Thank you to the First Year, St. Jarlath’s College students, who contributed to the Team Hope Ireland Shoebox appeal, pictured here with Ms. Cliona Feerick and Mr. John Kelly.
St. Jarlath’s College was delighted to welcome Mr John Lonergan as a guest speaker in the school on Monday November10th. Mr. Lonergan was Governor of Mountjoy Prison until his retirement in 2010. A native of Bansha, Co. Tipperary, John joined the Irish Prison Service in 1968.He also served as Governor of the high security prison in Portlaoise from November 1988 until May 1992. His memoir, The Governor: The Life and Times of the Man who ran Mountjoy, was published in 2010. His book, ‘Parenting: Raising your Child in Ireland Today ’was published in 2013.
Mr. Lonergan gave an inspirational and enlightening talk to Leaving Certificate students about his experiences as Governor. He spoke at length about issues of social justice and the direct link between crime and social, economic and educational deprivation. He believes that the greatest challenge facing us today is not the economy but how we are going to create a just, inclusive and cohesive society based on the core values of justice, equality, fairness and compassion.
Students enjoyed his presentation and there were many questions about his experiences and the Irish prison system. He also touched briefly on social media, drug taking and the challenges facing young people today.
We are very grateful to Mr. Lonergan for taking the time to visit our school.
Congrats to all our students involved in the John Paul II awards. This award gives recognition to students for their commitment to both the parish and community. Students were involved in Big Brother, volunteered for home help and in various youth clubs, as part of their community involvement.
It also gives students the chance to get more involved in their local parish. The young people read at mass, compile parish newsletters and other publications. We are very proud of the boys who chose to take park in this years competition.
St. Jarlath’s College Careers & Guidance Department recently launched an Academic Journal for all Leaving Certificate students. This journal is a useful tool for all students to monitor their progress throughout their year. It also contains personalised information such as career interest tests, learning style tests and a record of guidance meetings, which can support them in choosing the best third level course. Students will use this journal in collaboration with their teachers, parents and guidance counsellor to ensure they reach their full potential during the Leaving Cert. year.
Congratulations to Alex Fitzpatrick pictured here with his medals, which he won at the Unified World Kickboxing Championships in Italy last weekend.
Alex, a first Year student, took gold in the low kick division and added a silver medal to his collection when he reached the final of – 52kg competition.
Well done Alex!