Last week in Coláiste Dún an Rí marked our annual Wellbeing Week. The week was filled with activities to promote student wellbeing. 

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To start the week the whole school was invited to listen to our guest speaker, Shane Carthy. Shane plays inter-county Gaelic footballer for Dublin. He was a member of the Dublin squad that won the 2016 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and 2016 National Football League. Shane spoke about how he struggled with his mental health and explained that by reaching out to those around him and letting them know he was struggling it allowed him to get the help he needed to deal with his mental health. His story is incredibly brave and was warmly recieved by all students and staff. 


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Over the course of the week all first and second year students participated in "A Mile with a Smile". During their SPHE class each group went for a walk around the community accompanied by their teacher. 

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There was lunchtime activities organised for the students to encourage them to be more active. 

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All third year students received training on CPR as part of the CPR4Life programme by the Irish Heart foundation. It is hoped that ths training will equip our students with potentially life saving skills. 

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On Thursday the 25th October Coláiste Dún an Rí held its first annual Sponsored Walk. This walk was aimed at raising funds to drive our extra-curricular success within the school. The Walk was given great support by students, parents and the local community. Sponsorship contributions will be used to subsidise bus transfers to various sporting events and equipment for extra-curricular activities in the school.

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After lunch students left the school accompanied by their tutor. they walked down to the gates of the Dún an Rí Forest Park on the Shercock Road. They then walked through the park, along the back of Kingspan and accross the GAA grounds before returning to the school. The walk was just over 5km. 

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As a token of our appreciation Coláiste Dún an Rí had spot prizes for students and those who had sponsored them. A Lenovo tablet to the value of €170 was awarded to Lucy Farrelly for raising the most amount of money. Two €50 Eason vouchers were awarded as runner up prizes to Robbie Carey and Rachel McEneaney. There was also three prizes up for grabs for those who sponsored our students. The first prize included a two night stay in the Diamond Coast Hotel in Enniscrone which was won by Betty Walsh. The Second and Third prize was dinner for two in Cabra Castle. These prizes were won by Conor Sheenan and Aidan Campbell. Congratulations to all.

This year Coláiste Dún an Rí was delighted to have  seven projects, composed of fourteen students, entered into the BTYSE 2019. This was a great achievement for all the first and second year students involved.

The following is a list of the projects entered and the category the projects were entered in.

Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences

An Investigation into the number of Regular Shapes vs. Number of Irregular shapes with 12 sides or less that can be constructed by the use of Euclidean Geometry by Charlie Clavin. Charlie is pictured below speaking to RTE about his project. 

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Biological and Ecological

An Ecological Investigation into Dún an Rí Forest Park, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan by Caoimhe Byrne, Illona McCarthy and Eabha Garvey. This project was awarded 3rd place in the Biological and Ecological Junior Group Category.  

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Chicken Feather Insulation by Freya Watterson, Allanah Clarke and Lauren McCabe. This project investigated the insulation properties of chicken feathers.


Social and Behavioural Sciences

A statistical analysis of the public’s awareness of the danger of positional asphyxiation associated with infant car seats by Ryan Lockwood. This project was highly commended and awarded a rosette for such.

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Smart Parents? Smartphones by Roisin Cooney. This project explored the perceptions and usage of smart phones by children/teenagers, by both the child themselves and their parents.

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Homelessness – A crisis that can be solved by Molly McKeon, Sarah Owens and Mary O’Loan. This project looked at the problem and consequences of homelessness on both the individual and society.

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To investigate if exotic animals are being kept in cruelty free environments by Jessica Dodd and Niamh Sheenan. This project looked at how exotic animals are being kept. Jessica and Niamh are pictured below with Cllr. Clifford Kelly, Chairperson of CMETB and Brendan Smith, TD. 

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Don't forget our upcoming Enrolment Evening on Tuesday 13th November. Check out our new video to see Coláiste Dún an Rí for yourself.


Coláiste Dún an Rí invites Sixth Class students to our Subject Sampling Morning on Saturday 10 November 

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