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HEALTHY LIV­ING WEEK

First Year Home Eco­nomics stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple a va­ri­ety of foods in class dur­ing Healthy Liv­ing Week. This al­lowed them to ex­pe­ri­ence what they have learned in class around some of the dif­fer­ent food com­modi­ties for them­selves. It also as­sisted the stu­dents in de­vel­op­ing their vo­cab­u­lary for sen­sory anal­y­sis.

Thank you to Su­per­Valu, Wick­low for kindly do­nat­ing fruit to the school in sup­port of Healthy Liv­ing Week. It went down a treat with stu­dents as part of their healthy break­fast in school last week.

CELEBRITY CHEF

First Year Home Eco­nomics stu­dents and JCSP stu­dents had an ex­cel­lent day on Tues­day with Celebrity Chef Louise Len­nox from RTÉ’s the Restau­rant. Through­out the day the dif­fer­ent groups watched and helped Louise cook pop­corn chicken with a healthy ranch and av­o­cado dress­ing served in let­tuce boats and quinoa and but­ter bean burger wraps served with a Greek yo­ghurt and cu­cum­ber dress­ing, all of which was quickly eaten up by the stu­dents and teach­ers.

All of the stu­dents seemed to re­ally en­joy the in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tion and also learned lots of tips and tricks in the process. Hope­fully we will see Louise back in Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin next year. Many thanks to the JCSP scheme for the fund­ing of this ini­tia­tive.

SUS­TAIN­ABLE ED­U­CA­TION

For three weeks in Jan­uary, Jim Kir­wan, who works with Gorta-Self Help Africa, has been do­ing work­shops with all Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents. Each TY class at­tended three two-hour-long work­shops where a va­ri­ety of top­ics were dis­cussed. The top­ics were Sus­tain­able Agri­cul­ture, Cli­mate Change, Gen­der In­equal­i­ties and Fair Trade.

In Sus­tain­able Agri­cul­ture stu­dents dis­cussed the dif­fer­ent meth­ods and sys­tems that farm­ers in Africa use, how they sup­port them­selves and one an­other through farm­ers’ co-op­er­a­tives, and lo­cal credit unions and the differences be­tween the small fam­ily run farms in Africa and the large com­pany-owned farms in Amer­ica. They dis­cussed the causes and ef­fects of Cli­mate Change on the en­vi­ron­ment, and watched a video on car­bon diox­ide emis­sions.

When learn­ing about Gen­der In­equal­i­ties, stu­dents dis­cussed stereo­types. To do this, they were di­vided into four groups. Two sug­gested stereo­types re­gard­ing boys, and two about girls. These com­mon stereo­types were then com­piled and dis­cussed. Stu­dents car­ried out a sur­vey on whether more males or fe­males did a se­lec­tion of 10 house­hold chores in our homes; in most cases, fe­males did the chores far more of­ten than males.

Stu­dents also learned about the Gen­der In­equal­i­ties in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, in­clud­ing how women are of­ten in ar­ranged mar­riages, and the in­equal­ity in both work and ed­u­ca­tion. They also filled out a ques­tion­naire at the start of the first work­shop based on their prior knowl­edge and, again, at the end of the last work­shop to see if they have learned any more. The work­shops were in­ter­est­ing and en­gag­ing and prompted stu­dents to think about is­sues they nor­mally wouldn’t con­sider.

The pre­sen­ta­tions were fas­ci­nat­ing and Jim had plenty of stories about his ex­pe­ri­ences in Africa which tied in with all the pic­tures from his trav­els. We would like to thank Jim for giv­ing of his time and for fa­cil­i­tat­ing such a worth­while ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dents. (RE­PORT BY KAYLEIGH CLARE MALONE, TY2)

DE­BAT­ING

On Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 25, our Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin de­bat­ing team had their sec­ond round de­bate against Gael­choláiste na Mara. The team made up of Joshua Moore, Dy­lan Geoghe­gan and Conor Ho­gan were propos­ing the mo­tion ‘Ire­land is fail­ing to take ac­tion on cli­mate change’. The boys spoke pas­sion­ately but, un­for­tu­nately, they were just pipped to the post by the op­po­si­tion. It was a hard-fought bat­tle and the boys are dis­ap­pointed not to progress to the next round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

MATHS RE­SEARCH LES­SON

On Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 18, some third Year Maths stu­dents were in­volved in a Re­search Les­son de­vel­oped by some of our maths teach­ers. This les­son pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for the teach­ers to en­gage with teach­ers in other schools who were all in­volved in this col­lab­o­ra­tive ini­tia­tive. Our teach­ers have been work­ing on this les­son since Septem­ber and this re­search les­son will be pre­sented at the maths teach­ers’ con­fer­ence in Maynooth in March.

The aim of the les­son was to en­cour­age stu­dents to re­call their prior knowl­edge which they have gained from pre­vi­ous lessons to at­tempt a more chal­leng­ing ques­tion. Stu­dents were re­quired to ap­ply a va­ri­ety of meth­ods to solve more com­plex prob­lems, use their imag­i­na­tion to in­ter­pret three di­men­sional shapes and dis­cuss dif­fer­ent meth­ods and lis­ten to other stu­dents as they ex­plained their way of prob­lem solv­ing.

One of the ma­jor chal­lenges of the les­son was for the stu­dent to in­ter­pret a three di­men­sional shape by the use of a two di­men­sional shape. The stu­dents needed to take out a right-an­gled tri­an­gle to be­gin to dis­cover more in­for­ma­tion about the three-di­men­sional shape. In do­ing this, the stu­dents needed to use their imag­i­na­tion and de­velop their cre­ative think­ing skills. On the day the stu­dents hap­pily em­braced the task and came up with three dif­fer­ent meth­ods to solve the prob­lem.

TECH­NOL­OGY AWARD

Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin has been suc­cess­ful in its bid to be se­lected as a ‘Pi­o­neer School’ as part of the Ul­ti­maker Pi­o­neer Chal­lenge. Ul­ti­maker is the world’s lead­ing 3D Printer man­u­fac­tur­ers and set up a pro­gram to of­fer 10 places, within the UK and Ire­land, as a Pi­o­neer School.

As part of the se­lec­tion process the school put for­ward the ‘One trol­ley at a time’ project as a ba­sis for their se­lec­tion. The project was orig­i­nally part of the ‘Sci-fest’ Sci­ence com­pe­ti­tion within the school. ‘One trol­ley at a time’ was the brain­child of a num­ber of Fifth Year stu­dents, headed by Trin­ity Dock­ery, and was based around a pro­to­type de­sign of a fold­able shop­ping trol­ley. The com­pe­ti­tion in­volved schools from through­out Ire­land, North­ern Ire­land, and the UK and sub­mit­ting en­tries about the use of 3D Print­ing Tech­nol­ogy to increase knowl­edge, boost cre­ativ­ity and de­velop key skills in sev­eral dif­fer­ent sub­jects from maths to En­gi­neer­ing to art and be­yond.

On Fri­day last, the School was rep­re­sented at the Bri­tish Ed­u­ca­tional Train­ing and Tech­nol­ogy (BETT) Show in Lon­don where it was an­nounced that Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin was the sole Ir­ish re­cip­i­ent of an Ul­ti­maker 3D Printer, fend­ing off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from through­out Ire­land and the Bri­tish Isles.

As part of the Pi­o­neer Pro­gram, Mr McVicar will now be listed among the ranks of ed­u­ca­tional 3D print­ing ‘Pi­o­neers.’ By en­cour­ag­ing these con­trib­u­tors to share re­sources such as 3D print­ing lessons, pro­grams, labs, and class­room ex­pe­ri­ences, it is en­vis­aged that the pro­gram will fa­cil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­no­va­tion among ed­u­ca­tors, even­tu­ally cul­mi­nat­ing in a series of mod­ern cur­ric­ula which teach­ers can use to ef­fec­tively bring 3D print­ers into the class­room.

GAELIC FOOT­BALL

FIRST YEAR – Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin 7-6 Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege 2-4: the CCM First Year Boys’ Gaelic Foot­ball team en­joyed a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over Avon­dale in a high scor­ing game at the Wick­low GAA Cen­tre of Excellence in Ball­nakill.

CCM en­joyed an ex­cel­lent start to the game, go­ing 1-1 to no score ahead af­ter just a few min­utes. Avon­dale re­sponded im­me­di­ately with 1-1 of their own to equalise the game, how­ever CCM soon re­gained their com­po­sure and led for the rest of the match. The mid­field pair­ing of Ross Quinn and Ryan Beale proved in­stru­men­tal in CCMs suc­cess. The duo were com­pletely dom­i­nant in se­cur­ing pos­ses­sion from kick outs and pro­vid­ing the launch pad for CCMs attack. Kevin Leonard also had an ex­cel­lent game at cen­tre half for­ward, while Jake Brady, Tom Hodgkin­son, Jack Hay­den Moore­house and Wil­liam Moore­house worked tire­lessly in attack too, all of whom chipped in with at least a goal apiece.

While it’s fair to say CCMs back line weren’t as busy as their team mates in attack, they man­aged to pro­vide an ex­hi­bi­tion in the art of de­fend­ing when called upon. John O’Brien and Mark Evans were first to ev­ery ball, and Thang Tran Quoc was equally im­pres­sive with his tire­less work rate.

COUNTY SCHOOLS – Hard luck to the County Schools’ team who were de­feated by St Peter’s by a nar­row score­line. Well done to An­drew Earls, who rep­re­sented Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin on the day.

JU­NIOR GIRLS SOC­CER

Hard Luck to the Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin Ju­nior Girls’ Soc­cer team who were beaten by Gorey Com­mu­nity School in the first league match. Al­though im­prov­ing their per­for­mance as the game pro­gressed, Gorey proved too strong on the day for the CCM girls.

SE­NIOR GIRLS SOC­CER

Well done to the CCM Se­nior Girls’ Soc­cer team who played their fi­nal group match against St Kil­ian’s Bray last Thurs­day. With two dev­as­tat­ing de­feats to date, the girls needed a win to boost their con­fi­dence more than any­thing else. Two goals from So­phie Richard­son and one from Lucy Hobbs gave the CCM girls a well-de­served win with a score­line of 3-1.

Cap­tain Natasha Fitzger­ald, Lucy McGet­ti­gan, Zara Browne, Weronika Kuzio and Louise Healy all gave ded­i­cated per­for­mances for the du­ra­tion of the game. Well done and, al­though pro­gres­sion from the group is doubt­ful, it was a valu­able win for the girls.

CROSS COUN­TRY

EAST LE­IN­STER ATH­LET­ICS CROSS COUN­TRY CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS: Last Thurs­day in Avon­dale, Coláiste Cill Mhan­táin Ath­let­ics Club had a great turnout con­sist­ing of twenty two run­ners. Up first were the Ju­nior Boys. Daniel Mur­phy had one of the runs of the day, fight­ing up till the line to gain an ex­cel­lent third place in a field of over 150 run­ners. Dy­lan O’Dono­van gave an ex­hi­bi­tion of en­durance by quickly fol­low­ing Daniel home in 12th place, earn­ing him­self qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Le­in­ster Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Fe­bru­ary too.

The rest of the Ju­nior Boys’ team showed great per­for­mances, overcoming the tough con­di­tions to rep­re­sent them­selves very well. The In­ter Boys had to face one of the tough­est fields of the day, one where 200 run­ners took to the line. Joseph O’Shea went out at a fast pace and kept it con­sis­tent to come home in third, fol­lowed home by his brother Thomas in 22nd place. James Byrne from TY1 was the only en­trant from CCM in the Se­nior Boys 5k. James dic­tated a fast pace from the start and stayed con­sis­tent through­out to hold him­self in 11th po­si­tion earn­ing him­self a qual­i­fi­ca­tion to the Le­in­sters.

Aimee Bell King se­cured sixth spot in the Mi­nor Girls’ A race, fol­lowed closely home by her sis­ter in 15th just get­ting in for the last qual­i­fi­ca­tion spot. The last two qual­i­fiers were Finn Egan Bar­ron in 12th and Jack O’Neill in 14th sealing the fi­nal two spots on the bus for Santry in Fe­bru­ary.

Over­all the group were a very pos­i­tive bunch of stu­dents who showed great en­cour­age­ment for each other and a big thanks to Jack Dunne and Aaron Byrne, who as­sisted through­out the day also. A great day for the school and for Ath­let­ics in CCM.

Sixth Year stu­dents from Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin, Louise Healy, Anna Cruise and Ellen Doyle, put their culi­nary skills to the test in Ready, Steady, Cook! dur­ing Healthy Liv­ing Week.

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