John the Baptist Community School goes "Back to the 80's"
Tomi Reichental, Holocaust Survivor, visits the school
The campus of John the Baptist C.S.
School Awards Night 2012
Cast, crew and orchestra of "Poptastic!" T.Y. Musical 2013
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our school website. Whether you are a prospective parent or student or just interested in the breadth of activities and programmes (academic and otherwise) that make up our school, we hope that you will be able to find what you need here. There is a long tradition of education in Hospital dating back to the the 1890's and with our new state-of-the-art campus opened in 1999, we are proud to continue this tradition into the new millenium.
As well as information about the school, we have a number of resources for parents and students. These include a sample of the information sheets developed in the school to help parents e.g. tips for parent-teacher meetings. The students section includes a summary of our careers service as well as links to other useful online resources.
If you have any questions about the school or suggestions about how we can make this site better, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Jim Twohig Principal Mary Jones Deputy Principal
Link to the survey for Junior Certificate students on subject choices for Fifth Year. This is only for such students and will be removed after short period of time.
Congratulations to Keith Hanley, the newly crowned "Voice of Ireland" 2013. The local singer visited the school in the lead up the national final. Staff and students were treated to a series of songs by Keith, in addition to some performances from the school's own talented vocalists Erin O'Carroll and Cathal Finucane.
All our best wishes to Keith in his future career.
Students from John the Baptist Community School delved into the world of theatre in the run up to Easter this year, as part of their study for the Comparative section of the Leaving Certificate English exam.
A Fifth Year group attended “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, presented by the College Players Theatre Company in the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, on the 14th of March. Students and staff were treated to an excellent, innovative production (under the direction of Chiarda Tobin and Marie Boylan), that provoked much thought and discussion. “A Doll’s House” follows the tale of Nora Helmer and her struggle for freedom, independence and understanding in society and in her marriage to Torvald, her husband. Set in late nineteenth century Norway, it lost none of the power and shock value it would have garnered at the time. In addition, the class was delighted to have been addressed after the play by the lighting director of the production, Dr. Michael Finneran, of Mary Immaculate College, as to importance of the play and some of the production decisions taken.
Some 6th Years also got the opportunity to taste the atmosphere of real theatre, as they attended “Translations” by Brian Friel, presented by Forum Productions and directed by Adrian Dunbar in the Cork Opera House on Thursday, 21st March. Like their Fifth Year counterparts, students were intrigued and entertained by the lively telling of the story of Ballybeg, its inhabitants and the conflicts that arose from the British Army’s survey and translation of Irish place names into English. "Translations" was first performed at the Guildhall in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1980. It was the first production by the Field Day Theatre Company founded by Tony Award Winner Friel and Stephen Rea.Starring well known names from Irish television and stage, the performance was of a very high standard, and hugely beneficial for students for revision purposes.
Preparations are well underway for this year's Transition Year musical "Poptastic!" at John the Baptist C.S. The school is thrilled to be staging the premiere performance of the show in Ireland, as it has never been staged by any group in the country before this. The show follows Charlie Fosdyke, a young girl who dreams of making it as a big popstar. However, when she misses out on performing for the BBC talent show "Starmaker", she thinks her one chance of fame and fortune are lost forever. Yet, what she doesn't know is that help is around the corner, from the most unlikely of sources…
The production is certain to be an energetic, fun-filled affair, running in the school on the 22nd and 23rd of February. Tickets available from the school.
Some of the cast of "Poptastic!"