Author: Sean Hanley
Munster Schools Team Racing Championships 30th March 2017
Munster Schools Team Racing Championships 30th March 2017
On Friday 30th March, the school sailing team traveled to Schull for the Munster Schools Team Racing Championships with Mr. McGlade. Our team consisted of nine sailors not all of our team could travel for this event, so we had three boats with a helm and a crew in each one. The team on the day was R. O’Sullivan, M. O’Herlihy, A. Power, M. O’Sullivan, C. Foster, D. Connolly, R. Flannery, L. Hanlon and C. Middleton.
Team racing involves two teams of three boats competing against each other on a short course where teams must work together to get their boats in the best positions to get the lowest point combination. For example, if the team can get their boats into positions 1, 2 and 3, they have the lowest score combination because 1+2+3= 6.
There were thirteen teams from eight schools from Cork competing in the event, including Coláiste Muire. Our team was determined to qualify for the National Team Racing Championship and went into each race that morning with the intention of working together to finish with the best possible results in order to compete that afternoon to qualify for the Nationals.
The wind that day was quite strong and picked up as the day went on, challenging all the teams competing. We won three races and lost two races that morning, but it was enough to compete that afternoon. Our team went into the last four races with the aim of winning all four in order to get to Nationals. Together, our three teams of sailors raced against the two Skibbereen teams, Regina Mundi, Christian Brothers and Scoil Mhuire and won all five races with a strong lead each time. Overall we won eight out of ten races that day and this enabled our team to qualify for the National Team Racing Championship in Schull on the 29th and 30th of April in Schull.
We hope to sail as well again at Nationals. Everyone did a great job on the water and proved themselves well able to handle the pressure of the event.
We hope to come back just as strong for the National Championships in a few weeks and sail just as well to achieve a rewarding outcome.
We will be training after school on Fridays to prepare for the event.
Thank you to Mr. Barry and Mr. McGlade
By: Caoimhe and Maeve TY
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017
Bhí “Seachtain na Gaeilge” an rathúil againn i gColáiste Muire i mbliana.
Bhí Comórtas Sheanfhocail ar siúl do dhaltaí an chéad bhliain. Bhí duaiseanna ar fáil don 1ú, 2ú 3ú áit. Ba iad na buaiteóirí ná Rose Williams, Shay Cantwell agus Taylor Moore.
Bhí Tóraíocht Taisce iontach ag muintir an chéad bhliain ar an Aoine 10ú Márta
Bhí Céilí Bunscoile agus Céilí don chéad bhliain ar an Déardaoin 16ú Márta. Bhí Spotdhuaiseanna ar fail.
Bhí Tráth na gCeist an dara bhliain: Máirt 13ú Márta ó sa halla tionóil don dara bhliain.
Bhí Mistéir na seachtaine ar siúl i rith na seachtaine: Ghlaoigh dalta ón dara bliain leid/nod faoi dhuine cáiliúil nó múinteoir amach ar an gcallaire gach maidin.
Bhí Sesiún cheoil iontach le Jimmy Crowley agus cairde ar an Luain.
Féach ar fís a rinne an dara bhliain anseo.
Baineadh an-taitneamh as an seachtain!
Animal Awareness Day
Coláiste Muire hosted an animal awareness day on the 16th of March. Students met puppies from the “Munster Lost and Found” charity and donated €2 to help reunite lost pets with their families and to help re-home stray animals.
Forty students from all Years entered a photography competition. This competition was judged by a representative from the charity. FREE Munster Lost and Found 2017 Calendars were given to the entrants and valuable prizes were awarded.
The sum of 355 euro was raised for the charity and students enjoyed the experience. Thanks to everyone who supported the project.
First Year girls reach Cork Basketball final
The first year girls under the guidance of coach Carol Ann O’Driscoll have reached the Cork final. Having won their pool, they went on to defeat Carraignabhear in the Quarter Finals. They defeated a strong side form St. Al’s Carrigtwohill today in the semi finals.
The Crosshaven side went into an early lead through the scoring prowess of Rachel Stack. The Carrigtwohill girls rallied and there were three points between the teams at half time, Coláiste Muire enjoying a slender lead. Great scores from Katy Mulcahy and tenacious defence from Aoibhe O’Sullivan and Holly Fegan saw the girls go into a lead of 10 points, a lead which they maintained until the end. Emily Russel put in a strong performance while Gabriel Corcoran showed great vision in setting up several scores. Alana de Courcey, Kate O’Brien, Clara Neaves and Shona Mulcahy and Sophie McCarthy all contributed to an excellent result.
Minor Hockey girls win
The minor girls hockey team (a combination of 1st, 2nd and 3rd years) headed to Harlequins on Tuesday the 14th of March, to play Christ King Girls Secondary School. After a tough defeat to Cobh last week the girls were determined to get the result this time.
The Crosshaven girls came out all guns blazing at the beginning of the first half, dominating possession in the opposition’s half. Crosshaven put together some nice passing sequences through the centre of the pitch leading to shots on goal by many of the girls, but the Christ King goalkeeper held strong managing to keep the scoreboard at 0-0. After numerous efforts the Crosshaven girls were rewarded with a penalty corner but unfortunately could not capitalise on the opportunity. The Christ King defence worked well together to keep their team in the game.
Crosshaven girls began to show signs of fatigue giving the Christ King forwards more opportunities to score, but first year; Holly Feagan made some fantastic saves in the Crosshaven goal. To make matters worse Crosshaven’s rock in the midfield, Eimear Brady had to leave the pitch after a follow through strike from an opposing stick left her winded.
The Crosshaven girls showed great character, scoring the opening goal against the run of play. A strong cross from Niamh Scriven was deflected into the goal by Roisín Flannery. This concluded the first half. Despite the goal the girls came off the pitch at half time feeling deflated. A motivational team talk by Ms. Breen and Erica lifted spirits heading into the second half.
The girls came onto the pitch with a new mind set and this reflected in their play. An early goal by Niamh Scriven put Crosshaven 2-0 ahead in the opening minutes of the second half. The goal began with a seemingly innocuous ball from the defence but was picked up and carried into the circle by Niamh before she took her shot.
After returning to the field of play at the start of the second half Eimear Brady’s persistence in the centre of the field lead to her winning a short corner for the team. A strong injection from Sorcha Conway was gathered by Eimear. With no hesitation she slapped the ball; it flew past the keeper’s outstretched arm sitting nicely in the bottom right hand corner.
Crosshaven took their attention away from play after the goal, which led to a chance for Christ King which was again saved by Holly. The girls soon refocused winning their third penalty corner of the match. Once again Eimear took the shot which came up off a Christ King stick hitting Rachael Sisk on the side of the head. She was persuaded to come off the pitch and played no further part in the game.
The Crosshaven girls showed great mentality and didn’t let the scare phase them, returning to their attacking ways. This resulted in the final goal of the match; a shot on goal by Danni Claffey rebounded off the keeper landing on Roisín’s stick concluding in her second goal of the match.
On a warm day in harlequins the girls from Crosshaven put in a shift to be proud of winning 4-0 against Christ King. Good luck in the rest of the tournament girls!!
Second Year students visit Blackrock observatory
Second Year students went to Blackrock Castle observatory on 12th March. Students were informed about the history of Castle and surrounding areas and a looked at the astronomy projects that are done in the local area.
Colaiste Muire, Crosshaven victorious in Bank of Ireland Bond Trader Challenge.
Transition Year Applications for 2017/2018
There will be an information evening for parents of 3rd Year students who are considering the Transition Year programme in Coláiste Muire.
Students can apply by filling out the Transition Year application form 2017/18 below. The outline of the programme can be viewed here: TY presentation 201718. Please contact the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any questions. There are some relevant links below:
Tour of Rome and Florence: February 2017
Video by Nicole O’Leary
Senior students of Coláiste Muire travelled to Rome and Florence on February 16th 2017. The tour had a historical and art-history theme involving tours of the Colosseum, Vatican and the Uffizi and Borghese Gallaries. Students also got to make their own pizzas and embarked on night-time walking tour of Rome. For a full itinerary, click on this link: Rome booklet 2017 – Copy.