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Gold Medal Public Speaking Competition 2012

Gold Medal Public Speaking Competition 2012

Colaiste Lorcain’s fourth Gold Medal Public Speaking Competition was held on Friday May 25th. Eight senior Cycle students ;Majella Hayden, Aine Redmond, Beth Keeley, Oisin Kenny, Shona Anthony, Mairead Redmond , Joseph Dillon and Niall Doran spoke on a variety of topics including; ‘Celebrity role models. How damaging are they?’, ‘Many behavioural problems stem from video games’, ‘This house believes we have lost our way’ and ‘This house would replace teachers with computers’.

Two students on the day made their official debut in the arena of public speaking. Adjudicators for the event were Conor Waldron, a graduate of Business and Law from U.C.D and Principal Mr. Ciaran Keegan

The standard of public speaking at this year’s event was once again outstanding with the adjudicators claiming it was no easy task to choose a winner and two runners up. Beth Keeley with the topic ‘Adolescence in the 21st Century’ won the coveted first place for the second year running and the gold medal, Joseph Dillon and his views on ‘The EU should make English its common language’ was awarded the silver medal and Majella Hayden speaking on the topic, ‘Thin models are poor role models’ came third. As winner, Beth was presented with the school’s Gold Medal Public Speaking Trophy especially commissioned by Emmet Kane, a past pupil and well known woodcraftsman. It will hold pride of place in the main hall until next year’s competition where another deserved speaker will claim the title.

6th Year Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony

Congratulations to the class of 2012 on a wonderful night in celebration of the culmination of six years in Colaiste Lorcain. On Thursday 24th May final year students, along with their parents and teachers, attended a mass in the Gym concelebrated by Fr. who delivered a beautiful sermon to all gathered using the apt metaphor of a ship in the harbour built for the sea to compare the journey the final year student is about to embark upon. The mass was followed by a number of sports and academic awards, the highlight of which was the Student of the year award presented to David Thornton. Ms. Spruhan and her team of home economics students provided a delightful feast to conclude the evening’s celebrations. We wish our class of 2012 every success in their bright futures ahead.

Mill Walk

On Friday the 18th last Colaiste Lorcain ran its annual Mill Walk. The day was bright and dry a perfect day for walking the 12 km. The fifth years were the organisers of the walk helped by the P.E department, Ms. McFarland and Ms. O’Halloran. Parents Council provided the refreshments and thanks to all staff members who walked on the day, helped with refreshments, supervision and first aid. There were two groups, the first group headed out at 10 am the second at 11 am. Congratulations to all who completed the walk and who returned generous sponsorship which helps to fund the school’s many extra-curricular activities. It was a very active and enjoyable day for all.

1st Year Football Blitz

First Year Gaelic Football Blitz

On Monday 21st of May Transition Year students organized a Gaelic Football Blitz for all First Years. This was part of their Level 1 Coaching Certificate and also a follow on from the First Year’s six week Football Module last January with Carlow Institute of Technology. The Transition Years have been working hard all year with GAA development officer Declan O’Toole and Colaiste Lorcain P.E Department to achieve this coaching cert. They divided the First Years into five teams, organized managers, referees and it was a really successful and enjoyable day.

Cecil Day Lewis Competition

Congratulations to Selena Eustace (3rd Year) and Tobi Isa Daniel (1st year) on achieving Highly Commended Awards for their short stories in this year’s Cecil Day Lewis Competition.

School Concert

A music recital was held on Tuesday evening the 22nd May in Colaiste Lorcain by music teacher Ms. Rosann Dempsey, Music students and the choir. This was a spectacular evening of entertainment, highlighting the musical talent of the students at Colaiste Lorcain.

Leaving certificate and Junior certificate students were given the opportunity to show-case pieces and songs for fellow students, parents, family and friends. The choir displayed their talents with a great variety of music, ranging from songs such as ‘Chasin Cars’ to liturgical music which they had performed earlier in the year at the Helix.

Songs written by budding composers Karn Curran, Kevin Casey, & Niall Dunne delighted & entertained the audience. The concert was directed by Ms. Dempsey and also competently accompanied by 6th Year music student Brian Kehoe on piano, and 5th year music student Kealan Hegarty on guitar. Sound technicians on the night were Laurence Cullen, 5th Year, Senan Kelly 2nd Year, amd GBolade Sadiq 5th Year (who also closed the recital with a rousing performance of liturgical song “Amen” with the choir).

As well as showcasing their musical talents the students and Ms. Dempsey raised funds for a school drum-kit, which will be a valuable asset to the music department.. Many thanks to all parents, friends, staff and family for their support at the recital and throughout the year.

Good Luck to all our Leaving and Junior Certs!!

The entire staff and student body at Colaiste Lorcain would like to extend their every good wish to all our examination students in this year’s state exams in June. You have worked hard and deserve much success. Good luck!

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