First Year Students at Ennis Community College pictured with their Make-A-Book certificates at a recent presentation. Also pictured are College Principal Mr John Cooke, Regional Coordinator of the Junior Certificate Schools Programme Mr Mick O'Riordan, and class teacher Ms Lisa O'Brien.

First Year students at Ennis Community College proudly presented their Make-A-Book efforts to the staff and students of the school recently.

The annual Make-A-Book project is part of the Junior Certificate Schools Programme national literacy awareness and encouragement initiative. This year the students of Ennis Community College created a concept based around the Bronze Age Gold hoard found in Mooghaun.

The book tells the story of a navvy named Flan Considine, who was working on the West Clare Railway who came across a cave. When he explored it further, he discovered a huge gold hoard.

The students created their book by using a variety of artistic techniques and put in a huge effort with their teacher Ms Lisa O’Brien. Students were presented with certificates to mark their accomplishments by Regional Coordinator of JCSP, Mr Mick O’Riordan, school principal Mr John Cooke and Ms Vivienne Grogan, the Programme Coordinator at the school. The First Year head Ms Kathleen Tuohy told the students of her pride at seeing the work and complemented them on their efforts.

The students welcomed the opportunity to express their creativity in such a cross curricular manner and the school is looking forward to more similar successful projects in the future.

The French Theatre Company visits Ennis Community College

Pictured with members of The French Theatre Company on a recent visit to Ennis are Radek McKuna of Ennis Community College, Sadhbh Ní Ógáin and Caitlin Nic Chonmara from Gaelcholáiste an Chláir.

Seachtain na Gaeilge got underway this week at Gaelcholáiste an Chláir and Ennis Community College as the schools organised a range of events to celebrate the Irish language and heritage.
The events included céilithe and table quizzes, and a special Maidin Ghaelach on Monday, when Second Year Community College students on the Junior Certificate Schools Programme prepared an Irish Breakfast for their year group.  Students enjoyed the traditional culinary delights associated with Ireland such as, ispiní,  sliciní bagún, uibheacha agus maróg. The students were encouraged to speak their cúpla focal while enjoying the event.  A similar event takes place on Friday for first year students.
On Thursday, first year students of Ennis Community College paid a visit to Coláiste Cholmcille, a secondary school in Indreabhán in the Galway Gaeltacht.  It is hoped that this visit will lead to future correspondence and joint activities between the two schools.
Of course, every week is Seachtain na Gaeilge at Gaelcholáiste an Chláir, but the school sees it as a great opportunity to let their Gaeilge shine.  The highlight of the Gaelcholáiste programme is a talent competition for Gaelcholáistí from all over Munster.  ‘Seó Tallainne na Mumhan’ will be held in Glór on Thursday 14 March at 1pm, hosted by Pádraig Ó Sé from Raidio na Gaeltachta and TG4.

Ennis Community College past pupil Kate O'Neill receives an award for success in examinations from the Engineering Technology Teachers AssociationKate O’Neill, who did her Leaving Certificate at Ennis Community College in 2012, was one of a number of students honoured by the Engineering Technology Teachers Association (ETTA) for achieving exceptional standards in state exams. Ms O’Neill is pictured receiving her award from Dr Hugh Henry, Director of Innovation at Bord na Móna and Mr William Rowan, Chairman of ETTA, at the awards ceremony in the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry.

Ms O’Neill is a graduate of the Deaf Unit at Ennis Community College.

The HEAR (Higher Educational Access Route) Scheme is an admissions scheme for school leavers facing social and economic challenges in accessing college.

The Unit for the last couple of years have employed a member of the Deaf community to help out in the Unit. We are proud to say that Adrian Rynne has helped our students greatly and he continues to be a role model for our students. Adrian has been nominated for The Ireland Involved Award. All the staff and students wish him the best for the future. Please follow the link below to support Adrian.