School Newsletter 2020/2021

UNESCO Young Environmentalist Award

Congratulations to Ethel and Éadaoin in First Year who have reached the semi finals of the UNESCO Young Environmentalist Award 2021.

Ethel and Éadaoin have been working very hard over lockdown to raise awareness of the litter problem in our local area. Their Project is titled: Our Environment – Your Litter: Encouraging Commuters to take Care with their Rubbish.

In their project, Ethel and Éadaoin identify areas that are littering hotspots and aim to encourage commuters from industries in Ringnaskiddy to take care when disposing their rubbish. They have been highly commended on their Sem- Final presentation so we are all expecting great things!

Congratulations Ethel and Éadaoin for all your hard work and determination!

Drama at St. Peter’s

Well done to all TY students who managed to get their play, Revolting, a twist on Oliver Twist, done before the lockdown. Students did a fine job acting, dancing, singing and playing over the course of their performances. There was, as always a lot of work done in the background too with set design, (thanks to the Art Department), costume, directing (Johnny Hanrahan) and music. Unfortunately due to Covid 19 the play was not put together this year but we look forward to doing so again very soon. Well done all!

End if an Era: St. Peter’s says goodbye to much loved and long standing teachers.

2020 saw the end of an era for three notable and remarkable teachers from St. Peter’s. Many parents of our current students will remember two in particular who have been at the school since day one.

Ger Brown, who taught Engineering and Technical Drawing has been at the school since the day it opened and even taught in the old Technical school, near where Passage library is now, before that. Ger’s red Toyota almost lasted as long as the man himself but alas not quite!

Similarly John Corcoran, well known to the Passage community, served his time at St. Peter’s for many years and taught Biology and Science. He too came from the old convent school which amalgamated with the ‘Tech’ to form St. Peter’s in 1988.

Both teachers would have seen many changes at St. Peter’s over the years and seen many colleagues and students come and go. They were both very professional, warm and humorous and I am personally delighted to have worked with them and to have spent lunchtimes with them laughing about all sorts.

Another colleague who spent a good number of years at the school was Finbar Loftus. Finbar taught SPHE and CSPE and was also a funny and warm man who was well known for furnishing his students with tales of his adventures in Tanzania!

It is with regret that because of the pandemic, we have not been able to properly say goodbye to our sorely missed colleagues and we look forward to an opportunity to do so when things get better.

Thank you. From all at St. Peter’s. Stay safe and we will see you again soon.

E Ryan.