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School Principal
Mr. Garrett Buckley
Deputy Principal

Ms. Stacey Guinan

VeX Robotics 2024

Gallen Community School has a long tradition of participation in Vex Robotics competition funded by Offaly County Council. This year was no different. Although the challenges of the game have changed this year our group began working on their robot in early September.

The group made up of Ella Henson, Karen Maloney, Conor Foley, Clodagh Egan and Amelia Roche-Ikimioya made their way to Tullamore on Tuesday last to compete in the Midlands Regional competition. They have spent months preparing for the competition including working tirelessly, often late the evenings to get their robot competition ready. Massive thanks to Sheola Rosney for all her guidance on a Tuesday morning to the competing students.

Thanks also to Mr. Egan for saving the day and the valve on numerous occasions and to Ms. Murray for accompanying the students on competition day. A special mention must go to Mr. Ray Bell and Mr. Dean Hodge at Offaly County Council for all their help and support for the last number of years.

Although the dream to compete in Dallas at the world finals was not to be for us this year. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Kinsale Community School all the best in the All-Ireland taking place in Cork next month.

Vex Robotics 2023

Gallen CS in Ferbane won the judges award at the second level finals of the VEX Robotics competition in Cork recently.

This award was testament to the strength of relationships that have been built up between Calum Corcoran, Darragh Mannion, Fionn Claffey, Jake Maher, Jenna Hesketh, Matthew Flaherty, Molly Wheeler and Sheola Rosney through hundreds of hours working together on this project. Judges commented so positively on the trust and belief the group had in each other. Massive thanks to Ms. Shine and Eoin Lally for their work with the group and the huge support of Offaly County Council.

The Judges Award is presented to a team that the Judges determine is deserving of special recognition. Judges consider a number of possible criteria for this award, such as team displays of special attributes, exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, or team accomplishments or endeavors throughout the season that may not fit under existing awards but are nonetheless deserving of special recognition.

Although the dream to compete in Dallas at the world finals was not to be for us this year. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Tubber NS and High Street NS all the best as they represent Offaly on the Global stage later this year in the Primary school finals.