Deutschmobil visit

German classes were very excited to receive a visit from Katharina and the Deutschmobil this Thursday 4th February.  The initiative which is supported by Audi Ireland, Lidl, SAP and the Goethe Institut, gives students an opportunity to learn about life in Germany from a native German speaker. 
First year students took part in a class about German food.  They learned what different foods are called in German and worked together to put them into different groups.  They then took part in a quiz in which they won fabulous prizes!  Students got a chance to see the Deutschmobil but unfortunately did not have time to take it for a test drive.
Second year students were the first in the country to take part in newly designed lesson about German culture.  Students organised facts by topic and set up learning stations around the classroom on famous German people, foods, cars and interesting facts.  They then raced to fill in a crossword using the information and the first three pupils won Germanconnects sports bags.  The lucky winners were Darren Mundow, Seán McCourt and Mark Agnew.
Everyone had a great time learning about German language and culture and are looking forward to welcoming the Deutschmobil again on a future date.

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First year history field trip, November 2015

Last Friday we departed Colaiste Chu Chulainn on a brisk winters morning and made our way towards the Neolithic tombs at Newgrange. Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is a opening called a roof-box. This baffling orifice held a great surprise for those who unearthed it. Its purpose is to allow sunlight to penetrate the chamber on the shortest days of the year, around December 21, the winter solstice.

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Our next stop was the Battle of the Boyne visitor centre, where students learned about the largest ground battle ever to take place on Irish soil between King William’s ‘Williamite’ army and King James’ ‘Jacobites’ in the year 1690. Students watched a laser show depicting where and how the battle took place, as well as a short live action film showing the horrors of the battle. The artifacts on show included canons and muskets used at the time and correspondence from both camps.

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And lastly we visited the historic ruins of Monasterboice, an early Christian settlement founded in the 5th century just north of Drogheda. The students were afforded the chance to get up close and personal with the fantastic high cross of Muirdeach, which features biblical carvingsof both the Oldand New Testamentsof the Bible and is regarded as the finest high cross in the whole of Ireland.

A fantastic day was had by all!

 

 

 

2nd year history trip to the Dundalk County Museum

Second year students pay a trip to the 1916 exhibition in Dundalk County Museum.

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Dundalk Youth Arts Festival mindfulness and movement workshop

As part of the Dundalk Youth Arts Festival, the new first year students of Coláiste Chú Chulainn took part in mindfulness and movement workshops with Tai-chi master Kalichi. Students practiced different breathing and movement techniques to help with their studies (And have lots of fun of course!). Many thanks to everyone at the Dundalk Youth Centre who organised the event!

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Cake Sale in aid of the Irish Cancer Society

We would like to thank all the staff and students (and parents of course!) who brought in cakes and buns and crumbles and tarts for our bake sale organised by the Home Economics Department. We are delighted to say that we raised €347 for the Irish Cancer Society. Thank you all for helping out!

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