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Reading Initiative

Innovative Joint Initiative between Co. Limerick V.E.C. & National branch of JCSP (Junior Certificate Schools Programme) - 2011/2012 Academic Year
All Coláiste Íde agus Iosef first year students are taking part in this initiative in response to the "National Strategy to improve Literacy & Numeracy among children and young people 2011 - 2020".  Currently underway as and from Monday 16th January 2012 is a six week "Reading Challenge Programme" where first year students are challenged to read a book per week, purely for pleasure.  With the support from voluntary involvement by the local community and a further initiative applied for under the JCSP Programme the Abbeyfeale Active Retirement group are coming in to our school for an hour per week to provide one to one reading to selected 1st year students.This is an initiative lead by the JCSP team in the school, ran by the English department and supported by all staff.   It is envisaged and hoped that reading levels among all our first year students will see an improvement and that we will collectively develop an interest and desire for reading among our students.  This is just one of the many initiatives being run as part of the JCSP programme that has at its heart "that all young people are capable of achieving real success in school".

Twinning with Amawele

On 22nd December 2011, transition year students from Colaiste Íde agus
Iosef, Abbeyfeale organised a tablequiz fundraiser for the Amawele
charity. A sum of €464 was raised which was presented to Jackie O
Rourke, a student of U.L who will be undertaking her teaching practice
in Cape Town, starting in late January. Jackie's work will involve
going to various South African schools and townships and helping them
through twenty different workshops on how to grow their own food and
become self sufficient. the sum raised by these transition year
students will also help these students learn about many other cultures
and especially that of Abbeyfeale and their twinned school Colaiste
Íde agus Iosef

Community Spirit in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef

The Leaving Certificate Home Economics students of Colaiste Ide agus
Iosef with their teacher Ms O’Shaughnessy have recently made up food
hampers which they donated to St. Vincent de Paul. These hampers will
be given to families in the locality in time for Christmas. The
students collected food throughout November from the staff and
students in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef and would like to thank everyone
for their generous response. We would also like to thank local shops
and friends for donations.

Trip to the Burren

Some students enjoying time in Burren

On Wednesday, 7th September 2011, the transition year students of Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale set off on their journey to the Burren Outdoor Activity Centre.  This trip was to help us the students of the newly amalgamated school to bond.  The trip included activities that would get us working as a team and activities included: hill-walking, kayaking, raft building, body boarding, and rock climbing, caving and orienteering.  These activities helped students to work together and build friendships.  We stayed two nights and three days and the trip was a thoroughly enjoyable experience where we got the opportunity to try out new activities and also the chance to get to know students from the three schools.   A big thanks is also extended to the teachers who supervised on this trip Ms.Reidy, Mr. Vaughan and Ms.Davern.

Class group photographed with their teachers


Relaxing in the outdoors on school trip to the Burren

First outings in the football field

Colaiste Ide agus Iosef Junior Boys Team
The first week of October saw teams from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef enter competitive competitions for the first time. On Monday October 3rd, the ladies footballers had their first outing when they took on Colaiste na Sceilge in Munster Ladies Senior A Football. The Abbeyfeale team had an early setback when Laura Sheeran was injured, however her replacement Tara Zgaga competed very well in the middle of the field. Other strong performances by Barbara Browne and Tina Mangan helped to ensure the school held on for a convincing victory. The final score Colaiste Ide agus Iosef 4-8  Colaiste na Sceilge 0-11. On the Tuesday the under 16 boys had their first outing in the Munster Vocational Schools Junior Football competition. Played in Bruff the panel was depleted by the absence of Abbeyfeale based players who were participating with their club in a county semi final that night. Their opponents from Scoi Ruain in Killenaule, Co Tipperary dominated the early proceedings before Colaiste Ide agus Iosef stamped their mark on the game with some fine long range points against a stiff wind. The half time scoreline of 2-8 to 1-2 gave the Abbeyfeale team a cushion to try out some changes and indeed the half time subs would combine to score 2-4 in the second half as the school ran out easy winners on a scoreline of 6-15 to 1-7
Junior Boys football team list
Maurice O Keefffe, Killian Fitzmaurice, Keith Murphy, Darragh Mangan, Cillian Keane, Chris Browne, Pierce Horgan, Aaron O Connor, Shane Fitzmaurice (1-1), Daniel Lyons (0-1), Thomas Sexton, Conor Moroney, Kieran O Donnell (1-4), Eamonn Prendiville (2-5), Michael Keane, Subs: Timmy Finnegan (1-1) (for Michael Keane) , Gavin Dillon (1-2) (for Daniel Lyons), Jamie Lenihan (for Chris Browne), Daniel O Callaghan (for Cillian Keane), Thomas Scanlon (0-1) (for Conor Moroney).

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Contact Information

School:   Coláiste Ide agus Iosef
Principal: Liam Murphy
Convent St., Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
Phone: (00353) 68 30631


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