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In Pictures: New Meitheal team appointed and First Years begin at Laois secondary school

A Laois secondary school have appointed a new Meitheal team and welcomed a brand new batch of First Years in recent weeks.

Five classes of First Years have begun life in St Mary’s CBS in Portlaoise.

The Meitheal team is a wonderful support to First Years who are transitioning to secondary school.

It is composed of some of the CBS’ finest Sixth Year students: Jack Spillane, Niall Kirby, Ben Lalor, Michael Rigney, Daire McDonald, David O’Brien, Jason Alade, Thomas Conroy, Jordan Percy, Dara Phelan, Mark Kelly, DJ White and Eoin McCormack O’Brien.

These students applied and interviewed with Robert Nortan who is the Meitheal Coordinator of the Kildare Leighin diocese.

The 2020 and 2021 Meitheal crews are particularly impressive as they missed the serious fun that is normally a residential week of training in Castletown.

In August, the Meitheal team organised for all First Years to attend an induction day in which the students got a full tour of the building and all its facilities.

They also engaged in an afternoon of icebreaker gamers and activities, which allowed them to bond with their peers.

Many students have very fond memories of how well the Meitheal team looked after them when finding their feet in First Year.

They can usually be found in or around the First Year locker area, chatting and helping students settle in their new setting and they are currently planning a surprise treat.

Check out all of the pictures of the First Year groups below:


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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.