Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin

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Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin’s Christ­mas Tal­ent Show took place on Fri­day De­cem­ber 21st. As part of their Tran­si­tion Year en­ter­prise class, the bud­ding en­trepreneurs with the as­sis­tance of their teach­ers Ms. Long and Ms. Fan­ning, or­gan­ised this event. Fif­teen acts per­formed on the day.

There was a huge ar­ray of tal­ent from drums to Ir­ish danc­ing to singing. Each act of­fered unique abil­i­ties and they never failed to im­press. Ms. Luan Parle was in­vited as guest judge and was ably as­sisted by two teach­ers Mr. Di­a­mond and Ms. Doohan. The judges were given the un­en­vi­able task of se­lect­ing a win­ner. The “teach­ers choir” sang some fes­tive songs while judges de­lib­er­ated. Thomas Kin­ney won first prize as he wowed the judges with his own orig­i­nal song “Mon­ster”.

The judges awarded a spe­cial judges prize to our Sixth Year stu­dents, also known as Band Aid 40, for their ver­sion of song “Feed the World”. Ms. Luan Parle gave a stun­ning per­for­mance of “Silent Night” and Ciara O’Con­nell a con­tes­tant in All Ire­land Tal­ent Show also sang on the day. Rob­bie Gill acted as MC for the show and his con­fi­dent de­meanour matched the tone of the show per­fectly. A won­der­ful fes­tive com­mu­nity at­mos­phere was cre­ated and it was a su­perb way to fin­ish the term. JCSP ART COM­PE­TI­TION

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Natasha Duffy, a Sec­ond Year stu­dent, who has won the in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory in the Na­tional Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate Schools Pro­gramme (JCSP) Poster Com­pe­ti­tion. The prize was an I Pod shuf­fle. Natasha dis­played won­der­ful artis­tic abil­ity and we look for­ward to see­ing more work from this bud­ding artist. YOUNG SCI­EN­TIST COM­PE­TI­TION

The An­nual BT Young Sci­en­tist Com­pe­ti­tion took place in the RDS from 8th – 12h of Jan­uary. On Fri­day Jan­uary 11th a group of our Tran­si­tion stu­dents at­tended the ex­hi­bi­tion and were amazed by the projects on dis­play. Stu­dents ben­e­fited greatly from the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence and it cer­tainly made Sci­ence more real and rel­e­vant for them. CSPE PRE­SEN­TA­TION

On Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 9th Mr. Mark Barry of the Ir­ish Wheel­chair As­so­ci­a­tion vis­ited the school. Mr. Barry gave a group of Sec­ond Year stu­dents a very mov­ing pre­sen­ta­tion which was based on the con­cept of rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. There was a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the in­clu­sion of less able bod­ied peo­ple in so­ci­ety and in sport es­pe­cially bas­ket­ball. The in­for­ma­tion gained from the pre­sen­ta­tion will as­sist stu­dents enor­mously in com­plet­ing their CSPE Ac­tion Project. We would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank Mr. Barry for tak­ing the time to visit the school. FIRST YEAR AWARDS

On Tues­day De­cem­ber 18th our First Year stu­dents at­tended an awards cer­e­mony. Stu­dents who have com­pleted the pos­i­tive achieve­ment sys­tem and reached the fourth merit re­ceived a beau­ti­ful en­graved pen. We would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank our School Com­ple­tion Of­fi­cer for fund­ing this sys­tem and our First Year Year­head Mr. Di­a­mond for ar­rang­ing the event. MEN­TOR-LED CIN­EMA TRIP

On Thurs­day De­cem­ber 20th, our First Year stu­dents, ac­com­pa­nied by their Se­nior Men­tor team and Tu­tors trav­elled to Dundrum Town Cen­tre. The trip be­gan with a view­ing of the much an­tic­i­pated film “The Hob­bit”. Stu­dents were en­thralled by the spe­cial ef­fects and plot.

Af­ter­wards stu­dents and teach­ers played a round of crazy golf. Dundrum Town Cen­tre was buzzing with fes­tive cheer and stu­dents soaked up the at­mos­phere. We would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to com­pli­ment the Se­nior Men­tor team for their ex­cel­lent or­gan­i­sa­tional skills and at­ten­tion to de­tail. GUIDE DOG AS­SO­CI­A­TION

Mr. De­nis Lam­bert of the Ir­ish Guide Dog As­so­ci­a­tion of Ire­land vis­ited the school on Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 19th. Mr. Lam­bert was pre­sented with a cheque for €606 which our Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents have col­lected for this wor­thy char­ity. Well done to all in­volved. ISPCC FUNDRAIS­ING

A to­tal of €630 was col­lected by our Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents for the Ir­ish So­ci­ety for Preven­tion of Cru­elty to Chil­dren (ISPCC) in De­cem­ber. The money col­lected will now be pre­sented to this or­gan­i­sa­tion. The ISPCC work tire­lessly to help chil­dren in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions. The fundrais­ing has height­ened our stu­dents’ aware­ness of the im­por­tance of this or­gan­i­sa­tion and the im­pact it has on chil­dren’s lives. FIRST YEAR TRIP TO EURO DIS­NEY

A gen­tle re­minder that the sec­ond in­stal­ment of €100 is due at the end of Jan­uary 2013. The money is to be given to Ms. Goff. CAROL SER­VICE

Our Chap­lain Ms. Caw­ley or­gan­ised a Carol Ser­vice for the whole school on Mon­day De­cem­ber 17th. Stu­dents and staff were in­vited to fo­cus on the gifts of peace, joy, hope and love which sym­bol­ise the four themes of ad­vent in prepa­ra­tion for Christ­mas. First and Sixth Year stu­dents sang Christ­mas carols with the school jazz band. A won­der­ful fes­tive at­mos­phere was cre­ated. CHRIST­MAS HAM­PER AP­PEAL

Stu­dents and staff of Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin were asked to do­nate items to the St Vin­cent de Paul Christ­mas Ham­per Ap­peal in De­cem­ber. The ini­tia­tive was un­der­taken by the Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate Ap­plied One class. The ham­pers col­lected are to be dis­trib­uted to fam­i­lies in need. The class would like to thank all stu­dents and staff for their gen­eros­ity. CAROL SINGING

Be­fore the Christ­mas hol­i­days twenty six of our stu­dents trav­elled to Wicklow Day Care Cen­tre to sing some Christ­mas carols and bring some fes­tive cheer. Stu­dents also sang songs re­quested by their au­di­ence. The singing and friendly con­ver­sa­tions gen­er­ated by our stu­dents was thor­oughly en­joyed by ev­ery­one in the cen­tre. This event is be­com­ing a lovely tra­di­tion in the school and the stu­dents in­volved are to be com­pli­mented on their warm and gen­er­ous con­duct. PAR­ENTS’ AS­SO­CI­A­TION

This rep­re­sen­ta­tive body will meet on Jan­uary 17th at 7.30pm. Sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the par­ents who have been as­sist­ing with pol­icy re­new and de­sign. IN­FOR­MA­TION EVENING

The in­for­ma­tion evening for First Year stu­dents and par­ents 2013 will be held in the school gym at 7.30pm on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 16th. The As­sess­ment morn­ing will be held on Satur­day Jan­uary 26th at 9.15am.

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