Idirbliain Trip to Glendalough

The entire Idirbliain year group travelled with their caomhnóirí and réaltóir to Glendalough in Co. Wicklow for a bonding day at the beginning of October. On a cloudy, drizzly day, the dáltaí completed the 12km Spinc trail. Beginning with the seemingly, neverending uphill climb by the Poulanass Waterfall, everyone enjoyed the reward of the spectacular views of the lake before we passed through the Miner’s Village on our return to the Visitor Centre. Despite the difficult conditions and steep ascents, every dálta completed the hike and felt a sense of satisfaction in spite of their weary bones.

IB Dlta Completed a 12km hike at Glendalough

Dáltaí Attend Claire Byrne Live in RTÉ 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐨𝐬

Twenty dáltaí attended a live recording of Claire Byrne Live in RTÉ Studios in Donnybrook in October. The dáltaí were absorbed by debates regarding homelessness and whether Ireland should boycott the Eurovision in Israel next year. Afterwards, dáltaí met the host Claire Byrne and had a tour of the studio before returning home.

CNI Dlta with Claire Byrne at RT Studios

CNI Parents' Association Quiz in Reddan's on Friday Night at 8pm

The CNI Parents' Association is pleased to invite parents and friends of the Coláiste to join us in Reddan's on Friday for the annual table quiz. It is always a fun night, and it is the first fundraiser of the year. It costs €20 for a table of four, and begins at 8pm. All are welcome!

National Success in Debating for Debating Team

It's an exciting start to the debating year for the Coláiste's debaters. With wins in the qualifying rounds of the UCD Junior Schools Competition and the Leinster Senior Schools Debating Competition hosted by Trintiy College and UCD, our juniors and seniors are off to a flying success. However, it was the qualifying round of the largest competition in the country that saw the Coláiste already bring home some silverware! At the second preliminary round of the Junior Debating National Mace competition in Loreto St. Stephen's Green it was a clean sweep for the Coláiste. From 120 speakers, the Coláiste had the top two speakers in the competition, Aoife Forkin (1st) and Laragh Phillips (2nd), the best speaker in the final (Laragh Phillips) and the best first year in the competition (Sean Corr). With only private schools otherwise ranked in the top ten, it really was an incredible achievement. There's a hectic November ahead, we can't wait for the new challenges!

Junior National Mace Debating Winner Best Speaker in Final at Junior Debating National Mace

Activities Club For First Year Girls Proving a Huge Success

A recent Ladies GAA and Lidl Ireland study found that 50% of our 14 year old girls give up sports, most during their first year at secondary school. To combat that the Coláiste has launched an activities club for first year girls after school every Friday. Attendance up as far as midterm is mandatory and so far the students have tackled games, multi sports and two weeks of dance with former dalta Amy Brennan. We hope that we can 'buck the trend' and keep our daltaí fully involved in sport as lifelong participants. Thank you to the teachers who have given up their free time to support this wonderful initiative!

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