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Wednesday 11th June 2014

Orla O'Connor - Bronze Medalist

Congratulations to Orla O'Connor- 2nd Year Student, on winning a bronze medal at the All-Ireland Junior Race Walking Championships, held in Tullamore. 

 

 

 

 

Andrew is Rowing for Ireland

Andrew Goff, a fifth year student at Waterpark College has been selected to represent Ireland on the Mens Junior 4 team at both the Coupe De La Jeunesse and the Home International Regatta.

Selection on the Irish team represents a significant personal achievement for Andrew and is richly deserved. He has shown extraordinary commitment and dedication through a rigorous early morning training regime, combined with his Leaving Certificate Cycle studies.

Andrew is a young man who whilst most unassuming and obliging in manner possess a steely determination and discipline that has propelled him to the International rowing stage. A member of Waterford Boat club, Andrew’s selection is just the start of a new phase in his rowing career and a singular honour. Selection is ion the basis of performance at trials throughout the year. Andrew caught favourable attention at the Ghent Regatta on the 10th & 11th May. The Coupe De La Jeunesse will be hosted at Libourne, France between 1st & 3rd August 2014 with eleven nations competing. This international rowing regatta is rowed over 2000m in every year and was founded in 1895.

Tom Beecher, Principal and all at Waterpark College, his Parents John and Fiona and family are extremely proud of Andrew’s achievement to date and wish him continued success. 

 

Thursday, June  6th.

English Teacher Vacancy

Please see our download section for application form, and visit www.educationposts.ie for more details. 

Appointment to this post is subject to the post not being required for the redeployment process. 

Friday, May 30th

Summer Holidays

Summer holidays kick in today when staff and students get a well-earned break from school life. Third Year and Sixth Year students still have one more hurdle to overcome when the state exams start up on Wednesday next. The Waterpark community would like to wish these students the best of luck especially the LC guys and girls whose hard work and that of their teachers will hopefully bring them the rewards they deserve.

Go mbainimid go léir taitneamh as na laethanta saoire seo atá ós ár gcomhair! Slán agus beannacht
 

 

Waterpark College Hit a Parfect Year

 

2014 has emerged as an outstanding year of achievement for the Waterpark College Golf Society – Junior Team. Having represented Munster and been crowned National Irish Schools Junior Champions at Nenagh Golf Club on the 23rd April , they along with De La Salle College were treated to a Mayoral reception on the 15th May by the Mayor of Waterford, Cllr, John Cummins. Both Colleges made a clean sweep at Senior and Junior level of the Irish Schools Championship.

 

Waterpark College was represented by team members: David Walshe, Jack Power, Zach Daly, Jack Kelly, and Brian Sheridan.

College Golf captain – Pat Walsh, Team Principal, Breda Walsh.

The College was represented by David Dickenson, Chairperson Board of Management and sponsor, Waterford Motor Village, AnnMarie Jackman, Board of Management, Ger Luby, Head of P.E. Dept., and Tom Beecher, Principal.

Tom Beecher thanked Mayor Cummins for the honour bestowed on both teams by the City of Waterford. The Waterpark and De La Salle teams and mentors enjoyed a most splendid reception in City Hall and reflected with deserved pride on their achievements.

The trophy cabinet in both Colleges have swelled considerably thanks to the prowess of our respective golf teams. We wish them continued success and renew our thanks to the Captains, team principals, and sponsors. Waterford Motor Village, and Azzurri Waterford.

 

 

14th May, 2014

Career Guidance

Online Aptitude Test

Parents and students please note that an online career guidance package, including a detailed aptitude test has been made available to Fifth Year students. The website is www.cascaid.co.uk/kudosinspire and the password is available from Mr. O'Reilly or from the secretary during the summer. Individual career guidance meetings will take place in the first term 2014 - 15 for Sixth Years during which use will be made of these results so students are encouraged to have it done by then.

Note: For UK / Ireland qualification equivalences please see:

http://www.nfq.ie/nfq/en/documents/qualificationscancrossboundaries.pdf

 

UCC Information Evening for incoming  First Years 2014 - 15

Please note that UCC will be having an information evening on th 26th of May from 4:30 to 7pm in the Aula Maxima.

Register by e-mailing opendays@ucc.ie or check website for more details.

 

6th May, 2014

TY Madrid Trip

The Transition Year group that went on the trip to Madrid returned safe and sound on Friday last having spent the previous five days in the Spanish capital in excellent climactic conditions. Among the highlights were the visit to the Real Madrid stadium, the visit to the theme park and the nature walk in the Retiro Park where some of the lads even managed to go rowing!

The hotel and the restaurant where we had our evening meals were up to the expected standards and the staff were very complimentary of the courteous behaviour of the Waterpark students. Again, as expected.

Here are some sample photos (copy and paste the links):

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A special thank you (on behalf of the students!) to the parents who supported this worthwhile trip and to the hardworking staff - both those who went and those who stayed behind providing support for absent colleagues.

 

28th April 2014

Waterpark clinch Irish Schools Junior title

Whereas two schools from County Mayo tasted victory in the All Ireland Senior and Junior Championships in 2013, this year it was the turn of County Waterford.
That's because Waterpark College emulated the feat of newly crowned Senior champions De La Salle to capture the Irish Schools Junior Championship at Nenagh.
Waterpark had a three-shot margin of victory in the end, but it all depended on their anchor man, David Walsh, who carded a 71 to edge them clear of St Nathy's, Ballaghadereen, who had assumed the clubhouse lead thanks to Patrick Callagahan's 70. 
Leinster champions St Colmcille's, Knocklyon finished in third place a further two shots behind St Nathy's, while Ballyclare High School, who had earlier defended their Ulster title, finished fourth.
 
Irish Schools Junior Championship 2014
Nenagh Golf Club
Wednesday 23rd April 2014
CSS 74
Par 72
 
Waterpark College 148
Jack Power (Waterford Castle) 79; Zack Daly (Faithlegg) 77; David Walsh (Waterford Castle) 71
St Nathy’s, Ballaghadereen 151
Ronan Cahill (Castlerea) 81; Patrick Callaghan (Castle Dargan) 70; Domhnall Forrest (Ballaghadereen) 90
St Colmcille’s, Knocklyon 153
Eoin Dennehy (Castlewarden) 76; Robert Byrne (Newlands) 77; Conor O’Donoghue (Castlewarden) 78
Ballyclare High School 157

 

Reece Black (Cairndhu) 76; Andrew Hill (Ballyclare) 81; Stephen McCalmont (Ballyclare) 84

 

 

Chess Club

8/4/2014

Big turnout at the chess club today! Copy and past the link:

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14/5/2014

Interest in playing chess continues to develop this year in Waterpark. Here is a link to a list of some of the benefits of playing it:

http://www.chess.com/blog/PRINCESTER/10-big-brain-benefits-of-playing-chess

And here's a link to the UK website ' chess in schools':

http://www.chessinschools.co.uk/press.htm


 

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:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/IT%20Supplement%20on%20LC%20Geo.docx

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!

 

1/4/2014

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)  

 

4/3/2014

Incoming First Years Entrance Assessment

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!

 

Waterpark College Information Evening - Senior Cycle Curriculum 2014/15

Tuesday 11th February 2014.

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.

1.Principals address

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 

1.Principals address

2.Introduction to TY Programme 14/15-Paul Wheatley-TY Coordinator

3.Admission Policy and Programme charges-Principal

4 Questions and Answers.

 

FIRST YEAR PROGRAMME 2014/15

INDUCTION EVENING FOR PARENTS AND ENTRANCE ASSESSMENT FOR INCOMING STUDENTS

29/1/2014

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.

 

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING NEWS

11/3/2014

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:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/Innovative%20Engineering%20-%20Engineering%20and%20Science%20Careers%20to%202050.ppt

 

6/3/2014

UCD SUMMER SCHOOL

More info: https://myucd.ucd.ie/summer-school/index.ezc

 

5/3/2014

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

 

28/2/2014

Changes at Junior Cert. level

Link to press statement from the Department of Education and Science:

http://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2014-Press-Releases/PR2014-01-17.html

Link to presentation on JC reform:

http://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Curriculum-and-Syllabus/Junior-Cycle-/Junior-Cycle-Student-Award-Presentation-to-Education-Partners-JCSA-Working-Group.pdf

Link to statement from DES on how changes at JC are to be implemented:

http://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Curriculum-and-Syllabus/Junior-Cycle-/Junior-Cycle-Student-Award-Working-Group-Advancing-Implementation-Paper.pdf

 

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

 

24/2/2014

Updates from WIT

New courses:

Level 8, WD191, B. Sc. (Hons) in Ag. Science

Level 7, WD188, B. Sc. in Applied Health Care

 

Course changes:

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!

 

7/2/2014

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

 

3/2/2014


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.

 

21/1/'14

NUI GALWAY INFORMATION EVENING,

NUI Galway are having an Information Evening in the Park Hotel, Clonmel on the 30th of January from 7pm to 9pm for prospective students.

 

PRESENTATION ON LIVING AND WORKING IN THE EU

29/1/'14

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.

See: https://ec.europa.eu/eures/

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/EURES%20Country%20Presentation.ppt

 

PRESENTATION ON OPPORTUNITIES IN ENGINEERING, SCIENCE, LAW AND FINANCE

21/1/'14

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

 

PRESENTATION ON TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN FAS

27/1/2014

Many thanks to Barbara Ruddock who gave a presentation to some Sixth Years  and TY students on training opportunities in FAS on Thursday last.

 

PRESENTATION TO ART STUDENTS ON CREATIVE MULTIMEDIA AND ANIMATION AT L.I.T.

16/1/2014

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

 

OPEN EVENING FOR FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES IN UCC

15/1/2014

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/OpenEveningBA.docx

 

PRESENTATION TO FIFTH YEARS BY DR. MICHELLE DAVIS, UNIVERSITY OF WALES (TRINITY ST. DAVID)

15-1-2014

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

 

LINK FOR EUROPASS CV

15-1-2014

http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae/templates-instructions

 

CAO DEADLINES

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.

 

WCFE Deadlines

8/1/2014

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.

 

UCAS Deadline

Please note that Jan. 15th is the deadline for application for undergraduate courses via UCAS. See ucas.com for further info.

 

PRESENTATION ON OPPORTUNITIES FOR APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINEESHIPS IN GERMANY

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:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/German%20Vocational%20Training%20System%20p1%20of%205%20001.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/German%20Vocational%20Training%20system%20p2%20of%205.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/German%20Vocational%20Training%20System%20p3%20of%205.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/german%20vocational%20training%20system%20p4%20of%205.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/german%20vocational%20training%20system%20p5%20of%205.jpg

 

UCC December 2013 newsletter

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/UCC%20december%202013%20newsletter.pdf

 

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

https://myucd.ucd.ie/events/eventRegistration.do?eventRegistrationAction=registration&stringEventID=Mjk5

UCD Open Days and Info. evenings. See: https://myucd.ucd.ie/events/index.do

 

Interesting article in today's Irish Times on studying abroad:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/studying-in-europe-low-fees-more-choice-1.1588741?page=1

 

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:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/list%20of%20worksheets%202013%2014.txt

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!

 

11/12/2013

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

 

MUSIC

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.

 

FRANCAIS

3-2-2014

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'!

http://www.meteociel.fr/

 

SPORT

Basketball

 

 
Waterpark College First Year Girls played their first basketball match Thursday, Feb 6th. The 11 First Year girls travelled to Tullow, Carlow to compete in their first league match. Waterpark led for the first half of the game, with important points being scored by both Lorna Monahan and Aoife Glynn. Tullow Community School fought back during the second half however and managed the take the lead during the third quarter. Despite good defending by Waterpark during the final quarter, Tullow managed to keep their lead and win the match. Final score Waterpark College 15, Tullow Community School 22. 
The girls will travel to Dungarvan this Thursday, Feb 13th to play their second league match against Colaiste Chathail Naofa. Best of Luck Girls!

 

RUGBY

Junior Rugby.

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.


Senior Rugby

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.

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9/10/2013

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.

 

Soccer

14/10/2013

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.  

 

Golf

11/10/2013

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!

 

 

Badminton (O'Gorman Cup).

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.

 

GAA

14/10/2013

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!

 

World Teachers' Day

4/10/2013

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

 

First Year News

9/1/2014

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!

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/What%20teenagers%20do%20in%20their%20spare%20time.docx

 

11/12/2013

News and Star Art Competition

Yuriy Eliyashevskyy came first in this competition. Well done Yuriy.

 

11/10/2013

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:

http://prezi.com/otnmzm_s5z02/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/Playstation%20Presentation.pptx

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/Voyager%201%20Space%20Probe%20simeon%20and%20benjamin.pptm

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/Voyager%20ONE%20by%20Sean%20O%27Dwyer.pptx

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/andrew%20green.pptx

http://prezi.com/pmvdydxtfvt1/lyrebird/

 

4/10/2013

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!

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/1st%20year%20tips.pptx

 

25/9/2013

First Years will be attending Mass in St. John's Church tomorrow morning leaving school at 9:30. Class as normal at 9am.

 

Second Year News

5/12/2013

Report on discussion today of online usage from SPHE class (copy and paste the link):

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/class%202-1%20discussion%20of%20internet%20usage.docx

 

Transition Year

20/9/2013

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!

 

6/2/2014

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".

Eoin Heffernan

"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."

Patrick Foley

 

 

Visit of Cllr. John Cummins, Mayor of Waterford

21/10/2013

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)

and:

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 'Christmas' Exams

25/9/2013

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

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.

 

Athletics

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

April 2013

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.

Waterpark Squad:

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.

Under 18’s

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

14th March

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. 

 

Tennis News 

12th March

 

Waterpark tennis team travelled to Cashel Tennis club on Thursday 8th March to play Rockwell College in the under 16 boys Cup match. Team Captain Ciaran Brady started the day on a winning streak by beating his opponent in a singles game. This was an exciting game that led to a tie- break set where Ciaran won 10-8.

The second singles game of the day saw Sam Meyrick unlucky to be beaten in another tie-break set 8-10. Peter and Patrick Queally then went on to win their doubles game. Two more double matches were played before Waterpark were announced as winners on the day winning 3 matches overall.

Congratulations to all the boys involved and a special thanks to Liz Meyrick who drove the boys to Cashel. The team will play at home in their next game against Rochestown Cork.

 

Rugby News

12th March 

Daunt Cup

Our senior team played Newtown in the annual Daunt cup on Wednesday last in Waterpark rugby club grounds. We were looking to win this coveted trophy for the third season in a row. The game was played in Waterpark rugby grounds in perfect conditions. Waterpark started brightly with a strong wind at their backs trying to move the much bigger Newtown forwards around the park. The score at half time was 10-5 to waterpark. Who had a try, conversion and penalty from Tom Kiersey. This was a great advertisement for schools rugby with the tackles flying in from both sides. Newtown scored a second try to leave the scores at 10-10. Both sides had chances to win the game in the final minutes but a score seemed the fairest result. The cup will now spend 6 months at both schools (as is the tradition when scores are level). Great credit must go to this young Waterpark side 4 of who were making the step up from Junior rugby to make the senior debuts. A big thank you, to the senior players who played their last match for Waterpark College. This group of players were part of the first winning three in a row of Munster O Brien Cups, and have really put Waterpark College as a rugby school back on the map. To Tom Kiersey, Darren Cody, Dean Heapburn, Conor Haran, Luke Dowling, James Hickey and Luke Maher thanks for all your effort over the years. Also to thank the coaches, Noel Leahy and Dave O Driscoll for all your time this season. The panel in full is Luke Dowling, Dean Heapburn, Darren Cody, Andrew Treyvaud, John Frampton, David Pierse, Connell Dodd, Bobby Shanahan, Kevin McGookin, Tom Kiersey (Capt), Conor Haran, James Hickey, Luke Maher, Jack Smith, Evan O Keeffe, Daire Foley, Darragh Power, Brian Jackman, Greg Kinsella, Opemi Adeleye, Cormac O Dwyer and Cormac Stanley. Please see website for match photos.

Under 18’s

This Wednesday the under 18 squad will play Villiers in Waterpark college at 12:30 this is the senior team for next year so we are getting preparations under way.

Under 15’s

Our under 15’s coached by Sean Staffford and Dereck Healy will play the East Munster semi-final against Clonmel CBS at half one in Waterpark college grounds. Support for both these matches would be appreciated.

Transition year coaching

The transition year rugby players are doing an intensive coaching course with John O Neill of Munster rugby. They have completed a number of weeks of clinics and last week took all classes from Waterpark primary school on a rugby activity day.


Transition Year 2012-13

8th March

Over the coming weeks, the recruitment process for TY 2012-13 will take place. The sequence 

of events will be as follows: 

  • Third Year students will be invited to apply. 
  • Parents will be informed via an information night during which information will also  be 
         provided on subject choice for those students going into Fifth Year. 
  • Interested students will be interviewed by a selection panel. 
  • Students will be selected via the prescribed selection criteria

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.

 
Samantha spoke to a mixture of First Years and Fifth Years about her work with the cotton farmers in

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.

 

Entrance Assessment

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

March were:

            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. 


PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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 

teachers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, as is our wholehearted support for his brother 

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! 

  • Congratulations to Andrew Goff 3rd year on his recent win at the National Indoor rowing Championship

         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!

 

  • Waterford Boat club also had 2 Waterpark student entrants: Ignacio Amarillo Gomez and Daire
         Jackman both recorded personal bests.