a truly unique and international community.










Pictured above (LtoR) Hazel Byrne, Aoife Campion, Orlaith Cullen and Eimear Corri from Scoil Chríost Rí at the Laois County Council Environmental workshop on food waste and composting at the Parish Centre in Portlaoise.

One of the programmes the school is most proud of is the transition year programme. Any student lucky enough to take part in TY will have get the most amazing experience of their life. The year is jam-packed with trips including outdoor pursuits and a European Cultural tour, a variety of teaching and learning methodologies and numerous activities and competitions that will us acquire new skills.

Often perceived as a ‘doss year’, the TY class of 2010/2011 found out that this is definitely not the case. Modules included setting up our own mini-company, ECDL, creative writing and even opportunities to channel our inner politician through debating.

Although we are all proud of our incredible new school, Scoil Chríost Rí has many reasons to be proud of their students also. One of the highlights this year was the ‘Magic of the Musicals’, when for one week we took to the stage to showcase our abilities as actresses, singers and dancers and entertained our local community.

The 2010/2011 school year has without doubt been one of many changes for the staff and students of the school. However, though Scoil Chríost Rí may reside at a new address its spirit and brilliance has remained.

By Aoidean Delaney,
TY graduate 10/11


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