Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn students presented with awards for significant contribution to their class and school
students with an environment that allows them to reach their potential in whatever area that might be. Through the promotion of skills such as problem solving, critical analysis and reasoning, we aim to prepare our students for life, in the education system and in the wider world.
As well as the development of the Irish language, we in Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn also try to promote our national heritage of music and dance. We have many very talented musicians and dancers in the school and the traditional music group has grown and developed in recent years. We hope, as restrictions may be eased, to allow these students to perform in Ceolchoirm na Nollag (Christmas concert) to showcase their talents.
At the end of each academic year, several awards are presented in Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn to students who the staff believe have made a significant contribution to their class and to the school during that year. It is often the cause of much debate as numerous students are always considered for each award.
As well as the award of Scoláire na Bliana (Student of the Year), we also recognise those who promote the Irish language, those who show an extra commitment to their work, those who play a part in school activities and those who have overcome barriers or obstacles to excel, not alone in their academic work, but also in their personal achievements.
In recent years, we have also awarded the STEM student of the year – a senior student who excels across the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This award has been kindly sponsored by Boston Scientific and has allowed the school to further promote all the areas of STEM. Previous winners of the STEM award have gone on to study Dentistry, Financial Maths, Physics and Science.
The Leaving Certificate class of 2021 also recently received the results of their examinations and/or accredited grades. Despite all the challenges that the students faced over the past 2 years, they achieved outstanding results. It is a testament to their hard work and the dedication and commitment of the teachers in Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn, that the students were able to succeed as they did. 4.8% of the class gained between 600 and 624 points, compared to a national average of 3.4% while 23.8% of our students earned between 500 and 599 points, compared to a national average of 20.9%. The students will take up college places in courses such as Radiography, Home Economics teaching with Irish, Science, Veterinary Nursing, Architecture, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering, Culinary Arts, Government, Politics & Law.
Another student has secured a place in an Apprenticeship in Instrumentation in Holland. This is a diverse set of choices which highlights the range of career choices that is supported in Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn. All the staff of Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn were delighted in their achievements and wish them all the best in their future career paths.
At the end of August, Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn welcomed a cohort of new students as the 1st year class joined the school community. The students come from Gaelscoil Chluain Meala and Gaelscoil Carraig na Siúire as well as Powerstown NS and Ballymacarbry NS. It is a natural progression for some students to continue their education through the medium of Irish, but every year we take in students from English speaking primary schools also. These students are to be highly complimented for making such a decision. However, the immersion education that they experience allows them to develop their use of Irish across all their subjects and become very much at home with the language.
The 1st year class of 2021 took part in an induction programme this year where they experienced activities as a group outside of the classroom setting. They cycled the Blueway, met the animals of the Reptile Zoo from Kilkenny and took part in activities in the Castlecomer Discovery park. This programme allowed all the students to know each other and enabled them to settle into their new surroundings very quickly.
Transition Year is a compulsory year for all students in Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn. This year, due to the higher numbers in the group, there are 2 TY classes in the school. This allows the school to provide many opportunities to the students in a wide range of subjects such as QQI Qualifications in Nutrition and Art, a Preparing for Work qualification in conjunction with the Health & Safety Authority and certification in LIFT training – a programme that helps develop leadership in second level students. These are but a small number of new opportunities that the TY students will meet during the year. However, it is also important that they maintain a good work level in the core subjects of Gaeilge, English and Maths during the year. To start the year, the TY students have just returned from Coláiste Uisce in Co. Mayo – an activity centre that runs all its activities through the medium of Irish. The memories that the students create during these 3 days remain with them for life and many still recall those days long after leaving the school.
Many subjects have blossomed in Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn in recent years. Junior Cycle has allowed more students to diversify and try out subjects that may not be available to them elsewhere. For example, many of the boys in the school are studying Home Economics – learning skills that will serve them very well in their future lives. We have a large number of girls taking the T4 subjects of Engineering, Technical Graphics, Applied Technology and Construction. These choices have always been available to the students of Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn and students have always achieved highly across these disciplines.
As a school, Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn has a unique niche in the education setting in Clonmel. Not only does the teaching of subjects through the medium of Irish set us apart, but the achievements of our past pupils have established the school as a real school of choice for many. It is a testament to the school that a number of our past pupils have come back in their teacher training year, and some have remained on as members of staff.
If you would like to consider sending your son or daughter to Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn, why not give the school a call on 052-6126269 and we can meet you and show you around. As the old Irish proverb goes “Ní neart go cur le chéile”– we are all stronger together. Staff and students in Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn work together to create a strong community of learners with knowledge and skills that will help them prepare for their future careers and many other aspects of their lives.