Congratulations to Transition Year student Aaron Wort on his success in the Mental Health Ireland Photography/Art Competition. At a ceremony held in Dublin City Council offices, prizes were presented by CEO of Mental Health Ireland Orla Barry and artist/judge Lisa Butterly. Aaron’s work was highly commended and will feature in next year’s calender. Well done also to Ms. Geraldine Cahill for anchoring this project.
Education officer from CIT (Cork Institute on Technology) Caroline Kearney paid a visit to our senior classes last week and delivered a comprehensive account of all undergraduate courses available on campus. Feedback from students was positive and found the experience to be most enlightening and informative as they contemplate decisions for third level.
BANK OF IRELAND VISIT:
Our 1st year students were visited last week by representatives from Bank Of Ireland Thurles. Through liaising with our Business Department, students were offered an insight into Banking and into the merits of opening bank accounts at a young age with financial institutions. Quite a number of students took up the offer to open accounts and lodge some savings, no doubt to buy some presents for their teachers at the end of year!
ENGLISH LITERATURE QUIZ:
Well done to our English literature champions Gary Delaney, Jack Cooney Shorley, Cameron Ferncombe and Azier Aragon Puerma who were successful in our quiz for 1st year to 3rd classes and attained an almost perfect score to claim 1st prize.
EURO GENERATION AWARD:
Huge congratulations to Transition Year students Javier Capilla Remorasa, Aaron Wort, Jennien O’Gorman and Aaron Cawley on their tremendous achievement in coming runners-up at the national final of the Euro Generation Award recently at The Central Bank in Dublin. Under the guidance of their Business teacher Ms. Elaine Molumby, our students
qualified for the All-Ireland stage of this prestigious competition having come through regional and divisional stages. The Euro Generation Awards is about monetary policy and interest rates in The European Central Bank.
The Thomas Francis Meagher pins that were purchased by students and staff recently as part of the 1916 Commemorations managed to raise an impressive sum of 600 euro for local charities. Well done to all involved.
SCHOOLS BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP:
As part of the School Business Partnership, representatives from local Enterprise Dew Valley Meats visited Coláiste Mhuire to talk to 5th year students and delivered ‘A day in the life’ presentations. Over forthcoming weeks students will learn about working conditions and operations in a secondary industry such as Dew Valley.
ETB HURLING BLITZ:
Well done to our u-15 hurling squad on their victories over Comeragh College, Fethard College and Coláiste Phobail Roscrea at Dr. Morris Park last week in the County ETB hurling blitz. We now qualify for the next stage of this competition where we will be pitted against equally tough opposition. Outstanding for us on the day were Luke Galvin, Martin Reilly, Danny Slattery, Éamon Ryan, Páraic Loughnane, Gary Delaney and our ever dependable goalie Neil Holland!
UL VISIT FOR 5TH YEARS:
Our 5th year students traveled to the University of Limerick last Wednesday where they enjoyed a wonderful presentation and grand tour of the Campus. Among the highlights of the tour were the Sports Arena, Lecture Halls, the Concert Hall, Engineering and Science Faculties, and the College Restaurant where they enjoyed lunch. Many thanks to Sadbh Piccadio, a student liaison officer in UL who facilitated this excellent day that was deemed a great experience by all.
The Transition year students of Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed recently undertook a two day trek of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in counties Laois & Offaly. This trip was made as part of the Bronze Gaisce Award. This award is applied for by young people between the ages of 15-25. It involves four key areas: Community Involvement, Personal Skill, Physical Recreation, and Adventure Journey. Students clocked up some 10 miles over the two days as they traversed the terrain and enjoyed some panoramic views of The Central Plain, resting in between at The Forum Hostel in Mountmellick. Many thanks to accompanying staff members Ms. Cahill and Ms. Conroy (TY Co-ordinator) who arranged this trip that was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and seen as a highlight of the busy TY year so far!
ECONOMICS FINAL TY: friday
Our u-15 rugby squad made the journey to Nenagh RFC Grounds last Friday to partake in the Munster Rugby 11-a-side Blitz. Conditions on the day were conducive for playing as our students faced formidable opposition in Abbey CBS, Coláiste Dún Iascaigh Cahir, and Nenagh College. Despite a defeat in our match against Nenagh College, we regrouped well in our remaining ties to produce superb performances against Cahir and Abbey CBS. Best on the day for Coláiste Mhuire were JJ Schoeman, Jack Riordan, Dylan Molumby, Cormac Walsh and Martin Reilly.
Congratulations to our second year students, Evan Donnelly and Thomas Stokes, who came second in the Intermediate Category of The Tipperary Student Enterprise Competition. They set up a business making outdoor ornaments ‘E & T outdoor ornaments’. Competition was intense in this section as 21 businesses from 11 other schools throughout Tipperary competed. Huge thanks also to staff members Ms. Bergin, Ms. Molumby and Mr. O’Sullivan from the Business and Engineering Departments at Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed in providing guidance and support for the students as an extra-curricular activity.
Our u-14 boys volleyball squad traveled to Dungarvan to compete in a tournament against formidable opposition in local side Coláiste Cathal and Fethard Community College. Little seperated these sides throughout their respective games (except the final score!) and despite superb displays from Pádraig Gleeson, Anthony Ryan, Evan Donnelly and Éamon Ryan, it wasn’t to be on this occasion as we lost out narrowly to progress to the next stage of the competition.
GENERATION EURO STUDENTS AWARD:
Well done to Transition Year students Javier Capalla, Jennien O’ Gorman, Aaron Wort and Aaron Cawley who came 2nd in Ireland in the Generation Student Awards 2016. Three teams were chosen from 278 entries nationwide to participate in the upcoming National finals on 8th April. This will entail presenting their project to a panel of judges from the European Central Bank. If they win this section they will travel to Frankfurt at the end of April. The Generation Euro Students’ Award is a competition pertaining to monetary policy in the euro area.
1916 FLAG CEREMONY:
Student Council members Bríd Gleeson, Seán Kearney and David Manning made the journey to Croke Park last week to attend The National Flag Ceremony for post-primary schools from around the country. Master of ceremonies for this auspicious event was RTÉ’S Ryan Tubridy. Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins delivered a speech and representatives from every school received a National flag and copy of The Proclamation of The Irish Republic.
5th year and TY students enjoyed a visit last week from Mark Ivors, a Senior Process Safety Engineer with Merck, Sharpe and Dohme for Engineers Week. Mark delivered a most informative and educational talk on his career with MSD and what the work of an engineer entails. He also enlightened our students on the variety of engineering careers available to 3rd level graduates.
Our u-14 team made the journey last week to Borrisileigh to play St. Joseph’s in a cup competition. From the very offset this was going to be an evenly contested affair as both sides matched each other with scores. Very little separated the teams as full time loomed and unfortunately for us a flurry of late scores saw Coláiste Mhuire succumb on the day by the narrowest of margins. Among those who hugely impressed on the day were Luke Galvin, Seán Ryan, Martin Reilly, Gary Delaney, Conor Ryan, and Pádraig Gleeson.
Well done to all involved during our recent inspection by representatives from An Taisce in our endeavour to attain a coveted second Green Flag. Huge strides have been made in recent years on campus to make Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed a cleaner & greener environment. A special mention goes to our hardworking Green School‘s committee and to members of staff Ms. Smith and Ms. Geaney for their energy and commitment in promoting our Green image.
Transition Year students embarked on an exciting new Garden project with renowned local Sculptor Phillip Quinn from Holycross. This is the second year that our students have undertaken work on a Garden project. Last year’s TY cohort similarly worked on our school garden adjacent to the assembly area in Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed and thoroughly enjoyed it. This year’s group plan to work on mosaics and more sculpting including garden furniture.
SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE:
Tá raon leathan imeachtaí ar siúl na laethanta seo do Seachtain na Gaeilge i gColáiste Mhuire Comh-Oideachais. A number of imeachtaí are taking place this week as we celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge. Among such events are Tráth na gceist, seisiún ceoil, comórtas fógraí, and bodhrán workshops. Go néirí le ‘chuile dhuine atá ag glacadh páirt ann. Bainigí taitneamh as!
JOHN LONERGAN TALK:
Last Wednesday evening, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan delivered a talk entitled ‘Presenting the challenges and the rewards of parenting’ at Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed to parents of students both present & incoming, but also to the general public. This transpired to be an enthralling, witty, and informative evening that was hugely enjoyed by all in attendance. A huge thanks goes to The Parent’s Council of Coláiste Mhuire for their organising of this memorable event that was concluded with a presentation made to John Lonergan by Principal Mr. Denis Quinn.
DISPLAY AT PREMIER HALL:
Thurles Parish witnessed a rich display of the wide and varying work carried out by the copious amount of clubs, societies, and organisations as evidenced in The Premier Hall last Saturday. Our Transition Year students assisted by Art, English, and Woodwork Departments displayed a tree as a symbol of knowledge containing a plethora of student work pertaining to the learning environment and activities that take place both inside & outside the classroom. Well done to all involved.
TRIP TO GARDA COLLEGE;
Our Transition Year students enjoyed a trip to Templemore Garda College as part of The Road Safety Programme last week. The aim of this programme as outlined by members of the Traffic Division was to educate students before they get behind the wheel and establish good behaviours on our roads.
Some divine and decadent aromas emanated from the Home Economics Department and wafted through the corridors of Coláiste Mhuire last Tuesday as our LCA students spent the morning cooking pancakes for Pancake Tuesday. This turned out to be a very successful venture for our budding masterchefs!
A Coding day for teachers took place last week at Intel Ireland in Leixlip. This was attended by members of staff Ms. Miriam Bergin, Mr. Jamie Fanning, and Deputy Principal Ms. Clare Wallace. Fifty teachers in all attended the exhibition. Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed has been selected as one of nineteen schools that will teach Coding as a subject at Junior Cycle level from September 2016.
Our 5th & 6th year students were treated to visits recently from a number of speakers from 3rd level institutions. Margaret Brearty from DCU schools liaison team delivered an informative talk on what DCU has to offer prospective students. Similarly, Annette Buckley from Athlone IT, and Ann McBride & Laura Dargan from LIT Thurles campus also spoke on the merits of undertaking courses at their respective colleges. Students deemed these information sessions to be most helpful in considering courses and careers to pursue after Leaving Cert..
FORENSICS VISIT CSI!
A huge thanks to Garda Pat O’Connor from the forensics team in Templemore who visited our school recently to speak to our 3rd year students and relay to them the work of a Garda on a forensics team. This transpired to be a fascinating talk, thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance, a real life insight into CSI!
Congratulations to our under-14 cross country team that ran superbly in the recent East Munster Championships, and now qualify for the upcoming Munster Championship finals that take place in Cork on the 11th of February. Maith sibh!
Our Art Department under Ms. Dorney have been busy and creative of late as they gathered copious amounts of materials intended for dumping, and recycled them into dresses to be entered into upcoming regional Junk Kouture competitions. Among such discarded materials retrieved were eg. scraps of wool, shredded paper, chicken wire, willow sticks, rushes, straw, feathers etc.. to produce excellent garments.
Our Junior Cert. and Leaving Cert. English classes travelled to Arts centres in Kilkenny & Thurles recently to view superb productions of King Lear and Romeo and Juliet. With mock exams currently taking place, we wish our students the very best at this time.
Conditions were ideal for playing football last Wednesday as we played a highly competitive u-16.5 match against St.Ailbe’s from Tipp Town at Coláiste Mhuire’s grounds. While very little seperated both teams for much of the match it was Ailbe’s who capitalised on their opportunities to a larger extent and ultimately claimed the points. Best on the day for Coláiste Mhuire were David Manning, Aaron Maher, Shane Ryan, Arnold Arlauskis, and man of the match Aaron Delaney.
JOHN LONERGAN TALK:
Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison Mr. John Lonergan will be visiting Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed on the Tuesday 9th of February to deliver a talk entitled ‘Presenting the challenges and the rewards’. This will pertain to young people and the challenges they face in society of today eg. peer pressure, while also focusing on the rewards of a good education, participation in sport etc..This promises to be an excellent and enthralling talk. Parents of students, both present and incoming, are most welcome to attend at 7.30 pm next Tuesday. An opportunity not to be missed!
Just a reminder from our ever-diligent Parents’ Council to bring in any old or unwanted clothing, including old footwear for our upcoming clothes collection. Míle buíochas.
Well done to our u-15 hurling team that enjoyed a comprehensive victory last week over Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí from Kerry in the first round of the Corn Uí Mhearáin. Coláiste Mhuire settled into this contest from the offset and produced some excellent scores from Jack O’Riordan, Éamon Ryan, and Pádraig Gleeson. As the game progressed, it became clear that the Kerry side, despite some good individual performances, were finding it difficult to counteract a better balanced team that were superior in most positions throughout the field. The final score of 3-16 to 1-6 was well deserved but undoubtedly sterner tests lie ahead as we await our next opponents. Among those who excelled on the day were Martin Reilly, Danny Slattery, Seán Ryan, Luke Galvin, Gary Delaney, and Dylan Molumby.
Our 1st year soccer team travelled to Tipperary Town recently to take on St. Ailbe’s in an important cup match to determine who progressed to the next stage of the County Cup Challenge. With so much at stake, both sides gave a committed performance that produced an exciting and highly entertaining contest. Ultimately however, Ailbe’s capitalised on their chances and converted them to bring to an end our interest in this year’s competition with a 4-2 scoreline. Best on the day for Coláiste Mhuire were Luke Galvin, Danny Slattery, Caylum Gooney, and Seán Ryan.
Congratulations to TY student and international cricket player Aaron Cawley on receiving the prestigious ‘Annerville Award’ for his outstanding contribution to cricket in 2015. Aaron played in the European Championships in 2015 and delivered superb performances that have culminated in his selection for this season’s u-17 Ireland squad. Best of luck and every success into the future.
Well done to the four Transition Year teams from Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed Thurles have progressed to the second round of the Student Euro
Generation Awards, organised by the European Central Bank in conjunction with the ECB (European Central Bank).
The Generation €uro Students’ Award is a competition about monetary
policy that is held in the euro area: 1) for international and
European schools, and national schools abroad (e.g. a French lycée in
Germany or a Spanish high school in Italy) by the European Central
Bank (ECB); and 2) for national schools by the national central banks. It challenges TY students to learn about monetary policy instruments to determine the most appropriate interest rate for the euro area.