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October 2016

Visiting Speakers
A representative from IT Sligo addressed the Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students re opportunities and courses in IT Sligo on Monday 26 September. The students intend to follow up this experience with a visit to IT Sligo in October.
Sharon Tuohy, SVP, addressed LCA1 and LCA2 students on Thursday 13 October from 10-11am. Mr. Ward organized the event and the students are going to do a “youth for justice” project in the local community.

Ms Kinsella and her team of LCA students organized a “Sports Day” for all students on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 September. The weather was dry and sunny and students were encouraged to enter into at least one track and field event together with a novelty events. The winners of the track and field events will represent Corran College in the ETB county sports day in IT Sligo in October.

The Forbairt team of Mr. McGovern, Mr. Flynn and Ms McDermott attended a two day event in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway on October 7 and 8 last. The school presented their teaching and learning action research project on “Improving the completion rate and quality of Homework” to sixty other second level schools in the country. The presentation and content of the action research was highly praised for its innovation.

Student of the Month
The September 2016 “Student of the Month” recipients were Kieran Quinn (1 year), Rebecca Murtagh (2 year) and Shola Scanlon (3 year). Each winner received a certificate, ten Euros and a customised Corran College pen. The award is designed to motivate students to attend school each day, complete all class work and homework and be respectful towards teachers and students.

A representative from County photographs took photographs of first and Leaving Certificate students on Monday 10 October.

Attendance Challenge
Michael White, HSCL, is running an attendance challenge between first, second and third year class groups. Students are updated on a weekly basis and the winner will receive a DVD and pizza on Friday 28 October. The overall winner for the year will receive a free day trip in May.

Twenty five students from Corran College attended “Thank You for the Music”, a musical production by Colaiste Muire which was staged in the Art Deco on Thursday 13 October last.

Access Programme
The Leaving Certificate class attended a “Study Skills Seminar” in St. Angela’s College as part of the Access programme. The students really engaged with the tutor and in return the tutor commented that “they were the nicest group of Leaving Certificates that she had dealt with this year and that they spoke so positively about their school”. A bus and lunch was provided free of charge to the students.

Open Day
The Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied 2 students attended the open days in both Sligo College of Further Education and IT Sligo on Thursday 20 October last. Ms McDermott organized the event and accompanied the students on the day.

Cake Sale
A core group of seven girls organized a “cake sale” to raise money for the many thousands of people who were left homeless in Haiti in the wake of hurricane Matthew. The television pictures depicting the devastation touched their heart and prompted them into action. The group raised in excess of €110 and has also organized a fancy dress day for Thursday 27 October with seasonal fun and games during lunchtime.

November and December News 2016

ETB Sports Day
Congratulations to Ms Kinsella, Mr. Flynn and the LCA students for organising the ETB Sports Day in IT Sligo for all ETB schools in the county. Well done to all our athletes that competed and to the many that returned home with trophies and medals.

Fancy Dress
Well done to the third year students for organising a very successful “Dress up for Haiti” day to raise much needed funds for the people of Haiti that lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Mr. McGovern nominated the group of seven third year girls who were the main organisers of both the “Dress Up” day and “Cake Sale” for the Sligo/Leitrim Community Garda awards. The girls subsequently won the Sligo / Leitrim group award and attended the awards ceremony on Tuesday 29 November at 8pm in the Glasshouse hotel.

The third year CSPE class planned and organised a traverse of Knocknarae on Wednesday 9 November as part of their CSPE action project. The group climbed Knocknarae on the traditional route and travelled down into Strandhill where they availed of much needed rest and refreshments. Mrs. Regan and Mr. McGovern accompanied the group on the climb.

Science Week
Our first year students took part in the “Crazy Coastal Experience” on Rosses Point beach on Tuesday 15 November last. The students were given a talk, collected samples of flora and fauna for identification and collected articles of rubbish for a beach survey. The Access programme in St. Angela’s College provided both the transport and lunches to the students. Thanks to Carol Gallagher, Access Schools Coordinator for including our students in this interesting event.
The 5 and 6 year students attended a talk on “Plants to Policy with Farming and Fun(ding)” by Dr. Caitriona Maher in Ballymote library on Wednesday 16 November as part of science week.

DEIS Inspection
A 3 day DEIS inspection took place from Monday 21 November to Wednesday 23 November inclusively. Gavin Doyle and Jason Kelly were the two DES inspectors involved. The inspection involved a detailed review of the school DEIS Action Plan, monitoring data for each strand, school policies, parental surveys, student surveys, a focus group meeting with 11 parents, meeting key personnel that support DEIS such as HSCL, literacy link person, numeracy link person, JCSP Coordinator, SSCP worker and numeracy meetings with senior management. Both inspectors visited a range of classes to view teaching and learning and attended initiatives that support the DEIS plan.

Our junior and senior boys teams competed in an ETB blitz with other Sligo based ETB schools on Thursday 24 November. The junior team emerged victorious after defeating Grange Post Primary school in the final. The senior team played well but did not make the final.

The senior boys beat Ballinode College and Grange Post Primary school in the ETB blitz which was held at IT Sligo on Wednesday 16 November last.

Art Winner
Congratulations to Dervilla Donohoe, 2 year, who won the Ballymote Credit Union Art Competition in the 14 -17 years category. Dervilla collected a certificate and €20 prize money. Her picture depicted three birds which will now go forward the Co. Sligo Credit Union competition.

Taster Day
A very successful and enjoyable taster day took place on Wednesday 30 November for all sixth class students in the feeder primary schools. The students experienced practical classes in Home Economics, Woodwork, Metalwork, Art, Science, Mathematics, Music and French.

Studying Abroad
Fifth and sixth year students attended a talk on “Studying Abroad” in Ballymote library on Thursday 8 December. Many students are now taking this option as a cost effective method of securing preferred courses and reducing overall costs.

School Visits
All primary schools in the catchment area were visited in advance of our “Open Evening” on Wednesday 14 December. The Principal gave a talk and presentation to fifth and sixth class students and distributed the school prospectus and an invitation to “Open Evening”.

Ice Skating
Ms Kinsella and Ms McDermott brought all junior and senior girls ice skating in Sligo on Thursday 15 December. The girls got an hour to eat and do some light Christmas shopping following the skating.

Michael Sweetman Trust
Congratulations to Ciaran Gardiner O’Dowd for winning an all expenses trip to the Euroscola in Strasbourg, France from January 24 – 27 inclusively. Ciaran is one of twenty four students from all over Ireland that won this coveted prize. The will spend a day “in the shoes” of an MEP, learn about the workings of our European Institutions and have the opportunity to discuss and debate topics of relevance to teenagers with students of similar ages from all other European countries.

Corran College News
September 2016

Leaving and Junior Certificate Results
Congratulations to our 6 year and LCA2 classes who acquitted themselves well in their respective Leaving Certificate examinations. Most the students are continuing to further and third level education. The Junior Certificate results were equally impressive.
Thank you to all the teachers who worked so hard to ensure that our examination students achieved a standard that reflects their potential.
Bonding Day
Sixteen first year students visited Sligo Rugby Club on Wednesday 7 September and engaged in a multi activity day with a group called “No Limits”. Students had a series of bonding or ice breaker games, samba drumming and a mindfulness session and enjoyed the day. Thanks to Ms Bailey and Ms Annette Conlon, SNA, for accompanying the students.

Fire Drill
A whole school fire drill was carried out on the afternoon of Tuesday 13 September to comply with Health and Safety Regulations. The school was evacuated and all staff and students accounted for in less than 2 minutes.

Ploughing Championships
The vast majority of our third, fifth, sixth and LCA students attended the Ploughing Championships in Tullamore on Thursday 22 September. The group was accompanied by Mr. Flynn, Ms McDermott and Shirley Redican. All students had a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Visiting Speaker
A representative from IT Sligo addressed the Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students re opportunities and courses in IT Sligo on Monday 26 September. The students intend to follow up this experience with a visit to IT Sligo in October.

Ms Kinsella and her team of LCA students organized a “Sports Day” for all students on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 September. The weather was dry and sunny and students were encouraged to enter into at least one track and field event together with a novelty events. The winners of the track and field events will represent Corran College in the ETB county sports day in IT Sligo in October.

School News Feb/March and April 2016.

Science Revision Practical’s
Ms Griffin accompanied her third year science class to the practical science revision session in St. Angela’s College on Wednesday 3 February. The bus and light lunch was provided free of charge by the Access programme. This proved to be a very useful revision exercise for junior certificate students.

Mock Examinations
Mock examinations for junior and leaving certificate students started on Thursday 4 February and ended on Friday 12 February. A full range of mock examinations was offered in all subjects. Student paid €20 to cover the cost of the papers and each teacher corrected their own subject area.

Work Experience
All 5 LCVP students went on one weeks work experience starting Monday 8 February as part of their Link Module programme.

Mock Interviews
Both LCA and LCVP students experienced mock interviews during the week starting Monday 22 February. Aiden Tighe and his team of tutors from Sligo Leader conducted the interviews as part of a follow on from the “Interview Preparation Programme” delivered to the same students in the first term. Well done to MS Bailey for organizing these modules.

Green Schools Expo
A group of 28 students and 4 staff members travelled to Dublin on Thursday 25 February to exhibit at the “Green Schools Expo” in the RDS. The event was very well attended and the students and staff had the opportunity had an opportunity to speak to President Michael D. Higgins as he visited our stand. Thanks to Mrs. Regan and Ms. Griffin and the Green Schools Committee for all their hard work preparing for this day.

Irish Orals
Tomas O’Moran conducted mock Irish orals with Leaving Certificate students and gave feedback to each re their performance. Tomas continues to offer after school Irish support in Irish on Thursdays evenings.

Non Uniform Day
The Formula 1 team, called Nitro, organized a non-uniform day on Tuesday 1 March to raise funds for their project and hoodies for the official competition. The regional Formula 1 competition took place in Castlebar on Friday 4 March. Thanks to Mr. Ward for all the encouragement and direction given to our young, enthusiastic team.

The final league game for our U17 soccer team was against St. Mary’s Ballisadare in Ballymote on Tuesday 1 March. St. Mary’s proved too strong on the day and defeated Corran College by 5-2. Corran College finished joint second in our pool but lost out on qualification for the semi finals on the basis of goal difference. Thanks to Mr. Flynn for accompanying and coaching the team throughout the qualification phase.

Our junior team, minus a number of key players, suffered a heavy defeat against Ballygar, Co. Galway on Tuesday 5 April.

Girls Active Festival
All first and second year girls had the opportunity to attend the Girls Active Festival in the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo on Thursday 3 March. The girls participated in a wide range of activities such as tag rugby, dance and martial arts. Thanks to Mrs. Power for organizing all the Girls Active events in Corran College throughout the year.

Collecting the Flag
Mrs. McKeon and Mr. White together with three student’s representatives, namely, James Waters, Noel Newell and Jamie Hannon went to Croke Park on Monday 7 March to collect a tricolor for the “raising of the flag” ceremony on March 7. All flags and indoor flag poles were donated by the Thomas Meagher Foundation.

Make a Book
The first year students had a highly commended display at the “Make a Book” exhibition in the Civic Offices in Dublin on Wednesday 9 March. Ms Hoare, art teacher, worked on a striking poster depicting a scene from the 1916 rising and a mannequin with period uniform formed part of our display. Thanks to Mrs. Power, Ms McGovern and Mrs. Conlon (SNA) for accompanying the group.

King Lear
The Art Deco showed the Leaving Certificate play, King Lear, for Leaving Certificate students on Monday 14 March for surrounding second level schools. Mrs. Power also took her Leaving Certificate class to the Hawks well in Sligo for a live performance of the play on Monday 4 April. Both sessions served as useful revision exercises.

Irish Quiz
All junior cycle students had an “Irish table Quiz” on the afternoon of Friday 11 March for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Each team consisted of a mix of first, second and third years. Well done to Ms Conneely and Mrs. McKeon for organising the event.

Incidental Inspection
Mr. Noel Kelly, DES inspector, carried out an incidental inspection in Corran College on Friday 11 March. Mr. Kelly visited classes in geography, mathematics, music and English and gave positive feedback to the teachers and senior management.

Flag Day
Corran College marked our national flag day with a very meaningful and well planned ceremony on Tuesday 15 March last. The flag was presented to Mr. McGovern and Mrs. Mulrennan by some second year students who collected it in Dublin earlier in the month. The principal gave the opening address and welcomed all present including members of the Board of Management and Eamon Scanlon TD. A senior student then read the proclamation. Our second year students gave a serious of presentations on the executed leaders and a candle were lit in memory of each. A rendition of “Grace” followed. Three groups of second years presented on their work in relation to the Easter Rising. A musical melody was then followed by students re imagining the proclamation in a modern day Ireland. Finally, Mr. White and Ms McKeon read some poetry by Patrick Pearse and explained the origin of the tricolor respectively.
The flag was raised by David Quinn and Saskia Davey, the oldest and the youngest students in the school while the national anthem was played. Well done to Aine McKeon and Judith Bailey for organising this impressive commemeration.

Zip It
Linda Bradley, Sligo School Completion Project worker, and John McGovern brought all the students on the target list to Zip It in forest park Boyle for the morning followed by a visit to Supermacs and the cinema in Carrick on Shannon. A very enjoyable day was had by all.

3 Year Special Awards
The following third year students received awards at the "3rd Year Special Awards" ceremony in St. Angela's College on Wednesday 6th last - James Williams(Science award), Gavin Gardiner(Home Economics award), Tanisha McKee(English award), Peter Flynn(mathematics award) and Lauren Scanlon (Home Economics award). The event was also attended by Mr. McGovern and Ms Kinsella their class tutor. Students received a personalized medal and certificate and were invited for light refreshments following the ceremony.

Visit to Organic Farm
Mrs. Regan’s third year CSPE class visited a self sufficient organic farm on Thursday 7 April as part of their CSPE Action Project. The feedback from students and teachers was very positive. Thanks to Mrs. Regan and Shirley Redican for organising the trip and accompanying the students on the day.

School News January 2016

After School Tuition
After school tuition in French for Leaving Certificate students commences on Monday 18 January from 4.10 – 5.30pm. Ms Gallagher, an outside tutor, will focus on the preparation for the oral French examination. Mathematics tuition for higher and ordinary level students continues on Tuesdays (ordinary) and Wednesdays (higher).

Parents Association AGM

The AGM of the Parent’s Association was held on the 20 January 2016. The following officers were elected – Heather Cliffe (Chairperson), Noreen Waters (secretary) and Bernadine Keenan (Treasurer).

Keyword Quiz

A keyword quiz was held for first, second and third year students on Friday 11 December. Subject teachers were asked to submit six questions with a relevant “keyword” as the answer in advance of the quiz and the JCSP team compiled the rounds of questions. Each table consisted of a mix of students from each year. Well done to Judith Bailey and her team for organising the event.

French Theatre for Schools
A visiting troupe of French actors visited put on a French play in the Art Deco on Monday 25 January. French Theatre for schools focuses on learning French through drama. The play had an emphasis on fun and participation with many of our students taking cameo roles in the performance. Many topics from the oral examination are skillfully included in the performance and this served as an excellent revision and reinforcement of class work.

Green Schools
The Green Schools Committee held an “Action Day for Green Schools” at lunchtime on Thursday 28 January in preparation for the Green School Expo on the 25 February 2016. This was a dress rehearsal for the main event and was important to the committee to gauge the level of interest and interactivity for the main event in February.

Congratulations to Kieran Brehony who came third in the 100m breaststroke in the Connaght Schools Swim Gala which was held in Longford on Sunday 10 January. Kieran now progress to the all Ireland Schools finals.

Corran College News November to January 2016

Easter 2016
Mrs McKeon and Mrs Bailey organised a viewing of “Mise Eireann” in the Art Deco on Wednesday 18 November from 9.30 -11am. The entire school community was treated to the viewing in order to generate further interest in the forthcoming Easter 1916 commemeration. Fifthe and sixth class students from Scoil Mhuire gan Smal were invited to attend.
Jersey Day
Students were allowed to wear any club jersey on Thursday 19 November to raise funds for charity.
Irish Play
Mrs. McKeon brought the Leaving Certificate students to an Irish play in the Hawkswell theatre, Sligo on Monday 23 November.
Open Day in NUIM
Eight Leaving Certificate students attended an Open Day in NUI Maynooth on Friday 27 November. The students fundraised to offset the cost of travel. Thanks to Ms Bailey for accompanying the students.
Ballymote Enterprise Town
Corran College entered a very impressive display into the “Ballymote Enterprise Town” Exposition in Colaiste Muire on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October last. The staff volunteered to set up the stand and represent the school at the event.
The visit of Micheál Martin
The Corran College school community had the great privilege of welcoming Micháel Martin, the leader of Fianna Fail to the school on Friday 6 November last. He was accompanied by the two recently selected general election candidates Eamon Scanlon and Senator Mark McSharry. The former is the current chairperson of the Board of Management in Corran College and a past pupil of the school. The Principal welcomed the entourage and invited Micháel Martin to address the staff and students. A question and answer session followed the presentation. The group mingled with the staff and students and stayed for some light refreshments.
Inspiring Talk in Corran College
John Lonergan, the former Governor of Mountjoy prison, delivered an all engrossing talk on “Parenting: The Challenges and Rewards” to a packed audience in Corran College on Monday 9 November last. This was part of a series of events aimed at students and parents as part of Mental Health week in Corran College. John presented his “nuggets” of information in a very entertaining and engaging fashion that was enjoyable for all present.
His experience as an author, parent and transformative figure within the prison service put him in a very good position to raise the awareness levels of the audience in relation to the challenges facing them in raising their children in modern day Ireland.
Copies of his book “Parenting: Raising your Child in Ireland Today” were in big demand after the talk. He kindly stayed to talk to parents and sign copies of his book.
Worldwise Global Schools Assessment
Dr. Mary Gannon, was employed to establish the level of impact the funding for development education initiatives in schools was having on the attitudes of teachers and students. Corran College was selected at random for a visit on Monday 16 November. Dr. Gannon spoke to the WWGS coordinators, Mrs Regan and Irene Goulden, a focus group of students from a range of classes and the Principal. She was very impressed with our high level of involvement in development education. Well done to Mrs. Regan and her team.
Green Schools Expo
Corran College was one of twelve “exceptional schools” chosen to exhibit their innovative, creative and original work from the Green Schools programme at the first ever “Green Schools EXPO” in the Industries Hall at the RDS on Thursday 25th February 2016. This is the great recognition and affirmation of all the hard work of our Green Schools Coordinator, Mrs. Regan, Ms Griffin, John Gardiner, Shirley Redican and the Green Schools Committee
The EXPO provides an opportunity to showcase, celebrate and learn about the work of the Green Schools Programme through a series of interactive exhibits, fun activities, workshops and guest speakers to suit all ages and interests.
Corran College is only one of two secondary schools in Co. Sligo that have been awarded five green flags. The school is currently working on their sixth Green Flag for “Global Citizenship”.
Parent/Teacher meeting
A parent/teacher meeting for all parents and guardians of examination students took place on Thursday 19 November from 4.15 – 6.15pm. The meeting was well attended.
Aiden Tighe and two other tutors from Sligo Leader delivered a “Work place Skills “ module over two double periods on two separate days for all our LCA, 5 year and 6 year students. Thanks to Ms Bailey for organising the school visits from LEADER.
Open Night
A highly successful “Open Night” for parents and students of 5 and 6 class in our local feeder schools was held on Tuesday 1 December from 7-9pm. All subject departments displayed their work. Individual teachers remained with their display and were available to meet parents and students and answer any queries. Many practical subjects had students actively engaging in work during the night. A large crowd gathered in the concourse for the Principal’s address at 7.30pm and circulated for the remainder of the evening. Thanks to all that assisted in any way.
Mr. Flynn and the U16 team travelled to Carrick on Shannon on Tuesday 6 October to participate in a blitz for second level schools in Sligo and Leitrim. The team had mixed fortunes; they beat Drumshambo Vocational School and lost to Carrigallen VS.
Congratulations to Mr. Flynn and the junior boys team who beat St. Mary’s College, Ballysadare by 6 – 1 to 3- 5 on Friday 20 November last. The game was played in the centre of excellence in Scarden.
On the 21 January we took on Enniscrone in Sligo and losing 2-0 at halftime the outcome similar to the grange match looked on the cards. However after an inspiring halftime talk from the assistant manager and selector our fortunes took a change for the better. An inspired Roland Anderson took on the ball and skipping by a number of players he was fouled and a penalty was awarded. Roland stepped up and blasted the ball to back of the Enniscrone net. Corran college upped the tempo of the game and before long Callum tonry got onto a through ball from gavin Gardiner to net the equaliser. Another 15 mins passed in the game with enniscrone getting back on top with a few corners and free kicks but Ben Gorevan having a good game in the goals and Patrick Finan and Evan Lavin inspired in defence held firm on a number of occasions. A number of changes were made and with fresh legs on the field Corran College got going again and man of the match Roland Anderson got through midfield and when a pass was on he decided to strike low and hard to the bottom of the enniscrone net. Leading now Corran College started to play some nice football and near the end Callum Tonry who had a good game up front insured the win when he blasted his second goal to the net with about 5 minutes remaining. Well done to the whole panel of players to Mr Flynn and his selectors and a speedy recovery to James Williams who sustained an injury during the game. Final score Corran College 0- 4 Enniscrone 0-2. Next game we play St Marys Ballysadare.
Student of the Month
The winners of “Student of the month” for December 2015 were Vaughan Gilligan (1 Year), Aaron Keenan(2 Year) and Lauren Scanlon (3 Year). Each winner received a voucher, , a Corran College pen and a certificate. The initiative is aimed at improving student motivation and achievement.
Samba Drumming
Mrs Regan and Ms Conlon brought drumming from around the world to Corran College in the form of a number of “Samba Drumming” sessions for all students on Thursday 8 October last. Each year group got a 1 hour session. The initiative was sponsored by Worldwise Global Schools.
Car Wash
A small number of Leaving Certificate students organized a car wash /hoover as part of their enterprise report for Link Modules. A full vacuum and wash was competitively priced at €12. All money raised will go to reducing transport costs to the Maynooth University Open Day.
Non Uniform Day
Nathan Lavin, Matthew Conboy Murren and Stephen Mulligan, Leaving Certificate students, organized a non uniform day on Friday 16 October in aid of Focus Ireland. A total of €116 was raised and a speaker from Focus Ireland will address the class in November 2015. The donation will be presented on the day.

Library visits
All first years and their parents were encouraged to take out family membership of Ballymote Library. Mrs. Power and Ms Conlon, first year English teachers, are taking first years to the library for one class on a Tuesday morning and encouraging them to borrow and read an age appropriate book. Over the six week duration of this literacy initiative, students will have read a minimum of six books.

Keyword Quiz
A keyword quiz was held for first, second and third year students on Friday 11 December. Subject teachers were asked to submit six questions with a relevant “keyword” as the answer in advance of the quiz and the JCSP team compiled the rounds of questions. Each table consisted of a mix of students from each year. Well done to Judith Bailey and her team for organising the event.
Michael Sweetman Trust
Congratulations to Padraig O’Donnell, LCA2, for winning a coveted place on the “Michael Sweetman Trust” trip to Belgium in January 2016. Padraig was interviewed and adjudicated on his Social Education project. Corran College had a representative on the trip to the European parliament for the past three years. Well done to his Social Education teacher Ms Conneely.

Corran College news from September 2015

Departure of Ms Fallon
Ms Fallon, our part time Home Economics and science teacher was offered a full time contract in Athlone Community College and resigned her position on Thursday 27 August 2015. We wish to thank her for her contribution to our school community and wish her well in her new job.
First Year Vaccinations
A vaccination team from the HSE visited the school at 10.30am on Monday 7 September and administered the HPV and Tdap vaccination to girls and the Tdap vaccination to boys.
Zip It
The first year students and their tutor, Ms Conlon, together with Mrs. Flannery and Mrs. Conlon went to Zip It in Forest park, Boyle for a “bonding day”. The weather was dry and sunny and all students had a fantastic time.
Ms Kinsella brought her third year students to Zip It on Friday 18 September as a reward for improved attendance and homework submission in term 3 of the 2014/2015 school year.
Junior Certificate Results
The results of the Junior Certificate were issued to students and their parents on Wednesday 9 September. The standard was excellent and students left the premises in a joyous mood.
Road Safety Authority
Fifth year students and LCA students were brought into the RSA Shuttle bus and roll over simulator in Stephen St. car park, Sligo on Thursday 17 September. The shuttle bus contained a driving simulator, a motorbike simulator, a bicycle simulator and a number of interactive computer terminals giving advice on awareness, road safety and sample driving theory tests. All students had the opportunity to experience a roll over simulator in an Audi A4. The visit certainly increased awareness of road safety.
Ballymote Enterprise Town
Corran College have registered for a display in the much heralded “Ballymote Enterprise Town” exposition in Colaiste Muire on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October respectively. This gives all businesses , community enterprises, sports clubs and schools an opportunity to showcase all that is good and positive in Ballymote.
Evening Classes
BTEI are offering modules of Healthcare Support in Corran College on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm. Qualifications are validated by QQI. Skills for work have booked two computer rooms from October 1 to offer computer skills to the local farming community.
Visiting Speaker
Ms Heffron, Career Guidance, organized a representative from IT Sligo to address the Leaving Certificate and LCA2 students on the courses and opportunities available in IT Sligo in 2016. The information session proved to be very informative and the speaker agreed to revisit the school in the second term.
Sports Day
Corran College held its annual sports day on a Tuesday 22 September in the GAA park. There were high levels of participation evident in the track and field and novelty events. Winners of the track and field events will go on to the county sports day for ETB schools in October 2015.
School Photographs
All first year students had their individual school photographs taken on Wednesday 23 September. Group photographs were taken of first and Leaving Certificate years for archive purposes.
First Year Parents Night
The first year parent’s night was held in Corran College at 7pm on Thursday 24 September last. The meeting was address by Mr. McGovern (Principal), Mrs. Bailey (JCSP Coordinator), Ms Conlon (class tutor), Mr. White (HSCL), Linda Bradley (SSCP worker) and Mrs. Mulrennan (Deputy Principal). Topics such as transition from primary to post primary, support services in school and parental communication via VSWare were discussed.

Corran College news from March to May 2015

Past Pupil
Congratulations to Padraig Cawley, O’Connell St., Ballymote on his recent appointment as Principal to Ardscoil na Mara in Tramore, Co. Waterford. Ardscoil na Mara is an amalgamation of the local Christian brothers’ school and the Sisters of Charity school in Tramore and has the potential to cater for in excess of 1000 students.
Padraig is a past pupil of Corran College. The current staff and students of Corran College wish him well in his new role and know that he will be a fine role model for generations of students to come.

John Dywer from “Bully4U” visited Corran College on Wednesday 4 February to deliver workshops to all post primary students on the concept of bullying and cyber bullying. The workshops were highly interactive with role play exercises and audio visual presentations. Students also learned strategies to empower them to respond in a positive manner to cyber bullying and develop a sense of e-safety.
In addition, an information evening for parents to reinforce the content of the student workshops took place later that evening at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4 February. The total costs of three student workshops and an information evening for parents is €1125, however, we are offering these sessions free of charge to our school community. This forms part of our active commitment to minimise and eliminate bullying within the school.

Cross Country
A small team of six athletes competed in the finals of the North Connacht School Cross Country event in Cleveragh racecourse on Wednesday 28 January. Thanks to Mr. Britton for accompanying the students and to John Gardiner for transporting some of our athletes.

The U17 soccer team played St Mary’s, Ballisodare in Ballymote on Monday 2 February in their final league game of the season. A strong St. Mary’s side won the game by 3-0. Thanks to all involved in the coaching and organization of the matches in this inaugural year in the competition.

Ladies GAA
Kathleen Kane and Susan Finan, the chairperson and secretary of Sligo Ladies GAA visited the school on Wednesday 4 April to encourage and promote participation in Ladies GAA in local clubs.

Girls Active
All junior cycle girls participated in a multi activity day in IT Sligo on Thursday 5 March. The students had an opportunity to participate in activities such as dance, martial arts and extreme Frisbee. Thanks to Mrs. Power for organising the bus and accompanying the students.

Homework Club
Linda Bradley, SSCP, started a homework club on Wednesday 28 January from 4-5pm. This service will continue indefinitely and will be dependent on student numbers attending.

Visiting Speaker
Sean Kelly, from St. Angela’s College gave a presentation to Leaving Certificate students on Monday 2 February on the undergraduate programmes and access programme on offer in St. Angela’s for 2015/2016.

Junior Certificate Practicals
Ms Sweeney and her junior certificate science class were invited to attend revision workshops in St. Angela’s College on Wednesday 4 February. The revision session focused on twenty of the mandatory student practicals. All students attended and were delighted with the outcome.

Art Awards
Congratulations to Rebecca Downes and Aishleigh Egan who received second and third place awards respectively for the senior art competition in Feis Coeil.

Junior Student of the Month
The January winners of the student of the month awards were Noel Newell (1 year), Sasha Donohoe (2 year) and Michael Conlon (3 year). Each winner was presented with a Corran College clock and personalized pen.
The February winners were Ciaran Brehony (1 year), Shane Lavin (2 year) and Patrick Finan (3 year).

First year boys and girls received vaccinations on Monday 9 February from HSE doctor and nursing team.

Fire Drill
A practice fire drill was held on Friday 6 March to comply with Health and Safety regulations. Students and staff evacuated the building and accounted for all personnel in less than three minutes.

Mock Orals
Tomas O’Moran conducted oral Irish mocks on Thursday 26 February. The feedback from Tomas was extremely positive. The actual oral Irish examination will take place on Friday 20 March.

Shave, Dye or Oh My!
Students and staff entered into the spirit of the “Shave, Dye or Oh My!” day held on Tuesday 3 March to raise much needed funds for cancer research. This was a student council driven initiative. The first class of the day was devoted to arranging and developing crazy hairstyles. Many staff wore colourful wigs and different hairstyles.

Easter Raffle
An Easter raffle will take place to raise much needed funds for the family of Kamile Satinskaite as she remains in the Mater hospital after complications as a result of chemotherapy. The Parent’s Association and staff have sourced sponsored prizes and all money raised will go to the family to offset accommodation, subsistence and travel costs.

French Activities
Ms Healy and Mr. Britton combined a JCSP French initiative with a Worldwise Global schools initiative and brought all third years and some second years to the outdoor activity centre in Bundoran for spoken French classes, a development aid module and outdoor activities.

Make a Book
Mrs. Power, Ms Conlon and Mr. White accompanied the first year students to the “Make a Book” exhibition on in Dublin on Wednesday 11 March. The first years displayed their books on a handmade “tree” which took pride of place at the entrance to the exhibition. A guided tour to “Dublinea” in the afternoon proved very educational and enjoyable.

Irish Quiz
A whole school Irish quiz was organized by Ms Conneely and Mrs. McKeon and took place on Friday 13 March between 9.30 – 11.10am. The winning team consisted of John Gallagher, Lauren Scanlon, Edward Meehan, Michael McGuinn and Rebecca Cunnane.

Visit to the Hawkswell
All Leaving Certificate students attended a very interactive production of “Othello” on Tuesday 24 March. Othello Is on the current Leaving Certificate syllabus. The following day our Junior Certificates were treated to a performance of “The Merchant of Venice” in the Hawks well.

Visiting Speaker
Michael Murphy, Principal of Westport College of Further Education visited the school to speak to Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied 2 students on Wednesday 25 March. Michael gave an interesting presentation on the PLC courses on offer in Westport College of Further Education, distributed brochures and answered all student queries.

Third Year Awards Night
St. Angela’s Access programme held an awards ceremony for third year students on Thursday 26 March. The following received awards from Corran College – Shane O’Donnell (mathematics), Michael Conlon (science), Roland Anderson (Gaeilge), Shireen Newell (English) and Phoebe Gaughan (Home Economics).

Gaeltacht Scholarships
Twenty one students from Corran College interviewed for the Gaeltacht scholarships in Irish. The standard was excellent. The scholarships were awarded as follows:- James Waters (1 year), Roland Anderson (3 year) and Sasha Donohoe(2 year) was awarded the St. Angela’s summer scholarship for Irish.

My Future – My Business
Corran College was one of ten schools in counties Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Sligo that are taking part in the Junior Achievement’s “My Future – My Business” project which is funded by the Australian Ireland Fund. This innovative project aims to facilitate students in making informed choices about their future. The project incorporates opportunities for education and careers planning while developing financial literacy skills and opportunities to interact with local business leaders.
A Junior Achievement business volunteer delivers an in-class programme over three weeks which was followed by a visit to IT Sligo to explore courses on offer and experience a day in the life of a student. Finally, the students visit a local business to explore the reality of the world of work.
Fourth year and second year students visited Abbott’s in Ballytivnan on Monday 20th and Thursday 23rd April respectively.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Fr. James McDonagh and Fr. Greg Hannon gave the students an opportunity to attend Easter confessions on Thursday 26 March.

Prayer Service
A prayer service, for the school community was held to pray for the full and lasting recovery of Kamile Satinskaite, a fourth year student, who is undergoing chemotherapy for an aggressive cancerous tumor. Kamile has developed a sizeable blood clot in the left chamber of her heart, which is a serious setback. Her classmates were involved in readings and a candle light procession during the prayer service.

Easter Raffle
The proceeds of the Easter raffle were donated to the family of Kamile Satinskaite to offset the significant costs associated with travel, overnights and subsistence for a family member to maintain a vigil at Kamile’s bedside. Local businesses, parent’s association, staff and students responded generously to this worthy cause.

Worldwise Global Schools
Mrs. Regan and Irene Goulden accompanied five students to the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on April 21 last for the annual Worldwise Conference themed “The World we Want”. Three hundred students nationally attended this interactive day of learning, sharing and reflection. An application for continued funded was submitted by Mrs Regan and her team for 2015/2016.
Track and Field Events
Ten athletes from Corran College attended the Sligo/Mayo Regional finals of the Connacht Schools Track and Field event in IT Sligo on Tuesday 28 April, a wet and windy day which was not ideal for competition. Two students, namely, Gary Anderson and James Williams qualified for the Connacht finals in the senior and junior 100m respectively. A sincere thanks to Ms Kinsella for entering and accompanying the students.

Vaccinations for cervical cancer were administered to our first year girls on Monday 23 March. This is the final round of vaccinations for the year.

European Tour
Thirty one students and four members of staff embarked on a three night, four day tour to Barcelona from April 7 to April 10 inclusively. The itinerary included a guided tour of the city including a tour of the Nou camp stadium, entry into a football match- Barcelona v Almeria and a full day at Port Adventura theme park. The students stayed in a 3 staf hotel with a pool in Salou on a half board basis which included breakfast and evening meal.
All students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the next tour in 2017.

Friends for Life
Mr. White, acting HSCL officer, organised an introductory talk on a programme called “Friends for Life” for second year parents at 10.30am on Wednesday 29 April. “Friends for Life” is a school based positive mental health programme that helps students develop strategies to deal with worry, stress and change. It develops skills to reduce anxiety and promoter resilience. Linda Bradley, SSCP, will deliver aspects of the programme in Corran College.
Three parents attended and thoroughly enjoyed the “hands on session”.

Green Flag
Ms McCann, a past pupil of Corran College who was on teaching practice during 2014/2015 raised our fifth green flag for “Biodiversity” on Friday 1 May. The event was attended by the whole school. Ms McCann was a member of the first ever Green Schools Committee in Corran College when she was a first year in 2005/2006. Since then Corran College has been awarded green flags for Litter and Waste, Energy, Water, Travel and now Biodiversity. Mrs. Regan, our Green Schools Coordinator is dedicated to improving our local and national environment and is the main driving force behind this remarkable achievement.
The current Green Schools Committee is now focusing their attention on an unprecedented sixth green flag on “Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste”.

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