New Beginnings in Raheen College for First Year Students
Thursday the 26th of August was a hugely significant date in the educational history of the town of Clonmel but was even more significant in the lives of 24 young ladies and men. For the first time, the gates of Raheen College were opened to a new group of first year students. Having taken a pause in enrolments in the previous year, the College welcomed first years through the doors.
There was a real sense of excitement in the air on the first morning as the students along with their parents and guardians joined the existing school community. They were welcomed by School Principal John McCarthy, Deputy Principal, Tina Kennedy and Home School Liaison teacher Ursula Mullins as well as the rest of the teaching staff and SNA’s of the school. Mr McCarthy reminded the students that they were history makers in the school.
He also praised them for getting through the last couple of years of what was a very tough time as they finished Primary School. There was already a sense of familiarity with the school for the students. Ms. Mullins had already began the process of induction with the students over the previous term as soon as the students were offered their places. She had met with the students and their families to make sure that they knew how the school operated and that they already knew that they were entering a welcoming environment.
Nevertheless, there was more nerves on the parents’ and guardians’ faces than on the students as they set off on their new journey. The students as ever took everything in their stride as the parents bore the anxiety. The transition from Primary to Secondary can be daunting as students from six different schools began the task of blending together as one new class group as one new class group.
The students looked resplendent in their brand new uniforms and indeed they were the first to wear Raheen College’s new navy uniform. Parents and teachers alike all agreed that they all looked grown up as they entered the freshly refurbished school building.
New friendships were formed instantaneously. The class had a 2 day induction and bonding programme laid out for them. On Thursday, they set off for Castlecomer adventure centre in Kilkenny, where they engaged in a range of bonding activities that included crossing high wires and sliding down a zip wire. On Friday, they went off for a cycle on the Blueway where the spirit of cooperation was there for all to see. By Friday evening, they were truly exhausted from the exertions.
They were all ready and excited to be looking forward to getting in to their new subjects in their new school on the following Monday.