Kilimanjaro Trek: This summer six students and two staff members will climb Kilimanjaro for Aware. They are Luke Mullally, Aodhan Maher, Killian Skorka, Keith Hickey, James Hindley and Amanda da Silva accompanied by Ms. McNamara and Ms. O’ Neill. Not many people have reached the top but our group are determined to make it.

Each person must fundraise €4000 to participate in the trek. The trek is in aid of Aware. We wish them the best of luck and a safe return.

Coffee Morning: Many thanks to everyone who supported and attended our successful coffee morning on Friday morning last in aid of the Kilimanjaro student trek for Aware.

Aisha for Europe: Aisha Tobin of Scoil Ruain, has been selected as a prize-winner in the Michael Sweetman Education Trust Competition 2011. Aisha and 23 other prize-winners will be representing Ireland in Strasbourg later this month. They will attend and take part in Euroscola in the European Parliament on April 14 with other teenagers from each of the E.U. states. The students will discuss and debate many topical European issues. The Michael Sweetman Education Trust has successfully operated European related competition for students of VEC schools since 1976.

Geography Field Trip: The fifth year students went on their geography field trip last week to Kippure in Co. Wicklow as part of their Leaving Certificate curriculum. The students tested the velocity of the River Liffey on that particular day, measured the depth of the river at different points and finally investigated the Liffey meandering. This is an essential element of the course and the students found the results very interesting and beneficial for their assignment.

T.Y. Primary School Blitz: Ten primary schools attended a fantastic blitz on the Astroturf in Scoil Ruain on Friday, March 25, from 10am to 2pm. Our transition year students had worked hard in preparing the order of matches and insured that everyone was included in the games and that the participants played to the best of their abilities. After many games the scores were tallied up and the two semi finals were determined. St. Marys N.S. Killenaule, emerged as ultimate victors in the final. The blitz has been a tradition in the school and with the skill on display; it looks like hurling is safe in the county for the future. Well done to all involved.

Drama Trip: Our school drama group under the guidance of Ms. Purcell travelled to Holycross recently to participate in the schools drama festival. The group performed ‘Snow Bright and the Seven Warfins’ a modern take on the classic’ Snow White’. Well done to the students involved and in particular Cian Hehir who was highly commended for his role as Elvis Guitar. Thanks to the drama schools organising committee for their hard work and commitment in running this festival.

English Trip: A group of sixth year students and their english teachers enjoyed a great day out at the Everyman Theatre in Cork on Wednesday, March23, as part of their Leaving Certificate English preparations, to see William Shakespeares ‘Hamlet’. It provided the students with a great insight into the play and its major themes. This was a great addition for the students in their exam preparations.

Tutankhamun: The first year students attended the JCSP make-a-book exhibition on Thursday, March 24.There were some fantastic books on display, including their own books on the Ancient Egyptians and a selection of short stories called “From Little Acorns”, penned by the students themselves. In the afternoon, they visited the Tutankhamun exhibition in the RDS, Dublin, to marvel at the treasures found in his tomb.

Oral and Practical Examinations: Best wishes to our Junior and Leaving Certificate students doing their oral and practical examinations this week and next week.