Caoimhe wins LMETB Art Competition

The LMETB inaugural Art Competition was launched last October with the intention of showcasing the talents of over 11,000 students in LMETB’s post-primary schools. The judging of the competition was performed by renowned Irish artist Robert Ballagh. Not surprisingly, the talents of Coláiste Chú Chulainn students were well represented at the opening night of the first LMETB Art Exhibition in the Droichead Arts Centre, where not one but three of our students won awards in the Junior Cycle Category.

Caoimhe Kampas, one of Coláiste Chú Chulainn’s founding students, was awarded first place in the Junior Cycle category of the competition and claimed an Ipad and a wonderful selection of Art supplies for her mixed media artwork Visit Earth. Megan Stokes and Princess Airewele both received Special Merit awards for their pieces entitled Paris and Jungle respectively.

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‘I am extremely proud of our students’ said art teacher Gareth Ó Luachrain. ‘I have no doubt that we will see many more fantastic artworks from Caoimhe, Princess and Megan in the future’.

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'Visit Earth' by Caoimhe Kampas

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'Paris' by Megan Stokes

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'Jungle' by Princess Airewele

 

Taisce Lú bring artworks from their collection to Coláiste Chú Chulainn

Under the guidance of visual art educationalist, Claire Halpin, the participating students from Colaiste Chú Chulainn, selected, learned about, and responded to artworks from the Taisce Lú collection in an after-school programme that ran throughout the month of January.

The project’s title, Irish, Alive and Mostly Female, refers to the composition of artists represented in Taisce Lú, a situation at odds with traditional state collections where the artists represented are often male, dead, and foreign.  To strengthen the perception of visual art being relevant and contemporary, a number of the artists whose work was selected visited the schools and spoke to the students about their work, their experiences of being an artist, and how they came to create the work being explored.

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Basketball: CCC vs Bush Post Primary

Basketball match against Bush Post primary school 19th January 2015 in the Redeemer centre.
We started with the first year girls taking to the court a match down after a disappointing defeat in
Clones last week against Largy College. We were eager to put that loss behind us and forge
ahead.
We took to the lead in the first quarter with 4 points from Zoe Myles to take the lead. By half time
Bush had equalized and in the third quarter they forged ahead. To leave the score 6:12 going into
the last quarter. However, Cú Chulainn sought every opportunity to equalize and by full time we
were looking at a draw. This led to a nail biting three minutes of extra time in which Zoe Myles
scored the winning basket to take our first win this season.
Amazing play by Karen Nulty who sought every opportunity to gain possession and scored 2
points, scores also from Ronke Amushan, Emily Magee. A special mention to Zoe Myles and
Hannah Reilly who scored 8 points each. Final score was 22:20 to Cú Chulainn.
After our first year win the second year team stepped up to clear their disappointing defeat last
week by 1 point to Largy College.
An amazing start to the game with 14 points being added to the board in the first quarter. This
strong position was held until half time.
However, Bush came back strong in the third quarter keen to bridge the gap and scored 10 points.
We knew going into the final quarter that we needed to get ourselves back into the game and we
did by scoring a fantastic 10 points winning the game 48:12.
Top scorer was Princess Airewele scoring a magnificent 10 points, with 8 from Alana Duffy Larkin
and Megan Stokes, 6 points from Pelumi Adesanya and Caoimhe Herr.Other Scorers included
Grace Mulligan and Erin Byrne. A special welcome and great new addition our squad is Grace Ojo
who also scored in the match. Well done to all the team members for a tremendous effort and
commitment on the day.

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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!