Castletroy Saptronics Team Win The Robot Challenge Award

Castletroy SAPTRONICS, our school LEGO team won the Robot Challenge Award at the 4th  National Final of the FIRST Lego League which took place on  Saturday January 8th ,2011 in the Radisson Hotel, Galway, where we competed against 24 other schools from all around the country. The members of the winning team were Melanie Carmody; Project researcher/organiser,  Amelia Glynn ;Attachment builder and profiler, Ronan O’Riordan; Profiler and interviewer, Ryan Barrett; Chief programmer, Ryan Lewis; Project manager/captain, Stephen Griffin;Graphic designer (posters), Sean-James Gibbons; Chief Lego robot builder and engineer, as well as co-programmer.

This year’s challenge was “Can FIRST® LEGO® League Teams improve our quality of life?” Through this 2010 Body Forward™ Challenge, we explored the cutting-edge world of Biomedical Engineering to discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body’s potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives. The team presented their project on “The Smart Insulin Pump” to a team of judges. They then competed in a robot game, where their robot had to do 14 missions/tasks in two and a half minutes. There was also a technical interview, where judges asked the team questions about the design of the robot.

The team has also been nominated for a Silver CREST Award. CREST is Britain’s largest national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). CREST was established over 23 years ago. This is first time that Irish schools have been recognised and nominated for such an award. There will be an award ceremony for the team on February 22nd in St. Patrick in Drumcondra where President Mary McAleese will meet the team. Well Done!! Anyone interested in Lego Robots can join Castletroy Lego Club which holds weekly building meeting in the library during Thursday lunch.

First Lego League Castletroy Saptronics

Our Challenge:

Can FIRST® LEGO® League Teams improve our quality of life? Through the 2010 Body Forward™ Challenge, we will explore the cutting-edge world of Biomedical Engineering to discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body’s potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.
Lego team 2010

The seven members of our Lego team are as follows:

Melanie Carmody = Project researcher/organiser, article writer, Amelia Glynn = Attachment builder and profiler, Ronan O’Riordan = Profiler and interviewee, Ryan Barrett = Chief programmer, Ryan Lewis = Project manager/captain, Stephen Griffin = Graphic designer (posters), Sean-James Gibbons = Chief Lego robot builder and engineer, as well as co-programmer

We have had great fun all along since we got involved In the First Lego League in September 2010. Staff and students would have been able to see us working in the library over the past number of weeks. Some of the most memorable moments were: meeting everyone for the first time, almost smashing the robot with frustration and finally finishing the project.

The national final of the First Lego League takes place on Saturday January 8th 2011 in the Radison Hotel, Galway, where we will compete against 24 other schools from all around the country. We will be competing for the Irish Lego League Title.

The day promises to be action packed where we have to present a project on “The Smart Insulin Pump” to a team of judges. We will then compete in a robot game, where our robot has to do 14 missions/tasks in two and a half minutes. The game will be very fast paced and we will all have to concentrate. There will be a technical interview, where judges will ask us questions about the design of the robot. Teamwork is a major requirement and we will all have to work together and co-operate. The day promises to a fun-filled, enjoyable one and we are really looking forward to it, so we hope that all our hard work will do us justice on the day. We hope that our efforts will pay off.

We would like to thank all staff for being so co-operative with us and our teachers for allowing us out of class, to work on the project, particularly Ms. McInerney and Ms. O’ Carroll for their hard, tireless work and Mr. Colleran for helping us set up the robot game board and also Richie and Cathy for allowing us he use of classrooms to practice.  Thank you!

U15s Advance to McCarthy Cup Final

 

The Castletroy College U 15 Rugby team continued their unbeaten run with an impressive performance at the new school grounds when they defeated the Ardscoil Rís 18-0 to reach the Mc Carthy Cup Final.

Barry Nash and Niall O’Shea scored a try each for Castletroy and Conor Linehan kicked a penalty and a conversion. In a man of the match performance Conor also scored a wonderful drop goal at a crucial stage in the match. Ardscoil showed how they got so far in the competition keeping possession for long periods and looked very threatening at times. Ronan Murphy, Rory Cunningham and Stuart Hore shone in a defensive effort which was enough to keep them out.

Castletroy will now face Christian Brothers College (CBC) in the final later in the week. CBC defeated PBC in the other semi-final. There will be a supporters bus travelling to the game and we would welcome any support we can get.

Pictured : Man of The Match Conor Linehan

Castletroy College TY Fashion Show

Castletroy College hosted its second school fashion show in Killmurry Lodge on 26th November in aid of new school facilities. As the parents and guests enjoyed a cheese and wine reception in the main lobby, the TY students raced to get themselves runway ready.

Ms. Eva Hayes, a teacher in our school – with the help of Hillary Thompson – organised the entire extravaganza. Students had never experienced the atmosphere at a fashion show before, and it has to be said that there is nothing like it! We all had a laugh with our friends perfecting our walks, beautifying ourselves and sneaking a peek at the crowd starting to gather. The lights came on at 8.30pm and the music blared as the first of the student models took to the runway, showing us high street fashion from various shops in Limerick.

The cheers from the crowd reverberated off the walls filling the room with an electric atmosphere. Each student had an equally important role to play in preparation for the big night, be it helping backstage, selling tickets, dancing at the interval, packing the gift bags given to each guest by Medicare Pharmacy, or taking to the catwalk themselves.

At the interval, we were shown many of the unknown talents the students had to offer. For three weeks the students worked hard alongside Ms. Ralleigh to put on a performance that included hip hop, jazz and ballet dancing. Raffle tickets were sold and there were many excellent prizes to be won including iPods, flat screen TV’s, designer sunglasses and numerous hampers, donated by staff members, students and local businesses.

The adrenalin rush that was had on the runway was all everyone could talk about, as you smiled at the cameras and listened to the cheers and roars of your classmates. We all wanted to go on again! But by the end of the night the mascara was smudged, the feet were blistered, the hair was flat and tired eyes were to be seen on every face. Nonetheless it was a fantastic night, one that won’t be forgotten!

Success for Castletroy College Music

The semi-finalists for Live 95fm’s Limerick Talent Search have been announced and to add some spice to the competition, the UCH audience will play a key role in determining who reaches the final. The good news is that Castletroy College choir and student rock band Mr. Sands are through to the semi finals.

The theatre audience in the University Concert Hall will have a say in deciding who goes through to the final. Each act has more than one chance of qualifying:

1. The Judges will pick two to go forward to the final from each semi-final and the audience will pick the third act go through.

2. If the act with the most audience votes has already been selected by the judges, then we’ll put the act with the second highest number of votes.

3. If the top two are the same as the judges’ picks, then the act that came third in the audience vote will progress to the final.

The University Concert Hall, Limerick will be the venue for four wonderful variety shows on January 7th, 9th, 14th & 16th when singers, dancers, musicians & comedians will put their talents on show for the judges and the audience. In all, 12 acts will qualify for the final on the 23rd January 2011.

Tickets are available now with recession-friendly group and concession rates from 061-331549 or http://www.uch.ie,/ so support your favourite act by voting on the night!

Each show will be recorded and DVDs of the semi-finals and finals will be available to purchase from Cosmo Video Productions – info@cosmovideoproductions.ie.

Click on the link to listen to our school choir. Feel Good: Choir, accomp: Noel Lennon

Best of luck to our school choir and student rock band Mr. Sands!