Bless­ing­ton Com­mu­nity Col­lege

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Our third and sixth year stu­dents are al­most fin­ished the daunt­ing task of their Mock Ju­nior and Leav­ing Cert ex­ams. They have been steadily writ­ing for al­most two weeks and will be de­serv­ing of the mid-term break ahead. We re­mind them to mind all as­pects of their health in these stress­ful months fac­ing them.


The col­lege wel­comed over 90 sixth class stu­dents on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 11, to our En­rol­ment morn­ing. The prin­ci­pal ad­dressed all gath­ered at noon to al­lay fears and give in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant at this time. Fur­ther in­duc­tion will take place in June and Au­gust.


In com­mon with thousands of school­child­ren around the coun­try, our stu­dents, who were not sit­ting ex­ams, left class at 10 a.m. on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 10, to walk around the foot­ball pitch for 10 min­utes. Thank­fully the weather was kind to us and most of our stu­dents and teach­ers got a wel­come shot of fresh air into their day.


First year sci­ence stu­dents have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in ‘Ju­nior Achieve­ment Ire­land’s Futurewize ‘pro­gramme, funded by the Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Ire­land and Fidelity In­vest­ments.

Dur­ing the pro­gramme the stu­dents learned about the So­lar Sys­tem and how to build a rocket. They learned how to make healthy food choices and de­vel­oped prac­ti­cal skills for read­ing food la­bels. They were in­tro­duced to the chem­istry be­hind foren­sic sci­ence as well as gain­ing an in­tro­duc­tion to HTML. They were also given the tools to be­gin plan­ning po­ten­tial ca­reers.

The pro­gramme in­volves lo­cal busi­ness vol­un­teers act­ing as men­tors and ex­pert guides which aim­ing to en­hance stu­dents un- der­stand­ing of STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths) ar­eas.

We thank the co-op­er­at­ing Sci­ence teach­ers, Ms Maeve Har­bourne, Ms Su­san Jenk­ins, Mr Kevin Lo­gan and Mr De­clan Thorn­ton. SAFER IN­TER­NET DAY

To co­in­cide with Safer In­ter­net Day on Fe­bru­ary 7 and its theme of ‘Be the change: Unite for a bet­ter In­ter­net’, all first year stu­dents re­ceived a talk from Cy­ber­safe Ire­land. The hour-long dis­cus­sion-based ses­sion started off with a quiz to re­mind stu­dents of the ba­sics of In­ter­net Safety. They cov­ered safety around so­cial me­dia apps that are pop­u­lar with young peo­ple and ex­plored the top­ics of peer pres­sure and cy­ber­bul­ly­ing. The speaker, Cliodhna Cur­ley also hosted an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with par­ents to com­ple­ment the work done with their chil­dren. Our thanks to Cliodhna.


the Droichead process is a sup­port pro­gramme for Newly Qual­i­fied Teach­ers, lay­ing the foun­da­tions of sub­se­quent pro­fes­sional growth and learn­ing for the next phase of their ca­reer. Bless­ing­ton Com­mu­nity Col­lege is reg­is­tered as a Droichead school and on Fe­bru­ary 14 our team fin­ished their train­ing. We are happy to par­tic­i­pate in the process of sup­port­ing our new col­leagues pro­fes­sion­ally and look for­ward to this work. The mem­bers of the team are the prin­ci­pal, Mr Kieran Burke and four teach­ers, i.e. Ms Teresa Ball, Mr Philip Cur­ley, Ms Mar­garet Ka­vanagh and Mr Ian Swan.

Rory McKer­nan kicked off the show as the teacher in fairy­tale school. He was joined on stage by Snow White (Shan­nagh Goete­len), Ra­pun­zel (Dervla Byrne) Peter Pan (Seán Tomp­kins) Wendy (Ar­lene Kinch) Ginger­locks (Amy Ma­her and Su­per­man (Ruairi Tomp­kins) to name but a few. Ten­sions ran high from early on when the hi­lar­i­ous ugly step­sis­ters (Eoin Byrne and Jake Hickey) clashed with their teacher and landed them­selves in de­ten­tion.

The trouble re­ally es­ca­lated when the Ginger­bread Man (Kevin Joyce) de­manded the poor Magic Mir­ror (Dar­ragh Whe­lan) take him to re­al­ity and we knew trouble was afoot when an en­sem­ble of fairy­tale char­ac­ters landed straight into the set of Grease. Mat­ters be­came even more com­pli­cated for sweet­hearts Danny Zucco (Jor­dan Tal­lon) and Sandy Olsen (Ju­lia Lam­bert) when Prince Charm­ing (Ryan Byrne) and Cin­derella (Daisy Sharpe) fell out and went in search of new part­ners. Danny’s T-birds (Eoghan Byrne, Luke Doyle, Noel Byrne and Ben Mee­han) looked the part in their skinny black jeans and leather jack­ets and their style was matched only by the pink ladies (Fifi Craw­ford Collins, Alex Fitzachary and Caley Dear Kelly) who were de­ter­mined not to let the ugly step sis­ters steal their men.

Or­der was even­tu­ally re­stored by an un­likely hero from each school. The Woods­man (Colm Keogh) made sure Patty Sim­cox (Kelly Hooper) won the class elec­tions in Grease much to the re­lief of Grease’s Prin­ci­pal (Luan Chris­tiansen O’Nial­lain), who was hor­ri­fied at the prospect of the ugly sis­ters tak­ing con­trol.

The stu­dents danced to all the clas­sics of the 80’s on the night. Hits in­clud­ing Foot­loose, Grease Light­ning, and We Go To­gether en­sured the at­mos­phere was elec­tric. As al­ways, the fi­nal de­tails were worked out in an orig­i­nal mu­sic sketch, com­posed by the class and com­piled by Alex Hawkins. Back­stage help was pro­vided by Seán Daly, Aaron Candy and Nathaniel Fer.

Coláiste Eoin ex­tends their sin­cer­est thanks to the en­tire Coláiste Eoin com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties for their con­tin­ued help, sup­port and gen­eros­ity. Once again, due to the stu­dents and staff of Coláiste Eoin, two great nights entertainment were en­joyed by all. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all who were in­volved.

Next week 30 stu­dents will travel to Lon­don to en­gage in a dance work­shop, at­tend a West-End show and see the sights of the Bri­tish cap­i­tal ac­com­pa­nied by Ms Barker, Mr Power, Ms Ní Éadeáin and Ms. McGrath.


Well done to the ju­nior girls’ soc­cer team who beat Clane Com­mu­nity School last week with a score of 4-1. Great ef­forts made and a well-de­served win for the team.


Mr Camp­bell or­gan­ised a visit from the KWWSPCA last Fri­day. 3 Green and 3 Blue raised money and col­lected pet food in aid of the or­gan­i­sa­tion and we pre­sented it to them last week. The stu­dents raised €265 and col­lected a good sup­ply of pet food. The KWWSPCA ex­pressed their thanks and brought in Hazel (a res­cue dog) for the stu­dents to meet.

Coláiste Eoin TY stu­dents who com­pleted the GAA coach­ing and con­cus­sion aware­ness pro­gramme re­cently.

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