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TY Barista Course

Some of our TY students have completed their barista training at Dublin Barista School this week. If your son hasn't signed up and is interested in doing the course, please contact Mr Daly

Prayer Of The Week from The Ember Team

As we come to the end of our Month of Remembrance, we as the CUS community, pray for our brothers and sisters who have died. We remember especially those who died during the past eight months, from Covid-19 and from other causes. We pray that they have passed from death to life in the company of the Lord Jesus, who died and rose to new life. Today, across the country, we dedicate this month of November to their memory and commend them to the love and mercy of God the Father. We also pray for those who mourn the death of a loved one and whose grieving has been more difficult on account of restrictions. We pray for our healthcare workers and all those who work in essential services especially those who have died as a result of their selfless service during the pandemic. The Ember team have placed candles around our tree of remembrance this morning, which reminds us that in our grief, and in our darkest moments, the risen Christ is among us to bring us light and hope. Amen

Chess

Well done to our Junior Chess team who played St Benildus College in a chess match today

Wednesday Sport Update

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), Further to yesterday's notification, all planned sporting activities will go ahead as planned today. After further consultation with the bus company, they are confident that there will be no issues with transport to and from the various venues. Apologies for the delay in this communication, but we were waiting to see how the situation developed this morning.

3rd Year Trip to GPO Museum

On Thursday, the students from 3rd Year attended the GPO Museum. The museum brought to life events from Irish History that the students have studied this year.

5th Year Jumpzone

Our 5th year students had an enjoyable afternoon in Jumpzone Sandyford today.

Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh

Go n-éirí lenár bhfoirne díospóireachta ag Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh anocht in Áras Chrónáin Sa phictiúr tá Odhran McGuckin, Christian Mesolella agus Gareth Moynihan Best of luck to our debating teams at Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh (Pearse debating competition) tonight In the picture we have our junior team, Odhran McGuckin, Christian Mesolella and Gareth Moynihan

Maths Week 2021

This week CUS participated in the world’s biggest Maths festival “Maths Week”. Our Transition Year students organised activities for our Junior Cycle students with a special emphasis on our First Years boys who all received their ‘Maths Activity Packs’. Talks and presentations with other schools and universities also form a big part of this fantastic week. A big ‘Thank You’ to all involved!

Maths Week 2021

This week CUS participated in the world’s biggest Maths festival “Maths Week”. Our Transition Year students organised activities for our Junior Cycle students with a special emphasis on our First Years boys who all received their ‘Maths Activity Packs’. Talks and presentations with other schools and universities also form a big part of this fantastic week. A big ‘Thank You’ to all involved!

First Year English

Ms. Rowland’s First Year English class took a trip to the Iveagh Gardens this afternoon to hone their descriptive writing skills.

TY Castlecomer Discovery Park Trip

The TYs went to Castlecomer Discovery Park today where they took part in the Octagon challenge, Ireland's longest zipline, the catapult challenge and archery.

Ember Team trip to Kippure Estate

On Monday 20th of September the Ember team travelled to Kippure Estate in County Wicklow. During this trip the Ember team participated in a range of team building activities. Here is an account of the day, by Ember team member Lucas Maguire. In the early hours of Monday morning, all of the members of the Ember team gathered in the school Oratory, ready for our team-building excursion to Wicklow. There was a quick roll-call and then we all filed onto our bus for Kippure. After an hour-long bus trip, we arrived at the adventure center. We were met by our leaders for the day who brought us down to the main building. Here, to our delight, we were served a substantial buffet of food, complete with donuts, pastries and sausage rolls. Once we had finished eating, we were split into six groups and led into the forest to begin our teambuilding tasks. The staff informed us that over the next few hours we would be building shelters, making fires and cooking meals on the fire. We all set about building our shelters. We gathered materials such as moss, logs and stones to make the structures. A few members from each group were called down to learn how to make fire using flint and steel. Another small group were sent off on a scavenger hunt to find food that had been hidden in the forest. After about two hours, most of the shelters were complete and each team was beginning to cook their meal. My group had decided to cook breakfast burritos, packed full of sausages and rashers, along with a beef stew. The Kippure staff came around to inspect each of our shelters and taste the food that we had cooked. After the judging was complete, we returned to the main building for lunch. A mouthwatering platter had been prepared for us; there were burgers, chicken, sausages and loads of tasty salads. We were all very hungry following our eventful day and we tucked into the food. The winners were announced and awarded with a box of Celebrations. Overall, I really enjoyed this teambuilding trip, it was very enjoyable and showed our abilities to work together as a team.

1st Year Clay Portraits

LC Art 2021

1st Year Art 2021

Artwork from the 1st years last year

Students in Profile - David Muldowney - Reupload

This week's student in profile is David Muldowney in 6th Year. David received the Ronnie Delany Scholarship with Nathan Maguire in 2020. I have been a member of Carton House Golf Club since the age of 9 and for 2020 I was the Junior Captain of the club. I starting playing at the age of 6 at a local pitch and putt club in Naas. I have been part many Junior and Men’s teams in the Golf club and this year I captained the Fred Daly U18 team. I have been a member of the Golfing Union of Ireland’s High Performance Programme and coaching panels since the age of 11. I have had exposure to great coaches and very high quality players which really helped my golf. 2020 was my final year as a Junior and I was selected to play for Leinster U18’s. Every year, I play in the major Junior golf events and this year I placed well in all of them including finishing in the top 20 at the Irish Boys Open. Other highlights this year was sharing in the Ronnie Delany Scholarship with Nathan Maguire. My plan this year is to take part in all the major senior Amateur championships in Ireland as well as some in Europe. I also plan to travel to the US and try and qualify for the US Junior Amateur open – this was something I had planned for 2020 but it was cancelled due to Covid.

Paidir na Seachtaine- Prayer Of The Week

Prayer to end a school year. God of wisdom, We thank you for all the gifts you have given us throughout this school year. We praise you for giving us life, for saving us in Christ, and for choosing us to be your people. As we come to the end of this school year, we voice our gratitude for the good things you have done in us, and we praise you for all who have shared in the work of this school. We ask you to bless them in your love and give them refreshment and peace. We praise you, God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen

TY Retreat

Yesterday, the Transition Year students went on a hike to Ticknock with Fr O'Gara. They used this time to reflect on their Transition Year journey and offered their prayers and reflections at the summit.

6th Year Music Practicals

This morning the 6th Year Music students practiced for their upcoming Leaving Cert Music Practical. https://youtu.be/YGOpRmbbtUM

Students in Profile - Peter Falvey

This week's Student in Profile is Peter Falvey in TY. Peter has had great success in athletics having won multiple All-Irelands for his local club and has represented CUS in athletics, most notably winning the Leinster Title 1,100 m in First Year. Apparently ever since I could walk, I was running. I joined my local athletics club when I was in 2nd class of primary school. Many of my classmates were with me and we always had races around the yard at breaktimes. I owe a lot to my primary school, St Brigid’s Foxrock when It comes to my various exploits in athletics. The culture in that school for athletics and sport has stuck with me to this day and it was all kindled by one man. The late and great Jerry Kiernan taught in St Brigid's for north of 40 years and his philosophy of sport shaped the way us as students trained and competed. Jerry Kiernan represented Ireland in the marathon event at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He was also a sub-4 miler and retired from teaching when I was in 3rd class. Inspired by him and my coaches, my teammates and I were often able bring home team golds in the Dublin Cross Country championships, year in year out. Under age, we managed to secure the Team win at U10, U12 and U13 and bronze at U15 and as the team aged we slowly lost numbers to put forward a strong club team. We had no such issues in the school cross country scene however. St Brigid's often fielded more than 40 athletes in the Leinster Schools cross country championship. It was the most competitive race of the year as it contained 400+ athletes from 5th and 6th class from all over Leinster. I qualified for our school team while I was only in 4th class. Two years later I finished 2nd out of ~450 runners and helped my school bring home our 11th straight team win in 11 years. I won my first All-Ireland Championship with my club in 6th class. We won the 4x100m relay final by a country mile, breaking the National record for the age group by a second. Since then we have two National 4x200m relay indoor championships in 2018 and 2019 and won bronze in the outdoor 4x100m relay in 2019. Generally as an athlete, I make my bread and butter in track and field rather than cross country. I have done it all. I have competed in high jump, long jump and triple jump. I have competed in the shot put, discus and javelin. I do sprinting, middle distance and long distance running. Anything from jumping to throwing to running and I have experience with it. In 2018 I finished runner up in the Dublin Juvenile Track and field league by 1 point. This is an all-round competition of all the events I have mentioned, where you score points based on your performances, rather like a decathlon. It is held of 4 weeks of competition and it favours competitors with a broader athletic ability in order to win. You must be a good jumper, runner and thrower to score maximum points and the following year 2019 at U16 I placed first by over 30 points to second place. This victory was so special for me because I had been competing in this league for 6 years and often missed out on the top spot by small margins. But what is even more significant was that this was my last chance to win this title as after U16 there is no track and field league, only the championships. My most recent competition before covid was over a year ago now in February 2020. It was the Dublin indoor championships where I managed to win 3 events from the 4 that I competed in, and defend my high jump title from the year before. At this competition our relay team won our 3rd Dublin Championship 4x200m on the bounce but unfortunately, we were unable to convert it into our 3rd All Ireland win due to Covid-19 and the cancellation of the competition. At secondary school level I won on my debut for CUS, winning the Leinster Title in 1100m event at Santry in first year after qualifying through the east Leinster competition. In both 1st and 2nd year we were unlucky for a medal or two in the 4x100m relays just falling short and in third year I was unable to compete in the Track and Field season due to its cancellation. My latest event where I represented the school was in cross country last January. I stepped up to join the senior team despite only being in 3rd year at the time. I always like to punch above my weight as I did in primary school when I ran two years above my age. We fell short of our ambition of a team medal, but I gained priceless experience as I hope to be competing in that very same race in 2022 and 2023. Running has become habitual to me. If you have made it this far into this profile, then I urge you to take up running if you don’t already. You will live longer; you will be happier and healthier. And at the very least you will have something to brag to your colleagues about. Since lockdown began last March, I started to stray away from sprinting and Track and Field, and instead focused on going for longer runs. They cleared my head and gave me something to focus my attention in the wake of the cancellation of the Junior cert. These efforts brought me to running my first half marathon “21.1km” in late September. At the age of 15 I finished in 1 hour 32 minutes and 19 seconds. This year in 2021 I have clear goals in my mind. Seeing as I have no competitions in the foreseeable future, they are all focused on personal improvement and building on the progress I made last year. For example, I would like to test myself over the one-mile distance. Being a firm believer in the metric system I never really bother with distance, maybe I will surprise myself. But for me, the big-ticket event this year will be the Dublin city marathon. Said to be held virtually this year, I look forward to lapping my local park over 20 times. I will be 17 years of age by then and hope I can deliver on my debut over the 42.1 kilometre distance.

TY Weekly Challenges

As part of their TY Weekly Challenges, students took part in a photo competition with the theme of Spring.

Students in Profile - Aitzol King

This week's Student in Profile is Aitzol King. Aitzol, and his two brothers, Keelan and Iker, joined CUS when they were in 5th Year. Aitzol and Keelan have both represented CUS in Senior Level rugby with Aitzol being joint Vice-Captain of the SCT 2020/21. Aitzol has been involved in the Leinster Rugby Development programme and has represented Meath at Minor Level in Gaelic Football. My first involvement in sport was when I was 4, my dad brought me and my triplet brothers down to Boyne RFC but being so young we just messed around and didn’t stick at it for long. It wasn’t until the age of 9 that we began playing at Balbriggan RFC. Our team was always a tightly-knit group with many different cultures and nationalities. In our first final we were runners up,however, went on to win a few trophies throughout the years beating Athy at the U14 final, Barnhall at the U15 final, the div 1 league at U16 and finally the John Ward Cup at u17. It meant a lot to the lads as we were always underdogs and so close. It was also great to have my dad as the coach for us through the years. I was delighted to be picked for the North-East Leinster regional squad at u16 with a good friend of mine from Balbriggan RFC. From there we managed to progress through the pathway to the U18s Leinster Clubs Squad. That year, 2019, we won the interprovincials in Limerick. I was fortunate enough to be picked for the Ireland u18 Clubs & Schools after that. We were lucky enough to be selected for the Leinster U19s in the summer just gone and this year aiming to make the U20 squad. I also played GAA and football for the local teams from the age of 6 along with athletics for Star of the Sea. I packed in the football when I was 15 as I didn’t have the time for all 3 sports. It wasn’t until 2019 that I dropped GAA after a spell with the Meath Minors. Aitzol King Sixth Year

World Book Day 2021

World Book Day, which takes place on Thursday March 4th, celebrates the joy and value of books and the art of reading. Worldwide, schools and organisations are showing their appreciation and love of literature. Reading offers us a vehicle to store and share essential knowledge about the world around us, and beyond. It profoundly affects our lives, and there are inextricable links between reading, literacy and health, wealth and well-being. It is important now more than ever to appreciate that reading gives us a place to go, when we have to stay where we are. Th English Department have compiled a list of 'Recommended Reads' for both Junior and Senior Cycle students. These are books that we feel will challenge students, but that they will also enjoy reading for pleasure. We look forward to celebrating this day with you. Best wishes, CUS English Department

Students in Profile - David Muldowney

This week's student in profile is David Muldowney in 6th Year. David received the Ronnie Delany Scholarship with Nathan Maguire in 2020. I have been a member of Carton House Golf Club since the age of 9 and for 2020 I was the Junior Captain of the club. I starting playing at the age of 6 at a local pitch and putt club in Naas. I have been part many Junior and Men’s teams in the Golf club and this year I captained the Fred Daly U18 team. I have been a member of the Golfing Union of Ireland’s High Performance Programme and coaching panels since the age of 11. I have had exposure to great coaches and very high quality players which really helped my golf. 2020 was my final year as a Junior and I was selected to play for Leinster U18’s. Every year, I play in the major Junior golf events and this year I placed well in all of them including finishing in the top 20 at the Irish Boys Open. Other highlights this year was sharing in the Ronnie Delany Scholarship with Nathan Maguire. My plan this year is to take part in all the major senior Amateur championships in Ireland as well as some in Europe. I also plan to travel to the US and try and qualify for the US Junior Amateur open – this was something I had planned for 2020 but it was cancelled due to Covid.

Online Cooking Course Starting 2nd March - Repost

Cooking Class Online are running a cooking course for Transition Year students. starting Tuesday 2nd March The Essential Cooking Course runs for 6 weeks and costs €99. The course includes 20 Online Recipes - with step by step video tutorials. Bonus 2 live recipes per week - delivered over six 90-120 minute virtual Cook Along modules - hosted live by Vanessa Greenwood (Founder Cooks Academy Cookery School) This online cookery course is designed for those with a basic level of cooking. Even those with no knowledge at all will be happily surprised at how easy the instructions are, and will also be able to complete the course. This course is being supported by 6 Weeks of live Virtual Cook Along sessions, every Tuesday. More information can be found at https://www.cookingclassonline.com/Transition_Year_Cooking_Course If your son is interested, please complete the booking process using the link above and then complete this form so we know your son will be attending. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=nxkqQZmUo0KzVUUU-0cM8tUMMJ-TOsZNjg6eukmyQcFUNUpBNzdKOEY2SUo0SjBHVjgyR0JZME5KVC4u