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CCM School News 25-11-22

CCM School News 25-11-22
The Junior Certificate Results were finally issued to students on Wednesday, 23 November. Well done to all who received results after what proved to be a challenging three years of school life. The students' results are a testament to their hard work and resilience, qualities that will stand to these students as they continue their senior cycle journey in CCM.
CCM College Awareness Week took place in the school from 21 to 25 November, during which the Guidance department, led by Ms Doyle and Ms Geoghegan, hosted a range of activities to raise awareness of third-level education in Ireland and abroad. Each day, all students watched a video presentation identifying the relevant teachers they can speak with in CCM, if they are thinking about applying to certain colleges or certain courses. To support this, teachers shared relevant information about their own study paths, including the colleges they attended, with students. At various points around the school, posters and banners promoting college awareness were on display and the 'Careers Wall' provided a wealth of information for students.
Last week our First year students had a visit from the National Reptile Zoo to wrap up Science Week 2022 when all students attended a workshop on Monday and Tuesday, 21 & 22 November. Students saw a variety of different reptiles from boa constrictors and milk snakes to snap turtles and bearded dragon lizards. The students learned about the animals' habitat and diet and how they are adapted to survive in the wild.
TY students enjoyed an informative talk on Monday afternoon, 21 November, from Sea Synergy Marine Awareness Research and Activity Centre based in Waterville, County Kerry. This was organised by Stephen in the Library and the Guidance Department as part of College Awareness Week. Natasha Howard presented on marine life and plants that are found in our oceans, students learned of the various career opportunities within marine biology such as Marine Biotech, Aquaculture, Environmental Biology and Toxicology, Marine Animal Research and Marine Mammal Observation. The takeaway message for students was the importance of living a more sustainable life in order to protect our oceans along with the vast array of career opportunities that exist within the marine biology sector.
On Monday, 21 November, TY students were involved in the first of four talks from Jim Kirwan on behalf of Self Help Africa. He discussed sustainable food production and facilitated a discussion about the definition of sustainable food, and the link between climate change and sustainable food production which started a lively debate on farming. Students were asked to find the countries of origins for some basic produce like sugar and apples which could be grown in Ireland but are imported instead. It was a most engaging talk, and we are looking forward to the next three talks from Jim.
On Tuesday, 22 November, Transition Year students went to see ‘The Cloud Spotter’ by Michael J. Harnett at The Clasac in Clontarf. The play created awareness for dementia as it centred around a grandmother in her seventies becoming increasingly forgetful with the added challenge of rearing Thomas, her wayward grandson. Students thoroughly enjoyed how this play explored the rawness of life and how, at the core, was the deeply felt love between a grandmother and her grandson. At the end of the play, there was a question-and-answer session where a representative from The Alzheimer Society of Ireland answered any questions that students had. The event proved to be helpful and educational for all.
On Wednesday, 23 November, ten members of the Student Council attended Comhairle na nÓg Youth Summit in the Parkview Hotel Newtownmountkennedy. The event was attended by many Student Council bodies representing schools throughout Co. Wicklow. Mr. Tommy Ansley, Cathaoirleach of Comhairle na nÓg, welcomed all students and opened proceedings. Students took part in moving debates and group work as well as interactive quizzes as they explored and debated on topics such as drugs, climate change, vaping, public transport, pollution, discrimination, mental health and the cost of living. Students enjoyed the day immensely and look forward to bringing their newfound knowledge back to the Student Council body at our next meeting.
Councillor Mary Kavanagh visited a Third year CSPE class on Wednesday, 23 November. Students hosted a mock election and Mary showed them the correct way to fill up a ballot paper to avoid having a spoiled vote. They learned how to count the votes properly and also had a mock referendum and learned how to fill in a referendum ballot paper. Everyone enjoyed the visit very much and are grateful to Councillor Kavanagh for taking time out of her busy day to visit our class.
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Congratulations and very well done to First year student, Emma Banks who placed first in the Interschools Secondary 90s Show Jumping competition and third in Dressage at Marlton Equestrian on Saturday, 19 November.