Autism Awareness Day
The eleventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2018. Scoil Ruáin celebrated Autism Awareness Day on Thursday 22nd March before students broke for their Easter holidays. Staff were encouraged to wear blue clothing to work in order to mark this worldwide awareness initiative. All first year students were given a tour around the school’s ASD unit Coisceim and were shown a short DVD entitled “Amazing Things Happens” to provide information on Autism. They were then provided with refreshments before they were each handed a blue balloon. The balloons were then released simultaneously to mark this day. On the 2nd April it is expected that hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world will be coloured light blue in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.
Tipperary Student Enterprise Awards
The following Scoil Ruain Students represented Scoil Ruain in the Tipperary Enterprise Awards on Friday March 9th in LIT Thurles. First Years in the Junior Category were
Clodagh Horan and Meibh O’Loughlin with their business name M.C Phone Accessories. The girls used recycled gift cards to create a simple and convenient way of storing earphones for your mobile phone when not in use. They came up with the idea having spent time untangling their own head phones. The girls were awarded special merit for their idea and product. Also in the Junior Category were Ben Bourke and Nathan Lawlor. Their business name was N & B Cakes. Ben and Nathan made tasty butterfly buns and delicious chocolate biscuit cake. Nathan is passionate about baking and Ben used his knowledge about business to promote the idea and impress the judges at the competition.
Sean Prendergast TY represented the school in the Senior Category. Sean made and sold a variety of wood products from kindling which he made from splitting old pallets to Wooden snowmen decorations for the Christmas Market. Sean added to his product list by making his own wooden garden furniture which he had on display on the date. Such was Sean’s obvious hard work and ability to see a gap in the market for products, he was awarded the AIB Entrepreneur Award. This prize is awarded to only one student throughout all categories and so it is a very prestigious award and one that comes with €250 prize money from AIB. A great day was had by all students. Well done to all.
2nd Year Girls Basketball
Our 2nd year girls were victorious today against Presentation Ballingarry and are the South East ‘B’ Basketball Final winners. It was a tough contest with only a basket or two between the teams at any stage in the first three quarters. Our girls dug deep in the last quarter and finished the game on a score of 24-14. The top scorers were Niamh Hayes and Siobhan O’Hanlon with 8 points each. Congratulations to all the girls involved, Mr. O’Regan and Rebecca Hayden. The girls will now progress to the All-Ireland Play-Offs.
Horse Racing successes for our students
Congratulations to our 5th Year student Andrew Slattery who had another winner this evening on board Fashaar in Dundalk. Gavin Ryan was in flying form with two placed winners. He pipped Six Silver Lane at the post to win on Carvelas. He also placed third on board Mr. Ormsby