Monday 22 January 2018

Avondale Community College

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE! - Avondale Community College would like to congratulate past pupils, Zoe Griffin and Benji Levai on their recent academic achievements.

Zoe Griffin, was awarded a scholarship through the UCD Alumni Fund Scholarship Awards Programme. Zoe is currently studying Veterinary Nursing UCD. Benji Levai has been selected for a Trinity Exhibition Award. Benji is studying Mathematical Physics in Trinity College, Dublin. Congratulations to both students!


Two projects from Avondale Community College have qualified for the South Leinster finals of the Junior Dragons' Den, organised by RTE and Bank of Ireland. The Ice Device, presented by Cillian Kavanagh and Dáire Flood and The Electronic Agricultural Slurry Meter presented by Mark Roche and Cormac Ward, will both go before the judges on the 23rd November in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. The teams will attempt to progress further in the competition and ultimately gain backing from the judges to make their product commercially viable. Best of luck to both teams!


Science was well and truly alive in Avondale Community College last week! As part of national Science Week, there was lots of excitement as students partook in various activities. A First Year Science Table Quiz took place on Wednesday, putting the students' knowledge of Science to the test!

The winning team were Eimhin Galvin, Anthony Quinn, Shane Whelan and Leigh Gaffney. Our senior students took part in the ISTA Senior Science Quiz Regional Final, which took place on Wednesday in Trinity College, Dublin. Well done to Hazel Dunbar, Donal Breen and Rosin Cullen who participated in this quiz. On Thursday, a Science Experiment Show took place, showcasing fun and dramatic experiments for all students! A photography competition was also held, with the theme of 'Everyday Experiments'. This was open to all students in the school.


Wild & Slow Festival: This year's Wild & Slow Festival in Macreddin Village, was again a huge success! Students worked tirelessly on the project, making Sloe Jelly and Rosehip Syrup. These products were then packaged, labelled and decorated. Students also made Bakewell Tarts and Blueberry Fairy Cakes to sell. During this time students took turns in selling their ware at their school stall. They received much interest from the public including, culinary figures Donal Skehan and Darina Allen.

Youth Talk: On the 7th November Transition Year students were invited to a focus group workshop , with the intention of setting up a Youth Club in Rathdrum. The speakers were very interested to hear the ideas of the students.

Personal Development Course: Last Tuesday Trans 2 took part in a Personal Development Course facilitated by Colette Garvey O' Doherty. The course runs for a period of six weeks, up until Christmas. The aim of this course is to boost the confidence of the students and to bring them out of their shell.

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