News Page for 2011
Pictured below is PJ Rudden who was recently appointed President of Engineers Ireland. Cavan County Council hosted a Civic Reception in his honour on 25th November 2011. A native of Laragh, Stradone, he was educated at Laragh National School and St Patrick’s College . PJ sat his Leaving Certificate in 1971 and qualified in Civil Engineering from UCD in 1975.
The school salutes this past pupil on the honours bestowed on him for his services to engineering in Ireland.
Front Row: Jack Keyes County Manager Cavan County Council, Sean McKiernan Chairman Cavan County Council, PJ Rudden, Celia Rudden.
Back Row: Eugene Reilly, Pat Smith, Val McCaul, friends attending civic reception.
St. Patrick’s College: First Cavan School to Participate in the Link Schools Programme
St. Patrick’s College:
First Cavan School to Participate in the Link Schools Programme
First year students and teachers from St. Patrick’s College are taking part in an exciting development education programme which will see them ‘linked’ with a school in rural Uganda.
The Link Schools Programme: Partners in Development is coordinated by Link Community Development (LCD) and enables Irish schools to form partnerships with schools in Ghana, Malawi, South Africa and Uganda. The programme can be used to introduce development education into the classroom whilst also creating a friendship and correspondence between Irish and African schools.
All First year classes were given a presentation on what life is like for their peers in Uganda and on the work that LCD are doing there to improve education opportunities. The next step will be to complete themed development resources provided by LCD. As well as the resources, LCD will facilitate the school in sending mailings to their partner school three times a year, enabling correspondence between students and allowing them to engage in a piece of work with their partner school based around a curriculum subject. This will allow the first year students a unique opportunity to gain some insight into the similarities and differences that exist between them and young people in rural Africa.
The First year students are looking forward to preparing their first mailing to send to Uganda, introducing themselves to their partner school and are eagerly awaiting the mailing being sent to them from Uganda.
Green Schools Committee present Green Schools Fortnight
We are working towards achieving our first green flag. This year’s Green Schools Committee is made up of 3rd year and TY students: Lorcan Sheridan, Evan Bourke, Ryan Guilfoyle, Conor O’ Reilly, Niall Lawlor, James Dolan, Declan Smith, Paul King, Luke O’Dea, Breffni O’ Brien and Gerald Olwill. Congratulations to all of them for the hard work they have put into preparing this event.
The Green Schools Committee organised a Green Schools Fortnight which took place in December as part of our school’s Green Flag application. This built on the work the Committee have done over the past two years since the Green Schools was set up in 2009.
Events included an interactive litter and waste workshop for 1st years ran by the visiting ‘Bin It Live Team’ from the Litter Task Force. Other activities included lessons during CSPE classes presented by TY students on Green Schools, the environment and recycling.
At present the committee are holding an Art competition open to all 1st and 2nd year students, the themes for posters are ‘Litter’ or ‘Recycling’. Other events planned include a group litter pick up, a litter monitoring programme, a mobile phone collection for the Jack and Jill Foundation, and a new recycling programme which TY students will be involved in.