FINGAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE Dear Parents/Guardians, As you are aware the COVID-19 virus is a fast-moving situation and the decision to close schools has been made by the Government. The principle underlying the closure is to ensure that the most vulnerable in our communities are protected from transmission of the disease. We have been asked to work together to protect our loved ones and the wider community. We can all play our part in promoting an ethos of care for the people around us through attention to hand hygiene, social distancing and other guidance from the HSE as it emerges. We have prepared [...]
Written by Ally Narra (TY) The Transition Year Drama group and their Drama teacher Mr D. O'Loughlin showcased their play 'When They Go Low' by Natalie Mitchell on Thursday 31st January. The play focused on feminism and standing up for women's rights. The play had a great story line, 'Boys rating the Girls based on looks', along with an outstanding cast of students who took part in this annual occasion, from acting to directing to music and backstage support. The students showed great acting skills and potential. Everyone could feel the emotion coming from each one of the students on stage. Enjoying great [...]
Written by Cassandra Carey (3rd year Sonas) As a part of Wellbeing Week, our teachers and other staff members organised a culture day as a way to celebrate and understand the many different counties and cultures that so many of our students originate from. The countries involved in culture day were Poland, Latvia, Ireland, Nigeria, Croatia, Angola, Ghana, Brazil, Germany, Romania, Spain, Lithuania, Russia, Philippians, Scotland and South Africa. The students who participated in the event were asked to make a cuisine native to their country. For example, the Polish table made ‘Chrusty’, which is fried pastry covered in powdered sugar; [...]
On Tuesday 25th September, 40 of our female students in 3rd year attended 'Exercise Energize' multi-sports day. This fantastic event was held in the National Indoor Athletics Arena, with the aim of targeting teenage girls and motivating them to keep up sport and exercise. Our lucky ladies had the opportunity to try sports such as Gymnastics, High Jump, Long Jump, Circuits, Javelin, Running and Zumba! Thank you to Ms. Hennelly and Ms. Mahony for organising this initiative.
Once again our annual SciFest competition was a resounding success! You can view photos of some of the projects submitted on our Facebook page! Below you can access a comprehensive list of all of our project winners and their categories. Some of our winners will represent Fingal CC at the SciFest competition in IT Dublin and some in DCU. This is an unbelievable opportunity to showcase their #STEM skills on a larger scale. Fingal CC SciFest Awards 2018 We also had the pleasure of hosting Joshua, Raquel, and Jennifer from USC Rossier School of Education in California who wished to see [...]
If you thought for one second that our TY programme had eased up as we approach the end of the year, then you are in for a surprise! TYs are as busy as ever! As you may have seen on our Facebook page, our TYs are currently undertaking a Creative Engagement project to create a beautiful outdoor reading space adjacent to the school library. The students are working so hard and we can't wait to show you the final result! On Wednesday 18th both TY classes welcomed speakers from Sonairte, a sustainable living centre in Laytown as part of their Environmental [...]
On Friday 23rd March we held our annual Spraoi Rith (Fun Run) with an Easter dress-up theme. The 5k run/walk was organized by TY students, the PE Department (Mr. Moore, Ms. Hennelly & Ms. Mahony) and the Sports Council. 1st years students were assigned to TY students and accompanied by 13 teachers and SNAs on the trek past the estuary towards Malahide Rugby Club and back to the school again. Along the way members of the Sports Council were stationed at important junctions to ensure the safety of students and staff along the route and crossing roads. Once back in the school, [...]
On Wednesday 21st Match, as part of Wellbeing Week, Fingal CC hosted a World Heritage Event in the school hall. This event, organized by Ms. Rooney on behalf of the Wellbeing Committee, saw students celebrate and promote their identity and culture within Fingal CC. Students were invited to apply for a 'stall in the hall' to promote their heritage. The students who took part displayed national flags, photographs, and phrases in their native languages, as well as objects from their country such as money (Swiss Francs), passports, dolls (Russia) and books (Germany). Many cultural delicacies were on offer, from 'crisp sambos' [...]
On Wednesday 21st, Wellbeing Week 2018 kicked off with students receiving colourful wristbands with the indicators of Wellbeing under the new Junior Cycle: Resilient, Connected, Respected, Active, Aware and Responsible. On the same day, students also took part in a World Heritage Event (see individual post) to reinforce the indicators of Connected and Respected, as well as celebrating the culturally rich student population in Fingal CC. Teachers were not forgotten during Wellbeing Week as Wednesday was the first day of our Teacher's Step Challenge (see Spraoi Rith post for the winner!) while our local Thunders Bakery on Swords Main Street supplied some [...]
As we finish up for our February midterm break, it is always good to look back at all of the fantastic trips, activities and initiatives that have happened in the school this term. Our Facebook page (@FingalCC2017) and our Twitter page (@FingalCC) are the first port of call for all of your up to date news and photos. Healthy Eating Week - 18th January saw the launch of Healthy Eating Week throughout the school with motivational posters, home workouts, healthy swaps and sugar investigations posted around the corridors. Students took part in extra sports activities such as Zumba as well as [...]
On Friday February 9th Fingal CC took part in the Schools Go Orange day for Cycle Against Suicide. The Student council, along with Mr. McCabe, greeted students with orange facepaint, tshirts, flags, balloons and lollipops. Fingal CC is very proud to be a Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador School three years running! The message from the Cycle Against Suicide campaign is "It's ok not to be ok, and it's absolutely ok to ask for help!".
On Wednesday 29th November, Fingal CC faced Ringsend College in our second debate of the League Phase of the Concern Debates competition. The motion before the house was "For women to access leadership positions, gender quotas must be implemented". Fingal CC was the opposing team for this motion. The students making up our team on the night were Rhys Mahony (Captain), Cristina Ibusca, Sandra Preissler and Eve Mongey. Rhys and Cristina are permanent members of our Concern debate team and we were delighted to welcome Eve on board following her stellar performance in the IT Carlow debate. Special mention to Sandra [...]
On Thursday 16th November three of our students Rhys Mahony (5th year), Patrick Ferris (5th Year) and Eve Mongey (TY) travelled to participate in the IT Carlow Open Day Debating Competition. This one day competition, in conjunction with their Open Day event, was sponsored by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and promised a cash prize of 500euro for the winner and 250euro for the runner-up. The debate competition was organised by the IT Carlow Department of the Built Environment and as such, the motions for debate were construction-focused. In the Preliminary Round, there were 3 rooms with 8 teams in [...]
Our Green Schools committee is a very active group within Fingal CC led by Ms. Arthurs and Ms. Memery. The students are currently working on earning the second flag which is the Energy Flag. As part of working towards achieving this second flag, Green Schools are promoting steps that can be taken to reduce energy consumption as well as raising awareness of climate change issues. Green Schools is a community-wide approach to stewardship of the planet, and as such there are lots of small steps students and parents can take to reduce energy consumption in the home. Take a look! Switch [...]