Members of an Gárda Síochána visited the school on Friday, 8 December to speak to students, parents and teachers about on-line safety and the great dangers that can face young people as they use the internet and social media. The presentation was very interesting and, to to tell the truth, scary; however, parents and teachers were pleased to hear from the Gardaí that our students were well-informed and responsible. School management and the Gardaí hope to organise a training day about on-line safety in the school sometime in the new year.
Congratulations to William Ó Ruanaidh and to Pádraig Ó Dubhgáin, both of whom won prizes for their writing at Oireachtas na Samhna 2017. William won first prize in the under-16 poetry competition for his poem, ‘An Fharraige'; Pádraig took second place in the under-16 short-story competition for his story, An ‘Chailleach agus an Zombie’. Imagination and creativity in both pieces of work and it is hoped that they will both continue with their writing.
“The Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association would like to congratulate Aimée Nic Laifeartaigh who submitted the best Irish-English translation in the 2017 Translation Competition for Secondary-school Students. Even though Aimee is a first year student and was up against students in first year, transition year and even fifth year, she was the clear winner. This is a very impressive achievement and Aimee is clearly a talented linguist and translator”. Aimee was not able to go to Dublin for the presentation so principal, Máire Clár Nic Mhathúna presented her with her prize on Toraigh
There was a great presentation in Toraigh on Wednesday, 11 October when the American astronaut, Dan Tani, spoke to students and staff over a Skype link. Dan described his experiences in space, referring to the months he spent on the Space Station. He gave us wonderful insights and answered questions for 40 minutes. Dan was really interesting and charming and he said he would love to come to Toraigh. We hope he will; he would be very welcome.
Students and teachers had great craic on Friday, 29 September when they played each other in Dodgeball as part of National Fitness day. It is hard to believe but the students didn’t manage to beat the teachers once. It is not known whether the teachers were just too good for the students or whether, much more likely, they just did not want to embarrass the old and slow teachers. There will probably be another game anyway. We’ll see then.