Our new school building gets the go ahead

We are delighted with recent developments in regards to the site of our new school which have ensured that work can begin on the project in the next few months.
Plans for our new 1,000 student school had stalled due to issues over land ownership, however following the recent compulsory purchase order of land (CPO) at the Marshes by Louth County Council, work can now commence.
Members of the  Louth Meath Education Training Board along with representatives from the Colaiste Chu Chulainn staff visited the site of the new school last week where they were given a guided tour by Principal Deirdre Ui Liathain.
Let the building commence!

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Our first track and field event

A group of first years took part in the first track and field event for the school in Santry in April. The sun shone and although there were no winners on the day everyone gave it their best. Well done to the girls relay team 3rd in their heat and the boys relay team 4th in their heat.

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Senator Mary Moran visits Coláiste Chú Chulainn

Coláiste Chú Chulainn welcomed Senator Mary Moran with a céad míle fáilte last month. Senator Moran spoke to the students about the Seanad and her role as spokesperson on Education, Disability, Mental Health and Equality. Students got an opportunity to put questions to Senator Moran about her role. Senator Moran visited the classrooms and witnessed first-hand the school’s building learning power approach to teaching and learning. The senator was particularly impressed by the skills of persuasive argument that she observed in the English classroom as the school’s founding first years made speeches about “Why we should all choose to be kind.” Following on from their show-stopping performance at the LMETB Musical Extravaganza the students of Coláiste Chú Chulainn treated the music-loving senator to a special performance of the Irish song, ‘Is leatsa í’.  Deirdre Uí Liatháin, principal of Coláiste Chú Chulainn was thrilled with Senator Moran’s visit:  “It was wonderful for the students and students to have an opportunity to share their work with Senator Moran. As a fellow educator the senator took a particular interest in her classroom visits and the effects of our building learning power approach to education could be clearly seen in the strength and intiative of the students’ speeches. It was a pleasure to welcome Senator Moran to our school.”

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Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge
Students of Coláiste Chú Chulainn celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge with great spirit and enthusiasm. Students and staff immersed themselves wholeheartedly in a myriad of activities such as tráth na gceist (quiz), ceol agus amhránaíocht (music and singing), tomhas an lae (guess of the day), and comhrá agus cupán tae (chat and a cup of tea). As part of a nationwide celebration of Seachtain na Gaeilge, schools were invited to sing the irish song ‘Is Leatsa Í’ and perform a ‘slabhra láimhe’ linking all students. The song celebrates our native language and irish culture. All students of Coláiste Chú Chulainn gave an impressive performance of this song, with singing, dancing, and the accompaniment of drums and tin whistles. This was recorded and entered into the snag 2015 competition. Well done to the entire cohort of first year students who performed with such positivity and sense of celebration. Students welcomed an t-Uasal Ó Sluain to the school to give information about the various irish summer courses that Coláiste Bríde are running in Rann na Feirste. 30 of our students will be going on the school’s irish trip to Rann na Feirste for three days in May and will savour a multiplicity of aspects of the ‘Gaeltacht’ life! On a cross–curricular level, students took part in an Art poster competition, where they created posters illustrating a seanfhocal of their choice. Ranganna cócaireachta replaced Home Economics classes, where students made pancógaí with irish instructions! All staff of Coláiste Chú Chulainn made an extra effort to promote ‘an Ghaeilge’ in their classes and during the school day. As the seanfhocal says ‘ Beatha teanga í a labhairt’ (A living language is a spoken language). The highlight of Seachtain na Gaeilge for students was the céilí mór in the halla! Fun was had learning the steps to ‘Ballaí Luimní’, ‘Ionsaí na hInse’ and ‘Amhrán an Dreoilín’, and it was very evident that we have some true ‘twinkle toes’ in our midst!! Watch out Michael Flatley! Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015 drew to an end with ‘Bronnadh na nduaiseanna’ (Award ceremony). Bean Uí Liatháin congratulated all students on their involvement in the events and prizes and certificates were presented for the various competitions held during the week. Comhghairdeas to the prizewinners agus maith sibh uilig.
Bígí bródúil agus labhraigí an Ghaeilge, mar is libhse Í.
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Céilí dancing during Seachtain na Gaeilge 

Music Extravaganza!

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Music Extravaganza is a showcase of the musical talent in all the schools in the LMETB. It is organised by Youth Officer, Elma Mc Mahon who initally co-ordinated the show for the Meath VEC. 2014 was the first time Musical Extravaganza showcased talent from both Louth & Meath and was a huge success. This year it is to be staged in An Táin Theatre Dundalk on Wednesday 11th March. The show kicks off at 7:30pm and tickets are €5, available for purchase from http://antain.ie/

Here in Coláiste ChúChulainn we are in the midst of rehearsing our own version of Taylor Swift's smash hit 'Shake it Off' & traditional Irish ballad 'The Parting Glass'. It promises to be a fantastic occasion!