Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin

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U-19 BAD­MINTON

Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin wel­comed a num­ber of teams to the school on Jan­uary 14th to par­tic­i­pate in an U-19 blitz. Sep­a­rate boys and girls com­pe­ti­tions were run. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the boys blitz were Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin, St. Kevin’s, Dunlavin and East Glen­dalough School. In the girls sec­tion Do­mini­can Con­vent Wicklow, Loreto Bray and East Glen­dalough School com­peted against each other.

The boy’s com­pe­ti­tion was held in the morn­ing and proved to be a tight con­test through­out be­tween Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin Team A and East Glen­dalough School with it all to play for in the fi­nal dou­bles match. It ended all square in the com­pe­ti­tion with both teams win­ning thir­teen matches each top­ping the ta­ble ahead of St Kevin’s, Dunlavin and Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin Team B.

And so, much like a box­ing match it came down to a count back, with Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin Team A win­ning it on the over­all points scored. Our team con­sisted of Enda Dempsey, David Sta­ple­ton, Seán O'Cal­laghan and Daniel Mont­gomery.

The girls also had a great com­pe­ti­tion with very com­pet­i­tive games through­out. This com­pe­ti­tion again was all up for grabs go­ing into the fi­nal round of games af­ter some won­der­ful dis­plays of power and skill. In the end the Do­mini­can Con­vent Wicklow pre­vailed and were crowned wor­thy cham­pi­ons af­ter a tough chal­lenge. Well done to the or­gan­is­ers of the event and thanks to our Prin­ci­pal Mr. Donoghue for fa­cil­i­tat­ing the blitz. FIRST YEAR PAR­ENT IN­FOR­MA­TION

Par­ents and stu­dents who will join the school in 2013 at­tended an in­for­ma­tion evening at Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 16th. Over the course of the evening par­ents were in­formed about school ex­pec­ta­tions, sub­ject op­tions and fa­cil­i­ties avail­able. Our Se­nior Men­tor team made a pre­sen­ta­tion about their role in help­ing stu­dents make the tran­si­tion from pri­mary to sec­ond level. The evening was a won­der­fully pos­i­tive step both for the teach­ers, fu­ture stu­dents and par­ents. Our As­sess­ment morn­ing will be held on Satur­day Jan­uary 26th at 9.00am. CA­REERS PRE­SEN­TA­TION

Our Fifth and Sixth Year stu­dents at­tended a ca­reers pre­sen­ta­tion on Thurs­day Jan­uary 17th. Two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from The Quinn School of Busi­ness Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin (UCD) gave stu­dents in­for­ma­tion on the cour­ses on of­fer in the col­lege and ca­reer pos­si­bil­i­ties. This pre­sen­ta­tion was fol­lowed by a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion. Stu­dents found the ex­pe­ri­ence in­for­ma­tive and help­ful. LEAV­ING CER­TIFI­CATE AP­PLIED TASKS

Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate Ap­plied stu­dents are cur­rently putting the fin­ish­ing touches to their tasks. Stu­dents will present for an in­ter­view at the end of the month where their work will be ex­am­ined by ex­ter­nal ex­am­in­ers. The fol­low­ing tasks will be ex­am­ined, Con­tem­po­rary Is­sues task, Prac­ti­cal Achieve­ment Task and In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Task. LCA1 stu­dents will be pre­sent­ing their Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tion work for their first task in­ter­view. We wish them ev­ery success in their fi­nal prepa­ra­tions. LUNCHTIME AC­TIV­I­TIES

Our Stu­dent Coun­cil have or­gan­ised a num­ber of lunchtime ac­tiv­i­ties from Tues­day to Fri­day ev­ery week. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude board games, video games to name but a few. All stu­dents are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate. HOME SCHOOL COM­MU­NITY LI­AI­SON

Over the coming weeks a num­ber of classes/cour­ses will com­mence for par­ents. COM­MU­NITY AWARE­NESS OF DRUGS

On Tues­day Jan­uary 15th Com­mu­nity Aware­ness of Drugs(CAD) be­gan in the par­ents’ room. This is the sec­ond roll out of this course in the school and it will run from 10am to 12pm ev­ery Tues­day for the next six weeks. This course pro­vides par­tic­i­pants with an op­por­tu­nity to up­date in­for­ma­tion on drugs and their ef­fects, ex­plore at­ti­tudes, be­liefs and de­ci­sions re­lated to drug mis­use, and de­velop a fam­ily ori­en­tated drug preven­tion strat­egy. IN­CRED­I­BLE YEARS PRO­GRAMME

This pro­gramme starts at the end of Jan­uary and takes place ev­ery Wed­nes­day from 10am to 12 noon for four­teen weeks in the par­ents’ room. It is fa­cil­i­tated by Dr. Pa­trick Loughrane Se­nior Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gist with the HSE and nurse Tara Noone Child­care Work Man­ager. The pro­gramme is de­signed for par­ents of chil­dren aged three to ten years who are chal­leng­ing bound­aries and lim­its and not re­spond­ing to reg­u­lar par­ent­ing ideas. SPEAKEASY

On Thurs­day Jan­uary 24th a course for par­ents on “talk­ing to your child about the Facts of Life and re­la­tion­ships” fa­cil­i­tated by the Ir­ish Fam­ily Plan­ning As­so­ci­a­tion will be­gin in the par­ents’ room. The course runs for eight weeks from 11am to 1pm ev­ery Thurs­day morn­ing. COM­PUT­ERS

Com­puter classes for par­ents re­sumed in G25 on Fri­day last at 11am. It is hoped that dur­ing this term par­ents will also be able to work on the MOS cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. PAIRED READ­ING

Ev­ery Mon­day a num­ber of par­ents par­tic­i­pate in paired read­ing with First and Sec­ond Year stu­dents in the li­brary. This is of great ben­e­fit to the stu­dents and we would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thanks the par­ents for the giv­ing of their time. SE­NIOR FOOT­BALL

Our Se­nior foot­ball team played against Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew in the County Semi – fi­nal on Thurs­day last in Rath­new. De­spite ad­verse weather con­di­tions both teams gave strong per­for­mances. How­ever, Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin proved the stronger team win­ning by three points in ex­tra time. Top goal scorer for Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin was Aaron Nu­gent scor­ing an out­stand­ing eight points.

Over­all the team dis­played great team ef­fort and skill. We wish team luck as they progress to the next round. We would also like to ac­knowl­edge our lo­cal clubs who are al­ways most sup­port­ive in al­low­ing us use of their fa­cil­i­ties and pitches. SOC­CER

Hard luck to our Ju­nior Soc­cer team who were nar­rowly de­feated by Dublin Oak Academy on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 16th. Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin con­ceded four goals at the be­gin­ning of the match but fought valiantly to draw back the deficit. Un­for­tu­nately at 4 – 3 as we pushed for­ward seek­ing an equaliser we were caught on the break and con­ceded a goal. The game fin­ished 5 – 4 to Dublin Oak Academy. FIRST YEAR TRIP TO EURO DIS­NEY

The dates for the First Year trip to Euro Dis­ney 2013 has changed. Stu­dents and staff will be de­part­ing on Sun­day May 19th. PAR­ENTS’ AS­SO­CI­A­TION

Our par­ents’ Coun­cil met last week and Mr. Donoghue thanked them for their in­put into re­cent pol­icy re­views and their con­tin­ued sup­port, in­ter­est and pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to the school.

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