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Farewell to Mr Killeen & Ms Costello edition of Coláiste Mhuire NEWSLETTER Summer 2017

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

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In this edition we bid farewell to both Mr Michael Killeen (Principal) and Ms Patricia Costello (Assistant Principal & TY co-ordinator) who have announced their retirements after distinguished careers at Coláiste Mhuire.  On behalf of the whole school community we wish them well in their retirements and extend an open invitation to call into to us in the coming school year.

Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown Newsletter Summer 2017

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Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown NEWSLETTER Christmas 2016

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

 

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Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown NEWSLETTER Christmas 2016

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Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown NEWSLETTER Summer 2016

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

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Coláiste Mhuire Summer 2016 Newsletter (PDF)

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Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown NEWSLETTER Easter 2016

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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Coláiste Mhuire Spring 2016 Newsletter (PDF)

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Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown NEWSLETTER Christmas 2015

Friday, December 18th, 2015

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Coláiste Mhuire Christmas 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

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Staff & Students from Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown complete Cycle Against Suicide

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

In conjunction with our Mental Health & Suicide Prevention initiatives in the school, a number of staff & students participated in the Cycle Against Suicide last Friday, 8th May 2015.  Many weeks of preparation, both on & off the saddle, were required for this feat.  Our staff & students were completing the Thurles to Portlaois leg via Johnstown along the N8.  Unfortunately, the poor weather on the day curtailed the event significantly as the morning session from Clonmel to Thurles proved too taxing for many.  For Health & Safety reasons the Thurles to Portlaois leg was cancelled with buses to be provided in order to meet the subsequent arrival time.  This adversely affected the proposed “Sos Beag” in Coláiste Mhuire, which our Local Education Committee had prepared for so diligently.

However, the spirit of our cyclists shone through as they decided to complete the leg from Thurles to Johnstown as weather conditions had improved and it was feasible for them to do so.  They were greeted with memorable scenes by those kind enough to wait until the slightly later time of 4.30pm.  The bus operators had originally agreed to delay collections to facilitate the “Sos Beag” but this decision was understandably reversed on cancellation of this leg.  With the majority of students having been collected by their bus, those that stayed on with some members of staff and management made the homecoming a memorable occasion for the cyclists!  Well done to all involved for participating in an event of national importance and promoting an extremely worthy cause.  #ItsOkNotToFeelOk  For more information visit www.cycleagainstsuicide.com

Staff & Students from Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown about to embark on the Cycle Against Suicide (May 2015)

Staff & Students from Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown about to embark on the Cycle Against Suicide (May 2015)

Staff & Students from Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown who completed the Cycle Against Suicide (May 2015)

Staff & Students from Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown who completed the Cycle Against Suicide (May 2015)

Management, Staff & Students @ Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown having completed Cycle Against Suicide (May 2015)

Management, Staff & Students @ Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown having completed Cycle Against Suicide (May 2015)

Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown NEWSLETTER Christmas 2014

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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Coláiste Mhuire Newsletter Christmas 2014

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Guest Speaker on Positive Mental Health by Fionnbar Walsh from Live Life

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Fionnbar Walsh, father of Donal Walsh, the courageous Kerry teenager who touched so many lives through his campaign against teenage suicide, has passed on his son’s message of hope to students and staff in Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown on Monday, 8th December 2014.

Below are a number of quotes from Donal that Fionnbar shared with us.  He pointed out that Donal’s language was key and he wanted to keep the conversation alive.  He wasn’t politically correct, stating that “Men in suits who run this country pay themselves thousands & we have to beg for a bucket of paint!” when referring to Crumlin hospital.

‘Donal’s message was to go out there and live life – he didn’t have a choice with the sentence he lived under.

‘He knew he was on a terminal route but that other people had a choice of going out there and living life.

‘He was very strong on the message against teenage suicide and particularly the glorification of it on social media.

‘Suicide doesn’t get rid of the problem.  It eliminates the opportunity at finding the solution to the problem!’

‘Donal was a 16-year-old with his own sense of being and his own value of life,’ he said, adding that his son’s message of life and hope had crossed all sectors of church, school, community and religious belief since the courageous teenager passed away in May of last year at his home in Blennerville, Co Kerry. By the time of his death, Donal had raised more than €50,000 for charity.  At the time of writing, the Donal Walsh Foundation has raised over €300,000 of which over €150,000 has been distributed through organisations like Pieta House and Hospices throughout Munster.  Various events take place each year, such as the Live Life Marathon, which has even exported to numerous countries including the UK, America, Australia & Tanzania!  Fionnbar has written a book called “Donal’s Mountain” detailing their story and it is now being translated into other languages.  All proceeds from sales of the book go back into the foundation to support their work.

The overwhelming message from this powerful talk was to champion the human spirit and fulfill your potential.  All of us fortunate to be present left our school hall with those words resonating within us and a far greater appreciation of each other.  We wish Fionnbar, his wife and their Live Life Foundation continued success in spreading this positive message and raising much needed funds for Mental Health & Hospice services.

 

Friendship Week @ Coláiste Mhuire March 4th – 8th

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
FRIENDSHIP WEEK @ COLAISTE MHUIRE JOHNSTOWN

FRIENDSHIP WEEK @ COLAISTE MHUIRE JOHNSTOWN

Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown will run a Friendship Week from Monday 4th to Friday 8th of March 2013.  There will be a range of Whole School Activities, including a number of displays, lunchtime events and the introduction of a “Buddy System“.

FRIENDSHIP WEEK @ COLAISTE MHUIRE JOHNSTOWN

The week will be co-ordinated by our resident Guidance Counsellor, Ms Valerie Dempsey, who will be happy to discuss the matter further with any interested parties.  Enquiries can be made through the school office on 056-8831135.  More to follow on the school website so watch this space.

 

Making the Connection at Coláiste Mhuire

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Colaiste Mhuire introduced the Young Social Innovators programme for the first time in September
2010. Eleven members of transition year volunteered to combat a social problem within their
community.  They chose the isolation of the elderly.  The group felt that older people had been
largely forgotten about during the Celtic Tiger years because they were not seen as valuable in
economic terms.  The YSI group researched the problem and received a presentation on the topic
in the headquarters of Age Action Ireland in Camden Street, Dublin.

The project was given the title “Making the Connection”, and this connection was made
every Wednesday afternoon with the residents of the Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Crosspatrick.
The students organised some innovative activities that supported the growth of friendships

A bingo afternoon enabled the competitive spirit of the residents to have expression.

An American Tea Party allowed both generations bond over a love of good food and chat.

The student photography class captured images of the residents and their buddies; the photos
were framed and now have pride of place in the reception area of the nursing home.

A creative art class was provided under the guidance of Miss Ryan.  Materials were used that
supported artistic expression and did not require a lot of dexterity.  Young and old worked
together to capture the surrounding landscape.

A wonderful flower arranging class was directed by the group.  The residents created arrangements
that reflected the colours of winter.  The students helped by cutting vegetation and tying ribbons.
The residents generously donated a completed arrangement of silk flowers to Colaiste Mhuire; it
now graces the statue of Our Lady in our entrance.

Some musically gifted students provided an enormously enjoyable soiree. The repetoire was
diverse; from X-Factor tunes to Count John McCormack. Love of music is a timeless gift.

The winter snow disrupted the programme but the school bus managed to skate out in late
December. YSI gifts of colourful window boxes and handmade cards were given with warm wishes.
The students gained an insight into the sense of loss that many older people experience at this
time.

Over the numerous cups of tea and scones, friendships flourished. Age was and is irrelevant, a
common love of music, sport, folklore and a love of the locality was celebrated.

The YSI group did indeed Make A Connection!

 

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