GAISCE – THE PRESIDENT’S AWARDS
Gaisce, otherwise known as the President’s Award is the country’s most prestigious and respected individual awards programme. To earn an award, candidates must participate in 4 challenge areas. The four 4 challenge areas are Community Involvement, Personal Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventure Journey. Successful candidates will be awarded bronze, silver and gold medals.
On Wednesday 23 March, 15 Transition Year students and 5 Fifth Year students embarked on the school’s annual ‘Gaisce Hike’ as part of their adventure challenge.
Travelling from Glendalough to Baltinglass, along the breathtaking, Wicklow Way, was an enjoyable yet challenging experience even in favourable weather conditions.
Guided by experienced walkers, Mr. Mulvey, school secretary Ms. Madden and guides from Baltinglass Outdoor Education Centre, our brave students embarked on their 2/3 day hike, depending on whether they were Bronze or Silver challengers. Overnight accommodation was kindly provided by the Outdoor Education Centre in Baltinglass.
The aim of Gaisce is to contribute to the development of young people through the achievement of personal challenges, following the completion of their latest adventure challenge, our students certainly enjoyed a sense of achievement!
On Wednesday, 23 March, four Senior students secured second place in the Wicklow Lion’s Club Table Quiz. The team made up of Senior students Sarah Miley, Conor Byrne, Ross Doonan and Conor McGraynor proudly accepted this title on behalf of the school.
The Wicklow VEC Environmental Awareness Programme, now in its 13th year, is one of the most prestigious award ceremonies on the school calendar. Avondale Community College enjoyed great success at last year’s Environmental Awards. The school claimed a number of top prizes at this event including Best School, Best Overall Display and Best Senior Project. With this in mind, our students look forward to welcoming this year’s Judging Panel to the school, who will closely examine our latest environmental endeavours over two days.
As part of their religious programme our Second Year students recently enjoyed a trip to the Mosque. Discovering the history of the Islamic Faith was an enjoyable experience for all.
SCHOOL HUNTING TRIALS
Avondale Community College proudly supports its first ever Show-Jumping and Cross Country Equestrian Team. The team made up of senior student Chloe Daly and junior students Michael Doyle and Thomas Gaffney recently competed in the All Ireland Schools Hunting Trials in New Ross. Our team competed very well in this event, which welcomed 128 schools from all over Ireland.
FIRST YEAR FOOTBALL
Our First Year boys recently participated in a football blitz organised by Leighton Glynn and James Stafford of Wicklow GAA. Blessed by glorious weather, our boys enjoyed this experience and worked hard to improve their football skills. It seems this hard work has paid off as our First Year Boys Football team have qualified for the Junior A Championships. Well done to all.
Best wishes to our First and Second Year Girls Basketball teams who play Abbey Community College in the next round of the Wicklow League.
JUNIOR AND SENIOR FOOTBALL
Best wishes to our Senior Boys Football team who will take on Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, in the semifinal on Wednesday.
Best wishes must also be extended to our Junior Boys Football Team who will compete against Coláiste Chroabh Abhann. Kilcoole in the Quarter Final.
Track and Field competitions will be held in Irishtown in April. Best wishes to all our students who will be competing in this event.
A FINAL NOTE
Our recent school concert, which showcased the talents of our music students, was a great success. Many thanks to all those who attended and participated in this event.