St. Brendan’s Day
St. Brendan’s Day is recognised on the liturgical calendar as occurring on May 16th each year. While it is by no means the only day in our school year imbued with a spirit of adventure, an awareness of the spiritual, of the heritage and rich Christian tradition of mission which underpins the College, nevertheless it is a special day in the life of the school community.
The Student Council and the Year captains in consultation with school management and the Parents’ council seek to mark the occasion annually by engaging the student population in a diverse and challenging programme. The occasion is of course marked by the celebration of Mass in the college chapel and the annual running of the Brain of Brendan’s Quiz (won by Darren Stack in 2013)
By way of example –in 2011 the College marked its’ 150th anniversary. 200 students climbed Mount Brandon where college chaplain Fr Begley celebrated Mass. In the afternoon we were honoured with a visit by President McAleese.
In 2012, the Student Council ran a comprehensive activities day on campus- with the Year captains in full leadership mode! (the principal was assigned a car park supervision duty) The event was a wonderful example of student initiative and organisational ability.
In 2013 we returned to pilgrimage mode- with the 1st years visiting Inisfallen monastery, the 2nd and 5th years through the Gap of Dunloe and the three lakes (a white knuckle, white water event!) while the 3rd years attended the High Ropes at Aghadoe while the sixth years battled it out on the playing pitches nearer home. A group drawn from across the college also travelled to the Lion King in Dublin
And so to 2014….the challenge for the organisers is to marry the spiritual, physical, intellectual in a new and unique manner for the year ahead