Literacy Week (Monday 27th Feb – Friday 3rd March)
In Coláiste Muire, we are constantly endeavoring to promote literacy in our school. Our Literacy Week is taking place from Monday 27th February to Friday 3rd March, to tie in with World Book Day, on Thursday 2nd March. A range of activities are organised throughout the week.
A ‘Pop-up Bookshop’ will take place in the Assembly Hall on Wednesday 1st March from 12-5pm. Members of Waterstones Bookshop will be coming to the school with a selection of books, for both students and parents. Students will be able to avail of vouchers worth €1.50 for World Book Day, which can be redeemed with Waterstones on that day. Below are some of the books available to buy, with these tokens.
Other books will be priced between €10 and €15, with special offers and other discounts also available. Parents are invited to come to the school from 4-5pm, to avail of this exciting venture.
There will be many other events and activities for students throughout the week.
Colaiste Muire, Realt na Mara (Our Lady Star of The Sea) was opened in 1947. It provided a second level education for girls of the area and they were taught by seven Presentation sisters and one lay person. The school adopted the motto ‘Respice Stellam, Voca Mariam’ which translated means ‘Look to the star, call upon Mary’ reflecting the influence of its location in the small fishing port of Crosshaven. When the school opened there were approximately one hundred students attending.
In 1952 due to the demand for extra classrooms, a top floor was built onto the Colaiste Muire block which had been used since 1891 as a primary school. Some of these classrooms include Naomh Ide and Naomh Colmcille.
Colaiste Muire was an all-girls school until 1969 when eighteen boys started here. Prior to this boys of the locality had to travel to Cork City to receive a second level education. The school had now become co-educational and this resulted in an increase of pupils. In 1970 this increase led to an extension of the school which facilitated many specialist rooms and introduced a range of new subjects such as woodwork, Technical Drawing and Home Economics.
In 1975, a new girl’s primary school was built and so this allowed the growing secondary school to move into their rooms in the school building which they shared. The school had seen many changes but Christian values always remained at the heart of the school.
In 1981 a new sports hall was built offering excellent facilities not only for the students but for members of the local community. In September of 1986 the new programme of Transition Year began in the school.
In 1998, the school which had been a boarding school and an Alma Mater to thousands for over a century had finally phased out. The school was no longer used as a boarding school but continued as a day secondary school.
In 2008, a final change was made to the school when a new section of the school was built including new classrooms and many new specialist rooms. This allowed students to move out of the old, convent part of the school and move into a new, modern building.
Transition Year students took to Killarney today where they embarked on a day-long circuit of Killarney Park. A beautiful, crisp day of early spring, students took in the great scenery and well as the many red deer which reside in the park.
Coláiste Muire Golfers through to All-Irealnd’s
After winning the South Munster qualifier in Macroom, the Junior Golf team travelled down to Cahir Park Golf Club in Tipperary where they met the two qualifiers from North Munster and Bishopstown the second qualifier from South Munster. It was a misty day on the course which made conditions a bit tougher and the scores on the course would not be as low as expected. The competitors were also joined by some wildlife with a fox joining the players on the 7th tee box for most of the day.
Play was moving swiftly on and so were the competitors. Good scores had come in and by the time Crosshaven came in Bishopstown were in the lead. Killian Murphy came in with a very solid score and Joshua Hogan was yet to come in. Tensions were high and there were many nervous looks on peoples faces around the 18th green. Joshua sunk a bogey putt on the last hole which in the end was vital to the Crosshaven team as they went on to win the competition by two shots much to the delight of the team and also their teacher Ger Fitzgibbon. The lads will now progress to the All Irelands’ where they will represent Munster in Belfast at Balmoral Golf Club on the 24th of April.
Team: Fionn Murphy, Joshua Hogan, Killian Murphy