October Newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>

As our students and staff prepare to go on a well-earned break, I have great pleasure in sending our latest newsletter to you. Once again, it has been a very busy few weeks for us, with much activity both inside and outside the school. A lot of the focus of my address to parents at the Assembly last month was on behaviour and discipline and I am happy to say that we are seeing some improvements. It's good to be reminded, of course, that poor behaviour is the exception rather than the norm, and it was a great pleasure at our final assembly of this half-term to be able to celebrate and honour some of the students whose behaviour has made a particularly positive impact on life in the school. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí!

Wishing everyone a peaceful mid-term break,

Fr Martin Browne OSB
Recent News
Let's drink to a greener Glenstal!

Following on from the removal of drinking straws from our refectories last year, we will switch from ceramic mugs to individual travel cups in the refectories after the mid-term break. The huge waste caused by crockery breakages each year, not to mention the amount of hot water and detergent used in washing hundreds of cups each day in an industrial dishwasher, both have a serious negative impact on our environment. And so, from the beginning of November, the old mugs will disappear from the refectories. Each student will be given his own 350 ml travel mug to use while in school. He himself will be responsible for keeping it safe and for rinsing it out after use. There will be a number of special events during the first days after mid-term to celebrate this change and to back it up by raising awareness about our shared responsibilities to care for our common home.

Junior Cert Results

Our Transition Year students received their Junior Cert results on Friday 4th October. Their hard work paid off and we are very proud of the great results achieved.

We are delighted to announce our 2020/21 Scholarships initiative. This programme grants awards to new entrants each year based on merit and need. The awards aim to provide financial support to those who could not otherwise attend the school due to financial barriers.

We welcome applications from students who are exceptionally talented musically, academically or athletically. Applications for academic and music scholarships are open to all new applicants for 1st through 5th Year. Sports scholarships are open to new applicants wishing to join in Transition Year (4th).

This programme is jointly funded by the monastic community of Glenstal Abbey and through the generous support of our donors.

Please feel free to share the link below with anyone you think might be interested and eligible for the Merit and Need aspect of these awards.

Full details of the programme along with a digital prospectus are available here:

George O'Leary (TY) Wins Silver in County Tipperary Cross Country Championships

Congratulations on a fantastic result to George who came second in the Boys Under 17 Cross Country Championships which took place in Moyglass on Sunday 13th October. 

Effective Communications Winners

Well done to Calum Blake (3rd Year) who won the overall Gold Medal at the Effective Communications Competition held in Limerick recently. Our Sixth Years, George von Strantz, Matthew Lyne, Henri Cramer and Conor Fleming also did us proud by taking Silver.

Sam O'Farrell (2nd Year) Wins Hurling Inter-County Medal

Congratulations to Sam O'Farrell and the Tipperary team on their great achievement in winning the U14 Inter-County Tony Forristal Tournament. Sam is an all-round athlete and is also a star of the Glenstal Under 15 Rugby team.

TY Mentoring Programme with Daughters of Charity
First Day of the Programme 
by Christopher Burke Young

The day began in the sports hall and with us organising the activities we would be doing with the Daughters Of Charity. We set up the following activities; curling, rowing/cycling, penalties, basketball, javelin, passing rugby balls, building blocks and bowling.

We met in the sports hall. The people we met had varying disabilities. They seemed very happy to be there and enthusiastic as were we. We began to form a circle where Glenstal students were on the outside and the clients from Daughters Of Charity were on the inside. We began to high five and shake each others hands which was a great introduction and warm-up for activity. 

We then split up into groups and were assigned to certain activities. We met the people we were doing our activities with. We quickly learned how clearly you have to demonstrate what you have to do in the activities. We spent about five to ten minutes on each. It was great to see that everyone was enjoying themselves.

All in all it was a very wholesome day and we are looking forward to the next time we meet.

Success at Munster Blades Open

The Munster Blades Open took place on Saturday 19th October. Glenstal's Fencing Team put on a wonderful display as highlighted by the results:

  • Diego Sun (3rd Year) Silver U17 
  • Benjamin Gabor (2nd Year) Silver U15
  • Aedan O’Kelly (1st Year) Gold U13
  • Fionn Stack (1st Year) Silver U13
  • Olivier Hilaire (1st Year) Bronze U13
Hugo McElligott (6th Year) Wins Gold Medal for Public Speaking

Congratulations to Hugo McElligott who was awarded a Gold Medal for his Certificate in Public Speaking from the Leinster School of Music & Drama. This is the highest grade in the discipline. Hugo's main speech ‘Cultural Transitions’ was based on his observations on the cultural differences in the countries he visited during his TY year, namely France, Italy and the United States. The examiner said it was ‘A fine talk with a great opening, concise and informative work with a touch of humour.  Most interesting and handled with maturity.’ 

Pierce O'Neill (2nd Year) Awarded Black Belt

Many congratulations to Pierce O'Neill who was recently awarded his Black Belt (1st Dan) in Tang Soo Do (Karate). Pierce has trained for the past nine years and all that hard work has certainly paid off for him. Well done to Pierce who is also a very competent musician, rugby player and student.

Max Stone (3rd Year) Wins F.A.I. Medal

Congratulations to Max Stone who won an Under 15 F.A.I. medal with Wexford F.C. They defeated Carlow-Kilkenny 2-0 in the final. Wexford scored two early goals. Max played in goal and kept a clean sheet throughout the game despite some fierce pressure from Carlow-Kilkenny.

Uiseann Cooke (6th Year) Wins at Munster Swimming Championships

Congratulations to Uiseann Cooke who represented Glenstal Abbey School with pride, taking first place in the Individual Medley and second place in the 100-metre Breast Stroke in the Munster Senior Schools Swimming Championships which were held in University of Limerick. Uiseann will go on to represent Glenstal Abbey School in the Interpro Finals which will be held in April of 2020.

Upcoming Events
Parent-Teacher Meetings

Parent-teacher meetings are scheduled to take place from 3:45 pm - 6.15 pm in the Cinema Gym as follows:
- 6th Years on Tuesday 12th November
- 3rd Years on Tuesday 19th November

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