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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Schools report: Blessington Community College, Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, East Glendalough School

Blessington Community College. Engineering Week took place between March 4 and 8. Our fifth and first year students watched Dream Big: Engineering Our World, an award winning documentary that showcases engineering's impressive impact on our world and our lives.

Following on from that documentary, students were set a challenge. The challenge was called 'The Slender Tower Challenge'. In teams, students had to plan and construct a skyscraper using only paper and tape. The challenge was to create a skyscraper with the lowest footprint, i.e tallest tower with smallest base width. The teams succeeded if their tower did not collapse.

TY's went to the library to watch a documentary on John Philip Holland, an Irishman from Liscannor, Co. Clare. This acclaimed documentary showcases the revolutionary Irish engineer behind the first, fully functioning, modern submarine.

Flag day

Friday, March 15, was Flag Day across the nations' schools. In celebration of the 170th anniversary of the raising of the tricolour by Thomas Francis Meagher, there was a ceremonial raising of the Irish flag in the BCC Other activities taking place include poetry, story and film competitions and the selling of Flag badges at venues in the town. The money raised from the badges will be donated to the Coimín Day Care centre.

Seachtain NA Gaeilge

The highlight of Seachtain na Gaeilge here in the college is Lá na Gaeilge which was held on Thursday, March 14, Our Irish department have been working with our TY students to organise our annual Tráth na gCeist, Céilí and Ceolchoirm. All first year students spent most of the day in the gym participating in the activities. The table quiz was hotly contested and the heat continued during the Céilí. Wonderful performances from the students rounded off the festive atmosphere in the concert.

Wicklow schools GAA

We at Blessington CC would like to wish our fifth year student Craig Maguire and his Wicklow Schools' teammates and management the very best of luck in the Top Oil Bro Bosco Cup (SF 'A') Final against Naas CBS.

Coláiste Chill Mhantáin

Success in debating

Cheers of delight could be heard across Tallaght on Tuesday, March 5, when the adjudicators uttered the words we were longing to hear, 'the motion has been defeated'. Our team of Lhamo Fitzsimons, Michael Wright, Rebecca Parke and Emma Carter were opposing the motion 'Sanctions are an effective weapon for promoting human rights'. It was a closely fought battle but our team were worthy winners on the night. We are now through to the quarter finals in two weeks and we are waiting to hear whether we will be proposing or opposing the motion 'Charities should stop using celebrity ambassadors'. We are incredibly proud of our team and applaud them for reaching the final eight out of 120 schools in Ireland.

World Book Day

It was a busy day around the school on Thursday, March 7, as World Book Day was celebrated with a number of events taking place. A Drop Everything and Read event took place for all junior classes. An International 'Webcast' was also shown in the library to all timetabled classes and featured well known teen authors. Also, a number of JCSP students were brought down to the local bookshop where they were allowed to buy a book of their choice.

Breast health awareness

Thank you to Catherine Wallace from Breast Cancer Ireland, who came to the school over the past two weeks to deliver a talk on Breast Health Awareness to TY, Fifth year and Sixth year girls. Catherine also delivered the talk after school for female staff members on Wednesday, February 27. It was very informative and all who attended were delighted to have the opportunity to discuss such an important health issue.

Model EU council debate

Well done to Lhamo Fitzsimons, sixth year, Adelaide Kane, sixth year and Michael Wright, fifth year, who represented Denmark in the Model EU Council debate on the EU budget on Friday, March 1, in the wonderful surroundings of the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle. The students were delighted to meet with His Excellency Uffe A Balslev and his Intern, Line, who complimented the team on being very true to the Danish position in their speeches. Having visited them in the Danish Embassy to discuss the issues was of great benefit to the team on the day. In a true reflection of the actual EU debate on the MFF which is still ongoing in Europe, the Model EU discussions did not manage to reach consensus among the member states on the proposal. The team thoroughly enjoyed representing Denmark on this occasion and were delighted to receive an honourable mention from the judges.

Young social innovators

On Wednesday, March 6, TY1 Young Social Innovators hosted a community dog walk and coffee morning to raise funds for WSPCA Throughout the morning students from the class walked the dogs and served tea or coffee and sweet treats to the guests. Due to heavy rain on the day, there was less of a turnout than expected, however the students still managed to raise €100. The remaining treats were donated to the Wicklow Hospice coffee morning which will take place next Thursday, March 14. TY1 thoroughly enjoyed the day and would like to thank all those who attended and helped out in any way.

Lions quiz success

Well done to the Sixth year students who produced another great win for CCM in the Lions Club Schools quiz and have won a €1,000 bursary to be awarded to a student pursuing a Level 8 course next year. CCM produced a great overall team performance with a combined score of 181 to 166 for DCW. CCM also had the highest individual table score of 53 for Kayleigh Clare Malone, Gary O'Connor, Adelaide Kane and Patrick Kehoe. Well done to all the students involved: Kayleigh Clare Malone, Gary O'Connor, Adelaide Kane, Patrick Kehoe, Sophie Richardson, Eve Gregory, Zara Browne, Ashleigh de Vreede, James Byrne, Ian McKenna, Joe Geraghty, Dylan Geoghegan, Katie Docherty, Cordelia Ronayne Daly, Zoe Byrne, Conor Hogan, Chloe Doyle.

Wellbeing week

'Drop Everything and Mandala' - As part of Wellbeing Week, all Senior RE classes took some time last week to enjoy mindfulness and mindful 'Mandala' colouring. This is an excellent way for students, especially those who have just completed the gruelling Mock Examinations, to take some reflection time and a brief reprieve from their studies.

'Wellness Wall' - As part of Wellbeing Week, all SPHE classes shared their hobbies, activities, tips and tricks for 'How I look after my Wellbeing' on our 'Wellness Wall' in the canteen area. Students created posters with their examples and hung them on the noticeboard to share with the school.

The Merchant of Venice

On Monday, March 4,110 third year students went to see Cyclone Rep's production of the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. This is their studied play for Junior Cycle English. It was a very informative production with an interactive element that welcomed student participation and questions. The students then had lunch in McDonalds in Carrickmines. They all enjoyed the performance and they were a credit to CCM.

Lourdes pilgrimage

Well done to Eva Franey, Jack Byrne and Katie McCauley on their selection as part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in September 2019.

Make a book exhibition

A number of first and second year JCSP students exhibited their project at the Make a book exhibition in the Dun Laoghaire County Council Offices on Monday, March 4, along with a number of other schools from Dublin and Wicklow. The project, based around the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings, was really well received by the large crowd in attendance who gave it a great reception when it was introduced. John O'Brien volunteered, on behalf of the group, to tell the audience how the project was developed, particularly the items that were made using a 3D printer which provoked a lot of interest. All students who attended were presented with certificates on stage at the end of the event.

Fresh Film Festival

A group of TY students travelled to the Odeon Cinema in the Point Village for the Leinster heat of the Fresh Film Festival last week. The Fresh Film Festival is a national competition for anyone under-18 to submit any type of short film, with this year seeing a variety of action, thriller, horror, comedy, and animation. TY1 and TY2 both had their animations accepted, with TY1's short making it into the final in Limerick at the end of March. This year over 1700 films were entered into the competition with only 80 making it to the final awards day. This is the second year that CCM has entered the festival, and the second time also that a group has been shortlisted for the final. Congratulations to all involved and thank you to Marc Corrigan, the animation workshop facilitator.

Leinster semi-final success

The Wicklow Schools Senior football team demonstrated skill, tenacity and excellent teamwork to qualify for the final of the Top Oil Leinster Senior Football A championship for the Bro Bosco Cup in windswept Abbotstown where they defeated a strongly fancied St Patrick's Classical School, Navan by 1-6 to 0-5. Well done to all involved but particularly our own Ciaran Coffey (Rathnew GAA) and Malachy Stone (Barndarrig GAA) who are representing CCM on the team and to Mr Davis, who coaches the team.

Boys' basketball

Well done to the First and Second year Boys' Basketball teams who played CCA on Monday, March 4. This was the final group match for both teams. The Second years were comfortable winners 36 - 14 with Ruairi Jenkinson (14 points) and Peter Dunne (17 points) hitting some well worked scores for CCM, making it difficult for CCA the lads now qualify for the quarter finals. The First years faced an equally matched team and, although getting level after trailing in the first three quarters, the last two minutes saw CCA pull away again to take the win with a scoreline of 21-29. The lads await results from other fixtures to see if they progress to the next stage.

Girls' basketball

Well done to the First year Girls' Basketball team who played against Dominican College Wicklow at home on Friday, March 1. In an exciting affair, the girls put together some excellent passages of play, particularly in defence with Holly O'Connor, Izzy Richardson and Jessie Patton making some great interceptions. Also well done to Brooke Griffin, who had a tally of five scores on the day. Unfortunately DCW came out on top on the day. The girls are now looking forward to their next match.

U-17 Leinster Shield QF

The CCM under-17 soccer team faced Temple Carrig last Wednesday, March 6. CCM were the home team, playing in testing conditions. CCM were first to settle when Noah Sheridan slotted home to settle the nerves. Sam Brown was getting the upper hand on his opponent and his cross found the oncoming Nathan Sullivan, who found the net. With 10 minutes left to half-time, Sam Brown found the net from close range. However, a rare mistake in the CCM backline allowed Temple Carrig to give themselves a life line in the game. Halftime CCM 3 - Temple Carrig 1.

CCM got off to a perfect start in the second half. Jack Fox took hold of the ball in midfield and laid off an inch-perfect pass to Nathan Sullivan to fire home. Ten minutes later, Sam Brown's 20 yard strike found the corner of the net. Nathan Sullivan found the net for his hatrick and Keane Furlong completed the scoring for CCM with a fine volley on his debut. Temple Carrig scored a consolation second. Final score CCM seven - Temple Carrig two.

Thanks to Chris Doyle, who acted as linesman on the day and to Michael Cassidy for all his assistance throughout the game.

East Glendalough School

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhí coicís gnóthach I Scoil Ghleann Dá Locha Thoir le gairid chun Seachtain na Gaeilge a chéiliúradh. Chuir Daniel Walton, Abigail Whitney, Martha Cox, Tadhg Lord agus Padme Spuirling tús leí nuair a labhair siad don Scoil ar fad ag an tionóil. Labhair Carla Walker , Mark Norse, Ella Richards, Sarah Jennings agus David Yague ag an tionól sinsearach. D'eagraigh Rang 5ú Bliana Ms. Minogue Jones tráth na gceist don Chéad Bhliain ar an Déardaoin seo caite sa halla tionóil agus bhain gach duine a ghabh páirt ann idir thaitneamh agus thairbhe as. Bhí muintir na 5ú bliana i gceannas ar an ócáid ar fad agus gan amhras, b'imeacht an- rathúil ar fad í! Míle buíochais díobh go léir.

Chomhghairdeas le Elena Salazar, Mila Skakie, Lily Guilfoyle, Juliet Kidd agus Grace Hurley a bhuaigh é.Ina theannta sin, bhain an dá rang Idirbhliana sult as cúpla damhsa Gaelach a fhoghlaim i rith na coicíse-Fallaí Luimnigh agus Ionsaí na hInse a d'fhoghlaim siad. Is fíor le rá go bhfuil roinnt damhsóirí tallánnacha againn anseo agus b'fhéidir duine nó beirt a theastaíonn níos mó cleachtaidh uathu ach ní luafaimid aon ainmneacha!

Anuas ar sin, rinne rang 3ú Bliana Ms. Byrne an scrúdú cainte don Teastas Sóisearach agus tá faoiseamh ar gach duine é a bheith thart. Gúímid gach ráth ar ár ranganna Ardteistiméireachta sna béaltrialacha a bheidh ar siúl sa scoil idir an 25ú agus an 27ú de Mhárta.

EGS has had a busy couple of weeks celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge. Daniel Walton, Abigail Whitney, Martha Cox, Tadhg Lord and Padme Spurling started the fortnight off when they spoke to the school in assembly about upcoming events. Carla Walker, Ella Richards, Mark Norse, Sarah Jennings and David Yague spoke at senior assembly. Ms Minogue-Jones' fifth Yr class organised a quiz for all first Yr students in the assembly hall and everyone both enjoyed and benefited from it. It was a huge success. Many thanks to all involved.

Congratulations to Elena Salazar, Mila Skakie, Lily Guilfoyle, Juliette Kidd and Grace Hurley, who won it. Along with that, both TY classes enjoyed learning a couple of Irish dances. It's fair to say that we have some very talented dancers and perhaps one or two who need a little more practice but we won't name any names.

Also during Seachtain na Gaeilge Ms Byrne's Junior Cert class did their Junior Cert Oral exam. Everyone is delighted to have that part of the exam behind them. We wish all our Leaving Cert students the best of luck in their oral exams taking place from March 25 to March 27.

Cross Country

Congratulations and well done to Archie Bremner in first year who came in the top 50 in the all-Ireland Schools' Cross Country competition last Saturday in Clongowes College. It was a tough competition against 102 other competitors in his age category. Fantastic result.

Boys Basketball Congratulations to our second year boys basketball team on reaching the semi-finals of the East region plate competition. They had a comprehensive win in their quarter final match against Beneavin College, with Scott Fitzpatrick and Zak Hastie in commanding form.

EGS Careers

Ann McLoughlin from KWETB gave a presentation on the wide range of new apprenticeships available and Deirbhle O'Reilly from Trinity College, Dublin, also spoke to senior students about reasons to study at TCD and gave an overview of their courses and facilities.

Mini Companies

Last week two of our mini company groups competed in the Wicklow County Enterprise competition. So Fetch was created by Hannah Carton, Keri Williams, Aisling Baird and Faye Dunne. The group created and sold hand made stylish pet teepees. Our second group Perfect Match was created by Kate O'Hara and Holly Jenkinson. The girls made beautiful dog bandanas and matching scrunchies for the dog owner. Both groups preformed very well on the day and represented the school very well.

Transition Year News

This has been a busy week for our TY's who have been frantically putting the finishing touches to the stage performance of Big Maggie. Paint, props, lines being learnt, sets decorated, lighting fixed and sound being sorted have all led to a frenetic atmosphere in the hall. The performance proper will run next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 20, to March 22. Please do come down and join us for what promises to be a great show full of dark humor and emotion.

Elsewhere the adventure sports group braved the icy waters of the Irish sea for an epic surf session with Hugh Arthur of Brittas Bay surf school while the bake off crew tried their hands at baking the perfect biccy.

The horticulture group are taking a very proactive approach to environmental protection by going out each week armed with litter pickers and bin bags and doing a deep spring clean of the local high ways and byways.

Finally this week the TY's raised their collective voices and joined a host of other schools across the country in protesting for climate action. a large number marched down the county council buildings with placards and slogans a plenty. It is encouraging to see you people demonstrating such passion for the environme.nt.

Wicklow People

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