Errigal College notes 28.01.16

Errigal College notes 28.01.16

Letterkenny Credit Union Art Competition

For this year’s Letterkenny Art competition 2015/2016 students were asked to produce a piece of artwork based on the theme given “Happiness is…”

Mrs. Crossan had a number of winners (pictured) from her class who submitted a piece for the competition.

• Catherine Boyce was a winner again this year, picking up the overall prize in the 14-17 age category. Her entry will now go on to the Ulster heat for All Ireland selection.

• Ryan Lynch was second in the 14- 17 age Special Category.

• Jack Doyle was third in the 11- 13 age category.

Congratulations to all of the winners who received prize money for their work.

The Bar of Ireland:
TY Programme

Congratulations to Nazar Dorrian who has been selected by The Bar of Ireland to spend a week at the Bar in February.

Nazar will spend a full week in February in Dublin where he will: watch trials; visit King's Inn, the Four Courts and the Criminal Courts of Justice; hear talks by a sitting judge and a court garda; and take part in mock trials with other students and barristers.

Ulster Senior B Final

Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair 4-2 Errigal College, Letterkenny (a.e.t.)

This was the final result in what was a fascinating Ulster Senior B Final played in Gweedore on Tuesday 19th of January.

The Errigal College team managed by Mr McMenamin, were 2-1 up with only a minute remaining, only to have Odhrán McFadden score following a corner. Then, in extra-time, two penalties from substitute Sean Ó Fearraigh – one in either period – sealed the win.

It was a bruising and absorbing encounter in which the lads pushed hard right until the final whistle.,

Errigal College, Letterkenny: Ciaran Cleary; Paddy Sharpe, Conor Quill (Conor Faul 91), Kalvin McCormick, Jerry Obi (Gabriel Aduaka, 91); Sean Cleary, Kyle Sylvia, Kealan O’Donnell, Gary Steen; Igor Arriel, Emmanual Okorali.

First in Donegal

Errigal College has become the first school in Co. Donegal to implement the daily Health and Wellbeing programme which is part of the new “Framework for Junior Cycle.

First years spend 30 minutes every morning doing a series of active fun exercises and games.

The programme is based on creating a positive attitude towards a healthy active life, teaching the students about the effects of healthy eating and exercise. It aims at targeting three core areas of wellbeing: activity, nutrition and mental health.

The course was launched in Errigal College by Mr Donncha Gallagher, HSE. He told the students about the importance of healthy eating, and being aware of the hidden sugar content in all foods. One of Errigal College’s SNAs, Mrs Mary Stewart commented that “The information was hugely important. The effects of sugar on behaviour was very revealing!”

LYIT students are also involved in this programme. They will monitor the ongoing fitness levels of the students, and health benefits at regular intervals.

Young Social Innovators

Transition year students are currently working on their Young Social Innovators project. The Young Social Innovators competition involves choosing a social concern and completing actions to combat the concern.

The students decided to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for those from different countries who do not have English as their first language.

They carried out a survey to find out the different languages that are spoken in our school and created a database for teachers and students.

They are creating a wallet sized card for teachers with "Hello, How are you?" in different languages and a place-mat for each classroom with phrases that a student may need to use. The phrases will be translated into a variety of different languages. This is a positive step in inclusion for all those without English as their first language in the school.

Errigal College has been at the forefront when it comes to welcoming and including students whose first language is not English. Errigal College is one of the first schools in Donegal to have an EAL policy as part of its overall school plan.

Leaving Cert Study Skills

Leaving Cert students are currently availing of a study skills class once a week in school. The purpose of the class is to guide students with their study and introduce them to various study techniques. Career’s teacher Donna Mc Gowan and English teacher Katie Mulhern are delivering the class.