The 1st students at Millstreet Community School have a retreat on Thursday 30th March 2017 in Millstreet Parish Centre. As in previous years I am hoping to find simple accommodation for the team of 18-25 year olds who will be running the retreat. There are in fact twelve in this year’s team (seven girls and five boys) and they belong to NET Ministries, which is based in Co. Donegal. They are mostly from USA and Canada.
Thanks to those who have already volunteered to host members of the team. I still have seven to find accommodation for. They need to be accommodated in pairs of either boys or girls (or possibly in three’s). If there are families able to give them accommodation and a simple meal on the evening of Wednesday 29th March (they’ll be arriving in Millstreet at about 6.30pm), and breakfast on Thursday 30th March, that would be great. They need to be back at the Parish Centre for between 8.00am or 8.15am on the Thursday so they can get ready for the retreat. If you can help please contact John Magee at Millstreet Community School on 029 70087 as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your help.
Jennifer Linehan, Fionan Buckley and Grace O’Connor from Millstreet Community School with their project entitled “Which Olympic sport is most suitable for me ?” at this Years BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition [from the IT]
In a separate article, the project of Katie Hickey, Robyn Sheehan and Elmarie Kelleher was profiled:
“… Equally topical, and timely, is the project by three students from Millstreet Community School, in Cork. Katie Hickey, Robyn Sheehan and Elmarie Kelleher were all inspired to take up sport by women role models, although that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for the men, too.
The Millstreet Community School Transition Year Young SVP group would like to express their thanks to all those who contributed items to their collection in aid of Cork Penny Dinners. Aida Costello came to the school on Tuesday 20th December and some of the TY students involved, with their teacher Mrs Mary Randles, helped bring the substantial quantity of items donated to her car. The students would like to express their thanks for your support.
Thanks to all of you who supported the cake sale held on Saturday 10th December 2017 in Millstreet Parish Centre to support Una Buckley and Dervla Murphy who’ll be going to Lourdes as helpers with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust at Easter 2017. €508 was raised. Thank you.
MCS Student Council are running a Christmas Draw in aid of Cork Simon. The school has been supporting this worthy cause for many years and last year raised over €2,500. This year we hope to replicate this success and all students are selling lines and cards, 50c a line, €20 a card. There are fabulous prizes and a selection box for every completed card sold.
The draw will take place on Dec. 19th and you could be in with a chance for yummy prizes or some exquisite pottery pieces (pictured below) created for the occasion. We thank Teachers Barry Fraser and Chris Horan for alerting us to this wonderful annual praiseworthy project. Please support generously! (S.R.)
Millstreet Community School: Transition Year Young SVP group are organising a collection for Cork Penny Dinners. The aim of Cork Penny Dinners is to give everyone who calls to the centre in Cork a warm, nourishing midday meal. In addition, clients get sandwiches and fruit to take away as an evening meal. It is open seven days a week all year, including Christmas Day.
Students are collecting the following items: tinned foods, orange squash, Easy-Singles cheese, sugar, tea, coffee, biscuits, salt, tea-towels, cleaning products. This collection will run until Friday 16th December.
Millstreet Community Council has also provided significant financial support this year to Millstreet Christmas Lights Committee. And below we view the enthusiastic Transition Year Students at Millstreet Community School who are presently preparing a special issue of “Clara News” which will be on sale before Christmas.
A very enjoyable School Reunion 1971-1976 took place at the Wallis Arms on Saturday, 12th Nov. 2016 in the presence of two of the former Teachers from Millstreet Community School – Marie Casey and Colman Culhane. Here we share a selection of images from the historic occasion. We thank the organisers for permitting us to take a number of pictures of the wonderful event. (S.R.)
The death has occurred of Kenneth Desmond Brennan, Millstreet, Cork. Former principal of Millstreet Community School, peacefully at home in Millstreet surrounded by his loving family, dearly beloved husband of Halina, will be sadly missed by his childern Desmond, Kevin, Louise and Wala, sons in law Con and Matteo, daughter in law Karin, grandchildern Stefan, Wiktor, Brian, Sophia, Lara and Emma, brother Frank, sisters Anna, Mary and Bernie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins and a wide circle of relatives friends and neighbours.
At the start of the school year, our Community School students have been busy with a Retreat, a visit by Finbarr Walsh (father of the late Donal Walsh), a trip to the Ploughing, climbing Clara, and a bootcamp. (click on the photos below to see more)
This evening (Wednesday, 3rd August 2016) it was truly enthusiastic preparations for the Millstreet Community School Debs Ball very much in evidence at West End. The young ladies looked beautiful in such brilliant fashion which the young men were very elegant in their style. Here we share some 34 images having visited the Bush Bar where Photographer supreme, Geraldine Dennehy, took many stunning images of the young people before they left on two Kealys Coaches for a totally wonderful occasion in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island, Cork. Geraldine’s photographs will be superb and we thank her for permitting us to take some further images for our website. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)And here we share the many other happy images of this great annual occasion. … continue reading the full article “Beauty & Elegance at Debs 2016 in Millstreet This Evening”
Three Transition Year students from Millstreet Community School attended a Climate Change Challenge Weekend organised by Trocaire in November 2015. Kaytlin Murphy, Kate Buckley and Noelle Healy joined with 25 other students from around Ireland to explore the causes, effects and actions needed to tackle climate change. To mark Earth Day, Ellen Donnelly (Youth Education and Outreach Officer with Trocaire) has published an article which features extensive contributions from Noelle and Kaytlin. You can read the article by clicking on the link below:
What does signing the Paris Agreement mean to young people in Ireland?
Today is Earth Day. And today United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is inviting leaders from all UN member states to attend the official signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This is a historic day for international action … (read the full article on DevelopmentEducation.ie)
(banners designed and painted by Natalia and Paulina Raducka)
A Transition Year RE class has been working on a project relating to climate change over the last two months. It is called ‘Make your Mark for Climate Justice’. It is inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si in which he called on all humans to play an active part in caring for the planet. The project is based on a campaign run by SMA Wilton Justice and Peace office, which involved people making a pledge to make a difference in their everyday life, for example, by turning off the tap when cleaning teeth, unplugging phone chargers when not in use, and not leaving electrical equipment on standby. As a sign of their pledge, each person was invited to place their thumbprint on a specially prepared card that they could then bring home as a reminder. A small group of TY students from Millstreet Community School will be inviting parishioners in Millstreet on Saturday 12th March at 6.30pm Mass to do likewise.
Thanks to everyone who offered accommodation to the NET Ministries retreat team who are arriving in Millstreet on Wednesday 9th March 2016. Accommodation has now been found for all nine members of the team. Thank you. J. Magee
Millstreet Community School will have the pleasure of welcoming Jose Omar Rodriguez Romero to speak to students, staff and invited guests on Friday 4th March as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 (29th Feb. – 13th March).
Mr Romero, who is known as Omar to his friends, is a guest of Fairtrade Ireland and he has a number of commitments during his stay so the school is delighted that he has been able to fit Millstreet into his busy agenda. Omar is a 4th Generation coffee producer, coffee lover, and resident of the village of Capucas, San Pedro de Copan, Honduras. He says Fairtrade is important, “…because it’s a scheme that is in the hands of small farmers and has a very positive economic, social, and environmental impact on the lives of the producers and the wider community”.
So what is Fairtrade? For many years our school has promoted the purchasing and use of products that have received Fairtrade certification. For products such as coffee, bananas, chocolate, tea, sugar, flowers, cotton clothing and wine to receive certification some strict criteria need to be met. When a product carries the Fairtrade Mark it means it was produced according to international Fairtrade standards. These standards ensure Fairtrade products are socially and economically fair and environmentally responsible. Key standards include the payment of a minimum price and a premium. For most Fairtrade goods there is a Fairtrade minimum price which is set to cover the cost of sustainable production for that product in that region.
Millstreet Community School is working towards becoming a Fairtrade school in 2015/2016 because we feel that it is only fair that the people who produce what we eat, wear and use should get paid enough to live on and have a chance to improve their lives. A Fairtrade school is one that has made a commitment to supporting and using Fairtrade products.
Eight Transition Year students and their teachers from eight post-primary schools joined together to learn more about climate change and migration at a student seminar held at Green Glens Arena, Millstreet on 2nd February 2016. The students attending were from Coachford Community College, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Bishop McEgan College and De La Salle College, Macroom, Boherbue Comprehensive School, Millstreet Community School, Scoil Mhuire Kanturk and Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. The event was coordinated by Sheila Dillon, Education Officer with Trócaire and John Magee, Chaplain in Millstreet Community School. Given that there has been so much in the news over the last year about climate change and migration, the aim of the day was to explore the issues from different perspectives. The four workshops were facilitated by Aisling McGrath from WorldWise Global Schools, Sarah Walsh from Eco UNESCO, Deirdre Walsh from Trócaire and Bernie Connolly from Cork Environmental Forum. Topics explored included the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), consumerism, climate change and its impact in Kenya, and sustainable agriculture. Two students from each school had a chance to attend two of the workshops, with the hope that they would bring what they had learned back to their colleagues in their various schools.
The students who were there on the day had a lot to say about why they attended the seminar, what they had found interesting and what strategies they felt their schools could adopt on top of what they do already to help counter the effects of climate change.
The Fun Day run by The Animal Roadshow on Sunday 14th February in Millstreet GAA Hall was a great success. The event was run in support of the four 5th year students from Millstreet Community School who will be going to Lourdes as helpers with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust at Easter 2016. The students are Darragh McSweeney, Bridelle Cronin, Jasper Eastwood Lennon and Caroline Murphy. The cost of travel and accommodation for each of them is €650.
Thanks to everyone who turned up at the event and all those who helped out. It was a great team effort. €1370 was raised. The Animal Roadshow can be booked for a variety of events. They provide a fantastic variety of activities. Please check out their website theanimalroadshow.com for more information.