Coláis­teChill Mhan­táin

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The board of man­age­ment of the school met last Thurs­day evening, Fe­bru­ary 16, and the mem­bers wished to con­vey their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to ev­ery­one in the school com­mu­nity for the work they do and to ac­knowl­edge the won­der­ful suc­cess that the school has achieved in re­cent months.

The man­age­ment and staff of the school would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the work of the board, whose on­go­ing sup­port un­der­pins all of our achieve­ments in the school.


First Year stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in a Per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and Self-Aware­ness pro­gramme this week, on the theme ‘Jour­ney into new be­gin­nings’. It is an op­por­tu­nity for First Years to stop and re­flect on their jour­ney into the new school, and to ap­pre­ci­ate who and what has helped them along the way. There was a lovely re­flec­tive at­mos­phere with each of the classes who pos­i­tively en­gaged in the ex­pe­ri­ence


On Fe­bru­ary 9 our TY4 class group, with our teacher Ms. Mur­phy, or­gan­ised for Suzie Cahn, a lo­cal or­ganic farmer and ed­u­ca­tor and our pre­vi­ous teacher, Ms. Min­nock, to visit our class and help us or­gan­ise a day of ac­tion in the poly­tun­nel area of our school to com­plete our ECO-UNESCO Young En­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Awards project.

On a re­ally cold Thurs­day morn­ing, we all changed into warm clothes and went out­side for the day to work on our project. Our class split into teams, each hav­ing a dif­fer­ent ob­jec­tive. One group was in charge of mak­ing bird feed­ers out of re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles, cre­at­ing 15 bird feed­ers which we will dis­trib­ute around the school grounds.

An­other team had to use old wooden pal­lets to cre­ate bird houses and we are cur­rently aim­ing to make at least 10. Also there was a team in charge of dig­ging the grass up out­side for fu­ture use in the spring to plant wild­flow­ers. We have be­gun sow­ing flower seeds into seed trays to ger­mi­nate them in the poly­tun­nel be­cause at the mo­ment it is too cold to start them out­side.

Lastly we had a team who cre­ated a wooden hand-painted sign to put out­side a gar­den we were mak­ing for wild flow­ers to let the pub­lic know about our project. We are pas­sion­ate about this project be­cause we want to help pol­li­na­tors such as bees who are be­ing threat­ened by the use of chem­i­cal fer­tilis­ers among other dan­gers.

Bees are es­sen­tial for the pol­li­na­tion of much of the food we eat ev­ery day. We also wanted to pro­tect birds as some species are in de­cline due to habi­tat loss.

Stu­dents could join which ever group they liked so that each per­son could en­joy learn­ing some­thing new or work with what they are best at.

Each team worked to their strengths and made some amaz­ing prod­ucts to help the pol­li­na­tors and birds sur­vive. We hope to present our project in the 2017 Eco-Unesco Young En­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Awards in March this year.


Last Fri­day, be­tween 11: 20 and 13: 20, all First Year stu­dents took part in a Sports Day as part of #SchoolsGoOrange in aid of Cy­cle Against Sui­cide. The Men­tor Team fa­cil­i­tated a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties which had been set up on the pitch: ug of War ; Sponge Toss ; XOs with Hula Hoops ; Cross Bar Challenge ; Tar­get Prac­tice (Foot­ball, Rugby Ball, Fris­bee) ; Sack Race ; Spoon/Hurl race ; Sprint (timed) ; three Legged Race ; Big Feet Race ; Shot Put/ Throw-in ; Welly Toss

In the af­ter­noon the whole school par­tic­i­pated in a School Walk. A great day was en­joyed by all and the event suc­cess­fully pro­moted, once again, the mes­sage that ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s ab­so­lutely OK to ask for help’. #SchoolsGoOrange


Last Fri­day morn­ing, the Men­tor team co­or­di­nated a ta­ble quiz for all First Year stu­dents. This event proved to be great fun and gave the stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to put their gen­eral knowl­edge of a va­ri­ety of top­ics to the test. The com­pe­ti­tion be­tween teams was fierce and very well done to Ffia Driver, Is­abelle Vozza, Claire Salmon, Tommy Do­herty and Bon­nie Bell King, who were the over­all win­ners of the quiz.


There are five mini-com­pa­nies rep­re­sent­ing Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin at both ju­nior and se­nior level on Tues­day, March 28, at the Wick­low Stu­dent En­ter­prise Awards in Cler­mont. Best wishes to all in­volved.


TY Paired Read­ing be­gins on Fri­day, March 4, from 9.11 a.m., for 10 con­sec­u­tive Fri­days in con­junc­tion with St Pa­trick’s Na­tional School, Wick­low.


First Year stu­dents cre­ated Valen­tine’s cakes to­day in their last class be­fore the Midterm break. Cake Dec­o­rat­ing will re­turn ev­ery sec­ond Mon­day af­ter the Midterm. New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.


On Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 28, the Home Eco­nom­ics depart­ment are or­gan­is­ing Smi­ley Pancake Tues­day, where stu­dents can dec­o­rate their own pancake with Smi­ley Faces, in aid of Men­tal Health Ire­land, pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive men­tal health. All money raised goes to­wards Men­tal Health Ire­land and Wick­low Men­tal Health.


The First Year Girls’ Bas­ket­ball team had their first game last Fri­day against St Mary’s in Ark­low. They girls worked very well as a team and did very well in de­fence for the first two quar­ters, keep­ing St Mary’s to a low score of 6.

Un­for­tu­nately, St Mary’s pulled away in the last quar­ter to win the game. The girls show great po­ten­tial for a very strong CCM bas­ket­ball team in the com­ing years. Train­ing is on Fri­days at lunchtime and all First Year girls are wel­come.


On Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 15, the Le­in­ster School Cross-Coun­try took place in Santry. This tough com­pe­ti­tion al­ways has high num­bers bat­tling it out for a cov­eted place in the all-Ire­land. Six stu­dents from Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin bat­tled hard in each of their re­spec­tive races.

Up first for rac­ing were the twins, Bon­nie and Aimee Bell-King, for the 1500m race. The girls started off from a huge line up and con­tested through the run. The con­di­tions on ground were tough af­ter all the rain and they found them­selves hav­ing to dig deep in some sec­tions. Aimee came home in a very im­pres­sive 20th po­si­tion, with Bon­nie fight­ing close be­hind in 37th. A mas­sive re­sult for the girls who had been com­pet­ing at the week­end.

Next race was the Mi­nor Boys’ 2000m race, with Finn Egan-Byrne com­pet­ing for a space. Finn got off to a great start with a strong run as al­ways, show­ing great heart and de­ter­mi­na­tion with over 130 run­ners in the group. Finn put in a great per­for­mance and came home in 37th place.

The next race was Ju­nior Boys with 3000m – two large laps of the course. Dy­lan O’Dono­van and Daniel Mur­phy were burst­ing into the group and push­ing strong at the start. Dy­lan worked hard and put in a strong per­for­mance over the two laps. Daniel, who has just taken up cross coun­try, showed huge grit to hang on to the lead group and came home with a fan­tas­tic 9th­place – giv­ing him a place in the all-Irelands in Belfast on March 11. A great re­sult for Daniel, who re­cently took up Cross-Coun­try for the school, and for Ath­let­ics in CCM.

The last race for CCM saw Joe O’Shea com­pete in a very strong group, putting in a tough per­for­mance over 4500m. A fan­tas­tic dis­play from Joe, over three gru­elling laps, brought him home in an in­cred­i­ble 26th place.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all ath­letes who gave it their all on the day. A big thanks to Ewan, Jack and Oisin, who gave great help on the day, tak­ing pho­to­graphs and cheer­ing on the team.

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