Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege

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Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege was de­lighted to open its doors for 2012/2013 Open Night, which proved to be an out­stand­ing success.

Prospec­tive par­ents and stu­dents were given a tour of the school by in­dus­tri­ous First Year stu­dents, be­fore re­treat­ing to the Sports Hall, for a pre­sen­ta­tion by Prin­ci­pal, R. O' Neill, Deputy Prin­ci­pal, F. Boyle, Learn­ing Sup­port Co-Or­di­na­tor, M. Egan and Par­ents' Coun­cil Mem­ber, P. Smith. Vis­i­tors to the school had the op­por­tu­nity to meet all mem­bers of staff, as they moved through­out the var­i­ous sub­ject de­part­ments to view dis­plays of work.

The high­light of the evening was the In­ter­ac­tive Sci­ence ses­sion, fa­cil­i­tated by the Sci­ence De­part­ment and sci­en­tists from Scher­ing Plough, who sup­port our In­ter­ac­tive Open Days and Open Night. Just set­tling back from the ex­cite­ment of ex­hibit­ing at the BT Young Sci­en­tist Ex­hi­bi­tion the pre­vi­ous week, the stu­dents who were in­volved with the four projects were de­lighted to share their the­o­ries and dis­cov­er­ies with vis­i­tors. Sixth class stu­dents are al­ready look­ing for­ward to the ex­cit­ing chal­lenges which sec­ond level ed­u­ca­tion at Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege will open up for them.


Last week was an ex­cit­ing week for the Young Sci­en­tists at Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege. A to­tal of four projects were ac­cepted into BT Young Sci­en­tist Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Two Sec­ond Year stu­dents, David Flem­ing and Conor Wind­sor pre­sented their project 'The Calv­ing Alarm' , which is an alarm which will alert a farmer when a cow is in labour. Cur­rently the pri­mary method of mon­i­tor­ing labour in cows is through CCTV. This method is time con­sum­ing how­ever, as the farmer may have to spend sev­eral hours watch­ing the screen to de­tect any move­ment. The Calv­ing Alarm is an in­ven­tion which elim­i­nates the need for this CCTV mon­i­tor­ing. In its place the farmer will re­ceive an au­to­mated mes­sage on his phone when the cow goes into labour. An­other project 'Dance FX' aims to ex­plore the ef­fects of danc­ing bare­footed com­pared to danc­ing in pre­scribed shoes.

Ac­cord­ing to Fifth Year stu­dents from Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Ciara Mul­h­ern and An­drea Kenny-McDon­ald danc­ing bare­footed is health­ier, more nat­u­ral and more aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing. The girls used numer­ous meth­ods to ex­plore their the­ory, in­clud­ing com­par­ing the weight of dif­fer­ent types of dance shoes, com­par­ing how dancers felt wear­ing shoes and then danc­ing with­out them. The stu­dents mea­sured the ef­fects of danc­ing bare­footed on the per­former's feet and lower limbs. An au­di­ence was also sur­veyed to as­cer­tain if it was more ap­peal­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence a per­for­mance where the dancers are in dance shoes or bare­footed.

The project 'Fos­ter Ewe!' in­ves­ti­gates the dif­fer­ent meth­ods of en­sur­ing a ewe will adopt a lamb. At present the most pop­u­lar method of fos­ter­ing lambs on a farm is a fos­ter­ing crate. This process takes ap­prox­i­mately two days. Fifth Year stu­dents Robyn Mooney and Gavin Staunton found that this process could be more ef­fi­cient and more suc­cess­ful us­ing a cone col­lar and a bucket with a cut out area which blocked the ewe's sense of sight. Th­ese meth­ods are ef­fec­tive in en­cour­ag­ing a ewe to adopt a lamb.

Sec­ond Year stu­dents from Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Grace Long, Ellen Durkin and Theresa Durkin aim to raise aware­ness of the water wastage around the coun­try through their project 'The Water Sen­tinel'. The girls have de­signed a Water Sen­tinel to tackle what they per­ceive to be a se­ri­ous prob­lem. The de­vice is an alarm sys­tem which is ac­ti­vated when water has been left run­ning for too long. This en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly in­ven­tion will en­cour­age peo­ple to con­serve water.

The hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the stu­dents has been as­tound­ing, Well done to all the stu­dents and teach­ers in­volved! Me­dia Moguls! As well as pre­sent­ing their projects to the judges at the Young Sci­en­tist Com­pe­ti­tion stu­dents from Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege have also been gain­ing much me­dia at­ten­tion for their hard work.

Avon­dale stu­dents fea­tured on a va­ri­ety of tele­vi­sion pro­grammes, in­clud­ing TV3 News, Morn­ing Ire­land, The Morn­ing Show and Na­tion­wide. Ra­dio sta­tions across the coun­try, in­clud­ing To­day FM, Newstalk, Driv­e­time and South East Ra­dio, in­ter­viewed the stu­dents. As well as this the print me­dia were in­ter­ested in the Avon­dale en­tries, as ar­ti­cles fea­tured in both The Ir­ish Times and The Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent last week.

This was a great op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents and was tes­ta­ment to the in­ter­est that sur­rounded many of the projects.


Apart from this year's par­tic­i­pants in the Young Sci­en­tist Ex­hi­bi­tion, twenty seven stu­dents who had en­tered projects this year and all First Year stu­dents had an op­por­tu­nity to visit the ex­hi­bi­tion on Fri­day 11th Jan­uary to ex­pe­ri­ence the world of Sci­ence and to see the many in­ter­est­ing projects on dis­play. Stu­dents were im­pressed with the en­tries from their fel­low stu­dents and many were in­spired to en­ter next year's com­pe­ti­tion!


The Un­der 19 Boys' Bas­ket­ball team reached the All-Ire­land Semi- Fi­nals last week. The team met Se­tanta Col­lege, Dublin in Tal­laght Leisure Cen­tre last week. Un­fortu- nately the team did not meet their true po­ten­tial and ran into trou­ble early on in the game.

The sea­son is not over yet for the Avon­dale boys, as they have reached the All-Ire­land Quar­ter Fi­nal Play Offs. With a more pos­i­tive and de­ter­mined at­ti­tude the team may reap great re­wards. Best of luck to the team in their next big chal­lenge!


The Un­der 14 Boys' Foot­ball team have reached the South Le­in­ster League fi­nals for the sec­ond year run­ning. The team de­feated Bridgetown Vocational School, Wex­ford in the semi-fi­nal. Well done to the team and best of luck in the next game!


PairedRead­ing: Last Mon­day Trans 2 be­gan paired read­ing in the Boys' Na­tional School. The stu­dents are paired with one or two chil­dren to en­cour­age them with their read­ing. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for both TY stu­dents and younger stu­dents to im­prove con­fi­dence and lit­er­acy.

Mod­ule Change: Since Christ­mas, Tran­si­tion Years stu­dents have changed mod­ules. They will have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent cour­ses to broaden their ex­pe­ri­ence in Tran­si­tion Year.


An in­for­ma­tion evening was held on 9thJan­uary 2013 for par­ents of Third Year stu­dents. In­for­ma­tion was pro­vided for the Tran­si­tion Year Pro­gramme by Mr. Boyle and Ms. Grif­fith. In­for­ma­tion was also of­fered in re­la­tion to Fifth Year and the sub­ject choices avail­able.


A re­minder to Sixth Year par­ents that the CAO dead­line of the 1stFe­bru­ary is loom­ing. The re­duced ap­pli­ca­tion fee of €25 will end on 20thJan­uary.

Any­one ap­ply­ing for HEAR, DARE or Car­low Ac­cess Pro­gramme or the UCD Elite Schol­ar­ship must also have their ap­pli­ca­tions com­pleted by Fe­bru­ary 1st.

Matthew Bren­nan car­ry­ing old com­puter mon­i­tors as part of St. Kil­ian’s project to eth­i­cally re­cy­cle their com­put­ers for use in Africa with Ca­mara.

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