Preparation is now well underway for our Piper’s Hill College musical Beauty and the Beast. This timeless classic tells the story of a girl named Belle, who finds herself trapped in an enchanted castle with a ferocious beast and an assortment of weird and wonderful characters.

With only two weeks left until show time, excitement is building amongst students and staff. Between set-building, choreography, rehearsals and production there is a great buzz around the school and our talented cast and crew can’t wait to bring the magic alive on stage

Be our guest as Beauty and the Beast will take to the stage on Thursday and Friday, 22nd and 23rd November!

Tickets cost €10 and are available from the main office and in the foyer at break time and lunch time.

This year, in Piper’s Hill College, we amalgamated Friendship and Mind your mental health weeks, and called it Wellbeing week.
Wellbeing Week took place here in Piper’s Hill College from 8th-12th October to coincide with World Mental Health Day on October 10th. All years took place in activities. 1st years enjoyed a Colour Run and Bully 4 U talk, 2nd years were treated to a Film Morning while 3rd Years took part in a Photography Competition. Senior students relaxed with coffee mornings and there was a focus on mindfulness and the importance of looking after your mental health. Drumming workshops rocked the school on Wednesday and a talk on “Persistence is the key to success” gave 6th years a new outlook on resilience and learning from setbacks.
Teachers and students threw themselves into the week and activites included “Positive Moments”in Business, Tea parties in Spanish, Mindfulness Colouring, Stop everything and breathe, relaxation techniques, Friendship hands in Technical Graphics, Meditation and Mindfulness, No phone day for Enable Ireland, Pic Collages of what happiness is in Digital Media Literacy, Friendship activities, Decoding and Team activities in Maths, Understanding your learning style and study techniques, Inspirational Music while you work in Engineering, Poems about themselves in English and Money vs Happiness in Geography.

Across the week, there were lots of games and activities to get students physically active with Zumba, badminton, soccer, hurling and camogie to get students up and moving. There was an emphasis on healthy eating also as frozen yoghurt smoothies and fruit snacks were enjoyed by staff and students throughout the week, courtesy of our fantastic Home Ec department. Funds were raised for Childline.

Staff got involved also, raising funds for Pieta House with the Great Piper’s Hill Bake Off on Thursday. Mindfulness and a lunchtime walk a mile took place for staff, as well as a reflective space with mindfulness activities.

The highlight of the week was on World Mental Health Day when our 4th Year and 5th Year students collaborated with the four other post-primary schools in the community to celebrate and promote positive mental health in Naas town centre. Students designed posters on mental health and displayed them in Naas town. Orange was the chosen colour for the day and in keeping with the dress code students handed out orange lollipops. Students were treated to refreshments in St. Mary’s afterwards where students and teachers from all five schools took time to socialise and connect with each other. We had a guest appearance from the sun for the day and the Garda Liaison also took time to drop by and get his picture taken with the students.
Well done to all our staff and students who got involved and made the week such a great success! We’re already chomping at the bit for next year’s Wellbeing week!


 

6 Rowan and TYs are collaborating this year to organise the Christmas Shoebox appeal in aid of vulnerable children abroad.  Students interested in donating a full shoebox can do so by leaving their shoebox plus €4 to C12 no later than Tuesday 6th November. For students wishing to donate individual items there is a collection box in the foyer.  Please see the attached poster for a list of what items are suitable for the shoeboxes.

Piper’s Hill College Open Night took place last Thursday, October 11th. It was a very successful evening where we welcomed 5th and 6th class students with their parents and guardians, and showcased our facilities. Baking cakes, creating art, performing music, giving tours, maths puzzles and language games, and carrying out all kinds of science experiments were just a few of the activities on the night and there was a great atmosphere and buzz around the school. Guests were even treated to a glimpse of the stars of our school musical Beauty and the Beast in full costume!

   

A special thank you to all our dedicated staff and students who contributed to the evening’s success. 

All of us here in Piper’s Hill College are extremely proud of 6th year student and golfer, Lauren Walsh, who is representing Ireland at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina this month. We have been following her journey closely, frequently checking Instagram, Twitter and the Olympics Channel for updates and check-ins from the Irish team and Lauren’s competitions.

Lauren has achieved great success in the sport over the past number of years. She first represented Ireland at the Home Internationals in 2016 where Ireland came from behind to win against Scotland 5-4 at Conwy Golf Club, North Wales. Lauren was instrumental in their success, securing the first Irish victory in the competition. Since then, Lauren has won East Leinster and Connacht Championships in 2017, setting a course record in the latter on her way to victory. She has travelled extensively for team events in Finland, Austria, England and Ireland and most recently, competed in the 2018 World Junior Girls Championship in Canada.

Lauren’s selection for the youth Olympic Squad is a huge accomplishment and we take great pride in seeing one of our students wearing the green jersey and representing her country in such a prestigious competition. Lauren was joint 11th after Round 1 and has moved into the top 10, in joint 9th place after Round 2. At the time of writing, she is waiting to play Round 3. Whatever the outcome of this competition, Lauren has been an exemplary sportsperson and representative for Piper’s Hill College, demonstrating perseverance, dedication and focus. With a golf scholarship to Wake Forest University in North Carolina secured for next year, we are sure that this is just the beginning of an exciting and successful career.

Follow @TeamIreland and @youtholympics for updates


 

The Parents Association are meeting next Tuesday October at 7pm in the Parents Room, all parents and guardians of students of Pipers’s Hill College are members of the Parents Association and are welcome to attend the meeting. New members are welcome.

A new 4 week course for parents on building self esteem in children is starting. The course is free of charge. click for more details

This free class will run for 6 weeks in the Parents Room in Pipers Hill College beginning on Wednesday October 9th 9.45am -11.45am.
An information meeting will be held on Thursday October 4th at 11 .30am in the Parents Room.
Please contact Niamh Doyle-HSCL teacher on hscl@phcol.ie or 045-897885 for further information.

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.