24th May 2018
As part of our school’s Erasmus KA1 + programme funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the EU , four teachers participated in an educational training programme in Helsinki in the first week of May. The theme of the course was 21st century classrooms with the emphasis on “ Innovative Approaches to Teaching”. The training covered a practical guide to modern teaching methodologies which helps improve quality and effectivity of educational process in any classroom. The modules were designed to encourage creativity, project organisation, integration of minority pupils and the use of ICT as a tool for developing critical thinking. Teachers from seven different countries across Europe attended the training course which led to a multicultural exchange of teaching methods and ideas. The emphasis was “on learning by doing” and this was achieved through various collaborative and reflective activities. Some of the modules included inquiry based learning, using ICT skills for assessment, metacognition, involving teaching students to learn, and differentiated classes. For the final two days the course was conducted at the Vantaa Vocational College in Helsinki. This was a very impressive institution with many varied courses available to the students.
The four teachers who travelled to Finland were Ms. G. Martin (Maths Department), Ms. D Staunton (Business Department), Mr. C Mc Hugh (Business and Maths Department) and Ms. M. Concar (Maths / Science Department). All teachers found that the course helped them to enhance their skills and to use various innovative teaching methods that are learner- centred and also found it encouraged the solving of real-world tasks. Finland is renowned for its high educational standards and it was a wonderful opportunity for our teachers to experience this first hand. Many thanks to Ms. Carroll, Mr. Devaney and Dr. Chambers who were instrumental in organising this Erasmus programme.
17th May 2018
On May 4th last our engineering and TY students visited the Engineering Expo at Sligo IT. The expo is aimed at potential students allowing them to explore the career opportunities in the engineering sector should they wish to pursue it in the future. There were over fifty stands set up from large employers in the country such as Abbot, Merit Medical, ABBVIEM, Mergon International and KUKA Robotics which displayed their products. They were all very informative on what qualifications are required for the range of jobs on offer in their companies. There was a vast display of the different disciplines in engineering such as Robotics, Polymer Manufacturing, Medical Devices (design and manufacture), Structure Engineering, Automotive Control Systems used in industry, precision engineering and the latest in mechatronics.
There was plenty of information on the different apprenticeship trades available such as Electrical, Construction Plant fitter, Motor Mechanics, Aircraft Mechanics and Tool Making.
Sligo IT had their current engineering students displaying and demonstrating the project work that they designed. They also answered questions from our students on what the course work was like and how enjoyable their experience was in the college.
Overall the students had a very informative experience and were inspired by the range of technology in the engineering industry that is ever expanding in this country and the opportunities that are out there for them to pursue in their not so distant future.
17th May 2018
TY students ventured to Lough Key Forest Park on their end of year trip. Here students participated in Zipit and Boda Borg. Zipit is a unique outdoor experience allowing students to get active, get connected and get outdoors. This trip was a great opportunity for our students to enjoy an exhilarating and challenging outdoor activity in a natural setting, building confidence, teamwork and self-esteem. Students could push their comfort zones in a completely safe environment but with the perception of risk. The energetic instructors encouraged and motivated all students to test their limits.
Those involved in Boda Borg developed their teamwork skills in completing games and puzzles in order to make their way through a series of rooms, collecting stamps along the way. This task had to be completed within a period of two hours. All teams enjoyed the activity and were very successful on the day, with one team beating the Boda Borg record at Lough Key. Well done!
A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all.
TY students Aaron Hannon and Nicole Neary captured braving the ropes on their trip to Zip It
17th May 2018
3rd Year girls competing in the 100m sprint
Pictured are 1st year students enjoying Tug of War during RCC's Sports Day
17th May 2018
Two teams from the 1st year French class attended a French table quiz in Carrick On Shannon Community School recently. It was organised by the French Teachers Association. Our teams performed very well on the night and won a variety of spot prizes. Well done to Keelan Feeney, Hannah Burke, Sean Carley, David Gately, Megan King, Amy Lannon, Sophie Nash and William Connolly. Thanks to Ms.Garvey and Ms.Shanley for all their help. Bonne continuation!