Big turnout at the chess club today! Copy and past the link:
Leaving Cert Geography
Ms. Kissane has uploaded the following pages from a recently published Irish Times supplement on various LC subjects. These pages focus on Geography and are well worth a read. Copy and paste the following link into your browser:
Fifth Year Open Day at UCC
Some of the Fifth Years will be attending the UCC Spring Open Day on Thursday. Students from all over Munster and further afield will be attending. Each school will be met individually and a set itinerary is in place for each group. This will include a guided tour of the campus, a general presentation and then students will be free to visit individual stands from the different departments. To get most value from the day, students are advised to prepare in advance by reading up on courses that seem of most relevance/interest. See www.ucc.ie
Some free time will then be made available for a visit to downtown Leeside before our return to the City of the Deise!
TY 2014-14 Activity Centre Trip
As in previous years, a trip to an activity centre is being planned for the TY group in September. Details on cost, venue and dates to follow. Payment will be required in May to secure the booking.
Selection for TY 2014-15
The selection process for TY 2014-15 is nearly at a close. Once this has been completed, Fifth Year subject options will be brought to a conclusion. Watch this space!!!
TY visit to Cork
Last Thursday, TY had the opportunity to visit Cork where they got a guided tour of St. Finbarre's Cathedral and then on to UCC where Waterford natives David and Robert Butler of the Economics Department gave them two presentations on what economics is all about and especially what it involves at Third Level. Mr. Kiely gave them a quick guided tour of the campus where the Quad was and is the focal point.
Finally on to the city centre for some free time to sample the delights of the city by the Lee. Overall, a very enjoyable day!
Upcoming TY trip to Madrid
The departure date for this year's TY trip to Madrid is rapidly approaching - Sunday the 27th of April. An interesting programme is presently being finalised and a memorable experience is in store for the lucky participants. Well done to the supportive parents and thanks also to Ian Manto at Harvey Travel for his professional assistance.
Leaving Cert Oral Examinations
Best of luck to the Leaving Cert students who are completing their Irish oral examinations this week - go mbeidh an t-ath libh!
Next week is French and German orals so again, bon chance and viel gluck!
Waterpark College Golf team crowned Munster School's Champions!
26th March 2014
On March 13th, 2014, the Waterpark College golf team went to Faithlegg Golf Club to compete in the 2014 School’s Munster Final. Four schools competed in the final on the day, including Castletroy, Nagle Rice Donerale and Douglas Community College. The lads teed off at 12.40pm and finished their round at 4.30pm. Waterpark College emerged victorious with a score of 143 – David Walsh (70)-2 and Jack Power (73)+1.
As a result, we will now compete in the School’s All Ireland Final, representing Munster, in Nenagh Golf Club on the 23rd of April 2014. Our team is made up of David Walsh, Jack Power and Zach Daly. (Substitutions: Brian Sheridan and Jack Kelly)
Well done to the incoming First Years, 2014-`15 who came to Waterpark for last Saturday's Entrance Assessment. One step closer to secondary school education in Waterpark College!
Session 1. Fifth Year - Senior Cycle Curriculum 2014/16
Start time : 07.30pm End Time 08.00pm
Relevant Groups: Current TY and Junior Cycle-Enrolling in 5th Yr 14/15.
2.Senior Cycle Curriculum 14/16 -Paul O'Reilly -Guidance Counsellor.
Session 2 Transition Year Programme 14/15
Start time 08.10 pm End Time 08.50 pm.
Relevant Group: Junior Cycle - wishing to enrol in Transition Year 14/15
2.Introduction to TY Programme 14/15-Paul Wheatley-TY Coordinator
3.Admission Policy and Programme charges-Principal
4 Questions and Answers.
An induction evening for parents will take place on Thursday the 27th of February. There will be three assigned sessions. Parents will be notified by post as to which session they have been allocated.
There will be a written entrance assessment taking place on Saturday the 1st of March. Again, parents will informed by post regarding a timetable for same.
CAREERS PRESENTATIONS BY PAUL MC DONALD, CIVIL ENGINEER, KILDARE CO.CO. TO Ys 5 & 6
Follow this link for the ppt. to a very interesting presentation:
UCD SUMMER SCHOOL
More info: https://myucd.ucd.ie/summer-school/index.ezc
How to study! Here are some tips that class 1:2 came up with today:
· Write down or highlight important points
· Organise your time well
· Spend more time on subjects you find harder
· Study in a quiet place
· Test yourself
· Use a spare copy for important notes
· Use our time wisely
· Don’t study when you’re tired
· Break it down into smaller pieces
Changes at Junior Cert. level
Link to press statement from the Department of Education and Science:
Link to presentation on JC reform:
Link to statement from DES on how changes at JC are to be implemented:
Mathematical Sciences Careers Talk @ UCC
Takes place in WGB G13, UCC on Friday March 7th from 3 to 4pm. Three graduates from this course will talk about their post-graduate courses, their current and previous jobs. More info. from Schools Liaison Officer, UCC.
Note, 5/3/'14: moved to March 14th
Updates from WIT
Level 8, WD191, B. Sc. (Hons) in Ag. Science
Level 7, WD188, B. Sc. in Applied Health Care
WD135, formerly known as Applied Social Studies in Social Care will now be known as B.A (Hons) in Social Care Practice. Course duration will change from 3 to 4 years. There will be no Maths entry requirement. Full details on the wit website.
More info on WIT website.
Study Abroad - International Universities Fair
Venue: O'Reilly Hall, UCD, Belfield, Dublin
Date / time: Sat. Mar. 29, 9am to 4pm
More info on: www.thestudentworld.com
Note: Mr. O'Reilly will be bringing a group if there is sufficient interest among Fifth and Sixth Years. Let him know if you're interested!
UCC Spring Open Day
UCC Spring Open Day for Fifth Years will take place on Thursday, April 10th.
New course just announced 'BA in World Languages', CK110 See website for more details.
Colaiste Stiofan Naofa, Cork Open Day
Takes place Tuesday, March 4th 10am to 8pm
The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science will hold a 2-day Transition Year programme on March 20 and 21 for current TY students who have an interest in Agriculture, Food Science and/or Human Nutrition.
The UCD Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition Transition Year programme will take place from 9.30am to 5pm each day in the UCD Agriculture and Food Science Centre. Students will have an opportunity to receive riveting lectures from leading experts connected with the programmes, participate in interactive workshops and take part in campus tours while also receiving information on the wide ranging career opportunities available to graduates. The programme will provide an invaluable introduction to the areas of Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition, and students will have an opportunity to experience student life on the UCD Belfield Campus.
Applications are now open - students can submit their application online through the MyUCD webpage for ‘UCD Agriculture, Food Science & Human Nutrition Transition Year Programme’. The closing date for applications is Friday February 21, should places still be available on this date, so any interested students should apply as soon as possible. The fee (all inclusive) for this 2-day programme is €50.
NUI Galway are having an Information Evening in the Park Hotel, Clonmel on the 30th of January from 7pm to 9pm for prospective students.
Edward Kavanagh, EURES advisor at the Dept. of Social Protection gave a presentation to Sixth Years on Jan. the 29th on Living and Working in the EU. Among the many interesting points he highlighted was the importance of language skills and the opportunities which they give rise to. Among the countries he highlighted were Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Norway.
Paul Mac Donald, Executive Engineer / Training Officer at Kildare Co. Co. will give a presentation to Fifth and Sixth Years on the 4th of March on opportunities in Engineering, Science, Law and Finance
Many thanks to Barbara Ruddock who gave a presentation to some Sixth Years and TY students on training opportunities in FAS on Thursday last.
Thanks to John Hannafin based at the Clonmel campus of Limerick IT who gave a presentation to Art students today on creative multimedia and animation courses atLIT (Clonmel). More info at facebook.com/creativemultimedia or lit.ie/courses/LC517 or 504 or 518 and facebook.com/animation.lit
Fifth Years attended a presentation today by Dr. Michelle Davis of the University of Wales (Trinity, St. David). Some of the advantages of going to college in this university is the range of courses, the fact that the cost of studying there could work out the same or better than studying in Cork or Dublin, moving away from home and sampling life in a different environment and a different country (where English, as well as Welsh is spoken!). Check out the website http://www.trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk/merger/. See also directgov.co.uk and ucas.com and http://www.ucas.com/sites/default/files/ucas-tariff-tables.pdf
See presentation: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/University%20of%20Wales%20Trinity%20Saint%20David%20jan%202014.ppt
Don't forget that Feb. 1 is the deadline for receipt of application for ROI undergraduate courses through the CAO system. Please contact Mr. O'Reilly if you have any problems.
Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications for the first round of interviews which will take place in March is the 17th of Feb. and for interviews taking place in May is the 25th of April. According to latest info, online application will be available on the wcfe website from next week on.
Please note that Jan. 15th is the deadline for application for undergraduate courses via UCAS. See ucas.com for further info.
A presentation will be given in the Granville Hotel at 10am on Tuesday the 14th of January starting at 10am and lasting for 2h approx. I am told that these traineeships will be paid and language training and support will be provided. This is mainly geared towards 18 to 35 y/o. More info on https://ec.europa.eu/eures/ or e-mail Edward.Kavanagh@welfare.ie
See the following for more info:
UCC December 2013 newsletter
CAO updates: Parents/Students - make sure you check the cao website for updates on courses listed in the CAO handbook which has been distributed to Sixth Year students.
UCC Computer Science Open Evening Dec. 10 . See: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/CS%20openday%20Dec%2010.pdf
WIT and WCFE Open Days
Tuesday Dec. 10th. Y6 attendees: bus E4, depart school at 9:40. Class as normal at 9am. Return to class at 1:45. Non-attendees remain in school all morning. As per instruction from Mr. Beecher
UCD Engineering Evening Info
UCD Open Days and Info. evenings. See: https://myucd.ucd.ie/events/index.do
Interesting article in today's Irish Times on studying abroad:
Third Level presentation to Sixth Years
- University of Limerick, Fri. Nov. 22nd
- WIT and UCC Tue., Nov. 26th
Thanks to all three HEIs for providing this important opportunity to the Sixth Year students.
HEAR (Third Level admissions scheme for school-leavers from socio-econimically disadvantaged backgrounds)
/ DARE (Third Level admissions scheme for school-leavers with disabilities)
info. presentation: Woodlands Hotel, Jan. 13, 7pm to 9pm. See accesscollege.ie for more info.
Copy and paste this link for a list of useful careers-related material and worksheets:
Parents and students please refer to http://www.skillsireland.ie/publications/2013/title,10965,en.php for information on future employment trends.
First Year students please note that the Guidance Counsellors office is located on the first floor of the old building, beside the Deputy Principal's office. Mr. O'Reilly will be happy to meet with any queries you may have as you adjust to life in secondary school!
Over the last few months, all Sixth Year students have been having an individual careers appointment with the Guidance Counsellor, Mr. O'Reilly. Sixth Year students and parents are advised to put as much research as possible into making post-second level career and college course choices. Please contact the GC should you have any queries.
Follow https://dl.dropbox.com/u/103546780/updates.docx for more careers updates
Violinists Simeon Gayer and Benjamin Keating (1st year students) are going to entertain us on Thursday December 18th in the GP room at lunch time.
Bienvenue a la section francaise de notre site web!
20 basic phrases! See: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/20%20basic%20phrases.docx
Interesting weather website 'en francais'!
Waterpark College started well due to an intense team talk by Captain Daniel O'Keeffe. It was a hard fought battle between both teams in the first 15 minutes, with two great runs by Andis Zeibots but to no avail. Waterprk conceded on the 20 minute mark, after some lovely hands from Newtown and the conversion was put wide. Newtown 5- Waterpark College 0. Soon after James Liew sidestepped 4 players from 40 yards out and touched down byt unfortunately the kick was missed, 2 minutes later from an all most identical position he scored again right under the posts and the kick was slotted over by Caolann McGagh. Waterpark were really dominating the game now and Daniel O'Keeffe scored Waterpark's third try and the kick was successfully put over. Half time score Waterpark were in the lead -19 points to Newtown 5. In the second hald Waterpark had a lot to do with the hill and breeze in Newtowns favour. They were pinned down both sides. In the closing minutes many mistakes were made by both teams, It was evident that nerves had gotten the better of the players. Well done to all players involved,. Full time score Waterpark College -19. Newtown-5.
Waterpark College Team.
Daniel Scanlon, Luke Daly, Andis Zeibots, Tony Murphy, Dion Ryan, Daniel O'Keeffe, Paul Sullivan, Padraig Gannon, Caolann McGagh, James Liew, David Jarmolovicious, Noah Mellors, Jeff Healey, Shay White, Ollie Sharp, Luke Cronin, David Whyte, Patrickj Browne. Well done to all involved.
Waterpark College advanced to the semi-finals of the O'Gorman Cup after a great win over rivals Clonmel High School. Waterpark College started well and some great runs fromn the forwards led to Waterpark nearly scoring in the corner. Clonmel used the strong wind and kicked the ball into the corners. From a resulting lineout Clonmel scored in the corner and misssed the convesion. Waterpark responded well and scored a try after a great break from Kevin McGookin. Half time score was 5-5. In the second half Waterpark College really upped the intensity and took the game to Clonmel. The forwards made some great inroads and scored after a number of pick and go's. Gary Walsh was successful with the conversion. Waterpark College scored again soon after with Rory O'Dwyer touching down. Clonmel had the final score of the game but Waterpark held out quite comfortably to win by 9 points. Final score Waterpark College 19- Clonmel High School-20. Thanks to Dave O'Driscoll for all his help with coaching the team. We now await the winners of Villiers and Rice College in the semi-final.
Well done to David Pierce who was on the Munster U18 team that defeated Connaught last weekend and will play in next weekend's match against Ulster. David is a key player both here in the school and with Waterpark Rugby Club.
Trip to the Aviva Stadium for Ireland –vs- Kazakhstan
This Tuesday, the 15th of October, 94 boys and girls from First Year and Second Year will depart for Dublin to attend Ireland’s final World Cup Qualifier against Kazakhstan. The group will depart Waterpark College at 12pm, arriving in the Dundrum Town Centre shortly after 2pm. Whilst there, a cinema visit for the group has been arranged along with some light refreshments before the night closes with an exciting fixture at the Aviva. Accompanying the group on this trip will be Mr. Kiely, Mr. Dunne, Ms. Phelan and Ms. Reid. Best wishes to all involved.
Congratulations to Jack Power, David Walsh, Zach Daly, Brian Sheridan and Jack Kelly on winning the Munster Schools (North) Golf Championship, U. 16. The competition took place in Blarney Golf Club yesterday and involved 26 other schools. Well done lads!
Congratulations to our Badminton teams who took part in the
Waterford Schools Badminton Competitions recently.
Winners-Div 2 U 14 -Brian Sheridan, Ben Power, Eoghan O'Grady, Louis Sullivan.
Winners -Div 3 U14- Nathan Carey, Hugo Blair, Anthony Power - Pierce, Kevin Kolev.
R-up-Div 3 U14 - Oisin Aylward, Sam Browne, Roger Shanahan, Oisin Cusack,
R-Up-Div 3 U16 - Neil Quinn,John Manto, Leon Kennedy-Keating,David White.
Girls Team who took part in U16 Div 3 were - Ellie Smith, Alannah Meehan, Anna O'Connor, Orla O'Connor.
Well done to the following Waterpark College students who won the County Hurling Final (B) yesterday with local team Erin's Own on Saturday when they beat Clonea by 1-10 to 1-07
- Alan Grimes, John Frampton, Stephen Long, Kevin McGookin, Shane Stafford and Conor Fox.
This was after a thrilling semi-final and replay against Passage. On the team also were County All-Ireland medal winners Sam O'Neill and Craig Browne.
As an aside, John Frampton is on the U17 county hurling team and is also on the U17 football team with Shane Stafford. Well done, John!
Today is World Teachers' Day. Waterpark College would like to invite you to celebrate it by remembering the valuable work done by Irish teachers. See www.worldteachersday.org
Transition Year students Daniel O'Keefe and Conor Sweeney did a survey of what First Years do in their spare time. Here are the results!
News and Star Art Competition
Yuriy Eliyashevskyy came first in this competition. Well done Yuriy.
1:1 have been giving in-class presentations over the last few weeks. Developing such skills as ability to research, give a powerpoint presentation, answer questions as well as developing their self-confidence, students have given presentations on topics as diverse as the development of Playstation, the discoveries of the Voyager Spacecraft, the Australian Lyrebird and the events of Sept. 11, 2001 in the U.S.
Here are some of them:
First Year students have been given presentations this week by three students from Second Year on what to watch out for when adjusting to life in secondary school at Waterpark. Thanks to Janice Lopes, Anete Zeibots and Anthony Power-Pierce who on their third time had mastered some of the arts of giving a presentation! Here's the link!
First Years will be attending Mass in St. John's Church tomorrow morning leaving school at 9:30. Class as normal at 9am.
Report on discussion today of online usage from SPHE class (copy and paste the link):
The Transition Year students returned from a three day trip to the Killary Adventure Centre last night after a busy few days in the unspoilt beauty of Connemara, Co. Galway. Activities such as gorge-walking, rope climbing, kayaking and many others were on offer and at the end there were many tired but happy faces to be seen. On the return journey, we stopped off in Galway City to sample the atmosphere of the City of the Tribes but by the time we reached Suirside, we were all happy to see the lights of Waterford and its new bridge in the distance!
Don't forget to check out the TY Facebook page for more on this trip!
Trip to Dublin
Yesterday, the TY group and some of the Fifth Year art group went on a trip to Dublin. The group departed on time on the 7:50 train and arrived at 10am in Heuston Station. We took the Luas to Abbey Street and then walked to Trinity College where the group broke up. The TYs went to the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle where two volunteer guides showed us around in two groups. The Fifth Years went to the National Museum.
At 1pm we met up in the National Gallery where we were again given a guided tour again in two smaller groups.
At 2pm the lads were given some free time until 3:30 when we met up to head back to the train station to catch the 16:40 back to the sunny south-east! The whole trip went well from start to finish and the lads were excellent, as usual!
"It was good to get out of school. I enjoyed the shopping. I found the visit to the Bhuddist section to the CBL interesting".
"The visit to the National Gallery was good. The explanations we got about the paintings we saw were good. They had good stories behind them."
Congratulations and well done to the following 1st year students on recieving awards from the Mayor of Waterford , Cllr.John Cummins today:
Micheal O'Suilleabhain and Cathal Moran (Gold Certificates)
Jake Moloney,Mark Schnieders, Ella Browne,James Atkins, Precious Owoeye, Alex De Paor, Yuriy Eliyashewskyy and Andriú O'hUaine
Much to their disappointment, Cllr. Cummins also decreed that all First Years would have no homework tonight.
The other good news is that a half-day will be given on Friday in honour of his visit with classes finishing at 12:31.
Sixth Year students should remember that the 'Christmas' exams take place the week after mid-term. Planning towards this and other upcoming dates this year is important. Remember also that the CAO deadline for receipt of applications is the 1st of February, 2014 and students and parents also be planning for this.
Also, appointments are now being made for a careers advice meeting with the Guidance Counsellor.
Chess club 2013-14 recommences at lunchtime on Tuesday 24/9 in S5.Parents, please note that any dontation of chess sets would be helpful.
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Badminton - End of year 2012 -13 tournament.
Winners: Green Team: David White,Hugo Blair,Kevin Kolev,Sam Browne.
Runners Up: Black Team: Ellie Smith,Nathan Carey,Keown Cantrell,Oisin Aylward.
3rd Place:Yellow Team: John Manto,Neil Quinn,Anthony Power Pierce,Reece Byrne.
4th Place: Blue Team: Glen Cheasty,Michael Veale,Leon Kennedy Keating,Roger Shanahan.
Special Award: Most Improved Player-Oisin Aylward.
Achievement Award: Ellie Smith.
Well done to all who took part in Waterford track and field events last week(24th April).
A special well done and congratulations to 1. Nathan O''Callaghan in 5th Year who came 3rd in the 800m and 2. Hugo Blair in 1st Year in the 1500m and 2nd in the 800m.
They now qualify for the East Munster Event next week,
National Schools Rowing Championship.
Congratulations to Mike O’Hanlon, Fifth Year and Andrew Goff , TY, on their outstanding success in winning the Double Skulls on the 6th April at the Neptune Regatta. Good luck to the boy’s in the forthcoming National Championships scheduled for April 13th 2013.
A Neven “DELIGHT” at Waterpark College.
Celebrity Chef extraordinaire, Neven Maguire was welcomed for the second occasion in recent years by the Waterpark College Parents Council.
Neven firstly opened the new Home Economics Room at Waterpark College. Joining Neven at the ribbon cutting ceremony was Mayor of Waterford Cllr. Jim Darcy who earlier had bestowed a special city of Waterford commendation award to Ross Phelan.
Immediately afterwards Neven and the Mayor were welcomed to the new Home Economics dept ,by Noreen Butler, Head of Dept, Emer Quinn, Chairperson of the Parents Council, AnnMarie Jackman, Board of Managemetn and Event Coordinator.
Neven was greeted with an array of mouth-watering confectionary served up by First Year students, and he kindly proceeded to judge same and award prizes.
Throughout the afternoon, he was most generous with his time and toured the general catering facility meeting with students and staff.
Neven’s perfect combination of personality and professionalism greatly impressed students and staff alike. His infectious enthusiasm for his craft fills us with confidence that an appetite for the culinary craft has been truly wheted amongst the boys and girls of Waterpark.
Under-16: Waterpark College 41 - 16 Rice College
November 14th, 2012.
Waterpark’s under 16 rugby team have cruised into the King Cup semi-finals after a comfortable win against Rice College of Ennis. The game was at home and many students came out at lunchtime to watch the team.
After this victory Waterpark will have a great chance of winning this year’s King Cup.
Waterpark took the lead within seconds when Liam Jordan collected a Jordan O’Regan box kick and used his blistering pace to score. Gary Walsh then duly converted. Rice College soon reduced the deficit with two well converted penalties. However, Waterpark’s comfortable lead was soon restored through another Liam Jordan try. Gary Walsh converted again and Waterpark’s lead was 14-6. Two powerful Tom Swift tries either side of a Rice penalty gave Waterpark an almost unassailable lead going into half-time.
Waterpark continued their good play after the break as Tom Swift showed his class with his third and fourth tries. A late try for Rice College was mere consolation for a team that was out classed on the day.
This win sends Waterpark into the semi finals of the King Cup with a real chance of winning. The school will be wishing the team luck in the next round.
Our Returning Karate Hero!
October 17th, 2012.
Congratulations to Dean O' Mahony, Class 1.3, on the award of a Bronze Medal at the World Karate Championships held in Serbia on Thursday last, October 13th. The competition was held over 2 days, in which Dean fought five contests. Dean is a proud member of the Pat Rockett Karate Academy. Dean now looks forward to representing Ireland in the European Championships next year and the World Championships once again in 2014.
Our High Achiever in the Junior Certificate 2012 - Peter Queally
October 5th, 2012.
Congratulations to Peter Queally (5th Year) who recevied no fewer than an astonishing 9 'A' Grades in Higher Level subjects in his Junior Certificate! Peter has now applied to represent Waterpark College at the Irish EU Science Olympiad. All teachers and fellow students would like to offer their congratulations to Peter and wish him well with his application entry.
Ruairí Maguire (6th Year) - A Pretigious Summer Trip to Vermont!
October 5th, 2012.
Congratulations to Ruairí who has returned to school this term on the back of a fantastic 2 week stay in Vermont. He was one of four 17-18 year olds from Ireland selected this year to receive a complementary 2 week course in Current Issues and Youth Activities at the School for International Training College Campus, Vermount.
He partook in courses, classes and lectures based on Americain and International Politics, and including Topical Issues such as Climate Change, HIV/AIDS, Church and State, and Humanitarian Intervention. These lectures were also coupled with some kleisure activities in the evening.
Applications for this opportunity can be made to EIL Ireland and will open in early March 2013.
2012 World Karate Championships
October 4th, 2012.
Congratulations to Dean O' Mahony, 1st Year, who has been chosen to represent the Irish Karate Federation Team that will compete for Ireland at the 2012 World Karate Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia. The Championships will take place from October 9th to 16th. Dean is a keen member of the Pat Rockett Martial Arts Academy in the city.
TY Tour to Madrid
16 Waterpark College TY students recently returned from a visit to Madrid where they had a very enjoyable stay. The trip began with an early-morning departure from Dublin airport l and on landing after an uneventful flight a quick transfer by metro to a four star hotel just a ten minute walk from the Real Madrid stadium.
Full of the joys, the group headed straight for the 'Parque de Atracciones' theme park where they spent the rest of the day sampling everything from stomach-churning roller-coasters to more easy-going chair-o-planes.
The following day it was on to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu where preparations were being made for the Champions League semi-final scheduled for the following evening and what turned out to be an unlucky exit by Real Madrid against Bayern Munich.
Then on Wednesday it was time for the open-top bus tour where the intrepid teachers managed to take in routes through both the old and new quarters. The following day, it was time for some rugby with a visit to the Majadahonda Rugby club where a training session was organised and a quick match with the locals. Great fun!
The next day it was time to head back to the Emerald Isle and so the trip ended with some very tired but happy faces at the gates of Waterpark College where the group was met by the Principal, Mr. Beecher.
Waterpark College are Cleary Cup East Munster Schools Champions 2012
29th March 2012
Congratulations to the Waterpark College Under 15 squad who became East Munster School’s Champions in Clonmel on Wednesday last. They defeated Abbey CBS Tipperary on a score line of 22-14 in Clonmel RFC. The Abbey were a much bigger team physically but Waterpark stood toe to toe with them for the whole match. The Abbey started brightly and were leading 7-0 after just 10 minutes. Waterpark responded well and Gary Walsh kicked a penalty from 30 meters out to reduce the deficit. Waterpark then turned over their lineout and Vice-Captain Angelo Johnson beat three defenders to score smartly under the posts. Waterpark now led by a score line of 10-7. However with only two minutes remaining until half time, one lapse in concentration form Waterpark allowed the Tipperary men to go from under their own posts and directly to their counterparts to boast a deserved half time lead of 14 points to 10. Dave ‘Sqush’ O Driscoll gave some great advice and a few key substitutions helped to keep Waterpark’s momentum going forward. Waterpark looked to move the ball at every opportunity and always looked dangerous. Having moved the ball through 5 phases, James Dodd moved a great ruck ball moved swiftly to Wally Fatus who in turn beat three defenders and raced clear to score a wonderful try for the Deise men. Waterpark now led by 15 points to 10 with the next score proving to be the pivotal one. Waterpark kept the tall Abbey pack moving around the field, and with ten minutes to go, a great surge from Padraig Gannon gave possession to James Dodd. Dodd improvised with a beautiful switch which created a clear opening for Gary Walsh to pounce. He duly obliged to score a crucial try and also kicked the conversation to put Waterpark 8 points in front and secure the victory. There was great scenes of celebration when the referee blew the final whistle. Paul Lonergan from Clonmel RFC presented the cup to Joint-Captains Jordan O’ Regan and Angelo Johnson. There were great displays given from all players including the substitutes, who turned out to have a huge impact on the final scoreline.
Paul O Sullivan, Dylan Fennell, Daniel O Keeffe, Mati Luczaj, Wally Fatus, Padraig Gannon, Ruairi O Dwyer, Angelo Johnson, Jordan O Regan, James Dodd, Gary Walsh, Andrew Geoff, Conor Sweeney, Kyle Smith, James Liew, Chad Skerritt, Josh Kelly, Caolann McGagh, Patrick Quelly, Alan Woods, Zac Daly, James-Galvin Whelan, Jeffery Healy, Max O Mahony, Tom Swift (injured), Dylan Sheridan (injured), Daniel Scanlon, Tony Murphy, Thomas Avery, Sean Freeman, Brian Crowley.
Well done to the under 18’s (next years senior team) who beat Villiers in Waterpark college last week on a score line of 12-0. This was their first time as a group playing together and Villiers are playing in the Limerick league so well done to all involved.
Daffodil Day - Irish Cancer Society
23rd March 2012
Thank you to all who supported our recent Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. We raised 620 euro for this great cause. Thanks to Evan O'Keeffe and Andrew Treyvaud of the Students Council for organising this event.
Parents' Council News
The Parents' Council are holding a table quiz on the 22nd of March at 8pm at the Cove Bar.
Team of 4 costs E20 or E5 per person. All are welcome.
Transition Year 2012-13
Over the coming weeks, the recruitment process for TY 2012-13 will take place. The sequence
of events will be as follows:
Parents are advised to discuss these matters with their sons so that a satisfactory outcome can be
achieved for all. Further information is available in the Third Year Career Guidance textbook or
directly from the Guidance Counsellor and/or the TY coordinator.
Waterpark College students victorious while representing Waterpark R.F.C
5th March, 2012
Congratulations to the following students from the college, who were part of the victorious Waterpark
R.F.C team who defeated Nenagh on a score line of 14 points to 5 points, in the Lonergan Centenary
East Munster League Cup final at Clonwilliam R.F.C on Sunday last.
Thomas Swift, 3rd Year (Prop)
Rory O’ Dwyer, 3rd Year (Second Row)
Mati Luczeick, 2nd Year (Second Row)
Angelo Johnson, 3rd Year (Flanker)
Jordan O’ Regan (Captain), 3rd Year (Scrum Half)
James Dodd, 2nd Year (Winger)
Fionn Fitzgearld, 2nd Year (Second Row)
Gary Walsh, 2nd Year (Full Back)
Well done lads!
Visit of Fair Trade speaker
2nd March, 2012
Yesterday, Samatha Valluri from the Chetna Organic Cooperative in India came to speak to some
of the students in Waterpark College. Organised with the help of the Waterford One World Centre and
Fair Trade Ireland, her visit coincided with Fair Trade fortnight which is running at the moment.The
idea behind the Fair Trade movement is to promote ethical trade between the producer, i.e. the farmer
and the consumer, i.e. the people of Waterford and all over the world. At the moment, trade in things
like cotton and coffee, which is the biggest traded commodity worldwide after oil, is dominated by a
handful of multinationals who control the prices paid to farmers and by the time it gets to the
consumer have made massive profits most of which they don't even pay taxes on.
her part of India. Chetna Organic seeks to provide a decent price for the cotton produced by the
farmers so that they can better provide for their families and invest in better farming techniques.
The students also learned about how western countries such as Ireland suffer as a result of
multinationals not paying fair taxes the knock-on effect of which is schools and hospitals not being
adequatedly funded, local youth projects being pulled and parents losing their jobs due to
multinationals relocating to countries where they can pay even less taxes and lower wages.
Waterford Engineering Week in W.I.T
2nd March, 2012
A lot of different classes enjoyed some excellent talks and workshops in WIT throughout the week.
On Tuesday, 28th February, 1AL took part in a workshop on magnetism, electricity and motors. They
got the chance to make their own electrical motor and also got to take it home.
On Wednesday, 29th February, 3AL were involved in the “Electric Motor- Make and Take” workshop.
On Thursday, March 1st, 2 teams took part in an Engineering Quiz. Congratulations to team members,
Dean Kavanagh, Ross Aylward, Evan O’ Donoghue and Seán O’ Keefe who finished joint runner-up
and who managed to win the subsequent ‘tie-break’. This resulted in the lads finishing outright
second place, and only two points behind the winners. They each received a beautiful prize from
Sherwoods and sponsored by AIB Bank.
Well done also to our other team who also performed excellently in the quiz. The team was made up
of Vladislav Azema, Ignacio Amarilo Gomez, Frederick Stender and Mestafe Abdul Kareem.
On Friday, March 2nd, all of 2nd Year travelled to WIT for a talk entitled, “Feel the Heat”. This proved
to be an excellent interactive session on energy.
In total, over 100 students travelled out to WIT throughout the week and were lucky enough to have
the opportunity to enjoy some excellent presentations.
Many thanks to WIT for inviting Waterpark College to attend the event. A huge thank you also to
Mr. Dunbar who kindly organised all visits throughout the week.
28th February, 2012
Last Saturday Waterpark had its Entrance Assessment for incoming First Years 2012/13. This year
was particularly special as we had both girls and boys which marks another step on the
co-educational path being followed by Waterpark College. We would like to thank both students
and parents for choosing Waterpark as the preferred option for their secondary education and look
forward to a positive outcome for all concerned!
Visit of Documentary Film Maker
28th February, 2012
On Thursday last Gerry O'Sullivan came to present her documentary film 'Stolen Children, Stolen
Lives' to the Transition Years. Available on YouTube, this film documents the daily lives of Palestinian
boys and the daily harassment, detention and torture they suffer at the hands of the Israeli military.
Also present at the screening were Cllr. John Hearne who had previously visited the school to
describe to the TYs his experience on the MV Saoirse which was illegally detained by the Israeli
military bringing aid to Gaza and Lucy Whittle of the Waterford One World Centre.
Joe Dalton came along to take some photos for the The Munster Express.
Thanks to Mr. O'Reilly, Guidance Counsellor, for making the event happen and a special thanks to
Gerry for coming all the way from West Kerry to share her experiences with us.
Waterpark College Golfers
Ten golfers took part in the first Waterpark College Under 16’s golf competition at Faithlegg Golf Club
on Saturday, 4th February. They had the course to themselves; everyone else saw the light and
decided it was not a day for golf. It poured with rain from start to finish.
Despite the appalling conditions, everyone played the full 16 holes which was all the light would allow.
There was quite a range in the scores but all seemed to enjoy themselves, especially when they got
back into the warm, dry clubhouse for some hot food and a drink.
The top three scorers who will represent Waterpark in the GUI Under 16s schools tournament in
Sam Meyrick 36 points
Ciarán Brady 32 points
Jack Power 26 points
The other participants were: Andrew Goff, Peter Queally, Jack Bolger, David Walsh,
Zack Daly, Matthew Gaynor and Darren Flynn.
Well done to all involved!
Rugby News - 6th February 2012
The Waterpark College U-14 squad travelled to Clonmel on Thursday last to play in a blitz. Due to the fact
we had 31 players, we entered two teams. The ground was frozen so it was decided to play tag rugby on
safety grounds. We had 6 matches in total with all players moving the ball well and playing with a great
attitude. A lot of these players are new to rugby and great credit is due to their coach Derek Healy who
has put in great work on the training pitch with them over the past few months.
We finished the day by bringing the lads to the Bowling Alley in Clonmel where they taught the coaches a
thing or two!
Well done to all the players and keep up the training every Tuesday and Thursday after school. Our under
17 team will travel to Clonmel this Thursday to take part in the same blitz.
Every week we have a match we will now be giving a Man of the Match Award. Each player nominated
will receive a pair of schools socks. Due to the fact we had two teams competing in the Blitz in Clonmel
last week, we have nominated two players.
Waterpark Red Team
Jack Whelton receives this award. Jack played at full back in the three matches. Jack is relatively new to
rugby but looks to be a great prospect. He caught every ball that was kicked to him and ran the ball back
at every opportunity. If Jack keeps training, he looks to be a great prospect for Waterpark College.
Waterpark Purple team
Michael Phelan receives this award. Michael played at scrum half in the three games. He was at the back
of every ruck passing the ball out. He was also one of our top tacklers. Again Michael looks to have serious
ability and great potential.
Well done to both lads on behalf of all associated staff and coaches of the respective squads.
Transition Year Swimming
We started our module of swimming with the Transition Year students in the Kingfisher Club on Monday
last. The students really enjoyed this exercise and it is a great way to help improve not only their
standard of swimming, but also their general fitness levels.
Operation Transformamtion: Health Week in Waterpark College
We started our Operation Transformation in the school last week . All 1st years took the “Bleep test”
and scores were entered for the programme. They now have to try and improve these scores
over a set number of weeks. The rest of the school took part in an internal competition where all
students take the bleep test and are given a four week training programme to see who can improve
the most. A number of teachers also took part, so it will certainly be interesting to see who is fitter…
The students or the teachers?! A healthy eating plan was also given to all students to try and cut out
their intake of fizzy drinks, sweets and general junk food.
In Remembrance of Jason Marshall 1994 – 2012
The Board of Management and the entire Waterpark College Community extend our condolences to the
Marshall Family on the sad passing of Jason.
Jason was highly regarded and is fondly remembered by his classmates, teammates, friends and
John who has returned to the College amongst friends and mentors.
We thank all our colleagues and students in the Waterford region network of schools who have
forwarded messages of sympathy and offers of support.
Our appreciation to our College Chaplain Fr. Liam Power, Ms Shirley Murphy, Psychologist, National
Educational Psychological Services, Mr Sean McCarthy, HSE, Mr Denis O’Connor – Counselling
Services, and all support organisations.
Jesus Saviour Blest, grant Jason Endless Light and Rest.
National Record for Waterpark College student!
on Sunday 13th November. The event took place at Trinity College Sports Centre, Dublin. Andrew won
his category, mens junior 13, beating the previous distance of 829 metres to 836 metres,setting a new
national record and securing a gold medal. Well Done Andrew!