All second year students enjoyed watching The Bullying Prevention Play last Thursday, 14th March, as part of the new Junior Cycle Wellbeing Specification, which is a whole school initiative encompassing SPHE, CSPE, PE and Guidance. The production entailed a Drama, presentation and workshop over the course of 2 hours. The play aimed to

  • Challenge attitudes about bullying
  • Share current research knowledge on what bullying is and its effects
  • Invite students to create strategies to prevent bullying in their school

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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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Congratulations to all the students who took part last Wednesday in the county final of the Student Enterprise Programme.  It was Win! Win! Win! for Coláiste Dún an Rí in the Slieve Russell Hotel.   Of the displayed 7 projects, 5 took home trophies. Well done to Sherkings Insulation on winning the Innovation Prize in the Junior Category and “The 3 Cupcakes” for taking third place in the Junior Category. 

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In the Intermediate Category, third place went to “CEM Cases”, second place for Alex’s “Funky Socks” and first place to “River Soaps” who now go on to the National Finals in Croke Park to represent themselves and the school.  We wish Ava, Kate, Ashling and Caleb all the best in the finals in May.

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The Student Enterprise Programme, an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices, is Ireland’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme with over 23,000 second level students taking part each year.

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Students from 1st year to 6th year get to set up and run their own business and find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur by taking part in this 8 month long enterprise education learning programme.

The Programme runs from September to May and students get to do everything a real life entrepreneur would do, from coming up with the business idea, to marketing, sales and preparing a business plan.

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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Coláiste Dún an Rí are deighted to have won the accolade of best Educational Building in Ireland. The award was presented at the LAMA awards in Croke Park on Friday night. This award further highlights the state of the art facilities the school has to offer its students and the community.

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