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St. Leo's College Maths Week

St. Leo's College Maths Week was held from 16-20 October. Led by the Maths Department and Department Coordinator Sarah Tallon the week was carefully structured with daily challenges, competitions and activities. Whole school participation was evident with students and teachers taking part in pop up activities and events throughout the week. Winners of the various competitions were announced the following week and nobody was left in any doubt that maths counts!

The 2017 IKU Karate World Championships

The 2017 IKU Karate World Championships were held in the Hub, Kilkenny from 20-23 October. St. Leo's College is very proud of three students who achieved extraordinary success in the competition. 26 countries were represented at the championships presenting a wide field of opposition for the three medal winners. Abbie Kelly won a bronze medal, Dervla Doyle McKevitt won a gold, three silver and one bronze. Jasmine Byrne won an astonishing three gold medals and one silver. An outstanding achievement and well done to Jasmine, Dervla and Abbie.

Leo's Got Talent

St. Leo's College is proud to present its annual sell-out show Leo's Got Talent on Wednesday 15 November at 7pm in the school Assembly Hall. The variety and quality of talent performing at the show never fails to impress and this year promises to take the audience on an entertainment tour de force. The anticipation is heightened by the adjudication factor and the challenge faced by our judges to pick winners from among such superb performances. Organised and run by St. Leo's College Parent's Council the show has gained a reputation for excellence that grows each passing year. Get your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.

St. Leo's College History Trip

The St. Leo's College History Trip to Ferrycarrig Heritage Park was enjoyed by over 130 third year students on October 26. The trip is a practical and immersive experience that revises the Ancient Ireland aspect of the Junior Certificate History Course. In St. Leo's College the students cover Ancient Ireland in first year so the journey to Ferrycarrig is truly a trip back in time. It brings the daily lives and culture of our ancient Irish ancestors to vivid life for the students.

GOAL Jersey Day

GOAL Jersey Day took place on Friday October 13th in St. Leo's College.
Louise Merrigan from GOAL visited the school on the day and gave a presentation to all First Year students and members of the GOAL Committee on the current situation in Syria and GOAL's work with Syrian refugees. She also spoke about GOAL's ongoing work in East Africa and the hunger crisis in South Sudan. On behalf of GOAL she thanked the school community for its support of GOAL Jersey Day. The GOAL Committee ran a poster competition among first year students in advance of Jersey Day. Prizes were presented by Louise.
A total of 750 euro was raised for GOAL. Thank you to all parents, staff and students who wore their favourite jerseys and contributed to GOAL.

Student Leadership

St. Leo's College has a proud tradition of developing leadership capacity in our students. Students in St. Leo's demonstrate leadership on a daily basis by wearing the correct uniform, being courteous and kind, helping a friend in need. We are a large school and every day we see future leaders developing key skills and becoming confident, assured young ladies who will play their part in shaping society in the future.

Our student leadership structures are a robust reflection of our caring, generous, compassionate ethos and the responsibility to demonstrate that ethos in our school. The girls who put themselves forward to lead are aware of that responsibility and eager to make a positive difference to their fellow students. The difference they make is profound and interweaves the very fabric of our characteristic spirit.

Two staff members give tirelessly of their energy and expertise to guide and facilitate our Student Representative Council and Senior Prefects. Ms. Joan Scott and Ms. Ann Tully May organise training for our leadership teams and facilitate meetings. Senior Prefects and Head Girls attend a training day with Dr. Brendan Byrne in September and the Student Representative Council receive training in August.

Ms. Elma O'Connell has dedicated an extraordinary amount of energy and enthusiasm to organising and facilitating our Meitheal Leadership team, a group of fifth year students who guide and mentor our first year students. Joining a large school in September can be daunting but our Meitheal leaders help to make the first year students feel welcome and secure.

St. Leo's is a large school and due to its size can offer a diverse range of subject choices and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to students. Students are involved in sports coaching, society committees and charitable organisations. Faith leadership is evident in student retreats, involvement in liturgical ceremonies and sacred music.

In St. Leo's College every student can make a difference. Every student can be a leader.