Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin

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As par­ents, we all want our chil­dren to be happy and healthy; but some­times we can feel as though we have lit­tle real in­flu­ence over them. New sci­en­tific re­search re­veals that hap­pi­ness can be cul­ti­vated within the home and that par­ent­ing styles and prac­tices have a tremen­dous ef­fect on chil­dren’s emo­tional out­look on life. By pro­mot­ing some ba­sic pos­i­tive traits and har­ness­ing their in­ner strengths, our chil­dren can de­velop a more pos­i­tive view of self, oth­ers and their world. Par­ent­ing can be chal­leng­ing but also a pos­i­tive and ful­fill­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. In a world where child­hood and teenage anx­i­ety is on the rise, it has never been more im­por­tant to cul­ti­vate hap­pi­ness in our chil­dren.

On Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12, at 6.30 p.m. in the school, Shane Martin, C Psy­chol., Ps.S.I, will ex­plore some sci­en­tif­i­cally val­i­dated strate­gies that par­ents can ap­ply to in­flu­ence their chil­dren in a pos­i­tive and pro­found way. Shane is a well-renowned clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and in­deed this is a rare op­por­tu­nity that he will visit the fam­i­lies of Wick­low to share his pro­fes­sional in­sights on our chil­dren’s well­be­ing in a most in­for­ma­tive but also very hu­mourous way. This is def­i­nitely an op­por­tu­nity not to be missed and is open to par­ents of both pri­mary and sec­ondary school chil­dren.


We are de­lighted to an­nounce that, in our fi­nal de­bate of the league, we walked away with a win. We are con­fi­dent now we have enough points to make it through to the next stage of the com­pe­ti­tion but it’s a long wait till Fe­bru­ary be­fore the fi­nal league ta­ble is pub­lished. Our team of Lhamo Fitzsi­mons, Michael Wright, Emma Carter and Re­becca Parke were op­pos­ing the mo­tion ‘The global pop­u­la­tion time bomb is be­ing dif­fused’.

We were against Wood­brook Col­lege in Bray and we spoke about China’s at­tempts to halt pop­u­la­tion growth with their onechild pol­icy and how the gen­der im­bal­ance has led to in­ci­dents of hu­man traf­fick­ing. We also spoke about how coun­tries like France, with an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, are in­tro­duc­ing mea­sures to en­cour­age peo­ple to in­crease fam­ily size and have more chil­dren. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the team and, es­pe­cially, to Michael, who also re­ceived a spe­cial com­men­da­tion for Best Speaker on the night from the ad­ju­di­ca­tors.


This year’s Ger­man Christ­mas Mar­ket is tak­ing place in our school on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The mar­ket is open to the pub­lic where there will be lo­cal ven­dors sell­ing Christ­mas gifts along with our TY mini com­pa­nies. There will be won­der­ful fes­tive at­mos­phere with our tra­di­tional Ger­man mar­ket stalls and per­for­mances from our school choir and band. We will also have a tra­di­tional Kram­pus pa­rade be­fore St Ni­cholas ar­rives. We look for­ward to see­ing you all in your fes­tive at­tire. Frohe Wei­h­nachten.


On Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 28, a num­ber of Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents vis­ited WSPCA as part of their YSI pro­gram. The stu­dents have de­cided to make An­i­mal Abuse their theme for this year and have cho­sen to fundraise for Sharpeshill as part of this. Linda from WSPCA gave a very in­for­ma­tive talk to the stu­dents about the work of the cen­tre, mi­cro chip­ping, the rea­son an­i­mals are brought in and the re­hom­ing process. The stu­dents were then given the op­por­tu­nity to see the dogs, cats and don­keys present. The stu­dents were great rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the school with their en­thu­si­asm and in­ter­est.


On Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, 42 sixth year stu­dents trav­elled to Dublin to at­tend the IADT open day. On the day the stu­dents were given the op­por­tu­nity to tour the col­lege and to meet the cur­rent IADT stu­dents who are study­ing the dif­fer­ent de­gree pro­grammes.

This proved to be a very in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for the CCM stu­dents, where they were able to ac­cess the an­i­ma­tion and film stu­dios, view nu­mer­ous sam­ple port­fo­lios, in­ter­act with the stu­dents who were at work in their rel­e­vant de­part­ments, whether it be work­ing in the area of 3D De­sign, Model Mak­ing and Dig­i­tal Art, or An­i­ma­tion and art, as well as talk to stu­dents and lec­tur­ers about the pro­grammes in En­trepreneur­ship, English, Me­dia and Cul­tural Stud­ies, Cre­ative Com­put­ing, Ap­plied Psy­chol­ogy, Arts Man­age­ment and New Me­dia Stud­ies.

While on the tour, it was great to see some of the CCM stu­dents who com­pleted the Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate in CCM in June 2018, who are now study­ing var­i­ous pro­grammes at IADT This was very en­cour­ag­ing for the cur­rent stu­dents, as they could see the link be­tween the work that they have to put into their stud­ies for this year and where it could lead them to next year.


Last Tues­day, 27TH Novem­ber, and Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Dell vis­ited all Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents to present their pro­gramme ‘IT is not just for Geeks’. The pre­sen­ta­tion took place in the demon­stra­tion room and was both in­for­ma­tive and en­gag­ing.


On Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, a group of 40 TY Stu­dents trav­elled to Mi­crosoft’s new 17 mil­lion euro build­ing in Leop­ard­stown to par­tic­i­pate the Mi­crosoft Dream.

Space Ex­pe­ri­ence. Stu­dents were able to ex­pe­ri­ence Mi­crosoft’s ad­vances in Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence, Vir­tual Re­al­ity and Im­mer­sive Tech­nol­ogy. It was very much an en­gag­ing and hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence. Stu­dents were shown how tech­nol­ogy in­flu­ences the ev­ery­day world around them – from how they’re en­ter­tained to how they travel, shop and eat.

Stu­dents were given the op­por­tu­nity to build and code sim­ple ver­sions of the most used tech gad­gets and apps, as well as dis­cover the many ex­cit­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties the world of tech­nol­ogy presents.


The un­der-16s Boys’ Bas­ket­ball team were un­lucky in their game against Kishoge Com­mu­nity Col­lege. There was great team­work from both teams in the first and sec­ond quar­ters with no­table scores from Peter Dunne and Noah Sheri­dan and de­fen­sive work from Ethan Power. KCC came out strong and lead by 12 at half time. In the third and fourth quar­ter the team worked hard to chip away at KCCs lead and went up by two points, lead­ing them to the last quar­ter. Un­for­tu­nately, CCM was un­able to win the game and lost 25-43. Ex­cel­lent per­for­mance from the whole team but es­pe­cially An­drew Nolan and Javier Ro­jas.

The un­der-19s took on St Mary’s of Dublin in a home game in the re­gional quar­ter fi­nal of the league. It was a fran­tic start with scores be­ing ex­changed at ei­ther end. With Joe O’Shea and Con­rad Halvorsen do­ing the scor­ing for CCM in the first quar­ter, St Mary’s just edged the first quar­ter by 1612. In the sec­ond quar­ter, CCM took the up­per hand with Con­rad Halvorsen, No­jus Su­mauskas and Nathan Ernes­tas driv­ing the team on. At half-time, CCM were down by one bas­ket.

In the third quar­ter how­ever there was a turn­ing point as CCMs star player, Con­rad got fouled out. St Mary’s started to get a hold on the game from here on and the score at the end of the third quar­ter was 38-26. In the fi­nal quar­ter Ali Saim, Danny Mur­phy and Moe Tran Quoc came on and started to land a few scores but, in the end, St Mary’s proved too strong. Well done to the team on a spir­ited per­for­mance.

Our un­der-16 Hurl­ing team en­joyed a good win over St Kevin’s of Dunlavin on a score of 6-8 to 3-6 in the South Le­in­ster C1 qual­i­fier. The team put in an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance, par­tic­u­lary Daniel Browne in goals, and Adam Sin­nott, Conor Doyle and John O’Brien in the backs. Ross Quinn, Char­lie Cruise, Kian Con­lan and Billy Joe Con­nors also got some great scores.


The un­der-15 Soc­cer team had a com­pre­hen­sive win against CCA on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29, The team played well with Seán O’Meara, Mikey Mer­ri­gan, Joe Neilan and Toby Lee Cur­ran scor­ing the goals. The team will progress to the semi-fi­nals of the Wick­low Wex­ford League. Well done to the lads on a great achieve­ment.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Liam Con­nelly, Jen­nifer Wood, Ais­ling Baird and Harry Ja­cobs, who qual­i­fied to the next round of the maths olympiad com­pe­ti­tion in UCD this week.


Water­ford In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy gave a ca­reers talk to se­nior stu­dents last week.


Our un­der-15 boys soc­cer team en­sured qual­i­fi­ca­tion from their group with a com­fort­able vic­tory against NWETSS. A to­tal of 20 play­ers have now been used in their last three matches and com­pe­ti­tion for places is heat­ing up. Well done to cap­tain Harry Brox­son and the rest of the panel on a suc­cess­ful sea­son to date.


Train­ing for our first and sec­ond

The first year girls played in the fi­nal of the blitz in Bal­li­nakill dur­ing the week. They won their 2 first games but were de­feated in the last game against Carnew.

The u16 boys played against Avon­dale and had a great win.

Our se­nior boys were un­lucky to lose their match last week af­ter ex­tra time and penal­ties.

First year boys won against CBS and u16 had a great win against Gle­nart Col­lege re­cently.

Well done to all.


Ea­graíodh cruinniú don CAO ar an Déar­daoin seo caite do na tu­i­smitheoirí. Fuair siad a lán eo­lais ar an dtab­hacht a bhaineann leis .

Par­ents were in­vited to a CAO meet­ing re­cently. They were given im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing how best to fill out the form.

The Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin Un­der 15 Soc­cer team that en­joyed a com­pre­hen­sive win against CCA on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29.

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