Coláiste Cholmcille School News

Students celebrate Maths Week

Maths Week

Students enjoyed a variety of events to celebrate Maths Week at Coláiste Cholmcille. Second-year students divided up into teams and were given the opportunity to experience maths in the real world by walking around Ballyshannon following a map. They answered questions based on different landmarks in Ballyshannon. This activity developed problem solving skills, teamwork, estimation, trial and error and mental maths skills.

First-year maths students worked in teams in the Mercy Hall answering questions on their maths learning from this year to win a giant game of Snakes and Ladders! Speed and team work skills as well as quick calculations were crucial in order to get to the top of the board.

Third-year maths students were involved in a Halloween themed maths relay race where they used their understanding of maths from a mixture of topics to answer clue cards. They had to organise the information, make calculations and develop equations where necessary in order to answer the questions posed.

Many people find mathematics difficult, and attitudes towards it are often negative. The central message of our organised activities for Maths Week is that maths is interesting and rewarding and can be great fun.

Thanks to all of the Transition-Year students who were of huge help in organising and running the events.

Donegal Schools Cross Country

Congratulations to Emer O'Brien and all the other athletes who took part in the Donegal Schools Cross Country last week in Magheragallon, Gweedore. Emer O'Brien left her competition for dust to come first in the First-Year Girls' Race. Both the Second-Year Girls and the Senior Boys team placed third in their respective competitions. Overall this was a good performance by all athletes.

Enterprise Day

A group of twenty students attended an Enterprise Day organised by Donegal ETB and LYIT last week. They were given a list of items and had to come up with an innovative product, then name it, design a marketing plan and predict costings for it. They had to make a pitch to judges and put forward a case for funding their product. It was a very enjoyable day and the students got fully involved, missing out by one point in coming in finishing in the top three.

TY Portfolios Online with Wordpress

Transition-Year students are continuously managing and updating their own TY Portfolios online. As part of their TY course, students are required to produce a portfolio of work completed and activities undertaken over the course of the year. Following a successful pilot project last year, this year's group have developed their own websites using Wordpress, one of the main web development platforms in use today. Many employers list knowledge of Wordpress as a requirement for jobs these days. As students take part in a huge number of activities and projects over the year.


Blurb is back! Last Friday, over 20 students turned up for the first Coláiste Cholmcille Senior Book Club (more commonly known as Blurb) of the new school year. The high numbers showed great enthusiasm for the return of the book club, almost as much as there was for the tea and biscuits. Blurb will meet once every 4-6 weeks, depending on school activities. The first book for Blurbers is "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, a rather dark novel set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic America, which follows the story of a father and son as they cross the barren landscape. On this occasion the students were taught the books by the English Department. The next meeting has yet to be scheduled when Blurbers will discuss 'The Road', whether they liked it, disliked it, or even read it, over tea and biscuits.

Girls Futsal

Well done to our First Year Girls Futsal team who took part in an all county blitz in the Aura Leisure Centre recently. Ten secondary schools from all around Donegal were involved. The Coláiste Cholmcille team came fifth in the competition overall.

CSPE Action Project Visit to Loughan House

Class 3.1 visited Loughan House Open Centre in Blacklion as part of their CSPE Action Project along with their teacher Miss McGrath. The students were given a tour of the facility by the Chief Officer. They visited cells, the church, the gym, and learned about the variety of enterprises the inmates are engaged in, such as growing shamrocks and sunflowers for the Irish Cancer Society. Class 3.1 organised every aspect of the visit themselves, from getting permission to go out for the day to booking the visit. They will now write a detailed report on the visit and all that they learned.

Internet safety

Representatives from AIB visited the school last week to deliver a talk to TYs on the importance of internet safety.

Build A Bank

A number of TY students have recently been selected to take part in the national AIB Build A Bank competition. All TY students had to pass an interview to get on the team. Katie Slevin, Rionach Sheerin, Andrea McGlynn, Kelly Vaughan, Aoife Cassidy and Patrick O'Connor were successful and will now work with their AIB mentor to get ready for the regional heat of the competition. The students get involved in everything from developing a business plan, branding their bank and engaging with the community to sourcing new customers through creative marketing campaigns.

Christmas Fair
Transition Year students are busy organising a TY Christmas Fair on December 7th as a whole-year enterprise project. A range of products produced by TY students will be available: Christmas bobbles and logs, other crafts, cakes, muffins, buns, brownies and cookies to name but a few. Other local producers will also be invited to participate. Coláiste Cholmcille students will have an opportunity to visit the fair in the morning, with primary schools invited in the early afternoon, and parents later in the day. This is the first time that such a large-scale project has been developed by the TY Enterprise team, and we wish them the best of luck!

U16 Girls Gaelic
The U16 Girls Gaelic team were victorious over St. Marys, Limavady, earlier this week, with a final score of 6.07 to 1.04. The match was played away in St. Mary's. This was a great result for the Under 16s as it was their first group game, and all produced a solid team performance.

U19 Girls Basketball
Last week, Coláiste Cholmcille U19 Girls' Basketball team were away to St. Louis, Monaghan after qualifying for the second round of the A cup competition. Despite a good effort the girls were defeated by this strong Monaghan side. Final score 87- 59.

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