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Villiers Girls Take The Silverware Home

Sunday 13th November 2011 saw Villiers Equestrian Team, Becca Davies, Orla Shiel and Laura O'Connor compete in the Interschools in Banner Equestrian Centre. The competition was tight throughout the morning and with the girls jumping two clear rounds each, it ended up in a jump-off with two Ard Scoil Ris teams, Rice College, Ennis and Villiers. Tensions were high and Ms. Woods was caught in the middle with her son on one of the Ard Scoil teams and her students on the Villiers Team. In fact, it became clear that her allegiance had moved from familial to Villiers when Orla pipped Ard Scoil by 'point 2' of a second. The banter between our neighbours, Ard Scoil, and ourselves was great and really demonstrated the sportsmanship of both schools. We're looking forward to our next outing, which we hope will be just as fruitful.

Villiers Annual Fashion Show 2011

Villiers Annual Fashion Show took place at the school Gymnasium on Wednesday October 26th at 8pm.
As usual there was much demand for tickets and those organising the show were kept on their toes.

Hillary Thompson and her models put the latest Villiers models through their paces as modelled clothing
from over 20 local shops, including Seduzca, Diesel, Jack & Jones, Be Fabulous and Virginia's Boutique.

Compere for the night was Mr. Penney and we were delighted to raise much needed funds for Villiers favoured charities.

Well Done Kayleigh & Operation Transformation

Congratulations to last years 6th former, Kayleigh Yeoman on her participation in Operation Transformation. Her courage and honesty is much admired and appreciated by all of her 'followers.'

To embark on a public acknowledgement of what has now become the 'norm' in modern day Ireland demonstrates great strength of character and no doubt this will stand her in good stead as she embraces the future with a new sense of awareness and positivity. Kayleigh took time out of her busy schedule of TV3, writing a newspaper diary and being in full-time 3rd level education to visit her alma mater and give a very impressive and real presentation to the Leaving Certificate class of 2012. She is truly an inspirational young lady and we wish her all the best, not just with Operation Transformation, but with everything she does in the future.

Villiers Students Raise the Flag

4th year students have been selected as flag bearers of Ireland's largest tricolour in this years St. Patricks Day Parade.

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PTA Fun Quiz was held on Tuesday March 6th 2012.
Quiz master for the evening was Mr. Geoff Penney.  A great night of entertainment - lots of prizes, fun activities and great questions.

Villiers -  Grow Your Own

Planting the Earlies

Our Dinner!!!

We love work, we could watch it all day!

They also serve who onlt stand and wait

The time for Villiers School musical is fast approaching. For the last few weeks students have been preparing for a show that promises to be a spectacular event.

Villiers School is celebrating the thirteenth year of its fine musical tradition by staging a performance of 'Magical Musicals'. This promises to be a wonderful show with extracts from 'Les Miserables', 'Moulin Rouge', 'Chicago' and 'Mamma Mia' performed by students under the direction of Ms. Sinead O' Sullivan and choreographed by Ms. Gerdie McGlynn and Ms. Pamela McGlynn.
The show will be staged in the new 'Lime Tree Theatre' in Mary Immaculate College on Thursday May 17th and Friday May 18th at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm). A special invitational Matinee will also be held for Primary Schools at 12 noon on May 17th .Seating is reserved and tickets (Adults €15 /Students €10, Family €40) are available in advance from the School Reception at 061 451447.
'It's a lot of hard work and long rehearsal times, but the students are fantastic' according to Sinéad O'Sullivan. 'We also have a wonderful team working on set design and props creating a very visually appealing show. We have some really outstanding soloists as well as a very strong chorus line.'

Villiers School presents….. Magical Musicals!


A wet and windy April saw two new Athletics Champions in Tanya Cox and Luke Dillon-Devine. Fighting off stiff competition they took the honours on what has to have been the most 'wintry' of first year mile competitions.

Luke Dillon-Devine is presented with the First Year Mile Shield

Tanya Coz being presented with the First Year Mile Shield

Congratulations to Aaron on Selection for Munster u-19 squad
Welcome Back!

The academic year 2012-2013 has begun and in true Villiers style it promises to be an eventful one! Our aim as a School is to open doors of opportunity with our students, to encourage learning in the broadest possible context. We want our students to have learning experiences both in the classroom and beyond. Our core values, integrity, comradeship and independence underpin all our endeavours and we welcome all of our staff and students to the 2012-2013 year.

We extend a particularly warm welcome to those who are new to the Villiers family this year, new staff members and especially to our new students and their parents. Mr John White joins us in the English Department, Ms Eimear Ni Mhurchu in the Irish Department and Mr Mike Storey joins the Maths and PE Departments. On the boarding side I'm delighted to welcome both Ms Aoife Ryan who joins us for the year and Ms Karen Gillespie who will be with us for the first part of the year.

We look forward to building new friendships and to the myriad of experiences the new academic year will bring.

With every good wish,  Jill Storey
Best Wishes to the Class of 2012

On Wednesday 15th of August the Class of 2012 returned en masse to Villiers one final time, as they collected their Leaving Certificate Results. What an emotional day, all the build up, preparation, hard work and waiting finally came to an end. The mood was both positive and reflective as they headed out the gates. We now wish our newest past pupils every success. As always with Villiers students the class have made a multitude of choices for post Villiers life. The majority will take their places in universities and colleges in Ireland, the UK, Spain and the USA, some are taking time out to travel for a year and one has already started his own business! Well done to all the staff and students involved.
Villiers and the Olympics

In Villiers we're delighted with the recent Olympic successes of Katie Taylor and the Irish boxers, but we're not content to let them take all the glory! Few people know that Villiers is one of the very few schools in Ireland whose past pupils include an Olympic Gold Medal winner! Daniel Ketchum spent two years (1994 -1996) in Villiers where he was a member of Limerick Swimming Club, before moving to Ohio in the USA. He continued swimming in the USA and was selected to represent the USA at the Olympic Games in Athens where he swam for the American gold medal winning 4 x 200m freestyle relay team. Incidentally his teammate was multi Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps! Anyone for a swim?
Personal Success

Congratulations to Katherine Battles in Form III who has been chosen to become a member of the prestigious Irish Youth Ballet. She was one of many hopefuls who auditioned from all over Ireland during the summer holidays. Her success is a huge tribute to Katherine and her family and will involve great commitment and determination, as she will now attend classes in Dublin every Saturday as well as during holidays, not to mention her performances. Well done Katherine!
Roisin represents Ireland

Congralautions to Roisin Harrison who was selected to compete for Ireland in the Schools International Championships held in Kent in July. In the same month she won gold in the 100m and 200m at the National Age Group Championships.

Earlier in the summer Roisin was the winner of the 100m and 200m gold in the All Ireland Schools Championship.
In August Roisin was again selected to compete for Ireland in the Celtic Games held in Aberdeen. She won three gold 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay. What an achievement!! Well done Roisin- we are all very proud of you.

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Congratulations to Tara Whelan in Form 4

Tara represented Munster in the recent Under 18 Girls Interprovincials which Munster won for the first time in 20 years. Well done Tara, what an achievement!
Chess Success for Jeffrey Alfred

Well done to Form One student Jeffrey Alfred who was selected to play Board-4 on the Irish u12's team which played in the 4-Nations league of Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland during the summer holidays. Jeffrey is a past pupil of St Nicholas Primary School and has just begun his secondary education in Villiers. Jeffrey is a welcome new member of the Villiers Chess club which meets every Thursday at 4.30 p.m. in the Dining Hall.
Prize Day

This year this special event in the School calendar took place on September 19th at 9.30 a.m. Prize Day celebrates the academic, social and cultural success of our students. This year we were privileged with the presence of two special guests, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kathleen Leddin and our Guest of Honour, past pupil and renowned artist Samuel Walsh.

In her annual report, Headmistress, Ms Jill Storey, outlined the multitude of achievements, interests and involvements of our students. She paid special tribute to the staff for their commitment to the School and to the students for their unending enthusiasm and energy, while stressing that in Villiers education is about much more than academic success, it's about personal growth, developing confidence, a sense of responsibility and moral judgment.

Prizes were then awarded by Samuel Walsh to the students across all forms who had achieved exceptional academic results in 2011-2012. These included Special Academic Achievement Prizes for Duward Richter and Rachel Cooney, the Barbara Hartigan Award for excellence in the world of art was awarded to Stephanie Brennan and Eileen Shanahan Chesser. The O'Mahoney Prize, for the student with best Leaving Certificate results was awarded to Amber Downes who had an outstanding 600 points in her Leaving Certificate.
The Sirr Trophy, awarded to a student who has excelled and contributed to the world of music, was awarded to Mark Ryan. Megan Davis and Samantha Shorten were respectively awarded the Schutz Cup, for comradeship, and the P.T.A Trophy, for personal achievement and school spirit. The Vere Wynne Jones Award for the best Transition Year Student was awarded to Kate Healy, while the inaugural International Student Award went to Juan Horno Sanchez. The Forgotten Brothers Prize, awarded to a student who has made the most significant contribution to History was awarded to Lily Sparks. Many other awards were also given including the Gwynne Memorial Prize, Eileen Fogerty Memorial Prize, and the Price Waterhouse Coopers Prize. Over seventy students received their President's Award, which included four silver Medals.

The final award was to Samuel Walsh, who graciously accepted his place on the Villiers Roll of Honour. After the awarding of prizes everyone was enthralled to hear of Samuel's recollections of his days in Villiers and his humorous words of encouragement struck a chord.

Stormont Debate

Nick McCann, Hugo Carr & David Cardy debating in Stormont with British Council
Former Villiers Student (class of 2008) David Cowpar launches his first novel. David is teaching religion and history in Cork after graduating from UCC. Commenting on his first novel he said "the ODDs is like my child, I am so protective of it and hope people who read it will love it the same way I do." The book is about how an old order of demon fighters and wizard trainers is wiped out in one night and what the powers of good (the Powers of Light) choose to do in reaction to this.
They choose a teenager, David Murphy, as the Water Empowered and then Richard Stephen's as the Fire Empowered. These guys have increased physical strength, heal faster and eventually begin to learn how to control their respective powers. The story follows them from when they both first become Empowered, through to trying to learn about these powers, with the help of Christopher Games and Jerry Sweapons and a team they build up called the O.D.D.s: the Organisation of Demon Destroyers.
Early in the story David has a dream and as the story progresses it becomes evident that this dream is actually prophetic. The dream changes as David's circumstances change and each dream (bar one) takes place on what they call "The Night of the Green Hands. What do these dreams mean, and if they are prophetic will the ODDs be able to overcome the things that are out to get them?
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David Cowpar

Villiers Student Publishes First  Novel

Villiers is proud to congratulate yet another student who has been chosen to represent their country:
Yousef Mahdy in Form III has been selected to represent the Republic of Ireland under 15s boys' soccer team. Well done to Yousef, we wish you every success!

Equestrian Inter-schools

Villiers Equestrian Team participated in the SJI Interschools at Clonlara Equestrian Centre on Sunday February 10th, and were unfortunate to be beaten into 2nd place by less than .30 of a second. Our two teams rode very well and are maintaining the form demonstrated in the Limerick-Clare Interschools in 2012.

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