The children started two by two as they began their first day of secondary school in Glanmire Community College. Among the 196 students starting First Year were a remarkable seven sets of twins. These siblings are travelling from Watergrasshill, Brooklodge and Glanmire town itself to attend this popular post-primary school, known for both its strong academic credentials and its extra-curricular activities.
Meet the twins….
Harry Chambers, who loves hurling, reading and swimming, is joined by his twin brother Luke Chambers, who has a keen interest in boxing and video games, from Brooklodge Primary School. The Chambers brothers were not the only twins in their primary school with the Dyczewksi twins making the move to Glanmire Community College also. Adam Dyczewski is a lover of the arts; be it drawing or drama, while his brother Robert is a fan of the outdoors, biking in particular.
Another fan of the outdoors is Mark Evans from Watergrasshill Primary School who enjoys a round of golf, while his brother David Evans will be particularly interested in the Glanmire Community College hurling team. There was something in the water in Watergrasshill as twin sisters Alanna and Megan O’Flynn, and Holly and Hannah O’Mahony were also starting in Glanmire today. These four ladies are all GAA mad.
Art and music lover Cephora Kumpaya Mumpuni left Lower Glanmire Primary School with her twin brother Nathan who is signing up for all the school’s technology subjects. The last into the Glanmire Community College ark were international level figure skater Sarah Finn and her brother Scott, who’s passion is computers. The Finns are coming from Riverstown National School.
This isn’t the first time Glanmire Community College have welcomed twins through their doors. The most they have had starting together previously however was only three sets, so the staff still have a bit of work to do to adjust their double vision!
Today marked the first day of second level education for their incoming 86 girls and 110 boys. Students were introduced to their new classes and met their Year Head, their tutors and the 5th Year Meitheal Group students who will be their mentors for the year. The transition from primary school to second level is always an exciting time for students and their families, but it can also be a daunting time for many, as they are leaving friends behind and entering a new and often bigger environment.
The support offered to all students in Glanmire Community College ensures a smooth transition. From the outset, these new students are encouraged to participate in the many extra-curricular activities available in the school, such as the robotics or drama club, choir, basketball, camogie or the many other school sports teams. Getting involved is a sure way of meeting new friends and feeling a sense of belonging to the school. There is never much sleep had the night before the first day of school and for the parents of these twins in particular, they had double the trouble on their hands! Uniforms were pristine, shoes shining and faces glowing with anticipation of the exciting years and opportunities ahead.
For more information on Glanmire Community College, which operates under the Cork Education and Training Board (CETB), check out http://www.glanmirecc.ie, or contact the school on (021) 4822690 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.