Scouting Success for Conor

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is delighted to congratulate one of its Sixth year pupils, Conor Ó Briain, where Conor received both the Chief Scouts Award (CSA) – Venture medal and the silver Gaisce medal, at a presentation ceremony at O’Reilly Theatre (Belvedere College) as part of Founders Day celebrations yesterday. In the photograph are Julie McGimpsey, Duke of Edinburgh NI, Michael John Shinnick, Chief Scout, Conor Ó Briain, Patricia Blake, National Commissioner Venture Scouts and Kieran McCormack, Conor’s mentor.

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Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh come 2nd at ITLG Young Innovators 

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh pupils came second in the recent ITLG Young Innovators event at Shannon Airport, coming a very close second to the worthy winners, Castletroy College.  With support and mentoring from Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) investors, the Irish “Dragons” Barry O’Sullivan, Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy and Sean O’Sullivan as well as Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Ingrid Vanderveldt among others, secondary school students from Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and Westmeath all competed against each other for an array of the latest technology gadgets and cash prizes.  Indeed, it was a wonderful result for LCETB to have two of its colleges in the top three.

Top Marks for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Irish Dept.

The Inspectorate published its report on the teaching of Irish in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh last Friday, 31/01/2014 – a summary of the findings included the following;

a)      Good teaching and learning methodologies was a feature of the majority of lessons observed and exemplary practices were evident in teaching and learning in a small number of the lessons. There was scope for development in a small number of cases.

b)      Significant strengths were evident in the quality of instructional leadership provided for the teaching and learning of Irish in the school.

c)       An excellent information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure has been developed in the school which is very effective in enhancing communications, planning, teaching and learning and the assessment system in the school.

d)      Excellent teaching and learning techniques were observed in a number of lessons.

e)      The principal provides a clear role in instructional leadership for staff and is to be commended. This is evident in the excellent communication between management and teachers of Irish and in the supports offered to teachers to participate in continuing professional development (CPD).

f)       Teachers of Irish are very active in CPD activities on a personal level, and in external projects provided by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) for Irish.

g)      High quality, up-to-date resources and aids have been developed in the school for teaching and learning Irish. Members of the department make effective use of a significant number of resources and ICT networks.

h)      A system has been developed at whole-school level to focus students’ attention on mistakes in structure, grammar and spelling. More extended use of these strategies is recommended.

i)        The school has developed a wide range of methods, including electronic systems, to keep students and parents or guardians informed of progress and achievement in Irish.

j)        A very good range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities is provided to foster student skill and interest in Irish and in Irish culture.

k)      Significant strengths are evident in the quality of the planning carried out for assessment of learning and assessment for learning in the curricular plans.

l)        The Irish department is progressive and works collaboratively and diligently. The department co-ordinator uploads plans, minutes of meetings and teaching resources on a regular basis so that all teachers can access them.

m)    Very good cross-curricular planning has been completed by the Irish department.


Scléip Success!

Scléip is a national talent competition catering specifically for Irish-medium and Gaeltacht post-primary schools. The aim of the competition is to encourage pupils attending Irish medium secondary schools to use their Irish through the various performing arts by giving them the opportunity to take part in a innovative and exciting event. Students from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh participated in six events at the Munster Final on Wednesday, 5th February, and were delighted to come home with five acts placed in first place. These five acts will now go on to represent Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh at the All-Ireland Final of Scléip in the Axis Theatre, Ballymun on Saturday, 1st March. GCL have had acts participate in the All-Ireland final of Scléíp on many occasions since 2007 but have never had such a substantial representation in the final. Sinéad Toomey, a gifted transition year student, won the overall prize in 2012 over all other acts, ranging from 1st to 6th year, by singing her own composition. The following are the acts who will represent GCL in March:
Sinéad Toomey (B4)
Chloe Milliken (B2)
Caela O’ Shaughnessy (B1)
Caela O’ Shaughnessy, Becky Ní Thuathail, Leah Carter & Taylor McEvoy (B1)
Conor de Bhailís & Cion O’ Brien (B5 & B2)

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh pupils perform in NCH, Dublin

Jack Mc Partlin, (3rd yr) Ruadhán Keogh Daly (2nd year) and Eoin Kiely (1st year) performed in the NCH in Dublin yesterday as part of the Ceol na Mara youth orchestra. It was part of IAYO (Irish association of youth orchestras) annual festival concert.)
A couple of nice photos that someone took at rehearsal are attached and one taken from the choir balcony during the performance.

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Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh pupils perform in NCH Dublin

Jack Mc Partlin, (3rd yr) Ruadhán Keogh Daly (2nd year) and Eoin Kiely (1st year) performed in the NCH in Dublin yesterday as part of the Ceol na Mara youth orchestra. It was part of IAYO (Irish association of youth orchestras) annual festival concert.)
A couple of nice photos that someone took at rehearsal are attached and one taken from the choir balcony during the performance.

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