A brilliant effort from all students at the cross country championship in Newtownstalaban

On Thursday 9 January, Irish diplomats and Defence Forces’ peacekeepers visited Ó Fiaich College as part of the ‘Global Ireland Schools’ programme.

The LMETB Academic Awards 2019 were held in City North Hotel on Friday, 20th of September.

At the beginning of the year Chloe Stewart, Carla Stewart and Niamh Tuite decided to set up and run their own company for the year ahead.

Ó Fiaich College is set to take part in an award ceremony for this year’s Trinity College School of Distinction Awards after being deemed a ‘Future Vision’ school in Ireland. The achievement was awarded following a submission by the school to the Trinity Access team, under the core practices of ‘College Awareness’, ‘Leadership through Service’ and ‘21st Century Teaching and Learning’. The future vision award acknowledges progressive schools that have a clear vision for educational change.

 

Trinity Access 21 (TA21) endorses 21st Century teaching and learning spaces along with fostering college going cultures in communities where advancement to further and higher education is low. Statistics show that 99% of secondary school leavers from affluent backgrounds go to college while 15% go to college from disadvantaged backgrounds. However, this is starting to change through the innovative practices of the Trinity Access Programme. Students from less affluent areas that are linked with the practices of the TA21 programme show higher progression rates to further and higher education. Due to the success of the programme, it is being expanded over the coming years with an aim to reach more schools, teachers and students across the country.

 

Included in the submission Ó Fiaich College made to TA21 was a description of the current 21st century teaching and learning methodologies and activities that take place in the school every day, the leadership shown by students and teachers, the many mentoring opportunities provided through varying in school and extracurricular activities and the efforts being made to promote pathways to careers and educational progression to students. 

 

The TA21 programme aims to effect change in the Irish education system using the ‘Bridge21’ teaching model of “team based”, “technology mediated” and “project based” learning which allows for richer and more authentic collaborative learning environments. This teaching model combined with the quality mentoring opportunities as provided for in Ó Fiaich College has had a meaningful impact upon student self-belief and aspiration.

 

As a Future Vision award recipient, Ó Fiaich College will receive a number of benefits, including consultation sessions with the Trinity Access team and access for staff and students to TA21 workshops in Dublin throughout the 2018-19 academic year.

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Students from Ó Fiaich received certificates for their participation in Junior problem solving competition held in Saint Mary's College Dundalk

This week Ó Fiaich College were presented with their Wellread Award in City West Hotel and Convention Centre. Students from Ó Fiaich College along with their teachers Ms. Everitt and Ms. Rennick joined twenty other schools from all corners of the country at this prestigious award ceremony hosted by the Profession Development Service for Teachers. 

 

The ceremony began with an exhibition of all the Wellread portfolios from successful schools this year- during which Ó Fiaich College received a lot of attention and positive feedback from the awarding body and other schools alike. Following the exhibition, there was an opening address and a reading of a selection of the winning poems by students who were successful in the PDST’s annual Write A Poem Competition.  Ó Fiaich College students and teachers alike were astounded by the talented young poets’ work. After the poetry awards were bestowed, it was time for the Wellread Schools to receive their awards. Ó Fiaich College students were delighted to receive this award. 

 

Ó Fiaich College succeeded in their campaign for this award through a number of initiatives centred on the promotion of reading. The Wellread national award will foster and nurture a reading culture in our school and aims to bring about an overall improvement in students’ literacy skills in a fun and engaging way. Some such activities last year included a teacher swap box for books, themed displays in our newly refurbished library, a Book in the Bag campaign, a visit to our local library, parents swap box at parent teacher meetings, a week devoted to reading in school, staff Buns n’Books morning, constant updates of our library collection, a Christmas tree of books, World Book Day celebration, students made and hung little libraries and a reading challenge with a local primary school. This year, we aim to build on our success by continuing the promotion of reading throughout our school community.  We have already enjoyed another delivery of updated titles in our library, a visit from award winning Irish author Kevin Mc Dermott and an interview on Dundalk FM to share our success and inspire others. 

 

Ó Fiaich College believes that reading for pleasure is a vital aspect of our school community for a number of reasons. There is strong evidence linking reading for fun and educational outcomes. Reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others and improved wellbeing. In addition to the educational and health benefits, reading for pleasure has social benefits and can improve our sense of connectedness to the wider community. Reading increases our understanding of our own identity, improves empathy and gives us an insight into the world view of others. All of which are upheld in Ó Fiaich College as being fundamental to young people.  Follow our Wellread journey on our Facebook page and with the #ofiaichisreading. 

 

  

 

Staff and students in Ó Fiaich College are feeling exceptionally proud of two of our Basketball stars selected to play for the Irish Squad. Congratulations to the boys and good luck to the Irish U16 & U17 Squads. 

Under 17 Daniel Ayoade, Ó Fiaich College, Dundalk Ravens

Ireland Under 17 men’s head coach Paul Langan, announced a panel of 24 players last month, including Ó Fiaich College Player, Daniel Ayoade. Speaking about the announcement, Coach Langan stated: "I'm eager to get started with the Under 17 programme. This team of players will benefit from working together, pushing themselves, holding each other to account, to get to the next level. In moving to one day sessions this year, the unseen hours will be as important as team training."

https://www.basketballireland.ie/news-detail/10044373/

 

Under 16 Ndowanne Okafor, Ó Fiaich College, Dundalk Ravens

Ireland Under 16 men’s head coach, Pat Price, announced a panel of 18 players who will continue forward with the squad in 2018, including Ó Fiaich College Player, Ndowanne Okafor. Speaking about the announcement, Coach Price stated: “We are excited about our next phase with the Ireland Under 16 programme. We have competitive development matches scheduled in Minsk in December which will certainly help the squad prepare for what’s to come at Europeans next August.

“It’s always difficult when it comes to squad reductions, but we know those players will continue to progress via the newly established Academy. Keeping talented players in the system bodes well for long term player progression and international team development as well.”

 

https://www.basketballireland.ie/news-detail/10044376/

 

 

On 25th September the TY group headed to dublin to participate at the GO Quest centre. This was organised by Ms Jessica Cooke and Mr Martin Corey. Go Quest is an indoor challenge zone with 28 unique challenge rooms split over physical, skill and mental challenges. When you entre a room you have a limited amount of time to complete the challenge within. Succeed and you get points for completing the challenge in that room, fail and you get the opportunity to complete the challenge again. Go Quest lasted 90 minutes and the students had a lot of fun. It was an absolutely brilliant day out. 

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Ó Fiaich College

Ó Fiaich College is one of the most progressive, caring and dynamic educational institutions in Ireland today. The welfare and success of its students is at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to adaptation and change to deal most effectively with the requirements and challenges of 21 century Irish and world society.

Contact Information

Tel: 353 042 9331398

Fax: 353 042 9331402

Email: [email protected]

Address: Dublin Road Dundalk Co. Louth Ireland

Map: XJP5+C4 Dundalk, County Louth