Avondale Community College
UNDER 19 BOYS' BASKETBALL
Avondale Community College will host the All-Ireland quarter final play offs on Sunday 3rd February. Four schools will participate in the competition, including Blackrock College, Dublin, St. Munchin's College, Limerick, St. Patrick's School, Cork and Avondale Community College. Best of luck to the Avondale boys in reaching this stage and here's hoping the home team will be victorious! CROSS COUNTRY
Well done to Amy Murphy, Patrick Kinsella and Máire Heffernan who have qualified for the Leinster Final of the Schools' Cross Country Competition. Well done and best of luck in the next round! JUNIOR BASKETBALL
First and Second Year boys' basketball training has resumed at lunch time. They are busy preparing for the upcoming league. PRE JUNIOR AND LEAVING CERT
Our exam students are busy preparing for their PreExaminations. These exams are vital preparation for the State Examinations in June. Best of luck to all Third and Sixth Year students in these exams. SILVER GAISCE PRESIDENT'S AWARD
On 13th December, five Leaving Certificate students from Avondale Community College attended the Gaisce President's Award Ceremony in The Edmund Burke Theatre in Trinity College, Dublin. This was an extremely proud occasion, as Róisín Cullen, Jennifer Doyle, Hazel Dunbar, Laura Kavanagh and Colm Lawlor collected their Silver Award.
The students received a silver medal and a miniature replica brooch, from the Chief Executive of Gaisce, Mr. Barney O' Callaghan, as well as a certificate signed by our President, Mr. Michael D. Higgins, for their outstanding achievement on completing the Silver Gaisce programme.
The term 'Gaisce' comes from the Irish language and can be translated as 'achievement'. Just as the title suggests, it is a major achievement to receive a Gaisce Award from our President. This is certainly true in the case of the motivated, tenacious and dedicated students from Avondale Community College, who are all holders of the Bronze Gaisce Award already. While the Bronze Award demanded much commitment, the Silver Award proved much more challenging.
The students completed four separate challenges over a 52 week period. They participated in a physical challenge, a skill and community involvement. The energy of the students never waned as they took part in a three day challenge and completed a 52 kilometre hike in the Wicklow Mountains.
These five students were among recipients from the Leinster area who collected their medals on the night, and were in fact the only students from a County Wicklow school to receive the award on this occasion. The Silver Gaisce Award is a prestigious and respected accolade. The hard work and dedication of these students is a great personal victory and it sure to stand to them in their future endeavours. Well done to the students and the President's Award leaders, Rosemarie Griffith, Paul Mulvey and Miriam Scott, and who knows, maybe The Gold Award is their next challenge!