News 2017 22/03/2017 Congratulations to our Under 17 Soccer team who beat Virginia College in the Cava/Monaghan Soccer League. Well done all and special congrats to Mr O’Callaghan, team coach. Digital Champions visit Facebook HQ. The School Digital Team of St. Pat’s College went to Facebook HQ in Dublin on Friday March 3rd. This visit to Facebook was part of the project that the Digital Team are participating in. The team this year comprises of Daniel Dolan, Conor Courtney, Barry Lynch, Evon Smyth (all TY students ), Luke Buckley and Christopher Maguire (5th year students). These students (The Digital Champions) have undertaken to teach first years how to code and introduced those interested to the Hour of Code, Scratch and designing a website using HTML. The code club meet every Thursday and the Digital Team work with the first years to develop coding skills. To enable the Digital Team to run the lunchtime club with first years the team attended a training day in Galway I.T. and the Facebook workshop. At Facebook the students were given a guided tour of this digital giant and learned about the future of technology using drones, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Students also experienced Virtual Reality using Oculus Rift headsets. Part of the day also placed student in teams and encouraged them to present their vision of a future where data enables people and aids everyday life. The project is called School Digital Champion and is a new initiative developed by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in collaboration with Department of Education and Skills. In line with the National Digital Strategy and the Digital Strategy for Schools the programme will motivate, encourage and support schools in embracing digital technology and increase awareness of digital as a career. Drive change in your community, volunteer at the Cavan, Cootehill Michaela Foundation Summer Camp. Click here to view full details National University of Ireland Maynooth Junior Certificate Business Awards for eight St Pat’s Students for their impressive results in their 2016 Junior Certificate Business exam. Congratulations to the boys and their teacher Mr Duffy. Pictured is Mr Christopher Rowley (Principal), Nithesh Santhosh, Lexes Mantiquilla, Sean T Murphy, Fearghal O’Reilly, Luke Murphy, Evon Smyth, Daniel Dolan and Mr Eddie Duffy (Business teacher). Barry Conaty a 5th year music student was recently chosen by composer Michael Rooney to be part of a 20 piece traditional orchestra comprised of the finest young players from around the country. They are to perform on the 27th January in The Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena for the Taoiseach and other government ministers. They will play sections of Michael Rooney’s Irish suites including Macalla. Sligo is the European city of volunteers 2017 so this is a launch concert for this in front of a 2000 strong audience. Among his many achievements Barry has had many successes at county, provincial and all Ireland level in the Fleadh Cheoil and is a very active member of St. Patrick’s College Music Department. We wish him the very best on the 27th !!