As the end of the school year approaches, St. Farnan’s Post Primary School has a very busy itinerary ahead with lots of events and activities planned.
Last Wednesday’s (May 15) sports day was a resounding success and any funds raised will be donated to the Princess Leah fund. Mini activities in the gym included basketball skills, mini games, a rowing machine and crazy golf. Tadgh Kearney from third year set the record for the most “keepy upies” at 758. Transition year students helped organise the events with the aid of the teachers with the entire school taking part. The Teachers V Students seven aside soccer match provided some excellent entertainment. There was no score for some time as both sides threatened under the watchful eye of referee, Paddy the caretaker. The deadlock was broken by teacher Ciaran Murphy, who back heeled into the net, much to the teacher’s delight and the pupil’s dismay. The Geography teacher added a second to leave the final score at 2-0 to the teachers.
Other events during the sports day included an obstacle course, rounders, volleyball, soccer, badminton, tag rugby and individual sports challenges. Pupils also enjoyed a barbecue.
St. Farnans now has 480 pupils in attendance under the guidance of principal Eddie Collins. Enrolment is set to jump to 530 next year. The school offers a huge range of subjects and runs a PLC E-Business Fetac 5 level course. Home School Liaison officer, Gerry Fagan has been very active in organising trips and encouraging parents to get involved in the school community. St. Farnan’s plays a huge part in the day to day life in Prosperous. Just last Friday, the students and staff went on their annual 10km walk to Digby Bridge. On May 22, there will be a special evening of celebration for Transition Year students who will showcase the many events and projects they have undertaken this year. The sixth year graduation takes place this Thursday May 23, while an induction evening for incoming first years and their parents is being held on May 27.
Musical talent is not in short supply at St. Farnans with the school’s first ever trad night organised for May 30. With the support of teachers, Kathleen Durkan, Sinead Conway, and Breda Cronin, the school now has a new trad group for students. Now, for one night only the entire community can experience the fantastic talents of both students and teachers for just E5 a ticket.
At the recent annual NUIM Inspirational Student and Staff Awards held in the university on May 8, the winning students and nominated staff members from St. Farnan’s were honoured. Among the awards presented were two very special categories, which acknowledged two 6th year students in each school for the dedication they have shown to their studies. The winning Leaving Certificate students from St. Farnan’s were Danielle Malone and Kenneth Ennis. These students in turn nominated two teachers who have been an inspiration to them during their school years - Ciara Breslin and Ciaran Murphy.
Special Awards were also given to a number of third year students who have excelled in various subject areas at Junior Cycle level. The St. Farnan’s winners were: English - Maedhbh Nolan, Gaeilge - Amelia O’ Sullivan, Mathematics - Deborah Mallen, French - Alex Moran, Spanish - Pedro de Souza and Science - George Colville.
The management and staff would like to congratulate all winners on their excellent achievement and wish the students every success in the upcoming exams.
Meanwhile, Transition Year students recently went on a three-day trip to Coláiste Uisce in Belmullet, Co. Mayo.
They enjoyed an action packed few days and took part in water activities including windsurfing, surfing, sailing, pier jumping, land orienteering, archery, dodge ball and rock climbing all trí Gaeilge! Night time activities included a traditional céilí and creative writing.
Second year pupils recently went on a trip to the zoo while the choir got to see the Lion King musical. Pupils from the ASD unit went on the Viking Splash tour.
Second year pupils showed a passion for science as they took part in the Scifest competition over the past few weeks.
- Niamh O’Donoghue