The boys in R12 were invited to the town library to meet with and listen to author Michael Smith. Michael is most famous for his works on Antarctic explorer Tom Crean. His most well known children’s book is called ‘Ice Man’. The boys had been reading this book for a number of weeks and had some interesting and insightful questions for the author.
This term saw the first of our monthly sixth class assemblies. The topic of our first assembly was ‘Empathy’ and was expertly led by Mr. Hughes. Hopefully our sixth class boys will take the important lessons from this event and can apply them to their lives at school and at home.
Huge congratulations to Josh Benton McCash in 6th class who claimed the All Ireland Jiu Jitsu title in the 55kg section. Josh brought in his gold medal to show his classmates and we are sure it will be the first of many big wins for this very talented martial artist!! Well done to Josh and his family on this fantastic achievement. Our whole school community is very proud of you!!
On Friday 25th October our school received a visit from members of the victorious Senior Football Champions Newtown Blues. Louth star Andy McDonnell and former St. Joseph’s pupil Thomas Costello visited classes with the Joe Ward Cup and to talk to our boys about the importance of fitness, team work and focus. They also congratulated the members of our own winning football team. Go raibh maith agaibh agus comhghairdeas to the Newtown Blues!!
On Thursday 24th October the boys from R12 took part in the Garda Sports Day. We had a fantastic time on a cold but sunny day. All the schools in the Drogheda area attended and took part in events such as running, tug of war, penalty shootout, three legged race and sack race!! All the boys who took part tried their best and showed great sportsmanship and we even came home with a gold medal in the 200m sprint!! Most importantly our boys represented our school with great behaviour and manners! Well done boys!!
Wednesday 25th of October saw a famous win for our U-13 footballers. Our team faced off in a tense local derby against St. Paul’s N.S.
Conditions were windy but clear as both teams took to the Blue’s pitch and the conditions played their part in what proved to be a game of two halves.
St. Paul’s started as the stronger team in the first half and created many opportunities to score. They showed great skill and determination but the St. Joesph’s defence was equal to any test that was thrown at them! With a little bit of luck and a lot of excellent defending the teams went in at half time level at 0-3 to 0-3.
The second half proved to be the difference between the teams. St. Joseph’s came out and showed all the skills they have been working so hard on in training. Fantastic passing, fierce but fair tackling and pin-point accurate scoring were all on display from the St. Joe’s boys. Their wonderful second half display saw them rack up a second half score of 3- 8 while limiting their opponents to just 0-2.
When the final whistle blew the score board read St. Joesph’s 3-11 St. Paul’s 0-5. There was jubilant scenes from players, pupils, parents and all members of our school community who turned out to support our lads! Finally the cup was hoisted by our inspirational captain to the cheers of all present!
The team would like to thank our opponents, the referee and Cumann na mBuncscoil for making the day possible and all parents and families who have supported the players since the beginning of the year. The players will continue to train hard to improve their skills and teamwork!!