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News from Coláiste Muire, Ennis

Coláiste Muire, Ennis, Co. Clare have kindly shared the following photos and news snippets of all student achievements and events that have occured in the school recently.

Academic Awards

Leaving Cert

Well done to Fatima-Zahra Jaouimaa who is a recipient of a 2013 All Ireland Scholarship which is sponsored by JP McManus. She received her award from Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD at a ceremony on 9 November. Fatima is studying Economics & Mathematical Science in UL.

Well done to Holly Cotgreave who has been awarded a UCD Entrance Scholarship.  Holly is studying Medicine.

Well done to the following students who have received Entrance Exhibition Awards in Trinity College, Dublin.

  • Madeline Arkins ( German & Drama)
  • Amy Gallagher (Medicine)
  • Alison Brogan (Law & Political Science)
  • Mary Ellen Nagle (Russian & Drama)

Pictured above (LtoR) are Niamh O'Regan, Guidance Counsellor, Alannah Redington studying Financial Maths ,
Prof. Paul McCutcheon, Vice President Academic & Registrar University Limerick and Jean Pound , School Principal, Colaiste Muire, Ennis.

Leaving Cert Applied

Well done to Danielle Marshall, one of 9 students nationally to be awarded the LCA Fergal Quinn Award for outstanding results in LCA.

Junior Cert

Well done to Grainne Cremin who was selected to participate in the Irish Junior Science Olympiad (IrJSO) based on results in Junior Cert Science.

Well done to Meabh Hurley who has been identified by the State Exams Commission as a high achiever in 2013 Junior Cert Mathematics. Meabh has been invited to participate in the 2013 Irish Beaver Computing Contest (IBCC)

Law Education for Schools (18/19/20 Sept)

All TY students were given a unique insight into law as seen through the eyes of a practising barrister. Law Education for Schools places emphasis on teaching the student the skill of advocacy.

College Open Days

Leaving Cert and TY students pictured on right attended Open Days in NUI Galway (4 Oct), UCC (Sat 12 Oct), UCD (Sat 9 Nov) and TCD (Sat 7 Dec).

They had the opportunity to attend introductory lectures, visit exhibition stands, talks to undergraduate students and participate in various campus tours.

Horizon Adventure Centre, Kilavalley, Westport (8 – 11 Oct)

TY students took part in a multi- activity programme including surfing, kayaking, climbing Croagh Patrick, zipwire, Jacobs ladder, high ropes, archery and various team building tasks.

Mission Week

Our Annual Mission week took place from 21 – 25 October. The purpose is to raise awareness and to raise funds for the Mercy mission in Nguutani. Mission Week activities included Whacky Sock Day, Copper Race, Cake Sales, Lunchtime Concerts, Leaving Cert Theme Day and the Leaving Cert Concert. We raised in excess of €5000.

Pathology Department Open Day (16 November morning)

A number of TY students took part in this event which took place in conjunction with the “Labs are Vital” initiative organised through the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science in partnership with Abbott Diagnostics, and as part of National Pathology Week, Ireland.

Radiography Presentation Afternoon (16 November afternoon)

A number of TY students attended University Hospital Limerick and listened to talks outlining the different aspects of a career as a Radiographer, followed by a tour of the X-ray department.
Both events also coincided with National Science Week.

Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Thanks to all those who filled 300 shoeboxes with a selection of small gifts. As a result of your generosity Team Hope can fund all year round feeding, water, education and agricultural projects for children and their families in Romania, Kenya, Swaziland, Burundi, Moldova, Congo.

National Ploughing Championships

Our Agricultural Science students travelled to Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laoise on 25th September. As Europe’s largest Outdoor and Agricultural Trade Show attracting on average 1,350 exhibitors and over 200,000 visitors this is an annual event in the Science faculty’s calendar.

Trad for Trocaire

Trad for Trocaire continues to be enthusiastically supported in Coláiste Muire. Our Traditional Musicians (students and teachers pictured on right) entertained us at break time from 26th Sept to 3rd October.

The money we raised (€250) goes to support vulnerable communities, living in extreme poverty and suffering terrible injustices

School Musical (25 – 30 November)

This year’s school musical was Cats. From its foundation in 1860 Coláiste Muire has fostered Music and the Arts. The annual musical promotes an opportunity for each student to work as part of a team and to discover their individual talents. It gives an opportunity for growing in self confidence and self worth.

Thanks to our Board of Management, our teaching staff and our Parents’ Association. Staging a musical in a school environment is a mammoth task which requires a huge level of commitment and investment from all the parties involved.

Lyric FM “Making Radio”project (3 December)

Lyric FM Education and Outreach programme involves making classical music based radio programmes. A mobile radio studio was brought to the school and the fundamental aspects of radio programme making were discussed. The programme was facilitated by Lorcan Murray and Eddie Lenihan

Physics Show (4 December)

Declan Holmes of Science Ireland facilitated this hands on physics show where students participated in activities and demonstrations. Flight, pressure, light, sound and electricity were among the topics covered in this interactive learning experience. Students launched rockets, made music and learned how helicopters fly.

St Vincent de Paul

A St. Vincent de Paul Soft Toy Appeal was launched in the school in December. Any previously loved toys were donated. Our TY 2 class are in the process of setting up a Young St. Vincent de Paul Society here in Coláiste Muire.

Introduction to 2nd Level Programme

This is the sixth year that Coláiste Muire offered this programme for five days in January. 150 sixth class students from primary schools in our catchment area were given an insight into a typical day in second level. Following an iPad demonstration and a short tour of the school they had a French, German and Science class. They also joined some first and second year core classes. They day concluded with a short information session with the Principal and Guidance Counsellor.

Siansa Gael Linn Music Competition

Siansa Gael Linn is one of the country’s most prestigious competitions for young traditional Irish music and singing groups.

Organised by Gael Linn with support from Forfas na Gaeilge, RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine, Siansa provides a platform for talented teenage groups who aim to emulate groups such as Teada, Altan, Danu, Dervish etc

Coláiste Muire are taking place in the semi final in Galway on 10th February.