Important Meeting for the Parents of First and Second Year Students

An important meeting for all parents of First and Second Year parents/guardians will be held in Coláiste na hInse next week. The talk will be held on both Monday and Tuesday evening, from 7.30-8.30pm, to give greater opportunity for people to attend one of the evenings. Representatives from all homes are urged to attend.

The talk will centre around the Junior Cycle curriculum that has been introduced, as well as addressing rising anti-social issues in the area. 

More information on the talk is available here.

Erin Englishby King Wins Second Prize in Robert Ballagh Art Competition

Congratulations to Idirbliain student Erin King Englishby who finished second in the Robert Ballagh Art Competition. CNI has a fantastic tradition in the competition, with students winning it on two occasions and placing well most years. This is an outstanding achievement from Erin, a young student who has received a number of awards for her art in recent years.

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Ten Year Anniversary Gala Dinner

Thank you to all those that supported the event last Friday. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our successes over the past 10 years. LMETB Chief Executive Martin O’Brien spoke in particular about the relationships in CNI and the impact that has on the students and the community. Peter Kierans, former CE of LMETB, spoke about the setting up of the school and mentioned the first teachers, parents and daltai to take the leap of faith and work in a start-up school. Inion McCarrick spoke about the relationships also and the community and clan that has been built up in CNI. Our wonderful current and past pupils sang and played wonderful music on the night. 

The Parents’ Association presented the school with a piece of art by Julie Crone which will be on display soon. The formal part of the night finished with Aaron Finnegan who won an Irish Times Hennessy Literary Awards 2018 and wrote a piece about his experience in school. It was a thoughtful and still thought-provoking piece about his experience of CNI. 

Finally, the night ended with lots of chat with past pupils, some of whom are qualified nurses, personal trainers, student teachers… and much, much more! 

CNI Gala Night

IB Dáltaí Visit Midlands Prison

IB dáltaí visited the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise over two days. It was a hugely informative and enjoyable experience as they were led by the governor of the prison through each part of the prison, including the cells, corridors, school, exercise facilities, visitors’ rooms and the control centre. Students also observed prison guards in riot training and had the opportunity to try on the helmets and hold the shields. It was a fascinating insight into life in Ireland’s biggest prison. 

Hockey Team Draw with Loreto Beaufort

Our hockey team were very unlucky not to beat Loreto Beaufort. Despite dominating the game, Loreto held out for a 0-0 draw.