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.

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 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.

TY Cooking Course

This week the TY students made a prawn stir-fry and a sticky toffee pudding in their virtual Essential Cooking Course

Students in Profile - William Hackett

This week's Student in Profile is William Hackett in Transition Year. William is a chess player who is ranked 7th in Ireland at U17s and has represented Ireland in international tournaments. He was called up to the Ireland U16s Chess Team to compete at ChessMates in Murmansk last March but unfortunately Covid prevented that from happening. William is a very active member of the CUS Chess Club and organises weekly online chess tournaments for CUS students during the current lockdown. I'm a member of my local chess club, Malahide. When I was 6 years old my dad taught me how to play chess and I have enjoyed it ever since. Throughout my early career I played for my club in the community games U16 chess team competition and was lucky enough to pick up 4 gold all Ireland medals. I’m also grateful to have captained a great group of players on two of these occasions. I started playing ranked individual chess tournaments when I was 12 years old and have never looked back. With various successes and knock backs, my biggest achievement so far was my winning of the U16 Leinster title which I won last year. My high quality performances for my age earned me a spot on the Irish youth training panel which led to my first Irish international game vs England in 2017. This was followed by many other appearances for Ireland, my most notable being in the U16 European championships. One reason why I love playing chess so much is the chance to travel to such unusual places in the world and also making lifelong friends along the way. I’m in debt to all of my hard working coaches throughout the years who have given me their precious time and have taught me invaluable lessons. I hope to do them proud in the future. One day I aspire to improve my skills enough to win the Irish championship. William Hackett Fourth year

Mini Company Poster Design

As part of their Mini Company class, students have been learning about information design. This week they were tasked with creating a poster to promote a business, raise COVID-19 awareness or to promote a charitable organisation.

Players in Profile - Tom Brennan

The first in a series of Players in Profile, Tom Brennan gives us an insight into pathway to captaining the Dublin football minor team and being the only dual player in Dublin, playing both football and hurling at minor level. Tom has also proudly represented the school in rugby, playing for the Junior and Senior Cup Teams and was part of the Leinster Rugby Schools Programme, and athletics competing in the 100m and 200m sprints. I am a member of my local GAA club, Na Fianna, based in Glasnevin. Since the age of four I have been playing both hurling and Gaelic football. I am lucky to be part of a committed group of players at my age group. We also have had lots of brilliant coaches. This culminated with an historic victory in the Dublin Féile na nGael (U14) hurling final, the first ever won by my club. We also reached the final in Football. The following year we retained the Championship crown in hurling at U15 level. I have been a member of the Dublin Development Squads in both hurling and football since under 13 age group. These trials and training sessions have given me invaluable experience. I was fortunate enough to be selected on both the hurling and football County Minor teams for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, making my debut in football with a championship win over Meath in Parnell Park, and my debut in hurling versus Kilkenny in Nolan Park. In 2020, I had the privilege to captain the Dublin football minor team. My Grandfather represented Dublin at senior level and has an All-Ireland medal from 1958. I hope that one day I can be part of a Dublin team doing similarly. Tom Brennan Sixth Year

TY Cooking Course

Some of the TY students were making carrot soup and brownies with earlier this week as part of their 6 week Essential Cooking Course

Hamper Fund 2020

Today the Transition Year students delivered 84 hampers to two primary school. So far, 177 hampers have gone out across Dublin from CUS and there are still more to go. Well done and thank you to everyone in Transition Year, their hard work over the past 3 weeks has made a difference to so many this Christmas.

TY Chinese Presentation

The TY Chinese class presented their project to the rest of the class

6th Year Sponsored Walk - 9th Dec

Well done and thank you to the 6th years who organised and took part in an accumulative 1000km sponsored walk around St Stephen's Green to raise money for the SVP Hamper Fund Appeal. Sponsorship can be made using the following link

TY Hike to the HellFire Cub

The TY students hiked up to the Hellfire Club in the Dublin Mountains today

1st Year Technology

The First Year Technology class went to St Stephen's Green this morning to investigate the biodiversity around us. They will be designing bird boxes and bee hotels over the coming weeks

2nd Year F1 racing

The 2nd year Technology students designed, built and raced their fan powered cars this week.

TY Activity - The Wall Climbing Gym 26th Nov

Another group of Transition Years went to the Wall Climbing Gym today

3rd Year Concert

On Friday morning, third-year piano players performed a concert for our first-year students in the school oratory. The diverse programme included music by Chopin, Debussy, Dussek, Norton, Grieg and Cornick. Many thanks to Ms. O'Sullivan, the performers and assistants Sam Oragano, Sean Gaughan, Cormac Ryan, Alex Mulgrew, Conor Cullen and Aidan Walsh for their fabulous work. This concert is the first in a series that will showcase the many talents of our musicians in CUS.

TY Activity - The Wall Climbing Gym

Some of the Transition Years went to the Wall Climbing Gym in Sandyford today

2nd Years in the Iveagh Gardens

Another group of 2nd Years went to the Iveagh Gardens yesterday to take pictures for the ISTA biodiversity photography competition

2nd Years in the Iveagh Gardens

Some of the 2nd year students went to the Iveagh Gardens to take pictures for the ISTA photography competition. The theme is biodiversity

Ember Team

Today the ember team met with the first year classes. The ember team will be acting as mentors for the first years. They will help them with homework, study, sport and any challenges that they may be facing.

TY Outdoor Pursuits 5th Nov

Some pictures of our TYs in the Pheonix Park this afternoon

Environmental Studies - Clean Up

Some of the TY students helped clean up the Grand Canal as part of their Environmental Studies module on Tuesday

Barista Course

Some of our TY's completed the Barista Course yesterday. in the Irish Barista Academy. There are still places available, contact Mr Daly if your son is interested. Conor Fitzpatrick gave his account of the day: We made way to the Capel Buildings, Mary’s Abbey, to participate in a barista training course. Under the control of superviser and teacher for the day, Emer, we learned many things, from safety hazards and rules, all the way up to making different kinds of coffee and how to clean up properly. During the break, we went up to McDonalds to treat our selves, and made our way back to the meeting room. In the afternoon we put our skills to practice and made a variety of cofeees. At the end of the day we received our certificates in HACCP and certificate of completion. Many thanks to Excel Recruitment for having us at their venue, a great day was had by all!

Mr Byrne's Retirement

The staff and students said goodbye to Mr Byrne today ahead of his retirement. Thank you to Mr Byrne for everything he has done for the school over the past 3 years and we wish him a long and happy retirement.

2nd Year Technical Graphics

The 2nd years applied the geometric principles of Conic sections to create some everyday objects.

Ember Team Training

On Monday 12th of October, fourteen fifth year students did a full day ember training course. Students worked on their communication, listening and leadership skills during this course. The ember team will be working on different projects throughout the year that will benefit students, staff and parents. Well done to all of the boys who volunteered for this years Ember team.

Teaching in the Iveagh Gardens

Here is the 5th year Exam Religion class learning about Plato and his Theory of Ideas in the Iveagh Gardens. Students gained a completely different experience with his philosophies and ideas.

TY Outreach

As part of World Mental Health Day 2020 (Saturday 10th Oct) some of the TY students made cards for people who may be experiencing loneliness due to the pandemic. The cards will be sent to Alone and Pieta House who will distribute them next week. Find out more about WMHD at

8th Oct

The TY students had great fun in Bird Ave taking part in problem soliving activities with TeamWorks and in the Phoenix Park today.

TY Hike to Howth Head

Some picture from the TY hike to the summit of Howth Head on the 17th Sept and Oct 1st

Some photos from the TY trip to Glendalough

TY Hike to Glendalough

Last Thursday, we got our first taste of our Transition Year Outdoor Pursuits Programme in our trip to Glendalough. After our first class, we set out from CUS to Glendalough in high spirits. Instead of our usual two buses, we had to take four to accommodate social distancing. It was a strange experience having to sit apart from each other on the bus, let alone wearing masks, but the journey was still enjoyable regardless. The conversation still flowed; who was going to be put in who’s fantasy team, what the homework was the night before, the usual stuff. When we arrived at Glendalough, we were put into four different groups, before being led off by Mr. Israel on the 5k hike around the upper lakes. The scenery was breathtaking. Personally, whenever I take a walk, I never really take much notice of the environment around me. However, a few minutes into the hike, I was taken aback by just how beautiful the scenery was. The lake was so calm and clear, and the trees and sky shone in its reflection. After hiking around the upper lake, we took a break for lunch. Again, it was strange to have a socially distanced lunch, but enjoyable nonetheless. After finishing off our food we made our way back to the buses, and drove back to Dublin. Overall, it was a very enjoyable trip. It was great to be away with the lads again, even with the Covid guidelines. A big thanks to all the staff for facilitating the trip and making it happen in the first place. We’re all eagerly looking forward to the next one. Billy Dunne TY

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