Congratulations to all who were involved last April in the St. Leo’s College Cycle Against Suicide event which resulted in gaining the status of ‘A Cycle Against Suicide’ Ambassador School. This programme, which we were proud to be associated with, assists schools to become actively involved in breaking the stigma around mental health and suicide and promoting the Cycle Against Suicide message that ‘it’s OK not to feel OK and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.’
At an awards ceremony in the Department of Education and Skills, Dublin on Friday 12th September 2014, Mikayla Kelly and Audrey Murphy together with Ms Vivienne Kelly and Ms Sheila Coady proudly represented our students and staff.
Jim Breen and Bob Carley, gave inspirational messages throughout the ceremony, to the 30 schools who were represented and honoured at the prestigious event.
Book Lists for the forthcoming academic year are now available for download. Junior cycle students participating in the Book Rental scheme have no requirement to purchase books listed as all books will be provided.
Congratulations to St. Leo’s Chamber Choir on their recent competition success. On May 1st the choir travelled to Cork to compete in the 60th annual International Choral Festival. The standard of competing choirs in this prestigious competition was as high as ever. The choir members were thrilled to be awarded 2nd prize and a certificate of excellence for their performance of Michael McGlynn’s Incantations and Mr. Sandman by Pat Ballard. On Friday 9th May the choir travelled north to the Navan Choral Festival in Co. Meath. The girls delivered superb performances in three competitions. In the Youth Choir Competition the adjudicator couldn’t fault St. Leo’s performance and awarded them a fourth place trophy. The choir were determined to improve this placing in the next two competitions and provided outstanding performances. For a flawless rendition of Michael McGlynn’s Cúnnla the girls achieved first prize and a trophy in the Ógánaigh i nGaeilge Competition. They followed this with a sublime and powerful performance of the folk song Dan Dan Soy from the Philippines to retain the Paddy Newman Perpetual Cup for the second consecutive year in the Foreign Language Competition. Accompanist Ella Nagy, a third year student and member of the choir, was complimented for her superb piano playing. Conductor Mr. Ian Curran is extremely proud of all the girls and grateful for their dedication, spirit and commitment to choral excellence.
St. Leo’s College were delighted to volunteer to act as an anchor school to support the great work being done by the Cycle Against Suicide team 2014. This organisation is promoting mental health around the country by undertaking a 1,400Km, 14 day cycle around Ireland starting on Monday 28th April and finishing on 11th May 2014.
As an anchor school we were delighted to welcome more than 600 cyclists for tea and refreshments on Monday evening as they arrived in from their first day’s travelling. Tuesday morning saw registration taking place from 7.30am followed by an address to the entire school community by inspirational leader Jim Breen reaffirming that “It is okay not to feel okay and it’s more than okay to ask for help” and speakers who recounted their personal experiences with mental health issues. The audience was treated to a premier viewing of the in-house production of “Reach for the Stars” following which they lined the street to wave the participants off as they set out on the next stage.
St. Leo’s College is proud and pleased to announce the launch of our commemorative book reflecting on the enormous contribution made by the Mercy Congregation to Education. The book entitled “The Proof of Love is Deed – Following in the Footsteps of Catherine McAuley” includes a number of personal reflections from a number of high profile contributors including Sheila Carney RSM, Aine Barrins RSM, Mary C. Sullivan RSM, Brenda Dolphin RSM, Ann Looney NCCA, Dr David Tuohy SJ, Fr Peter McVerry SJ, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, Mary Curtis RTE, Teresa McKenna NCAD, Olivia O’Leary Journalist and Broadcaster, Mary Doyle Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, John Lonergan former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, Anne Kelleher, former Chief Executive of CEIST, Professor Hannah McGee, Dean Royal College of Surgeons, Sheila Smyth DES German Inspector, Msgr. Caoimhin O’Neill, President of Carlow College.
We are delighted that past pupil Olivia O’Leary has agreed to launch this publication which will take place on 1st May at 7.30pm.
The launch will be followed by the fifth Catherine McAuley Lecture, delivered by Alison Miller, a member of the successful Six Nations Women’s Rugby Team.
All are welcome to what promises to be a truly wonderful evening.
On return from the Easter holidays all Leaving cert students will be met individually by Principal, Ms Clare Ryan to review their Pre-Leaving Certificate examinations and their school reference.
References can only be issued to those who complete and return the attached forms.
To assist us in preparing student references we would ask all Leaving Certificate students to download and complete the reference template. Completed forms can then be saved, uploaded and returned by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
On returning your form, please ensure you have renamed the document in your own name.
Congratulations to Aisling Mahon and Michelle Long, past pupils, who were recently were awarded scholarships at their respective third level colleges as a result of their Leaving Certificate results. These girls join a long list of students who this year have received Entrance Award Scholarships from a variety of academic institutions including Trinity College and UCD based on their Leaving Certificate results. Aisling is studying Nursing at DCU while Michelle is studying Biosciences and Bioforensics. Well done to them all.
Congratulations to our solo singers Stacey Buturla, Vanessa Vundla and our group act Silver Linings with Rebecca Adeyemo and Karen Cradden, who are finalists going through to All Ireland Quarter Finals, on Sat March 29th in The Spring-Hill Court Hotel, Kilkenny. We wish you the best of luck!!
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