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The Academy takes part in athletics competitions, coordinated by Mr. Drinan. The school is represented by runners in minor and senior age groups. Medals have been won in the 3000m intermediate, All-Ireland Schools track and field race. The school’s athletes have also qualified for the All-Ireland Schools cross country race as well as the South Munster Schools track and field championship.
We have an excellent junior and senior basketball team in the Patrician Academy. They are coached by Ms. Walsh and Ms. Harte. They regularly achieve excellently in the national championships and represent our school proudly. The U16 team made it to the League finals last year and emerged victorious to the delight of everyone in the school.
The Patrician Academy was represented with success last year at the BT Young Scientist as is the case every year. Last year our team tackled the issue of plastic waste in the environment. School branded metal bottles were introduced and given to students to replace disposable plastic bottles. This positive initiative was accompanied by a successful awareness scheme through social media and posters. The project reduced plastic waste by 70% and was awarded one of 25 highly commended awards at the BT Young Scientist. We were very proud of this initiative and hope more successful projects will follow
The Academy choir meets every Friday for choir practice under the guidance of Ms. Healy. They perform at events such as the annual Awards Ceremony, school masses, the school play and more. The choir always perform amazingly but are happy to take anyone under their wing, no matter their singing experience. They are the pride of the school community and always strive to improve their performances.
The Patrician Academy have great football teams. They are trained by Mr. O’Carroll and Mr. O’Brien. Last year, the senior team won the Simcox A County Final, the Munster Final and All-Ireland Final. The U14 team also won the football championship for their category.
The Patrician Academy has successful hurling teams coached by Mr. White, Mr. Heffernan, Mr. Drinan and Mr. Geaney. Last year, the senior team won the county final. The U15 team also reached the munster final and the U16 team reached the county final.
The Phil Soc. as it is affectionately known, meets every Thursday at lunch time in Ms. Madigan’s room. We are a diverse group ranging from the quiet, listening type of young man to the more vociferous. We are from all different backgrounds, beliefs, interests and abilities. We usually have a topic or motion to have thought about and are invited to give our opinion on it. The atmosphere is informal. It is a place where we can put a motion to the floor and get a variety of responses. For this reason, it helps us to widen our perspective and more often than not, provides a decent laugh.
The Patrician Academy has a great rugby team which is stronger than ever with its new coach Mr. Glynn. They haven’t had much success recently but they are hoping to change that this year.
Every year Transition Year students embark on a project to hold a school play. The play is a collaboration of the drama, music and art departments, spearheaded by Ms. Coffey, Ms. Healy and Ms. Glynn respectively. Students work tirelessly on the play every year and it is always a huge success and the highlight of the year. This year the play is “Back to the ‘80s” and is bound to be another roaring success.
The Patrician Academy has a great soccer team coached by Mr. Borthwick, Ms. O’Mahony and Mr. Stokes. They have a strong team and are hoping to have a huge success this year.
The Academy is presented by some great swimmers who are coordinated by Ms. Walsh. The school has competed in the Munster Senior Schools Competition in the junior, intermediate and senior categories. Several swimmers qualified from this competition to compete in the Schools Interpro Championships, representing Munster schools.
The Academy trad group meets every Wednesday for practice under the guidance of Ms. Healy. They perform at events such as the annual Awards Ceremony, school masses and anytime when there’s time for a little music. The Group plays at a professional level and even has All-Ireland winners among its ranks. The trad group is one of the biggest prides of the school and always exceed expectations.