Coláiste Chiaráin surpass themselves with Rotary success!

Coláiste Chiaráin – Purple 4 Polio presentation. Pictured L-R. Mr. John Kelly, Mr. Tony Brasil, Mr. Jonathan Carey – Club President, Shane Joyce, Ashleigh Boyd, Ms. Fidelma Power – Class Teacher.

Coláiste Chiaráin students are thrilled with their recent achievements in association with Limerick Thomond Rotary club. The school has a long-standing relationship with the club and have entered many of their competitions including the The Rotary Young Writer and the Rotary Young Photographer competitions.
The Young Writer competition has been run by Limerick Thomond Rotary club for the past two years and Coláiste Chiaráin have entered and won the club final on both occasions. Mr. Fergus Quinlivan, Limerick Thomond Rotary Club founder, visited Coláiste Chiaráin recently to present 31 students, including the club final winners with their certificates for both competitions. Roisín Casey (Form 4) won the Young Writer competition while Shaena Cohen (Form 4) won the Young Photographer competition. Mr. Quinlivan commented on how wonderful it was to see young people expressing their talent and learning lifelong skills through the medium and fellowship of photography.
Mr Quinlivan spoke of the long standing support and level of engagement Coláiste Chiaráin continues to offer in numerous Rotary competitions. The school has been extremely successful over the years and it’s great to see so many talented young people engaging in Rotary youth competitions.
The students worked with their English teacher Mr. Brian Gaffney on their entries as part of their classes. The winning entry will now go on to the district finals and we wish them every success.
It’s not just competitions that bring Coláiste Chiaráin and Limerick Rotary club together. Form 4 Social Ed. students worked together to support the club and Rotary International in their Purple4Polio campaign. The students, along with their teacher Ms Fidelma Power organised a bake sale and a makeup master class in Coláiste Chiaráin to raise funds and create awareness around polio. The students attended a lunch meeting of Limerick Thomond Rotary club where they gave a presentation to club, members on their fundraising activities and presented the club with the funds they had raised.  All monies raised will go directly to support the eradication of polio by providing and administering vaccinations globally. Deputy Principal Mr O’Sullivan commented, “Eradicating polio has been Rotary’s main humanitarian focus for over 30 years. This project was a perfect opportunity for our Social Ed. students to get involved in an international project which has such a positive impact on the ground. In 2017 there were only 22 cases in the entire world we are now proud to have contributed to the ultimate goal of eradicating polio across the world.” Equally Mr O’Sullivan paid tribute to all the students who entered this year’s Rotary Young Photographer Competition and acknowledged the success of Form 4 student Shaena Cohen in winning this year’s Limerick and Thomond Photography competition with a beautiful silhouette composition.
Congratulations to everybody involved and the very best of luck in the district finals.