Apple Distinguished School Visit

Fantastic Apple Distinguished School Tour event in our School today with the Apple Education team for Ireland, our amazing pupils and staff and the Absolute Hotel, Limerick.

This is the first time Apple have organised an Apple Distinguished School visit at post-primary in Ireland.

Visiting Schools were treated to keynotes from Apple, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Management, teachers and pupils at the school, classroom visits and a panel discussion with pupils and school personnel.

Our http://www.tiarnaiteic.com team of pupils led our visitors around our school and also presented on their learning experience using technology.

Maebh Ní Ghuairim – Washington Ireland Program

Maebh Ni Ghuairim on the Way to the USA!

Maebh, a 3rd year student at Trinity College Dublin and a past student of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, will join a class of 30 student participants representing Northern Ireland and Ireland as part of the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP) this year.

WIP inspires and develops promising leaders through an exceptional program committed to building a future of peace and prosperity for Northern Ireland and Ireland. For over two decades WIP has brought together young leaders from a wide range of communities and backgrounds for an outstanding leadership and skills-development program. Each year, WIP selects 30 talented students to join it’s network of leaders and influencers by completing a 12-month program of service and leadership development, which includes a summer in Washington DC or New York City.

The Washington Ireland Program has cause to celebrate in 2018 with notable alums serving as Taoiseach (Leo Varadkar, WIP Class of 2000), Lord Mayor of Belfast (Nuala McAllister, WIP Class of 2010), and in Westminster (Emma Little-Pengelly, WIP Class of 2002).

Selection for WIP 2018 was highly competitive with three hundred students from across the island of Ireland competing for the opportunity to be on the class, and ultimately to become part of an active WIP alum network seeking to make a difference in their communities.

Maebh says:

“I’m absolutely honoured to have been chosen to take part of the Washington Ireland Program Class of 2018. I’m looking forward to the summer ahead, meeting the rest of the class, and learning about how their unique experiences has helped shape much of how they view the world.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently launched WIP’s New York Program by speaking about his experience on WIP at the Irish Consulate in New York City:

“It helped me develop my view of the wider world…and without it perhaps I wouldn’t be standing here today.”

If you would like to follow the progress of Maebh and others this summer you can follow their blogs and view photos at www.wiprogram.org.

For further information please contact Claire Rumpsa, Director of Leadership Programs at +1 202 772 3824 or at crumpsa@wiprogram.org

www.wiprogram.org

School Excellence Fund – Digital Leader

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is delighted to be selected as a lead-School in Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD ‘s Digital Excellence Fund.

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate with other scoileanna lán Ghaeilge.

Buíochas mór @Education_Ire @RichardbrutonTD RichardbrutonTD – education.ie/en/Press-Event… @Gaeloid @tj_oceallaigh @MICLimerick @President_MIC @AppleEDU

Especial thanks Dr. TJ Ó Ceallaigh and staff and President of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, which will oversee the project.

Additional information available here: https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2018-press-releases/PR2018-04-02.html

Parents’ Talk

Sábháil an Dáta!
Save the Date!

C.G.B. Chomhairle na dTuismitheoirí
Parents’ Council A.G.M.

Bheartaigh Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí, ag a chruinniú dheireanach, go mbeidh ‘C.G.B.’ 2018 ar siúl Dé Luain, 5 Márta 2018 ag 7.30 i.n.

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Is ócáid thábhachtach í seo a chuirfidh ar chumas tuismitheoirí suim a léiriú chun bheith páirteach sa chomhairle nua a bheidh ag feidhmiú ó Mhárta 2018 ar aghaidh.  

Cuirfidh Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí Tuairisc Bhliaintúil na Blaina 2017 i láthair ar an oíche agus beidh cóipeanna do Bhunreacht Chomhairle na dTuismitheoirí ar fáil ar an oíche chomh maith.  

Má theastaíonn uait a bheith ceaptha ar an gComhairle ní mór duit tuismitheoir amháin eile chun d’ainm a ainmniú.  Beidh toghchán ar siúl do ghach bhliain-ghrúpa agus tré bhallóid phoist a fheidhmeoidh an córas chun tuismitheoirí a cheapadh ó gach bliain-ghrúpa.  Beidh tuismithoirí in ann daoine a mholadh chun dul ar aghaidh chuig an gComhairle Tuismitheoirí.  Beidh an toghchán ar siúl le linn na Nollag.

Má tá suim agat a bheith mar bhall ar an gComhairle, seol ríomhphost chuig an Príomhoide – donncha@gcluimnigh.ie ag léiriú go bhfuil suim agat ann.

Caint ó Shiceolaí faoi na brúnna a bhíonn ar dhéagóirí.

Beidh Stella O’ Malley ag caint ar an oíche chomh maith – eolas faoin údar mór le rá thíos anseo.

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The Parents Council would like to invite you to a Parents Talk by Dr. Stella O’ Malley and the Parents Council 2018 A.G.M. on Monday, 5 March 2018 at 7.30 pm.

This is an important occasion for parents where nominations will be accepted for the formation of a new Parents’ Council which will operate from March 2018.

The Parents Council will present the Annual Report 2017 and copies of the Parents Council Constitution will also be available on the evening.  

If you would like to be appointed to the Parents Council, you must have a parent to nominate you or express your interest to be elected to the council.  An election may take place within each year group by postal ballot for parents to represent pupils from each year.  

If you are interested in working on Parents Council, please email Donncha O’Treasaigh, school principal to let him know – donncha@gcluimnigh.ie

Speaker – Stella O’ Malley – Psychotherapist

The Parents Council is delighted to inform you that it has organised for Stella O’Malley, a psychotherapist, writer, best-selling author, public speaker and a parent with many years’ experience working as a mental health professional, to speak on the night also.  

Stella will focus on the pressures on young people in today’s world and how to manage the unrealistic demands on young people to seek out perfection in all they do in their daily lives, while losing out on being joyful and happy.

Stella O’ Malley – Biography

Born in Dublin, Stella now calls Birr, Co. Offaly home where she lives with her husband and two children and runs her private practice.

Much of Stella’s counselling and teaching work is with parents and young people which culminated in the publication of her two bestselling books ‘Cotton Wool Kids’ by Mercier Press in 2015 and ‘Bully-Proof Kids’ by Gill Books in August 2017.

Forging a career in the Irish media, Stella writes extensively about mental health issues for newspapers such as the Irish Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, Irish Examiner, Evening Herald, Daily Mail, Irish Tatler, Pregnancy and Parenting magazine and many other media outlets. She’s also a regular contributor to the Irish Independent and to Mummypages.ie

Stella frequently appears on national and local media such as RTE Radio 1, RTE television, TV3, Newstalk, Today FM and BBC Northern Ireland to discuss a broad range of topics such as mental well-being, mindfulness, conflict resolution in the workplace, communication skills, parenting and childhood issues in Ireland today.

You can hear and watch some of what Stella covers by clicking on this link: Click Here

This event is being funded by the Parents Council of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh for the benefit of parents and guardians who are part of our community.

We are extremely grateful to the Parents Council for its tremendous support of our school and the guidance and advice the members provide on a voluntary basis each month.  

Our Parents Council also help to raise a considerable amount of money each year to support the activities and rent of facilities at the school for the benefit of all pupils.

Donncha Ó Treasaigh

CorpOideachas san ArdTeist / PE in Leaving Cert

Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE)
Gaelcholásite Luimnigh is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application to the Department of Education and Skills to be included in the first phase of schools to offer Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) as an optional subject for examination and (SCPE ) Senior Cycle PE for all Senior Cycle students.

Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 09.59.22The LCPE will be introduced from September 2018 for fifth year students at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh. LCPE is an optional subject in which the students will study and are examined in, as part of the Leaving Certificate, with CAO points allocated accordingly. The new Leaving Certificate Physical Education examinable subject will have three assessment components:

  • A physical activity project, (20%)
  • A performance assessment (30%
  • A written examination. (50%)

Sports psychology and skill acquisition techniques will be among the areas studied. Students also learn to use ICT in an ethical and responsible manner as an integral part of learning and assessment.

The selection of this Limerick ETB school is a testament to the high standards of teaching and learning taking place in its schools across the county. The benefits for the students as they continue their learning journey at Senior Cycle will be far-reaching: including improved health and fitness among young people; raising awareness of physical health; and increasing the range of subjects on offer.

Link to Limerick Leader Article

Tuairisc Aontaithe an Bhoird Bainistíochta

Tuairisc Aontaithe an Bhoird Bainistíochta

Bhuail an Bord Bainistíochta Dé Luain, 11 Nollaig 2017 ag 5.30 in.

Seo an tuairisc aontaithe ón gcruinniú sin.

Pléadh dualgais pearsanra an choláiste agus an Bord Bainistíochta i dtaobh cúraimí Cosaint Leanaí.

Ghuígh an Bord gach rath ar na scoláirí agus an Mháistreás Ní Dhrisceoil maidir leis an Eolaí Óg 2018.

Ba mhaith leis an mBord Bainistíochta buíochas a ghabháil leis an bhfoireann uile maidir leis an raon fairsinge d’imeachtaí a chuireann siad ar fáil do scoláirí na scoile.

Ghuígh an Bord beannachtaí na Nollag ar an bhfoireann ar fad.

Bhí ardmholadh do Chomhairle na dTuismitheoirí as an Tráth na gCeist iontach a bhí acu san ostan Strand i mhí na Samhna.

Gabhadh buíochas le tuismitheoirí na scoile as an méid duaiseanna ar thug siad do Chomairle na dTuismitheoirí i gcomhair an Tráth na gCeist.

Moladh an tacaíocht ó thuismitheoirí agus múinteoirí don Tráth na gCeist chomh maith.

Moladh an líon mór le rá de scoláirí ar éirigh leo scoláireacht a bhaint amach sa Tríú leibhéal.

Molann an Bord Comhairle na nDaltaí sa scoil as a bheith chomh gníomhach sin maidir le h-imeachtaí a chur chun cinn ar mhaithe lena gcomh-scoláirí.  

Moladh comhordaitheoir an Chomairle, an Príomhoide Tánaisteach, Máistreás Ní Chiardha as an treoir a sholáthraítear don Chomhairle.

Gabhadh buíochas do phatrúin an choláiste as an tacaíocht de-shíor a léirítear dá scoileanna agus an treoir a léirítear do sheirbhísí na scoile.

Beidh an chéad chruinniú eile den Bhord Bainistíochta ar siúl ag deireadh mhí Feabhra 2017.

Ghuigh an Cathaoirleach gach beannacht don Nollaig agus ghabh sí buíochas as gach ball foirne ar an mBord.

Agreed Statement of the Board of Management

The Board of Management of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh met on Monday, 11 December 2017 at 5.30pm.  The following is the agreed report for the school community.

The Board were informed of the importance of Child Protection Procedures training that is provided at the school to all staff.

The staff, coordinator of Transition Year, Mr. Kevin O’ Raghallaigh and school management were complimented for the excellent report from the Inspectorate regarding Transition Year in the school.

The Board wishes all pupils and thier teacher, Ms. Ciara Ní Dhrisceoil, the very best of luck in the BT Young Scientist Competition 2018.

The Board would like to compliment the staff of the college for the considerable range of activities which teachers organise for students.

The work of the Parents Council, especially with the success of the Table Quiz in November was praised highly.

Parents and staff of the school were praised for their great support of the Table Quiz.

Parents were praised for the wonderful range of prizes donated to the school for the Table Quiz.

The Board would like to compliment the the very high number of past-pupils who were awarded entrance scholarships to 3rd level this year.

The Board praised the Student Council for its work in organising events which are of immense benefit to fellow pupils.

Ms. Sinéad Carey was also praised for her guidance of the Student Council.

The Board would like to thank the Limerick and Clare Education & Training Board (LCETB) for all of its guidance and support services in complementing the education and development of pupils at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.

The Chairperson wishes all members of the Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh community, a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

The next Board of Management meeting will take place at the end of February 2018.

Nuachtlitir na Nollag 2017

Nuachtlitir na Nollag 2017

Christmas Newlsletter

Ba mhaith le Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Nuachtlitir na Nollag 2017 a roinnt leat.  Tá súil againn go mbainfidh tú taitneamh as mór-scéalta an choláiste a léamh agus eolas a fháil faoi na h-imeachtaí scoile a ghabhann leis an saol scoláire againn.  Guímid gach rath ort agus do chúraim uile an Nollaig seo agus táimid ag súil leis an athbhliain agus a bheith ag obair leat arís.

Clic Anseo chun an Nuachtlitir a léamh.

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh would like to share our very informative and enjoyable Christmas Newsletter 2017 with you.  We hope you enjoy reading about the main news stories and school activities since September.

We wish you a most enjoyable and peaceful Christmas break and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2018!

Click Here to read the Newsletter.

Thank you very much.

Donncha