Three students from St. Leo's College were among the winners at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition last week.
The team of Ella McHugh, Niamh O'Donoghue and Cliona O'Grady whose project was entitled "The Big C : Breast Cancer - What are my risks?" walked away with two awards, scooping third prize in the Intermediate section of Social and Behavioural Sciences as well as been recipients of the Marie Keating Foundation Special Award.
Their project which explored women's perceived risks of getting breast cancer was undertaken with great commitment over the past number of months. During their research the team met with and interviewed Bernadette Bohan, breast cancer survivor and author of "The Choice" and "The Survivor's Mindset". They also visited the National Breast Check Unit located at the Mater Hospital where they were given a guided tour by renowned oncologist Mr Maurice Stokes who informed them about the latest research and treatments.
More than 4,000 students from 362 schools across the country took part in the competition this year with more than 1,700 projects entered. From this 550 projects were chosen for the finals in the RDS with organisers confirming that approximately 45,000 people attended the event held in Dublin's RDS where the finalist projects were on display.
IT'S MAMMA MIA TIME
Attention Musical lovers, Its Mamma Mia Time. Come to St Leo's and be transported to the idyllic Greek island of Kalokairi on Thursday the 14th and Friday the 15th of March! This production performed by the Transition Year students of St.Leo's College Carlow and produced and directed by Ms. Gillian Tierney. Musical directors are Ms Anne Buckeridge and Ollie Hennessey and the set design will be coordinated by Ms Marie Nolan.
The Show promises to have you on your feet before you can even say Dancing Queen! This energetic and exhilarating show will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Take a trip down memory lane with old favourites such as Mamma Mia, Waterloo, Super Trouper, and many more.
Ms Tierney, a past pupil of St. Leo's College, recently graduated from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) with B.A in Art and Design Education receiving 1st class honours. With a background in Music and Dance Education, Gillian takes on the role of producer and director of the show. She is no stranger to the stage and has performed in numerous stage productions Ta fun and enjoyable night for all the family!"
Well done to the U/16 Gaelic football team who won the Leinster Junior A final against St. Mary's Edenderry. They won 7-7 to 3-4. Lauren Dwyer scored an incredible 5 goals and claimed the title of Man of the Match. They will now play in the the All - Ireland semi - final in March.
The Junior U/16 team won all their pool matches and play St. Paul's Monasterevan in Mon the 28th Jan in the Leinster Junior 1/4 final. Good luck girls!
Congratulations to the above mentioned Lauren Dwyer Transition Year who has been nominated for the Irish International U/17 Soccer Player of the year. The presentations will be made in the RTE studios on Feb 2nd.
Congratulations to Orlagh Moran 6th year who has been selected on the Leinster Schools Gaelic Football team.
Congratulations also to Siofra O' Flaherty who won the both the All Ireland U/15 and U/16 Cross Country Championships recently.
Finally congratulations are also due to Anna O'Neill Transition year who was recently selected on the U/19 Leinster Rugby team
SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAMME
A major extension of the school commenced last week. This involves the building of 6 classrooms, a technology suite, and both a state of the art Library and Science Lab. It is expected that the building will be completed by November. Principal M/s Ryan has asked the staff, students and visitors to St. Leo's to take extra care during the duration of the building programme. The contractor is a local firm Blackstairs Developments and is a welcome boost to the local construction industry.