It has been a successful school year so far, read our Winter Newsletter to find out what's been happening.
Well done to Caoimhe Griffin, Dylan Cuskelly and Ben Neale for placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively for the Junior Certificate Higher Level Project and also to Dylan Hensey and James Minnock for placing 1st and 2nd for their Ordinary Level Projects.
Pictured above: Matthew Murphy’s and Conor Lynch’s successful Leaving Certificate Engineering projects.
Exciting Science Week 2015 at Tullamore College
Science week took place this year from 6th to 13th November. It kicked started in the school with a very exciting “science for fun” program, organised by transition year students for local 6th class students. Experiments ranged from popping balloons to setting bubbles on fire! This annual event was one of the most successful to-date, with some great feedback coming in from the pupils who took part. Well done to the TY class.
This was followed on Tuesday by the lunch time lab where students were invited to the lab during lunch time where TY students had set up a number of different experiments. On Tuesday afternoon, TYs and 5th year science students were invited to a talk by Dr Eddie from Operation Transformation.
During lunch time on Wednesday, students took part in the Science Week Challenge where this year they had to build a structure out of straws to hold a marble. There was a fantastic turn out and the buzz could be felt when students were trying to build the perfect structure! Well done to all who got involved. The winners were 1st place: Greta Baskyte, Laragh Mc Darby and Jacob Beatty. 2nd Place: Nikita Sapovals, Tristan Berrill and Armenos Kuzmenko and 3rd Place: Tony Moran, Cian Mc Dermott, Cian O’Mahony
On Thursday, 2nd year science students took part in a workshop provided by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland where they discussed various forms of energy and carried out experiments involving different energy forms.
There was a senior science quiz held in the canteen on Wednesday morning. The winners were 1st place Dominque Wozniak, Cyan Mc Cann, Jordan Murphy and Saima Pahk, 2nd Place Emily Deverell, Amy Brown, Ava Mc Grath and Ava Bolger
That evening 3 leaving cert students, Finian Carton, Gavin Mooney and Clodagh Baker went to A.I.T. to take part in the annual I.S.T.A. quiz.
Science bingo was held on the last and final day of science week for juniors.
The first year students combined their Art and Science skills by designing science week posters themed ‘Design for the future’. The winners include, 1st prize Reignard Albano, 2nd prize michelle Gorman and 3rd prize Aoife Redmond
Visit our Science Department news page to read more about this event. (Nov 2015)
Transition Year students during Science For Fun.
Well done to our 2nd Year Laoch Award participants.
Well done to our 2nd years who scaled the heights in the Slieve Blooms today as part of their Laoch Award. Thanks to Ms. Brady, Mr Lowndes, Mr Begley and our guide Mr Mollahan for making it happen. (May 2015)
Student participates in the European Youth Parliament
Congratulations to Eileen De Sousa who is just back from the 81st International Session of the European Youth Parliament in Izmir, Turkey. Eileen was a fantastic ambassador for Tullamore College and for Ireland. The session was attended by 330 participants from 32 different countries, working together to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing Europe today. Topics ranged from dealing with Euroscepticism to Europe’s role in climate change negotiations. We are grateful to Laois and Offaly ETB for helping to fund the cost of the trip. (May 2015)
Development Education programme receives award
Tullamore College was awarded the WorldWise Global Schools Diplomatic Passport. This was in recognition for the school’s ‘established engagement in Development Education’. Ms Graham and Alana Dillon are pictured here receiving the award from Minister of State Seán Sherlock. Great credit is due to Ms. Graham for her tireless work over the last 4 years in organising the Annual Regional Development Education Day and in working with her students to raise the funds to send students on awareness raising trips to Africa. (May 2015)
T.Y. success in the “Making our Community better” category of Y.S.I.
Our T.Y. Class won the “Making our Community better” Category at Young Social Innovator’s Competition in Dublin last week. They have fundraised all year in order to build an outdoor gym for the school. The Outdoor Gym will be built next year as part of the redevelopment of the pitch. Thanks to Ms Coyne for all the hard work and enthusiasm in helping the Class make it happen. (May 2015)
Another very successful Scifest competition for Tullamore College
Scifest in Tullamore College started when we held a Scifest@School where external judges shortlisted 39 projects down to 24 to represent the school at the regional final in AIT. SciFest at AIT was the largest one yet organised by the institute and the biggest one in the country. Competition with 232 projects by 550 students from 21 schools vying for the more than 30 awards on offer in Athlone.
Tullamore College won a total of 17 prizes including Best School, with 7 of the 17 prizes been for 1st place.
Congratulation to the Ms Flynn, Ms Howlin, Ms Browne and Ms Greany and to all the students whom put in alot of work over a long period of time to make Scifest at Tullamore College such a success. Click here for more information and for a list of each of our students projects.(May 2015)
Pictured above: Tullamore College Science teachers recieving the award for the Best School at A.I.T. Scifest.
Pictured above: Saoirse Underwood with her project “Clean hearing”, which won the prestigious new prize, the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award.
Seachtain na Gaeilge – Baking Competition
Well done to all who participated in the Irish themed Baking competition as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. First place went to Saoirse Boland with her beautiful leprechaun themed cake. Well done to all our runners up, Shauna Underwood, Hannah Kelly, Clodagh Redmond, Roisin O ‘Brien and Gabija Cerkauskaite. Thanks to Ms.Graham, Ms. Doolan and Ms. Geoghegan (March 2015)
Young Economist of the Year 2015
Well done to our Junior Category Winners in the Young Economist of the Year 2015 National Finals which were recently held in NUI Maynooth.
1st Prize for Young Economist of the Year Best Video went to Tara Daly and Lydia Coyne.
1st Prize Best Presentation went to Dylan Boland, Jade McCoy and Tyler Quinn.
2nd Prize for Best Mindmap went to Tomas Griffin, Josh O’ Donoghue, James Dunne and Nathan Gragnic.
2nd Prize for Best Powerpoint went to Cian O’ Mahoney. Well done to the whole team and thanks to their teachers Ms. Griffin and Mr. Lowndes.
Click here to view each of the projects. (March 2015)
Gorta Self Help Africa Trip 2015
During the February mid-term break two of our Transition Year students travelled to Ethiopia as part of Gorta Self Help Africa. The two girls along with their Development Education teacher Ms. Graham are pictured below with students from Gohatsion Preparatory school in Ethiopia. (Februaury 2015)
2nd Year Ski-Fit Trip to the Dolomite Mountains
We our 2nd Years had the time of their lives on the Ski slopes in the Dolomite mountains in Italy. Thanks to Mr Doolan, Ms Gallagher, Ms Geoghan and especially to Mr Meehan who organised yet another brilliant trip.(February 2015)
North Leinster Champions
We are immensely proud of our Senior Football team who put in a great perfomrance to beat De La Salle, Dundalk 2-10 to 2-08 in the North leinster final. Congratulations to the team and coaches Mr. Begley and Mr. Dalton. Click here to find out about the match and the teams road to the final. (February 2015)
2014 Bazaar a big success
Well done to all the Oompa Loompas (The TY Class) for all the great teamwork before and during the Bazaar. It was a wonderful success and great fun too. A big thank you to Ms Feighery, Ms Coyne, Willy Wonka (Mr Meehan) and to all the staff who helped make it happen on the night. We are very grateful to all the parents and students who came along and to all the businesses who generously donated prizes. We were glad to see so many past pupils back to support us too. (December 2014)
Students through to national finals of Business Quiz
Congratulations to Jordan Murphy, Jack Harvey, Andrew Meehan and Paul Scally who were successfully placed 3rd in the Regional Final of the Business Studies Quiz in A.I.T. They will go on to represent Tullamore College in the National Final in L.I.T., Thurles on the 22nd of April 2015. Thanks to Ms. Griffin for mentoring the team. (December 2014)
Transition Year students to travel to Africa in February
Congratulation to Alana Dillon and Emily Deverell our two Transistion Year students who will be going to Africa in February. Pictured above is Ms Dorothy Jacob (Gorta Self Help Africa) and their Development Education teacher Ms Graham. The girls were chosen following interviews to travel to Ethiopia during midterm as part of a group of students and teachers from schools around the country. Their Development Education teacher Ms Graham will accompany them on the trip. (December 2014)
Operation Transformation 2015 Coming Soon…
Operation Transformation 2014 Video produced by Mr: Begley (December 2014)
Science Week 2014
National Science week 2014 was from the 9-16th of November. We ran a host of events throughout the week to promote “The Power of Science”. Click here to find out what took place throughout the week.
The science department held its annual “science for fun” activities where our transition year students set up experiments for 6th class students.
Photos from ‘Science for Fun’ can be found here. (November 2014)
Tullamore College Students Win Global Entrepreneurship Award
Congradulations to Lorcan O’Rourke, Emma Kirwan, Cian Fogarty, Clodagh Baker, Jack Dooley, Aoife Woodlock and their Teacher Ms Coyne who won the SAGEGlobal World Cup for young entrepreneurs.
What a magic moment for the school. We are grateful to everyone who helped along the way especially the Mams and Dads of the team members. Thanks to Noel Joyce and his colleagues from Design Hub for their advice and assistance and the Lions Club for helping with the travel costs. Special thanks to Ms Gallagher who was key in preparing the team throughout the year and during the summer holidays. Finally another huge thank you to Ms Coyne who worked tirelessly with the team and helped them secure the victory.
The competition was held in Moscow with the final taking place on Monday the 11th of August. Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship, or SAGE, is a global, non-profit organization that connects secondary school student organizations to mentors from local universities and businesses. Its mission is to advance youth entrepreneurship and community service around the world, emphasizing ethical business practices, social responsibility, civic engagement and environmental awareness.
Click here for more information on the students water conservation products and the Young Social Innovators programme in Ireland. (August 2014)
Scifest –Athlone I.T. – Best Overall School Award
Congradulations to each of the students who did so well at the Scifest Athlone I.T.competition on Wednesday the 30th of April. Well done to the Science Department and their teachers Ms. Flynn, Ms. Browne and Ms. Howlin for being awarded Best Overall School on the day.
Click here to see photos of the various awards our students won on the day.
Junior Rugby Leinster Champions 2014
We are delighted for our Junior Rugby Team who put in a magnificent team performance to beat Newpark Comprehensive to be awarded Leinster Champions. Well done to the team and their coaches Mr Magner, Mr Mollahan and Mr John Burns from Tullamore RFC.
Eileen Desousa pictured with Ms. Flynn.
Tullamore College hosted their in-house scifest@schools competition on Thursday, March 27th in the school gym. There were a total of 27 projects, 16 juniors, 8 intermediate and 4 senior. Outside Judges selected the top 19 to go through to the next round in Athlone IT on April 30th. The winning projects from each category were presented with prizes on the day. It was a huge success. Eileen Desousa (pictured above) won the senior category award for her project ‘The effect of overground and underground cables on germination’.
National Finalists of the Generation Euro Students Award 2014
Congratulations to Jennifer Coyne, Cian Fogarty, Stephen O’ Connor and David Garmszegi on reaching the National Final of the Generation Euro Students Award. Their task was to write an essay on an appropriate interest rate for the Euro Zone area.
They will represent Tullamore College on Monday 10th March 2014 in the Central Bank of Ireland, where they will present their research to a panel of experts. Well done to all involved and best of luck in the final! (March 2014)
Uganda volunteering trip 2014
Ms Fiona Graham accompanied by TY student Jack Dooley are pictured here with students from Wiggins Secondary School in Kumi, Uganda on their overseas volunteering trip with Self-Help Africa during the February midterm break. (February 2014)
SciFest 2014 launched at Tullamore College
Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock TD visited Tullamore College on the 5th of February to launch SciFest 2014.
The Minister has called on students throughout the country to put their knowledge of science to the test and enter SciFest 2014. Sponsored by SFI Discover and now in its seventh year as a national project, SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science competition where second-level students showcase science, technology, engineering and maths projects at a series of one day science fairs held regionally in the 14 Institutes of Technology and the University of Ulster, Derry.
Our students made presentations to the Minister and the assembled scientists, click here for photos from the launch.
Well done to the all the students who received their Gaisce Medals.
Recently our proud students received their Bronze and Silver Gaisce Medals. The medals were presented by Clare Manager Davey Fitzgerald. Thanks to Ms Underwood for all the work on the President’s Award, to Mr Begley for organising Davey’s attendance and to all the parents who attended. It was a very special occassion.
Congratulations to our BT Young Scientists
Congratulations to our two entries in this year’s BT Young Scientist and to their teacher Ms Howlin.
The Intermediate Team, Lorcan O’Rourke, Emma Kirwan and Gavin Mooney are pictured with Ms Howlin and their Award for the best display at the exhibition. The team designed a water leak detection system that will detect even the smallest of leaks and prevent any water loss by shutting off the pipe at the valve.
Daragh Fogarty (pictured above) was highly commended for his entry in the very competitive Senior Cemistry Section.Through chemistry experimental methods Daragh developed an accurate, reliable and quick kit to examine the Phosphorus levels of various foods, to aid renal dialysis patients. Daragh is pictured with his two younger brothers who were among the students to pay him a visit. (Jan 2014)
Best of luck to the Senior Girls Football team in the Leinster Final.
Congratulations to our Senior Girls Football team who recently beat St Mary’s Baldoyle in the Leinster Semi-Final. Well done to the team and their coaches Ms Coyne and Ms Brady. Best of luck in the Final. (January 2014)
Operation Transformation at Tullamore College
The Operation Transformation programme is running again this year. This years programme is building on the success of last years with many free classes available to parents. Click here to find out more information about these events taking place throughout Januray and February. Alternatively follow Tullamore HSCL Operation Transformation on Facebook. (January 2014)
Transition Year class achieve first aid qualification
Congratulations to the TY class for all passing their First Aid Exam following the excellent training provided by the Tullamore Order of Malta team led by Brendan Giiligan. Thanks to Ms Graham for organising the course. (January 2014)
Transition Year student Jack Dooley to travel to Uganda with Self-Help Africa.
Jack Dooley pictured with Patsy Toland (Self-Help Africa) and his teacher Ms Graham (Development Education) who will travel to Uganda as part of a group organised by Self Help Africa during the February Midterm. Congratulations to Jack on being chosen by Self-Help for this fantastic opportunity. (December 2013)
Minister for Education and Skills Mr. Ruari Quinn visits Tullamore College to Launch ConectED
The Launch of ConnectED took place in Tullamore College on Monday 13th May with the visit of the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Ruari Quinn. ConnectED is our Video – Conferencing facility which is linked up to the other Co.Offaly VEC schools in Clara, Kilcormac, Banagher and Edenderry. Our students have also been conferencing with other schools in Germany and France.
Click here to read more about ConnectED. (May 2013)
Tullamore College student Conor Lynch presents some of his wood turned products to Senator John Whelan, Ms. Beatrice Quirke Acting-Principal and Minister Ruari Quinn.
Click here to see more information about Conor Lynch Woodturning.