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On Thurs­day, March 3, the Se­nior Girls Foot­ball team made his­tory in Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege by cap­tur­ing their first ever A Cham­pi­onship ti­tle. The team com­peted in a very tightly con­tested match against Scoil Chonglais, Balt­in­glass. The match was score to score and on the fi­nal whis­tle the teams were level.

Ten, nail bit­ing, min­utes of ex­tra time were played be­fore Avon­dale emerged vic­to­ri­ous. The team was cap­tained by Sarah Mi­ley who ac­cepted the tro­phy on be­half of her elated team mates. Top scorer for Avon­dale was Amy Mur­phy who scored an im­pres­sive (2-9).

The team was made up of the fol­low­ing stu­dents Re­becca Cassin, Me­gan Davis, Ali­son Kear­ney, Katie Kennedy, Emer Byrne, Sarah Mi­ley (2-3), Amy Mur­phy (2-9), Laura Ka­vanagh, Emma Birro, Katie Mi­ley (1-4), Caith­lin Olo­han, Lau­ren Kennedy, Rachel Byrne, Lorna Driver, Aoife Clarke (1-0), Tracey Sun­der­land, Re­becca Con­nor, Emma Kennedy, Ni­cola Randle, Chrissy Byrne, Katie Do­ran, Dara Byrne, Aoife Byrne and El­iz­a­beth Mur­phy.


Re­main­ing calm un­der pres­sure is what Tran­si­tion Year stu­dent Re­becca Cullen does best. Cook­ing for a panel of judges in Fáilte Ire­land’s Head­quar­ters ap­peared to come as nat­u­ral to our bud­ding young chef as pre­par­ing a meal at home. Un­der the guid­ance of her Home-Eco­nom­ics teacher Ms. Byrne, Re­becca’s de­li­cious three course meal se­cured her a win­ning place in the All-Ire­land Young Chef Ro­tary Competition.

As part of her prize Re­becca is now busy pre­par­ing for her work place­ment with celebrity chef Nevin Maguire in his award win­ning restau­rant in Ca­van.


Cel­e­brat­ing World Book Day pro­motes a love of books and read­ing in our school. Fol­low­ing on from pre­vi­ous years the stu­dents of Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege were de­lighted to cel­e­brate this year’s World Book Day in the pres­ence of lo­cal au­thor Christy Ken­neally.

Shar­ing his love of lan­guage and books with our First Year stu­dents, the main aim of this event was to en­cour­age our stu­dents to ex­plore the plea­sure of books and read­ing.

Our se­nior stu­dents also joined Christy in a Writer’s Work­shop, dur­ing which they ac­quired some prac­ti­cal cre­ative writ­ing tips from the highly ac­claimed au­thor. As part of this year’s cel­e­bra­tions all nonexam stu­dents also en­joyed a read­ing week where they were given the op­por­tu­nity to read a se­lec­tion of nov­els pro­vided by the English Depart­ment. We hope that this year’s event and con­tin­ued ef­forts will in­stil a love of books among our stu­dents.


As part of this year’s World Book Day Cel­e­bra­tions the Art Depart­ment launched their De­sign a Book­mark competition. Stu­dents from all years were given the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate their own book­mark. The win­ner of which will be an­nounced in the com­ing days.


Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Avon­dale Writes, the school’s pub­li­ca­tion of stu­dent’s work, the Par­ents As­so­ci­a­tion have kindly of­fered to spon­sor A Cre­ative Writ­ing Competition. Stu­dents from all years are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate. Prizes will be awarded to the best short-story writer from each year group. All sto­ries must be typed and must be be­tween 500-2000 words.


To co­in­cide with Seach­tain na Gaeilge cel­e­bra­tions in the school, the Mu­sic Depart­ment is de­lighted to an­nounce that there will be a small mu­sic recital held in the school on Mon­day 14 March at 7 pm. We hope that some par­ents will join us for this seisiún which will show­case the tal­ents of our mu­sic stu­dents.

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