This is the 5th year of the the St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree at St. Als. The Giving Tree was launched on Friday 23rd November. Many of the students and staff attended the launch. Mrs. Anne McKernan and Mr. Dennis Kenneally represented St. Vincent de Paul.  The ceremony opened with a beautiful rendition of “Silent Night” with both English and German verses played on the cello,accompanied by the choir and Ms. A. O’Callaghan on keyboard. Our youngest student and Mr. Kenneally officially launched the tree by placing the last tag on the tree as the choir sang us out with “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” (introductory solo by Mrs. M. O’Donovan). It was a very thought provoking occasion for a very worthy cause.