Last weekend 1st year pupils attended the Ráth Cairn Gaeltacht in Co.Meath and enjoyed a trip to Causey farm. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir. The Irish Department hopes all pupils enjoyed their trip and wishes to thank parents/guardians for their continued support. Videos can be seen on Gaeilge page in the student area under teaching and learning.

 

Bronnadh scoláireacht Gaeltachta ar Meadhbh O Meara, 5ú bliain ag inné. Ádh mór uirthi i mBun an Inbhir.

Meadhbh O Meara, 5th year, was awarded a Gaeltacht scholarship by Kildare County Council today. All the best to her in Bun an Inbhir.

Winners from the recent Short film competition. View their winning entries here.


 

Game 1
CPC Kilcullen (5) Vs Piper’s Hill College (7)
Played Tuesday, 23rd January 2018
Venue Kilcullen

Team – 1. Earl Mosiquera, 2. Cian Kennedy, 4. Filip Maslowski, 5. Dan Rogers 3. Rhey Adam Mejos, 7. Tristan O’Connor, 6. Reuben Maher, 8, Jack Woods-Hughes, 11. Thomas Fennessy, 10, Alex Malone, 9. Charlie Lacey-Webster, Subs: Ryan Locke, James Conway, Caolan O’Toole, Oisin Kelly, Shawn Ugonabo, Brendan Buchanan, Liam Corrigan, Adam Redmond, Conor Quinlan.
Captain- Tristan O’Connor

Piper’s Hill started off the game very well in Kilcullen controlling the first 10 minutes of play. Against the run of play Kilcullen went into an early 1-0 lead. The Piper’s Hill boys did not panic and kept playing and went into a 2-1 lead with goals from Thomas Fennessy and Alex Malone.Piper’s Hill controlled the ball for the rest of the first half and went into the half time break with a 3-1 lead thanks to Thomas Fennessy’s second goal of the day.
Piper’s Hill started off the second half as they had finished the first half dominating possession but after early dominance Kilcullen began to come into the game and were rewarded with a goal for their efforts. Piper’s Hill kept working especially the midfield pairing of Jack Woods-Hughes and Reuben Maher who controlled the game for long periods with Reuben scoring a long range goal to make it 4-2. After some sloppy play from Piper’s Hill, Kilcullen made it 4-4 mid way through the second half.
Piper’s Hill continued to work very hard with Piper’s Hill being rewarded for their perseverance with the pacey Tristan O’Connor and hardworking Charlie Lacey-Webster putting us comfortably into a two goal lead again.Thomas Fennessy completed his hat-trick and scoring for the day with an excellent long range effort with his trusted left boot to round off a man of the match performance.
The defense of Cian, Filip, Dan and Rhey put in a solid performance against a very pacey forward line with goalkeeper Earl Mosiquera making a number of excellent and brave decisions to keep Piper’s Hill in the game at crucial times.
The midfield of Tristan, Jack, Reuben and Thomas performed excellently while wingers Thomas and Tristan tirelessly covering every inch of the field during the game.Jack and Reuben played some excellent football showing a range of skills all good central midfielders should possess.Our attack of Alex and Charlie worked extremely hard all day with Alex very tigerishly in the tackle, Charlie worked selflessly all day and was a pivotal cog in our attack.

Game 2
Piper’s Hill College (0) Vs Ant Athy (1)
Played Monday 29th January 2018
Venue: Piper’s Hill College

Team – 1. Ryan Locke, 2. Cian Kennedy, 4. Filip Maslowski, 5. Dan Rogers 3. Rhey Adam Mejos, 7. Tristan O’Connor, 6. Reuben Maher, 8, Jack Woods-Hughes, 11. Thomas Fennessy, 10, James Conway, 9. Charlie Lacey-Webster, Subs: Alex Malone for James Conway (HT), Conor Quinlan for Charlie Webster-Lacey (50), Caolan O’Toole, Oisin Kelly, Conor Quinlan, Brendan Buchanan, Liam Corrigan, Adam Redmond.
Captain- Jack Woods-Hughes

Having dominated the game for large periods against a much physically bigger and stronger Athy team, the Piper’s Hill College boys were extremely disappointed to have been beaten on the day. After a very tough and evenly contested first half the teams came in level at 0-0 with the Piper’s Hill boys having played against a gale force wind.
For large periods of the second half we dominated proceedings and had the ball in the back of the net on a couple of occasions only for them to be ruled out for offside.In the one of the few attacks Athy composed in the second half they found the break through a well taken free kick from their ace central midfielder.
Piper’s Hill were extremely unlucky on the day to not come away with all 3 points special mention has to go out to Filip Maslowski was a rock in defense in his man of the match display.
Game 3
Piper’s Hill College (4) Vs Naas CBS (3)
Played Thursday, 22nd February 2018
Venue: Piper’s Hill College

Team – 1. Ryan Locke, 2. Cian Kennedy, 4. Filip Maslowski, 5. Dan Rogers 3. Rhey Adam Mejos, 7. Tristan O’Connor, 6. Reuben Maher, 8, Jack Woods-Hughes, 11. Thomas Fennessy, 10, Alex Malone, 9. Charlie Lacey-Webster, Subs: Conor Quinlan for Charlie Webster-Lacey (50), James Conway, Caolan O’Toole, Oisin Kelly, Conor Quinlan, Brendan Buchanan, Liam Corrigan, Sean Ugonobo, Earl Mosiquera, Craig Breen, Tuam Keary.
Captain- Jack Woods-Hughes

Having experienced a very disappointing loss to Athy in the previous game, the Piper’s Hill boys went into the final group game versus near town rivals CBS Naas knowing that only a win would keep us in the competition. With this knowledge the Piper’s Hill boys were extremely determined to right their previous wrongs in this derby match to top our group.
Naas CBS travelled into the game knowing they were safe of their place in the knockout stages of the competition but also knew they had the opportunity to knock Piper’s Hill out which set our game up to be a fierce derby match.
Piper’s Hill started off the game much stronger than our counterparts in the opening 10 minutes and we were rewarded for our hard work with a well taken goal from striker Charlie Lacey-Webster after being played in with a fantastic through ball from midfield.Piper’s Hill settled into the rhythm of the game much faster than our opponents.
17 minutes into the game Naas CBS signalled their intent that a battle was to ensue when they drew level with a well taken opportunity from their striker to make the game 1-1. 2 minutes later disaster struck again as a mix up in the defense from a long ball allowed the Naas CBS striker to slip in for an extremely tidy finish to the net which goalkeeper Ryan Locke had no chance of saving.
Piper’s Hill never panicked and showed great composure from the restart, central midfielder Reuben Maher played a precision diagonal ball over the Naas CBS left back to on rushing Tristan O’Connor who not breaking stride controlled the ball and released a shot which the Naas CBS goalkeeper could only parry into the path of Alex Malone who made no mistake in confidently finished the ball to the net to leave it all square at 2-2 after 20 minutes of play.
From here Piper’s Hill began to exert their dominance on the game with centre half Filip Maslowski leading from the front, our midfield partnership of Reuben Maher and Jack Woods-Hughes took control of the midfield battle and began to showcase their physical and footballing skills, Jack and Reuben were also aided by the ever industrious Alex Malone who insured we took full control of the midfield through hard work and intricate interplay with the boys.
The midfield platform was an extreme success for our attacks due to the work rate of the workhorse like wingers Tristan O’Connor and Thomas Fennessy. Thomas had the final say of the first half as he drifted into a more central position after a sustained period of pressure. Thomas received the ball onto his more favoured left foot and with dancing feet quickly shifted the ball onto his right foot where Thomas drove the ball into the top right hand corner of the Naas CBS net to leave the game 3-2 in favour of Piper’s Hill at half time.
The second half began exactly where the first half left off with each ball being fiercely contested from both sides as if their lives depended on it. For large periods of the second half both teams were very much evenly matched and cancelled each team’s attacks out with ease.
In the 40th minute of play the Naas CBS defense sent a long hopeful ball into attack which caught our defense out. The Naas CBS made no mistake in finishing to the back of the net to tie this heart stopping game up for the third time.
For the next number of minutes both teams dug extremely deep to find the winner with players and management on both sides also becoming more vocal as the final whistle approached.With Tristan O’Connor now playing down the middle as a striker and Conor Quinlan occupying the right side of midfield having entered the fray for the excellent Charlie Lacey-Webster who ran himself into the ground.
Thomas Fennessy for the final 10 minutes grew into the game more and more when we needed players to stand up and be leaders with some lung bursting runs.
It was one of these lung bursting runs in the 58 minute that led to the defining moment in the game. Thomas taking on 2 Naas CBS defenders down the left side of midfield somehow managed to work the ball across to Tristan O’Connor who quickly moved the ball out of his feet while opening his body to shoot for goal as two Naas CBS players desperately lunged to block his effort, Tristan skipped past both players into space where Tristan unleashed a powerful shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net away from the Naas CBS clutches to give Piper’s Hill the lead.
For the remaining number of minutes the Pipers Hill boys defended admirably and held out for the hard earned 4-3 victory to progress to the semi-finals.
There were a number of great performances through from the Piper’s Hills players with goalkeeper Ryan Locke very safe throughout the game. Our defense was very solid against the best attacking outfit we have met so far with Cian settling into the game well after 15 minutes, Filip and Dan remained solid in the centre attacking any ball that came their way, Rhey showed his technical skills in the second half with great play down the left hand side.
Our midfield partnership of Jack and Reuben were once again the driving force in the engine room showing the understanding and friendship they have with an all action performance. Our wingers of Tristan and Thomas Fennessy proved to be the match winners once again as they have both developed the ability to provide us with important goals at important times. In attack Alex Malone showed us once again his ability to control the tempo of the game while also never shying away from his defensive duties. Charlie Lacey-Webster once again showed the importance of having a pivotal point in attack and his ability hold possession and bring the players around him into the game while so earning valuable territory. Conor Quinlan also worked tirelessly when introduced into the fray.
Pipers Hill College now look forward to facing Patrician College New Bridge in the semi-finals!

Our Piper’s Hill 1st and 2nd Year Athletics Team enjoyed a great day out at the Athletic Leinster Championships at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown on February 8th. All our athletes performed very well! A special mention to Emily Curran in 2 Tory who won her 200m heat and a huge congratulations to our flier, Tristan O’Connor who went on to win gold in the 60m.

Our first Mind Your Mental Health Week took place at Piper’s Hill College, January 15th-19th. Our aim was to raise awareness and promote the importance of taking the time to look after our own mental health and to support and look out for our friends and colleagues in the school. It was a great success and the atmosphere and mood around the school was upbeat and positive as students across all years took part in a range of activities. 

The week kicked off with a HIIT session for all students by Fitness4life coach Brian McGrogan. The emphasis on getting active and involved continued for the entire week. Operation Transformation ran each morning in the gym, while the P.E. Department organised various sporting activities for Junior and Senior students at lunch time.

1st Year students participated in a 1km Colour Run and they certainly looked like they enjoyed every minute! (PHOTO opportunity)  2nd Year students had the luxury of sitting back and enjoying a well-earned Film Morning and afternoon. 3rd year students enjoyed a morning being entertained by Michael O Sullivan from Humourfit, who delivered a programme performance for teenagers on subject matters affecting their young lives. 

 

 

 

 

 

There were also cookery demonstrations and nutrition talks which focused on the importance of healthy eating. 4th year students very kindly assembled healthy eating fruit pots for both staff and students, which went down a treat! 5th Year students let loose with Dance Fitness sessions and Taekwondo, showing the many diverse ways you can get active while having fun.  Finally, our 6th Year students took a well-deserved break from their studies to enjoy a coffee morning, where they could chat and relax with friends.

 

 

 

 

With Mindful Music sessions, Laughter Yoga, Meditation, Mindful Colouring, Stop Everything and Talk, Creative Corner with the student council and a whole range of other activities and events taking place across the week, there was certainly something for everyone. The overall message of the week which we hope to carry forward- it’s okay not to be okay and be kind to yourself, you are doing the best you can!


 

Piper’s Hill hosted the u16 girls basketball playoffs on Saturday January 13th, hosting teams from Carrick on Shannon and Castlebar. Piper’s Hill played Carrick on Shannon first in a close contest. Piper’s were trailing by 10 points at one stage in the third quarter but a strong finish, with the help of some local support, resulted in a 4 point victory for Piper’s Hill, 55-51. We played St Joseph’s Castlebar in our second game and a strong start provided a lead that Piper’s maintained throughout the match, finishing with a result of Piper’s Hill 59 Castlebar 38. The u16 girls now qualify for the All Ireland semi finals at the end of the January. Kaitlyn Miley, Emma Carroll, Cara Kennedy, Laura Cahill and Kaffy Olatunji played key roles for Piper’s Hill.

The u16 boys competed in their playoffs on Sunday January 14th in Colaiste Cois Life, Lucan. We first played Coláiste Chiaráin, Leixlip in a evenly contested match and were very unlucky to lose on a score line 46-41. We then played St. Eunan’s Letterkenny in a very competitive match. Again Piper’s Hill were unfortunate not to win, with only 2 points separating the teams at the end, 48-46. Piper’s played Intermediate School Killorglin in their final game. Putting their previous defeats behind them, Piper’s Hill showed great character to win on a score line 49-35. Following these games Piper’s Hill unfortunately do not qualify for the All Ireland semi-finals. Daniel Kane and Luke Owens put in great performances for Piper’s Hill. 

This year at Piper’s Hill College we will launch our first ever ‘Mind your Mental Health Week’ Jan 15th- 19th. We all go through ups and downs in our daily lives, our wellness can be greatly affected by many things – diet, sleep, relationships, major life events, work, exams, daily stressors…. the list is endless!! During our themed week we hope to raise awareness of what mental health is, share tips for wellness, identify the factors that help improve & maintain our mental health, cite supports available in times of need and mostly we hope to take some time to connect within our school community through fun activities and open up the conversation about Mental Health. So students get to your nearest noticeboard and check out upcoming events including ;

Operation Transformation, STOP everything and talk!, Nutrition & Cookery Demonstrations, Zumba, Humourfit, Mindful Music Sessions & 1 K Challenge & Colour run.

For Mental Health support services click here

We are delighted to inform you that plans are underway to organise our annual French exchange with le College des Roches Durtal , Maine -et – Loire, France. Following our very successful exchange for the last three consecutive years we are happy that this programme will continue in March and April 2018.
(2017 Tour group photographed right)

We plan to travel to France on Sunday the 18th of March for approximately 5-6 nights depending on the cost of flights. Our students will stay with French families and will go to school with their exchange partner each morning. Trips and activities will be organised for the afternoon and some evenings. We plan to keep the cost of the trip as low as and possible and envisage that the average cost will be in the region of 300 euro per student. This price will include flights, transfers, trips and meals will be provided by the host families and school.
The return leg of the programme will take place on the 16th to the 23rd of April. We will welcome College des Roches to our school and the students will stay with your family.

The exchange is open to Transition Year, 2nd and 1st year students who are studying French. It is a great opportunity for your son/daughter to experience life in France, spend some time with a French family, attend a French school and to put into practice the French language they are learning in the classroom.

We hope to book the flights at the end of January and presently the cost of the flights is working out at about 200 euro. If your son/daughter is interested in going please fill in the permission slip attached and return it on or before Friday, the 12th of January to your French teacher. Will be in touch regarding payment when we are ready to book the flights. The remainder of cost will be payable before departure.

 

This years first years certainly accepted the challenge of ‘reading for a good cause’ with the annual MS Readathon. The initiative definitely gave students the opportunity to rediscover their love of books and the wonder they felt when they first heard those magic words “Once upon a time…”. Our avid readers even used the Readathon as a chance to challenge themselves with more advanced books. A massive €979.73 was raised for the MS Society. Well done to all involved!