UN YOUTH DELEGATE PROGRAMME 2019/2020

This could be of interest some of our current and past students- The National Youth Council of Ireland, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are delighted to announce the call for applications for the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland 2019 – 2020 which will support two young people aged between 18-25 years to join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations in New York in September/October 2019 and January/March 2020 (Dates TBC).

Applications by May 19th 2019 . Further details and application from available here.

Easter Break study advice

Excellent article in last weeks Irish Examiner that might interest our Exam students –
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/how-to-be-smart-about-studying-during-easter-break-916322.html

The two-week Easter break is time to gain ground ahead of June’s State exams, but not to the point of burnout, says Aileen Lee of the Irish Examiner. For the parents of students sitting the Junior or Leaving Certificates, the two-week Easter break carries the pressure of what can realistically be achieved study-wise. During the break, students can get ahead with their study and get into a better mind-frame for their State exams in June, but only so much can be done in two weeks..….

Trip to Lourdes

Safe travels to our 5th-year student, Jane Ryder, who is traveling to Lourdes during the Easter with HCTP (Hosannah House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust). She will be working with young children who have disabilities or are disadvantaged.  Well done Jane.

Grandparents’ Day

A lovely day of celebration was organized by Transition Year students for our First Year students and their Grandparents. Fr Fergal Cunnane celebrated a lovely Mass and all the First  Years were very proud to participate in the Liturgy. They displayed photographs and a collage remembering all their grandparents . Ms Annette Walsh and her choir added to the occasion with their lovely hymns and songs. There was great entertainment with music , song and dance following refreshments. All enjoyed a lovely day and it is hoped there will be many more occasions to celebrate the school and  parish links.

First Years to play in National Basketball Arena

Our First Year Boys Basketball team won their play-offs this week and will travel to the National Basketball Arena to play in the quarter/ semifinals. Dunmore CS hosted Belmullet & Newry on Monday in the All Ireland Play-offs. They were slow to start in the game against Belmullet and just held onto their lead on the final whistle. However, they had a great performance against Newry & won easily on a score line 38 to 6. 

World Dancing Championships

Best wishes are extended to Nathan Gannon and Sarah Noone who will be competing in the World Dancing Championship during Easter. Nathan will be competing in North Carolina this coming weekend and Sarah will be competing the following week. They are wished the best of luck. They are always willing to share their talents in the school community and entertained many French students during the past few weeks and added great entertainment on Grandparents’ Day. 

Internet Safety Talk for Parents

Reminder: Ms Helen Butler is giving an Internet Safety Talk on Thursday 11th April at 7:30pm in the school auditorium, It was organised for 1st year parents, however, all parents are invited to attend this important talk. We feel there is a great need to inform everyone in the area of Internet and Mobile phone safety, as this is an ever-changing landscape. After attending this talk we hope parents will go away with some relevant digital safety tips and advice. We look forward to seeing you there.

Galway Final Student Enterprise Competition

This year Dunmore Community School entered four teams into the Galway Final of the Enterprise Competition.

Intermediate Category:

  • Team 1: Cosy Mug Company designed mug cosies to keep that cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate piping hot!
  • Team 2: Skitts designed a unique game for use in the Community Games Skittle competition

Senior Category:

  • Team 3:  Halo Health Shots,created an immune-boosting beverage to lift the spirits of Irish teens.
  • Team 4: Casa de Spice designed a unique gingerbread house which were a huge hit at the Dunmore Christmas market last December.

This project fosters cross-curricular links within our school which we could not complete without the generosity of teachers.  Ms Fallon oversaw all projects from initial brainstorming to the final product. Ms Grehan had a huge involvement in organising the Skitts game.  She spotted the niche in the market at the Community Games competition last August.  She got a team of students behind her and they are well on the way to success.  Mr Burke gave generously of his time in the woodwork room.  He designed a template to help cut out the standers for the game.  We are indebted to him as he ensured the product was ready for the market.  Ms McManus guided Casa de Spice to making and decorating the gingerbread houses in time to meet the Christmas market.   Ms O’Reilly advised the Cosy Mug Company through the process of making the mug cosies.  She also created logos, posters and bunting with her Art classes that really caught attention on the day of the competition.

We were delighted to bring home three prizes on the day of the Galway Final.

  • Skitts won the Intermediate Category and they go on to represent Galway in the National Final in Croke Park on the 3rd of May.
  • Halo Health Shots won Best Health Product.
  • Ms Fallon won the teacher’s prize for the Best Educator.

Well done to all involved and a huge thank you to the mentors, Emily Corr, Tina Kelly and Liz McCarthy in the Adult class who guided the students through the many projects.  They also attended on the day of the Galway Final.

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