Bray People - - SCHOOLS REPORT -


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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