18th January 2018
RCC are currently celebrating the great achievements of our TY students this week following their success at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition held in the RDS, Dublin last week. At the 54th national competition, Roscommon Community College were represented by six students presenting three projects ranging in the Biological and Ecological Sciences and Social and Behavioural Sciences categories.
The school would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the students involved on their fantastic effort in preparing for this prestigious event. Over the course of four days, the students discussed their projects with the general public in the RDS and were each interviewed by judges on more than nine occasions.
The school would like to extend its heartiest congratulations to Michael Lough who placed third in his category with an interesting and insightful project on ‘The Attitudes to Public Green Space in Rural Irish Towns‘.
Michael's project investigated the people's uses for and perceptions of town parks in rural Irish towns. He studied Loughnaneane Park in Roscommon Town and The Mall in Longford. He used three methods to study the parks. He first did a quality audit of the two parks, surveying their physical and environmental features, using the Neighbourhood Green Space Tool (NGST). He surveyed people's use of the park using the SOPARC method, spending three days in each park and observing them five times a day. He also did a questionnaire surveying people based in the communities use and perceptions of the town parks. He received a total of 574 responses to the questionnaire.
It was found that main reason people used the two parks was for exercise purposes. The main barriers to people using the two parks were bad/poor weather and being too busy which were independent of the two parks. Many people in Roscommon said having a walking trail with distances signposted would make them use the park more often, while Longford Town Park already has a walking trail with distances. It was noted that people in both parks said that they wanted more walking trails and cycling trails in the parks.
Michael is an excellent student that has prided himself on excelling in academics and this prize recognises the excellent effort he has made in school and in the field of science to date.
The school would also like to congratulate Tara Hegarty and Maedbh Hickey on the fantastic way in which they carried themselves throughout their interviews with TV3 and Shannonside FM radio discussing their topical project on the HPV vaccine. The girls project focused on the misconceptions amongst the public on the HPV vaccine and whether or not it was safe for girls/boys to receive the vaccine in schools. This project grabbed a lot of attention and the girls did an excellent job in answering hundreds of questions over the four days.
John Mannion, Luca Stratford and Ben Moran worked tirelessly on a project to investigate the effects of Japanese Knotweed on Agriculture in Roscommon. They showed huge diligence and application to their project and found that Japanese Knotweed was having huge effects on local agriculture in the area with the project also outlining ways in which to eradicate the knotweed.
Again,the school would like to congratulate all of the students for their tremendous effort and enthusiasm throughout the four day event. A huge thank you must also go to science teachers,Ms Shea and Mr Flynn who both provided fantastic support and advice throughout the projects.
Michael Lough (Transition Year) pictured with his parents Marie and Seamus Lough, Dr. Chambers and Dr. Shea.
John Mannion, Ben Moran and Luca Stratford presenting their project on 'The Impact of Japanese Knotweed on Agriculture'.
Tara Hegarty and Maedbh Hickey presenting their project of 'Should Girls Receive the HPV Vaccine'.
18th January 2018
Comhghairdeas lenár bhfoireann sóisearach, a ghlac páirt i mbabhta a dó den chomórtas díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh i gCaisleán an Bharraigh an tseachtain seo caite. Congratulations to our Junior Gaeilge debating team who competed in the second round of Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh in Castlebar last week.
18th January 2018
Following an introduction session with Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Education Officer, Roscommon County Council, in November 2017, the Transition Year students of Roscommon Community College set to work on their Anti-Litter Cinema Competition video production in conjunction with Roscommon County Council.
The students worked tirelessly on developing a catchy idea, producing high-quality storyboards and casting students for various roles. Over twenty students used their creative skills to get them to today Wednesday 17th January, filming day.
Many thanks to Glenn and Kevin from Sky Rocket Media who travelled in terrible weather conditions to help the students piece together their ideas and to show off their acting skills in front of the camera. All students enjoyed being part of this great experience and are eagerly awaiting viewing the finished product.
18th January 2018
The Business Department at Roscommon Community College were delighted to welcome representatives from a team of digital ambassadors from Bank of Ireland – “Digital arrows”. Our four first year groups were addressed by Paula Connellan, BOI Nationwide Digital Arrow team representative. The main aim of the talk was to highlight the importance of staying safe online. A discussion took place about Internet Safety, Social Media Footprint and how students online activity may have a positive or negative impact on their lives in the future. Students were given advice on how best they can protect themselves online, the importance of changing security settings and reporting unwanted messages or emails. Students were involved in a follow up Q&A session back in Business Studies class and it was clear that inviting in outside business partners really assists students to make the valuable connection between Business theory and everyday activities in both the private and business world. A big thank you to Paula and Annemarie from all the RCC first years, their business teachers and school management.
11th January 2018
There is great excitement in Roscommon Community College as our Cadette Girls Volleyball team have booked their place in the All-Ireland Final. The RCC girls travelled to the University of Limerick on Tuesday January 9th to play in the All-Ireland Semi Finals and ran out deserving winners of their group. Placed in a tough group they faced schools from Killarney, Kilkenny and Dublin.
First up RCC played a strong St. Brigid’s Secondary School, Killarney. The RCC girls started off well and some sharp serving saw them win the first set 25-16. Brigid’s fought back however when nerves began to show in the second set, the Killarney school taking the set on a score line of 25-13. A deciding third set was needed and it couldn’t have been closer ending 15-13 in favour of a determined RCC.
Next up the RCC girls took on Kilkenny’s Grennan College. RCC exhibited exceptional communication and won the first set on a narrow margin of 25-21. The Kilkenny school displayed some very good team work and pulled away in the second set 25-15. Again nothing came easy with both schools having to battle it out in the final set. This time the RCC girls dug deep and won the last set convincingly on a score line of 15-8.
With two wins under their belt the Roscommon girls were just one step away from reaching an All-Ireland final. In the final game their opposition was Dublin side, Mercy College. The girls knew what they had to do, with some great teamwork and defence they got off to a blistering start winning the first set 25-7. Mercy fought back in the second set, a much closer contest. To their credit RCC stepped up their game when they needed to and clinched victory of both the second set and game finishing 25-21.
The RCC girls deserve huge recognition for their dedication throughout the year and it is through their hard work and sheer determination that they are now one of the top two teams in Ireland. It will be an all Rossie affair as they face The Convent of Mercy, Roscommon as their opposition. The All- Ireland final will take place on Thursday January 18th in UCD. We wish the RCC girls the very best of luck. Bring home the cup girls, you can do it!