Coláiste Choilm

Ballincollig, Co. Cork

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2 Robotics Teams in Finals at CIT

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Well done to the two school robotics teams "VMBears" and "Nuts & Bolts" who both qualified into the last 16 at the EMC VEX Robotics Finals in the NEXUS in CIT on Saturday 30th Jan 2016 with Nuts & Bolts being knocked out in the semi-finals.  The school VEX Robotics after-school programme involves skills such as design, engineering, programming and project management and a tremendous amount of work has been put in by the students. This programme was kindly sponsored by EMC  Ireland based in Ovens, Co. Cork and this year the VMBears Team was kindly sponsored by VMWare who are celebrating 10 years in Ballincollig.. The Robotics club currently meets after school on Friday and new members are always welcome. 

Some photos of the day can be seen at the EMC Facebook site


German debaters advance in Competition

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On Thursday 5th November Colaiste Choilm team won a german language debate against Carrigaline Community School and qualified for the next stage of the competition.


Robot "Larry" goes to the NEXUS

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Well done to the CC/GC Robotics team who got knocked out in the Semi-Final match of the the Irish VEX Robotics Championships held at the NEXUS, C.I.T. on Friday 24th January. This year Colaiste Choilm/Gaelcholáiste Choilm started a Robotics after-school programme. The team  “Nuts&Bolts”  -Team 9942X built a robot "Larry " .


Book Club

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Book Club recommences Monday 10th September.Coláiste Choilm's book club was set up by Ms Webb in 2010 and has attracted a loyal band of voracious readers. Once a week (Monday Lunchtime) they meet up in the library at 1.20pm to share books they have enjoyed, browse through poetry anthologies or, for a change, play scrabble. Every month they all read the same book and compare opinions.  


Drama in Coláiste Choilm 2011/2012

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Drama at Coláiste Choilm, 2011-12

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, is a very dramatic place to be!
The annual musical show performed by TY Students over four nights each December is a highlight of the School Year. This year’s production of West Side Story was a memorable occasion. Other recent shows include Sweet Charity, Sweeney Todd, and Hairspray.
All second year English classes take part in the DramaFest, a day dedicated to performance which follows several weeks of study of script and theatre.
There are also lunchtime Drama clubs. The first year club meets on Mondays and Thursdays and the second and third year club meets on Fridays in the new Basement theatre space. There are over 100 members of these Drama clubs. They perform both in school and in competitions but the main emphasis is on fun!  2011 was a great year for the Junior Drama Clubs, who took both 1st Prize and 2nd Prize in the 2011 Cork Youth Dramafest !     Mentors for 2012 are Alison Roche, Siobhan Casey, Louise Kenefick, Claire Barry, Tim Burke, and Orla Horgan.
The TY Drama option course, taught by Tim Burke, Ronan Holohan, Pat Meaney and Belinda Hutchinson, now has 50 students. They perform an anti-bullying play in the Autumn term for new first years, and enter the Cork Youth Dramafest in the Spring Term, after which they take a 3-day trip to London, seeing three plays and participating in two acting workshops. The year concludes with a play, written by the students themselves, about making the transition from junior to senior school, which is taken out to local National Schools.
5th Year Students also have opportunities to perform. This year over 25 students are producing “Totally Over You”.  Irish language students in Ms Hutchinson’s classes are encouraged to participate in Scléip “Tréighthe” each spring term. Recent prize-winning productions by 5th Years include “Cinder Eile, An Scagadh Sneachta De Faoite, an seachtar báitsileie” (All-Ireland Winners 2007), and “Liar” by Greg Burke.  Mr Burke’s 5th Year English class took several individual awards at the 2010 Cork Schools Shakespeare festival for their work on The Tempest.

Recent prizes and achievements:
“The Musicians”   (2nd/3rd Years) 
Overall Winners at Cork Youth Dramafest 2011

Leah Cooke   (3rd Year)
Best Actor at Fest 2011

“Scenes from Guernica”  (1st Years) 
Outstanding Creative Contribution at Dramafest 2011

Orla Horgan (5th Year)  
Scholarship to Marina Carr’s play-writing course 2011

 “Liar”     (5th Years)    
Overall Winners at Cork Youth Dramafest 2010
“War of the Sexes””                      (1st Years)    

Junior Section winners Cork Youth Dramafest 2009

“By the Bog of Cats”  (TY)  
Best Irish Play at Cork Youth Dramafest 2009


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7 Studetns Awarded UCC Entrance Scholarships
from the Class of 2017