Sunday, 29 November 2015

Christmas Antique Fair Launch

Next Easter twenty Transition Year students and five teachers will travel to Uganda with the charity
organisation Zest for Kidz. They will partner with local organisations and work in schools and hospitals, helping former child soldiers and children with disabilities. To help with the fundraising effort Villiers School and Hibernian Antique Fairs present a Christmas Antique Fair on Sunday December 13th 2015 from 11am until 6pm. €5 entry includes mulled wine, mince pies and plenty of Christmas cheer. Do join us for what promised to be an enjoyable afternoon and a great opportunity to get some lovely Christmas presents!

Enjoying afternoon tea at the launch of the Christmas Antique Fair

Mia uses an antique sextant at the launch of the Christmas Antique Fair

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Harris the Hare

Meet Harris the Hare who has been commissioned by the Jack & Jill Foundation and the Department of Foreign Hares to travel the globe painting the portraits of the famous Eqyptian, Irish, English and Japanese hares. Harris only travels by night hopping via the Shannon to Devonshire, then very bravely and swiftly around Iran to paint the three hares near his tail.
Harris will hop to Dublin this Thursday to be photographed and put into a smart glossy publication so he can be sold to raise funds for the Jack & Jill Foundation. 

We wish him the best of luck as we thank, most sincerely Ms Jane Murtagh and her boarding students for all their help to Harris. 

Harris surveying Irish humans at lunch in the School Dining Hall!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Girls Rugby

Moving Forward and Making History!
On Tuesday 17th November2015, nineteen of our girls took a huge step forward in Villiers’ history books being the first female rugby representatives for the school. Captained by Della Daly, a travelling senior squad of 15 senior girls and five juniors made their anticipated debut with a short trip to Limerick Institute of Technology. Here, they took part in a Development Day run by Munster Rugby which included games along with skills and drills.
The programme was based on Leprechaun Rugby, an adapted form of rugby created by the IRFU as an introductory process to the more commonly known 15 aside full- contact game. This short, 20 minute, 10 aside game involves uncontested set pieces and two handed touch but includes many aspects of rugby union, such as; general movement, effective attack and solid defence.
The girls began the day with a game against St. Anne’s Community College of Killaloe, this close encounter challenged the girls as they got to put nine weeks of hard work and training to the test. With a team full of new caps and first-time players, the girls were anxious and nerves were high. However, we saw a great display of rugby from both teams involved. Fantastic work rate from players like Olivia Gurnett, Alex Clohessy, Rachel Hoctor and Rachel Butler made it very difficult for the opposition to make ground. Huge carries by Laura O’Riordan and Becky Manifold kept the momentum in Villiers favour with some very effective evasive attacking lines by Tamsin Harvey, Grace Keely and Katy Reddan. Tries scored deservedly by Molly Pattison and Claire Brewitt gave Villiers the win. Only conceding one try, the girls were happy with their debut lead excellently by Daly.
Meanwhile, our travelling junior players; Ava O’Connor, Jessica Hickey O’Neill, Siban Dalton, Aoife Kavanagh and Amy O’ Leary got a chance to play with the two Junior teams that had made the trip to the event. In a thrilling opener between St. Annes and St. Mary’s the girls fitted in perfectly making some very effective line breaks and an all-important try from Jess Hickey O’Neill, her first every try in her first game of rugby, a huge achievement that she should be extremely proud of.
After the opening games, the girls were then put through their paces with some skills and drills by Munster Development Officer Amanda Greensmith, IRFU Referee Andy Brace and other members of the Munster Development Team. This was a great way to work on specific aspects of weakness that had been identified in their games, a lot was learned and taken on board coming into our final game.
We saw the two sides battle it out once again and the improvement on both teams was undeniable. The girls had listened, learned and now got the opportunity to put it into practice. Huge individual performances resulted in a collective team win that saw inexperienced players step up to the mark and really impress. This game saw a lot more advancement passed the gain line and a huge increase in supportive line running, individual line breaks and movement of the ball to wings. Villiers ran in six tries against St. Annes’ four giving us our second win of the day.
We had decided collectively as a team before this tournament that we were not here to win or get involved in the competitive aspects. We were there to learn, develop our skill set and enrich our understanding of the game. However, this was done so well the wins fell into place. Huge effort by all involved, we are looking forward to our next encounter, where we will continue to move forward and make history!
Huge thank you to Eve Meaney and Kennedy Tabot Ndip for their help on the day, some great photography for Active Schools!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Trinity and UCD Entrance Scholars Awards 2015

On Monday November 16th 2015 three high achieving students Aoife Curtin, Ellie Shanley and Hugo Carr were awarded Trinity College Entrance Exhibitions in recognition of their outstanding Leaving Certificate results. Two days later on November 18th, two other high achieving students Corine Oggel and  Peter Howard were awarded UCD Entrance Scholars Awards also in recognition of their outstanding results in Leaving Cert 2015.
Well done guys, we are very proud of your achievements.

Maths Week 2015

Well done to all involved in Maths Week 2015. From Algebra Orienteering to Zippy Games, Murder Mystery to Pi Competition, Maths Fair to Prism Competitions it was an exciting week of Maths activities. Congratulations to all the competition winners and a huge thank you to all who participated in making the week a success.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Inter Provincial Hockey

Boys' Hockey

We are delighted to have had such significant representation on this year's inter-provincial teams at both under 16 and under 18 level. Pictured in the photograph below, Andrew Tutty, Stephen Tutty, Calum Morrow, Craig Morrow, Jannis von Maydell, John Costello, James Hodkinson, Marcus Ryan, Quinten Eacrett, Conor Beck. Best of luck next weekend boys.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Fashion Show 2015

Well done to all involved in yet another fantastic Fashion Show held in the Radisson Blu Hotel on October 21st 2015.
The show was produced by the Hilary Thompson Model Agency and this year, over 100 Transition Year students took to the catwalk.
The show featured clothes from over 25 shops, designs from Limerick College of Art and Design and eye wear from Vision 2 Opticians. The models hair was styled by Rachel and Sabrina from Petermarks, William Street, and makeup was by Champagne Beauty, Newport.
The best dressed award was sponsored by Keans Jewellers and the winning prize was a beautiful Michael Kors bacelet. 
Many thanks to all who sponsored raffle prizes with  proceeds going to two charities - Ian's Trust and Zest for Kidz.
Special thanks to the Fashion Show committee for all their hard wok organising the event - special praise to Sophie, Sarah, Aoife and Tasmin.