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Carlow Pride of Place
Christmas
Credit Union Quiz
Grandparents' Day
Halloween
Maths Week
Music & Dance
Pupil of the Week
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Science
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Sports
Tullow Show
Charity Fundraising

We would like our pupils to be aware of those who are less fortunate than themselves. This is part of our SPHE and Religion programme, but it is also part of the development of the whole person. The children have always been extremely generous in their response to any fund raising activities which are held in the school. Bóthar, and the Hope Shoebox appeal are the two main fundraising events we become involved with annually.

Hope Shoebox Appeal
Around Christmas we are all asked to think especially of children in poorer countries and to bring them some happiness. Our school does this by supporting the Hope Shoebox Appeal. We fill shoeboxes with little gifts and bring a smile to little faces when they open them. These shoeboxes bring them hope, love, excitement and happiness.

Last year, a total of 118 shoeboxes were donated. This year there was a huge response - with 133 boxes donated! They were collected by pupils from FCJ Secondary school. It's very heartening to see so many being generous to less well off children at Christmas.
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Bóthar's Programme
Bóthar is our school’s selected charity and each year the pupils raise funds to purchase goats which will be sent to Africa to help needy families as part of Bóthar’s Programme.

This year, on the day of the Christmas holidays, we presented a cheque for €658.48 to Fr. Felix Byrne for the Bóthar Appeal. Our target had been €600 – the cost of 2 goats – so we were very pleased with our efforts. We had a bucket collection for Bóthar at our Carol Service and every class made calendars which they sold to raise funds. There was great excitement on the day of the holidays, when Biddy and her grandson arrived with the 2 goats – really tame goats this year! All pupils spent time with them in the yard and the goats appeared to enjoy their celebrity status! They will be very welcome in their new homes where they will provide milk and eventually meat for a very poor family. The 1st female kid will be given to another family – so the gift of a goat keeps on giving. The families can decide to keep or sell all other kid goats so they can have an income into the future. Thank you very much to all who supported the children in this very worthwhile fund raising event.
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Donal Walsh Live Life Schools Marathon Challenge 2015
On Monday 16 November, we were honoured by a visit to our school by Fionnbar Walsh, father of the late Dónal Walsh, a teenager from Blennerville, Co. Kerry, who sadly passed away at 16 years of age, having suffered from cancer from the age of 12. Fionnbar was accompanied by Rose and John O’ Donnell from Midleton, representatives of the Midleton Monday Night Club who organised the Donal Walsh Live Life Schools Marathon Challenge 2015.

We were all so excited to realize we had won the Marathon which was open to schools throughout the country. Rowing clubs and cycle clubs were among the many other groups who participated. A school from Tanzania and another school from Iceland, both with Irish connections, also took part. The idea was to run the marathon, relay style, and we did this in glorious sunshine in the grounds of Huntington Castle on 13th March 2015. We completed the challenge in the winning time of 3 hours and 6 minutes – winning by a short margin of 2 minutes!

Fionnbar was an inspirational speaker as he told us stories of his wonderful son and shared his memories with us. He passed on the message of the wonderful nature of life and encouraged all of us, pupils and staff alike, to be active, to be involved in sports, to love life and to support each other – especially during difficult times. He spoke of the tremendous response there has been to the work of the Foundation and said there is a Donal Walsh room in many hospices throughout the country. He presented the school with an amazing plaque – designed and made by local craftspeople in Midleton.  It is unique – the only one in the country. The design includes symbols from Dónal’s life – a bicycle, the mountains, the Munster rugby logo, athletes and the Blennerville Windmill. 

As she accepted the award on our behalf, Mrs. Cosgrave remarked, that of all the awards that grace the school walls, this would take pride of place. It is very special and very significant because it conveys a really important message for present and future pupils – value life and friendships and support each other.

The Donal Walsh Foundation and their supporters continue to fund-raise for Hospices and cancer related requirements and to spread Dónal’s message on the value of life. We were really impressed with Fionnbar’s message and are delighted to have received such a wonderful plaque for our school.
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