Feachtas Table Quiz
It has been March madness here in St. Joseph’s Spanish Point! The month began with a selection of students from 1st Yr to 6th Yr travelling to Dublin to participate in the All Ireland Feachtas Table Quiz. The quiz was held in the Ashling Hotel on the 5th of March and the team comprised of Aoife Martyn, Diarmaid Comber, Liam Lenihan and Seán Martyn were victorious out of 31 teams from across the country. The team were awarded a cup, medals and €150 each. Mile buiochas to Ms Downes for coaching the team and travelling with the students on the day.
During the week of the 4th-8th March our school ran its inaugural ‘Literacy Week’. The aim of the week to was to promote the idea that literacy is part of our everyday day lives; it is part of how we communicate both in a written and oral manner and is not simply confined to the English classroom.
During the week we held a number of whole-school events. Each morning a different student read an announcement over the intercom which contained a quote from various subject departments and a ‘Riddle of the Day’. Other events during the week included the following: a visit by author Roisin Meaney, local singer/ songwriter Sean O’Malley spoke to third students about literacy in music, sixth year students had a ‘Read and Relax’ class, second year students were gifted a book from Clare Library, a ‘Guess the number of Books in the Box’ competition was run and first years took part literacy games.
The week was very successful and it now proposed that it will be a yearly event. A huge thank you to Ms Thynne, Ms O’Sullivan and Ms Flanagan for all their hard work!
The Student Enterprise Awards were held in the West County In Ennis on Thursday the 7th of March. Spanish Point were represented by AC Frames who came second in the craft category winning a €100 and ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ who came first in the retail category and overall winners of the competition.They won €250. The TY students comprising of Joseph Murphy, Sean Kelleher and Kamil Mrowiec will now represent Clare in the National Finals on May 3rd in Croke Park. We wish them the very best of luck going forward.
The school held its first WellBeing Day in order to attain the Amber Flag. It was a fun filled Thursday the 14th of March for both students and staff. Students from first to sixth year had a jam packed itinerary consisting of everything from drumming, zumba classes, pilates, wellbeing walks around the area, jiving lessons, mini-fleadh, basketball, soccer, song-writing, choir (creating the Spanish Point Anthem) and painting the girls toilet. Staff were treated to a well-being lunch courtesy of the Home-Economics Dept.- yum! It was a day that everyone will remember especially for the appearance of DJ Diamond who had the whole school rocking!!! A huge thank you to Ms King and the well being team who worked for weeks in organising a memorable day for all.
International Women’s Day
Our ladies football team embraced International Women’s Day by showing girl power down on the beach. Ms Lafferty and girls all braved the elements to celebrate the day!
Other events throughout the month included a fleadh organised by the Irish Dept. to celebrate Seachtain na nGaeilge. Our TY students participated in wheelchair basketball and are getting ready to welcome GAA Allstar Oisin McConville to the school as part of their GAA Future Leaders Event Management Module. Our business students received the BSTAI awards in UL for outstanding results in their business exam last June in their Junior-Cert. Well done to Eilish Conway, Eimear Kelly and Alison O’Loughlin and to their teacher Mr.Neylon.
Finally as our March Madness comes to an end, we are wishing all our leaving-Cert students the very best of luck in their upcoming orals.