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Newsletter May 3rd

Youth Person of the Year  
Every year The Nell Healy Wicklow Parish People of the year awards acknowledge individuals and groups who have made a real difference to their community. This year one of our 5th-year students Kate Costello was nominated for the category of Volunteer of the Year. So impressive was her resume that she was ultimately awarded the Youth Person of the Year. This is an amazing achievement, and we are very proud of Kate and humbled by all her actions to those less fortunate. From a very young age, Kate was always encouraged by her late father to give to charity. Whenever she had money, for example at her Communion and Confirmation, a portion was donated to charities such as Cancer Research. Every Christmas money is donated to those in need. Kate is also very generous with her time, volunteering at fundraisers for groups such as Wicklow Cancer Support, Barnardos, and Make a wish. She is currently helping to organise a fundraiser for 5 for the Fight. She has also appeared on a video to promote a Cancer Research Fellowship. Every Tuesday, throughout Transition Year she worked with Meals on Wheels. For the last four years, Kate has volunteered at Wicklow Hockey Club working with the junior teams. The Wicklow Sailing Club and the Girls Brigade are another two clubs to benefit from her volunteering. At school, Kate has worked with the Yellow Flag Committee to promote cultural acceptance and assisted in promoting the inaugural Intercultural Day. She also follows in her father’s footsteps with her involvement with the Wicklow Syrian Appeal. Kate is an inspiration to us all, and we congratulate her on her most deserved award.

School Tour
On April 16th, Junior and Senior students from 2nd to 5th year travelled to Madrid, Spain on their school tour. They had a great experience overall, with each day filled with different Spanish experiences.
On the day they arrived, they were given a coach tour of Madrid city. The bus driver Andrei and guide Silvia gave lots of interesting pieces of information for each of the sites visited. The group visited Bernabeu Stadium, the home stadium of Real Madrid, a bullfighting arena, The temple of Debod, Plaza Major and Palacio de Royal. The students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed taking in both the sites and the sunshine.
On the second day, the group went to the Botanic Gardens followed by the Reina Sofia Museum. After the visit to the museum, the students went for lunch in the area close to their hotel, tasting the Spanish cuisine. Next on the agenda was the Retiro park which the students thoroughly enjoyed. Here they experienced the beautiful gardens and had the opportunity to rollerblade and rent a boat on the lake. Principe Pio was the next destination for an evening of shopping, and once again the girls had the opportunity to try some local dishes.
On Thursday, the group travelled to Parque Warner. For many of the students (and teachers!!) this theme park was the highlight of the trip. Here the students enjoyed many different carnival activities and roller-coasters. Following a full day at the park, the students had some downtime at the hotel and a feed in preparation for some more shopping! The girls were brought to the largest ‘Penneys’ in Madrid and the main shopping street, Gran Via. On the walk to Primark, they experienced the hustle and bustle of Spain’s capital city.
On the final day, the group travelled to Toledo. Visiting Toledo is a must, to experience historic architecture, taste delicious local foods and enjoy multiple cultural influences all at once. Here the students could explore the cobbled streets and take in the beautiful architecture.
Overall, it was a great experience, and as always, the students were excellent representatives for the school. Many thanks to the school tour company and Ms Kelly for organising the trip and to the staff members who accompanied the students to Madrid.

Photography Trip
On April 29th, 4 Bronze and 4 Silver visited the Japanese Gardens and the National Stud in Kildare for our photography trip. We left the school at 9 am, and when we arrived, we were given lots of time to explore the gardens and take pictures. We took many pictures of the gardens, capturing the beautiful plants, flowers and sculptures. Next, we were given a guided tour around the National Stud. As Pauline, our tour guide showed us around the Stud, she informed us of its history, the work they do there and the importance it has in Ireland and the global racing industry. We were taken out to the paddocks and saw the stallions, mares and week-old foals. We also saw retired racehorses, some of which have won races around the world and have broken many records. We took photos of the horses and the scenery around the stud area, for a competition. After the tour we left the Stud and made our way home, but not before stopping off in Carrickmines for something to eat. We arrived home at 3:15 pm tired, but happy that we had a great day out and had some great photographs too! By Amelia Finnerty and Laurie Dowling.

Athletics
Well done to all our Junior track and field athletes who participated in the East Leinster Track and Field Championships which were held in Santry on April 29th and May 2nd. We congratulate Kayleigh Keogh and Lily Sheehy who were placed 2nd and 5th respectively in the Minor 800m. We also congratulate Alex Carey who represented the school in the Minor 1100m and finished in the silver medal position. Both Kayleigh and Alex progress to the next stage and will represent the school and East Leinster, in the Leinster Finals which take place on Wednesday, May 15th and Saturday, May 18th. We wish them the very best of luck.

Leaving Cert and Junior Cert Exams
Well done to all our Senior LCVP students who completed the written paper for their Leaving Cert Exam on Wednesday, May 1st. With their portfolios already submitted they now have concluded their assessments for this subject. Both the Senior and Junior Cert Art students were also in action this week as they completed the practical element of their respective exams. We wish all our exam students the very best of luck as they put in the final preparations for their other subjects.

Parents Association Coffee Morning
This year’s annual coffee morning fundraiser, organised by the dedicated Parents Association takes place on May 10th in Phil Healy’s pub. Teas, coffee and goodies will be served from 10 am. If you are free to come along, we would love to see you there. Alternatively, if you would like to show your support by providing a cake, these can be left in the school from 8.30 am or into Phil Healy’s at 9.30 am. Your support would be greatly appreciated.