Sunday 21 January 2018

Avondale Community College

Avondale Community College.


Well done to Siobhan Toomey, Dean Dickenson and Daniel Cottam whose costume was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Eastern section of the Junk Kouture Fashion Competition. Inspiration for the costume came from Tim Burtons 'Mad Hatter'. The costume has bright bold colours and patterns and a very flamboyant design that portrays a sense of exuberance and fun.

Materials used in the design of the costume include fabric, wire, tennis balls, bull wire, bottle caps, cardboard, aluminium coil wire and flip flops. The students will represent the school in the Helix, Dublin on Monday 10thMarch. Best of luck to these students on such a creative endeavour!


Congratulations to Second Year student, Orla Conroy on reaching the All Ireland Final of the Rotary Young Chef competition. The final was recently held in Santa Sabina College, Sutton, Co. Dublin. Orla's menu consisted of a seafood starter, lamb and a baked cheesecake dessert. All ingredients for her dishes were sourced locally. Orla was unlucky not to win the top prize but she showed huge potential and a real flair in the kitchen. We expect Orla to be back competing again at this level next year. Well Done Orla!


Congratulations to Transition Year student Katie Miley, who has recently been selected for the Under 16 Irish Girls' soccer team. The team will play against England in St. George's Park. This is a great achievement, well done Katie!


Well done to the First and Second Year boys' basketball teams, who enjoyed good wins against Coláiste Chill Mhantáin and Arklow Community College recently. Well done boys!


Last Tuesday 33 students travelled to The Helix, D.C.U. to take part in the annual Emmanuel Concert. This is our fourth year to take part in this project and our first year to have not just one, but two soloists chosen to perform on the night. Karen Kinsella and Megan Ward both performed excellently on the night and we are already looking forward to next year's concert.


Last week Avondale Community College celebrated World Book Day and turned it into a week long event! Throughout the week there was a particular emphasis placed on reading. Non-exam students had the opportunity to read and explore novels in many classes. On Monday, Fifth Year students and Book Club members enjoyed a trip to the cinema to see the adaptation of Markus Zusak's'The Book Thief'.

Monday also saw the launch of the 'Avondale Writes' competition, where students enter short stories and poems, to be published in our annual publication. On Thursday, the whole school got involved, as all classes enjoyed a 'Drop Everything and Read' class. There was great excitement and creativity around the school on Friday, as students had the opportunity to dress up as a book character. A great effort was made by the student body and there were many prizes on offer.

First Year students were also involved in a quiz, where they exhibited their vast knowledge of all things literary! This was an enjoyable week and is an important event in the school calendar for promoting literacy throughout the school community.


Several Transition Year groups entered this year's annual Milk It Awards run by the NDC in an attempt to promote dairy in young people's diets. One of our groups, "Milkify", - Rory O' Kelly, Lorcan Shannon, Steven Cullen, David Byrne and James Quinn progressed to the Activate stage of the competition with their very entertaining and informative video advertisement featuring an off road biker's talent being amazingly fortified by a big glass of milk!

The group visited Haskin's Dairy Farm with their Home Economics teacher, Ms. Byrne who consulted throughout the project on the nutritional benefits of dairy. The Haskin's family were very welcoming and gave a great insight enabling the students to put together an effective educational campaign aimed at the school community under the direction of the Communications teacher, Ms. Duggan.

A whole school event attempting an unofficial world record for the highest number of students drinking milk at the same time created a great buzz and was covered by a local newspaper. The students will find out at the end of the month if they have made it through to the final round. Good luck to the students- and don't forget ...Milkify your Day!


Congratulations to the Public Speaking team of Kate Privett, Alison Kearney and Conor Fulham who travelled to the Hudson Bay Hotel in Athlone last Thursday to compete in the All-Ireland Semi-finals of the Mental Health Public Speaking Project. Thank you to the large number of supporters who made the journey to cheer on the team. A great day was had by all.

Coláiste Bhríde


Coláiste Bhríde vs Holy Family Rathcoole: Last night the Concern debating team of Jessie Newsome, Una Sinnott, Hanna Moroney and Eoin O'Donnell successfully proposed the motion "The world can cope with its increasing population".

The Holy family team from Rathcoole had very strong speakers as would be expected at this stage of the competition, however our team skillfully tied together a string of arguments and delivered them with such enthusiasm to convince the adjudicators to propose the motion. They look forward to their next knockout debate in two weeks time. Thanks also to Orla Cleary, timekeeper and Aoife Smith who chaired the debate.


On Friday, 21st February, 5th year students, Ronan Byrne and Jessie Newsome, represented Coláiste Bhríde at the NUIM Law Model Parliament 2014. The prestigious event was chaired by Mr Michael Kitt T.D. , Leas Cheann Comhairle. DCU Professor of Law Gary Murphy was in attendance.

The topic for debate was gay marriage. The Government presented a Bill at the session seeking to introduce gay marriage and the Opposition was required to deliver a response. Mr. Kitt started the meeting by introducing the Taoiseach and giving the "Taoiseach" five minutes to introduce her bill. The opposition leader was then called upon to give a response. Each member of the house was then given 90 seconds to make his/her own submission on the bill. After this , a vote was called by secret ballot and the motion was carried.

Prize giving then took place for the best research paper (emailed to the college a few weeks ago) and the best speaker on the day. Ronan won the best research paper prize of €100. Ronan was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition Party, while Jessie was an Independent TD. Both students prepared exceptional contributions to the debate of the government bill and spoke with confidence and coherence on the day.


Bridie O'Neill from the Ferns Diocesan Lourdes Group visited the school last week to interview thirty eight 5th year students. Each year four students are selected to help out during the pilgrimage. This was a particularly difficult decision for Bridie who was amazed by the abilities and calibre of our students. Congratulations to Jamie O'Neill, Sarah Tyrrell, Jack Dewhirst and William Conroy who were selected and will travel to Lourdes as helpers later this year.


Aaron Kinsella and Aaron Patterson travelled to Leixlip last week to play in the U17 Leinster handball final. The boys put up a good fight but they faced very strong opposition from Pobalscoil Chiarain, Kells who ended up winning the final in straight sets. We wish the first year teams success in their Leinster finals after the mid term.


Our Build a Bank team visited "The Lab" in Dundrum Shopping Centre recently. The Lab is one of its kind in Europe. Here customers learn all about online banking, new apps such as 'You to Me' and mobile banking. All the latest technology is on show for customers to learn from and use for everyday banking. The students were given a tour of the store and how all the technology works. The Lab is open seven days a week and allows customers to apply for loans, mortgages and open accounts there and then. Students were amazed by this service and all the new technology available to customers.

1st Year Soccer: The first year soccer team played a challenge match against the German Secondary School in Greystones. The boys got off to a very good start scoring two goals in quick succession. Alex Kelly then scored his second goal to make it three to the good. Gavin Goodwin also scored two goals, with one goal scored from a corner. With rolling subs each player got a good run out and enjoyed the match. Man of the match was Oscar McGrath who had a great game at centre back.

Visit from IFTA Winner, Charlie Murphy. It was a real privilege to have Charlie Murphy visit our school and spend time with those interested in theatre and dramatical studies. At the moment she is filming a BBC series called "Happy Valley". She has recently finished filming a full feature film in South Africa called 'Northmen: A Viking Saga'. This was a great treat for students and Charlie seemed to enjoy it too.

Gaelcholáiste Na Mara


Congratulations to all the GCM students who participated in a range of competitions during Arklow Music Festival. The TY's won first place in the senior drama competition and also were awarded with prizes for best actor, best actress and best producer. The TY choir won the Mary O' Loughlin cup in the Sacred Music competition on Sunday and on Tuesday class 2G won first prize in the Choral Verse competition with 1G coming in a close second place. Míle buíochas to all the teachers who put in so much work preparing students for competitions.


Bronnadh teastais ar thríúr dhalta ó Ghaelcholáiste na Mara ag ócáid ag an Wood Quay Venue i mBaile Átha Cliath.Bhuaidh Charlie Ó Scálaigh an chéad duais i gcomórtas grianghrafadóireachta a bh á reachtáil ag Cumann Tíreolaíochta na hÉireann i rith Seachtain Feasachta Tíreolaíochta 2013.


Ghlac rang na hIdirbliana páirt sa cheolchoirm Emanuelle Dé Máirt seo chaite. This was a wonderful event which involved students from schools all over Ireland singing together, following intense training and practice throughout the day. First Years Boys'Soccer final Comhbhrón do bhuachaillí na chéad bliana a chaill sa chluiche ceannais den sraith sacar i gcoinne Dublin Oak Academy.


Four TY students from Gaelcholáiste na Mara will attend the County Enterprize awards ceremony in Rathnew on Thursday 6th March. This is the culmination of monthes of hard work by the students and their teacher Oide Helen in their minicompany class.


Thug scolairí ealaíne ó ranganna 5 agus 6 cuairt ar an danlann naisiúnta i mBaile Atha Cliath Dé Céadaoin seo chaite mar chuid dá gcúrsa ardteistimeireachta. Bhaineadar taitneamh agus tairbhe as an lá. Míle buíochas dá muinteoir Oide Éilis.

St. Mary's College


Our students had a very successful week at the Arklow Music Festival. The Orchestra were delighted to be rewarded for all their hard work by placing 1st in the Schools Orchestra Competition.

The Form 1 Choir won first prize in the Under 14 Unison Choral Competition while the Special Choir also were awarded 1st place in the Senior Choral B Competition. Maria Fernandez Torres(Form 3) won the Violin Sole under 16. Helen Ryan (Form 3) won 1st Prize in both the Monologue(12-14) and the Duologue with Lorna Burke. Elizabeth Byrne won the Verse speaking !4 years with Helen Ryan placing 2nd. Lauren Hayes placed 2nd in the Piano under 16 confined. Congratulations to all students and teachers involved!


Immersion has forever been recommended to endorse the appreciation and knowledge of a foreign language and that is precisely what this year's French exchange students did. They lived, ate and breathed French for five days in Montfort in Brittany. The group enjoyed two excursions to Mont St. Michel and St. Malo.

All of the girls returned very content and even astonished with their ability to live and speak with a French family. Mr. Hicks is tremendously proud of every last one of them and welcomes the visit of the French partners in late March. Vive la langue - Vive la culture!


On Friday February 28th, St. Mary's College Transition Year students invited the elder citizens of our community to come in and observe the work they had carried out throughout the year so far, including projects, Significant Learning Day mementos and after school activities.

It gave the girls the opportunity to interact with senior members of our local community and to prepare for their end of year Portfolio assessments in May. It was a day enjoyed by everyone and the girls would like to thank Ms. Ryan for organizing such a successful afternoon.( Migle Andrunaviciute)


The Form 2 Sinead CSPE class recently visited the Dail for their Action Project. They had a guided tour of Leinster House where they viewed paintings of former Taoisigh and learnt about the history of the Dail.

They observed the Senators in the Seanad speaking about the banks and then met Andrew Doyle TD who answered their many questions about the work of Dail Eireann after which they met Stephen Donnelly who also spoke to them about democracy and the different political parties who represent us.

The girls organised every aspect of the day themselves in their various commitees and found it a very enjoyable and informative day and now have a greater interest in democracy and poitics. Well done girls!


The Form 5 Art students travelled to Dublin on March 4th to visit the National Museum to see Ireland's golden treasures. They also viewed the impressive Book of Kells in Trinity College. In the afternoon they went to IMMA to view some contemporary thought provoking art works and would like to thank Ms Murray for organising and accompanying them.

Wicklow People

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