Facepainting for mental health week

Prefect Bernard painting faces on sports day held recently in St Fergal's College, Rathdowney.
St Fergal’s Rathdowney took advantage of the sunny September start this year, and held their sports day on September 11.

St Fergal’s Rathdowney took advantage of the sunny September start this year, and held their sports day on September 11.

One of the most successful events on the day was the facepainting offered by prefects which raised €100.

The money will go towards events for their upcoming mental health awareness week.

The sports day was organised by the Transition Year students and the Sports Department.

A wide range of activities were on offer which included 100m sprint, high jump and the long puck. With plenty of fun events also on offer such as 3 legged races, wheelbarrow race and water sponge games. The popular annual teacher vs student event, in the shape of the tug of war was the high light for many.

“It was wonderful to see students enjoying the weather and making use of the great facilities at St Fergal’s.,” said principal Aine O’Neill.

In what has become a traditional ‘bonding’ day to help them settle in, the first year students headed off with their mentors, the senior prefects, to enjoy a day out recently at Roll ‘n’ Bowl in Portlaoise.

While earlier last month, ten students received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from Bishop Freeman in the Pope John Paul II awards in Ladywell, Durrow, warm congratulations to them.