Sports day!

Its sports day tomorrow so dont forget to wear your P.E gear into school so you can join in the fun games which will be held all over the school. Good luck to all those taking part in the activities tomorrow. We here at Topbutton would like to say thanks to all the P.E teachers who helped organise the day. We also want to wish all the participants in the talent show tomorrow the best of luck.

Hope everyone has a great day!


School Days Out!

On the 27th of March, a group of students from both 4th and 5th year went on a history trip up to Dublin, accompanied by Ms. O’Grady and Ms.Punch. Whilst being in Dublin we visited many historical places, all in relation to the 1916 rising. Amongst these places we visited was Collins Barracks, Arbour Hill Cementry which is the last resting place of 14 of the executed leaders of the insurrection of 1916, and many others.
This was a very interesting and educational trip as we learnt many interesting and shocking facts about the 1916 Rising and also that of the 1916 Ireland. And all in all I think that I can say for many that it was a very worthwhile and enjoyable trip.

On the 26th of March, the transition year students were invited to the viewing of a new movie in Storm cinemas…but the catch was that it was in French. This outing was organised by the TY coordinater Mr. McKenna. We departed the school early in the morning and we returned just after lunch, which we had the enjoyment of eating at McDonalds. The movie was roughly two hours long and the main characters were that of a horse, an indian and a cowboy. The movie was very enjoyable and entertaining. And although we couldn’t make out some of the words, luckally for us the movie had subtitles!

Fifth Year Column- Seachtain Na Gaeilge

Here is TopButton first installment of the fifth year blog. We welcome Lydia Foley and Sophie Hogan to our team. This week Lydia tells us about last week!

Seachtaine na Gaeilge got a warm welcome in Laurel Hill last week. The Irish teachers were busy organizing enjoyable activities for their students. It was a sentimental ceili for us 5th years on Tuesday as it was the last “dance off”! Next year we will have over heads in the books and unfortunately won’t get to take part. It was clear from the newly decorated Laurel Hill Gaeltacht area that the Irish Language is alive in the school.
This week all 5th years get to experience a performance of Macbeth in Co.Cork. As it is on our Leaving Certificate course it will be invaluable to all of us. It has gotten brilliant reviews in the papers. Hopefully we can get a few hours to experience the excellent shopping in the city although this is difficult to organize as we learned the hard way when we visited Dublin! We are all looking forward to the trip out that come so rarely now that we are preparing for the Leaving Certificate.

4th and 5th year power challenge

Well done to all the 5 th and 4 th years who took part in the Elverys power challenge last Monday and Tuesday jn the gym.
Every one really enjoyed the interactive talk and were still stiff from the work out- we were definitely put through our paces there- many thanks to the colaiste for giving up the gym use.
We are currently winning the power challenge. This is a competition involving all the schools which take part in the power challenge of in skipping, squatting and sit ups . This involved us taking part in the listed exercises for one minute to see how many you could get. Well done to all involved. Listen out on top button for further results.

Work Experience

Our lucky transition year students indulge into their second week of work experience! Some of the students will continue in there current work places but for many changing, it’s an opportunity to try a different aspect of work. We hope that our students are enjoying this experience and we’ll see them again after mid-term break !


Fourth years have been given the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro this August. Training from the end of Februaury until May is required. The climb will last for approximately 8 days. 10 will be chosen from Laurel Hill to go to Africa with 120 other students from around Ireland to climb the mountain. Fourth years will be raising money for the children in Chernobyl by climbing this mountain and they will also be attempting to achieve a Guinness World Record. We wish them the best of luck!

Laurel Hill Vs. Askeaton

On Friday 20th the Laurel Hill senior basketball team took on Askeaton at the University of Limerick. It was a tense match as Laurel Hill wanted to be guaranteed a place in the semi-final of the school league. Fortunately this was achieved by the team performing fantastically on the day which resulted in another win. We’re very proud of our team! Congratulations to the girls and thank you to Alison and Mrs. Enright for their preparation with the team and organising the day. Also wishing the cadet team the best of luck with their match on Monday!