On Friday morning students and staff of Coláiste Dún an Rí bid farewell to there temporary accomodation and moved into our state of the art new building. There was scenes of delight as many locals came out to watch students walk through the gates of their new school. This school has been the dream of many people around Kingscourt, Shercock, Magheracloon, Meath Hill and the surrounding hinterland for a long number of years. Friday 20 October was the culmination of over forty years of work by those within the community and CMETB. On arrival students were greeted by the Chairperson of the CMETB Mr Clifford Kelly. 

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After a brief assembly and a tour of the school it was buisness as usual with students being designated lockers and then returning for class. At 2pm. Minister Heather Humphreys visted the school and spoke to the children. She was accompanied by the CE of CMETB, Mr. John Kearney, Chairperson, Mr Clifford Kelly, TD, Brendan Smith and Senator Joe O'Reilly. Each person spoke to the students, wished them well in there new school and in the future. 

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This week school is back to normal and students are back in clases. As you can see below they are settling in very quickly.

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On Thursday 24th August, Coláiste Dún an Rí welcomed an eager and excited group of new students through its front doors. There was an air of excitement around Kingscourt as the incoming first years started their life in secondary school with a trip to Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre in Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Students were greeted by teachers and after a brief introduction by Principal Mr. Fergal Boyle they departed for a fun filled day of team building activities. On arrival in Tanagh, students were split into two groups. One group would partake in a series of bog challenges that involved some serious communication skills and group work to prevent getting stuck in the bog. These activities involved the "Minefield" were students must navigate an area of the bog without standing in the wrong section. To finish off they each had to do the "Bog Run". The results can be seen below.

 

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The second group went to a nearby river were they had to work together to build a raft. The raft had to be strong enough to hold the entire group on it without it falling apart. Each group passed with flying colours as all the rafts stayed intact.The groups then swapped over so  each group got a chance to partake in both sets of activities. Despite the weather being miserable it didn't dampen the spirits of these students who continued to integrate with their new classmates and engage in the activities to their utmost. To finish the evening students and their families were treated to a Barbecue in Tanagh.

 

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On 25th of September, a group of second year students, travelled to Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal, accompanied by Ms. Hough and Mr. O'Brien. The trip was based on exploring the concept of biodiversity. Set in the heart of Gleveigh National park the hostel boasted incredible views of Mount Errigal and various other mountains which were interlocked by Lough Nacung. On arrival students engaged in work shops were they discussed biodiversity followed by a 10km hike through the mountains. The following morning all students went kayaking across Lough Nacung were they completed a series of challenges. On Tuesday evening the group returned to the school and judging by the students reactions they enjoyed the trip thoroughly. 

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Coláiste Dún an Rí is delighted to welcome our newly appointed teachers to our staff.

Ms Deirdre McCabe (Gaeilge), Ms Sharon Cumiskey (Guidance) Ms Sinead Leahy (Art and Craft) and Ms Grace McCabe (Art and Craft - maternity leave cover).

 

For more details please click the link Staff Profiles

 

 

On Tuesday the 24th October, a large number of students had a very successful and enjoyable outing to Killinkere representing Coláiste Dún an Rí in the Cavan Post-Primary Schools Cross-Country competition. Many were placed in the top ten finishers in what was a hugely competitive field.

First Year Boys - 2nd Max Kelly, 3rd Oisín Martin, 5th Conor Ward, 9th Conall Burns, 10th Ryan McCormick.

First Year Girls - 3rd Emily Mc Cormick, 5th Kerry Halpin, 6th Ílona McCarthy

U-15 Boys - 5th Jason Carolan

U-15 Girls - 1st Ava McCaul, 2nd Emily Fleming

U-15 Girls - 1st Overall team – Ava Mc Caul, Emily Fleming, Lucy Fitzsimons, Shauna Fox, Allanah McDaniel, Alex Sterry, Regina White.

Well done and congratulations to all.

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