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Friday May 22nd - Summmer of Rock

Well done to all the 'artistes' who performed in the annual summer concert yesterday. A mixture of rock music, traditional music, and dj-ing was performed and the crowd loved it all. Of course, we always remember David Larney at this time of year and any proceeds raised from yesterday's event will go to Bothar and the ISPCA. Compered by the irrepressible David McBride, the day was a huge success as always, and the High School is proud to showcase the talent of the next generation of Irish entertainment superstars.

Bands included: I Don't Know, DJ Supreme, Hot Rod Chilli Peppers, Opprobrium, Fat Lizzy, The Traditional Magheracloonists, and Seven Car Pile Up.

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Friday May 22nd - Subject Choice Powerpoint Presentations added to Career Guidance Page.

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Friday May 8th - Graduation Mass Details Finalized

The school mass for Leaving Certificate students will take place in the school on Tuesday May 12th at 8pm. All family members are welcome.

Thursday May 14th - Futsal Champions Crowned

After nine gruelling weeks of league action, it was Liverpool and Real Madrid who contested the eagerly awaited final with Liverpool finally emerging as champions with a 2-1 victory after a penalty shootout.

In total, 48 1st Year students competed in this excellent event, organised by Mr Kennedy. The winning players each received a football.

Liverpool: C McClory, C McKeown, S Woods, C Dowd, J Kingston.

Real Madrid: S Marron, A McCahey, J Corrigan, C McEneaney

Wed May 20th - Finnegan Sets up Fantasy Football Final Thriller

Young Inniskeen man Edward Finnegan has come from nowehere to set up a final day grudge match in the Patrician Redux fantasy football competition against the experienced double champion D Kiely. Finnegan, who finished fourth last year, had spent the entire year bragging about the performance of his team, and about 'righting past wrongs' and making various unsubstantiated allegations about 'match-fixing' and 'computer fraud' against Kiely.

Kiely, however, rubbished such rumours. 'What we are witnessing here are the babblings of a desperate man' he claimed back in mid-April when he was over 100 points ahead of Finnegan, 'he has blown his last chance of ever winning the competition and this experienced has turned him into a bitter cynic. Eddie is a hack when it comes to football matters, it is a miracle he kept pace with me for so long.'

But the shoe is now on the other foot. Finnegan has managed an incredible comeback in the last few weeks, while Kiely's team has performed atrociously. With one week left Finnegan is only 15 points behind and is feeling confident. 'I am the greatest', he crowed when contacted yesterday,' I am finally going to prove that I am not a total loser and I can't wait to get my hands on that money.'

Who will win? One thing is for sure is that with Kiely in first, Finnegan in second, and Paul Connolly taking up his perennial third place, it is Arsenal who will really win the league this year.

Friday May 8th - Basketballers Fight Bravely but are Denied All Ireland Crown

Hard luck to the U14 Basketballers who lost the All Ireland Final by 22 points to 40 to an excellent Ballyshannon, Donegal team. A full report will appear soon.

Friday 1st May - Basketballers into All Ireland Final!

Well done to the 2nd Yr basketballers who beat Presentation Cork by 47 points to 23 in yesterday's All Ireland Semi-Final. They will now contest the All Ireland Final next Thursday in the National Basketball Arena in Tallagh. A bus will be organized for supporters who wish to see the game.

Thursday April 23rd - 2nd Year Basketballers Qualify for All Ireland Semi-Final

Congratulations to the 2nd Years who won both their games yesterday to proceed to the All Ireland Semi-Final next Thursday. The first game was against rathangan, Kildare and the High School came away with a creditable 53 - 19 victory. In the final they were up against a strong side from CBS Thurles. However an excellent performance from the High School boys saw them prevail, winning the tie on a scoreline of 43 points to 16.

Coaches Sheila Quinn and Colm McEneaney were delighted at both the performances and the results are looking forward to travelling to the superb complex at the University of Limerick next week to compete in the semi-final.

Thursday April 23rd - 2nd Year Art Success

Well done to Jonathon Coleman who received a Special Merit Award in the Texaco Art Competition.

Thurs April 23rd - High School Dancer Wins World Title

Congratulations to 2nd Year Darren Byrne who, as part of the Irish Dancing Troop, won the World Title in Philadelphia over the Easter Break.

Monday April 20th - O'Hanlon Makes Irish U18 Basketball Team

Well done to 6th Year Peter O'Hanlon who will has been selected for the Ireland U-18 Basketball Team.

Monday April 20th - Footballers beat St Macartan's in Thriller

Well done to the U15 footballers who came from behind to triumph against St Macartan's Monaghan today by 2-09 to 0-13. Full details here.

Friday March 27th - Tyrone Manager Gives Inspirational Speech

Last Friday saw a great honour bestowed on the students of the High School when All-Ireland winning manager Mickey Harte visited. While here, Mickey posed for photographs, gave a superb talk and presented raffle winner Yr Conor Campbell with a signed Tyrone jersey.

Thanks to all the students who purchased tickets for the raffle, the money will be split between a charity and buying sports equipment for the school.

Friday March 20th - Transition Years Scoop Mini-Company Awards

Well done to the Transition Year students who won awards in three different categories in yesterday's National Mini-Company Exhibition.

The boys won awards in Best Design (Game Console Holders), Best Marketing Strategy (Patrician Puppet Pals) and Best Orginal Product (Trackers).




Thurs 19th of March - Sam Maguire Lands in High School Tomorrow

Tomorrow will see Mickey Harte arrive in the school to present the winner of the Sports Department Raffle with the Tyrone jersey signed by the full 2008 panel. He will also bring the Sam Maguire Cup along, and hopefully one member of the panel. He will take questions from the audience afterwards so now is your chance to think of a good one for him.


Friday March 13th - Chemistry Students Visit UCD

5th Year Chemistry students visited an exhibition on Clinical and Bioprocess Engineering. After an initial orientation meeting they spent two hours in 'hands-on' labrotary work in the UCD Science buildings. While there they met up with some High School past pupils Matthew McKenna and Paul Myles who are currently studying Engineering at the University. Another big highlight was in store for two other pupils (pictured right) when they got to meet renowned deceased Irish rock legend Phil Lynott.

After lunch, the students were engaged in problem-solving tasks, and to round off a fun-filled day, they used some very high-tech laboratory apparatus to complete their investigations.

Friday March 6th - Win Tyrone Jersey Signed by Entire 09 Panel!

The High School today announces a superb competition in its 09 Charity Drive. This is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to get your hands on a piece of GAA history. Considered by many to be the finest football team of this decade, their 08 campaign culminated in victory over Kerry in one of the greatest finals in modern history.

And now you can win a little piece of GAA glory for as little as 2!

Tickets can be bought from Mr Raffle-ty and all funds raised will be split between buying sports equipment for the school, and a sports charity to be nominated by Mr Rafferty.

You can buy as many tickets as you wish to increase your chance of winning this magnificent sporting artifact.

Buy now and do your bit for the High School Charity Drive.

Many thanks to the McClean family for organizing this great prize.

Friday March 6th - Another High School Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Congratulations to Jason Murray who has won the JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship for 2009. Jason now joins Shane McQuillan, Shane O'Brien and Ciaran Cassidy as the fourth of last year's Leaving Certificate students to win scholarships based on their superb exam results. Jason is currently studying Theoretical Physics in Trinity College Dublin. Jason is being presented with his award today in Cork.

Friday March 6th - Transition Years Attend Mini-Company Convention

Five groups of Transition Year students displayed their mini-company projects this week in Monaghan Town. See below for photos.


Thurs Feb 26th - U14s Footballers Miss Out in Semi-Final Thriller

Hard luck on the footballers after losing out by only one point in yesterday's Ulster Semi-Final. Scores and scorers here.

Friday Feb 13th - French Page Updated

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Feb 8th - High School Greatest Film EVER Poll - Cast Your Vote Now

We at the High School like to think that we have our fingers on the pulse of cultural greatness. We have dipped into the archive of film excellence and selected what most would agree are the three greatest films ever made. We ask you to select but one.



First up is
Roadhouse, a superb tale of a bouncer in high quality nightclub. Played with a sensitivity and compassion beyond most people's expectations, Patrick Swayze builds on his stellar repuation from such 20th Century classics as Dirty Dancing and Ghost to produce a spellbinding performance that will live long in the memory. Click here for link.



Next is
Tango and Cash, a superb vehicle for two of the greatest actors of our generation; Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. Question: name me one bad Kurt Russell film? Answer: you can't, because there isn't any. A hilarious buddy movie with some stunning action scenes, this one is going to be hard to beat in our poll of cinematic excellence. Click here for link.



Finally, for the true movie connisseur, is
Maniac Cop, a splendidly violent expose of official corruption. Underneath the blood and gore however is a 20th Century morality tale in the best tradition of Shakespeare and Chaucer. Reputedly ghost-directed by Cecil B DeMille, this remains one of all the all time celluloid greats, and will surely attract many votes. Click here for link.


Friday February 6th - 1st Years Petition Dunnes Stores in the holy name of GRAMMAR

St Arnold's First Year English class have written to Dunnes Stores Head Office to request that they replace their erroneous checkout signs with ones that are gramatically correct. The signs above their express checkout currently read '8 items or less' whereas they should of course read '8 items or fewer' as shopping items are countable nouns.

The class think that this is currently the most pressing issue in the world. To read the full text of the letter, click here.

Thurs Feb 5th - U14 Footballers through to Semi-Final

Well done to the team who comprehensively beat Edmund Rice Belfast yesterday in the Quarter Final. A special word is due to Pauric Keenan who scored an incredible 6-03 from a total of 6-08. Full details here.

Wed 28th Jan - Parents' Association Page Updated

The full list of members of the Parents' Association has now been completed. Click here to view.

Wed 28th Jan - U16 Hurling Blitz Next Thurs

There will be a blitz in Monaghan next Thursday for all those eligible to play at U-16 1/2. There will be no trials. I will post up a panel outside R4 and if you are not on it, but think you should be, let me know.

Monday Jan 26th - Parents' Association Announce Table Quiz

The first event being organised by the Parents' Association is a Table-Quiz on Friday 6th February in McNallys Tavern @ 9.00 p.m. The committee are hoping this fund-raising event will be well supported, as it has been in previous years. Tickets are 20 per table and are available through committee members or can be bought on the night. Good prizes guaranteed plus a raffle with numerous Spot Prizes on the night. All welcome to a fun and brain-teasing Quiz.

Wed 21st Jan - Student Council Page Updated

The student council page has now been updated.

Monday Jan 12th - Young Scientists Win Display Award

Congrats to this bunch whose fabulous project on the effects of soundwaves on plants received an award for the project design from the judges at the BT Young Scientist Awards on Friday.

Friday Jan 9th - Transition Years Complete First Aid Course

Both TY classes this week received full day courses in basic First Aid.

Jan 6th - First Years Make Festive Donation to St Vincent de Paul

Well done to all the 1st Yrs who collected around the school over the month of December to help those in need over the Christmas period. A large amount was raised (exact figures later) and was presented to a SVdP before the Christmas holidays.

SVdP is just one of a number of charities that will benefit from High School fundraising over the coming year. Next year we are hoping to raise enough funds to help Gary Neville be reintroduced into decent society after his imminent retirement from Man Utd. Please give generously.

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