Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin

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On Wed­nes­day March 26th our an­nual First and Sec­ond Year Pub­lic Speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion took place. Stu­dents spoke on a va­ri­ety of is­sues from shark finning to sports cars. It was a most en­gag­ing com­pe­ti­tion which im­pressed both the au­di­ence and the judges. The in­vited ad­ju­di­ca­tor was Coun­cil­lor Irene Win­ters, Mr. Di­a­mond (English teacher at Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin and Em­met Burke, one of our Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents.

The in­vited speak­ers for the sam­ple de­bate are past pupils Colm Fitz­patrick, Adam Duffy and Philip Carthy. Their per­for­mance gen­er­ated a lot of in­ter­est and emo­tion amongst the au­di­ence.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Evan Doyle who came first and his topic was Shark Finning, Ade­laide Kane who won sec­ond prize for her topic Ma­rine Life and Ro­nan Mur­ray who raised the is­sue of Ire­land as a Smok­ing Na­tion. Judges were ex­tremely im­pressed by their or­a­tory skills and the level of re­search car­ried out on their topic.

We would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank our in­vited judges and speak­ers for tak­ing the time to at­tend this event and for their con­tin­ued sup­port of pub­lic speak­ing in Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin. PRAC­TI­CAL/ORAL EX­AM­I­NA­TIONS

Over the past week Leav­ing and Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate prac­ti­cal and oral ex­am­i­na­tions have taken place in the school in var­i­ous sub­ject ar­eas such as Ir­ish, Mu­sic and Home Eco­nom­ics. Stu­dents have been work­ing dili­gently to pre­pare for these ex­am­i­na­tions and we would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to wish the stu­dents ev­ery suc­cess in their writ­ten ex­am­i­na­tions in June. ANTI – BUL­LY­ING RE­VIEW

The Ir­ish So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to Chil­dren (ISPCC) Blue Shield Anti-Bul­ly­ing re­view com­mit­tee, which in­cludes staff and stu­dents took place on Tues­day. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from each year group from the stu­dent coun­cil, a mem­ber of our Se­nior Men­tor team, along with our Head boy and Head girl were in at­ten­dance and acted as stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Three mem­bers of staff were also present and they worked to­gether to con­struc­tively and crit­i­cally re­view how our school can con­tinue to be more proac­tive against bul­ly­ing. THEATRE TRIP

On Thurs­day last a group of our First Year stu­dents at­tended the play “War Horse” at the Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin. The play based on the book of the same name tells the story of the World War 1 through the eyes of a horse, Joey, who is sold to a yeo­manry cav­alry di­vi­sion and shipped to France where the poor an­i­mal ends up wounded and wan­der­ing in no mans land.

The play cer­tainly evoked a va­ri­ety of emo­tions among stu­dents and de­picted the con­di­tions that ex­isted dur­ing this war bril­liantly. The props used were ap­pro­pri­ate and imag­i­na­tive and our stu­dents found the live per­for­mance en­gag­ing and will no doubt ben­e­fit them in their study of this book. BAS­KET­BALL

Our First Year girls bas­ket­ball team re­served one of their best dis­plays so far for their match against St Mary’s, Ark­low, on Mon­day last in Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin. At the end of an ex­cit­ing and hard fought en­counter, St Mary’s emerged vic­to­ri­ously by a sin­gle point. It was a thrilling match which could have gone ei­ther way.

Our team got off to a good start rac­ing into the lead with scores from Emma Cruise and Sadhb Ní Dhub­sláine giv­ing the side a plat­form. Un­for­tu­nately three quick bas­kets from St Mary’s in the third quar­ter brought them into the game. A mighty strug­gle en­sued even­tu­ally with St Mary’s tak­ing the lead.

The girls from Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin did the school proud with a per­for­mance that was heroic at times and with a lit­tle luck could have snatched it on the day. They are a hard work­ing team that dis­played great heart and de­ter­mi­na­tion but un­for­tu­nately marginally missed out. Well done to the girls from St Mary’s. GAELIC FOOT­BALL

Hard luck to our Ju­nior Gaelic foot­ballers who were nar­rowly de­feated by a Scoil Chonglais, Balt­in­glass side in their Cham­pi­onship game on Mon­day March 24th. The match was played in mis­er­able con­di­tions; how­ever the team per­sisted but were over­come by a very strong Balt­in­glass team. Stand out play­ers were Dar­ragh Rior­dan, Ge­orge O'Con­nor (Cap­tain), Robert Keogh, Andy Earls and Jack Dunne.

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