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Head prefect’s Address Senior Prefect Team 2010-2011 Saine Editorial team Celebrating 150 Years of CBS Omagh Tree Planting Initiative Senior Prize-giving 2011 Student Destinations Open Day Charity Events Art and Design Business Studies Leisure Studies English and Drama Geography History Home Economics ICT Languages Employability and Careers Personal Development Maths Music Religion Science Technology Sport at the CBS Celebrating Achievement at the CBS Extra-Curricular Activities Student Council

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Saine 2011 Head Prefect Address 2011 change in myself, as I grew older and more confident and learned to fully involve myself in every aspect of the school. And it is greatest jealousy that I now watch a new generation of students go through that same experience which at the time had seemed daunting but now I only look back on it with fondness and an earnest appreciation at the commitment of all staff and even fellow pupils in the involvement of my own development.

Over the past seven years in which I have been at the Omagh CBS, the school has changed so much. Teachers have come and gone, rooms have been added or changed and even new parts of the building have been constructed. Through this, ever year the annual school magazine, the Saine, still has come out. It gives us all a chance to look back at the last year and see how much we as a collective body have accomplished. The past year, which marked the 150th anniversary of the opening of the first Christian Brothers’ school in Omagh, has seen many events such as tree-planting, school concerts and celebratory masses just to name a few. Looking back it was amazing that amidst all of the activities that we still had time to do our own academic work. The sheer number of events has undoubtedly brought us closer as a school, because no matter of our background or which community we came from, when we put on our uniform we are all students of the Christians Brothers’ Grammar school in Omagh. As always in what is now a yearly tradition, when I read through the Saine I am amazed at the extensive variety of activities and the substantial talent which our school contains and excels in. From Superleague to tennis, and from Bar Mock trials to Young Enterprise, there really is something for everyone. These experiences encapsulates the entire ethos of our school through the personal development of each and everyone one of us. And over my past six years I have noticed the

With one year of secondary education ahead of my peers and I, and an uncertain future ahead, it is hard not to be contemplative over the past years with the wealth of experiences that have been shared, the new friendships formed and the many new beginnings for many of us. Though our future may be uncertain as of yet, one thing that I know is that each of us will carry the memories and experiences from the past seven years of our lives and in hindsight will remember them as truly some of the best years of our lives. Within this book are our memories and experiences and our achievements and celebrations and most of all, it is our development put down on paper. With each published copy of the Saine Annual, we grow a year older and we can see ourselves mature and grow wiser through the years. This book is a journal marking each of our journeys through our teenage years and serves as a store of memories for us, from embarrassing first year photos to articles on some of the proudest moments of our lives. The Saine is a repository of our school’s best and most memorable experiences and I cannot advocate it more, other than for you to read it for yourself. I would just like to extend my utmost thanks and admiration for those that contributed and made this magazine possible. To the ancillary staff, students and teachers who have given their time and effort to preserving our achievements and our recollections, particularly to Mrs McCrory who I am sure you will see has done an amazing job. As you read through this I hope that many fond memories will remind you of your time spent at CBS Omagh and that these will remind you of the person you have come to be thanks to your experiences though this school, which will be an integral part of yourself and the community to which each of us will always belong to, that of the Christian Brothers’ alumni. Killian Turbitt


Saine 2011 Deputy Prefects 2011-2012 It is a great opportunity for me to represent this school and be a part of it. Although I have only been in this school for a short time it has greatly impressed me and opens its arms to welcome everyone. Our school provides great facilities and provides education to the highest standards. It is up to us to make the most of these. Daniel Corry

What I will remember most about the CBS is the great relationship I had with the teachers: all have worked in partnership with me to help me achieve my best. I feel that this camaraderie is the defining quantity of this school. At an individual level, what you can do is to get involved in extracurricular opportunities. Skills and qualities developed through such involvement will still shape us as people, when what we learnt in classes becomes distant, if happy, memory. Niall Murphy

As a year 8, oblivious of what may be ahead, the school appears daunting to say the least. Following a ‘timetable’ with about ten different subjects is enough to get the heart racing, never mind the fact you have to find your way to each of the subjects…praying that you are still on time! Every student makes the steady progression up through the school and, with the guidance and help of the teachers and staff, is refined into not only a student, but a man ready to make their own decisions in life. The extra curricular side of the school releases a new side of you and sends you down a path you didn’t even know existed. Every one has talents and the teachers are there to help you build the confidence in your ability, as well as making you tough enough to use it! Barry McDaid


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Saine Editorial Team 2011. Missing from photo Mrs Oonagh McCrory

Saine Cover Artist

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Ciaran Graham


Saine 2011 Celebrating 150 Years of the Christian Brothers in Omagh The 2010-2011 school year marked the 150th anniversary of Christian Brothers’ education in Omagh. To mark this special occasion, a variety of events and initiatives took place, involving the entire school, past pupils and members of the Christian Brothers community. In 1859, the Community of Christian Brothers first arrived in Omagh. This followed on from a request from the Bishop of Derry Rev .Dr. Kelly, seconded by the Rev M O`Kane, Parish Priest in Omagh. Both men were acutely aware of the fact that there was insufficient educational provision in existence for young Catholic boys in the area. The Old School at Mount St. Columba

And so it was that 150 years go on January 14th 1861 the school opened its doors for the first time with 121 boys turning up. Of that first intake of pupils it was recorded that

“72 could not read ….. and 27 were tolerably fit for the third reading book.” Their ages ranged from 5 to 12 years, with one exception, a Michael McCaffrey, of Castle Street, aged 15 years. The remit of the Brothers in Omagh was that “Education be gratuitous and the admission free.” On May 7th 1861 the school was placed under the patronage of Saint Columba and so adopted the title Mount Saint Columba’s Omagh Christian Brothers School. Lessons were conducted in a single storey building consisting of 2 classrooms. By 1902, the School Principal Brother, G.D. Franklin, was of the opinion that this was not enough, particularly with the advent of older pupils now wishing to avail of an Intermediate Education which meant that the Brothers now consisted of both primary and secondary students. Accordingly the Christian Brothers in Omagh recorded that “A laboratory is required to carry out the requirements of the agricultural and Technical Department and it is considered necessary that an additional storey should be placed on the school.” The addition of the new storey with its darker coloured blocks can clearly be seen in the photo of the old school at the Mount St. Columba site.

An extract from the first roll: C.B.S. – JANUARY 14th, 1861

OPEN DAY NAME John Kearney William Doherty James McQuade James Hamilton Charles McDermott Peter McElroy John McKernon John Cassidy Thomas McCrory Charles Byrne


ADDRESS Church Hill Castle Street Brook Street Brook Street Brook Street Abbey Street Deerpark Mullaghmore Brook Street Brook Street

FATHER’S OCCUPATION Baker Process Server (Orphan) Labourer Dealer Mason Labourer (Orphan) Porter Baker

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CLASSIFICATION OF STUDIES Referred to in “School Registry”

Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6

Class 1

Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Class 7 Class 8

Class 1

READING First Book Second do. Third do. Fourth do. Fifth do. Sixth do. ARITHMETIC General Principles, Notation, Numeration, Addition and Subtraction Simple Multiplication Simple Division The Compound Rules Reduction of Coin, Weights and Measures Proportion-Simple and Compound Fraction-Vulgar and Decimal Practice and the higher Rules. GRAMMAR

Class 1

Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Class 7 Class 8 Class 9

GEOGRAPHY Introductory Definitions, Natural Divisons of the Earth’s surface, Comparative View of Land and Water, Estimated Population. General Views of Europe, Asia, Africa. Ireland, England and Scotland The other countries of Europe. Countries of Asia Counties of Africa Countries of America Use of the Globes Astronomy-Solar System, Fixed Stars, Comets, etc..

HISTORY, BOOK-KEEPING, MATHEMATICS, ETC. Class 1 History Class 2 Accounts by Single Entry

Class 3

General Outline, Orthography, etc. Syntax

Class 4

Class 4 Class 5

Prosody Composition

Class 5 Class 6 Class 7 Class 8 Class 9 Class 10

Geometry-Practical and Theoretical Mensuration Linear and Architectural Drawing Algebra Trigonometry-Plane and Spherical Navigation Natural PhilomophyProporties of Bodies, Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, etc.


Saine 2011 From April 1st 1927 the Primary school now being given the official title of ‘Omagh Christian Brothers’ Public Elementary School.` By 1929 the Secondary School consisted of 100 pupils and 4 teaching staff and the Elementary (Primary) School 200 pupils and teaching 4 staff (rising to 5 in 1930). Expansion of the school continued throughout the 1940s. In 1941, another brother was added to the teaching staff of the Primary School, bringing the total number of Primary School teachers to 8. At the end of 1941, perhaps unbelievably with the eyes of today, an Electricity Supply was put into the Primary School for the first time at a cost of £23 17s. The 11+ entry exam for entry in the secondary Grammar School was introduced in 1948.

CBS Pupils in 1894

The Centenary Celebrations of the school were marked during January of 1961. On Sunday January 15th a Centenary Exhibition Concert was held, with a performance by the Artane Boys Band and a report broadcast by BBC News. A Ceili and Dances were held in the INF to commemorate the school’s centenary, with even Omagh District Council recognising the legacy of the Christian Brothers in Omagh by naming a new housing development in Omagh, ‘Centenary Park’. Such a milestone seemed to spur the school on to embark upon his most significant building change to date, relocation of the Grammar School to its present site on the old Bellevue property owned by Mr V Murnaghan on the Kevlin Road. Such a development was of critical importance when it is considered that the Grammar School roll in 1964 was 384 pupils. The new school was officially opened by the Most Reverend Rev. N Farren , the Bishop of Derry, on 30th October 1968. The 1970 & 80s saw a continued increase in pupil number and pressure placed upon the facilities of the school. In September 1984 the Brothers’ annals* record that, “The problem of serious overcrowding continues.” (The brothers have kept a handwritten diary, called annals, since coming to Omagh and so this wonderful book, with its copperplate writing, is now 150 years old. ) In 1976 the Brothers officially ended their glorious association with the primary education of Catholic boys in Omagh and the primary school, St. Colmcille’s, and concentrated solely on providing a grammar education. 1967 - Opening of New School Building

In April 1987, the ‘Pony Field’ was purchased by the school in order to help facilitate a future extension, now under the Principalship of Br. McCrohan . Thankfully, during February 1991 the department authorised the expansion of the school building. One year later in February of 1992, building commenced on the development of the new school extension. September 1993 also saw the appointment of the school’s first lay principal, Mr. Roddy Tierney. By October of 1994 the existing school building had been completely refurbished, a new Sports Hall, Multi-gym, Music Suite and state of the art Technology Suite completed. Through the dedication and perseverance of the Christian Brothers and the many teachers and support staff that have worked in the school since 1861, generations of boys have had the opportunity to become educated men, equipped with the skills and knowledge to become successful at their chosen disciplines. We have a lot to be thankful for.


Saine 2011 Some of the Brothers who have lived in the Omagh Community in the last 50 years. Finian Ennis John Ledwidge Dermott O’Neill M Noone Vincent Mullins Comghall O’Doherty P.E. Clarke Finian Nannery Walter Newell James McKenna Dominic Keane Jack O’Shea Chris Glavey

1957 1957 1958 1959 1961 1962 1963 1964 1967 1967 1968 1970 1971

Colman Reily Lawrence Canton Malachy Ryan Tim Begley Aquin Connolly Brendan Colbert Louis Nolan Ben McCrohan Justin Moroney Januarius Egan Thomas Gough Brian Monaghan

1972 1972 1974 1976 1976 1976 1980 1980 1980 1986 1986 2003

Harry Windsor 1885 – 1976 (Pupil of C.B.S. Omagh 1897 – 1903) These memories are written by Harry’s son, Dr. Clem Windsor, who wrote a book in celebration of his father’s life and achievements. Harry Windsor spent his formative years in Church Street, Omagh. He studied Medicine in Glasgow and emigrated to Australia in 1914. He became one of the foremost surgeons in that Continent; a Papal Knight of the Order of St. Gregory; a C.B.E. and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, as also were his three sons. Harry was taught by the Brothers who: “Shepherded him through his secondary school, reinforcing the rigid principles of correct religious and social behaviour instilled in him by his parents, to which he adhered till his dying day”. He recalls a Christian Brother who “…introduced himself with a hard look at the class as he placed his strap on the desk in front of him. It looked a hostile weapon at close quarters. As we were not anxious to experience it ourselves we became attentive, industrious and respectful to him, for he was a no nonsense tutor, and the very man to make the strap work in our interest, even if not for our comfort. With his change of attitude he soon began to address 1973-74 First MacRory Cup Winners us as gentlemen, and became an immediate favourite. Now and again during class he would pick up his strap and give himself a sharp smack on the hand which made him wince. That was good publicity for the strap, and was all the intimidation we needed. He left it on his desk, a functionless weapon, for he never used it on any hand but his own. We soon realised we had a fine teacher, one who gave us an interest in our studies and was concerned about the progress of every member of the class. He boosted our ideals as Brother’s boys. Honour, knowledge, courage, discipline and dutiful religious observance being the ingredients of manliness and goodness, and the basis of a successful and God loving career. He followed us to the playground and we enjoyed our games much more in his presence.’’


Saine 2011 My First Day at Omagh CBS 2010 (Eoin Byrne 8F, Aghyaran) On the morning of Thursday 2nd of September 2010, I remember waking up to my alarm clock at half past six. I realised that this was my first day at the CBS in Omagh, my new school. From the moment that I woke up I felt nervous yet anxious to get started because I knew I would get used to all the newness soon enough. I remember barely eating anything at all that morning. I hardly finished my breakfast because my stomach was sore with nerves. I got the yellow bus from the junction at the bottom of my road and when I saw that my old bus driver, Henry, was driving and I was glad to see an old face. From there we travelled seven miles to Castlederg, where I got the Ulsterbus to Omagh. At the end of that journey I thought I would throw up (but I was ok!) As I walked through the doors of the CBS, I realised that I was starting a new chapter in my life - I was starting grammar School. I could not believe how quickly primary school had gone. As I walked through the corridors I realised how much bigger the CBS was compared to my Primary School. I felt like I was a primary one pupil again, seeing all the sixth and seventh years looming over me like giants. I soon realised I wasn’t alone, as I saw all the other year eight lads around me. I walked into the assembly hall and then I was even more anxious because the information sheet stated that I was in class 8F and I knew nobody at all in my class, but I recognised a few through Gaelic football. I was led to my Form class by my Form teacher, Miss McCarron, who is also my science teacher. Although I felt extremely anxious on my first day, I know that my experiences in the CBS will offer me great opportunities through academic work, music, sport and all the other extra-curricular events. I know that if I work hard in the CBS I will go far in life. As I sat at my desk in my form class for the first time, I thought, let the mayhem begin!!!!!

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Saine 2011 Celebration Night at the CBS The CBS formally began a year of celebrations with a Mass and night of reminiscing. Staff, clergy and past pupils all enjoyed the opportunity to browse the photos on display and look for old faces and friends.

Past Pupils and School Chaplains con-celebrate the Mass

Guests at the Mass

Brother Gough and Ciaran Canavan bringing up the gifts

The School choir entertain the guests

Christian Brothers from all over Ireland came to join in the celebration

Guests enjoy looking at the old DVD footage

Christopher, Francis, Anthony and Gregory White at the celebration.


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Staff - past and present - enjoy the evening

Looking for familiar faces in the various displays

Looking through the special commemoration book - copies still available to purchase at reception!

From Music to Magic, with Drama and a Warrior Dance In Between!! Celebrating 150 years of talent in Omagh CBS The date was Monday 27th June 2011, the time was 7p.m and the event was a showcase of the amazing wealth of diverse talent among our pupils. With the infamous Mr.O’Hara, the doyen of Derry as compere, each act was introduced with humour and enthusiasm. Each act was reflective of a particular era throughout the past 150 years, while James White and Ruairí Hanratty provided a narrative to each era. Firstly, James McCaffrey, Sean Dolan, Mark McCrystal and Ryan Hackett entertained us with their traditional Irish musical talents. Mark then took to the stage alone and brought us back to the 1890s with his rendition of “The Entertainer”. Next, Lee McCrystal put Michael Flatley to shame with his amazing Irish dancing skills, while a group of Year 8 Irish students led my Oisín Mac Salaigh showed the 12

New Zealand “All Blacks” how it should be done with their performance of “An Haka Gaelach”. We were transformed to the dance halls of the 1950s by Jonathan Kirwan, Lee McCrystal, Conor Harpur, Michael Hodkinson and Enda Dolan with their performance of Chuck Berry’s “Go Johnny, Go, Go Go.” Representatives of the school’s Drama Club then performed a short play written by Mrs Pearson reflecting the events in the classrooms of 1861 and 2011. Ryan Kelly’s impressive performance as the Christian Brother in his black soutane brought many older audience members back to their childhood days! The era of “flower power” was brought back to life by Barry McDaid, Edward Byrne, Corey Mathers, Michael Hodkinson and Aaron McCallen with their impressive performance of The Beatles’

Saine 2011 ‘’With a little help from my friends.” Other musical entertainment was provided by The Horslips and Year 8 students Patrick McCrystall, Connor McGread, Caolan Teague, Conan Byrne, Cu-Mhara Duffy and Conor Gormley who gave us a beautiful version of Oasis’ “Wonderwall”.

The show finished with truly memorable musical performances by Jonathan Kirwan who sang an alternative and haunting version of “Take On Me” by AHA, and Padhraic Colton, Rory McCann, Andrew Masterson and Barry McDaid with “In your atmosphere” by John Meyer and “I Still haven’t found what I’m looking for” by U2.

Jack Higginbottom left us completely amazed and baffled with his amazing magical card tricks while Faolan Friel’s entertaining and confident performance of the elderly bachelor had us rolling in the aisles with his rendition of “Divil the one’ll have me’’ by Jimmy Rafferty.

All in all, the concert was a resounding success and cemented the knowledge the boys of Omagh CBS have a wealth of musical and dramatic talent to share with the world!

CBS Traditional Group

Our sleek haired Compere Mr O’Hara!

Comperes extraordinaire- James and Ruairí

Faolan Friel as the hilarious bachelor!

Jack Higginbottom entertaining the crowds with his amazing card tricks!

Conor Gormley,Cu Mhara Duffy, and Conan Byrne performing a U2 hit accompanied by Caolan Teague and Patrick McCrystal

Ryan Kelly as the 19th Century Christian Brother providing a few scary memories! 13

Saine 2011 CBS Launch Tree Planting Initiative The first Christian Brothers came to Omagh and opened a school on 14th January 1861. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the opening of this first Christian Brothers’ school in Omagh, a tree will be planted for every student currently at the school. Year 14 Applied Business Studies students have set up a mini-enterprise with the aim of selling and planting an additional 150 trees to help mark this momentous occasion. This means that over 1100 trees will be planted in local communities around Omagh during National Tree Planting Week, which runs from 27th November to 5th December. The Conservation Volunteers and Omagh District Council will work with Year 8 and Year 14 CBS students to plant the trees at An Creggan Centre, Loughnacrory Community Centre, Drumduff/ Drumnakilley, Eskra Community Centre, the Sugar and Spice Playgroup, Drumquinn and at the school’s playing fields at Coolnagard. The most common species being planted will be alder, birch and rowan as the sites generally have quite wet acidic conditions, with ash and oak being planted in some of the sites where ground conditions are drier. The CBS tree project will go a long way in supporting our local wildlife. Woodland is an important habitat that is continually under threat and it is worrying that the UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with only 4% native woodland cover. The extensive tree planting project will also make a major contribution to lowering the carbon footprint of the school. This project will also help

CBS pupils participate in tree planting project.


deliver a local Omagh District Council initiative, the Omagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan, that aims to conserve and enhance Omagh’s biodiversity. Through planting more woodland in Omagh, this project will help to combat climate change, improve the environment and provide much needed spaces for wildlife and people and it is hoped that it will enhance our local environment for the next 150 years. This will be a valuable educational experience for the CBS students as Martin Lawson from CVNI and Julie Connolly, the Biodiversity Officer from Omagh District Council, will also work with our students to explain how to plant and look after trees and the importance of conservation and biodiversity for our environment. The Year 14 Applied Business Studies students invited local businesses to purchase a tree and to make a contribution to help cover any travel costs incurred in the tree planting venture and would like to acknowledge the support received from the local business community, especially The Shoppers Rest, Omagh Cinema, Sally’s nightclub and McDermott’s and Sons. All money left over from the venture will be donated to school’s main charity, the St. Vincent De Paul society, to assist with the excellent work the society does in our local community.

Mrs Devlin lends a hand..

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Gerard McCabe and Shane Sweeney take over.

Three pupils admire their work.

Eoghan McGread accompanies two first year students.

Nigel Brannigan’s group observe the finished piece.

Joseph Murray directs two first year students.


Saine 2011 Senior Prize-giving 2011 On Friday 16th September 2011, Senior Prize-giving celebrated the achievements of our students over the previous year. Mr Brannigan welcomed the Class of 2011 in particular, stating: “Thank you for taking time from your preparations to leave home to join us here tonight. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution to the life of our school over the last seven years. The last month has been a stressful time for many of you and your parents as you have waited to secure a place on a course in a suitable college or university given the unprecedented surge in applications for university places this year. On behalf of you and your parents, I would like to thank the teachers in the school’s careers department who guided you through the application process and, in particular, Mrs Corona McMorrow, who has worked tirelessly for many long hours over the last four weeks negotiating with universities to secure those places.” Mr Brannigan continued, “I offer a special welcome to our guest speaker, Michael Forde. Michael is a past pupil of Omagh CBS, from 1996 to 2003, who is now working as a barrister in private practice and we are privileged to have him with us tonight. Our prize-giving ceremony tonight acknowledges the achievements in the academic, sporting, cultural and extra curricular life of the school. 2010-11 was a great year for Omagh CBS with success for our students in so many areas. It was a special year for us as we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the opening of the first Christian Brothers School in Omagh on 14th January 1861 and throughout the last year we have had many important events to celebrate 150 years of education in the Christian Brothers tradition. Tonight we will recognise those who contributed to the success of those events. In the last year, we organised a sponsored tree planting event. We planted over a thousand trees in the local community which forms our catchment area and on our own grounds, one tree for each member of our school community. The funds raised from this event were presented to the local conferences of St Vincent de Paul conference. Our celebrations in the school on 4th March to launch our anniversary book of 150 years of Christian Brothers’ education in Omagh were a 16

great success with so many generations of past pupils re-visiting their old school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Declan Forde, father of tonight’s guest speaker Michael Forde, for his excellent work with Corona McMorrow in the production of the book. At the end of the 2010-11 school year, we had the class reunion of the past pupils who came to the school in 1961-62 and who were the first senior pupils to come to this building from the old school at Mount St Columba now St Colmcille’s. It was a very enjoyable occasion and they relived their youth with a tour of the school and dinner in the school. Our celebrations will continue through the autumn and culminate in a Mass for the whole school community on Friday 13th January 2012. Excellence in teaching and learning is one of the five key elements of our Edmund Rice Schools Trust Charter and the results produced by our students in public examinations in 2011 reached the high standards of previous years and great credit must go to the students and their teachers for their hard work and dedication and to the parents for their vital support. All students completing Post-16 studies qualified for entry to third level courses and your programme shows the careers and courses that they have chosen to follow. The brilliant achievements by so many of our A level students can be seen by wide range of premium colleges and universities that they will attend in the next few weeks. I congratulate all of our students who sat their GCSE, AS level and A level examinations in 2011 and all of their teachers in helping them to achieve these excellent results. In particular, high achievement is marked by the award of the Br Nolan Memorial Medal to five students who each achieved at least Grade A in four subjects and the top award of the Br Begley Memorial Medal to our former Head Prefect, Eoin McGread, who achieved an astounding grade A* in three subjects and grade A in two more. At GCSE level, it was another successful story in 2011 and we will have a separate ceremony in school before mid-term break to present the GCSE certificates to our current Year 13 students. Tonight you will see exceptional achievement by our GCSE students with Luke Davis awarded the Principal’s medal for his outstanding achievement of 10 A* grades and an A grade at GCSE level as well as being the top student in six subjects. The depth of achievement by our GCSE

Saine 2011 students is shown by the O’Donnell Bequest being shared by four students who achieved nine or more A* grades at GCSE.�

for their accomplishments. Good luck to all the young men leaving for various universities across Ireland and the UK, we hope your days at Omagh CBS stay with you.

Mr Brannigan continued to praise the achievements in all areas of school life in addition to the academic. Congratulations to all students who were rewarded

M Mc Kenna (Head of Business Studies), S. Mc Laughlin (Head of ICT), A. White (Vice Principal and Head of English)and U. Doherty (Head of Technology) with Ryan Falls, M. Forde (guest speaker), S. Meegan (Board of Governors), Ciaran Canavan; top student in English literature and Eoin Mc Gread; top student in Design and Technology. Eoin also received Br Begley Memorial award for Best Achievement at A level.

Br. Gough, P. Brannigan, ( Principal) S. Meegan, Dr. P Mc Cann, F. Donnelly (Chairman of Omagh District Council) P. Mc Kenna and Dr. P. Quinn ( Board of Governors) with Teresa Mc Guigan and Monica Coyle from Omagh Volunteer Centre receiving the Blessed Edmund Rice Trophy. 17

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Fr T Canning receives the Bishop Daly Shield from Bro Gough for Contribution to the Community. Also included are P. Brannigan (Principal), P. Mc Kenna, P. Mc Cann, S. Meegan, and Dr. P. Quinn. (Board of Governors.)

Top achievement at A Level: Matthew Mc Caffrey; Cormac Corry and Meehal Meenagh winners of the Bro Nolan Memorial Medal and Eoin Mc Gread recipient of Br Begley Memorial with P. Brannigan (Principal), M. Forde (Guest speaker) and S. Meegan Board of Governors. Missing from photo are Cathal Donnelly and Conor Bradley.

P. Brannigan, ( Principal) M. Forde, (guest speaker) and S. Meegan Board of Governors with David Mc Ginn Special achievement at AS Level, T. Bradley (Board of governors) and Meehal Meenagh; Special achievement at A Level.

R .Clarke and S. Foster from KIT Ireland, M. Mc Gowan (Head of RE), C Mc Bride, (Head of PE) P. Brannigan (Principal) with top students in their subjects Gerard Mc Cabe and Niall Slevin. 18

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P. Mc Nabb Head of Construction, S. Mc Callion, M. Forde, (guest speaker) D. Maginnis, (Head of History and Politics) and T Bradley (Head of Geography) with P. Brannigan, Steven Hall, (Top in Art) Daniel Mc Elhatton; top student in Construction, Matthew Mc Caffrey, (Top student in Geography) James Ghent (Top student in Politics) and S. Meegan (Board of Governors)

C. Mc Bride, (Head of P.E.) S Foster ( KIT Ireland), P. Brannigan. Mr Laird (Laird’s Jewellers), with John Mc Cullagh and Ronan O Neill for Contribution to Sport.

S. Meegan, P. Mc Kenna, Dr. P. Mc Cann, and Dr P. Quinn (Board of Governors) with Conor Harpur receiving the Roddy O’ Connor Shield. Missing is Lee Mc Crystal.

A. White (Vice Principal and Head of English), S. Meegan, M. Forde, D. Maginnis, A. Murphy ( Ulster Herald) and P. Brannigan with Barry Fitzgerald (top in History) James Ghent, (top in Politics) and Conor Conway (top in Moving Image Arts)

S. Meegan, A. Gallagher, (English Department) P. Mc Kenna and P. Brannigan (Principal) with Kaylan Downes and James White who received the Bogues Trophy for Public Speaking. 19

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F. Moriarty, P. Brannigan and R. Clarke (KIT Ireland) with Ryan Mayse and John Mc Cullagh, recipients of Ulster Colleges All Star Football Award.


Dr. P Quinn and P. Brannigan with Eoin Mc Gread and Conor Clarke who completed seven years with full attendance.

G. Fretigny (Head of Music) and D. Browne (Head of Art) with top students in their subjects Michael Hodkinson and Steven Hall.

G. Fretigny (Head of Music) and D. Browne (Head of Art) with Steven Hall and Andrew Masterson who received the Arts Endeavour Award.

P. Brannigan (Principal) R. Clarke and S. Foster from KIT Ireland with Rory Mc Bride tops student in Sport Studies.

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Top Left: Awards for tennis - Matthew McAleer, Patrick O’Neill, Simon Curran and Jared Monaghan Above: Gaelic Football Awards. Brock - Peter Cassidy, Corn Na Nog -Tiarnan McNamee, Rannafast - Pascal Donnelly, Nannery - Gerard Duddy, Dalton - Aidan Fullerton Left: Award for Public Speaking - James White and Kaylan Downes.

Pupils receiving 8 or more A grades at GCSE. Missing from photo Joe Furey, Charlie Mc Anea, Rory Mc Donagh and Patrick Roche.


Saine 2011 Student Destinations - Class of 2011


Name Fitzgerald Armstrong Armstrong Askin Bradley Bradley Brannigan Bresnahan Byrne

Barry Matthew Liam Fergal Connor Darragh Nigel Aindriu Sean

Subject Accounting Agricultural Technology Mechanical Engineering Pharmacy Actuarial Science Sports Studies Deferred Marine Science Environmental Health



Business Information Technology

Catterson Chesters

Ronan Joel

Quantity Surveying Computing



B.Ed Primary, Physical Education

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Saine 2011 Open Day 2011 Despite the terrible weather conditions in December and January, the CBS threw open the doors to a huge crowd of P7 students and their families. As well as touring the school to experience the facilities the school has to offer firsthand, principal Mr Brannigan also spoke, highlighting the vast improvements within the building. Mr Brannigan stated, “Some of you who are past pupils will see a school today that you barely recognise. Over the last 5 years, we have spent £1,000,000 on our buildings to make them fully accessible and providing a new Home Economics Suite, a new Science lab, extended our ICT facilities to 10 specialist rooms, a new study centre for A level students, a Wellbeing Centre and a new library facility.” Mr Brannigan also drew attention to the Inspection which took place throughout the school in October. He noted that: “The Inspectors have reported that the quality of education provided by our school is very good and they found our main strengths to be: • The high levels of maturity, confidence and courtesy of the pupils • The high standards achieved in public examinations • The quality of teaching where in over one half of the lessons observed was very good or outstanding • The commitment of our teaching and nonteaching staff to meeting the needs of the boys • The very good strategic leadership provided by the principal and his Senior Leadership Team • The work of the governors and the support they provide for the teachers and pupils In all of the main areas inspected, the Inspectors reported that the provision was very good, in particular, they praised our teaching & learning, pastoral care, learning support, careers education and health promotion. Our students regularly achieve top places in Northern Ireland in GCSE and ‘A’ Level and we are consistently one of the best performing schools for boys. In 2010, our students took first and second places in N.Ireland in Applied Business and Business Studies A levels. Good examination results and achieving a place on a course in a premium university are necessary if our students are to pursue their chosen careers.” In addition Mr Brannigan stressed the importance of

career guidance and enhancing all the opportunities offered to students at the school, particularly in the current economic climate. “We aim to ensure that every student at Omagh CBS has the opportunity to achieve his ambitions. Our class of 2010 leavers are now following a wide range of courses at university level which include medicine, pharmacy, teaching, law, engineering, computer science, business, accountancy, architecture, sports science and the arts. Our students receive the best possible careers advice from Year 8 to Year 14 to ensure that they choose the best career path to enable them to realise their ambitions. The students entering our school next September may follow similar paths but we are preparing our young people for a rapidly changing world! Our programmes of study and courses will prepare these young men for a future that no one has yet imagined. It is with this in mind that we offer the widest choice of GCSE and Post 16 courses available within any boys’ Grammar School in Northern Ireland. We continue to develop this provision with additional courses to meet the changing needs of our students. This may mean dropping some courses to bring in others which better meet the needs of our boys as they move on to university or increasingly directly to the workplace. We are part of the Omagh Learning Community and we provide courses for the children in the other schools in Omagh. We have girls from Loreto in our GCSE Performing Arts, boys and girls from Drumragh College attend for A level English, Maths, Further Maths and Applied Business classes in Omagh CBS. Last year, a student from Omagh Academy achieved first place in N.Ireland in A level Further Maths after being taught in Omagh CBS. Into the future, we will continue to expand this facility for the other schools, providing the subjects and courses needed by all young people in Omagh schools. Ensuring that children with different uniforms are a common sight in our school and playing our part in developing a shared future for West Tyrone.” Mr Brannigan wished all the P7 students good luck with whatever their futures held in store.


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Conor McGread illustrates aspects of the Construction course.

Eoin Bradley works out in the gym.

Enjoying refreshments and entertainment at the CBS Open Day.

Daniel Murray demonstrates chromatography to parents. Local families enjoy refreshments while listening to entertainment proovided by the Music department.

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Browsing through GCSE Technology portfolios.

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Jonathon Kirwin entertains local families.

Faolan Friel captures audiences in Drama.

P7 students enjoy tasty treats in Home Economics.

Primary 7 students making magnets in Art.

Cathal Gallagher demonstrates the boxing equipment at the CBS.

Primary 7 students try out the facilities in the Games Club.

Viewing a Year 8 student’s model of a Norman Castle Rory McCann, Barry McDaid and Padhraic Colton in History. highlight the talent in the music department.

Year 9 CBS students make pencil holders for the Primary 7 students.

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Saine 2011 Charity Events

Year 8 students present Housing Aid Bosnia and MacMillan Cancer with substantial amounts.

Year 9 Pupils raised a colossal sum of £810 for the Western Branch – National Autism Society. This money was raised to coincide and support Peter Ward in 9F as he embarked upon a sponsored Kayak and walk in November 2010. Peter’s Mum and Dad represented his fundraising campaign for Autism and thanked all the Year 9 Pupils for their support to Peter and his Charity. Left: Miss O’Neill with Peter Ward and his mum.

Year 10 Pupils raised a massive £1229.22 for the ‘Omagh & District Down’s Syndrome Support Group over the last year through a variety of activities. A small group representing the Year then presented a cheque to Mrs Catherine Masterson, Chairperson of the Group. Well done Year 10!

(L-R : Finnbarr Clarke, Pearse O’Neill, Liam Brogan, Ben Mc Grath, Mrs. Catherine Masterson)


Saine 2011 Post 16 Fundraising - The Spirit of Paul McGirr

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“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but teach him to fish and you feed him for life.” On the 10th Anniversary of Paul’s death the young people of Dromore set up a group called the ‘Spirit of Paul Mc Girr’. The group aims to raise both funds and volunteers to support communities of Lusaka, Zambia. ‘The Spirit of Paul McGirr’ aim is to serve the needs of the people of Lusaka, Zambia and offer them some of the resources necessary to improve themselves, their families and their community. They wish to see a world where no-one lives in poverty, fear or oppression; where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities and choices essential to a long health and creative life; a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

The SMA Missionary Priests and Friends of Africa are already well established in Zambia and have founded many worthwhile and productive projects where the need is most urgent. Most initiatives involve the training of the young generation in the skills they need to be self sustaining including bricklaying, baking, sewing, horticulture, farming and carpentry. In the past we contributed to ‘The Spirit of Paul McGirr’ Christmas Shoe Box Appeal; this year our Post 16 students supported 100 pre-school children (30 of these pupils have special needs) who are in an orphanage, by providing the following basic resources: lined exercise books, blank exercise books, crayons, toothpaste, toothbrushes, face cloths and towels.

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Year 14 Applied Business Students present proceeds from their business venture to the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.

Charity Events - St Vincent de Paul

CBS Pupils and Principal Mr Paul Brannigan present a cheque to Nataline Dolan for St. Vincent De Paul Killyclogher.


Michael Donnelly from St Vincent De Paul St Columba Conference receives a cheque for monies raised through the school’s non uniform day.

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CBS Students and Principal Mr Brannigan present the money they rasied through their non uniform day to Mrs Marie Conway from the St. Vincent De Paul Society Strathroy.

CBS Pupils and Principal Mr Paul Brannigan present a cheque to Nataline Dolan for St. Vincent De Paul Killyclogher.

Michael Donnelly from St Vincent De Paul St Columba Conference receives a cheque for monies raised through the school’s non uniform day.

CBS Students and Principal Mr Brannigan present the money they rasied through their non uniform day to Mrs Marie Conway from the St. Vincent De Paul Society Strathroy.


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Saine 2011 Kaylan Downe’s Artwork adorns the walls of the Ulster Museum, Belfast. Many congratulations to Kaylan Downes 9E, as his award winning ‘Birds of Paradise’ Painting featured in the 56th Texaco Children’s Art Exhibition on display in the Ulster Museum, Belfast. Kaylan was awarded a Special Merit in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition in the previous academic year, for his artwork. Well done Kaylan!

Kaylan’s work on display in the Ulster Museum.


Saine 2011 KS3/KS4 Art Award of the Month 2010/2011 To recognise the talent and efforts of our Art Students in KS3 and KS4 the Art Department re-launched Arts Award, whereby all students were considered for the Arts Award at the end of each month, based on their efforts with both class and homework.

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Saine 2011 Business Studies at the CBS – A History In September 1994 GCSE Business Studies was introduced into the school to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit among the students. Such was its popularity that A Level Business Studies was then introduced in September, 1996 to replace A Level Economics which Mr Tony Brogan had taken care of for many years. The ‘new’ department began work in September 1996 with four teachers delivering GCSE and A Level Business Studies. They enjoyed early success when amongst the first cohort of A Level students, Martin Gaine achieved 1st place in the examination in N.Ireland. In this growing and vibrant department, A Level Business Studies students interested in pursuing a career in Accountancy or Business / Management, could also study GCSE Accounts. The practical application of business methods has always been important in the department, starting in March 1999, when three members of the Business Studies department and ‘A’ Level students attended a Student Conference on Business Management in Practice in the Everglades, Derry. This was organised by Miss Maria McElhone on behalf of The Society of Teachers in Business Education. The Management involved in these conferences were such high fliers as Mr Kevin Duffy, General Manager for Bank of Ireland Asset Management in Europe, Mrs Mary Breslin - Total Engineering, Ms Ciara Devine - British Telecom, Mr Kieran Mulgrew - St Brendan’s, Mr John O’Kane – Singularity and Ms Zita Murnanaghan – LEDU. This imitated the links with industry, so important to an understanding of the subject. Educational visits to Belleek Pottery and Moy Park followed. In March 2000 A Level Business Studies students attended a Student Conference, in Du Pont, Derry, which was organised by Mrs Maria McKenna, Mr Joe McCafferty, Thornhill College and Mrs Sadie Bergin (NIBEP) on behalf of The Society of Teachers in Business Education. The Management involved in this conference on this occasion was Mr Gerry Murray, Business Editor of Derry Journal, Mr Jim McColgan, NORIBIC, Mr George Fitzpatrick, BT, Mr John Foram, Sainsburys, Mr George Dawson, Arena, Ms Karen Houlihan, Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau, Mr Stuart Pollard, Du Pont and Mr Robin Young, Saint Brendan’s Liqueur. This reflected the changing economic climate in N.Ireland and the 44

dynamic nature of the department, always in touch with ever changing trends. September 2000 brought the introduction of ‘Curriculum 2000’; and we extended our provision to offer OCR’s Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education in Business; the equivalent of two A Levels. Our industrial visits this year included Mrs McMorrow and our AVCE students attending a student Conference organised by NIBEP and the Cookstown and Dungannon Partnership., while our Post 16 students visited Desmonds, Nestle, Finlay Hydrascreens and NTL. The Society of Teachers in Business Education, Annual Student Conference for all schools in the North West was postponed due the restrictions enforced as a result of the Foot and Mouth disease; however two Year 13 students attended the PriceWaterHouseCoopers Student conference during their Easter holidays in April 2001. Developing this contact enabled several students from the department to acquire valuable work placements with this company. During the academic year 2001-2002 our Post 16 students visited Desmonds, Omagh Leisure Centre and Garden Creations in Omagh. Mrs Corona McMorrow assisted a group of Year 13 students participating in The Young Consumers Competition in March 2002. They won the local heat and obtained a place in the final where they were beaten by just one mark. During the academic year 2002-2003 our students visited P & O Ferries (Larne), Desmonds, Omagh Leisure Centre, Silver Birches Hotel and Tyrone Crystal. In March 2003 all Business Studies staff, students and their families were asked to assist Omagh District Council with the completion of a questionnaire to evaluate the services provided by the council and so influence strategic planning. Pupils also participated in various programmes and competitions including The Young Consumers Competition in March 2002; achieving second place in the Local Area heat. In the June 2004 examinations, Peter McCrossan achieved 1st place in A Level Business Studies in N.Ireland. In November 2004,our students participated in The Association for Chartered Certified Accountants Business Challenge. After reaching the all-Ireland stage, our students traveled to Dublin where they were placed runners-up out of the 200+ teams that took part. In June 2005,

Saine 2011 there was a Year 14 industrial visit to Erinvale Health Products to assist students with preparation for their A Level examination. All Year 13 A Level and Applied Business students attended the Invest Northern Ireland – ‘Start a Business’ Conference on 22nd April 2005, which proved a very insightful experience. In the summer 2005 examinations, Patrick McLaughlin achieved 1st place in Applied Business, continuing the department’s outstanding record of examination success. During the academic year 2005 / 2006, Year 13 Applied Business students had an Industrial visit to Lusty Beg Island and Meteor. This was to inform and enhance their portfolio work. Year 14 Applied Business students visited Strathroy Diary for the same purpose. Mr Joe Kincaid, the owner of the franchise, The Sandwich Company gave a presentation to our Year 11 students and encouraged them to consider a career as an entrepreneur. Mr Fearghal Quinn arranged for students to participate in the Irish Independent Student Investment Challenge competition; our students not only had a very enjoyable learning experience, but achieved very respectable placings, all in the top 500;out of 1500 entries. As part of the Omagh-Sligo Partnership, Mr Quinn facilitated 15 of our Year 11 Business Studies students who participated in the ‘Export for Success’ competition. This required the students to draw up a Business Plan for Crisps that were to be exported; their idea was then presented to other students from Omagh and Sligo. Our students achieved a very credible second place and invaluable work experience. In addition, A Level student Terence Fisher achieved second place in the N.Ireland GCE Business Studies examination, before going on to study Accounting and Finance at the prestigious London School of Economics. In the June 2008 examinations, Barry Duffy and Micheal McDermott achieved 2nd and 3rd places respectively, in Applied Business. Ronan McNabb & Ciaran McCoy were also placed in the top 10 in the UK in Leisure Studies. September 2008 brought with it the challenge of the introduction of the new AS/ A2 Business Studies specification. Year 13 Applied Business students visited Todd’s Leap, Ballygawley and The Bite Group, Enniskillen as preparation for portfolio work. Continuing the department’s successful record in public examinations,GCSE student, Dylan McLaughlin achieved joint third place in Business Studies.

During the academic year 2008-2009, the Business Studies department was involved in a range of fundraising activities with St Vincent de Paul, War on Want and The Cormac Trust. This was most beneficial in helping the students develop a sense of corporate responsibility as well as develop their portfolios. In November 2009, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide celebration of enterprise run by over 75 countries around the world and involving over three million people, our Year 11 Business Studies class worked in teams to come up with a ‘new and innovative’ idea. The team chosen to represent the school in the Western region came up with the idea of ‘thermal gel radiators’. They won the Western Region in November, the Northern Ireland Final in Belfast and went on to represent Northern Ireland in the UK Finals in London in December 2009. Their success is being highlighted in the DVD to promote the 2010-2011 competition for Invest NI. Year 14 Applied Business students organised two extra-curricular activities; Wii Tennis and a Guitar Hero competition to enhance their managerial skills and raise money for local charities. Year 13 students visited Tayto and Subway for portfolio building. Asda’s HR manager, Mrs Sylvia Alexander visited the school to inform students of the role of the company’s human resource manager. Todd’s Leap, Omagh Leisure Centre and Fit 4 Life as part of their portfolio work. They also put their managerial skills into practice by arranging two successful extra-curricular activities; Gaelic Competition for 6 feeder primary schools and a soccer competition for Year 10 pupils. The current Business Studies department endeavours to meet the demands of the ever changing commercial world, by encompassing to positive effect: GCSE Business Studies, A Level Accounting, A Level Business Studies, Applied Business and Leisure Studies. The current members of the department are Mrs Corona McMorrow, Mrs Claire McHugh, Mr Fearghal Quinn and Mrs Maria McKenna.


Saine 2011 Omagh Town Centre Survey On Monday 27th September 2010 our Year 11 GCSE Business Studies class completed a town survey of the form of ownership of the businesses in Market Street, High Street and Scarffes Entry. The following were our findings: - Sole Traders - Partnerships - Private Limited Company - Public Limited Company - Franchise - Charity - Co-op - Closed / Vacant

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Conclusion Omagh town centre is very dependent on Sole Trader businesses. The larger stores are generally located outside the town centre e.g. The Show Grounds or the Retail Park.

GCSE Business Students Visit Belfast International Airport Year 12 GCSE Business Studies class travelled to Belfast International Airport as part of their primary research for the GCSE Controlled Assessment. We met with Mrs Deborah Harris, Marketing Manager, who gave us some invaluable information to assist us with the Assessment.

Marketing Manager Deborah Harris explains how an airport business is run.

Year 12 Business Studies Class at Belfast International Airport.


In the boardroom learning about how the airport operates.

Saine 2011 Year 13 Applied Business Studies Class Visit to Sally’s

As a Year 13 Applied Business Studies class we visited Sally’s to get a deeper insight into the business we all know for its fantastic food and fantastic service. For our Business Studies coursework we needed a local, successful and well run business to visit and Sally’s ticks all these boxes. During a Business Studies class we walked down to Sally’s and got to meet the owner. We were instantly welcomed by Oonagh McGirr with open arms as soon as we walked into the highly impressive premises.

The first thing our whole class noticed as Sally’s loomed over us is how well looked after the building is and the high quality of the design. This was one of the first enquiries of one of our fellow class members about the new building design, “How long and how much did it take to build the new Sally’s?” Oonagh told the class that the new building cost the business £4 million and took 18 months to build. She was extremely helpful with any enquiries the class had about the business. She then took us for a tour around the different departments such as the restaurant, nightclub, lounge and the many different smoking rooms to meet new regulations. After the tour she took us up to the VIP lounge, where we were treated like VIP’s. She offered us juice and she sat us down and she told us every small detail which was extremely helpful for our coursework. By Jonathon Devine 13B

Adam and Barra take in their surroundings.


Saine 2011 AS Leisure Studies Trips For their Unit 3 portfolio, 12 AS Leisure Studies students visited three local enterprises. The organisations visited were Omagh Leisure Complex, Sally O’Briens and personal training centre Fit for Life. These visits gave the students an opportunity to probe the proprietors on the marketing, financial, human resources and customer service aspects of their business. Leisure Studies class visit Fit for Life.

Leisure Studies Students Host Primary School Blitz


On Tuesday 5th April 2011 over 80 students from 8 local primary schools took part in a Gaelic Blitz at Omagh CBS. The event was organised by the A2 Leisure Studies class as part of their course. St Columbkille’s Carrickmore overcame a strong challenge from St Mary’s Killyclogher to claim the title. The teams were managed by Tyrone Senior colleagues Stephen O’Neill and Mark Donnelly. It was O’Neill’s Killyclogher that raced into an early lead, with Oran Grimes to the fore. Killyclogher lead by 5 points at half time but a strong second half performance by the Carmen side resulted in the

Carrickmore students running out winners on a score line of 8:9 to 4:8. On the way to the final the Carrickmore School overcame the challenge of St.Patrick’s Gortin, Our lady of Lourdes Greencastle, St Conors Omagh and St Colmcilles Omagh. St Marys Killyclogher made there way to the final by beating Christ the King Strathroy, Sacred Heart Tattyreagh and St Colmcilles Omagh. The tournament produced some excellent football from all eight teams involved, with the final in particular being of a very good standard.

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Pictured above are the winning team from St Columbkille’s Carrickmore and their teacher Mr Mark Donnelly.

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Stephen O’Neill gives his charges some last words of wisdom.

St Mary’s Killyclogher player Oran Grimes collected the Player of the Tournament award from A2 Leisure Studies Student Ronan O’Neill.


Saine 2011 Disability Awareness Day On Thursday 31st March the Year 14 Leisure Studies class organised a Disability Awareness Day for the Year 11 GCSE PE groups. The course was delivered by Paul O’ Callaghan and Diarmuid Marsden who are representatives of the GAA Ulster Council. It was extremely beneficial that Paul and Diarmuid accepted the invitation to attend and teach about the various disabilities. The day began with a 40 minute theory lesson which took place in the Assembly Hall where the 42 students involved were educated about the 14 different disabilities that Paul and Diarmuid focused on. This theory element ran between 10.15am and 11am where the students had their break as normal. The event would re-start at 11.15am with the practical aspect of the event.


The practical aspect took place in the Sports Hall. The purpose behind these games and activities, and the event in general, was to provide the students with an insight into the life of a range of disabled people and the difficulties they face when competing in sport. The games and activities provided some good entertainment and laughs making this event a worthwhile programme as the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day as they became increasingly aware of the potential barriers to disabled people in sport. We at Omagh CBS would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul and Diarmuid for their time and effort in providing expert teaching and coaching as it was very much appreciated.

Saine 2011 English The Times Spelling Bee Pictured are first year students Darragh Grimes, Peadar Mullan, Davog McCaffrey and Patrick McCrystal, who represented the school so ably in the annual Times Spelling Bee in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. The students were up against twelve local schools for a place in the finals in London. The competition was fierce, but the boys confidently coped with the rigours of the Quick Fire Round and the Team Challenge to finish in a very credible fourth place. Mrs Gallagher travelled with the team, and a great day out was had by all. The team encourage all new first years to have a go at winning the school spelling bee and getting on next year’s team and hopefully making it all the way to London. The school heat was organised by Mrs Gallagher, assisted by Mrs Pearson.

Spelling Bee representatives Darragh, Peadar, Davog & Patrick.

Mrs Gallagher grills Year 8 competitors.

Year 14 students judge the Spelling Bee.

Mrs Pearson looks for the correct answer from eager audience members.


Saine 2011 Public Speaking and Spelling Bee Year 8 Pictured are Faolan Friel, Charlie Gerroni and John McGurk, winners of the first year public speaking competition. The competition was open to all first years and class heats were held before the grand final in the assembly hall. The twelve finalists spoke on a wide variety of topics ranging from the pros and cons of school uniform to the advantages of growing a beard. It was an extremely difficult job for the judges to choose a winner, but Faolan proved a very confident winner on the day, with Charlie a close second and John a credible third with a very funny speech. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can’t wait for a return match next year. They recommend all first years get involved and give public speaking a go.

Year 8 Public Speaking Winners Faolan, Charlie & John.

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Kaylan, John & James, proud winners of the Year 9 Public Speaking Competition.

Pictured are Faolan Friel, Charlie Gerroni and John McGurk, winners of the first year public speaking competition. The competition was open to all first years and class heats were held before the grand final in the assembly hall. The twelve finalists spoke on a wide variety of topics ranging from the pros and cons of school uniform to the advantages of growing a beard. It was an extremely difficult job for the judges to choose a winner, but Faolan proved a very confident winner on the day, with Charlie a close second and John a credible third with a very funny speech. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can’t wait for a return match next year. They recommend all first years get involved and give public speaking a go. The competition was organised by Mrs Gallagher, the judges were Mr. McCloskey, Mr. White and Mrs R. Gallagher. A special word of thanks goes to the Year 13 Moving Image students who made a film of the proceedings.

Youth Speak Competition Pictured are Year 9 students Kaylan Downes and James White who represented the school in this year’s Youthspeak public speaking competition. The competition is organised by the local district council and focuses on environmental issues, this year’s focus was cutting food waste. Students from all over the district competed in the area final in the local sports’ centre. Both Kaylan and James spoke passionately and confidently on the topic and they were a great credit to the school, with their well thought out speeches and confident delivery. Both students enjoyed the experience enormously and are looking forward to competing in other competitions in the future.

Kaylan Downes & James White represented the CBS at the competition.


Saine 2011 Year 9 Student Wins Ulster Herald Competition Ryan Brogan in 9A was recently crowned the winner of the Ulster Herald (Secondary) Short Story Competition. Ryan is pictured on his trip to the Herald Office in Omagh where he received a guided tour of all the areas that make up our popular local paper. Ryan’s story was presented to him in print and he also received a £35 Supervalu Voucher for his effort.

Creative Writing Halloween - By Arter Kusek The cold rain was beating down and the trees surrounding me did nothing to stop it soaking me to the skin. Shivering I turned around, sure I had heard someone behind me. But all I could see were the shadows of the trees, swaying in the howling wind as it whipped the rain into my face. Stopping I tried to calm down and think; which way was home? The forest was unrecognisable, so different at night time than at day. I was hopelessly lost, yet I knew home was close, but which way?

CRACK! I spun round looking into gloom behind me. I was sure there was something there. Not wanting to stick around to find out what it was, I ran, slipping and sliding through the mud and the leaves and the sticks. I sprinted through the trees dodging the tree trunks and beating the branches out of my eyes…… To be continued.

The Resistance - By Kevin Hand In the year 2253 the world lies dormant in virtual reality pods. The surface became uninhabitable when the nuclear blast polluted the atmosphere. Time passes differently in this reality, days flow into days, weeks flow into weeks, years flow into years. There was no more need for hunger where everyone can have what they need and building structures can be added in within hours. There is no death in this world as the government can simply create a new body consciousness to inhabit. Many of the inhabitants have either forgotten or refuse to remember the old reality, as it is so similar to the old world. But beneath the thick veil which covers up reality is a layer of smoke. In the time of crisis the government demolished democracy until the crisis was resolved. However, the power was too much for them and they never gave it back. In a virtual reality the government controls everything. If someone breaks their rules they just disappear. The government can control the media and use propaganda to bend people to their beliefs. Most people are fine with this as they are happy but there are some of us who stand up to this dictatorship. If the government were ever to find out who we were they could simply just delete us. So we work in the shadows trying to show the people of the political injustice. People have no choice if they want to leave this reality, many of them don’t even know another reality exists. We are simply known as The Resistance.

this generic office had a dark secret unlike any of the other surrounding offices. The door was opened by Enad he was a small balding middle aged man who looked like most of his hours were spent in this small generic office.

I heard the call for Cass. I got out of bed and headed into the main hall a woman directed me into the Enad’s office. I knocked on the door of the small generic office. I was to find out that

The next week was agonisingly long as I waited for my mission. I spent most of the time training and learning the structure of the building. Finally the day came. I was filled with a sense of

“Sit down” said Enad as he signalled to the chair in the corner of the room. From the window I could see the generic grey city with splashes of colour put in almost trying to conceal the genericness of the city in fact to try and conceal the genericness of the whole world. There was only complete order in the world to and the government removed anything that wasn’t generic. Outside, a row of identical sycamore trees each spaced precisely two point four metres apart from one another swayed appropriately to the indicated level of breeze.” “I am entrusting you with confidential knowledge. A week from now The Resistance will be infiltrating the KW6 building on inside knowledge that the whole virtual reality database will be transferred to it. We will never have a better chance to obtain the virtual reality database and we want you to get it.” I didn’t know what to say. It was the mission I had always dreamed of. I accepted and walked out of the office.


Saine 2011 anxiety and was having doubts about the mission thinking that it couldn’t be so simple. The plan was to wait until nightfall, cause a power cut in the city then simply walk past the guard which would be distracted and collect the database. It took me a while to find the building as it had the same basic format as every other building in The City and didn’t stand out. People walked along the street almost mechanically oblivious to what was to descend on them. As the power went out in the city darkness swept over like a bird sweeping over its prey almost taunting it. I knew I wouldn’t have long before the backup power supply came on. All the noise of the city had almost stopped in my head as I concentrated on the task ahead of me. Chaos and confusion dictated the city now as I heard in the background the sound of angry vehicles beeping and screeching. I landed the ship on the roof, stepped out, and cloaked it. I entered the building through the ventilation system on the roof. I spent what felt like five minutes climbing through the ventilation system until I came to a corridor I climbed out checking that there were no guards patrolling the corridor. As I walked along the corridor I got a sense of uneasiness as if there were intentionally no guards. After another two minutes I came across the room with the database. I walked into the room which was empty. The door closed behind me. The room filled with smoke. That was the last thing I remembered. When I woke up I was in strapped to a chair of an empty room only lit by a small red light in the corner of the room from a camera. I began to panic as I desperately tried to remember my training. A voice filled the room. “Cass, the organisation The Resistance has deceived you. Recently the government developed the technology to transport matter from our reality to alternate realities or vice versa. To try and acquire this technology they developed the concept of mass hypnosis on the population. They have planted the concept that this was a virtual reality that we were keeping you in to create an army to take this technology. The Resistance have even brainwashed you to think like them. They want to use it for power. Imagine being able to have an infinite amount of resources or being able to easily expose of waste. That’s why we need you to expose their plans” said the voice in a syllabic almost mocking tone. “Why me? You obviously have spies inside The Resistance. Why not use them?” I inquired. “They trust you. We need you to find a large black computer located in a secret room and make a copy of the hard drive on this computer there will be all the evidence necessary to expose them. When you wake up again you will have a hard drive. It will be heavily encrypted and take them several months to realise that it is in fact a fake” the voice said. “How do you know I will acce…?”

I trailed off half way through my sentence as the smoke engulfed the room. This time I embraced it letting it fill my lungs, putting me to sleep.

When I woke up I was lying on the roof inside my ship with the hard drive lying beside me. I thought about what I had just 54

heard. About how the cause I had spent the past few years of my life working for could had all been a lie. Who all knew the truth about the company? Was what I had heard in the room all a lie? I was confused and didn’t know who to trust. After thinking things over for a while I decided to believe the voice and work as a spy against my supposed previous cause. When I got back to The Resistance’s headquarters everyone was delighted that I had retrieved the database. The Resistance promoted me giving me rights to go wherever I wanted and I was allowed time off to rest which was exactly what I needed to execute my plan. It took me about a week to locate the room that the voice had told me about. The computer was a massive thing. It was at least an arm’s length in width and was sitting on a table. It was not easy to find one specific roof amongst a fleet of generic rooms and I could sense that people were starting to grow suspicious of my seemingly peculiar behaviour. There was one problem that stopped me from completing my mission like an insurmountable wall blocking my path which I needed to find a way past. There were always people about. I would not be able to go into the computer room and make a copy of the hard drive if anyone saw me. I needed a distraction. I decided a small explosion should be an adequate distraction and I knew just how to get one. The next day I got up early and headed over to Pax’s house he was an ex military explosions expert, who I had worked with for two years, who now worked for the highest bidder. He also had an unhealthy obsession with old video games of which his favourite being Pacman. As I walked into his house I could see him standing over an arcade machine completely immersed in the eight bit world. You cold have probably robbed everything in his small apartment and he would take no notice of you or fail to even care. “Pax, Pax! It’s me Cass.” I said as I prodded him on the shoulder. “Wha… what? Oh hey Cass” Pax said sounding a bit confused as to who I was. “I need you to get me some explosives. Nothing too destructive, just something that will make a lot of noise.” I said. Explosives, yeah, I eh, have some C4 for you here if you, eh, would like” Pax said. So I took the C4 and went back to The Resistance headquarters. When I returned I decided to put the explosion underground away from people. I planted the explosion beside a large water pipe, that way when it exploded the water should escalate the confusion. I walked to the room with the computer trying to mask my nervousness by acting casual. I walked into the computer room making sure no one was watching me. I pressed the remote. Almost instantaneously I heard screams of confusion as I imagined water poured out of the like a damn bursting. I turned on the computer. It was an old machine. It took about ten seconds for the computer to turn on. I started to make a copy of the hard drive. The process was agonisingly slow. I pleaded for the computer to hurry up as if every second could be my last. The footsteps of people running were echoed by my heart beating such a fast pace I thought it might stop. I took my ship and raced back over to the KW6 building. I entered the building only to be greeted by the voice I had heard

Saine 2011 when I was in the room with but I could now see the person who matched the voice standing right in front of me. “Well done Cass” said the man “Recognise Me?” I stared closer at the man in front of me. And suddenly I knew him. He was Merick Crew, The senator of the city.

been overgrown by plants. Nature was dominant on this planet with all its untamed beauty. Along with everyone else I ran over to patches of flowers picking and smelling them a scent I had not smelled in such a long time suddenly seemed so familiar to me. Everyone made a promise that day. To never again try to change nature or to bring genericness to it as true beauty is in originality.

“Merick Crew” I stated. “Ah good you recognise me. Now pass me the hard drive copy.” There was a sense of urgency in his voice. I walked over to Merick and handed him the hard drive. He took a computer out of his pocket and plugged in the hard drive copy. “Thank you Cass for giving me all the information I need to eradicate the pestilent group that has been a thorn in our side for too long The Resistance will be no more” Merick said with the mockery in his voice that I had heard before returning. “Security, please take him away.” Merick said. I felt so angry at myself for believing his story. My blood turned white hot with rage for this man who I had trusted into betraying my friends. I charged at him spearing him to the ground and catching his computer in one single smooth motion. I slipped the computer into my pocket. The next thing I knew there were four security guards coming straight for me as the winded senator cried “After him, she has the computer.” I tried to run out the door, but my path was blocked by a security guards with a look of satisfaction on his face. I ran straight for him and at the last second a slid through his legs and then continued on running. I looked back for a second to catch a glimpse of the security guard looking with the look of satisfaction on his face had been traded for confusion. As I ran to my ship another security guard tried to jump on me I easily evaded him as my escape looked more likely by the second. I finally reached my ship and as I started up the engine a gargantuan man jumped on the ship. I set the ship on auto pilot as the security guard made his way over to me. I made a few punches which connected with him in the side of the face but he simply swatted me away as if I was a fly. Next thing he swung one of his massive bear paws straight for me. I only just managed to dodge it as I tried to formulate a plan for David to slay Goliath. As I dodged another swipe from the bear paw I ripped out some wires from the ship. I swung them at him and as they connected with the target he started to flop like a fish out of water on the ground. Once I was sure that the beast could no longer harm me I took the computer out of my pocket. With a closer inspection of the computer I realised what it was, the Database to the virtual reality. As I spent the next five minutes looking through the database thinking that the government would be sending ships after me soon I found it. The command that would remove everyone from the virtual reality. I pressed it…. I woke up in a pod amongst millions of other pods. Several thousand years had passed since humans had taken refuge in the Virtual Reality. The earth was now a lush tropical planet. The air was rich with oxygen in atmosphere and all buildings had 55

Saine 2011 Blood Brothers Pictured below are members of 11F demonstrating their group work skills during their study of the Willy Russell play Blood Brothers. The students participated in the game of ‘Moving Papers’ in order to tackle key themes from the popular play. All of Year 11 also had the opportunity to see Blood Brothers firsthand when it was performed by the Bardic Theatre Group at the Strule Arts Centre in March. Willy Russell’s music and lyrics will remain with Year 11 long after the GCSEs are over!

Conan, Naomhan & Rory tackle key issues in Blood Brothers.

Gareth, Conor, Owen & Declan demonstrate their team-work.

James, Killian & Oisin discuss the character of Linda.

Bar Mock Trial Through the opening months of the year, a team of 12 students assembled under the careful watch of Mr White, became trainee barristers through the National Bar Mock Trial. The students were given two cases to fully prepare for the competition in November which it was hoped would lead to a final competition in March. Months of practice went in, hour after hour of hard work in preparing every detail of the cases, making sure all questions were insightful and all answers correct. Both cases required four barristers and four witnesses, as well as a court clerk and usher. Two months of hard yet enjoyable work led to the competition in the Royal Courts in Belfast. Arriving we were filled with confidence. This was heightened by a solid performance in case one, the jury voting in our favour. Although the jury’s verdict meant little, it gave a good indication to how well you performed. With a spring in our step we moved to case 2 where after a very good performance unfortunately the other school prevailed. Confidence dented slightly, we lifted our heads for case number 3 where after some excellent questioning by David McGinn the defendant was speechless on more than one occasion, leading to a verdict in our favour from the jury. After this we could do no more, it was down to the scorecards. We all believed we were in with a shot of making the top in our league and reaching the final case. However, it was not to be. The school from case 2 were victorious. Despite going away empty handed we held our heads high as we performed as well as we possibly could have and above all had a great day out. 56

Year 13 & 14 barristers in the making!

Saine 2011 8B Discover Mime Year 8 pupils discovered the art of Mime in Drama during term 1. They soon found that acting through facial expression and gesture alone without speaking was more difficult than it looked! Pictured below are 8B students who created a tableau to depict various circus characters including strong men, lions with their tamers and ring masters!


Saine 2011 Geography Year 8 Students Examine the Marble Arch Caves All Year 8 classes enjoyed a visit to Marble Arch Caves in Co. Fermanagh in May 2011. In class the pupils had discovered how rocks were formed and in particular how limestone is created and the features associated with limestone rock. On the day, students were taken on a limestone trail to learn about the features created on the surface by the erosion of limestone. They were also then taken into the Cave System to explore the features created underground. All pupils really loved the trips – even though the weather was not very kind!

Waiting to head into the caves.

The Marble Arch Caves can be a spooky place!

Ready and eager to go!

Year 8 students preparing to embark on the limestone trail.


Saine 2011 Year 11 River Study All Year 11 Geography students were given the opportunity to wade into a local river in order to gather data for their Controlled Assessment. The Gorse fires of Easter delayed our trips, however, as soon as the Gortin Glens were opened again for business we headed out in the pouring rain to measure the Stradowan Burn - a small river whose source is close to the summit of Mullaghcarn. Not even the strong winds and hailstones could deter our boys from making it to the start of the river and measuring how it changed downstream. This proved to be a very enjoyable and worthwhile field study which provided our pupils with a wealth of new skills and knowledge.

Year 11 students brave the weather in order to measure the river

Michael looks for a helping hand!

Year 11 students hard at work - someone forgot their wellies!

Stunning views at the Gortin Glens

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Saine 2011 Year 14 Fieldtrip to Magilligan On 23rd November 2010 the Year 14 students went on a Geography fieldtrip to Magilligan Point to investigate the impact tourism has had on the sand dunes in that region. This was achieved by collecting data from both sets of dunes; one touched, the other untouched, by tourists to see the effects tourism, and the resulting trampling, has had on the dune wildlife. They came to the conclusion that the trampling by tourists caused subsequent erosion of the dunes and that a management strategy is needed so as to preserve them for future generations.


Hard At Work

Taking a Well Deserved Break

Sean Donaghy and Connor Clarke Take a Soil Sample.

Aodhรกn McCallan Records the Temperature.

Timothy McGinn Gets to Grips With the Spirit Level.

Darragh Gallagher Records the Data.

Saine 2011 History Year 9 Trip to Derry Year 9 pupils visited the Workhouse Museum in Derry and received a guided tour of the City Walls. In the Workhouse Museum it was recounted to pupils how going into the workhouse really was the last resort. Families would be separated into male and female sections of the building. The conditions were horrific, with many chamber pots overflowing in very overcrowded sleeping areas. The work could be very difficult, such as stone breaking and bone crushing and punishments could be very severe. These punishments included imprisonment for two weeks for breaking a window and being locked in dark rooms for swearing. The Workhouse is considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in Derry, particularly as 3 children died when they were locked in a punishment cupboard and forgotten about. A nineteenth century nurse is also said to walk the floors of the Museum. During the tour of the city, pupils received a very informative explanation of the history of the City from their tour guide Michael Cooper. They learned how the Siege of Derry was a successful attempt by the Protestants in Derry City to keep the Catholic King James out of the City Walls in 1689, right up to the integral role played by the city in the campaign for Civil Rights in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Everyone had an enjoyable day out and got to experience more History in action and how events in the past are of integral importance in shaping the world today.

Outside the newly refurbished St Columb’s Cathedral.

Ruairi and Mike inspecting the Cannons.


Saine 2011 Year 10 Students Visit Croke Park and Kilmainham Gaol Croke Park As well as enjoying a tour of the stadium, Year 10 students completed the museum tour which complemented historical themes introduced by tour guides on the main stadium tour. The GAA Museum offered a tour of its collections focusing on artefacts relating to Gaelic Games from medieval times up to the creation of the Irish Free State. Topics covered include• • • • • •

The origin of Gaelic Games The creation of the Association in 1884 Influential personalities in the early years of the GAA Links with organisations such as the Land League, Home Rule and the Catholic Church The fall of Parnell The 1916 Rising and Bloody Sunday

Year 10 students found the experience very informative and enjoyable.

Croke Park being set up for ‘Take That’ Concert.

Anyone for Hurling.

The Robot for the ‘Take That’ Concert.

Inside the Dressing Rooms.

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The Players Lounge.

Saine 2011 Kilmainham Gaol Alongside their historical visit to Croke Park, Year 10 pupils also went to see Kilmainhan Gaol, one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. When it was first built in 1796, Kilmainham Gaol was called the ‘New Gaol’ to distinguish it from the old gaol it was intended to replace - a noisome dungeon, just a few hundred yards from the present site. It was officially called the County of Dublin Gaol, and was originally run by the Grand Jury for County Dublin. When the Gaol was first built public hangings took place at the front of the Gaol. However, from the 1820s onward very few hangings, public or private, took place at Kilmainham. A small hanging cell was built in the gaol in 1891. It is located on the first floor, between the West Wing and the East Wing. There was no segregation of prisoners; men, women and children were incarcerated up to 5 in each cell, with only a single candle for light and heat, most of their time was spent in the cold and the dark. The candle had to last the prisoner for two weeks. Its cells were roughly 28 meters squared. Children were sometimes arrested for petty theft, the youngest said to be a five year-old child, while many of the adult prisoners were deported to Australia. At Kilmainham the poor conditions in which women prisoners were kept provided the spur for the next stage of development.

Remarkably, for an age that prided itself on a protective attitude for the ‘weaker sex’, the conditions for women prisoners were persistently worse than for men. As early as his 1809 report the Inspector had observed that male prisoners were supplied with iron bedsteads while females ‘lay on straw on the flags in the cells and common halls.’ Half a century later there was little improvement. The women’s section, located in the west wing, remained overcrowded. Kilmainham Gaol was decomissioned as a prison by the Irish Free State government in 1924. Seen principally as a site of colonial oppression and suffering, there was at this time no declared interest in its preservation as a monument to the struggle for national independence. The jail’s potential function as a location of national memory was also undercut and complicated by the fact that the first four republican prisoners executed by the Free State government during the Irish Civil War were shot in the prison yard. The Irish Prison Board contemplated reopening it as a prison during the 1920s but all such plans were finally abandoned in 1929. In 1936 the government considering the demolition of the jail but the price of this undertaking was seen as prohibitive. Republican interest in the site began to develop from the late 1930s, most notably with the proposal by the National Graves Association, a republican organisation, to preserve the site as both a museum and memorial to the 1916 Easter Rising.

Behind Bars.

In the Cell of Charles Stewart Parnell.

Pupils inside the Chapel at Kilmainham.

Overcrowding in Prisons!.


Saine 2011 Kilmainham Gaol continued-

Three new Politcal Prisoners!

The Altar.

The Corridors of Kilmainhmam.

The Yard in which the leaders of the 1916 Rising were executed.

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The Prison Staircase as seen in ‘Michael Collins’ and ‘The Italian Job’.

Saine 2011 Year 11 Students Relive the Events of Bloody Sunday Year 11 GCSE pupils visited the Museum of Free Derry in order to learn about the campaign for Civil Rights and the events of Bloody Sunday as part of their GCSE studies. Throughout the trip, pupils received excellent information and guidance from John Kelly and his guides. John Kelly was a key figure in seeking to secure justice for the victims of Bloody Sunday and he was also bereaved through the killing of his younger brother Michael on Bloody Sunday. Pupils were able to view the numerous murals throughout the Bogside Area of Derry, including the Free Derry Corner Gable Wall, a mural depicting the Civil Rights campaign and the links that the revolutionary Che Guevara has to Derry through his mother’s family. The museum guides were able to recount the development of the Peace Process from the 1970s up until the present day. In the Free Derry Museum

The World Famous Free Derry Corner.

The Banner form the Burntollet March.

pupils were able to hear archive footage recorded on the day of Bloody Sunday, view clothes worn by victims on Bloody Sunday, see banners used on the march and see how event sin Derry linked in with the entire campaign for Civil Rights and ‘One Man, One Vote.` Undoubtedly, the highlight of the trip was a Question and Answer session with John Kelly. Pupils were able to ask John how he felt when he saw the soldier who killed his brother during Bloody Sunday, how he and the relatives had conducted their campaign for justice over the years and why he had decided to pursue justice through peaceful means despite his great hurt and anger. This was one of the few occasions that people will find they are able to talk openly with someone who has lived directly thorough key events in our recent History.

Bernadette Devlin Mural.

A Warning Banner used by the British Army.


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Civil Rights Mural.

Pupils being spken to by John Kelly.

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Saine 2011 Home Economics Expansion of Home Economics at the CBS In recent times, the part Home Economics has always played in helping pupils both boys and girls learn for everyday living has been complemented by an increased focus on the world of work. Home Economics can play a significant role in the preparation of young people for vocational training, careers in industry and the caring professions; and in equipping them for life-long leisure pursuits. The view of Home Economics is changing and it certainly involves more than just cooking. Home Economics has been a compulsory part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum in the Christian Brothers’ since 2006, so all boys have the opportunity to study the subject. This aims to provide them with the skills required to make informed decisions about relationships, finances, diet and health, home issues and juggling life and careers. Home Economics provides an ideal context for personal and social development. Through practical activity boys’ are involved in task management and teamwork. They are encouraged to reflect on their own work and to offer constructive comment on the work of others. Consideration of equal opportunities arises naturally in looking at roles and responsibilities within the family, community and in the workplace. The opening of the Home Economics Department in the Christian Brothers in 2006 was a sign of moving with the times and the addition of an extra purpose built classroom has helped the subject go from strength to strength. Pictured below are Year 8 students enjoying the new facilities.

Patrick Quinn 8C gets to work.

Kaylon Downes admires his crreations.

Callum Peace makes the finishing touches.

Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day The CBS was a hive of activity when Saint Patrick’s Day coincided with Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day. Everyone in the school joined the fun, from the Canteen staff, to teachers and students. The Home Economic Department and Canteen played a pivotal role, creating tasty and healthy snacks for the occasion. The day was a tremendous success with all students participating in a range of activities. Events on the day included:• • • • • • •

Céili dancing for Year 8 Quiz for Year 9 and 10 Football for Year 11 and 12 Healthy lifestyle focused events for Year 13 and 14. Traditional Irish cooking Traditional music Celtic art display

Year 9 students prepare tasty treats.

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Saine 2011 ICT iLearn iLearn is a new concept designed to get CBS students learning more effectively. It was setup in January 2011 as a new initiative. The main aim is to provide innovative independent Learning resources on our school website. As a result the teachers have worked hard to develop GCSE resources that will help improve students revision and learning for their exams in June. There are all sorts of digital resources for a range of subjects. Spanish and Geography have added podcasts, ICT and Technology have added videos and there are much more resources to come. Let us know what you think, if there are any topics or subject you would like included, or want to get involved.

Year 10 Moodle - VLE What is ‘Moodle’? Moodle is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – a platform for creating online dynamic learning areas for students. It is used worldwide by schools, colleges and universities. Moodle is one of the best tools to manage and promote online courses. These courses can include forums, online homework, wikis, assignments and quizzes. Year 10 Pilot Moodle: Two Year 10 classes used Moodle VLE to learn the Digital Communications & Internet topics of their GCSE. What did the Year 10’s do?


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Log into a personalised environment as they had set up their details, information and profile picture Access to all the resources on a week by week basis Use forums to discuss digital versus traditional technology Submit homework online and get feedback from their teacher Complete quizzes to check understanding Upload their assignments

Saine 2011 Promoting Computing & ICT Careers Seagate & University of Ulster, Magee Visit Seagate Group

Tuesday 22nd March 2011 saw a group of year 13 applied ICT students make a trip to Derry where they visited the Seagate facility in Springtown and toured the UU Magee campus. Seagate is a global corporation specialising the in the research, development and manufacturing of storage devices. Seagate came to Northern Ireland in 1993 with the establishment of their facility at Springtown Industrial Estate in Derry. Production on hard disk components began in 1994 and today the facility

develops and manufactures the read-write heads for hard drives. CBS students had the opportunity to tour and observe operations within the plant, it uses some of the most advanced technology in existence, and the Springtown facility is the largest factory of its type in the recording head industry, supplying over a million heads every day for Seagate disc drives. During the visit, students observed technicians and engineers develop the hard disk read – write heads at several stages of development in the ‘clean room’ environment using specialised tools and equipment. One student decided to take his chance to get suited up for the operations – but he couldn’t be tempted to being a 12 hour shift! Students where able to get a real sense of the growing demand for storage, the new type of devices required to support the latest ‘cloud’ computing and where presented with how Seagate are continually evolving and adapting to the latest trends in the industry.

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Saine 2011 After lunch at Magee, the students met with Professor Liam Maguire, Head of School of Computing and Intelligent Systems. He showed the students around the facilities available to undergraduate students in the computing teaching labs. They also had the chance to experience an actual games design tutorial that was taking place where students where using software to make apps for Android smart phones. Prof Maguire then showed the students around the Intelligent Systems Research Centre which is a facility dedicated to the creation of intelligent computational systems, taking inspiration from biology and neuroscience. Students had the opportunity to experience the type of post-graduate research that is carried out in the centre, such as cognitive robotics, brain-computer interfacing, intelligent embedded systems, intelligent wireless sensor networks, intelligence in serious computer games, self-repairing hardware and software, and intelligent multimedia. Students had a chance to see where researchers work with robots to achieve a greater understanding of biological signal processing and the translation of critical aspects of that knowledge into computational systems that can perform in a way that humans would consider “intelligent�. One student tried on a very fetching head wear – a brain inference cap used to carry out experiments in the lab.

Finally the students met with Kerri McCusker who is a researcher studying serious games and virtual worlds. She demonstrated the second life virtual world that she has developed and explained how students are using it remotely to complete assignments and experiments within the campus.


Saine 2011 Languages Irish - Feis Thír Eoghain Buaiteoirí 2011 Comhghairdeas leis na buaiteoirí uilig agus le gach dalta a ghlac páirt san Fheis i mbliana!

Irish language prize winners at Feis Thír Eoghain

Above: Aidan Fullerton 3rd and Aaron Sloan 2nd in Year 9 Poem Left: Irish Winners included: Ryan Brogan, Ryan Hackett, Declan Browne, Oisín Mac Salaigh, Cathair Curran, Connor Logue, David McLaughlin, Ethan Nugent, Stephen Brogan

Irish Language Careers Event Pictured below are Year 11 pupils attending the recent Irish Language Careers Information Event in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh.


Saine 2011 Trath na gCeist Seaimpini

Comhghairdeas le Séarlas Mac Con Aodha, Mícheál Ó Loingsigh, Caoimhín Mac Carlais agus Stiofán Ó Coinne a bhain Tráth na gCeist Shinsir Ghael Linn ar na mallaibh. Congratulations to Charlie McAnea, Michael Lynch, Kevin Corless and Stephen Quinn who recently won Tráth na gCeist Ghael Linn.


. . . agus sa dara áit bhí Pól Mac Aodha, Conchúr Mac Con Midhe, Déaglán de Brún agus Eoghan Mac Gairbheith. . . . Runners up were Paul McKay, Conor McNamee, Declan Browne and Eoghan McGarvey.

Spanish - GCSE

Year 9 Prize Winners

Pictured are Alan McConnell, Jamie Deazley, Ryan Mullan and Turlough McDonald all Year 10 pupils who made the best Spanish GCSE revision project based on their work so far in Year 10. These projects will be kept and given out when they are revising for their GCSE May 2013! Enhorabuena to these 4. The standard was very high across all the classes, so well done to all the students.

Pictured are James Clarke, Conal Fullen, Conor Kerlin, David Gormley, Andrew McGrath and Paul McGinn, the Year 9 pupils who produced outstanding projects on the theme ‘Why Study Spanish?’ In addition, they created fantastic ICT power points on ‘Mi Casa’. Missing from the photo are John Connolly, Jared Monaghan and Tony Crossley.

Saine 2011 Interview with Tere, Our Spanish Assistant

1. ¿Cuánto tiempo estás viviendo en Omagh? How long have you been living in Omagh? Ya llevo viviendo en Omagh cinco años. Vine con la idea de que quedarme un año para mejorar mi inglés pero me gustó mucho la experiencia y he hecho de Omagh mi segundo hogar. I have been living in Omagh for five years now. I came here with the idea of staying just one year to improve my English but I really liked the experience and I have made Omagh my second home.

2. ¿Por qué te gusta Omagh? Why do you like Omagh? Creo que Omagh es un pueblo muy bonito, tranquilo pero con mucha vida. Hay un montón de tiendas, bares y sitios para salir los fines de semana. Me gusta porque me siento como en casa, conozco a mucha gente y soy muy feliz aquí. I think that Omagh is a beautiful town, quiet but very lively. There are loads of shops, pubs and places to go to at the weekends. I like it because I feel like I’m at home, I know a lot of people and I am very happy here.

3. ¿Cuáles son tus planes para el año que viene? What are your plans for next year? Pues, el año que viene voy a volver aquí al CBS otra vez. Me gusta mucho trabajar en este colegio y quiero pasar otro año para ganar más experiencia como profesora de español. Well, next year I am coming back here to the CBS again. I really like working in this school and I want to stay another year to gain more experience as a Spanish teacher.


Saine 2011 4. ¿Te gustaría seguir tu carrera en la enseñanza? Would you like to continue your career in teaching? Sí, desde pequeña he querido ser profesora. En España, soy profesora de inglés y aquí en Irlanda de español. Me encanta enseñar otra lengua diferente y compartir mis experiencias con los alumnos. Yes, since I was a child, I wanted to be a teacher. In Spain, I am an English teacher and here in Ireland, a Spanish teacher. I love teaching a different language and sharing my own experiences with the pupils.

5. ¿Qué es lo que más te gusta del colegio? What do you like the most about the school? El CBS es un colegio estupendo. Es difícil destacar una sola cosa pero lo que más me gusta es el ambiente. Los profesores son súper simpáticos y agradables y los alumnos muy respetuosos. Es un colegio que ofrece un montón de actividades y en mi opinión, los alumnos son muy afortunados de venir aquí. CBS is a fantastic school. It is difficult to highlight only one thing but what I like the most is the atmosphere. Teachers are very friendly and nice and students are very respectful. It is a school that offers many activities and in my opinion, students are very lucky to attend this school.

6. ¿En qué consiste un día normal en tu trabajo? What does a normal day in your job consist of? Un día normal consiste en clases con los alumnos del año 13 y 14. Durante el año paso mucho de mi tiempo con A-Level y atiendo a las clases de los pequeños. Además, preparo material y recursos en español. Como todos, tengo la comida a la una, en la sala de profesores y termino a las tres y media. ¡Los días pasan volando! A normal day consists of classes with students in Year 13 and 14. During the year, I spend a lot of my time with A-Level and I attend the juniors’ classes. Furthermore, I prepare material and resources in Spanish. Like everybody else, I have lunch at one o’clock in the staffroom and I finish at half past three. The days just fly by! 7. ¿Cuáles son las principales diferencias entre los colegios españoles y los irlandeses? What are the main differences between the Spanish and Irish schools? Yo diría que los horarios. En España, los alumnos de secundaria empiezan las clases a las ocho y media y terminan a las dos y media. Sólo tienen un recreo de 40 minutos. Después van a comer a casa. Los colegios de primaria, empiezan a las 9 hasta la una y media. Van a casa a comer y vuelven desde las 3 hasta las 5. Además en España sólo los colegios privados llevan uniforme, los públicos no llevan uniforme. I would say the timetable. In Spain, secondary students start at half past eight and they finish at half past two. They only have a 40 minute break. Then they go home for their lunch. Primary schools start at nine until half one in the afternoon. They go home for lunch and they go back to school from three to five. Also in Spain they only wear a uniform in private schools, they don’t wear a uniform in public schools.

8. Si los alumnos del CBS fueran a España, ¿qué es lo que más les gustaría? If CBS students would go to Spain, what will they like the most? Si los alumnos del CBS fueran a España, creo que lo que más les gustaría sería pasar todo el día al aire libre jugando al fútbol o practicando otros deportes como el tenis, el baloncesto o el volei-playa. También creo que les gustaría mucho ir de tapas o cenar en una terraza mientras ven jugar al Barça o al Madrid por la tele. El ambiente en España es muy vivo y alegre, se lo pasarían bomba allí. If CBS students went to Spain, I think that they would like spending all day outside playing football or practising other sports like tennis, basketball or beach-volley the most. I also think that they would really like going “de tapas” or having dinner on a terrace while they are watching Barça or Madrid on the TV. In Spain the atmosphere is very lively and happy, they would have fun there!


Saine 2011 Employability and Careers Year 9 Employability Challenge 9A demonstrated their enterprising skills and qualities when they created towers from paper and straws which would be strong enough to hold a tin of beans. Congratulations to the winners – Aaron, Szymon, Niall and David.

Szymon, David and Niall with their winning tower.

Cormac and Andrew try to encourage their structure to stand up!.

Year 11 Engineering Workshop This week Year 11 students enjoyed a workshop dedicated to discovering more about the world of Civil Engineering. Local engineer Emer Murnaghan, from the Institute of Civil Engineers, shared her expertise on this field. Students then had the chance to put their own engineering, enterprising and team-work skills to the test by creating a tower from only spaghetti and marshmallows that would be strong enough to hold a toy truck. Some of the efforts can be seen below.

James and Ryan add the finishing touches to their tower.

Local Year 14 Career Day Year 14 pupils from all the local schools came together to participate in a Career Day prior to filling in their UCAS applications. In the current economic climate, and with impending increases in university fees, it has never been more important to make informed choices about third level education. Information was offered over a wide range of subject/ Working together to create a finished product. employment areas from a variety of sources including industry insiders, current university students and past pupils. The CBS Careers Department wishes to encourage all pupils to avail of the numerous opportunities open to them within the school particularly at key transition stages of Year 10, 12 and 14. The following websites are also useful: • (Ask your Careers/ Employability teacher for the code) • • • • Anthony McDowell from Invest NI and Damien McCrory from Coca-Cola talk to students from Omagh Learning Community about Business. 75

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Emer Murnaghan shares her engineering expertise.

CBS students put their engineering skills to use.

Past pupils Padhraic McGlinchey & Diarmuid McNulty talk to local pupils about careers in sport along with Conor McCrory from Omagh District Council.

Local students plan their structure.

CBS Students Visit the Erne Hospital On Thursday the 11th of November two Year 13 students and a Year 14 student travelled to the Erne hospital to take part in a pharmacy workshop. At the workshop they prepared antibiotics in the dispensary and also visited the wards. The students thought it was a valuable experience to see firsthand the role of a hospital pharmacist.

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Saine 2011 Personal Development Drama and Local Police Alert Students to the Dangers of Fireworks Halloween can be a tremendously enjoyable time of year for everyone, but can also contain many hazards. Community police officer Peter Thompson, worked alongside a local drama group in order to educate CBS students on the dangers of fireworks.

CBS students watch the drama unfold.

Community police officer Peter Thompson alerts students to the dangers of fireworks.

Local actors, PConstable Peter Thompson and CBS students after the workshop.

Eye damage and burns are only 2 of the terrible consequences of fireworks used incorrectly.


Saine 2011 Millennium Volunteers On Monday 29th November 2010, Mr Pearse McCloskey gave a presentation to our Year 13 students about the Millennium Volunteer Programme. Millennium Volunteers is a national UK government initiative, set up with public funding, and aimed at people aged between 16 and 24. It offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities, with support and accreditation for young people. The organisation encourages young people to work for the good of their community by offering two rewards that could be used as proof of the hard work they have done. There are three levels of Award; for 50, 100 or 200 hours. The 200 hour award is encouraged to be completed within a year. Millennium Volunteers could become involved with a wide variety of activities including helping out at school, youth clubs, church choir, young farmers, community groups, summer schemes, volunteering abroad, youth forums, campaigning and placements.

Benefits of being a Millennium Volunteer (MV) Careers • Learn or develop a new skill • UCAS recognised Award • Enhance CV/ job applications • Gain work experience • Boost career options • Networking/Interview Skills Personal Development • Builds confidence & self-esteem • Make new friends • New hobbies & interests • New experiences • Increased Social Awareness • Improve your health • Feel good factor

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Stephen Maguire, Mark Quinn, Lee McCrystal, , Connor Harpur, Killian Turbitt and Caine McGoldrick, Conor McGread, Stephen Maguire, Connor Harpur and Lee Caine McGoldrick receiving their Millennium Volunteer Award. McCrystal attended the Millennium Volunteers information evening.

Year 11 Workshops on Peer Leadership and Dialogue (Spirit of Enniskillen Trust) On Thursday 19th May all Year 11 pupils participated in workshops on peer leadership and dialogue run by the Spirit of Enniskillen Trust. The focus was on identity and the event proved to be a challenging yet rewarding and enjoyable experience for all pupils.



Answer to puzzle… Most people would think his average speed has to be 25mph – and it would be 25mph if he had driven at 30mph and 20mph for the same length of time. However, he spends longer driving at 20mph than he did at 30mph. The easiest way to work it out is to make up a handy distance, although it can be shown to work no matter what distance he drives. So, let us assume that the journey to work is 60 miles. Then, travelling at 30mph, it will take him 2 hours to get to work and travelling at 20mph, it will take him 3 hours to get home. He therefore drove a total of 120 miles in 5 hours, which works out at an average speed of 24mph!

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A man drives to work at an average speed of 30 mph and drives home at an average speed of 20 mph. What was his speed for the whole journey? Here’s a puzzle to try… The day focused on group-work, problem solving, logic puzzles and general thinking skills. All involved thoroughly enjoyed the experience. In May, twenty-five of our Year 8 pupils spent the day in Omagh Leisure Centre, at a Maths Activity Day.

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Saine 2011 Music Feis Jonathan was a clear winner in the Popular Song Competition with his own arrangement of ‘Take on Me’ by AHA. Edward Byrne came 3rd in ‘Songs from the shows’ Andrew Masterson 1st in Art Song 1st in songs from the Shows Andrew also won the Nora Torney Cup for the Most Musical Performance of the Feis. Well done to all those who participated.

GCSE Music Pictured are CBS Music students illustrating their significant skill in this area. Under the expert tuition of Mrs Fretigny and Mrs McCourt, students have the opportunity to: • Develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music; • Take part in music-making and communicate through music; • Develop their creativity; • Make informed judgments about musical quality; • Develop a lifelong interest in music; and • Learn about music-related careers.

Right:Jonathon Kirwin, Andrew Masterson & Edward Byrne Bottom: GCSE Music class prepare for Open Day with Mrs Fretigny


Saine 2011 Traditional Group Pictured are Omagh CBS Traditional Group who come together for regular rehersals in order to perform at various school events. Audiences at Open Day, Prize-giving, Edmund Rice Mass and the 150th Celebrations all enjoyed the young musicans’ musical talents.

The CBS Traditional Group show their dedication to being the best.

Politics Politics Students Visit Local Democracy Week Seminar and Stormont Having tasted local politics as part of Local Democracy week in October, the Year 13 Politics students enjoyed a further educational visit to Stormont on Wednesday 15th December 2010, on a joint excursion with Omagh Academy and Loreto. The Local Democracy Week Seminar was organised by Omagh District Council. Students had a question and answer session with representatives from the major parties. They took part in workshops on topical issues, such as Higher Education fees and the Lisanelly Project. The event was expertly hosted by local radio presenter and journalist Frank Galligan. At Stormont, they had the opportunity to meet and question representatives from all parties on the pressing issues of the day. This especially related to party inter-relationships and that day’s announcement on the Draft Budget and Consultation by the Executive. The Agriculture Committee’s clerk then briefed the students, giving them an insight into the impact on policy which Committee review can bring. The students further surveyed the historical buildings and from the spectators’ gallery, had an opportunity to observe an Amendment to a Waste Management Bill debate. As the visiting group gathered once more in the front foyer, they had an opportunity to view the live press briefings of the DUP and Sinn Fein on the budget announcement. They enjoyed photo opportunities with Peter Robinson (First Minister), Marin McGuinness (Deputy First Minister) and Sammy Wilson (Finance Minister), the latter joining in on a rendition of Jingle Bells with the students beside the Parliamentary Christmas tree, a festive offering featured on UTV Live that evening, as part of their Budget report.

Sammy Wilson, Martin McGuinness and Gerry Kelly Group shot Stormont 15th Dec 2010.

Peter Robinson Group Shot Stormont 15th Dec 2010.

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Saine 2011 Religion Year 14 Emmaus Retreat Year 14 attended the Emmaus Retreat Centre in Swords at the beginning of October for a spiritual retreat. We took part in numerous activities including group discussions about our everyday lives, teamwork games, one of which had everyone trying to pass tennis balls down a line using only our feet. Between sessions we had dinner and a football competition, which unfortunately couldn’t crown a winner due to darkness. At night there was an hour long relaxing meditation which involved us lying on our backs in a large room listening to chill out music and the dulcet tones of Gearoíd. After this it was bedtime, everyone had single rooms and welcomed the comfortable beds

after a long day, a major nuisance was caused after the smoke alarm was triggered on our night, however it was sorted quickly and we returned to the warmth of our beds. Next morning to our dismay we were awoken at 8 for breakfast. After a nutritious breakfast we had our final group discussion session followed by the whole group coming together to watch “The Bucket List” This signalled the end of our retreat and the bus home beckoned. Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and one which I would do again.

The facilitators including Rose, Geraldine, Angela & Gearoid Entrance to the centre

Watching the football competition


During a group session

Saine 2011 Recipients of Pope John Paul II Award 2011

Back row: Gary Logue, Stephen Kelly, Paul Traynor, Cathal Donnelly, Eoin Mc Gread, Ryan Kelly, Ryan Falls, Aidain Skelton, Jonathan Daly, Ruairi Mc Cusker, Conor Harper, Gerard Mc Cabe, Lee Mc Crystal, Darren Quinn, Padraig O Neill, Aaron Farell, Stephen Loughrey. Front Row: Niall Manley, Shane Taggart, Nigel Brannigan, Kevin Hargan, Mark Mc Aleer and Joseph Murray. Missing from Photo Sean Byrne and Keelan Mc Kernan who received the Papal Cross Award.

Pope John Paul Award

Year 13 - Mass of Thanksgiving

To complete the twenty hours of social and parish related volunteer hours I took part in a number of different activities. For the social aspect of the award I undertook the responsibility of being a Hall monitor in my school during dinner time. This role helped me to gain experience in a position of authority. This activity took up over 20 hours of my award. However I also did a lot of work for charity. This included back packing, street collections, quiz nights and breakfast mornings. This culminated in my trip to Tanzania for 18 days over the summer. This helped me grow a lot as a person, seeing how people live in totally different circumstances to mine.

The Mass to mark the end of the Year 13 General Religious Studies Programme, with Exams as the special intention, took place on Tuesday 31st May 2011. The Celebrant was Rev Fr Joseph Gormley a past pupil of the school. The music, readings and Prayers of the Faithful were provided by our own Year 13 students which enriched the wonderful Eucharistic experience for all. Included in the picture is the Head of Year 13 Mrs Maria McKenna, Head of Religious Studies Mr Michael McGowan, and the Head of student learning in Key stage 5 Mr Jim Murray.

For the Parish related hours, I read at mass once a month on Sundays. I also tidied up the church after mass. This taught me to understand the preparation and aftermath of what happens every Sunday at mass. The Pope John Paul award made me realise the need there is for volunteers around the world, even in our own communities volunteers are needed everyday in order for older to people to be happy, for younger children to learn and for teenagers to feel part of communities. Aaron Farrell


Saine 2011 Science National Biology Challenge Year 10 and 11 pupils recently took part in the Biology Challenge competition. This is a competition open to schools throughout Britain and Northern Ireland. It involves a series of on-line tests, posing some very challenging questions and problems to participants. This is the first time students from Omagh CBS

Back row: Joseph Boyle, Dominic Mc Grath Middle row: James Quinn, John Baxter, Eoin Mc Grath Front row: Mrs L Teague, Henry Hughes, Patrick Mc Donagh, Miss D Mc Carron


have taken part in the competition and they achieved the top three possible awards of Gold, Silver and Bronze. The students were assisted and encouraged by their Biology teachers Miss Mc Carron and Mrs Teague.

Saine 2011 Technology A Level Product Design

John Mc Dermott’s final AS piece!.

James Mc Caughey AS level student checking the measurements of his laptop tray!

Designers Conference A level product design with Designer Richard Seymour.

Industrial visit to AutoGen with Michael Farrall Coalisland.


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AS Level - Technology and Design – Systems and Control Brendan Mc DermottBrendan redesigned averageredesigned toaster to solve the unsafe actiontoofsolve having to use a knife or Mcthe Dermott the average toaster the other utensil to extract small pieces of food from the inside of the toaster. This design swivels to allow the unsafe action of having to use a knife or other utensil to extract small pieces food to fall out when upturned. This stylish design would look good in any kitchen!

of food from the inside of the toaster. This design swivels to allow the food to fall out when upturned. This stylish design would look good in any kitchen!

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Conor O Donnell redesigned the desktop light to incorporate a table clamp, allowing it to be securely attached to a table or bench for use anywhere. This Conor O Donnell redesigned thewell desktop lightutilised to incorporate a tabletoclamp, mobile design was extremely made and a lever function release and clamp onto a surface. Conor made full use of the CAD CAM facilities we have and allowing it to be securely attached to a table or bench for use anywhere. This used the

mobile design was extremely well made and utilised a lever function to release and clamp onto a surface. Conor made full use of the CAD CAM facilities we have and used the laser cutter to manufacture sections of his product.

Luke Keenan re-designed the whiteboard eraser to ease the life of a hardworking teacher! He identified many flaws with the existing eraser and generated a compact design that was functional and fashionable! The product was easy to hold and had a specially designed clip to hold a board marker. Luke spent a lot of time investigating how the eraser was best used and his final product demonstrated this research!

Luke Keenan re-designed the whiteboard eraser to ease the life of a hardworking teacher! He identified many flaws with the existing eraser and generated a compact design that was functional and fashionable! The product was easy to hold and had a specially designed clip to hold a board marker. Luke spent a lot of time investigating how the eraser was best used and his final product demonstrated this research! 86

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Sean Mc Laughlin redesigned a soldering iron holder with the aim of making it a multi-

Sean Mc Laughlin redesigned a soldering iron holder with the aim of making it a multi-functional functional product for use in schools. Originally, the holder would only accommodate a product for use in schools. Originally, the holder would only accommodate a soldering iron but Sean soldering the irontools butyou Sean investigated theand tools you need solder withHisand included these in investigated need to solder with included these to in the design. final product was ergonomically a range of ergonomically tools securely held waiting to be used. the design. designed His finalwith product was designed with a range of tools securely held

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GCSE Construction The Year 11 GCSE Construction Class has completed their Unit 2 Craft project. They enjoyed manufacturing their coffee tables in timber and developed excellent skills in wood-work and joinery along the way.

Year 11 students work out their calculations.

A sample of the Year 11 work.


Saine 2011 Sentinus Each year since 1993, Year 13 Science and Technology students from Northern Ireland schools have tackled real industrial problems as part of the Engineering Education Scheme (EES). In 2010 - 11, nearly 152 students from thirty eight schools participated. Their solutions have led to significant benefits for companies involved. EES is now succeeded by Sentinus Team R+D, a program designed to cover all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Sentinus Team R+D in the CBS Omagh for 2010-11 consisted of a team of four students working with Sandvik Mining and Construction on research, development and design, over a period of six months from October to April. As well as enhancing knowledge, understanding and capability in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, these students met many objectives in key skill areas. The company engineers gave us the following project brief…”We have a product range being manufactured globally. Each country has difficulty sourcing specified materials. Sandvik need to have a material cross reference list taking into account material dimensions and properties.” This project led to us developing communication skills both on paper and in public presentations, making decisions and solving problems, working individually and with others in a team, improving our thinking and learning skills, using information and communications technology effectively, and developing numeracy. This was the school’s third time to participate in the program and we were delighted to have made strong links with Sandvik, a huge Swedish company who conduct worldwide business activities through representation in more than 130 countries. Sandvik’s operations are based on unique expertise in materials technology and extensive insight into customer processes.

The team got to visit the Ballygawley site (previously know as Fintec) on numerous occasions to have a site tour and interim development meetings with our link engineer, Cathal Hackett and Noel Donaghy, the Engineering manager for Sandvik. The team had the fantastic opportunity to work together at workshops / laboratories in the University of Ulster during a three day session in a snow filled December. During this time they tested the material strengths of different grades of steel as required in the manufacture of the mobile screeners. The immense amount of snow that fell on the last night of the trip ensured that the interim presentation scheduled for that Friday morning were postponed and we tentatively began the long drive home from our lodgings in Stranmillis University with Mrs Doherty gripping the steering wheel as we hit a top speed of 40mph on the M1! After safely arriving home, the group then presented their interim report to Cathal and Mr Morris (STEM Co-ordinator) in the Technology department during January taking on advice and direction from Sandvik to ensure the final report on paper was a collection of their most useful data. The entire program completes in April with a Celebration Day of assessment and presentation in Queens University, Belfast where the CBS team were awarded the Crest Gold award for STEM related development. The participants in 2010-11 were Luke Keenan, Sean Mc Laughlin, Ronan Mc Gale and Rory Donaghy. The boys have had a fantastic insight into engineering in general and the long few months full of hard work and commitment were well worth the sweat and tears! A huge thanks to Sandvik Mining and Construction and especially to Noel and Cathal for their patience, understanding and expert advice throughout the program. We look forward to working with them again next year!

Sandvik Visit


Hard at work on the workshop floor.

Cathal (our engineer) giving us the grand tour in our fashionable hi-vis gear and goggles!

An image to show one small section of the HUGE factory at Ballygawley!!!

A view from above...just one side of a mobile screener unit! Amazing engineering.

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Ronan Mc Gale, Sean Mc Laughlin, Luke Keenan, Rory Donaghy at the celebration day in Queens.

CBS Success at Young Innovators Competition On the 14th of June, I took my Game Timing Product to the Odyssey Arena in Belfast with Technology pupils, Mr. Murray and Mr. Kelly. On the way up I was thinking over everything, wondering what questions the judges would ask. When we got off the bus and entered the Arena I just looked around in awe, thinking to myself, “whoa, there are hundreds of competitors, I have no chance!” So I set up my table and the day passed quickly, with many different obstacles to overcome in the judges questioning. The experience was brilliant, telling the judges and other students about my product and then finally winning a prize from Sentinus – The Excite Award for Creativity!!! I looked over at the other technology pupils when I had heard my name being called out and my jaw dropped. I walked down those ongoing steps to the stage where I had won a wonderful glass trophy and an amazing £125. Overall the day was brilliant, I enjoyed being there and hope to return next year with a new idea and product.

runner up spot in the Crest Bronze Technology Category…and got a cheque for £75!!! I was very pleased with the end result and would like to enter the contest again next year. Owen McGowan

Ethan Mc Dowell

My experience at the Young Innovators Competition in Belfast was very enjoyable as it gave me a chance to show my knowledge of technology and it was a good day out. I entered the contest with my Burglar Deterrent and although I was happy with my product I didn’t expect to win anything as was such a huge amount of intense competition! The experience on a whole was very enjoyable as I got to see different aspects of technology and the Odyssey was a very interesting place and was filled with interesting products and designs. I won the

Young Innovators Ethan McDowell and Owen McGowan with Mr Murray.


Saine 2011 Sport Gaelic Football - Corn na nOg Winners 2010-11 – The Journey

CBS Corn na nÓg Panel 2010-11


Results are stated below; Group Games Omagh CBS


St Colmans, Newry


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St.Pius Magherfelt


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St. Pats Cavan



St Michaels Enniskillen


Quarter Final Omagh CBS

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Semi-Final Omagh CBS


St Pats Dungannon



magh CBS is situated in the heart of the Co Tyrone community and is well known for its high standards in educational achievements and sporting excellence . The vision of the Christian Brother’s Grammar School is to promote personal and social developm full ent in caring Christian communities of learning and teaching.

Final Omagh CBS


St Pats Cavan

Omagh CBS has identified sport as a key focus for their pupils. Skillfully embracing the children’s interest and enthusiasm its headmaste r Paul Brannigan, has recruited key people to maintain the school as one of the premier schools in Ulster Colleges Football. It is no surprise that the school has played in 6 of the last 10 MacRory Cup finals with Hogan Cup success in 2007 under the management of ex-Tyrone players Ciaran McBride and Noel Donnelly. This school is passionate about Gaelic Games and pupils are given the opportunity to excel with support from talented staff and external coaches who act as invaluable role models. Facilities include a sports hall, boxing gym, fitness suite, grass pitches, athletics arena and a synthetic pitch. The school has become a nursery


Omagh CBS 1-7 St Patrick’s Cavan 1-4 Omagh CBS went into this Corn Na nÓg decider at Gavin Duffy Park Monaghan as underdogs but delivered an assured performance to win their first Corn Na nÓg title since 2004. Omagh fully merited their victory having led throughout the game and while not scoring in the final 12 minutes were able to limit their Cavan opponents to one point in that period to secure victory.

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for Tyrone footballers with many past pupils now holding All-Ireland titles, it is no surprise that the last two AllIreland Minor squads had 15 Omagh CBS players, with the 2010 squad having 10 players.

1965-66 Dalton Cup Champions (Back Row) Bro. L.F. Ennis, T. Wylie, P. McMahon, G. Murphy, H. Barbour, D. Hackett, T. McGurk, P. McKenna, P. Dobs, D. McEnhill, Bro. Noone (R.I.P.) (Middle Row) M. Collins, N. Barbour, R. McKenna, P. McGill, H. Brennan (Capt.), S. Woods, P. Nugent, D. Morris. (Front Row) I. Coyle, P. Friel, I. Sally, B. Collins.

1973-74 MacRory Cup Champions

(Back Row) Bro. Canton, E. McKenna, M. McCarron, V. Toner, B. Lagan, B. Campbell, G. McCallen, S. Doherty, A. McGurk, B. McDonald, Mr. T. McGurk.(Front Row) J.J. Campbell, P. Donnelly, T. Marlowe, C. McAleer (Captain), S. Cassidy, L. O’Neill, P. Duddy, P. Fox.

Fired Up WINTER 2010

Omagh began in positive fashion dominating possession in the early period but were unable to transfer this possession into scores and only opened their scoring in the eight minute with a Gavin Slane point. This early score was followed by a succession of wides from Omagh who held control in midfield and were able to thwart sporadic Cavan attacks. In one such attack Omagh lost inspirational full-back Odhran McGinn to injury, but the strength of Omagh’s panel was highlighted by the fact that his replacement 90

Saine 2011 James Darcy coped admirably for the remainder of the game. The game sprung to life in the final minutes of the half with a superb individual goal from Patrick O’Neill followed by a point from the same player and another from team captain Gavin Slane. It was only in injury time at the end of the half that Cavan registered their first score with a point from Paul Leddy to leave the half time score Omagh CBS 1-3, St Patrick’s Cavan 0-1. Omagh began the second half in similar mode to the first, dominating possession in the middle third but failing to register on the scoreboard. A second Cavan point after six minutes by Ben Conaty was followed immediately by a point from Slane to maintain a five point margin. In the 40th minute Cavan’s Ronan O’Reilly scored a superb gaol, snatching a long ball into the Omagh defence, beating his marker and driving the ball to the Omagh net. The CBS maintained their composure and from the kickout won the ball in midfield and worked through for a great point from Slane. Further points from Slane and O’Neill restored Omagh’s lead and while two points from Ronan O’Reilly narrowed the gap to three Omagh dominated the final 10 minutes, and while not adding further to their tally dominated possession and spent the remainder of the game camped in the Cavan half. St Patrick’s Cavan were the only team to beat Omagh CBS this season in the Corn Na nÓg Cup, and that defeat was avenged on Saturday. The game ended on a scoreline of Omagh CBS 1-7, St Patrick’s College Cavan 1-4. Afterwards Seamus Meehan, Chairman of the Ulster Colleges presented the Corn Na nÓg Cup to CBS Captain Gavin Slane. Omagh Team: Conor Treanor, Conall Furey, Odhran McGinn, Ciaran McCormack, Eoghain Murray, Tiarnan McNamee, Rion McKenna, Eamonn McConnell, Padraig McGirr, Aidan McSorley, Gavin Slane Capt. (0-5), Patrick O’Neill(1-2), Marius Monaghan, Shane McGuigan, Andrew McGrath. Subs : James Darcy for O McGinn (inj), Robbie McDaid for A McGrath, Caolan Gormley for M Monaghan, Michael Corless for A McSorley, Ciaran Groogan, Matthew McAleer, Cathal Donaghy, Ronan McHugh, Ryan Masterson, Ciaran McCann, Barry McConnell, Thomas Clarke, Francis McKenna, Eoghain Winters, John Harkin

GOLF - Ulster Schools Golf Competition 2010 Four of Omagh CBS’s Year 13 golfers Conor Mc Carron, Pauric Toal, Conor Myton and Coalon Mc Aleer, made the trip to Dungannon Golf Club to play in the Irish Schools Matchplay Qualifiers. They were paired with competitors from St. Malachys College in Belfast. They all had to play off a handicap of scratch. Conor Mc Carron (3) was the first in with 25 points, followed by Pauric Toal (12) with 17 points. Conor Myton (10) was next in with 24 points and finally Caolon Mc Aleer (14) scored 16 points. A final total of 82 points wasn’t good enough to qualify but it was an enjoyable and successful day for the players, which won’t be the last we see of them!

HANDBALL - Ulster Colleges 40x20 Winners 2011 Four of Omagh CBS’s Year 13 golfers Conor Mc Carron, Pauric Toal, Conor Myton and Coalon Mc Aleer, made the trip to Dungannon Golf Club to play in the Irish Schools Matchplay Qualifiers. They were paired with competitors from St. Malachys College in Belfast. They all had to play off a handicap of scratch. Conor Mc Carron (3) was the first in with 25 points, followed by Pauric Toal (12) with 17 points. Conor Myton (10) was next in with 24 points and finally Caolon Mc Aleer (14) scored 16 points. A final total of 82 points wasn’t good enough to qualify but it was an enjoyable and successful day for the players, which won’t be the last we see of them!



Runner Up

1st Years B. D.

Gareth McDonald/Conor Leonard (St. Macartan’s, Monaghan)

Pauric Mullan/Conor Loughran (Omagh C.B.S.)

Junior B. S.

Darren Doherty (St. Macartan’s, Monaghan)

Pat Havern (St. Joseph, Newry)

Junior B. D.

Ryan Mullan/Paul McKay (Omagh C.B.S.)

Ramunas Ramanaskas/ Mantas Zalikas (St. Macartan’s)


Saine 2011 TENNIS - CBS Tennis Stars Serve Up An Ace James Darcy coped admirably for the remainder of the game. The game sprung to life in the final minutes of the half with a superb individual goal from Patrick O’Neill followed by a point from the same player and another from team captain Gavin Slane. It was only in injury time at the end of the half that Cavan registered their first score with a point from Paul Leddy to leave the half time score Omagh CBS 1-3, St Patrick’s Cavan 0-1. Omagh began the second half in similar mode to the first, dominating possession in the middle third but failing to register on the scoreboard. A second Cavan point after six minutes by Ben Conaty was followed immediately by a point from Slane to maintain a five point margin. In the 40th minute Cavan’s Ronan O’Reilly scored a superb gaol, snatching a long ball into the Omagh defence, beating his marker and driving the ball to the Omagh net. The CBS maintained their composure and from the kickout won the ball in midfield and worked through for a great point from Slane. Further points from Slane and O’Neill restored Omagh’s lead and while two points from Ronan O’Reilly narrowed the gap to three Omagh dominated the final 10 minutes, and while not adding further to their tally dominated possession and spent the remainder of the game camped in the Cavan half. St Patrick’s Cavan were the only team to beat Omagh CBS this season in the Corn Na nÓg Cup, and that defeat was avenged on Saturday. The game ended on a scoreline of Omagh CBS 1-7, St Patrick’s College Cavan 1-4. Afterwards Seamus Meehan, Chairman of the Ulster Colleges presented the Corn Na nÓg Cup to CBS Captain Gavin Slane.

Omagh Team: Conor Treanor, Conall Furey, Odhran McGinn, Ciaran McCormack, Eoghain Murray, Tiarnan McNamee, Rion McKenna, Eamonn McConnell, Padraig McGirr, Aidan McSorley, Gavin Slane Capt. (0-5), Patrick O’Neill(1-2), Marius Monaghan, Shane McGuigan, Andrew McGrath. Subs : James Darcy for O McGinn (inj), Robbie McDaid for A McGrath, Caolan Gormley for M Monaghan, Michael Corless for A McSorley, Ciaran Groogan, Matthew McAleer, Cathal Donaghy, Ronan McHugh, Ryan Masterson, Ciaran McCann, Barry McConnell, Thomas Clarke, Francis McKenna, Eoghain Winters, John Harkin

CBS Junior Plate Winning Team (L to r): Matthew McAleer, Patrick O’Neill, Simon Curran. (Missing from photo – Jared Monaghan).

Youth Sport West Cross Border Events - Youth Sport Cross Border Day Twenty eager Year 8 students were invited to take part in the Youth Sport Cross Border Day in Holy Cross College, Strabane. The day was filled with exciting activities which included orienteering, boxercise, team building exercises, tag rugby, karate, gymnastics and a Peace & Reconciliation work shop. The boys had to team up with pupils from Holy Cross and Sligo Grammar during each of the events – a great day was had by all and special word of thanks to Mrs Siobhan Garry (Holy Cross College) for organising the event.

Practising their boxing skills are Tiernan Mc Connell and Connor Harper.

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Oisin Donnelly directs the CBS lads during the teambuilding event.

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Future gymnastics star Darragh Owens on the vault.

Eoin Grimes tries Touch Rugby.

Year 9 Cross Border Day - Gortatole As part of the Western Education & Library Board Youth Sport Programme four Year 9 pupils were selected to attend a Youth Sport Cross Border Event. The event involved a number of post primary schools from Tyrone and Sligo that are involved in the Cross Border Youth Sport Project. The event was held in Gortatole Outdoor Education Centre on 20th and 21st September. The four students, Mike Martin, Oisin Cleary, Tom Cuthberson and Seamus Mc Gurgan took part in activities during this overnight event which consisted of teambuilding activities, orienteering, rafting and rock climbing.

Top: Tom Cuthberston takes the plunge. Above left: Rafting on the lake Tom Cutherson and Seamus Mc Gurgan Above centre: Oisin Cleary and Mike Martin on the climbing wall. Above right: Future Irish international rock climber Oisin Cleary gets some practice in before the 2016 Olympics. Left; Mr McBride with the Year 9 students chosen to attend the Youth Sport Event.


Saine 2011 2011 Ski Trip review - by Kevin Conway 10B On the 12th March 40 pupils and 6 teachers headed off to Haut Lac International centre Switzerland for a funned filled week of skiing, activities and craic. We arrived at the centre around 5 o’clock after 10 hours travelling. But no one was tired as we were all so excited. First job was to get fitted with our ski boots and skis. On the first day we met our ski instructor Jordan he was from Ballycastle and he was a uni student (what a fantastic part time job to have). We travelled up the mountain in a gondola which is a type of cable car. Jordan taught us how to move forward and backwards although personally I seemed to spend most of my

time falling. As the week went on the skiing got better the falls became less and I became quite a pro. Skiing was a brilliant experience and I hope to go back sometime. In the evenings we participated in house team events such as ping pong, killer pool, fuss ball and our team won the giant Toberone bar for having the most points. I loved everything about my trip I made new friends and enjoyed the craic with the other students from both my school and Limavady. It was a fantastic experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Safely at the bottom of the mountain.

2011 Ski Trip review - by Edward Byrne 13E When I heard that Mr. Quinn was organising another school Ski trip to Switzerland I was over the moon, because I knew how much of an incredible experience it would be. I was fortunate enough to have been able to go on the last school Ski trip in 2008, and to be honest, it was one of the best weeks of my life, so when I found out that I was going again I, and everyone else going, couldn’t wait. In the months prior to the trip, we began talking about it , building up the excitement, until the point when all of our expectations were sky high, but, it’s safe to say the trip did not disappoint, if anything, it surpassed all expectations! Skiing, for me, is amazing. There’s a great sense of freedom when it’s just you, your skis and the snow, and there’s no greater feeling that zooming down a snow capped mountain, shifting your weight every so often to cleanly turn and being able to travel through some of the world’s most idyllic scenery every day. This, being my second time skiing, meant that I was relatively good at it, and therefore on the first day we were on the mountain we were straight into skiing. It was brilliant! The snow conditions weren’t the best, but thanks to some nifty Swiss engineering and a scattering of snow cannons the Gastaad Mountain had plenty of snow to ski on. Because the ski groups are small (6 to 9 people), everyone bonds very quickly and your instructor becomes one of your friends, meaning that there’s never a shortage of good banter, from the train in the morning to the slopes in the afternoon. As for me, I was in a group with some of my closest friends and my instructor Eamon became a good friend too. Although Skiing is a very physical sport, the younger kids we went on the trip with always seemed to have a renewed energy every evening when we came back from the slopes, and to satisfy this energy, the Haut Lac International Centre provides loads of activities, movies and discos. For us, the sixth 94

years, there was some flexibility in our participation and so on some occasions, a few of us would grab a guitar and play a few tunes to unwind. One thing I enjoyed most, apart from the skiing aspect, was the friendliness of the staff. We got on very well with everyone working there because they were so down to earth good for a laugh. To sum up the 2011 ski trip, I would have to say that it has been the most intense, exciting, fun, unforgettable experience of my life to date, and I feel in debt to the teachers involved in taking us and the staff at the Haut Lac International Centre for giving us all a trip we will never forget!

Taking a break from the slopes.

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Mrs McLaughlin and Miss Mallon enjoy the apres ski!

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Saine 2011 Celebrating Achievement Year 8 - Year 8 Students Shine During their First Year at the CBS Pictured below are a selection of Year 8 award winners. Looking at both academic and extra-curricular achievement, Head of Year Mr McNabb and Head of Student Learning Miss O’Connor, commented on how well the boys had adapted to life at their new school and wished them continued success as they moved forward into Year 9.

Niall McDonagh - Fantasy Football Manger of the Month for November & December.

June Prize Winners.


Eoin Byrne - Overall Student of the Month February.

February Students of the Month D.Loughrey 8F, , E.Keenan 8A, Aidan McGirr 8C, Eoin Byrne, Conor McGread.

Head of Year 8 Mr McNabb presents the March Student of the Month Award to Conor McGread.

Outstanding Contribution to Super League - Oisin Donnelly 8C, Ryan McCusker 8A & Tiarnan McConnell 8F.

Eoin Grimes 8A - Most Improved Student in Year 8.

Saine 2011 Year 9 - Year 9 Prize-giving Assemblies In January and June Year 9 pupils received awards in recognition of their excellent endeavours and academic achievement during the school year. There was a vast array of awards including Excellent Attendance, Head of Year Awards, Top in each Subject and Top in Year 9. Miss O’Neill and Mr White both highlighted the excellent work achieved in Year 9, congratulated all pupils for their efforts and attainments and wished everyone good luck in Year 10.

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David McDonagh, Ryan Brogan & Anthony Crossley proudly show their Outstanding Achievement awards.

Attendance Awards for Term 1.

Term 2

Ronan McKay, Jack McShane & Brendan McGrath display their Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Top Year 9 French students Mathew McCartan, Damien Top 9D Art students Cathair Curran, David McLaughlin & Teague & Mark Bradley proudly present their certificates. Mathew McCartan.

Daire Mcgrath 9D wins Most Improved Student in Year 9.

Highest achievers in History were Brendan McGrath, David Gormley with his Spanish award. John Connolly & Tony Crossley.

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Saine 2011 Year 10 - Mrs McLaughlin Highlights the Success of Year 10 Students Year 10 pupils celebrated their achievements in January and June with Head of Year Mrs McLaughlin and Head of Student Learning Mr Morris complementing the boys on their hard working attitude throughout the year. Mr Brannigan was also impressed with the high standard attained in the tough Edmund Rice Awards in June. Pictured below are year 10 students celebrating their excellent results at the end of Term 1. Those in Year 9 and 10 with the highest number of positive points were rewarded with a trip to the cinema.

Full Attendance: Back Row: Micheal Roddy, Liam Brogan, Kevin Conway, Michael Mc Elwee, Barry Mc Connell, Caolan Gormley, Matthew Mc Hugh, Matthew Duddy Front row: Michael Francis Mc Kenna, Ronan Clarke, Ronan Goligy, Marc Carroll

Full Attendance: Front Row: Darragh Mc Quiad, Niall Crawford, Padraig Keyes, James Darcy, Eamonn Orr, Peadar Quinn, Corey Duffy, Conor Tierney Front Row: Liam Fox, James O’Kane, Tiarnan Carson, Ronan Quinn, Brian Mc Sorley

Subject Prize-winners: Back Row: Ronan Mc Hugh (Employability), Michael Mc Elwee (Spanish), Corey Duffy (Science), Michael Corless (RE), Marius Monaghan (LLW) Font Row: Kevin Rafferty (Music), Matthew Sweeney (Citizenship)

Subject Prize-winners: Back Row: Liam Fox (French), Barry Maguire (HEc), Ethan Mc Dowell (Technology), Corey Duffy (Geography), Mark Mc Glinn (Maths) Front Row: James O’Kane (drama), Conor Devine (ICT), James Roche, Ryan Mullan (Art), Marc Carroll (Technology)

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Top Students Oisin Devine, Matthew McCullagh & Barry Maguire.

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Top Students Matthew McHugh, Turlough McDonald & Matthew Sweeney.

Top Students in 10A are Ryan Mullan, Pearse O’Neill & Peter Fox.

Top Students during the first term in 10B are Michael-Francis McKenna, Michael McElwee, Ciaran Grogan & Michael Corless.

Top Students in 10D include Mark McGlinn, Daniel Keenan, Eoin Monaghan & Ethan McDowell.

Top Year 9 and 10 Students Visit the Cinema

Above Left: Looking super cool in those 3D glasses boys! Avove Right: Top Year 9 and 10 students enjoying the film. Above: Oisin, Conchur & James enjoy the treat.


Saine 2011 Edmund Rice Awards To culminate the end of Key Stage 3, Year 10 students sat important exams in June. The top achievers in the year group were treated to a trip to Belcoo, to the outdoor pursuits centre. Congratulations to all Year 10 students and good luck as you progress into Year 11.

Corey Duffy 10F, with Head of ICT Mrs McLaughlin.

Top in History, Barry Maguire with Mr Maguinness.

Top Music student Eoin Monaghan with Mrs Fretigny.

Mr Brannigan congratulates Liam Floyd on his contribution to music.

Mrs Bradley with 10B student Michael Corless who also came top in Geography.

Top in Maths, Michael Corless with Mr Killen.

Trip to Corralea Centre To culminate the end of Key Stage 3, Year 10 students sat important exams in June. The top achievers in the year group were treated to a trip to Belcoo, to the outdoor pursuits centre. Congratulations to all Year 10 students and good luck as you progress into Year 11.


Watching as a Year 10 bravely scales the wall.

Ready, Steady, Go.....

Off road biking.

Get ready for water trampolining!

Gavin tries his hand at archery.

Enjoying a break from all the excitement for lunch.

Saine 2011 Year 11 - Year 11 Prize-giving

Top Student in each subject

Top 3 students in each class

Pupils with 100% Attendance


Saine 2011 Post 16 Rewarding Achievement Assembly On Thursday 25th November 2010 Year 13 students were presented with their GCSE Certificates at a Post 16 Rewarding Achievement Assembly. Below are photographs of each of the form classes with their form teachers, Mr Murray, Head of Student Learning & Mrs McKenna, Head of Year 13.


13A & Mrs McKenna

13B & Mr McCloskey

13C & Mrs McSorley

13D & Mrs Breen

13E & Mrs Fretigny

13F & Mrs McMorrow

Saine 2011 The top student in each subject in AS examinations in summer 2010 examinations also received Certificates.

AS recipients, Mr O’Hara, Head of Year 14 & Mr Murray, Head of Student Learning.


Saine 2011 Extra-Curricular Activities The CBS has a huge range of extra-curricular activities, whatever your interests are, there is sure to be something to suit. From Art and Drama, to Music, Sport and Business, extra-curricular activities help to build a wide variety of skills and encourage students to make new friends outside their classes. Check to display outside the Assembly Hall for details and join up today! Here are just a few examples of what is on offer……

Young Enterprise 2010-2011 Company Name: Kudos Mission: We, at Kudos, strive to help students enjoy their newfound independence and to help them survive extortionate student fees. We hope to do this by providing information which is accessible and down to earth, with what really matters to students. We hope to help students through this difficult time in their lives, easing the transition to adulthood. Product: We offer students a cheap, easy to use and cost-cutting guide to universities in Northern Ireland, including among others recipes, revision tips, maps of the three main campuses in Northern Ireland, where to go for a night out and how to use appliances.

Profit/Loss Statement KUDOS From 15/11/2010 to 18/02/2011 Dec






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Summary Statement of Company Performance: we have sold a total of 36 copies of our guide, each priced at £4.99 and currently have 20 guides stocked in Queen’s University Belfast Book Shop and in The Carlisle Book Shop in Omagh with a wholesale price of £3.99. We have won 1st place in the Omagh Trade Fair, Best Visiting Company in the Derry/Londonderry Trade Fair and the Sperrrin and Lakelands Regional Board ‘Best Overall Company’. We are being advertised on Queen’s Radio Station and have secured Translink as our sponsor.

Structure of our Company

One of the first tasks we did before deciding on our product was to decide the roles of each member of the company. This was decided by a vote between members of the company. It was decided at the start that Peter Crossley was to be the sole Managing Director but it was decided that we needed more help in controlling and sorting out problems within the company, so Killian Turbitt would join Peter Crossley as Co-managing Director, having been moved from his previous post of Finance Director. Luke Keenan was then appointed Finance director. This ordering of jobs seemed to work much better than the previous one had and resulted in much more work done throughout the team. Below is a diagram showing the main positions in our company: 104

Killian Turbitt and Peter Crossley

Saine 2011 Managing Directors: Peter Crossley Killian Turbitt

Finance Director: Luke Keenan Deputy: Eoin Byrne

Marketing Director: Niall Murphy Deputy: Cory McGale

Company Secretary: Paul Teague Deputy: Martin Edgar

Operations Director: Sean Nicolson Deputy: Thomas Keaveney

IT Director: Patrick McAnea Deputy: Richard Kealey

Sales Director: Dylan Flanagan Deputy: Shane Owens Deputy: Kevin Kelly

Human Resource Director: Matthew Groogan Deputy: Sean Loughran Deputy: Ronan McGale

Choosing Our Product

To decide on our product we did a spider diagram with possible ideas for the product. At first we were interested in doing something about food, but we were apprehensive that this may infringe upon the Young Enterprise rules so we decided to do a cookbook, specifically one aimed at students. We did some quick research and we were surprised about the amount of student cookbooks there were, so we quickly decided to change our product as we could not possibly hope to compete with the celebrity endorsed cook books which were quite cheap with an abundance of recipes. We did a mind map to see where we could go. Cory McGale put forward the idea of a guide for students in which there was a recipe section. We all thought this was a good idea and asked any siblings or friends already in university about what they thought would be good information for university students. The main answers this survey gave in areas where students needed more information were cheap, quick recipes, where to go for a night out, revision tips, household appliances and shopping, particularly grocery shopping. We decided to do our product on Belfast initially as many people from our local area go to universities in Belfast and it is the biggest student destination in Northern Ireland. We then needed to decide on a name for our company, there were a few put forward such a Kudos, CSI (Covered Students Incorporated) and Student Guides. We put it to a vote and by a slim majority it was decided to go with the name Kudos although there were some issues raised among the group that the name was slightly too common among other businesses, although after it was decided upon the whole team stuck behind the name.

1st Edition of ‘The Student Survival Guide’

After finalising the idea of a Survival Guide, it was the ICT Director’s job to compile and format the product. Jobs were delegated and groups were given a section of the book to research. Once research was complete, Patrick McAnea and Richard Kealey, the ICT Directors, collected the work and edited and formatted it into a complete book using and improving ICT skills, to produce the 1st edition. It was decided to go for a bright, colourful layout that would be appealing and eye catching. The book was based around 5 sections, food, shopping, entertainment, cleaning and revision; each section had a character to effectively ‘guide’ the reader. This was a fun, interactive idea, but ultimately the group decided it was too childish for the target audience and so for the 2nd edition these characters were taken out, to appeal to a more mature audience in university students. We came up with our recipes by coming to together as a group and thinking up different ways to make a meal at a cheaper cost and by researching recipes on the Internet. Since Shane Owens and Patrick McAnea were former home economics students they took control of this part of the book. We wanted to make a DVD to show how the recipes were made and so people could see how easy they were to make. Thomas Keaveney filmed footage of members of the company preparing the recipes in our home economic rooms in the school. This footage First Edition front cover


Saine 2011 was shown at our stalls in trade fairs to catch passing customers’ attention, although we were not able to make a DVD due to time restraints. Patrick McAnea and Richard Kealey worked together to create a front and back cover. They used Photoshop to edit together images representing sections in the book. The cover looked professional as well as aesthetically pleasing, and followed the colour scheme of bright, fresh blue. The cover and formatting was highly praised in the Omagh Trade Fair. We needed to get in touch with companies for advertising to increase our revenue. It was decided that Killian Turbitt would get in touch with some of the bars and pubs in Belfast to see if they would like to buy some advertising within the book. He tried to contact a few different bars such as The Eglantine and Botanic Inns by email. He received no replies from either. Unfortunately we could not approach them directly because of the distance from Omagh to Belfast, but we became more determined to get a sponsor for our book. We knew that with most of the guide completed if we were getting a sponsor we needed to get them quickly. We did a quick brainstorm session and Niall Murphy proposed that we could get in touch with Translink and ask them to be our sponsor. Niall Murphy was put in charge of contacting them through email and we were quickly rewarded with a confirmation through his persistence. As part of their sponsorship we given around 400 maps of Belfast city showing the main bus routes which we would be able to give away for free with each guide sold. These maps would be a great help for all students in Belfast. In return for their sponsorship and the maps we ran an advertisement in the back of our guide for Translink promoting the company, this was made especially for our product and we are very proud to have Translink as our sponsor. We found that printing the guides was a big problem for us. We looked at many, different companies that could publish our book. The first company we tried was a company in Dundonald called, “IED Design & Marketing”. They gave us a quote of £2.80 for the full book printed in black and white ink, with a coloured front and back cover and plastic binding. We decided to reject this offer as we felt that without colour the book would not reach its full potential. We then rang the printing company at the Eccelsville Centre in Fintona to get a quote from them. Unfortunately they told us that they would not publish the book for us, as they specialized in Mass cards and information leaflets and were currently very busy. After much searching, we decided to go to the WELB Reprographics Department to print our guides. We decided upon them as they seemed to be the most financially viable option for us. We were glad that we looked around and compared prices as it surely saved us lots of our money for the production of the 1st edition of the guide. They originally quoted us for a figure of £2.70 per book for a total of 70 books. This price, including VAT, should have come to a total of £222.08. However, when the WELB sent us their invoice we found that we had been charged £293.75, including VAT. We knew that this price could not possibly be correct so we got in contact with WELB. We had been given names and contact details of the people in charge of printing, as well as our quote, and once they had been informed they realised their mistake. They sent us a new invoice for the correct price. This incident was a lesson for us in the importance of obtaining a written quote before dealings and the necessity of keeping an eye on ingoing and outgoing finances.

Omagh Trade Fair

The Trade Fair in Omagh was on the 16th of December. The day before all the company stayed over to do posters and organise for this upcoming trade fair. We planned to do a raffle with a prize of a Christmas hamper and it was decided that Richard Kealey would be in charge of buying the hamper and bringing it to the trade fair. Niall Murphy had done up some flyers, which were then printed off in the school, four to one A4 page. These were handed out about Omagh during the trade fair, to increase publicity for product, by members of the company not involved in talking to the judges or with selling the guides at the stall. These members of the team were also delegated with the job of selling raffle tickets which we hoped would increase our revenue and also increase publicity of our product. The members of the company at the stall to talk to the judges were Killian Turbitt, Paul Teague and Niall Murphy. In total we sold 18 of the Student Survival guides each retailing at £4.99. In total we raised £265.82 in revenue including the revenue made by the raffle, recouping all production costs of the first edition of our product. At the trade we were awarded 1st place and had pictures of our presentation of the 1st place plaque in the Our stall at the Omagh Trade Fair with Carol Fitzsimmons local newspaper. Killian Turbitt also wrote a short article for the school newsletter which told the school and our shareholders of our success and advertised the guide in the school. On the day after winning 1st place in the Omagh trade fair we organised a stall for our senior prizegiving in our school. This was take place on Monday 21st December and we were to have a stall in front of one of the main doors to the sports hall where the prizegiving was to be held. The prizes would be given to past and current students to commemorate top grades in exams. The pupils would be our targeted demographic, also present would be the parents who would obviously be interested in our product as well. We had hoped to sell quite a few of the guides at the Presentation of the product to Queen’s Book Shop 106

Saine 2011 prizegiving but due to hazardous weather and cancelled flights, the prizegiving was postponed until Easter. This was very disheartening for us as we thought it would be a great opportunity to sell our product, but we picked ourselves up and tried to recover from this. To sell some of our remaining guides we decided to sell them to some of the local bookshops such as the Carlisle Bookshop in High Street in Omagh and the Queen’s University Bookshop. Killian Turbitt talked to the manager of the Carlisle Bookshop and gave them 10 Student Survival guides on a pay-as-we-sell basis. It would be retailed at the normal price of £4.99 but the wholesale price was £3.99, with each guide costing £2.70 to produce this gave us a profit of £1.29 per guide. To sell to our targeted demographic we decided that we should also sell the Student Survival Guide in the Queen’s University Book Shop. Cory Mc Gale our deputy sales director contacted the queen’s university bookshop via email. He then got a reply Winning 1st place in Omagh from an employee that once he had got everything in place we had to contact them and discuss a date to send the books up. They would sell them on the same basis as the Carlisle book shop at the same wholesale price. When it came to send the books up we learned that in over Christmas, the employee contacted had left the bookshop, but we arranged with another member of the book shop staff to send up 10 copies of the guides to the Book Shop. Martin Edgar volunteered to take up the guides to Belfast.

2nd edition of ‘The Student Survival Guide’

We decided if we were to further develop our product we needed to expand our guide to involve all of Northern Ireland. To begin creating the second edition of our book, we as a team felt it necessary to design and create our own company logo. A wide variety of company logos were designed by Sean Loughran, Niall Murphy and Thomas Keaveney. The 3 main logos were discussed among the team and a decision was made on which logo was best for the company. Using our newly created logo we set about creating company name tags for everyone in our team. The design can be seen above. After deciding on a company logo, a new KUDOS logo front and back cover for the book were designed by Sean Loughran. His designs were accepted by the team as they were more focused towards our targeted audience, being more visually mature, and showed how we had learned from and developed the 1st edition to better target our audience. On the front and back the new company logo can be seen. Also on the back cover we feature the logo for ‘Translink’, a sponsoring company to our book. After the 2nd addition new covers were designed, the formatting of the book began. The second edition of the book was edited by the following people: Sean Loughran, Richard Kealey, Shane Owens, Patrick McAnea, Peter Crossley and Niall Murphy. They formatted the entire contents of the book which involved applying a suitable colour scheme to each of the sections within the book and correcting any typos present in the first edition. Although everyone within the team would agree that the formatting of the book has much improved from the first edition, there are still some problems within the latest version. The first criticism would be that the book was not printed to the edge of the paper. This made the banners placed at the sides of each page of the book document less effective in highlighting a new section within the book. Another would be that contrast between backgrounds and font colours can make content difficult to read.

Derry Trade Fair

Following our success at our local trade fair, we made the decision to travel to a trade fair held in Derry/ Londonderry. This proved to be an enriching experience for all members of our YE team. We decided to go to this trade fair for a number of reasons. Foremost among these, we wished to develop a greater awareness of our product across the regions. As well as this, we wished to see how our second edition fared, with the judges and customers, compared to our original product. The trade fair proved also to be a great way of viewing the ideas and products of a greater variety of companies than just those within our area. This allowed us to make comparisons between their ideas and stands and our own. From this we were able to draw ideas on how to improve our own delivery to the judges and how we present ourselves and our product. The judges at the trade fair appeared both very impressed by our product and delivery. We were commended by the Martin Mullan at our stall in Foyleside judges on the setup of our stand and the way in which the team members at the stand handled their questioning. Our sales figures of our 2nd edition at this trade fair did not fare as well as the sales of our 1st edition at our local trade fair. At our local trade fair we made 18 sales compared to 9 at the Derry/ Londonderry trade fair. Deputy Mayor of Derry at our stall 107

Saine 2011 During the trade fair we were delighted to find that one of our customers was the mother of the head of Glasgow University’s Student Union. She provided us with contact details for a Miss Lauren McDaid who she told us would be able to assist us with our plans of expanding our book. She would be able to give us any support or information we required on the university and there is a possibility of the Union stocking future editions of our book. After a long, difficult day’s work by all team members we were awarded the prize for “Best Visiting Company” by the YE judges. We were thrilled to be awarded this as it was a reflection on all the hard work and commitment of the team since our first trade fair. We hope the experience gained from every trade fair we attend will allow us to build on what we have already achieved and help us to take this company where we know it can go.

Belfast Trade Fair

The day after the Derry Trade Fair in the Foyleside Shopping Centre there was a trade fair in Connswater Shopping Centre on the Saturday 5th February. It was decided that only three people from the company would be able to go to the trade fair as only a single car would be going up to Belfast as the trade fair was far away from Omagh and would be impractical for many to go to. Niall Murphy, Dylan Flanagan and Killian Turbitt would attend it. They went up to the trade fair and were disappointed to learn that there was no visitor’s prize as there was in the two previous trade fairs attended. They still did their best but as there was only three people at the trade fair and two had to be at the stall at all times we could not hold a raffle as we had done previously in the past trade fairs. Unfortunately we did not win any prize there but we sold 9 books at £4.99 each and also got some good contacts, such as a teacher from another school who was interesting in buying books for his own The Belfast Trade Fair current 7th year students in his school. We also met with Naomi Long MP and Chris Lyttle, MLA of the Alliance Party. Chris Lyttle was particularly interested in the product as he was part of a committee dedicated to helping university students in the Holy Lands in Belfast. He gave us his business card and Killian Turbitt has contacted him but as of yet has received no reply as yet. We also tried to visit the students’ union in the University of Ulster site but unfortunately this was closed on weekends and as the trade fair took place on Saturday no one was there to talk about the possibility of selling the book at the campus. A major achievement for us as a company was to getting recognised and supported by one of the largest radio stations in Northern Ireland. Queen’s Radio Station agreed to advertise our product and our company on air. This was a massive boost for us as we were fully supported by the people and team Kudos at University of Ulster working at the radio station. Matthew Groogan had got in touch with one of the members working there called Ethan Loughery and asked if they would advertise our product on air on their radio station, this was agreed upon and so we are now also supported by Queen’s Radio. Currently the radio station is talking about our product regularly trying to promote interest and curiosity in the product. The broadcasters talk about the book and Kudos telling listeners of its value and encouraging them to buy it.

Regional Board Finals

We were rewarded for our efforts by being announced the winners of the Overall Best Company in the Sperrin Lakelands area, at the Young Enterprise Graduation Gala held in the Millennium Forum in Derry on Wednesday the 6th of April. After this success we wanted to try to put in place plans to further improve our guide and to branch out into the different university campuses throughout the UK. We decided to start with an edition for Edinburgh and Glasgow together as many students go to universities within these cities which are relatively very close to each other, who are far from home and who will obviously need help to at first find their feet in a new and strange city. We also targeted these cities as we have mentioned before because we have contacts within the Student Union within the University of Glasgow. To tell our shareholders of our success in the Regional Board Finals, Killian Turbitt composed an article for our school newsletter, the Saine, the school website and the local newspaper, The Ulster Herald. To further improve our guide to encompass all areas of student life we decided to include and start research on two brand new sections for the guide. We knew that a lot of students in their second year of university usually rent flats and do not stay in halls provided by the University. To help students with this we decided to include a section on tenant rights and responsibilities and the different ways to look for a flat. The other section which we researched was a section on first aid as many students may become injured when they go away from home for the first time and it is always useful to be able to look after yourself and others if they become hurt. To better target our demographic we decided to make a Facebook and Twitter page and upload videos demonstrating how to make the recipes featured in the book and first aid methods. We decided to do this as many students in university have either Facebook or Twitter accounts, or sometimes even both. This allowed us to advertise directly to our demographic at their level. This has received nearly 100 likes so far and is proving to be very popular.

Further Development

We decided after releasing the 2nd edition of the student survival guide that it would be a good idea to create an official website for our product, other than the Facebook and Twitter pages, as it will firstly give us another outlet to sell our product but it also at the 108

Saine 2011 same time opens up to a wider audience that can see our product and the possibilities. We decided it would be essential that we put up great detail on what the book is about and plenty of images, so the user could see exactly what the book is about, but we should also put the contact details of our company up on the website so a customer could write to us or phone us about any questions they had about the product, or even details about pricing if they want the book posted to them. We think setting up the website is a great idea as it opens our customer base greatly to many different types of consumers nationwide. Also setting up a website is very cheap and we can just pay a company to set it up. To further add to our product we have also discussed the idea of selling a DVD with the guide. As mentioned before we have filmed a short sequence of film of our own company cooking the meals, but this unfortunately was not completely finished due to a lack of filming equipment and a shortage of time. We feel we can develop existing footage and film more to produce a DVD to sell as an extra with the guide for an extra ÂŁ1.00. We have begun to look around for companies which can produce blank DVDs with an embossed front, to produce a DVD with the Kudos logo on the front. The cooking would be done by Patrick McAnea and the editing of the DVD will be done by Thomas Keaveney. Once prices for the manufacture of the DVD have been gotten a finance viability check will be carried out. Also we have started doing up versions of the guide for differing areas around the country including a version for Scotland, namely Edinburgh and Glasgow. We are also looking in to do a version of our guide about the north of England as we have found that a lot of students from Northern Ireland go to universities in the North of England and in Scotland, and as previously mentioned we have been given a contact number for the student union in Glasgow.


Saine 2011 Drama Club Drama Club takes place on Tuesday afternoon’s after school and gives students the ideal opportunity to express themselves in a creative way. It is primarily for junior pupils but there are a few dedicated long term members! The motto of Drama Club is to have fun and gain confidence – new members are always welcome!

James O’Kane, Conchur & James White give examples of New Year’s Resolutions.

Aaron, Oisin & Conor.

Tom, Corey, Henry & Ethan.

Maths Club Students from Years 8 to 12 attended Maths Club, which ran every Tuesday. Some students attended because they wanted help on particular topics, whilst some attended to get help with their homework. Mr Killen loves to help those in need! Those who persevered throughout the year really noticed an improvement in their assessment results and their enjoyment of the subject. Many thanks to the A’ level maths students who helped out throughout the year.

Art Clubs

Niall completes his GCSE project. 110

Conan works on portraiture.

John uses the GCSE Art Club to work on his coursework.

Below are some GCSE students taking advantage of one of the numerous Art Clubs on offer. Along with GCSE and A Level after school assistance, the Art department hosts a variety of artistic endeavours for junior students. Ask your Art teacher for details.

Saine 2011 Football Training Winning a place on one of the prestigious CBS Gaelic teams isn’t easy, and the hard work and dedication shown by both staff and students can be seen most evenings in Coolnagard. Below are a few of the senior and junior students in training.

Andrew and Ryan - MacRory Cup Goalkeepers.

Junior students work hard for a place on the CBS teams.

Student Council 2010/11


Saine 2011 STUDENT COUNCIL 2010/11 REVIEW The Student Council progressed extensively in the year beginning 2010 and this has arguably been the most successful year to date. This year it was decided to rotate the chairmanship of the Council with each seventh year student serving for three months as Chairman. This proved to be a more successful system than previous years as it was a much fairer approach and allowed for different approaches to running the council. With most of the senior members having served on the council since junior school it was noticed that, most of the time, the views of the junior members were over-looked. This year we decided to address this issue and insured that the feedback from all councillors was listened to and acted upon. Furthermore, we decided to meet on a weekly basis as opposed to a monthly basis and this allowed us to achieve more results within the school community. As a council we felt that, in order to be more successful, we should represent and bring forth the issues that students are faced with and not merely propose random ideas. Within this report are the proposals which were achieved this year and those which are currently underway. In addition to this, we have listed the changes which have been made and those which we feel should be made for next year’s Council.

Paul Crozier Student Council Chairman • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •


Student Council successful achievements Set up school basketball team which trained from Christmas onwards. This team needs to be built upon next year and should be entered into a league. Organised a school raffle in aid of Saint Vincent DePaul Designed school scarves and beanies which were ordered in and are currently available to students. Because these items only arrived in spring then sales were low but will undoubtedly pick up next year when the cold weather begins again. Moved basketball nets to a more suitable location Designed an appropriate Student Council logo Petitioned for seventh year hoodies and organised an order list of those who wished to pay for hoodies to commemorate their time at Omagh CBS. Alongside the senior prefect team, we argued for a review of the idea not to have any exam modules in January. This proved successful and senior students were allowed to sit some exams in January. Established a school hurling team for 3rd and 4th year students. Hurling has been over-looked within the school and there is a wealth of talent in the sport of hurling throughout the year groups. Promoted the Student Council by the use of notice boards, social media and the Saine newsletter. Finalised the design for a school mural to commemorate 150 years. This has been ready since Christmas but no further steps have been taken by senior management to allow us to get this project underway. Assisted in the new school tracksuit and kitbag Organised festive activities at Christmas in the Assembly Hall Framed Student Council photo is now on display in the school to highlight our hard work. Proposals to be finalised next year School Mural needs to be painted and finished before Christmas. The design has been finalised but the boards and materials have not been ordered in. Time capsule containing written reports, DVDs and items from around the school to celebrate the 150th anniversary A school rugby team. We tried hard this year to get a school rugby team but no teacher was willing to supervise the coaching sessions. Wider variety of extra-curricular activities within the school. Each department should have at least one club After school revision classes for GCSE, AS and A2 students whereby, not only teachers, but also other students assist those students who are struggling in certain topics within a subject. E.g. GCSE Chemistry revision classes. Possible super-league for senior school members. It was often believe that there would be a lack of interest in super-league at this age level but our research has highlighted lots of students would be interested. A Student Council photo should be taken each year and put up within the school. A specific Student Council newsletter to promote and highlight our work throughout the year and increase the number of suggestions.

Saine 2011 Acknowledgements The Editorial Team would like to thank all those who contributed in any way to this magazine. All staff and students who supplied articles and photographs. Mrs Corona McMorrow and Mrs Emma Pearson for their generous assistance. Mrs Sharon Gormley for her production of Saine Weekly. Mr Kieran McGuigan for his continued help. Ecclesville Printing Services for their efficient and professional work in bringing the magazine to fruition.


Saine Magazine 2011  

Saine Magazine 2011

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