Every student matters, every moment counts - Athlone Community College - PROSPECTUS

Every student matters, every moment counts - Athlone Community College - PROSPECTUS
Athlone         Coláiste
         Community       Átha Luain

Every student matters,
every moment counts
Every student matters, every moment counts - Athlone Community College - PROSPECTUS
Eileen Donohue         Chris Forde           Pauline Fadden         Deirdre Whitlow       Gráinne Macken
                                 Principal              Deputy Principal      Deputy Principal       Deputy Principal      Acting Deputy Principal

         Welcome to
         Athlone Community College
         I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your child to Athlone Community College.

         Here at Athlone Community College we foster community               and flourish within our community. Your child has full access
         values. Our school is a place where everyone belongs and            to an inclusive, diverse and challenging curriculum, taught
         positive relationships between staff, students and parents          by highly qualified and outstanding teachers. We expect all
         are highly valued.                                                  students to strive for excellence in their academic studies.
                                                                             Students are provided with a wealth of opportunities to
         Reopening our doors at the start of this school year was one of     challenge themselves, their classmates and indeed to
         our most treasured moments to date. We took considerable            extend their knowledge and understanding
         steps to ensure that a full and safe return to school was
         achieved for all of our students. The health and safety of          We offer a progressive and diverse academic curriculum as
         all within our school community is always of paramount              well as an extensive range of extra-curricular activities, which
         importance. Our students are the heartbeat of our school and        promote the holistic development of our students.
         ensuring their wellbeing is something we take huge pride in.
                                                                             Every effort is made to ease the transition from Primary to
         We understand how important the choice of post-primary              Post Primary School for all students and we have put in place
         school is for you and your child. Choosing the next pathway         extra measures this year given the unsettling global crisis we
         in your child’s educational journey is a cornerstone in a           are all living through.
         young person’s development. As a parent, I understand fully
         the apprehension you may feel as your child begins their            As Principal, all I want is for our students to succeed and
         preparations for this new exciting chapter in their lives. We are   find joy in all that they do. We understand how important the
         fully committed to supporting you and your child in making          choice of secondary school is for parents and children as you
         this choice. Not only is this a new chapter in your child’s life    open the first page of this new chapter, we are here to offer
         but it is also a new chapter in yours.                              every support you need.

         Our community values of respect, kindness and care                  Our community cares for all.
         underpin every aspect of teaching, learning and guidance
         offered in this school. This foundation, built on respectful        Eileen Donohoe
         relationships, provides the fertile soil for all students to grow   Principal.

         Our community cares for all.

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Our School,
Our Community
Here at Athlone Community College we foster community
values. It is a place where everyone belongs. We believe
co-education is the best way to prepare girls and boys for
the world in which they will live. We inspire learning in an
environment that reflects real-world communities and
workplaces, setting students up to thrive and succeed
beyond our walls.

By learning in a co-education environment, boys and girls cultivate
mutual respect, understanding and support for one another.
Students realise and appreciate their own individual value as well
as each other’s. Girls and boys embrace leadership positions across
all areas of learning, providing all students with strong female and
male role models.

Our students develop strength and independence and emerge
as balanced, well-rounded individuals. Become a part of our
community, we work better when we work together!

By learning in a co-education
environment, boys and girls
cultivate mutual respect,
understanding, and support
for one another.

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                                 Why choose
                                 Athlone Community College can offer the following
                                 to your child:

                                    A state of the art educational facility with a
                                    long-standing tradition and culture of success,
                                    achievement and excellence.

                                    High expectations of all students in their academic,
                                    sporting or cultural endeavours.

                                    Outstanding success in Junior Certificate and
                                    Leaving Certificate results.

                                    A vibrant, enthusiastic and dedicated teaching staff

                                    A welcoming and friendly environment for pupils.
         Our zero tolerance
                                    We promise that each student who passes
         approach to bullying       through our doors is valued and recognised for
         is outlined in our         their individual contribution to our close-knit
         Anti-Bullying Policy.
                                    Our zero tolerance approach to bullying is outlined
                                    in our Anti-Bullying Policy.

                                    A strong sense of community within the school.

                                    Excellent pastoral care and support systems.

                                    We offer a book rental scheme

                                    We operate a peer mentoring system.

                                    We have Class Tutors, Assistant Yearheads,
                                    Yearheads, the Pastoral Care and Learning
                                    Support Team, Co-Teaching Teams and a student
                                    council body of representatives.

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ir s t Y e a r s T h in k !
What Our F
                                                                    I am really enjoying 1st year in           “I was nervous about
                                                                    Athlone Community College,                 starting 1st year and
                                               e to                 especially my choice subjects              anxious that I wouldn’t
          “I am very glad that I chose to com                        - Tech Graph, Business and
                         I feel happ y and relax ed                                                            make friends but when
          ACC beca   use
                                                                     French. I had never done any of           I got here everyone
          here. My teachers along with the                           them before in primary school.                                                I
                                             have                                                              was so nice and friendly to me!
          Principal and Deputy Principals                                       I am glad I decided to               y enjo y stud ying Eng lish and
                                               d                                                               reall
           made us all feel safe and protecte                                                                                                          e
                                                                                come to ACC.                    French as the teachers teach thes
           during the Covid-19 situation. I have                                                                                                    I am
                                              don’t                                                             subjects in a fun and fresh way.
           made lots of friends and I really
                                               ”                                                                really looking forward to reading
           mind coming to school every day.                                        Hazel Donegan
                                                                                                                more novels in English! I really
                                                                                                                enjoy studying science because
          Sean Brogan                                                                                           conduct fun experiments! I am
                                                                                                                                                    E. ”
                                                            “The first year                                      looking forward to cycling in P.
                                                            experience so far has
               “There are lots of activities                been wonderful. I have                               Donnacha Lee
              for everyone. I was super                     met many wonderful
              happy when I saw we had so                     friends on the first day.
              many choices, I signed up for                  You will meet amazing
              sports, orchestra and choir”                   friends for life here. ”
                                                                                                                “I am so glad I
         Aoife Walsh                                       Regan Hoh                                            chose to come to
                                                                                                                the Community
                                                                       “The facilities are, with no             College, the minute I arrived I
  “When I started I was
                                                                       exaggeration, state-of-the-art”           felt welcome and I’m sure the
  overwhelmed, the
                                                                                                                 other first years would agree all
  amount of students, the
                                                                                                                 of the teachers were very kind
  diversity, height, race,                                             Óisin Mulvihill
                                                                                                                 and I knew I had chosen the right
  culture. But I have to say,
                                                                                                                  place. I have made loads of new
  Athlone Community College
  is an amazing school! Even
                                                        “The teachers here are kind
  though we are all different, I                                                                                             Sadhbh Kilcommons
                                                        and helpful. I like learning
  feel like we are one”
                                                        Spanish and enjoy going
                Elvis Kwarteng
                                                        down to the Science labs.”

                                                                                                                               “I found school
                                                        Ruairí Dolan
             “I really enjoy studying                                                                                          on the first day,
             science because we conduct                   “It’s really nice to have                                            but I soon settled
             fun experiments! I am looking               the option to go outside                                              down and I am now
             forward to going to the                     and walk around, it’s                                         comfortable coming in each
             Science Club at lunchtime.”                 also so nice to have a                                        day. I have made a lot of
                                                         new person teaching                                           new friends.”
        Nathan Furey                                      you every 40 minutes, having                                                 Aoibhe Gill
                                                          different classes has also given
                                                          me an opportunity to broaden my
                                                          friendship group”
  “I was very nervous when                                                                                                 “My time in ACC has been very
  I started school because                                                                                                 enjoyable so far. Everyone
                                                           Hayley Berrigan
  I was afraid that I would                                                                                                 is kind and helpful and we
  not make friends. I came                                                                                                 get lots of support from our
   from a very small primary                          “I love secondary school                                  teachers, Year-Head, students and
   school and I was worried                           and I have really enjoyed                                 to help us settle in. I chOse to com
   that everyone else would have                      starting this new stage in                                to this school because when I visite
   their friends with them already.                   my life. There are so many                                during the Open Day last year, I felt
                                                       fun and interesting subjects                                               was warm  and  carin g and I
    Thankfully everyone was friendly                                                       as it
                                                                                                                 atmo   sphe   re
    and I made so many friends in no                   to choose. I love art in particular                       am glad to say that I still find it this
                                                                                           artists                                                           is
    time, being from a small primary                   involves learning about famous                            It is a large and busy place but there
    school wasn’t a problem. I love all                and getting creative with fun proje                       lots of fun to   be had here  too.”
    my subjects too and my favourite
                                        is              I have also loved making new ”
                                                                                                                       Leah Bernadette Naughton
    woodwork because we make our
     own projects. ”                            Caoimhe Scullion

                                                                                                                             excited about coming
               Abraham Quaye                                                               At first, I was both nervous and
                                                                                                                     happ y to come in each day. I
                                                                                           to school, but now I am
                                                                                                                               ng a variety of teachers.
                                                                                           particularly like Spanish and havi

                                                                                                             Damien Devaney

  Mentors Message
  “I participate in the mentoring programme here at school. The programme began with a training day; it gave us better
  understanding of what exactly was involved in mentoring and what is expected of us. We learned about the ways we can be
  most helpful to the first years. We find out their interests and what they need help with and get to know as many first years as
  we can! Over the past few weeks, I have helped my first year with their timetable, finding classes and organising their locker.
  Being part of this programme is extremely rewarding.” Jennifer Cummins Fifth Year                                                                         page 5
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National Schools
         represented                                                                                       Aimee Garvey
                                                                                      Jake Flynn
                                                                                      Cornafulla NS        Ballyforan NS

                                                                                       Maebh Noone         Vidhur Dandu
                                  Jacob Hickey            Abby O’Callaghan                                 Cornamaddy NS
         Amy McGuinness                                   Scoil na gCeithre Maistri    Cloonakilla NS
         St. Ciaran’s Baylin NS   Kilcleagh NS

                                                                                        Teigan Gethins     Cillian Donlon
          Adrien LeDebrve         Bridget Donohoe Dunne    Alexa Moran                                     Coosan NS
                                                           Brideswell NS                Lecarrow NS
          An Grianan NS           Roxboro NS
          Mount Temple

                                                                                         Jack Reddy          Efezino Akwenuke
                                    Leah Naughten           Sanam Singh Chandi                               St Peters NS
           Aoife Minnock                                    Summerhill NS                Curraghboy NS
           Ballybay NS              Ardkeenan NS

                                                                                          Eoghan Mulry        James Nicholson
                                     Éabha Wheatley          Gary Ng                                          Lismoil NS
            Caoimhe Lennon                                   Clonbonny NS                 Ballintleva NS
            Tubberclare NS           Athlone Mixed NS

                                                                                                               Áine Reilly
                                                              Grace Killian                Peter Oliyide       St Ronan’s
              Liam O’Rourke           Igor Idzikowski                                      Dean Kelly NS
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              Drumraney NS            St. Marys NS
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We have so much to offer your
                                  son or daughter.

                                an ultra-modern building
Athlone Community College has
that consists of:
                                  mistry, Physics, Biology,
   Six Science Labs: Dedicated Che
                                  l Science.
   General Science and Agricultura

   Two Art/Craft Studios

   Two Home Economics Rooms

   Four Computer Studies Rooms
                                 nstruction Studies Rooms
    Three Materials Technology/Co
                                chnology Rooms
    Two Metalwork/Engineering/Te

    Two Language Labs

    Music Room and Dance Room


    Lecture Room

    Fitness Suite

     Sports Hall

     Multimedia Learning Laboratory
                                 n and Communications
     Two Technical Graphics/Desig
     Graphics Rooms

     Mediation Room

We offer huge space for students
to work, rest and play.

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Subject choices

           Junior Certificate Subjects
           CORE SUBJECTS
           English | Gaeilge | Mathematics | Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish)
           Science | History | Geography | Computer Studies (Coding) | Wellbeing | Physical Education

           Business Studies | Home Economics | Music | Art, Craft and Design | Technical Graphics.
           Materials Technology (Woodwork) | Materials Technology (Metalwork)

           We also offer short courses:
           Wellbeing: Social, Personal Health Education (SPHE) | Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE)

         This unique one-year programme promotes the personal, social, educational and vocational development of
         students. It prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society.


           Leaving Certificate Subjects
           CORE SUBJECTS
           English | Gaeilge | Mathematics | Physical Education | Wellbeing.

           Spanish | French | German | Music | Art | Home Economics (S & S) | History | Geography | Accounting
           Business | Economics | Physics | Biology | Chemistry | Agricultural Science | Applied Mathematics
           Architectural Technology | Design and Communications Graphics | Engineering Technology



         Our school is proud to have been chosen by the National Council for Curriculum and
         Assessment to commence a review of the Senior Cycle Programme.

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The John Hooper Medal
for Statistics Award

        BT Young Scientist Music Maestro by Ruairí Lyons,                           Smart Electric Fence by Irene Finnerty, Aoibhe Lennon &
        Pranay Goel and Shane Whyte.                                                Aoife O’Neill. Smart Electric Fence was the National Winner
                                                                                    of the ESB Networks National Safety Challenge.

        STEM and STEAM
        Education in the STEM subjects is clearly embedded in the curriculum of Athlone Community College and
        involves a cross disciplinary approach.

                                                               STEM focuses on scientific concepts whereas STEAM
          The STEM subjects:                                   investigates the same problems through inquiry and problem
                                                               based learning methods used in the creative process.
          Science | Technology | Engineering | Applied Maths
                                                               Participation in the STEAM subject’s enables students to
                                                               be independent, resourceful learners as they hone their
          STEAM = STEM + The Arts:                             enquiry based learning skills which are essential for living
                                                               and working in today’s world. We regularly collaborate with
          Humanities | Language Arts | Dance | Drama | Music   Ericsson and our local Institute of Technology where our
          Vsual Arts | Design | New Media                      students learn to code and flourish in an environment that
                                                               supports the growth of STEM.

                                                               Take a look at some of the ways we participate in STEAM.
                                                               What would you like to become involved in?

                                                                                   Athlone Community College teacher
                                                                                   Ms. Meighan Duffy, Chairperson of the
                                                                                   Applied Mathematics Association Ireland

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          Sport at our College plays an integral role in helping to develop our young men and women to flourish in an
          active and competitive environment.

            We have a wide selection of sports available to all:
            Archery | Athletics | Basketball | Equestrian | Gaelic Football | Golf | Hurling (Boys) | Hockey (Girls)
            Pitch And Putt | Rowing | Rugby | Sailing | Soccer | Swimming | Table Tennis | Tennis

          Our students thrive on sport and boast a wealth of awards and medals.
          They promote sport here at Athlone Community College by honouring
          its values of honesty, commitment, humility, resilience and above all
          teamwork. We are very proud of our recent successes; look at a selection
          of our achievements below!

                                                                                                           Connacht Sailing Winners 2017

                                                      League winners 2018-2019                            Futsal Westmeath Champions 2019 (Boys)
           Connacht Rugby Junior Cup and Junior Rugby

            Connacht Schools Hockey Champions                                Futsal Westmeath Champions 2019 (Girls)
            Cahill Cup Senior Winners 2019

                                                                                                           Hockey Sweetman Shield Winners 2019
                                                         rs and All-Ireland Runners-up
              FAI Schools Leinster Senior Girls Cup Winne

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Zara Mae Kurt Elli represented
                                                                Hockey Coach Rosemary                     Ireland in European Touch
                                                                ‘Gudgie’ Moran with Allie and             Rugby 2019
 Hockey Halliday League Junior Winners 2019                     Robyn Heatherington

                                                                                                                        Relay Champions 2019
                                                                                                   Senior Connacht Boys

Connacht Rugby Cup Winners                      Leinster Junior Girls Gaelic Winners 2018

                                                                                                   Sports Recognition
                                                                                                      Girls Senior Soccer Panel
                                                                                                      FAI Schools Leinster Cup
                                                                                                      Champions & All-Ireland
                                                                                                      Runners up 2019
                                                                                                      Aimee O’Connor (Ladies Gaelic
                                                                                                      Football) Roscommon Minor
                                                                                                      Gaelic Capt. & Member of
                                               rs 2019
     Junior Boys Rugby Development League Winne                                                       Leinster Inter-provincial Squad
                                                                                                      Tommy Coogan (Basketball)
                                                                                                      U17 Irish Basketball International
                                                                                                      Girl’s Junior & Senior Hockey
                                                                                                      Panels Connacht – Cahill Cup
                                                                                                      Champions & Halliday Cup
                                                                                                      Champions 2019
                                                                                                      Allie & Robyn Heatherington
                                                                                                      (Hockey) Connacht U17 Hockey
                                                                                                      Squad members.
                                                                                                      Tori Farrell (Rugby) Connacht
                                                                                                      15 side Rugby   Squad
                                                       U19 Boys Basketball Midlands
                                                                                                      Faith Oviawe   (Rugby 7’s)

Leinster Junior Girls Soccer Winners 2019              Final Winners 2019                             Member of the Connacht
                                                                                                      Rugby 7’s Squad
                                                                                                      Junior Boys Rugby Squad
                                                                                                      Connacht League & Cup
                                                                                                      Winners, Oisin Dolan, Jim
                                                                                                      Connolly, Alban Ceipi, Paidi
                                                                                                      O’ Leochain (Rugby) Connacht
                                                                                                      Development Squads.
                                                                                                      Ben Graf (Sailing) Selected to
                                                                                                      represent Ireland at European
                                                                                                      Oliwia Smilaek (Water Polo)
Aimee O’Connor has successfully been awarded      Cameron Brill, 6th year student and member of       Member of Irish Women’s
a Sports Scholarship for NUI Maynooth for her     our Student Council has just recently became        Water Polo Team
outstanding sporting prowess                      a member of the IRFU Youth Council in Ireland.
                                                                                                      Darragh Fitzgerald (Swimming)
                                                  Cameron captains our rugby team here in
                                                  school and is one of the youngest members the       Connacht Schools Swimming                page 11
                                                  IRFU has on this council.                           Champion
Musicals and
          Lip Sync Battles
          Athlone Community College has a long tradition of staging vibrant musicals, which afford our
          students an opportunity to display their talents and give the public an opportunity to view first class
          productions. We regularly sell out the Dean Crowe Theatre four nights in a row!

          Our school has also worked in conjunction with Lip Sync Battle Ireland and together with the Radisson Hotel,
          we put on an epic night of entertainment that our students will talk about for years to come!

          The 2020 TY Show, ‘A Night at the Oscars’ will be staged virtually in December.

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Music and
                                                 the Arts
                                                 We ensure that students have the freedom to embrace their
                                                 creativity. From musicals to fashion shows and dance classes,
                                                 students are provided with a wide range of performing arts
                                                 opportunities. Athlone Community College is participating in
                                                 the Music Generation Programme.

                                                 Our school is a melodic buzz of musical creativity. Inside the classroom,
                                                 the music syllabus inspires creativity and music appreciation through
                                                 listening, creating and performing. This is supported by opportunities
                                                 to learning new musical instruments, engage in new music technology
                                                 and try our many related extra-curricular activities:

                                                        Junior Choir

                                                       Lunchtime Music Club

                                                       Athlone Community College Orchestra

                                                       Traditional Irish Music Group

                                                       Lunchtime Concerts

                                                       Freestyle-Rap Battles

                                                       Songwriting Workshops

                                                 The benefits of taking part in music activities are vast, and we encourage
                                                 our students to participate and take as many opportunities to shine as
                                                 possible. Could you be our next star?
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Leaving Cert poet Paul Durcan recites his           Gael Linn Debating Champions
famous work to our Senior Cycle students

                                                    Soroptimist winners 2018              Concern Debating Team 2019

                                                     Public Speaking
                                                     and Debating
                                                     We are the premier school in the country in debating, having
                                                     won 3 All-Ireland Concern Debating titles, Public Speaking
                                                     All-Ireland titles, Soroptimist titles, Gael Linn national titles,
                                                     NUIG Debating titles and various other Debating and Public
                                                     Speaking titles.

                                                     All first year students have an opportunity to participate in
                                                     Debating and Public Speaking and represent the school in
                                                     English, Irish, French, German and Spanish.

                                                     To enrich their educational experience, students are
                                                     encouraged to engage in pursuits that stretch the mind.

                                            Athlone Community College All-Ireland
                                            Concern Debating Team

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Transition Year
                                                                                 Transition Year in our school provides students
                                                                                 with the opportunity to:

                                                                                    Create and moderate a TY website
          Transition Year encourages the development of a wide
                                                                                    Partake in Junk Kouture,
          range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem
          solving skills and competencies within a well-defined                     Hone business skills: Young Entrepreneur
          academic structure.                                                       Competition

          For instant updates, check out our TY website. See what our students      Participate in One Good Idea Science
          have taken part in so far this year! www.athloneccty.weebly.com           Competition, Irish Angus Beef Schools
                                                                                    Competition, BT Young Scientist, Sci-Fest
                                                                                    and the Young Environmentalist Award.

                                                                                    Volunteer with charitable organisations

                                                                                    Gain work experience in a field of their

                                                                                    Participate in Gaisce, the Presidents Award.

                                                                                    Take a trip to the Special Criminal Court.

                                                                                    Become competent in ICT by creating
                                                                                    videos and interactive presentations.

                        Midlands NISO Quiz Winners. 3 years in a row.
                        Suzie Gavin, Sneha Chippa and Noa Moric.

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Extra-Curricular                                                                Clubs and Societies
                                                                                A large number of our clubs and

Activities                                                                      societies are peer-led by TY students
                                                                                with teacher guidance. We encourage
                                                                                all our first year students to join a club
                                                                                when we hold our Clubs and Societies
                                                                                Registration day:

                                                                                   Maths Club

                                                                                   Film Club

                                                                                   Computer Club

                                                                                   Drama Society

                                                                                   Traditional Music Society

We encourage our students to get involved in a variety of extra –                  Arts and Crafts Club
curricular pursuits to complement their academic studies. Such                     Board Games Club
activities are very important in fostering friendships across year
groups. We become a stronger community when we work together!                      Photography Club

                                                                                   Table Tennis Club
Our students are encouraged to respect and value the world around them.            Debating Society
Students in our college have been involved in numerous activities relating to
social awareness and have won many awards because of these endeavours.             Pitch and Putt & Golf Club

                                                                                   Well-being Club

                                                                                   Badminton Club

                                                                                   Club Gaeilge

                                                                                   Homework Club

                                                                                   Maths and Science Olympiad

                                                                                   National Quizzes in
                                                                                   Maths and Languages
                                                                                   Graduate.ie Citizen and
The Simon Community | ASPCA | Trocaire | Concern                                   Democracy Programme
- to name but a few!
                                                                                   Green Schools Committee
                                                                                   Supervised Evening Study
The Green Schools Flag Competition | Gaisce Awards
Amber Flag (Anti-Bullying) Award | Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage,                    Young Entrepreneurs

Concern Debating Competition | Global Passport Award                               Creative Writing Club
CPR Training | Well-being Workshops | Trocaire Fundraisers,                        Orchestra
Stand-Up Week | Community Coaching | CMRF
                                                                                    Free-style Rap Club

                                                                                    Politics Club

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Where are
      they now
                A selection of the Leaving
                Certificate Class of 2020                                      ?                         Aaron Maloney
                                                                                                                                          Adam Cummins
                                                                                                                                          Computer Science, UCD
                                                                                                                                          Naughton & Ericsson Applicant

                                                                                                            Caoimhe Galvin                    Cianna Meehan
                                                          Aoibhinn McKnight      Breena Breheny                                               Maths & Computer
    Ailbhe McManus             Amy Nestor                                        Architecture,              Athletics Therapy Training,
                               Law,                       Vetinerary Medicine                               DCU                               Science Education,
    Primary Teaching,                                     Warsaw University of   TU Dublin
                               TU Dublin                                                                                                      NUIG
    St. Pats                                              Life Sciences

                                                                                                             Daniel Guinan                     Daniel Quinn
                                                           Conor Henry            Daniel Adeleye
                                Colleen McManus                                                              Creative Media &                  Engineering,
     Ciara Gately                                          Wildlife Biology,      Business Information
                                Science Education,                                                           Interaction Design, UL            UCC
     Early Childhood Care                                  IT Tralee              Systems, GMIT
     and Education,             DCU
     Mary Immaculate College

                                                                                                               Fearghus Lennon                  Jasmine Maloney
                                                            Erika Reid             Eve Conway                                                   General Nursing,
      Darragh O’Brien            Dylan Keegan                                      English Literature          PE & Maths Education,
                                 Education Gaeilge &        Business Studies,                                  DCU                              NUIG
      Mathematical Science,                                 UL                     & History,
      UL                         Business Studies, Mary                            Trinity
                                 Immaculate College

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Leeyang Chieng               Lia Harte
                                                                   Juliette McGrane            Kate Olwill                                           Early Childhood
Jennifer Seery                   John Feeney                                                   English Studies,         Science,
                                 Physiotherapy,                    Occupational Therapy,                                UCD                          Education, St. Pats
Civil Engineering,                                                 NUIG                        Trinity
AIT                              UL

                                                                                                                        Matiss Simanskis              Megan McBurney
                                                                    Lisa Gavin                  Luke Grisleain
                                  Liam Egan                                                                             Data Science,                 Psychology,
 Liam Coolahan                                                      Human Nutrition             Accounting & Finance,
                                  B Comm Accounting                                                                     Tilburg University Holland    Queens Belfast
 Law & Economics                                                    & Dietetics,                DCU
 UCD                              NUIG
                                  Tax institute shortlist           Trinity
 Twormey applicant

                                                                                                                          Niamh Donnelly               Olive O’Loughlin
                                                                     Micheal McClean             Michelle O’Connor                                     Dentistry,
  Michael Arrigan                  Michael Flynn                                                 Maths & Education,       Maths & Irish Education
                                   Science (Open choice              Engineering,                                         Mary Immaculate              UCC
  Arts with Performing Arts                                          UL                          NUIG
  Studies, NUIG                    Physics & Maths),UCD                                                                   College
                                   Naughton & Ad Astra Applicant

                                                                                                                           Sam Kennedy                   Sarah Jameson
                                                                       Rebekah O’Reilly            Romana Inic
                                     Rebecca Joyce                                                                         Biopharmaceutical             Food Science,
    Rebecca Campion                                                    Arts with Journalism,       Nursing General,
                                     Equine Studies,                                                                       Chemistry, NUIG               UCD
    Medicine,                                                          NUIG                        NUIG
    UCD                              Cafre College,

                                                                                                    Vladamir Romanov        Wiktoria Sewernyiak
                                      Shona Neary                       Viktoria Gorovenko                                  Pharmacy,
     Sean Reynolds                                                      Aviation Management,        Civil Law,
     Aeronautical Engineering,        PE Teaching &                                                 NUIG                    Trinity
                                      Geography, UL                     DCU

                                                                                                                             Athlone Community College Prospectus          page 19
Student Voice
                                                                      Prefects are appointed from our
                                                                      Leaving Certificate group. As they are
                                                                      ambassadors for the College, the title
                                                                      and position of School Prefect is an
                                                                      honour and a privilege.

                                                                      Junior Mayor - Our inaugural Junior Mayor,
                                                                      Aleetza Lennon. The position was created
                                                                      in conjunction with Mr. Frankie Kenna and
                                                                      Westmeath County Council.

            The role of the Mentors is one of support in helping
            First Year students make the transition from
            primary to secondary school more enjoyable,
            and to help them integrate into school life.

                                                                   The Student Council is a representative student body
                                                                   elected from each tutor class in the school. The Student
                                                                   Council strives to make a positive contribution to every
page 20   Athlone Community College Prospectus                     aspect of the school community.
S t u d e n t W e l l b e i n g
                                                            Guidance Counsellors Ms. Nicola Burke and Ms Cathy Cryan giving career advice

At our College, we recognise        CAREER AND GUIDANCE COUNSELLING
that we have a central              Guidance refers to a range of learning experiences provided in a developmental
role to play in supporting          sequence, designed to assist our students to make choices about their lives and
and      promoting      students’   to make transitions consequent to these choices. The Guidance Department in
learning about wellbeing and        Athlone Community College is a part of the Student Support Service. Guidance
for wellbeing. Our students learn   provides this support in the following areas:
about wellbeing through specific
areas of the curriculum and          PERSONAL                           CAREER                                 ACADEMIC
various wellbeing events and
initiatives that are organised to    Personal and social skills         Employment awareness                   Subject choice
develop awareness, knowledge
and skills about wellbeing.          Problem solving                    Educational choices                    Course choice
                                     Self-awareness                     Training choices                       Study skills
Our pastoral care programme
aims to provide a caring             Decision making                    Job seeking skills                     Exam skills
supportive school community
allowing for the full development    Planning                           Career growth skills                   Subject support
of the emerging adult, nurturing
talents, fostering self-worth and   The Guidance Counsellors work alongside other staff members, parents and
maximising potential.               professionals outside the school setting to provide a service to meet student needs.
                                    We host a career event each year that allows Universities, Institutes of Technologies,
                                    local businesses, army services and apprenticeship providers the opportunity to
                                    meet with our students. It is a fantastic evening that allows our students to see what
                                    wonderful opportunities are in store for them.


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                                                                                                 The Principal’s Award
                                                                                                 Female – Aya Rassool
                                                                                                 Male – Raphael Salaja

                 Academic Excellence Award
                 Female – Emma Lennon • Male – Luka Moric
                 Both received over 700 points in their Leaving Cert.

                                                                                          Bank of Ireland Junior Certificate
                                                                                          Student of the year Award 2019
              Bank of Ireland Leaving Certificate
              Student of the year Award 2019
                                                                                          Female – Hollie Walsh
                                                                                          Male – Cian Furey                    Upcoming
              Female – Clodagh Moxham
              Male – Robert Kelly                                                                                              Academic

           Sinead Gonley, a happy graduate
                                                                Leaving Cert students of 2019 who received
                                                                                                                               Liam Egan who is currently
                                                                outstanding results with several achieving
                                                                                                                               studying a B Comm &
                                                                over 600 points and two over 700 points.
                                                                                                                               Accounting in NUIG has been
                                                                                                                               short listed for the Irish Tax
page 22   Athlone Community College Prospectus                                                                                 Institute Scholarship. We
                                                                                                                               wish Liam every success.
Parent’s Reflections
                                        Two of my daughters attend Athlone Community College – my eldest is
                                        currently in Fifth Year and my second child is in Transition Year. Their time
                                        at Athlone Community College has been such a positive experience to date.

                                        Participation in the debating team, hockey and soccer teams are just some
                                        examples of activities which have contributed to their personal development
                                        since entering secondary school. The size of the school has never been a
                                        factor because the support structure for every student is so well considered
                                        and managed. The roles and responsibilities of the Class Tutor and Year
                                        Head facilitates accessible channels of communication for both students and
                                        parents, and enables teachers to get to know each and every student. The
                                        culture and values of the school provides all students with a positive platform
                                        and environment to flourish and perform to the best of their ability. We could
                                        not have wished for such a positive transition to secondary school for our
                                        daughters and would highly recommend Athlone Community College.

                                        Garry Walsh

 As the first of our kids to make the big leap from Ardnagrath NS – a
 wonderful small, country school – we thought very carefully about
 where our daughter would go to school. It was very important to us
 that her new school would be strong academically as well as offering
 lots of sporting choices.

 In the end we chose Athlone Community College for several reasons.
 We believe in co-education and it was important for us that our children
 continue to share the same school experience. Despite it being a
 constitutional right, Athlone Community College was actually the only
 school we spoke to that respected our choice to opt out of religious
 instruction. It was also the only school to offer soccer as an option for girls.
 In the end as a parent, all you want is for your child to make good friends,
 be happy and hopefully have some fun whilst learning.

 Siabhra Durcan

                                                                                          Athlone Community College Prospectus   page 23
Athlone Community College    College Principal: Ms. Eileen Donohoe
Retreat Road                 Deputy Principal: Mr. Chris Forde
Athlone                      Deputy Principal: Ms. Pauline Fadden
Co. Westmeath                Deputy Principal: Ms. Deirdre Whitlow
                             Acting Deputy Principal: Ms. Gráinne Macken
Tel: 090 6472625 / 6472640
Fax: 090 6473710
                             Office Hours: 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

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