Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Villiers Souvenir Calendar 2017 and Villiers Christmas Cards

Villiers Calendar 2017 (€12) and Viliers Christmas Cards (€8) now available from Janet while stocks last.

All class group photos included.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

All Ireland Schoolboys Championship October 2016

The 2016 Subway All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships were held in Dublin from the 26th to the 28th of October. This year the tournament was played out across thirty three matches, seven venues, and four groups. This event has long served as one of the highlights of the Irish hockey calendar and this year was no exception, ultimately exhibiting contests of the highest quality.
Having qualified through a challenging provincial play off competition, Villiers were subsequently drawn against Methody from Belfast, High School from Dublin and Banbridge Academy (also from the North) who happened to be the current title holders.
 A tense and thrilling first game against High School saw a dominant Villiers side go one nil up with a decisive goal mouth finish from Captain John Costello.  A physically assertive High School team were equally matched in all areas of the field. However, Villiers would lose out by a late goal against the run of play to finish 2 - 1. A courageous and disciplined performance would set the standard and send a message to other teams in the group.
As expected game two against the All Ireland Champions was played at a ferocious pace with Banbridge relentlessly attempting to break through the Villiers defense only to be repeatedly rejected by a superb team performance governed by Craig Morrow and Stephen Tutty. Fatigue would finally get the better of the red blockade that was the Villiers players and the advantage of experience would benefit Banbridge who eventually manufacture two late goals.
Having marginally missed out on getting an elusive win, Villiers took an assertive position against Methody with John Costello, Quinten Eacrett, and Jannis Von Maydell all hitting the target early on and James Hodkinson adding to the tally to ensure a memorable 4 -3 victory. All squad members should be proud of their efforts and take confidence that they can compete and perform with the best sides in the country.

Girls Hockey 2015-2016

All Junior teams had a great season with huge numbers attending training. The Junior C team were very competitive and came third in their league. The Junior B team narrowly missed out on winning their league and were runners up to Ursuline's, Thurles. The Junior A team had a superb season and made history making it to the Junior A cup final this year. We had four representatives on the Munster u.16 team-Taine Amodeo, Mariana Birdthistle, Lauren Ryan and Muireann Scanlon. Muireann Scanlon vice captained the squad at the interprovincials. Lauren Ryan received her first Irish cap this year – a tremendous achievement. The squad had a fabulous dinner together to celebrate the end of the season. The Senior Girls had a great season with record numbers attending training on a weekly basis. The season started on a high with a very successful trip to the Netherlands. On the girls return they went from strength to strength throughout the season. Our Senior C's were beaten in extra time in their cup and our Senior B team were runners up in both their league and cup competitions. Kathryn Buckley captained the Munster U. 18 team during the Interprovincial tournament last October. All of the coaches would like to wish all of the outgoing 6th year players all the best with future endeavours both on and off the hockey pitch. They were a great bunch of girls and will be greatly missed next season.

Boys Hockey Season 2015-2016

At the annual Munster Branch award ceremony in Cork, Villiers boys hockey were presented with the ‘Best Boys Hockey School Award’ for the 2015-6 season. What an achievement. We are all delighted and very proud of receiving this award for the very first time. Congratulations must firstly go to our coaching team who give of so much of their time to our students – George Blackwell, Declan O’Brien, Brian Gray and Alan Whisker. Secondly to the players themselves for putting in the hard work on the training pitch. We currently have a talented bunch at both senior and junior levels. We reached both the senior and junior A & B cup finals this season, winning both the junior A & B cups. It was our senior A’s third consecutive cup final and it was 17years since we last lifted the junior A cup. Our talent at the upper end of the school can be seen with our above average Munster provincial representation. Well done to one and all. Munster U16 Munster u18 Ireland u16 Ireland u18 Quentin Eacrett 1. Andrew Tutty 1. Conor Beck 1. Andrew Tutty Conor Beck 2. John Costelloe 2. Quentin Eacret Steven Tutty 3. Calum Morrow Craig Morrow Marcus Ryan Jannis Von Maydell Cup Results – Senior A final v Bandon 0-2 , Senior B v Bandon 0-3, Junior A v Newtown 3-2 ( scorers – Gerard Hodkinson, Jannis Von Maydell & Marcus Ryan) Junior B v Ashton 6-0 winners. While our long season has come to an historic end, we already look forward to next season and continued success!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

UCD and NUIG Scholarships

Congratulations to high achieving past pupils who were awarded Entrance Scholarships in UCD and NUIG.
Calum Morrow, Meadhbh Barry and James Walker were Entrance Scholars in Science and Law in UCD while Laura Cooke was awarded her Scholarship in NUIG Medical School.

Well done guys- we are very proud of your achievements.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Laura is 1st in Ireland in Leaving Cert Home Economics 2016

Laura Cooke is named first in Ireland in Leaving Certificate Home Economics.

Laura achieved the highest grade in Ireland in Leaving Certificate Home Economics 2016. She was presented with a special award in recognition of her outstanding achievement by the Association of Teachers of Home Economics (ATHE) at a recent cermony in Athlone.
Laura was accompanied to the award presentation by her Home Economics teacher Ms. Byrne.
What a fantastic achievemnt for Laura and Ms. Byrne - we are very proud of you.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Villiers Antique Fair October 23rd 2016

Delighted to link with Hibernian Antique Fairs and Robin O'Donnell again this year for the second ever Villiers Antiques Fair on Sunday 23rd October from 11am - 6pm in Derravoher House, Villiers School.
Hibernian Antique Fairs are well know for hosting fairs in Dromoland Castle and The South Court Hotel and bring some of thier best Antique Dealers from all over Ireland to Derravoher House. Robin has also enticed two top German Jewellery Dealers to the Fair on Sunday. 
Admission is Adults €3.50, Children Free. Proceeds in aid of TY Uganda Children's Project. 
All support welcome on the day.

Villiers Fashion Show 2016

Villiers Fashion Show 2016

 Rehearsals are well underway for the 27th Annual Fashion Show which will be held in The Radisson Blu Hotel, Ennis Road on Tuesday October 25th at 8pm.
The show is produced by the Hilary Thompson Model Agency with Transition Year students and this year over 80 students will take to the catwalk.
The show features clothes from over 25 shops and hair is styled by the Hugh Campell Hair Group.
There will be a raffle on the night with fantastic prizes and proceeds from this will go to two nominated charities.

Tickets are  €15 (Students €10) and are currently on sale from School Reception.

11 As in Junior Cert for Megan and Vita

Junior Cert Results 2016
11 As for Megan and Vita

Congratulations to all our Transition Year students on their wonderful Junior Certificate results. The majority of students exceeded expectations and reaped the rewards of all their hard work over the last three years.
Special mention to two students, Megan and Vita, who received 11 As each – what a fantastic achievement.
Congratulations also to the many other students who achieved multiple As across all subject areas. The top five students achieved no less than 50 As!
A sincere thank you to all their teachers who have prepared them so well for this exam and who continue to encourage them to reach their full potential as they proceed into Senior Cycle. We are very proud of the Junior Cert Class of 2016 and wish them continued success in their future academic pursuits.

Visit from St. Brendan's College, Buenos Aires, Argentina

St. Brendan’s College, Buenos Aires, Argentina
50th Anniversary Hockey Tour September 2016.

On Friday September 9th Villiers School hosted a visiting girl’s hockey team from St. Brendan’s College, Buenos Aires, Argentina. They were visiting Limerick as part of their school’s 50th anniversary tour and also to honour the founder of their school, Mr.  John Joseph Scanlan, a native of Limerick city.

Villiers Senior Girls’ Hockey Team played an international challenge match against St. Brendan’s on Saturday September 10th at 1pm in what was a very  exciting game. Afterwards both teams enjoyed refreshments on the lawn of Derravoher House and coaches and players had a chance to swop cross-cultural hockey notes!

We are delighted to develop links with an Argentinian school with similarities to our own school. Sincere thank you to all the parents who hosted the girls in their homes over the weekend.


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Opening Morning Saturday October 8th 2016 at 11am

Laura's 7 A1s in the Leaving Cert

Villiers is celebrating double success with two students with a clean slate of As in Leaving Cert 2016. Laura Cooke has an impressive 7 A1s to her credit, while Isabel Schulte-Austum has a superb 4 A1s and 3 A2s.

Both girls are highly successful in all aspects of their lives and have exciting plans for the future.

Laura is studying Medicine in NUIG, where she joins her brother, also a past pupil of Villiers, and already studying Medicine in the university. Laura was Head Girl in Villiers and combined a busy study schedule with an equally busy sporting schedule, playing on School hockey teams, and managing a very successful cycling career.

Isabel has also moved beyond the Leaving Certificate having taken her place in the highly prestigious Sciences Po University Paris, whose alumni include 15 of the most recent French Prime Ministers and Presidents, including Francois Hollande, Jacques Chirac and Francois Mitterand. Isabel is a young lady we will certainly see on the international stage in the very near future.

Headmistress Ms Storey was delighted with the results and paid tribute to all of the students and their teachers. “Attainment is personal,” she said, “and we are pleased to see such a well-rounded group of young people looking forward to their university and college offers with such confidence. We know they will take their next steps with self-assurance and poise although we will miss them.”