Success for Young Mathematicians!
New Site Added04-05-2008 Visit XPMaths for many resources from worksheets to games and instructional video. Truly worth a visit. Visit XPMaths here.
New Maths Library Section Now Open16-04-2007 We are busy gathering some great free Maths titles that are sure to educate and entertain and have gathered them in the Library section. Visit it by clicking on the 'Library' link above!
Irish Junior Maths Competition 2008This year we have two of our First Year students taking part in the finals which will be held in St Andrew's College, Blackrock on the 9th of May 2008. We wish Rachel Kirwan and Conor O'Brien every success as they go to represent the school as Junior Mathematicians.
Hamilton Maths Challenge Awards Day - 4th April 2008
On Friday 4th of April, Gavin Troy (TY), Stpehen Jordan (3rd Year) and Daniel McCormack (2nd Year) attended the awards ceremony at NUI Maynooth to receive their prizes from the Hamiltion Institute. Mr O'Neill (Head of Mathematics) and Mr McKennedy (Principal) attended the event also. One other piece of news that had evaded us until this day was the fact that we were the only school that entered the competition that produced a winner in all three categories. Once again on behalf of the entire Maths team, many congratulations and thanks for representing the school so well.
World Maths Day - 5th March 200820-02-2008 Our 1st, 2nd, TY and 5th year students will be taking part in this worldwide online event. registration closes on the 3rd of March. Register here before time runs out! More details later.
New Site Added - Interactive Maths15-02-2008 This site is dedicated to interactive mathematics where you learn maths by playing with it! excellent site for all year groups and all levels.
Hamilton Maths Grand Challenge - Final Results17-01-2008 We have received wonderful news from the Hamilton Institute of Mathematics based in Maynooth! The final results of the 8 week online competition have just been released and are as follows:
All the above students will be representing St Colmcille's Community School at the prize giving ceremony in March '08. Further details later.
Welll Done to all!
IMTA Irish Junior Mathematics Competition 2008
The Irish Maths Teachers Association are once again running their Junior Maths Competition for 1st year students in February '08. All our first year students will be taking part in this comeptition and so it is necessary to begin a little training for the event!
Click here for some past papers.
The Maths Illuminations website, provided by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, had been added to our library of important links. It features many excellent animations and puzzles aimed at strenghtening various secondary school mathematical concepts. The site is hosted in America, so please keep in mind that Irish secondary school going children are covered by grades 6 to 12 inclusively. Click on the logo above to visit.
The PRISM Maths Challenge 2007
24/10/2007 - All of our 2nd and 5th year students took part in this years NUI Galway PRISM Maths Challenge on Thursday the 18th of October. The results have been compiled and returned to NUI Galway. We await more news .....
results are out.
Congratulations to Amanda Keegan from 5th year who was our best performer on the Senior Level paper and to Andrew Tighe, Daniel McCormack and Matthew Brazel from 2nd year who were joint best performers on the Junior Level paper! All scored a whopping 15/20 points on their respective papers. Well Done!
To see the type of questions the students were asked to tackle without any calculator, you can take a look at previous years PRISM papers by clicking on one of the following links: Junior Cycle Test Papers 2006 - 2007 - Senior Cycle Test Papers 2006 - 2007. As always it is advised that you try the paper first before you look at the solutions! Junior Cycle Solutions 2006 - 2007 and Senior Cycle Solutions 2006 - 2007
The 2007 papers will appear on the PRISM site shortly. Visit the PRISM site here.
Maths Week 2007
On Wednesday the 10th October '07, Professor Robert Shorten of NUI Maynooth visited St Colmcille's CS to meet with the students who voiced an interest in the Grand Challenge. The lecture was a very enjoyable experience and certainly provided more than the odd suprise. Who can remember the excellent explanation of the maths behind the synchronised bird flight?
Just to repeat that the Hamilton challenge does not require advanced mathematical training, or exposure to higher mathematics. In fact, the puzzles are designed to assume a minimum of mathematical knowledge, and, instead focus on testing the creative problem-solving abilities of the students taking part.
And finally, some tech details
You will need the latest version of Java installed on your machine in order to view some of the content we have provided. You will also need to ensure that you have the latest Flash Player and the latest version of Shockwave installed. To download and install them just click on the name of the program you require. Follow all instructioins carefully and the programs should self install.