We recently supported Kildare Disability Week by raising awareness among our school community about making Newbridge more accessible and inclusive and emphasising that not all disabilities are visible. We had a whole school tutor time focus on Newbridge Access Group, their work and aims. We also flew the County Kildare Access Network purple flag outside the school to increase knowledge and promote awareness.
The HFSS Drama Club meet twice a month at lunchtimes and have a lot of fun! The students explore new worlds, become people from different times and places and learn about different perspectives and ways of thinking. Our improvisational activities and games can yield some very interesting and hilarious results! There are many theatrically talented students in the HFSS so watch this space for 2033 Oscar buzz - you saw them here first!
Holy Family U19s travelled to St Mary's Edenderry to take part in a tournament in memory of Mike Franz, who used to coach in HFSS. We played both St Mary's and Geal Colaiste Cill Dara, winning both games and recieving the Mike Franz trophy, presented by his wife Catherine. A great way to finish the term, thanks to St Mary's for hosting.
Some TY students from the Spanish classes are visiting the nuns as part of the Spanish Community Link. There are 4 groups of girls organized to visit. The first group started in October and finished last Monday. The girls handed the nuns Christmas cards which had been made by the students in the TY Spanish classes.
This is what one of the girls wrote about their experiences:
For the last few weeks we have been visiting the sisters in the convent. At the start we played games with them like “La Mona” a Spanish card game, and they all gave us a great laugh and they really enjoyed it . We learnt Spanish and Irish songs and they were very interactive and enthusiastic. They loved “La Macarena” dance most of all . They all had amazing stories to tell and it was a great experience for us ️. Wishing you all Feliz Navidad, Próspero Año y Felicidad
Ellen Mallon, Cara O’Brien and Amy Farrell
The Transition Year students with the help of our HFY group are donating Christmas gifts and letters to local nursing homes this year. TY students got assigned a person in a nursing home to buy a gift for or to write a Christmas letter to. The three local nursing homes that will be receiving these are Willowbrook, Curragh Lawns and Holy Family Convent. Well done to our TY students on the great effort they put into this very kind gesture.
Well done to our HFY ( Holy Family Youth ) students for organising a whole school collection for the local charity 'The Dining Room'. All the students in the school were encouraged to donate items that teenage girls would use. The students were very generous with their donations this year. All of these donations will be going to people in Newbridge. Pictured here are the HFY group with Ciara from the Dining Room.
to the following students on becoming Eucharistic Ministers; Chloe, Eniola, Emma, Aoife, Mairead, Katelyn and Aoibhe and Cavina. This is a very important role in the church and we are very proud of our students for taking on this commitment to their faith. The students attended Mass last week to be commissioned. A massive thank you to Charlotte Vard, Sr. Kate and Fr. Ruari for the training and organising of this.
Today in the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown, our Senior Volleyball team sealed the All Ireland title against local rivals St. Mary's College, Naas.
Last Thursday, the TY Active Schools Class completed their first whole schoolevent of the year. Following on from the feedback from the student questionnaires earlier in the year they decided to organise a two-part dance event. Each year group had a 'Just Dance' session in their classrooms and a 'Dance Off' in the gym.
The TYs organised everything from the schedule to the Spotify playlist and everything in between.
Standing up in front of their peers and leading an event, let alone a dance event, is not mean feat but they were fantastic.