Limerick Parks Tennis

Parks Tennis A5 Flyer N (1) Parks Tennis Camps take place in Castletroy College from Tuesday 1st July – Friday 25th July for boys and girls aged from 6 – 17 years. The coaching camps cost €35 per child, and the child will receive one hour of lessons each day. …

French Film Success

A huge congratulations to first year French class Brid1 who won Best Overall Film in the National French Teachers Association Film Competition. Their film entitled “Un Incident dans la Classe de Français” impressed the judges. It is a fantastic achievement for a first year class who were competing with second …

Limerick’s Urban Horse Project

Limerick’s Urban Horse Project is a City of Culture Legacy project by Limerick Corridor Art Programme Ltd.  It is led by Angela Connolly, artist, educator, social entrepreneur and founder of Limerick Corridor Art Programme. The project aims to collaborate with people of all ages across our city and beyond and …

Bishop Leahy Visits

Bishop Brendan Leahy’s welcome visit to Castletroy College 20/5/14 A reflection from our students By Ty’s Niamh Mulhall, Alan Costelloe, Eimear Nelson and First years, Andrea Crockett, Aisling Herbert and Ciara O’Brien. ‘It made me feel like being a better person’ quote from a 6th year student. On Tuesday 20th …

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Limerick Parks Tennis

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Parks Tennis Camps take place in Castletroy College from Tuesday 1st July – Friday 25th July for boys and girls aged from 6 – 17 years. The coaching camps cost €35 per child, and the child will receive one hour of lessons each day. Each child will be allocated a time slot according to their age and ability.

Parks Tennis is an non –profit making organisation affiliated to Tennis Ireland, the national governing body for tennis,  and who aim to make tennis more accessible for children across the country by providing the equipment and the  lessons at a very reasonable rate.  This is made possible by funding that is received from the Irish Sports Council and the generous sponsors and support from local organisations such as Castletroy College and businesses.   This year, the main sponsors are The Irish Daily Mail.

Registration for Limerick Parks Tennis takes place on Thursday 26th June from 7-8pm at the public park opposite Castletroy College.

Please contact 061 464505 or  see www.parkstennis.com for further information.

 

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Limerick’s Urban Horse Project

May 28, 2014 Featured Comments Off
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Limerick’s Urban Horse Project is a City of Culture Legacy project by Limerick Corridor Art Programme Ltd.  It is led by Angela Connolly, artist, educator, social entrepreneur and founder of Limerick Corridor Art Programme. The project aims to collaborate with people of all ages across our city and beyond and with young people in particular, to explore the creative and imaginative side of Limericks youth while celebrating Limericks unique horse culture.

Fifteen groups from across Limerick were chosen to participate in this large community public art project due to be displayed as part of the programme of events for Limerick as the National City of Culture and to coincide with Limericks Culture Night this coming September 19th 2014. These groups, in collaboration with other artists, will produce a group of horse sculptures. The interactive horse models will be displayed in the Peoples Park until 31st October 2014. They will then travel across the city where they will go on display in various locations until 31st December 2014.

Students from Castletroy College have been busy these past few weeks preparing their own unique designs to decorate and paint their horse model.  It is due to be painted during the months of June and July, in an out-of-school supervised workshop where artists will be available to help and give guidance where necessary.

This is a wonderful project for Castletroy College and the city of Limerick during this year of the National City of Culture. We look forward to seeing one of these sculptures installed in the school when the exhibition around the city is complete

 

French Film Success

May 28, 2014 Featured, School Events Comments Off
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A huge congratulations to first year French class Brid1 who won Best Overall Film in the National French Teachers Association Film Competition. Their film entitled “Un Incident dans la Classe de Français” impressed the judges. It is a fantastic achievement for a first year class who were competing with second level students of all ages.  The class enjoyed preparing the script, designing the storyboards and posters and acting and singing in French. The prize giving ceremony took place on Monday the 26th. Eimear Holly from the French Teachers’ Association presented the class with a cheque and a plaque. Bravo à tous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop Leahy Visits

May 27, 2014 Featured, News Comments Off
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Bishop Brendan Leahy’s welcome visit to Castletroy College 20/5/14

A reflection from our students

By Ty’s Niamh Mulhall, Alan Costelloe, Eimear Nelson and First years, Andrea Crockett, Aisling Herbert and Ciara O’Brien.

‘It made me feel like being a better person’ quote from a 6th year student.

On Tuesday 20th May 2014, we were lucky enough to welcome Bishop Brendan Leahy to our school. Traditional Irish music filled the school entrance as our ‘Trad group ‘and Ms Catherine Clohessey welcomed Bishop Leahy followed by a warm greeting from our TY ‘Anois’ team ,Mr.Padraig Flanagan and Ms Brenda Cribbin who accompanied the Bishop to the staffroom  to meet the staff and for a cup of tea. Meanwhile the whole school was assembling in the sports hall, where the bishop then joined us.

Our Liturgy began with a welcome speech from Mr.Flanagan, followed by a presentation of three candles representing all major world religions, all Christians and all faiths and beliefs. Singing followed with the first years, this little light of mine accompanied by Ms Cribbin.

Then Mr.Trevor Griffin said the first reading. We then followed with prayers said by students and teachers. Then Bishop Leahy told us short but meaningful stories about love and happiness. Also that by living at a higher level with prayer that we could experience ‘joy’. He also wished all those doing exams every blessing and that there is a candle lighting in the Pastoral centre for you all.

The meaning of our motto for school which is on our crest ’Ut sint Unim’ ,that we may be one, came into play perfectly as the visit of our Bishop brought our school community together.

 

Students and staff members gather together to welcome Bishop Brendan Leahy at assembly time and for a prayer service for the whole school community in Castletroy College

Active Schools Flag

May 27, 2014 Featured, News Comments Off
PE Dept with our Vice Principals receiving the Active School Flag Award from Karen Cotter Active Schools National Coordinator

On Thursday 15th May, we were delighted to be awarded the active schools flag after we received an Accreditation visit from the National Coordinator Karen Cotter.  She met with a large number of staff and students to gain as much information as possible, in relation to the Physical Education Curriculum and the extensive Extra Curricular Programme we have in place in Castletroy College. She gave some very positive feedback as well as some very insightful ideas on how we could develop the more unstructured aspects of the extracurricular programme, and how to promote the performance arts and martial arts activities even further.

Active travel to school is an aspect of our school culture we would like to improve upon. This will only be possible with the help of our students’ parents, who can encourage their children to walk or cycle to school using the very good cycling and walking paths system in the locality.

We would also like to emphasise the importance of participation in physical activity and sport , particularly when in exam years.  Research shows a direct correlation between those participating in sport and obtaining academic success.

We would like to extend our thanks to all members of the school community who contribute to the wide range of physical activities within the school, and also to management who facilitate these activities on a day to day basis.

Pictured above are our PE Dept with our Vice Principals receiving the Active School Flag Award from Karen Cotter Active Schools National Coordinator.

Recipe4Success

May 27, 2014 Featured, News Comments Off
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Castletroy College First Year Business Studies students recently visited a very successful local Business in Annacotty Business Park called receipe4success. Shane and Nicola Donohue were very welcoming  and catered for the students in an extremely professional manner. This purpose built building creates an environment for active learning.

Students prepared for this event by researching and compiling a list of questions under the following headings, Business Structure, Finance, Employees, Products etc. All questions were answered very competently by the two owners and all students have now a greater understanding of how a successful local business operates.

 

Shane and Nicola demonstrated how to make chocolate mousse and all students and teachers got to taste this delicious dish.Castletroy College look forward to working with this successful business in the future.

al Walsh #Live Life week at Castletroy College- May 12th-May 16th 2014

May 20, 2014 Extra Curricular, Featured Comments Off
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Sixteen-year-old Donal Walsh had an insatiable appetite to #livelife. He dreamed of playing for Munster and travelling the world. At age 12 he was diagnosed with a tumour in his femur. It was the beginning of a four-year battle that would see the Kerry teenager refuse to be a cancer statistic, and it would also see him leaving a legacy that would help people across the country to understand the value of life. He was to save lives as he lost his own. Growing up in Blennerville – just outside Tralee town in Co. Kerry – Donal was, according to his family, an ordinary young teenager.
Throughout his battle with cancer, Donal inspired everyone around him – particularly his friends. He faced his treatment with dignity and surpassed all challenges and milestones set by doctors and medical staff on his road to recovery. He studied for his Junior Certificate in hospital. He became disillusioned and angry with some of the conditions that patients have to put up with at a time when they are so vulnerable, so he began fundraising for Crumlin Hospital, raising over €150,000 and also campaigning for a Teen Room for older patients. In periods of good health, he got back on his bike and relished the feeling exercise gave him.

He protected his friends from some of the harsh realities of cancer, feeling that they deserved to enjoy their youth and not be burdened by life’s dark side. When the disease that had stolen his youth struck for the third and final time, Donal was forced to look at life from a perspective that no teenager should ever experience. However, Donal never feared death: he had faith and drew strength from his spirituality.

 

Frustrated by the epidemic of youth suicide that was taking a grip of the country, Donal came to national prominence after his appearance on the Saturday Night Show with Brendan O’Connor in April 2013, when he expressed his views, exhibiting extraordinary selflessness and courage. Donal felt he had to challenge his peers to live life rather than consider suicide. “I feel that I am trying as best I can to prepare my family and friends for what’s about to come and leave as little a mess as possible… If I’m meant to be a symbol for people to appreciate life, then I’ll be happy to die!” Donal urged people to realise that suicide is a permanent response to a temporary set of circumstances and that help is available everywhere. He wanted people to understand how precious life is. “Suicide is not the answer to life’s problems. Life is a precious gift, which is irreplaceable. There is no such thing as a meaningless moment or a meaningless life.” Donal’s words caught the attention of the nation. Here was a young man facing death who, instead of expressing bitterness, anger and resentment, showed incredible bravery, strength and determination. Sadly only a few short weeks later, Donal lost his battle with cancer and he passed away on 12th May 2013.
5th Year students at Castletroy College watched Donal’s appearance on the Saturday night show and the documentary about Donal’s life “My Story” during Religion class and were touched by his courage, his positive attitude to life and how he showed the importance of valuing life. Gráinne 5 decided in January that they wanted to do something positive, practical but fun to promote Donal’s anti suicide message within their school community. They organised a series of events and held a “Donal Walsh #Live Life week” at Castletroy College this week to coincide with Donal’s first anniversary. The event was supported by Donal’s parents, Fionnbar & Elma Walsh and the Donal Walsh Foundation.
Some of the events students organised – presentations from guest speakers, a student and staff fancy dress basketball match refereed by former Basketball & Rugby International Joy Neville, the students were victorious on the day narrowly clinching a win but First Prize for the best costume went to maths Teacher Edel O’Brien, The Great Troy Bake off was hosted by Richard Lynch from ILOVELIMERICK.COM, with Science Teacher Eithne Vaughan claiming the coveted title with her vanilla ice cream sundae cupcakes. There was also a transition year hockey match refereed by Naoimi Carroll, Irish Hockey International and a visit to the movies morning. Fionnbar Walsh, Donal’s father visited Castletroy College on Monday May 12th,on Donal’s first anniversary and spoke to all Senior Cycle students about his son, his message and his legacy.
Students also organised an information morning about “understanding depression, anxiety and stress in young people” and produced an information leaflet “It’s good to talk”.
The students wish to thank all the school community for their co-operation during the week, Principal Mr. Flanagan for his support, their sponsors: Castletroy Park Hotel, Brews Brothers Castletroy, O’Connells Bar & Restaurant, Annacotty, Mark & all in the school canteen(The School Food Company) & Richard Lynch & his team from ILOVELIMERICK.

“I’ve climbed God’s mountains, faced many struggles for my life and dealt with so much loss. And as much as I’d love to go around to every fool on this planet and open their eyes to the mountains that surround them in life, I can’t. But maybe if I shout from mine they’ll pay attention.” (Donal Walsh)

Munster Schools Athletics

May 20, 2014 Athletics Comments Off
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Congratulations to all our athletes who performed so well on Saturday at the Munster Schools competition .We are delighted that we have so many qualifying for the All Ireland Schools competition ,Jenna Bromell ,Chloe Tobin ,Ciara Neville ,Anna Burke and our Junior and Intermediate Girls relay teams .Best of luck to all !

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Parks Tennis A5 Flyer N (1) Parks Tennis Camps take place in Castletroy College from Tuesday 1st July – Friday 25th July for boys and girls aged from 6 – 17 years. The coaching camps cost €35 per child, and the child will receive one hour of lessons each day. …

Bishop Leahy Visits

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Bishop Brendan Leahy’s welcome visit to Castletroy College 20/5/14 A reflection from our students By Ty’s Niamh Mulhall, Alan Costelloe, Eimear Nelson and First years, Andrea Crockett, Aisling Herbert and Ciara O’Brien. ‘It made me feel like being a better person’ quote from a 6th year student. On Tuesday 20th …

Active Schools Flag

PE Dept with our Vice Principals receiving the Active School Flag Award from Karen Cotter Active Schools National Coordinator

On Thursday 15th May, we were delighted to be awarded the active schools flag after we received an Accreditation visit from the National Coordinator Karen Cotter.  She met with a large number of staff and students to gain as much information as possible, in relation to the Physical Education Curriculum …