C.G.B. Chomhairle na dTuismitheoirí 2014 / A.G.M. of the Parents’ Council 2014
Bheartaigh Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí, ag a chruinniú dheireanach, go mbeidh ‘C.G.B.’ 2014 ar siúl Dé Máirt, 9ú Nollaig 2014 ag 7.30 i.n..
Is ócáid thábhachtach í seo a chuirfidh ar chumas tuismitheoirí suim a léiriú chun bheith páirteach sa chomhairle nua a bheidh ag feidhmiú ón Nollaig 2014 ar aghaidh.
Cuirfidh Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí Tuairisc Bhliaintúil na Blaina 2014 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org ag léiriú go bhfuil suim agat ann.
An Scoile Nua – An t-Eolas is deireanaí
Beidh an Príomhoide, Donncha Ó Treasaigh ag cur in iúl do thuismitheoirí faoin scoil nua ar an oíche.
A.G.M. of the Parents’ Council 2014
It was decided, at the last Parents Council meeting, that the 2013 A.G.M. will take place on Tuesday, 9th December 2014 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 December 2014.
The Parents Council will present the Annual Report 2014 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 – email@example.com
GCLuimnigh student took home a coveted songwriting award at the Young Artist Development Awards (YADA) at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.
Sixteen year-old Ava Barett who attends Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, won the award and a €25,000 prize for her song ‘1964’, which will now be recorded as a single in a professional recording studio.
Ava, who has been writing songs since she was “able to speak”, was overwhelmed to have won the prize and she is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to practice her childhood passion on a grander scale.
She said: “It means so much to me because it means that I can show what I have been doing and show my passion to the people of Ireland. That means a huge amount to me.
“I play once a year usually in my school’s talent show and that’s just for the craic. It’s not to win. It’s always been to show my thoughts on the world.
“I’m not trying to be famous. I’m just trying to show my view of the world. The writing of the lyrics is probably the most important part for me but forming it is the next most important thing.”
Ava’s gift for songwriting was borne out of singing stories to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in her infant years, although she admitted that when she began writing songs, she did not intend to be the person performing them.
That changed when she was in fifth class in primary school, when she was inspired by a friend who “had the best voice that I had ever heard” to learn guitar and, subsequently, add chords to the lyrics she had written.
Ava explained that she has gone on to learn several other instruments, saying: “I took up banjolele and ukulele and I started playing with different instruments that are quite small.
“I like to have small instruments to make different sounds that I might not have heard before. My mother calls my music ‘toytown pop’ because I use toybox toys to make music.”
The YADAs are a creative and educational initiative run by the Young Artists Association of Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation established to provide an industry-safe environment for aspiring young artists.
The awards were hosted by RTÉ presenters Stephen Byrne and Diana Bunici, with the judging panel including music producer Ray Traynor, singer/songwriter Oisin Kavanagh and songwriter Don Mescall.
The fourth John Hooper Medal for Statistics competition has been a great success this year for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh again. Three of the school’s Fifth YEar pupils received an award for their work at a beautiful ceremony in the Watch TOwer, Department of Education and Skills in Dublin on 16th October.
The judges wanted to commend the entries into the competition in 2014, the standard of the entries has risen each year since the competitions inception. Everyone involved has been impressed with the breadth of work and creativity from the students entering the John Hooper competition.
The fourth John Hooper Medal for Statistics competition was launched by the Minister of State for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works, Brian Hayes T.D, on 17th October 2013. Thousands of students registered for the competition from the whole island of Ireland. 388 posters, both Irish and English language entries, were received in the CSO.
Pictured below are pupils from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh along with the Head of Maths at the school, Ms. Deborah Ní Cheallaigh.
Three projects accepted to BT Young Scientist 2015 from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is delighted to announce that three projects have been accepted into this prestigious and highly acclaimed competition. The school has had a very strong association with the competition and has qualified every single year for the exhibition since 2007. Donncha Ó Treasaigh congratulated the pupils and staff of the Science and Home Economics Departments on the success of this achievement.
In its 51st year the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition; it is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for the students who take part. The exhibition itself is the final stage in the competition which is open to all second level students from Ireland, both North and South. As well as the 550 student projects on display, there are a further four exhibition halls filled with science and technology based exhibits and entertainment, making it a thrilling event for those who enter and for general visitors too.
In recent years the number of entries has increased dramatically, reaching an all time high last year when 2000 projects were submitted. All entries are screened to select just over 550 projects that go through to compete in the RDS. The event attracts over 40,000 people making it one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, if not the world!
Caoimhe Taylor Moloney, a Transition Year pupil from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, took part in the Red Cross Cadets Competition in Galway recently and we are delighted to say that her team placed 2nd in the National Competition.
Caoimhe was the Team Leader of the team of four young people, the other team members coming from Castletroy College.
She was really pleased with the win and they had put in a lot of training, meeting over the summer and a lot over the last few weeks.
Seirbhís Tús na Bliana
Beidh an tSeirbhís tús na Bliana ar siúl in Naomh Mhuire ar an gCéadaoin, 8ú Deireadh Fómhair ó 2.00 i.n. ar aghaidh. Tá fáilte roimh cách teacht ar an lá. Tá an-obair á dhéanamh ag scoláirí agus foireann an choláiste don iarnóin spéisiúil seo agus tá pobal an Choláiste ag súil go mór leis. Beidh an tSeirbhís á cheiliúradh ag an tAthair de Liostún, Séiplíneach an Choláiste.
Beginning of Year Service
The beginning of Year service will take place in St. Mary’s on Wednesday, 8th October from 2.00 pm. All are welcome on the day. Considerable efforts are being made by pupils and staff to make the event as special as possible. The Service will be celebrated by school chaplain, Fr. Listoin.
Trad for Trócaire
Tá an-áthas orainn a chur in iúl daoibh gur bhailigh na scoláirí €315.61 ar maidin do Trócaire, nuair a chuir siad cúpla seisiún de Cheol traidisiúnta ar siúl don phobal scoile. Chuir fuaim an raon d’uirlis ar fad an áit faoi draíocht agus bhain gach duine an-sult as an mhaidin.
Trad for Trócaire
We are delighted to inform you that pupils raised €315.61 this morning for Trócaire by playing Trad sessions in the canteen for the school community. The sound of the very impressive range of instruments filled the corridors of the school and everybody was delighted with the wonderful entertainment of these talented students.
Bhí an scoil plódaithe don oíche oscailte ar an Luan, 22 Meán Fómhair. D’fhreastail thart ar 390 dalta ar an scoil ar an oíche agus bhain na cuairteoirí an-taitneamh as an ócáid. Bhí ár gcuid daltaí agus foireann thar barr chun fáilte a chur roimh cách. Fuair gach dalta a chuidigh leis an oíche cupcakes & Miwadi sa rang deireanach ar an Aoine, 26 Meán Fómhair mar bhuíochas. Beidh thart ar 40 deirfiúr/deartháir ag freastal ar an scoil an bhliain seo chugainn agus táimid ag glacadh le 87 dalta ar fad (trí rang).
The school was packed on our Open Night, 22nd September. Over 390 pupils attended with their parents and each and everyone enjoyed the event. Our pupils and staff were exceptional in welcoming everybody. All helpers enjoyed cupcakes & MiWadi during the last class on Friday, 26th September as an acknowledgement of their great work on the night. There are over 40 brothers/sisters for next year and the College is enrolling 87 pupils (three classes) in total.
Príomhscéalta faoin Idirbhliain – Comórtas Náisiúnta Talmhaíochta – Idirbhliain
Bhain ár gcuid daltaí an-taitneamh agus tairbhe as a bheith ag foghlaim faoi saol na tuaithe agus tábhachtacht na Rannóga talmhaíochta ar an gCéadaoin, 24 Meán Fómhair, nuair a thug siad cuairt ar an gComórtas Talmhaíochta i gCo. na Laoise.
Beidh Scoláirí na hidirbhliana ar Lá Neartú na Foirniúlachta ar an lá, ag Ionad Imeachtaí Derg Isle, An Scairbh, Co an Chláir agus ní bheidh siad ar ais ar scoil go dtí 17.00
Impímid oraibh gach iarracht a dhéanamh teacht chuig an Oíche Eolais do Thuismitheoirí toisc go mbeidh ábhar fíor-thábhachtach á phlé againn.
Má tá tuilleadh eolais uait faoin ár glár Idirbhliana den scoth, clic ar an nasc seo. Clic Anseo
Transition Year Updates – National Ploughing Championships – Transition Year
Our TY pupils enjoyed a wonderful day learning about country-life and the importance and relevance of the agri-food sector on Wednesday, 24th September, when they attended the National Ploughing Championships in Laois.
Please note: Transition Year Pupils will be attending a Team Building Day at Derg Isle Activity Centre, Scariff, Co Clare on October 1st and will not return to the school until 17.00
For detailed information and updates regarding our excellent TY programme, please click onto our website. Click Here
Oíche Eolais – Bliain 1
Beidh Oíche Eolais do thuismitheoirí Bliain 1 Dé Luain ag 19.30 sa choláiste. Pléifear cúrsaí ginearálta mar gheall ar shocrú isteach sa scoil, obhairbhaile, an cód smachta, taisceadáin, cúrsaí measúnachta agus na h-ábhair roghnacha don Teastas Sóisearach.
Gheobhaidh tuismitheoirí Lámhleabhar cuimsitheach ar an oíche. Beidh Ceann na Bliana, an Comhairleoir agus an Leas-Phríomhoide ag caint le tuismitheoirí ar an oíche.
Parents Information Night – First Year
A Parents Information Night will take place on Monday, 19.30 in the school. Topics to be discussed on the night include settling into school, making the transition to Post-Primary, Homework, the Code of Behaviour, lockers, assessment and option subjects for Junior Certificate.
Parents will receive a comprehensive Handbook on the night. The Year Head, Guidance Counsellor and Deputy Principal will make presentations on the evening.
Turas Surfála chuig an Leacht – An Chéad Bhliain
Chuaigh na daltaí ar fad sa Chéad Bhliain chuig an Leacht ar an Déardaoin, 24ú Meán Fómhair chun triail a bhaint as surfáil agus chun aithne a chur ar a chéile. B’é briseadh iontach é chun sos a ghabháil ó chúraimí acadúil agus an ualach oibre a bhíonn le déanamh ag an ngrúpa díograiseach seo. Thaitin an lá go mór leis na scoláirí agus na múinteoirí a bhí in éineacht leo.
First Year Annual Surf-Trip to Lehinch
The First Year pupils headed off to Lehinch for the annual surfing trip on Thursday, 24th September. This is an excellent opportunity for pupils to meet new friends and promote team-building amongst the year-group. It is also a timely break from academics and the all the busy workload of First Year. The pupils and teachers had a great day.
Cur i Láthair faoi Bhulaíocht
Tá an t-ádh linn i nGaelcholáiste Luimnigh go mbeidh an aoi-chainteoir agus saineolaí, Pat Courtney ag teacht chuig ár scoil ar an gCéadaoin, 1ú Dheireadh Fómhair chun labhairt le pobal na scoile faoin mBulaíocht. Is saineolaí é Pat ar chúrsaí bulaíochta agus d’oibrigh sé leis an tseirbhís SPHE ar feadh na blianta. Bé an Comhordaitheoir Náisiúnta ar an tSeirbhís Tacaíochta den SPHE idir 2009 agus 2014. Tá tuilleadh eolais ar fail ón suíomh idirlíon http://www.antibullyingservices.ie
Ar an 1ú Dheireadh Fómhair, beidh Pat ag déanamh 3 seisiúin difriúla i nGaelcholáiste Luimnigh:
· 11.00-13.15: Ceardlann le Scoláirí na Dara Bliana
· 14.30-16.30: Seisiúin Inseirbhíse le Foireann an Choláiste
· 19.00-20.30: Ceardlann do Thuismitheoirí an Choláiste.
Chuige Sin, beidh ranganna do gach scoláire ag críochnú ar an 01/10/2014 ar 14.05. Ní bheidh Staidéar tar éis Scoile ar siúl an tráthnóna sin.
Parent Talk on Bullying
We are delighted to inform you that an expert in the area of bullying, Mr. Pat Courtney will be coming to Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh on Wednesday, 1st October to engage with the School Community on the issue of Bullying and its prevention. Pat Courtney is a renowned speaker in the area of bullying, having served as Anti-Bullying Coordinator of the SPHE Support Service (2009-2014). He was Team Leader of the Department of Education pilot anti-bullying programme for second level schools-The Dublin Cool School Pilot Programme (2006-2009). Please visit his website for more information: http://www.antibullyingservices.ie
On October 1st, Pat Courtney will facilitate 3 different sessions here at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh:
· 11.00-13.15: Workshop with Second Year Pupils.
· 14.30-16.30: Inservice Session with College Staff.
· 19.00-20.30: Workshop for Parents of the College.
As a result of this Anti-bullying Day, all students will finish classes @ 14.05 on the 1st October. There will be no After School Study taking place on that afternoon
We ask you to please make every effort to attend this Parents Information Evening especially, as the topic under discussion is such an important one.
Oíche Shóisialta – Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí – Déardaoin, 9ú Deireadh Fómhair – Strand Hotel
Beidh Tráth na gCeist ag Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí ar siúl sa Strand Hotel, 9ú Deireadh Fómhair ag 20.00. Is deis í seo do thuismitheoirí teacht le chéile agus sult a bhaint as oíche álainn. Tá an coláiste thar a bheith buíoch don Chomhairle na dTuismitheoirí as ucht an t-imeacht seo a chur ar siúl, imeacht a théann ó neart go neart chuile bhliain. Bhí thart ar 350 duine ag an ócáid anuraidh. Bíonn duaiseanna den scoth ar fáil ar an oíche chomh maith. Fuair gach clann ticéid agus tá tuilleadh ar fáil ó oifig an choláiste.
Social Night – Parents Council – Thursday, 9th October – Strand Hotel
The annual Table Quiz, which is one of the highlights of the year on our social calendar and always such a success takes place in the Strand Hotel on 9th October. Our Parents Council has been very busy organising this event and it continues to go from strength to strength. Last year, over 350 attended. The College is extremely grateful to its Parents Council for organising this social night. It gives parents a great opportunity to meet in a beautiful venue and enjoy each other’s company. Great prizes are always a feature of the night. Every family has received a book of tickets for the event. Please return payment to the school.
Clic ar an nasc seo i gcomhair Féilire an Choláiste agus sceideal na n-imeachtaí ar fad a bhíonn ar siúl sa scoil. Clic Anseo
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Éide Scoile Spóirt
Is féidir le tuismitheoirí ordú don éide scoile spóirt agus seaicéad na scoile a dhéanamh tríd na suíomh gréasáin scoile – Clic Anseo
College Sports Uniform
Parents can order all school embroidered sports uniform and school jacket from our website – Click Here
Cruinniú den Bhord Bainistíochta
Tionólfar an chéad chruinniú eile den Bhord Bainistíochta ar an Déardaoin, 9ú Deireadh Fómhair ag 17.30.
Board of Management Meeting
The next meeting of the Board of Management will take place on Thursday, 9th October at 17.30.
Beirt Dhalta / Two students – 10As – Alannah Ní Mhorlaí (10As & 1B), Daniel Long (10As)
Daltaí le 9 A / Students with 9As Nina Proskurnya, Niamh Dundas, Louise Egan, Ailish Ni Fhaoile, Alannah Ní Mhorlaí, Lilian Ní Thuathail.
Dalta le 8A / Student with 8As – Niall Herlihy
Anailís ar Thorthaí / Subject Analysis
Gaeilge – 98% A
Maths- 45% A
Science – 64% A
7,000 students in over 80 Irish schools now using Wriggle ‘digital’ schoolbags
Limerick, Ireland. 2nd September 2014: 85 Transition Year students at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh today received their new ‘digital’ schoolbags as they prepare to join the Wriggle 1:1 mobile learning programme. 240 students at the school will now be using mobile devices and digital textbooks in place of traditional textbooks. Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is one of 80 schools throughout Ireland participating in the Wriggle programme this coming academic year.
Principal Donncha Ó Treasaigh commented: “Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh works tirelessly each and every year to enhance and improve its education service provision to pupils and parents of the College. Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh was one of the first schools in Ireland to adopt the use of iPad, commencing in 2010 with the use of iPad in Transition Year. The college is recognised nationally as one of the leaders in quality ICT integration and enrichment of teaching and learning. Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh was chosen to launch the Department of Education and Skills to launch the Digital Strategy for Schools 3rd December 2013. The College boasts three Apple Professional Development Consultants and I believe that Continuous Professional Development of teachers in the use of mobile technology is essential in maximising the potential for learning in the classroom. The use of iPad has certainly helped to improve pupil academic achievement which was highlighted from the schools Leaving Certificate results of 2014.“
Established in 2012, Wriggle is a 1:1 mobile learning initiative that transforms the teaching and learning environment in schools by putting new technology and engaging content into the hands of every student. Wriggle has created a complete package to provide each school with everything they need to make the move to digital textbooks on mobile devices, catering for both students and teachers. Wriggle provides the mobile devices; access to digital textbooks and interactive content; professional development for teachers; comprehensive support and expert advice on ICT planning for schools.
Beryl Furlong, Director of Education at Wriggle commented: “The response to Wriggle continues to be very positive as we prepare to work with over 7,000 students this year. We live in a digital age and school leaders, teachers and parents are quickly realising the benefits of integrating technology into teaching and learning. It is particularly important now in light of the new JCSA curriculum which will place significant emphasis on digital technology.”
Furlong continued: “The advantages are numerous – interactive, up to date content to engage students and increase attainment; the ability to cater to different learning styles and rates of progression; it allows for greater collaboration; instant feedback and fosters important life skills, not to mention the schoolbags are a lot lighter! Essentially 1:1 mobile learning allows students to acquire and develop what have become essential skills for the modern workplace and community.”
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Wriggle, is a 1:1 mobile learning programme that transforms the teaching and learning environment in schools by putting new technology and engaging content into the hands of every student.
Wriggle has created a complete package to provide a school with everything they need to make the move to digital textbooks on mobile devices. The Wriggle 1:1 mobile learning programme caters for both students and teachers, providing the technology, access to digital textbooks and interactive content, professional development for teachers, comprehensive support and expert advice on ICT planning for schools.
For more information, please visit http://www.wriggle.ie
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- Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh ranked 9th top school in Munster
- Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh ranked 16th top mixed school in Ireland
- Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh ranked 25th top school in Ireland*
- Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh ranked 2nd top school in Limerick city
*excluding fee paying schools
The figures for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh are for two years only, as the school only has two year groups who have progressed to Third level. This resulted in it being lower in the League compared to other schools. The school expects to feature higher in the league in September 2015.
Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide 2014 – How it was compiled
Source: Sunday Times Supplement
“The progression of students to third-level study from all 721 secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland was examined. Data was collected from 30 third-level institutions in the republic and two in Northerrn Ireland partly under Freedom of Information legislation. This data mainly originated in the State Examination Commission and Central Applications Office. Third-level institutions do not stand over its accuracy when used to compile league tables. Data was also collected from Northern Irish universities on admissions from Leaving Certificate students.
In most instances, the data records the school where a candidate sat the Leaving Certificate on their first attempt. A small number of third-level institutions supplied data for both repeat and first-attempt students. . In these instances to reduce the distortion we examined the numbers repeating at each school and made other statistical adjustments. We excluded all external candidates. We also exclude several institutions which specialise in repeat exams. This adjustment means that in some cases those progressing to university and third-level is overstated.
Rank: For schools where % at university is the same, % at thrid-level is used to determine their rank in the Parent Power league table.
% at university: The number of students from the school, divided by three, who registered in the academic years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 with one of the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland, mainstream state run teacher training colleges , the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), National College of Art & Design (NCAD), or Universities in Northern Ireland for an undergraduate degree-level, full-time course. The number of students who sat the Leaving Certificate – adjusted for repeat students — in that school in June 2011 is then divided into this to calculate the percentage for 2011/12. The same method is used to calculate the percentages for 2012/13 and 2013/14. Source Leaving Cert Sits – State Examinations Commission, Athlone.
% at third-level: The average number of students from the school who registered in academic year 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 with
(a)one of the nine universities in the island of Ireland, mainstream state run teacher training colleges , RCSI and NCAD or Universities in Northern Ireland for an undegraduate degree level full time course.;
(b) any other state-funded third-level college such as an institute of technology or National College of Ireland for a degree or sub-degree course. Private third-level courses are excluded. The percentage is produced by the same method above.
Pupils: The number of pupils registered in the school in the academic year 2012-13 – source Dept of Education and Skills
Student /Staff Ratio: The number of pupils registered in the school in the academic year 2012-13, as above, divided by the full-time equivalent teaching staff in 2012-13, calculated from data availablef rom the Department of Education and Skills. No data has been supplied by Education Training Boards for vocational schools
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is using iTunes U throughout all year groups. iTunes U courses let teachers give each class a customised learning experience. Teachers can create and manage their course and students can experience it all from the iTunes U app on iPad.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is an Apple accredited institution under the LCETB.
LCETB is to the fore in the use of iTunesU in post-primary.