Weigh in No. 5

Weigh in No. 5

Terri keeps a balanced view, “Hi everyone. Weigh in number 5 and not great success on the scales this week. I stayed the same which is better than putting up weight but still a bit of a letdown. The only consolation is that my clothes are definitely getting looser! I found the exercise harder last week so I’ll just have to push it harder this week to reach the first mile stone of a stone down next week.

Thanks to everyone for their support it really makes a big difference.” On Saturday Terri set off leading the regular Saturday Kilcullen walks, even though the weather was brighter this week the numbers were a bit down still more than 20 people turned up to stretch out on the walk.

The walk is aimed at all levels of fitness and abilities and is a circular route around the town. Anyone can come and join in, just meet in the Spar car park at 3pm on Saturdays and follow the route with Terri at whatever pace you’re comfortable with.

Suas knitting

Suas Knitting is back in full swing every Tuesday from 10.30-12.45pm. Everyone is welcome, in the Kilcullen Parish Centre.

St. Brigid’s Crosses

Last week St Joseph’s NS Halverstown were in the Parish centre teaching the transition year students and members of the public how to make the famous St Brigid’s cross. Glenda Groome, TY year head sent in some pictures.

Grandparent’s day success

Once again grandparent’s day proved a wonderful success writes Marion Sherlock principal of St Joseph’s NS. As part of Catholic School’s week our aim is to cultivate a respect for Grandparents among the pupils of our school. 36 grandparents visited the school on the day and engaged in activities with the children.

The atmosphere was full of excitement from young pupils showing off Granny or Grandad or the pride on the faces of the older generation as they completed an electrical circuit or made their first St Brigid’s cross. The Dubliners would have been proud of our rendition of “Dublin in the rare old times.” The morning concluded with tea for the grandparents and talk of the next grandparents day.

125 years of service

Stories were told and memories exchanged throughout the night of February 1st as Cross and Passion College celebrated the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the school.

Past pupils from each of the decades back to the 1950s came together with many others associated with the school down through the years as parents, staff, Board of Management members and members of the local community, as well as representatives of the Cross and Passion Sisters and Le Cheile. Entertainment was provided by the music department with input from a large number of current and past pupils. Refreshments were provided by the TY catering group and their teachers and those attending gathered on a number of occasions for readings and reflections. The event also marked the official opening of the new Sacred Space in the school. You can find some great photos, on the CPC website with further links to other albums,

TY offer more valuable insights for students; with visits from a TD, jockey and well-known figures in the equine world, here’s what they had to say. Richard Pugh recently visited CPC and met with the class 4B as part of the TY Equine Studies module. It was Richard’s first visit to our school and we’d like to thank him for taking the time to do it. Richard serves on the Board of Directors of Tattersalls Ireland. He is a well-known figure in Irish racing, particularly in the Point-to-Point field in his role as Founder and Director of Irish Point-to-Point Services. A regular commentator at race meetings and Point-to-Points throughout Ireland, he rode successfully as an amateur and in addition to being the driving force behind Irish Point-to-Point Services is a member of the ITBA National Hunt Committee and on the Board of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. There was a discussion about Richard’s work – what it entails and how one might get involved in it. It was interesting to hear him speak about his job and the students had the opportunity to ask questions. The discussion broadened out into other areas – work in the media (such as on tv / radio, with newspapers, etc), the rules of racing, the impact of the recession, the future prospects for the equine industry in Ireland, employment opportunities in the industry, foreign travel, etc. This was a very useful experience for the students and they gained a lot from it. It was an educational talk regarding the equine industry but it was also very informative regarding enterprise as Richard spoke openly and honestly about his business. The students were provided with a fascinating insight into the thinking of an entrepreneur and it was a great learning opportunity for them. Sean O’Fearghail TD recently visited our school to meet 4D as part of the TY Economics module. Sean represents the Kildare South constituency in Dail Eireann and explained his role as a member of our national parliament. It was a great learning experience. There was a wide-ranging discussion and the students had the opportunity to engage with Sean and ask plenty of questions. It was interesting to explore the economic issues in Ireland and develop a better understanding of the current economic situation. We’d like to thank Sean for taking the time to visit CPC and we wish him well for the future.

Shane Foley, a promising young flat jockey, recently visited CPC to meet 4B as part of the TY Equine Studies module. It was Shane’s first visit and he gave a really interesting talk – which the students learned a lot from. There was a wide-ranging discussion and the students got to ask lots of questions. Shane explained about his life as a jockey - the routine he has to follow throughout the year. He told us about how he got into racing and became a jockey. He informed us about his job with Mick Halford and how he travels around the world to ride in races – he’s leaving for Dubai tonight! He also outlined how he maintains his weight and fitness. It was a great learning opportunity and an enjoyable experience. We thank Shane for visiting our school and wish him well for the future.

Cottonwood tree

Rose Doherty is filling the Cottonwood Tree with lots of new goodies this season including the new Moda quilting. Rose is a veritable fountain of knowledge on all things sewing, knitting and craft so pop in and get inspiration.