On behalf of the Principal and the Staff of St Marys CBS we would like to extend seasons geetings to all students and their families and look forward to a peaceful and successful 2017. See you all again in the New Year!!!!
One of our students from third year, Richard O'Neill participated in an indoor rowing competition in the University of Limerick on the weekend of December the third.
He came 3rd in his section in the 5 minute category and 12th out of 30 in the Under 16 category.
In addition he came 7th in the Under 16 500m sprint event.
Well done to Richard and good luck to the rest of the indoor rowing team who will be participating in the All Ireland event in UL next January.We'll keep you posted!!
Congratulations to all the students who took part in the recent Schools Cross Country race meeting in the grounds of Good counsel in New Ross on the 30th of November. Our lads gave it their all on the day and came away with the following results
Jack Lowry (3rd), Gary Breslin (4th) and Jacob English (6th) in the Under 17 competition.
A hearty congratulations is also extended to the following students who won the team event in the same age category Under 17:
Dominck Morycki (TY)
Gary Breslin (5th Year)
Jacob English (TY)
and Jack Lowry (3rd Year).
Well done to them all !
An open night will be held in the school for new entrants on Monday next (November 21st).
All aspiring students and their parents/guardians are welcome to attend to see the facilities and programmes that are provided daily.
The event starts at 7 P.M. and runs until 9 P.M. Its important to note that the opening date for applications is Tuesday the 22nd and closing date is Tuesday 29th of November. Also, the Entrance Assessment is scheduled for Saturday February 4th, 2017.
The parent teacher meeting for sixth year students will take place in the school on Monday next, 14th November. Parents and Students are invited to come together to meet each teacher and discuss student's progress. The meeting will begin at 4.15 pm and end at 6.45 pm.
With the suspension of industrial action that has been announced the school will reopen from tomorrow morning, Wednesday 9th November
On Friday October 14th, a new extension to the school was officially unveiled by Mrs Carmel Considine, a sister to the late Brother Ned Kerrigan. The extension was blessed by Bishop Denis Brennan and was attended by local and national dignitaries as well as representatives of the local Primary and Secondary schools along with representatives from the Christian Brothers. The extension consists of 5 classrooms along with resource facilities.
Following on from the opening was a speech given by a 6th Year student, Odhran Stynes, about the life of Brother Kerrigan, a copy of which is attached below.
Brother Kerrigan was born on 26th June 1937. Ned was the only son and third of four children of Garda Thomas and Margaret Kerrigan. The family moved to no.8 St.Johns Villas when Ned was five years of age and he received his education at the local Presentation Convent and Christian Brothers Schools.
Ned Passed his Leaving certificate examination with Honors in 1954 and was one of three who moved to the local Vocational school to learn shorthand and typing in September '54.
Early in 1955 Ned joined the Christian Brothers in England. In religion he took the name Brother Senan and in so doing expressed in a profound way his love of Enniscorthy and its founding, teaching first Christian.
He spent 15 years teaching at St.Anselms ,Liverpool, and had teaching assignments at Stoke on Trent and other centres run by his Order in the North of England. In 1990 Brother Senan went to Sierra Leone, West Africa, chosen by the Christian Brothers to lead their Formation Community in the Pastoral Centre, Bo, some 50 miles from Freetown. He was principally involved in the care of the mentally handicapped and was a frequent visitor to the Gondama Refugee Camp where he helped organize learning schemes for the children there.
He made a very great impact on a scattered poverty stricken community where tribal and civil war was endemic.
On his final April morning , brother senan set out, driving a minibus, accompanied by Brother Benedict Kamara, to attend a meeting of the regional chapter of the Christian Brothers in Freetown. There was another car following. They drove through several villages which had been burned by rampaging gunmen. They were aware of the danger.
without warning their vehicle was strafed with bullets on both sides. Brother senan was hit in the stomach and arm. The second car drove past and both it and its occupants escaped the ambush. Brother Senan got from his seat and with Brother Benedict and was made to lie down on the roadway. He had his watch and his wallet taken. Brother Benedict , who was unhurt, had his shoes and upper garments taken.
when the gunmen learned the identity of the victim they were visibly shaken and lost no time in departing and hiding themselves in the bush. They gave the impression that they had made a serious mistake, but there was no effort to assist the stricken man.
Showing remarkable courage and determination , Brother Senan, assisted by his barefooted friend, walked more than a mile. Senan was bleeding profusely, and finally they both knew he could go no further. He sat under a large plumtree, and encouraged Benedict to go for help. It was 20 miles to the nearest town, Masika, and the young African brother completed that journey by evening. But the first news he received when he arrived at the military
Headquarters in Masika was that the body of his superior had been found. Brother Senan Kerrigan had bled to death.
At his own request he was buried amongst the people he had come to love. He died a martyr at the hands of those he had travelled thousands of miles to assist.