15th November 2018

The 26th of November saw over sixty Transition Year students travel to Meath to Causey Farm, most famously known as Farmaphobia. On the day the students were exposed to the wonders of farm life through baking and animal interaction, as well as being given a little spook and not to mention a lovely experience in a bog!

 On arrival, the students tried their hands at baking brown bread with minimal, mostly locally produced, ingredients. In pairs, using only flour, eggs, baking powder, salt and buttermilk, the students followed the instructions of their leader and worked together to produce a loaf of bread that would later be baked and hopefully eaten!

After baking, the students then met the animals on the farm, from sheep, to cattle, to pups, geese and sows, the students were allowed to get up close and personal with their magnificent creatures. Some of the students even attempted to milk a cow for the very first time, while others were too hypnotised by the adorable sheepdog puppies to try any new experiences.

Next up the students were then given the fright of their lives! They experienced some of the Farmaphobia events as they were requested to go through the ‘House of Dolls’ Haunted House, trying to make their way out…alive! It was an experience that terrified some and pushed others to the limit. While all students enjoyed the petrifying experience, there are some who will be hoping to forget it so that they can sleep easy! After they had recovered from their fright, the students then had lunch.

After the students filled their stomachs, they then were brought to the bog, in a cattle cart, by a tractor, where they experienced bog jumping. The students partook in the activity where they dived, jumped and even cannonballed into the bog. Being in a world where children are obsessed with technology and on their phones 24-7, it was very pleasing to see students have such enjoyment from something to natural and simple.

 

Finally, the students cleaned themselves up and were given hot tea to have with the brown bread that they made earlier to finish up a thoroughly entertaining day filled with fun, amusement and laughter.

 

TY students Ben Finnerty, Aaron O'Toole and Keelan Murray petting the farm dogs.

Transition Year students having fun on the farm meeting Causey Farm's Sow, Georigia.

 

 

15th November 2018

Congratulations to Darragh O’Sullivan, Jack Cronin, Jack Mannion and Ben Finnerty who were the winning team in the county final of the ‘Battle of the Wits’ quiz competition on 8th November in the County Library. They will go forward to the inter-county final in December. Well done.

 

 

15th November 2018

Well done to Michael Lohan on being selected to attend the Transition Year work experience programme “Exploring Materials” on the 15th – 19th October 2018.  This week long experience links school students with AMBER researchers at the CRANN Institute Trinity College Dublin and with AMBER researchers working in the Tissue Engineering Research Group at the Royal College of Surgeons and Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, as well as with industry.

 

 

15th November 2018

In conjunction with Science Week 2018, Roscommon Community College invited local schools to visit the school farm and introduce the pupils to the new additions to the farm, our five Irish Angus calves. On Wednesday pupils from Gaelscoil de hIde and their teacher Múinteoir Laoise visited the farm and got the opportunity to meet with the farm manager Sean Mooney, students Seán Trudle and Keelan Gallagher and their science teacher Ms Joanne Shea. There was great excitement as the pupils got the opportunity to feed the animals and got a tour of the school farm. The visit ended with a competition where the pupils chose names for the animals. From now on the animals will no longer be known as the five Irish Angus calves, but instead Mary, Bluebell, Geraldine, Guailin Dubh and Beefy. 

 

 

15th November 2018

Beat the Blues aims to educate young people about mental health, why it is important and how to care for it. We were delighted to have Helen Emerson visit us at Roscommon Community College to deliver a programme to both our 5th Year and 6th Year students. The programme allowed them to explore principles for good mental health, how to identify the symptoms of anxiety, depression and bipolar. Students explored the importance of resilience and discussed how to seek and accept help. A very worthwhile session for all of our students. 

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