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Nessan's Newsletter January Edition 2013

School Calendar 2013

St. Nessan's drive towards F1™ in Schools regional Finals!

Parent/Teacher Meeting 2nd, 5th Year & TY Wednesday 23rd January Pre Leaving Cert Examinations 28th Of January

Parent/Teacher Meeting 1st Year Wednesday 6th February

Mid-Term Monday 11th February to Friday 15th February inclusive

Easter Holidays Schools close on the 22nd of March and will reopen on Monday the 8th of April State Examinations Wednesday the 5th of June

Staff Zone

The newsletter is now four years in publication so a big

Thank you

to all the staff and students who have contributed articles & photos over the years.

All here at the news letter, Mr. O Connor, Ms. Toomey and the staff & students of St. Nessan’s C.C wish all our readers a Happy New Year.

Well done to all the staff and students who took part in the Christmas Concert

We are a group of Transition Year students from St. Nessan’s Community College who are participating in the F1 in schools challenge. We are delighted to see our hard work in research and preparation for our project plan has paid off as 2 teams from the school have successfully qualified for the Regional Finals Stage of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by Irish Computer Society. The Regional finals will be held in the University of Limerick on February 27th. This is the ninth year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership Discover Science & Engineering. F1 in Schools is a national competition; open to all secondary schools, to design and manufacture a 25mm long compressed air-powered F1 racing cars. Student teams compete against each other in Regional and National Championships to determine the best-engineered and fastest car in Ireland. The winning car will be judged on design, speed and the school team’s full project presentation. This is the third year that the school has been involved in the competition and have enjoyed great success so far. In 2010 Team Cheetah won “Best Website” at the National Finals and last year Team Mustang won first prize in the “Marketing and Communication” category. The school has also achieved prizes at Regional level for best use of ICT. This year we have already added to this success by qualifying 2 teams for the Regional finals and we hope to add to it further by winning more prizes at the Regional and National Finals. The two teams are: Blazzin’ Bullets (Leah O’Brien, Aoife O’Carroll, Lisa Daly, Anna Sommerer, Bobbi-Marie O’Callaghan) AfterShock (Erin Sheehan, Leanne Roche, Dervela Ryan, Naomi Mitchell Kelly)

Marketing and Communication Manager of Blazzin’ Bullets Leah O’Brien describes the work the team has put in so far to get to this stage in the competition: “We are very happy to have qualified for the Regional Finals. We have put hours of hard work into all aspects of this project. We feel very privileged to represent our school and city in a positive way in this competition.” The Qualifying Stage consisted of a five plan on how each team intended to create their 25cm balsa wood Formula One™ car by showing our research, proposed budgets, designs etc.

Team Manager of AfterShock Dervela Ryan explains why she thinks that they not only deserve to get through to the National Finals but why they deserve to win also: “We have taken a lot of interest in this competition and are very proud to have made it to the Regional Finals. Being our first year in the competition we didn’t know much about it in the start but have learned lots of stuff about F1. We would love to get through to the National; Finals and if we won it would be a great accomplishment for our school and ourselves.” We would also like to acknowledge our sponsors Modular Automation who have supported us for the last two years, the Food Court, Limerick, Cantec and Moyross Community Enterprise Centre who have generously sponsored us this year. We appreciate all our generous sponsors. The F1 in Schools National Finals will be take place in April 2013. Visit for more information on the Challenge, and for further team information, please contact: Leah O’Brien or Erin Sheehan Marketing and Communicational Managers for both teams or Mr. Donal Doody – Co-Operating Teacher. You can contact us at: or Tel: 061 452422

St. Nessan’s JCSP News

“It was the darkest, most wretched hour of the night when the dead... All JCSP students are invited to take part in a Zombie story competition-see poster attached. There is no length requirement for this story and students must begin with....... “It was the darkest, most wretched hour of the night when the dead came back to life and spread like a plague of monstrous locusts through the village of Pallaskenry…” This is part of a series of events that we are participating in to establish closer links with the JCSP Library in St Enda’s Community School. Winners from each school will have the opportunity to meet the world famous author Darren Shan and receive a signed copy of his book “Zom-B”. This event takes place at 12.00 noon on Tuesday February 26th, The Georgian House, 2 Perry Square, Limerick. It will last approximately two hours and refreshments will be served. All schools that take part will receive a selection of Darren Shan books for their students to enjoy. The competition closes Friday February 8th. Get those creative juices flowing. Ms. Marie Toomey.

Dictionary Skills

Make A Book.

All 2nd Years begin JCSP Dictionary Skills Initiative today. This initiative provides schools with an opportunity to investigate the level of impact that planned, strategic and focused dictionary work can have on improving the literacy skills of JCSP students.

All our 1st Years are busy getting ready for “Make A Book” 2013 Competition which will begin in Dublin in March and go to Cork in April. This is a great competition to incorporate Literacy and Numeracy into classes and also offers huge possibilities for involving a number of subjects in making the ‘books’. Students work on their strengths, their interests to come up with a book for the exhibition. All the students are involved in many different ways story, content, illustration, photographs, calligraphy, covers or coming up with good ideas for There is a class set of age appropriate dictionaries, constructing it. 1DA and 1DN have already begun their project on The Boy in the which the 2nd Years will be using. Ms. Ware will Striped Pajamas-watch this space! kick start this initiative with The primary audience for the books will be the school and the wider community 2DE, 2DA and it will be rolled out to include the and this year we plan to showcase all ‘books’ in the library and create a school others. Anybody else wishing to get involved, exhibition for all our students and parents. there is a second-class set of dictionaries Ms. Marie Toomey. available from the Library and I have the worksheets. This initiative is a great addition to our “word of the week”, keywords and subject word Get the perfect present for Valentine’s Day, lists. Ms. Marie Toomey Mother’s Day, Easter etc. at prices you can afford. 3D photographs of Limerick City also available. Gift wrapping available.

3D Pictures

It was 8am in the morning in Shannon airport .There was a flight to Mexico at 11am. When we departed everyone was quiet. They brought out food at 12 o clock. We were passing through the Bermuda Triangle. When the plane started to shake, the oxygen masks began to drop out of the cupboard. The people on the plane started screaming. The plane went down and crashed onto an island. The plane was a wreck. Six people survived George, Sophie, Jamie, Emma, Jake and Nicki. George, Jamie and Sophie went to look for food. Emma, Jake and Nicki began to look for supplies for shelter and wood for the fire. When they came back they started building shelter. George Sophie and Jamie returned with food. Jamie made dinner for all of us so we won’t starve. Two days later they were all gasping for water. They found a source and they brought bottles of water home for everyone. George was thinking of building fishing poles so they could fish. After they went fishing they went back to camp with fish. They heard something in the distance it was a helicopter. So they got the fire going where the helicopter could see them. They got back to England. And they got back to their family safely. Shane Burnley 1DN

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St. Nessan’s Pupils Awarded with FETAC/ QQI Certificates in Computing

Over 60 Students from St. Nessan’s Community College have been awarded with Certificates in Computing from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). QQI was established as a new integrated agency replacing FETAC, HETAC and the NQAI.

All Certificates previously awarded by FETAC will now be awarded by QQI. QQI gives pupils the opportunity to gain recognition for learning in education or training centres, in the work place and in the community. The certificates granted were for successful completion of the following courses: Computer Literacy (Level 3) and Information Technology Skills (Level 4). The pupils scored high, with many receiving a distinction and others achieving a merit or a pass. These qualifications are recognisable standards of learning and will help pupils to build skills which they will need to go onto further education and for the work place. Congratulations and well done to all pupils involved. Ms. Carew

French week

French week will be on the week of the 4th of February!!! Celebrations will kick off by the Marseillaise sung in the intercom once again. The French national anthem is heard during sport events as well national events in France. It is quite bloody because it is a war chant composed in 1792 and picked as the Republic’s anthem in 1795. Here are the lyrics translated for you: La Marseillaise Allons enfants de la Patrie Arise, you children of the fatherland Le jour de gloire est arrivé ! The day of glory has arrived! Contre nous de la tyrannie Against us, tyranny L’étendard sanglant est levé (bis) Has raised its bloodied banner (repeat) Entendez-vous dans les campagnes Do you hear in the fields Mugir ces féroces soldats ? The howling of these fearsome soldiers? Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras They are coming into your midst Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes ! To slit the throats of your sons, your wives! Aux armes, citoyens ! To arms, citizens! Formez vos bataillons ! Form your battalions! Marchons, marchons ! Let us march, let us march! Qu’un sang impur May impure blood Abreuve nos sillons ! Soak our fields’ furrows!

Les Misérables

What a spectacular movie this is, a treat to the eye and the ear! There are a lot of familiar faces on the cast and not alone are they top actors but they can sing and really sing too. Hugh Jackman, in the lead role, is a relevation, a strong character who is a delight to listen to. Anne Hathaway, too, gives a beautiful performance of the well known song “I dreamed a dream” and Amanda Seyfried, who starred in “Mama Mia”, performed some sweet songs, with the voice of an angel. Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter also gave outstanding performances in their respective roles and were very credible to their audience. This film version of the well known musical is visually spectacular, with breath-taking scenes of France during the revolution, of the prisoners on the chain gang, the countryside in all it’s beauty and of the gritty life on the streets led by the “Miserables”. As the cast sing “Can you hear the people sing?” , as the film comes to an end, you feel that uplifting spirit that spurred them on in their plight. This is definitely a film that has to be seen at the cinema to get the full symphony of sound and vision. Ms Dunne

Les Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century. In the English-speaking world, the novel is usually referred to by its original French title, which can be translated from the French as The Miserables, The Wretched, The Miserable Ones, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, or The Victims. Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. Mme André

A big thanks to Dulux paint

LCA 1 and LCA2 recently completed a module in interior design . The students and Ms Murphy would like to thank Dulux the very generous sponsor of household paint samples . The students came up with a diverse range of moodboards and models of 2 rooms in 2d and 3d. Hopefully this module may inspire some students towards a career in interior design. All students displayed great skills in creativity and learned from the module. Lorrayne Murphy

Roinn na Gaeilge

A mhúinteoirí,foireann na coile,scolairí agus leitheoirí go léir-athbhliain faoi sheán is faoi mhaise daoibh .fág slán ag an tseanbhliain agus cuir fáilte roimh an mbliain nua.Táimid ar ais ar scoil tar éis laethanta saoire na nollag agus ag tnúth go mór le treimhse eile ag fás,foghlaim agus forbairt!-s.ware-roinn na gaeilge Mo Dheireadh Seachtaine. Dia duit. Is mise Grace. Is breá liom scannáin.Téim go dtí an phictiúrlann go minic.Ag an deireadh seachtaine chuaigh mé go dtí an phictuirlann le mo chairde. Chuaigh mé go dtí “Showtime”. Ta sé suite cúpla noiméad ó mo theach. “Pitch Perfect” an t-ainm a bhí ar an scannán. Bhí sé an ghreanmhar. Bhain mé an taitneamh as. Fuaireamar suiocháin dheasa compordach le chéile agus bhaineamar an taitneamh as an scannáin grinn seo! By Grace Rogan,1de, Ms. Ware. Mo Bhreithlá Cian is ainm dom. Rugadh mé ar an deichú lá d’Eanáir, an bhliain dhá mhíle. Bhí lá speisialta agam. D’éirigh mé go luath ar an lá. Déardaoin a bhí ann. Bhí na ranganna ar an ceirt go lár. Tar éis scoile shrocaigh mé dul go dtí an phictirlann. Bhí “playing for keeps” ar síul. Scannán grin agus scannán grá é. Bhaineamar sult as!


The St. Nessan’s hurling players took part in a blitz and training day in the University of Limerick. The coaching was provided by numerous Limerick hurlers, both past and present, including Noel Hartigan, Gary Kirby and James Ryan. The young players were put through their paces early on with intensive drills focused on developing their skills and then got the chance to put these skills to the test in the afternoon against Castletroy Comprehensive and Cresent Comprehensive who gave the boys one hell of a challenge! A great day was had by all from the moment Jason Murray entertained us with his rapping ability on the bus to Jack Walters’ disappointment with his performance against a first year student. Thanks to all those who attended the blitz and well done on the effort and enthusiasm shown on the day. Mr. O’ Connell

Back Row: Christian Slater, Jason Murray, Cian Killeen, Dean Kelly, Jack Walters, Jonathan Roche, Dylan Ryan. Front Row: Martin Stokes, Adam O’Brien, Calvin Moynihan, Stephen Troy, Lee Kelly.

Soccer Update

St Nessan’s 10 - 1 Shannon Comprehensive St. Nessan’s finished off their final group game in the u17’s North Munster Cup in style with a resounding win against Shannon Comprehensive to top the group with maximum points from the three games. Nessan’s scored with their first attack of the game and that set the tone for the afternoon as Nessan’s bombarded the Shannon Comp’s goal, Michael Guerin even scoring a goal from the halfway line. Shannon Comp changed their keeper as Nessan’s raced into a 3 - 0 lead but that didn’t top the onslaught as Nessan’s scored another 3 goals before the halftime., Cian Killeen getting on the score sheet. Daniel McInerney scored the perfect hat trick in what could be the also the fastest hat trick ever scored by a Nessan’s player - scoring 3 goals in under 3minutes, 2minutes 38 seconds to be exact. The pick of the bunch was a bullet header from the edge of the box after a delightful cross from Jonathon Woodland, who caused all sorts of problems for Shannon Comp throughout the game. Nessan’s continued where they left off after the break, with Ross Bowen adding to his scoring streak this season. Shannon Comp pulled one back, but Nessan’s replied immediately when Michael Guerin curled a smashing free kick around the wall that the Shannon Comp keeper had no chance to save. The result means Nessan’s now go into the semi-final against the runners up of group 2 on the other side of the draw. U17’s team: Michael O Donoghue, Cian Killeen, Dylan Considine, Michael Guerin, Jason O Callaghan, Michael Bennett, Jonathon Roche, James Cleary (Capt), Daniel McInerney, Ross Bowen, Jonathon Woodland, Jack Walters, Eric McNamara, Chris Kaya, Stephen Hannon & Anthony McInerney. Mr. O’ Connor Contact Details : St. Nessan’s Community College, Moylish Park, Limerick. Phone: 061 - 452422 Email:

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