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Cushions photo   Meal Photo
First year home economics students completed a "recycling textile" project this year. They used old white cotton shirts; tie dyed the fabric and made cushions. This photo shows students proudly displaying their completed cushions.   An example of some third year cookery is also shown. This dish was created by Stephen Molloy. Stephen completed this work as a practice for his junior certificate home economics practical exam. He made and served Apple and Strawberry Crumble with freshly whipped cream and Cream of Vegetable Soup.


With the help of Mr. Power the Oak Centre students took part in a motion animation project and produced a short film called “The Three Amigos�/strong>. This short animation depicts the friendship the students have formed and also some of their personal interests.

The project saw the students creating characters from wire and plasticine, developing a storyboard, planning and shooting the scenes. All students played key roles in the project and successfully worked as a team to complete the work.


Stop motion animation is a cinematic process which is made up of individual photographs played in a sequence. After each photograph is taken the position of the object is altered slightly. The photographs are then assembled one after the other using computer software. These are played in sequence and an illusion of movement is created on screen.

See 'The Three Amigos' anomation here



Wrapparound photo   Our third year JCSP students were selected by JCSP to participate in the Wrapparound the world project. This spoken-word poetry initiative introduces students to writing, reading and reciting poetry in a new way. Through being encouraged to craft poems based on their own ideas and experiences, students find a new way into poetry. The initiative is run in conjunction with Trocaire. The theme of this year’s Wrapparound is climate justice. The students will create their own poem/rap and will perform it in the National Library. The students have worked closely on this initiative with award winning poet and director of Inspire Ireland Stephen Murray.

On the 14th May Oaklands was represented by Shane Mooney and Dylan McLoughlin. They performed their rap Save Our Planet



On May 6th and 7th 2015, fifty three students from Oaklands Community College will participate once again in the adventure journey component of the Gaisce programme by undertaking a hike to Lough Ennell and Belvedere, Mullingar. This year, students are pursuing the bronze award only and the venture section of the award is the culmination of a year’s busy activity. Gaisce, the President’s Award is an internationally recognised award for young people and has been in being since 1985.  

Students start with participation in the bronze award, then proceed to silver and then they have the option of pursuing the gold award. All awards consist of four areas, Community Involvement, Personal Skill, Physical Recreation and the Adventure Journey. Students participating in the bronze award must complete a minimum of 15km as part of their hike.

Since its introduction in Oaklands in 2012, Gaisce has grown in our school. We open the award to Transition Year and fifth year students each year. Great credit is due to all who have participated so enthusiastically in the past and once again this year. Particular mention must be given to those who have undertaken the hike each year for their excellent behaviour and their total cooperation. We hope you enjoy the experience and we look forward to you receiving your President’s Award at the end of the year. This year students will once again be accompanied on the hike by Ms Mc Carthy, Ms Guinan and the President’s Award Leader, Mr. Crann.




The annual JCSP Make a Book Exhibition was held this year in the Civic Offices, Wood Quay in Dublin from the 11th to 13th of March. Entries come from all around the Leinster region.

Projects are based around a set theme and each group work collaboratively to research, develop and make the final piece. This year saw a record breaking 2,259 visitors during the 3 days of the Dublin exhibition.

There were a number of Oakland entries this year from the JCSP groups; Mr Flesk’s craft group created a metal robot, Mr. Power’s Oak Centre team wrote and printed a book called, “The Mystery of the Stolen Painting�/strong>, and Ms. O’Callaghan’s group was also featured. After the exhibition a well-deserved trip to McDonalds was taken.A great day was had by all.



Four teams from Oaklands Community College, Edenderry took part in the Regional finals of F1 in schools competition held in Griffith College, Dublin, Thursday 12th March.

In the senior category, the ‘All Cars�/strong> scooped the award for best website design while in the junior category, team ‘ADAM�/strong> fought off tough opposition to qualify for the National Finals which were held in Dublin castle on April 29th. All teams would like to thank their sponsors.

About the competition - F1 in Schools is a competition, open to all secondary schools, to design and manufacture compressed air-powered racing cars.

Student teams compete against each other in Regional and National Finals of an annual Championship to determine the best-engineered and fastest car in Ireland.

Competitors have an exciting educational experience, expressing their creativity, skills and teamworking ability in a fun and positive way.



The 'All Cars'

(from left to right)
Ronan Thompson - Graphic Designer
Ben Carolan - Marketing and Resource
James Cummins - Design Engineer
Aaron Toomey - Manufacturing Engineer
Faith Dempsey - Team manager


Team Predator

(from left to right)
Evan Saunders - Resource Manager
Cian Hislop - Graphic Designer
Cian Wolfe �Team Manager
Kai Reilly - Design Engineer


Neon Lions

(from left to right)
Nadia Mooney �Resource
Jamie Kelly - Team Manager
Gordon Mooney - Manufacturing engineer
Ander Fernandez �Marketing
Ava Busillet - Design engineer



(from left to right)
Adam Hanlon �Design Engineer
Adam Flood �Manufacturing & Resources Manager
Adam Crinnigan �Graphic Designer
Adam White �Team Manager



5th Year students, enjoyed a trip to the European headquarters in Dublin, as part of their business course and investigated the benefits of Ireland been part of the European Union. They also learned about the history of the EU.

After the trip to EU headquarters they visited Butlers chocolate to learn about branding and how a business operates on a daily basis, while also enjoying some chocolates.




The 6th year students started off by attending the very busy Higher Options Conference in the RDS, Dublin back in mid-September.

In November the 5th years then went to Maynooth University Open Day and 6th Year’s got the opportunity to attend Athlone I.T Open Day.

The Transition Year students got to do campus tours of UCD and DCU also in November, while the 5th & 6th LCA students went to visit Crumlin College of Further Education in February.


5th & 6th LCA Crumlin PLC College Trip
Health & Happiness Week

Health & Happiness Week ran during the week of 2nd to 6th March and was a great success once again. It was organised by the 5th LCA and TY students, along with teachers Mr. Pettit, Ms. Murray, Ms. Monahan and Ms. O’Connell. LCA students helped to raise awareness about looking after our mental health by designing and selling T-shirts for students and teachers to wear during the week. A 1st Year art competition also supported the idea of positive mental health. The first prize went to Karl Cox (I Bui) and the runner up was Katarzyna Paszkot (1Ban) (in photo).

Talks from organisations like AWARE, AA and Jigsaw Offaly took place for different year groups. The 5th LCAs experienced a healthy breakfast morning, while teachers got the opportunity to take part in an exercise class after school on the Thursday. Canal walks and Movie days were organised for 1st and 2nd years, as well as a 5km canal run for 5th Years on the Tuesday.

Great fun was had on the Wednesday during the teacher versus student soccer match, teachers winning hands down I may add!!  
Careers Fair        

Our very first Careers Fair took place in the school gym on the 5th February. It welcomed students from 3rd to 6th year and their parents to visit the many stands that were there on the night. Some of these included Athlone I.T., Maynooth University, Moate Business College, The Sharon Leavy College of Hair & Beauty and St. Patricks, Drumcondra teaching college. Organisations were also represented like Teagasc, Bord na Mona, as well as Smart Futures.

A number of professionals were there too for example, an Army Officer, a chef, an artist and jewellery designer, a landscaper, a woodwork teacher, a sports coach and two primary school teachers. We were delighted to welcome back some past pupils who represented the Arts degree, Nursing, Aviation, Actuary and Apprenticeships. A special thanks to all who supported this event and helped to make it a great success. We plan to make it even better next year, with even more stand.



In February 2015 a team of students from Oaklands Community College had the experience of a lifetime when they travelled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the Student Astronaut Challenge. SEE THE PHOTOS HERE

The competition is held in the Kennedy Space Centre in conjunction with NASA and Florida State University Schools. They had the unique accolade of being the first Irish Team and the first International Team to ever participate in the competition.


A special mention must go to Edenderry Credit Union, Bord na Mona Edenderry Power, IMTA Midlands Branch, Laois Offaly ETB and all the local businesses who got behind the project with sponsorship. Without this support the trip would not have been possible.

The competition consists of four challenges, a lab presentation, an engineering challenge, an exam based on a NASA technical manual and a simulator challenge. The team of fifth year students Ritchie Parish, Adam Mooney, Mushfika Chowdhury, Michael Kane and Transition Year student Faith Dempsey did exceptionally in the competition.

The brief for the lab challenge was to design an experiment that could be run on the International Space Station that would help overcome a problem faced by the upcoming manned mission to Mars. The judges were highly impressed with their Lab Presentation on The Effect of Microgravity on the Cohesion-Tension Model and announced Oaklands as the first place winner.

They also competed in the simulator challenge with excellent accomplishment. The judges noted their willingness to listen and adapt to suggestions. The team performed excellently in the first run, made the semi final and achieved second place overall in the simulator challenge.

The team also won a cup for Highest Scoring Visiting Team and finished in a highly commendable fourth place overall.

Overall this was a fantastic achievement for Oaklands Community College and Laois Offaly ETB. The students represented themselves, their families, their school and their country with great pride. Maybe someday we will have an Irish Astronaut in space!




The Let’s Talk About Drugs�National Youth Media Awards is an annual competition which encourages discussion of drug related issues by inviting young people to produce a piece of original content relating to drug and/or alcohol use.

Sinead Collins Mc Evoy is a fifth year student at Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, Co. Offaly who won an iPad Mini for her prize winning Original Poster in the 15/17 age category.

Sinead will be presented with her prize at the Media Awards, Department of Education and Skills, Dublin with Special guests: Ruairi Mc Kiernan, founder of, Presidential appointee to Ireland’s Council of State, Dr. Ciara Kelly (Operation Transformation) and Newstalk FM.

Poster 15-17 Category
Winner: Sinead Collins Mc Evoy, Oaklands Community College, Offaly
Runner-up: Anna Carlin, St Columbas College, Donegal




5th year and TY students of French participated in a four day trip to Paris in February 2015 along with their teachers Ms Fahy, Ms McCarthy, Ms McDaid and Mr Lynch.

The group visited all the major tourist attractions in Paris including the Eiffel Tower, the L’Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre.

(Photo from inside the Louvre)

Each day and night there were a range of activities organised for the students such as a beautiful boat trip at night along the Seine River and a day full of fun and laughter in Disney Land.

All who participated agree that it was an incredible experience to be able to experience the French language and culture through everyday activities and not just in the classroom. Moreover, the tour has given all who travelled to Paris, a great boost of confidence in their study of Leaving Cert French.



Paulo Coelho once said that, ‘People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.�

Confucius once said, ‘I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.�

From this we can take away that although you can learn from reading a book and learning notes you remember more from first-hand experience which is what the 5th and 6th year History classes did when we travelled to Derry and Belfast for our fieldtrip.

We gained invaluable knowledge on the different areas of Derry history from the museum tours we encountered such as the Apprentice Boy’s Memorial Hall and the Free Derry Museum.


Now from this new understanding we can contrast the opposite experiences and viewpoints of these organisations and use this for our Leaving Certificate. Although they are from different times all history is connected and linked to the future actions of those involved.

We continued our journey through Northern Ireland by travelling to the beautiful city of Belfast. Here we had the honour of visiting the Titanic Exhibition, Belfast City Hall and taking a tour with the Black Cabs Tour company.

We got the chance to see the spectacular shipbuilding of Harland and Wolfe Shipbuilding yard which although is not on our course gives up the idea of the economy around those early decades and the importance or effect on shipbuilding as an industry which we can link into our case study of The Jarrow March.

From our tour of Belfast City Hall we witnessed the astonishing architecture of the building, the political system, and the composition of the government way back through the years. This is also helpful in our Leaving Certificate study because of our module on the conflict between the northern and southern parts of Ireland.

Through the Black Cabs Tour we saw the memorials in both the Protestant and Catholic living areas which gave us the chance to see the urban districts and the effect of the troubles on them.

Now we can study the history of Northern Ireland with the knowledge of the actual experience, the memories of the place and the interest in learning more of what we have seen on of delightful and informative History fieldtrip.

Written by Shauna Bannon Ward (5th Year History Student)



As part of studying link modules, students have to arrange visits out to businesses and visits in from entrepreneurs, voluntary workers etc. They also prepare CV’s, reports and plans.

This year, 5th Link Modules classes were busy. We participated in a number of visits out, including Solais Training Centre in Athlone where we learned about apprenticeships and life as a third level student. We also went to Longford ISPCA, Rosderra and Butlers Chocolate Factory. We had visits in from Solais, and The Irish Congress of Trade Unions. The highlight of the year was our teambuilding day in Ambush Paintballing in April.

Over seventy 5th year students also went on one weeks work experience in March. The jobs we did were very varied. Students worked as a DJ, in local shops, glassware designing, in a fire station, on farms, in Weston Airport, etc. Students enjoyed their experience and many learned that maybe school is not so hard after all!

As part of their preparation for work experience, Stephen O’Neill from the Irish Congress of Trade Union (ICTU) gave a presentation to 5th years about their rights and responsibilities as employees.

Students with Stephen (ICTU Representative)
Class 5A visit to Rosderra, Edenderry

Four Link Modules students decided to work with Bank of Ireland to help Oaklands Community College pupils open up bank accounts.

Over one hundred accounts were opened in March and April. Students can lodge money, order atm cards etc at lunchtime on Thursdays.

So impressed was Bank of Ireland with the work of the 5th year students they gave then 20 Junk Kouture tickets and 100 rugby tickets for a Leinster game in May to be given to students in Oaklands.


They also gave sponsorship for our teambuilding day in April. A big thank you to the four students for their hard work and for giving up their lunchtimes.

As a finale to 5th year Link Modules, students went on a teambuilding day to Ambush Paintballing.




Fifth Year English Students at Oaklands Community College enjoyed an excellent production of King Lear in the school on Thursday 29th of January.

The play was brought to the school by the team at Sackville Productions and directed by renowned Irish actor, Eamonn Owens.

As well as the traditional Shakespearean scenes, the drama was brought to life by a modern retelling, aptly titled Living with the Lears and set in contemporary Dublin. Among the cast were the hugely talented Gerard Adlum (Lear) and Clare Monnelly of “Moon Boy�fame (Goneril). Also staring was the versatile Laura Brady who successfully played several key roles including Regan, The Fool and Oswald.

Ms. Hazel Weir, organiser of the event, explained that “students thoroughly enjoyed the production�and reported that “it has contributed hugely to their understanding of the play, making it accessible to all� King Lear is being studied by both Higher and Ordinary Leaving Certificate Students as part of their Leaving Certificate English course.



Oaklands Community College was delighted to receive the news that Stephen Malone was the first place winner of the prestigious TES Poetry award 2014. The award is presented by the PDST and received huge interest, with over 900 entries in the 2014.

Stephen, a 6th year student at the school, scooped the coveted prize in the Senior Category with his lyrical composition, Phoenix. Stephen’s teacher, Ms. Weir, said that she was delighted for the student who has shown an interest in poetry and creative writing over the past number of years. Stephen has continued on to NUI Galway where he is studying Media and English.


I stare in disbelief,
As the spark ignites from the smooth,
Powdery ashes of your remains.

You grow rapidly in the newly found fire,
And I watch,
As you bloom like the rarest of lowers,
And feel the heat as the sun leans in,

Its own vanity envying the fixation
Brought by the blinding flames
Produced by your immortality.

And though the intoxicating light
Causes my eyes to sting I continue to stare,
And the flames grow higher
And you rise,

Unfurling you vast wings,
And I see every colour,
Once in the fire around you,
Entangled along the elegant twists
And curves of your immeasurable being.

But some feathers escape
And flutter down around me,
As you are fiery cloud
Gifting me with little wisps
Of long forgotten memories.

They settle on my skin,
Causing the euphoric burning
That leaves nothing behind,
But a sense of hope.

by Stephen Malone




A total of 13.067 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students (5,825 girls and 7,242 boys) from 678 classes across 26 counties across Ireland successfully completed Aviva Health’s Schools Fitness Challenge.

The results show large improvements in fitness were observed among the students after a relatively short period of exercise intervention �as little as six weeks.

Overall Winner - Ireland's Fittest School: Oaklands Community College, Edenderry
Ireland's Fittest Girls School: Ursuline Secondary School, Co Tipperary
Ireland’s Fittest Boys School: St. Macartan's College, Monaghan
Ireland's Fittest Mixed School: Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, Co. Offaly

Overall Winner - Ireland's Most Improved School: St. Macartan's College, Monaghan
Most Improved Girls School: Mercy College, Sligo Town
Most Improved Boys School: St. Macartan's College, Monaghan
Most Improved Mixed School: Tullamore College, Co Offaly



In March 2013, Shauna Bannon Ward and Samantha Brennan won the Offaly Student Enterprise Ward.

They then went on the win the prestigious Student Enterprise National Final in Croke Park in May seeing off very strong competition from all over Ireland.

Their entry, Shauna’s Boom Book, is a science book which uses common household items to create scientific experiments. The books are aimed at students aged 6-12years.


After winning the National Final, Shauna decided to continue with the business.

She entered the Junior Dragon’s Den and won a place out of thousands of entries.

On the night Shauna was one of the lucky finalists to receive a bursary of �,000 form Dragon Barry O’Sullivan who was impressed with Shauna’s business and presentation skills.


Megan Addie (12)
, a first year student at Oaklands Community College was one of only 550 projects who qualified for the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. Over 2,000 projects applied making it the biggest Young Scientist Exhibition to date.

Her project was entitled 'Do Wind Turbines Affect People, Animals or the Environment?'. She chose this project as it is close to her heart, with several wind turbines proposed to built near her home. Megan received a lot of attention from exhibitors/media at the RDS, as the topic is current and controversial. She concluded that wind turbines can have negative effects on animals people and the environment, and had plenty of research to back this up.

Megan achieved second place in the Junior Individual Social and Behavioural Sciences category. She also received a display award, of which only thirty were awarded amongst the 550 projects. She had spent the last few months researching into her chosen topic by handing out surveys, speaking with some of the companies at their 'consultation days' and anti-wind groups as well as researching online into the potential effects from industrial turbines. Then, with the help of her teacher, compiled all the results into pie charts and designed her poster to display her findings.

She has pro and anti-wind people question her along with 3 judges, and she was a credit to her school. RTE, Midlands 104, The Irish Times and The Offaly Topic were all very interested to hear what she had to say. The judges and exhibition organisers highly commended all the students and teachers involved, as the standard of the projects had greatly surpassed previous years.


Pictured left to right,

Two students from Oaklands Community College were chosen to represent Ireland at Euroscola in the European Parliament in January 2014. Michelle Murphy and Charlotte Clear were chosen to attend based upon the strength of their Contemporary Issues Task. There are only 24 places available to Irish students. These students travelled to Strasbourg for the Euroscola Programme. Read Charlotte's account of the trip HERE.

Euroscola is an intensive one day programme where students step into the shoes of an MEP. While in Strasbourg, Michelle and Charlotte will debate important issues such as agriculture and economics with students from other European countries.

This is not the first time that students from Oaklands Community College have received this prestigious award. Michelle and Charlotte will be following in the footsteps of Jamie Mangan and Sagan O'Donovan who successfully represented Ireland last year.

The trip is funded by the Michael Sweetman Education Trust with help from the Education Training Boards. The Michael Sweetman Education trust was founded in 1976 following the untimely death of the economist Michael Sweetman. Mr Sweetman was a former Director of the Irish Council of the European Movement (now European Movement Ireland).


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