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Sports Day 2016

On a beautiful sunny morning in Ballybunion on last Friday May 27th the school students and staff enjoyed a memorable sports day. There were lots of competitive and fun events, culminating in the presentation of prizes before the end of the school day. The abiding memory will be of all the students happily playing with their camáns and sliotars between events. The event would never have taken place without the great behind the scenes work of Mr.Daly, Miss Costello and their band of helpers. The stars of the day competitively were (besides the staff team of soccer players who overcame strong opposition from the Leaving Cert class) Female athlete of the day, Caoimhe Spillane a first year. The male sports person of the day was Scott Godson. Congratulations to them both and to the staff and students who took part and those who helped out making it a day to remember. Go mbeimid beo ag an am seo arís.

Leaving Cert 2016 Graduation

The Leaving Cert Class of 2016 in St.Joseph's Sec. School, Ballybunion graduated from the school on Thursday night last May 26th. A lot of work went into the preparation for this event which was very evident on the night. The night commenced in the school where the students assembled for their group photo with the school Principal Mr. O'Donovan and Year head Mr. Dalton. It was especially nice for this group as for all the school community that Mr.O'Donovan returned to school on the day,after an absence due to illness. They then had a very nice Mass under the guidance of Miss Stenson and the choir guided by Mrs. Lynch. Students were presented with their certs and awards and some presentations were made with some very inspirational words spoken. They then, thanks to the Parent's Council retired to the canteen for some light refreshments and where senior student of the year , Ísla O'Connor cut their graduation cake. Miss Costello had prepared a photo display of many memories. We wish to acknowledge the help and assistance of all those staff, students and parents who made the night so special for the group. Wishing the leaving cert class of 2016 the very best in their upcoming exams and in their future lives ahead.

Talented Boxer On Winning Streak

Ryan Downey, Second year in St.Joseph's Secondary School, Ballybunion being congratulated by Mrs. Cummins, Acting Principal on his many boxing achievements in the past few weeks. Ryan who trains officially three times per week is totally dedicated to his chosen sport and is reaping the awards of all his work.He boxes in the ' B4 42kilos' category.  He displays the prizes he has won when winning the Munster Tournament, and Munster championship. Also the Cashen Vale Annual Tournament twice, The Katie Taylor Tournament and the Ballyduff Annual Tournament. This Ballybunion boy has a bright future ahead of him with his club Cashen Vale. Wishing Ryan congratulations and continued success, where the eyes of the school community will be keeping a close eye on his progress.

Mental Health Amber Flag

A group of students from St.Joseph's Secondary School, Ballybunion attended the presentation of The Amber Flag on Friday last May 13th in Cork.. Those who travelled were Arwen Bättit, Katie Joy, Kerrie Ross, Aoife O Connor and Rachel Hanrahan with Mrs Kelly. The flag is awarded for promoting positive mental health and making a difference in our school. Well done to everyone who put in so much work this year to achieve this, especially the transition year students and their teacher Mrs Kelly.

The AMBER FLAG initiative aims to encourage Schools to promote and actively bring about a culture change in the promotion of positive mental health within the educational system. It is to enhance the already good work that is going on where mental health is concerned by offering an award.

Visit Of Elma Walsh

To whet the appetite of the staff and students of St.Joseph's Secondary School, Ballybunion for 'Wellness Week' which will be running in the school next week from May 23rd-27th 2016, Mrs. Kelly organised that Elma Walsh, mother of the late inspirational teenager Donal Walsh R.I.P. , #Livelife, to speak to the students on Thursday May 19th. All staff and students present were deeply moved by the powerful messages Elma left with them. The School 5K run/walk on Tuesday next is a fundraiser for the very deserving organisation. Thank you to Mrs. Kelly for organising this event.

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