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Three in a row

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir have completed the treble and have won the February, March and April schools challenge!

The top 500 MATHletes from across the country competed in-person at Provincial Finals on Saturday 10th of May, for a place in the national final. The finals were hosted by Dublin City University (Leinster), Tyndall Institute (Munster), Donegal Education Centre (Ulster), Coláiste Bhaile Chláir (Connaught).

Students from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir have put in a huge amount of work at home and in school and have regularly featured in the top ten in Ireland.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir welcomed 110 mathletes representing Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and Galway to Claregalway on Saturday. Students from 5th and 6th class 1st, 2nd and 3rd years competed.


Over 40 students from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir were selected to compete in the provincial finals on Saturday. Congratulations to the following students who qualified to represent Connacht in the Mathletes All-Ireland: Avril King, Evan Creane, Jake Larkin, Katie McCallig, Kieran Spellman, Leanna Callanan, Medeina Macenaite, Niamh McCullagh, Roy Grealish, Shauna Flaherty and Thomas McStay.

Irish secondary school students taking part in the MATHletes Challenge 2014 spent 54,000 minutes working on maths over their Easter break. That’s more than 900 hours in just two weeks.


Launched in late January by tech entrepreneur Sean O’Sullivan and the Minister for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon, the national maths tournament has caught the attention of educators, parents, and students from across Ireland.

Winners of the Senior Team event run by The Think Academy were Michéal ó Dálaigh, Coláiste na Coiribe, Liam Burke, Fynn Duclaux and Thomas McStay from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir.

Based on the Khan Academy method of teaching and learning maths, MATHletes compete as individuals or with their schools for the championship title and a piece of the €20,000 prize fund.

Founded in 2006 by the American educator Sal Khan, the Khan Academy is a leader in free online maths education. With more than 10m users per month and 4m practice problems solved each day, the Khan Academy had been successful in accomplishing its mission to provide “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.”

South Connacht Track and Field Championships 2014

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir got their inaugural visit to the South Connacht Track and Field Championships of to a great start when our team competed in Dangan on April 30th.

Some of the students from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir who competed in the South Connacht Track and Field Final.

Students competed in the 100m, 200m, 800m and 1200m and relay events. We also had students compete in the long jump and shot putt.

Andrea Trill heading for 1st in the 200m Minor Final.

The following students are representing the school in the Connacht Finals in Athlone IT on Thursday 15th of May Andrea Trill, Ciara McCarthy, Brandon McMenamin, Fola OldaIjemi, Thomas McStay, Darren Costello, Maciej Mrowka and Aaron Brennan. Go n-eirí libh!

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Our project has been shortlisted for the final stage of the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2014!

Our ECO-UNESCO team is invited to display their project at the Showcase and attend the Awards Ceremony, which will take place in the Round Room inside The Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2 on Tuesday the 20th of May 2014.


Wishing our team of: Jade Sweeney, Luke Adams, Saoirse McCarthy, Amy O’Connell, Áilidh Molloy and Órlaith Roe all the best presenting their project.

The People’s Choice Award
This poll offers members of the public the chance to vote online for their favourite finalist project at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2014. Visitors to the poll can see a short summary of each finalist’s project and vote for the one they like best! Poll closes Wednesday May 14th.

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Continued Success with Young Scientists as Colleges fight to be involved in their Invention!

The winning group of students from this year’s Young Scientist festival will present their work in University of Limerick on May 23rd at the PESS Young Scientist Initiative. The boys; Daragh Jordan, Conor Finnerty and Sean Mitchell, have been invited to attend the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science and present their project which did so well in the RDS in January. The project was titled KillTech: An Innovative Technology to reduce controversy in handball refereeing and uses a laser detection system along the floor of a handball court to detect whether a fast ball has hit the ground or wall first. This is a common area of controversy in matches as this shot, the Kill shot, is often the end of a rally and can mean winning a game, or losing service.

Sean Mitchell, Daragh Jordan and Conor Finnerty winning the overall GAA prize in RDS at the BTYSTE.

The boys also have interest from GMIT this week, with a meeting with the Electronic Engineering Department on Thursday 15th May to discuss how to upscale the design and incorporate PLC devices instead of the school science equipment. This will make the product more saleable and the group leader, Daragh Jordan is definitely planning on pursuing the idea to production if he can. He says “The GAA have also arranged a meeting with us to update on our progress and discuss possible funding to proceed with the idea into production. It’s great! We never expected there to be this much continued investigation after the competition. It’s really exciting to be involved in something that everyone is interest in finding out about. “A really hard working bunch of entrepreneurs here with a bright future ahead of them without a doubt!

Colaiste Bhaile Chláir Scientists Exhibit at GMIT Scifest 2014

On Thursday 15th May, seven CBC students will attend the GMIT SciFest Exhibition with their fantastic projects to attempt to earn a place in the SciFest Ireland Finals. The projects follow a range of topics with Jade Fletcher O’Grady and Maddie Duffy presenting their researched findings on what aliens would look like on the planets of our Solar Systems based on a solid analysis of the atmosphere and gravitational pull on each surface. Ailidh Molloy, Orlaith Roe and Jade Sweeney will represent the ECO UNESCO group with their project on education of primary school children in the need for recycling and litter reduction.

Eoghan Furey (left) and Ruairi Gallagher (right) with their invention the ClippyBin.

ClippyBins is a new solution by Ruairi Gallagher and Eoghan Furey to stop our wheelie bins blowing over in the wind. The boys have worked very hard to draw, make and test their product and are excited to see how it will be received. Ruairi and Eoghan are enthusiastic about the chance to present on Thursday “We think it is a good idea and while there are solutions to stop the bin lid opening, we think ours is a simple solution to stop the bin moving at all. We designed the clip to be easy to use for all age groups without having to touch the dirty parts of the bin.” Fingers crossed for all the scientists and best of Luck to all involved!