Coding Workshop 2nd Yr

A team of four TY students prepared and assisted in a coding workshop with Mr.Shortt and his second year ICT class. They put Galileo boards in protective cases and set up coding kits in plastic storage boxes. The kit together with headphones for working online with Khan Academy has transformed ICT …

Learn Storm All Ireland Celebrations

Learn is a free, 9-week maths challenge designed to build confidence and competence. From January 29th through April 1st, students from 4th class to 5th year on the island of Ireland can master maths skills on khanacademy.org to earn rewards and recognition for themselves and their school. LearnStorm gives every …

Occasion Cakes Sugar Craft Club

This term the Sugar Craft Club decided to make Occasion Cakes. Each group decided on an upcoming occasion in their family in May, and we worked on the design and fondant decorations for the cake throughout the term. My cake is for my Grandmother whose birthday is on the 29th …

Eoghan makes a presentation to the school

Pictured from l – r James Mangan (Head Coach Castleconnell Boat Club), Padraig Flanagan (Principal Castletroy College), Eoghan Whittle (Leaving Certificate Student Castletroy College), Francis Moloney (President Castleconnell Boat Club) Pictured  at a presentation to the school by Eoghan of a framed Irish Rowing team one piece in recognition of …

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Coding Workshop 2nd Yr

May 26, 2016 e-Learning, Featured Comments Off on Coding Workshop 2nd Yr
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A team of four TY students prepared and assisted in a coding workshop with Mr.Shortt and his second year ICT class. They put Galileo boards in protective cases and set up coding kits in plastic storage boxes. The kit together with headphones for working online with Khan Academy has transformed ICT classes. Students are now introduced to coding in Junior Cycle ICT classes and get to apply what they have learnt with a hands on coding workshop using Galileo boards.

The first coding workshop in Junior Cycle using Galileo boards took place this week as part of an initiative to pilot aspects of the new short course in Coding for Junior Cycle.Castletroy College was delighted to be chosen as one of a group of approximately twenty schools to participate in this initiative which will pioneer the introduction of coding using electronic hardware devices in schools nationally.

We are making progress with coding which previously had been confined to learning through Scratch, a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Classes are now beginning to learn to write code and using Arduino software to programme a Galileo board. Mr Shortt’s second year class is the first group to do this but we expect many more groups to build on this success next year.

There are lots of opportunities for students to learn how to code. Join CoderDojo and look out for summer camps such as the Summer Computing Camp For Girls at UL which is suitable for post-primary girls aged 14 and up.

 

 

Learn Storm All Ireland Celebrations

May 26, 2016 Extra Curricular, Featured Comments Off on Learn Storm All Ireland Celebrations
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Learn is a free, 9-week maths challenge designed to build confidence and competence. From January 29th through April 1st, students from 4th class to 5th year on the island of Ireland can master maths skills on khanacademy.org to earn rewards and recognition for themselves and their school. LearnStorm gives every student a way to succeed, no matter their level. You only have to know one thing: you can learn anything. A group of second year students took on the challenge this year and benefited hugely from the experience.

Aran Quid excelled in the challenge and was recognised in 3 of the 4 leader boards as well as coming 2nd and 3rd in two of his age group categories.  He attended an all-Ireland celebration in Dublin Castle on Saturday 21st May and was awarded a medal and certificate. This challenge builds confidence and perseverance and strengthens maths skills. Well done to Aran on his achievement and to all the 2nd years who took part this year.  We look forward to running the challenge in the school again next year.

Occasion Cakes Sugar Craft Club

May 26, 2016 Extra Curricular, Featured Comments Off on Occasion Cakes Sugar Craft Club
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This term the Sugar Craft Club decided to make Occasion Cakes. Each group decided on an upcoming occasion in their family in May, and we worked on the design and fondant decorations for the cake throughout the term. My cake is for my Grandmother whose birthday is on the 29th May. Other groups worked on a Harry Potter cake for an Avid Harry Potter fans 18th Birthday, and a Communion cake for a First Holy Communion Celebration. We decorated them on Wednesday 25th May. It was our first time working with maderia, as we used fruit and chocolate biscuit for our first cake in Sugar Craft. It was a very enjoyable. Everyone’s cake turned out really well!

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Eoghan makes a presentation to the school

May 26, 2016 Featured, News Comments Off on Eoghan makes a presentation to the school
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James Mangan (Head Coach Castleconnell Boat Club), Padraig Flanagan (Principal Castletroy College), Eoghan Whittle (Leaving Certificate Student Castletroy College), Francis Moloney (President Castleconnell Boat Club)

Pictured  at a presentation to the school by Eoghan of a framed Irish Rowing team one piece in recognition of the help and support received from the school as he pursued his rowing career.

Eoghan began rowing with Castleconnell Boat Club at the age of 12 and for a number of years managed to keep up a dedicated Gaelic passion with Monaleen GAA club and Soccer with Aisling/Annacotty Soccer club before committing fully to rowing at the age of 15 following his first International level qualification and representation.

Special mention must be given to James Mangan whose dedicated coaching and encouragement coupled with Eoghan’s commitment forged the path for the successes Eoghan was to achieve in the coming years  at the top level of both Domestic and International events.  Of special significance to Eoghan are the successes he achieved while representing Castletroy College with his fellow students at All Ireland Schools Regattas.

Eoghan leaves Castletroy College this summer and progresses to Third Level Education where rowing will remain an integral part of his life.  We wish him every success in the future.

FIRST YEAR GEOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP

May 24, 2016 Featured, News Comments Off on FIRST YEAR GEOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP
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On Monday may 16th over 200 first years set off with their Geography teachers to Lehinch. The trip took in the storm beach features and beauty of Creg Beach before moving up to the main strand in Lehinch to observe the coastal protection measures in place. From there it was on to the Ailwee caves in Ballyvaughan for a guided tour of the underground Karst system there. A great day was has by all and the first years got a chance to see first hand some of the features and processes that they have been studying in Geography this year.

Game, Set & Match…….. Castletroy!!!

May 19, 2016 Extra Curricular, Featured, Tennis Comments Off on Game, Set & Match…….. Castletroy!!!
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Congratulations to Venkata Donthu, Mark Lyons, Rory Clothier and Alan O Brien who won the U14 Munster Boys’ Shield Final in Cork yesterday.

This team were the first CTC team to reach Munster Final since 2007 and the first ever CTC team to win a Munster Tennis Title for the school at this level. This is a huge achievement as the standard of tennis in this competition is very high.

In the glorious early morning sunshine CTC took to the courts of the picturesque Rushbrooke Tennis Club in Cobh, Co. Cork to play against a very well prepared team from Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore, Co. Waterford.

Venkata Donthu put in a very stylish performance in his singles match beating his opponent 6/0 6/0 to give CTC an early lead. Ardscoil soon levelled proceedings taking the first doubles match of the day.

However, Mark Lyons delivered a cool, calm and confident performance under huge pressure to win a third set tie break giving CTC a vital 2 1 lead before the lunchbreak.

With two more points up for grabs, it was all to play for. Rory Clothier and Mark Lyons battled hard and were very unlucky not to add on a point for CTC.

In the end it was the pairing of Venkata Donthu and Alan O Brien that brought CTC across the finish line in a thrilling third set tiebreak on a final score of 12/10.

Congraulations again to all players on the team, they represented the school in a very sporting manner and deserve huge credit for their achievement. We wish them the very best of luck as the tennis season kicks off for the summer.

Carambola

May 17, 2016 Extra Curricular, Featured Comments Off on Carambola
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Carambola is a company set up by Colm O’Brien, an entrepreneur. Ms McGrath told our class that we would be going to Carambola, so we researched their website to give us more of an idea of what the company is and does. Ms McGrath informed us that we will each have to ask a question about Carambola at the end of the tour so we brainstormed some ideas in class.Carambola2

When we arrived at Carambola we were brought up to the board room where Colm introduced himself and we all put on a hat and plastic coats to ensure good hygiene as we walked through the production areas. The whole building was spotlessly clean, even the loading area outside was spotless.

We watched the lunches being prepared and we were surprised at how quick and efficient everyone is. The lunches are prepared and packed in seconds. They even have a machine that butters slices of bread. One lady’s job was to put the slices on the machine and another lady’s was to take them off and put them on top of each other like a sandwich. Most of the workers here have jobs like this. Those who pack the bags have less than 3 seconds to decide what item to put into the bags out of a range of choices.

When the tour was over we returned to the board room and Colm O’Brien told us his story and about all of his successes and failures in the world of business. He taught us the phrase ‘sometimes you win, sometimes you learn’. I think that this is very encouraging to try new experiences, because even if you don’t succeed you learn valuable life lessons. Colm O’Brien has a book called ‘Feeding Johnny, How to build a business despite the roadblock’ all about how to overcome challenges in building a business. When we were leaving we each got a Carambola lunch which was very nice.

Overall I thought our visit to Carambola was very interesting and worthwhile. We got to see what working in companies like Carambola is like, and we learned valuable life lessons which will help us in the future.

Written by: Emma Newe Brid 4

TY Songs

May 13, 2016 Featured, Transition Year Comments Off on TY Songs
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It’s TY Song competition time again already! As part of their music option, this year’s TY students took part in two-day Songwriting & Music Technology workshops. Working in 7 separate groups, the students wrote all the music and lyrics of a song, and then recorded and arranged it. All 7 songs are now available to be listened to and enjoyed on-line here TY Soundcloud

To vote for your favourite song, just keep playing it and sharing through social media etc. Remember there are 7 songs so don’t forget to scroll down the page to hear them all. The song with the most plays next Friday morning May 20th will be this year’s TY Songs winner! As you will hear there is plenty of talent this year.

Well done to everyone who took part and happy voting!

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School Calendar 2015-16

FIRST TERM

First Day of Term Monday, 31st August, 2015 (Incoming First Years 9.00am to 3.50pm)
Tuesday, 1st September, 2015 (1st, 2nd and 5th Years –full day)
Wednesday, 2nd September, 2015 (All Students – full day)

Mid-Term Break Monday, 26th October, 2015 – Friday, 30th October, 2015

Term Ends Tuesday, 22nd December, 2015

SECOND TERM

School Re-Opening Wednesday, 6th January, 2016

Mid-Term Break Monday, 15th February, 2016 – Friday, 19th February, 2016

Term Ends Wednesday, 16th March, 2016

[Includes St. Patrick’s Day and Easter Holiday]

THIRD TERM

School Re-Opening Monday, 4th April, 2016

Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May, 2016

Term Ends Friday, 3rd June, 2016

State Exams Wednesday, 8th June, 2016

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Eoghan makes a presentation to the school

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Pictured from l – r James Mangan (Head Coach Castleconnell Boat Club), Padraig Flanagan (Principal Castletroy College), Eoghan Whittle (Leaving Certificate Student Castletroy College), Francis Moloney (President Castleconnell Boat Club) Pictured  at a presentation to the school by Eoghan of a framed Irish Rowing team one piece in recognition of …

FIRST YEAR GEOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP

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On Monday may 16th over 200 first years set off with their Geography teachers to Lehinch. The trip took in the storm beach features and beauty of Creg Beach before moving up to the main strand in Lehinch to observe the coastal protection measures in place. From there it was …

Rowing Ireland Schools Regatta 2016

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Castletroy College under the tutelage of Castleconnell Boat Club had 11 crews entered in this year’s Rowing Ireland Schools Regatta which was held at O’ Brien’s Bridge, Co Clare on Sunday 24th April 2016. Weather conditions were perfect, sunshine and light winds. This year 71 schools, representing all four provinces …