As part of our Home Economics, Geography and Business syllabi, all First Year students at Coláiste Dun attended a tour to Butlers Chocolate Factory in Dublin on 30th November. This tour was very beneficial to students across the three subjects. Home Economics students saw the food industry in action and all that this entails e.g. the processing of raw ingredients, the manufacturing of food, HACCP, health and safety, hygiene protocols, packaging and marketing. Geography students have studied secondary economic activities looking at inputs, processes and outputs. The tour provided students with an example of a light industry and they saw the inputs, processes and outputs of an industry in action. Business students had the opportunity to see how a business is run and all that is involved in running a business.

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Students in Coláiste Dún an Ri held a Bake Sale in aid of Kingscourt Social Services. The First Years baked a fantastic selection of baked goods and raised a total of 558.41. Well done all!


We are so proud of all our students that entered a project into the BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2017. With a record 2091 entries and only 550 places it was inevitable that some projects would not be accepted. All students showed tremendous work ethic to put a comprehensive application together, so well done to all!

We are delighted that 6 projects have been accepted and will present their research at the RDS in what is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious science competitions in Europe. 
It is a massive achievement in a brand new school with just 68 students that effectively over 10% of our student population will have this fantastic opportunity.
This success marks the start of an exciting time at Coláiste Dun an Ri where we are committed to giving every student the opportunity to excel at extra curricular acitivites.  We look forward to welcoming the scientists of the future and building on this wonderful success year after year!
















Friday 26th August was a historic day for the town of Kingscourt when the Minister for Education, Mr. Richard Bruton, visited both the school's temporary accommodation and the building site where the new state of the art ETB school, Coláiste Dún an Rí is under construction. For the current year, the school is in temporary accommodation and during his visit, the Minister took time to meet with the students and staff. Mr Bruton was delighted for the people of the town and was loud in his praise for all the hard work put in by local politicians, councillors, staff of Cavan/Monaghan ETB, CE Mr Martin O’Brien and by the people from Kingscourt and surrounding areas, in advancing the project to its current position. He paid tribute to Ganson Construction Company for their work to date and looked forward to the completion of this wonderful school building.








As part of science week at Colaiste Dun an Ri, Science Foundation Ireland visited our school to give students an interactive sports science workshop. During this workshop the students worked in teams as they visited different stations to test their speed, strength, power and reaction times. 





The data collected will be used in science class as we move through the course to show students how science can apply to real life.

On Thursday the school was delighted to welcome Mr. Dick Clerkin. Dick is a Chemical Engineer and has worked in different companies before he joined the local plasterboard giant, Gyproc Saint-Gobain in May 2016.


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Dick spoke to the students about his job as a Chemical Engineer, the course of study he followed to qualify and how the job has allowed him to pursue other interests whilst still advancing his career.

He then went on to describe the manufacturing process at the plant. This was of great interest to all of our students, primarily because it is a thriving industry in the local area but also because it reinforces what is being taught in geography class with regard to 'Inputs - processes - outputs'




In addition to this, students have been taking part in various science activities each lunchtime during the week including Element Bingo,Guess the scientist and pHet science simulations.

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