Borris Vocational School

Published 29/10/2013 | 13:09

Maths Week Oct 14th to Oct 18th was, once again, a great success in Borris Vocational School, and was enjoyed by students and staff alike.

Every day a brain teaser was displayed on the electronic noticeboard, which students solved during the day. There was also a Maths puzzle displayed each day on the staffroom noticeboard and, in spite of themselves, teachers found themselves entering into the spirit of Maths Week.

There was a Maths Bingo afternoon organised for all First years and a Maths Quiz held for all Second years, both of which were extremely enjoyable.

During the week, Maths teachers, as part of their Maths class, took the opportunity to show students the lighter side of Maths by means of Maths games, card playing, problem solving and entertaining probability experiments.

So, as a result of all the activities organised by the Maths department, and the brilliant posters by students, displayed throughout the school, students and staff had no choice but to appreciate Maths for the versatile, surprising, enjoyable and rewarding subject that it is. Well done to the Maths teachers Ms.Hogan and Mrs Cleary for their efforts in making this week a huge success.


The open evening for incoming First year students will take place at B.V.S on Tuesday 5th November from 7-9pm.


B.V.S Variety Show will take place on Friday 8th November at 8pm and Sunday 10th November at 7.30pm.

Coláiste Lorcáin, Castledermot


On Tuesday the 15th of October, Coláiste Lorcain senior boys' team travelled to Baltinglass to play the Scoil Conglais team. Coláiste Lorcain dominated the match from the start and had a stronger team from the beginning and throughout.

The score at the second half was 6-6 to 0-4 with Coláiste Lorcain in the lead. Scoil Conglais did not give up with great points in the first and second half. An exceptional performance in defence by fourth year student Aaron Roche brought style to the game.

Point scorers from Coláiste Lorcain were Luke Thornton, Eddie Hanlon, Séan Corrigan, Gavin Keating, Aaron Murphy, Ronan Dooley and Stephen Byrne. Goal scorers were David Dooley, Eddie Hanlon, Gavin Keating, Aaron Murphy, Niall Cawley and Ryan Kelly. Top scorer of the game was fifth year student Eddie Hanlon who scored 2-7.

Friendly rivalry was shown from both teams as Castledemot and Baltinglass are not a far distance from each other and a lot of the players knew one another. The final score was 7-18 to 2-8 with Coláiste Lorcain crowned the winners. A great performance from Coláiste Lorcain and best of luck to both teams in the rest of their matches.


Two transition year students, Luke Thornton and Niall Cawley, from Coláiste Lorcáin won 1st and 2nd prizes for their Junior Certificate Technology projects in 2013. The ETTA Project Competitions Kildare and Wicklow board awarded the two current TY students in Coláiste Lorcáin. The boys were up against all the other Junior Certificate Technology students in Kildare and Wicklow. Luke came 2nd, winning a silver medal, while Niall came first, winning a gold medal.

Both students made adjustable basketball hoops as their projects, just in different versions. It is a great achievement for the school, the Technology teacher Denis Lyons, and the two boys. On Sunday the 27th, the two boys will travel to Monaghan for an awards ceremony. Well done to both students and keep up the good work.


On the 14th of October the girls of Coláiste Lorcáin prepared themselves to play the team of Kildare town in their second basketball match of the year. The Coláiste Lorcáin girls had the home advantage contributing to their confidence in play. Iin the first period of the match the score remained close at 16-17 to the home team. Throughout the game C.L. girls played well dominating the match to leave the final score at 30-56, a healthy win. The team will continue to train hard to prepare for their next encounters.

Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach


The first ever wheelchair basket ball game between two Carlow schools was played this week and it featured Caitlin from Presentation College and Sophie Denieffe from Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach, both these very talented girls are wheelchair bound and their fellow classmates, all 1st year students, all played their part in making this a very fantastic days sport.

Both schools had some practice in beforehand and able bodied students had to completely re learn how they play sport. The basics of manoveuring, positioning, throwing, receiving were now in a whole new context.

Caitlin and Sophie were masters at their craft from picking the ball up at frightening speed whilst using the wheel to turning the chairs at the very last moment to avoid clashing and their shooting skills were topclass.

For over an hour and a half all the players tried their very best to master the chairs, scores came from the long throws over the defences. The end came much too soon for everybody, and as the players all lined up and shook hands both Caitlin and Sophie hugged each other delighted to be able to demonstrate their astonishing skill levels to their fellow students and supporters. In the end there was no winner just kids all on the same level having a great time.


Our Cross Country teams turned in some very impressive performances at the 2nd round of the 3 County Inter Schools event in Newbrdge this week with our senior girls wining the team event with Niamh Ní Chorráin 2nd, Michelle Ní Bhraonáin 3rd and Antonia de Buitléir 4th. Our athletes, right from minor to senior, all played their part with some very impressive runs. Máith sibh


All first year students attended a lecture in Carlow IT this week on Maths and Magic. The students thoroughly enjoyed the lecture, with some assisting with magic maths tricks on stage.


The senior golf team competed in the Leinster Stroke Play quarter finals in Castlewarden Golf Club. Dylan Ó Luain, James Ó Lionnáin, Cian Ó Dubhghaill, Mark Ó Duaig and Craig Ó Bolgúir had a great day and came away victorious with a score of 3 to 2. Maith sibh.


Third year and sixth year parents attended a very useful talk in the school by Mark Fennell. Mark gave some very useful advice to parents on how they can support and help their children through the tough year ahead.

Presentation College, Carlow


Presentation College Carlow held its annual First Year Mini-Sports Day recently. The day was organised by Sixth Year students including the Meitheal Leaders. The day was filled with fun competitions from Limbo to Tug of War. Students were divided into teams and received points at the end of each activity.

The conventional games, soccer, sack race, obstacle course and penalty shoot out, were all played while indoor javelin and wheelchair basketball were both a huge hit.

One of the Meitheal Leaders, Stephen Hanlon, played music to liven up the atmosphere. The day was a great success overall. Some funds were raised and will go to charities which have close ties with the school.


Transition year students at Presentation College Carlow were delighted to play host to 'Cyclone Repertory Company' recently. The theatre company who are currently touring the country, held a 'Cyber Bullying Prevention Session' for first years.

The session consisted of a drama, which was followed by a lecture and workshop, dealing with the issue. The drama was written by the group's director, Peadar Donohoe MEd and Trinity School of Education Researcher on the use of drama techniques for bullying awareness and prevention. The session proved highly entertaining and engaging, while simultaneously focusing on the very serious nature of cyber bullying.

The session was organised by Transition Years, as part of their 'Young Social Innovators' programme. The Transition Year students have chosen to focus on the issue of cyber bullying as their project and have planned a wide range of events for the forthcoming year to highlight this serious issue.


Well done to all who took part in the recent Presentation College Carlow musical 'Bugsy Malone'. Thank you also to all who supported the show and provided an enthusiastic and appreciative audience for every performance.

A list of local businesses that kindly sponsored the show was on display in the entrance hall of the school on each evening. Without this level of support, the opportunity for almost one hundred students to take part in a live performance would not be possible.

Tullow Community School


The match between Tullow CS students and St. Kieran's College, Kilkenny was played in Tullow CS grounds. Owen Brennan scored a brilliant goal in the second half. Unfortunately the luck was not with Tullow and St. Kieran's won by 3 - 1.


On Wednesday, 9th October, Bank of Ireland official, Ms. Ciara Deering and Kilkenny Centre forward Henry Shefflin launched the Bank of Ireland School Bank with Transition Year Students. There was great excitement at the arrival of this giant of a GAA star. The Bank of Ireland branch of the School Bank was launched in great style.

On Friday, 11th October, Allied Irish Bank officials, Ms. Paula Deering and Ms. Carmel Healy joined the Transition Year students to launch the AIB School Bank. They are building on their existing business from last year. We wish both banks every success.


Transition Year students are started their mini-companies last week. One group decided to make oven chips to raise money to start their company.


One brave student is having his hair dyed blue to raise much needed funds for St. Vincent de Paul. This is being organised by Leaving Cert Vocational Programme (LCVP) students. The local St. Vincent de Paul appreciate the efforts of our students in providing much needed funds.


Transition Year students have commenced their work placement. Positions have been procured both locally and further afield, some in Dublin. They will gain valuable experience in areas of retail, sport, beauty care, catering, social care, law, accountancy and veterinary. They hope to return to school much wiser for this week.


The U19 soccer team played Presentation College, Carlow in the Tullow CS pitch. Adverse weather conditions made play difficult. However, a satisfactory 2 - 2 score was obtained, much to the delight of both teams.


On Thursday, 24th October Tullow Community School will host an Information Evening for parents of 5th and 6th Class pupils from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. There will be an introductory talk from the Principal, Mr. Paul Thornton at 7.00 p.m. and Deputy Principal, Ms. Alice Ashe will also be in attendance. Parents and pupils will have a change to view the schools facilities.

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