Wednesday, 20 December 2017

U15 Boys Rugby McCarthy Cup Semi-final

Yesterday was a proud day to be associated with Villiers School. The day began with an air of apprehension over whether our U15’s McCarthy Cup semi-final against a super power of Munster rugby, Presentation Brothers Cork, would go ahead. The weather was unfavourable. As the trees were undressing themselves for winter, the sky was telling its own story. There was an anger to it. It was emotional as it cried energetic tears all night and all morning. Was this symbolic of the persona a rugby player needs to carry onto the field of play?

The game was going ahead. 20 young Villiers boys, two transition year helpers and two teachers / coaches took to the road to Cork to play in our biggest game of the year. The spirits were high. Our lads were in good form and although we were massive underdogs, we knew we had the work done to, at least, be competitive.
When you are playing PBC, you are playing against a school whose traditions are steeped in rugby. “Pres” is known country wide for their rugby prowess. After all, this rugby nursery produced international rugby players like Ronan O’Gara, Peter Stringer, Frankie Sheehan, Michael Bradley and Simon Zebo, to name a few. This rugby CV meant nothing to our boys. We were Villiers and we were not going to lie down.

The game began with us conceding an early converted try. The Pres boys had their tails up, but our pack of forwards put them to the sword for the rest of the first half. Rugby is a game where no quarter is asked, no quarter is given, and our 8 boys up front knew the responsibility they had to get the ball to our speedsters out wide. All 15 players carried hard in attack and came off the line quickly and aggressively in defence. We were vocal in support of one another and this work ethic paid off with one of our best team tries of the season from Glen Nelson. We built phase after phase to make it into their 22. When Glen got the ball, he must have eluded 5 tacklers with 2 more hanging off him as he got over the line for a superb score. With a cool head, Max Clein converted it. We were back in the game at 7-7.

As the 1st half progressed, we were getting on top. Winning the collisions, dominating the breakdown and territory. Above all else, we were winning the battle in the work rate department. Diarmuid Kilroy and Doug Howell chased everything and never stopped working. Our front row of Christian, Ross and Godwin worked tirelessly at the breakdown. Christian made a number of effective carries. Tadhg Shanahan carried hard, running direct lines and tackled everything that came his way regardless of the size of the opposition player. With everything going so well, one spilled pass with 2 minutes to half time led to a breakaway try by their very good winger. They converted to make it 14-7 to them at halftime, but we were nowhere near panic mode. We were well in the game and with some fresh legs coming in at halftime we were ready for round two.

The message between the players themselves at halftime was, “We can do this boys”. The message between the coaches and the parents who travelled to support their sons was the same.

The first 10 minutes of the 2nd half was a struggle, as we could not get our hands on the ball, but with great belief and outstanding defence, they could not break us down. After putting in tackle after tackle, we turned them over on our own 22. This led to us working our way down the pitch, building phase after phase with a confidence that these players should be showing in every game. Our new recruit, Fahad, who after only his second rugby match ever, took a pass on the halfway line and blitzed their defence running through them like a knife through butter. It was an exceptional score. This speed has to be seen to be believed. Once again, Max Clein stepped up to the plate and converted to bring it back to 14-14. Game on!

Our halftime changes boosted our every levels. The wet and heavy pitch was taking its toll on both teams. Eoin McCormack came on at halftime and was playing brilliant stuff up front. He was turning over ball at every opportunity and drawing in 2 to 3 defenders with every carry in attack. Max Clein was pouncing on every loose ball. Our tight five were smashing the breakdown and dominating the tight exchanges. Leon, David Keane and Victor were winning lineouts against the head and tackling everything that moved. In our back line, Noah Patterson and Thomas Lillis were ordering their troops around the pitch and delivering quality possession at the same time. Thomas’s confidence was growing and tried a couple of chips over the top of their defence to get our fast players on the front foot.

We were well up for this. With thirteen minutes to go and at 14-14, our speedster, Fahad, pulled up with a calf injury. He was a huge loss, but Luke Maloney came on and was a very good replacement. He went about his work quietly, but was very effective and put in a number of tackles. Pres got slightly ahead of steam for the next 10 minutes and they were rewarded with a great try out wide. Our midfield got sucked in and one skip pass meant we were facing an overlap. Although, a great tackle by Tommy McDowell meant they needed to work extra hard to score, once they got in behind us it was just one more ruck, a pick and go in close and a good finish to a fine score. 19-14 to Pres. Unfortunately, within 5 minutes they had scored another try. 24-14 to them.

With only 8 minutes remaining, a lesser team would have thrown in the towel, but not the boys from Villiers. During a huddle at the back of the posts, our lads demanded nothing less than 100% for the remainder of the game. 10 points down with only 8 minutes left. We needed the next score and we got it.
We kicked off. Eoghan McCormack won the ball with a leap above all the Pres boys that Paul O’Connell would have been proud of. Upon winning possession, he carried hard for 10 yards tying in a number of defenders. Noah fed Thomas at 10 and Thomas hit Glen Nelson with a lob pass. Glen carried with a typical jinking run that belied his years. They could not put a finger on him. He got within 15 yards of the line. We picked and went for 3 phases. We were not giving this up easily! With one final pick and go and ably supported by some of his team mates, Max Clein barged his way over the line for an exceptional team try. 24-19. 2 Minutes to go.
This had nothing to do with coaching. This was 20 lads who fought for each other for over an hour. They were exhausted and were total underdogs since the fixture was finalised, but with only 2 minutes to go on the clock, we were still in it.

We got ourselves organised to receive the kick off and receive it we did. We worked hard for the remaining time left. We only needed one score, but it was not to be. We knocked on a ball on the halfway line. They got the scrum, secured possession and kicked it off the battlefield.  Game over!
There was only the bounce of a ball in it, but the proverbial ball just bounced the wrong way. The boys were dejected and some needed an arm around the shoulder to pick them back up. They gave it everything. The rugby ‘B’ school from Limerick pushed a giant of schools rugby the whole way. In time to come they will understand the personal rewards you will get in life purely from hard work. Yesterday, these boys, all 20 of them, grew out of their jerseys and increased Villiers reputation as a school to be reckoned with on the rugby pitch. Villiers and PBC are never mentioned in the same breath when it comes to rugby. A change is on the horizon.


Friday, 3 November 2017

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Halloween Supervised Study Tue Oct 31st to Sat Nov 4th 2017

      Lunch 1pm - 2pm (students are allowed to leave school to go to the local shop during lunch time)

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Villiers School Fashion Show Tuesday October 24th 2017

Villiers School Fashion Show

Tuesday October 24th 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick

Tickets now on sale from Janet in School Office

Adults 15, Students 10

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Leaving Cert and CAO Key Dates

Wednesday August 16th 2017
Leaving Certificate results available at school from 9.30am.
Results available online from 12noon.
Best of luck to all Leaving Certificate students.

Monday August 21st 2017
CAO Round 1 offers issued

Tuesday August 22nd 2017 
Application Forms to view exam scripts must be returned to school (2pm)

Monday August 28th 2017
Closing date for receipt of acceptance of  CAO Round 1 offers (5.15pm)

Wednesday August 30th 2017
CAO Round 2 offers posted

Friday September 1st and Saturday Sept 2nd 2017
Viewing of exam scripts in school

Monday September 4th 2017
Leaving Cert Appeal Forms returned to school by 4pm

Wednesday September 6th 2017 
Closing date for receipt of acceptance of  CAO Round 2 offer (5.15pm)

Thursday, 22 June 2017

School Calendar 2017/2018

Please note: The School is closed every weekend immediately preceding a holiday or 
mid term break period

Book Lists 2017/2018

Please click on the relevant year group

Book List Form 1

Book List Form 2

Book List Form 3

Book List Form 4

Book List Form 5

Book List Form 6

Friday, 16 June 2017

Suggested Summer Reading for Junior and Senior Students 2017

A selection of classics and new, exciting reads for the summer
as recommended by Ms. Nicholas, Villiers School Librarian

Recommended reads this summer

            Orangeboy, by Patrice Lawrence:
The book just won the YA Book Prize. The story of sixteen-year-old Marlon. A dead father, a helpless gang-leader brother, Marlon promised his mother he would stay out of trouble. Everything goes to plan until his date with the beautiful Sonya ends tragically. Marlon becomes a hunted man and turns to his brother’s world of guns, knives and drug runs in order to uncover the truth and protect those close to him.

       Release, by Patrick Ness:
One day in the life of seventeen-year-old Adam Thorn. A day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course. 

       The Hidden Oracle, by Rick Riordan:
The answer to the question: what happens when a god is punished by his father, Zeus; lands in New York city and finds himself learning to survive while gods, monsters and mortals try to destroy him.

        The One Memory of Flora Banks, by Emily Barr:
Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her memory goes blank several times a day. Then, one morning, she remembers kissing Drake who left town the night before. Convinced he is the key to restoring her memory, she sets off for Norway to find Drake, but what awaits her is not what she had expected.

            The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter lives in a poor neighbourhood and attends a fancy suburban school. This uneasy balance is further disturbed when her best friend Khalil is shot dead by a police officer. Her community takes to the street while others call Khalil a thug or even a drug dealer. Policemen and drug lords try to intimidate her family. Stuck in the middle of these opposing forces, Starr holds the key to what happened that night. But anything she says will have consequences.

        The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli:
Molly and Cassie. Two tins sisters who deal with rejection in different ways. Molly’s afraid of it and is careful, Cassie get over it and is tough. Enters a cute girl who Cassie falls irremediably in love with, and her cute sidekick, Will. Molly might fall for his funny and flirtatious personality. But what about Reid, her geeky co-worker?

        We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart:
A private island. A beautiful and rich family. A group of friends. An accident. A first love. All the rest is lies. You don’t know what is true and what lies beneath the surface until the very end of this thrilling read, perfect for the summer.

        The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon:
Take a down-to-earth girl who is more concerned about her family being deported to Jamaica than about love, and a serious daddy’s boy. Put them together at a fateful moment, and wait for the results.

       Carve the Mark, by Veronica Roth:
The new fantasy epic from the author of Divergent. Enter a world of magic, gifts and powerful gods. A woman from one family, a man from another. They should hate each other but will have to work together to survive.

      The Whole Thing Together, by Ann Brashares:
The perfect summer read. Sasha and Ray share the same beach house, the same bedroom, the same siblings, yet they’ve never met. One’s mother used to be married to the other’s father. The story of two families who fight for the beach house and what it represents: family relationships, secrets, and love.

      The Giver, by Lois Lowry:
This one is not so new but a forerunner of the dystopian genre. Jonas lives in a perfect world. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. At least until his twelfth birthday, when he is chosen as the Receiver of Memory and realises his world is not as perfect as it seems. A story of bravery and adventure.

       The Lines we Cross, by Randa Abdel-Fattah:
Michael is a privileged son. He does everything his parents say, even if it means going to anti-immigration rallies. His beliefs are shaken to the core when he meets Mina, a beautiful girl who fled Afghanistan and now faces a cold welcome at her new school. With their families on both sides of the line, they will have to choose where they stand.

       Wires and Nerve, by Marissa Meyer:
The first volume in this graphic novel series. An extension of the Lunar Chronicles. We follow Iko on a dangerous and new adventure in her fantasy world. A story of love, loyalty and humanity.

       Any book by Michael Morpurgo makes a great read. Favourites include Private Peaceful, War Horse, Shadow and many more.

       Any book by John Green, including The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska.

Other Great Reads

Junior Cycle:

One, by Sarah Crossan
Holes, by Louis Sachar
Noughts and Crosses, by Malorie Blackman
The Dare, by John Boyne
The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly
Chalkline, by Jane Mitchell
We Come Apart, by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Wilderness, by Roddy Doyle
The Accident Season, by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Knights of the Borrowed Dark, by Dave Rudden
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness
Keeper, by Mal Peet
Anna and the Swallow Man, by Gavriel Savit
Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell

Senior Cycle:

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Asking for It, by Louise O’Neill
Room, by Emma Donoghue
White Lies, by Mark O’Sullivan
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Maus, by Art Spiegelman
The Spinning Heart, by Donal Ryan
The Great Gatsby, by Francis Scott Fitzgerald
The Perks of being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
The Art of being Normal, Lisa Williamson
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

The Burning Question, by Mike Berners-Lee
The Good Immigrant, by Nikesh Shukla
The Marshmallow Test, by Walter Mischel

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Leaving and Junior Certificate Timetables 2017

Best of luck to all Leaving and Junior Certificate students.

Leaving Certificate Timetable 2017
Click here

Junior Certificate Exam 2017
Click here

Friday, 26 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

2017 EA Robot Games Ireland

2017 EA Robot Games Ireland
Villiers School emerged as overall national champions and overall national runners up in the mini sumo robot competition, thereby retaining the title for the second year in succession. 

No less than184 teams from all over Ireland took part in 366 elimination matches as Villiers students battled it out with two of our teams reaching the final. It was bitter-sweet to see Villiers students take each other on in the final, as Eoghan Campion and Darragh Vandenberg challenged Ethan Dolan’s sumo robot who eventually went on to victory.

Adding to that success, Daniel Farushev then won the inaugural open sumo robot tournament in superb form.  This competition has no limitations on the design, components and programming of the robots and Daniel's victory shows his immense skill.

To cap off the day, Laura Holubowicz and Sinead O’Donnell-Stolz took part in the line following GP and F1 competitions taking 1st and 2nd place respectively. Their robot independently navigated a grand prix style track, clocking the fastest time on the day.

It was a huge success for all the students who took part on the day and it was thoroughly enjoyable to see them come away with so many honours. Congratulations to all and a huge thank you to Mr Browne for all his guidance and inspiration.

Teams: Ethan Dolan, Eoghan Campion and Darragh Vandenberg, Kennedy Tabot-Ndip and Jeffrey Alfred; Killian Keane and Aine Whelan; Daniel Farushev; Laura Holubowicz and Sinead O’Donnell-Stolz; Sam Dalton.

Keane and Aine Whelan, Daniel Farushev, Laura Holubowicz and Sinead O’Donnel-Stloz, Sam Dalton.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Conor Ryan - Leaving Cert Technology Award

Congratulations to Conor Ryan (Head Boy 2015-16) who recently received an award for his outstanding result in Leaving Certificate Higher level Technology 2016. Conor achieved the third highest grade in Ireland and was accompanied to an award ceremony in GMIT, Galway by his very proud teacher Mr. Browne. Both were presented with awards by the TechnoTeachers Association in recognition of their outstanding achievement in this subject area.
Mr. Browne is no stranger to these award ceremonies having accompanied two other students in recent years as they received awards for outstanding Leaving Certificate Technology results and bringing his Form V students to accept  National Robot Championship 2016.

Congratulations to Conor and Mr. Browne. We are very proud of you.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Easter Red Sokz Magazine 2017

The Easter edition of Red Sokz is now available.                
Click here  Easter Red Sokz                                       

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Supervised Study Easter 2017

           Please note: Students are allowed to leave school during lunch break
          12.45pm - 1.30pm Monday to Friday, 1pm - 1.45pm Saturday.

Senior Boys Rugby and Hockey Teams in Cup Finals

Best of luck to the Senior Boys Rugby Team in the Mungret Cup Final v Bantry on Wednesday March 29th at 2.30pm in University of Limerick.

The following day Thursday March 30th, the Senior Boys Hockey Team take on Newton in the Munster Schools Final at 2pm at home. All support welcome!

       Senior Boys Rugby Team 2017
     Senior Boys Hockey Team 2017


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Villiers School celebrates International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday March the 8th 2017, Villiers School is hosting a breakfast conference themed BE BOLD FOR CHANGE. A series of presentations will be given by inspirational female leaders from the Limerick region in the areas of business, health, academia and the arts. We are delighted to welcome Professor Colette Cowan CEO UL Hospital Group, Ms. Rose Hynes CEO Shannon Group, Ms. Judi Curtin, Author and Dr. Wynette Redington UL Governing Authority.

Conference Speakers

 Professor Colette Cowan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of UL Hospitals Group in November 2014. She leads an organisation providing services to some 400,000 people in the Mid-West and with a workforce of approximately 3,500 staff spread across six sites in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.
Colette brings to the role 29 years of experience in the health services.
Colette is adjunct professor of nursing and midwifery at NUI Galway. She has a MSc in Business and Management at the Institute of Public Administration.

Rose Hynes was appointed as Chairperson of the Shannon Group Board on its incorporation on the 29th August 2014. She chairs Shannon Group’s Remuneration Sub-Committee and Property and Investment Sub-Committee. She was appointed to the Board of Shannon Airport Authority as Chairperson Designate in November 2012 and was appointed Chairperson in January 2013. Rose is also Chairperson of Origin Enterprises plc and is a non-executive director of a number of other companies in various sectors including Total Produce plc and One Fifty One plc. Rose is a lawyer and was a member of the senior management team in GPA for many years. GPA was one of the world’s largest lessors and financiers of aircraft. She is also a former Chairperson of Bord Gais/Ervia and former non-executive director of Bank of Ireland, Fyffes plc and Aer Lingus. She is a law graduate of University College Dublin and is a native of Clare. Rose was awarded the Davy Business Leader’s award in the Most Powerful Women Top 25 Awards 2016.

Judi Curtin is the best-selling author of the 'Alice and Megan' series, the 'Eva' series and several other books. Judi's new series, beginning with Time After Time, is about Beth and Molly, accidental time-travelling best friends. She is a graduate of UCC, where she studied English and German. From there she went to St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra, to train as a national school teacher. She taught in Cork, Portlaoise and Limerick.  Her first novel, Sorry, Walter was published by Tivoli in March 2003. This year Julie was chosen to write a special book for World Book Day Book 2017. Fast Forward, featuring her characters Molly and Beth, joins other WBD titles including work by Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams and Enid Blyton.

Dr Wynette Redington graduated with a BSc in Materials and Production Engineering from NIHE. Wynette later graduated with an MSC and a PhD from UL. She has worked in research at the Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI) since 2004. Her involvement with the local community includes serving as a Board member with both Clare and Limerick Youth Service. Wynette is a member of the UL Governing Authority.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Junk Kouture - Please vote


Congratulation to all Transition Year and Form 5 students involved in this years Junk Kouture competition. We are delighted that 4 designs were chosen to represent the school in the Southern Regional Finals in UL Concert Hall on Friday March 10th 2017.

Junk Kouture Facebook Voting opens on Monday February 20th 2017 for five days, We encourage all students, parents and friends of Villiers School to vote for us every 24hours!

Kelly Gleeson “Don’t Waste my Education”
This dress designed by Kelly has the look of a wedding dress.  It is   made from her old JC exam papers to highlight the tragedy of child marriage that leaves girls unable to finish school.

Zoe  Devine  “Galaxy Paillette”
Galaxy Paillette is a dress made from CDs and Bubblewrap, designed to highlight the problem of what to do with old CDs.

Beatriz Silva “ Freedom to change”
Bea and her team have designed and created a dress that shows a use for the 1cent coins that the banks recalled.

                                                   Hannah  Putzier   “inFANta”
Hannah and her team have made a dress designed on the theme of   painted paper coffee filters.