Latest News from Our Lady's Secondary School Castleblayney

Gringotts Bank opens at Our Lady’s Castleblayney

Gringotts Bank was introduced in Our Lady’s Secondary School on 17th January. The on-campus facility was established with a major drive to encourage the students to save for the future. This bank, for students, run by students was established under the guidance of Ms McHugh and Mr Connolly, with the assistance of student officer, Andrea Brady from the local AIB branch.

This wonderful opportunity to establish the school bank was offered to Transition Year students and such was the interest expressed by the students that interviews were held over the course of a day. Gabriele Bunyte, Sally Moloney, Ethan O’Gorman, Kate Denny, Ciaran McKearney and Leah Haughey were all successful in their efforts.

The management team decided to go with a Harry Potter theme and hence Gringotts Bank was founded. Over 160 students turned up at the opening of Gringotts Bank, which was conducted by former Monaghan footballer, Paul Finlay.

The Regional Finals took place on the 14th March in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan. Over 30 banks participated in the event, coming as far away as Donegal, Sligo and Belfast.

The event gave students a memorable experience with a real taster of the business world and a deeper understanding of the different roles and responsibilities assigned to each of them. Well done to the Gringotts team.

Pictured above at the Regional Finals of the AIB Build a Bank competition are members of the Gringotts Bank from Our Lady’s Castleblayney, left to right, Ciaran McKearney, Ethan O’Gorman, Gabriele Bunyte, Leah Haughey & Sally Moloney. Missing from the photo is Kate Denny.

Leon secures a Silver Medal in Ulster Schools Swimming Championship

Congrats to TY student at Our Lady’s, Leon Campbell who won a silver medal in the 100m butterfly at the Ulster Schools Swimming Championship in Ballymena on Saturday March 18th.

Our Lady’s trip to Paris

Some forty students from Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney, accompanied by six of their teachers, recently enjoyed a four day language trip to Paris.

Upon arrival in Paris, the group was met by a luxury coach. The students were then immediately immersed in the history and culture of this beautiful city as they enjoyed a panoramic tour of Paris. A tour guide filled everyone in on the finer details, as well as pointing out all the famous landmarks. The Champs de Mars provided the venue for lunch before the students visited the Eiffel Tower. There, they took the elevator to the third floor, where they enjoyed breathtaking views of the city. After their evening meal at a Parisian restaurant, the group enjoyed a relaxing cruise along the River Seine on the Bateau Mouche. The hotel, located in Disneyland, was a welcome sight on that night, after a long but satisfying day.

The second days programme began with a visit to Versailles. They visited the splendid Château and gardens of Louis xiv . The students enjoyed their lunch in the little town of Versailles, with many opting for the traditional crêpes.The group then made the short journey back to Paris to visit the Louvre museum. After visiting the Mona Lisa and other renowned works of art, it was on to the Latin Quarter and Notre Dame Cathedral. The students visited the Cathedral and enjoyed exploring the little cobbled streets of the Latin Quarter. After dinner they spent the evening swimming.

The third day saw the group join Mickey Mouse and Co. in Eurodisney. They visited both the Disneyland park and Walt Disney Studios. The group met up in the early evening to have dinner at Planet Hollywood. Then it was back to the parks to make the most of all attractions before closing time. The fantastic lighting and fireworks show at the closing of the park was, for many, the highlight of the trip. However, some would argue that seeing certain teachers, who claim to be adrenaline junkies, on the merry go round was the highlight. Before returning to the hotel for the night, purchases were made in the shops of Disney Village.

On the last day the group visited the fabulous area of Montmartre. There were many tired legs on the climb to the Basilica of Sacré Coeur, although all agreed that the breathtaking views from the summit were well worth it. Some attended Sunday mass, en français, others got waylaid in the chocolate museum while other enjoyed the atmosphere of the Place de Tertre, with it's many artists. Then it was time for a bit of retail therapy and the group made its way to the newly redeveloped La Défense international shopping centre.

All too soon it was time to depart for Charles de Gaulle airport. The students and teachers take home many happy memories of their tour and the wonderful city of Paris.

Pictured on their recent language trip to Paris are forty students from Our Lady’s who were accompanied by six of their teachers and visited the sights over their four day trip to this City of Culture.