Science News

A table quiz was held for first years as part of Science week. The quiz was great fun with a wide range of questions and the result was very close in the end.  

The Chemistry club run by the energetic Emma Townsend, 3rd year, under the supervision of the science teachers will continues at lunchtimes for all interested students. 

Junior Athletics

Junior Cert student Bronagh Walsh competed in the Leinster Schools' Combined Events in Athlone I.T in October. First up were the hurdles, Bronagh's favourite event. She didn't disappoint,blowing the opposition away in a time of 9.32. She followed this up with a good throw in the shot and strong jumps in the long jump and the high jump. The 800m event was the final event of the day and Bronagh gritted it out to claim a fine sliver medal for St.Leo's College,smashing the 3000 points mark in the process. She will now go on to represent the school and Leinster in the All-Ireland Schools' Combined Events on the 15th of November. Best of luck Bronagh!

College Credit Union

Business is brisk at St. Leo’s College Credit Union as students continue to avail of this financial service.  Students booked on forthcoming trips to Paris, Italy and Barcelona in particular are delighted to be able to save and with Christmas just weeks away no doubt others will be joining the queue for this wonderful in-house facility.  Many thanks to Marian and her team for the Trojan work they do each week.

Leo’s Got Talent

The St. Leo’s College Parents ‘Association are finalising arrangements for the Leo’s Got Talent show. This event takes place on Wednesday 3rd December and promises to be a great night.  Tickets will be on sale over the coming weeks and your support would be greatly appreciated.

Computer Coding proves to be a big hit!

As part of EU Code week which ran from 11th – 17th October, Philip Burke, MSc. Lecturer in Computer Games at IT Carlow visited and gave a whistle stop presentation on an “Introduction to Programming: The science behind computer games”.  This presentation explored some basic algorithms used in computer games that can be applied in many ways, solving both simple to complex problems. Students who had an interest to learn about developing Apps into the future packed the assembly hall to listen to how to get involved in the future and gave the thumbs up to this entertaining lecture.

St. Leo’s College APP

We are currently developing an APP for St. Leo’s College.  This exciting initiative will allow dissemination of information to targeted audiences with greater ease.  The APP is undergoing testing and will be ready to launch in the coming weeks. 

Maths Week

Maths week runs from 11th – 19th October 2014 with lots of events to promote0, awareness, appreciation and understanding of maths.  Everyone is invited to get involved and enjoy the fun!

· Puzzle A Day will be read out at assembly and posted around the school. An entry box for students will be outside the staffroom.

· The Estimation Table will be outside the staffroom every day where students can win a prize for giving the closest estimate to various problems.

· First Year Scavenger Hunt will take place at lunchtime on Wednesday.

· PRISM Competition will take place in room 226 on Thursday 1pm - 2pm. 

· Third Year Mind Map Competition  - Third year students are encouraged to enter a mind map on Geometry.

Junior Hockey

Junior Hockey got off to a great start last week with lots of interest from our 1st Year group.  Hockey is played at lunch time one day per week and new players are always welcome to come and try out this new sport.

3rd Year History Trip

The entire 3rd Year group visited the Ferrycarrig Heritage Park, Wexford last week as part of their history studies.  The group enjoyed a guided tour during which they had the opportunity to explore reconstructed historical sites depicting life in Ancient Ireland including crannogs, ringforts and a Fulacht Fiadh demonstration.

Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week was a fantastic success due in no part to the meticulous organisation of the team of Transition Years who took ownership of this important topic.  A range of events was organised for every day and included, “Drop Everything and Walk”, Coffee Morning for 6th Years and a “Pay It Forward” the gestures which gave joy to both the giver and the recipient.

1st Year Sleepover

Great fun was had by all at the 1st Year Sleepover on Friday 10th October.  Organised by Meitheal leaders this annual event included a mini disco, a talent competition, a visit from Dave’s Jungle of a tarantula, snakes, iguanas and a crocodile and movie time with the showing of Frozen. The students had a lovely evening together and enjoyed breakfast and a morning run before departing on Saturday morning.