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!

Fieldtrip, Newgrange and Battle of the Boyne

Last Thursday the students of Coláiste Chú Chulainn set off on a bright, brisk, Wintery morning to visit several sites of both historical and artistic significance in southern Louth and Meath.

Our first port of call was 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.

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.

And lastly, after a little bit of rest and relaxation we 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. One of students had been lucky enough to witness this event last December having won a place in the tomb by entering the Newgrange art competition. 

A fantastic day was had by all, and hopefully with a bit of luck this will become an annual expedition!

 

 

Great success for our girls basketball team!

We had a very historic day last Wednesday 14th with our first ever basketball match with the first year girls. We have entered the regional development league in order to develop the game within the school. The girls have been training hard since September and made great progress.

 

We were drawn against  Scoil Ui Mhuirí, Dunleer  in our first game had a strong start to the league winning the game 34:18 . Our top scorer on the day was Princess Okonkwo who scored 12 points followed by  Pelumi Adesanya scoring 10. Scores also from Caoimhe Campas, Grace Mulligan, Sorcha Ó' Reilly and the final score from Somie Mefor.  We had strong offensive and defensive play and were delighted with our win.

Our second game was Tuesday 20th January against Coláiste na hInse , Laytown. Both teams were equally matched and the game was very close indeed. Our first score came from Princess Okonkwo who scored 6 points, followed by scores from Grace Muilligan and Mia Harrison, the final quarter was a nail biting finish with only one basket between the two teams. We managed to retain our tight defense and narrowly took the game, final score was 9/7.

Well done to all the girls and training continues every Wednesday after school .