News from Coláiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon


School news- Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, 11th March 2019

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Tá réimse leathan imeachtaí ar siúl i gColáiste Cholmcille chun Seachtain na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh ón 11ú go dtí an 15ú Márta. Beidh na daltaí ag glacadh páirte sa seó Gaeilge Dé Céadaoin le rince,ceol, amhránaíocht agus aithris filíochta. Fáilte do chách don scannán Ghaelach agus don chiorcal cainte ag am lóin. Beidh tráth na gceist ar siúl i ngach rang i rith na seachtaine le duaiseanna iontach don ghrúpa is fearr. Bain sult as an popcheol as Gaeilge a bheidh le cloisteáil ar fud na scoile, na béilí blasta sa cheaintín agus an arán donn a bheidh na daltaí ag déanamh sa Roinn Eacnamaíocht Bhaile. Gach maidin beidh “Seanfhocal an Lae” ar an idirchum. Déan iarracht do chúpla focal a úsáid agus mar a dúirt Pádraig Mac Piarais; “Tír gan Teanga Tír gan anam”. Tá daltaí na h-idirbhliana an-ghnóthach na laethanta seo agus iad ag dearadh brataí agus ag ullmhú bpostaer don fhéile ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019’. Féach ar na miongháirí! Maith sibh! TY students are very busy these days designing a banner and preparing posters for ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019’. Look at those smiles! Fair play!

The Design, Innovation,Creativity and Enterprise event (DICE)

On Thursday 7th March senior art students attended the Design, Innovation,Creativity and Enterprise event (DICE) in Letterkenny IT.  The session started with a Fashion Show of work by current 3rd year BA (Hons) in Fashion with Promotion. Leading lights in Animation, the Fashion Industry and the Design world spoke about their careers and experiences in the Design and Creative Industries. The highlight for our students was the engaging and fun ‘Mockume tary’ by viral sensations Re-Act Productions. Thank you to Ms Sinead Keogh for accompanying the students and organising the trip.

Foreign Language orals

Students of French and German are working on mock orals at the moment. Good luck to all involved. Students in the French and German Department have really benefitted this year from having a native speakers working with them.

Mentors

Coláiste Cholmcille has just launched a the very successful innovative ‘Academic Student Mentoring’ programme which focuses on those students in  the final year of their Leaving Certificate course with the primary aim of ensuring that every student achieves their own individual academic potential in the state examinations.

This comes as students have just receive their grades in their academic mock examinations and as they prepare for orals and practical’s. This programme represents a formalisation of existing strategies and excellent practice in the area of student mentoring and its design and implementation reflects a real and proactive attempt to further improve the high standards of academic achievement that exists in Coláiste Cholmcille.

The aims of the programme are to provide support; guidance and practical advice ensuring students achieve their academic potential in the state examinations, to empower students and their parents through the setting of individual academic targets, to ensure that the importance of the state examinations is to the forefront of student thoughts throughout their 6th year; to identify and address problems and concerns quickly and in a non-confrontational way; to allow all students to experience success through the achieving of their own targets; to remind students that the school and the teachers really care about them and want them to do their best and to ensure that no student goes unnoticed.

Ms Carey has assigned various staff their students and over the coming weeks these staff members will meet with their students to support them in whatever they require.

Agriculture Trip

Thank you to Ms Lucinda Gorman and Ms Tina O’Grady for organising a trip to Ballyhaise Agriculture College on Friday last 8th March. A special thank you also to Mr John McLoone and Ms Joanne Kelly who accompanied the students on the trip. Ballyhaise College is located 8km north of Cavan town.

It is situated on an estate of 220 hectares of grass and woodlands. The students really benefitted from the guided tour around the college. There are 120 cows plus replacements on 50 hectares. The college herd, which is spring calving, is part of the Teagasc Moorepark Dairy Research programme.

The main focus of this programme is to improve grass growth and utilisation on heavy soils. Facilities include a modern 12 unit herringbone milking parlour with automatic drafting, slatted houses, an outdoor pad and calving and isolation boxes. A computerised management programme is used to facilitate record keeping. The 60 cow suckler herd is split into Autumn and Spring calving herds to allow students to gain experience of both systems.

Replacements are reared and all other progeny is brought to beef. There is a sheep flock of 230 ewes. This is split into 80 to produce early fat lamb and 150 which are managed to lamb in mid-march to coincide with early grass. The sheep unit is equipped with excellent facilities including various types of housing and handling facilities. There is a total of 200 cattle of various types and 100 are finished every year.

The cattle are managed on a low cost system at a moderate stocking rate. The farm includes 50 hectares of diverse woodlands which are used for the practical training of students who participate in the Level 5 and 6 Forestry courses and in DKIT joint courses. The students benefited from seeing topics which have been discussed in class on a first hand basis.  No doubt a number of those who travelled on the trip will be making their way to Ballyhaise for future study in the coming months and years.

Cross County

Well done to Áengus Flanagan in 1st year who competed in the All Ireland School’s Cross Country Championships in Clongowes Wood in Kildare last Saturday March 9th. 

Basketball

Well done to the 1st and 2nd year Girls Basketball teams who played the Ursuline home Wednesday last. The following students were on the teams. In First Year, we were represented by Rosa Dale, Foghla Sheerin, Lily Booth, Cara Davitt, Jodie Meade, Miah Curran, Catherine Browne, Nicole Slevin, Eve Flood, Annie Keon and Maeve O Connor. The Second Year team included Niamh Hughes, Aoibhinn McGarrigle, Lucy McGlynn, Clara Mitchell, Grainne Maguire, Ellie Danagher, Michaela McCaffrey, Ciara Gillespie, Eva Drummond, Keela McGowan and Mollie Travers.  

World Book Day

World Book Day took place on Thursday 7th November. The English Department celebrated this international event with a DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Class with their Junior students. The idea is that at a set time everyone stops what he or she is doing and reads.

It is a shared experience and gets people talking about books and reading while conveying a strong message that the school believes in reading. Second Years continue to do one DEAR Class a week. There are boxes of DEAR Books available in many of the classrooms for for the students who forget their books. The students can borrow a book and return it at the end of the lesson. 

Cara Run

Well done to the TY students and Mrs Yolanda Gallagher who took part in the 5km Cara Run/ Walk in Bundoran on Friday evening last 8th March.

Ash Wednesday

Thank you to our chaplain Ms Pauline Kilfeather for organising for the distribution of ashes to those in the school community who wanted to partake in them on Wednesday. Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, which marks the traditional start of the Lenten season for Christians.

Young Engineers Week

Thank you to Mr John McLoone and Mr Paul Doherty who accompanied students to Letterkenny IT for Young Engineers Week on Tuesday last, 5th March. Students and staff enjoyed the opportunity to interact with experts in industry and to discuss design elements and possible career prospects.

Health Promoting Schools

The Health Promoting Schools Initiative continues its Trojan work. School can make a substantial contribution to the health and well-being of the whole school community. Schools for health in Ireland provides a framework for a school to assess health needs and begin a process of working towards better health for all who learn and work within the school setting. Thank you to Ms S Coyne and Ms M Erskine for all their work in this area.

Student Council

Student Council continue to meet to represent the voice of the students in our school. They are currently working on a number of interesting initiatives to make life in Coláiste Cholmcille better for all students.

Digital Leaders

Our team of Digital Teacher Leaders continue to work in the area of promoting Digital Literacy to all in Coláiste Cholmcille. It is clear to see that the digital revolution is well underway. Our education system needs educators to embrace this change. These educators are rightly described as “digital leaders”. They are spearheading the digital strategies in our school. Digital leaders are at the forefront of our school’s digital journey.

However, digital leaders recognise they are just one element of the school’s ecosystem. They work hard to keep all members of the school community informed of the transformative power of technology for teaching and learning. This is often done by offering training to colleagues, working with the school management to lead various initiatives or even inviting colleagues into their classrooms.

As a result, they often provide colleagues with opportunities to become digital leaders themselves. Mr John Kennedy has been instrumental in his continuing work in this area and continues to be an inspiration to his colleagues and the wider school community.

CCBS Bake Off

The CCBS bake off is currently taking place. Students have to produce an Easter themed baked good. Closing date is Friday 15th. Entry forms available in Room 16. Thank you to Ms Geithins and Mrs Darby for all their Trojan work in the HE Department.

Home Chef

Best of luck to Ava Jordan fifth year on her entry to the home chef competition. This competition encourages entrants to create healthy affordable home cooked meals. Ava produced a healthy version of a chicken spice box

Second Year Craft

Second year students are currently completing the craft element of their junior cert home economics course. They have to design a useful craft item for their home. The skills shown so far are fantastic. We cannot wait to see the finished items.

Practical Examinations

Third years are preparing for Home Economics practical examinations that are coming up in the next few weeks. The students are working hard and showing great creativity and skills. Best of luck in the real thing and again thank you to the teachers who work so hard to develop all the skills with the students.

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