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.
NORTH LEINSTER JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP
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.