Model United Nations Success

Fantastic news from the weekend! 4 students from Clonkeen (Killian Farrelly, David Farrelly, Sean Nolan and Finn McGrath) were competing at the Terenure College Model United Nations this weekend attended by over 200 students.

They represented Armenia at the summit and managed to win the award for Outstanding Delegation, the top prize at the competition along with another team.

This is a huge achievement as most other schools competing have huge clubs for their Model United Nations.

Below is a picture of the students after the General Assembly with their silverware.

Killian Farrelly.

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Report on Sean Scully and Nat History Museum

This report is available as a downloadable PDF here.

The fifth and sixth year students were fortunate enough to manage to visit the exhibition of Sean Scully’s art work in National Gallery this academic year.

The following is an account of the exhibition which has since been removed and closed to the public. The national gallery along with IMMA and The Hugh Lane Gallery and The Chester Beatty all have wonderful exhibitions on display throughout the year so it would be advisable to check their websites if you wish to attend.

The students also visited the Natural History Museum where they spent the afternoon drawing the various animals on display.
Sean Scully is a contemporary Irish artist who celebrates his 70th birthday this year. In celebration of this occasion the National gallery of Ireland is currently showing a collection of his work. The work on show spans two decades the 1980’s and the 1990’s.
Sean Scully was born in Dublin but moved to London with his family at the age of four. Sean’s childhood was difficult in that he suffered from extreme anxiety which he claims was due to his turbulent and sometimes violent home environment. His father was violent at times but seems to have been antagonised by his mother. His father at the age of fourteen was a skilled footballer and had junior trials with Arsenal, due to lack of money in the home his career in football was cut short. Sean’s father was resentful of a lost opportunity and carried with him a sense of bitterness throughout his life, this created a negative home life for Sean.
Sean was educated in England and attended Newcastle University and Harvard University Cambridge. Sean is a globally recognised artist and has achieved worldwide acclaim. His work is held in more than 180 collections worldwide, including some of the following museums..
• Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Solomon R. Guggenhiem Museum New York. The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
• Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Tate London
• Kunstasammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20K21,Dusseldorf; Albertyina, Vienna; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ReinaSofia, Madrid; and Institute Valencia d’Arte Modern, Valencia.
• Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Sean was shortlisted for the Turner prize in 1989 and again in 1993, Sean was elected a Royal Academician in 2013.

Sean experienced major tragedy in his own personal life when his son from his first marriage died tragically in his teens in a car crash. This devastated him and the artist claimed he went completely insane with grief. He painted through the pain and continued to be a prolific painter. His marriage didn’t survive. It took him 30years before he could allow himself try to have another family. He felt a huge sense of guilt. He has since remarried and now has a young son called Oisin whom he cherishes.
Style/technique
Sean’s style of painting could be described as abstract and linear. Scully believes a trip to Morocco inspired his move from figurative paimting into abstraction. He paints in lines of colour sometimes his paintings resemble a chequered board. The artist states his use of particular colours is not a conscious one. His paintings are often made up of a number of panels. Scully paints in oils,sometimes layering the paint on quite thickly to create textured surfaces. His paintings typically involve architectural constructions of abutting walls and panels of painted stripes. In recent years he has augmented his trademark stripes by also deploying a mode of compositional patterning more reminiscent of checkerboard. He has stated that his style represents the way in which Ireland has moved towards a more chequered society. He stated in 2006,
…’I remember growing up in Ireland and everything being chequered, even the fields and the people.’
Sean claims… the lines are sometimes symbolic of the land being cut into… a distant memory from Ireland.

Responding to minimal art of the 1960’s and 1970’, Scully has always striven to associate emotions and phenomena of the world into his art, resisting formalism while rigorously reducing the means he employs – a reduced palette of colours and restricting himself to patterns of vertical and horizontal stripes. Scully has always managed to introduce extraordinary variety into his paintings, while their titles often hint at associations with his life or his surroundings.

….’I hold to a very Romantic ideal of what’s possible in art, and I hold on to the idea of the ‘personal universal’. This is a complex agenda…..
The fifth and sixth year students were fortunate enough to manage to visit the exhibition of Sean Scully’s art work in National Gallery this academic year.
The following is an account of the exhibition which has since been removed and closed to the public. The national gallery along with IMMA and The Hugh Lane Gallery and The Chester Beatty all have wonderful exhibitions on display throughout the year so it would be advisable to check their websites if you wish to attend.
The students also visited the Natural History Museum where they spent the afternoon drawing the various animals on display.
Sean Scully is a contemporary Irish artist who celebrates his 70th birthday this year. In celebration of this occasion the National gallery of Ireland is currently showing a collection of his work. The work on show spans two decades the 1980’s and the 1990’s.
Sean Scully was born in Dublin but moved to London with his family at the age of four. Sean’s childhood was difficult in that he suffered from extreme anxiety which he claims was due to his turbulent and sometimes violent home environment. His father was violent at times but seems to have been antagonised by his mother. His father at the age of fourteen was a skilled footballer and had junior trials with Arsenal, due to lack of money in the home his career in football was cut short. Sean’s father was resentful of a lost opportunity and carried with him a sense of bitterness throughout his life, this created a negative home life for Sean.
Sean was educated in England and attended Newcastle University and Harvard University Cambridge. Sean is a globally recognised artist and has achieved worldwide acclaim. His work is held in more than 180 collections worldwide, including some of the following museums..
• Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Solomon R. Guggenhiem Museum New York. The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
• Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Tate London
• Kunstasammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20K21,Dusseldorf; Albertyina, Vienna; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte ReinaSofia, Madrid; and Institute Valencia d’Arte Modern, Valencia.
• Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Sean was shortlisted for the Turner prize in 1989 and again in 1993, Sean was elected a Royal Academician in 2013.

Sean experienced major tragedy in his own personal life when his son from his first marriage died tragically in his teens in a car crash. This devastated him and the artist claimed he went completely insane with grief. He painted through the pain and continued to be a prolific painter. His marriage didn’t survive. It took him 30years before he could allow himself try to have another family. He felt a huge sense of guilt. He has since remarried and now has a young son called Oisin whom he cherishes.
Style/technique
Sean’s style of painting could be described as abstract and linear. Scully believes a trip to Morocco inspired his move from figurative paimting into abstraction. He paints in lines of colour sometimes his paintings resemble a chequered board. The artist states his use of particular colours is not a conscious one. His paintings are often made up of a number of panels. Scully paints in oils,sometimes layering the paint on quite thickly to create textured surfaces. His paintings typically involve architectural constructions of abutting walls and panels of painted stripes. In recent years he has augmented his trademark stripes by also deploying a mode of compositional patterning more reminiscent of checkerboard. He has stated that his style represents the way in which Ireland has moved towards a more chequered society. He stated in 2006,
…’I remember growing up in Ireland and everything being chequered, even the fields and the people.’
Sean claims… the lines are sometimes symbolic of the land being cut into… a distant memory from Ireland.

Responding to minimal art of the 1960’s and 1970’, Scully has always striven to associate emotions and phenomena of the world into his art, resisting formalism while rigorously reducing the means he employs – a reduced palette of colours and restricting himself to patterns of vertical and horizontal stripes. Scully has always managed to introduce extraordinary variety into his paintings, while their titles often hint at associations with his life or his surroundings.

….’I hold to a very Romantic ideal of what’s possible in art, and I hold on to the idea of the ‘personal universal’. This is a complex agenda…..

Clonkeen Literacy Report 2016

A downloadable PDF of this report is available here.
 
Clonkeen’s ‘Reading for Pleasure’ initiative was established during the last academic school year to foster a love and appreciation of reading among the first year students. The aim of this programme was to allocate a set amount of time to reading during the school week. This involved a collaborative whole school approach. The initial target of the programme was to increase the frequency with which the students chose to read. The programme also helped establish who the avid readers were and how best to accommodate them within the school day. This knowledge informed the setting of the literacy targets for the academic year of 2016.
One of the targets has been to form a reading club to facilitate interested readers in first and second year. This reading club is held every Monday in room eight and is fully supervised by Ms.Healy and Ms.O’Rourke. Mr.Lynch also kindly offered his support when necessary. The books available to the students are the books that were sourced and purchased last year. Clonkeen will be adding to the current stock thanks to generous donations from students’ families and the wider community. A special thank you to Ms.Aideen Cossan for her time in relation to the organisation of the donated books.
Another target for this year is to create a book club which involves the parents and teaching staff of Clonkeen College. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday the 13th of January. Please contact the school reception for further details. The working group will meet once a month.
A final literacy target for this academic year is to create a display of generic exam terminology on the literacy notice board to be completed prior to the official mock exams. This should act as a support for students sitting the state exams.
The long term literacy target and wish for the future is to create a permanent library space within the new build. A library plays an integral role within a school by providing a tranquil positive environment conducive to research, study, reading, paired study and group work.

Kind regards,
Ms.Healy

Clonkeen College Health Promoting School

Clonkeen College has decided to take part in the HSE’s Health Promoting
School Initiative, which aims to make school a happier and healthier place for
all who learn, work and visit there.

This is a two year initiative and on
completion Clonkeen will receive recognition from the HSE that Clonkeen is a
health promoting school. A health promoting team is now set up in Clonkeen.
This team is made up of teachers, parents, special needs assistant (SNA) and
students. The aim of the team is to promote healthy living in the school and to
develop actions that will help to make our school healthier.

The health promotion team would like to find out what you think is important
for the school, in order to promote the health of your child. This questionnaire
will help Clonkeen College to decide on which health priorities to work on
during the next two years.

Thank you,

Health promotion team.

Click the link here or copy and paste the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQGL9SM

Clonkeen Press

ANTHOLOGY 2016!!!!!!!!

Clonkeen College Press is readying itself for this academic year’s ANTHOLOGY collection. The ANTHOLOGY is a collection of students’ writing gathered together in a single volume, printed, bound and published as a book. This is the fifth year of the project and we are looking for any Clonkeen students interested in writing to submit a piece of work to be included in the ANTHOLOGY 2016.

Submission guidelines:

  • All submissions must be typed
  • Submission should be sent to clonkeencollegepress@gmail.com as an attachment (preferably), with your name and the name of your story in the subject line of the email
  • It would be helpful if the following formatting guidelines were followed:
  • Use Times New Roman or Arial
  • Use font size 12
  • Double space
  • Alignment justified
  • The deadline for submissions is Friday December 11th 2015

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Mr Toomey or direct them to

clonkeencollegepress@gmail.com

Re-Open Dates

1st Years ONLY          Friday 28th August          10:00am – 12:00pm

2nd Years ONLY          Monday 31st August        09:00am – 11:00am
6th Years                       Monday 31st August       11:15am – 13:15pm
T.Y.                                Monday 31st August       11:15am – 13:15pm

5th Years ONLY           Tuesday 1st Sept            09:00am – 12:00pm

All Classes                    Wednesday 2nd Sept      08:50am – 13:15pm

All Classes                    Thursday 3rd Sept           08.50am – 15.55pm

Registration Dates

A note to all parents that registration for the upcoming school year takes place in Clonkeen College on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th August.

1st – 3rd years – Monday – 10am to 2pm

4th – 6th years – Tuesday – 10am to 2pm

We now accept card payments on the day.

Literacy Report 2015

The staff and students received literacy questionnaires last term. The students’ questionnaire was in relation to reading.

The results from the students’ questionnaires found that voluntarily reading for pleasure was not high on their agenda. One of the targets for 2014/15 is to establish a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ initiative.

There will be book packs made available to the students. These will contain a book, a reading log (which students will have to sign and date) and a section for students to complete a brief review.

There will be 90 books to choose from which have been selected, approved and complied by the buyers of Dubray books. This selection should cater for all preferences by providing a wide variety of genres.

This is a whole school initiative so in order to support the ‘Reading for Pleasure’ initiative it is hoped that Clonkeen will allocate 10 minutes of reading time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.50am. This would provide a positive reading environment for the students whilst managing to reach the desired target of an increase of 30%. A long term literacy target for Clonkeen is to provide a school library.

Another Literacy target for 2014/15 was to provide subject specific literacy rich environments. This target has been achieved by all staff members in that the base classrooms are visually rich teaching and learning environments.

Ms.Healy