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News from Coláiste Muire, Ennis

A big thank you to Niamh O'Regan for sharing the following news from her school, Coláiste Muire in Ennis, Co. Clare.

Academic Awards

2016 All Ireland Scholarship Award

Well done to Roisin Dwyer who was presented with an All-Ireland Scholarship Award at a ceremony in University of Limerick on Saturday 19 November.

We wish Roisin every success with her future studies in Veterinary Medicine in UCD.

President’s Award UCD

Sinead Mulcahy and Roisin Dwyer were both presented with a President’s Award for their outstanding Leaving Cert Results 2016 at a ceremony in UCD on Wednesday 16 November.

Sinead (pictured on right) is studying Law and Social Justice and Roisin is studying Veterinary Medicine.

We wish both every success in their future studies.

High Achiever Award Association of Art Teachers Ireland

Congratulations to Nell Hensey who was awarded a High Achiever award from the Association of Art Teachers Ireland on achieving the highest grade in the Leaving Cert Art History exam 2016.

Nell is currently studying English and Film studies in UCD.

She was presented with her award in the Museum of Modern Art on the 17th October.

Pictured above are Helen O'Donoghue, Niamh Hickey (Teacher), Nell Hensey (Recipient), and Nadine McDonagh Cunningham. 

Meet your MEP Programme

Well done to Roslyn Cuffe Kelly a Transition Year 5 student.

Roslyn is one of 10 TY students in Munster who has won a trip to the European Parliament on 8/9/10 December as part of the Meet Your MEP Programme for her essay entitled "Why the EU is important to me".

Rotary Youth Leadership Development Competition

Well done to Hannah Keane a Transition Year 2 student. Hannah was selected as one of 24 district winners of Rotary's Youth Leadership Development Competition on Friday18 November in Athlone.

The competition focuses on leadership, citizenship and personal growth.

Next February the 24 winners will visit Belfast and meet with local political and business leaders, then travel to the Houses of the Oireachtas in Dublin.

The highlight of the trip will be to debate a variety of motions in the European Parliament in Strasbourg at Euroscola!

PDST Technology in Education ‘ICT Conference for School Leaders’

PDST Technology in Education, in conjunction with the ICT committee of NAPD, hosted a conference for school leaders in the Convention Centre in Dublin on 23 November.

Ms.E. Jones & Ms. N. O’Regan together with two of last year’s TY students Éanna O’Loughlin and Caoimhe Roughan were invited to contribute at a Work Shop: entitled “Ongoing assessment using eportfolios” . 

We are one of 24 schools participating in an ePortfolio pilot project with PDST Technology in Education. Our 120 Transition Year students are engaging in the project for 2016/17.

Both students spoke and shared examples of ePortfolios in the context of TY and explained about the three essential components of an ePortfolio - storage; workspace and showcase.

By emphasising teacher/student feedback and the opportunity for students to reflect on their learning, Coláiste Muire discussed how ongoing assessment can be enhanced through use of ePortfolios.