Report from Peru

Postcards from Peru with Love…

It has been less than a week and already we can feel the significance of this once in a lifetime summer volunteer trip. In the months, weeks and days leading up to this, in our minds we were preparing. We had all the gear, all plans were in place; we believed we were ready for what was to come. How wrong we were! We now know that no measure of mental preparation or rechecked packing list could possibly be enough. Nothing could have possibly softened the wave of emotions that we felt on that crucial first bus ride towards and through Villa El Salvador. The poverty and destitution that we witnessed was a vision that will never truly leave us. At the beginning it was daunting to even think about leaving the Guadix Centre and venture out into the desolate and dog-infested streets. We were content to watch from afar. However, the tide has most definitely turned. We have been welcomed with open arms by the people of Villa El Salvador and have seen first-hand their strength of character and community. We are looking forward to delving further into this raw but undoubtedly good-natured city and we can only hope that any one of our actions makes even the smallest difference.

Aoife, Emily, Emma, Holly, Kate, Jane, Sarah.

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Pre-season Training Camp

As part of the coaching programme on offer for Basketball and Hockey in the school, the coaches will be running a pre-season training camp. This will run on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of August.

The cost of the pre-season training camp will be €5 per sport per day, payable on the day.


Basketball Timetable Thursday & Friday Hockey Timetable Thursday & Friday
9am – 11am – 1st Years

11am – 1pm – U16 & U19 Teams

1pm – 3pm – 2nd Years

9am – 11am – Minor Teams

11am – 1pm – 1st Years

1pm – 3pm – Junior Teams

3pm – 5pm – Senior Teams


We encourage all 1st years to go to both sports, even if they have never played them before. It is another excellent way for all the students to get to know each other before school starts.

In addition to this, the Senior Hockey teams will have an extra pre-season session on Wednesday 23rd August from 10am – 2pm.

Please note that on Thursday 24th August Impact Gumshields will be at the camp between 1-3pm to measure students for custom gumshields. Custom gumshields are the schools preferred choice for both Basketball and Hockey. If you wish to avail of this, please visit this link and make an appointment:, alternatively contact James on 1890 876 848.


Retirement of Rosaleen Doherty


Retirement of Rosaleen Doherty,

Principal of the Teresian Junior and Pre-School

As this school year draws to a close we are saying goodbye to Rosaleen Doherty who retires as Principal of the Teresian Junior and Pre-School, – a post she has held for longer than almost anyone can remember.  However we are glad to report that Rosaleen will continue her influence in the School as Manager for the foreseeable future.

Rosaleen, a member of the Teresian Association, has devoted almost the whole of her professional life to the Teresian School, beginning on the very first day when the school opened in 1965!  After first teaching at secondary level Rosaleen qualified as a primary teacher, teaching in both Carlow and the inner city before returning to the Teresian School as Principal of the Junior School.   It has since enjoyed Rosaleen’s extraordinary dedication and passion for education over a great many years.

In the educational ideals of St Pedro Poveda, which seeks to blend faith with knowledge in the minds and hearts of young people, Rosaleen found an inspiration that matched her own passion for education.  Put simply, Jesus was the inspiration and love of her life, the source of the extraordinary energy and dedication which filled her days.

Rosaleen’s untiring love of the children was seen in how she related to and befriended each one of them, along with their parents.  She took a personal interest in each one that did not stop after Class 6 but continued through secondary cycle and later life.  Especially in weekly assemblies Rosaleen led both pupils and teachers into deeper understanding of the Christian life and Povedan educational ideals.

Rosaleen has been an inspiring leader of staff and pupils, both loving and demanding, gifted in relating and with a particular, rare wisdom born of her perceptive grasp of reality.  Her capacity for work, which extended far beyond a full pre-school day into an endless variety of evening meetings and events, was an iceberg whose tip alone was visible.

The Teresian School owes Rosaleen an enormous debt of gratitude that can never be fully expressed.  As Principal she will be greatly missed.  However we take consolation in the fact that she will continue to contribute to the school as Manager in the coming years.

Thank you, Rosaleen, from the bottom of our hearts!



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