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Congratulations to Ben Lynch in 4C who has been selected for the Dublin GAA Minor Hurling Panel 2022. He played in his first game for Dublin this weekend against Wexford. Ben is a member of Kilmacud Crokes GAA club.
Daffodil Day 2022
Thanks to everyone who contributed to Daffodil Day today, especially Ms McKay and her 2A CSPE class for organising. Donations can still be made online here.
Senior Cup Semi Final
Very well done to the Seniors on their 34-21 win in the Cup semi final yesterday. Commiserations to St Mary's and thanks for a great match. See full report here. The final will take place on Sunday 3 April at 1pm in the RDS vs Blackrock College. Thanks to Mr Earley for the photos. See more on our school Flickr page.
Author Visit: Robert Grant
Today in the Library 1C and 1D met with Robert Grant, author of the book The Philosophy Resistance Squad. Robert introduced the students to philosophy and then engaged them in lively discussions about whether technology is good or bad, and whether human life is more valuable than animal life. Thanks to Robert for visiting and to the students for their enthusiastic participation. Photos by Mr Earley and Ms McNamara. See more on our school Flickr page. .
Ember Group meet Bishop McGuckian
Thank you very much to Bishop Alan McGuckian who visited us from Donegal yesterday to meet our Ember Group. He spoke about his life and work as a Bishop, and answered some great questions from students. Thanks to Pat Corkery SJ for the photos.
Commiserations to the French Debating team of Henry Li, Trevor Bolger, Liam Ó Laoide and Rohan Devereux who lost out narrowly to St Leo’s College, Carlow in last night's national final of the Alliance Française Joutes Oratoires French debating competition. The students spoke wonderfully well on a difficult topic. Thank you to Mr Dingle for his many hours of hard work, preparing the speakers in minute detail for five debates throughout the campaign, and félicitations to the wi
The Senior Golf team - Andrew Fraser, Sam Inglis, Stephen McMahon, Aaron Hillery-Nolan, and Michael Foley - represented the College in the recent Leinster Schools qualifying competition in Woodenbridge GC, Co. Wicklow. Playing in often torrential rain and thereafter, very wet fairways and greens, the boys performed as well as could be expected. Unfortunately, the team score (best four of five, gross scores) wasn’t enough to qualify to the Leinster finals. I would like to than
Roman Shields Project
3C and 3D designed and made ancient Roman shields and battle standards last week with help from the Fifth Year Latin students. Thanks to Ms Wyer for the photos
Féile na Gaeilge 2022
Mar chuid d'Fhéile na Gaeilge, thug Sibéal Davitt ceardlanna damhsa ar an sean-nós do ranganna Idirbhliana an tseachtain seo caite, agus tháinig iar-scoláire Manchán Magan ar cuairt chun caint faoin a shaol agus faoi shaibhreas na Gaeilge. An tseachtain seo bhí ceol traidisiúnta sa Bhialann, agus comórtais Poc Fada agus Dúshlán Trasnáin. Buíochas leis na daltaí agus leis na múinteoirí a ghlac páirt, agus leis an Uasal Earley as na grianghraif. Féach tuilleadh ar ár leathanach
Leinster Schools Team Racing Championships
Congratulations to our sailing team who won the Leinster Schools Team Racing Championships in Dún Laoghaire at the weekend. The team members were: Helm 1: Trevor Bolger Helm 2: Jacques Murphy Helm 3: Archie Daly Crew 1: Ethan Hunt Crew 2: Theo Madigan Crew 3: Jules Start The two subs were Oscar Malone and Cathal O'Regan. See full report here.
Upcoming Rugby Fixtures
Attached please find a list of upcoming rugby fixtures. Please note these will be the last of our fixtures for the season, a big thank you to all coaches and managers for giving up their time so our rugby programme can be enjoyed by all. Thank you to parents for your endless support over the year and encouraging your boys to participate during the season. We also wish the SCT in their semi final cup match vs St Mary’s and hope to see you there!! George Naoupu Director of Rugb
Ember Group at Novena of Grace
On Friday, some members of our Ember Group attended one of the Novena of Grace Masses in Gardiner St Church. While there they met Fr Charlie Davy, a former Captain of Gonzaga College, and Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach. The Novena has been held in Gardiner St from 4th - 12th March every year since 1832. It is held for the nine days leading up to the anniversary of the canonisation of St Francis Xavier and St Ignatius Loyola. This year is extra special because it is the 400th
Well done to all the students who represented Gonzaga at the Wesley College Model United Nations event this weekend. Congratulations to Peter Doody who won the Commended Delegate Award for the Ecology and Environment Committee representing the Icelandic Delegation. Thanks to Ms O'Brien Quinn for the photos.
The national final of the All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad was held in DCU on Wednesday. Congratulations to the nine Gonzaga students who qualified to take part: Jacques Murphy, Henry Li, Seán Radcliffe, MacDara Hickey, Cormac Hannon, Bill Brennan, Conall Mooney, Leo Estevez Neill, and Eoghan Mac Muiris. AILO challenges secondary school students to develop their own strategies for solving problems in unfamiliar languages. Thanks to Mr Lynch for the photos.
Senior Cup Semi Final
The draw for the semi-finals of the Bank of Ireland Schools Senior Cup was conducted yesterday. Gonzaga College SJ will play St Mary's College on Wednesday 23rd March at 2:00 pm in Energia Park (Donnybrook). The QR code to purchase tickets for all games online is attached or click here.
Alexandra College Play 'When They Go Low'
Well done to the four Fifth Year students - Ben Delaney, John Linehan, Eoin MacNulty, and Eoin Sadlier - who took part in Alexandra College Senior DramSoc's production of the play ‘When They Go Low’ by Natalie Mitchell this week. This play explores everyday sexism, feminism, consent and the changing face of teenage sexuality in an online world. Congratulations to Lynn Brehony and to all the cast and crew on a superb production. Thanks to Luke Brehony for the photos.
Eucharist for the 400th anniversary of the canonisation with Pope Francis
During the Ignatian Year, an important date, 12th March 2022, marks the 400th anniversary of the canonization of St Ignatius. Pope Gregory XV, on 12th March 1622, officially recognized, in the name of the Church, the quality of life and commitment of five witnesses to the Gospel: two Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila, reformer of the Carmelites, Philip Neri, founder of the Oratory, and Isidore the Laborer, patron saint of farmers and Madrid. On t
Senior Cup Quarter Final
Many congratulations to the Seniors on their win in yesterday's Cup quarter final. See full match report here. Commiserations to the Wesley squad and supporters, who never gave up and represented their school admirably. Gonzaga College SJ 32 Wesley College 7 Thanks to Mr Earley for the photos; more on our school Flickr page here.
World Book Day 2022
To mark World Book Day yesterday, 1st, 2nd and TY students got a chance to Drop Everything and Read for 20 minutes yesterday morning. Students were also given book tokens which can be used to buy specially-produced World Book Day books from any bookshop. (Students who were sitting exams this week will be given their book tokens next week). We have made a display outside the library of what school staff are currently reading and of their favourite books. Check it out for some
Applied Maths Contest
The Gonzaga A team of Rohan Devereux, Liam Ó Laoide and Mark Moloney won the South Dublin Regional Applied Maths contest in Oatlands last night. The Gonzaga B team of Trevor Bolger, Alex Madden and Thomas Murphy came third, just behind High School in second. The Gonzaga C team of Oisín Kirwan, Nicholas O’Neill and Henry Geary also finished very strongly. Well done to the lads on an outstanding performance. The A team came second overall in Ireland; two points behind Clongowes
Irish Olympiad of Experimental Science
*Update 04.03.2022* Joe was one of six to be chosen to represent Ireland in the European Olympiad of Experimental Sciences. This will be taking place in the Czech Republic in May. More details here. Congratulations to Joe O'Grady (4D) who won the silver medal in the Biology category in the first Irish Olympiad of Experimental Science 2021/22. The competition is open to all Transition Year and Fifth Year students in Ireland.
JRS Europe Fundraising for Ukraine
See here for Jesuit Refugee Service Europe's Statement, endorsed by JRS Ireland, outlining how JRS is responding to the conflict in Ukraine and to the needs of Ukrainian refugees who have been forcibly displaced and are crossing borders in search of safety and protection. Under the statement there is a link to an appeal on the JRS Europe website for those who wish to donate to support the work of JRS with refugees in Ukraine, and in neighbouring countries of Poland, Hungary a
Upcoming Rugby Fixtures
Attached see upcoming rugby fixtures. Monday March 7th will be a Green Jersey Day, with all proceeds going to the JRS Ukrainian Appeal.
Ember Group Meeting with Fr Conor McDonough
Yesterday the Ember Group met with Fr Conor McDonough OP, a Dominican friar, who talked about how faith and science are compatible. Thanks to Fr McDonough for a most interesting talk, and to Pat Corkery SJ and Ms Regan for organising.
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