School News 07 May 2021

Autism Awareness Week April 2021

Team of students who organised Autism Awareness Week: L-R: Gracie Gao, Gabija Stuopelyte, Linda  Zagare, Aaliya Sadiq, Ahlam Seyf, Armand Odor, Sharon Shanahan, Rory Hogan, Ashba Zahid, Mr Flynn Deputy Principal

Absent from photo: Ciara Kavanagh, Julia Zurakowska and Leah Doyle

Winners of Funkiest Dressed competition at the end of our Autism Awareness week. Chloe Walsh 3rd year and Darragh Rigney, 6th year

Ms O’Grady, Mr Haugh and Mr O’Connor celebrating Autism Awareness

Armand Odor, a TY student who kindly shared his experience as a person with autism with the school community

3rd year poster competition winners

Rahma Seyf                                                    Maya Williams and Kiera Edwards

2nd year poster competition winners

Leanne Ryan                                                 Rugile  Valaseviciute and Natasza Fryczkowska

1st year poster competition winners

Emma Egan, Sarah McLoughlin and Liya Williams

Some of The Coláiste Staff celebrating Autism Awareness


          2nd Year Students showing off their efforts for Autism Awareness


Book Launch

We are delighted to invite you to the virtual e-launch of ‘Seven Voices of hope’, a prayer book written by our school Chaplain Rev. Lorcan Kenny. It’s part of a trilogy of meditations on different Gospel characters, each having their own unique ‘voice of hope’. The author royalties that go to Fr. Lorcan will go directly to Christine and Elizabeth, two of the poorest children in Coloma Primary school, Uganda. Fr. Lorcan has a long standing friendship with Srs Mona and Eileen Maher and the DMJ community there. He hopes these royalties will help both girls have a proper start in life as they leave Primary school. He has also written a children’s book ‘The Seven Animals that saved the baby Jesus’ which will be published later in the year for Christmas. He would like to thank all past and present staff and past and present students, who have been so supportive of the project. You are warmly welcome to the virtual e-launch on zoom on Monday 24th May at 6pm.



TY’s took part in a business conference hosted by IBEC on the 5th of May 2021. The conference included two panels hosted by Harry McCann. The first included Nora Twomey and Fiona Edwards Murphy. The second panel included Alpha Ike, Lorraine Tansey and Laura McGennis. Throughout the day they also had speakers such as Steven Duggan, Barry Winkles, Caroline Healy, Mike Beary, Courtney McGrath and Vice Admiral Mark Mellet. These speakers were all hosted by Jaz and Laura from Spin 103.8 The day ended with a talk by best-selling Children’s Author, Andy Cope (Dr happiness). In-between talks TY’s took part in an online treasure hunt with a top prize of €1000. The conference was well liked by the students and overall a huge success.

Green Schools

Next Tuesday, May 11th is May Day for Sustainability. We hope to mark this day by continuing to raise awareness on sustainable development education. Last November several classes took part in the ETB Take 1 Programme making connections with how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) align with curriculum learning outcomes at Junior Cycle.

A short PowerPoint on the SDGs will be on display on the various screens in the school next Monday and Tuesday.  Students will be able to take part in a very short quiz based on this PowerPoint and enter a FREE draw and a chance of winning one of 3 hampers of goods put together by Super Valu, highlighting the importance of sustainability and supporting local and ethically produced foods.