Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege

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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!

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