Grainne Murphy in the news again!

Grainne Murphy continues to win medals in a career which is being watched by all at Castletroy College. She may be back to school and business as usual but we have yet again a success story to celebrate with her.

In Eindhoven last week she won two bronze medals at the European Short Course Championships in the 800m freestyle and 400m freestyle. The second was won on Saturday night when Ulsterwoman Melanie Nocher came fifth. Well done Grainne from all at Castletroy College. read more….

Padraig 3 C.S.P.E. Project


For our C.S.P.E. Action Project we raised money for 180. th of October. She brought along two Basset Hounds, Stanley and Bertha, who are rescue dogs. We presented her with a big cheque and she told us all about the shelter and the work they do. She was open to any questions we had and was very helpful.

Limerick Animal Welfare. To raise the money we decided to do a cake sale. Everyone in the class helped and it was a great success as we raised

To give the money to Animal Welfare we invited one of the volunteers, Christine, to our school. She came on Thursday the 7

We are all very happy about the project and were glad that we raised so much money. This was a great project and we enjoyed doing it. We would like to thank our teacher Ms. Gillan for all her help.

Hockey Tour to Dublin

Thirty-three students departed Castletroy College for Dublin on Thursday, 7th October at 6pm for two days of matches against the following schools: Mount Sackville, Kings Hospital and Mount Anville. The U-19 girls opened their tour against Mount Sackville on Friday morning with a 2-2 draw when Meg Hoare and Lucy Dillon put the ball in the net.

Friday afternoon the girls put in a spirited performance against Kings Hospital and were unlucky not to score when they hit the post with the last shot of the game. On Saturday morning tired legs set in and the girls were unlucky not to equalise.

The U-16 team won their first two games with goals from San-dra O? Sullivan in the Mount Sackville game and Sarah Loughran and Emily Mc Carthy against Kings Hospital.

Unfortunately they were narrowly beaten by a goal on Satur-day morning. The U-19 team was captained by Alison O? Car-roll and the U-16 team by Nicole Haugh.

Well done to all the girls that travelled. Many thanks to George Blackwell for organising the trip and Ms. Fogarty and Ms.Jones for travelling with the girls.

Tánaiste announces €20.75m in grants for high-tech classrooms in Post Primary schools

698 post primary schools across the country are to get some €21 million in grants for high-tech equipment over the coming days as part of the Government’s strategy to make technology an integral part of the learning process, according to the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Ms. Mary Coughlan, T.D.

Post primary schools throughout the country will each receive a base grant of €1,700 and a payment of €63.45 per capita, which will enable the schools to purchase equipment. DEIS schools will receive a higher basic grant of €2,550.

Announcing the move, the Tánaiste said: “These ICT grants for post primary schools represent the next phase in our implementation of the Smart Schools = Smart Economy Report and the 2008 ICT Strategy Report.  A similar announcement of €22.3m in ICT grants was provided to primary schools last year.
“These new grants will enable post primary schools throughout the country to equip their classrooms with appropriate technology, to enhance teaching and learning and to help meet the needs of the ‘Smart Economy’.  This is a strong signal that this Government is committed to equipping our classrooms with the latest technology.”

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100 mb on high speed broadband in 78 schools including Castletroy College

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Eamon Ryan has announced that 78 schools nationwide have now received high speed broadband as part of the ‘Broadband to Schools Scheme’.

The announcement means that over the last year, fibre optic and wireless networks – allowing for speeds of 100 megabits per second – have been installed in the schools – at least one in every county.

The speed of the Internet connections involved is said to mirror the capacity of multi national corporations here.

The Renewed Programme for Government sets out that the Broadband to Schools Scheme will extend to all second-level schools nationwide in the next two years. Ireland is one the first countries in the world to deliver such a programme on a national level.

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