Congratulations to our maths week puzzle winners – Niamh Doorey 6th year (Monday), Emma Blighe 3rd year(Tuesday), Mick Donnellan 3rd year (Wednesday), Gabriella Oliveira 1st year (Thursday) and to Kyle Leonard (LCA) who had the closest guess for how many sweets in the jar (correct answer was 87). Solutions have been posted up on notice boards outside the office. Well done to everybody who took part!
We welcomed Des Sheehan Galway GAA to our school this week to give a GAA coaching course to our Transition Year students. As part of their PE programme, the students learned about the qualities of a good coach & the importance of being organized & a good leader. The students will use these skills to work with our younger students in school & they will organize a football tournament in the summer term.
Our Annual School Run/Walk will take place on Thursday 24th October at 1 pm sharp. This is a really enjoyable event that involves students staff & community. The 6.2km scenic route gives athletes a chance to compete while the less competitive can enjoy the walk & chat along the way.
Our Leaving Cert Applied class will host this event as part of their General Education task so we would like as many people as possible to support them. Sponsorship cards have been given to each family and we encourage everyone to support this fundraiser as all funds will go to promote sport & wellbeing in our school. There will be refreshments for everyone in the sports hall afterwards. There will be prizes for those who wish to compete. Everyone is welcome & we encourage as many people from the community to join us. We also welcome back St Mary’s Secondary School Ballygar who participate in our run every year.
Thursday saw us travel to Bekan Centre of Excellence to take on Balla in our second round of the Juvenile boys league. Playing on the astroturf was something we had to be conscious of and presented different advantages and disadvantages to playing on the regular pitch and one was the bouncing ball. We foresaw these and planned appropriately. We reflected on our performance against Glenamaddy and were determined to go out with a stronger first half and dominate. Which we did well. First half playing with the wind saw us control the game with some beautiful passages of play and a scoreline of 7-9 to their 1-4 with scoring from Colm Costello (4-8), Robert Heneghan(2-1) and a goal from Padraig Martyn. Balla’s goal came from a controversial penalty, yet the threat was there with some strong runs through our defence, and a disallowed goal from a square ball. At half time, we warned each other of the possibility of a strong comeback from Balla and that if we can score that, it is not out of reach for them. We planned to go out as determined and aim to score the same again to really finish the game. We also discussed negativity on the field and how we felt they were turning on each other due to silly mistakes and an increasing scoreline, something we were avoiding. However, while discussed and prepared for, we could not believe the comeback Balla threw at us. With nothing to lose they came out fighting and quickly got themselves back on the scoreboard while we struggled to comprehend the onslaught. It really was a game of two halves as Balla took control of the second half and unbelievable began to close the gap. We struggled massively against a strong wind and unforgiving wind while Balla were quicker scooping the breaking ball. Kickouts were not getting to our players, or being broken down for the opposition and in the panic that ensued, reinforcements from the forward line while assisting with defence brought their markers with them and swamped the middle of the field which further hampered our kickout and possession attempts. Suddenly we could see the Balla team encouraging each other to great effect, whereas we lost that when we needed it most. To our surprise, we saw our lead dwindle before we even got a chance in front of the posts. Scores soon came again from Colm (0-1) and Robert (1-1). In fairness, Dunmore registered no wides in the entire game. This was not enough, however, and Balla suddenly were within a point of us, and then unbelievably both teams were level. We managed to keep the head though and we took our chances in front of goal, a well-worked goal from Jack Jordan in the last few minutes and a reinforced defence with excellent displays from Eoin Nicklin and Christopher Donnellan in particular and some brilliant saves from goalkeeper Marcus Halliday meant we once again went ahead and maintained the lead, winning the game by 3 points in the end. A tough lesson, but an inspiring one and fair play to Balla for really bringing the game to us and testing us in the second half when a lesser team would have resigned themselves to defeat at that stage. A game of two halves that really turned into an exciting game in the last quarter. One that highlighted some issues that we may need to address to ensure we don’t find ourselves in a similar position again. Final score Dunmore 9-11, Balla 7-14
As part of “Math’s Week”, our first years took part in a rapid revision maths quiz. In groups of 4, they had to answer as many questions as possible within the time limit at each station before moving onto the next. Topics included natural numbers, integers, fractions, sets and decimals. A special word of thanks to the TY students who helped out. Well done to all who took part!
Our Transition Year students welcomed Conor Flood from Volleyball Ireland to our school this week. Our students, as part of their PE programme took part in a Volleyball Coaching Course so that they can develop their leadership skills. They will now coach our younger students to prepare them for competition after Christmas.
Today marks the start of “Maths Week” at Dunmore Community School. Some of the activities include a deal or no deal competition, daily maths puzzles, guess how many sweets are in the jar and a maths quiz for first years. A new maths puzzle will be posted on each maths teachers door each morning, so to take part you can submit your answers to your maths teacher or give them to Ms. Duignan. Best of luck to everybody!