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The annual Sports Day is for many the highlight of the year. There is always an abundance of energy, colour, noise and excitement amongst the pupils and the staff. This year, to reduce the scale of the events, we held two afternoons of sporting activities with the usual range of track and field events, alongside some less traditional fare. The pupils were first split between the senior and junior school and then divided into four teams: red, green, blue and white. Pupils competed for individual honours but also to accumulate points for their teams. Both afternoons were extremely successful and at times it seemed liked normality had returned. Rev. Owen was once again our photographer on call and he has a superb gallery of photos showcasing the fun and colour on display.

Just to highlight two events: the second annual mountain run was won by Harriet Berckenhagen (38:19) and Cristoph Salm-Reifferscheidt (32:41), both winning in record-breaking times, while the victors of our traditional Form VI ‘Cloister Dash’ were Tim Otway-Norwood and Aiyuni O’Grady.

A huge thank you to Mr Havenga and Mr Canning for their organisation of the “sports days”, to the pupil captains for coordinating their teams and to the staff for running each event. Thanks to the Warden, Mr Gibbs and Mr Coldrick for assisting with the mountain run. A big thanks also to Mr Canning for coordinating the sports programme within the school, ably assisted by the various heads of each sport. It was heartening that the College could provide a full, meaningful and active sports programme in the final term; of course, thanks to all teaching and coaching staff for running these sessions. Pupils made fantastic use of our sports facilities engaging in golf, tennis, football, athletics, and cricket six afternoons a week and indeed outside the formal sessions too.

Finally, congratulations to Tom Larke who has been selected for the Leinster Rugby Youth Squad summer training programme and to Bruno Marti Jimenez who won the revived pupil Golf Singles Matchplay competition.