Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard notes

Welcome back:

Welcome back:

Firstly, we would like to welcome back all the students, especially the sixty-one new first years who are at the beginning of their new school journey. We would also like to welcome back all the staff, including Ms Fitzpatrick and Ms Mc Loughlin who are returning from leave. We would also like to welcome Mr Tannian who joins us to teach Irish.

New principal:

We are delighted that Mr Buckley was recently appointed as permanent principal of our school. We would also like to wish Ms Rosemary Johnston, our previous principal, all the best as she takes up a new position as principal of Ballymahon Vocational School.

Big Brother, Big Sister:

Senior students and first years underwent training for the Big Brother, Big Sister mentoring programme this week. The training was delivered by Noreen O’Callaghan, Foróige, Boyle and we would like to thank her for the excellent presentations.

School environment:

Our school is looking really well and we would like to thank John for all the work he put in during the summer to have it looking this way.

New CEO:

We would like to say a massive welcome to the new CEO of Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board, Dr Christy Duffy and wish him the best of luck in his new position.

Condolences:

We wish to express our condolences to John Reilly, our caretaker and his family on the death of John’s father Eddie which occurred recently.

Classroom developments:

We are very excited about the new developments in our Woodwork, Technical Graphics and Engineering rooms which have been refurbished over the summer. It is great for both students and teachers to have these new working environments.

Sport:

There are also developments on the sporting front; there is a new soccer team being formed within the school together with basketball and girls’ football teams, all of which promises an exciting sporting year ahead. Also, we would like to congratulate our Junior Sportsperson of the Year Cian Mc Loughlin who has had All-Ireland success at under 16 level with the Longford hurling team. Well done Cian!

Higher options:

Our Leaving Certificate classes are going to Higher Options on September 19. This will help them decide about and plan their future in college.

Exam Results:

We would like to congratulate the Leaving Certs on their results and wish them the best of luck in their future studies. Congratulations also to John Brady and Terence Timothy who are receiving an EBT award next week for their results. Our Junior Cert class from last year receive their results today, Wednesday, and we all wish them the best of luck.

School jackets:

Students are all looking very smart in their new school jackets, which arrived in the school last week.

Courses:

We are currently finalising our enrolment process for FETAC Level 5 courses in Animal Care and Nursing Studies. These FETAC Level 5 courses are suitable for both school leavers and mature students who wish to return to education and gain new skills or employment. They also provide links to certain courses in Universities and Institutes of Technology and can be worth up to 400 points. If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling for this course, please contact the school as soon as possible on (043) 6686209.

Barcelona:

We are already counting down the number of weeks until our school tour to Barcelona. The next instalment of the cost of the trip can be paid to Ms Nevin before the end of September.