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Congratulations to Fifth Year student, Megan Callan who was presented with a full scholarship to study the Irish language during the summer term. Megan will attend the Bun an Inbhir Gael Linn Gaeltacht in Co Donegal. She was presented with her scholarship by the mayor of Kildare Mr Ivan Keatley, in the Council Chambers. Megan is looking forward to attending the summer college in County Donegal. Comhghairdeas leat Megan.
Pictured below is Megan receiving her scholarship from Mayor Ivan Keatley.
First year pupils attended the Gaeltacht in Ráth Cairn, Contae na Mí from the 5th-7th of May along with Ms. Hills, Mr. Sharkey and Mr. Fearon. Pupils were treated to lessons my native speakers and enjoyed a trip to causey farm. All the teachers want to thank the pupils and their parents for their exemplary behaviour and participation. Maith sibh.
Seven Leaving Certificate class groups graduated from Piper’s Hill College on May 25. Their time in the college was celebrated in style in front of a packed audience in the foyer. A rendition of the song, Let’s be Young, from the students backed by the school choir got proceedings underway. Habiba Omar welcomed everyone and spoke movingly about her and her fellow student’s time in school and the sense of joy and expectation everyone feels as they embark on their new lives. This was followed by opening prayer led by Father Alex Kockatt. Students displayed symbols of their experiences in school depicting sport, academic progression, friendship and shared dreams. A very touching Ceremony of Light followed, members of the school community, teachers, parents and students each delivered a reflection on their hopes and thoughts for all the graduates. Prayers were read by Ana Maria Matei, Amber Masters, Brian Boland, Fraser O Byrne, Megan Duggan, Sarah Ogedengbe, Alan Halpin, Niamh Winders, Faith Aboderin, and Victoria Osarbo. James Delahunt read the final reflection of the evening which was followed by the Offertory procession led by Josh Mc Connon. Father Alex brought this part of the evening to a close with a final blessing and prayer.
This year, graduation included award presentations and there were numerous awards given out under different categories such as, Valuable Contribution and Academic Achievement. The awards were presented by management and Year Heads who also gave a flavour of the year group under their care and the individual award recipients themselves.
The main award recipients were:
Piper’s Hill College Senior Sports Person 2016 – 2017, Conan Doyle
Student of the Year Award Traditional Leaving Certificate, 2016 – 2017, Fiona Behan
Student of the Year award Leaving Certificate Applied, 2016 – 2017, Emie Kisombe
Principals Award Piper’s Hill College, 2016 – 2017 Traditional Leaving Certificate, Aoife Byrne
Principals Award Piper’s Hill College, 2016 – 2017 Leaving Certificate Applied, Shane Byrne
Mr O Connor Principal concluded proceedings by thanking parents, guardians, teachers and all other staff in Piper’s Hill College who played a role in the education of the students who were now graduating. He reflected on the transient nature of second level education and the challenges that young people face in life. The night was drawn to a close with a special mention of thanks to the Religion and Music departments who played a huge role in making graduation evening very special.
Pictured: Shane Byrne and Mairead Fennessy
The 2016/17 Academic year has seen unprecedented success in the sporting and cultural arenas for Piper’s Hill College students. Among the notable successes this year were
The bar has been set high for our students next year as we anticipate another trophy leaden year!
L-R Photo Sean Gallagher( Debating),Daniel Kane ( U-14 Basketball), Jack Maguire (U-16 Basketball), Lauren Walsh( Golf, Irish international),Isabel Gorey (Golf), Fiona Behan (Golf), Paul Farrelly (Senior GAA), Luke Doyle ( U-17 Soccer), Jenny Cahill ( U-16 Camogie), Kaitlyn Miley (U-14 Basketball)
Transition Year class of 2016 – 2017 graduated on May 19th. The college foyer area was packed with proud students, parents and staff members. Some one hundred and forty nine students in all graduated demonstrating the continuing popularity of the class here in Piper’s Hill College. During the course of the afternoon those present were treated to an account of the wide ranging activities, experiences and achievements had by the group from a Transition Year Exposition in Punchestown at the start of the term to a skiing trip to Italy to a hike in the Wicklow mountains.
The afternoon kicked off with a welcome address by Molly Larkin followed by in depth accounts of the various experiences and highlights of the year by Alanah Wade, Nicole Horsley, Kisham Sharma and Amber Amelia Kelly. Reece Sheridan delivered a very compelling account of the student’s perspective of the Transition Year learning model. This was followed by solo performances of song, poetry and recitals from members of various class groups. Numerous awards were made to students including Certificates of Participation, Academic Awards, Gaisce Awards, Outstanding Portfolio Awards. Individual awards were made to Sarah O Crowley who received Student of the Year Award and Reece Sheridan who received Spirit of Transition Award. Mr O Connor concluded proceedings by speaking about the value of the Transition Year learning experience for all those who have participated. The college wishes to express their thanks to all the staff members, school choir and students who were involved in producing such a wonderful afternoon.
Eighteen students travelled to Durtal in the Loire region of France recently and spent one week on the return leg of an annual language exchange programme. The students were hosted by local families. The college has strong links with the region historically and it is wonderful to see this event continue from year to year. Students were treated to a variety of activities each day which included visits to a local chocolate factory, a boat trip on the Loire, a day in local caves and French classes in their host school. The students and their accompanying teachers Ms Keeley and Ms Mc Neeley enjoyed their time in France immensely.
Students from 5 Mourne took part in a sponsored charity cycle from the college campus to Newbridge and backtoraise funds for a very deserving local charity the Kildare and Wicklow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The students accompanied by their teachers Ms O Connor and Mr Timoney thoroughly enjoyed the event. Two hundred and twenty four euro was raised for the charity. Well done to the students and organisers for their efforts.
The science department and the First Year students of Piper’s Hill College got together to showcase a number of STEM projects to mark Sci – Fest 2017. Students Ella Jones, Faith Wilson, and Laura Fenner dipped into the fascinating world of physics and exhibited a very impressive project on electro magnets. The girls carried out a laboratory experiment to prove their hypothesis that electro magnets are stronger than people. The project was accompanied by a poster and a short power point summary detailing their investigation. Well done to the girls and all others involved in producing a very impressive display.
Piper’s Hill College win Irish Senior Schools Golf Championship
Congratulations to Lauren Walsh, Fiona Behan and Isobel Gorey on their success in the Irish Senior Schools Golf Championships which took place in Miltown Golf Club Dublin on April 24. The Ulster district have been the dominant force in this sport hitherto, but this year sees the trophy head towards East Leinster. In a thrilling contest Piper’s Hill College earned a gross score of fifty five points in competition to overcome a strong challenge from Ursuline College Sligo. Team member Lauren Walsh was also the winner of the Senior Mary Nowlan Cup with a score of thirty two gross points. Well done to the girls and their coach Mr Christopher Brennan.
Pictured left to right are, Mr Christopher Brennan, Isobel Gorey, Fiona Behan and Lauren Walsh.
Well done to all involved in the hugely successful Evening of Music which took place in the school on Thursday evening, April 6th. Watch a selection of our talented musicians by navigating through the playlist at the top left corner of the video.