Student Enterprise National Final Croke Park 2018

‘App of Troy’ represented our school and Limerick City & County in the intermediate category at The Student Enterprise National Final in Croke Park on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018.
Four second-year students; Adam Flahive, Ciáran Fitzgerald, Joe Kelly and Finlay Robertson developed a Communications App all about the Castletroy area. It contains information about things to do in the local area and lots more including special offers from some of our local businesses. It can be downloaded via the QR Code below.
App of Troy won the Special Merit Award at the National Final and they are pictured here receiving their trophy L to R: Sheelagh Daly (Head of Local Enterprise Network), Ciáran Fitzgerald, Finlay Robertson, Minister Pat Breen (Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection ), Joe Kelly & Adam Flahive.
Congratulations to these four young entrepreneurs and their teacher Ms Sharon Delaney on this huge achievement at a national level and continued success in the future.
QR Code for the App of Troy.

School Fields Upgrade

Castletroy college has always strived to provide a broad based education for the young people in the community and to provide the conditions for the fullest development of each pupil as a person. Participation in sport has always been central to this aim.

 

In order to facilitate a broad range of activities Castletroy College gained 5.5 Acres of land in 2010 allowing it to provide 3 grass pitches for the benefit of its pupils. At the time the college was unable to invest adequately in the drainage of these fields resulting in a requirement for a major upgrade now. The fields remain unplayable for much of the school year making it difficult to provide the quality extra curricular experience that the pupils deserve. This means extra travel time for matches that should be played at home with knock on costs in facilities rental and bus costs. It also means that our teams miss more class contact time than they should have to.

 

What are we doing?

 

There is a requirement in the medium term to invest approximately €200,000 in these fields to bring them up to an acceptable standard. As a first phase of this investment Castletroy College has identified 2 projects costing approximately €40,000 which will greatly improve the GAA field and one Rugby field. It is our ambition that both of these projects will commence this Summer but that will depend on fundraising.

 

The current realities of how schools are inadequately funded means that we have to turn to the community to fund this upgrade. We are actively seeking local businesses to help us improve our facilities for the betterment of the community that they serve. Information relating to this can be got by emailing admin@castletroycollege.ie.

 

Castletroy College would like to take this opportunity to thank the many ex-pupils, parents, teachers and members of the community who give their time to sport in Castletroy. We would also like to thank the parents/guardians who have supported the school financially through the voluntary contribution over the years.

Launch of Student Digital Learning Hub

The transition year Digital Champions team has developed a website  called the Student Digital Learning Hub. The purpose of the website and the accompanying Android app is to provide information for all students in our school about digital technologies and resources which will help them with learning. 

This project is also designed to support the introduction of an ePortfolio solution in the school. The ePortfolio solution will be introduced in Transition Year and the team for this project is made up of transition year students. The Digital Learning Hub site uses the same platform (Google Sites) as the ePortfolio solution. The site will give information and advice from a student perspective on how to build an ePortfolio. The team is currently doing a pilot of eportfolio using Google Sites and their advice will be helpful to other students in the future.

The team has built the site and Android app and are now promoting them. They will also, enable others to collaborate in adding content. The rationale is to give students a voice in promoting digital technologies in learning at our school and to collaborate in building a community of practice among students in effective use of technology in learning.

Well done to the team for doing an excellent job!

Created as part of the Digital Champions Project 2018 by: Wiktor Kwapinski, Michael Liu, Diarmuid Sutton, Adam Jarvis, Diro Lawal and Andrew McMahon

 

Joy Neville Visit

Joy Neville, a former Ireland rugby international, has been named world rugby referee of the year at an awards ceremony in Monaco.

Joy Neville became the first woman in history to take charge of a men’s rugby international when she refereed Denmark v Norway in October. She was part of the Ireland women’s squad which completed a Six Nations grand slam before she became a referee.

She took time out of her very busy schedule to pay a visit to the school and speak to the Under 16 girls rugby team.