Monday 30 November 2015

Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach

Published 10/06/2014 | 05:24

Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach


It has been a very busy last week for the Transition year group in Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach. The students took to the streets of Carlow to help out with the Irish Heart Foundations Happy Heart days. Students also completed a Road Safety course run by John McDarby, Carlow local Authority and the Gardaí, for all TY students in Carlow.

The students spent a most enjoyable day flying through the air on zip wires in "Zip it", in Tibradden, Co. Dublin. There was also a first aid course and the students achieved a basic cert in first aid. They also had a picnic and visited th Carlow Museum where they saw an array of photos and memorabilia of days gone by in Carlow. As part of the Gaisce award, students went on a walk from the school up to Oak Park forest park and back.

On their final day the group traveled to the Freedom surf School in Tramore where they undertook team challenges and learnt how to surf. TY students entered the African Film festival with a 5 minute video on Africa. They came second in the competition and took home a 42 inch TV.

With the help of Máistir Ó Briain, a TY book was put together with a photographic reflection of the full TY year Transition years had their Oíche Gradam on Monday night, where they looked back over this most enjoyable and successful year, and were awarded many certificates which they earned over the year.

Many thanks to all the teachers who have organised all the TY activities during the year and to TY Co-ordinator, Iníon Ní Bhriain.


Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach held their awards night in the school on Tuesday night, where the students many achievements were recognised and awarded. There were awards for many sporting achievements, including football, golf, hurling, cricket, boxing, rowing, rugby, squash, athletics and horse riding.

There were also awards for achievements in Maths, science, art and Charity work. Past students were also welcomed back to celebrate their excellent results and scholarships which were awarded.


The two second year teams from GCC came joint third in the Carlow credit Union Schools Quiz recently. The quiz was held in the Seven Oaks Hotel, with teams from six carlow Schools taking part.


First Year students finished the year with a school tour to Kippure Estate in Wicklow. A great day was had by all, with lots of climbing activities, orienteering, and survival skills. The second year students traveled to Shielbaggen in Wexford for water activities and team building exercises. A great time was had by all.


NUIM offer a highly sought after Computational Thinking Degree Course which is limited to 12 places. This year they ran a nationwide competition for all prospective students. The competition challenged both the candidates Mathematical and Computer Programming prowess.

Dennis Ó Callanán, a sixth year student in GCC was the overall winner, receiving high praise for his work. Microsoft, Apple etc would be well served to look out for Dennis in the years to come.

Presentation College, Carlow


The Presentation College Choir were recently invited to perform in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre as part of the African Film Festival. Their programme included the 'Gahu Songs' from Ghana and 'Siyahamba', a popular South African hymn. The Senior Choir also performed the beautiful 'Bring Him Home' from Les Miserables, featuring soloist Conor Heffernan.

The choir will be performing at the Junior and Senior Award Ceremonies in Presentation College, Carlow this month. They also hope to take part in an exciting Gospel Music Concert on the Courthouse steps on Sunday 8th June as part of Carlow Arts Festival 2014.


Well done to the teams from Presentation College Carlow who took part in the recent Credit Union Secondary Schools Quiz. Four teams from First Year and Second Year competed with teams from five other Carlow secondary schools. The First Year A team of Jordan Hennessy, David Lalor, Tadhg Downey and Daniel Pender emerged as winners while the B team of Ben Dorgan, Beka Minnock, Roisin O'Connor and James Kelly put in a fine performance.

The Second Year teams of Luke Fleming, Finola Hayden, Jacqueline McGuill, Jack Holmes, Rose Walsh, Idris Jimoh, Caitlin Buggy and Paraic O'Connor also competed well.


Five students from Presentation College Carlow have been awarded the Music Generation Carlow scholarship schemes. These students were successful in their auditions and interviews and were competing with a large number of young people throughout Carlow town and county for the scholarships.

Martha Dolan (Third Year), John Harding (Transition Year) and Callum Browne (Fifth Year) have been selected to be part of the Young Composers Club. This club will meet once monthly and will work with the renowned composer Linda Buckley in composing a number of pieces for performance by the Outstanding Young Musicians Club.

Colm Broderick (Second Year) and Steven Grant (Transition Year) have been awarded the Outstanding Young Musicians Club. Colm is an exceptional uilleann piper, already having won many awards at a young age. Steven is a very talented pianist and they are both looking forward to developing their skills through this scheme. They will have the opportunity to work in master classes with visiting expert musicians.


Irish Aid invited Presentation College Carlow to attend 'Africa Day' in Farmleigh House, Dublin on Sunday 25th May. This annual celebration marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

Seven Transition Year students from our Zambia Committee (Leah Coffey, Lee Campbell, Laura Murphy, Mariola Neumann, Pauric Dempsey, Katie Mooney and Marta Pela) displayed our 'Zambia Project' and enthuastically described our partnership with the Presentation Sisters' Mission in Kaoma, Zambia to all who visited our stall. They explained our 'Solidarity not charity' project, which aims to develop and sustain an equitable partnership with Kaoma Mission.

The students also enjoyed the rhythm of the African drums and Afrobeat music from the many African and Irish bands. They embraced the African culture and traditions displayed at the many stalls from Morocco, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa. They also sampled traditional African food and heard about the role of Irish Aid and NGOs, including GOAL, Concern and Trocaire. They also met with the Minister of State for Trade and Development, Mr. Joe Costello TD, who chatted to them about their Zambian partnership.

A wonderful day was had by all at the colourful 2014 Africa Day celebrations.

Carlow People

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