Sunday, 9 September 2018

Thursday, 12 July 2018

L. Cert and CAO dates

Wednesday August 15th 2018
Leaving Certificate results available at school from 9.30am.
Results available online from 12noon.
Best of luck to all Leaving Certificate students.

Monday August 20th 2018
CAO Round 1 offers issued

Tuesday August 21st 2018 
Application Forms to view exam scripts must be returned to school (2pm)

Friday August 24th 2018
Closing date for receipt of acceptance of CAO Round 1 offers (5.15pm)

Wednesday August 29th 2018
CAO Round 2 offers posted

Friday August 31st 2018
Closing date for receipt of acceptance of CAO Round 2 offer (5.15pm)

Friday August 31st and Saturday Sept 1st 2018
Viewing of exam scripts in school

Monday September 3rd 2018
Leaving Cert Appeal Forms returned to school by 4pm

Monday, 18 June 2018

Recommended Books - Summer Reading 2018

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

Recommended reads this summer

-          The Surface Breaks, by Louise O’Neill: A feminist and modern retelling of Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. It packs teenage romance, a reflection on the place of women, and of course, a wonderful imagining of the undersea world.

-          I am Thunder, by Muhammad Khan: The struggles of a teenager whose ambitions conflict with her parents. A story about bullying, racism, and a life-changing encounter.

-          Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi: The first instalment in a new fantasy trilogy. After a ruthless king decides to banish magic and kill whoever possesses powers, a young girl resists and fights back with her own magical capabilities. A tale of divided love, belief, and a heart-stopping drama.

-          La Belle Sauvage, Volume 1 of The Book of Dust, by Philip Pullman: A book set in the world of His Dark Materials. The saga continues with two children who find themselves pursued by a terrifying evil while looking after a child. No ordinary child however, but one who could decide the fate of the future.

-          Moonrise, by Sarah Crossan: A seventeen-year-old is convicted and will be executed for a murder he didn’t commit. The story follows Joseph, his little brother, who travels the country to say goodbye. An emotional story told in evocative verse.

-          Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (1&2), by Elena Favilli: There is no age to appreciate these stories of brave women who contributed to change the way we view women in general.

-          Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different, by Ben Brooks: the same but for the other sex. The stories of men who challenge the misconceptions we might have about what boys should be like.

-          The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton: A tale of beauty, obsession and magic. In a world where beauty means everything, the queen’s favourite Belle Camellia discovers that dark secrets and dark magic lie underneath the surface.

-          Indigo Donut, by Patrice Lawrence: Bailey grew up in foster care, Indigo is obsessed with his guitar and his hair. Yet, these two different teenagers come together and when a dangerous situation arises, difficult choices will have to be made. A story of love and the need to belong.

-          Satellite, by Nick Lake: A science-fiction thriller written in ‘text-speak’. After being born and raised in a space station, Leo and his twins are preparing to journey to the Earth for the first time, unaware of what they will face there and that their trip will have shattering consequences.

 Any book by Michael Morpurgomakes a great read. Favourites include Private Peaceful, War Horse, Shadows and many more.

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


Other Great Reads
Noughts and Crosses, by Malorie Blackman            
The Dare, by John Boyne
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte                                              
My Antonia, by Willa Cather                  
The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly
The Weight of Water, by Sarah Crossan
Once, by Morris Gleitzman
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton 
Shadows on our Skin, by Jennifer Johnston
Into the Grey, by Celine Kiernan 
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Chalkline, by Jane Mitchell                
Trash, by Andy Mulligan
The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness                       
The Wind Singer, by William Nicholson
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
True Grit, by Charles Portis
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Stone Cold Drama, by Robert Swindells

Americanah, by Chimimanda Ngozi  Adichie          
Behind the Scenes at the Museum, by Kate Atkinson                              
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood                      
Persuasion, by Jane Austen                                   
Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry                           
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte                               
Room, by Emma Donoghue                         
Silas Marner, by George Eliot                                  
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald                  
It’s Not Yet Dark, by Simon Fitzmaurice                  
The Next Step in the Dance, by Tim Gautreaux                         
If This Is A Man, by Primo Levi                                     
Star of the Sea, by Joseph O'Connor                         
1984, by George Orwell                           
The Damned Utd., by David Peace                                
The Spinning Heart, by Donal Ryan                                  
Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson                                 
The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez                

Monday, 4 June 2018

Green Flag Awards

Another Green Flag for Villiers School!
Congratulations to Ms. Mahon, Ms. Carswell and Transition Year students who received the Green Flag for water conservation in Cork last month. Fantastic achievement.

Kindness Flag Award

Congratulations to Ms. Sexton and all students involved who received the Kindness Flag Award in King John’s Castle - fantastic achievement. We are very proud of you.

Leaving and Junior Cert Timetables 2018

Best of luck to all students

Leaving Certificate Timetable 2018

Junior Certificate Timetable 2018

Friday, 1 June 2018

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Garden Fete

Villiers School Parent Teacher Association are organising a Summer Garden FĂȘte on Sunday May 20th 2018.

Dog Show, Antique Valuations, Bouncy Castle, Home Baking, Book Stall, B.B.Q. lunch, Crepes, Bric-a-Brac - there is something for all the family.

Monday, 7 May 2018

TY Drama - Not so Grimm Tales

Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s TY Drama Production ‘Not so Grimm Tales' which will see over 40 students take to the stage in the beautiful surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral. 

Not so Grimm Tales is a hilarious tongue-in-cheek retelling of classic Grimm fairy tales that feels fresh and contemporary! A working mother notices her daughter has picked up some not-so-great lessons from the fairy tales she been reading, so she sits her down and tells her new, more modern and empowering versions of some of the classics.

Directed by Ann Blake and Niamh Bowen, Not so Grimm Tales will be brought to the stage by Villiers Transition Year students performing and working on many aspects of production.

The play runs for two nights on Monday May 14th and Tuesday May 15th at 8pm in St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick.

                 Tickets are available from School Reception  Adult €10, Student €8

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Senior A Girls Hockey win Munster Plate

Senior girls travelled to Cork to play in the Senior A Plate final against Bandon College. They were determined to win and prevent Bandon from taking the plate home for the third year in a row. The teams were very close in the first half with Mariana Birdthistle making a number of super saves to keep the game at a nil all draw at half time.  The girls re-grouped and picked up the pace in the second half with Muireann Scanlon and Lauren Ryan dominating play in the centre of the pitch. Robyn Stanley scored a well worked team goal in the 64th minute securing a 1-0 win for Villiers and making history with our first silverware at senior A level. Well done girls!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Cleary Cup Final

You Win or You Learn

“You win, or you learn”. That quote was never more relevant than it was for our U15’s boys rugby team after we came out the wrong side of our North Munster Schools Cup Final last Friday in Clanwilliam. There is no point in reminiscing over all the little variables that may, or may not have contributed to the final result. Doing so has never changed the result of any match. What is important to reflect on however, is the standards these boys have brought to rugby in the school.

Our focus over the last few weeks has been on absolute hard work. The message we sold to the boys was that talent never won anything. They now understand that hard work supersedes talent all day long and without it you get nowhere in rugby. The work they put into our first half try took the effort of all 15 players with Leon barging his way over the line, for what was a super score.
When you are 10-5 down at half-time, you are absolutely still in the game. But, when you are camped between their 10 meter and their try line for the entire second half, you always expect to get the return you deserve for your dominance. We just could not get over the line and David came very close at the death. The effort and commitment these boys put into winning that game last Friday was just brilliant to watch. This commitment was epitomised by nobody more than our captain Tadhg who, after getting a bad knock to his leg just before half-time, did all he could to play through the pain barrier, but it was just too much of an ask. He was a huge loss for the second 30. They gave it everything and we could not have asked for anymore. The Villiers jersey was on display and they promoted it with pride.

There is no silverware to display at the end of a good season, but so much was achieved outside of that. Thomas is going to a final Munster Clubs trial this Wednesday in U.L and he has the full support of all his teammates. Tommy is probably our most improved player. Fahad seems to be getting faster and Max’s leadership qualities sets him apart from any opposition player he comes up against.
What gives me great hope for the future is that we have one of the best 15yr old rugby players I have seen in years in Eoin. He dislocated his thumb in a rugby match on Wednesday, got it popped back in, strapped it up and just got on with it. 48 hours later he put in an utterly dominant performance and battered everything that came his way in a Clonmel jersey. He is one to watch for the future.

Unfortunately, it was not to be this time, but lessons were learned and reputations were enhanced. There were tears at the end, but that just shows how much they care. There is no shame in not winning a cup final in that manner. These boys will have some great days in rugby. Last Friday was not one of them, but down the line, they will reflect on that match and understand that they gained so much from this performance.

We have already set a target for next season. This team is going to put everything into qualifying for the Munster ‘A’ Schools Junior Cup. Last October we just came up short against the schools rugby superpower in Presentation Brothers Cork. There was only 4 points in it at the end of that game. If we qualify for the Junior Cup next year, then we might just get an opportunity to make up for that game.

Richie Mc’Caw is the greatest rugby player to have ever played the game and he famously said, “I don’t believe in luck. I believe in hard work”. These boys have that in bucket loads.


Saturday, 24 March 2018

U15 Cleary Cup semi-final win

Exhausted is an understatement. But that’s what witnessing an exceptionally close cup match can do to you. As we faced Nenagh St. Joseph’s in The Cleary Cup semi-final today, we saw a game that was demanding on the players in both a mental and physical capacity. Nenagh are a side with good skills and comparable work rate. While physically superior to us, we dominated them at the breakdown. Over the last few weeks the breakdown has been our main area of focus. Different techniques were introduced to the boys and they put them into practice on the pitch today with great effect. Our forwards were a credit to themselves, their school and their upbringing. They were fearless against the bigger team. Our front row of Christian, Ross and Godwin showed determination, endurance, grit and passion in defence. In the second row David Keane and Victor won lineout ball, carried, passed, tackled and did everything asked of them for the 70 minutes. They were brilliant. There is no doubt in my mind we have one of the best backrow units in U15’s schools rugby throughout Munster. Max, Thomas and Eoin were simply immense today. They epitomised teamwork. These boys are both dogged and skilled at the same. You couple that with an earnestness that would inspire some of the great names in the game, then you know you have something special at your disposal in these three boys. Noah Patterson did not pass one ball out of place today. He was so accurate with his distribution and even managed a couple of snipes at the breakdown. Outside him, Doug Howell portrayed a sidestep that you just cannot coach. He left defenders in his wake with break after break. Our centres of Vincent and Glenn drove at their carriers and blitzed their line a number of times making huge ground. Our ¾ line of Diarmuid, Fahad and Tommy McDowell showed great instincts in carrying Nenagh’s kicks back towards their defensive line while leaving several defenders in their wake. Tommy 8’s getting better with every game and his confidence in growing more and more. Diarmuid will just throw himself at anything that comes his way. He portrays a toughness that contradicts his size. Guy came on at fullback at halftime and secured the back field area. He tidied up so much ball and was a great addition. We had a number of standout moments in what was a thrilling match: Eoin McCormack’s try and overall dominant performance. He was simply brilliant. Fahad’s two tries and general mayhem causing jinking runs. Ross O’Shea performed a miracle tackle in the corner 1ft from our try line. He just worked and worked until he reached their winger and put in a tackle that forced a knock on at the line. It was a massive sigh of relief and a huge contributor to winning this nail biting schools cup semi-final. Max put in a hit towards the end of the match when the pressure was on. He drove their player back 3 yards and we turned over the ball. With 2 minutes left, it was a key. Success does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Success is no accident. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of graft, learning from your losses and persistence in seeking perfection. What these U15’s boys have above all else is loyalty to one another. That is key to team success. The final is on the 13th of April. Their ability as rugby players will be tested that day, but do not question these boy’s loyalty and character. They have it in bucket loads. Friday the 13th! Will it be lucky for Villiers? Something tells me it will.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

U15 Boys Rugby Blitz Report

What is it about rugby? When it is played in the swirling wind and wild rain, it can often bring the best out of a player. Villiers U15’s boys took to the field once again this Wednesday 14th March to compete in round 2 of the North Munster B Schools Blitz. As we took to the pitch for our first of three 12 minute matches, we knew that good performances in our games would edge us closer to the big day in Thomond Park, where the top teams who have qualified from throughout North Munster, would come together to compete for the title of North Munster B Schools Blitz Champions. The weather galvanised our group. For all three matches we ended up playing into a very strong wind and rain and only work rate would get us out the other side. These were 11 a-side games and only 12 minutes long. This meant we had to set out our stall early on, as we knew that scoring the first try would lessen the time the opposition would have to get one back. Eoin McCormack touched down for our first try and would go on to touch down a few more times as the morning went on. We on the first game 3-0, the second game 3-0 and the third game 3-0. Played 3 and won 3. 9 tries scored and none conceded. This was as impressive as it could get from a group of players who are really gelling and becoming a very good rugby team. Without our injured captain (Tadhg Shanahan), Thomas Lillis stepped in to fill the role and although Eoin McCormack took it upon himself to go up for the coin toss before the last two games, (losing two of the tosses) Thomas led the boys very well and went about his job quietly but with great effect. Thomas is trying to convince me he is an out-half. He started the game in the pack and played well, but when he was switched to his favoured position, he played some very good stuff indeed. We will see!! Tommy McDowell epitomised our defence and work rate as he kept chasing one particular ominous looking attack that looked like a losing battle. Against SMI Newcastle West Tommy had to work so hard to make a tackle that everybody else thought was pointless. As their player got over the line and went to touch the ball down, Tommy kept running and made a last gasp effort to disrupt the touchdown. They knocked it on. To say the boys were proud of him after that effort, is an understatement. The pats on the back and the “Go on Tommy”, went on for quite a bit. Ross O’Shea really came into his own today. In the second and third games, he made a number of big carries that turned into a huge amount of ground gained for our attack. Ross knows how to run good lines and with a bit more physicality added to his game over the coming months, Ross could be big player for us next year. As could Christian Storey. He made some big carries and made some impressive yardage in all 3 games. These are just a couple of highlights from an impressive display from everybody. We will be notified in the coming days about whether we were successful in our pursuit of the big day in Thomond Park. Do we deserve to be there? Yes! Have we done enough and built enough points over the two preliminary rounds? Time will tell. We are back on the training pitch tomorrow in preparation for our Cleary Cup Final against the winners of High School Clonmel and Abbey CBS, Tipperary next week. Still plenty of work to do if we are to win the cup, but these boys are not afraid of hard work. After all, 6 of our players are attending Munster U16’s Preliminary trials in UL over Easter. More on that in the coming weeks. It is a big few weeks for the Villiers lads. Who knows how successful these next few weeks will be. Will we give it everything? Of course we will!!!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Model United Nations

Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making. 

At Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The students, better known as “delegates”, debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure – all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world.

This year, Villiers students have attended MUN Conferences in Cambridge, Poland, Prague and Dublin. Thank you to their teachers Ms. Woods and Ms. Gowing for all their hard work in organising and preparing students for each conference.