Vive la France!

Our TYs have been sending some photos back to us from their week away in France.  De réir na ngrianghrafanna thíos, samhlaíonn sé mar go bhfuil siad ag baint sár-thaitnimh as turas den scoth, le cuairteanna ar Fontevraud et Azay le Rideau, toraíocht taisce i Niort agus cruinniú i Halla na Cathrach.  Níor chuir an sneachta isteach orthu mórán mar atá soiléir thíos!  Buíochas ollmhór leis na múinteoirí a thaistil leo – In. Ní Chonchúir, In. Ní Chuilinn agus In. Ní Sheaghdha.

Soroptimist Success for Grace

Well done to Grace Ní Chathaláin who was the winner of last night’s Regional Competition of Soroptimist Ireland, and indeed to all our girls who participated in the competition.  Pictured above are Grace Ní Chathaláin, Sally-Ann Ní Chiarba, Ellen De Barra, Roisín Ní Choirc, Monica Ní Thoráin and Céití Ní Mhathúna.  We wish Grace the best of luck in the next round of the competition, which will take place in Killarney in February .  A sincere word of thanks to Ms. Chapple who organised the event and encouraged our students to take to the lectern.

Road Safety in the Spotlight

Chuir an Garda Síochána agus foireann pharaimhíochaine Luimní taispeántas an-chumhachtach ar “Shábháilteacht ar na Bóithre” i láthair ar an gCéadaoin ag Óstán an South Court.  Girls left with an appreciation of the rules of the road and a very graphic realisation of the implications of bad driving habits and poor judgement, particularly with regard to mobile phone use and drink driving.  Buíochas leis an Máistir Mac Donnachadha.

Lá Innealtóireachta d’ár TYs

Seachtain thar a bheith gníomhach ó thaobh na h-Eolaíochta agus na h-Innealtoireachta a bhí inti dár ranganna Idirbhliana.  On Tuesday, our girls were in Shannon as part of UL’s Engineering Day, at an event run by GE Capital Aviation in conjunction with Junior Achievement Ireland.  The girls’ engineering and problem-solving skills were developed and enhanced by the day’s activities.  Workshops in problem-solving were provided and it was most inspiring for our girls to hear female speakers who have vast experience in engineering speak about about the important role of women in STEM subjects.  Buíochas mór arís leis an Máistir Mac Donnchadha as ucht é seo a eagrú!

L.I.T. TY Engineering Academy

Another wonderful opportunity was presented this week to our current TY students in the shape of LIT Engineering Academy.  A large group of lucky fourth years attended workshops in Design and Manufacture, facilitated by members of LIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department (pictured below with College President, Prof. Vincent Cunnane). The students came away with the very practical finished products you see below, which were designed by themselves and manufactured at LIT’s state-of-the-art laboratory.  Buíochas mór tuillte ag Foireann LIT – le Tony Mahon, ach go h-áirithe, Eoin Fitzgerald, John Walsh and Emma Kelly, agus gan amhras leis an Máistir Mac Donnchadha a d’eagraigh an imeacht luachmhar seo.

Onóir an Olympiad

Comhghairdeas an-mhór tuillte ag Jenny Ní Dhaibhearann san Idirbhliain a roghnaíodh don Irish Junior Science Olympiad i mbliana bunaithe ar a torthaí agus cur chuige sa Mhata agus san Eolaíocht sa Teastas Sóisearach. The State Examinations Commission contacted the school this week, identifying Jenny as a high achiever in Maths and Science in the 2017 Junior Certificate Examination.  She will go forward now to the National Olympiad in DCU, from which 6 students will be chosen to represent Ireland at the European Union Science Olympiad in Ljubljana, Slovenia in April 2018.  Tréaslaímid leat, a Jenny, agus gabhaimid buíochas le do mhúinteoirí Mata agus Eolaíochta, Ms. Drumm agus an Máistir Mac Donnchadha, as ucht a ndearna siad chun tú a spreagadh.

Turas TY go h-Acaill

Bhí tús an-eachtraíoch curtha leis an mbliain scoile ag ár ranganna Idirbhliana le turas go h-Acaill an deireadh seachtaine seo caite.  Idir shiúlóidí sna portaigh, thumadh sna portaigh agus spraoi … (cén áit eile ach sna portaigh?) … bhí trí lá den scoth acu.  Níor chuir an ghaoth láidir ná an bháisteach as dóibh – cé gur cheapadar ar feadh scaithimh go raibh Irma ar a bealach go cósta Mhaigh Eo.  Díreach an t-oideas a bhí uathu roimh thorthaí an Teastais Shóisearaigh!  Míle buíochas le h-In. Ní Luinneacháin, Máistir Mac Donnchadha agus Christine as dul in éineacht leis na cailíní.