Coola Post Primary School

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2007 / 2008 Notes

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 8th May 2008

Graduation Mass
On Friday May the 16th at 6pm, Leaving Certificate pupils with their families and staff will celebrate with a Graduation Ceremony. The evening will begin with a ceremony of light followed by the celebration of mass with Father O’Shea as celebrant. Pupils will celebrate their five years at Coola with the theme of “Friendship Forever”. This is the last time our leaving Certs will be together before the commencement of their exams on June 6th. We hope them every success in their examinations.

Student Awards
Voting has now ended for the student awards which will be presented on the 16th May. There are awards for the best academic student from each class group and various sporting and special achievement awards.

U 16 Soccer Connacht Semi Final
The Boys U-16 soccer team were unlucky to be defeated by Charlestown in the Connacht ‘B’ Semi Final in Riverstown on 29th April last. A very close and exciting game saw both sides battle hard for the coveted place in the Connacht Final. Charlestown went ahead in the second half and Coola were unlucky not to equalise hitting the post on two occasions.
A brave and determined performance saw the Coola lads equalise with the last kick of the game from a goal from sub Keith Candon. With the game going into extra-time a goal from Gerard Kelly put the home side 2-1 in front. However, it wasn’t to be Coola’s day and after conceding a soft goal from a Charlestown free-kick, the team went further behind and were narrowly defeated 3-2.
This was a major disappointment for the school who have yet to reach a Connacht Final having appeared in three semi-finals in two years at both U-14 and U-16 level. However, as soccer is still only in it’s infancy in the school it is hoped that better days lie ahead.
The team and panel have to be commended for their attitude in all their matches throughout the year and for their dedication and hard work in training.
Team: Joe Burns, Jamie Conlon, Shane Hargadon, Declan Willis, Tomas O’Reilly, Donal Harte, Harry Clancy, Donal Byrne, Keith McGrath, David Murphy, Gerard Kelly. Subs: Keith Candon, Hughie McGowan, Colin Hamilton, Johnny Baker, Thomas McTiernan, Gerard Lynch, Michael O’Rourke.

Good Luck
With the leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate approaching the staff would like to wish all of our students who are sitting the exams every success in the examinations. Good Luck to all.

Thank you
The School would like to thank all students and staff for their contributions to the Champion in the classroom over the past year.

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 24th April 2008

4th Year Tour to Delphi
Twenty five fourth year students along with some teachers went to the popular Delphi Adventure Centre in Connemara on Friday the 18th April. The group spent three fun-filled days in the resort and took part in activities that ranged from kayaking and low ropes to surfing and treks through the forest at night. The group had an excellent time and returned with some memories that won’t be forgotten for a long time. Well done to Kieran Maguire, Conor McCormack and Colin Hamilton who won the orienteering competition and broke the Delphi record with an amazing time of 25 minutes. It was an unforgettable experience and a special word of thanks to Mr. Cleary, Ms. Kenny and Mr. Irwin who even took part in some of the activities. Thank you also to Mr. Ryan for driving the bus to and from Delphi.

All Junior Cert and Leaving Cert students are quite busy at the moment with practical exams taking place in the school. Practical exams are held in Music, Home Economics, Construction and Engineering. We wish everyone involved the very best of luck.

Work Experience
This week all 4TH years are on work experience as part of their Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (Links) Students are in workplaces across all sectors including engineering, veterinary and health sciences, computing, teaching and construction. The week gives students the opportunity to sample life in the work place and to clarify their career aspirations. By the end of the week students will hopefully have of clearer understanding of a particular career and can use this information to decide whether this is for them or not. On completion of the work experience students have to complete a report on their experience as part of their portfolio for Links, We would like to thank all employers for giving our students the opportunity of participating in their workplace for the week. The week is an invaluable experience for students and greatly helps in their career decision-making

F1 in Schools
Commiserations to Team Fiery Fragments who competed in the National finals of the Formula 1 in Schools Competition. The Team performed very well in the finals held in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown last Thursday the 17th April. Their car managed to travel the 20m track in 1.3 seconds which was an excellent time. The overall winners were Koni Kats from St Davids Secondary School, Greystones, and this team will now represent Ireland in the World final next year. Fiery Fragments would like to thank all of their sponsors who made the project possible. Bistro Bianconi, Keith Aldridge, Bank of Ireland Sligo, The Happy Landing Coolaney, First Impressions Limo Hire, Martin Baker Victualler Riverstown, Du-more embroidery and Blackrock Clothing. The team would also like to thank all of the teachers who helped out in preparation for the final.

Good luck to the Coola enterprise Company who will compete in the Enterprise National final, the Company is called D.I.D and consisted of David Willis and Drew Clancy. They produced, marketed and sold parking disk holders to impress the judges. We wish them luck.

Student Awards
Voting is now underway for the student awards which will be presented on the 16th May. There are awards for the best academic student from each class group and various sporting and special achievement awards.

LCA Healthy Eating Week
The Leaving Certificate Applied class as part of their task organised a healthy eating week. This week took place between the 7th and 11th of April. A questionnaire was circulated to every pupil in the school to find out about eating habits. The week was organised by Sally O’Brien , Allen Mostyn , David Kelly , Sive Clerkin , Thomas Higgins , Mark Mc Connell , Kevin Cogan , Jason Kelly , Adrian Mc Donagh and Brian Benson. The above pupils raised awareness of the importance of eating lots of fruit as part of their diet. They made hundreds of smoothies during the week from fruits from all over the world. The week was a great success. A big well done to the LCA class of 2008.

2nd Year Retreat
On April the 16th The Mustard Seed retreat team from Dublin gave all our second year pupils their annual retreat. All pupils had an excellent day with activities from drama to meditation undertaken. The retreat took place at Geevagh Community Centre and we were most grateful for the excellent facilities for the day. Conor Cronin from the retreat team complimented our pupils and school for their excellent participation in the retreat and looks forward to his return trip next year.

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 28th Feb 2008

New students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend enrolment and open days on Friday 7th March from 4.30 pm to 9.30pm and on Saturday 8th march from 10am to 12.30pm. Guidance Counsellors will be available on both dates to discuss subject choices with students and their parents/guardians. For further information contact the school at (071) 9165365.

St. Bridgets Day at Coola
To celebrate February 1st, all first year students participated in an afternoon of making St. Bridget’s Day Crosses in the sports hall. Rushes were gathered from the four corners of the county. Students made crosses for family and neighbours and more importantly some students learned to make crosses for the first time.

Concern Fast 2008
Congratulations to all pupils at Coola for the 1180 Euro collected this year for Concern. The money will be used in third world countries to build better houses, improve medical care and save a lot of lives. A big thank you to all parents and sponsors for their support.

Bishop Christopher Jones visits Coola
Students and staff were delighted to welcome Bishop Jones on his recent visit to Coola. Bishop Jones met with students from first and fourth year who enjoyed taking part in discussions on the role of young people in the church. A big thank you to Father O’Shea for organising the visit.

Race Day approaching for Team Fiery Fragments
With just 7 days remaining before the West Coast finals in Sligo IT (11th March), Team Fiery Fragments are very busy preparing for the event. The team received their excellent Jackets sponsored by Bistro Bianconi and Polo shirts sponsored by Keith Aldridge. The members of fiery fragments are extremely busy putting the final touches to the car which was designed on Solidworks and manufactured using state of the art (CAM) Computer Aided Manufacture software. The students carried out a lot of the work in the schools Engineering room and the car must now be spray painted and the team logo and graphic design applied to the body. Team Fiery Fragments would like to thank Eric Aldridge for his help with the high quality finishing of the car. The team is looking forward to the chance to pit their car against other schools from the west coast.
The fiery fragments website is proving to be real popular with students and parents; the website gives an insight into the team and to the project. There are many pictures of the team car, the students involved and how the car was designed. Anyone interested in contacting the team may do so by emailing us at

The team would like to thank all of our sponsors who each played a vital role in the project. Bistro Bianconi sponsorship of team jackets, Keith Aldridge sponsorship of team polo shirts, First impressions Limo service who sponsored the printing and portfolio costs, Eric Aldridge sponsored the finishing of the car and Du-more embroidery for the team logo. The team would also like to thank everybody in Coola PPS who have helped in any way through the course of this project.

Congratulations to two of our first year students’ Grainne O’ Loughlin (St. Michaels) and Liam O’ Rourke (Geevagh) who were awarded Gaeltacht scholarships from Sligo GAA.

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 30th Jan 2008

F1 in Schools team launch website
The Fiery Fragments are very busy preparing for the upcoming Regional finals to be held on the 11th of March. The team has now finished designing the model F1 car and are currently preparing for applying their graphic designs to the car. The fragments will also produce a portfolio detailing how they approached designing the car and obtaining sponsorship. The team is also working on designing a web-site. This website which will be online from Feb 4th will contain details of the team members, how the car was designed and a thank you to all of our sponsors. The website can be viewed by going to the following address The Fiery Fragments team would like to thank Bistro Bianconi for sponsoring the team’s kit, Du-more embroidery for making the kit, Keith Aldridge for sponsorship and the painting of the F1 car and First Impressions Limo Service for their sponsership. Any local industries interested in sponsoring the team in their quest to become Irelands F1 in schools champions can contact the school on 071 9165365 for more information. Follow the teams progress in this column or on the teams web-site

New Student Council elected
Great interest was shown this year in the Student Council. A record number of candidates stood for election and votes were cast by all students on Monday 21st Jan. The following have successfully gained a seat on the council. 1st year: Seamus Flynn and Laura Gallagher, 2nd year: Eire Gorman and Ryan Mohan, 3rd year: Elaine Touhy and Micheal Byrne, 4th year: Cian Harte and Rebecca Touhy. 5th year: Daithi Gormley and Jeniffer Broderick. The Council hope to continue their good work in promoting healthy eating, finding solutions to the problem of litter and positively contributing to the success of the school.

Sligo Vocational School Team
On Friday last, the Sligo VEC team exacted full revenge in the rematch of the Connaught ‘B’ football final against Roscommon. Roscommon started the game with a strong breeze at their backs but excellent defending from the likes of Sean O Rourke, Brian O Connell, Sean Witty and John Craig limited Roscommon to just 4 points in the half while the incisive Sligo forward play resulted in Goals from Easkey’s Emmet Healy and Coola’s Keith McGrath leaving the half time score a deserved 2 – 4 to 0 – 4 in favour of Sligo. That was as good as it got for Roscommon with Sligo dominating the second half with a succession of points from David O Reilly (0 – 3) who operated extremely well as a third midfielder, Dennis O Rourke (0 – 2) and substitutes Paul McConnell and David Murphy also contributing to the scoreboard. The game was over as a contest early in the second half. Sligo to their credit never took never took their foot of the pedal and when substitute John Feeney stormed through for a fantastic goal in the last five minutes, it capped a memorable victory for the Denis Johnson and Eamon Bruen managed side. The final score was Sligo 3 – 15 to Roscommon 0 – 5. Sligo will now advance to the All Ireland semi final on 23rd of February against the Munster Champions. Reporter Paul Higgins.

Mock Exams
The Junior Cert and Leaving Cert students are busy preparing for their mock exams which will be held from Thursday 7th to Friday 22nd February. We wish them luck.
Transition Year
We would like to thank all the parents who attended the information evening last Monday about the schools new Transition Year Programme. A lot of interest was shown in Transition Year. The school would also like to thank the National Co-ordinator for transition Year, Mr Michael O Leary, for attending and talking to parents.

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 16th January 2008

Transition Year Information Evening

An information evening on the schools new transition year programme will be held on Monday the 4th of February at 7pm for the parents of all 3rd year students. The national transition year co-ordinator, Michael O’Leary, will give a talk on the benefits of transition year. It is important that all parents attend on the night as it will be an opportunity to learn more about the transition year programme and how the school plans to offer this program next September. Application forms for interested students will be available on the night.


Enrolment dates for new students have been decided on for 2008, they are as follows;
Fri 7th March 6 – 9.30pm.
Sat 8th March 10 – 12.30pm.
All primary schools in the area have been visited at this stage and school brochures have been circulated to prospective students. Anyone looking for further information can contact the school on 071 9165365.

Adult Education

Evening classes for adults are being organised in the following areas – Computers, Basic Irish, Art and Yoga. Enrolment will take place in Coola Post Primary school on Monday 21st January from 7-8pm. Classes will operate provided there are sufficient numbers. Requests for other classes can be made on the night.

CAO Applications

This month our Leaving Certificate students, along with over 60,000 other students, are applying to the CAO for places in Third Level colleges. This can be a daunting task for some especially as the number of options open to students is growing all the time. The application fee is €45 for applications received by February 1, whether on line or by paper. However, on-line applicants are entitled to a €10 discount (or a fee of €35 if they apply before January 20, 2008. Last year 82% of all applicants applied on-line and we in Coola are no different with 90% of our Leaving Certificate students intending to apply on-line this year. On-line applicants pay using a credit card or debit card or they may pay it into the bank beforehand and enter the sequence number from their application fee payment form during the on-line application process. Students will, of course, have the option of changing their mind, with the exception of restricted courses, between May 2 and July 1, so students will have lots of time to reassess their course options over the next few months.

Mock Interviews

Our Leaving Certificate Applied students recently completed mock interviews as part of their LCA course. Mr James Slattery, from Agritech Ltd., a company which specialises in manufacturing and selling products to the farming community, both in Ireland and abroad, conducted the interviews. He was greatly impressed with the standard of presentation shown by all candidates and felt that all had the potential to do very well in their future careers. He gave individual feedback to all students which students felt was very valuable and something that would benefit them in future interviews. The school would like to thank Mr Slattery for his help in conducting the interviews.

F1 in Schools Competition

Six 4th year Engineering students are taking part in the F1 in Schools competition. This exciting competition offers students the chance to investigate, design and make their own model formula 1 car. The students are using parametric 3D modelling software to design and perform tests on the car. The team name is ‘The Fiery Fragments’ and the team will race against other schools in the regional finals in the coming weeks. The six students involved, Cian Harte, Conor McCormack, Daniel Gibbons, Kieran McGuire, Padraig McCormack and Sean Davey are eagerly awaiting the race day. An important part of the competition is obtaining sponsorship which will enable the team to further develop the project. The team would like to state their appreciation to all sponsors who have contributed generously. Bistro Bianconi, Du-more embroidery and First Impressions limo service. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor can contact the school for more information.

After-school study

The January-March session of after-school study has commenced. Following high participation rates, extra days have been scheduled for students interested. After-school study offers the opportunity for the students to do school-work and study without distractions from televisions, other noises etc which may be encountered at home.

Coola Sport

Congratulations to Colin McTiernan, David O’Reilly, John Craig and Sean O Rourke who are part of the Sligo County minor panel. Junior Boys training resumes every Monday and Wednesday, Senior Boys every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime. Best of luck to all of our teams taking part in sport in 2008. We would also like to wish our physical education teacher Mr Johnson a quick recovery.

Student Elections

Yes it’s that time of year again as the students are preparing for the election of the student council. The nominees are now beginning their election campaign and will eagerly await election day in the forthcoming weeks. The student council is an excellent way to encourage students to air their views and has been a valued asset to the school. Many thanks are extended to those who served on the council last year and good wishes are extended to the new candidates. Report; Daithi Gormley.

Parent Teacher Meeting

There will be a parent teacher meeting for all 2nd year students on Tuesday the 29th of January from 4 to 6.45.

National award

Congratulations to Paul Higgins who achieved second overall in Construction Studies in the country in the 2007 Leaving Certificate. He will be presented with an award at the annual TTA conference in Clonmel in March.

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 13th December 2007

Plans to introduce Transition Year
The school recently announced that it was looking at the possibility of introducing the Transition Year Program (TYP) in Sept. 2008.
After detailed consultation between staff, the Board of Management and the Parents’ Association it was decided that the TYP would be a worthwhile and beneficial addition to the school’s existing academic programs. The TYP is offered to over 500 schools throughout the country. Some of the aims of the program are to promote maturity amongst students, develop the students’ ability to learn independently and develop work-related skills.
The TYP is a one year program that will be offered to the current Third Years. It will be optional and will only commence if there is sufficient interest amongst students. Those students who take part will, after one year, start the Leaving Cert cycle as normal. As well as studying the core subjects-English, Irish, Maths etc., students will have an opportunity to sample a range of other subjects (Technology, Music, Science, Home Ec. etc.), which will help in their subject choice for the Leaving Cert. Project work, work experience, outdoor pursuits, mini-company, guest speakers and educational trips will also be an integral part of the program.
The staff was recently briefed on the benefits of the progam by Michael O’Leary, the National TY Coordinator. An information evening for parents will be held on February 4th where the TYP will be explained in more detail. The school will be in touch with parents in the New Year telling them more about the details of this information evening. We will be encouraging all 3rd year students and parents to attend.

New Defibrillator Purchased
The school recently purchased a new defibrillator with the help and support of the Parent’s Association. As part of a First-Aid course undertaken by staff, a demonstration as to the purpose and advantages of this life saving device was given by local cardiac nurse, Michael McDonagh. Afterwards, the principal and staff, in consultation with the Parents Association, decided to purchase one of these potentially life-saving machines. The funds were raised by a non-uniform day held on December 7th with the balance generously covered by the Parents’ Association.

Public Speaking
Congratulations to the Public Speaking team of Cian Harte, Annemarie Kelly, Colin Hamilton and Carmel Geithin who won the Sligo Mental Health Association Public Speaking Competition recently. The team faced tough opposition on the night from Summer Hill and the Ursline Convent. The team now goes on to the North West Regional Final at the end of January. Best of luck!

Afterwards, the principal and staff, in consultation with the Parents Association, decided to purchase a defibrillator. The funds were raised by a non-uniform day held on December 7th with the balance generously covered by the Parent’s Association.

Careers Evening
A careers evening was held on December 5th with nearly thirty occupations being represented.
Third, Fourth and Fifth year students had the opportunity to meet people from a wide variety of career areas, gain an insight into the reality of the workplace and to check out what career areas may suit them.
We would like to thank the everyone who generously gave up their time to come and chat to students about their jobs. Their cooperation is very much appreciated and valued by the students.

Concern Christmas 24hr. Fast:
There has been an outstanding response to the Concern 24hr. Fast from all our students. We have collected over €800 to date and we expect this sum to rise over the coming weeks. The money will be used in the construction of schools, hospitals and develop farming projects in the Third World. Thanks to everyone who took part and donated money.

1st Year Retreat:
Last week 1st year students took part in a 3 day retreat in the medieval setting of Ballintubber Abbey in Mayo. Students took part in music, art and drama activities. The students were complimented for their exemplary behaviour and they found the trip really beneficial. Thanks to Mr. Ryan and Mrs. Lynch for organising everything.

French Film Trip:
The 4th French students went to a screening of the French film “Comme une Image” at Carrick Cineplex last Wednesday. The film was enjoyed by all.

L.C.A. Day of Reflection:
Our L.C.A. students enjoyed a day of reflection at Holy Hill Carmelite Hermitage in December 5th. They enjoyed walks, talks and art work and claim to have returned truly enlightened!

Boys U-16 Soccer:
The U-16 squad had a comprehensive win over Ballinode in their final group game in Connacht ‘B’ competition. With a very strong squad performance that saw goals from David Murphy, Gerard Kelly, Keith McGrath, Drew Maitland, Hughie McGowan and Mickey O’Rourke, the team advanced to the quarter-finals after Christmas.

Ladies Senior Football
The Senior Ladies team are busy training for a Connacht ‘B’ semi-final against Headford which will be played in the New Year, we wish them luck.

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 29th November 2007

Open Day

On Thursday last week a number of Leaving Certificate students attended the annual Open Day in Sligo’s Institute of Technology. Students visited the various departments and got the chance to see the college facilities. In the Science department students quizzed staff and third level students about the various experiments on display. In the Engineering department students saw some student projects and learnt about the various engineering disciplines.

Students felt that it was a very worthwhile day and that they now a have a clearer idea of what to include in their college applications. Some students also visited St Angela’s College to chat to students and lecturers about courses in Nursing, Home Economics teaching and Business. Students who hadn’t been to the college before were captivated by its setting on the shores of Lough Gill and the intimate nature of the college.

Careers Night

Plans for this evening’s careers night in Coola are well under way with nearly thirty occupations being represented. Third, Fourth and Fifth year students will have the opportunity to meet people from a wide variety of career areas and gain an insight into the reality of the workplace and to check out what career areas may suit them.
Fifth years will have the chance to do a final check on their plans for next year and fourth years will get to explore a number of different careers. For third year students the night will help them think about the Leaving Certificate subjects that would be important for their career interests. We would like to thank the people who have generously given up their time to come and chat to students about their jobs. Their cooperation is very much appreciated and valued by the students.

Masonite Visit

On Wednesday 28th November 4th Year LCVP students went on a factory visit to Masonite in Carrick-on-Shannon. The visit allowed students to investigate the importance of health and safety in the workplace and to learn about the highly automated process Masonite use to produce their award-winning door skins. Many thanks to Ms. Weir and Ms. Burke for arranging the trip.

BPW Public Speaking
After successfully completing the Regional final of this year’s BPW public speaking competition, our ladies team consisting of AnneMarie Kelly, Rachel Cavanagh and Carmel Gethin headed to the Aula Maxima in University College Galway on Saturday 24th to compete in the national final.
The Business and Professional Women’s Association is an international organisation dedicated to the advancement of women in both business and professional spheres.
Rachel, who acted as chairperson, opened the meeting of the Sligo Green Goddesses – “a local Sligo environmental group” and conducted the business of an ordinary meeting. Ann Marie spoke about what life would be like after Global Warming and the affect climate change has on our world. Carmel thanked Anne Marie for her speech and concluded our presentation.
Although the Coola girls performed brilliantly the standard at this year’s final was extremely high and the winners were a team from Tullamore who will advance to the North/South final held in Dublin in early March.

Parent Teacher Meeting
Many thanks to all the parents who attended the 1st Year Parent/Teacher meeting on Wednesday 28th November. The meeting was extremely well attended.
2nd Year Business Studies students used the Parent/Teacher meeting as an opportunity to sell their Christmas stocking fillers. Enterprise Coola sold a wide range of products such as bookmarkers, Christmas logs and Christmas cards. The project was undertaken as part of County Sligo Enterprise Awards.
The 4th Year Parent/Teacher meeting takes place on Tuesday 11th December from 4pm in the school.

U-16 Soccer
On Friday 23rd November the boys U-16 soccer team had an impressive and comprehensive win over Colaiste Mhuire Ballymote. The lads started well and showed much composure at the back with Declan Willis, Shane Hargadon and Tomas O’Reilly all playing well. After a few half-chances Coola finally opened their account with a goal from Gerard Kelly. The second goal came shortly afterwards when good work by Jamie Conlon and Donal Harte down the right lead to a cross which troubled the Ballymote defence and was converted by Kelly.
Gerard Kelly ran the show in the second half scoring a further three goals. Ballymote got back into the game at one stage making the score 3-1. However, the Coola lads never looked like surrendering their lead and added their fifth, and best goa,l after great work by their captain Keith McGrath. The final score was 6-1 after Harry Clancy added his name to the score sheet. The team now goes on to face Ballinode in the next round before Christmas.

Team: Joe Burns, Jamie Conlon, Declan Willis, Shane Hargadon, Tomas O’Reilly, Donal Harte, Donal Byrne, Harry Clancy, Keith McGrath, Gerard Kelly, David Murphy. Subs used: Hughie McGowan, Johnny Baker, Colin Hamilton and Jamie Carolan.

Coola Post-Primary School

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 15th November 2007

Coola Remembers Former Student Paul McGann

On Friday 9th November staff and students remembered past pupil Paul McGann who died tragically last December in Sligo. The principal, Mr. McGoldrick paid tribute to Paul who was a hard-working and dedicated student.
A plaque in Paul’s memory was unveiled in the school’s new science lab. During the service some of Paul’s favourite poems were recited by students and staff and some music was played in his honour. The memorial service was well attended by members of Paul’s family, his friends and teachers. We would like to thank the McGann family for attending and to everyone who helped made this a very special occasion.

4th Year Music Trip to Vienna
The Leaving Certificate music class have recently returned from a spectacular trip to Vienna, Austria. Departing from Sligo for Dublin in the very early hours of October 25th we flew to Vienna and on arrival received a guided walking tour of the city. This gave us a real sense of the history of the city and an appreciation of its amazing architecture.
During our stay we visited Mozart’s house which gave us an insight into the life of Mozart and other composers of that era and genre. This was followed by a visit to the local concert theatre which brought to life in a true orchestral environment some of our music curriculum. Our final musical experience was to hear the world renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir. For many of us this was the musical highlight of the trip and although the mass was in Latin it felt more like a concert than a mass.
Overall the trip was a fantastic experience in which we gained an appreciation of Austrian culture and furthered our classical studies which we hope will help us in our upcoming exams. We would like to thank Ms. Gardiner, our Music teacher and Mr. Forkan for taking the time to bring us and for making it such a memorable experience.
Reporters: Kate McDermott, Irene McNulty, Meg Mullen.

Presidental Visit to New Zealand
Congratulations to our Irish and Music teacher Mr. Rooney who accompanied President McAleese on a State visit to New Zealand over the Halloween mid-term break.
Mr. Rooney is well known in traditional music circles and is regarded as one of the finest harpists in Ireland. He has also composed several pieces for the harp and his CD “Land’s End”, which includes several of his own compositions, has been widely acclaimed.
While Mr Rooney has been a regular traditional musical contributor in Áras an Úachtaráin over the last number of years it was still a great surprise to him to have been invited to accompany the president on her state visit to New Zealand. Mr Rooney was part of the traditional group Duchas which included Mr Rooney’s wife, June McCormack from Ballintogher, Ceili House presenter Kieran Hanrahan, composer and accompanist Donal Lunny and Baile Bhuirne sean-nos singer Iarla Ó Lionard. The group played at state and embassy functions as part of the cultural delegation for the Presidential trip. Mr Rooney described the trip as “once in a lifetime experience”. Once again well done to Mr Rooney and no doubt he will continue to enthral many with his music.

Careers Information Night
On Wednesday, December 5th the school is organising a Careers Information Night. This will be an opportunity for students to meet and chat to people who work in a wide variety of occupations. A letter has been sent to all parents about the event and the school is encouraging parents to help out on the night by volunteering to chat about their own professions. Any parents who would be willing to help out can contact our Guidance Counsellor, Mr Ó Slatarra.

‘Philadelphia, Here I Come!’
Leaving Cert English students attended a production of Brian Friel’s well known play, Philadelphia, Here I Come! at the Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo recently. The play was staged by the Glen’s Players and everyone who attended found it an enjoyable and worthwhile production.

Parent Teacher Meeting
Many thanks to all the parents who attended the 3rd Year Parent/Teacher meeting on Tuesday 13th November. The meeting was extremely well attended.
2nd Year Business Studies students used the Parent/Teacher meeting as an opportunity to sell their Christmas stocking fillers. Enterprise Coola sold a wide range of products from jewellery to desk tidiers. The project was undertaken as part of County Sligo Enterprise Awards.

Kick-Boxing World Champions
Congratulations to Jamies Conlon (303) and Desmond Leonard (201) who competed in the World Kick-Boxing Championships held in Portugal recently. Jamie returned with a bronze medal while Desmond won a Gold and a Bronze medal. Well done lads!

Historic Hurling Match
History was made last Wednesday the 14th of November when the school played in its first competitive hurling game. Our training only commenced a mere four weeks ago with the help of Mr. Bruen and our coach Damien Carolan.
A county blitz was held in Kevin’s Ford between ourselves, St. Mary’s Ballisadare, Summerhill and St. Attracta’s.
Our first game was against St. Mary’s which we lost by six points. However, we bounced back in the next game against Summerhill winning convincingly.
In our final game we battled hard and emerged victorious against St. Attracta’s by two points. Reporter: Daniel Gibbons

Coola Post-Primary School

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 11th October 2007

Ireland’s Youngest Pilot

Congratulations to 5th year student, Alan Wynne, on his completing his first solo flight on his 16th birthday and becoming the youngest aircraft pilot in Ireland. This is the youngest age you are legally entitled to be given full command of an aircraft and is a tremendous achievement.
Alan first became interested in flying at the age of seven or eight when he saw the cockpit of a plane while going on holidays. Later at 14, while in Croatia, he piloted a plane for the first time and knew then that he wanted to do more. Alan became a member of the Sligo Aero club and it was here that he developed he developed his flying skills. He also learnt about flying on his computer using the very popular Flight Simulator software programme.
Alan’s interest in aviation has prompted him to apply for a degree Aeronautical Engineering in the University of Limerick after completing his Leaving Certificate examination. We wish Alan all the best for the future and maybe one day soon he will pilot planes for Aer Lingus or Ryanair.

Further Education and Careers seminar

Last Wednesday, Mr O Slatarra, our Guidance Counsellor, accompanied 5th year students to the annual Further Education and Careers seminar in the Aula Maxima in the Institute of Sligo. Here students meet representatives from a wide variety of Third Level colleges including UL, Maynooth, Trinity as well as FAS, the Gardai and the Army. Post Leaving Certificate colleges were also in attendance including Sligo College of Further Education and North College of Further Education. Students felt that they broadened their knowledge on what is available to them and are now in a better position to make decisions about their future career path after school.

4th Year Music Trip to Vienna

Students from the Senior music classes travelled to Vienna last weekend to capture some of the delights of the famous city.
They visited many places of historical interest including the Hofburg Palace, the Mozart Haus and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The group also attended a concert and went ice-skating and managed to have some much needed retail therapy along the way. The group is very grateful to Ms. Gardiner for organising the trip.

History Quiz:
Congrats to 3rd Year’s Michael Byrne, Emma Cavanagh, Shauna Kelly and Tomas O’Reilly who finished second at the History Teacher’s Association table quiz in the Sligo Park Hotel recently. A second team comprising of Steve Lyons, Louise Mulligan, Michael O’Rourke and Elaine Tuohy also took part.

World Champs!

Congratulations to Liam Codd (201) and Colin Hamilton (402) who both won 2 gold medals at the Wado-Ryu Sports Karate World Championships held in Marina de Carrea in Italy recently. Both students are members of the Green Dragon Karate Club in Sligo.

Public Speaking:

Rachel Cavanagh, Carmel Gethins and Ann-Marie Kelly will take part in the BPW Association public speaking competition in the school on Wednesday 21st Nov. Please come and support. This year’s Mental Health Public speaking team is Carmel Gethin, Cian Harte, Colin Hamilton and Ann-Marie Kelly. We wish them luck in the first round at the end of November.

World Rally Championships
As most people are aware a stage of the World Rally Championships will take place in east Sligo on Friday 16th November. Due to the road closures and in the interest of safety the school will be closed for all students on this day. All teachers will take part in a school planning day in the school.

New Football Kit
The Boys Senior Team are now ‘sporting’ a new football kit thanks to the money raised from the TESCO bag-packing and through kind sponsorship from I.C.D.S. Recruitment.. Many thanks to Robert Bruen from I.C.D.S. Recruitment.

Coola Post-Primary School

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 28th September 2007

TESCO Bag Packing
Anyone who was in Tesco’s over the weekend would have seen many of our students hard at work packing bags. The bag-packing was organised by the Parent’s Association and all money raised will help finance a new football kit for the boys and a trip to Vienna for the Senior cycle music class.
We would like to thank everyone who supported our efforts and to the students and parents who helped out. Thanks again!

Student Council:
Healthy Eating – A Healthy Eating Initiative was introduced by the Student Council recently. The school shop now stocks fresh fruit and it is hoped that both yoghurts and cereal bars will be introduced over the coming weeks.

On Friday 28th September the 4th Year students were given a talk by Michael Collins, Development Officer for the President’s Award. After a very informative presentation the students are now busy planning what they will do to earn the Bronze Award. The four areas the students need to focus on are in Skill, Community, Physical and Adventure. Best of luck to everyone!!!

Senior Boys Football:
On Thursday 20th September our Senior Boys team had a comprehensive win over Ballisadare by a score-line of 3-11 to 0-4 in Collooney in a county school’s semi-final. Many Coola players impressed on the day, most notably, the captain, Sean O’Rourke at full back, together with David O’Reilly and Brian O’Connell. It was a solid all round team performance according to the manager Mr. Bruen.
The team now go on to face St. Attracta’s in the County Final on Wednesday 3rd October at 7.30 in Tourlestrane under lights. Your support would be appreciated.

Team: John McGoldrick, Colm McTiernan, Sean O’Rourke (capt.), John Craig, Jamie Conlon, Brian O’Connell, Patrick McGoldrick, David Murphy, David O’Reilly, Paul McConnell, Gerard Kelly, Nigel Hannon, Keith McGrath, Niall Clerkin, Kevin Barry.

Juvenile Boys Football:
The Juvenile team put up a spirited performance against a strong Summerhill side, boasting many County players, last Thursday, 27th September.
Having got off to a great start with two quick goals, Coola were unable to build on this lead. Summerhill began to dominate in many key areas around the field and ran out eventual winners by a scoreline of 1-18 to 3-3. Best for Coola were David Murphy (capt.), Gerard Kelly and Michael O’Rourke.
Team: Diarmuid O’Brien, Gerard Lynch, Colin Hamilton, Patrick Kelly, Kevin McGoldrick, Peter Flynn, Gary McManamon, David Murphy (capt.), Gerard Kelly, Hughie McGowan, Jamie Conlon, Tomas O’Reilly, Keith Candon, Declan Willis, Michael O’Rourke.

Coola Post-Primary School

Champion in the Classroom Notes – 13th September 2007

1st Years: The First Years returned to the school on Friday the 31st of August. Over 70 students were enrolled and they are already settling in well.

Leaving Cert Results: Congratulations to all our students who did extremely well in the Leaving Cert. The hard work and perseverance certainly paid off. The current students and staff wish them all luck in their future careers.

New Staff Members: A warm welcome is extended by everyone to the new members of staff: Ms. Bourke, Ms. Kenny, Mrs. McGarry, Ms. McNasser, Mr. Rooney, Mr. Ryan and Ms. Walpole.

Junior Cert Results: Following the example set by last year’s Leaving Certs, the 4th year students achieved some outstanding results in the Junior Cert. The students collected their results with their parents at the school last Wednesday. Congratulations to everyone concerned.

Building Work: Work on the school’s new state-of-the-art science lab was completed over the summer and the lab is now up and running. The Technical Graphics room also got a make-over and now is equipped with a full suite of new computers to reflect changes to the Leaving Cert T.G. Syllabus. A lot of electrical work was also completed throughout the school with the installation of a new intercom and fire alarm.

Pastoral Care: The school has recently introduced Class Tutors to form part of the school’s Pastoral Care Team. Every class group in the school has been assigned a teacher to act as Class Tutor. It is the tutor’s role to help and support students and to meet regularly with the Year Heads. The tutors meet with their class group at least two mornings a week.

Sport: Training of football, basketball and soccer teams has started in earnest. With many promising players to choose from at all grades, the school is hopeful of a successful season on the sports field.