Bank of Ireland School Bank Winner Announced!
Congratulations to Amy Buckley from second year in St. Conleth's CC who is the winner of the Apple iPad mini this year. Each student who opened a current/savings account in the school Bank of Ireland was entered into a draw to win this prize. There was much anticipation this year as to who the lucky winner would be. Every student could deposit their savings into the school bank, each week and they all received a debit card to access their funds, outside of school. The 5th year Link Modules students acted as bankers, supervised by staff from Newbridge Bank of Ireland.
2nd Year Student Short Story Winner
Nathan Hennessy from second year in St. Conleth's CC has received a special commendation from the Cecil Day Lewis Competition this year. Nathan's story "The Mysterious Box" received special recognition from the committee, who receive hundreds of entries each year. Cecil Day Lewis was a poet and Poet Laureate in the UK, and father of the actor Daniel Day Lewis. Tyann Lee Kelly in first year also received recognition for her poetry entry this year.
The Science Department Launch Bottle Rockets!
This week in the science department they took advantage of the fantastic weather and ventured outside for an experiment which would be not be possible indoors (see video). The 2nd year science students conducted an experiment on pressure, mass, compression and friction, with the assistance of their teachers Mr. Quille and Mrs. McMahon.
A water rocket is a type of model rocket using water as its reaction mass. The rocket is typically made from a used plastic soft drink bottle. The water is forced out by a pressurized gas, typically compressed air.
The students experimented with various sizes of plastic bottles, with the highlight of the day being the largest bottle (a water bottle from the staff room water cooler) which can be viewed in the following video.
*NB* This experiment should NOT be conducted without the supervision of an adult.
Sarah Dunphy Bursary
Phil Dunphy presented an Education Bursary in memory of her daughter Sarah Dunphy , Rathangan to Marisa Clarke 6th Year, St Conleth's Community College , Newbridge.
This Bursary is known as Sarah's Gift and was presented to Marisa at the annual school Award Ceremony for her hard work, determination and courage during her Secondary School Years.
Graduations took place in St. Conleths Community College on Tuesday the 24th for PLCs and Thursday the 26th for Leaving Certs.
The staff at St. Conleths would like to wish the Graduates from both years the very best in their forthcoming exams and in their educational or workplace pursuits.
Leaving Cert Class 2016
For more photos from the Leaving Cert Graduation, click on the following link.
Here are a selection of photos from the Plc graduation
For more pictures from the night, click on the following link
St. Conleth's Teacher Releases Second Album
Mr. Cowley (Art and Music teacher) from St. Conleth's CC, also known as the lead singer/guitarist from the band Glimmermen has released his second album, along with his fellow band members.
Following on from their first great album, "I'm Dead", Gimmermen's debut single "Bang" from the album "Breakin' Out" can be heard below. The album has also being reviewed in local and national media, as well as getting airplay in national radio.
Click on the following link to watch Mr. Cowley perform the new Glimmermen single.
We wish Mr. Cowley great success with this album release!
Today the students of 2O participated in a Ramadan Fast for their school day. As a part of their Junior Certificate Religious Education journal work, the students studied the world religions Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
The students were particularly interested in the Muslim festival of Ramadan which requires participants to abstain from food and drink from sunrise until sunset for 1 month. The students chose to do this activity for their RE journal, to experience in a small way, what Muslim people do for 30 days every year.
After their fasting the students attended an iftar meal to break their fast together as a community. The students each collected sponsorship for this iftar themselves and were truly hungry by the end of the school day.
Cecil Day Lewis Literary Awards
Congratulations to Abegail dala in 6th Year and Uchechi Ugwugbulem in the 2nd Year on winning prizes in the Annual Cecil Cay Lewis Literary Awards.
Abegail took first prize in the Secondary Senior Poetry category for her entry "Guns and Roses".
Uchechi all finished first in the Secondary Junior Short Story category for " This is my Home, too"
Well done girls.
3rd Year Educational awards
We would like to extend our congratulations to 3rd Year students Orlaith Swords, Cornell Micusa, Leah O' Halleron, Aaron Fox and Rytis Dirgela who were nominated for the annual 3rd year educational awards in Maynooth University. The awards took place last Wednesday in a ceremony on capus in Maynooth
For more photos from the night, click on the Photo Gallery link
sports day 2016
Sports day took part on this week. First, Second and Fifth Year students got to take part in track events which included Kick Fada, Poc Fada, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Javelin and Running events. Indoor events included Soccer and Basketball.
A big Thanks to Mr. Coleman for organising the day.
Here are a selection of photos from a very enjoyable sports day.
For more photos from this great day, click on the following link
5th yr outing to the midlands prison
5th year students attended a tour of Midlands Prison in Portlaoise this week. As a part of their Leaving Certificate non exam Religious Education the students study a module entitled 'Crime and Punishment'. This tour was highly informative and at times shocking but invaluable for the students studies.
The students were accompanied by their year head Mrs. McMahon on the tour as a prison officer gave them a guided walk through the prison facility.
2nd YR tour - zipit adventures
On Thursday the 12th, the second years boarded 2 coaches and headed for Tibradden Wood in Dublin. The venue was ZIPIT Forest Adventures.
There the 2nd years got to go on many of the 650m of zipline.
Few managed to make it through the Blue Circuit which is 135m, the highest point on it about 13m.
Take a look at the photos below to see how everyone got on.
Click on this link for more photos from the brilliant day
Humourfit Educational Theatre at St. Conleth’s CC
On Tuesday May 10th the students of 1st and 2nd year were treated to a dramatic production by the Limerick based theatre group ‘Humourfit’.
Michael O’Sullivan from Humourfit writes, produces and performs plays in schools on topical social issues, in conjunction with the student’s SPHE (Social Personal Health Education) studies. Topics explored by Humourfit include racism, alcohol and drug abuse as well as road safety.
This year’s groups enjoyed performances on the topics of Bullying (“The Mighty Bully Brady”) and Positive Mental Health (“The Value of Life”). Michael truly brought these serious topics to life, with a hint of humour, which the students all thoroughly enjoyed.
We look forward to welcoming Humourfit back to our new school next year!
Dáil Eireann visit
St. Conleth’s CC Leaving Certificate students visit Dáil Eireann on eve of the new government formation.
On Thursday May 5th, the students of Leaving Certificate Applied from St. Conleth’s Community College visited Leinster House in Dublin accompanied by their year head Mr. Coleman. The students were given a tour of the building, as well as been given the opportunity to watch a Dáil debate in session and ask any questions which they had related to their studies.
The students are part of a group studying Social Education for their Leaving Certificate, which will be examined in the coming weeks and they described the experience as invaluable for their exam. The students were particularly taken by the history of the building and in particular the Irish Proclamation which was explained to them in detail.
Local elected representative, Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon took time out of his busy schedule to greet the students and sit with them to answer their questions, explaining his role in the government and the community. The students were delighted to be able to have their photo taken with Mr. Heydon, as well as the odd “selfie”.
1st Yr students from St Conleths Community College went to Tayto Park for their annual school tour yesterday 5th May. The students were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed the various rides including the new Roller Coaster in the sunshine.They went on the Factory Tour and received a complimentary packet of Tayto crisps. Great fun was had by all.
random Act of Kindness
As a part of their CSPE studies and in memory of our late caretaker Martin Phillips, the students of 1G are organising a 'Random Act of Kindness Week'. Each student will be given a name of another student in their class during tutor time this week. When the student receives the name, they then set out to do something kind for that person during that week. Organised by Mr. Quirke, all students and teachers of the school will be participating. Acts of Kindness may include carrying the person's bag, a friendly greeting, helping the person with their work or even buying them something small from the school shop.
Creative writing competition
Entries are now being invited for the annual Cecil Day Lewis Competition Short Story and Poetry competition.
St. Conleths Community College have a proud history with this competition.
The English department wish to invite all interested in the Creative Writing Competition to take part.
Community Games Art competition
Fiyin Oluokun from 1 B won gold in the County Community Games Art Competition. Fiyin struck gold in the Under 14 category and will now go forward to represent Newbridge in the All Ireland Finals.
Jessica Stirrat 1 Y took the 4th place medal in the same competition.
Congratulations to both.
2 Blue Cspe
The class of 2 B recently sold badges to raise money for the Kildare Animal Foundation.
The badges are decorated with the Irish FLag.
LCA 1 Task
LCA 1 would like to thank everyone who supported their 7 C Cookies Enterprise. The profit made came to over €150 and this is being donated to the Irish Heart Foundation.
Flower Arranging Class for Parents
A very successful flower arranging class for parents was held in St. Conleth’s C.C. on March 18th. The facilitator was Adrienne Thompson from Kilcullen who did a wonderful job.
Pictured here are Jacqueline Walker Browning (parent) with her floral display and Catherine Ayavoro (parent) with her display.
John Lonergan (ex-Governor of Mountjoy prison) gave a parenting talk in St. Conleth’s C.C on March 8th as a part of the school’s incoming first year evening. Mr. Lonergan has published a book on parenting, for which all proceeds go to charity.
Pictured here are John Lonergan with Una Smyth (parent) and two other parents with Mr. Lonergan.
Former Student reaches The Voice of Ireland Semi-Finals
A former student of St. Conleth’s CC Jasmine Kavanagh has succeeded in reaching the semi-finals of The Voice, under the tuition of Kian Egan(Team Kian). Jasmine was chosen by Kian after her performance of Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk in Love’ during the blind auditions. Jasmine will perform in the semi-finals this Sunday (April 17th) on RTE One. Jasmine’s other performances which included ‘Take Me Home’ by Jess Glynne and Adele’s ‘Hello’ were all very well received. We wish Jasmine all the best in her endeavours and will welcome her to the school if she ever wishes to perform here. VOTE Jasmine!
Tuesday 15th March was Proclamation day in St Conleth's CC! Students throughout the school showcased their talents in music, acting, oratory and writing! Among the activities on the day was a reading by two first year students - Amy Staudt and Jessica Stirrat of the proclamations that they had written for their generation. First year students Elizabeth Ryjkova and Omasan Ayavaro spoke about the important role of the people of Kildare during the 1916 rising. Sixth year student Mark Hennessy read the proclamation as the flag was hoisted by Roisin Cullen and Maeve Garner of second year. Further to this was a portion of the great speech by Padraig Pearse given at the grave of fenian O' Donovan Rossa which was delivered eloquently by 5th year students David Pop and Melissa O' Reilly. A dramatic production about those lost during the Rising was delivered by First and Second year students and the music was provided throughout by the school choir. Coaimhe Gately of second year sang a beautiful rendition of the song she had written in memory of the children lost during the Rising.The commemoration was rounded off by Victoria Herzig and Abigail Dala (School Captain and Vice Captain respectively) reciting Yeats "Easter 1916".
1916 Walking Tour
The Second, third and sixth year students made the trip to Dublin on 11th April to complete the 1916 walking tour. Although the weather wasn't in our favour, the students were treated to an interactive experience, visiting the prominent sites during the rebellion. The tour was enjoyable as well as informative and a great day was had by all!
St. Conleth's Student Published in Parish Link Up
A 6th year student here at St. Conleth's CC has been published in the parish Link Up magazine, Easter edition.
Mark Hennessy answered a request from the parish office to your school looking for budding young authors to write about their faith.
So on top of Mark's busy Leaving Certificate studies he took the time to write the article, with his English teacher Ms. Talt's encouragement.
Mark is a higher level English student and it is no surprise that his article was well received in the school and parish communities.
St. Conleths CC @ the Community Games Art Competition
Students from St Conleths Community College took part in the Newbridge Community Games Art Competition recently.
These students go forward to represent Newbridge in the County Final this Sunday 13th March.
LCa 1 Task
LCA students recently sold cookie ingredients in a jar. This was part of a task for their LCA course.
Small jars were sold at a price of €2.50 and big jars at €3.00
All proceeds in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.
Scholarship to the gaeltacht
2nd Year students were given a chance to apply for a three week scholarship to the Gaeltacht.
Application forms were available from Ms Lane and the interviews were conducted through Irish by Mr. Flannery.
Congratulations to the three students awarded the the scholarship.
Parenting talk by John lonergan
A Parenting talk will be given in St. Conleth's Community College on Tuesday March 8th at 8:00pm by the well known facilitator
John Lonergan( ex governor of Mountjoy).
All are welcome.
Flag presentation ceremony & Competition winners
Recently students were invited to submit entries to a "1916 themed competition". Students who were interested submitted a short essay entitled "What 1916 means to me".
Entries were compiled by Ms O'Connell, Ms Kelly, Ms Thornton and Mr Evans before the lucky three students were announced.
The three students with their teachers will attend the flag presentation ceremony in Croke Park, Dublin. This is a national flag presentation ceremony for post-primary schools.
DCU Basketball Player Visit
Students from the basketball teams in St. Conleth’s Community College were put through their paces at a special coaching session with premier league DCU Saints, (St. Vincents Basketball Club), players Duane Johnson (USA) and Pat Glover. The special session took place in the new gym facility at the school on Wednesday 24th February 2016 from 5 to 7pm.
Students had the opportunity to work on their three pointers, slam dunks and layups under the watchful eye of their DCU coaches. It was a fast paced session with all students participating in the action. Not only did the students get to train with Duane and Pat, they also got to see Duane in action. Duane who is from the USA, is currently playing with DCU Saints and has played in Australia and USA also. It was physical evening but the students never lost their momentum as they moved from, offence to defence, rebounds to relays and lay-ups to turn-overs.
Having put the students through their paces, Duane finished the session by delighting the small crowd by jumping over three students to perform a slam-dunk. DCU Saints Team Manager, Fintan Reilly, then presented Mr. Quille, the basketball coach and his players with T-shirts and water-bottles as momentums of the occasion. Mr. Quille, from St. Conleth’s said the students were extremely grateful for the time given by the DCU saints players and that the session was an ‘overwhelming success and will help improve and build on the solid skills the students have learned over the past two years’.
St. Conleth’s Community College Students put through their paces by DCU Saints Basketballers Duane Johnson (USA) and Pat Glover.
Basketball players from St. Conleth's attend All Star Game
Taking time out from their mid term break holiday, a number of students travelled to DCU Sport's Campus to watch an All Star Basketball game. Accompanied by their basketball coach Mr. Quille, the students got the opportunity to view the game between DCU Saints and SSE Airtricity Moycullen Basketball Club.
The game which was neck and neck all the way through was thoroughly entertaining, with DCU taking the lead in the end, for their final home game of the season.
The students were welcomed to the arena by the commentator which the students couldn't believe. One of DCU's top players, Duane Johnson from America, came to meet the students after the game and give them some words of encouragement. He even posed for a photo, much to the student's delight.
Technical graphics Club & Woodwork Workshop
There will be a Technical Graphics Club at Tuesday tomorrow for any 1st, 2nd or 3rd year Technical Graphics students.
First and Second year students involved in the Woodwork workshop are reminded that classes continue at lunchtime on Monday.
For further information, talk to Mr. Connolly or Mr. Kelly.
Junior Cert Awards
The presentation for the best Junior cert results from 2015 were awarded to Sara Kawa and David Mugalu.
the presentation took place at the Annual mid year awards ceremony on the 28th of January.
Study Focus - Parents Info
A presentation has being organised, in conjunction with the Parents Association, on Monday 25th January at 7:30 pm,for parents of St. Conleths Community College students, to allow parents to become familiar with techniques and skills your son/daughter will need for studying over their years in school.
This presentation is free of charge, to parents of our exam students, and you are strongly encouraged to attend. Members of the Parents Association will be present on the night.
The students of Third and Sixth year will have the opportunity to attend the "Study Focus" seminar on Tuesday 26th of January.
Indoor Football Training
6th Year students are organising an indoor soccer tournament to start the week of the 25th of January. It will run on Tuesdays and Thursday lunchtime.
Any student interested should register their interest before the tournament gets underway.
The teams for the school indoor soccer tournament can now be seen on the school noticeboard outside the staff room. All students who signed up should check this as matches begin immediately.
Students are reminded to bring appropriate gear for the sports hall.
GAA Football training
Under 14 and under 16 GAA training takes place every Thursday at lunchtime. We are extremely appreciative that former Kildare County footballer Tadgh Fennin visited us during training.
Biology TRip - Maynooth university
On Thursday 14th of Jan sixth year Biology students took part in a Leaving Cert revision day in Maynooth University Biology labs. The labs are run by teaching technicians and post grad students in the university. Students got a chance to revise experiments that are on the Leaving Cert course. They revised experiments and theory on various topics which should prove very worthwhile in preparation for upcoming Mock exams and State exams in June.
enrolment Night Classes- Spring 2016
Click on the link below to find out about the night classes that are on offer at St. Conleths Community college for Spring 2016.
From this link you will also find details for payment of course.
Christmas Jumper Day
Thanks to all who participated in the recent Christmas Jumper day.
Through fundraising on the day a total of just over €500 was raised.
This money along with money raised from our recent bag packing event in Tesco will be used to fund our Christmas hampers for those in need in our local community.
The winner of the 3G CSPE Christmas competition is Karima Assalhi.
The class raised enough money to send an in - kid goat to Africa. An Irish goat will produce up to four times as much milk as local cow. Families who receive dairy goats would often not have enough land to support a larger animal, so the goat will help support some of the poorest people.
Thanks to everyone for their contributions.
We are all looking forward to the Christmas carol service on Tuesday, 22nd of December. A big good luck to Miss Kelly and the Choir members for the performance
School Ice skating trip
Students from Leaving cert, Fifth years and Second years went ice skating to Dundrum on Ice at the start of December.
A great time was had by both students and the teachers who accompanied them.
For more pictures from the day , follow the link to the gallery.
P & G Visit
Parents association informal meeting
An informal meet & greet for parents of students from 1st to 5th years has been arranged in St Conleth's on Dec 7th @ 19.30.
Come along and meet and chat with other parents.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Ryjkova from first year on becoming Irish Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics at National competitions in Limerick. Well done Elizabeth!
Solo Singing for first, second and third years will resume on Tuesday with Miss Kelly in room 11.
Drama will resume on Friday at 1:10pm for first year students involved in the History play.
Under 14 Futsal Blitz
Mr. Quirke along with players from first and second year attended a recent Futsal tournament.
FUTSAL is the fastest growing sector in world football.
In this 5 aside format it is hoped that players will gain skill, composure and quick-thinking ability.
Unfortunately on the day St. Conleths Community College did not progress.
Carlow Campus Open Day
A group of students from the Leaving Certificate class and some members of the PLc classes along with Ms. Doyle attended the Open Day at Carlow I.T. on Thursday the 19th of November.
For more information about Carlow I.T. click on the following link
Under 16 Basketball
Under 16 and Under 19 boys basketball teams travelled to Scoil Mhuire Community School Clane to take on their boys teams.
Unfortunately even with a draw under their belts, our under 16's were knocked out of the tournament.
College Awareness week
College Awareness Week is a national campaign which aims to promote the benefits of going to college, to help students of all ages to become college-ready and to showcase local role models who are in college.
College Awareness Week events will be taking place in classes at junior cycle and senior cyle this week, Nov 23-29
Sausage rolls for Shoe Boxes
Inspired by the charity work of the Hope Foundation and keen to give something back this Christmas time, one Leaving Certificate class at St. Conleth's Community College came up with an idea.
Their plan was to raise money, that they would use to fill shoeboxes for struggling children worldwide as part of the Hope Foundation's annual Shoebox Appeal. The students researched a few ideas, surveyed a sample of students and it was clear that at St. Conleth's CC they would love to see a hot snack at break time. So the idea was decided on and a plan was put in place, to sell hot sausage rolls at break time (along with ketchup of course).
The plan was a success! The sausage rolls sold out and raised enough for the students to fill many shoeboxes which will be sent in time for Christmas to many deserving children, including a group photo of the class in each box.
On Friday the 20th of November a selection of 5th years along with teachers from St. Conleths headed to Tesco where they spent the day bag packing. The bag packing is now an annual event where money is raised for the Christmas season to fund food hampers for those in need within the community
Science Week Ireland
Science week Ireland took place from the 8th to the 15th of November.
To celebrate this, St.Conleths CC ran a poster competition and a daily Science puzzle.
The theme of the poster competition was "Science in Action, all around us".
Creative Writing Competition
The English Department would like to congratulate everyone who participated in thte Creative Writing Competition. The winners are:
1st Year: First Place: Amy Staudt
Runners Up: Precious Derema & Finin Oloukun
2nd Year: First Place: Uchechi Ugwuegbulem
Runners Up: Jahnavi Silveru &Bruna De Sousa
Bank of Ireland have opened a branch of their bank here at the school.
Bank services are currently available in the assembly area on Tuesdays at lunchtime.
Students are encourage to open a savings account or lodge money to existing Bank Of Ireland accounts
Community Care Group helping the IWA
Well done to all students that took who took part in the 5 km Charity walk and fundraised for the event. €800 was raised from the sponsorship cards.
The Hamper prize from the sponsorship cards was won by Alan Pitt(seller : Simonas Lukoskinas)
Rotary Youth Leadership
Best of luck to Chloe Callander who competes in the area finals of the Rotary Youth Leadership competition in the Keadeen in Newbridge.
For more information about the competition, click on the following link
Congratulations to the girls Under 19 basketball team on beating Mercy Kilbeggan on a massive scoreline of 70 points to 20.
Students thrilled at Websummit visit
The Programming class and Computer Science students from St. Conleth's Community College visited what could possibly have been the final Websummit to ever be held in Ireland.
First of all the students heard from the inspiring young entrepeneur Riley Ennis, co founder and CEO of Immudicon. This start up company has made huge bounds in immune system treatments for cancer. The young businessman's passion really engaged the huge crowds.
Then the students heard from a CoderDojo team member; who introduced a group of primary school students who were working in conjuction with the SOLAS project on their very own business. These students had invented a bracelet type panic button that can alert teachers when they feel threatened or bullied, or see bullying taking place. The button is connected to an app which shows the person responsible for that student where they are at that time. I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more from the 'Bullybug' in the future.
Finally the students were blown away by the presentation of Scott Harrison from 'charity:water' who's story and vision truly fascinated the crowd gathered.
Maybe some of our very own students will be speaking at next year's Websummit in Lisbon.
Science Week 2015
To mark Science week we are organising a trip for all 5th and 6th Yr students on Thursday the 12th of Nov to DIT for a lecture/demo on Blood followed by a visit to the Dead Zoo. We are also hoping to have various other events take place in the school with other groups throughout the week. Watch this space. The Science Squad!
First Year Futsal tournament will be taking place on Wednesday 18th November in Kildare Post Primary @ 10:00 am. A bus of our students will head there hoping for success.
Collins Barricks Trip
An Under 14's GAA blitz will take place on Thursday 5th of November in Hawkfield GAA club. St conleths Community College first and Second years are hoping for many good results.
A poster competition took place in St. Conleths Community College to celebrate Maths Week in the school. The following are a selection of the winning entries.
For more posters, click on the following link
The first Open Mike event took place at lunchtime on Thursday the 22nd in the Assembly Area. Singers from second year performed under the guidance of Ms. Kelly and MR. Cowley.
Comhairle na nÓg
Students from St. Conleths Community College attended a recent meeting of the local branch of Comhairle na nÓg.
Comhairle na nÓg are child and youth councils in the 34 local authorities of the country, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies.
Halloween Creative writing
A creative writing competition was held with halloween as theme. Entries were collected by the English teacher on the Thursday before midterm.
Think Before You Drink Campaign
As a part of their Social Education class, the students of LCA 2 made a less than savoury discovery. While surveying the fast food consumption of St Conleth's Community College students, it came to their attention that no matter what take away food a student bought, they would almost always combine it with a sugary drink. The LCA class decided to take action.
After researching the effects of sugar on our bodies, such as tooth decay, obesity and diabetes type 2, the students designed a display that would both shock and educate students about their sweet treat choices.
When the display was mounted onto the school hall's wall, many students gathered in awe to see how much sugar that their drinks really contained, demonstrated by actual sugar inside the empty drink bottle. The display entitled "Think Before You Drink" is surrounded by information posters, also designed by the class.
St. Conleths Community College open Day
Enrolment second Level 2016/2017
St. Conleths Community College is now closed for applications to First Year for the academic year 2016/2017.
Any Applications since the closing date of November 11th are considered as late applications. These will be processed after all other appplications have been processed
Please read the following document
and complete and return the following documents to the School.
PLc Induction Timetable
Post Leaving Cert registered students can access the induction timetable on the following link. Induction week begins the week beginning August 31st.