Tuesday 29 September 2015

School Mass

The school mass was celebrated today in Bride Street by our new school chaplin Fr.James Cullen. He welcomed all the new first years to the school community and encouraged all to do their best in the coming year.

School choir


The prep work for the new gym is underway, won't be long now.

Leinster Golf

The Senior  golfers opened this school years golf season with a visit to Old Conna G.C. for the Leinster Schools  Senior Matchplay qualifier.                                                       
Having qualified for the last eight matchplay last year in Carlow, our team (John Brady( 0), Jack McGarry( 4),Alex Brady(6),Lee Whelan(6) and Seán Hopkins(7))travelled with great hope of a repeat performance this year.
At this stage of the competition the format is each school playing 3 competitors off scratch in    stroke -play  with all 3 cards to count.
Our lads started poorly, all three bogeying the first hole. John Brady went on to bogey the fourth but two birdies at eight and nine had him level at the turn. A birdie,a bogey and two doubles saw him sign for a 4 over 76.
Jack had a poor front nine turning 6 over  but steadied the ship in the back nine to finish 8 over  80.
Alex played very steadily and turned 2 over  and held it together on the back despite doubling the short 14th to finish with a commendable 7 over 79.
 This gave our lads a total of235 which they felt was not good enough.
However when the scores were added up we were second to Gorey C.S. and now qualify for Leinster Matchplay quarter finals where our full team of 5 will play.

Well done to the lads for qualifying for the last eight for the second year running out of the ninety competing schools.

Monday 28 September 2015

Cycle Against Suicide - Wexford Spinoff

Well done to all of our students who participated in the cycle on Saturday morning. It was the biggest Spinoff to date with over 500 taking part on a beautiful sunny day. The 61k route went through Barntown, Taghmon, Baldwinstown, Kilmore Quay, Bridgetown, Piercestown and back to Wexford Quay front. Once again to message was preached that '' That it is ok not to feel ok, and absolutely ok to ask for help''.

Thursday 24 September 2015

The Times They Are A Changing

The trees are gone, the gate is closed and the wall is going soon, but life in The Boker goes on.

First Year Class Captains

Contemplating their future impact in Wexford C.B.S. Class Captains 2015-16

First Year Newsletter

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),
I would like to bring a number of important items to your attention as your son sets out on his journey through secondary school with us.

             School Contacts
1.      It is very important that your son settles into the school quickly and that his early experiences here are positive. If you have any concerns regarding his progress, please contact the school. Each first year class has a Class Tutor. The first year group also has a Year Head. You should address your concerns initially to the Subject Teacher, Class Person or Year Head. However, if your concerns are of a more serious nature, please feel free to make an appointment to meet the Deputy Principal or Principal.

First Year Year Head: Mr. Walsh

Class Tutors:
Beethoven:      Mr. Dennehy
Handel:            Mr. Kehoe
Mozart:           Ms. J. Roche  
Strauss:            Ms. B. Roche
Vivaldi:            Ms. Wallace

Homework Journal

2.      The homework journal is a very important communication vehicle between you as parents and your son’s teachers. Please ensure that your son has his homework noted in his diary on a daily basis. This journal should be checked every evening for notes etc. from his teachers. Each first year is expected to do at least one and a half hours at homework and study every evening, with some additional time over the weekend. You are expected to sign the diary on a weekly basis. The journal also contains an Individual Merit/Reward Chart. This will be used by teachers to affirm and reward positive behaviour. I would encourage parents to monitor their son’s progress in the chart and perhaps use it to build in home based rewards for their son on reaching agreed target

Personal Property

3.      School jackets are an intrinsic part of the school uniform and have been distributed. Please ensure that your son has written his name on the jacket. Please also ensure that all property belonging to your son has his name on it. This will facilitate reuniting lost property with the rightful owner in the event of items being misplaced.

4.      Please ensure that your son comes to school in full uniform every day, unless you are informed otherwise. You will be informed by text in the event of a ‘no uniform day’. Non uniform jackets, hoodies etc. will be confiscated.

Facial Jewellery

5.      Please note that facial jewellery is prohibited and will be confiscated. 

Personal Contact Details

6.      If you change your mobile number, please let us know as you will not be in a position to receive texts from the school. A text message will be sent home in the event of your son not presenting for morning and or afternoon classes. If he is absent without your permission, please contact the school. If your son is absent with your permission, please write a note in his journal explaining the reason. His journal should be presented to all his teachers on his return to school. Please also let us know if you change address.

Mobile Phones

7.      Students are not allowed use phones during class and should have them switched off. Those breaking this rule will have their phones confiscated. They will be returned to the student or parent at the principal’s discretion.

Staying In

8.      As you are aware, first students are not allowed to leave the school premises during the school day unless signed out and collected by a parent/guardian or accompanied by a teacher. Each class group has been assigned a classroom for lunch.
Extra-Curricular Activities
9.      There is a wide range of extracurricular activities on offer in the school. Cycling, swimming, public speaking, Gaelic football, rugby, hurling, golf, soccer, table tennis and basketball are available so I would encourage your son to get involved in one or more of these activities.

Nut Allergy

10.  I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that a number of our students and staff have severe nut allergies. Students should not bring nuts, peanuts, peanut butter sandwiches, nut bars etc. to school. It would be helpful if you had a discussion with your son on the matter and to further impress on him the importance of vigilance on this issue.

Information Evenings

11.  We will be holding information meetings for parents of first years on the following dates and times in the school:
       Mozart/Handel:  Tuesday 29th September @7.30pm in Room 11
              Beethoven/Vivaldi/Strauss: Tuesday 13th October 2014 @ 7.30pm in Room 11.  

             You are invited to attend to discuss how your son is settling in, raise issues of concern etc. The 
              meetings will last one hour approximately.

             Voluntary Contribution

12.  Thank you to those who paid the Voluntary Contribution. Any parent who has not yet paid and wishes to do so may drop the money into the school office.  This money helps to ensure that the school can pay the electricity, phone and water bills etc.

School Lockers

13.  Lockers have been distributed by the Parents’ Council. Any first year who wishes to rent a locker should contact the school caretaker if he hasn’t already got a locker.

Literacy and Numeracy Campaigns

14.  As part of our literacy campaign, I would ask you to continue to encourage your son to read. Your support and example in this regard are vitally important. We have a number of initiatives in the school promoting literacy including ‘Drop Everything and Read’ and ‘Book in the Bag’. For these initiatives to be successful programme it’s very important that your son brings a novel to school every day. We also organise ‘numeracy moments’ throughout the school year, where all students engage with numeracy challenges.

Parents’ Council

15.  The Parents’ Council would like to encourage parents to become involved with the Council and new members are welcome. The first monthly meeting of the new term is scheduled for Tuesday 29th September @7.30pm in Room 5. The Parents’ Council AGM is scheduled for Tuesday 6th October @ 7.30pm in R.11.  

School Mass
16.  The school will celebrate the beginning of the new school year with Mass in Bride Street church on Tuesday 29th September @12pm. Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend.

Child Protection

17.   Any concerns on child protection or child welfare issues relating to any of our students should be reported to the Designated Liaison Person (Mr. McMahon) or in his absence the Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Mr. Hegarty).


18.  Full attendance at school is vital if your son’s learning is to progress and he is to reach his potential. Family holidays etc. should be scheduled outside of the school calendar if at all possible.

School Redevelopment

19.  Work has begun on our school redevelopment project. Health & Safety is of the utmost importance. Students have been given clear instructions not to enter the restricted areas under any circumstances.
Talent Show

20.  The C.B.S. Talent Show will take place on Thursday 1st October. There will be an afternoon and an evening show. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are invited to the evening show @8pm. Admission for evening show: Students €5/Adults €8. Venue: Dun Mhuire.

Student Leaders

21.  This year we are endeavouring to provide further leadership opportunities for our students. Each First Year class has elected a Class Captain and Class Vice-Captains. These students will represent their classes in meetings with Management, Year Head etc. and will be asked to liaise with Meitheal leaders etc. The First Year representatives (2) on the Students’ Council will be elected from the list of Captains by the First Year cohort. The class representatives for 2015-16 are as follows:
Beethoven: Captain- Daniel Bent
              Vice-Captains-Ben Hynes, Gergely Pap and Nathan Murphy
Handel: Captain-Darragh Collins
              Vice-Captains-Patrick O’Reilly and James Molloy
Mozart: Captain-Cillian Larkin
              Vice-Captains-Wiktor Janczy, Conor Keane and Ben Kehoe
Strauss: Captain-Joey Jackson
              Vice-Captains-Denis Miculescu and Jason Kelly
Vivaldi: Captain- Seán White
              Vice-Captains-Aaron Doyle, Adam Gourlay-Mackey and Bart Pakula
Best wishes to you, your family and your son for the forthcoming academic year.

Michael McMahon (Principal)          

C.B.S. Has Talent

Rehearsals are in full swing for the Annual Talent Show in the Dun Mhuire on Thursday 1st October at 2pm and 8pm. Ms. Kavanagh and Ms. Spellman are currently gilding the production. Good luck to all performers.

School Mass

The annual school mass to commerate the start of the school year will take place in Bride Street Church on Tuesday 29th September at 12 o'clock. All parents and friends of the school are invited to attend.

Class Captains

Congratulations to all those elected as class Captains and Vice-Captains recently.
Captain - Daniel Bent. Vice -Captains - Ben Hynes, Gergely Pap, Nathan Murphy
Captain - Darragh Collins, Vice - Captains - Paddy O'Reilly, James Molloy
Captain - Cillian Larkin. Vice - Captains - Wiktor Janczy, Conor Keane, Ben Kehoe
Captain - Joey Jackson. Vice - Captains - Denis Miculescu, Jason Kelly
Captain - Sean White. Vice - Captains - Aron Doyle, Adam Gourlay-Mackey, Bart Pakula


Congratulations to John Brady who has been burning up the golf courses of Ireland during the summer . He is in great form and has figured promimently in many competitions. He won the Connacht Open U.16, came 5th in the Leinster Open U.18, was on the winning Leinster U.16 team in the Interprovincial Championships. He finished 7th in the All Ireland U.16 competition, was on the Leinster U.17 team that drew with Surrey and was in the top 25 in the Irish U.18 Open.
Remarkable achievements indeed. We wish John and the rest of the school team good luck for their Leinster Qualifing tournement in Bray on Monday next.

Monday 21 September 2015

Cycle Against Suicide

Well done to Kevin Birney who was selected to participate in the C.A.S. Leadership Programme during the summer. He found it to be a wonderful experience and picked up many new skills as well as making new lifelong friends on the course.
Congratulations also to Ms. Ivers who once again led the charge as we reached for Ambassador Status again this year. Our representatives were presented with a plaque in Dublin recently.

Dale Kicks To European Title

Congratulations to Dale White who was in San Sabastian recently for the European Championships in Lau Gar. Dale won the W.A.K.O. kick boxing event to add to his many other previous honours. He heads to Florida for the World W.K.K.C. championships in November, where hopefully he can add another World title to the one he won last year.

Friday 18 September 2015

Positive Affirmations

The following students have been positively reaffirmed this week.
Extra Curricular
Dale White, Eoin Hickey
Good Deeds
Jordan Molloy, Daniel Browne, Nathan Murphy, Adam Baziz, Aaron Clancy, Cian Doherty, Justin Dempsey, Aaron Doyle.

Leaving and Junior Cert Results

Congratulations to all our Junior Cert and Leaving Certs who produced excellent results in their recent exams. Particular mention to top students Gearoid Finn in Leaving Cert and Chris O'Dowd who got 9 A,s in his Junior Cert.

Welcome back

Welcome back to all staff and pupils for another academic year at Coláiste Éamonn Rís. This year we have 120 new First Years who are divided into classes named after composers, Vivaldi, Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven and Handel. We wish them a productive stay and hope they get involved in all aspects of school life.