Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin

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Last Tues­day CCM was one of the 20 par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in this year’s Kil­dare Wick­low Ed­u­ca­tion Train­ing Board’s (KWETB) Hike for Life. This ini­tia­tive be­gan four years ago when the Kil­dare and Wick­low Vo­ca­tional and Ed­u­ca­tional Com­mit­tees (VEC’ s) amal­ga­mated. The im­por­tance of pos­i­tive men­tal and phys­i­cal health is cen­tral to what the com­bined schools aim to high­light when stu­dent and teacher rep­re­sen­ta­tives walk the 10km Spinc Loop in Glendalough. The hike was part of an ini­tia­tive to raise aware­ness of Pos­i­tive Men­tal Health as well as raise some money for Kil­dare Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion and Pi­eta House.

This year the au­tumn sun shone, en­ergy and spir­its were high as stu­dents and teach­ers chat­ted and laughed to­gether. A to­tal of €5,800 will be do­nated to Kil­dare Men­tal Health and Pi­eta House be­cause of their ef­forts. Thanks to Ms Fitzger­ald and six­teen se­nior men­tor stu­dents from fifth Year, who par­tic­i­pated in the ‘Hike for Life’. Over a hun­dred stu­dents from KWETB schools com­pleted the 10km hike in un­der 2.5 hours.


Any stu­dents in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in this year’s mu­si­cal ‘All Shook Up’? We are look­ing for tal­ented singers, dancers and ac­tors to sign up with Ms McA­dam, mu­sic teacher, for CCMs first Mu­si­cal which will be staged this year. TY COF­FEE FOR HOS­PICE

A big thank you to ev­ery­body who planned, or­gan­ised and do­nated to the TY fundraiser last Fri­day. In par­tic­u­lar thanks to the TY tu­tors and the TY stu­dents who brought in all the good­ies; to the Home Eco­nomics depart­ment who both baked and pro­vided us with jugs, plates and teapots and to Cen­tra Rath­new, who do­nated some re­cy­clable cof­fee cups. Thanks also to Ms Mur­phy and the hard work­ing TY com­mit­tee who en­sured the event ran smoothly.

Fi­nally, sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all the stu­dents and teach­ers who sup­ported the event.


A to­tal of 45 Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents com­pleted their Ad­ven­ture Jour­ney for their Gaisce Award last Wednesday and Thursday. They cov­ered a to­tal of 30 kms over the two days. They walked from Glendalough to Glen­malure hav­ing to take a de­tour over rough ter­rain. The rain held off till the stu­dents reached the top of the hill, in time to cool them down.

The stu­dents stayed in Balt­in­glass Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre where they en­joyed ac­tiv­i­ties like rock climb­ing, team games and map read­ing. On the sec­ond day stu­dents walked from Augha­vanagh to Gle­malure with an ex­tra un­planned de­tour thrown in for good mea­sure. The stu­dents re­mained pos­i­tive for the whole trip and are to be com­pli­mented for their be­hav­iour and at­ti­tude over the two de­mand­ing days.


TY stu­dents are or­gan­is­ing a ‘24 Hour No Phone Chal­lenge’ in Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin on Thursday, Oc­to­ber 19, in aid of En­able Ire­land. This in­volves stu­dents giv­ing up their phones from 8.50 a.m. on Thursday morn­ing till 8.50 a.m. on Fri­day morn­ing. So that means... no calls, texts, tweets, snapchats etc. for 24 hours.

The pur­pose of this chal­lenge is to teach stu­dents that we take tech­nol­ogy for granted a lot of the time as some peo­ple rely heav­ily on tech­nol­ogy to sur­vive and go about their ev­ery­day lives. All money raised will be going to­wards En­able Ire­land. All sup­port would be much ap­pre­ci­ated.


The time has fi­nally come to an­nounce that the CCM Fun Run will go ahead on Wednesday, Oc­to­ber 18, at 11.30. This event caters for stu­dents and teach­ers of all abil­i­ties, from crawlers to walk­ers to run­ners. The Fun Run will cost €4 to en­ter and we would en­cour­age the whole school to take part in this school event.

The event is to raise money in con­junc­tion with the par­ents’ as­so­ci­a­tion and all money raised will be used to fund ini­tia­tives within the school. On the day, there will be a DJ for the warm up and to play mu­sic through­out the event, and re­fresh­ments on com­ple­tion of the course. The route is a dou­ble loop of the bi­cy­cle track around the school.

Prizes will be awarded to the fol­low­ing plac­ings – First, Sec­ond and Third for ev­ery year group, over­all male and fe­male stu­dent and over­all male and fe­male teacher. Forty medals in to­tal.


Craft Club be­gan this Mon­day be­tween 4-5 in G70. The club will run ev­ery sec­ond week al­ter­nat­ing with Cake Dec­o­rat­ing and is open to all stu­dents who do not need to study Home Eco­nomics.


This year our very pop­u­lar Sci­ence Club will run once more. All Ju­nior stu­dents who are in­ter­ested in join­ing the club should en­quire with Ms Smyth, Sci­ence teacher.


FROM THE GUIN­NESS BOOK OF RECORDS: DY­LAN O’DONO­VAN the aim was to raise €100 or as close as pos­si­ble for my char­ity Guin­ness World Record at­tempt at the 100x50m re­lay at the National Aquatic Cen­tre on Fri­day, Septem­ber 29. The char­i­ties in­volved were the North­ern Ire­land Hos­pice and Ir­ish Cancer So­ci­ety and both char­i­ties will ben­e­fit by €5,000 each as a re­sult. The out­come was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess and I would like to thank the staff who contributed so gen­er­ously, but in par­tic­u­lar Ms Door­ley for her huge amount of help and sup­port.

Well done Dy­lan on a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.


Last Tues­day Pádraig McGrath from the Young Car­ers As­so­ci­a­tion gave a very in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion to TY stu­dents about the chal­lenges and ben­e­fits of be­com­ing a young carer dur­ing their SPHE class. The stu­dents thor­oughly en­joyed the pre­sen­ta­tion and learn­ing more about the ex­pe­ri­ences in­volved in this worth­while oc­cu­pa­tion.


The new crop of CCM ath­letes got their chance to put on the red sin­glet as Cor­mac Byrne, Adam Daly, Paul Do­herty, Char­lie Phe­lan and Ben Ryan all ran bril­liantly to fin­ish sec­ond place over­all at the first Avon­dale Cross Coun­try Re­lay Meet in the first Year race.

The sec­ond Year Boys’ race saw ex­cel­lent runs from Ewan Carr Cul­bert, Finn Egan Bar­ron, Mark Melia and Taylor Cahill to fin­ish third over­all in their race. The Sec­ond Year girls proved to be too strong for their com­peti­tors on the day.

The girls worked bril­liantly to­gether as they pulled off a stun­ning win for their third Year team. The team con­sisted of Aimee Bell King, Bon­nie Bell King, Genevieve Codd White, Mal­wina Wesolowska and Caoil­fhionn Ni Dhubh­slaine.

The third Year boys worked a mag­i­cal master class, util­is­ing tac­ti­cal ge­nius to level up their re­lay teams to per­fec­tion. All run­ners ran ex­cep­tion­ally well, some prov­ing they have stepped up their fit­ness hugely from last year. The teams con­sisted of Ai­dan Hen­nessy, Dan Mur­phy, Oisin Tim­mons, Liam Con­nolly, Thomas O’Neill and Aaron Byrne.

The TY girls had not one ounce of en­ergy to spare as they left ev­ery­thing on the course, fight­ing to come away with sec­ond in the new ad­di­tion of the TY cat­e­gory. The team con­sisted of Wik­to­ria Dol­go­ruki, Lab­haoise Ryan and Cara Sel­lars. This was the first time that each of the girls has run for CCM AC, we wish them many more out­ings ahead.

The fi­nal event of the day was the Boys’ TY race which saw Joseph O’Shea, Jack Byrne and Tom O’Shea run su­perbly to come home first in the TY cat­e­gory, fight­ing all the way to the line.

Well done to all ath­letes in­volved and es­pe­cially to Jack O’Neill and Cian Kelly, who as­sisted in coach­ing roles on the day it­self.


The un­der-19 girls played their first game this sea­son against a strong St Mary’s of Ark­low team. The CCM girls started well win­ning the first quar­ter. Alba Gal­ban and Emma worked well to­gether cre­at­ing some lovely passes and bas­kets. St Mary’s came back in the sec­ond quar­ter and Kerry O’Toole, Katie McAu­lay and Siob­hán Irons did well in de­fence but by half time, St Mary’s were ahead by­onebas­ket.

The sec­ond half of the game was very close. Lucy Hobbs and Lucy McGet­ti­gan worked well to­gether to stop St Mary’s from get­ting too close to the bas­ket. The girls worked well mov­ing the ball for­ward; Ali­son O’Shea, Ni­amh O’Toole, Julie Carey, Shelly Carr Cul­bert and Amber Syn­nott all contributed to a great team per­for­mance from CCM Un­for­tu­nately, it wasn’t enough and St Mary’s won the match 43-40.

Well done to the CCM girls who are look­ing for­ward to an ex­cit­ing sea­son ahead. Alba Gal­ban was praised by St Mary’s and the ref­er­ees for a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance.


As part of the Girls’ Rugby Ini­tia­tive run­ning within the school over the next four weeks, train­ing be­gan last Wednesday from 11.30 to 12.30. Any stu­dents who would like to try rugby are welcome to sign up with Ms Ka­vanagh or Mr Duffy be­fore com­menc­ing train­ing this week.

Stu­dents and teach­ers from Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin which was one of the twenty par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in this year’s Kil­dare Wick­low Ed­u­ca­tion Train­ing Board’s (KWETB) Hike for Life.

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