Saturday 25 November 2017

Blessington Community College

SUCCESS IN CONCERN DEBATE: On Thursday the 18th of October the Blessington Community College Debating team were delighted with success in their first ever Concern debate. The team was captained by Leia Judge and the other speakers were Lisa Kelly, Joy Murphy and Ellen Walsh.

The proposition, and hosts for the evening were Colaiste Iognaid Ris (CBS) Naas and the motion was 'The world has more to fear from President Romney than President Obama'. It proved to be a challenging but very interesting topic. The team worked extremely hard in the run up to the debate and the work paid off as they were succesful in overturning the motion. The chief adjudicator commended both teams for an excellent first debate and a very entertaining evening. Congratulations to the four speakers and many thanks to the other members of the debating team for their support.

The next debate will be held in Blessington Community College on Monday the 12th of November at 8pm. We will be proposing the motion that 'The people of the developed world are responsible for poverty in the developing world'. Our opposition will be from Colaiste Eanna CBS Ballyboden. Here's hoping for another wonderful debate and another victory for Blessington Community College! BLESSINGTON 2 IN ROW!

A tale of two cities was certainly the case for the senior soccer team from the college in recent weeks. First a visit to Dunlavin in game one of the round robin series of games saw Blessington the victors by a score of 2-0.

The game was played in extremely poor conditions but the spirit in which the game was played in was a credit to both teams. It was certainly a hard fought win and a great team effort on the day. An early own goal was added to from the penalty spot by Craig Derham early in the second half. Some resolute defending late on kept Dunlavin at bay and goalkeeper Stephen Kitt added to the team performance with some outstanding saves.

In the second game of the series the college faced up against Gaelcholaiste Chill Dara from Naas. The game was tight in the opening exchanges but some excellent play from striker Alex Lynch opened the scoring for the college and it didn't stop there. Eight more goals followed but the game ended and Blessington ran out comprehensive winners on a score line of 9-0, well done to all. OPEN EVENING A SUCCESS

Management, staff, prefects and students were glad to welcome the large numbers who turned out for the colleges open evening run on Thursday 25thOctober at 7:30pm. The evening began with a beautiful chorus from our newly formed choir managed by Miss Sinead Flemming; following an address from the principal Mr. Kinsella who summarised our core values and policies for the parents and prospective students.

One of the prefects Megan Nolan then talked about her experiences as a student within the school. Chairperson of the VEC Michael Lawlor and Chairperson of the Board of Management Jim Ruttle were also in attendance. The school prefects then took smaller groups of parents and students for a tour of the school, where teachers from different subjects were available in each room to answer any inquiries they may have. The night was a great success and finished late with staff and visitors feeling very positive from their experience. SENIOR GIRLS G.A.A.

The game began with Blessington winning the throw in. With Dunlavins strong back line our girls found it difficult to take their scores. With some great team play from both sides it was very tight. 5 minutes left and the scores were level but with great team effort from everyone we managed to take the win. Then the girls went on to play Dominican College in Wicklow Town.

Unfortunatley the match started very one sided with Dominican College winning the ball and taking their scores. Blessington were finding it difficult but with encouragement from the sideline throughout the match and at halftime the girls came out fighting. On a whole the girls played well and certainly showed determination by fighting to the end. The girls are now preparing to go on to play in the Senior blitz in a few weeks. Best of Luck! (Molly Cullen & Amy Nugent) TRANSITION YEAR ACTIVITIES

Our day started out with visiting the History museum on Tuesday October 23rdat 11:30am.When we got to the History Museum we were met by a tour guide and we got a tour of the Viking section of the Museum. We were told about how the vikings came to Ireland, we were told about the different boats they built, the different crafts they mastered and about how they lived in Ireland, after this we were allowed to have a look around the museum ourselves. We got to see the Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

We then headed to Trinity College where we were given a tour and demonstrations about Science. We were shown many really interesting things about the future , and how scientist are trying to make the future better for everyone. The Gallery was extremely interesting and everyone to enjoyed it. (Molly Cullen & Amy Nugent)

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