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Students receive certificates for German language essays.

Congratulations to Róisín and Sophia who received certificates of achievement for their participation in this year’s essay competition organised by the Irish Austrian Society.

 

This was the fifteenth annual essay writing competition open to students learning German as a second language. Entrants cannot be from Germany or have German parents. The aim of the competition is to increase fluency among students studying German and to encourage them to put the language to use.

 

The competition was divided into three sections, Junior Cert, Transition Year and Leaving Certificate. Each section had a different topic for pupils to address. Róisín and Sophia entered the Leaving Cert section and the topic at this level was “Dr. Otto von Hapsburg: Ein Leben für Europe 1912 – 2011”. Dr. Otto von Hapsburg was the last Crown Prince of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. He died in 2011. However, his lifetime of work trying to bring Europe together particularly after World War II ensures that he will remain a powerful symbol for a United Europe.

 

Sophia and Róisín entered the competition to improve the standard of their written German. They got great encouragement to bring their essays from rough drafts to completion from several of the pupils in Wilson’s who are from Germany. They both appreciate the support they received from the German teacher, Mrs Sheila Scally.

 

Their efforts were rewarded recently when they found out that they had been awarded a Certificate of Achievement recognising their participation to a high standard in the Irish Austrian Society 2012 Essay Competition. Many congratulations to both girls.

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Recent TY Exchanges to Spain and Germany.

Transition Year students in Wilson's Hospital School have taken part in two school exchanges over the last couple of weeks, one to Madrid in Spain and the second to Bochum in Germany.

 

First to depart were the students from Transition Year who went to Madrid from May 16th – 21st. The school in Madrid, IES Tirso de Molina was an excellent host for Wilson’s teachers and students. Aside from experiencing everyday life in their school, the students visited the famous city of Segovia. They had the opportunity to spend time with their exchange partners, host families and friends during the evenings and the weekend. Finally, on their last day, they visited two impressive art galleries the Prado and Reine Sofia. The Spanish teachers and students gave them a fantastic send off from their school on the Monday evening. The group was accompanied from Wilsons by David Mahony and Dahn Hy.

 

Departing on 18th May were a smaller group of six TY students. This exchange was part of the Comenius Project. The group were accompanied by Sheila Scally and Rosemary Eager. The students stayed with host families in the Bochum area, a city in the Ruhr Valley. On the Friday they visited the industrial sites in the surrounding area and experienced some local cultural heritage. Saturday saw the group in Cologne where they were taken on a guided tour of its famous cathedral and a walking tour of the old town. The group were in the Goethe-Schule on Monday where they were met by the Headmistress and started working in their groups on the production of a website. This work continued on Tuesday. That day the school band gave the group a presentation. This was followed by a truly amazing display from the school circus and a farewell diner and party in school. On Wednesday they visited Hattingen, a picturesque town with many timber framed houses which would be typical of the area. They left from Dusseldorf Airport arriving back tired but happy and enriched by the experience.

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Gaisce Presentations to 27 Wilsonians.

Congratulations to the pupils from Wilson's Hospital School who received awards at the Gaisce presentations ceremony that was held in the Kilmore Hotel, Cavan Town on Tuesday 22 May 2012.

 

The President’s Award (Gaisce) is Ireland’s National Challenge Award for young people aged 15 to 25. It works on the basis of a personal challenge set by a young person with the support of a President’s Award Leader (PAL). It is totally non-competitive; the only person they compete with is themselves. It is awarded at three levels – bronze, silver and gold. At this presentation ceremony bronze and silver awards were presented to 27 pupils from Wilsons, including two silver awards for Sophia and Marc. The PALs in Wilsons are Rosemary Eager, Kathy Finnegan, Thomas Parke and Errol Sweeney.

 

The guest speaker at the ceremony was the journalist and broadcaster Charlie Bird. He gave an inspiring speech to the over 350 awards recipients present. It was great to see so many families and friends at the occasion to celebrate these achievements. As always it was a most enjoyable evening.

 

Congratulations to the pupils who received their awards and their PALs.

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Form 6 Celebrations

On Friday 18th May 2012 the Leaving Certificate Class of 2012 celebrated their special day. After classes ended, they attended a service in the School Chapel to mark the end of their years in Wilson's Hospital School. They were joined by parents, friends and staff. The emotional service was led by Chaplain Hazel Scully. The Rector of Castlepollard, Rev. Damien Ó Cathain preached the sermon.

 

They then had a special meal in the dining room also attended by numerous parents, friends and teachers. It was a lovely occasion. There were speeches from the head girl, Lorraine and the head boy, Wenceslas. The Chaplain Hazel Scully presented the pupils with cards to mark their time in Wilson's. The evening, which was most enjoyable, ended with a speech from the Warden, Adrian Oughton and prayers from the Chaplain.

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Form 5 Gaeilge classes visit Inis Mór, Árainn

Pupils from Form 5 Gaeilge classes are currently studying poetry by Máirtín Ó Díreáin who wrote extensively about Árainn. So, they went on an educational visit to the island recently. This is an account by one of the class members of the day.

 

An Ciúgiú Bliain turas scoile go dtí Inis Mór, Árainn, Dé Luain, 8ú Bealtaine 2012.

 

 

Ba mhaidin breá briosc í  ar  leathuair tar éis a sé i Muilte Farannáin nuair a tháinig Alan, an tiománaí leis an mbus chun muidne  a thógáil go dtí Inis Mór.  Dhreapamar go léir ar an mbus, muid go léir fós inár gcodladh chomh luath sin ar maidin.  I measc na turasóirí bhí Kelly, Róisín, Rebecca, Shonagh, Daniel, Niamh, Shannon, Karla, Chloe, Conor, Caroline, Laura agus Peter.

 

Bhí beirt mhúinteoir álainn linn chomh maith, An t-Uasal Ó Sceallaigh agus Iníon Nic Ghiolla Iasachta.

 

Shroicheamar an cuan i Ros a Mhíl timpeall a naoi a chlog ar maidin.  Bhí boladh láidir na mara san aer.  Ní raibh duine nó deoraí san áit ar feadh deich nóiméad nó mar sin de, sular tháinig dream mór de dhaltaí agus a múinteoirí ar thuras scoile ón Fhrainc. Tháinig an bád calaidh agus léimeamar air. D’fhág an bád an cuan tamaillín ina dhiaidh sin, lán le Fracaigh agus linn féin agus cúpla dhuine dúchasach chomh maith.  Mhair an turas thar na mara thart ar cúig nóiméad is daichead.

 

Shroicheamar an t-oileán, Inis Mór timpeall a haon déag a chlog agus bhí ocras an domhain orainn faoin am seo.  Chonaiceamar an ‘American Bar’ agus ar aghaidh linn sa treo sin i gcomhair anraith agus ceapairí blásta.

 

I ndiaidh an lóin, ar leathuair tar éis a dó dhéag, chuamar ar thuras bhus timpeall an oileáin ar fad.  Ba é An t-Uasal Ó Fhlaithearta ár dtreoraí. Mar chuid den turas, thugamar cuairt ar teach dúchasach Máirtín Ó Díreáin, teach beag, le radharc álainn den fharraige taobh thiar de.  Sin an príomhchúis a chuamar go dtí an t-oileán sa chéad áit, mar faoi láthair ar chúrsa Gaeilge na hArdteistiméireachta, táimid ag déanamh stáidéir ar fhilíocht de chuid Mháirtín Ó Díreáin.

 

Ansin, leanamar ar aghaidh go dtí Reilig na Seacht dTeampaill. Tá uaigh mhuintir Ó Díreáin le feiceáil anseo ach tá an file féin curtha i mBaile Átha Cliath, san áit ar chaith sé cuid dá shaol.

 

Tar éis na reilige, thugamar cuairt ar Dhún Aenghusa, áit cumhachtach ar imeall an oileáin - an pointe deireanach idir Éire agus na Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá.  D’fhanamar go léir ó imeall na haille mar níl aon teorainn curtha anseo agus is áit dáinséiréach í, gan amhras. Ansin bhuaileamar le treoraí na háite agus bhí mórán eolais aici faoin áit.  Dar léi, tá suíomhanna cosúil le seo timpeall ar chósta na hÉireann agus tá ceann sa Spáinn chomh maith. Tar éis cúpla ghrianghraif deasa, thosaíomar ag filleadh anuas na sléibhe.  Bhí sé sin i bhfad níos éasca ná an turas anias!

 

Nuair a shriochamar bun na sléibhe bhí siopaí beaga cuimhneacháin agus siopa caife freisin.  Thógamar sos beag ansin sular fhilleamar chuig an gcuan ar an mbus leis an tUasal Ó Fhlaithearta chun an bád chalaidh a fháil abhaile arís.

 

Fuaireamar an bád calaidh ar ais go dtí an mhór-thír ar leathuair tar éis a ceathair agus bhí Alan ag fanacht ansin chun muidne a thógáil abhaile go sabháilte ar an mbus.

 

Ba lá den scoth é ar Inis Mór, bhí an t-ádh linn maidir leis an aimsir freisin mar bhí an ghrian ag scoilteadh na gcloich an lá ar fad.  Mholfaimís daoibh go léir cuairt a thabhairt ar Inis Mór. Bhaineamar go léir an-taitneamh as an lá iontach sin agus tá súil againn go mbeimid ag filleadh ar ais arís go luath.

Le Stuart

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