- Gerry Foley, principal of Belvedere, welcomed the meeting of Pastoral Coordinators from Jesuit schools who met in Belvedere House on Thursday and Friday 8-9 October 2009. The meeting was convened by Brian Flannery, Education Delegate, to coordinate pastoral and RE programmes in the JesuitsSchools. Present were (L t R), Brian Flannery, Gerry Foley (Belvedere), Danny McNelis (Gonzaga), Helen Barden (Belvedere), Grainne Delaney (Crescent), Frank Clarke (Clongowes), Brendan McManus SJ (Coláiste Iognáid).
- Jason Lyons, a third-year Coláiste Iognáid student has been in Dublin for the last three weekends for trials for the Under 15 national soccer team. Jason who plays for Barna soccer club, is among 67 players selected and is currently awaiting notification about whether he will be selected for the squad. Jason has also been involved in trials for Celtic and hopes to be included in the Irish squad that sees its first game in December.
- Belvedere Parents Association invited Ms Pat Coyle, Jesuit Communications Manager, to kick off their monthly talks for the 09-10 school year. She spoke about the Jesuit Ethos in Education to almost 100 parents of pupils in various years in the college.
- The Coláiste Iognáid choir and orchestra travelled to Limerick on Saturday 10 October to take part in a musical event as part of the 150 year anniversary celebration in the Crescent Comprehensive school. The Jes, which came second, was one of 7 schools who took part in the competition for choirs and Orchestras of Jesuit Schools and schools in the Limerick area. Music teacher, Carl Hession was joined by Geraldine King and vice-principal, Catherine Hickey for the event.
- The Jesuit schools in Leinster had a large representation in the Leinster schools under 19 ‘s team that won this year’s schools interprovincial championship for that age group. In the final match of the season they defeated the Munster schools 19-8 to clinch the championship for a fourth consecutive year. A total of six players on the panel of 22 were from the Jesuit schools. They were Daniel Diviney (Gonzaga), Conor Duffy (Belvedere), Robert Hynes (Clongowes), Mark McGroarty (Gonzaga), James Hart (Belvedere ) and Donal Murray ( Belvedere). The Jesuit connection was completed with Clongowes senior cup coach Noel Murray being part of the Leinster schools successful coaching team . Robert Hynes of Clongowes had a colossal game in the forwards and was the team’s most outstanding forward.
FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY
12-13 October: Various meetings
14 October: Province Consult
15-21 October: Malta: meetings of CEP and EOC