The Abbey Summer Newsletter 2023
The Abbey School are delighted to announce that we will have a Special Class for the first time in September 2023. We are inviting parents to apply for a place in the class by Wednesday 29th March next at 3pm.
Please follow this link for relevant forms: https://abbeyschool.ie/general-info/admissions/
Please contact the school for any further queries on 062-52299.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE TO CONNACHT CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE, CLOONACURRY, CO. MAYO AT 2.30PM
LINK FOR LIVE STREAMING: https://youtube.com/live/m9NCgkwiP4Y?feature=share
Masita Post Primary Schools All Ireland (B) Football Semi Final
The Abbey School, Tipperary versus St. Attracta’s Tubbercurry
When: Saturday 25th February 2023
Where: St. Jarlath’s Park, Tuam, Co. Galway
The Abbey School community could not be more proud of Shane O’Connor and Liam Carew’s amazing and historical success at the 2023 BT Young Scientist & Technologists Competition where they were the Overall First Prize winners. This prestigious award recognises the exceptional achievements of young scientists and celebrates the innovative and ground-breaking research that Shane and Liam have conducted over the last three years. Their project was titled “Assessing the Impact of Second level education on Key Aspects of Adolescents’ Life and Development”. Students, staff, past and present all over the world, and the wider Tipperary community were overjoyed to see Liam and Shane presented with their winners trophy in the RDS by Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and managing director of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh.
Monday 16th of January will forever be remembered for the incredible homecoming that was given to Liam and Shane as the school community and wider Tipperary community welcomed home their history making champions. Shane and Liam rode through the streets of Tipperary into the school grounds surrounded by their classmates and friends who were thrilled at the boys’ success. Representatives from the boys’ primary schools St. Michael’s Boys School, The Monastery N.S. and Mount Bruis N.S. along with other local primary schools, extended family, neighbours and friends joined in the celebrations in the PE Hall in the Abbey School. Students of The Abbey have achieved many successes throughout the years but this must surely go down as one of their greatest.
Shane and Liam’s project, conducted over a period of three years, aimed to evaluate the impact of secondary education on the mental, physical, and social well-being of students. The study was based on the premise that secondary education plays a critical role in shaping the lives of young people and helps to lay the foundation for their future. It aimed to shed light on the various aspects of secondary education that have the most profound impact on students and help to identify areas where improvements can be made.
The study was carried out by conducting a survey of students from The Abbey School Tipperary, an all-boys school and numerous other schools of single sex, co-ed, DEIS and the voluntary sector in Ireland. The survey collected data on a range of factors, including students’ academic performance, mental health, physical health, and social relationships. The results were then analysed to determine the impact of secondary education on these various aspects of students’ lives.
The findings of the study were both insightful and concerning. It was found that secondary school education had a significant impact on students’ mental and physical health, as well as their social well-being. One of the key findings coming out of the research was that, whilst inequality is prevalent in DEIS schools, exponential improvements in areas of pastoral care and physical health are quickly closing this gap. To quote directly from the students’ research ‘Secondary school is a vital social outlet for students, and this can be seen across our interviews, focus groups and in particular our survey.’
In addition to the findings, the study also recommended several ways to improve the secondary education system to better support the well-being of students. These included improving the quality of teacher-student relationships, providing more opportunities for student engagement, and creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment.
Shane and Liam’s success at the 2023 BT Young Scientist Technologists Competition is a testament to their dedication and hard work over the last three years. It is also a reflection of the support provided by the school to the boys by their teachers Ms. Niamh McCarthy and Ms. Eavan Ryan.
The impact of the study conducted by Shane and Liam extends far beyond our school and our local community. Their work will serve as a valuable resource for educators, parents, and policy makers, as it provides valuable insights into the impact of secondary education on the lives of young people. By bringing attention to the importance of supporting students’ mental, physical, and social well-being, their research has the potential to make a lasting impact on the Irish second level education system.
The next chapter for Shane and Liam is to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, which takes place in Brussels in September, and they will also attend the 64th Annual London International Youth Science Forum this summer. We wish the boys the very best as they represent their school, county, and country with their amazing research.
2022 Christmas Newsletter
As we approach the midterm, I wanted to give you an update on a number of matters regarding the school that I would have gone through with those present at the Parents Council Meeting held recently. We felt that it was very important that all parents were made aware of the many projects currently in different stages of existence.
Science Laboratory Upgrade
Last May following a focus group discussion with 30 students we identified a number of areas that the Board of Management earmarked for improvement here in the school. One of these was to upgrade our Science Laboratory. Since then, we have completed substantial works to the Laboratory itself and also to its storage and preparation areas. The science department have worked very hard to identify exactly what needed to be done. We have purchased new equipment and teaching aids for the lab as well as a vast array of chemicals costing in the region os €10,000. The lab is now nearing completion and is a very inviting, brightly presented space ideal for carrying out laboratory work with the classes. Following the midterm break all classes from first to sixth will be able to make use of the lab for their course work. As a school that provides the option of studying Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Agricultural Science to Leaving Certificate it is essential that we have the best of facilities for our staff and students to work in. The staff of the Science Department are delighted with the work and we know the students will also be very happy with the finished article.
I want to thank the Parents Council for their donation of €3,500.00 towards the refurbishment. These are the proceeds from our raffle for tickets to matches and concerts etc., held last year which was very successful as a result of the fantastic support from you the parents. Many thanks. We will now turn our attention to the next Science lab which we hope to have renovated in 2023. My thanks to Ms. O’Connell, Mr. O’Dwyer, Ms. Ryan & Ms. McCarthy for their trojan work in getting the project completed.
Whole School IT Infrastructure Upgrade
Last May Mr. Carew, the schools IT Co-ordinator and I engaged the services of Tara Learning, an independent Educational IT Consultancy Group to carry out an audit of the schools IT infrastructure with a view to upgrading it. Subsequently in June, an application was made to the Department of Education for a complete upgrade to our IT Infrastructure here in the school. This would involve the following:
The cost of this upgrade would be in the region of €130,000 – €150,000. A decision is expected from the department in the very near future. I will update you on the outcome of the decision. Fingers crossed we will have a positive outcome.
Upgrading of Practical Subject Rooms
Our Practical Subject teachers, Ms. Quinn, Mr. Ryan and Mr. Halligan made an application to the Department for new equipment to assist them in teaching Applied Technology, Wood Technology and Graphics at Junior Cycle and Construction and DCG to Leaving Certificate. A significant amount of new equipment including 24 dedicated DCG laptops specifically for teaching Graphics and DCG ,a state-of-the-art Laser Printer and Laser Cutter along with a vast array of other tools and equipment have also been sought to enhance the teaching and learning of these subjects. This application is currently being processed by the Departments Furniture and Equipment Section and we expect to hear positive news from them in this regard in the very near future. The overall value of the Application is in the region of €75,000.00 and will make a substantial impact to this very important area of teaching and learning. My thanks again to the staff involved and I will keep you up to date on developments as they arise.
I am happy to report that our Golf Classic in conjunction with Arravale Rovers GAA Club and Ladies Gaelic Football Club, held in Tipperary Golf Club was extremely successful raising €15.000.00 towards our development. We received huge support from the local community and from our past pupils who return annually to support their Alma Mater. Huge thanks to the organising committee for their time and efforts in making the event a huge success. Thanks also to O’Rawe Catering in the Golf Club for the fabulous food over the two days.
We also held a joint Metal collection recently and my thanks to Paddy Delaney, Bill Gleeson & Eamon O’Dwyer for their trojan work raising €6,500.00 towards the project.
Finally, we are now going to tender in the coming days to appoint a contractor to complete the project. We hope to have this process completed before Christmas and works commencing in the new year.
River Arra Town Walk
Most of you will have noticed the new pedestrian bridge opposite SuperValu. This is the entry point to the new River Arra Town Walk and Park. The school sold three acres to Tipperary County Council to allow the walk to be developed. Significant work has been ongoing over the last few months, and it is now really taking shape. The school will have access to the walk, and it will be used by classes for many learning experiences from Science, Biology, Agricultural Science and much more. We look forward to its completion in the coming months.
Renovated Driving Track
As a result of having to be moved to accommodate the town walk our driving track has been re-laid inside the fencing of the park. The roundabout has also had to be moved. The new surface will serve to enhance the experience of the students when they take their driving lessons with a certified driving instructor as part of their TY Programme.
Welcome back to Ms. Aine O’Mahoney and thanks to her replacement Mr. Mullins.
On Thursday next we welcome back Mr. Irene Ryan and again thanks to her replacement Ms. Burke.
Welcome too to Mr. Mike Heffernan is deputising for Ms. Joanne Flynn who is on leave at the moment.
Welcome also to Ms. Abbey Storan who is substituting for Ms. Eavan Ryan who is also on leave at the moment.
Junior Certificate Results
The Department of Education has confirmed that the Junior Certificate Results will issue on Wednesday 23rd November next.
Leaving Certificate 2022
Congratulations to the class of 2022. They received their results in September and we are very proud of their achievements after what was an extremely tough two years for them. They were delighted with their results and have now moved on to the next phase in their education and preparations for entry into the world of work. Some have taken on Post Leaving Certificate Courses, some have secured apprenticeships in their preferred field whilst others have entered third level education to focus their studies in areas ranging from Primary Teaching, Arts Degrees, Finance, Business Information Systems, Agricultural Science, Business, Biomedical, Science, Journalism and much more besides. Some have gone abroad to study and we want to wish all the boys the very best for their future studies, careers and lives ahead.
Future of Catholic Second level Education
Our thanks to everyone for their feedback last term when we sought Parents, Students, Staff and Board members views. The process of consultation will continue this term up to Christmas when we will carry out the final stage of the consultation with the primary school parents. Once all of the feedback has been collated and analysed feedback will be given to all of the school community.
Parent Teacher Meeting
All Parent Teacher Meetings this Year will be in Person in the school. We want to encourage everyone to attend their son’s Parent Teacher Meeting and be as involved as possible in your son’s education. Your involvement and support means a lot to him and to us here in the school. The meetings will be ran off as efficiently as possible and it is a great opportunity to meet other parents of boys in your son’s year.
Dates for Parent Teacher Meetings are as follows:
6th Year Tuesday 8th November
3rd Year Thursday 24th November
5th Year & LCA 1 Wednesday 7th December
2nd Year Wednesday 18th January
1st Year Thursday 2nd February
New Lunchtime Arts & Crafts Club
This new club was launched recently by Ms. Carey and Ms. King. It will take place every Wednesday in the Art Room and we would ask you to encourage your son to attend if he is interested in giving his creative side an opportunity to shine. Best of luck to everyone involved in this new initiative.
My thanks to all the staff who organised, travelled on, covered classes for those travelling to enable the following wonderful trips to take place for the boys:
Sixth years Team Building to Carlingford Lough
First Years to Ireland V Armenia in Aviva Stadium
Transition Years to The Rhineland in Germany
Third Years and Fifth Years to Manchester and Alton towers
Don’t worry Second years we will organise something for you later in the year!!
Parents Council 2022-2023
My thanks to our new Parents Council Committee members:
Chairperson: Carolann O’Neill
Secretary: Geraldine English
Treasurer: Christine Marnane
I want to thank Mary Rose Kinane for her work as Chairperson in last year. She was a great support to me here in the school and lead a fine committee in making a hugely valuable contribution to the school. Much appreciated.
I wish to encourage new members to the Parents Council. Your support and involvement is very important to us here in the Abbey.
Finally, I want to wish you all a very enjoyable Halloween Break.
We have much to look forward to in the second half of this term!
Following the schools’ golf classic last Friday evening many members of the two All-Ireland winning panels came together for a joint get-together to mark their 30th and 20th anniversaries since their marvellous successes. There was a palpable sense of excitement in Tipperary Golf Club as many of the group had not seen each other for many years and in some cases decades. They enjoyed many hours of craic and banter as they reminisced of past glories, losses, teachers and classmates. Thanks to our own Jerry Ring they were able to pour over many photos of the past and from the day of the final itself. Whilst a little older they still had all the life and energy they had in their school days.
Their Coach and Manager, Paddy Kelly addressed those gathered to give a passionate recount of the rise of hurling in the school throughout the seventies and eighties leading to ultimate success in 1992 with the winning of the All Ireland Colleges “B” Title. He wished the school well for the year ahead and hoped that they could again challenge for honours at the highest level. Present on the night was the captain of the 1992 winning side Brian Lacey. He was also joined by the captain of the 2002 winning side, Andrew Morrissey. Past staff members, JJ Kennedy and Michael Ryan joined the group on the night and enjoyed the memories and banter of the evening.
Principal of the Abbey School, John Kiely also addressed the group and expressed his delight that they had gone on to live fruitful and successful lives after leaving the Abbey. He noted that was the school’s wish for all its students and would always be. He presented the members of each panel with a commemorative sliotar manufactured by Cummins Sliotars of Cork with the school crest and the match title and score also printed on it.
The evening culminated with a group photo of both panels and staff of the school. Everyone looks forward to many more reunions in the years ahead.