Colaiste Muire Ennis News – May 2019

Coláiste Muire Euroscola Winners visit Strasbourg

In March this year a group of Coláiste Muire Transition Year students visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg as part of their Euroscola Video Clip competition prize.

In this year’s Euroscola competition students had to create a one-minute video clip on ‘My EU Election Campaign’. One winning school was selected from each of Ireland’s three European constituencies.

South: Coláiste Muire, Ennis
Dublin: Mount Sackville
Midlands North West: St. Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda

Students were asked to take their inspiration from the big democratic advances of 1918, when women in Ireland won the right to vote, and for the first time a woman was elected to both Dáil Éireann and the House of Commons. Standing as a candidate in the next EU Elections students were asked to describe the issues most important to them.

The winning students travelled to the European Parliament in Strasbourg and experienced a day as an MEP. They joined their peers from across Europe and discussed topics of interest to Ireland in a European context with their peers from other member states and members of  Parliament.

Well done to Lily Price TY4, Annie McEldowney TY4, Ciara O’Connor TY4, Orla Commons TY1, Cliodhna Spriggs TY4, Aoibhin O’Donoghue TY4, Aoife McDonnell TY2 & Aoife Buckley TY2.


Gaelbhratach bainte amach do Choláiste Muire

Comhghairdeas leis na cailíní san Idirbhliain ar éirigh leo an Gaelbhratach a bhaint amach do Choláiste Muire Inis.

Rinne an coiste seo a leanas an obair i rith na bliana agus d’éirigh thar cionn leo an Ghaeilge a spreagadh ar fud na scoile.

Cathaoirleach: Sadie Ní Chatháin, Leas-Chathaoirleach: Holly Ní Churráin Rúnaí:

Rebecca Ni Chatháin Leas-Rúnaí: Jamila Liani Oifigeach: Grace Ní Thiarnáin

Leas-Oifigeach: Leah Ní Ghabhann

Gael-Linn oversees the Gaelbhratach in schools in partnership with Conradh na Gaeilge. The aim of this scheme is to encourage and enable schools to promote Irish in a planned, ongoing, enjoyable way. All TY Irish classes were involved in this initiative throughout the year.

Edel Ní Bhraondín from Gaelbhratach met with the Coiste (Committee) on Mon 5 Dec. Gaeilge 24 took place on 13 Nov. 340 schools and 32,000 participated nationwide. In Coláiste Muire, 32 TY students endeavoured to speak Irish for 24 hours. This was supported by many teaching staff. Students wore t-shirts and badges. Other activities included an Irish Breakfast morning and refereeing a volleyball match through Irish.

A Club Gaeilge was set up and was open each Thursday at lunch time. Transition year classes taught First Year classes some céilí dances and Irish songs.

A Bord Quiz, Ceolchoirm and Seanchaí were among some of the events organised during Seachtain na Gaeilge. Well done to the coiste who worked so hard on the promotion of Gaeilge during the year. Their efforts were rewarded with the presentation to Coláiste Muire of the Gaelbhratach – Is fiú agus is féidir!


Coláiste Muire Green Schools Overall Junior Winners EcoUnesco  Environmental Awards

Coláiste Muire Young Environmentalists were the Overall Junior Winner at the EcoUnesco Environmental Awards in the National conference Centre in Dublin recently.

This award is the culmination of a sustained effort on the part of these young environmentalists who have worked hard throughout the year on Biodiversity. Their work this year has included holding talks in school to help with their pollinator plan, planting flowers, creating new wildlife habitats and organising a tree planting day in orchards around the town.

They worked with the student council to change people’s habits around plastic consumption and succeeded in implementing a school wide plastic ban. They set up social media accounts and used poster campaigns and a stall in the school canteen to raise awareness at every stage.  They addressed the politicians in the local Council Chamber and proposed several changes and are continuing to follow through on the action points.

The group includes Kate Duson, Kate Harty, Sophie Rynne, Keira Loftus, Sara Liani, Jennifer Weston, Aisling Conway, Aoibhinn O’Sullivan, Lucy O’Connor, Rose Carter and Ciara Miesle.


Press Pass Awards

Congratulations and very well done to Coláiste Muire Transition year students Alice Larkin and Rebecca Keane, who were announced as category winners in the Press Pass Student Journalism competition. Well done also to their teachers Ms Kate Minnogue and Mr Richie Hayes.

The popular competition element of the Press Pass Programme drew hundreds of entries from across the country with students entering original pieces across five categories – News, Opinion, Features, Sport and Photojournalism. Rebecca’s entry was in Photojournalism while Alice’s entry was in Sports Journalism.

Over 10,000 Transition year students took part in the Press Pass Programme, which develops news , literacy and critical thinking skills while helping students to develop a deeper understanding of  news media and how it communicates about the world around them.