Davitt College http://davittcollege.com A dynamic and vibrant centre of teaching and learning Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:28:24 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Davitt College Graduates Celebrate Success As They Begin University http://davittcollege.com/?p=15306 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:25:11 +0000 http://davittcollege.com/?p=15306 A number of Leaving Certificate students of 2016 at Davitt College, Castlebar dropped in to their school recently to say goodbye and thank teachers and staff for their six years of post-primary education. These young men and women are embarking on Third Level courses in universities and training colleges throughout Ireland for the academic year 2016/2017. They are spreading their wings to all four provinces of Ireland – from Trinity College Dublin to University College Cork to N.U.I. Galway to the Aberystwyth University, Wales.

“There is definitely a trend towards the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) this year,” said Bernie Rowland, Davitt College principal. “We offer all four science subjects at Senior Level, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Agricultural Science.” “There has been a steady increase in the uptake of these subjects over the past two/three years and this is evident when you consider the degree programmes students are choosing at Third Level,” she said.

Leaving Certificate students of 2016 at Davitt College, Castlebar. Pictured (from Left) Liam Laffey (B. Sc. in Animal Science, Aberystwyth University, Wales); Molly Rowland (B. Sc. in Science, UCD); Nasmul Uddin (B. Eng. in Biomedical Engineering, DCU); Hannah Duffy (B. A. in Applied Languages, University of Limerick); Claire McDonagh (B. A. in Product Design, I.T. Carlow); Laura O’Donnell (Disability Studies in Early Childcare and Education, Castlebar College of Further Education); Allanah Morris (Bachelor of Music, NUI Maynooth); Ms. Bernie Rowland, Principal, Davitt College;  Norah Conlon (Bachelor of Commerce, UCD); Aoife Brody (B. A. in Early Childhood Care, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick); Amy Gibbons (Bachelor of Business, GMIT); Jade Murphy (B. Sc. in Biomedical Science, NUI Galway); Laura Brody (B. Sc. in Genetics & Cell Biology, DCU); Ellen Murphy (Bachelor of Science, Trinity College Dublin); Ms. Bernie Lennon, Career Guidance Teacher.

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Excellent Results for Davitt College Students in Junior Certificate http://davittcollege.com/?p=14457 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:54:58 +0000 http://davittcollege.com/?p=14457 It was screams of excitement and delight following the Junior Certificate results at Davitt College, Castlebar on Wednesday 9th September 2015. Results were excellent with the vast majority achieving honours in all subjects. “I am delighted with all of our students’ excellent results in the Junior Certificate,” said Ms. Bernie Rowland, Davitt College Principal. “Our students worked very hard throughout the three years leading up to the Junior Certificate Examination and today they reap the rewards of that hard work. It is a wonderful day and we are very proud of each and every one of them. A special word of thanks to all of their dedicated teachers and supportive parents who, collectively, helped today happen,” she said. Clearly a very happy principal as well!

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BUSINESS AWARDS http://davittcollege.com/?p=6290 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 09:38:11 +0000 http://davittcollege.com/?p=6290 Davitt College students were celebrating further academic success this week when they were presented with certificates of achievement from NUI Galway based on their Junior Certificate results. The students recorded an ‘A’ in their Higher Level Business Studies Examination 2014, and were among a group of 250 students from throughout Connacht to receive awards. The presentations, in association with the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI), were made at a special ceremony at the university, to which teachers and parents were invited.

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Davitt College, Castlebar Students are Exceptional Mathematicians! http://davittcollege.com/?p=1682 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:29:52 +0000 http://davittcollege.com/?p=1682 ]]> Congratulations to Davitt College students (from left) Holly Logan, Fintan Murphy and Una Parkinson who were recently selected by the Department of Education and Skills to compete in the Annual International Mathematics Contest, Kangourou sans Frontières (KSF) International.   The Davitt College students were chosen based on the their exceptional Mathematics results in the Junior Certificate Examination.

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Award Winning Irish Poet Visits Davitt College http://davittcollege.com/?p=1656 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:37:23 +0000 http://davittcollege.com/?p=1656 When the ...]]> In January 2014 Davitt College Fifth Year students were honoured with a visit from Award-Winning Irish poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.  It is broadly acknowledged that her poems open many doors to multiple worlds “with dense, captivating sound and a certain magic that proves not only to be believable but necessary, in fact, to our understanding of the world around us”.  Having studied her poetry earlier in the academic year the students found this experience very educational and rewarding.

When the students encountered her prescribed work initially they were captivated by the thematic insights it provided on issues of a personal, mythical and universal nature. Acknowledging that Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s work is best known for its mysterious imagery and enigmatic layers of interpretation, the English Department in Davitt College sought to demystify her work for the students by arranging such a visit. Having the poet visit the school and provide insights into her work was something that will benefit the students greatly as they prepare for their Leaving Certificate Examination in 2015.

Upon her visit to the school, Eiléan highlighted the importance of the arts within society, as she spoke about the power and influence literature, in all its forms, can have on the lives of individuals. She welcomed questions and discussion from the students about her life and how it related to the various themes and issues within her work, as well as providing profound insights into each of the poems on the Leaving Certificate course. The students found that the experience was both invigorating and inspirational as she provided a very personal and relatable approach to this section of their Leaving Certificate English course. It was an experience they thoroughly enjoyed and one that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most significant poets and the staff and students of Davitt College were privileged to have her as a guest.

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Davitt College, Castlebar Girls Honoured for Junior Certificate Business Marks http://davittcollege.com/?p=1648 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:29:55 +0000 http://davittcollege.com/?p=1648 Davitt College girls were celebrating further academic success this week when they were presented with certificates of achievement from NUI Galway based on their Junior Certificate results. The girls recorded an A in their honours Business Studies Examination 2013, and were among a group of 250 students from throughout Connacht to receive the honour. The presentations, in association with the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI), were made at a special ceremony at the university, to which teachers and parents were invited. Pictured at the ceremony were: Back row (from left): Ms. Bernie Rowland, Principal, Davitt College; Dr. Kieran Conboy, NUI Galway; Ms. Michelle Britton and Ms. Joan Walsh, Business Studies Teachers. Front row (from left): Norah Conlon, Shannon Mangan, Niamh O’Reilly and Amy Vahey. Missing from photo, Davitt College student Helen Murphy

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Davitt College Students receive special commendation At BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition http://davittcollege.com/?p=1645 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:27:32 +0000 http://davittcollege.com/?p=1645 ]]> Mr. Michael Ring, T.D., congratulating Davitt College, Castlebar students Cillian Scott and Nathan Dean on their BT Young Scientist project ‘Technology Opens Doors’ at the 2014 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in the R.D.S., Dublin. The students’ received a special commendation in the Technology Intermediate Group Category. Their project involved the design and construction of a USB Key that can lock and unlock doors.

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DAVITT COLLEGE Says “Good Morning Baltimore”! http://davittcollege.com/?p=1515 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:40:12 +0000 http://davittcollege.com/?p=1515 Davitt College’s long running history of school musicals was upheld this year with the performance of one of its most successful shows, Good Morning Baltimore! The school hall relived the glory of the 60’s with four sold out shows, and was very warmly received by those lucky enough to witness it. The Transition Year Musical in Davitt College is a wonderful example of teamwork and collaboration between staff and students. Musical Director Eamonn Mulderrig paid homage to the wonderful tradition of school musicals in Davitt College for over twenty years and he is delighted that this production has enriched this tradition. He also highlighted the importance of Music and Theatre as a powerful vehicle of self expression in the lives of young people. It can be safely said that the cast and production team responded in an extremely positive manner to this challenge, making this one of the best productions ever witnessed in the school. Congratulations to all; especially Producer and Choreographer Vivienne Moran for the vibrant and energetic dancing, Director Fiona Murtagh for her outstanding stage direction and Orchestra Conductor Phil Duffy who had the musicians and singers hitting all the right notes.

From the backdrops, props, costumes, lighting, music, singing, acting and dancing this musical was a sheer joy to witness. It was a spellbinding, enchanting performance which had the audience smiling from ear to ear. The cast were rewarded with a rousing standing ovation at the finale. Davitt College is extremely proud of all students involved and looks forward to next year’s show!

Davitt College would also like to sincerely thank all of the local businesses who sponsored the musical. Without their generosity and support, the school would not have been able to stage such a fantastic show.

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Davitt College, Castlebar Transition Year student All-Ireland Home-Cook Hero Finalist http://davittcollege.com/?p=1481 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:44:32 +0000 http://davittcollege.com/?p=1481 Three finalists were selected for each of the ten varied categories from thousands of entries for their unique, tasty and creative recipes. Davitt College student Maria was chosen to compete in the La Scala ...]]> Run by Ireland’s number one food magazine, The Easy Food Magazine, the Home-Cook Hero Awards is a National Cookery Competition open to all ages. The competition is in its third year, having grown in popularity with 2013 being the most contested and popular year to date.

Three finalists were selected for each of the ten varied categories from thousands of entries for their unique, tasty and creative recipes. Davitt College student Maria was chosen to compete in the La Scala category. Finalist Maria competed against two adult cooks, a previous winner of that category and a food blogger.

Maria travelled to Dublin on Saturday November 9th to take part in a cook off final at Cooks Academy Cookery School, where each person cooked their dish for the competition judges. Judging this year’s competition were renowned celebrity chefs Kevin Dundon, Dunbrody Country House and Cookery School and Catherine Fulvio, Ballyknocken House and Cookery School, and Gina Miltiadou, Managing Director of Zahra.

TV3 cameras were there to capture every moment of the Awards Ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel and to record the skills of the finalists. Hosted by TV3 star Martin King, The Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards TV Show will air on TV3 on Saturday, 16th November 2013.

Davitt College Home Economics student, Maria is keen to pursue a career in Culinary Arts after finishing school, and will complete her Transition Year work experience module with TV Chef Nevin Maguire in Mac Nean House in Co Cavan. Speaking about the competition Maria said, “I was very excited to be chosen to compete in this National Competition, the standard was very high and it was great to see other contestants interpretations of their dishes. It was also great to work with chefs Kevin Dundon and Catherine Fulvio. The competition gave me great experience and was a fantastic opportunity.”

This competition marks the second success for Davitt College Home Economics Department in the last number of months. Last year Davitt College student Laura Ivers was the overall winner of the Sligo Connacht Gold Cookery Competition.

Over the last number of years Home Economics in Davitt College has become increasingly popular with both boys and girls. There has been a notable increase in the number of students taking Higher Level in both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate Home Economics. In 2013, 100% of Junior Certificate students took the Higher Level Home Economics paper, with their results far exceeding the national average.

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Davitt College Student Receives All-Ireland Third-Level Scholarship http://davittcollege.com/?p=1478 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:42:52 +0000 http://davittcollege.com/?p=1478 A total of 125 students from Ireland north and south were presented with the scholarships. ...]]> Hannah McEllin, Davitt College, Castlebar, was honoured recently when she received a 2013 All Ireland Third Level Scholarship for her high achievement in her Leaving Certificate Examination. The awards ceremony took place at University of Limerick, where Michael Noonan, T.D., Minister for Finance was present together with Mr. J.P. McManus, sponsor of the scholarships. Guest of Honour was Mr. Michael O’Leary, C.E.O. of Ryanair.

A total of 125 students from Ireland north and south were presented with the scholarships. The scheme, now in its sixth year, provides financial assistance to high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate or A Levels in 2013. J.P. McManus has contributed €32 million to fund the provision of these scholarships each year and it is estimated that over 1,300 students from the 32 counties will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The awards are administered by the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Education in Northern Ireland.

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