Adult Education

The Adult Education Programme for the Autumn Term begins Tues 23rd. September. The following classes are running:

  • Art / Painting,
  • Learn to Bake (full),
  • Mindfulness,
  • First Aid,
  • Zumba,
  • iPad, Tablet and Smartphone training
  • Spanish (starts Tues 7th Oct.)
  • Yoga (starts 7:15pm)
  • Pilates (starts 7pm)
  • Golf
  • Creative Writing (Starts 30th Sept.)
  • Ballroom Dancing (Saturday 11am)

If you wish to join a class you can just turn up tomorrow night. Further info available in the Adult Education Section.

Big Beach Clean.

5105324439_2521709ff1_zMr. Fitzgerald and his TY Environmental Class made an appearance on the RTE News on Friday. The Big Beach Clean is taking place this weekend all over Ireland and our students’ research and dedication to keeping The Velvet Strand clean forms part of this national campaign. Click here to see the report.

The Sean Lemass Award for Excellence in Enterprise

Sean Lemass AwardCongratulations to Joseph Dunne, Ryan Kelly, Stephen McInerney Foran and Ultan Ó’ Moráin who today received the Sean Lemass Award for Excellence in Enterprise from an Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. and Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan, T.D.

The boys were accompanied to the Department of Education and Skills by Ms. Eithne Deeney, Principal and Mr. Donal O’ Mahony, former Transition-year coordinator, now with Junior Cycle for Teachers. Their company is called Surfwatch.

The Sean Lemass award, unveiled in 2009, on the 50th anniversary of his appointment to office, aims to boost business skills and interest among young people. Mr. Lemass was instrumental in founding Aer Lingus, Bord na Móna and other state bodies.

SurfWatch is software that uses a proprietary algorithm to estimate real time wave height from video imagery. The mathematics underlying the software was developed by Ultan Ó’ Móráin. Joseph Dunne, Ryan Kelly and Stephen McInerny Foran worked with Ultan and founded SurfWatch in order to market the software.

Thanks to all the teachers who helped the students to their success. The competition is administered by the Professional Development Service for Teachers via their Transition-year Mini-company Get up and Go competition and the Local Enterprise officers. (Images: and Mr. O’ Mahony).

Congratulations to our new student leaders.

Badges were presented by Ms Deeney, Sr Geraldine Mullen and Mr. Fitzgerald to our new Prefect Leaders today. Head Girl, Ailbhe Twomey; Head Boy, Ultain O’ Morain; Deputy Head Girl, Rhiannon Curtis-Davis and Deputy Head Boy, Mark Gray were selected from amongst the prefects by students and staff. We wish them all the best over the next year and thanks all who put themselves forward. Photos on the right.

Ice-bucket challenge.

Well done to all of the teachers who were doused with icy water by the lucky students who were picked out of a hat. Mr Hand organised the challenge and participated. Ms Maher, Ms Dolan, Ms O’Brien, Ms Hughes, Ms Moran, Mr Curran and Mr Murphy were soaked in aid of Motor Neuron Disease. Thanks to all of the students who contributed.

Seamus Heaney Reading Week.

heaneyOur annual Seamus Heaney Reading Week starts on Monday 15th September. As part of our literacy programme we have told all students to have a novel in their bags and at certain times during the week they will be asked to ‘Drop and Read’. Teachers will stop the class and students will read quietly for that period. Students representing each year will also be reading extracts from their favourite novels and telling the school why they like them over the intercom.