September Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>

I am delighted to send this newsletter to you at the beginning of the second month of the academic year. The first month is always very busy and can feel very long while everyone is getting used to new faces and schedules and the different rhythm that a new school year brings. The past long weekend provided a welcome breather for all of us after the hectic weeks of September. It was good to see so many parents at our Parent Assembly last Friday. I'm sure that all will agree that our guest speaker, Dr Maureen Griffin, was both excellent and sobering.

On a personal note, I would also like to express my thanks for all the support received from the school community on the occasion of my recent bereavement.

With prayerful gratitude,

Fr Martin Browne OSB

Recent News
Camino de Santiago 2019

On 26th September 2019, our Transition Year students returned from walking the Camino de Santiago. The boys, accompanied by Br Colmán, Mr Ciarán Devitt, Ms Fiona Hanly, Mr Kieran Sparling and Gap student Dom  Goodman, completed the 118 km pilgrimage in just five days! Please click here for a detailed account of their trip.

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U15 Win Gaelic Football Quarter Final

Many congratulations to our U15 Gaelic Football team on their superb performance in the Limerick PPS U15 Gaelic Football Quarter Final. Full-time score:
Glenstal Abbey School 5-18 (33)  Coláiste Mhuire 5-2 (17)

We wish the team the very best of luck against Mungret Community College in the semi-final. 

Panel: Brendan Collins (0-2), Riain Concannon  (0-1), Finn Connolly, Jonathan Cunningham-Ash, Andrew Flaherty (joint captain), Edward Franklin, Lochlann Frawley, Kyle Furlong, Harry Gleeson, Seamus Hanly (0-4), Colum Hanly, Eddie Keena, Rory Lynch, Sean McCormack (1-1), Michael McDonagh (2-4), Geoffrey McDonnell, Tommy McNamara, Cormac Murphy, Zach O'Connor, Sam O'Farrell (1-2), Pierce O'Neill, Tom Ryan (joint captain, 1-4), Oliver Springett, Ian Supple, & David Trant.

Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning
In Aid of Milford Hospice

Coffee and cakes were enjoyed at the school as we participated in Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Thursday 26th September 2019.

The school community gathered in the atrium at break time to raise money for Milford Care Centre, a local palliative and older person care home.

Students, parents, staff and Baxter Storey caterers kindly provided sweet treats which were served with coffee by fifth-year prefects.

Thank you to everyone who helped raise a marvellous €450!

Stefan Caulfield-Dreier Wins Gold Medal in Cycling

The Cycling Ireland Youth National Championships took place on the weekend of the 17th and 18th of August 2019. The Saturday began with the Time Trial which was on a lumpy 8 km course. Stefan won this in 11 mins, averaging an astonishing 44.7 kph, making him Irish National U16 TT Champion. Following this was the road race, where Stefan finished a very creditable sixth place. The Criterium took place on the Sunday and Stefan finished fifth. Stefan's club, the Killarney Cycling Club, took the Team prizes for these events.

Kenya Project

“That in everything God may be blessed!” is a traditional Benedictine maxim and seems to apply easily to this year’s Kenya project.

First of all, there was a ‘crew’ of ten young men of seventeen years who got along with each other, with the organisers, Fr John and Thomas Franklin, and with their peers in Kenya for three weeks.

Secondly, so many parents and friends contributed to the project that Oloika Middle School, in the impoverished wilderness of Maasiland, could be afforded latrines, a brand new classroom and a small computer lab. But there was also generosity on the ground in that the Bunduz Safari company gave its best service of transport and catering for cost price during high season, and Lale’enok Resource Centre allowed us camp on their land for free.

The cherry on the cake was when a pharmaceutical company based in Ireland offered us 38 laptops which were only three years old.

The result was that apart from the infrastructural developments, two schools in need of computers now have them as well as the training required to use them. In addition, our crew and school have had their minds broadened and will hopefully spread the word, and thus help to make the world a better place for us all, as it was meant to be.

Leaving Cert Results 2019

We were delighted with the results achieved by our students this year. This year’s average is the fourth highest in the last twenty-five years. We have every reason to be very proud of all our students and staff.

  • 3 students scored over 600 points
  • 10 students scored over 550 points
  • 36% of students scored over 500 points
  • 82% of students scored over 400 points
  • Class average was 479 points
Upcoming Events
5th Year Parent-Teacher Meeting

The 5th Year parent-teacher meeting will take place on Tuesday 22nd October 2019 from 15:45-18:15 in the Cinema Gym.

The October mid-term break will begin at 12:30 on Friday 25th October 2019. Boarders will return on Sunday 3rd November 2019 with school resuming for all students on Monday 4th November 2019.

The School's Open-Day is a wonderful way for those interested in attending Glenstal to explore the school and meet some of the key staff. If you have any friends or family who might be interested, please feel free to share the link and extend a warm Glenstal Abbey welcome to them.
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