CBS recognises year of achievements
Following the Sixth Year Graduation and Transition Year Awards, the Coláiste Éamonn Rís School Awards night took place in the Riverbank House Hotel last Monday night.
Academic awards were given to each class group at Junior Cycle and subject awards were presented at Senior Cycle, 5th Year. Sporting and extracurricular achievements were acknowledged and awards distributed. In addition further aspects of the past school year were celebrated and the diversity of school activities was commented on by Mr Michael Mc Mahon, the school principal in his address.
Eastern and western culture was experienced with TY students having the opportunity to go to New York or China (Beijing and Xian). First years embarked on a great European adventure to Brussels. A group of 5th year students and teachers travelled to Baden-Wurtemmberg in conjunction with students and staff from Loreto. The annual trip to Gael Coláiste Acla took place in May. Sixty four second year students enjoyed a week of hiking, sight-seeing, canoeing, bog snorkelling, abseiling, céilí dancing all through the medium of Irish.
Wexford CBS enjoyed considerable success this year in both the Leinster Schools Senior and Junior Debating competitions. The senior team of Evin Ryan and Christopher Cash won a number of debates in Trinity College and U.C.D and the junior team of Eoin Bergin and Ryan Healy did very well to reach the final 32 of the competition in U.C.D out of 300 teams. Junior Debator of the Year: Eoin Bergin; Senior Debator: Evin Ryan
Enterprise and Business Quiz
Two teams from 3rd year represented the school at the CIMA Quiz and went onto represent the South East Region in the National final.
It was a hugely successful year for Enterprise in the school. The Dapper Bow Tie Co. of David Corish, Cormac Monaghan and Aaron Walsh were awarded 1st place in the Senior Category and Pet Healthy Living- Jake Cunningham, 2nd year, won first place in the Intermediate Category at the Xcel Students Enterprise Awards. Both companies went on to the National Enterprise Awards where Pet Healthy Living took 2nd place. The Dapper Bowtie Co. appeared on the Ray Darcy Show prior to this event. Entrepreneur of the Year: Jake Cunningham
Stay Strong Week
The 4th annual Stay Strong, Mental Health Awareness week took place in November this year. Workshops were given by outside agencies on internet usage, cyber bullying, positive mental health and suicide prevention.
The Meitheal leaders are Leaving Cert students who receive special training and act as mentors for incoming First Years to ease the transition between primary and post-primary school, helping them to get to know each other and feel more comfortable in their new environment. They were commended for their great work during the year
CBS Has Talent
Following weeks of preparations the higly successful 'CBS Has Talent Show' was staged in the Dun Mhuire Theatre in November to full houses for both performances.
This year the school achieved its first ever green flag. The TY year group all served as committee members.
The council was represented at Comhairle Na nÓg, at Social Innovators and at the Proclamation Day Ceremony in Croke Park
Zambia Immersion project
In June 2015 16 students travelled to Zambia. They raised in excess of €12,000 through various fundraisers to contribute towards an amazing centre for underprivileged street children in Kabwe, Zambia. Interviews are currently being held to select the students who will travel in June 2017.
Sporting achievements were numerous and lauded by the whole school community.
Hydras Swimming Club
This year students enjoyed great success at the Leinster Swimming Schools Competitions and were awarded silver in the Junior Medley Relay and bronze in the Senior Freestyle Relay. Swimmers also came 5th in Junior Freestyle Relay at the Irish Schools Relay Gala. Eoghan Mahon was selected onto the Irish Surf Lifesaving Squad earlier this year. Senior Swimming: Kenneth Corcoran, Junior Swimming: Adam Kehoe.
The cycling Club headed up the Cycle Against Suicide Wexford Spin Off peloton and CBS have achieved Ambassador School Status this year. Senior Cyclist of the Year: Patrick Dobbs; Junior Cyclist of the Year: Nathan Barron
The team had a successful year reaching the final of the O'Brien Tournament losing to a very good and experienced Blackrock College team. The u16 team competed in the Irish Schools Cup and Denis Miculescu was selected to the panel of the Irish u15 team, a tremendous achievement. Senior Waterpolo: Niall Reck; Junior Waterpolo: Denis Miculescu.
Senior Golfers began the year very well qualifying for the knockout stages of the Leinster Senior Match play Championship at Old Conna G.C. in September. The golf team qualified second out of eighteen schools. Golfer of the Year was awarded to John Brady. John is a member of the u16 and u18 Irish Golf Teams.
The Juvenile hurlers stole the show this year by storming to victory in the 'C' championship. The juniors reached the South Leinster semi-final at the 'C' grade. Senior Hurling: Daniel Lynch; Junior Hurling: Chris Cowman; Juvenile Hurling: Glen Murphy/Butler
Junior Basketball: Denis Miculescu; First Year Basketball: Edgar Latvenas.
The Juvenile footballers topped their group in the South Leinster C championship. This year's u16 team returned to the B Championship after a long time in the C division. Junior Football: Cathal Kirwan/Adam Dempsey; Juvenile Football: Glen Murphy/Butler &
First Year Football: Shane Clancy.
While no honours were won this year, many of our players were Leinster medal winners with Wexford Wanderers. Senior Rugby: Kevin Birney; Junior Rugby: Carlos Sasaran; First Year Rugby: Eoin Foley.
Gergley Pap, 1st year, was the rising star this year, winning Gold at the Minor Leinster Finals in Shot and Discs, while the Intermediate 4x100m Relay team won silver and qualified for the All Irelands. TY student, David Mc Donald took 3rd place in the Irish Indoor Senior 200m this year. He will be representing Ireland in the u18 100 and 200m sprint in the EU Championships in Georgia and in the 100m relay in the u20 World Championships in Poland this summer. Senior Athlete: David Mc Donald; Junior Athlete: Gergley Pap.
The Under 17 soccer team came agonisingly close to winning the Leinster Cup in the highest grade and wrapped up another Wicklow/Wexford league title. The U-15 squad successfully defended their U-15 Wicklow Wexford League Title. The first years got to the Leinster Finals in the indoor Futsal Tournament. U.19 Soccer: Lee Busher; U.17 Soccer: Kallum Broaders/Sam O'Neill; Golden Boot: Luke O'Neill; U.15 Reece Murphy; First Year: Eoin Kavanagh.