May Newsletter

   Dear <<First Name>>

I'm pleased to have this opportunity to greet the whole school community one more time as the academic year draws to a close. Our Transition Year students have been away since Easter and our 1st, 2nd and 5th Year students are finishing their summer exams as I write. Officially the school is on summer holidays from 31st May, but it certainly won't be a sleepy place for some time yet. Candidates for 1st Year in 2020 will be arriving on Monday afternoon for the 'live-in' taster days, and by the time they leave on Wednesday morning, the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams will have begun. 

I wish all our exam candidates the very best, and assure them of remembrance in my own prayers and in those of the monastic community over the coming weeks. I wish everyone a happy, refreshing and safe summer holiday.

Fr Martin Browne OSB
Recent News
Cillian O'Sullivan and Laurence Tuohy win 2nd place in Young Economist of the Year 2019
Transition Year win at Young Economist of the Year Competition
by Cillian O'Sullivan

On Thursday, May 2nd I travelled with my teammate Laurence Tuohy to the O’Reilly Hall at University College Dublin (UCD) to compete in this year’s Young Economist of the Year (YEOTY) 2019. Our project title An Investigation into the Efficacy of an Exception to the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility. It was the culmination of many months hard work researching, investigating, writing, editing and charting results. We felt the project had a very good chance of doing well, but until we saw the competition it was difficult to gauge our level.

We studied the reaction of students while our Economics teacher Ms O’Sullivan illustrated the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility in our Economics’ class using Oreo biscuits. Although the law states that satisfaction decreases as units consumed increase, we noted that this did not appear to be the case on the consumption of the last Oreo. We discussed this anomaly and decided to conduct an experiment to examine the efficacy of this exception to the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility.

This involved conducting research on fellow pupils based on random sampling. Each student was expected to consume 8 units of Oreos; the control group did not know the eighth cookie was their last. However, the other group did. When we asked for permission from the headmaster and principal, they told us that we would not have any problem finding volunteers for our research. They were right! Our research findings proved that indeed the last Oreo provided increased satisfaction - which contradicts the law in question. We suggested that further research needed to be done using greater gender, age and social balances. Essentially we believe this project may have great potential for marketing and consumer behaviour.

We left Glenstal at 6.00am with 5th year Economics students and arrived early to set up our stall. We learned early on that we were in the gold medal category, and the representative from the Central Bank told us that we were one of his favourite projects. The judges were very impressed with the work that we had done.

We won 1st place in the TY category and 2nd place in the IGEES category and were overall 2nd place winners of YEOTY 2019. We were absolutely delighted to have represented the school so well and to be holding three trophies. The highlight of the day was to learn that we had won our places as part of the Irish team travelling to St Petersburg in Russia from July 23rd to August 1st to represent our country in the International Economics’ Olympiad. Our Economics teacher Mrs O’Sullivan will travel with us.

We are very proud to represent Glenstal at this event.

Ted Collins (TY) Wins Munster 800m
Ted Collins had a fantastic race in Cork on Saturday 18th May, winning the 800m Inter Munster Schools Championship. Ted won the race in style and on top of winning he broke the magic 2-minute barrier with a time of 1.59.20. This is also a new school record for Inter and Senior house at Glenstal.

A special word of appreciation for the hard work that coach Garett Hartigan has done with Ted over the last few years. The support, mentoring, and dedication Garrett has provided in the past year to get Ted to this level of fitness has paid off with this fantastic win.

Congratulations to Ted and we wish him the very best in the upcoming All Ireland Championship.

Eoin Ward (2nd Year) Wins 5 Gold Medals at Féile
Eoin Ward has added to his considerable hoard of gold medals with his recent and impressive five gold medals at the recent Féile held in Cork. Eoin won all his golds for accordion and button accordion in the 12-15 age group. He also won a Silver medal.

We are very proud of this remarkable achievement for the hugely talented Eoin.

Donagh Hyland (5th Year) Selected for Munster Schools Team of the Year

Donagh being presented with his jersey by Munster Schools Committee Chairman Declan English and Tony Ward

Congratulations to Donagh Hyland who had been selected for the Irish Independent Munster Schools Team of the Year. Donagh was presented with a specially printed Munster jersey by Tony Ward at a reception in Thomond Park before the recent Munster v Connaught game. The Munster Schools Team of the Year were brought on to the Thomond Park pitch at half-time where they were warmly acknowledged by the crowd of 15,000.

This is a marvellous achievement for Donagh and for the School.

Laurence Tuohy (TY) Competes in the Irish Dancing World Championships
Many congratulations to Laurence Tuohy who was selected to represent Ireland in the Irish Dancing World Championships. This year the World Championships were held in Greensboro, North Carolina in the United States. After the week-long event, Laurence finished up with a ranking of 32nd in the world out of more than 100 competitors! 

This is a fantastic achievement for Laurence who has performed for us at School Assembly on several occasions. We wish him continued success in his dancing and look forward to him performing here again.

U14 and U16 Teams Win at Munster Schools Tennis Shield
Congratulations to our U14 and U16 tennis teams on winning the Munster Schools Tennis Shield in each age category on 15th May at Nenagh Lawn Tennis Club.

Under 14 team: Jonathan Cunningham-Ashe, Sam O'Farrell, John Twomey and Callum Deegan.

Under 16 team: Max Stone, Chris Burke-Young, Thomas McAllister and Nyoleme Agbanobi.

Darkness into Light
Well done to all students and staff members who took part in Darkness into Light in Murroe on Saturday 11th May. We are delighted to support such a worthy cause.
Lucas Bachmann Earns First Prize on the Roll of Honour in 32nd Irish Mathematical Olympiad
by Mr Thomas Franklin

Congratulations to Lucas Bachmann who has won the Fergus Gaines Cup in the Irish Mathematical Olympiad. An outstanding achievement for Lucas and for Glenstal Abbey School. This is the top award in Mathematics in Ireland and it follows years of hard work by Lucas and his mathematics teachers.

It didn't all happen overnight for Lucas and the following is an account of his progress to be the very best student of Mathematics in Ireland.

In 2016, Lucas was the only person in Ireland to achieve a top score in Round 1 of the Maths Olympiad. Following that, he became the only 3rd year, at that time at least, to make it on the Roll of Honour. He placed 22nd in that year. Given Lucas was competing against 4th, 5th and 6th year students and it was his first time participating, this was a very solid indication of his incredible potential.

In 2017, Lucas achieved another perfect score in Round 1 and climbed to 9th place in the Roll of Honour that year.

In 2018, Lucas again achieved a perfect score in Round 1 and climbed to 2nd place on the Roll of Honour. Not only that but Lucas won a Bronze International Olympiad medal that summer while representing Ireland.

In 2019, Lucas reached the summit and claimed 1st place on the Roll of Honour, winning the Fergus Gaines Cup in the 32nd Irish Mathematical Olympiad. Lucas will travel to Bath in July to participate in the 2019 International Olympiad.

Along the way, Lucas participated in many and various other Olympiads such as the Iranian Geometry Olympiad, where in 2018, he won Bronze. These are all hugely challenging events and can be very long in duration. The commitment and ability shown by Lucas himself has been incredible. Of course, he continues to be very modest about it all, which is admirable. I wouldn't even be sure we know about all of his achievements. You would nearly need to interrogate him to know!

U14 and U15 Fencing Wins
Many congratulations to our U4 and U15 fencing teams who won trophies at the National Junior Schools Fencing Competition which was held in Clongowes Wood College on 18th May. The Under 14's took Second Place and the Under 15's took Third Place.

Under 15 team: Diego Sun, Luke Fahy, Ben Costello, Fionn O'Donnell and Saul Sheedy.

Under 14 team: Geoffrey McDonnell, Ben Quinn, Harry Gleeson, Eddie Keena and David Clifton-Brown.

Well done to everyone who took part and special thanks to coach Patrick Dwight for helping the Glenstal teams to achieve such great results.

Sports Day
The annual sports day took place on Sunday 26th May. Many thanks to all those who attended and participated and congratulations to all the prize winners!
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Well done to all involved in delivering a fantastic concert. The hard work put in over the last few weeks culminated in a truly outstanding show. Click here to view gallery.
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Prizegiving Ceremony
Caolan Dooley, Matthew Lynch and Emmet Aylward with their prizes
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Bake Sale
Thank You Message from the Kenya Crew 2019

We would like to thank everyone who either baked, bought or donated at the annual Sports Day Bake Sale. We raised a grand total of €2,600 from the Cake Sale which overwhelmingly exceeded our original goal of €2000. The Ice-Cream Stall also managed to raise €660 from your generous donations and purchases. Your continuous help, support and generosity has allowed us to surpass the crew’s overall goal of €20,000 to build classrooms and toilets in Oloika School.

We cannot stress enough how far your generosity goes in improving the everyday lives and the education of these underprivileged kids who are seeking to improve their own lives and that of their community. On behalf of the group, we are truly excited to head over in July for three weeks and hope to see your continued support of the project for years to come.

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