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CCM School News 18-11-22

CCM School News 18-11-22
Stand Up Week 2022 today opened on Monday, 14 November, with the school decked out with a new flag outside, a banner celebrating the week and the canteen looking fabulous! There was a real buzz around the school with students discussing equality legislation in CSPE and creating incredible inclusive pieces in artwork. The big event for the day was the lunch table quiz. Students joined up with others to fight it out for the elusive title of Stand Up Quiz champions (and chocolate bars!) It was a spicy finish with a tie between the top two teams and it came down to a deciding question! The winners, in the end, were a victorious Liam Phelan, Caitlin O'Connor, Sophia Doyle and Jill Corrigan from 3rd Year. Runners up and very disappointed were Laura Fitzgerald, Katie Russell, Ailbhe Kelly and Caitlin Power from TY.
Tuesday saw students watching a short film by an LGBT+ producer in tutor time and discussing inclusion versus bullying in SPHE. Students were also able to come together for a cinema lunch, where they started watching 'The Prom', a film chosen by the SASS student committee themselves for the week.
On Wednesday, as a reward for the students' dedication to inclusion and diversity, the members of the SASS Student Committee were treated to a trip to play a round of bowling. In the end, Katie Russell was victorious, closely followed by Sophia Doyle. The overall winning team was Caitlin O'Connor, Liam Phelan, Jill Corrigan, Stephen Sutton, Sophia Doyle and Ms Hosp.
On the penultimate day of Stand Up Week, the SASS committee organised a bake sale to raise funds for Belong To. Belong To is a charity we have partnered with to deliver training to all our staff on supporting LGBTQ+ young people and who also work directly with the young people themselves. Our students were baking away and used their business acumen to bring in €144.25 for Belong To.
The week reached its finale with Rainbow Day where students dressed in the colours of the rainbow, according to their year group and contributed a €2 donation which will also go towards Belong To. Finally, students met again today for cinema club to continue with 'The Prom'.
Well done to the SASS Committee for hosting a great event. It was a busy week but an enjoyable one and one which, once again, engaged the entire school community.
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To kick off Science Week in CCM, our Sixth Year Biology classes travelled to Dublin Zoo to complete their Ecology Fieldwork Study as part of their Leaving Certificate course on Monday, 14 November. Students investigated a Grassland Habitat in the Phoenix Park, identifying a wide range of flora and fauna as well as determining a range of ecological factors that impact the habitat. After their studies, they had the opportunity to visit the animals in Dublin Zoo and see the Wild Lights set up. Well done to all involved!

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Our Sixth year senior scientist team attended the regional ISTA Senior Science Quiz in Gorey Community School on Thursday, 17 November. The team placed fifth overall out of 12 teams, scoring 23 points, 3 behind the winners, and narrowly missing out on prize money by one point! Well done on a solid performance!

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Two teachers and eight students visited the school on Tuesday and Wednesday, 16 and 17 November, from our Erasmus+ partner school in Vänersborg in Sweden. They were visiting as part of a project comparing the lifestyles of young people in different countries. The students took part in Transition Year classes; learning about our curriculum, how the school is organised and what it is like to be a student in our school. The visiting teachers had a parallel programme where they learned about the Irish education system, the curriculum we provide and the types of teaching, learning and assessment activities offered in our school. They were very impressed with the wide range of subjects and experiences available including Yoga, Animation, Enterprise and European Studies. Their school also offers a very innovative curriculum and the teachers felt that they could implement several of the practices witnessed in CCM.