Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Active Schools Flag 2014-2015

In September 2014, Villiers School launched the Active Schools Flag programme. It is a nationwide initiative supported by the Department of Education in recognising schools that promote a broad and varied Physical Education curriculum as well as encourage physical activity in all aspects of school life.

We at Villiers are extremely proud of our Physical Education curriculum and our extra-curricular programme as we strive to include a wide range of activities for our students.  Many of the students are involved in our team games such as hockey, rugby, soccer and basketball.  New additions to our schedule include Ultimate Frisbee, Self-defence, Pilates, Golf, Orienteering,  Rowing, Tennis and Spikeball. We have also updated our gym facility which allows the students to train before and after school.  The gym provides a range of equipment which helps students to perform cardiovascular and strength and conditioning workouts.  This keeps them in tip-top condition and boosts energy levels for their academic workouts!

In our quest for the Flag, a committee of 13 students from Transition Year have been working diligently planning, designing, organising and of course implementing new initiatives and activities.  Our big focus is running an Active Week in the school on the 23rd – 27th of March.  This will incorporate games, tournaments, recreational activities, talks, debates and presentations and we are taking a cross-curricular approach as all of our enthusiastic teachers will be supporting the event by promoting physical activity through their subject. 

We have also linked in with Limerick Sports Partnership this year.  They will be collaborating with us on our Junior Leadership Programme which will roll out for our Transition Year students.  This programme will teach students the skills necessary to become coaches in a particular activity and they will then use these skills to teach First Years.  This is the first time this programme has been run in Villiers but we have full confidence in our students as we have seen them excel in the Spikeball programme that has been in action for the last number of years.  These students dedicated their time to learning the game and then were deployed to local primary schools to teach the children the skills. This project culminated in two large and exciting primary school tournaments held in the Sports Hall in January.  We received excellent feedback from all schools involved and we are very proud of our students who acted as ambassadors for their school.

We are very grateful to all the teachers and students who have given their time and their creativity to this project.  We are always open and accepting to help, support and advice during this busy period.


Monday, 2 February 2015

Transition Year Work Experience

After the highs of the last four weeks' preparation for the annual TY Drama, Villiers is going to be a quieter place in the coming two weeks as our Form IV students leave us to spend two weeks trying out the working world. They have chosen a vast array of placements, ranging from the University of Limerick, St Mary's Cathedral, accountants, solicitors, photographers, theatres, vets, hospitals, air traffic control, even a chocolatier! We owe a huge thank you to so many employers who generously support us and willingly give our students a taste of their working environment. Learn lots TYs - we are looking forward to all the employer reports!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Senior Boys' Hockey

The Senior Boys have added a little excitement to the hockey world in Villiers, with a superb semi-final win over Midleton College to reach the Senior A cup final. The Cardy brothers, Luke and David, flew family and School flags as they scored both goals in the match. Preparations are now underway for the final and ambitions are high!

Carol Service 2014

The Christmas spirit does not truly visit the Villiers family until they've experienced the annual Carol Service, and this year was no exception. Under the baton of Sinead O'Sullivan, the choir and soloists led us with uplifting hymns and carols, reminding us of the joy of the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas.

Equestrian Inter-schools Derby

Our senior and junior teams were unlucky to miss out on the top placings today at Ennis Showgrounds, where Limerick-Clare Inter-schools hosted their derby. Despite some superb riding, with fast times and clear rounds, we just could not match the blistering pace of the Ard Scoil Ris boys.

Girls' Senior B Hockey

Well done to the senior girls who progress to the semifinal of the Senior B Hockey Cup with a victory over Midleton College.

Teams were evenly matched until Lauren Hannon broke the deadlock with an excellent goal from a penalty stroke. This was followed by a goal from play by Amelia Conlon to ensure victory and a final score of 2 - 0.

Maeve Higgins, Lauren Ryan and Lucy Gardiner were
particularly strong in midfield.

Well done senior girls - roll on the semis!!!