Congratulations to Caitlin Shippam who has been selected as part of the Irish Golf Team for the upcoming European Team Championships in Iceland. This event will take place from July 5th - 9th. The full team can be found here: https://www.golfireland.ie/news-detail?newsarticleid=556&tags=International Congratulations Caitlin on another superb achievement. Caitlin also finished T6 this week at the Connacht Women & Girls Championship.
June Information Letter to all Parent(s)/Guardian(s)
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Primary School Hockey Blitz
A super day was had today in Laurel Hill Secondary School for our primary school hockey blitz. Crecora, Monaleen An Mhodh Scoil, Scoil Ide and Roxboro National schools all took part in a blitz today. Super skills and effort were on show and a great day was had by all. Many thanks to the primary school teachers who attended, they even enjoyed a few ice creams at the end. These were well earned after a great days hockey. Many thanks to the volunteers from our hockey players in the school who helped run the event and got into the spirit of things. Well done girls - the success of these event depends on volunteers involved. Many thanks also to our Principal and Deputy Principals who attended on the day.
Information for Candidates and Parents/Guardians on the Deferred Examinations
Dear Parent / Guardian, I hope this email finds you well. As you are aware with the 2022 Leaving Certificate commencing tomorrow, it has been announced that a second sitting of the Leaving Certificate will be provided with access strictly limited to students unable to sit one or more papers in the main sitting in June on grounds of serious medical reasons and due to close family bereavement. For the 2022 examinations candidates with Covid-19 or with symptoms of Covid-19, will also have access to a deferred sitting of the examinations. I am now attaching three important documents setting out details of the deferred examinations series. These documents are: 1. Sec Circular S34/22 outlining the Deferred Examination series 2. Addendum to the Deferred Examination series outlining the Covid-19 criteria 3. Information for Candidates and Parents/Guardians on the Deferred examination - (Extract from the Leaving Certificate Candidate Information Guide. The full guide will issue later this week). I would ask Parent / Guardian / Leaving Certificate Candidate to please read this material carefully as there is an important role for all stakeholders in the application process for the deferred examinations series. All of the documents are available on our website at www.examinations.ie/ If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate in contacting me. Finally, I would like to wish all our students the very best in their Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate exams. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Kind regards James Collins Principal Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ email@example.com Tel. 061-319383 https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/8416_20220609111754.pdf https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/9437_20220609111806.pdf
School Book Purchase 1st Yrs 2022-2023
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All Ireland Champions
Massive congratulations to our 4x300m relay team who won the All Ireland final in Tullamore last weekend. The team consisted of Vivian Amaeze, Sarah Meade, Emer Conroy, Sarah Butler and Angel Alfred. This is a huge achievement and we are very proud of you all. The last time the school won a relay All Ireland, our very own Ms Kinnerk was a member of the team!
Supervised study will run for 6th Year pupils from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the school library throughout the State Examinations starting tomorrow evening - June 8th. Study will also be available in school throughout each day for those sitting only one exam per day. A reminder to all 3rd and 6th Years to report to school at 8:45 am tomorrow morning - June 8th. Full school uniform is to be worn by all exam pupils. Please go to the computer room in the morning if you are unsure of your exam centre. Best of luck to all students sitting exams.
Supervised Study - June 4th
Supervised study will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 10 am - 6 pm. No supervised study will take place from Sunday, June 5th to Tuesday, June 7th inclusive.
Volunteer at the JP McManus Pro-Am (July 4th, 5th & 6th 2022)
Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ students from 4th, 5th and 6th Year have the opportunity to volunteer at the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor Golf Club on July 4th, 5th & 6th 2022. Students will be picking rubbish and maintaining the cleanliness of the course throughout the event. While working at the Pro-Am students will also have the opportunity to explore the course and observe the golfers and celebrities in action! Food and transport will be provided. A shuttle bus will run from Laurel Hill each day to Adare Manor and return to the school each evening. If any 4th, 5th or 6th Year students would like to get involved, please use the link below to register your interest and further contact will be made with volunteers next week. Please note the below link can only be used by Laurel Hill pupils with a laurelhillfcj.ie email address. If any student has already registered to take part, there is no need to register again. LINK: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=KUdeQKECRUCZFRsXUdAeEzGMYrdkAEdHozwiZUV-J4BUN1hZTU1CM1VRU1BLWVRaVjlOQldaVFYyWC4u
Congratulations to TYs Ava Rainsford, Aarna Maheshwari and Chloe Keane for coming runners up in the BinIt Competition for Environmental and Social Studies with a video they created about the impact of mask disposal. They won €250 Amazon Voucher for themselves and another one for the school. Well done girls!
5th Year Politics & Society
A huge congratulations to Catherine Maher who came second in the National UCD/SAI Young Sociologist essay competition with an essay entitled "Inequality in education leads to inequality in society". There was huge competition for the prizes, so we are very proud of her! Further congratulations to all the 5th year Politics & Society students who entered the competition - your teacher MsMcGing is endlessly proud of you all!
Mobile Phone Use
Dear Parent / Guardian, I hope this email finds you well and I thank you for your continued support to Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ. The students of Laurel Hill met with Sergeant Shane Davern this morning regarding inappropriate online activity. I want to thank all students for their full attention of the serious nature of the talk. I also spoke with the girls around the use of mobile phones in our school. With that in mind, as we are approaching the end of the school year, it is prudent to note several key protocols to next week as students prepare for House and State Examinations. Students must attend school in full school uniform (no PE Uniform) for the duration of the examinations. Students are expected to be present irrespective of whether they have a timetabled exam or not. Study facilities will be provided throughout the examinations. Students must be in school before 8.45am as normal and must be in exam centres before 8:50am prior to the morning exam. Mobile phones and smart watches are not permitted on the students’ person in the examination centre. Students were informed this morning that from next Monday 30th May, the use of mobile phones is not permitted in the school. The students will be required to turn off their phone upon entry to the school premises each morning, until leaving the school each evening. Where a student is found in breach of this rule, the following protocol will ensue. Mobile phone will be confiscated by staff member and given to Principal / Deputy Principal. Student will meet with Principal / Deputy Principal at the end the school day to retrieve the mobile phone. Student will be required to report to reception next Friday, 3rd June at 8:50am for 1 hour detention. If parents wish to contact their daughter in the school, please contact the school at 061 – 319383. Many thanks for your support in this matter. Wishing you a lovely weekend James Collins
Congratulations to our class of 2022 who celebrated their graduation yesterday with a beautiful ceremony in the Redemptorist Church. A massive thank you to Sr Geraldine, Ms Slattery, Ms Creaven and Ms Lawless who helped to prepare the ceremony. A special well done to Ciara O Brien who was awarded the Companionship Award for 2022. This award is voted on by the 6th year students who vote for the student who they think show the FCJ values of companionship, gentleness, hope, dignity, excellence and justice. A well deserved award for Ciara.
Amiens 3 Theatre Trip
Amiens 3 had a great trip to Druid Theatre in Galway today. The students were invited as they had taken part in Druid's Monologue and Drama competition. Two students - Ella Jones Bourke and Bonnie Walsh - were successful entrants in the Write A Monologue activity. Their scripts were recorded and performed by professional actors from Druid. The link is below. (Bonnie's monologue is at the start and Ella's starts at 12 minutes.) The class were invited as part of Druid's education programme and got to attend a fantastic production of Billy Roche's play 'The Cavalcaders'. The experience will really stay with the students and we thank Druid for their invitation. The girls were a credit to the school. Link to the students' monologues- https://vimeo.com/713739985
6th Year Supervised Study
Supervised study will be available to Leaving Certificate pupils in the school library from Friday, May 27th – Thursday, June 2nd during school hours. Study will run as per the school timetable with breaks at 10:50 am and 1:05 pm. Those looking to avail of school study are required to wear full school uniform and must attend for the full school day. Attendance will be monitored and should any student need to leave early a note must be provided by parent(s)/guardian(s) via the school app. Evening supervised study will run as normal for all year groups until Thursday, June 2nd.
Sports Day & Talent Show
On Monday 30th of May, our annual Sports Day and Talent Show made a comeback after a 2 year absence due to Covid. The students went around to different stations which included athletics, fun field events, tag rugby and a crowd favourite Zumba. Each class had a class colour and every class and year group showed great spirit. The much anticipated student teacher soccer match took place with the teachers running out winners. Mr Collins scored a goal on his debut with the teachers. After lunch, the whole school went to the gym for the talent show. It started off with a surprise performance from the teachers and what a start it was! There were nearly 20 acts in the talent show and every act was cheered along. The winner of the talent show was Aisling Ryan 6th year. A big well done to all students who brought huge energy to the day!
Our TYs enjoyed their final trip of the year and they went surfing in Lahinch. They were up bright and early so that the would get the right tides! Thanks to Ms Ryan, Ms Tobin and Ms Kinnerk for accompanying the girls today. Enjoy the summer girls!
F1 in Schools
On Friday the 13th of May, Laurel Hill’s ‘F1 in Schools’ teams, Alloro Racing and Laurel Hill Racing attended the competition’s National Final in Salthill, Galway. The students Andrea Forde, Ameenah Hussaini, Eva Kiely, Lara Sheehan, Maya Rooney and Aaliyah Coughlan from Alloro Racing and Margherita Ní Fhlatharta, Alannah O’Connell, Genevieve Bachelet and Sophie Coleman from Laurel Hill Racing have been working hard on the competition since September! Between building their cars and pit displays, gaining sponsors and doing radio and newspaper interviews, it has been a massive workload for the Transition Year and 6th Year pupils. The girls left the competition with Alloro Racing winning the Women in Engineering award and Alannah O’Connell for becoming runner up for the META Engineer of the Future award. Massive congratulations to the two teams, it was well deserved! Thanks to Mr. Curtin and Mr. Osiak for guiding them through the competition and accompanying the girls in Galway.
Well done to our senior girls 4 x 300m relay team who have qualified for the All Ireland finals on June 5th. The girls knocked a huge 7seconds off their time from the North Munsters. Congratulations also to Vivian Amaze who came 3rd in the intermediate 100m.
Well done to our second years Reiltin Gaffney and Isabelle Daly who were involved with Munster hockey over the weekend that played in the Hockey Ireland U15 girls festival. Congratulations girls and keep on training hard in your hockey.
6th Year Graduation & Supervised Study
The 6th Year Graduation will take place on Wednesday, May 25th in the Redemptorist Church at 11:00 am. First Year pupils will attend school as normal from 8:50 am until 12:30 pm after the ceremony has concluded. Full school uniform is required - no part of the PE uniform should be worn by students attending. School will be closed on Wednesday for all other year groups. Supervised study will not take place. Those attending tomorrow are advised to bring a face mask. School will be open as normal for all remaining students on Thursday at 8:50 am.
Sports Day takes place tomorrow 23rd of May. All classes have chosen a class colour and students are permitted to wear clothing with this colour. Appropriate clothing must be worn: crop tops, shorts, Uggs or converse are not permitted. It is recommended that you wear leggings or a tracksuit pants. You must go to your first class for roll call with your teacher and they will bring you to the Astro turf. Students can bring a small bag with snacks etc and leave at the chill out zone. We are going ahead regardless of rain so bring a change of clothes in case you need to change before the talent show. Please bring a good attitude and everybody will have fun. Attached you will see a timetable of events and a map of the school.
Best of luck to all students competing in the Munster Athletics tomorrow. In the 100m we have Vivian Amaeze & Angel Alfred. In the 400m we have Emer Conroy. Sarah O’Sullivan will take part in the 80m hurdles, we have a 4X 300m team of Sarah Butler, Sarah Meade, Emer Conroy & Vivian Amaeze. We also have a 4X100m team of Reiltín Gafney, Orla Moloney, Jill Bromel, Ailbhe Kelly and Kayleigh Lawlor. Finally Angel Alfred will compete in the shot put and javelin. Best of luck to all!
5th Year Tag Rugby
Today 47 5th years took on Gaelcolaiste Luimnigh in a friendly Tag Rugby blitz. It was great to see so many of the girls taking part and having fun. Normally we would host the Marie Hourigan Memorial tournament, we hope to bring the event back next year. Well done to all participants.
Our TYs had their Graduation this evening. Congratulations to all the award winners: Student of the Year: Sinead McGuinness Kindness & Compassion Award: Olga Kyrychenko Rising Star: Cathy Brennan Best Interviewee: Emma Mulhall Best Portfolio: Emer Conroy Team Player of the Year: Lauren Slater Charity Challenge Winners: Loyola 4 The girls made a special presentation to Ms Ryan to show their appreciation for her hard work! We’re sure we will see her lovely half and half jersey in Thurles on June 5th!!
Well done to our Robotics team who took part in the VEX Robotics competition at Dell Technologies Limerick. They placed 5th out of 10 to proceed to the semi-finals where they came across some very strong competition in Kinsale who have competed on world stages a number of times.
5th Year Tag Rugby
Reminder to all 5th years playing in Tag Blitz tomorrow. Please leave class at 11.30am ready to start for 12pm. You will have you lunch on the pitch during breaks. School PE tops can be worn or a team colour of your choice. It is important that you wear proper runners. Thank you.
6th Year Graduation
Next Wednesday, May 25th the 6th Year Graduation will take place. Mass will take place for all 6th Year pupils, their families and all 1st Year pupils at 11:00 am in the Redemptorist Church, Limerick. All other pupils, aside from 1st and 6th Year students, are not required to attend school on the day. 1st Years will be required to come to school from 8:50 am and to be collected at 12:30 pm from school after the graduation mass. Classes will run as timetabled for 1st Year pupils until 10:30 am next Wednesday morning. Full school uniform must be worn by all pupils attending.
Transition Year Graduation
A reminder to parents that the TY graduation takes place this Thursday, 19th May in the chapel at 6:30pm sharp.
1st and 2nd Year Summer Exam Timetables
Notice to 2nd years and 1st Years that your timetable for the Summer exams is attached. These will be explained to you be your Year Heads at assembly. A copy will also be forwarded to you via Teams. Please note that the timetables may be subject to change if there are unforseen issues. The exams for 2nd and 5th Years will take place in specific exam centres. The exams for 1st Years will take place in base classrooms. Guidelines for the exams will be in place for all students, including phones, bags and study. https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/1320_20220517131819.pdf https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/8196_20220517131828.pdf
5th Year Summer Exam Timetables
Notice to 5th Years that your timetable for the Summer exams is attached. These will be explained to you be your Year Heads at assembly. A copy will also be forwarded to you via Teams. Please note that the timetables may be subject to change if there are unforseen issues. The exams for 2nd and 5th Years will take place in specific exam centres. The exams for 1st Years will take place in base classrooms. Guidelines for the exams will be in place for all students, including phones, bags and study. https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/2479_20220517104752.pdf
The process for ordering the school tracksuit has now changed. Money will no longer be accepted on the school app. All orders and payments are made through a pop up shop. This shop will be made available at different times throughout the year. There is a shop currently open and this will close on May 27th. All items will be delivered to the school and the school will distribute them when they come in in August. It is possible to purchase individual items through the shop and packs of a t shirt, half zip and pants. To register for the pop up shop please follow the following link to input your details: https://oneills-uk.calashock.app/registration/c3f34f0bdfaaa0fe02ff465b90b5ece2-c8950c03e08932638c5f1316a6cc78af Once you have registered you can access the shop via the following link: https://clubhubeu.oneills.com/ The next pop up shop after this one will likely be the end of September with delivery in November.
Munster Camogie Final
Best of luck to Clare Camogie today in the Munster Junior and Senior finals. One of our 6th years Caoimhe Lally, who is also a head girl, lines out with the Clare juniors. Ms O Loughlin who is also a past pupil lines out with the Clare seniors as does Eimear Kelly another former pupil. Best of luck girls!
First Year Camogie Champions
Well done to our First Year camogie squad who won the Munster C blitz today. They girls topped their group having played Mitchelstown and Charleville. In the semi final they played against Castletroy. A very close final was played against Colaiste Laurel Hill where the girls won on a score of 1-4 to 0-0. Thanks to Ms Tobin and Mr McKenna for coaching on the day and to all the teachers who coached the girls all year. A big thanks to na Piarsaigh GAA for facilitating the blitz today. Hondhill!!!
500 years of Fashion History
The 2nd year art class enjoyed a fabulous fashion workshop in the Hunt Museum today . Well done girls.
Our 5th years on a route home from a 3 day trip to Belfast and Dublin. On Sunday the girls visited the Titanic Experience and We are vertigo. They stayed in the Stormount Hotel and got to stroll around the grounds of Stormount on Sunday evening. Monday morning saw them set off for Crumlin Road Gaol where they learned about how the prisoners lived - some famous people included Bobby Sands and Martin McGuinness. They then headed for a wet and blustery Giant's Causeway. The girls didn't let the rain get in the way and powered on regardless of the trying weather conditions. This morning they headed off for Dublin where they went on the Croke Park Skyline. There were wonderful views of Dublin City and all of the main landmarks were visible from the top of Croke Park. Onwards then to Dundrum Shopping Centre where the girls got some well earned shopping time. It's safe to say they shopped until they dropped! The girls were a credit to the school for the whole trip. Big thank you to Mr O Regan for organising the tour - it ran like clockwork. Thanks also to Mr Hewitt and Ms Moynihan for also accompanying the girls on the trip.
North Munster Athletics
Congratulations to Vivian Amaeze who won gold in the North Munster Athletics 100m and Angel Alfred who came 3rd in the same race. Well done also to Vivian, Sarah Meade, Sarah Butler and Emer Conroy who won the 4x300m relay. Well done to all the girls who took part we are very proud of you all.
Well done to our first year soccer team who played Mungret Community College in the Limerick County Shannonside league final. A goal from Lilly assisted by Eleanor helped seal the 1 nil victory. They also played Gaelcolaiste Luimnigh earlier that day and won 4 nil. Well done to all on what was a wet and windy day. Well done to our Junior soccer team who played Mungret CC in a 0-0 draw. Well done to our senior representatives who played Mungret CC and Gaelcolaiste Luimnigh with 1 nil loss and a 0-0 draw.
Best of luck
Best wishes to Sophie Cullen, Aoife Dillon (5th year) and Lauren Slater (TY) who play with Clare today in the Munster A final. We have Aimee O Connor (6th year), Muireann Leahy and Orla Hickey (5th year) lining out with Limerick in the Munster Plate final. Also playing with Limerick this weekend, we have Rachel O Connor with the u16s in a Plate final. Finally, Caoimhe Hennessy plays with the Limerick u14 football team in their All Ireland semi final v Cavan. Best of luck to all!
The first deposit for the Camino trip is due on the 6th May. This payment can be made on the link attached www.schooltours.ie/payment/ Please use the following booking ID to make payment. 2000830
Internet Safety Week
We hope you all find Internet Safety Week beneficial in Laurel Hill this week . We will have wellbeing classes incorporating Internet Safety and Digital Awareness for our Junior and Senior years. We will be promoting the reduced use of mobile phones through a number of strategies: 1.Walk and talk at lunch time 2.Put your phone on work mode. 3.Wear a watch instead of using phone to check time, as seeing messages can be distracting. Look out for motivational signs and posters about the school. Please see link below for information for parent. https://www.webwise.ie/parents/
Huge congratulations to Emma Cross (3rd Year) who captained the Limerick U16 team to victory today in the Munster Final against Waterford. Emma was midfield for the match today. Well done Emma, we are very proud of you.
1st & 2nd Year Camogie
Well done to our 1st and 2nd year Camogie team who had a great win in the Division 2 @limerick_camogie blitz today. The girls played fantastic camogie and worked really hard for each other. A massive thanks to their teachers Ms Tobin and Ms Laffan for all their hard work and training and to Mr Byrnes for organising the competition.
Well done to the Laurel Hill Robotics team in the VEX Robotics competition in Kinsale. They came in 11th out of 20, a fantastic achievement for their first ever outing
Well done to our Junior soccer team who beat Cresent Comp 5-1 today. A hat trick from Eleanor Blake and 2 goals from Vivian Amaeze helped seal the win.
Today 19 of our TYs travelled to TUS to compete in SciFest. The girls had a great day showcasing their projects. A huge congratulations to Lauren Slater and Angel Alfred whose projects came highly commended in the Life Sciences categories and to Anna Rice and Roisin Nugent who came second in Life Sciences, lastly, well done to Amelia Bienert, Emma Mulhall and Sinead McGuiness who came 3rd in Life Sciences and 1st in Social Sciences. Amazing work girls and well done on all of your hard work throughout the year we are so proud of you!