Woodbrook College

          An Edmund Rice School

Life in Woodbrook College
2018-2019
Life in Woodbrook College
A glimpse into the life of a Woodbrook College Student
The Shadow Of A Gunman
A TY Production
The Shadow Of A Gunaman
A TY Production
Throughout the year our TYs studied two plays during their drama module and then chose one to put on for the school. They picked The Shadow of a Gunman over The Importance of Being Earnest and so the auditions began. The lads worked so hard over the coming months. They came in during work experience for extra rehearsal as well as catching up on work from other classes that they missed because of rehearsal. Between trying to learn lines, costume malfunctions, accents and lots of laughs they finally made it to the stage. Two fantastic performances made it all worth it. Our main characters Evan and Daniel did an unbelievable job as roommates Donal Davoren and Seamus Shields. The standard of acting was second to none and a lot of hard work was put in. The musical talent of Paul Megna as Tommy Owens made the audience erupt with laughter. Maguire played by DJ made a short but lasting appearance when he left a bag of bombs with Seamus. Daniel Soco our landlord brought the drama to Act 1 trying to get rent out of Seamus Shields. More comedy ensued with the unlikely friendship duo Leslin and Daragh as Mrs. Henderson and Mr. Gallagher as they attempted to befriend Davoren. Danben stole the show as Minnie Powell who was desperate for Davoren to be a gunman. A natural talent and always the professional. Our married couple Adolphus and Mrs. Grigson played by Adam Seong and Adam Bushe were definitely one of the highlights of the show. The Auxiliary made an impression at the end with appearances from Conor and Ethan who overturned the set. A big mention to Carlos and Thomas our understudies and to all of the TYs who helped out with the set. All of the pupils worked so hard during the last few months and really put everything into the play. It was a huge achievement and one that will be remembered. A true credit to Sean O’Casey.
Barcelona Tour
2019
Barcelona Tour
2019
Our TY students are invited to take part in a trip to a European country each year to build on the learning that has taken place and the friendship/community bonds that get stronger as the year goes on. This year our students chose Spain and the beautiful city of Barcelona to explore Roman ruins, local cuisine, science galleries, cycle the streets, an incredible gravity-defying theme park and to find themselves on a leg of a Camino as they hiked to Montserrat in the hills above the ancient city. The group had an amazing time and we hope the experience lives with them for many years to come.

Basketball

Senior Basketball (U19 Boys)

For the majority of the senior panel, this was their final year representing their school Woodbrook College. Unfortunately, the season did not pan out for them as most of us would have wished. The boys finished third in their East regional pool and got a chance at a play-off for the shield, but missed out due to a sound defeat to a very strong Le Chéile team. Many of these boys never managed to lift any silverware throughout their time playing here in Woodbrook College, but the culture of basketball and the improvement we are seeing in the younger years in this school is down to the influence of these young men. They have helped at first year training, they have engaged in mixed games with the younger years at both lunch and break time and they have provided much needed support at any game they could make it to. For this, we are indebted to these gents and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours.   

First Year Boys

For such a small number of players, the first year boys managed to accomplish some feats this year as they represented our school. For the majority of the season, the boys remained undefeated before eventually losing to St. Michaels. We managed to finish second in our Pool and Qualified for the All-Ireland Playoffs. After a ton of vigorously fought games, the boys managed to make it to the All-Irelands with the added bonus of getting to host one of the blitzes here in the school for the very first time. Teams came here from both Cork and Kerry to face our lads. Unfortunately, it was not our day as Tralee emerged the victors. The first year team and Mr. Messitt would like to thank Mr. Taylor, Harry, Carol and Liz for their helping with organizing such a well-run Blitz.

Second Year Boys

Managing both school work and extra-curricular can be quite a challenge, especially when you are training for a total of seven hours a week, competing in games on weekly basis and trying to stay on top of your classwork. Therefore, a lot of credit is due to the second year boys basketball team for managing to balance all of this throughout the year. The team trained and played to the best of their ability all year and represented the school superbly when travelling to and from games. The boys went undefeated all the way through the regular season, only to lose in the East Regional Finals by a narrow margin to Lucan CC. The final was a tight-knit game, which would probably have a different outcome if played again. As a result of coming second in the eastern region, the boys travelled to an All-Ireland Blitz in Newry, which the boys easily sailed through. The second years reached the All-Ireland Quarter-Final, where they lost by two points to a strong Bellmullet team. The final play of the game came down to our captain and MVP of the year, Patrick Bongala, to shoot a three-pointer (which we all felt confident he’d make), but unfortunately it was not meant to be as the ball bounced around the rim and dropped off to the side, thus ending our season for another year. The second year boys and Mr Messitt would like to thank our first year players Liam Mullins and Adithya Santhoshkumar for training with us and helping us out in crucial games.

Girls Basketball

The girls teams had a really enjoyable season as they trained four hours a week to build and develop skills which should see them compete strongly in next years divisions and cups. There were great performances throughout the year from emerging talents such as Abhirahmi Santoshkumar, Ruby Roche and Eve O’Brien at 1st Year level and Ella Maree at U16 level.

The girls are looking forward to a successful campaign where they are sure to dominate in the Wicklow Leagues.