Mar 2

Jude Meaney

Reporter:

Jude Meaney

ST. NESSAN’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEWS: We are a group of Transition Year students from St. Nessan’s Community College who are participating in the F1 in schools challenge. We are delighted to see our hard work in research and preparation for our project plan has paid off as 2 teams from the school have successfully qualified for the Regional Finals Stage of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by Irish Computer Society. The Regional finals are being held in the University of Limerick. This is the ninth year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership Discover Science & Engineering. F1 in Schools is a national competition; open to all secondary schools, to design and manufacture a 25mm long compressed air-powered F1 racing cars. Student teams compete against each other in Regional and National Championships to determine the best-engineered and fastest car in Ireland. The winning car will be judged on design, speed and the school team’s full project presentation.

ST. NESSAN’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEWS: We are a group of Transition Year students from St. Nessan’s Community College who are participating in the F1 in schools challenge. We are delighted to see our hard work in research and preparation for our project plan has paid off as 2 teams from the school have successfully qualified for the Regional Finals Stage of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by Irish Computer Society. The Regional finals are being held in the University of Limerick. This is the ninth year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership Discover Science & Engineering. F1 in Schools is a national competition; open to all secondary schools, to design and manufacture a 25mm long compressed air-powered F1 racing cars. Student teams compete against each other in Regional and National Championships to determine the best-engineered and fastest car in Ireland. The winning car will be judged on design, speed and the school team’s full project presentation.

This is the third year that the school has been involved in the competition and have enjoyed great success so far. In 2010, Team Cheetah won “Best Website” at the National Finals and last year Team Mustang won first prize in the “Marketing and Communication” category. The school has also achieved prizes at Regional level for best use of ICT. This year we have already added to this success by qualifying 2 teams for the Regional finals and we hope to add to it further by winning more prizes at the Regional and National Finals.

The two teams are: Blazzin’ Bullets (Leah O’Brien, Aoife O’Carroll, Lisa Daly, Anna Sommerer, Bobbi-Marie O’Callaghan). After Shock (Erin Sheehan, Leanne Roche, Dervela Ryan, Naomi Mitchell Kelly). Marketing and Communication Manager of Blazzin’ Bullets Leah O’Brien describes the work the team has put in so far to get to this stage in the competition: “We are very happy to have qualified for the Regional Finals. We have put hours of hard work into all aspects of this project. We feel very privileged to represent our school and city in a positive way in this competition.”

The Qualifying Stage consisted of a five plan on how each team intended to create their 25cm balsa wood Formula One™ car by showing our research, proposed budgets, designs etc. Team Manager of AfterShock Dervela Ryan explains why she thinks that they not only deserve to get through to the National Finals but why they deserve to win also: “We have taken a lot of interest in this competition and are very proud to have made it to the Regional Finals. Being our first year in the competition we didn’t know much about it in the start but have learned lots of stuff about F1. We would love to get through to the National; Finals and if we won it would be a great accomplishment for our school and ourselves.”

We would also like to acknowledge our sponsors Modular Automation who have supported us for the last two years, the Food Court, Limerick, Cantec and Moyross Community Enterprise Centre who have generously sponsored us this year. We appreciate all our generous sponsors. The F1 in Schools National Finals will take place in April 2013. Visitwww.F1inSchools.ie for more information on the Challenge, and for further team information, please contact: Leah O’Brien or Erin Sheehan Marketing and Communicational Managers for both teams or Mr. Donal Doody – Co-Operating Teacher. You can contact us at: F1nessans@gmail.com or Tel: 061 452422.

All our 1st Years are busy getting ready for “Make A Book” 2013 Competition, which will begin in Dublin in March and go to Cork in April. This is a great competition to incorporate Literacy and Numeracy into classes and also offers huge possibilities for involving a number of subjects in making the ‘books’. Students work on their strengths, their interests to come up with a book for the exhibition. All the students are involved in many different ways story, content, illustration, photographs, calligraphy, covers or coming up with good ideas for constructing it. 1DA and 1DN have already begun their project on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas-watch this space! The primary audience for the books will be the school and the wider community and this year we plan to showcase all ‘books’ in the library and create a school exhibition for all our students and parents.

Over 60 Students from St. Nessan’s Community College have been awarded with Certificates in Computing from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). QQI was established as a new integrated agency replacing FETAC, HETAC and the NQAI. All Certificates previously awarded by FETAC will now be awarded by QQI. QQI gives pupils the opportunity to gain recognition for learning in education or training centres, in the work place and in the community. The certificates granted were for successful completion of the following courses: Computer Literacy (Level 3) and Information Technology Skills (Level 4). The pupils scored high, with many receiving a distinction and others achieving a merit or a pass. These qualifications are recognisable standards of learning and will help pupils to build skills which they will need to go onto further education and for the work place. Congratulations and well done to all pupils involved.

The St. Nessan’s hurling players took part in a blitz and training day recently, in the University of Limerick. The coaching was provided by numerous Limerick hurlers, both past and present, including Noel Hartigan, Gary Kirby and James Ryan. The young players were put through their paces early on with intensive drills, focused on developing their skills and then got the chance to put these skills to the test in the afternoon against Castletroy Comprehensive and Cresent Comprehensive, who gave the boys one hell of a challenge!

A great day was had by all from the moment Jason Murray entertained us with his rapping ability on the bus to Jack Walters’ disappointment with his performance against a first year student. Thanks to all those who attended the blitz and well done on the effort and enthusiasm shown on the day.

St. Nessan’s finished off their final group game in the u17’s North Munster Cup in style with a resounding win against Shannon Comprehensive to top the group with maximum points, from the three games. Nessan’s scored with their first attack of the game and that set the tone for the afternoon as Nessan’s bombarded the Shannon Comp’s goal; Michael Guerin even scoring a goal from the halfway line. Shannon Comp changed their keeper as Nessan’s raced into a 3 - 0 lead, but that didn’t top the onslaught as Nessan’s scored another 3 goals before the halftime, with Cian Killeen getting on the score sheet. Daniel McInerney scored the perfect hat trick, in what also could be the fastest hat trick ever scored by a Nessan’s player - scoring 3 goals in under 3minutes; 2minutes 38 seconds to be exact. The pick of the bunch was a bullet header from the edge of the box, after a delightful cross from Jonathon Woodland, who caused all sorts of problems for Shannon Comp throughout the game. Nessan’s continued where they left off after the break, with Ross Bowen adding to his scoring streak this season. Shannon Comp pulled one back, but Nessan’s replied immediately when Michael Guerin curled a smashing free kick around the wall, with the Shannon Comp keeper having no chance to save. The result means Nessan’s now go into the semi-final against the runners up of group 2 on the other side of the draw.

U17’s team: Michael O’Donoghue, Cian Killeen, Dylan Considine, Michael Guerin, Jason O’Callaghan, Michael Bennett, Jonathon Roche, James Cleary (Capt), Daniel McInerney, Ross Bowen, Jonathon Woodland, Jack Walters, Eric McNamara, Chris Kaya, Stephen Hannon and Anthony McInerney. Coach: Mr. O’ Connor

WATER & WASTE MANAGEMENT AWARENESS WORKSHOP: Moyross Residents Forum invite you to a Water and Waste Management Awareness Workshop on Tuesday, March 19 from 10am to 11am. There will be information on how to save and cut down on Packaging and tips on water conservation.

LIMERICK DIOCESE PRESENTING “THE WITNESS: Limerick Diocese is presenting The Witness, a powerful and moving musical about the life, death and resurrection of Christ, as told through the eyes of Peter - The Witness.

Produced by Fr. Terry Loughran, this “must see show” is for all the family and takes place in the magnificent new Lime Tree Theatre in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Friday March 8 and Saturday, March 9. Tickets are just €15 and are currently on sale from the Lime Tree Box Office - telephone 061 774 774.