Saturday 21 April 2018

Colaiste Chill Mhantain

Coláiste Chill Mhantáin


Congratulations and well done to Safiq Murray (Second Year) and Kayleigh Clare Malone (First Year) who have both progressed to the final of the John West National Fantasy Writing Competition. Safiq and Kayleigh Clare were selected from one hundred and seventy First and Second Year students who entered the competition this year. This is a prestigious writing event open to all schools nationally.

This year over ten thousand entries were received from across the country and both Safiq and Kayleigh have made it into the final twenty entries. We are delighted to have two representatives in the final twenty. The finals will take place at a special awards ceremony to be held in Dublin's Mansion House in May.


Well done to our First Year girls' soccer team who were victorious over St. Killian's, Bray on Monday February 10th. This was a great match with two evenly matched teams. St Killian's scored first after twenty minutes, despite Coláiste Chill Mhantáin possession. This was disappointing but the girls didn't let this upset their run of play and went on to score the equaliser before half time with a fine shot by Luchia Mills-Lyons. Tess Haskins scored the second goal ten minutes into the second half. The girls held on and enjoyed a well-deserved win.


On Thursday 27th February the parents of Third Years & Transition Year students are invited to attend an information evening in the school. This night will provide information on subjects and courses available to students next year.

This event will be further supported by a subject information morning in school on 28th February for current TY students and their parents. During this event students and teachers will make presentations on the senior cycle subjects on offer in our school. The focus of these presentations will revolve around topics to be studied, assessment and coursework. These events complement each other and we would encourage all parents to attend both sessions.


Our Leaving Certificate Applied 1 students –Kim Brady, Josephine Clarke, Christina hickey, Katie Connolly and Chloe O'Connor – helped organize and co-run a sensory activity day for the students of St Catherine's school. This was a follow up to their fundraising efforts for the association (€335).

During the day, students were brought to the PE hall in the school and were brought to different stations where there was activities based on taste, touch, visual, sound etc. Our students interacted so positively with the staff and students, they rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in from the start and are to be highly commended for their effort and positive attitude during the day.

We would like to thank all staff and students in St Catherine's school for their support and encouragement all day. This is a link the students hope to keep going into the future.


When we return form midterm all Second Year students will be participating in a study skills seminar. This will provide them with skills and approaches to revision, note taking and exam preparation.


As we look forward to next year all First Years commencing in our school are required to have an iPad to further enhance engagement with their learning. This is an exciting development and one that has been fully supported by KWETB. This support has culminated in all the teachers in our school having an iPad which they will receive training on over the coming weeks.

Many thanks to Coláiste Bhríde, who recently hosted an information session in their school which focused on their experience of how teaching and learning has been transformed through engagement with digital media. It was most impressive to see the work the students and teachers have been involved with through this initiative and to hear from the students on how it has engaged them further with their studies.


Coláiste Chill Mhantáin's Diversity Committee met Monday last to further advance the planning for "One School Many Cultures" day which takes place on Friday March 21st. All parents of different nationalities/cultures and all First Year parents will be invited to attend a coffee morning starting. A group of our Transition Year students will then present an outline of the programme to all who attend.

Afterwards parents will be afforded the opportunity to make recommendations or suggestions as to how we can further promote inclusiveness in our school community. Following this all First Year students will take part in a table quiz which will be jointly organised and run by the committee, our Students Council and Senior Mentor team.


On Tuesday February 12th a basic course in First Aid began for parents and will run for four weeks. The course begins at 10.30am and finishes at 12.30pm. It is being facilitated by Mr. Des Kelly and is funded by KWETB Community Education.

Coláiste Chraobh Abhann


Tickets are on sale for this year's CCA musical, 'Grease', which will be performed in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th March. Students and staff are looking forward to a great show and the excitement is already building. Tickets are available from the Mermaid box office, on (01) 2723140, at and through the school. We look forward to seeing everyone there!


Last week, we celebrated Healthy Eating Week in the school. There was a variety of events organised in the school to highlight the importance of healthy eating. Breakfast club took place every morning and there was a sugar content display in the assembly area, which showed the amount of sugar present in everyday foods. A student council representative spoke at each of the assemblies during the week and a food facts competition also took place. Many thanks to the Home Economics department for organising the week.


Many thanks to the parents, guardians and students who attended last week's parent-teacher-student meeting. Transition Year is an important year in the overall development of each student, and allows our students to explore new subjects, and work individually and as part of different teams on projects and competitions. We look forward to Exhibition Night at the end of the school year when students showcase their year's work.


This week, parents and guardians of our Third and Transition Year students will have the opportunity to be informed about the senior cycle options available to their children, at our Senior Cycle Options Information night, on Thursday 27th February.

The evening will comprise of presentations about the traditional Leaving Certificate, the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and the Leaving Certificate Applied programme, as well as information about the expected outcomes and career and further study options of each of the programmes.

Students in Third year and TY are currently examining their subject options for senior cycle, and will be given information and listen to presentations from senior students about different subject areas, before making their final choices.


Best wishes to the fifth year Leaving Certificate Applied class who will be going on work experience on Monday 24th February.

Loreto Secondary School


The Goethe Institut (the official German Cultural Institute) introduced the exams 'Fit in Deutsch' 1 and 2 in May 2009 and for the last three years students from our school have been taking these exams and passing them with flying colours. These exams are specially designed for young learners of German at secondary school level and carry an internationally recognized certification.

Passing the exams proves that learners can make themselves understood in simple German. Their examinations correspond to level one and level two (A1 and A2) on the six level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

This year five Transition Year Students will take the 'Fit in Deutsch 2' exam at the Goethe Institut Dublin on Saturday 15 th February. This has involved a lot of extra classes, hard work and commitment and we wish the girls 'Alles Gute' for their exams.

St. Kilian's Community School


St. Kilian's Community School 4 v Ramsgrange C.S., New Ross 0: St. Kilian's were crowned champions of the U-19 Wicklow Wexford Senior League Division Two on Thursday 30th January 2014 in Arklow. St. Kilian's had already beaten this opposition in the league stages and was confident heading into the final.

There is a fantastic panel of players available at this age group and the toughest decision for management was picking the 16 to tog out on the day. Thankfully the result went the way of St. Kilian's and all panel members are back competing for places in the 16 as the team progresses into the Leinster stages of the competition.

The game was tight at the start but St. Kilian's dominated possession and it was only a matter of time before the opener came. Stephen Downey and Adam Kelly started very brightly down the right and Ramsgrange could not cope with the pace of the Kilian's play.

The first goal came from the right and an excellent delivery from Stephen Downey was met in the air by Sam Mulligan and the captain directed the ball into the net. Kilian's continued to create chances in the first half and were unlucky with a few attempts. Some great football deserved a few more goals. Stephen Harris played some lovely through balls and Jamie Fitzpatrick and Ross Doyle threatened throughout.

The quality of set piece delivery from Ross was also of the highest standard. Jordan Ebbs led the defence again despite injury and Adam Casserly, Michael Doyle and Barry O'Brien were rock solid. The second half started 1-0 and Ramsgrange were unlucky not to get an equaliser in the early stages of the second half.

The strength of the St. Kilian's team this year is the quality of the panel and this was never more evident than in this second half. All substitutes contributed to the victory and none more so than Michael O'Brien who set up three goals of his introduction on the right. He sent in a beautiful cross for Adam Kelly to knock down to Sam Mulligan to finish and Captain Sam completed his hat trick from another Michael O'Brien cross.

The final goal came again from great work by Michael and his pass was finished to the net by another substitute Ian Mahoney who had replaced the hat trick hero. Alex Byrne slotted into the middle of midfield and Michael Doyle dropped back to centre half to hold out any late pressure. Birthday Boy Jamie McGrane replaced the excellent Stephen Downey at right back and showed his quality. PJ Conroy replaced Keith Kelly who maintained his impressive stats with a clean sheet.

Mr Donohoe and Mr Duggan would like to congratulate this group of players on the success they have had throughout their years in St. Kilian's and they have represented the school with great distinction and made many finals. A lot of this group had experienced success last year at U-17 level but it is the first time in a long time the school has brought a senior title home. The very best of luck in the Leinster competition and this panel definitely has the quality to go very far.

Many thanks again to Dylan Donnelly for his expertise in the Assistant Manager role and to Luke Weir for helping with First Aid and to our lucky bus driver Jamie. Special thanks to all the supporters who travelled and shouted the team to victory. There was a great turn out of students, teachers and parents. It was great to have both Principal Mr Murphy and Deputy Principal Ms Bools in attendance.

Team: Keith Kelly, Stephen Downey, Barry O'Brien, Jordan Ebbs, Adam Casserly, Michael Doyle, Adam Kelly, Ross Doyle, Sam Mulligan, Stephen Harris, Jamie Fitzpatrick. Subs used: Michael O'Brien, Alex Byrne, Jamie McGrane, P.J. Conroy, Ian Mahoney. Subs not used: Nathan Monahan, Joseph McLaughlin, Luke Walsh, Stephen Keeley, Dan Byrne, Ben Browne Roche, James Kehoe and Lee Ward.


On Friday last 22 budding cooks from 5th year made a trip to the Baking Academy of Ireland in Lucan. Derek O Brien, a master baker, welcomed us on our arrival.

He then began an excellent demonstration on bread making, explaining the best techniques and ingredients to use to ensure success.

We took our places at our units and began the process for ourselves. It was at first messy and a little sticky but eventually everyone had beautifully kneaded dough shaped in a plait ready to bake. While the dough was rising, we had a demonstration on decorating cupcakes.

We all got creative and decorated six individual cakes each. These were carefully boxed for the trip home. All the while the smell of baking bread wafted around us. Each loaf of bread was delicious and looked so professional. We boarded the bus for home delighted with our new skills and treats.

No doubt the freshly made bread and delicious cupcakes made everyone very popular at home. Hopefully the sales of baking ingredients soared over the weekend as students and adults alike practised their new baking skills.

A sincere thank you to Derek, Mary and Kate in the Baking Academy for making us so welcome and making the day a huge success. A big thank you to Ms Moran and Mrs Dodd for organising the trip.

Bray People