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Maths Week Ireland
All students at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir are participating in Maths Week 2014 from 11–19th of October. Maths Week Ireland promotes, awareness, appreciation and understanding of maths through a huge variety of events and activities.

All first year students are getting to visit NUIG to attend an Information Technology lecture and a maths week lecture on Geometry and Computer Graphics.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir will be visited by Dr Tim Downing on Tuesday 14th of October who will carry out an interactive workshop entitled Genetically Breeding a Super Pet.

All students will compete in the PRISM problem solving for post-primary schools organised by NUI Galway. All students have access to free online resources Manga High and Khan Academy if they want to further develop their maths skills at home.

Chess Club
Chess Club is up and running in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at lunchtime. All students are welcome to join and all levels are catered for.

Get Active

Over forty students and teachers run over 4km during their lunch break. All students are welcome to join the lunchtime run every Tuesday, beginners are welcome all levels are catered for.

Due to the overwhelming positive feedback we received from the boxing/fitness classes that the students participated in last year, all first year classes will participate in a six week course as part of the Physical Education programme. It is a great opportunity for the students to participate in an individual sport which will improve cardio-vascular fitness, co-ordination, balance and agility while also building self-confidence.

Tag Rugby—Rugbaí
The second year students participated in a five week tag rugby course brought to them by a Connaught rugby coach. Throughout the course students learnt to execute the skills of the game as well as gain insight into coaching. A highlight of the course was the surprise arrival of the Six Nations Rugby cup. To their delight, students got a chance to raise the cup for themselves.

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Handball—Liathróid Láimhe
Congratulations to first year student Niamh Heffernan a member of the Claregalway Handball club who is the U14 Connacht 60×30 Handball champion.

Football, Soccer, Camogie, Hurling and Basketball training have also commenced.

Mental Health Week
Mental Health week is from 6–10th of October at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir with World Mental Health Day on Friday 10th of October. Mental health is the biggest risk to young adults today. The week is focusing on positive mental health and what students can do to help themselves.

The aim of the mental health week is positive and what can help in times of difficulty and stress. As opposed to telling the students all about mental health the aim of this week is experiential in that they will figure out what works for them.


Students and teachers are going to track and check their mood and figure out what helps us to improve mood and what doesn’t help. This exercise is an experiment and results will be different for everyone. You will rate your mood before and after an activity and see if there is any difference.

Type of activities are:

  • Exercise
  • Listening to music
  • Eating food
  • Doing any of your hobbies ie. cinema, swimming, playing music
  • Meeting with friends
  • Random act of kindness day on Wednesday 8th of October

The music teachers at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir have established a school choir. There are approximately thirty members who meet up every Wednesday during lunch time.  At present the choir are preparing for a youth mass which is due to take place at Claregalway church on Saturday 18th of October.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir has organised a supervised after school study session to run from 4pm to 6pm each evening from Monday to Thursday. It is being run by Claregalway Educational Services which has been established by Mr Bosco Hurney and other teachers in the school. Contact 086 604 0838.

Parents Association AGM
The Parents Association AGM is being held on Monday the 13th of October at 7:15pm.

There will be a presentation by the school counsellor Ms Shirley Hanley on Mental Health & Wellbeing and Supporting Young Adolescents. Ms Hanley will also give an overview of the service she provides in the school.

The presentation will be followed by the election of officers to the PA executive and the schools new Board of Management to begin in January. We encourage all parents to attend the evening.