Friday, 1 April 2016

Celebrated Irish poet Paul Durcan

Some of Durcan’s poems are extremely long, others are incredibly short.  However even when the poem is short, these little nuggets are bursting with content and finely crafted style.
Durcan is a master of the very short poem.  They often work like punchlines or visual gags.  We stare for a minute or two before we get the true meaning.He manages to pack a great deal of meaning into a couple of lines.  They often work by juxtaposition i.e. placing two unlikely statements side by side. 

These poems confront us with a question and often a very unlikely answer.
After studying Durcan's poetry, my class wrote their own short poems mimicking the themes, style and Format.  The results are in the video below.

World Book Day

Schools around the country celebrated World Book Day in Ireland on Thursday 3rd March 2016. Over the last 19 years World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own. This may sound like a very simple idea, but unfortunately, many children do not have access to books in their homes.
Here at Newbridge College we promoted a read-a-thon, book quizzes, a treasure hunt among many other activities and some teachers of questionable sanity even dressed up as well known literary characters.  Below are a selection of pictures from the day.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

The College Press Eggs-tra special Easter edition!

Before any of you try and lynch me for actually making that joke, my superior officer asked me to do it (ergo: Mr. Doyle).  Lynch him, not me.

With that said, I hope you've all enjoyed this pretty short term and you're prepping yourselves for the last eight weeks with no break before the Summer. (Or the Gauntlet of Doom, as I've taken to calling those eight weeks).  But we have a nice long holiday to get through before all that, and with any luck this term's article will be full of plenty egg-stravigant articles to fit your desires. (That joke actually was my fault. Sorry, not sorry?)

So whether you're going to be chomping on chocolate eggs, spending a day out with your friends at a parade or you're going to catch up on three weeks worth of sleep, I hope you all have a great Easter.

All the best,

Sam Burke. ^_^

(Side note: For this issue only, we're bringing in the college press drinking game. Take a drink for every egg pun we make in this issue counting the two we just made...God help you, follow the link below if you dare)

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Friday, 12 February 2016

College Press - The Lurve Edition

What do you mean I spelled the title wrong? I have no idea

what you're talking about. (Wink)

Seriously though, it's that time of year again, when couples

are allowed to get away with a lot more in public and sales for

tacky heart shaped cards go through the roof.

Maybe some of you have dates, maybe you don't, whatever

your social activities may be you'll be sure to find plenty of

worthwhile, love related, articles in this terms issue.

So whether you'll be out on the town on Valentine's night,

jetting off to France for a few days or spending your evening

with two guys call “Ben and Jerry”, I hope you all have a great



All the best,

Sam Burke. ^_^

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

It's that time of year again, when students squeal in delight and teachers exhale!
Everyone at the College Press wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas :-)
Click on the link below for the latest festive issue!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Welcome back after what was hopefully a very enjoyable mid-term.
Please follow the link below for our eagerly awaited College Press (Halloween edition).  Sorry it is a little late, some technical issues ensued!  Thanks to everyone who contributed and well done to our new editor, Sam Burke.
Follow the link below and Happy reading!