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The judges at the Coláiste Chill Mhantáin First Year Bake-Off: Genevieve Codd White, Head Girl, Isabella Vozza, who has previously represented the school in the All Island Healthy Home Chef National Cookery Competition, Caitlin Merrigan, Kenwood’s Young Baker of the Year 2020, and Ella McInerney, last year’s Bake-Off winner.

The judges at the Coláiste Chill Mhantáin First Year Bake-Off: Genevieve Codd White, Head Girl, Isabella Vozza, who has previously represented the school in the All Island Healthy Home Chef National Cookery Competition, Caitlin Merrigan, Kenwood’s Young Baker of the Year 2020, and Ella McInerney, last year’s Bake-Off winner.

Coláiste Chill Mhantáin athletes who competed in the East Leinster B Championships in Santry.

Coláiste Chill Mhantáin athletes who competed in the East Leinster B Championships in Santry.

First year boys from Coláiste Chill Mhantáin who beat St Peter's of Dunboyne to claim the Leinster Plate final.

First year boys from Coláiste Chill Mhantáin who beat St Peter's of Dunboyne to claim the Leinster Plate final.

Golfers from Coláiste Chill Mhantáin who took part in the inaugural Inter-Schools Golf Competition in Blainroe Golf Club.

Golfers from Coláiste Chill Mhantáin who took part in the inaugural Inter-Schools Golf Competition in Blainroe Golf Club.

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The judges at the Coláiste Chill Mhantáin First Year Bake-Off: Genevieve Codd White, Head Girl, Isabella Vozza, who has previously represented the school in the All Island Healthy Home Chef National Cookery Competition, Caitlin Merrigan, Kenwood’s Young Baker of the Year 2020, and Ella McInerney, last year’s Bake-Off winner.

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COLÁISTE CHILL MHANTÁIN

One Good School

One Good School is an initiative currently being rolled out in nine Wicklow schools by Jigsaw to ensure that young people in our community are both supported and aware of how to reach out for help with any mental health issues they may be facing.

One of the key aspects of this programme is the establishment of a OGS committee here in CCM made up of members from all sections of our school community, namely management, staff, students and parents.

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Last week as part of #wellbeing week both students and staff were introduced to the initiative through an informative PP presentation. In addition, all members of our community have been asked to fill out a short survey, the results of which will help our OGS committee to compile a needs-led action plan to be presented to Jigsaw before the end of the year.

We are looking forward to implementing Jigsaw-led webinars and workshops on mental health to students, staff and parents next year in a bid to become a One Good School in relation to the positive mental health of our youth.

Darkness Into Light

After an absence of two years, DIL 2022 took place at sunrise Saturday, May 7 without a hitch and even the weather behaved!

Well done and a huge thank you to all the teacher and student volunteers from CCM who gave so willingly of their time to this special community event.

We were delighted to see close to 1,000 people in a sea of yellow as they walked, talked, had a cup of tea and supported each other on their journey during #DIL2022.

First Year Bake Off

The home economics room was a hive of activity again on Friday, May 6, with the return of our annual First Year Bake Off.

Eleven teams prepared for battle under the watchful eye of our panel of expert judges: Genevieve Codd White, Head Girl, Isabella Vozza, who has previously represented the school in the All Island Healthy Home Chef National Cookery Competition, Caitlin Merrigan, Kenwood’s Young Baker of the Year 2020, and Ella McInerney, last year’s Bake-Off winner.

A number of our 5th year mentors assisted the First year students as they prepared, baked, decorated and served a bake of their choice under the theme of Memories.

Some lovely creative cakes were produced and the stories behind them were well received by the judges.

After much deliberation, our judges came to a decision–1st Place: Katelyn Byrne and Hannah Brabazon. 2nd Place: David Doyle and Francisc Lucace. 3rd Place: Kayla Anne Hill and Michaela Hunarova

Well done to all our winners and contestants and a massive thank you to the Mentors and judges for their assistance in running this event–it could not have happened without you!

Europe Day

Many thanks to the Transition Year students who shared their positive experience of participation in the TY E-Pass course at a meeting with Minister Simon Harris and Luxembourg ambassador, Ms Florence Ensch on Monday, May 9.

Minister Harris reminded the students that the EU was set up to foster positive relations between member states via the development of trade relationships. Ms Florence Ensch stayed to participate in a Q&A session with the students and was very impressed with the school and the students, reminding them that they are all ambassadors for their school and future EU relations. It was a lovely morning and a nice way to mark fifty years of the EU.

TY Rowing

Transition Year students were invited to Wicklow Rowing club to get a taster for skiff rowing on Tuesday, May 10. They started off with a short introduction to the history of the club and the safety aspects involved in rowing.

The group was divided into two, one group learned how to row in the harbour, the other group had a race on the rowing machines on the beach, and then they swapped roles. Lunch was supplied by the rowing club. After lunch, the teams raced head to head in a loop around the harbour. Everyone had a great day and some of the TYs are already making plans to join the club.

RNLI visit

Many thanks to local Wicklow RNLI representatives who visited CCM last Wednesday, 11 May, to present to the TY students. It was an engaging and interactive presentation, with students being shown some of the equipment that is used.

Two students took part in a race to see who could put the gear on the quickest. Many were surprised to learn that RNLI members volunteered their time and in addition, that once an alarm is raised members can dress and launch the boat within seven minutes. #WicklowRNLI

Junior Hurling Championship

On Monday, May 9, CCM had a good win over Coláiste Chraobh Abhann in the Wicklow Junior Hurling Championship on a score of 5-12 to 1-14. CCM’s forwards were more ruthless in front of goal, backed up by strong performances from the whole squad. Very impressive in the backs were Senan O’ Donovan and Joe Culleton.

Many of our younger players stood out including Jack Neville, Michael O’Brien, Miley Connors and Alfie Doyle. The team has been awarded the Leinster Junior C1 Shield after a walkover from Enniscorthy and will now look to play Avondale or Carnew in the Wicklow Championship.

First Year Soccer​

On Tuesday, May 10, the First year soccer team beat St Benildus 1-0 to reach the semi-final of Leinster.

The game was great with both teams playing exciting football in good spirit. CCM went 1-0 up after Jack Healy broke up play and ran with the ball before playing in Rocco Goodship who squared to Jack Gill to score.

The game could have gone either way throughout with both teams attacking with strength. However, despite serious pressure, CCM dug deep in the last ten minutes to hold out for the win.

Leinster First Year Plate Final

The First year boys from CCM recorded a fantastic win in Dunboyne on Friday, May 6, to claim the Leinster Plate final. St Peter’s of Dunboyne was the opposition and they had home advantage, but this did not deter the CCM boys from putting in a great team performance. The boys found the very wet conditions a challenge; the pitch surface was very greasy and when the ball was brought into contact it spilled and possession turned over.

CCM started slowly and was down four points to no score after ten minutes before CCM got their first score, a goal from the boot of Max Free. This was quickly followed up with points from Jack Healy and Jack Nolan. These scores settled CCM, and they went in at halftime down by one point on a scoreline of 2-4 to 2-5 and knowing they needed to make a lot better use of possession if they were to go ahead and win the game.

A good halftime team talk seemed to do the trick and, even playing against the breeze, CCM began to get on top in all areas of the field. Better decision-making on the ball and a much-improved work rate saw them take control of the game. This allowed for subs to be introduced and their effort contributed to the goal of winning the game. CCM won on a scoreline of 4-8 to 2-8.

Jack O’Leary, the captain for today’s game, accepted the trophy on behalf of the CCM team.

This team has trained consistently all year on a Tuesday evening after school and, with coaching from Mr O’Toole and Conor Daly, they have really jelled as a team. This was very easy to see in all games this year, as was the players’ infectious attitude and work rate.

Track & field championships

The East Leinster B Championships took place in Santry on Tuesday, May 10. There were some great displays of running, throwing and jumping, with some CCM students making their track and field debut!

Highlights of the day included Toby Keating finishing 2nd in the Junior Boys’ Shot Putt with a massive throw out past 9m. The Junior Boys’ Relay team of Oscar Dunne, Toby Keating, Jack O’Mahony and Keenan O’Shea won their heat and were unlucky to miss out on a medal, finishing 4th in the final. Also, Intermediate Raphael Balisi finished 6th in the senior 100m final to add to his crown of fastest over 30m in CCM during Active Week last week!

We wish First years, Liam Cawley and Daniel Mitchell, all the best next week as they compete in the Leinster Schools Finals in Santry having qualified in the 1100m and 800m respectively at the East Leinster A Championships.

CCM golf news

On a beautiful bright May 12 morning, golfers from CCM, EGS and Avondale took part in the inaugural Inter-Schools Golf Competition in Blainroe Golf Club.

Our team was made up of Samuel Downey, Conor Coffey, Eoin Lawlor, Toby Murphy, Jack Neville, Emmet Ronan, Liam Delaney, Noah Hughes, Kayleigh Doyle and Ailbhe Kelly. Prizes were spread evenly among the three schools, with Toby coming 2nd overall and Ailbhe finishing 1st among the girls but overall EGS won the school shield having the top three highest scores on the day.

This was a very enjoyable event for all students and great to see the three schools meeting up and sharing some time on the greens together. We are looking forward to the next event next year already.


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