While the hugely successful musical “Does your mother know?” has been the focus of attention for many in recent weeks, work has continued in other spheres at Colaiste Dun Iascaigh.
The recent science week was marked by a number of events in the Coláiste. Second year science students visited Merck Sharpe and Dohme where they were given a tour of the processing plant and a virtual lab and also viewed a presentation. The theme of the trip was “Chemistry for life” and all found it both informative and enjoyable. Sixth year Biology, Agricultural Science and Social & Scientific students visited the Teagasc Research Centre at Moorepark, Fermoy. The tour of the farm and labs covered many aspects of the curricula of these Leaving Cert subjects. Fifth and sixth year physics students attended a Careers in Physics talk in Waterford I.T. Speakers from industry and education described their application of physics in their working day. First and second year students attended “Mad Scientist” shows in the Coláiste, the first yearear show based on the theme of fire, while the second year show was based on energy.
The members of the Coláiste Debating Society have this year chosen to focus on the Munster Schools Debating Championship, held in UCC. Last year the debaters reached the National quarter-finals of the Concern competition, but the UCC-hosted competition is a debate in the Oxford style with teams of two proposing and opposing the motion. Point of information are also allowed, and successful use of and dealing with such points is a very important skill needed to progress in these debates. Qualifying rounds were held recently in UCC, featuring four teams proposing and four teams opposing the motion. The first two teams along with two other individual speakers would qualify for the quarter-finals. The first topic for debate was “Cosmetic surgery should be allowed for reasons of medical necessity only.” Glen Keane and Sophie Rohrssen performed admirably against teams from Glenstal, Regina Mundi Cork, Sacred Heart Clonakilty, Presentation Brothers Cork and Scoil Mhuire, but taking the plaudits on the night were the Coláiste’s other team of Dean Buckley and Maria Doverman. They emerged as clear and outright victors, with Scoil Mhuire Cork qualifying in second place. Two days later the Coláiste was represented by Kenneth Conlon and Jacqueline Ní Fhógartaigh, and Kate Scanlan and Edel Linehan. Along with six other teams they debated the motion “That extra-curricular activities should count for points in the Leaving Cert.” Kate Scanlan and Edel Linehan came through a tough competition to qualify for the quarter-final. They will be joined by the Coláiste’s other speakers on the night, who qualified as individual speakers. The debaters are now preparing for those quarter-finals, to be held in UCC on December 13 and 14.
The Coláiste’s Justice Group is made up of students who have volunteered to give their time to help others. This year the Justice Group are focusing their energy on fundraising for the local Day Care Centre in Cahir. The Justice Group and the Coláiste with to promote care for the local area and community; justice firmly begins at home. To date they have raised €802.86 through a sponsored school fast, and intend holding a number of other fundraising events over the coming months.
The Student Council are also focusing their efforts on those in the local community in their drive to help the St. Vincent de Paul Food appeal. Students throughout the college are being asked to help by bringing non-perishable items to the collection areas. Set food items have been allocated to each year group, and it is hoped that a sizable collection will be completed this week for the local St. Vincent de Paul group.
On the sporting front the Coláiste girls footballers have enjoyed a very successful few weeks. Defeat of Loreto Fermoy was followed by an emphatic win over St. Mary’s Mallow and a third victory over Dingle and ensures that the Coláiste will take their place in the Munster final. This is the Coláiste’s first year competing at “A” level, following on last year’s All-Ireland success in the “B” category.