Coláiste Chill Mhantáin
As part of an initiative by Wicklow Arts Office and Mermaid Arts Centre Bray, our Fifth and Sixth Year Art students were invited to have a guided tour of the gallery and theatre at the Mermaid Arts Centre, last Friday. Students met Irish artist Ms. Roisín Coyle who is currently exhibiting in the gallery.
Ms. Coyle gave a very interesting talk about her work in general and her current exhibition 'The Otherbray'. This exhibition looks at Irish folklore and focuses on storytelling and shadow puppetry. This gallery tour is part of a wider initiative to bring contemporary art into second level schools.
Coláiste Chill Mhantáin has been chosen as a pilot school for this new project which also includes three Irish contemporary visual artists who will work with our Fifth and Sixth Year Art students. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage with a practising artist and learn skills which will aid them in their Leaving Certificate Craft examination. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Coyle for taking the time to describe her work and share her knowledge and experience with our students.
MOCK ORAL EXAMINATIONS
Irish mock oral examinations took place for our Sixth Year students over the past week. This is a very worthwhile exercise as the oral Irish examination forms forty per cent of the final Irish examination result at Leaving Certificate. Students gained great insight into the format of the examination and no doubt picked up useful tips in the process.
Representatives from the Leinster Rugby visited the school on Wednesday November 27th with the Heineken Cup. All First Year students had an opportunity to win tickets to the upcoming match and Leinster rugby flags. Students also got to ask questions about rugby as well as having their photo taken with the cup. This was a memorable experience for all particularly the staunch Leinster rugby supporters. We would like to thank Mr. Shane McDonald and Mr. McGinley for affording our students this opportunity and for their continued support and promotion of this sport in our school.
YOUNG CHEF COMPETITION
On Monday November 25th Coláiste Chill Mhantáin hosted the Wicklow Final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2013/14. Laura Byrne, a Second Year student, represented our school. Laura's level of skill and preparation were to the highest standard. Although Laura does not progress to the next round of the competition she was a great ambassador for our school and did herself and all of us proud.
The judges were truly impressed by the culinary delights produced by each contestant. Laura made a a King prawn braised in black peper and lemon zest butter served on homemade country brown bread for starter, followed by panfried cod fillet served with wild rice and seasonal vegetables. For dessert Laura served poached pears in spiced red wine sauce. The whole meal cost less than €15. Well done to all the contestants involved in the competition.
Finally we would like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you to Wicklow Rotary Club for organising this event each year which allows students to both display and develop their culinary skills.
Coláiste Chraobh Abhann
COLLEGE ENTRY STATISTICS
Coláiste Chraobh Abhann was placed 4th in Irish Times 'league tables' for college entry statistics with a figure of 85% of students progressing to 3rd level. At a recent Board meeting, the Principal, Mr. Eivers, congratulated students from the 2013 Leaving Certificate class on their tremendous success and wished them well in their future careers in college. The Principal also thanked staff for their hard work with students and, in particular, for their work as individual mentors to students as part of the school's Mentoring Programme.
Best wishes to Maciej Goszczycki, who will be representing the school in the Technology section of the upcoming Young Scientist's Exhibition in the RDS in January. His project is on Computer Programming. He has developed an interactive first person shooter game where a user must write specific pieces of code to enable his/her character to perform actions.
The overall aim of the project is to teach programming to young people by introducing simple code to the player in a fun and interactive way. There are loads of statistics about programming, with almost 5,000 jobs a year being left unfilled in Ireland due to the lack of people who can program or write code.
Well done to Troy Scully who came 1st in the Under 13 Boys 1500m race at a recent event in St. Gerard's Bray. Well done also to Molly Hayes who came 7th in the Under 14 Girls 1500m, and to Eoghan Marah who came 6th in the Senior Boys 1500m.
Well done to Cormac Gilnagh who has been chosen to take part in an Anti-Bullying subgroup as part of the Irish Red Cross. They have developed a campaign with the aim to stop bullying. The national launch of this campaign took place in the Mansion House in Dublin last Saturday. This is a great achievement for Cormac as hundreds of people applied to be a part of this group, with only seven being chosen for the final group.
2ND YEAR PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT
Our parent-teacher-student meeting for Second year students takes place tomorrow, 5th December, at 4.15pm. We look forward to meeting the parents and guardians of our Second year students, to discuss their academic and personal progress at school. The parent-teacher-student format allows for the student to take an active part in discussions about their studies and progress at school, and allows them to take personal responsibility for their actions and to plan their progress together with their parents and teachers.
U17 GIRLS SOCCER
The Under 17 Girls Soccer team began their competitive season last week against East Glendalough. The girls were unfortunately beaten by a stronger team on the day. The panel was made up of Aisling McDonald, Anneliese Dunne, Becky Johnston, Clodagh Bradshaw, Eleanor Kenna, Grainne O Donoghue, Jade Byrne, Jessie Kenny, Jodie Byrne, Leanne Carlin Hannon, Lydia Sinnott Elliott, Nikita Sannakki, Olivia Meakin, Simone Meakin and Rachel Grimes. Aisling Mcdonald and Lydia Sinnott Elliott each scored a goal on the day.
Congratulations to the U15 Kilcoole Camogie team who recently won their semi-final against St. Kevins on a scoreline of 2-6 to 0-0.
SIXTH YEAR GEOGRAPHY
On Thursday the 28th of November the 6th Year Geography students made their way over the Sally Gap to Kippure Estate to complete their River Study for their Geography field Investigation. It was a chilly day but thankfully the rain stayed away. All in all it was a really enjoyable day with all students taking part in many river activities. The 6th year students will now complete their investigation booklets describing and evaluating their findings. Many thanks to Ms.Smith, Ms.Hennessy and Ms.Egan who accompanied the students on their trip.
UPCOMING CHRISTMAS EXAMS
Students will commence their Christmas exams on Monday, 16th December. The exams will finish on Friday, in advance of the annual Christmas carol service. We wish all our students the best of luck in these exams.
Loreto Secondary School
Congratulations to the members of the Junior Loreto Debating teams who participated in the Fun Inter-Loreto Debates on Thursday 28 November. Róisín Martin, Maeve O'Doherty, Ellen Reidy, Megan Foster, Hannah Salmon and Aoife Donohue represented our school with great poise, elegance and of course marvellous eloquence.
The girls participated in teams of two and Róisín and Hannah now go forward to the final of the competition. To everyone's great delight Róisín was also chosen as best speaker out of forty participants in the Competition on the day. We wish them the best of luck.
Our Senior French Debating team: Ewa Ostapczuk, Tara Brady, Rachel Dunwoody and Aisling Reidy were narrowly defeated by Loreto St.Stephen's Green in the second round of the Joutes Oratoires in the Alliance Française on Wednesday 27 November. Aisling Reidy was again awarded best speaker of the evening. Congratulations Aisling.
We believe everyone affected by disaster should have access to the basic equipment and shelter they need to survive and live in dignity. On Friday 29 November the students of Loreto were invited to participate in a non-uniform day to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The students were asked to wear something blue, white, yellow or red (the colours in the Philippine flag) and to bring in 2€ to raise funds to buy Shelter Boxes. Each box will provide a family with the emergency shelter and vital equipment needed to survive the aftermath of this Typhoon. To date the students have collected over €1,610. Well done girls.
St. Gerard's School
CLIMATE CHANGE QUIZ
Keith Molloy, Conor Wilson, Lorcan Lawlor, Kyle Jordan and Aghogho Atiyotaall took part in this Green Schools Quiz last Wednesday week and finished a very commendable 5th of 30 schools competing.
TCD SENIOR SCIENCE QUIZ
Two teams competed in the Regional Final of the Senior Science Quiz in Trinity College last week. Team A - Leah Flannagan, Katie Wong and Aine McCabe finished in 5th and has qualified for the National Final in Trinity College. Team B - Sean McParland, Janice Lau and Amelia Powell finished in 17th place out of the 52 competing schools are were unlucky not to qualify.
CIMA BUSINESS STUDIES QUIZ
Our two 3rd Year teams competing in this event were Team A - Killian Beashel, Hilary Gallagher, Alannah Crowley and Gavin Dowd. Team B - Leonie Delaney, Dominic Corrigan, Alex Mooney and Max Freeney. The teams finished in 2nd and 3rd places respectively in the East Leinster CIMA Business Studies Quiz held at ITT Dublin. Both teams now progress to the All Ireland Finals in the spring.
SHOW JUMPING LEAGUE
Well done to our Show Jumping team of Isabelle Reboul-Geraghty (1st year), Blathnaid Boyd, (1st year), Shauna Callan (3rd year) and Milly O'Loughlin (1st Year) who competed at Killossery, Swords, Co Dublin. They finished 2nd in the Inter Schools Show Jumping Competition.
RATHDOWN MODEL UNITED NATIONS
Huge congratulations to the fifteen students who participated in the RADMUN Conference recently. We had delegations representing Syria, Australia and Mexico. Eight of the conference delegates received 'Distinguished Delegate Awards'. The Syrian Delegation received the 'Commended Delegation Award' and the Australian Delegation received the very much coveted 'Outstanding Delegation Award'.
Participation in all these events truly represents the spirit and ethos of student involvement and activity within our school community.
St. Kilian's Community School
BOYS SENIOR GAELIC FOOTBALL
St. Kilian's were very unlucky in defeat against Coláiste Ráithín in the Boys Senior Gaelic Football competition. The game took place in St. Kilian's on Thursday 14th November. The game finished 3-9 to 3-5 to Coláiste Raithín after a very competitive game played at a high standard. Best of luck to Coláiste Ráithín in the remainder of the competition and with those representing Bray Emmets in the County Minor Hurling Final.
Team: Keith Kelly (Captain), Joseph McLaughlin, Stephen Keeley, Michael Doyle, Jordan Maher, Jordan Ebbs, Barry O'Brien, Terry O'Toole (0-01), Adam Kelly, Jamie McGrane (1-00), James Cahill (0-02), Martin Molloy, Sam Mulligan (0-01), Stephen Harris (0-01), Nathan Monahan (2-00). Subs: Wayne Hinch for Jordan Maher, Paul McGrath for Joe McLaughlin, Jamie Fitzpatrick for Martin Molloy, Ross Doyle for Sam Mulligan, Adam McGrath, Luke Walsh, Adam Casserly, Michael O'Brien, Dylan Donnelly, Ian Mahoney.
The Sixth and Third Year students had a study skills seminar on Monday 18th November. The seminar was hosted by Mr. Michael Bond, an ex-school principal and All-Ireland Hurling winning coach with Offaly in 1998. The students were given an individual study scheme and offered guidance on useful study practices. Everybody found the seminar to be most helpful and informative. Thanks to Mr. Murphy for organising the seminar.
Well done to all students who worked hard for the mid-winter exams. The exams were a great opportunity for the students to consolidate their learning since September.
LCA WORK EXPERIENCE
Well done to all the LCA students who successfully completed a two-week work experience placement recently. LCA co-ordinator, Ms. Kells, visited all the students during their placements. She was very happy with the contribution the students had made in their various workplaces. Thanks to all the local businesses who facilitated our students with work placements.