Student Theatre Awards

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St. Nessan’s Community College has just received fantastic news from the Arts Council of Ireland. We’re delighted to announce that 2DA has been shortlisted for the national student theatre awards for her critique of The Addams Family. This is a highly prestigious award recognised within the theatrical community. It is one of the most highly contested categories shortlisted for the student theatre awards.


This is because every student in Ireland has open entry regardless of whether the school has produced a drama in the current academic year.

I’m sure you will agree if you have read her review, she is in with a great shout. However, it is a huge achievement even to be shortlisted. Feel free to lavish praise upon Sadbh! We will be attending the prestigious awards ceremony in the Bord Gais Theatre on the 5th of May (with strong support from her fellow cast members) where hopefully she will scoop the best overall critique. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Christine Dunne and all staff members who made vital contributions, both big and small, to the overall success of our school musicals.

Mr O’Connell


Teachers get to grips with new coding course

Christine Carew and Bernie O’Driscoll both from St.Nessans Community College pictured at a Coding exploration day at the Intel Ireland Campus in Leixlip for the first group of 50 teachers who will teach the subject at Junior Cycle level. Intel made a donation of 900 Galileo Gen 2 Boards and teacher kits to the 19 post-primary schools in this initiative who were chosen from over 120 entries from post-primary schools nationwide. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

More than 50 teachers, who will be among the first to teach the new Junior Cycle short course in coding, spent a day exploring the subject at the Intel Ireland Campus in Leixlip, Co Kildare, over the weekend.
Some 19 schools are participating in a pilot project in the new, optional subject, ahead of its roll-out next September.

The training programme is a collaboration between the Department of Education’s Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) professional development service, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre and technology giant Intel, which has donated equipment to the schools involved.
“These digital skills are vital if Ireland and Europe are to address the coding skills shortage,” said Intel Public Affairs Operations Manager Paul Phelan.

Irish Independent