Thursday, April 24th
Junior Cert Music Exams
Good luck to the Third Year music students who are taking the performance section of their Junior Certificate exam today.
Wednesday, April 23rd
Masterclasses at Central Arts
Today some of the the TY students started a series of theatre-related masterclasses. Particular emphasis will be given to such areas as sound/lighting, directing, PR/promotion, etc. Many thanks to Central Arts here in Waterford for inviting our students to take part. Feedback already is extremely positive.
See the following for photos:
Monday, April 20th
Fifth Years attend UCC Spring Open Day
Well done to the FIfth Year students who attended the Fifth Year Open Day in UCC last Friday. A very productive day was had by all. See https://www.dropbox.com/s/pidq0y6cd3mlfex/Y5%20Open%20Day%20at%20UCC%20april%202015.jpg?dl=0
for a photo of the group at the gate of UCC.
German and French Orals
German and French Oral Exams take place this week for this year's LC students. Good luck to all concerned!
Thursday, April 16th
TY workshops in UCC hosted by BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology
Yesterday, TY attended an introductory workshop to the BA in Digital Humanities and IT which started in UCC last year. They were accompanied by the exchange students from the GREM in Germany who are departing tomorrow.Many thanks to Loretta Brady from the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences who coordinated the event and to the UCC staff in attendance. Below is a photo taken by Tomas Tyner, the UCC photographer.
Leaving Cert Irish Orals
Best of luck to our Leaving Cert students starting their Irish Orals today. Go mbeidh an tath libh!
UCC Spring Open Day
Early start tomorrow for Fifth Year students attending the Spring Open Day at UCC. Bus departs at 8am sharp.
Monday, April 13th
Welcome to the students from our partner school in Germany who arrive today for the return leg of our exchange 2014-15. An interesting programme is planned including such highlights as a visit to Reginald's Tower tomorrow and on Wednesday a trip to Cork where our guests and all the TY students will take part in an introduction to the BA in Digital Media in UCC in the morning followed by a trip downtown to sample the culinary delights of the Southern Capital! Looking forward to it!
Waterpark on Twitter
Check out the all new Waterpark College Twitter account on @waterparkcolleg
Give us a follow and get regular updates!
Monday, April 6th
John Goff Snr. RIP
The Board of Management, Waterpark College, extends condolences to the Goff Family on the passing of John Goff Snr. The Board acknowledges John Goff’s great service and generous contribution to Waterpark College in his varied capacities as a member of the Parents Council and the Board of Management.
His loyalty, support and good counsel will continue to confer an enduring benefit to the Waterpark College Community. May the Lord grant him endless light and rest.
Monday, February 23rd
Waterpark College Fashion Show
March 5th 2015 in Tower Hotel Wateford.
Tickets are €10 and are available at the College Office or through any Committee Member.
Schools exchange with GREM, Germany
Following a very successful first leg of our schools exchange with the GREM in Moers, Germany the TY students who took part returned to school today. The feedback continues to be positive from all sides and we now look forward to the return on the week after the Easter holidays. Well done especially to the lads for giving such a good account of themselves.
Follow the link below to see updates and photos (copy and paste):
Monday, February 9th
Well done to all the boys and girls who came to Waterpark for the entrance assessment on Saturday! This was a big day for all of them and they came through with flying colours. Well done also to the parents who have worked so hard to get them this far in their education. We look forward to welcoming them in September for the step up into secondary school.
TY Visit to Cork - photos
As expected, the TY visit to Cork last Friday week was very successful. The lads, once again, showed what fantastic ambassadors they are for the school and were complimented specifically by the lecturers we met in UCC. Here are a few photos:
February 5th, 2015
Presentations to Sixth Years by Universities of Groningen and Twent (Holland)
Two presenations will be made to the Sixth Years on the 26th of this month by the Universities of Groningen and Twent. The purpose of these presenations is to inform the students of the study opportunities that are available in these universities and in Holland in general. This event is being made possible by Guy Flouch of EUNICAS.
February 4th, 2015
A group of TY students will be departing early on Tuesday morning for the first leg of a new student exchange with the Gymnasium Rheinkamp Europaschule Moers near Dusseldorf in Germany. Highlights of the visit will be a visit to the city of Cologne taking in the Cathedral and a soccer match on Friday night. Many thanks for the support which is being provided by parents and by colleagues in Waterpark and the GRE in Moers. The opportunity being afforded the students taking part, although not easily measured, is extremely valuable.
February 3rd, 2015
January 28th, 2015
The entrance assessment for incoming First Years September, 2015-16 will take place on Saturday week, February 7th in Watepark College. The boys and girls should bring their pencil cases. Paper etc. will be supplied by the school. Start time is 9:30 and finish time is 12:30. Please arrive at 9am to allow for registration.
TY visit Cork
Transition Year students will visit Leeside on Friday where they will get a guided tour of St. Finbarre's Cathedral and then go on to UCC where they will be met by Waterford natives Dr.Robbie Butler and his brother Dave Butler both of the Economics Department at the university. An introductory talk on economics is planned for the Waterpark students followed by a tour of the campus.
For summary newsletter from the CAO, see:
Careers in Physics
Dr. Claire Keary, course leader for B.Sc. in Physics for Modern Technology at WIT will give a presentation to TY and LC physics students on career opportunities in this area.
January 15, 2015
There will be an info presentation next Tuesday on Subject Choice (TY 2014-15 parents and non TY 2015-16 Third Year parents) starting at 7:30pm followed by a presentation on TY 2011-16 starting at 8:00pm for interested Third Year parents.
Link to presentation:
Link to extra material:
Link to info from UCC on subject choice:
January 14, 2015
Many thanks to Edward Kavanagh EURES advisor based in the Department of Social Protection here in Waterford for the most informative talk he gave yesterday to the TY and some of the Sixth Year students. Edward highlighted, among other things, the training and career opportunities that exist outside the traditional avenues pursued by Irish people in the UK, US etc namely those in Europe. He also highlighted the importance of language skills which are again often overlooked by Irish people.
Link to photo of presentation:
Link to presentation:
Maths Enrichment at UCD and scholarship news
CAO Parents' Info Evening at UCC 19/01/2015
See (copy and paste into browser): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/Jan%202015%20Parent%20Info%20Evening.pdf
And live online Q+A session 29/1/2015: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/Live%20Online%20CAO%20Q%2Ba%20session%20at%20UCC.docx
January 5, 2015
Welcome back to all our students! As a school community, we look forward to facing the challenges and taking the opportunities that the new year presents continuing in the best spirit of the Waterpark College tradition.
ANNOUNCEMENT – WATERPARK COLLEGE SCHEDULE OF ACCOMODATION TO CATER FOR IMMEDIATE AND PROJECTED ENROLMENT EXPANSION ARISING FROM THE CHANGE OF STATUS TO CO-EDUCATIONAL.
Waterpark College is pleased to announce sanction from the Department of Education and Skills for the provision of a further extension project on site to cater for a total school enrolment of 540 pupils.
A technical assessment to the existing school building and site will be conducted in early 2015. Associated administrative elements are currently in progress with a view to an accelerated delivery of the project.The support of the community of education partners at Waterpark College, the Department of Education and Skills, the Edmund Rice Schools Trust, and the Christian Brothers is greatly appreciated.
Wit Open Day will take place on Tuesday, December 9th. Sixth Year students will attend. A bus has been hired - E3 per person, payable on Friday. All students to attend class as normal at 9am on the day. No student can attend without the school.
See: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2emvmaga54bnj7j/WIT_Open_Day_Map_2014-1.pdf?dl=0 for more info.
Angela Collins, Careers Advisor at WIT, gave a presenatation to Sixth Years this morning. Based on her own experience as a Third Level careers advisor, Angela gave some valuable insights into what the requirements are for successful career planning and how to avoid some of the pitfalls. For a copy of her presentation, see: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rb8p70ekel9fclw/Angela%20Collins%20WIT%20presentation%20to%20Sixth%20Years%20December%202014.ppt?dl=0
Please check out the redesigned CAO website. Eg. the following presentation:
Careers appointmens for Sixth Years continue - a missed appointment is a missed opportunity.
Open days and evenings at UCD - see: https://myucd.ucd.ie/events/index.do
Monday, November 24th 2014
Good day for Waterpark Badminton Players
Last Friday 44 Waterpark students took part in the Waterford Schools Badminton Championships. It proved a very successful day for the College as we made it to the Final in 9 different age groups. The day began with the U-14 boys and here Waterpark College competed in all 3 divisions.
Division 1 is always a competitive group but our team of Shane Brady, Eoghan O Grady, Louis Sullivan and James Delahunty made it 12 straight wins to retain the crown that they won last year.
The 2nd team of Oisin Johnston, Brian Sheridan, Killian Hogan and Colm O Reilly quickly followed this success and easily disposed of their opponents to claim first place in their division.
Not to be out done by their peers our 3rd team of Eoin Sharp, Niall Kissane, Conor Glynn and Dylan Ammann came through a competitive group to squeeze out Newtown in their final round of games to claim top spot.
To win all 3 divisions at this grade is a fantastic achievement and following this success our division 1 team have progressed to take on the might Munster in the New Year.
There was mixed fortunes for our U-16 teams. Our division 1 team of Neil Quinn, Ben Power, Sean Gannon and Ciaran Quilty began with a good win over Blackwater Community School but had to settle for 2nd place as they were beaten in the final round of games by Newtown.
However, our division 3 team of Brian Atcheson, Hugo Blair, Sean O Grady and Roger Shanahan soon had us at the top of the podium again as they won their group to claim the division.
As the day progressed we had further success when our senior team of Patrick Queally, Daniel Langford, Ollie Sharp and Evan Long finished runners up in Division 3.
With the conclusion of the boys competition, attention focussed on how our 3 girls teams would perform. Incredibly all 3 of our entered teams ended up in the finals. At U-14 level we had 4 girls Beverly Queally, Geogina Knight, Kira Kelly and Clodagh Reid who only took up the sport in the last number of weeks. They performed admirably and finished runners up in division 3.
The real drama of the day was reserved for our two teams U-16 girls level. After the conclusion of the group games it emerged that both our teams would contest the final. It proved a dramatic affair as it was only concluded on the last game of doubles. Congratulations to the runners up of Anna O Connor, Alannah Meehan, Emma O Keeffe and Orla O Connor, however in the end the bragging rights and title went to Lorna Monaghan, Ellie Smith, Aoife Glynn and Kaitlin Byrne.
Overall it was a fantastic day for the College with us crowned County Champions in 5 categories and runners up in 4. Well done to all involved.
Transition Year and Fifth/Sixth Year Art students visit to Dublin
Last Friday, Transition Year and Fifth and Sixth Year Art students went to Dublin for the day. The highlights of the day were the visit to the National Museum (Archaeology) and the National Gallery. The most interesting of the two was probably the National Gallery where the group was broken up into three with a guide for each one. The tours that we were given were really good with plenty of time for questions and answers. As an aside, well-known comedian Darragh O'Brian was spotted and some of the lads managed to say hello.
On the way back towards the Luas, we went across TCD for a quick look at the campus and then on to catch the 15:10 train (with reserved seats - thank you very much Irish Rail!) getting in to Waterford for 17:10. Well done to Ms. French on her first Waterpark tour!
Wednesday, November 19th 2014
Junior Certificate Parent Teacher Meeting. On the basis of the Industrial Action Day of the 2nd December 2014 proceeding, the Junior Certificate Parent Teacher meeting will be re-scheduled for Thursday 4th December from 4.15 to 6.45pm
Note: Leaving Certificate PTM – Thurs 27th Nov 2014.
Autumn Newsletter and Extra-Curricular Activities
Compliments to all who have, and continue to contribute so generously to same. The broad educational dividend afforded our students and the maintenance of the College profile at premier status is most valued by all partners in the Waterpark Community.
18/11/14 - Tues
3rd Year Tour Dublin
Parents Council Meeting
Visit of Antoinette Dilworth- Diocesan Advisor
Park Hotel Awards- Waterpark Junior All Ireland Golf Champions 2014
Badminton Tournament – Blackwater, Lismore
21/22 Nov 2014
Fri/Sat Study Clubs
Project Maths Seminar ( AW)
Project Maths Seminar ( PW)
John Wills – Barnardos Parent Talk-Internet Safety Dooleys Hotel 7.30pm.
Leaving Cert PTM
27 & 28TH 11/2014
DP In-service JMB ( JH)
Board of Management & Finance Sub-Committee Meetings
LC Gaeilge – Ardleibheal () NB) – Carlow
03/12/2014 ( Weds)
Class 3.3 CSPE Tour Fota Island ( LB)
04/12/2014 ( Thurs)
Junior Cert PTM ( Rescheduled)
09/12/2014 ( Tues)
Study Skills Seminar “ Supergeneration” - Elements of 2nd /3rd / 5yr.
Christmas Examinations Phase 2
1st Year – start. Note changes to exam centres & System of presentation and collection of examination papers and scripts
Additional events and revisions as may arises.
Chinese Language & Culture
Waterpark College welcomes Ms. Shan as our Chinese Language teacher 2014/15. The continued programme coordination via Mr Xia, UCC, Confucius Institute is greatly appreciated. Likewise we thank Mr Xia and Ms Shan, for acceding to our request to raise our number of student participants in the Easter 2015 Camp in Shanghai to two. The lucky boys are: Sean Freeman, Michael Hutchinson.
This gives a total of seven Waterpark College students who will have enjoyed the wonderful experience of visiting Shanghai, China, as part of their Transition Year Programme.
Link for learning Chinese: http://www.ted.com/talks/shaolan_learn_to_read_chinese_with_ease
Transition Year School Exchange Tour – Germany February 2015.
Following our recent visit of three teacher colleagues from Dusseldorf plans are in train to offer our TY students an exchange tour to Germany. Many thanks to all Teachers organising both legs of the exchange.
All Ireland Angling Champion, Many congratulations to Daniel Reynolds, Fifth year on winning the All Ireland Shore Angling Championship. This follows success at club and provincial level. Daniel’s angling skills has allowed him amass a significant trophy collection.
John J Hearne
It was most gratifying to attend the lecture delivered by the Hon Mrs Justice Denham, Chief Justice in the large room, Theatre Royal as part of the Waterford 1100 talks. The subject was that of the great Waterfordian and illustrious Past Pupil of Waterpark College, Mr John J Hearne, Senior Counsel. Mr Hearne became one of the greatest public servants in the history of the State. He is acknowledged as the “Architect in Chief and Draftsman” of the Irish Constitution. On the 29th December 1937, the date on which the Irish Constitution came into force, the Taoiseach dedicated a copy of the new constitution to John Hearne. The copy is now kept in the National Library in Ireland.
Mr Hearne on completion of his public service career served as a diplomat and represented Ireland as High Commissioner to Canada. In 1950 he became independent Ireland’s First Ambassador to the United States of America, retiring in 1960.
Mr Hearne will be appropriately remembered in Waterpark College, and Chief Justice Denham and Richard McNamara, Executive legal Officer to the Chief Justice are lauded for the just recognition they have bestowed on our most esteemed past pupil.
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Fifth and Sixth Year students now have access to a detailed careers inventory online. See www.cascaid.co.uk/kudosinspire. Passcode is available from Mr. O'Reilly (see also: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103546780/ucas-tariff-tables.pdf)
Many thanks for Dr. Tom O'Toole, Head of the School of Business in WIT for his visit to the school on Monday where he gave a very informative talk to the Fifth Year students. Sixth Year stuents will follow up with a visit to the Open Day on Tuesday December 9th preceeded by a talk on what to expect in the post-graduate careers market which will be given here in Waterpark on the 3rd of December by Angela Collins, Head of Careers in WIT.
Maths/Science Open Afternoon, UCC, Wed. Dec. 3rd
Don't forget the following Open Days (verify dates on relevant websites):
WIT Tue. Dec. 9
Thursday, Nov. 6
Ciara O'Connell from Central Hall Arts group was in with the TYs today bringing them up to speed on a theatre-based initiative that is being proposed for TY classes in some of the schools in the city. The plan is for the students to put together a performance in the early part of next year in the Central Hall, on the Quay. In the leadup to this, the students will be provided with master-classes in various aspects of theatre production such as performance, musicianship, lighting and sound, hospitality, promotion and so forth. This initiative, funded by the City Council, offers a fantastic opportunity for those involved to discover or develop new skills and perhaps in the future bring them on to other areas in later life. Many thanks to Ciara and John and look out for ongoing performances at Central Arts which deserve our support!
Watch this space!
Tuesday, Nov. 4
First Year rugby training resumed yesterday and will continue every Monday after school. The Junior team also returned yesterday benefitting from the expert coaching of John O'Neill, Munster Youth Development Officer.
U16 Cup Match V Kilmallock
Our U16s were in action today against Kilmallock in what turned out to be a bruising encounter. A tough match was in store after a heavy loss against the U15s last year.
The game started off at a fast tempo with penalties, lineouts and scrums. Waterpark were under serious pressure in the scrums but lineouts were contested well and in open play we did well, putting in some good tackles. Buildup play was patchy however for Waterpark.
After 25 minutes or so, Kilmallock inflicted their first damage by getting in for a try after a well-worked lineout. Just before half-time, further damage was inflicted when after sustained pressure, the opposition went in for a try after a missed tackle. Score at half-time was 10-0. All was not lost.
There was a scrappy start to the second half with penalties, lineouts and scrums and decisions going both ways. Then, a lineout was turned over by Kilmallock and they seemed to have been held up before crossing the line but the ref gave a try.
In the last 15 minutes Waterpark heads dropped somewhat and the Limerick lads scored two more tries bringing the final score to 30-0.
Extraneous factors could be taken into account such as the fact that all their players were up to age as well as the fact that there are more schools in their area against whom they have regular matches. In the circumstances therefore, our lads can be proud of their endeavours and should hold their heads high. Congratulations to Kilmallock on a well deserved victory.
Transition Year and Fifth and Sixth Year Art classes
These students will take part in a trip to Dublin on Friday, November 21st where they will visit the National Museum (Archaeology) and the National Gallery.
Monday, Nov. 3
Welcome back students and staff after a well-deserved mid-term break. This week sees the start of the Leaving and Junior Cert 'Christmas' exams. Best of luck to the students involved and well done to the parents for giving all the required support!
UCD Open Day
Sat. Nov. 8th, 10 to 4pm. See website for details.
UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science Information Evening - Cork, Wed. Nov 12
See http://www.ucd.ie/agfood/eventsoutreach/ for more info.
UCC, Maths Science Info. afternoon, Wed. Dec. 3
LIT Clonmel, Open Evening, Wednesday, Nov, 5
Tel. 0504 28468 or 28490 to confirm
Friday, October 24, 2014
Presentation to Sixth Year students by UCC schools liaison officer
Many thanks to Sandra O'Herlihy for coming along today to give a presentation to the Sixth Years on the courses available in UCC.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Visit of Teacher from Gymnasium Rheinkamp Europaschule Moers, Germany
Earlier this week we had a visit from the Deputy Principal and two English teachers from the Gymnasium Rheinkamp Europaschule Moers in Germany. They were here to explore the possibility of setting up an exchange between our two great schools with a view to furthering international cooperation. Their impressions of both the school and of Waterford itself was extremely positive. They visited some of the local points of interest such as the medieval museum as well as the Waterford Crystal centre. Also included was going along to the Central Hall to hear Katakana as part of the Imagine Festival which was an excellent production. A quick visit to Dunmore East was last but not least on the busy schedule. Watch this space for further developments!
Copy and paste these links for some photos, courtesy of Photozone
13th October 2014
The Introduction of Music to the Junior Certificate Curriculum at Waterpark College
As in previous correspondence regarding the implementation and the acceptance by your son/daughter to take music as an extra Junior Certificate subject, we are delighted to announce that Ms. Siobhan French will be joining our staff and will be implementing the programme in the school. As I highlighted before, classes, will take place during lunchtime and immediately after school. Ms. French has met with all interested students and we will be commencing classes this week. In order to facilitate lunchtime classes arrangements have been made to allow students to have their lunch prior to or after the class. Ms French has enclosed a copy of the timetable for your convenience and has also listed some books that may be required to complete the programme.
First and second year students will be required to purchase two books which are listed below. Third years will not be required to purchase these books as study notes will be provided to each student. However they will be required to purchase a set of the previous Junior Certificate Music Exam Papers. All year groups will need a music manuscript, copy, folder and a pencil.
First year books: 1) Sounds Good Core Text Book Junior Cert Music (approx. €31.50)
2) Sounds Good Set C Booklet Exam 2017 (approx. €10.95)
Second year books: 1) Sounds Good Core Text Book Junior Cert Music (approx. €31.50)
2) Sounds Good Set B Booklet Exam 2016 (approx. €10.95)
Third year books: 1) Music Junior Certificate Exam Papers
Monday: 2nd year students lunchtime and after school (3.50pm-4.50pm)
Tuesday: 3rd year students lunchtime and after school (3.50pm-4.50pm)
Wednesday: 1st year students lunchtime and after school (3.50pm-4.50pm)
Thursday: 2nd year students lunchtime and after school (3.50pm-4.50pm)
Friday: 3rd year students lunchtime and after school (3.20pm-4.50pm)
We look forward to introducing the music curriculum into Waterpark College and should you have any queries regarding the classes, books or timetable please do not hesitate to contact Ms. French during school hours.
Wednesday, October 15th
Rugby Blitz, Clonmel, Tuesday 14th
Yesterday the First Years took part in a blitz in Clonmel RFC. A squad of 26 went along accompanied by Mr. Luby and Mr. O'Reilly. The first match was against the Abbey from Tipperary town and we lost 14-5 due a somewhat slow start. The next match was against Clonmel High School which we lost in a low-scoring match which was closely contested. Final score 5-0. Next up was Newtown and in true local derby fashion we upped our game and went on to win 25-5 after some good work by the backs and an improvement in our rucking. Final match was against Cashel and by now Waterpark tails were high. At the end the score was 20-10 and the match was highlighted by some great tackling on our part and quality tries. All in all a very encouraging start to the season and we can now look forward to a promising season.
Team photo: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ngyfinjo6rpg3ca/blitz%20Clonmel%20Tue%20Oct%2014.jpg?dl=0
Thursday, October 9th
On Tuesday of this week, Waterpark College had its Open Night. Approximately 240 students were in attendance along with their parents. All the teaching staff were on hand along with many students who came back into school to help with the proceedings. There was a very positive atmosphere around the college where once again, the value of publicly funded education accessible to all was there to be appreciated.
Waterpark chess club continues every Monday at lunchtime in S5 and also forms part of the TY curriculum. Here's a link to a list of some of the benefits of playing chess: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d75ybpggrxpdt8t/THE%20BENEFITS%20OF%20PLAYING%20CHESS.docx?dl=0
A message has been sent out to all parents of last year's LC class asking them to respond with information on the course/career destination of their sons/daughters. Looking forward to hearing from you!
UCD Agriculture, Food Science, Human Nutrition Info Evening
An information evening on the above will take place in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny on the 15th of October at 7:30.
(please confirm if you decide to attend)
Ms. French was introduced to the staff today in preparation for the introduction of music as a subject in the College. Initially this will take place at lunchtime or after school hours and next year will form part of the timetable. This is a great addition to the range of subjects on offer and we look forward to its growth in the coming years.
Tuesday, 30th September 2014
Rugby: Best of luck to Jordan O Regan and Angelo Johnson who will represent Munster U18’s against Leinster U18’s this Saturday at 2pm. The game is on in Waterpark RFC.
Junior and Senior Rugby training continues every week for their upcoming cup games in November.
First year Rugby (U14): Great to see such big numbers out at training. Many of these are new to rugby so keep at it. Every Monday from 3.45 to 4.45.
P.E: Congrats to Josh Kelly in (Fifth year) and (Orla O Connor) third year for the highest result in the Cooper run test.
Cross Country: Numbers are extremely high for training. Over 50 boys and girls train every Monday and Wednesday after school.
Badminton: Training will start in the next two weeks for junior boys and junior girls.
Basketball: This year we are entered in the U14 and U16 boys and girls Munster competition. Training has started for both these groups.
Orienteering: Congrats to Orienteering team who received their medals this week for the Munster schools.
Golf: The Golf team are back to training to defend their All Ireland Junior title.
Soccer: The U15 and the U19 teams are back in training this week with Mr. Kiely and Mr. Dunne for the start of the cup.
Wed. Sept. 24th
Dept. of Computer Science, UCC Schools Outreach Programme
The DCS at UCC has an interesting schools outreach programme involving opportunities to learn programming and so forth. See http://www.ucc.ie/en/csschools/schoolsoutreachoverview/
Sixth Year students attend Higher Options Careers Exhibition in RDS
Last Friday Sixth Years attended the annual Higher Options Careers Exhibition in the RDS, Dublin. The exhibition featured representatives from all the main higher education institutions in the country and from the UK and further afield. There were also a number of talks on items such as the CAO and the UCAS application systems. As always, in terms of study and career progression, the key to success for this year's Sixth Years will be quality career guidance as well as self-directed research of the options available. Parents, please be aware that Mr. O'Reilly is available for consultation at any stage by appointment.
Individual careers appointments with Sixth Year students have begun with the Guidance Counsellor. It is now assumed that all students have completed their online careers interest inventory. Please remember some key dates such as Feb. 1 (first closing date for CAO and nb. restricted application courses) and July 1 (CAO final date for change of mind). Note also important UCAS dates. See websites for more info. Again, this is a key year for LC students as regards accessing further education and the world of work so a mature approach is key.
University of Limerick Open Day, Oct. 17th
Interested Fifth and Sixth Year students are invited to attend. Please contact Mr. O'Reilly for more info.
Transition Year News
Visit Killary Adventure Centre, Connemara
Last Tuesday, the TY students departed early for the KAC in Co. Galway for an action-packed few days in the heart of beautiful Connemara on Killary harbour. Arriving at lunchtime, after a quick bite to eat the students headed off and spent the afternoon doing the climbing wall and the big swing. After dinner, there was a game of football and an early night after the day's travelling. The following day, the menu of activities included ringo rides, high ropes, kayaking and gorge walking. On Thursday morning the lads did the mud run (the extended version) and after lunch headed for Galway where they had some time for a bit of sight-seeing and shopping. All in all, the feedback was very positive and compliments to the two hard-working teachers who accompanied them.
WATERPARK COLLEGE CO-EDUCATIONAL VOLUNTARY SECONDARY SCHOOL
OPEN NIGHT – 07 OCTOBER 2014
Parents/Guardians and incoming First Year Boys and Girls 2015/16 are cordially invited
Waterpark College - Parents Council AGM
Monday September 29th
7.00 -8.00 Study Talk
8.00 -8.30 AGM
8.30 - 9.00 Tea & Coffee
Waterpark College - Junior Certificate Results 2014
Wednesday 10th September 2014
There will be a half day tomorrrow for all TY and 5th Year students.
All ty and 5th year studentsfinish at 12.26pm,
Full school day for everyone else.
Thursday August 14th 2014
Waterpark College – Leaving Certificate Results 2014
Dominic Carberry, retiring Deputy Principal and Tom Beecher, welcomed an alert and positive cohort of students from 8.30am. The very positive results outcome gave cause for satisfaction and happy anticipation as each certificate recipient looked forward to commencing their third level education phase.
The Principal and Deputy Principal interpreted the across the board positive results outcome as indication of a tremendous team effort by students, teachers, parents/guardians, counsellors and programme coordinators. In addition the small cohort of repeat Leaving Certificate students performed outstandingingly well.
As an Edmund Rice School, Waterpark College attaches significant focus on the individual development of our students. With this element attended to via co-curricular, extra-curricular and pastoral care programmes, we are confident that the well-formed young men and women graduating today will attain their adult hopes and aspirations in a happy and mature manner.
It has been a day of great satisfaction and good news for our students. Equally as educators the reward of witnessing students achieve their goals as confident young people is all that we could wish for.
Many congratulations and best wishes all round.
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 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.
Big turnout at the chess club today! Copy and past the link:
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:
And here's a link to the UK website ' chess in schools':
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!