Coláiste Bhaile Chláir – Ceithre bliana ag fás

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saoirseCBC launch Contemporary Ceramics Sculpture ‘Saoirse’
CBC are delighted to present their new contemporary ceramics sculpture ‘Saoirse’ in conjunction with the Creative Engagement Programme 2017. The 5th year Art students, under the guidance of Ms French, had the pleasure of working with Ceramic Artist Maeve Gallagher whose dedication, experience and motivation gave students the opportunity to develop pottery and modelling skills to a standard normally accomplished in art college. Their hard work and enthusiasm is evident as your eyes soar to view the impressive scale of the ceramic insulation as you enter the main hall of the original building of the school.
‘Saoirse’ meaning ‘Freedom’ represents the students coming together as they enter secondary school and their unity as a flock before flying away creating their own journey in life.
As these 5th years were the first students to enter Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, it gives the sculpture a greater importance as they make their mark, setting the path for leading creativity and hard work for future Art students.bball

Claregalway Basketball Success by Darren Melody

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir’s basketball season ended on the highest of highs this year with the 2nd year boys’ team making it the All Ireland stages of the minor and junior competition and the 1st years boys being the first boys team in the school to win the All Ireland. The teams were the first in the school to make it so far in the competition and they both did their school and area proud. Having come first in their region, the 2nd years were narrowly beaten in their semi-final with a final score of 45-41.
The 1st year team were the underdogs of the season, with much of the team playing basketball for the 1st time this year. The boys overcame any obstacle in their path throughout the regional stages, winning their first game and the rest of the games following suit. The team progressed through to the regional finals in NUIG where they competed against Dunmore, by far their toughest competitors yet. The game was one basket after the other for both teams, with Dunmore leading by 3 points with 2 minutes to go. A very disheartened side-line was brought back to life after ball-handler Brendan Hardiman scored a 3-pointer bringing the two teams level. Claregalway fought right to the end beating Dunmore to secure a place in the All Ireland Play-offs.
The team journeyed down to Skibbereen with coaches Ms Egan and Ms Du Bois where they faced 3 teams from all over Ireland. The first team played was Castleknock College and the game began with Claregalway’s nerves showing but the boys quickly picked themselves up and dominated the game to chalk up their first win of the day. After a two-hour rest Claregalway was itching to play their next game against Knockbeg College, bigger in stature and not a team to be scoffed at, showing good attacking prowess. However, they couldn’t prevail against Claregalway who showed great teamwork and skill. The strong defence of Claregalway displayed by a united team was a key factor in keeping their lead and securing yet another win.
The final game of the play-offs was against the local team -Skibbereen. With Claregalway exhausted after their previous two games and with half of the Skibbereen parish out to support their local team, the odds were highly stacked against them. They faced a rough start with Skibbereen controlling most of the 1st quarter. Chants could be heard from Skibbereen supporters but were drowned out from the encouragement from the Claregalway bench. The rather loud supporters made up of proud parents helped Claregalway find unfound strength to battle through the rest of the game and achieve victory over Skibbereen.
The next stop for the triumphant Claregalway 1st year boys was the All-Ireland semi-finals which were held in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, where they had been just one day before to support the 2nd year boys’ team in their All Ireland semi-final.
The 1st year semi-final against Castlecomer CS commenced and the competition were no pushover, controlling much of the first quarter. Similar to the scenes in Skibbereen, the supporters, gave the players a new lease of life. The team left nothing on the court, each one playing their best game yet and Claregalway achieved a deserved win, advancing through to the All-Ireland Final.
In the final against a strong and skilled St Pats Navan, tensions were high and adrenaline was pumping. Claregalway were ready for any challenge that came their way, determined to return to school as All Ireland champions. The game began with nothing between the teams and a tight score line, with each team taking the lead by 1 point at a time. The desire to win was clearly visible in the Claregalway team, each player showing dogged determination. The game was relentless, with no clear winner until the very end when Claregalway’s defence, was unbreakable and gave the boys the extra advantage, allowing them to force the shots outside the quay, stealing the subsequent rebounds to run successively successful fast breaks and take the lead, winning the game by 42-36 and claiming the title and cup as All-Ireland Champions.

Mini-company
Two students from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir set up a very unique and profitable Mini-Company as part of the Transition Year Programme in the school. Their product and its appeal to students and young adults was so successful that they were award winners at the local Galway Enterprise Awards held in the Ardilaun Hotel in March. Here is their story:
Wrist Ware is a business which sells a durable product made from paracord woven into a wearable bracelet. It comes in many different colours and designs.wrist
To promote TY Mini-Company, our school organised an in-school trade fair in December 2016. We took extra care in designing posters and word of mouth communication to promote our product. On the day of the trade fair we got over 100 pre-orders on our paracord bracelets, making a large profit. Because of our successful idea and large sales, we were nominated into the Local Enterprise Awards in Galway where we won Best Overall Business Plan.
We did so by putting pure determination and drive to prepare and sell a reliable but original idea. The idea came as both of us participated in scouts for a number of years and the paracord is a reliable durable product that we use on a daily basis. The cool design made us think it was a great idea for sales. The cheap price of only €3 made it even more attractive to potential buyers.
We are always looking to expand our business and will be in business after Transition year so keep an eye out!!
Joshua Whelan & Patryk Kazimierczak (FOUNDERS of Wrist Ware)

Junior Science Quiz:
We entered four teams in this year’s Boston Scientific ISTA Junior Certificate Science quiz, which took place in G.M.I.T on the 4th of June. The students involved were Matthew Mohr, Lisa Kelly, Emma Dolan, Ruth Walsh, Anna O Leary, Ciara Fox, Katherine Gallagher, Sinead Conneely, Simon Coyle, Vicka Mulroy, Meabh Clancy and Rachael Hughes. The team comprising of Ciara, Simon and Lisa came in 4th place overall after a tie-break with Holy Rosary from Mountbellew, and the other three teams weren’t far behind. A fun night was had by all, and hopefully it provided some useful revision in the run up to their exams. Well done to all.junior

Junior Maths Quiz:
For the first time, the school entered a team in the Junior Cert Pi Maths quiz, which took place in St. Enda’s College on the 5th of May. The team members were Anna O Leary, Ciara Fox, Matthew Mohr and Mark Roe and they finished in 3rd place. Well done to the team for giving up some lunch times in school before the quiz also, to improve their problem solving skills! It will stand to them in their exam at the beginning of June hopefully.

Junior Maths Enrichment Programme
We had a number of 3rd year students who took part in a Maths enrichment programme which took place every Monday night over a 6 week period in January/February in N.U.I.G. The students involved were Adam Burke, Ciara Fox, Lisa Kelly and Josh Buckley. They were given a chance to work on their problem solving skills and expand their horizons a little bit in the area of Mathematics.

Meditation
Meditation took place in our meditation room on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, with Ms.Concannon and Mr.Flynn. Students had the opportunity to relax and focus on the ‘Present’ in our sessions before their school day began. They learned breathing techniques and methods of dealing with stress. At first, students were a little uncomfortable with the practice but as the weeks went by students embraced the opportunity to close their eyes and focus on their breathing. It was very well received by students;

‘ Short and rejuvenating, I really like it’ 2nd yr student
‘Really enjoyed it’ 3rd yr student
‘The music was really relaxing and Ms. Concannon’s words helped me to relax’ 1st yr student

Camogaíocht – Camogie
Coláiste Bhaile Chláir had a very competitive and enjoyable camogie year. We would like to thank all the girls for their commitment and dedication throughout the year. Our Junior camogie team were excellent Connacht B Champions but it was not to be in the All Ireland series. They are a very talented team and will play in Junior A division next year which is an excellent achievement. We will have our first Senior B team next year which will be a new exciting challenge for the girls. Our First years and minors represented the school brilliantly in very competitive A & B divisions.

Big Brother, Big Sister
Coláiste Bhaile Chláir is operating a school based mentoring programme Foróige’s Big Brother Big Sister school programme.

The programme aims to match a 1ST year student with a senior cycle student which supports the younger students and allow the senior students to develop essential life skills. The feedback from the students who participated was extremely positive with first years finding having a link to a senior student very supportive. On the end of year celebration it was easily seen the relationships that were fostered and the benefit the students received.

At the beginning of the school year school setup the Big Brother Big Sister group who’s aim was to ensure that 1st years had an older mentor to guide teach and go to whenever they had any questions, issues or simply to make new friends. Each senior student were paired up with a 1st year student all of which bonded and enjoyed the opportunity to get to know each other and have fun. It was a successful year that we will follow next year and the end of year award was a great event. It would be important to thank Megan Taylor and Niall Mc Dermot for doing such an excellent job in running and organising the event throughout the year. Valerie Coleman, TY Student.

The big brother big sister was very well organised .There was always something to do at big brother ,big sister. Ms Hanley partnered everyone well with a TY . You could tell Ms Hanley put allot of thought into it as she did an email survey in what you like so she could pair you with someone with similar interests .Ms Hanley, Mr Regan and the two TY did a great job on the bubble soccer an getting the food there on time. I think it would be great to keep doing the big brother ,big sister next year .
Rachel Arnold, Tia Kilcoyne, Maggie Hearne 1st years

A year in Review for Cúnamh ASD class….

2nd year has been a very busy year for us in Cúnamh! We did lots and lots of activities.
Here is a list of stuff we did:
Baboro Children’s Festival, Cinema to see “Sing”, The G Counter Restaurant, Christmas Market, The GAP Christmas Party, we visited the ASD class Merlin Park College, We created “Cookies in a Jar” for Enterprise week. We visited the outdoor gym in Renville Park, we created a project for Scifest in GMIT, we had a class trip to Salthill and Corrib Princess, we went on the 2nd year school trip to Killary, we played Bubble Soccer, we organised lots of events for Autism week, we had a visit from Adam Harris, we got involved in Zumba, we had a School concert, we also designed a sensory garden. Every week we got to go swimming and go to the UNIT gym where we did weights and circuit training.
Brandy -My favourite event this year was the party in NUIG organised by GAP. We watched Elf on the big screen.
Adam-My favourite event this year was the Zumba, I love to dance.
Grady – My favourite event this year was our trip on the Corrib Princess.

Peil na mBan
It was a very successful year for all Ladies Gaelic Football teams in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir this year. The Junior C Girls had a hugely victorious year winning two major titles. The girls overcame their rival neighbours Calasanctius College (Oranmore) in a thrilling encounter to progress to the Junior C Connacht final where they defeated Ursuline College (Sligo) comprehensively. The girls then progressed to the Junior C All-Ireland final, defeating St Columba’s School (Glenties, Co. Donegal) in a convincing manner to be crowned All-Ireland Champions for the first time in the history of the school. In addition to this, both the u13 and u15 teams competed in the Galway Sweeney Oil Post-Primary Schools competition and were both successful in their achievements. The u15 girls secured the Shield title and our u13 girls won the Cup title. The u14 girls were unlucky not to reach a Connacht Final this year but they showed great character in their defeat and will no doubt learn from this to be a more experienced side next year. All teams have put in huge performances throughout the year displaying their wide range of skills and love for the game. The girls will be competing in division B next year and are looking forward to the challenges this will present along with the aim of some more success.

On the 23rd of May 2017 our u13 LGFA final took place. We left the school at 11:00 to head in to Pearse Stadium, the location for the final. The game started at 1:30. It was an outstanding performance from all players from our goal keeper Tia Kilcoyne making amazing saves to our full back line Caoilfhionn o Dwyer , Aoibhe Flynn and Aine Cellarius protecting Tia as much as they possibly could have. Our half backs Clodagh Grealish, Olivia Forde and Aoife Kililea cleared ball when it came anywhere close, our midfielders Shauna Brennan and Alanah Griffin ran there socks off! Half forwards Shauna Malone , Laura Scanlon and Alanna Melia won ball well and delivered in to our full forward line of Sophie Long , Niamh Kelly and Joanne Monaghan who were scoring left right and centre. Finally, our subs Jessica Grealish, Emma Fahy, Rebecca Hynes and Hazel Shevlin made a great impact when they came on. Alanah Griffin scored 2 goals in the last few minutes of the game, and after a great performance we won. After the game we were presented with the cup and Shauna Brennan received player of the match. On our way home we stopped in Glynns in Carnmore to celebrate our win!