Show Jumping Success

Our school show-jumping team were in action in the local Interschools’ Competition held in Ennis Showground over 3 weekends.

The team won their two qualifying events and came in 3rd and 7th in the final, held on the 8th of October. 2nd year student Mae Nedelec came 1st in the individual competition and won a beautiful cup for the school, with 3rd year student Kara Gupta following in 3rd place. Other team members were Sorcha Ní Chiarba (Bl. 1), Aoife Ní Chiarba agus Ciara de Brún (Bl.2) agus Aoife Ní Lorcáin (Bl.3).

Comhghairdeas libh a chailíní!

Laurel hill Show Jumping

Third year at the top for Laurel Hill Coláiste

Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ has been ranked the number one secondary school in Ireland for the third year in a row. The South Circular Road school topped the 2016 Sunday Times guide to Ireland’s 400 best schools this week, after becoming the first Irish-language school to gain the top spot two years ago. It was also the only non-fee-paying school to top the table in the last ten years and  the first all girls’ school to be named the best school in Ireland since 2009.

Kate Butler of the Sunday Times, who compiled the list, said Munster schools performed well this year.

She said: “Munster has generally been doing extremely well. Even though it has only half the population of Leinster, it has almost as many schools in our top 100.”

Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ principal Aedín Ní Bhriain said: “Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ has a long standing tradition of academic excellence and we look forward to continuing this tradition into the future. Equally important is our commitment to companionship and to the sense of community here in school.

“Both our teaching and administrative staff have always given 100 per cent to the curricular and extracurricular activities.”

Limerick students encouraged to eat healthy lunches at school

WITH most secondary schools in Limerick now back in action for the new school year, parents have been urged to encourage their children to eat healthier lunches in school.

As childhood obesity is still on the rise, having a healthy and nutritious lunch during school time is as important as ever.

Principal at Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ Aedín Ní Bhriain said that most of her students “bring in their own lunch, but they might supplement it with something from the school shop”.

The school shop, she said, provides “hot rolls, a variety of white and brown bread sandwiches and wraps, some fruit, some juices and there are some sweets and chocolate as well”.  They also offer soup in the winter.

She also said that the over-consumption of fizzy drinks and confectionary items is not a problem in the school.

“Many of the girls bring in different teas because we have boilers to heat whatever drink you want and a lot of the girls drink water too,” she explained.

She added that while the school currently has no ban on confectionary items, she would “have no hesitation in banning” them if the need arose.

Laurel Hill Coláiste flies the flag for Irish language in Limerick

Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ have been recognised for flying the flag for the Irish language.

The South Circular Road school added another national recognition to its awards’ list after Minister of State Joe McHugh presented the school with its Gaelbhratach – an acknowledgement of its efforts to promote Irish outside the classroom.

After recently being rated in this year’s Sunday Times League Tables as Ireland’s number one school, Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ has now become the first in Limerick to be awarded the Gaelbhratach flag. The initiative supported by Gael-Linn, Conradh na Gaeilge and Foras na Gaeilge promotes the use of conversational Irish in secondary and primary schools.

Principal Aedín Ní Bhriain said that Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ is always looking at ways to promote the language. “Gaelbhratach is a new and exciting venture for us and we are always looking to do new things,” she enthused.

“We take pride in giving our students a sense of who they are and a sense of pride in their language, faith and culture. We are very proud of each and every student.”

Speaking as he presented the Gaelbhratach flag to the school, Minister Joe McHugh said that a wide range of fun activities were organised through the medium of Irish, including inter-schools’ quizzes, music, song, dance, sports, drama and culture days.

Political sparring as Limerick students debate renewable energy targets

Students from Limerick’s Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ and Coláiste Chiaráin, along with schools from all over Ireland, got to experience political sparring at the highest level yesterday, March 3, in Dublin Castle. They were debating the hot topic of renewable energy targets in the eighth annual Model Council of the European Union. Students from Laurel Hill Coláiste played Germany while Coláiste Chiaráin took the part of the Netherlands in an intense and well informed discussion among 27 other schools.

With fracking, pylons and windmills being prominent issues, renewable energy is the topic that young people today will have to take seriously. Tim Hayes says: “We already have renewable energy targets of 20 per cent by 2020; the purpose of this debate is to get our young people thinking about the issue. Decisions about their futures are made in Dublin, Brussels and further afield, and it’s critical that our youth understand what is going on in this area and how decisions are arrived at.”

The event, which is organised by the European Commission Representation in Ireland, took place in The Printworks’ Building in Dublin Castle. Twenty-eight schools from across Ireland represented the 28 EU Member States.

Ríméad ag Regatta na Scoileanna

Niamh Ní Chadhla and Ciara Ní Chadhla had a flying start to their summer on Sunday last, May 1st, when they won the J14 ( x2 ) at the Schools’ Rowing Regatta. Pictured above are the Coláiste’s rowers with Minister Jan O Sullivan, Hamish Adams (CEO of Rowing Ireland) and Norma Ní Luinneacháin, Príomhoide Gníomhach LHC. All performed very well on the day. Táimid an-bhródúil asaibh, a chailíní!