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School Principal
Mr. Garrett Buckley
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Ms. Stacey Guinan

Gallen CS News Updates Nov 17th

We have had a very busy two weeks in Gallen CS between sporting fixtures, science events, study skills day, script writing day and Beat the Blues workshops.  We have had many different visitors to our school and all speakers were very complementary about the behaviour and courtesy shown to them by the students of which we are very proud of.  We also need to congratulate students on achievements with the local sports clubs and Roisin Egan on her award. Read on!

To mark science week our students got the opportunity to take part in three different events over the two last weeks .On Thursday 5th Nov we welcomed Alison Leck from Australia to our school. Alison is from Education Interactive and conducted a workshop to bring classroom science to life and enhance the learning experience by allowing students to become Forensic Scientists and solving a real life crime. To solve the crime students had to examine the evidence and use deductive reasoning to build a case to prove who did it, what happened, how and why? Students in first, second and Transition year got the chance to participate and enjoy the workshop.

On Tuesday 11th third year students attended the Science Week Smart Futures STEM Careers Roadshow in AIT. The Smart Futures STEM Careers roadshow consisted of short talks from people working in different areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in Ireland, all talking about what they studied, what they do now and why they love their job! Students got an insight into the different kinds of occupations, the skills needed and the opportunities that working in STEM can bring them.  Out of all the schools there our students asked the most questions and were complimented on the relevancy of what was asked. Cailum Horan in TY won a set of Headphones for his question, well done all!

On Thursday 13th Judith Mofitt from “Clp Resources” gave the Transition years a

presentation on where the jobs of the future will be. Judith opened her presentation with

explaining that only a few years ago a blackberry was thought only as a fruit, green

only meant a colour and Amazon referred to a river. “Times are a changin” as the Bob

Dylan song says and Judith explained that students need to consider careers in IT,

science, life science and engineering to meet the demands of our changing world. A

very thought provoking and relevant talk for our young people and may help some

of them with subject choices for senior cycle later in the year.


5TH YEAR STUDY SKILLS: Our 5th year group took part in the very informative and worthwhile Super Generation study programme in the school on Wednesday of last week. Ray Langton explained how the right and left brain functions vis a vis study and memory. He brought all the students through an actual topic from pre-test, learn, creating mind maps to retest. The students benefitted greatly from the experience and were grateful for the opportunity provided to them.

TY – BEAT THE BLUES WORKSHOP. This programme run   by Aware helps to teach young people principles of good mental health and actions that can promote positive mental health. It took place in Gallen CS last week. Students also learn the importance of positivity and why similar situations effect   people in different ways. They also learn how to recognise and prevent depression and anxiety as well as building resilience. Each student got a practical workbook    from   the Beat the Blues presentation which will help them in times of stress.  Thanks to Dr Jolanta Burke of TCD for the presentation. Jolanta will return in the Spring to conduct a workshop with senior classes also.


SCRIPT WRITING WORKSHOP: Macdara  Deery and  Gary  Hoctor who are working with  TY1 students to  produce a  short  film as  Gaeilge. Day  1   Workshop  consisted of the   basics of  story and  script structures  and technical requirements. Day 2 will  focus on shooting the  script and  Day 3 will edit and produce the  script.  Thanks to the lads who  could  unearth  some talented script writers! We look forward to more updates over the next month.

NORTH LEINSTER   JUNIOR  CHAMPONSHIPS  ROUND  1 –  Gallen  CS  2-8  Scoil  Dara  Kilcock  5-12Gallen  CS  fought hard but went under to a  strong  Kilcock team in this  match played in  Kilcock Nathan  Poland  top scored with 2-3.

ROUND 2-  Gallen CS had  a  surprisingly easy win over  St  Finians  Mullingar.  Scorers were –  Nathan  Poland 5-4,  Cian  Johnson 3-0 Kyle  Molloy 2-0 Brendan  Doyle 2-0 ,  Conor  Lynam,  Ronan  mc  Guire  1-0 each.

Gallen play  Colaiste   Choilm Tullamore  in their  final  group   game to decide who qualifies for the quarter finals.

Panel  –  Jack  Cullinane,  Michael  Wren ,  Adrian  Hynes ,  Mark  Duffy ,  Ronan mc  Guire ,  David  Nally ,Killian  Egan ,  Ciaran  Brazil ,  Luke  Gavin  Mangan ,  Stephen  Buckley,  Barry  Rohan ,  Kyle  Molloy,  Cian Johnson ,  Conor   Lynam  , Nathan Poland ,  Ethan  Dunican , Kyle  Cornally ,  Griffin  Dunican ,  Brendan  Doyle , Sean  Flynn , Jamie  Kelly and  Conor  Kenny.



Gallen  CS  were  well  beaten  by a  strong  Granard side in this second  group  match played in  Ferbane.  Gallen got the deficit  down to 3 points  at one stage  but  Granard re- established  control and  got  3  more goals to run out deserving winners. Our lads tried hard  but remain   pointless  after 2 games.  Our last  game is against  Ballymahon  VS  on  Thursday   next in Ferbane at 1230.



    • Ferbane  Belmont  minor  club  on their  wins  in the  U14 A   Football  Final  and  the  Minor  A   Football  Final and to  DER  Gaels on their   victory in the  u 14  B   Football  Final.
    • ROISIN  EGAN-All  at Gallen CS  heartily  congratulate   this   multi-talented sportswoman   on  winning the  TG4  Ladies  Leinster   Young  Player of the  Year    Award.  Roisin was  presented with her award   at a  function in the  City  West   hotel. Roisin  is  an All-Ireland  Winner in   three   sports ,  camogie  , ladies football and  Basketball. Well done Roisin on winning this prestigious  award. Pictures of  Roisin  receiving her award appeared  in last week’s editions.
    • JUNIOR   LADIES  Gallen  CS   made it 3 wins  from 3  in the   Leinster Junior  Championship   by  virtue of this 6-12 to 3-5  win over  Scoil  Mhuire  Longford.  They    qualify for the   semi-finals and  the  Seniors  qualify for the  Leinster  Quarter  Finals. Junior  Team and  Scorers-Luz  Corrigan,  Ella  Hogan , Emma  Maher,  Aimee  Kelly ,  Tara  Dunican,  Grainne  Kenny , Ava  Flynn [1-2]Ffion  Boland [0-1]  Andrea  Arnold,  Kaithlin  Rigney [1-1],  Sinead  Egan [1-0]Emma  Bracken [1-0]Sarah  Murphy .,  Kate  Kenny [1-6] and  Roisin Cockram [0-2].Well done  to  Mrs Scully and  Ms  Hough.
    • CONNACHT   JUNIOR LEAGUE RUGBY. Well done to our Junior rugby team who defeated Clifden CS   45-5 to qualify for the semi-finals. A standout performance came from Gallen CS   own version of Jamie Heaslip , Ethan Rowe mc Cormack who scored four tries. The team was –  Nathan  Poland ,  David  Nally ,  Jamie  Kelly,  Luke  Mangan ,  Michael  Egan ,  Sean  Flynn ,  Max  Freehand ,  Ethan  Rowe mc  Cormack [  4 tries]Lorcan  Daly ,  Conor Kenny , Sean Ibbotson , Aaron o  Reilly[ 1 try] , David  Gavin , Griffin Dunican and  Ruairi  Carroll. Well done to  Mr  Mc  Grath and his team and  good luck in the semi-finals.
    • Ferbane Belmont Minor County finalists over Edenderry last Saturday. Well done to all the lads involved and their mentors.