This year more than ever our group of Meitheal leaders are an important aspect of our school community. Here they are photographed with Mr Keane, Ms Burke, Mr Cullinane and Ms O Neill in their new jumpers from Bodibro⭐️
Meitheal leaders are a friendly face for each and every first year. They are group of students our first years can rely on if they are ever stressed or worried about school and also someone they can have a bit of fun with throughout the year.
Our Meitheal leaders have already completed many different activities with our first years since the beginning of the year. They have had the fun experience of icebreakers, games and getting to know their classes at the start of the year, at Halloween movie day before the midterm , and positive affirmations class before their Christmas exams and lots more.
They are really looking forward to the upcoming weeks with the first years as everyone in the school gets into the Christmas spirit. Thank you for all the work you do throughout the year.
Water Ambassador Programme
Two students from the Presentation De La Salle College in Bagenalstown, Chloe Cody and Katie Doyle, have been awarded the Leinster Regional winners of the Water Ambassador Programme through Green Schools. The Water Ambassador Program promotes clean and sustainable water consumption throughout the country. The girls began the programme in November of last year and attended a training day in Dublin where they learned about water preservation and ways of combatting pollution. They were asked to do a project on an element of the programme that they found interesting. The girls chose to focus on the harmful affects that Microplastics have on our water systems. Having researched the topic in depth, they made a PowerPoint presentation on the detrimental effects of microbeads and microfibres, which was delivered to the Green Schools Committee in their school and a number of science classes, and they also designed information leaflets that they distributed around the school and local community.
In early February of this year, Chloe, Katie and one of their teachers, Ms Bridgett, got to take part in a river clean up in Naas and also visit Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant in Co. Kildare. The girls got to help pick up litter in the area and survey the waste they had gathered. After the river clean, they visited the water treatment plant and learned about the different stages of water filtration.
Chloe and Katie were nominated and invited to an online awards ceremony hosted by Green Schools through An Taisce. They were named the Leinster Region winners for the Water Ambassador Programme. The girls were delighted to receive the award and want to thank their teachers, Ms Bridgett, Ms Brennan and Ms Connors and the rest of the school community who supported them during the programme.
Ella O’Reilly Designs Kildare Village Christmas Wrapping Paper
2nd Year student Ella O’Reilly won the Kildare Village wrapping paper competition. Ella completed this design while studying for her exams as she really wanted to give back to the amazing Barretstown which is a charity very close to her family’s heart. Ella’s beautiful artwork and inspiring words captured what Christmas is all about, coming together!